Review: A Valentine Challenge

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]Reviewed by Shelly

Set in Nigeria, this is the first story in the Challenge series about three friends. This first novella tells of Michael Ede, former soldier and millionaire who’s dared by this two best friends to seduce socialite Kasie Bosa. I wanted to like this story – a lot; unfortunately, I ended up feeling as if this was one of those stories that’s a quick read; in addition to that, I never felt connected to any of the characters.

Trying to forget his ex who hurt him, when Michael sees Kasie she reminds him so much of that same ex he decides to take up his friends on their challenge. I didn’t buy into the whole idea of what the challenge was about. Furthermore, Michael came off as shallow, mean and childish specifically because of the challenge. [Read more…]

Review & Giveaway: Island Bound

Reviewed by Shelly

I couldn’t wait to read this book. Just because I don’t review a lot of AA novels, doesn’t mean I don’t read ‘em. This is a story of a couple whose marriage has collapsed and is on the verge of divorce. Joshua and Christy have known each other since she was a teenager; he’s six years older. At the time, Joshua worked for Christy’s father. After getting close, this couple definitely had some ups and downs prior to and during their marriage.

After eight years of marriage, Christy has moved out of their home. Joshua decides that enough is enough when he gets the divorce papers three months later. It’s time to bring his wife home. What a great premise right? It wasn’t until the last chapter that I started getting interested in this story.

These two had a lot of growing as a couple to do. I never understood what Christy saw in Joshua other than his looks and same with Joshua’s feelings towards Christy. Basically, Christy came across as a spoiled little rich girl who resented those, including her husband, around her. Joshua came across as a guy who’s trying to get the girl, but his motivation confounded me. I don’t know if he was more afraid of failure or of losing Christy. I so wanted to enjoy this story but the description of this marriage was so very formal and I didn’t understand what would change once the Island get-away is over.

I mentioned that it wasn’t until the last chapter when I started liking these characters and unfortunately by then it was too late for me. There was a sex scene in this one with an adequate mention of ‘channels’. But again, I think I could have appreciated it more if I cared for the characters.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: C

*Book provided by publisher for review

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Island Bound
by Kiru Taye
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Publisher: Decadent Publishing

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