This book is written well– Johnson pulls you into the deep end and you’re drowning before you know it. Felicia is a compelling, sympathetic character and her plight is palpable. Her husband, her children, the peripheral characters seem three-dimensional and realistic. I always say if the book plays out like a movie in my head, it’s a good one.
I must say, there are few authors that I would read despite the fact that I know, going in, that I’m going to fight with myself over the trope. In Romancelandia, we have certain ‘arrangements’ or couplings. The ‘Pretend to Date’ trope is one I almost never read, so ONLY FOR FARRAH would I pick up a book that I think I am going to dislike and actually read it.
What kept me reading was the stellar writing. I felt so close to Faye, felt her frustration and her helplessness and her desperate need to do something. Not to mention the downslide to the final scenes in the book were a tremendous hook. I ended up reading straight through from about 65% to the (awesome) end.
I really enjoyed Ms. Hepworth’s debut, The Secrets of Midwives, so I was happy to read and offer an honest review of this new novel from St. Martin’s Press.
The Things We Keep is a beautifully written novel about the heartbreak of Dementia/Alzheimer’s but also about the hope and beauty that life still holds after diagnosis. The story was told from several points of view, all distinct, but primarily by Eve Bennett, whose husband was “a bad man” and as a consequence has accepted a job at Rosalind House, a residential facility for patients of Alzheimer’s. Eve has gone from a life of luxury as a chef to cooking and cleaning for residents who need to be introduced to her every day.
Once again, I’m reading a book where I’m lowkey mad that the characters dont really exist and neither does this ‘world’ that Christina C Jones has expertly, carefully crafted for her characters. On this, her 20th project, Christina brings us a poignant yet fun story about two people who rub each other just enough of the right way.
Once again, Huguley has poured her entire being into masterful historical fiction and romance, words that paint our history and bring to light the struggles of those that went before us. The times were surely hard… but the love was surely strong.
A teaching invitation gives Professor Donovan Boudreaux the chance to meet his secret email pen pal. Renowned author Gianna Martelli introduces him to the hidden pleasures of Tuscany – and a surprise passion. She soon realizes that they share a unique bond. As friendship flames into an intense affair, a vindictive rival threatens to destroy Donovan’s reputation, career and any hope of a future with Gianna.
My first novel from Deborah Fletcher Mello was a sweet and satisfying read set in beautiful Italy. Like Farrah Rochon’s novels, I love when the setting becomes a character in itself. I pictured myself walking through the family vineyards and I loved reading about the university and the city as much as I enjoyed reading the love story of Donovan and Gianna.
Earlier this year, Roni announced that she’d be starting a new series, running concurrently with the Loving on the Edge series. This would still be sensual but not based in BDSM like her first series. As someone who typically has to read the kink between her fingers, I was wildly excited and anticipating this new series, specifically from an author I just really enjoy reading.
The first novel in this new series didn’t disappoint at all. Marin is a typical Loren heroine– sometimes her strengths are her flaws, she’s usually managing everyone else’s life well except her own and she usually has a little bit of growth coming. Enter a hero–Dr. Donovan West– who needs to heal, himself and add some animal magnetism and unavoidable attraction between the two and bing bang boom, you’ve got yourself a page turning erotic romance!
NO ORDINARY LIFE is the captivating tale of a mother trying to do the best for her child in the midst of Hollywood temptation. The backdrop of the celebrity/stage life is a draw for me since I’ve always been interested in entertainment from a behind-the-scenes perspective. The idea of going from a life of struggle and mere obscurity to “mom”-aging your four year old child star is mind boggling. It’s a great read so far, and I’m about 1/4th of the way through.
As usual, Harrison gives me everything I need within the text– compelling, deep characters with rich backstories that don’t pop out in chapter one; sort of a mystery to unravel; and beautifully deep yet simple prose that always makes me examine my own work to see if I go far enough to put my character’s emotions on display.