Not Reviewing Books

This is a book review blog. Reviewing books is what I do. Through this blog and even before, I have been lucky enough to get to know some pretty amazing authors over the last few years. I have been able to strike up friendships with many of them. Some of those friendships have turned into working relationships when they need personal assistance with their new releases, social media, and other things. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for each of them and knowing that the smallest thing I can do will allow them to spend a little more time writing. One thing that I have missed, since becoming their assistant, is reviewing their books and talking about them like I used to when I was just one of their readers.

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See, as soon as I start working for an author where money is being exchanged, I stop reviewing their books. I figure that was proper etiquette because even though I feel like I would be fair, there might be a slant on my review just a bit. I don’t want to taint their reputation. I also figure when people know I am their assistant they may no longer listen to my feedback objectively thinking I might be trying to sell them on this author. I have tried to be careful. I will keep track of their books I have read on Goodreads and might add a sentence or two to my rating, but I don’t thoroughly review them like I used to. And I miss it. A lot.

Most likely, my one review isn’t going to make a big difference, but I still feel a little sad that I can’t put my review up on Amazon or Barnes & Noble any longer to help them out. I don’t even review them personally here on the blog. I try to talk them up on Facebook and promote them, but it’s just not the same.

I challenge you to look at reviewing a book as a gift to an author. Your review no matter how long or short, just might help a reader on the fence about a book. It will mean the world to an author knowing you spent the time not only reading their book but writing about it as well.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Review: UNWRAPPING HER PERFECT MATCH by Kat Latham

In Unwrapping Her Perfect Match by Kat Latham, Gwen Chambers finds herself at a charity auction that the London Legends are holding. She’s just there to bid on her sister’s boyfriend so no one else will but then she meets John Sheldon. John talks her into buying him and the two hit it off. Then John gets a career offer he can’t refuse but does that mean the end of him and Gwen?

23452501This is the second book that I have read in this series and I absolutely love it!! The characters are well developed,  with hot chemistry, and great story lines.  Plus, Latham writers with the non – sports loving readers in mind and includes a handy glossary for those of us who know nothing about rugby.

The story line in this novella is especially touching. John gets injured in a game just before his daughter from France is set to arrive to celebrate Christmas with him. His daughter has never visited him before and John doesn’t want his injury to ruin her Christmas. Gwen agrees to help John out for a few days and in the process she ends up helping to bring the father and daughter closer together.

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Teaser Tuesday & Giveaway: THE CAPTURE by Adrienne Giordano

Another Teaser Tuesday! Yay! Today I am excited to bring you one of my favorite excepts and giveaway from The Capture by Adrienne Giordano. This is the third and final book in her Justifiable Cause series and the best one yet! I loved this book! We get to see more romance happen between Gabe and Jo in this book while maintaining the suspense aspect and overall plot of the series. So, check out the excerpt below and enter for a chance to win a copy!

About the Book

 

94Title: The Capture (Justifiable Cause, #3)

Author: Adrienne Giordano

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Category: Romantic Suspense

Book Summary:

Sun, fun, and Jo Pomeroy, the sexiest, most-driven attorney around, await NYPD Sergeant Gabe Townsend in Los Angeles. A trip to the West Coast is the perfect vacation – he won’t have to hide his relationship with Jo from the NY anti-counterfeiting task force, and he can finally enjoy some overdue time-off with the woman of his dreams.

Jo makes undercover deals for fake merchandise, but her feelings for Gabe are all too real. Unfortunately, she isn’t the one on vacation, and while she can’t wait to get her heartthrob alone, she also can’t say no when the mayor of L.A. asks for her help in ridding the city of illegal knockoffs.

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Review: THE MARRIAGE MATCH by Tracy March

If you like sweet romance that takes you away on a whirlwind adventure, you have to read The Marriage Match by Tracy March. It’s the third book in her Suddenly Smitten series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Tracy writes fabulous characters and puts them in a well planned out story to keep the pages turning. She also does a fantastic job of describing the exotic locations in which her characters travel. You feel the warm sun, the sand beneath your toes and the water crashing against your legs just like the characters. I loved every minute of this story.

The Marriage Match Final CoverIn The Marriage Match, Trent’s grandmother has this crazy idea to play matchmaker, film his dates and use it as an ad campaign for their resorts, which he runs. She picks three women for him to meet and spend a day with all in hopes that he will fall in love and they will get a great ad campaign out of it. Her assistant Cynthia is assigned to make sure everything goes smoothly. As you can imagine, things don’t go as planned.

Trent is a  very swoon-worthy hero. He is not your typical alpha male and has so much substance to him – something Cynthia is learning each moment she spends with him. He is not the rich kid she thought she knew growing up. I fell for Trent when I learned how open he is about his feelings and desires. In my opinion, this is quite a change in romance novel alpha males. Cynthia is awesome heroine. I love her selflessness, her sense of adventure how she takes a lot of pride in everything she does from working for Trent’s grandmother to helping him find his true love to working with her friend at the bakery. She is all in when she commits to something.

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Review: FATAL AFFAIR by Marie Force

I recently finished Fatal Affair by Marie Force and wow. I was looking for a series similar to JD Robb’s In Death books and I think I found it. I love a series where you follow the same characters across several books in a romantic suspense series so I am excited about this one. Fatal Affair has everything I love in a good story – a blend of romance and suspense that evokes many emotions from me while reading it.

FatalAffair200Samantha “Sam” is a very strong female character. She can be sensual and passionate when she wants, but given her life as a Metro Cop, she has to mask emotions when necessary. Nick is a strong male character but is willing to show his emotions to Sam more often and he usually does so in public to rile her up which is hilarious.

The characters are what pulled the emotions out of me the most. Nick’s raw grief over losing his best friend was enough to make me tear up. Sam did the best she could to distance herself emotionally from the case but was also be there for Nick. I warmed up to her as she showed her compassionate side to him. I wasn’t sure I liked them together at first, but by the end of the story I loved them as a couple.

Marie does a fabulous job with the story. She weaves an intriguing mystery and lets you figure it out with the characters. I actually had no idea who the murderer really was until the very end.  I was constantly turning pages and on edge about what would happen next.

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