Review: DANE by Liliana Hart

Dane by Liliana Hart was my first introduction to this author. After reading this short story, I plan to put the other books I own by Hart at the top of my TBR list. Dane is a hot, sexy, short story and the first book in her MacKenzie Family series.

18105339Dane returns home after ten years away learning that things are quite different. Not expecting to find his first love in town since his brothers all said she moved away months after he left, his first night in town is quite amazing. Dane is the last person Charlotte expects to find in her shop but doesn’t waste any time making up for all the years she lost with him. Seeing him is bitter sweet. He is the only one she has ever loved.

The story is very quick and there isn’t a lot of time for buildup or getting to really know the characters, however, I felt it was an enjoyable read none the less. Normally I would like more to the story and characters, but this free story was enough to whet my appetite for Hart’s writing. Her writing is very easy to follow and I found myself flipping through the pages.

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Review: TRUTH ABOUT LOVE & MURDER by Edie Ramer

In Truth About Love & Murder by Edie Ramer we get one heck of a story. I was a little nervous to read it at first since there is a storyline with a character fighting cancer. However, the way it was written was fantastic. We read about Julie, who is dying of cancer and her best friend, Meg, who is guardian of Julie’s son Ollie and then we have Julie’s brother, Easy, who is co-guardian of Ollie. Bring all those people together, add in homeless veterans that are being killed off and you get love and murder.

25942398Ramer has such a unique voice in her stories. Meg’s personality caught me off guard at first but I grew to like her boldness and how she didn’t hold back. It was a bit refreshing to see that type of strength in a heroine. As for Easy, he was a lot more vulnerable for a hero than I am used to as well, which was also quite interesting to read about. Ollie added such a fun aspect to the book. His innocence to what is going on around him helped lighten the mood in several scenes. Julie was amazing. She was fighting for her life and yet she was so focused on her brother, friend and son. She was an inspiration.

Each of the characters including one homeless vet named Jeff had their on internal struggle that fit into the plot line seamlessly. I was very impressed how Ramer was able to connect all of these story lines, maintain the pacing and engage you into character’s life. If you enjoy a good mystery, heartwarming friendship and refreshing romance that doesn’t follow the rules, I recommend you give Truth About Love & Murder a try.

Reviewed by Amy

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About the Book:

Title: Truth About Love & Murder (Love & Murder, #1)

Author: Edie Ramer

Release Date: July 20, 2015

Category: Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Source: ARC received from Author

Book Summary:

The truth is that life is uncertain.

Meg Quinn hasn’t been to war, but her father has, and it changed their lives for the worse — and for the better. Now she has a sharp tongue and a mind to match … and she doesn’t trust easily. The best person she knows is losing a fight with death, and Meg is guardian of her friend’s seven-year-old son.

Easy MacLean, the co-guardian, is Meg’s dying friend’s brother. The former Marine has been hibernating in his Colorado mountain home, and Meg lets him know that he needs to be by his sister’s side in Milwaukee now.

Easy is attracted to his sister’s clever friend, but life gets complicated when he gets involved in a search for a missing veteran. After living alone with his rescue dog for so long, Easy and his dog are now sharing a home with a beautiful woman, a boy, and a cat. Even as he watches his sister die a little each day, he’s finding out the truth about life and love … and murder.

 

Review: MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

In Maybe Someday, by Colleen Hoover, college student Sydney thinks she has a good life. She’s studying what she wants to instead of what her parents want her to, she has a nice apartment with her BFF, and a loving boyfriend. And now she has a new friend, a talented musician who loves to play guitar outside on his balcony where Sydney can hear him. On her 22nd birthday, Sydney learns that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her BFF. Devastated, Sydney has nowhere to go until Ridge, her new friend, steps in and offers her a place to live for free if she’ll help him write lyrics for his band. Their friendship quickly escalates into something so much more but Ridge has a girlfriend and Sydney doesn’t want to hurt the girlfriend like her friend did to her. Can Ridge and Sydney fight their attraction to each other or will it destroy their friendship?

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I was struggling with a massive book hangover when I finally got my copy of this book in at the library. I devoured this book,curious as to how  thing were going to work out. I stayed up past my bed time and if I hadn’t had to work, I probably would have finished this in 2 days.

I was wondering how Hoover would put her own spin  on a classic love triangle. She had me dying in parts and sighing in admiration of Ridge ‘ s devotion to Maggie,  his girlfriend.  It was hard not to like Maggie but I wanted Sydney to be with Ridge. I loved how both characters fought their attraction to each other all in the name of protecting Maggie.  I was tempted several times to sneak a peak at the ending but forced myself not to.
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Joint Review: ROAMING PLEASURE by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

Candy and I (Amy) have a joint review for you since we both read Roaming Pleasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey! This short story was actually part of the exclusive content that Almeida and Aubrey offered in a couple of past newsletters. If you are interested in reading their stories before they are published you can become a member of the C&C Wavemakers, an ARC reader group who receives advanced copies of their books in exchange for honest reviews. This invitation is only open to newsletter recipients, so subscribe now! The next book comes out in a couple of months.

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Review by Candy

 

Roaming PleasureIn Roaming Pleasure, Cassie Bauer is traveling on business to consult on a case at the CIA, leaving Trevor at home to hold down the fort. The first day Cassie is gone, Trevor immerses himself on a case for the NSA but once that is done, he suddenly misses his wife even more acutely. Everything in their home reminds him of her. He can’t look out the window without thinking of her. He can’t go to their favorite pub without missing her companionship. Trevor is just miserable. A late night commercial on TV gives him an idea and Cassie finds herself on the receiving end of some steamy international texts.

It’s no secret that I am a stalker, I mean, huge fan of these authors. Almeida and Aubrey are one of the best authors out there in romantic suspense  Their passion for their craft flows through every word they write, leaving readers demanding more.

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Review & Giveaway: CALL ON ME by Roni Loren

In Call On Me by Roni Loren, Oakley Easton is doing what a lot of single mom’s do: she has 2 jobs. By day she works for a charity but by night she is a phone sex operator. Oakley loathes her night job but her daughter is autistic and is enrolled in a private school that has helped her out so much. When the charity she works for decides to put on a benefit concert,.the director enlists the help of her friend Pike Ryland,  drummer for the hard rock band, Darkfall. Oakley ends up being put in charge of the project and having to work closely with Pike. Despite telling herself that Pike isn’t the kind of man she wants, .the two start a hot affair. When Pike wants more and wants a commitment from Oakley, will she push him away or give Pike the family he’s always wanted?

CallOnMe4Call On Me is the eighth book in the Loving on the Edge series. However,  this can definitely be read as a stand alone. It takes a few moments to work out who is who among Pike’s friends but it doesn’t detract from the story at all. And oh my goodness!  What a story it is! I started this book two nights ago and simply couldn’t put it down. I simply had to know what happened next in the story.

Pike and Oakley are such well written characters with so much depth. Loren could have totally gone the cliché Rockstar route with Pike but instead she made him down to Earth book boyfriend material.  It’s hard not to love a guy who not only loves his dog but treats an autistic child as he would any other child.  And when he calls Oakley “mama” you can hear him saying it in a sexy southern drawl.

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