Book Review: Image Adjuster by Lily Alexander

Image Adjuster
Lily Alexander
Publication date: March 11th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

In Hollywood, image is everything.

Being part of a power couple can mean the difference between your star rising or being iced out of roles. No one ever said the relationship had to be real.

Stephanie, an actress and the daughter of Hollywood royalty has made a thriving business out of posing as a girlfriend to celebrities who need a bit of a PR boost. Everything is scripted and when the contract ends everyone goes their separate way.

No feelings, no risk, just acting.

Devon is just another client – no matter how handsome he might be, how compatible they seem. The arrangement works perfectly. It’s all business. Definitely just business.

Unless it’s not.

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My Review

Almost one month ago I was posting a book blitz for this book (link here). Goodreads has such high opinions and I was expecting a “wow” book. Unfortunately, it was not the case. I seriously am debating my rating at the moment, so let me put my thoughts together and see where I end up with my stars.

“Image Adjuster” brings us Stephanie, whose profession is C.I.A. – Celebrity Image Adjuster. After an unsuccessful contract with an actor that got too handsy and overstepped the rules in the contract, she reluctantly accepts a new customer: Devon Greene. He is at the top of his game, being the star of a new TV show that puts him in the spotlight. However, his PR team advises him to show he is capable to have a relationship. So they hire Stephanie to pose as his girlfriend for a while. The written rules are clear as black ink on white paper and so are the unspoken ones: this is a fake relationship, no feelings allowed. Still, they form a beautiful friendship and they come to realize they have quite a lot in common. Their dates feel more natural and at some point, the line blurs.

During the entire book I was waiting for that BOOM. That big fire that would consume me until the end. Sadly, it never came. I was constantly waiting for something scandalous to happen that would up the rhythm. Devon is definitely a good guy, not the playboy you may expect. There are many items that did not fall into place, such as Devon’s best friend and co-star, how for a moment, in the beginning of the book is portrayed as a potential negative character. Also, Stephanie stopped acting for a while, still she remains in the spotlight simply because of her last name and her business would tarnish her reputation (going out with different men, in the eyes of the press, should look strange). To top it all, the ending felt dragged and one thing regarding her passion for art felt off – not gonna say what so I won’t spoil.

I would read book 2, hoping is far better than book one in the series. The second book follows Stephanie and Devon’s best friends and I hope I will enjoy it more. I’ll move forward with 2.5 stars and I’ll round it to 3 for Goodreads and Amazon purpose. Still, I am very conflicted.

Let me know in the comments below if you have read the book or any book by this author and bring me your positive thoughts. Until next time, happy reading !

3 stars

 

Author Bio:

Lily is a Colorado native enjoying the fantastic climate of Southern California with her family and cranky cat after surviving more than a decade in hot, humid places where hurricanes get their own season and Winter is a myth.

The written word is her favorite thing – reading or writing, she doesn’t discriminate. Left to her own devices she can read about a book a day; that HEA is a powerful drug!

As an only child she grew up inventing elaborate stories for her dolls to act out. She started word processing on a computer around age 10 and never looked back. After suffering the heartbreak of catastrophic drive failure a regrettable number of times, she has finally learned to back things up appropriately and often.

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Book Review: an Unsuitable Lady For A Lord by Cathleen Ross

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About The Book:
Title: AN UNSUITABLE LADY FOR A LORD (Scottish Lords and Ladies #1)
Author: Cathleen Ross
Pub. Date: April 13, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 210
Lord Aaron Lyle has one hell of a choice: a bankrupt dukedom, or marriage to some simpering society miss so his spendthrift father can get his hands on her huge dowry. He won’t do it. He has a reputation to maintain, and besides, he’d rather run naked through the streets of London than marry anyone at all. Surely, there must be a third option.
Then Lady Crystal Wilding walks into his life, a bluestocking, full of subversive thoughts, who hates the notion of marriage even more than he does. He is intrigued…and, suddenly, he has an idea. He invites the totally unsuitable lady home on the pretext of presenting her as a possible match…but in truth, Aaron has something far more pleasurable in mind. For her part, Lady Crystal has her own reasons for going along with his harebrained scheme.
Imagine their shock when his highly proper family loves her and starts planning the wedding. Good lord. Now what?

My Review

It was such a delight to read this book. I read it in one sitting, not necessarily because of its short length, but because I was so mesmerized by the characters, their story and their fun conversations. It’s one of those books that can offer a great reading time.

Ok, why do I like it? We have one lord under pressure from his father to choose one of the proper ladies he has in store to be his wife. Still, Aaron Lyle is not particularly fond of the idea, or any of those young women for that matter. An encounter with Lady Crystal Wilding determines him to form a plan that would benefit both. However, she is very outspoken and her ideas are too bold for a society built on morals, strict rules and led by men.

I loved how the two interact and I love Crystal’s ideas and her desire to help educate the women of the society. Faced with the loss of their husbands, many of them have fallen to poverty and have difficulties providing a future for their daughters. Our heroine believes women should learn to read and write at a young age, have marriages based on love, not convenience and is not afraid to voice this opinion in front a room full of men that believe women are good just to sit tight and do nothing much. Aaron is willing to support Crystal and her cause, not only because he agrees with her views, but also because he is mesmerized by her as a person. Her intelligence and good manners are a match for his arrogance and good heart.

As much as I have enjoyed the couple, I would have liked a better ending. It felt a little rushed and we could have seen a little more struggle. Also, for a lady with principles, despite her views, Lady Crystal is not afraid to break customs when meeting with Aaron and is quick to accept a second place in his life at some point.

Having said all these, I am giving 4 stars to “An Unsuitable Lady For A Lord”, with my entire love and appreciation for the author. It was such a pleasant read and I cannot wait to go through the next books in the series 😊 Until next time, happy reading!

Cover review: I like the color combination from the cover. Especially in the title. The lady dressed in a white dress suggests a bride-to-be, but this book is not only about marriage. I would have preferred something more linked with the plot. But I do enjoy it.

Favorite quote (and there are many, but I’ll select one): “Step aside, for I have a great urge to slap you”

 4 stars

 
About Cathleen:
Cathleen Ross is a quirky writer who lives on Sydney Harbor with her husband, daughter and very loved dog, Denzel. As an English teacher and editor, she has always surrounded herself with books. When she’s not giving psychic predictions for her family and friends, she’s writing romances where her heroines always get their man. She’s a multi-award-winning author who regularly hits the Amazon best-seller lists.


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Book Review: The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

About the book:The Love Scam

Title: The Love Scam

Author: MaryJanice Davidson

Published: August 4th 2020 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Received from the Publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem…except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

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My Review

Ok, you know how crazy I am when it comes to books published by St. Martin’s. In my world, if it’s published by them, I am sure it’s a great story. Unfortunately, the Love Scam is an exception. I did not manage to read more than 30% and decided this book is not for me, not right now at least.

I got lost on the character names (I didn’t quite get it the first time if the main character is Rake or Blake), then I got lost between the funny lines and the interior dialogue our main character RAKE has with his brother. So the decision not to continue with the story was the obvious one, especially given the amount of outstanding books for 2020 I have.

I did enjoy the premises and the banter between the characters, but I still struggled with it. It would not be fair to give a rating, taking into account I did not finish it. I like the cover quite a lot too. I will not shy away from recommending any book (reading is an educational activity, regardless if you like the book or not – at least it educates you to avoid certain books), so in this case I would advise you to read a sample somewhere, just to have a taste of the writing style.

Until next time, stay safe and happy reading!

Book Review: Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow

About the book:Odriel's Heirs

Title: Odriel’s Heirs

Author: Hayley Reese Chow

Published: March 1st 2020 by Amazon KDP
Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

The brave, burning with fire, harnessed the Dragon’s Rage….

As the Dragon Heir, seventeen-year-old Kaia inherited the power of flame to protect her homeland from a godlike necromancer’s undead army. But after centuries of peace, the necromancer has faded to myth, and the Dragon Heir is feared by the people. Persecuted and cast out, Kaia struggles to embrace and control her seemingly useless gift while confined to her family’s farm.

But when the necromancer’s undead terrorize the land once again, Kaia runs away to join the battle.

With the help of her childhood rival, the handsome Shadow Heir, and a snarky, cursed cat, Kaia must figure out how to control both her fire and her confidence in time to save Okarria. If she fails, she will sacrifice her family, her new friends, and the enchanting world she has only just begun to see.

And time is running out.

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My Review

Apparently, this is a short book. But it has so much action and so much development I felt like a full 500 pages novel. The world is amazing and the magic is fantastic. I love the legends, the fights, the worries, the everything.

Kaia has longed for the time when she can have the approval of her people. Her powers are scary not only for the others, but also for her. She has trained to become the Dragon Heir and she has trained to fight for the innocent. As a new danger approaches and their world is about to be conquered by a necromancer, Kaia has to find allies in strange places and learn to herness her powers.

There is so much to learn about this world. There are many strange creatures and some complicated names and places. I read the book as an e-copy (kindly provided by the amazing author), but I strongly suggest you have a physical copy. I found myself going back to the map (yes, it has a map!) to visualize where the battles were held or where each territory was located. It was a great experience.

Kaia fights alongside the Shadow Heir Klaus Thane, the person who always provoked her in her childhood, the one who encouraged her rage, the one who always bested her. They complement each other beautifully and their interactions slowly reveal their true feelings. But it happens slowly, and everything develops for that particular point. Nothing is random.

An interesting aspect is how our main characters evolve. Kaia learns to harness her power and have control over her fears, while Klaus easily brings forward his emotions. A Dragon Heir learns to control the fire within, while the Shadow Heir learns not to keep his feeling in the shadows. Interesting, I would say!

Definitely is a series that must be continued. The ending leaves a lot of options open and I cannot wait to read more. It’s indeed a beautiful book, with lots of action and a lot of political facts. There are animal companions loyal to their human counterparts that play a role from time to time, there is fire, necromancers, an army of dead guys and magic! Cool!

Cover review: Fantastic cover! The fire visible on Kaia’s hand and the dark details around Klaus are beautiful, the land devastated by fight is interesting and the determination on these characters’ faces is beautiful as well. I like how they are depicted together, as one. I like it a lot!

Favorite quote: “I am not overwhelmed, Klaus Thane,” Kaia snarled. “We lost over a hundred souls yesterday, I burned a man alive, watched you die, and the people I’m fighting to defend thanked me by throwing stones and hurting my dog.” She turned to him, a challenge glinting in her hard eyes. “I think I am managing just fine.”

5 stars

About the AuthorHayley Reese Chow

Hayley Reese Chow has short and flash fiction featured or upcoming in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s omnibus, AS YOU WISH!

Until recently though, she’s mostly done a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with writing. Her hat collection includes mother, wife, engineer, USAF veteran, reservist, four-time All American fencer, 100 mile ultramarathoner, triathlete, world traveler, voracious reader, and super nerd.

Hayley currently lives in Florida with two small wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and her miniature ragehound.

But at night, when the house is still, she writes.

To find Hayley’s other stories and see what she’s working on next, check out hayleyreesechow.com. You can also find her on Twitter or Instagram @HayleyReeseChow.

 

Book Review: The Rebound by Lynn Stevens

About the book:Rebound

Title: The Rebound

Author: Lynn Stevens

Published: December 2019
Source: Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Rachel Westbrook has it all: looks, money, prestige. What she doesn’t have is a good reputation.
She’s tired of being the rebound girl.

Rachel When her friend Vicky proposes a blind-ish date with Adam Marshall, Rachel thinks she might actually have a chance to turn things around. Then she sees Adam checking out his ex-girlfriend Heather. She knows how to play this game. She’s played it before.

Rachel But Adam doesn’t want Rachel to be just his ruse to get over his ex, he wants to help Rachel change her reputation. They make a deal to fake a relationship until they can both move on.

Rachel Now Rachel’s falling for an unavailable guy. She focuses on her three-person basketball team to keep her sane as they prepare for a tournament they need to win. Except Adam’s on her mind more than he should be.

Rachel Adam opens up to her, and she’s not sure if it’s authentic or all part of the game. When tragedy strikes, can she turn to him for a shoulder to cry on? Or would that only lead to more heartache?

Rachel As Rachel discovers things aren’t always what they seem, she has to figure out if what she has with Adam is legit or if she really is just another rebound.

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My Review

I liked this book 😊 It was an easy teenage romance with its corresponding high school drama.  The writing flows easily and for me, it was a quick read. Some of the elements in the plot seemed a little forced but it did not bother me too much.

Adam and Rachel come from two different worlds. They make an arrangement that would set both of them on the right track, somehow. She is looking to clean up her reputation of being “the rebound girl” while he wants to get over his ex. It should be no strings attached, just a mutually beneficial agreement. Still, at some point the lines start to blur. The main thing to look forward is what makes them realize in the end the truth? The journey until there is really nice.

There are two interesting items to mention or to underline from the story. The author did a really great job describing teenage life, with relationship conflicts, friendships and reputation in high school. Rachel deals with a lot and everything that happened to her is shaping her personality and is defining how she reacts in certain situations.  Rachel had a traumatic event at one point in her life, which defines the self-doubt, or the fears she has from relationships.

Another interesting fact is how the author is addressing the financial status of each character. The reach characters are not as insufferable as one would expect. Even Rachel is mentioning that she does not want to show off and flash money around, but she does understand the importance of money. I like the fact that the characters are not so superficial.

Overall, I did enjoy it. It was a book that relaxed me, it kept me on the edge from chapter to chapter, so it was a good read. Maybe too much teenage drama but I liked it nonetheless. Happy reading!

4 stars

Book Review: One Night With His Rival By Robyn Grady

About the book:One night with his rival

Title: One Night With His Rival

Author: Robyn Grady
Published: March 1st 2020 by Harlequin Desire
Source: Received from Xpresso Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Wealthy horse breeder Ajax Rawson can have any woman he wants. So why can’t he keep his hands off the one woman he can’t have? Beautiful, independent and passionate, Veda Darnel is the daughter of his family’s biggest competitor. Years of bad business blood makes their affair dangerous…and forbidden. But will accusations of foul play end their star-crossed romance before it even begins?

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My Review

Mixed feelings here. While I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed many aspects of the story, I do have some negative comments to mention.

The book faces Ajax Rawson and Veda Darnel, whose families have an old dispute, related to items of the heart. Always love gets in the way of a good relationship between friends. I won’t say more. A night of passion brings our main characters together and even if Ajax is willing to try the “relationship route” with Veda, she is not in a hurry to believe him. His reputation may have something to do with it. This combined with an accusation that Ajax has to face and also the family dispute does not help the young couple much.

Ok, I liked the romance, even if it was too much for Ajax. I mean, he spends a night with Veda and then he is all over his head – not very believable, but I can go with it. Still, most of the conflicts in this book are because of lack of communication. The discussions they have, the mistrust Veda has are a result of misunderstandings and not speaking openly. She does not want to believe in the grudge her father has for Ajax’s family, but she does little to prove it.

Somehow, the plot also feels a little thin and I am not referring here to the reason behind the dispute between the families, but also to the incident at the race tracks and who was behind them. How the conflict is resolved in the end feels rushed a bit.

While I would not disregard this book completely, I did find a few issues with it. I liked it, just not that much. Definitely I would continue with the series, as there are characters with interesting personality and I cannot wait to discover their love life 😊 Oh, and I still have to read book 1!

Cover review: Definitely I like the dress. I cannot see how the cover could have been reimagined to show the dispute between the families or to show the rivalry, so I cannot comment on the relationship between the cover and the story. But I do like it. It’s good.

3.5 stars

 

About the AuthorRobyn Grady

Robyn received a book from her big sister and immediately fell in love with Cinderella. Sprinklings of magic, deepest wishes come true – she was hooked! Picture books with glass slippers later gave way to romance novels. When she was older, she wanted to write one.

However, in junior high, Robyn hit a stumbling block – a disheartening grade of one out of ten for a book review. Confused and hurt, she asked her hundred-and-thirty-year-old English teacher why the low mark? The wizened schoolmarm sniffed, “You obviously had a senior do it for you.” Thankfully Robyn’s business teacher was a honey.

Following a fifteen-year career behind the scenes in television, Robyn knew the time was right to pursue her dream of becoming a published author. Late in 2004, she received a phone call from a London editor. She’d submitted a manuscript to the Sweet line, which were featuring lighter, sexier stories to be released under the Tango banner. The editor was very interested in her story, but for a brand new line.

Robyn didn’t stop smiling for a week, but sometime later learned her revised manuscript hadn’t hit the mark. Then she received another call and another request for revisions to a second manuscript! That didn’t sell either. On a third manuscript she received a very long, very detail email, asking for, what would turn out to be, a complete rewrite. Having torn out most of her hair, but with 13 contest finals in 2006 (including winning the Golden Pen and Where the Magic Begins), she finished the rewrite then contacted a New York agent. That wonderful agent took her on, and Robyn sold in a matter of weeks, first to Silhouette Desire, then Modern Heat (Sexy Sensation/Presents) with a two book deal! She is currently writing manuscript number fourteen.

Robyn lives with her own modern-day hero on Australia’s Sunshine Coast with their three little princesses, as well as two poodles and a cat called Tinkie. She has majors in English literature and psychology, and loves new shoes, worn jeans, visits to the theatre and lunches at picturesque Moffat Beach with her writer friends.

 

Audiobook Review: Raindrops on Roses

Audiobook Blog Tour: Raindrops On Roses by Millenia Black

Author: Millenia Black

Narrator: Sharon Lacey

Length: 4 hours 23 minutes

Series: Favorite Things Trilogy, Book 1

Publisher: Millenia Black

Released: Dec. 10, 2015

Genre: Romance

What happens when the man you love falls in love with someone else?

Mayfair Island, Florida: Grief-stricken after the sudden loss of her beloved grandmother, who was an enduring but reclusive Hollywood icon, young Priscilla Bauer finds herself adrift and looking to find solace in the arms of her vast inheritance when she meets the kind and considerate corporate brand designer Michael Frost – a drop-dead gorgeous beacon of light in her all-too-dark night.

Falling hard and falling fast, Priscilla has no idea she’s stepped into dangerous territory…because someone else has already branded Michael Frost her very own – and she has no intention of ever letting him go.

Passions are high, but bitter vengeance gets even higher!

With Raindrops on Roses, the captivating Favorite Things novella trilogy takes flight!

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No one does family and relationship drama quite like bestselling author Millenia Black! Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she’s been a featured guest on radio shows across the country, discussing the 7 Smoke Signals Your Man is Living a Double Life.

Millenia lives in Florida where she’s currently unmarried and has never dated anyone living a double life…

She thinks.

Praise for Millenia Black

“Intensely intriguing and deeply riveting, Black’s latest is a first-rate page-turner that will draw you in from the very beginning and never let go.” —Sheri Melnick, RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“Ms. Black is a talented writer, and I can’t wait to read many more of her books…”—Carol Ann Culbert Johnson, MyShelf.com

“Millenia Black is a mistress at neatly laying out each part of the story, like building an elaborate building that forms a fascinating whole. She clearly and succinctly draws verbal pictures of each character and their interrelationships with each other. It is masterful…” —Jeri Neal, The Romance Reader’s Connection

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Narrator Bio

Formerly a radio deejay, television news producer, and national award winning teacher, Sharon Lacey is now an internationally touring comedian. She performs in comedy clubs all across North America and has been on two comedy tours to entertain U.S. troops in Kuwait and Iraq. Sharon has been to Africa four times, where she performs for Ugandan audiences in two of their tribal languages. She also brings desperately needed supplies to the children and elderly in Ugandan villages.

You’ve seen Sharon on the Disney Channel, ABC, Lifetime, and A&E. She is an alumnus of the San Francisco and Seattle Comedy Competitions, the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, NW Women’s Comedy Festival, finalist in Seattle’s Got Funny Competition, runner up in Portland’s Rose City Talent Contest, and a finalist in the A.M. Northwest Comedy Competition and the Shades of Laughs Urban Comedy Competition.

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A love triangle is always an interesting topic, as long as the author makes it that way. Millenia Black did it well. I liked the story, it kept me entertained.
Michael finds himself having to choose between Priscilla and Amber, two women with different character, yet a common goal: to have his heart. I do have my own experience with love triangles and I was happy to see Michael’s actions and who he would have in the end. I have to warn you, the ending is very interesting and will make you wish for book 2.

Both female characters have a point and I see both as victims, probably of different lies. Priscilla wants a man she can count on. Her life has been shaken by her grandmother’s passing and in her vulnerable state, she sees Michael as a savior of sorts. Yet Amber has been waiting for a long while for him to take the next step. Little did she expect Michael to want something else. In the end, who will have Michael? The answer is not that simple and this is what makes the series interesting.

The narration was fantastic! I love how the narrator was right there invested and how she managed to keep my interest with her changes in tonality. Her voice acting was also good and she gave the story the proper pace. I usually listen to the audiobooks at the normal speed or maximum 1.2 speed so I felt really comfortable listening to Sharon Lacey.

All in all, I do advise you give the book a try and I hear the other books that Millenia Black wrote are equally as amazing! They all have impressive reviews so I will probably add them to my TBR soon. 4.5 stars for now and I cannot wait to read more from the series 😊 Happy reading!

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Book Review: An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham

About the book:An Everyday Hero

Title: An Everyday Hero (Heart of a Hero #2)

Author: Laura Trentham

Published: February 4th 2020 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Received from the Publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

At thirty, Greer Hadley never expected to be forced home to Madison, Tennessee with her life and dreams of being a songwriter up in flames. To make matters worse, a series of bad decisions and even crappier luck lands her community service hours at a nonprofit organization that aids veterans and their families. Greer cannot fathom how she’s supposed to use music to help anyone deal with their trauma and loss when the one thing that brought her joy has failed her.

When Greer meets fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, her plans to stay detached and do as little as possible get thrown away. New to town and dealing with the death of her father in action, she hides her emotions behind a mask of bitterness and sarcasm, but Greer is able to see past it and recognizes pieces of who she once was in Ally. The raw and obvious talent she possesses could take her to the top and Greer vows to make sure life’s negativities don’t derail Ally’s potential.

After Greer is assigned a veteran to help, she’s not surprised Emmett Lawson, the town’s golden boy, followed his family’s legacy. What leaves her shocked is the shell of a man who believes he doesn’t deserve anyone’s help. A breakthrough with Ally reminds Greer that no one is worth giving up on. So she shows up one day with his old guitar, and meets Emmett’s rage head on with her stubbornness. When a situation with Ally becomes dire, the two of them must become a team to save her—and along the way they might just save themselves too.

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My Review

I have been so spoiled lately by St. Martin’s. They have amazing authors, incredible romance stories and I would read anything that is published by them. I may not have been the best reviewer when it comes to timings, but for sure I am improving a lot (part of my resolutions for this year).

For today I bring you my review for the latest Laura Trentham book – “An Everyday Hero”. This is the second book in “Heart of a Hero” series, from which I have also read book one, “The Military Wife”. Book one was so emotional that I had a hard time focusing on a coherent review. I have a limited experience with family members part of the army, as my grandfather used to be a lieutenant, but I was too little to understand the consequences or too little to ask questions about his time there. I still cried my heart out reading it.

With this being said, I was scared (good “scared”) going into “An Everyday Hero” and now, weeks after finishing it, I feel the same. I was again overwhelmed with the heavy dose of emotion that is put into this novel. The author has this ability of mixing pain and optimism (for lack of better words) in the same chapter and this is creating a beautiful, beautiful mix. A bit about the plot: our female main character is Greer Hadley. She is sentenced to community work after an altercation with a juke box (yup, funny story, won’t tell you more). This means she has to work with those affected by the war in any way – veterans or people who have lost relatives on the battlefield. She is assigned to Emmett Lawson and   fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, none of which is willing to open up.

But Greer’s unconventional methods, as well as stubbornness are two things that make her good at this job. Slowly, she has to break down Emmett’s walls and self-isolation and also convince Ally that sometimes one needs a friend. If with Emmett things are at least clear, if not easy, Ally has a life she is not willing to share with Greer.

We have two stories, two lives affected differently by war and one bridge between them. Greer will also have to deal with her own monsters and with her fear of professional failure. Learning from Ally and Emmett is her task. Learning to put aside her fears and have faith in her abilities is something Greer has to approach.

I loved this book so much and I love Laura Trentham to the Moon and back, times Infinity! The stories she gives life to are fantastic and full of emotions. I do recommend reading this book, as well as “The Military Wife”, but have some tissues close. Enjoy!

Cover review: I don’t get the cover, in relation with the story, unfortunately. I like it and I like that the color combination makes me thing of the American flag but… the 3 chairs with the girl dancing in the water, that I don’t get. Maybe there’s a scene that I’m missing from the book but… I don’t make the connection. It’s a great cover, just don’t see it tight to the story.

Favorite quote: “Fate controls all of our lives with a few seconds. A few seconds faster or slower ad you could have avoided a car wreck. A few seconds is all it takes to miss your train or buss and get you fired for being late to work. A few seconds can save a life or take one. You did everything you were capable of doing in those few seconds.”

5 stars

About the AuthorLaura Trentham

Author of smart, sexy Southern contemporary romance, Regency historicals, & heartfelt Women’s Fiction

Series include:
Sweet Home Alabama
Cottonbloom
Spies and Lovers
Heart of a Hero
Highland, Georgia

 

Book Review: The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

About the book:The Raven and the Dove

Title: The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: March 9th 2020 by Amazon Digital Services LLC

Source: Received from the Author as part of her ARC team, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

A princess longing to be free...

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review
Dear Kaitlyn Davis,
I am at a loss of words, so I stick with the basics: you are amazing!
Thank you!

Your faithful reader,

Lilly

“The Raven and the Dove” is a book that surpasses my expectations. It’s hard to believe, since any Kaitlyn Davis book is by default amazing in my world. But her last story is so… magical. I loved every word, I loved the characters and I cannot wait for the next book.

Actually, I still have a broken heart about the ending, but I’ll get to that soon.
Ok, the plot has a certain degree of political intrigue, as initially each representative of each kingdom needs to compete for a mate. But once the competitions are over, a new political intrigue, much more interesting arises. We have dragons, ravens, doves, wings and magic! We have a love that goes against all principles, even if our protagonists really try to stay away.

Kaitlyn Davis does wonders creating the sizzling scenes, the ones charged with emotions. So these were by far my favorite scenes of the entire book. When Lyana and Rafe meet, the connection is so strong and they feel the pull of the magic within. Later in the story, the forbidden romance is so well described. Rafe’s torment is by far an amazing creation.

The world that hosts this romance is beautifully created as well. It left me with a desire to learn more and I hope the next books in the series will show many other unexplored aspects of it. The ending killed me. Reading the last chapters was like having my heart ripped away, piece by piece. It was something I did not see coming and it blew my mind.

A point that must be mentioned here is the diversity we have. Lyana has dark skin and is easily accepted by those of white skin and black wings. Acceptance and understanding is highlighted through several chapters. The beauty of being different is well presented. I like that.

Well, what can I say? I loved this book, I adore Kaitlyn Davis and all her stories – especially this one. “The Raven and the Dove” has so much more to tell and it’s just the beginning. It will be an amazing journey and I cannot wait to continue the story.
Please read it, please read all her other books. They are very good!

Cover review: It is such a beautiful cover! If you read the book, there is so much to understand from it: we see the contrast between Rafe and Lyana, we see the magic that burns between them, we see the golden wings around the “1” in the lower part of the cover. We have so many beautiful details that are linked to the story.

Favorite quote: “Love is when you find a piece of yourself in someone else, a piece you never knew was missing, but without which you’d be broken. You feel whole and complete, and accepted for exactly who you are. You can be your true self, because around this person, for the first time you have no desire to pretend to be anyone else.”

5 stars

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here: https://www.goodreads.com/Kay_Marie

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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