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November 1, 2019

Readers should be warned that this book starts with a pretty graphic description of spousal brutality. The heroine, Evelyn, flees her husband’s abuse and winds up far from her society life in Boston, out in Wyoming’s high mountains, hiding out with a gang of outlaws after a case of mistaken identity leads to her being kidnapped off a train. Gabriel Sloan takes on responsibility for Evelyn, recognising something in her which calls to him. He’s Native American, having been taken from his tribe as a child and raised among whites, he too has a feeling of not fitting in anywhere.

With two protagonists who are by nature very quiet people, there’s more narration than dialogue in this book, but Amy Sandas does an excellent job of telling the story through description and through Evelyn’s...

October 14, 2019

Told in the form of letters to a woman the reader knows only as Lucy, This Little Dark Place is, at its core, the story of how seemingly small, everyday things can build and build into an actual psychotic break. How that break plays out and who is affected is really little more than the luck of the draw.

At the beginning of the book, Daniel is living a very ordinary sort of life. Living with his girlfriend Victoria, they are trying for a baby in hopes this will fix the ‘something missing’ in their relationship. This part may be painful to read for anyone with triggers relating to conception issues and miscarriage, it should be noted. Struggling with a difficult reality, Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners and starts communicating with Ruby, who he begins to feel is the o...

October 12, 2019

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common? 

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure. 

Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …

My Review:

Desperate to turn her fl...

October 8, 2019

Crime scene photographer Harper is taking a well-deserved mental health break from her job and photographing wildlife in remote Wyoming when she accidentally witnesses a murder - and catches the whole thing on camera. Fleeing in fear of her own life, she runs into Heath, a local ranch owner who she knew as a child before her family moved away from the area.

Things get complicated when local law enforcement can’t find a body, Harper’s lost camera or any trace that a crime has even been committed. Heath believes Harper, but he seems to be the only one… and then the bombs start going off.

There’s a lot going on in this story and it was possibly a bit too much for a romantic suspense, because at the end of the story I realized while we knew who the murderer was, we never actually real...

October 2, 2019

A Fairy Tale Christmas by Leigh Greenwood

Set in 1880, spinster Nan is the owner of a nice farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Just a few days before Christmas, businessman Will Atkins and his daughter Clara wind up on her doorstep when Will falls sick and there’s nobody else available to take him in. On his way to leave Clara with her maternal grandparents because he’s unable to look after her, Nan could be the answer to this lonely pair’s prayers.

Two things struck me about this one; first of all, no cowboys? Which seems kind of odd in an anthology with a cowboy theme? Setting that one aside, this felt way more like a marriage of convenience story which could eventually turn into a love story than two people falling deeply in love in the space of a week, probably because it WAS just...

September 25, 2019

If you’re looking for a gentle, undemanding sort of romance between two very nice people with not an enormous amount at stake for either of them, this could very well fit the bill nicely. Lady Sophie Windham is a duke’s daughter with a soft heart and a habit of taking in strays, left literally holding a baby when her good nature if taken advantage of. Vim Charpentier steps in to help out, and, trapped by a prodigious snowstorm, the two start falling for each other.

It’s easy to look at Sophie and Vim and think their problems are Rich People Problems - they both have plenty of money and supportive families - not every story has to be about struggle and suffering. Sophie has to come to a conscious decision about what direction she wants her life to go in and Vim needs to get past s...

September 23, 2019

I’m gonna start off this review by saying that I haaaaate cliffhangers with a burning passion. And if that’s you too, then you should absolutely not read this book until the series is complete, because otherwise you’ll be very annoyed and frustrated. There’s an obvious overriding series arc with a ‘big bad’ who doesn’t even make an appearance in this book, but is constantly on the mind of (and manipulating from afar) the characters we’re following. There’s a character who is very obviously a ‘bad guy’ who appears right at the end of this one and is clearly going to play a part in the next book, but right here he looks like a deus ex machina, his existence not even signaled earlier in the story.

Despite all those things which mean I should probably loathe this, it’s such a rivetin...

August 25, 2019

When I discovered this book was set on Queensland’s subtropical coast, not far at all from where I live, I was really excited to read it. Kylie Kaden does a wonderful job of painting the small town of Lago Point - a two-cop town where the most exciting thing that ever happens is the tourists coming in to watch the turtle hatchings. You can almost feel the humidity in the air, smell the salt on the hot breeze. The locals all know each other, and each other’s business, and gossip is faster than the speed of light.

The story centers on Abbi, her husband Will, her adoptive brother Blake, and Blake’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Hannah, who’s recently returned from spending several years in America. Abbi’s the main protagonist, and from the beginning it’s clear she has a secret, som...

August 14, 2019

Kari Lynn Dell is a prime example of a good writer telling a genuinely great story by writing what they know, and what Kari Lynn knows is really different to most of the rest of us. Living on the Blackfeet Nation reservation, steeped in the rodeo business since childhood, she tells stories that feel authentic because she doesn’t need to go away and research the things she doesn’t know. She’s sharing what’s in her heart, her love of horses and the rodeo and the truth of the Blackfeet, and it makes for shining, unique stories that are a genuine joy to read.

David’s a calf roper who’s lost the horse which upgraded him from good to exceptional. Without his treasured Muddy, he’s drifting without an anchor, so when a friend brings him a genuine sighting of the missing horse, David’s wi...

July 31, 2019

This is the third in the series about three Regency lords who manage a club called Temptations and how they find their loves, this one featuring Ramsay, Marquess of Sterling, the most strait-laced of the three, and Grace, the ward of one of the other two. Although both characters were introduced in previous books, this can be read as a standalone.

Grace is unconventional in that she’s been educated and she is well traveled, having been to India and Egypt,among other places, with her parents before they passed. One thing she is not, is graceful, but Ramsay sees that as a charming personality quirk rather than a flaw. He’s not the only one with his sights on Grace, though, and I found it rather refreshing to have a genuine rival in the picture for the heroine’s affections, though t...

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