Book Review ~ Must Love Babies by Lynnette Austin

 

Book: Must Love Babies

Author: Lynnette Austin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca | June 5, 2018

This baby’s not the only one in need of a cuddle…

Brant Wylder is a bachelor and loving it! He’s in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, property-hunting for his vintage car repair shop when he gets the call. His sister’s been in an accident, and Brant has to drop everything and take care of his five-month-old nephew. That’s the end of the bachelor lifestyle.

Bridal boutique owner Molly Stiles is all business all the time, until she sees that Brant’s in trouble. In this Southern town, nobody ever has to go it alone. And besides, how can she resist that beautiful baby in the arms of a beautiful man…?

 

 

I believe the title tells all in this book. If you want to read and enjoy this book to the fullest, you Must Love Babies, because the majority of the book chronicles the adventures Brant has with his nephew, baby Jax. If you know me, you know that I love stories involving children, especially the heroes’ interactions with them melt my heart, but be prepared to read a lot of baby Jax and Brant.

I have to admit, I felt this story was more Brant’s unexpected and sudden plunge into parenting territory than the romance. It was quite fun to read about a man who enjoyed his bachelor status to the limit becoming the father figure to a little baby—and struggling with it completely— but if I have to be honest, that took a bit away from what he could’ve had with the heroine. Perhaps a little less of the baby—and I can’t believe I’m saying this because again, I love children in stories— and a little bit more with Brant with Molly would’ve been much better for this contemporary romance.

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Release Day e-ARC review ~ Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Book: Darkest Night (Sons of Broad #1)

Author: Tara Thomas

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 27, 2018 | St. Martin’s Press

SHE THOUGHT SHE’D LOST HIM FOREVER
Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.

BUT NOW THAT HE’S BACK IN HER LIFE
Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women,the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.

THE DANGER HAS JUST BEGUN…
When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?

This was my second read by Tara Thomas after the first of the prequel novellas to the Sons of Broad series. Although I didn’t like the novella, this first novel length book of the series was much better. Just as I thought, romantic suspense, at least for me, reads better when it’s longer.

Tilly Brock and Keaton Benedict had been friends when they were both young and their families were close. Then a scandal about Tilly’s father-that he stole money from the Benedicts- caused the two families and the two friends to drift apart. Until one day, when they met again by chance, and while wanting to try to rekindle their friendship and let go of the past, they also have to battle with an unknown enemy to them both.

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Review ~ Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Book: Lies She Told

Author: Cate Holahan

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published: Crooked Lane Books, September 12, 2017

Source: Publisher

The truth can be darker than fiction.

Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.

Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.

Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

LIES SHE TOLD is a psychological thriller with, what I’ve come to realize now, a common unreliable main character. We listen to the story from Liza, who’s in that painful and psychologically draining phase of medically trying to conceive with her husband. Liza is also a writer, one who’s currently in the middle of telling the story of Beth-who happens to be the second voice of the book- a woman whose husband is cheating on her while she stays home and cares for their baby.

The story, like I said, alternates between these two women, although we know one of them is fictional. But still, as any writer does, Liza carries certain details from her life into her stories, but the problem is, between trial medications for a baby and the stress over the missing business partner of her husband’s, the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.

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Spotlight Tour ~ The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book: The Ones Who Got Away

Author: Roni Loren

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 2, 2018

 

Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.

Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long riff and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought…

 

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Review ~ The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

Book: The Other Girl

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Author: Erica Spindler

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Format: Kindle

Published: St. Martin’s Press, August 22, 2017

Source: Publisher

A horrific crime. One witness—a fifteen year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law.
Is it any surprise no one believed her?

Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.

When Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the brutality of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.

Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop—the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda.

THE OTHER GIRL had all the ingredients for a good crime thriller, starting with a heroine with a painful past that linked to the current case she was working on, and I hoped this was going to be a thrilling ride. Unfortunately though, what I got was a half hearted version of what I expected.

The story starts off, and revolves around, Miranda, a police officer who comes from the wrong side of the tracks and who’s been through something terrible fourteen years ago. While we get bits and pieces about that fateful night-the one that changed her life- we also experience the current case she works on. With every detail or so coming out, you’re left wondering who could be doing this, and whether Miranda is a reliable character and so on. So far so good? Yes, and no. While the plot was intriguing, the execution of it was not so good. Certainly not satisfying enough.

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