Book Talk | The Write Escape by Charish Reid

Monday, September 30, 2019

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Format: eBook (ARC)
Published: September 30, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: BN | Amazon | Add it to Goodreads

Both Antonia and Aiden are still in the tentative stages of removing themselves from toxic relationships and in their attempts to move forward while vacationing in Ireland on their own separate writing retreats, they end up finding each other.

The Write Escape is a sweet and charming romance. Add in Adian's totally unexpected sexiness (he is a history professor) and man, the heat was church fan worthy. Antonia and Adien connected very well together as characters, the chemistry between them was pure and organic. I liked that the author gave them them both nuisances outside of the issues of their failed romantic relationships (Antonia-her mother/publishing job and Adien-his father) to give the story more perspective without taking over the romance.

Ms. Reid gives us a story that flows smoothly and a second chance at romance between two people willing to give love another try even though they still had some trust issues.

 I really enjoyed The Write Escape and am looking forward to reading more of this authors work.

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Book Talk | Tempted at Midnight by Cheris Hodges

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Format: eGally ARC (Netgalley)
Published: September 24, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: No
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A strong 2.5 stars. 

Jordan and Sylvie had a one night stand and then a relationship was supposed to develop from there. But these two barely got to know one another because:

a. Jordan is immediately tapped to take over the family business and then there is another issue (besides his father stealing) that compounded that.

b. Sylvie has trust issues from a previous relationship.

Let me say that Tempted at Midnight started strong but then like after 15%, I was left in a constant state of "I am confusion". Just about everybody in here changed character after that...except Jordan's father. Now he stayed a asshole the whole way through...more on that later. 
Nothing in this story connected for me after that. Jordan and Sylvie because of their separate issues didn’t really have chemistry between them. They slept together a couple of times after the one night stand but with all the extra drama going on in here, I feel like they were too quick to be falling in love with one another. There was no true progression of their relationship. 

Both of them claiming that this was going to be just a friends with benefits type of thing got marred in Jordan falling too fast because Sylvie was “magical”. I don’t want to see this word again for a minute. Like sir, you don't even know that lady like that...*tuh*.  And Sylvie? she kept running to and from the “D” because she wasn’t trying to get hurt again. 

And I get Sylvie’s trust issues but Jordan literally gave her no reason for the reactions we got and I was confused. But shoot, she was damn confused so...
She never wanted to fully talk about what bothered her, this lead to her always jumping to conclusions and jumping at Jordan which left him like..

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And she has a good girlfriend that gave her damn good advise that myself as a reader was 100% thinking about while reading. But Sylvie willfully chose to ignore it.

Then the side stories. Nothing wrapped up completely. Why didn’t their father tell the true reason for what he did? I can’t fully believe that all that money went to a side chick...

This man walked around this book cussing everyone tf out, he really was like "fuk dem kids". Why was he so angry at his own family? What they do besides be his family? 
It didn’t add up. 

And then the mothers sickness. When I read that, I was like...huh? I really threw my hands up like “come on now!” It felt like a last minute thrown in shock moment to get the reader to feel sympathy for her character because of the way she was portrayed earlier in the story.
It didn’t add up either.

It all honestly read like haphazardly thrown together paragraphs and I think Tempted at Midnight could have been more of a solid story if we had gotten more length, a clearer story arc and better character development.

This is a ARC so maybe we’ll get a more cohesive story with the final version...I don’t know. But for now, this story didn’t work for me.

*thank you to the publisher/author for the opportunity to read/review.

*this review was also published on Goodreads. It's been slightly updated. 

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A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker

Friday, September 20, 2019


Stand-Alone: yes
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Genre: Romance
Heat Level: Sweet

As an architect, she designs beautiful buildings… But will her heart ever find a place to call home?

Taylor’s architectural firm enters her in a contest to build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, she’s likely to get a promotion to a position in another city. But it’s a team competition, and Taylor’s temperamental partner soon backs out. Taylor needs a replacement―fast.

When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, she convinces him to be her partner in the contest. After all, winning would give his bakery much-needed exposure.

For years, Taylor has avoided thinking of anywhere as “home.” When she was a kid, her family was always on the move. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brooke, decorating for Christmas and enjoying Philadelphia’s holiday traditions, has her questioning everything. Could she have found a place to call her own?

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Lacey Baker, a Maryland native, lives with her husband, three children, grandson and English Bulldog in what most would call Suburban America--a townhouse development where everybody knows each other and each other's kids. Family cook-outs, reunion vacations, and growing up in church have all inspired Lacey to work towards her dreams and to write about the endurance of family and the quest to find everlasting love. To date she has written in several genres including small town romance, YA paranormal (as Artist Arthur), a cozy mystery series titled Rumors and adult paranormal (as A.C. Arthur).



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Hannah's Heart by Preslaysa Williams

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Healing Hanna's Heart
Stand-Alone: Yes
Publisher: Immortal Works Press
Publication Date: September 20, 2019
Genre: Womens Fiction
Heat Level: Sweet

Time will heal her scars, but what will heal her heart?

Hannah Hart may have been burned by the breakup of her rocky marriage, but the ambitious Afro-Filipina model has big plans for her future. Her stunning looks and flawless skin provide the opening she craves to become a celebrity in the fashion world. Then an arsonist’s match brings Hannah’s world crashing down around her.

Recovering from the burns that destroyed her skin, Hannah is forced to accept help from the last person on earth she wants, her estranged husband, Jake Hart. Jake isn’t ready to give up on their marriage. The return of Jake’s teenage son from a one-night stand had been the catalyst for their breakup. How can he help both the son who resents his abandonment and the woman he still loves? He can do nothing about the scars on her skin, but can he heal Hannah’s heart?

As she struggles to rebuild her life from the ashes of her shattered dreams, does Hannah have the courage to give Jake a second chance? And is the world ready for a differently-abled model who will redefine what it means to be beautiful?

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Preslaysa Williams is an award-winning author who writes contemporary romance and women's fiction with an Afro-Filipina twist. Proud of her heritage, she loves sharing her culture with her readers. She is currently earning her second graduate degree, a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, at Seton Hill University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Columbia University.

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Return to Me by Farrah Rachon

Thursday, September 5, 2019



Series: The Holmes Brothers, Book 8
Publisher: Wandering Road Press
Publication Date:  August 30, 2019
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Sensual

Three years after his bride-to-be jilted him at the altar, Jonathan Campbell is still struggling to expunge every reminder of her from his life. His new motto is to never again expose his heart to such anguish. But when she pops up uninvited on his doorstep, his life is suddenly upended all over again.

A case of cold feet sent Ivana Culpepper running the week before her wedding. She found refuge and purpose in Haiti, working with relief aid organization Operation: Heal. When a series of circumstances force her to return to her hometown of New Orleans, Ivana must face the consequences of her actions and the bitter rejection of the man she once loved.

Can Ivana convince Jonathan to give her another chance, or is her betrayal too much for their newly reawakened love to overcome?

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USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers, New York Sabers, Bayou Dreams and Moments in Maplesville series. The two-time RITA® Award finalist has also been nominated for an RT BOOKReviews Reviewers Choice Award, and in 2015 received the Emma Award for Author of the Year.

When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows.



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Month In Review | August 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

August was a good reading month. Did you have a Hot Reading Summer? Or just a Hot Good Summer?
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Book Talk | Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Format: eBook (eGalley-ARC)
Published: September 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Kingdom of Souls #1
Available: BN | Amazon | Add it to  Goodreads

*This is a updated version of my initial review on Goodreads. 

Arrah doesn't carry magic as her parents and grandmother do and she along with her mother are disappointed. When the Kingdom of Tamar faces unspeakable danger, it is Arrah that must save it. But how can a girl with no magic save her family, friends and the Kingdom? 

KOS has the makings of a great epic fantasy. Filled with family drama and secrets, Gods and demons, betrayal, action packed battles and a budding young romance...all of this is encompassed with magic. You can easily get lost in this story arc but I must admit that the third act brings the action to a screeching halt and slows the story down significantly, at least it did for me.  

KOS does pick back up with the fourth act but there are multiple arcs going on within this book and you can loose your footing. The authors writing however is well though out and the plot is cohesive. There is a bit of inconsistency at times but Ms. Barron does manage to wrangle us back in. I was only slightly surprised with the ending and how Arrah ties into overall plot of KOS but man, its a ending worthy of getting to. I do wish there was some type of bibliography added to give us a description of some of the demons, weapons, etc....maybe it will be in the finished copy. 

All and all, I really enjoyed Kingdom of Souls and the world that Ms. Barron has given us. KOS looks like its going to be a magnificent series and I look forward to reading more to find out how Arrah and her friends fair against the demon king AND the twin Gods. I'll definitely be adding the finished copy to my physical library

*There is violence and gore in KOS and being that this is a YA novel, if you have issues with these sorts of themes; then you may to check the book out before giving to your child to read. 
The book also has a updated cover, I like this one better.

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