Monday, February 19, 2018


A grieving heiress.
A celebrity psychologist.
A decade of friendship.
Undone by one bold move.

When Camille first met Jackson she was too young.
Too innocent.
Too traumatized.

Friendship was less than what she wanted, but all she could handle.

Ten years later and she’s a different woman. Strong, successful, brave.

At exactly the wrong moment, one bold move threatens everything.
The safe harbor of Jackson’s family.
The unconditional commitment of his friendship.
The collection of secrets she never knew existed,

Claims and confessions come hard and fast as Jackson and Camille navigate all that has never been said.

Each step they take, closer to the truth and each other, demands another layer of secrets must fall.

My review: Camille has just suffered a humiliating break-up, and her best friend, Jackson, crosses the line with a searing kiss. Ever since the two met 10 years ago, Cami has wanted Jack, but he has always been untouchable, which was hard considering he had such a hot body.


After an awkward wedding rehearsal, Jackson confesses his feelings for Cami. The chemistry between them was sizzling. For years, they danced around their attraction and just when they come so close to giving in, something pulls them back, ruining the moment. I have to admit this was a little annoying. The characters had several “missed opportunities,” thrilling the reader with sensual scenes & dialogue, only to be left disappointed by not closing the deal. Talk about getting “blue-balled.”


I liked the characters, and Jackson was, of course, hot and lovable. Their story was well-written for the most part. It definitely had an engaging start, but sort’ve tapered off once they decided to start “dating.” I mean, does Jackson really start psychologizing the whole thing? Of course, it made since considering he was a psychologist, but was it really necessary while they were both naked? How annoying.


I think it would’ve been best had the story moved forward instead of going back a lot. There was too much back-and-forth, going to their first meeting, their first fight, etc. Was that also necessary? I get that this was a friends-to-lovers story, so some flashbacks would create the foundation, but too many made the whole thing lagging.


I think this was a fairly good romance. Friends definitely make the best relationships, but I just think I was left a little too “blue-balled.”


My rating: 3 stars

Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: GIRL IN TROUBLE by Stacy Claflin

It’s Halloween night, and Alex Mercer was running late for his 11-year old daughter’s party. Even though he never considered himself much of a father, he could at least make an appearance for one of the most important days of her life. But, let’s face it, all he does is drink and sleep nowadays.

The party seemed lengthy and uneventful. So we have a resentful “family” with biting remarks. Sounds like a party. But then things take a turn when Alex witnesses kidnappers take his daughter right in front of him.  Of course, things get a little more interesting when we find out that Alex’s sister was kidnapped 12 years ago. Two kidnappings within the same family?

Like I said, I wasn’t too keen on the family drama. Who cares, right? Everyone is basically wracked with worry over Ariana’s disappearance, but, of course, no one is more worried or guilt-ridden than Alex, who goes out of his way to find her.

Really this should’ve been more compelling than it was. Story had some good writing, but it just had too many lagging areas.


My rating: 2 stars

Review: CALL IT CHEMISTRY by D.J. Van Oss

Working in the marketing department with her Graphic Design degree has given Kate such fierce ambition to move up the corporate ladder. She was a true artist and was hoping to land an account that would allow her to utilize her skills. It would just figure that her first account would end up steering her away from the big city to her small town of Iowa. Thing was she didn’t have a clue about marketing chemicals that cleaned up cow poop, not to mention she had no intention of ever seeing her hometown again.

So she moves back into her old house, where an old school crush apparently still lives next door to.

Story takes the reader through the lackadaisical small-town life, which was somewhat lagging at times, especially when Kate reminisces about her Hart Dixie past. In fact, the whole thing kept going at a drawling pace.  Additionally, story constantly shifted between past and present, which was particularly annoying for me. Not to mention that there were a bunch of names thrown in there, making it sound like we should remember these characters. Who? What?

I thought the title was a little clever and the plot sounded interesting at first. But, although the story was written pretty well, I just couldn’t fall into the story.


My rating: 2 stars

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: COLD SHADOWS by J.L. Bryan (Book 2)

Ellie Jordan, ghost trapper, is back!

Determined to protect the living from the dead, ever since her parents were killed by a pyromaniac spirit, she continues her work as a ghost investigator. In this adventure, a house is being plagued by paranormal activity. Could we be dealing with a poltergeist? A spiritual parasite?

Ellie certainly does some smart investigating. She’s so professional, wry, and witty. And she will need all her wits, since we’re dealing with a spiritually gifted child that can see the ghosts of the two dead children that just want to play. Ellie and Stacie must look into the home’s history to put the malevolent spirits to rest once and for all.

Well-written and full of mystery!


My rating: 4 stars

Review: THE CRAWLING DARKNESS by J.L. Bryan (Book 3)

Another haunting tale that could have something to do with one of Ellie Jordan’s unfinished cases. In fact, the house is right next door to it! Ellie fears that monster that she was looking for back then has returned.

What’s scarier than monsters in the closet? A shadowy entity that takes the shape of your worst fears. It’s almost a spidery figure—the Crawling Darkness. Ewe! Yuck! And freaky!

It’s a search for the Boogeyman in this chilling tale. It’s a spirit that feeds on your fears, especially the children’s.

Ellie and the gang must face their fears in this ghostly mystery, which actually has a spiritual protector. This is your nightmares come true.

This is another great ghost trapper story. A worthy read!


My rating: 4 stars

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: A NEW BEGINNING by Brenda Kennedy

This book sounded interesting at first.

Mason is still getting over his bad break-up and doesn't want to get set up with another girl; Angel finally left her abusive relationship and is looking forward to a new start. Pushed together by annoying friends, Mason and Angel are instantly attracted to each other even though neither is seeking a serious relationship.

Story is written in 1st person present tense and alternates between Mason and Angel--a typical love story in he said/she said perspective. It actually read more like a summary, one filled with superfluous details, mild redundancies, and life stories of the couple's circle of friends. It was mediocre, but still compelling in that simple, straightforward fashion.

Overall, this was not overly impressive and could've been better. 

My rating: 2.5 stars

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


It’s Christmas time, and P.I. Penguin is having a quandary with his light display: it just doesn’t look right. So he sets off, seeking advice from his animal friends on how to make his Christmas lights special.

There wasn’t really any mystery. It’s just one of those “Finding the Spirit of Christmas Tales” that’s supposed to warm your heart.

As always, the story rhymes and the illustrations are cute. A decent children’s tale for the holidays.


My rating: 3 stars