“Goodbye, Paris”–Review

41pYhoGoKDL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Hello, bloggers! I hope this month is treating you well and that you’re reading some great books. Also, it’s pub day for Goodbye, Paris, by Anstey Harris. It was actually around 2 a.m., last night, when I finished reading the book, so here’s my review.

Sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole.

Grace Atherton once had a promising career as a cellist; however, a traumatic incident at her music college years ago discouraged her from ever playing in front of an audience again. Now she owns a violin ship in the U.K., repairing instruments, all the while holding on to a long-distance affair with David, who is living in Paris. After nine years of their affair, Grace is positive that she and David will be together indefinitely. But David’s reason for staying in his loveless marriage is for the sake of his children, so Grace remains patient. But then she learns that David has kept more secrets from her, which leads her to nearly hit rock-bottom.

While Grace wallows in her misery, her closest friends—Mr. Williams, an elegant, elderly violinist, and Nadia, Grace’s teenage store clerk—try to help her realize her potential, that she deserves more out of life. As she works hard to get her life back on track, Grace learns that there’s more than one way to find happiness.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I was up until 2 a.m. because I was dying to know how it was going to end. And it didn’t disappoint. I’ve told myself that, one day, I’ll get to visit Paris. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out this book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: For more info, click on the author’s site. You can also find her on Twitter.

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“As the Tide Comes In”–Review

517prxxWd1L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Hello, bloggers! I hope you’re enjoying some new books. Here’s my latest review.

Never knowing her real family, Tara Abbott grew up in foster care. At 18 years old, she’s asked to look after her estranged half-brothers, who may end up in foster care if no other family members can take them in. Tara eventually agrees, putting her life plans on hold to become a mother to these boys she grows to love.

Years later, an unthinkable loss happens and Tara loses her sense of direction in her life. She ends up leaving her home in North Carolina for Georgia’s St. Simon’s Island to find answers to her past. Once she’s there, however, disorientation takes over and she’s caught between what’s real and what’s imaginary. She, then, meets a group of older women who call themselves the Glynn Girls—Luella, Julep, Sue Beth, and Dell—along with a young firefighter, named Gavin. While the Glynn Girls and Gavin try to help her in her time of grief, all Tara wants is to be left alone. But no one’s giving up on her. Will Tara eventually be able to make peace with her grief and finally let everyone else in?

Although this is a decent story of love, loss, and hope, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the book. It’s not a bad story, in my opinion, but I guess it just didn’t move me. I did, however, like the scenes with Luella and Charles. No matter, I recommend this novel for fans of Christian fiction. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this book from the Waterbrook Multnomah launch team, in exchange for an honest review.

*As the Tide Comes In will be available on August 21, 2018.

About the authors: Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times and CBA best-selling author of over 20 works of fiction and nonfiction with more than a million copies sold. Her books have been featured on ABC’s Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband.

Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom. She has edited, brain-stormed, and researched books with her mother-in-law, Cindy Woodsmall, for almost a decade. The two also coauthored The Gift of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance.

“Exhibit Alexandra”–Review

518kDHHwmRL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_He thought he knew everything about her, until she went missing.

The story begins with Alexandra Southwood’s disappearance. While the police are investigating her disappearance and questioning her husband, Marc, Alexandra finds herself held against her will in a strange room. She’s forced to watch news clips of her coping husband and daughters who are desperately seeking information on her whereabouts. While held in the strange room, Alexandra thinks back to her memories when she met Marc, leading up to the life they’d eventually build together.

Meanwhile, Marc is keeping contact with the police. When he’s informed of his wife’s bloody belongings that were found, the case goes from missing person to a murder investigation. While friends and family tell him that he may have to accept that his wife’s gone, Marc thinks otherwise. He cannot—will not—accept that his wife is dead. He loves her too much. They’ve always been so happy…

Until months later—while the case is still going on—Marc comes across some letters addressed to Alexandra which may prove that she may not have been so happy after all. Marc, then, embarks on his own journey to find her, to finally get the answers to questions he’s asked for months.

I did like where the story was going. Once I learned the reason behind her disappearance, it made me so mad. In a good way, of course. I just couldn’t believe it, though. No worries, I won’t leave spoilers. All I can do is recommend you read the book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Natasha Bell grew up in Somerset and studied English literature at the University of York. She holds an MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago and an MA in creative writing from Goldsmiths. She lives in southeast London.

“Our Little Secret”–Review

51zVxxBPhDL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_They say you never forget your first love. What they don’t say, though, is that sometimes your first love won’t forget you…

…a compulsive debut about a missing woman, a tangled love triangle, the secrets we keep, and the secrets we share.

Sitting in a police station interrogation room for hours, Angela Petitjean is being questioned regarding a missing woman, Saskia Parker. Although Angela claims she knows nothing, all evidence points to her. Meanwhile, Homicide Detective J. Novak believes Angela is guilty. While he continues to question her, Angela tells her story from a decade ago, when she met HP in high school. They’d gone from being friends to being in love. And then it all changed when Angela went away to college, their love story suddenly falling apart. Then Saskia came into their lives.

I really enjoyed reading this story. The narration was well-written and I was curious to know more, although I had occasional frustrations with Angela and HP because of their choices, but that’s what made the story worth reading. Of course, I won’t spoil anything, but as the story progressed, I didn’t feel sorry for Angela or HP. No matter, I had to know where it all was going to end. If you’re interested in checking out the book, you’ll know what I mean.

Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

Our Little Secret will be available on April 24, 2018.

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Roz Nay grew up in England and studied in Oxford University. She has been published in The Antigonish Review and the anthology Refuge. Roz has worked as an underwater fish counter in Africa, a snowboard videographer in Vermont, and a high school teacher in both the UK and Australia. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two children. Our Little Secret is her first novel. For more info, click here. You can also follow her on Twitter.

“Kiss Me Like You Mean It”–Review

COVERMy love is poison. His kiss is mine.

 “The first time he saw me I was shattered glass, and he was a shadow. If I had stayed, he would have just faded away.”

It’s strange how easy it is to tell our stories to a stranger’s eyes. The truth about Connor Stratford and I had always been a sad tale. Over ten years of chasing, tears, lies, vows, and leaving. Two people who never loved each other at the same time, but couldn’t let each other go. 
 
 Now here I was telling our story over drinks midday in an airport bar with my old diary clutched in my hand. Telling some version of our story, anyway. 
I left him once with no goodbye. Now I was returning home to give him what he needed to move on. 
“It’s important. It’s what you’re thinking.”
 
I knew what his message meant, sent in the middle of the night after I woke from a fever dream. He was finally ready, and so was I. I just needed to finally give him the kiss he begged for. The one that meant goodbye.
Based on a true story, the main character, Gwen, is in an airport bar as she tells her story of her on-off relationship with Connor Stratford and how it all changed her throughout the years. This is the second novel I’ve read by this author and I think it’s definitely worth reading, especially because many readers can relate to the topic of this book. Some chapters upset me because of Gwen’s actions. Later on, however, I’ve learned that there was more to her than the fact that she always wanted what she couldn’t have. Still, I just had that love-hate relationship with her.
J.R. Rogue’s narration and dialogue is beautiful and poetic, so I highly recommend you check out her previous works. As always, feel free to leave your comments. Happy reading!
*I received this advance review copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited high school crush and has never stopped writing about heartache.She has published multiple volumes of poetry such as Tell Me Where It Hurts, Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, and two novels, Burning Muses and Background Music. Her third novel, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, will release on March 22, 2018.

 

Two of her poetry collections, La Douleur Exquise and Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, have been Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees.

 

You can also follow the author on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and you can check out her site here.

“Indecent”–Review

51ZGckGkZVL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers and bookworms! I started the beginning of this new month with a new book I couldn’t put down, so here’s my review.

Shy, introverted Imogene Abney has always been fascinated with the elite. Since she was a young girl, she’d fantasized about attending prestigious prep schools and fitting in with her peers, to finally escape from her own reality. Now in her early twenties, Imogene takes a job as a teacher’s assistant at the Vandenberg School for Boys, in Westchester, New York. As she gets to know her new surroundings, Imogene begins to feel like she finally belongs.

Then she crosses paths with Adam Kipling, a handsome and privileged, much younger student at the school. Once she acknowledges Adam’s charming ways and status, Imogene is instantly drawn to him. Although she’s aware of the strict zero tolerance policy of teacher-student relationships, an illicit affair happens between them. Despite the consequences should she be caught, Imogene can’t help her strong feelings for Adam—which becomes an obsession—and she’s willing to risk anything to be with him, all the while losing herself in the wrong person.

This story left me wondering what would happen next. Oftentimes, I’d shake my head during certain chapters, and then there were moments where I wasn’t sure whether to feel bad for Imogene or to hate her for whom she was becoming, for what an unhealthy involvement was doing to her. Well, I won’t leave any spoilers, so I’ll just encourage you to read this book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

Indecent will be available on March 6, 2018.

About the author: Corinne Sullivan studied English with a creative writing concentration at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014. She then received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Night Train, Knee-Jerk, and Pithead Chapel, among other publications. Indecent is her debut novel.

“Pretty Lost Dolls”–Review

411UUFkwQEL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Welcome home, little doll…

Detective Jade Phillips is back in the second installment of the Pretty Little Dolls series. In fact, she’s back in the same cell where her captor, Benny, held her prisoner for four years, along with her sister, Macy—who Jade had left behind during her escape over eight years ago. While she is fighting to stay strong and to overpower Benny once and for all, Jade has high hopes that she’ll make her escape again and to finally bring Macy home. But after years of Benny’s abuse, Macy has lost her mind. Will Jade still be able to save Macy?

Meanwhile, Detective Dillon Scott—Jade’s lover and partner on the police force—is doing everything in his power to find Jade and to destroy Benny. Until Benny is dead, Dillon knows Jade will never be at peace.

Honestly, I couldn’t put this book down. It definitely got better, especially because most of the chapters were from Benny’s point-of-view. If you’ve read the previous book, you know how much of a psycho he is. In this book, though, he gets worse. This installment was twice as disturbing and graphic, but it’s still worth reading. Also, the book had more of Dillon’s perspective and I liked that he was quick to act when it came to Jade. His love for her was strong and he was willing to stop at nothing to have her back.

If you haven’t read the first book, Pretty Stolen Dolls, I encourage you to do so. You just might love it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. As I’ve mentioned regarding the previous book, the second book also contains violence, language, and adult content. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

About the authors: K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including dark romance, taboo romance, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her supportive husband and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. For more info, click here.

Ker Dukey’s books tend to be darker romance, edge-of-your-seat, angst-filled reads. Her advice to readers: “When starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.”
For info on Ker Dukey, click here.