Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Releases and TBR reviews

On Second ThoughtOn Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

I have a little bit of a girl crush in Kristen Higgins.
In On Second Thought, she tackles some pretty tough emotional territory - on several fronts and still had me walking away from the book feeling like I'd spent the day with good friends that I would miss after turning the last page.
We meet Kate (a successful photographer who had embraced the idea of being single when she meets Mr. Right at 38) and Ainsley (hopelessly devoted to her long term boyfriend), two half sisters who had their worlds turned upside down by the same senseless accident. Ms. Higgins takes us on the sister's journeys as they begin to put their lives back together.
A well written and emotional work, On Second Thought shows us grief, self discovery, and second chances. We also see the sisters begin to build a relationship that hadn't been there. It's easy to like both women and to relate to their experiences. Add in dashes of humor via a quirky grandmother and this is another solid, enjoyable work from a great author.


Taking Care of the TargetTaking Care of the Target by Cindi Madsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars -Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy provided by publisher via Net Galley

This was a cute story, but to be brutally honest there were times when it really dragged for me. I liked both Cassie and Vince and enjoyed their developing relationship amid the high stakes circumstances, but it really felt that we spent too much time watching things develop.
I enjoyed the romantic suspense element, but would have appreciated a slightly faster pace.


 Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels, #3)Jacked Up by Samantha Kane

2.5 stars

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

I struggled with this book. I went in hoping for one thing, hoping for a solid story that builds on its potential.
Unfortunately, what I was hoping for didn't exactly materialize. Jacked Up had interesting characters, and lots of potential intriguing story lines, but it felt like the focus was 100% on the sexy time. It also felt a little bit like a recycle of the first book in the series with the public "scandal" around the heroine's relationship with 2 teammates.
This could have been a forum for shining the light on PTSD or the struggle of embracing your sexuality, but it felt like it was reduced to raunchy sexcapades and the f bomb.


Releasing Her Dragon (Dragon Blood, #1)Releasing Her Dragon by Elianne Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quick, fun paranormal. Not a whole lot of meat to the story due to the length of the book. This was a quick intro to characters and a potential world - future books and works might be interesting, but there needs to be more back ground.


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