Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Review Round Up ~ April 20

New Release:

Charmed by the BillionaireCharmed by the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a friend

Review Copy Provided by Author

Charmed by the Billionaire is a fun friends to lovers story.

Cris and Benji make an awesome friend/co worker set and it was fun to see them decide if they could/should explore more. Both characters have emotional baggage - Benji’s is a bit heavier. The emotional growth needed for them to have a shot was sweet and a little awkward at the same time.

Add in an interesting secondary cast including Benji’s brothers and this is a fun read that hits the spot. As the second book in a series, I personally think it's more fun to read in order, but these are very independent books and can be read out of order. I am curious about the third brother (Archer) and what his story might be.... also, after meeting Cris' brothers I am hoping they have future stories too!

The Last Night In LondonThe Last Night In London by Karen White

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

Karen White is a new to me author and I picked this book up off a Net galley email because the blurb sounded interesting. I was not disappointed!

Told in dual timelines (1939/2019) The Last Night in London reminds me slightly of Rebecca Yarros’s Things We Leave Unfinished. The stories here are vastly different, so if you enjoyed Yarros’ work, this would be worth your time as well.

The 1939 storyline focuses of Precious and Eva as they make their way in the modeling world of pre WWII London. We see them scraping together a life and forging their path into higher society. These are interesting characters and I enjoyed seeing their story unfold both in real time and the through the eyes of 2019 family/friends. We see romance, intrigue, and so much more against a backdrop most of us can’t imagine.

The 2019 story focus on Madison and Colin as they work with Precious to unravel a mystery. I enjoyed seeing the Madison/Precious interactions, but felt like there were times when the author showed her hand a bit as to where the story was going. As a reader, it was fun to find out I was right!

Both timelines have an emotional impact and share important life lessons if the reader is open to finding them. Ms White is definitely a reader I will be looking to read more from in the future.


The Perfect DaughterThe Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy provided by Publisher via Net Galley

If you are looking for a book with a different spin on intrigue, then The Perfect Daughter would be an excellent choice.

The focus of the story is on Penny - a young woman with a history of mental health issues - when she is accused of committing a crime. The case seems open and shut, but she has the die hard support of her mother.

Told from alternating points of view, this is a captivating read that was hard to put down. We saw the story from the lens of Grace (Penny’s mother), Jack (her brother), and Mitch (her doctor). Mr Palmer did an excellent job of pulling the various pieces of the story together through these moments so that the reader is invested and interested in the outcome of Penny’s case.

Well researched, The Perfect Daughter, gave the reader a glimpse into the complexities of mental health issues in the legal system as well as surprises along the way. This is the second book of Mr Palmer’s that I have read, but it won’t be the last.

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