Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Review Round Up ~ August 24

New Release:

Stronger Than You Know: A NovelStronger Than You Know: A Novel by Lori Foster

3.5 Stars - Worth A Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Publisher vis Net Galley

In Stronger Than You Know, we rejoin the McKenzie family as they work to protect the innocent and beat the bad guys.

This time the focus is on middle child, Reyes. He is paired with Kennedy, a trafficking survivor, who is danger again. After meeting both of these characters in book 1, it was nice to get to know them and the rest of the McKenzie family better here.
I found both Reyes and Kennedy to be enjoyable characters and the pacing of the story kept me engaged throughout.

The timeline for this book is sequential to the first book, so I strongly suggest that the series be read in order to avoid spoilers. Ms Foster continues the world building around youngest sibling, Madison, but this is done in such away that it supports the current story and has me looking forward to what is coming next!


All Night Long with a Cowboy (Kittredge Ranch Book 2)All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy PRovided by Publisher via Net Galley

In All Night Long with a Cowboy, Ms Crews brings us back to Colorado and the brothers of the Kittredge Ranch. The focus of this book is town good time guy Jensen and the highschool librarian, Harriet.

One the surface these two characters couldn't be more different and initially, I wasn't sure I really liked either of them. Ms Crews did an excellent job of peeling back the layers to show the true people beneath their personas. It turned out that they were people more a like than they seemed, and people who were actually very likeable once you got past their defences.

I enjoyed seeing how the author used these two characters to challenge each other and their own preconceived notions. This was all done against the back drop of Cold River, a town we have been introduced to before. Fans of Ms Crews will be glad to see several previous main characters make appearances in supporting roles. That said, new comers can easily pick up this book and skip right into town. I have to admit I am curious to see who will feature in our next Cold River adventure.


From the TBR Pile

Defining Destiny (Defining Destiny, #1)Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

This is a book that I picked up for free and it’s been on my TBR for awhile, I’m glad I took a chance to check it out.
The author includes a note at the beginning of the book highlighting that Defining Destiny is set in an alternate reality and that helps some of the situations make sense.

Lucy and Seth are likeable characters, but this is more of a plot driven story, so we don’t get super deep dives into who they are.

An engaging story, this also has messages that I think are important, especially for the YA audience. The biggest is the idea that love should make you feel cherished and special, not be a burden. A close second is the idea that you have to stand up for yourself and it’s okay to remove toxic relationships.

After reading Defining Destiny, I am curious to see more from this author/series.

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