Saturday, November 14, 2020

Review Round Up ~ November 14

Coming Soon/New Releases:

Shame the Devil (Portland Devils #3)Shame the Devil by Rosalind James

4.5 stars - One of the Best

Review Copy Provided by Author

If you are looking for a light, easy read then I am going to suggest that Shame the Devil might be a book you want to wait on reading. If you are looking for a book that shows two people working hard to grow while they face challenges, then settle in to this read written in Ms Jame’s signature style.

Our characters are single mom, Jennifer, and football player, Harlan. We see her daughter, Dyma, and his teammate, Owen, and sister, Annabelle, in key secondary roles.

Fate seems to play a key role in bringing Jennifer and Harlan together the first time as they meet while vacationing in Yellowstone. It was fun to see her behave in a way that was obviously outside of her normal while also being true to herself. The events that follow have some hard moments for both Jennifer and Harlan. Ms James let’s us see them both struggle and lean on each other at various times as they tackle the hard things.

There are some fun moments here too. As well as messages that resonate on what is really important. Fans of Ms James work will see cameos from previous Portland Devil/Wildhorse books.

While Shame the Devil wasn’t an easy book, it was a touching book. I walked away happy for Jennifer and Harlan, but curious about what life will have in store for Dyma (and Owen) and Annabelle. 

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 Snowed in with the Firefighter (Shadow Creek, Montana, #7)Snowed in with the Firefighter by Victoria James

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

If you are looking for a sweet, feel good story full of redemption then this is it.
Melody and Finn are both hiding out at the cabin owned by their siblings. Unbeknownst to them, there is some match making going on behind the goodwill/hope you get your act together sharing.

I found myself liking both characters and rooting for them to sort themselves out so they could give a relationship a fair shot. It was fun to watch them go from awkward semi friends to a full fledge budding romance.

Both Melody and Finn have baggage to unpack and I appreciated the emotional growth both characters experienced. Reading this made me very curious about reading the first 2 books in the series.



Lies & Lullabies (Hush Note, #1)Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review copy Purchased

I’ve gone out of order with the series by reading the books about Quinn and Nix before circling back to meet Jonas.

I enjoyed getting to see how Jonas and Kira connected and then later reconnected. Ms Bowen did an excellent job of weaving the past into the early parts of the present story so that we could see the basis of the romantic relationship that would be explored.

I wish I’d read the series in order - I think knowing how things would turn out for The members of Hush Note colored my experience of this particular story. Some pieces of the reconnection between Kira and Jonas almost seemed too easy - I wished they’d had to work at it just a little bit more. 


Loved You Once (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers, #1)Loved You Once by Claudia Y. Burgoa

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Purchased

I started this series with the second book, so when Loved You Once popped on sale, I grabbed it to see how things got started.

This is a book that is doing double duty. Not only is it telling us the story of how Hayse and Blair reconnect after 12 years apart, it also has to build the world of Baker’s Creek and the Aldridge brothers.

I liked Hayse and Blair and enjoyed watching them resolve old issues to see if they could have a second chance amid the family drama. Unfortunately, with such a large cast to introduce, there were times when I felt like Hayse and Blair got lost a little bit. I would have appreciated more focus on how their second chance evolved, especially since it seems they had a lot of baggage to unpack.

If I could change anything about this service, I would have suggested a prequel novella/book that introduced the family without having one of the brothers as a main character. After reading the first two stories, I am definitely curious to see the stories of the other brothers. 

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