Friday, May 28, 2021

Review Round Up ~ May 28

New Release:

Dear Roomie (Rookie Rebels, #5)Dear Roomie by Kate Meader

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

Review Copy Provided by Author

Sometimes when you’ve read a series, you meet secondary characters that you really want to know more about. That is Reid and Kennedy who star in this installment of the Rookie Rebels. Both appeared in the previous book of the series and were intriguing- it was fun to get to know them better here.

Ms Meader does an excellent job of easing both Reid and Kennedy into situations where they spend time together and emotional issues are almost unconsciously addressed. These are characters that I genuinely liked and I wanted to see them each find a way to be happy. I appreciated the gentle way they lead each other and themselves to dealing with their baggage and growth.

Dear Roomie is the 5th book in the Rookie Rebel series and as such has a decent sized secondary cast - mostly made up of individuals we’ve met before as primary characters in their own books. If you are just joining here, there could be a bit of confusion as to “who’s who,” but that should not detract from enjoying this story - these are truly independent characters/storyline. There are also teasers for future books and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next for a Chicago’s Rebels.


The Invisible Husband of Frick IslandThe Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

My rating: 3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

This is a book I grabbed off Net Galley strictly based off the blurb. The idea of an entire town acting like a dead man was still there was interesting.

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island was a well written story that unfolded in several unexpected ways. We got to see the complexity of small town life and just how insulated that society can be - especially in avoiding “outsiders.”

Very much character driven, the cast was unique and I enjoyed getting to know them. Anders Caldwell, a wet behind the ears journalist/podcaster, was an interesting central figure. His evolution was one of maturity that I think almost everyone can relate too.

Seeing the secrets of the town unravel was enlightening and made me enjoy the cast that much more. This is definitely an author I would read again.


Second Chance Love Song (Dynasties: Beaumont Bay #2)Second Chance Love Song by Jessica Lemmon

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

Review Copy Provided by Author

Second Chance Love Song is the feel good read that the doctor ordered!
Cash and Presley are both likeable characters, I enjoyed getting to know them and see them navigate spending time together 10 years after they last saw each other. This isn't an incredibly long read, so we don't see deep dives into the situations and baggage that these characters bring with them. What we do see of them (both past and present) is sweet and a little spicy.

The secondary cast (Cash's brothers) help add color and depth to the story. I especially appreciated how Ms Lemmon used them to move the story in the directions it needed to go. As the second book in the series, we see the happy couple from book 1 and hints at the stories that may be coming next. Even with that, this is very much a stand alone book that leaves me curious about what might be coming Beaumont Bay.


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