Friday, June 4, 2021

Review Round Up ~ June 4

New Release:

Devil in Disguise (Portland Devils, Book 4)Devil in Disguise by Rosalind James

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

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In Shame the Devil, we were introduced to two secondary characters Dyma and Owen. Dyma is the 19 year old daughter of Jennifer (heroine in Shame the Devil) and Owen is the best friend/teammate of Harlan (the hero). We saw glimpses of romance between these two in that story, but also saw restraint due to Dyma’s high school status and the six year age difference.

In Devil in Disguise, Ms James dives into the changes Dyma’s life has experienced and is experiencing not only due to Jennifer and Harlan’s relationship, but going off to college. The excellent writing pulled me into the story so that it felt as if I was walking beside Dyma as she struggled with classes, roommates, friends, and being away from Owen.

Owen was a character that I really enjoyed. He presented one image, but Ms James let us peek behind the curtain and see the issues he was dealing with as well. It was refreshing to see this person who supposedly had it all have real life insercurities, family strife, and more while also being that good guy friends could depend on.

This story has a strong relationship element, but it is really a coming of age story about learning to prioritize the important things in life and that sometimes those things may not be exactly what you planned.

The StepsistersThe Stepsisters by Susan Mallery

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

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Ms Mallery has a talent for diving into relationships and finding the unexpected nugget to tug at your heart strings and The Stepsisters is no exception.

Daisy and Sage spent about 6 years as stepsister but lost touch as they entered adulthood. They unexpectedly reconnect as they near 40 and the results are just as unexpected.

I found myself relating more to Daisy, but I grew to like Sage the more time I spent with her. I appreciated how Ms Mallery handled the emotional evolution for these two “sisters” both individually and as a unit (including their shared sister Cassidy). All three women had to deal with damage done when they were younger and Ms Mallery handled that well.

There are so many more aspects that unfolded in the book, but those are things the reader really needs to enjoy and experience for themselves in this well written relationship about love and forgiveness.

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