Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review: Gambling on the Artist by Wynter Daniels

Gambling on the Artist (Cat's Paw Cove, #3)Gambling on the Artist by Wynter Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Artist Samantha (Sam) Cartwright and Eli Kincaid meet in the enchanting town of Cats Paw Cove. Sam is a starving artist, down on her luck with money and men. Eli comes along, a knight in shining armor, willing to help her tend to her Aunt Emma's metaphysical shop while the older woman is out of town.

Sam has inherited a valuable piece of jewelry, one her Aunt Emma told her to keep. Unbeknownst to Sam, Eli is really there to steal the jewelry to protect his fragile older sister and to keep a loan shark from killing him.

Will Sam continue the path of bad money and bad men? Or will the jewelry have a supernatural power to change her luck? No spoilers from me, just 5 shiny sapphires and a recommendation to read this fast-paced, entertaining story.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review: Sunburn by Laura Lippman

SunburnSunburn by Laura Lippman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been reading Ms. Lippman's books for a good many years. This by far, was the best one yet (I know, she has more!). This is a story of a woman who has been abused and exploited most of her life. When she abandons her husband and three-year old child and makes a run for it to disappear in Delaware, she is unaware that she is being followed by a PI named Adam. Employed by a mendacious crook once involved in criminal dealings with Polly's ex, Adam finds himself falling in love with the subject of his investigation. Is there a chance for their relationship? Or is Polly like the socialite in BODY HEAT, an unrepentant man eater? The listener (great narrator!) alternates between feeling pity for Polly and despising her and feeling Adam is either a chump or a true romantic. There are no in betweens in this story. Told in third person, present tense, the reader is immersed completely in the story in real time (BRILLIANT!) Be prepared to be engrossed in this psychological thriller and to be stunned by the ending.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The HungerThe Hunger by Alma Katsu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What could be creepier than cannibalism? This book. Set aside any fanciful notions you have about pioneers crossing the great sea of the American west and prepare to be up all night with this gripping story. THE HUNGER is at once a retelling of a historical story (the Donner Party, who hasn't heard of them?), a psychological profiling of the people heading west (not all were "good" folks, many had destroyed their social standing back East), a examination of the meaning of family (lots of widow, lots of step-children), and a supernatural tale that will make you get up and turn on all the lights. Ms. Katsu's research is detailed and impeccable, placing the reader in the scene, bumping along in those wagons that broke down with alarming frequency. Her word choice evokes a need to get up and raid the refrigerator and her descriptions of people, places, and events are vivid. From the start with little whispers, to the increasingly odd events, slow to appear at first but coming faster with impeccable pacing, this book is a master class in horror. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a view into past events from a very different perspective.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Wicked GirlsThe Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, I immediately dove into THE WICKED GIRLS--and I was NOT disappointed. Two girls, children from opposite ends of the social spectrum, meet on a hot summer day. The wealthier child takes pity on the poor one and gives her a gift of candy that the shop owner wouldn't allow the poor child to buy. What begins as an act of kindness devolves into a day from hell from both children. Years later, they meet again. Both are terrified by this bizarre turn of events. Each has paid a terrible price for that hot summer day, but no one will permit them the luxury of being forgiven. This is a tragic tale of of family secrets, truth, justice, and redemption. Have tissues at hand and be prepared to be stunned by the ending.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

New Release: It's a Trust Thing by Peggy Jaeger

Nell Newbery has trust issues. It’s hard to trust when you’re the daughter of a fallen financial scion who bilked people out of billions. Nell’s done everything in her power to keep away from men who see her as their ticket to fortune and fame. All she wants to do is run her ultra-successful business, HELPFUL HUNKS, in peace.
But it wouldn’t hurt to find a guy who doesn’t know a thing about her father’s felonious past; one she can give her heart to and trust it won’t come back to her battered, bruised, and broken.
Is Charlie Churchill that guy? On the surface he seems perfect, all polished manners and quiet mirth. Nell’s convinced he knows nothing about her, other than she likes superhero movies and views junk food as a food group.
Can she trust him to be what he appears to be? Or is he just pretending?
For Nell, trust is everything in life…and in love.

He opened the passenger door for me and I got in.

“You never answered me,” he said when I was seated. “Would you like to do this again?”

I’d lived my entire adult life taking chances in my professional life but shying away from them in my personal one. The reasons to avoid becoming involved were valid ones, in my mind, and they’d served me well.

But there was something so different about this man, something that wanted me to finally give in and take a chance that he wouldn’t be like all the other men I’d gotten close to. He wouldn’t use me to his own end; he wouldn’t betray me; he wouldn’t lie to me about who and what he was.

And dammit, I deserved to have some fun.

All this ran through my head as he stood, patiently waiting for my answer.

It really didn’t take much effort on my part to make a decision. With a half grin and my gaze staying zeroed in on his, I reached into my briefcase and pulled out one of my business cards. While the driver waited, I wrote my private cell number on the back of it. There were only five people on the planet who had this number.

Now, Charlie did as well.

 As I handed it to him, I cocked my head and said, “Maybe next time we can get through an evening without me needing first aid or being mugged.”

His jaw wide smile made my stomach muscles flutter. He leaned in, gave me a quick peck on the cheek and said, “Where would the fun be in that?”
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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Her Homerun Hottie by Wynter Daniels

Her Homerun Hottie (Cat's Paw Cove, #2)Her Homerun Hottie by Wynter Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tori Sutherland is a successful events planner in the unique oceanside town of Cats Paw Cove. For years, she has bedazzled people with her parties. The City Council selects her over her snarky high school rival to create a unique celebration for the town’s Tricentennial and she is overjoyed. When they tell her the guest of honor is Heath Castillo, the hometown boy made good baseball star she is panic stricken.

Sure, she knows Heath—maybe a little too well. Her one true love let her know years ago she was not his one true love. Doubly frustrating for Tori because not only is she an events planner, she’s also an earthbound Cupid whose one big matchmaking failure is herself. Despite her fears, she welcomes the handsome Heath back to town by reassuring herself she can manage her emotions for a few days.

Heath is tired of the groupies, gold diggers and stalkers. He’s excited and nervous about being with Tori again. There are a lot of things he wishes he had said to her but couldn’t back in the day. Will Cupid’s arrow hit both their hearts?

An adorable romp about a second chance at love with a touch of suspense, I give this book five shiny hearts and highly recommend this read. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Release Contest: Home Run Hottie by Wynter Daniels

Like cats? Romance? Magic? Check out HER HOMERUN HOTTIE, the second book in the brand new series, Cat’s Paw Cove. It’s only $2.99 for a limited time. Just <3 and comment on this post to be entered in the drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card exclusively for Sharon Buchbinder’s readers. ***Shares and tags are greatly appreciated!
Winner will be randomly chosen on September 25th.

HER HOMERUN HOTTIE by Wynter Daniels
Will love throw them a curveball?
Event Planner and earthly Cupid Tori Sutherland enjoys nothing more than playing matchmaker for lonely hearts. Too bad Tori will never find her own happy-ever-after because the only guy she ever loved moved on years ago.
Heath Castillo managed to escape his dysfunctional family for a career in major-league baseball. His only regret was not acting upon his desire for his best friend. When an injury threatens his livelihood, Heath has no choice but to face the ghosts of his past.
As long-buried passions ignite, Heath and Tori consider taking a chance on love. But will the forces that kept them apart in high school destroy their budding romance before it even begins?