Natural Thorn Killer by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on March 27th 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Cut down among the flowers . . .
Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she's finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin's floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It's on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren't as peaceful as they look.
For one thing, someone's been leaving dead roses around--and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he's found on the floor of the shop, with Elin's garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .
Britta Johnston is done with her dead-end job and fines the perfect out to go to Portland when she catches her husband cheating. She ends up in her Aunt’s florist shop Blooma where she can get back to pursuing her passion. There is a small kink or should we say small shears to the chest when Britta finds a body in her aunt’s shop. She works together with her new friends and possible suspects. (Hard to tell the difference who is who). To get to the bottom of who killed Frank.
” In an Oyster Shell – Was a little disappointing that this book seems to echo elements of her other books it was a little predictable.
The Pearls – I loved the setting. Blooma the florist shop in a little village off the banks of the Willamette somewhere. Though it was set in the big city of Portland the small area of the village had a small town feel. It but the cozy in this cozy mystery.
There were a lot of characters but they were easy to distinguish from one another. Britta was a great character with Swedish background with her aunt. I liked that there was a little Swede was thrown in. It was down well so you know whats going on. That Britta made friends with a couple of the cops right of the back was fun. I can’t see where that goes in the end.
The mystery was fun to follow. I like that just about everybody was a suspect. Britta is the new kid in town she doesn’t know these people any one of them could be killers. I liked the small romance plots that were weaved into the mysteries. It gave the story nice depth.
The Sand – At the beginning of the book I was disappointed because it was taking a similar plot to another one of this author’s book. It followed a similar pattern for sure. I hope in the next books that it will break away into its own more distinctive storyline.
See Her Run: by A.K. Leigh
on January 23, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Romance
I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
See Her Run blends elements of romance, suspense, and psychological thriller in an exploration of life after severe trauma.
Diana King arrives in Smithfield, North Carolina as part of her witness protection relocation. After six months of running from her crime boss ex-husband, she is looking forward to starting over in the quaint country town.
Jonathan Smith has no time for love. Not after the devastating relationships he has experienced. He prefers to focus on his Mixed Martial Arts business, his family farm, and the management of the town he owns.
That is, until he meets the mysterious newcomer. Something stirs in him; something familiar that remains elusive. This only serves to increase his curiosity – and attraction.
Though he is unaware of the important connection he has to her past, Diana realises immediately. Prevented from divulging the information, she struggles between the growing feelings she has for Jonathan and the freedom she fought so hard to obtain.
But, when secrets are exposed, and the past comes looking, will Diana and Jonathan’s new-found love survive? Or will they pay for it with their lives?
In the end . . . you can run from everything except your past.
Diana King has to learn to answer to her new name as she runs to her next safe house in witness protection. The last person she expects to see is Jonathon Smith her unexpected connection to the past she is trying to forget. Jonathon doesn’t recognize her but realizes she feels very familiar and wants more than a friendship. When the past catches up with both of them it could undo all the fragile trust they have built together.
In ” an Oyster Shell – A story that will leave you on the edge of your seat and cheering for Jonathon and Diana.
The Pearls – I loved the book form the very beginning. You can tell something is wrong but you don’t know what it is. Curiosity keeps you turning the pages. At first, you want more information but your curiosity is satisfied soon enough as the mystery unravels page after page.
The small town setting encased a lot of great characters. Small towns could be a good place to hide sometimes, but not always. People getting interested in where a stranger comes from could jeopardize the anonymity that is trying to be achieved.
Diana had a lot of baggage. Jonathon was a loving gentle hero that helped her bring her walls down. Even in the midst of danger and chaos, they come together in a romance that will leave you wanting more.
The Sand – They say a good story always ends too soon. That was the case with this book I wanted more it was so good!
No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 6th 2018
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
It is a truth universally acknowledgedthat a lady can do anything a man can do:backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.
Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.
Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.
Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...
Lady Juliana has taken up residency at boys home. Major Neil Wraxall is assigned to bring her back home. What he thinks is going to be an easy job turns out to be nothing but. Juliana has fallen in love with the boys and will do anything to keep them safe. With the odds against her, Wraxall jumps in to help. Being nothing more than the illegitimate son of an Earl he feels he can do nothing more than to admire her from afar. Some long nights at the orphanage change that and Lady Juliana finds she has more to love than just the boys.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a satisfying romance that will leave your heart full of the robust characters.
The Pearls – I love a good regency but this one stands all on its own. The Lady is running an orphanage which is really beneath her station. I liked the uniqueness of this. I loved how it had less to do with society and more to do with the orphans. This paired with a man who has no station by title but has earned it by the favor of his father and his work in the war efforts makes for a great story that stands apart from all other regencies.
There were a lot of characters but there was little confusion of who was who. The boys that Juliana is looking over will steal your heart. Wraxall being able to relate to the boys and in turn work on the demons of his past was really inspiring. This is a character-driven book that left me turning page after page in earnest.
The romance was slightly forbidden which made it exotic. The turmoil of wanting what you can’t have was fairly intoxicating. The ending was more than satisfying. This could be an interesting series to continue with.
The Sand – It wasn’t a clean romance.
Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager
on March 20, 2018
Genres: YA, Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?
Life is good Cecily is dating her first boyfriend she is making friends after her best friend moved. She’s had a crush on pop star Andrew Holiday for as long as she could remember. She is thrilled when her friend asks her to come along to a filming of his newest music video. Everyone is surprised when she is asked to be an extra on the film. Turns out her girl next door look is exactly what the director was looking for and just so happens so was Andrew. As Andrew and Cecily grow close things don’t look so perfect anymore in her world.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a really good book I was a little less than satisfied with the ending but this will be a must-read series.
The Pearls – I was enthralled with the concept of a girl’s favorite pop star coming into her life to become something more. Most teenage girls I know of develop a crush on a pop star or two. This book is perfect in bringing to fruition the imagination of millions. The book was really well done.
The characters were great. What I really liked about this book is the characters acted their age. Sometimes when reading a YA the young characters have a little more freedom than what is realistic. Not so in this story.
The romance was sweet. It was a nice push and pull from small-town comfortable romance to a possible Hollywood romance.
The Sand – I wasn’t happy with the ending. I feel like Andrew’s character took an unexpected turn. It’s not bad there is plenty of room for it to be worked out in the next book. Which I am eagerly waiting for.
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I must apologize for a long time now I have been doing the bare minimum for this blog. I haven’t done a discussion in a long time. I think I am getting really burned out on this blog but I am hoping to work through it.
I heard someone say once that a blog is an insatiable beast that constantly has to be fed. It is so true. To have a successful blog you have to keep fresh content coming and coming. If you slack your numbers go down quickly.
I feel like I am juggling so many plates in the air that some have dropped. Unfortunately, the blog has suffered a bit. I keep doing it because I have worked so hard to get Writing Pearls to where it is today. I can’t let go of that momentum I have built.
I have gotten back into doing my own writing again. I am working on getting some more books out. I recently republished my first book Wake of 30. Though I’ve been idle here I’ve been very busy to bring you even better content that you can safely tuck away on your bookshelf.
Please be patient with me as I work out a balance. I will figure this out and I will keep Writing Pearls going.
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Lies That Bind by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
on March 6th 2018
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
The Italian Job meets Bourne Identity meets Spy Kids in this sequel to Proof of Lies.
What if saving yourself meant destroying everyone you love?
Still reeling from everything she learned while searching for her sister in Italy, Anastasia Phoenix is ready to call it quits with spies. Then she and her friends learn that Marcus’s—her kinda boyfriend—brother, Antonio, has also gone missing. Luckily, they track down Antonio in a fiery festival in England, only to learn he has been working for the enemy, Department D, the whole time. But Antonio wants out. And so does Anastasia.
But before any of them can leave espionage and their parents’ crimes behind them, a close friend turns up dead. No one is safe, not while Department D still exists. So Anastasia and her friends embark on a dangerous plan to bring down an entire criminal empire, using every Dresden Kid they can find.
As their world becomes surrounded by spies, and the children of spies, Anastasia starts to question who she can really trust. Including her best friends…
Anastasia got her sister back and she’s ready to run away and start a new life with her. Plans are derailed when her companion Marcus’s brother goes missing. She’s drawn back into the tangled web of being a Dreden Kid. Her and her small of group of friends hatch a plan to take them down once and for all. It becomes more difficult when what they thought was the truth is not reality at all.
In ” an Oyster Shell – A riveting addition to the Anastasia Phoenix series. I am looking forward to the next book.
The Pearls – I love this concept of spy kids cleaning up the messes of their corrupt parents. It will pull at your emotions it’s a little sad at times but very interesting. The premise is good and well executed.
The characters practically jump off the pages. There are quite a few characters but you know who is who and it does not get confusing. The author does a fantastic job of making the characters distinctive and interesting enough you find yourself rapidly turning the pages.
The suspense was intense and I really liked it. Usually, this is where I talk about the romance of the book but I feel the suspense was more prominent. There were lots of twists and turns. It was hard to figure out what was going to happen I like being consistently surprised.
The Sand – Anastasia was rigid at times in the future I would like to see her be a little more malleable.
They See a Family by Amanda Hamm
Published by Before Someday Publishing on January 26th 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
When tragedy leaves two babies in Kay Donovan’s care, she reaches out to her friend William for help. By the time she stumbles her way through the grief and day-to-day survival, William has become a significant part of their lives. Untangling the connection would be far more difficult for everyone than becoming a real family. But isn’t marrying someone because it’s convenient rather old-fashioned? Kay doesn’t think so. The problem is she’s in love with William, and that’s a little inconvenient when discussing marriage like a business deal.
William had been biding his time in the friend zone. All romantic hopes are put aside when Kay faces one trial after another. Until Kay suggests that their friendship might be enough to make them a family. He’d love to marry her, but can it work if she’s only trying to do what’s best for the kids?
Kay Donovan is in the midst of tragedy. She has just gotten custody of her two nephews that have recently lost their parents. The first person she calls is her friend William. He stands by and helps her with whatever she needs. She starting to see that they are the makings of a family. What she doesn’t want to admit is that it would be more than a marriage of convenience for them she is in love with him. William has been waiting in the friend zone for a long time for something more.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It is an expertly crafted story that will touch many emotions.
The Pearls – It was a story born of tragedy that which blow was softened by the beautiful friendship that Kay and William share. It’s the premise of the whole story and it was a really good one. The concept is good and well executed.
The family dynamics in this story are heartwarming. Kay and William with the boys make a great family. There is also William’s sister and her family. The story is family oriented and I love it.
The romance was sweet. William waited a long time to be more than a friend to Kay. The feelings grew as the helped each other raise the boys. It is one of the best romances that I have read.
The Sand – It was a good story.
The Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance
Published by Entangled on July 11th 2016
Wealth has a price. Everyone wants something from you. For one woman, that something was my DNA. One minute, she was kissing me like we were going to strip it down and goat it. And the next, she was ripping out my hair for a paternity test—andthreatening to torpedo my latest deal. I don't play these kind of games. And that damnably sexy woman with the alluring eyes and mistaken agenda is about to learn that the hard way…
Millionaire scion Jagger Hamilton didn't father Kennedy Price's nephew.That doesn't mean he can't use the situation to his advantage. She wantshim to take a paternity test. He wants her in his bed.
She's blackmailing him, and she's playing dirty. He could try to use thefamous Hamilton charm to turn her into a powerful ally… But she makes him feel… Way. Too. Much.
Kennedy Price isn't asking much. Just for the powerful, sinfully hot, andnotorious playboy to be a decent human being. But he's used to using thatfilthy, sensual mouth for getting what he wants.
And he wants her.
She’s determined not to fall for him. But there's no avoiding his charisma,or his bed, where she threatens to lose more than the standoff between them. She just might lose her heart.
Kennedy Price is dressed to kill and she has one agenda getting Jagger Hamilton’s DNA. She is convinced that he is the father of her nephew she just needs the proof. Jagger is looking to obtain the hotel of Kennedy’s boss. She uses it as leverage to get what she needs. Jagger is willing to take the test but more than that he wants Kennedy all for himself.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a cute story that kept me engaged and has stayed with me long after I put it down.
The Pearls – I loved that Kennedy was not Jagger’s type but yet she got his attention. I love the premise of a heroine who is determined to bring a notorious playboy down to size. I was not disappointed in the least.
Kennedy and Jagger were great characters. The interaction of the two was quite entertaining. The supporting characters were good and added depth.
The romance was full of sparks. It will take you by surprise as it did the characters. It is totally worth reading. A romance that will leave you swooning.
The Sand – It was not a clean romance.
Close to the Edge by Dawn Ryder
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on February 27th 2018
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
The Unbroken Heroes are back! Agent Dare Servant is aghast at this fellow Ops members settling down. He knows without doubt that the domestic life will never be for him - the thrill of the chase and the high of danger to strong to ever give up. But when a quirky and charming caterer ends up smack dab in the middle of a criminal mastermind's plot, Dare will uphold his honor and protect her. Even though she pushes all his buttons. Even though her beauty drives him to distraction. Even though he's in danger of losing his heart to her and hanging up his Shadow Ops life for good…
Dare Servant is close to getting the incriminating evidence he needs on a guy he’s been trying to take down. He is focused on his career and has no plans of settling down. When an unsuspecting caterer gets in the middle of one of his stings he is caught up protecting her. She surprises him by helping him and he is in real danger of losing his heart.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It was not my favorite book it was not clean and relied on the sexual relationship more than anything to carry the book through.
The Pearls – I love a special ops book. Dare Servant was ever the special law enforcement guy. It made for an interesting premise.
There were some gritty realities in the story but was interesting. There was the gruesome reality of the sex trade. I was glad the author had her hero fighting hard to put an end to those things.
It was a sweet ending that Dare had a change of heart. It was nice that the heroine could stand up to the walls he had built up around himself.
The Sand – I was disappointed in this book. This publisher usually puts out really good books and that was not the case this time. As I mentioned before it relied heavily on the sex factor and I don’t like books like that.