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ARC Review – Unnatural Habits by Kerry GreenwoodUnnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher, #19) by Kerry Greenwood
Published by Allen & Unwin on October 1st 2012
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 348
Source: Netgalley

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.


1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself.It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery .... and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

In an Oyster Shell – An enthralling multi-layered mystery that keeps you engaged.

The Pearls – I love Phryne Fisher as a character. She is flamboyant. She is way ahead of her time but she makes it work. Phryne is a force to be reckoned with. She has lots of resources that she is not afraid to use to get to the bottom of the mystery she is exploring. It’s really fun. I first heard of this series from the tv series. I am sad that it ended and so now I get to continue it with the books.

There were a plethora of characters that made this story fun to read. Phryne was a stand-up character. There was Dot who was my favorite in the tv series and I liked her even more in the books. There was the detective, who was a great supporting character. Not the same as the tv series but it worked all the same.

The setting of Australia was nice. I saw a post on Facebook about stating what setting you were in the current book. I was glad it was someplace that was exotic to me. I like that books can take you away and this book definitely does that.

The Sand –  It was a good book. A little on the lengthy side.

4 pearls!

4 Stars

About Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D’Arcy, is an award-winning children’s writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written thirteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats (Attila, Belladonna and Ashe) and a computer called Apple (which squeaks). She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them (with a parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights (she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear). She can detect second-hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within them.

For fun Kerry reads science fiction/fantasy and detective stories. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard. When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the window.

Review – The Billionare’s Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-BurkeThe Billionaire's Private Scandal (Invested in Love Series) by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Published by Entangled on July 10, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 202
Source: Publisher

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.


Megan Carlton’s secret affair with financier Brandon Knight ended when he pulled off a hostile takeover of her family’s hotel empire and then kissed another woman. Broke and alone, Megan starts a new life and learns to stand on her own, then Brandon finds her serving coffee and surviving on tips and tries to pull her back into her old life and his arms. She thought she was over him, and she certainly can’t ever trust him again. But what her head knows and her heart feels are two different things.

Brandon was used to always getting what he wanted, then the woman he loves disappeared without a word. When he finds her months later working as a barista, he wonders if she’s suffering from amnesia. Getting a scalding Americano to the chest proves she recognizes him, but she’s got the situation—and him—all wrong. Now all he has to do is prove it.

Megan Carlton is struggling to make ends meet. She has fallen from high society after her father’s company was bought out by her former lover Brandon Knight. Brandon finds Megan working in a coffee shop after months of not knowing where she is at. After he finds her, he is determined to keep her safe. Megan is just as determined to stay independent. Brandon wants to prove to Megan that she is the only one for him. After seeing him kiss someone else Megan is finding that hard to believe. Brandon is willing to do what it takes to show his feelings for Megan.

In an Oyster Shell – A steamy romance that has its setbacks but was a fun read.

The Pearls – I like the idea of a riches to rags type story. It’s different there are not a lot of stories out there about the fall from high society. I like that Megan gets a second chance at the life she knows with Brandon. Though it doesn’t seem that she’s going to take it. The struggle of Megan’s pride over what she needed was a real struggle indeed. It made up a lot of the story.

I liked Brandon as a character. He was put together and knew what he wanted. He wasn’t too prideful. He put his money where is mouth was. He was a great love interest.

The romance was the highlight of the book. It was nice that the romance came mostly from Brandon. I like when the guy pursues the girl.

The Sand –  Megan was stubborn to a fault. She was unreasonable most of the book. It was a frustrating factor for me. Megan assumed a lot and created a lot of unnecessary drama.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Jenna Bayley-Burke

By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound…but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke…wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.


ARC Review of Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

ARC Review of Paper Hearts by Ali NovakPaper Hearts (The Heartbreakers Chronicles, #2) by Ali Novak
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 4th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley

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.


"I'm sorry," he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. "It's just-I didn't want you to think of me any differently."
Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn't accept that he was the person looking down at me.
"My real name is Alec."
Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she's had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.
Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.
Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be...

Felicity has her whole life planned. She’s going to a certain school to be a lawyer her whole life is about studying for school. She then meets Alec at a charity event. She doesn’t recognize him as a member of the famous boyband the Heartbreakers. Surprisingly he wants to get to know her better. One day she finds letters from her sister who ran away years ago. Alec comes to the rescue to take her on a road trip to find her sister and find the truth. They get to know each other in ways they couldn’t imagine. It’s a challenge for Felicity to let go of her preconceived notions and let Alec in.

In an Oyster Shell – A sweet romance that has a nice complexity to it.

The Pearls – The book read to me like a modern day fairytale. You have a regular girl who is struggling to make a future for herself. Then you have a successful guy of a boy band. They come together and it’s almost magical. It was a sweet concept and was well-executed.

The characters were distinctive. The supporting characters had a big hand in helping the story along. I loved Felicity’s best friends they added a nice depth to the story. Felicity was a great heroine. She was flawed and therefore very easy to empathize with. Alec was a stoic character a nice compliment to Felicity.

The romance was slow burning but very satisfying. The two characters compliment each other really nicely. I liked that the romance unfolded slowly. It made for slower pacing in the story at first but worked out in the end. It was a perfect romance for a YA. Very appropriate.

The Sand – The pacing was slow at first but well worth pushing through to the end.

4 Stars

About Ali Novak

Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s creative writing program. She started writing her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was only fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 130 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys Netflix marathons and traveling with her husband Jared. You can follow Ali on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Wattpad, and Facebook @Fallzswimmer.

Please note that I don’t answer messages on Goodreads. Please feel free to contact me on twitter.

Review – Shortcuts Through The Shadows by April BullardShortcuts Through The Shadows by April Bullard
on February 5, 2017
Genres: Anthology
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback
Source: Author

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.


First collection of previously published work by the author. Tip-toe into the twilight to experience a few giggles, gasps and plenty of goosebumps with twisted little tales of vengeance, lethal loyalty, the worst hangover, demons, possession, werewolves, premonitions, pranks gone wrong, betrayal and even a murder or two. Not explicitly gory.

In an Oyster Shell –  A collection of short stories that will leave you with goosebumps.

The Pearls – This is a collection of short stories that are imaginative. They are a little on the dark side. The author is not afraid to explore the dark twists of life. I was a little afraid to read these stories before bedtime. They are impressive stories that leave an impact on the reader. You will have a reaction to this collection whether its a shiver of the spine or a chuckle at the irony that the author exploits generously.

The writing was eloquent. The word choice was diverse. The cadence was rhythmic, well composed. The plots of the stories were concise and well executed. There were lots of stories to read. There was great diversity among the tales.

My favorite among the stories was the last short story that was almost a Novella. It was the longest of the stories and could have easily lead into a novel. The character development was strong. The story concept was unique and well delivered.

This collection of stories may leave you leaving a light on in the darkest hours. It’s an entertaining read none the less.

The Sand – A little bit gruesome at times. The writing and well-composed prose eases the parts that can give you the willies.


4 Stars

About April Bullard

April Bullard resides with her husband aboard their houseboat on the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington. She admits to 55 years of age, over 35 years of marriage, mother of 3, grandmother of 4, navy veteran, and a fondness for chocolate. Member of NIWA, NSDAR and NSCDXVIIC. Author credits include; “The Sock Thief” children’s picture book; “Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales” YA illustrated story poems, and short stories in the continuing anthology series “Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales.”
Available for readings and workshops.

ARC Review – A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie AlexanderA Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 27th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley

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.


Torte--everybody's favorite small-town family bakeshop--is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. . .
Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary cafe to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules's estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be skeptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can't resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary . .
"A warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and likable main characters, and a nasty murder mystery to solve!" --Fresh Fiction Now, instead of enjoying tropical drinks on deck between whipping up batches of sea-salted chocolates and flambeing fresh pineapple slices in the kitchen, Jules is plunged into dangerous waters. Her investigation leaves her with more questions than answers: Why can't anyone on board identify the young woman? And how can she help Carlos keep passengers at ease with a killer in their midst? Jules feels like she's ready to jump ship. Can she solve this case without getting in too deep?"A perfect mix for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck." --Library Journal

Jules is back in this bakeshop mysteries. She is called upon by her estranged husband to go back to the cruise ship to fill in for the pastry chef. He includes an all-paid trip for her mom and her beau the professor so Jules agrees. Everything is going great until Jule’s finds a body on board. No one seems to know who she is. Jules is plunged into another mystery. While making pastries for the ship Jules sets out to find out who the girl is and who killed her.

In an Oyster Shell – Another great installment of the series and is even a nice change of pace being set on a cruise ship.

The Pearls – I really liked this book in the series. It was a nice change of pace to be set on a cruise ship. Made me want to take a cruise. The descriptions of the boat and the food made you feel like you were there. It made me want to be there. The author really knew what she was talking about. You can tell she does her homework.

The mystery was intriguing. I felt like this was more of a stumper than in other books. They didn’t even know who the girl was for part of the investigation. Usually, they know the victim but not this time. Jules had a lot more to figure out and made for a more interesting read.

You can’t talk about these books and not talk about the romance. Carlos wants Jules back and spent her time on the ship showing her that. Jules knows her heart is in Ashland and she doesn’t know if Carlos would be happy there. Of course, Thomas is back on land worrying about Jules.  It’s still a mystery who Jules will end up with. There is another part to the romance and that’s between her mom and the professor. You don’t want to miss what happens in this book!

The Sand – It’s a well-rounded good book.

4.5 Stars

About Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at

Review – Whispering Winds Unveiled by  Tiffany GarnettWhispering Winds: Unveiled by Tiffany Garnett
on April 22, 2017
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 216
Source: Author

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.


Healing is a power that fifteen-year-old, Brenna Finlayson, has fought long and hard to subdue.  When a harebrained idea suddenly occurs to her, she risks losing everything by revealing herself to the one person she fears losing the most.   Brenna’s spontaneous unveiling brings about the revealing of other truths.  She, and her twin sister, Keely, have destinies to fulfill.  Destinies that require them to fight. maybe even kill. As an innate healer, violence is the last thing Brenna wants. 
In an attempt to live a normal, peaceful life, Brenna rejects her heritage, choosing a different path.  But the path she chooses doesn’t bring her the normalcy she was hoping for.
 Not even close.

Brenna has the ability to heal. She’s been trying to keep this a secret her whole life. The times that she has healed as left her and her sister to move to another home. They are in a good home now and Brenna doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize it. She finds out that her sister also has supernatural abilities. As they let certain people into their secret they find out that this is their destiny. They have a choice to choose the good path or be led astray. Brenna struggles to find her own path to destiny.

In an Oyster Shell – A very creative and interesting story that leaves you wanting more.

The Pearls – Having two teenage girls with supernatural abilities is interesting enough. Add guardians and angels to the mix and you have yourself a very interesting story. The plot was well thought out and executed. This book is the beginning of the series and I think I would like to continue on with the next book.

The paranormal aspect to the book was interesting. Having two girls with abilities with destinies to be good or not was intriguing. The path that Brenna chooses is very surprising. It had me reading with bated breath.

The characters were well-developed and distinctive. I really got emotionally tied to the girls especially Brenna. The supporting characters were distinctive and played a vital role in moving the story along.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Tiffany Garnett

Tiffany spends her days shuttling her kids back and forth to school and extracurricular activities, cooking meals, and cleaning house. When she’s not doing any of those fun and exciting things, you can find her daydreaming and then jotting down those dreams, so that she can later type them up. She does this in hopes that others will join her in her alternate reality. Because what fun is it to have magical powers, kill demons, and fall in love, if you have to do it all by yourself?


Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017
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I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.
Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.
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Review – 
In an Oyster Shell –  A sassy heroine who’s on a mission to better herself after a break-up. It’s a great story!
The Pearls – This book is a really fun read. There is a sassy heroine that gets dumped by her boyfriend of five years. She goes on a diet and gets a gym membership to prove that she can stick with something. Her ex-accuses her of not following through on things.  She want’s to show her ex exactly what he is missing out on. Her plan goes perfectly but in the end, she gets a better idea of what she wants. The concept was cute and well executed.
The characters were distinctive and carried the story through. There was the main character who was strong and determined. It was easy to follow her through her struggles and want to root for her. Her friends that she makes liven up the story quite a bit. They are some really strong characters. The development the main character goes through makes the story worth reading.
The romance was wild in that she had a few love interests. It was a nice asset to the story but it wasn’t what it was all about. The main character’s growth came before she got too attached to any one love interest. The romance added a pizzazz and completed the story really well. I like how the romance ended. She really deserved what she got.
The Sand – I found one of the characters to be a little bit juvenile. She was absurd in calling everyone bitches all the time. Something you would find a high schooler doing not a grown woman.  There were other redeeming qualities of the book that balance this flaw out.
4 Pearls!
About the Author

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

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Blog Tour with Review – Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison ColeRead, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole
Series: Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #1
Published by World Literary Press on June 14th 2017
Pages: 298
Source: Beck Valley Books

I received this book for free from Beck Valley Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of Melissa's steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!
In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE...Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he's come to finish his latest thriller -- that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt's best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt's as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn't even know the definition of the word organized.
Leanna's come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can't get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she's just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.
SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIESRead, Write, Love at SeasideDreaming at SeasideHearts at SeasideSunsets at SeasideSecrets at SeasideNights at SeasideSeized by Love at SeasideEmbraced at SeasideLovers at SeasideWhispers at Seaside

Leanna is spending the summer at the cape hoping to find her passion. She is currently making Jam and is hoping that it may be what she is looking for. What she is not looking for is a man. Kurt Remington is at the Cape to focus on one thing writing. He’s a bestseller, and he stays that way by not letting in any distractions. When Leanna crosses his path, both are surprised at what happens. Neither are looking for love, but they might find it in each other.

In an Oyster Shell –  A steamy read that was full of romance that will leave you swooning.

The Pearls – The characters made this story for me. You have free loving messy Leanna who goes where the wind takes her. Compared to studious, clean, orderly Kurt. They couldn’t be more different, but it makes them an amazing couple. They challenge each other in the right ways. They grow together. It made the story for me.

The concept was good.  There was a lot of chemistry between the two characters. I think that worked well. Having a writer and a free-spirited Jam maker made for an excellent story. The concept was well executed.

A steamy romance that was more on the sweet side it worked to a point. The romance overall was swoon worthy. I like the personal development the characters go through to make the relationship what it ends up being.

The Sand – Though there were no explicit sex scenes there was still a lot of sexiness, and I think it pushed the envelope on a clean romance.


4 Stars

About Addison Cole

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

Blog Tour with Review – Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid PaulsonWhy I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson
on June 6th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 287
Source: Chapter by Chapter

I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.
As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

Harper Campbell lives her life by 537 rules. Rules she started living by when her mother passed away. She uses these rules to make sense of life. In comes, Sterling Lane stirring up trouble and bringing Harper’s twin brother with him. Harper will stop at nothing to keep her brother safe. This turns into a feud of pranks. The strongest person will survive that is until Harper needs Sterling’s help. Her brother is in more trouble than she realized and Sterling is the only one that can help. She has to learn to trust someone she hates.

In an Oyster Shell –  It’s a provocative relationship between Harper and Sterling that keeps life interesting.

The Pearls – The rules of Harper life make it an interesting one. It’s super rigid and ripe for someone to come stir things up like Sterling. Sterling does just that and it makes for an entertaining read.

The characters were strong and distinctive. Harper was a league all on her own. She was a well-developed character with lots of quirks to make her memorable. Sterling was good bad boy. Kept things interesting all the time.

The romance was intriguing. It really was a love hate relationship. It was a push and pull until it went all the way. It was a really fun part of the book. It was interwoven into the story beautifully so it didn’t take over but was a nice addition.

The Sand – Harper was a bit rigid as a character.

3.5 Pearls!

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About Ingrid Paulson

Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best).

Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn’t so short any more. Valkyrie Rising, a paranormal girl power story was Ingrid’s first novel. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.


Review – My Summer Job by Margaret Cioffi

Review – My Summer Job by Margaret CioffiMy Summer Job by Margaret Cioffi
Published by City Lights Press on May 3rd 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 277
Source: YA Bound Book Tours

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.


Siobhan Murphy is an average teenager: smart, hardworking, ambitious… and a bit of smart aleck. She has a terrific family and great friends. She also has out of control curly red hair, freckles on top of her freckles and a less than model like body. Siobhan has decided that this is her year to land the perfect summer job—a job that pays a ton of money, is a lot of fun, and will give her valuable experience to add to her resume.
After a chance encounter with the very stylish Natasha Romanoff, Siobhan is offered a job as her assistant. What she doesn’t realize, until she actually starts work, is that the very stylish Natasha runs an escort service.
Her job is pretty uncomplicated: type letters, book appointments, walk Natasha’s massive pair of Great Danes… the usual. But then Natasha and Lucius—her former husband and current business associate – ask Siobhan to befriend a couple of the escorts whom they suspect of indulging in a little hanky-panky on the side. Strictly against agency rules, BTW. Always game for an adventure Siobhan puts on her Sherlock Holmes hat and befriends the girls, but what Siobhan—along with her bestie and fellow sleuth, Marcy—discover is that there’s an awful lot more than just hanky-panky going on.

Siobhan Murphy is looking for the ultimate summer job. It seems she has found it as being Natasha’s assistant. Everything seems normal at first just doing letters and walking the dogs. Siobhan finds out Natasha runs an above board escort service. Natasha asks Siobhan to befriend a couple of the girls they think are doing extra at their jobs. She takes the case and it leads her on a trail of mysteries.

In an Oyster Shell – An interesting mystery with a young sleuth at the helm.

The Pearls – A young lady working as an assistant for an escort service was an interesting premise. The story had ample opportunities to deliver on surprises and this did indeed.  The involvement that Siobhan has in the mystery is extensive and had me turning the pages.

The characters were strong and well-developed. Every character had its place. I especially like Siobhan’s best friend. She was a great sounding board and helped move the mystery along.

There was lots of talk of food in this book. Don’t read this book hungry. I appreciated those details. They add a layer to the book.

There was no significant romance in this book. It was a nice change from the usual.

The Sand –  The main character came off as more amused with herself than I was. It was a little off-putting.

4 Stars