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Blog Tour with Review – I Have Never by Camilla IsleyI Have Never by Camilla Isley
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Published by Pink Bloom Press on July 13th 2017
Pages: 191
Source: Hello Chick Lit

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

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Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don'ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right.
When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she's had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?
Never LieNever Pick a FightNever Make a SceneNever Make the First MoveNever Make Impulse DecisionsNever Mix Business and Pleasure...
With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she'd thought...
A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane.

Blair Walker has the perfect plan to live the perfect life. She has a list of don’ts that keep her in line to fulfill the plan for her life. She gets dumped by her boyfriend and loses her job in one day. She starts thinking the list might be getting in her way. She goes to do everything that is on her list. The first thing she does lands her in Brooklyn in an unknown apartment. Ends up the apartment belongs to Richard the owner of an online magazine that wants to hire Blair. Blair takes the job and fights her attraction for her commitment-phobe boss. Denying the list takes her on adventures that she never dreamed possible.

In an Oyster Shell –  A wonderful charming read that’s clean. I highly recommend this book.

The Pearls –  I really liked the concept of this book. I used to play the I never game a lot in college. So turning that into a book was really fun for me. I like that Blair had her list and went against it to do things she never had. I really like that the author brought the I never game into the plot. It was appropriate to the plot and really fun. The concept was well-conceived and well executed.

The characters were distinctive and well-developed. Blair was a sweet character with a little bit of edge. She had great development through the story. Richard was a nice compliment to Blair. He challenged Blair to grow. Richard grew as well and the end result is a great romance. The supporting characters added a nice depth to the story line.

The romance was edgy but sweet. It was a romance that lasted the book. The romance grew over the span of the book. So it wasn’t an instant love. The tension throughout the book kept things interesting.

The Sand – It was a really good book I wish there were more like it!

5 Pearls!

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About Camilla Isley

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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Excerpt That Crazy Perfect Someday by Michael MazzaThat Crazy Perfect Someday by Michael Mazza
Published by Turtle Point Press on June 13th 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 318
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The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world’s wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she’s intent on winning Olympic gold. But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri’s personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf cliché to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.
Michael Mazza is a San Francisco-area fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is also an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel.

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Google “Mafuri Long.”

Click video.

And voila!

That’s me, surfing the monster of all waves—an eighty-foot beast. I’m like a tiny knife slicing through a gigantic wall of blue that’s rearing up behind me, a total H2O Everest. Scale? Picture me standing next to an eight-story building. In 2023, I became the first “chick” to win the Nike XX Big Wave Classic: one of the few women in history to surf a wave that big, the only one to do it officially. I followed Daddy’s advice before we left the dock for the open sea. “Don’t ride that horse with half your ass,” he said, sending me off with a fist bump. “Go after it, cowgirl.”

The freaky part is that the wave is a hundred miles off the San Diego coast in the middle of nowhere. The surf spot’s called the Cortes Bank, where the fish around you are the size of Volkswagens and very big things can swallow you whole. The only way out there is in a decent-size boat, and the only way to be saved after a serious wipeout is to be rescued by that decent-size boat or plucked up by a Coast Guard helicopter, which one big-wave legend experienced firsthand after a three-wave hold-down. The bank sits just under the water and can kick up epic hundred-footers. It’s one of the biggest, scariest waves in the world, and I mastered it: little five foot three sandy-haired me.

You’d usually have to wait until winter for a wave like that, but weather patterns are so crazy with the globe heating up the last few decades, it’s monumental—like, who can predict? I had no clue how ginormous the wave was. I mean, nobody anticipated it—not my surf coach, the safety team, the other surfers, or the pilots in the choppers circling above—but a tiny voice inside and the never-ending elevator ride up confirmed it was going to be borderline cataclysmic. When the wave hit its peak, I was staring down a seventy-five-foot vertical drop, fear shrieking inside me. Ride or die, that’s what I thought. Like, seriously, flinch on a wave like that and it’s bye-bye girly-girl. I went supersonic after that, faster than I had ever gone before, my legs feeling the board’s feedback full force, completely in the zone, focused, the entire ocean an angry fist beneath me . . . Then I left the wave.

When the video hit social, it ping-ponged around the world, out into space, and back again, sending up a collective girl-power supercheer, pretty much locking up a ton of cash in surf-sponsorships and placing me on every news feed from here to Alice Springs.

About Michael Mazza

Michael Mazza is a San Francisco Bay Area fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is also an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel.

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Review – Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs

Review – Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra JacobsHer Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs
Published by Entangled: Bliss on July 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 208

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

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Maddie Frye, the Checkerberry Inn’s snarky, introverted chef, just wants to be left alone. But with the inn’s upcoming gala, Maddie’s boss has matchmaking on the brain. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…
Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start. When a part-time job opens in the Checkerberry’s kitchen, he takes it without a second thought. The only catch? He’s got to help his sexy new coworker snag a date for an upcoming dance. But as he coaches Maddie on attracting her crush, Cole realizes he’s the one falling for the curvy brunette.

Maddie Frye the Checkerberry’s Inn Chef is needing a date to a charity Gala. Her boss is trying to match her with the town’s singles. She doesn’t want to be matched with them. She tells a little white lie that she has a date. She doesn’t have a date and needs to get one fast. She has her eye on a guy that visits her laundry mat. She doesn’t know the first thing of how to approach him. Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start by trying to start a guitar studio. He needs a little bit more money than he has. So when he is offered a position working for Maddie as a dishwasher he takes it. She also hires him to help her get a date to the gala with the guy from the laundry mat. Cole helps her but finds himself falling for her. His past is haunting him and holding him back from what he really wants. Cole is determined to get her that date but not without sacrifice on his part.

In an Oyster Shell – A cozy heartwarming romance that was clean and satisfying.

The Pearls – I liked the concept of a Chef needing help getting a date to get her boss off her back. I thought it was unique. There are lots of stories that start off as the relationship being one thing and turning into something else. I felt like the Author had a fresh take on the story line.

The setting of the Inn was quaint. There was a lot of characters that were encompassed in this setting. It made the story shine. The Inn was set in a small town that provoked some of the conflicts that made the story interesting.

The romance was sweet and unsuspecting. It was a romance that grew over the span of the book. It was nice when it finally came to fruition. I read a lot of romances and I rank this one above most of what I read. It’s nice to have a romantic but clean book to read.

The Sand – It was a really good book. I wish there was more like it.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Kyra Jacobs

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

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Review – Artificial Sweethearts by Julie HammerleArtificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle
Published by Entangled: Crush on July 10th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 229
Source: Publisher

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It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.

Tinka Foster is blindsided when she comes home from boarding school and finds out her parents have relocated to North Pole Minnesota. She sees a whole new side to her parents including their new friends who have a son they are trying to hook her up with. Sam Anderson is her next door neighbor. Sam is also having issues with family members trying to set him up with random people. He catches a glimpse of Tinka and tells the person he is not wanting to date that he’s dating Tinka. When they meet and Tinka finds out she’s furious at first. She then sees merit to a fake relationship. It could solve both their problems.

In an Oyster Shell – A really cute romance with great characters.

The Pearls – I always like the stories about people who pretend to be in a relationship. It almost always works out to be something more. Even though this is a storyline I’ve seen before, the settings and characters breathe new life into it.

The characters were adorable. Tinka was a spunky heorine. Tinka was a flawed character that got redeemed throughout the story. Sam was a guy-next-door type. The two of them together made for a cohesive match. There were strong supporting characters that added a nice layer to the story.

The romance was nice. It had a nice pacing to it. It wasn’t an instant romance but built up over the course of the story. The end result of the relationship made the story worth reading.

The Sand – The ending could have been a little more fulfilling.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Julie Hammerle

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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"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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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