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Review – Lies that Bind by Diana Rodriguez WallachLies That Bind by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
on March 6th 2018
Pages: 322
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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.

4 Stars

About Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013).
In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is currently on staff as a featured blogger for Quirk Books.

In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by LatinoStories.com, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is an active advocate for inner-city public schools. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

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Review – They See A Family by Amanda Hamm

Review – They See A Family by Amanda HammThey See a Family by Amanda Hamm
Published by Before Someday Publishing on January 26th 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 181
Source: Author

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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.

5 Pearls

 

5 Stars

About Amanda Hamm

Amanda Hamm has released more than twenty books in various genres. She uses a pen name for some of her books. She has her reasons.

Most of the works under Amanda’s real name – if that is her real name – are love stories featuring Christian characters.

Two of her childrens’ books, Beyond Wisherton and Back to Wisherton, were released without creating another pen name because Amanda’s own children are very proud of their influence, particularly the fact that the books contain “absolutely no mushy stuff.” Unfortunately for them, she’s gone back to her romance roots with the latest book, released in January.

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Review – The Millionaire’s Gamble by Sarah BallanceThe Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance
Published by Entangled on July 11th 2016
Pages: 190
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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.

He shouldn't.

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.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found on her website.

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Review – Close to the Edge by Dawn Ryder

Review – Close to the Edge by Dawn RyderClose to the Edge by Dawn Ryder
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on February 27th 2018
Pages: 336
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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.

2 Stars

About Dawn Ryder

Dawn Ryder has not been abducted by gypsies. She stepped through a time tunnel and has been busy writing about Scots in kilts and English Knights for Kensington’s Brava line. but she will return, very soon to her special operations guys and the other characters that are demanding their turn to tell their story. please check back for updates and click on over to MaryWine.com to discover what she’s got releasing.

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Blog Tour with Review – Helping her to Remember by Kate CarleyHelping Her Remember by Kate Carley
on February 26th 2018
Pages: 342
Source: Barclay Publicity

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Kelly’s back.
How can two simple words make Dylan Bronstad’s heart ache and sing at the same time?
Even seven years ago, Kelly Anne Leeson had possessed that power. Back then, all Dylan wanted to do was drink and make love to her. Really, it was no wonder she’d climbed out of his bed and walked out of his life, leaving him with nothing but a nasty hangover and the lonely memories of their time together.
Today, Dylan’s life is on track. He’s sober with the support of his family and his tight-knit group of friends. But Kelly could derail all he’s worked to accomplish. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to stay away from her.
Lured by the offer of her dream job, Kelly returns home to Crawford Falls and the friends she’d abandoned a lifetime ago. Mending those broken relationships will require some honest answers and a fair amount of forgiveness.
But facing Dylan will take a lot more—like maybe a suit of armor to protect her battle-weary heart and the secret she fears she’ll never be able to keep.
While Kelly searches for a way to maintain the safe life she’s created for her son, Dylan works to remind her of the relationship they once had.
Just as they rekindle their relationship, secrets and half-truths threaten to destroy everything.

Kelly Anne Leeson left home seven years ago is back. Dylan is torn he doesn’t know why she left all those years ago but wants to get to know her again. Kelly has a secret she’s been keeping all alone. Not only does she have to protect her heart but the heart of her son. As Dylan knows more he will do anything to make up for lost time.

In ” An Oyster Shell –  It was a sweet second chance romance with great characters.

The Pearls – It was a sweet concept of a small town homecoming to face what she left behind. It was well executed and was a great story to follow. I love small hometown stories.

The characters were fun to follow. Dylan was a strong hero with his demons to battle. Kelly was a great heroine with a fire that sparked between the two of them. Her son was a cute kid that was well represented. Sometimes kids are not well done in stories it was not the case in this book.

The romance was sweet. I loved that Dylan pursued Kelly with a passion. I like that she was cautious. I also liked that she had some atoning to do as well. I get tired of the guy always being the one to be saying sorry. It was well balanced and refreshing.

The Sand – It was not a clean romance. There were some awkward scenes that didn’t really work with the story.

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3.5 Stars

About Kate Carley

How Kate Carley went from majoring in mathematics and computer science in college to writing steamy contemporary romance still remains a mystery. She broke out into the indie publishing scene in 2015 with her debut novel, Challenged, a 2017 RONE award winner. Two more books completed her romantic suspense trilogy, Changing Krysset. With three published works under her belt, Kate is excited to launch her new contemporary romance series. Just like her first novels, the Crawford Falls series is set in a small town in Kate’s home state of Minnesota. When Kate isn’t busy at her desk writing, you’ll find her dreaming up new characters and plotting perfect ways to make their lives miserable before giving them their happily ever after.

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Blog Tour with Review Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal by Lara TempleLord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal by Lara Temple
Published by Harlequin Historica on March 1st 2018
Pages: 288

I received this book for free from Rachels Random Resources 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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Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

 

Lily Wallace is off her beloved island and in England to find a suitable match with her inheritance. She runs into Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar who wants to buy her property she has just inherited. She refuses. Fate would have them cross paths again and they are left alone for a couple of days while Rothwell is down with a fever. Convinced that she has been compromised he declares them betrothed. If only it were that simple she gives him a run for his money.

In ” an Oyster Shell –  A tantalizing romance that has a palpable tension that will get your heart racing and your fingers turning the pages quickly.

The Pearls – The author had a deft hand with words. She had great word economy. I appreciate good books that make me have to look words up. It was entertaining but I also learned some new words. That is always thrilling for me.

The romance was intense. The tension between Lily and Allen was jumping off the pages and captivating me. There were real struggles for the two as they were both stubborn and had to fight to be open with the other. It was a riveting adventure to read what happens with the two of them.

I loved Lily as the heroine. She was a mystery at first that was delightfully untangled by Lord Ravenscar himself. He was a troubled man but Lily challenged him and simultaneously sought to soothe the festering wounds of his past. They were really great characters that brought the story to life.

The Sand – It was on the steamy side not as clean as I like.

4 Pearls!

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4 Stars

About Lara Temple

Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, ‘Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,’ will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

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Review – Merger to Marriage by Addison Fox

Review – Merger to Marriage by Addison FoxMerger to Marriage by Addison Fox
Series: ,
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 13, 2013
Pages: 166
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One night of passion... Mayson McBride has spent the last decade restoring her family’s magazine empire with her two sisters. She loves what she does, but she can’t shake the feeling something’s missing. Which is why she jumps at the chance–incognito–for a single night of no-strings-attached sex with Holt Turner.

A once in a lifetime connection...Holt’s been unable to forget the woman he shared one night of explosive passion, and he’s thrilled to get reacquainted with her at a weekend house party. What he doesn’t expect are the immediate feelings of need and desire–emotions he keeps firmly in check–upon their reunion.

A forever commitment...When Mayson and Holt’s single night together leads to unexpected consequences, both must decide what matters most. Especially when a threat from Holt’s past promises to ruin their relationship before it’s barely begun.

Mayson McBride works hard on her family’s magazine with her sister. When her sister gets married she takes a chance on Holt Turner. One night of passion is all she needs to get him out of her system. Neither of them is really looking at forever though Mayson is starting to want that something more. When a surprise from there night happens things change. Mayson will get to be the mother she always wanted but Holt sees it as an opportunity to make a merger with marriage. There is an important deal he is trying to land to make amends of the past and being married to Mayson would seal the deal. Mayson wants more than a merger in her marriage.

In ” an Oyster Shell – It is a creative romance that has tantalizing conflict and strong-headed characters that make for a relationship full of sparks.

The Pearls – I like the strong female character that we find in Mayson. She sets the tone of the book with the help of her sisters. She’s creative and beautiful and stands her own against Holt’s all business ways. Holt has an interesting past that really ties the story together. The two characters together make a beautiful story.

The story premise is a good one. Two people coming together for longer than they planned. A one night fling turns to something more. Overcoming the past to get something better.

The romance is sweet though catalyzed into a steamy romance. They go back an forth as they figure things out and learn from each other. Each challenging the other to something more.

The Sand –  Not a clean romance.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Addison Fox

Addison Fox can’t remember a time when words weren’t a part of her life. In addition to being an avid reader, she loves writing novels about strong-willed and exciting heroes and heroines – individuals who are meant for each other and who deserve their happy ever after. After she makes them work for it, of course!

First published in 2010, Addison has written across romance genres including paranormal, contemporary and romantic suspense. A romantic at heart, she’ll take her heroes any way she can get them – from ancient warriors to computer geeks to sexy cowboys. She’s not picky – but she is deeply grateful her readers are willing to come along for the ride.

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Review – Baby on The Bad Boy’s Doorstep by Victoria JamesBaby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep by Victoria James
Series: , ,
Published by Entangled: Bliss on February 12th 2018
Pages: 143
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Connor O'Leary knows nothing about babies, families, or good women, yet he's up to his ears in all three. Coming to Shadow Creek, Montana was meant to be a new start for this former oil rigger, but he had no idea that fresh beginning would include a baby on his doorstep and a hot nanny he can't stop thinking about. Diapers, feedings, and late nights soothing his little bundle of surprise were definitely not on his itinerary.

The last thing Haley Thomson expected to see is the reclusive Connor with a baby in his arms. Before she knows it, she's volunteered as nanny—temporarily. Helping out with baby Rosie is a dream come true and fills a space in her heart she believed will never be filled. But falling for Rosie's hot and sexy bachelor daddy is not on her to-do list…but boy would she ever like it to be...

Connor O’Leary feels like an outsider looking in at the weekly family gatherings in Shadow Creek. He watches Haley Thomson from a distance knowing he will never be good enough for her. One night he goes home and finds a baby on his doorstep. He is at a loss for what to do never having thought of family. Haley comes to the rescue as his nanny. It’s hard not to pretend that they are not like a family. Their pasts threaten the harmony in the home Haley is making for Connor and baby Rosie.

In ” an Oyster Shell – A sweet romance with an adorable baby that encourages me with a positive message of two people overcoming hard pasts.

The Pearls – A bad boy and a baby sign me up! I was so excited for this novel it had an intriguing premise and I was not disappointed. The small town setting added even more appeal. I would like to read more books in this series.

I liked that Connor and Haley are troubled. They have pasts to overcome and they challenge each other. They are flawed which makes them easy to relate to. The supporting characters were distinctive and added depth to the stories. I believe they are from previous books in the series and I would like to go back and read their stories. That is a rarity for me.

The romance was sweet and it was fairly clean. There was a lot of turmoil between the two which made the love relationship more interesting. The conflict at the end was intense and I enjoyed it. It added complexity to the story raising the bar on this romance.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Stars

About Victoria James

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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Blog Tour with Review – The Dating Debate by Chris CannonThe Dating Debate by Chris Cannon
Series: ,
on February 5th 2018
Pages: 242
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Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material.

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry.

Nina Barnes is disgruntled that Valentine’s is coming up and her brother is trying to get her a date. She gets out of the date by being tricked into agreeing to go to the dance with her neighbor West Smith. West Smith is not looking for any complications and a relationship with Nina would be just that. He is surprised when he finds her cute bookish ways interesting along with her incessant need to debate. West has secrets to keep getting closer to Nina could reveal them.

In ” An Oyster Shell –  It was a cute romance that starred a bookworm a character that is sure to worm her way right into the reader’s heart.

The Pearls – The book is well crafted from the title to the last sentence. There was thoughtful humor with a touch of real-life problems that made this a well-balanced book.  

The characters were easy to love. Nina was an adorable bookworm and Wes her compliment the broody guy next door who could share her love of Harry Potter. The supporting characters added a nice depth to the story. I especially liked Nina’s mom. She balanced out the story nicely.

The romance was great. I liked that it commenced halfway through the book and they had to work the rest of the story to figure things out. I like that they had an element of friendship and camaraderie that made for a great foundation of the romance.

The Sand – It was a good book!

4.5 Pearls!

 

4.5 Stars
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