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Book Review: Long Shots

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan– Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl? You don’t. My fairy tale is upside down. A happily never after. I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West. One of the NBA’s brightest stars. Fine. Forbidden. He wants me. I want him. But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

Genre: Romance

Published: March 22, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

Series: #1 in Hoops series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I went into this book blind and it was a big punch in the stomach about halfway through. I don’t like spoilers but I don’t want anyone getting triggered the way I did. This book deals with both severe domestic violence and rape and the scenes are graphic. The author did a really good job with the domestic violence theme- to the point that it was very uncomfortable to read. Which if it’s done right, this theme should be hard to read. The story was really good- it held my attention and I finished it in one sitting. I was rooting for the main character, Iris. She had a rough time in the story and it was so painful to read. I will say that the polar differences between the 2 men were a bit extreme but I understand why the author depicted them in such a way. I will continue reading the series. 

 



Book Review: Her One Mistake

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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks– Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter.

Genre: Domestic Drama

Published: January 8, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: This book was nothing like I was expecting. I honestly was underwhelmed because I knew fairly early on what the mystery was going to revolve around. I didn’t feel much of a connection to any of the characters and I wasn’t really invested in the story. The main characters, Charlotte and Harriet, were both pretty unlikable and I found their friendship to be really one dimensional and fake. The pacing of the story was too slow for my taste and I found myself skimming a few pages here and there. The domestic violence aspect that appears in the story was a bit too contrived and melodramatic for me. It was just too predictable for my reading tastes.



Book Review: Burden of Proof

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Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills– Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Published: October 9, 2018

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #1 in FBI: Rapid Response series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: The story starts off with a tense situation and never lets the foot off the gas pedal! There’s plenty of action, lots of mystery, and well developed characters. The suspense was intense, the romance was a bonus, and the Christian aspects added a whole other layer. You know from early on in the story who the bad guy is and he is awful! I spent the entire second half of the book waiting for him to get what was coming to him. I really enjoyed April as a character. She had a very stressful job and she still managed to be a caring, empathetic, and compassionate character. It took me a bit to warm up to Jason because of how he was introduced to the story but he grew on me once I got a good read on his character and what was driving his decisions. Definitely a solid read and I will absolutely continue the series. 



Book Review: Forget You Know Me

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Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser– Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child. What Liza sees next will change everything. Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled and hurt. She knows there’s no denying what she saw. Or is there?

In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own. And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either. But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: Honestly I’m not even sure how to start this review. I thought this was going to be a thriller. Instead it was a domestic drama full of marital strain and secrets between friends. I think I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if I had known from the beginning it was a domestic drama. My expectations were what killed this story for me. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters and I didn’t particularly like any of them either. The story started off with a bang, then veered off into the domestic drama and lost my attention for a good part of it, then the mystery from the first chapter was solved and that was it. The whole middle part of the story just dragged for me but again, I think it was my expectations that ruined it. I recommend this book for anyone who likes domestic dramas heavy on the drama of relationships. If you’re looking for a thriller you won’t find it here. 



Book Review: When You Read This

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When You Read This by Mary Adkins– For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.

Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’ big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.

Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy—funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet—that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I’m a big fan of books written in epistolary form and this book was comprised solely of emails, texts, and blog posts. It feels very intimate and personal to be reading those things and appeals to the admittedly nosy side of my personality. I think my favorite character was Carl, the inept and strange assistant/intern to Smith. He added a layer of comedy to an otherwise heavy story which is full of love, loss, grief, and healing. Jane was probably my least favorite character- she was really a neurotic mess that made everything much harder than it needed to be. But the personalities of all the characters together came together in a really amazing way to form a story with a lot of depth.