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Review of Turning Point (The Kathleen Turner Series #3) By: Tiffany Snow

Turning Point 3

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Fiction.

Release Date: February 19, 2013

Length: 444 Pages

10++++ Stars (I LOVED!!!)

The third book in Tiffany Snow’s, Kathleen Turner series, did not disappoint. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.

I am ecstatic that there is going to be book #4 and I already loved the first chapter that was the preview in back of the book.

When I finished Turning Point, I immediately when back and read my favorite scenes.  I did not want this book to end.  I could not put this book down.  It was such an amazing read.  I cannot think of the proper adjective to describe or tell you just how much I loved this book.

Like in most sequels, I thought that this book would start out slow.  NO, this one does not.  Tiffany Snow has such a great imagination that there is not one dull moment.

I first was introduced to Tiffany Snow’s Kathleen Turner series when I went away with my husband on his business trip and was stuck in the hotel room because of bad weather.  While my husband was in all-day conventions, I had nothing to do. So, I randomly purchased some books.  One of them was No Turning Back. I never heard of No Turning Back or Tiffany Snow.  I don’t know what made me purchase it. The minute I started, I could not put it down.  As soon as I was done with No Turning Back, I immediately picked up the sequel, Turn to Me.  That was another amazing read.  I was actually glad I was stuck in the hotel room while there was a storm outside and no one to interrupt me. I don’t think I even ate until my husband came back from his meetings and asked if I was hungry.

My love letter to Tiffany Snow: This is going to be a shameless letter to you. I do not know how to tell you what an amazing writer you are.  I hope there are 100+ books in the Kathleen Turner series.  This is hands down my favorite romantic suspense series and you are one of my top 5 favorite authors.

Plot: Kathleen Turner is promoted from working as law-firm-runner at her boyfriend’s, Blane Kirk’s office to work with Blane’s brother, Kade, as an investigator.   Kade is a well-known assassin-for-hire who also happens to have some interest in Kathleen.   Kade and Kathleen go on a lead to solve an old case only to come across some people who are willing to kill just so they are not found.  Meanwhile, Blane is defending a ruthless man who is accused of raping a woman.   Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point…in her career, and her life.

This book carries everything you need in a story to be satisfied.  There will be no regrets reading this book.  You will not feel like you wasted your time.

If you like romance with a bit of suspense, you will love this book. And if you think that you are not into romantic suspense novels, you will be after reading this incredible book.

  • Did I skim? NO
  • Did I fell connected to the characters? Yes.
  • Did I look forward to returning to the book when I had to stop? Yes.  I asked my husband to make dinner for the kids and put them to bed so I can finish this awesome book.  I could not stop reading.
  • Will I re-read? Yes. I already re-read my favorite parts.
  • Pace of the story? Perfect.
  • Will I read the sequel? YES. Without a doubt. Is there someone I can bribe to get book #4 now??!! How will I be able to wait until December???!!!!
  • Positives:  The story never got dull.  There was always something happening. Great writing.
  • Negatives:  It ended. I did not want it to end.  I cannot think of anything negative except that I will have to wait until December to read book #4.
  • Ending/Cliffhanger:  AWESOME!!!  I already read the Epilogue three times.  10+ stars.

Series Reading Order:

No Turning Back2No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series #1)

Turn to MeTurn to Me (The Kathleen Turner Series #2)

Turning Point 3Turning Point (The Kathleen Turner Series #3)

Out of TurnOut of Turn (The Kathleen Turner Series #4) – Expected Publication: December 17, 2013

Thank you to Amazon Publishing and Net Galley for providing a copy for an honest review.

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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Series, Suspense

 

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Review of Harbour Falls (A Harbour Falls Mystery #1) By S.R. Grey

Harbour Falls

3 out of 5 Stars (I had high hopes for this one.)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery

Length: 344 Pages

Published: October 2012

The plot goes like this…Madeleine “Maddy” Fitch is a successful mystery writer.  She comes back to home town of Harbour Falls to “investigate” and write her next book on an unsolved disappearance of a young woman, Chelsea.  Chelsea disappeared the night before her wedding to Adam 4 years earlier.   Adam, a guy who Maddy had a crush on in high school was a prime suspect in the disappearance of Chelsea. Adam is hot, successful and rich and Maddy can’t help but fall for all his charms. However, Maddy is not sure if she can trust Adam especially since the disappearance of Chelsea remains unsolved.

I enjoy suspense/romance novels so I was looking forward to reading this book, but was disappointed.  This book had its moments, but I think that there was too much inner monologue.  A lot of it was repetitive.

I had some problems with Maddy’s character.  I felt like for the life of her, this 26 year old woman could not keep a secret.   I understand Maddy was investigating a possible murder and had to question things that she heard but she was a big mouth.   Every time, Adam told her something personal, she blabbed or had an urge to blab.

I liked Adam’s character, but I did not understand why he wanted to be with Maddy.  He would say she was beautiful, exquisite, but other than that they would fight about her big mouth.

Every time, I thought I had the mystery solved, there was a twist that threw me off, which I love when an author can do that in a mystery.

In the end, the big mystery is solved, but a little “mystery” was left to be solved in the sequel.

-Did I skim? Yes.  Certain parts I skimmed.

-Did I feel connected to the characters?  No.

-Do I recommend? I did not really like the book.  I did not care for the writing style.

-How was the pace of the book? The story moved at a decent pace.

-Will I re-read? No.

-Writing style: One POV – Maddy’s.

-Ending/Cliffhanger?  Even though I doubt I will pick up the sequel, I have to say the cliffhanger was pretty good. Maybe, just maybe, if the book lands in my Kindle, I will read the sequel, but that is a big MAYBE.

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Sequels: Willow Point (A Harbour Falls Mystery #2) – Expected Publication: April/May 20

 
 

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Review of Red Zone (Daniels Brothers #2) By Sherri Hayes

RedZone

3 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Suspense

Length: 221 Pages

Published: February 7, 2013

Gage, a professional football player has been getting death threats from an unknown stalker.  Rebecca, a FBI agent is hired to investigate and protect Gage.  Gage is a player and Rebecca is a very guarded person.  However, they cannot resist their mutual attraction.

This story is told through both POVs which I really liked. I really liked Gage.  I thought he was a good person who loved his family and was a stand-up guy, who was also a hot, professional football player. I have a love for contemporary romances with hot sport players.

I liked Rebecca but then she got on my nerves a little.  At first, I understood Rebecca’s reasoning for not wanting to start a relationship with Gage, but then it got a little silly and when she finally realized that she should give Gage a try, I was over it.

I love when there is sexual tension, but this one either took too long or just came at a weird time in the book.

I liked the characters, I liked the plot, but I think the execution of the two could have been better.

Overall, this is a very sweet contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense which I enjoy in novels. It was fun trying to figure out who was threatening Gage. I always do enjoy a “who done it.” 

Did I skim? A little. I got tired of Rebecca’s silly thoughts about how she should not be with Gage.  I felt bad for the guy after the while.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

Do I recommend? If you are looking for a sweet romance with some suspense, yes.

Ending? It was nice and sweet.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Sports, Suspense

 

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Review of Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) By Kristen Ashley

Sweet Dreams

5 out of 5 Stars (Yeah, I loved it.)

Genre:  Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle, Suspense, Mystery.

Published: April 2011

Length: 562 Pages

Where do I sign up to be a Motorcycle Biker Babe???  Because if it involves living in a small town like Carnal, Colorado, having awesome friends and a hot, alpha motorcycle man like Tate, I am signing up!!

Lauren Grahame leaves her husband of 10 years after finding out that he had been cheating with her best friend for 5 years.  Lauren packs her bags and leaves her upper middle class life in Phoenix and after 4 months of searching for town to call home, she settles in Carnal, Colorado.  There she applies for a job as a waitress.

“All my life, or as long as I can remember, I thought something special was going to happen to me. I just had this feeling, deep in my bones. I didn’t know what it was but it was going to be beautiful, spectacular, huge.  All…my…life. It didn’t. I waited and it didn’t happen. I waited more and it didn’t happen. I waited more and it still didn’t happen. I tried to make it happen and it still didn’t happen.  Now I know it isn’t going to. It’s never going to happen because there isn’t anything special out there to happen.”

And then Lauren gets the waitress job and meets hot motorcycle biker, Tatum “Tate” Jackson.

And the first time that Lauren meets Tate, he calls her “some sorry-ass, old, fat, suburban b***h.”

I was thinking, yeah, not sure if I am going to like Tate.  However, Kristen Ashley is such a fabulous writer that she does not make her heroes and heroines perfect.  There is realism; they have their faults. It is not love at first sight.  There may be immediate attraction, but there is some tension.  I have been reading so many books lately that the main characters “claim” their love in page 4.  WHAT????  Where does the story go from there??

‘Sweet Dreams’ was told brilliantly.  There was enough tension, heat and drama that I could not stop turning the pages.  Kristen Ashley does not disappoint.

To add to the love story, havoc hits Carnal when a serial killer arrives.  Someone has begun raping and killing women. Usually when murders happen in books, they are to people that are not really part of the story.  Not in this book.  No one is safe from the serial killer.

The steam factor was pretty high.  There was a lot of sex.  Some of it was hot and some it was beautiful.

The book is over 500 pages long, but there is not one page that you will want to skim. Something is always going on.

I loved the last 10% of the book.  The first 90% is in Lauren’s POV. The last 10% is from 3 characters in the book, one of them being Tate.  I loved it. LOVED IT!!!

Did I skim? NO

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

Do I look forward to the other book in the series? YES

Did I look forward to returning to the book when I had to stop reading? YES

Ending/Cliffhanger? Loved the ending.

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Sequels: The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) Published: April 2011

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) Published: October 2011

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) Published: July 2012

Colorado Mountains (Colorado Mountain #5) Expected Publication: 2013

 

 

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Review of The Gamble By Kristen Ashley

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble

4 out of 5 Stars

Published:  April 2011

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Erotica

Length: 555 pages

Nina Sheridan’s takes a timeout from her clueless, cold fiancé and heads to Gnaw Bone, Colorado.  When she arrives to the A-Frame that she rents for 2 weeks, she meets Max, the owner. Max tells her there was a mistake and kicks her out of the house.  With nowhere to go, she goes back out in the snowstorm, gets stuck in the ditch only to  wake up in the morning in Max’s bed sick with the flu.  Max ends up taking care of Nina something her “safe, but uncaring fiancé would never do.  Nina ends up staying in Max’s house and meeting all the interesting people of Gnaw Bone. The first week, Nina is in Gnaw Bone, a murder occurs to the most hated man in town.

I have to say, Kristen Ashley is one of my top 5 favorite authors. I really liked this book and recommend it.  Whenever I read a few bland books, I know I can pick up a Kristen Ashley book and enjoy a good read.  The Gamble was a GREAT read!

I do like a little drama when it is in an erotica romance and this drama was just enough for me. It had me in tears and I loved it.  I love when there is enough angst to cause my heart to ache a little.

The Gamble was steamy and sexy.  Also, I liked that the sex did not happen on day #1.  Sometimes, the anticipation is worth it.  It makes it hotter.

Did I skim?  No.  After I finished the book, I went back and reread my favorite parts.

Did I feel connected to the characters? YES.

Will I reread? Yes

Did I think about the book after I was finished? Yes

Do I recommend? YES

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Sequels: Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) Published: April 2011

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) Published: October 2011

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) Published: July 2012

Colorado Mountain (Colorado Mountain #5) Expected Publication: 2013

 

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Crush (Crush #1) By Lacey Weatherford

Crush

5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, New Adult

I loved this book and was not disappointed. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

First of all the cover’s post-it note had me laughing. “Do you like me? Check one.” The story behind the post-it note is in the book. Love it!

This is a great YA book.  I loved the mystery, the twist and the chemistry between Cami and Hunter.

Some of you will figure out the twist half-way through the book and that is fine.  I did too.  However, it did not turn me off from reading the story.  Actually, it made me want to read it without stopping since I had to know how it was all going to “go down.”

Plot: Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at a distance, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

–         Did I skim? No.

–         Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

–         Did I want to go back to reading when I had to stop? Yes, I did not get anything done that day. This is one book I did not want to stop reading.

–         Do I recommend?  YES! I loved this book!

–         Am I looking forward to the sequel? YES!!

–         Ending/Cliffhanger: Great ending.  I am BIG on endings and cliffhangers and this one was not a disappointment.  It is the last chapter that can make or break a book.

Crush (Crush #1)

Author: Lacey Weatherford

Published: October 2012

Length: 332 Pages

Sequels: Smitten (Crush #2) – Expected Publication: 2013

 
 

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