Monthly Archives: April 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

Katie Fisher is certain her long-time boyfriend is going to propose soon, so she enters a contest in the Texas Bride magazine to win a designer dress of her dreams. But Katie’s life does not quiet go as planned: her boyfriend breaks up with her on the same day she finds out she won the dress. Disappointed, she travels to the big city of Dallas to awkwardly try to explain her situation and reject the dress, instead finding herself swept into the designer’s visions, realizing she does not have the heart to tell the woman she is no longer planning a wedding. And her life only gets more interesting when she meets the wedding shop’s manager, a tall and handsome pro basketball player. Her interactions with him and each kind member of the wedding staff only make it more and more difficult for Katie to admit her deepest secret – that she no longer has a groom.

This novel certainly has its share of spunky characters, each one adding a unique quality to the story. The relationships among their diverse personalities are fun to read and the spunky nature of the author’s storytelling makes this book enjoyable. However, the novel is very predictable and there are no real plot twists or intrigue that make the book impossible to put down. The romance is a bit unbelievable as well. Yet even with the limited complexity of the story, the novel is a fun, light-hearted read, suited for those who enjoy simple contemporary romances.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Lisa Grant, having recently relocated to a small town to escape the fast paced nature of her homicide detective job in Chicago, discovers she has not really left the stress of her previous position when human remains are found in a field not long after she begins her new role. Determined to solve the case, she enlists the help of county detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL who is equally anxious to put the killer behind bars. But as they uncover more information about the victim, dangerous events begin to happen around them. Convinced these are more than mere coincidences, Lisa and Mac attempt to stay ahead of the murderer before it is too late.

Once again, Irene Hannon delivers an action-filled and thrilling contemporary novel. I enjoyed the interesting perspective of the murderer, introduced to readers in the very first chapter. This provided a unique plotline that made the story more exciting. The characters are very easy to like and each have curious backgrounds that are not fully revealed until further into the book. The story has a great amount of complexity that only adds to the mystery and suspense. The romance is well written, interwoven among the professional working relationship. The events and clues lead to an intense climax, creating a truly enjoyable novel. Recommended to lovers of contemporary suspense!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Creole Princess by Beth White

Lyse Lanier, largely French in heritage, spends her days supporting her family, trying to keep her father from getting into too much trouble. She enjoys her close friendship with the British general’s daughter, Daisy. One day, she meets the flirtatious, dramatic, and witty Spaniard, Rafael. But as the Americans begin to declare their independence from Britain and tensions among these cultures start to clash, Lyse discovers she may have to choose a side that alienates friends and perhaps even family. The complicated ethnicity of her family only puts her position in even more jeopardy. Spies are everywhere and perhaps even Rafael is not whom he seems to want her to think. Lyse attempts to cling to her fundamental beliefs as America erupts into the Revolutionary War.

Just a glimpse of this novel’s beautiful cover caused me to eagerly pick it up. Yet the beginning pages were slow to start and the plot took several chapters to really pull me in. Once it did, however, I found myself enjoying each of the character’s depth, personality, and quirks. The romance moves at a realistic pace and establishes a love built on more than purely physical attraction. The history in this novel is absolutely superb, the details illustrating the great amount of work that Ms. White put into researching the time period and events in this area of the country during the Revolutionary War. At times, the speed of the novel made it difficult to connect with the characters, but the novel itself is certainly well written. Overall, this novel is enjoyable and worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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