A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

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Rachel Matthews is left without a home or money when her brother, Preston, heads west to find gold. Desperate, she accepts a position as a dance hall girl. But she is suddenly swept from her job by John McIntyre, a friend of her brother’s who receives a letter from Preston concerning her position. Rachel is initially upset but soon settles into a routine with the help of John’s sweet grandmother. But tensions still exist between Rachel and John, especially since he holds the fortune and keys to her old family homestead, a dear treasure to Rachel.

Although the characters are likable and moments in the plot are amusing and sweet, overall, I found this book to be lacking in significant depth. The romance felt rushed and the plot did not seem to have much substance. There were moments in which situations seemed to resolve too quickly and much too neatly, making many portions of this novel unbelievable. However, I did enjoy the setting of the novel and could envision the beautiful scenery. Overall, this novel is recommended only to those who appreciate simple plots and predictable endings.

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

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

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Olivia Edwards has been tasked with protecting radio personality Wade Savage, who has been receiving odd calls and gifts from an apparent stalker. The stalker has finished playing nicely, however, and begins to threaten those closest to Wade, drawing them into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. Olivia must call on all her reserves as her skills and expertise are put to the test against the unseen force. In addition to protecting Wade, her heart becomes involved as Olivia realizes Wade is more than simply a client.

Lynette Eason always writes novels full of action and suspense from page one, and this particular book is no exception. I enjoy the fast-paced storyline but I also think this sometimes detracts from getting to know the characters on a deeper level. Nevertheless, this book is far from dull and despite the fact that the villain is a little predictable, there are twists intertwined that make the plot interesting. I liked the characters and their interactions, the romance well woven into the dangers of the story. Overall, I liked this novel and recommend it to lovers of contemporary suspense.

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