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Authors Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman take a well worn plot and breathe fresh life, hume-book gifted by author in return for a fair an honest review.
Authors Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman take a well worn plot and breathe fresh life, humour and a bunch of zany characters into their story and bring it to life with a vibrancy and immediacy that persuades readers to ‘let go and enjoy’. Mz. Bowman and Springsteen are both well established authors in their own right and A Lot Like A Lady is their debut offering as writing partners. Let’s hope they create many more stories together.
So what do they bring to a familiar plot that makes their story stand out from the crowd?
For starters in A Lot Like A Lady they offer a ‘spoilt darling’, Annabella Price, and tantrums galore, and yet they manage persuade readers to extend their sympathy to her, so by the time Annabella hatches an outrageous plot to avoid ‘towing the parental line’ it all seems logical and perhaps a little predictable, but that’s before all the wonderful faux pas they put Juliet, their heroine, through. Mz Bowman and Springsteen skilfully put their hero, Grey and heroine, Juliet, through some really cringe-worthy incidents and experiences, and adventures and do not tax their readers’ beliefs by assuming Grey fails to rumble Juliet’s subterfuge early on. And so the tension builds between Juliet and Grey.
If you think ‘a sweet read’ means bland and passionless, then A Lot Like A Lady will speedily rectify any such misconception. There is passion on almost every page. The historical attention to detail is in the description of the dresses and fabrics mentioned; the design and furniture mentioned, and their word choices. Does all this research ‘jump’ out at you’, no, and therein lies the skill of this partnership. Did they slip up at all? yes, once that momentarily pulled me out of the story. Did it spoil the read? Not one iota.
And the authors’ attention, and sense of the ridiculous, also extends to their secondary characters. There are aunts and uncles enough to make both the hero and heroine blush. There are Lords and Ladies aplenty and ready and waiting for the latest juicy piece of scandal. The descriptions are so vivid it is easy to lose yourself in them.
And weaving through all the plot is passion, mayhem, deception and growing romance, add in missing daughter and it suspect we have the seeds for their next, ‘must-read’ book due out in the summer. ...more
Meg loves to tell tell you of her love for True Grit (the original book, the movie in 1969 and the recent version also) and goes on to say how much itMeg loves to tell tell you of her love for True Grit (the original book, the movie in 1969 and the recent version also) and goes on to say how much it influenced her during the writing of Double Crossing. (In as much a lot of the action takes place on a train, I hear whispers of Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express._ Make no mistake Ms. Mims writing it tight, fast and a historical delight. You’ll find no historical info dump in Double Crossing. Yet you cannot fail to realise how much research the author has done while creating Double Crossing and savour the way Ms. Mims weaves the facts through her tale of murder, mystery and suspense with a skill that sometimes takes your breath away. By her own admission the author’s heroine took her time in revealing her true character and strength. Women in the middle 1800’s did not enjoy the independence women enjoy today, and while wilful, yet loving, upon her father’s murder Lilly makes some life-changing decisions, and in so doing puts her own life at risk. She has to decide who she can trust and whether she’s made the right choice in Ace Diamond. To quote the author “I rolled Rooster and the Texas Ranger LaBoef into Ace Diamond, an ex-Confederate cavalry soldier, poker-player and wanderer...” Lilly and Ace dance an emotional fandango while avoiding their pursuers. Will Lilly and Ace live long enough to reach their destination in California? Of course they will, that’s a given, but it is the conflicts and goals that the author sets out for her characters that will keep you turning the pages. If you enjoy a tightly written murder, mystery and suspense, then treat yourself to Meg Mims’ Double Crossing. If you enjoy American Western History, then don’t forget to add this to your list of ‘must have books’. If you enjoy reading new and exciting authors, then Meg Mims is a must follow author. ...more
Review: Writing in the 1st person can be restricting, but Ms Combs overcomes both this, and head-hopping, in Spellbound with her masterly use of givinReview: Writing in the 1st person can be restricting, but Ms Combs overcomes both this, and head-hopping, in Spellbound with her masterly use of giving various characters their own sections in the story. Not only does the reader see the events from multiple viewpoints, but each one segues neatly into the next without slowing the pace of the story. There is a large cast of characters, but the author’s technique ensures the reader never loses track of her main players. I did find keeping track of what the different coven members specialised in a bit hard, but once again Ms Combs kept prompting me as the story progressed. Logan and Serena’s meeting is the catalyst for change in their lives. For Logan, it is about discovering a whole new aspect of life and coming to terms with it when he discovers the girl he is falling in love with is a twitch – teenage witch – then his widowed mother reveals secrets which tilt his new and topsy-turvy life upside down. That he adjusts copes so well with each revelation and its consequences might have the author turning him into some sort of super-human, but no, under Ms Combs influence Logan grows and matures with a compassion and understanding that never becomes mawkish or unrealistic. While Serena seems to have her future mapped out for her and her elder and younger sisters around for support, encouragement and sharing, it soon becomes clear that that any reader pre-conceptions soon go up in a puff of demonic smoke. Her new boyfriend is not the only one who finds his life tilting on its axis as revelations aplenty are thrown at her. Serena’s strength of character matches that of her boyfriend, Logan and together with the support of some fun and entertaining characters face their biggest challenge knowing the cost of losing would be death for at least one of them. The secondary characters all play their parts in moving the story forward and come from different arenas and yet all come together at the end of this fluently written and fast-paced story in such a manner this reader was sad to part company with them at the end of their tale. For those who enjoy YA, paranormal and romance all wrapped up together, then Ms Combs is an author to watch out for. ...more
Review: In her debut novel, Road to Recovery ALYSSA FOX offers up two badly flawed central characters and invites her readers to share Dr. Erin MillerReview: In her debut novel, Road to Recovery ALYSSA FOX offers up two badly flawed central characters and invites her readers to share Dr. Erin Miller and Kyle Reynolds journey on their Road to Recovery as they compete for the prized mentorship on offer.
Not only does the author set up the conflict in the first couple of pages but she follows that with the hint of a scandal in Erin’s past.
If you enjoy medical romance, then this is a book well worth considering. The author either has a medical background or has researched her subject well. The details offered by Ms Fox creates an immediacy during the many crises the two doctors face on their race for the bigger prize. Vivid hospital scenes with plenty of attention to medical detail and hospital procedures mixed in with internal politicking and jealousies ratchets up the tension as a third doctor lurks in the background, his secondary role is well woven into the story, his dénouement seemed a little too contrived but it left a satisfactory sense of ‘justice done’.
If I have any nits, they are the occasional abrupt transition from flashback to the present that jerked me out of the book, plus a few too many repetitions which slowed down an otherwise fluently written story, and the hero’s abrupt changes of intention which drew me out of the story a couple of times.
The author quickly reveals her heroine, Dr. Erin Miller, is focussed on her job to the exclusion of a personal life. And the reasons are skilfully woven in as the book progresses. She is compassionate, longs for a family of her own but no longer admits this to herself until she meets the hero’s family. Faced with this dilemma she has some big choices to make, but will they be the right ones, and will Kyle be open to them or will he scorn her?
Dr. Kyle Reynolds is not a likeable character on first impression, and his opinion of the heroine makes him look like a jerk. It is the author’s skill that show the softer more compassionate side of this arrogant ‘A’ Lister. He has lost a daughter, Ava, and is now divorced from his wife, Amy, and not prepared to put himself ‘out there’ again, even for Erin who is slowly getting under his skin. (At one point I had to backtrack because of the similarity in the names of his ex wife and daughter.)
But as the story develops so did my empathy for Kyle. His priorities change and this brings about a whole new set of challenges for him and it is the way he handles then that endears him to you.
The sex scenes are explicit and fit well within each of their scenes.
Ms Fox’s writing style is a joy to read, her characters are enticing and her hospital background with its ‘in-house’ intrigues that she throws at her hero and heroine will keep you turning the pages. With the Road to Recovery, the author packs an emotional punch that will have you diving for the nearest box of tissues on more than one occasion. Equally there are smiles and laughs aplenty.
For readers looking for a medical romance with emotion, characters you can empathise with, and an enjoyable writing style, this book fits the bill.
Ms Fox is an author to watch out for in the future. ...more
In her acknowledgements Anne Patrick names the fire investigator who helped her with her research. I mention this because the seamless presentation ofIn her acknowledgements Anne Patrick names the fire investigator who helped her with her research. I mention this because the seamless presentation of Anne Patrick's research into her story is awesome. This is a hard-hitting and emotional read that has the reader right beside the author's characters. There is no part of the story that is unbelievable. And every character plays an integral part in the tale. The suspense builds exponentially with every character introduced and she offers up plenty of suspects. The balance of suspence and emotion ensures the reader will have a hard time putting this book down. It is a keeper for my shelf....more
I love Jan Bowles stories and this one was no exception. What let it down for me was the erotic content. Ms. Bowles has a lovely flowing writing styleI love Jan Bowles stories and this one was no exception. What let it down for me was the erotic content. Ms. Bowles has a lovely flowing writing style but the erotic scenes seemed forced to me and out of sync with her characters. As usual the author takes a thought provoking theme and weaves a strong emotional story with three dimensional characters....more
I love Devlyn's writing style and her fantastic settings. If I have a nit with this it the switching from charater to author POV. Black Ice has everytI love Devlyn's writing style and her fantastic settings. If I have a nit with this it the switching from charater to author POV. Black Ice has everything readers of this genre are looking for and is a book well worth adding to your shelf. ...more
This is a charming and delightful Regency Rom Com. Ms Brimbles characters are fun, if sometimes far-fetched. The conflict threaded contiuously from paThis is a charming and delightful Regency Rom Com. Ms Brimbles characters are fun, if sometimes far-fetched. The conflict threaded contiuously from page 1 to the end. If I had any nits, it was that I thought Elizabeth's parents would settle her much further away from their home. But the placement played an integral part in the plot. This charming and funny book is one well worth picking up if you want a good, fun read....more