I laughed, and then laughed some more...and swooned; there was definitely some swooning going on.
'Diving In' is probably the most enjoyable 'chick lit...moreI laughed, and then laughed some more...and swooned; there was definitely some swooning going on.
'Diving In' is probably the most enjoyable 'chick lit' I've read in a while. The story has just enough drama, swoon-worthy scenes, relationship angst, beautiful scenery, and did I mention funny situations. Really, the main character has so many issues, but she's determined to deal with all of them, especially one pesky one from her past.
Also, the sex scenes were written tastefully and the romance was believable, two important factors in a story for me.
I'll definitely read more from Gretchen Galway(less)
There simply wasn’t anything not to love about this story. Okay...it started a tad slow for most readers nowadays, but I don't mind buildup, as long a...moreThere simply wasn’t anything not to love about this story. Okay...it started a tad slow for most readers nowadays, but I don't mind buildup, as long as there's character development. And let me tell you, there was definitely character development, an entire houseful of quirky family members’ worth.
I'm a mystery writer, so of course, I figured out what was going on in the story, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment. And the number one factor of whether the book is a 'must read': Did I want to read the second book? A resounding, 'YES!' I went directly to Amazon and downloaded 'Flat Out Matt'. Not what I expected, but I still enjoyed it too.(less)
When I first wrote 'The Depot', the prequel to 'The Library', I had no intention of continuing the story. I liked the idea of a series of short one-ho...moreWhen I first wrote 'The Depot', the prequel to 'The Library', I had no intention of continuing the story. I liked the idea of a series of short one-hour reads. But as the reviews poured in, I had to listen. So here you are my wonderful avid-reading friends; the continuation of 'The Depot'...six months later. (less)
Predictable, too-good-to-be-true hero, maybe, but I laughed constantly.
What's so wrong with the perfect dreamy guy when you're reading to escape? I do...morePredictable, too-good-to-be-true hero, maybe, but I laughed constantly.
What's so wrong with the perfect dreamy guy when you're reading to escape? I don't see a problem with it, even though I usually try to give my heroes a few flaws, since so few of us are unblemished.
But what I loved most about this story was that it made me laugh. I mean...every few sentences the heroine's inner thoughts or her flamboyant Aunt Dody's sayings had me giggling. Without a doubt, the supporting characters stole the show.
The only thing I didn't like was how many times Sadie, the heroine, yelled at Des, the hero, without just cause. And this is where the perfect hero became more real; he called her out on it, told her it was the third time she'd called him a liar. Good for him.
So, if you are looking for a fun chic-lit novel, not any deep mystery or secret pasts to unearth, this is a worthwhile read.(less)
Though I’m disappointed in the overall story as a mystery, because it was well written and the eight murders were creative, I’ll still offer ‘Whodunni...moreThough I’m disappointed in the overall story as a mystery, because it was well written and the eight murders were creative, I’ll still offer ‘Whodunnit’ three stars.
I will also offer that I was correct. I had the killer pegged in the first scene, but I always figure out ‘whodunit’. The only time I am incorrect is if the author resorts to trickery. Sadly, I feel he did. I never write spoilers, so I won’t start now. But I feel he could have done exactly what he wanted without misleading the reader. A writer can mask a killer’s words and actions so that a reader is uncertain about their guilt. However, when you jump into the POV of the murderer--unless the killer doesn’t know they are the murderer--and write misleading thoughts, that is deceptive and not true mystery writing.
Also, there are several fatal flaws with the story:
Firstly, a butler knows all in a household, and Giles, as one of the best in his field, would know everything that is going on in a household. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be good at his job.
Secondly, each death, though creative, was nearly impossible to plan, unless the killer had known the victims intimately for more than one day. Each murder was planned out using something that the victim was in the habit of doing since they’d come to the mansion. But since the murders started immediately, the killer would have had no way of knowing the likes and dislikes and where the victims would be at all times.
And lastly, the hardest part for me, and though I know there’s never a good reason, I need a motive. It bothers me that instead of giving me any reason—even if convoluted—for the murders of eight innocent people, the author offered an epilogue of what I can only suspect is a prelude to another 'whodunit'. (less)
Sugary sweet. But I read in one sitting, so that attests to the fact that it was written well. I start many books and don't finish them, the reason yo...moreSugary sweet. But I read in one sitting, so that attests to the fact that it was written well. I start many books and don't finish them, the reason you'll rarely see me review a book that's less than three stars.
Anyway, I'm a BIG fan of 'love at first sight'. Many of the great classics are 'LAFS', and most of my books, I confess, the protagonists fall in 'LAFS'.
That said, I still crave some type of conflict and turmoil. But since it was a short read, and I assume the first of a series, I have to give it four stars because the characters were believable (the female protagonist anyway), and I did swoon at least once--okay, maybe twice.
So, if you love a quick and perfect HEA, this book is for you. (less)
If you like 'Payback' and 'Taken', this is the book for you. Yeah Michael kills dirtbags, but they deserve it.
And no matter how much you want to believe that the law should handle all these situations, you can't help but get sucked into the way it goes down. Darcia did a great job at making Michael believable and likable.
I also loved how Ms. Helle reserved the majority of the foul language for the 'bad guys'. I'm not a fan of foul language, but I know it'd sound silly if the scumbags didn't speak like trash. And she never took the violence to a level that made me squeamish. There was only one small part that I could have done without, but it was just the man's comments, no actual scene. I prefer not to be in the 'bad guy's' head when he's committing heinous acts. So thank you for that.
I listened to 90% of this on Audible, and though that means I cannot attest to perfect grammar, it sure sounded 'spot on', and the 10% I did read, since I couldn't wait to get back in my car to hear the end, was perfect.
Oh, and I feel I also must mention that the narrator was incredible. Never once did I get confused of who was speaking, which also attests to the fact that it was written well. I've listened to a Sparks' book where I got confused.
If the novel is still .99 cents, I believe you can still pick up the Audible for an extra couple of dollars. Do it if you're short on time; you won't regret it if you like suspense thrillers.(less)
It's my book, so I won't rate it, of course, but I will tell you a little about it. 'Split Decisions' picks up eight years after 'She Belongs to Me' e...moreIt's my book, so I won't rate it, of course, but I will tell you a little about it. 'Split Decisions' picks up eight years after 'She Belongs to Me' ends.
About to turn forty, Jaynee is suffering from mild depression, but she can't pinpoint why. She loves her husband and kids, has a successful career, and yet she feels as though something is missing from her idyllic life. No matter how hard she tries to deny it, there's a pit in her stomach that keeps stretching deeper and wider.
But when she seeks answers, she's not so happy with what she finds. In fact, she feels as though she might be going insane, and then, to top everything off, some psycho kidnaps her...or at least she thinks she's kidnapped.
If you haven't read "She Belongs to Me', you don't have to, as 'Split Decisions' is a stand-alone novel. However, I highly recommend you do, so you are able to associate with the characters even more and understand how they got to where they are in 'Split Decisions'.
The whodunit was a little predictable, but I'm a mystery writer so it's hard to hide the clues from me.
What I found refreshing was the spot-on histori...moreThe whodunit was a little predictable, but I'm a mystery writer so it's hard to hide the clues from me.
What I found refreshing was the spot-on historical actions, descriptions, and mannerisms, right down to applying makeup or cooking dinner. I also appreciated that though the main female character was independent, she still conformed to--mostly--the traditions of that era, albeit a little frustrating when you want to see more romance among the main characters, since there were definitely plenty of sparks.
If you love a fun whodunit set in the Victorian age, `Maids of Misfortune' is a great choice.
Also, I listened to the story on Audible so I can't attest to any grammatical issues in the writing, but I didn't hear anything that stood out, and the narrator was talented to say the least. I highly enjoyed listening to her.(less)
'Stalk Me' has over two hundred reviews averaging 4.3 stars. Why? Because when we read, we want to esca...moreI never give spoilers! But here's what I see...
'Stalk Me' has over two hundred reviews averaging 4.3 stars. Why? Because when we read, we want to escape from our reality and experience a different one. It's about a rich Hollywood girl, who, while she realizes that her life is kind of shallow, she has a lot of struggles when she attempts to change it. If you enjoy yelling at your characters--as I do, since it makes them real--and rooting for your team (I won't tell you who mine is, but I hope she ends up with him), you will probably be like the 200-some readers who love this book. Warning! This is a 'Mature Young Adult'; this is not 'Twilight' or 'Hunger Games'! There are many instances of sex and drug use. But hey, my husband was a school administrator for six years, and it happens...even if it's not as prevalent as some movies would have us believe. But in Keatyn's world, I'm apt to believe it's pretty spot-on. So if you enjoy diving into a well-written Hollywood-style high school drama with seventeen-year-old angst, you will like this book.(less)
Okay...I'm not completely satisfied with hanging at the end, but I knew it was coming so it didn't blindside me. I did see where some of my friends ra...moreOkay...I'm not completely satisfied with hanging at the end, but I knew it was coming so it didn't blindside me. I did see where some of my friends rated this as two stars, and I don't get it. It was well written, as in, it was easy to ready, easy to follow. The story has action, romance, and the futuristic elements were believable for the most part.
I only found a couple minor errors...and ALL books have errors, so I never let a few snafus get in my way.
Long story short, as I hate to give away anything, I definitely recommend reading this series, even though...if you thought Bella was wishy-washy in 'Twilight', you've not seen anything yet. Sometimes I want to grab Katniss and shake her, but again, before reading if you're an adult, remember...she's 16 in the first book and 17 in the second. LOL! Enjoy!
What impressed me most about ‘Heart Like an Ocean’ was the author. It is a historical romance novel, and yet, Christine Steendam is in her twenties. M...moreWhat impressed me most about ‘Heart Like an Ocean’ was the author. It is a historical romance novel, and yet, Christine Steendam is in her twenties. Maybe it’s the values, which I see so rarely nowadays, and the fact she wrote a compelling and heartfelt novel without resorting to gratuitous language and sex.
‘Heart Like An Ocean’ takes you on a true adventure across the seas with fascinating and stubborn characters you’ll want to shake your fists at in frustration, but cheer for them at the same time.
The story does not fall into an anticipated pattern, which while surprising, was also refreshing, as I dislike ordinary. Usually I can predict how a novel will end by the first three chapters, but I have to admit Ms. Steendam shocked me. Well done, Christine! And… I demand a sequel! (less)
This is my short story, so I will not rate it. But even when I did my final read-through, chills ran down my back, and I'm the one who wrote it.
THE D...moreThis is my short story, so I will not rate it. But even when I did my final read-through, chills ran down my back, and I'm the one who wrote it.
THE DEPOT (When Life and Death Cross Tracks) is the second in my mini-mysteries with a paranormal edge, but the stories do not have to be read in order. They're just my way of introducing you to my style of writing without making a long-term commitment, as both stories take approximately an hour to read.
It's my book, so of course I won't review it, but it's my favorite. :)
When Noonday Ends is the second book in the Nantahala Series. You do not need to read the first book, Land of the Noonday Sun, to enjoy the second one, but you will not enjoy the first book after reading the second. I hope that makes sense. :) (less)
Without a doubt, Nicholas Sparks' best book in my opinion. Of course, it was different than his other novels, which is what I liked best. Full review...moreWithout a doubt, Nicholas Sparks' best book in my opinion. Of course, it was different than his other novels, which is what I liked best. Full review coming soon. But in reference to my earlier remark, I was correct. I'd figured out the book almost immediately. But...I'm a mystery writer; it's what I do. :)(less)