Mini Reviews

Here are some quick reviews of books I’ve read the past month and a half. Life got in the way and I haven’t had much down time to read. I hate when that happens. 😦

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00066]The Follow 2: Blocked by Eliza David

King and Shauna are deep in their relationship. Things are going great for both of their careers. King is tasked with producing the soundtrack for an upcoming film. It’s a great opportunity but unfortunately he is experiencing writer’s block. This causes tension in King’s and Shauna’s relationship because Shauna isn’t familiar with the process that King goes through to create music. Things gets worse when King asks his former flame to help him write the song.

I loved revisiting King and Shauna. Both of them got on my nerves with their issues and juvenile ways. There was a lot of immaturity going on it’s hard to believe these people are professionals and in their early 30s. I enjoyed the book despite King and Shauna being too stupid to live. LOL! I will say that I felt like the author took the easy route with Shauna’s relationship with someone from her job. Made it too easy for King to be the good guy even though he was no way innocent in his behavior.

Rating: C+

princessofzamibiaPrincess of Zamibia by Delaney Diamond
Dahlia and Kofi had a whirlwind romance that ended in heartbreak and distrust. Kofi returns three years later to claim the heir to the Zamibia throne. He gives Dahlia two options: return to Zamibia with him or live without her son.

I love a second-chance romance and secret baby romance. My two favorite tropes. I would have liked it better if the hero wasn’t such a prick in the beginning. I didn’t like Kofi for most of the book. Yes he was hurt that Dahlia kept his son from him but he never gave her a chance to explain her side. Also, he doesn’t trust her due to some shady dealings done by her boss that Kofi thinks that Dahlia did. Again, Kofi would not listen to Dahlia or let her clear her name. His high-handedness was annoying. Yes he’s royalty but he was also an arsehole. The romance moves pretty quickly. There’s some added drama (which I thought was unnecessary) towards the end but alls well that ends well. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

Rating: C

somethingspecialSomething Special by Tiffany Patterson
We met Gabriella and Jamal in the Safe Space series. Their relationship was contentious in that series and nothing has changed. The sexual tension between these characters was off the charts. It got to the point where I yelled, stop arguing and bone already! I enjoyed this book a lot. I could not put it down. I loved revisiting Chanel and Xavier (from Safe Space series). I will say that the last bit of the book, the author added, in my opinion, unnecessary drama with a new character. I felt that it was out of the blue and interrupted the flow of the story. Everything was going smoothly and to throw this wrench in the plot took me aback. And then it was resolved rather quickly. Why add it at all? Thankfully it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Rating: B-

Review: The Night Before by Jacinta Howard

nightTitle: The Night Before
Author: Jacinta Howard
Published: December 14, 2017
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 135
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads
Ava couldn’t believe she’d let her best friend talk her into coming to a mind numbing holiday party on the night before Christmas. As Ava counts the minutes before she can leave, all she can think about is how much she wants to snuggle up on the sofa with a crappy holiday movie and drink too much eggnog (with rum). That is, until an old classmate, Elias Young, sits next to her at the party. Elias is way too charming to be any good for her, but fate forces Ava to put that tired theory to the ultimate test. Is it happenstance? Serendipity? Or, is the night before Christmas also the night before everything Ava thinks she knows about love changes for good?

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Review: Merry Christmas, Baby by Alexandria House

merrychristmasTitle: Merry Christmas, Baby
Author: Alexandria House
Published: December 11, 2017
Pages: 22
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads:
Having to work on Christmas Eve is bad. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve is worse. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve when your life is a mess? Well, that’s some BS. There doesn’t seem to be a Merry Christmas in store for Sunday Marks, but maybe one call can change that.

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Review: Leslie’s Curl & Dye by D.L. White

AhhleslieTitle: Leslie’s Curl & Dye
Author: D.L. White
Published: September 9, 2017
Publisher: Self
Pages: 325
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: B
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads
Leslie Baker, owner of Potter Lake’s original hometown beauty shop, the Curl & Dye, has a problem.
Her problem isn’t her dwindling customer base. And it’s not the shifty, shady Mayor of the idyllic lakeside town.
Her problem is a muscular, handsome, 6’4” former basketball superstar with a solid physique and colorful sleeve tattoos. Kade “KC” Cavanaugh is back in Potter Lake following his NBA retirement and the business he’s opened, a slick and shiny co-ed salon, directly competes with Curl & Dye.

KC is all too eager to pick things up where they left off fifteen years ago, but Leslie can’t forget how he pushed her away after an intimate encounter, then dropped out of college and left her behind for the bright lights of professional ball.
Though she won’t admit it, time and maturity have eaten away at Leslie’s anger and her long-buried attraction to Kade Cavanaugh has resurfaced.
With a vengeance.

Now there is a larger problem: Leslie and KC find themselves in the center of a city wide drama, and with both sides of Potter Lake at war and their livelihoods at stake, the two have to stop sniping at each other and start working together.
And maybe, in the process, forget the past and revive a budding romance that was very special…a very long time ago

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Review: Yearn for Me by Aja Cole

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Title: Yearn for Me
Series: The Banks Sisters, #2
Author: Aja Cole
Published: October , 2017
Pages: 170
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads:

KEYRA

It’s my job to imagine everything that could happen and go wrong.

Except, apparently…when it comes to my personal life and Dane Thoreau.

I was shot for god-sakes, and still…he’s the only thing that sends me running.

Dane

I’m used to thinking one thing about women: Don’t trust them.

Until I met Keyra Banks.

The fierce, amazing woman has been getting under my skin for months, and I’m only a man.
Now, with more women in my life than I’m ready for…the question is: Can I be the man that she deserves?

And the really important thing for me to consider…

Do I even want to be?

 

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