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THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

IMG_0905   THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand is a women’s fiction novel based on the lives of two identical twin sisters who haven’t spoken to each another in over fourteen years but are forced to reconnect when the unthinkable happens. Years earlier, when the girls were seventeen, their parents made a decision that would change their lives forever and their relationship inextricably.

This novel is told from the perspectives of the twins, Harper and Tabitha, and Tabitha’s daughter Ainsley.

Harper seems like a desperate and lost soul constantly making the wrong choice with men and the wrong decisions in life. She’s flailing through life with no purpose, or so it seems…

Tabitha is the complete opposite of Harper; she is self-assured and hoighty-toighty. She uses her sister’s life-choices as a measuring stick or moral compass in which to gage her own decisions against, making sure to do one better and not something “Harper would do.”

Ainsley, Tabitha’s teenage daughter, is a spoiled, egocentric brat who has no boundaries and no respect for those around her.

I’ve read all of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels and thoroughly enjoyed this particular story. My favourite type of narrative is when the author tells the story through the eyes of all characters — so telling! I found my jaw drop on more than one occasion reading this novel; it has a few surprises. It would make an excellent beach read where you could delve right in undisturbed and just enjoy. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: May 7, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 13, 2017.

 

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SILENT RAIN by Karen Salvalaggio

IMG_0902    SILENT RAIN by Karen Salvalaggio 

Silent Rain by Karen Salvalaggio is book 4 in the Macy Greeley Mystery series.

Grace Adams, changed her name to Grace Larson and relocated from Collier to Bolton to give college a try and escape the ghosts of her past. However, thanks to Peter Granger her past soon catches up with her and she finds herself smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation. Lara, her overbearing, overindulging and somewhat unpredictable, roommate who is a struggling writer is also connected to the murder victim.

Macy Greeley, a police detective who lives with her son Luke and mother Ellen, is sent to Bolton to investigate the fire, which turns out to be a double homicide. She soon uncovers that one of the murder victims, Peter Granger, has crossed several people in the community and his marriage is a farce. What she discovers leaves the town roiling.

This is the first novel I’ve read by this author and I quite enjoyed it; it had me intrigued from the get-go. It’s a typical whodunnit mystery, but had enough appeal to keep me interested and wasn’t overly predictable. This novel is part of a series but can stand alone – that is – you didn’t have to have read the previous three in the series to enjoy this book. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: April 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: May 9, 2017.

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THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

IMG_0887       THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

The Billionaires by Calista Fox is part of the “100 Shades of Sin” erotica series where three longtime friends embark on a sexual relationship together after not seeing each other for more than seven years. Vin is the down-to-earth yet guarded, quintessential bad boy, who won’t allow his heart to be captured by anyone. Rogen, the elite and ever romantic, sensitive man every woman would die for, wants to give his heart away, and Jewell, confident and assured yet confused, continually runs away in order to avoid the deep connection, inevitable heartbreak, and growing desire for both men. Unbeknownst to all three, their lives are about to change forever beginning with a lucrative business deal.

This is the first novel I’ve read by this author and I quite enjoyed it. It’s descriptive, has a great storyline, and has developed characters with believable backstories. I didn’t know what to think of the ménage a trois scenario, but quickly got over it. The sex scenes were vivid and hot! I will definitely be reading more from Calista Fox. There are a few mechanical errors; however, I’m sure these will be caught before the final publication. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: April 15, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.

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MY ONE TRUE HIGHLANDER By Suzanne Enoch

IMG_0871     MY ONE TRUE HIGHLANDER By Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch is the second instalment in the “No Ordinary Hero” series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I didn’t read the first novel and it didn’t affect this storyline at all.

After Lattimer, a mere soldier, unexpectedly inherited the dukedom and became the new Duke of Lattimer, he generously gave his sister Marjorie (Ree) the London townhouse, and she has been desperately trying to fit in with the ton and failing miserably even with the help of her hired companion Mrs. Hortensia Giswell. The transition from being trained as a lady’s companion to becoming a Lady however, has proved to be a difficult one. When her brother writes that he is going to marry, Majorie impulsively decides to attend his wedding and sets off for Scotland without sending word of her impending visit. Marjorie needs a much needed break from her companions and ignores Mrs. Giswell’s words of wisdom and sets off on a walk–alone. Lo and behold, she is kidnapped by Highlanders.

Viscount Graeme Maxton is a chieftain of the Maxwell clan and his property borders that of Duke Gabriel Lattimer’s land, his sworn enemy. When Graeme’s three younger brothers kidnap Lattimer’s sister Lady Marjorie Forrester thinking to help Graeme – he is torn. He can’t afford to turn her over to the Duke at the cost of his brothers’ freedom, but neither can he let her go.

This novel is a witty, lighthearted story with likeable characters that will draw you in, and evoke an array of emotions that will have you laughing out loud or holding your breath in anticipation. After the kidnapping, it had a bit of a lull and was slow-going for a bit, but picked up about halfway through. There were also a few inconceivabilities I questioned, but it did not detract from my enjoyment. I rate this novel 3.75 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: March 26, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.

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BRIDGES: A DAPHNE WHITE NOVEL by Maria Murnane

IMG_0867    BRIDGES: A DAPHNE WHITE NOVEL by Maria Murnane

Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane is a women’s fiction novel about three women who were college friends and are now in their early 40s, decide to catch up in New York City on the 4th of July to celebrate a surprise engagement, but each of them has a secret. Will all be revealed?

Daphne is a divorced mom working as a part-time florist in Ohio, decided it was time to realize her long-forgotten dream of being a journalist and finally penned her debut fictional novel. However, her self-doubt is dragging her down as the rejection emails continue to trickle in and she sees how successful Skylar is thinking that could’ve been her had she not devoted her entire adult life to taking care of her family. Skylar is a jet-setting corporate software salesperson in NYC who never slows down and always claimed she’d never marry, but now is engaged. KC is a happily married fitness junky and guru living in California who recently became a first-time grandmother. These women all lead distinctly different lives, but still make the time to support each other and get together for important milestones in each other’s lives.

I really enjoyed learning about these three women’s differing world’s and strong bond as the plot unfolded. It was a well-written and enjoyable quick read with a twist of humour that will have you laughing out loud. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars. This novel is a standalone work, however, it has the same characters as in the novel Wait for the Rain published in 2015 where the same three friends reunited to celebrate their 40th birthdays in the Caribbean. I would also recommend reading that novel as well.

Thank you to Maria Murnane for contacting me and providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review via NetGalley and Amazon Publishing. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.

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RIOT by Tillie Cole

IMG_0866     RIOT by Tillie Cole

Riot by Tillie Cole is the 4th instalment in the Scarred Souls series. From the moment the storyline started in the New York underworld with a Blood Pit death match, I was enraptured. Warrior 901, aka the Pit Bull, is owned by Master Arziani and trained with the sole intent to kill for his master’s pleasure. Taken when he was a boy to become a slave or “demon shade” fighter, he was forced to live in a cage, and was beaten, tortured and trained his entire life. 901 knows nothing different. His only undoing is the “mona” or pleasure slave 152, Master’s High Mona.

This is the first novel I’ve read by this author and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a bit unlike anything I’ve read in terms of romance with an intriguing, dark dystopian setting; not your typical romance storyline. This novel is part of a series but can stand alone – that is – you didn’t have to have read the previous three in the series to enjoy this book. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: March 18, 2017. Novel Publish Date: March 7, 2017.

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BABY DOLL by Hollie Overton

IMG_0864    BABY DOLL by Hollie Overton

The novel Baby Doll by Hollie Overton is a mystery/thriller about a sixteen year-old girl who was kidnapped and held hostage for eight years. Every chapter alternates between the perspectives of four character’s: Lily, Rick, Eve, and Abby. Lily, the protagonist, finally escapes after being held in captivity for eight years with her six year old daughter Sky after their captor makes a mistake. Before the abduction, Lily was docile and delicate, but over time became a strong and unbreakable woman. Rick Hanson, a high school English educator and a self-proclaimed writer, is a manipulative and calculating psycho. He is married and an active pillar in the community, but lives a double life where he keeps the girl he abducted locked in the basement of his “writing” cabin with the child that was conceived from rape. Eve, the twins mother and hospital director, is numb and without purpose, merely existing in life. Abby, Lily’s older twin sister, is the bossy, domineering twin who was fearless and sassy, but after Lily’s abduction, became the weak and fragile one.

Not one of the most thrilling books I’ve ever read as there are no surprising plot twists typical of thrillers, but interesting enough to finish. If you enjoyed the book Room by Emma Donoghue, this novel has a similar storyline. The characters do lack some depth and can seem a bit contrived or superficial, but if you’re looking for a quick beach read, this will do. I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: March 12, 2017. Novel Publish Date: July 12, 2016.

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