Review of “Reburn” by Anne Marsh

This is a story about the re-kindling of a love that occurred 10 years earlier and fizzled out after Olivia – Livy – left to pursue her career and Sam stayed behind to do what he loved.  Sam became a hotshot putting out forest fires while Livy became an FBI agent.  They are reconnected when Livy goes on the hunt for a fugitive at Big Bear Lake where Sam is frantically trying to put out a forest fire.  

Mediocre bordering on boring is the best way to describe this book.  Everything about this book lacked an intensity that would have kept the reader intrigued.  The bad guy was nearly non-existent and really not that hard to take down in the end.  The love scenes were not until the last 10 or so pages and while interesting and good, far to late in the book.  Sam was hot and well described in the book as was Livy but there was no angst, no animosity between the two for them to overcome together.  To me, it was far too cordial which lent to the lack of intensity.  

I don’t think the author took enough advantage of the firefighter theme of this series in that the fire could have been a perfect villain but wasn’t.  It was more or less an after thought.  Yeah, they had to run away from it but so what. There was not one single life threatening event in this book caused by the fire.  I was so excited about a firefighter book and was disappointed that there wasn’t more of a hot firefighter coming in and fighting the burning beast to save the girl.

I would give this book 2 and 1/2 stars.  I had to force myself to finish this book and found myself actually reading 2 other books between start and finish of this book.  I thank netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Review of “Selling Out” by Amber Lin

First I will start off by saying that I loved this storyline.  Yes, it was a story about prostitution and that has been done time and again but this author took this book down a somewhat different path. I found myself wanting to continue even though there were many times while reading that I was scratching my head trying to make sense of the sentence/paragraph I just read.

I will also say that I did not read the book that preceded this one so I may have been missing some of the story line because of that.  Although, I don’t think that had anything to do with the sentences that just seemed to be out of left field.

I really liked the two main characters Shelly, a high priced prostitute trying to get out of the business and Luke a cop with some very interesting and troubling secrets that make him the perfect match for Shelly.

I also liked “Ella” who is tough and you could literally see the chip on her shoulder while reading about her.  I also liked her reaction to Phillip and can see book three in this series.

The book has Henri, the villain.  He is nasty and mean and just plain ruthless.  There are other villains in the book but no spoilers from me.   

The confusing parts.

The title – not sure I get the selling out part of the story. I don’t think I would have named this book that.  And the picture on the cover does not in anyway describe the book.

And as I stated before, there were some points in the book that I was left wondering what I missed or where that came from because it made no sense whatsoever to the sentence before it.  

This books was like your typical love/hate thing for me.  It really is a great story and had great characters that you wanted to read about and find out what happened.  But it took me A LOT longer to read this book because of the frustration of trying to make sense of the sentence or paragraph that I just read.

 

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Review of “Nothing but Trouble” by Trish Jensen

This is a refreshing story about a bar owner, Laura who comes from a simple yet poor life in North Carolina where she was raised by a father who wasn’t very good at showing the love.  Laura is tough, pig-headed and has a shield around her that seems three miles thick.  Laura has some pretty cool friends too.  
Ali – who reads juice pulp so that she can tell you your future love interest.  Ali is quirky and light and just plain adorable.  
Hannah – she is everything I want to be.  She’s tough as nails but deep down she just wants to be loved.  She’s protective of those she loves and is the type of friend that will hand a man his man-parts on a plate if he hurts her friend.
Laura is controlling the rif-raf in her bar when Brandon enters the picture. Brandon is just plain yummy.  Funny, tenacious and inventive.  He instantly falls for Laura and doesn’t give up until she goes out with him. And the rest…you have to read the book for.

I read this book in about 3 hours.  It was a fast read and one that was worth the time.  It was fun and light, funny and sad (once), and just plain refreshing.  It’s a great story about falling in love and overcoming the obstacles that one’s family can set in your path when the presume things about the person you fall in love with. I loved the “getting to know each other” parts of the book and the family dinner had me in stitches.  

I would say though that this book would have been a 5 star for me if a little bit more time was spent on the love scenes.  Rather than skipping over them, the author could have added a bit of heat without getting graphic if that is what she was after.  I was disappointed a bit in this respect.

I give it a solid 4 stars.  I really liked the book and would read another book by this author.

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Review of “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover

This book finds Will and Lake learning how to manage their lives together while taking on the responsibility of adulthood, school and raising their pre-teen siblings.  In Point of Retreat, they encounter challenges that test their devotion to their newly found love and requires them to once again over come hurtles like an old girlfriend and melding two households while being responsible adults practicing abstinence from a more intimate relationship.  That’s a lot for a young couple to take on without all the emotional upsets that they managed in the previous years so you can imagine the turmoil and angst this introduces.

This is a great continuation in the series.  The emotions continue to be intense and profoundly felt throughout the book.  I loved the additional character building that takes place in this book and that Will finally gets to give his former girlfriend and so-called friend a bit of their comeuppance.  Once again I was laughing, crying and just plain getting angry and I LOVED it!

I am really enjoying this series and the author’s writing.  She is very good at conveying emotions on paper.  It makes the reader feel the emotion and connect with these wonderful characters.  I loved that this book was written from Will’s point of view and that you got an in depth understanding of how he was feeling.

The characters from the first book are just as adorable and lovable as they were in the first book and the new characters, what can I say…I LOVED Kiersten.  As a matter of fact, I think the addition of Kiersten was brilliant.  I think she add great humor to some very heavy topics like bullying and lack of friends in school.  She is a strong and smart little girl and I just really liked every Butterflying thing about her.

I wish I could give this series more than 5 stars because it’s just that good.  If you haven’t read it, you need to!

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