Category: Reviews

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A co-worker lent me this book and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it (actually I am still surprised since it has been a while since I enjoyed a book that wasn’t a romance).
“Norse Mythology is a collection of stories about the Norse Gods and their lives. I went in just for Thor and Loki however this isn’t the story that I knew (i.e Marvel).
In fact the first few pages were tough on me because my mind kept disagreeing with Gaiman’s series of events and I desperately wanted to follow along the way I would have if this was following the characters we knew from Marvel.
Once I managed to shut my brain off however, I enjoyed this book immensely. It moves quickly and you finish a story without even realizing it.
I devoured this book in one sitting and it was such an amazing experience. If you are a fan of fantasy or mythology, GIVE THIS A GO!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

The Spanish Love Deception

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Spanish Love Deception tells the story of Catalina Martín who is forced to take her work nemesis, Aaron Blackford to her sister’s wedding as a date.
Cat lied to her parents that she was in a relationship and now, desperate to not have her family look at her with pity (and left with no other choice), Aaron is her only choice.
At the surface this seems like such a cliche trope. But the book makes it clear why Catalina lied, why her family is so worried about her and why she cannot take anyone else but Aaron to this wedding.
Catalina is against the idea 110% but, left with no other option, takes Aaron to meet her family.
This book was incredibly well-written and gave me all the feels. I thought Aaron was insufferable but did eventually grow to like him.
This was a wonderful and heartwarming read that I recommend to anyone who is looking for a romance novel.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Bad Cruz by L.J Shen

Bad Cruz

Bad Cruz by L.J. Shen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I made the mistake of reading other reviews before posting mine just so I could get the female main character’s name right and now I have mixed feelings about my review. I see the obvious problems pointed out by other readers but for me personally I loved this book.
This was a light read that I did not take too seriously which is probably why I cannot personally find faults with it.
I did hate how the cruel people went along with life as normal because it just felt like everyone was a a##hole to Tenesse.
“Bad Cruz” is the story of Tenesse, who is the town’s bad girl simply because she made the mistake of getting pregnant at 16 (Did she make the child on her own???).
Tenesse’s sister is getting married to the brother of the town’s golden boy (and Tenesse’s enemy) Dr Cruz Costello.
The families are getting together to go on a cruise before the wedding but due to a mix-up, Dr Cruz Costello and Tenesse end up together on the wrong cruise ship.
I liked this book because I felt like it was a fun read. The relationship between Cruz and Tenesse was cute and I was rooting for them the entire way.
My only issue was that I wished that they had just left their entire ridiculous small town and moved away

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Stanislaski Brothers by Nora Roberts

The Stanislaski Brothers by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I really enjoy Nora Roberts’ books especially when stories from the same universe or timeline are packaged together.
The Stanislaski Brothers follow the two men in the Stanislaski family. I remember reading Taming Natasha long ago and while I do not remember much of the book, I do remember that I enjoyed it immensely.
This book was no different.
I loved getting another look at the Stanislaskis. This family is colorful like all of Nora Roberts’ families however each and every individual has their own personality which is fleshed out fully in each novel.
The Stanislaski Brothers is incredibly well-written with clear chemistry between both pairings. The plot is pretty predictable but I am reading these books for comfort and not mind-boggling plot twists.
If you are looking for a romance read, I always suggest Nora Roberts because her style of writing is like that of a friend reciting a story.
Just maybe, give the entire series a try for this kooky family

Fiction Friday: Book Review- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dannie is on her way to her dream job and her dream life. After she aces an interview for a job that she has been eyeing for a while, her boyfriend proposes to her. Dannie is ecstatic knowing that everything in her life is going exactly how it she planned.
But then she goes to sleep and wakes up in a different apartment, with a different man and according to the TV, five years in the future.
Dannie goes to sleep again and wakes up back in 2020 as she is supposed to be. As time goes on, Dannie passes off this odd event as an unusual dream.
But four-and-a-half years later, she meets the man from her strange dream and her world is turned upside down.
I do not know how I heard of this book but once I purchased a copy I finished it in one go.
This book was gripping, emotional and heart-breaking. I couldn’t read fast enough.
If you are looking for a book that just grabs you and makes you forget you are reading, this is the book to try!

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The MacGregor Grooms (The MacGregors #9) by Nora Roberts

The MacGregor Grooms by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The MacGregor series follows the Meddling Daniel MacGregor, a man who is obsessed with matchmaking for his kids and now his grandkids. After seeing his kids and grand-daughters happily mariied, Daniel sets his eyes on his grandsons next in an attempt to secure great-grandchildren for his wife, Anna.
This book is no different from the others in the series. It’s the same old formula. Daniel finds someone, decides to pair them up with someone from his family, rinse and repeat.
However at this stage, the familiarity is actually comforting.
There wasn’t really anything new or surprising about this book but that was what made it so great. This was an effortless read and with my short attention span, this was exactly what I needed. I was able to read one story a night so I walked away after each story feeling like I accomplished something instead of forcing myself through a book I might not have enjoyed.
If you are going through a book slump, I highly recommend any of Nora Roberts books.



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A Duke in Time (The Widow Rules #1) by Janna MacGregor

A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Katherine Vareck is astonished when she discovers after her husband’s death that he had two other wives- one of whom is pregnant. Her late husband’s brother, Christian reluctantly steps in to try and sort out the mess.
Christian has spent his entire life avoiding his family and their scandal but there is something about Katherine that makes him want to protect her from his family and their drama.
Katherine and Christian are an adorable couple and it is clear that they have very strong chemistry from the start.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or romance.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Black in White (Quentin Black Mystery #1)

Black In White by J.C. Andrijeski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I read this book many many years ago (I think maybe it was when it first released) and I was appalled by it’s audacity to be a part of the series.
However I have slowly been collecting the ebooks as they go on sale (I have four already) and figured it was time to dive back in.
I didn’t remember much of this book besides the fact that I had a huge crush on Quentin Black so rereading this was a pleasure.
Miri Fox is a profiler for the police. She is damn good at her job however when she mets Quentin Black she is unable to read him as well as she could anyone else…and there’s the matter of Quentin being able to speak to Miri in her mind.
The secrets to Miri’s success is that she is a psychic. While she has an idea of her power, she doesn’t go around advertising it.
But Black’s arrival into her life introduces her to a whole new world that she never knew existed.
This is a murder mystery but honestly I am just here for Miri and Black.
They are adorable. I ship them and yes the murder mystery is pretty compelling. But I am a girl who just wants to see her ships sail.
If you enjoy fantasy. definitely give this series a go.

Book Review- Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

Boyfriend (Moo U #0)

Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free review.
Abbi has had a crush on Weston for a while now. Nothing major- just a small silly harmless crush. So when she sees him hang up a flyer advertising his services as a fake boyfriend for Thanksgiving, she jumps at the offer.
Weston is surprised when his mystery date turns out to be the attractive waitress from the team’s regular hang-out spot. But a deal is a deal and she promised him a delicious meal with all the trimmings.
However sparks fly during their own fake date and it isn’t long before Weston and Abbi eventually get something going between them.
I absolutely loved this pairing. Weston and Abbi are adorable. They both have their own baggage and family secrets but I enjoyed being able to see how they fit into each other’s lives so well.
This was a fun, light read that I devoured in one setting. Definitely give this a go!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the spirit of full disclosure you should know that:
1) I got impatient and ordered an eBook copy a week after requesting this book
2) I did not finish this book because I saw a spoiler online and then I myself skipped to the end of the book to check said spoiler.
Yes I am a book-ruiner. I accept my fate.
Anyway, “The Theft of Sunlight” is just as compelling as “Thorn”. Like “Thorn” I was unable to put it down. In fact if it wasn’t for the spoiler and my forward, page-skipping ways I would have enjoyed it. I definitely did enjoy the 200+ pages I read and I will be going back to finish this book as soon as the next one is written.
Intisar Khanani’s writing is magical and her worldbuilding is incredible. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, definitely give this one a go



SPOILER ALERT

It has a cliffhanger ending. That is the part that ruined the book for me. That and the strong violence






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