Review: Sins of the Father

I had read another of Ms. Barker-Simpson’s books and hoped I was going to like this one. I wasn’t disappointed.

One of the things I like the most about Sins of the Father is its clear sense of direction. There is a reason for every scene and conversation. The tension doesn’t grow haphazardly or uncontrollably. It doesn’t ebb for no reason. It rises clearly and unerringly to the climax and delivers a beautiful resolution.

I particularly loved the dialogue. Fresh, light and so real I could hear voices and intonation, it kept me turning pages. Nothing is over-stated or repeated, instead quirky humour kept me smiling and drew me into the story.

In a few paragraphs, I both knew and liked Alicia. She was determined without being pushy, courageous in the face of overwhelming odds and passionate about her friends and family.

Brad is the bodyguard I’d like to have if I had a choice. Tall, handsome, confident, competent and just a little bit dangerous. Their meeting is one of my favourite parts of the book.

The characters are deeply layered and I’m not just talking about the hero and heroine. Even minor characters have histories, stories and quirky comments that make them stand out and take them from ordinary to fascinating. And that awful villain…I have to admit, I really loathed this villain. He scared the socks off of me.

I was more than a little terrified for Alicia. She, on the other hand, faced problems with a determination and clear mind that left me awed. Unlike other books, where the heroine’s job magically disappears, Alicia keeps working and facing danger every day. To say that I admired her is an understatement, by the end of the book, I was cheering for her happy ending with Brad.

Fast paced, with delightful characters, lively dialogue and a touch of humour, this is a great read for anyone who likes mystery or romance. The writing is superb and the story really well put together. I would highly recommend it.

 

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Review: The King

How do you make a 600+ page book a page-turner? You get J.R. Ward to write it.

The King was a superb read. Like most of J.R. Ward’s books, there are multiple POV’s and story lines that only enhance the read. The pace is fast and there are many cliffhangers. It was the best kind of roller-coaster ride.

I had heard some negative things about this book and I picked it up with some misgivings. They were so wrong. For me, this was a fantastic read. It has a great love story–I love Wrath–and awesome secondary characters. Add in a dash of humour, some great writing and I’m hooked.

J.R. Ward has an uncanny way of catching my interest. Her characters are so human, so beautifully flawed, I can’t help but to love them. The way they rise above the challenges in their path, makes me cheer for them and the love story made me sigh. Most of them are so hard on themselves, they never, ever take the easy road out. That heroic characteristic doesn’t grow old, it just makes me love them even more.

There were twists and turns in this book, times when I thought: there’s no way this is ending well. I just couldn’t see how it was all going to get fixed. But there’s a happy ending and enough tantalizing bits about those secondary characters that I know I’ll pick up the next book in the series. Eagerly.

Both serious, and at times funny, J.R. Ward has a great sense of timing and that comes through in this book in spades. An absolute keeper, The King will join the other BDB books on my shelf. I highly recommend this one for anyone who is a fan and, if you haven’t tried J.R. Ward, I’d really encourage you to. She’s one of the best paranormal romance writers out there. And for good reason.

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Review: Rainwater

Rainwater is a love story with angst in the best sense. Our heroine is Ella, a woman abandoned by her husband and raising a child who’s got autism. Ella is the best type of heroine, courageous, determined, driven and without any self-pity. Her lot in life isn’t easy. She works from sunrise to sunset while keeping careful watch over her little child. She runs a home and has tenants but, while that wouldn’t be a big deal today, this story is set in 1934. Times were a little different then.

Ella has to fight the prejudice of the town against her son and against her self. To have clean clothes, she has to wash them by hand, then use a wringer to get the water from them, then hang them to dry, then cook up starch and then finally iron them. Just reading the list of chores that one item took her made me feel tired.

The book starts with the arrival of Mr. Rainwater who changes Ella’s life. He’s a man looking for a quiet place to live until things in his life settle (I don’t want to give anything away here so I’m being vague on purpose). He’s a fantastic hero, determined and courageous even when the odds are stacked heavily against him.

I cried with this book. Horrible things happen. It’s the depression and cattle die–in horrid ways. Racism is rampant and people die. In the middle of it, Ella and Mr. Rainwater try to protect each other and help those around them.

It’s a slow moving book, just like the summers in Texas, but it’s a page turner. I ate this one up in one sitting. Just like the slow pace of the book, Ella and Mr. Rainwater slowly fall in love. It was beautiful to read.

It’s a wonderful, sad love story and I highly recommend this book. Though it’s not the usual type for Sandra Brown, I still think it’s so worthwhile.

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Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“”Which is why I’ve brought him to you,” the doctor said hastily. “I told Mr. Rainwater that you keep an immaculate house and run a tight ship…” Pg. 18 from Rainwater by Sandra Brown.

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Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“”Thank you,” she muttered, tucking her hair behind her ear and hastily shuffling away to seat herself next to Kai.

“You’re welcome,” he replied, every nerve stinging at her apparent desperation to be away from him.”

From Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins.

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Review: Dangerous in Diamonds

Dangerous in Diamonds is the story of Tristan, the Duke of Castleford, and Daphne, the owner of Rarest Blooms. Tristan is quirky–only works on Tuesdays–but also very intelligent. Daphne is sedate, calm and collected, on the outside. Inside, she’s highly intelligent and passionate.

They meet when Tristan inherits the land and buildings of Rarest Blooms. Though he has no interest in them, he contrives reasons to take them over just so he can win her over.

By all rights, Daphne has the disadvantage, but she manages to find ways to fight back. She has heard about Tristan’s scandalous ways and refuses to be his next conquest. They argue, banter and unravel each other’s secrets. Along the way, we learn their fears and reasons for why they act the way they do. And they fall in love.

Madeline Hunter is a master of historical romance but that’s not the limits of her appeal. Her characters are without doubt, some of the most enjoyable I’ve ever read. They compliment and enrich each other, bringing out their best sides until the reader can’t wait to see them fall in love.

I would recommend this book highly to any fan of historical romance and to anyone interested in trying out the genre. Take an afternoon, turn off the phone and enjoy. This one is one to be savoured.

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Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Despite the niggling seed of doubt, JJ could see no reason to be concerned. So, he sat back against the passenger seat, and forced himself to relax.” From Hands of Evil by Melissa Barker-Simpson.

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Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Are you unwell, Mrs. Joyes? You have been extraordinarily composed thus far, but now you appear close to fainting.” Pg. 14 from Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter.

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Review: Then Came You

Emily is doing her interning Sunshine, Idaho. She’s an LA girl and counting down the days until she can leave the little town and get back to the big city. She’s determined, spirited and has an easy sense of humour that helps her laugh at her own mistakes. Those qualities help her, but they’re not enough to get over the issue Sunshine presents for her: her boss Wyatt.

Wyatt and Emily already met, as in, really met. They shared one smoking night and as luck would have it, he’s her new boss. When they realize they’re going to be working together for a year, they try to keep things professional. And fail badly.

Wyatt is handsome and kind. He loves animals and helps out his two quirky sisters.

Like the previous books, this one is filled with funny, delightful animals that are as realistic as they are humorous. In particular, I have a soft spot for Peanut the parrot. He’s hilarious. But the human characters are just as funny and interesting.

Then Came You is the perfect summer read. A love story that will make you smile filled with characters you want to know.

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