Book Review: His Lover’s Little Secret by Andrea Laurence

Hi! So I am actually glad that I dug into my boxes of books. I just recently moved into my new apartment and I brought maybe ten boxes of books with me. I have been collecting books ever since I was a young child. Yes, I say collecting because at first I would just buy books I couldn’t find in the libraries and then I realized…with the amount of books I have I could start my own library. That’s what I plan to do. I plan to start a library and have the ability to say I’ve read each and every one of them.

Oh yeah, so I dug into my boxes and found a few random gems. His Lover’s Little Secret was one of those gems. I read it while I was at work because it was on of the slowest days possible and the book isn’t a hard read nor is it very long. The characters written in the novel are so deep and complex. You wouldn’t think so if you were to judge it by the fact that it’s a Harlequin but it’s true. Gavin is definitely one of my favorite antagonist ever. He’s strong, matter of fact, put together but not necessarily controlling. Yes, as a CEO he spends a great deal bossing and giving orders but he’s such a sweetheart you forgive him. His true and honest love for his son is every girls true dream in a father for their child.

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When I read the back of the novel again, I was taken aback for a minute. The story plot is not uncommon and I half expected it to be one of those that irritate every nerve. I hate it when girls call a guy a deadbeat or not a good father but didn’t even tell him that he had a child. It really grinds my gears because they then spend the entire book making demands and statements like “you don’t deserve”, “prove to me…” and “he’s MY child”. It makes me want to reach into the pages, grab the woman by the neck and shake. Knock some sense into them and say “HE COULD’VE BEEN THERE FROM THE BEGINNING HAD YOU ONLY TOLD HIM!” Luckily, I didn’t have to do that this time. Of course, she spent the first few days trying to convince him she was right in not telling him but she redeemed herself by allowing him to be involved.

Andrea Laurence did a great job of bringing it full circle and making them very well rounded. I’M even in love with little Jared! Thanks!! Read to find out if this duo can get it together and how they survive a kidnapping! Love it!

Jade

Book Review: Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Hey guys! So I have a weird review to write today. I was not really a fan of this novel. In my honest opinion, I would not recommend it for anyone to read. This is the first novel of the Shadow series and I believe the newest Christine Feehan novel.

I’m not sure if the reason I disliked the novel was because I just went through a victim and domestic abuse class or something else but it seems pretty logical. I spent almost the entire novel cringing at how often the relationship reminded me of Stockholm Syndrome, verbal abuse and uncontrollable behavior. Stefano spent most of the book threatening to chase her down if she tried to leave, threatening to tear anyone’s head off should they dare to look at her for too long or having his family members chase her around.

Hey, I understand that she was scared and that she needed to be protected but gosh…like, can a girl breathe? At one point, he even told her that she could feel free to speak her mind but it wouldn’t matter because he’d do what he wanted. I also understand that since the Fifty Shades of Grey women came out of the woodworks, “romance” authors are starting to make their alpha men even more controlling and strong willed. They have to feed into the fantasies of the women who want to be dominated, told what to do and forced to stay.

I am not one of these women.

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The actual story plot seems to have a very great foundation. It does seem like it has a lot going on, though. It’s as if someone took a jumble of ideas, narrowed them down to…100 bullet points and crammed them into one novel. I like the idea of shadow riding and using the tubes but…I’m not sure, its something about it that’s just…too much.

If you’ve read this novel, please let me know how you felt. Did you get the same vibes I did or were you completely taken away by the novel?

Tell me, tell me!!!

Jade

Book Review: Chesapeake Bay Series by Nora Roberts

Hey all!!

I just read the first two romance novels in this series. It is a very beautiful series. I have cried several times reading it but then again, I am a very emotional woman. The series circles around the Quinn brothers, kind of a catch all family for the unwanted, the sold and the broken. Often times, I wonder how some authors come up with the basics for these stories.

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Ethan’s back story (Rising Tides) really hurt my heart. I can identify with his unease around strangers and the want to be somewhere comfortable. The raw emotions he emits tear you up inside. Nora’s descriptions really sell these men as if they were living and breathing beings.  Cameron’s (Sea Swept) made me laugh and I also understand how it feels to be used and abused. His anger towards his adopted father and yet grief at his sudden death is felt through the pages. I’m currently reading Philip’s story (Inner Harbor) and I’ve cried in the last chapter. His charming personality hides an inner turmoil that makes you laugh but also wonder what he’s really thinking.

 

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Nora Roberts plucks at the heartstrings in each story she tells in this series. She’s found a way to wrap the Quinn brothers around your fingers and make you fall in love with them. I didn’t know there was a fourth book in these series until I looked up the covers to do the review. I will definitely be acquiring that as soon as I finish Inner Harbor! Will this be Seth Quinns story? Who will it be!? I’m excited to find out.

 

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Jade

Book Reviews: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Hey All!

So…I’m super super excited to be reading the Harry Potter series! My parents, as much as I love them, were very very strict. Their strong Christianity beliefs didn’t allow them to have dealings in magic, paranormal or spell type theories. That’s the way they took it at least. I, however, grew to love these stories and had to hide when I wanted to read them. (Definitely a stubborn and determined child.) I was barred from reading anything Harry Potter or any other magical nonsense like that.

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As an adult, I can read whatever I want! Whoop Whoop! So of course when I remembered that I’d been gifted the Harry Potter series by an old friend, I was ecstatic! I’ve read the first three Harry Potter books. My complete thought was that I can read the books and then watch the movies as I go along. I’ve watched the first two and haven’t yet watched the third. It’s been a great adventure!

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I was actually quite surprised at home much I enjoy the stories. Have you ever thought of how different your imagination is when you’re a child as opposed to when all thoughts of magic have left you? Have you noticed that when you get older the belief that things like talking books, floating tables and brooms that fly dwindles? I was scared that I wouldn’t love the books as much because I’m such…an adult! Sounds silly but when you really think about it you’ll see it’s true.

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I definitely would recommend these books. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young child or an adult looking to get your imagination back you will enjoy these books! I loved the movies too! The story line greatly with the books. They did such a great job! I can’t wait to finish the series and read the rest of the stories!

 

Good Readdance,

Jade

Long Little While

You’d be surprised how much you missed something when you’ve been away for a while. I talked to someone recently about my love of reading and they mentioned how I should write reviews. I thought to myself ‘I do!’ but I knew that I hadn’t been consistent with writing them. I don’t think there is any real science behind it, I just think that my love for reading has suddenly outweighed my love for writing reviews.

Don’t get me wrong! I love love love to review novels but I just get so caught up in the stories that I end up reading the next novel and not writing the review. I have sooooo many book reviews to write. I’ve at least read 4 books a week for the last month and a half. Each of them will be getting a review, it’s just a matter of time.

I look forward to the long nights until I get them all done and I hope that you enjoy them.

I love feedback guys! If you hate my reviews, let me know! If you love my reviews, let me know! If you have read the book before, please…let me know and tell me how you felt about it!

 

Jade

Book Review: Loves Music, Loves To Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

Hi!

So I am beyond excited to do a review on this novel! When I was in private school I found myself as a definite outcast amongst the other students. You might say that it was because I didn’t come from a rich family like many of the others and that i just didn’t relate to them in anyway. The honest answer is just that I was very shy back then. I didn’t really know a lot of people and wasn’t very good at making friends.

You might’ve guessed, I spent most of my childhood with my nose stuck in chapter books. The majority of the books I read were romance novels. I  was caught up in the whirlwind of what it meant to be in love, the tug and war of the relationships and how the heart comes together. Then it was like the flood gates of everything amazing opened and rained down on me. I came across a novel by Agatha Christie and my heart swelled. All things mysterious, intriguing and thriller flowed out. I was referred to read Mary Higgins Clark by a teacher and I was skeptical. Agatha was the only step I’d taken to broadening my horizons and I balked at the idea.

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I fell in love with her style of writing. I had no idea what I was in store for. A few days ago I found one of her novels in a thrift store and I instantly knew I had to buy it! The story was one of my favorite in all of the books and genres I’ve ever read. The entire time I was on the edge of my seat. I literally jumped up, screamed and did a little dance when the killer was revealed. It was a really great story!

It was basically like reliving my childhood, curling up and unable to put the book down. I was angry, at one point, that the other characters in the story weren’t paying attention. I screamed “pay attention” at least ten times! To my hearts content, there was even a romantic storyline at play!

You have got to read this novel!

Good Readdance!

Jade

Book Review: Renegade by J.A. Sounders

Hey all! I’ve been away for a while so I figured I’d come back and do all the reviews for the books I’ve been reading over these last few months. I was looking through the Orlando paper and I saw that it has really great  suggestions for fun things to do in Orlando. Most of the events are very low priced but alot of them are totally free!! Anyway, so I found out that there was a Book Convention going on at the library and I just HAD to check it out!

Once there, I walked around and talked with a few of the authors that were there. Most of them I hadn’t heard of. I was just leaving when I walked past J.A. Sounder’s table. I had been by earlier in the day when the writers hadn’t arrived yet and was instantly drawn to her cover. Brandished on the table was a note saying “Free novel…just come say hi!” and OF COURSE that was a hook, line AND sinker! So I stopped by, quite oddly I might add, and she said hello. She was super nice and I introduced myself.

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She gave me a book for free just as the sign said! After signing it, she gave a big smile and I knew it’d be the first one I’d read out of all the books I’d bought that day! I saw in the cover that this was the first book she’d written and instantly I was worried. I wasn’t sure what to expect and for some reason wasn’t feeling like being all that adventurous! Boy, was I in for a great surprise!

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Now, on for the review. I absolutely loved the novel! It was crazy, it was filled with gore, it was filled with blood and fighting! As most people know, I am a sucker for romance! It had a great romance plot, one that I was on board with the entire time! I loved this new world that the author formed! The beauty of it just made me want to go there, not to get killed of course but to be under the ocean and watch the fish swim by. I wanted to go through Evie’s garden and take the tube from one sector to another. The story is very well crafted and thought out. It was filled with mystery, intrigue and true eye-opening surprise. It took me less than a few days to read this novel because I did NOT want to put it down at all. I was hooked from the first chapter!

 

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It seems like the further I got into the book I kept wondering why no one has snatched this novel up yet. It has everything that you’d want to see before you. I mean come on people!!! After all of these other novels turned major motion pictures!? Why has no one made a movie out of this story yet? Where is the screen play? Where is the great following? If I’m so excited about this YA  novel that so should you be! Ugh…it actually seems weird to me how much I loved it. I can’t wait until I get the second sequel. I believe it’s called Revelations? I’ll have to check it out. I can’t wait to see what is next for Evie!

Thank you J.A. Sounders for catching my eye and thank you for being a great writer! I definitely look forward to the next book and sharing a review of that one as well! Below you can find a link to her page, a few links to where you can buy the book.

Have you already read this book? Let me know what you thought, if you enjoyed it and how you felt! I would love to know!

Jade Elyzabeth

P.S. Stick around, I have more reviews coming up soon!

 

 

J.A. Sounders’ Author page:

Splash: Jessica Souders

Where Can You Buy It?:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BMLPDK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

or

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renegade-ja-souders/1109152281?ean=9780765332486

 

My Last Finished Novel!

To All!

I actually don’t know if I’d told anyone this but outside of being a reader i am also a writer. No, I am not some big accomplished author or anything like that but i do write novels. I write romance with an emphasis of many other genres. I don’t really have one set genre that I like to incorporate into my romance, I sort of just go with the flow of that idea.

The last book I finished is actually the first book in a six book series called The Dark Warriors. It’s called Hunter and has actually taken a year for me to write it. It’s taken so long because life sort of…just got in the way. I started the novel after doing extensive research and brainstorming last year, around February 2014. The first novel is called Hunter. At that time I had started a blog called The Yellow Book Project. I decided that instead of writing it to myself, I would upload the book in a series of posts. I guess I mainly decided to do it because I wanted others to see my thought process as the book progressed.

Readers could see my mess ups and mistakes, they could see where I decided to change the direction of the novel or areas that I put more emphasis and focus. I also made posts between that weren’t of the novel. Just sort of updates on my thoughts or on what was going on in my life or excuses (yes excuses) for not uploading the next portion or writers block.

For me, I think it was more of a journey that I took on. During the course of writing this book, I got into a car accident that totaled my last car (I was not at fault!!), I got a new car, I got a part time job out of boredom, I moved from the Midwest to Florida, I moved into a new apartment with roommates, I even discovered a new writers niche! So much happened and so much has changed. I like to believe that I became a better writer over that time but the evidence as to whether that is true is in the posts.

Anyway, I figured I’d share that tidbit with you guys! I finished Hunter in April and began querying. I had initially thought about started the second book in the series, Vectio, but thought better of it. Writing the first book was a commitment and while I’m not afraid of those, I don’t think i’ve matured into the writer that I want to be for this series, just yet. I was reading this interview that really touched my heart a few months ago. The author had said that sometimes it’s not the right time to write a particular book and you need to be able to see when that time is. That’s how I feel about the series. I’m not as focused, interested or immersed into this series as I was in the beginning. I am definitely still going to write it but I don’t want to half ass a series that I know is great just because I’ve already finished one novel. So…in other words, The Dark Warriors series will come to past; I’m just not ready to write it.

I’ve inserted the URL to the blog below! The posts are numbered! Feel free to read however much of it you want and comment! I would definitely appreciate the support, advice or anyone’s thoughts on the story.

http://theyellowbookproject.blogspot.com/

Jade

Book Review: Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler

Hello!

So I literally just finished Her Lone Wolf and I must say, it was great. It was definitely suspenseful, as we are working with a serial killer here, but funny too. I wouldn’t say there was any real comic relief, just that there were parts that weren’t as serious that kind of balanced out the book. I actually was inspired by this novel. Before now I hadn’t read anything by Paige Tyler and I’m definitely hooked. I just found out, by searching her page (link below) that it is actually apart of a series. Luckily! It’s the second book. I plan to go back to the book store and see if they have the first and third books in the series.Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler

The characters were well thought out. The cadence of the book read very smoothly. I’ve read a few shifter novels in my time and I think this is definitely in my top twenty of favorites. I would put Paige Tyler near my top with Lynsay Sands (not touching but amazingly close). She also played her sup-characters very well. I find that in a lot of novels the characters who aren’t really important or mains fall between the cracks. They aren’t as well rounded, their lines seem forced, we don’t really form who they are in our minds. Tyler describes and widens the spectrum for her sup-characters and that is what inspired me.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer of well researched, beautifully developed and loveable characters. Call me crazy but the twists of the book and the psychosis of the killer really drew me in! Tyler is a fantastic writer and a gathers points in my book for creativity!

I recommend this novel to any romance reader who also likes a little mystery with their love. Looking forward to reading more!

Jade

http://paigetylertheauthor.com/

Her Lone Wolf on Amazon

A Few New Novels!

Hey all!

So, I just discovered this bookstore called Books A Million (Link below) via a few of my coworkers. I had been in dire need of  a great bookstore and it seems that Florida isn’t too friendly with Barnes and Nobles. Back home, every mall had a BnN, shopping strips had them and there were even stand alone locations. Here, there aren’t that many! (Unless I’m just looking in all the wrong places). Anyway, so I went and checked it out and surprisingly it was pretty awesome! There were some pretty good selections. I must admit I was a little skeptical at first but then I decided to give it a chance.

I hadn’t really planned to spend any money there and luckily they were having a sale! A Buy Two Get A Third Free type sale. I was beyond excited. The first book that I immediately was drawn to is by Paige Tyler. This is an author I’ve never heard of before! (Inserted author link below!) We shall see!

http://paigetylertheauthor.com/

http://booksamillion.com/

Sincerely,

Jade