Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review of "A Promise to Believe In (The Brides of Gallatin County Book #1) " by Tracie Peterson

Brief Summary: Gwen Gallatin and her sisters have to figure out how to survive after the death of their father in rural Montana. 

Long Review: Gwen, Lacy, and Beth Gallatin have not had easy lives. Their mother died giving birth to a baby brother who also did not survive. The family moved around a lot and finally settled for a spell in rural Montana. The family runs a roadhouse serving the men who come through on the stage lines.

In "A Promise to Believe In" we mainly follow Gwen and her belief that she is cursed. She believes death will follow her as a fortune teller told her when she snuck to she her when she was a child. Death has seemed to follow her wherever her family has gone. The latest death of her husband and father has only further convinced her. Her husband's brother comes looking for items he took when he left the family. Gwen becomes inconsolable due to the lies of her husband. The book follows the search for the missing items and the growing relationship between Gwen and her husband's brother.  Eventually the items are found and the romance between the two end in marriage.

The book was good. I did enjoy it but there was no rush to read. The point of view changed from character to character in the book. The change was sometimes abrupt and I found it difficult to get back into the scene when this happened. The end of the book felt slightly rushed as the villain introduced a source of conflict and then the book wrapped up with a wedding. The end felt as if there was a conclusion to the romance but no conclusion to the conflict. The conflict was not interesting to want me to continue to read the series. 

If you are looking for a quick read about wilds of Montana and do not mind changing point of view this series may be a good read.

Rating: 3/5

Other works by the author: A Love to Last ForeverA Dream to Call My Own, & Many More

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review of "Every Last Kiss" by Courtney Cole

Brief Summary: "Every Last Kiss" recounts the story of Macy Lockhart who is at the mercy of her Fate.

Long Review: The tale begins with Macy Lockhart attempting to get over her cheating boyfriend. Her high school drama turns out to be the least of her worries. A gift appears on her doorstep of a bloodstone and Macy's life begins to unravel. A priest from the organization Macy is a part of has taken it upon himself to let Macy know she can be in charge of her own fate. She is supposed to be a Keeper and help her charge with their important part in history. The priest sends her back to her first life in ancient Egypt as Charmian. Charmian is the handmaid to Cleopatra and must help her with her fate to die to save Egypt. While in Egypt as Charmian, Macy gets to spend time with the love of her life and soulmate, Hasani. The book is spent attempting to keep history intact and Macy/Charmian must go to great lengths to salvage history. 

The book was very interesting. As a YA novel the sexual content is muted. Sex is alluded to and talked about but no graphic descriptions are given. The setting of the book captured my imagination as I have always had a fascination with ancient Egypt. The book concludes with Macy finding her soulmate in her current life. The first book was good enough to keep me coming back for more but I don't think I will be purchasing the other books to continue reading the series.
If you are looking for fantasy series to read with romance, I would recommend the Bloodstone Saga.

Rating: 4/5

Other works by the author: The Bloodstone Saga. Includes Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath, and My Tattered Bonds, House of Thebes,  Soul Kissed (The Moonstone Saga Book 1)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review of Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Brief Summary: "Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter" by Nikki Jefford is the first book in a series where we are introduced to Aurora Sky, accidental Vampire Hunter. 

Long Review: The first in a 6+ part series Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter while interesting is not a series I will be reading further. The main character, Aurora Sky, is not a likeable character at first. She seems a little distant from the beginning. Aurora suffers an automobile accident and awakens from her coma on the nearby base in Alaska. She comes to find out in order to save her, her mother has signed her up for a top secret program as a vampire hunter. Aurora is hesitant at first to accept this new responsibility. Over the course of the book she eventually comes to accept her new direction in life. She ends up falling in love with a vampire, but this is acceptable since he doesn't kill people. The book ends on a poor cliff hanger which did not keep me interested. While I would like to see how the relationships develop further between the characters, the pull is not great enough for me to purchase the books. I think this would be a good read for a young teenage girl. 

Rating: 2.7/5

Other works by the author: Northern BitesBad BloodNikki Jefford