All at Sea by Cheyenne Blue

All at Sea by Cheyenne Blue

Stephanie Sterling (Stevie) is a newly registered nurse. After a messed-up party, she wakes up lost at sea, on Karin Malone (Kaz)’s yacht, Delilah. What starts like two siblings arguing, finally ends up being one of the greatest representations of amazing ‘’Team Effort’’ and how life can surprise you when you least expect it.

The novel revolves around Stevie, who keeps trying to mend edges with her unsupportive family, the powerful Sterling of Sterling Save, and around Kaz, the solitary but driven owner of precious Delilah and Sinbad, her lovely cat. Their bickering at the beginning of the book is perfect and helps understand who they are and what they both think is more important, Stevie’s new job, or Kaz’s mission with Ocean Rights.

I had such a great moment getting to know them and their individual universe. It was a great change in my usual reading habits since I know next to nothing about how to navigate a yacht and any of its components. I have to admit I had to search a few words online, simply to add to my personal knowledge.

Once again Cheyenne Blue surprises me with an incredibly developed story and characters. I remember again reading Code of conduct a while ago and being impressed by the level of research she had put in her book, and I am not surprised to see the same level of intensity and expertise reflected in All at Sea. The characters are complete, their baggage and background history are clear and consistent with their actions, reactions and beliefs. This book was a delight and I suggest you all grab a copy; the story is totally worth it.

5/5

*I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review*

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The Word Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

The Word Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

Mel Jackson is a paramedic. She is attending a class to perfect and expend her line of work.
Ruby Clark is a teacher at the same school. Their cold first meeting was a pure hazard, leading them to dread having to work together.

As much as I usually love Jenn Matthews’s work, I feel like this one wasn’t up to the standard I was expecting since I’ve read Hooked on You. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the story and its character, but I do feel like there was something missing. There was a lot of great subjects touched in the book, like dyslexia, and homophobia, which I found very interesting to see and read about in this novel. The writing is as good as her other book is.

The main character’s chemistry, once it builds up enough, is impressive (at least after their first meeting was horrible).

Overall, this book is worth reading. I do believe I didn’t find it as good as I planned because I wasn’t ‘’in it’’ emotionally while I read it. I will give it another try later this year when my head is more relaxed and not as filled with everything filling it when I read it.

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4/5

*I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review*

The Long Shot by A.L. Brooks

The Long Shot by A.L. Brooks

Morgan Spencer is a talented professional golf player. Andrienne Wyatt is a Television Producer.

 Their lives get entangled because of Andrienne’s documentary mostly about Morgan as she tries to get her hand on the Major prize, much to Morgan’s dismay at first. Will spending too much time together break their chance at friendship, or will it help it develop into something more?

This book came over me like a surprise. Not because of who writes it, because I am a HUGE A.L. Brooks fan, but mostly because I am rarely a sports fan, at all. I hate watching it, talking about it, hell, even read about it. I know next to nothing about it and I’m fine with that. Therefore, the fact that I enjoyed myself so much while reading this book surprises me. The writing is as good as it always is while reading any of Brooks’s books, so there is nothing more to say about it. The characters are funny and loveable, well, maybe except for Morgan’s father. I spent most of the book wanting to throw him under a bus. But other than that, the story flows so nicely it’s almost impossible to drop the book once you start reading it. The characters are all adding a lot to the story. Morgan’s mom being adorable as it can get. I loved it.

I suggest you all grab a copy because the story is worth it. Grab a few more by A.L. Brooks while you are at it. 

 

 *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.* 

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A Curious Woman by Jess Lea

A Curious Woman by Jess Lea

The story sets in a small town, and we get to know two main characters Bess Campbell and Marguerite Gale. Marguerite being the weird-ish woman, who people are most afraid of. She has an impressive way of handling negotiations and her employees, which makes her an easy target to blame for every bad thing happening in town. At first, she is portrayed as such that you almost believe what is being told about her. But a few chapters in her universe and it’s easy to see how there are always two sides to every story and that sometimes, what you see is not necessarily what happens.

Bess Campbell is a born Australian, who now lives in Port Bannir. She is fun and seems like a positive person. When there is a murder in town, their lives change forever.

When every data you have on the murder is inconclusive, and every proof point you in a certain direction, while other data points in the opposite, finding the true person responsible is hard and the story gets even more interesting.

I loved how the story was written. I was not used to Jess Lea full-length stories, and I am gladly surprised by how great it was. I wasn’t expecting much while starting it since I was not originally a fan of her written style, and suspense stories are often predictable, but Jess Lea proved me wrong strong and fast.

 

It was one of the great books I’ve read lately; It ranks high on my list of favourite mysteries. I suggest it to all the mystery lovers, I think this one will at points make you feel like you are on a C.S.I episode, searching for clues going in all directions. Jess Lea can write mysteries in a quality similar to Lee Winter’s writing, and that says much about how great the book was.

I do hope she keeps on this line of work since I clearly have more affinities with her writing complete novels instead of her previous releases.

I’ll happily reread it sooner than later.

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Write Your Own Script by A.L. Brooks

Write Your Own Script by A.L. Brooks.

 

Emmy winner Tamsyn Harris knows her way around a set since she’s been working on them most of her life. When a situation takes a different turn than expected, and work is taking its toll on her, she ends up taking some time off in a reclused area. Enters Maggie Cooper, a known writer who hasn’t been able to write new books for a while, who also happens to need a little time away from the world.

After one meeting turns into many, and friendship blossom between them, how will they handle going back to real life surrounded by curious souls?

I must thank A.L. Brooks for giving me a book to read that put an end into the ‘’not so good ‘’ ones I’ve been reading lately. I needed it.

From the title, I was expecting Maggie to finish the book by writing a script to something (movie or else) in which Tamsyn would end up playing. Thankfully, it wasn’t what happens, but it still would’ve been a great option in my opinion.

Like her previous books, this one is filled with great moments and great chemistry between the characters. I loved the fact that Tamsyn wasn’t known as a lesbian and the surprise it creates between them. Also, the interactions between Maggie, who really loves Tamsyn as an actress and has seen all the projects she ever worked on, but who also respects her limits and boundaries.

I would suggest this read to anyone looking for a fast and enjoyable read from start to finish.

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Payback by Charlotte Mills

Payback by Charlotte Mills

 

I think many of us have at one point in our lives felt the urge to get payback for something someone has done. And that’s what I’ve been expecting from the first pages of Payback, by Charlotte Mills.

 

I’m still unsure about how to review this book without spoiling anything, which is always my main concern when reviewing suspense/mystery novels.

 

Kate Wolfe arrives in town. She has been sent under unclear circumstances and almost makes an inexcusable mistake on her first day in. DCI Helen Taylor, also known ad Guv must deal with her new agent who doesn’t seem to know how to lay low.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from the book, and it was that way for at least half the book. The mystery parts where captivating, blowing all assumptions we have about the committed crimes. It keeps the reader guessing all book long.

I thought there were a little bit too much of X-rated scenes for my liking, but that’s simply a preference on my part. They were well written and didn’t stop the flow of the story.

This book was filled with surprises and an unexpected ending that’s for sure. It was my first read by Charlotte Mills and I must admit I am gladly surprised. The intrigue was present all book long, keeping me captivated by the chapters to come, but at the same time, creating a romantic environment so the two protagonists could evolve in it.

It is a well-written mystery, pushing the lines between what we would be ready to do just to get a Payback and the fact that we all can picture situations in which we would’ve acted a certain way, giving there were no consequences… I think it helps the reader understand the characters and their personalities better.

 

I cannot say I have a favourite character since none of them stood out from the rest.

 

Payback is a good read and I suggest it to everyone looking for a good mystery. It’s not a Lee Winter’s mystery, but it’s close.

 

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4/5

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Hooked on You by Jenn Matthews

 

Did you ever felt stuck at a crossroad, living your life in peace, going with the flow until some family members try to push you out of your comfort zone? That is exactly what happens to Anna when Bethany, her daughter, insists on her finding a new hobby, and how Anna finds herself looking through the shelves of Ollie’s business, Darn That Yarn.

 

I remember reading the resume for this book a few months ago and I couldn’t wait to read it. I was pleased to get the chance to read and review it. I loved the premise of two older women meeting over Anna’s newfound hobby and sharing their passion over it.

I think the title properly represents how the reader gets hooked on the story. After a series of deceiving read, this one was refreshing and great.

 

I must admit, the prologue made me anxious about the rest of the book since it is so different from where and when the story takes place. Even if it was not my favourite chapter, it was mandatory to understand Ollie’s personality and what goes on in her life regarding her kids and her situation.

Thankfully, the next chapters do the work of reeling us in and meeting Anna and her family really help the reader wanting to devour the book.

Matthews did such a wonderful job at making us feel welcome in this crochet group, it almost made me want to try my hands at it if it wasn’t for my already too busy schedule. It was the first time I’ve read from Jenn Matthews and it will not be the last. She filled her book with *mostly all* loveable characters whose journey was interesting to follow.

Anna and Ollie’s interactions are really well written and it is easy to understand how much their attraction to one another affects them in their personal lives.

Hooked on you is a great slow burn romance with only one thing that bothered me. Since the whole book is going at a slow but sure pace, I would’ve loved to see the ending go by at the same pace, but instead, it felt like a rushed ending.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful ending, but I wish there was more. We spent almost 300 pages falling in love with both characters, and I think it would’ve made sense for the story to either keep the same pace or maybe add a chapter or two.

 

That’s all I am going to say on the matter because I do believe this book was really well written and I would recommend it to all readers looking for a fun and easy read. You’ll see for yourself if the ending was enough for you, or if you are as needy as I am and would’ve wanted more.

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