March 18, 2017

Review: Final Verdict

Final Verdict Final Verdict by Jessica R. Patch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another excellent romantic suspense from Patch! I truly love her hero in this book. Beckett is wonderful. He has so many fun quirks in how he interacted with Aurora that I looked forward to every single scene with both of them. He also had some incredibly romantic moments that I could easily re-read right now.

Aurora is one tough woman. I usually love the really tough women but this time I actually was surprised that she was even tougher than I expected. I loved how stubborn she was too. I don't like women that just go along with everything so she turned out to be my favorite type of heroine. And the final climactic scene with her was honestly way scarier than I expected and I was thrilled by it because sometimes authors have to tone down their ideas for LIS books.

I loved the chance to see a little bit post marriage of Holt and Blair too. I love that the LIS books are standalones but sometimes it is really nice to see previous characters in their happily ever after.

But as much as I loved Beckett and Aurora I really loved Beckett's mom. She was full of wisdom and not in a bossy mom sort of way but just in kindness. I really liked when she reminded Beckett that sometimes tough times come so we can be reminded to rely on God. I needed to hear those words myself.

I was at times in this story overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible suspects but at the same time was impressed that I never figured out who the bad guy was. Patch definitely kept me guessing throughout.

The author sent me an advanced copy of this book. But all opinions are my own.

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March 14, 2017

Review: Pursed

Pursed Pursed by Elaine Manders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Manders. In fact, it was the first I'd even heard her name but I like discovering new authors so I was excited to give it a try while it was free on Amazon for Kindle.

I found I really enjoyed the story line and characters. I liked that there were a few different points of drama throughout the book that kept my interest. I also loved that she was teaching herself how to catalogue books with the Dewey system to create her own library. That was totally fascinating to me. I love libraries and I loved that historical point in the book.

My favorite part of this book was Carrianne's strength. I really liked that anytime Rhyan tried to get too close to her that she pulled away or walked away because she knew it would be a mistake to get too close. I think most of us could learn a lot from that example. I also loved her putting her relationship with God over her relationship with man. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story continues in book 2.

There were a few aspects I didn't love. The word "heady" was used too many times in my opinion. And the backstory for Rhyan confused me a little bit in the book when it went back to talk about his relationship with his father. Neither issue was enough to detract from the story but did keep me from rating it higher.

I didn't love the ending but since I know there is a book two I'll survive. I've just gotten used to the new way most authors are writing books where all books are standalones and don't require reading the previous books to enjoy later books in a series.

But overall I did really enjoy the story and look forward to book 2.

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March 12, 2017

Review: The Only Witness

The Only Witness The Only Witness by Laura Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To my knowledge this was my first book by Laura Scott and I really did enjoy it. Thought I wish I had started with book one in the series. I know these work as standalones but I always wish I knew the full story from the previous books.

Anyway I thought this one was really well written. It had a lot going on with so many different characters and victims but Scott balanced it all very well. I especially appreciated the high importance on prayer throughout the book. And also the importance on family.

I would look forward to reading more of her books.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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