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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter

Title: Please Release Me
Author: Rhoda Baxter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after…
Sally Cummings had a hard upbringing; wanting a better life for herself she looked for a rich husband. Luckily for her she found Peter, a young, smart and gullible entrepreneur who couldn’t help but fall in love with her. But Sally’s plans are disrupted when she is seriously injured in a car accident after leaving her wedding. 
Almost a year has passed, Sally is still in a coma and Peter is still loyally beside her. He comes everyday to visit her in the hospice, he brings her flowers, talks and reads to her. His life is on hold waiting for Sally to wake up; all this is putting a toll on him. His family is worried, but nobody has been able to help him, until the day he meets Grace at the hospice. Grace is a regular at the hospice, she used to go everyday to visit her mom while she was there and now that she has passed, she visits her mom’s best friend. She also helps whenever she can at the hospice.
Grace invites Peter to help in the hospice and soon after a friendship develops between them. They are both attracted to each other, but Peter is a married man and his wife although in a coma she is still alive.
Things become more interesting when Sally’s ghost starts to haunt Grace. Sally is not ready to go and even in ghost form she’s ready to fight for Peter and for the future she always wanted.

I really liked Peter; he was a really good man with a generous heart. He was a bit innocent but that made him more endearing. I liked and admired his dedication to his wife. I can’t imagine being in his place, day after day visiting her while she’s in a coma and not knowing what the future awaits for any of them. I also liked his loyalty towards Sally.

Grace was another easy to liked character. It was also easy to see she was a good person with a good heart. My heart ached for her and her loneliness and for everything she has lost, but I liked that despite that she was still generous of heart. I liked that she understood Sally and even became friends with her. That shows how good she really was.

Sally was different. The more I got to see the real her and her intentions the less I liked her. Even though I thought she was a despicable woman, at times I couldn’t help but feel bad for her.

I can’t say much about the story without giving spoilers away and that will take away from the enjoyment of the reader. I can only say that the combination of likeable characters, a well-thought and well-paced plot, and good writing made of Please Release Me a very enjoyable read.

Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter was an interesting and somehow different read. It wasn’t your normal boy falls for girl and girl falls for boy. There are many things and secrets between them and it was great to see them overcome them.

Please Release Me was my first book by Rhoda Baxter, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I recommend Please Release Me to contemporary romance fans.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hot Off the Press: September 29th Releases

September 29th

BrotherAnia AhlbornHorror
Antiques St. NickedBarbara AllanA Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #11Mystery/Cozy Mystery
MadlyAmy AlwardPotion #1YA/Fantasy
Forever with YouJennifer L. ArmentroutWait for You #5NA
The Stolen MacKenzie BrideJennifer Ashley MacKenzies & McBrides #8Historical Romance
The Heart Goes LastMargaret AtwoodSci-Fi
Six of CrowsLeigh BardugoSix of Crows #1YA/Fantasy
Blessed are Those Who MournKristi Belcamino Gabriella Giovanni Mystery #4Mystery
The Bark Before ChristmasLaurien Berenson Melanie Travis #18Mystery
Emerald BuddhaRussell BlakeDrake Ramsey #2Fiction/Adventure
Rendezvous in RioDanielle BourdonThe Inheritance #2Romantic Suspense
The Aeronaut's WindlassJim Butcher The Cinder Spires #1Fantasy
Ophelia’s MuseRita Cameron Historical Fiction
CrossbonesJohn L. CampbellOmega Days #4Horror/Zombies
Last HopeJessica Clare, Jen Frederick Hitman #4Romantic Suspense
All I Want for Christmas is FudgeNancy CoCo Candy-Coated #4Mystery/Cozy Mystery
A Song of ShadowsJohn Connolly Charlie Parker #13Thriller
The Name of the GameJennifer Dawson Something New #3Contemporary Romance
Christmas ChocolatKate Defrise Fiction
Autumn MoonJan DeLimaCeltic Wolves #3PNR
The Bollywood BrideSonali DevRomance
Facing FireHelenKay DimonBad Boys Undercover #3Romantic Suspense
Trickster BloodLucienne DiverLatter-Day Olympians PrequelUF
Do You Believe In Santa?Sierra DonovanEvergreen Lane #1Contemporary Romance
Front YardNorman DraperFiction
FatedSarah FineServants of Fate #3Fantasy
Love Somebody Like YouSusan FoxCaribou Crossing #5Contemporary Romance
Bound by SinJacquelyn FrankThe Immortal Brothers #3PNR
The Perfect ArrangementKatie GanshertA Year of Weddings 2 #11Contemporary Romance
The HiddenHeather GrahamKrewe of Hunters #17Romantic Suspense/Paranormal
LightlessC.A. HigginsSci-Fi
Pane and SufferingCheryl Hollon A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #1Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Dead with the WindMiranda JamesSouthern Sisters #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Shadow PlayIris JohansenEve Duncan #19Thriller
A Ghostly MurderTonya KappesGhostly Southern Mysteries #4Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Snowflake BayDonna Kauffman The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2Contemporary Romance
All Wrapped UpKimberly KincaidPine Mountain #5Contemporary Romance
UnwrappedKatie Lane Hunk for the Holidays #3Contemporary Romance
The Lazarus GateMark LathamApollonian Case Files #1Fantasy
A Cherry Cola ChristmasAshton LeeA Cherry Cola Book Club #4Women's Fiction
Forever Your EarlEva Leigh The Wicked Quills of London #1Historical Romance
A Bad Boy for ChristmasJessica LemmonSecond Chance #3Contemporary Romance
The BloodforgedErin LindseyBloodbound #2Fantasy
Dangerously DarkColette London A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
The Legend of Lyon RedmondJulie Anne LongPennyroyal Green #11Historical Romance
Call Me Mrs. MiracleDebbie Macomber Contemporary Romance
Marry Me At ChristmasSusan Mallery Fool's Gold #19Contemporary Romance
Snowbound at ChristmasDebbie Mason Christmas, Colorado #5Contemporary Romance
FirestormShannon MayerThe Elemental Series #3Fantasy
Say Yes to the DeathSusan McBrideDebutante Dropout #6Mystery/Cozy Mystery
The Dead Won't DieJoe MckinneyHorror/Zombies
Playing with FireKate MeaderHot in Chicago #2Contemporary Romance
Christmas in Mustang CreekLinda Lael MillerThe Brides of Bliss County #4Contemporary Romance
Patriot AttackKyle Mills, Robert Ludlum Covert-One #12Thriller
Deceive MeStacey Mosteller Two Sisters #1NA
After YouJojo MoyesMe Before You #2Women's Fiction
Last Song Before NightIlana C. MyerFantasy
Bread of the DeadAnn Myers Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #1Mystery
A Knights Bridge ChristmasCarla Neggers Swift River Valley #5Contemporary Romance
A Christmas KissCeleste O. Norfleet, Regina Hart, Deborah Fletcher MelloChristmas AnthologyContemporary Romance
Dire StepsHenry V. O'NeilSim War #3Sci-Fi
The Last Chance Christmas BallMary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Anne Gracie, Susan King, Cara Elliott, Nicola Cornick Christmas AnthologyHistorical Romance
The Taming of Malcolm GrantPaula QuinnThe MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4Historical Romance
Doctor Who: The Time Lord LettersJustin RichardsSci-Fi
Down the Rabbit HoleJ. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, R.C. RyanIn Death #41.5 (Anthology)PNR
The Secret Language of WomenNina Romano Wayfarer Trilogy #1Historical Romance
The Epic Adventures of Lydia BennetKate Rorick, Rachel KileyYA
JosetteKathleen Bittner RothWhen Hearts Dare #3Historical Romance
About a VampireLynsay SandsArgeneau #22PNR
A Mad Zombie PartyGena ShowalterWhite Rabbit Chronicles #4YA
Playing DirtyTiffany Snow Risky Business #2Romantic Suspense
Sight UnseenJames SwallowStar Trek: TitanSci-Fi
Evergreen SpringsRaeAnne Thayne Haven Point #3Contemporary Romance
MenagerieRachel VincentMenagerie #1UF
Gold Fame CitrusClaire Vaye WatkinsFiction
Reign of IronAngus WatsonIron Age #3Fantasy
ZeroesScott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah BiancottiZeroes #1YA
Willow Brook RoadSherryl Woods Chesapeake Shores #13Contemporary Romance
Spiral of NeedSuzanne WrightThe Mercury Pack #1PNR

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Urban Fantasy
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Short Review: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst

Title: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine
Author: Alex Brunkhorst
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
The story begins with a dinner party invitation…

When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man's eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions.

Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.

Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl, and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives—and the lives of everyone around them—forever.
It took me a while getting into The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst. There was a point in which I wasn’t sure if I was liking the book or not. One thing I was sure is that I was liking the writing and that kept me going. Luckily for me, that uncertainty didn’t last long, I can say that after the one-third mark, I got into it and was completely invested in the story.

Although set in this times the story has an old Hollywood feel. The characters have the charm of black and white movie stars, with mysterious lives full of secrets.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is described as a modern-day Gatsby tale. It was easy to see why some people would consider it that because there were many similarities with the classic.

Brunkhorst’s writing is fluid and has a lyric quality that kept me reading page after page. The story has enough mystery, glamour and romance to make of The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine a pleasing debut.

I’m sure The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine won’t be my last book by Alex Brunkhorst.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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