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Serentity Lost, ( Trust Me 1 ), Amy Romine.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
When Amy asked if I’d like to review this book I hadn’t realised it wasn’t a stand alone, but part of a trilogy. It ends on a huge cliffhanger too – and as you know if you read my reviews I just HATE those…but thankfully all parts of the story are now out so can be read without interruption.
If I’d known it was a part book I’d have understood better why some parts of the book were taking so long to get drawn into the story. It’s a slow start, but now I realise it’s more than one book I can understand and appreciate better how Amy has solidified the characters by taking time to get them right in our minds.
The first meeting between Eric and Rebecca was scorching, really hot, but from then on the sex takes a back seat to the thriller element of the story. Rebecca has gained a stalker – one that’s gone from bouquets of flowers to some bloody, gruesome and threatening presents. She finally has to get the police in, and that’s when she discovers that her boyfriend Charlie’s policeman brother Eric is the man she had the hot, ravishing, sensual sexy interlude with – anonymous has now become known!! She can’t tell Charlie – she wasn’t going out with him then, but it would still be awkward…Add on to that the fact she’s hiding a secret which her friends think the police need to know, but she wants to keep hidden. Drama all round from the scary stalker, the secrets and the boyfriend/brother conundrum. There’s still a real pull of sensusality between her and Eric, something sadly lacking with Charlie. Before this all came to a head she was about to break it off with him, now what should she do?
It’s a while since I’ve read a thriller – for several years they were my mainstay reading, but recently it’s been fantasy and romance. This has romance – though I suspect the heat from it is still to come. I like the way thrillers let the reader puzzle out who and what is going on. Amy slides clues in subltely, and I’d forgotten a couple of things I’d read earlier until they were expanded, and I saw how they wove into the story. I liked Rebecca but at times I found her actions frustrating. Eric – well, we don’t really get to know his personality yet, but what we’ve seen he’s Mr Hot in bed and also a genuine, likeable person. Charlei seems a bit of a Mr Nice Guy – the sort you want as a good friend not a lover….and then there’s Rebecca’s friends. They are moslty in the background but I wonder if they’ll play a larger part as the story grows?
As I said I hate cliffhangers – in fact hate the recent trend to spilt books into parts. I like to read the whole story while its fresh in my mind, but thankfully this novel is now complete so that can be done, rather than waiting months – years even- as I have for others.
Stars: Four, a good solid read.
ARC supplied via Author.
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Accidentally Married, Victorine E. Lieske
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Sometimes I want to read a gentle, standalone romance. This was perfect for my mood yesterday, no great drama, no deep emotion – I love those usually but occasionally I want something lighter.
Madison, I loved her snark, her humour and the way she gently got one over on Jared. She’s not mean, but doesn’t take being talked down to easily, so when Jared took his bad mood and the misunderstanding between them out on her, she got her own back. Big time. Unfortunaley it snowballed and they went from a one off pretend girlfriend, to a fiancee and a quick wedding… What great scenarios Victorine came up with for Jared. Madison’s descriptions were perfect, just the sort of thing to gently ridicule an uptight CEO like Jared. I could just imagine the shock on his face – and his family – when she was describing scenes of how they met – she certainly laid it on thick, and it made me smile.
There’s no great depth here, just a simple romance, with gentle humour and appropriate for any age. So no smouldering sex scenes, no bad language, no violence ( except to a vase…and maybe a glass table! ) It’s quite short at188 pages and an inoffensive, sweet romance. It’s not one I’d read again, and without the humour the romance would be nothing but it made me smile. A lot. And that was just what I was in the mood for. A fun, one off read.
Stars: Four. It is what it says, no shocks and suprises but a gentle humoured romance.
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