Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review ~ Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back
by  B.A. Paris
Published June 19th 2018 by St. Martin's Press

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him...even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

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Oh gosh...where to begin?  While I did not hate this book, I did not love it either.  My maw maw always told me that if I had nothing nice to say, just to keep my thoughts to myself, and that is what I am going to do with this review… a certain point. 

The writing itself was good; the problem I had is with the actual story. It started out strong and I was excited to keep on, but as the story progressed, certain things just annoyed me and seem too far-fetched and unbelievable.  But, butit is fiction you are probably saying….Well yes, that is true, but some things just need to seem believable for me to buy into what you are selling. 

My thoughts as I finished Bring Me Back:
·       The story was not as suspenseful as I would have wanted it to be.
·       What did I just read?
·       Finn - (the main character) needed anger management classes – big, intimidating looking men need to tone it down when angry…..they tend to scare the general population.
·       Finn needed a good pair of eyeglasses, because seriously, he must have been blind not to see what was right in front of him.
·       Where was the ‘stunning climax’?

Because life for me is crazy at the moment, I purchased the audio version of this book even though the publisher was kind enough to provide me with an ARC.  The narrators, Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron, were what kept this book from entering the dreaded DNF pile in the darkest corner of my room.  Mr. Hely plays the biggest part of this performance with Ms. McCarron playing a smaller role, but each one did an amazing job with what they had to work with.  Kudos to them!

I am giving this story a 2 star rating and the audio performance 4 stars.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Review ~ Law of Attraction (Tangled in Texas #3) by Alison Bliss

Law of Attraction
(Tangled in Texas #3)
by Alison Bliss
Expected publication: June 25th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

For single mom Bobbie Jo Weston, finding a husband is not on her to-do list. She's focused on turning a run-down chicken farm into a Bed & Breakfast. She agrees to let a friend’s nephew stay with her in exchange for his handyman skills, but she wasn’t counting on the super sexy Seth Landry being that guy.

Seth has a special skill-set, all right, but it has nothing to do with hammering nails. As a retired member of The Resistance—an elite group of ex-military soldiers—his dark, unsettling past haunts him. He needs a place to lay low, and an out-of-the-way B&B is nothing short of perfect. The blonde beauty doesn’t trust men, and he doesn't plan on sticking around long enough to change her mind.

The closer they get, the more they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. And while Bobbie holds on to her fear of watching another man walk out of their lives, Seth's mere presence has put them all in jeopardy. The only way to ever be free of his dangerous past is for him to accept one last mission...

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Law of Attraction was everything I expected from the talented Alison Bliss plus so much more.  Right from the very start, this story had me hooked and I found it impossible to put down. I absolutely adored Seth and Bobbie Jo's story so very much.  Funny, sexy, and thoroughly captivating, Law of Attraction has every possible element needed to make this a truly amazing read.

Although this is the third book in the Tangled in Texas series, it can be read as a complete stand-alone.  With exceptional writing and an engaging plot line that flowed seamlessly, Law of Attraction is a book I would highly recommend to any reader of this genre. 

5 stars

Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, "Romance...with a sense of humor."