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Everywhere She Goes by Janice Kay Johnson – Review

everywhereshegoes-janicekayjohnson‘…a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present…’

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Janice Kay Johnson’s Everywhere She Goes—the next book in her The Mysteries of Angel Butte series—is a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present for Cait McAllister. On the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Cait runs home to the brother who was always there for her as a kid—the same one she feared after her mother ran away with her at an early age. But deep down she trusts him and she needs him to feel safe.

But the past has a way of catching up with you, and Cait finds herself not only in danger from the abusive ex but a new threat that stems from the past. In the midst of her turmoil, she finds herself embroiled in a relationship with her boss!

Noah Chandler has emotional scars that keep him from believing in happily ever after. But there’s something about Cait that tugs his heart-strings and his protective instincts. Throw in a complicated relationship with her brother and there’s a lot going against these two. But love has a way of conquering even the most stubborn fears making way for the sweetest of futures.

I adore Ms. Johnson’s writing style. Her characters are always realistic and down-to-earth. She has a knack for intertwining a mystery into her romance that keeps you guessing and making her stories thrilling page turners. Everywhere She Goes encompasses almost all of her superb writing, plot and character development. It kept me wondering and on-edge. You felt for the heroine and her brother, the confusion over the past and the need to make a future relationship solid between the two, and you found the hero very appealing.

There were a couple of negatives in this one (that I’ve never had with her others). First, I despised how everyone referred to the hero as ‘ugly’ rather than ‘ruggedly handsome’ or some such. It is one thing for the hero to have some self-esteem issues and worry about something mentioned in his past, something that may have tainted the view he has of himself. It is so another to have the brother of the heroine basically say he is ugly. That wasn’t appealing as a reader and made me feel kind of negative to the brother (who is a hero in another book and very likeable). Then again the brother has reasons to despise the hero, so maybe it was born from that but still not something I liked reading. The other thing is that the heroine and hero walked a fine line in their relationship and were okay with basically lying about it while still sort of flaunting it. I realize the marriage statement near the end was real on the hero’s part but it was almost a shock to the reader because I didn’t feel like anything led up to that…but all is forgiven by the end because the hero and heroine and brother all make peace and there is so much that happens you can tell these two are meant to be together!

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About the book…

Standing between her…and danger

Returning to her hometown is Cait McAllister’s chance to stand on her own. That means taking a break from men and relationships. Then she meets her new boss, the intriguing Noah Chandler. As the mayor, he’s got bold plans for Angel Butte. As a man, he’s so tempting that Cait’s vow of independence is in jeopardy.

The most persuasive part of him, however, could be the way he looks out for her. Because when a threat from her past puts her in danger, Noah is there to protect her. And there’s no way she can resist a man who has so much invested in keeping her safe.

The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff – Review

thewinterguest-pamjenoff“…left my heart hurting and I didn’t find it that much of an escape…”

Review by Laura G.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pam Jenoff is a master at bringing to life the rough times of war and how some handled the enormous stress and constant jeopardy. In her latest, The Winter Guest, Jenoff shows us the struggle of eighteen-year old twins Ruth and Helena. One is quiet and gentle, the other a bit more independent, the two must raise three younger siblings while dealing with poverty, the constant worry of being arrested by Nazi soldiers, and ultimately the insecurities and disagreements among themselves. While they barely have enough rations for themselves, when Helena discovers American paratrooper, Sam, stranded just outside their village she has no choice but to help him—despite the dangers to herself and her family. The time the two spend together makes their bond grow into something stronger. But can their feelings survive perils of war? The betrayals of family? Can they find a way to be together?

The Winter Guest isn’t my normal kind of historical read. It is definitely a little too real for me. At times it felt more like a documentary or biography than a true romantic read. On the other hand, it was interesting and fast-paced enough to keep me reading. It makes you wonder how you would handle it. Having the ‘enemy’ or ‘savior that could endanger your life’ to contend with? Would you help or turn a blind eye? This book certainly gives you a look at how American soldiers face perils in war and are often at the mercy of the people they are trying to save. Helena is a strong heroine and Sam is very likable. The secondary characters add a spice to the read as well. In the end, though, Ruth’s jealousy and her actions make it hard to like her though.

Honestly, I doubt I’d read another by this author, as this one left my heart hurting and I didn’t find it that much of an escape, it was a good book. One I’m sure others would enjoy.

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Cop by Her Side by Janice Kay Johnson

copbyherside-johnson Does she put her trust in him…again?

Lieutenant Jane Vahalik is done with Sergeant Clay Renner. He messed up their romance when he dished out too much male swagger. She gets enough of that on the job to put up with it in her personal life—regardless of how hot Clay may be.

Then her niece is kidnapped, and suddenly he is the only cop Jane trusts to lead the search. The rush of attraction sizzling between them surprises her. So does his determination to prove she’s wrong about him. It could be just the tense situation—or it could be Clay—but Jane’s feelings for him are growing. Maybe they deserve a second chance….

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Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos

“…will give me a better foundation based on…being a woman…”

Review by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos and Marjorie Jenkins is an interesting take on a ‘diet’ book. Not only do you get the recipes you expect but interesting information on why this method will work. While a few of the recipes look promising, I’m not sure they all work for me. But what does is the step-by-step week program. It helps you get an understanding of what it takes to make a woman’s body respond to food and exercise. It helps you understand your body. It’s a comprehensive study and guide that gives some of my own theories credence and helped give me a better understanding of them.

For instance, this ‘diet’ or theory is based on a three-week, three-step program that allows you to take your body and mind into your own hands. The first step (though I won’t give everything away here…you’ll want the book to get the full gist) is to figure out what stage of life you are at; what is going on with your body; what type of eater you are or want to be. The next is to start working on emotional health. And the last involves exercise. Now, don’t freak on the last part. They aren’t pushing you to do hours in a gym. They have really cool ideas that anyone can do without much thought.

Overall, I’m engaging in the book’s recommendations now. I’m hoping for good results, but ultimately, I feel like they will give me a better foundation based on my being a woman rather than those that delve into more ‘male’ based information. Well done Ms. Jonekos! Thank you.

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Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos

eatlikeawoman-stanessjonekos FINALLY A DIET DESIGNED FOR YOU

Based on the latest research showing that men and women metabolize food and lose weight differently, Eat Like a Woman (And Never Diet Again) is a groundbreaking three-step program tailored specifically to the needs of the female body. Staness Jonekos, author of The Menopause Makeover, and leading women’s health expert Dr. Marjorie Jenkins show you how to lose weight without deprivation, look younger and feel better than ever. Eat Like a Woman will revolutionize the way you think about food. You’ll learn to understand the relationship between stress and your health, interpret the messages your body is sending you, and how to eat to support hormone balance and emotional health. Begin to eat like a woman and in just three weeks you can

•Drop those stubborn pounds

•Effortlessly maintain a healthy weight

•Change your relationship with food

•Reduce your risk of disease

•Slow the aging process

•Exercise smarter

Includes favorite recipes from Sheryl Crow, Padma Lakshmi, Florence Henderson, Dolly Parton, Nancy Cartwright, Devin Alexander, Cristina Ferrare, and other popular chefs and celebrities.

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Crazy Maybe by A.D. Justice – Review

“…will certainly be looking for more of her titles.”

Review by Larissa M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

A.D. Justice’s Crazy Maybe has everything you could possibly want in a story: a heroine who hasn’t had the best past but is about to get a fabulous future; a hero who is all that and more; and closure for a past that no child should have to contend with.

Interesting from the get-go, Andi gives you attitude galore, but also has a soft side that is realistic. And Luke, while not as strong a character in my opinion, is still interesting enough to keep you reading.

While the book keeps you guessing and has everything but the kitchen sink contained within the pages, it doesn’t seem far-fetched. From a political scandal to blackmail to Andi being a now deceased music mogal’s daughter, it is very plausible that Andi’s past could have happened exactly as written. The only thing that threw me off was Luke’s career he gave up to become a boxer. I had a hard time seeing him not having the boxing dream from the get-go because of the drive it takes to become a true boxer. Then for him to give it up and opt to go back into that career to ‘offer’ a girl who has EVERYTHING she could possibly want a stable future didn’t sit right for me.

There was also one point where I thought Luke’s brother was really more the ‘hero’ of the book than him. But the chemistry between Luke and Andi made it feel as though the possibility for a future wasn’t unrealistic. And in the end, I did enjoy the book.

Ms. Justice definitely caught my interest and I will certainly be looking for more of her titles.

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