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Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro – Review

‘…a rising star in the gothic young adult romance genre! Dark and mysterious, Mala LaCroix’s story will give you chills!’

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Angie Sandro is certainly a rising star in the gothic young adult romance genre! Dark and mysterious, Mala LaCroix’s story will give you chills!

Destined to be the next in a long line of ‘witch women’, Mala LaCroix lives a life of gossip and prejudice. And both are only amped up after she finds the body of a young girl floating in her swamp.

Landry Prince has loved Mala from as long as he can remember. Only he’s never had the nerve to talk to her. Partly because of his parents and their strict rules, partly because he’s afraid she’ll turn him away. But when she finds his sister, all bets are off.

Rumors, as well as pressure from family and friends, have him doubting Mala’s innocence. He believes she knows what happened or can find out—especially when he realizes she can see his sister’s ghost as well as he can. But one thing is for certain…dark forces are at work and tragedy on all sides make it hard to be together.

Dark Paradise will give you chills…and possibly nightmares! While I enjoyed the book immensely, I had a hard time understanding what was going on in the first few pages. The writing was, what I imagine, colorful and descriptive of the mystical bayou. Only it didn’t really make sense to me. But I stuck with it and oh, my I am so glad I did! The stories is heart-wrenching and has so many twists and turns. You’ll never peg who the actual murderer is or how Landry’s sister died, but you’ll enjoy the journey. Mala is a sweet, though a bit pitiful and ‘babied’ by some even though she is a strong heroine who just has to deal with a lot. And Landry is fantastic, if only he would stay focused and stop being wishy washy about his convictions to be with Mala no matter what. It’s almost a matter of too little too late when he follows through on his convictions to protect her. Then you have the ending…which isn’t really an ending…that will leave you weeping for the pair and all they’ve been through…and all they will go through as this is a series book and there are at least two more before we see if there’s a happy ending.

Sincerely, while I was lucky to get this copy to review I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read this story if I’d seen it on the shelf. A new author, a not so intriguing/interesting cover. But I would have missed out on a seriously awesome story, though. I hope you’ll give a new author a chance and enjoy this mysterious gothic romance for yourself!

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Dark Wolf Running by Rhyannon Byrd – Review

darkwolfrunning-rhyannonbyrd“…something missing in this particular installment.”

by Larissa M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rhyannon Byrd’s latest Bloodrunners’ book, Dark Wolf Running, takes us back into the world of mystic wolves and the mixed breeds who protect them. Intriguing, fast-paced and full of emotion, this story takes a hard look at the conspiracy that’s plaguing the Lycan’s and more specifically, the Dark Wolf bloodline.

After Elise Drake’s brutal attack, she’s kept to herself and stopped embracing her heritage. She has a need to keep herself apart from everyone, but especially a Bloodrunner who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to embrace. Wyatt Pallaton is a force to be reckoned with on his own, but add in his steely determination to make Elise stop running from what’s happening between them and he’s unstoppable.

Only conspiracies aren’t always in people’s heads and when those responsible for her brutal attack decide they’re not done with Elise, Wyatt is determined to make sure she’s safe no matter the cost…even if it’s his own life.

Ms. Byrd’s way with the mystical and dark world of wolves and witches leaves you enthralled. And while the writing was well done and the overall saga storyline, I still felt there was something missing in this particular installment. Almost as though the book was formulaic and not necessarily unique. The hero and heroine were fabulously written, but I didn’t feel they connected on a personal level. There wasn’t anything that made me think they loved each other, but maybe that our hero felt the need to possess her. It was a bit different for the heroine but not much. That’s the reason behind the lower rating. But it’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the read enough to read more in this series…only not to re-read this story. 

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Don’t Cry For Me by Sharon Sala – Review

“…will leave you breathless from the intense danger and action…and a little in disbelief.”

Larissa M.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Sharon Sala’s latest Rebel Ridge novel, Don’t Cry For Me, will leave you breathless from the intense danger and action…and a little in disbelief. While I’ve enjoyed most of the Rebel Ridge novels, this one left me a little disconcerted. And here’s why…

Our heroine, Mariah Conrad has been injured while on active duty in Afghanistan. When she’s released from the hospital, she has nowhere to go until Quinn Walker arrives and insists she go home with him. We find out that Quinn and Mariah had a ‘down low’ relationship while deployed and there was chemistry there at the time. When Quinn was injured and discharged, he made no attempt to contact Mariah. He only found out through a mutual ‘brother-in-arms’ contacts him and notifies him that Mariah has nowhere to go.

When the two are back in each other’s company, though, they begin their romance once again. With Mariah’s flashbacks and trauma to her body, the romance is there but a bit awkward. Quinn finds himself in trouble and Mariah refuses to do nothing. She risks everything to save him…and hopefully herself in the meantime!

So while I enjoyed the story at points, I found the dramatic rescue of Quinn, the overall handling of the PTSD and the ‘romance’ a bit contrived. Just because the two had chemistry and slept together when they could while deployed, it didn’t translate to their being compatible when returned to the real world. You can’t fault either one’s loyalty to their comrade, but I found the two as a couple to be harder to believe. And the dangerous situation a bit out there (though I’m sure it could happen, reading about it made it harder to believe).

Dealing with Denver by Carolynn Carey – Review

Dealing with Denver bookcover

Reviewed by Hope C.
on January 21, 2010

“…intrigues and entices you…”

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Carolynn Carey’s Dealing with Denver (sequel to Falling for Dallas intrigues and entices you to follow Mattie Meadows through the most important research assignment of her life—and it has nothing to do with the quaint little rental cottage that she’s staying in.

While Mattie uses her article on Barbourville’s vacation cottages and the travel aspects of the pretty little town to uncover long-buried secrets, she quickly finds that there’s more pulling her to the town. And more wanting her to stay long after her time is up!

Attorney Denver Vance is restless. From the moment his niece spent a summer in Barbourville and then his brother moved to the same town, he’s been figuring out why he’s still in Chicago. Then after he’s been on a trip to Florida, he decides to make a mad dash for his final destination. What he finds when he gets there isn’t just the nice, warm bed he’d been expecting either!

Dealing with Denver

is a well written story of two people at a crossroads in their life that find a common ground and love along the way. It’s an inspiration to see their are still chivalrous men in the world and that Ms. Carey has created such a man in Denver. I would recommend you pick up this sweet read. You won’t regret it!