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And The Next Thing You Know . . .
by Chase Taylor Hackett
@CTHackett @KensingtonBooks @lyricalpress

#BookReview And The Next Thing You Know . . .  by Chase Taylor Hackett  @CTHackett @KensingtonBooks @lyricalpressTitle: And the next Thing You Know . . .

Author: Chase Taylor Hackett

Series: Why You? #2

Published by Lyrical Press on February 6, 2018

Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA

Pages: 290

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8.5/10

 

Synopsis:

Not the one you’re waiting for . . .

Jeffrey Bornic is getting over his ex. Really. So what if the rising-star attorney is angrily sleeping his way through most of Manhattan’s male population? When the time is right, the perfect partner will show up. And Jeffrey knows exactly what he’ll be like: an ambitious, polished professional who’ll make the ideal other half of a fabulous power couple.

Theo McPherson is definitely not that guy. He’s a short, fiery red-head who works in the arts and wears sneakers held together with duct tape. If it weren’t for the fact that Theo is his best friend’s little (literally) brother, Jeff would be crossing the street to avoid him. Theo, meanwhile, has nothing but contempt for guys in suits, and seems to have deliberately set out to make Jeff’s life miserable, all while grinning at him in that exasperating way that he has.

At least it’s hard for Jeff to keep moping over his ex when he’s butting heads with Theo—and suddenly wondering if the last guy he’d ever fall for might be exactly that . . .


Review:

Entertaining, passionate, and laugh-out-loud funny!

And The Next Thing You Know … is a charming enemies-to-more romance featuring the quirky, fun-loving Theo who’s determined not to fall for any slick, pompous lawyers, and Jeffery the sexy, arrogant suit who may just find everything he wants and needs in the one man he least expected.

The characters are bold, amusing, and supportive. The writing style is a unique mixture of inner monologues and narration. And the plot sweeps you away into a push-pull storyline filled with tension, humor, witty banter, shameless flirting, friendship, heartbreak, and love.

And The Next Thing You Know … is a lighthearted, enjoyable read, and even though there are no sex scenes at all in this novel, which I usually love, I have to admit that in this case less is more and the palpable chemistry and attraction is more than enough.

And The Next Thing You Know … is the first novel I’ve read by Hackett and even though it’s the second novel in the Why You? Series and can be read as a standalone I would suggest you check out Where Do I Start? (Book #1) first.

 

 

This book is available now.

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Thank you to Kensington Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Chase Taylor Hackett

Chase Taylor Hackett was raised on a farm in the Midwest – far from his current home in New York City. His first novel—WHERE DO I START?—was recently published by Kensington Books.
While working on that book, he realized he had a character who was a total jerk, and he wondered what would happen if the jerk met a guy who had zero tolerance for jerks.

AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW… he’d written another novel.

Chase lives in upper Manhattan with his partner Travis and a Scottish terrier named Watson.

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You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson
@readlisajackson @KensingtonBooks

#BookReview You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson @readlisajackson @KensingtonBooksTitle: You Will Pay

Author: Lisa Jackson

Published by Kensington Publishing on May 30, 2017

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 416

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 7/10

 

 

Synopsis:

In a fast-paced, brilliantly twisted novel of suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, the deadly secrets of a long-ago summer stir to life once more.

It starts as a prank a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe. Among the teen counselors, tensions and hormones are running high. No wonder the others agree when Jo-Beth Chancellor suggests they scare Monica O Neal a little or a lot. Monica has it coming, and no one will really get hurt. What could go wrong?

Everything.

Twenty years later, Lucas Dalton, a senior detective with the sheriff s department, is investigating the discovery of human remains in a cavern at what used to be Camp Horseshoe. Lucas knows the spot well. His father, a preacher, ran the camp, and Lucas worked there that infamous summer when two girls went missing. One is believed to have been killed by a convict on the loose. Monica O Neal is thought to have drowned and been washed out to sea.

Lucas knows he should step down from such a personal case. He s already jeopardized his career by removing evidence of his involvement. But maybe it s time to uncover the whole truth at last. That s why five former female counselors are coming back to the small Oregon town among them, Bernadette Warden, the woman Lucas has never forgotten. Each one knows something about that terrible night. Each promised not to tell. And as they reunite, a new horror unfolds. First come notes containing a personal memento and a simple, terrifying message: You will pay. Then, the murders begin.

It started years ago. But it will end here as a web of lust, greed, and betrayal is untangled to reveal a killer waiting to enact the perfect revenge.


Review:

Dark, complex, and extremely suspenseful!

This is an action-packed novel that delves into how manipulative, oppressive and malicious teens can truly be and the extent to which they will go to try to fit in.

It is, ultimately, a story about secrets, friendship, coming-of-age, obsession, jealousy, adultery and murder.

The writing is well done. The characters are cunning, selfish and deceptive. And the plot is written in an alluring past/present, back-and-forth style that unravels piece-by piece all the personalities, relationships, motivations and actions within it.

When it comes to writing thrilling mysteries Lisa Jackson is one of the best. However, I do have to admit that even though I enjoyed this story and the surprise ending, I did find the characters to be somewhat unsympathetic and the plot to have a little too many twists and turns for me to fully connect and completely love it.

 

This book is available now.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Kensington Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

Before she became a nationally bestselling author, Lisa Jackson was a mother struggling to keep food on the table by writing novels, hoping against hope that someone would pay her for them. Today, neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists.

With over thirty bestsellers to her name, Lisa Jackson is a master of taking readers to the edge of sanity – and back – in novels that buzz with dangerous secrets and deadly passions. She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and downright twisted. As she builds the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must also confront the fear and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the real world, terror and madness touch far too many lives and families.

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Danced Close by Annabeth Albert @AnnabethAlbert @KensingtonBooks

#BookReview Danced Close by Annabeth Albert @AnnabethAlbert @KensingtonBooksTitle: Danced Close

Author: Annabeth Albert

Published by Lyrical Shine on March 14, 2017

Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA

Pages: 132

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Portland, Oregon, is one of the hottest cities in America. Just ask all the hard-working men sweating it up behind the counters of the restaurants, boutiques, and cafés all over town … 

Newly clean and sober, Todd’s taken a shine to his job at Portland’s most talked about bakery. It’s not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn’t try to hide his attraction to Kendall’s elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past. 

For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he’s grown to love. But he’s still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels. Turns out taking the lead for once isn’t a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart …


Review:

Sweet, sexy and charming!

This is an engaging, contemporary romance story that emphasizes the importance of accepting and embracing who you truly are and reminds us that sometimes in life it’s nice to lead and sometimes in life it’s even nicer to be led.

The characters are honest, unique and supportive. The writing is straightforward and smooth. And the plot is an engaging mix of humour, relationship drama, acceptance, chemistry, love, sweet treats and of course a tiny bit of dancing. 

Overall, I would have to say that this is an uplifting, heartwarming, enjoyable read that proves opposites definitely do attract.

This is book six in the “Portland Heat” series by Annabeth Albert. Be sure to check out some of the other titles in the series HERE!

 

This book is due to be published on March 14, 2017. 

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Thank you to Kensington Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Annabeth Albert

Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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The Magdalen Girls by V. S. Alexander

#BookReview The Magdalen Girls by V. S. AlexanderTitle: The Magdalen Girls

Author: V.S. Alexander

Published by Kensington Publishing on December 27, 2016

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 294

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.

Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations.

Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.


Review:

Harrowing, poignant, and deeply moving!

This novel brings to light and reminds us of the abhorrent institutions known as “laundries” where women who were supposedly fallen were sent for treatment, often for trivial reasons, only to endure emotional and physical abuse, excessive workloads, meagre basic necessities and often vicious, sadistic punishments.

The story follows the lives of three different girls, Teagan, Nora and Lea, and reflects on the different spirits, strength, and resilience each uses to survive in such demeaning environments. 

The prose is sophisticated and descriptive. The characters are multi-layered, dejected, and strong. And the plot is a good mix of historical fact and intriguing fiction.

I have to say I did not know much about these so-called “laundries” before I read this novel and I am touched and appalled to think of all the women who lived and suffered in these horrific institutions and continued to do so late in the 20th century, with the last one only closing in 1996.

Overall, this is definitely an enlightening, heartrending novel that is well researched, well written and extremely impactful.

 

This book is due to be published on December 27, 2016. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Kensington Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson
@readlisajackson

#BookReview After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson @readlisajacksonTitle: After She's Gone

Author: Lisa Jackson

Series: Northwest #3

Published by Kensington on December 29, 2015

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

Synopsis:

In this explosive new thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delves into the deep bond between two sisters and their shared dream that becomes a harrowing nightmare of madness, hatred and jealousy…

Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they’d survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team, they’d take the town by storm. But Allie, finally free of small-town Oregon, and just that little bit more beautiful, also proved to be more talented—and driven. Where Cassie got bit parts, Allie rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on the set of her latest movie—and Allie is missing.

Police discover that the last call to Allie’s phone came from Cassie, though she has no recollection of making it. Instead of looking like a concerned relative, Cassie is starting to look like a suspect—the jealous sister who finally grew sick of playing a supporting role. As the tabloids go into a frenzy, Cassie ends up on a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure who comes to her bedside, whispering about Allie—a visitor of whom there is no record? Is someone trying to help—or drive her mad? 

Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a sudden slew of macabre murders— each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family—makes Cassie fear for her safety and her sanity. The only way to end the nightmare is to find out what really happened to Allie. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe—least of all herself…


Review:

This book takes you on a roller coaster ride of murder, mystery, jealousy, revenge, and familial secrets.

The first half of the story, for me, started off a little slowly, and seemed to drag just a little bit. 

However, the second half of the novel was much more action-packed, suspenseful and the twists and turns were definitely captivating.

There is a reason that Lisa Jackson is a best seller in this genre, and even though I don’t think this was her best, the writing is well done, the characters are strong, complex, and flawed, and overall it was still an enjoyable read.

This is the third book in the Northwest series, and although it can definitely be read as a standalone novel, we were introduced to some of the characters in the first book of the Northwest series, Deep Freeze.

 

This book is due to be published on July 26, 2016.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following Amazon links.

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For more information on Lisa Jackson, visit her website at: lisajackson.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @readlisajackson

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Kensington Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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No Breaking My Heart by Kate Angell

#BookReview No Breaking My Heart by Kate AngellTitle: No Breaking My Heart

Author: Kate Angell

Series: Barefoot William Beach #5

Published by Kensington on July 26, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 288

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kensington Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

Relationship Status: Complicated

Professional baseball player Halo Todd doesn’t like failure, but he can never turn down a challenge. Especially when there’s a pretty woman involved. How else would he end up dressed as a rooster, helping a complete stranger compete on a wacky game show? Even when they’re eliminated after the first round, Halo isn’t about to lose the girl… 

Alyn is stunned when gorgeous, generous Halo whisks her off for a dream vacation to the beach–she’s been let down by friends and even family so many times, she’s lost count. Later, he offers to lend a hand getting her vintage shop up and running. But his constant–and ridiculous–purchases are the last thing she needs. How can she convince the stubborn man that she doesn’t need his help–not when all she wants is his heart…


Review:

Flirty, charming, and fun!

This has everything you look for in a good contemporary romance novel. It has interesting, witty, sexy characters. The prose is funny and precise. And the plot is full of chemistry, humour, romance, and a little baseball.

If you are looking for a light-hearted, sweet, easy read then this is the book for you.

 

This novel is due to be published on July 26, 2016.

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Kensington Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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