Paris for One & Other Stories

This book contains some adorable and very real stories. Ordinary people, living their lives as best they can, ¬†just trying to make it through the day. Paris for One is the main focus and personally, I think it was the best story out of the nine that this book contains. I am going to break this post down a little differently than normal to give a quick recap and review of each one. Like always, there was some stories that I really liked and some that didn’t quite grab me.

51ASRrI-eBL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Paris for One

Nell is a person who needs to plan everything by the second, to know exactly what will happen to her or what time she will be arriving where. So, when she books a weekend trip to Paris for her and her boyfriend, she knew it would be a romantic getaway. There was only one problem, he stood her up and now she was in a city she didn’t know… Alone. She could either give up and go home, or forget her anxiety and explore Paris herself.

This story was adorably romantic and anxiety inducing at the same time. As someone who has anxiety, I know what the character feels when she has to know everything about anything in order to function. I loved how she over came that and put herself out there to have a good time on this vacation she planned for two. It kind of turned out to still be for two as she meets a handsome Parisian on her adventures. Even though the vacation was only a few days, a relationship blossomed into something more than a stranger turned friend turned potential boyfriend. I thought it was a cute story and loved reading about the sites and places she went. I have been to Paris and I highly suggest someone spend some time there, it is amazing.

Between the Tweets

A public figure and family man named Declan Travis is being accused online of having an affair. He hasn’t had work in a while and is afraid that this scandal will ruin his reputation so he hires someone to find out who is behind the rumors. Little does he know, it is someone close to him and little does the accuser know, Declan is has a little secret of his own.

So this one was super fast-moving and had a great twist at the end! It was a little roller coaster ride. Plus, it just goes to show that dirty little secrets don’t stay in the closet long.

Love in the Afternoon

Sara and Doug have been married 14 years. In fourteen years, they have experiences many things and never noticed how much they were drifting apart until they take an anniversary vacation. No kids, no dog, no work; just the two of them, this should be great.

This story goes to show that not every marriage is perfect and they require work, especially when there are kids and careers too.

A Bird in the Hand

At a garden party, Simon and Beth play the handsome couple who is open and happy together. It isn’t until someone from Beth’s past show up and stir up old feelings, questioning whether or not she is truly happy.

Another story about real people problems. I think the author modeled her stories after the people’s lives she saw into. This one wasn’t really my favorite so honestly, i scanned through it.

Crocodile Shoes

Sam is the typical mom; kids, husband, work, gym…Life. Her routine was temporarily dismantled when she grabbed the wrong bag at the gym that didn’t contain her practical shoes but a pair or expensive, flashy, crocodile print pumps. She couldn’t wear her tennis shoes to the important meetings so she snaps on the strange heals. Little does she know, in those shoes, she controlled the world.

This story goes to show, a pair of shoes can truly change your life. This one was my favorite (next to the first one). It was flirty and fun; it made me want to go buy some sexy, expensive sling backs to see what happens next ūüėČ

Holdups

Alice went to work at the jewelry shop thinking it would be a normal day until robbers come in and demand everything in the glass cases. Alice is calm and isn’t scared of the man holding her hostage because she feels a little something different for the man with the bat.

So this one was a little different. I guess you don’t get to choose when cupid shoots you with the arrow.

Last Years Coat

Evie works hard for her struggling family, never wanting anything for herself. It makes it hard that the girls at work flaunt their new accessories, showing that money isn’t an issue. That fancy coat in the window would insure that Evie is noticed and is included in the conversation; only to buy it, it would mean using much-needed money on something that isn’t needed. One day she gives in and decides to buy it. Walking quickly into the store before her guilt caught up with her, she finds out that the coat has gone home with someone else. Defeated, she goes home, where the coat is happily waiting for her.

Good things come to those who wait… And those who do great things for other people.

Thirteen Days with John C. 

Miranda finds a lost phone on the sidewalk. There are some text messages on it from who seems to be a man wondering where his partner is. She fully intends to return the phone but she has a nagging curiosity about who John C is. She pretends to be the person that John thinks is on the other end, only to find out she isn’t talking to John but his wife.

Cheater cheater pumpkin eater! Miranda isn’t cheating at all until she wants to meet up with John and return the phone. She doesn’t meet him, his wife she does though. This story has a little mystery, suspense and a nice twist!

The Christmas List

Chrissie is out and about running errands but not the kind she would normally enjoy. She is shopping for things to make their Christmas perfect… For her mother in law. At each stop, her husband texts her for something else his mom require and with each text she regrets having to go home. The taxi driver suggests she does something crazy and she actually does it. Ditches out on Christmas and heads to a friend’s house in Spain.

To be honest, I scanned this one too because it didn’t have the grab factor.

The only thing that I didn’t like about the short stories was there wasn’t enough description and depth for me to actually form a good, solid background/ visuals to build the full story.

Overall, if you like books by JoJo Moyes, this is a good one to pick up. It is a quick read with many different characters and fun stories. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Up Next: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

 

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Calendar Girl: Vol. 1

I really should read more about the books that I randomly pick up in the bookstore. Then I wouldn’t be so surprised when there are very detailed romance scenes and look at the back cover only to find out that this book is for mature audiences. I don’t know what I was expecting this book to be about but I should really know better when the main character is an escort. Please direct your eye rolls right at me.¬†81m31qBckpL

Mia’s father has gotten in deep with a loan shark, not being able to pay back the one million he borrowed to gamble. It doesn’t make things better that this shark is Mia’s ex-boyfriend, the personal connection is hard to deal with. If she doesn’t come up with the money quickly, he will make sure her father doesn’t wake from his coma and come after her little sister, then her. Luckily, she knows someone who can help her make the cash fast but it means she has to be willing to put herself out there (so to speak) and be in the company of very wealthy, handsome me. All she has to do is get through the next year, pay off the shark and don’t fall too hard for any of the men she meets. Doesn’t sound too hard right? Mia soon finds out this isn’t the case.

As the first book in the series, I liked reading it. The characters were fun to meet, the sex scenes were steamy (and more natural than the 50 shades one), the story is original.¬†When I first started reading this book and realized what kind of book it was, I wasn’t sure I would like a story about a girl sleeping her way through a bunch of guys. Honestly, I do not promote that at all but needless to say it made for an interesting story. Plus it isn’t packed with those scenes like 50 shades it; they don’t pop up every other page.

My favorite character has to be the first client we meet. Wes is the handsome movies making, surfing guy who has more charm than a Pandora bracelet. He is exactly the kind of guy Mia could see herself being with yet she told herself not to fall for any of the clients; she has a big job to do. Throughout “January” they try to fight their feelings as Mia will be leaving when the month is up.
Even though they won’t admit it, the reader knows they are in love. Mia doesn’t want to do anything about it because she has a year of jobs ahead of her and feels like if she asks him to wait for her, he will be missing out on meeting someone else. He pops up in the story often, keeping in contact with Mia even though he knows she might be with other men. I am totally rooting for Wes. He better be the one at the end of the finish line and they stay together after she finishes her work.

This book is broken up into three sections: January, February and March. Each of the sections have ten chapters in them. When I first started reading, I thought that this would make the flow of the story really choppy but it works really well to break up Mia’s jobs. January was the best one out of this volume. It was the most fun and sexy to read plus, like I said above, Wes is the fella I am rooting for. February was decent but not as adventurous as the previous month. March has a great twist in it, both with Mia’s client and Wes.

The only thing I don’t like about this book is the fact that the story portrays the escort business to be glamorous. Yes, it is just a story; it isn’t real. It is real though because businesses like this do exist and I am sure that the girls are having the same “pleasurable” experiences that Mia has had.

The Good:
Original story line
An array of characters
Easy to read
Broken up into sections but not chopping the story

The Bad:
Making the escort business glamorous.

Overall: If you liked 50 Shades of Grey or any other book in the adult genre section, this would be a light, easy read to go to next. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Up Next: Paris for One & Other Stories by JoJo Moyes.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

I thought this was a pretty good book. I was a little underwhelmed with certain things but this one isn’t a bad read at all. All of the characters were different and contributed to the story in their own ways, the plot had thrills, chills and twists. I haven’t read any of Ruth Wares books but I was told this is the one to start with. This was suppose to be my Halloween read but it wasn’t as scary as I was lead to think it was. The people who said it was terrifying must spook easy.¬†61Mk3Kkgf4L._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_

Nora, Nina and Clare were the best of friends in high school but like all friends do, they lose touch after graduation. It isn’t until Nina and Nora receive an invitation to Clare’s hen (bachelorette) party that they are all reunited. Nora wonders why she was invited to this party but not her wedding. It doesn’t take her long to find out and for the group to find out about each others deepest secrets; including one that will ultimately take someones life.

The factor that kept me reading this book was the little cliffhangers at the end of the chapters and randomly placed throughout the book. They were truly little, being statements or questions that made the wheels turn in my head. They were things like Nora saying “do you think she knew what I had done?” or “Who sent those texts from my phone?” This one comes up a lot making Nora seem paranoid but really it makes me ask what the heck did this chick do that she is so worried about the group finding out?

I really like that kind of stuff, the simple “pullers” as I will call them, pulling and holding your attention and creating yet another thing that the reader is curious about. One of the characters has a plan to bring down another character but you really don’t tie all the strings together until almost the very end. You create so many questions for yourself while reading, you start to second guess the characters and second guess who you think killed another character. I am not going to tell you too much about the big event aka the murder that happens because that is something that (if you read the book) I want you to experience yourself. It is kind of intense and it happens so fast that you focus on the events that follow rather than who was holding the gun and who ultimately pulled the trigger.

Each of the characters were polar opposites of each other. Nora was the successful writer, Clare was the perfect one with the blissful life, Tom (the only male in attendance) was the hipster theater buff, Flo was the obsessive one, Nina the potty mouth, no-filter doctor and Melanie the overly worried new mother away from her baby for the first time. I thought that the person who brought them all together wanted to create some chaos so that they could possibly pin the murder on someone else. There is a lot of chaos in that house and I think that it also created some distraction for the reader too.

It kind of makes you think “well this person could have been holding the gun or this person could have. But this person was alone for a little while so could they have switched the blank in the gun for a live shell?” As a reader, I put a lot of thought into trying to figure out who set everything up and fire the bullet. Just when I thought I narrowed it down to two people, I got new information that turned my view to someone else. I am not going to name drop who did it but I will say, I thought about them a few times and then dismissed my suspicion because I thought they were too innocent. That is what I liked best about this book and the author; Ware knew how to make the characters act and say the right things to make the reader never suspect them.

I said earlier that I was a little underwhelmed by the book. I say this because when I picked it up and read the reviews on the back, they made the book seem like it was going to be really scary. “Prepare to be scared…. Really scared.” “Read this book now. Read in bed at your own risk.” I thought oh sh*t…. this book is going to be scary. I will say now, it wasn’t scary at all. I think the spookiest parts was when the party found some strange footprints outside in the snow and they had no idea who they belonged to; they thought someone was sneaking around. I say that was scary because there was a house full of girls (and one gay man) out in the middle of the forest with no neighbors in sight and a sketchy history. The other part was when the group was using the Ouija board and a message came across saying “murderer.” I am not a fan of those boards or people using those boards to prank their friends; not my style! Anyway, it wasn’t “terrifying” at all and I read it in bed every single night with no problems. It was just a thrilling crime novel.

The Good:
An interesting, thought provoking crime story
A lot of different characters with different motives
You may think it could get predictable but there are twists and turns at the right moment

Not too bad:
Not as scary as the reviews on the back state it is.

Overall: If you like crime reads, this is a good one to pick up and read….Even at night. It keeps you guessing and second guessing the character¬†suspicions and your own.¬†

Rating: 4 out of 5

Up Next: Calendar Girl: Volume One by Audrey Carlan

The Crown

Another series comes to an end. I am always sad when I get to the last book but I liked them so much, I will re-read them in the future. I was surprised on how much I liked this book. A lot of reviews that I read this book was very predictable but I did not think that at all; maybe because I don’t look too deep into the story and guess, I let to story come to me. I actually intended on spacing this one and the last apart with the book I am reading now; I just couldn’t wait, I had to find out what was going to happen!

Crown_Final+(1).jpgPrincess Eadlyn’s family has seen good times and bad times. Right now, with the Queen recovering from a heart attack, the times are not so good. The citizens are on the edge of revolt as the King and Queen have named Eadlyn Queen Regent. She is having to juggle begin a ruler and the Selection. Just when she thinks she could settle down with one of the suitors, an outsider throws a wrench in the machine, making her choose between her heart and her duty.

The Heir and The Crown are definitely different from the first three Selection books but they are just as good. The first three had a lot of action while this one didn’t have action action. This one had more of the drama bombs being dropped everywhere. The one that stands out the most to me was *****SPOILER ALERT***** when Eadlyn’s coronation¬†as Queen comes around and that the love she was looking for wasn’t in the selection, he was one of the men’s translator. ***** SPOILER OVER!*****

I didn’t find the book overly predictable. Like I said above, I don’t look too deep or try to guess what will happen next. I read line for line, letting the story develop slowly in my head. I had my suspicions about the ending, though I didn’t know what course the characters would take; be loyal to the crown or be loyal to your heart.

There was a new character introduced in this book and he kind of caught me by surprise, fooling not only the characters but me as well! See, I get to into books and live page by page with the characters, not knowing what is around the corner. Marid was an interesting fellow who hid his motives very well. It wasn’t until one character was working things out that he wasn’t a friend of the crown. I believe his family is mentioned in the first 3 Selection books because the name was familiar (not because it was the country’s name).

The few twists and turns aka “drama bombs” made this book fun to read. I was enjoying it anyway but the added drama made it impossible to put down. Eadlyn has been training to be queen for a long time and it isn’t until her mother’s heart attack does she actually get a taste for the job and actually want to do her best. This I when you see some real development in her character. Before, I thought she was a typical, head-strong teenager. Now, with her new responsibly and the threat of losing the crown, she grew up really fast. I like her better as a queen; she has her priorities in order and isn’t as annoying.

She knows that she can’t do this job by herself and she fears she will end up like her dad or worse, her mom. She puts a lot of thought into the remaining men in the Selection but instead of it being a choice of the heart, it became a business decision. She realizes that and knows that the one person she actually wants to marry is out of reach because of her job and the promises she made. Don’t worry, Dad’s voice of reason comes into play during the last few pages. He tells her that just because she is expected to play by the rules, doesn’t mean she has to when it comes to certain things. He father tells her why he has this logic and that there are some instances in this world that her status shouldn’t decide for her: who she is going to love. That is a matter of the heart and should be followed no matter what. The heart doesn’t lie ūüôā

The ending wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It seemed like it was rushed; one paragraph Eadlyn is engaged and out to start talking about marrying one person, then she isn’t engaged to him anymore because she is going to marry the one she truly loves. True, it all happened in a span of seven minutes (according to the story) so it had to be quickly paced. The part that I was bummed most about was the very last page. I could have done without the epilogue because it was just words. You don’t get a glimpse of Eadlyn and her fianc√©/husbands life after everything that had happened. You don’t see a wedding, him becoming king, stepping into their new roles. I would have like to see a little bit of their rule, life, possible children. Anything into the future would have been an amazing closer.

The Good:
Couldn’t put it down
Drama bombs made the book move fast
Eadlyn’s character development

The Not Too Bad:
The rushed ending

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the entire series so much. These are the type of books that make me love reading, the ones where you can’t wait to get home and dive back into the story. Pick up this series, you will love it.¬†

Rating: 4 out of 5 

Up Next: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

 

The Heir

This book is what I like to call a “brain break”. After reading something so in-depth and detailed like IT, I needed something that was going to be quick and easy. Something that I didn’t need too much concentration for or have to put too much effort toward. Naturally, I turned to a few of my young adult novels and remembered that this one had been sitting on my shelf too long. A friend told me that I should put some space between this books and¬†The One¬†because they differed so much. I had given it almost three years and wanted to pick up again, wanting that same feeling I got when reading the previous books. I got exactly what I wanted.

Princess Eadlyn grew up in the palace alongside her twin brother and two younger
siblings. Being that she is the firstborn, she would inherit the title of Queen. Being 18, she didn’t have a care in the world 51UvcBjon8L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_but that all changes when her father and mother, Maxon and America, deliver the news that she is to have her own Selection. Eadlyn was told that she would never have to go through that process but as some colonies start an uprising, her family felt like this would be a good distraction until a solution could be found. ¬†The princess has a plan of her own though, to run the Selected boys out of the palace one by one. It isn’t until she is forced to spend some time with them that her heart starts to soften for them. It isn’t until a tragedy in the family that she realizes maybe she really would want find someone to stand beside her when she became a ruler.

 

I will tell you what my friend told me about spacing this book out from the rest. She read them all back to back; the first three (The Selection, The Elite and The One) focus on Maxon’s selection where America is competing to be his partner. This book and the one that follows it focuses on their oldest daughter who is set to be the next queen. My friend told me to treat this book like the beginning of a new series, which I did when I started reading it.

True. It is different from the others because of the shift in characters BUT there wasn’t really much of a difference that made me feel like this was a totally different book. A few reviews that I read said that this was a mirror image of the first three and deducted points because of that. Other people didn’t like it because it was way different from the others and is set in a totally different time. I don’t know what most of the readers wanted out of this book but it didn’t disappoint me. We get to meet new characters and see the Selection from a totally different point of view. Not only are you seeing it from the selectors side (Princess Eadlyn) but you are seeing what her father, Maxon, probably went through in the first books. In those, we saw just the competitors side and didn’t really get to see a lot of behind the scenes stuff. I really enjoyed this element of the story; it kept me reading and wanting more.

Let’s talk about our leading lady: Princess Eadlyn. In the beginning of the book, she acts like a total b*tch. I wasn’t sure how this story was going to go with her acting the way she was; what can you expect out of an 18-year-old girl who is next in line for the throne? You see her grow up so quickly through the story and mellow out. Thank God for that, I could have smacked her if she was real. The Selected boys helped a lot with that and even though she is set in her ways, they start to grow on her. They grow on the reader too; at first you don’t cheer for anyone because of what she was planning on doing to them but when she realizes she is developing feelings for some of them, you figure it is safe to pick one out and root for them.

The tone and dynamic of this book is just like the others. It has got some romance (just enough to make your little hearts flutter), it has enough humor for a giggle here and there and plenty of drama. I mean, it is an 18-year-old girls version of “The Bachelorette”. ¬†All of these writing elements keep everything moving in a smooth direction. It is easy to read and develop settings/pictures in your head that you just can’t put the darn book down. I usually try to read a chapter at work during lunch; with this book I ended up reading two or three chapters because I just had to know what was going to happen next.

Speaking of wanting to know how things are going to end, I am reading the next book in the series now. I was going to space it out with another book but after the drama bomb that ended this book, I just needed to move right along into The Crown.

Here it is:

The Good: 
The array of new characters and some returning ones
Same feeling and addictive story line and writing style
A quick, easy read

The Not Too Bad:
Eadlyn being a snot at the beginning of the book almost made me dislike her forever.

Overall, if you need something simple yet well structured, this book is a good one to pick up. The whole Selection Series are great books that should be added to your reading list. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Up Next: The Crown by Kiera Cass

IT

I am an avid reader, many of you already know this. You will also know that (as a given) I tend to read through the whole book.¬†Well, I have only done this with one other book and I am never proud of it. I gave up on reading this book. I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t quit and that I should keep going. I could not do it. It wasn’t because it was a bad book, it was just slow and not engaging enough for me. I know the story well so maybe that is why I lost interest. Also, I am not going to add this one to my reading challenge; I didn’t finish and that would be cheating.

It-International-CoverDisappearances aren’t rare in Derry; especially when it involves children. They go missing and are never found. There is a pattern and it seems to cycle every 27 years. It is summer time and the school kids know that something isn’t right in their town; a clown, a mummy, a werewolf, a leper are not normal citizens of the town and continue to terrorize the young, taking and killing who It can lure in. They fight the morphing creature and figure out it’s weakness but will that be enough when the gang returns 27 years later to finish the job?

I have to honestly say I don’t know if they finish the job as adults. I am assuming they do; I have seen the 1990 version of the film and they succeed there. I just could not finish the book. It really wasn’t because it is 1153 pages long, I can handle the length as long as it keeps my attention. This unfortunately did not do that. There were certain parts of the books that were thrilling but those sections were only a few pages long. The book is filled with back story; too much back story. If most of that was cut out, it would be much more interesting and shorter. I found myself reading the action parts and scanning quickly through most of the other stuff. Yes, you need back story to set up the characters lives and set everything up but there was just too much.

I really dislike when I don’t enjoy a book because the authors spend a lot of time and effort on them so I always feel bad when I don’t like their book or don’t finish them. This is a very popular book and that definitely has it going for it, plus the fact that it is by Stephen King. I am sorry Mr. King, you lost me through this one. Not forever though, I am still a huge fan and will continue to read your books but I think I will stick to the shorter ones like Pet Semetary and ‘Salem’s Lot. I have a few others on the shelf waiting for me, I promise I will get to them!

I didn’t hate to book even though it might sound like it. I really liked all the encounters that the kids had with the things that frightened them. Those scenes were classic King and they were frightening. Pennywise was amazing (from what I saw), the werewolf, the leper were all great. I loved seeing all the different experiences the characters had with It. Those parts of the book definitely got my heart going.

The book is broken up into two perspectives, the kids and the adults. They flip-flop often so you really have to pay attention as to when they change or you might get confused. With these perspectives side by side, you almost get too much information about the characters up front. Personally, I would have liked to have the story structured differently; the kids in part one and just the adults in part two.

I did see the newest version of It; I absolutely loved it. Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise was perfect. I really liked that we got to meet the kids before they grow up. I can’t compare it too much with the book because I didn’t finish reading but they focused more on Pennywise and only a few more of the monsters appeared. The characters built such a great friendship that is going to carry well into the next movie; they truly believe in their strengths and know together is better. I hadn’t sat through a 2 hour horror movie (I think ever) but this movie moved so well, I wasn’t bored and it was very engaging. You have probably heard other movie goers that there is some humor inserted into the movie; it is true, I laughed a lot actually. I can’t wait to see part two.

Maybe now wasn’t the right time to read this book. Maybe in a few years I will pick it up and try reading it again; hopefully I will succeed this next time. As in my other blogs, I will rate what I read:

The Good:
The array of characters
Pennywise
Classic King horror scenes

The Bad:
The slow spaces between action scenes

Overall: Even though I wasn’t a fan of this book and “quit”, I would still recommend it to anyone who is a fan of King or saw any version of the movies.¬†

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Up Next: The Heir by Kiera Cass

 

Honest Illusions

It has been a while since I posted on here and the stretches of time between articles seem to get longer and longer. Finding the time to read has been a challenge and finding the time to blog is even harder. I am hoping that I can get back into a reading and blogging routine because I still love to do both! This book and I had a rough start but we made it through the rough patch just fine!

114130A little sleight of hand never hurt anyone right? Well, not physically anyway. Roxy Nouvelle has acquired many things in her lifetime including her taste for expensive jewels and a talent for magic. Luke Callahan, a mastered escape artist, teams up with Roxy and her family to pull off the biggest jewel heist they have ever planned to take revenge on a childhood enemy. When the plan goes wrong, Luke and Roxy are forced to look at what is most important: their family or the money.

I am going back to read the older Nora Roberts books because I feel like they are more unique and have more effort put into them. Her newer ones just seem like a copy and paste projects. I still plan on reading her new books though, she is still my favorite author. ¬†I enjoyed this book the most because of its story line. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be so it was fun to read through the twists and turns.

The beginning was a little boring, though. The book starts off when Roxy and Luke were little and Luke was “adopted” by Roxy’s dad. This is where he starts to learn about their magic show and other things. I don’t know why but all I could think about was getting past this part of the story because it wasn’t appealing or gripping to me. I put the book down for a few weeks (maybe a little more) and then picked it up to power through.

When a book starts off like that, it sets a certain tone with me and I lose interest very easily so it was hard to pick it back up and get going. Once I read through their childhood, things got a lot better and much more interesting. I liked the adult Luke and Roxy better; their story lines developed much more and they became their own characters. When they were children, they were influenced by Roxy’s father and you watched them mimic him. As adults they made their own decisions. There was much more action and other things that you would expect out of a Nora Roberts books.

My favorite part about this book was the “magic” or illusions. The scenes were written so well that it was easy to see what happening but the characters didn’t let you see to far into the future. They kept you present, right in front of them. ¬†There were somethings that were predictable and some things were not. The endings that Nora Roberts relies on the most¬†always predictable on some level; her protagonists always come out on top. It stands true in this book but there was a section where I questioned how the charters were going to pull off their victory. I liked that, it kept me interested.

The Good:
The mix of characters
The character story lines and how each one developed
The creative writing/the illusions
Unique in its own Nora Roberts way

The Not Good:
Slow, uninteresting beginning

Overall: I would recommend this novel to any Nora Roberts fan that has not read it yet. It is a fun read that is full of action, humor and love. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 

Up Next: To be determined! I say this because I am currently reading IT by Stephen King and am not sure how long it will take. I may read another book with it. Have you seen the size of that book?? It’s monstrous. So, my next review will have to be a surprise ūüôā