Trea's Journey for a Good Book

A stay at home mother's journey to find the next great read and let others know about the good, the bad, and the truly ugly finds along the way. 

Nice Guys Bite

Nice Guys Bite (Elemental Assassin) - Jennifer Estep This was a somewhat interesting look at Silvio, Gin's assistant. This book picks up where [b:Unraveled|27406805|Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15)|Jennifer Estep|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1465732727s/27406805.jpg|47454315] leaves off, so it is important to read that book fairly close to reading this one. We learn a bit about him as a character, and learn some of what he has been through as well. We also get to see that he is not someone to be underestimated at all, and that he is exceedingly loyal to Gin. All in all, it was a nice look at a relatively newish character to the series!

Between Then and Now

Between Then and Now - Zoe York This was a somewhat interesting novella that introduces the Wardham series. I really liked the twist in this romance! Ian and Carrie are a bit of an older couple, and they hadn't fallen in love when they met. An oops! moment led to marriage for them, and when the oops! moment was no longer a factor, they chose to stay together and see about making a relationship work, rather than taking the easy way out and divorcing so that they could walk away. This is not that prevalent in romance novels and I really appreciated this quirk! I could easily identify with the characters and envision their world. In short, it was a very enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading the following books in the series!

Too Many Bosses

Too Many Bosses - Jan Freed This is a very old Harlequin romance that I've read several times over the years. It is a very funny and heartwarming story centering around advertising, second chances, and family. There were some pop culture references in it, but it didn't have a dated feel at all. The characters were easy to connect to and invest in, and the plot was stimulating and engaging without all the sex that seems to pervade more recently written romances. Now, that's not to say that there wasn't lust and sex in this one, but the book wasn't saturated with it. All things considered, this was a pleasant way to spend a wintry evening!

Lord Dashwood Missed Out

Lord Dashwood Missed Out - Tessa Dare This was a cute novella in the Spindle Cove series. Nora was a different sort of bluestocking heroine, and I liked her attitude about Dash. I also liked how Dash seemed to realize more and more that her pamphlet was indeed true and that he had treated her harshly. I loved the cameos from the other couples in the series as well! This was a stop gap book on the way to Charlotte's story, but I don't think it should be missed!

A Spirited Season (Holiday Tales with a Paranormal Flair)

A Spirited Season (Holiday Tales with a Paranormal Flair) - Laura Lucas, Misha  Crews, Karen Cantwell This was a grouping of 7 novellas set at Christmas time, with a bit of a Paranormal twist. Sadly, I wasn't impressed with any of the stories! They all ended abruptly, and didn't really have much of a romantic aspect. I'll attempt to go into each story in more detail.

"A Christmas Peril" by Karen Cantwell: This story was just stupid. It bore very little resemblance to the Dickens tale it was based on, and the heroine in it, while a mother, did some very irresponsible things! Really wasn't worth my time.

"Make My Wish Come True" by Laura Lucas: This story was kinda cute! It was so underdeveloped though! I really wanted to know more about it, but it ended so abruptly!

"Two Turtledoves" by Misha Crews: Very boring story about how a person can act as a conduit to make someone else happy.

"Squakin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Karen Cantwell: Really boring story, which really didn't make much sense.

"Jingle Spells" by Laura Lucas: I liked that this had a cameo from the couple in "Make My Wish Come True", but the premise was very farfetched, and there was not a complete resolution to the story.

"O Christmas Tree" by Misha Crews: This was probably my favorite story in the bunch! There was a decent amount of resolution to it, and the promise of romance. I really liked the characters, and thought it was a very sweet story. It pulled the entire collection up a star!

"A Very Marmi Christmas" by Karen Cantwell: This felt like a prequel story to the author's other series-Sophie Rhodes. It did intrigue me a bit, but had a very abrupt ending which detracted from things significantly.

Red Queen

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard I've not read Graceling, but the rest of the tagline for this book is wrong, this is definitely nothing like [b:The Selection|10507293|The Selection (The Selection, #1)|Kiera Cass|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1322103400s/10507293.jpg|15413183]! Having read the prequel novellas prior to this really helped my understanding of the story, but there were still parts I really couldn't grasp, as it just was not well explained.

The book moves at a very slow start for the first two thirds but winds up picking up towards the end of it. Unfortunately, there's not much to any of the characters and I had a very hard time connecting to them.

Unfortunately, there's not much more I can say about this book. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't great either. I'm curious enough to read the next book in the series, but not enough to purchase it for myself unless my daughter really wants it.

Possession In Death

Possession In Death - J.D. Robb This installment was very different for Eve! Once again, we see just how much she doesn't like the woo-woo stuff, but she wound up being able to see how it could be useful to her line of work. It picks up almost immediately after the ending of [b:Indulgence in Death|7685763|Indulgence in Death (In Death, #31)|J.D. Robb|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1292915498s/7685763.jpg|10338572], and was a very interesting case overall! I would definitely recommend this one!

Indulgence in Death (In Death, #31)

Indulgence in Death (In Death, #31) - J.D. Robb It's hard to keep things fresh when you're over 30 books into a series, and sadly, there will be times where you repeat plot lines. This book is one of those times. It felt like a cross between a previous story where the killers were competing against each other (my memory is a bit faulty and I can't remember the title to link it) and [b:Strangers in Death|1158706|Strangers in Death (In Death, #26)|J.D. Robb|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1436905661s/1158706.jpg|2501504]. This led to a stale story where it was hard for me to find anything new about it. The story telling was excellent as always, but the retreaded plot made it a lackluster offering at best.

Stealing Christmas

Stealing Christmas - Alexa Riley This was a 2 for the price of 1 purchase, but sadly neither book was worth the money I spent on it!

Both Stealing Christmas and Snow and Mistletoe featured a BBW heroine, but there was no romance! They meet their heroes, fall into bed nearly instantly, then declare that they love their heroes and vice versa! Save for the plot devices and settings used in each story, they could have been the same book!

It's saving grace was that each story had engaging writing and were very short and quick reads. Sadly, though, I really can't say much more than that about them, and I really wouldn't recommend them to others looking for BBW romances.

Well, it's about that time...

I'm getting increasingly frustrated by how long it is taking everything to load over here on Booklikes, so I broke down today and have created a WordPress blog to use instead. 

 

Here's my plan for my BookLikes account:

1. Effective immediately, I will no longer cross post reviews from Goodreads to this account.  If you've enjoyed my reviews, I invite you to friend me on Goodreads if you use it to keep up to date on what I read.  (Link is at bottom of page)

 

2. I plan on moving all Blogish type posts to the WordPress blog by December 31st.

 

3. I will check in as much as I am able to continue to follow those blogs that I've friended, or participate in bingo games as they are able to be posted, for as long as BookLikes is still operating.

 

I invite you to follow my new blog on WordPress, or friend me on Goodreads!

 

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The Pattern Artist

The Pattern Artist - Nancy Moser FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I've never read anything by this author before now, but I can recall my mother working with sewing patterns like the ones described in this story when I was younger, and it drew me into reading this novel.

Annie was a hard character for me to classify. On one hand, she seemed to be a very sheltered woman, and had absolutely no clue for how the world truly worked. On the other hand, she came across as a bit of a snobbish woman, thinking that she was too good for bakery work, or that her friend Iris was too simple for shop work. It felt like she was too proud to turn to others for help, or even turn to God for guidance, which made her moments of faith felt like they were tacked into the story because it had to have an Inspirational aspect.

I felt that Sean was a saint for putting up with Annie's attitudes and mannerisms! I enjoyed the fact that he remained true to his love for her, and had faith that she would eventually see the light. His faith was much more believable than hers was!

What I truly enjoyed about this book was the descriptions of being a Macy's shopgirl in the early 1900s, and the descriptions of the Butterick Pattern Company itself. These details really made an impact on the story, and greatly improved it, for I was able to imagine the scenes in my head! I didn't care for the abrupt ending to the story, and was wanting to know more about the project that Annie had been asked to work on. All things considered, I would definitely recommend this book to others, despite the flaws I personally found within it.

Fantasy in Death (In Death, #30)

Fantasy in Death (In Death, #30) - J.D. Robb For me, this Eve Dallas installment was interesting, because it centered around using a gaming system to murder. I thought it was a rather ingenious murder weapon, but the murderer's reasoning for killing felt a bit on the weak side. It reminded me a lot of [b:Rapture in Death|6593768|Rapture in Death (In Death, #4)|J.D. Robb|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1296252675s/6593768.jpg|87373]. I liked how Eve finally got a taste of how Roarke feels every time she goes into the field. For me, this was a good installment in the series!

Step by Step

Step by Step - Candace Calvert I've been a fan of this author for a while now, but I've had a really hard time getting into this new series, and this installment is no exception to that.

To me, Taylor spent the entire book being repressed by her new love interest, and hung up on the questions surrounding her husband's death. When she finally acknowledges that she might be interested in Seth and he in her, she can't believe in it, and clings to her fledgling relationship to the plastic surgeon, even though he is clearly manipulative.

Seth didn't come across as a great character for me, he was just kinda there, just like the romance between him and Taylor was. He came across to me as very closed off and secretive. He really did nothing to ease Taylor's mind about her husband, and I really began to hate that about him.

The secondary characters were uninspiring at best, and the religious angle felt a little forced to me. This was not a good example of living Faith for me! I'm hesitant to continue on with the author, but will at least finish this series.

Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1)

Size Matters (A Perfect Fit) - Alison Bliss

FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I've never read anything by this author before, but I'm always a sucker for BBW romances, so I decided to give this a chance.

Leah was a bit annoying at times. She wasn't that overweight, and yet she kept making over as if she was 100-150 pounds overweight. Her insecurities led her to be self destructive at times and wouldn't let her accept the fact that Sam could fall for her. However, there were times where she really stood up for herself and began to really shine.

Sam was a jerk for most of the book, and most of what he did got Leah into trouble somehow, and he didn't really own up to dealing with it until he discovered he had fallen for her, then wanted to bail her out of the entire mess he had gotten her into!

The secondary characters in the book were almost as bad as our two main characters! Leah's mom was insulting and abusive, and her father never defended her! Valerie had no problem abandoning Leah any time she wanted to hook up with a guy, and didn't really respect Leah's wishes when it came to dating. Max was a sexist jerk, who had no issue with sabotaging his best friend's chances with Leah.

With all this negativity about the book, why have I rated this so highly, you may be asking? The answer is simple: the humor! This book was very funny! Every time one of these negative issues reared its head, something happened that was so side-splittingly funny that it totally eclipsed the negative aspect! That really held the book together and kept me interested and reading it!

For a first introduction to the author, I would definitely recommend this book!

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin)

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin) - Jennifer Estep When you get above 10 books in a series, one of two things can happen: the series begins to get stale and repetitive, or the author finds new ways to keep it fresh. Unfortunately, the Elemental Assassin series has become very repetitive for me.

Yet again, Gin goes on vacation and something bad happens. It felt like we were spinning our wheels, plot arc wise, when it came to this story. We didn't learn too much new information and in fact had more unanswered questions thrown at us. There just wasn't much substance to the story, but it did pass somewhat quickly. What I found redeeming about this story was the setting. I found it entertaining to envision the setting and what it would be like to wander around in this setting.

Thankfully, I picked this one up from the library, as I would have been disappointed if I had spent money for it.

Size Matters

Size Matters - Alison Bliss FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I've never read anything by this author before, but I'm always a sucker for BBW romances, so I decided to give this a chance.

Leah was a bit annoying at times. She wasn't that overweight, and yet she kept making over as if she was 100-150 pounds overweight. Her insecurities led her to be self destructive at times and wouldn't let her accept the fact that Sam could fall for her. However, there were times where she really stood up for herself and began to really shine.

Sam was a jerk for most of the book, and most of what he did got Leah into trouble somehow, and he didn't really own up to dealing with it until he discovered he had fallen for her, then wanted to bail her out of the entire mess he had gotten her into!

The secondary characters in the book were almost as bad as our two main characters! Leah's mom was insulting and abusive, and her father never defended her! Valerie had no problem abandoning Leah any time she wanted to hook up with a guy, and didn't really respect Leah's wishes when it came to dating. Max was a sexist jerk, who had no issue with sabotaging his best friend's chances with Leah.

With all this negativity about the book, why have I rated this so highly, you may be asking? The answer is simple: the humor! This book was very funny! Every time one of these negative issues reared its head, something happened that was so side-splittingly funny that it totally eclipsed the negative aspect! That really held the book together and kept me interested and reading it!

For a first introduction to the author, I would definitely recommend this book!

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