Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Marcie

Marcie by Carly M. Duncan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marcie is an interesting novel looking at family dynamics in a dysfunctional family and how one family member tries to deal with the loss of her mother.

Marcie and her mother were never close, but when her mother dies, Marcie has a hard time accepting that her death was an accident. She spends her adult life, first, trying not to make the same mistakes that her mother did with her own children and second, looking for answers to what really happened to her mother on that last day.

I had a hard time putting this book down. As I said in the first paragraph, this was an interesting novel. I can't say that I always liked the characters and felt that they could have been nicer or more honest with each other, but that is what life is about, isn't it? How people treat each other. It is not always nice or fair.

I'm interested in reading other works by this author.

FTC Notice: I received a copy of this book from the author via the Virtual Book Tour.

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Review: The Silver Chain

The Silver Chain
The Silver Chain by Primula Bond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. The characters were well written and the story line is interesting. For fans of Fifty Shade of Grey, this is a good read. It is less graphic than Fifty Shades, but in some ways, I found it more intense.

The author provides the reader with more of the characters back story, instead of dragging it out the way Fifty Shades does. There are still parts of the past that haven't been filled in yet, but what is there provides the reader with a better understanding of the characters and what drives each of them.

Serena is stronger than Anastasia in Fifty Shades and I found her to be a better foil to Gustav. I think that it took Ana longer to reach the point that Serena is at. She is still young, but she is more mature than Ana and deals better with what Gustav expects of her. Gustav, for what is revealed of his past, is definitely a stronger male lead, than Christian. That might have something to do with the fact that his issues developed when he was older whereas Christian's issues stem from his childhood. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed reading the Fifty Shades series and I came to like Christian and Ana more as their story developed.

Maybe that is part of why I liked this first book in the series. The characters were more mature about how they handled their issues. While there is a sexual relationship between the two main characters, Gustav is not drawn to hurt Serena the way that Christian was in Fifty Shades of Grey. Gustav has a better handle on his issues and deals with them then Christian has when you first meet him. At least in my opinion.

I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of Serena and Gustav's story.

FTC Notice: I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for review.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: Improper Conduct

Improper Conduct
Improper Conduct by Isabel Roman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy books that I can't put down and "Improper Conduct" was definitely one of those books. The characters and the story were well thought out and well written.

Jules Marshall is starting over in a new city and fighting the attraction to her boss, Callum Archer. As she is adjusting, a piece of her past arrives in Los Angeles that threatens everything that Jules is building.

I enjoyed the interaction between Jules and Callum. There is chemistry there that they both try to fight, at first. As they work together though, to hunt down a killer who Jules thinks she has seen before, they try to find a way to make their personal lives work.

I can't wait to read the next installment of their story.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: The Alchemist Agenda

The Alchemist Agenda
The Alchemist Agenda by Marty Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The Alchemist Agenda" is a well written suspense with interesting characters and a exciting story line. The story was fast paced, yet delivered a complex story in a short period of time. The characters were engaging and I liked how the characters' history was woven into the story.

I will definitely be recommending this book to others.

FTC Notice: I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book Tours for review. I am not being compensated for this review.

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