Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Shay wants to make it on her own. Her family is protective and they like to do everything for her, but she wants to prove she can also achieve something without them. That's why it's time for a new beginning. She's started a business and she's moved into her own apartment. She wants to be carefree and isn't looking for a relationship, but when she meets her neighbor Wyatt she can't help but feel something for him. He isn't the lighthearted fun type of guy though, will Shay follow her heart or are her dreams for the future standing in the way?

Wyatt works for the police. He accepted an undercover job that went wrong in many different ways and his confidence has taken quite a blow because of it. His heart has been bruised and he isn’t looking for either friendship or love, but then he meets Shay. She’s a ray of sunshine and that appears to be exactly what he needs. However, there’s someone else in the building who likes Shay as well and Brady is Wyatt’s exact opposite. Brady seems so much better for Shay. Will Wyatt have a chance and is he prepared to go after a woman again after having his heart broken so badly?

The Bad Boy Next Door is a great romantic story. Even though Wyatt doesn’t seem like Shay’s type he’s perfect for her. He’s thoughtful and grounded and under a broody exterior he hides an adorable sweetness and wonderful generous personality. I loved him from the start, he’s a troubled man with a good heart. Shay brings him the happiness he needs so badly. I loved her determination to be independent. She’s trying to survive on her own and her friendly character makes it easy to like her. She’s had a protective upbringing, but she wants more for herself than just being coddled and helped with everything. I admired that about her. Wyatt treats her with respect and kindness and she brings him warmth, lightness and cheerfulness. They perfectly complement one another and are a really cute couple.

Jody Holford writes about a lively building with interesting people. Kendrick Place is an amazing setting for a series. It was fun to read about the building itself and its inhabitants. Jody Holford’s detailed descriptions make it come to life very well. There’s quite a bit of drama going on in the basement and it was fascinating to see where it would lead. I enjoyed reading about the intrigues in the lives of the main characters combined with true love. The Bad Boy Next Door is a lovely charming read with endearing main characters.
The Bad Boy Next Door is the second part of the Kendrick Place series, but can easily be read as a standalone. If you like reading about interesting neighbors and true love this series will be a great choice.

Wyatt frowned at her as she started to remove the long coat she’d worn over the dress. “How can you scowl when you’re looking at a beautiful woman?” Brady nudged Wyatt in the arm, then removed his own jacket.

Shay had a feeling she knew exactly why he was frowning. She shook her head and handed the coat to Brady.

“Stop it. You’re looking at me like my brother Simon did when he picked me up at a party one night. I’d borrowed a dress from a friend, and he lost his mind.”

“Did it look like what you’re wearing now?” Wyatt’s voice was strained. He passed his jacket over to Brady, who looked back and forth between them.

“Why don’t I help you, O? These two need a minute to discuss their wardrobe,” Brady said.

Owen laughed, and he and Brady left them alone. Wyatt closed the distance between them.

He put his hands on her hips. “Did it?”

“Did what?”

“Did the dress your brother didn’t like look like the one you’re wearing now?”

Amusement and frustration crowded each other and Shay sighed. “You don’t like my dress?”

Wyatt’s eyes widened. “What? Are you nuts? That dress is killer. I love it. I’d just love it more if you were only wearing it for me,” he said, pulling her close.

His fingers grazed the bare skin on her back and Shay shivered. She wound her arms around his neck and went up on tiptoes. Her heart was skipping just from the sound of his lips saying the word “love.” Twice.

She kissed his cheek then whispered in his ear, “I am wearing it only for you.”

Wyatt growled with pure male appreciation and tightened his hold on her. “You sure you don’t want to just go home?”

She smiled and pulled back, taking his hand. “No way. I want to socialize and meet people. I want to look at art, hold your hand, and drink champagne.”

The affection in his gaze as they walked toward the curved staircase made her breath catch in her throat. He squeezed her hand in his own. “Partway there. Let’s get something to drink.”

About Jody Holford

Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little bit of heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review - Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson

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Review by Anniek

Khloe has her own flower shop. Her best friend Sharon helps her with the deliveries and the customers. Khloe has been burned in the past, so having a succesfull shop is enough for the time being. Her business is booming and Khloe can hardly keep up with all the orders she's getting. She always uses flowers from local people so she's not the only one who benefits from her success. When Derek walks into the store, Khloe can't deny that she's interested in this gorgeous man. Will he be who she needs to overcome her past betrayal?

Cards From Khloe's Flowershop follows several women in their search for love: 

You'll get to know Connie who has created her own imaginary man. Connie orders flowers every week and has them delivered at work, so that she can read the cards out loud to her coworkers. Connie wonders if finding true love will ever happen for her. She searches on the internet for a man who resembles Walt, the man she has invented. Connie finds someone who is everything she ever envisioned for herself. When the real Walt finds out why Connie sought him out will he be able to forgive her?

Gabby has lost her husband after a long marriage. She's devastated but has found comfort and support with her friends. Love isn't limited by age and Gabby decides to try online dating, hoping to find love again. Gabby is a fun and warm person and I loved how she interacts with people. She feels guilty about moving on and I can imagine that it can't be easy being on your own after such a long marriage. I was really happy for her when I read about how she slowly gets ready to start dating again. Will she have her second chance at love?

Cards From Khloe's Flowershop is a very sweet and uncomplicated read. Flowers will bring comfort in times of sadness and will make people happy during the good times. I loved the different stories and how they were all connected through Khloe's shop. Age is nothing but a number and it warmed my heart to read about Gabby, who's searching for love at an older age. Isabella Louise Anderson's writing is realistic and I could sympathize with all of the main characters without any difficulties. She has a nicely flowing writing style, which made me fly through the pages. I absolutely loved this heartwarming story.


Cards From Khloe's Flowershop is a fabulous easy to read romance novel, it's perfect for readers who like stories about women who are open to the possibility of love again.

About Isabella Louise Anderson

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Human Element by Donna Galanti - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

The impact of a meteorite changed the lives of many people. Sarah was the unfortunate vessel who was impregnated with alien twins. Since this was all covered up Sarah had to deliver the babies with only one doctor and an unwilling nurse at her side. Because of the lack of medical attention Sarah dies after giving birth to her twins. The doctor made an agreement to deliver the baby to an unknown man waiting outside. He kept his agreement and gave him the firstborn, a boy. The second baby, a beautiful and perfect little girl, was adopted by a nice family. Their lives couldn't have been more different...

X-10 has been held in a facility his whole life. His strength and unique abilities make him dangerous to the outside world. A brilliant geneticist is trying to capture his essence, so that he can create an unbeatable army. X-10 has a deformed appearance. He dreams about living a normal life and he resents his twin for having all the things that were never in the cards for him. He's been treated like a lab rat and has been planning his escape for a long time. Will he be able to find his sister and what will he do when he finally has the chance to speak to her?

Laura never knew that she's one part of a whole. She grew up with the loving Armstrong family and is a happy child. She's wise for her age and uses her abilities to help others. She can heal people, but she can also hear their thoughts. Laura is a sweet girl and I loved the way she instantly makes everybody love her. She's a girl who can melt the heart of even the most grumpy person. Even though she toughens up when she becomes an adult she never fully loses her pureness. Laura is convinced that everyone has worthiness inside of them. When her twin is coming after her will sharing the same blood be enough to make him see his own self-worth?

Ben's life has never been the same after he lost his parents when the meteorite struck. He's been in foster care ever since and he has seen his share of families. He's been treated poorly and when the danger is too much to bear Ben has no choice but to run away. He only has his friend Andy and for the rest he's on his own. My heart ached for Ben when I learned about the things he had to endure as a young child and teenager. Every child should feel loved and I got tears in my eyes when all he felt was fear and pain. Ben never knew love could be so beautiful and so overwhelming until he meets Laura. He accepts her completely just the way she is and I think that they'd make a great couple.

A Human Element is hauntingly beautiful. Because of the well developed characters this story easily came alive and I could picture it beautifully in my mind. I've always been fascinated by characters with special abilities and think A Human Element takes this subject to a whole new level. I was hooked since the very first page. A Human Element is unique and surprised me many times. Donna Galanti says that she likes to write from the dark places. This way she can come up with horrific events, which are being committed by pure evil and never get arrested. In A Human Element she takes you to some of these dark places, which greatly impressed me and she never let me go until I finished the last page. I'm very curious about the next book in this series.


A Human Element is thrilling and creepy. It kept me on the edge of my seat. If you love the sci-fi genre with a touch of paranormal and pure evil, then A Human Element would be a perfect choice.

About Donna Galanti

Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.

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The man could hear the child's bellowing cries coming from underneath the blanket covering it. She pushed the child into his arms as if eager to be rid of it. He took the bundle and handed the nurse his packages. The nurse began to close the door when he heard another far away cry.

The man wedged his foot in the door. "What was that?"

"N-Nothing." The nurse looked up.

The man risked looking her in the eye.

"The girl is in pain and won't keep quiet." She clutched the envelope and folded her arms across her sagging bosom.

"It sounded like another baby," he said.

"It's just the whimpering slut. Now she's paid double for what she's done." The nurse took a step back as if aware she had said too much already. She glared at him. "Now go on. You have what you wanted. And so do I." She shut the door in his face.

The man in black stood there for a long moment, considering the woman's choice of words. What if another child had been delivered and the frigid woman and country doctor kept it secret?


He decided to keep this information to himself. He would find the opportune time to use it. He was a patient man. But first, he had to see for himself. He peeled back the child's bunting and looked for the first time into its yellow eyes. For that moment, the baby fell silent.

"Welcome to Earth X-10."

The baby resumed its wailing.

The man turned with his noisy package and melted into the darkness satisfied, as the doctor had been, that the night's events had provided him with more than he had asked for.


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