Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Reviews - Running Wild & Serving Trouble by Sara Jane Stone

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Review by Suze
 
Josie's brother Dominic and his best friend Noah have one night left before they leave Forever to join the Marines. Josie knows it's her only chance to spend time with Noah without being caught by Dominic. It should be a night they will never forget, even if it breaks her heart.
 
Running Wild is a great novella. It's clear from the start that Noah and Josie have a lot of chemistry, but there's more than that. They've known each other a long time, but Dominic has always kept an eye on his little sister. Josie is ready to do what she wants for a change. It was interesting to see where that would lead and I loved Josie and Noah immediately. They're perfect for each other.
 
After reading Running Wild I bought Serving Trouble straight away. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Josie and Noah after their beautiful night. Sara Jane Stone's writing flows easily and I love her vivid descriptions of both Forever and its inhabitants. Running Wild is a great introduction to the A Second Shot series.
 
Running Wild is free, get your copy on Amazon or Bookshout.
 
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Review by Suze
 
Josie is back in Forever. When she left five years ago she had big dreams, but the only thing she has now is a mountain of debt. She has to move back in with her father and she needs to find a job quickly, so she can start paying off her loans. She will beg if she has to. Josie hasn't seen Noah since their passionate night before he left to join the Marines. He manages his dad's bar and Josie is determined to join his staff. She wants to prove herself and knows she has something to offer.
 
Noah is traumatized by the war. People think he's a hero, but he sees things differently. He wants to make a success of his bar and is reluctant to hire Josie. Noah didn't forget their night together and still fancies her. He knows he shouldn't date anyone who works for him, which means Josie is off-limits. His heart says something else though. Will there be a second chance for Noah and Josie or are their pasts too complicated for them to ever be together?
 
Serving Trouble is a very romantic story. Noah and Josie are fantastic together and I loved reading about their time at the bar. It's obvious they're made for each other. Josie is a sweet and capable woman. She loves with all her heart and I liked her fiery spirit. Noah is kind and caring. He's there for those who need him and he's incredibly protective. I loved Noah and Josie's connection, they belong together, there are sparks and their love runs deep. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to them.
 
Josie and Noah both have been through something traumatic and my heart ached for them. Sara Jane Stone describes their troubles in an impressive sympathetic and understanding way. She knows how to write about emotions, both the good and the bad. There are plenty of meaningful scenes and I liked how realistic they felt. There's also a small, but gripping suspense aspect and I loved that in combination with the romance. Serving Trouble is an amazing story and I look forward to reading the rest of the A Second Shot series.

11 comments:

  1. Glad you liked both books Suze :)
    Thank you for the lovely reviews!

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  2. Seems like addictive read that will warm our hearts.

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  3. I love the cover and it sounds like a must read so I'll be reading it asap :)

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  4. Sounds like it could be intense!

    --Trix

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  5. Wonderful review. Thank you. Sounds like an awesome series.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. Wonderful review. Thank you. Sounds like an awesome series.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. I like the review, sounds like a good read.

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  8. (3:54pm.) Skim VERY quickly down the post; a couple of lines catch my eye.
    Closing tired old laptop (to sleep).
    (4:42pm.) Oh man, I actually got distracted-- was outside doing yardwork.

    My apologies to anyone who might be reading this. I'll stop acting as if this is a personal email.

    For whatever reason, I first saw the review of "Serving Trouble"... so I'll just focus on that one.
    After reading the full review, I think that this looks like a lovely title that I would truly like to read... if only I couldn't relate on a couple of deep/painful levels. It's like... I think that sometimes, it only takes one poke with a stick to make a wounded animal jump back, and then stay back.

    Thank you for yet another beautifully written review, Suze. Again, I apologize for flying this one all over the place.
    --Ann

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  9. The blurb & extract both sound so emotional.

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