Wednesday, April 27, 2016

REVIEW: Broken by Robin Nadler

Summary:

David was a survivor. He had been through something unimaginable and he was still standing. He figured the worst was over and the life he was leading was his new normal. He was okay with that. He was never looking back and his past was just that, his past.

His medical practice gave him all the joy he needed.

He didn’t care about anything else. He would never allow anyone to hurt him again.

Besides, he had a secret he could never tell.

Lila wanted to be a mother. She thought it was a silly idea because she wasn’t someone who people looked at as mother material.

She was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her body wasn’t handling the finding particularly well. Her dreams of a family were quickly fading and although she knew that, something made her take the appointment with the specialist who just might be able to help her.

The appointment didn’t go as planned.

David wasn’t who she envisioned.

Her life was about to take a dramatic turn and Lila found that through David, everything looked different.

He looked at her in a way no man ever had.

She made him feel things he thought he would never feel.

David knew that when she found out about his secret, she would run.

She could never find out.

He was broken.

Title:  Broken
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Robin Nadler
Approximate Book Length:  390 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I really like the overall message in this book, which is finding love and overcoming scary and traumatic experiences. “Broken” can be fixed. Healing is good, and I like these two together – a lot in fact. I liked their banter, their tenderness, and how they care for her pets.

That being said, there’s also a lot wrong with this book. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, particularly pertaining to POV. The book in its entirety is in dire need of editing. While I like the characters, they could be a little more polished – and I don’t mean fixing “flaws” as those make them human. I mean to make it so their dialog isn’t so choppy sometimes, their mood swings don’t induce whiplash, and the spots where they appear to read each other’s minds are ironed out. The plot is confusing and somewhat flimsy, though on occasion brutal for our couple.

Overall, while sweet, the book just comes off as over the top unrealistic.

Bottom Line:

Broken is a strangely sweet romance that certainly pulls at your emotions. It’s worth checking out.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee


I'm sharing my review of Catherine Bybee's Doing It Over today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

Title:  Doing It Over
Series:  Most Likely To
Book #: 1
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Approximate Book Length:  332 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I absolutely love this book! It was a wonderful start to a new series from Catherine Bybee. It had a good balance between establishing setting, tone, and characters for this and future books, and keeping time and relevance with Melanie’s story and its romance. She was also excellent at investing the reader in the characters and immersing them in the story. It was a mostly happy story, with a bit of lost innocence. It was at times light and fun, and other times it was intense and emotional. There wasn’t much in terms of love scenes, but their emotions and intimacy were captured beautifully. I wanted more from Wyatt’s family, so I’m hoping maybe we’ll see more in the background of future books. I think Zoe is next and I just can’t wait!

Bottom Line:

Doing It Over was an enchanting read with endearing friendships and a charming small town. It felt cozy and real and I just couldn’t get enough!

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About the Author
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.

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