Bring Your Own Baker

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. This is the second book in the Death by Cupcake series (Disclaimer: This is the only book in the series that I’ve read). Bring Your Own Baker follows the exploits of Anna, a baker who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. I liked the concept, but dare I say it, the ingredients amounted to a flat product. It doesn’t help much that I found little in Anna to like. Sure, she’s pink-haired, with a pixie-like petite body, but beyond the surface level, she comes across as brattish and irrationally stubborn. When one of her old acquaintances is brutally murdered, she takes it upon herself to track down the mystery assailant. Despite resistance from her law enforcement friend, Anna stalks blindly into danger again and again. To complicate matters, there’s a romance thrown in here between Anna and a dangerous bad boy type character. Sadly, for me, there was no spark to find. Other than raw lust, there’s not much going on between these two. The author didn’t make me believe it. I felt that the chapter headings were clever, and some of the dialogue was snappy. However, dialogue exchanges were often bogged down by the character explaining her thought processes to the reader. This book makes for light digesting, but I would have preferred that the author scale back on all of the icing and sugar, and give us something with some real depth in its base. I think the author definitely has it in her. The writing style was pleasant to read with few typographical errors. Bring Your Own Baker...

Can’t Let Go

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. This story of love and endurance comes from a heartfelt place but suffers from unpolished writing and tepid dialogue. Ralph and Sonya are in love, but Sonya’s past casts a dark cloud over everything they’ve built together, threatening to tear their relationship apart. When Sonya disappears without any explanation, a puzzled Ralph is left caring for their child. Through the use of flashbacks, we learn about Sonya’s troubled relationship with her father, stemming from the death of her mother. And while this relationship serves to flesh out the reasons behind Sonya’s departure, and the challenges that Ralph will have to help her through, I never felt particularly close to these characters. That’s partly due to the disjointed writing style, often covering some of the mundane details while ignoring the most important. The writing needs work; there’s a lot of telling and not showing going on here and the dialogue, at times, feels forced. There is a warm story with an endearing message running through this novel, but it needs nurturing, attention to detail, and some love and care of its own. This is just one opinion. If you’ve read the book, why not leave your own rating below? Cant Let Go 4.5 Total Score Users Score - (0 votes) Leave your rating Pros *Warm message. Cons *Writing needs work.*Weak dialogue. Story Characters Writing Presentation Story 1 Characters 1 Writing 1 Presentation...

Miss Landon & Aubranael

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. A fantasy romance with vivid color, an earthly realism and the sparkle of magic, but it could not hold this reviewer’s attention. But don’t get me wrong, this is a well crafted book and will find a happy home with many readers, but for one reason it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. While the language is pleasant, and the grammar exceptionally delivered, the writing feels overbearing at times. When making a point, the author often takes the scenic route. As a result, the book feels overly long, especially for such a simple, although entertaining, tale. Often I found myself hurrying the author along, because I felt several steps ahead, and eager for the pleasant prose to cease waffling on, and just bring me from point A to point B. The story is well crafted. Miss Landon has been unlucky in love, but when she travels to the faraway land of Aylfenhame, she encounters Aubranael, a disfigured man who dares to try win her heart. With a helping of magic, he dons the guise of a handsome and well-to-do gentleman and enters Miss Landon’s world of England and seeks to woo her. But will she discover the truth before the spell wears off? Characters are memorable, and the dialogue is rich and breathes life across the pages, however, for this reader, the author remained far too long inside her characters’ heads, processing thought constructs over multiple pages, when simple action would suffice. Perhaps the upright, well mannered, overly patient writing style is equally to blame. Genre lovers will find a lot to enjoy here;...

Not A Word About Love

Download eBook This review may contain some spoilers. Maya, the central character in this romance, displays the symptoms of someone sinking deeper and deeper into depression. She’s become bored of her lifestyle: her attentive husband, the all too familiar patterns of work, endless gatherings with friends, and a chronic shortage of excitement. Desperate to ignite passion in her life once again, she falls for a mysterious man on an airplane ride to Bangkok, and quickly takes things to the next level. Heard it before? Not quite. This romance is something of a thinker. Beyond the erotic moments, there are some deep explorations into desire and lust, contentment and satisfaction. Maya seems to have a life worth envying, but she’s not happy. She observes the interactions of unhappy couples in crowds, and extracts meaning, seemingly determined to avoid such a monotonous conclusion to her own life. While her husband evidently bores her, he seems like a caring man. And it doesn’t take long for Maya to forget him, and indulge in her deepest fantasies with a strange man. In that regard, it becomes increasingly difficult to empathize with such a character. As readers, we want our characters to break out of their horrible worlds and find peace. Yet it seems like Maya already has the kind of world that many women would want. After all, not all women are so deeply consumed by sex. But her problems run deeper than that. Maya’s journey is a fascinating study into depression. She’s weighted by dark thoughts, and seems consumed by horrible news reports, by her memories of her mother who died young...

Clarity

Download eBook This review contains some spoilers. Clarity is a suspense/romance that is largely well written; a work that is mostly character driven but is supported by an intriguing set-up, solid long and short term goals, and a surprising cliff-hanger ending. At 150 pages approximately, you will find this a quick read, especially with the volume of dialogue at hand. And, some may take umbrage at the fact that the novel comes to a sudden, albeit surprising, ending, paving the way for the reader to purchase book two in the series. The plot is thin; a blind author named Helen has retreated to self-imposed isolation after she was raped. Three years later, she is visited by a pair of doctors who promise to restore her vision using breakthrough science. After initially refusing the offer, she agrees, requesting that the doctors get her back home in time to attend her older sister’s wedding. That’s the long and short of it. At times it felt as though the novel was constructed like a play. Aside from the prologue, there are three set pieces: Helen’s house, the car ride to New York, and lastly, her family home. The vast majority of the story takes place within these parameters. The most interesting dynamic is Helen’s relationship with the two doctors, who of course are driving her on this adventure home. The back and forth between the three is funny, and a welcome reprieve from the dark opening to the story. However, there is not nearly enough conflict in the story, and not nearly enough transpiring. As the pages hurtled past towards the conclusion,...