Monday Review: Stranger in Town

Monday Review: Stranger in Town

Stranger in Town by Brenda Novak Review… Summary: A woman with an abusive ex-husband has never experienced real love. The man she falls for is the one that she was responsible for paralyzing. Along with that, a mean guy wants to take the coaching job away from the hero and is going to illegal lengths to accomplish it. The Good: A very proficient, standard romance novel. There’s plenty of plot going on here. The premise is really strong and I definitely felt tense about how things were going to work out. New obstacles were introduced regularly and I was rooting for them to overcome. The story moves well and even the child characters are not annoying or too precious. I really appreciate that there was no “cure plotline.” Matt was not going...

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Monday Book Review: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L’Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet) Review… Summary: This is not a romance and there isn’t much in the way of a love plot, but it does feature a touching love triangle with a character who I fell deeply in love with as a teenager. Madeline L’Engle writes young adult and children’s books, but does so in a way that doesn’t talk down to children, which makes them wonderful books at any age. The plot of A Swiftly Tilting Planet involves Charles Wallace (from A Wrinkle In Time, now 16) going back through history, inhabiting various lives that connect to Meg’s mother-in-law, who happens to be related to a terrorist threatening them. Charles Wallace is charged with subtly changing the flow of those...

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Monday Book Review: Canyon Mission by Meg Gardiner

Mission Canyon: An Evan Delaney Novel by Meg Gardiner Review… Summary: The main character, Evan, is a plucky, sarcastic jill-of-all-trades who is engaged to a handsome lawyer in a wheelchair, Jesse. The plot of this particular book has the man who ran over Jesse back in town after trying to run from manslaughter charges (Jesse’s friend was killed in the crash). Confusing motives and big corporations with shady dealings soon get involved and Evan plays detective with her many skills and interests. The Good: I’m a big fan of suspense/thriller books. I like that the love story, while there, doesn’t take the main stage. As I’ve said before, books where the conflict comes from something other than the man and woman bickering with each...

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Monday Book Review: Paradox by Lee Nilsen

Paradox edited by Lee Nilsen Review… Summary: This is a very special book to me. It is a collaboration that I was invited to participate in. The book is nearly 400 pages long and filled with stories, poems, and musings centered around the “imperfect” hero motif (I dislike the term “imperfect” as I find nothing at all imperfect about these great guys!) The other great thing about this book is that the majority of the proceeds from the eBook go to a charity called LifeRollsOn.org, which helps people with spinal cord injuries to reclaim their lives, particularly through sporting events. The Good: A couple of the stories in here are long enough to be their own stand alone novellas! My favorite is The Best Friend by Annabelle.  She has a...

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Monday Book Review: Daredevil’s Run

Monday Book Review: Daredevil’s Run

Daredevil’s Run (Silhouette Romantic Suspense) by Kathleen Creighton Review… Summary: Former partners and lovers who ran an adventure business together (offering rock climbing lessons and white water rafting tours), have not seen each other in five years.  Not since Matt was paralyzed in a freak climbing accident. Alex  tried to stick by him at the time, but Matt wasn’t able to deal with maintaining their relationship while adjusting to his new disability. Now he’s back to try to make up for his earlier behavior, but someone else has another agenda. The Good: The suspense/intrigue part is light, but it’s just enough to give the hero and heroine something to worry about. I like that the driving force of the plot is not them being...

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Interview: Jennifer Wilck

Interview: Jennifer Wilck

Today’s interview is with Jennifer Wilck, the author of A Heart Of Little Faith, which is a romance novel with a paraplegic hero. Here is the description from Amazon: “Lily Livingston is a widow raising her six-year-old daughter, Claire, in New York City. Devastated by her husband’s death three years ago, she’s in no hurry to fall in love again. Besides, trying to balance her career with motherhood leaves her little time for romance. With a wheelchair instead of a white horse, and a vow against falling in love again as his armor, Gideon Stone is the last person Lily expects to sweep her off her feet. But when a business agreement forces the two of them together, that is exactly what happens. As they navigate the minefield that fast represents their...

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