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Someone Close To Home: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Someone Close To Home: Things Aren't Always What They Seem - Alex Craigie A standing ovation to this new author. I haven't read a book that has touched me so much in a long while. Extremely well written and gripping from page 1 through to the nail-biting finale, this is an absolute work of art. The tale is a bit of a mystery, a bit romance and a lot, literature at its finest. The story revolves around Megan and jumps backwards and forwards through her life, as it was and how she came to be where she is, and as it is now. A haunting portrayal of life in a care home for a woman who is unable to communicate about anything - let alone the abuse she suffers at the hands of her carer, the author then teases you with glimpses of her past - her success as a concert pianist, her relationship with her troubled parents and a life-long friendship that has the potential to blossom into something deeper. You know, you just know, the two will converge as they surely must. And you'd be right. I am trying my hardest not to give away the plot because this book will hit you square in the heart as well as the head and I really don't want to deprive you of the experience. All I can say, if you read nothing else this year, this book is an absolute must. It's a rare gem I guarantee you will want to read again and again, no matter if you're sixteen or sixty.

Katie in Love

Katie in Love - Chloe Thurlow I was provided with a copy for review by the author and I must admit, the first chapter didn't grab me. It seemed too deep for me tastes, but then I prefer light-hearted comedies. I persevered and I was so pleased that I did. The book is exceptionally well written and the storyline is unique and attention-grabbing. The character development is first rate and as you go through each chapter, you find yourself warming to Katie, even - dare I say it - finding you have things in common with this strange but complex character. Katie leads a shallow existence and, at first, you may find her rather distasteful. As the book progresses, however, you can sympathise with how she came to where she is. Then along comes Tom, a doctor who looks after orphans. Finally, she meets a man who challenges everything she's ever learned about relationships, everything that has made her what she is. I won't spoil it for you, but this is a must read. Not just a romance. Not just erotica. This is erotica for the thinking, feeling woman.

Murder, Mayhem And Mama

Murder, Mayhem And Mama - Christie Craig This is the first Christie Craig book I've read, but it won't be the last! I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much! I hadn't expected to, to be honest, as the first chapter came across a bit too masculine for my tastes...more of a rugged private eye type thriller, but I hung in there and was hooked before I had reached chapter 2.

Cali is a school teacher and gets herself involved with the wrong man while her mind is busy trying to deal with her mum's cancer and then her death. When the toe-rag she's involved with tries to hurt her, she calls the police and in comes the sexy but troubled Brit Lowell. I won't add any spoilers, but the chemistry between these two is smoking, almost as much as her departed but not ready to pass over mother, who hangs around to protect her daughter. Gripping plot and fantastic characters. Will definitely be buying more from this author.

Graveyard Shift

Graveyard Shift  - Angela Roquet Loved the storyline and the characters, particularly the bi-play between Lana, Josie and Gabriel. A fun story that is exceptionally well written (if a little descriptive, at times) about Reapers, second class citizens of the afterlife, trying to do their jobs amidst the mayhem caused by power-hungry Gods, archangels and demons. Lana is not what you might call ambitious. In fact, she prefers to keep her head down and get away with breaking as many rules as possible without being terminated. Unfortunately, she is about to be promoted and take on a position that puts her in the path of lots of demons, out to stop her completing her mission. I won't spoil it for you, but it's a must-read.

My only criticism? It's not really a romance, so if you're looking for the excitement of the chase, this isn't the book for you.

The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts - P.J. Shann I'm usually more of a romantic comedy girl but I was looking for my next read and this was recommended. I have to say, I was not disappointed! The lead character, an ex-policeman-turned-taxi-driver, ends up in trouble when his ex-wife gets involved with the wrong crowd and they come after him in an effort to get to her. Mayhem and madness ensues!

The characters are absolutely brilliant. Joel, the hero is so lovably real and there are some brilliantly touching scenes with his young daughter. There's an interfering mother-in-law, a handful of villains who you will love to hate (wait for the hate to love bit at the end!) but my favourite character of all was the nosy neighbour who goes ninja on some strange characters who are watching Joel's house. I want a nosy neighbour like that!

The story was well-paced with a nice little twist at the end that I didn't see coming. The style of writing is witty and entertaining and I can't recommend this highly enough.

Fate Book

Fate Book - Mimi Jean Pamfiloff I was dubious about reading this book with the "adult" tag on it as I don't enjoy reading pages of pages of drivel about throbbing manhood and the usual smut that comes with it but this book was the best book I've read it a long while (and doesn't have much of the smutty bits!). It is one of those books you live with for a week or so after reading it...echoes of the suspense/passion catching you unaware as you go through your day. In fact, its the first book I couldn't put down until I finished it! A guilty secret, but true none the less.

The story line is the stuff of young girls' fantasy but it is definitely gripping stuff...a young girl, an imagined hero comes real, but the plot is very believable.

I enjoyed the book so much, I decided to write a review...just to remind myself later on that this is definitely worth reading twice! If the author reads this, please write more like this!