Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Finding Our Forever (Silver Springs, #1)Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a digital copy of this book from the author for the purposes of providing an honest review.

I loved the characters, the way none of them were perfect, and they were each imperfect in ways I could recognize and empathize with. The insight into the emotional struggles of an adoptee was illuminating.

I loved the way Cora's reticence to ask Elijah questions about his past actually worked to help him feel more able to share with him - she wasn't pushy, and he liked it. The progression of Cora and Eli's relationship was great, with realistic concerns on both sides.

The pace of the book was perfect, at least until the very end. At that point, once Cora's bio mom's "secret" was out, the push and pull of tell her, don't tell her was resolved much too quickly, and Cora knew exactly what to say to make everything magically okay.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a happily ever after, and the central HEA was satisfying, but the mother/daughter "HEA" came much too easily considering the circumstances, and though the romance was good, I was left feeling a little deflated by the mother/daughter relationship.

Nonetheless, it's a Novak, so definitely worth the read. I'm looking forward to getting to know the other characters and seeing their happily ever afters, particularly Darci. Novak does know how to create a believable small town inhabited by the most interesting and unique characters.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book: Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Brotherhood in Death Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy the changes in Eve's life, and the way the books have increased the focus on secondary characters. My only complaint, for the most part, is the sex. It's just...(I can't believe I'm saying this) boring.

I'd be perfectly happy if the inevitable Eve/Roarke sex scenes could be fade to black from now on. I get more fun out of the conversations they have and their references leading up to sex than I do from the smexy scenes themselves. WTF.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Book: The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

The Secrets She Kept The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an e-copy of this book from the author for the purposes of providing a review.

The Secrets She Kept is a sequel to The Secret Sister. In this one, Josephine, a force of nature in her children's lives, is dead. Why? How?

Keith, who has been away for five years, getting and staying sober, making his own fortune, basically learning who he is without his family around, returns to the island to take care of the details. His sisters are more than capable, but he feels he needs closure, and wants to take care of things himself.

I loved that the siblings' relationship was a major part of the story. Roxanne was a "new" addition to the family in the prior book, and in this one, she's an established part of the family hierarchy. Maisey and Keith talk to her regularly.

There were mentions of Rafe and Maisey and their kids, and Roxanne's marriage has a fairly strong focus here, too. Along with that, of course, is the mystery (even if only in Keith's mind) of how Josephine died, who her new boyfriend was, and Keith re-establishing his friendship with Nancy.

The balance between all the elements was good, never leaving me feeling like anything was missing or getting short shrift. Though I enjoyed the first one, I think I might like this one a wee bit better.

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