No Reservations by Lilly Cain
My rating: 2 1/2 of 5 stars
This novella was a quick but annoying read. The story revolves around Travis Morgan and Alicia Davis, two old college rivals that meet up again in the future when Travis is in desperate need of transportation to Boston.
The dialogue was pretty good; fast, quick quips and good-natured teasing, but to be honest, the plot kind of dragged a little bit.
Alicia mistakenly thinks that Travis sabotaged her back in college and is now paying him back in kind. The entire thing feels so childish and completely unromantic, if you ask me.
(MILD SPOILER ALERT) If someone leaves you naked in a hotel room, having taken all your clothes and causing you to miss the flight she’d promised to get you on, yeah, I’d be pissed and certainly not up for another go round with that chick. (END SPOILER)
All the back and forth mind games got a little bit old, at least for me, who is someone who abhors games when it comes to the dating scene. The sex was steamy, but again, I couldn’t really get past the mind games to really see what they found remotely sexy about each other.
If you want a quick read and enjoy people playing tricks on other people while trying to imply they actually want a relationship together, then go for it. Not terrible, but not my kind of romantic story.
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Mistletoe Magic – A Short Story by Sydney Logan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Holiday Romance
Sydney gave me an advance copy of this short story and it was lovely. It was one of those stories that stays with you for a long while and it was perfect for the holidays, one that reminded me of The Gift of the Magi. I don’t want to give too much away, but the story was sad and sweet, and if you’ve been married for a while, much of the story will resonate with you and the ebbs and flows of love and how hard it is to maintain a good marriage.
The story starts with Melanie fretting over what to get her husband for Christmas and hoping that what she purchased isn’t the exact replica of what she purchased for him the year before. With what seems like a little Christmas magic, she’s trapped in an elevator with a handsome man. Over the course of their forced captivity they confess what is burdening them this holiday season.
Now available on Amazon, I urge you to go and read this. Simply put, a lovely and heartwarming holiday story.
Bravo Sydney, and I can’t wait to read more from you.
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I just wanted to send say a quick Thanksgiving Cheers to my friends around the US.
I haven’t been around much, and that is partially because I’ve been in a bit of a sulky, pity-party-for-one kind of frame of mind. I’m desperately hoping I can adjust my attitude appropriately for this amazing holiday, because I really do have a lot to be thankful for. Yes, this year will NEVER, EVER rank as one of my all time favorite or best, but I do have a roof over my head. I have a family and great friends. I need to remember there are others out there who have it so much worse than I do and I need to fully appreciate all of the bounty that life has given to me.
I appreciate any of you who take the time to read my posts, reviews, etc. I appreciate my writing buddies who take the time to encourage and support me, even when I think I suck like a five dollar whore.
So I’m going to raise my glass and try to fully appreciate the life I’ve been given and to try and ensure that next year, is a whole lot brighter.
Thanks & until next time,
To any of the authors who I’ve written reviews for — I finally was able to review your work on Amazon. Thanks again to everyone for letting me read your beautiful and moving words.
I’m still a little behind on some reviews & am doing my best to get caught up. I have a trip coming up in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping that will help.
In other news, my writing has slowed down again. Just hard to write when you’re not in a good heads space.
Thanks for reading!
What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I received this ARC from NetGalley, I figured I was in for another typical young adult book.
And while What I Didn’t Say is a traditional young adult book, I was intrigued by the depth and emotion that was conveyed so succinctly in this title. As an adult, I sometimes get a little annoyed with the teenage voice in some Y/A books, but this one stayed true to the voice without being grating and annoying.
The tale starts when a few kids on the Orca Island football squad decide to celebrate one night after winning a game. With a little liquid courage, Jake Hayes is convinced he needs to tell Samantha Shay that he loves her. Urging him on are his two drunk friends who take it upon themselves to deliver him to Samantha’s doorstep to profess his undying love. Tragically, none of them get to their destination, instead their car veers off the road and Jake is seriously injured.
The story could have really gotten preachy about the dangers of drunk driving, instead it takes a subtle approach that I really appreciate. Instead the author takes you down the cascading emotions that Jake goes through, the one guy in the car that ends up with a life altering injury. With the loss of his voice box, he loses the future he’d always dreamt about. Never to speak again, Jake must now learn to communicate with the world through pen and paper or sign language.
The story weaves around the close friendship he ends up having with Samantha and the secret that they both must keep.
At first all the time jumps really threw me, and I almost put the book down. I’m glad I didn’t. Once the story picked up its pace and stopped jumping around to flashbacks, I enjoyed it very much. The emotions felt really organic and the build-up of Jake’s relationship with Samantha felt completely natural and unhurried. I did find Samantha’s back story a little bit out there, but I don’t want to spoil it, so will refrain from saying much other than I find it hard to believe in such a small town, a secret that big could be maintained.
All in all, a really well done tale with a nice ‘moral of the story’ kind of feeling without being preachy.
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