Nose in a Book Reviews: Lash by @L_G_Castillo

Lash (Broken Angel, #1)Lash by L.G. Castillo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Angelic Romance

First let me say a quick thank you to L.G. Castillo for writing this story. She knows why – nuff said.

The story revolves around a banished angel, Lash. He made one mistake too many thirty five years ago, and as punishment was sent down to earth to live among the mortals. For all those years he still stood by his last grave error and never really understood his punishment. Not until he meets Naomi, (Spoiler) the daughter of a boy he saved from a plane crash. His last assignment where he not only saved the boy, but another girl who seemed so kind that he couldn’t bear for her to die too. It isn’t until this moment when the pieces of his split second decision really begin to affect the world around him.

Lash really grows as a character through the story. He starts off a bit like a petulant child who evolves into the hero and type of angel he should have always been.

Naomi has always been a strong woman with a mind and opinion of her own, so when she suddenly is thrown into a situation where her life begins to spin out of control, Lash’s presence brings her comfort and a sense of peace she’s only known from her father and grandmother.

Overall, a wonderful debut novel. The story was intriguing and the action, especially the last third, was virtually non-stop. I liked the author’s use of family and while I don’t know much about angelic mythology, I enjoyed her take on it. I’m curious to read the next book to find out more about how things unravel for this group.

I also want to commend Castillo for ending her book properly and while leaving us all wanting to know what happens, doing it without a huge cliffhanger. This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine when I have to wait a year or more to find out if a main character lives or dies. Thanks for tying up the loose ends first and still leaving us wanting more. A difficult skill to master. Bravo.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway – Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

I have been a fan of Sydney’s for quite some time.  Her first novel, Lessons Learned made my top ten reads of last year.  And her holiday novella Mistletoe Magic, warmed my heart.  I’m happy and privileged to reveal the cover of her new book, Mountain Charm.

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Mountain Charm

by Sydney Logan

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;

Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

Title: Mountain Charm

Author: Sydney Logan

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal

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About the Author:

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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: If you Find Me

If You Find MeIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre:  New Adult/ Mature Y/A

This book… oh, this book.

It is completely heart-wrenching to read, yet I loved it.
The story revolves around Carey and her sister Janessa, two girls who have been hiding out in the woods for years, living in a shabby trailer with no power or running water. Their mother leaves the dense woods to get supplies, leaving the pair for days, weeks and even months at a time.

That is until one day their lives are turned upside-down when the father Carey can barely remember, finds her and her sister living in squalor and down to their last few cans of rations. Their mother had sent him a letter, telling him that she was tired of caring for the girls and wanted him to come and claim them.

The story is just achingly tragic as layer by layer of the girls past is revealed slowly. Janessa doesn’t speak, and it isn’t until the end that we find out what horrible event she has been keeping quiet from. Carey is confused by the kindness of her father and his wife Melissa when all she remembers are cruel acts her mother repeated into Carey’s consciousness.

I don’t know how to write much without giving the entire thing away, but this story is so well written and the plot is magically woven and revealed with absolute perfect timing.

I highly recommend this book, very heavy at times, and the subject matter is not something for young, YA. Great Read, absorbing plot and one you won’t soon forget.

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