The Christmas Curse (Loveless and Dunn Book 6) by Erika Marks

The Christmas Curse (Loveless and Dunn Book 6)The Christmas Curse by Erika Marks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emily Landon is sure that she is cursed when it comes to Christmas. Her previous three boyfriends have broken up with her during the holiday. Now her current boyfriend Phillip is away on business and has said they need to talk when he returns. Thinking she can break the curse by hiding out and not speaking with Phillip, Emily books herself a cabin in the mountains for Christmas. Avoiding her phone though, Emily misses a call from the owner that a storm is coming and she shouldn’t come to the mountains.

Griff Boone is the small town vet who has come out to the property to look after the owner’s sick dog. He has his own issues with the holidays and had packed up and planned to leave town before the oncoming storm arrives. When he suggests that the property owner go check on her neighbor before he leaves he doesn’t expect the storm to arrive sooner than predicted and for her to not be able to make it back from the neighbor’s and is left hosting Emily when she arrives.

Another nice little Christmas tale of two people riding out the storm together and coming to grips with their Christmas woes. Nice characters that grow together when they both share their own pain of the holidays and find comfort in each other.

This is listed as the sixth book in a series but read find as a standalone novella. Another good holiday read that I’d recommend checking out.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A Bad Boy for Christmas by Kelly Hunter

A Bad Boy for ChristmasA Bad Boy for Christmas by Kelly Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cutter, Eli and Caleb Jackson suddenly have their world turned upside down when out of nowhere a half brother they never knew they had, Jackson Nash, walks into their world looking for answers and to meet the father he never knew. Jackson could be Cutter’s twin so there is no doubt that he is who he claims he is. Coming along with Jackson for support is his foster sister Mia. When Mia and Cutter meet there is an instant attraction that the two try to push away for the sake of the family.

After thirty years of marriage though, the Jackson boys parents have gone to Europe for an anniversary trip. Not knowing when they’ll be returning Jackson and Mia stick around to get to know the family better and are soon welcomed by everyone while things begin to grow between Mia and Cutter.

A wonderful little story about family with great characters and an engaging plot. Not only do you have a lovely growing romance between Cutter and Mia but watching the family accept Jackson and Mia both after the world they came from with not having families was truly touching.

Great little novella, would definitely recommend.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1) by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Claire Danvers at sixteen year old who has just started her freshman year at college. When some girls in her dorm go too far and attack Claire she fears for her life and decides she’s not going to go back to her dorm. When looking for a place Claire answers an ad for a roommate wanted where she meets Michael, Eve and Shane. The trio open Claire’s eyes to the secrets and rules of Morganville.

A decent start to this series but I did find some of Claire’s choices a bit annoying. She’s supposed to be really smart being in college at such a young age but it’s obviously book smarts as she sure isn’t full of common sense at times. One of those let’s break all the rules of any horror situation and do exactly what I shouldn’t be doing.

Definitely one that you take this for the entertainment value and not expect amazing writing books. A few good giggles, some good characters and interesting story line, I’ll be continuing more of this series to see where the story goes.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Kaz Brekker is approached by a local merchant to break into the Ice Palace to retrieve a scientist who is responsible for making a drug that transforms a Grisha’s abilities but has dangerous side effects. Kaz assembles his crew carefully knowing that he needs each to have even a slight chance to complete this mission.

The crew consists of Kaz, the leader of the local gang the Dregs. Inej the Wraith, she has become the eyes and ears of the Dregs sneaking into places to obtain others secrets. Nina, a Grisha who had been trained for battle at one time. Matthias, a prisoner who was once a soldier out to destroy all Grisha. Jesper, the sharpshooter for the Dregs. Wylan, the runaway merchant’s son who is good with explosives.

Six of Crows is a spinoff from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series. The first of the books that I’ve read perhaps I missed a bit of the world building from not reading the other series but this still was understandable on it’s own. I really wanted to love this book as much hype as I’d seen from it and perhaps it would have been a bit higher rating had I gone in knowing what a Grisha was and more about the world but it was still really good overall.

My biggest complaint so to speak was the pacing, it seemed to drag a bit in the middle for me and felt it could’ve been a bit shorter. The current happenings in the story seemed to be on somewhat of a pause while slowly giving the backstory on the characters and just felt it could have been done a bit quicker. I loved learning so much about the crew and what made them they way they are but I shouldn’t be still dying for details thirty chapters into the book.

Overall though a good read at 3.5 stars for me and will look forward to more adventures in the second book of the series.

Shameless (Bitter Creek #14) by Joan Johnston

Shameless (Bitter Creek #14)Shameless by Joan Johnston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pippa Grayhawk now finds herself nineteen, single and pregnant after falling in love with a married man that had lied to her telling her he loved her and wanted to marry her only to get her into bed. Her father comes to her rescue but she quickly finds herself an outcast in the small community near her home in Australia. When Pippa’s father gets an offer from his own estranged father to return home to Wyoming to inherit the family ranch he takes the deal for not only his daughter’s sake but his own.

When arriving in the states Pippa hides her pregnancy being ashamed. She finds herself in a constant battle with her father’s sisters at the ranch as he has told them they are to leave the ranch when he inherits it. Pippa meets a young man while out riding that she befriends but soon finds herself fighting feelings for Devon as she can’t bring herself to tell him about the baby and doesn’t think she could stand having her heart broken again.

Shameless is the fourteenth book in the Bitter Creek series but actually the first of the series I’ve read myself. There are some old family issues mentioned here and there but I never felt like I was lost with anything brought up and was given enough information with what was going on currently that it was fine as a standalone novel.

I think I probably would have enjoyed this story more if it weren’t constantly putting down Pippa for being single and pregnant. I felt like I must of been reading a historical novel but it is supposed to be taking place in present time. Yes, it’s terrible that she’s young and was lied to but in this day and age she’s certainly not alone in being a young unwed mother.

Also, when we get the background on Pippa’s own parents we find that her father was only sixteen and her mother fourteen at the time of her conception. Now her father keeps at her to put the baby up for adoption saying just how hard it is to be a single parent etc but I can’t help to wonder if he was determined to keep his daughter and raise her on his own why he would be so insistent since Pippa would at least have her father to help her and this would be his grandchild.

I did enjoy the fact that the relationship between Devon and Pippa wasn’t rushed into and the pair had plenty of opportunity to build something together. Pippa seemed very young and naive but I take it that is a product of being raised on a ranch without much interaction with others outside her father.

Overall, I would be interested in reading more of the books in the series when finished with this one. Thought it was a good read other than some details with dealing with the pregnancy but the families involved seem to have a lot of interesting secrets to pull in a reader.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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