Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden

Dead RingersDead Ringers by Christopher Golden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tess Devlin sees a man on the street that looks exactly like her ex-husband but when she approaches him he brushes her off and says he’s not Nick. Tess’s friend Lili tells her that several people have approached her saying an artist they’ve met could be her twin. Frank is attacked and held hostage in his own home by someone that could be his twin and is trying to take over Frank’s life. When the group come together to investigate their doppelgangers they may be in for more than they can handle.

A gripping spine tingling read to say the least. I picked this up mainly due to the fact that all the time I run into people that say “have we met before?” or “do I know you?”. Let’s just say that alone made this book incredibly creepy. Spooky to think that there could be these twins running around out in the world. I wasn’t disappointed in the least with the story and found the explanation behind the doppelgangers quite intriguing.

Great horror read, would definitely recommend it.

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

A Love for the Pages by Joy Penny

A Love for the PagesA Love for the Pages by Joy Penny
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When June returns home for the summer after her first year of college her parents insist she needs to find some sort of job or internship for the summer. When a friend of hers tells her about a volunteer position open at the local library June jumps at the opportunity to avoid having to work at her step-father’s office.

The library always runs a summer reading program for children and when asked to help set it up June agrees. Much to her dismay this put her in close contact with the rich and powerful Everett Rockford who can be a bit rude. She agrees and takes on the challenge though to please her parents by getting close to one of the powerful Rockford’s.

I found this story to be really lacking in the romance department even though that was the main focus of the entire story. The actual relationship didn’t really come about until about 75% into the story and it seemed incredibly rushed. Up until then June and Everett barely interacted so what we end up with is basically insta-love which sometimes I don’t mind but when it’s a romance read I prefer a bit more romance and reasoning behind a relationship.

It also seemed the author spent a lot of time trying to compare the relationship to the classics that June loved but I felt this made June seem very one-dimensional as anything else in her life barely got a mention. There was an older relationship that could have used more fleshing out to understand. A friendship on the rocks that got brief mentions here and there. Really, in my opinion June and Everett both needed more fleshing out to grasp why they would be attracted to each other.

Overall, would have enjoyed more details and better character building to rate this higher. In the end just found it OK.

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

24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller by Claire Seeber

24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller by Claire Seeber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

24 Hours is a gripping phychological thriller that centers around the main character Laurie. The chapters alternate between what is happening in the present time and a look back at Laurie’s past.

In the present story line Laurie has just escaped a fire at her hotel which has taken the life of her best friend Emily. Emily was mistakenly identified as Laurie and Laurie believes that the fire was meant to kill her. She panics and runs from the police and investigation to try to get to her mother who has taken her daughter on a trip but due to return before her ex-husband can get to them.

The chapters from the past tell the tale of how Laurie was treated by her husband and what happens after their split. Also, it tells how Laurie had met another man after Sid had left.

The majority of this book was definitely a gripping page turning suspense but I did feel a bit in the middle slowed down just a tad bit. Laurie on her journey to find Polly fell asleep several times which I kind of questioned as no matter how long it’s been since you’ve slept I’d think your daughter being missing and possibly someone out to kill you would have me wide awake. Didn’t quite understand that being added in especially more than once.

Otherwise I was definitely caught up in the story and wondering just what the story of the fire and why it happened. Was it truly Sid? Was it Mal? Or is anyone even out to get Laurie or it all in her mind? So many questions to be answered and such an intriguing past that I’m sure readers should love following Laurie on her adventure.

24 hours in Laurie’s life was certainly an adventure that should hook readers. Would definitely recommend checking out this novel.

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

Three Nights before Christmas (Montana Born Christmas) by Kat Latham

Three Nights before Christmas (Montana Born Christmas)Three Nights before Christmas by Kat Latham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lacey Gallagher has finally been released from prison after being convicted of a crime she didn’t really know she was involved in. Lacey had been an train engineer and got caught up with the wrong man. Her boyfriend had used her to traffic drugs but being caught with the package she couldn’t convince a jury she hadn’t known what was going on and her boyfriend Dave had testified it had all been her idea.

Austin Wilder was the officer that had arrested Lacey three years ago. When he runs into her after her release he immediately distrusts her and begins checking up on her quite often. When Austin has a problem with restoring a steam engine train before Christmas he turns to Lacey for help.

I have to admit I was a bit on the fence with this one all the way through. Lacey’s story was one that a lot of woman or even men in some cases could relate to, maybe not to the extent of prison time but in trusting someone so completely but being let down and ending up feeling used that I couldn’t help but wish the best for her.

Austin on the other hand seemed quite the jerk in the beginning of this. Even if Lacey had been completely guilty of her crime she had done her time and he really didn’t need to keep harassing her when she first was released. A part of me kept wondering why in the world Lacey would even be attracted to someone who couldn’t give her a bit of trust at all. I think I would’ve believed the attraction between the two more if Austin had come to Lacey saying ok you did your time let me help you get your life back and offer you a job working on this train and the relationship sparked from some sort of niceness on his part.

Also, I picked this one up thinking it was a small town Christmas cozy romance but it got a bit graphic in the sex and language. There’s romantic steamy and there’s erotic steamy and this one with the language and details fell more to the erotic side which isn’t necessarily bad but felt it should be mentioned as it isn’t overly obvious with the description or what one would expect from a cozy Christmas tale.

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

A Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C Book 6) by C.J. Carmichael

A Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C Book 6)A Bramble House Christmas by C.J. Carmichael
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Willa and her son Scout have traveled to Marietta, Montana to stay at the lovely bed and breakfast called the Bramble House for the three weeks before Christmas. Willa is a nurse who had a very generous patient leave the prepaid trip, a ring and fifty thousand dollars to her in his will after he passed away. Her son Scout had just beaten cancer so she felt the two needed the getaway to help Scout feel normal again.

Finn Knightly is the son of the patient that left Willa such a generous amount in his will. Finn and his three sisters and mother believe that Willa had to scam their father so Finn has decided to book the same bed and breakfast to check out Willa for himself. What Finn doesn’t count on is falling in love with Willa and her son.

Such a beautiful story in a beautiful setting. Marietta and it’s small town charm really makes me want to head somewhere on a Christmas trip of my own. Scout and his story would bring tears to my eyes thinking how the little guy had fought so hard and just wanted to be a normal kid. Also couldn’t help but feel for Willa and her over protectiveness with Scout, how much she had gone through with him just pulls at the heartstrings. Finn was also a wonderful man who adored children and even when learning the truth didn’t run from Scout the way his own father had.

Overall, highly recommend this wonderful Christmas romance.

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

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