Review: Out of Time by Melissa Klein

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OUT OF TIME
Melissa Klein
Series: Out of Uniform Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: August 16, 2017
Out of Time
When paparazzi, obligations, and pride tear Bash and Grace apart. Will the stubborn scriptwriter come to his senses in time, or will movie star, Grace marry the wrong man?
Before filming starts on her next movie, America’s sweetheart, Grace Carradine, wants a girls’ night out. As she dons a disguise to evade the paparazzi, her brown hair isn’t the only deception, so is her upcoming marriage to her costar. Naval-pilot-turned-author, Sebastian “Bash” Baron finds his friends are pairing up and starting families. Given his history, he knows that life isn’t for him—even if the period romance he wrote is being made into a movie. Those stories only exist in fiction—or other people’s lives.
The two begin a secret romance, meant to last only as long as the starlet is on location in Bash’s hometown. When the paparazzi, obligations, and pride tear them apart, will Bash come to his senses in time, or will Grace marry the wrong man?
My Review

Loved this story from the very first page!

Superb writing from Melissa Klein in catching the reader’s attention from the very first page. While the plot is straightforward with not a lot of twists or turns, it has a very interesting storyline with very likeable male and female leads. Something all romance fanatics wouldn’t want to miss!

I especially loved the chance meeting between Bash, an ex-navy turned writer and Grace, Hollywood darling, America’s sweetheart, but for that one fateful night, disguised as your ordinary university girl next door. The story is as much about the two of them finding each other as it is about Grace finding herself, being free from her own web of pretensions and the traps that the system and society has cornered her into. With Bash, she realizes what it means to just be herself, away from the limelight. But the ultimate question is, with a lot at stake, can she muster enough courage to be free even from the prying eyes of the public.

Loved the development of the story and the pace of the story is just right. I would probably have preferred a little bit more background into Grace’s past to appreciate her relationship with David more. But this does not take anything away from the sizzling relationship between Bash and Grace.

All in all, an entertaining afternoon read! If you love a good old-fashioned romance story, pick this up!

Rating: 5 stars!

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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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You know what they say about hypes: either they live up to what’s being said or they disappoint you with the reality.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding CARAVAL. When you read the reviews in Amazon, there are lots of positive reviews. I agree with most of them–the magic, the fantasy, the beautiful scenery and stuff in Caraval (the game)–it’s hard not to get swept away. The twists and turns are compelling; with each new layer peeled away, each new revelation, you’ll go “wow”, “oh!” and the truth–or what you know as truth–is turned upside-down and you get to see things differently.

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Review: 50 Hours by Loree Lough

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50 HOURS is a powerful, uplifting story about hope, friendship, love, courage, and the amazing resiliency of the human spirit.

Franco’s life changed the moment he served his 50 hours community service at Savannah Falls Hospice. Before that, he was an angry man who grieved his wife’s death, especially on the day of her death anniversary. When he arrived at the hospice, he was determined to keep his head down and finish his service so he could get on with his life. But the moment he heard a woman (Aubrey) being bullied, he couldn’t help but go to her aid, despite it being unwanted and could potentially get himself in trouble (entering a resident’s room is against the rules).

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Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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LETTERS TO THE LOST is a compelling, emotion-filled read, maybe better read by more mature YA. However, even while the letters started because Juliet lost her mother, this book doesn’t only deal with death and the resulting grief, but also the wider themes of fate and choice.

The first few chapters were raw with emotion, especially the letters, and especially where Juliet used photographs to convey certain thoughts or feelings. The main characters are not your usual teens; having lost people important to them, they’re deeper, weightier, sounding almost like mature grown ups (because there are immature ones), especially in their letters where they’d discuss fate and choosing paths. I thought there was a bit of disparity in their real selves and the selves in their letters, but I suppose that’s only to be expected because somehow it’s easier to let a stranger see your real self without the barriers and prejudices of a lot of things that come with knowing who the other person is. (You’ll understand what I’m talking about when you read the book)

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Review: Love Like the Movies by Victoria Van Tiem

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It’s rare to read a book that touches you on so many levels. LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES is more than a rom-com; it’s about love, life and choices–the ones we make and the ones that are forced upon us. And courage, of course.

Kensington Shaw finally has the boyfriend that’s guaranteed to win her battles with her family. Bradley Connors is the one…or so she thinks until her ex, Shane Bennett, comes back into her life. To secure her job, she has to make nice with Shane (who’s hiring her agency), and if it includes living–acting out–movie moments with him, then she’s game. But what happens when these scenes reach inside to rediscover the girl who’s been hiding beneath all these years? Continue reading

Review: Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

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Cindi Madsen takes us on a wild, thrilling ride in CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PUCK BUNNY, which is unexpectedly fun to read.

Lindsay is a great narrator; I love her voice and her strength, especially the way she turned her life around and made the goal of pursuing her dream. More than her though, I love Ryder, especially the way that Lindsay’s past didn’t matter to him, and that he only wants “her future”. If only more men were like him! Both characters are lovable and relatable, and I kept rooting for them all the way! Continue reading

Review: The Highwayman’s Proposal by Vanessa Liebe

Why does Lady Godwin find it so hard
to obey her highwayman?
REVIEW

The Highwayman’s Proposal is a fun, short story that is both heartwarming and sexy and erotic. The chemistry between Gabe and Caroline shoots sparks off the pages, and their romance is both believable and spine-tingling. Caroline is a relatable and sympathetic heroine; I can’t imagine what she must have gone through with her father bedbound and the debts he incurred resting heavily on her shoulders. I’m happy to be living in these present times, where women have more agency and power. Still, Caroline made do with what she has (and good she found a friend in Gabe), and her courage is something to aspire to.
It was certainly fun to see Caroline in the role of a highwaywoman, and though it was a set up for the eventual spanking, her motivations for her actions, no matter how rash, were believable and realistic. Though there’s some spanking involved between consenting adults, it’s light and something you might see in general romance novels.  The mystery of Gabe’s identity is easily solved toward the end, and I wish there could be a bit more scene between him and his brother and Caroline. But maybe there’ll be like a big Blakeney family reunion in the last book. It’s certainly something to look forward to. Though The Highwayman’s Proposal is the 3rd book in the series, you don’t have to read the previous 2 books to enjoy this.
Rating: 4 stars

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