Knock Before You Enter by DA Bale

Knock Before You Enter by D.A. Bale

Knock Before You Enter is the third book in the Bartender Babe Chronicles. It follows Vicki as she heads off to Louisiana to spend a week on vacation with her best friend Janine at Janine’s grandmother’s estate. Too bad Janine’s brother, George, is also there. That character is such a creep. Vicki has not been to the De’Laruse estate in years and much has changed. Addie the De’Laruse matriarch has had some significant changes. She has become almost nice and is starting to show signs of emotional vulnerability. Not the Addie that Vicki remembers but she is along for the Read More

Think Before You Speak by D.A. Bale

Think Before You Speak by D.A. Bale

This is the second installment in The Bartender Babe Chronicles and I found it to be witty, humorous, and a real page turner. I do not know what it is about the character of Vicki Bohanan but she just keeps me entertained page after page. It might be that she is not perfect and that although she makes plenty of mistakes she always wants the best for those she cares about. When I start reading this story I just did not want to set it down! Vicki is back after her harrowing time helping to solve the last mystery surrounding Read More

Three Fat Singletons by J.M. Bartholomew

Three Fat Singletons by J.M. Bartholomew

When you read this story, you need to keep in mind is that it is written in British English and it is heavy in slang. This story follows around three main characters who share a bond of friendship. The main thread running through this story is that they are all looking for love and in the case of this book, it is in all the wrong places. The real draw for me during this read was the unfailing friendship between these women. I am all for realism when I am reading a story. I appreciate it when an author writes Read More

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

A big-mouth, partying Southerner with more guts than brains at times is not exactly my favorite type of character but Vicky Bohanan is a quirky character that has a flavor of her own. Her character comes off as having issues with her Dad and pretty much every member of the society she grew up in but when you get into the story you see that she really has a problem with hypocrisy and refuses to accept it in her life. She is a very strong willed woman and maybe she makes choices that I would consider poor but her animosity Read More

A Perlious Undertaking by Deanna Rayburn. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

It can never be denied that author Deanna Raybourn knows how to write a great mystery. I absolutely love reading a book that carries a mystery until the bitter end with plenty of twists and turns on the way. This newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series delivered just that. In this installment I find that some of the criticisms I had for the first book have been resolved but some of my hopes have also been dashed. What was my biggest criticism in the previous book you ask? It was the heroine Veronica, I felt that she was entirely too pragmatic Read More

Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie

Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie

Entertaining, romantic and an emotional delight. I wanted to read this book because the idea of a literary author and an inexperience romance author coming together sounded like a train wreck in the making and I was curious to see how the author would make this work. Turns out that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Ms. Gillespie did a fantastic job of bringing these two worlds together. Laurie Lee is an independent author who is also attending school to become a nail technician. Her motivation for writing comes from her love of watching romantic comedies on television and reading of Read More

Burning September by Melissa Simonson

Burning September by Melissa Simonson

Compelling, engaging, and emotionally provoking! When I started to read this story I was not sure how I was going to feel about it. After all, everything is explained right up front but it is truly about the journey of Kat who essentially grew up in the shadow of her older sister Caroline. Reading this, I was totally engaged from the start. I loved this story! Katya is the main character but the story is about her sister Caroline’s choices and the fallout from those choices. The impact on Kat was greatest as she was the one left in shambles Read More

Infamous by Lori Sizemore

Infamous by Lori Sizemore

Believable, charismatic and entertaining! This storyline is not one you would run across that often and I love that. It is written as realistically as I can imagine. After all I am not familiar with the lifestyles of the rich and famous 🙂 but I could see that this is how it might go down. This story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Justine and Sawyer. I love, love, love reading from the viewpoint of the protagonists. Both of them were thrown into a situation that was beyond confusing for them. They had very little control in their respective situations Read More

Merry Me by Amanda Siegrist

Merry Me by Amanda Siegrist

Charming, poignant and a real page turner! First off I just love the title. Great word play and it is an adorable book. This a sweet little Christmas love story that also has elements of anger, loss, romance, humor and lust. Just an all over feel good story that keeps you entertained from start to finish. Lynn’s character was written as a woman who is trying to make ends meet but is not bitter with her life circumstances. When you learn her background story it is bittersweet. I love that she is written as a bit insecure due to her Read More

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

Charming, heartbreaking and yet utterly lovely! This was an endearing novel with elements of friendship, humor, darkness, danger, heartbreak, love and healing. The author was able to tie many subplots together in such a smooth way that it made for a realistic story that had me all misty-eyed by the end. Faith Harp’s character, hmmmm, ok I liked her character and understood the choices she made and why but at the same time I felt like saying “really??” She very clearly understood where she stood emotionally with Perry from the beginning but she kept trying? Yeah, not the biggest fan Read More

The Hunger Pains by Chelsea Field

The Hunger Pains by Chelsea Field

What is there not to love about this book? Hmmm, since you have not read it yet I will tell you. It is wonderful and there is nothing unlovable about it! I can say wholeheartedly that the first book in this series, Eat, Pray, Die, was not a one-hit wonder! The Hunger Pains is a welcomed addition to what is becoming one of favorite must follow series. Izzy is back and still in the employ of the Taste Society, which for those of you unfamiliar is a super-secret organization that trains candidates to aid in the identification of poisons. Once Read More

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, The Genre Minx Book Reviews

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

This is a story about a librarian gone rouge. When the big bad takeover is looming Nina Redmond takes a wild risk and decides to take her dream of owning her own little book shop to a whole new level. She develops an idea for a mobile bookstore that goes from location to location sharing the joy of books with people of all ages, backgrounds and reading levels. How could I not want to read this book? I love the premise, too cute! What book lover does not dream of having their own little book something?? Unfortunately for Nina she Read More

Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee

This is my first time reading a novel from Catherine Bybee and I am wondering what rock I have been living under?? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The story is entertaining, light-hearted, and comical but it also held a dark twist to it that although predictable added just the right amount of edge to keep this story from going into the “mega eye roll” territory. “Analyzing people and recognizing what motivated them to do the things they did-or in this case, not do the things they should-was her job. Keeping her analysis to herself was close to impossible. Dakota Read More

Eat, Pray, Die by Chelsea Field

Eat, Pray, Die by Chelsea Field

“Almost daily, another celebrity or political figure is in the news for doing something stupid under the influence. Sometimes they sabotage their own careers. Sometimes it’s the last thing they ever do – a fatal drug overdose. The general public take the stories at face value, as I had until a few months ago. Now I knew better. The climb to power and fortune is a war zone and poison the weapon of choice.” Do you want to know why I loved this book, it is that the author took a sad to say not too uncommon occurrence and made Read More

Release and Catch by Emigh Cannaday, The Genre Minx Book Reviews

Release and Catch by Emigh Cannaday

During the reading of this book I kept drawing parallels with two characters from the show Sex in the City. Maybe I am totally off because I can’t say I watched that show on a regular basis but I think if you took the character’s Samantha and Carrie and squished their personalities into one body you would have the main femme fatale, Sloane Spadowski. She narrates this story with humor, honesty and a sprinkling of crass. “I mentioned my jobs only lasted a few months at a time. So did my relationships. I never subscribed to the idea that there’s Read More