Author Archives for Isabel Jolie

The Deception Book Review

The Deception by Nikki Sloane

November 17, 2019 7:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Deception delivers a gut-wrenching, page-turning final installation in the Filthy Rich Americans series by Nikki Sloane finishes out a twisted, complicated chess game between one powerful man, his son and daughter-in-law. Rarely has an antagonist filled me with disgust and hate to the degree Macalister did in the first two books in this series.  Minotaur? Zeus?  Monster?  I went with monster.  Sick, twisted, depraved monster. In The Deception, he plays the role of a falling God. Visions of infallibility and self-grandeur become his downfall. And, in the end, we see flashes of the man before he became a God. The man who loved the mother of his children. The man who was human before death sliced his heart. In the first two books, Marist plays the chess game on par with a naive, young guileless chess player joining the rank of seasoned experts.  Bountiful mistakes and missteps befall her, but through her struggles, she holds onto herself to some degree.  She recognizes the importance of not completely losing her soul. In this final book, my frustration with her almost forced me to put the book down I at times. Frustration rose not only from going against Macalister with no... View Article

Reindeer Falls Book Review

The Boss Who Stole Christmas by Jana Aston

November 13, 2019 5:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Oh my word, I do love a good Jana Aston love story! The Boss Who Stole Christmas introduces Reindeer Falls, a quaint, iconic tourist town, modeled after a German Christmas village. Holly and Nick work for a toy manufacturer, or rather, Holly works for Nick. He's recently taken over Reindeer Toy Company from his Uncle. Holly kicks ass as a product manager and marketer and while her Teddy Bear cafe ideas are a direct rip-off of American Girl, all is fair in business. The chemistry between Holly and Nick is deelish and the whole story is full of 'All I want For Christmas' swoon-worthy moments.  I read this novella in around one hour over coffee. So, that's the only sad thing about this story. It's over in a flash. Good news is that Holly Mistletoe Winters has two sisters, Ginger and Noel, and they have novellas on the way to be delivered before December 25th. Can we just take a moment to appreciate these names? It's like a dip into nineteenth century naming techniques. In the same way Heathcliff set my fantasies into a frenzy by name alone, look at this cast: Holly, Nick, Ginger, Noel.   Nick's last name is... View Article

Work In Progress Book Review

Work in Progress by BJ Harvey

November 10, 2019 4:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Work in Progress stands out as an angst-free romance between mature adults who are more than ready to meet their life partner. How rare is that in romance? She's a single Mom living with her ex mother-in-law. Yep, you read that right. Her ex is such a complete d-bag his own mother chooses her over him. Her six year old son is well-adjusted and adorable. She's a confident, balanced nurse but her number one priority in life is her son. He narrowly escaped marrying a world class bee-atch. He sees his mistakes for what they are, and by the time his neighbor pounds on his door for playing music too loudly, he's starting his own company and proving to himself and his ex that he does indeed have what it takes to follow his business dreams. One of the best things about this book is the family camaraderie. He has a ton of brothers and I'm guessing they'll each take a turn in the Cook Brother's series from BJ Harvey. It's a fun, light-hearted sexy read. It's a slow burn romance that heats up as they get to know each other, and when they finally find that alone time, it's... View Article

Deal Makers Book review

Deal Makers by Laura Lee

November 6, 2019 4:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you're in the mood for a funny, sexy, fast and easy read, then Deal Makers is a great one to pick up. This brother's best friend romance kicks off with a drunken Vegas wedding between two friends. Deal Makers is the third in the Dealing with Love series from Laura Lee. I didn't read the first two books and had zero problem following along as Charlee and Drew found their way. Bro code plays a big role in the conflict for Deal Makers, and that in and of itself didn't bother me, but Charlee's brother, Brody, at times did annoy the crapola out of me. He's annoying, childish and hypocritical. Maybe if I'd read his love story, I'd be more sympathetic to his bratty ways, but I didn't and I wasn't. All that said, it's easy enough to slide right past the annoyance and follow along as Charlee and Drew work it all out. Once these two are married, neither are particularly eager to get it annulled, and watching the go through self-doubt and insecurities while slowly admitting what they have might be more than a drunken mistake is a fun little sexy ride.    

Twice In a Blue Moon Book Review

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

November 1, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A second-chance romance and heart-warming rom-com, this one from Christina Lauren might push YA boundaries but it's close. Sam and Tate first meet on a trip with their grandparents to London. He's twenty-one and she's eighteen. His grandfather has a great sense of humor and warm wit. Her grandmother is protective and worried about every dollar she spends. Tate tells him her deepest, most private secret because she feels she can tell this stranger anything. She falls for him during their light night meet-ups in the hotel garden and one afternoon away from their guardians she gives him her virginity. The beginning of the story is completely YA. Then he does a seemingly horrible thing and Tate's life changes forever. Fourteen years later the two meet again. My wish upon a blue moon would be that Tate would be a stronger character, not quite so slow on the uptake and more the hollywood savvy self she realistically would have had to become in order to survive in Hollywood for fourteen years. My second wish upon a blue moon would be that Sam would have manned up and run to Tate when she's seemingly sold out once again by someone. Agreeing... View Article

All My Life Book Review

All My Life by Prescott Lane

October 30, 2019 8:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A beautiful love story set in small-town America filled with layers of love. I devoured this story and then reread some of my favorite parts as soon as I finished it. Devlyn has been there for Garrett for eighteen years. She's been in love with him since she was five.   Garrett sees Devlyn as DD. His friend from down the street. A new girl comes into town and delivers his first crush. When she shows up pregnant on his doorstep, he becomes a seventeen-year-old dad in a small town where most shun him. His crush leaves him and his baby daughter before they're released from the hospital. And at first, DD is his only friend. Eighteen years later, she owns the biscuit shop across the street from his hardware store. She's still his best friend, and she's an important person in his daughter's life. During Mia's valedictorian speech, she begs for someone to date her Dad. The video goes viral, and women pour forth. He agrees to three dates. But, something happens along the way. He opens his consciousness up to dating, something he closed off in his quest to be everything for Mia, and once he does, he SEES... View Article

Hold On To Hope Book Review

Hold On To Hope by A.L. Jackson

October 28, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Emotional, angst-filled best friend, second chance, single Dad romance.  Hold On To Hope features the now grown-up children from the Fight for Me series. Evan, the son of Hope from Follow Me Back, and Frankie Leigh, the daughter of Rex from Show Me The Way are the stars in Hold On To Hope. Evan is deaf and is a heart transplant survivor. He walked away from his family and from Frankie when his own version of guilt drove him away. Three years after abandoning his family he returns with a son in tow. Frankie Leigh has stayed, working closely with Evan's family, heart-broken but she's attempted to move on with her life. There is a lot going on in this book. For two kids with such awesome parents, they've got some heavy emotional baggage and a lot of issues unfold. The drama keeps the reader engaged, trying to figure out what happened and wanting to see what will happen. I absolutely love the book cover for this book, but I have to say that that model looks way better than my mental visual of Evan's heart transplant, limited life expectancy character. But, I'll gladly take the book cover version. Even... View Article

A Negotiated Marriage Book Review

A Negotiated Marriage by Noelle Adams

October 23, 2019 12:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A delightful and fun fake marriage trope with memorable characters from Noelle Adams' Convenient Marriage Series. A Bookbub deal find, I snatched A Negotiated Marriage up one afternoon when I was in the mood for something light and easy. Ended up reading it in one sitting. Luke is a reserved, successful businessman. To almost anyone, including Molly, he's confident and outgoing. However, as we get to know him better, there are definite signs that he's as insecure as the rest of us, at least on matters of personal importance. He reminds me of the kind of guy who maybe wasn't the most popular in school, but was studious and kind. Molly agrees to Luke's proposed fake marriage scam because she's just been burned by her ex and the agreement will help her business. She's completely blind to Luke and is much more focused on portraying the wife he can be proud of to hold up her end of the contract. I love how in several parts of A Negotiated Marriage he wanders into her bathroom to locate her wedding band to put it back on her finger, since she keeps forgetting it after her shower. In the beginning, there's a... View Article

Dirty Secret Book Review

Dirty Secret by Mira Lyn Kelly

October 18, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Oh, how I love a Mira Lyn Kelly romance! Dirty Secret does not disappoint. This hockey romance had me flipping the pages, smiling and burning up inside. Yes, the book may have deepened the wrinkles on the corners of my eyes, but that's why they created thick moisturizer. This second-chance, big brother in-the-way romance had me lusting after Vaughn. Yum, yum, yum. Personally, I'm the kind of gal who prefers to play the sport rather than spectate. And I'm extraordinarily wobbly on a pair of ice skates, so, there you go. But, the play by play action made me think dear Mira is one serious hockey fan. Mira could be a sports commentator. And, she makes me want to take the time, with a beer in hand, to watch a game. I loved this book because it's down to earth. My heart went out to Natalie. I've seen so many siblings get lost in the throes of one sibling's sport success. And it starts so freaking young. To want a different life, a life away from whatever that sport it's hockey, but you can substitute soccer, baseball, tennis.....if it has a ball, it's game. That desire for a life... View Article