***REVIEW*** The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) by John A. Heldt

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I will start by saying that I don’t usually read books like this. First off, the author is male and I prefer my romance books soppy and written by a woman. I’m ashamed to say for all this time I have been WRONG. This book was everything I expect of a romance, and I think I enjoyed it more because it was written by a man.

The writing was flawless, it’s what grabbed me first off, just how perfect the writers prose was. It is seamless and sparkling. An absolute joy to read.

It was that that got me through the first twenty-five per cent of the story. I admit I found the story a little hard to get into. Once the main character, Joel Smith, had reached the point where the ‘real’ story started I was hooked and finished the book in two days.

The Mine isn’t just any time travel book. It’s a beautiful, intricately woven tale about a group of friends living in 1940’s America, with just one impostor thrown into the mix. Joel Smith accidentally found himself travelling back in time and hanging out with his Grandma.

Joel is a wonderful character, smart, funny, cocky, and gorgeous in my minds eye. The way he pulled his time travel off was realistic, comical and charming. I’m not ashamed to say I fell in love with him. The rest of the gang were three dimensional, filled with purpose and realistic for the decade.

Of course, Joel falls for one of grannies best mates and the story takes us through their complicated love affair. That’s where the story started in earnest for me, and from that point it never stopped for a moment.

The plot kept me glued until the end, it was like a tug of war. “Will he, won’t he? Will she, won’t she?”. Of course, I won’t spoil the story, but I’m laying the blame where it’s due for the fact that my house looks like a bomb has hit it. I couldn’t put it down until I found out exactly what happened in the end. Heldt, you’re in big trouble! The end left me satisfied with that warm fuzzy feeling, thats all I’ll say on the matter.

The cover is as lovely and intriguing as the book itself. It certainly inspired me to read it.

All that said. I award the lovely read 4 pints of lager and a packet of crisps.

(Thats 4.5 stars to everyone else 😉 )

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Grab your copy:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mine-Northwest-Passage-1-ebook/dp/B0078S9B6G

Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/Mine-Northwest-Passage-1-ebook/dp/B0078S9B6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403081986&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Mine

***REVIEW*** Switching Lanes by Renea Porter

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The overall story is about the relationship between the two main characters Layne and Renee. The story is told in the first person from both characters points of view, I’m a huge fan of an author that does that. I love first person but I love an insight into what the other character is thinking at the same time.

The cover is beautiful and shows what the story is all about perfectly.

Both characters are struggling with the loss of their friend (Laynes girlfriend), Amber. The two main characters slowly come together though it’s not without its ups and downs.

The plot is very well constructed and is further enriched with a plethora of sub-plots.

The author has been brave enough to tackle a range of psychological and highly emotive issues. She has perfectly executed the struggle of two characters with eating disorders that are brought together in friendship. I feel that Renea Porter has displayed that you can survive an eating disorder by becoming united with others effected and by accessing counselling services that are available to you.

The author also touched upon dealing with child abuse and the after effects, as well as dealing with greif and loss of a loved one.

I connected easily with the characters, though I would have liked a better in depth physical description of Layne, as I struggled to ‘see’ him. Admittedly, I have not read the first book in the series, ‘Driving Lane’.

The flow of the story was okay, though I found it to be a little slow at times. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of stories written in present tense, and I find it very difficult reading. This is just my preference and I’ve tried hard not to allow it to effect the merits that are due to this novel.

I spent the entire novel rooting for Layne and Renee to get it on, all along praying that neither one of them messed up what seemed to me to be true love, and a connection worth fighting for. So, when my dreams came true and they did get it on I wanted the earth to move. My appetite had built up to a frienzy. I wanted to feel them. Unfortunately, all I got was two small sex scenes that were so brief that if I blinked I could have missed them. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all about the sex in a romance for me as a reader but I’m all or nothing…smoking hot or fade out and leave it to the readers imagaination. One or the other.

I would highly recommend this read to anyone that loves reading first person, present tense with a great romantic/love storyline.

Bearing all aspects in mind, I award ‘Switching Lanes’ 3.5 stars.

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About the author:

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I’ve always had my nose inside of a book ever since I can remember. And I thought I’d try my hand at writing, and Ive wrote ever since I was young, never showing anyone what I was writing. Initially I started writing Coming Back to You without intending to publish, but my hubby of 15 years encouraged me to publish it. And I did. I cant imagine never writing. Its in my blood. 

My mind is always wondering, plotting and full of ideas. I think my hubs questions my sanity sometimes, because I say my characters are real. They feel real to me. 

And I hope my stories make some sort of impart to you readers. I love hearing from you and enjoy talking with you. 
When Im not writing or plotting, I can found reading, and spending time with my step son and husband.

Connect with the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Renea-Porter/236589479847039

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072981.Renea_Porter

Amazon Links:

amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Switching-Lanes-Unspoken-Truth-Series-ebook/dp/B00KI5YX28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401102952&sr=8-1&keywords=switching+lanes+renea+porter

amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Switching-Lanes-Unspoken-Truth-Series-ebook/dp/B00KI5YX28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401103033&sr=8-1&keywords=switching+lanes+renea+porter

 

***REVIEW*** Nothing Like the First Time by Keren Hughes

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I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. As always, that’s what you’re getting!

I opened this book in the hope that I would like it, I wasn’t disappointed, I loved it! The story is about two childhood sweethearts, Grey and Carly. The book is written in first person from Carly’s point of view.

Grey chose a career opportunity as a freelance photographer over the girl he loved. He left town in pursuit of his dreams, leaving Carly broken hearted from her first love, a love she’d never forget. Ten years later Grey shows back up, but everything has changed hasn’t it?

Grey made me hate him, love him, hate, love. Okay, I would have been willing to hide Carly’s body in a shallow grave in the woods and present myself to him as a willing comfort. But I think that’s a whole different book ;). He is steamy hot and it’s certainly easy to see why he’d make a woman go weak at the knees.

Saying that, Carly is a strong minded character that I could easily relate to. She’s a strong woman, with two jobs. One pays the bills, the other is her passion. She has ‘the one that got away’ syndrome for sure. I get her. I get her motives for everything she does and I’m with her all the way. I only mention the body hiding stuff because I want a piece of her boyfriend.

The pair together are explosive. I’m not ashamed to admit that Hughes had me squirming in my seat with every hot sex scene. The passion was so palpable that I felt a little voyeuristic. Her words bounced straight off the page and provided vivid imagery that flooded down to my groin!

The plot is thick and enriched with events that you never saw coming. When the events have smacked you in the face, you’ll be holding your breath until the next one. I couldn’t put it down.

The writing is seamless, it flows beautifully and carries you along on the waves of Grey’s and Carly’s story. I found Hughes’ writing style flawless and a style I could read forever. You are just there, seeing, hearing, smelling and touching everything along with the characters. Isn’t that exactly how a book is meant to be?

The book’s cover is beautiful and compliments the characters perfectly.

I would feverishly recommend this book to any lover of steamy romance. Especially someone that needs a gripping plot to go along with it.

How could I give anything but 5 FANTASTIC glasses of wine!

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About the Author

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Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm; she has been since she read things like Black Beauty, What Katy Did and The Hobbit as a child. Her first real memories of reading are the summers she used to lie on her bed and re-read What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.

Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit OCD about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage.

She is a book reviewer and has been for the past 18 months or so.

The idea for Stolen came to her one day but she never thought she’d actually write it let alone publish it. If it wasn’t for her author friend Kira Saito, the idea would still be stuck in her head not on paper. But constant love and support from Kira is why you are now able to read Stolen.

Stolen is her first novel but now that she’s written one, she knows she needs to write more. There will be one sequel, called Freed which will be from Bodhi’s POV. This will be set a couple of years on.

She has just written her first NA Contemporary Romance called Nothing Like The First Time. It’s published by Limitless Publishing and will be available from May 20th 2014.

Links

amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Like-First-Keren-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00KFVCSMW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401750009&sr=8-1&keywords=nothing+like+the+first+time+keren+hughes

amazon.co.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nothing-Like-First-Keren-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00KFVCSMW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1401750094&sr=1-1&keywords=nothing+like+the+first+time