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Book review : Like a Woman Scorned by Randi Hart

Hi all,

Today I am reviewing a romance-suspense novella by Randi Hart. Let’s first get to know the author!. Here is an intro from the author herself..

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Hi, I’m Randi. I hope you like my books. I live in Southern California with my wonderful husband. We are both retired and travel a lot, especially to the east coast. I like to write while sitting in my backyard and enjoying a glass of wine, or to kill the time when on a plane.

I am a bit of a health nut and go running, paddling, or hit the gym almost every day. I try to eat mostly healthy, and buy a lot of organic groceries. Of course, being healthy doesn’t help much when somebody who is texting on a smart phone while driving runs over you. Lots of people have those touch-screen smart phones these days, don’t they? Come to think of it, maybe I will go out for a burger!

Book Summary

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Girl meets boy – specifically, knockout senior-paralegal girl Alison Carson meets hotshot Boston lawyer boy Rick Waterman while he is visiting Alison’s beloved hometown of San Francisco on a month-long trial. Girl and boy fall in love. Boy eventually goes back home and promises to call. Boy doesn’t call. Girl experiences heartbreak, plus an actual physical malady as a result of the affair.

Girl then finds out about boy’s other girl back home. Girl wants revenge. Girl secretly gets revenge, but goes too far with it. Boy’s life is wrecked. Girl then feels guilty. Boy finally calls girl and apologizes. Boy and girl fall back in love. That is, until boy starts getting suspicious…

My review

I absolutely love how the author has carefully thought of every little detail, while creating this story. This is a very fresh plotline. Woman scorned by a cheating guy is not new but this storyline has so many unexpected twists and turns, you simply wouldn’t be able to put it down once you start!.

The book cover is nice and dark with a splash of red across it. Mmm. Smells of revenge. Wilted roses do speak volumes. Allison, the star of this story reminds me a lot of myself. I mean the initial introduction of her, made me instantly like her so much. She hates smokers, wears almost nil makeup most of the time, loves reading, her favorite genre is crime/mystery and has a skincare routine that she has stuck to for years. Whoa!. That’s a lot of similarities right?. Anyways, moving on, she is a senior paralegal and is very much in control of her life. She meets a really handsome guy, Rick and for a while has a fantastic, romantic time. Then she gets to know that he actually was engaged to a nurse back home, the whole time that he was with her. Even though I read this in the book summary, once I got immersed in the book, I forgot about it and then when I actually came to know of his cheating ways, I was totally in disbelief. Their chemistry was amazing. How could he cheat her??

Then Allison decides it’s time for revenge and then the plot is full of twists and surprises all the way till the end. The author’s way of writing is smooth and keeps you glued to those pages. I also got a sneak peek into the life of a person who has a lot of disposable money with them. She was literally spending millions as if they were nothing!. That kind of life is pretty intriguing. Also, through the words of the author, I was able to see the beauty of San Franciso. It’s beautifully and elaborately painted for you to enjoy. Allison’s friend, Brenda is also described well. There is not one scene or character in here which is superfluous. Though Allison is a paralegal and Rick is a lawyer, the story doesn’t use law related jargon much. I wouldn’t have enjoyed that that much and so am grateful to the author for that!. I finished this in a day because I simply couldn’t put it down.  It’s a 44,000 words story which is 154 pages on a pdf file.

In the end, there is a short scene on how she communicates with God and I felt it to be beautiful. Also, I kept thinking that this story could have only one particular way to end. But the author surprised me again with an excellent ending. If you love a bit of romanticism mixed in with suspense, you will love this book. I give this book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it’s amazing’!.

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

How I received a copy

A complimentary ebook copy was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Love,
Naz

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Book review: Out of the Blue by Caroline Clemmons

Hi guys!

Today I would like to review a Time travel/Romantic/Mystery by best selling author, Caroline Clemmons. More on the author:

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Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling author of historical and contemporary western romances. Her books have garnered numerous awards. Her most recent novel, BLUEBONNET BRIDE, is a poignant tale of tender redemption. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline’s latest publications are the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain series: BRAZOS BRIDE, HIGH STAKES BRIDE, and BLUEBONNET BRIDE.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends.

Summary

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Deirdre Dougherty never cursed at anyone, much less put a curse on the potato crop of her remote Irish village. She’d rather take her chances with the Atlantic lapping at the bottom of the cliff than the mob intent on burning her as they have her cottage. Deirdre leaps…and plops down over 160 years later in a Texas lake. She doesn’t understand how she’s ended up with the man from her recent visions or why he has the same name as the saint to whom she prayed. She’s in danger of falling for the handsome policeman who rescued her, in spite of the fact that he thinks she’s lying to him. How can she convince him her story  is true when she’s finding it difficult to believe the tale herself?

Police Detective Brendan Hunter wants answers. Who shot him and his partner?. Why?. And why does Deirdre know details of the event?. Her story has to be a colossal fabrication or else she’s a beautiful psycho. Either way, he wants her gone before he becomes even more fascinated with her. But he can’t let her out of sight until she confesses to how she learned details no one but he and his partner knew.

My review

It is my very first time reading about a book on time travel and I should say, I am quite intrigued by it!. Caroline makes sure that Deirdre, the protagonist, takes her own sweet time to adjust to her new environment after she travels through a time portal of over 160 years!. I couldn’t help but laugh when Deirdre thought the people in the television were leprechauns :P. She is a quick learner though and learns about modern facilities very fast.

The cottage, the lake, the sunset, everything is beautifully described. Caroline uses simple words to write and makes sure Deirdre uses words that are obsolete as of now, as she is from the period of 1845!. I love small details like that which give originality to the plot. The book does have many deaths/killings in it but it’s not the kind that makes the book dismal.

The story has a nice flow to it and it was very pleasant to read. Deirdre is a very likeable character because she is so helpful, caring and very naive. In this book, Caroline shows what money can do. Both the good and bad of it. Brendan, the hero, is such a kind and compassionate man. He has a heart of gold. But very untrusting. Well I would be untrusting too if a woman claimed that she actually traveled through time and fell out of the blue into a lake, near my boat!!. The title of the book is very apt indeed.

The romance between Brendan and Deirdre is very sweet and portrayed in an innocent manner. The suspense in this book is ok. I wouldn’t say it’s awesome. The question in this book is not “Who did it?”. It’s more like “Why he did it?”. Reading a lot of suspense thrillers (that being my fav genre), I have developed a sense of finding out who the bad guy is and I did have my doubts. So I just waited till the end to see *why* the bad guy did, whatever that he did. No spoilers here!

The book cover is pretty dull with just a cliff and the main characters. The cliff is of a lot of importance in the story but well when you look at the book, you would simply judge by it’s looks yeah?. But the author too realized that the cover is uninviting and it has since been replaced by this new cover.

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 I highly suggest this book to everyone. You will really like it. Also the quality of the pages is very nice. Each page is really thick and at times, I felt like I have flipped over 2 pages when it was only just one. There are 260 pages and the story is interesting enough that I finished it in 2 days. I give this book 4/5 which by Goodreads standards means I “really liked” it!

 Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ B&N

How I received my copy!

I won a print copy of Out of the Blue from a book giveaway that Caroline held over at her blog. I am SUPER EXCITED to have one more print book to add to my book collection. I definitely love print books more than ebooks. This is the first time I am getting a book by snail mail and it was so nice. The author did not request this review but reviews always are welcome, aren’t they?.

Love,
Naz 🙂