Review: Rose Garner Mystery #6.5-9.5

Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set #3 (6.5-9.5)Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set #3 by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my stars and garters, I can’t get enough of this series! There ain’t a cotton picking thing I don’t like.

Against a pot boiler of a plot thick with criminal suspense and political intrigue, Ms Swank has woven in stunning twists, emotional turmoil and tender romance and thrown in some hilarious situations and colorful characters that engaged my deep interest. I’m breathless with admiration at how Rose transformed and grown through the series. One of the rare series replete with murder and mayhem that manages to combine humor, romance and suspense into a powerful made for TV drama. Entertaining to the last page.

So thankful she decided to continue and develop this series after 30 and a half. It would have been a tragedy for readers like me if she’d let what she thought was lackluster sale stop her. She made me a fan of Rose and Neely Kate.

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Review: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery #1)Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A refreshing amateur sleuth story arc with funny twists and small town intrigue thrown into the mix.

I’ve enjoyed Ms Swank’s style of writing in the romance novels. The snappy pace and fluid flow of the story from Rose’s POV helps drive the pot forward to a most satisfying end. What a great debut to what promises to be an addictive series.

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Review: What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants
What a Girl Wants by Kate Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another strong debut to a new series with Sebastian (from the Summerhill series) finding his true love in a lovely little town in San Francisco. Returning to the states after his sabbatical in London getting in some quality time with his long lost relatives, the marketing guru was returning a favor for his former mentor, not expecting to be shot wth Cupid’s arrow. Ariana wasn’t at all the spoiled rich princess he believed.

In fact, she is very much what he wants as his lifelong partner in life. Now, if only he can get her to want him the same way that he wants her too. With the help of a meddling psychic and well meaning friends of Ariana, and some whimsical bit of magic.

There were tender moments aplenty in the story, and I was happily swept along with the plot progression and
to the funny almost comedic, but utterly romantic ending.

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Review: The Catching Kind

The Catching Kind
The Catching Kind by Bria Quinlan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a ‘little thing’ for jock/nerd pairings so the synopsis read like this wold be another fun romp promising sparks, witty dialogue and a hard look at the notion of beauty. This sweet little romance pitches ‘plain jane’ author Hailey Tate against playboy athlete Connor Ryan, who has to clean up his rep via a staged relationship with the intelligent heroine, who didn’t leave a great first impression when the two first met.

As they worked through their fictitious relationship, they find more things to like about each other. Lines started blurring, and emotions (and a couple of prejudices) started getting in the way of how both relate to each other. There were sweet tender moments thrown in with comical situations while the underlying conflict of beauty and self-worth is played out to a happy ending. Overall, an enjoyable read that I wouldn’t mind seen adapted for the big screen. Oh, and an epilogue would be nice.

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Review: Nobody’s Angel

Nobody's Angel
Nobody’s Angel by Sarah Hegger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A touching, emotional drama that will have you tearing up and sighing at turns, rooting for the brave heroine who’s trying to atone for her wild youth plagued by alcoholism and broken self image as a result of a dysfunctional relationship with her parents. The happy ending is worth the knifing pain of reliving a tortured and shameful past. You emerge admiring her courage for doing what she did and being happy that she’s reunited with her hometown sweetheart. Definitely looking out for the next in the series.

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