Monday, December 26, 2016

Fated Memories by Joan Carney

A woman, a war, a vision of the future past...

Burdened with the scars of a tortured childhood and a shattered romance, Kitty is being forced to resign from the dull, anonymous job she’s been hiding behind. With her life in shambles and her friends moving on without her, she jumps at her cousin, Maggie’s, invitation to visit. However, Maggie’s new boyfriend, Simon, has a secret that accidentally hurls the trio a hundred and fifty years into the past. Trapped in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history, the events that unfold will require more mettle than Kitty’s ever had.

I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
This book is about a group of friends, Kitty, Mags and Simon who are transported into the time of the Civil War, while not my usual read the first thing I noticed was a lot of research went into this project.
This book was pretty good, it kept you guessing about what happens next and the author was not afraid to do bad things to her characters, which is recommended by great writers like Stephen King.

The characters could have used a little more development and as a warning to other readers there is a rape scene.
This book has a wonderful blend of romance, historical fiction and a little science fiction all rolled into one.

I’m not big on the civil war era, but the feel of the camp and time period seemed pretty accurate to me, plus Kitty’s relationship with Sam was very endearing. Over all there’s nothing to do but recommend this novel.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Wrong Man by K.C. Willivee

The wrong man was tried, convicted, and incarcerated for the vicious murder of Natasha Gwynne’s twin brother. But could sexy Patrick O’Roarke be the right man to win her heart? Freed when DNA evidence conclusively proves his innocence, O’Roarke immediately seeks Natasha out. His only thought is protecting her from the conspiracy that killed her brother and framed him for the crime. The more time he spends with the strong but vulnerable woman, though, the more he’s in danger of falling for her. And as the two flee for their lives across the southern United States, they are forced to confront unexpected betrayals, unspeakable grief, and unquenchable passion....

I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest review
My first issue with this book is that in the In Death series by JD Robb there is a very bad man named Patrick Roarke, so every time I see that name in this book that's who I think of, the author may want to change the first name, at least, as JD Robb is a super popular mystery/romance novel author. 

The writing wasn't bad, though the formatting in the .pdf I got was kind of wonky. There is good story telling here, good character development and a strong plot line.  I however had issue with the subject matter more than anything else. The guy is tried, convicted and incarcerated for the murder of the MC brother, but goes out of his way to meet her, save her and eventually fall in love with her? Only in the world of romance is this romantic, personally I found the idea semi creepy. 

Roarke and Natasha are interesting characters, each with their own positives, negatives and quirks, you can tell the author spent some time thinking about how to write them best. 

The book is a  short, fast paced read, which I liked. A ton of action without dwelling on anything too boring, though it does lead to insta-love. However, in the world of the romance novel (which this definitely is) this is more than acceptable, it's actually preferred. The chemistry between these two characters is HOT! 

The ending is very sweet and the hopeless romantic is me went, "squeee!"  So I recommend this novel if you are looking for a quick, steamy, fun, romantic read. Especially if you have some travel coming up for the holidays.