Thursday, 11 December 2014

Book Review: Crazy on You by Rachel Gibson

Crazy on You (Goodreads)
I had higher hopes for this book. It had the potential to be a great novella with enjoyable characters and a fun plot. Letting the reader's imagination take the romance to the next step can add to a shorter text.  Unfortunately I found this book too stuffed with erotic clutter that ruined the sensual flow of the story.

I also have a difficult time when the text of a new or seasoned author is filled with errors. Whether it is the lack of editors due to software dependence or laziness in human detecting, it irks me to no end to see misspelled words, incorrect grammar, and simple punctuation mistakes. Writers and the publishing community need to be more diligent in the editing phase; readers of all ages are watching what is put upon these pages. Is a good story not worth the extra time and effort to make it the best it can be? I sure think so. What do you think?
~ cross-posted on Goodreads

Book Review: The Mistress of Normandy by Susan Wiggs

The Mistress of Normandy (Goodreads)
Amidst the fight of French and English land rights, we see the French Bois-Long maiden fall in love with the English baron who lays claim to her land, her home, and her heart - the latter being the most difficult to acquire.
Filled with action, adventure, and minor characters that are as well-written as the hero and heroine, I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy a setting that draws you in, characters to grow with, and a plot that takes you through a lifetime of tears and joy in between two covers.
I am happy to be a biased reader as I am a new fan of Susan Wiggs. Well done.
Aren't you wondering what is just Beyond My Bookshelf? Come back again and see.
~ cross-posted on Goodreads

Monday, 4 August 2014

Becoming Psychic Magazine, August 2014 - Book Review Link
Becoming Psychic Magazine - August 2014 Issue
Welcome back for another of my book reviews for Becoming Psychic Magazine. This month you can read my review of Divine Reflections by Sandie Woolford. I have linked the picture to the webpage that the magazine PDF is on...just scroll to pages 59 & 60 to read what August's book is all about.

Don't forget to read the rest of this month's edition while it is free. You can read the magazine in PDF by going HERE and scrolling through. Did I mention my book review is on page 59? You should check just to be sure.

Come back and tell me what you think. There's always something interesting Beyond My Bookshelf.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Becoming Psychic Magazine, July 2014 - Book Review Link

Becoming Psychic Magazine - July 2014 Issue
Becoming Psychic Magazine - July 2014 Issue

Hey fellow readers! I'm sorry I'm posting this one so late in the month, but there is still another week left to read the July issue of Becoming Psychic Magazine for free, and especially my book review of The Hummingbird That Answered My Heart's Call by Noelle M. Meade-Izzi.
Just click here, and scroll a touch to the PDF magazine. I'm on page 71 & 72...yes, more scrolling! But I swear it's worth it! It's a beautiful book as you can see by some of the pictures included in my review. But the pictures don't do the book justice. If you like the review, purchase the book. But also tell me about it!
The next edition of Becoming Psychic Magazine comes out on August 1. I will put up the link as soon as I can. Don't forget to let me know what you think.
What do you think is Beyond My Bookshelf?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Short Story Review: Love Forever by Anuraag Bhaskabhatta
Write-up from Smashwords:

A love story is like a recipe that has the same ingredients but not necessarily tastes the same always. Every love story is different in some or the other way and so is this one. Based on events from true incident, this is however a work of fiction. A sweet love story about a boy who is dying of cancer but falls in love with a girl he had a crush on in the past. Can he tell her the truth? Can they fall in love? Read to find out.

There is just something about this story. It is only 10 pages long, but it tells a lifetime of emotion in that short time. It touches me in its innocence and sweetness of first love. It is untouched, unfettered, unhurried love. It is just love.

Anuraag is a refreshing voice to read, and I am very glad I stopped by to pick up his love story. It was advertised as free on Smashwords. Such a beautiful story for no payment to the author. I hope to read more from him in the future.

You can also read this wonderful story, Love Forever on Smashwords. And follow the author on Facebook. I'm happy to have him in my reading collection. What else will we find Beyond My Bookshelf?

~ cross-posted on Smashwords

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Book Review: With a Southern Touch (Anthology) by Jennifer Blake, Heather Graham, and Diana Palmer

This book is an anthology of stories by three wonderful romance authors.
Adam by Jennifer Blake
In this book, we find Adam Benedict on the hunt for Kim Belzoni, a woman who just murdered her abusive husband in self defense. He intends to take her to the sheriff, his cousin Roan. But it's awfully hard for Adam to find Kim when her niece, Lara Kincaid keeps getting in the way. Lara has a mystical and ghostly sense to her the first time they meet, and Adam is all the more intrigued the more he finds out about her. With Kim always one step ahead of him, Lara has more time to convince Adam about how abused Kim had been in the marriage. And along the way, both Lara and Adam discover more about each other than either was prepared for.
A wonderful and fun read.
A Night in Paradise by Heather Graham
Mike and Mary are an elderly couple in a rehabilitation facility in the small town of Paradise. They are blessed with a strong love for each other and each one reaches out their grandchild to come to their wedding. Aurora, Mary's granddaughter, is a playwright and owner of the Paradise Theater, a small place where the local talent can make her words shine. Helpful in visiting her grandmother on a regular basis, Aurora also tends to make a good impression on Mike. This leads to Max Wulfson, Mike's grandson, getting the wrong impression over a phone call, and leaves immediately to break up Mike's nuptials to the wrong woman. When he figures out he was mistaken, he plays a little game with Aurora, who is not correcting Max's mistake just yet. Oh, and did Max forget to mention he was a famous New York playwright?
Some funny moments finally sway to this sweet romance with a great ending.
Garden Cop by Diana Palmer
Curtis Russell is enjoying his vacation visiting his mother, Matilda. As an FBI agent, he finds it hard to rest when he notices the neighbour, Mary Ryan, growing some illegal plants in her front yard garden. The gall of the woman! Some fantastically funny writing had me laughing out loud at the predicaments Mary and Curt keep getting into together. From physical tussles in the muddy garden over tomato plants to Mary and Curt running wildly through the dark community in their pajamas looking for a dog that doesn't even belong to them. As the two work together, they realize their is an escaped government witness with a gun on the loose in Matilda's back shed. They do some quick detective thinking, winding up in shots fired, an ambulance ride, and an ending that I wasn't expecting.
I laughed out loud and enjoyed this story the best in this anthology.
I am very happy I own this anthology as it will be read again. I recommend it highly to those who enjoy light clean romances.
~ cross-posted on Goodreads


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Book Review: Club Prive: Book 2 by M.S. Parker

Welcome to the second in the five book series of Club Prive. Go to my review of book 1 if you missed it. You definitely need to read each book in order to get the whole story.

At the beginning of this book, we see our main attractive male lead, Gavin, confess to having been a little underhanded from the beginning...but, of course, for good reason. He just had to find a way to see Carrie again. What better way to find out about the woman who has caught your attention than asking her best friend. The main question is: will Carrie be able to trust Gavin again after he lied?

While Carrie battled herself about whether to forgive Gavin, I found it humorous how she handled the wooing stage of Gavin's affections. In the end, Carrie agrees to go to a formal charity event with him, but not necessarily in a romantic sense.

Because this is an ongoing storyline, and I really don't want to give anything away, I can't say much more about what goes on. But I can tease you a bit and say that I think Book 2 is even more steamy than Book 1. I guess you'll just have to go and read it now. You're welcome!

I enjoyed the passion and sensuality of this book, but I do wish Carrie was a little stronger in her personal convictions. I recommend to those who enjoy erotic romance.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

~ cross-posted on Goodreads