Sunday, 15 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

Tuesday, 10 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


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

Monday, 9 June 2014

Revised Blog Tour Promo: Sand & Clay and Logan's Story by Sarah Robinson

Young New York City socialite Caroline Sanders is perfectly satisfied with her life until the brooding rock star Logan Clay tramples all over her illusions and shows her just how much she has been missing.

There are a million reasons why they shouldn’t be together and their timing couldn’t possibly be worse. Nothing goes according to plan and Logan must choose between Caroline or his career. Caroline must choose between this newly found love or the life her parents had made for her.

As much as they fight their true feelings, fate keeps throwing them back into each other’s lives. Can they find a way to be together when they have every reason to run the opposite direction? Happy endings might not be for everyone...

NOTE: This book is intended for 18+ years old.
To Purchase Sand and Clay
A prequel novella to Sand & Clay.

Logan Clay is a dreamy, starving artist working multiple jobs to support his ailing mother and unemployed father, all while pursuing his dream of becoming a famous musician.

When luck shines on him, it looks like he might finally get the big break that he has been waiting for- that is until he meets Gina.

The daughter of a record label executive, Gina Vile has the potential to make all of Logan’s dreams come true or destroy any chance he will ever have. Can fame and love go hand in hand?
To Purchase Logan's Story
Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson is the three-time Amazon Bestselling Author of Sand and Clay, Tainted Bodies, and Tainted Pictures. Her very popular trilogy, The Photographer Trilogy, includes Tainted Bodies, Tainted Pictures, and the not yet released Untainted. Her latest publications include Sand and Clay and Logan’s Story, both in the Sand and Clay Series. All of her novels have reached Amazon’s Bestseller Rank in Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Romance, and/or Romantic Suspense. She also has a very large social media following, including over ten thousand Facebook fans.
Her writing often concentrates on the complexity of love in emotions, combining psychological complexities and human flaws to create very real characters that readers can relate with. Her work focuses on redemption and forgiveness, learning to build on what has been broken. Her characters are often in conflicting situations, leaving the reader to decide what is right and what is wrong. She uses her stories to hold a mirror up to the reader and ask them to see things they never knew, or had forgotten, about themselves.
Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in criminal psychology. She is newly married to her soul mate, Justin, who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiasts as she is.  Together, they own a zoo of rescues including 2 dogs, 7 cats, and 5 turtles, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

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