If it is a Tena Stetler story, I will pick it up and read it. Ms. Stetler’s writing style is distinctive for me. It reminds me of the 90’s when I first fell into the paranormal romance genre and never left. This latest book with angels mixing with mortals includes… time travel. For some reason, it seems as if the time travel aspect is a current trend. Or perhaps I just happen to be picking up more time travel books. This one involves going to the late 1800s with an interracial couple. This should be interesting.
Ms. Stetler’s writing style reminds me of the Nora Roberts of old where the book goes into detail about the character’s occupation. For some people, this may be dry and boring. For me, I’m riveted. I am not sure how accurate the blacksmith job is like back in the late 1800s, but I learned quite a bit. I enjoy delving deep into a vocation that I know little about. I admire authors who can educate readers with something new and make it interesting. Reading about everyday life in the late 19th century with the lack of indoor plumbing and central heating is interesting to me. I liked seeing how the characters struggled with manual labour, cooking over a wood stove, and trying to keep their house warm.
For time travelers such as Killian and Chinoah, it is a harder assignment than expected. They are to find a demon trying to change the past. This may have been the plot of the story, but definitely took a backseat to adjust to the late 1800s. Even the romance between Killian and Chinoah took precedence over their job assigned by the Angel Legion Commander. I’m okay with this because I loved learning about their experience in pioneer times. The compare and contrast between current times versus the past fascinate me. Makes me wonder if I could have hacked it.
This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who enjoy westerns and time traveling.
* I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
A murderer who doesn’t leave a clue.
Small-town detective, Rory Naysmith, thought he’d seen it all, but a young woman’s brutal murder is especially hard to stomach. Doubly so, when he recognizes the murder’s MO is identical to that of Tobias Snearl, the killer he put behind bars a decade before.
His frustration grows after a series of senseless accidents plague those dearest to him, and a second woman dies. Searching for answers, Rory races against time, plunging deep into the murder investigations, drawing ever closer to becoming a casualty of the dark, angry deeds himself, until he finds no one is who they pretend to be—and none are beyond evil’s reach.
Our Review: Often irascible but always dry-witted Rory Naysmith is back to please readers of this popular series. On his toes—so to speak—with the latest murder to hit Winterset, Nebraska, Rory battles bureaucracies both inside and out of this small mid-western town and it’s smaller police department. A reluctant transplant from the big city, with murder, this cop is in his element and the reader knows it from page one.
Gone Before is loaded with a cast of diverse, quirky characters along with a budding love interest for the socially challenged Rory—and it’s so much fun to watch.
Based on a scale of 1-5, Gone Before deserves a 7.
Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews
A Christmas Cannoli Kiss by Anne Armistead is a sweet, contemporary romance with an amazing cast of characters. I loved them all. Our heroine, Isabella, is a spitfire with a strong sense of family loyalty. She is someone you want to be your book bestie, but she has a dynamite crew of her own. Her posse reunites for Jen’s wedding, but I loved the interactions between all the women. Armistead has a gift for displaying friendship and camaraderie in a true-to-life way. From Isabella’s relationship to the aging Uncle Sal and Aunt Angie to her relationship with Bestie Beth’s twin daughters (delightful hellions), the author excels in showing Isabella’s giving heart rather than telling us about it.
However, my favorite character in the book is the city of Pittsburgh. From the food to the landmarks, I was transported back to the Italian district. I love this area of Pittsburgh, especially at Christmas time, and Armistead captured the magic unique to this city. I could picture Fontana’s bakery wedged between the historic shops and restaurants. I got to travel to one of my favorite places without leaving my home.
I highly recommend this romance for a romantic escape to the Italian district with a group of friends so realistic; you would think they are sitting beside you.
Marilyn Barr’s story is told in two points of view, Cassie and Sergie. Single Cassie is the black sheep of her family who dreads visiting home over Christmas holidays because her parents and siblings refuse to accept who she is, a Reiki healer who abstains from gluten, dairy, meat, dyes, and preservatives. She has hospital privileges and a full-time job in pain management at OH hospice center, where she treats the mysterious and handsome Sergei, at the behest of his strange mother who pleads with Cassie to awaken Sergei from his coma. We get to know Sergei when he and Cassie meet in his dreams as he is awakening from his coma. His past is sad, turbulent, and full of violence and danger. He rejects the loving touch of others after the abuse he has survived…until he becomes drawn to Cassie (and her Russian Tea Cakes!). The romantic scenes are sizzling and the intricacies of the plot are page-turning, leading to an extremely satisfying ending worthy of the Christmas holiday spirit! If you’re looking for a sexy read framed with a touch of paranormal, this is for you! And BONUS – the Russian Tea Cake recipe is included.
Coconut Macaroon Scandal by Virginia Barlow is a page-turner! Action-packed with steamy romance, this is a book I read in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down, but I never wanted it to end. Sebastian is the swoon-worthy hero that every reader wishes would sweep them off their feet. He’s the millionaire disguised as the guy-next-door. I instantly added him to my book boyfriend list.
He rides in like a knight in shining armor with a loving family, legal team, and private investigators on speed dial. Oh boy, our heroine, Emma needs them. Her hometown is full of villains that readers love to hate.
The characters’ descriptions painted them in my mind’s eye vivid color. They popped off the page. With a satisfying happily-ever-after, this is a holiday read I will recommend to everyone who will listen.