Book Review: Water So Deep by Nichole Giles

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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.

 

My Review

I have to say I loved this story. I loved the cover as well. But this story was so fascinating that I couldn’t put it down. I don’t normally read fantasy or mermaid stories but this one was worth it to me.
The story is about Emma Harris, it is her senior year and she loves her family and loves living on land, not her fault that she was born a mermaid and has to return to the sea. She is a responsible person and loves her family. But her destiny was already made for her. She will return to the sea when she is 18 year old.
I loved how the author made me feel during the story. I really thought it was great, kept me wanting to keep reading. To me the book was captivating and felt so real. She goes through stuff similar to other girls her age. I am just glad I was able to read this book.

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“It’s okay, Emma. It’s just school.”

“Yep. And Everest is just a mountain.” She glanced at her younger brother, Keith, wondering again if it was a mistake for her parents to enroll him in regular high school. The district classified him as “special needs,” and Emma agreed with that label.  He was special, and for whatever reason, he thought he needed to attend school with her.

What if people were mean to him because he was different? What if bullies picked on him? What if he came away traumatized for life? Hoping he was still this excited about school at the end of the day, she nudged him with her bag. “Let’s go, you grown-up high schooler.”

Keith’s grin split his face, lighting his eyes with excitement and pressing a wrinkle into his prominent forehead. The look melted Emma’s heart. If they were mean to him, she’d destroy them. Destroy them completely.

“You’ll find me at lunch, right?” He started toward the building, twisting the bottom of his T-shirt into a ball. The first nervous gesture he’d shown since they’d left the house.

“Yep. And we can eat outside on the grass if you want.”

“Okay, ’cause I know I’m going to be hungry. It’s my first day of high school, and Gran says teenage boys are always hungry.”

Smiling at his eagerness, Emma saw Keith to his first class, where a petite woman with dark, spiked hair introduced herself. “Hello, Keith,” she said. “I’m Mrs. Long, the aide. I’m here to help you learn everything you need to know about high school.”

“Hi, Mrs. Long.” Obviously embarrassed, Keith pulled the collar of his shirt over his face, hiding his pink-tinted cheeks.

“Is this your sister?” Mrs. Long asked, trying to force him to engage. “Are you going to introduce us?”

Hesitant to leave until she was sure Keith would be okay, Emma said, “Why don’t you be a gentleman and introduce me to your teacher?” Nothing. She kept her voice light, despite the nerves buzzing along her skin. “Keith, I’m going to be late to class. You don’t want me to get in trouble, do you?”

“No.” He shook his head, still hiding.

“Remember what we talked about?” she asked, tugging on the wrinkled bottom of his shirt and trying not to curse her parents. “How it’s polite to look at people when you talk to them?”

He nodded.

“How if you’re going to high school, you have to have manners and pay attention to what your teacher says?”

This time, he let the shirt down enough that his eyes peeked over the top. “Yes.”

“And do you still want to go to high school, or have you changed your mind? Because if you’d rather go home, I can take you.” And she would, even if it meant missing her entire first-period class.

He let go of his shirt and smoothed it over his torso, biting his lip. “No, I’m big. I want to stay.”

Pride filled the empty spaces in her chest. Keith was so much stronger than she would ever be. “Then hurry and introduce me before I’m late.”

Scuffing his shoe on the ground, he muttered, “This is my sister, Emma.”

 

NicholeAuthor Nichole Giles

Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review and Giveaway:Diamond Rings are a Deadly Things

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diamond rings are deadlyDiamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen
Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success–that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

 

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“I love Rachelle J. Christensen’s stories and characters, and Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is another thrilling mystery to add to my collection. Don’t be surprised if you have to stay up all night to finish he book!” ~Rachel Ann Nunes, author of Before I Say Goodbye

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things pulled me right in from the first page and held me captive until the very end. Great characters, a compelling plot, a surprising twist at the end … Rachelle Christensen knows how to craft a great mystery. ~Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries

A cunningly crafty mystery with just the right mix of romance. Readers won’t be able to get enough of Adrielle Pyper, stunning party-planner turned heroine. ~Nichole Giles, author of Descendant

 

My Review 

What happens when you just need to move somewhere else and start your new business in a positive light? Adrielle Pyper, knows how to plan weddings, she loves to plan weddings. After her best friend is murdered, she needed to start a her own wedding planning business. she move to the resort town of Sun Valley, about an hour and half from her parents. She just wants to plan the perfect wedding for all her brides and nothing is going to stop her, weddings are important.

Of course there is always something that happens, life cant be simple can it? So it seems that when they get their order of wedding dresses, some are missing, one of the more expensive dress is missing. And another dress has a tear in the hemline, Larea, Adri’s business partner/dressmaker says she can fix it, this is the dress for the bridezilla.

While going through dresses, Larea mentions that one of the other dresses needs the hem to be taken out, there is more to the story, but when Adri brings the dress home and starts taking out the hem, she finds more then just thread, she finds pure diamonds, still in rock formation. Certainly someone is looking for these diamonds. The ending of the book makes perfect sense for the title, I loved it.

This book has a lot going, but is perfect, easy to follow along. I loved the writing style for this clean cozy mystery. This book had it all, love, mystery, crafts, weddings, celebrities, just a perfect book to read when you want a good story to put you in a happy mood. I highly recommend this book.

rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Christensen was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology.

She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading. Rachelle has an amazing husband, five cute kids, three cats, and five chickens.

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February 3rd
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Book Review: A light in the Window. By Jolyse Barnett

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You can purchase this book on Amazon—>>>A Light in the Window (Christmas in New York Book 3)

 

A Light in the Window by Jolyse  Barnett

 

 

Adirondack girl-in-transition Jade Engel comes home to recharge after ending a career she never truly wanted, but soon realizes she’s in danger of also being swept off her feet by the boy-next-door, her former best friend, Ben Stephens. If only he’d stop kissing her every time she falls into his arms.

Everything local celebrity Ben Stephens ever wanted is in Starling. Then Jade comes home after an eternity away and sends his simple world into a tailspin. He’s determined to pursue her—the one girl who got away. But when their friends-with-benefits arrangement blows up in their faces, will they have the courage to put their pasts to rest in order to forge a future together?

Christmas in New York series
Book 1: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon
Book 2: All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen
Book 3: A Light in the Window by Jolyse Barnett
Book 4: Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

What I thought:

I decided to read this series after Christmas, and still a wonderful book to read.
This book is about Jade and Ben, Jade comes home to help around the holidays and runs into her friend from when she was younger, Ben. He is all grown up and looking good. This story takes place of course the holiday season and Ben really wants to get to know Jade, who is only in town for the season. Of course Jade wants to get to know Ben, but her Mom keeps telling her it is a mistake. So Ben really has to work at.

I loved how this story just worked, it read well, and of course nothing is perfect, whether in a story or real life, this one felt real to me. Even thought it is almost Valentines day, this love story is still perfect to read.

I really loved reading this series of book Christmas in New York. All the stories were really well written and enjoyable to read.

I want to thank Netgalley and Tule Publishing for letting me read this book and give an honest opinion.I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review and Giveaway; Rough Edges by Kimberly Krey

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Divorced mother, Allie Emerson, never imagined she’d be raising two teenage girls on her own. Between parenting and paying the bills, she hasn’t even thought about meeting a man. That changes once she hears local carpenter, Braden Fox, is in need of a secretary. Back in high school, Allie had done all she could to deny the sparks burning between her and Braden; perhaps now they could explore the possibilities.

Braden has heard all about what Terrance did to Allie and the girls, has been planning to stop by and see how she’s getting along, but Allie beats him to it by showing up at his shop in search of a job. Her single visit reignites the old flame Braden used to torch for her; trouble is, old feelings of resentment return as well. Allie did choose Terrance over him, after all. And as much as Braden wants Allie in his life, he’s not sure he can open his heart again.

With this second chance at romance, will the bumps in their relationship be too much to get over, or will this carpenter learn to smooth out the past?

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Praise for Rough Edges

“Kimberly Krey never fails to truly amaze and captivate my heart … She has done it yet again with this heart stopping journey of a second chance at a once in a lifetime love.” ~Amber @ Wonderings of One Person

“An utterly charming romance!” ~Jamie Brook Thompson

 

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Their eyes met once more, and a shot of heat flooded his chest like a liquid bolt of lightening, forcing his pulse to rush. “I’ve missed you,” he blurted.
Her eyes widened in response, and Braden wondered if he’d been too bold. He’d hardly meant to speak it. It’d been more of a thought. A longing, really.
At last she nodded. “Yeah,” she said, her voice soft and low. “I … I’ve been wondering about you too. How you’ve been over the years. I kept asking Terrance who you were dating. If you were close to marrying anyone…” Her words drifted off for a breath, but then she spoke up again. “You admitted that you’d turned down our offers to come to dinner and catch up.” She studied him for a moment, a challenge presented in her gaze. “All those years. Why didn’t you just come?”
“You know why.” He’d nearly spoken over her, but he couldn’t help it.
“No, Braden, I don’t.”
He nodded adamantly, taking a step back and folding his arms. “Think about it, Allie.” …
“I have thought about it –”
“Not nearly enough, apparently,” he snapped.
“I’ve thought about it all these years. It hurt my feelings. I thought we were friends.”
… Braden bit back his words and broke into a pace.
“Braden,” she said, “I wanted you to stay a part of our lives. You were the best influence Terrance had and you just stopped being his friend? Why would you do that?”
Braden froze in place. “I was a better friend to him than you’ll ever know.” Or possibly the worst, he realized. He strode back, his gaze set on her. “And I didn’t want to be your friend, Allie. I wanted more than that and you know it.”
Her face fell flat. Her lips parted. But no words came. She cleared her throat, casting her eyes to the floor.
“Yeah,” he said. “Don’t pretend that you don’t know. I made it clear. And as soon as I did you started setting me up with every friend you had. Including Kayla.”
“That’s not…” Her face flushed red. Her lips tightened. “That’s not how it went, Braden.” The silence that followed was painful. The tension wedged in each passing second pressed at Braden’s last nerve.
“Well,” he said, “this has been a nice trip down memory lane, but if you don’t mind I’ve got to get back to work. Come on out when you’re ready.” He turned away from her in one quick jerk and walked out of the kitchen, one long stride after the next.

 

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Author Kimberly Krey

Writing Romance That’s Clean Without Losing the Steam!
I’m a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry.
I’m not patient enough to enjoy yoga, or tall enough to be great at basketball, but I do love to run – anywhere but on a treadmill. I love the sound of a rainstorm when I have no place to go, the feel of Soft Lips chap Stick on my lips, and the first peek of blue water as we round the mountains toward our favorite getaway in Bear Lake.

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Book Review: Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

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Purchase this book on Amazon—-> Goodness and Light (Christmas in New York Book 4)

 What the book is about:

Thirteen years ago, two teens met on the ramp to Ground Zero, on a cold and snowy day, strangers bonding in a moment of grief. The boy pressed a crystal snowflake ornament into the girl’s hand and disappeared into the crowd, unaware that his simple act of kindness saved her from the guilt that threatened to consume her.

Since losing her mom, Elena Larsen hasn’t set foot in New York City — until now. Agreeing to help her sister prepare for her baby’s birth seems like a good way to spend Christmas and Elena vows not to let the monstrous guilt that weighs on her heart ruin everything. But those plans go awry when she meets Lucas Adair, a man whose own grief and guilt just might rival her own.

When Elena discovers Lucas is the boy who gave her that crystal snowflake all those years ago, she can’t accept it as the sign Lucas believes it to be. For her, it means only one thing — even beyond the grave, her mother can never forgive Elena for breaking her heart.

For Lucas, New York is hallowed ground that he can never leave. He spends his days working in the Financial District and his evenings volunteering and it’s almost enough to help him forget what he did. Lucas knows better than to make plans with a woman who will soon be leaving, yet can’t help himself. There’s something about Elena that pulls him in. He doesn’t put much faith in signs but even he starts to believe Elena is his absolution. Now, he only has to convince her.

 

Goodness and Light (Christmas in New York, #4)Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this book was remarkable, Patty Blount brought so many emotions that I felt while reading this story. I remember when 9/11 happened, I live across the country and I felt so sad for the family and the people living in New York when this happened. I could feel the loss in these characters, as they had loss their mothers. I have experience grief of my own, not with 9/11 but losing a family member. I just felt that this story was written so well, so perfect for a sad yet happy Christmas story, I am glad I waited till after Christmas to read this book. This story of loss and happiness is so right on the mark. I am so glad I was able to read this book.

Thanks to Tule Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: All I want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

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Purchase on Amazon—>All I Want for Christmas (Christmas in New York Book 2)

 

What this book is about:

Cassandra Baines almost has it all: a flourishing career as one of the youngest English Lit assistant professors at NYU, an apartment in a city she adores, and a close circle of lifelong girlfriends that are like sisters. The only thing she doesn’t have is someone special to share it with. She’s been married to her work since Sean McKinnon broke her heart seven years ago.

Musician and bar owner Sean McKinnon keeps busy – too busy for a love life. He blew it with Cassie all those years ago, and no one has held a candle to her since.

But then one fateful night, of all the people in New York City, Cassandra walks into his bar, and he’s drawn to her as strongly as ever. She wants nothing to do with him, but he’s not going to give up so easily.

Can a bit of New York Christmas magic help two people take a second chance on true love?

What I thought:

 
All I Want for Christmas (Christmas in New York, #2)All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this sweet story about Cassandra and running into her former boyfriend Sean.
Cassandra and her friend Bree went to the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller center and decided afterwards that the needed to go to a bar, it was a cold New York night and being in a warm place chatting with her BFF would be great.

They walked into an Irish Pub that they thought look warm, and that is where Cassandra saw him, her x-boyfriend from 7 years ago, her only true love!

This story tells us how Cassandra and Sean try to meet up again, rekindle that fire that was never burnt out.

I thought the author Jennifer Gracen did a great job of developing the characters, I felt like I was there, wanting things to work out. This was a great Christmas book to read. Loved the Holiday cheer.

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl