Book Review of “Monica’s Match” by Katya Armock for Red Moon Book Tours


Blurb:

Monica has the ability to see a guy’s aura light up the first time he touches his soul mate, but she’s kept it a secret since her parents shamed her as a child. Still, she decides to start her own matchmaking company—even if she doesn’t advertise her unique ability. Business is so-so until she gets a call to find matches for the singles of the small town of Perry Grove. She’s not looking for love herself, but has an immediate attraction to one of her clients. Too bad another woman lit up his aura.

Hunky dairy farmer Jeremiah wants nothing to do with his grandpa’s hare-brained matchmaking scheme but agrees to play along to appease the man who raised him. But when he meets the sexy matchmaker, he starts to rethink his single status. Too bad she’s intent on pairing him up with another woman. If there’s one thing he knows, though, it’s how to be stubborn.

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance
My Review:

Monica’s Match is a typical Contemporary Romance Novels. But for someone like me who loves Contemporary Romance, the journey remains interesting even though the end is known. Boy meets girl and both fall in love. But complications arise which leads them to the question “Can they be together?”. Yes, the typical love story. But the characters are very interesting. Monica is this strong-minded business woman who monetizes her gifts very efficiently. However she has this rule of naught dating clients. And Jeremiah is hell-bent on making her make an exception. Jeremiah is a well-developed character, who we can easily relate with someone who has lived in a farm forever. The ideals and values of someone who is home-oriented and lives with grandparents are truly heart warming to read.

The story flows effortlessly and smoothly. The language is soft and easy. The feel around the book is romantic, soft and light-hearted. The only issue I had was that the climax was wrapped up on just a couple of pages. Waiting till the last moment to set out the suspense and just give half a page to it was too much of a killer, in my opinion. But that is just one drawback. Otherwise, the story scored in narration, language, romance, smoothness, everything. It is a wonderful read in one go and come out feeling happy, refreshed and so much in love. 4 out of 5 stars for the sweet romantic book.

Excerpt :

Monica Morgan slammed the door of her red Camry and kicked the offending tire for good measure. “Ow. Darn it!” Her sensible black flats were no match for the doughnut wheel. Smooth move, Sherlock. Get your head in the game. You need this job or your business is toast. She took a moment for one deep breath then hurried to the entrance of the Perry Grove United Methodist Church. Before she reached the double door, it swung open and Ed Thompson greeted her with a kind smile. His white hair was a bit shaggier around the edges than when they’d met in person seven weeks ago. She’d spent that afternoon in Perry Grove meeting with only the town council, as she had a strict rule that she couldn’t come into contact with any potential bachelors or bachelorette in public. That edict had raised a few eyebrows, but in the end she had sold them on her “process” with no mention of the true reason for the rules. No one needed to know she saw a guy’s aura light up the first time he made physical contact with his soul mate. In a public setting, even one as small as Perry Grove, she ran the risk that more than one woman or man could brush against a man at the same time and mess up Monica’s aura-reading mojo. So she insisted on one-on-one intake interviews with each client early on. Then she oversaw each potential couple’s first contact with no other parties in the room under the guise of wanting to see their first impressions of each other in a closed environment.

Now that she was here for her extended stay, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson would be her hosts for the next month. Mr. Thompson held the door for her. “Glad to see you made it in one piece. Lucky you were close enough you could make it on a doughnut, but now that you’re here, Sherman’ll get it fixed right up for you. He already ordered the tire. It’ll be in tomorrow.” Pasting on her best professional smile, she headed down the walkway, hoping he hadn’t witnessed her meltdown. “Glad to be here and to see you again, Mr. Thompson.” The crinkle around his cornflower-blue eyes deepened with his smile. “At your service. And I told you before to call me Ed. Now let’s get you settled. We have the bachelorettes from the dating pool in the fellowship hall downstairs and the bachelor in an adjacent room, as you requested. Pat Staley—she’s the church secretary in case you don’t remember her—called all the men for today to let them know the appointments have been pushed back a few hours.”

She did remember meeting Pat briefly, as she had made a point of recording everyone’s name, occupation, and relationships in the town. “Thank you for taking care of that, Mr. Thompson. I apologize again—” He waved a dismissive hand as they reached the stairs. “Ed. And there’s nothing you can do about a flat tire except deal with it.” She rolled her shoulders to ease some of her tension. She hated being late. “So your grandson is still up first, correct?” An involuntary shiver echoed through her just thinking about her first client’s dimpled smile and the striking blue eyes that stared at her from the photo she’d received along with his profile information—and how inappropriate that thought was. No dating clients. “Don’t look so glum, girl. No one blames you for being late. Although, I should warn you that Jeremiah isn’t too excited to use your services. I have to admit I strong-armed him a bit, and he’s been stuck in the Sunday school room for a few hours. I was afraid if I let him leave, I’d never get him back, if you know what I mean.” He laughed and winked conspiratorial.

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I like books that are funny and fun to read, but also make me think or look at the world in a new way. These days you’ll find me living my happily ever after in the Midwestern U.S. with my husband, dog and cats. I love to hear from readers, so please come find me on the Internet.

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Book Review of “The Beginning (Crime Solver’s Detective Agency #1)” by Victoria Schwimley


Blurb:

Meet Karrine, a clever, witty twelve-year-old with her own detective agency. “No job is too big” is her motto. In Dognapped, Karrine scours the city to find the beloved stolen pet of a kind older woman. In the Magical Disappearing Act, a magician’s assistant disappears, and it’s up to Karrine to solve the mystery. In The Painted Ponies, Karrine, along with her quirky cousin, Jayden, who has come for a summer visit, must discover who would want to paint all the ponies in Mr. Jackson’s stable. I our final story, The Body, Karrine will face her biggest challenge yet as she mishandles a murder investigation. Can she recover her dignity and solve the crime, before all the clues go cold.

 Genre: Mystery / Detective / Amateur Detective / Crime / Short Stories / Series / Girl Detective

My Review:

Karrine is a 12 year old, very inquisitive girl, who has a knack of solving puzzles, and therefore, local mysteries. Teamed with her 8 year old cousin Jayden, Karrine goes around her neighbourhood solving all kinds of mysteries, whether she is hired to do it or not. The book is a compilation of number of stories. All the stories are light hearted and fun. However, the helpful mind of Karrine is something to be appreciated. Irrespective of whether someone asks her help or not, she is always ready to help and also to complete the task taken irrespective of the difficulty involved.

The book is for Young Adults. It is on the similar lines of Famous Five or Secret Seven by Enid Blyton, except those stories were a little bit more intense than this one. Crime Solver’s Detective Agency is a light hearted novel with ample humour to keep the audience entertained. It should be read by all.

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Book Review of “I’ll Sing for my Dinner” by B.R. Kingsolver


Blurb:

When Cecily Buchanan walks into the Roadhouse Bar and Grill and offers to sing for a meal, ex Marine Jake McGarrity can’t say no. Some say Jake is too soft hearted for his own good. But letting the waif with the cover girl face and the voice of an angel walk away would be more than he could stand.
Cecily’s sweet nature, bubbly personality and obvious talent endear her to everyone she meets, and Jake soon knows his heart is lost.
Cecily has secrets and won’t talk about her past, one so dark that she has nightmares and clutches a knife while she sleeps.
When those who are chasing her close in, she faces the decision of whether to run again or to trust her life to the cowboy angel who has taught her the meaning of love.

Genre: Romance / Romantic Suspense / Contemporary Romance
My Review:

 Romance is fun. Suspense is interesting. And when Romance and intense suspense come together, the fun just gets more interesting. With “I’ll sing for my dinner” the story line basically starts with suspense. A super talented singer hitch hiking and agreeing to work for peanuts. There is bound to be a terrible past to it. An ex-military guy attempts to crack her and tries to get her to where she belongs. But if it were so easy, then there would have been no story. The intensity of the story and complexity of the characters are truly where the author deserves kudos. The flow is brilliant, the story is amazingly woven to cover so much in few words. The characters are a bit on a larger side but can be accepted without distracting from the story.

The suspense built throughout the story takes it to a different level. Narration is third person but from both the protagonists’ POV. The depth of the characters are wonderful and resultant reactions feel believable, by looking at the larger picture. By the end of the story, you really feel like you have been through an amazing journey. Kingsolver has done magic with this one. Romantic Suspense has gone to a different level of admiration for me, with this book.

The book scores high in all the required categories, so a definite 5 star to it.

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Book Review of “Sam and the Fly” by Sheryl Tidlund


Blurb:

An introduction to Sam a loveable boxer dog and his adventures with a pesky fly. This is just the beginning of the adventures of Sam.

Genre: Children’s Book / Illustrated / Short Story
My Review:

 A very cute and sweet story of a dog and a fly. The illustration and colours are captivating and enthralling. A nice book for bed time reading for kids

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Book Review of “Happy, Sad, Good, Bad” by Cat Blount


Blurb:

Caitlin feels many different ways at times, and she shares them all with you through her journal entries, which are accompanied by either pictures or her personal artwork. You will see Caitlin deal with eight different feelings, from happiness and sadness, to scared and agitation. She will carry you through all of the scenarios that crystallizes those feelings.

Genre: Children’s Book / Illustrated / Short Story
My Review:

The necessity of children to speak to adults about things they feel and people they encounter are very high today as compared to our previous generations. Technology has closed or restricted our mode of communication to people who matter. At such times, books like these play a very large role in children’s’ lives. In the story, Caitlin expresses various of her emotions to her diary. She also discusses them with her parents, as said in the book. This helps her gain better understanding of her feeling and also helps the parents to guide her in the right direction.

Using this book, children can be encouraged to write diaries and discuss random things with adults of their choice. Such books are a must to be read out to children today.

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Book Review of “Sam Visits the Farm” by Sheryl Tidlund


Blurb:

Sam the Boxer is at it again, this time he visits a farm and interacts with all the farm animals and a spooky scarecrow. Follow him along on this adventure. This is book 3 of the series.

Genre: Childrens’ Book / Illustrated / Short Story
My Review:

 Sam is a lovable dog who is playful and mischievous but has good observation. The story takes Sam through a Zoo and explains all the animals in it. For children who have just started learning animals, this is a good study book in an enjoyable manner. The language is sweet and easy for children to understand. The flow and explanation is precise. The colours and drawings in the animation are really catchy and will help keep the attention from wandering.

Overall, a very nice lesson book for kids about various types of animals in the zoo. Ideal to be read just before going to a zoo.

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Book Review of “Death of a Dapper Snowman” by Angela Pepper


Blurb:

Gift shop owner Stormy Day is settling into her new life until she comes across a frozen body, hidden inside a well-dressed snowman.

When her own father is implicated in the murder, Stormy must chase down clues and uncover the town’s secrets herself.

As she draws closer to identifying the killer, Stormy’s own life may be in danger. That is unless Jeffrey, the mischievous Russian Blue cat who led her to the icy body in the first place, can flick his sleek gray tail at the final piece in the puzzle.

Genre: Mystery / Cozy Mystery / Crime / Murder / Detective / Amateur Detective
My Review:

Cozy Mysteries are always fun and interesting to read. They are light hearted, fun and non-intense, which helps unwind even with a murder mystery. Death of a Dapper Snowman is of the same type. The story is so smooth that you will get lost in it even without knowing it. Even for a cozy mystery, this one really takes the cake with having everything in the exact proper quantity. Unlike regular cozy mysteries, this one has good enough speed to keep the reader engrossed and not too much to make it fast paced and anxious to read.

The characters are simple and easy to understand. The flow is smooth. The plot is brilliant, with surprise twists and intense suspense towards the end. The climax is something which could not have been guessed. The story is narrated in first person which gives a first hand experience kind of feeling throughout the story. Simple natured behaviour of country folks are nicely given.

Overall, there is no reason why “Death of a Dapper Snowman” should get anything less than 5 stars. The book ranks high in every possible category. The experience of reading was really amazing and unique.

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Book Review of “The Case” by Marc Hirsch


Blurb:

A divorced legal assistant in 1955 New York City, Alice White, travels to a small upstate mountain community to investigate the violent death of a doctor. What at first appears to have been an accident, unfolds into a deadly power play of greed and marital discord that threatens to end her life, just as she has begun to thaw.

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Crime / Detective / Legal
My Review:

The Case is legal detective story of a Divorced Legal Assistant who is hired to investigate the murder of a doctor. The case appears to be a simple matter of negligence.

The story was good. The mystery was a good old-school murder mystery with a variety of characters of different shade. The suspense was well hidden throughout the story and the author made a good effort to maintain the suspense throughout the book. The language of the book was also good enough with almost no obvious mistakes.

However, the characters were too shallow. Alice gave too much credit to her being beautiful and a woman. The author made it look like these characters are enough to gather evidence as apparently, people talk freely when a woman is beautiful or sexy or both. The flow of the story was also a bit flawed. A lot of times, the thoughts of the characters were explained out loud which, I felt, was needless and side tracking the issue. This was basically due to improper narration.

The story overall was very good. The concept was gripping. If the narration style and character depth was changed, the story will do really good.

2 out of 5 points

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Book Review of “Paper Doll (Jana Lane #1)” by Joe Cosentino


Blurb:

Jana Lane was America’s most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Now a thirty-eight-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana’s flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.
The local suspects include Jana’s down-on-his-luck husband with a dislike for living off the fruits of his wife’s young labor, Jana’s sister and male friend (who both have eyes for Jana’s husband), Jana’s show business father, her deranged loyal fan, and Jana’s young Guy Friday who covets her fame and shares an uncanny resemblance to Jana.
Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana visits the California movie studio she once called home. This sends her on a whirlwind of visits with former and current movie studio personnel. It also leads to a romance with the son of her old producer—Rocco Cavoto—the devilishly handsome filmmaker who is planning Jana’s comeback both professionally and personally. With Rocco’s help, Jana uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future.

 

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense / Dark Theme

My Review:

So much suspense in a book gets unbearable. Paper Doll starts with a suspense. The very first line, first page of the book starts with the question “Who did it?”. The story is about a child actor who quits show business after something happens which terrifies the girl out of the show business altogether.

The character building right from the first page has been heavy and strong. Every single character has given an individuality which is very strong. The story was unraveled like a Christmas gift with multiple layers. And the ending was amazing too, totally unpredicted. The life of a child star was shown with the depth and complexity required for it. The husband from non – glamor background, the power-hungry parent, the jealous counterparts, jealous and/or confused siblings, crazy fans, dark secret in the past, the child star wanting just a normal life with no shenanigans – it was a complete package. The characters and the story was totally relatable with the ideas we have of the stars and their lives.

A suspense packed novel.

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Book Review of “Summer Confessions” by Lynn Vroman


Blurb:

Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.

By some miracle, Rachel loves Macy back, and despite the small minds polluting their sleepy southern town, they’re sticking together. Unfortunately, making sure Jeb never grows suspicious proves harder every day—until everything falls apart.

As a sick, unstable Jeb starts to threaten all Macy values, she is reminded of what has always been perfectly clear. Macy belongs to him, only him, and he won’t let her go. Ever.

If only Macy could’ve loved Jeb, she wouldn’t have to worry about surviving him now.

Genre: Romance / Romantic Suspense / Lesbian love / Young Adult / Contemporary Romance
My Review:

Summer Confessions is about a couple of young girls who understand their orientation and come forth with it. The story does not go typically about the issues faced for couples of same-sex. It is more of a stalker kind of story.

The character building in the story is really nice. Macy is shown as a confused teenager who did not know she is a lesbian till she developed feelings for her then-boyfriend’s sister, Rachel. Her boyfriend Jeb did not take this transition positively. The story is about how deranged Jeb gets and what all he does to try to win Macy back.

Although it is a love story between two girls, it is more of a coming-of-age kind of story. The innocence and simplicity of the two girls when they realize their feelings for each other is sweet.

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