Friday, July 19, 2019

The Karma Book Club by Kayley Wood - Book Review

The Karma Book Club: A Romantic Comedy by Kayley Wood 
Series: Club Series 
Genres: EmotionalHumorousRomantic Comedy 
Format: Kindle 
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five-stars 

Synopsis:
Mia never felt the need to speak up for herself… not with three protective sisters (who always know what is best for her), an assertive boyfriend (Doug never minds speaking for her), and then there is her bestie, Kat, who has no problem stealing the attention for herself.
With a nervous bladder (which strikes at the worst possible times) and a fear of public speaking, Mia is comfortable with the way things are.
That is, until Mia comes home to find her things packed by the door and is told the news that her boyfriend and best friend fell in love.
Now homeless and anything but comfortable, Mia’s three sisters come to the rescue (as usual) by helping her land the perfect apartment, but a colossal mishap lands gorgeous, bad boy Logan on her doorstep with a key and a lease of his own.
In exchange for a free month’s stay, Logan agrees to help Mia find the voice and confidence she now desperately craves.
The plan? Mia will finally stand up for herself and give her exes what they deserve.
It’s not revenge. It’s Karma.
Mia’s one rule: No matter how charming, funny and sexy Logan Miller is, she cannot fall in love with him.
Logan’s one rule: No matter how adorable, sweet and sexy she is, Mia is off limits.
Are some rules made to be broken, or will Logan turn out to be what everyone warned her he was: someone who would only break her heart in the end?
An updated, professionally edited version. Although all books in the Club Series can be read as a standalone, it’s way more fun to read in order.


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The Karma Book Club: A Romantic Comedy (Club Series 2) by Kayley Wood
The Karma Book Club: A Romantic Comedy (Club Series 2) by Kayley Wood is a must read, 5 star romantic comedy with delightful characters, an exciting, funny and heartfelt narrative and convincing, addicting plot.
Mia watches her entire life crumble before her very eyes as her so-called “best friend” and her supposed trustworthy “boyfriend” sit her down on her favorite red couch (that she purchased) to break the heartbreaking (for her) news that they were in love and kicking her out of her own apartment. Shocked and numb to this appalling and shameful act of betrayal, Mia has nothing to say but her mind races with a million thoughts. One being how she had paid for the majority of everything in her apartment and now she is getting nothing, but practically kicked out onto the street. What wonderful friends she has. Good thing Mia also has her sisters who come to her rescue like she knew they would, in their own ways of course but each very resourceful.  They even found the perfect new apartment for her that would set her on a good start to a new life on her own minus the toxic people she was leaving behind and to keep in her past.
Logan has been couch surfing for the past few months after having a fall out with a rich and popular power couple that had already made sure his good name was tarnished. This seemed to be preventing Logan from obtaining a new job which led to his stay at his best buds pad that he shared with his very reluctant girlfriend. He needed a place of his own and a perfect apartment happened to be opening up as soon as the old tenant died, which was at any moment now, Logan was told by his friend. Leases are signed and moves are made. Mia finds Logan at her door with a pleasant misunderstanding. With an agreement of exchanging confidence boosting coaching sessions for free rent, Mia decides to keep things platonic between her and Logan, despite his gorgeous looks and dashing personality. But that doesn’t quite work out for Mia when sparks fly with Logan!
The Karma Book Club by Kayley Wood is hilariously funny and unique! A fun plot that keeps you guessing at every turn of the page! This book had me laughing out loud, along with experiencing many heartfelt emotions throughout this grand slam of a story! Kayley Wood has really delivered a fun-loving novel with charming characters and a delightful plotline to boot! She has a creative expressive voice and delightful writing style, drawing the reader in, engaging them with her outstanding narrative and plot. The Karma Book Club is a story which shows that even when life seems impossible and hopeless there is still a light at the end of the tunnel. Life has a funny way of working itself out and this is a perfect portrayal of such. What a great read! Chick Lit Cafédefinitely recommends The Karma Book Club: A Romantic Comedy (Club Series 2) by Kayley Wood to all readers who enjoy original romantic comedies filled with down-to-earth emotion, relatable characters and packed with clever “LOL” humor.

~Reviewed by Beatrix Bloom for Chick Lit Café~
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What readers are saying about The Karma Book Club
“I must say I am totally wowed by this author. I spent as much time laughing as I did crying at parts of this story.” – Amazon review
Phenomenal. I laughed a lot with this one. Well done Kayley.” – Amazon review
“I don’t believe in Karma so I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book, but I did! So funny!” – Amazon review
Logan stole my heart. Mia needed Logan for her to be the person she should be.” – Goodreads review
“I knew I liked Logan Miller! I was excited to read this one after The Virgin Club and I wasn’t disappointed. It was the right balance between fun and emotion and romance. – Goodreads review
Really love this series. Can’t wait until the next book is out. – Goodreads review
Check Out The Entire LOL Romantic Comedy “The Club Series” by Kayley Wood

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Priest of Santa Maria by Alexandra Kleanthous

The Priest of Santa Maria (The Beginning of the End Book 1) by Alexandra Kleanthous
Synopsis:
A Catholic priest fresh out of the seminary. A mysterious young woman in hiding from her past with a secret that could destroy the Church.
Christiano finds himself obliged to act as the temporary minister of a small town convent. There he meets the captivating Angelica who, unknown to him, has been seeking refuge at the convent under the supervision of the abbess. Within a month, sparks ignite between them, but the abbess intervenes demanding that Christiano leave the convent before she reports his conduct to the Monsignor. Little do they know his timely arrival is about to clash with Angelica’s dangerous past. This leads to catastrophic events that shatter the very foundations of the convent and change the lives of all involved.
Forced to flee the abbey, Christiano reluctantly takes on the role of Angelica’s protector as destiny throws them together on a journey he cannot refuse. Pursued by a malevolent alliance intent on capturing Angelica, dead or alive, they face insurmountable danger as they race across Italy to keep her and the secret safe.
Can the mild-mannered Christiano rise to the challenge?
The Priest of Santa Maria is the first in the religious thriller trilogy by Alexandra Kleanthous. If you like fast-paced action and a gripping tale, then you’ll love this original and exciting debut novel that’s filled with page-turning suspense, plus a little romance thrown in for good measure.
Buy The Priest of Santa Maria today and join Christiano and Angelica on their momentous chase across Italy!
The Priest of Santa Maria by Alexandra Kleanthous is a remarkable, suspenseful religious thriller with memorable characters, beautifully descriptive writing, and an intense one-of-a-kind storyline which readers will find unable to put down.
The story opens with a mysterious and ancient parchment with primal instructions inscribed in another language constructed by a talented Babylonian craftsman before the death of Christ. Later, to be pieced together by a Swiss grandfather/daughter duo who have been waiting their entire lives for such an enigmatic and unknown cosmical force. A wondrous discovery of the unexplainable connection to a bold and beautifully bright star, but what does it all mean or represent? Certainly, a grand mystery that leaves readers fascinated and eager to find out!
With terrific, suspenseful foreshadowing and a fun, unique style of writing, Alexandra Kleanthous showers her readers with a vivid description of every scene that never fails to make it feel like a reality. Young and new, Father Christiano gets a tour of the beautiful church and convent. He admires the art, exquisite beauty and the quietness of his surroundings. However, he finds more than he expected when he finds himself protecting Angelica, a beautiful, mysterious woman with whom he crosses paths. InThe Priest of Santa Maria, the vivid and detailed words of the author, Alexandra Kleanthous, completely pulled me in, captivated and fully engaged me. With feelings of being amongst her characters, I learned of their genuineness and felt them living throughout their journey, which made The Priest of Santa Maria hard to put down. This book is filled with action and adventure, gripping readers with suspense while pleasing with a bit of intriguing romantic narrative.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this riveting and gripping tale; it kept me interested and immersed the entire time. The plot was exciting, and I thought Kleanthous did a great job with keeping readers always guessing. A definite page-turner, Artisan Book Reviews recommends The Priest of Santa Maria by Alexandra Kleanthous for all that are looking for an exciting, interesting and entertaining summer read! A great enjoyment till the very end!
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Friday, July 5, 2019

When a Stranger Comes… by Karen S. Bell

When a Stranger Comes… by Karen S. Bell 
Synopsis:
2018 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!
A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FOR FANS OF KING AND KOONTZ!
“RIVETING”–Kirkus Reviews
What price would you pay for success?
A lightning bolt out-of the blue on an otherwise sunny afternoon, transports author Alexa Wainwright to an alternate universe where the characters from her novels are given the breadth of life. Having just made a vow that she would do whatever it took to once again achieve the international acclaim of her debut novel, Alexa doesn’t realize how ominously that vow would be tested. In this altered reality, she is introduced to media mogul King Blakemore who offers her an extremely lucrative book contract with guarantees that her work will become a best-selling blockbuster. Given his appearance, odd mannerisms, and aura of evil Alexa wonders if King Blakemore might be the Devil himself.
At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. But all too soon, Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. Her iron-clad book contract changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole, and King always seems one step ahead of her. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence to no avail. She laments the old adage, Be careful what you wish for.
Buy this book if you’re a reader who loves a page-turning, heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism thrown in.
When A Stranger Comes by Karen S. Bell is a riveting, must read psychological thriller with an original gripping plot and heart-pounding storyline and premise.
Author Alexa Wainwright wants nothing more than for her new novel to be a bestseller and regain her renowned international status that her debut novel once gave her. Thrown into an alternate reality, Alexa makes a deal with a bizarre publisher who promises her fortune and fame with her new novel. Despite her resistance and doubts about this strange acting and looking CEO of Trinity of Sixes, Alexa can’t resist the idea of her new book becoming a hit and somehow, unknowingly, signs the contract (a deal with the devil?) and gets herself into a deep trap of evil which she must escape. Her greed and desire drags her down into a dangerous evil world of psychological and twisted reality and into an inescapable nightmare.
When a Stranger Comes by Karen S Bell is filled with mysterious, thrilling and complicated psychological scenarios. The reader will be delighted, engaged and riveted while guessing what’s real and what’s not. The author takes the reader on a ride of twists and turns with every turn of the page. Reality blends with an imaginative, brilliantly conjured-up and well-written altered reality in this one-of-a-kind psychological thriller. A compelling read with a paranormal slant, Karen Bellpulls it all together with a clever storyline which takes readers on a journey they won’t forget. Be careful what you wish for and greed are aptly defined as the protagonist soon finds out. We discover that fame and fortune can be dangerous and is not for everyone. The characters are great and well developed, as I totally related to them and felt like I knew them.
When A Stranger Come by Karen S. Bell is a fabulous book and one that is original and different with is orderly dreamy plot and engaging storyline. Chick Lit Cafe recommends this fantastical, literary tale to all psychological thriller readers and beyond.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony - Book Review

Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony
Synopsis:
When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John’s friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.
Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony is a, must read, endearing of story of two young people that meet, become best friends, and fall deeply in love. These two sweet love birds are faced with obstacles, as they struggle within themselves, families, community and unexpected circumstances that stand to keep them from being together.
Spending the summer in Cherokee, NC with her family, Ace never thinks she’d meet someone special and fall in love. But fate steps in and she meets, John, a Cherokee tribe member and native North Carolinian. Despite their cultural differences, Ace and John are undeniably drawn to one another, and find a deep connection, friendship, and eventually love for each other. They both have many struggles within their families as both of their mothers are alcoholics. Various circumstances stand to destroy them as a couple or keep them apart. Ace and John must trust each other in order to allow their love flourish. They discover when they are together, they find a place of escape from their problems.
If that’s not enough, despite their efforts, things get more complicated, and the story changes gears and turns into an exciting action-charged adventure. Readers will be fully captivated and unable to put this book down, while quickly reading to find out what will happen next.
In Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony, the descriptive writing of the settings, objects, scenarios and character’s personalities, brought this book to vivid life. Antony’s expressive narration pulled me in from the very first chapter and had me fully interested, and absorbed, throughout the entire story. The characters have an authenticity and unique depth to them rarely seen in most contemporary romance novels. The way these characters dealt with alcoholism within their family was very intense, real, and relatable. I appreciated the cleanness of this story as the love between Ace and John is pure and innocent. The mix of modern day practices with the old world traditions within the Native American culture, which author, Susan Antony brought to Cherokee Summer is fascinating and rather brilliant. She is a very good story-teller and an excellent writer. This is the very first book I’ve read by her and it absolutely won’t be the last. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends this wonderful young adult and clean contemporary romance story. Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony a definite 5 star, must-read, romance novel.
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Monday, May 27, 2019

Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red by Jon Land

Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red by Jon Land
Synopsis:
In the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series, Jessica loses a loved one to unnatural causes and sets her sights on the mysterious local hospital before more people wind up dead on arrival…
Jessica Fletcher’s favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that’s just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure—one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings.
On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines…
Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red is written by Jon Land and is book number 49 in the Murder She Wrote series. Here we find the inimitable Jessica Fletcher becoming embroiled in mysteries and murders, conspiracies and fraud as the story grasps the reader and hauls them into its pages from the outset. When Jessica’s close friend dies unexpectedly, alarm bells start ringing in Jessica’s mind and she sets out on a mission to find answers to what turns out to be a mystery that continues to astound her (and the reader) until the very end. Unknown relatives, masquerading professionals, illegal activities and callous intentions of the very people who should be trusted are molded into a rip-roaring sleuth investigation that will have the reader on the edge of their seat and wanting more.
Jessica is determined and relentless in her search for the truth, even to the point of putting her own life on the line. She calls on her loyal and steadfast friends in Cabot Cove, lawmen, doctors and retired professionals to help her in her quest, and when a good friend from England is at risk Jessica will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and bring the perpetrators to account for their actions. Add to this the hint of medical malpractice, strange disappearances, and betrayal of trust, and you have a memorable story that has the reader guessing to the very end.
In Murder in Red there are so many twists and turns in this story the reader is almost breathless and left wondering what will be uncovered on the next page, and it has to be said many of the twists are unforeseen, making this a really enjoyable and exciting read. The characters are so believable one could expect to travel to Cabot Cove and meet them in person. The writing is excellent, giving the reader a visual view of the settings and really bringing the story to life.
The author, Jon Land, has a true gift of not only conceiving a clever storyline and building strong characters but finding the perfect ‘voice’ of Jessica who tells her story in the first person and shares her thoughts and feelings with the reader throughout. Add to all this a little hint of a sense of humor and Murder in Red is just perfect. You won’t be able to stop reading and prepare to be surprised at the very end. Definitely not to be missed.
Chick Lit Café once again highly recommends exemplary author Jon Land, and his newest installment in the Murder She Wrote series, Murder in Red. A must read, 5 star mystery that readers will love and revel in.
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Chick Lit Café
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Black Widows by Jane Finch - Book Review

The Black Widows by Jane Finch
Synopsis:
Another great mystery from bestselling author, Jane Finch! What makes a woman kill the man she has loved? Three women from different backgrounds, brought together by their determination to make a fortune from their unsuspecting husbands. Carefully selected, the men are lured into the widow’s trap, completely beguiled, until their ultimate disposal. The women meet regularly to discuss their progress and compare notes on new methods of termination. It seems they are invincible. A journey back in time gives the reader an insight into the women’s past and the reasons for their determination to seek revenge on the men they marry. But even in death, all is not as it seems.
The Black Widows by Jane Finch tells the story of three women, all from different backgrounds, whose husbands die in mysterious circumstances. Jessica, Caprice and Suzannah all meet regularly to discuss their marriages and their plans for disposal of their spouses. It all sounds gruesome and heartless, but sometimes all is not as it seems. The story takes a look into the past of the three women and their turbulent lives, giving a different perspective to their crimes and possibly providing a little empathy for them. It could be said this book is a peephole into the lives of compulsive psychological killers, or is there more to their stories than is seen on the surface? What could make a woman kill the man she has loved?
The Black Widows explores the minds of these women who lure their unsuspecting husbands into a honey trap. Their characters and motives are all different, yet they are united with one cause. Could that be revenge?  Like the spider weaving her web, the author spins three well-developed stories of love, loss, death, betrayal and triumph, although not necessarily in that order! As the book concludes you will be surprised by the ending, which is definitely not the one anticipated for these women whose lives have taken a direction they would never have imagined.
This book will surprise you because you may think you know what to expect, and then the story will take a twist that will make you gasp and be unable to stop reading. Is it possible to sympathize with a killer? Could their actions be justified? This thriller will have you rushing to get your affairs in order, suspecting the motives of even your best friend, and looking with suspicion at every grieving widow you see. Just when you think the story is over, the author provides historical articles with true crimes of passion and their outcomes Welcome to the world of adult fiction. If you enjoy stories like Fatal Attraction and Natural Born Killers, then this book is for you. Prepare for a roller coaster ride of emotions as you meet Jessica, Caprice and Suzannah who are The Black Widows.
Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends The Black Widows by Jane Finch to all enthusiastic mystery readers!
The author, Jane Finch, is a member of International Thriller Writers Inc.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Boulevard Dreams by E Ryan Janz - 5 Stars - Book Review

Boulevard Dreams by E Ryan Janz
Synopsis:
Down and out private eye, Joe Nails, has a problem.
He endures a brief series of surrealistic dreams, in which his long-lost friend pleads for his help before turning a gun to his head and firing. Joe discovers the suicide did occur, a month before his dreams began, so he deepens his probe beneath the mystifying and smoky noir underbelly of 1958 San Francisco, and encounters rising walls of lies and heartbreak from amorous and anguished women alike, and stumbles across incomprehensible goons and vicious killers longing for further bliss, and where his long slow descent painfully binds him to a ruthless yet respectable kingpin bent on reigning over him.
Joe Nails has a problem all right, an entire shopping list of them, but as he speeds down an unrelenting road of murder and mystery with no off-ramps, he just may solve a few…providing the approaching.357 yearning for another victim allows it.
Boulevard Dreams by E Ryan Janz is an exceptional one-of-a-kind story filled with intrigue, mystery, mayhem, and suspense, in which readers will love and revel in.
It is 1958 in San Francisco’s smoky noir world, and private detective, Joe Nails is having reoccurring lucid dreams about his friend crying out to him for help, and then he puts a gun to his head and kills himself. Joe finally becomes concerned, and goes out to find his friend, but discovers that he has gone missing, and it has been a month since he has been seen. Joe begins to investigate and finds many shock-worthy things about his friend’s life, and some peculiar people that try to convince him of his friend’s supposed death. As Joe digs deeper in his investigation, the plot thickens. Soon, Joe finds himself deep in a world of deceit, murder, lust, suicide and suffering. Joe must face the truth of his friend’s horrific choices and actions, and in the end, the torment of his own.
E Ryan Janz has created a dramatic dark world of mystery, deception and death set in the nostalgic time of 1958, in a city that is known for its intrigue and worldliness. Boulevard Dreams is a fabulous read and one that readers won’t soon forget. Skillfully written, it has all the right elements of a smart crime and mystery novel. Then, goes beyond that and gives readers a chilling, thrilling and suspenseful ride with a fast paced, well developed and deep storyline and plot. The suspense is unsettling and very enticing. The characters are fully developed with quirky, curious and interesting personalities. Their clever, and sometimes humorous, dialogue is written in such a way that only an intelligent writer with a creative, original voice could think up. I connected with the characters and felt that author E Ryan Janz put his heart into them.
I couldn’t put Boulevard Dreams down, and turned the pages rapidly, fully engaged, to find out what would happen next and how Joe would solve this mystery without becoming a desperate man himself.   E Ryan Janz seems to have great detective skills himself, as it is clear in this story filled with twists and turns. The brilliant mystery plot had me guessing all the way through. My mind really became engulfed in this one, and I didn’t want it to end. I absolutely loved the setting and descriptive writing. Boulevard Dreams is an exciting page turner that readers won’t be able to put down until they have devoured the very last page. Boulevard Dreams is one of the best books in its genre that I have read in a long time. When I saw the cover, I had a feeling I would love the book – and I wholeheartedly did! Well done! Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends Boulevard Dreams by E Ryan Janz to all mystery and suspense lovers – and those who want to escape into the passion of the past, and a smoky noir world filled with intrigue, and crime in San Francisco!
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Strong As Steel (Caitlin Strong Novels) by Jon Land

Strong As Steel (Caitlin Strong Novels) by Jon Land
Synopsis:
Tough-as-nails Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in this electrifying tenth installment of the series, by USA Today bestselling author Jon Land
1994: Texas Ranger Jim Strong investigates a mass murder on a dusty freight train linked to a mysterious, missing cargo for which no record exists.
The Present: His daughter, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, finds herself on the trail of that same cargo when skeletal remains are found near an excavation site in the Texas desert. She’s also dealing with the aftermath of a massacre that claimed the lives of all the workers at a private intelligence company on her watch.
These two cases are connected by a long buried secret, one that men have killed and died to protect. Caitlin and her outlaw lover Cort Wesley Masters must prove themselves to be as strong as steel to overcome a bloody tide that has been rising for centuries.
Strong As Steel (Caitlin Strong Novels) by Jon Land tells a story that begins with Texas Ranger Jim Strong, who is consumed by a mystery that has dumbfounded the elite lawmakers from the start. In 1994 a freight train is found abandoned, with dead bodies in abundance and no cargo. The mystery begins as there appears to be no logical explanation for the deaths, there being no outward signs of injury and no evidence to point to the cause of death. Add to that the strange disappearance of a cargo that has no record of its existence, and Jim Strong begins his quest to find the answers.
Twenty-five years later, and Jim Strong’s daughter, Caitlin, finds herself asking the same questions as her father when more mysterious deaths occur that are suspiciously similar. Caitlin has followed in her father’s footsteps and is a Texas Ranger, and she has inherited her father’s determination and dedication to the job. She sets out to unravel the mystery of the elusive containers and to discover their curious contents, whatever they may be. But there are others at work with a similar goal but a different purpose. Enter Molinari, a religious zealot determined to protect the secret of the past using whatever means necessary to accomplish his task.
Then we have a little girl as the ring-bearer at her father’s wedding who witnesses a massacre that molds her life’s journey as she becomes the deadly yet revered Luna Diaz Delgado, determined to rule by fear. Such is the roller coaster of this novel, a reader’s journey of mystery, hatred, deceit and murder, yet interspersed with family loyalty, an enigma from the past, hints of the supernatural, and a man who talks to ghosts.
There is so much in Strong As Steel, the tenth book (no less) in the Caitlin Strong series that it leaves the reader breathless in anticipation and turning the pages with expectation that all will be revealed and then being thwarted as the mystery deepens. Caitlin is all that her name suggests; strong in character and mind, unafraid of the consequences of her actions, still desirous of making her father proud, and yet at times there are glimpses of someone compassionate and controlled.
If the synopsis for Strong As Steel does not capture your imagination, then just open the book and you will be drawn in from the first page. The fact that this is the tenth book in the series is testament to the standard and quality of the writing, the vivid mind of the writer, the strong and well-developed characters, the Individuality of the protagonists, and that’s before even starting on the suspense that is created within the pages, culminating in a satisfying yet surprising ending. This is one of those books that the reader becomes so engrossed in, the end comes reluctantly. Author Jon Land, writes with confidence and credibility and brings these incredible characters to life with ease. Chick Lit Café is proud to recommend Strong As Steel by USA Today best selling author Jon Land, an excellent 5 star read for lovers of mystery, action, suspense and adventure.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Diary of a Divine Relationship: Jack & Kelly by Theresa A. Laws

Diary of a Divine Relationship: Jack & Kelly by Theresa A. Laws
Synopsis:
Jack wasn’t perfect but he could admit it. Kelly wasn’t perfect nor could she hide it. A beautiful love story of a confident Christian politician and his love for a reluctant beautiful woman with special needs. Jack Riley, is an up and coming politician embarking on a new campaign to win a congressional seat in the state of Mississippi. Full of compassion for people, he’s fulfilling his ailing father’s wishes to take up the cause of social injustice. He’s also waiting on something or rather someone else he didn’t know he needed to fulfill his journey. Pressure from his mother and her tactics in matchmaking cause him to stop seeking all together and give the matter over to God. Kelly Sanders has had many obstacles to overcome due to special needs, but she and her family never give up. Seeking to overcome rejection through prayer and an ever determined spirit she reaches many of her life goals. But, something she never expects proves that God does indeed have a sense of humor as these two lives intersect. Jack and Kelly are both seeking to love and to be loved. Is she the one for whom he waits? Can their different paths merge into one? What do they learn about God and each other? Can family and friends derail heart decisions? What lessons are we taught as we journey through life with them? Be prepared. Be very prepared.
Despite her youth, Kelly was a brilliant and scholarly intellectual, being the only one in her family to earn her BA degree. Her mama, Emma, always knew her youngest daughter was smart and had a uniqueness apart from her older two girls, but she was also very protective over Kelly. And this was because even though Kelly was so intelligent, there was something else that made her “special”, due to complications at birth. Her condition caused bouts of social awkwardness fueled by severe anxiety, memory loss and unpredictable behavior, which trying to control with meds always just put her in a lethargic and sedated state. Emma figured she would always be the one to care for her youngest daughter, even after her older two were married off. Kelly would be the one to remain single because of her mental health and its circumstances.  That was up until her graduation, when to her mother and older sister’s surprise, a charming and charismatic man: Jack Riley, shows interest in young Kelly. But what are his intentions? What would a popular, almost celebrity-like, aspiring politician want to do with naive and inexperienced Kelly? Emma and her other daughters were unsure, but they did know one thing, they were not going to allow her to be taken advantage of. But maybe, just maybe, Jack was different as well, with a calling even unbeknownst to himself.
A completely enthralling and heartfelt story of how true, unconditional love still exists when we least expect it, and can come from the most unlikely of sources. Theresa A. Laws paints a lovely picture of a cute and quirky romance that will keep you guessing at every turn of the page. Funny and lighthearted, Diary of a Divine Relationship: Jack and Kelly had me smiling till the very end. It was refreshing to see such a strong, and vigorous, steadfast faith in God within Laws’ progressive characters. Her descriptive and colorful narrative really makes the reader feel connected and engaged with each personality they encounter, along with very relatable issues and storyline.
If you’re looking for an outstanding illustration of the power of prayer and how God works in mysterious ways, Diary of a Divine Relationship: Jack and Kelly by Theresa A. Laws is a perfect portrayal of such beautiful wonder. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and delightful book and also was able to really appreciate the lessons to be learned from it. All very important things to be packed into one story, and Laws nails it. It is a definite recommend to anyone that desires to read something so expressive and lively.
Diary of a Divine Relationship: Jack and Kelly by Theresa A. Laws is a must read, and should certainly be added to your to-be-read book list!
Book reviewed by Beatrix Bloom for Chick Lit Café
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Friday, March 29, 2019

The Ancient Chronicles: The Newborn by Richard A. Delgado

The Ancient Chronicles: The Newborn by Richard A. Delgado
Synopsis:
Badly treated by his father, Leonardo spends the evening hiding away only to find his entire family brutally murdered the next morning. That night, he’d had a dream about monsters, but it had only been a dream, right? Perhaps not, as his family is now dead, and Leonardo is thrust into work as a slave, living a life of solitude as he plots revenge. Unbeknownst to young Leonardo, a dark and mysterious entity has been watching him carefully, waiting for the opportune moment to take him away from his life of abuse and mistreatment. Boris is a reckless, seductive vampire who sees great promise in Leonardo, so one night in the woods, he takes his life-but gives him another. Boris teaches him the immortal ways through the Vampyr Law. However, as a newborn vampire, Leonardo fights a battle between his mortal past and immortal future. He must choose to embrace the darkness or fight against those who came before, while still seeking vengeance for his family’s massacre and even becoming a killer himself.
The Ancient Chronicles: The Newborn by Richard A. Delgado is a compelling, gripping and engaging, must read novel in which all readers of vampire stories will love and revel in!
As a young boy, Leonardo seemed to always have such a strained and resentful relationship with his father. No matter how hard he tried to please him, his father never acknowledged it to be good enough, thus leaving Leonardo to feel cold and embittered feelings towards the man. But his sweet and loving mother always cared so much for Leonardo and knew his emotional needs as well. Knowing the times he needed space were the times his father would hurt him. Leonardo loved and adored his sister and they always had a close bond.
One night, after one of the worst ever belittlement's from his father in which Leonardo has ever endured, he retreated despite his sister’s pleads and concern if he was ok. Mother, always knowing her son, even if he wasn’t her biological, knew he needed his time and space. The next day Leonardo woke up to an eerie and dreadful feeling that something very bad had happened at his home. To his absolute horror, Leonardo finds his mother and father severely massacred and his siblings missing, nowhere to be found. Devastated and frightened, bewilderment consumes Leonardo as he flees from his only home to survive in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on his back. After what seems like forever, Leonardo can no longer withstand the cruel frozen weather and finds retreat at a Slave Trade, and because of his youth, gets sold right away.
Leonardo is sold to an evil and heartless man that had a beautiful property but never really appreciated it. He owned many slaves and treated them poorly. Beating them sometimes to death or shooting them in the head. He had no mercy. Leonardo had a deep desire to get revenge on whoever killed his family, but the feeling started to fade the longer he worked as a slave. Always with the feeling of something from the dark watching him, Leonardo meets a strange man that he deems untrustworthy and bad. The man is determined to interact with Leonardo and in a quickness the cryptic man has taken over Leonardo and turns him into something that is not from the human world. A creature that can only survive off the blood of the mortal, a vampire. Now, more than ever, Leonardo is faced with inner battles and difficult choices.
With every turn of the page, The Ancient Chronicles: The Newborn by Richard A. Delgado is a dark and mysterious story with excellent foreshadowing and a perplexing plot. The characters are interesting and complex with detailed personalities and traits. Richard A. Delgado’s impeccable talent for painting a vivid description of every scene really shows through in this remarkable tale. A very enjoyable and thrilling saga that will have you hooked until the very end. Mindfully and articulately written, this novel had me immediately absorbed in the spellbinding story-line, and engaging list of characters. The main character, Leonardo, has a strange mystic vibe that really draws the reader to him and makes him likable. The plot keeps you guessing and occupied while the scenery and time is always a perfect portrayal. Chick Lit Cafe would most definitely recommend The Ancient Chronicles: The Newborn by Richard A. Delgado to anyone interested in a fun and dark book that always keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Reviewed by Beatrix Bloom for Chick Lit Cafe
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