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Friday Fix: Review – When Love Isn’t Enough, by Stephanie Casher

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When Love Isn’t Enough, by Stephanie Casher

Five out of Five Stars

BRIEF SUMMARY

Samantha is attending UCSC and has emotional issues. Though she wasn’t looking for love, on a particular day, she met Tony. Tony is older and is finishing up his last year of college. He also has problems with his girlfriend, Angela, but doesn’t want to hurt her as well. Instantly, both Tony and Samantha had an undeniable chemistry that will lead to turmoil and set off events that will affect their lives and the people around them.

THOUGHTS

This was a story that I was unable to put down. The reviews posted for this book should not be ignored, as the author did a wonderful job building the characters and the plot that will leave you guessing the outcome of this story.

The moment the story started, it pulled you in to the chemistry that both Tony and Samantha were feeling. The author did a great job building the story line and the issues that they both faced. With Tony having a girlfriend, it definitely made for another added twist that added to the plot. As the story progressed, both Tony and Samantha face other dilemmas as their love continues to grow. What caught me off guard was the twist I never saw coming, because when you think you know how the story will unfold, the author throws in something that I wasn’t sure about but later got my vote. This book is all based on timing, and it seems to not be on anyone’s side.

The other characters I also enjoyed, Damion, Faby, and Gabe. The author used them well as they definitely gave the book that other wow factor. I hope we will get a story about Faby and Gabe, because I think there maybe some unfinished business between them. I think most readers maybe unsatisfied about the ending, but knowing there will be a sequel called `Soul Mates’ put me at ease. I was also a bit excited that the author gave us the first chapter from `Soul Mates’ in the book. I thought this was a story well put together and detailed, that I look forward to more from the author.

Storyline: GOOD
Intimacy: Brief but SWEET
Enjoyment: GOOD
Kindle length: 6326


When Love Isn’t Enough, by Stephanie Casher

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Friday Fix – Review: Here to Stay, by Debra Webb

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Here to Stay, by Debra Webb

3.50 stars

BRIEF SUMMARY
Nathan never has forgotten about Paige. Paige was Nathan’s childhood friend that ended up being the woman he loves. Hurt by her leaving him and doing what her father wants, leaves them both hurt with misunderstandings. Now that Paige has returned, it has open old wounds and a secret that Paige has been carrying around with her.

THOUGHTS

This was actually a nice freebie, compared to some of the free books that I’ve read so far on the list. I would say to the reader, to read the sample pages offered, and if you like the beginning, I think you will like the rest of the book.

This book started out with an interesting opening that actually made me think to myself; let me see where this story takes me. Paige is back in Trinity, Tennessee, where she spent most of her summers with her uncle and Nathan. As they got older it things became more complicated, and that led to misunderstandings on both their parts. With both resenting the other, it made for an interesting read. In the beginning, the first couple of chapters focused on their broken relationship from the past (with the I hate you speeches), that leads to a big secret that Paige is keeping from Nathan.

I enjoyed reading both Nathan and Page’s characters. Nathan was surely sexy and such a sweet southern guy, who cared deeply for the woman he’s known since she was eight. As for Paige, she had a lot of baggage that she has brought back to Trinity, and I liked her, though I might not agreed with the secret she was keeping from Nathan.

The author threw in other characters that gave the story a nice touch. One of the characters that I enjoyed was, Calvin. Paige represented him in court and that was another storyline that was added in. This was free and I can’t complain, I personally liked this one.

Story: FAIR
Intimacy: GOOD
Enjoyment: GOOD
kindle size: 2439

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Here to Stay, by Debra Webb
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Friday Fix: Review – Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream (The Gastien Series)

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Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream (The Gastien Series),

by Caddy Rowland

BRIEF SUMMARY
We are introduced to Gastien, in the beginning of the story, age forty three. The next chapter and throughout the book takes us on a journey of Gastien’s life from boy hood to that point where he is in his now in his life.

THOUGHTS
I have to start out by saying this was a very well thought out and detailed story, and I commend the author. Gastien definitely had many sides to him throughout this story, all due to his upbringing. His father was abusive verbally and physically, as well towards his mother. For Gastien, this started when he was three and a half. With wanting to be an artist, his father thought wit as feminine; Gastien didn’t want to be the farmer his dad was. This choice leaves him homeless at one point and struggling throughout certain parts of his life.

Nevertheless, with that being said, it’s not all sad. The story has romance, good supporting characters, and wonderful storytelling by the author. This story might not be for everyone and it depends on the taste of the reader. If you are a diehard fan of the historical genre and era in which the story takes place, the 1800s, then you might really enjoy this book. The drama aspect as well, will definitely take you on an emotional ride, as you follow his journey.

A lengthy novel, a good read, and the author surely took you on a journey throughout this book.

Gastien

Friday Fix: Review – The Duke’s Blackmailed Bride, by Leigh D’Ansey

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BRIEF SUMMARY
Vanessa is left in a bad situation. After her father’s death, it left her with a rundown manor and employees depending on her. Northbridge enters her life and offers her a proposal that will blackmail her into marriage.

THOUGHTS

I liked this story and think the concept of blackmail always makes a good read. The story had simplicity to it with your typical storyline, but you still couldn’t help but to keep reading as I found the story to be cute and sweet. Vanessa has a scandalous reputation; she also has to deal with her father’s death and the problems his death as left behind. Northbridge was your demanding hero with a sweet heart, as all becomes clear in the end of his intentions. Their first meeting perked me up a bit, as I found it interesting. It made me curious to see what will happen next.

Just to let the reader know, this is a very short novella, but likable.

Story: FAIR
Intimacy: SWEET
Enjoyment: GOOD

The Duke’s Blackmailed Bride, by Leigh D’Ansey
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The Duke's Blackmailed Bride, by Leigh D'Ansey

The Duke's Blackmailed Bride, by Leigh D'Ansey

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“Ours is a small world, Miss Fitzwilliam, and you have not moved through it without notice.”

Vanessa’s cup halted halfway to her lips. Over its rim she sent him a cool stare.

“Those cat’s eyes of yours could never look the innocent, so do not play the ingénue with me, Miss Fitzwilliam.”

Her name on his tongue sounded strangely exciting.

He leaned forward, elbows on knees, his glass cupped loosely in both hands. Not a gentleman’s hands, noted Vanessa. Northbridge’s hands were scarred and calloused, she supposed from hard riding and the perils of warfare.

“There was the incident of the high perch phaeton driven at speed through Hyde Park.” His measured voice brought her attention back to his account of her misdemeanors. “Two wheels off the ground at one point, so I have been told. Dowagers having to adjust their hat pins as you flew by.”

Vanessa sipped her tea.

“The night you played understudy to one of Prinny’s coterie in Drury Lane,” Northbridge continued, “wearing trousers. The footlights showed your legs to advantage, I believe.” His gaze moved downward.

Even though they were well concealed, Vanessa found herself pressing her limbs together. “I was obliged to play the part of a young man. What was I supposed to wear? Petticoats and hoops?”

“Your appearance on stage was shocking enough,” Northbridge said, leaning toward her and pinning her with his gaze, “but surely even you must have been aware that staying overnight at Crockford House, without even a maid in attendance, scandalized all society and put you quite beyond the pale.”

Vanessa’s skin crawled at the very mention.

The Duke’s Blackmailed Bride, by Leigh D’Ansey
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