16 July 2018

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter REVIEW

Summary:

When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.
After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could be different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this novel. It is very well written, descriptive enough to imagine everything that takes place, and actually has a well developed romance. This just makes me want to read the author's other novels, just because of that.
Kit is a character with lots of depth. She is very secretive about her past, which is what led her to where she is now. She struggles with lots of regret and sadness over what had happened.
Graham's character isn't as much developed...but the romance between them is. It was nice to watch them slowly fall for each other throughout the book.
I would have really liked to know more about Graham's parents and Jess, but you can't have everything you want.
Overall, I definitely recommend you read this. Books like this are incredibly rare to find.

My Rating: 5 stars

**I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

10 June 2018

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan REVIEW


Summary:

Prosecutor Sophie Dawson has taken a new role at the Fulton County DA's office, and her first case involves a local bank employee who may be cheating customers. She's determined to bring justice to those who've lost their savings . . . but her life is turned upside down when she becomes the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang.
With her life at risk, friends and family convince her that she needs protection, and private security guard Cooper Knight is hired as a bodyguard. But as threats escalate, neither Cooper nor Sophie knows whom they can trust.
Unwilling to back down on either case, Sophie pursues the truth at any cost. But her bang litigation gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from taking the stand. With all sides closing in, steadfast Cooper is the only man she can lean on. But drawing close may be the distraction that costs both of their lives.

My Thoughts:

I really thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although it took me longer to read than normal because of finals week in school...
The story is kind of slow paced to give a lot of information about the cases Sophie is dealing with, the dangers she goes through, and the different people involved.
The only thing I didn't like was the underdevelopment of characters and the romance. Sophie and Ashley were probably the most developed characters. However, the others weren't very developed at all. And while you could see the love Sophie had for Cooper, you never really saw the resolution fully developed at the end between them.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book a lot.

My Rating: 4 stars
**I received this book for free to review from Bethany House Publishers. Thank you!!!** 

13 May 2018

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston REVIEW


Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an out-law by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called DO9, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But DO9--one of the last remaining illegal Metals--has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana's desperate effort to save DO9 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn't care what he'll sacrifice to keep them.
And when everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them--and the coordinates--and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change their lives--and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana's past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

My Thoughts:

At first it was kind of tough and slow getting into this book. But as I read more, it got better and better.
The characters Ana, DO9, and Robb were very well developed. I wish more of the characters were too though.
Ana is found out to be the lost princess who was supposed to be dead--not really a new or exciting concept in books these days, but this one wasn't so bad.
The romance between Robb and Jax was...confusing? It wasn't developed at all, and Jax's character wasn't really well developed either.
But with that said, I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't mind reading any future books from this author.

My Rating: 4 stars

10 May 2018

First Impressions by Debra White Smith REVIEW


Summary:

In an attempt to get to know the people of London, Texas--the small town that lawyer Eddi Boswick now calls home--she tries out for a local theater group's production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She's thrilled to get the role of lively Elizabeth Bennet . . . until she meets the arrogant--and eligible--rancher playing her leading man.
Dave Davidson chose London, Texas, as the perfect place to live under the radar. Here, no one knows his past, and he can live a quiet, peaceful life with his elderly aunt, who also happens to own the local theater. Dave doesn't even try out for the play, but suddenly he is thrust into the role of Mr. Darcy and forced to spend the entire summer with Eddi, who clearly despises him.
Sparks fly every time Eddi and Dace meet, whether on the stage or off. But when Eddi discovers Dave's secret, she has to admit there might be more to him than she thought. Maybe even enough to change her mind . . . and win her heart.

My Thoughts:

This book sounded somewhat interesting--but it really wasn't for me. I feel like there could have been a lot better story. A retelling with them acting in the original? Not that interesting.
With that said, I did enjoy the fact that the characters (most of them, anyway) were really well developed, which kind of made up for the not-so-interesting storyline. Retellings aren't supposed to have that much resemblance to the original story.

My Rating: 1 star

**I received this book for free from the publisher to review. Thank you!!!**

05 May 2018

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely REVIEW


Summary:

Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two thing from her mother: a pair of six-shooters and perfect aim. Those won't get her far on the farming commune, but in the decadent, dangerous city of Cessation, a fast draw will buy her freedom.
So Pity heads west, where lawlessness is a way of life for those on the losing side of the Second Civil War. She's offered fame and fortune as a sharpshooter in the Theatre Vespertine--where she has a chance to make a real home . . . and where she meets Max, an artistic stagehand who introduces her to a vibrant new world.
But there's a dark side to the Theatre: the Finale. Every so often the fighting factions of Cessation have to be kept in line with a little demonstration, a nightmarish public execution . . . and Pity has a starring role.

My Thoughts:

I actually noticed this book at a bookstore a couple months ago and kept forgetting about it but finally I got around to reading it. And I wasn't disappointed.
This is probably one of the best debut novels I've ever read.
Pity grew up with her father and brothers who don't really care for her. Her father doesn't like that she reminds him of her mother so he sells her off. Before she is forced to go, she runs off with her best friend, Finn. Not long after, the vehicle gets attacked and her friend killed--but Max and a few other come by and rescue her. Then she is introduced to Cessation.
I really liked the development of Pity's character and also Max's character, although I would have loved to see more development from some of the side characters as well.
The book was really well written and I definitely recommend reading it.
I hope there will be a sequel.

My Rating: 5 stars