Book Review: The Coppersmith Farmhouse

The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry

Published March 19, 2017

Jamison Valley Series

4/5 Stars

 

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Plot Summary:

One old farmhouse brought them together. It could also tear them apart.

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk.

Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She’s stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his. But along with a face full of freckles, she’s got a sharp wit and a backbone of steel—something he doesn’t discover until after making a complete fool of himself. If he can earn back her trust and win her heart, he might just find the home he’s always needed.  

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My Thoughts:

Hello Friends! I can knock reading my first Devney Perry off my bucket list. I hauled. I read. I was blown away. What has taken me so long to read my first book by this author?

I skimmed over the synopsis on the back of The Coppersmith Farmhouse before reading it. I knew it was about a woman who gets a farmhouse in Montana, and uproots her and her daughter’s lives.  This story was these things and more, so much more.

I love the small Montana town vibe.  I didn’t feel like we got a ton of back story as to why Gigi, the main character was able or willing to just uproot her life without looking back although you do eventually learn that the father of her daughter was a complete jerk, but it seemed like she had been doing fine without him. She inherits the farmhouse from a patient, turned Father figure named Ben after he passed away.

The caretaker for the farmhouse has been the now town sheriff named Jess who once learns about Gigi, believes she is a gold digger who tricked Ben for his money. He is a real jerk to her in the beginning, but he learns how wrong he was about her and her intentions with Ben.

I liked that this story cut out all the angst and the relationship between Gigi and Jess forms very early into the story. Jess puts a lot into pursuing Gigi once he realizes how big of a jerk he’s been and he is persistent. He knows he wants her, he sees her hesitation but he sticks to it. The book is really them navigating their relationship as a new couple and a reminder to how quickly that new love can be taken from you.

Gigi is such an awesome Mom and when Jess comes into the picture, he is adorable with her little girl.

Oh boy, was this book sexy. I didn’t expect the sexy times. I thought this was going to be a sweet, small town romance, but as I sat outside at the coffee shop and the sexy times scene came on, I couldn’t hide my smirk.

The plot twists, adding a suspense element were wonderful and really added a different vibe to the story while also being a reminder that even small town America has it’s issues and nowhere is really safe.

Overall, I loved this book. I am so happy I hauled the entire series so I can jump right into the next book.

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Book Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Published October 2016 by HQN Books

5/5 Stars

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Plot Summary:

It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

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My Thoughts:

I have been waiting for Miracle on 5th Avenue since reading book one. In book one, Sleepless in Manhattan, you meet the trio, Paige, Frankie and Eva. Each girl has their thing.  They each have something about them that made me like them as individuals and as a team. I loved Eva’s character. Through the first two novels, I grew to love her more and more and was so excited when I realized book three was her romance.

Eva is a hopeless romantic to the core. She doesn’t shy away from who she is. She believes in the good and people. She believes in true love and happy ever afters. She cooks and enjoys watching romantic comedies on Netflix. She hosts her own Youtube channel and blog where she shares different recipes she’s created or tried. She is also very alone. Eva was raised by her Grandparents and has been taking the death of her grandmother really hard. She has dated but it hasn’t been anything serious.

One of her customers, an older lady named Mitzy, pays Eva to decorate her grandson Lucas’s apartment while he is secluded in Vermont writing his new novel. Shortly after arriving at his apartment, Lucas returns home. He had no intentions of going to Vermont, he just wanted his family to believe he was there.

Lucas’s wife passed away a few years ago and there was more to the story, but losing her and the other things going on when he lost her, has him completely not wanting a relationship. Due to the crazy New York City winter weather, Eva insisting upon doing her job, and Lucas’s writer’s block going away while having Eva around, the two end up spending a lot of time holed up in Lucas’s apartment.

Lucas is a crime fiction author and Eva loves romance. Their opinions on things clash quite a bit, but they like and appreciate each other’s opinions. Lucas hates Christmas, Eva loves it. Eva hasn’t visited the home her Grandmother was in prior to her passing since she lost her, and it is Lucas who talks her into going back for a visit. This is the perfect example of opposites attract.

It was fun, and oh so sexy.

“She felt dizzy and breathless..”

 

Lucas definitely tries to deny his feelings for Eva and even Eva for a slight moment questions what it is, but Eva, being true to herself throws her heart out there but won’t chase Lucas and I loved that about her. The pacing was perfect. This story held my attention from the first page all the way through the ending. I love how true to herself Eva is. In a world where being a dreamer and romantic can be frowned upon, she sticks by the things she loves.

Both Eva and Lucas had to work on and move on from their issues; Lucas and his wife and Eva believing she’s alone after losing her Grandmother–before they could reach that happily ever after. They assisted each other though with the process of letting go and moving on, which I appreciated.

I wouldn’t say you need to read the first two books in the series, but oh my goodness, read this one! It does take place during the holidays, so definitely add it to your holiday romance to be read pile.

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Book Review: Sunset in Central Park

Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Book 2 in the From Manhattan With Love series

Published by HQN Books, July 2016

4/5 Stars

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Plot Summary:

In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it’s been right under your nose all along…

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents’ divorce, she’s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt—but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

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My Thoughts:

Sunset in Central Park is Frankie’s story.  Out of the trio, (Paige, Frankie and Eva) Frankie is the tough one. Her Father left her Mother for a younger woman, so her Mother began sleeping with younger men and really not giving two shits about what people thought about her, or how it impacted Frankie.

Because of what happened with her parents, Frankie is completely against love. She despises anything to do with romance but even in book one, you get the sense that Matt, who is Paige’s older brother, has feelings for her.  This is their romance.

The only con for this book, which really isn’t a con but an ode to Sarah Morgan’s amazing writing, is how frustrating it can be reading from Frankie’s perspective. You know and understand why she is the way she is. It is a very logical reason. Her parents made their choices, did what made them happy, not really thinking about how it would possibly long term affect Frankie. On one hand, Frankie is content being by herself and has no issues with working, going home and reading her books. That is her life and she is comfortable with it. There is Matt though, and he is crazy about her.

There were a few instances where I got so frustrated because all I could think about is, how Frankie has this wonderful, patient guy who is crazy about her but she’s so stuck in her ways she can’t see it, refuses to see it.  I have to give major props to Sarah Morgan because she wrote Frankie so well. She also wrote Matt so well. He knew and understood the why, but he kept trying anyway.

It was fun seeing these two and their blossoming romance. They have known each other their entire lives, so seeing them take their friendship to the next step was a fun ride to go on. Matt is able to inadvertently help Frankie see that a lot of the ways she assumed people saw her after her parents break up, was honestly just in her head. I enjoyed seeing her character growth and development.

This overall  was a fun read. It takes you on a bit of a roller coaster ride emotion wise. Frankie really has to get over the past to move on and be happy with the man who has been patiently standing solid for her all these years. I loved it.

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Romance Chat With Friends

 

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Hello Friends! It is that time for one of my favorite posts on my blog–my romance chat with Friends. On today’s post, I will be posting my chat with the ladies of Romantics At Hart, an online book club hosted by best friends Angela and Nicole.

Both ladies are very active in the online reading community and I love that they are encouraging and so supportive of romance readers. I always start these chats out by asking my Friends about their ‘romance origin story.’ I am always interested in how they discovered their love of romance.

Romantics At Hart: (Nicole): I distinctly remember my Mom having a couple Danielle Steel books. She had Nora Roberts books. So my first dive into romance, I used my own money at the bookstore and I picked out this author, Sandra Brown. I started reading her contemporary romances. I read it and fell in love. I then go back and try to get all the books I could by Sandra Brown because I wanted to read all the books she’d written. I did get started reading in 6th grade reading Harry Potter but I wanted to get into a different style of books so I asked my Mom what she liked to read so she showed me the books she enjoyed which lead to me going to the book store and picking out Sandra Brown who I still love.

Falling4Romance:  I love that you ladies are bringing the love of romance to the online book community because the genre still in so many ways catches a lot of slack. What inspired you two to start Romantics At Hart?

Romantics At Hart: (Angela): I love the romance genre. I read romances, I’m writing my own romance novel, and I’m studying the romance genre for my dissertation. Romance is my life. When I joined booktube, wanted to talk about them too. Nicole and myself somehow found one another; we watched each other’s videos, commented on them, tweeted back and forth and more. We got to know each other and one day after I gathered up enough courage I direct messaged her and asked if she would be willing to start a romance genre book club for Youtube with me. To my absolute delight, she said yes. Nicole named the book club after me and my channel and I named our movie watch alongs after her and her channel. Tuesday nights have become my favorite day of the week because I get to talk about a genre I love with someone I completely adore. The romance genre has introduced me to my best friend. (Nicole): I was humbled and surprised when Nicole approached me. I think back when she did, I had maybe 300 subscribers to my channel. I was shocked. Out of anybody she could’ve asked, she came to me!

Falling4Romance: If someone found you browsing the romance section at a bookstore and asked you for a recommendation as a first time romance reader, what author would you recommend them and what book specifically by that author?

Romantics At Hart: (Angela): Personally, I would ask the person seeking the recommendation if they have a favorite subgenre  (mystery, thriller, comedy, paranormal, contemporary, etc) then go from there. That is the beauty of the romance genre, there is something for everyone. (Nicole): “If you want a cup of tea, someone is pouring it.” (Angela): I totally knew you were going to say that! I remember you loved that scene in ‘Love Between The Covers.’ Whenever someone says that now, I think of you. It does summarize the romance genre really well. Plus I think it was Beverly Jenkins who said it in the documentary and she’s amazing. I absolutely adore her. (Nicole): My gut instinct is to go with anything by Sandra Brown or Nora Roberts. Bow down to the Queens of Romance especially Nora Roberts. She is in the 200s of books out. Like Angela mentioned though, I’d probably ask their favorite subgenre because depending on their answer I do have recommendations for whatever subgenre they give. My first gut reaction is to recommend something by Sandra Brown and my favorite Sandra Brown is Chill Factor which is a suspense romance, having the suspense, mystery factor. If they said their favorite is historical, I’d definitely recommend Eloisa James or Lisa Kleypas. They are Queens of writing historical. If Paranormal, I’d recommend J.R. Ward or Gena Showalter. I’d have to ask a couple of questions and go from there.

Falling4Romance: What is something you would like to see more of in romance?

Romantics At Hart: (Nicole): The first thing that popped in my head really stems from romance readers. I would like to see more pride in romance. What I mean by that is I would love to see readers of the genre not try to hide the covers of the books they’re reading. Or when you ask them what they’re reading, they kind of stammer and shrug it off like, “Oh it’s just one of those stupid books.” I had a patient come into my office the other day who was reading a Harlequin Romance and if someone brings a book into the office, I ask what they’re reading. She tried to hide it. You could tell she was ashamed of what she was reading and she said, “Oh it’s just one of those silly little Harlequin books that don’t have a lot of plot that you can just get through without a lot of thought.” Having had that experience just the other day I would like to see more pride from romance readers. Don’t hide those covers. Tell me what you’re reading. As far as the romance genre, what’s being published and put on the table I can’t really think of anything. If you like a specific trope, there is a romance book for you. As opposed to content, I would say the romance genre is the most diverse. It covers a lot of bases. In my day to day life though I’d like to see more romance readers proud of who they are and what they’re reading.

Falling4Romance: What is on trope you will never be tired of reading?

Romantics At Hart: (Nicole): I really love the alpha hero trope. I love that trope. Angela and I recently discovered this about myself while Angela and I were doing out shifter and paranormal recommendations. It’s not something that I knew about myself but every single book I was recommending it was a macho character who didn’t need love, doesn’t feel anything until the female character comes into the picture. Then they melt. I also love hate to love romances. It is more believable to me, than a couple who falls in love instantly.

Falling4Romance: Are there any lesser known romance authors you think people should check out?

Romantics At Hart: (Nicole): For lesser known authors, one that is sticking in my head is Sawyer Bennett. I have only read a couple of things by her but I really enjoyed them. Also, Jennifer Bernard. She writes this really witty and cute fireman series that I adore. Carol Bristol’s, “Reckless in Moonlight,” as well.

Falling4Romance: Romance is such a huge genre with so many authors and so many sub-genres. How do you keep up with what is new? How do you come across the books you decide to pick up?

Romantics At Hart: (Nicole) I keep a list of all the new book coming out that I’m interested in. I usually peruse Barnes and Noble or Amazon because they have a Coming Soon section. When I discover a new author, most of the time it’s recommended to me. Then if I read one and I love it, I get on this rampage to buy and read all the books they’ve ever published.

I am so grateful to these two ladies and their contribution to the romance reading community. You can find Angela on Youtube here and Nicole here. The ladies do a live show at least once a month, and it is so much fun. Their live shows are always just the girl time I need.

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Book Review: The Proposal

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

3/5 Stars

October 30, 2018–Expected Publication Date

Berkley Books

I received my review copy thanks to Netgalley

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I really enjoyed Jasmine Guillory’s novel The Wedding Date and was very excited when I learned she would be writing another novel following a side character from it. I finished this book and decided I’d take some time to allow my thoughts to piece themselves together before typing them up. It’s been a few weeks now, so here goes..

Plot Summary:

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…

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My Thoughts:

First and foremost, Never sneak a peak at reviews for your current read on Goodreads while in the middle of it! I made this mistake while reading The Proposal which lead to those reviews overshadowing my thoughts, which is why I decided to give it time before I wrote a review of my own.

I gave The Proposal three out of five stars which for me means the book was okay. After finishing Guillory’s The Wedding Date, I wanted to throw it into the hands of anyone I could, to get them to read it.  I didn’t feel that way about this one.

The novel starts out intense and with a bang! Nic and her at the time boyfriend are at a baseball game, when he proposes. His proposal is in front of everyone at the baseball stadium and the whole world watching the game on television. The couple hadn’t been dating long, and he didn’t even spell her name right on the big screen. Nic turns him down which causes him to start a scene before storming away. Nic is soon approached by news reporters and shortly after, Carlos and his sister Angela come save the day, pretending they know her and have been looking for her to take her away from the craziness.

Like with The Wedding Date I really love how friendship runs deep in Guillory’s novels. Nic has two really close friends in this story and I found myself at times preferring the scenes with them over her scenes with Carlos. It is so refreshing to see the representation of three strong, successful women doing well for themselves with a friendship and support system that means so much to them.

The scenes with Alexa and Drew (from The Wedding Date) didn’t overwhelm me, and I must admit, when I read their scenes I realized how much I missed them. I became really interested in Carlos in The Wedding Date and wanted to know more about him, so when I saw that he would be the love interest in The Proposal, hands down it was the top reason I wanted to read it. Carlos though, worked my nerves a bit in this story. I understood the why, behind how he acted at times, but it was still too much.  Carlos lost his father, so understandably, he wanted to step up and be the back bone for the women in his family. At times with them and Nic, his take charge personality came across possessive to me. The first couple times, I thought, okay this is cute, but eventually it caused the side eye. There is a scene toward the end of the story where his sister sets him straight and I lived for EVERY moment of it.

Yes, this story had things that I liked and things I didn’t like but what dominated my thoughts while reading this book, causing it to just feel okay once finished, was that I didn’t feel the chemistry in the romance between Carlos and Nic. They start hanging out after the proposal disaster which was cool. There were a few times that Carlos and his overbearing ways annoyed Nic, and she never really addressed them. Carlos is a doctor which Nic is hesitant about. Apparently she had a really bad dating experience with a doctor in her past which I felt was kind of brushed over. There would be hints of how their relationship went and later on in the story you learn this relationship really caused Nic to not believe she could love and all I kept thinking about was how if this was serious enough to make her feel this way, I need more of a back story. I didn’t buy that the few hints we were given were enough to swear off all doctors. Carlos and Nic have plenty of sex, and sadly I finished this book thinking that was really the only place their chemistry lied.  Carlos and Nic literally were hanging out cooking dinner, laughing when he gets summoned to the hospital, and when Nic, trying to help out, shows up hours later with food, Carlos is Annoyed! And this is towards the end of the book. All I kept thinking was, “You were just hanging out with her at your house, laughing having a great time, but you’re annoyed she bought you and your family food!?”

All in all, I think this was an okay book. I think I’d like something different from Guillory next, or maybe this one just fell into the curse of the second book category. I’ve seen discussion about having to read her previous novel first. I don’t think it’s a must. Alexa and Drew weren’t constants in this story–there won’t be a bunch of confusion if you haven’t read it. At this point though, I prefer The Wedding Date way more than The Proposal.

 

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My Thoughts: Fierce Fairytales

Hello Friends! I hope all is well with you. Today I want to share my thoughts on Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill.

I have read one other collection by Nikita Gill and I really enjoyed it. So I was very excited when I learned about this collection coming out, and immediately ran to the bookstore to haul it.

I hear so many readers admit that poetry isn’t their thing and I get it. I hear so many readers admit that short stories aren’t their thing, and I get that too. So for Gill to put out a collection that consists of both, I felt it very brave and was all over it.

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This collection hits on some important topics which I appreciated. You can’t read Nikita Gill and not feel like she doesn’t have your back. She is very empowering and I love that. I love that she chose to do a collection of poetry and short stories with a twist–focusing her writing on retelling fairy tales. Fairy tale retellings are a pretty big deal in certain corners of the reading community and I can understand why. Some of them a truly fascinating, and it is even more fascinating to see how much the story changed as it was passed down through the ages and went from culture to culture.

I had high hopes for this collection. I wanted to love it with every bit of my soul.. but I didn’t.

There were some hard hitting passages. There were some sentences that took my breath away..

“I exist. Outside of being a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, I exist. I exist as a human first, as a being that experiences joy and suffering, beauty and learning, life and tragedy. I exist because the universe chose to put me here for a purpose higher than my relation to men. I exist because a wise old woman gave me a gift and now magic runs through my veins. So the problem is not my existence as half dragon, half girl. The problem is how you perceive it as so small, you do not believe I can exist at all apart from through my bonds with men.”

I found myself preferring the poetry over the short stories at about halfway through the collection and then to go a little deeper, at a little over halfway, I found myself getting tired of reading the same things over and over.

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This just started to feel very repetitive. I felt like I was being hit over the head.. which maybe that was what she was going for. There are people who need to get their hands on this collection and be hit upside the head a few times with the topics discussed, but I hit the point where I just wanted it to be over.

I think this collection would’ve worked a lot better if Gill would’ve made it a straight poetry collection, or a collection of short stories. I loved the poetry but I think it would’ve been just as awesome as a short story collection where she could’ve flushed things out a bit more and the focus was on writing in on format versus the back and forth.

I will continue to support Nikita Gill’s work. I think she has a distinct voice which deserves all the recognition, especially in today’s word where poets can be underappreciated. I think she is a force to be reckoned with. I think she has found her niche and is sticking to it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I feel a tad bit more connected with the rest of her work than I did with this one.

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5 Stars: The Devil’s Heart by Candace Osmond

Hello Friends, I hope all is well with you today. I have been reading quite a bit lately and honestly just about everything I have read, has been wonderful. Gradually I will find ways to share my thoughts about everything. I wanted to quickly share with you my thoughts on Devil’s Heart by Candace Osmond which is the first book in the Dark Tides Trilogy.

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The Devil’s Heart (Dark Tides Book 1) by Candace Osmond

Published February 19, 2018 by Guardian Publishing

I read via Kindle, 233 Pages

Rated 5/5 Stars

 

Plot Summary:

Find the witch. Return to the future. Don’t fall in love with the devil…

When Dianna Cobham accidentally breaks an enchanted ship-in-a-bottle she’s washed away to 1707 Newfoundland and taken prisoner aboard a pirate ship captained by the infamous Devil Eyed Barrett. Dianna fights to survive by proving herself indispensable to the crew, all the while forging a secret plan to get back home.

But when Dianna learns of the Devil’s vengeful mission to seek and kill her ancestors, her hopes for returning to the future transform into an elaborate plot to save her lineage. Can she charm the Devil’s heart and change his mind before it’s too late? Or will she sacrifice herself to save the man hidden underneath it all?

Fans of OUTLANDER and PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN give praise for The Devil’s Heart! Grab your copy and start the epic adventure today!

 

Why I Loved this Book..

Before I start, I have to forewarn you that there are some typos and grammatical errors out there for those of you who are insistent on a perfect, grammatical book..I was honestly able to overlook them because they were few far and in between and didn’t trip me up while reading. If I was to have a gripe about this book, that would be it, but I’m not griping about them.

  • I honestly started this book not knowing what to expect. I read up on it enough to haul the entire trilogy at once due to my interest in it, but once I started reading it I don’t think I had any expectations. You spend the first couple of chapters getting to know Dianna and understanding the significance of her loss. She has recently lost her Father and her Mother has been dead for years. She essentially is alone until she returns home to sort her Father’s affairs out and figure out what to do with everything left to her and links back up with an Aunt. She comes to the realization that this Aunt has always had her back, and Dianna really pushed her away. All of this was a great set up. I know how important the beginning of books can be, but sometimes I honestly find them a bit boring. Reading the first few chapters of The Devil’s Heart however, I was hooked. All I kept thinking was, “What am I being set up for?”  I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning because you wonder what choices will Dianna make? She doesn’t want to be back home, but soon learns her boyfriend back in the city has been cheating and although she has this awesome job opportunity she’s worked really hard for, she questions does she even have a reason to return back there? You are presented with this character who in the midst of her grief is presented with so many other turns in the road that you become invested in her and what she may decide to do.
  • One “trope” that I see quite a bit in historical fiction and time travel novels is the use of “objects,” being what causes the character to travel back or forward to another place in time. Dianna is going through her Father’s belongings when she comes across a chest which could’ve only belonged to her Mother. Dianna remembers her Mother being fascinated with the past. She loved History and she adored the sea. In the chest, Dianna comes across a journal written by a young man named Henry. Henry lay witness to the murdering of his parents by a ruthless female pirate named Maria and her husband before being taken captive by them. Maria began to use Henry as her pet, psychologically messing with his mind by making him do sexual things with her and forcing him to kill or be the deciding factor of how she should kill people. He hates her. Dianna becomes obsessed with reading Henry’s journal and then one day his entries just stop.. I as the reader, wanted to know what the heck happened to Henry! What became of him? Was he able to stop Maria and her husband from wreaking havoc, or did he finally make her mad enough that she killed him?
  • I loved Dianna back in time. I appreciate when a character travels back in time and is able to decide when to speak up and when not to. You have to find your footing. You are in a completely different time than your own. Dianna is treated pretty terribly by the pirates she is rescued by once back in time..a woman on the seas is a bad omen. She has to gain their trust and prove herself worthy to still be on the ship. I liked how she was able to use her strengths and things she is good at to make herself a valuable asset to the day to day ship operations.
  • The romance! When two broken people, who have lost it all, find each other and fall in love, I can’t help but root for them. The romance was slow building. The two obviously had to learn each other and build that trust. Dianna was hesitant however because her romance was with someone out to kill an ancestor of hers–which would’ve been great, but would killing this ancestor mean that Dianna wouldn’t be born? It was interesting to see Dianna navigate that and bring that dilemma to the forefront. And the sexy times between the two! Whoo. So well done, I am swooning just thinking about them.
  • Lastly, the family secrets. I love well written family secrets. As I was reading this book, I kept thinking, Wow! Candace Osmond really put some thoughts into this. It was as though she asked herself how could she make this story as complicated as possible? I love it when a character learns a secret about a family member and has that “oh that makes so many things make sense,” moment. There is one big family secret in the forefront of this book and I am interested to see how things play out in the rest of the trilogy because of it!

 

This book was gripping, so fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat. It is less than 240 pages long and every page had depth to it. The ending! I wasn’t ready for the ending. My heart was racing the last 15 pages, and when it was over I was so overwhelmed with anger that I had to remind myself I have book two, it’s okay!

I definitely think this is a trilogy worth looking into if you are interested in time travel, fantasy, romance and pirates. It was wonderful!

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