Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Book Review: Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

Book Review: Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino
Posted January 16, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review / 12 Comments

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.


Mini AudioBook Reviews: The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango & Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Mini AudioBook Reviews:  The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango & Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Posted December 13, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review / 13 Comments

The page-turning new novel from the internationally bestselling author known for her “conversational writing style and a knack for making readers care about her characters” (The Washington Post) takes us into the homes of an idyllic suburban neighborhood where we discover the burning secrets hiding just below the surface.





Book Review & Giveaway: A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Book Review & Giveaway: A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Posted November 2, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway / 42 Comments

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.


Book Review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Book Review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Posted November 1, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review / 29 Comments

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world.


Audiobook Reviews: Nuts & Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #1 & #2) by Alice Clayton

Audiobook Reviews: Nuts & Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #1 & #2) by Alice Clayton
Posted September 6, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review / 15 Comments

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?