What I’ve Been Reading Part 2

What I’ve Been Reading Part 2

Swap Out
by Katie Golding

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Merry Christmas to us! This debut novel from Katie Golding, released on Christmas day is a gift every reader of hot, sexy, intense romance will be happy to have under their tree and on their Kindle. The story of Luca and Zoe is at times funny (with smart, back and forth banter between the leads); it’s sexy as hell and not just between the sheets, because Luca is a man to die for and romance is his middle name; it’s heart-wrenching, as these two people bring damaged souls to a relationship that seemingly can’t handle it, but, hey, love conquers all; and it’s edge of your seat reading as the story unfolds and You. Just. Don’t. Know. What. Will. Happen.

Golding is definitely an author you want to keep in your sights. The way she worked this story and its characters makes Swap Out a stand out novel. She’s not afraid to leave her readers gasping, whether it’s from a smoking hot love scene or an in your face plot that leaves you thinking “yep, she just went there.” Oh, and did I mention that she’ll leave you in tears without batting an eyelash?

This is a must-read for the new year and Golding is an author to look out for in 2015.


by Mia Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Leo is one of those books that has the potential for greatness. The plot is smart, the twist is brilliant because it’s not quite what you expect, the characters are all likeable…but it falls flat. Based on the reviews that have piled up for Mia Sheridan’s books, readers love her. And, sure, Leo certainly wasn’t difficult to read, but Sheridan relies too often on cliches rather than taking a chance and jumping into the deep end. The pacing of the book was stilted, mostly due to Sheridan’s writing style, which is choppy and filled with mundane details.

Yet, she does have a talent for striking an emotional response from the reader, which she does numerous times in Leo. I plan to try one more book from Sheridan, just because so many love her.



Withering Hope
by Layla Hagen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Purchased on a whim, Withering Hope was a pleasant surprise and an easy read, finished in less than a day. The story of Tristan and Aimee, Withering Hope takes the reader on an adventure through the Amazon when the couple crash land there while on their way to Aimee’s wedding.

In love with Chris, her fiance and best friend from childhood, Aimee is a week away from her destination wedding in Brazil. Due to her work schedule, Aimee is delayed and finds herself alone on Chris’s private jet, piloted by army vet Tristan. As Chris’s pilot and Aimee’s part-time driver, Tristan was already half in love with Aimee when they find themselves isolated and in danger following the plane crash. With just each other to depend on, the two grow closer as they adjust to life in the jungle and all the dangers that lurk behind every turn.

This is the first book I’ve read by popular author Layla Hagen. Her story was compelling enough that I had a hard time putting it down, yet I found her writing style fairly simple with her sentences somewhat short and choppy. While she did a good job of setting the scene and creating a romantic setting with realistic environmental dangers, the characters, especially Aimee, seemed very cliche and predictable. Even Tristan’s big secret isn’t a surprise at all-and quite frankly-a bit overused.

Still, for 99¢, Withering Hope is an enjoyable enough way to spend a quiet afternoon, especially if survival stories rank high on your list. 3.5 stars.

3 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Part 2

  1. My rating 5 of 5 Stars
    I’m reading an excellent non-fiction, history. “Berlin Diary, The Journal Of A Foreign Correspondent”
    While I write in the Paranormal genre’ I put a lot of reality in my series and love to learn more about the World Wars. “Berlin Diary” is a written record by an American correspondent who traveled to all the major capitals of Europe. Almost on a daily basis he records what he sees and hears as Hitler rises to power and the missed opportunities to dethrone him before he becomes too powerful and forces the World into a second great conflict! The reporter is a socialist (seemingly most “reporters” were then and still are) but his record of what happened and why, in his view country after country fell to the NAZI juggernaut (even in the early days, when with just a little resistance the German troops would have left and gone back home).The saying goes, “Success breads success” and as the foolish politicians tried to appease the monster, his appetite grew. His generals, while shown as skittish and the average German shown as less than enthusiastic for war, couldn’t “cashier” the little corporal while everything he gambled on seem to come up aces! This correspondent worked as part of the team that the great war correspondent Edward R. Murrow was on and they sometimes traveled and partied together. If you’ve read the big histories of the war years, this book will fill in many of the blanks not covered in those. The writing doesn’t just show the political and military actions, but shows the horrors of war – what it does to the average person, the towns and villages as well as the animals. Human nature,, both the good and bad is in it as well. If we fail to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it!

    1. That seems to be her most popular novel, so it’s definitely on my list. I’m branching out from my usual reads and really enjoying The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin. It’s incredibly compelling. It’s funny, but I’m finally reading books that have been on my shelf forever and I’m wondering why I waited so long to read them!

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