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.
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.
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.