Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield {Book Review}

* I received a free ebook of Jane’s Melody from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Jane's Melody

About the Book

 

WHAT BOUNDARIES WOULD YOU CROSS FOR TRUE LOVE? 

That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.

 

Review of Jane’s Melody

This was my first Ryan Winfield book, and I can definitely say I understand why Ryan is the next Nicholas Sparks.  This novel was full of romance (loved that it was a nontraditional May-Decemberish type relationship as I approach 40), heartache, good solid prose, and some steamy scenes sprinkled throughout.   From a male author, I think he did a pretty good job of getting in Jane’s mind and giving us her point of view in a non-male slanted way.  I also enjoyed the conflict throughout the book with Jane and her family as they struggle through addiction issues.  I thought this was an interesting twist to the novels that was connected well with Jane’s self-doubt as she pursues a relationship with Caleb.

The only thing that I wasn’t a huge fan of was the resolution of the “relationship” between Caleb and Jane’s daughter.  It allowed the book to move on, but I felt that it was sort of summarily dismissed in a relatively easy fashion.  I would have liked it to be a little more complicated than it ended up being.

All in all, I loved this book, and I will definitely be reading the sequel!

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Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst {Book Review}

I was invited by the publisher, Gallery Books, courtesy of Netgalley, to receive a free copy of Searching for Perfect in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even her new client, Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist and nerd extraordinaire. Kennedy vows to transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself. . . . Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from her tormented past. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

Review

I liked this book – it wasn’t super heavy reading of course, and like many books like this the ending was somewhat predictable.  I loved the “My Fair Lady” aspect of this novel as Kennedy begins to transform Nate from an unpolished, scruffy heathen to a nerdy hottie.  Kennedy was an interesting character, and I felt like her struggle with weight/food added to the depth of her character.  The struggles that both Nate and Kennedy go through are quite universal and easy to relate to.  Also, this book is part of a series, but I didn’t feel like the other books needed to have been read to have it make sense.

So…let’s get down to brass tacks.  Do not let your children get a hold of this book.  This is a book to be read in privacy, because good grief are the sex parts steamy!  Move over Fifty Shades, there’s a new author in town!  Probst knows how to turn up the heat big time – there are some graphic parts to Searching for Perfect that will make you blush but it is well done.

I highly recommend this book to romance lovers, chick lit fans, and anyone who has read (or reread) Fifty Shades!

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Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love {Book Review}

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Every Perfect Gift follows the story of Sophie Caldwell and Ethan Heyward in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee.  Sophie has returned to Hickory Ridge, despite the ill treatment that she received there at the time (it is revealed why through the course of the book, but no spoilers!).  Sophie is a strong woman who has returned to the town in order to start publishing the local newspaper, and she is very driven in this goal.  Ethan is building a resort in the mountains for the wealthy, and is intrigued by Sophie.  However, he also has a secret in his past, and the pair’s secrets threaten to tear Sophie and Ethan apart.  

This book is the third in a historical fiction trilogy by Dorothy Love – I did not read the first two books in the series.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a “series” reader and I am usually loathe to jump in the middle, or in this case, the end, of a series without having read the books in order.  However, Every Perfect Gift did stand on its own.  I didn’t feel like I was “missing” anything by not having read the first two books – the plot and characters stand on their own without further background.

I liked Sophie – she was a strong, confident woman who is strongly career-oriented – something that would not have been particularly common in the 1880s.  SO this was enjoyable.  I also thought that Love did a nice job of portraying life in a small town.  The main plot is good, although it does start better and drags a bit as the characters each struggle with their secrets. So, although a bit predictable, the book was overall enjoyable.  Fans of historical romance would likely enjoy this book, and I do plan on reading the other two books in the series.

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