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Make it Rain (The Montclair Brothers Book 1)
Make it Rain (The Montclair Brothers Book 1)
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Purchased because of the reviews, but I think something is wrong the reviews, February 5, 2014
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The story I read wasn't even a 2 star book. The dialog is stilted and it's hard to follow along. I read the first chapter and was so disgusted that I started skimming through the book. That same awkward dialog and jump in storyline continues through the book. I'm not sure I'm reading the same book that got the rave reviews. I haven't posted in awhile, but since this book received so many positive reviews, I feel a bit deceived.


Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 1)
Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a keeper, September 8, 2013
I love Haley. She's a typical shy spinster and yet she has spunk and personality. She's not a doormat, though she appears to be at first. I think my favorite scene was when she's quizzing the kids and Jason keeps cheating to win candy for himself. Then he breaks into her desk for the rest of it. Hysterical!

Jason seems obnoxious and he is, but he's also very loyal and caring. You just have to get to the part where you've earned his trust. He's a typical clueless male hero, but he's not really a jerk, not like a typical alpha hero. He doesn't tear her down, he's trying to build her self-confidence. Of course, he's obnoxious while doing it, but he means well. I love how he's all protective of her when someone else bullies her, but will turn right around and do the same thing.

All-in-all, this is one of my favorite books by R. L. Mathewson. It's probably #3. Right after Perfection and a Reclusive Heart. I think you have to know characters like Jason not to be offended by him. If you know a real life Jason, you will laugh your head off.


Stranger on the Shore
Stranger on the Shore
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a cookie cutter paranormal romance, July 10, 2013
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Sarah has the "sight" as her family says, she sees things. Most "things" are like where you left your car keys or make sure you check your tires sort of thing, helpful, but not all that exciting. A few times, she's helped find missing children. You start out thinking the author is going to prove Sarah's abilities to you, but Ms. Perry fools you. This isn't really about her gift and her abilities. Those are a given and no one needs to prove them. What she does is paint a story of a scared young lady named Sarah, who through her "gift," has experienced loss and loneliness, even while being well-loved and protected by her family.

Jordan is a reporter, trying to see if she's a fake and trying to prove her story. He wonders why he's even bothering, considering SHE's not telling anyone. She doesn't want recognition. She wants anonymity. But he finds he can't help but be drawn to her, her family and her hometown. After wandering for years and loneliness so deep, he doesn't even realize he's lonely, he finds Sarah and her wacky family of cousins, kissing cousins and shirt-tail cousins. But after he finds Sarah, so does someone else, someone who doesn't want to expose her, but wants to punish her.

The secrecy and misunderstandings that normally plague cookie cutter romance aren't there. You understand why everyone did what they did. And unlike some stories, that will allow misunderstandings to fester and rot for decades, these people really speak to one another and learn from their mistakes.

I liked this story a lot, as evidenced by the five stars. It was not what I expected in a story. Not at one point, could I see where it was going, or who the villain was. Most stories hit you over the head with the man in the black hat. For Sarah, the threat wasn't real enough for her to see there was even a villain. If these things had happened to me, I'm sure I would have reacted in a similar manner, so in the end, when the villain was revealed, I was a bit surprised too, because I wasn't sure there was a villain either.

I got this book free from Amazon, but it would have been worth the price of $2.99.


Casey's Courage
Casey's Courage
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, feel good story, June 26, 2013
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This review is from: Casey's Courage (Kindle Edition)
I got this for free on Amazon and I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. I am a big fan of friends turned into lovers kind of stories especially when they've been friends forever.

Casey is an interesting woman, struggling to find herself. She's always been the obedient daughter to two hard parents, the faithful employee of a gruff boss and now her world is changing. She's gotten her doctorate and she wants to live away from the ranch life she's always known. Even though her entire life has been lived for others, she shows great judgment and hard work and strength of character and yet, she's just as naive and innocent as a teenager. Her layers makes her fascinating to Jordan Spencer III or Tres. He there the her thirteenth summer, that's the only part of the story I think is wrong. I 23 yo, skinny dipping with a 13yo is just wrong. Fortunately, the author doesn't spend much time with their year in early relationship other than to make mention of it.

Amazingly, her life as a horse trainer and schooling has kept her extremely sheltered from men. While she has been surrounded by men her entire life, she's still really innocent because she's never had a relationship. Her parent suffer from reverse prejudice and are constantly telling her she's just the hired help and not worthy of having a real relationship with the Spencer boy. For them, her entire worth is in her ability to train horses and win competitions. A juvenile prank goes badly and of course, she's injured, head, neck and brain injuries cause her to have to struggle to regain who she is, but just like everything she does, she overcomes. She's surrounded by people who see her worth except for her own family. They aren't cruel, just unloving.

Tres comes back to run the ranch for his grandfather and is fascinated by Casey, at each stage he's captivated. As he struggles to understand what he's feeling and as he gets frustrated and angry with everyone whose plans for her interfere with his own, he tries to force her into his world of fast and loose relationships and in the end, just hurts her by assuming she's like he is. He wasn't deliberately cruel or the misunderstanding wasn't a stupid one that just a few words could have clarified. He's genuinely confused by his feelings for her and he can't understand why she doesn't understand. In the end, there's a lot of character growth and of course, HEA.

I have a few complaints. One the jerk who injured Casey is referred to frequently as if everyone should know him and then just disappears. It'd be nice to see if he received true justice. It's like a storyline that was intended and never finished. Then there's the estrangement between Tres and his father and his horrible stepmother. It'd been nice to see that storyline fleshed out and once again, her getting her comeuppance. There's the mystery of Casey's birthmom that's sort of flashed but not explained, but did explain the tension between her parents and Casey. And finally the shallow other woman who tried to step into Tres' life, she just disappears without telling what happens to her.

I can't find another book by this author, so if this is a first attempt, it's very good. I get the impression this story just jumped out of her mind and onto the pages and that's why some of these sidelines were included but not explained.


Black Heart (Cursed Hearts Book 1)
Black Heart (Cursed Hearts Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely like but not like her other writing, June 25, 2013
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I always wondered which character was most like her, so I wasn't surprised to find out that she's Dana from A Humble Heart, with a mix of other characters. Thanks for that insight into your life!

Marty and Tristan have been in love with each other forever. Literally. The story starts out with what appears to be an abused child and as you read along, you find that Tristan wasn't abused so much as misunderstood. Heartbreaking and the story of how Shayne finally came to rescue him, wow. Until you find out Tristan's secret, he just seems to be an arrogant jerk. But then you see glimpses of his heart when Marty remembers how he used to let her follow him around and just chatter and would stop doing whatever he was doing whenever Marty stopped talking. In a million different ways over the years, he showed her he loved her...

A lot of writers by this time become rather formulaic. I mean, she does have her standard alpha male: arrogant, confident, jerk to everyone he considers unimportant, which would be pretty much everyone, but loyal to either friends or family and really loyal to their soulmates. Now her heroines? They're all tough, self-reliant, mischievous and completely able to keep their men in line. Her conversations are funny. I love the dialog in these books. I'd love to see these guys played by some unknown actor and actress and laugh my head off at their banter. I read parts out loud to my non-romantic (romantic to me, but not into romance stories) husband. We both laughed.

And then, Ms. Mathewson goes and jerks the rug out from underneath me and I'm crying. At 1:00am, because I couldn't put it down. I actually went back and re-read that part to see if it were the writing or the late hour that made me cry. It was the writing. The ending was less supernatural than just plain practical. No Deus ex machina here, just plain on common sense, outworks the curse.

I cannot wait to read the other stories. I want to hear their heartbreak at the curse. I want to see how Shayne's butt gets kicked by his soulmate that he doesn't like, because unlike the others, he never met his soulmate before the curse came into effect and he could care less if she's been suffering for centuries like the others have. I want to know that Tristan and Marty live happily ever after and if they have more children.

Other than the guys being like NFH, this isn't a NFH, this is another series and another type of hero altogether. It's worth the $2.99 price. Anyone who's read a review of mine, knows that I gripe about price because I read so fast. This one is definitely worth every penny.


Always Wanted (Xander Barns #1)
Always Wanted (Xander Barns #1)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too disjointed for me to really see reading the next part, June 15, 2013
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This is only my opinion as a reader. I'm not skilled enough to be a writer and I'm not criticizing the writer personally. I think there must be more to what she wrote, I just couldn't see it. I wasn't turned off by the writing itself, and didn't find any glaring errors. It was just disjointed.

Marissa has potential, she's a bit indecisive and her inner dialog is annoying, but then seeing how her mother is an absolute monster and how no one in her family takes her side (typical abusive family dynamics, they're all afraid to defend her for fear of ending up in mom's sites). Plus her boyfriend, obviously was attached to her, though you weren't sure why since he criticized her, sided with her mother constantly, and then cheated on her, but still was hanging on for about 4 months.

Xander seems odd and creepy stalkerish tendencies. He could very well be a nice guy, but you really don't get enough of his personality to know for sure. Asking for her panties and telling her what he wanted to do with her sexually, creeping her out, causing her to hang up on him and then showing up at her b&b? The verdict is out on Xander. And the weird and weirder phone conversations. Based on what he said, I'd think he was some kind of sex fiend and be worried about gifts that keep on giving like herpes.

The story feels out of context. I know that it's part of a series, but there wasn't really anything to draw you in and make you want to find out what happens. I felt sorry for Marissa, was grossed out by Xander and disgusted by her entire past life. I think if the next part ties it all together for the reader then it should be re-released as one story so that you don't feel so out of sync.


The Letter
The Letter
Price: $4.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even after the reviews I wasn't so sure about this book., June 1, 2013
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This review is from: The Letter (Kindle Edition)
I picked this book because it was free on Amazon and I wasn't sure if I'd like it. It starts out slowly with two people who were very much in love and were separated by an evil man. It seems hardly possible that anyone could inflict so much pain and suffering on another person deliberately.

Diana was a sweet, innocent young lady, madly in love with Michael. The night before they were to be married, Michael finds Diana in bed with his cousin. He doesn't notice that she's incoherent. She doesn't know what's going on and to top it off, even her family does not believe her. She is abandoned by everyone and horrified at was she sees as her shameful behavior. Fast forward eleven years, and she is widowed. A year after her husband's death, her former fiance receives a letter from her husband telling Michael how Leo, his cousin had tricked him into thinking Diana was unfaithful and furthermore, after his years of abuse, hates the touch of a man and also, by the way, Leo's son might possibly be Michael's, from a one-time moment of passion, two nights before their wedding. Oh and Michael will find his former love and his possible child in a shack, where they receive one penny a month as support.

Diana is scarred and angry and afraid and frustrating. She's one step forward, two steps back. She loves Michael, but is afraid of him. She's not sure if she can trust him. He sweeps her up and in a grand scheme, thrusts her back into society, reunites her with her family and realizes he loves her still deeply. She see where she struggles from all the years of torment she suffered alone and all the years of heartbreak. You see her rise above it all and charm society again. You see her triumph over evil.

There is a part of me, that when I read a story like this, I want the evil person to be punished. I want him to receive what he gave and I want him to be killed at the hand of the hero, but in this story, the villain is already dead. The hero wants to avenge his love, but can't because of that. And yet, you see that triumph doesn't have to happen in the presence of the villain. It happens in spite of the villain, the pain and trauma. This story needed the one-step-forward pace because in real life, trauma takes awhile to recover from and even the strongest of people have good days and bad days while dealing with trauma.

Diana was easily the most forgiving and yet, those who abandoned her would probably struggle with guilt for the rest of their lives and that was realistic too. I really enjoyed the story and I liked that the h/h weren't separated from silly misunderstand that if the two had only spoken to each other, they would have realized how silly they were being. Great story with an original misunderstanding for me as well.


Skin Deep (Wounded Hero Series)
Skin Deep (Wounded Hero Series)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars it has potential, March 15, 2013
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After seeing the posting that it had been re-edited, I decided to take a chance. It's free after all. There's still a lack of punctuation, confusion in terms like your, you're, etc. I'm not sure if this has been re-edited, it probably needs another go through.

Not to knock the writer or to bash something that time and effort was put into. It needs editing or the story won't make sense enough to showcase the writing or the plot.

I started reading this 3/23. I made it through the second chapter before the errors became so distracting I couldn't focus on the story anymore.


The Mistress Mistake
The Mistress Mistake
Price: $3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for you if you don't like alpha males, March 14, 2013
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If you do not like chauvinistic politically incorrect alpha males, Lynda Chance is NOT the writer for you. There is nothing soft about her heroes. No metrosexual, no sweet natures, just all man. Having said that, this is the FIRST story of hers that I remember the heroine keeping her job... not only keeping her job, but traveling... wow!

Connor is a man with issues. You wonder how he can even live with himself. He comes across as a big macho jerk. Yet throughout it all, you see flashes to the man he might be underneath, to the man he might be able to be. You wonder how the heroine will ever fall in love with a man who treats her little better than a blow up doll... for a week.

Jessica is a survivor. Nothing about her life has been easy. You wonder how anyone would make a choice like she did and honestly, I could see it. I can't imagine ever being so alone that you had NO where to turn if something happened. To not even have friends to fall back on and then to know that she could have done this a million other ways and chose one that wouldn't lead to her being dependent upon the situation and even to plan for a way out of the situation just made you want to cheer for her, or at least, provide her with a way out. (hint, hint normal ordinary people are desperately needed for foster parents)

Thanks for the happily ever after and enjoy your break Lynda!


Falling for the Ghost of You
Falling for the Ghost of You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like YA, but isn't... at least I hope it isn't, January 9, 2013
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I was intrigued by the storyline, but wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. We are reading from the point of view of a 17 year old. I laughed... really hard... out loud, late at night when my husband was trying to sleep. I actually shook the bed with laughter and my husband thought I was having seizures.

Violet is a socially awkward young woman with as her best friend describes her, a porn star body. She's constantly being eye-raped or eye-licked by weird men. She also has a few issues, a father who abandoned her for a woman he met in an online dating site and a boyfriend who cheated on her with one of her few friends. The boyfriend was really just a boy. He felt justified because Violet was so hot, he was sure she'd figure it out and abandon him as soon as she realized it.

Zane makes her forget about him, quickly. She realizes she wasn't in love and instead of hurt, she's just angry. Zane does this just by looking good and a few pat cliches. He's sweet, worldly and funny. He never laughs at her nervous habit blurting out things that sound sexual, but aren't intended to be. Apparently she inherited that trait from her mother, the scene in the restaurant when she first meets her new stepdad and finds out who Zane is, hysterical.

There is a great supporting cast of characters. A mom who's a breast cancer survivor and a strong, beautiful, understanding role model for her daughter. They have real conversations, laced with humor and all the social awkwardness is just life-like. A best friend, who is a nerd like her and yet falls for the worst guy and ends up pregnant, but still manages to support her and be there through all of her real and imaginary worries. Oh, and her ex-boyfriends sister turns out to be a great friend too.

There's also all these imaginary villain type women who are model-like and Violet can't imagine she even comes close to comparing AND she wears pink bunny panties. How real is that?

I enjoyed the required HEA for it to be considered romance, but I also enjoyed the route she took to become a strong, mature, sexy, successful woman in her own right and not become a shadow of her boyfriend. And this is really weird for me, I could actually hear a guy singing that song at the end. That NEVER happens, I'm just NOT musical and in my immaturity, it should rhyme... okay, maybe I don't really think it should rhyme, but the lyrics fit the story and kind of melded it together for me. It was like when the author writes from both points of view.

I got this book for free, but I could see paying $2.99 for it. It was worth it for the hours of laughter it provided. I read very quickly and it took a couple of hours to finish it. I couldn't go to a movie for that price.


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