Review: The Hunting Party

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free free as part of an Instagram tour (TLC Book Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.

As a whole, this was an okay thriller. There were some things I liked and some things I didn’t.

My main issue was that the story was a little slow. It takes a while for the storyline to pick up. Usually with thrillers, I’ll be turning the pages like crazy trying to find out what happens next. But that didn’t happen with this book until the last 100 pages. 

There were also a lot of characters and it was hard at first to differentiate them all, especially with the point of view shifts. Speaking of points of view, there was a tad bit too much of inner dialogue whenever there was a switch. It sometimes felt a little unnecessary. 

As for what I liked, I found that the mood and tone were very effective. It really helped set the scene. The book was very atmospheric and really captured the eerie vibe of the Scottish woods. 

The reveal at the end was a little underwhelming but in a way I liked that simplicity. Sometimes thrillers go way out there, so it was nice to see one that didn’t. 

Overall, this wasn’t a mind blowing thriller in any way but I still found it entertaining. 

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Review: A Wedding in December

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Rating: ★★★½

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign. 

I’ve read one other Sarah Morgan book and loved it so I was really looking forward to reading this one. However, I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would. 

My main issue was the amount of inner dialogue. In the beginning of the book, so much time was spent just on the inner feelings of the 3 main characters. That could have been condensed down significantly. It wasn’t hard to grasp how the characters were feeling, so a lot of the inner dialogue felt repetitive and didn’t do much to advance the story. The book felt a little bogged down by it. 

The other thing I didn’t quite love was that the ending was a little anti-climatic. There was some stuff that happened off page that I wanted to see play out in the book.  

As for the things I liked, I did like the setting. It will give you massive vacation envy. It truly was a winter wonderland which made it perfect to read during the holiday season. 

I also liked that one of the storylines focused on the parents’ romantic relationship. That was refreshing to see. You don’t often see older couples in romance novels. 

Overall, this book didn’t quite meet my expectations, but it was still enjoyable. 

I’m a BookSparks #WRC2019 ambassador!

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about this, but school has kept me busy. So basically, in addition to being a BooksSparks #YAWRC2019 ambassador, I’m also one for #WRC2019!

If you check out their site, you can see the six amazing books that will be featured in this reading challenge.

All six of the books

Are you planning on joining the challenge? Which book are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!


Review: Snowed in with the Cowboy (Gold Valley #3.5)

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Rating: ★★★

This story was included at the end of A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (which I received for free from Harlequin as part of their Bookstagram Christmas mailing). 

Since this was a novella, it was pretty short and that was my main issue with it. The whole romance happened at lightning speed so it felt rushed. This would have been better as an actual novel so that the feelings and emotions could develop more fully.

I was also not the biggest fan of the step-sibling trope. It felt a little weird, given the fact that I didn’t know much about the characters (I never read any of the previous novellas). As I mentioned, the romance happened fast so that made the step-sibling trope even weirder. I do have to say, Chloe and Tanner do make a nice couple minus the step sibling thing. 

But for what it was, it wasn’t that bad. It’s a quick holiday romance that’s short and sweet with a little bit of holiday spice. 

Review: Winters of Summers

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Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve read all of Michael Faudet’s poetry books and he continues to be one of my favorite poets. 

This is his fourth book of poetry and I love seeing how he has grown and developed as a poet. His first book, Dirty Pretty Things, was strictly romantic. This book, on the other hand, was still focused on romance and love, but he would drop in a poem every now and then that focused on social issues. For example, “Respect” was all about treating women with respect and “Trigger Warning” was about how we value guns more than the lives of people. Those poems were a nice surprise. There was also a touch of self-awareness to that I found very clever.

Out of all of his books, this one had the strongest prose pieces. Typically, I’m a bit indifferent to his prose; they never really leave a big impression on me. However, the ones in this book really impressed me. “The Wedding Present” and “Winter of Summers” were two of my favorites. I hope he writes a novel sometime in the future because I think he cultivated his prose into something special.  

Overall, this was another strong collection from Faudet that was both romantic and smart.