Romance

Revive

Tricia T. LaRochelle (Flaming Heart Press)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Fans of Flickering Heart will be genuinely delighted by Tricia T. LaRochelle's Revive. It is the second entry in the Sara Browne series. Sara Browne is experiencing disturbing nightmares, still not able to walk past a traumatic experience. Her relationship with Scott offers her strength, but she still has to deal with the doldrums that come alongside college life. When the story of Carrie Stevens, a student who went missing a year ago resurfaces, she becomes obsessed with it. She wants to uncover what happened to her and wonders if it has anyth...

Flickering Heart

Tricia T. LaRochelle (Flaming Heart Press)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Intricately plotted and emotionally rich, Flickering Heart by Tricia T. LaRochelle follows eighteen-year-old Sara Browne, a sole survivor of an accident who has spent the last six years held hostage by PTSD, a condition that separated her from people around her. When she decides to embrace change, she is looking forward to making friends and having some adventure — even dating someone. All of that comes in one bundle — the six-foot-three, beguilingly handsome Scott Williams. The only problem is that William has had a score of ex-girlf...

Like Falling from an Airplane

Jim Antonini (Pump Fake Press)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Like Falling from an Airplane by Jim Antonini introduces readers to intriguing characters and a fascinating tale of forbidden love, betrayal, and adventure. Jonathan is a man who is reckless, and prone to taking risks. While his brother, William is a disciplined, well-mannered man who completes his education and becomes a doctor, Jonathan moves from one disaster to another. When readers meet him, he loses his mother’s car, steals a new car, and gets himself arrested. But his sister-in-law, Catherine is about to rock his life. While they have op...

The Golden Hearts Club

Cinda K. Swalley (Cinda K. Swalley)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

A mesmerizing tale of how love and compassion can change lives, The Golden Hearts Club by Cinda K. Swalley follows two sisters, Katie and Megan Summers as they embark on a cross-country trip that has been planned for a long time. While filled with adventure and fun moments, the sisters also encounter challenges that test the bond they share with each other and situations that make them think about their destiny. Everything changes for them when they trespass on a California horse ranch. Follow them as they become involved with a family that has...

Epicenter: A Sweeping Historical Novel of Forbidden Love

Carrie Hannah (HENELOR INC)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Epicenter: A Sweeping Historical Novel of Forbidden Love by Carrie Hannah is a hypnotic novel that follows four women, each dealing with a painful conundrum and making a life-altering decision. The question is: Can they beat the odds and craft the life of their dreams?At sixteen, Caitlyn’s father sells her to pay his gambling debts. The only person Caitlyn can turn to is the Black man, Coltrane, who works for her family, and with the disturbing circumstances at home, Coltrane and Caitlyn set out on a journey westward, a journey that w...

Falling On The Sword

Bryan Havel (Bryan Havel)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Jack and Jill have known each other since preschool. The bond between them is so strong and Jack is confident that Jill will remain by his side until all that changes when Jill starts dating Tanner in the last year of high school. Jack and Tanner decide to play against each other in a football game in order for Jill to choose the better of the two. Which of the two will be able to win Jill’s affection?Falling on the Sword (Jack and Jill) by Bryan M Havel opens with an enticing description of North Bay Preschool and introduces readers to the cha...

Saving Sophie

Debbie Schrack (Fire and Ice (Melange Books))

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Saving Sophie by Debbie Schrack is a poignant tale of romance that instantly grips readers, surprising them through every page with twists. Seventeen-year-old Gabe Hunter finds it difficult to come to grips with a car accident caused by his half-brother, Josh, an accident that killed four members of a family, leaving sixteen-year-old Sophie, the only survivor of the accident, struggling with amnesia and brain injury. Gabe accepts to tutor for his senior service and is stunned when he discovers that he will be tutoring Sophie, a National Merit S...

Reason and Romance

Terrance Layhew (BookBaby)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

Reason and Romance by Terrance Layhew is an intelligently plotted and expertly executed novel that explores the friction between feeling and reason, following an unusual protagonist who sets out to write his first romance novel and in the process, explores the emotional climates of his heart. George Austen is an author who takes his craft very seriously and doesn’t think that romance is a genre for the likes of him. When challenged to write a romance novel of his own, he creates a plan that involves dating as a means to garner inspiration and r...

The June Bug Catcher

Heather Ball (FriesenPress)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Immensely excited for the future, Emma Drei is on the way to building the perfect married life with her loving fiancé. But when life takes an unfortunate turn, Emma is forced to reevaluate her life as everything around her crumbles. An unexpected incident leaves Emma heartbroken and devastated. But just like the saying goes, ‘When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade’, Emma is determined to turn her life around and she makes an impulsive decision that will prove to be life-changing in the long run. Em...

UNCOVERING LOVE

J.J. Sorel (Independently published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Uncovering Love by J.J. Sorel is a spellbinding romance that is well-plotted and that features memorable characters and moments that are as heartwarming as they are exciting. Forty-year-old Ainsley Alcott decides to end her abusive relationship by filing for divorce and a restraining order for her ex-husband. To protect herself and her mother from her ex who doubles as a cop, she contacts her agent, wanting to get back into the acting life. To her surprise, she is offered a role as undercover for Scotland Yard, assuming the role of an administr...

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