Legacy by Hannah Fielding

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth dark secrets from the past.

Spring, 2010. When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York, travels halfway across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz, her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.

The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Rodrigo Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…

Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?

Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets you need to be careful what you wish for…

Review:

Flawless writing and impeccable character building. Legacy takes the readers on a journey through the passions and desires that are aroused from the romantic Spanish culture.

Everything about this book is exquisite; stunningly captured in a way that brings not only the story to life, but also the characters and their feelings with them. It has been a very long time since I have read a book that was written this beautifully, so I am going to be giving it 5 out of 5 stars and simply giving a warning to my followers.

The romance and selective language is extremely high, with intense romance scenes and vivid comments/thoughts from characters, however, this is not an erotica novel by title, just a passionate romance (that does include a sex scene).

Absolutely stunning.

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On The Ropes by Hallee Bridgeman

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

The Synopsis:

Doctor Ruth Burnette has everything she has ever dreamed possible: the perfect job, a twin sister who is her best friend, and a fiancé who is retiring from professional boxing as the middleweight champion of the world.

Then came that fateful night when she witnessed a mafia execution. When her sister is murdered she knows she’ll battle to the last round and never, ever throw in the towel. Now she’s down for the count, in witness protection, anxious, alone except for the faithful company of her German Shepherd at her side.

As the time draws near to when she has to leave her safe little corner she stays on her toes. She has to testify against one of the darkest criminals in New York, she shores up the courage to face the accused from the witness stand. Unexpectedly, he’s not the one who worries her. She wonders what coming face-to-face with his son, VICTOR KOVALEV…her former fiancé …will bring.
Will Ruth have a fighting chance against the Kovalev family, or will Victor keep her pinned ON THE ROPES?

Review:

In On The Ropes, we read of a young girl named Mara Harrison trying to escape her hidden past. With the story changing timelines, we soon find out the link between her two worlds and are able to fully understand who Mara is.

The book is well written, but has a mostly predictable story line. Although, it does have a few twists that keep you “On the Ropes”. The plot is easy to understand. So, for those who enjoy an easy read, as well as a little bit of mystery, I would suggest this book.

Overall, this story is youth friendly and keeps the mind active. The author uses great descriptive appeal to really draw you into the scene. The story is defined and focused. I would rate it at 3 out of 5 stars.

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Time of Useful Consciousness by Jennifer Ott

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Louisa Unger, a young German woman in Post-War World II Germany kills a man in cold blood. Despite her crime, her fate is up to her – give up her countrymen for her freedom. She decides to play the loyalty card and remain in prison. During the interrogations, Louisa weaves her tale of the events by evading any real information. She relives reuniting with her estranged brother Freddy, falling in love with Kris, a former reconnaissance pilot and learning to fly to a plane. She recounts in fairy tale fashion of monsters cloaked in shadows and lessons learned by incorrigible children. Seduced into the bliss of romance and flying, Louisa fails to recognize any threat. She grows immersed in the life of a smuggler, a pilot and a lover. It is hard to come back down to earth, when soaring so high.

Review:

A novel that captures the pain, heartache, trials, and even the bit of hope and romance that so many people endured through WWII.

Even though I probably could have fallen in love with the story for Time of Useful Consciousness, I did not care for any of the characters nor was I pleased with the amount of cursing and sexual conversations and actions that were present in this novel. And because of that, I dropped the book fairly quickly.

I do have to applaud the author on her writing style because I love her use of vocabulary, and the intelligent way that she wove the story together. The only reasons that this book receives such a low rating from me, is because of the above mentioned.

I give it 2 out 5 stars and do not recommend to readers who are wanting a clean WWII novel.

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The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother’s friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she’ll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear–having lost her fiance in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack’s letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend’s war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she’ll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?

Review:

A beautifully written historical novel that has the ability to bring the readers into the story.

Eva Marie’s writing style is one that will certainly capture the reader, as well as being perfectly suited for the genre she has chosen to write. The One True Love of Alice-Ann is a clean, sweet romance set during The Great War. The characters are all very well developed, believable, and will be remembered for some of their dialogue.

I did find the story to be slightly cliche when it comes to this genre, but historical romance is a hard genre to stand out in, but I do think that the subplots of this novel help it to do so.

So overall, this was an enjoyable read and I give it 4 out of 5 stars, recommending it to historical fiction fans.

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Devil in the Countryside by Cory Barclay

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.

And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.

Review:

Exciting. Thrilling. And brimming with adventure, Devil in the Countryside is a historical suspense novel with the twist of paranormal. Because it is based on the true historical werewolf hunt, it is different than most werewolf-containing novels, though it still has it’s fair share of heart-stopping moments.

The characters are all very-well developed and so different that the story always seems to have a fresh take on the mysterious murders. There are a few instances where cursing is used frequently, as well as some sexual comments/actions that are in the bars of the small town. Because this takes place during the Reformation, there is a lot of religious talk between the Protestants and the Catholics, the fighting gets escalated between the two parties, and there is a lot of talk of “devilry” and black magic.

So overall, I really did enjoy this book and learning a bit about the werewolf hunt (because my curiosity had me reading some documentaries at the same time) and this might be a good side-read if you’re studying the time of the Reformation.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers older than 15 years of age.

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