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I would like to thank Tasty Book Tours for letting me participate in the tour for this title and for providing me a copy of the book in return for an honest review. To see all of the blogs involved in the tour, please click on the banner above. =^.^=
I have to say that while I liked this book on many levels, I found that it didn’t meet all of the expectations that I had for it, but that tends to be the problem with second books in a series. After having read the first book the reader often expects to see more from the second and has a greater desire for things to be bigger, brighter, etc. While this was a pretty good read, I got frustrated a lot by both Trent and Reese throughout the story, and I often found myself muttering under my breath every couple of chapters. Part of the reason was because the entire problem between these two characters could have been avoided if they’d taken the time to just talk in the first place! Yeah, okay, in reality clear communication between two people is a challenge even in the best of times, but both Trent and Reese were so caught up in their own heads and problems that they didn’t once take the time to really sit down and listen to the other until they met up again ten years later on Rockwell Island. Course, had they hashed everything out right at the start there would have been no story, but seriously, I couldn’t help but shake my head over the reasons for their initial failure at marriage. And then when they finally have the chance to set things right between them, Reese would continually angst over their failed first attempt while Trent would go on and on about how much of an idiot he was and how it was his own stupid fault things didn’t work out between them. Um, hello, it takes two people to make a marriage work! And while I will give kudos points to Reese for admitting a few times that she was just as much to blame for things not working between them, I did want to slap her silly for all the other times when she’d turn around and lay all the blame at Trent’s feet for always being busy with his job. Hiss!
Which leads me to arguably the biggest issue that I had with this story: it was repetitive and, just like with the first book, there wasn’t much by way of any major conflict. And what conflict there was was too easily solved in the end. Given that this story was focused on a divorced couple looking to reconnect after ten years apart, I had rather hoped for a bit more depth with the plot and characters, but that didn’t materialize.
This doesn’t mean that the story wasn’t enjoyable at times. While I wasn’t personally enamored with Trent and Reese’s relationship, I loved the scenes where they would interact with their families and the residents on Rockwell Island. And this is what draws me to the series, I enjoy watching the family dynamics grow and change with each book. It’s what I enjoy in all family romance series, but particularly with this one. I love the Rockwell family, flaws and all, and after two books I’ve found myself caring greatly for every member of Trent’s family, especially Chandler. Yup, Grandpa’s managed to earn a special place in my heart after this book. I actually will be rather sad if in the end he dies because behind his gruff exterior is an intriguing gentleman. I really am looking forward to reading more about the Rockwell family, and though this book didn’t live up to my expectations, it was still a wonderful read overall.
So in the end, the second book in Andre and Foster’s series about the Rockwell family is, like the first book, a sweet romance when all is said and done. Readers who are looking for an escape from a crazy day, or want to curl up with a cozy read during a cold, rainy afternoon will enjoy this story. It’s a great continuation to the family romance series that these writers have created together, and I’m looking forward to watching the series and family grow in the remaining books.
About the Authors:
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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What the Cat Read is thrilled to be participating in the Read-along event for Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, book #1 in the Study series, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.
If this feline is to be completely honest, this is a series that has been on the TBR pile since shortly after it came out. The fact that it has taken this long for me to read makes for a bad feline book lover. There is really no excuse for why I never read it sooner, but I’m glad that I’m reading it now. And while I’m excited to be able to read this as part of a read-along, it’s rather sad that I needed something like this as the motivation to finally pick up the book, especially after having heard so many wonderful things about it over the years.
So before I delve into my thoughts on the first week’s worth of reading, which I’m just now sitting down to share before venturing into this week’s reading, let me share a bit of what the book is about with readers who may not be familiar with the story.
Date Released: October 1, 2005
Publisher: Luna (Harlequin)
Series: Study #1
Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . .
Read-along Week #1 Thoughts on Chapters 1-8
First initial thought: Why am I stopping after only reading the first 8 chapters? Seriously, why?
This book is good and I honestly didn’t want to stop reading. Snyder does a great job pulling you into events within the story right off the bat and hooking you into Yelena’s plight. When I was done with the assigned reading for the week, I really wanted to keep going. I even read Chapter 9 and started Chapter 10 but told myself to stop in order to build the anticipation for the next week’s worth of reading. It is really hard sometimes to start reading something and put it down when you’ve reached the part that you were supposed to read for the assigned dates.
Story thoughts: Great characters, wonderful start, but I do have questions.
I really don’t like Margg and I suspect that she’s a traitor working against the Commander. I’m 50/50 concerning my thoughts on Valek. On the one paw, I can see many aspects of him that I could like. But on the other paw, he’s currently pinging on my insensitive jerk radar, and while I know that he has to be the way he is because of his position to the Commander, it still irks me and I have to wonder just how he’s most readers’ favorite when he’s not really done much to endear him to me. Yelena is cool though, what little I’ve learned about her so far. I’m waiting for more of her history to come to light, but I get the sense that I’m going to need to wait until book #2 for some of those details. The jury is still out on the rest of the characters I’ve been introduced to at this point. Will need to read a bit more before I start to really figure out whom I can trust and whom I shouldn’t put much favor toward.
So far after only reading eight chapters though, we are off to a good start and I’m really looking forward to reading more. I do have a lot of questions though about things in the book, in particular regarding the history of the Ixia. Snyder’s given some backstory to events that have lead up to the current societal structure of Ixia, but I’m hoping she’ll go into more detail. If not in this book then in the rest of the series. I enjoy discovering the worlds that authors create in the books that I read, and the more details I can get regarding a city, country, world, the better.
The only question that I’m asking myself right now is, why in Bastet’s name did it take me so long to read this book? Sigh.
With so many exciting books coming out this year, the felines thought it would be fun to do a monthly post showcasing titles that they are anxious to get their paws on. =^.^=
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Cold-Hearted Rake (Cold-Hearted Rake #1) by Lisa Kleypas
Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Avon
What the Cat Read would like to thank Danielle Annett for letting us participate in her Kiss by Fire Blog Tour event. While we were originally scheduled to do a review of both books during the course of the tour, today we will be posting a promotional post for Cursed by Fire, book #1 in the Blood & Magic series. Our review for this title will take place at the end of the tour. Meanwhile, join us September 26th for our review of Kissed by Fire, book #2 in the Blood & Magic series. =^.^=
What Reviewers had to say about book 1:
“I thought Cursed by Fire was an awesome read and a great introduction to the series. I can’t fault it in anyway and thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to more.”
– Book Passion for Life
“Oh my GOODNESS! I completely devoured this book in one siting it was THAT GOOD!”
-Cocktails and Books Blog
About the Author:
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.
You can learn more about Danielle on her website at Danielle-Annett.com or follow her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanielleAnnett and on twitter @Danielle_Annett
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We are excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Katlyn Duncan’s newest novel, Darkest Dawn, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! =^.^=
About the Author:
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.
Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.
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