Saturday, January 11, 2014

Loved Like That, by Julie Wright

This was my January free borrow for Amazon Prime. It is normally 2.99. I really liked this book - I read it quickly, and while predictable, it kept my attention. The interaction between the main characters was fun and the beginning was really original. However, the glaring grammatical errors need to be fixed. Also, I had an a-ha moment after learning that the religious references were stripped out of it to make a more universal version for the e-book. I caught all the leftover religious and cultural references, but they felt out of place. It still feels like its riding the fence between an LDS novel and a clean contemporary romance. Recommended as a quick clean romance read.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

By Heart and Compass, By Danielle Thorne

By Heart and Compass is a sweet romantic adventure. Lacy (sometimes referred to as Goober - a name she detests) is a genealogist with a secret love for pirate history. She discovers a diary that may lead her to a great treasure, if she can work with the distrustful Max Bertrand, a beach bum with a famous family history. Like other reviewers mentioned, it starts out a little slow, but picks up as Lacy jets back and forth between Newton, Georgia and the Caribbean. The book had a great sense of setting and plot, but I did not love the romance so much. I thought Max was dismissive at best, and Lacy invested in him too early. Overall, a fun read, and different than anything I'd read before. $2.99 for the Kindle version. I was given a copy in return for an honest review.

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