Review: Reluctantly in Love by Niecey Roy

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ABOUT THE BOOK: White picket fences and fairy tale endings aren’t in Roxanna Moss’s vocabulary. If she’s learned anything at all from her parents’ failed relationships, it’s to keep a lid on her emotions and the walls secure around her heart. As a PI in training by day and a writer by night, she doesn’t have time for a relationship, anyway.

What she didn’t plan on was Dr. Walker…

Chase Walker’s piercing blue eyes and sexy smile make it difficult to keep her heart in check. Even solving the biggest case of her career can’t distract her from the irresistible man heating up her sheets. Chase has her questioning everything she thought she knew about relationships, and denial can’t change the fact that she’s falling madly, deeply, and reluctantly in love.

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REVIEW: Roxana Leigh Moss is the main character of this story. She is the best friend of Lexie and Gen (Another Shot at Love and Done with Love shares their happily ever afters). Roxana has had a tough life in the love and family department due to her parents constantly fighting, arguing, abandoning her and leaving her in Nebraska by herself. She has always looked at men as if they were always one step closer towards the door and love wasn’t EVER going to happen for her. But, she had never been more wrong! Roxana is the sassy, crazy, daredevil that every woman wishes she could be. The author really gives her character some added flare in the first two books. But, when it comes to her story, the author throws in her insecurities and fears lying up under that pride. She meets Chase Walker and he is one of those characters that you just love immediately. He is fun, he knows how to handle everything manly, and he’s a sucker for humor. Both characters mesh well in this love story and I was sad when the ending strolled around all too soon. The character that I enjoyed the most was Richard. He is so geeky, but also kind and when he is not oblivious to the women in his life, he would do anything for his three new best friends. I would only hope that the author decides to write his happily ever after as book four and finality of this series. This world that the author has created with Gen and Matt, Lexie and Leo, as well as Roxana and Chase are all so terrific and absolutely invigorating books to read. I recommend them all, but I really enjoyed Roxanna’s story the most. I thought that I would enjoy Lexie’s story the most but Roxana’s really made me laugh and enjoy laughing throughout the read. It is nice to be enthralled with the seriousness of the connection between both characters but humor is one of the sparks that keeps me in the moment. I give this read five stars like all the rest of her “What’s Love” Series because they were truly fantastic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Once upon a time, there was a young girl who wrote sappy poetry about every relationship gone wrong. She had her heart broken many times before the man of her dreams stepped off a big Navy ship and swept her off her feet, promising to never hold her shoe obsession against her.

From that day forward, she swore she’d never again write sappy poetry of unrequited love. Instead, a sucker for smooches and happily-ever-afters, Niecey Roy now writes contemporary romancer inspired by her sailor’s sexy brown eyes and charming sense of humor.

She is the author of the River Bend Series, the What’s Love series, and Fender Bender Blues, a single-title romance.

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Review: Done With Love by Niecey Roy

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Once upon a time…
Bridal boutique owner Alexis Gorecki used to believe in happily-ever-afters—until Prince Charming turned into a toad. When it seems her evil almost-in-laws will stop at nothing to ruin her professional reputation Lexie wages war. Which sounded so much better in her head.

Her strawberries and cream personality really isn’t cut out for taser guns and blackmail.

To complicate matters, her first love is back in town—and pushing all the right buttons. Her heart still remembers the first time he broke it, but she can’t deny the way her body responds to his touch. Leo Moss has always been her weakness. Can he convince Lexie she’s not quite done with love?

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REVIEW: Lexie Anne Gorecki is the main character of this story. She is Gen’s twin sister, Gen’s story is Another Shot at Love. Even though this book can be read as a stand-alone, it is better if you read the first book beforehand because there are references in this one that were from Another Shot at Love. Lex is just absolutely wonderful, fun and caring; however, the story begins with her wedding day which has made her turn into something totally out of her personality, a bridezilla. Her fiancé’s mother is a wealthy political figure of the community and according to Lexi, truly evil. As the story progresses, she can’t turn her head away from handsome blast-from-the-past, Leonardo Moss. He’s broken her heart once before but is it destiny that they come back to each other and try again? Lexie’s character really caught and held my attention during the entire story. Her personality is incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about every emotion and event that took root in her life. Her family is always supportive but she understands that she was not raised to rely on anyone except herself when it comes to financial and relationship problems. Roxanna and Gen are her best friends and the three of them along with Richard occasionally are hilarious! I recommend reading all three of her books! I am not even on the third one yet but know that it will be something worth reading. The author’s third and final in the series was just released; it will be Roxanna’s story and I am super excited for it. Gen and Lexie’s stories both gave me a range of emotions to feel and I really sympathized with Lexie the most. Her heartbreak was so terrifying but necessary because Jeremy was a complete bonehead. I give this book five stars because it was well written, the content was original and creative, and I really enjoy that these are not only Romance but comical at that.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Once upon a time, there was a young girl who wrote sappy poetry about every relationship gone wrong. She had her heart broken many times before the man of her dreams stepped off a big Navy ship and swept her off her feet, promising to never hold her shoe obsession against her.

From that day forward, she swore she’d never again write sappy poetry of unrequited love. Instead, a sucker for smooches and happily-ever-afters, Niecey Roy now writes contemporary romancer inspired by her sailor’s sexy brown eyes and charming sense of humor.

She is the author of the River Bend Series, the What’s Love series, and Fender Bender Blues, a single-title romance.

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Review: Behind the Stars by Leigh Talbert Moore

About the Book:

Prentiss Puckett is certain of three things:
-Graduation is two weeks away.
-Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
-She’s getting a job with air-conditioning. She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work.
And she never expected to become a hero.
Red Dawn meets LOST in this New Adult action-adventure romance from Amazon bestselling author Leigh Talbert Moore.

 

Reviews are by episode since that is how they were originally read by Turning Another Page: 

Episode 1: This book is summarized as Episode 1 because it begins with a story about a girl who gets captured by some type of organization and then ends on chapter five leaving you with a lot of questions. What kind of organization is this? If we rebel, what are they capable of? Prentiss is forced to believe that it is the military invading her town and kidnapping everyone, but then there are speculations about non-human activity. Overall, I will say that Leigh Talbert Moore did an outstanding job with this first book of the series. She allows the story to be simple and not too complicating but at the same time, it slowly builds up complexity. I recommend this book to all of my club members. It is a little more feminine in my opinion so guys, you may not want to read unless you are interested in broadening your horizons and taking the leap. I say this only because the book is from Prentiss’s point of view. You are constantly reading about her thoughts and her actions as opposed to another person’s standpoint. This author does a spectacular job of incorporating a southern girl with big dreams living in a small town in Mississippi. She has CAPTURED my attention and I can’t wait to read the second episode called Learning to Spy.

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Episode 2: This book is classified as Episode 2 because it continues on chapter six where Captive ended and concludes on chapter nine. Prentiss is still on this mysterious farm with her brother and friends but unable to find her boyfriend Jackson. What catches my attention is the way that the captors, Cato and her younger brother Gallatin, act around Prentiss. They seem to be intrigued by her skills as a farm hand and seek her out for direction in the barn with their cows. This leaves Prentiss confused about what their agenda is. Overall, I love the way that Leigh Talbert Moore describes Prentiss’s thoughts. Moore really draws you in to the story to where you are left wondering the same thing that her character is wondering. Are they aliens? Are they as bad as they seem when they have been genuinely nice and displaying an interest in her? How can she become a friend to the one person who feels like he is imprisoned but may have all of the answers that she needs? I recommend this book to others because it is truly interesting in my opinion. I always view a good read by whether or not I am excited to read the next in the series and I am. I can not wait to read Harvest Moon because I would like to find out if Prentiss will escape or if she becomes closer to Gallatin then originally intended.

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Episode 3: As expected, Episode 3 begins on chapter ten and leaves you with an inexplicable desire to read more by the time you reach the conclusion of chapter fifteen. I could not put this book down and had to read it all in one day. So far, Prentiss is still confused about her confinement on the farm; however, she does find plenty of time to cure her loneliness with multiple travels to the creak nearby with Gallatin. The emotions are building up to where I am really liking Gallatin’s personality and demeanor and the story has a very nice pace with the descriptions being vivid enough to picture everything. Jackson does not have too much influence on Prentiss’s decisions or thoughts in Harvest Moon because she is continuously becoming more confused with her captors. Her character really draws me into the story because she is slowly realizing that Jackson may not be her true one and only. She is still desperately trying to befriend Gallatin so that she can gain enough knowledge to help her friends escape their imprisonment. While doing this, she finds herself unwillingly becoming closer to him than intended. And what is worse for her, is that others are starting to notice the unwanted attention as well. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this episode. I recommend this book to my club members because it does keep me enthralled. In my opinion, It keeps getting better as the story line progresses. Since this is part of a series, it is not something that can be read as a standalone because it is a continuation from the previous two journeys in the life of Prentiss Puckett. I am looking forward to the next episode in the Behind the Stars Series called Jackson. It should be released around December 7.

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Episode 4: This book is summarized as Episode 4 because it begins with chapter sixteen, where Episode 3 concluded, and ends on chapter twenty. Prentiss is now very close to Gallatin and she is confused about her mixed feelings. Jackson has never made her feel like her dreams mattered, not like Gallatin. He always told her what she should do instead of allowing her to make her own decisions. When something terrible happens with Braxton and Flora, her brother and best friend, she is forced to rethink everything that Gallatin has told her in confidence. I was heartbroken towards the end of the Episode because Gallatin has already informed Prentiss that his stay is very short and then they will forget everything that they have been forced to live through over the past few weeks. The author really captures Prentiss and Gallatin’s emotions with a genuine and raw need for each other, but where does that leave Jackson? Even though Gallatin and his people are not from Planet Earth and they have imprisoned humans to work for them on their farm as a means to hide, I find that I sympathize with Gallatin and Cato the most. They truly seem like the horrible things that are starting to happen were never meant to and they are starting to appear as victims. Both Gallatin and Prentiss show their own mourning and grief in this Episode which leads them to each other. This notion alone makes me feel excitement about reading the next Episode. Jackson always seems so boring to me and Gallatin is so intriguing, intelligent, and compassionate for life. My loyalties to the characters have shifted since Episode 1 and I am hoping for a certain ending but the author may throw a curve ball. I recommend this book to primarily women, even though this has a tinge of science-fiction, the romance is building which may push men away from the structure of the story. I give this five stars because the story keeps getting better and better!

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Episode 5: This book is summarized as Episode 5 because it begins with chapter twenty-one where Episode 4 concluded, and ends on chapter five. Prentiss and Dee have managed to escape with Jackson with Gallatin’s assistance. As they make it back to the camp where all of the humans have been hiding out, she realizes that she may have just lost the best thing that has ever happened to her. She also realizes how much she matured while on the farm as she sees teenaged boys masked with blood running around like scavengers with no order or structure. Her only thoughts drift back to Gallatin when she sees that Jackson has being hiding things from her about their relationship that was supposed to be an unbreakable bond. She has to make a choice before it is too late but which one will it be? As I read this episode, my stomach was clenched during the whole unfolding of Jackson’s camp scene and his disloyalty to her. She has been so strong throughout other episodes and her desire to see her dreams play out before her made me long for her to go back to Gallatin. The author has a wonderful way of showing her readers how clear Prentiss’s judgement has become. She realizes that she has been living in a false dream and feels like she has only just woken from that deep slumber to see a different perspective on the things that have happened in her life. I recommend this book to women primarily due to this story being told from Prentiss’s point of view. She leads the reader into feeling mixed emotions including confusion, love, loss, pain, and anger. I give this story five stars like the rest of the episodes before this because again, the story is reaching its climax and I am excited to read the conclusion in If I Fly Book 6.

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Episode 6: This book is summarized as the final Episode because it begins with chapter twenty-six where Episode 4 concluded, until the end of the book. Prentiss now understands everything about Gallatin and his people; she understands that they did not originally come to her planet to hurt them or cause death. The final decision that she has to make is whether to let him be hurt by the one that she once thought she loved or to use what strength that she has left to help save him. It seems obvious which decision she will make because love conquers all, at least in books and movies right?! The author is very vivid with her descriptions in her final episode which I absolutely found that I could stop reading! I had to read the whole thing because I really can’t let myself stop reading on a cliff hanger… which was what the end of Episode 5 was. Gallatin and Prentiss are so young, yet they had to be strong and wise in order to outsmart everyone else holding them back or telling them that they could not be together. What really drew me in to this story was the summary originally. This was a romance; however, I took a leap and tried it because of the science fiction. I normally do not like anything about aliens but this was a totally different twist. The author made them seem as close to human as possible which I felt that readers could relate to more. In my opinion, I would have loved to have been able to read an ending where they met back with Cato and the others; however, the author’s ending was exciting and happy nonetheless. I recommend this book in it’s entirety, meaning all six episodes, to everyone who likes romance and science fiction. There is a little more romance than expected; therefore, women may be more susceptible to enjoying this rather than men who don’t get into the whole love scene. I did really enjoy the whole book and believe that the plot got thicker and thicker with each episode, which is great for a reading allowing the author to hold their attention all the way through. I give this five stars because it is well-written and the creativity and originality is there.

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About the Author: Leigh Talbert Moore is the bestselling author of the Dragonfly series and The Truth About Faking.

After a decade working in journalism, editing, marketing, and public relations, she began writing novels, and in 2009 completed Dragonfly. Today, Leigh is the author of many popular young adult and new adult novels, all with a strong romantic slant.

She lives with her husband and two young children in the middle of the country, where she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperone, group activity leader, and referee.

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