Review: Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me Book CoverPieces of Me by Shiloh Walker
My Rating: 2.5-Stars
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, Kindle (~$3), Paperback ($12.99)

Pieces of Me is the story of Shadow Harper, starting with her uneasy life in South Carolina several years following her divorce to her horribly abusive and 15-years-older ex-husband, Stefan. He was never convicted due to his high-powered connections, and so Shadow lives a life of fear, distrust, and isolation. She is constantly watched by a neighbor paid to report back to Stefan, and has only two friends and her sketching to keep her company.

“I ran away from him once, but he just found another way to torment me. That fear of him still haunts me, controls me.”

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A Month of Reading: April Book Reviews (Part Two)

Picking up where I left off yesterday, today’s batch of books include both fantasy and romance titles:

FantasyShadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell and White Sand Volume 1 (graphic novel).

RomanceFire in His Kiss (also fantasy), the new Beauty novella quartet (also fantasy), Sonata for a Scoundrel, and Wrong Turn, Right Direction.

Reviews are in order of date read. (My star ratings are explained here.)

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Fire in His Kiss  by Ruby Dixon 4.5-Stars

I reviewed the first book in Dixon’s newest post-apocalyptic dragons-on-Earth series last month and while it was enjoyable, I was left unimpressed with the world building and had hoped Dixon would start explaining why, or at least who, these dragons are. With Fire in His Kiss she managed to do just that.

“Emma pulls out her gun with shaking hands and points it at Dakh. ‘W-what the f*ck is he?'”

This book reveals quite a bit about the dragons’ past lives before they were forced onto Earth. The exact cause of the cataclysmic event called the Rift is still unknown, but that’s okay–for now. We also discover ways that non-fort dwellers are hiding from attracting the attention of dragons.

“This is about my survival, and I’m just going to have to suck it up. Women have been trading their bodies for safety ever since the Rift. I’m no different from any of them at the end of the day.”

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Review: Making Waves

Making WavesMaking Waves by Laura Moore

My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars
My actual rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Making Waves introduces us to Dakota Hale, an independent concierge business owner in the Hamptons and Max Carr, the successful business man who recently purchased the old Hale family estate and hires Dakota to help furnish it.

From the moment they meet sparks fly between Max and Dakota, but much of the latter half of the book is spent rebuilding. These two worked hard for their HEA.

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Review: The Scoundrel’s Honor

The Scoundrel's HonorThe Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unlike The Rogue’s Wager (Sinful Brides #1), Caldwell’s writing shines in The Scoundrel’s Honor. It’s a riveting story with likeable characters that evolve throughout the tale.

Ryker Black, brother to Helena (Sinful Brides #1), is a feared gaming hell owner who sees emotion as weakness and has no interest in marriage. Penelope Tidemore—sister to Patrina, Poppy, Prudence, and Jonathan (Scandalous Seasons books 4 & 5; Lords of Honor #2)—is a young lady trying to rise above her family’s scandalous name, but won’t be cowed by cruelty. An unfortunately meeting leads to these two marrying, opening Penelope to a world far grittier than anything she could have imagined and leading Ryker to deal with the consequences of letting in another’s affections.

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Review: To Redeem a Rake

To Redeem a RakeTo Redeem a Rake by Christi Caldwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As children, they were the best of friends. Over time they grew apart. Smiles faded and they became jaded. Now he needs her help in more ways than he thinks.

To Redeem a Rake features Lord Daniel Winterbourne, the Earl of Montfort (who we first met in The Lure of a Rake) and Miss Daphne Smith, both broken people who grew up together in the country, but stopped associating with one another as teenagers.

…his bond with the marquess remained strong enough that they were friends even still. Whereas Daphne had been severed from his life like a thread dangling from his sleeve.

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