Sebastian: A Mystery Romance (For The Love Of A Good Woman Book 5) by Giulia Lagomarsino

A Bookworm Review by Ana

Sebastian

Mystery Romance

I give this book 5 stars!

Two stubborn people equals what?? One hell of a ride…

Have a look at the blurb:

Sebastian is a mystery romance and the fifth book in the series, For The Love Of A Good Woman. Sebastian is a standalone, but the characters from the series appear throughout all the books.

“Men. I will never understand the way your brains work.”
“That’s probably a good thing, sweetheart.”
“Don’t call me sweetheart. I’m not your sweetheart or any other endearment.”
“Maybe I should call you Gingersnap.”
“I said not to call me anything. You can call me Maggie.”
I continued on as if she wasn’t speaking. “Of course, you don’t really have a ginger color. Maybe ‘Red’ would be better.”
“No.”
“No, you’re right. You’re not really a redhead either.”
“How about you stick with Maggie?”
“I could call you Freckles…”
“I don’t have freckles.”
“Yes, you do. Now that your makeup has worn off a little, I can see those cute freckles poking through.”
“What?” She threw down the visor and looked at herself in the mirror. “Oh my, God! Why didn’t you tell me I looked like this?” She started running her fingers through her hair and wiping the dirt from her face, which only cleaned her makeup off more, revealing that beautiful, creamy skin.
“Actually, you look about the same as you did this morning. Didn’t you take a shower last night?”
“I was busy trying not to be blown up.”
“Maybe I should call you Strawberry. You are a strawberry blonde, after all.”
“Can’t you just let this go?”
“The guys will be naming you if I don’t. Better to let me name you, otherwise you’ll end up with something like ‘Fire Crotch’. I glanced over at her and then down. “How do I know for sure that you’re really a redhead? Maybe you want to give me a sneak peek? See if the carpet matches the drapes?”
“Ugh.” She said infuriated. “You are so irritating. My name is Maggie. Not Red. Not Ginger. Not Strawberry or Fire Crotch. Maggie. Get it right or I’ll be giving you my own nickname.”

Stubborn. Bull-headed. Sexy as hell. That was Maggie. The woman that I was currently protecting. As owner of Reed Security, I didn’t really go into the field that often, but I was coerced into playing bodyguard for the trouble making reporter. She didn’t listen to a damn thing I said and was constantly putting herself in danger. This story she was investigating was going to get her killed if she didn’t learn to listen. More troubling than that was the fact that I was seriously attracted to her and was having a hard time keeping my hands off her. She was a distraction that I really needed to avoid if I wanted to keep us both alive.

Tall. Rugged. Lethal. Words that didn’t even begin to describe Sebastian, the man that was supposed to be protecting me. I found that I liked to push his buttons and get a reaction out of him. It kept things exciting. He also wasn’t bad at keeping me alive, which was a bonus when every other minute someone was trying to kill me. Now if only I could get him to stop resisting me. I seriously needed a way to let off some steam and he was the perfect distraction. Still, I had to stay focused and get to the bottom of this story before I ended up at the bottom of the river wearing a pair of cement shoes.

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#MyReview:

It’s getting harder to refuse a book. I had tried but I couldn’t. Lol. I refuse to lose a good reading to get more hours of sleep. Call me crazy but I don’t care.
I’ve only been following this lady for a few weeks but they were enough to make me a stalker. Lol.
Giulia has a way with words that can make you addicted… Just saying. Been there and done that… Anyway you need to give her a try and start to read For The Love Of A Good Woman series. Just start it and you’ll be hooked in a sec. I’ve already read 4 books and I’m about to embark on the fifth.
Sebastian is the next book from this series and Dayum… It explores the lifes of Sebastian and Maggie.
Sebastian was a military man that served his time but after an injury he was discharged from duties. After that he created his security firm and this way he could keep protecting people. When he accepted the mission to protect a reporter he couldn’t imagine the turn his life would get.
Maggie is a reporter that lives and breaths her career. She’s used to do things her way and doesn’t take no for an answer. When she puts her mind in one thing it might be impossible to break her will. When she start persuing a story she couldn’t even guessed…
Jesus… What was this? I’m amazed…
Great plot, well written, super engaging, intense and scary. Let not forget hot too.
The chemistry these two share is of chats but they are so stubborn… Jeez. How can two people be like this?
There were parts of the story that I laughed so hard but there were others that I was nervous and a bit scared.
Suspense was lurking in each page and the need to know more was getting higher and higher.
This book presented us with crime, punishment, drama, suspense as well as desire, love, friendship and loyalty.
Girls… We have some steamy scenes too.
Giulia… You rock. This series is getting better and better and I’m so glad to have Sean’s book waiting. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About The Author:

I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.

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Clever As The Devil: Kimber Cassidy Mysteries #1 by Judith Anderson

A Bookworm Review by Ana

Clever As The Devil

Mystery

I give this book 5 stars!

Why do people judge us by our size? Why can’t they see that we are just like them and sometimes even smarter.

Have a look at the blurb:

Big.
Beautiful.
Brilliant.

In her first mystery novella, “Clever As The Devil”, Kimber Cassidy, while mourning the tenth anniversary of her police detective father’s death, makes an impulsive decision that ends up embroiling her in a murder investigation.

Spurred on by her desire to solve cases like her father and to prove she has what it takes, she digs deeper into the poisoning death of Calvin Dunbar. She soon runs afoul of Lou Matthews, a boorish police detective there in the Midwestern town of East Alton.

Can Kimber solve the crime? Can she vindicate her father’s belief in her? When the body count goes up, the stakes get higher and Kimber finds​ herself being implicated for murder. Can she beat the increasing odds and figure out what’s going on?

Kimber Cassidy, the plus size beauty who’s 33% Sam Spade, 33% Sherlock Holmes, 33% James Bond and 40% percent more woman than Wonder Woman! You certainly can’t cram all that sexy goodness into a size two!

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#MyReview:

It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to read a book from this amazing author and I was delighted when this book entered my Kindle.
Judith has an intense, suspenseful and sometimes scary writing that will make you scream. Lol.  But don’t get this the wrong way because you will scream with joy and something else…
Clever As The Devil is her latest release and tells Kimber’s story.
Kimber is a smart and sassy girl that knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of getting it. She had quit her job and want to focus on her passion. The passion of becoming a private investigator in order to honor her father’s name. And that’s it… No more telling about the story…
I loved it. I loved the sassyness  from the main character and loved the fact that she felt good with herself.
The plot was very good and the suspense and the mystery behind each chapter gave the book a very good vibe.
The mystery and the unknown is something that speaks to me despite being mad sometimes…
Judith you are amazing. Like always you focus on real people and the fact that the main character is a plus size is fantastic because we can’t always have beautiful and skinny girls has role models.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the Author:

Judith Anderson lives in the Midwest.

In 2015, “Pretty When You Cry”, an anthology of short stories was self published and is available on Amazon. BDSM Writers Con nominated it for Best BDSM book of the year in the “Anthology” category.

Judith also had a short story included in Riverdale Ave Books “The First Annual Geeky Kink Anthology”. “Nadja’s Choice”, was released by Blushing Books in January 2016. “Smart As A Whip” was published in May of the same year. “Clever As The Devil” was just published in the summer of 2017. She enjoys going for walks, reading mysteries and listening to music.

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Review: “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

The first thing that happened was Lizzie Lovett disappeared and everyone was all, “How can someone like Lizzie be missing?” and I was like, “Who cares?”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

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-I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.-

THE STORY (Goodreads):

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

THE GOOD:

I freaking loved this book. I was laughing, crying, and curled-into-a-ball-ugly-crying. (Lots of crying—happy and sad.) The author definitely wrote in a way that teenagers can resonate with (ignoring the beginning which made me kinda mad. Deets later.) It was funny, sparky, witty, and fresh. I enjoyed every moment and finished the book in one sitting. My lovely, precious lil book. WHO’S THE CUTEST LIL BOOK. YOU ARE. And Hawthorn. Kicks. Ass. I stood up and danced around at one point. I feel also that the book had important commentary to share concerning the world, expertly shielded behind a fantastic story.

THE BAD:

I really couldn’t get into the book until about the 20 percent mark, because the beginning sort of… flopped. It was super expositional and seemed to dredge along without offering much activity of interest. When it got going, it certainly got going, but I’m obligated to take this into account. The formatting and typos were difficult to deal with as well. But guys, real talk, the worst part was that this book couldn’t go on forever. I love Hawthorn so freaking much and I wanna hear every freaking detail about her wonderful freaking life. Loveeeeee. (I know this is the “bad” section but OMIGOD THIS BOOOOOOOOK GUYS)

THE CONSENSUS:

The second this book comes out, buy it. It was so flipping incredible. I literally want to cuddle with it like it’s a stuffed animal but it’s on my kindle. Plus, dang thing won’t hug me back for some reason. I DON’T NEED YOU ANYWAY, BOOK. I’m sorry baby I didn’t mean it like that, you know I love you.

BABY COME BACK. YOU CAN BLAME IT ALL ON MEEEE

THE RATING

5 stars. “Maybe. Probably.”

Review: “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis

Daddy said, “Let Mom go first.”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis.

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THE STORY:

Amy is a teenage girl. (A very, very teenaged girl. I don’t know how to better describe her. Very teenage-y.) And, lo and behold, she is a teenage girl whose parents have been selected as “essential” crewmembers for the ship Godspeed, and Amy can’t stand to stay at her home on Earth, knowing that her parents are cryogenically frozen and hurtling towards a new Earth. Go figure. However, the story begins when our heroine awakes 50 years earlier than the estimated 300 year-long flight and nearly drowns in the midst of cryostasis. Is it merely an accident, or otherwise? That’s what Amy, and her handsome new space-beau, Elder, intend to find out. “Across the Universe” will sweep you into a world of mystery, murder, and intrigue… all in space.

THE GOOD:

This novel is phenomenally written and offers realistic portrayals of different character views. The story is fabulous. It’s compelling, interesting, and exciting. It is clear that Revis has an excellent understanding of the craft of suspense, as her work teems with it. It is clear that a great deal of work and thought went into the novel. In the all-too-trite world of Young Adult, this novel is a breath of fresh air that seems to part the red sea of mediocrity. However, while an excellent book in these areas, there are a few areas where “Across the Universe” falls short.

THE BAD:

It could very well be just me, but I found Amy intensely unlikeable, naïve, and almost bitchy at times. I didn’t like her a bit. I didn’t care what happened to her. I only followed the story because I adored Elder and his perspective (and book boyfriend sexiness). And, while the suspense was well done, the impact and “punch” of the book seemed to fall flat as well. It was as though there was a film of apathy layered over all of the excellent writing and passion. At times it just felt weak, and it really affected the book as a whole.

THE CONSENSUS:

While I personally didn’t enjoy the book as much as I’d liked to have, I would still recommend it. My personal taste has no bearing on the quality of the novel and I can see why others love it so much. With that being said, objectively it’s difficult to render this book at four stars, simply because of Amy’s characterization and the seeming distance and lack of “seriousness,” for lack of a better word.

THE RATING:

To me this was a good Young Adult experience, and I was impressed by the uniqueness and veer away from trend. However, due to its flaws, I have settled on giving it 3 stars in 1-point rating systems and 3 ½ stars from a half-point rating system—the truest rating being the latter. If you’re a sci-fi geek such as myself minus the intense critical nitpicking, I have no doubts you will enjoy this novel.

Review: “Davenport House” by Marie Silk

“Father, are you going to ride now?” asked Mary Davenport when she noticed that her father was about to leave the house.

A Red Raven Reads Review of “Davenport House” by Marie Silk

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I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

THE STORY:

Wealthy elite, Mary Davenport, is swept into a tumultuous world of intrigue and suspicion when she witnesses the aftermath of her father’s murder. In an almost soap-operatic style (I hope that’s a thing), she works with her servants and friends to discover the truth of her father’s death, before it’s too late.

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THE GOOD:

This book is definitely unique in its presentation, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The suspense was very well done, and the writing itself was gorgeous. It made me want to drink tea and wear blouses and pantyhose. (That’s a girly thing, right? That’s what normal girls wear?) The plotting was interesting and the pacing was solid. This novel was a dream to read and accurately portrayed the time period factually and in dialogue/action. SO. PRETTY. GUYS.

THE BAD:

Two things: the action and the point of view. There was plenty of social action but not much of “doing stuff.” I honestly don’t know how to better describe it, but it felt calm for what the book was discussing, and that didn’t always fit in the context of the work. Secondly, and the primary issue I had with the book, was the continuously changing points of view that occurred without warning or notion that the POV had changed. It was definitely confusing, as well as jarring, and the switches took away from the quality of the reading experience.

THE CONSENSUS:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and was surprised by the sheer quality of the writing. I finished it all in one sitting; this book is like a really elegant bag of potato chips. (And the winner for best analogy EVER goes to…)

THE RATING:

I am so happy to have read such a quality work of independent literature and am thrilled to give it my stamp of approval at four out of five stars. I would definitely recommend this novel to readers of suspense and mystery, or even soap opera aficionados. It was definitely as addicting.

Should you go into “The Light”?

It took me a while to fully commit to reading this story. I kept feeling like I was never in the mood for something like this, but that’s where I was wrong.

I hadn’t gotten very far into the story, and …

Wow.

But, let’s take a second and figure out what this story is about.


Into the Light.jpgAn investigator’s search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

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Jazmyne's ReviewRemember that WOW from earlier?

That’s really the entire review, right there. I don’t have any other words. This story was full of twists and turns and surprises!

As I began the story, I thought I knew what was happening. I. Did. Not. Know.

As the story opens we are introduced to two main characters: Sara & Stella.

  • Sara is recovering from an accident. She has lost her memory, her sight, and has retained multiple other physical injuries. This leaves Sara in a greatly diminished state, feeling alone in a world where she was supposed to feel at home. Her husband, Jacob, begins to help her figure things out, but there are just so many rules …
  • Stella, on the other hand, is an investigative journalist, pursuing multiple leads toward finding her best friend, Mindy. Living in Detroit, Stella has seen some things that would rattle even the strongest of stomachs. With a source in the morgue, a homicide detective as her boyfriend, and some great contacts, she seems to be headed into a great development.

There’s not too much I can say about the storyline itself without spoiling the story. Stella & Sara both play a pertinent role in understanding the goings on behind the group called “The Light.” All the characters in each of their stories holds a piece to the puzzle and a clue to what might be happening beyond what we, as readers, can see.

The puzzle that is this story intrigued me from the start. I began to see pieces fit together, and then all of a sudden, they didn’t! This story was cleverly written and engaging from beginning to end. The details included were fantastic, the plot twists integrated at seemingly perfect moments, and information withheld from the reader until the very point it proved needed.

I wish I could say so much more about this story, but I’m too afraid to give anything away! I feel like I’m not conveying well enough how great of a story this is, but it was one of the most intriguing mysteries I have read in a long while. If you love a good mystery & a little romance, you will ADORE this story. HIGHLY recommended!

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