North Carolina

D+
The Single Mom's Second Chance

The Single Mom’s Second Chance takes on so many topics - grief, cancer, parenting, step-parenting, second-chance romance, brother’s widow - and, quite unfortunately, fails to deliver on any of them. Widowed Roz Martin has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and the only person she can think ...

B
The Secret Ingredient

Family tradition, high octane baked goods, the world of competitive baking, small town living and pet pigs collide in Nancy Naigle’s The Secret Ingredient, a decently good and pleasantly readable homespun romance about an engaged couple torn apart by differing ambitions  But its deep commitment t ...

B+
Across the Blue

Carrie Turansky is a new-to-me author, and I was pleasantly surprised by her clear storytelling and smooth writing. In Across the Blue, she brings us a story of the ingenious and daring men and women who plumbed the mysteries of flight in the early 1900s.  Being from North Carolina - where the stor ...

B+
The Fourth Summer

As kids, Caitlin McGraw and Seth Street used to meet in North Carolina in the summers, where he taught her to skateboard and became her first love. Then the Olympics pulled Seth away to snowboarding glory, and Caitlin moved on as a graphic designer. Both are surprised to realize they are still legal ...

C
Royal Scandal

Okay, petals, let me get this out of the way immediately; Royal Scandal requires a level of suspension of belief usually reserved for fantasy novels. I’m convinced anyone’s ability to enjoy it is based on how much you buy into the main conceit, and ultimately, it’s frothy and far-fetched, alth ...

B+
Idol

When I heard Kristen Callihan was writing a new series, I might have mentally (actually) high-fived myself. When I heard the stories are set in the music world, I was initially wary because I’ve recently been spoiled by excellent books about musicians by Mercy Brown and Erika Kelly, and I worried ...

B
Wolf on a Mission

I took a risk selecting Wolf on a Mission. It is book six in the Salvation Pack series and N.J. Walters is a completely new-to-me author. My gamble paid off in this case as I found the book to be a good point of entry for a new reader and I liked the world created for the characters. Wolf packs a ...

C-
The Skull Ring

Do you remember the Satanist scare of the 1980s? I was just a little kid then, but I remember the vague rumors of eeeeeevil doings in remote fields. By the time these tales filtered down to elementary school playgrounds, they had grown into frightening gory epics indeed. When I saw that The Skull Ri ...

F
Intimate Seduction

When I read the cover blurb of Brenda Jackson’s Intimate Seduction, by the third play on the hero’s name, my hopes sank. "Maybe it was written by a un-punny editorial assistant," I tried to assure myself. Maybe the book is better. I was wrong. The story is just as bad as the back cover copy. ...

A-
A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Set a large chunk of time aside if you are planning to read A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Make that several large chunks of time, unless you are blessed with the ability to read at super speed, and have a cast iron behind. This book is 979 pages of small print and narrow margins. All right, so it's ...