Review: STILL LIFE by D.B. Kennison

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a recent book I’ve really enjoyed, so to kick off a new week, this blog post will focus on my thoughts on my most favourite of recent reads: STILL LIFE by D.B. Kennison. From the same pub house as me, the book is a romantic crime/suspense and one well worth a read. In addition to my review, I’ve also invited D.B. Kennison herself along to the blog to get inside the mind that spawns such plots as the one in STILL LIFE. You’ll find that posted tomorrow, but for now, this is what I thought of STILL LIFE, the book.

51qlFbdgWRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I’ll start by saying I didn’t guess the end. That sounds stupid, but when you’re a writer, you tend to bend over backward trying to guess whodunit. Kennison weaves her tale well, leading you in circles upon circles to a place you hadn’t expected – and I liked that. I hate when the writer chooses to reveal the killer or it’s so obvious, any idiot who picks the book up halfway can guess. Trust me; that ain’t happ’ning here.

The basic plot is small town PI/real estate broker, Randi stumbles onto a corpse and ends up striking major friction with the big-city-turned-small-town detective who came to Podunkville to escape homicide. Suffice it to say, he isn’t happy with the woman who pulls him back in. A series of events create hilarious tension between them, as well as their own strong personalities…until they can’t fight their mutual attraction anymore.

The start reminded me of a black and white comic caper, with its banter and PI sneakiness and the physical comedy. This pops up occasionally throughout the book, as well as the aforementioned hilarious banter between Randi and anyone she comes into contact with – especially her fantastic sidekick who I adored – and several descriptions in the book that Kennison writes so humerously, you can’t help but smile. This humour is spliced with gritty fact, real crime details woven in so you understand procedure and experience some of the horror of finding a body. I found the crime details really interesting – it’s clear Kennison has researched the subject thoroughly, and this helps bring the book to another level. I really believed what was happening in the pages.

In addition to it being interesting and funny and gritty, it’s Also. Very. Sexy. Like, fan yourself sexy. Like, open the window sexy. I love the friction of enemies-turned-lovers plots in romances, so enjoyed Randi and Jon’s sniping, envisioning their locking gazes, the accidental touches, the heat that simmers below every insult. With the crime side being so detailed, I was a little worried the romance would get lost, but Kennison balances the elements well so you feel like neither side is too heavy.

All in all, I thought the book was sharp, well-researched, sexy as heck and very funny. It was very easy to read and was paced well so I never felt it dragged. A fantastic debut and I look forward to seeing more of Kennison’s books.

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If I’ve piqued your interest, you can find the book on Goodreads, Amazon, Samhain Publishing and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other online retailers. 🙂

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Five Stars for Whispers

Whispers72webWhoop! I’m so excited to share a review of Whispers – a FIVE STAR review.

It’s nerve-wracking when you release a book (or it has been in my experience!) and wait to see reactions. Will they love it like I do? Hate it? Finish it with a “Meh, all right, but won’t carry on”?

I’ll be honest and say Sapphy and Nathe’s “courtship” was so fun to write – maybe more so than Ana and Cade’s, simply on the basis that they are total opposites. One’s steady as the earth, the other teasing and wild as the wind. It was so much FUN to write! And when you get a reviewer who obviously loves them as much as you, it brings a warm glow to those waiting pains 🙂

Luv My Books is a blogger who loves romance, from historical to paranormal, and she LOVED Whispers 🙂

“I really did not want Whispers to end! I can’t wait for more from this truly extraordinary series. I am so attached to all of the characters that Sophie H. Morgan has created. I eagerly absorbed all of the descriptions in this book of the Divided Kingdom, its conflicts and the sexy love match between the unlikely pair, Sapphy and Nathe.”

“Watching Sapphy soften and witnessing handsome (beautiful) and intense Nathe buckling to her charms, almost startling himself at times, was so entertaining.”

” I love her clever, quick, descriptive writing that flowed, and with depth that I loved. I highly recommend this series!”

For the full review, click here. She even found pictures of “her” Sapphy and Nathe, which amazes me as they match up to the images in my head pretty well! I’m so happy so thank you!!

It’s a busy day today, on the second day of Whispers’ release. As you see above, I’ve been reviewed on Luv My Books (and a fabulous review it is!) 🙂

I’m also being spotlighted at Books & Tales

AND interviewed over at Diane’s Book Blog

AND I’m guest posting over at Hart’s Romance Pulse about why serious men are the sexiest kind. Which they totally are – don’t believe me, go over and see 🙂

 

20160221_145104All four of these locations also host the giveaway for these beauties which counts down in less than 2 weeks. Even if they’re not your personal taste, they’re so pretty and would make a great gift! Sign up now.

 

 

Have a great day everyone – and don’t forget Whispers is 30% off at Samhain and Ashes is down to 99 cents on Samhain AND Amazon (and other online retailers!)

A Jumble

I have so much to tell you guys today.

F12321418_10154010618803631_7003310696856097677_n.jpgirst, and most importantly if you love a bargain, Samhain Publishing is having a store-wide 40% off sale JUST for Leap Day. Unless it already has a discount on it, like ASHES (only 99 cents, remember!), it’s 40% off. That’s a serious bargain. Make sure you click through and check out the other great titles:

Leap Day Sale!!

 

As I mentioned, ASHES is still only 99 cents, a real bargain, and I woke up to an absolutely fabulous review from author, Selena Robins, on Goodreads on the first in the Divided Kingdom series:

” Sizzling sexual tension between Ana and Cade jumps off every page in every scene that they appear in together”

“ASHES is an extremely well-crafted paranormal romance written by an excellent writer.”

and “the unique storyline will grab you from the first page and won’t let you go until you finish the book, leaving you waiting in anticipation for the next instalment in the DIVIDED KINGDOM series.”

For the full review, click here

I’m also featured on Selena’s blog, talking about why I love a shifter hero 🙂 Find that here

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So if you were in any doubt about buying ASHES, they should be put to rest by such a kick-butt Whispers72webreview! Especially since it’s only 99 cents…

 

Finally, because WHISPERS is being released TOMORROW – yes, I said that – I’m being featured on Lisa’s World of Books. I’ve already had some awesome feedback so far, so here’s hoping that you guys love Sapphy and Nathe as much as Ana and Cade!

Phew. I think that’s it for now. Hope I’ve given you enough to chew over there 😉

 

Kick Off Review: What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins

Welcome to my new base of operations, my mousehole, my bunker. Here is where you’ll hear me rant, rave and behave in a manner both becoming and unbecoming to a dignified British romance author. So let’s get everything kicked off with a review of a book I recently devoured, shall we? I picked up What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins, thinking it was going to be your average contemporary romance – which I wouldn’t have minded – but I. Was. Wrong. Rare is a romance that surprises me. And when they do, I LOVE it!

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What A Girl Wants focuses on the relationship between Maddie and Alex, two friends who have attraction simmering beneath the surface. On one business trip to Hawaii, Maddie decides to throw caution – and her underwear – to the wind and turn up the heating on their friendship. Unfortunately for her, Alex wants to preserve the temperature for the sake of their relationship – even while he fantasises about her legs. Cue a whole load of hilarious seductions from Maddie, some super-charged stares, banter that makes you laugh out loud, and kisses hot enough to melt chocolate.

Selena Robins has a gift for humour. It’s on every page, in Maddie and Alex’s banter, in her talks with her friend, in her thoughts: ‘If marriage is the answer, I’ll take another question.’ I found myself smiling more with this book, than I have for a while. Not only does Robins balance the humour well without it getting hijinks-silly, the sexual tension between these two friends is scorching. Their first kiss…well, trust me on this. You’ll want to have some ice nearby.

So, sexy, funny, cute, light-hearted. Why did this book surprise me? The plot thickens – literally. We delve into a much deeper issue about parentage, which is balanced expertly with the lighter comedy-romance parts. Not only this, Robins also delivers twist after twist after twist. Just when I think I know where the plot will go next, she flips it on you and takes you to somewhere completely different. The end is fast-paced, but realistic, and I love how the issues surrounding the book are resolved. I loved the secondary characters, both of the MC’s friends. I’d love to see a sequel – hint, hint!

I’m definitely looking forward to more books by this author.

Find the book on Amazon, Samhain, Google Play and Barnes and Noble (and more!)

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