Monday, August 13, 2018

Reprise Review: Binds that Tie by Kate Moretti



Genre: Thriller/Women’s Fiction

Description:

“Love ties. Murder binds.

Maggie never felt as though she belonged until Chris Stevens showed her what true happiness meant. Ten years into their marriage, miscarriages and infidelities have scarred them both. Despite their perfect-couple image, Maggie can’t look at Chris with anything but resentment. When a charismatic stranger offers the opportunity for a little harmless flirtation, she jumps into the game.

But charm soon turns to malice, and a deadly split-second decision forces Maggie and Chris onto a dangerous path fraught with secrets, lies, and guilt. With no one else to turn to—no one she dares trust—Maggie will ultimately learn just how binding marital ties can be.”

Author:

A scientist in the pharmaceutical industry and an avid reader all her life, Kate Moretti lives with her family in Pennsylvania. This is Moretti’s second book. Her first, Thought I Knew You, beat all comers in the chick-lit category of the inaugural 2013 Books and Pals Readers’ Choice Awards and recently hit both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

For more, visit Moretti’s website.

Appraisal:

Wow. What a ride.

Thrillers are often described as plot driven because the plot is the most important part of the story. Character development matters, but not as much as in other genres. Binds That Tie almost felt character driven, yet was still clearly a thriller. The main characters, Chris and Maggie Stevens, along with some of the more important second-tier players, have current problems, past histories, and a few skeletons that have been shoved into the dusty corner of the closet. The characters are complex and their characteristics, especially their past, drives the story more than in the typical thriller.

The twists and turns of the story kept me guessing as events start to spiral out of control and just get worse and worse. I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen or what I wanted to happen as I struggled with some questions. When is the right thing wrong, and really, what is the right thing here?

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FYI:

Adult language.

Added for Reprise Review: Binds that Tie by Kate Moretti was a winner in the Thriller category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran June 5, 2014

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: Fire Walk by Melissa Bowersock



Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Native American

Description:

“A property in the town of Meadeview, Massachusetts has a problem with fire. Anything that is built there burns to the ground. Medium Sam Firecloud and his partner, Lacey Fitzpatrick, are called to the small town to investigate the strange physical haunting, and their research leads them deeper into the dark underbelly of the tight knit community. The more they uncover, however, the more the townspeople are threatened by the old secrets—secrets the locals would much rather remain buried.”

Author:

“Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic, award-winning author who writes in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres: biography, contemporary, western, action, romance, fantasy, paranormal and spiritual. She has been both traditionally and independently published and is a regular contributor to the superblog Indies Unlimited. She has a tattoo on the inside of her left wrist that says IMAGINE. In her next life, she plans to be an astronaut. She lives in a small community in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier. She also writes under the pen name Amber Flame.”

Learn more about Ms. Bowersock and her other books on her website or stalk her on Facebook.

Appraisal:

Fire Walk is different than the other mysteries Sam Firecloud and Lacey Fitzpatrick have investigated. Beau Hewitt is trying to build a convenience store on a corner lot he bought a couple years ago. Whenever he gets the walls up on the property it burns to the ground. The police and the insurance company are starting to question how the fire is started when the arson investigators can find no clues.

When Sam walks the property he feels an irate ghost. However, finding the source of the rage is tricky when the townspeople try to keep their secrets hidden. Lacey’s internet skills and a friendly talkative waitress turn out to be the key to the beginning of finding out facts to help this raging spirit move on. The plot moves at a good pace as Lacey’s search comes face to face with the town’s bigotry and racism. The dialogue is intelligent and engaging. I love the way Ms. Bowersock weaves her mysteries together. Her depth and connection with the human spirit seems to be never ending.  

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FYI:

Fire Walk is book twelve in Melissa Bowersock’s A LACEY FITZPATRICK and SAM FIRECLOUD MYSYTERY SERIES.

Format/Typo Issues:

No issues to note.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review: Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology Book 1) by TL Clark



Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/New Adult

Description:

“Shakira didn’t fit in. The reason why is tragic…

Moving to Wales was a chance at a new start, a quest for somewhere to belong. Things don’t always go as planned. First it was the dreams. Why was she drawn to the forest?

And who are the strange beings with glowing cat-like eyes?

Then she meets him.

Can one kiss magically change her life?

Can she become the peacemaker she was meant to be?”

Author:

“TL Clark is a British author who stumbles through life as if it were a gauntlet of catastrophes.

Rather than playing the victim she uses these unfortunate events to fuel her passion for writing, for reaching out to help others. She writes about different kinds of love in the hope that she'll uncover its mysteries. Her loving husband (and very spoiled cat) have proven to her that true love really does exist.
Writing has shown her that coffee may well be the source of life.”

You can follow Ms. Clark on her blog or on Facebook.

Appraisal:

Shakira is not really sure what drew her to Wales when she left her parent’s house in Surrey, England in her little old Ford Puma (Very clever!). She is on a quest of self-discovery. What she learns is a lot more than she bargained for. Shakira ends up on a sharp learning curve when the plot divides into several story arcs. The characters are well-fleshed out and it becomes quite evident why Shakira never felt like she fit in. Even as the story develops this insecurity still haunts her.

Ms. Clark seamlessly weaves together finicky fairies, witches who aren’t as smart as they should be, new and unique paranormal creatures with their own society and laws, and sorcerers who think they can do whatever tickles their fancy. Oh, and a dragon with some unique qualities. (I want one!) The characters are diverse with many likable qualities, others are vile. Their dialogue is intelligent and informative.

Most of the story arcs came to a satisfying close, except for two important arcs left me hanging… I should have seen it coming, it’s mentioned in the title: Darkness & Light Duology Book 1. It is possible though, to end a book in a series without leaving readers hanging. Luckily, at this late dated review, the second book of the duology is available.

I did enjoy the story, I found it well written with a few proofing misses, nothing that threw me out of the story.

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FYI:

Love Bites is the first book in the Darkness & Light Duology. There are some graphic sex scenes and are some F-bombs. If you are sensitive to these issues, this book may not be for you. The author, being British, uses British spelling conventions.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: *** Three Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

Monday, August 6, 2018

Reprise Review: The Road to Rebirth by Dean F Wilson



Genre: Fantasy

Description:

The Road to Rebirth picks up where The Call of Agon left off. Ifferon, Herr’Don, Delin and company learn what they need and want out of the next chapter of their journey when all seems almost lost beyond repair. The characters go through moments of self-discovery and are prepared to fight for what they believe in – even if that means meddling with the afterlife.

Author:

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland. The Call of Agon was his first published novel, which won an award for an early draft in 2001. Wilson has since published two more. He is also a journalist working in the technology field.

You can learn more at his website.

Appraisal:

The sequel isn’t usually better than the original in a series, but The Road to Rebirth is certainly an exception to that.

This is the second book in Dean F. Wilson’s series The Children of Telm. It picks up right where it left off when all the characters of the first book learned devastating news. Now, it’s time we learn how they deal with the challenges that have been put before them.

The action in The Road to Rebirth is much crisper than the original, likely because there isn’t much backstory that Wilson needs to tell to get this story moving. While there may be slightly less action than the first, there is more going on here with all the characters discovering more about themselves as they are tested to their limits.

The Road to Rebirth takes many of the characters in different directions than they plan on going, but the different journeys seem important to the quest that lies before them.

The writing is also much cleaner, cutting through any unnecessary words, but still allowing Wilson’s wonderful prose seeped with rich, lively color to allow the readers to get a full picture of the world he has created.

Wilson also shows the characters’ growth. They are all in such different places from when we meet them in the first book until the end of the second.  After going on a journey through two books with these characters, I feel invested in them and am intrigued to learn how it all plays out.

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FYI:

This is the second book in The Children of Telm series and does not work as a standalone.

Added for Reprise Review: The Road to Rebirth by Dean F Wilson was a nominee in the Fantasy category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran June 14, 2015

Format/Typo Issues:

No issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: Sooz

Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words

Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: No Longer Hidden by M.C. Aquila



Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Fairy Tale

Description:

“Linnea is a Swedish princess reluctantly settled into her role as the middle child: never as influential as the eldest and never as beloved as the youngest. With her fiancé missing in action for nearly a decade, her future is uncertain. But when the Norwegian king curses her younger sister, the fate of Sweden itself is at risk. As war breaks out, Linnea goes on a quest to meet the king and strike a deal that will save the lives of her family and her people — even if it means using her own life as a bargaining chip.

But quests rarely go as planned, especially as she uncovers the secrets of Norway's royal family and the hidden purpose of the war…

This loose retelling of the classic fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon takes place near the end of the Viking Age when the old, fierce gods of myth and the new, omnipotent Christian God were both considered equally true and real.”

Author:

“M. C. Aquila graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in English. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA but currently resides in South Carolina. When she is not co-writing the Winter's Blight series, she tutors both native and ESL students in English, giving her a renewed love for the strange wonderfulness of the language.

She also enjoys drawing daily, baking recklessly, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, searching for the best red wine in existence, and reading any story with a villain she loves to hate.”

Learn more about Ms. Aquila at her website or follow her on Facebook.

Appraisal:

Linnea is the middle child, one of three princesses of Sweden. She accepts her standing as not as important as her older sister, who will become queen. And not as loved as her youngest sister. However, it would be nice if her father didn’t rub that in her face so blatantly. He’s not a cruel king, he is just blinded by his status, or perhaps he doesn’t realize what he is doing. So, yeah, Linnea has some self-esteem issues. And now her intended, the prince of Norway, is presumed dead after disappearing on a hunting expedition several years ago.

King daddio decides to have a competition to find a husband for his youngest daughter. When the King of Norway fails to win, he casts a sleeping curse on the youngest daughter. She will stay asleep until her father agrees to give him her hand in marriage. The royal family is devastated and the king declares war with Norway. Unbeknownst to the king and queen the oldest daughter cruelly suggests to Linnea that if she offered herself to the King of Norway he might lift the curse on the youngest daughter.

So begins Linnea’s quest to trek alone across the country to sacrifice herself to an evil magician King of Norway to prevent a war. Her adventure is filled with new experiences. To reduce her vulnerability she hires an experienced guide, Haakon, along the trail. Linnea is naïve but not stupid. She is quite creatives and cunning. Other notables are the Witch of the Mountain, a huge wolf from the old world, and other mythological creatures that keep her on her toes.

There are a couple of huge plot twists that keep Linnea off balance, change the direction of the story, and ramps up the tension. Linnea is an easy heroine to root for because of her bravery, loyalty, and easy going personality. I found this an enthralling tale.

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Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Reprise Review: Dark Witness by Rebecca Forster



Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Description:

“As the edge of winter slices through Washington D.C., Josie Bates testifies before Congress about the Albanian blood feud that sent Hannah Sheraton and Billy Zuni fleeing for their lives while Archer reluctantly abandons a trail that has gone cold in his search for the teenagers.Determined to stay one step ahead of the authorities who want Billy back and a blood feud that will only be satisfied when he is dead, Hannah and Billy head north. There they will hunker down in the darkest corner of earth they can find and wait for the danger to pass. Though the journey is treacherous, they finally find themselves isolated, safe, and as far from Hermosa Beach as they can get. But their relief is short lived. When the perpetual winter dark turns to inky black, they realize they have taken refuge in hell. Now the fight in front of Hannah and Billy is not only for their lives, but their very souls.”

Author:

USA Today best-selling author Rebecca Forster’s twenty-something books mostly fit within the broad mystery genre, some in the legal thriller subgenre and others harder to classify. Forster is a two-time winner in the Books and Pals Readers’ Choice Awards, with Before Her Eyes topping the mystery category in 2013 and Eyewitness (book 5 of the Witness Series) getting the nod from our readers in 2014.


Appraisal:

Those who have read the previous books in the Witness Series knew when they finished Forgotten Witness (book 6 in the series) that there would have to be at least one more book. Forster had left two important characters, Hannah Sheridan (a character almost as important to the series as Josie Bates), and recurring character Billy Zuni in limbo, with what little changed through the course of book six making their situation more tenuous. (For those who haven’t read the prior books or may have forgotten, they were running from a man intent on killing Billy.) This installment picks up Hannah and Billy’s story where their situation gets even worse.

I’m reluctant to say anything specific about what happens because everything feels like it would be a spoiler. While the last book focused on Josie Bates, this is Hannah and Billy’s book with Josie and Archer taking secondary roles. Although the initial book in the series was clearly a legal thriller, as the series has progressed it has slid out of the legal subgenre and into the broader thriller or suspense category. If this book has a single scene in a courtroom, it is so minor that I’ve forgotten it. If you’ve read the series thus far, you’ll definitely want to pick up this one as Hannah and Billy flee from one dangerous situation, only to fall into another. What that is and how it resolves is quite a ride.

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FYI:

This is the seventh of a series. Although I believe it could be read as a stand-alone and the story still make sense, to get the full impact an understanding of what has come previously for these characters would be much better.

Added for Reprise Review: Dark Witness by Rebecca Forster was a winner in the Thriller category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran October 20, 2014

Format/Typo Issues:

The version I read was an advance reader copy. I’m unable to judge the final product in this area.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 95-100,000 words

Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: Every Wind of Change (Paths of Shadow Book 3) by Frank Tuttle



Genre: Epic Fantasy/Magic/Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Adventure

Description:

“Mage Meralda’s perilous airship journey across the vast Great Sea made her a hero.

Her discovery of the Arc may doom her world.

The Arc, a mysterious metal structure hanging ten thousand feet above the stormy Sea, is singing. Tasked by the King to decipher the Arc’s strange song, Meralda discovers plans for an outlandish machine hidden in the song’s mathematical lyrics.

With sharp-tongued vegetable familiar Mug at her side, Meralda embarks on an unexpected journey across the void. Together they face ravenous beasts, ancient engines, and the most diabolical creature of all – Meralda's own long-lost mother.

With nothing but her wits, her Sight, and her determination to return home and find a decent cup of coffee, Meralda vows to lead her tiny band to safety. But her long journey home also means facing an old sorrow, and a singularly unpleasant truth.

As monsters close in, can Meralda prevail where thousands before her failed and perished?”

Author:

“Frank Tuttle lives and writes in the perpetually humid wilderness of North Mississippi. Frank tried to be a proper Southern author and write about pickups and hound dogs, but trolls and magic kept creeping into his stories, so Frank is a fantasy author. Although hounds do make occasional appearances in his fiction.”

To learn more about Frank Tuttle you can check out his website and of course you may also friend Mr. Tuttle on Facebook.

Appraisal:

While this series, Paths of Shadow, has always had an element of steampunk and magic in its world, Every Wind of Change jumps into the realm of Sci-Fi after the “event.” Sorry, I got a little ahead of myself there. Meralda has been assigned, by the King of Tirlin, to decipher the sounds the mysterious Arc is emitting. He also bestows a pay raise and a promotion to Tirlin’s Secret Service. Her new boss is none other than Mrs. Primsbite. To put a cherry on top of it all, Meralda’s long-absent mother reappears and insists on insinuating herself, and her little dog too, into her daughter’s life again. Donchen attempts to arbitrate between mother and daughter, to Meralda’s dismay.

While Meralda is attempting to decipher the Arcs complicated song, King Yvin insists on seeing her results so far. Meralda has to oblige with an incomplete work. Unbeknownst to all, this exhibition initiates a standard tripping wheel transport protocol from the Arc bringing forth the “event” that hurls Meralda, Donchen, Mug, Meralda’s mother, and Mrs. Primsbite (Oh, and I mustn’t forget Nameless and Faceless in crow form as well.) into the embattled Hub of the Arc which is located in the void. Luckily our small band is befriended by an unusual robot named Skoof, who knows the Arc well and assists finding them a safe place to hide from giant carnivorous cockroaches, called Mags who are well aware of their arrival, before they can formulate a way home without magic.

The plot is cleverly crafted and engaging with twists and turns of the outlandish storyline, since they are all out of their element I found that fitting. The dialogues are intelligent, cunning, and witty. New characters are introduced who I hope to see more of in the next book. The scenery and surroundings are well described, which place the reader right beside the characters. The ending is epic and a lot more far-reaching than I was expecting. Meralda’s mother also gains a new larger pet, which fits her well. Readers will also be pleased that Mr. Reardon, mother’s ankle-biter, is still with her as well. Don’t miss this new addition to Meralda and Mug’s adventure.

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FYI:

Every Wind of Change is the third book in a planned four book series from Mr. Tuttle’s, Paths of Shadow. Each book stands alone. However I have enjoyed watching each character’s growth as the series continues. The first book of the series is All the Paths of Shadow, followed by All the Turns of Light.

Format/Typo Issues:

I did find a small number of proofing issues, nothing that threw me out of the story.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words

Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: Death of a Movie Star by Timothy Patrick




Genre: Satire

Description:

StarBash is the hottest thing on TV. Featuring desperate actors facing off in madcap competitions to win a movie deal, the reality show is famous for making fools of its fame-starved participants.

So it seems odd that respected Hollywood A-lister Cassandra ‘Casmo’ Moreaux would become a contestant. But her motivation is simple: revenge against the program's producer, Lenora Danmore, the legendary movie star who blacklisted Casmo's mother during the McCarthy era.

Casmo plans to use StarBash to confront and embarrass Lenora in front of the entire country--but what Casmo doesn't know could kill her.

Vindictive and wicked, Lenora is determined to set a trap for the upstart movie star. But when Casmo unexpectedly falls in love with the show's wry host--Lenora's illegitimate son--the murder plot bubbles over with unforeseen complications.

Featuring sarcastic celebrities, murderous androids, and off-the-wall humor from beginning to end, Death of a Movie Star masterfully pulls Hollywood culture apart at the seams. It's a Tinseltown romp that's part mystery, part suspense, and two parts roller derby!”

Author:

“Tim Patrick learned at an early age about living on both sides of the tracks. His family scraped to pay the rent but he received his primary education at an exclusive boarding school, thanks to smooth talking parents and a generous scholarship. On visiting day Tim watched the parents of his schoolmates arrive in limousines and Lamborghinis. His parents arrived in a utility van that said ‘Patrick's TV Repair’ on the sides.”

A UCLA graduate, Tim is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife in Southern California. This is his second novel.

Appraisal:

This was definitely different. It’s satire, poking fun at both Hollywood and the cult of celebrity as well as at reality TV in general. The characters, at least on the surface, fit various Hollywood clichés, yet (just like with most clichés) are a bit deeper and unique than the cliché would lead you to believe. It’s a fun read with a little of a futuristic feel, a bit of a mystery, and a whole lot of laugh and head shake inducing scenes.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Review: A-Void by Babak Govan




Genre: Dystopian

Description:

“Those who adapt to environmental changes survive. What happens when the environment changes too fast for us to adapt?
In an increasingly fast-paced, near-future world, psychologist Billy Carrington wakes from a nap to discover that he is completely alone. With his all-in-one Organelle smart device, a growing menagerie of animals, and a potentially life-saving vaccine, he crosses the country searching for his wife and child—and for an answer to what happened while he slept. A cautionary tale of our fast-forward world, A-Void illuminates the risks of accelerating technology and information overload.”

Author:

A psychologist in private practice, Babak Govan is “the originator of the theory of the evolving psyche and moderative psychotherapy.” He lives in Portland, Oregon with his family. Although A-Void is his first published book, his work has been published by various literary periodicals. He’s also recorded an album of electronic rock under the name Secret Arcade.

Appraisal:

While A-Void has a lot of the characteristics you’d expect from a dystopian story, with things changing in a way that leaves the characters off balance and scrambling to figure things out, it felt different. Unlike many dystopian books, I didn’t get the feeling that I’d been here before and could anticipate what was coming next. Along with Billy, the narrator and only real character in the story, I was nervous and concerned as to what he’d find next. If you’re a fan of the dystopian genre, this novella is one you’ll want to give a try.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

FYI:

Some adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words

Monday, July 23, 2018

Reprise Review: Following His Heart by Donna Fasano



Genre: Romance

Description:
“Sara Carson is a 30-something widow with a busy life. Two fun-loving best friends, a caring mom who needs her, and a thriving sweet shop. What more could a woman want? But when the ancient plumbing in her shop springs a leak and a gorgeous, dark-eyed stranger rushes to her rescue, hilarity unfolds--and Sara quickly sees exactly what she's been missing.

Something most peculiar draws Landon Richards to Ocean City, Maryland--and to the lovely Sara. This woman touches his heart like no other, and the two of them explore the heady attraction that pulses between them. But haunting dreams have a way of encroaching on reality, and the strange phenomenon that brings these two together will also threaten to tear them apart.

This is the first book in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series, where life for three enterprising women, Sara, Heather, and Cathy, isn't just fun in the sun--love is waiting on those sandy shores!”

Author:

 Award winning and bestselling author Donna Fasano has written more than twenty novels over the course of her career with almost four million copies sold. She’s not only popular among the reviewers at Books and Pals, but apparently our readers as well, winning our Readers’ Choice Award in the romance category in both 2013 and 2014.

For more, visit Ms. Fasano’s website.

Appraisal:

You’ve heard the cliché that says “every story has already been told,” right? At a certain level of abstraction, that’s true. The specifics of character and plot may differ, but there are a limited number of basic stories. It amazes me how authors are able to put their own unique twists on a basic story and end up with something that still feels fresh and new. This goes double (or maybe quadruple) for the romance genre where every book is the same basic story.

Following His Heart made me go “wow” in this regard. At its core, it is the basic romance. Girl meets boy, they take a romantic roller coaster ride fluctuating between, if not love and hate, at least dislike and like a whole bunch, then the happily-ever-after ending. There are minor characters that act as confidants and comedic foils for the heroine and hero, while giving the story more depth. (Primarily the heroine’s disabled mother, plus her best friends, Heather and Cathy.)

But the twists, what set this story apart from a typical romance, is a strange turn the story takes that I’ve described as a combination of a little supernatural and horror-lite, although I’d be quick to say that romance readers who don’t normally gravitate to these genres shouldn’t find this too much of a departure from the norm to be objectionable. I found it thought-provoking in ways I’d have never anticipated.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

FYI:

Relatively mild adult situations.

Added for Reprise Review: Following His Heart by Donna Fasano was the winner in the Romance category for B&P 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran January 6, 2015

Format/Typo Issues:

This review is based on a pre-release beta copy. I’m unable to judge the final product in this area.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 40-45,000 words