Friday, June 24, 2016

Side Effects: What Candidates Don't Tell You by Tomas Payne


Genre: Non-Fiction/Politics

Description:
Side-Effects: What Candidates Don’t Tell You takes you behind the scenes on issues of the day and campaign promises. It focuses on consequences, issues, and options. It also challenges myths such as who are the wealthy, and what is the history of depressed wages. The emphasis is on shedding light, exposing myths, examining consequences, and exploring options, not on personalities. Sorry, no dirt on the people, just on their promises.

Side-Effects will answer questions such as:
Will raising income and estate taxes hurt the billionaires and redistribute wealth?
Why healthcare is broken and what options we have.
Why wages are depressed and what we can do about it.
What are the implications of various immigration plans?

Side-Effects cuts through the BS to look at campaign promises on wealth redistribution, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, depressed wages, and many other topics that aims to bring facts to these issues.”

Author:
Author is a CPA and has an MBA in finance, a BS in Political Science, and over 30 years of experience in business. He is a long time student of business, the ever-entertaining field of economics, and of the political shell game.
Like many of you, he is frustrated by candidates not addressing the real issues or doing so with simplistic sound bites that don't stand up to scrutiny. That's why he dove into campaign promises to see how they fared and found a number of surprises he'd like to share with you.”

Appraisal:
Of all the books I've ever read on contemporary politics, this book has some qualities that I've never seen before. Depending on what you'd prefer to get from a book like this, you could perceive those qualities as positive or negative.
In the early days of the US, political theorist Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet called Common Sense and now an author with essentially the same name (maybe Tomas Payne is a pen name?) shows a lot of common sense in exploring the current political environment in the US. Payne explains his thinking clearly and in multiple instances had me questioning my current political stances. If that possibility concerns you, this book isn't for you. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum you'll almost surely find that Payne agrees with you on some things and disagrees on others. If you're willing to have your thoughts and political beliefs challenged, this book will do the trick.

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Format/Typo Issues:
No significant issues

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl


Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Reprise Review: Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell @takethemonkeys


Genre: Humor/ Paranormal Romance/ Ghosts

Description:
Desperate to pay the bills, 29-year-old Sophie ignores the advice of her stuffy spirit-friend, Marmaduke Dodsworth, and takes a job with the handsome Dr. Callahan, an optometrist with a desperate situation of his own. The good doctor's problem? He has a spirit-friend as well: one with a fiery crush and a vicious jealous streak. When chemistry starts to brew between Sophie and Dr. Callahan, his green-eyed ghost wreaks some bad-tempered havoc, scaring away his patients and putting Sophie on edge. Will Sophie give up the ghost and quit the new job, or buck up and find a way to rid Dr. Callahan of his pesky specter, freeing their romance to find a life of its own?”

Author:
In another life, before Karen Cantwell started writing full time, she had a different, very rewarding job – a vision therapist. She decided to give her male romantic hero a profession that was more specific than just, a lawyer, or a doctor, or a coffee shop barista. They say write what you know, and one thing she knew very well, was vision therapy. Her own husband is an optometrist in this specialized field, and the reason why she became a vision therapist, herself. Hence, the decision was made, Cal Callahan would be a developmental optometrist – an eye doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients (by and large, children) with Learning-related Vision Disorders.

To learn more about Ms. Cantwell and her successful Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series, the check out her website or follow her on Facebook.

Appraisal:
I have read several of Ms. Cantwell’s books, the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series is one of my favorites. When I heard she was writing a ghost story I was pleased to see her branching out into the paranormal; one of my favorite genres. She has an easy-going style to her writing that makes it a pleasure to read.

I dearly loved Marmaduke. He is such an English gentleman, and I think the author pulled off his verbose English dialect quite well. I found Sophie and Marmaduke’s dialogue thoroughly entertaining and I loved their relationship. I was glad to learn he is sticking around for a few more books. The chemistry between the reserved Dr. Callahan and Sophie was charming and natural. The story setting and characters are unique which set up the book to be an interesting and educational read. As with all of Ms. Cantwell’s writing there is a mystery to unravel with unexpected twists in the plot. The humor flows well and is not over-the-top or slapstick. I was also pleased that Sophie is a fully-fledged character in her own right; she is not a rewritten Barbara Marr, but I like her just as well. This is a light, fun, quick read that leaves you feeling satisfied in the end.

Buy now from:    Kindle US    Kindle UK    Paperback

FYI:
I think this book will teach us all to stay away from internet magic spells. Keep Me Ghosted is book 1 in the Sophie Rhodes Ghostly Romance series.

Added for Reprise Review: Keep Me Ghosted was a nominee in the Paranormal Romance category for B&P 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran May 1, 2013

Format/Typo Issues:
I found no significant issues with editing or formatting.

Rating: ***** Five stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Legend of the Bogeyman by James R. Womack @deafauthor



Genre: Short Story/ Fantasy/ Young Adult/ Occult

Description:
Oh, you know about the Bogeyman. That old mythical character used to frighten wayward children. What if there's something you already know? That the Bogeyman isn't really a man. What if there's something you might not know? Like Ole Bogey is real and has cosmic aspirations and is interested in a whole lot more than just saying 'Boo!'”

Author:
From James Womack’s author page on Amazon: “I'm a deaf person who likes to write stories. Actually, I prefer telling stories in American Sign Language (ASL) but not everyone understands it. For me, storytelling is storytelling so writing stories gives me much pleasure. My hope is readers get pleasure from what I've written. I'm not focused on any specific genre so my stories range from science fiction to religious based stories. I hold a bachelor degree from Gallaudet University and a Masters degree from California State University of Northridge. I used to teach Deaf high school students before teaching college students full time in the last two decades of my career. I'm married to a really cool woman who was also my Gallaudet University classmate during my time there. My non-writing activities include cooking, fishing, playing with my youngest grandkids, and experimenting with applying computer software to educational purposes.”

Find and follow the author on Amazon and on Twitter.

Appraisal:
If you thought the Bogeyman was scary before, wait till you read Mr. Womack’s interpretation! I’ll begin my review with what Mr. Womack states in his afterword:

It’s not intended to advocate any religious body’s point of view. Certainly it contains a lot of my own biased perceptions but isn’t meant to advocate any doctrine. It’s a story, a work of fiction. Anyone is free to enjoy, dislike, even mock or discard it.

Needless to say, Mr. Womack has gone back to the beginning of time and rewritten from Lucifer’s — ‘Morning Star’ or ‘Light Bearer’ — own point-of-view in a convincing fashion. Can you imagine the weight, with names like that, Lucifer carried on his shoulders? Being one of God’s favorites, a lot of responsibilities were directed towards Lucifer. At times I had to agree with the twisted logic that Lucifer began to believe in this tale.

Each chapter begins with a portion of a cited passage from the Bible, which lends a little bit of the credibility towards the author’s vision. Since this is a work of fiction I didn’t check out the quotes. They were there to solely move the tale along and worked to weave the story together. I will tell you Mr. Womack’s vision gave me the creeps because this could be how the ‘Morning Star’ lost his way…


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FYI:
May or may not offend some readers' religious sensibilities.

Format/Typo Issues:
Too few to mention.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 9- 10,000 words


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reprise Review: Orla's Code by @FionaPearse


Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description:
If you want to get ahead, get noticed, is Orla Hanlon’s motto. New to London and the first female programmer at CouperDaye, a global investment bank, she takes on a high-profile but controversial project.
With her new luxury apartment and a work-romance quietly on the side, Orla thinks she has everything under control.

Until a bug in her code causes chaos on the trading floor and Orla finds herself a scapegoat in a corporate game, fighting to save her new life in London.

Author:
Fiona Pearse was born in Dublin, Ireland and has been a software developer for 15 years. Now settled in London, she writes financial software and is working on her second novel. She is also a blogger and poet with several poems in literary journals.

For more, visit the author’s website.

Appraisal:
As the first female computer programmer at her new employer, Orla has to deal with the obvious issue of being a novelty among her peers, along with some of the all-too-typical management issues and job challenges typically found in a software development shop. I was impressed with the author’s ability to communicate the challenges of Orla’s job without sinking into tech-talk or too much detail for the layperson.

Much of the story conflict comes from Orla’s struggle to balance her work goals, her personal life, and possibly sneak in a little sex (surely romance and a fuller relationship would be asking too much). Overall, Orla’s Code was a quick, fun read.

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FYI:
Adult language and some mild adult content.

Added for Reprise Review: Orla's Code was a nominee in the Chick Lit/Women's Fiction category for B&P 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran February 22, 2014.

Format/Typo Issues:
No significant issues.

Approximate word count: 40-45,000 words

Rating: ***** Five stars

Reviewed by: BigAl


Monday, June 20, 2016

Dragon Lord’s Mate by @EileenTroemel #BookReview



Genre: Fantasy/ Magic/ Erotic Romance

Description:
During spring rites, Dragon Lord Arius claims Pena, a healer from the Plains. He likes her small body, flame hair, and spunk. Pena wants nothing to do with the Dragon Lord. She wants love and comfort. Arius carries her away from her Plains village. The shadow dragon rises, reaching out his power to aid Pena's enemy, Indirez. Betrayal within the Dragon Clan endangers everyone that Pena holds dear.”

Author:
From poetry to novel, Eileen enjoys telling a good story or expressing a heartfelt emotion. She’s been published in Circle Magazine, The American Tarot Association's Quarterly Journal, What's Cooking America, Children, Churches and Daddies, placed second in Words of Women 2010 Writing Contest, 2012 Daily Flash, and The Deadman’s Tome. She has a bachelor's degree in business and a second bachelor's degree in English Professional Writing and Book Editing. On the side, she has a small editing business. In addition to her work, she loves to read, crochet, crafting, research genealogy, and spend time with family. She has three adult daughters and has been married to her husband for over 30 years.”

To learn more please visit Eileen Troemel’s website or follow her on Facebook.

Appraisal:
The Dragon Clan has long since stopped pillaging smaller villages to find mates. They are a highly respected Clan and the unclaimed women of mating age gladly line up naked to be chosen during the spring rites when clans travel through seeking mates. By the time the Dragon Clan reaches the Village of Barrow, Arius, the Dagon Lord, has grown tired and bored with the choices offered. He is not interested in a thin, weak, or submissive mate. When Pena’s aunt drags her to line up with the rest of the girls, Pena resists and causes a commotion. She also refuses to strip down naked. Her curves, spunk, and fiery red hair capture Arius’s attention and he doesn’t hesitate to choose her. Pena makes it clear to him that she will never submit, but she has no recourse but to leave with him.

Pena is a strong heroine; she is outspoken and stands up for herself. She has had a hard life living with her abusive aunt for the last ten years since her family was slaughtered. Pena has gifts, which her aunt had considered curses, and was severely punished when caught using them. One of her most developed gifts was healing. Pena can also find lost items and sense when there is danger around. She is completely unaware of what other gifts she has potential to develop.

On their long trek back to Measc Realta, where the Dragon Clan dwells, Pena and Arius’s relationship starts to grow as they learn more about each other. In the beginning Pena often felt her body betrayed her as his kisses and hands lit a fire in her she couldn’t deny. Twists in the plot and trouble on the trail fill the story with danger as we learn about other Dragon Clan members and the mates they have chosen. The settings are realistically described and easy to imagine because of their earth-like qualities.

By the time the group arrives at Measc Realta Pena and Arius are fully mated. Arius was so smitten he used ancient rites to bind them together. I enjoyed learning about the Dragon Clan's history and myths that had been long forgotten during the long age of peace. There is an old evil that has found a new font of energy and it is growing stronger. Pena and Arius have to risk everything that is dear to them as the dragons of light and dragons of shadow are awakened. Old truths have to be rediscovered and learned. Pena must also learn and master her true power of the elements to overcome this threat. The battles are bloody, graphic, and will enthrall the reader. While this story comes to a satisfying close, it is far from over. I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel.

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FYI:
Several graphic sexual scenes without a single F-bomb dropped. :) However, there are also scenes of graphic rape.

Format/Typo Issues:
A few small proofing errors, nothing that threw me out of the story.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 90- 95,000 words


Friday, June 17, 2016

White Girl by Grace Jelsnik #Kindle #Paperback



Genre: Suspense/ Mystery/ Adventure/ Native American

Description:
When her lifelong best friend, Maggie, entrusts a USB drive into Tashina’s care, she tells the rookie FBI agent to give it to an unknown David if anything happens to her. He’ll find her, Maggie assures her. Hours later, Maggie is dead, and Tashina’s family and friends are under surveillance. She has nowhere to run but to the home of her mother’s people, the Lakota Sioux on Pine Ridge Reservation. In her journey from California to South Dakota and back again, the half-Lakota Tashina learns not only what is on the USB drive but also what it means to be half-Indian and half-white in a world where both sides still nurse old grievances. A mission to honor a friend’s request becomes a period of discovery for the woman disparagingly called ‘white-girl.’”

Author:
Grace Jelsnik lives in North Dakota with her husband of fifteen years, their three children, two dogs, and three cats. Her romances emphasize the give-and-take emotional interaction between two characters, addressing the sparks that lead to heat, not the heat itself. She takes pride in writing clean romances for both young and old readers, novels her daughter can one day read without embarrassment, and enjoys inserting comic elements into both plot and dialogue.”

Learn more about her at Goodreads or on Facebook.

Appraisal:
I like to read stories that include Native American elements, more often than not mysticism is brought into play. That is not what you will find in this novel though. What you will get is a solid view of Sioux culture and history. Tashina’s parents recognized her warrior spirit at a young age and sent her to spend summers with her grandfather on the Pine Ridge Reservation so she could have a solid foundation in her Native American heritage. However, her cousins never let her forget they considered her a white girl because she wasn’t a full-blood Sioux. The story is told through Tashina’s point-of-view so we are given insight into her inner thoughts as she works through her inner dilemmas; justifying her FBI identity, her somewhat privileged white upbringing, and her Sioux heritage. I found these story arcs particularly engaging and fascinating.

Ms. Jelsnik has woven Tashina’s journey with a powerful story arc about a homeland terror plot that could have a global impact. This includes corporate espionage on the highest level as well as potential corruption in other federal agencies. Tashina’s only ally is a man named David she had never met. David is an unusual, interesting character. He was raised by a man who was not his father and who instilled discipline and loyalty to mold him into an ideal agent. Tashina has her suspicions as to which agency, she has good instincts that serve her well throughout the story. David was secretive and detached; he also had good instincts as well as survival training. He was quick to observe that Tashina was trapped between two cultures, being an Indian at heart but white in practice. Their relationship was guarded and felt realistic. Their dialogue was comical at times as they played off each other like an old married couple.
I don’t usually read political intrigue type novels full of espionage, but this one seemed well researched, plausible, and frightening. I wouldn’t call White Girl a relaxing read, but I did enjoy it and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it if this is a genre you enjoy.

Buy now from:    Kindle US    Kindle UK     Paperback

Format/Typo Issues:
No significant issues were noted.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reprise Review: Laughs Last by @DylanBrody


Genre: Humor

Description:
Laughs Last is a rumination on family, legacy, talent, and the fluidity of time, a poignant dream of adulthood coming in fits and starts to our protagonist Damon Blazer. With a quick mind and an instinct to flee (preferably before getting punched, but not before getting in a punchline), Blazer comes from a family whose laughs never mean just one thing. He struggles to glean what lessons he can from his brutish and detached brother, his grieving but understanding mother, and his aloof but proud father, but it’s the inheritance of his grandfather’s lessons that truly form the backbone of Blazer’s biography.”

Author:
Dylan Brody is a humorist who appears regularly on radio (including XM/Sirius) and comedy clubs around the country. He has written plays, novels, and jokes for other comedians as well as being a contributor to the Huffington Post.

For more, visit Brody’s website or follow him on Facebook.

Appraisal:
Damon, you have to decide, every time, whether you’re willing to face the consequences when you tell a joke. Every time. A good joke, any good joke, it tells the truth. They’re very powerful and they can hurt people and they can change the world.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that this quote encapsulates one of the themes that runs throughout Laughs Last. This was one of the lessons the protagonist, Damon Blazer, learned from his grandfather, who was a comedian, too. His grandfather was also Damon’s mentor and often the only member of his family who understood him.

The story jumps back and forth in time, which has the potential of being confusing, but isn’t. The logic in this convoluted timeline is explained by the narrator as a lesson Damon’s father had tried to teach him finally sinking in, that “it is only possible to know the meaning of events after some time has passed, when they can be looked back on in context.” The disjointed time line arranges events in a way that helps them make sense.

As advertised, Laughs Last is humorous. However, there is much more to the story than that, with plenty of food for thought about family and taking the unconventional path in life. A great read. If this story is any indication, that cliché about there being a thin line between comedy and tragedy is right on the money.

Buy now from:    Kindle US     Kindle UK     Paperback

FYI:
Some adult language.

Added for Reprise Review: Laughs Last was a nominee in the Humor category for B&P 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran October 12, 2013.

Format/Typo Issues:
No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out by @JT_Sather


Genre: Memoir/Self-Help

Description:
There is a lot of discussion these days about whether or not the economy is improving. Here are two facts: The economy has been very, very bad, and the only way it is going to improve for you is if you take control of your situation.

JT Sather, author of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out, has ridden the economic roller coaster for twenty years. He's experienced the highs of a multi-million dollar construction business and the lows of squatting in a friend's foreclosed mansion. He doesn't base his future on Wall Street but on Main Street.

In his debut book, he tells the brutal truth, but with humor and hope; reviewers have described it as listening to a great storyteller share his life over a couple of beers. No matter where you are in the Economic Recovery, you'll find anecdotes and advice you can use today, tomorrow, and whenever the bottom drops out of your life.

Author:
JT Sather describes himself as “your next door neighbor. I'm the guy that you just passed on the highway. I've worked construction for most of my adult life, and I did pretty good at it for decades. When the economy crashed and burnt, I found myself with nothing but time on my hands, and a pocket full of lint, so I began to write. It's been said many times by my friends and family that I need to write a book. I've had more than my share of adventures over the years, and this seemed like the right time to put some of them down.

Appraisal:
This quote from late in How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out seemed to get at the heart of what the book is about:

The stories of your life are the things that define you. If you can’t come up with any good ones, then look at what that has to say about you. Your stories are you. What you’ve done, where you’ve been, and the things that are yet to come if you are not afraid to take a chance.”

Life is full of ups and downs and in his stories JT Sather tells us how he's reacted to some of the bigger downs he's experienced. There's a lot of advice for how you might react when (not if, when) you have a downturn of your own. Whether that advice is right for you, you'll need to decide on your own.

However, the attitudes at the root of the advice, to keep on pushing and to view life as an adventure, is a lesson we should all heed.

Buy now from:    Kindle US    Kindle UK   Paperback

Format/Typo Issues:
No significant issues

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl


Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reprise Review: RIP Robbie Silva by @TonyBlackUK



Reviewed by: Keith Nixon

Genre: Crime / Noir

Approximate word count: 20-25,000

Availability:    Kindle US      Kindle UK     Paperback  

Author:

Tony Black is an award winning national journalist who covered a diverse range of stories from crime to nightclub reviews. Tony then moved into writing crime novels, with nine now published to critical acclaim.

More information can be found about Tony Black on his website or blog.

Description:

Jed Collins has been out of prison for only thirty minutes before he finds himself landed with a whole heap of problems. The first is Gail, a thoroughly sexy blonde with a bad history. Second is her brutal father, gangland boss Robbie Silva who promises a big payday for Jed but with a high risk. Throw Jed’s own difficult upbringing into the mix and you have an explosive cocktail that leads to violence, theft and murder…Jed is going to be lucky to stay alive and out of prison.

Appraisal:

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, a master class in the genre. It was punchy, gritty and tough - just how excellent noir should be. The fast-paced, violent action in RIP Robbie Silva starts immediately when protagonist Jed, a likeable just ex-con, meets troubled Gail. The story gallops along, taking the reader along for a wild ride that doesn’t let up until the final sentence.

As a result I had to read RIP Robbie Silva in a single sitting, getting myself into all kinds of trouble with the family because I ignored them for a couple of hours. However, it was worth it. I spent the time happily savouring the gritty Edinburgh location, seedy ambiance and the machinations of the troubled characters as they struggled with themselves and each other. A scattering of local vernacular through the story added to the weighty atmosphere without being distracting or off putting.

Here’s an example of the style:

‘The barmaid was in her bad fifties, bat-wings and a corned-beef complexion. Her over-dyed black hair was scraped back in a tight scrunchie and showed at least an inch of grey roots; when she smiled at me I wanted to heave.’

A difficult subject underpins RIP Robbie Silva and is the reason Jed, despite deep misgivings, inexplicably finds himself drawn to Gail. In the explosive finale, Jed and Gail lay their demons to rest with a major plot twist I didn’t see coming.

If you want to learn how to quickly build a highly credible story, strong characters, and a real sense of place then read Tony Black. A great writer and a great story.

FYI:

Frequent strong language.

Format/Typo Issues:

None

Rating: ***** 5 Stars

Monday, June 13, 2016

Caught in a Trap by @ElaineRaco Chase


Genre: Erotic Romance/ Humor/ Contemporary Fiction

Description:
Kit Forrester lived a life of lies - so what was one more? When her first vacation ever sank like the Titanic - she couldn't tell her friends THAT! So she did what she always did - she lied. Kit told everyone about her fabulous five day cruise. Her days of fun in the sun and moonlit nights with the man of her dreams - Rafe Morgan - tall, handsome, incredibly sexy and successful. And well - now they were engaged!

Now she had a 6'2", 230 lb. problem - Rafe Morgan did exist and he wanted answers.

Retired Navy SEAL and Texas business tycoon, Rafe Morgan was sure he was being set up by his suddenly acquired fiancée. He had spent 20 years in the Navy and was trained to handle anything - until he came up against one volatile New York redhead with wicked curves and the world's hardest ass!

Then he saw her sex lair and was more than willing to be Caught in a Trap. And to set one of his own!”

Author:
Elaine Raco Chase is the award-winning author of sixteen novels with over 3 million books in print. She is published in 25 countries and 15 languages. As a romance writer, Chase has won two sales awards for top romance novels of the year, Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense, and the Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Award for writing excellence. Her non-fiction debut Amateur Detectives - A Writer's Guide was nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christie Award. Elaine was past President of Sisters in Crime International, a charter member of Romance Writers of America and a registered lecturer for Poets and Writers. She currently teaches a variety of writing courses.”

Please check out her website for all the books in her catalog and feel free to stalk her on Facebook.

Appraisal:
I found this story a thoroughly enjoyable journey through miscommunication and false assumptions before you have all the facts, while struggling through a quagmire of insecurities. Kit Forrester had survived a horribly abusive childhood and was well on her way to moving forward with her life, working in the account purchasing department at Shippley Electronics in San Antonio, Texas. She moved there eighteen months ago from New York to start a new life after years of therapy and putting herself through school.

Rafe Morgan was a wounded Navy SEAL who struck it rich when he purchased a rundown ranch in which to build a new future. Every time he dug a new well looking for water he would strike oil. Being a good-looking bachelor he was a prime target for every socialite in Texas. This included Mr. Shippley’s, from Shippley Electronics, two beautiful gold-digging daughters. Rafe had been able to start many new companies and develop an impressive, diverse portfolio with his newfound wealth. He has learned to be wary of beautiful women, but Kit doesn’t consider herself beautiful. She was practical and down-to-earth, always looking out for and taking care of all of her friends’ best interests before her own. Rafe was sure she had set a trap for him and was not going to let himself fall for any of her tricks. Rafe followed the age old adage: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

There is no denying Rafe and Kit had steamy chemistry, no matter how many times both of them fought it. Rafe had the patience of a saint. I tired listening to all of Kit’s inner insecurities and self-admonishment. This of course led us on a comedic roller-coaster ride of emotional errors. However, to Kit’s credit, none of these insecurities affected her business acumen. She was smart, confident, and well spoken; however, her personal life was still an emotional mess, despite years of therapy.

Caught in a Trap is a fun, steamy read with well-rounded enjoyable characters. It is not a quick read though, it is an in-depth journey into the lives of both Kit and Rafe. I can almost guarantee you will want to slap some sense into Kit a few times, bless her heart. But at the same time you will love her because she has a good soul that had survived atrocities and Rafe will scald your sensibilities. Although I wanted him to shave his mustache.

Buy now from:     Kindle US     Kindle UK

FYI:
Content Warning - this book is intended for mature adult readers (18+) who are not offended by profanity and explicit sex scenes. While this is a romantic comedy, some readers may find some subject matter difficult - unfortunately such events are true.”

Spoiler alert: please be advised that no comic books, superheroes, duct tape, handcuffs, ropes or organic chocolate milk were harmed during the writing of this novel.”

Actually, I am not sure whether no organic chocolate milk was harmed in this novel. There was plenty consumed, however, I don’t recall any being spilt. So, perhaps that is a judgement call?

Format/Typo Issues:
No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 90-95,000 words