Standoff by Patricia Bradley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I really struggled with this book. I wanted to love it because I normally enjoy romantic thrillers that involve law enforcement. But the reality is that this book just didn’t cut it for me.
The first third of the book had me frustrated with the style of storytelling – the author told the facts rather than telling the story and letting the facts come to light. And while I enjoyed the middle third, I had most of the details (save one detail I didn’t fully work out), the ending didn’t do much for me (and I wasn’t thrilled with how the “romance” wrapped up).
It wasn’t a complete bust as I did think the plot was clever (though much like others from this particular author), and the main characters were likable. Overall, I give this book two stars – it was OK, but not great.
Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Full of humor and a quick read, Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is a light-hearted, and slightly corny, romance.
I found myself rolling my eyes throughout, especially at the beginning, but as the plot advanced, I chuckled and cheered.
Hadley and Max seem to play well off each other as the main characters, even if their lives aren’t relatable to the average person. Their emotions and connection don’t seem forced or out of place, and their romance seems believable.
Overall, I enjoyed the book – it was a good distraction from life for a couple of hours – but I won’t likely read it again or be quick to grab the rest of this author’s works. It was cute but not unmissable.
The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars