Review of ‘Cuffs and Protests’ by Layla Holiday .

This is the first of Ms. Holiday’s ‘Cops Gone Wild’ series. I appreciate every author’s efforts, specially those who publish independently. Unfortunately, in this case, it shows. There are some editing issues such as typos and subplots that are not properly developed. I assume these are going to be expanded in the next books of the series, so expect cliffhangers in this one.

My other issue is that the book blurb and the cover suggest BDSM content but it’s very mild and might disappoint the fans of this genre, at least in this book of the series.

Overall, 2 stars.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review of ‘In the direction of the sun’ by Lucy J. Madison

I read ‘Personal foul’ by this author and gave it a 3 star rating due to some editing problems and I have similar issues with this one. To start with, the plot resembles to the melodrama of a TV soap opera. I don’t mind a bit of angst and tension in a romance but this book takes things to an extreme that is hard to believe. I couldn’t connect with the main characters, their chemistry seemed a bit forced and some of their actions felt childish to me. The writing was sometimes too repetitive, the descriptions full of clichés, the pace at some places either too slow or too fast. I think this book might have benefited from a better editing work.
Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this reading at all. 2 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review of ‘Doctored’ by K’Anne Meinel

This is the first book that I’ve read by this author. I read the blurb and decided to give it a try but unfortunately it didn’t work for me.
I found the book too descriptive of the main characters’ feelings and events so much so that sometimes it got on the boring side. It didn’t help either the annoying overuse of exclamation marks or the repetitive description of Deanna as a “brilliant doctor” or “prodigy”. I think these problems could have been solved with a better editing work.
In terms of character building, I didn’t feel the chemistry between Maddie and Deanna but maybe it was just me. Some secondary characters also seem too flat and stereotyped. Additionally, the intersection of past and present times of the plot by just incorporating the past in a big chunk in the middle of the book didn’t work for me. There are finer examples in this genre on how to do this, such as ‘Letters never sent’ by the late Sandra Moran.
Overall, 2 stars. An ok read if you like medical romances and you are not too demanding about the editing issues.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review of ‘Bitter root’ by Laydin Michaels.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I decided to give it a try just by its description. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me, hence, the low rating.

One big issue I had with this book is that I didn’t find chemistry between the main characters. As a matter of fact, I plainly disliked Griffith as it’s hard to see her reasons why she is obsessed in uncovering the real identity of Adi. The secondary characters were too stereotyped, either good or bad, it just doesn’t seem real.

I hate giving a low score because I appreciate the effort and hard work of the author and publisher but unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. 2 stars.

I’ve received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review of ‘Piece of cake: the wedding’ by Gun Brooke.

I’ve read a couple of books by this author which in my opinion were an average read so I didn’t have big expectations about this one. Piece of cake is the third book in the Wedding novellas collection published by Bold Strokes Books. I really liked the first one, ‘Just say yes’ by Kris Bryant, so I decided to have a go at this one. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me, hence, the low rating.

One big issue I had with this book is that I didn’t find chemistry between the main characters. The whole wedding situation was a bit unrealistic for me. Maybe the problem is that this story needed a better background introduction and just wouldn’t fit in the format of a novella. The dialogues seemed a bit unnatural and the characters too stereotyped. I liked the idea of opposites in the couple: different ethnicities, ages and job ranks but I don’t think they were exploited thoroughly in the book, again, maybe because of its extension.

Not the best in the series but if you love weddings, this one might be for you… 2 stars.

I’ve received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.