Review of ‘In the Company of Crocodiles’ by Maggie Brown.

Ex-Australian Secret Service Agent Vivian Andrews retired to a quiet Aussie town when in need of emotional and physical healing. All is well until she finds a corpse in a nearby swamp. She meets behavioral scientist Claire Walker, a government agent looking for a missing young man, when she returns to town to report the dead body. Claire was tasked with recruiting Vivian for the assignment as a guide to the wilderness. Together they must uncover the true reason for the missing young man while escaping the brutal environment surrounding them.

This book pulls you into the Australian outdoors right off the bat with a first chapter croc encounter that was fantastic and left you shaken but hooked. I actually took a minute to settle after reading that! I loved reading about the flora and fauna. The descriptions were well done and the information was functional to the story and did not feel cumbersome or like an information dump.Read More »

Review of ‘Little Dip’ by Gill McKnight.

4.5 stars. It was great to be back with the Garoul clan. First I want to mention, while this is the 5th book in the Garoul series, this is a prequel. This book takes place in the late ’70s, way before the other four books in this series. What is nice about this, you do not have to read the other books first. If you are new to the series, you can start right here if you wish. This was a really enjoyable read and I hope it is not the end of this series.

Connie is a moderately famous wildlife photographer and illustrator. She is on the hunt of a rare bird that has been seen in Little Dip. Little Dip is private property owned by the Garoul’s who don’t like trespassers. After being told she is not welcomed on their land, Connie decides she will sneak in anyway. What could possibly go wrong?

I just love paranormal books, and the Garoul series are some of the better lesfic werewolf books around. In fact, book 2, ‘Ambereye’ is one of my all-time favorite books with one of my all-time favorite couples. When I heard this book was coming out I honestly could not be more excited. Throughout the series, we learn little pieces of the characters histories and events that happened to make them the way there are. It was great to finally read this story that tied everything together. This is the start of many characters I have grown to love, from the other books. It was also nice to see how Connie and Marie got together.

Connie and Marie are great, and even more likable than I remembered. The romance is slow going, but the chemistry is obvious. The sex scenes were nice and steamy. I do feel this book is still at the beginning of their relationship. I feel we just scratched the surface. I would actually love to read another book that picks up where this one left off so I could read about Connie and Marie’s relationship developing even more.

I am a big fan of this series and highly recommend these books to paranormal-romance fans. If you are new to this series and you read this book, make sure you go and grab ‘Ambereye’, it is fantastic! I really hope this is not the end of the Garoul’s, I would love another book.

An ARC was given to me for an honest review.

          

Review of ‘Hungry hearts’ by Saxon Bennett and Layce Gardner.

Claudia Montgomery, a best selling author of mystery novels, is suffering from writer’s block. Her agent sends her to ‘Hungry Hearts’ a Bed & Breakfast in a small seaside town to find inspiration for her next novel. Kate Ferguson was a successful archaeologist who had to quit her career to care for her twin nieces in her mother’s B&B. When Claudia and Kate meet, their attraction is undeniable but could they find love in each other?

This is a very slow-burn romance between main characters in their mid forties. The story is set in a small seaside town with the typical meddling of its inhabitants. Most of the time, the tone of the story is whimsical and humorous, similar to Robin Alexander’s style, so I’m not sure if it’ll appeal to all romance fans. For me, this read would have been better if the chemistry between the main characters was stronger.

The novel is generally well written though sometimes the balance between showing and telling is off. In my opinion, the most enjoyable parts of the story is when the authors give an insight into the writing process through Claudia’s creative struggles.

There are a good number of secondary characters, mostly town residents, but the ones that steal the show are Kate’s nieces. The 10 year-old twins are as much main characters as the leading couple. They are very precocious for their age and their use of language and social skills are similar to an adult’s. I personally didn’t find them completely believable but they were definitely likeable.

Overall, a good slow-burn romance with a cast of unconventional characters. 3.5 stars.

ARC provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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