Early Review: Stir Until Thoroughly Confused

Cover for 'Stir Until Thoroughly Confused'
This book is especially enjoyable for me since it includes some of my favorite past characters: Candice and Ian and Larissa from “Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo”, Jen and Forrest and Tess from “Go Small or Go Home”, and the one who generates the most “I want to know what happens next” email: sexy but occasionally impossible Kegan Underwood from both of these books.
If you’d like to read more about Kegan, and find out what the others have been up to, this is your book!
Mary’s given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss.
They’re soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can’t work together and be together Mary faces a dilemma: keep her dream job or her dream man?


My Thoughts:

I know that I have read a lot from Heather Wardell in the last month and that is because I can’t tell you how much I enjoy her writing, not just the style but how she pulls me into the story and leaves me begging for more!  I was even more excited about this because it meant that I got to meet up with my favorite characters from Life Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo and Go Small or Go Home.  I love that Heather starts these books with the climax or huge turning point in the story and then walks you through the story leading to that point so that you are constantly guessing about what was going to happen.

The Characters-

Mary –  I was able to connect with Mary right away.  She has left everything behind and moved to Toronto to fulfill her dreams of being a chef.  Things are not going as she had hoped they would.  Mary has the interview of a lifetime only to be told that she should come back in 3 months and things might change.  I love that Mary is so determined that she parks herself on Kegan’s flower box until he hires her.  I love that she is a strong willed woman who goes after what she wants….will she get it in the end?

Kegan – When we first meet Kegan in Life Love and the Polar Bear Tattoo I thought that he was a bit of a jerk.  Don’t get me wrong, he was an attractive jerk, but a jerk none the less.  He holds true to his stubbornness in this book, but he has had some changes in his life and he is trying to change how he reacts to people.  I loved getting to know him better and decided that he isn’t the jerk I thought that he was.

It was also great to get to see what was happening in the lives of Tess, Forrest, Jen, Candice, Ian and Larissa.  I like when an author was bring people back into a story without them taking the story over.  I really hope that there are going to be more books coming!  I want to know what happens with all of them!

The Plot –

Another great story line!  The diversity that Heather Wardell writes in is amazing.  This story is about opening and rebuilding two restaurants, Steel and Magma.  I would have have had the first clue on how to make a reader feel connected to this but Heather does a great job of it.  As in the previous books, there are a couple of sub story lines that help us get to know Megan and Kegan even better.  The story is completely believable and the time line makes total sense.  This book made me laugh and it made me cry.  I couldn’t ask for more from a book.

My Rating:

I loved this book as much as I loved the other two.  I highly recommend that you check these books out.  You can find then on Heather’s website for just $0.99 each.  You couldn’t find them for a better deal.  Check them out and let me know what you thing.

5 of 5 stars

*This e-book was provided to me free of charge from the author for review.  All opinion are my own.

Review: Go Small or Go Home

Go Small or Go Home by Heather Wardell: NOOKbook Cover
When massage therapist and aspiring artist Tess begins treating stressed but attractive hockey star Forrest, her art career soars due to his gallery-owning mother, but her creativity plummets under the weight of rules and deadlines. Soon, she’s lost the freedom and joy she’d always found in art. Is having her dream career worth losing doing her art her way, or can she somehow have both at once?

My Review –

Heather Wardell has done it again!  Tess and Forrest just jump right off the pages and the book reads as though it was a movie!  I loved this book as much as I loved Life, Love and the Polar Bear Tattoo.

The Plot –

Usually, I get frustrated with a book that has two different plot lines running.  In this case, the hockey part of the book and Tess’ art career.  Heather Wardell did a great job of not only balancing the two, but making me want to know what was going on in each.  It was the perfect balance of a love story and finding the perfect career for Tess.  There were smooth transitions between the two and they truly tied together wonderful in the end.

The People –

I love that Heather took the time to develop each character individually as well as how they worked together.  Plus we got to know the people in each person’s life and why they were important.  This is a step that I see missed so often in books.  Kudos to Heather for taking the time and effort to take each life full of people, not just two main characters.

Overall –

This was a great story with twists and turns that I did not see coming (I love that in a book!).  I would highly recommend it, remember that you can get it for $0.99 from her website.

My Rating:
5 of 5 stars.

* This e-book was provided to me by the author for review.  I was not provided any compensation and my thoughts and comments are mine alone.

Early Review: Pale Demon By Kim Harrison

Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardcover , 448pp
  • Sales Rank: 357

Synopsis

Witches always look forward to their annual convention, but none of them are more eager to attend this year’s annual San Francisco shindig than Rachel Morgan. Condemned to death for black magic, this likeable spellbinder knows that she has only three days to get to Frisco to clear her very bad name. Banned by airport security, she is forced to improvise, which in this case means tagging along with a disturbingly live vampire and an elven tycoon on a secret mission. High-spirited fright nights await readers; bound to be a bestseller.

My Ideas:

This is by far one of my favorite series so I could not believe it when I got an early review copy from NetGalley!!  As all of these books have, it hooked me in.  I was kind of disappointed that I started this book in the middle of a week and then had a crazy weekend because all I really wanted to do was sit down and read it all at once.  Now if you have not read any of the books prior to this one do not start here, you will be so confused that you will not enjoy the read.  This is really one that you need to read in order and grow with Rachel Morgan, Ivy and Jenks, plus all that come along the way.

I was pleased that this book picked up right where Black Magic Sanction left off.  Rachel Morgan knows that she is running out of time before she is executed for her black magic practices, even if she only uses them when someone is trying to kill her.  She is due on the West Coast in just three days for her brother’s wedding just before the annual witches’ convention in San Francisco when she is approached by Trent Kalamack, the elf who is kind of an enemy, to help him get to the West Coast for an “elf adventure” that he will not discuss with her.  They end up travelling together as Rachel is not allowed to fly and Trent must travel by land.  So off they go Trent, the elf, Ivy, living vampire, Jenks, pixie and Rachel.  The adventures along the way are not to be missed.

There are a tons of surprises in this books, things I just did not see coming.  As always, Kim Harrison writing is great!  We get to know each person even more.  While I thought that I knew them, I was proven wrong.  I love the wit and banter in the books.  Great sense of humor and also great handling of difficult situations and tasks.

I was thrilled with this book.  If you have not read this series, I highly recommend you start it right away.  My rating is 5/5 stars a must read!

–This books was provided to me in e-book format from NetGalley for review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own and no further compensation was provided.