Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story Review

I just finished Pretend You’re Mine by Lucy Score.

I must say I’m conflicted. I’m a writer and a voracious reader but this type of genre is really not my thing. That being said, the storyline was interesting. The author did a great job of engaging the reader and for a romance she certainly applied her skill set there. 

To me the love scenes bordered on erotica which isn’t something I enjoy, I prefer for the suggestion of sex to be there but there’s no need to get so graphic; that’s my personal perspective and not something I would nail a writer for. I knew I was reading a romance novel so that’s something you expect these days.

I picked up this book because it was ranked so highly on Amazon. Every now and then, I choose books from the top list to see what’s selling and even though this is currently in vogue it’s not something I would generally read.

Would I recommend this book? Um…not for my readers who generally are a more serious bunch. If you love romance novels, like say, Fifty Shades of Grey, you’ll enjoy Pretend You’re Mine.   I will try to stick with the genres I know and love. 🙂

 

Book Review – Friction by Sandra Brown

 

I just finished Friction by Sandra Brown and found the novel intriguing.

It’s about a widower who’s trying to regain custody of his little girl from his in-laws when during the court hearing a masked man runs through the courtroom and aims at the judge but kills the court bailiff instead.

Soon the judge and the father, who just happens to be a Texas Ranger during his day job, try to solve the mystery of the masked man.

When I started off reading this novel, I wasn’t really expecting a romance or the tantalizing bits of bedroom drama, though there isn’t too much of it to be a problem. In short, it’s a cute story though I wasn’t sold on a judge compromising her ethics. You have to remember, this is fiction.

Here is Amazon’s description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

FRICTION will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

So, if you’re looking for a quick read with a little romance and a nice ending, here you go.

Sandra Brown delivers well-written best-sellers. Check out her website here.

 

Book Review – At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Did you read Water for Elephants or see the movie? I did. I loved the book, and the movie was barely as excellent as the book; hardly. Well, At the Water’s Edge, is written by the same author, Sara Gruen.

Not surprisingly, it’s a romance novel but one with a few menacing twists and turns. It’s an adventure set during the war in a conflicting time of super wealth and utter despair under war-torn Scotland. It’s a well-written, lovely story but not too romance-ish; if you know what I mean.

I tend to write in a male driven genre, and though I do write a bit of romance into my novels, I don’t love to read serious, over the top, romance books. That’s why I found this one intriguing. I don’t find it realistic. However, I loved At the Water’s Edge. It’s a great fictional story. There is a little romance and a little fantasy involved in a menacing way. No spoilers. I can tell you, if you loved Water for Elephants, you’ll like At the Water’s Edge. 

Sara Gruen is a bestselling author with five titles to her name. You can visit her website here. (Make sure your sound is up, it’s quite enchanting.) This author is one to keep track of. I’m sure she has more bestsellers coming soon.