Author: Cafinated Reads

Mar 11
Tribute Books Blog Tour Review: Love On The Menu by Ellen March

Tribute Books Blog Tour Review: Love On The Menu by Ellen March

My Thoughts: I haven’t read a good Cowboy Romance in a long time. When the chance to review Love On The Menu arose I jumped on it. And, Ms. March definitely didn’t disappoint me in her work! I really enjoyed reading Jago and Riley’s story. Jago is a super sexy cowboy that made ME swoon reading about him. I loved his quirkiness and charm. His actions toward Riley kept me hooked to the story and I fell in love with him a little more with each page turn. Riley. Now that’s a character and a half. She was created by Ms. March in a way that made me, as a reader, feel as if I was in her shoes. Her handiness with helping Jago with his horses was awesome and I loved watching her and her feelings for Jago grow. These two characters are perfectly created for this story! Each page  turn brought something new to the story and the twists and turns helped keep me engrossed long in to the night. Ms. March has a wonderful knack for showing her readers a story full of wittiness and romance. The steam that rolled off the characters as they grew in… Read more »

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Feb 10
CFBA Tour: Devotion by Marianne Evans

CFBA Tour: Devotion by Marianne Evans

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingDevotionHarbourlight Books (September 19, 2012)byMarianne EvansABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from the author: My career began at Kensington Publishing, then Wild Rose Press released what will likely be my last secular novel, With This Kiss. This book is very dear to my heart, because, in a way, it memorializes the life of my grandmother, Rachel Alfano. She was a feisty, loving Italian. Back in the day, folks came to her deli in East Rutherford “from the City” (New York, of course!) to get her pepperoni, or purchase her hand-made sausage and pastas. Life and times at 82 Mozart Street are engraved upon my heart, and precious to me. What better place to set a romance? Now, I’m called to write ‘Faith-affirming fiction’ (TM). Christian inspirational romance, and Christian themed fiction, is something that both as a reader, and writer, I feel called upon by God to enjoy and create. This segment of my journey began when I was lucky enough to win a writing contest sponsored by White Rose Publishing that led to the publication of my Christian inspy debut, Hearts Crossing. This humble, heart-felt novella went on to become a series…and an Amazon… Read more »

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Feb 04
CLP Blog Tour Excerpt: Vacation in Naples by Eva Fejos

CLP Blog Tour Excerpt: Vacation in Naples by Eva Fejos

Excerpt: Two investigators finally showed up and called the visit a simple routine check, but it was hard for them to convince the three women that this was indeed the case. They gave no information, scanned the neighborhood and the house itself, then departed at the same moment András arrived. Gran was in her element and kept repeating that she knew all this would come to no good end, and that someone needed to take proper charge of the case already. “No good end? What are you talking about, Gran?” Niki asked at last. “I’m talking about the crazed murderers you keep getting mixed up with.” “He’s not a murderer.” “Not yet! But all in good time!” she said, rolling her eyes. “This argument is completely pointless,” Niki’s mother interjected. “Let’s just hope that it was indeed just a routine inspection.” “Oh yeah? Well, I’ve read about criminals who were in hiding for years. And you are deeply mistaken if you think that a man who is capable of holding hostages can’t become a killer from one moment to the next. I know, because I read a book by that FBI agent, where he analyzed the personalities of serial killers…. Read more »

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Jan 11
Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My Thoughts: I usually don’t read books about faeries and the like. I love werewolves and vampires but faeries…..well, they don’t hold my attention that well. However, I’ve heard loads of good things in regards to Ms. Kagawa’s writing style that I just had to give in and read The Iron King. It was my first read for 2015 and I’m happy to say that despite the fact that I don’t like reading about the Fey I’m totally into Ms. Kagawa’s work! I loved this book. It was definitely a great start to the new year! The beginning of the book, I will admit, was a little slow for me. I had trouble focusing and staying focused. But, I was determined to read it…..and to like it…..so I pushed on and on and I finished the story in just one day. And, I fell in love with the story line and the characters. They become a part of me and the story swept me into the Iron Fey series with a whoosh. After the 4th chapter, I didn’t know what hit me, but I was turning pages faster than you can say “Kagawa”. Being swept away like that, is a… Read more »

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Nov 28
Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

My Thoughts: I’m not normally one to read a dystopian fantasy novel. They generally do not catch my attention long enough to keep me finishing the novels. But, I kept hearing so many things about Divergent this and Divergent that (all of it good!) and my mother had purchased me a copy months ago. It was sitting on my bookshelf calling me. So, I broke down and read it. Oh my word. I read it in ONE day! Literally, like I started it at 6am and by 8pm I was on the final chapter. I loved every second of the book!  The world of Factions is not one I would ever think about normally. But Triss really helps to pull you into the Factions, following along side of her, hiding her secret with her and working your butt off to make it in the top of the pledges. The intensity that rolls out of the book is incredible, and Four….oh my. Definitely adds hotness to Ms. Roth’s story for sure! The attraction that was felt between Triss and Four was immediate and I rooted for them through out the story!  The world of Factioins would be a hard one to… Read more »

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Oct 14
CLP Blog Tours Excerpt + Spotlight: Fuzzy Logic by Susan C. Daffron

CLP Blog Tours Excerpt + Spotlight: Fuzzy Logic by Susan C. Daffron

Excerpt: This is part of the scene where the main character, Jan, is on the plane to San Diego. She explains to the person in the seat next to her why she is taking the trip. ~~~ Ethel tilted her head, causing the ossified bluish curls on her head to shift in an unnatural way. “Why are you going to San Diego?” Jan sighed a little too loudly. Maybe Ethel wouldn’t notice. “My mother is getting married.” Ethel straightened in her seat and leaned closer to Jan. “That’s wonderful! I love weddings. Who is the lucky man?  What does he do? Are you excited? It’s beautiful to see such an expression of love. Where are they getting married?” It was apparent that Ethel had not been retrieving breath mints out of her suitcase. Jan replied slowly, “Well, they are getting married on the beach. The man was actually her next-door neighbor many years ago. I knew him when I was growing up.” Jan shrugged. “I don’t know if I’m excited exactly. But it will probably be interesting.” “Interesting? But weddings are so gorgeous. The flowers! The lovely food! How can you not just adore that?” Jan twisted in her seat,… Read more »

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Aug 09
Review: Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Review: Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

My Thoughts: Where do I begin? Well, I will begin with this won’t be a long review. Why? Because, this book is absolutely not my favorite novel. It was very hard to get into. But, I pushed and pushed and after three weeks of reading it……well, I finally finished it. I just couldn’t stay focused on it. The characters weren’t my favorite. There was something lacking in them. The plot line had some twists and turns to it, but it was strong enough to keep me pulled in and focused the entire reading period. With all that said, I will give this author another go. I find that sometimes authors have “off” days of writing and fabulous days of writing and perhaps, with this particular book, this author was a little off for my liking. I will recommend this book to others to try despite the low rating I give it. Just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean others will. This was a good effort at a mysterious page turning thriller, but it just lacked the captivating bangs that I love in a thriller.

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