August 2, 2012

book reviews: july 2012 recap

July has come and gone, and that means it is time to dub another Read of the Month and recap the books reviewed on the blog.

Last month brought a few sexy mysteries. There are few things I enjoy more than mixing a little romance with crime solving, and this month's stories did not disappoint. My reads also ventured south to Texas a couple of times, which gave me new cowboys to sigh over.

With all of the hunky heroes, romantic stories and all-around interesting stories, July was a good month for reading.

But, there can be only one Read of the Month. For July, that honor goes to Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank (read my review here). This story gave a funny and loveable heroine, adorable southern gentlemen to crush on and a great mystery to solve.

Now, for the recap...

Thank you to everyone who shared their stories with me this month. I encourage you readers to check them out.

Brownie Fix by Ellen Cardona
Rating: 4 of 5
Persey has a wonderful husband who loves her, and the two of them are about to become parents. Excited to have her child, Persey is still coping from a miscarriage from the year before. Enter the voices that nag at her, and the overwhelming urge to gorge on unbaked brownie mix -- made with a manic and methodical process -- which leads to guilt from the added pounds, and she is not entirely in her right mind.

After giving birth to her son, Ryan, the inner turmoil gets worst as she develops almost immediate postpartum depression.
Read the rest of the review here.


The Cowboy Singer by Paula Tiberius
Rating: 4 of 5
After April Connors' boyfriend leaves her when she is six months pregnant, she moves in with her grandmother while she awaits the birth of her son. Barely settled, her best friend introduces her to James, the lead singer of Jimmy Wick and the flames, a hot band in country music. James is recently single upon going through a bitter divorce, and still fights with his ex for more custody of their daughter, Summer.

Sparks fly when April and Jimmy meet, though both are hesitant to act on them, figuring they are both damaged goods who need to figure out their lives before delving into a relationship.
Read the rest of the review here.

Manhunt by Lillie Spencer
Rating: 4.5 of 5
What if you woke up in a hospital bed wondering how you got there or why a strange man wants you to leave with him?

In Lillie Spencer's debut romantic suspense, Manhunt, Nikki Wright finds herself in that situation when Michael Brennan shows up at her bedside determined to get her out of the hospital as soon as possible. Unknown to her, Michael is her childhood friend turned boyfriend turned ex, but she inexplicably trusts him enough to go on the run with him.
Read the rest of the review here.

Lust on the Rocks by Dianne Venetta
Rating: 4 of 5
Tasked with winning a major case in the hoped of earning partnership at her law firm, Samantha Rawlings is focused on her career and determined to succeed. A wrench is thrown in her well-oiled machine when a new addition to the law firm is assigned to the case, too.

More frustrating than that is the fact that Sam finds herself attracted to Victor Marin. It isn't long before the two are mixing business with pleasure, only to complicate it with unplanned emotions.
Read the rest of the review here.

What a Texas Girl Wants by Kristina Knight
Rating: 4 of 5
After indulging in rum, vodka and tequila, two college friends wake up on a Mexican beach with more than a hangover. In Kristina Knight's What a Texas Girl Wants, Kathleen Witte and Jackson Taylor are less than thrilled to find themselves hitched at the end of a multi-day bender...

For their own reasons, Kathleen and Jackson decide to keep up the pretenses of their marriage for a few weeks, until each can take care of personal business, which a quickie divorce might disrupt.
Read the rest of the review here.

Paula Takes a Risk by Randi Sherman
Rating: 4 of 5
On the same day, Paula Tenenbaum loses her job and is dumped by her boyfriend. She is accused of being average and boring on both counts. Depressed her lackluster life has lost even more shine, the heroine realizes she needs to make change happen and fast.

Before she can decide what exactly to do with her life, Larry, her conniving neighbor, takes advantage of her fragile state and takes her life in a completely different, and not boring, direction.
Read the rest of the review here.

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank (**July Read of the Month**)
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Rose is called in to jury duty, which she assumes will cause her little headache beyond having to ask off time from her power-tripping temporary supervisor. Those thoughts quickly change when she is selected to serve on the jury of a murder case.

Thanks to her gift of visions telling her the potential future, Rose realizes the defendant is innocent, and finds herself pulled into the case more deeply.
Read the rest of the review here.

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