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Transfer (The Retrieval Duet #2) by Aly Martinez

Transfer (The Retrieval Duet #2) by Aly Martinez

Crista’s Review 5 stars! ***Spoiler-Free Review*** Please be careful when reading reviews about Transfer.  This second book in the Retrieval Duet must be experienced without knowing much about it to be enjoyed to its fullest. In a nutshell, Transfer is about Clare’s journey away from the darkness of her marriage and the monster with whom she is married into the light of freedom, safety, and love. Ever since watching Julia Roberts in the movie Sleeping With the Enemy, and then watching Julianne Hough in the movie Safe Haven, I have been looking for a book that would give me the same kind of butterflies and edge of my seat suspense that […]

Posted January 30, 2017 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Retrieval (The Retrieval Duet #1) by Aly Martinez

Review: Retrieval (The Retrieval Duet #1)  by Aly Martinez

Crista’s Review 4 Stars! Wow!  This is book 1 of a book “duet”, and let me tell you, I guarantee that after you read this, you’ll be reaching for the next book as quickly as you can!  This first book has a little bit of everything: heartbreak, forgiveness, renewal, and hope. This is the story of a couple who experience a huge tragedy that ultimately leads to their divorce.  It is told in alternating perspectives, which is important as their entire relationship is retold in a series of flashbacks. This book aptly named.  Roman is still completely in love with his ex-wife Elisabeth, and at the first sign of a green […]

Posted January 23, 2017 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz

One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz

Crista’s Review 3 Stars! This is probably just a matter of personal preference and taste, but I liked this book the least of all the Men at Work holiday reads. The Halloween book and the Thanksgiving book were sweet and romantic reads.  One Hot December is actually much more in line with the Tiffany Reisz that I came to know while reading the Original Sinners series.  It is raunchy, tough, and definitely more sexually explicit.  I guess for me personally, I like more of a feel-good, romantic Christmas story and this book was anything but that. Veronica “Flash” Redding was one tough female lead.  A welder by trade, I just couldn’t […]

Posted January 10, 2017 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane #11) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane #11) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Crista’s Review 5 Stars! I wish that Duke of Pleasure could be made into a movie.  The drama, intrigue, romance, and larger than life characters would come alive on the big screen.  I also kept seeing the man on the cover in my mind while I read this novel, and I would love to see him in the flesh!! This can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s better if you’ve been reading the series and are familiar with the characters.  However, I am a reader of this series, and I’m not sure how I could’ve missed that Alf is a GIRL!!  Alf is a beloved character from previous books that […]

Posted November 4, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars, #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Review: First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars, #8)  by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Crista’s Review 4 Stars! When Susan Elizabeth Phillips is at her best, she writes on a different writing plane than anyone else in the business.  Her quirky characters, witty dialogue, and memorable scenes, make me eager anticipate whatever she publishes.  While First Star I See Tonight is not my absolute favorite of her books, it is reminiscent of some of her best works. The Chicago Stars series is absolutely a “must-read” series and one that I find myself thinking of and coming back to year after year.  Whenever I want to introduce someone to the romance genre, it is this series that is my “go-to” series.  First Star I See Tonight […]

Posted October 24, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Split by JB Salsbury

Review: Split by JB Salsbury

Crista’s Review 5 Stars!! ***Spoiler-Free Review*** This is definitely a book that should NOT be spoiled.  In some ways I am completely uncertain how to review this book without spoiling anything, so I guess I will be vague and brief. I absolutely adored this book! This is a book that I stayed up ’til the wee hours of the night to finish.  I seem to remember books that I loose sleep over (and don’t regret it), and this was certainly one of those. Shyann is coming home after being gone for five years.  She is estranged from her father and is going to home to rebuild her bank account and pick […]

Posted October 17, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Slow Burn by Pamela Clare (Colorado High Country #2)

Review: Slow Burn by Pamela Clare (Colorado High Country #2)

Crista’s Review 5 Stars! Slow Burn is the second novel in Pamela Clare’s new Colorado High Country series.  I enjoyed the first book, Barely Breathing and gave it 5 stars, but this book is even better!! I enjoyed it more, so if I could, I would give it MORE than 5 stars! This is great writing.  You can tell that Ms. Clare understands Colorado and lives there.  The mountains and the setting come alive in this series, and I have half a mind to move to Colorado just to live near this fictional town and fictional characters! Eric Hawke.  Just his name gives me the chills and his character is even […]

Posted October 11, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Highlander (Victorian Rebels, #3) by Kerrigan Byrne

Review: The Highlander (Victorian Rebels, #3) by Kerrigan Byrne

Reviews Dorsey says: 4.5 Demon Highlander Stars!! The Highlander is the third book in the Victorian Rebels series and it was just as fantastic as the first two books in the series!! MacKenzie is known as the “Demon Highlander”. He earned his reputation because of his deadly fighting skills and imposing appearance and suddenly finds his life is changed forever when his children’s new governess arrives. “Sometimes……when in a predicament like yours, the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man.” Philomena “Mena” St. Vincent is on the run from her horrid abusive husband, the things he subjected her to broke my heart. Mena escaped her prison with […]

Posted September 22, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Crista’s Review 4 Stars! Oh, how I loved this novella!!  If you are looking for a few laughs, some quick entertainment, and a believable and passionate romance, this novella has all you could hope for and more!! I have been a fan of the Maiden Lane series since the beginning.  I envy those people that have never read the series, because the Maiden Lane series is ten and a half books of pure entertainment.  Of course, some are more memorable than others, but in the hands of Elizabeth Hoyt, you are always guaranteed a good read.  Once Upon a Moonlit Night, although a novella, is no exception to this rule.  I […]

Posted September 12, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Crista’s Review 5 Magical Stars!!! Captivating, Enchanting, Mesmerizing, and Mystical These are just a few words that I can’t seem to shake from my mind as I try to recover from the experience of reading The Bird and the Sword.  I sit at my computer wondering how to conjure up words that will do this book even a hint of justice.  The gift that lies in between the first and last pages of The Bird and the Sword is the rare and beautiful gift of writing genius.  It’s a gift that is utterly spellbinding, has the power to transport you into another world, and will leave you wondering how to summon […]

Posted August 1, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments