“Dark Water Rising” by Sharon Sala – Review

Sharon Sala is one of my Go-To authors but I have a hard time squaring “Dark Water Rising” with her other books I’ve read. The plot line of Haley and Sam Quaid’s easy reunion while facing down two escaped convicts during a hurricane is barely plausible. Mae, mother to one of the convicts, stretched the bounds of credibility with her escapades, especially her confrontations with her deceased husband’s paramours. All four of them. But I have to ask, what did any of that have to do with the plot premise? If there was a connection, it blew right past me. Add to that some of the poor sentence structure and I can’t help but think this is an early Sala work that was only recently published. It just isn’t up to her usual standards. At least, not in my opinion.

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Second Time Around

I’m a sucker for a second chance romance and Kristen Proby is a reliable romance writer. Reliable in that her writing style and craftsmanship are polished and professional. In “Waiting for Willa” billionaire Max Hull is determined to not let Willa get away when they reconnect after nearly ten years. She’s  a successful business owner and single mom of nine year old Alex, whose dad was killed before Alex was born. So they’re a package deal and Max is all in with that. But Willa has some powerful fears that Max has to overcome before she’s willing to risk it all.

This story almost lost me in the beginning because everyone, even the secondary characters, were saccharine-sweet. I mean, come on! This is NOT realistic but do not despair. They eventually show their true colors and we’re treated to some good, old-fashioned down and dirty hissy fits. (I’m from Georgia y’all and that’s a legitimate southern expression.)  If readers are bothered by some steam up the windows explicit sex scenes then perhaps this Proby title is not for you. However, I’ll be checking out the first two books in The Big Sky series because I enjoy a spicy romp with flawed characters and entertaining dialogue that is sometimes downright snarky. Just like real people! Five stars.

“Sidney Sheldon’s The Silent Widow” – Review

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When I downloaded “Sidney Sheldon’s The Silent Widow” by Tilly Bagshawe, I was just looking for a thriller to feed my reading habit. Sheldon’s earliest works I had read many years ago did little to prepare me for this complex plot. Psychologist Dr. Nikki Roberts is trying to put her life back together following the death of her prominent husband. When people close to her are brutally murdered and there are attempts on her life too, Nikki hires private investigator Derek Williams to find answers that the LAPD either can’t or won’t look for. The action takes place in Mexico City and L.A. and involves an intricately complex plot built around a drug clinic, drug lords, cartels, government corruption, dirty cops, and suspect charities. As the layers of deceit and corruption are revealed, Nikki realizes she can’t trust anyone except Williams. Not even the police. There is so much going on here, with such a huge cast of characters, you could easily OD on it. (No apology for the pun.) Added to that, the good doctor is self-centered and as much in need of a good shrink as her handful of patients, that it is difficult to connect or empathize with her. Believe me when i say, the psychiatric association does not want Nikki Roberts as their poster child. Seriously, the writing style is very good with some well-turned phrases and the pacing was strong and steady almost to the end. The last four chapters, however, seemed almost an afterthought. Even so, I could still recommend this book if you’re looking for some. escape reading.
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Time Waster

I’ve wasted half the day struggling with WordPress. I’m not exactly a computer neophyte but this isn’t the most user-friendly software I’ve run into. Or am I missing something that should be obvious? Could it be I’m accustomed to having things “idiot-proofed”? At any rate, I’m shelving this project for now and going back to my current read; “Sidney Sheldon’s the Silent Widow” by Tilly Bagshawe. If I don’t, I might find myself in need of a wig.

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“Hotshot Doc” review

I love a good Rom Com and “Hotshot Doc” tickled my funny bone and offered up a sizable serving of steamy romance. Dr. Matt Russell goes through surgical assistants like Grant went through Richmond. Bailey Jennings is looking for a position because her employer is retiring. She’s witnessed the swath of destruction from Dr Russell’s previous assistants and his ill-temper and demanding demeanor are common knowledge. Even so, observing him from the OR gallery assures Bailey that she can tolerate his demands because he’s the best at what he does and so is she. But neither of them were prepared for the sexual sparks that flew right from the get-go.

Author R.S. Grey spins an engaging and entertaining yarn. The characters are well drawn and believable, and Bailey’s relationship with her younger sister Josie added depth to her character. I could’ve done with a little less of Bailey’s inner musings but, in fairness, it wasn’t over the top. However, I would like to see author Grey tighten up her writing. Less fluff and fewer redundancies would be a great place to start. I know, I know. I’m always nagging about fluffy writing but to paraphrase William Strunk/E. B. White; it’s like the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood from words. That actually referred to adjectives such as rather, very, little, pretty, etc. but it also applies here. So many books, so little time.

As promised, my review of “The Promise” by Teresa Driscoll

You can call it a psychological thriller or women’s fiction, but whatever you call it, be sure you read it! “The Promise” is a secret and solemn oath taken by three fourteen year old friends at boarding school who are still carrying the burden of that secret when they’re forty.

The story is beautifully written and tightly woven around Beth, Carol and Sally from when they were roommates, up to 2016 as they approach middle age. Three voices narrate the storyline; those of our protagonist Beth, the elusive Carol, and Matthew the private investigator Beth hires to locate Carol. The promise and the psychological damage it causes make this a dark, brooding tale, made even more so by the toll it exacts from the trio of once young and carefree school chums.

The subtle use of simile and metaphor elevates Teresa Driscoll’s writing to the sublime. There’s nothing “in your face” about these lovely passages, yet they’re all the more effective in their subtlety:

“Her voice trails away but the word lingers. Gone – the vowel extended like a hand stretching out but unable to hold on.”

“Every spring when I watch the petals lost to the wind, I think of the fragility of our dreams.”

And this little gem had me grinning. “…my mother was a spin doctor before they were invented.”

Such masterful prose should be appreciated and celebrated. Five stars.

My thanks to Net Galley for furnishing an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review.

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Mad Tuesday

In my normal reading mode I’d have finished “The Promise” and this would be my review but nowadays my Tuesdays are not anything approaching normal. After assisting in a Chair Yoga class offered at our local library I make a mad dash across town to work at Savannah Power Yoga. Then it’s on to the midtown area to teach a Chair-Mat class at The Learning Center (TLC). So, not much leisure reading until evening. I can promise however that a review of “The Promise” will be offered here by tomorrow.

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