Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Island Detour by Maria Imbalzano


Some detours are worth the trouble…

 About the Book:  Falsely accused of wrongdoing at a Princeton Prep school, Sophie Kearns accepts a temporary teaching position at an environmental school in the Florida Keys to wait out her suspension. The time away is meant to be an anxiety-free escape, but her clashes with the hot but arrogant marine biology teacher, Max Heaton, are anything but tranquil.

     Max is determined to start an environmental research institute at the school, but he suspects the gorgeous new Lit teacher, who lacks even the most basic outdoor skills, is there to hinder that dream. Yet, something about her tames the demons from his past, and he can no longer ignore the fire she’s lit inside him.

 Our Review:  Known for her ability to write snappy, evocative dialogue as well as descriptions of settings that literally jump off the page, author Imbalzano does not disappoint with Island Detour. The classic trope of opposites attract starts singing the moment Sophie and Max first meet, then the heat just keeps on coming. Plus, the underlying subplot of professional subterfuge keeps the reader turning the pages. Well done!

 Based on a scale of 1-5. Island Detour merits a 7.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, February 26, 2024

Dead Girl by Kerrie Faye


Her coffin will have to wait.

 About the Book: Dying has its perks...mostly. Bullied teen Ember O'Neill goes from the weird girl to the tyrant of her school when she is resurrected from a deadly prank. Now secretly supernatural, she dethrones the school drama queen and snags the hot new guy, but her reign is at risk when the Order, a heretical sect, sends an assassin to eliminate her. Ember must expose her powers, potentially losing all she has gained, in order to save herself and her friends as her killer closes in.

 Our Review: All of us have known the Mean Girls [and guys] in our world. Whether they infested high school, college/grad school, or the business worlds, they possessed that one quality that made us feel like nothing, less than. This why Dead Girl and its characters is relatable on a variety of levels—and makes you want to stand up and cheer. So get ready for the ride of your life as you watch Ember and her two best friends form a bond that leads them on an adventure worthy of All American heroes. For a first novel, author Faye has done a terrific job, and we wait for the next in her Dead Girl adventures. 

Based on a scale of 1-5, Dead Girl merits a 6.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Wednesday, February 14, 2024

 On this day we got a blast from the past with a reminder of the Candy Hearts series--a set of short romances based on the heart-shaped candies with the short 2-3 word sayings on them.

If short romances with a Valentines theme are your thing, consider taking a look at this fun series. 

FMI: go to www.thewildrosepress.com

click on Our Exclusive Series and look for the logo [above] for the Candy Hearts series.

you won't be sorry!!