Fiction

Review: Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow

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*****5/5 stars

Amor Towles does it again with prose, plot, and characters who grab hold and won’t let go.  Need a gift this Christmas?  This is it.

Recommended readers:

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

On house arrest in Moscow’s grand Metropol Hotel for being a Former Person in the new Soviet Union, Count Alexander Rostov once wrote a poem that inspired revolutionary fervor, and cannot, apparently, simply be shot at dawn. He is instead removed from his old suite of rooms and confined to the attic, where he builds a new life full of the kind of characters you can only hope to meet in your own. It’s a novel of fully-realized tragedy that somehow doesn’t get lost there, instead brimming with optimism and hope. With Rules of Civility, Towles had me for life– I looked up from the ending of that gem feeling as if it were impossible that I could be somewhere besides 1930s New York– and once again, Towles wins me over. Wonderful prose, characters, and plot, the holy trifecta for any writer, complete with literary, historic, and cinema references. With Amor Towles, know that you are reading something from someone infinitely more intelligent than you, but who writes so that you can still enjoy it, who makes you stop and think while still plunging forward to discover what happens next.

To quote the dust jacket: “He can’t leave. You won’t want to.”

Buy it now on Amazon

Darkest Journey by Heather Graham

Available Sept. 27: Darkest Journey

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Get immersed in this eerie Civil War town – and Heather Graham’s Darkest Journey, part of the Krewe of Hunters Series.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Heather Graham
  • If you like mystery-thrillers with some romance
  • If you want a quick-reading mystery

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

When Charlene (Charlie) returns to her Louisiana hometown to film a movie, she immediately stumbles upon a body, a recently murdered Civil War reenactor. She immediately calls on an sort-of old flame, Ethan Delaney, who happens to be part of an elite FBI team. In the third Krewe of Hunters novel, you’ll enjoy a quick-reading mystery – with great characters. And  charthe best character of all is the small Southern town, with an eery, fascinating Civil War history and deep, deep roots. I’m not usually a fan of supernatural, but Graham weaves in some interesting “characters” who don’t feel hokey and instead add more drama and interest to the mystery. With three Krew of Hunters series books out just this year, Graham entertains completely with this series – and I can’t wait for the next!

Shop all Graham novels here (tip: You’ll save a buck if you get the paperback vs the kindle.)

Available Sept. 27: Darkest Journey

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Available June 28: All the Missing Girls

****4.5/5 stars

A scary-good psychological thriller, All the Missing Girls will rock your mind with haunted characters and a  reverse chronological plot.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train
  • If you like psychological thrillers
  • If you want a brain-busting, page-turner

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A small town in North Carolina is rocked when a teenage girl disappears – and friends and family are left with scars that still haven’t healed 10 years later. Nicolette Farrell left Cooley Ridge right after the tragedy and hardly returned until now, 10 years later, as she’s starting to pack up her family home after her dad moves to assisted living. Only another young girl disappears, and the tragedy brings back old suspects and new ones, haunting the town and it’s people all over again. Who’s to blame for the latest disappearance – and the one from 10 years ago?

All the Missing Girls is scary good: Cleverly written and intricately plotted. The story begins on Day 15 of when Nic returns home and works its way backwards to Day 1, when it all comes together for the reader. And the way it comes together is unpredictable and completely shocking if a little ironinc too. The group of friends are so haunted – and the town of Cooley Ridge and specific locations like the Ferris Wheel and the woods behind the Farrell home take on a personality of their own as events come to life as Nic traverses her 15 days in Cooley Ridge.

Previously a young adult writer, All the Missing Girls is Megan Miranda’s first adult novel – and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Available June 28: All the Missing Girls

Review: Into the Whirlwind by Kat Martin

Available May 31: Into the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc)

****3.5/5 stars

Into the Whirlwind is a quick paced read with action and passion.

Recommended readers:

  • Looking for a page-turner romance
  • Want a book that both you and your guy will like?
  • Fans of Kat Martin

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Into the Whirlwind gets going so fast, you’ll check your electronic page number for fear of it ending too soon. But not to fear, Kat Martin, as she does so well in her contemporary action-romance, doesn’t leave off the pedal for long. Part of the Boss, Inc Series, this book brings in characters met in previous novels – lingerie model Megan O’Brien, a single mom, and her former body guard, Dirk Reynolds. When Megan’s son gets kidnapped, she has no where else to turn but to Dirk, who’s already been burned by Megan once. Into the Whirlwind is a quick paced read with action and passion.

Available May 31: Into the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc)

Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

Available May 24: Deep Dark (Tracers Series)

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A fabulous action-thriller-romance with a cyber-murder plot, you and your man will love Deep Dark.

Recommended readers:

  • Laura Griffin or mystery-thriller drama plots
  • for action-adventure-romance lovers
  • if you’re a fan of CSI TV series, you’ll love anything Laura Griffin

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Laura Griffin is my favorite go-to, never-fail mystery-action-romance author. Even without being my favorite genre, I absolutely fly through her books. Of the last three Tracer Series books I’ve read, she’s nailed it with each one. With just the right amount of action, thrills and love. In Deep Dark, Griffin takes the action to the digital world as detective Reed Novak digs into a murder and solicits the help of white-collar cyber crime gal Laney Knox. Only Laney has a history that Reed begins to uncover also. If you love watching CSI, Laura Griffin’s Deep Dark is going to keep you up all night (or at least past your bedtime).

Order on Amazon: Deep Dark (Tracers Series)

Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker

Available March 1: Nowhere Girl: A Novel

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Read Nowhere Girl before it makes the best-seller list – it’s that good!

Recommended readers:

  • If you like good, modern day fiction
  • If you like a mix of great characters and plot
  • and if you want to read it before it becomes a best-seller

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Cady’s popular twin sister was murdered when they were teens and authorities gave up finding the killer. Now, years later Cady is married, a best-selling author of psycho-thrillers and still struggling with the loss, when the case is reopened. The search for the killer, along with Cady’s own research for her novels, are expertly weaved together in an intricate web of people and events. While the cover originally caught my attention, the story has a depth and constant tempo that makes it easy to recommend. In her second novel, Susan Strecker has the perfect combination of good general fiction – from personal loss to intriguing twists and romance.

Available on Amazon: Nowhere Girl: A Novel

Review: Into the Fury by Kat Martin

Available today: Into the Fury (BOSS, Inc.)

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Action filled with the perfect mix of romance, you can read Into the Fury and then pass it on to your guy.

Recommended readers:

  • Looking for a page-turner romance
  • Want a book that both you and your guy will like?
  • Fans of Kat Martin

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

My first introduction to Kat Martin is through her historical romance (which I thoroughly enjoyed – so I’ve been hoping for another). Instead I settled for her latest contemporary action-romance, which is part of her new BOSS, Inc Series. Only I didn’t have to settle at all. Into the Fury is a non-stop page-turner with action-filled suspense and the perfect mix of romance. It seems Martin’s strong storytelling transitions across many genres. Into the Fury was just what I needed – after coming off of some pretty heavy fiction – I was ready for a quick reading, fun book. If you’ve read any Kat Martin contemporary fiction already, you’ll recognize some characters and meet some new ones – who have the same manly flare as always. Think tough men not looking for a girl, and stubborn women not wanting a guy. Makes for good fiction

Order on Amazon: Into the Fury (BOSS, Inc.)

The Rock by Monica McCarthy

Available today: The Rock (Highland Guard)

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Another studly Highlander fights for love in the 11th Highland Guard novel from Monica McCarty.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a Highland Romance
  • and if you’re a fan of Monica McCarty or Suzanne Enoch

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 4.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • Note: 4/5 Pretty Steamy

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

As the 11th book in the Highland Guard series, The Rock has some seriously studly Scottish heroes to follow. But you’ll not be disappointed with Thomas MacGowan, who as the blacksmith’s son dreams of greater accomplishments, including the love of his Lord’s daughter, Elizabeth Douglas. From a childhood love and to bloody wars and betrayal, the two Highlanders must decide what is right for them, their families and responsibilities. Monica McCarty’s latest is good, solid historical romance – and there’s no need to read the previous 11 novels either, though you’d probably have fun doing it.

Available today on Amazon:The Rock (Highland Guard)

Jojo Moyes: After You

Available Now: After You: A Novel

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Poignant and lighthearted, After You is another great from Jojo Moyes about learning to love after loss.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of dramatic fiction
  • Fans of Jojo Moyes
  • and if you want to read the book before the movie

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 1/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The sequel to the book (Me Before You) that put Jojo Moyes on the map, After You is a charming novel about Louisa Clark and her struggle to build a life after the love of her life’s death. With so heady a premise, the story was equally poignant and lighthearted with a touch of English wit that is fun to read. Building on the characters of both the kooky Clark and the uber-rich Traynor families, After You carries on their stories along with some new in a quick-reading, up all night drama.

You’ll definitely want to read Me Before You first – not only because it is one of Jojo Moyes best and highly acclaimed, but it provides a deeper background to the pain of Louisa’s lost love.

After You: A Novel is available now on Amazon.

BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN:

Exciting alert! Books for Her has learned that Me Before You is being made into a movie – and set to release in June 2016, starring Emilia Clark (Game of Thrones) as Lou and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) as Will. We’ll keep you posted

Other Books for Her reviews of Jojo Moyes:

Sheltering Rain

The Last Letter From Your Lover

The Ship of Brides

One Plus One

 

Some Like It Scot: Suzanne Enoch

Available Oct. 6: Some Like It Scot (Scandalous Highlanders)

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A fighting lady in trousers meets a Highland bachelor.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a Highland Romance
  • If  you enjoy reading Brogue
  • and if you’re a sucker for a fighting lady

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 4.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • Note: 4/5 Pretty Steamy

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Suzanne Enoch’s Scandalous Highlanders series is just too much fun.  And the family of MacLowry’s are fabulous too. In the final of the series, young, bullish brother Munro runs across a lad shooting a deer – only to find that the lad is actually a lady who he can’t get out of his mind. And when Catriona, who’s helped her sister escape from a terrible engagement, is discovered hiding in ruins on Munro’s family lands, she’s ready to fight. There’s everything to enjoy in this fast-paced, quick-reading Scottish romance.

Note: The naming of Suzanne Enoch’s novels are just too fun! … Rogue with Brogue and now Some Like it Scot. Wow! We can laugh at ourselves, right?

Available on Amazon:Some Like It Scot (Scandalous Highlanders)

Reading hint: To get in the the mood for a little Brogue dialogue, watch this video: