I'm an author, but I'm also a reader. From time to time, I'll share my reviews of present and past reads. My available time to read is limited because I write, but I love to curl up with a paperback or an eBook at night for the last hour of my day.
I tend to read what I write, but not exclusively. Besides
Romantic Suspense and mystery, I read crime and law novels, once in a while a
true story, WWII historicals, romance, and mainstream character driven books.
Here are some of the books I've read recently or in the not-too-distant past. Maybe you'll discover a new book or author.
Snapshot of a Murder by Alison Henderson
Munro can take a hint. After
being laid off from her job, dumped by her fiancé, and ousted from her home—all
on her fortieth birthday—Izzy packs up what’s left of her life in San Francisco
and heads to the picturesque beach town of Carmel-by-the-Sea to lick her
wounds. To her surprise, the cottage she’s inherited from her Great Aunt Dora
comes complete with a built-in roommate—a bossy Burmese cat named Bogart.
After a local baker and chocolatier collapses in Izzy’s arms at the town’s annual Halloween parade and later dies, a colorful trio of Aunt Dora’s friends rallies to her side. The whole village is on edge with a killer on the loose, so Izzy and her new friends team up with an old colleague, a former SFPD homicide detective, to solve the murder before one of them becomes the next victim.
I’ve read most if not all of Ms. Henderson’s romantic suspense. This is her first venture into cozy mystery, and I’d say she’s succeeding. She has a great cast of characters, including the cat, and a twisty path to find the murderer. My guess is Izzy will have more entertaining adventures in future books.
Unexpected by Laylah Abrams
Morgan is a beautiful, rich heiress, and the paparazzi love to track her.
Although she holds degrees in business and computer science and works hard at
her job, the only thing the public is interested in is who designs her gowns
and her latest date. Claire has learned to play the part, hiding behind an
image that keeps her heart safe and everyone out of her personal life. Then she
meets Nick Holden.
When I started reading Unexpected, I have to admit, I expected a shallow boy meets girl story in the world of the rich and famous. There are so many “billionaire romances” floating around. But only pages in, I realized this story was anything but superficial.
Nick and Claire live in different worlds, and they assume the gap can’t be crossed. But their physical attraction is strong, and they act on it. They jump into a love affair they consider a carnal convenience. What they both miss in the beginning is the deeper draw to each other. What Ms. Abrams is adept at is writing the slow revelation of their characters.
One note on style. Ms. Abrams used clips from news articles to begin each chapter. The effect was fun and insightful for the story.
I love character driven fiction. When an author can grow a character, immerse the reader, and complete the arc, the end result is satisfying. The story has depth and kept me turning the pages. Claire and Nick inspire each other to be complete. The fact remains, they are still a rich celeb girl and a no-name artist. Can it work? I encourage you to pick up this book. The ending will leave you feeling good.