Novella Review: Languish by Alyxandra Harvey

Languish: A Haunting Violet novella

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Review:

I really enjoy Alyxandra Harvey’s writing style, so when I saw Languish available for check out at the library, I didn’t hesitate to click the Borrow button.  This is a fast, entertaining read that follows Violet on her quest to regain her ability to see ghosts.  After all of the harrowing action in Haunting Violet,  her third eye has remained stubbornly blind, and she’s getting tired of waiting for it to open again.  Even when Lord Jasper advises patience, and to not force her powers to work again, she still has to try to take charge of her wayward ghost-seeing skills, opening herself up to danger and near disaster.

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Novella Review: One Night in Santiago by Audra North

One Night in Santiago (Entangled Flaunt)

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Review:

I picked up One Night in Santiago for two reasons.  First, I enjoyed Audra North’s Falling for the CEO.  A lot.  Second, I have been reading a string of YA dystopian novels, and I needed a break.  Something light.  Something complete in one sitting.  Something with a happy I know without a doubt things are going to be awesome ending, because the last few books I read left me uncertain of the final outcome for the protagonists.

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Novella Review: Revenge of a Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson

Revenge of a Chalet Girl: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance Novella

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Review:

I was a bit disappointed with Revenge of a Chalet Girl.  I really enjoyed the story until Josh’s fiancée arrives in town, and then I was so irritated with him for letting her take advantage of him.  Amy’s behavior also borders on  stalkerish, and some of her decisions made me cringe.

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Novella Review: Falling for the CEO by Audra North

Falling for the CEO (Entangled Flaunt)

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Review:

Falling for the CEO is a great Christmas read!  It’s angsty and sizzles with tension – this was a finish in one sitting book.  Things got a little shaky near the end, but it has such a feel-good ending that I can’t give it more than a small downward bump for Andrew’s bizarre behavior after he and Meredith sleep together for the first time.  He practically flies out of bed and out of Meredith’s apartment with hardly a word, leaving her devastated.  Sure he had only her best interests at heart, but dude!  Make sure that the woman you care for, and that you know has serious trust issues, understands that you aren’t dropping her like a hot potato!

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Novella Review: Christmas in Dogtown by Suzanne Johnson

 

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Review:

Christmas in Dogtown is a short, sweet read of about 30 pages.  Protagonist Resa is having a rough year.  She lost her job when her company downsized, her boyfriend dumped her shortly after, and now her house is about to go into foreclosure.  When her ailing uncle asks her to help with the family business during the holidays, she can’t refuse him.  Though she’d rather do just about anything  other than help him make sausage, she doesn’t have the heart to deny him when he needs her help.  She has avoided her rural hometown and hates going home with her tail between her legs, but family is family.

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Novella Review: Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers

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Review:

I am very torn about this story.  At first I just wasn’t engaging with Jenny and her cybersex sessions with C, a talented macro photographer she connects with online.  She’s a recent transplant to Ohio, where she works as a researcher at the university.  C also works there, and at one time he lived in her apartment.  She doesn’t want to ever meet him, and she’s comfortable with her current routine of working, then getting home and whooping in it up with C online.  Meh.

But as the reasons for her reclusive behavior emerge, I was all over the book.  Jenny has been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disorder, and she will eventually lose her vision.  It is slowly closing in on her, and she has already lost most of her peripheral vision.  Her dream has always been to study microorganisms under a powerful microscope, and the prospect of not being able to fulfill her dreams, and the fear of becoming dependent on others is eating away at her.  She is hostile with her occupational therapist, and gives him nothing but resistance during their weekly therapy sessions. 

There are moments of overwhelming emotions in Snowfall.  Though it took me a bit to become immersed in the story, once I was it was hard to put down.  I felt so much empathy for Jenny; the prospect of slowly being rendered blind is terrifying.  Her anger and grief were palpable.  And through her emotional turmoil, Evan remained steadfast, frustrated with himself for not being able to reach through her wall of resistance.   I enjoyed the slow development of their romance, and how intense it burned after Evan resigned as her therapist because of professional conflicts and because he couldn’t deny his feelings for the “fiercely intelligent” Jenny.  If there is a happy ending to Jenny’s condition, it’s that she no longer had to worry about facing her difficult future alone.  I know that between Evan’s sheltering love and Jenny’s inability to give up, her future will remain bright.

Grade:  B/B+

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From Amazon:

As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones
Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers
Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.

AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell
The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.

Spotlight: ‘Tis the Season Christmas Anthology

I had a great time reading the ‘Tis the Season Christmas novellas published by Entangled Publishing under their Indulgence imprint, so I asked the authors to drop by the virtual offices to answer a few questions.  Check out what they had to say!

‘Tis the Season to be Kissed (Entangled Indulgence)  by  Amy Andrews

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Santa or the Grinch?

[Amy Andrews] Definitely Santa. Love, love, love Christmas. Love the carols and the tree and the decorations and saying Merry Christmas to complete strangers in the street and I love feeling so full I’m going to die on Christmas day and that wonderful family feel to the whole holiday. Freaking love it!

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