Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: Missing Parts

TITLE: Missing Parts
AUTHOR: Lucinda Berry
RELEASE DATE: October 25th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Rise Press
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.
Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. 



'Missing Parts' is an intriguing, catching and quite excellent story about how one decision can alter your whole life. This is one of those books you cannot put down and drags you into its pages only to release you once you finish.

Celeste has built a life with the perfect family she couldn't have as a child. However, all her world crumbles when her daughter falls ill with a terrible disease. Little by little, we discover that there are secrets that could change everything. 

I have to say that I love the writing style, the author wrote a solid book with a strong background and thought of every detail. Celeste is a great character, I liked her despite her choices (whether you agree with her or not) because she is as human as any of us. 

Each chapter brings a new surprise and it's hard to stop reading. I really liked how dynamic the story is despite the dark tone of the story. There were minor things that were predictable but it still is a really good story.

I highly recommend this book, if you like thrillers, mysteries and a bit of family drama, you should read this one. 




Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: Single by Christmas @RosaT_Author

TITLE: Single by Christmas
AUTHOR: Rosa Temple
RELEASE DATE: October 3rd, 2016
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

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You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.


Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits. 

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'Single by Christmas' starts with Alex waiting for her boyfriend on Christmas Eve and we start wondering why is she freezing and alone. So, we jump back a month in the past to discover that a serious of events left her waiting on a cold night.

Alex is an amazing character, I never felt so close and related to a character as I did with her. She likes to drink and enjoy parties, of course sometimes she loses control and the results are not good at all. She is so immersed in her own world that she doesn't realize the things that go around her, she not bad she is just a bit clueless and has a hard time acting as an adult. Her boyfriend is so perfect and deserves an award for putting up with her. Charlie is smart, sexy, handsome and sweet. He is just what she needs because he is patient and caring.

The book is fast to read and the writing style is really good. The dialogues are funny and the characters are all adorable. Each event unchains a series of misunderstandings, fights, secrets and it's all a big mess at the end. However, as any other chick-lit the book finds its route to a better path.

I really enjoyed the book, if you like chick-lit and romance you should definitely read this one.





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