Chasing Shadows by Annabelle Jacobs

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Chasing Shadows by Annebelle Jacobs
Release Date: March 24, 216
Pages: 162 • Format: eARC
Published By: Annabelle Jacobs
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Jamie Matthews goes to Cornwall to find his missing brother. The police are convinced Michael drowned, but Jamie knows better. No way would Michael swim to his death, especially on a beach with a wicked rip tide. Finding a stranger in his brother’s cottage only deepens his misgivings. 

Felix Bergstrom is recently discharged from the British Army. Unable to put the past behind him, he takes an unhealthy interest in old acquaintance and millionaire businessman Karl Weston, hoping to catch him up to no good. Michael’s disappearance adds fuel to Felix’s suspicions. Weston’s clifftop home overlooks the beach where Michael supposedly walked into the sea, but Weston has an alibi for that day.

When Jamie and Felix meet, the physical attraction is instant. Mistrust keeps them from acting on it until finally all their secrets are laid bare. But time isn’t on their side. Before they’re able to work out whether they have a future, danger catches up with them and threatens to put an end to everything.

four-stars

I really enjoyed this story a lot. I love a good mystery thriller, this was more on the romance side of the line but still equally good. Jamie & Felix were good together. I wish it was longer. I loved the buildup between the main characters. Annabelle Jacobs did a really good job with intertwining the mystery aspect for the main characters. Jamie goes to the last place that his brother was seen alive. I liked reading from Jamie’s point of view, and I enjoyed his tenacity about who his brother is. In this time of his life, he’s not even dealing with the possibility that his brother committed suicide by walking into the ocean. He is adamant that Michael would never do such a thing. Felix kind of drops into his life by making the man who lives in the house on the cliff the guilty party in this situation. Jamie not knowing that Felix has his own dark demons and reasons for accusing Weston.

I think it was really good pacing of the story, and I liked how the romance happened. It wasn’t as cliche as being super emotional about who they lost. It was almost them fighting each other every step of the way, and why not blow off some steam to be together. Neither trusts each other at this point, but trust doesn’t have anything to do with sex. They were hot together and gawd I almost forgot about the mystery when they were together. Them finding peace and happiness surrounding the mystery was good. I liked that we got an epilogue, but I really wanted to see them build on them together. They came together in a time of misery, and they are happy. I just wanted to see Jamie & Felix with no distractions. With that being said, I still enjoyed this alot. Good pacing, and really nice writing from Ms. Jacobs. I’m starting to like her writing more and more. Can’t wait for more of her work.

About Annabelle Jacobs

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza

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true-love-d-683x1024The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Pages: 130 • Format: eBook
Published By: Manifold Press
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Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.

 

 

two-stars

I am frustrated by how this book went. I loved the premise of the story, but the execution was not good. It was a strong beginning, Jules wanted the whole romantic notion of being in love. He wanted the happily ever after, he is a true romantic at heart. Jules is in love with a very known romance author Ewan Byge pronounced like “Bi” that was the explanation in the book. I love that Jules was super fan, he brought memorabilia from the author, went to conventions, he basically day dreamed and swooned over the author. An unfortunate event leads him to Constable Leonard Edgar and his dream guy Ewan Byge.

Right there is when signals got crossed for me. The double love interest didn’t work because I feel like someone was getting the short end of the deal. I don’t blame Jules for being invested in one guy more because he had this notion in his mind from the beginning. I really liked Leonard, even thought some things were known about himself, but I felt like Leonard was so selfless about this situation. He wasn’t bitter, he was patient and that truly showed character. I don’t even Ewan but there wasn’t a connection outside of Jules mind about him. If anything he should have been a supporting friend and basically nudge in him the direction that was best for Jules. That’s in ad ideal world I guess. It kinda went uphill when I started reading it, and this drastically dropping like a roller coaster. The romance was a C class character in between everything else that was happening. It didn’t go how I would have imagined. FFS, I felt like Jem & Archie had to push Jules to see Leonard. That’s not how a true romantic should act in my opinion. I lost my connection with the story. My favorite thing about this book was Archie. I love seeing supportive parents in novels. I didn’t lose hope with this author, I’ll continue to read her work. This just wasn’t for me.

About Julie Bozza

have been writing fiction for over thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of me and my friends (that is, fan fiction!) – and writing is my love and my vocation, so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are. In the meantime, technical writing (mostly eLearning) helps to pay the mortgage.

I was born in England, and lived most of my life in Australia, before returning to the UK a few years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologise for it. I love the Australian lifestyle, but I also love Britain’s very real sense of history, and it’s so wonderful to have the rest of Europe so close by. We enjoy roaming ruined castles and Tudor mansions, and I am delighted to visit (and even occasionally work!) where John Keats and other literary heroes lived and worked.

I am fascinated by film and television, both the product and how it’s made. I have been greatly enjoying the BBC’s most recent take on the Arthurian legends. These interests, along with my love of the English and Welsh (and indeed French) countryside and castles, have combined to form the web site Merlin Locations.

Two bits of paper I’m particularly proud of are a Diploma of Communication and Media (multi–media strand) from the Canberra Institute of Technology (2004), and a Certificate in Social Sciences from The Open University (2006).

You will have gathered by now that I have fun with photography, web design, reading, and watching film and television – but no list of my interests would be complete without knitting and the imbibing of espresso.

Dormant Heart by Lane Swift

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Amateur photographer Josh Thornton is out but not so proud. He’s estranged from his family, his boyfriend dumped him, and his job at an estate agency is in jeopardy—especially after he crashes his boss’s car in the middle of nowhere on his way to Hartley Manor.

Callum Black works at the English country estate and lives there in an isolated cottage. Left mute by a childhood accident, he’s more comfortable in the company of animals than people. But when Josh—literally—crashes into his life with his camera and his friendship, Callum realizes his peaceful solitude has been more than a little lonely.

Josh’s affection for Callum deepens even as he’s consumed by doubts over Callum’s sexuality and whether Callum could ever love him. And Callum is haunted by the secret that stole his voice—a secret that keeps him tethered to Hartley Manor. When the past comes hurtling painfully back into the present, Josh and Callum have to overcome their fears and breathe life back into their dormant hearts in order to have a chance at their own picture-perfect future.

 

four-stars

 

This was my first time reading from this author, and I enjoyed it a lot. My terms of category would be romance story with a side of realistic fiction for two please! I am happy we got dual point of views from Josh and Callum. I liked both characters a lot, but Josh stole away at my heart. This story is about friendship, love and little bit of self-discovery. Neither guys were given the chance to learn about themselves. Sure they went through two different paths, but it shows in their coming together how they each have grown. I think the author did good job on the writing of the story, and the tone that she was able to keep. Even with the romance playing a background at some points, I still really liked it.

I’d like to add him to my boys who needs comforting pile straight away. He comes off super lonely in this story even when he is around people and with Callum. Godness those moments of despair that he showed had my eyes watering up. He’s 23 and yeah that’s considered a grown man, but he still needed comfort, love, recognition. It doesn’t seem like he ever had it. I freaking loved that he didn’t give up or just fall into a pit of pity. I wanted to wring the necks of every one of his family members and friends. They were just plain out ugly and mean. I couldn’t wrap my head around that strangers treated him better than his own bloodline. I had to sit and think that sometimes blood doesn’t make them family. Josh hasn’t experienced much it seemed, and he was so vulnerable to mute Callum. That’s another good guy there. I was kinda skeptical on Callum reactions & emotions towards Josh. I was thinking the same as Josh really, could he like Josh as much as he said he was. Or was it the combination of him being new, and nice to him. As much as I liked him from Josh’s point of view, I learned a lot about him in his own point of view. Especially seeing the world from his eyes, and him definitely get the regressed memories on why he is unable to speak. Those memories were super hard for him to comprehend, and he had the best support out their. This was good, and I could definitely see it being longer, or maybe a follow-up in the future. This quote about sums up both guys journey by the end. It wasn’t easy, but they were able to manage.

“If baby birds don’t get coaxed or kicked out of the nest they never learn to fly.”

About Lane Swift

Lane Swift is a fiction writer, mainly of contemporary romance, sometimes featuring a mild dash of paranormal.

She lives by the sea in Hampshire, England, with her husband, two children and two guinea pigs, and can often be found at her beach hut, imbibing coffee and dreaming up happy-ever-afters for her heroes and heroines.

Over the years, she’s worked as a waitress, a lab technician, a science teacher and a telecommunications consultant. She’s also played women’s rugby, climbed one mountain and run one marathon, but has never managed to learn how to whistle.