Book Review: Diamond Mine by Stephanie Bond

It’s the midway point of my week of romance themed novels! Here’s another novella in the anthology “Behind the Red Doors”.

Warning: May Contain Spoilers

Synopsis: Faith’s date was not only late, but when he finally shows up he didn’t even know it was Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, Faith kicked him to the kerb and vowed to have a better holiday the following year.  As a new jewllery store owner, Faith decides to display the legendary Valentino diamond which requires extra security… and is assigned none other than the man that got away: Lieutenant Carter Grayson.

Author: This southern girl never intended to be an author, but when an instructor commented on her flair for writing Stephanie decided to try her hand at a romance novel in her spare time. Her contemporary books range from sexy romance to mysteries.

Format: This novella is set up on a day-by-day basis. The prologue is Valentine’s Day the year prior and each subsequent chapter –starting on Februrary 1st– counts the days up to the following year’s big love-in.

Character: Faith is the sister of Dev in Vicki Lewis Thompson’s book story “Heaven Scent”.  She is just as rich and just as gorgeous, but actually looking for someone to spend her life with rather than running from it. Faith is what every single girl should be: confident, business savvy, and knows when to let go of a bad relationship.

Romance: This is a the-one-that-got-away story. Faith and Carter are perfect for each other, if only Carter wasn’t so afraid of a lasting relationship. Faith dumps Carter, but when they see each other a year later Carter lies to prove he is “commitment material” by claiming to have a girlfriend. Faith tries to be happy for his future engagement, but realizes she’s still in love with Carter. If it wasn’t for the fact that, as a reader, we know that Carter lied about practically being engaged, we’d hate them for having an affair behind Trudy’s back.

DiY: How to tell when a man isn’t ready for commitment? He is in his mid- to late-thirties and still rents a shabby apartment.  His coworkers laugh when at the thought of his ever owning a dog, let alone having a steady relationship.  He doesn’t wear a watch and is always late, if he shows up at all. He thinks a bulletproof vest is too confining even though he’s a cop. He can’t even remember Valentine’s Day, let alone birthdays.

Quote: What would you say about a man who stood you up on Valentine’s Day? That he had better be embalmed.

The Verdict: A must read sequel to Heaven Scent by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

What would you do if your date stood you up on Valentine’s Day?  How would you feel if you found out that the one-who-got-away was in a relationship with someone else?



Previous Vday Week Reviews:  Heaven Scent


Teaser Tuesday (Feb-2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences


Jump Start by Lisa Renee Jones

But Mike, lovesick puppy that he was, had already opted out.

They did their jobs. They knew the risks and they took them seriously.


Previous Teasers: Feb-1

Book Review: Heaven Scent by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ll be posting every day this week with a theme of romance! So keep coming back or subscribe to get emails, because everyone can use a little love in their life…

Warning: May Contain Spoilers

Synopsis: Jamie Ruskin has been in love with her best friend’s brother for years. So when Jamie needs a male opinion on what is sexy for her new aromatherapy company, she asks Dev… and then uses her newfound knowledge to finally go after the man of her dreams.

Author: Bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson says “writing romance is the most fun you can have while vertical.” Not only writing for Harlequin, Vicki has a few paranormal novels and a contemporary series where nerdy men are the heroes (also great reads!).

Writing Style: Vicki’s pen creates the rom-com of novels. Sweet romances aren’t enough; they have to also be funny and a little bit sexy too. Vicki has you alternating between giggling to yourself and thinking, I’ll take two of him.

Character: It is nice to know that even men can be insecure about asking a girl out. Dev is not only rich, gorgeous, and adorable, but has a lack of arrogance that keeps him from being the stereotypical snob.

Romance: Jamie and Dev’s romance reminds me a bit of Shakespeare’s comedies in a way –it’s one of those madcap relationships that just needs a wise fool to smack everyone upside the head.  Because neither Jamie nor Dev are completely honest with each other, their future as a couple could go up in flames… and not in a good way.

Quote: Tiny people can’t drink as much as big people.

The Verdict: An adorable read you don’t want to pass over.

What would you do to win the man of your dreams? Have you ever pretended to be something you’re not?



Previous Reviews: The Summoning, The Awakening

Books In My Mailbox (Feb-3)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

Well, it is the week of Valentine’s Day, so let’s kick it off with some romantic novels shall we? Today’s IMM features some hot reads from Harlequin courtesy of my local library.

Accidentally Expecting by Lucy Gordon
Twins Under his Tree by Karen Rose Smith
Into the Night by Kate Hoffmann
Jump Start by Lisa Renee Jones

So what are you reading in honour of Valentine’s Day?


Previous IMM: Feb-1, Feb-2

Simple Smile Saturdays! (Feb-1)

Allo m’dears!

Last weekend HannahHelt and JLArmentrout were (lovingly) making fun of me. They said that I “get excited over the simplest things” which is totally true. I have two theories about life -maybe more but I don’t remember what they are at the moment- and they are as follows:

1.) Everyone should have three hugs a day to let them know someone cares.
2.) It’s the simple things in life that make life worth living.

So thanks to those two, I’ve had my own personal brain-child. From now on I will try to post something “simple” that I get excited over just to show you that the smallest things really do make you smile :0)

To start, you get to see none other than… socks!

In honour of Valentine’s Day here are just two of my heart-patterned socks. I think I got the red one on the left last Valentine’s Day, and I got the purple pair as a Christmas prezzie this past year. As you can see, I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve, but on my feet!

Loving socks is weird, I know, but when I had a school uniform I only saw white or navy tootsies everywhere I went. After transferring from that school (not because of the socks) I refused to wear solid coloured socks for years and, also, a lot of people started giving me really kewl socks for Christmas.

What simple things made you smile today?

Book Review: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Have you read my review on the first book of this trilogy? The Summoning

Warning: May Contain Spoilers

Synopsis: Chloe manages to escape the Lyle House with a few of her newly found friends. They have discovered that their “powers” were because they had been part of a science experiment that genetically altered them.  Oh, and Chloe is constantly followed around not only by ghosts but by animated corpses because she keeps accidentally raising the dead.

Character Development: Chloe keeps growing as a person, becoming stronger and more self-reliant while still knowing when to ask for help (or at least she’s trying). Everything that happens makes you grow as a person, makes you grow-up, and Chloe is slowing learning to accept who she is.

Publisher: Unlike the first book of the Darkest Powers Trilogy, The Awakening was not published by HarperCollins but by Doubleday Canada. You can tell the difference not just by checking for the company logo, but just by looking at and touching the book.

Cover: While Doubleday stayed in keeping with the original cover image – a girl holding a jewel that has a touch of spot varnish to make it shiny- that is where the similarities stop. The Summoning cover has a matte finish, which gives a rougher texture and feels a bit unusual to someone not used to it, plus the title and authors name are embossed (raised text). The Awakening, while it is not glossy, it has a smoother finish that feels a bit more satin-like. The author and title are also shiny –gilt, I believe?- but not embossed. (If you want to check, run your hand over the inside of the cover, you will feel indents in one book but not in the other.)

Pages: Another difference is the cut of the books, both the cover and the pages. The Summoning cover is what you would expect of a trade paperback, while The Awakening has a paperback version of a dust jacket. Also, The Summoning has perfectly squared edges while The Awakening has unevenly cut pages. If you look closely at the pages, you can see a pattern as to the width of each section, but the intent is to mimic an old book. These types of pages look great but are a bit harder to turn.

Quote: “This is my normal now.”

The Verdict: Didn’t you listen the first time? Go. Read. The. Trilogy!

What cover style do you prefer? Matte, satin finish, or glossy?  Do you like a perfectly squared novel, or ones with rough-cut pages?

Previous Review: The Summoning

Teaser Tuesday (Feb-1)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences


Nothing to Lose by Norah McClintock

“They have beady, black, evil little eyes… And their toenails, or whatever you call them, can be as sharp as razors.”

“There were two angry marks on his back, faded, but you could tell they had been deep when they were made.”