What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

What Matters Most (Texas Gold #4)What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: “I absolutely loved reading What Matters Most! I didn’t realize it was a numbered book at first, but that really doesn’t matter since it’s not a story line that goes from book to book to book. Each book is its own story. I don’t think they should have added Texas Gold #’s to make it seem like a series. Anyway, the story was exciting in all the right places and I really like that there’s no preaching between the covers. I really like the strong central female character and how she sticks to her morals and roots. I love that she cares for family and tries to do what is right. I like the way things work out in the end.” We received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles

The Chocolate GardenThe Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very well written with a great capture of just how it feels to live in a small town or rural area. Memorable characters who have a way of capturing your heart and never letting go. A lovely plot with smooth flow and little threads that weave around until they are tied neatly together. For those of you who love s great romantic story, this one is for you. I received an evaluation peek in exchange for my honest opinion.

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills, #2)Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love animals and books with animals. I love books like “All Creatures Great and Small” so I suppose I expected more from this book than what it is. The dialogue does not feel like it fits with the characters, especially the supposed Veterinarian. The writing itself is ok. There are minor issues with the plot and flow which further detracted from my enjoy enjoyment. I would agree that there is potential for something enjoyable perhaps in future novels by this author so I wouldn’t write him off yet. I received an evaluation copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which may not mirror your own.

Clarity by Loretta Lost

ClarityClarity by Loretta Lost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, this would have been five stars if not for the cliffhanger ending. To me it read more like the book was just divided up into sections to make it into a series. The author has her own explanation included in the book. That said, the writing was very well done and nicely edited. The plot was well woven through the story with believable fleshed out characters. Helen comes across genuine and you can’t help but connect with her and feel her emotions as she experiences them. The rape and subsequent emotional reactions were handled with as much grace as can be given a situation and without the unrealistic dramatic recovery so often found in books touching that topic. Overall this was an entertaining read that drew me in with the first chapter. I received an evaluation copy from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest opinion and review. In no way has this influenced our opinion.

Wall Street West by Cristina Guarneri

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Wall Street West by Cristina Guarneri
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The idea for the plot is interesting and has potential for a great read but the delivery falls well short of anything close to great. This reads unorganized with random inserts of events, most of which don’t seem to have any relevance to the plot or character development. I had difficulty connecting with the main character but I was able to see potential with more fleshing out. Some actions just made no sense to me while others just left me baffled as to the reasoning behind them. With editing and polishing this could be an entertaining read but as is I couldn’t recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest unbiased review.