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Can’t Fight the Feeling by Sandy James

When ER Nurse Practitioner Joslynn Wright treats ex-NFL hothead Russ Green for a head injury, she is indignant that he can’t be bothered to fill out the discharge papers before leaving. She has only met Russ a few times, but confronts him at the restaurant he co-owns with their mutual friends.

Lately, he has been taking out his anger by bouncing unruly customers, which explains the bottle to the head that caused the ER visit. But her plans to give him the what-to are derailed when he asks her to dinner instead. She comes up with an exercise plan to help him deal with his anger, as Joslynn has been committed to staying healthy ever since a medical scare as a child. Even though Joslynn isn’t big on relationships, Russ finds a way into her heart. However, with the potential of inheriting the Alzheimer’s gene that has put his parents through hell lately, Russ questions if he can ever have a future with Joslynn.

A pleasant enough read that takes place in a city that is as big on heart as it is on music, James’ (Can’t Let Her Go) contemporary generates ample interest with the character’s medical plights and love for one another.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | 

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A Ghost Story

C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) are a married couple living in a old house. M wants to move but C is hesitant. All of that changes when C dies in a car accident. Now M is all alone or is she? As she moves on with her life there is a presence in the house with her. Standing in a white sheet. The seasons pass and M moves away but the sheet stays. New families move in and then the house gets demolished. And then we are go back to the settlers. And then to when C and M move in. Confused? Me too!

This was the slowest movie I have ever watched. I get it is supposed to be thought provoking and artsy but I was so bored. At one point she is eating a pie by herself for like seven minutes. I would only recommend this movie if you like slow paced movies. Rated R


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Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

At the tender age of eight years old, Edward Rochester is sent away from his home at Thornfield Hall to begin his education. Since he is the second son, it will be up to Edward to make the most of his education, and whatever opportunities come his way. As a young man, fortune finds Edward in Jamaica, where he has taken over his father’s sugar plantation, and where he meets the beautiful young heiress who will soon become his wife. It soon becomes apparent that in marrying his lovely wife, Edward has taken on much more than he bargained for. Now, back at Thornfield Hall many years later, Edward meets his ward’s governess – a Miss Jane Eyre. For the first time, Edward begins to dream of a new life – one that he wants to share with Jane. But how?

Based on characters from Charlotte Bronte’s beloved Jane Eyre, this novel tells the story from Rochester’s perspective. Since Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite books, I was skeptical, but this book stays true to the writing style and atmosphere of the original. Definitely a good read. If you’d like Bertha Rochester’s perspective, try Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.


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Everything, Everything

Maddy has just turned 18 and has never been outside. She has a rare disease were her immune system is basically non-existent.  Her dad and brother died in a car accident when Maddy was a baby, so it is just Maddy and her mom. But everything changes when Olly moves in next door.

This movie is based on the book by the same title by Nicola Yoon. I did not read the book but I did enjoy the movie. It was a good story with likable characters. Rated PG-13


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The Mountain Between Us By Charles Martin

Dr. Ben Payne is trying to get home. His flight is delayed and then canceled because of the weather. He needs to get home because he has surgeries to perform the next day. Journalist Ashley Knox also needs to get home. She is getting married. Ben finds a small charter plane that is willing to fly in this weather. Ben having met Ashley and hearing her dilemma, invites her to share the plane.  Soon they are in the air, making small talk, when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes.

Ben and Ashley survive but Ashley’s leg is broken. And they are in the middle of a mountain in the wilderness. Luckily, Ben is a doctor and a mountain climber. In the beginning, they stay close to the plane but soon realize that help isn’t coming. The only way out is to walk. As they make there way out of the wilderness, they grow close. If they make it out alive, how will this experience change them?

The main reason I picked up this book is because it is being made into a movie starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. I am glad I read it. It was exciting to find out how they would survive. I definitely recommend this one and you should read it before the movie comes out in October.


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Then Came You by Jeannie Moon

The suicide of her sister leaves Mia DeAngelis with her ten-year old nephew, Ben, in her care, so she makes the move to Compass Cove, Long Island, the idyllic small town where Mia and her sister used to spend a few months every summer with their grandmother. A librarian at the local college, Mia believes it is the perfect place to raise Ben, even though he seems to have trouble fitting in. During an argument with Mia, he takes off to the football field where he meets the college’s coach, Adam Miller.

All curves and totally different from the type he usually dates, Mia is a knockout, and Adam offers to help her and Ben shop for a bike. The chemistry is undeniable from the start and with Mia, Adam sees he could have the family he never knew he wanted. When an issue with Mia’s adoption of Ben arises, Mia is torn between what is the right thing to do and what is best for Ben, and Adam’s stance could jeopardize their relationship.

Moon (Daring the Pilot) creates a strong sense of home and a convincing love story with moderate love scenes that will overcome even the most cynical of readers.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | August 11, 2017


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Royally Romanov by Teri Wilson

Lucky to be alive, an attack near Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral left Maxim Laurent with temporary memory loss. The only item he has in his possession is a leather journal that claims he is Maxim Romanov, descent of the Russian Imperial Romanov and grandson to Anastasia, who purportedly could have escaped execution and lived in exile.

He visits a local bookstore where author and assistant curator at the Louvre, Finley Abbot, is holding a book signing about her book on Romanov history. Finley agrees to help Maxim in his quest for answers. There’s chemistry between the two, even at first sight, but her interest in Maxim and in learning the truth causes a conflict of interest that might jeopardize her career.

As Maxim slowly begins to regain his memory, he discovers he might not be the person he claims and will have to hide the truth to protect the woman who has captured his heart.

A contemporary retelling of Anastasia chalk full of elegance in the most romantic city in the world is a delight in this second book in The Royals series. Wilson (Royally Roma) crafts love scenes that are sexy and passionate and align perfectly with the backdrop and absorbing plot that will have wide appeal.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | July 7, 2017