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Guest Review: Safe With Me by K.L. Slater

Posted January 25, 2017 by Tina R in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Safe With Me by K.L. SlaterReviewer: Tina
Safe With Me by K.L. Slater

Publication Date: November 3, 2016
Genres: Suspense, Women's Fiction
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Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Sister.

I found Safe With Me by K.L Slater on NetGalley when I was looking for a new thriller after reading a couple of lighthearted holiday books. I felt like I needed something with a little more substance after being in happily- ever- after land for awhile. So I read the description and was definitely interested.

I always like to read a couple of summaries on a particular book that I am about to read to give me an idea of if I really want to read it or not. I also like to check a couple reviews from people that I am familiar with on Goodreads or LIbrarything just to see what their views are as well. The book got pretty good reviews from a lot of folks on Goodreads, so I submitted my request and was glad I got selected.

Safe With Me puts you inside the head of a woman who is slowly surrendering her grip on reality, and trust me, it’s kind of a scary place to be. The story line is fast-paced for the most part and is certainly full of twists and turns. There are parts of the book that are pretty intense and the author definitely knows how to keep you guessing. I was surprised to find that the book is actually K.L. Slater’s debut novel.The writing is spot-on, with interesting, well-developed characters that all seem to be harboring their own secrets. Although I can’t say the majority of them were likable, I don’t feel they were intended to be anyway. I felt that the book had a good flow and was a fairly quick read as well.

I finished the book knowing that I would definitely be watching for more from this new author. If this is her first offering to the literary world, I can only imagine what she will come up with next. K.L. Slater did a great job of keeping me guessing, and from what I saw from the several other reviews that I had read, I was not the only one! That is always a sign of a good thriller. A story loses a lot of it’s power when the reader has it figured out by the middle of the book.

I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller.


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Guest Review: All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale

Posted November 17, 2016 by Tina R in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: All I Want for Christmas by Jenny HaleReviewer: Tina
All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale

Publication Date: October 6, 2016
Pages: 191
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All I Want for Christmas is a big, cozy Christmas story about the importance of family, the strength of childhood friendships, and learning to trust your heart.

Fans of Carole Matthews, Susan Wiggs and Susan Mallery – and anyone who likes the glow of Christmas lights and the rustle of wrapping paper – will fall in love with this feel-good Christmas treat.

Christmas comes once a year . . . But true love comes once in a lifetime.

Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too.

Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! ( I KNOW you just sang that didn’t you?) Well I was anyway, so you might as well join in and sing along with me! And now I bet that little ditty is probably going to be stuck in your head for a little while even though it isn’t even Halloween yet! Yep………you’re certainly welcome!

All I Want For Christmas is a Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet with 64GB and loaded with 100 bestsellers! Oops…….what I MEANT to say was All I Want For Christmas by Jenny Hale. is a wonderful way to get yourself into that holiday mood. Since most of the stores already have Christmas trees and decorations up, why shouldn’t I already be loading up my Holiday TBR stack! I do it every single year because I love everything about the holidays. There is absolutely nothing more enjoyable than curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, a cozy fire crackling in the fireplace, a big steamy mug of your favorite cold-weather beverage and a heartwarming holiday read! It doesn’t get any better than that my friends!

First of all, just looking at the cover of the book makes you happy. I love that all of Jenny’s books have that whimsical type of cover. The towns and various locales featured in her books are simply magical places with characters so warm and engaging, you’ll want them to be your friends and neighbors. I always look forward to books like hers because they slow down the often frantic pace of the season and give us a chance to just unwind and fill out hearts and minds with beautiful stories of hope, joy and love.

Now I consider myself to be a pretty eclectic reader. I love many different kinds of books and am constantly switching back and forth between many different genres. But every year I look forward to my Holiday books. I not only read them myself, but have read them aloud to people in my family as well. Sometimes we sit up late with the tree twinkling and the Christmas music softly playing in the background and my aunt ( who is 74) will say “What are you reading?” I will show her my book and she’ll say “You should read it to me”, and so I do. We have a lot of good memories of the stories we have shared with each other over the years.

But anyway, back to our book. I am not going to go through the whole plot or anything as you can get all that from the back of the book or on the internet. What I AM going to tell you is that All I Want For Christmas will make you smile. I guarantee it. You will want to thank me that I recommended it to you. Jenny Hale never fails to make the holidays special. And, she has several different Christmas books out there, so you can’t lose no matter which one you pick.

Now I know that not everybody enjoys these types of books. They think they are sappy and sweet and not very realistic. But, we aren’t talking about them are we? You wouldn’t be reading this review if you weren’t just a little bit interested. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start grabbing up your share of these fun seasonal stories . We all know that sooner or later the power is gonna go out and everybody will be stuck with no tv or internet. But you’ll be just as happy as a bird with a french fry. Just remember to power up all those electronic reading devices or even better, go old school and grab yourself a regular book or ten! (But don’t forget your flashlight and some batteries…..lol)

I am thankful to the publisher and to NetGalley for allowing me the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.


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