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The book:

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Pelican Freak’s 5-star review:

Cover:

Editing/proofing:

Seems professional, only a few errors noticed.

Formatting:

Absolutely gorgeous! If only every book were this pretty.

Character development:

So much fun! I like Vanessa and her house- yes her house- is its own character, I think- immediately. All of the book b!tches are great, I related to them all.  The town itself is another character and I quickly fell in love with the small-town vibe. There are characters to loathe, characters to root for, and characters whose books I think I’ve already predicted – overall brilliant design all around, with impressive attention to detail.
Overall:

Wow. This book sucked me in fast and I immediately realized that putting it down resulted in serious separation anxiety. I missed it every second that I wasn’t in it. It was like a drug – I was trying to read it while walking around my neighborhood on errands, and while simultaneously talking to customers at work, for example. Hazardous!

This book has lots going on: there’s romance with heat. There’s new friendships with some really fun women -though I may be partial to the Book Bitches. There’s a bit of paranormal activity with some friendly ghosts that completely add to the charm of the town and every building in it. There’s history, and it’s completely real-feeling and fun and addictive – Conley should publish more Historicals, I’d read those all day. There’s also some modern-day mystery, which I’ll let you see for yourself… Definitely highly recommend this book.

I tend to predict everything, and I usually will not rate a book 5 stars unless it can manage to surprise me somewhere. However, this is a 5-star read, surprises or not. That said, there were a few little surprises /a few things that didn’t go exactly to my predictions.

I’ll be very impatiently waiting on the rest of this series and I strongly recommend giving this book a read. If you’ve never read Conley- do it. Start with this or Saving Charlie or Craze (which is free at the time of this posting).

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THE BOOK:

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Pelican Freak’s 4.5-Star Review:

Cover:

I really enjoy this cover; it’s fitting to the series and matches its predecessor.

 

Formatting:

Super easy on the eyes/ no distractions. Perfect.

 

Characters:

Completely in line with the perfect character design from Book 1 in this series – true perfection, with advanced character development.

 

Overall /Plot

Again we’re treated to the great, complex relationships of the protagonists and also we learn a bit more about the antagonists as more of the mystery is unraveled a bit.

This book picks up right where Book 1 leaves off and I highly recommend reading them back to back (and if you’re like me, you’ll need to!). Super fast-paced, hard to put down. Definitely missed it when I stepped away and was left with that book hangover high that’s so hard to come by these days when everything seems to be a dime a dozen and unoriginal.

I’ve come to learn that you cannot go wrong reading anything by this author, she keeps it exciting and doesn’t typically kill me with cliffhangers. Book 1 was cliffhanger-y but with Book 2 available, no big deal. Definitely anxiously waiting for Book 3 but can be patient after the way Book 2 was left. Highly recommend this trilogy.

The book:

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Hollownton Homicide

 

 

This was a super fast read, clean – no sex, though there is some violence. Exciting right up til the end – can be read as a standalone but did leave me wanting more of these characters, as they’re so well-developed.

Pelican Freak’s 4-Star review:

Cover:

Good, fitting, original and relevant.

Editing/Proofing:

Seems professionally done.

Formatting:

Very easy on the eyes, no distractions.

Character Development:

Absolutely perfect, continuity-wise this is well done, with advanced personalities / development. Really felt I got to know everyone in this book and definitely feel like I need to keep up on these people.

Plot/Overall

This book is easily 4 stars for keeping me on the edge of my seat and being overall, very well written. The professional demeanor makes it an easy read. Although it’s over  80K words, it reads FAST. Very fast-paced, lots of dialogue.

It combines some cop-thriller/ mystery with some paranormal and/or urban fantasy. MC is a human who has no prior knowledge of the existence of anything supernatural and is resistant to believe and accept, but not so much that it hinders his ability to solve the case and do what needs to be done. He’s a strong, well-developed character who could easily star in his own best-selling series. Absolutely loved this book and had a hard time putting it down, kept me excited.

 

Loved this book – would love it if there were MORE starring Renee or her fellow deltas. I’m learning that you cannot go wrong with this author at all.

For anyone who likes their stories CLEAN – you’ve come to the right place. This books is sweet, completely clean and more focused on some urban working-girl drama, with a side of romance, than just being a romance.

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Pelican Freak’s 4.5-star review:

Cover: 

Cute, not super professional, but totally fitting and I LOVE the originality.

Editing/Proofing:

Professional – smooth read.

Formatting:

Easy on the eyes, no distractions.

Character development:

I admit, I marvelled at this a few times. There were a lot of characters to keep straight but it was somehow made simple. Good consistency and I wanted to know about everyone that appeared. Brilliant design here.
I got really into this book really quickly, as the Delta girls’ world just had a way of pulling me right in. Renee is strong, just girlie enough, independant and has a strong support system. She’s a daddy’s girl – and I mean that in a completely innocent way. She’s likeable, kinda badass and I empathize with her throughout. This book isn’t like anything else I’ve ever read – the conversations are played out, not just described. It all feels so real; I could completely see myself in these situations, saying/doing these things. I was sucked into the book, missed it when I stepped away, etc. and it all felt so real.

It was mildly predictable but – I truly predict everything. This didn’t turn me off at all, and when it ended, I was a little sad that it was over… book hangover here. Hope Gretchen writes more from this world – I’d happily travel back to it any time.

Overall, I’d say 4, 4.5 stars. If I hadn’t been able to predict it, I’d do 5, that’s the only thing holding me back a bit.

 

Seriously – great!!

 

I don’t give out 5-star reviews freely, especially for romance because it’s so hard to find anything original in my experience.
 
That said, Anne Conley managed to get another one out of me, and for a #RomanticSuspense at that.
 
I highly recommend her Pierce Securities series. I’m behind on it, having just now read #4 and I couldn’t put it down.
 

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PelicanFreak’s 5-star review:
 
Short version:
I couldn’t put this book down, from start to finish. I tried to – really- but then I missed it, bad. I had to pick it right back up. It gripped me and wouldn’t let go. I’ve a terrible attention span and not much holds my attention at all these days, let alone sucks me in like that. Clearly Conley was put here to write.
Detailed version:
Cover:
Unoriginal in concept but gorgeous and professionally-graphiced.
Editing/Proofing:
Clearly professional. Very few errors noticed.
Formatting:
Again, professional and the book is gorgeous on the inside too. Clean, easy read.
Character development/design:
All of the characters in this series are so perfectly designed, that you’d think she’s basing them on real people. The continuity from one book to the next in personality and everything else flows flawlessly. It’s really easy to get really attached really quickly to the protagonists. As the series goes on, and I feel all attached to characters I got to know in earlier books, the later books have that much more because I get glimpses at my ‘old friends’ while making new ones. This makes me hate the antagonists that much more passionately and gets me that much more invested in the whole thing. It’s all completely brilliant.
POV:
Flawless. Third person, rotating voices. Never any question of what is who, or feeling unfinished when one wraps and another takes over.
Overall:
I find everything predictable; usually within a chapter or two, I already know how the whole book’s going to play out, maybe even future books. With Conley… well, she doesn’t do it like everyone else. She manages to NOT write the same old store everyone else has already written. She mixes it up. She also has me so engaged that I’m too busy greedily absorbing the words and turning the pages to worry about predictions.
I can feel her characters’ feelings, I can feel their love for each other.
I’m always left wanting more- but not in a cliffhanger way at all. Just more of the whole Pierce Securities world because it’s such a great place to be. Reading Conley truly provides entertainment and a brief escape from reality and is probably detrimental to my mental well being somehow. I cannot recommend this series enough.
FIVE STARS because that’s all the

I normally only share reviews that are 3-stars and above here on the blog. However, this one is such a waste of time and money, that I feel the need to let the review run and serve as a warning. Some of her descriptions can be disturbing. Seriously, skip this one, or go into it imaging it as satire and laugh at it if, like me, you’re sick of the same old drivel that is repeatedly put out by some “authors”. (I’m using the term ‘authors’ loosely here, clearly.)

The Book:

The Biker’s Property (Ghosts of the Prairie Motorcycle Club Series Book 1) by Regina Fox

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PelicanFreak’s 1-star Review:

Cover: Amateur graphics, displaying little to no effort and generic.

Editing/Proofing: Don’t think this author used an editor or proofreader for this one. If they did, I hope they didn’t pay.

Character Development: Considering the author doesn’t even seem to know her characters’ names, I feel I shouldn’t spend my time analyzing them.

This book just needs soooo much help.
There actually could be something here if either – someone who knows how to be a writer became involved, or an editor were used.

Characters are semi well developed, semi-consistent in personality… but the author couldn’t be bothered to give them regular names. One of the main characters literally has name changes throughout the story – it’s horrible. If the author couldn’t even be bothered to give her character one consistent name, and/or edit the book even a little bit to be sure her own characters’ names were consistent, then I’m not sure why anyone should spend their time reading it.

That said, I became intrigued and it’s a really shallow, quick read so I did read it.
There is … sort of a plot. If that makes sense. There are biker gangs, and rivals but… much of the rivalry seems just that: an unfounded rivalry, that feeds stereotypes. This could be developed into something a bit deeper, more complex though, and make for a fun book.

The sex scenes are a joke.
I would NEVER discourage anyone from writing or from ANY of the arts. This author should certainly keep trying… but I do think she should NEVER attempt sex again. While I realize there’s something for everyone / everyone for something… I’ve not been able to find ANYone who can wrap their head around phrases like “meaty bits” and “alternate entrance”.

At times, I was confused as to whether the sex scenes were supposed to be serious? They almost read more like satire. When a clitoris is not even once, but routinely, consistently referred to as “meaty bits” and the like (imagine: other meat analogies that I’d much prefer to forget), it’s impossible to take the scene seriously.

Of course if you’re looking for something to mock, and aren’t easily traumatized, perhaps give this a look. Fair warning: I traumatized everyone I told about the author’s analogies for human anatomy, so do not come at this with a weak stomach.

The Book:

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In the fourth installment of the bestselling Station series, Piper Willow finds herself not only struggling to juggle her new responsibilities as a Mentor, but her love life as well. After the Station loses one of its own, Piper’s past returns, and she realizes that the happiness she seeks out for herself and her friends may come with a steep price. As her world changes and crashes down around her, Piper realizes that love isn’t meant to be easy in the afterlife, and that happiness can’t last forever…or can it?

 

Pelican Freak’s 5-star Review:

Cover: Professional and fitting with the rest of the series, no complaints.

Editing/Proofing: Professionally done. No distractions from the reading experience, good continuity, etc.

Formatting: Unable to comment as I was provided with an advanced reader’s copy in order to evaluate the book.

I’m a long time, huge fan of Dawson. I enjoy the Station series an all the little novellas (teasers as I call them) she also put out while we waited for this, fourth installment of the series. As always with Dawson, it did leave me wanting more which drives me nuts because historically there’s a lot of time in between her books. But – this one isn’t killing me. I want more, more out of curiosity and attachment to the characters than a burning need to know (which is what I have going on with her Find Me series – she is KILLING me).

Piper is still true to character and her situations with Sloan and Rush, respectively, went as predicted – in a satisfying way if that makes sense.

The book’s prologue is a great refresher for the series, which was much-appreciated since it’s been so long since #3.

Early into the book, we are shown Bug’s story – Piper shares it with the reader and it is profoundly heartbreaking. I rarely get any real feels from fiction – but this was so well done, and sadly, so true to life for so many people today – that it physically hurt, as I ready the heart-wrenching details. I was impressed with Dawson’s ability to draw that out of me and as sad as the scene was, I found it to be brilliantly and perfectly executed. Now I was emotionally invested (as if I wasn’t already with this whole series). Pay attention to Bug’s story, because it contains a very important message that we need to remember when back to reality.

Piper is both kind of wise beyond her years and at times, still kind of a boy-crazy teenager so that dichotomy is fun to read, as it was in the rest of the books too. For all the serious, Dawson brilliantly arranges some fun as well.

Overall the book fits well with the rest of the series; I don’t think it’s my favorite installment, I think Book 1 still is, as it’s the one that hooked me, but it’s very well done and did not disappoint even after the long wait for it.

I also enjoyed something Rush said that most people would do well to remember:
“…every failrure leads to a more fulfilling success.”
Words to live by.

Anyway- well done. No complaints, wouldn’t change anything and see no reason to rate this any less than five stars.