Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Trouble With Goodbye


The Trouble With Goodbye 
 4 of 5 stars false 
One night can change everything…
Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.
Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.
With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.
That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.
Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late. 


****This book was part of a blog tour I received an ARC copy and based my review on content only.****
This book starts out with Leigh Anne coming home after being away for two years, on the way home she runs her car into a tree and Knox drives up and saves her.  For the first time in a long time Leigh Anne doesn't cringe away from a man and while this initially intrigues her she puts it out of her mind. Leigh Anne came home to try and get past her bad memories and feel safe again, she didn't count on Knox Warner and the feeling he would invoke. This was a really good book, from the minute I started reading it Leigh Anne’s emotional struggles sucked me in and had me wanting the girl to have a happing ending. The emotional turmoil that Leigh Anne struggles with on a daily basis because of what she went through and the way she was treated afterwards is disheartening. While this book is short there you can see Leigh Anne getting stronger and really learning how to deal with what happened. Knox the love interest has secrets and a past of his own, but he gave the heroine what she needed. He wasn't the bad boy; he was really a nice guy who was labeled unfairly. The Trouble With Goodbye is a great fast read that deals with emotional issues without leaving you with a terrible book hangover. 


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Deadly Eyes

Deadly Eyes 
 3 of 5 stars false 
#1 on Recommended Thriller/Suspense list at Goodreads
(Something quite unique: To provide for individual reading preference, this book has TWO alternative endings, one of which is much darker than the other.)
AN AWARD-WINNING SUSPENSEFUL CARIBBEAN MYSTERY - romantic suspense on an exotic island.
James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, Rosie, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff's eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie's cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.
But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.
The twists and turns are many, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions. Cuff and Rosie are relentlessly pursued by a diabolical force that shows them no mercy. Do these two good people stand a chance against such sheer evil? 


****I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.****
" The Caribbean sun was hot, but the gentle trade winds and cold Heineken made
everything just perfect. The little island of St. Croix truly was paradise in the flesh.
“I’ve got a proposition for you.”
Cuff looked up at the man’s paunch. “You’re talking to the wrong guy.”
“It’s not what you’re thinking.”
Cuff let his silence do his talking for him.
“One hundred bucks in it for you, for six hours of your time.” "
It all started with a seemingly strange but innocent conversation. Cuff has escaped to the island of St. Croix to get away from the false accusation that ruined his life and career and finds himself in a situation he never imagined.
Hang on for a ride! This book wasn't without it's flaws but all in all was an enjoyable book. There were a lot of repeated phrases and facts which was the main cause for the 3 star rating, but the story kept me hooked and reading till the end. A promising mystery writer! 

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