#BRMondays – Snatched by Cathleen Ross

Published September 17th, 2018
Print Length: 188 pages
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance

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My Review

My first book by Cathleen Ross and I would want to read more of her work just to make sure my first impression is not the only thing I have for the future. Don’t get me wrong, the book was well done and I enjoy reading it but… I think this author has potential at some level.

The characters were interesting, mostly because I loved the premise of the story: my sister for your sister. It sounds kind of simple but it wasn’t I liked that.

My problem with the characters is that I felt the biker act a little crazy at times. It fits with his mean guy kind of look but it did not click with me. At least he admitted he was an a$$hole.

The female protagonist was strong but weak. Nobody is perfect but I liked her the most between them because he was just so close to being too much at times that I just couldn’t side with him.

I have my doubts when it came to the first encounter between them but I don’t feel, deep down, that it wasn’t consensual. It could be seen like that so, I wouldn’t be surprised is someone was offended by that encounter.

My favorite parts where when the President of the MC and his wife were in the scene. OMG, that was just so funny and cute to watch, at least for me.

Writing wise I think the author did a great job. I did not find any grammar errors or anything like that, and the vocabulary was simple enough that it was easy to follow. The flow of the story was good and it wasn’t cut, for me, at any point during the book.

The twist of the sister left me with interest in the next book. I’m very interested in seeing how this works out.

I would recommend this book to those that love biker romances, just a reminder that this is fiction and that some roughing around might ensue.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

There are many ways an aspiring writer can make it into print and I believe every writing credit helps build a career. Be game. Be creative. Be brave.

The first year I joined Romance Writers, a new publisher came to the conference and asked writers for erotic stories for their anthologies. Fired with enthusiasm, although I had never written a sex scene, I sent in my first erotic story Sweet Vengeance. The editor bought it and asked for more, so I sent Astral Ecstasy and the editor bought that too. I don’t know why I had to be good at writing about sex but it’s not something I’m going to complain about, not with so many publishers looking for hot stories.

This unusual success propelled me to write an erotic partial for Black Lace, Virgin Publishing, London, which was then the largest publisher of women’s erotic fiction in the world. They took on three new authors that year and I was one of them. The editor contracted me on a partial and I quickly had to write an eighty thousand word novel full of sex and make it interesting. My book Man Hunt became the best selling erotic book on the Virgin Publishing website in 2006. It is currently selling in England, Australia and America. The more I tell people that they might be offended by the explicit and unusual sex scenes, the faster they go out and buy the book.

I love reading women’s magazines and always fantasized about writing for them. I started by sending in pitches to the magazines I loved but none of them sold, but I didn’t give up. That’s the main lesson a writer has to learn. Never give up.

I’ve found if a writer scratches the surface, people are always doing amazing things that make good stories. I often hear about funny confessional style sex stories from my friends, so I wrote some up and sold them to various magazines. Mind you, I did change details to protect the guilty!

I found that once a writer gets something accepted by an editor it is easier to sell more work.

This success led to editors ringing me and asking would I write stories for products. For example, I was asked to write a story about a new cream that gives women continuous orgasms. Naturally, I rang the manufacturer and asked for a sample. It is important when writing to do ones research. I couldn’t write about a product like that without trying it. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I also think it is easier to get published if you are prepared to try to write for the new publishing lines where the editors are actively seeking authors. It helps to go to conferences, meet editors and introduce yourself.

One publishing credit often leads to another, but it is important to get used to rejections to. Learn to get over it and to keep trying. Not everything sells, but for me, there is nothing more exciting than when you get that call from an editor.

Mind you, I haven’t got my hands on that new cream yet.

Cathleen Ross

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#BRMondays – Almost Glass by Leah Holt

Published September 3rd, 2018
Print Length: 357 pages
Genre: New Adult, Inspirational, Romance

four-star

Amazon

My Review

This book came into my Kindle with a warning and I’ll say it was justified. The warning looks a lot like the author’s note at the bottom of the blurb: Walk through the darkness and you will see the light. The story is raw, realistic, dark and I think for some people, it should come with a trigger warning.

I did not have a problem with the topics addressed in this book but I know of people that could have them. I’ll warn you beforehand. This story has drug abuse, female physical abuse, suicide attempt and deep emotional issues involving the loss of a son.

Lorelei has been through the wringer in life. She’s been dealt with a cold, hard hand and she couldn’t have reacted differently, at least I think she couldn’t, not with all the emotional pain she was carrying and concealing from the world. I felt her pain. This character was raw, felt realistic and touched my heart strings pretty much from the get-go until the end.

Fallon is a man of medicine but he’s also a man that has seen a lot in his line of work to know that some people are worth fighting for. He sees Lorelei for something that she was, in the beginning, but slowly he helps her build herself back up to become the amazing woman he knows she could be. His love and absolute conviction, just as his willingness to stay at her side no matter how many times she falls down the rabbit hole… that man is precious.

The character development in this book was absolutely incredible. I do have to say that at some point Lorelei seemed to act mean for the sake of being mean to me, or even annoying when she yelled at Fallon, but when you put that into context, and you put yourself in her shoes… it fits almost perfectly.

Writing wise I have no complaints what so ever. I did not find any mistakes on my copy of the book or maybe I was just so engrossed that I didn’t even notice them, which is a testament of the story quality and author’s ability if that was the case.

I would recommend this book if you want a taste of the harsh realities of someone’s life while they look for a reason to keep living. I would also recommend you read this book with a box of tissues close by.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout.

About the Author

Growing up in a small town, Leah Holt’s imagination was able to run wild. She loves to write romance with intense alpha guys, the ones we all desire but dare not admit to.

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