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Running Man by Jennifer Young

Posted December 26, 2017 by karenbaron in Fiction, New Adult Fiction, Review, Romance, Series / 0 Comments

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Running Man by Jennifer YoungRunning Man by Jennifer Young
Series: Lake Garda #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on September 21st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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At 21, Giorgia Manfredi is a wealthy Cinderella in a golden cage. Trapped in her family's business — a luxury hotel on Italy's Lake Garda — she yearns for a normal life. When jogger Danny Davies rescues her from a mugging, Giorgia finds that love comes at a price, bringing with it hostility, deceit — and conflict. Can she forgive those she loves and find happiness with the man who’s stolen her heart?

My take on this book:                       Running Man by Jennifer Young is another good book by Ms. Young. She picks this book up three years after Going Back and it was really good. I am glad to see that Gigi is able to find love for herself while still wanting to be apart of the hotel. Well kind of. This book has three different people it follows. Gigi Manfredi, her beau, and a co-worker of Gigi’s. The book centers around Giorgia trying to have a separate personal life from the hotel while trying to take care of her father who has gone downhill when Nico and Leona return from their little honeymoon to trying to have a love life with someone that people might not like, and trying to have a good life.

Giorgia Manfredi is a twenty-one-year-old co-owner of her family’s hotel and is also an heiress.  What I like about her is that she is a pretty smart girl that is at time naive. Another thing that I like about her is that she is taking care of the family hotel and trying to live her personal life her way.  She wants a love like her brother who is now married to Leona. What I don’t like about her is that she decided she needed to away and she just took off without telling anyone. After her brother Nico confronted her, she just went back to her old ways of pleasing the family instead of wanting to fight for something that she knows that she deserved.

The next character is Danny Davies who just so happens to be Gigi’s love interest in this book. What I like about him is that before he met Gigi he was just trying to stay on the path of good on his own which wasn’t really working very well on himself. Then after he met Gigi he wanted to be good not only for himself but for her as well. What I didn’t like about him is that after Nico saw them together, Danny basically chickened out instead of trying to see if it would work with Gigi despite his checkered past.

The last character that had a chapter dedicated around them is Matt. Gigi and her dad hired Matt to replace Nico since he didn’t want anything else to do with the hotel which Gigi’s dad didn’t like. What I liked about Matt was that he was trying his hardest to keep a boat that he really did like along with a girl that he seemed to love.  What I didn’t like about Matt was that he changed his goals and wanted to prove to his dad that he was better at everything. He also was starting to go after Gigi despite having a girlfriend. Then he realized that he could have everything that his dad wanted just by marrying Gigi. He is a good character in the way that you didn’t really know what he wanted to do or that he did something until he started to unravel.

Running Man by Jennifer Young is a good read and one that I completely enjoyed. For that reason, I am giving this book five stars since it kept me engaged and wanting to know more once I closed my Kindle for the night or even to get going on my chores. It’s those types of books that I love to read.

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About Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young is an Edinurgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. Thanks You For The Music, which is set on the Balearic island of Majorca, is her first published novel.


Going Back by Jennifer Young

Posted October 23, 2016 by karenbaron in Fiction, New Adult Fiction, Review, Romance, Series / 0 Comments

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Going Back by Jennifer YoungGoing Back by Jennifer Young
Series: Lake Garda #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on April 20th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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Feisty, redheaded, and fabulously rich student, Leona Castellano, is set upon returning to her Italian roots to put an old feud to bed. Her grandfather is dead, but his former enemy, Faustino Manfredi, seems determined the hostility should not die with him and turns his fury upon Leona.
When she becomes close to Faustino’s grandson, Nico, their romance strengthens Faustino’s vendetta and attracts the opposition of Leona’s parents, bringing Leona and Nico face to face with a terrible secret.

My take on this book:              Going Back by Jennifer Young is such a great book. I know it’s the second book in a series and even without reading the first book you get with what happened from the last book immediately.

This book was very interesting especially after you get to know the characters better. There was a lot of surprises here and there throughout, some that I either enjoyed or hated. The characters all seemed like they were real people for me and I was along for the ride on their emotions, fears, and other things that came up within the novel.

Just like any other review, there are somethings of the book that I didn’t enjoy. I had to reread a little bit of the first few chapters to be able to get an understanding of which point of view we were in for a chapter. We went from Leona’s, Nico’s, and lastly that of Alexandra for the three different point of views. Other than that I only hated one guy, Faustino. He was a cranky old dude, that was living in the past but I also kind of got with where he was coming from. I felt sorry for him at the end.

I love this book and I am giving it five stars despite my rocky start with the chapter changes along with the time it took me to finish reading this book. I will recommend this book to anyone that likes revised version of Romeo and Juliet, along with wonderful characters, and romances kindling between a lot of different people. If you like that then this book is for you. This is also my first New Adult book and I am glad that I was asked to read this book.

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Jennifer Young is an Edinurgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. Thanks You For The Music, which is set on the Balearic island of Majorca, is her first published novel.


Catastrophe

Posted July 12, 2016 by karenbaron in Angels, Demons, Dragon Shifters, Elves, Fairies, Fantasy, Jinn, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal People, Review, Sekhmet, Series, Supernatural, Vampires, Witches / 0 Comments

CatastropheCatastrophe by Liz Schulte
Series: Sekhmet #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on December 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
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I have learned a few things in my life. If you can’t wear clean underwear, don’t wear any at all. Never trust a vampire. Secret ruling councils should generally be avoided. Finally, and this is the most important, very few people are ever what they seem.However, it wasn’t always easy to live by these rules. Like, when said secret ruling council demanded my appearance and then did the worst thing they could possible do and inflamed my curiosity. Asking me to go to New Orleans to investigate a series of werewolf attacks, I couldn’t possibly say no to that.The first problem was werewolves had been eliminated from the Abyss so it was impossible that they were killing anyone. The second fiasco was that more vampires were in this city than ever before, including the one who was intent on ruining my life. And the third complication was I couldn’t tell anyone else about my mission or I would forfeit my freedom to the council.Some missions are easy. Others are a Catastrophe.

My Thoughts:         Curiosity may not kill the cat but…

First I must say that even though this is the first part of the Sekhmet Series, it is a spin off from the world of Liz Schulte. I like that Ms. Schulte doesn’t rehash the previous books and disrupt the story of this one. I have read her other books and thoroughly enjoy the world that she has created.

Femi is a wonderful character, she has depth, backbone, insecurities and attitude issues. She likes to know the “why” of each bounty not just how it is done. Femi does have a serious commitment issues. I am not sure if it is just a Sekhmet thing or just that she is afraid to lose someone she cares deeply for or she just hasn’t found that special person. Everyone has their own inner demons and reasons for being who they are. Femi is a warrior with tons of emotion and she cares way more than a Sekhmet should. Sekhmet are neutral in nature, but Femi has a hard time not helping the underdog/little guy.

Femi is extremely curious about the Abyss council. When they assign her a bounty in New Orleans, (ok they actually gloated her into taking the job). You know the ole’ greater good angle, either way Femi won’t back down and she can’t have unanswered questions if at all possible. Whenever the greater good plays in there is always a catastrophe on the horizon.

As for the Liz Schulte’s world of the Abyss, I love it. You have the humans who don’t see the other creatures walking among them, and you have the Abyss creatures. The Abyss creatures are wonderful and as with humans some are good, some are bad, and some are a little of both.

I think I truly like the mysteries that Ms. Schulte uses in each story, she keeps me guessing and manages to toss in that little bit to make me question if the one I picked is the bad guy (or should I say main bad guy). You really never know how many angles are being played until the story plays out. However, I like the way she wraps it up, with a kind of happy ending.

She also has that little bit of romance that keeps you coming back. As for Femi and Sy, I like the flirting and the way they protect each other, but I hope that there is a person that is truly for Femi. Someone who will compliment her and become the partner that she truly needs. If Sy is this person than that is great if not, I can’t wait to see who or what Ms. Schulte can imagine.

So, if you haven’t already read Liz Schulte’s Easy Bake Coven series, The Guardian Trilogy, or The Jinn Trilogy, you might want to look into these. She also has a few short stories that go with her world of the Abyss. My rating is 5 stars.

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