From the Woods by Charlotte Greene

From the Woods by Charlotte Greene begins with a group of friends taking their annual girls trip to a remote wooded forest that spans through Colorado and Wyoming for an epic hike. Their past vacations have always taken a turn for the worse and they are hoping this year will be an improvement. Enter foreshadowing!

Fiona our main character wants to bail on the trip, but she knows she can’t because her “bestie”, Jill is pretty much a bully and will force her hand to come along on the trip. You see for years, Fiona has had a crush on their mutual friend, Carol, but know Carol has married Sarah and will be bringing her wife along on the journey. So, all of this sounds like a really good time, yeah. Nope not a good time to be had, I promise.

So, our group of four heads to the woods and meet with expect hiking guide, Roz and her crew. Roz and her team will be taking this band of friends into the forest for their adventure. Pretty much from night one, all hell breaks loose.

At times this book is downright creepy, definitely spooky and at times erratic. While the premise was intriguing, the plot had holes in it that were never resolved, and the character development left a lot to be desired. Other than surface emotions and personality traits, I never felt like I knew these characters. I for the life of me could not figure out why Fiona, Jill, Carol, and Sarah were friends, especially friends that take yearly vacations together. Roz is cool but you never get to know her and her attraction to Fiona felt forced.

This mystery could have been so much better than it turned out to be. You are just left with so many questions? I get that this may be the start of the series but After I finished the book I had no idea where this one left me. If you want some creepiness and don’t mind the romance being thin this is the book for you.

2.75 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books


Love on the Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau

Love on the Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau is a very nice book for the author’s first novel. It was engaging and entertained me as a standard romance novel kind of way. The best thing about this book, it is full of likable, fun characters.

Malley O’Connor plays it safe. She has dreams of opening her own bakery in West Hollywood, but that would mean taking a risk. To Malley life is about making safe practical choices, not following your heart’s pipe dreams. Lizzie her best friend and co-worker is smart, beautiful and fun to be around. So Malley pines away for her, impatiently waiting for Lizzie to dump her on again off-again girlfriend. So when this finally happens, Malley and Lizzie head off for a three week adventure (lesbians only) at a New Age resort in Sedona. Oh no, don’t count your chickens just yet! Malley’s next door neighbor, the super sexy Jessie Barnett is also headed that way.

Jessie Barnett is smoking hot, compassionate poet/police office and she loves to give Malley hell. These two go at it like cats and dogs. Constantly digging at one another, both knowing deep down they love to spar. They just happen to be thrown together as unsuspecting roommates at the women’s retreat. Their interactions were fun, sexy and heck of a good read. The angsty tension was done well, in my opinion (I will say I am an angst lover, this may turn others off). This love triangle becomes alive in Sedona, and Malley must follow her heart once and for all, and start making some serious decisions about what she wants for her life.

Is this book going to change the world, no. Is it revolutionary, no. It is what it is, a good romance novel. The main characters are interesting and well developed. The secondary characters and the surroundings give depth to the story, and add interesting tidbits along the way. I will say, I enjoyed my time reading this book, it gave me escape for the tediousness of work and was lighthearted and fun.

3.75 stars out of 5

Love on the Red Rocks
by Lisa Moreau