You Make Me Tremble by Karis Walsh

Overall I really enjoy Karis Walsh’s work. She writes interesting novels that have well-developed characters who aren’t perfect, but they super likable and always very intelligent women. Most of her novels follow her particular formula. She creates smart stories, with well thought out plots and characters that you could imagine yourself being friends with. While not overly remarkable her stores are good nonetheless.

The two mains in this book immediately clash with each other, okay that’s not totally true, they do check out each other and make about five minutes of small talk and then said clash! Casey Radnor is headed to the San Juan Islands to study the aftereffects of a recent earthquake. Excited to be in the field, she chats up local Iris Mallery. Iris does not care for the seismologist’s glee of studying this life-altering event. She points out the real people are affected that have had damage to their homes, businesses, and way of life.

Life has a funny way of bringing people back together. Casey, out studying fault lines stumbles on a gorgeous golden retriever in need of rescuing. Who runs the animal shelter in town? Why of course it’s that cutie Iris! A friendship is born and they make a few missteps along the way all the while attraction is just simmering away.

Another quality read from Karis Walsh. She is definitely a go-to for a heartwarming read.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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Crossing Lines (Cops and Docs #2) by K.D. Williamson

When you read a great book, an instant favorite kind of book, it’s a little daunting to read said favorite’s sequel. What if it sucks? What do you do? You can’t clear bad things from your mind. Brain bleach hasn’t been invented yet. Do you read it? Or just ignore it and wait for your friends to tell you it’s okay. Decisions, decisions!

I loved Blurred Lines by KD Williamson, I mean gushing adoration type of love. It struck a chord with me, and I found myself thinking about the main characters days after finishing it. Love, love, loved it! So, when I received a copy of Crossing Lines, a sliver of fear shot through me (overdramatic yes, but I have your attention). So, what did I do, I reread Blurred Lines. I wanted to read these two back to back to get my mind right. I wanted to remember Kelli and Nora as they were, before I jumped into the Crossing Lines.

Well Tiff how was it, how is Crossing Lines? OMG the damned book is so good! SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! I don’t know why I ever doubted the masterful KD Williamson, she brought it just like last time. This woman can write a book! I was right back to being immersed in the idiosyncrasies of Nora and Kelli’s relationship. Oh dear Lord it was so good! Williamson wrapped me up in their story and had my full attention. Their relationship pulled at my heart strings, when they had a falling out, my heart literally hurt for them. Can you ask for any more in a romance? When a writer can make you, the reader, feel what the character feels you know you have a winner. Crossing Lines joins its fab predecessor on my list of favorites. I ecstatically give it five-plus stars. ♥

I was given this book by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

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Blurred Lines by K.D. Williamson

Reading romance novels is one of my two hobbies. If and when I do have down time, I choose to do the two things that make me deliriously happy. I read or I run. Running tends to take precedence since I continuously talk myself into running marathons, some might say this is masochistic, but hey we all have our flaws. Why I am I telling you this? Let me ramble for a moment and I’ll get to my point.

Yesterday, the weather was 65 degrees and sunny in FEBRUARY. This is the absolute perfect running temperature for a winter hating individual like me. Did I go run my eight miles as scheduled? Nooooooo! I skipped it. I skipped my run on a beautiful spring-like winter day. Why you ask? Because of this darn book,Blurred Lines by K.D. Williamson, it was so amazing, so fabulous, it literally consumed me. You couldn’t have pried it out of my hands, even for calorie free pizza. Nope no way, I fell in love with this book. This book is great! This book is everything I yearn for every time I pick up a romance novel, every damn time!

Of our two leading ladies, one is a Seattle detective named Kelli McCabe. Blurred Lines begins with Kelli being rushed to Seattle Memorial Hospital with two gunshot wounds. This detective is a hardworking, family loving kind of lady. She’s rough around the edges, can drop F-bombs like no other, but her heart is what makes her so awesome. If you are one of her people, Kelli McCabe will love you fiercely. The detective takes care of everyone, she is her family’s go to person when they need help, and she does so amiably. While she is crass and sarcastic at times, she is also good natured and a virtual beacon of strength in a storm.

Doctor Nora Whitmore has enough idiosyncrasies to fill large boat. The doctor has spent her life alone. Her parents have passed, she has no friends, no family and she is shunned by her colleagues because of her prickly nature. She does not let anyone in. You could almost say that Dr. Whitmore is a robot. She does everything precisely. She gets up at the same time, eats the same breakfast day in day out in her monochromatic showpiece of a home. She lives for her routine. To Nora even having sex is like a business transaction. This all changes when the cocky detective ends up in the ICU. Kelli makes it her daily entertainment while in recovery to ruffle Nora’s feathers and get under her skin any chance she gets. And boy does she ever rattle her!

This book is all about the slow burn. K.D. Williamson builds this book like a bonfire, and when she finally struck the match, BOOM! Was it worth it, oh yeah! Blurred Lines has depth, character development, dialogue, plot and conflict. The writing was smooth, and the romance was smoking hot. I can honestly say this book flew right on to my favorite’s shelf. K.D. Williamson can write with the best of them. So I’ll run today in colder weather, but it was worth it, totally.

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
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Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs Book 1)
by KD Williamson
Link: http://amzn.com/B01BE1L7YG

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The Bureau of Holiday Affairs by Andi Marquette

Turkey day has come and gone. We trotted, we over indulged, the Cowboys lost again, we are all in need of stretchy pants and someone to come an untangle last year’s Christmas lights. Why are they always so tangled? Well forget the lights, and the shopping, you need to read this book. Andi Marquette’s, The Bureau of Holiday Affairs is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Robin Preston is a first rate ass, and this is putting it nicely. She a a clog in the corporate machine, where the bottom line is the most important thing. She gives no thoughts to others needs or feelings. She will do whatever it takes to rise in the ranks of Frost Enterprises. That is until she runs into the crew of the Bureau of Holiday Affairs.

This book a lose adaptation of the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Robin is by all accounts a female version of Ebenezer Scrooge. Yes, she is visited by three spirits that show her the errors of her wicked ways and how she needs to right her ship to live a fruitful and fulfilling life.

This book is heartwarming, and Robin Preston is a great character who evolves over the course of the book from a total dick to a lovable, honest woman. The secondary characters, including Jill Chen are great as well. Andi Marquette is a fantastic writer, who always gives you a first rate book. This is no exception. Even though you know the story, this book will not let you down.

4 out of 5 stars

The Bureau of Holiday Affairs (Twice Told Tales. Lesbian Retellings Book 3)
by Andi Marquette
Link: http://amzn.com/B0181FV6BM

Love Over Moon Street by Saxon Bennett

Who wouldn’t want to be a Moonie? This sounds like the best pace on Earth to live. If you’re asking, “what in the hell is she talking about”, you have not read the novel “Love Over Moon Street” by Saxon Bennett. What a fun fantastic read, you will not be disappointed.

The book is a look at six characters, and the obstacles they are facing while living in a small, eclectic apartment complex on Moon Street in Seattle. Each of the six are going through a major life event, some traumatic, all definitely life altering. The book is outrageously fun while tackling personal events, like loss of a parent, adoption and domestic abuse.

I absolutely recommend this book if you need to escape and put a smile on your face!

4 out of 5 stars

Love Over Moon Street
by Saxon Bennett et al.
Link: http://amzn.com/B0165QXJUU

Wingspan by Karis Walsh

I really enjoy Karis Walsh’s work. She writes wonderful novels that have interesting characters who aren’t perfect, but they are likable. This book pulls you into the story right from the beginning. The setting is the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and you can’t help but want to go there as you read Wingspan.

The book follows, Ken, an architect who is wonderfully talented but suppresses all of her uniqueness to fit in and not be noticed. Our other main character is the quirky, wild bird rescuer Bailey.  The two mains meet up by chance when Ken rescues an Osprey with a broken wing and takes it to Bailey’s center to be fixed. Both women find each other very attractive right from their initial meeting, but both come with a lot of baggage so they deny the attraction.

The beginning or the book is very engaging, I was hooked. I adored Bailey, and all of her goofiness. Ken, was not my favorite. It took almost the entire book to find out where her hangups were coming from. The middle of the book got bogged down in my opinion, not enough romance and to many details about buildings and birds. The ending came to fast, and I felt disappointed. I felt like we needed another 1,000 words to really make this a great book.

3.75 out of 5 stars

Wingspan
by Karis Walsh
Link: http://amzn.com/B00IIAG64I