Book Review: I, James by Mike Hartner

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Mike Hartner

Publication Date: September 20, 2014

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

James Crofter’s life takes a drastic change in I, James by Mike Hartner. James is a Prince that lives a wonderful life with loving parents, until a family disagreement changes everything. After an argument James is taken from his home and placed in unchartered territory. He grows up in slavery and made to deal with a hard life. James should not be underestimated because as soon as he can James makes his escape.

James than helps others and also takes time to find love with Rosalind. This story was an adventure that readers will take through James life. Having not read any of the author’s previous work, I found myself intrigued by this historical fiction and James’ strength to overcome. This was an entertaining book to read.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Hitting Fear Head On by Biff and Laurie Boggs

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Hitting Fear Head On

Biff and Laurie Boggs

Publication Date: March 24, 2014

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

A child should bury their parents not the other way around. In Hitting Fear Head On by Biff and Laurie Boggs, Laurie and her son Preston were in a severe car crash. Preston did not make it but Laurie survived. Laurie shares with readers how this ordeal changed her life. Laurie also shares how her son Preston helped her recover, forgive and overcome the grief of him being gone.

Hitting Fear Head On was about loss and the stages a person goes through while grieving. Each person handles grief different and Laurie Boggs shares hers with readers. This was a sad book that will tug at reader’s hearts. It had a supernatural feel to it that could be uncomfortable at times but overall it’s worth reading. I applaud Biff and Laurie Boggs for sharing their story and all the hurt they have dealt throughout their lives.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Terra Cotta Beauty by Jola Naibi

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Terra Cotta Beauty

Jola Naibi

Publication Dates: June 12, 2014

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

 

In Terra Cotta Beauty by Jola Naibi readers meet an array of characters throughout short stories. The collection of stories mingles so the readers won’t forget the characters. The author does a wonderful job expressing the Nigeria culture with a military background. These characters lives are affected heavily by the ruling of the military in Largos, Nigeria.

These seven stories were enjoyable and easy to read. I really liked that each story carried into the next one which caused the book to have a consistent flow. I recommend Terra Cotta Beauty to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Mixing Business and Pleasure by M. Skye

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Mixing Business and Pleasure

M. Skye

Publication Date: September 4, 2014

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Two best friends, one record label and a woman cause trouble in Mixing Business and Pleasure by M. Skye. Jackson Whitmore received a promotion as CEO of Envision record label and is ready to step up his game. Jackson is excited that he has his best friend, Eric to help run the show. These two work well together until the new employee starts.

Milan Wells walks into Envision records and immediately wants to put her womanly touch on everything. Both Eric and Jackson feel drawn to Milan but she knows it’s not good to mix business with pleasure. Milan has an instant attraction to Jackson which soon causes trouble between the two best friends. When Eric challenges Milan to a little competition to feed his ego, Jackson tries to step in to mediate.

Jackson and Milan soon become close and fall in love, which doesn’t set well with Eric. Eric soon plots revenge but will he take it too far.
Mixing Business and Pleasure is about friendship. Jackson and Eric’s friendship is tested because of a woman. The limits a person will take for revenge is crazy. This book was entertaining even though the plot was predictable. I did like the twist close to the end.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley