A Kiss At Town Square, by Rachel Eliker

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Title: A Kiss At Town Square

Author: Rachel Eliker

Publisher: Pangur Ban Books

Release Date: July 7, 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format: Kindle

Rating: 4 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

On one of the worst days of Autumn Whittaker’s life, she meets Deputy Dean Thompson when he pulls her over—twice—for traffic violations. Though he smells heavenly and has a killer smile, she’d be more than happy to never see him again. She soon discovers that won’t be possible: he’s her Friday night blind date.

As much as she wants to keep her distance, Autumn feels her resolve crumbling when she repeatedly bumps into Dean, discovering there’s more to him than just the upstanding law officer that she first met. He’s everything that Autumn’s controlling, manipulative former fiancé, Jason, was not, and soon, she realizes that Dean might be the key to getting over her ex and finding true love.
With everything going so perfectly, Autumn’s heart is shattered when Dean and Autumn run into Jason, and he reminds her that she’s average, ordinary, and boring. Can Dean show her that she has what it takes to make her own happily ever after?

First impression.

Truly? I was put off by Autumn. She was a little too bitter for me, but the writing was good, and I wanted to find out what happened.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Dean is almost painfully perfect. He never flinched at her behavior and stepped in exactly as you would expect a cop to when things got difficult for Autumn.

Because this was a short story, there wasn’t much time for the chemistry to brew between them, but the attraction was certainly there.

After taste.

Sort of like a flavored latte, this story was a bit too sweet for my personal taste, but it is well written with interesting characters.

Overall impression.

If you are looking for a quick weekend read, this is a great choice.

About the Author

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Rachael Eliker was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying Animal Science with an option in Biology. She currently lives on an acreage in Indiana, with her husband and children where she enjoys challenging home improvement projects, keeping up with a handful of livestock, running on lonely stretches of country road, and writing. Read more about her upcoming work at https://rachaeleliker.com.

Purchase links

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The Conduit, by Stacey Rourke

 

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Title: The Conduit

Author: Stacey Rourke

Publisher: Anchor Group

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Ebook, Paperback, Audio

Rating: 4 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

Review

This one took me a few stops and starts to get into, mostly because of the other types of books I had been reading before picking this one up. Genre hopping is all fun and games until you jump a little farther than you intended.

First impression:

This is a fun light hearted read for a young YA audience. I am not in this target audience, but I enjoyed the story.

Celeste and her siblings are adjusting to moving in with their quirky grandmother, when a random encounter with a wooden figurine changes everything. The banter and style of writing reminded me a lot of Quinn Loftis Gray Wolves series.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

As I mentioned, it took me a minute to get into the book, but once I did, I wanted to know what the siblings would ultimately be capable of. I wanted more of Celeste’s ‘emotional control’ abilities to be more in play, but maybe that comes out in later books.

Gabe and his playfulness made me smile more than once, and the teasing between the siblings was fun.

After taste.

It’s not really my style, but that doesn’t take away from the book.

Overall impression.

I would definitely recommend this book to younger YA readers and those who are looking for a light read with a bit of the supernatural.

About the Author

Stacey Rourke

Stacey Rourke is the award winning author of works that span genres, but possess the same flare for action and snarky humor. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

  • RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012
  • Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
  • Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
  • Readers’ Favorite Fantasy Silver Medal Winner for 2015
  • Readers’ Favorite YA Fantasy Bronze Medal Winner 2017

 

Purchase links

Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble