Friday, September 9, 2011

September 9, 2011 - Book Reviews

The Abby by Chris Culver
4 out of 5 stars
Mystery, Crime

Product Description:

“Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. In another year, he'll be out of the department completely. That's the plan, at least, until his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece's murderer, but the longer he searches, the more entangled he becomes in a case that hits increasingly close to home. If he doesn't solve it fast, his niece won't be the only family member he has to bury.”

I downloaded this book from Amazon because it was $0.99.  I admit that might not be the best reason to read a book, but considering I’ve never read anything by Chris Culver in the past; it was as good a reason as any.  In the long run I think it will work out.  I really enjoyed the book.  Ash, is a former detective studying to become a lawyer.  He’s a bit of an alcoholic, although I believe he refers to it as a hobby that involves alcohol.  The story opens with Ash doing a death notification.  We quickly find out that this isn’t any ordinary notification; the girl who has died is his niece. 

From this point forward, the reader follows Ash through his investigation into his niece’s death and the plot twists that occur.  Ash is definitely a flawed character, but you find yourself rooting for him as he gets dragged further into the grey lines of what is right and wrong.

An excellent read.

Comments/Reviews of Lynn Galli’s Book:

Wasted Heart              4 out of 5 stars
Imaging Reality          4 out of 5 stars
Blessed Twice             4 out of 5 stars

I could write an individual review for each of these books but the fact is I would be repeating myself.  Below you will find the product description and here I’ll tell you that I could not put these books down.  Out of all of the characters my favorites where Jesse and M.  No they are not a couple, but they are very interesting.  I also really like that these “romance” stories have a plot, it’s not about falling into bed with someone, it’s about the development of the relationship itself.  In addition, there is an Epilogue at the end of each story that gives you and idea where the characters are down the road.  My only complaint is that I really want to find out more about all of the characters and where they are 10 years from now.  Wishful thinking, but in the meantime I’ll read any other book that Lynn Galli comes out with.

Wasted Heart by Lynn Galli

 Product Description:

“Austy Nunziata has spent two years pining for her married best friend and about the same amount of time berating herself for it. In fact, she’s so adept at trying to stamp out her feelings that she could probably write a How-To guide on the subject. One, move 3,000 miles away from your best friend. Two, get a time-consuming job so you don’t have time to think about your best friend. Three, hang out with new friends who aren’t anywhere as enchanting as your best friend. Four, get involved with a striking woman who is smart, sexy, caring and, most importantly, available, unlike your best friend. Five, hope the new love interest doesn’t find out about your pathetic best friend obsession before you have time to replace it with actual life-altering love.

Even following her own step-by-step process, Austy may not be able to redirect all of her misguided feelings. Becoming involved with Elise Bridie helps her realize how pointless her pining has been. But when Elise suspects that she harbors feelings for someone else, will their new found love survive the unrequited infatuation of Austy’s fantasies?”

Imagining Reality by Lynn Galli
Product Description:
“Considered Charlottesville’s most eligible lesbian, Jessie Ximena has recently grown tired of that status and has stopped dating entirely. She’d rather focus on the important things in life like her job, her family, and her friends. There will always be plenty of time for relationships when she feels like jumping back into the fray. If she finds someone to hold her interest, that is.

Lauren Aleric has been searching for Ms. Right since she began dating, but no one has yet filled the role. Her friends think that she’s too much of a romantic mush to settle. She wishes she could be more like her good friend Jessie, who seems perfectly happy dating casually. But mostly, she wishes she could be like her best friend, Austy, who’s just found her forever love.

Imagining Reality is the story of these two friends and how they discover that what they’re both looking for isn’t as far apart as they might think.”

Blessed Twice by Lynn Galli
Product Description

“The problem with starting over in another state after losing your partner is that your new friends don’t understand why you can’t just get over it. They never saw how you were together, how much you loved her, how she was your life. They only see a number: three, as in, the number of years since she died. That’s all the evidence they need to begin pressuring you to get back out there again. It doesn’t matter that you’ve told them to back off. No, they feel it is their duty to butt into your life and ambush you with blind dates.

This wasn’t a predicament Briony Gatewood anticipated when she relocated for tenure at a prestigious university. Yet after a year with her new friends, they’ve ceased being merely concerned and moved on to obnoxious. As if being fixed up wasn’t bad enough, the dean at her college just volunteered her to teach a potentially career damaging class. Along for the experimental course is the socially challenged M Desiderius, a fellow professor who won’t ever win a faculty popularity contest. But as they start working together, Briony begins to understand M’s aloofness and is intrigued by the shy, brilliant, passionate woman. Enough so that she’s starting to believe her friends when they say it’s time to move on. And M, as complicated as her past has been and reticent as she seems now, may be the perfect person to help Briony finally heal and love again.”

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1 comment:

  1. I have another recommendation for you - The Art of Racing in the Rain. A dog is the narrator. I didn't think I was going to like it but I loved it! Are you enjoying Hunger Games?

    Have fun on your trip!