Book Review

Book Review : Blind Faith by Michael Schneider.

Blind Faith is a romantic suspense novel set in modern day east Texas. Small town life has taken an unexpected turn for the sheltered Karsyn McKenna. Caught in a web of deception and lies that has led to murder, she must choose between Chase Carter, a local rancher who is secretly in love with her and Gabriel Thompson, the mysterious new stranger in town.

Will blind faith be Karsyn McKenna’s salvation or her destruction?

When Karsyn gets together with Gabe, her father’s new employee Chase, her long time friend, is very unhappy. When Karsyn discovers Gabe in bed with another woman Chase is there waiting and ready to pick up the pieces. He whisks her away and upon discovering that she is pregnant with Gabe’s baby marries her and agrees to bring up the child as his own. This is a book filled with intrigue, and over time the gloss of Chase’s knight in shining armour act begins to fade and the plot twists and turns.

I found Karsyn to be a likeable character though she was incredibly naive and over trusting. At times I did find myself wondering whether anyone could be quite that naive. I found Chase to be sinister from the start, I think my default setting is cynical so from the offset I was questioning his every move.

The first part of the book didn’t really grab me, it was a slow start and I could easily have put it down and not returned to it. As the book progressed however I became more and more engaged with it, the plot picked up and what had started as a fairly basic story became wonderfully tense and twisty. I’m very glad I didn’t give up on it, I’d have missed out on a good read.

Blind Faith is published in paperback by The Writer’s Coffee Shop in the UK priced $13.99 (ebook available at $7.99). Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.

Book Review

Book Review : Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie.

Elle is an energetic, independent woman with a successful business and new start in the big city. The bustling streets of New York are not what she expected, yet she finds the freedom exhilarating. One interaction at the mailboxes with her shy, strikingly handsome neighbor is all it takes to turn the strong- willed young woman into a bumbling mess.

Jonah Quinn is withdrawn for good reason; he harbors a dark secret. He lives his life in the shadows, playing his music in late night bars and hiding himself from everyone but Elle’s cat. His tattoos bear his pain while his music is his outlet, but it is his silence that keeps his shame at bay.

Can one night of passion between the two of them lead to more than casual glances exchanged at their mailboxes? Will Elle be strong enough to help Jonah with his personal demons. And will Jonah break his silence regarding a past that haunts him?

The story follows Ellie as she falls in love with Jonah. To begin with he is the mystery man she sees at her mailbox each morning as she finishes her daily run, as she gets to know him he becomes more and more of a mystery. Whilst physically they get closer Jonah keeps his self built wall of secrets high. At one point he inadvertently shows Ellie how strong a hold his personal demons have over him leading, whilst he tries to push her away after showing his weakness she decides he’s worth the effort and tries her hardest to stand by him despite her best friend J.J.’s attempts to persuade her otherwise.

I liked Ellie, I found her easy to identify with and could understand her motivation for many of the difficult decisions she makes during the book. Jonah was an intriguing character, I found him very attractive and could completely understand Ellie’s desire to find out more about him. J.J. was an utterly irritating character for all the right reasons, her mission to protect Ellie was frustrating but carried out with the best of intentions.

I found the book very engaging and easy to read. Once I started reading I kept going, reading it in one sitting. I’m sure it wouldn’t be for everyone, I would describe it as a fluffy read – enjoyable though without a great deal of depth.

Unwritten Rules is published in paperback by The Writer’s Coffee Shop in the UK priced $15.50 (ebook priced $7.99). Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.