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Trapped Under Ice (M.J. Schiller)

3.5 out of 5 stars

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I’m a big fan of the core concept here: a widowed mother meets the lead singer of a band she’s obsessed with at a rock concert. They feel an instant attraction for one another, and eventually a relationship develops… a rock star and the lunch lady? That’s a fun combination. And I think most of us have had that rockstar fantasy… but, this book suffered a little from the too-many-twists and too-full-of-a-cast problems. There were a lot of interesting things happening — so many that at times, we lost focus on the main love story. Also, bits of the backstory, much of which is told via somewhat disturbing flashbacks are quite dark… so be warned! Despite this, I found this to be well-written enough, and engaging enough to be worth the read.

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Taken by Storm (M.J. Schiller)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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This was a well-written, fast-paced romance with truly likeable characters and an interesting plot progression. Set in the desert, it ever-so-occasionally falls victim to the stereotypes one might expect (the scheming vizzier who overthrows the king), but it is, overall, a creative novel with interesting, strongly written characters who have a wonderfully believable journey towards each other. There’s a fairly interesting set of side characters, believable tensions throughout, and other than a few small concerns and quibbles (mentioned below) this was one of the better romances I’ve read.
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