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Book Review – Oil & Water by Lara Ann Dominick

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A spellbindingly scrumptious paranormal love story, Oil and Water is slick, sophisticated and gritty.  A real Vampire masterpiece!

Normally, I like to start with the characters but… the plot – wow, I loved it!  The twist wasn’t obvious and when I saw it coming, I sighed with satisfaction.  Ancient vampires move in the shadows, mixing with humans but keeping their identity hidden, well most of the time!  The Vampire Council has set up rules which are broken upon peril of death.  Weaving their way through the council and breaking rules in secret are the deadliest of the ancient ones.  A story as ‘old as time’ that starts in the 1700s, flows through time and erupts in the modern day blurbs of Tampa, Florida.

Elsie, a lovely twenty-eight year old nursery assistant is enjoying her life when she accidentally bumps into a hunk wearing sunglasses at The Watering Hole.  Until this moment, she had been dreaming that her life would be anything but commonplace.  Cyrus – the hunk, is sweetly mysterious and oh so handsome and before you can say Peter Rabbit Elsie is falling in love.  Elsie is a strong woman, who has her flaws but also knows right from wrong.  Straight away the reader is rooting for her as she comes face to face with unprecedented events.

Oil and Water is a true Vampire-fan’s delight.  All the elements to a great paranormal are here, including Vampire hierarchy and new conversions.  But, there is much more to this story than sucking blood.  Stella characters bring the pages to life and make this a book you simply won’t be able to put down! Lara Ann Dominick’s writing is smooth and easy-to-read.  Oil and Water is hands down the best vampire story I’ve come across since ‘Interview with a Vampire’.

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Book Review – Top Producer by Laura Wolfe

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Totally engrossing, fast paced, and super suspenseful Top Producer is one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2020!    Laura Wolfe had me on the edge of my seat! 

Twenty-four year old Mara Butler has had a string of misfortune including being dumped by her boyfriend and fired in the same week.  Even her mum and dad don’t hold out high hopes for her.  She’s a young woman who’s a bit of a klutz, struggling to pay a mortgage (for an apartment she should never have got) who attracts negativity wherever she goes.  But she has a dream.  Glued to programs about real estate, she’d dreaming of becoming a big time realtor.

Lying at her interview, saying she had walked out of her last job when really she’d been fired gives her interviewer a glimpse into her personality.  Add to that shoes that don’t fit and mismatched clothes, and Jacqueline Hendersen can see two things, Mara needs money and she lies – making her perfect for the job!  Becoming Jacqueline’s personal assistant at Greystone fills Mara with hope of fulfilling her dreams.  Tipping her last twenty bucks into the homeless guy’s lap, and determined to make money to help with her sisters medical bills, Mara is all set, sleeves rolled up, notebook open, ready to fly.

The trouble with flying high is that there is a long way to fall.  Things aren’t quite how Mara expected them to be.  Some deals seem a bit shady and her boss is extremely demanding.  Add to that the constant warnings about Jacqueline, and Mara reluctantly takes off the rose-colored spectacles.  I mean just how ‘creative’ can one get when selling property while still remaining within the law?  Can the lure of earning big and having success turn a good person bad?  Maybe that person always had a little gray inside them just longing for an outlet?  The real question is, what line is Mara willing to cross?      

Laura Wolfe’s story-telling is crisp, clean and well-written.  Top Producer is indeed a novel of suspense.  It is a gripping page-turner that comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café.

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Book Review – Eating the Forbidden Fruit by Roland Page

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Sold our souls for greed – made mistakes without learning – death clears our vision (reminding us that life has a time limit).  These are some of things we encounter in Eating the Forbidden Fruit.  Although this is a piece of fiction, it reads like an autobiography, and readers of that genre will love it.  Roland Page has put together a gripping family/crime fiction that moved me to tears several times.

As I read this novel I was struck with the thought ‘what makes me qualified to review this?’ I’ve never felt that about a book before, it caused me to sit back and contemplate on what I was reading.  I am a middle-aged, white, suburban housewife from England.  This is a story about a young black man living in the US, in a world I know nothing about.  Then I saw it.  We are the same.  We live.  We bleed.  We die.  Our blood runs through our veins making our hearts beat while supplying oxygen to our brains, so that we can – think, feel, love and hope.  Whoever we are, wherever we live, we are the same.  That is how thought-provoking I found this.

This is a story about hope, and what defines a person.  Is it the choices we make?  Roland starts his life off not always making the right decisions, one day some of those choices come back to haunt him.  This book begins and ends with a court case, what happens in-between those chapters are the steps that lead up to that courtroom.  Like many things in life the pivotal catalyst of this event, is not one but many things.  We all fall from grace now and again, but it’s how we get up and move forward that defines us.  Without these struggles we might never appreciate the things we have.  This theory is highlighted in this marvelously gripping book.  Two worlds collide when Roland joins St Louis Metropolitan Police department, a shady past of drugs that’s entwined with the love and fierce loyalty of his family and friends, and his dedication to justice and doing the right thing in the force.

For me the underlying heartbeat of this novel, isn’t the troubled upbringing and crazy choice making, it is that having the love of a person that’s true and altruistic is stronger than the pull of the world, stronger than drugs, stronger than childhood ties and even stronger than habits.  Without love everything is meaningless.  My favorite line from the book is: Wherever Tracey laid her head was home to me.  A close second is: I wasn’t a complete asshole, just a part-time one! Roland Page bravely reveals his thoughts to us in this touching and tenderly-open story.  If you appreciate honest autobiographies, crime or family stories you are going to drink this up, enjoy the tale but then, if you’re like me, you might get to reflect on your own choices.