Cheri's Book Blog

I love well-written books. I even love some really poorly-written books.


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Little ray of sunshine during a crappy couple of days.

Dear Me - Robin Alexander

Liked this one a lot. Light, easy, fun romance. I'd give it 3.5 but rounding up because of the laughs from the supporting cast.

Still smiling

Always Alex - Robin Alexander

I really enjoyed this one. There were some places where the POV switched within the same scene and I had to stop to figure out whose head I was in and there were a couple of typos which didn't bother me nearly as much as the POV things...


But the story and the characters were engaging and there were several aspects that reminded me of my favorite LJ Maas story, None so Blind, except with less angst and much more honest communication.


This one will go on my re-read list.

Classic Robin Alexander

The Summer of Our Discontent - Robin Alexander

A quick, light, funny read. Exactly what I needed today. Lots of laughs and fun.

Great addition to the series

A Quiet Death - Cari Hunter

The case was interesting and engaging. We're given a nice view of the EDSOP team in action along with being able to witness Sanne and Meg's relationship grow. I particularly enjoyed the bits dealing with Sanne's family.


A very good continuation of the series.

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.

A Quiet Death - Cari Hunter

Just as good as the previous books in the series. 

I'm a happy reader!

The Wrong Unit: A Novel - Rob Dircks

Sci-fi isn't really a go-to genre for me and I wasn't sure how I'd like this book. I had never heard of the author and I didn't read the blurb before I stared - I like to be surprised.

There was so much that I enjoyed while reading this book! The humor is fantastic and I laughed out loud many times. The science fiction aspects were interesting and I was immersed in the world that Heyoo and Waa lived in. Even the secondary characters were well done.

Probably the most pleasant surprise was how much I enjoyed the narration. Some authors should definitely stay away from narrating their own work but not this one. His voice is great and his sound effects definitely added to the work.

Mr. Dircks has a new fan.

I received a copy of the audio book from the author for a possible review.

Reading progress update: I've read 29%.

The Wrong Unit: A Novel - Rob Dircks

Very enjoyable! I had no idea what to expect and am happily surprised so far. And the author does a great job on the narration. 

Wanted a bit more by the time it ended.

Before the Fall - Noah Hawley, Hachette Audio, Robert Petkoff

It was a bit slow at times but, all in all, a satisfying read. The last 10 - 15 minutes or so were pretty great.

Great, great romance and characters

Poppy Jenkins - Clare Ashton

I loved this book. First off, the characters are just wonderful. Except maybe Sam, I didn't like her but I suppose my dislike for her still means she was well done. Poppy and her family and friends were lovely and each featured character felt unique and real. Rosalyn was tougher to connect with - being that she's a good guy and a bad guy all at once for much of the book. Being, myself, a person who often comes across as unlikable, I felt a bit more for her than maybe some other readers. But one thing is undeniable, Poppy and Rosalyn have some kick-ass chemistry.


This romance had just about everything for me and the author's voice, writing style, and sense of humor will keep me coming back for more.


I definitely recommend this book to any lover of romance novels.





Good stuff!

The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty

Not nearly as scary as when I read it as a teen but I didn't expect it to be. Still a great, great read. The author's voice was nearly perfect for the narration. If you like horror books - and this one is quite graphic - you'll probably like this.

The Romance Vote - Ali Vali

I was pretty disappointed with this book. I think it started out pretty well, I liked the characters, the chemistry was heating up a bit, the central couple were working toward coming together in a fairly believable way, and I was thinking this would be a good, light romance. Exactly what I was hoping for.

But about halfway through, everything fell apart for me. The "avoid the romance with this woman at all costs" thing was forgotten in literally a second and from then on out it was a trail of deception that, to me made absolutely no sense and seemed to go against character for both of the leads. That went on until nearly the very end when, without really explaining how things were resolved, everyone lives happily ever after.

I think this will be my last attempt at a new Vali book.

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Before the Fall - Noah Hawley, Hachette Audio, Robert Petkoff

Pretty interesting and definitely holding my attention. One character - a Fox-like news anchor - makes me want to scream and hit things. It's pretty much the same reaction I have if I accidentally hear Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh speak. Unfortunately, this guy is getting more page-time than I'd like. I'd like none.


Her best yet

Cold to the Touch - Cari Hunter

I think this is my favorite Cari Hunter book. I may say that after each book of hers that I read but it doesn't make the statement less true. I enjoyed the case, the characters, and the relationship. I liked it all. Combine that with the author's fantastic writing skills and the superb editing and proofreading and it's a winner!


I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley.

Reading progress update: I've read 83%.

Cold to the Touch - Cari Hunter

Ooh! Nice twist.

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

Cold to the Touch - Cari Hunter

Using text to speech on the Kindle iOS app to read at the moment. Corrected "chicken coop" to "chicken cooperative." Had to pause the book so I could laugh and make this note.

Could have been my favorite

The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) - Robert Dugoni

I had high hopes for this book. It started out with an interesting case, the team was working together again, there was some inter-departmental politics going on, and Tracy and Dan were moving forward with their relationship but it wasn't a major focal point of the book.


Then at about 80% through, things stopped working for me and it ended up being a frustrating read with a disappointing reveal. I ended up rereading sections hoping I missed something but I hadn't. There was a lot of potential for this to be the best book in the series but it didn't end up that way. Not for me, anyway.


I received a copy of the book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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