Category Archives: romance

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson

Romances aren’t usually what I pick up first to read. I will read them but I’ve never been crazy about them. Every once in awhile I will go through a smoochie streak where they fit in.
I can’t believe how much I enjoyed this book. Cali has been secluded her entire life up in the mountains in a small log jealous of that. She hasn’t been to school, exposed to peer pressure, or any of the normal childhood happenings. Her parents teach her not to trust the “outside world.” After she loses her parents she goes to live with a step-aunt. 
She is odd to start off with..she has mismatched eyes and is able to see colors of people’s auras. 

She meets local bad boy Cal and somewhat they become friends.
I loved how the author made us see things through Cali’s eyes. The newness of the things around her was one of the biggest pluses for me in this book.

Pick this book up if you just want to smile. It’s well written and moves smoothly along. Very much enjoyed.

I am friends with this author on Goodreads. In no way did this influence my review

Kumquat by Jeff Strand


More like 4.5 stars

Jeff Strand writes horror. Or so I thought. When I saw that he was giving away copies of this book I jumped and raised my hand and may just have begged a bit.
The story is from Todd’s point of view. Before we go any further..let’s get something straight. He is my book boyfriend! Back off bitches!

Todd is a normal somewhat nerdy guy. He meets Amy and they are discussing a hot dog that she saw on one of those Foodie discovery shows. Impulsively they decide to make it a road trip to have one of those hot-dogs.

(There is more reasoning to the reason for the road trip but you gotta read the book to find that out.)
They meet some of the most interesting ummm characters that had me dying laughing. A guy in line at a BBQ joint who busts Todd’s nose, two kids who steal Todd’s car, a retiree who is a wanna be author, and a guy with a scar on his face and a claw for his hand.

This is not insta-love. This is a romantic story told exactly right. Full of snark and interesting enough that I could not put it down.

Jeff Strand you gained a fan. I can’t wait to read up all your books.

I did receive an ARC copy of this book from the author..who expected nothing in return.