The Other Wife – book review

The Other Wife by Claire McGowen was an excellent read. In the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, it is an ‘unreliable narrator’ story. You’re not sure if the person is to be trusted. Are they telling the truth? Or just their version of the story?

The characters were real, flawed people just doing the best they could in the situation they found themselves. There is some gaslighting, but you aren’t quite sure who is doing what to whom.

A definite page-turner. The twists and turns kept me enthralled to the last page.

A five-star read!

Jill James, voracious reader

Devolution by Max Brooks – book review

I loved World War Z. This book was different. The characters are not likable, but you are left with wondering what would you do in their situation. I’ve thought often that a generation is dying that still knows how to do things, make things. What will the next generations do if they can’t Google it?


The vision I got from this book was who are the humans and who are the beasts? When a person or an animal is pushed too far, what will they do to survive?

As I was reading Devolution I kept thinking of Jurassic Park. Dr. Sattler (played by Laura Dern) talks about nature and how it will fight back. Even plants will fight back to survive. A bear or a mountain lion is beautiful on a television show or in a zoo. Not so much when you are facing it on a mountain hike. When you go deep into the forest, you are in their world. You are the trespasser. Never forget that.

1/2  4.5 stars

Jill James, voracious reader

Recent Read

Just finished Wave of Terror by Jon Jefferson. It had action. It had adventure. It had romance. And best of all…it had Princess Bride movie references!

To be honest, it did start a little slow, but once it got going it was a non-stop, thrill ride of a read. Megan is a spunky heroine in the best way. She lets nothing stop her from getting to the truth and getting the truth to the right people. Chip is great as an FBI agent and a hero for Megan to have join in her adventure.

A solid 4 star read!!

Bonus: After I finished the story I discovered that Jefferson also writes books about The Body Farm. As soon as I finished Wave of Terror I went and downloaded The Body Farm series, book 1.

Jill James, romance writer and avid reader.

Review of Let’s Play Make-Believe

letsplaymakebelieve-james-pattersonI’m really enjoying the BookShots from James Patterson and various other authors. This one is co-authored by James O. Born – a new-to-me author.

The story is great, the twists are unexpected and surprising, the writing is fast-paced and fun.

Definitely a 5 star read. I’m enjoying the BookShots. Sometimes you just want a quick story to read, enjoy, and move on.

Jill James, reader

What Jill James is Reading

Let me start by saying I want to move to Barefoot Bay. Roxanne St. Claire has painted a picture of the perfect place to be; hurricane and all.

barefoot in the sandBarefoot in the SandLacey and Clay’s story. The book starts with a hurricane and builds from there. I so wanted Lacey and her daughter, Ashley to have all their dreams to come true, and St. Claire delivers. Clay, the hunky, slightly younger architect is just what Lacey needs when he blows into her life pretty much like the hurricane. I loved this sweet tale of getting what you need instead of what you think you want.


barefoot in the rainBarefoot in the RainJocelyn and Will’s story. I didn’t think anything could be better than Barefoot in the Sand, but OMGoodness, Barefoot in the Rain is. This is a bittersweet tale of doing what you think is right for the one you love, even if it rips your heart out. It is a story of family and forgiveness, even when you don’t want to.

I can not wait for the rest of the group’s stories. Roxanne St. Claire gives you heartbreaking and heartwarming all wrapped up in true love.


Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
and the upcoming Love in the Time of Zombies

Self’s Blossom by David Russell — Book Review

Disclaimer: Received book for review by author. Jill

self's blossomSelf’s Blossom is literary erotica. That is the only way I can catagorize it. It is literary, lyrical, and poetic. The main character, Selene is on a journey of sexual self-discovery. Mr. Russell’s descriptions of exotic places, pristine beaches, and deep blue seas are hypnotic. You are drawn into the story with descriptive passages and deep characterization.

We are allowed to be Selene’s eyes and senses as she discovers herself through encounters with a young man and an older gentleman. I found myself rooting with Selene to throw off her conservative shackles and embrace the new her she would become.

star_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_empty A great read. Literary, but lyrical.


Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
New Releases – Defend My Love and The Lake Willowbee Series, Books 1 – 3

Book Review – Relentless Pursuit – Adrienne Giordano

Book Description from

You call this a mission?

Yeah, ex-Army Ranger and Taylor Securities operative Billy Tripp screwed up. So instead of being assigned to a dangerous international mission, he’s sent to babysit a pricey necklace at a trendy South Beach hotel. The only bright side to the assignment is working with the manager, smoking-hot hotel heiress Kristen Dante.

Kristen’s worked hard to build her father’s Miami hotel into a jet-set destination. She’s confident in business but not so much with men. What could a sexy guy like Billy want with her when he could have someone like her beautiful, party-girl sister?

There’s a reason Billy’s known as Mr. Relentless. He doesn’t give up. Not on a job, or on the woman he wants. So when three luxury cars go missing from the hotel’s lot, Billy sets out to find the thief. Suddenly, he has a case with the risks he thrives on. But when his investigation leads to Kristen being threatened, the real danger is losing his heart.

I really, really enjoyed this book from the very first page. Billy is a security expert with ADD. I loved that about him. He has no filter on his mouth and just spouts off with whatever he is thinking. He is so cool!!

Kristen is kinda sad at the beginning of not realizing how amazing she is, until Billy shows her. They are so right for each other.

The car thefts add an element of danger and excitement to the story.  I love seeing the rich world of hotel ownership, but the daily work that does into running it as well. But most of all I loved getting to know Billy and Kristen. A 5 star read.

Jill James, author of The Lake Willowbee Series,
Tempting Adam, and Dangerous Shift – coming soon in print.

*Disclaimer — I receive an ecopy of this book from the author.

Book Review – Obsession by Carol Ericson

I’ve read all of Carol’s Harlequin Intrigue books but, by far, Obsession is the best. I think it was the characters. I adored Michelle Girard and her crush that developed into a full-blown love affair with Colin Roarke. We’ve all been geeky girl in love with the football star in high school, we can relate.

Colin has just enough baggage in his life to be tortured but not unsalvageable. He had a nice conflict in his life with his issues with his brother to be believable.

The intrigue part of the story was awesome with killings, and stalkings, and danger at every turn. This was a well-plotted, well-told story. AA++

Jill James

Book Review – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I loved this book. It was hard to read at times with the truth of the times it was set and the place; Jackson, Mississippi. This was a time in US History that I really didn’t know a lot about, being born in 1963. It was hard to read of what the maids put up with to have a job. The idea that these women were trusted to raise their bosses children but not trusted with the silverware was a world I had never seen.

Everyone should read this book.

Jill James

The School For Brides – Cheryl Ann Smith – Blog The Book

I love discovering “new to me” authors. I was walking up and down the romance aisles at my local bookstore and spotted this breath-taking cover. I love historical romances that tell me so much with just a cover.

I found the story unique and unputdownable.

Eva Black will do anything to move beyond her mother’s courtesan past and help other courtesan’s move beyond their past and become ladies and brides.

Nicholas, the Duke of Stanfield does not take kindly to Eva’s interference of his life by spiriting away his mistress behind his back. His retaliation is to make Eva take the place of the mistress she took away.

With such a beginning you would think there was no way for love to bloom between these two and you would be dead wrong. How Ms. Smith gets these two together is what romance novels are all about.

Very much a definite AA++ read.     Jill James

The Covenant of Genesis – Andy McDermott

I love this series of books with Nina and Chase. Nina is like Indiana Jones and Eddie Chase is her not the typical hunky boyfriend. He can kick major ass but his face is not classically handsome, his hair is thin, and he isn’t 6 feet tall anything. But their love shines on the page.

In this book they are on a disastrous trek in Indonesia. When they find a clay tablet that the Covenant doesn’t want found the entire expedition is killed except for Nina, Eddie, and a native aide.

I love the archeology aspect of the book. Nina and Eddie’s love for each other. And the grand scale of the conspiracy that tracks their every move before they find the treasure. Action adventure with romance. How cool is that???

Jill James

Flip This Zombie – Jesse Petersen

I’m loving this series. Who would have thought the Zombie Apocalypse could be so damn funny? I guess, Ms. Petersen.

In Book 2, our hero/heroine have a job and a means of livelihood. They are ZombieBusters Extermination Inc. They get to do what they do so well; kill zombies. They get to do it together. They get to get supplies that are dwindling in a post-apocalyptic world; like food, medical supplies, etc.

Enter The Kid and The Mad Scientist and you just know it is going to be a wild Rollercoaster ride of a story.

I can’t wait for the next one.  Jill James

Some Like It Wicked – Teresa Medeiros

This was a wonderful story of redemption for a hero who doesn’t know how to be a hero. Simon Wescott cares about nothing until Catriona Kincaid comes into his life.

Catriona remembers Simon from many years ago, a hero in the making, fodder for all her wistful dreams of love and happily ever after.

Simon agrees to play a knight in shining armor for Catriona and in the process discovers the hero he was meant to be.

Teresa Medeiros writes amazing historical romances that bring the past to life.

Jill James

Rogue Wave – Boyd Morrison

Great reading. Very thrilling with the tight timeline to disaster. I’ve been to Hawaii and the idea of a Tsunami is always present when you are there, with signs for evacuation routes and high-placed sirens for warnings.

Morrison makes the disaster book personal by introducing us to Kai Tanaka and his family. They are quaintly dysfunctional which makes how they pull together at the end so much more poignant.

Having visited Hawaii the story was more scary picturing the disaster unfolding. His The Ark is in hardcover and coming in paperback. Looks like a great read too.

Jill James

Breathless – Dean Koontz

This was an amazing book. The wording was almost lyrical, poetic. At first the many characters were confusing until you started seeing them and their storylines intertwined, then it was magical.

I loved Grady and his dog, Merlin. They see the world in a different way than the rest of us. Grady seemed like one kind of person until you learn his history, then he is an entirely different kind of person. Camillia is a true heroine. With a tragic past that she refuses to let define her, she is a loving, caring person.

The storyline is magical, awe-inspiring, and with far-reaching thoughts for the world we live in today. It will leave you catching your breath at the see-sawing ideas of evil and goodness in our world.

Jill James

Last To Die – Kate Brady

I started reading Kate Brady with her debut novel, One Scream Away. Her writing is intense, personal, and up close but never graphically gory. She walks that fine line very well; between romantic thriller and thriller. I love her characters, Det. Dani Cole and photojournalist Mitch Sheridan. That the two have a past made the story more vivid and made the characters so full-fleshed and real.

The story was well-plotted with each lead sending you in a different direction to try to figure out who the killer is. I love twisted killers and Last To Die’s was most twisted. Can’t spoil it because you have got to read this book; but the las twist in the story is AWESOME!!!

Jill James

The Disappearance – Bentley Little

Yes, I’m a romance writer but I love horror novels. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul. I love that there seem to be no rules. Kill the dog, the cat, the kids – it doesn’t matter, everything goes. You can write the most deviant person, make him kill a bunch of people, and he’s not even the bad guy in your book!

The Disappearance has very likable characters – Gary, his girlfriend Joan, and their college friends. They all go to Burning Man in the desert and Joan is kidnapped. They try to get help from the police but everything looks like Joan never existed. Her Facebook and MySpace pages are gone and her college records are deleted.

Gary and his friends set out to rescue Joan and discover the twisted darkness of religious cults. I love how Little takes everyday things and twists them until we see the dark, twisted undersides. This was an excellent story with likable characters and a believable plot.

Jill James

The Rising – Brian Keene

Excellent Zombie book. I love the characters, even the villains. It is that old adage, take something that is the same – Zombies – and add your own twist on the story – The Super Collider. Can’t say more, don’t want to spoil it.

The story is truly the tale of Jim Thurmond and his journey across a zombie-infested land to save his son, Danny. A little like Stephen King’s The Stand it is the meetings between survivors, zombies, and those who take advantage of the downfall of mankind who give the story depth and richness in the telling of the tale.

Jill James