Friday, April 29, 2016

Review 'Nearly Always' by Ken McCoy


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Lucy Bailey is not a girl to take no for an answer. When she asks her friend Billy Wellington to help her rescue a stray dog, she has no idea of the potential repercussions. A serious crime is committed while Billy is absent from the children's home where he lives and, when suspicion falls on him, the police decide that the safest thing for everybody is to lock him away in a mental institution.

Lucy refuses to believe that Billy has done anything wrong, and enlists her cool-headed teenage brother Arnold to help. DI Daniel Earnshawe, who has his own doubts about the police's conclusions, turns out to be unexpectedly helpful, and Billy has someone else on his side too: Helen Durkin, a beautiful, damaged girl who has been seeking to make amends for her past.

With so many daring and resourceful people battling on his behalf, it looks as though Billy's freedom will soon be won - before an unexpected development sees Arnold too fall foul of the law. Refusing to give up hope of winning freedom for them, Lucy chases up the few remaining clues while Daniel and Helen resort to an alternative form of justice . . .

The Facts:


Publication Date:
April 28th 2016
Series:
-
Genre:
Crime, Mystery
Pages:
432
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
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My Review:


Before I received this book, I hadn’t heard about Ken McCoy before. But when I had the paperback of ‘Nearly Always’ in my hand, and had read the book description, I knew I just had to read this book. ‘Nearly Always’ is different than the books I usually read. But at times I really love getting out of my comfort zone to read other kinds of books.

In ‘Nearly Always’ we read the story about Billy Wellington and his friend Lucy. Billy has a mental problem due to his difficult birth, he is what he calls himself a little potty, and he doesn’t hurt a fly. But when a young woman is raped and murdered near the home Billy lives in, Billy is the only suspect. Because Billy has a mental problem his case doesn’t get to court, and he is taken to a mental facility. Lucy is determined to prove Billy is innocent. So when Billy’s biological mother comes in the picture, Lucy makes sure she is involved in saving Billy.

The beginning of ‘Nearly Always’ definitely grabbed my attention. It was shocking and heartbreaking to read, and I was hooked to the pages. I loved getting to know Lucy and Billy. Billy was such a kind and cheerful boy, it was devastating to read how he became a victim of people who didn’t want to do their job properly.

After the first view chapters, I felt like this book became a little boring. There was still stuff happening that were important to the story, but it couldn’t really keep my interest. I just wanted to read about Billy, and how hard people were trying to get him home.. but instead we read about Lucy and her journey to getting to visit Billy. For example the part where Lucy needed a bicycle to get to Billy, that whole part took much to long if you ask me. I do get why they needed to get a bicycle the way they did, but it could have been a shorter part of the story.

But I kept reading and the story definitely got better again. I especially loved the police officer Daniel Earnshawe and Billy’s mom Helen Durking. It was fun to get a little insight in Daniel’s personal life, and I loved the way he connected with Helen. This was definitely a nice development I didn’t see coming.

‘Nearly Always’ was an interesting and touching story. Although I found the middle of the book a little boring, I still think back at this book as a very good read I would definitely recommend. 

My Rating:


About the Author:


For twenty-five years Ken McCoy ran his own engineering company. During this time he also worked as a free-lance artist, greeting card designer and after-dinner entertainer. He has appeared on TV, radio and as a comedian. He is married and had 5 children and 6 grand-children.

For more information about Key McCoy please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter.









I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.
 
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blog Tour 'Noble Secrets' by Cecilia Dominic


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Noble Secrets’ by Cecilia Dominic. This is a New Adult Steampunk with a sweet romance and a prequel novella for the Aether Psychics series.
For more tour information and tour stops please visit the tour page.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29626967-noble-secretsDanger. Love. Lies.

After tragedy hits and danger moves in, Pauline Donahue flees London, searching for sanctuary and a way to start over. A job at a small university provides the escape she needs. Keeping recalcitrant professor Edward Bailey on task after a shattered heart renders him broken and destroyed becomes her daily routine. But when the same vicious man from her past sets his malicious sights on Pauline, her safe haven comes crashing down.

Duke of Waltham, Christopher Bailey, never counted on the gentle commoner, Miss Donahue, to save his brother--and himself--from broken pasts and a lifetime of mistakes. But she does just that. As their love blossoms, danger closes in, threatening Pauline and Christopher's lives. Together, they are forced to face their biggest fears, revealing secrets that could ruin them both.


The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 25th, 2016
Series:
Aether Psychics Prequel
Genre:
New Adult Steampunk
Pages:
94
Formats:
eBook
Available at:
  

My Review:


This is the second book I read by Cecelia Dominic. The first book I read was ‘Eros Element’, and this book it it’s prequel. Since I really enjoyed ‘Eros Element’, I was super excited to be a part of the ‘Noble Secrets’ blog tour and couldn’t wait to start reading.

In ‘Noble Secrets’ we read the story of Pauline and Christopher. Pauline is a ‘normal’ woman with a dangerous past, and Christopher is the Duke of Waltham. Soon after meeting each other there begins to grow something between the two opposites. But there are a lot of reasons why a relationship between these two would never work. For one he is a duke and must marry someone with status,  and she is a woman who grew up in a brothel. But somethings are just meant to be. Unfortunately there’s danger waiting just around the corner.

The romance between Pauline and Christopher is very nice to read about. It’s slow, intense and definitely makes you want to keep on reading. From the very beginning Pauline’s character fascinated me and I loved getting to know her better in this story. And although this story isn’t very long, I did feel like I got to read a full story. There was enough going on to keep me hooked to each and every page.

Yes, I definitely liked this story. It was nicely written and intriguing, and the romance had this Romeo and Juliet kind of feel to it, which I really enjoyed. The thing this book also does, is make the reader interested in Edward’s story, the main character in ‘Eros Element’.
I say, Cecilia Dominic, did a great job writing this prequel!

My Rating:


About the Author:


Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she's fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn't stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she's been told, is a good number of each. She also enjoys putting her psychological expertise to good use helping other authors through her Characters on the Couch blog post series.

For more information about Ceclia Dominic please visit her Webpage and Wine blog. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Instagram

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