Searching for Billy Shakespeare by Crista McHugh-a review

Searching for Billy Shakespeare by Crista McHugh-a review

Searching For Billy Shakespeare

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About the book: Release Date December 26, 2017

Intensely introverted and socially awkward grad student Kate Mireau has loved only one man since she was a little girl.

William Shakespeare.

Unfortunately, he died over four hundred years ago.

Since no modern-day man will ever compete with the Bard’s wit and wisdom, Kate is destined for dissatisfaction in matters of the heart. Besides, any attempt she makes to step out of her comforting world of books usually ends in humiliating disaster. But when she agrees to help her new roommate’s brother prepare for an upcoming audition, she meets a man who makes her pulse race almost as fast as Shakespeare’s insults. ‘Tis said the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kate discovers that Gabe is not an aspiring classical actor—he’s one of Hollywood’s sexiest leading men.

Experience has taught Kate that she’ll just end up embarrassing them both. Will she retreat to her safe world of beloved plays and poetry, consoling herself with the notion that he is a star out of her reach? Or if all the world’s a stage, then maybe Gabe is her chance to find there’s more to life than just words, words, words.

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Review:

Searching for Billy Shakespeare begins with Kate’s best friend, Livvy, talking her into going out with her and her girlfriend for the night. Even though Kate resists, she is eventually persuaded. They run by Kate’s apartment, which she shares with her fiancé. Upon entering, Kate’s world crumbles. She takes a little while to lick her wounds and find a new apartment.

Kate responds to an ad for someone searching for a roommate, and to her utter surprise, she is “approved” by her new roomie, Ari. There are stipulations, but Kate jumps at the chance. It doesn’t take long for Kate to receive a call from an unknown number, only to find out it’s Ari’s brother, Gabe, needing some help for an audition that is a little out of his comfort zone: the classics. Kate is a little intrigued, and before long, finds herself waiting anxiously for his next phone call. After a near tragic event involving Ari, Gabe flies to New York. Kate still has no idea exactly who Gabe actually is, which endears her even more to Gabe. They both eventually decide to take their relationship to the next level, albeit slowly. After a series of mishaps, Kate realizes that what she’s been searching for all along is right in front of her………

Oh, how I’ve missed Crista McHugh’s stories. Searching for Billy Shakespeare is a nicely written tale that moves fast from the very beginning. Kate is a loveable, and nerdy, introvert who is more than comfortable with herself. She just has a little trouble being comfortable with others being comfortable with her quirks, and afraid she won’t fit in, especially in Gabe’s world. Gabe is grounded, even though he is very famous. It absolutely adds to his lovability factor that Gideon Kelly (from the Kelly Brothers series by Crista McHugh) is his best friend. I did NOT see that coming, but was a fun bit thrown in by the author for her loyal readers.

Looking for Billy Shakespeare ultimately teaches us that if something looks too good to be true, it may, in fact, be just the opposite and be the best thing ever! If you’re a fan of quick romantic reads, with a bit of humor and relatable characters, you will never go wrong with anything written by Crista McHugh. Searching for Billy Shakespeare is fun, engaging and endearing. I’m hoping we’ll get a follow-up for some of the other characters we met in this one. Well done, Crista McHugh! Very well done!

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Reviewed by Vickie M

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The Queen B* and the Homecoming King by Crista McHugh – a Review

The Queen B* and the Homecoming King by Crista McHugh – a Review

 

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Description:
The Queen B*, Alexis Wyndham, has only three rules when it comes to dating that star quarterback, Brett Pederson:

1. No obligations to spend every waking moment with each other.
2. No public displays of affection while at Eastline High.
3. And absolutely, under no circumstances, will she ever go to the Homecoming dance.
But as her life is completely upended time and time again, she begins to wonder if some rules are meant to be broken.

 

Review:

The Queen B* and the Homecoming King picks up right where book number two ended….with Alexis and Brett officially dating. Of course, as the blurb says, she has three rules and she is determined that they both stick to said rules. Uh huh…….

As Alexis and Brett go about figuring out their relationship, one thing becomes abundantly clear. Brett is having a hard time with the no PDA rule. Alexis reprimands him, only to be secretly flattered that he has no problem with it and people knowing they are an official couple.

Brett is a little preoccupied with finishing out his high school football career and making it to the state playoffs, which may or may not have a direct impact on what college he decides to attend. It then hits Alexis that they could be going in different directions when it came time to leave for college and that, surprisingly for her, does not sit well. But first, she has other things on the front burner..

One of Alexis’ best friends, Morgan, is still upset with her over a situation with a guy that we learned about in the last book. Her other best friend, Richard, agrees to try and talk to Morgan to help her out, but he has so much on his plate. He’s trying out for the debate team and someone is leaving threatening homophobic messages on his locker, which does NOT sit well with Alexis. She thinks she knows who’s doing it, but Brett tells her she is wrong. That in itself makes Alexis wonder if he’s already picking his friends over her. Or, could she actually BE wrong?

As they continue to navigate their new relationship, potential colleges and typical high school stuff, Alexis has also made it her mission to make Morgan understand what really happened, as well as find out who is bullying Richard. However, when a horrific accident leaves one of our beloved high schoolers in a bad way, what follows is both heart wrenching and heartwarming.

The Queen B* and the Homecoming King was another great story by Crista McHugh. I have to tell you once again that the relevance of this story was not lost on me, but Mrs. McHugh has a way of doing that with everything she writes. Alexis may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when you find out her back story, it just makes her that much more of a great character. Brett is the guy that EVERYONE wants their daughter to meet. Has a huge heart and is good down to his core. I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that Crista is saying this is the last one in this series and am hoping that we may at some point get to visit with these great characters again. Their future is so bright that I’m hoping she has a hard time shielding herself from them! Ha! Once again…… Well done, Crista McHugh! Very, very, very well done!

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The Queen B* Strikes Back by Crista McHugh – a Review

The Queen B* Strikes Back by Crista McHugh – a Review

 

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Alexis Wyndham isn’t quite sure what to think about her “friendship” with star quarterback, Brett Pederson. Sure, he has more intelligence than the entire football team combined. Not to mention that fact he’s a great kisser. When he asks her to help him with his college admission essays, she isn’t sure if he’s doing it to spend more time with her or if he’s just using her for her brains. But after her nemesis, Summer Hoyt, makes it clear she’s not finished chasing after Brett, Alexis begins realize how hard she’s fallen for Brett. Now the war is on, and the head cheerleader will find out why she should never take on a Queen B*.

Review:

The Queen B* Strikes Back picks up right where the previous book ended. Alexis and Brett have finished their joint school project and she readies herself for the fact that Brett will no longer feel the need to put himself out there and be her “friend”. She could not have been more wrong. Brett asks Alexis for help in writing an essay for his college applications, which she initially refuses. Brett is nothing if not persistent, and eventually she comes around and agrees to help him. Brett even insists that she participate with extracurricular activities and whisks her away to a carwash the school is having one Saturday morning. She finds herself eventually having fun until Brett publicly becomes affectionate (GASP!) and she runs for the hills.

Brett apologizes and she reluctantly accepts. After all, she’s the only girl to ever be invited to his home to have breakfast with his family. Even though she tries hard to keep him at arm’s length, Brett steadily breaks down her defenses and Alexis knows she’s falling for him…….hard. But when she’s invited to a party at her nemesis’ house, a nemesis who wants Brett with everything she is, a series of events unfold that not only break Alexis’ heart but ends up putting her in grave danger. Will Alexis be able to forgive Brett and listen to what really happened, or is she doomed to forever be the prickly, defensive Queen B* that everyone expects her to be? Well, my friends, you’ll just have to read to find out….and, oh, what a read it is.

The Queen B* Strikes Back is another wonderful story from the brilliant mind of Crista McHugh. We found out in the first installment why Alexis is so reluctant to let anyone in, and you can totally understand why it is so hard for her to open herself up and really trust someone again. Brett is just that guy. He has a huge heart and just will not give up on Alexis. He sees the softer side of her and is bound and determined to get her to let others see it too. This story really strikes a chord with me. My youngest graduated high school in May and I can’t tell you the times that I’ve seen her and a few of her friends upset over the very things portrayed in these books. Trying to find your way at such an impressionable age is hard, and trying to figure out who your real friends are can be even harder. The Queen B* Strikes Back is ultimately a story about learning from prior life lessons, but also figuring out that just because you were horribly hurt by one so-called friend, doesn’t mean that everyone is out to get you. Alexis and Brett are the perfect team to prove just that. Well done, Crista McHugh! Very, very, very well done!!!!

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Here All Along (Kelly Brothers #7) by Crista McHugh-a review

Here All Along (Kelly Brothers #7) by Crista McHugh-a review

Here All Along

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About the book: Release Date August 26, 2015

Movie star Gideon Kelly has always harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. One sizzling on-screen kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’s determined to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood romance.

Sarah Holtz rose to stardom as a child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss goes viral, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into the spotlight to become his leading lady.

Review:

Gideon Kelly, at least for me, has almost been an enigma throughout the Kelly Brothers series. I mean, the others aren’t unbefitting my adoration, but we’ve not really heard a lot about Gideon. Only that he is super busy and they don’t get to see each other a lot. (That is, until mama, Maureen Kelly, gets her can full of that business.) Here All Along begins with Gideon being sent on location for his latest film. Once he and his entourage arrive and get settled, a chance encounter with two of his co-stars sets things into motion that neither Gideon nor Sarah saw coming. Even though Gideon has been crushing on Sarah for a long time, his possessiveness not only surprises him, but motivates him to manipulate, with the help of one of his hot co-stars, his time with Sarah to try and make her see that they belong together. Sarah, who has known for a long time that Gideon wants more, is surprised to find herself….jealous… of Gideon’s other co-star. What follows will have you rooting for them both, even though at times you’ll want to reach in and pop one/both of them upside their thick heads! Which, now that I think about it, Maureen Kelly actually takes care of that for us! 😉

Here All Along is another wonderfully written book by Crista McHugh, and the last one about the Kelly Brothers. (I keep looking online for a support group!!) Gideon and Sarah were both wonderfully written, even though I felt like I got to know Sarah better than I did Gideon. Their chemistry was awesome. I felt for Gideon when he was torn between letting Sarah go to follow her dream of being a fashion designer, as much as I felt for Sarah not wanting to leave Gideon. Their angst was honest and their true feelings for each other will make your heart smile, even though it took a trip from Mama Kelly to make things really get jumping!

I really do refuse to believe that this is the last book in this series, or the last we will hear from the Kellys. There are a number of things that Crista could do, so I just have my fingers crossed that we’ll get another one………..or 172. ☺ So, here I go again. If you aren’t reading Crista McHugh, you are seriously missing out. They are fast reads that start at the very first word and you never feel slighted within one of her stories. And, once again, well done Crista McHugh! Very, very well done!

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Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh-Review and Excerpt

Confessions of a Queen B* (Th Queen B #1) by Crista McHugh-Review and Excerpt

Confessions of a Queen B

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About the book: Release Date July 28, 2015
Genre: YA

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.

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REVIEW:  As Alexis’ school day starts, she happens upon a group of jocks harassing an underclassman. She stops the shenanigans, much to the jocks’ disappointment, because they know they’ll end up on her blog if they continue, along with the pictures she snapped of what was going down. Feeling pretty good about that, she heads into her first class where she finds out that she is going to have to do a project……….with a partner. When she realizes that Brett, the high school quarterback who is part of the “in” crowd is going to be her partner, she is not impressed. But, as they start laying out the parameters of their partnership, he tells her that he’s serious about his grades as well and that she can just get over herself. They’re “parents” after all and have to do what’s best for their “baby”. Yeah, right…………

When the Queen Bee (you know, the snooty head cheerleader) finds out that Brett is paired with Alexis, the barbs start flying. But, Alexis is not swayed. She has an assignment and she will see it through and everyone else be damned. Alexis and Brett start spending a little time together, purely for the sake of the assignment, and it doesn’t seem all bad. However, when Alexis finds out that someone is posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, and her little sister was one of the victims, let’s just say hell hath no fury. When she tells Brett what’s happening, he genuinely wants to help her find out who it is and bring him down. As they start spending more time together, Alexis realizes that maybe Brett isn’t as bad as she thought. “Stupid teenage hormones…..” She actually spends a little time with him at his home and soon finds out that the “golden” child may not have such a “golden” home life, as his father is very demanding and overbearing.

When they finally find out who has been recording the videos in the girls’ locker room, things don’t go quite as Alexis had envisioned. She is out to destroy him, but when they find out a little about his background, Brett implores her to look at the big picture and maybe, just maybe, be a little less Atilla the Hun and a little more understanding. When she finally talks to the principle, she handles the situation as best as she could, and was a little surprised that she could actually be nice. Stranger things HAVE happened! Ha!

I loved this book! Alexis is a great character, even though she has a chip on her shoulder about the size of a small car. When her best friend read her diary out loud to everyone when they were in the seventh grade, she changed. Who wouldn’t? She didn’t let that humiliation define her as much as she was emboldened by it and made it her mission in life to stop the “in” crowd from bullying those that they deemed less fortunate, at least in the social hierarchy of high school. She has a long way to go, though. In her campaign to stop bullying, she is skirting being one herself, even though she is on the side of good. I loved Brett as well. Even though he’s totally taken with Alexis, he doesn’t overwhelm her with liking her. He takes it slow because he knows he’ll have to work hard to win her over. Great supporting characters in this one too. Alexis’ two best friends were awesome and I can’t wait to find out more about them. I normally hate cliffhangers, which this one ended with, but I can totally see why it ended the way it did. More to come…..lots more!! J I could totally relate to this story, as I think most who went through high school would. If you’re a fan of the Young Adult genre, you will totally love this book and the characters Crista has created. No one creates their world like Crista McHugh. In everything I’ve ever read that she’s written, I’ve been pulled into the story from the first word, and you will be too. I just hope she doesn’t’ make me wait too long to see where Alexis and Brett are headed! Well done, Crista McHugh!! Once again, very, very, very well done!!

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Excerpt Black and Hot Pink

Brett texted me to say he’d meet me at my locker for the doll handoff. I drove to school, my stomach doing little flip-flops of glee, anticipating that Brett would look as miserable as I felt yesterday.
No such luck.
If anything, the jerk looked better than normal.
Damn it.
He grinned and started unstrapping the carrier when he saw me. “Made it on time today, eh?”
“How can you be so cheerful after that thing kept screaming all night?”
“I’ve got the diaper-bottle-burp drill down. Once you have it, you’ll see it’s easier with babies.” He held out the carrier with the doll still strapped inside. “Should I help you put it on again?”
“So you can feel me up in the process?” He was so perfect, it was infuriating, so I had to find a flaw in him. In this case, it was turning his offer to help into a dick move.
“If that’s an invitation…”
Sure, if you want to, that traitorous little voice in my head replied.
“It’s not,” I snapped, ignoring the rush of heat that flowed along the surface of my skin while I tried to navigate my arms through the confusing tangle of straps.
He raised both brows. “Are you always this stubborn?”
“I don’t need a man to help me out with something as simple as this.” Except somehow, I’d managed to put the carrier on upside down and was holding the doll by its head to keep it from falling out.
“May I please help you so we don’t both end up with Fs because you dropped the kid?” He came closer, that annoying bemused grin still on his face, and took the doll out of the carrier. “Just unbuckle it here, turn it around, and secure everything before you try to put the baby in.”
His finger brushed the area along my ribs when he pointed out where I should unbuckle it, and a delicious shiver raced up my spine. I hated my hormones sometimes, especially when they overruled my brain concerning Brett Pederson. It was screaming for me to run away before I made a fool of myself by drooling over him, but I ended up inching closer to him. I’d always thought his eyes were plain brown, but the sun streaming in from the skylight above revealed tiny flecks of green and gold in them.
And those eyes were fixed right on me.
“Yo, Pederson, you’re playing a dangerous game getting that close to her without protective equipment on,” Sanchez shouted from down the hall, ruining what had been a “moment.”
As if I was capable of having a moment with Brett.
“I’ve got it under control,” Brett shouted back before dropping his voice to add, “You’re not going to hurt me, right?”
“Depends.”
“On what?” He wasn’t backing away, so neither would I.
“On how pissed off you’re going to make me.”
“And how would I piss you off?”
He was baiting me. I knew he was, and yet I played right along with him. “Your existence pisses me off.”
“Is that all?” His grin widened.
The asshole was mocking me.
“Do I need to make you a list?” I shoved him back and adjusted the carrier, following his instructions.
“Maybe. How long would that list be?”
I snatched the doll back and tucked it away. “Not worth my time.”
I’d barely made it ten feet before Richard fell into step beside me. “Okay, what is going on between you two, because that was some serious tension?”
“The only tension between us is the one in my arm that’s keeping me from slapping that arrogant little smirk off his face.”
Richard pretended to cover his mouth, mimicking a shocked expression. “Oh my God, you’ve progressed to violent thoughts. Do we need to schedule an intervention at the fro-yo place this afternoon so we get all that hostility out over a cup of mocha chocolate chip?”
“No, thank you.” I liked my hostility right where it was. It was the only thing keeping me from admitting that yeah, maybe I was slightly attracted to Brett.
I glanced over my shoulder just in time to see Summer looping her arm through his. The message was as clear as day. He was hers, and I had no chance in hell of ending up with someone like him.
Not that I’d want to. It would mean I’d have to be nice to Sanchez and the rest of the team.
But that didn’t keep me from thinking about how things might be different if we weren’t in this tiny microcosm of hell called high school.

 

 

About the Author Black and rose

crista mchugh pictureCrista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

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Tell Me True by Crista McHugh-a review

Tell Me True by Crista McHugh-a review

Tell Me True

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Tell Me True
Jackson Grove Series #1 – a novella
by Crista McHugh

NOTE:  Tell Me True will be released in the box set, Summer on Main Street on June 23rd, 2015.

Summer on Main Street

From the back cover:

TELL ME TRUE, a new novella from NYT Bestselling Author Crista McHugh. Welcome to Jackson Grove, Alabama, where some pre-wedding shenanigans provide the perfect opportunity to unite two victims of unrequited love, Hunter and Chelsea. Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps… or perhaps in this case, a skunk.

Review:

Tell Me True begins with Chelsea back home in Jackson Grove for her best friend, Lisa’s wedding. Everything is going fine, until the door opens, and in walks Hunter who has been on Chelsea’s short list of people to dislike since college. And, when Lisa tells her that he’s there for the wedding as well? She is less than impressed. Add to that little tidbit that he’s also staying at Lisa and Bubba’s, where Chelsea just happens to be staying…….Well, I’m sure you get it! Ha! Chelsea still has no idea why he doesn’t like her or why he threw her in the pool at a graduation party several years ago, but she is there to help Lisa. After all, that’s what best friends do when they’re tapped as the maid of honor, right? She tells herself that it’s only five days, so surely she can handle being in his presence for that long.

As things get rolling and wedding preparations are being made, Chelsea and Hunter are thrown together with lists of things that need to be done. It doesn’t take long for sparks to fly and for Lisa to think that maybe she’s misjudged Hunter all these years. She had always thought him the spoiled son of a renowned orthopedic surgeon who had coasted in life and never really had to work for anything, even though he’d graduated med school and worked his butt off. Lisa admonished Chelsea for having such thoughts and reminded her how people had treated her after her father, who had been a senator, had been mired in scandal. Let’s just say that Chelsea is about to learn firsthand that things aren’t always as they seem…………

Tell Me True is another wonderfully written story by Crista McHugh. We were originally introduced to Jackson Grove and a few of these characters in McHugh’s Kelly Brothers series, so when I heard that she was basing a series there?!?!?! My fan girl was ecstatic!! J Chelsea and Hunter are great together. Their chemistry was awesome, as was the interaction with all of the characters. It’s a typical small town in Alabama, much like the one I grew up in in Arkansas. Of course, there are the busy bodies and such, but you will fall in love with these earnest, hard working people. Tell Me True is a story that touched my heart and just proves that things aren’t always as they seem, if you can just look past the trees to see the forest. I can’t wait for the next one. If you’re looking for a fast read with lovely, relatable characters, and an errant skunk, this one is for you!! I can’t wait for the next installment!! Once again, I’d read a phone book written by Crista! Well done Crista McHugh! Very very very well done!!

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In The Red Zone by Crista McHugh – a Review

In The Red Zone by Crista McHugh – a Review

 

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Description:
All-Star linebacker Frank Kelly is as well-known for his off-the-field hits as he is for his on-field ones. When a dance club brawl ends with him in handcuffs again, he’s rescued by a well-connected woman who can get the charges dropped in exchange for a small favor. If he’ll agree to play the part of a doting boyfriend for two months, she’ll keep him out of the slammer and help restore his reputation.

Kiana Dyer may be the daughter of a Hall of Fame football player, but the charity organization she took over when he died isn’t getting the media attention she’d hoped for. A staged romance with Frank Kelly is just the ticket she needs to get in the spotlight. As the lines between fake and real start to blur, she begins to wonder if bailing him out was the best call she’s ever made. Just when everything seems to be falling perfectly in place, scandal surrounds her charity, and she’s the one left scrambling to clear her name.

Review:

In The Red Zone by Crista McHugh begins with Frank Kelly and his friend Tre at a club, when in walks a woman who grabs his attention immediately. He saunters across the floor and hits on her, only to find out that she is his friend Tre’s sister. And Kiana is well aware of his reputation as a womanizer as well as a fighter. Yes, Frank gets in trouble………..a lot, so he reigns in his ego and asks her to dance and promises to be a gentleman. But when he finally gets her on the dance floor only to have an entourage approach them and start to berate and manhandle Kiana, all bets are off and he sees red. A fight ensues and shots are fired and Frank once again finds himself in handcuffs and hauled off to jail. Who bails him out? Kiana. And, she makes him an offer that he can’t refuse. Frank idolized Kiana’s father, and he’s attracted to Kiana as well, so when she asks for help for her charitable organization, he sees it as a win win.

The more time he spends with Kiana, the more he knows she’s not like the other women he’s been with, so he calls his oldest brother, Adam, for advice. Of course, Adam immediately thinks Frank’s in trouble (did I mention he gets in trouble a lot?? LOL!) but soon discerns that Frank seems to be taken with this lady, which surprises him. When they hang up, Frank decides he’s all in and will do what he can to help her foundation, and to help her see him as something more than his reputation. Once things get rolling, revelations are made and hearts are in play. And, when scandal Kiana’s charity, Frank will move heaven and earth to move them out of the red zone.

Crista McHugh has ONCE AGAIN written a wonderful story with two characters that are relatable, refreshing and will have you turning the pages so fast that the story will be over before you know it. I knew that Frank’s book would be awesome, and it totally was. Even though he had that bad boy reputation, you just had to know going in that he would redeem himself in a big way. And, boy, did he! I loved Kiana as well. She is strong and independent despite a childhood that would have left most balled up in a corner sobbing. There was one HUGE problem with this book though. It’s the sixth book, about the sixth brother, which means there’s only one more. I just can’t believe that the next book, Gideon’s, will be the seventh. I’ve said it a million times. If you’re not reading Crista’s books, you’re sorely missing out on some of the best reads ever!!! Not one wasted word will be found in anything she writes. Well done, Crista McHugh, very very well done!

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A Soul for Atonement by Crista McHugh – a Review

A Soul for Atonement by Crista McHugh – a Review

 

A Soul for Atonement
The Soulbearer series – Book #4
by Crista McHugh
Release Date: December 10, 2014

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Description:
Arden Soulbearer has fought a god, defeated a necromancer, and driven enemy invaders out of her homeland. Now, the only reward she desires is to marry the man who’s been by her side through it all–her knight protector, Dev. But with her happy ending almost in reach, an ancient crime returns to haunt them… and the punishment is Dev’s death.

A century ago, a Soulbearer stole a sacred relic from the Ornathians, and now their king demands a sacrifice of Dev’s blood to lift the blight cursing his people. Arden’s only hope to free Dev from the king’s prison is to find the relic. But first, she must outwit the one person who knows where the relic is—-Loku, the God of Chaos whose soul resides within her.

 

Review:

A Soul for Atonement begins with Arden and Dev sparring. Dev has been training Arden to defend herself, and he’s done a good job! They are also only a couple of weeks away from their wedding. Things couldn’t be better, until the king of the Ornathians decides that his people must offer up a sacrifice to their goddess to try and make amends for the theft of a relic that the last Soulbearer had stolen…..and Loku had hidden. But the Ornathians didn’t want Arden as their sacrifice, they wanted Dev. Arden manages to make a deal, of sorts, with the Ornathians’s king that gives her two weeks to find the relic. Two whole weeks to find something that others have searched for for a century…..Dev warns her not to give too much power to Loku, but when it comes to the man she loves, she’s willing to risk everything, and Loku knows it.

Arden sets out seeking help from various family members and finally, thankfully, finds the help she so desperately needs. She has a trusted ally, a family trusted friend, and of course, Loku, the god of Chaos. And, once she realizes where the relic is hidden, she knows that her task will not be easy. She’s already wasted a few precious days, and Dev’s life hangs in the balance. Will Arden be able to traverse the tricky realm where the relic is hidden and save Dev? Or will the Ornathians sacrifice a soul for atonement? Well, my friends, you’ll just have to read and find out. And, what a read it is!

Crista McHugh has once again blown me away. I was so danged excited that we got to hear more from these characters that I devoured this book in one sitting. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…..No one, and I mean no one, can build a world seemingly as effortlessly as Crista McHugh can. Arden is so relatable that you feel that you know her from the beginning. And, the same can be said for Dev and the rest of the characters. I know it may sound cliché, but when I read a story by Crista McHugh, I can “see” it. I don’t mean just vague things in my mind, I mean SEE it. And, most definitely feel it as well. If you aren’t reading Crista McHugh’s work, you are seriously missing out. Well done, Crista McHugh, very very very well done!!

Reviewed by Vickie

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About the author green

crista mchugh pictureCrista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

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