Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Lucky Second Chance 

by Nickie Seidler

This was not an easy read for me at first. I found myself bogged down a lot of the time by very wordy text and an overly descriptive storyline. Lucky for me I gave it a "second chance" and kept going. It was worth the rocky beginning. 

The character of Emma is hard to like sometimes because she is so very insecure and suspicious of people and their motives- she is very emotional and at some times even whiny. Once you stop and realize that she is SUPPOSED to be this way, as a domestic abuse victim, you realize the brilliance in making her character hard to like- she is hard to like herself also. Part of the reason the story is so worth sticking with is you get to see Emma evolve and find out how to love and trust again- not only others but herself as well. She is definitely stronger at the end than she was in the start.

Nate is her rescuer, protector and "Mr. Wonderful" and you will easily fall in love with him and stay there. He has a couple of asshole moments where you will poke your tongue at him but for the most part his only reason for everything is making Emma happy because he loves her so much. 

This entire book takes place over the course of one year, but so much happens with these two people and those in their respective families that you will wonder how they make it through so much in so short a period. It is definitely not ever boring. Lol!

Overall, I commend Nickie for her great storytelling ability and have already told her how much I love her as the great person she is. Where this book may have needed work in better dialogue at times and could have used more editing, it was a terrific first effort and definitely worth a read! I bet her next book will be even better <3 Kellie 

About the Author:

Born and raised in the Chicago-land area, Nickie Seidler is a up and coming young author. Her new-found dream of being a writer has led to the completion of her first book "A Lucky Second Chance". 

Nickie is married, and when not writing, enjoys cooking new recipes for them to try, water aerobics, car racing and spending quality time with family and friends. 

She is currently writing her second book to be released early 2014.


By Olivia Cunning

Are you getting a clue as to how much I ADORE Olivia Cunning?  That woman can write a rockstar like no other.  I seriously had just been telling my friends at book club meeting how I had lost my mojo.  I couldn't seem to read anything and enjoy it.  Burnout?  Maybe.  It was disheartening considering reading has always been my thing since I was little.  Last night, I finally loaded Tie Me into Kindle.  OH. MY. GOD.  Olivia Cunning saved me!

Tie Me is the 5th installment of her One Night with Sole Regret series.  Honestly, until Kellen, I had considered Sole Regret to be pale imitators of my beloved Sinners.  While I am not happy with what a pussy Kellen is about his dead girlfriend, I was taken away by the HOT HOT HOT (you get the idea it was SMOKING HOT) monkey love between Dawn and Kellen.  I see them being very good for each other.  I can see a lot of opportunity for the characters to grow and develop.  

Kellen is completely wrecked over death of his girlfriend.  The girl seems like a real piece of work -- made all these stupid "rules" for him when he was obviously a great guy who just wanted to make her happy.  He gave her EVERYTHING while she just limited him.  ANYWAY, he was trying to put her memory to rest and he heard beautiful piano music coming from window next door.......

Dawn is a Grammy winning pianist. She understands a part of Kellen that Sarah never could -- his music. The music brings them together, then they make music together.  

I really recommend this read.  Olivia Cunning never disappoints!  ***ANN***