Review Rendezvous: 8/18/18

Kaitlin’s Mooring by Carey V. Azzara
Book stats:
Genre(s): New adult, contemporary
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 190
Publish date: July 3rd, 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & NobleBook Depository

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Nothing is more horrific than losing a child, nothing more joyous than the birth of one. When grief intertwines with joy, it throws the Deveau family into turmoil.

Pregnant twenty-year-old Kaitlin Deveau leaves Boston University in a hurry when Henry, her grandfather, calls from Maine with devastating news. Bereft of hope, Kaitlin’s son, Christopher, becomes a life preserver, keeping the family buoyant. Henry, now Chris’s only male role model, teaches him lessons he uses throughout life. In the end, Chris and his adopted sister, Susan, must save their parents from the fate that took his grandparents–but the outcome is uncertain.

I haven’t read many contemporaries recently, at least ones having to deal with mortality in such a large way. Some authors can tend to use death to build up shock factor instead of to enrich the story, but that is definitely not what happens here. Azzara masterfully weaves the relationships throughout the book and shows how the circumstances around them have come to change their feelings.

The only real downside was pacing. I’m so used to books that take off at 100 MPH in the first chapter that this one took a bit to get into. But once I finally sat down with enough time to take it all in, I did end up enjoying the book.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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Review Rendezvous: 1/6/18

The Fidelity Files by Jessica Brody
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, new adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 422
Publish date: June 10th, 2008
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository – Barnes & Noble


Working under the code name Ashlyn, Jennifer Hunter is hired by suspicious wives and girlfriends to conduct her infamous “fidelity inspection” on the men in their lives. Between bachelor parties and business trips, “Ashlyn” has successfully exposed hundreds of unfaithful men. Of course, she never actually sleeps with any of them; she tests for an intention to cheat only. But Jen’s double life starts to take its toll and her friends suspect that the reason she hasn’t had a date in two years is more complicated than the demands of her supposed “investment banking” career. And when a suspicious email surfaces with her picture on it warning men of her real motives, Jen fears that her secret identity is in danger of being uncovered. Plus, her best friend Sophie now plans to hire “Ashlyn” for an inspection of her own! Just when it seems like nothing is going her way, Jen meets sexy, sophisticated Jamie Richards. She knows there’s no room for romance in her life, but she finds herself more and more drawn to him. It doesn’t take long to realize it’s time to retire Ashlyn for the sake of true love but not before taking on one last assignment–a job which will change everything.

Quite a unique premise we have here, which is what drew me to this duology in the first place. You know there’s gonna be drama when it involves a random women testing other women’s significant others for cheating. There is definitely a lot going on here, which is why I couldn’t put the book down.

Jennifer kind of stumbled onto this profession by accident, but since then has transformed it into a full on career. The sadly depressing part of her job is that no one has ever passed her inspections. As such, Jennifer has begun to disbelieve in love, but that won’t last for long when a handsome man walks right into her life.

Towards the beginning, someone whom Jennifer has tested sets up a website explaining that her alias “Ashlyn” is out to prove guys are cheaters, thus threatening her entire job. Is it a former mark? A disappointed wife? Whoever it is, Jennifer can’t stand for that, and sets out to stop it all while continuing on her work.

I will admit, the story sheds a bit of a bad light on love and the people who are duped into believing that their partners are faithful. But, all is not lost, you’ll have to read to the end of the book to figure out why 🙂


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Review Rendezvous: 12/9/17

A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, new adult, contemporary
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 282
Publish date: May 12th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository


Rockstar to the core, Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence. 

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants. 

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

I raved about the first book in this duology last year, and I have to say that this book makes everything even better. I love the fact that Oram switched over to Kyle’s point of view here, because we get to see a lot more of his motivation.

I appreciate the fact that Oram actually makes Kyle’s change seem realistic. He doesn’t just drop everything at once and become the man that Val wants him to be, it takes him a bit. Of course, he has to prove to everyone around him that he isn’t back to his old ways, which proves harder than he’d wanted.

We don’t see a whole lot of Val at first, but once she’s back in the picture, I really liked seeing her all grown up into a fierce, passionate young woman. She’s still not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and I commend that in a person.

The dynamic between Val and Kyle is tedious. She wants so badly for this to be true, but she doesn’t fully trust him and think that he’ll break her heart still. Kyle, on the other hand, is doing everything he can possibly think of to prove his worth to her, and is getting different signals from Val.

There’s also the relationship between Val and her best friend to think about. At the end of the first book, Val’s friend (her name is escaping me right now, apologies!) basically ambushed her, which made Val completely turn away from the friendship. We get to see the slow work of them repairing the relationship, which we the perfect addition to the main romance.

And that ending. Oh the ending is so good. You need to read this, it will give you all the happy feels!


If you liked this book, check these ones out:

52 Reasons
Contemporary romance featuring a spoiled heiress who has to work a real job (gasp!) to keep her inheritance
Another book by Kelly Oram, just as cute!