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Book Review: Serving Up Secrecy, by H.M. Shander


The first book I read by H.M. Shander was Ask Me Again, the second book in her Charlotte Cooper set and I was an instant fan. I’ve been spending so much time under deadlines lately that I haven’t had enough time to read so when I saw the blurb I knew I had to read this one too. I love secret baby stories, and this one was fantastic.

From the first pages where Josephine finds herself in a hotel room with a very hot, very naked man, I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the story. Both she and James are flawed but very likeable, and her best friend Ana is hilarious. HM has a gift for writing characters that you feel like you’ve known all their lives and a great, conversational way of writing that makes it easy to lose yourself in the story, as if a friend is telling it to you, and it makes the pages fly by. When I wasn’t reading it, I found myself thinking about Josephine and James and hoping they’d make it through.

I’ve still been crazy busy with the book release but when I got to the last third of the book I planted my tattooed butt in the bathtub and devoured it. For a little while I wasn’t sure Josephine would get her happy ending, and I couldn’t stand the tension! When I finished the book, my eyes were filled with tears. Whether they were tears of sadness or Joy (see what I did there?) I’m not going to tell you – you have to read it and find out for yourself!

As with her Charlotte Cooper books, I highly recommend Serving Up Secrecy and am looking forward to reading the others in the series. I’ve already downloaded Serving Up Devotion! Pick your copy up now at your favorite retailer!

Kindle: http://mybook.to/SUSecrecy

Kobo: http://goo.gl/dv6YsV

Nook: http://goo.gl/hfBQNc

iBooks: http://goo.gl/STf1ip

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Book Review: Run Away Charlotte

Run Away Charlotte

Trusting and depending on others has never suited nineteen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, who believes she’s unworthy of a happily ever after. She’s fiercely loyal to one – her BFF Joe. Afterall, Joe’s the only one who knows everything about Charlotte and he’s sworn to protect her heart, and her deep dark secrets.

Until Andrew Wagner walks into her life.

When it comes to matters of the heart and mind, which direction do you follow? Love or Logic?

Run Away Charlotte is the precursor to Ask Me Again, which I received from the author in exchange for a review, and I loved it so much that I bought this one.

It was interesting to see how Charlotte and Andrew came to meet and be together, and how much they meant to each other. You could definitely tell they were in love from the start in Ask Me Again but I got to see every little detail that was alluded to in it. Having read the previous book I couldn’t help shouting “No, no, stay away from Jack!” the first time they met.

While this book was really good, I feel like the author hit her stride with the second book. I could tell that she learned a lot more about pacing by that time, and there were parts in Run Away Charlotte where the pace lagged. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, just that I felt that Ask Me Again had worked out some of the kinks.

That being said, when there was excitement or something big happening to Charlotte (so much happened to poor Charlotte!), the pages seemed to turn themselves and I had a hard time putting it down.

I highly recommend both of H.M. Shander’s books. While you don’t have to have read this one to understand and follow the second, I do recommend you read them in order so you can fully appreciate Andrew and Charlotte’s love.

Book Review: Ask Me Again

Ask Me Again

It’s been more than 13 years since Andrew and Charlotte broke up, but that doesn’t mean the past is forgotten.

Through death, lies and betrayals, Charlotte leans on Andrew, finding solace in the fact that she never needs to hide herself from him. When a huge loss pushes her to the edge and makes her question everything, she has to decide if she should stay in the life she’s created and make the best of it, or risk it all for a second chance at true happiness.

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of HM Shander’s Ask Me Again, a follow up to her previous novel Run Away Charlotte. She told me that I didn’t need to have read the first book to follow along, but now that I’ve finished Ask Me Again I definitely want to pick up Run Away Charlotte to see how it all began.

From the very beginning we got hints of how bad Charlotte’s life was with her husband, but it seemed like it could all be put down to a couple who was falling out of love with one another. Once we got a glimpse of who Jack really was, I was hoping that she’d leave him and every time she talked herself into staying I was frustrated.

Shander really portrays the character of a woman who is a victim of domestic violence, both verbal and physical, honestly. While it made the story hard to read at times it felt very real and I was frightened for Charlotte on a lot of occasions. Everything seemed to happen to the poor woman, from a flood in her kitchen to the death of someone very dear to her, and I didn’t blame her one bit for trying to escape into the past with Andrew.
Andrew, the man she never really fell out of love with, was everything Jack wasn’t and he was a breath of fresh air. I loved how relaxed Charlotte was able to be when she was with him, and it made her going back to her husband all the sadder. When things came to a head later, I honestly wasn’t sure who she would choose and for that I give Shander a huge thumbs-up.

All in all, I really enjoyed Ask Me Again. The characters were flawed but likeable (except Jack, who was just the worst), the story was paced really well, and when I was able to let out the breath I’d been holding for two chapters the ending was satisfying. Charlotte really grew as a person and I was proud of her. Definitely recommend this book to fans of women’s fiction and romance.

You can pick it up at Amazon to read for yourself!