Rich Amooi is a master at rom-com, never failing to make his readers laugh or leave them with a smile. Out of all of his books that I’ve read (and I’ve still got a few to go to catch up) Amber and Scotty might be my favorite. I loved their banter and the chemistry was explosive. Watching their romance and relationship develop was pure enjoyment. Add in the fun side characters—Stella, Dean, Scotty’s parents, the crazy cousin—along with the fabulously fun plot and you’ve got a non-stop page-turner that you won’t want to put down. Loved it!
Katherine Center is one of those authors who brings us hope when all seems lost and she’s done it again with HELLO STRANGER.
We start the story off with struggling artist Sadie Montgomery finally getting a break. She’s a finalist in a prestigious portrait contest (yay), but then she has an accident, and stuff happens that gets in the way (no spoilers). Most people would just give up and quit at this point, but not Sadie. Sure, she has her moments (who wouldn’t), but she hasn’t given up hope. Along the way, she meets a new neighbor and a hot vet who saves her precious dog, and even though it looks like her career might be tanking before it even gets to take off, her love life is flourishing. Maybe…again no spoilers.
What I loved about this book was the layers. Sadie’s medical issue and her journey learning to deal with everything happening because of said issues. Sadie’s budding relationship with her neighbor. Sadie’s relationship with her best friend Sue and her family. The complex family drama going on. And then on top of all of that, there’s the humor that the author wove into the story that gives us hope as we read about what is a very serious topic.
Katherine Center is a master at delivering stories filled with interesting characters facing difficult situations with courage and strength and lifting her readers up.
A great who-dun-it that kept me guessing until the end.
Surprisingly, this is the first Kelly Armstrong book I’ve read. I don’t know why, as I’ve known about her books for years and was a fan of the TV show Bitten which was an adaption from her book, but there you have it. It won’t be the last one I read, that’s for sure.
Ms. Armstrong did a great job laying out the clues and peppering the story with red herrings to keep me from zeroing in right away on the murderer. Oh sure, I suspected that person, but I wasn’t sure, and that’s all that mattered.
I really liked Dalton and Casey, their easy-going relationship, utter trust, and the chemistry between the two. I’ll definitely have to go back and read the Rockton series so I can see these two from the start. Actually, if you haven’t read that series, if might be helpful to read it first. I did feel a bit lost a few times with references to Rockton and what went wrong. But you don’t have to read it. Yolanda was also a great character. Strong. Secretive. Stubborn. Gunnar gave the story some run color and a little levity, which I always appreciate.
Great setting, characters, storyline, and setup for a new series. Looking forward to what comes next.