Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry by Richard Kirshenbaum – Review

RougeRouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry
by Richard Kirshenbaum 

Like Swans of Fifth Avenue and Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers, Richard Kirshenbaum’s Rouge gives readers a rare front-row seat into the world of high society and business through the rivalry of two beauty industry icons (think Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden), by the master marketer and chronicler of the over-moneyed.

Rouge is a sexy, glamorous journey into the rivalry of the pioneers of powder, mascara, and rouge. Continue reading

Once Upon a Bad Boy: Sometimes in Love #3 by Melonie Johnson – Review

Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love, #3)Once Upon a Bad Boy: Sometimes in Love #3
by Melonie Johnson 

NEVER SAY NEVER – Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first real boyfriend—the one who took her heart and ran away. Continue reading

The Haunted by Danielle Vega – Review

The HauntedThe Haunted by Danielle Vega

From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected. Continue reading

The Coffee Connection by Paulanne Simmons – Review

The Coffee ConnectionThe Coffee Connection by Paulanne Simmons

Months after 9/11, New Yorkers are still on edge when there’s a break-in at The Coffee Connection, a Brooklyn Heights café with a diverse clientele. Is this a random crime or was it committed by someone closer to the café? Suspects include Jack Healy, the shady real estate tycoon who owns the place; David Goldman, the Israeli who manages it during the day; Habib el-Kader, the Moroccan who manages at night; and Jerry McGovern, Healy’s not-very-bright nephew who takes over on weekends. Continue reading

 The Broken Canvas: Good Woman Gone Bad by Tai Barnett – Review

The Broken Canvas: Good Woman Gone BadThe Broken Canvas: Good Woman Gone Bad by Tai Barnett

Natasha Bishop has come a long way from painting pictures of landscapes in her Caribbean homeland to being a successful Hollywood Screenwriter. Fame and popularity, however, do not fit the mold of the life that Natasha yearns for and though she finds solace and sincerity with her swooning younger boyfriend Andrew Kingston, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to Brody Banister, the ruggedly handsome playboy Scottish actor who starts igniting new feelings of raw passion for the Screenwriter. Continue reading

Blue Dreamer-Paradigm Shift by Farren B. Ifield – Review

Blue Dreamer-Paradigm ShiftBlue Dreamer-Paradigm Shift by Farren B. Ifield

Throughout childhood, in a realm built with slavery, upper-class privileges felt more like shackles of hypocrisy to Madeleine. With a special talent for ostracizing herself from social circles for speaking out publicly against injustice, most of her days were spent alone, writing controversial articles for brave journals and, together with being unmarried in her twenties in such expectant times, the future sought to leave her feeling misunderstood, alone, and powerless to encourage change. That is, until the day she happened upon a slave in a cage and did something desperate which would lead to a future she could never have imagined, not in the wildest of her ominous dreams. Continue reading

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Review

The Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryThe Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow 

In the early 1900s, a young woman searches for her place in the world and the mystery behind a magical door in this captivating debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Continue reading