Mini-Reviews Monday #17

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!


Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak

Christmas in Silver Springs (Silver Springs, #6)Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequinn, MIRA
Publication Date: October 29th 2019
Source: Publisher
Format: e-ARC

Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together.

So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses paths with Tobias Richardson.

The moment Tobias spots Harper, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Harper is the way to do it. But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction and a desire neither saw coming.

Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t divulge his ex-con status, let alone the shameful details. So when Harper’s ex shows up in Silver Springs and reveals the truth in a bid to win her back, Tobias is sure he’s lost her for good. But maybe this Christmas he’ll receive the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves.

This novel was super charming and sweet. However, this was a case of right book wrong reader. I just wasn’t my cup of tea even though it was a really good story. The characters were solid, and the plot kept me engaged enough to keep reading. But that was it, I just couldn’t really connect or invest in the story of our heroine or our hero and I felt like I was going through the motions.

I do believe though that those who are searching for an endearing contemporary romance set during the christmas/holiday season will absolutely adore this. Novak has a wonderful writing style and the development of the characters is well written–I unfortunately just couldn’t connect.


Fame & Privilege by L.C. Reagan

Fame & Privilege (A Billionaire Hollywood Romance)Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Independently Published
Publication Date: July 8th 2019
Source: Author
Format: e-book

Billionaire Jenn Cooper has run her own movie studio for the last 3 years with the utmost success. Everything in her life has been easy due to the wealth and privilege she’s been afforded. Ryan Price is a young and talented manager in Hollywood who represents up-and-coming starlet Julia Belle. What will happen when Price and Cooper try to collaborate on one of Hollywood’s most promising stories to date? Let’s just say that things in Hollywood never follow the script.

DNF @ 22%

I tried my hardest, but I could not for the life of me connect with this story enough to finish it. The writing felt very one dimensional and ‘on the nose’, and the characters felt like they lacked personality and depth. I craved for a natural feeling in regards to the progression and well…everything… during my reading that I just didn’t happen unfortunately.


True West by Sam Shepard

True WestGenres: Plays, Drama
Publisher: Audibly Studios
Publication Date: April 4th 2019
Source: Owned
Format: Audiobook

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast) smolder and burn as sparring brothers in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic 1980 drama. The Cain and Abel conflict is a showdown of sibling rivalry, to be sure, but also bears witness to a legacy of booze-fueled family brawls. As Harington and Flynn duel it out, they bring a cagey, wiry energy to director Matthew Dunster’s West End revival of this Pulitzer Prize finalist. The portrait of the estranged pair is a riveting study in contrasts as Harington’s successful screenwriter and Flynn’s scheming grifter explosively collide in the California desert. The scorched, arid setting is more than just a backdrop; its expanse and emptiness make it a palpable presence in a play about wounded masculinity and broken dreams.

The live theater production of True West was performed in 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, United Kingdom. It was produced by Joseph Smith and John Brant for Smith & Brant Theatricals and James Bierman for Empire Street Productions.

Portions of this audio drama contain mature language and themes. Listener discretion is advised.

This was an meh listen. Having scene this play live before, I do think that it is better to fully grasp the story to see it rather than just listen. By purely listening, I felt like I missed a lot of the character development and over-arcing themes of the play, because it felt like it was just a screaming match between two wonderfully talented actors.


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