November Book Reviews

My reading is way off this month due to NaNoWriMo, but I finished the first draft of my WIP, and I’m happy about that.

I still have four wonderful books for you!

November book reviews include my 4 and 5 star reads of 19th century romance, Christmas romance, a Christmas novellette about family love. And for a little variety… a book with werewolves!

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*****

The Unraveling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore

This book was a hoot. Imagine a romance where the characters are blackmailing each other and yet contractually agree to produce an heir.

Lady Fury needs an heir if she hopes to keep the estate of her dead husband, who, by the way, is in a box in the cellar and starting to stink. Captain Flint Blackmoore is an old flame from years past, a privateer who dumped Fury on the docks and later lost his ship. He knows about the body in the cellar, and she knows his real identity. They’re stuck with each other.

The numerous clinical “rules” Fury imposes on Flint regarding the act of reproduction generate some one-upmanship, negotiation, and plenty of outrage. How exactly does one have sex without touching or removing one’s clothes? For the characters the act of sex becomes an act of war. For the reader, it’s hysterical. And heaven forbid they fall in love.

Time is of the essence because of the decomposing body, and Fury demands repeat performances for as long as it takes. With all the wrangling and finagling, the initial installment of the contract takes the first 25% of the book, and it’s all entertaining as heck.

I loved the tight POV that allowed me to experience Fury’s running commentary up close and personal. Both she and Flint are sympathetic characters even when driving each other nearly insane with frustration. The pace whips along, the characters motivated, the flush of emotions rampant. Highly recommended to readers of romance, and readers who enjoy the fireworks when great characters are thrown together in a madcap plot.

*****

Mountain Laurel Christmas by Jan Sikes

This is one of my favorite novelettes from Jan Sikes. And that’s high praise coming from a Christmas Grinch. I read this sweet story of family love and redemption in about an hour and actually choked up at one point.

Cole is a famous musician out of Nashville whose lost his zest for life. Then he visits the mountain shack where he and his siblings grew up. He loved his family, but by the time he turned fifteen, he was an orphan and, in the years since, lost track of his little brother. He finds an old letter that changes everything.

Sikes includes rich details that bring the settings to life, and even the minor characters are multi-dimensional. Cole’s arc is believable as well as touching, and his younger brother Timmy is an absolute delight. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy short stories, heartwarming tales about family, and a bit of Christmas cheer.

*****

Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar

If you love Christmas romances with adorable kids, puppies, and sleigh rides, this short 2+ hour read will warm the cockles of your heart. Grace has moved with her young daughter Cassie to a new home where Cassie can participate in a promising trial for the treatment of leukemia. Robert is the principal at Cassie’s new school, and he has a daughter, Avery. The kids hit it off immediately. And though the parents have some instant attraction, life has thrown some hardballs their way that just might strike them out.

There aren’t any villains in this story to speak of. The barriers to love are real problems that real families deal with. Grace’s dedication to her daughter’s health and treatment is absolute. Robert has ideas for his under-funded school and plans that teeter on the brink of failure. I enjoyed how grounded the adults were when it came to their children, and how hopeful the children were when it came to the adults.

The plot moves along well. Grace, Robert, and Cassie share the POV, though Avery is also a star. This is a heartwarming Christmas romance with sweet characters, lots of sparks, mischievous little kids, giggles, and yes, puppies.

*****

Lunar Boogie (The Hat #4) by C. S. Boyak

Lunar Boogie is the 4th book in The Hat series, but if a reader has read the first book (The Hat) and gotten to know Lizzie and her hilarious talking headgear, I don’t think the order of the rest matters much. In this adventure, Lizzie and the Hat are playing gigs with their cover band, The Pythons. That’s her official job.

The unofficial job? That’s hunting paranormal creatures. In this case a werewolf that’s leaving large bloody messes but few body parts (after eating his fill). What’s concerning Lizzie and the Hat is the murders seem to be following the band. There’s a fair amount of stalking scary places after dark and chasing red herrings. Joe Yoder, a cop who talks to the ghost of his dead wife, is also on the werewolf’s trail. I liked the emotional depth he brought to an otherwise plot-driven read.

One of my favorite aspects of this book (and the other Hat books) is the clever and often dry banter between Lizzie and the Hat. They have a great relationship that’s most evident in the prevalent dialog. Boyak’s quirky storytelling style is all over this book. A fun read for Hat fans and readers of paranormal fiction. Highly recommended.

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*****

Happy Reading!

298 thoughts on “November Book Reviews

  1. Ocean Bream says:

    Congratulations on finishing your first draft of WIP! That must have been exhilarating. You still managed four books in November – colour me impressed 🙂 Happy reading!

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  2. olganm says:

    Thanks, Diana. I love all the suggestions, and I’ll explore them further. Congratulations to all the authors and happy Christmas!

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  3. Diana, I’m sorry that I missed this post. I’m sharing it now though. Congrats to everyone. It’s a marvelous collection of stories. Hugs on the wing.

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  4. markbierman says:

    Good thing I have a Kindle, because stuffing ALL of these books, in paperback form, into my stocking would have been difficult. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Diana. Congratulations to Shehanne, Jan, Jacquie, and Craig!

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  5. Lamittan Minsah says:

    Your reviews are clear and great… I believe genuine too. ❤

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  6. A beautiful selection of books Diana, your reviews are enticing! Me, Too sounds like a lovely seasonal read at Christmas time and I feel it would make a fantastic gift. Thank you dear Diana. Wishing you a wonderful holidays ahead.

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  7. Love your reviews Diana!! They make me want to read each story!! I came over to this post from your interview with Jan Sikes. Great review on her book, but truly great reviews on each of them!!

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  8. Resa says:

    Diana! You reading fiend! LOL!
    The books all sound fab. Yay, I know “The Unravelling of Lady Fury”, and it is fabulous. I’m a huge fan of Shehanne Moore. I did a review of it with 4 of her other books. (on my Art Gowns blog) Of course the reviews included drawings of her heroines in gowns. Lol!
    https://artgowns.com/2020/06/10/the-smexy-pen-of-shehanne-moore/
    The Smexy Pen of Shehanne Moore.

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  9. Congrats on completing NaNoWriMo. I bet that was nice exercise. And thank you for another wonderful round of reviews. Nothing like Christmas romance for the cosy holiday feel. 🙂

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  10. Luanne says:

    I can’t even believe you got so much reading done this past month while doing all that writing! Brava for you!!!!

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  11. Congratulations Diana 🥳! Thank you for the find reviews. Best wishes for mush success to the authors.

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  12. Baydreamer says:

    Congrats on finishing your first draft, Diana. That’s awesome! All of these books sound great, but reading a feel-good Christmas book sounds like just what I need. Congratulations to all the authors!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Lauren. It feels really good to have the 1st draft done. Those are always the hardest part for me. And two feel-good Christmas stories to choose from here! You can’t go wrong with either. Happy December, my friend. ❤

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  13. Congratulations on finishing the first draft of your WIP, Diana! Wonderful accomplishment! You still got four book reviews for November!! I’m happy for the talented authors!

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  14. markbierman says:

    Congratulations to these great authors! Diana, you still managed 4 books during NaNoWriMo, AND finish the 1st draft of your WIP. I’d say that’s a very productive month.

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  15. Linda Raha says:

    Great reviews! Thank you for sharing…a long winter awaits with lots of reading to do! 🙂

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  16. Congratulations on completing the draft of your new book, Diana! Well, you did it again and convinced me to one-click this month too. I’m looking forward to taking a break and consuming words from other authors. Happy Writing and Reading.

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