Bird After Bird (by Leslea Tash)

Women’s Fiction /  Contemporary Romance

After the death of her father, Wren returns to her childhood home in Indiana. Her plan is to sell the family home as quickly as possible so she can return to her life in Chicago. But when she discovers a journal her father left her, a journal which calls into question the path she has chosen for herself, she is forced to make some choices.

Laurie is carrying the guilt over two deaths. His fiancée, a dog handler who died while on a search and rescue, and a friend who was killed by a road side bomb. When he meets Wren he finds a chance for redemption, a chance to move forward with his life. But Wren has her own issues and finds herself pushing him away even while she knows he is exactly what she wants.

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Bird After Bird is something of an odd bird. It doesn’t quite fit into the contemporary romance genre and it isn’t quite women’s fiction. It’s written with a measured pace from alternating points of view and honestly for the first 20% or so of the book I struggled. But that initial effort paid off and by the half way mark I was well and truly sucked in.

Laurie is a returned serviceman. Contemporary Romance would demand that he be a Navy SEAL. Thank you Ms Tash for making your hero a motor mechanic!!! I bang my head against the metaphorical wall every time I read a romance hero is a SEAL. That’s just one refreshing thing in a book which somehow manages to be both whimsical and show very real human emotions. A lot of love for this book.

DISCLOSURE: I am a friend of the author on both Facebook and Goodreads.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 6.07.24 pmMany thanks to Leslea Tash for providing me with this ARC.

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Troll or Derby (by Red Tash)

I originally reviewed this book as a guest reader for The Indie Bookshelf. The Indie Bookshelf is a blog created and run by a group of frighteningly talented women who support independent authors. It is something like an Aladdin’s Cave for book lovers and a great place to find your next book. 

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 Roller Deb

“Roller Deb is a fighter. Debra, you were born a protector. You were born of Protectors. You have the blood of warriors and chiefs in your veins.”

Roller Deb lives with her mother who despises her and her beauty queen sister in a trailer park. She is the regular target of town bullies, including the sleazy son of a local mobster.  After her sister is kidnapped she sets out to find her and set her free, but with what seems like the whole town hunting for her things aren’t looking so good for her.

Harlow

“Interrogating a pixie isn’t as fun as it sounds. I tried to keep it nice, but the little guys are vicious biters, and I may have squished one.”

Harlow is a troll. He lives at the local dump where he has everything he needs except any memories. Strange (for a troll), but he feels a deep compulsion to protect Roller Deb. Time is fast running out and Deb needs to trust Harlow for there to be any hope of finding her sister, defeating a mobster and maybe even saving a unicorn.

The Fairy Tale 

Troll or Derby is fairy tale but it’s not a children’s story. When the first edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales was published in 1812, it was widely criticized for the violence and even sexual content. In ensuing editions the tales were edited to make them more suitable for children.

This is a dark fairy tale about a fairy and a troll who fight the only way they know how…with Rock ‘n’ Roll and Roller Derby. It’s packed with bikers, gangsters, drug dealers, amish and a whole bunch of other worldly creatures.   I’m pretty sure your parents won’t want you reading this book. Read it anyway.   (★★★★★)

Many thanks to Red Tash and The Indie Bookshelf for providing me with a review copy of this book.