Watermarked – Jessica Titone

Not a fan of the cover of this book sadly so probably would not have purchased this story but this is still in the beta stages. Thanks to the author for granting me a copy for review for an unbiased review.

This is a four person point of view story. It has kept me interested in the plot but not a great fan of Flynn but all have a strong personality that keeps you wondering on their secret.

The characters come across as self centred at first but as their story develops they seem to grow on you. The story also separated into two stories with the couples. I was in tears at the telling of the one story. Simply loved it.

There were a few editing errors but the copy I received was a Bata copy so it was to be expected but it was nothing that destroyed the story for me.

I would have happily had paid for this story.

The little theatre by the sea – Rosanna Ley

Okay predictable and no fireworks with the romance part. Hated the small side story of Faye’s parents and guessed early on the outcome. A nice enough story if you are looking for a light read but for me a little dull. 

Thanks to the author for allowing me to read this through NetGalley for an unbiased review.

Roxanne St Claire

A message from the author….

I have to address something with my readers, friends, and fans that is a bit uncomfortable for me. In no way do I want to cast another author in an unflattering light, so that is not my intention with this post. However, I need to clarify something that is starting to become an issue. There is an author using the name Roxy Sinclaire who is writing what looks to be erotica. This is not me, not a version of a pen name for me, and has nothing to do with me. Her author photo is from a stock photo site and, it has been pointed out, that the image looks a little like a (MUCH YOUNGER) version of me, especially with my signature glasses. I don’t know this author and have not read her books or sought her out. I’m afraid that the name willl confuse readers who purchase her books expecting a Roxanne St. Claire book. This post is not a call to action or disparagement of this author’s choice of pen names. I just want my readers to know Roxy Sinclaire IS NOT ME.


Ghosts of the old year – New Welsh Short Fiction

Woman Recumbent – Stevie Davies

I can’t explain this too much without giving away the story but excellent quick read.

The Ghosts of the year – Jo Mazelis 

Oh this was an emotional read. Beautifully written again.

Watershed – Rhodri Clark

Only a Welsh person living in the valleys will get the meaning of this story. So true… loved this. 

Ten Quid for a Busted Casio – Brian George 

A great little story that I could relate too. Never went that far but an unhappy marriage can leave you wanting something else.

Hello – Ken Barlow

Ah didn’t expect the ending but had a neighbour’s music at all hours so I can sympathise with the character. 

A sort of homecoming – Tristan Hughes

A melancholy tale but excellently written.

The Point – Deborah Davies

Okay…. from something that starts out sweet? Written great but one of those stories that get to you. I will remember this quick story for awhile.

Love’s Ligature – Dennis Lewis

Another good one of starting again.

Pod – Stevie Davies

Okay not my favourite but as a mother I can relate to the story. 

Mysterious Ways – Belinda Bauer

Great story.

Patchwork – Ruth Joseph

Oh a sad tale.

Ladd Springs – Diane Venetta 

I didn’t like the characters. From Nick ogling every female he sees then falling madly in love just after he finds out the secret? Too Delaney with her gun in her boot that when in trouble can’t get too fast enough. All the greed over land I get but doesn’t make you like the characters. Far too much going on that you get confused with the story switching between characters on a next paragraph without warning. And don’t get me started on the kiss, yucky description as far as I can say. Plus ends on a cliffhanger but for a series that’s to be expected but feels like it ends mid-chapter. 

A Perfect Husband – Hilary Boyd 

My next NetGalley read. 

This starts out slow and grows into a very bleak tale of the horror of what life leaves the families of a gambler. The characters are not very likeable but it’s an intriguing story. Seems to go on a bit too long before the secret of Freddy’s betrayal is out in the open. 

A word used a few times is discombobulated. I know what it means but for me destroys the little flow this has.

Not getting a connection with the characters as they feel one dimensional and not very likeable. 

Hated the ending also. This one really wasn’t for me sadly. 

Into the light – Aleatha Romig

The two books read like a full story but the parts are not expensive. I was happy to purchase both books. 
A gripping and horrendous portrayal of two women. Stella and Sara. One from the investigation of a journalist and the other a victim of the cult. 
Gripping from the first line and kept you on edge all the way. This could be a trigger for some readers with upsetting content. Best story I have read this year.