Friday, 19 July 2019

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Raining Men and Corpses: A Chinese Cozy Mystery (A Raina Sun Mystery Book 1) by Anne R. Tan | #PCBReviews

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews (#PCBReviews). We went with a (Chinese) cosy mystery: Raining Men and Corpses (A Raina Sun Mystery Book 1) by Anne R. Tan.

Here's the blurb:

When it rains, it pours … and this amateur sleuth may be in over her head.

Graduate student Raina Sun is trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in when her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. Her quest to retrieve the money sets in motion a streak of even worse luck.

First, she stumbles on her advisor's dead body and becomes a suspect in his murder. Next, the only man she's ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case. Raina's having trouble interpreting his signals--does he want to reignite their passion, or just stay close to his prime suspect?

Her life careens further out of control when her grandma shows up at Raina's postage-stamp-sized apartment, dragging a red suitcase and trouble of her own. As Raina summons her sleuthing skills, she discovers that when it comes to murder, there may be no place for an amateur.

For readers who like cozy mysteries, quirky characters, and a dash of humor.

Come on in, the water's fine--get your copy of Raining Men and Corpses today!

This book had me at Chinese cozy mystery. I really wanted to find out what the difference was. It turns out not a lot. The main character is Chinese-American and therefore there are some references to that, but the story itself is quite universal.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

#Review: Hurricane Crimes (Disaster Crimes #1) by Chrys Fey

I received a free audiobook of Hurricane Crimes, making it my first ever audiobook download! (I know, I know). Listening to the book instead of reading it was interesting, and I'll be sharing my thoughts in a future post. 
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he's trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?


This is a novella that introduces us to Beth Kennedy and Donovan Goldwyn who meet during a Hurricaine. She's stuck in her home because her car broke down and he wraps his car around a tree in front of her house.

This is a very short story that spans a period of twenty-four to forty-eight hours. A lot is packed into that time as Beth and Donovan try to weather the storm as well as the tension when Beth finds out Donovan is a murder suspect. There were a few places that made me laugh, especially when Beth asks Donovan how many fingers she's holding up.

Monday, 8 July 2019

#Review: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan | #HoopsSeries #KennedyRyan

I decided to read this story after reading Hook Shot (book 3 of the series). I actually ended up buying both the ebook and the audiobook, because I wanted to be able to continue the story even if I wasn't in a situation to read the ebook (like when I was driving).

Here's the blurb:

Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl?
You don't.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold.

Now there's a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA's brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go.

*Contains domestic/sexual abuse not involving the hero. Read reviews for guidance.


August and Iris meet a day before one of the most important games of August's career. They hit it off like a house on fire. However, Iris has a boyfriend and so they part ways and life happens.

This is a story that's going to be very difficult for many readers as it not only addresses the issue of domestic abuse, but actually shows it on the page. The only reason I kept going on was the knowledge that this story had a happy ending. I am not the biggest fan of stories that start with the main characters in a relationship with their soon-to-be-ex, which is the case here. Over half of Long Shot shows Iris in a relationship with her abusive boyfriend who puts her through some very gruesome stuff. More importantly, the story shows how it could happen to anyone and how hard it can be to just 'walk away'.

Friday, 5 July 2019

#BookReview: Can't Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She's finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted.

Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime…except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love?

Reggie is battling with a case of insomnia which is messing with her work. She can't have that so she decides to take care of it, and the only fail-safe cure is the soothing voice of a man she met online. I wondered why she didn't just take a pill, since nothing was said in the story about allergies or anything, but hey it's fiction. Anyway, Reggie's sister is able to track down the voice, whose name turns out to be Gustave (Gus). As it turns out, Gus has also not been able to forget about Reggie. Their interaction is quite sweet and had me smiling quite a bit as I read.