Books Worth Your Bucks: The Matchmakers Playbook

 matchmaker_cover  I thought I’d try out another Kindle Motion title. This time to genre was truly romance, so it made for a nice comparison. Nice work with that cover.

 What I loved:  Rachel Van Dyken tells a great story. I can’t recall ever reading a m/f romance that was entirely from the male viewpoint. The male characters and their dialogue were well done. Conflict kept the pages turning. I read this in one sitting.


When it came to the motion graphics in this one, I was surprised to find I could have done without them here. In the romantic suspense, motion graphics clearly added dram and suspense. Here, they pull you out of the illusion you are a part of the story. I think they just lost track of their target audience. I’d guess 98% of readers  for m/f romances are female and if book covers are any indication, they enjoy looking at scantily clad males. Putting in gifs of a female undressing or a female in the bed, caressing the sheets was not the smartest move.


That said, I still loved the bits of color and page style that brighten up the pages.

The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

The Matchmaker’s Playbook at Amazon

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How to Unwind from the Holiday

When I want to unwind, I pick up a good book and get lost in  a fantasy.  These are some of the book boyz you'll find roaming in the fantasy worlds of Nara's Nook. If that's too much effort just now, buy one of the books there on the sidebar will keep you entertained.


Books Worth Your Bucks: Tracks of Her Tears

KindleMotionCover I accidentally deleted the review I had done for this Kindle in Motion book from my blog and my laptop. I thought it was an important innovation and worth redoing. So if you’ve seen this, forgive me. If you missed it, don’t miss it now.
Amazon isn’t publicly promoting this in any way that I have found, beyond just tagging the few books released with this technology so that searching Kindle in Motion will bring up all the titles available. There are only a few so far. What sets these books apart are striking visual elements, like being able to watch the snow fall on the cover. Subtle, but pretty. It makes you want to look inside.

 What I loved:  Melinda Leigh’s story was compelling and kept my turning the pages. A romantic suspense with a whole lot of suspense and a sprinkle of romance expressed by kissing and protecting your loved one. Usually I like something higher up the heat scale, but the visual elements drew me in, adding to the suspense and creep-factor in key scenes.
The wintry landscape, that blood-red, drop cap, that face suddenly peeking through blinds as I was reading, imparted that same an edge-of-the-seat feeling I get with a spooky movie. Not all graphics were in motion. Sometimes it was a still pic, a small graphic or page background. Many pages had no enhancement at all. I think the balance of text to active elements was excellent. It is the best of an enhanced e-book can do that I’ve ever read.
What’s not to love about a book that includes cat GIFs? But if you don’t like the images and  motion features they can easily be turned off in the preferences menu.

Tracks of Her Tears by Melinda Leigh

In the first thrilling Rogue Winter Novella, sleepy little Solitude, Oregon, wakes up to another deadly threat.
County investigator Seth Harding intends to spend the holidays with his newly reconciled family, but a few days before Christmas, a homicide thwarts his plan. Seth arrives at the scene and makes a painful discovery: the victim is his brother-in-law’s girlfriend. Her apartment has been ransacked and her toddler left motherless. To make matters worse, Seth’s brother-in-law, Bruce, is missing. With Solitude locked in a rare, deadly deep freeze and the temperature plummeting, the residents launch a desperate search.
Seth calls his wife, social worker Carly Taylor, to take the case so the little girl doesn’t get lost in the foster care system. With the holidays near, Carly brings the child home with them to celebrate Christmas. But when the Taylor farm is also trashed, Seth and Carly must race against time—and against a paralyzing winter storm—to find Bruce and catch a killer in the first pulse-pounding sequel to the Rogue River Novellas.

Tracks of Her Tears at Amazon

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