Tag Archive | Reviews

Ebook Romance Stories: For Real, Review

For Real

~ The Courage Series ~

Book 3

“There I was just enjoying the heck out of this story when those dreaded words came up. “Epilogue.” What? NO! It can’t be over yet.

Staci Stalling has done it again. She’s taken a handful of characters that we can easily associate with and shown us some of their flaws and hidden insecurities. She does a masterful job of describing how people tend to lie and/or manipulate the truth so others will be impressed. And then they have to cover the lies with other lies and pretty soon it gets easier and easier to tell more lies. They play a lot of games in life trying to impress, gain attention or make others jealous.

“As he went, person by person through those in his life, he saw their desperate attempts to hide the hurt and fear with… what? Everything. Clothes. Shoes. Money. Cars. Education. Position. Status. And down the other spectrum drugs, alcohol, anger, violence, selfishness. As he thought about it, he realized that it was the same disease just with different symptoms.”

In this story we have Blaine who is a really nice guy, but insecure about who and what he is because his father pulled a fast one on the family 10 years earlier. Yes, for 10 years he’s had these issues. We briefly met Blaine in book 2 of the Courage Series, “White Knight”, when he worked with Eve. Wanting to impress Eve he borrows a top of the line sports car from his buddy to go on a group date with Eve and everyone thinks he’s a spoiled rich guy. What a stretch from the truth. He’s really an incredibly nice guy who is trying to get an education, hold down a job, take care of his little brother and mother, and do it all while keeping everyone from seeing who he really is and what his life really looks like. Blaine met Melody on that group date and when she got sick he drove her home, which involved her losing her lunch all over his borrowed car. Not the ideal situation for starting a relationship.

Now in For Real they meet up a few months later and things progress to the point where they can have a relationship. But he’s already established the lie of being a rich guy and they have to learn how to be REAL with each other, thus, the title of this novel.

“It was a long moment before she continued. “For what it’s worth, I think the nice guy fits you much better, but I think you’re scared to be him.”
“Why would I be scared of that?”
“I don’t know. Why would you?”
Pain tore through him so deep it felt like it ripped the middle of him apart. “Because being a jerk is so much easier.””

Ms. Stallings does a fine job of describing life of college coeds and bringing back all the memories of my own college days. Too many nights of staying up late studying, working, trying to balance it all out with a bit of a social life. I enjoyed watching the resolving of conflict between old relationships and bringing them to the point of being able to have meaningful relationships as friends who went on to play a major role in each others lives. As Melody figured out her own life and that things aren’t always as they seem, she is able to see that other people also hide behind their insecurities but when you can get past them, your perceived enemies can actually become your best friends.

The story was full of emotion and conflict and I was cheering them on to figure out that they weren’t the only ones with misconceived notions.There were a LOT of issues brought up in this book but they were handled in such a way that it didn’t overwhelm the senses. They just sort of followed a natural chain of events. This issue leads to the next which leads to the next which… As a reader we can see what the characters can’t, that it’s just in their head, so it’s kind of comical and keeps the story light enough to enjoy.

“What he wouldn’t give to be able to just be as honest with her as she was with him.”

This line from For Real, by Staci Stallings sums it up in a nutshell for me.”

— by:  June, Amazon Reviewer

For Real

Buy on Amazon Kindle

Buy on BN Nook

See more about this story!

Advertisements

Ebook Romance Stories: A Light in the Darkness, Review

ALID Cover New 1-10-2014

A Light in the Darkness

Book 3

~ The Faith Series ~

Review by:  Rhonda Aberdeen

Of the three books in the Faith Series, I have to say, this one is my all time favorite! I love every single one: A Work in Progress, A Little Piece of Heaven but a Light in the Darkness was so phenomenal,I just had to buy it to finish read the rest of the book.

To really understand Holly, you have to read the first two books in the series, to see how far she came from and why she made certain choices within the novel. She seemed lost with no where to go and she did not like the road she was on but she did not know how to get out of it because she did not choose this particular road in the first place; her mom did.

Thank God that she saw a light in the darkness, and that though it felt at one point like she was stuck in a hopeless situation, that hope was not far away. She found love the minute she was not looking and at just the right time because if God did not intervene when he did by sending Gabriel, Holly would have just been a memory, never knowing how amazing love can really be.

This book is amazing, fantastic and wonderful! Staci, God has really given you a talent. Keep on writing!

Buy for Amazon Kindle

Buy for B&N Nook

Read Chapter 1

Excerpt

Ebook Romance Stories: Review of “The Price of Silence”

Review of “The Price of Silence” by Debra Ullrick

Stupendous read! Absolutely fabulous! Will leave you wanting to read more by this amazing author!

Staci Stallings is an amazingly gifted writer. Her characters are fabulous and her writing is so poetic. I love all of her stories! I’ve read, The Price of Silence, three times now. It’s that good. Wait, did I say good? Make that great! There are places in this story that keep you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, wondering what’s going to happen next, and places that have you crying–so get the Kleenex–and other places that have you saying, “Ah-h-h.” Because of the strong message in, The Price of Silence, I think it should be mandatory reading in every middle school and high school. Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t easy. And sometimes we stand alone when we do choose to do what’s right. Find out if protagonist Robyn Lockhart does what’s right in the face of danger, and if she stands alone. The Price of Silence, is an excellent read for all ages. I highly recommend it, and all of Staci’s books.

Buy “The Price of Silence”

For Amazon Kindle

For B&N Nook

Read more about “The Price of Silence”

Ebook Romance Stories: Review, “Princess”


Princess final 1-14-2014“From college politics to interracial dating, Staci gracefully brings Heather through while teaching us a little more about ourselves in the process.”

— Joyce Handzo, Dancing Word Reviewer

“Kissing frogs isn’t the best way to find Prince Charming . . . The idea of a Prince Charming may only be a fairy tale, but author Staci Stallings has shown that love is capable of elevating people out of a storybook fantasy, and into a reality that is even more fulfilling and meaningful.”

— Angie Dobson, Love Romances Reviewer

“Get ready to be raptured as you read author Staci Stallings masterpiece. Very few stories paint as clear and precise a picture as this one. You’ll have the privilege of meeting and being immersed in the lives of Heather, a study guru, and Anthony, a champion basketball player. The two of them could not be more opposite from one another. Or are they? “

— Debra Ullrick, Love Inspired Author

Buy “Princess”

For B&N Nook

For Amazon Kindle

Read More about “Princess”

Ebook Romance Stories: Review of “If You Believed in Love”


IYB FINAL COVER 1-1-2014If You Believed in Love

By:  Staci Stallings

Reviewed by:  Zoya Smalling

I so want to be in Elizabeth’s class. I learned so much and felt I was a student in the class as they discovered new ways of looking at life. If only I could find a teacher like her, I would certainly audit the class. The mark of a good book is one impacts your perspective. Ms. Stallings, If You Believed In Love, is a good book.

Buy “If You Believed in Love”

For Amazon Kindle

For B&N Nook

Read more about “If You Believed in Love”

Ebook Romance Stories: Review “Dreams by Starlight”


Dreams by Starlight Final 1-17-2014Review of “Dreams by Starlight”

If you pictured in your mind the stereotype wallflower, she would be named Camille Wright. Seventeen years old, a senior in high school and just about totally invisible to her classmates, she thinks. When her career counselor insists that Camille needs to expand her class schedule to include something less studious, in order to improve her chances for a good university entrance, she chooses drama as the lesser of two evils.

Meeting Nick McGee in drama class is the beginning of change in Camilles life. He pulls her into the warmth of his friendship without ever giving her a chance to think about backing out. Two minutes after that her best girlfriend Lexxie and Nick fall for each other, and at first sight. The object of Camilles interest, on the other hand, is Jaylon Quinn and she worships him from afar, knowing that he doesnt even notice she is anywhere near, even though they have drama class together. It takes an amazing experiment to have the two really begin to see the other, the self-consciousness, the hurt, the pain that teenagers might feel, on the verge of entering a new phase in their lives. They begin to realize and understand what the other is like; how similar they are inside, and appreciate what governs the others emotions.

The author has captured so vividly the feeling of what theatre work must be like and I was really fascinated by the descriptive environment used to make a play come to life. What techniques are used by an actor to give his or her role life, to make it real. As the characters grow into the roles theyve been assigned, the emotional growth in their private lives blossoms parallel and is so heart warming and vividly portrayed to the reader. An extra note: Ms. Stallings brings so to life Jaylons theatre group for children that I felt as if I was sitting there among them watching him perform. This novel is a beautifully written, truly wonderful story.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Sweet

Reviewer: Glenda K. Bauerle


Dreams by Starlight Final 1-17-2014Buy “Dreams by Starlight”

For Amazon Kindle

For B&N Nook

Read more about “Dreams by Starlight” @ Ebook Romance Stories

The Story: Lucky


Lucky New 2-2014Lucky

The Harmony Series, Book 2

by:  Staci Stallings

Kalin Lane had his dream in hand. Then, on the cusp of mega-stardom,  Kalin’s world crashed down around him in a hail of stupid choices.  Five years later, Kalin is back, reaching for his dream once again; however, time hasn’t erased his past. Will the lessons of the past be enough to save him from himself this time around?

Danae Scott thought she was headed toward the future every girl wants.  However, in one night that belief is ripped into unrecognizable shreds.  Devastated and confused, Danae is an anguished mess when an angel trips over her.  Does this angel have the answers she didn’t even know she needed?

One man,

One woman,

One night that changes everything.

Lucky is a story of redemption, redemption of spirit, redemption of dreams, and redemption of hope.  The saving love of our Lord and Savior manifests itself in two lives desperately in need of knowing they are good enough just as they are.  Lucky holds out hope to us all no matter how far we’ve fallen or how far off track we’ve gotten.  God is right there.  He has a plan, and He cares. Everything else is only the illusion we call life.

In “Lucky”, romance author Staci Stallings has done it again. Weaving a story of hope for two characters whose past would hold them captive, she reaches past the pages of her novel to touch the lives of those who read the words.

One minute you are deep into this compelling story, the next you are hit with a truth so clear you know God is talking to you. –Mary Foster, ACFW Member

Some books are entertaining. Others challenge our faith and inspire growth. And still others touch our hearts on a deeper level. Then, there are the rare books that do all of the above. Those are the great books. Lucky is a great book.  Kalin and Danae are colorful, real characters. Readers will instantly connect with them and have to keep reminding themselves they are only characters.  –Chandra Lynn Smith, ACFW Member

Buy for Amazon Kindle

Buy for B&N Nook

Chapter 1

Review

Excerpt

Character Interviews