Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

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Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .

From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn’t a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry—just a few no-strings dates while he was in town.

Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously—how could she not, when she’s rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he’s just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love…for real. And Deacon can’t help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it’s the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who’s become Deacon’s favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?

Macy Frost might be a descendant of Cupid. But even if she’s not, she’s one heck of a matchmaker. And that skill is about to come in handy with Deacon, a newcomer who shows up unexpectedly.

The biggest component of this book that I found myself loving was how the story came to life. The descriptions were so vivid and I could easily see Macy and her cat, Oscar, walking to work. I could see her office, her home and it’s piazza. I could see Fran, Deacon, George, etc. This author does a wonderful job with the imagery. I would read this author again for that piece alone.

In complete fairness, Macy was a little hard for me to like. She sort of rode the line between society girl and a little slice of wild child, and because of this, some of her sweetness came off a little too proper to me. One scene that comes to my mind is that she has only known Deacon a day or two and she’s fantasizing about him making love to her. I was fine with that scene, but Macy isn’t that old, and the wording just felt a little awkward. With that said, I felt like a lot of her actions and words did make sense for her character. It just wasn’t a personal favorite of mine.

This story is told in two viewpoints, alternating between Macy and Deacon. I enjoyed Deacon’s chapters a lot more. I think he was a bit more honest, his tone seemed more realistic to me. Deacon isn’t interested in finding a soulmate. He needs Macy’s help to find a few dates to appease the aunt who cared for him growing up. Nothing more. But Macy is convinced that she can find the person he’s meant to be with. But what if that person is Macy?

The other nice aspect of this story is that you get a full-length book. Amazon has this listed as 346 pages, which is significantly longer than other holiday books I’ve come across. So I appreciated that the story wasn’t rushed and I got to really savor the story.

I think this book is perfect for anyone who loves holiday romance but also for someone looking for a lighter, cheerful read. The story comes to life and you feel like you’re in Charleston as you read along.

 

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The Sinner by Amanda Stevens 


I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place…


I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 


I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I’ve been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. 

I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

I finished this book around 5AM. Then, it took me another two hours before I could stop thinking about the story and how it ended. 

Let me first start by sayin this book is the second in a series. In my opinion, you could read this as a standalone, but I know that I will personally be going back in to read the first book because I enjoyed this one and I think it would help certain aspects of this story make a little more sense. So you don’t have to read the first book, but it might make this story more enjoyable for you. 

I absolutely loved the history in this book. Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer, and she is in Ascension, South Carolina, restoring the Seven Gates Cemetary. Amelia Gray has certain gifts, and as she’s restoring the cemetary, she can sense she isn’t alone. This draws her to explore a little more and that’s how our story really begins. 

I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone, so I am going to purposely be more vague. 

This story kept me in constant suspense. Just when I thought I had a grasp on the story and the direction, the author tossed in another element. With that said, it wasn’t too complex that I couldn’t understand. I felt the author had a really great pace going, in terms of introducing new aspects of the story, and throwing in new facets that added more depth to the story. 

I enjoyed this story a lot. There is a lot of history imbedded into the story, and I enjoyed watching Amelia Gray using her intelligence and knowledge to gain a better understanding of the mystery and evil that was unfolding. At one point, someone who Amelia is in contact with tells her that someone close to her isn’t what they seem. I think the fact that this message keeps echoing in her mind actually added a lot to the story. The reason I say this is because we get deeper and deeper into this mystery, Amelia is finding out more and more about the other characters in the story. The author really keeps the reader on their toes all the way to the last page of this book. 

When I finally got to the end of the book, I was in complete and utter shock. I did NOT see the ending coming at all. I don’t even know if I was more shocked or spooked senseless by the ending. It was so insane. I remember just sitting awake this morning and just having to sit and think. That is how much this book threw me for a total loop. 

This was my first book from Amanda Stevens and I can’t wait to read more from her. I love a good mystery and this book is easily one of the best I have ever come across.