Dakota Diva Book Reviews


  • Theater Nights are Murder  by Libby Klein
    FICTION , MYSTERY , ADVANCE READING COPY / December 01, 2019

    Theater Nights Are Murder is the latest mystery by Libby Klein. It is cute and quick. Nothing exceptional in this reviewer's opinion and in fact I found the murder almost uninteresting, instead finding Poppy's love triangle with Gia and Tim the best part of the plot. Still, readers of the "cozy" will probably enjoy the book.


  • The Rose  by Tiffany Reisz
    FICTION , EROTICA , ADVANCE READING COPY / February 13, 2019

    If you are a fan of Tiffany Reisz you might as well skip this review and go purchase The Rose.  I say this because I think this is one of the author's best offerings. It is explicit, actually sometimes just a touch beyond explicit, if that's even possible. Still, it is written as a combination of erotic fantasy and Greek mythology which is a perfect match.  The story begins with the characters of ....


  • The Boy  by Tami Hoag
    FICTION , ADVANCE READING COPY / January 12, 2019

    The Boy is Tami Hoag's latest crime novel. In it a little boy has been brutally stabbed to death and it's up to Louisiana dectectives Nick and Annie to find the killer. It has been awhile since I have read anything by Hoag, but when I saw this on NetGalley I decided to request it. (Many thanks to Hoag, Dutton, and NetGalley for the ARC.) Some crime novels are hard to follow but Hoag's writing and ....


  • Christmas at Strand House,  by Linda Mitchelmore
    FICTION , ROMANCE , ADVANCE READING COPY / December 11, 2018

    Lissy has inherited Strand House and plans to spend Christmas there.  A few friends will join her. So begins a sweet story that revolves around each person's unique situation in life.  Nothing too gripping, but really a story of how we move forward in our imperfect lives. I received a copy from NetGalley. Thanks to author Linda Mitchelmore.


  • Picture Perfect Cowboy  by Tiffany Reisz
    ROMANCE , EROTICA , ADVANCE READING COPY / August 26, 2018

    Looking for a quick, kinky love story where the man is the novice for once? Picture Perfect Cowboy is that story. Jason Waters, professional bull rider, (retired) is struggling with his desire to dominate women. It's something he's thought about in secret and explored only through the internet. After agreeing to be photographed for a calendar for literacy he meets pink-haired, sexy Simone, a somet....


  • The Advice Column Murders  by Leslie Nagel
    MYSTERY , ADVANCE READING COPY / March 07, 2018

    After talking about the subgenre "cozy mystery" with a co-worker I got curious and decided I had to read one.  So when The Advice Column Murders by Leslie Nagel came to my attention as an Advance Reading Copy I requested it immediately.  And I wasn't disappointed.  I feel it was a great introduction to the format of crime fiction with less emphasis on sex, violence, and gore. Charley Carpenter is ....


  • After Anna  by Lisa Scottoline
    FICTION , WOMEN'S FICTION , ADVANCE READING COPY / February 19, 2018

    After Anna is the latest novel from Lisa Scottoline.  The story is about how Maggie is suddenly reunited with her daughter, Anna. It was years before that Maggie was declared an unfit mother, but now Maggie has the chance to be in the life of the daughter she has always loved. Things go bad almost immediately, and Anna is murdered. Wow, right? Maggie is crushed, no, she's beyond crushed, when her ....


  • Let Me Lie  by Clare Mackintosh
    FICTION , MYSTERY , ADVANCE READING COPY , RECOMMENDED FOR BOOK CLUBS / January 16, 2018

    Anne is a young mother who has lived through the suicide of both her parents. Then she receives a note making her think it wasn't suicide at all. Were her parents really murdered? This book has many twists and turns, great secondary characters, and a plot that picks up speed as it goes, making it hard to put down. My only complaint is a bit of a glum final wrap up for the characters. Otherwise thi....


  • Summer at Rose Island  by Holly Martin
    ROMANCE , ADVANCE READING COPY / July 16, 2017

    Summer at Rose Island is a sweet romance, appropriate for most readers, as it has only a few loves scenes, and those are less graphic than a lot of romance novels. Darcy Davenport has moved to White Cliff Bay and sparks fly between her and lighthouse owner Riley, an American.  The plot is unique and there are some funny moments, especially during the town festival when Darcy finds herself involved....


  • Devoted  by JC Harroway
    ROMANCE , ADVANCE READING COPY / July 03, 2017

    I spent the weekend reading Devoted, romance novel by JC Harroway.  It is the story of Tyler and Mallory, two people each dealing with loss in their own way.  The circle of their lives intersected in the tiniest way years ago and now they have met again as adults. Tyler is a movie director and Mallory is the manger of her sister, a rising star for Tyler's latest project. But can two people find lo....