The Fargenstropple Case by Lia London

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Fargenstropple Case by Lia London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Terrence Morgan has no interest in investigating any more troubles of little importance at the Fargenstropple estate, especially since he’s been promoted to Chief Inspector at work. But when stolen family jewels factor into the estate’s latest disturbance, Terrence doubles down in The Fargenstropple Case by author Lia London.

Delightful! Simply delightful, this short and sweet mystery is. It has a positively British flair, complete with British spellings and characters with a pleasant bunch of surnames, such as Nigglesby and Crumfellow. There are also plenty of animals (including rodents, if you don’t mind those), and a jaunty thread of romance adds to the fun. I ran into a few minor grammar issues concerning dialogue tags, but it’s possible they’re there intentionally, for comedy’s sake.

I count it a boon to sometimes find mysteries that involve cases other than murder. Of course, murder-less mysteries don’t all have to be as quirky as this one, but if you’re looking for an hour or two of light and hilarious entertainment with clever twists, you’d do well to check out this little number.

 

Who Needs Reality? by Lia London

Who Needs Reality?
A Sweet Romance by Lia London

I was a beta! That is, I had the honor of being a beta reader (thanks, Lia!) for this new release.
Who Needs Reality? is Book One in the coming Team Northwest Sweet Romance series, so there will be more where this came from. 🙂

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About the Novel

How do you woo the girl next door when she becomes a reality star?

Auditioning for WHO WANTS TO BE A SOAP STAR was just a whim, an adventure to fill the summer before the last year of college. When best friends Jill and Milo make the cut, their lives are thrown into the circus of prime-time television. As they count the cost of winning or losing, they discover dreams that mean even more. But how can they gain the best prize–true love–if reality and the entertainment industry seem determined to stop them?

This romantic comedy pokes fun at reality shows and soap operas, and explores the ups and downs of falling for the girl next door. Clean read! No swearing. No explicit sex scenes.

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Find the novel on Amazon!

 

Her Imaginary Husband by Lia London

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Her Imaginary HusbandHer Imaginary Husband by Lia London

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Nikki Fallon has much to love about her new high school teaching job, except maybe the attention of a playboy football coach. Her lie about already being married may be just the thing to stave the coach off–and unfortunately discourage any advances from the kind and handsome campus cop.

As I do with a good number of the books I read, I jumped into Her Imaginary Husband by author Lia London blurb-less, preferring not to know beforehand what this romantic comedy is about. Not wholly unfamiliar with this author, I fully expected comedy that would actually make me laugh (that is, literally laugh out loud), and I wasn’t disappointed.

Beyond the comedy, the heroine’s role as a teacher makes way for some smart and compassionate points. As Nikki’s values and ideals don’t exempt her from some raw and conflicting emotions, her character is believable, with moments like one when she feels “flattered, cheap, attracted, and repulsed” all at once.

A little more backstory would have eased me into my grasp on Nikki’s character more smoothly, and there’s a key question concerning her motives that I didn’t feel reached a definitive answer. Also, the timing of events in an episode toward the end was somewhat jarring to me. But something quite human, empathetic, and passionate in that episode made me throw my hands up with an inner “Amen!” So…

And, yes, I put the book down safely before I threw my hands up.

I’d recommend this rom-com to anyone looking for an amusing read, clean with a little steam, sweet but not sappy, with, as I mentioned, smartness and compassion to boot.