Reviews

This page is dedicated to those readers who share their experience and love of reading with REVIEWS of the Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series* Thank you.

For the full review of Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water yanked me in immediately, made me wonder after each action, each scene, each chapter–what happens next? Because of Ms. Dean’s easy writing style, the logical storyline and the oh-so real and recognizable characters, I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. Jake and Julia seem like people we know and love, and deal with every day. I enjoyed watching them interact and deal with each other. Even the secondary characters are strong in their little foibles.
Author Alicia Dean did an excellent job creating a suspenseful story with real characters. Her book is reader-friendly. Without a doubt, once you finish Thicker Than Water, you’ll want to find more tales by Alicia Dean. Check out her other books. You won’t be disappointed.

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For the full review of Thicker Than Water

This is a great book! Small town funeral. Another death. Alicia Dean loves murder. This story has some excellent twists. Part of the Tales of the Scrimshaw Cursed Doll series. When you read one of the stories, you’ll find yourself looking for the other eight to ten. All published through Wild Rose Press. ~Kathy Crosby~

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For the full review of Thicker Than Water

Without any verbosity, I found myself turning the pages quickly, utterly absorbed in the characters and their unfolding lives. Characters are detailed just enough to allow the reader to relate to them, and to will them on. I feared for Julia, when backed into a corner, but our handsome hero, Jake, appears and saves the day.
The novel surprised me, being unable as I was to identify the killer before time. I only wished it had revealed a little more detail about the `Scrimshaw Doll.’ I am aware, however, that this book is part of a `Scrimshaw Doll’ series, and that the mystery of it may be explained more in the other books. ~C.L. Davies~

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For the full review of Tessa’s Treasures

I completely adored Callie Hutton’s romantic suspense, Tessa’s Treasures. Masterfully, she intertwines the lovely and healing Tessa and the strapping Lucas with suspense, a dangerous ex and some spooky superstition. The boutique Tessa owns is quaint and shows the strength in her recovery from an abusive relationship. Ms. Hutton allows the reader to feel like they know the characters such as the loyal and patient, Lucas. He’s protective, observant and I love that he’s in his forties! My favorite line is, `Unfortunately, her body didn’t get the memo.’ Love it! The unexpected ending kept me interested right up to the end.
An excellent romantic suspense from a talented author. ~R.T Wolfe~

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For the full review of Tessa’s Treasures

Tessa’s Treasures is a lovely romance about two old friends reuniting and an ancient cursed doll. Is the doll really causing all the problems in Tessa’s life or is someone from her past out to get her? Callie Hutton did a great job of showing us Tessa’s fears and reluctance to get involved with Luke, but she gave us a hero with just enough perseverance and protectiveness to break down those walls.

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For the full review of Tessa’s Treasures

Another wonderful read by Callie Hutton. One of my favorite things about Callie Hutton’s story telling abilities is the way she develops her heroes! They always have a dash of humor mixed in with respect, fun, protectiveness and undeniably sexy, good looks. I can’t help but fall in love a little bit more with each one.

I truly enjoyed Tessa’s Treasures. I loved the conflict in Tessa’s life and how she still was able to cautiously let Lucas break down her barriers and show her what love could be like from a good man. And I love the tenderness that Lucas offered her to help her overcome her fears.

I was thrilled at the action and hint of mystery woven in and enjoyed each page more than the last!

Kudo’s to Callie Hutton for sharing another enjoyable story with her readers!

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For the full review of  Color of Betrayal

Color of Betrayal is a fantastic romance with a hero and heroine I fell in love with immediately. But perhaps the best character is Charlie. Adorably charming and slightly droll, Charlie’s character makes this book. However, the romance certainly added to my enjoyment. The cursed doll is an intriguing part of the story, and the culmination is not only funny and heart-warming, it’s clever and original. Pick up your copy of Color of Betrayal right away…you won’t regret it!

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For the full review of  Pirate’s Proposal

Pirate’s Proposal is part of The Tale of The Scrimshaw Doll series and I’m looking forward to the next installment. I thought this was a fast paced, exciting story. Made me think of old, old, old movies of Errol Flynn and the romantic days of the pirate and his maiden. Only this maiden is a pirate herself. Old hurts and suspicions must be over come if Gina and Charles are to win the battle with the Spanish and find their happiness.

The storm scene was really realistic and surely Ms. Layne has experience sailing because the tension and description rang true. The author put the reader on the ship, you could feel the rain and wind.

Try this one, you’ll escape to another time.

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For the full review of  Pirate’s Proposal

Pirate’s Proposal is a great swashbuckler that will have you turning the pages late into the night. Ms. Layne has a great skill writing dialogue and it shows in the fun banter between all her characters. Her since of ships and swordplay rings true as she takes the reader from bawdy pier side pubs to rigging sails and preparing for a sea war. My only disappointment came when I ran out of story to read. I hope she considers a sequel for Charles and Gina.

A recommended read for anyone who loves a great pirate adventure. Pirate’s Proposal is one story in a larger group called Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series which follows the doll through history as it changes owners.

Favorite Quote: “Captain! Are you insulting the size…of my ship?”

The obvious sexual overtone felt like a physical caress. It somehow felt familiar. Provocative. She gave herself a mental shake. “It’s not the size of your…ship that’s in question. You stole what was mine.” ~Romancing the Book~

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For the full review of  Pirate’s Proposal

This is a fantastic read in the Scrimshaw Doll series. Gina is the kind of heroine I can get behind. She takes charge and does what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. Very satisfying storyline and I learned a lot about Captaining a ship! Excellent details.

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For the full review of  Skinbound

Mystery, Suspense,Romance and a bit of Humor; this book has it all. The author has that special ability to capture your undivided attention and keeps you guessing until the end, while falling in love with the characters. Awesome book……..ready to read more from this very talented writer.

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For the full review of Skinbound

Tight plot, draws you in the first few pages and doesn’t let go. Excellent character development, great story line, and enough guess work to keep you thinking. I suspect this author will be famous one day, as she deserves to be. I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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For the full review of  Skinbound

This book is both an easy and enjoyable read. I was immediately drawn in by the characters and the charm of the small-town, Oklahoma setting; not to mention the apprehension created by the curious Skrimshaw Doll. I will definitely read works by this author in the future!

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