The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons


An enchanting and seductive new novel from the author of The Fate Series . . .

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

My review:

I have been wanting to read this book, with it’s gorgeous cover and oh-so-cool premise…I was so happy to have some time this weekend to read it. Such a fun and interesting read! The story of Medusa is fairly well-known but the author takes the story and continues it with a what if?
I really enjoyed the creativity of the story, weaving in the myth with new ideas. And at the heart of it, a love story…a fabulous love story with a swoon-worthy male lead in Hermes. The author takes these characters we know and makes them real, modern and relatable. A crime, a punishment, and redemption…throw in some action, romance and you have it…a great read that I highly recommend!

5 stars

wine: Pinot grigio, my current fave

Best Served Cold by Tawdra Kandle #Review


By Tawdra Kandle

Sometimes revenge is your only choice. . .

Julia worked for weeks planning the perfect surprise birthday party for her boyfriend, Liam, but that night, she was the one who got the biggest shock. He broke up with her in front of all their friends, humiliating her in the process.

Clearly revenge was in order.

The plan is simple. Make him jealous, win him back, and then crush his heart. Fair is fair. However, there is one little hiccup and he has curly brown hair and dimples.

Jesse is everything she wants. With him, she could almost forget her bruised heart. Almost. Julia has one choice: let Liam walk away after everything he did, or lose a chance at love in pursuit of payback.


Who hasn’t thought about revenge?  Seeing that person who ‘done you wrong’ getting what is coming to them.  So this is what Julia and a couple of friends decide to do after she is ceremoniously dumped in front of a roomful of people.

I won’t give any spoilers but it is a fun ride! Her ex-boyfriend is a real jerk and you can only sit back and watch him gets what he deserves. Throw in a really cute guy with dimples to the mix and you have a fabulous romantic story. She is taken on a bit of a detour when she meets Jesse. And he is book boyfriend material. Hot, cute, and totally smitten. Irresistible.  Just the type of guy I would have fallen for…oh wait, I did. 😉

This book was so fun to read, I really felt for Julia and wanted her to get back at Liam. And the different setups for revenge were great to watch play out.

Her roommate Ava has Julia’s back and is just what a best friend should be.  And it says that the author is writing her a story next! Can’t wait to read that.

The college setting was fun to read; the dorms, the frat houses, and the dining halls all brought back memories of my own college days.

If you want a book that makes you laugh as well as swoon, pick this book up!



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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since pens were invented. Her first published story appeared in Child Life magazine when she was 13 years old. She took a brief hiatus of about thirty years to hone her craft, get married and have four children before publishing the young adult quartet The King Series. She has since published books in both the adult and new adult romantic genre. Tawdra lives in Florida with her husband and children, both skin and fur-types. Oh, and yes–she has purple hair.


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