Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Review - Hemlock by N.J. Layouni

Hemlock (Tales of a Traveler, #1)
by N.J. Layouni 

Published 2014
401 Pages

Do you ever find yourself frustrated with characters that are unable to see or state the obvious, or who are incapable of relating to others? Well, that was not the case in this clever and well written tale! Hemlock is intelligent and original, with compelling characters that have depth and purpose. I was mesmerized 
from start to finish!

When Martha finds herself stranded in a medieval world, she agrees to pose as the wife of a handsome stranger, Vadim, who promises to assist her in finding her way home. But as they set out on their journey, there are obstacles around every bend, and lessons to be learned along the way.

Martha is a headstrong, opinionated, and complex character who has no problem saying what's on her mind, or doing what she feels is the right thing to do. No shrinking violet here! Vadim is the male lead, who discovers Martha near a riverbank, and takes her in. He is used to leading others, and has a very dominant nature. And while he is a gentleman, nobody pushes him around, least of all a woman! But the undeniable sexual chemistry between these two characters leads to some interesting banter!

So, with Martha posing as his wife, Vadim returns home. His friends and neighbors slowly warm up to her and she, in turn, learns to appreciate and adapt to her new surroundings. But the Evil Earl has other plans. The town faces intimidation from the Earl and his minions, leading to another layer of action and suspense. 

Hemlock has plenty of excitement and romance, and even with the cliffhanger I was hooked! I'm eager to read the next installment, and look forward to continuing on with the adventure! 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Andrea


  1. You liked it? Really? *squeeee!* THANK YOU so much for doing this! And I'm sorry for being so uncool, but I'm so excited by your fabulous review. Five stars right back at ya! :)

    Have a fabulous weekend. I certainly will now! <3

    1. Oh, and there's nothing uncool about your excitement! We are just as excited about your series *squee*! And can't wait to review your new book, Wolfsbane!!!

  2. I don't usually read novels with a heavy romance element, but this book sounds intriguing. The review has certainly got my attention. And kudos to whoever designed the book cover--it's one of the most gorgeous ones I've seen in a while.

  3. NJ, I could NOT put it down!! I am sooooo anxious to see what happens next! Without typing any spoilers, I want to just say I am worried about her poor aunt, hahaha. PLEASE let me know when the next installment is available I am in this for the long haul!
    Chad, Thank you for appreciating the review, it was truly THAT enjoyable! And I agree the cover art is spectacular!
    Hope everyone has a great day!
    Andrea aka Bookbug69

  4. Thanks to Twitter, I've discovered not only your awesome blog, but also a great book recommendation. Just bought on Amazon. Thanks, Stephanie!

  5. Hey guys!
    Wow! What great comments. I just swung by on the off chance and found all these lovely questions waiting for me. (Like a dolt, I forgot to hit the 'notify me' button!) So sorry to keep you hanging.
    Okay, my gorgeous cover is the work of the immensely talented Glendon Haddix of Streetlight Graphics. ( I swear, that man can read my mind. With very few details, he gave me a cover almost
    identical to the one I had in my head. Spooky! So, of course, I used him for book two(Wolfsbane) which I'm hoping to release late August/early September.
    If you fancy a sneak peek at the cover, pop on over to my Facebook page. Is it okay to add a link here, girls? If so, please delete. (
    Oh, and don't worry yourselves about Aunt Lulu, she going to be-- Actually, i think I've said enough. :)
    As soon as the Arcs are ready, I'll send one over to you Andrea, hon, okay?
    Thanks so much for letting me hang out on your lovely blog. Hope we chat again real soon.

    1. Thanks, Nicola! And congrats on book #2! Andrea will be thrilled to read it, I'm sure! Xx


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