Misty Dietz

Reader, mom, wife & recovering goodie two shoes.


I also write books with paranormal elements, curl-your-toes sex, and pockets of sunshine.

Touching, Interesting Journey through the 70s Rock Scene

Hot Rock - Annie Seaton

I’ve only read one other time travel story, so I didn’t have any preconceived notions of how this should play out. As it turns out, I totally enjoyed this element, especially because it had the characters traveling back to the 70s – an era that doesn’t get much play in romance. I loved “meet cute” between these two. It was a great way to start off the sparks. The setting and period details of the story were absolutely fabulous.  I felt like I was experiencing the hippie movement myself!


I’ll definitely read more of Annie Seaton for her lyrical writing alone. I also loved the story concept – a rock star moving forward in time to find the love he’d written about forty years ago…destiny and all that! The connection between Davy and Megan was heartfelt…and the heat level was steamy! I felt the secondary characters – especially Bear and Slim – contributed a lot and it would be fun to get their stories as well! 

Emotionally Rich and Realistic Romance

Sweet Southern Betrayal (The Boys are Back in Town, #3) - Robin Covington

Wow. I don't often read straight contemporary romance, but this book really worked for me. I really--really--loved Teague. He was alpha without being an asshole, sexy without being over the top cookie-cutter perfect, and intelligent without being being unrelatable.

I think I most appreciated both of the main characters' high emotional intelligence, and the author's crafting of characters who were definitely three-dimensional.The whole story really seemed....rooted. You know how some stories just seem to be floating without anchor? Like the main characters are well-executed, but there's no backdrop? That didn't happen here. There was this bedrock to the story that was icing on the cake. I know this is a series, and that's probably why (I think this is the 3rd book in the series?), but it totally stood alone.


And I'm going to go back and read the first two...and watch for the subsequent stories. I know Beck's gonna get his.


Great secondary characters. They seemed fresh and original. I appreciated that.

All in all, just a great story. Good character growth and development and realistic character motivations. This was the first book I've read by Robin Covington, but it definitely won't be the last!

"Unapologetically be yourself."
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Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High, #2) - Tijan 4 1/2 stars!
Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High, #1) - Tijan OMG, this story was a trainwreck I couldn't walk away from. I am very thankful my high school experience was nothing like Sam's is. There were times I really didn't want to like her, Mason or Logan, but Tijan's way of crafting her characters is very subtle - has you rooting for them even as you're cringing.

Yeah, I'm not much for YA, but I have to say, I'll be buying the next installment. :)

Santa Wore Leathers: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance Novella

Santa Wore Leathers - Vonnie Davis "Maybe you ought to give up men for Bingo and water aerobics."

LMAO! There are comedic zingers like this sprinkled throughout this story about two opposites who definitely attract and heat up the page. Wolf's sexy, alpha charmer personality was a nice counter-balance to the all-up-in-her-head heroine, Becca. I kept me wishing Wolf would try on those damn leathers already! He was out-going, but I loved that he managed to be vulnerable at the same time. Too often I think the heroes are cookie-cutter crafted, but not Wolf. Finally, a hero who writes poetry - yes!

Ms Davis has a very strong voice that will bring me back to her books. The sex was hot, the banter crisp, and the characters varied and interesting. Definitely a fun, light-hearted read. I hope there's more to come with these characters because I'm invested. :)

Breaking Ties

Breaking Ties - Jo Grafford Wow. I have to say that I've never read a book quite like this in terms of setting and context, but I'm so glad I did. Ms. Grafford certainly has a talent for description that carries you along and makes you feel like you're the one wearing the period clothing, tasting the food, and watching the ship slice through the water. I generally read fast-paced romantic suspense. This is a not that, but it is truly perfect at what it strives to be: an epic drama about a group of people who embody the timeless qualities of humanity: bravery and cowardice, kindness and treachery, hope and disappointment. And of course...romance. :)

There were times I was a bit lost as to who was who because the cast is quite large, but it wasn't a problem in the big picture. I loved Rose and totally rooted for her and the dreamboat Manteo. Oh, he's yummy.

At the end of the story I stayed up way past my bedtime because I couldn't put it down. Grafford tied the romance up neatly at the end with a HEA, which I so much appreciated. And I for one cannot WAIT to read Jane's story!

Norse Jewel

Norse Jewel - Gina Conkle This book was so awesome mostly because it felt like a breath of fresh air after all the heavy, dark stuff I've been reading of late. I totally fell for Hakan. *swoon* He's definitely alpha, but always has a way of conveying his protectiveness without being a brute. And I definitely appreciated the newness of the setting and the very unique way Ms. Conkle has with her prose. There were so many passages I found myself going back to just for the sheer pleasure of the way the words rolled together.

One thing I was surprised about was the "sweetness" of this book. All the sex is behind closed doors, which was a little disappointing, but only because I was expecting otherwise. When Hakan and Helena finally get hot and heavy - ooooo, it's so yummy - the tension and description are amazing! - but then the doors close, and I'm like...wha??? So anyway, just know going in that this book has fabulous sexual tension, but ultimately it's "sweet."

I also enjoyed the secondary characters and very much look forward to reading more from Ms. Conkle.

Whisper No Lies (Black Ops, Book 3)

Whisper No Lies - Cindy Gerard Oh. Oh, this book. ********LOVE***********

What made it so great? The pure vulnerability of Johnny when he lets Tink in. So many times in romance novels, the motivations for the characters aren't fully developed. Not here. Johnny and Tink both had LAYERS that sucked me right in and made me sigh in so many places.

Ms. Gerard has such a beautiful way of describing emotions I feel like I need to go back and read this one again (and I almost never re-read books).

This book really had it all. Believable plot, fleshed-out characters, high action, emotion, and of course, the Happily Ever After.

Totally. LOVED.

Critical Condition (Love Inspired Suspense)

Critical Condition - Sandra Orchard I don't typically read faith-based books, so this was an interesting departure for me. I really enjoyed Zach because he was the typical protector I look for in a hero, but he also had a softness and vulnerability to his character that felt authentic. I also enjoyed the medical element of this book which was also a first for me.

Bad Mouth (Entangled Covet)

Bad Mouth - Angela McCallister I loved this book for many reasons, but the primary one was the main hero, Kade. I absolutely enjoyed his irreverent bad mouth (this book is *perfectly* titled! LOL). His yummy factor was also highly appreciated.

I've read quite a bit of vampire romance, and this one had some of my favorite features of the race, (sleep in daylight), but it was also quite original in many ways so it didn't feel like that same old same old. **I’m not going to give spoilers, you’ll just have to read it! :)

Other things I loved about Bad Mouth included realistic dialogue, compelling and original turns of phrase, stakes (pun intended!), as well as great secondary characters whom I'm really looking forward to reading.

McCallister’s world building is fantastic and just right - not too much where I was lost and not too little that I couldn't follow what was happening. She resisted the urge to over-explain, which I always hate, and the ending is so damn satisfying. She thought of everything. Two thumbs up!

The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

The Odyssey - Homer, Robert Fagles, Bernard Knox Loved!

Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)

Jane Eyre - Michael Mason, Charlotte Brontë One of my all-time favorites!!

The Last Execution

The Last Execution - Jerrie Alexander This book was fantastic! It's been a while since I read a book where one of the antagonists is also sympathetic. Very, very interesting as I found myself almost rooting for that individual.

There were a variety of characters, but I never felt lost, and they definitely added to the story. I liked how Leigh's son supported her role, but he wasn't on every single page.

JT was HOT! I love a sexy, take charge hero and he didn't disappoint. The fact that he had issues he needed to work through as well as set-backs along the way made the book not only more believable, but definitely held my interest (I lost many hours of sleep because of this story. LOL)

In summary, a super read if you're in the mood for intrigue and great chemistry! :)

Exposing Alix

Exposing Alix - Inara Scott Oh, wow. I LOVED this book. Why? EMOTION. Deep POV.

I'll be honest, I usually like my books with more "happening" in terms of action. I usually read romantic suspense or paranormals, but this book blew my socks off. I don't have a lot of time to read, but I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime and finished it in 3 nights.

Alix/Daisy was vulnerable and real and passionate and true to herself. Ryker was a yummy package of hotness that sizzled on the page, yet the way he was drawn, I could see the sensitivity & hurt underneath the cultured facade. Their chemistry was incredible.

I would've liked a little less rapid wrap-up, but hey, I just didn't want to say good-bye.

If you're in the mood for a slow-it-down, put-your-feet-up-and-get-sucked-in story, this fits the bill.