You Gotta Read These Books


The GottaReadThat! writers will occasionally review their favorite books, both old and new from our personal selections of books we read. Because we are writers, not reviewers, we do not take requests; rather, we share what we love to read when we've put down our pens (or shut down our computers) kicked off our shoes, and leaned back in a comfortable chair to let someone else take us on a ride.




Senseless Acts Of Beauty
by  Lisa Verge Higgins


I wasn’t sure of what I was getting into when I started Senseless Acts Of Beauty; however, when I finished the novel I knew exactly what it was – one of the best written most captivating stories I've read in years. The title and genre of this novel may fool you; don’t let it, for it far exceeds both. 
Do not expect me to tell you about the story, other than it is a slice of life you absolutely want to know about, but not necessarily live.
Lisa Verge Higgins has created a stunning success of a story that instantly draws you in and forces you to invest emotionally in its three main characters. Then, like the proverbial 18-wheeler running amuck down the highway, it drags you along whether you want to be there or not. Trust me, you want to share the pages with Tess and Riley and Sadie 
Thank you Ms. Verge Higgins for this literary treat.

—Review by David Wind

The Mosque Hill Fortune (The Sons of Masguard Book 1)
by: Vivienne Mathews

A wonderfully unusual fantasy!

Welcome to the world of pirates and sailors and soldiers and royal scheming created within this fast moving story. I started this book without a hint of where its pages would lead. I finished it with a smile and a feeling of having just completed the first leg of a grand adventure. The author has laid down an unusual tale, replete with heroes, villains, good-hearted and black-hearted characters and all shades of in-between: characters with the ability to reach out and take you with them long before you realize you’ve been captured. Ms. Mathews is a talented writer with the skill to steal you from your chair and pull you into the pages where belief in the world she created comes easily. This first book of an epic fantasy series is a wonderful read for anyone from a teenager to an octogenarian and beyond.
—Review by David Wind
PS: The characters Ms. Mathews has created will take you way off-guard..

I Never Thought I'd See You Again: A Novelists Inc. Anthology
Edited by Lou Aronica


Talented authors each do a take on the phrase, "I never thought I'd see you again." Viruoso performances that bring laughter, quickly a heart beat, or bring up a tear. Great way to sample the work of gifted writers at the top of their form.
Review by Laura Castoro

The Forest Bull (The Fearless #1)
by Terry Maggert 

Three lovers. Two immortals. One mystery.
When Ring Hardigan isn’t making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they’re cool like that), he’s got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after. Wally and Risa provide linguistics, logistics, and finding the right place for him and his knife. 
A reclusive Baron from the timelost forests of Europe asks for their help—find a stolen collection of jewelry, and find the thief—his daughter Elizabeth, an immortal of purest evil who wants nothing less than control of Hell itself. With the help of a 2400 year old succubus hooker named Delphine, they might just live long enough to what is evil, who is human, and exactly who wants to reign in hell. —Review by C.B. Pratt



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