A Quick Review, No Chaser

Left on Main

Crystal Jackson’s novel, Left on Main, is a contemporary romance set in a small Southern town. If you are looking for a sex-filled romp, this is not the book for you. If, however, you like a character-driven story that develops slowly and has honest emotional depth, then this is a novel you need to explore.

Left on Main is a book in which the town itself plays a role. For a Southern reader who is used to a storyteller taking his/her time, I appreciate the effort that the author took to describe the town and the supporting cast. There is something very familiar in a mother’s matchmaking, a sister’s overprotectiveness, and a best friend who just doesn’t always get it. And as in any small town, there’s the, “your dating who?” office gossip and that awkward moment when you realize everyone knows your business.

The author would be the first to tell you that this book deals with the emotional aftermath of divorce. The inability to trust someone again after a bad divorce is the primary obstacle that Libby faces. Crystal Jackson points out the theme of trust in her interview with Literary Titan. (Follow the link to read it.) Seth, the good-looking antique store owner, also has trust issues resulting from a past relationship. So how do two individuals with trust issues and this much baggage learn to love again? This is where the supporting characters step in to lend a helping hand.

My only negative takeaway, which I lay at the feet of Sands Press, is this…there are moments where the book’s pacing lags and the prose could have been tightened. An editor should have addressed those issues, but on the whole, this book is a fine debut novel and I am looking forward to the next from the Heart of Madison Series.

I would highly recommend Left on Main as your next book club choice, or for that cozy fall read. The book can be easily read in a single weekend and give you plenty to mull over while you’re having that glass of wine with your girlfriends.

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Left on Main can be purchased on Amazon. Crystal Jackson has several local events that she will be making appearances with her book. To learn more follow the link to her website.

Some of the latest reviews from Amazon Readers

I love getting reviews from readers. I am fortunate that thus far, The Love of Gods has been received so warmly. Here are some of the latest comments from readers:

“Smith’s characters, though many in number, are well-written and leap from the page. Her depiction of gods/goddesses who operate in the human realm connects the paranormal and romantic elements of the story in a real and understandable way. Her dialog is quick and succinct, making the book’s 300 or so pages a fast read. The romance/love between Lugos and Keely is portrayed in a real, mature manner. Fans of paranormal romance will find The Love of the Gods: The Legends of the Pale Series, Book 1 a terrific read.” (5 Stars) Sept. 21st

“So much going on in this fantasy of love, hate, friends, family and the darkness of the enemy. This is a must-read for all fantasy book lovers. I give The Love of Gods by Tarrant Smith a fantastic super high 5 stars for me.” (5 Stars) Aug. 25th

“This is a beautifully written love story. I am looking forward to the second installment of The Legends of the Pale Series. I also plan to pick up her Darkly Series! Tarrant Smith has created a wonderful, believable paranormal world filled with gods, goddess, Fae, demons, and more. A must-read for any lover of Paranormal Romance.” (5 Stars) Aug. 13th

“Well written, and vivid in the creation of the Pale and its inhabitants, this story shows us that even gods, even shifters, and yes, even demons, are capable of true love and are more like us than not. For a wonderful story about love throughout lifetimes and the age-old fight to survive in any world, this is a great read. I will definitely be reading the second story in this series!(5 Stars) Aug. 8th

Thank you to all those readers who took the time out of their day to leave a comment or review for this book. I hope you will enjoy book 2, The Fate of Wolves, just as much.

Amazon Reviews:

The Love of Gods

I just wanted to highlight the customer reviews that are beginning to appear on Amazon. Each, no matter the number of starts given, is a gift to an author. It lets us know if our storytelling has touched you, entertained you, or where we need to work harder on perfecting our craft. Thank you for taking the time to tell other readers about the first book in the Legends of the Pale Series, The Love of Gods.

stephen r. huggins

5.0 out of 5 stars  A Welcome Surprise

May 27, 2019 Format: Paperback

“This was my first time reading a “paranormal romance” and I was delighted with the experience. The characters were distinct and well-rounded, the settings described with just enough detail to make the scenes snap, and the dialog both intriguing and believable. The pacing of the novel kept me moving right along wondering where the plot would take me next.
This has got to be a difficult genre to write for, yet Tarrant Smith carried it off with great flair. If you are ready to step out of the hum-drum of routine fiction, this is a great place to start. I now plan to tackle Smith’s other novels. I’m confident I won’t be disappointed.”

C. Jackson

5.0 out of 5 stars  A Page-Turning Supernatural Mystery/Romance

May 29, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition

“Smith manages to combine mystery, romance, and the paranormal in this riveting tale. I read The Love of Gods over two days, eager to learn more of the world of gods, shifters, witches, and demons. Well-developed characters and a tight plot left me turning pages until the very end. While I’m waiting for the next book in the series, I’m going to read her other work. I highly recommend this read if you love romance, mystery, or paranormal stories!”

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars  For the Love of This Book!

May 5, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

“The Love of Gods (The Legends of the Pale Series) by Tarrant Smith features a pantheon of gods and goddess, witches, demons, shape shifters, fae, werewolfs and demigods all trying to eek out a somewhat normal existence in the modern world…”

“…The cast of characters—gods witches, et. al—really work in this novel. Smith does an amazing job of explaining to the reader the character’s backstory. Mythology can be so confusing, but in this series it isn’t. Trying to tell a story with a murder mystery coupled with a love story and mythology seems impossible, but Tarrant Smith does it with elegance and grace!”