“A beautifully, haunting character study”, “Beautiful but poignant tale”, “Hard to put down” the reviews of #BellaBooks are in and they sure have us smiling!

reviews of Bella Books

Reviews of Bella Books are in—what can we say? Reviewers love our books! From our romances to mysteries, to adventures our books are making reviewers so happy we can’t help but say “Stop you are making us blush” But don’t take our word for it, read on to hear directly from them…

Some of our reviews

Delafield the long-awaited return of favorite lesbian detective Kate Delafield by Katherine V. Forrest does not disappoint. Della Baczyk at Netgalley gives it a 5 out of 5 and raves: “Ms Forrest is a brilliant writer. Her word choices combined with the deep understanding of the human ethos has me rereading the same sentence in a poetic haze. She speaks to my soul. Let her speak to yours.” Also at Netgalley Abbott Ford gives it a 5 out of 5 and says: “If you love police procedurals or thrillers or suspense or mysteries or books about familiar characters, then this book is for you. If you love well-written character-driven books, put this book at the top of your to-be-read list.” Laura Green at Netgalley raves: “When an opportunity to read Delafield came up, I couldn’t grab it fast enough and it reminds me of the immense talent Ms. Forrest has. She is a pioneer and the authors of today owe her a debt of gratitude.”

The Roads Left Behind Us by Kat Jackson is getting a lot of attention. Alice Glass over at Netgalley says: “That was some marvelous writing; the vocabulary alone was spellbinding.” Reka F. over at Netgalley gives it a 5 out of 5 and says: “First of all, this was exceptionally well-written. The characters had depth and I like how Kate’s character had much complexity that made her seem mysterious and distant.”
Claire Estelle also at Netgalley says: “Whizzed through this in a day, couldn’t put it down.” Carys Williams over at Netgalley raves: “This book managed to age-gap (16 years) troupe, professor-TA and forbidden romance in such a respectful manner while maintaining a strong and welcoming light academia atmosphere.” Also, at Netgalley, Carol Coleman gives it a 5 out of 5 and says: “Ms. Jackson is definitely on my ‘watch for’ list and I recommend she become one of yours.”

Standom a new romance by Maryn Scott is getting some early attention. Silvia Manolache over at Netgalley gives it a 5 out of 5 and gushes: “There’s drama and there’s conspiracy and I absolutely loved reading it, would definitely recommend it.” Nutmeg also at Netgalley says: “Standom is intense, so much more than meets the eye and simply thought provoking.” At Netgalley Ashlee Gonzalez gives it a 5 out of 5 and says: “I stayed up till 2am to finish this gem. It was the first book I’ve read by this author and I doubt it will be the last.”

As You Look by Veronica Gutierrez gets raves from Betty Harmon over at Rainbow Connection.As You Look by Veronica Gutierrez is an intrigue novel that I really enjoyed. It’s the first novel I’ve read by this author, and I’m definitely going to be looking for more.” Roxanne Spencer at Netgalley says: “It’s great that more mystery and thrillers with a diverse cast are being published, and I keep finding wonderful new authors and characters to follow. Yolanda Avila, a LA PI, as written by Veronica Gutierrez is one.” Claire Estelle at Netgalley also says: “Really entertaining crime book, with an ex cop turned private investigator who receives messages from the spirit world.”

Steadying the Ark a debut thriller by Rebecca K. Jones also is getting some early love. Della Baczik over at Netgalley says: “The writing is engaging, so much so that I was hooked from the very first sentence of the prologue.”

The Lines of Happiness a debut romance by Venetia Di Pierro is also getting tons of early love. Della Baczik at Netgalley gave it a 5 out of 5 and gushes: “I sank down into The Lines of Happiness and allowed myself to wallow in the fullness of the language. The story of grief, loss and discovering love in an unlikely place is exquisitely written.” Claire Estelle at Netgalley says: “A wonderfully told, delicate story of grief and healing, of both people and horses following an unspeakable tragedy.” Nutmeg at Netgalley says: “The Lines Of Happiness is a beautiful but poignant tale that speaks of loss, bravery in the arduous seasons of healing and a lasting encounter with love when it’s least unexpected.”

We’ll be back with more reviews soon!