Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jedidiah's Bride by Rebecca Kertz (Lancaster County Weddings #2)

Description
A Place of Their Own

When handsome stranger Jedidiah Lapp saves her twin brothers' lives, Sarah Mast offers him her heartfelt thanks. And a cherry pie! But she never expects to see him again. When they meet once more at Sunday services, Sarah begins to feel something special for him. Jedidiah is eager to know the blushing beauty, and asks permission to court her. Soon, he can see Sarah as part of his future. But her family is in Delaware, his in Pennsylvania. Dare he ask her to leave all she knows behind for him and build a life in Happiness, Pennsylvania?
Series: Love Inspired\Lancaster County Weddings

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373878842
ISBN-13: 978-0373878840

My Review:Jedidiah's Bride by Rebecca Kertz (Lancaster County Weddings #2)

4 STARS

Jedidiah's Bride is a Amish romance. It is a very clean romance with characters I enjoyed.

Sarah Mast's mother has been ill for a while now. Sarah has pitched in taking care of cooking and her young twin brothers. Sarah is a hard worker always doing for others. While selling her baked goods at a sale her brothers get away from her and almost get run over.
Jedidiah is at the sale helping his Uncle sale his wood carvings and his mother's plants. He sees the twins in danger and gets them out of the way safely. Jedidiah lives in Pennsylvania. He wants love like his brother has.

The next day at Church they are both their and Jedidiah asks her to go to the singing and let him take her home. Sarah has not gone to a singing for months but her mother is feeling okay and her little brothers are visiting friends. They can't forget each other.

I like how they all help where they can. Sarah's mom needs heart surgery. So Sarah goes to stay with her cousin and takes her young brothers while her mom recovers at home. Sarah is surprised to find that Jedidiah is a neighbor of her cousins. While Sarah is a way others are feeding her family and taking care of her mother. Without the twins underfoot her mother is healing.

Sarah makes new friends and her brothers have cousins to play with and help wear them out. While Sarah is staying with Josie she is helping and baking a lot.

It is fun and nice to get to know all these characters and what their life is like. I would love to read more books in the Lancaster County Weddings series in the future.

I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.


Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon (A Tourist Trap Mystery)

Description

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store--Coffee, Books, and More--open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?

When Jill's elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill--along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit--especially if it gets her closer to South Cove's finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she's on the case--and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .
Publisher: eKensington (April 17, 2014)
series: A Tourist Trap Mystery
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00FY54N72
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My Review:Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon

4 STARS

I liked Guidebook to Murder. Would love to see these characters back into another mystery. I really liked Jill and how she worried and cares both for her friends and strangers. This is a cozy mystery. The town has character.

Jill has lived in South Cove for 5 years. When she came to town to look around she met Miss Emily and was convinced this was the place to live. Jill used to be a lawyer. Now she owns a bookstore & coffee shop. Now she is getting threats all over the place. She is not sure who to trust.

Miss Emily was old and had no family. She lived in a old house that was falling apart. The city was warning her they would condemn her house if she did not take care of it. A developer wants to buy her property. She dies and leaves the property to Jill.

Annie works for the city. She is also a friend of Jill's. She has disappeared and no one knows where she is. Annie loves to surf.

Detective Greg King does not think their is no problem with Emily's death at first. Now he is worried about Jill spending lots of time with her. Is he married or not?

Their are also more interesting characters, including a Mayor that is not liked. A fortune teller who also works for the police. A developer who wants to bulldoze a lot of the town. New lawyers are showing up. Lots of suspects who want what Emily had.

The book has a lot of mystery, lots of drama, fun characters. I would love to visit or live their too. The pacing was good and made me want to keep reading to find out what happed. It is also a clean book.

The setting is South Cove, California. A small town by the ocean.

I would read more books from Lynn Cahoon in the future based on this story.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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About DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS: Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success--that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.



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About Rachelle J. Christensen: Rachelle was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading., Rachelle has an amazing husband and five cute kids.



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Murder in the Dog Park/Dog Spelled Backwards by Jill Yesko






Murder in the Dog Park
Mystery
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Baxter World Publishing (May 28, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0985485207
File Size: 242 KB
Print Length: 128 pages
ASIN: B00A10IU7O
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Synopsis

Discovering a brutally murdered boy in a rainy dog park sends misanthropic private detective Jane Ronson on a journey through Baltimore’s gritty underbelly. Aided by a sexy cop, a bad-ass bull terrier, and an only-in-Baltimore cast of characters, Jane must use her computer-hacking and street-fighting skills to save her only family member from being framed as the killer





My Review: Murder in the Dog Park

4 STARS

This is a more gritty detective story. Their is strong language. Unique characters, with lots of flaws. Some violence. This is a shorter novella I would call it. Easy fast read.

Jane is not the best person at social communication. She has taught herself to be a hacker. She does a lot of work for P.I.s living at home. You want things to go better for her than they have gone in the past.

Lenny is her cousin. He has come on hard times. They are all each other have. Lenny is a photographer. He is worse in social circles. He catches somebody committing a crime. He is set to take the fall and is arrested for it.

Jane needs to bail him out of jail. They don't have much money. She is determined to get him out.

It draws you into their lives. You feel for them. I want to know more about them.

Some of the scenes seem to reel.
The setting is a richer neighborhood in Baltimore. Jane rents a guest house while it is trying to be sold. Jane has a bigger dog for company and that's all she wants for now.


Dog Spelled Backwards: An Unholy Mystery
Mystery
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Baxter World Publishing (August 17, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0985485214
File Size: 1355 KB
Print Length: 118 pages
ASIN: B00FDXQVO8
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Synopsis

Private investigator Jane Ronson suffers from oppositional defiant disorder, the uncontrollable urge to punch first then ask questions later. When a rabbi with a shady past offers her a bag of cash to spy on a rival rabbi, Jane jumps at the chance to make what think will be easy money. To get her cash, Jane impersonates an Orthodox Jewish woman and infiltrates a black market kidney ring in Baltimore’s Orthodox community. Between Russian gangsters and double crosses, Jane is number one on everyone’s hit list. To save her life, she forms an alliance with a religious woman and confronts a family


My Review: Dog Spelled Backwards by Jill Yesko

3 STARS

Jane Ronson is private investigator. She is a strong character. She is close to her cousin Lenny. Her boyfriend Don is a cop. Jane is independent.

She takes a case of trying to find out about a illegal kidney organs transplants that a Rabbi runs. She is hired by another Rabbi.

Their are a lot of new characters that I don't like. It is hard to find some to totally like. Jane keeps secrets but she does try to do the right things.

Jane has to go undercover as a Orthodox Jewish woman. She has take out her nose ring, wear a wig plus dress in a long dress. Jane has a lot of changes to her life in this story.

There are a lot of swearwords in this story. I was surprised by some of the twists in this story. Lots of drama, action, bad guys and violence.

About This Author

Jill Yesko’s 20+ year writing career has included stints as a sport writer, NPR commentator and investigative reporter. She’s written about everything from body piercing to human pyramids in Spain. After a solo trek around the world, Jill was profiled as an “adventurous traveler” in O, the Oprah magazine. Before becoming a writer, Jill was a national-class cyclist and graduate and cartographer. A New Jersey native, Jill now patrols Baltimore’s dog parks with her basset hound.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Navy SEAL Surrender by Angi Morgan

Description

A NAVY SEAL RETURNS TO TEXAS TO FIND HIS FAMILY IN TROUBLE AND HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST…

Navy SEAL John Sloane thought he'd come home to Texas to save the family ranch and reconnect with his estranged twin brother. He never expected to reunite with the girl whose heart he broke. But when Alicia Adams's daughter is kidnapped, the fearless SEAL jumps into action.

However, the off-book op poses unfamiliar dangers to John, none more risky than his feelings for Alicia. To regain her trust and protect her from the kidnappers, he'll risk his career and even his life. It all hinges on one daring scheme that could prove he's the hero she needs—or break her heart all over again….

Series: Harlequin Intrigue\Texas Family Reckonin (Book 1495)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373697627
ISBN-13: 978-0373697625


My Review:Navy SEAL Surrender by Angi Morgan

4 STARS

I enjoyed the Navy Seal Surrender it was full of drama, action, fights and characters that I liked. I also want to see the characters again. Right from the first pages starts the drama and does not slow down. Has good humor and friends who stick with you in hard times.

John Sloane got message that his dad home in Texas was ill. He rented a truck and drove straight to the ranch. He waved at people in town as he passed through. Waiting for him was his old girl friend Alicia of 12 years ago. She slapped him then kissed him and welcomed him home.

John's dad had a stroke. His twin was not to welcoming home. They had not seen each other for 12 years. They both blamed each other and the town blamed Brian for a fire that happened back then.

Alicia picked up her daughter Lauren from day care and then she was attacked and her daughter kidnapped. Alicia was left for dead.
Her step mother-in-law and her new husband blamed Alicia for Lauren's kidnapping. Then they blamed Brian. The police arrested Brian.

No one knew that John was home. He knew the only way to keep Alicia out of jail and get Brian out was too keep Alicia safe and find Lauren. He got a trusted neighbor to stay with his dad. He got Alicia to lay false trail where she was and called a member of his Navy Seal team to get him a ex-Navy seal who could give him backup and dig safely for information.

Dev instead of getting him help showed up with the gear to help find Lauren and get his brother free.
When they had found no evidence of Brian helping Alicia they let him go. His neighbor got Brian's hair like John's. So if anyone saw John they would think he was Brian. Brian could have a good alibi when needed.

It was funny in a way because everyone in town knew that John and Brian were identical twins. But since everyone knew that Brian was in the Navy and could not get home to find out about his dad's health earlier most expected only Brian for being in town so he was clear.

I really want to see Brian and Dev again with their own books. I really like them. I also wanted to see John and Alicia back together again. Alicia's husband had been dead for a few years. Then her father-in-law killed himself and left all his money to Lauren instead of his younger wife.

The setting for the book is Texas. It is fast paced and does not slow down. Did not put the book down till I was finished reading it.
The suspense was good you knew who the bad people were right off. But they needed to be got. The crime and setup was done with lots of planning and would have worked except that John came home at the right time.

Their is one love scene.

This is the first book I have read I believe of Angi Morgan but I will read more books by her based on this one in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Prince's Cinderella Bride by Christine Rimmer( Bravo Royales Series #7)

Description


From Texas nanny …to palace princess!

It should never have happened —the night of forbidden magic that turned Lani Vasquez and Prince Maximilian Bravo-Calabretti into lovers. After all, Lani knew all too well that an affair between a lowly nanny and the heir to the throne could only end in heartbreak— her own. Which was why she had to end it before she lost her herself completely…

His New Year's Eve with Lani had rocked Max's world —and now the Texas beauty wanted to be just friends? The single father had sworn he'd never marry again, but Lani had charmed his children and awakened his guarded heart. Will the prince catch his Cinderella before the clock strikes midnight?

My Review: The Prince's Cinderella Bride by Christine Rimmer

3 STARS

I wanted a little more to the story. Maybe if I had read the other books in the series I would like it more. There were a lot of love scenes that I skipped over.

I liked the scenes with the children the best. They were charming as a family. I would have liked more scenes with the others in them.

I liked the characters. I could see why Lani was scared to have a love affair with a Prince. She was good with the different children. She had made some wrong choices when she was younger and was afraid of making them again.

Lani was a nanny for her best friend Sydney and her husband Prince Rule. At night she was writing books of historical romance and using the royal library. She has spent a lot of time with Prince Maximilian in the library. He has written books too.

Prince Maximilian Bravo-Calabretti is heir to the throne. He is a widower with two children. He does not plan on ever getting married again. He has been attracted to Lani from the first. He has worked slowly to gain her trust. After they slept together one night Lani has been avoiding him. I have mixed thoughts about the Prince. He is devious in planning to get Lani where he wants her.

Max has a girl named Connie who is six and Nick is eight. He is a good father to his kids.

The setting for this series is Montedoro is by France. The ruler is Prince Maximilian's mother. Who has nine children. Max is the oldest.

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Fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack (A Culinary Mystery #11)




Fortune Cookie


by Josi Kilpack




Fortune Cookie
Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.

Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.

The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.


Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.




My Review: fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack

4 stars

I liked this story. It has interesting characters that I care about and like. The mystery was good. I had no clue. The personal lines of the story touched me and made me think.

I really hate the recipe that comes between each chapter and throws me out of the story. It makes it hard to get lost in the story. Plus if you want to find them it makes it hard to search for them. I like them best at the end of a book personally.

This is book 11 of A Culinary Mystery but only the third one I have read. The next book is the last so I need to catch up and read the ones I have missed.

There is only 3 weeks before the wedding now. Sadie gets a letter telling her about the death of her sister and is asked to come help close up her apartment.

Sadie has not seen her sister for 15 years and they are not close at all. Their is a lot of mystery around her death and a fire a month later.

Pete and Sadie decide to go and help figure out what happened to her and meet her nephew. while their Pete and Sadie both end up going with deep emotions at the time. I even wondered if they were ready to get married.

I was given this book to read for purpose of giving a honest review of it.

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