Wednesday, July 29, 2015

From Bruges with Love by Pieter Aspe

Description

Behind the glamorous facade of elite Belgian society lies a seedy world unseen by the public eye—but nothing stays hidden forever

Inspector Pieter Van In is begrudgingly finishing up a healthy lunch when he hears the news: While restoring their farmhouse, the Vermasts have found a skeleton in the backyard. Van In, who happens to be married to the deputy public prosecutor, is determined to solve the case in double-quick time and squeeze in one last vacation before the birth of his first child.

But this murder is trickier than it looks, and Van In soon finds himself in murky waters. The Vermasts' land belonged to the most prominent businessman in West Flanders before it was suddenly handed over to a right-wing charity. The heavily endowed foundation appears to have no expenditures or investments. So who's financing it—and why?

Before he knows it, Van In finds himself in the middle of a complex web—one that involves high-level officials, local law enforcement, and common thugs. The harder he tries to unravel the thread, the more difficult it becomes to uncover the secrets that the charity's benefactors are trying to hide. This time Van In will have to risk lives to find out the truth.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog tour: Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith Giveaway print book +




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indexDrape Expectations (A Caprice Deluca Mystery)
Series: A Caprice Deluca Mystery (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737701
E-Book ASIN: B00P53E0G2
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Synopsis:
Caprice De Luca’s former client and now friend Ace Richland–an 80’s rock star–asks her for a favor.  Can she quickly stage his girlfriend’s house to sell?  Widow Alanna Goodwin, a transplanted Southern beauty, will be moving in with him!  Immediately Caprice realizes Alanna’s southern charm can be turned on and off at will.  Caprice agrees to stage Alanna’s Kismet antebellum-styled mansion for Ace’s sake.  But she soon learns Alanna doesn’t have a genuine love for her cat Mirabelle and also uncovers a plot her new client is hatching to sabotage Ace’s comeback.  However, before she can tell Ace, Alanna is murdered and Ace is the prime suspect.
As Caprice investigates, she learns Alanna had more secrets than pie safes.  With her Cocker Spaniel Lady by her side, she tracks down clues and adopts Alanna’s cat.  In the midst of some of her own family upheaval–her uncle has moved in with her parents–she finds herself with a dilemma.  Grant Weatherford, her brother’s law partner, advises Ace and reveals more of his past to her.  Seth Randolph, the doctor she dates, wants her to meet his family.  She must choose between them.
Danger stalks Caprice.  Will her refresher self-defense course save her life?  Only if she keeps her wits about her and Lady by her side.

STAGED TO DEATH, Book 1

DEADLY DECOR, Book 2
GILT BY ASSOCIATION, Book 3 February 2015
DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, Book 4 August 2015

SILENCE OF THE LAMPS, Book 5 March 2016



About This Author
KarenAward winning and best-selling author, Karen Rose Smith’s plots are all about emotion. She began writing in her early teens when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. An only child, she spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books–Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamed of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as part of everyday living. Residing in Pennsylvania with her husband and four rescued cats, she welcomes interaction with readers on social media.


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My review:  Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith
A Caprice Deluca Mystery (Book 4)

4 STARS

Caprice Deluca is back in her 4 story.  The whole Deluca family is back plus other familiar characters and some new ones too.  This time Ace finds the body and asks Caprice for her help.

The mystery keeps you guessing to the end.  I love the characters and how they keep coming back and showing us what they are up too now.   It is more than just a mystery, it's family, friends and neighbors.

Caprice Deluca is a high end house stager.  She likes two guys really.  Grant her brother's law partner that she had a crush on years ago. They have never dated.  Seth the emergency Doctor who has moved for training.  
Caprice is always rescuing animals and finding them homes.  The animals are a big part of everyone lives.

Ace Richland a former rock star asks Caprice to fit his girl friend house in her busy schedule. 
Alanna Goodwin   a southern rich widow.  Caprice agrees to work with her.  Alanna has a cat
Mirabelle that she doesn't treat as well as Caprice she should. When she goes back to Alanna to give her apologies she over hears Alanna talking with a member of Ace's band and is working against him making a comeback. Before she tells Ace about Alanna someone killed Alanna.

Caprice starts asking about Alanna.  She also takes care of her cat till who ever inherits decide if they want her.

This book is one you don't want to put down. So much going on with Caprice's family and friends beside the mystery.  It is a clean read too.

I was given this ebook by Net Galley and  Kensington  publishing to read.  In return I agreed to give honest review and be part of its book tour.




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Lone Rider by B.J. Daniels (The Montana Hamiltons #2)

When danger claims her, rescue comes from the one man she least expects

A cowgirl at heart, Bo Hamilton does her best thinking in wide-open spaces. So when money goes missing from the family foundation she runs—meaning one of her trusted ragtag employees is a thief—Bo rides into the Crazy Mountains to figure things out. But a killer hiding among the sawtooth ridges takes her captive…and isn't planning on ever letting her go.

Bo's disappearance gets folks thinking she's the guilty one run off with the money, but Jace Calder would bet his ranch that she's innocent. Not that he has any reason to trust the beautiful, spoiled senator's daughter. But she also gave his troubled sister a job when no one else would. For his sibling's sake, Jace is going after Bo and bringing her home to face the truth. But up in the mountains, he finds Bo at the mercy of a suspected murderer. As her only hope, Jace is about to find out what they're both made of.



My review: Lone Rider by B.J. Daniels  (The Montana Hamiltons #2)

4 STARS

There are so many story lines that are being told in Lone Rider. Most of the different parts of the story continue on into other books.  That I really wanted some more answers in this book.  So I will be waiting to read more books from her in the future.

There is plenty of drama, suspense, romance.  One romance I am not sure who I want to wind up together. But that story is part of a bigger story so I will have to wait for it.

Bo Hamilton runs her family charity. That is named after her deceased mother Sarah who turns up not dead with no memory of the last 22 years.  She has realized that someone has stolen lots of funds from it.  She has called in auditors to find out how and who did it.

Bo decides to ride and camp out in the Crazies mountain over night.  Bo does not make it back to meet with the auditors.

Emily is trying to get her life back on track and loves her job with the foundation and her boss. She has plenty of body piercings, tattoos and a cute three year old.

Emily asks her brother to find Bo.  He is a tracker.  He also in the past had asked Bo to marry him.  She has someone spying on her.

 Jace Calder is a rancher and tracker.  He does not think Bo took the money but he is going to find her and bring her back no matter what.

Sarah does not know where she has been for 22 years.  The last thing she remembers is the birth of her twins.  Why did she try and commit sucide and leave her six girls.  She also thinks of herself as married but she is not.  We learn some more about Sarah.

At times  I think there is too many story lines going on at a time and I want more answers now.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give honest review of Lone Rider.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wild West Brides by Lori Copeland



Hang on for a wild ride with the three Claxton brothers, Civil War veterans who take refuge in the untamed West, and the three stubborn women who challenge their ideas of justice and freedom. Cole meets Wynne as she is seeking revenge from his youngest brother. Beau is near death when nursed back to life by Charity. Cass is tricked into marrying Susanne. Each brother has met his match, but will they be too stubborn to recognize God’s hand in these unions?  Includes: The Peacemaker, The Drifter, and The Maverick
  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: SHILOH RUN PRESS (June 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634090373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634090377




My review:  Wild West Brides by Lori Copeland

Three novels that were published earlier.  The first novel is called The Peacemaker and was published in 2004.

Wynne was left at the alter by Cass Claxton and he took almost all of her money.  Now she wants revenge and travels to his home after the Civil War ended.  She keeps trying to justify her actions and that killing Cass wii be right thing to do.

She is beautiful owner of plantation but the war destroyed her land and emptied her home.  On her way to find Cass her stage is robbed and she is now penny less. She has a temper.

Cole Claxton on the way home from the war comes onto the stage right as they were robbed and his brother Beau stepped into bring her to his home.

I like Cole he sounds tough but he keeps helping Wynne.  Wynne says one thing but acts without thinking.  She is brave, feisty and keeps getting into messes.


The Drifter
It is so far my favorite book.  I cried, laughed at times.  It really had me feeling a bunch of things in this book. It starts really sad.

The setting is Missouri 1867 at the start and most of the book takes place in Kansas frontier.
Beau loses his wife and baby. Just decides to leave.

Charity Burk was left a widow from the war.  They were homesteading on 160 acres.  She has one year left to make improvements on the land to receive the deed.  She needs help but there is no help to be found.

She finds Beau being attacked and drags him into her cabin and tries to save his life.  She thinks if she does maybe he would marry her and help her for a year and then go if he wants.
Charity is a strong character.  I like her.  She is kind, hard worker and good neighbor.

The Maverick

This book takes place right after the Drifter ends 1868 in Kansas frontier. 
The main character is the youngest brother Cass Claxton and Susanne McCord.  When I first met or heard about them I did not like them but in this book I have come to admire and care for them.

Susanne is spoiled.  She is willing to do anything to get back to her Aunt and a city.  She lies and tells her father that Cass had dishonored her when she spent the night in his brother's home.  Cass has no choice but to marry her and leave her at her Aunt's and get the marriage cancelled.

Years later Susanne is raising nine children that were in a orphanage that her Aunt started.  They are getting kicked out of their home and she blackmails & tricks Cass into helping her get the kids back to her father's home.

The children are fun, loveable and I wanted more of them.

These three stories are clean Christian romances.  I cared about them. I would read more books by Lori Copeland in the future.

I was given this ebook Wild West Brides to read by Net Galley and  Barbour Publishing, Inc..  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Wild West Brides.




Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Forgotten by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #16)


Murdered by a dead man?

A woman named Maria Gomez is murdered in Miami, apparently by her husband—who'd been presumed dead, slain by a crime boss. FBI agent Brett Cody can't believe it; dead or alive, the man had loved his wife. He also can't help feeling guilty, since he was responsible for protecting Miguel and Maria Gomez.

A few miles away, Lara Mayhew has just begun working at a dolphin research facility. She loves her new job—until a dolphin brings her something unexpected from the deep. A human hand. More body parts show up, and when Brett looks into the situation, he discovers that the dismembered corpse is Miguel's.

Soon, rumors of crazed zombies abound in the Miami media, and the Krewe of Hunters, an elite FBI unit of paranormal investigators, is called in. Brett and Lara find themselves working with the Krewe—and working closely together. An elderly crime boss who's losing his memory seems to be key to solving this case, but…there's no motive. Unless Brett and Lara can uncover one in the Miami underworld. And that means they have to protect themselves. And each other.


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My review: The Forgotten by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #16)

4 STARS

The Forgotten takes place right after The Silenced.  It can stand alone but better to read them both in order.  While this is a Krewe of Hunters we really only see two of the team.

There is plenty of drama, suspense mystery, cute animals and some scenes that will have you jumping.  There is also romance that really lasts and some that happen fast.  There is a few love scenes.

It opens to drama right off the bat. Maria Gomez is murdered by her deceased husband Miguel. or so it seems.

FBI agent Brett Cody is taking this case hard.  He had been the one who Miguel and Marie trusted to keep them safe after they came to him and was giving them evidence about some drug lords.  Now they both were dead.

Lara Mayhew has moved down to Florida after the ordeal she went through.  She is working in dolphin research center as the media person.  Lara hits it right off with a dolphin Cocoa.

Cocoa responds to Lara and brings her treasure and she also brings her a finger from the lagoon.  The finger belongs to the dead guy Miguel and not from where he was killed.

Brett and his partner want Lara and Cocoa to work with the FBI dive to see if there is more pieces of Miguel and others.

Lara's friend Meg & Matt come down to work the case from Virgina. Because having the dead commit murder is not normal.

I would love to swim with the dolphins or just watch the dolphins at the research center.

I like reading stories from Heather Graham.  They are interesting and full of drama and suspense.

I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of The Forgotten.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Bravo Christmas Wedding by Christine Rimmer (The Bravo Royales Book 9)

Description

LOVE ON THE RANGE?

Princess Aurora Bravo-Calabretti is wishing for a mountain man this Christmas! But her most unroyal crush —rancher Walker McKellan —insists that they remain "just friends." Now he's her round-the-clock bodyguard while she is the maid of honor at her cousin's holiday wedding. Rory can't resist this Colorado cowboy…but she wishes she was walking down the aisle to meet Walker at the altar!

Both the best man to the groom and Rory's bodyguard, Walker can't shake his charge. As he begins to see Rory in a different light, a surprise snowstorm strands him with his princess…and sparks ignite into a holiday love affair! Can their Christmas passion blossom into a very Bravo happily-ever-after?
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373658540
  • Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2014
My review:  A Bravo Christmas Wedding by Christine Rimmer (The Bravo Royales Book 9)

This is book 9 in the series and only the second one that I have read.  So there were a lot of characters that I have never met and would like to read there stories.  But I was not missing out of anything to make the story stand alone.

It was romantic, caring , drama , I liked the characters.  Was a couple of love scenes that I skipped over.

The setting was a Colorado ranch mostly in winter.

Princess Aurora Bravo-Calabretti has come to Colorado to attend her favorite cousins wedding.  Her mother has arranged for her friend rancher Walker McKellan to be her bodyguard for his brothers wedding.

Rory has had a crust on Walker for years.  She has been his friend too.  She is glad that she didn't
 have to bring royal bodyguards.

Rory is also a photographer and she wants to take pictures while she is staying at Walker's ranch.

Rory is concerned about Clara and Ryan's wedding.  The four of them have been good friends.

This is a nice fast read.  Makes me want to read more of the series.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give honest review of A Bravo Christmas Wedding.

One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

Description

Unexpected Christmas plans

Olivia Bowen would rather avoid this holiday season. Even her satisfaction at improving the family business doesn't make up for the loss of her beloved father and the sudden tension with her mother. Olivia questions how much longer she can live in her hometown. And her decision is further complicated by Ben Hovik.

She should keep her distance—he broke her heart years ago. Yet his compassion and their still-sizzling attraction are seductive. Could she be falling for him again? When she spends Christmas with Ben and his teenage son, she wonders if this might be the first of many more….
  • Series: Harlequin Super Romance (Larger Print) (Book 1956)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Large Print edition (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373608802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373608805

My review:  One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

4 STARS

Good drama, mystery, characters well developed, and a few love scenes. Lots of tension in the town.

A girl around sixteen years old died in the woods.  No one has come forward to say who she was.  No one is willing to say anything about her.

Olivia Bowen has come back to her home town to help run the family business after her father had a heart attack.  Now that he had died she is not sure what to do.  Her relationship with her mother is strained.

Ben Hovik is a high school principle.  He is raising his step-son Carson.  He is divorced.  Ben is interested in Olivia.  He had dumped her when they were teenagers.

Carson is sixteen.  He is on the basketball team.  He is being bullied by two seniors.

I liked how it ended.  Though I can't believe how some people did not take seriously about what some kids had done.

I was given this ebook to read so I could give a honest review of it in exchange.