Friday, May 27, 2016

Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver (A Kelly Jackson Mystery #2)


  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Underground (June 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616509325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616509323

My review: Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver (A Kelly Jackson Mystery #2)

4 Stars

Good cozy mystery.  The setting makes me want to go and stay. Redwood Cove, CA.  It is by the redwoods and on the coast and the whales are migrating.

There is plenty of drama, murder, history and still be a clean interesting read.

Kelly Jackson has moved in.  While her bread and breakfast is getting ready to open,  she is helping out at another property her boss has.  Redwood Heights is having trouble with thefts of jewelry.  Kelly finds a body or two,

Kelly has help figuring out what is going on by a group of senior citizens called the Silver Sentinels.  They were in the first book too.

I like the characters.  Really want to see more of Kelly and Scott together.  There are a bunch of other characters from the town that we meet.  Plus a bunch of new ones that are the suspects. It is a small town with lots of visitors to keep the suspect field fresh.

This has a lot of interesting facts about the town, food, whales that make the story interesting.

I would read more books in this series in the future.

I was given this ebook to read by NetGalley and Kensington Books.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Murder at the Mansion.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Only You by Denise Grover Swank (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)

A Bachelor Brotherhood Novel

Never say never . . .

Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . . 

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor. 

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn't play by the rules . . 
  • Publisher: Forever (June 14, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group

My review: Only You by Denise Grover Swank (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)

4 stars

Only you is a romantic comedy. I liked getting to know the characters and look  forward to seeing more of them in the future.

There are a few love scenes in the story. I admit to skipping over them.

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer comes home to a new house his sister bought for him that is a real fixer upper.  He has a job working for his friend in construction.  He has some crazy dates in the past and wants to stay single for awhile. It does not last long.

Holly Greenwood is single and a wedding planner.  Holly lives with her cousin.  Hates her boss.  She is sweet and a hard worker.  Holly gets asked to plan a big wedding in three weeks.  The bride is a terror and their is going to be a magazine shoot of the wedding.  It could make it possible to start her own business.

Holly and Kevin are now new neighbors.  They can't stop thinking about each other, but are not in a place to start a new romance in there lives.

I liked most of the humor. I could see some of it coming and others were a surprise.  Lots of weddings in the settings of this book

I was  given this ebook to read by NetGalley and Forever Grand Central publishing.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Only You.

The Marshal's Justice by Delores Fossen (Appaloosa Pass Ranch #4)


  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue (May 1, 2016)

  • My review: The Marshal's Justice by Delores Fossen (Appaloosa Pass Ranch #4) 

  • 4 STARS

  • There is plenty of drama, mystery, suspense, action.  The plot starts right out in a action, suspense and violent scene. It hardly slows down from the beginning.

  • This is the fourth book of the Appaloosa Pass Ranch series. While I have not read all four books, I was able to pick up the story fine.  I would have liked to have read all four books.

  • Marshal Chase Crockett goes to meet a informant who is in trouble and runs into a gunfight and sees another witness who was his former lover.  His baby has been kidnapped.

  • April Landis is supposed to be in WITSEC and nine months pregnant.  Her cover was blown and their baby taken.  They want April's brother Quentin who is also in the program and money.  

  • April and Quentin are going to testify against a cop killer Tony Crossman.  He is in jail waiting his trial. He is the chief suspect but not the only one.  April can;t even trust her brother.  As some good suspects that you are not sure who is pulling the strings till the end.

  • I like Delores Fossen's stories and look forward to reading more from her.

  • I was given The Marshal's Justice to read for free from NetGalley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review;
  • Lone Star Nights by Delores Fossen (The McCord Brothers)


    • Print Length: 384 pages
    • Publisher: HQN Books (June 1, 2016)
    • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
    • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.

    My review: Lone Star Nights by Delores Fossen (The McCord Brothers) 

    3 STARS

    Lone Star Nights is steamy.  Lots of sex scenes, topic of sex. 

    I liked the characters especially little Mia steals the book. She is 4 and has a big sister who looks way older than the thirteen she is.  The two kids are alone in the world.

    Lucky real name is Austin McCord.  He feels like the black sheep of the family.  He is a bull rider.  He is also a rodeo promoter whose partner just died.  Left him to look after two children along with her granddaughter. Lucky has a way with women.

     Cassie Weatherall, lives in LA.  Her grandmother just died.  She has been left the custody of two children along with Lucky. she suffer from panic attacks.

    I wanted to like this book more.  It has some fun scenes, cute, romantic but just not my taste overall.

    I was given this ebook to read for free from NetGalley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Lone Star Nights.

    Her Rancher Bodyguard by Brenda Minton (Martin's Crossing #5)

    Her Texas Protector 

    Bodyguard Boone Wilder isn't keen on his latest mission: watching over a pretty politician's daughter. Boone is from quiet Texas Hill Country, and Kayla is a showy city gal. But once safely settled at the Wilder Ranch, Boone watches Kayla enjoy cooking with his family, caring for his relatives and bottle-feeding calves. There's more to her than he ever knew. Still, the former soldier's wounds are way too deep to let Kayla close. But when he discovers that someone wants to hurt Kayla, Boone must risk his heart to protect what he cares about most.
    • Print Length: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Love Inspired (June 1, 2016)
    • Publication Date: June 1, 2016

    My review: Her Rancher Bodyguard by Brenda Minton  (Martin's Crossing #5)

    4 STARS

    This is good by itself but a lot better if you have read the series in order.  Which I did not do. But I am going to go buy the one book of the series that I have skipped reading somehow.
    This has characters that have flaws and are working to be better.  Lots of talk about prayer, forgiveness in a meaningful way.  I really like the Wilder family and hope to see a lot more of them.

    Boone Wilder is single.  He is a bodyguard and a rancher.  He is the oldest of his family.  He is a very hard worker.

    Kayla's father is running for office.  He has hired Boone to protect her and keep her out of trouble. Supposed to be a easy job.

    Kayla has been wild in the past because she was angry.  She had no one to turn to.  Now she is trying to get her life in order, Someone is trying to blackmail her.  She has relatives in Martin's crossing.

    This is charming, has plenty of drama, ranch life and keeps you entertained reading it.  It is also a clean read.  

    I was given this ebook to read for free in exchange for a honest review from NetGalley and Harlequin.

    Discovering You by Brenda Novak (Whiskey Creek #10)


    • Series: Whiskey Creek (Book 10)
    • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
    • Publisher: Mira (May 24, 2016)

    My review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak  (Whiskey Creek #10)

    3 1/2 STARS

    I like the plot. It is good to see more of the Amos family. There are a lot of new characters introduced, Some I loved, felt sorry for and those I hated just like I was supposed to. There is a lot of drama, romance, violence and few sex scenes.

    India Sommers  moves into Whiskey Creek with her little girl Cassia.  India lost her husband to murder by her old boyfriend.  She is scared because he got a hung jury. She moved into the house next door to the Amos family.

    Rod Amos works for the family auto repair.  He starts off with a fight.  He sure realizes how lucky he was to have his big brother in his life.  Rod wants to help India.  Rod takes big risks to help India.

    I wish this book had less love scenes and more of the interaction between the characters.    I like Van and hope to here he is better.

    I now want to see more of Mack and Grady Amos.

    I was given this ebook to read from NetGalley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Discovering you.

    APB: Baby by Julie Miller (The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue #1)

    USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Miller's new series launches with a lawman and social worker who team up to safeguard a baby 

    After a near-fatal shootout at his sister's wedding, third-generation lawman Niall Watson comes home to a baby in distress. The abandoned newborn in his neighbor's apartment sends the Kansas City PD criminologist into rescue mode once again. 

    Social worker Lucy McKane will do whatever it takes to protect the infant boy entrusted to her care. The tall, sexy ME next door may be clueless about her feelings for him, but Niall's the only one who can keep them safe. As a vengeful killer targets them, desire draws Lucy and Niall dangerously closer. Together, can they find justice and safeguard their newly created family?
    • Series: The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue (Book 1)
    • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Harlequin (May 24, 2016)

    My review: APB: Baby by Julie Miller (The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue #1)

    4 STARS

    I like the Watson family. They are close and help each other.  It starts off at Niall's sister wedding and a shooting.
    It grabs you from the first.  Keeps you guessing.

    Niall Watson is a ME.  He is smart, single, caring and logical.  He finds a crying baby and steps into take care of him. 
    Lucy McKane is a social worker.  She has no support system. Someone broke into her apartment and left a baby inside alone.  She believes it is her foster daughter child.

    Niall feels responsible for Tommy and Lucy.  He wants to find out who left the baby and why.  He is also worried about who shot up his sister's wedding.  They shot his grandfather.

    Lots of mystery, danger, cute baby and action.  As they race to solve the mystery and find out who is following Lucy.

    I want to read the rest of the books about the Watson family.

    There is one love scene, some violence and lots of cute baby.

    I was given this ebook to read from NetGalley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of APB: Baby.