Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery #3)


Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . .

When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs--and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets . . .

Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer--if she wants to live to see another winter . .
  • Series: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758284829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758284822

  • My review: The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery #3)

    4 STARS

    This is a cute animal lover mystery.  There is a dog wedding  in this cozy mystery.  There is a death and it might be connected to a murder  in 1948 that was never solved.  Lots of drama, relationships, and humor.  It is also a clean read.

    Kristan "Stan" Connor is single and she makes pet treats and meals as a business. She has been dating Jake.  She has 2 dogs and 1 cat and finds a cat on her door step with a note on her collar asking for a home.

    There is a celebration on the green on ground hog day when the local historian can't be found.  She has fallen down the stairs at the museum.  Some thing it might be murder.

    Adrian Fox star of Celebrity Ghost Hunters comes to do a episode on the old library.  A boxer died in the basement in 1948.  The town is in a uproar half wants to stop the filming others want it.  Kristan is a big fan of the show.

    Kristan has also been asked to help a few people in town.  She has  trouble saying no.  She is also asked to plan a dog wedding on Valentines day.  It sounds cute and fun to dress up and make special cake and treats.

    The setting is Frog Ledge, Connecticut.  A small town that is a farming community.

    I have liked this series.  It makes you smile while reading it.  I hope there is more of this series.

    I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Kensington Books .  In return I agreed to give a honest review of The Icing on the Corpse.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    A Biscuit, a Casket by Liz Mugavero (Pawsitively Organic Mysteries #2)


    The small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, has wholeheartedly embraced Kristan "Stan" Connor's new business--preparing quality organic treats for dogs and cats. On a healthy diet, the animals may live longer. . .but one local farmer won't be so lucky.
    As Halloween approaches, Stan is asked to cater a doggie costume party hosted by the Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Part of a local co-op, Happy Cow specializes in organic dairy products, and farmers Hal and Emmalee Hoffman have started opening up the farm for parties, offering a "haunted" corn maze as an added attraction.

    When Hal's lifeless body is found in the maze, the police at first suspect his wife, but Stan soon learns the dairy farmer had plenty of enemies--from bitter family members to shady business associates. If Stan can't extract a kernel of truth from the labyrinth of lies, she may be the next one to buy the farm.
  • Series: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758284802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758284808

  • My review: A Biscuit, a Casket by Liz Mugavero   (Pawsitively Organic Mysteries #2)

    4 stars
    This is book 2 in Pawsitively Oranic mysteries.  I have not read the first and I plan to read the next book in the series this week.

    This is a cute animal lovers mystery.  Animals are everywhere and spoiled. I admit I have dressed up my dogs in costumes and sweaters.  But having a birthday party and feeding homemade meals and treats. Sorry not for my pets.

    The mystery was pretty good.  Had some twists I did not see coming and some I did. Lots of small town community.  Lots of drama and action.  Also a clean read at least in language but not for clothes.

    Kristan "Stan" Connor's business is healthy organic meals and treats for cats and dogs.  She is just starting it and doing well so far.  She is still pretty new to Frog Ledge, Connecticut.  Stan is single. She has two dogs and a cat.

    While at a neighbor farm is having a corn maze and setting up for a birthday party for some dogs. people discover the owner Hal Hoffman dead in it.  Hal had been stabbed with a farm tool in the chest.

    Stan gets volunteered to help the widow with the farm books and office.  Hal and  Emmalee Hoffman
    have 4 children and run a farm co-op and dairy.  Stan also can't help but try and figure out who killed Hal and why.

    I liked reading A Biscuit, a Casket.  Sometimes it was over the top, but fun.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Kensington Books.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of A Biscuit, A Casket.                             

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Blog Tour : Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift card or Paypal Cash


    Devon’s Choice
    Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.
    Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?
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  • Print Length: 165 pages

  • Publisher: Astraea Press, LLC (January 12, 2015)

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    I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs; so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I!
    Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this – and a love of books – fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true.
    I’m grateful to God for always keeping a story in my heart and hope you are blessed and entertained by my book.

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    My review:  Devon's Choice by Catherine Bennett

    4 STARS

    Needed tissue for this story,  For Happy and sad reasons. I really connected to these characters.
    I like most of them and would like to know them in real life.

    Devon's Choice is not afraid to bring up prayer, church and God and make it part of the story.  It is a clean read.

    Devon lives with her widowed father.  She works part time at a coffee shop while she is trying to grow her own business.  Devon is worried about her father's health. She is dating Michael Turner.

    Devon's father likes that Michael Turner is well off.  He encourages Devon to keep dating him.

    Michael Turner works for his family's construction company.  He does not like the fact that Devon has standards.  He wants her to work for his family's company.  He travels a lot for business.

    Brandon Forrester comes into the Coffee shop one snowy day right before closing.  He sees Devon and is interested in her.  He plows the coffee shop's parking lot while he is there.  He asks her out.

    I was impressed right away with Brandon plowing the coffee shop's parking lot for them.

    I thought the book was good.  Would not mind reading another book from Catherine Bennett in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Devon's Choice and be part of it's blog tour.

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    The Marine's Temptation by Jennifer Morey (The Adair Affairs - Book 2)


    Shocking discoveries rock the Adairs…and a determined librarian can't help falling for one of this dynasty's rugged heroes!

    It's true that money can't buy happiness. Librarian Georgia Mason has seen one wealthy Adair ruin her stepmother's life and swears she won't get involved with his son Carson. So what if he's a hot former special ops soldier who showers her with extravagant gifts? But he is the sexiest man she's ever met and it's hard to hate him for searching for his long-lost stepbrother, or tracking down the traitor behind his botched mission. And when Georgia faces life-threatening danger, Carson protects her, igniting their scorching passion. Maybe love of money isn't the root of all evil. Maybe there's more to Carson to trust, respect…and love.

    My review: The Marine's Temptation by Jennifer Morey (The Adair Affairs - Book 2)

    4 stars

    This is full of drama, suspense, romance and action.  I like the Adair kids. This is Carson Adair's story.

    Carson was a Marine and he planned to make that his career. Carson was wounded on his last mission.  He plans to find his half brother Jackson who he never knew about who was kidnapped as a child.

    Librarian Georgia Mason plans to fight the Adair's money that was left to her step-mother Ruby.  Georgia does not trust the Adair family or rich people

    Ruby was Jackson's mother. Carson's father Reginald was her first husband.  After Jackson was kidnapped their marriage fell apart. Ruby then later married again to Georgia's father.

    Carson is determined to show Georgia that having money is not a bad thing.  Someone keeps trying to kill Carson and Georgia.  He thinks it might be part of his last mission that went wrong and wounded Carson.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin and in return agreed to give The Marine's Temptation a honest review.

    Protection Detail by Shirlee McCoy



    After a prominent senator's son is murdered, Capitol K-9 Unit captain Gavin McCord wants answers. The senator was a mentor to Gavin, and he'll stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice. With his team of elite K-9 cops and his loyal dog, Glory, at his side, Gavin discovers that a child at Cassie Danvers's nearby foster home may have witnessed the murder. He's drawn to the determined and beautiful woman, but she doesn't want him interviewing her traumatized charges. Yet trusting Gavin is the only way to stay one step ahead of the deadly gunman when Cassie becomes a target.

    Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners

    My review: Protection Detail by Shirlee McCoy

    4 STARS

    Good suspense, mystery, cute kids,  romance, action and a clean read.  I liked Cassie and Gavin.  They both want to protect the foster kids.  Someone wants to kill one of the kids who might have seen a murder.  Cassie interrupted the murder so she became a witness too.

    Cassie is the foster mom of eight children.  She loves the children,  worries over them.  She was a foster child herself.

    Gavin McCord is a Capital  K-9 Unit officer.  Gavin's dog is Glory she is a protection dog.  Gavin is in charge of the murder and attempted murder.  He is single.

    Someone killed Michael and shot the Senator. They think one of the foster children who lives next door might have witnessed the murder. But the children are not talking. Someone was in the middle of torching the foster home but Cassie got them. Cassie is now a witness too.  Someone now wants her dead too.

    This is a new series. Each book will be written by different authors about the Capital K9 Unit.

    The setting is Washington D.C.

    This ebook was given to me so that I could give a honest review by Net galley and Harlequin.  All opinions are mine.

    A Real Cowboy by Carla Cassidy (Cowboys of Holiday Ranch - Book 1)



    New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy brings cowboys, suspense and blazing passion under starry Oklahoma skies!

    "I ride alone," cowboy Lucas Taylor warns New Yorker Nicolette Kendall. But when she and her son, Sammy, settle into Holiday Ranch, things are about to change for the sexy straight-shooting loner. After a frightening kidnapping attempt, Lucas becomes six-year-old Sammy's beloved bodyguard…while trying—in vain—to resist white-hot sparks between him and the boy's gorgeous city-slicker mom. 

    Nicolette can't deny the attraction either. But she's been heartbroken once too often and won't hitch her star to a cowboy interested only in a fling. Until there's a real danger to her own life…and heart! Then will she trade her high heels for cowboy boots?
  • Series: Harlequin Romantic Suspense\Cowboys of H (Book 1839)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373279094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373279098

    My review: A Real Cowboy by Carla Cassidy (Cowboys of Holiday Ranch - Book 1) 
    4 stars
    I liked the characters, the dialog, the setting and the suspense.  I did not like that I have to wait till the next book comes out to find out more. There was one love scene that I skipped over.
    Nicolette Kendal and her son Sammy came out to the ranch that her friend and partner inherited.  She is a divorced single mom.  She is a good mom.
    Sammy is a cute six year old that wants to be a cowboy. His first night in town Nicolette catches sight of a masked man in her son's bedroom on the second floor. 
    Cassandra Peterson is an artist. She and Nicolette own a clothing store in New York city.  She has been there for Nicolette and Sammy since Nicolette got divorced. Now she owns a ranch.
    Lucas Taylor has been on Holiday ranch since he was 17.   He misses Cass Holiday who died in a tornado that damaged a lot of the ranch. He is one of 12 cowboys that live and work on the ranch.
    The setting is Cass Holiday's large ranch in Bitterroot, Oklahoma
    Why has someone wearing a ski mask was on a ladder looking in the room Sammy was staying in?
    Lucas volunteered to sleep in the other bunk bed in Sammy's room till they figure out who and why.
    The cowboy's on the ranch are determined to keep Sammy and the ladies safe.
    Some twists I did not see coming. Other surprises I did see ahead of the reveal.
    I read this book in one sitting.  Did not want to put it down even when I finished it I wanted more.
    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin and in return agreed to give honest review of A Real Cowboy.

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Secret Refuge by Dana Mentink



    Former parole officer Mick Hudson blames himself for the death of Keeley Stevens's sister. If he hadn't paroled a criminal, she might still be alive. When he hears that the suspected killer has been spotted in Keeley's hometown, he worries she might be the next victim. Keeley doesn't want to take help from the man who could have prevented her sister's death, but she has more than herself to worry about. She'll do anything it takes to protect her family. And Mick will risk his life to make sure that the past does not repeat itself.

    Wings of Danger: The path to love is treacherous
  • ISBN9780373446612
  • Price5.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionMass Market paperback

  • My review: Secret Refuge by Dana Mentink

    4 STARS

    Good suspense romance action packed story that draws you in right away.  I did guess some of the twists and others I did not.  I loved the characters.  Secret Refuge is also a clean read that does mention Prayer, God's Grace, and Forgiveness in a natural way that is part of the plot.

    Mick Hudson is a former Marine and parole officer.  He left his job because one parole that he let out committed a murder.  He feels guilty about LeeAnn's death.

    Keeley Stevens became a mother after her sister's death to June.  She is a photographer of birds.  She does not want to lean on anyone.  She also wants her sister's murder Tucker caught.  She is struggling to make ends meet.

    This story deals a lot with wild birds in Oregon.  It was interesting facts about the different birds.  The setting is small town Silver Creek, Oregon

    Tucker accused of killing his girl friend after he got released early on patrol. Has been seen heading for Keeley.  He wants something from her.

    Mick wants to help protect Keeley from Tucker and blames himself for LeeAnn's death.  He also injured his co-worker.

    I got into the story and I did not want to stop reading until I finished Secret Refuge.

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