Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Blue Door (The Threshold #1) by Christa Kinde


This is a very engaging story. Lots of different types of angels, all of a sudden Prissie can see and talk too.
Prissie is the main character in book 1. She comes from a big family with 5 brothers living on a farm. She is 15.

Prissie sees a stranger up in one of their trees barefoot. She said something to the boy and she thinks she is talking to someone else. He is used to not being seen but tells her his name is Koji. Then her mailman Milo that she has had a crush on for years ignores the teenager and just talks to Prissie.

Milo when he knows that Prissie can see Koji asks her to come with him if her mom will let her. Milo takes Prissie and one of her brothers to a used bookstore. They tell her they are angels. That some angels have regular jobs. Others like Koji are observers and not seen. Their are many angels of different types.

Also in the bookstore their are two doors in the back her brother can only see one. He can't see the blue door, or Koji.
Prissie freaks and spends the rest of the day at her fathers bakery down the street. She stays away from Milo for a while and ponders the question are their real angels? The more she knows is weird for her. She finds out that their is a war going on with angels and the fallen.

I liked The Blue Door. I liked all the characters and the different angels and types of angels. Prissie finds out that her house is crowded with all the different angels their.

Prissie has other teenage problems she feels that her best friends are replacing her. They all are changing and some are not for the better. Their is a new girl in town who tends not to like her but likes her best friends.
A boy who is always giving her a hard time is now working with her father at the bakery.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series. The Hidden Deep coming in Apr, 2013.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to review it by Netgalley.
Published September 25th 2012 by Zonderkidz Zondervan 271 pages ISBN 0310724198

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The Blue Door, the first book in The Threshold Series, introduces Prissie Pomeroy, a teen who discovers she can see what others cannot: angels all around. Even more startling is the surprising secret she uncovers about people she thought she knew. As she wrestles with this unexpected ability she must come to grips with the spiritual battles surrounding her. Especially when she learns she received this gift because God has a unique role for her in his bigger plan. But if she's to fulfill it, she'll need faith like never before.This exciting debut by author Christa Kinde draws on the rapidly growing interest in angel stories, an emerging trend in teen and preteen supernatural novels. Boys and girls alike will appreciate her gifted storytelling that captures their imagination with things beyond human sight. And parents will appreciate the family-friendly tone and godly messages maintained throughout this intriguing tale of adventure and spiritual warfare.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All A Woman Wants by Patricia rice


All a Woman Wants is a historical romance. The plot is simple Mac sails from America to London to sell his cargo and look into how his sister his doing. His family has not heard from her for months. Mac is surprised to find that his sister died months ago in childbirth.
His nephew and niece are not being taken care off. His nephew has a broken arm and the children are being drugged. His brother-in-law
is a drunk. The nurse maids are not taking care of the children.
Mac decides to take the children and sail back home and letting his parents raise the kids right. He goes to the country to find the nanny he is told and finds she has died too.

Bea's father died and left her the estate but she was never taught how to take care of everything. Plus it's in debt. She is shy and hardly ever leaves the estate. She needs someone to teach her how to run it right and read the account books.

When Mac his guided to her estate they make a deal. He and the children can stay and Mac will teach her what he can till his new ship is ready to sail and he finds a new nanny to sail with him to take care of the children. Mac would rather do than show Bea how to run the estate. He yells a lot but is turning things around slowly.

The children's father regrets that he signed away his children and is looking for them. His father is a powerful Earl and if he does not have the kids won't recieve money for their care.

It is a nice story. Too many love scene details in it. I like that Bea wants to learn things not just let people around her make the decisions. She also wants to help her people. Mac is big,rough and loud. But he cares for the kids and his willing to go to jail for the kids safety.

I was given this ebook to read as part of Librarything early review program. The contents are my own opinion of the story.
Publisher: Rice Enterprises (January 6, 2013) 306 pages ASIN: B00AXQAFWY

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“Mac” MacTavish impulsively steals his late sister’s neglected children, only to discover it’s easier to handle a clipper in a hurricane than steer two ornery brats. What he needs is a nanny until he can take the children back to his parents in America.

Knowing herself to be too plain and large to attract a husband, Bea Cavendish has settled for a quiet life of feathering her father’s nest—until he dies, and she’s left with an estate she doesn’t know how to manage. Alone and terrified, she doesn’t know what to make of the very big, very angry man appearing at her door with two adorable hooligans in tow.

Does she take in this ill-tempered stranger and his children in exchange for learning what she needs to know? Or is she in danger that this recklessly ambitious man might teach her more about life than which fields to plant?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Guardian by Beverly M Lewis

The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3) 4 stars

This is my first book that I have read in Home to Hickory Hollow. I can see how the other books would fit in but I thought the story was good at standing on its own.

I really enjoyed reading the Guardian. Though I have to admit to shedding a few tears reading it.Their were parts in it that I laughed and smiled too. Especially the pied piper when the two women realized they were following too. Both books I have read today brought tears.

A mother's worst nightmare she can't find her little girl. After searching all around their house and property they figured she must have fallen out of the buggy and the other children were a sleep and did not see. The community right away start searching for the little girl they search and pray all night long.

Jodi Winfield is house sitting for her cousin while they are on a vacation and taking care of their cat. Jodi is having a hard time getting over her sister Karen's death. She has stopped praying since it did not save her sister. She does not want to have children. Her fiance does want them and loves God. He is going to teach abroad for a year teaching english in Japan.

Jodi is preparing to run in a marathon so she goes running and in the middle of nowhere finds a little girl a sleep on the side of the road in her underwear. She has a bump on the head and some other cuts & road rash. The little girl wakes us and cries for her mama.

Jodi finds no amber alert for a lost child. She does not understand the little girl. Jodi does pick her up and take her back to her cousin's house. She gives her first aid, a bath and some food. The little girl just clings to her. As Jodi is trying to get through to the police she gets a call from her boss telling her that she is being let go. Only a month before the new school year.

Her cousin's husband she is housesitting for is a cop and suggests when he hears she speaks no english where the Bishop of the Amish lives and he might know where she belongs. Explains that they don't turn to police they stay seperate.

The Amish men search all night. Then take turns searching while others feed animals and return. So far they have found her dress and hair pins. The men are split on calling the English police or not.

When Jodi finds the Amish school house Sarah recongizes where she is and points and Jodi going slow finds Sarah's house.

Maryanna is a widow raising four children on her own. She is so grateful to have her daughter back home safe. She invites Jodi into her home for lunch. Sarah and the children call Jodi Sarah's Angel. Sarah does not want Jodi to leave. All the children are drawn to Jodi.

It is a good story and blends both the Amish and English together. How they help each other in many ways. They are the answer to others prayers. Their is a lot of grieving talked about how each is different but some the same. Maryanna over loosing her husband.and a few other widows and widowers in their Amish district. Jodi getting over her sister's death. Just by sharing can make a difference in peoples lives.
I would read Beverly's books in the future based on how much I liked the Guardian.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it in return by Netgalley.
April 2013 by Bethany House Publishers 352 pages ISBN:0764209795

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Must-Have Amish Fiction from #1 Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis
When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak a word of English. It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere.
As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow--and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there

Sand Castle Bay (An Ocean Breeze Novel)


Sand Castle Bay (An Ocean Breeze Novel) Book 1
The first novel in this new series was good. I already want to find out what happens to Emily's sister.

Emily broke up with her boyfriend because she wanted to make lfe away from Sand Castle but she always thought that Boone would be waiting for her to come back. When Boone got married to someone else right after she was hurt bad.

Boone was hurt when Emily broke up with him and left town. He was hurt and thought it was over so he found someone else to love and marry. Now he is a single father in thier hometown after his wife died. Boone is really close to Emily's grandmother Cora Jane still.

Now Emily and her two sisters are back in town to help thier grandmother get the family restraunt back open and repaired after a hurricane. No one told Emily that Boone is now a widower or that he owns three restraunts of his own.
Boone's son B.J. is close to Cora Jane and spends time with her too. B.J. gets attached to Emily right off the bat. Boone is afraid he will get hurt when Emily leaves.

Everyone wants Emily and Boone to workout thier differences and get back together except Boone's Former Mother-in-law. Working on opposites coasts make it hard to have a relationship too.

This is a character driven novel. Lots of characters. B.J. is cute all by himself. I like the characters and wanted everything to workout for Emily & Boone too. I want to read the next two books now but have to wait till they come out.

I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sherryl Woods takes readers to the North Carolina coast with a new family and her trademark heartfelt emotions
In a trade-off she's lived to regret, Emily Castle left home years ago to become an interior designer. The youngest of three sisters, Emily desperately wanted to prove herself. Success, though, came at the cost of leaving behind the man she loved.

For Boone Dorsett, losing Emily left his heart shattered, but another woman was waiting in the wings. Now a widower with a young son, Boone has a second chance with Emily when a storm brings her home. But with his former in-laws threatening a custody suit, the stakes of loving her are higher than ever.

Will fate once again separate them-or is the time finally right for these two star-crossed lovers?

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 26, 2013) 400 pages ASIN: B00ALTVIQU

'Til Death by Sharon Sala


'Til Death (Rebel Ridge, #3)

I have had 'Til Death for awhile to read. If I had realized what series this was I would have read it awhole lot sooner. I like the Rebel Ridge series.
They have suspense, lots of action,some romance, lots of family that are close and supportive. It's a good series.

Someone is harassing Meg Walker. The first thing that happened she did not realize that someone had come and moved it. The night her cow got loose and the rope was cut. She saw footprints thought it was small man or teenager. Meg for the first time is living by herself and liking it. Now she hears a board squeak by the kitchen table and gets out of bed. She grabs her gun and chase the guy right out of the house and shoots him.

Meg all of a sudden realizes she is bleeding bad calls her brother and tells him to come and bring his gun. When her family gets their she tells them that someone was in the house and she chased him out and shot at him. She stepped on broken flower vase the stalker had brought. As one brother takes her to the Emergency room another tracks the guy up the mountain and looses the trail when he got on a dirt bike.

Meg's family put new locks on her door, motion lights up and gets her a dog. Both feet got stitches in them and Meg is told not to walk on them till stitches come out. Her mom and new husband move in till she can walk. They take care of her animals till she is healed.

Lincoln Fox has come home to find his father's killer. He was found guilty for it when he was a teen. Lincoln has not been home since then. He has his own construction company in Texas. He brought a travel trailer and figured when he saw that house was in ruin to fix up bomb shelter for the winter till he can rebuild in spring.

The first night he is their he hears gunshots, and see a guy run across his property and hop on dirt bike. Later when the Sheriff comes looking and finds Lincoln he knows he is not the stalker because he was a lot smaller than Lincoln 6'6". The Sheriff tells him his neighbor Mrs. Walker has a stalker.

Lincoln tells the sheriff what he saw and that he was back home to find out who killed his father.
When the stalker comes back using his property Lincoln stands in the shadow and yells at him. When he mentions if he is the stalker of Mrs. Walker he runs off but not before Lincoln recongizes him.

When Lincoln tells the sheriff he knows who the stalker is. The Sheriff will check into it,but doesn't trust him to tell the truth. Later Lincoln finds out that Mrs. Walker was actually his first love Meg.

You do realize who is after Meg but you don't know why till the end. Lincoln tries to figure out what happened 18 years earlier and who set him up and why.
Lots of colorful characters. Lot of them are back from the first two of the series. Their a couple of love scenes that I skipped over. I laughed a few times. Felt sorry for everything Meg goes through. Like how strong the women characters are. Yes Meg gets hurt but she also strikes back.
I hope their are more books in the Rebel ridge series.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when finshed by Netgalley.
publication: March 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA 384 pages ISBN: 0778314278

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He left in handcuffs. Now it’s time to set himself free.

Nearly twenty years after he was wrongly convicted of setting the fire that killed his father, Lincoln Fox returns to Rebel Ridge, Kentucky. There, deep in the Appalachians, the truth of that terrible night lies buried—and he’s sworn to uncover it.

His plans take an unexpected turn when, in the midst of a blizzard, he rescues Meg Walker from her wrecked car. Suddenly Linc discovers another reason to clear his name. Meg, his high school sweetheart, had always believed in his innocence, and if he wants a future with her, he has to show the world proof that she was right.

As the community chooses sides, those who once let a teenage boy take the fall for their crime are forced to raise the stakes. They kidnap Meg, leaving her to the mercy of the mountain. And a second rescue may be more than even Linc can manage….

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr


The Wanderer is the first book in the Thunder Point series. It takes place on the Oregon coast in a small town. It is a beautiful setting for the small town. The town is a good community. Robyn Carr's novels are more of a community not just a slice around one couple to be. I look forward to reading many more novels in this new series.

Hank Cooper finds out his good friend that he was supposed to meet in Virgin River to go hunting with has died. He has no family left and died a little suspicously. So Hank who is between jobs came to pay his respect to his friend.
Hank finds his friends Ben shop is a mess. It is falling apart,mold everywhere and being closed for weeks with power off all the bait is dead and stinks. Ben also left it to him plus a lot of land on the beach and mountain.

The first part of the story introduces Cooper to the area and the people. He gets involved when he sees three kids picking on one. Then the same kind of thing later. Thier are a lot of new people that have moved into the area or about to we meet.

Cooper meets Mac right away. Mac lives in Thunder Point and is a deputy. Mac has lots of contacts. Mac is a divorced father with three kids and a aunt Lou.

Thier are some sex scenes. It is rich in all the characters that you meet. It shows the different relationships of about 5 couples. Some are just new,friends without benafits,teenagers and some in secret. But thier is so much more to the story.
It also deals with bullys,relationships, budding friendships.

I enjoyed reading it. I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review from Netgalley.

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From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 26, 2013) 384 pages ISBN-10: 0778314472

Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne


Hope's Crossing book 4

I like Hope's Crossing books. It is a community that has pulled its self together. The characters are interesting and keep me wanting to know more about them. It is good to see old friends and what they are up to now. It is also a clean read.

Alexandra is about to have her dream come true. She is going to have her own restraunt. That if her kitchen is done on time. Alex only dates guys who won't be around for the long time. She is also hiding a secret. Alex has a big family, most who live close by.

Sam came to Currant Creek Valley to work. He is taking over to finsh the restraunt after the last guy had to leave on family business. Sam was a army ranger. He is looking for a new home to raise his son in. Sam does not let Alex know that he has a son or thinking of moving his business to Currant Creek Valley.

Alex on first meeting Sam after a misunderstanding occured asks him if he is married? So if they want to go out she needs to know that he is single. Sam says yes but he was a Ranger and they always lead the way. So he asks her.

They had a great time and on a walk around town Alex found a stray dog around town. He was skinny but had a collar on him. Alex names him Leo. She hopes to find his owner.

Their are no big secrets to reveal. Only personal trials they each face but you are slowly getting the answers you want to know. I did not want to put the book down last night. Read till my eyes could not focus anymore.

One secret of Sam's is he has a cute son living with his brother while he finshes the school year. Than Sam will bring him to Hope's Crossing.
Ethan is very smart and friendly. He is not afraid to hint at what he likes.

I would read more books about Hope's Crossing in the future.
I was given this ebook to read and in exchange asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (March 26, 2013) 320 pages ASIN: B00ALTVHJI

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If you build it, love will come…to Hope's Crossing.

Alexandra McKnight prefers a life of long workdays and If you build it, love will come…short-term relationships, and she's found it in Hope's Crossing. A sous chef at the local ski resort, she's just been offered to Hope's Crossing. her dream job at an exclusive new restaurant being built in town. But when it comes to designing the kitchen, Alex finds herself getting up close and personal with construction foreman Sam Delgado….

At first glance, Sam seems perfect for Alex. He's big, tough, gorgeous—and in town for only a few weeks. But when Sam suddenly moves into a house down the road, Alex suspects that the devoted single father of a six-year-old boy wants more from her than she's willing to give. Now it's up to Sam to help Alex see that, no matter what happened in her past, together they can build something more meaningful in Hope's Crossing.

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Royal Marriage by Rachelle McCalla

Protecting the Crown series

The history part I really did not know much about it at all. I liked the plot. The characters and that it is a clean read.
I take for granted that if you want to read the bible it is easy to do. I have many copies in out house and even on my kindle.
Only the very rich would have a book of scripture like Acts not the whole bible.

Princess Gisela is going to be married as part of a contract to keep the peace and the Christian church together and not split apart. Her ship is attacked and she is wounded. The Captain was killed. The now acting captain had heard of the healer King John and sailed to his island than continue on to her intended.

King John sees that the Princess will die if she does not get a certain herb on her eye before evening. There is no time to ride to where the herb is and bring it back to her. Also the lands were taken away from his kingdom and could cause a war if they are discovered.

King John also realizes that if he does not try and the Princess Gisela who's father is Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne dies will also cause a war maybe on two fronts. So King John takes just the Princess into the danger area and puts the herbs on her eyes. She is burning up and both eyes swollen badly.

They make it safely out but they are seen. Princess Gisela finds out that the King's father death was by her intended groom's family and refuses to carry on the marriage till it is settled. She sends her ship back to her father and lets him know of the deciet that is going on.

King John lost his wife in childbirth and does not intend to remarry. He plans his brother Luke to be his heir. Prince
Luke is watching the border. He wants to advenge his fathers death. He is taken hostage.

Gisela has developed feelings for King John but she knows that she has to continue the marriage her father made for lasting peace.
Gisela owes her life to King John and feels like the coming war is her fault.

There is lots of action,drama,history,romance,spies that make it a fun read. I look forward to reading more from Rachelle McCalla in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Published November 27th 2012 by Love Inspired Harlequin 288 pages ISBN:0373829442

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Despite her protests, Princess Gisela, headstrong daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, must enter into a diplomatic marriage. Yet en route to her wedding, her ship is attacked and she's gravely injured. Rescued by a renowned healer, King John of Lydia, Gisela recuperates at his Mediterranean castle. The handsome, widowed ruler soon has her reevaluating her beliefs on love and marriage…but only if King John could be her groom. Their love is forbidden, and duty requires him to deliver her to her betrothed. Unless they can find a way to join their hearts—and kingdoms—with love, faith and honor.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What She Wants by Sheila Roberts


What she wants is funny,quirky,romantic novel. It is a plot I have not ever read one like it before. The characters are well written and made me root for them all to find the love they want. This book is the guys looking for love.

Jonathan is a computer geek. He owns his own company that fixes computers problems. He has his own house. He still wants his dream girl from high school who never looked at him only as a friend. Now his 15 year reunion will be here soon. He wants Lissa to see him in a different light.
He hears his sister and friend talking about romance books and their heroes. What they think is the perfect guy. They especially like one author Vanessa. So Jonathan decides to do research on romance novels see if he can figure out what women want.

One of Jonathan's poker buddies is Kyle. Kyle has a crush on a beautful woman at work Jillian. He does not notice him. He is short.
He tries to get Jillian to like him. He complains about woman a lot at poker games. He does not pay much attention to Mindy the girl who works next to him when she tries to be friendly.

Adam has a sales job and makes good money. He is married to Chelsea. He decides after one trip to stay a few extra days to fish and when he gets back the locks are changed. He shows up at Jonathan's late at night and sleeps on the couch.

Vance is the newest guy at the poker game. He owns a bookstore in a bigger town and is semi-retired. He is the oldest guy at the poker game and is single and not looking for anyone.

Bernardo is happily married man at the poker games.

Adam notices all the romance books in Jonathan's house and he finally gets Jonathan to answer that he is doing research and shows him the list of things he has made of the heroes in the books. Adam tells everyone at the poker games about his research he is doing and Kyle is interested in what Jonathan has compiled.

Soon all the guys are talking and betting books at the poker game except Vance. He tries and tells them its a waste of time. Especially Vanessa's books. They are even betting romance books as part of the poker games.

I really enjoyed What She Wants. Look forward to reading more Icicle Falls books.
03/26/2013 PUB Harlequin HarlequinMIRA 400 pages ISBN:9780778314325

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What do women want?
Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot-their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.

When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking-Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night...and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Alpine Xanadu by Mary Daheim


The Alpine Xanadu: An Emma Lord Mystery #24

This is my first time reading an Emma Lord mystery their is a lot of history that I don't know so at times I was a little lost and others why this was important to the story. I imangine if your a long time fan you would like this more than me at times.

The Characters are well developed and you can tell most of them have been around along time with full backgrounds. Emma and the Sheriff sometimes I wondered at their relationship the way they talked to each other or yell. Other times I was laughing at them and with them.
Emma is the owner of a newspaper and online news for the town of Alpine. Their is a radio station that is competition for the news. Vida works for both of them. She is mad at the Sheriff for something in the past. She knows everything that is going on unless it has to do with her blind spot Roger.
Their is a new rehab and mental health center opening up. They keep lots of secerets. Close by a man fixing something is killed. It seems to be accident or was it.
One of Emma's reporter does not realize that the Sheriff is living with her. He does not trust the sheriff.
The Sheriff's daughter has come to town after she has some problems and feels only safe living with him. So he moves back to his house for a while. He plans to sell his house and wants to expand Emma's and keeps getting bigger and bigger. She is worried how they will be able to pay for it.

Their is lots of small town information in the story that makes it nice to know. I wish I had read earlier stories about Emma Lord seems like a lot goes on for a small town. I will be on the lookout for more of Mary's work in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
01/29/2013 PUB Random House Publishing Group Ballantine 336 pages
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Winter in the small mountain aerie of Alpine should be as quiet as new-fallen snow on the Cascades, but from the Grocery Basket to the Venison Inn, the town is humming. At the Alpine Advocate, editor Emma Lord and her staff are on deadline with a feature about the opening of RestHaven, a new rehab and mental health facility. Front Street is buzzing with gossip about Emma’s recent engagement to Sheriff Milo Dodge. And now that fool Wayne Eriks has climbed an electric pole in the middle of a storm and got himself electrocuted.

Sheriff Dodge doesn’t buy the idea that Wayne’s death is an accident. But how—and, more important, why—he died is only one of the conundrums that keep the sheriff and Emma working overtime. Why is RestHaven giving Alpine so many restless nights? What to make of allegations that someone’s trying to kill the richest man in town . . . or whispers of a rash of indecent behavior at the local high school? After Vida Runkel, the Advocate’s stalwart House & Home editor, disappears into thin air, Milo and Emma suddenly have too many loose ends to solve before they can even think about tying the knot.

Featuring beloved characters from the series alongside some sinister new ones—not to mention a mystery that will shake Alpine to its core—The Alpine Xanadu may be Mary Daheim’s most delicious novel yet.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson


The Fairest Beauty is a retelling of Snow White. It is just loosly on it. I personally am impressed with it. The characters all have different names. Some of the same qualities you expect and some you have no idea. Their are new characters too.

Of course their is a wicked stepmother who hates her stepdaughter. Not that she acknowledge that she has one because she faked her death at age 2. Then she got rid of all the servants who would realize she was alive and well except for two kitchen cooks.

Sophie was a servant that was always getting into trouble trying to help others. She was always punished harder than others. Now she was in trouble because she rescued puppies from being drowned.

Gabe is a second son who enjoys life. When he hears that his brothers betroved is still alive and in danger. He decides that he would go rescue her because his brother has a broken leg. He wants to prove to his father and brother that he is good enough.

Their is one dwarf in the cottage of seven three days journey they are told they can find safty there. The others are not was you might expect. Though one sneezes,one grumpy,one is not to bright,ect. I like the cottage of seven and would love to see more of their stories told. They are welcoming and appreciate Sophie's cooking and care for her.

I enjoyed reading Sophie's story. She is kind and always tries to help others when she could. Because of how she lived her life others returned some of the favors she gave when she was in need.

Has some drama and action. Humor too. This is a very clean read. I want to read more of Melanie's books after reading The Fairest Beauty.
I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it when finshed by Netgalley.
Published January 8th 2013 by Zondervan 323 pages ISBN:0310724392

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Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.

When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts

The Cowboy Lawman (Cooper Creek) by Brenda Minton


Great story, now I want to read more about Cooper Creek. Good clean story dealing with life changes.
Mia Cooper does not know who she is anymore or what she wants to do next in her life.
She has returned home after being shot in the shoulder. Mia feels guilty because her partner was killed before she could react. Thier cover was blown. With Mia's injury she does not know if she will be able to use her right arm. She can't lift her gun.
She is a undercover DEA Agent. She has local police driving by her house once a hour because someone stole some money. Someone leaked who they were, maybe someone in the DEA even.
Mia wants to find the leak. She also is searching for her little sister that she saw last when she was seven. Her mom OD and all three of them went to different families.
She loves her adopted Cooper family but she wants to find Breezy too.

Slade McKennon is a Dawson deputy Sheriff. He wants to help keep Mia safe. She was his wife's best friend. Plus his good friend's little sister. His wife died 5 years ago and he has raised his son Caleb by himself with help of his family. Mia's always been offbounds. Slade keeps thinking about her now.

Mia has always been a tomboy. She was a rodeo barrel racing champion and went to nationals 3 times winning once. She always kept up with her brothers. Now she is lost.
She helps baby sit Caleb when Slade's mom has a heartattack and shares her memories of his mother Vicky with him. Mia has loved Slade but knew Vicky loved him too and he did not see her that way. She can't feel Vicky's shoes.

I love all the different characters and want to read more stories about them. Mia's grandmother is a hoot. She hit the jackpot with her adopted family. I want to read more books by Brenda.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.

Publisher: Love Inspired (April 1, 2013) 224 pages ASIN: B00ALTWPVM

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Heir to a Desert Legacy by Maisey Yates


Heir to a Desert Legacy was a lot more than I thought it would be. It was a romance but it was also a story of two different people who had faced abuse in thier early years. The abuse changed the people and how they reacted to others, standing apart from others who could hurt them again. How love of someone else could help the healing if they let them into thier hearts. So yes it was a romance but they had to let others in. Thier were a couple of sex scenes.

I liked that Chole was strong, smart and even though she was around abuse she was still willing to build a life with her half-sister and her son. She made very unselfesh

Sayid seems hard and does not care about anyone or anything. He feels duty for his country and will give his life for it and protect the future king with all that he has.

This is a quick read. Makes me glad for my family and freedoms that we have.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest reviews from Netgalley.

Description from Netgalley

Sayid al Kadar was trained from childhood to be a warrior. He's fought, he's conquered-but was never meant to rule...
Thrust reluctantly to the throne, Sheikh Sayid is shocked to discover a child who is his country's true heir, and he'll do anything to protect him, even if it means taking on the child's aunt!

Chloe James might behave like a tigress protecting her cub, but this trained soldier can see her weak spot. Taking Chloe as his bride would appease the people of his kingdom, and provide the perfect outlet for the blistering chemistry between them....

03/19/2013 PUB Harlequin Imprint Harlequin Presents ISBN9780373131396

Why Resist a Rebel by Leah Ashton

3 Stars

Boy was I confused by this book. NOT the BOOK'S FAULT. Where I get some of my early books for review this title is listed as A Father For Her Triplets and the picture showed three cute kids. The discription did not mention kids. I was waiting for the kids. So I looked others places under the title author book showed goodreads had this book under A father for her triplets including picture with kids. But it also had this book under Why Resist A Rebel same book discription.
Needless to say their was no kids in this book.

Why Resist a Rebel is in the new Harlequin line called Kiss

I would have liked the story a lot better than I did because I kept expecting triplets.
Ruby Bell loves working of movie sets. She has no home just goes from one set to another only possessions fit into a suitcase. Ruby has a lot of issues to work out.
Devlin Cooper is now on the set replacing the actor who was going to get his break. His last job he was fired so his manager talked him into this one.
Devlin bumped into Ruby on set and because she was a little distracted did not recogonize him till the producer followed Devlin. Devlin liked Ruby's looks but she turns him down. Ruby does not date actors.

Devlin looks terrible their are a lot of rumors going around about him. He has lost a lot of weight. Does not show up on time to the set. So his manager got him a driver, who is supposed to get him where he needs to go. Devlin does not care for it. The only thing he has enjoyed was riling Ruby. So he decided to be a demanding actor like some others. He asks her to get him weird stuff and has her running around.

Their a few love scenes. They both don't want a relationship for different reasons and are hiding from it. Ruby notices at last some of things wrong with Devlin but she does not ask him questions. I wish it showed a little more of them building a relationship with each other instead of the bedroom.

I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley
Expected publication: March 19th 2013 by Harlequin KISS 224 pages ISBN: 0373207107

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Giving in to temptation never felt so good!Ruby Bell has put scandal and relationships behind her to forge a successful career in film. Then the talk of Hollywood himself, actor Devlin Cooper, strolls onto her Outback set—fired from his two previous movies, and looking decidedly tempting! The last thing Ruby needs is Dev making outrageous demands and causing her to question her "no romance at work" rule….

But what's a girl to do when Dev's taking her on a lavish date one moment, then calling "cut" on their growing closeness the next? What exactly does he want with her—and what's causing the shadows behind those famous blue eyes? Now she's too intrigued to walk away….

Cardwell Ranch Trespasser by B.J. Daniels

I got involved in the story. I got mad at Dana and her husband Hud. I could not believe how fast they turned away from a goodfriend and believed a stranger over thier friend. I know I am way into the story when I feel so strongly about what is going on.
Dana Cardwell was excited to find a cousin she never knew she had. She invited her to stay at her ranch. Even offered to pay her way. Dana got her good friend and business partner to go with her to pick up.
Hilde Jacobson was the owner of Needles and Pins. She left work to go with Dana to the airport to pickup Dee Anna Justice. She also agreed to go on a picnic with them up to the waterfall. Hilde was not as trusting of Dee and asked her questions about her life. Dee tries to knock her into the falls and at the last moment grabbed her and pulled her back.
Deputy Marshal Colt Dawson has wanted to date Hilde. In fact he took his break across the street at the cafe so he could see her. He did ask her out and she turned him down. Hud noticed that he was taking his break at the cafe too.
Dee Anna Justice or who ever she is. Has taken her id and plans to see what she can get. Dee acts so sweet. She wants Dana's life with Hud not his kids. She can see that Hilde does not fall for her act. She warns her away at the falls. Dee is good at making others look bad while she looks inocent.
Rick Cameron has followed Dee to Montana. Dee tells everyone that he is a old boyfriend that was not taking the break too well. Also says he drinks a lot.
Hilde tries to get everybody to believe that Dee is not who she thinks she is. That she tried to kill her. That Rick was going to tell her the truth. Colt starts to believe her and risks his job for it.
I could not put the book down till I finshed it. I wanted to scream and shout at these characters. I believed them and wanted them to see the truth sooner.
Thier are a few love scenes and viloence in the book.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. I like B.J. Daniels books and plan to read more of them in the future.
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue (April 1, 2013) 224 pages ASIN: B00ALTVMO8

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood and the Secret Cookie Recipe: A Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mystery #3


Little Red Riding Hood and the Secret Cookie Recipe: A Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mystery #3 by Sara Barton

Well late last night I got a suprize email with the link to the new Gabby Grimm Fairy tale Little Red Riding. So first thing this morning I started it. I wish I could say I could not put it down till finshed, But I ended up spending the day at doctors and hospital. I took it with me and read every chance I had. Finally I was home and could finsh it. I really enjoyed it.

I like Gabby she is smart,fast thinking,cares for others. She is loyal friend. A lot of the same characters from the previous two books are back plus a lot of new ones. Sam her special forces boyfriend is back and is made a deputy for short time.
The characters are likeable and you want to have everything turnout okay.

The Sheriff's daughter has been kidnapped. As they race to get her back safely before they can get even with the Sheriff. The Sheriff takes his family when daughter is safe and disappears from mob.

Gabby quickly realizes that their are some corrupted cops,FBI Agents and a whole bunch could be envolved. So she tries to reach higher in different offices and get around the bad cops. She figures how to play some of the bad guys while trying to figure out how to keep the Sheriff's family safe to come back into town. She is working with FBI,State cops,her own department,Sam special deputy.

It is full of action,suspense,gunfights,bad cops,good cops and bad guys. It is also a clean read. Good drama and some romance thrown into it also. So if you like mystery,police detective you will like Little Red Riding Hood & the Secret cookie Recipe.

I also liked the acknowledgments. First time to have my name in one thanks. It helped keep me from worring more while waiting in the doctors and hospital to have a book I was enjoying.

I have enjoyed reading Sara Barton mysteries and will continue to read them.

Published: March 18, 2013 ISBN: 9781301967520
Words: 71,796

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When Deputy Gabby Grimm asks for a cookie recipe from the sheriff's wife, his red-hoodie-clad daughter drops it off before disappearing, snatched in the woods for the Big, Bad Wolf a ruthless gangster. An unofficial hostage rescue is launched for Little Red Riding Hood. Too many bad guys and bad secrets threaten Latimer Falls, VT, and it's up to Gabby and her team to rescue the sheriff and family.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Plain Death: An Appleseed Creek Mystery


A Plain Death: An Appleseed Creek Mystery by Amanda Flower
It is the first book in An Appleseed Creek Mystery. It is a good clean entertaining read. It is hard for me to say how well the suspense and mystery part was because I read book 2 A Plain Scandal first. So I already knew some facts about the storyline.
I like this series and see that their is going to be a third book. I want to read that someday.
Appleseed Creek is a small town in Ohio. It has a collage and a Amish community. It is mostly a friendly town. It has some interesting characters some you love,some you hate and some are dumb.
Chloe Humphrey does not even make it into town before she becomes involved with three characters. She is 24 and working at a new job at the collage in the computer department. She sees a girl in a dress walking down a road and a truck with two guys trying to get the girl in the truck. Chloe asks the girl if she needs help. The girl gets into her car with her.

Becky is leaving her family and the Amish faith. She directs Becky to the house she is renting. When the door knob comes off as they enter Becky calls her big brother to come help. Becky needs a place to stay and she just plans to stay with Chloe. It is a big 3 room house. Becky wants to paint people. Her family wants her to marry the Bishop's son.

Timothy had left the church earlier and works with wood. He is good looking and kind. He wants his sister to go back home. Before he leaves for work the next day drops off groceries for the two of them.

Chloe is not close to her father he blames her for her mothers death and sees her once a year if that. He moved across country without her when she was only 15. Her best friends family let her move in with them. Now she was alone again. Chloe wakes up to Becky cooking her breakfast. Chloe agrees to let her stay for a few days. She knows how it is to not have a home.

Someone wants to hurt Chloe or Becky. Becky makes a mistake that costs dearly. It turns a lot of people against the two girls. Chloe wants to find out who and why was her brake line cut.

The police force in town is three. So the sheriff is not against Chloe asking questions about what is going on. Just being new in town she has friends in the Amish community that the sheriff does not have.

The dean of the collage wants Chloe to let go some of the personal of her staff. They need to trim the budget. So she is not making friends their.
I felt like the ending was a little rushed would have liked a little bit more.
Pub Date: Jul 1 2012 B&H Publishing Group 496 pages ASIN: B008922T7I

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Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.

While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.

Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.

A Celtic Witch by Debora Geary


I had a hard time waiting for this to come out. It was worth the wait. I was trying to decide why this series is so good. I think because the passion the different characters feel about their lives. Nell her family and her business.Caro and knitting,Nat & yoga,Lauren finding the right home for people. Aaron cooking. The characters are all passionate and caring for each other. Even groucy Marcus. It makes the readers passionate too for more. I have read all the books in this series more than twice. It is that good for me.

Cassidy is the newest witch to come to Nova Scotia. She is world cass fiddler from Ireland. She also has a little magic.
She has three weeks off from touring and decides to visit Fisher's Cove. A friend told her about it and the rocks agreed she needed to go their.
Cassidy hears the rocks sing to her. She listens to the planet.
Cassidy finds the unexpected besides good food she is drawn to Marcus and Morgan. She also finds that talking about magic they freely do in Fisher's Cove. In fact she finds a lot of witches their. They are all wanting to listen to her playing.
Aaron is glad to feed her in exchange for hearing her anytime. He is the one who recongizes who she is. With all the children listening to her play it makes me want to go put some Irish music on. And I am not one who likes to listen to music much.
The passion of Cassidy's music comes across so well.
They are have duel's in realm Gina and Marcus are teamed up together.
Lots of music,laughter,food,magic, babies and love in this book. The plot is simply well told story of finding a home and roots.
I was given this book by the author and asked to give a review of it when done.,Excited that their is more coming next month.

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Cassidy Farrell is a world-class Celtic fiddler. And if she has her way, that's exactly who she'll stay.

Except that's not what the rocks have in mind. Or a certain fetching spell. Or the truth working its way free in her own heart.

Can the music, and perhaps a certain grumpy curmudgeon and his baby girl, help Cass find her life's new song?
Publisher: Fireweed Publishing (March 16, 2013) File Size: 469 KB ASIN: B00BVDRHN8

A Celtic Witch is book six of the top-rated A Modern Witch series. Light contemporary fantasy with a good dose of humor, a little romance, and characters you won't want to leave.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Plain Scandal by amanda flower


A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #2)

Well I goofed again and read book 2 before book 1. Oh well now I know what I want to read next. I like the town of Appleseed Creek.
It is a collage town and a Amish & English both.
The characters are interesting. Chole is a Computer expert at the collage. She rents a old home and her roommate used to be Amish. Chole likes Timothy.
Timothy is a cabinate maker and has his contractor license. He has his first job. He is the oldest child in his family and decided to leave the Amish Church before he was baptized.
Becky has left the Amish too. She is 19 and Chole's house mate. She is a waitress and loves watching tv especially cooking shows. She got into trouble with the law and is on probation and community service.

Someone is going around and cutting off Amish girl's hair. One of the girls who was attacked was Sadie the Bishop's daughter. Then things take on worse trouble and someone is murdered.
The new Bishop has made it hard on Chole blaming her for Becky & Timothy leaving the Amish Faith. Even though they made that decision before she moved to town. He is threatening to banish Becky's family if they visit them again. He has very strict rules.

The story kept my attention. Has a good mixture of drama, action,community and mystery. Chole is going to find out who is cutting the Amish hair. Is it a hate crime? or something else. The sheriff does not mind her questioning people about their problems. In fact the Sheriff wants to use her.

Some of the Amish are very welcoming of Chloe into their homes and hearts. Her father remarried and doesn't have much to do with her but her good friends don't leave her alone for the holidays.

Chole's house was sold to another collage professor and he does not like having Timothy repair things in the home. He also goes in without notice.
Two guys who gave Becky and Chloe problems in the first book have got out of prison because they testified against someone else the police wanted worse to get off the street. They are starting to come around again.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Publisher: B&H Books (February 15, 2013) 336 pages ISBN-10: 1433676982

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The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men.
New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life.
In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else's.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wanted: Ghostbusting Bride

4 stars

Wanted: Ghostbusting Bride by Margaret Breashears, Donna Helmedag

This is a fun story. At times over the top and silly. Other times it makes me mad. A competition for the chance to be a bride.

Kaitlyn thinks she is in England for a job interview, but she was tricked into coming. Instead of a job they want her to marry Spencer Markham. That is if she can be picked by the ghost. Kaitlyn does not believe in ghosts. She agrees to stay the week because she does want the job working for Spencer.

Spencer was not supposed to inheirit the title and estate. Both his father and brother died. The men in Spencer's family die early. If he can marry the woman his ghosts wants him to marry he can turn his estate around and live longer. But their is another ghost who does not want him to succeed.

A bunch of women are staying on the estate for the chance to win. Spencer believes Kaitlyn is the one Lady Anne wants him to wed. On the other hand Desdemona has a different women picked out. Desdemona is not a happy ghost she killed Lady Anne once.

It is full of action,danger and drama. How do they destroy Desdemona. How can the curse that is on Spencer's family line and the one on Kaitlyn's family be lifted? Plus can they find the missing treasure. Their are a few love scenes in the book towards the end.

This is a nice story. Would be good to read in dark stormy weather.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I was finshed by Librarything.
Published May 1st 2012 by Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC

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Two warring ghosts drive Spencer Markham to seek a ghostbusting wife. He has one week to convince Kailyn Baker to marry him, but she has a bad attitude, wants nothing to do with marriage, and refuses to believe ghosts exist. Can he convince her to join him in defeating the specters before the ghosts’ violence turns deadly?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry

3 stars

This was about 2 people in the middle of personal criss who don't have a good first impression and then they have a lot of sex fast. They are interesting characters mainly just the two of them and their dogs. The plot is good but way too much sex scenes.

I really like Oliver. He found out his wife of six years has been having affair for almost all of it. He has gone to take care of empting a house is aunt left him and his brother. He plays the guitar and mixes sound at recording studio that he co-owns. He believes in being faithful and really good guy. He has a 18 month old puppy.

Mackenzie has moved to her beach house so she can be alone and get back in shape faster. She was in a bad accident and is lucky to be alive let alone walking again. She has a long road in front of her still to go. She is worried about being able to keep her job. She produces a soap opera. She is pushing her body to hard. She has a cute dog too.

Oliver goes next door to say he is staying in his aunt's house to take care of getting it ready to sell it. He doesn't want the only close neighbor to freak when seeing lights after a year of no one living their. Mackenzie has just finshed pushing herself too hard on physical therapy. She is about ready to throw up and needs to lie down when she has Oliver knock. Mackenzie is rude and slams door on him as she runs for bathroom but doesn't make it before throwing up.

After her dog escapes her yard twice Oliver brings him back over and suggests they talk about fixing the fence. Her phones starts ringing and its her boss that she has been trying to get a hold of for days and slams door on Oliver again.

That night rain comes down hard and almost gets into her house she tries to clear drain and cant and tries to sweep water away from her house. Oliver sees her out in the storm trying to save her house. Comes out to help her in middle of night. He is able to get the drain open and helps her sweep water away from house. Showing how nice he is to help someone who was rude too him twice.

They start a better relationship both leaning on each other after hard phone calls. I like that they both are helping each other but than they fall into having sex .

The dogs are a big part of the story too. Mackenzie has Mr. Smith and Oliver has a girl dog Strudel. I like them a lot.

I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it when finshed by Netgalley.
Published January 2nd 2013 by Harlequin Super Romance 304 pages ISBN: 0373718241

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The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver's new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he's decided to keep his distance. After all, he's in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn't include working hard to get on Mackenzie's good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…, well, the humans must follow! It doesn't take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….

A Thousand Suns by Jim Haberkorn

5 stars

Wow lots of action and drama from Idaho to Switerland. With Americans,Germans,Russians and Swiss as main characters. This book follows Einstein's Trunk. I have not read it but events from it are mentioned a few times and now I want to read it too.
Rulon Hurt is a cowboy rancher in Idaho, his wife Yohaba is Swiss. Her grandfather was Einstein.
Rulon used to be a agent from the State department in Switzerland in the OCD. Now because of events in Einstein's Trunk every six months the Russians send over thier best fighter from new agents to a bar in Idaho to fight Rulon.
Rulon tries to talk the guy out of fighting through his wife translating. Yohaba instead of translating tries to egg on the Russian.
Boris is the Russian who is sent to fight Rulon. The fight is over fast. Some skinheads want to beat up Boris and Rulon takes on all four of them. They take Boris out to thier ranch to stay.
The skin heads are members of the Nazi group in Idaho and they don't take it easy that 4 of thier guys got beat up by one guy. They want revenge and start a chain of events.
In Europe one main Nazi group has stolen two virus and one of them is the plague. They have to be stopped. Helmut finds out that Rulon Hurt is in Idaho so he leaves the case with the viruses in a train locker and flies to Idaho for revenge on Rulon.
Thier is lots of action and everytime you think it will slow down something else happens. Boris and Yohaba get close and rely on each other as they try and find out what is in the locker. I did not want to put the book down till I had finshed reading it. If thier is a third book I will buy it and read it for sure.
I like Rulon and would like to see more of him again some day. Boris has lots of surprises in him. Yohaba finds it is not so easy to solve problems with killing someone.
I like it that everytime someone started to swear they got stopped. This is a clean read but a lot of fights in it. Spies in it.
I never realized how much of what Hitler did was planned out to such a extent and groups are still doing that today.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest reviews from Netgalley.
03/12/2013 PUB Cedar Fort Inc Bonneville 320 pages ISBN-10: 1462111858

Out of Her Depth by Brenda Hiatt


Out of Her Depth is exciting adventure, mystery. Did not want to put it down. It makes me want to learn to dive and go exploring.

Wynne is likable,brave and trying to be fearless. I feel like I really connected to Wynne. Wynne booked a trip to Aruba for her 25th
anniversery months ago. That same day she found her husband in a affair. It was already paid in full and she could not get her money back she decided to go by herself.

Wynne has two grown daughters. She stopped going to church because of her husband is a leader and she feels like everyone is judging her for the divorce when it was her husband chooseing a younger woman to have an affair with. Even her mother wants to see her back with her husband.

Wynne decides to go ahead and learn to scuba dive as she already signed up and read the book. Wynne really likes diving. On her first day actually diving in the ocean she finds a diamond ring that is big and expensive. She is excited to find it. She shows everybody in the boat when they are done. Someone points out that their is a engraving inside the ring.

That evening she went to a jewelery store and asked them if anyone reported it lost. Is their anyway to trace owner of the ring since it was one of theirs. When she gets back to her room at her hotel her room has been broken into. It is a nice hotel they move her to a different and bigger room.

The next day she goes to her diving class again they are going on dives to different spots. Everyone knows her room was broken into.
Wynne forgot to take the ring out of her pocket. She decided that that she would put the ring in the big hotel safe when she got back too the hotel.

She had a message at her hotel from the jewelry store that they found the owner, would she come back to store at 9:00 pm. She was wondering why that late and specific time. She decides to go way earlier and finds out who was owner for sure.

Ronan was helping with the dive. He is around her age and was flirting with her. Ronan worked with insurances agency and found out that the woman who's ring it was murdered in Florida. Her husband Stefan Melampus a refuted mobster was facing a trial for killing his wife. Ronan tells her not to trust the cops because a lot of them want him to be found guilty.

Wynne does not know who to trust. The hotel big safe was broken into the second night. She had forgotten to put the ring in the safe.
The FBI sends two agents down,the mobster sent a representive down and a lawyer. All three groups want the ring. Even their is someone that attacked Ronan and her threatened her want the ring.

Wynne likes Ronan and trusts him a little, as she figures out who to trust with the ring. Is Melanie alive or is the woman her sister Michelle?

Lots of diving that sounds exciting to learn and see everything,lots action,lots of suspects, drama and even some romance. It is also a clean book. I would read Brenda Hiatt books after reading this one.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I was done by Netgalley.
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (February 27, 2013) 226 pages ASIN: B00BM89WK8

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No fear was her new motto. But she never expected to be targeted for murder.
Indiana housewife Wynne Seally is determined to put her life back together after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Traveling alone to Aruba and learning to scuba dive seem like big steps in that direction.
However, Wynne plunges in over her head when an underwater discovery turns out to be a clue in a high-profile murder case. With the help of handsome insurance investigator Ronan Gale, she soon finds herself embroiled in unraveling clues that could set an accused man free . . . or get her killed.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Let the Dead Sleep (Cafferty and Quinn) by Heather Graham

4 stars

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Wow a lot of suspense and murders. I guessed some of the mystery but not all of it. I have a feeling that we will see more Cafferty and Quinn in the future. Their is some paranormal in this book. This is one dirty book, They get covered in mud and other junk a few times. Plus their is some love scenes too.

Danni's father just died and he tells her to not sell the shop and read the book with the light. Danni finds out that she did not know about a lot of things her father had been doing all his life. Now Danni was supposed to pick up where he had been and making a better world.

Michael a PI demanded that Danni step up for the job like her father would and to meet him at 5 and the address.

Danni had a customer come and demand that she come to her house and buy a bust that was cursed. She said it killed her husband. That she had to come. Before her customer came to the shop Danni had painted her portait before ever seeing her. When Danni got to the house she found Michael their searching the house for her.

Her car was parked in driveway, her housekeeper said she was imside but could not find her. They all searched till they found her in the attic she had hung herself. The bust was missing having a thief steal it at same time she killed herself.

Whoever had the bust was soon killed. Even if you were just looking for it you might not survive. The body count kept rising as they trailed the bust. People were willing to pay a lot money for it. They thought they could get power owning it.

The characters were a wide range of people, some good and some bad. The settings were creepy for some of them. I don't think I would break into a cemetary at night and go into a crypt too. And a New Orleans one too.

Plot line was good. I could not get that interested in it like others of Heather's novels.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 26, 2013) 336 pages ASIN: B00ALTVI6K

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It was stolen from a New Orleans grave – the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It’s an object desired by collectors – and by those with wickedness in their hearts.

One day, its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty’s antiques shop on Royal Street, the shop she inherited from her father. But before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears, the owner is found dead…and Danni discovers that she’s inherited much more than she realized. In the store is a book filled with secret writing: instructions for defeating evil entities. She’d dismissed it as a curiosity…until the arrival of this statue, with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death.

Michael Quinn, former cop and now private investigator, is a man with an unusual past. He believes that doing the right thing isn’t a job – it’s a way of life. And the right thing to do is find and destroy this object weighted with malevolent powers. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue, following it through sultry New Orleans nights to hidden places in the French Quarter and secret ceremonies on abandoned plantations.

Cafferty and Quinn already know that trust in others can be misplaced, that love can be temporary. And yet their connection is primal. Mesmerizing. They also know that their story won’t end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again

Friday, March 8, 2013

Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack


Baked Alaska: A Culinary Mystery

This is the first Culinary Mystery that I have read. I now have a new bunch of Mystery books I want to read. This book does stand alone but are built on a lot of the same characters. The characters are well developed. I do wonder what happened in Boston last year. The book brings the reference up several times.

The Suspense and Mystery kept me guessing to the end. I did like the ending a lot. This is a clean read. One thing they do is talk about food and put the recepie in front of the chapters. Me personally would like them all in one spot if I was going to use them.
It would make them easier to find on a ebook.

Sadie is a mother of two grown children. She planned this vacation cruise for her family to get together and spend time to get to know her boyfriend Pete. Pete has just retired from the police force. Her son Shawn is almost ready to graduate from collage but lately has been keeping secrets from her. Her daughter Breanna is planning her wedding and hopes to use this time to help her. She has been living in England and her fiance lives their too infact he will inheirit a title and a estate.

Sadie has so many hopes for this cruise. But instead of getting her son to open up to her he seems to be hiding things from her.
She sees him arguing with a lady on the ship but tells his mom its nothing. Breanna knows some of Shawn's problems but does not feel like it is better for Shawn to tell her. Even Pete learns his secrets before she does.

While Pete and Sadie are watching the stars they discover a woman having passed out and they get her help. They are afraid she would freeze if left their overnight. Since it is a Alaska cruise they are on and does get colder at night time. Sadie recongizes the lady that she saw arguing with her son.

I liked reading Josi S. Kilpack's book and will lookout to read more of her work in the future.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I have read it by Netgalley.
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (February 4, 2013) 368 pages ISBN-13: 978-1609073282

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An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie
Hoffmiller’s latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing
with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her
boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an
elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughter’s upcoming
wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie
has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship
between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female
passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the
woman’s dead body is discovered during the first night at sea,
Sadie’s apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has
developed an extreme dislike for secrets—and it would seem her
son is keeping one from her.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, Book 7) by Patricia briggs


I was glad that Frost Burned was in my mail box today. I sure did enjoy reading it. I made the mistake last week in reading the first chapter that was on her web page.

Mercy gets into a lot of trouble again but so does most of the people she knows too. It starts as she and Jessie are shopping on Thanks Giving black friday. She gets into a wreck and then feels Adam and their pack are in trouble. No one answers her phone calls. She gets a ride with the tow truck driver for her and Jessie to her shop. At her shop is a wounded drugged Ben and
Gabriel hiding in the shop.

Adam told Ben to get to Mercy and protect her and Jessie. Mercy needs to get help but anyone she tries to call is not answering their phones so she decides to try to get Samuel but he is not home. His love is afraid of werewolves and is Fay she is able to do first aid on Ben and Mercy tries to contact Adam for more information through their mate bond.

She decides she needs to get Jessie and Gabriel to a place that is safer for them and takes them to Gabriel's mom. She hopes that anyone searching for Jessie would know that Gabriel and his mom are feuding.

She tries to call her friend the vampire and to check on Kyle at his house. They find him tied up being tortured and rescued him.

They don't know who is after them. Who took the whole wolf pack and drugging them. They claimed they were the goverment. What do they really want.

Every move they make they find more danger and action. They find that they do have friends that are willing to risk a lot to help where they can. It is fast paced story. I enjoyed it.

Love Mercy and how she risks so much to do what she feels is the right thing to do even if she gets hurt in the process.

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Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

the wicked wives:A Novel based on a true story by Gus Pelagatti


This is a well told story. Can't believe all the murders for money.
This is based on a true story it also has a suspenseful question of who was the lady dressed in black.
I had never heard of this Poison murder case of all the wives who worked together to kill their husband for insurance money, till I was contacted by Gus Pelagatti to read his book.
It is not a uplifting story. The wives are having affairs with more than one partner. Most of them had an affair with the tailor. They knew he had lots of lovers. He was even
married himself. He convinced them to kill their husbands for money. He would help them get insurance on their husbands without them knowing and they would split the money.

The story is laid out in away that showed how the proscuter figured out his cases. In fact it even showed some of court cases. Their even showed some of the outcomes some guilty and some innocent.

I enjoyed the story and could not believe the outcome.
I was given this ebook to read by the author and asked to give honest review of it when done.
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 20, 2011) 299 pages ISBN: 0615674364

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When I was an eight year old boy I overheard adults in my South Philadelphia neighborhood discussing 17 disenchanted and unfaithful neighborhood wives who murdered their husbands for insurance money, love and lust. This was a fascinating topic for an eight year old boy eavesdropping on adult conversation. The adults were discussing the true story of Philadelphia’s infamous 1938 murder scandals. My fascination led to obsession. I knew that I had to write about these wicked wives someday.

After I became a trial lawyer in 1964, I researched the poison murder cases in the law library and obtained newspaper accounts of the scandals dating back to October, 1938. Thereafter I conducted interviews with judges, lawyers, police, witnesses, sheriff deputies and neighbors who knew the defendants.

One of the chief conspirators was a tailor who seduced, then persuaded at least twelve wives to poison their husbands for insurance. The setting for his seductions was the couch in the rear of his tailor shop, located two blocks from our family home.

A fascinating conspiracy unfolded in these murder cases. The poison gang’s colorful and hilarious characters helped to deep-six a minimum of 20 husbands. The supporting cast includes Giorgio, “The Don Juan of Passyunk Avenue. ” Aside from scheming Lillian, “the society wife”, the wives include Rose, the “Kiss of Death Widow, ” Eva “the nymphomaniac” and the “hopelessly in love, ” Joanna.

After many comical episodes, intriguing detective work and two suspense filled high profile trials, 12 wives plead or are found guilty of murdering their husbands. Two male conspirators were executed in the electric chair.

"The Wicked Wives" gleefully explores the sins of lust and greed, and the disappointments that love often brings. The characters, although they commit murder and adultery, are extremely likable, and often amusing. Writing “The Wicked Wives” was a true labor of love.

Review: Threads of love

Threads of Love has 4 connecting stories by 4 different authors. Four cousins are set to meat at a 5 star hotel one year anniversery of their grandmother's death. They needed to finsh thier quilt she started. That thier mother's would not work on because they are fueding with each other.
All the stories have a bible verse that is on one square of the quilt. This is a very clean and uplifting romances. I liked getting to know the cousins and how they all worked together.
Patterns of Love by Frances Devine
Carla Daniels is a waitress. When she was younger she was in skating competions. She was a pairs skater. When her parents moved away she had to give up skating. Carla takes extra time because she wants to look up friends and places she loved. Her boss back home kissed her before she left trying to tell her that he wanted her to come back to him.
Carla gets asked to come back to train again with her old partner who just lost his partner and coach. Carla is torn to what she wants to do.
Unraveling Love by Cynthia Hickey
Zoe Barnes left Colorado Springs the day after graduation with her mother. She left without telling her boyfriend that it is goodby. On her trip to Colorado her car breaks down and the person who stops to help is her old boyfriend.
He resents that she just left town without telling him he was waiting where they were supposed to meet with a ring in his pocket.
Zoe can not beleive her luck. First her cell phone gets ruined,her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and her old boyfriend is thier. Her car won't be ready for three days, which will be too late. The bus won't come through for three days.
One thing after another happens to Zoe. I like her and wanted things to workout for her.
Stitched in Love by Winter A. Peck
Danni Lindsay has flown in and instead of her mom giving her a ride to her family house, A old boyfriend flight got in around same time from the Army and thier two moms set them up.
Danni is a Pro Volleyball player and is dealing with a injury that she had surgery on and almost did not recongize him. He has six more weeks left before he gets out of the milatary. He suffers PSTD. He ends up taking Danni to his family ranch when he discovers her mother left town. He did not want Danni taking her pain pill and being all by herself.
Designed to Love by Marilyn Leach
Eve Kirkwood is planning to stay a week before meeting her cousins at the hotel. Her room was broke into and her quilting squares were in a antique box which was worth a lot while she was soaking in the tub.
The house detective did not want to worry about getting her quilting squares back and she complained to the manager. Eve was not going to leave it alone. She wanted her grandmothers work back. She figured out who it was. This story was more of a mystery and lots of drama and action.
All four cousins fell in love in a couple of weeks or recongized old friends were still in love with each other. I enjoyed reading them.
Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2013) 352 pages ISBN-10: 1616267496

Tactical Advantage by Julie Miller


Tactical Advantage (The Precinct Task Force, #3)

Now I have read 2 out of 3 task force books I want to go read the first one and I want the final book of the series. I have no
patence to wait for the next book.
There is a serial rapest that leaves a rose and no clues. Till now the women have survived except for the one that was a copycat.
Now another woman has been raped and murdered. Someone is going around cleaning up after the rapist.

Annie is alone in the ally gathering anything she can before the snow storm washes any traces away. The one detective stepped away to make a phone call and the other two cops that were supposed to be thier are missing. Annie is attacked. She fights back and is able to hold onto her camera. Her other evidence was taken and bleach poored on the bloody handprints.

Nick hears Annie scream and rushes back to her. He is able to get a glance of height and weight before he jumps into a waiting car and leaves. Nick feels guilty about being distracted and leaving Annie longer than he realized alone in the alley.
The other two cops were relieved off duty and were back at the station. Thier were two fake policeman.

Who is going to all this trouble to cleanup after the rapist? Who knows Annie full name and where she lives? She is being watched and attacked to help cover for the rapist.

Everytime you think they are getting somewhere something else happens. Lots of action,suspense and policework, with some romance thrown in. Easy and fast read. I will continue to read Julie's work.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I had finshed by Netgalley.

03/05/2013 PUB. Harlequin Imprint Harlequin Intrigue 224 pages ISBN:0373696752

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When his coinvestigator was attacked just moments after Detective Nick Fensom left the scene, he swore he’d never let her get hurt again. Thanks to their tense relationship, criminologist Annie Hermann wasn’t happy to have Nick as her newly appointed protector. And although Nick couldn’t blame her,
being together 24/7 caused him to see Annie in a whole new light. Before long, he couldn’t stop picturing the beautiful brunette wrapped up in his arms—and in his sheets. But allowing unfamiliar
feelings to get in the way of the job was completely unprofessional…especially once Annie discovered the evidence that could cost her her life.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An Act of Persuasion by Stephanie Doyle


An Act of Persuasion is a romance story with two main characters that are afraid to
open thier hearts all the way.
Ben Tyler was a CIA Agent now he owns his own company. Ben has cancer and the chemo did not work. He is facing some hard decisions alone about a risky choice he is making.
Anna Summers has worked for Ben for six years as his assistant. Since he got cancer she is living in his home and helping him fight the cancer.
Ben is trying to hide from Anna what he is going to try next. They are on the couch and end up Sleeping together. They don't talk about it. and a few days later Anna finds out that he is going to risk his life on some new treatment. She realizes that Ben is not falling in love with her and willing to share his decisions. So Anna leaves him at the hospital and quits working for him.
Anna was in foster care since the age six when her mom left her somewhere. Anna is afraid that she can not go through that again. Then Anna finds out she is pregnant.
Mark Anna's new boss used to work with Ben in the CIA and he always went after the women Ben was attracted too. Mark was always wanting to beat Ben in work or play now he was starting his own business and has Anna working for him. He has moved to the same town as Ben because of his daughter.
This is a fast read. Thier is a few love scenes in it.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
03/05/2013 PUB Harlequin Imprint Harlequin Superromance 304 pages ISBN 0373718381

The Heiress's Homecoming by Regina Scott


The Heiress's Homecoming is book 4 in the Everard Legacy series. It is the only one I have read and wish I had read the others. You do not need to have read the other 3 books do enjoy Heiress's Homecoming. They do sound good though.

Samantha Everard is 24 year old almost 25. If she does not marry by her birthday she will not inheirit her father's estate and money. She does not plan to marry for a lot of reasons. She does have a few suiters that are chasing her. Samantha is a strong, proud and knows her own mind. She will not be forced into marriage. She has come from her London home to Dallsten Manor to help plan the yearly summer party that is tradition.

One of her suiters is a childhood friend Jamie Wentworth. She is older than him and knows some of her secrets. His Uncle had courted her but was murdered and she knows more about it than she is willing to say.

Another suiter as followed her from London. Pretending that he was invited thier. She does not want to hurt him again but does not want to marry him.

Jamie's father wants to know about his brother's murder and thinks she is hiding something. He was a broad for a lot of years after his wife's death in childbirth. He finds he is more drawn to her than he would like. He does not plan to remarry.

Someone had broken into Samantha's London house twice searching for something and nothing was taken. Now it is happening at her estate.

The story is good clean fun. It has a mystery,drama,action and romance set in England after Napolian war. I would like to read more of Regina Scott's works in the future.
I enjoyed Samantha's fiesty character. Like that she is good at fencing and is willing to protect herself and others.

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To keep her cherished childhood home, Samantha Everard must marry by her twenty-fifth birthday. Yet she refuses to marry on a whim, not even to save her fortune. When she returns to Dallsten Manor to say goodbye, the last person she expects to see is her handsome, disapproving neighbor William Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick.

Will is certain the scandalous Everard family is nothing but trouble. He shouldn’t care about Samantha’s predicament, but her feistiness and kindheartedness intrigue him—as does her refusal to wed. He wants to help, especially when he perceives the threat that surrounds her. Soon his greatest wish is to persuade Samantha that her true home is with him.

These cousins set out to claim their inheritance—and find love is their greatest reward

03/05/2013 PUB Harlequin Imprint Harlequin Love Inspired 288 pages ISBN 0373829566

Monday, March 4, 2013

Little Cowgirl on his Doorstep by Donna Alward


This is a charming book. thier are a couple of love scenes at the end that I skipped.
Warning you might want to go to a bakery or hold a cute baby after reading this book.
Avery Spencer loves her niece and her job. She is Nell's mother now, since her sister died after having the baby. Avery's sister has not told the father that he is one.
Avery disgreed with her over that so she has tracked him down and showed up on his doorstep to tell him about Nell.
Callum Shepard does not believe he is a father. He does not trust easy now these days.
He asks for a paternaty test. Avery agrees to it.
Avery missed having a dad around. She wants Avery to know her father.
Callum has sunk everything he has into his dairy farm. He likes to be by himself with his animals. He has a lot of guilt of surviving when everyone else in his unit died.
He can't see himself as a father anymore. But when Avery has left to fly back home
Callum stops her and asks if she can stay awhile so he can get to know his daughter.
Callum slowly accepts his daughter and comes to care for her. He also starts having feelings for Avery.
Avery's work has had to close down for repairs after a fire next door. She loves to make cupcakes and fancies them up. She starts baking at Callum's place more than they can eat. So they take them to a haven that helps women get on thier feet after abuse.
Avery starts making herself useful and fitting into Callum's world.
This is a fast read. I enjoyed reading it. Plan to read more of Donna Alward books int the future. Now I want a cupcake but not a hot one.
I was given this ebook to read by Netgalley and asked to give honest review when read.
Publisher: Harlequin Romance (March 1, 2013) 192 pages ASIN: B00A9V1AUY

Sunday, March 3, 2013

the adventures of Riley Raccoon by William Trelawny

The Adventures of Riley Raccoon is a good childrens novel. Riley is a loner raccoon who wonders the woods by himself than staying and playing with the others.
One day Charlotte moves into the area.
Charlotte is a force to behold she fights all the other raccoon children and wins all the fights. She even makes Riley fight her so she can say she has beaten everyone. Charlotte is a bully but does not see that.
Riley likes her and shows her his three special places he has that no one else knows of them. Charlotte loves them too. She demands that they protect them and comes up with a plan to scare the kits away from them.

I think that this book would be a good one for parents to read and discus the different ideas in this book. It could be used to teach a lot of different things in it from simple ideas to more complex things for older kids.

I was given this book to read and asked to give honest review from author and Librarythings.
Publisher: William Trelawny (February 1, 2012) 68 pages ASIN: B0074AV54Y

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Young Riley Raccoon sets out on an adventure to save three havens in his forest, each giving him something unique and irreplaceable in his life. When a new raccoon family moves in, he unknowingly meets his best, and only, friend. Over the course of their adventures together they forge a lifelong bond, as they find in each other what they need most from themselves. Faced with impossible odds against fearsome predators, Riley learns the virtue of protecting and preserving what he loves in the world, no matter the cost.

Defending the Duchess by Rachelle McCalla


I got this book and a few hours later I had finshed it. Now I want to read the books that are in Reclaiming the Crown Series. Defending the Duchess is the first book in the new The Protecting the Crown series that follows Reclaiming the Crown.
Julia Miller is visiting her sister the Queen Monica of Lydia. She is not used to having a bodyguard follow her around all the time. So Julia tells Linus Murati that she is in for the night. Then changes to shorts and heads out of the Palace.
Linus sees her leaving the castle on the camera but before he can get to her she has talked her way out of the grounds at the gate. Linus finally sees her and yells at her to stop. Right at that moment someone grabs her and starts taking her up the hill to where the road is.
Linus gets in a fight with the masked man and gets Julia away from him. Julia only has a hurt knee from her attempted kidnapping.
Julia is a lawyer in Seattle and before she came to Lydia someone had broken into her office. Nothing except a file cabinate was broken nothing else seemed out of place. Julia has no idea what if anything they are connected. The kidnapper mentioned he wanted a file. Then she finds out her house has been broken into and destroyed most of her possessions.
Julia decides to go back to Seattle and see her house. No one wants her to go by herself so Linus agrees to go with her.
Linus has some record of wrong doings in his teen years that were not looked into by the old Captain of the Guard but the new one did find it. Jason told Linus that if he makes any errors he will disclose his background right away.
Linus is very attracted to Julia but he knows he can not make any mistakes. He can not get to close to her.
Julia likes Linus and the more time around him the more she likes him. She feels safe with him around her. Trusts him to keep her safe and help figure out why she is being attacked.
As more murders are happening around her the more confused by everything is the closer Linus and Julia become.
This is a clean read, lots of drama,action,secret passages,car chases it makes for a story you don't want to put down till it is finshed. It is a quick read.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for a honest review from Netgalley.
03/05/2013 PUB Harlequin Love Inspired ISBN-10: 037344530X 224 pages

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Ghost, The Rat, and Me by Robyn Gioia

This is frustrating because it ended to soon and left me wanting more. Hope the next episode comes out soon. (Just read next book should be out in Mar.)

This is not the usual cast of students running for class president.The two that are chosen to run are one a rich jock who is always flirting with all the females. The other a girl who lives with her grandfather. Campbell lost her best friend four months ago. He died saving a little girl. Now he is back. He can't interfer with her destiny. He is a smart boy who likes to tease her.

Someone left her a dead rat on her front porch telling her to meet at night in the cemetary or else he will poison the ducks. She is supposed to come alone. Temple comes with her part of the way but he hides. She is attacked. She is sure that it is Will tuffy her rival for class president.

Campbell has a lot against her and only Temple on her side and he is not supposed to interfear.
It is funny especially Temple. You want things to go better for Campbell than it has so far. It leaves you wanting to see what happens next with Campbell,Temple and even Will. Is Will really behind the threats?

I was lost in the relationship between Temple and Campbell. It took a lot of convincing that Temple was really back. They fight,tease and remember the good times. I admit to sharing a few tears.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give a honest review of it when I had read it by Netgalley.
This is a really short book only 110 pages.
Published November 20th 2012 by Winking Owl Publications ISBN:9781596579781
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Eighth-grade sleuth, Campbell Olson, wanted to be class president. What she got was a dead rat, a clue, and a ghost from the past.

Things aren’t the same when your best friend dies in a car accident. But when your best friend comes back as a ghost to help you solve a case, life becomes definitely better. You’ll love Temple. He’s a funny, opinionated, cool nerd who doesn’t quite have the hang of being a ghost. When I, Campbell (Bell) Olson, decided to run for eighth-grade president, I didn’t expect my opponent to be Will Tuffy, the most obnoxious boy at school, and I didn’t expect the race to start with a dead rat on my doorstep. That was the easy part. From there, things got worse and my case went from being a mystery, to being dangerous. This is my tale of the ghost, the rat, and me. Bell Olson