Friday, February 28, 2014
Hidden Falls: Yesterday's Promise - Episode 7 by Olivia Newport
Will their clues lead to Quinn? The daring efforts of Lauren, Ethan, and Nicole have resulted in a few more clues to Quinn’s location but not enough to bring him home. Nicole needs to go into full investigative reporter mode—no easy task, considering she can’t walk on a broken ankle. And Jack is trying to stay one step ahead of her. With surprising persuasion, Ethan enlists Dani’s help to find Quinn, but he should have guessed there would be conditions. No way would Dani cooperate easily. Liam wants to find Quinn, but he’s barely holding up under the crushing blow Jessica delivers. And Sylvia just might have a crucial clue, but she’ll have to break a promise from the past to reveal it. The people who care about Quinn most hold pieces to this puzzle of finding him. What are they missing? And more important—what secrets are they keeping?
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Print Length: 60 pages
Publisher: Shiloh Run Studios (February 28, 2014)
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My Review: Hidden Falls: Yesterday's Promise - Episode 7 by Olivia Newport
I want more. These are too short! Leaves me wanting more right now and not waiting till next week or next week.
There is some new clues that could be good news, but not sure yet. Lots more questions that I want answers too.
I like the characters and want to know lots more about them.
Hidden Falls is a small town. A teacher named Quinn disappeared in the middle of an event to honor him. Later his car was found wrecked. Quinn made a difference in a lot of peoples lives. Former students have come back to honor him.
Nicole Sandquist was a young girl that Quinn helped a lot after her mother died. She is a reporter and plans to help find Quinn.
But she broke her foot and is side tract from doing all she wants too do. Her former high school boyfriend Ethan has come back to say thanks to Quinn. Nicole still cares for Ethan. She is staying at Lauren's apartment because she has elevator in her building and spare guest room.
Ethan Jordan MD has issues with his parents not caring about him in school. Quinn was a neighbor who helped him a lot and supported him and encouraged him. Ethan is on 5 years of a 6 year as a neurosurgeon. His bosses did not want him to even taken the weekend off at last minute. He wants to be their for Quinn and Lauren. He let Lauren go while he was in college but you can still see that they care for each other. Nicole & Lauren keep talking him into doing things to help find Quinn.
Lauren Nock works for her church. She is a couple of years younger than Ethan & Nicole. Quinn has been dating her Aunt Sylvia for decades. She opened her home to help Nicole when she broke her foot so bad. She is very caring and helpful to those in need. She is putting on a health fair and Quinn was organizing a lot of it so she has to try and figure out what he had planned.
Sylvia Alexander 54 is Mayor of Hidden Falls. She has been best friends with Quinn for years. She had hoped he would ask her to marry him years ago. She owns a shop on main street that was broken into and trashed. Everyone keeps calling her with questions about the things going on around town right now.
Liam Elliott investment consultant has had some money in his business accounts stolen. He has not told anyone about what he has found. Someone is blackmailing him though.
Jack a lawyer in town has not been in Hidden Falls for too long. He wants to find new cases that are interesting and tries to make friends too hard.
I like this series. The prices have gone down on the episodes now which makes it a better deal.
Also Hidden Falls facebook has been having contests and interesting facts about the series on it.
I will keep reading this series. I like Olivia Newport's books. They are clean and well written.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review by Netgalley and Barbour Publishing.
Longing For Home: Hope Springs by Sarah M. Eden
In this much-anticipated sequel, Kate Macauley finds herself drawn even deeper into the explosive feud between the American farmers and the Irish immigrants in the small Wyoming town of Hope Springs. As Kate struggles with her decision to stay and make a home for herself, two men compete for her heart. But when the violence escalates into a full-scale war, Kate wonders if any of them will be able to survive the winter.
Hope Springs is the story of one woman’s determination to make a life for herself against all odds, and her struggle to untangle the conflicting feelings of her heart
My Review:Longing For Home: Hope Springs by Sarah M. Eden
Need lots of tissue with this book. Like life this book brings happy and sad tears. It touched me so much it is hard to express.
The hate and feud between the Irish and the red road was hard to read about and see. So many different groups at different times have this hate in history. Even today in groups of opposites. Made me look at myself and realize that I have felt a little of it at times. We need to stop hating differences where ever they lie and make peace.
The characters seem so real to me. I had lost hope for some of them to ever get along. I loved the ending.
Kate Macauley had such a hard life and so much suffering. She still loved and cared for those around her. She made a big difference in small and big ways. By giving, sharing, hard work and her music.
Tavish made people laugh and lightened their loads. He also helped those he could when he could.
Joseph used his money to help and to try and keep the peace in town. He is a loving and caring father. He understood people's pride. He tried to be seen fair to all and not pick a side.
Their was life lessons for me with all the characters. Some I want to be more like and others to be opposite of them.
The plot the town was divided on two sides. The Irish had to live on one side of the river. Everyone else on the red road. Even the church was divided. So much hate and they were passing it down to the children. Their was even differences in the price of food and supplies. The Hate was growing all the time.
Katie liked both Tavish and her former boss Joseph. She felt torn between two good men.
The setting for this book is Hope Springs, 1870 Wyoming Territory. Small town setting.
I was given this book by Netgalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for purpose of honestly reviewing it.
About the Author:
Sarah M. Eden is the author of several well-received historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone (2008) and Courting Miss Lancaster (2010). Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.
Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.
Author Rachael Anderson
USA Today bestselling author Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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going Twice by Sharon Sala (Forces of Nature #2)
New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala enters the eye of the maelstrom as death and disaster stalk Tornado Alley—aided by an obsessive madman.
As bodies pile up in the wake of a storm—stripped, tortured and grimly posed—authorities must admit the unthinkable. The serial killer dubbed the Stormchaser has returned following a tornado and taken it upon himself to bring the death toll up to where he believes it belongs.
FBI investigator Wade Luckett is back on the case, assisted by an agent Wade knows professionally and personally: his ex-wife, Jo. Neither time nor the tragedy that tore them apart have blunted the ache Wade feels for brave, beautiful Jo. And though she tries to deny it, she feels the same. But the stirrings of renewed romance will have to wait until they catch a killer.
The Stormchaser has no intention of getting caught. He's set his sights on a new victim. Jo can forget about the lifetime she dreams of spending with Wade. She'll be lucky to see another day.
My Review: Going Twice (Forces of Nature #2)
Going Twice is the middle book of three. I did not read Going Once but I would like too now. It can stand alone but you will want to read the next book too. The story is good. Lots of drama, action, and even romance. A few sex scenes that I skipped over.
Main plot is a serial killer is on the loose called Stromchaser. He follows natural disasters targeting survivors and killing them. He taunts the 3 FBI Agents.
In Going Twice a fourth agent is assigned to the team. Is Jo Luckett. She is Wade Luckett's ex-wife. They are on the same team and have to work together. Their marriage ended after the death of their baby. It starts out tugging on your emotions right away.
I like the four FBI Agents. The emotional drama is mainly between Jo and Wade this book. Jo has a lot of guilt to work out.
Jo brings fresh eyes to the team and is a big help to them. She is tough and smart.
This book makes you feel when you read it all kinds of emotions from sad, happy, compassion and wanting them to catch the Stromchaser.
Their are a couple of story lines that you can guess what is going to happen next, but is still very good and suspenseful.
I did not want to put the book down and can't wait till the next book comes out.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
publication: January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA 400 pages ISBN: 9780778315926
Taken for English by Olivia Newport
Annie joined the Amish church based on prayerful conviction, not romantic dreams. And yet, she’d hoped to share her new life with Rufus. But he’s obviously in no hurry. Family history clearly shows it’s never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?
Valley of Choice Series:
Book 1 - Accidentally Amish
Book 2 - In Plain View
My Review: Taken for Emglish
I have read and enjoyed all three books of this series. Like the other two stories it has two stories in it. Sometimes it is hard to switch back and forth fron the past in 1800 and now.
This is a clean read. Lots of characters who I liked. Lots of relationships intertwined.
Annie finally gets baptized into the Amish religion. Everyone was expecting her to get married to
Rufus is having problems with his work and wonders what do. When and where he will live in the future.
Ruth is living with Annie while she does a internship in town with clinic. She likes some things about being English. She stills has a lot of schooling to finish to be a nurse.
Elijah is thinking about leaving his Amish faith. He still loves Ruth.
Somebody is starting fires in the community. Rufus thinks it could be one suspect and Ruth wonders if it could be another one.
In the past a feud between two families start and causes a lot of pain to everyone when innocents gets caught in between the two families.
I personally would have enjoyed it better as two books instead of one.
I would continue to read Olivia Newport books in the future.
This ebook was given to me for purpose of reviewing it and giving honest review of it by Netgalley.
02/01/2014 PUB. Barbour Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781616267148
Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble by Fiona Lowe
Falling for the brooding doc
Top-notch plastic surgeon Luke Stanley left Gold Coast City Hospital a proud family man and returned from his vacation a widowed single father. Now Nurse Chloe Kefes is the only one brave enough to get close to darkly brooding Luke.
Chloe has been through much in life herself, and knows falling for Luke and little Amber is asking for a bundle of trouble. But if she can help bring that laughing, easygoing man back, perhaps Chloe can bring the sparkle into all their lives again.
My Review: Bundle of Trouble
Bundle of trouble deals with grief of loss, medical problems and friends stepping into help each other when trouble comes. I liked the characters especially Chloe who went out of her comfort zone to help a new friend because she could.
Chloe is a nurse and has her own past that she is still dealing with. She tries to stay away from kids.
Luke has been away from work for a long time and now he is back. No one realized that his wife had died while he was away. He is angry and trying to raise his little girl by himself. He is still in love with his wife.
Amber is a cute toddler and loves her bunny stuff animal.
Lots of drama with relationships, a couple of love scenes that I skipped over. Cute kids and puppy. Deals with real problems. fast read.
The setting is Gold Coast Australia at a hospital and neighborhood.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by NetGalley and Harlequin.
11/01/2013 PUB Harlequin Medical Romances 302 KB ISBN :9781460322086
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Sinister Sitcom Caper by Sally Carpenter
(Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries)
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (December 3, 2013)
File Size: 571 KB
Print Length: 212 pages
Sandy Fairfax, former teen idol and star of the ‘70s hit TV show “Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth,” is now a middle-aged recovering alcoholic who realizes that making a comeback can be murder. He’s the guest star on “Off-Kelter,” a corny family situation comedy, and the lowest rated TV show of the 1993 fall season. Before rehearsals barely begin one of the actors drops dead at Sandy’s feet. He investigates, enlisting the aid of two of his new cast mates: a dwarf and an animal actor. During his snooping, we meet Sandy’s ex, his parents and his teenage son, all with their own “situations” going on. During rehearsals Sandy also encounters a beautiful choreographer—could this be love? Will Sandy solve the murder before the Friday night taping of “Off-Kelter” or will the elusive killer cancel our hero before the final credits? This book was inspired by the author’s experience working as a tour guide/page at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, Calif.
She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.
Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.
She’s worked as an actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.
Her initial book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” was a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel.
Her short story, “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in,” appears in the anthology “Last Exit to Murder.”
“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” was published in the “Plan B: Vol. 2” e-book anthology.
Her short story “The Pie-eyed Spy” appeared in the Nov. 23, 2013, issue of Kings River Life ezine.
She blogs at http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com.
She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter. Contact her at Facebook or email@example.com.
Links: (blog) http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com
My Review:The Sinister Sitcom Caper by Sally Carpenter
I liked The Sinister Sitcom Caper by Sally Carpenter. It was entertaining. It is funny, drama, and action. Plus we get to see and hear about making a tv sitcom and the different ways things were done when Sandy was the star. The story kept me guessing about what really was going on.
At first I thought the characters were all over the top, and than I was thinking about different teen stars in the past. Thought she got her characters true. I could picture different T.V. stars that I had liked and what mess they made of their lives.
Sandy was a former teen idol who now is divorced father of two teenagers. A recovering Alcoholic. Trying to go back working.
He has a guest role on a new series.
One of the actress Elsie is walking with him and all of a sudden sags to the ground. He gets her medical help right away but she dies. No one really likes her.
The major problem I have with the story is where are the police? No one asks questions or evens shows up to question anyone either after Elsie dies or other situations occurs. The only scene is when Sandy takes something to the police.
The setting is Hollywood at one of the movie studios that has been around along time.
This is the second Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries. I would like to go back and read the first book. I hope their is another Sandy Fairfax Mystery coming soon.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing it and being part of its blog tour.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Colt Humboldt and the Close of Death by T.A. Anderson
When twelve-year-old Colt Humboldt’s dad drags the two of them from perfectly good Texas to ancient Scotland for a fresh start, Colt knows he’s doomed to a summer as the “new kid”. No friends, no fun, no life as he knows it.
That very first night, the peculiar Alesone and her more peculiar little brother Peter crawl out of Colt’s closet, begging for his help to save their family from a horrible fate.
Fortunately, the secret for doing so is hidden inside a mysterious book.
Unfortunately, this book demands that our ragged trio first journey across Scotland and capture three treasures—treasures fiercely protected by a shadowy, treacherous world determined to see Colt fail…
…preferably by death.
But if Colt and his new friends can survive a horror novel come-to-life, defeat a madman and his minions, win over a disagreeable folklore legend, and discover the shocking reason why Alesone and Peter are just so odd… well, the next two treasures won’t come so easily.
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Print Length: 456 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: T.A. Anderson (January 15, 2014)
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My Review: Colt Humboldt and the Close of Death by T.A. Anderson
This is a fast paced adventure series, at least the first book of one. It is aimed at middle school readers but readers of any age can enjoy.
At one point I got the idea their might be 5 books to series another place only 3. So I will have to wait and see.
The main characters are children. Who I liked and wanted the best for them.
Colt Humboldt is 12 year old boy from Texas. His father just moved them to Scotland. Colt is not happy to be in Scotland.
Alesone is around age 12 to. She came out of Colt's closet having been chased by soldiers. She is brave and wants to help her family. She needs to talk to a Priest.
Peter is 6 years old. He does not talk. But he sure communicates what he wants very well. He is curious and brave.
Peter is willing to fight things he does not know about.
The three of them work together to find a way for Alesone & Peter to get back home where they can help save their family.
Alesone and Peter do not know about bathrooms, radios, cars and are dressed really in rags and no shoes. They find a book that shows what they have done or need to do to get home. It changes what the pages say when different people read it.
Their are a lot of Scottish folklore in the story that I was not to familiar with. It was nice to see what they have over their.
The book is full of action, adventure and danger. Also has some of the story dealing with the black plague and all the deaths that it caused.
Their were a few places in the story that I got lost in and found a little confusing.
The ending lefts some questions that I had unanswered that might be answered in the next book of the series.
I would like to see where this series goes from here.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review of it by Netgalley.
Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks (A Quilting Mystery, #1)
Welcome to San Fernando Valley, California, where Martha Rose and her coterie of quilters are enjoying life on the good side of retirement--until murder pulls a stitch out of their plans. . .
Martha and her besties Lucy and Birdie are set to expand their Quilty Tuesdays by inviting newcomer Claire Terry into their group. Though at forty Claire's a tad younger than their average age, her crafty reputation could perk up their patchwork proceedings, especially as they prepare for the fancy quilt show coming to town. But when they arrive at Claire's home and find her dead inside the front door, and her exquisite, prize-winning quilts soon missing, Martha is not one to leave a mystery unraveled. Especially if she wants to stop a killer from establishing a deadly pattern. . .
"Mary Marks had me on pins and needles and wanting to wrap myself up in a warm quilt while reading her cozy debut!" --Lee Hollis, author of Death of a Chocoholic
"Mary Marks has stitched together a very clever plot with a cast of engaging characters in this funny, fast-paced debut mystery. I loved Martha Rose and her posse of crime-solving quilters and can't wait to read what they're up to next!" --Laura Levine, author of Killing Cupid
My Review:Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks (A Quilting Mystery, #1)
I gave it 5 stars because I was entertained, the suspense was good, learned something more about quilts, clean read, clever and believable cozy mystery.
The plot was good. Three friends who get together every Tuesday to quilt together are going to a different quilters house to see if she would be a good fit with them and join their group. When they get their no one answers the door. So they look into the house through window and see a body.
The mother of Claire asked Martha to look into Claire's quilts because she once remarked that her quilts were her journals.
The story focusing on the quilts and what story they told I thought was very clever and different. It made me want to look into more quilts shows and their history. I love quilts have only tied mine. I can't believe that some go for $10,000.
The characters are great. The three friends Martha, Lucy and Birdie are older women. Martha is single and the younger of the three in her 50's. Lucy has a great family. Birdie is caring. The three get together to try and figure out what Claire's quilts are really saying. They figure out a lot.
The book had great pacing. It kept me reading and wanting to know more about Claire and her quilts.
The setting is Los Angels.
The story was full of drama, history, action, mystery and humor with a touch of romance thrown in along the way. I would read another book in this series in the future.
I was given this book to read and in exchange agreed to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Kensington Books
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Kensington Books 384 pages ISBN 9780758292056
Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller (Parable, Montana #6)
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller delivers the stunning finale of her acclaimed series set in Parable, Montana—where love awaits
Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he's got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn't count on falling for Big Sky Country…or Ria Manning.
Ria's starting to settle into country life herself…until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door—and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don't roam, and the men don't either. Could Landry's homecoming be her heart's undoing?
My Review: Big Sky Secrets (Parable, Montana #6)
I was waiting for a big secrets, I think others books in this series had bigger secrets. I did enjoy the book though. This is supposed to be the last book in this story line.
Ria has a flower farm in Montana. It makes you want to see her flowers. She has only lived there for around a year. Her half sister wants her help to go check out one of her branch office. Ria tells her no.
Landry has a herd of buffalo all of two. They keep getting out and going to Ria's house and eats some of her flowers. Landry has a butler on his ranch. He got from the divorce back in Chicago. He is not sure he will stay in Montana or sell his half of the ranch to his brother.
It seems like most of the characters have problems carried over from childhood. It made me wonder how bad have I messed up with my girls. Landry's father comes for a visit. While Ria's niece hitchhikes to Montana because of her mother wanting to send her to camp.
Their are a couple of love scenes in last part of the book that I skimmed over.
This book is mostly about characters dealing with different relationships between family, friends and each other.
I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN:0373778317
Atonement by B.J. Daniels (Beartooth, Montana #4)
Just how far are people willing to go to keep their secrets?
Protecting the citizens of Beartooth, Montana, is never an easy job. It's been one year, and Sheriff Dillon Lawson still feels guilty that he couldn't save his twin brother, Ethan. But the biggest test of his bravery comes when Tessa Winters arrives, claiming to be pregnant…with Ethan's baby. At first, Dillon can't decide if this beautiful woman is a con artist or a victim. If Ethan didn't die in that car crash, then where is he—and why is he hiding?
Now, Dillon is prepared to do anything to uncover the truth—anything except admit his growing feelings for Tessa. But with violence threatening, Tessa and Dillon must trust in each other to save not only themselves…but also Tessa's unborn child.
My Review: Atonement by B.J. Daniels (Beartooth, Montana #4)
In Atonement has two story lines, One is dealing with the Sheriff and his ex-wife that has been in all four books of Beartooth, Montana. The other deals with Dillon Lawson and his dead twin brother. Also Tessa and her pregnant baby. The plot was good and kept you wanting to know what happens next.
Full of Drama, action, suspense and mystery. I enjoyed reading Atonement. Also clean read.
The setting was Beartooth, Montana and surrounding states.
I liked the characters. I would think it be hard to love brothers especially twins. Dillon is a hard working honest man. He is acting Sheriff and his own small ranch. Ethan is the opposite of Dillon. In fact he is dishonest and died a year ago.
Tessa Winters is eight month pregnant and she has found Ethan the father of her baby. She wants the money he stole from her and sign his rights away to the baby. She can't believe she fell for Ethan lies. Now she and the baby could be in danger.
Their are a lot of characters that are new. Their is also others that we have met in Beartooth Montana. The Sheriff Frank who is wanted for murdering his ex-wife. Nettie the grocery store owner who has loved Frank for years.
Their are a few murders that happen in the book both in story lines.
I will read more books by B.J. Daniels in the future.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
publication: February 25th 2014 by Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN 9780373778461
The Chance (Thunder Point) by Robyn Carr
Publication Date:March 1, 2014
Share the joys, heartbreaks, challenges and triumphs of the people who inhabit the small Oregon town of Thunder Point with #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr
With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.
Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.
My Review: Chance by Robyn Carr
I like Thunder Point series. This book had a lot of new characters in it and some old ones. I like her characters and the lives that intertwine with each other. The main characters in this story is Laine the FBI Agent that got shot rescuing Mercy.
Laine is still recovering from her shoulder surgery and decides to take off a year to heal. She decides to come to Thunder Point.
I enjoyed learning about Laine and her family. She is smart, tough and caring.
Eric has just moved to Thunder Point and started a business. He wants to be closer to his daughter before she leaves Thunder Point,
Eric is a good boss. He made mistakes in his youth and learned from them. He cares about his workers.
The story makes you care about the characters and want to know more about them. I hated to put it down.
Their is love scenes that I skipped over. Lots of drama, emotions were touched as I was reading it.
I will continue to read Robyn Carr's Thunder Point. It makes me want to visit and live their. The setting is a make believe town in Coos Bay area.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving honest review from Netgalley and Harlequin
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 25, 2014) 368 pages ASIN: B00FBZKZLS
When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison (Dr. Samantha Owens #3)
If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder…
Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch. Timothy Savage's death was so obviously the suicide of a demented individual that the case has been closed.
When Sam learns Savage left a will requesting she autopsy his body, she feels compelled to look into the case. Sam's own postmortem discovers clear signs that Savage was indeed murdered. And she finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier.
The investigation takes Sam into the shadows of a twenty-year-old mystery that must be solved to determine what really happened to Timothy Savage. Nothing about the case makes sense but it is clear someone is unwilling to let anyone, especially Samantha Owens, discover the truth.
My Review: When Shadows Fall
The suspense of what was going on and who was the good guys and bad guys went right to the end of the story. Not sure how I feel about the ending. It kept me reading till I finished early in the morning. It had so many twists and turns in the plot.
This is the third in the series of Dr. Samantha Owens. We had met her early in other J.T. Ellison series. In this book she is reunited with a FBI Agent from that other series too. Their are other characters we have met that come back in this Book.
The setting of this story is Virginia 2013.
The pacing of the story was good. It kept your attention so you did not want to stop reading.
I like Dr. Samantha. She has gone through so many hard trials you want everything to work out for her. She has taken a new job teaching others to become forensic pathologists. Someone wants to draw her back to do a autopsy on his body to find how he was murdered.
Their are a few love scenes that is skipped over. Lots of murders. Lots of missing children over the years. Now a new one they are racing to find. Lots of danger, action, mystery and interesting characters in this story.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing it. I got the book from Netgalley and Harlequin.
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 25, 2014) 416 pages ISBN-13: 978-0778316046
The Chase by Janet Evanovich, and Lee Goldberg (O'Hare and Fox, #2)
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Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.
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My Review: The Chase
I had a good time reading The Chase. I had to stop and share a few lines to others in the car with me.
I love the humor, characters, drama and action. Had some fight scenes, bombs & cons I can see as the only part that some might not like. No sex scenes, or swear words that people object too.
The plot is Nick Fox thief and con artist is now working for the FBI. Only three FBI know about it. FBI Special Agent Kate had spent years chasing him. Now she has to work with him to stop bigger crooks. A China Treasure was stolen and a fake replaced in the Smithsonian museum. They want it back now. Kate and Nick need to find out who stole it and get it back without anyone knowing.
The setting for the book goes all over the World. A few places in US, China and Scotland are a few of the places.
The pace and action of the book was fast. Every time it seemed to go slow something else would come up that needed to be handled.
Nick Fox is a charming con artist and thief. He is still on the top 10 FBI wanted. He likes impossible targets.
Kate is a no nonsense FBI Agent. In The Heist she was former U.S. Navy seal before joining the FBI. Now she is former Special Forces.
Carter Grove is the bad guy they have to con. He used to run the White House for eight years, He is rich, has own security force that contracts with military. Powerful man who does not like to be crossed.
Their are bunch of other characters that are used to work the con. Help Kate out, like her father and other ex-military soldiers he worked with.
This is a fun book, in some ways it is so over the top it is perfect book to get lost into.
I would love to see many more O'Hare and Fox stories. I will read them.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames (Cheese Shop Mystery #5)
(CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY)
5th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (February 4, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00DYX9KFG
#5 in Cheese Shop Mysteries
Murder, like Roquefort, stinks…
Cheese Shop owner Charlotte Bessette’s life seems quieter than ever with her fiancé out of town and her cousin Matthew and his children out of the house. But before she can put up her feet and enjoy a glass of chardonnay, Matthew asks her to play host to Noelle Adams, a bright sommelier visiting to help grow business for the local winery.
An affable wine aficionado, Noelle is paired well with the cheese expert Charlotte–but something seems to be troubling the secretive houseguest, and Charlotte’s life is upended when she finds the sparkling woman dead. Between Noelle’s hotheaded ex, the cagey owners of the winery, its jaded manager, and a wily reporter, Charlotte has her pick of suspects, but she needs to act fast–this is a mystery that only gets more dangerous with age.
My Review:Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames
I admit that I have never tried wine and I have not tried many cheeses. It does make me want to try more cheeses. I like that the recipes are in back of the book. They don't interfere with the story. Also they are easy to find if you want one. So the wine and cheese part of the story is hard for me to judge.
The mystery was good. I was not sure who the murder was but did figure out a few of the surprises before they were revealed.
This is book 5 of the series but only the first one I have read. The characters are well developed. I did not feel to lost in them but would love to have read the other books in the series.
I liked Noelle. Sorry for her being the murder victim.
The characters were a fun bunch. Especially Charlotte's family and friends. They bring a lot of drama, silliness and life to the story. You want to know more about their lives.
Charlotte runs a cheese shop with her cousin Mathew runs the wine part of it. Charlotte was raised by her grandparents who are French. Her boyfriend is a way testifying in witness protection. She is very handy with tools. She has to find out who killed Noelle at her home
Their is lots of humor, drama, action , some romance and lots of cheese and wine where they go. They are clean reads. A cozy mystery to enjoy.
The setting is small-town Providence, Ohio
I would read more books by Avery Aames or Daryl Wood Gerber in the future. They are entertaining.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of by author and Netgalley.
DARYL WOOD GERBER aka AVERY AAMES. As Daryl, she writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series. As AVERY, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more. Visit Daryl aka Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com. Check out recipes on her blog www.mysteryloverskitchen.com and friend her on Facebook.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
The Heist (Fox and O'Hare #1) by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
Publication Date:June 18, 2013
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From Janet Evanovich, #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.
Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.
Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.
My Review:The Heist (Fox and O'Hare #1) by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
I have had this on my TBR pile for awhile and realized that next week the new book is out. I loved it. It was funny, drama, twists around each corner.
I loved the characters. Can't wait till the The Chase comes out next week. Or tomorrow it is already on my kindle.
FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is my hero. She is smart, strong and tough. She was a navy Seal before she joined the FBI. She is assigned to capture conman Nicolas Fox. She believes in catching the bad guys. Kate is willing to go far to catch him.
Nicolas Fox is a con man. He has complex cons. He knows a lot about Kate and flirts with her and makes fun of her. He is also attracted to her.
I admit I like him.
Their are a cast of characters that work with each group. Then their is Kate's family. Her sister posts information on facebook that Nick gets information about her. Their is her father who has been a soldier fighting all over the world.
Now Kate and Nick have to work together to bring bigger bad guys in. They face pirates, bad guys, and get their own crew together while at the same time Nick is still wanted. (It reminds me of Alias Smith and Jones ) Humor, action drama and bad guys helping to catch bad guys.
The setting for this book is all around the world. My favorite the chocolate café in Germany.
Fast paced book. I will read the next book The Chase this weekend.
I bought the book from book of month club.
Sugarplum Homecoming by Linda Goodnight
A New Mommy For Christmas
Widower Davis Turner doesn't need to hear his children's whispered wishes for a new mom to recognize that new neighbor Lana Ross is a beautiful woman. But he worries that his feelings for the former bad girl could put his family at risk for small-town scandal. Lana knows she should steer clear of Davis. Yet she can't resist spending time with the handsome single dad, even if the truth might soon tear them apart. Though Lana has turned over a new leaf, her secrets have followed her to Whisper Falls. Secrets that could destroy her hope for a future with Davis.
Whisper Falls: Where every prayer is answered
My Review: Sugarplum Homecoming
Parents should never sleep especially during the day when kids will climb anything. That would be scary to see your kids climb rocks to a waterfall. Nathan and Page got their dad to take them on a picnic by the falls. So while he slept they could climb up the rocks and get behind waterfall and say a special prayer. They want a new mom with brown hair.
Sugarplum is sweet, laughed so hard when Davis told how he scared some teenagers that breaking into her haunted house. Made me think about how I am judging people because of their past ways. Others are just embracing everyone.
Lana and her twin sister Tess where known to party, drink and sing. Lana was going to be a star. Now she is back home where all the bad memories are. She has given up singing and drinking to give Sydney a home.
Lana has to face her past and fears instead of running away for Sydney. She has a job writing for the local papers. The activities of town like high school games, festivals and other town activities.
When Nathan and Page see Lana movie in with a girl close their age they think the special prayer worked.
Davis remembers her from school and has to decides what is best for his kids.
Davis sister was never her friend and talks bad about her in front of kids. Spreads gossip about how she was 10+ years ago.
Sugarplum is a fun romance. I liked the kids and how the adults characters cared about them and their relationships with each other.
I want to go back to Whisper falls and find out how all the characters are doing.
I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it.
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired (November 19, 2013) 224 pages ISBN:9780373878543
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Hidden Falls: No Time for Answers - Episode 6 by Olivia Newport
Hidden Falls – An Exciting New 13-Part Serial Novel from Shiloh Run Studios
Time marches on, even without Quinn. Four days without Quinn seems unreal, yet life in Hidden Falls must go on. Those closest to Quinn are tired of questions and desperate for answers. Sylvia tempers her anxiety with determined focus on restoring her shop and setting an example for the community that all will be well again—hopefully soon. Lauren picks up where Quinn left off in plans for the fast-approaching health fair, no matter how overwhelming the task. Amid frantic efforts to buy time and save himself from blackmail and ruin, Liam stumbles upon a clue that—with help from Sylvia, Jack, and Dani—just might lead to Quinn. Meanwhile, an impatient Nicole, a re-energized Lauren, and a reluctant Ethan take matters into their own hands in a daring move to speed up the investigation into Quinn’s disappearance. They never imagined what they’d find.
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Print Length: 62 pages
Publisher: Shiloh Run Studios (February 21, 2014)
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My Review:Hidden Falls: No Time for Answers - Episode 6 by Olivia Newport
Still addicting. Love the characters and the cliffhangers. But want more answers and longer books. I am never ready for it to end. If you buy all 13 episodes it does add up to a lot.
Liam is being blackmailed. While he is out of town he discovers a clue about Quinn.
Lauren is trying to figure out what plans that Quinn had made about the health fair in three days. Nicole is still staying at Lauren's apartment. Nicole does not want to wait for her foot to heal up. Lauren & Nicole talk Ethan into doing something crazy.
Sylvia is trying to get her shop cleaned up from the destruction made in her shop. Dani is helping her clean and save what can be saved.
Lauren is very busy but she sees a need and follows up on it instead of keeping to her agenda. She really makes a difference in someone life. I want to be more like her. See a need and reach out and help.
This is a series you will want to read in order starting with episode 1.
I really do like this series and will continue to wait each week till the next episode comes out.
Lots of drama, more mystery events happen, more cliffhangers, new characters introduced. I really want answers.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Colton by Blood by Melissa Cutler
The one thing about a series of books that I don't answer all the mystery in one books and you have to wait for the next book to give you more answers. I was not ready for the story to end I wanted more. I like Levi, he is strong, caring and willing to forgive a lifetime of bad treatment.
This book should have a warning, full of yummy deserts make you just gain weight by reading about Kate the pastry chef at the Dead river ranch. She puts up with a lot so she can pay her debts before she can move onto a better job. She works early in the morning till late. She has had a lot of trials in her life. Kate is also looking into the death of her friend who tried to stop a kidnapper. People find out she is looking for answers and warn her to stop, let the police look into it.
Dr. Levi Colton was asked by his half sisters to come to Dead River Ranch that their father was dying and refused any treatments. His father is rich and never acknowledged him but he did pay child support. Everyone else is scared of him. He refused them and then decided to just drive to Wyoming to the ranch to prove he is not like his father.
lots of drama, danger but lots of witty dialogue early morning while they are the only two awake at the big ranch while Kate is baking bread or another desert. One love scene that I skimmed over. Also a wildfire is coming close to the ranch.
This is the second book of Melissa's that I have read and enjoyed. I look forward to reading more of her books.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
publication: August 6th 2013 by Harlequin Suspicion 288 pages ISBN:0373278349
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Rising romantic suspense star Melissa Cutler reveals more secrets from the Coltons of Wyoming... An unsolved murder haunts those who live and work at Dead River Ranch. When called to care for the ailing Colton patriarch, Dr. Levi Colton must face the father who never claimed him. He's not looking for distraction, but he finds it in Kate McCord, the irresistible pastry chef. Beneath her sweet smile are scars from her own tragedy-and a determination for justice.
As a wildfire forces them together with an unknown killer, Levi and Kate must confront an attraction that flares hotter than flames. They edge closer to the truth, discovering that the secret that links their pasts could lead them straight into the killer's trap.
No Way Out (The Justice Agency book 3) by Susan Sleeman
Today was a good day and a bad day to read this story. (April 15, 2013) Susan wrote the book with "Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Because with trials the only peace is through God. The bad part was it had a explosion in it. A little to vivid in my mind today.
The plot is simple with some twists to it that were unexpected in some ways. I really like the characters. I liked how Alyssa was turning to prayer and relying on God. She still had to deal with her problems and her reactions were real. It was preaching but sharing what helped her get through her trials.
Alyssa has been a widow for two years now. She has twins Brianna and Riley in first grade. Her husband was a cop and drug dealer or so everyone thought. Alyssa went back to work selling real estate and were living rent free in a duplex that her husband's partner Nolan owned.
Alyssa was running at night after work and she heard Nolan and two others below the path she was on talking about her husband's death and framing him as a drug dealer. She knows that at least 2 of 3 men were cops. She made a sound and they started up the hill after her. While hiding from them in her secret spot she found someone already their. He owns a gun. Cole Justice private investigator.
Cole believed her that someone was chasing her and her life was in danger. He got her back to his house that he was renting and
Dani his sister a P.I. also was their. They made a plan to keep her safe.
Cole served two tours in Iraq and that has changed him a lot. He wants to keep everyone safe and thinks he has to be in control. Cole blames himself for his friend dying and his survival. He has not had a lot to be happy about.
This has lots of action, drama and lots of bad guys with lots of power, but also some good guys and girls who are willing to protect others who can't protect themselves and do the right thing. This is a clean read. Good reminder to turn things over to the Lord and ask for help.
I was given this book by the author Susan Sleeman and asked to give honest review of it when finished.
Publisher: Love Inspired (May 7, 2013) Harlequin 224 pages ISBN-10: 0373445393
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Who can she trust? Alyssa Wells has uncovered evidence that her police officer husband was murdered by his partner—a dangerous claim in a small town. After two tours in Iraq, protecting Alyssa and her children shouldn't be a problem for private investigator Cole Justice. Alyssa feels drawn to him, but how can she trust anyone after everything she's been through? Cole's sure his heart is closed off to love, but Alyssa and her children seem to have found a way in. As the killer draws closer, Alyssa realizes she's trusting Cole with more than her safety.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara
He wants to take her child out of Africa…
The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr. Jackson Harper. As soon as he sets eyes on her four-year-old, Pippa, Anna knows he'll never leave…without his daughter.
Furious doesn't begin to describe how Jack feels. How could Anna keep this from him? He has to get his child back to the States. Yet as angry as he is with Anna, they still have a bond. But can it endure, despite the ocean—and the little girl—between them?
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Print Length: 175 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming (January 1, 2014)
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My Review: Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara
I would love to go see the animals in the wild. The baby elephants seem so loveable. How can people just kill the elephants for their tusks. This romance takes place on a Busara elephant research in Kenya mostly.
The characters seem real with real hang ups. I like Anna and can see how hard it would be to finally tell the truth to everyone about having a daughter. I can't imagine hiding a daughter for 5 years from everyone.
Anna is doing research on elephants sounds also she is raising rescued elephant orphans after their parents are killed. She is raising her four year old out in the wild.
Jackson Harper is asked to go and see how her program is doing. It will give his project some of her funding. He is surprised to find out she has a daughter that is his. Anna was his best friend growing up. He can't believe she hid this from him.
Pippa is four years old. She is raised at a elephant research camp. She is darling. Her friend is a year older and his mom is her nanny.
This is a clean romance. Also enjoyed reading about the elephants.
I would read more books by Rula Sinara in the future based on this book.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review by Netgalley.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #9)
SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT
After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.
Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .
Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?
My Review: ONCE IN A LIFETIME by Jill Shalvis
I love Lucky Harbor. I have not read many of the books but would love to read them. I admit their were a lot of love scenes that I skipped over but the rest of the book I loved.
Some of the characters were so cute. You just wanted to take them home with you. Some of them made you laugh a lot. Some were hot. But they made you care for them. It made you want to visit.
Of course the setting for this Lucky Harbor was a new bookstore. Of course I love books. It is also set in Lucky Harbor, Washington.
The plot Aubrey hears an idea of making things up to people that she has wronged in the past. So she makes her list. Gathers up her courage and starts trying to make right.
It had some nice surprises in the story. I also laughed and smiled a lot reading it. I love stories that have community of caring people. We get to see a lot of characters as Aubrey tries to make amends.
The only thing I did not enjoy was all the love scenes.
I would read more books in the Lucky Harbor series.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing it and being part of it's blog tour.
My Review: Always on my Mind by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #8)
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover #3) by Lori Foster
This is book #3 in Love Undercover series by Lori Foster. So lots of old characters are back plus a lot more. This story is steamy hot. There are a lot of love scenes that I skipped over. It also had lots of drama, some action, some really sweet tender scenes.
The plot is centered around the bar Getting Rowdy. Rowdy the new owner wants his bartender but she is always turning him down but he finds lots of other one night stands. Rowdy uses sex to get through tough times.
The bar used to be a place where you could get drugs easy. Rowdy has been cleaning up the area.
One customer who made deals with old owner wants Rowdy to make good on the deal. When Rowdy finds out the guy brought is little kid Marcus with him goes outside to talk to him.
Avery gets Marcus inside. Rowdy ends up fighting the guy and a second guy comes out with big knife and cuts Rowdy's back before he gets both of them taken care of.
The drug dealer had lots of drugs and guns in his car so his kid will be safe. Rowdy sees himself in Marcus and wants better for him.
Reese one of the cops that he has been friended by because of his sister Pepper's marriage to Logan another detective. He gets emergency custody of Marcus. His mother was found overdosed. Reese's wife Alice and Marcus start connecting right off the bat.
Pepper stays with Rowdy after he gets hurt to help take care of him. Then Pepper's past comes to be a danger to her and Rowdy wants to keep her safe with him.
I like all the different characters and how they are helping each other out. I was surprised by some of the twists in the book. Can't wait to see if Dash or Cannon is the next character to get his story told.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
September 24th 2013 by Harlequin HQN ISBN 9780373777792
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An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distanceincluding a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found and the passion she's always wanted.
Bare it All (Love Undercover #2) by Lori Foster
I liked Bare it All. But it had to much swearing and sex scenes. The plot was a little complex. A bunch of the same characters that have been in her books before are back. I always like to see them again. Though I felt I had missed out and want to know more about Trace's story line. I missed that one.
Bare it All takes place right after Run The Risk ends. Reese's apartment is a crime scene. He needs a place to sleep so he is offered Alice's couch. Reese feels he owes Alice a lot. He wonders how she summed up the good guys and bad guys so fast and was able to give Logan a gun.
Who knows if they would have all survived if Alice hadn't noticed everything and reacted right. Reese was handcuffed to his bed. So was his boss. Rowdy would have been killed. Logan and pepper would have walked right into the mess without a gun. Only Logan was shot in the arm.
Rowdy stopped by Alice's apartment he realized to that she was scared of something. He was used to watching over his sister and keeping her safe. Now that Logan was going to do that job he was at loose ends. He did not like how calm she was after the shooting when she said," It's better when they are dead" Instead of getting all of her story Alice was getting into his head.
Alice was afraid of Reese and his dog would go back to his place. She was nervous after everything that had happened. She had been dog sitting Reese's dog he had rescued. She worked out her apartment and kept to herself. Only talked to Reese after he got his dog.
Reese did a quick search of her apartment and found a bunch more weapons but not all. When she confronted him he admitted to it. She showed him all her weapons. Alice had been kidnapped and held for over a year. She was not going to be helpless anymore.
Reese and Rowdy were joining forces to keep an eye on her. While Alice and Pepper were shopping at same time Reese & Logan were interviewed by prosecutor and internal affairs. (because they fired and killed bad guys in Run the Risk) After Pepper left Alice noticed two cars meeting and saw a girl with bandaged arm taken from one car to another. She knew something was wrong and followed them to a seedy place.
She talked to guy to let her use his phone for help and once in the room the guy got between her and the door. She tasered him got restraints on him and then tasered him again got him handcuffed to pipe. She got the girl out of their and asked her if she wanted to call the cops. or she would take her where she needed to go. She wanted the bus station. So Alice gave Cheryl money for ticket. Her special cell number and a code word if she was in trouble.
Rowdy got stopped at a light and lost her for a bit but found her as she was coming out of house with Cheryl and followed to bus station. Called her and told her to go back in and wait till he got back. Rowdy went back to the house and saw two other guys go in and three guys go out. Then followed Alice back to her place.
Lots of action, gun fights, fist fights and falling in love. Because Alice did what she did and not only the one girl was taken to be a drug mule their was a ring. Rowdy never thought he would be helping the cops and calling them friends. Now one was going to be his brother-in-law. I can't wait to read Rowdy story in the future.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in exchange to give honest review by Netgalley.
Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by HQN 480 pages ISBN-10: 0373777612
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A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster"
As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.
Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire....
Her Cowboy Dilemma by C.J. Carrmichael
Coffee Creek, Montana book 2
Well I enjoyed Her Cowboy Dilemma. Some of the secrets are revealed and others are still hidden.
I am glad that Olive is not my mother or I am not like her. The characters are interesting and I want to know more about them. What secrets are they hiding?
Cassidy Lambert is finally done with school. She hopes to get a accounting job in Billings. She is just going to stay at her family's ranch till then. She loves her animals sky her dog and her horse.
At Coffee Creek Ranch their is a horse virus going around. So major trouble if it gets passed on. The horses are under quarantine. The Ranch is understaffed anyway since Brock's death. Cassidy agrees to take over the horses who are sick and clean everything and keeping it from spreading.
Dan Farley is the vet in the area and he hates Cassidy. He tells her what she will have to do to keep the virus from getting out of hand. A few years ago Cassidy did something that made Dan hate her.
Brock was killed on his way to his wedding. Olive did not like his choice of wife so has not been in touch with her. So she does not know that she has another grandchild.
Olive wants her daughter to stay and work on the ranch books. She also is match making she thinks Dan would be a good match for her.
Lot of family problems, ranch talk,sick animals,romance. Its a nice romance. I can't wait till the next book comes out.
I was given the Her Cowboy Dilemma by the author and asked to give it honest review when done.
Publication Date: April 2, 2013 | Series: Harlequin American Romance (Book 1446) 224 pages ISBN-10: 0373754507
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Going Home Shouldn't Be This Hard…
Cassidy Lambert traded in Montana's big sky country for the big-city lights—forever. Until a potentially devastating equine illness threatens her family's ranch, and Cassidy is needed at home to help. She thinks she knows what she wants from life, but the more she's around sexy veterinarian Dan Farley, the more confused she gets.
When Cassidy comes back to the open Western landscape Dan loves, she's nothing but a beautiful burr under his saddle. She stomped on his heart once before, and he's not eager for another go-around. But he just can't keep himself away from those green eyes and sweet curves. It's a good thing she'll soon be gone again. Because he can't trust her—or himself—when she's around!
Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #2)
A WHIRLWIND OF ADVENTURE
“Fast-paced and fascinating as Jaya’s investigation leads her this time to India and back to her own family's secrets.” —Susan C. Shea, Author of the Dani O’Rourke Mysteries
A century-old treasure map of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast. Sacred riches from India. Two murders, one hundred years apart. And a love triangle… Historian Jaya Jones has her work cut out for her.
1906. Shortly before the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Pirate Vishnu strikes the San Francisco Bay. An ancestor of Jaya’s who came to the U.S. from India draws a treasure map…
Present Day. Over a century later, the cryptic treasure map remains undeciphered. From San Francisco to the southern tip of India, Jaya pieces together her ancestor’s secrets, maneuvers a complicated love life she didn’t count on, and puts herself in the path of a killer to restore a revered treasure
Books in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series:
FOOL'S GOLD (Novella prequel to ARTIFACT featured in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE)
PIRATE VISHNU (#2)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program for art school. But adventurous academic characters wouldn’t stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series. The first book in the series, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant.
My Review: Pirate Vishnu
I enjoyed reading Pirate Vishnu. The mystery kept you guessing the whole way through the book. I liked the characters.
I was disappointed that we did not see more of Lane. We do get to see a lot more of her best friend Sanjay.
Jaya Jones is teaching at a college. She is working on a paper to get published. Their is another teacher that is trying to get tenure too. Only one of them will be picked.
One day a older gentleman Steven Healy comes into her office with a treasure map and tells her Great Uncle Anand that she thought of as a hero was a thief and had stolen from his family. He wants to read his letters to get clues what he did with the treasure.
He agrees that she can keep the map for a day. He agrees to meet her back in her office the next day. Then he will tell her more about the missing treasure. He gets murdered that night.
Jaya gets mugged that next day and the map, her computer and phone stolen.
The police question her about Steven's murder and when she had met him and why.
Jaya decides to check more into her Uncle's death which was the week of San Francisco 1906 earthquake and fire.
It is exciting. She ends up going to India and runs into a lot of the same people from San Francisco.
Lane thinks she is in danger from one person and Sanjay from
a different person.
Their is humor, history of San Francisco and India, pirates, magic, danger as they rush to figure out what is going on. Some surprises that I did not see coming and a some that I did see.
I hope to see more of Jaya Jones in the future.
I was given this ebook to read and in return to give honest review from Netgalley and
publication: February 11th 2014 by Henery Press 276 pages ISBN: 9781938383977
The Lawman's Honor by Linda Goodnight (Whisper Falls)
As assistant police chief, Heath Monroe never expected he'd ever need rescuing. But that's exactly what Cassie Blackwell does when she pulls him out of a car wreckage. He's surprised at the beautiful widow's strength and joyous spirit. But he's been burned before and is cautious to get involved. Especially since his investigation into the town's drug operation might implicate Cassie's ex-husband! Yet the more time he spends with her, the deeper he falls. Will he have to choose between duty and his growing love—or is there a way he can have both?
Whisper Falls: Where every prayer is answered
My Review: The Lawman's Honor by Linda Goodnight (Whisper Falls)
I like the Whisper Falls series. The town changed its name to match the nearby falls. Their is a legend going around that if you climb to the top of the falls and go behind them and say a prayer. Your prayer will be answered.
Cassie climbs up to the falls and prays for the numbness is released. Her husband died a couple of years ago on their honeymoon to Mexico.
Cassie cares about her town and family.
Heath came to Whisper Falls for some peace. He is the new assistant police chief. On his way to town has accident and Cassie saw and got help.
Cassie and Heath start as slowly as friends. Neither is looking for more.
This book has some drama, decisions that can affect the future. Mostly it is small town relationships that draws you in and keeps you reading.
It is a clean read. Does have talk about prayer and church. Not preachy at all.
I would come back and read more books like this in Whisper falls series. I like Linda Goodnight stories.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
publication: February 18th 2014 by Harlequin Love Inspired 224 pages.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti & Giveaway
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (January 4, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 1904 KB
Print Length: 250 pages
From debut author, Traci Andrighetti, comes a tale of murder, mayhem, and meddling Sicilian grandmas…
Francesca “Franki” Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Austin, Texas—until an unfortunate 911 call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her once and for all that she just isn’t cut out for a life on the police force. So Franki makes the snap decision to move to New Orleans to work at her friend Veronica’s detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. But Franki’s hopes for a more stable life are soon dashed when Private Chicks is hired by the prime suspect in a murder case to find out what really happened to a beautiful young boutique manager who was found strangled to death with a cheap yellow scarf. When she’s not investigating, Franki is hoping to seduce handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, but most of her time is spent dodging date offers from a string of “good Italian boys”—make that not-so-good aging Italian men—that her meddlesome Sicilian grandma has recruited as marriage candidates. As Mardi Gras approaches and the mystery of the murdered shop girl gets more complicated, Franki must decipher the odd ramblings of a Voodoo priestess to solve both the murder and the mystery of her own love life.
“Traci Andrighetti’s Limoncello Yellow had me tickled pink! Her smart, sassy
heroine wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to
the page. I can’t wait to read more from this author!”
- Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author
“Traci’s writing is sharp and funny; the world she paints leaps off the
page and makes the reader laugh out loud…. A thoroughly
enjoyable new voice in fiction!”
- Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling novelist (The Sweetness of Forgetting)
Traci Andrighetti is the author of the Franki Amato mystery series. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime–writing, that is.
If she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Traci is probably watching her favorite Italian soap opera, eating Tex Mex or sampling fruity cocktails, and maybe all at the same time. She lives in Austin with her husband, young son (who desperately wants to be in one of her books) and three treat-addicted dogs.
My Review:Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti
Limoncello Yellow is an entertaining P.I. detective story. It is full of loveable characters, interesting settings, humor and dating woes.
The plot Franki's life is falling apart so she decides to move to New Orleans and become a P.I. with college roommate Veronica. They get a case to work on a murder to solve.
Franki's family is trying to find her a husband, especially her grandmother. Franki likes a banker she has just met. Her dating life is full of laughs and drama.
The setting is New Orleans from the fashion to Voodoo the story takes us.
The characters are fun and unique. From their landlady a ex-stripper who has plenty of stories to share.
To Franki's Italian family. To Veronica lawyer turned P.I.. A Nun, Goth, and Voodoo Priestess. Plus everyone else is special too.
I would definitely read another book in the series. A light hearted cozy mystery indeed.
This is a clean read too.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review and being part of it's blog tour.
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