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A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters) - Erica Taylor

Lady Susanna Mcallister had been nearly trampled to death.But her walking companions Viscount Riverton kept his wits and pushed Susanna out of the way of the riders path. Susanna caught her self against a tree. And turned to see her would be assailant and saw his gaze bore into Lord Riverton , his gaze showing something Like hatred. Then Lord Riverton told Susanna that the rider was the Earl of Wescott . Then he added Wescott had almost been his brother in law when Lord Riverton had been engaged to the Earl’s sister Elizabeth/Beth. But Elizabeth had tragically taken from him. Then Riverton said he had to go as it depressed him as he was unaware the Earl of  Wescott had returned to town. Then Riverton asked if Susanna and her sister in law Clara could make it home safely. Lord Riverton had been courting Susanna for months. Susanna had never seen Lord Riverton agitated or frightened , never anxious and certainly never hateful. He seemed to be very calm and even tempered fellow- almost boring if she were honest. Riverton had forwardly introduced himself during during a mutual friend’s house party in July. Until then Susanna had never heard of him. Susanna’s brother Andrew was the Duke of Bredstone. Susanna knew her position in society and family connections opened many doors but they closed just as many when it came to marriageable prospects. Susanna had four other brothers besides Andrew and not many suitors  were willing to take on all her brothers in order to pursue Susanna’s hand. It had been over two months since Lord Riverton had begun to court her. Susanna was expecting a declaration any day now. But there was something holding Riverton back. Then Clara said that she wanted to see Susanna happy and Lord Riverton was a bore and today ungentlemanly leaving them with no footman or anyone to escort them home safely. Susanna felt Clara was more than a friend a true sister. The Earl of Wescott was Ian Carlisle. He was at his father’s home and his first instinct had been to board up the home after his sister's death. Then his cousin- Lord Rheneas Warren - Earl of Bexley asked if there were problems. Rheneas and Ian had been boys together. Bexley said he had come over as soon as he heard Ian had returned to town as it had been three years, The men had seen each other at Easter six months ago but that had not been in town. Then Bexley said it was noticed he was back when Then Bexley said the Duke was hosting a house party and Ian had been issued an invitation by the Duchess and noone refuses the Duchess. Ian had never had a proper season. He had left the country before he was old enough to make his own bows to the King only doing so when Ian was home on a brief leave and his father forced him to. Ian had only attended a few balls, one musical, and two nights at Almack’s Assembly Room before he left again. Ian had not returned until Beth’s engagement three years ago. Since then the Home Office had allowed him time to spend in England. His appearance in London now because of a summons from his superiors. As he had bought a commission when he was younger. Ian supposed he owed Lady Susanna a sensible explanation , an apology. It wasn’t gentlemanly to nearly crash into a lady of quality with his horse. Plus Ian felt oddly obligated to warn Lady Susanna of his past with Riverton as he felt she should know the type of character Riverton was. Ian didn’t feel the viscount was fit company for any lady. Ian ran into Lady Susanna and behind her appearance as a sophisticated English lady, she possessed something Ian didn’t know existed in any lady of the ton. Lady Susanna possessed strength. Susanna and Ian agreed to make a chance to talk about Riverton then Ian would drop it and honor her decision on Riverton. Ian warned Susanna to end her relationship with Riverton. He feels Lord Riverton if she treasured her life. He felt Lord Riverton was after susanna’s dowry as he had been with Ian’s sister Beth. But beth had been kidnapped then murdered and Ian felt Riverton had something to do with it Susanna did agree to help Ian investigate Riverton. Ian brings out feelings in Susanna that she thought weren’t possible. Ian finds he wants Susanna but tries to stay away as he felt he didn’t deserve love and marriage and family as he failed to protect his sister Beth.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot. The suspense, adventure, and mystery in this book. I liked that the romance developing between Ian and Susanna Beth. and then to know  a very similar thing was happening to other engaged women. I really liked how close Susanna and her family and her sister in law. I did feel the ending was too rushed and would have liked the book to show Susanna and Ian get married. I do feel Ian was a little selfish how he was and acted toward Susanna especially not worrying at all about her reputation. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

mixed feelings

Obsession: A Bayfront Billionaire Novella (Bayfront Billionaires) - Calista Fox

Roxy was an artist ad Meredith Brennan was her broker. But living in Bayfront, California was putting a huge strain on Roxy’s bank account although she loved it there. But the best thing was Roxy’s ex fiance -Tommy would never come looking for hwe there. Just two  months and Roxy was already close to broke. Meredith told Roxy the man wanting to but her painting wanted a series of six not one as he wanted to put them in his office. Roxy told Meredith that she knew that Roxy only did one painting per ;pcation. Then Meredith told FRoxy the man would pay three times above her normal asking price  and that would be times six Roxy’s paranoia ran deep where her ex Tommy was concerned. He made his first threat with his fists. He had followed that up by assuring Roxy that if she left him he would find her. He could always find her. Roxy could only hope and pray tommy’s long since given up on that mission. Meredith pointed out Roxy’s artist name is nowhere near similar to her given name and she had changed her appearance so there would be no reason to put two and two together including Tommy. Tommy had terrorized Roxy and turned her life upside down.Roxy never wanted to feel owned or possessed ever again.  Roxy was at a silent auction she had donated a wine and cheese canvas painting party for twelve to benefit tonight’s cause- women’s shelters in the inland communities. It also gave Roxy a chance to launch her new business which she hoped would supplinment her sporadic income from painting. Roxy needed to promote her fledgling company and figured her company’s name and logo in the program and displayed on big screen above the stage would go a long way in marketing the painting party. Then the benefactor of the evening’s venue Nicolas/Nick came up to Roxy and talked about the desserts being served. Then Roxy felt a strong attraction to Nick she wasn’t expecting. She hadn’t responded to a man’s flirting since she had left New York. Nick mentions his mother had been abused as a teen by her stepfather and his grandmother did not believe her and kicked his mother out to the streets where she lived for awhile. That had started Nick’s interest in shelters. Nick and Hunter had been like brothers until Nick’s ex lover had murdered by her ex husband and it broke both Nicks and Hunters heart. It broke Nicks heart because of how much he had cared and Hunter because he felt guilty for wanting the happiness Nick had found. Than Hunter just disappeared three years ago but he is back now. Nick is a movie studie mongrel and Hunter was a popular writer and a scr[rt writer. Hunter meets Roxy and like Nick he is attracted to her both men decide to do whatever it takes to get Roxy with them. Even though she is attracted to Nick she is also attracted to Hunter. Roxy ends up sleeping with both men.

This was a pretty good read. This was a quick,easy and hit read. It was fairly predictable also would have liked more build up to Roxy’s triangle. I really don’t care about insta/lust and menages but this wasn’t that bad. I did like how both men were willing to step up and protect Roxy from Tommy. I liked the pace and plot. As I said this was a pretty good read just not a favorite of mine. I would have liked this to be longer.

great book and great characters

Royal Mess - Jenna Sutton

Tessa had been notified by doctor Barehon they had found a match for her. He provided only three details- male, 31 years old, and in perfect health. The man would give her a large part of his liver was Prince Leo of Alsania. Tessa had been in the hospital for twenty two miserable days and and she looked even worse . Then  the Prince was in Tessa’s hospital room . A lot of Tessa’s friends were obsessed with the royal family but Tessa was too busy being a commoner. The simple act of going to the bathroom exhausts Tessa. Tessa owns a florist shop and she had a good manager was taking care of her shop until she gets better. Tessa has a rare blood type and that was why they had problems finding a live donor for Tessa. Tessa had been adopted and her parents weren’t a match and her sister Cassie  was also adopted but from a different mother so she also wasn’t a match. Leo had a brother Prince Marco who was known as the Playboy Prince, whereas Leo was known as the Polar Prince. Tessa’s personality appealed to Prince Leo. She was positive without being idealistic. Tessa asked Leo if he was afraid and he deflected her question but the truth was he was afraid for both himself and tessa. But helping Tessa was more important for Leo then his fear. It had been a week and so far everything was going as it should be successful for Tessa. She was finally going to be out of isolation It was amazing how much better Tessa felt though she was still sire. Leo doesn’t want Tessa to know he has thought of her all the time since he met her. Leo hadn’t slept with anyone in over a year and he physically reacted to but gets a little angry with himself this woman had been dying not too long ago. Leo’s approval rate had had been down since he got out of the service but since giving Tessa part of  his liver and his approval rate had come up forty percent and that was huge. Leo became a little obsessed with Tessa and he doesn’t know why. He calls tessa every night around bedtime thear her say Leo to see how she was is but also to hear her say Leo it has become his guilty pleasure. Tessa get to Leo like no other woman had. Tessa has been in Helios over a month now -the country home of the King and Queen. Leo had flown planes while in the service but he could also fly helicopters and today he was taking Tessa up for a ride. Tessa was not used to so much free time.on her hands. Leo spent every night with her sleeping sexually together Leo would go back to his own room early in the morning as it was across the hall from her. Tessa already knew she cared deeply for Leo but she had no idea how Leo felt about her.

Book Two- Royal Catch

Cassie is with her sister Tessa at Helios. Now  Tessa is the Queen of Alsania. There is a masquerade ball coming up but Cassie won’t bethere. She is going on her first trip away with Zac her boyfriend that she had been dating a couple of months  now. The next step to their relationship is sex. Cassie isn’t sure she is ready yet, Marco had just returned from Germany on child trafficking. Marco and Cassie both loved kids. Cassie is a second grade teacher.  At the masquerade ball the person Marco wants to be there isn’t there which is Cassie. He hates the fact that Zac had the right to touch Cassie Marcus had fantasized about Cassie since the day he met her. It had already been a year and Marco has been celibate.As Marco thinks about Zac and Cassie, lust, jealousy. And rage swirl in Marco’s mind. Marco is not sure he ever felt this crazy and certainly not about a woman. Marco never thought he would be in the position of wanting a woman who has no interest in him other than being a friend. Cassie had broke up with Zac as for the third time he canceled their plans for work and he told her work was more important to him. Cassie then decided to go to the ball as a bumble bee.  Cassie had been feeling down when she felt the wolf was already gone. Cassie had sex with Marco as she thought he looked like Marco who she

had wanted for a while now. Then five weeks later she found out she was pregnant. Cassie and Marco were camp counsellors together and spent a lot of time together. One night Cassie told Marco about the one night stand-Wolf and Marco realizes he is the father of Cassie’s baby and what a mess he had made. Now he has to fix things but how?

I loved both of these books. I couldn’t pick a favorite. I do think I may have a new favorite  romance author and hope to read many more of her books. I loved both Leo and Tess and Marco and Cassie together. For it to be two royal brothers with two adopted common sisters was a definite bonus as far as I am concerned..  loved the pace and the plot of both stories and didn’t want to put them down. I loved how protective Leo was of Tessa. How Leo went from a “ cold” person to the man he became in his love for Tessa. The same for Marco after his past to become celibate for a year and he thought Cassie only wanted him as a friend. I loved that Leo didn’t care what anyone said and he wanted and made Tessa his own and married her so she would forever be his. . I absolutely loved the ending of both these stories. I also loved how much the Playboy Prince fell for Cassie and had been celibate by choice until the one night at the ball and he had sex with the woman as she totally reminded him of Cassie. I happily couldn’t find anything to criticize in either book. I didn’t want to put either book down! I loved the characters and the ins and outs of both books and I highly recommend both books.

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One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road Novel) - Wendy Wax

Madeline/Maddie asked William if they were there yet.In her former life it had been Maddie ‘s kids asking that question. Somehow her life had rearranged itself. One minute a suburban wife and mother facing the end of a marriage and the world she had known. The next she landed on Fantasy Island AKA Mermaid Point- a small  private island that belonged to the recently rehabbed rock icon “William The Wild”. Lifetime had sent Maddie, AveryLawford, Nicole Grant, and the crew of their renovation show turned reality - tv show- Do Over, to turn Will’s private island into a B and B. Will managed to turn it into a sober living facility. Maddie marveled at William’s strength , he had come out of rehab two years ago and reclaimed his life and rejoined the world. William brought out all kinds of things in Maddie that would have been shocking if she hadn’t been so busy enjoying herself. William mentioned he and the band were being sent out on a bigger tour to cover the album. When Maggie had met William he had been hiding out on Mermaid Point, his career in tatters, unable to make music. Then Willam had written “ Free Fall” and put together a band and started doing local gigs. His old record label came calling and they gave him enough to fund the sober living facility he named in honor of his younger brother who lost his life from partying. Maddie couldn’t imagine their relationship would survive with will going back to Rock God status. They were looking at three to four months non stop travel and performing. Then Will told Maddie he wanted her to come with him on the whole tour. He trusted himself more with her there. The mother in Maddie wanted to say yes but she had spent most of her life being there for others. Maddie said she didn’t think she could be away that long Maddie,Nikki, and Avery had left the Network so publicly they were being sued for breach of contract and claiming the name Do Over didn’t belong to them. Nicole no longer recognized herself being pregnant with twins. Special Agent Joe Girardi was the father. She had refused to marry Joe one too many times now it wasn’t brought up. Joe came from a big Italian family. Nikki’s childhood had been spent  in poverty, when her father had died her mother worked several jobs to keep a roof over their heads. Nicole had “ mothered” her brother Malcolm while their mom worked. He ended up in a correctional facility for the criminally greedy. Nikki had been bankrupted from her brothers Ponzi scheme. Nikki didn’t see how this could all work out. Not babies. Not Joe’s love. Not having a real family of her own. They were things she had only seen at a distance. Things other people had but she didn’t deserve with all her failings. Avery had grown up on her father's construction site. For her the aroma and sounds of construction were automatic stress busters. Sometimes with Chase near they were foreplay. Chase and Jason- his youngest son were having more and more blown ups. Bitsy’s husband decides to take her money and leaves her penniless and homeless. Bitsy is too proud to tell the girls what happened to her. Bitsy had been the girls former investor/sponsor and friend and she made a surprise visit looking for a place to stay with her dog. Bitsy assumes she can get the money back she had invested but the money's still tied up. Bitsy ends up moving in the small one bedroom Sunshine hotel college. William and Maddie are grabbing at the time they can together before he goes back on the road. Kyra had put the house up for collateral to have money for their projects until the cottages sold and the show they had filmed. The women hoped between selling the cottages and Beach Club memberships would help with their disappearing finances. Daniel is Kyra’s celebrity baby- Dustin- daddy and gave her the house to live in with her mother, dad, and Dustin. The only hope the women have is to sell the documentary of the renovation of the Sunshine Hotel featuring the reopened investigation into the mysterious death and disappearance that had taken place there.

I enjoyed this book. I loved how the women had worked together and still had their friendship. After all they had went through and were going through. I really liked seeing the women turning their lives around and still growing. I also really liked how Bitsy came into her own - even without a lot of money. I do advise you to read the other books in this series in order so you save yourself a lot of confusion and frustration . I felt this was a nice enjoyable read. Yes there was drama and problems but that’s life. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book. I recommend.

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Return to Huckleberry Hill - Jennifer Beckstrand

Reuben had a sinking feeling the minute Delores Johnson answered her door. Delores was one of the Englishes who lived in the mostly Amish community. She had never possessed a pleasant disposition but tonight she looked downright hostile. She scowled directly at Reuben as if she blamed him for being alone on Christmas Eve. Or maybe she didn’t like the way he sang or the fact she had to look up at him. Delores’s bad mood wasn’t the reason Reuben felt unsettled. As it was reuben felt vulnerable and exposed as if everyone behind him was laughing at a joke he wasn’t in on. But when Reuben turned around everyone was smiling and singing as if they weren’t paying much attention at all. But where was LInda Sue, he could have sworn she had been right beside him not five minutes ago but she wasn’t there now, yet right before they made the trek to Mrs. Johnson’s driveway Linda Sue had been by his side. Their youth group was traveling from door to door on foot, singing carols and delivering goodies to the shut ins. Tomorrow was Christmas and Reuben was going to propose to Linda Sue . They would be married in September. Reuben and Linda Sue were perfect for each other, she was the daughter of their bishop and reuben was a minister's son. Both families were respected and loved in the community.Reuben asked about Linda Sue and ruth said her and John had fallen behind at the bridge that crosses the creek. Then Benji said if they aren’t with you they are with each other. That was what had been nagging Reuben in his gut. Something had been different between Linda Sue and John- who was Reuben’s best friend- for weeks. John would never do anything to hurt the friendship so reuben believed. Then John told Linda Sue they had to tell Reuben. Linda Sue told Reuben it had just happened and she said reuben wouldn’t listen and she also said  she didn’t know how many times she had tried to tell Reuben about her growing feelings for John. Then John said They loved each other and had for several weeks.y planned on getting married God willing. Anna was thinking about her single grandchildren. If Anna and her husband Felty didn’t help them their prosperity would very likely wither and die. The thought of unwed grandchildren put Anna in a dither, something had to be done. Then reuben went to his grandmother Anna’s house and asked if he could stay for a couple of days. Reuben had been at his grandmother's for three months now doing back breaking work and his aching muscles distracted him from his dark thoughts. They had weighed heavy on Reuben for three months, he had only intended to stay at his grandmother’s for a week but but it had already turned into three months. His parents had written him ten letters urging to come home but Reuben couldn’t do it. It felt an anvil around his his neck and Reuben couldn’t turn to God. He had been humiliated when Linda Sue picked a poor pig farmer over him and and he had also been betrayed by his best friend. He couldn’t go back to Sugar Creek knowing the people would be laughing at him behind his back. Then his grandfather told him it was time he went back to church and Reuben agreed. More than anything else Reuben wanted to be liked again. He wanted people to admire and respect him not laugh at him. Then John’s sister fern showed up at the church his grandparents went to, she even winked at Reuben. Fern has come to get Reuben to forgive John and then bring him home. Reuben decided to start socializing and he did nice things for several of the girls and they think he is thinking of courting them because of his help. Then he finds he is in a mess with all those girls. Reuben also finds he is attracted to fern the last girl he thought would be on his mind for courting. Fern has loved Reuben since childhood but Reuben has known Fern all his life and thinks of her like a little sister. Fern always called Reuben out on all his faults and could make him feel humble. Fern plans on finding Reuben a new girlfriend so he will be in a better mood. Reuben ends up insulting a group of single women and goes to Fern for help to make amends to the women. Reuben finds he wants more than friendship from Fern.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the pace and the plot. This was a very good Amish read. I really liked Fern and Reuben together. Somebody needed to tell him about himself and that somebody was Fern. I didn’t think Reuben acted like a devout Amish man especially being a minister’s son as he was prideful, egotistical, had vanity, had an attitude, was judgmental and conceited for a starter. This choked me up at times and others made me chuckle. I suggest you read the books in this series in order  I didn’t really care for how Reuben treated Fern for the most part. I loved how the author described things in this book. I felt this was good Amish fiction and showed the Amish are far from perfect and are very human. I loved Felty and Anna's matchmaking. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

it was okay

Foolish Bride - A.S. Fenichel

Sir Michael Rollins and Lady Elinor Burkenstock are engaged. Sir Michael is a knight  but with very little money as his ancestors were not smart with what they had and all he had inherited was a fallen down estate. Elinor’s father had recently became an Earl and money isn’t an issue with her family. But Michael is proud and determined to be able to support his wife and he hadn’t married her for her dowry. And not live off her family. Michael is a spy for the king and he has one more mission to do But Elinor doesn’t know Michael is a spy. Michael say he will be back in a month and they will then marry. But Michael isn’t back in a month as he was injured and told he could father no children. Elinor’s father has told her he is calling off the wedding to Michael. But her father also told Elinor that Michael had agreed to end the engagement which wasn’t true Then her mother tells her Michael can no longer get her pregnant. He is now impotent. Michael is not willing to saddle Elinor with a man in his shape. Michael and Elinor part in anger. Elinor goes to her best friend’s house party and sees  Preston and they become friends but then The Duke Of Middleton- Preston - becomes interested in Elinor and this makes Elinor’s mother happy. Preston is kind, handsome, and has a good personality but Elinor still loves Michael. But Elinor thinks she may have to marry Preston as she has to marry someone and it would get her mother off her back. But Michael is a Duke now for his service to the crown. Michael realizes he still loves Elinor and now has to make Elinor believe he still and always will love her. But then Elinor is kidnapped and must be rescued before she is tortured and forced to marry her captor. This was done to make Elinor suffer. Elinor stabbed her abductor and helped with her getting saved.

I had mixed feelings about this book but I did like it for the most part.I didn’t like how Michael was a butt to Elinor after their broken engagement. I know he was angry but he was still suppose to love Elinor. Also when in this time frame would a cop/friend would tell a man he had been made a Duke for his service to the crown? I think there would be a lot of paperwork and pomp and  circumstance at least to some degree especially since it was for service given. Also some of the wording just didn’t fit in the Regency setting. I felt Michael was a bit pitiful for the most part in this book. I really enjoyed seeing elinor grow into the woman she was to be and not be pushed around by her parents like when she took a stand on who she was going to marry although that wasn’t normal for this time either. I would advise you to read the books in order so everything reads smoothly. I did like the twists and turns in this book. But it drag for me at times. THis book had romance, a villian, two love interests, parental control, character growth, dukes, an  Earl, danger, kidnapping, intrigue, bold moves, adventure, and so much more. As I said I had mixed feelings but I would have liked to rate this 3.5.

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The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society) - Madeline Hunter

Adam was the Duke of Stratton and had been called to the Dowager Countess Of Marwood grandson- the Earl’s home in the country. The Countess could be a formidable enemy if she chooses to but she had written to ask to let bygones be bygones between the two families. Adam made the trip to see how the Countess hoped to accomplish this. Then one look at her and he knew whatever she had planned would not benefit Adam . The dowager was in mourning for her son the late Duke. Adam had been in France for five years and the Dowager mentioned hr surprise that Adam was not married to one of his mother’s people. But Adam said he thought a British match would be better for him and the dowager agreed. In the past the dowager's family had stolen Adam’s family’s property and savaged his mother and and helped drive his father to his death. But the dowager suggested his family rise above it.She then said their families should resolve that in the old fashioned way - marriage. She suggested an alliance formed by the strongest ties. She said her grandson had a sister Emilia that is all any man could ask for and would make a perfect Duchess for Adam. The dowager took Adam to the terrace so he could see Emilia. The Dowager Duchess says Emilia was sweet in disposition, good humor, and a fair amount of wit. So Emilia would not be dull. But Adam felt no appear for the young woman . Theobald/Theo- the young Earl- came and greeted Adam bit he was clearly afraid as Adams reputation had followed him.  A lot of people had acted that way around Adam. Then the Duke’s half sister - Clara rode to the top of the hill and sat there on her horse and Adam asked who she was and then Adam asked why he was not being offered Clara, Theo said Clara was his older half sister and the favored child and his father had spoiled and indulged Clara and allowed her to build notions unbefitting for women. He never demanded she marry and she thinks marriage is beneath her. Their father had left Clara a good bit of property in her name , a handsome tract with rich farms. The Duke gestured for Clara to come meet Adam and she turned her back on them and rode off. Adam then said you did not mention she was rude and disobedient. And quick to insult others if she chooses. Adam went to meet Lady Clara, after meeting her Adam thought what a provocative woman. Bright eyed and vivacious and also lovely , spirited some men would say too spirited. But Adam liked highly spirited, self possessed women. Adam found he wanted Lady Clara. Adam thought how the dowager’s offer as stated by the late Earl . Clara is also attracted to Adam but Clara fights her feelings as she wants nothing to do with marriage

I enjoyed this book. I really liked the interaction between Adam and Clara. And I did love them together. I liked the plot of this story but at times it drag for me as I was reading but not enough to make me want to stop reading this book. I think Clara slept with Adam too easily and too  soon. Even if she was independent and her own woman. I felt at times Adam was helped in selfish in the way he acted. This kept my attention even when it dragged a little as I wanted to know what was going to happen next . I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, I liked that men actually came across as men of this time and acted it. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

great book and great characters

Claim & Protect - Rhenna Morgan

Travis was a college dropout but owned his own business- a bar -The Den. Trevor’s home was the ranch with his horses and border collie. Trevor had learned from his brothers in the last ten years it was the right focus and a little ingenuity made anything attainable. Normally hiring Natalie would have been a no brainer but the idea of men hitting on Natalie nonstop had almost prevented Trevor from hiring Natalie. Natalie had said she would be the best waitress he ever had if only Trevor gave her a chance.  It had been the desperation behind the vow that had Trevor offer her the position. So far she’d made good on her claim. Jake and Zeke were Trevor’s Haven brothers. Then Trevor got up to correct Natalie as she pulled her cell phone out and left the floor and that had been the second time this shift. Trevor had made it clear no cell phones while working so he went to talk to Natalie but his brothers did tell him not to fire her to at least talk to her first. It had taken him three weeks to hire two girls and The other girl hadn’t worked out. Between his genes and long term relationships being a pipe dream to dangerous to pursue Natalie admitted to trevor she had a son who was seven= Levi and her mother was with him and scared to death of Natalie’s ex husband Wyatt.  When Trevor asked if there was anything he had to worry about and if her mother had a reason to be afraid. Natalie said she wouldn’t say her mother’s fears were unfounded but not something would have to deal with. Trevor knew about the type of tantrums Natalie meant when she said Wyatt shot then around a small audience. Trevor had lived with his father’s tyrannical fists for seven years before his mother died and turned his world upside down. But Trevor told Natalie to go home and deal with the problem. She could carry her phone but to check it in private he didn’t want to be accused of playing favorites by the other employees. Next time let him or whoever is managing the club that you have an issue and need to go home and deal with it. Wyatt had stepped front and center into Trevor's crosshairs. Natalie had been panicked reading her mother’s texts but equally as terrified of losing her job. Natalie had been an RN but that was years and a bad decision ago. All Natalie had from the divorce was her car and the clothes she had packed for her and Levi. It reminded her of how much she had given up of herself until Wyatt literally knocked her back to her senses. Just once Natalie wished she could feel safe again. To actually believe she could call the police and expect some kind of help. When Natalie had went into Trevor’s office to interview for him she had been knocked for a loop but to now know he also had a heart of gold….. Wyatt was a successful plastic surgeon. Levi deserved so much more than the father he had, he deserved a justice system that wouldn’t turn a blind eye to an abusive man but in the end Wyatt’s good-old- boy network had proven stronger than human decency. Trevor went to Natalie’s address and heard a man and woman quietly arguing and one of the voices was Natalie’s. Then Trevor walked up to her and acted like he was her boyfriend right in front of Wyatt. Wyatt had decided after the divorce that he wanted his wife back. Trevor and Natalie did start a light and easy relationship after him telling Wyatt he was her boyfriend but it quickly changes. Also Wyatt’s abuse increases.

I absolutely loved this book and hav a new book boyfriend  Trevor yum! I loved the pace and the plot. I also loved Natalie and Trevor together they are so hot. I also loved how Trevor is protective of Natalie and Levi and how he felt about them and quickly loved Levi. I loved the ending. My heart went out to Levi to be so young and have to go through what he had to from his father. I could find nothing to criticize in this book- very happily. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

mixed feelings

The Girl and the Grove - Eric  Smith

Leila hears voices in her head and taking deep breaths and focusing on what is real around her , a routine she’d been running through all her life, one she and Sarika had developed together at the group home when the voices came.  And the voices pulled back into the depths of her mind, as they always did. Leila had been adopted by her foster parents Jon and Lisabeth. No other family had treated her this way, they didn’t fuss over her like she was someone …. different. Asking stupid questions like how to wash her hair or freaking out every time the seasons changed. The group home had been honest about her seasonal affective disorder and every other foster family had pushed and pressed Leila about it. They let her take her meds on her own and since she was the only child there was no questions about her therapeutic light box. For years Jon had been a corporate lawyer but now he had a new camera and he had a new career as an environmental journalist and it suited him better, even if he wasn’t exactly great of taking care of anything green around him. Jon wrote for news outlets such as: Slate, Farm And Agriculture, The New York Times, and Grid. he also taught part time at St. Joseph’s university in their small environmental department.Leila and Jon shared their interest/love of nature and the environment.The voices were weak and muttering when out here in the in the suburbs of the city. The group home had been big with a lot of rooms but this house - her home was narrow yet somehow cozy. Here it was hard for Leila not to see her new parents at all times or bumping into one of them when turning a corner or not hear them talk when she was in her room.It was strangely comforting, nice even. Leila could not use the words mom and dad everything was to new and she was afraid they would yet send her back she wasn’t sure if they could do that since they had adopted her but she couldn’t take any chances. She knows how much Jon and Lisbett wanted to hear the words she would try harder though to be more bending wwith them. Since the storm two weeks ago the voices had taken on a new tone with a hint of something strange that Leila couldn’t quite figure out. The voices came and went with the seasons. They faded and disappeared in the winter and rampaged back loud in the spring. Sarika worked in Adam’s  cafe as a barista . then a cute boy named Shawn was putting up fliers. He said hey to Leila and told her he’d see her around. Sarika came running over from behind the counter she had been working at and shreiking she said that cute boy had totally been checking out Leila. The Sarika went back to work and Leila checked out one of the fliers the boy had put up -it was for the Belmont Environmental Activism Club - B E A C- any high school student could join. It was starting on Wednesday at three. Leila grabbed a flier. Sarika came back out and again startled Leia as as she asked Leila what the flier was about. For whatever reasons the voices decided to be particularly loud this morning and over the past two days since hanging out with Sarika at Adam’s Cafe and going through the motions at Summer Enrichment at Belmont they suddenly became clearer. Leila could tell Shawn was into her the way he stared at her across the room and the awkward way he said goodbye at the end of the meeting. But Leila wondered about Shawn he had been going out with Jessica the leader of the three girls who had been bullying Sarika and Sarika ghad even fought with Jessica and made her nose bleed that she had never told Leila about and just told Leial she couldn’t protect everyone. Shawn asked Leila to meet him and go for a bike ride together Sunday and some lunch and Leila agreed. The voices had come when Leila when Leila had been rapidly pedaled away from Shawn and his intrusive questions and the disaster of a date. Leila had seen a young man with owl trying to get it to fly but then Leila flew over her handlebars as she jammed on her breaks. Leila ended up with a cut on her head and a mild concussion. The voices had told Leila the man and the owl were the one that could help them and her. Apparently they were in trouble but what had the voices done for Leila but distract her, scare her, and make Leila feel crazy? They had given her a dark secret Leila had to hide from everyone but Sarika. A grove is to be destroyed as well as an old mansion that was in the middle of the park. Leila does listen to the voices that have gotten clear now and goes to Landan and tells him everything he said she should get help about the voices but he will help her as much as he can with everything else.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I felt this was technically an easy read yet at times I got confused. This had a lot going on in it. I loved how the author addressed how Leila and Sarika felt and what they went through being in foster care so long and the group home, the back and forth they had experienced and they shattered hope every time they returned to the group home. I also loved how the author described how Leila as well as ehr new parents felt and what they went through being the adopted and parents of a special care needed to be taken with Liela - but ever patient and loving toward Leila. I thought this could be realistic in these aspects. I liked that the author also addressed prejudices and racism. I  really liked the enthusiasm stressed on the environment and progress wanting to destroy trees and parks etc. This did drag for me at times then after a certain part of the book it kinda felt rushed. I liked the dryads part and wished that had had been gone further into. I did love how close Sarika and Leila were and for a long time. I was also happy Landan was willing to help Leila as much as he could. As I said i Had mixed feelings on this book.

great book and great characters

Room on the Porch Swing - Amy Clipston

Allen woke up and it was 2 am and Savilla wasn’t next to him. He wondered had Mollie cried out in her sleep?  Than Allen heard Savilla call him and he found her in the bathroom on the floor - vomiting and then burning up yet shivering at the same time. Savilla said she felt terrible. Allen felt confusion coil inside him as he needed to help his wife but didn’t know how, As her husband Allen’s job was to take care of ehr and protect Savilla and he hates that he didn’t know what to do for her. Allen sat on the floor with her and had her head in his lap then Savilla’s head turned to the right and her whole body went limp but she was still breathing but he needed to get help. He went into his carriage shop and called for an ambulance. Savilla was put in the hospital the doctor told Allen it was a stomach flu and Savilla had passed out from dehydration. They were going to release Savilla she had been alert and talking then Allen went to call his driver when he returned he saw nurses at the door of Savilla’s room looking very sad and one said she was sorry to lallen the the doctor ahd called Allen aside and told him Savilla had passed away. Laura had been Savilla’s best friend and stood at Savilla’s grave for the service with her boyfriend Rudy and her twin brother Mark. She was heartbroken for herself and Allen and little Mollie. Laura had met Savilla with their mutual friend Priscilla on their first day of school and they all became  best friends and stayed that way until Priscilla had unexpectedly left the community four years ago. But Savilla and Laura stayed best friends but they did miss their friend Priscilla. Just days ago Allen;s life had been perfect. He had his thriving business, his beautiful wife, and their lovely baby girl. Now he was alone with more heartache and confusion than he could ever have imagined. Tomorrow Allen ahd to return to the business of life. How could he do it without Savilla by his side? The following summer - the days seemed to drag since Allen had lost Savilla. Mollie’s grandmother Irma had been taking care of Mollie and the house while Allen worked in his carriage shop right next to the house. But then Irma fell while trying to get a bowl in Allen’s house she had broken her leg in two places and broke her hip. She went to the hospital and she had to have two surgeries and then eventually would go into a rehabilitation facility she was going to have to learn to walk again. She would not be able to watch Mollie and help Allen for several months. Rudy and Laura had been dating for four years yet marriage was seldom brought up if Laura brought up the subject Rudy just changed it. Her mother had told to have patience with rudy as he was a good man he just needed to mature before she had passed away. Laura did wonder if rudy was the man for her after all. Laura had went to ALlen and said she would take over for Irma until she could return but then Allen was getting no sleep asd Mollie was waking up screaming for her grandmother in the middle of the night and refused to go back in her crib to sleep Allen was getting very little sleep and Laura was afraid he would seriously hurt himself while working on the carriages with so little sleep so she started staying overnight during the week so she would wake and calm Moly down as she slept in Mollie’s room also now. Rudy stoppe dover to Allen’s to see Laura and he was not happy when she told him she stayed nights also at Allen’s now so he could the sleep he needed to work. Rudy showed his disapproval in his expression but Laura is determined to help Allen and Mollie. Rudy had been Allen’s first friend when he had moved into their community but since Savilla had died he barely spoke to Allen and superficially and briefly. Laura knew she was getting too attached to Mollie and Allen and needed to distance herself emotionally.

I truly loved this book. It was an easy, sweet Christian read. It spoke of new love and loss, widowers going through the pain of losing their spouse unexpectedly. It also spoke strongly  of family,God, faith, and prayer. I loved Laura’s relationship with her family especially her twin Mark. I loved how she was so willing to help Mollie and Allen and her family stepped in to do her chores at home to cover for her being at Allen’s. Mollie was a sweetheart and I felt bad for the pain and loss she felt as such a little girl and she really added to this book. Rudy annoyed me a lot until towards the end of this book. I thought this was realistically done from what I have read and heard of the Amish communities.I could find nothing to criticize in this book and it made me very happy. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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No Fear - Allie Harrison

Emma pulled with all ehr waning strength against her binds. She felt the terrot swirl at herself for being caught. Then Emma sensed she was no longer alone. The night had already been filled with so much horror she had seen unthinkable things and she had done as equally bad. She didn't look at him, wouldn’t let him see her terror. Then he said “ Hello Emma”. Emma had never heard a voice so smooth, as rich as the voice with which he spoke those two words. Still she worked not to dwell on that voice that compelled her to to turn and look into his eyes. He tried to convince Emma to look into his eyes and she refused. He told Emma he admired her strong will. He had admired her from a distance for awhile now. He said he knew how hard it was for her to do what she did to Mary Jenkins. He applauded her for it. Despite the fact he felt she owed him and what it would cost her. He had turned her friend Marcy. James was cloaked with the falling dusk. It had been five five years since she had felt a vampire close by. Emma had been attacked years ago. Emma, Gray had to make sure she was safe. Jilly was at the cemetery at night, standing before a stone- Amanda McComb beloved sister- the date of birth and death were carved in the stone. The death was one year ago today. It seemed like yesterday when Jilly sister Amanda had succumbed to that dreadful disease she had fought so hard to beat. A childhood  prank in a cemetery had left Jillian/Jilly scared for life. Now she was there to face her fear head on. Jilly talked as if Amanda was there and told her she had met a man. He also lives on the island so she wouldn’t have to travel to see him. He sent her roses at work. Graves started to open and bony grabbed her. Then they had her and told her they wanted her to stay there with them forever. James was the chief of police and at the cemetery where Jilly Had died. He thought getting out of Chicago and coming to Medusa Island hr would be able to end the evil he felt here before he had to see the dead bodies. James asked Duke what he had -Duke was the closest to a partner James had ever known. James had known Duke a long time.. James recognized Jilly, she had sold him his house. Duke said he didn’t know how she died, there was only some scratches on her cheeks and neck and Jilly looked terrified. James and Emma find a strong attraction between them when a storm isolates the island. But they have to face a dark killer who lives off the fear of others. Emma again became the target of a monster.

I enjoyed this this story. It keeps you reading to see what is going to happen next. It did drag for me at times but I did like the plot. I think this dwelled on James loving Emma a bit too much. I also thought there were just a few too many paranormal things in this- never thought I would say that. I think this is really more of a paranormal romance over being a mystery. As far as I am concerned this was definitely a unique vampire story. I did like James and Emma together when all was said and done. I did feel the ending was a little rushed. I did like the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.

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Dark Moon Wolf (Calling the Moon Book 1) - Sarah E. Stevens

Julie is a single mother who works as a librarian with a four month old baby- Carson- had turned into a wolf puppy on the full moon. Julia is totally confused and decides to go look for Carson’s father- Mac. Julie never told Mac she was pregnant. Julie tries to get in touch with Mac but can’t so she decides to go to his hometown with Carson. Julie finds Carson’s grandparents  who belong to the pack. But Mac had been murdered and he isn’t the only one from his pack who has been murdered. Lily is the pack leader of Mac’s pack and Julie shows prejudice toward Lily. . But now someone is after Carson. Julie does found out she has recessive wolf genes which means if she was bitten she could turn into a werewolf or die. The genes make Julie a Dark Wolf. Max had been murdered in Las Vegas. With the help of a friend Sheila who julie finds out is a witch. and Eliza who was a werewolf and a few other werewolves and they start hunting for the murderers.  

I really enjoyed this paranormal book. I do wish it had been longer. But I liked the plot and pace. It had my attention from the first page until the last page. This can be emotional and choke you up at times. I felt this was well written. I loved it had a lot of twists and turns. There were: wolves, witches, suspense, murder, mystery, betrayal, wolf pup power play, politics, experiments, action, loss, family, a Dark Wolf, and a lot more. I loved how the author  showed us a lot of different kinds of wolves. I also really liked how Julie didn’t have any special powers but she did find ways to contribute and help to try to find the murderers. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend..

Great Story and Characters

Living with Her One-Night Stand  - Noelle  Adams

Jill left her roommates  arguing and ran down t the to the tea shop- Tea For 2- that was under her apartment. Jill was meeting for the first time someone she had met online at a local bar. This was something Jill had never done before. The bar was about a half mile from the apartment to wait for her date. She saw two men at the bar- one was to old and one too good looking to be her date that she had communicated with from the app. Jill had been in a relationship with Ted  for four years she had even moved here with him when he went to grad school. But after she had worked and put Ted through school when he graduated he dumped Jill. It had been a year now and Jill was ready for someone new. Jill was twenty six and had only the one serious relationship- with Ted- in her life. Jill had met Ted her last year of college and they had only been dating five months when she had agreed to follow him here. But she has a new job now and is ready for a new man. But the blind date never showed and the handsome moved closer and they had started to talk. Usually Jill was awkward and stiff when it came to dating or even talking to men. Jill said during their conversation that she follows the herd when its going somewhere she wants to go otherwise she lets it pass by. Mostly Jill hangs out with the nerdy types as they were usually as socially awkward as she was. The man admitted he had sex without commitment as he wasn’t into commitments any more. At one time he had spent most of his life doing what everyone else did. He played sports, got good grades at school and went to a local college. Then he got a good but boring job as a CPA and he then brought a house in the same neighborhood as his parents and got engaged to Carly. But his life was vanilla. He did what everyone expected him too. He worked hard every day and followed the rules. But then BAM he found the world he was living in wasn’t the world he wanted. It changed everything so he quit his job, sold his house, and broke his engagement. Then he started to live his life differently, not doing what anyone expected him to do. Just doing what he felt like doing at any given moment. He didn’t fight the current anymore he rode the tide, he did work at tax time but Lucas- the man- wasn’t going into any office everyday. He wasn’t going to make promises to women he wasn’t sure he could follow through on. Jill then said they were in opposite motion in that she was looking for roots, for stability whereas he was trying to tear his roots out of the ground. Then Lucas suggests Jill live for the moment and she decided to go ahead and have a one night stand with a guy that she didn't even know his name and would never see again. Lucas had not planned to talk to Jill or take her back to his hotel room but she had been interesting. Pretty, and genuine. Then the sudden unnerving emotional connection they’de experienced had really moved him. Lucas was relocating to Blacksburg and was moving right into his apartment the next day. But when Jill had asked he had said he was staying the one night meaning the hotel, not the place. Lucas had come to Blacksburg for another new start  one of a series of new starts he had made for himself in the last two years. Jills clothes, makeup, her whole manner was unique, original, full of personality. Jill had seen on his back a large scar and asked him about it as she got ready to leave as he woke up and he said it was a scar he got from being a good boy. Jill woke up early th4e next morning and was glad she had went with him even though she didn’t know his name and would never see him again. Michele and chloe were Jills best friends they had all been roommates until Chloe lost her job and went back home to live at her parents. Steve was Michelle’s boyfriend and they fought a lot. Then they had a new roommate coming to live with them, he was a guy Steve had known at college and his name was Lucas and he was a nice guy. Jill like to feel comfortable and settled. Then the new roommate appeared and it was the guy- mhe was Lucas the man Jill had spent the night with. Lucas decided to let Jill lead the way and she acted like she had never met him and Lucas followed her lead. Jill had been avoiding Lucas for about a week going to her room right after work instead of hanging out with her roommates as she used to do. One evening when Jill got home from work Lucas and jill decided to try to be friends and even though Lucas wanted her in his bed again he told Jill he wouldn’t touch her unless she wanted him too.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a roller coaster ride, but a quick, easy fun read. I loved the pace and flow. I never had a problem with my attention from the first until the last page of this book. I loved how there was the insta lust but the story built up to a beautiful romance. I was so happy Lucas and Jill got their HEA. I loved Jill and Lucas together. I loved how Michelle. Chloe, and Jill were so close and there for each other. I felt bad for Michelle and Steve as if I were there with them all. I also really loved when Lucas reached out for his family and they were so happy to be there for him. This was a book I happily read in one setting. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend

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Soulmates (Drag.Me.To.Hell, #2) - Nadine Nightingale

Amanda was a witch and Alec was a witch hunter they were born and raised to hate each other as technically Amanda and Alec were enemies. Alec and Amanda want nothing to do with each other. Amanda is living in NY going to school at NYU and had a waitressing job - trying to live like a normal person with a magic free life and that wasn’t easy. She keeps having nightmares of Alec being hurt and dying. Amanda had promised to not try to contact Alec but something is going on. The nightmares are really wearing on Amanda. Amanda is also still dealing with the feeling of betrayal she feels from Alec.   She also feels like she is constantly being watched. Then weird things start to happen and Amanda starts to question what is going on and maybe she is in danger. Then one morning Jesse- Alec’s brother- shows up on her doorstep with a barely conscious Alec who looks like he has been attacked. Jesse begs Amanda for her help. Alec and Amanda had wanted nothing to do with each other and Alec had basically been a butt to Amanda but she can't turn her back on him and not try to help him. Alec had sold his soul and only had a few days until his time to live was up. So Amanda gets help from her best friend Bonnie who uses Cajun voodoo and starts out to try to help Alec. Bonnie and Chelsea were Amanda’s roommates.  

I really enjoyed this book until the end and then found a big cliffhanger and i hate cliffhangers. And that brought down my rating quiet a bot. I did like the way Amanda and Alec interacted with each other when he wasn’t being a butt. But then again Amanda isn’t always the nicest person and even calls herself a bitch. I loved the twists and turns in this book. I also really wanted Amanda and Alec to work things out and be happy together. This was fast paced and I really liked the plot. This had: witches, witch hunter, demons. A demon strip club. Selling a soul. Love, action, suspense, emotional turmoil, a little voodoo, mystery, and so much more. You should read the first book before this one to have all the background and things read smoother at least I think so. I liked that the author showed some of Amanda’s past to show us why she acts like she does. Alec could be very confusing and frustrating. Even though I had really liked this book the cliffhanger really disappointed me. I do wish i could have rated this a 3.5 though

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Soulmates (Drag.Me.To.Hell, #2) - Nadine Nightingale

Amanda was a witch and Alec was a witch hunter they were born and raised to hate each other as technically Amanda and Alec were enemies. Alec and Amanda want nothing to do with each other. Amanda is living in NY going to school at NYU and had a waitressing job - trying to live like a normal person with a magic free life and that wasn’t easy. She keeps having nightmares of Alec being hurt and dying. Amanda had promised to not try to contact Alec but something is going on. The nightmares are really wearing on Amanda. Amanda is also still dealing with the feeling of betrayal she feels from Alec.   She also feels like she is constantly being watched. Then weird things start to happen and Amanda starts to question what is going on and maybe she is in danger. Then one morning Jesse- Alec’s brother- shows up on her doorstep with a barely conscious Alec who looks like he has been attacked. Jesse begs Amanda for her help. Alec and Amanda had wanted nothing to do with each other and Alec had basically been a butt to Amanda but she can't turn her back on him and not try to help him. Alec had sold his soul and only had a few days until his time to live was up. So Amanda gets help from her best friend Bonnie who uses Cajun voodoo and starts out to try to help Alec. Bonnie and Chelsea were Amanda’s roommates.  

I really enjoyed this book until the end and then found a big cliffhanger and i hate cliffhangers. And that brought down my rating quiet a bot. I did like the way Amanda and Alec interacted with each other when he wasn’t being a butt. But then again Amanda isn’t always the nicest person and even calls herself a bitch. I loved the twists and turns in this book. I also really wanted Amanda and Alec to work things out and be happy together. This was fast paced and I really liked the plot. This had: witches, witch hunter, demons. A demon strip club. Selling a soul. Love, action, suspense, emotional turmoil, a little voodoo, mystery, and so much more. You should read the first book before this one to have all the background and things read smoother at least I think so. I liked that the author showed some of Amanda’s past to show us why she acts like she does. Alec could be very confusing and frustrating. Even though I had really liked this book the cliffhanger really disappointed me. I do wish i could have rated this a 3.5 though

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Forest of Thorns and Claws - J.T. Hall

Donavi=on was British but spent a lot of his life in Sumatra, Indonesia, Donovan was a veterinarian. He is involved in in conservation of tigers habitat and tiger rescue. He runs  a research and conservation center. And fights to save the rainforest. Donovan’s speciality is tiger conservation. He also fights for land that is supposed to be federally protected land where rare and endangered species of flora and fauna are. But also unknown to humans including Donovan a tiger shifter clan or were tigers live. Donovan had been rescuing a tiger who had been injured by poachers and was bitten. The timing was not good as a company was looking to but some jungle land for agriculture. Donovan isn’t feeling very good since he was bitten. Kersen is from the tiger shifter clan and had lived his whole life in the jungle and didn’t know anything different.  But he must get his sister back from the tiger rescue then he finds Donovan was bitten by her and is starting to change into a were tiger and he will need help getting through that. The sooner Kersen gets Donovan away from humans the better. Kersen has to find a way to tell Donovan what is happening to him and help him survive the change. Kersen also realizes Donovan will help the fight against deforestation. Donovan and Kersen are attracted to each other. But Donovan may not be accepted by the people of Kersen’s village. Donovan is still an outsider with a very different background, education, and status then Kersen. Kersen’s people have hid themselves from humans for several centuries

I did really enjoy this book. I did love how the author portrays the problems of the rain forest and things about its people. I liked the story a lot for the most part but I didn’t realize Kersen was a male as I don’t read M/M or F/F romances. Although this story did pull me in and I just skimmed over or ignored the romantic/sexual parts. I did feel this was insta/lust/love but also know from reading that can be the way with shifters. I loved Donovan’s commitment to conservation and preservation of the rain forest as well as tigers. But things moved a little too fast for me for the most part.  I really liked how the author showed how human greed destroys animal habitats as well as the animals themselves especially endangered species. I recommend this book as long as it is realize it is M/M love interests.