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Tempting Fate (Heart of Crystal) (Volume 1) - Anastasia Nil

Crystal got out of the cab to go into Bar Congress. This was the hangout spot for most f the students of legal drinking age from the University Of Texas in Austin. Some of Crystals friends were waiting inside for her. Some f Crystals friends had started drinking before they were 21 but not Crystal ans she was twenty one today. She had wanted to respect her mom. Crystal’s mom was more of a friend all of Crystal’s life. Crystal’s mom was her pillar of strength and go to person for anything and everything. Crystal kept no secrets from her. Than at the door Crystal can’t find her ID and the bouncer told her it was time she went back home but than a man with a distinctive voice and pleasant accent said he thought she had dropped this and it was her ID. Then she starts to fall she doesn’t usually wear high heels but the man puts her arms around her and she doesn’t fall after all. Crystal tells the man she owes him and one. He tells her she can bet that he will hold her to that. Jen ran toward Crystal as she came into the bar. Jen was always looking out for Crystal even if she was bossy. Ethan was another of Crystal’s friends and had a very analytical mind  and Crystal was inspired by him Yet another friend was Rick and he asked her is she planned on breaking some hearts today. But Crystal knew she wasn’t that lucky or brave enough to approach anyone. Crystal wouldn’t trade her four friends for anything. Especially Jen and Ethan. Than Crystal mistakenly goes to the mens room- she was a bit tipsy- and too drunk guys try to get her in the bathroom with them and pushed her against the door and blocked her way and the man who had found her ID and preventing her fall came out of the bathroom

But then the guy who had found her ID earlier and the two drunk guys backed off he than led her to the ladies room but also gave her a lecture he was there when she came out and introduced himself as Aidan  Drakos. Than Crystal told him her name. Every part of Crystal was drawn to Aidan. He then kissed her thoroughly . Than she goes back to h

Crystal got out of the cab to go into Bar Congress. This was the hangout spot for most f the students of legal drinking age from the University Of Texas in Austin. Some of Crystals friends were waiting inside for her. Some f Crystals friends hd started drinking before they were 21 but not Crystal ans she was twenty one today. She had wanted to respect her mom. Crystal’s mom was more of a friend all of Crystal’s life. Crystal’s mom was her pillar of strength and go to person for anything and everything. Crystal kept no secrets from her. Than at the door Crystal can’t find her ID and the bouncer told her it was time she went back home but than a man with a distinctive voice and pleasant accent said he thought she had dropped this and it was her ID. Then she starts to fall she doesn’t usually wear high heels but the man puts her arms around her and she doesn’t fall after all. Crystal tells the man she owes him and one. He tells her she can bet that he will hold her to that. Jen ran toward Crystal as she came into the bar. Jen was always looking out for Crystal even if she was bossy. Ethan was another of Crystal’s friends and had a very analytical mind  and Crystal was inspired by him Yet another friend was Rick and he asked her is she planned on breaking some hearts today. But Crystal knew she wasn’t that lucky or brave enough to approach anyone. Crystal wouldn’t trade her four friends for anything. Especially Jen and Ethan. Than Crystal mistakenly goes to the mens room- she was a bit tipsy- and too drunk guys try to get her in the bathroom with them and pushed her against the door and blocked her way and the man who had found her ID and preventing her fall came out of the bathroom

But then the guy who had found her ID earlier and the two drunk guys backed off he than led her to the ladies room but also gave her a lecture he was there when she came out and introduced himself as Aidan  Drakos. Than Crystal told him her name. Every part of Crystal was drawn to Aidan. He then kissed her thoroughly . Than she goes back to her friends and Aidan to his after she had offered to buy him a drink for helping her a couple of times. Crystal figures she will never see him again. But one day on campus a man bumped into her making her drop her phone and the screen cracked- her mother had got her this expensive phone for her birthday and she became furious and pushed him and he went down when he got back up he grabbed Crystal by the throat and was choking her. She hears a voice speak in another language and the man -Vadin lets her go . It turns out Vadin was Aidan’s cousin and he is the one who again helped her and he gave her his phone number and told Crystal he would pay for a new phone. Crystal calls him he is busy but calls her back that night and than the next day he takes her out to dinner. And after they eat they walk around than Aidan passionately kisses her again than abruptly stops and says they have to stop there. Crystal and all his friends are having their usual Thursday night movie and Ethan has a friend with him and it’s Aidan. Jen makes sure Crystal sets next to Aidan and Aidan takes her hand when she is scared and doesn't let go. He seems happy to see her. He texts her that night and wants to see her again. Ethan acts jealous about Aidan. They meet up the next day at the Crown and Anchor Pub. Aidan talks about when he was younger and that he had a bad temper. Than Aidan takes her to his condo and they have sex and Crystal spends the night with him. A couple days later Crystal says she knows it is to soon but she loves him and Aidan ends things between them.

I loved this book right until the last chapter. I feel it was a cliff hanger to a degree and it makes no sense to me that she would never hear from Aidan as he never lied to her and he said he would be back but then again he didn’t call her when he landed but still it just ruined the book for me and I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED. I do think Crystal was very immature grounded by her mother at 21 afraid to stay overnight with her boyfriend that is young teenager her stuff. Her mother needs to back off and let her mature. How is she going to handle an internship in NYC with her degree of immaturity?  This was a five all the way to the end. But than I am a romantic at heart and read romances for the HEA. I did love Crystal’s friends but they also needed to force her to grow up and make her own decisions and act like a adult and not a young teen. I rated this a three I loved the characters and the ins and outs but I now have mixed feelings about this book.

re friends and Aidan to his after she had offered to buy him a drink for helping her a couple of times. Crystal figures she will never see him again. But one day on campus a man bumped into her making her drop her phone and the screen cracked- her mother had got her this expensive phone for her birthday and she became furious and pushed him and he went down when he got back up he grabbed Crystal by the throat and was choking her. She hears a voice speak in another language and the man -Vadin lets her go . It turns out Vadin was Aidan’s cousin and he is the one who again helped her and he gave her his phone number and told Crystal he would pay for a new phone. Crystal calls him he is busy but calls her back that night and than the next day he takes her out to dinner. And after they eat they walk around than Aidan passionately kisses her again than abruptly stops and says they have to stop there. Crystal and all his friends are having their usual Thursday night movie and Ethan has a friend with him and it’s Aidan. Jen makes sure Crystal sets next to Aidan and Aidan takes her hand when she is scared and doesn't let go. He seems happy to see her. He texts her that night and wants to see her again. Ethan acts jealous about Aidan. They meet up the next day at the Crown and Anchor Pub. Aidan talks about when he was younger and that he had a bad temper. Than Aidan takes her to his condo and they have sex and Crystal spends the night with him. A couple days later Crystal says she knows it is to soon but she loves him and Aidan ends things between them.

I loved this book right until the last chapter. I feel it was a cliff hanger to a degree and it makes no sense to me that she would never hear from Aidan as he never lied to her and he said he would be back but then again he didn’t call her when he landed but still it just ruined the book for me and I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED. I do think Crystal was very immature grounded by her mother at 21 afraid to stay overnight with her boyfriend that is young teenager her stuff. Her mother needs to back off and let her mature. How is she going to handle an internship in NYC with her degree of immaturity?  This was a five all the way to the end. But than I am a romantic at heart and read romances for the HEA. I did love Crystal’s friends but they also needed to force her to grow up and make her own decisions and act like a adult and not a young teen. I rated this a three I loved the characters and the ins and outs but I now have mixed feelings about this book.

Great Story and Characters

Wynn in Doubt - Emily Hemmer

Wynn had graduated from H S ten years ago. But she lives in a one room apartment with no career or money, no boyfriend….no life. Her younger sister Paige was getting married and her fiance was rich. Wynn Is looking at her yearbook and all the pictures of Oliver. Oliver had left Downers grove right after graduation.  Now Oliver was in a band called Multitude. But the band is calling it quits as Oliver and the drummer Anthony didn’t see eye to eye a lot. But now he is supposed to be coming back . Wynn was the rock. The one everyone depends on. The one that’s always around. Wynn, her mom , and sisters were going through her grandmothers stuff and dividing it up as they hose was being sold. Soon the house will belong to someone else. Wynn worked in a bar- Lucky’s-  as well as being substitute teacher. Wynn had been a nerd in HS but she had a crush on Oliver and one night he had kissed her. No one had ever matched that kiss. Lucky was Lynn’s boss at the bar and asked her if she had met Oliver as he now worked there also. He was good for business. Oliver called her name but she tried to ignore him. But eventually he turns to her and hugs her. Wynn finally finds her voice and said” it’s just the last time you kissed me” and Oliver said he remembered. Libby had kept some of her grandmothers books and in one of them she found a newspaper article the name of her great grandmother was in the notice and she had been part of a bootlegging operation with Michael Craig. It wasn’t known at the time of the article what role Lola played in the bootlegging operation . Libby went to ask her mom about her great grandmother and her mom acted angry and said Lola had deserted her daughter at the age of seven. Lola had run off to be a showgirl per her great aunt Goldie. Her grandmother had lived under the cloud of her mother desertion all of her life. Lynn had an invitation to try for the job of a social studies teacher. It would be better than working at the bar and just being a sub. Libby went to a party and Oliver was there and she had made some bad comments unknowingly she went out ot the pool and had was in the water up to her thighs than she noticed Oliver coming that way and went all the way in the water. But before she knows it Oliver slides right in the pool with her fully clothed just like her. They sneak away from the party and Oliver says he will take her on an adventure. Wynn tells Oliver about Lola and he talks her into going to Kentucky to see if they can find out more about Lola. Oliver and Wynn talk to a guy that was over a hundred years old and knew both Lola and Michael and actually worked with Michael with the bootlegging from a young age. But she had went under Lola Labelle as she had been a showgirl before going with Michael. The Feds did take Lola in but had nothing to hold her on. Than Lola disappeared so did the eldest brother-Daniell- wife Cece and their two daughters as he almost beat her to death. Legend has it Lola took the moonshine money to make sure her friend Cecilia/Cece could get away and survive with her two daughters.    

This was a great book and has become one of my new favorites. I loved Wynn and Oliver together and how he came back because of her. I loved how they interacted together. I also loved the ending. At first I thought I would be a little disappointed - you will see when you read this- until I actually got to the ending. I actually choked up but I had felt like I had been right there with Oliver and Wynn and Lola and Michael. That was different but I was happy how everything turned out except for Lola but she didn’t regret what she had done so there is that. I happily found nothing to criticize in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

My Sister's Secret - Tracy Buchanan

Willow is with Ajay on the way to the wreck dive. She would not have been on this dive without Ajay. Willow and Ajay talked to the rest of the divers. . Guy is one of the divers and Ajay told him willow had dived the Russian tanker with him. That had a good job. Willow had been in between contracts when Ajay contacted her to see if she was free to work this dive. The dive was a cruise liner that had sunk from a rogue wave. It so happened it was Willow’s father’s and her parents had died when the liner sank. Willow was seven when her parents died. Willow had been raised by her aunt who had been watching her when the ship sank. The commercial diving world is tight and it’s hard to fit in especially being a woman. Ajay thinks Willow is too fussy when it comes to men comparing them all to her father. The Guy mentions the rich person who owned the liner had died to and Willow says that had been her dad. Willow had wanted this dive for a long time. Willow felt an unbearable sadness when she seen the liner lying broken at the bottom of the sea. Willow now had to try to stifle her grief and sadness and concentrate on this dive. Willow was the first one going into the ship the other divers fell back. Than less than five minutes and something was wrong and Willow and all the divers were forced to leave. Willow told Guy she had got into swimming because of her parents. The next morning Willow got a call from Ajay and he said the divers found something that may have been her mother’s. It was the purse Willow had bought with her dad for her mother’s thirty fifth birthday. But there was a pendant in the purse with the initials C & N on it. Thought Willow’s moms name was Charity , her dads name had been Dan. When Willow got back to her room she called her aunt and asked her about the pendant but her aunt was lying and Willow knew it. Willow went to her childhood home as her Aunt had finally convinced her to sell it. She had never went back after her parents had died. Than Willow finds an envelope with her name on it that was about a photographer’s exhibit but her Aunt had thrown it away without even telling Willow. She then learns her mother had loved submerged forests and had wanted to visit every one of them in the world. Niall Lane was the photographer who’s exhibit she had been invited to view and her mom used to dive together. When charity had been younger she had two sisters but one-faith had died in a tragic car accident. Niall had been Charity’s first love. This managed to come between the other two sisters - Charity and Hope. charity had a secret based on Faith’s death and Charity kept the secret to protect those she loved the most. Charity ended her loving relationship with Niall because of Niall’s involvement in Faith’s death as Hope couldn’t stand being around Niall after that. Charity went on to marry Dan but she still remained close to Niall.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the plot and the pace. It was an emotional good read. There is: romance, first loved, submerged forests, treachery, death, secrets, lies, mystery, lose of a sibling, death of parents, and so much more. I liked the two POVs in this book. I didn’t mind jumping between the past and the present and that usually annoys me but the way the author did this just was great. I liked the surprise at the end of this book a lot. This story grabbed me from the start and kept me until the end of the book. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.  

Mixed Feelings

Evie Undercover - Liz Harris

Evie wants to be an investigative reporter but the any job she could get reporting anything right now was a gossip magazine called Pure Dirt. this magazines on stories on the dirt dug up about different people.  Her job is to go undercover and try to get some dirt on a libel lawyer named Tom Hadleigh. There's a rumor he is having an affair with a married client. Tom has a perfect holiday home that needs restoring but he doesn't speak Italian. Tome needs Evie to speak with his workers so Tom can get exactly what he wants for the house. Evie is to be a girl the agency sent in to be Tom’s interpreter and assistant for a month. If Evie doesn’t right an article the magazine is happy with she will no longer have a job with the magazine and she needs the job. Evie finds she just isn’t the type of person the magazine wants to be. There are so ,many lies she is now involved with. She didn’t want to wreck Tom’s career.

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t like the lies involved but that was what Evie had to do for her job. I understood the why of the lies. I did laugh while reading this. I like the plot and the pace. I liked Evie and tom together. I also liked there was no sex involved. It was a refreshing change. This was a sweet, easy. Romantic read. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

Jane (I'm Still Single) Jones - Joan Reeves

Jane stared at the plastic tag and said she refused to wear it. She wasn’t some boy crazy teen, or a desperate woman on the make. She was a successful business woman.Jane was a textile designer.  So what if she wasn’t married. Jane was at her ten year HS reunion. Often Jane joked with her family she traveled through a time warp from NYC to her sleepy hometown in Vernon, Louisiana. In NYC she was J L Design in her hometown she was Jane Louise. Than her best friend from HS - Amber grabbed her arm and spun her around. She asked Jane if she was excited. . Jane had been following Amber’s lead since they were kids. Amber was the impulsive adventure and Jane was the impulsive adventure and Jane was the careful analyst. Amber put the tag on Jane and Jane just left it there. The reunion was a perfect chance to catch up with Amber.Only with Amber Jane confessed to her growing dissatisfaction with her life. Lately she thought about a home and children and not in a loft in NYC. Jane admitted she never knew how much she loved “home” until she left. Jane had shared everything with Amber since they were kids.  Jane thought Amber would tell her if he-Morgan- was going to show up. Morgan was the most famous alumnus of the from that HS. He went out in the world and made millions.Another friend Felicia said she was looking for husband number three and pointing herself toward Morgan. Than Amber jumped in and asked if she forgot to tell Jane Morgan was coming to the reunion. Jane decided she would leave. Jane had just said she wasn’t impressed with Morgan when Morgan spoke behind her. Morgan had been Jane’s secret boyfriend in HS. Jane had never forgotten him or his kiss. Something had driven them apart in the past. Little does Jane know Morgan still had feelings for her just as she does for him.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy, fun read with some drama thrown in. I thought Felicia was just to forward towards Morgan it annoyed me. I did find this predictable. At times I did get annoyed both with Jane and Morgan. I did like the pace and plot. I would have liked the book to be a little longer to show more of Morgan and Jane together. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

Great Story and Characters

Something to Howl About - Christine Warren

Annie was in the lobby of Alpha, Washington’s town hall. Annie had been living out of two battered suitcases for the last three years.Annie was a wolf shifter and had been banished from her pack as she had placed her pack in danger because of her carelessness with her work previously.  Alpha-often called Alphaville by the shifters- was an infamous enclave in the Cascade Mountain range. Annie was there to see the mayor- John Jaeger. Jonas asked Jaeger what he knew about Annie. Jonas and John were the oldest of friends. Annie was a doctor and she had a handful of master degrees and a bunch of letters after her name. Jonas needs Annie to save his bear clan. Annie was also a certified genius in genetics, shifter biology, and biochemistry. Everyone John/Jaeger had spoken to has said she was the best hope Jonas had. Jonas ran his family's company - Browning Industries- he was also alpha of his clan and known as the playboy of the shifter community , he was also billionaire.. Annie freaked some when she seen Grahams name on her cellphone. He was someone she had known all her life. He was her cousin, her playmate, and her Alpha. If she did the favor John asked her banishment would be lifted. Annie hadn’t tried to settle down anywhere as she knew New York was home. Annie instantly noticed the other man in the mayor’s office. All Annie senses were focused on the stranger although through her force of will she still gazed at Mayor Jaeger. The bears scent struck her as pleasant unexpectedly as Mayor Jaeger introduced her to Jonas.  Annie’s wolf said Jonas was theirs in her head. As Jonas turned his attention and said he needed her help to save his clan. Jonas realized before he turned to meet Annie his wolf wanted to taste her. Jonas had never had such an immediate reaction to a woman before or rather his bear who usually had no interest in the women in Jonas’s life. Annie Cryer wasn’t Jonas’s type but his bear didn’t care. Jonas told her the women in his clan have been unable to have children. They can’t conceive several had been trying for years. They’d even tried medical specialists and went through several different treatments that had all failed. If they didn't find the root of this problem Jonas was afraid he would have no bears left. The numbers of the brown bears had been declining for at least five generations or about one hundred and fifty years. Annie was given an unused office in the medical center Dr. Doug Kirby told her she could use the lab also. When the doctor left Annie and Jonas alone in the office he kisses her. Even though Annie didn’t want to hear it her wolf knew Jonas was their mate. Than Jonas went on about how bears didn’t mate like wolves. By the time he managed to shut himself up Annie was furious and left. Than she called her best friend Sam back in NY at her pack. They had grown up together and been best friends since they were four years old.  and she hadn’t even known Sam had a baby. But graham had told Annie she wasn’t even to talk to anyone in his pack Sam got mad at that as they hadn’t talked for three years. But to her shock Annie no longer missed the Silverback pack like she had the last couple of years. Jonas’s mom went to see him and ask him what was wrong she than told him brown bears did have mates. Jonas and Annie felt like they were individually going crazy as they were mates and hadn’t seen each other in seven days.

I loved this book and it was a quick easy read. I read this in one setting. I loved the plot and pace. I loved how Jonas's mom made him feel like a pup again and she also set him straight about mates. I loved Jonas and Annie together and how they interacted with each other. I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book - happily. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.  

Good Story and Good Characters

The Congregation - Desiree Bombenon

Amanda had not planned on jumping out a third story window of the Chicago Culture Center because of a fire. Jake arrived frantically looking for Amanda. She had been on a window ledge but the firemen got a ladder to her and one was guiding her down the ladder a little below her on the ladder. Jake noticed the scar on her arm that she got on their last adventure in Hawaii. They had been helping with an investigation of kidnapping of some of their friends. It had just been a year since they had solved that case. It had been a very hard time for Amanda and Jake as friends had been involved. Amanda said she needed a vacation and wanted to go to Rome. and said she had to go to the Vatican. Her mother had a sick friend and Cardinal Roland said he would bless a rosary her mother had and would light some candles for her friend. Amanda adored her mom. Jake knew he wouldn’t win so he got up and booked a flight to Rome for them. Amanda had the gift of clairvoyance and could get visions. She felt that was why her and Jake got into all kinds of trouble. She also had been born with extrasensory perception. The gift had helped the local authorities in solving different cases by finding clues. In some cases Amanda even found people. After their businesses were doing well and they found great people to run them Amanda and Jake decided to semi-retire from everything including dangerous cases that could put them in harm’s way. They had been pulled back into action last year while in Hawaii. This case had almost cost them  their lives. Now they were getting ready to land in Rome for some reason Amanda felt a slight feeling of panic. Amanda and Jake went to meet Cardinal Roland the next day and he gives than a private tour of the Sistine Chapel. Father Roland was good friends with another priest in Chicago- Father Kristofferson- who he was worried about. The Cardinal felt Father Kristofferson may have lost his faith. Cardinal Roland and Father Kristofferson had a secret they share. Cardinal Roland is filled with grief over the secret. Cardinal Roland had a relic he wanted to give to Father Kristofferson. Amanda agreed to take the relic to Chicago. Once back in Chicago Amanda had a “ feeling Cardinal Roland may be in some kind of trouble.” Josh is a member and leader with Father Kristofferson of an organization called The Gathering and it’s goal is to bring down the Roman Catholic Church. Which they feel is a cult.

I enjoyed this book. I really liked the action, suspense, and drama. I also liked the fast pace and the plot. I felt the author did a good job in this book with how she handled the abuse. At times I was on the end of my seat while reading this book. I really liked the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.

Great Story and Characters

Marriage Claws - Paige Cuccaro

Kate felt she was close to a panic attack and it was jack Pensione’s. He was known as the Prince of Wall Street. He was trying to to lock the door of Kate’s diner for good. The arrogant business mongrel only arrived a few minutes ago and already Kate couldn’t think straight. Kate thought dear God why does he have to keep coming around pestering her. There is nothing on earth that would convince Kate to give up on her diner. She had owned The Sweet Spot diner for five years now. . Even with her lease coming up due. Jack wanted her to come up with three million dollars to but the space or close down her shop and vacate the spot. Jack was the most eligible bachelor in NYC. Than Marbella said Jack had his eye on her. The he watches Kate, the way he stares when you walk away. You'd think the man  suspected you of smuggled gold in the backside of your slacks. Jack’s father told him to get married and than he could take over the company. Otherwise he wanted the diner shut down. Kate had been taking care of her younger brother George since she had graduated from HS at seventeen. That was when their father decided his responsibility to his kids had been fulfilled. And he could “finally live his life.” Kate was only four years older than George but felt more like his mother, the only mother he had ever known. Than jack was in the diner and asking Kate if she would marry him that would make him CEO and he would save her diner for her. Jack said it would be strictly business he didn’t want to marry someone he had a romantic relationship with. When Jack took her hand electricity shot up her arm and she knew he felt it too.  That had to be understood from the start that romance would be out of the question. Kate had to move in with jack to make it appear real. Than jack told he was a werewolf and told her about them.

I loved the book. It was a great paranormal read. I loved Jack and Kate together and how they interacted. I also loved how Jack wanted to change some of the protocols of the pack. I loved the different take on how a human is turned and than connected to each member of the pack. I loved the plot and pace. I found nothing to criticize in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

The Memory Hit - Carla Spradbery

Jess, Hannah, and Luke are together. Hannah tells Jess you were suppose to tame my little brother. Now Luke wanted to be a doctor like Jess and go to the same Uni as her. Luke told Hannah he and Jess were going to have the most awesome life together. Jess never went anywhere without Luke. Jess felt it was true love just like her parents. Jess and Luke have been together for six months. It was a masquerade New Years party. Jess had went on a dare to get a plastic snowman off a pizza delivery car and they had just returned. Jess and Scarlet were best friends. Than Jess found out Luke was cheating on her with Scarlet. Sam Cooper/Coop was playing a video game- he was Jess’s ex- and than his best friend Jag came in and said he wanted to spend time with his best mate but than coo noticed they were out of beer but it was 11:20 on New Years Eve. Last year Coop had done a crash and dash to steal alcohol from a party and Jess had called the cops on him. Neither had talked to the other since. Jess went to leave Scarlets when she started downstairs and realized there was a fire she tried to get back up the stairs to at least tell Scarlet and Luke to get out of the house but the crush of the panicked kids carried Jess outside. She looked up to Scarlet’s window and saw too people still in her room trapped there. Coop remembered how happy he had been with Jess last year. He hadn’t been with anyone else since. Coop had gone through the cemetery to get to the party he planned on crashing for alcohol but also check on his sister. Than Coop saw a figure in black  he knew he had to hurry and decide which way to try to get away but but the first blow hit him above the ear and he went down. Than a second blow came and so did total darkness. When Coop came too he had been in a car’s boot than Leon was the guy opening up the trunk and he beat Coop as he tried to get away Leon found the drug Nostalgex or N in Coop’s backpack and Leon said this was his territory and the only way Coop could get away was to take five hundred pills of N and sell them and have the first part of the payment- a grand the next night. If not Leon threatened to kill his twin sister Amy. Coop’s father had been a drug dealer and Coop believed Leon’s father set his dad up. Now Coop’s mom and dad were in prison for a long time. Luke and Scarlett get rescued from her house and Luke was asking for Jess and Jess went in goes to his room. She tells him they are through and than he asks if she has the pills still in his pocket and to leave his coat there with them but Jess just turns and walks away from him. She goes through the hospital and sees Coop and than the baggie brags and the red pills fall to the floor she goes to pick them up and Coop helps her than notices cops coming toward them and they leave together after they got the pills. The cops do chase them but Jess and Coop get away. Jess tells Coop about the pills and Luke was dealing them and he was dealing for Leon. Than Coops tells her that is who messed up his face. Than she remembered the bag of pills that fell out at Scarlet’s and her fingerprints were on them she was determined to go back and make sure the pills weren’t still there and Coop goes with her. Leon had been controlled for the past two years by Whiteface as he told Coop. He had evidence that would put Leon in prison for the rest of his life. Leon had killed his father when on N as his father abused even knocked out Leon’s two front teeth.  He had dropped the gun and seen someone standing, watching him. So Leon did what she was told.

I read this book in one setting but lost some sleep doing it. But I just didn’t want to put it down as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. This book had: suspense, drug dealers, drama, intrigue, murder, greed, and a lot more. It was a great read. The only thing I would have liked done different was the end but it did definitely fit this book. This shows how much greed can take over and mess with your life up. Also how dangerous dealing drugs as well as taking them can be. Also I felt a lot of this was very realistic as Far as I am concerned. I would have like to rate this 4.5. I liked the characters of this book and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend this.

Good Story and Good Characters

A Thorn Among the Lilies (An Alvin, Alabama Novel) - Michael Hiebert

Christmas was barely two weeks away. Abe, Dewey, and Carry were watching the parade with their uncle. Then came the float with the mayor on it. With him was Officer Chris Jenkins and their mother Leah. Both Leah and Chris work for the Alvin police Department. Leah was a detective in a small police department. Carry’s birthday was coming up and for her birthday she wanted to go to a psychic and get a reading done. Leah had shook hands with the psychic- Madam Crystalle and than the psychic told Leah to sit in the chair. Even though Leah said the reading was for Caroline. But Madam Crystalle said there will be no charge . There were things Leah must know. Now before she lost them. Than the psychic said she saw a Maniac. A Tailor who deprives those of their sight. Very dangerous. Than she adds she saw a body, in darkness waiting. She seen writing on the body. She couldn’t see enough to read it. But remembered the number 78. It is important and remember the maniac tailor. Know that can save many lives over the coming time. Than she saw a sign Welcome To Gray…..but than it was gone. Than Madam Crystalle took out a deck of tarot cards to do Caroline’s reading. Leah had trouble sleeping that night with what the psychic had told her. But Leah was a logical woman and the psychic had made no sense.  Than a woman’s body was pulled out of Lake Willow in the morning. When they pulled the woman out of the water her eyes are sewn shut with black thread. On her chest was written ‘Justice is blind in the Eyes of the Lord.” Than the investigation goes on there could be a connection to a case with similarities in a town a couple of hours away.

I enjoyed this book. It was a good read that kept your attention. I liked Dewy and Abe and felt they added a lot to these book. I really liked the plot. This did drag for me some at times.  I really liked the family aspect of this. Although at different times I felt maybe a little too much on them. I really liked how Leah started solving old cases to try to find the killer. I enjoyed the characters in this book and the ins and outs and I recommend it.

Mixed Feelings

Revenge Best Served Hot (Entangled Indulgence) (Men of the Zodiac) - Jackie Braun

Brody is determined to get revenge on Jonathan Douglas and his company to pay for his parents death. As the companies policies indirectly caused his parents death in a car accident.  Brody plans and executes a hostile takeover of Jonathan’s family business. He plans on destroying the company by breaking it up and selling it off in pieces and using the money to build a hospital in honor of his parents. Katherine and Brody are attracted to each other. Brody tries to more or less ignore Katherine even though her position is assistant to the CEO. Katherine is tired of being  overlooked as she had been by her father. She wants the company for herself. Brody decides to let Katherine interview for a job in the new company. Brody realizes Katherine really does have good ideas and promotes her to Vice President Of Operations. Katherine’s father wants her to basically stab Brody in the back.

I had mixed feelings about this book. It has been too many times and there just wasn’t a lot of originality that I at least seen in this. This was a fast hot read. I don’t think it was particularly mature act or correct for Brody and Katherine to almost have sex in the company parking garage. I did like the plot. I liked Katherine and Brody together and how they interacted and Brody did promote even after who she was. I wouldn’t read this a second time and as I said I had mixed feelings on this book.

Not For Me

The Astrologer's Daughter - Rebecca Lim

Everyone attached themselves to Avicenna’s mother Joanne and eventually would get addicted and they would have to leave town. Joanne was known for trying. Trying to squeeze everyone in, trying to make people feel special , and seen; trying to find the truth in among the chaos that makes the singular state of existence. It had been twenty eight hours since  since Avicenca heard from her mum and that was unusual and that was a mistake message. Avicenna had a photographic memory but the last day she seen her non is a blank. Which means Joanne never said where she was going. Avicenna had been in a house fire and her face was scarred. Avicenna is eighteen years old. She calls the police about her missing mother. Avicenna is an astrologer like her mother, but she doesn’t want to use the abilities she has. It is suspected that Joanne's has to do with a client. Avicenna doesn’t really seem to have a clue what to do with Joanne At school Avicenna is trying for a scholarship and Simon is in competition for it.

I couldn’t get into this book . I had to make myself finish thus. It was me I just couldn’t stay interested. Than the ending didn’t answer all of my questions and I also felt the ending was abrupt as far as I am concerned. I was just disappointed with this book.But I did like how Boon and Erbium were kind to Avicenna.   This just wasn’t for me.

Loved It

Dragonfire - Donna Grant

On the journey to help his friend and fellow dragon king V, Roman finds a gypsy that he is finding really hard to resist. When Sabina was a little girl, her gypsy grandmother told her a story about how their ancestors stole the sword of a dragon king in order to save their people. Little did Sabina know, but that story leads her on an adventure that changes her whole life.

I loved Sabina’s and Roman’s story, but it was really about half the book and not my favorite part. This, as with all of the Dragon King books, tells an overall story of the dragon kings. There is a lot of Rhi and Con in this book. I am DYING waiting for books (or hopefully it’s just 1 book) for these two characters, so I was really happy to read so much of them even though it was driving me nuts. This book also interwove characters from her Reaper series, which I absolutely loved. It also introduced new characters/problems. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend.

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Great Story and Characters

Pirate's Passion - Lisa Kessler

Samuel Keegan was part of the pirate crew of the Sea Dog over 200 years ago. He was the one who commanded the wheel. Now he’s the lead singer of a band, living a pretty successful life. When he first sees Char, he has no idea that his care-free life is about to change. Charlotte is a historian and total pirate buff. When she decides to let her hair down one night and see her favorite Southern Rock band, she has no idea how much her life is about to change when she meets Keegan, the lead singer of the band.

This is the second book of this series. I read the first one a while ago but getting to see those characters in this book was a nice refresher. This book was packed with action and an ongoing story that started in the first book that works to keep the hero and heroine together against their own objections. Like the first book, this was quick that keeps you reading until the end. I can’t wait for the next book of the series. I highly recommend.

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Absolutely LOVED It!!

Gone Hunting - Cecy Robson

The rest of the werewolf pack might consider Aric Connor to be omniscient and destined to save the world when evil returns to claim it. But for the most part, fifteen-year-old Aric ignores the confirmations of his powers, taking everything in stride until he meets her. Celia Wird wasn’t supposed to awaken naked in the mountains of Colorado, not when she was just stalking her prey in a filthy alley several states away. She especially wasn’t supposed to meet Aric, the handsome werewolf who comes to her aid.

When I saw the premise of this story by one of my favorite authors, I was a little sketchy. I’ve devoured the Weird Girl novels as soon as each of them came out and I couldn’t see how there could possibly be a pre-story between these two characters when they didn’t meet until they were a bit older in the first book of the series. I’m glad I trusted the author because she didn’t let me down at all. The book was as wonderful as all of her books and helped me to like Alric so much more (not exactly my favorite person in the books). I can’t wait to read her next book.

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Great Story and Characters

Taking Chase - Lauren Dane

Shane Chase is the Sheriff of Petal, Georgia, scarred from when his ex-fiance dumped him years before. Cassie Gambol is on the run from her crazy ex-husband who escaped the justice system while waiting for his sentencing. She eventually finds herself in a tiny town where she meets Shane. When these two scarred people find each other, there is immediately attracted but Cassie’s scars are in need of serious healing. With her ex tracking her down it’s up to Shane to protect her.

This was a pretty good story. I’m familiar with this author but it was from many years ago so I decided to try her again. This book didn’t disappoint. I loved how they were able to help each other heal as well as get through all their drama for a happy ending. I recommend and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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