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Enthrall Me (Underbelly Chronicles Book 4) - Tamara Hogan

Tiia Quinn looked over Bailey’s shoulder glaring at the computer screen. Bailey said it was what she wasn’t finding that was interesting. Someone was working hard to cover their tracks. The comment someone had posted on “In Like Quinn” - Tia’s humble contribution to independent investigative journalism. The post had alarmed Tia so much she had called her friend an Underworld Council Member Scarlet Fontaine for advice, two hours later Bailey Brown- one of the world’s cyber security experts had knocked on Tia’s door. Tia had moved to sleepy Stillwater a couple of months ago. The post stated : Sebastiani Labs so-called board  directors must be called to account for their illegal acts and for abandoning the Old Ways”. Bailey also read: If you don’t expose them, I will”.  Sebastiani Labs were privately held and  but still had a rabid fan base,  was a  wildly successful business that had its fingers in many pies. The company didn’t trade stocks, didn’t seek contracts, didn’t advertise its wares, its board of directors secretly dubbed as the governing body of Earth’s non- human species. Tia and Bailey decided to call Lucas before deleting the comment. Lukas was an incubus and and subsided on emotional energy he plucked out of the air like people needed food and vampires needed blood. Tia has been grappling with Jack who taught self defense annoyed Wyland who was the second over all the vampires. Jack was  a managing partner of Sebastiani Security, too many women found him appealing. It had been a long time since Wyland had been attracted to a female but he was to Tia. Scarlet;s band             had been famous but she had stopped performing publicly when Stephan had killed  her sister Annika. But Scarlet still had a rabid fan base and the security problems that came with it. There was a piece of “fan mail” that had a tag on it  - a word processed document which invoked the Old Ways against Scarlet;s and Lucas “unborn- half breed abomination”. The safety of their people depended on Wyland remembering his job. Bailey was a human and how to try to explain the Old Ways of their ancestors   of euthanizing newborns who exhibited  severe physical abnormalities. Being marooned on a inhospital planet with no chance of rescue , with little medicine and even fewer options, their ancestors had made unspeakably painful decisions for the good of the pride Bailey knew that their ancestors had crashed in northern Minnesota several millennia ago, marooning the passengers and forcing the surviving incubi, succubi, vampires, valkyrie, were- shifters, sirens, and faeries to fight for survival  in the dead of winter. The Old Ways used wringing necks and smothering the preferred method of dispatch but rarely did one's  own family do the grisly task.  Valerian/Val was the world's oldest living vampire. Bailey said she couldn’t really help with the archives and Tia offered to help. Wyland tried to turn her down but Val said it was an excellent idea.  Tia and Wyland become lovers.

I loved this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Val and Wyland and Thane so very close. I also loved how Thane just loved taking care of everyone and done such a good job. I loved the intrigue, and suspense in this book. I loved the pace and the plot. I loved Wyland and Tia’s relationship and I loved how Tai would not back down from Wyland even if she did compromise with him at times. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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The Trouble with Twelfth Grave - Darynda Jones

Charley was the only Grim Reaper this side of eternity. Charley didn’t scare easily. Charley got a ton of requests from people swearing their hose was haunted. Begging Charley to cleanse the house of the evil that lurked in said house. Ghosts could see Charley’s light from anywhere in the world.  Charley ferried lost souls that were left behind after their initial offer of a one way trip up or down whichever way they were suppose to go. But seeing the dead and getting them to cross over were two different skills. But in this case Mrs. Blomme’s case but Mrs. Blomme was the ghost. Charley didn’t know if she was still married to Reyes. Charley had brought down a bloodthirsty cult a few days ago then she had devoured a blood thirsty God. Charley had gotten drunk as she had held Beunnocent when he died but there was nothing Charley could do it. Charley had thought about going to a hell dimension to rescue some innocent people but Reyes had talked her into sending him instead. Reyes had gone to the hells dimension through a God Stone but when he finally got out he was different and acted like he didn’t know Charley. Then the being used Charley’s astral name The being standing before Charley was not her husband Reyes. Charley did not know how much of the being was her husband reyes and how much angry God guy. Charley hadn’t seen Reyes in three days he had just disappeared. Then Charley got a text from her Uncle Bob who was a detective for APD. Charley sometimes helped with cases when the dead people could tell Charley who killed them. And she told her uncle. But their current case was more disturbing than she had let her Uncle Bob know Two bodies had been mutilated and burned. Mutilated in a very unusual way and burnt in random spots. The burns hadn’t killed them blood had. It was as if they had been clawed to death. But the M E said the attacker had been human. So Charley wondered if it was a God like Reyes. Noone dead or alive seemed to know about the murders. Angel was a dead thirteen year old gangbangers ghost and Charley’s only investigator Ange was upset because he could feel Reyes but not find him. Angel and Charley both felt anger. Charley told Angel she was going to talk to Garrett that he would know what to do. Charley knew Reyes could be a problem but for it to affect Angel to such a degree was unexpected. Then Charley grew to realize it wasn’t Reyes anymore but Rez’eezckeen. Charley could feel his anger and he was looking for ashes and embers and Charley had no idea what he was looking for. But some being was killing people and they left burn marks as as beating the victims and left them tore up.

I loved this book it was great as far as I am concerned. I loved Cookie’s loyality asusual. The love of her Uncle Bob, her friend Pari who was a constant in Charley;s life. Also Blue, Rocket, and Strawberry Shortcake. And all the people and beings who make up Charley’s world. Then it was pretty great for Charley to summon God who was reyes brother. Just an awesome read. Great plot and pace. Great action, and suspense, intrigue, and so many other things in this book. I hated when I had to put this book down and came back to it as often as I could. No problem with keeping my interest with this book. My only problem was it ended in a cliffhanger but I had to accept it cause I loved the book so much and am looking forward to the next book. This is part of a series and I advise you to read the other books in the series before this one as everything will all fall together and you will have all the backstory you need. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

great book and great characters

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave - Darynda Jones

Charley was the only Grim Reaper this side of eternity. Charley didn’t scare easily. Charley got a ton of requests from people swearing their hose was haunted. Begging Charley to cleanse the house of the evil that lurked in said house. Ghosts could see Charley’s light from anywhere in the world.  Charley ferried lost souls that were left behind after their initial offer of a one way trip up or down whichever way they were suppose to go. But seeing the dead and getting them to cross over were two different skills. But in this case Mrs. Blomme’s case but Mrs. Blomme was the ghost. Charley didn’t know if she was still married to Reyes. Charley had brought down a bloodthirsty cult a few days ago then she had devoured a blood thirsty God. Charley had gotten drunk as she had held Beunnocent when he died but there was nothing Charley could do it. Charley had thought about going to a hell dimension to rescue some innocent people but Reyes had talked her into sending him instead. Reyes had gone to the hells dimension through a God Stone but when he finally got out he was different and acted like he didn’t know Charley. Then the being used Charley’s astral name The being standing before Charley was not her husband Reyes. Charley did not know how much of the being was her husband reyes and how much angry God guy. Charley hadn’t seen Reyes in three days he had just disappeared. Then Charley got a text from her Uncle Bob who was a detective for APD. Charley sometimes helped with cases when the dead people could tell Charley who killed them. And she told her uncle. But their current case was more disturbing than she had let her Uncle Bob know Two bodies had been mutilated and burned. Mutilated in a very unusual way and burnt in random spots. The burns hadn’t killed them blood had. It was as if they had been clawed to death. But the M E said the attacker had been human. So Charley wondered if it was a God like Reyes. Noone dead or alive seemed to know about the murders. Angel was a dead thirteen year old gangbangers ghost and Charley’s only investigator Ange was upset because he could feel Reyes but not find him. Angel and Charley both felt anger. Charley told Angel she was going to talk to Garrett that he would know what to do. Charley knew Reyes could be a problem but for it to affect Angel to such a degree was unexpected. Then Charley grew to realize it wasn’t Reyes anymore but Rez’eezckeen. Charley could feel his anger and he was looking for ashes and embers and Charley had no idea what he was looking for. But some being was killing people and they left burn marks as as beating the victims and left them tore up.

I loved this book it was great as far as I am concerned. I loved Cookie’s loyality asusual. The love of her Uncle Bob, her friend Pari who was a constant in Charley;s life. Also Blue, Rocket, and Strawberry Shortcake. And all the people and beings who make up Charley’s world. Then it was pretty great for Charley to summon God who was reyes brother. Just an awesome read. Great plot and pace. Great action, and suspense, intrigue, and so many other things in this book. I hated when I had to put this book down and came back to it as often as I could. No problem with keeping my interest with this book. My only problem was it ended in a cliffhanger but I had to accept it cause I loved the book so much and am looking forward to the next book. This is part of a series and I advise you to read the other books in the series before this one as everything will all fall together and you will have all the backstory you need. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

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Cloaked in Sorcery (Wulfkin Legacy Book 6) - T.F. Walsh

Kalin was a wolf shifter. Kalin’s best friend was Alena who was mated to the pack's Alpha.- Enre. Alena and Enre had twins - Lupita and Seff. Alen told Kalin a witch had put a curse on her family and twins had joint souls and if one twin died so would the other. At the age of twelve Kalin’s sister had been killed by a wolf attack Alena’s father had found Kalin wondering in the woods and taken her into his pack.  Kalin would do anything for Alena. Lenita was Kalin’s roommate and unlike most wolves who lived and slept all together they had their own place. Lenita and Kalin had their first human job as hired fortune tellers at a human party. It was a gimmick for Lenita . But Kalin felt the cards told the truth. Kalin could also see some of people’s past or future when she touched the cards but it didn’t work on everyone or even all the time. Wulfkin had to live in secret for the survival reason. The pack needed money for their growing members so Lenita and Kalin were doing their part. Axe belonged to a Russian pack  whose bloodthirsty power hungry Alpha planned on taking over Europe starting with Romania. First thing was to get ownership of Bran’s Castle and then fight the Romanian pack then take over Transylvania then Europe. But the owner of the castle was human and a private man and nearly impossible to track down. But then the Russian Alpha discovered the man was having a birthday party and was making an appearance hand he got some of his people -Axe, Titas, Leo, and the witch Natalya. The castle wasn’t actually for sale so the pack members may have to use some magic to get the owner to sign over the castle. The Russian Alpha treated his own pack no better than enemies. If Axe and his team didn’t succeed in this mission they would be killed. Axe was over the Russian Army and he was determined to become his Alpha’s second. Kalin seelt a foreign wolfkin and then Axe was there in front of her. She was affected by Axe like she had never been to any other male before. Axe kissed Kalin and they both desperately wanted each other. Axe lead Kalin to a room they had sex there. But then Lenuta knocked at the door and came in knowing Kalin and Axe had sex.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot. I felt the book went to fast to enjoy it as much as I would have if it were longer. It could have been a five. Yet I did still enjoy it quite a bit. I loved Axe and Kalin together. Even though they were from different packs they were soul mates. I loved that Kalin’s Alpha did finally listen to her then Axe and not just kill Axe. This was a short read and the only problem I really had as I said was the length. Otherwise as far as I'm concerned this would have been a perfect book. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend,

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Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (An Amish Fairytale) - Sarah Price

Belle lived with her father and two sisters on their farm. Belle loves to read romances and dreams of falling in love.  Belle’s father was a dreamer and inventor but he wasn’t successful and had used all family money and had to sell their farm. Adam had bought their farm who is a local recluse. Adam is badly scarred by a terrible childhood accident. The people of the community have come to call Adam the Beast and that's basically how he acts. But he has been scarred not only physically but  emotionally as well as spiritually. The people's reaction to his physical appearance only makes it worse. So now Adam is scarred, disfigured, and silent. But Belle goes to Adam and asks to become his housekeeper so her family can still stay in the house. Adam instead offers Belle marriage and if she has a son her family can keep their farm. Belle goes into the marriage intending to do all she can to make it work no matter what. Adam’s home was filthy and Belle immediately went to cleaning their home and making good meals for them to eat. Adam has had noone to talk to in years so he is silent when around Belle even though she talked to him. Belle does believe God has called her to marry Adam.
I loved this book. I loved the plot as well as the pace. I also loved that it wasn’t an insta-love relationship instead it slowly built between Belle and Adam. I also loved the way the author used a Beauty and the Beast style when writing this. I also liked how the author showed people can live in a religious community and fall and not act in a Christian charitable way. I choked up at times and chuckled at other times. This was a quick fun great romance read. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

Didn't Like It

Blue Heaven, Black Night - Heather Graham

Elise is the illegitimate daughter of King Henry II. Sir Bryan Stede is known as the Black Knight, an honorable knight who has served his king. When the king suddenly passes away, Elise’s life takes a massive change, one that finds her in the path of the Black Knight.

I had a problem getting through this book. It just didn’t work for me right from the beginning. I didn’t like the first interaction between the two main characters and it just continued to turn me away from it from there.

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Good Story and Characters

Forbidden Knight - Diana Cosby

Sir Thomas MacKelloch finds an intruder lurking around King Robert Bruce’s camp. Mistress Alesone MacNiven is appalled at her father’s plan to marry her off to a nobleman to thwart King Robert Bruce. She’s determined to avoid her father’s plans at all costs. This was an emotionally charged book for those that like historical romances. The heroine is strong and brave for everything she’s been through and how she refuses to be another stereotypical female for that time. Thomas wasn’t too bad, but got a little on my nerves. The book did drag a bit but overall it was a good read. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

Didn't Like It

Hunger - Jacquelyn Frank

Halo is an energy vampire who skirts by the rules of the energy vampires. When he wakes up trapped in a room, he has no idea what to think. Felice Mendoza is a human who wakes up in a similar room, naked, scared and eventually drugged.

I’ve read other books by this author, but I really didn’t like this one. I didn’t care for Halo or the premise as the story moved along. I did feel sorry for Felice, but not enough to like the book.

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Good Story and Characters

Alpha Crew: The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender - Laura Griffin

Even though Emma’s father is a Congressman, she’s been very independent and has been as a PA for a US Ambassador’s wife. When their plane goes down in the jungle, Emma finds herself the sole survivor. When the rescue team Alpha Crew leader Ryan sees a picture of Emma, he’s determined to not leave the jungle without her. Something about her calls to him.

I didn’t expect that I’d like these two novellas, so I was pleasantly surprised when I read through them quite quickly. These novellas actually gave a full story that I enjoyed. We got to learn way more to Emma that met the eyes and I liked unravelling it all as Ryan did. I look forward to reading more from this author. I recommend.

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Didn't Like It

Seducing His True Love - Laura Jardine

Blaine Richards didn’t believe in love at first sight, even when he met the perfect woman. They had an intense, passionate interlude sixteen months ago…and then it was over. Even after all this time, Blaine can’t forget Cassie Monroe. Now, he’s desperate to get her back.

I really didn’t like this story. Right from the beginning I just couldn’t get into it. I had a hard time buying the love at first sight theme in this story.

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Not Bad

Seal Wolf Undercover - Terry Spear

SEAL Wolf Agent Jillian Matthews planned to meet up with her brother while she started working on a case with a Jaguar United Shifter Force. When she shows up, her brother is missing and another shifter has been shot. When she hears her brother’s distress, she runs to the woods and shoots a wolf that seems intent on attacking her brother. Vaughn Greystoke didn’t expect to be shot after chasing a wolf from a cabin where his friend had been shot. He certainly didn’t expect to have to work with another wolf and a group of jaguars to try to figure out what happened, but the more he’s around Jillian, the more he can’t help but want to trust her and get a bit closer to her.

This story was ok. There were parts that I liked and parts that were meh. I think some of my problem is with the side characters. I didn’t particularly like Jillian’s brother’s actions or his interactions with Jillian. It actually changed the book from a 4 to a 3 for me. I did like Jillian and Vaughan together, especially as they pieced together how far back everything was interwoven.

I recommend.

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Great Anthology

Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set - Bronwen Evans, May McGoldrick, Lecia Cornwall, Lavinia Kent, Terri Brisbin

Tis the season to fall in love! These five bestselling authors bring you great tiding of highlanders and romances this holiday season!

This was a mix of holiday stories for anyone that loves highlander stories. They were all definitely different and opened me to new authors I hadn’t heard of before. I liked that the stories weren’t straight-forward on what you usually get in highlander books and they each felt complete even though they were stories in an anthology. I highly recommend.

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Didn't Like It

The Lady of Royale Street (NOLA Nights Book 3) - Thea de Salle

Alex DuMont shows up to assist his brother with his upcoming wedding. Theresa Ivarson is the bride’s best friend and maid of honor. After a disaster with the wedding planner, they must work together to make the wedding come together just right. This book didn’t work for me. I really didn’t like the the characters starting with Alex and the introduction of his brother and the other side characters. Unfortunately the story didn’t capture my attention enough to make up for the irritation the characters caused me. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

Cute Contemporary

Blame It on the Bet (Whiskey Sisters) (Volume 1) - L. E. Rico

Hennessey O’Halloran and her sisters are trying to save their pub following their father’s death.  Bryan Truitt is a developer who want’s the land their pub sits on for land development. They make a bet that will either save the pub for the O’Halloran’s or give Bryan what he wants.

This was a cute story that was an easy quick read. The characters were likable and the story kept you entertained. I highly recommend.

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not for me

Bachelor Games (Tropical Temptation) - Daire St. Denis

Becca’s sister Grace was a contestant in the Miss Temptation Pageant .This was the pageant to end all pageants - a mash up between Miss America, and the Bachelor, and Survivor. It was to be Grace's big break.Becca was Grace’s twin but the plain very smart one. Becca runs into Calum as she os getting ready to get on the plane and he is a little rude.  Calum was the youngest billionaire and most eligible bachelor according to a magazine Grace had. Calum was the only judge for the contest. - part of the  the prize was a paid trip to Paris with Calum. P;us there was also a hundred thousand dollar cash prize plus being a contestant in such a big production.  Grace had been doing pageants for twelve years with Becca help for ever pageant. Becca has been taking care of her older sister since they were kids. First it had been bullies then loser boyfriends. Grace was a serial; dater  but also naive and had a lot of  sex and it was her favorite pastime yet Grace was naive and the  guys she dated were losers for the most part. Becca was the plain smart sister and Grace was blonde and gorgeous.Becca had her graduate degree in astrophysics and she had been offered a research position in the Physics department at Cornell University. It was Becca’s dream position.  So Becca was planning to move to NYC where as Grace should head out to LA to be successful.  But Grace had never been on her own and this worried Becca. While on the plane Becca ended up going into first class and was sitting next to Calum and to learn everything she could about him in the next six hours. she was determined. To her surprise Becca wanted Calum. Then Calum and Becca made a bet- after Becca had a lot to drink as she hated to fly-  if she lost she was to join the mile high club and have sex in the bathroom. Becca felt as Calum went it wasn’t fair that he had so many gifts. Becca felt the chemistry for Calum get stronger as time went on. It had been over a year since Becca has sex. At seventeen Calum had graduates from Harvard Business School. Calum and some friends started a small business together buying and flipping houses. They were so successful They were so successful they got into developing condo complexes before partnering with other developers in planning new communities. Once landing Calum was told they had to get rid of some of the girls soon. Fifty was too many. Also there was a meet and greet that night. Then Calum went to his Villa and showered then Jeffery Reid showed up he was the CEO of the resort. But right now Jeffery only knew Calum was a new investor to the resort. When Jeffrey was giving Calum a tour of the resort's grounds he seen Becca and got off the golf cart and he walked down to the beach where Becca was collecting shells. Then they both got knocked over by a wave and Calum ended up over her body to body  then he carried Becca to higher ground and kissed her. Just as Calum was ending the kiss Kevyn yelled to  Calum. Kevyn was the bane of Becca’s HS existence. Then Kevyn asked who the woman was and Calum said no one and Becca thought HS all over again. Kevyn was the only male who had ever come close to destroying her.

I didn’t particularly like this book. I didn’t like how Becca  and Calum interacted in the beginning. Once falling in love with Calum why would Becca be willing to hand Calum over to her sister Grace? Was it just so Becca could go to Cornell and not feel guilty or responsible for Grace anymore? I don’t see why Grace can’t run her own life she was the older sister after all. I think Grace liked Becca taking care of everything for her It didn't ring realistic in anyway to me I know this is a book but still….I like things to be a little believable at least. I like that Calum had overlooked how annoying Becca had been on the plane and also how her looks weren’t that important to him he felt she was good looking But all and all I was very disappointed with this book.

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Playing with Danger (Desire Bay) - Joya Ryan

Hannah was tending bar at Goonies.  Her tension headaches were getting worse now starting in her neck. Hannah was the main bartender in this place. This was Hannah’s town where she had been born and still lived and soon this would be her bar.. Hannah was the only female bartender in her small town. Hannah had been raised by her alcoholic father who was a fisherman but he spent more time in jail then being her father. Hannah relied on no one. Hannah’s boss was looking to sell the bar and Hannah was ready to buy it and she could finally have something for herself. Outright and owned by her. She had been bartending for ten years.  She just had to get the owner Mr. Bangs on board who had already said he would give her the first opportunity to buy the bar and with Hannah’s entire life savings she felt she could convince the bank to give her a small business loan for the rest. She just needed the details from Mr. Bangs . He just didn’t show up at all or do much of anything when it came to the bar. He very rarely had.Very rarely had Hannah felt pretty. Hannah had risen above her upbring enough to gain most people;s respect in her small town. Then the phone rang and it was Gabe who was the sheriff of the town and he told Hannah he had her father and he was in the drunk tank sleeping it off. Hannah had gone to grade school with. Hannah had always went running to clean up her dad's messes but she couldn’t leave the bar and she told Gabe she would pick him up after she closed the bar. Her father was the only family Hannah had and she didn’t want him to die or hurt others. Her mother had died when Hannah was five. There had always been a sadness around her father. As Hannah was bent over to get a bottle of Jack she heard a man say he was looking for someone. Hannah replied good luck with your search then Hannah heard him say he was looking for his wife and he realized it was him the man who had ever gotten close enough to make her feel like more than trash,  the one man tried to forget over the last six months. The one man who had got her to say I do- Grant Latham and then he said “ Hello Mrs. Layhem”  . Hannah had taken her first vacation and went on a two week Caribbean cruise where the last night Hannah had married Grant. Hannah had snuck out snuck off in the middle of the night and went back home. Hannah ahd stole Grants heart married him,  and then broke his heart and left. Grant had intended to go after Hannah but then Grant got word his father had died and left his company to Grand and the task of of keeping it out of  his gold digger mother’s hands. So Grant had to immediately go back to New York. Hannah asked how Grant had found her. Grant’s life was very different from Hannah's life He had been the  sole heir to a billion dollar empire know he was in control of it. He has been trying to run that billion dollar empire while he was grieving over his father’s death. His father had been everything to Grant whereas Hannah’s father wasn’t. But Grant wanted his wife back and he wanted Hannah to come to New York with him.  Grant blackmails Hannah into giving him a chance to show her their marriage can work.

I liked this book. It was a quick and fun read. I liked that we did get Hannah’s and GRant’s backstory done in flashes which I don’t usually like but this was done just so that it wasn’t to bad.  I didn’t really like that Grant came and expected Hannah to give up everything  she knew to follow him back to new York after all she had only known him for that two weeks and either way that was her whole life and where she had been born where she had wanted to but her business and what she knew. I did like that Grant didn’t give up on Hannah and actually wanted to give the marriage a chance and when he could he finally found her. I love how Grant interacted with Hannah’s friends. I found there was some repetition in this book but it still held my interest. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of the book and I recommend.