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Blade Bound - Chloe Neill

It’s finally Merit and Ethan’s wedding and all they want is for everything to right, which it does, until just after the reception. Now they must battle even more evil forces once and for all.

This was the final installment of Merit’s story. From start to end, the book was great. As with all of the Chicagoland Vampire stories, the story was great from start to end. I’ve loved following Merit and Ethan through all of their adventures and I will be sorry to see them go. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Honor Before Heart (Emerald Belles, #1) - Heather McCorkle

Corporal Sean MacBranian is injured in battle and wakes up to the sight of an Irish Angel. His blond-haired, blue-eyed nurse has now given him a reason to live. Ashlinn knows it’s a big risk, but she can’t help but give Sean her heart. Will their love survive the ultimate test?

I don’t get many that are set in the Civil War so this was a nice change for me. This was a sweet book with good, strong characters. It took a little bit, but I was really drawn into the story and the characters’ journeys. I recommend.

This was a sweet book with good, strong characters.

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The Daring Duke: The 1797 Club - Jess Michaels

The Duke of Abernathe is a great friend to have. He’s wild and charismatic. However, he’s vowed that he’ll never marry even though he’s never told anyone why. Now his sister’s friend Emma has asked him to help her to gain the attention of other men. He agrees, not realizing how easy it is to be around her.

This was a quick and fulfilling read. The author does a great job in really showing the characters in a limited amount of time. I really enjoyed the story and highly recommend.

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Gone - Elisabeth Naughton

Alec wishes he and his old friend Jim Beam were on speaking terms but hadn’t been for close to three years. Alec was at the hospital and he felt pressure forming in his chest- a pressure he knew was rooted in guilt and self disgust. Alec knew he should have called Reagan the minute he seen the girl and told reagan not to come. An FBI agent -Jack Bukham worked Emma’s case. He was the one I called both him and Reagan when the fourteen year old in the other room had been found not far from the one where Emma-Alec’s and Reagan’s daughter-  had vanished three and one half years ago.- vanished. Alec had turned his back for two minutes to help a kid who had fallen off a swings. Alec thought of a neglected filthy childhood. When Jack mentioned his father- John Gibson- who was in prison who knocked his kids around, make them fend for themselves or use then as mules to move illegal stuff. Alec knew his father was out for him because it was Alec’s testimony as a teen that had put Gilbert in prison for fourteen years. And he will be out on the streets again soon. When Gilbert had been cuffed he screamed he would make Alec pay. Alec had paid everyday since that awful day in the park. Gilbert had gotten out of prison less than a month before Emma went missing. Alec knew Gilbert had been there , that he had taken Emma in his sadistic need for revenge, just as Alec knew Gilbert had killed Emma as soon as he got her away. Alec had just never been able to prove it. Reagan was the love of Alec’s life but they were no longer together. Reagan still clung to the  hope Emma was still alive, a hope that would only torment her for the rest of her life. Reagan and Alec had been divorced almost three years but Reagan's body still reacted to Alec , even just seeing him brought her body alive. But this was the Alec who had told her their marriage had been a mistake , the man who had shattered her heart and left her alone and broken when she’d needed him most. Reagan hated that she still loved Alec. hated that she wanted to comfort him, and hated especially even after all the misery, heartache, and time a part that he was still the one. Alec was a photojournalist - the best Reagan had ever seen. Alec had a way of capturing the human element in crisis that made a person see conflict from a completely different perspective. It was one of the reasons Reagan had been so drawn to Alec when they had met six years ago. Reagan had been a new beat reporter covering a colorful election. Reagan was now seeing Jeremy who was the manager of KTVP , Jeremy was also Reagan’s boss. Reagan talks Alec into helping to investigate the disappearance of other children and how they may be related to Emma. Then Alec and Reagan find a lot of patterns.

I really enjoyed reading this book a lot. I had no problem with my attention wondering while I was reading this book. It was a quick and intriguing read. I advise you to read the book in this series in order for better understanding and for the book to flow soothingly as you read. I loved the twists and turns. I really liked the plot and pace of this book. I will be looking for more books from this author. I felt this book was an emotional roller coaster I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend.

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Her Favorite Duke (The 1797 Club) (Volume 2) - Jess Michaels

Margaret/Meg Rylon was dress in full black and she should be mourning as her father had just been put in the ground a few hours ago. But she did not see sadness in her eyes and she didn’t feel it either. She felt nothing in her heart for her father the late Duke of Abernathe. The man had not spoken directly to her in three years even though the lived under the same roof. She had been nothing but a failure at an attempt for a spare. To her she had been cruel. In truth she was happy he was dead. Meg’s mother had turned to the bottle for comfort already as her husband despised her. Meg was sure her mother the Duchess was fully drunk and would stay that way for weeks using her husband’s death as an excuse. Then Meg noticed that Simon and Graham had arrived. It had been six years since she had met James - her brother-best friends. Seven years later Simon was Duke of Crestwood. He was in the ballroom staring at Lady Margaret -sister of one of his closest friends and her fiance Graham who was the Duke of Northfield. Graham didn’t like to dance so Meg often came to Simon to dance with her as graham wouldn’t. But Simon secretly wants meg for his own. At some point Simon just had to had to forget his feelings for Meg. He wanted the same thing James had with his new bride but with Meg. Since Meg’s engagement to Graham Simon and Meg had gotten closer and though he would never say it out loud Meg was Simon’s best friend. Simon had cared and wanted Meg seven to eight years now. But he couldn’t ruin everything and let his feelings out. Meg felt deeply about Simon and hated the women in his arms as they danced. Then Graham talked of the date they would marry Meg agreed then went outside and sat at a table and put her head down and cried.  Then Simon came out and saw Meg crying. And sat at the table and slid his arm around Meg’s shoulder and guided her toward his shoulder and she rested her cheek against his chest. Then Meg got up and walked back into the light from indoors. Simon realized Meg didn’t really want to marry Graham. Then Meg and Simon are caught in a storm and have to find shelter in a cabin then everyone finds out they were alone in a cabin and Simon was forced to marry Meg which he wanted anyway. Meg can’t take all the guilt Simon feels and how distant he has become and leaves him. The way that Simon and Meg were found hurt everyone and basically destroyed a couple of lifelong friendships.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot and the pace. I don’t understand why Graham is so bitter he didn’t love Meg he was engaged to her as he felt it was an obligation to James. I also felt Simon didn't have to go on so long about the guilt he couldn’t change it and he had gotten the one he loved. I also think Meg should have tried harder to make things better between Simon and his friends and let James know she didn’t want to be with Graham. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what would happen next. I advise you to read the books in this series in order so all will run smoothly when reading this book. I enjoyed the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

great book and great characters

Hunt the Moon - Kari Cole

Luke wondered who would have thought being Alpha would involve so much paperwork. A truck rumbled out of Townes Aviation. Luke’s cousin Dean barged into the conference room wearing his deputy sheriff uniform. Fifteen months ago four of their packmates including Dean's sister and Luke’s father were murdered. Then Dean said said they had another missing person - a human - Eric Conroy who was the county clerk. No one had seen Eric since he left work yesterday. Dean said he had a bad feeling and so did Luke. That was five missing now. Here they had a pack and the pack could find anything in their territory. Yet they  had found no sign of the logger who has been missing seven months or the two female hikers who had vanished a month ago or even the lifelong resident who sold all his land just after New Years Day and disappeared without a word to his three kids . Dean was Luke's Beta- or second in command in the pack. Luke added no one was to search alone including Dean. If someone or something was hunting in their territory he wouldn’t let his wolves be easy targets. Ressa came into her family business- Townes Aviation- Freddie was her mate. Dean and Ressa had been Luke’s best friends since they were kids. The responsibility of their home and care for it and the people who lived there weighed on Luke. His dad would have said that is what an Alpha does- the worries, comforts, manages and directs. And when that doesn’t work he knocks heads. Grief pounded at Luke at the thought of his father and the others they had lost. Luke won’t rest until each of the missing humans were accounted for in honor of his dad. Fury ate at Luke for not being able to find his dads and the others murderers. Within him his wolf snarled. Izzy felt Freddie was more than just another parentless kid who shared a foster home with Izzy. In every way that mattered Freddie was her brother. Freddie said Izzy was nothing but skin and bone and their foster mom- Abby- was a force of nature, a tidal wave that swampede people with her care. Lately Izzy couldn’t satisfy her bottomless pit of a appetite. Then Freddie said not to worry that they would fatter Izzy up before their mom Abby and dad Hank got there. Izzy had flown a Blackhawk in Iraq just like Freddie. Izzy loved flying , it was her on;y refuge , the one place where the memories and fears didn’t take over. Sometimes on the ground she lost the ability to breath , panic seizing her lungs. Izzy avoided crowds, and sat with her back to walls so no one could sneak up on her. Sudden and inexplicable anger would pound through Izzy’s viens.make her want to rage at the world. Nightmares woke her every night. That more than anything else terrified Izzy, because she knew what drove the constant craving.Freddie asked the last time Izzy had talked to a professional. He said between her childhood, the war…. Bess she needed to talk about things. But Izzy knew her problems went beyond PTSD or dead sister. Izzy knew the man was staring at her and she stumbled and the weight of his gaze set off a new kind of fluttering in her stomach. His body shook as he inhaled deeply - as if straining against an immovable force. The cop grabbed the man’s arm and got snarled at for his trouble. The man never took his hungry eyes off Izzy. She wanted to run toward him . Her whole life Izzy had hidden from werewolves now her brother was to  marry one. Izzy’s grandmother had brought her granddaughters up that werewolves were violent vile monsters even though their parents had been werewolves. Izzy had never shifted.Bess had shifted then killed the man. Luke was sucker punched by the sight and scent of something he hadn’t expected as his beast declared “mine.” His wolf tried to break free to take what it wanted. Then Luke smelled ehr fear and his instinct to protect her was nearly overwhelming as Freddie’s foster sister was Luke’s mate. Izzy now understood Freddie knew about werewolves and also cared for them. Everything in Izzy told her to run but she would not leave Freddie. Not once had he abandoned her or Bess, even when he should have. He got beatings from all sorts of bullies in defense of the “Freaky Twins.” Izzy had already failed her sister, she would not fail her brother. Izzy was a werewolf as was her sister Bess and Bess had committed suicide after she had killed a man and showed Izzy on Videochat and also when she killed herself almost three years ago. Izzy was starving herself with the refusal to eat meat. Caine set his cell phone down despite the wolf growling in his head as he refused to lose his temper. A forty something blonde haired woman looked down the hallway at Caine with a look of distaste on her face. Caine didn’t care someday soon she would outlive her usefulness and he would probably snap her skinny neck. Holt - Caine’s employer and pack leader said Caine looked annoyed. Caine killed for many reasons and enjoyed while he did. Caine never loved anything in his life except the hunt. Caine wanted to live in the world Holt was creating so he’d take orders.

I loved this book, it was a great action packed read. I loved how Izzy and grew in this book and finally accepted her wolfand all that went with it. I loved the relationship between Izzy and Freddie as well as Izzy and Abby and Hank.I also loved how Izzy and Luke interacted with each other. I loved izzy and Luke together. I loved the pace and the plot. I happily could find anything to criticize in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

great book and great characters

Only With You - Nicole Perkins McLaughlin

Hannah wasn’t even sad she ended her engagement to Jonas after two months. Maybe she was broken or maybe Hannah was looking for something unattainable. There was no doubt loved her neighbor and best friend Jace for years. She wondered if her inability to love another man fully was because of Jace. Hannah had a twin sister Becca although Jace and Becca had been crushing on each other for years  and Hannah felt she stood in their way but they were together now- they had started seeing each other in December- and Hannah was talking to Aldan who was a man of few words and didn’t usually smile but Hannah made it her mission to make him smile and laugh. He had said he had never really been in love either. Hannah knew eventually it would happen but losing her best friend to her twin was hard. Hannah had spent a lot of her life jealous and feeling inadequate next to Becca. Becca seemed to excel at everything she did. The one person who always made her feel good about herself was Jace and he was with Becca now. Hannah taught third grade. Aidan owned his own bar- Smokeys- for several years now. Hannah didn’t know it but Aidan really wanted her as well as cared deeply about her but he was messed up in his head from being a sniper in the army but more so for the abuse he had suffered when he was younger that no one knew about. Hannah was out with the girls- other teacher from the same school and they had told her to loosen  up. Hannah had fajitas and realized how much better Aidan’s fajitas were. And texted Aidan that and he told her he would make them any time for her. Hannah decided to go see her sister Becca and Aidan offered to make fajitas for them at his bar. Jace said not to lead Aidan on as she had to know he was into Hannah. So Hannah made sure she said they were just friends and then regretted it. Then Aidan’s grandmother died and Hannah drove to him and they went on his bike for a ride and ended up at the lake. Then Hannah and Will were kissing with him over her but then he pulled away from her.

I loved this book In a way it was a hard book to read for all Aidan had been through especially the abuse but it was so worth reading. Also the author did a very good job handling the abandonment issue, the sexual abuse of a young girl, and the abuse Aidan had suffered.  I felt that was very realistic. I loved how Hannah and Aidan interacted most of the time even when he hurt her or she hurt him. I loved how Aidan’s National Guard friends wanted to be there for him especially Jace considering he didn’t know of Aidan’s past and he also wanted to be there for Hannah. I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book happily and I loved the ending.  I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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The Runaway Queen - Sophie Rodger

Tia is the future queen of Kelephai. Unlike acting like royalty though, she wants more for her future kingdom. She goes away to study Computer Science at Oxford and when she comes back, she decides it’s time for Kelephai to be upgraded to the 21st century. She also decides to go undercover to see what the people really think of the current monarchy. Along the way, her car breaks down and she meets the gorgeous but full of disdain Damon. Hopefully these two can come together and help each other out.

This was a quick read. I really liked Tia’s character. I enjoyed all of Tia’s interactions with Damon. I look forward to reading more from this author. I recommend.

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Last Night with the Duke (The Rakes of St. James) - Amelia Grey

The Duke of Griffin is determined that his reputation not tarnish his younger twin sisters’ reputations during their debut. He decides to hire a governess to make sure nothing goes wrong. He doesn’t plan on his attraction to his chosen governess to get in the way.

This wasn’t a bad story. It was a pretty standard plot and relationship builder. Nothing really bad or notable stuck out to me. The book was pretty sweet and didn’t really include any hawt parts, but that’s pretty standard for this author, whose previous books I’ve read.

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Part-Time Husband - Noelle  Adams

Melissa cried at fourteen when her parents died but hadn’t cried very much since. Melissa lost her family all at once when a car accident her parents and both grandmothers. All that Melissa had left were two sister- Sam and Chelsea, Pop, and the company.   Melissa is not the woman, the sweet sentimental one who tears up over a kind gesture she’s the one who makes an appointment on Wednesday afternoon to ask a smug butthole to marry her. Melissa is twenty eight, hard working and efficient. Melissa was good at managing the world around her. It all started one Monday with her grandfather/Pop. He’s been among the elite of Charleston for most of his life, after starting a restaurant chain called Pop’s Home cooking that has expanded into twelve surrounding states. When Melissa told him at seventeen that she wanted to work for his company Pop had patted her on the head and laughed. He said she was a girl and she would be better off finding a husband. Melissa went to UVA as an undergraduate and then to Harvard for her MBA. Melissa interned for seven summers in a row finally four years ago Pop hired melissa and she had been working fifty to sixty hours per week. Six months ago pop gave melissa an executive level position. This was Melissa’s family, her heritage. Each Monday melissa had lunch with Pop and he grills her on the hard work she had been doing for the past week. She also got lectures on her lacking social life. Pop thinks women should be married and have kids so she hears about it. Then today Pop says “ it's time.”  Melissa had learned long ago that losing control is the way to lose the battle. Then opo says he thinks she works too hard to find a husband and he was going to reconstruct her job . To understand her situation Pop owns the company outright, there is no board. The sole decision maker is Pop and melissa’s job is entirely up to him. Also he doesn’t make idle threats. If pop threatens to do something he does it. Melissa knows she has to fix this immediately. Then Pop said he may also have to do something about Sam and Chelsea just living off his money so Melissa lied and said there was a man but they weren’t at the that place where they will marry. Pop said he wouldn’t do anything about her job or Sam and Chelsea if she married the guy and pop had to meet him by the end of the week. Trevor bentley was the most arrogant obnoxious that made Pop snarl when Trevor’s name was mentioned. Melissa doesn’t like Trevor and he doesn’t like her either so she will have to think of something to get Trevor to agree to marry her for one year. Melissa does know something Trevor wants enough to agree to the marriage. But still as much as she doesn’t like Trevor Melissa still finds him attractive and he agrees to marry her.

I loved this book. It was a quick easy romantic funny read. I loved Melissa and Trevor together and how they interacted with each other once they were married. I loved watching their relationship grow. I loved the relationship Melissa had with her sisters. I don’t know why Pop acted as he did about a job and marriage and being so controlling he should have been a more loving man he was all Melissa and her sisters had besides each other.  I was happy when she married Trevor and her grandfather didn’t like it at all and I loved how Trevor stuck up for Melissa about Pop and the way he treated her. I was happy pop- seemed to change in the end. I chuckled at times while reading this and loved the plot and the pace. Happily I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and out and i highly recommend.

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The Summer I Met Jack - Michelle Gable

April 2016   Alicia wouldn’t get deported she didn’t think. Alicia had emigrated to the U S under somewhat of a ill-begotten circumstances. But she was no longer a citizen of Poland and they couldn’t return her to the German camp. To be deported you had to have a home. Risky to bet it all on a maid from Poland. But she had no other options on Cape Cod. At least she had this job -her part time job at the Center Theater. The theater reminded Alicia at home. Alicia was a painter and got permission to display her art at the theater. Alicia was behind the counter when she heard a man’s voice ask if she was still selling he was handsome and tanned and said his name was Jack Kennedy. Jack.  Alicia realized he was from the family her friend Irenka picked up after as her job. The family Alicia hoped would employ her too. A year ago Alicia and Irenka were put together at the YMCA in Oklahoma City, due to their shared circumstances : Polish, unattached, and young although Irenka and several years on Alicia. But at heart the females were nothing alike. In her childhood in Lodz a prosperous city in central Poland and known for its culture and industry. Alicia had attended the opera. studied music, and was good at art.Alicia dreamed of seeing her art in famous galleries all over the world. Irenka had lived im Linterlands near Russia and her people were farmers. She had a meager education and had never learned to read. Irenka had learned of the job with the Kennedys and went right to Mass as fast as she could to get the job and she did. Alicia saw the outside of the house needed a fresh coat of paint as did the walls on the inside, the furniture was on the shabby side of worn the floors needed a good polish and there was no art on the walls. Alicia did get a job working part time for the Kennedy’s . Alicia examined the Kennedys; recording their physical characteristics, their speech patterns and myriad quirks. The Kennedy’s personalities were large in its form and after a few days Alicia was well schooled in each which showed the family’s relentless need to show the world who they were.  One day Alicia is told by the landlady she can no longer stay in the apartment with Irenka as the Fire Marshal said there were too many people living there even though there was only four. Alicia couldn’t find a place and was afraid she would end up on the streets but the film projectionist a quirky little guy named George said Alicia could stay with him and his mother and sleep in his sisters old room. Alicia had no choice but to accept. Then Alicia had a day off and watched a couple movies with George at the Central but then she wanted to be outside and paused to watch a street entertainer that she knew and then Jack called her name when he seen her and introduced Alicia to his friends. He asked Alicia to his mother's Labor Day party and she laughed at the. After a while Alicia and Jack get involved and then engaged but then Joe found out Alicia was jewish and demanded Jack break off the engagement and not see Alicia anymore as Joe had aspiration for Jack to become the President of the U S and Alicia wouldn’t make a good women to stand by Jack’s side. Alicia leaves Mass and goes to Hollywood meeting many famous people but especially men. Alicia eventually marries Alfred Corning Clark who was a Singer Sewing Machine heir.

I liked this book. I like that it showed  a more human/realistic portrayal of the Kennedys and their strengths, their shortcomings. I like the author portrayed numerous celebrity affairs.  I felt this was well written. I also liked the twists and turns a lot. I had never heard of Alicia Corning Clark and her engagement to Jack Kennedy before reading this now I need to do some research to sate my curiosity. Also I wonder if Ethel was racist toward emigrants as the book shows. Also would Joe really have sex with his assistant right over his wife's head? What does that say about Rose if this is true?  Why was this Kennedy home so not kept up with and shabby when so rich? This did drag for me at times, I found myself wondering what was truth and what was fiction in this book. I do wish Alicia had found happiness in the end but unfortunately she really didn’t. She definitely paid for loving Jack Kennedy. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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Wolf Of Her Own - N.J. Walters

Mikhail's home had been in Alaska but not anymore. He’d left after he discovered what his packmates had done to his beloved sister Rina. They had waited until they knew he was gone for weeks guiding an expedition into the Alaskan wilderness and then they had tried to force Rina to amte against her will. Their actions had driven Rina to run. Mikhail had spent months searching for Rena, after he had dealt with the threat from his former pack.  They had both been homeless, and packless which was not a good situation for a wolf. But that had all changed for Rina She’d mated to Sage and was happy and protected -the Salvation pack had accepted Rina as one of their own. That was all that mattered to Mikhail. Mikhail was still here but not a member of the pack. They accepted him because of Rina but that could change and soon. Mikhail watched Elise LaForge and his fingers itched to unwind her thick braid preferably while they were having sex. Mikhail had wanted Elise from the moment he had laid eyes on her last fall. Mikhail fought his wolf who wanted to growl and howl before laying claim to Elise. But Mikhail didn’t believe that would go over well with Elise’s two sons , one of her sons Jacque was Alpha to the Salvation pack. The pack was filled with strong males. There was also Louis her younger son who could have been Alpha of his former pack after he had killed the Alpha who had been his father in a brutal battle years ago. That was the problem Elise’s former mate had been a brutal butthole who had hurt his mate. Elise looked almost fragile in appearance but he knew she had a backbone of steel. Elise had not only protected her sons from her ruthless mate, she’d  also finally escaped and was free. From what Rina said Elise had been alone a little more than a decade. It was time for Mikhail to make a move, either that or he had to leave, He couldn't be around elise any longer without touching her. Mikhail had been there for months now. Mikhail was a werewolf and in his prime Mikhail had seen Elise watching him and he knew he wasn’t alone in his attraction. Elise thought of how Pierre- her dead mate- could no longer hurt her but she often saw his cruel brown eyes when she slept. Unlike most if the women of the pack Elise didn’t have a speciality. She cooked, she sewed quilts, made most of her clothes, she baked, and made jellies and jams. Her latest passion was photography and she bought a camera. Elise loved her small home and her freedom but recently she been feeling restless. Elise always knew when Mikhail was close as every cell in her body hummed. Elise was conflicted about Mikhail, the one thing she knew for sure was that she’d miss him if he left. Elise had made a study of Mikhail’s face over the past months and knew it as well as her own. Elise called to Mikhail to come out of the woods and he kissed her after a bit and she didn’t stop him. But she did ask him what he wanted from her and Mikhail said to court her- get to know her, spend time alone with her, watch a movie have coffee even a meal. Mikhail confused Elise more than any other man she had ever met. Mikhail ahd always been more of a lone wolf happy to go off by himself. While he was Alpha by nature, he never had the urge to assert himself and take control of his former pack. Instead he spent days and weeks sometimes months by himself in the wilderness.Now Mikhail understood why he had been restless his entire life, never settling down. He’d been searching…. for her….. Elise.

I loved reading this book It was an enjoyable romantic read. I loved the way the Salvation pack took Rina in as their own and accepted Mikhail because of Rina. I loved this book from the first page until the last. This choked me up at ties. I loved how Mikhail was patient, caring, and gentle. He even held Elise as she cried and never asked a question while she was so upset. I loved how he also let Elise take the lead in how they progressed. I loved watching Elise grow and be the sensuous woman she was intended to be and to lose her fears. I liked this wasn’t an insta/love. I chuckled at times while reading this. I advise you to read this series in order so you know a lot of the character and your read goes along smoothly. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

great book and great characters

Wolf Of Her Own - N.J. Walters

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Mikhail's home had been in Alaska but not anymore. He’d left after he discovered what his packmates had done to his beloved sister Rina. They had waited until they knew he was gone for weeks guiding an expedition into the Alaskan wilderness and then they had tried to force Rina to amte against her will. Their actions had driven Rina to run. Mikhail had spent months searching for Rena, after he had dealt with the threat from his former pack.  They had both been homeless, and packless which was not a good situation for a wolf. But that had all changed for Rina She’d mated to Sage and was happy and protected -the Salvation pack had accepted Rina as one of their own. That was all that mattered to Mikhail. Mikhail was still here but not a member of the pack. They accepted him because of Rina but that could change and soon. Mikhail watched Elise LaForge and his fingers itched to unwind her thick braid preferably while they were having sex. Mikhail had wanted Elise from the moment he had laid eyes on her last fall. Mikhail fought his wolf who wanted to growl and howl before laying claim to Elise. But Mikhail didn’t believe that would go over well with Elise’s two sons , one of her sons Jacque was Alpha to the Salvation pack. The pack was filled with strong males. There was also Louis her younger son who could have been Alpha of his former pack after he had killed the Alpha who had been his father in a brutal battle years ago. That was the problem Elise’s former mate had been a brutal butthole who had hurt his mate. Elise looked almost fragile in appearance but he knew she had a backbone of steel. Elise had not only protected her sons from her ruthless mate, she’d  also finally escaped and was free. From what Rina said Elise had been alone a little more than a decade. It was time for Mikhail to make a move, either that or he had to leave, He couldn't be around elise any longer without touching her. Mikhail had been there for months now. Mikhail was a werewolf and in his prime Mikhail had seen Elise watching him and he knew he wasn’t alone in his attraction. Elise thought of how Pierre- her dead mate- could no longer hurt her but she often saw his cruel brown eyes when she slept. Unlike most if the women of the pack Elise didn’t have a speciality. She cooked, she sewed quilts, made most of her clothes, she baked, and made jellies and jams. Her latest passion was photography and she bought a camera. Elise loved her small home and her freedom but recently she been feeling restless. Elise always knew when Mikhail was close as every cell in her body hummed. Elise was conflicted about Mikhail, the one thing she knew for sure was that she’d miss him if he left. Elise had made a study of Mikhail’s face over the past months and knew it as well as her own. Elise called to Mikhail to come out of the woods and he kissed her after a bit and she didn’t stop him. But she did ask him what he wanted from her and Mikhail said to court her- get to know her, spend time alone with her, watch a movie have coffee even a meal. Mikhail confused Elise more than any other man she had ever met. Mikhail ahd always been more of a lone wolf happy to go off by himself. While he was Alpha by nature, he never had the urge to assert himself and take control of his former pack. Instead he spent days and weeks sometimes months by himself in the wilderness.Now Mikhail understood why he had been restless his entire life, never settling down. He’d been searching…. for her….. Elise.

I loved reading this book It was an enjoyable romantic read. I loved the way the Salvation pack took Rina in as their own and accepted Mikhail because of Rina. I loved this book from the first page until the last. This choked me up at ties. I loved how Mikhail was patient, caring, and gentle. He even held Elise as she cried and never asked a question while she was so upset. I loved how he also let Elise take the lead in how they progressed. I loved watching Elise grow and be the sensuous woman she was intended to be and to lose her fears. I liked this wasn’t an insta/love. I chuckled at times while reading this. I advise you to read this series in order so you know a lot of the character and your read goes along smoothly. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

mixed feelings

How to Walk Away - Katherine Center

Margaret/Maggie had an uncanny fear of flying even though she had flown several times she still hated it. She related flying with crashing. Now she was seriously dating Charles/Chip who was days away from getting his pilot’s license. If she had thought about it she may have worked out how even though Chip was suppose to be a perfect fit for Margaret he was an suchan air travel enthusiast and willing to do anything scary and Margaret really wasn’t nor did Chip take into consideration Margaret’s fear it was all about him.It was Valentine's Day and Margaret hoped Chip wold propose to her. Margaret had known Chip a  long time and they had been dating for three years.dChip had moved in next store to her parents with his parents but they really didn’t get to know each other until they both wound up at business school together then they eventually fell in love. But for this Valentine's Day Chip took Margaret to a hanger to give her a ride in a small private plane even though he didn’t have his pilot’s license quiet yet and he had to talk Margaret into going up with him. Margaret's gut had told her to stay on the ground but she didn’t follow her gut. While in the air Chip did propose and Margaret accepted but then there was a storm and they crashed while landing. Margaret had spoken or seen her sister ZKitty in three years. When Kitty first went away she said a breather from the family and she would be in touch but she wasn’t in touch at all. The sum of Kitty and Margaret’s relationship was Margaret always trying to get things exactly right and Kitty hell bent on getting things spectacularly wrong. Margaret was crushed in the plane and was paralyzed as wella s her neck and face had been burnt and she would need plastic surgery. She had  been in ICU for seven days she had skin grafts done and surgery on her spine. Chip had been there at first but then started drinking. Margaret was not feeling any emotions emless her mom was there. Margaret had no understanding that her life would never be quiet the same again.One day Chip came to see Margaret with greasy hair, his face covered in stubble , and his polo shirt had a brown stain on it. His pants were also ripped and one of Chip’s shoes were untied. Then Chip shoved his face on top of Margaret's and gave her a slobbery kiss that tastes like beer, dirt, and sleep deprivation. Chip then said the plane was totaled. She was totaled and he got away without a scratch. Chip then crumpled to the hospital floor and sobbed and said because of him she looked like a monster and would never walk again. Kitty came home when she heard of Margaret’s condition to be there for her and help her sister. She showed Margaret a lot of love and resourceful support when Margaret so desperately needed it. Margaret ended up with Ian as a physical therapist and even though struggled with physical therapy she also tried to get Ian to smile whenever she could. Kitty tries to help Margaret cope with being paralyzed. Margaret  is determined to draw Ian out.

I had mixed feelings on this book. There was a lot of emotions shown in this book and a lot about the physical part of Margaret’s recovery yet what about the mental- the depression, wanting to give up, suicidal thoughts that should have also been covered more thoroughly  in my opinion with such a horrific change in Maggie’s life. Then how Chip was pitying himself and saying awful things like how Margaret looked like a monster and would never walk again and came in drunk/hungover. Then His mother … what a piece of work she was even Margaret’s own mother was really no help but she at least did love Margaret but was no help. Thank God for Kitty and Ian. There were times however that I did chuckle while reading this but other times I did choke up. This did have a good plot yet it dragged for me at times. It was a pretty  good read just not a great read. I also obvious;y got annoyed with some of the character sand Chip right from the beginning fan of his I was NOT. As I said I had mixed feelings on this one.

good book and characters

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.