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Wolf Hollow (Wolf Hollow Shifters, Book 1) (Volume 1) - Nikki Jefford

It was two days before the full moon and Sasha was on patrol. Aden was Sasha’s patrol partner.  Sasha and Aden provide security. Then Sasha caught the horrible stench of a vulhena. The elders thought the vulhena were formerly cougars that had mutated after feeding on diseased human corpses. Like humans vulhena couldn’t see in the dark nor come close to a wolf’s sense of smell. But they were vicious creatures especially when they banded together.  Sasha jumped out at the vulhena.  Vulhena had killed several elders a while ago including Sasha’s parents and she had seen their half eaten bodies, Sasha wanted Aden but he seem to only want friendship. Sasha didn’t want to push it and lose Aden’s friendship. Sasha had only had sex before with one wolf-  Wolfric and he had broken her heart. In the beginning  Wolfric and Sasha couldn’t keep their hands off each other easily accepting their parents and elders wish to claim each other and keep their line pure. But after both their parents gruesome deaths by the vulhena   Wolfric rebelled. Against the surviving three elders. Wolfric took off never to be seen again but Sasha had stayed and served the people. Sasha is next in line to take over the pack. Humans were cruel to shifters if they managed to catch them. Sasha ends up falling for tabor who was a half breed half wolf and half wizard. Most of the pack as well as the elders does not want to see Sasha and Tabor together. The elders invite another purebred wolf - Hectar- at a mating dance hoping the wolf and Sasha will claim each other as mates. Sasha had a necklace so Hectar could tell who she was and Sasha took it off so Hectar wouldn’t recognize her.  The pelders want to get Tabor and another wolf out of the pack and trick them and Tabor is being held by humans.

I liked this book and it was a definite change of background for a shifter book. I liked the plot and pace and really didn’t want to put this book  down. This book had: action, suspense, intrigue, romance, prejudices, fights, tricks, cruelty, surprises, and much more. A different slant on a shifter book. I didn’t understand what the difference between a werewolf and a shifter I don't feel that was made clear.  I liked how Heidi stood up for what she believed in. I didn’t particularly care for Garrett. I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross: (From the Casebooks of Jesperson & Lane) - Lisa Tuttle

Miss Di Lane was a small non-threatening woman that the stranger yelled witch at then he fell over and died. His face froze in terror. Jasper Jespersen was her partner P I. Their office was in Jasper's home and Lane lived there also with Jasper and his mother.  The man had pounded on the door a couple minutes before. The man’s name was Charles Manning.  Jespersen was not satisfied with the natural cause ruling on Mr, Manning’s death. So then they found Charles brother Alexander and Jespersen and Lane both went to Alexander’s home explained why they were not satisfied with the cause of death and why. Alexander hired them to find out what really  happened to Charles. Alexander told them his brother Charles had an obsession  with what he called “ the old religion”, witchcraft, pagan mumbo jumbo, the supposed  ancient mysteries of Britain. Alexander said his brother Charles was a poet, a dreamer whose soul yearned for mystery and adventure Charles couldn’t find in the workday world. Alexander also told Jespersen Charles had quit his job at the bank and moved to Aylmerton. Charles had become an obsessed follower of Felix Ott who promoted the ancient religion - a mishmash of superstition and sorcery , everything a civilized person would find abhorrent - black magic, devil worship, and human sacrifice.  Jaspersen and Lane went to Aylmerton and stayed at the Vicar’s where Charles had lived. Dr. Ringer was the Vicar informs Jasper they had  three other mysterious deaths in the parish. Charles had become engaged to Ann who was rumored to be a witch as were her sisters Bella and Alys. Bella is responsible for her half sisters Ann and Alys. In Bella's library is a grimoire with magical attributes ascribed to it. And a number of people want it. With the possibility of Charles having been poisoned - as everyone said Charles was a healthy young man. There were a lot of suspects including a male witch. Then the baby of the maid comes up missing.

This was a very good read. I like Lane and Jespersen as a team of P I they do complement each other.  I also liked how the team went to Alexander about their doubts on the natural causes ruling and Alexander hired them. This did drag for me at times. This book included : fairies, deaths, a missing baby, witches, witchcraft, magic, spells elves, mystery, intrigue, suspense, and so much more. I did love the characters and the twists and turns and I recommend.

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Fix Me - Lisa M Cronkhite

Penelope’s/Pen  sister Tabitha  had committed suicide a year ago and Pen’s life has become a mess. Pen is hooked on the now illegal drug Fix which was the same thing her sister had been on. Fix was once an FDA approved drug  as an antidepressant   but was now illegal and very dangerous. Pen does anything she can to not have to deal with her feelings especially about her sister. Pen knows she needs to get away from Fix but it gives you such realistic hallucinations. Pen’s hallucinations seem to control her.  Nate was a man Pen seen when she was high on Fix and she didn’t want to lose Nate he seemed to be the only one who cared about her and her future.  Pen really cares about Nate even if he isn’t real. Fix changes how Pen thinks and feels but there are some really bad side effects also but Pen still keeps going back for more. Since her sister and father death her mother seemed to be gone somewhere else mentally. Rose and Pen have done Fix together for the last year. As Pen thinks about getting off Fix Nate tells Pen he loves her. But Nate really isn’t a hallucination he is a ghost. Walker cares about Pen he just doesn’t know how to break through to her and let her know how he feels about her. Then a girl from school ends up missing after a Fix trip. Pen realizes she could really  be in danger.

I had mixed feelings about this book. Some things i liked and some not so much. I did like reading this for the most part. I liked the plot and how the author portrayed Pen and her addiction. This was mostly about Pen when she was high on Fix and her hallucinations or when she suffered from the side effects. I thought Pen was basically selfish and unreliable but then again that is how addicts really are so that was realistic. This did seem to pop up with no warning. This was a quick read. I liked Nate was a ghost and added a paranormal aspect to this book. But it was hard to know what was real and what wasn’t. I did have some trouble connecting with Pen. I feel Nate stood in between Pen and Walker’s relationship. I would have liked to seen Pen stand up to Rose and her controlling ways. As I said I had mixed feelings on this book.

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Mistletoe Me, Baby (O'Connor Family Series) (Volume 4) - Katie Reus

Nolan knocked on the open door to Miranda’s office. Miranda always left her door open so everyone would know they could talk to her at any time. Miranda was on the phone and after a great smile Nolan took the chance to drink in the sight of Miranda. Even while talking on the phone Miranda smiled that was normal for her. Nolan wanted to kiss Miranda and claim her but that wasn’t happening any time soon. Miranda had made it clear ten months ago when they had met she wasn’t looking for a relationship as Miranda had just taken in her eleven year old nephew Mateo when her sister Gloria  dropped him off and bolted. Recently Gloria had went into rehab for drug addiction. Every chance he got Nolan studied Miranda- watching her, being around her. Miranda was Nolan’s personal addiction which Nolan didn’t plan on giving up. Miranda had Nolan all twisted up in knots. Nolan was a building contractor. Miranda was attracted to Nolan and thought he was hot but Miranda had not let Nolan know how she felt. Miranda loved cooking for Nolan. Nolan seened to be able to fix anything and was always willing to help Miranda out when she needed it. Then Miranda parents decide to make a Christmas visit. Miranda had told her mother she was engaged to get her off her back but then Nolan happily stepped up to be Miranda’s fake fiance. Then Miranda’s sister Gloria overdoses on heroin and Miranda tries to push Nolan away but he is still there for her.

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the plot as well as the pace. I loved Miranda and Nola together. I loved that Miranda took in her nephew Mateo with no experience. This was a quick fun- for the most part- enjoyable romance.  I would have loved this to be longer. I loved how Nolan was there  for Miranda in any way he could be no matter what. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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The Irredeemable Billionaire (The Muse Series) - Lexxie Couper

Grace is a widow whose job is being a paramedic and she has a son named Cody. Grace had been married to a firefighter who got killed in the line of duty during a fire. It has been two years. Grace promised she would never replace her deceased husband.  Then Grace's childhood neighbor Sebastian and arch enemy shows up at her door to be Cody’s Big Brother. Both Grace and Sebastian/Seb are shocked.  Seb is now a famous movie director. Sebastian is in Sydney preparing for the premiere of his latest project. Seb is used to getting what he wants. Seb had been out with friends and several beers later he sees a hat he wants to try on in - Hugo’s Boss Boutique- so he broke the store window so he could try on the hat. Sebastian received community service for his misadventure. His community service was to be a Big Brother to a younger boy. Seb had constantly teased Grace growing up ,making her life miserable. But Grace gave as good as she got. Sheila is Grace’s friend and tried to help,  they had also grown up together. Sheila also runs Big Brother. Big Sister program. Sheila had put Cody’s name in to get a big brother without telling Grace. Cody is a movie geek and he and Seb bond over their love of movies. Grace doesn’t date there isn't time after work and Cody. Grace has a neighbor who brings her coffee unannounced in the morning. He is trying to insert himself into Grace's life. Even after their past Seb awakens a sleeping part of Grace and makes her want more.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun, silly,enjoyable read. Cody definitely added to the story and I just loved him. I liked the pace and the plot of this book a lot. I loved Seb and Grace together. At times this choked me up and at others made me smile. I do think Grace should have let go of the past sooner than she did and I think Seb should have gotten over being full of himself and being a butt a lot sooner than he did also. All and all this was a good read. I loved the characters and the ins and outs and I recommend.

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A Place at Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel) - Amy Clipston James/Jamie was an Amish volunteer firefighter as well as working on his father's dairy farm. After an hour of sleep the fire alarm went off again. The firefighters were being called to a barn fire. Jamie had met Leon nine years ago when they both had been training to be a volunteer firefighter. They were both sixteen and became fast friends. Then they met up again about a month ago when jamie was reassigned to station # 5. The firefighters got to the Dieners farm. Jamie went into the burning barn as the farmer’s fourteen year old son had went into the barn to try to get their horses out. A large wooden beam had fallen on Nathan but with Noah’s help they got nathan free and Jamie carried him out. Then Noah and Jamie went back in for the horses but Jamie lost his sense of direction but Noah found him and Jamie, Noah , and the horses got out okay. When Jamie mentioned to Nathan about training to become a volunteer fireman his older sister kayla got very upset and told jamie to stay away from Nathan. Jamie didn’t know that it was her brother Simeon who had lost his life as a volunteer firefighter about a year ago. Simeon had left behind a pregnant wife Eva at the time. Eva and Jr lived with Kayla’s family even now. Jamie tried to go up and apologize to Kayla but she didn’t really want to hear it. The whole family thanked Jamie for saving Nathan’s life and helping to get the horses out. Jamie didn’t know Kayla’s family owned the restaurant in town and Jamie didn't know it until he and his brother Mark stopped in one day when in town on errands. Kayla and Eva both waited tables in the family restaurant. Kayla’s mind wandered to thoughts of Jamie and she didn’t understand why. She found as she took Jamie and Mark’s order she was strangely affected by Jamie. And once again didn’t understand why this was true. Kayla had her heart broken by Abram. Who had taken her for granted and put his friends before her and then he broke up with her stating he wasn’t ready for a serious relationship. Jait thought about Kayla a lot also. I loved this book. I loved the plot and pace. I also loved how it showed even though the Amish have a strong faith they're still very human. They make mistakes and don’t always fall back on the faith as they are raised to. This book has a lot of faith in it and I loved the way it was depicted. I loved Jamie and Kayla together they both helped each other heal/ I felt Nathan added a lot to this book and I love dhis character. I also loved Eva's character and how she show true love is real even with the death of someone you love. I also loved how she chose to stay with her husband's family and was an important part of the family. I loved the closeness of the family’s that is rare today as far as I can see. I happily couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book. A new favorite of mine. I loved the ins and outs of this book as well as all the characters and I highly recommend.

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A Place at Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel) - Amy Clipston James/Jamie was an Amish volunteer firefighter as well as working on his father's dairy farm. After an hour of sleep the fire alarm went off again. The firefighters were being called to a barn fire. Jamie had met Leon nine years ago when they both had been training to be a volunteer firefighter. They were both sixteen and became fast friends. Then they met up again about a month ago when jamie was reassigned to station # 5. The firefighters got to the Dieners farm. Jamie went into the burning barn as the farmer’s fourteen year old son had went into the barn to try to get their horses out. A large wooden beam had fallen on Nathan but with Noah’s help they got nathan free and Jamie carried him out. Then Noah and Jamie went back in for the horses but Jamie lost his sense of direction but Noah found him and Jamie, Noah , and the horses got out okay. When Jamie mentioned to Nathan about training to become a volunteer fireman his older sister kayla got very upset and told jamie to stay away from Nathan. Jamie didn’t know that it was her brother Simeon who had lost his life as a volunteer firefighter about a year ago. Simeon had left behind a pregnant wife Eva at the time. Eva and Jr lived with Kayla’s family even now. Jamie tried to go up and apologize to Kayla but she didn’t really want to hear it. The whole family thanked Jamie for saving Nathan’s life and helping to get the horses out. Jamie didn’t know Kayla’s family owned the restaurant in town and Jamie didn't know it until he and his brother Mark stopped in one day when in town on errands. Kayla and Eva both waited tables in the family restaurant. Kayla’s mind wandered to thoughts of Jamie and she didn’t understand why. She found as she took Jamie and Mark’s order she was strangely affected by Jamie. And once again didn’t understand why this was true. Kayla had her heart broken by Abram. Who had taken her for granted and put his friends before her and then he broke up with her stating he wasn’t ready for a serious relationship. Jait thought about Kayla a lot also. I loved this book. I loved the plot and pace. I also loved how it showed even though the Amish have a strong faith they're still very human. They make mistakes and don’t always fall back on the faith as they are raised to. This book has a lot of faith in it and I loved the way it was depicted. I loved Jamie and Kayla together they both helped each other heal/ I felt Nathan added a lot to this book and I love dhis character. I also loved Eva's character and how she show true love is real even with the death of someone you love. I also loved how she chose to stay with her husband's family and was an important part of the family. I loved the closeness of the family’s that is rare today as far as I can see. I happily couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book. A new favorite of mine. I loved the ins and outs of this book as well as all the characters and I highly recommend.

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Set the Stage - Karis Walsh

Emilie is finishing her shift at a fast food restaurant. Emilie is giving her two week notice as she is  returning to her true passion the stage to act at the Oregon Shakespeare festival. Emilie had been a promising actress but had given up her career to follow her then girlfriend to Europe . But they didn't end up working out. Emilie had more scars than happy memories from her ex girlfriend.  Now Emilie is getting a second chance at acting and she is very excited.   Arden was a gardener/ groundskeeper/artist who works in the nearby- to where the festival is being held- Lithia Park.  Arden has a history of dating actresses but only ends up being heartbroken.   Emilie has already signed a contract for the Shakespeare festival. EWnilie is determined to concentrate in her acting no romance. Arden had followed her grandfather around Lithia Park and watched the work he did. But her grandfather had passed away now. Then Arden went to school and got a degree in  Arden was used to people leaving her. Arden’s parents had left her with her grandparents to pursue their own careers when Arden was about four. Arden stumbles across Emilie for the time  when Emilie  is in the park practicing one of her roles. Emilie and Arden are immediately attracted to each other but Emilie says they can only be friends.

I liked this book for the most part just not into reading about lesbians and their romantic relationships. I did feel this was well written. I also like how the setting was portrayed. This book lacked passion but considering about a lesbian couple that was okay with me, I also liked the double POVS. I did like the romance was slow burning. But I did think there was too much repetition about Arden’s and Emilie’s issues.

I liked this book for the most part. I liked there wasn’t a lot of sex involved. I don’t judge women together I just don’t want to read about it. I did like how Arden and Emilie supported each other. I loved the ins and outs of this story and I recommend it.

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Served Cold (Best Revenge) - Marie Harte

In HS Jack and Ann were always together. But then Jack chose to break up with Ann in the cafeteria in front of everyone to break up with Ann for the class floozie. Ann was devastated. What Jack and Ann didn’t know  others worked together to break Jack and Ann up and making Jack believe Ann had cheated on him.   Around twelve years later Jack moved back to town and was staying. Jack had never got over Ann.Jack wants to get reacquainted  with Ann. Ann and Jack had no contact since he broke up with her. Ann just happens to be Jack’s nephews elementary school teacher. One night as Ann and her three best friends Maya and Riley were having someone they talked about Ann seeing Jack again, get him to fall for her and then dump him. Ann thought revenge would be good.  Ann feels she needs closure and to know what had happened to make Jack dump her and the way he did it. Jack and Ann’s chemistry started right back up when they got together. Jack also knew he wanted Ann back. Ann really tries for revenge but she is really too nice of a person. Also Ann finds she isn’t over Jack. But then Jack finds out the real reason Ann had started seeing him again but also why she had needed him so much before he had dumped her.

I really enjoyed reading this book . I loved the plot and pace. I really liked Jack and Ann together. I liked how Jack wined and dined Ann to try to get her back. I didn’t like how Jack and Ann made it seem what happened back in HS wasn’t really that bad. I really liked how Maya is blackmailed again to date Dex. There was a little too much sex in this for me. I did laugh while reading this. I also loved the twists and turns and the characters and I recommend. I wish I could have rated this 4.5

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Served Hot (Best Revenge) - Marie Harte

Maya struggles with abandonment issues and refuses to allow herself to get attached to anyone other than her best friends Riley and Ann. maya’s mom had abandoned her several times then passed away,   All three women had been hurt or irritated by someone and and the three women had come up with a plan to get revenge on said man To this day Maya was irked that Dex had one uped her by blackmailing her into being his prom date. . But before Maya gets  a chance Dex blackmails Maya and gets ten dates and no sex. Dex decides he will get Maya addicted to his ways by not giving her what she wants.  Dex knows Maya is prickly and skittery so he acts low key and laid back so there’s no pressure. But Maya ad Dex aren’t afraid to show each other who they are. Dex makes himself take risks it’s not natural to him and he works toward goals. Everytime Maya threw insults at Dex he throws them back. Dex had a thing for Maya back in HS and a geeky  Dex had blackmailed Maya into going to prom with him and she actually enjoyed himself. Maya is used to being in charge There is a strong chemistry between Maya and Dex. Once Dex slept with Maya he wanted to share all his fantasies with her. Especially since Maya is used to being in charge. Dex is no longer that geeky boy the Marines had a way of changing that and letting him hone himself.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked the pace and the plot. And this even made me laugh out loud which is always good. I liked the dual POVs shown in this book. I felt this was fairly realistic. I love how Maya and Dex bring the beat out in each other. I loved Maya and Dex together . this kept my attention and I didn’t want to put it down.I really loved the friendship between Maya, Ann and Riley. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend. I wish I could rate this 4.5.

— feeling cold
Misadventures on the Night Shift - Lauren Rowe

Dancia and Abby work third shift at the Rockford Hotel. During the “ dead zone” hours- two to three hours where nothing ever happened at the Rockford and Abby would get a good chance to get some studying done.Abby is going to law school part time not because she loved the idea of being a lawyer but s she won’t be a disappointment to her parents. Abby had been a wild child in her teens with a zero impulse  control. But Abby had a secret- she was also the author of a of her own sexy blog.    Abby felt Lucas Ford was the sexiest rock star she had ever seen. The man had decorated Abby’s teen walls ten years ago. He was one of the few things Abby would let interrupt hier studies. Lucas had been Abby’s teenage fantasy. Danica has known Abby for two years since she had worked at the hotel. Danica said to come look at her phone it was a sex tape of Lucas and it made Abby hotter than hot. Danicia told Abby that Lucas had a meltdown at his concert  that night and had walked off the stage and left his band there and didn’t return.  Then about three in the morning Abby got a call about renting a penthouse but the person said they would be there in two minutes and hung up before Abby could get a name or credit card information.   Then walked in a nerdy looking man who seem to fit the voice on the phone then behind him came Lucas Ford. he was renting Penthouse A for a week. Abby couldn’t believe her eyes to actually see her long time idol. Then he sits down across the lobby and lights a cigarette Abby has to go over and tell him he can’t have a lit cigarette in a hotel  lobby in Colorado Lucas calls her Abby the Asskicker bit not in a rude way.  Lucas felt he was being held back creatively by his record label. Lucas had called down and specifically asked for Abby when Abby got on the phone he wanted her to come to the penthouse she said she was still working but she could bring him some food o she made him a quick sandwich and grabbed the bottle of booze he had requested and went to his room. But he was very rude to Abby and she told him off and left his room in a huff even left her blazer there in the room. Lucas knows he must write a song that will be a hit for his record company then he can produce his fourth and final album for them.   The next time Abby comes back to work she finds out she inspired Lucas and he wrote a song and his record label even liked it and Abby became his muse.

I didn't like this book’s beginning chapters. I felt it was just crass so I didn’t even try to make myself finish this book. If I can’t at least like the beginning of a book I find I just can’t get into it no matter how it ends. I am sure someone else loved this book just wasn’t for me.

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The Right Kind of Reckless (Reckless Hearts) - Heather Van Fleet

Lia hit her soon to be ex boyfriend Travis  in the nose after he had caught him having sex with her coworker Aubrey outside the bar Jimney’s that  they worked at by the dumpster. Lia worked there Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. She was also a barista at  a coffee shop three days a week.  Patricia lia’s boss was sending her home when the cops had showed up and Lia was arrested. Lia couldn’t call her brother to come bail her out so there was only one person she could trust to call and that was Max who was her brother’s- Collin- best friend. Max answered his phone and even though he was with a one night fling and they had fallen asleep he told Lia he would be there in ten minutes and he was and bailed her out. Lia didn’t have the money to bail herself out as she had just paid her last college tuition payment. Aubrey had accomplished what she had wanted to do from the start when they were both hired the same day. She had ruined Lia. Max made it clear to all the girls he was with they were only one night deals. Max was excited that Lia had called him for help and not Collin. Max deeply loved the one person he couldn’t have his best friends little sister- Lia. Lia had been crushing on Max for years he just didn’t know it. When Max would pull away from Lia it only made her want him more. Collin’s daughter-Chloe/Beaner’s mother had died and Collin had custody of her but Gavin- Collins and Max’s other best friend =they three men had met in bootcamp- adored the little girl. Collin had a beautiful girlfriend Addie and she made a great mom for Chloe. She was also Lia’s only female friend. Then Lia got a notice from the college she was still one thousand dollars short on paying off her tuition and until it was paid she could not get her diploma to get a good job. Travis had dropped the assault charges but the last three days all he did was call and leave voice messages and ask for a second chance and that he wanted Lia back he had said he even understood why she had punched him but  she wanted nothing to do with Travis. Max had been a serial dater but on Wednesday Addie had stopped at the coffee shop with Chloe and told Lia that Max had said he wasn’t dating anymore that he wanted to look for someone and settle down with. Yet all week Max had asked about Lia according to Addie. Lia acted l8ike nothing bothered her it was easier. Lia had played the role of the carefree whack job , she had built that role for the last five years.  Lia had two secret goals - pay off her tuition and get her diploma. Max realized he someday wanted a house, a wife. A couple of kids exactly what he had never had growing up. Eventually while at the bar Lia admitted to Max she was in love with him and had been for awhile  and then turned to walk away as she knew Max loved her but as a best friend/sister. But Max stopped her and told Lia he loved her  for a long time also.

I loved this romance. It was a sweet, fun, and  beautiful read.  I loved the friendship Collin. Max. and Gavin had. Also the one between Lia and Addie. I also loved Collin and Lia’s parents and how they loved Colin’s best friends too. I also loved how Lia’s parents knew max and Lia lobed each other and were all for it. I think Chloe/Beaner Collin’s young daughter added a lot to this book. I couldn’t find anything to complain or dislike in this story and that was great. This book choked me up at times and made me laugh at others. I felt this was also well written. Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the characters and the ins and outs and I highly recommend.

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Up In The Heir - Ruth Cardello

Hailey was in a taxi on her way to a new place to live and job owth her seven year old niece Skye. hailey’s brother ryan and her sister in law had been in a fatal car crash a year ago. Hailey was given full custody of Skye as Ryan had left Hailey to raise Skye on the event of his death. Hailey was still desperately trying to reach Skye. Hailey had lost her job because she had used all her vacation and sick days to be with Skye. Hailey had been in a panic when she seen her current job advertised in the newspaper. Hailer was now the personal assistant to an elderly lady who lived in a mansion by the ocean. Lodging was included as well as a good paycheck and more important medical insurance. It was hardly a dream job but it did pay good and gave Hailey security. The woman shared the same last name as the man who wasn’t there for her when she needed him so bad back in college after her father had died.But they broke up mainly due to immaturity and poor communication.  Hailey had felt college wasn’t for her any more and quit and then left Spencer as all he really seemed to care about was work and that was all he had time for also. Spencer had needed odd jobs to get enough money for used equipment for his garage computer lab. Now Spencer was a millionaire and owned  his own company. Delinda was Hailey’s employer but little did Hailey know she was Spencer’s grandmother and planned on using Hailey to get Spencer back in the family fold. When hailey lost Spencer she did however learn she didn’t need Spencer to survive and that made her stronger. Hailey had left college and went home to her brother Ryan. raising a traumatized Skye didn’t come with instructions. Skye had refused to go to school after her parents death and when forced to she reacted with such deep despair experts were brought in . Skye had completely shut down- refusing to speak . No one expected it to last but it had. With a recommendation from the school and her therapist Skye was to be homeschooled by a certified teacher. Months later Skye was still withdrawn. She refused to see her old friends or to speak. Skey’s teacher - Mrs Tilbury said Skye was working above grade level  as long as all assignments were done in writing. All Skye seemed to enjoy was reading and only the books from Skye’s old house.    Skye had been a free spirited boisterous child but not anymore. Spencer is miserable as well as lonely After finding out he had been lied to all his life by his family about  who his real biological father was.  Spencer had cut himself off from his family.  Spencer works hard in the daylight hours and drinks and runs with fast women at night. Delinda asks hailey to pick up a package for her downtown and Hailey runs into Spencer. Hailey had been Spencer's one true love and Hailey had never really gotten over Spencer. Zthr chemistry and feelings are still there for both Spencer and Hailey.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot as well as the pace a lot. I liked how Spencer grew in this book. This was a quick, enjoyable second romance.book. There was a lot of family drama. I liked the different POVs shown also. I loved the relationship that formed between Skye and Delinda. I advise you to read the first book in this series as it will pull everything together for you. I loved how close Ryan and Hailey had been. I also felt this was well written. I liked Spencer and Hailey together and I liked that Spencer stopped being such a jerk. I liked the characters and the ins and outs and I recommend.

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The Winter Baby - Sheila Newberry, Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Soon after dawn the young woman left Pilgrim’s Way and the Downs. But she got lost again. It was late afternoon by the time she came to the junction of five roads. The young woman took one of the unmade roads and saw a farmhouse in the distance- home- she was almost home. Then she realized she was being followed by a man she tried to run and fell.The young woman was so weary she didn’t try to get up  or cry out. She had reached her journey’s end.  Then the man takes his cap off. The young woman wonders if it is an angel. He offered to help then picks her up and starts toward the farmhouse then he yells to his mother they had a visitor.  The woman introduced herself as Jessie Mason. Then Jessie said the man who helped her was Jessie's youngest son Danny.  The young woman said her name was Kit then said Kathleen The woman was going to clean Kathleen up and put salve on and bandage her feet.  When Jessie removed the young woman's long skirt her legs were bruised as were her arms  as if someone had restrained her. There were also raised red welts on Kathleen’s back. Jessie also knew Kathleen was very pregnant Jessie’s daughter Mary had died about this young woman's age but now she had another young woman to look after and maybe she would stay. Kathleen was now in England. A vet had come to look at the animals. But they asked him to look at Kathleen as he had once been a human doctor before he had ran from his country and ended up in England, the man was Jewish. The doctor said Kathleen was between seventeen and eighteen. The doctor felt Kathleen was eight months pregnant. Also Kathleen had suffered blows to her head and they seemed to have affected her memory. Kathleen found a pile of clothes on the chair that Jessie had left her- that had been Mary’s. Also there was some baby clothes as Mary had a late miscarriage when Mary was about six years old. Then Kathleen went to the bundle she had been carrying and looked through it. There was: a framed picture of Kathleen’s parents, a prayer book, a rosary, her birth certificate and her parents marriage certificate in a brown envelope. She also found her mother’s wedding ring from her first marriage on a silver chain. A small package of love letters with a red silk rose, the letters had been written by her father when her parents were courting.Then  there was a ragdoll Kathleen had dearly loved when she was a child. Last there was a leather pouch with her mother’s brush and comb. When Jessie asked Kathleen about her parents, Kathleen teared up so Jessie dropped the subject and helped Kathleen downstairs. Jessie offered to let Kathleen stay until after the baby was born if not longer. Then Kathleen went into labor and clung to Danny. Kathleen had a baby girl and named her Heather Mary- after her mom and Jessie’s daughter. Danny told the midwife he was the father but Danny already had Marion and they had grown up together and the last year they had been talking of a future together. Danny and Sam are both attracted to Kathleen.

I enjoyed this book a lot. . I loved how Jessie took in a stranger who had been misused and was pregnant and couldn’t remember a lot. I was glad when Marion and Danny married as they had already talked about it. I also loved how Jessie considered Heather her grandchild right away and continued to let Kathleen stay. This was very realistic of the time as far as I am concerned. It drag for me at times. But this was a very good historical novel. I did like the plot also. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

good book and characters

The Winter Baby - Sheila Newberry, Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Soon after dawn the young woman left Pilgrim’s Way and the Downs. But she got lost again. It was late afternoon by the time she came to the junction of five roads. The young woman took one of the unmade roads and saw a farmhouse in the distance- home- she was almost home. Then she realized she was being followed by a man she tried to run and fell.The young woman was so weary she didn’t try to get up  or cry out. She had reached her journey’s end.  Then the man takes his cap off. The young woman wonders if it is an angel. He offered to help then picks her up and starts toward the farmhouse then he yells to his mother they had a visitor.  The woman introduced herself as Jessie Mason. Then Jessie said the man who helped her was Jessie's youngest son Danny.  The young woman said her name was Kit then said Kathleen The woman was going to clean Kathleen up and put salve on and bandage her feet.  When Jessie removed the young woman's long skirt her legs were bruised as were her arms  as if someone had restrained her. There were also raised red welts on Kathleen’s back. Jessie also knew Kathleen was very pregnant Jessie’s daughter Mary had died about this young woman's age but now she had another young woman to look after and maybe she would stay. Kathleen was now in England. A vet had come to look at the animals. But they asked him to look at Kathleen as he had once been a human doctor before he had ran from his country and ended up in England, the man was Jewish. The doctor said Kathleen was between seventeen and eighteen. The doctor felt Kathleen was eight months pregnant. Also Kathleen had suffered blows to her head and they seemed to have affected her memory. Kathleen found a pile of clothes on the chair that Jessie had left her- that had been Mary’s. Also there was some baby clothes as Mary had a late miscarriage when Mary was about six years old. Then Kathleen went to the bundle she had been carrying and looked through it. There was: a framed picture of Kathleen’s parents, a prayer book, a rosary, her birth certificate and her parents marriage certificate in a brown envelope. She also found her mother’s wedding ring from her first marriage on a silver chain. A small package of love letters with a red silk rose, the letters had been written by her father when her parents were courting.Then  there was a ragdoll Kathleen had dearly loved when she was a child. Last there was a leather pouch with her mother’s brush and comb. When Jessie asked Kathleen about her parents, Kathleen teared up so Jessie dropped the subject and helped Kathleen downstairs. Jessie offered to let Kathleen stay until after the baby was born if not longer. Then Kathleen went into labor and clung to Danny. Kathleen had a baby girl and named her Heather Mary- after her mom and Jessie’s daughter. Danny told the midwife he was the father but Danny already had Marion and they had grown up together and the last year they had been talking of a future together. Danny and Sam are both attracted to Kathleen.

I enjoyed this book a lot. . I loved how Jessie took in a stranger who had been misused and was pregnant and couldn’t remember a lot. I was glad when Marion and Danny married as they had already talked about it. I also loved how Jessie considered Heather her grandchild right away and continued to let Kathleen stay. This was very realistic of the time as far as I am concerned. It drag for me at times. But this was a very good historical novel. I did like the plot also. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

— feeling frankenstein
Forever Hunted - Carolina Montague

Kim had been murdered twenty hours ago. Now Kim was on the run from her killers. If they caught her this time and killed her she wouldn’t be coming back. Rakesh was her love, and miracle. Rakesh scanned every bit of news  and Kim asked if there was  news of the virus. Rakesh said nothing that tells him how more than ten thousand died in one night. He said this virus was different from any seen before. According to some information Rakesh’s contact had sent him the injection Kim had been given by Professor Singh was a blend of virus and complex substances for the elderly. That is why it took longer to kill the initial victims. Kim was no longer human she was a vampire. Kim asked if there was anything they could do, anything that will stop the virus.? Rakesh  said first they had to survive. First they were going to Arizona as rakesh had contacts there, places they could stay. Then Rakesh added there was some things he had to tell her before they landed. He told Kim- the one -Kronos- who is chasing them knows  Rakesh. They had been like brothers. This made their escape more  difficult. There were some place the man didn’t know about. Also they couldn’t contact Sean- Rakesh;s contact- until they had better equipment. He added all of the Born-Ones will be inclined to turn on her because he made Kim like him. That held a death sentence. Rakesh told Kim she would have to get used to her new senses. Kim was in the very first stages of Transformation. Rakesh promised it would get easier. When Kim woke from the nightmare of her death, she had fed from Rakesh. Kim had only been a vampire for a couple hours now. Kim had been a olympic gymnast. Born Ones were committed to protecting humans. But they protected their own first. Rakesh told him that his family was trying to find a cure to battle the virus. Because of Kronos Lim and Rakesh had been branded traitors.

I couldn’t really connect with the characters of this book. I am not sure why but it just did not keep my attention It seemed to drag for me. I am sure others will love this book, it just wasn’t for me