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Great Book and Great Characters

Heat - Donna Grant

Nikolai is a dragon shifter who has a special gift of instant memorization. Because of that, he is very solitary. There is one person he doesn’t want to stay away from and when Esther asks for his help, everything in his world will change.

This was the next novel in Donna Grant’s Dark Kings series. As with the others, it didn’t disappoint. I loved it. I loved Nikolai and really loved Esther’s journey. She had appeared in other books, so I was happy she got an HEA. Giving us a different perspective of Ulrik makes me want his book to hurry up and get here! Poor Rhi! She has been my favorite character throughout all of these books and this one had me wanting to punch something for her. It’s driving me nuts not knowing her dragon! I can’t wait for the next book.

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A Little Disappointing

Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra - Anne Rice, Christopher Rice

This is the decades-awaited sequel to Anne Rice’s The Mummy. I was so excited to read it that I had to go and buy the first part and read it first. The first one was almost as good as her vampire books (nobody can top Lestat in my eyes!). Unfortunately, this one wasn’t as good as The Mummy. It character hopped a lot and dragged a bit during the first half. Because of that, I had to keep putting it down and read something else. I know she wrote this with her son, so I don’t know if she wrote half and he wrote half or what, but it was a bit disappointing. The writing was still great, just took too long to get through.

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Didn't Like It

The Bookworm and the Beast - Charlee James

Izzy Simon accepts a 2 week assignment to assist a children’s book author. He’s the gruff to her cheerfulness. She eventually starts to wear on him and he finds himself bending a little bit to her ways.

I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it reminded me very much like a book I read about a year ago. Same set up, situation, and personalities. Because of that, it made it very hard for me to get into it.

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Not Bad

Lies Jane Austen Told Me (Proper Romance Contemporary) - Julie Wright

Emma has been in love with Mr. Darcy ever since she read Pride and Prejudice. When the man she thought to be her Mr. Darcy turns out to be more like George Wickham, her whole world is shaken. However, there may be more to her brother than he seems.

As a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, I had to give this a try. I’ve read some hits and some misses when it comes to other authors, but am always willing to try a new author. This one was kind of in the middle for me. At different times, the characters were a bit annoying misunderstandings just went on a bit long for me. Overall, not a bad book. I would like to try more books from this author.

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not for me

Maybe This Time: A Whiskey and Weddings Novel - Nicole Perkins McLaughlin

12 years earlier- Jen didn’t care about popularity as she went through the halls of Green Hills HS. She had played the lead- Sandy- in the HS adaptation of Grease. She had dyed her hair blonde, wore tight pants and for now she was wanted. Normally Jen was the outcast not that she wanted to be a nobody it was just so much easier not to care. TJ was in Jen’s history class and she had been crushing on him . He was a hot rich nerd. Present day- Jen was at her moms checking on her.Also jen was checking her bank account hoping it hadn’t bounced so far she was ok. She had lost her job at the Maple Springs Community Theater due to Federal funding cuts. Jen hated being broke but until her Broadway dreams came true or the sugar daddy's quit evading her it was probably her destiny.  Jen took the brunt of her mother’s frustration with her life. Jen and her mother really didn’t know how to love each other. Her mother had battled cancer for the last year or so and gave up drinking and smoking but then was still another cyst. Jen was trying to show her mother she cared by showing up daily taking her to the doctor when she needed to go. Making her food or whatever she could do. Sometimes jen wanted to stand on the side of the highway and hitchhike her way out of this life.  Jen had crushed on TJ during middle and HS now she worked for his and his buddies companyStag for several years now as a bartender and recently a temporary receptionist. Jen didn’t have a lot of friends especially female but she really liked Charlotte who was one of TJ’s partners -Dean- and friend’s girlfriend. What Jen didn’t know was when TJ looked at jen all he seen was curvy hips, plump red lips, and colorful tattoos of flowers and fairies. She was an enigma.

I just couldn’t really get into this book. I felt like Jen had a big chip on her shoulder she needed to get rid of. TJ was nice to her and all she usually did was taunt him that was just very immature. Jen had been into TJ since HS but you couldn’t tell by the way she acted as far as I am concerned she was suppose to be an adult. Jen and TJ just don’t jell for me as a couple. If anything TJ is too nice for her. I also felt the end was too rushed. This just wasn’t for me.

great book and great characters

Promise Me Always - Rhonda Shaw

Danny’s nickname was D and his rap persona was DOA. He was famous  rap star now. But as a young man he had accepted help from Terrell and thought of joining his gang but he would have to kill a rival gang member and Danny wouldn’t do it. Terrell let him walk away but told him he would be watching real close and one day when Danny really cared about something he couldn’t live without Terrell would be there and take it. Danny was now in rehab ghe had almost died when he OD'd on Xanax. And Dollar who was his manager/best friend had found him. Danny wanted to change for himself but more he wanted to change for her - Gabrielle - be someone she could be proud of.  She wouldn’t understand the need to use drugs to get through the day. It had been six days since the horrible night at Sanctuary when he had shattered her heart.Gabrielle- just thinking of her name caused Danny’s chest to ache and his heart to pound. Often Danny wanted to find her but then he also remembered what Terrell had said and danny couldn’t /wouldn’t chance it.  Danny remembered Gabrielle’s big green eyes and smile- it took one look and he was hers even though Danny knew she was out of his league. But Danny couldn’t resist even though it was the last thing he wanted.  Gabrielle had just moved into the neighborhood and Danny stuck up for her a couple of time one time he had saved her from Terrell and his gang then he walked her to dance class every night so she was safe. Danny had reached LA with his boys Dollar and Big T and somehow he had made it big. Big T was head of danny’s security now as well as his personal assistant.  Danny still had the journal Gabrielle had given him on their first Christmas together with the embossed D he had filled the journal many times and refilled it with paper and the wear and tear shown but Danny but Danny was determined to have the journal with him until he died. He wrote his lyrics in it.  All danny’s dreams had come true but he wasn’t happy as he had never gotten over or forgotten gabrielle not in six long years. Dollar had pushed danny every step of the way every since that first night he had heard Danny  in a freestyle rap battle  at Sanctuary club in their old stomping grounds. Dollar became dedicated to doing whatever he could to make danny a star and keep him that way. Gabrielle had moved in with brad after dating him for six months and that helped relieve the financial burden of being a single parent to her daughter Dani who was Danny’s child that he didn’t know about and she had tried to tell him but Dollar had deleted her messages and danny had never seen them. Dani shared her mother’s passion for ballet- at one time Gabrielle’s dream had been to be a famous ballerina but then she got pregnant for Dani and dropped out of school. Being with Brad allowed Gabrielle to work at home and be there for Dani.   One night several cars were at Brad’s apartment it turned out to be Danny as Brad’s company was suppose to work with him if Danny signed the contract but then Danny was stunned with Brad called her out and then had her bring dani out. Danny knew the mirror image before him was his daughter and he was furious Gabrielle had never ;let him know about her. Gabrielle had went to school with Kat and then they were in ballet together and now Kat was Gabrielle’s best friend when Gabrielle left brad’s because she realized all he really cared about was himself and his big ego she went to stay with Kay she had nowhere else close to go. Then Danny found out and demanded she and Danny come to live with him where they could be safe and have what they need. He also wanted Gabrielle back and to become a family.

I loved this story. It was an easy quick very enjoyable read. I finished it in one day but then I had problems putting it down also. This book had my interest from beginning until the end. I loved Danny and Gabrielle together. Dani just added to the whole story. There was a lot of emotion in this romance and drama but it all just fit together. I loved the plot and the pace. I don’t usually like going back and forth between the past and the present but the author did this in such a way that i didn’t mind at all. I did choke up at times while reading this book. I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book and that was great. I loved the character and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

good book and characters

Hollow Moon (Decorah Security Series, Book #17): A Paranormal Romantic Suspense Novella - Rebecca York

Knox was a wolf shifter and knew he was being followed. Then he was  told to turn around with his hands in the air. Knox had smelled something wrong in the woods where he had went to spend some wolf time. He should have called for backup as he was the new member of Decorah Security and was a P I  but instead went off on his own and now had been caught. His cousin Cole got him involved in the agency that believed in using shifters talents and Knox liked that.  He was brought to a shack and put in a tin shed and the sick smell of drugs was in the air. Then his captors had put some drugs in a gas form and Knox had thought they were poison but started to hallucinate. He returned to wolf form and when one of his captors opened the door he took off toward the woods they did manage to shot him in his thigh but it went straight through. He was lying on the ground when a women came up to him. Hse was camping and her name was Maggie and she helped Knox and took care of his wound. He still had problems with hallucinating and ended up getting her off because he said they needed sex magic. Then Knox came to and was ashamed but Maggie told him not to be they they had sex but then his captors were coming one was Maggie’s brother Campbell. Maggie covered for Knox as he took off out the back of the tent and Campbell took her with him at gunpoint.

I enjoyed this novella but I would have really liked if it had been a full length book. Things happened so quickly and in this case they did feel very rushed yet I did enjoy the novella. I loved Knox and Maggie together. I also loved that the company used shapeshifters talents. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this novella and I recommend.

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Must Love Horses - Vicki Tharp

Bryan has a prosthetic leg and lives on the large S ranch. Bryan lost his leg while deployed and in the service.  Bryan is basically in charge of construction.  Bryan has adjusted pretty well but there is still pain both real and phantom and some PTSD.Bryan dealt with the pain with painkillers and alcohol.  Sidney was trying to get a job at the Lazy S as a horse trainer. Her parents had been horse trainers before her but had abusive ways and were alcoholics and had been exposed for their abuse and they tainted the chance Sidney had of doing something she loved and she was good at. Bryan recognized the her last name.Sidney had her own horse Eli who was an escape artist and all he wants to do is be near Sidney. Bryan decies to hire Sidney even though his gut told him she could be trouble.  At first Bryan and Sidney don’t get off to a good start  but she does earn Bryan’s respect. Then there is an attraction between Sidney and Bryan but Sidney was afraid of Bryan’s use of alcohol and painkillers she didn’t need the problems after her parents. Bryan let Sidney know he didn’t do casual and Sidney threw out mixed messages.  Then there is some trouble with drugs being taking across the border.

I enjoyed this story but choked up at times. I loved Sidney’s horse Eli and felt he added to this book. I advise you to read the first book in the series so everything goes together and is understood. I thought it was foolish when Bryan and Sidney didn’t have backup when they went up looking for the lost horses. This did drag for me at times but not enough that I didn’t finish and enjoy this. I liked the plot. I felt this could be a realistic portrayal of issues our wounded warriors face. I did like Bryan and Sidney together once she decided to stop fighting their attraction knowing Bryan didn’t do casual. I like the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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Pretty Little Killers - Rita Herron

Five year old Korine wrapped her arms around her daddy’s neck. Korine got to dance on her daddy’s feet. She got a music box and a porcelain doll who Korine decided to name Ruby.  Korine was daddy’s special girl. Then daddy was shot and Korine watched him die. Before joining the FBI Korine worked as a cop in the sex crimes unit. Korine related to the to the victim and understood their desire to have justice. Korine has several family issues as her mother is severely depressed and her brother has drug problems.  Korine is now an rookie agent for the FBI. and had been teamed with FBI special agent Hatcher McGee. Korine had waited her life for the killer to return. Korine and Hatcher had a one night stand and then she never heard from him. Korine and Hatcher are still attracted to each other.   Now Hatcher and Korine are to solve a murder of a corrupt judge. It seems it might be a vigilante killer on the loose. Hatch had spent the last couple of months getting over his wife’s murder and him killing the man who had done it.  After Hatcher’s wife was murdered -even though he was asking for a divorce she was still his wife- Hatch took some time off and used alcohol to try to forget his guilt that he couldn’t get to his wife in time to save her. Hatcher is seeing her ghost everywhere. Hatcher and Korine are trying to ignore their attraction.

I really enjoyed this book. I also liked the pace and the plot. I loved that I didn’t know who the killer was until the end and it was a surprise. I choked up at times I liked how the killer tied the predators death to their crimes. I think there were too many POV’s in this book one of the few things I didn’t like in this book. There really wasn’t romance but lust in this but that was ok. I loved the twists and turns of this book. This book has: serial killers, rape, child molesters, corrupt officials, FBI, and sp much more. This was pretty dark at times but with this type of story it fit. I liked the characters and the twists and turns of this story and I recommend.

not for me

Kian - Melody Anne

Kian was a trauma surgeon and he loves that he was capable of saving a life other doctors couldn’t. When it came to kids he had an extra wide soft side. Hope that he could save one more child kept him moving forward. Kian saw a very pregnant woman and was told she had been stabbed about fifteen to eighteen times. Then Kian realized it was Roxie’s sister -Pamela and she whispered his name. Then she whispered that the little girl had also been stabbed was hos from the one night stand they had four years ago when he was real low. The little girl -Lily- had also been stabbed several times. Pam added you and Roxie need to raise her and this baby if she makes it. Roxie got the call about her sister and knew the routine as she had been a nurse for the last six years. Kian and Roxie had been in love four years ago she left him a very short note and and had left time. Roxie and Pamela’s mom had left them with an alcoholic father and ran off. Kian wants Roxie back when she is back to be with her niece

I didn’t finish this book Maybe if Roxie didn’t go running back and forth I could have got through Kian sleeping with Roxie’s sister Pam when he was suppose to love Roxie so much. Mistakes can be made .Anyway I just got to annoyed and couldn’t finish this book. .

not for me

Kian - Melody Anne

Kian was a trauma surgeon and he loves that he was capable of saving a life other doctors couldn’t. When it came to kids he had an extra wide soft side. Hope that he could save one more child ihim moving forward. Kian saw a very pregnant woman and was told she had been stabbed about fifteen to eighteen times. Then Kian realized it was Roxie’s sister -Pamela and she whispered his name. Then she whispered that the little girl had also been stabbed was hos from the one night stand they had four years ago when he was real low. The little girl -Lily- had also been stabbed several times. Pam added you and Roxie need to raise her and this baby if she makes it. Roxie got the call about her sister and knew the routine as she had been a nurse for the last six years. Kian and Roxie had been in love four years ago she left him a very short note and and had left time. Roxie and Pamela’s mom had left them with an alcoholic father and ran off. Kian wants Roxie back when she is back to be with her niece

I didn’t finish this book Maybe if Roxie didn’t go running back and forth I could have got through Kian sleeping with Roxie’s sister Pam when he was suppose to love Roxie so much. Mistakes can be made .Anyway I just got to annoyed and couldn’t finish this book. .

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Darkest Night: A Romantic Thriller (Sons of Broad) - Tara Thomas

Someone is out to destroy one of the “ pillar” family’s of Charleston. A family not used to being challenged in any way. Tilly and her family had been disgraced when her father had been accused of embezzling from the Benedict’s  company- Benedict shipping-  funds he worked for and destroyed their standing in the community and was shunned  as well as their family even though they moved away eight years ago. Tilly and keaton had grown up together had been each other’s first crush as they were always together as they were also neighbors as well as friends and then  Tilly’s first kiss. Then Tilly and her family moved away.  Keaton is now an eligible bachelor.  Tilly had learned to be independant and take care of herself with both parents dead. Tilly is putting herself through college to be a teacher and working at an upscale “ gentlemen's bar “  doing a horrible job as a server. Tilly and her friend Raven get a lot of berating from the twins that dance on stage. Tilly never expects to see Keaton again. Keaton s at the club to celebrate his college graduation and he is expected to take up his place in the family company. Keaton is struggling to accept what is expected of him. Keaton would rather help the less fortunate and would like to set up a charitable division in the company to help those in need. Keaton’s was close to her brothers even though they have differences. After Tilly and keaton decide to start a relationship violence starts to be connected in all aspects of her life. The first death was Tilly’s friend Raven from work. Than two dancers from the club. The Gentleman has been involved with all kinds of crime including human trafficking. The Gentleman had raised/ brainwashed Jade and she was his henchman/victim. There was also a family friend staying with the Benedicts for the summer and she is determined to marry Keaton and is not above using blackmail.  The Gentleman lets Tilly and Keaton know he is coming.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read although it had a lot of violence. I advise you to read the prequel novellas first so you understand all you need to know going into the series. I felt this was a good mystery. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what happened next It was fairly easy to figure out who the killer was. There was instalust involved. But I did think there were too many characters, too fast and that took away from the book.  I liked the plot and the pace. This book had: betrayal, suspense, murder, romance, deep secrets, revenge, jealousy, danger, and so much more. I liked the characters a lot and loved the many twists and turns of this book and I recommend.

great book and great characters

A Mother's Love - Charlotte Hubbard

Rose’s mother Lydia was dying from cancer and Rose prayed all night for God to heal her. Gracie was Rose’s five year old precious daughter. Rose and her family were Amish. It had been very hard and sad this fall and winter as last summer there had been a fire at the sawmill that took Rose’s father and husbands- Nathan’s- lives. Rose’s mother had been in remission from breast cancer as a young woman for the last thirty years. After losing her husband Lydia’s cancer seem to come back with a vengeance. Lydia told Rise there was a stationary box in her drawer that would explain everything. Lydia also added not to try to find her they had promised Rose wouldn’t  After her mother passed away rose went and got the box and she found out Lydia and Myron were not her biological parents. She had been born of a sixteen year old girl during her rumspringa - Roseanne and a boy named Joel had left the Amish as he was an artist. Lydia had been crying when Roseanne’s great aunt seen her and found out because of the cancer Lydia would never be able to have her own child.  Afew hours after Rose was born it was set up for Lydia and Myron to adopt baby Rose. Roseanne stayed with Lydia and Myron for eight months  until Rose had been weaned. After she had left she went by Anne as she had left her Rose behind.  Rose went to the store owned by Sam. Rose and a man collided as he came into the shop. Sam told rose the man’s name was Matthias and he had a harness shop in Willow Ridge. Matthias asked what he could do for Rose Matthias thought about a date and he was shocked as he had not thought about another woman since Sadie his wife had died with their unborn first child  three years ago.  As Matthias was moving to Morning Star he realized this was the first time he had lived alone in his life’ He also thought how Gracie would bring this house to life. He also thought about Rose. Rose went around to neighboring time and left index cards on the message board at the plain stores  asking for work as she needed to support herself and Gracie. She got a call from the Senior Center in Morning Star to cook. They had a plain woman before and the people living there had loved her cooking. But the woman had to leave. Rose was offered the job and Gracie could be with her. After a rain storm Sherrie Rose an vacant apartment where her and Gracie could stay during the week instead of going back and forth every day. Gracie made friends with the people that lived at the center. Mathias said he would keep their horse and buggy. Rose also met her biological mother Anne and Anne’s mother in law Martha Meade.

I loved this book it showed a lot about the Amish way of life and how the Amish still sin and have to ask God to forgive them and to trust God to lead them in his will. I loved Rose and Matthias together and felt Gracie was the star of this book.  I loved Anne and her mother in law  and Sherrie also. This was just an enjoyable easy read. I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book  and that was of course absolutely great!!!  At times I smiled and at times I choked up while reading this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

Great Story and Characters

Windswept - Sabrina Jeffries, Deborah Martin

Welsh widow Catrin Price is haunted by a family death curse. Any man she marries without first drinking from an ancient Druid chalice that was sold by her ancestor long ago is doomed.

This is an early book from Sabrina Jeffries, whose stories I absolutely love. Unlike her other books, this one has a mystical element and Welsh mythology, one type of mythology I’ve never read before. As with her other stories, the characters and story were well written. I enjoyed every bit of it. I highly recommend.

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Great Story and Characters

The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis - Christina McKnight Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefield, comes from a notorious family. Because of this, he’s determined to live above the reproach of society. Samantha Pengarden is an illegitimate daughter of an infamous Madame. Where Elijah wants to live a respectable life, Samantha has a bit more of a scandalous mindset. When Elijah first meets Samantha, he thinks he’s found a kindred spirit in his quest to have a normal life. It doesn’t take him long to figure out that he was wrong. This book was about two people who come from dysfunctional families way before it was mainstream. Their meeting is happenstance when they both need someone that will understand, From their first meeting, there’s a mutual attraction. What starts from there, grows into a closeness and eventually love that helps them both heal. This was a great book. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

Decent Retelling of a Classic

Mr. Rochester - Sarah Shoemaker

Mr. Rochester tells the story of the enigmatic Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. It starts out when he’s a boy and up through Jane Eyre, all through his eyes.

This was a pretty decent book, especially for those that always wanted to know more about this famous character. I’ve read plenty of books about Mr. Darcy but this is the first I’ve seen from this character. I recommend.

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