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Regency Romance The Music of Love By Isabella Thorne

 

 

(4-in-1 Boxed Set): The Amelia Atherton Collection

(The Amelia Atherton Sweet and Wholesome Regency Romance Series)

Regency Romance The Music of Love
Regency Romance The Music of Love

 

STORY-LINE:

In this boxed set, we find Lady Amelia Atherton, the darling of the ton and Commander Samuel Beresford, Royal Navy, butting heads and hearts.  After dancing with the Commander, Amelia’s intrigued, but knows he’s beneath her.  She, the darling of the ton, a diamond of the first water, can have any man she wants.

However, when Samuel’s brother’s poisoned, and Amelia father’s killed, her world comes apart.  No longer the darling of the ton, but the next bit of gossip and ward of her odious Uncle, the new Duke.  She’s convinced her father was murdered, Samuel’s convinced someone’s trying to kill his brother.  Can these two join forces, discover the mysterious circumstances surrounding the misadventures and come out with hearts still free and intact?  My romance book reviews follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

This boxed set is played out in four separate tales bundled together.  I like reading from one drama to the next without having to wait for the upcoming release.  With fast-paced plotting and an intriguing storyline, Thorne enthralls the reader immediately.  I found the pace smooth and steady as each drama progresses smoothly without interruption or feeling

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Otto’s Offer By Zina Abbott

 

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Otto's Offer
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STORY-LINE:

Otto Atwell joined the Army to right wrongs.  He left with disillusionment and a limp which is painful and at times unbearable and debilitating.  Nevertheless, he successfully homesteads near Abilene, Kansas close to his extended family and parents.  He considers himself a cripple which no woman would want or love.

Traveling to Kansas as a mail-order bride, Libby Jones, finds herself rejected by her future husband.  Not only does he reject her, but to recoup his money, he wants to sale her to the local brothel.  He grabs Libby by the hair to drag her off to the brothel.  Otto’s extended family offers her a place in their home as a servant in return for paying him off.  Then Otto steps forward with an offer of marriage.  Libby rejects him in favor of going with his extended family.  He thinks she refused him because of his disability.

Libby has secrets she can’t reveal, and danger is on her trail.  Will she come to regret her refusal when her past comes knocking?  My romance book reviews follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

With a storyline of wounded people, hope, and redeeming love, this book will grab you and not let go. Otto and Libby have wounds, and they must face their devils and put them to rest.  Each is a strong individual to have survived what

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Chasing Love By Carolina Johnson

 

(Rocky Brook Cowboys Book 3)

Chasing Love by Carolina Johnson
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STORY-LINE WILDFLOWERS BY EMMA HARPER:

In Wildflowers, authored by Emma Harper, the reader will find bonus content containing 12 delightful stories.  I chose to review the bonus story entitled Bridget And The Lonely Rancher.  Bridget’s father decided to send her and her sister, Lydia, to America to escape the poverty of Ireland.  To ensure her safety, she posed as a widow with a small daughter.  She became a teacher, but life was hard in the tenements.  When a rival from Ireland informs the Catholic board she was never married, no one would listen to the real story.  Everyone turned their back on her, including her tenement neighbors.  Knowing her life can’t get any worse, she finds an unconventional answer to her problems.

Answering an ad for a mail-order bride to mother four small children and help on the farm, they travel to Wyoming.  Met by Carlton Briggs, three small children, and a baby, Bridget finds herself wrapped in the arms of love by the children.  Not so much by Carlton, who was not expecting another child.  Through attraction, trials, tribulations, villains, and death, they forge a relationship. However, Bridget is not the only one hiding secrets, Carlton’s life is closed and filled with secrets.  Will these two let go of the past and grab the future by both hands?

When the farm and town are threatened, Carlton must make decisions which will change his life.  Will he make the right choice?  Or will he allow evil to win?   My romance book reviews follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although Wildflower has a total of 13 stories and 862 total pages,  I reviewed this tale.  This story’s filled with action and drama.  Beginning in the East, Harper takes the reader west to

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Valentine's Book Blitz
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Unchained Melody By Cynthia Roberts

 

 

 

Unchained Melody by Cynthia Roberts
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UNCHAINED MELODY BY CYNTHIA ROBERTS:

In the romance, Unchained Melody by author Cynthia Roberts, Pamela Landers, young up and coming attorney has it all.  Wealthy, owns a high-priced condo, drives an expensive car and a career soon headed for partnership;  so, what’s missing?  Ah, elusive love, husband, and children are missing from her life.  Work has been her life up to this point.  On vacation in ski country, she and fate will collide.

Meeting Gavin for the first time minutes before she see’s his car plummet off the snowy roadside cliff, Pamela, immediately knew she had to try to help him.   Sit back, get comfortable, as fate will step in and perhaps unchain Pamela’s heart in the form of handsome, wealthy, and secretive Gavin Templeton.  My romance reviews follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Does love at first sight exist?  Ask Pamela and Gavin, as they will have an answer for you.  In Unchained Melody, the author gives the reader the premise of attraction and love at first sight.  Pamela’s character has locked her heart away as

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His Stubborn Sweet Bride By Chloe Carley

 

A Christian Romance Novel

His Stubborn Sweet Bride
His Stubborn Sweet Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HIS STUBBORN SWEET BRIDE:

Proper English gentleman Nate Trowbridge and his sister, Leonie, inherited a ranch in the wild West of America.  Informed by ranch hand Will everything’s in good shape, they journey to their new inheritance. However, upon arriving their lives take a sharp turn right.

Not only is the ranch in an awful state, but through no fault of his own Nate also finds himself engaged to Irish Molly Clanahan.  Jem, through a series of hilarious events, delivered the proposal letter to the wrong woman. Molly refuses to release him from his written proposal.  Instead of a gently bred young lady he intended to wed, Nate finds himself engaged to a “gold digging hayden” who is holding on to his proposal with an iron grip.  Molly has reasons for refusing to go away quietly;  reasons she holds secret.  Leonie, a hopeless romantic, takes Molly under her wing;  taking Molly’s side against her brother.  Things are heating up on the ranch as Leonie refuses to believe Nate will turn Molly away.

When Molly secretly leaves the ranch, Nate decides to find out Molly’s secrets and history.  He will find his reputation, honor, heart, and his very life, on the line in His Stubborn Sweet Bride.  Oh the adventure ahead for all in this story. My Christian romance book reviews of His Stubborn Sweet Bride follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

What an adventure is in store for the reader in this sweet clean Christian novelChloe Carley filled this novel with mystery, upper-crust English, secrets, and, of course, romance.  With Molly’s desperation to stay and bring Nate to heel, and Nathan’s horror of the situation he found himself, I stayed glued to this story.  Then Carley included a villain that no one would like.  The Wild West was a time of lawlessness, greed, and wicked men.  The villain, Jack, is the perfect example of wickedness;  I couldn’t wait for him to get his due.

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The Doctor’s Love By Faith Crawford

 

A Mail Order Bride Romance

The Doctor's Love
The Doctor’s Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE DOCTOR’S LOVE:

When Felicity Shepherd’s sister and brother-in-law are killed in an accident, she and her sister’s child, Rosa, are left destitute.  Seeing no other way of support for her and Rose, she answers a mail order bride advertisement from Doctor Andrew Rivers in Montana.

However when she arrives, she finds Doctor Rivers’ sister advertised for a bride, and Andrew wants no part of it.   A kind man, he offers her a position as his housekeeper.  Felicity is stricken with Andrew’s kind heart and ways.  With Felicity keeping house for him and coming closer, he still did not want a wife, but she still wants a husband.  Enter stage right, the young law clerk Victor Godwin.  Victor wants a wife and begins to court Felicity.  Will Rivers see the competition squiring Felicity about town and have a change of heart?  Has he waited too late to realize his interest in the beguiling Felicity?  My romance book reviews of The Doctor’s Love follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

The Doctor’s Love is a short, sweet romance which is an excellent read.  Faith Crawford created a kind man in Andrew Rivers, but one who is also blind to what he needs and really wants.  As she developed his character, it is fantastic to see him realize what he gave up in haste.

I found Felicity’s desperation to marry one of an immature young woman who had always been taken care off by her sister and brother-in-law.  Felicity matures by leaps and bound in this sweet clean romance.  She goes from a frightened young woman to a mature one who learns the value of her worth and earning a living.  I loved watching her grow into an independent person.  Including Rosa was a great stroke by Crawford, she is a beautiful child.  Who

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Love’s Cure By Emily Murdoch

 

First Street Church Romances: Love’s Cure

Love's Cure
Love’s Cure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE’S CURE:

Love’s Cure is the fourth book in the Sweet Grove Beginnings series.  Featuring Doctor Gerald Anderson and Mariana Bryant, Emily Murdoch enlarges the town with a doctor and explores Mariana’s blindness.  Geralds run from or driven out of every town he set up practice since losing a patient in a terrible mill accident.  Sweet Grove could be the place of solitude, peace, and new beginnings he needs.

Mariana Bryant blinded by an incompetent doctor at the age of four has no love for doctors.  Upon meeting Doctor Gerald Anderson, her opinion does not change.  Determined to ignore him, she gives him the cold shoulder.  However, God has other plans for these two as they struggle with secrets and inadequacy.  My romance book reviews of Love’s Cure follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Sweet Grove, Texas, a small community populated by Bryants, features in each story in this series .  However, adding a doctor, to the population is the beginning of growth.  Each of the Bryant’s are building a life in Sweet Grove. The brother’s stories are in earlier books in this series, and each is a standalone read.  However, to increase your enjoyment, I would suggest reading the entire series.

Mariana, twin to Pastor Thomas Bryant, craves independence, as well as, wishing everyone would not hover over her.  She is fiercely independent, strong, and her ability to move in her surrounding impressive.  With her hatred and slanted view of doctors, Gerald Anderson has a long road ahead to change her mind.  Two souls destined to come together, they have faith in God.  However, they can not understand the workings of God in their individual situations;  they have suffered much in life.  Mariana wants a family but sees no way that will happen.  Gerald wants only peace in Sweet Grove until he sees Mariana and realizes he wants it all;   Mariana, a family, and his practice.

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Any Way You Want It By Monique McDonell

 

 

An Upper Crust Series Novel (The Upper Crust Series Book 5)

Any Way You Want It by Monique McDonell
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STORY-LINE ANY WAY YOU WANT IT BY MONIQUE MCDONELL:

Author Monique McDonell created a sweet heartwarming romance in Any Way You Want It.  It is an entertaining light read which will hold your attention. Grab a comfortable seat because you will read this book straight through. Chloe ran from her former life, a member of a strict religious cult, straight into the arms of an unprincipled man.  Shy, introverted, naïve, and unworldly, Chloe ran when she realized what he was.  Finally finding a home with her Uncle in a small, close-knit town, Chloe runs the local ice cream parlor after his retirement.

Moose, AKA Tom, knew Chloe’s special from their first meeting.  Unsure how to get Chloe’s attention, Moose shows up just as the nightmare from her former life appears.  She has a stalker, who is ugly and vindictive, with plans to make her life miserable. Chloe’s terrified and thinks she’s all alone in her fight; she finds Moose, and the town has her back. Will shy introverted Chloe find happiness with outgoing, extroverted Moose?  Can Chloe overcome her insecurities to grab life with both hands?

Come along with Chloe, Moose, and the community as they fight evil, bring justice to Chloe, as well as, find happiness and love along the way.  My romance book reviews of Any Way You Want It, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a well-crafted romance novel, McDonell filled this story with emotion and life lessons.  McDonell enables the

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The Whispering Room By Dean Koontz

 

The Whispering Room
The Whispering Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE WHISPERING ROOM BY DEAN KOONTZ:

In The Whispering Room, Jane Hawke is on the run. Not only is she running for her and her son’s life, but Jayne is also trying to stop a conspiracy which could end life in America as we know it.   A group of powerful and influential men have plans for the American people.  Jane is determined to find and destroy as many of them as she can.  As well as, unravel the real purpose of the conspiracy.

Jayne’s husband supposedly committed suicide.  However, when other suspicious suicides occur, Jayne follows the trail to a place no one would suspect of harboring a nightmare.  Jayne becomes a predator as she finds clue after clue.  Jayne is hunting the hunters and kicking butt.  Will Jayne become as bad as the men she is hunting or will they find her first?  My mystery suspense book reviews of The Whispering Room follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

The second book in the Jane Hawke novel’s is a roller coaster ride of action and suspense, as well as, thought-provoking and chilling. When technology is in the hands of a few greedy demented people, evil easily occurs.  Dean Koontz explores the avenues open to the greedy few in high places and the results.  While nothing is as it

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Cold Comfort By Trevor Douglas

 

Bridgette Cash Mystery Thriller Book 1

Cold Comfort
Cold Comfort

 

STORY-LINE:

Cold Comfort, the first book in the Bridgette Cash Mystery Series, features Bridgette Casseldhorf;  she’s a rookie detective on her first murder investigation.  No one believes Bridgette when she is sure they have a serial killer at large; least of all her crusty opinionated partner.  As a result, will she convince the powers in charge or will they ignore the rookie detective as a killer plies his trade?  My book reviews follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Cold Comfort is a fast-paced, nonstop thriller.  The author grabbed me immediately and did not let go until the final page.  He held me in the palm of his hand with descriptive writing, many twists and turns, multi-plotting, and the vividly choreographed scenes.

Each character is fully developed;  from the self-serving Assistant Commissioner to the savvy, intelligent serial killer.   Trevor Douglas‘ writing is fluid and flows smoothly.  His portrayal of the crusty, socially clueless, seasoned detective, Lance Hoffman, is excellent.   With retirement in less than three months, Hoffman has little time for social niceties. Watching Hoffman and Casseldhorf warm up to each other is a thing to behold.  Including the compassionate, understanding, seasoned Chief Inspector, Felix Delray balanced the scales of tension between Hoffman and Casseldhorf. Then, the author added a self-serving obnoxious Assistant Commissioner of the Hartbourne Metropolitan Police, Leo Cunningham.  What a stroke of genius;  this added another layer of controversy and departmental jealousy to the storyline.

Trevor Douglas gave Bridgette a background of a family torn apart by murder and accusation.  He then added in a police conspiracy, which ramped up the plot.  As she slowly learns more and more including the involvement of the police force, she is also on the trail of an intelligent, savvy, and prolific serial killer.  For good measure, he threw in a jurisdictional take over by the FBI.  However,  Bridgette and the team are one step ahead of the Feds.  I had a good laugh when Chief Delray ——-, no that would be a spoiler.  You can only get the scoop by reading Cold Comfort.

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Love, Stock, and Barrel By Crystal L. Barnes

 

 

 

 

BEST SELLER ON AMAZON

 

 

Love, Stock, And Barrel
LOVE, STOCK & AND BARREL

 

 

Head-Strong Woman On The Run

Poor Cowboy With A Passel of Family Responsibility

Mysteries And Questions

 

 

 

 

This is the second book in the series, Marriage and Mayhem;  it is a stand-alone novel;  you do not have to read the first book to enjoy Love, Stock, And Barrel.  This is a lovely clean Christian western romance.  I was hooked me from the first page to the end of the tale.  She has the art of storytelling fine-tuned.

STORY-LINE:

In this novel, Dinah (D. J.) Lexington, a skilled gun smith,  is on the run from an uncaring father and a philandering fiance. (There is a story behind using her initials for her name).  After finding her mother’s diary, she knows where she is going;  West, Young Woman, Go West!  she travels West dressed as a boy.

She finds unanswered questions and mysteries in her mother’s diary and is on a mission to find Pete Atkins in Crystal Falls, Texas.  For reasons unknown to Dinah, before her death, her mother hired a private detective to find Pete.  To add to the mystery, her mother’s maiden name was Atkins. Why was her mother looking for Pete Atkins? 

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Bright by Mary Paddock

 

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STORY-LINE BRIGHT BY MARY PADDOCK:

In Bright, Hannah Whitfield’s a married woman having an affair.  It was not planned but happened slowly from friendship and flirtation.  From the loneliness of her marriage, she needs reaffirmation she’s someone with thoughts, desires, and worth.  It was to be a light affair with the terms of “when it’s over it’s over,” agreed by Hanna and Clint.

As a Christian, she knows its wrong and finds it harder and harder to live with herself.  She decides to break off the affair, confess to her husband Jeff, and concentrate on her marriage.  Although Clint appears to accept her decision, he is far from ready to give up Hanna.

Jeff although devastated by Hanna’s revelation, admits she was not alone in her transgressions;  his inattentiveness led to her seeking love and affirmation from another man.  Deciding to work on their marriage, they are making progress and plan a camping trip to renew their closeness.

However, Clint appears at their campsite with plans of his own.  Clint’s plans change the course of Jeff, Hanna, and their children’s lives forever.  No one will ever be the same again.  My book reviews of Bright follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Mary Paddock has the rare talent of storytelling at its best in Bright.  I found myself engrossed in the characters and the storyline immediately as she led me through the “why” of Clint and Hanna’s affair.  Why did a thirty-something woman with a successful career, a husband, and three children risk everything?  This question had many layers which Paddock skillfully revealed.  As humans, we have a tenancy to become self-absorbed, uncommunicative, and blind to everyday issues and relationships;  we tend to bury our heads in the sand.  Mary Paddock skillfully wove these characteristics into Jeff’s personality.  In turn, revealing the effect upon Hanna and their marriage.  Hanna was ripe for the plucking when Clint entered her life.  However, nothing turned out as she thought.  As a result, disaster waited just ahead for Hanna and her family as Clint revealed his real personality. 

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Operation Sunset: A Thriller By Leslie Wolfe

Operation Sunset: A Thriller
Operation Sunset: A Thriller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE OPERATION SUNSET: A THRILLER BY LESLIE WOLFE:

A villainous Russian psychopath filled with overwhelming greed for power and money has an unimaginable plan to destroy America; and possibly the world.  Alex Hoffman has chased him for years.  She has a knack for seeing what no one else can see.  However, this time she must succeed in finding and eliminating this evil or the consequences are unthinkable.  Failure is not an option.  My book review of Sunset Operation: A Thriller follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Operation Sunset: A Thriller, Leslie Wolfe created a roller coaster ride of excitement, thrills, chills, suspense, and a scenario which so easily happen in our world. With a heroine who is almost a genius in stepping in the villain’s shoes and seeing the game of a villain extraordinaire, Operation Sunset: A Thriller grabbed me immediately and did not let go.

I found the characters full-bodied and realistic even though they are almost superheroes. In creating Alex, Wolfe gives the reader a heroine who is also human. All families are not blood-related, and this investigation team is definitely a family. I could feel their closeness and their awe of Alex’s talent. The suspense Wolfe wove into this storyline is palpable. I found myself almost gripping my chair as they race to save America and ferret out the identity of the villain. Alex has chased the elusive man known to her only as “V” for years. He has always been one step ahead as he spreads mayhem, murder, and unsavory deeds across the world.

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Two Hearts One Stone By Josephine Blake

 

 

A Valentine’s Novella

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STORY-LINE TWO HEARTS, ONE STONE:

Josephine Blake‘s, novella Two Hearts One Stone, is a fast-paced romance during the Valentine Season in Churchgrove.  Henry Moscow’s the town grouch, never a smile’s seen on his face;  he’s always seen with a frown of disapproval.  Churchgrove’s decorated for Valentines Day.  With pink everywhere, Henry feels sick to stomach; what an absolute waste of time!  After all, Henry doesn’t believe in love or Valentine’s Day romance.  Even his beautiful daughter, Giselle cannot change his mind about Valentines Day.

When the annual courtship auction begins, Giselle enters the festivities.  Henry sees a line of young women, waiting for the men to bid.  All are young except for the last woman in line, Miss Hadisham.  A middle-aged conservatively dressed widow, Emily Hadisham, owner of the only dress shop in town.  She stands in the mist of the town beauties.  When no one bids for her, Henry can not allow her the humiliation; he immediately offered $50.00 for the pleasure of her company at dinner.

As a result, an adventure begins for Henry and Miss Hadisham.  Come with them, as Miss Hadisham melts Henry’s hard heart and his outlook on life.  My romance book reviews of Two Hearts One Stone follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short novella of 62 pages, Josephine Blake included everything needed to entertain the reader.  A light, quick relaxing read, I enjoyed watching Henry and Miss Havisham’s romance unfold.  Novellas by their nature do not give the author time to develop the characters or plot as their parent, the novel.  However, Blake did an excellent job of constructing the romance and bringing it to a successful conclusion.

With characters which were believable, plotting in line with the length of the book and a credible premise, I read Two Hearts, One Stone straight through.  The pace of the story, consistent throughout the book, did not bog down or lag.

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Inspired Heart by Caroline Johnson

 

Clean Mail Order Bride Western Romance

INSPIRED HEART BY AROLINE JOHNSON
INSPIRED HEART, COVER

 

STORY-LINE INSPIRED HEART:

A short light read Inspired Heart’s a sweet western romance by author Carolina Johnson.  Rebecca’s a young widow left with nothing except two gold twenty dollars pieces, a watch, and her wedding band.  Left to rely on her landlady’s kind heart, Rebecca can’t find work.  Placing an ad in the Matrimony Times as a mail order bride, Rebecca receives a proposal from Ryan Wilder in Texas.  After an attack from her landlady’s nephew, Rebecca takes the little she owns and heads to Ryan in Texas.

When bandits attach the stage-coach outside Ryan’s hometown, Rebecca loses her memory.  What follows is an adventure of a lifetime for Rebecca. What will happen to Rebecca with this newest disaster?

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Eden’s Gate By Charles Roberts

 

Eden's Gate
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STORY-LINE EDEN’S GATE BY CHARLES ROBERTS:

Married to southern tobacco plantation and slave owner Lionel Hawthorne, Lavinia Williams comes to love her slave family. Left by her husband to run the tobacco plantation Lavinia cares for her slave family and farms. When Lavinia discovers blue-eyed slave Henny, she sees Lionel’s betrayal.

Born into an abolitionist family, Lavinia slowly realizes the cruelty and injustice of slavery. The line between love and hate’s small as Lionel’s betrayals mount through the years. However, can she betray the man she loves to give her slave family their greatest wish? My book reviews of Eden’s Gate follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Where do I start with this book review?  I hope my less than skillful reviews of Eden’s Gate create a desire to know more. Eden’s Gate is an epic drama of life in 1853 Southern Virginia, the industry which drove the economy, and the infancy of the abolition movement. Following Lionel Hawthorne and his wife Lavinia, author Charles Roberts skillfully shows the life of slavery. Far from the romantic notion of balls, gentle manners, and soft days of plenty, Roberts digs under the false idealism.  As a result, Charles Roberts shows the reality of slavery and the desire for freedom.

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A Bark In The Night By M. K. Scott

The Talking Dog Detective Agency Book 1

A Bark In The Night
A Bark In The Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-INE A BARK IN THE NIGHT BY M. K. SCOTT:

Nala, preschool teacher, decided to try her hand at discreet private investigations during summer break. After all, P. I. work has to be better than demanding parents and whining children. However, Nala did not know she would have a partner; one with four legs and the ability to talk, known as, Max part German Shepard and part “who knows.”

With a mother demanding grandchildren, a father who protects and serves, talking dog Max, and a love interest in the newest addition to the police force, Nala’s life is far from dull. Come along as Nala begins an adventurous career in discreet private investigations. My cozy mystery book reviews of A Bark In The Night follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A Bark In The Night by author M. K. Scott is the hilariously funny tale of the trials of Max and amateur P.I. Nala. I laughed and laughed reading this book. Without a doubt, Max is the star of the story. Full of opinions, odd doggy attitudes, smart-aleck insights, and transparent, manipulative maneuvers, Max will grab your heart just as he did Nala’s. Every good P. I. needs a Max, especially if you are new to the game and the dog has been around a time or two.

Although the cases take a back seat to Max and Nala, I found myself enthralled with the storyline and the characters.  The authors filled this story with good feelings; a tight family who has its quirks, a woman determined to find her niche and succeed, and a dog in need of a loving master and permanent home with a job to perform.  Giving the reader all of these and more, you will love this sweet, feel-good story.

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At Bobby Trivette’s Grave By Donna D. Vitucci

 

At Bobby Trivette's Grave
At Bobby Trivette’s Grave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE AT BOBBY TRIVETTE’S GRAVE:

A profound, intense novel, At Bobby Trivette’s Grave, follows two families through guilt and grief.  Teenage Dru’s in love with Bobby Trivette.  Both from families with issues, they follow the usual pattern of teenagers growing up and falling in love in a small town.  However, their story takes a massive detour of grief and guilt when Bobby’s killed in an auto accident.   Dru’s grief will cause both families to take a look at their lives and the reason for how they lived, as well as, face their despair and guilt.

My contemporary fiction book reviews of At Bobby Trivette’s Grave follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I am not sure where to start with this review.  Firstly, let me say, author Donna D. Vitucci‘s, a talented author, however, At Bobby Trivette’s Grave was not the book for me.  That said, I must also commend the author for a well-written and well-developed bookVitucci created a deeply emotional story-line as she dove into the life of two families in small-town Paris, Kentucky.  Secrets abound, along with regrets, and lives wasted.  One action by each changed the entire structure of their lives.

In At Bobby Trivette’s Grave, Donna Vitucci demonstrated the futilely of carrying guilt and the destruction it causes.  For me, the pace was a little slow for the first half of the book.  However, it picked up in the middle.  Vitucci gave detailed emotional background on the characters and developed them skillfully.  Even though this book was not for me, I much appreciate the skillful refreshing writing, creative original story-line, an in-depth look into small-town Paris’ families.  For the right audience, this book will be a winner.

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Forgive Me by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole

Second Chance Book 1

Forgive Me
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STORY-LINE FORGIVE ME BY JENNIFER YOUNGBLOOD AND SANDRA POOLE:

Delia has everything any woman could want.  She has wealth, a prominent place in society, and a loving fire-breathing lawyer husband.  However, Delia is far from happy.  Pulling herself out of the muck and mire of her deprived and impoverished white trash past, Delia finds her demons have caught up with her.  You can only run so long, and Delia is at the end of the course when her daughter Sybil and her granddaughter, Mattie, move to her old hometown.  A place Delia has tried to bury and erase.

Sybil, unknowingly, has stepped into a powder keg of rage, mystery, and secrets, along with romance in small-town Tick Ridge.  My mystery romance book reviews of Forgive Me follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Forgive Me is a story full of dysfunctional family dynamicsJennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole filled this story with shame, guilt, betrayal, secrets, and mystery.  This story is a roller coaster ride of emotion from the first pages.  I felt I had been rung-out by the time I finished this awesome book.  Facing a past which she had tried to put behind her is devastating for Delia.  For Sybil facing what her life has become and standing up for herself is just as traumatic.

Delia and Sybil discover redemption is not easy to find nor are second chances.  Delia has it all;  wealth, a loving husband, and social position, yet her past haunts her daily with all its trauma and devastation.  Following Delia through this story is emotionally draining.  It’s a rocky journey loaded with insecurities and pitfalls which added tension and intrigue to the storyline.  Youngblood and Poole slowly revealed the secrets Delia held for decades.  As a result, Delia’s past had me in tears.  Sybil thought she had it all when she married the love of her life.  As the year’s pass, she found she’s just barely treading water and sinking fast.   Although not an easy journey, Sybil slowly gains insight into her life.

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The Opposition By Alicia Bryant

 

 

The Opposition by Alicia Bryant
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STORY-LINE THE OPPOSITION:

The Opposition is an intense legal drama in civil court, but also an excellent romance.  Sophia Grant, up and coming lawyer with a large Chicago firm, finds herself presenting her best friend Michael in a five million dollar lawsuit.  Michael, a talented engineer, accused of selling trade secrets, is beside himself.  Brilliant, yet nerdy, Michael and Sam set out to prove his innocence.

Opposing counsel in the case, Sam Hayes, is handsome, quiet, smart, sincere, and just plain yummy.  Sophia and Sam have an instant attraction which grows as they each work for their clients in this suit.  Ethically they cannot be more than friends, yet, the lure steams in the background.

Grab a comfortable seat, my contemporary women’s fiction book reviews of The Opposition follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, let me say, I enjoyed this legal romance story.  Following the case from start to finish was enlightening as the reader gets a close up look at the civil legal system.  Character driven, the story’s unique and will appeal to anyone who enjoys a romance with substance.

Secondly, author Alicia Bryant included twists and turns in the plotting.  I was not expecting the final unexpected twist and revelation.  The pacing of the story was in line with the length of the story and did not lag or bog down.

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Lions And The Living Dead By Ruby Loren

 

Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 4

Lions And The Living Dead
Lions And The Living Dead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LIONS AND THE LIVING DEAD BY RUBY LOREN:

Madi is back in the thick of things In Lions And The Living Dead.  Called to the Pendalay Zoo by the new owners, she finds animals in pressing need of unique habitats and long-term rehabilitation.  Working with a PR team is not her idea of helping the animals, but the new owners need a brand new image for Pendalay.  Things go from bad to worse in Ruby Loren‘s latest Madison Amos cozy mystery.  The animals are in serious condition, threats of animal confiscation from the authorities, and hostile employees are just the beginning of Madi’s troubles.  My mystery book reviews of Lions And The Living Dead follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Will Madi ever have a peaceful straightforward rehabilitation for zoo animals?  If so, it’s not happening in Lions And The Living Dead.  Madi and Lowell arrive to find a zoo in desperate need.  The animals are listless, bored, and entirely uninspired.  Also, Madi must work with the PR team;  which she considers a waste of her time as the animal behavioral expert.  However, things heat-up quickly in Loren’s multi-plot tale as Madi’s drawn into another murder mystery.

With plots ranging from a stalker, murder, hostile employees, and questionable law enforcement, Madi will not find this job easy.  As a result, Madi grows and matures in this book as she learns to stand up for herself in her career and with Lowell.  As usual, Loren included humor which had me laughing at the Madi snarks and snips.  Loren developed Madi and Lowell’s relationship to a higher degree in Lions And The Living Dead.  Lowell hits Madi with a bombshell which rocks her world, security, and their relationship.

MY OPINION:

The Madigan Amos books keep getting better and better as Ruby Loren develops the storylines and characters to higher degrees.  Loren‘s characters are believable and realistic, as well as, likable.  I found the secondary characters added depth and enhanced the storyline.  With multi-plotting, exciting characters, Lowell’s bombshell, and a “who done it” storyline, I could not put this book down.  Surprises and secrets are in store for Madi, as well as, a murder to solve and a stalker to reveal.  I found the pace of the book fast, and Loren‘s prose flowed smoothly.

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Power Struggle By Carolyn Arnold

 

Detective Madison Knight Series Book 8

Power Struggle
Power Struggle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE POWER STRUGGLE BY CAROLYN ARNOLD:

Constantine Romanov almost killed Detective Madison Knight, ten months ago.  Romanov fled to Russia and his Russian Mafia partners after his arrest.  In Power Struggle, Madison’s in therapy to deal with the aftermath of the trauma Romanov inflicted.  Madison’s called to the murder scene of Jimmy Bates; he’s the man who killed her grandfather. Released from prison and working as an accountant, Bates murder‘s gruesome.  He’s stabbed twenty-seven times.  Madison remembers the death of Lillian Norton; murdered in almost the same fashion.  A crime committed by Constantine Romanov.

Even though Madison’s watching her every move, Romanov leaves a note on her car threatening her and the ones she loves.  Will Madison win this war with Romanov or will he succeed in killing her?  My book reviews of Power Struggle follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Carolyn Arnold created an intense crime drama in Power Struggle.  Giving Madison many issues to overcome, her character’s realistic and believable.  After all, who wouldn’t have problems with flashbacks and emotional trauma after her ordeal she experienced.  Not only did the trauma affect her mentally, but she’s also suffering physical problems.  A strong, smart, and determined woman, Madison’s frighted of Romanov’s capacity for cruelty.  Madison has found love with Troy and worries for his and her friend’s safety;  however, will their love survive this case?   Does she believe in their love will last the long haul?

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The Bodyguards’s Catch By Robyn Rychards

 

The Bodyguard's Catch
The Bodyguard’s Catch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE:  THE BODYGUARD’S CATCH BY ROBYN RYCHARDS:

In The Bodyguards’s Catch we find, Jordyn Souliere, who needs money desperately; then fate dropped an opportunity of a lifetime into her lap.  Unfortunately, she will have to go against her principles to cash in on the photo’s, and video of famous singing artist Maximillian Chanteur’s broke up with his girlfriend.

To make matters worse, her first love, Remo Vashenko is Chanteur’s bodyguard.  Remo left her without a word and never returned.  Now, he is standing in front of her, grabbing her phone and hauling her out of the bathroom stall where she hid.

Can Remo and Jordy resolve this situation peacefully?   Will Remo and Jordyn resolve old hurts and forge a new relationship?  My romance book review of Second Time’s The Charm, The Bodyguards Catch follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Although a sweet clean romance, The Bodyguard’s Catch, also has a mystery.  Remo, the poor kid from the other side of the tracks, fell in love with Jordyn in high school. But a crisis forced him to make a choice which left Jordyn still hurting years later.

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A Viscount’s Second Chance By Joyce Alec

 

(Hearts and Ever Afters)

A Viscount's Second Chance
A Viscount’s Second Chance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE A VISCOUNT’S SECOND CHANCE BY JOYCE ALEC:

Lady Eleanor Dawson, now Lady Brooke, is a widow ready to go to town.  A short arranged marriage to a man she did not love, left her sure she would not marry again.  However, the thought of the dancing, parties, and seeing old friends is very desirable.   Henry Armitage watched Eleanor from afar for months.  Shy and hesitant, he’d lost his chance to meet Eleanor when her father arranged her marriage.  Now, she’s back in town, and Henry has another opportunity to win her hand.  Or does he?  For evil stalks the wealthy Eleanor.  Meanwhile, old scandals follow Henry, and new scandals threaten Eleanor.  My Regency romance book reviews of A Viscount’s Second Chance follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short Regency novella, Joyce Alec filled this book with suspense, threats, and romanceAlec could not develop the storyline or characters to the extent of a novel.  However, she created a short, intense read which will hold your attention.  Henry’s cast as the knight in shining armor and Eleanor as the lady in distress.  Watching Henry development as he came out of his shell is terrific.  Alec created a dastardly villain for her tale who is mean, cruel, greedy, and determined to get his way.  I found him the perfect foil for Henry.

The scenes in A Viscount’s Second Chance transitioned smoothly, and Alec‘s writing flowed well.  Her characters were full-bodied and realistic to this period.  Joyce Alec provided secondary characters which added depth to the storyline. A Viscount’s Second Chance is a clean Regency romance which included suspense and mystery providing the reader with an entertaining read.

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In The Beginning By Celesta Thiessen

 

(Salt Eden Book 1)

In The Beginning
In The Beginning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE IN THE BEGINNING BY CELESTA THIESSEN:

Billed for those you liked Lost and Jericho, In The Beginning, is a new series by author Celesta Thiessen.  Siblings Abigail and Nathan Taylor live in New York where crime runs rampant.  When Saber Chad shows up at Abigail’s door with instructions from her father to go with him to Salt Eden, they begin a search for her brother, Nathan.  Nathan’s dealing drugs and owes money to the wrong people. Someone is trying to kill him, and he can’t afford for the police to become involved.  As they run for their lives, Salt Eden looks better and better.  My book reviews of In The Beginning follow.

CHARACTER, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In The Beginning Is a story filled with action and suspense.  Although a short read of 46 pages, Celesta Thiessen crafted an action-packed storyline.  I found the premise intriguing and the characters believable.  Nathan’s character portrays him as immature and selfish. Nathans a character I found hard to like.  Abigail is sweet and trying to save her brother from himself.  Adding in the father’s personality and his concept of recreating paradise in Salt Eden, I found he reminded me of a mad scientist as he intends to create a new world of love and peace.  Without giving spoilers, I can’t say more.

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Two Tocks before Midnight By Clay Boutwell

 

A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery

(The Agora Mystery Series)

Two Tocks before Midnight
Two Tocks Before Midnight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE TWO TOCKS BEFORE MIDNIGHT CLAY BOUTWELL:

Forgery, mystery, and murder are found in Two Tocks Before Midnight.  Beginning on the night of October 24, 1889, Clay Boutwell crafts a mystery of suspense and murder.  When forgeries appear, the Agora society is on the case.  This society’s dedicated to the betterment of man, and as such, see this case as part of their creed.  However, the society finds a member’s involved in these crimes.  Who is the one helping the criminals and who is the mastermind behind the scene?  As the murders mount, Carl Brooke, a member of Agora, ferrets out the secrets and reasons.  My book reviews of Two Tocks Before Midnight follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short tale of 51 pages, Clay Boutwell, created a story filled with forgery and murder.  Similar to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Carl Brookes is methodical, as well as, intuitive in his reasoning and investigative techniques.  Boutwell slowly revealed Carl’s investigative genius as he developed the storyline.

Authors can not develop characters or plot lines in a short story to the extent they can a novel.  However, Boutwell did a skillful job of developing the characters and plot lines in this short book.  Boutwell held the who, what, and why close;  revealing them at the last moment in the storyline.  Using observation and deduction, will Carl Brookes solve the crimes and reveals the culprits?  Sorry, you will have to read the book to decide if the night of October 24th, 1859, remains a mystery in the annals of time?  In addition, Boutwell added a surprise ending which I did not expect.

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The Accident By Glen Ebisch

 

The Accident
The Accident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ACCIDENT BY GLEN EBISCH:

Karen Walker, a former homicide detective, is alive yet not living life.  After a terrible auto accident, the death of her husband in the crash, and numerous surgeries, she lived in limbo.  A call from her friend, Clarissa Hammett begging for help changes things for Karen.  Clarissa’s sister, Justine, is missing and the police are no help.  Karen leaves her hermit-like existence to find Justine.

Moving into the house Justine occupied before her disappearance, taking a job at the same restaurant, and nosing around, Karen knows she has hard work ahead.  With a variety of characters from the antagonistic Audrey to the handsome Sam and many more, Karen interviews and questions each one.  Then Paul, her husband’s brother and Justine’s estranged husband, Jimmy, show up to cause even more problems.

Has Justine been kidnapped?  Is she alive or dead?  Who keeps trying to kill Karen?  Has Karen gotten too close to the truth?  Come along with Karen as she ferrets out the facts and deals with side issues.  My mystery book reviews of The Accident follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found The Accident an intriguing mystery story.  Author Glen Ebisch created first-class suspense in The Accident.   Filled with twists and turns, many suspects, and an unexpected action-packed, mouth dropping finale, Ebisch created a tale which will rivet the reader.  I found myself unable to close my E-reader until I read the last sentence.  Ebisch‘ plotting is excellent as he added element upon element to this story.  His scenes transition well and his writing flow smoothly.  As a result, I could see the scenes and feel the characters emotions.  I became enmeshed in the lives of the characters immediately.  Karen’ character portrays an intelligent, savvy woman who faced the worse life could throw.  Karen lived in isolated limbo for months; breathing but not living life.  As a result, it was terrific to watch Ebisch develop her character.

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Reunited By Danger By Carol J. Post

Love Inspired Suspense

Reunited By Danger
Reunited By Danger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE REUNITED BY DANGER BY CAROL J. POST:

Police Officer Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyons feature in author Carol J. Post new mystery, suspense, romance Reunited By Danger. Amber receives facebook posts from her old friend, Ramona, begging her to come to the ten-year class reunion. Ramona says she has cancer and wishes to connect with the former group of six at the reunion.

Amber, a girl headed for no good in high school, ran with a bad crowd. Six of them who grouped together for drinking and fun. When one of the six is murdered at the reunion, Amber finds a one-line message near him. Each of them has mysteriously received cryptic messages from someone seeking vengeance for a past deed they feel the six are responsible.

Detective Caleb Lyons ran with the good crowd in school; always top grades, helping others, and a Christian to boot. These two must now work together in this case. Amber and Caleb, find her friends murdered one by one, as they receive messages of retaliation for the past. Caleb with his own demons, tries to get Amber to open up to him and tell all she knows? Will they solve this mystery? Can a relationship, possibly love, bloom between Amber and Caleb as they come closer and closer? My mystery suspense romance book reviews of Reunited By Danger follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Reunited In Danger grabbed me from the beginning of the book and did not let go until the last page. A fast-paced tale of vengeance, murder, and secrets, author Carol J. Post, crafted a first class story filled with mystery and suspense. I could relate to their immature behavior, as we all were immature in our teen years of high school. Post highlights the repercussions of immature behavior with the resulting damage and repercussions which occur.

I found the suspense and mystery is addictive as I became involved in the story-line. Then, I found myself asking: who’s going to be next and what happened on that night long ago? Post kept the identity of the murderer and secrets close to her chest and did not reveal either until absolutely necessary to the story-line. What event set the murderer on the trail of vengeance? Wondering if Amber’s involved and praying not, I impatiently clicked my E-reader screen, reading this book straight through as I had to know the answers.

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The Shifter’s Nanny By T. S. Ryder

 

The Shifter's Nanny by T. S. Ryder
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STORY-LINE THE SHIFTER’S NANNY BY T. S. RYDER

In The Shifter’s Nanny, we find Rose Doctor applying for a nanny position for the first time in five years.  After leaving an emotionally abusive relationship, Rose needs a job, and she has a degree in childcareArriving at Devon McGullicuddy’s for an interview, Rose finds the handsome panther shifter needs a nanny for his baby girl.  Neither of them is looking for a relationship or love.  However, fate has different ideas.

As their relationship builds, an old trauma in the form of a rabid stalker will appear on the scene to throw a monkey wrench into the works.  Come along with Rose and Devon as they fight their feelings, fight an evil stalker, and find a love which was worth waiting upon.  My shifter romance book reviews of The Shifter’s Nanny follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, let me say, how much I enjoyed this short, intense book.  Most shifter novels are full of explicit sex; I must commend T. S. Ryder for using prose rather than sex to sell this story.  Secondly, although a love scene does occur, it is tasteful and well-written without being offensive.

With twists and turns, Ryder kept my attention as she led me through Rose and Devon’s journey.   Setting a fast pace which remained smooth throughout, I became enmeshed in Ryder‘s shifter world.  With an original concept of humans and shifters living side by side, I found this refreshing as most novels have the shifters hidden from humans.

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Loving You At Christmas By Kristen Wallace

Loving You At Christmas
Loving You At Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS BY KRISTEN WALLACE:

Loving You At Christmas, unfortunately, is the last book in the Shellwater Key Tales series.  Former actress and Broadway star Annaliese Matheson feature in the finale of this excellent series.  Annaliese still grieves for her husband Matthew; Annaliese believes she will never love again. Her soul mate’s death left a hole in her soul and heart.  Noticing a handsome, sexy stranger on the beach, Annaliese begins to wake up from her three-year emotional sleep.

John-Luke “Duke” Evans, famous football star, finds himself raising his four nieces after his sister’s death.  Hot, sexy, and handsome, the women of Shellwater Key pant as he walks by; including the pregnant, married ones.  Meeting Annaliese, the attraction is immediate and intense.

Will Duke persuade Annaliese to give him a chance?  Or will Annaliese continue to grieve and mourn; living in the past.  My romance book reviews of Loving You At Christmas follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I am sad to say Loving You At Christmas, by author Kristen Wallace, ends our sojourn in Shellwater Key, Florida.  An excellent series of love and happily ever after, this book‘s a perfect ending for the series.  Kristen Wallace filled this story with intense emotion; grief, attraction, love, and romance.

Although a novella, Wallace, created a substantial tale which grabs the reader immediately.  With skillful plotting and well-developed characters, Wallace made this novella feel like a full-length novel.  I found the pace perfect for the length of the book and her writing flowed well;  making the book easy to read.  Her scenes transition from scene to scene smoothly and with vivid writing, I felt the character’s emotions.  My heart broke for Annaliese;  enduring a childhood, no child should and then the death of her anchor and soul mate, Matthew, brought tears to my eyes.  I could feel her resistance as she began to care for Duke and his nieces, as well as, Duke’s sorrow at the passing of his beloved sister.  Annaliese must face her fears of losing the ones she loves, but can she?

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Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: by Stacey Alabaster

 

Boxed Set Includes Books 1-3

Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set by Stacey Alabaster
Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE BAKERY DETECTIVE COZY MYSTERY BOXED SET 1-3 BY STACY ALABASTER

 

STORY ONE:  A PIE TO DIE FOR:

Rachel, the owner of a new bakery shop, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in Baker Detectives Cozy Mystery, A Pie To Die For.  Death of the hated food critic at the food fair leads to failing baker Rachel’s door.  She is sure Bakermatic is behind all her woes including the murder.  Can Rachel and her friend Pippa ferret out the truth and prove Rachel Innocent?  Is romance in the air for Rachel and the local detective on the case?  Will Rachel and Pippa solve the murder and save the bakery in time?

STORY TWO DONUTS, ANTIQUES, AND MURDER:

The bakery‘s succeeding and Pippa’s assistant manager in Two Donuts, Antiques, and Murder Pippa thinks Rachel’s haunted/cursed;  people seem to die around Rachel.  Nevertheless, Rachel’s determined to expand into the antique store next door;  which Pippa declares haunted.  Of course, there are another murders or two and questions about the portrait of two children in the antique shop.  Is the portrait

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Jesus Loves You By Christine Topjian

Jesus Loves You
Jesus Loves You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE JESUS LOVES YOU BY CHRISTINE TOPJIAN:

Jesus Loves You is a well-written affirmation of Jesus love for us from conception forward.  Author Christine Topjian takes the reader through each step of life;  reaffirming Jesus‘ love and guidance.  She highlights Jesus loves us when we are afraid, lonely, scared, or insecure.  As well as through the hard teenage years and broken hearts.  Even when confused or intimidated, Jesus still loves us. He loves us when we grow up, marry and have children of our own.  As well as when we must make hard decisions.

As Topjian brought Jesus Loves You to a close, she skillfully gave the message of Jesus continuing love through the good and bad in our lives.  She highlighted his one desire’s to share our experiences by giving us support and loveJesus never leaves us alone. He is always by our side. This message is one every child and adult should hear.

MY OPINION:

The message in this book‘s needed in today’s world.  Topjian clearly and simply showed Jesus’ love for each one of us.  A large percentage of children do not attend church in today’s society.  This book is a beautiful way to introduce Jesus and his love.  I felt this book‘s geared towards children of ages 8 to 12.  However, an adult would be able to simplify the language and concept for younger children.  They could explain the concept of growth, aging, and the problems we encounter on a daily basis.  I found taking the story from conception to old age a fantastic way to show Jesus never leaves us.  He’s walking beside us our entire lives.

The pictures accompanying Jesus Loves You are cute drawings which a child will relate.  Children do not view art from an adult viewpoint but a child‘s perspective.  They see the wide-open mouth that’s screaming or the turned down mouth which is sad.  Sophisticated pictures are not needed to get the point of the story across to a child.  I would not hesitate to give this book to a child with the caveat mom, or an adult would have to read and explain the story.

JESUS LOVES YOU RECOMMENDATION:  STARS 4

I gave this book four stars for concept, premise, and development.

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Saved By Love By Emily Woods

 

Triple Range Ranch Western Romance Book 5

Saved By Love
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STORY-LINE SAVED BY LOVE BY EMILY WOODS:

In Saved By Love, Georgina’s filled with grief, guilt, and regret.  Carrying a secret, no one knows at Triple Range, Georgina’s ready to end it all.  Saved by Wyatt, Georgina finds a new lease on life as she makes friends with old enemies and reconsiders her life.  However, she fears Wyatt will turn away if he learns of her terrible deeds.  Meanwhile, Wyatt has secrets of his own.  Will Georgina understand when she learns of his past and his deception?

Wyatt overhears Georgina secret and is determined to solve her problem.  With God‘s guidance, Wyatt and Georgina have a chance for happy ever after. My romance book reviews of Saved By Love follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Saved By Love‘s a sweet, clean, western, romance.  Book five in the Triple Range Western Romance series, we find Wyatt and Georgina’s story;  both characters appear in earlier editions.  Emily Woods faced issues head-on in this book considered taboo in this period.  With Wyatt and Georgina having secrets which they have not revealed, this story grabs the reader immediately.

Woods begins this book with a despondent Georgina at the end of her rope;  she has lost all hope. However, rescued by Wyatt from a watery grave gives her a second chance at life.  I loved watching Woods slowly mature Georgina in her relationships with Wyatt, Cole, Amanda and their neighbors.  However, watching Georgina come to faith and belief in the Lord as her Savior was the highlight of this story.

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A Brush With The Beast By Richard Sones

 

A Brush With The Beast
A Brush With The Beast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE A BRUSH WITH THE BEAST BY RICHARD SONES:

In A Brush With The Beast the world as we know it is about to end.  Three people will find their lives turned upside down as the Beast prepares the world for the final fight between good and evil.  Nick Gooseberry, ultra rich and in indescribable pain, finds a group called “The Order” has the answers to his health problems.  As he descends into evil, the world’s sent into chaos.  Fanak’s, a bitter youth, filled with hatred for Israel and America becomes the ultimate terrorist.  Sarah Johnson, poor and unattractive with a drug habit, finds herself framed by her boss.  While in jail she meets a Christian and develops a thirst for the Bible and God.  Survival in the coming world will be hard, and when the Beast finds she’s pregnant, she and her child are in jeopardy.  A new world’s coming and survival of body and soul are at stake.  My book reviews of A Brush With The Beast follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Richard Sones gives the reader views from three people, each important in the coming battle.  Nick’s character’s the ultimate rich man;  concerned only with himself, money, and power, power, power.  Fanak’s filled with evil, a need for vengeance, religious extremism, and hatred for the Great Satan.  Sarah’s a lost soul who finds salvation in Jesus.

Although interweaving three characters’ stories into a single plot, Sones scenes transition smoothly and his writing flows well.  The story-line flows naturally and fluidly as Sones takes the reader into a chaotic world ushering in the Antichrist.  Using Bible scripture, Sones highlights the salvation plan and the coming events.  Whether you are religious, believe in the “end of days” or are a non-believer, this book will grab you and not let go.  From each character’s backstory, pagan rituals, the Mark of Beast, the Tribulation, and world domination, I found myself glued to my E-reader. 

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Diamonds For Christmas By Holly Blair

 

A Juniper Falls Holiday Romance

Diamonds For Christmas
Diamonds For Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE DIAMONDS FOR CHRISTMAS BY HOLLY BLAIR:

Ruby Parkers meddling Aunt Muriel and her sister are setting Ruby up with eligible bachelors.  However, each one has been a dud.  With Ruby alone after breaking her engagement to Declan Rossi a year ago, they have decided enough is enough;  they want her settled and married.

Little do they know, Declan is back in town and planning to stay.  He and Ruby decide to have a fake engagement to get Ruby’s family off her back and his family off his.  In steps fate, and things heat up for Declan and Ruby.  Will this fake engagement turn into the real thing?   My romance book reviews of Diamonds For Christmas follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Diamonds For Christmas is a second chance sweet romance.  A short read of seventy-seven pages, the reader finds a cute, sincere, abiding, love story.  Ruby has ghosts she must face and lay to rest before she can commit to Declan again.  However, fear has her in its grip.  Meanwhile, Declan is determined Ruby will not get away again.

Holly Blair created a light, cute, sweet, romance which can be read at any time of the year.  A second chance at love, with the same person, does not come often.  However, Ruby and Declan have a chance to grab love and happiness;  if Ruby can conquer her fears.  Bringing the story to an end with a crisis creates an opportunity for Ruby to face her fears head-on.  Set in the small town of Jupiter Falls, I liked the small town feel of the story, as well as, Aunt Muriel’s determination.  Blair’s scenes transitioned smoothly, and her writing flowed well.  As a result, Diamonds For Christmas is an easy book to read.

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Murder Is A Monkey’s Game by Ruby Loren

 

Mystery (Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 3)

Murder Is A Monkey's Game
Murder Is A Monkey’s Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MURDER IS A MONKEY’S GAME BY RUBY LOREN:

In author Ruby Loren‘s latest book, Murder Is A Monkey’s Game, Madi and Lowell are in France.  Madie’s helping a zoo improve their habituates and environment for the animals.  Suddenly a paraglider falls from the sky into the Bengal tiger habituate.  Lowell immediately recognizes the victim;  a man from Lowell’s dark and mysterious past.

When two mysterious agents turn up in the village asking lots of questions, things heat up for Lowell and Madi.  As the victims continue to mount, Madi’s in the middle of another murder investigation;  with everyone suspects, including Lowell.  My cozy mystery book reviews of Murder Is A Monkey’s Game follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Ruby Loren crafted a Madigan Amos cozy mystery which entertains and holds the reader‘s attention.  The romance between Madi and Lowell’s sweet and clean as they continue to form a relationship.  Of course, Madi’s a magnet for murder, and this job is no different. 

With a multitude of suspects and few clues, Madi will have to dig hard to find the who, why, and what, involved in this case. Ruby Loren skillfully concealed the identity of the murderer among a cast of many;  revealing the why and who at the last possible moment.  I was blown away when the murderer’s shown, as well as, the reason for the crimes.  I did not consider this person as the culprit.  As a detective, I would be a bust.

Including the cute, but mischievous monkeys, provided classic moments of animal behavior.  They are first-class monkey rascals who get into many monkey high-jinks;  adding bits of humor and laughter.  Also, Loren included in a sweet dog who provided many laughs at her owner’s expense.

MY OPINION:

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Literally Murder By Eryn Scott

 

A Pepper Brooks Cozy Mystery Book 2

Literally Murder
Literally Murder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LITERALLY MURDER BY ERYN SCOTT:

Pepper and Liv are in the last year of college;  each is looking forward to the future, but sad they will part.   Alec has been to law enforcement training and just returned.  Things are a little different between Pepper and Alec; they can’t seem to connect as they did before he left and frustration’s setting in.

When Pepper finds a student face down in the creek, Alec insists she stay out of the case.  Of course, Pepper does her best, but everyone keeps bringing her clues.  What’s she to do?  She fields the clues to Alex and his father.  However, when two more girls turn up dead, Pepper’s has a hard time setting on the sidelines.  Then when Liv’s life’s in harm’s way, Pepper is off and running.  My book review of Literally Murder follows.

CHARACTER, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Eryn Scott‘s writing keeps getting better and better.  Scott sank the hook in early and held me on the line until the final page.  Filling Literally Murder with intrigue, mystery, suspense, and quotes from Hemingway.  With a quick quote for any given situation, Pepper’s deep in classes on Hemingway with Professor Evensworth.

Scott kept the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the killer until the last possible moment.  To say I was surprised would be an understatement.  I never considered this person.  Scott matured Pepper in this book;  she’s not as ready to accuse after what happened in book 1.  However, she has quite a cast of suspects to choose from until they each come up with an alibi.

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Waking Lazarus By D. J. Williams

 

Waking Lazarus by D. J. Williams
Waking Lazarus, Cover

STORY-LINE WAKING LAZARUS:

Author D. J. Williamsmystery crime novel, Waking Lazarus, an action-packed thriller, enmeshes the reader into a many-layered story-line.  Jake Harris’s commissioned by Doc Warren to write his memoir;  Doc’s an old friend of Jake’s estranged father.  Warren begins his narrative with his knowledge of Sister Evelyn, 1920’s evangelist.  When Jake finds Warren murdered the next day, his life takes on a full-tilt drive of a lifetime.  Jake received just enough information on Evelyn Shaw to whet his appetite.  What started as a memoir quickly morphed into a something much more;   the criminal elements of the world realize what has happened.  Jake Harris, down and out addict, finds himself involved in a fight for his life.

Deaths, shootouts, conspiracies, murders, and criminals galore, pepper this deeply involved story.   From the highest levels of government to an organization formed to protect the criminal underground and silence 1920’s Evangelist/revolutionary Sister Evelyn Harris, to present day arch criminals.  Come along and follow Jake and company as they ferret out the secrets of Sister Evelyn and the impact on the world today.  Who or what is Lazarus?  That is the sixty-four thousand dollar question, and only by reading Waking Lazarus can you find out!  Grab a comfortable seat, my mystery suspense novel/book reviews of Waking Lazarus follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, I must say how enthralled I was with this book.  I could not put it down.  From one fast-paced scene to another, author D. J. Williams leads the reader through a maze of conspiracies, criminals, and deaths.  In the beginning, I was not sure this book would be my cup of tea.  It did not take long before I knew this was a powerhouse of a book.  A complicated conspiracy with many intensely driven characters and layers, Williams hooks the reader and does not let go as he leads you through his story.  What a story this is!

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Snowed In With Death By Ruby Loren

 

A Holly Winter Mystery

Snowed In With Death
Snowed In With Death

 

STORY-LINE SNOWED IN WITH DEATH BY RUBY LOREN:

In Snowed In With Death, aspiring detective Holly finds herself in Scotland.  As a result of winning a contest, she’s to spend time with seven esteemed detectives at their annual meeting.  After solving a few minor cases, Holly’s excited at the prospect of meeting the greatest detectives in Britain.  She hopes to learn from the cases they solved and their methods.

However, things do not go as planned.  Holly finds herself in the middle a murder mystery as each detective‘s killed.   Will Holly find the killer and solve the case before she meets her violent end?  My book reviews of cozy mystery, Snowed In With Death follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a cozy murder mystery, I must say I found humor in this story.  With snips, snarks, and quips, the reader sees these, so-called, brilliant detectives, are not as bright as Holly thought. Holly, thinking she’s not as smart as the other detectives, and in awe

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Marry Your Billionaire By C. J. Anaya

Marry Your Billionaire
Marry Your Billionaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARRY YOUR BILLIONAIRE STORY LINE:

In Marry Your Billionaire, C. J. Anaya created a fun-filled romp through reality television and love.   Corbin Knight, self-centered producer of Marry Your Billionaire, has recruited the contestants and roped in billionaire Brody Prescott for the billionaire slot.  Brody needs to repair his business reputation.  Sabotaged by a former female interest, Brody agrees to appear on the show after a revealing revelation in Corbin’s office.

Corbin has a problem; one of his contestants cancelled.  He decides to recruit his daughter Madelyn Knight, aka, Midge to fill the slot.  He has one problem with this

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NEW PROMO STARTED TODAY!

 

 

 

YELLOW HAIR BY ANDREW JOYCE
YELLOW HAIR, COVER NEW PROMO STARTED TODAY,

 

 

Hello Faithful Subscribers:

Today a new promo started on my blog.  Please click on the Blog Tour tab above or the link provided at bottom of this page, to check out this wonderful book entitled Yellow Hair by Author Andrew Joyce.  Mr. Joyce has given us an in-depth look into the book and how his research was accomplished.  Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the author’s mind.

 

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Joyce for taking time out of his busy schedule to provide us with this look into the creation of Yellow Hair.

 

Please feel free to drop BY Mr. Joyce’s blog;  drop a few lines letting him know how much we appreciated his appearance.

 

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