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Exception To The Rule By Charlotte Symonds

 

 

Exception To The Exception To The Rule by Charlotte Symonds
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STORY-LINE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE BY CHARLOTTE SYMONDS:

Exception To The Rule, a fast-paced, funny romance filled with emotion and drama, will captivate the reader from the first paragraphs to the last sentence.  Delilah ghostwrites for a famous romance writer creating love scenes which scorch her computer screen;  she has complete control of the men in her stories.  She’s a voyeur watching her very hunky neighbor through her window and hides in the apartment, living her sex life thru her characters.  Delilah refuses to become involved in romantic relationships or dating; she uses men for one night stands before they can use her.

Sharing living arrangements with her best friend Rhen, Delilah’s safe from real romantic relationships as she’s sequestered away from men in her make-believe world. Delilah is Rhen’s cover for family and business functions as he’s still in the closet;  safely tucked away from exposure with the beautiful Delilah on his arm.  Delilah’s safe from emotional entanglements and relationships as Rhen’s make-believe girlfriend. Both are hiding from issues which have followed them from childhood as they cover for each other.

Delilah lives by a strict set of rules.  However, she finds that rules are made to be broken.  As fate steps in, Delilah discovers there’s an

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Kiss Of Death By Robert Skuce

 

A Lee Truelove Novel

Kiss Of Death By Robert Skuce
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STORY-LINE KISS OF DEATH BY ROBERT SKUCE:

In Kiss Of Death, Detective Bruno Norcross, once again, faces his nemesis.  A horrible murder occurred five years ago, and Bruno had the killer in the palm of his hand.  Unfortunately, he got away.  Then after five years, he’s back again with another reign of terror.  The latest victim Rosie had a stalker, Lee Truelove;  Lee would never harm the woman he loved.  Will Lee Truelove, be the link to finally catching this serial killer?  Who is the mysterious character going by the name, Mr. Brown?  How does he relate to the killings?

Grab a beverage, set back and enjoy my review of Kiss Of Death.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, I must tell the reader Kiss Of Death needs editing; I found numerous errors which interrupted the flow of the book. That said, I must also state the premise of the story was very good. Secondly, the mystery and suspense were kept at high peak as the reader follows this investigation.  With an ending which is surprising and unexpected, this story would receive four stars if not for the editing.

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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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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
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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

 

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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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20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories By Dan Salerno

 

 

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories by Dan Salerno
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STORY-LINE 20 SHORT ONES: 20 SHORT STORIES

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, filled with stories of hope, redemption, and in some cases forgiveness, the reader finds a relaxing and inspirational read.  Each story’s short, however, all are complete.  Exploring human relationships and the human heart, Salerno crafted a glimpse of romance and friendship.

My Christian fiction book reviews of 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, the reader finds 20 stories which are short in length and long in content.  Filled with hope and expectations of good things to come, 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories a feel-good read.  Each story is complete unto its self.  This book does not focus on one religious group but features several from Catholic to Jewish and ones in-between.  Salerno is an equal opportunity author.

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A Bark In The Night By M. K. Scott

The Talking Dog Detective Agency Book 1

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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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Forgive Me by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole

Second Chance Book 1

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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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Silver City Seductions By Laura Fletcher

 

 

A Western Cowboy Mail Order Bride Romance; Book 1

Silver City Seductions by Laura Fletcher
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STORY-LINE SILVER CITY SEDUCTIONS BY LAURA FLETCHER:

Silver City Seductions is a sweet romance straight out of the old west.  Victoria Nolan is alone in the world since the death of her parents.  Working as a waitress, barely making ends meet, Victoria’s rooked into an unsavory situation by an evil man.  Upon realizing the hotel he has brought her to is a brothel, Victoria runs hard and long.  Her last stop is Silver City.

Silver City is a small town and Sam Flynn’s home.  Sam and his three ranch hands have run through a multitude of housekeepers.  Victoria seems the answer to his prayers. Not only is Victoria an excellent housekeeper and cook, but the attraction between Sam and Victoria also grows daily.

But evil is still stalking Victoria?  Will Sam be able to protect Victoria?  When Sam learns the truth, will he forgive Victoria?  Come along and have a seat, my western romance book reviews of Silver City Seduction follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT

Firstly, let me say Silver City Seductions is a relaxing easy read for a lazy afternoon.  A short novella, the author, could not explore the depth and character development of the novella’s parent, the novel, due to the short length of novellas.   However, Fletcher did a good job of including everything needed to craft a solid story.  Secondly, Fletcher created a strong woman in Victoria.  Women, of necessity, had to be strong in the west to survive, Victoria is such a woman.

Furthermore, in Sam, Fletcher created a knight in shining armor.  Yes, he has his issues. However, he is ever ready to protect and care for Victoria.  I found the plot progressed smoothly without starts and stops; it did not lag or bog down.  Containing one love scene, which takes place after marriage, I found the scene inoffensive; it was not erotica or graphic sex, but a loving scene between two people in love.

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A Viscount’s Second Chance By Joyce Alec

 

(Hearts and Ever Afters)

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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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The Accident By Glen Ebisch

 

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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

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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 Beat On Ruby’s Street By Jenna Zark

 

 

The Beat On Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark
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THE BEAT ON RUBY’S STREET STORY-LINE:

In The Beat On Ruby’s Street, we find Ruby, a child of the 50’s and the beatnik era.  Ruby lives free and somewhat wild while mom and dad beatniks do their thing.  Ruby’s growing up and finding who she is.  However, accused of stealing, Ruby’s life implodes.

Never fear, Ruby’s strong, determined, and coming of age.  Ruby has dreams of poetry, meeting the famous Jack Kerousac, and becoming a poet.  Challenges will be met, confronted, and conquered.

Come along with Ruby as she grows up on the beat street.  My children’s novel review of The Beat On Ruby’s Street follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Jenna Zark explores the counter-culture of the beatniks, their philosophy, and lifestyle.  Known as

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A Brush With The Beast By Richard Sones

 

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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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Murder Is A Monkey’s Game by Ruby Loren

 

Mystery (Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 3)

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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.

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Waking Lazarus By D. J. Williams

 

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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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A Heart Made For Love By Linda Tillis

 

 

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STORY LINE A HEART MADE FOR LOVE BY LINDA TILLIS:

In a Heart Made For Love, Linda Tillis crafted a clean romance novel filled with emotion.  Set in Florida during the early 1900’s,  we find Mae Hinton facing a tragedy no woman should have to face.  Assaulted by a group of men, Mae must face the evil of the world head on.  Not one to lay down and quit, Mae’s determined to survive and fulfill her dreams.

Although her mother died years before, Mae’s family lives by her teachings.  With brothers Samuel and Cyrus, her father Garth, and her mother’s principles, this family’s united in love of each other and of God.

After, “the event” occurred, Mae’s determination to provide for abused and victimized women takes a strong grip on Mae.   Mae’s determined to provide shelter and training. Today we would call this project a woman’s shelter with vocational training.   Meanwhile, Mae meets and comes to love Edward Finch, doctor in training.  Edward, training in England and home for a visit. does not know what hit him upon meeting beautiful Mae.

Circumstances occur which allow Mae to realize her dream.  But at what cost?  Will Mae’s happy world comes tumbling apart?  The past has reared its ugly head, and Mae will have to decide how to handle the

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Reaching Kylee: Book 1 (A Kellam High Novel 0) By Tamara Hart Heiner

 

 

 

Reaching Kylee By Tamara Hart Heiner
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STORY-LINE REACHING KYLEE:

Author Tamara Hart Heiner crafted a great young adult mystery romance novel in Reaching Kylee.  When Pierce Hudson’s mother died, his world changed forever.  Left without a maternal anchor, Pierce has not resolved the issue of his mother’s death.  His life now seems superficial and inadequate. Hoping to give the family a new start, Pierce’s father moves them to a new area, new house, and new high school.

Pierce finds his next door neighbor scary.  Not just scary, they are crazy, the law comes around often, and their daughter has disappeared.  Solving the mystery of Kylee’s disappearance becomes an all-consuming obsession for Pierce.  Will Pierce ferret out the circumstances surrounding his next door neighbors?  Has Kylee run away or is she dead?

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The Duke’s Wicked Wager (1-4 Collection) By Isabella Thorne

 

The single book Promise Me a Handful of Horses: Regency Romance (The Duke’s Wicked Wager Sweet and Wholesome Regency Romance Series Book 1) Kindle Edition if free at this time on amazon.  Go over and grab your free copy.

 

Regency Romance: Promise Me (4-in-1 Book Boxed Set): The Duke’s Wicked Wager Collection (The Duke’s Wicked Wager Sweet and Wholesome Regency Romance Series 6

The Dukes Wicked Wager 1-4 collection
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STORY LINE; THE DUKE’S WICKED WAGER (1-4 COLLECTION) BY ISABELLA THORNE:

In The Duke’s Wicked Wager (1-4 Collection) the reader follows Lady Evelyn Evermont and George, Duke of Pemberton’s romance, along with her brother Frederic and his inadvisable liaison with Adele, an actress.  Lady Evelyn, an avid horsewoman, is in mourning from loosing of her father and fiancé.  Frederic’s determined to marry her off to solve his money problems;  Evelyn’s incensed , as the money he desires comes with a man as old as her father, Lord Lush.  George, Duke of Pemberton, fast friends and cohorts with Frederic sits on the side lines watching.  But not for long, as we follow the story from book to book.  We find George fascinated, Evelyn falling in love, Frederic horrified, and Adele, a friend Evelyn needed badly.   Wagers occur, reputations in peril, injuries, secrets revealed and romance brews.

Included in The Duke’s Wicked Wager (1-4 Collection) are following books: Promise Me A Handful of Horses, Promise Me Daring, Promise Me This Dance, and Promise Me Your Heart.  Come as Evelyn and George must make decisions which affect both of their lives forever.  My reviews for regency romance novel, The Duke’s Wicked Wager (1-4 Collection) follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, I loved having all four books in one collection.  Secondly, Thorne easily transitioned from one story-line to the next.  As a

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Lake Of Dreams By Judith Hudson

 

 

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STORY LINE LAKE OF DREAMS:

Set in Fortune Bay, Washington State’s beautiful Olympic Mountains, Lake of Dreams is a story of second chances, overcoming grief, and acceptance.  A prequel to author Judith Hudson’s new series, Fortune Bay, the introduction to this new series is exciting.

Colleen Murphy left Seattle to find renewal in beautiful Fortune Bay, the summer home of her childhood.  Unhappy in her accounting job and with her artist boyfriend, Kyle, Colleen said goodbye to him and Seattle.  After four years, Colleen was ready for the next step in their relationship while Kyle was not.  The lake, the peace, and the beauty of the area had always been a save haven for Colleen.  Returning to the roots of her happiest times, Colleen plans to start her life over.

Alex Porter returned to Fortune Bay to find himself.  With no intention of returning to Seattle or his father’s law firm, Alex strives to deal with the death of wife and find his niche.

Acquaintances in their teenage years, Alex and Colleen strike up a friendship almost immediately.  Colleen

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I Found You By Lisa Jewell

 

 

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell
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STORY-LINE I FOUND YOU:

In I Found You, author Lisa Jewell crafted a complex story-line of intrigue, mystery, guilt, and murder.  Alice Lake finds a amnesiac young man on the beach in Ridinghouse Bay.  Taking him under her wing and into her home, he slowly recovers his memory; revealing a tale of horror.

Meanwhile in London, Lisa Monrose, discovers her husband of three weeks missing.  Alone in a strange country, without friends or money, Lisa contacts the police;  she’s told her husband doesn’t exist.  Realizing she knows little about her husband, Lisa sets out to find him and discover his secrets.

Decades earlier as teenagers, Gray and Kristy, vacationed in Ridinghouse Bay.  They meet a young man whose complex and dark. Much older than Kristy, he takes an unhealthy interest in the young Kristy, leaving Gray with a bad feeling.  Really bad feelings, he can’t shake.

Secrets, mystery, and intrigue abound in this tale;  all will meet in this small coastal town as Jewell reveals the

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Remnants By Carolyn Arnold

 

 

Brandon Fisher FBI Series Book 6

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STORY-LINE REMNANTS BY CAROLYN ARNOLD:

Readers will find in Remnants an action packed suspenseful crime novel.  Set in Georgia, the FBI‘s investigating a series of horrible murders.  A serial killer‘s handy work is appearing in the Little Ogeechee River.

Brandon, Zach, Jack, and Paige are back in action.  FBI agents and profilers with the BAU, they must build a profile on this killer.  With missing limbs, painted blue bodies, and missing hearts, they believe they have ferreted out the killers reasoning.  Or have they?

Come along with Zach, Jack, Brandon, and Paige has they match wits with ultimate evil in the form of a unsub.  My thriller suspense crime novel review of Remnants follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Filled with nonstop action, FBI and police procedures, Remnants will grab the reader immediately.  Setting

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A Sheikh Of Her Own By Barbara McMahon

 

 

Ultimate Billionaires Book 3

A Sheikh Of Her Own By Barbara McMahon
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STORY-LINE A SHEIKH OF HER OWN BY BARBARA MCMAHON:

In A Sheikh Of Her Own, the reader finds Bridget Rossie in Italy laying her beloved father to eternal rest in his home town.   When her cousin Francesca and her friend Sheikh Rashid al Halzid see her grief, Rashid invites her to his home in Aboul Sari to visit with Francesca and mend.  Vacationing with Francesca in a beautiful setting sounds wonderful to Bridget.  Bridget’s wholesome and sweet, works as a librarian, loves children and definitely does not fit in with the ultra wealthy world of Rashid.  Spending time with his grandmother and his son, Bridget is very different from Rashid’s other guest.  Rashid begins to wonder if she’s for real, or is it an act to ingratiate herself to him.

As the attraction grows, Bridget’s insecurities and determination to “never be a second best love” in anyone’s life surface.  Can two very different worlds come together?  Will Rashid see Bridget as a sweet woman or a conniver?  Can Bridget’s attitude on family soak into Rashid’s heart and bring his family closer?  Will Bridget resolve her preconception of Rashid’s feeling for her?  Is there a happy ever after waiting?  My reviews for romance novel, A Sheikh Of Her Own, follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Barbara McMahon once again created a solid entertaining romance.  As a result, I read A Sheikh Of Her Own straight through.  McMahon skillfully created an easy to read clean book.  Her writing alone carries the story without the

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The Rogues Bride By Lynn Winchester

 

 

Dry Bayou Brides Book 4

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STORY-LINE THE ROGUE’S BRIDE BY LYNN WINCHESTER:

Author Lynn Winchester’s novel, The Rogue’s Bride, takes the reader back to the west and the town of Dry Bayou.  Aimee Prentice, on the run from her life in Alabama, comes to Dry Bayou as a mail-order bride.  Gaston Mosier, harboring a deep dark mistake from his youth, decided he would send for a mail-order bride and to a small degree get on with his life.  He wanted a bride who would be quite, biddable, unassuming, and have his children; everything Aimee is not.  Upon meeting, Gaston appears cold and mean;  Aimee gives the impression dull-wittiness, as well as, a fire cracker with a short fuse.  But evil is also lurking in Dry Bayou.  Is it waiting for Aimee?

Can these two come to term with their past, and forge a lasting relationship? Gaston needs forgiveness, if only to himself and Aimee need protection;  will the misunderstandings, misconceptions, and secrets continue to color everything they do?  My reviews for romance novel, The Rogues Bride, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Lynn Winchester out did herself with the characters of Gaston and Aimee.  Gaston, as a lot of us do, carries guilt,

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Elof’s Mission By Linda Hubalek

 

 

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STORY-LINE ELOF’S MISSION:

In Elof’s Mission, we are back in Morgan’s Crossing.  Author Linda Hubalek’s story begins at the cemetery as Elof Lundahl’s placing an iron cross on Nolan’s father-in-laws grave.  If you have followed the Grooms With Honor Series, you will remember Nolan from Nolan’s Vow. If not, Hubalek gives enough background in her stories to bring you up to speed.  Hearing a wagon coming, he finds Swedish immigrant Linnea Meyer, her son Jamie, and Linnea’s husband’s body. Although the landlord came with Linnea to the cemetery, far from kind, he insist she vacate her home before nightfall.

Linnea a mail order bride of eight days, finds herself with a dead husband, a five-year old stepson, and no place to go.  Elof, compassionate and with a good heart, offers to help her and Jamie.  Elof, recently retired from the Army, is ready to settle down with a wife and family.  What he didn’t count on was Linnea and Jamie.  Traveling with Linnea and Jamie opens Elof to a new world of love, romance, and fatherhood.

Come along with Linnea, Jamie, Elof, and the town of Sweetwater Springs, as romance, once again, is on the horizon.  My reviews for western romance novel, Elof’s Mission, follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

To begin my reviews for romance novel  Elof’s Missions, I must say how much I enjoy the Honorable Grooms Series.  Author

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The Shepherd’s Daughter By Lynn Winchester

 

 

(Dry Bayou Brides Book 1)

Jackson d’Lynne Writing As Lynn Winchester

THE SHEPHERD'S DAUGHTER BY LYNN WINCHESTR
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STORY-LINE THE SHEPHERD’S DAUGHTER:

The Shepherd’s Daughter’s, a clean sweet romance, takes place in 1800’s Dry Bayou, Texas.  Willem Ducharme aka Billy and Raychelle, aka Ray, have been friends since they were small children.  Ray’s family came to Texas to manage the Ducharme sheep enterprise. Thick as thieves, they are seldom apart.  As time passes, Ray realizes her feelings turn into adult love for her best friend.  Then her world falls apart. The Ducharmes have ordered Billy a bride from back East.

The picture of perfection, Rebecca DuCastille’s is everything Ray’s not.  Beautiful, poised, charming, Rebecca is a lady while Ray is the shepherd’s daughter.  Wild haired, hard-working, an unladylike tomboy, and opinionated, Ray’s determined she will not go down gently;  she will fight for Billy’s love.  How far is Ray willing to go to get Billy to choose her for his wife?  Will Rebecca win Billy’s heart or will perfect Rebecca win the day?  Is romance in the air?   My reviews for western romance novel The Shepherd’s Daughter follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Jackson d’Lynne writing as Lynn Winchester crafted a sweet clean story filled with emotion and believable realistic characters. I could feel Ray’s insecurity and sadness, as well as, her wonder when she realized her feelings for Billy.  Winchester’s story-telling talent invest the reader in the characters and story-line.  As Billy and Ray come to realize their

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With Good Intentions By Jo Huddleston

A Historical Romance Novella (Secret Identity Book 1)

 

With Good Intentions by Jo Huddleston
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STORY-LINE WITH GOOD INTENTIONS:

Author Jo Huddlestons latest novella set in 1959, With Good Intentions’, a clean sweet satisfying romance.  When big corporation meets small business owner, the sparks fly along with deception.   William Wainworth, son of CEO Oscar Wainworth, finds himself sent to Conroy, Alabama. Wainworth’s, in negotiations for a block of businesses, has one hold out.  William’s instructed to persuade the owners to sell the hole-in-the-wall ice cream parlor, regardless of how long it takes.

William has a plan to gain the confidence of the two women, mother and daughter owners.  He decides to use a false name and occupation, befriending them at the ice cream parlor.  Upon meeting Jean, the daughter and co-owner, William’s struck dumb.  Attraction flares on both side.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”.  How will William tell Jean his real name without loosing her trust?  Can their budding romance survive his deception?  Can the fact his intentions were

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