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Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Ride Dirty: A Raven Riders by Laura Kaye is a novella about Caine McKannon. He is the Sergeant at Arms for the Raven Riders. He is the man who takes care of things and protects the club. While he was looking out for a woman the club is protecting, he saw Emma Kerry being mugged and jumped in to help her.

Emma Kerry is sweet, kind and caring kindergarten teacher. She is obviously hurting from the attack and Caine helps her. He finds that he is struggling to let her memory go. Emma decides to find Caine and accidentally involves the club, who then push Caine the final steps toward seeing Emma. Meanwhile not all is well in Emma’s world. Seemingly random occurrences have put Caine on edge to protect Emma, since that is what he does well… Falling in love is not an option.

The Raven Riders are one of my favorite MC series. They are both good and bad, alpha males who are into helping and saving others. However, they are still a Motorcycle Club with its allegiances and over the top attitudes. Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye was a fun, fast read.

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye is the latest book in the Raven Rider’s Series.  The Raven Riders are not a traditional MC.  They earn money legally usually and try to avoid some of the more illegal methods of solving problems, that is until there is no other choice.  This is the third book in the series and I have been waiting hard for this one! I like this series for a lot of reason, not the least is that the MC helps battered women and children find safety and a new life.   It doesn’t hurt that the men are HOT.

 

Slider has been missing to his brothers since his wife died.  It was all he could do was move through space and take care of his boys.  He isolated himself from the Raven Riders and basically from life.  Cora helped her best friend escape from the horror of her life, while leaving her horror behind.  Slider needs a nanny and Cora needs a job, a purpose while she figures out her life.  Cora helps out Slider and his boys and slowly they all fall in love with her.  A real opportunity for all of them, until Cora sees the wrong thing.  Dog Fighting.  Suddenly things are not okay….

 

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye was a great read.  

 

Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman🙂🙂❤❤👍

Crime Scene is the first book in the new series by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman about an assistant coroner, Clay Edison.  I had the opportunity to read the second book (A Measure of Darkness) in the series thanks to NetGalley and enjoyed it. I found Crime Scene interesting and the mystery curious. I didn’t like some of the characters, which bothered me more than I think it usually does.  What I did like, was the doggedness of Clay Edison in wanting to find the truth.

Clay Edison was called out to investigate the death of a professor called in by his daughter.  It seemed that the man fell down the stairs and died, but it is not a clear cut case to Clay. There are too many variables and the daughter is insistent that her father was killed.  The case gets even more curious when it was clear that the dead man “lived” in the attic. As part of the investigation, Clay discovered an older study that the professor had spearheaded that had gone badly and that other people having to do with the study were also dead.  

 Clay Edison, the main character is interesting.  His inability to let go of something that doesn’t feel right to him is clearly going to be one of  the hallmark of his character. While I enjoyed the story, I think I liked the second book better, perhaps because the main character is more developed. Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman is a good read.  

 

The Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

The Killing Season by Faye Kellerman🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Killing Season by Faye Kellerman is a stand alone novel that is not part of the Lazarus and Decker Series.  The book was released in three parts, but I read the three  as one book.  I felt the book caught my attention quickly and kept it throughout the entire book.  I enjoyed the mystery, the interaction of the characters and the twists and turns needed for a good mystery.  I found the main character Ben both brilliant and obsessed.  

Ben’s older sister disappeared and was found by Ben a year later in a grave found in the forest. Since then he has dedicated his life to finding the killer.  Ben has tracked information about other murders and serial killers.  He has obsessively looked for information and kept much of his guesswork to himself, despite his close relationship with the lead detective.  

Ro was the new girl in town.  She was made herself into the queen bee, going out with the BMOC. However, she finds herself drawn to Ben and joined him in his research.  Together they begin to find more information and make more links. The drama ramps up as the book continues with each new lead and discovery.  Then the killer begins to plan again.  

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan KellermanπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

The Museum of Desire is Jonathan Kellerman's 35th book about Dr. Alex Delaware.  Alex Delaware works with Milo Sturgis, a Lieutenant in the Los Angeles homicide division. Together the two of them make a team to solve some of the weirdest and most unusual mysteries that show up in Los Angeles.

 

The mystery that makes up this book, believe it or not, is even more twisted than usual. Milo Sturgis called Alex to a crime scene that contains four victims but not very many clues. The victims do not seem to have anything in common and the presence of dog blood in the car ands a certain touch of weirdness to it. I enjoyed trying to figure out the guilty parties and have to admit I did not figure it out. As Mysteries go, I think this one was a fine read.

 

One of the things I like best about this series of novels is how much the characters have grown since the first novel to this one. I do admit I've missed some of the books in the middle, but I really enjoyed how both Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware have grown into more rounded characters.  It must be hard to figure out new mysteries each time and I find it remarkable that Jonathan Kellerman each time presents something new and different. The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman is a good read.

 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly🙂🙂👍👍

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is a disturbing, horrific picture of Ravenbruck, a women’s only concentration camp during WWII. The book introduced to us about the “scientific experimentation” that occurred to the prisoners, the lapins or rabbits. The story spirals around the lives of Caroline Ferriday, Kasia Kuzmerick, and Herta Obereuser. The book read quickly and was well written.

Caroline Ferriday was a New York socialite and ex-actress who worked both before and after WWII helping people who were in the way of Hitler’s plans. She and her mother raised money and made clothes and sent whatever they could to the orphans in France. After the war, she continued to help raise money for various charities to help people’s lives. It was about 10 years after the war that she heard about the “lapins or rabbits” of Ravenbruck. This became her next and most important work: to help the rabbits.

Kasia Kuzmerick was a polish girl who tried to undermine the Germans and their armies. She was captured along with her best friend, sister and mother and brought to Ravenbruck as political prisoners. Ravenbruck was a Concentration Camp for Women that systematically tortured, murdered and starved women under the auspices of maintaining a pure race.

Herta Obereuser was a doctor. She wanted to be a surgeon, but was given little to no chances in a male dominated society. She accepted a job to work for the German Government in Ravenbruck, not realizing the significance or nature of the work there. She was the surgeon that operated on Kasia and other “rabbits”.

The rabbits were the women who were used as guinea pigs - operated on without permission and without any medical consideration. They were given open and closed wounds loaded with infections, impacted with dirt, glass, wood and other objects and covered in plaster, the women’s lives changed so tremendously. There were other “operations” as well, equally questionable. The ones that lived were in constant pain; tortuous pain and then not helped.

To me the hardest part of the story was when it truly struck me that these woman had lost everything. Punished for their existence and killed to hide the evidence of the operations. Caroline Ferriday was a real person who helped them get help. The other characters were based on actual people and their experiences.

Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly

Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly  is the third book in the The Wedding Date series.  The series is about a group of friends from college and how they all fall, one by one in love.  This particular novel focuses on Sean Wyse III. He is heir the Wyse hotels and has been groomed to take the leadership with the right woman - rich with a pedigree - you know - the right kind.

Molly Brandt is not the “right” kind.  She is hard working, spontaneous fun person. She laughs and loves, while bartending and starting her own cleaning agency.  She is the younger sister of Max (one of the group of friends) and has always hung out with them and been the youngster.  Molly has always had a crush on Sean, but it has never gone anywhere until now.

Molly and Sean, both struggle to keep it friends only and then struggle to keep it just between themselves.  What a difficult proposition when the nothing has ever been a secret between the group of friends… and Molly and Sean are HOT together.  Add in friends in each other’s space, Sean’s overbearing snobby parents and Sean being Molly’s roommate and you have an entertaining story.  Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly was a good read.

 

The Highland Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kelly

The Highlander’s English Bride by Vanessa Kelly is an historical romance novel.  The book continues the Clan Kendrick series and is the third book.  This book focuses on Graeme and his search for justice. He protects everyone, all the time!

Lady Sabrina Bell is beautiful, intelligent and too nosy for her own good.  She shouldn’t be meeting a man in the park at that hour of the morning.  She shouldn’t be following Graeme around either.  Graeme is a ‘Kendrick’.  He runs missions for the government and is trying to track down some thieves, but she is in the way.  Graeme and Sabrina spar off each other a lot.  They both are headstrong and opinionated as well as thoroughly besotted with each other.  Too bad they do not know!  

This book had a number of positive attributes.  The mystery was good.  Sabrina and Graeme are funny and infuriating - sometimes at the same time.  The Kendrick family is made up of hot heads, alpha males and managing women - what is not to love. Angus might have been one of my favorite characters yet. The Highlander’s English Bride by Vanessa Kelly was a good read.

 

 

 

 

Calytrix by Chris Keniston

Calytrix by Chris KenistonπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Calytrix by Chris Keniston is the next book in the Hart Land Series.  The series is based on the small town of Lawford (in NH) with the General (Harold Hart) and his wife, Fiona.  They have nine single granddaughters who one by one will find their own love. Lucy the housekeeper is bound and determined to be matching them all up, but she is an accident waiting to happen.  The General and Fiona run a small hospitality business with cabins, with their house full of people and laughter and lots of love.

Calytrix or Callie is a coach in the local school system.  She is determined and focused on her teams doing well. Right now she has a High School girl who is struggling in math, which is preventing her from getting a scholarship to college.   Zane just lost his job to downsizing. He was going to meet his grandfather up at Hart Land, but decided to go early. He is trying to figure out what is next and is looking to join up with a friend for their own small business, when he literally catches Callie and a football. Their story starts as Zane fills in as a math tutor and spends a lot of time with Callie…

I am in love with this series. I love the characters and the setting.  Chris Keniston writes in such a way that we are brought into this world with some ice tea on the porch while there is a serious card game going on.  I swear I gain weight when they start talking about the yummy food and deserts. Calytrix by Chris Keniston is a great read.

 

Loving Chloe by Chris Keniston

Loving Chloe by Chris KenistonπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

It is the season for hope and family in the newest Farraday Country series.  Loving Chloe by Chris Keniston is a heartwarming novella. Welcome back to Tucker Bluff where the Farraday’s family are willing and able to help out.  Chloe’s house burned to the ground, luckily both of her daughters were saved, but the house was not. Before Chloe can even mount up a defense, Chloe and her daughters  are taken in by Ellen Farraday. It has been two years since Chloe has been a widow and Reed, who has been in love with her forever wants to be there for her. Maybe now Chloe can see him for who he is.  Reed and Chloe with their happily ever and lots of babies to come are the best part of this novella.

 

Loving Chloe by Chris Keniston is a good read for the season!

 

 

Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas is the fifth book in the Revenels Series.  The story is an historical romance that is interesting and fun at the same time.  The world was such a different place and the rules of the ton (the rich and famous) were all encompassing.  The expectations of women and how they were treated always fascinates me, while reminding me how lucky I am to have choices.  

 

Phoebe, Lady Clare was a widow.  She had married her childhood love and he had died.  She was “ripe” for fortune hunters. West Ravenel was a bully according to her dead husband.  He stole things and picked on others constantly in boarding school. How unlucky that he was at the wedding of her brother and was constantly in her presence.  The feeling she thought were all gone shivered alive again. West was in lust for her. He knew he was bad for her and her sons, but she was all he could think about.

 

I liked the characters.  Phoebe’s father was Devil, Lord St Vincent and his presence adds to the story.  The storyline was interesting as well. Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas was a good read.

 

The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Vanishing by Jayne Ann KrentzπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

The Vanishing is the newest of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books.  Once again we are brought into the shadowy world of unusual talents with the paranormal element.  The main characters of Olivia and Catalina grew up in a town where most people have some paranormal tendencies.  They decided to move into a new place and after several different trials started their own firm. Both have had unsuccessful relationships and have learned to be reticent with most people. 

 

Catalina knew her friend, Olivia had a hot date with her boyfriend.  Only problem is she never showed up and is missing. This starts a mystery with several twists and turns while she looks for her.  Helping her came in the form of Slate Trevelyan.  He is a scientist and he has mad skills that he has not been able to identify well.  To top it all off Slate works for the organization run by his uncle that Catalina wasn’t thrilled with and didn’t trust, because of her past.  However, Catalina knew she needed his help to find Olivia. They also know where to start looking, where they came from. And the chemistry is off the charts! 

 

I love Jayne Ann Krentz’s books.  I find that her paranormal books are some of my favorite books and I look forward to each and everyone of them. The mysteries are usually unique and interesting.   I found this particular novel lots of fun to read and I loved the chemistry between Catalina and Oliver! The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz was a great read.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land by William Kent KruegerπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

This Tender Land introduces us to the Lincoln School in Minnesota, 1932 .  A school that is run by a women with less than stellar convictions for children’s wellbeing, after all most are native Americans.  Some of the instructors are caring people who work with the children while others are monsters that should not be allowed near any child.  It is into this atmosphere we are introduced to our four main characters of Odie, Albert, Emmy and Mose. Four children who are left at the hands of the “black witch”.  They leave on an epic journey to find a place to be safe. A home for them, where they are safe, fed warm and loved. They journey down the river into the great Mississippi from Minnesota, while being hunted by the “black witch” and her minions.

 

The journey is a physical feat, but also one of growth and understanding.  They meet so many people struggling to survive, a landscape that is guided by the rise and fall of the river seasonally and the horrid conditions of the depression with huge groups of displaced people.  I loved how Odie was the narrator and how the book followed his not yet thirteen year old understanding of the world. I enjoyed how they were family and understood so little about each other and themselves.  They were brave and fearless, full of hope and need, looking for their place in the world.  

 

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is a wonderful read of an epic journey along a sweeping river of change.

 

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18.05 | 09:26

If you want a REAL macabre horror story do some research on how black flies actually "bite you." Just a hint it involves saws and tongues, stay inside and read!

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30.03 | 13:05

Nice thoughts, yes, hope and grace. I am appropriately reading Gentleman in Moscow who is confined at the Metropol Hotel. Eery coincidence!
Be safe and well.

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23.03 | 10:13

Kurt Vonnegut I think? In an insane world a sane person will appear insane....

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16.03 | 11:36

LOL, serious , but a run on toilet paper?
Guess we missed Bojhalian.
Be well! Happy reading!

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