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Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

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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

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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

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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

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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 Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

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The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman was the newest in the mysteries with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis.  This is the 34th book in the series and at this point you think you know how Alex and Milo’s relationship goes.  This book did touch more on Milo’s background and included more with Alex’s partner Robin. While Milo investigated the murder with the backup of Alex, the book seemed similar to the others.  However, I felt there was a subtle difference in the reader did not know who the murdered victim was for a long time, which hampered the investigation.

 

The bride and the groom were at their reception when someone found a dead body in the bathroom.  The problem is, she was not an invited guest and no one knew her. The characters in both families were interesting.  The characters - and some were really characters - drove the investigation with Milo and Alex slowly stripping back the mystery.  

 

It was an interesting read.  I liked how the mystery unfolded.  I liked how we found out more about the Milo’s past.  I liked (when I finally found out) the killer’s uncovering.  THe Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman was a good read.

 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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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

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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.

 

Keeping Eileen by Chris Keniston

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Keeping Eileen by Chris Keniston is a wonderful addition to the Faraday Country Series.  I have enjoyed every Faraday book, I have read, but this one touched me more than the others.  I loved how Eileen was such a multi faceted character. The fact that her nephews didn’t know what a star she was, made the book even more realistic.  We often only see in people what we expect and not what they were or will be. One of the key elements in the series - yes the dogs - appeared as well.  I think there are many things that makes this series so good, but for me one of the main ones are the people. They are good, down to earth people. Even though few people might understand a ranch family in Texas. Everyone can recognize the person who is always there for their family, neighbors and towns.  The Faraday family is that and Eileen was the key lynchpin for many years, so what happens when an old love from the past shows up?

 

Keeping Eileen by Chris Keniston is a great read.  

Hannah by Chris Keniston

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Hannah by Chris Keniston is the eighth book in the Farraday Country series.  Hannah is a cousin to the men in the first seven books. She has come to help out Connor with his new ranch, Capaill.  She is an equine therapist who is getting ready to start with new clients as part of what Connor is offering.

Dale is riding long and hard.  He stops to stretch and realizes than he is sorer than he thought, but he is hopeful that he is almost to where he is going.  He wants to check in with a friend and then leave. When he restarts the motorcycle he surprises Hannah working a horse and the horse throws her.  This starts a story of romance and surprises.

I liked how Hannah kept looking for the dogs and Dale finds it.  I like how he helped her out with the animals. I love as always how the family and town work together to help each other.  I enjoyed the novel as I usually do with Chris Keniston novels. Hannah by Chris Keniston is a fun romantic read!

Flirting with Paradise by Chris Keniston

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Flirting with Paradise by Chris Keniston is a sweet, quick romance book set in Hawaii.  Bradley Peyton is a CEO with lots of answers. His company just bought a new hotel and he is ready to turn it over to his take over crew. His friend’s wife is astounded at the thoughtlessness of letting go of so many people who have worked there for years.  Bradley is sure he knows best, but agrees to work undercover for the hotel in order to really learn what it is like working there and determine what to do with the personnel who already are working there. Suddenly, Brad realizes he does not have all the answers and some of the company’s decisions are not good business.  

Hope Gibbons is the head housekeeper and is worried about everything.  With the new management, will she still have a job? How is she going to pay for her son to play baseball and then her car breaks down!  She feels overwhelmed. Brad undercover offers to help her and realizes that he is falling for her. All the secrets...this can’t be good.

When I started reading this book, I felt like it was something I have read before and enjoyed.  It was previously published under “limited distribution”, so I had. Flirting with Paradise by Chris Keniston was a quick, sweet read with likeable characters and a nice story line.

 

Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

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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.

 

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

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Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz was a great read!  The reader is brought on a thrill ride that seems to start out ordinary, but with all the twists and turns is not ordinary! We are reintroduced to the children from the cult (a prior book).  The focus this time is on Virginia and Cabot.

Virginia has found a Private Investigative Agency to help investigate the death of a friend, a woman who survived Night of Burning when the cult they were both in was set on fire.  Virginia knows that the death is suspicious and wants help.  She chose PI agency with the man, Anson who helped save her from that night.  Anson had ended up taking in three of the boys from that cult that same night. Cabot, one of those boys, assigned himself to the case. Together the two of them (Virginia and Cabot) begin to track down and open Pandora’s Box by poking and prodding. While working together, they begin to recognize they are like souls and move closer and closer!

Jayne Ann Krentz has written another great book with thoughtful characters and thriller ride! Promise Not to Tell is a great read in the Cutler, Sutter and Salinas Series. (Although it can be read alone.)

Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz

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Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz is the third book in the Cutler, Sutter, and Salinas.  This time the story focuses on Jack Lancaster. The story is about Anson Salinas's foster sons and how Quinton Zane wants to kills them to wrap up his last loose thread.  While this is the third in a series, I believe that you can read this book without reading the previous novels, but I think reading them in order is always better.

Jack Lancaster solves cold cases.  He has trouble with sleeping however and seeks help to deal with the constant dreaming about fire.  Although, he is obsessed with solving cases with fire and he was saved as a young person by Salina with his foster brothers from a fire meant to kill.  

Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist is Jack’s hope.  He hopes she can stop the dreams of fire. He wants to control the fire before it consumes him.  Winter left her last place of employment as she was being stalked. No matter how often she asked her bosses for help, they encouraged her to be ‘nice to him’.  Winter knew she had to leave and she did hoping not to be followed, but she was… luckily Jack is watching out for her as she is for him. Together they can help each other break from their nightmares… hopefully.  

I love Jayne Ann Krentz as a writer and have followed her for years and in all her aliases.  I enjoyed Untouchable and really hope this series continues. Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz was a fun roller coaster ride with quirky characters - some of my favorite kinds.  

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30.03 | 21:07

📚🌻📚🌻❤️... GREAT REVIEW

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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

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27.05 | 23:23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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