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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.  

 

Measure of Darkness by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

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Measure of Darkness by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman is the second book in a series called Clay Edison #2.  The authors are father and son who bring a strong element of suspense, curiosity and interesting characters and situations to this novel.  I was bummed when I realized that this was the second novel in a series, because I missed the first one! I have been a fan of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman and now I need to add Jesse Kellerman to my list.  

The main character is Alameda County Coroner's Deputy Clay Edison. As a coroner he has a different way of looking at a murder and how they might have occurred. Clay is also a man who struggles with letting something go when it does not make sense to him. His most recent case starts with a huge party where things got out of control and there were victims of gun violence.  However, there was one victim that did not fit the crime. As Clay goes out to investigate, we learn more about what has happened as well as more about Clay. I found the mystery, the characters and Clay’s life fascinating.  I actually waited to finish the novel when I had time alone so I could savor the resolution and conclusion.

I am looking forward to reading the first novel, Crime Scene and following this series into the future!  It didn’t hurt that Dr Alex Delaware had a small cameo appearance, which I loved! Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman was a great 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.  

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman

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Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman was another wonderful ride with Dr Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis.  I loved the twistedness of the plot with the intricacies of people, mysteries and secrets. I think this plot in Night Moves might have been more intricate than usual, but it really kept me on edge.  The edge might have been sharper as well, because my time read this week was more limited that usual.  

Milo gets a new case and with cases that are unusual, he calls in Dr Alex Delaware to help him figure out the ins and outs.  Interestingly a dead body shows up in a study.  The man had no hands and his face had been destroyed by a shooting.  Interestingly, as much as the the homeowner is a jerk, he does not know anything about the dead man in his house.  From here we are brought on a ride with several false leads and multiple theories and few ideas about who did it.  

I think I love these books so much, because of the characters; I am worried about how much Milo is eating.  I am always interested in who they tap for help and how their logic moves them from one place to another.  

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman is a great 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.

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.

 

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

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Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas brings us the love story of Ethan and Garrett… sigh.  Two people who need to be loved and to love another.  I like how as an historical romance, Lisa Kleypas includes historically accurate information

Garrett is a woman doctor - at a time when women were not allowed such “fanciful thoughts”. Ethan was a spy with a strong moral code about how every life is important. Both have struggled to find acceptance in their world.  As much as Ethan tries to put off Garrett, knowing his life was in danger, he could not resist.  Evil people are  trying to cause problems and Ethan is in the midst of all that corruption.  

Hello Stranger is the fourth book in the Ravenels series.  Lisa Kleypas is able to bring the times to life and allow us (the reader) to fall in love with the characters and cheer them on!  Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas is a good read.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

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A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline is a novel that is based on the famous painting by Andrew Wyeth called Christina’s World.  Christina Baker Kline has taken the painting and the knowledge of Christina and Andrew’s lives and written a story of about Christina and her life.  Cushing, Maine is where the story takes place. It is farm that had been in Christina’s family for generations. It is here that Andrew Wyeth was introduced to her and her brother and used them both as well as the farm for a series of paintings over many years.   The novel is about Christina mostly and how her life and world slowly shrank. She was always a bit of clumsy and unsteady of her feet. She kept up with her younger brothers and with the summer visitors as they came. She fell in love and waited. Christina Olsen wanted love, marriage, and family.  Her physical strength continued to wane and her life narrowed more. 

I felt the desolation of the Maine coast and the farm.  I felt the desolation of her life. I cried when she crawled everywhere, wanting her to have more, but yet she seemed peaceful in her choices.  I was sorry I didn’t read the book when it first came out. The book was superb and tragic. Andrew Wyeth wrote that he wanted people to see her as a person who might be limited physically but not spiritually.  He wanted to do justice to her conquest of life despite the physical limitations of her body. Christina Baker Kline managed to take the painting and Andrew Wyeth’s hope and write a book of such breathe that your heart hurts and celebrates.  

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline was a great 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.)

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

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The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick is the newest book about Burning Cove (number 2 in the series).  Burning Cove is a small town on the coast in California. The town is full of stars, almost stars, trying to be stars, and people who aren’t what they seem to be!  That is what makes the books so interesting - you never quite know who is who. 

The novel is a murder mystery, without a lot of blood and gore.  There are people who you are suspicious of, as you should be, and people who you know are being wrong.  I like the quirkiness of some of the characters. Both of the main characters are scarred by the past, certain their past will prevent anyone from feeling romantically inclined about them ever again and absolutely incorrect in their thinking.  Adelaide Black escaped from a sanitarium and knows she is NOT insane, but is not sure if she is married and if she has a husband. Jake Truett found out his wife, was having an affair and married him in order to get close to him. She was easily influenced and was spying on him.  Adelaide and Jake together make a good detective team, if they can figure out all the twists, turns and characters before they are killed!

Amanda Quick is Jayne Ann Krentz is Jayne Castle.  No matter what name Jayne Ann Krentz writes as, I love her books!  While all her books fall under the romance genre, they are more than just romances.  They are characters studies of people who do not believe they are worthy of others and then they are.  The Other Lady Vanishes is a good read!

 

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31.08 | 07:03

I enjoyed this! Thank you

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Great interview and the story sounds great

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

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At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

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