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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.  

 

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.

Jefferson's Daughters by Catherine Kerrison

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Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison was a unusual choice for me to read.  It was historically researched nonfiction, that relied on the many accounts of the time period to help fill in gaps.  Despite my trepidation of the genre, I was fascinated enough to pick up and completely read the book.  I found myself intrigued by the contradictions that made up Thomas Jefferson and how he treated his daughters.  

Thomas Jefferson had three daughters that survived past childhood.  Two of his daughters, Martha and Mary were from his marriage to Martha Wayles Skelton. Harriet Hemings, his youngest daughter was born to Sally Hemings and was one of four (six, but two died in while babies) children fathered by Jefferson.  

The book enumerates the life of Martha, Mary and Harriet.  Martha, Mary and Harriet’s upbringing and education were separate as Harriet was enslaved. From childhood, to marriage, and to their death (or disappearance), their lives were described and put into context for the times. Catherine Kerrison’s research and thoroughness shows within the writing of the book.  At time, the book does delve into some subjects deeply, which interestingly did not detract from the book.

Jefferson’s Daughters is a long book.  It is relatively easy to read, but its thoroughness does require attention and thought.  Catherine Kerrison’s research of the time does help the reader understand the times that the daughter’s lived in. Jefferson’s Daughters is a good nonfiction book, that brings the time period and the daughter’s lives to the reader.

 

Jamison by Chris Keniston

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Jamison is the next book in the Farraday series by Chris Keniston.  The series focuses on a family who all live near each other in Texas and always seem to have luck finding love after finding a stray dog.  I love how the family sticks together, helping each other out!

Jamison Farraday is finally able to open the Irish pub he has been dreaming about and planning for.  He has found the property, made the necessary business partners and decisions, only to have it all fall apart at the last minute.  Luckily, despite Jamison not wanting his family’s help, they help him recover his dream without any other partners. A few some issues show up.   He has managed to buy the building - that is full of stuff. He has managed to make friends with the local cafe owner, Abbie and her cook - only to be present when he was badly hurt.  So Jamison offers to help cook for Abbie while his pub is being built. This is just the prelude to Jamison’s world changing and leaving him flipping burgers and planning a cook off and rallying hometown support.

Jamison and Abbie - oh yea…. Sigh.   And yes - there is the ghost dogs that still are key elements. There is the family farm and Aunt Eileen who manages everything with a deft hand.  What a nice romance and a heartwarming story of a town helping their own and standing up for what is right. Jamison is the tenth book in the series called Farraday Country. Chris Keniston writes a interesting story full of families and love.  Jamison and Abbie are great together. Jamison by Chris Keniston is a good read.

Finn By Chris Keniston

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Finn is the Farraday brother who has always known he was going to work on the ranch.  He loves the land, the animals and the work.  He went to college and then came home knowing the ranch was calling. City Girl Joanna Gaines was one of his roommates in college.  She is roaming in Texas looking for information on ghost towns when she stops to take a picture… only there is a rattlesnake and she is up a tree literally.  Finn saves her and helps her visit and find ghost towns as do the local residents.

This is a wonderful addition to the Farraday Country series by Chris Keniston.  I have enjoyed all the books in series of books about the Farraday Family.  While the books are all hot and heavy in same ways, they are true love stories. The series about the Farraday’s brothers are hot and fun reads.

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.

 

Single Dad on Top by J.J. Knight

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Single Dad on Top by J.J. Knight was funny.  The premise of a man suddenly realizing he was a father and clueless is one that has been used before, especially when the man has his life so programed that he greets his dog once a day. Of course the first thing he tries to do is pass the responsibility to another, throwing his money and importance around.  Of course the woman he tries to pass the baby off on, refuses to take sole care of the baby.  This means both are thrown into new and different situations that continue to be funny.  There were scenes that made me laugh out loud.

Dell and Arianna were fun together and I was glad the book turned out the way it did. The book is not destined to be a bestseller or highbrow literature.  It is meant to entertain and bring a smile to a face or two.  This it did. Single Dad on Top by J.J. Knight was funny.

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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