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Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson

Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson

Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson is the first book in a new series about Catalina Cove, Mississippi. I found the series by accident and was quite glad I did. The books are not just romances, but include family dramas, twists and turns, and mysteries. It does include small town living at its best with everyone willing to help each other and how everyone ALWAYS knows what everyone is doing.  I liked how the author also described the gulf shores as well as the bayou.

Vashti Alcindor is one of the main characters.  She was born and brought up in Catalina Cove. At 16, she became pregnant and was sent away to have her child, one who died right after birth.  At 18, she left for college with no desire to every return. However when her aunt died, she inherited her inn. So with a little help, Vashti returned to rebuild and reopen the inn.

The new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham first meets Vashti when he stops her for speeding. He was immediately smitten, but starting a new relationship while raising a young daughter in a small town was not a decision to make.   Through a series of accidental meetings they find the chemistry between them is hot and needs to be investigated.

With all this going on, the story would be complete, but the author has added another hidden mysterious gem.  That ties the story lines together and opens up other questions that need answers. As the story line reveals more and more clues, it draws in the reader. I enjoyed the story, Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson. The story was interesting, poignant and redeeming (OH AND HOT).

 

The Mister by E L James

The Mister by E. L. James🙂🙂❤👍

The Mister by E.L. James is a sweet romance.  It is not in the same category as her earlier books (50 Shades of Gray).  The storyline is a basic rags to riches with a hot rich Duke, Maxim Trevelyan and an beautiful girl, Alessia Demachi.  

Alessia ran away from home, and got picked up by unsavory characters that she escaped from She is on the run from the sex trafficking industry and there are some nasty characters chasing her.  She is living in a situation that is hard and cleaning houses to survive. One of the places she begins to clean is for Maxim Trevelyan. She is secretly infatuated with him.  Her greatest joy is the piano that Alessia plays when he is out.   

Maxim has just become the new Duke after the death of his older brother.  He is struggling with the new responsibilities and needs of his new position. Once things become clearer to him, he realizes he is totally entranced by her and wants to save her.  

One thing I noted when I was investigating the book are the number of negative reviews that are almost vicious in their content.  I was surprised at the vitriol of some of them. I am disappointed that some people use Goodreads to attack an author that they can just ignore if they do not like her.  The responses seem to be too personal to me. Luckily I ignored them... The Mister might not be a favorite book of mine, the anger seems overdone and the book is not worth such anger.  

The Mister by E.L. James was a pretty good read.  While it is not as demanding read like her earlier books, the story can easily continue and morph into various directions.  I am curious to see where it goes in the future.

Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James

Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James is the newest (5th) in the Wilde of Lindow Castle series. Viola Astley is sick to her stomach about going out in the ton.  She finds the entire idea horrifying - so horrifying she knows she is going to throw up.  The idea of having a London Debut is even worse!

However, the new vicar does catch Viola’s attention.  He is kind and caring and Viola does not feel the horror of speaking with a man.  Just as things become more interesting, a duke is in the picture.  The Duke of Wynter, Devin Elstan becomes interested in Viola.  She is so not interested in him, but he keeps putting them together and then he makes his attention clear.  Little does Devin realize that not only is he changing Viola and she is changing him. 

I love Eloisa James.  She is one of my favorite authors and I always want to read her books.  I have enjoyed Say Yes to the Duke.  I found Viola and Devin rather fun to read about.  I liked how both helped change the other.  I liked the story line and how the book ended.  Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James is a good read. 

 

To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon

To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon was a book that I missed in the series The Widow’s Club.  It was the first book in the series, however I didn’t find reading the books out of order compromised the story in any way.

Lady Charlotte Cavendish was forced to marry a man her father chose.  She even tried to run away from the situation with another, but was forced back.  She was a faithful wife, despite the horrid treatment of husband and found herself quite relieved when he died.  Now she has every intention of living her life her way, without the boundaries of a husband or a father telling her what to do.  Her first act was to start a woman’s club for all widows - whose husbands died fighting the French. Her second to have a “house” party with only men that interested the women of the “widow’s club.”

Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham interested Lady Charlotte very much and the feeling was mutual, except for a rogue that kept trying to get her to agree to his proposal through subterfuge and other nefarious methods.  On top of that her father threatened Nash wanting him to “save” his daughter from harming the family’s name by marrying her.

What a tangled web was woven by the author!  To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon was a fun read.  

 

Much Ado About a Widow by Jenna Jaxon

Much Ado About a Widow by Jenna JaxonπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Much Ado About a Widow by Jenna Jaxon is the fourth book in the Widow’s Club series.  I have enjoyed this series, but it can be read as a stand alone. I believe there will be one more book as there is still an unmarried widow.  

 

Lady Georgina Kirkpatrick was going to be forced to marry a man she did not love, however she was able to avoid that marriage and marry her love.  Unfortunately not all ends well when he died. As a widow, she had to rely on her family to help her, but her father refused unless she married the man he chose from the past.  Only to be kidnapped and then to be kidnapped a second time, maybe. Georgie just doesn’t even know what to think about her brother’s friend Robin Kerr, Lord St. Just. Perhaps he is a pirate and maybe he didn’t kidnap her, but saved her.

 

Much Ado About a Widow by Jenna Jaxon was full of twists and turns.  Georgie was both cowering and spirited by turns. I liked St. Just and his mother was a hoot.  Much Ado About a Widow by Jenna Jaxon was a good read.

 

The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries

The Bachelor by Sabrina JeffriesπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Sabrina Jeffries has written The Bachelor, which is the newest and second book in the Duke Dynasty series.  The book follows a mismatched family with three Dukes and their siblings. Some being wealthy and others not so wealthy.  The link that ties them all together is Lydia Fletcher who married three times. This book focuses Gwen Drake and Joshua Wolfe.  

Gwen is the sister of a duke and is out on the marriage mart at the age of 30.  She has many secrets from her past that she has kept from her family. Unfortunately, the secret is enough to have her being blackmailed by a man from her past.  

Joshua is the third son of a duke.  He was seriously hurt during the war and took a long time to heal.  He was offered a job as a gamekeeper on her brother’s estate. He is curt, brusk and usually blunt.  He knows that Gwen is keeping secrets and has been offered a job protecting her while she is in London.   

Joshua and Gwen have fabulous chemistry and I really enjoyed reading about them in the prior books, so I was quite happy to read this novel.  Secrets and lack of honest conversation is almost always the cause of problems. Too bad Joshua and Gwen had to work through all that, but that is what made the book so good.  The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries was a great read.

 

I was given the book by Net Galley to read and review with my opinion. I was disappointed that when I first downloaded the book, it was only the first chapter.  Especially since it was already offered at the end of the Project Dutchess. Sabrina Jeffries put a link on her website with the entire book once it had been corrected on Net Galley! I was quite happy to redownload and read the entire ARC.  

 

 

Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen

Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen was such a surprise for me.  I cannot believe I totally missed this series before now. I liked the characters, the situations they were in and how they worked on solving them!  This book is listed at the sixth book in the Kendra Michaels series, but I didn’t feel like I had missed out of a lot and was able to dive right in!

Kendra Michaels is a music therapist.  She works with children with autism helping them communicate or at least respond through the music they play.  However, that is not all she does. Kendra was blind for many years and learned to navigate her world using her other senses.  However, after an operation, Kendra was able to see. Her absolute powers of seeing, hearing and other senses has led her to helping solve mysteries with her ability to find clues.  She is reluctant to help the FBI with the case, but is pulled in anyway. She has help from Adam Lynch - a man who works for who pays the most and private investigator Jessie Mercado.  A serial killer and a wedding party - how curious.

The book caught my attention quickly and held it the entire book.  I loved the wit that was apparent as well as the obvious connections between the characters.  The murder mystery was well thought out and led me on through twists and turns and revelations.  I was one hundred percent on board with the storyline and characters. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.  The Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen was a great read.

 

Surrender by Joan Johnston

Surrender by Joan Johnston 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Surrender by Joan Johnston was a interesting read. The survival part of the story about terrified me. The strength of the characters and the story line are what makes this novel interesting and draws the reader in. 

Taylor and Brian were sweethearts in high school, until she broke it up suddenly. Brian was hurt but moved on. Taylor continued to push men away from her, whenever she began to be feel to out of control.

Taylor was flying the plan and Brian was the spotter for the smokejumpers, when the plans engines quit. It did not restart and there was no place for the plan to go. Together they jumped and things got even more difficult. Oh - and they still love each other, but neither knows about the other’s heart. 

This is the first book I read in the series called Bitter Creek. This was book number 11 and I did not feel like I was missing information and enjoyed the characters. Surrender by Joan Johnston was a good book. 

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones is a creepy read.  It starts off all hugs and kisses. Emily met Adam.  They connected and life seemed to be moving in a positive way for them, until she meets his mother.  That is when things get sketchy.

It is the insidiousness of the mother’s evil ways that register with the reader.  Emily knew her complaints sounded innocuous, but they were not. Embarrassed and uncomfortable Pammie (Adam’s mother) seems to purposely “misunderstand” things and constantly has little digs and dingers.  Eventually, the mother interferes with Emily’s relationship with Adam - and that is before it gets creepy. I think what makes it the creepiest is that everyone has one person (some even could be mother-in-laws) that just seems to be wrong.  Every word out of their mouth is some kind of indictment on you. Pammie is her. That woman. You think.

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones was a cringeworthy read.  You cringe because you know something is going to happen - you just don’t know - what.  The book kept my attention and even when things were awful, I just had to find out what was going to happen next.  The Other Woman by Sandie Jones was a good read!!

 

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones was a thriller!  This is the second book I have read by Sandie Jones. (The Other Woman was the first.)  How do people think up these twists? How incredible the twists and turns are! Just when I think I have discovered something, another twist shows up.  Seriously creepy situation.

 

Alice was married to Tom.  They had one child and worked hard to open a business, a design business around her interior designs. Then he disappeared.  Alice was beyond lost. She had a nervous breakdown, but then met Nathan and with his help, she was able to grow and regain herself.  Her company continued to grow and opportunities become available in new ways.

 

Beth is Alice’s best friend.  They share so much with each other and are very supportive.  Their little girls are best friends, so they have many opportunities to spend time together.  Beth is a single mother and struggles at times to make ends meet.  

 

From these three main characters: Alice, Beth and Nathan a twisted story line is born.  Who to trust? Who tells the truth? Alice feels she is being taken for a ride by her husband, but what does her best friend have to do with it? The First Mistake by Sandie Jones is an interesting plot line that keeps you guessing.  Who do you trust when things get hard? That is the true question? The First Mistake by Sandie Jones is a ride!!

 

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan is a pygmalion story in reverse.  Lady Katherine Wilde is a beautiful lady of the ton.  She has found her way through all the pitfalls available, but not yet found love.  Brandon Deverill has come into a title, but being an American, he needed some tutoring before he began his new role.  Katherine takes on the task in trade for Brandon helping her find the wreck of a ship that took her parents’ life.  However, Katherine and Brandon know each other from 6 years prior.  Katherine had a wicked crush on him and offered him her if he would just stay.  Obviously, it failed and Katherine was crushed and determined not to let a man decide her fate again!  Brandon had other plans including capturing Katherine as his wife, but no need to love her!

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan was a good story.  I thought Katherine and Brandon were good together and I enjoyed their relationship.  The book was a fun read.

Zander by Maryann Jordan

Zander by Maryann Jordan🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Zander by Maryann Jordan is part of a new series called Heroes at Heart. This is the first book.  

Miss Ethel took in a number of boys as a foster parent after her husband died.  She gave them love, manners, discipline, and hope for the future.  Many stayed with her until they graduated or found a living.  Zander is the oldest of the boys that continue to come by and check in with her.  One of the things she has taught Zander is that, “The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.” 

After the military, he bought and renovated a bar, naming it Grimm’s for the fairy tales that Miss Ethel used to teach him to read.  Zander’s bar is a bit rough and he doesn’t allow behaviors to interfere with the patrons.  It is in this context that an incident occurred that Zander feels guilt for.  The woman hurt has no identification and is seriously hurt.  It is from this premise that the story morphs into a story that is reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty….with a twist.

I am late coming to Maryann Jordan and her series, but I feel strongly that this particular series is going to be awesome and I am looking forward to reading the stories about the other “Heroes at Heart.”  Zander by Maryann Jordan is a good read!

 

The Intended Victim by Alexandra Ivy

'The Intended Victim by Alexandra IvyπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

The Intended Victim by Alexandra Ivy is the fourth book in The Agency.  The book is a thriller from the first chapter with the tension rising to the end.  I did not guess or even suspect the outcome until the end! 

Remi Walsh is trying to move on.  Five years ago the Chicago Butcher was chasing her.  Instead of killing her, he killed her father. Remi lives with that guilt daily.  She chased off her boyfriend and her father’s partner Ash Marcel with that same guilt.  Ash Marcel moved a short distance away and begin to teach people on how to be detectives.  It is into this sad state of affairs that another woman is killed. The scary part is.. she looked like Remi AND has had plastic surgery to make her look like Remi.  Ash’s brother pulls him back in and he is determined to find the truth about the Chicago but her and to keep Remi safe.  

I enjoyed the writing of Alexandra Ivy and felt the story’s tension grow with each chapter.  I liked the characters and how they were well rounded. The Intended Victim by Alexandra Ivy was a good read!

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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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