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To Wild to Wed by Eloise James

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Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James is the newest book in the Wilde Family series. There are any number of books about this family and its offshoots. This one is focuses on the Wilde of Lindow Castle, but as always they can be read as stand alones.  

Diana Belgrave would do anything her mother asked as long as her mother continued to take care of her younger sister and her son (illegitimate).  The lengths the mother went to to foce Diana to wed a duke was quite overwhelming. Diana did catch the eye of Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde (North) and they were engaged.  However, when Diana realized her mother’s perfidy, she ran to save her nephew and left North without a word. North left for the military and was stationed in America. Diana was thrown out and left without a penny, eventually being found my North’s family and hired as a governess, which is all well and good until North comes back from the military.  Both of their worlds have been tipped upside down since they were an engaged couple, sooooo… That is where things get interesting - and I bet, you thought it was interesting before ;).

I love read Eloisa James books.  I find her writing contains humor, romance, love, confusion and lots of nosy family who interfere whenever possible.  This book is no different and is an enjoyable read! Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James is a good read.


Undertaker by Nicole James

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The Evil Dead MC is back in book 7 by Nicole James.  I have enjoyed the series to date and have been waiting for this book to come out.

The setting is hot and sultry, just like the main character, Undertaker.  Of course an MC would have a leader named Undertaker, not that we ever find out why he was named that! What we do know is that he is leader and is alone and has been for a long time.  As the leader, which he takes seriously, he doesn’t have much time for himself.  But when a young woman under their protection is unable to move forward, they find a person to help her.  The person is Dr. AJ Carter, a woman from his past.  Now Undertaker has two women who are problems.  Holly who is traumatized, but needs to move on and Dr AJ Carter, who he would like to help move on - his body and his bed. 

As always the MC has to protect their own and trouble does follow them. Undertaker by Nicole James is a HOT, MC read!


Maxwell by Nicole James

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Maxwell by Nicole James is the second book in the Brothers Ink series.  Jameson’s career has taken off and lots of people come to the shop to be inked.  Maxwell works there, but he knows that it is not his whole life.  He is interested in helping Pops out at the gym and helping adolescents get off the street.  Until Maxwell meets Melee.  She is from the Thai restaurant down the street delivering the ordered food.  Melee was mesmerized by the designs on the walls of different tattoos, but as she was deaf unable to speak with Maxwell.

Now, he needs to learn sign language and convince Melee to meet him.  But the Thai culture is all about respect for their elders and parents.  Melee’s father does not like any of the O’Rorke boys and does not want her to have anything to do with them.

The struggles of Melee and Maxwell show the difficulty of understanding people and their cultures.  Both of them are in love with the other, but neither of them can change.  Aunt Tan visits and helps Melee find her independence, but is it enough?

Maxwell was a good read.  I was surprised by some of the choices by both characters which added enjoyment to reading the book.  

Hunt for Evil by Amy Jarecki

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Hunt for Evil is the first book in a new series (ICE)  by Amy Jarecki.  The International Clandestine Enterprise (ICE) is an organization that is a secret.  It is staffed by a number of elite soldiers with varying skills including espionage.  Logan Rodgers, a Navy SEAL Commander due to a mission met Olivia Hamilton a spy for M16.  Neither is really impressed with the other.

Move ahead a few months, they both find themselves as members of ICE and training together for a mission.  The mission is one that is very dangerous and could have huge ramifications for both Logan and Olivia.  Together and separate they have to depend on their own inner core and each other to survive.

ICE, the newest series was part thriller and part romance.  I enjoyed the characters, the settings and the dangerous mission.  Hunt for Evil by Amy Jarecki is a great start to a new romantic thriller series.

The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries

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I love reading historical romance! The Risk of Rogues was a short, but brought the glitter and glamor of the ton with the secrets, betrayals and confusion that a good historical romance does to the main characters.  Anne and Hartley were in love many years ago. Hartley asked for Anne’s hand, but was denied. He left and she never knew why. She is feeling betrayed and he is confused about where to find her and why she feels betrayed.  The makings of a good story are there especially when you add in the secrets of Hartley’s job and the lack of confidence that Lady Anne has with his ‘supposed’ lifestyle.

The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries was a short fun read.  

Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen

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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

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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. 

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan

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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

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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!


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23.06 | 23:24

Great interview!

27.05 | 23:23

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

26.03 | 16:01

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!

19.03 | 14:10

Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

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