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Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain

Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain is the second book in the Safe Haven series.  The novels are about the Dwyer Brothers. This book focuses on Liam O’Dwyer and Yasmin Tanner.  Liam is a police officer in the town of Safe Haven.  He was in a relationship with Yasmin that ended. He was working the night shift and in line to be considered for the next chief, but something has happened to change that.  Lastly his landlord has demanded he find a new place to live as his puppy is larger that what the landlord has deemed acceptable. A woman has determined that he is her son and there is the murder in town that he is not allowed to solve. 

Yasmin runs the Safe Haven’s women’s center in town.  She is concerned about money as the center is running in the red.  She is concerned about her brother and his medical needs. Her mother was unable to handle him, so Yasmin had to take over.  Yasmin has taken in Rocky, a teenager seemingly abandoned by his mother. To top it off Yasmin is concerned that her brother and Rocky know something about the murder of an unknown person found in the water nearby.  

All this angst means that both Liam and Yasmin need to find common ground.  Their worries and responsibilities are interwoven if they can just allow each other to help the other.  Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain is a good read.  

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Window on the Bay is a new stand alone novel by Debbie Macomber.  The book according to all the blurbs is about Jenna Boltz and her life now she has an empty nest.  However, I would state the the book is also about her best friend Maureen and how she also is moving on.  The chapters often went back and forth between Jenna and Maureen. Each story was well written about the two best friends.  

Originally Maureen and Jenna were college roommates and had planned a trip to Paris. However life got in the way.  Both were married, had children, found careers and rebuilt their lives after divorces. It is after all this that the story starts.  Jenna’s mother fell and broke her hip. She is operated on by Dr. Rowan Lancaster, who has a thing for Jenna. Jenna and Rowan begin to move tentatively forward.

Meanwhile Maureen, a librarian, has a customer come in every week to get a new book.  He always wants her to choose the book he reads and often stops and talks about the books.  Logan is a plumber and as far away from Maureen’s usual type as possible, yet they both feel attracted to each other.

Window on the Bay is so named after Jenna’s view from her house. I liked the stories of beginning again.  I liked how both women needed to rethink their position and sought out each other and their daughters to help them.  I didn’t like how Jenna and Maureen reacted to some situations, but if they were written that way so we could see imperfect character, it was effective.  I was disappointed that the men did not seem to have similar growth experiences. Despite that I enjoyed the story. Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber was a good read. 

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald is an interesting type of murder mystery thriller. The main character Eva wakes up in a hospital not knowing where she is or anything that's happened in the last 24 or so hours. She has burns covering her body and a huge headache from being hit by lightning.  Sometime during those hours, her mother was murdered. Eva is so confused, especially when the police start asking questions and the questions turn out to be about her and what happened during that time. Eva realizes she needs to find out what really is the truth of her mother’s past and that might shed light on the murder. Only then she finds out nothing she thought she knew was accurate.  

The story goes back and forth between Eva’s life now and her mother’s (Kat’s) life from the past.  Each chapter highlights a different part of the story like building blocks. Pieces of information slowly are revealed which leads to more questions and surprising answers. Not everything is as it is believed.  Interesting complications lead to more questions.  

Behind Every Lie held my attention. I liked the characters. I liked the plot line. I liked how information was slowly revealed. Quite frankly, I read the book in one sitting, because I wanted to know how it was going to come out. Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald was a good read.

Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor

Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor is the sixth book in the Cavensham Heiresses books. I have read all the previous books in the series, however I do not feel that it is necessary to read them in order to enjoy this book. Wild, Wild Rake can be read as a stand-alone, although I'm not sure why you'd want to miss the others.


This book highlights Lady Avalon Warwyck. She was forced to marry her husband, who t proceeded to treat her abominably. Avalon, however, found the strength to succeed for her child and proceeded to make her home and town a safe place. After her husband's death, Mr Farris was named their guardian.   In order to better watch her, her guardian sent his brother Devan to spy for him. Devon is a vicar and is quite charming. He has been entranced by Avalon since they met. Working with her and the other citizens of the town really opened his eyes to her life. Unfortunately as we know, true love never goes smoothly for either Avalon or Devan. There always seems to be way too many things that could happen. 


I found I really felt for Avalon and Devan. The characters of the book were good people who were in an uncomfortable situation. I  I I enjoyed the scenes when Avalon and Devan were sniping at each other. I enjoyed Avalon son, Thane who was just a riot! It is amazing to me, how someone can find in their heart of hearts how to help others when they have been treated so horribly is wonderful! Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor is a good read. 


WInd River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna

WInd River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Wind River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna.  This is the ninth book in the Wind River Valley series.  The story takes place in a valley called Wind River in Wyoming. The harsh conditions of the land and the strength of the characters really go well together. I like how for the first few novels many of the characters were wounded veterans who came back and had to start all over again many with PTSD. In this particular novel we meet one of the children of Marge and Steve Whitcomb.

Gabe, one of their sons, works for the DEA. He has been undercover for the last 2 years. Anna is from Guatemala and has been trained as a sniper. She is on loan to the United States. Gabe and Anna are paired together to work on a case that is in Wind River Valley. Their job is to try to find out where the drugs are coming from and if the Elson are the local connection (drug dealers) they are looking for. This is particularly trying for Anna because this is the same group run by the same drug lord who killed her father. As always there is a lot of back-and-forth between Anna and Gabe.  Eventually you understand that they have feelings for each other and those feelings are growing stronger and stronger. However they are trying to focus and do their job before they move forward.

Wind River Undercover is an excellent book to add to the series Wind River Valley. This book can be read as a stand-alone or can be read as part of the set. I enjoyed this book because of the thoughtful yet HOT relationship between Gabe and Anna. I also really like the setting of Wind River Valley and the different characters we have met along the way. Wind River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna is an excellent read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Phoenix by Amanda McKinney

Phoenix by Amanda McKinney๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Phoenix by Amanda McKinney is the next book about the Steele Security.  This book starts the Steele Shadows Rising, spinning off from Steele Shadows Security.  The brothers that make up the Steele family are all rich, strong, ex marines that seemingly can survive anything.  


Phoenix Steele is well named as he has survived a gunshot wound to his head.  Yet he has survived and is determined to thrive. He has lost so much and he knows his family is worried about him.  In order to get back part of his life, he needs his license and his concealed permit. His family has had to run the business.  He needs to work through the anger and loss of skills he needs to regain and now he needs to go to therapy and talk.  


Dr Rose Floris is a woman with a concealed past.  She has worked hard for her degrees and knowledge.  She will need to use her training for this new case.  Phoenix is going to test her skills and challenge her.  However there is more danger afoot. There seems to be someone killing animals and the weather seems to have taken a turn for the horrid.


Phoenix begins to develop feelings for Rose.  She seems to have captured all his instinctive protective feelings.  He is determined to discover all about her both the past and the future. To do that, she needs his help and she needs to be convinced.  


I have only recently discovered Amanda McKinney and this series.  Each of these alpha males in the series only seem to become human and likable after they meet a woman who is strong and can push back at them.  I was looking forward to this novel to find out more about Phoenix and how he survived his injury. Phoenix by Amanda McKinney was a good read!!


Sisters By Choice by Susan Mallery

Sisters By Choice by Susan Mallery๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Sisters By Choice is the newest book of Susan Mallery. I love Susan Mallery books because she is always able to write female characters.  She allows you to see the characters whole with their flaws, foibles, and goodnesses. The care that she puts into each character shows you how much she wants you to love her stories.  This is the fourth book in the Blackberry Island series.  


Sophie, Heather, and Kristina are sisters by choice. They are cousins that grew up mostly together and have come to rely on each other for help. Sophie's cat supply company caught fire and she has come home to Blackberry Island to start again. Kristine has always wanted to run her own bakery. Right now, she runs it out of her house in between doing everything for her family. It's time for her to expand, she can only hope her family will understand. Heather's mother Amber is a bloodsucker. She has managed to suck Heather's savings out of her more than once. Heather has taken care of her mother since she was 16 years old. It is time for her to leave, but how will she leave her mother knowing her mother can't take care of herself. These three women help each other to find solutions to their questions. Each has the opportunity for growth and tries to take it with both hands.


I'd loved the story. I loved Sophie's “friend” that found her. I thought Sophie was a great character. She obviously is on the autism spectrum but that made her even more endearing.  I felt bad for Heather being saddled with her mother and always having to take care of her. What a burden for young adult! Kristine was another favorite character with her three boys and her husband (who is perhaps with a little caveman-ish). As far as I'm concerned, Susan Mallery has written another hit.  Sisters By Choice by Susan Mallery is a wonderful read.


The Conspiracy by Kat Martin

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin is a thriller of a read.  The fact there is a love story within the plot line just makes the book better.  This is going to be the first novel of a new series about the business called Maximum Security.  Chase Garrett is in the business of finding, helping and protecting people, even under unusual circumstances.  It doesn’t hurt that the business is full of hot men. Kat Martin introduced the series in a couple of different novellas before this book came out.


Chase Garrett is approached by Harper Winston to help find her brother, Michael.  Michael left on a sailboat to sail the Carribean, island hopping and enjoying himself.  He promised to contact his sister every couple of days, which he did at first - but now it had been several days and Harper is scared.  From this beginning, the story takes off with Chase and Harper searching for Michael. The search takes them into a hostile country, car chases, guns blazing and the obligatory FBI agents and lots of bad guys.  


I enjoyed the book and found the book exciting enough that I did not want to put it down until I had completed the novel.  It was a roller coaster ride, especially with every person having a different stake in the situation. I liked Chase and his “men” and liked Harper’s role and determination. The Conspiracy by Kat Martin was a good read.

Summer on Honeysuckle Ridge by Debbie Mason

What a fun read!  I laughed and cried, at this novel.  I found the lead female character a hoot!  Abby Everhart knows how to restart and how to market herself and others.  I loved to watch her  work on finding solutions and work through them. Her background, which is slowly revealed, allows us to understand her grit and determination.  

Abby Everhart is down down down on her luck.  Her husband and his lawyer (i.e. new lover) have forced Abby out of her home and business.  She is living on the streets, when the housekeeper lets her know about a lifeline.  Abby immediately heads to Highland Falls and Honeysuckle Farm.  She thinks she can sell it and be back to being an influencer, rich and famous in no time at all.  Little does she know her path is a bit rocky.  

Hunter MacKenzie lives there too.  He came back from deployment changed.  His family and friends know he is hurting, but he does not share.  Abby however plows right into his life and before Hunter really “gets” it Abby is part of his life.  From the beginning when he gets Abby out of the muddy pond and gets the leeches off her, his life will never be the same.  

Summer on Honeysuckle Ridge by Debbie Mason is a great read.  There is a great love story, fun characters, great story plotline and humor!  This book is a fun read!!! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

A Reluctant Bride by Jess Michaels

A Reluctant Bride by Jess Michaels ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


A Reluctant Bride by Jess Michaels is the first book in the series titled The Shelly Sisters.  The Shelly sisters are triplets in a time when even twins were rare.  The three sisters look a great deal alike and are often mistaken for each other.  The problem according to their father is that they are useless except for how they help his image and social standing.  He wanted a boy and ended up with them.  




Jasper needs to refill his families monies and Anne is the first daughter offered up.  Jasper however is intrigued when he realizes that Thomasina is masquerading as his bride instead of Anne. Jasper and Thomasina after all the surprises end up marrying. Jasper presents as a stern, serious, uncompromising man, but Thomasina sees more.  She is terrified for her sister, Anne and wants Jasper to help her find her sister.  




Jasper and Thomasina were such a fun couple.  I enjoyed how they slowly built their relationship.  I liked how Thomasina could see into Jasper and I liked how Jasper could recognize Thomasina when no one else can.  I am curious to see how the rest of the series works out and want to read more about the triplets. A Reluctant Bride by Jess Michaels was a good read!



The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller was awesome.  The book looked at the choices and strength of Caroline during the Civil War.  From tracking down her husband, keeping the farm going, saving her family and finding her own power.  The story was poignant, nuanced and held the power to move the reader to tears more than once.  


The Civil War was a horrid time during our history.  Family fighting family. Both struggling to save home and family while soldiers struggle to survive the carnage and butchery of the battles.  Into this background comes Caroline, a young wife of a Yankee soldier. She struggles to raise their young child and maintain the farm. Even when overrun during the battle of Gettysburg, she continued to work fearlessly to save the farm and her family.  Caroline was a woman who struggled emotionally with the war and the people, but maintained a strong facade in the most difficult of situations.  


I loved the flow of the book, even when I wanted Caroline to move forward and stop stalling.  I loved meeting both Bridger and Rogan. Their convictions and devotion to each other and their cause was well written.  The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller was a wonderfully written piece of historical fiction with quality characters and a well developed plot line.

Never Conspire With a Sinful Baron by Renee Ann Miller

Never Conspire With a Sinful Baron by Renee Ann Miller is the fourth book in the series called Infamous Lords.  I have read one other book in this series, a novella called The Taming of Lord Scrooge. I decided to read the new book, because I did enjoy the novella.  

Lady Nina Trent was almost caught by a dubious lord last year, something that is not going to be repeated.  She has determined which lord she is going to “catch” when she realizes he isn’t noticing her.  Meanwhile Lord Elliot Haverford, Baron Ralston has inherited a dilapidated houses and land.  He is going to need a fortune to fix them up. He has his sights on Nina, but she knows he is a rogue and a flirt, so she continually turns him away.  Until he offers to help her catch her boring lord provided he can give her lessons on how to catch him… The lessons have more to do with Nina and Elliot falling for each other than helping her catch the other one. 

Meanwhile, accidents keep happening and Elliot is almost injured a number of times, but no one knows why or even if it was meant for him.  Elliot’s sister has quit school and is working on fixing up the property behind her brother’s back and nothing Elliot says makes a whit of difference.  

The characters and the mystery are  interesting.  Elliot’s sister and Nina finally manage to teach Elliot to move on from the past.  Life is moving on - at least if he stops being hit in the head. Elliot and Nina are hot together.  Never Conspire With a Sinful Baron by Renee Ann Miller was  a good read.

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe’s newest book, On Ocean Boulevard, has brought us back again to South Carolina.  The beauty of the isles outside Charlestown with the sandy beaches and turtle nests always calls to me, but most importantly we are back at Primrose Cottage.  It is turtle season and time for the turtle ladies to help protect the future of the species.  


Cara and her daughter Hope are living with David out on his island.  Cara is still working at the aquarium and planning her wedding.  Linnea has returned from California after the loss of her job and her boyfriend.  Eddi is taking care of Flo who is becoming more confused.  Linnea’s parents are focused on building a cottage at the beach in order to start over again.  Into this storyline we are introduced to new characters and reintroduced to characters we know and love.  As always there are hurdles to overcome and with all those strong characters difficulties.  


I love these novels.  Each time Mary Alice Monroe brings me back to the Primrose Cottage and to the beaches, I am drawn back into the stories with such happiness.  I love the writing and the characters.  I love how each chapter begins with information about the turtles.  I love how she teaches us about taking care of our world without sounding preachy.  All the information is built into the story so wonderfully.  On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe is an awesome read. 


Halton by Melanie Moreland

 Halton is the last book in the series called Vested Interest by Melanie Moreland. He is a shark of a lawyer who fights for his clients.  He was the lawyer that Van and Olivia went to when they were in a tragic place. He is the lawyer that the men of BAM suggested.  

Halton is overwhelmed, his office is overwhelmed, so when he is tracked down by Fee, the wife of one of his biggest competitors, he is not in the mood.  However as the conversation continues he realizes she is alone, in a dangerous place and needs help. So he does. It is clear that Halton and Fee need each other to everyone but Halton and Fee.  That situation is so clear to the other characters and they find it funny, which adds to the humor of the story. Rene was a great additional character. I loved how he dealt with Halton.

I was so sad to realize this was the last book in this series.  I so enjoyed all the men and women in this series. I enjoyed how they came out to realize they were all in.  Even the twisted situations were interesting. Melanie Moreland’s series Vested Interest was a great read including the final novel, Halton.   




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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!

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.

23.03 | 10:13

Kurt Vonnegut I think? In an insane world a sane person will appear insane....

16.03 | 11:36

LOL, serious , but a run on toilet paper?
Guess we missed Bojhalian.
Be well! Happy reading!

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