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The Duke’s Embrace by Erica Ridley

The Duke’s Embrace by Erica Ridley๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

The Duke’s Embrace by Erica Ridley is the seventh book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas.  These books include quirky characters, a town always full of Christmas spirit and lots of hope and love.  Ms Eve Shelling wants to write for a newspaper.  Real News, not the rehashed and same old stuff that her father insists putting in the local paper.  She just needs to find the right story to convince him.

 

Local blacksmith Monsieur Sébastien le Duc has helped his family run the blacksmiths and to pay off all the other debts.  What he is not ready to do is to move back to France. He feels connected to here, but his brother really wants to go back so he agreed. And that is how Eve can help - find them a buyer for the smithy. Only things start to change for Eve and Bastian.  What will have now?

 

Another fun read by Erica Ridley is The Duke’s Embrace.  I have to admit I didn’t like all the characters - specifically Eve’s father, however, having said that the story was a good read.

 

The Duke's Desire by Erica Ridley

 

The Duke's Desire by Erica Ridley

The Duke’s Desire by Erica Ridley is the 8th book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas Series. These books include quirky characters, a town always full of Christmas spirit and lots of hope and love.    Meg Church is living with her cousin happily near town and with her friends around her.  She also has been crushing on Lucien Le Duc. Until she needs to find a new home. 

Meg’s sassy mouth and shocking statements catch Lucien off guard, but he really isn’t interested in someone like her, is he? After all, he is going back to France to live the life that was taken from him.  I had not liked Lucien until I read this book and now understand his character. Meg made me laugh and her insight into Lucien was a key piece of his understanding himself. Erica Ridley has written another short fun read about the Dukes of Christmas. The Duke’s Desire by Erica Ridley was a fun read!

 

 

 

The Secret Letter by Debbie Rix

The Secret Letter by Debbie Rix.  🙂🙂❤💔👍👍

The Secret Letter was an interesting read.  I enjoyed the storyline about the two strong women who grew up during WWII on opposite sides.  Both Magda and Imogen were strong female characters during a time of struggle. They worked to forge their own path.  What great role models.

Imogen grew up with a loving family.  She has a wicked crush on Freddie forever, but he didn’t seem to notice her - not really.  She was determined to do well in school and go to college. She knew she had to serve her country and did so with some amazing adventures.  Mostly though, she wanted to see Freddie again.  

Magda lived on a farm in the mountains. Her brother went to the university and then moved to England to not have to deal with Hitler.  Magda helps on the farm, goes to school and wants to go to the university as well. With her country in turmoil, she stays home and helps with the farm, but she really wants to help the other side.  She does her part in helping hide soldiers and she just wants to see Michael again. 

Two strong women, committed to their lives and country.  Two strong women who have a tenuous connection, but want to stop the horrid war.  The Secret Letter by Debbie Rix is an interesting title, but isn’t the large connection you might expect. The connection between Magda and Imogen is not a huge connection as well.  Yet the book works in the strength of the two main characters. The Secret Letter by Debbie Rix is a good read.

Golden in Death by JD Robb

Golden in Death by JD Robb๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Golden in Death by JD Robb is the 50th book in the In Death Series.  It is hard to imagine 50 books in any series, but JD Robb (Nora Roberts) has done it with brilliance.   The series that highlights Eve Dallas, her hot husband Roarke, and her posse of policeman, and friends is awesome.  I have been in love with Eve and Roarke since book one. Each of the novels does build on the prior novels with the characters and their relationships, but I believe they can be picked up as a stand alone as well. (Although they are so wonderful - why would you?)

Eve has caught a new case.  A man who died suddenly in his kitchen with no known problems or enemies.  Peabody and Eve work the case to find themselves coming up empty handed, until another homicide with the same MO.  Only this time it is a stay at home mother getting ready for her book club. This is the premise of the Golden in Death.  The book was interesting and twisty. Lots of interactions with some of our favorite characters and a twisted murder mystery.

The novels In Death series by JD Robb are definitely in my “always read as soon as it comes out” reading list.  Each book seems to allow a little more of a window into Eve’s growth as a person and a wife. This particular book had Eve trying to remember to let Roarke, she is going to be late, sometimes successfully.  As always the dialogue between Peabody and Eve is fun and often causes you to laugh out loud. What a glorious read by the best of the best! JD Robb’s Golden in Death is golden reading.

 

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Under Currents by Nora Roberts🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Under Currents by Nora Roberts caught and held my attention so quickly.  I was horrified by beginning and so caught up with the characters that I could not put the book down.  The book read quickly. It seemed that Nora used a different type of voice for some of the characters, kind of short - staccato.  The concise, short speech and the intensity of the beginning really fit well together, but it was the characters that made the book great.    

Zane and Britt’s childhood was not the picture perfect one you would think.  The aftermath left huge holes in them as they had to move forward. Zane moved back to town deciding that it was time to come home to his family. He hung his shingle as a down home lawyer and looked for a home in the area.

Darby was looking for a new place to stay, a new home to make, a new life.  She offers to help out Zane’s aunt with a redoing to landscaping of one of the cottages.  From there, she didn’t stop, people sought her out and her designs were top notch.  

Darby and Zane as a couple were a powerhouse. I enjoyed their relationship, how they balanced the other and just “fit well” together. The past always comes back to haunt and it did with killing elements.  I enjoyed the storyline and found it quite compelling. I was hesitant everytime I needed to put down the book for ordinary chores (like work,cooking and dishes). I loved the supporting characters and felt overall the story was one of Nora Roberts’ best books! Under Currents by Nora Roberts is a fabulous read.  Hold onto your seats for the ride.

Risk It All by Katie Ruggle

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggles๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggles is the first book in a new series about Rocky Mountain Cowboys.  This is the first book I have read from Katie Ruggles and I loved it!

The first novel features an artist, Camille Brandt  - definitely reticent and shy, even awkward who makes sculptures out of welding odd pieces of metal.  Steve Springfield grew up here, but moved away until recently when he moved back with his four children.  He is working on the family Christmas Farm and working as a volunteer firefighter. An incident brought him back in contact with Camille and then her house caught on fire.

Camille and Steve are good together.  She is excellent with his children and they seem to be moving toward a relationship even with all the unexpected situations.  I love how awkward she is with everything happening. I think it was fun to see how the two of them tried to figure things out. OH - and Steve is HOT.  

I think Katie Ruggles is a great new author!  I am looking forward to reading more of her books.  Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas had it all, quirky characters, hot men, humor (fun with kids) and a good story line…. Who is that masked fireman?  Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggles is a good read.

In Her Sights by Katie Ruggle

Risk It All by Katie Ruggle๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Risk It All by Katie Ruggle is the second full length novel in the Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters.  The Pax sisters run their own bail recovery business.  Not an easy business, but one they know well, after all they have had to stand together especially with a mother like theirs. This second novel features Cara Pax as she tries to help her family, by trying to get a skip by herself.  The only problem is she really is not a bounty hunter, luckily she really wants to be a kindergarten teacher.  

Cara wanting to help her family has decided that she can do her own investigation and track down a skip by herself.  The only problem is she is going after Henry Kavenski, supposedly a vicious killer. Somehow Cara knows this is wrong, perhaps because he has helped and saved her a couple of times.  She is determined to help her sisters and to not get too caught up with Henry.

I found I liked this second novel more than the first novel.  I think Cara’s quirky personality made her a fun main character.  I liked the action in this novel and found Cara and Henry a formidable team.  Risk It All by Katie Ruggle was a fun read.

 

Sated In Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Breathless With Her by Carrie Ann Ryan๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Breathless With Her by Carrie Ann Ryan is the beginning of a new series called Less Than #1.  This novel includes both second chances and friends to lovers themes. At her reunion, Erin Taborn found her husband having sex with the exhead cheerleader.  Erin felt like her world had ended. She drank way too much and was saved by Devon Carr, who took her home and kept her safe. Devon likes his life, but has strong feelings about Erin.  Starting over is never easy, but Erin is doing just that. Devon keeps showing up in her life, but she is not really sure where this is going and she isn’t sure she wants it to go anywhere.

 

Breathless with Her by Carrie Ann Ryan is the next book in the Montgomery World series.   The series does connect with the Montgomerys and does contain the same ‘hotness’ and great characters that you expect from any book by Carrie Ann Ryan.   Breathless With Her is a fun, hot read.

Embraced In Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Embraced In Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan is the newest book in the Montgomery Ink series, specifically in the Boulder series.  There are books centered on the Montgomery family who live in other areas as well.  The books can be read as a stand alone, but you will want to read more of them.

The Montgomery family in Boulder is full of artists.  Bristol is a famous cellist.  She has spent the last years on tours, and making albums.  Bristol has always come home to Boulder, to her family, and to her best friend, Marcus.  Back when Bristol was 20, she and Marcus agreed to get married at the age of 30, if they were not with another.  Now they are 30 and both are in an interesting spot.  They have always felt comfortable with each other.  They have always shared everything.  Now everything is different.

Embraced in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan is a good read. 

 

Taken With You by Carrie Ann Ryan

Falling With You by Carrie Ann Ryan🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Falling With You by Carrie Ann Ryan is the third book in the Fractured Connections Series.  Sienna Knight still mourning her lost friend. While two of the other girl pals have found their ‘guy’ from the Connolly brothers.  She has not and as much as she has always loved Aiden, he always loved her lost friend and she can’t go there. Aiden has helped her through everything and is always there for her!  Can both of them let go of their past and move on together. Gosh - they are hot together!

I have really enjoyed this series.  The Connolly brothers and their bar with the girl pals have been fun people to hang out with.  Aiden’s food descriptions put weight on my hips without even tasting it. The connections and the strength of the family is what makes the storyline so strong!  Sometimes families are made and chosen and that is what this book shows. Working and loving together through fights and struggles. I hope there are more books coming - after all there are other auxiliary characters and one other brother…  Falling With You by Carrie Ann Ryan is a hot, hot, fun 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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