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The Duke's Bride by Erica Ridley

The Duke's Bride by Erica Ridley๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

The Duke’s Bride by Erica Ridley is the sixth 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. Jack Skeffington is a smuggler of French wine and champagne.  He is the mastermind of schedules and planning, but not for his twins.  They are full of energy and questions like most ten year olds. Jack has decided he needs a governess for his children.  He hires Désirée le Duc, the younger sister to his business partners.  

 

Désirée is enchanting and not to just his children.  Jack finds himself totally in love with Désirée, knowing she is leaving with her brothers to go back to France.  This is another great book by Erica Ridley. Each of her characters and stories include so many interesting characters and shows her writing skills.  I have enjoyed this series of novels!

 

Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley

Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley is the fifth 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.  Miss Carole Quincy has to take care of her father and the household.  She lives for the time when her father comes out of his study and plays a game of billiards with her.  

The Duke of Azureford is a shy, reticent person.  He has a plan to be a more open person capable of finding a bride.  Meanwhile Carole Quincy lost her journal in her neighbor’s house and has to find it, before it is found by others.  Carol and the Duke work together to help him and find each other.  

Erica Ridley books are fun reads.  The characters are always interesting and multi faceted.  I like how they are so determined to help others. Dukes, Actually by Erica Ridley is a good read.

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer🙂🙂❤❤💔👍👍👍

Sometimes you just run across a book that reminds you of how love could be and maybe should be.  Sometimes you just can’t put the book down and you just read. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is one of those books.  The novel has a double narrative stories throughout the book. One story is about Alina and the other about Alice. Both stories were about love, loyalty and doing the best you can for someone, but the time frames were different.

 

Alina grew up on Poland on a small farm near the German border.  She knew from a very young age that she loved Thomasz. While German Nazi’s were making life harder, Thomasz was in college in Warsaw, Alina’s life began to change.  Deprivation and hard work tore through the area. The Nazis taking people and food and anything of value. There were the furnaces from over the hill that kept belching off acrid smoke.  Alina continued to wait for Thomasz and her life with her love to start.

 

Alice had a family with two special needs children and one special needs husband.  Her husband and daughter were brilliant and seemed to need constant attention. Her son was diagnosed as a child on the Autism Spectrum and was unable to communicate verbally, but was through his communication device.  Into all this we met her Babcia (grandmother) who had had a stroke and was struggling with communication but wanted Alice to help her find Thomasz.

 

As the stories go back and forth between times and main characters, I found myself hoping for both characters.  I wanted them to succeed in their quests. I wanted to hope. One remarkable element that struck me in both storylines was how much the main characters could not say, so I felt the title was perfect for the novel.  The book was a magnificent read of perseverance and love, patience and passion, hope and hell. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is a fabulous book, that I whole-heartily encourage others to read… tissues are an option to consider.

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.

Vendetta in Death by JD Robb

Vendetta in Death by JD Robb . ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Vendetta in Death by JD Robb is the latest in the In Death series with Eve and Roarke.  I so look forward to these books each year and will be devastated if they EVER stop. I feel I have formed a relationship with them and the other characters that populate the novel and look forward to catching up with them.  In this particular novel we find out new information about Mavis and Leonardo and we have a wonderful Bella moment. Eve’s newest case reopens wounds that she is more able to handle than she has in the past. As always Eve is determined and focused on finding her man or women.  

 

Men are being found dead and mutilated.  They are covered with wounds/burns and are left dead in front of their homes with a poem from Lady Justice!  What a great premise, especially when we find out that they might be seriously scummy.

 

There was a different feel in this novel.  I found Roarke and Eve more in tune with each other.  Eve seemed to be less edgy with Roarke and more open in public with kisses and other expressions of love.  She also seemed to be more intune with listening to Roarke for what her body needed. Roarke also seemed to realize that Eve needed more from him and in his usual way had taken care of her around the edges of her world. 

 

I loved this novel.  I love this author. I love the world and characters she has given us.  Vendetta in Death by JD Robb is another fabulous read.

Leverage in Death by JD Robb

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The words, Shelter in Place, mean to hide where you are.  What a title to the newest Nora Robert’s book! The book starts out with a horrible situation that happened at a mall near Portland Maine.  Three gunmen came in to the mall and theater and started shooting. What a beginning. From there the tension in the book eased and then ramped up and then eased and then really ramped up.  The action never really turned off in the book and you found yourself cheering for the main characters!

Simone Knox and Reed Quartermaine were both at the mall.  They did not know each other and they did both were able to shelter in place, holding on until law enforcement arrived. Simone and Reed both continued on with their life trying to restart a life that included the horror and then they found each other.  That is when the story took on a new level of action.

Loved the book.  Loved the setting.  Loved the characters.  Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts was a great read.  

 

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.

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggles

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.

Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle

Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle is a book containing four novellas.  I did only read the one by Katie Ruggle about five sisters who are bounty hunters.  This particular novella is an introduction to a series about each of the sisters. The novella had humor and action and a hot man who kept showing up.  

 

I think the whole series is going to be a blast to read.  Katie Ruggle is a new author to me and I can’t wait to read all the others in the series.  Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle is a good SHORT read.

Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan

Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan is the first book in a new series called A Helping Hand Mystery #1.  The novel and those following are cozy mysteries about Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider.  She is a social worker for a hospital and as part of her job she runs a grief group.  A new member of the group shares story about her son and his suicide, but she does not beleive he committed suicide.  Hildy finds herself interested enough to want to find the truth. And so we are pulled into an investigation done “Hildy” style!  

Hildy reaches out and offers to help Bob Richmond, a Sorenson detective to find the truth.  Bob needed to be convinced to reopen the case. Hildy is a pest to get her way and Bob sees her side.  While they are working the crime, Hildy finds out the police force is looking for a social worker to join the force and she wants in!

Hildy is an unusual main character. Her background, her quirks and her knowledge of people make her interesting.  I do not think that the town of Sorenson is ready for Hildy. Bob - oh Bob - you are so caught! Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan made me smile a lot.  I loved her as a main character, because she is a character! It was a fun read!

Breathless With Her 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.

Wrapped In Ink: Montgomery Ink: Bolder #1 by Carrie Ann Ryan

Wrapped In Ink:  Montgomery Ink: Bolder #1 by Carrie Ann Ryan๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Wrapped In Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan is the first book in a new series about the Montgomery Family.  This time we are focused on the Bolder portion of the family. There are three brothers and one sister all who are unmarried to their mother’s dismay.  The oldest brother, Liam Montgomery was in a sudden accident that caused a small disturbance during the wedding, but a huge problem for him to come to terms with.  While he was being checked over at the hospital, he met (in the next bed) Arden Brady. Her spoke with her for a while, took her phone number and then things went haywire...so he didn’t call.

Arden Brady is in the hospital for another attack of her Lupus.  It has a rough cycle and her lupus has been causing so many symptoms recently.  She hopes for the pain to recede while she passed some time talking to Liam. He leaves with her number...but doesn’t call.  Arden was chasing her dog, a couple of weeks later only to literally run into Liam.  

I liked the story of how they began, even though I did have to suspend reality about them being in a hospital room together.  I like how he wanted to know her and understand her. I loved their connection with books. I have to admit it, Jasper was my favorite character first turning blue and then later green.

Wrapped in Ink:  Montgomery Ink: Bolder #1 by Carrie Ann Ryan was a good read.

 

Falling 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!

Life by Cynthia Rylant and Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Life by Cynthia Rylant and Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Life by Cynthia Rylant is a new read aloud book that came out last month.  The story line about how life starts small and grows is truly inspired.  The plot line goes on to speak about how some bad things happen and yet there is more to life.  The story’s significance to life and the cycles of life is what makes it so special.  The illustrations by Brendan Wenzel are equally inspired, using a style that is similar to Eric Carl’s.  The pictures are simplistic yet there is much to see.  

Life is a read aloud that does not take much time, but woven throughout the story is a larger a more poignant storyline that older readers will enjoy.  I think that Life is one of the best books I have ever read, not only in the children’s genre but in all genres.

To me, this is a must own and read book.  I think this will be a classic!

 

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