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Never Say Never by Erica Ridley

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Never Say Never by Erica Ridley is the latest book in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. Once again we are transported to the town of Christmas in the northern section of England. The small town is an unusual place with the various characters and how the town operates.

Theodore O’Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton, is hiding in the town of Christmas. He has returned from battle with a badly injured leg and various other injuries. He does not want to see anyone or let his family even know he is back in England. 

Virginia Underwood seems to collect strays. Her cat, Duke, wanders into the house that Theo is hiding out at. Virginia takes his presence as an another stray to help and insinuates herself into his life, directing his treatment and pushing him to try to do more. Theo hates everything she is doing, but he finds himself doing what she asks and slowly they begin to build a friendship and more. 

Never Say Never by Erica Ridley is a quick, fun read. 

Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley

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Once Upon a Duke by Erica Ridley was an odd compilation of a fun Christmas story, love story and a mashup of a bunch of old Christmas stories.  I think the way Erica had twisted all of the parts together to make a complete story made the book more fun. It all starts when the Duke of Silkridge has to travel to his ancestral home for the reading of his grandfather’s will.  Benjamin knew his grandfather hated him. He was blamed for his mother’s death and his grandfather took the only picture he had of his parents. Benjamin is determined to get it back. Only his grandfather has stated in his will that Benjamin must build an aviary and populate it with a partridge.  

Noelle was raised in Christmas (as the town calls itself).  As an orphan she was raised by the town and has earned a place as the head bookkeeper.  She and the town exhibit Christmas love and spirit to all her come to the town. Not that Benjamin is a willing participant or even someone who finds this amusing. Benjamin and Noelle have a history from Benjamin’s last visit to his grandfather.

While I did not find the book laugh out loud funny, I was quite amused with the various Christmas motifs (stories) that wound their way into the story.  I love how the characters within the story, each with some really interesting skills. I found myself really cheering for Noelle and Benjamin. I enjoyed reading Once Upon a Duke by Erica Ridley.

Leverage in Death by JD Robb

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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.  

 

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Home to Honeymoon Harbor by JoAnn RossCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Home to Honeymoon Harbor by JoAnn Ross is an introduction to the town of Honeymoon Harbor and the two of the families that live there (Mannion and Harper).  The families seem to not to like each other - but no clear explanation is ever offered.   The Harpers seem to have built the town and and Mannions seem to have run the town. Nonetheless, Sarah and John fell in love many years ago.  Despite going to college across the country from each other and the pressure from their families, they stayed together until they were not. John meant to propose, but had second thoughts and instead broke up with Sarah.  Luckily in books, there are always second chances…

 

Over a day and night, John and Sarah were able to talk through the past but what about the future… Home to Honeymoon Harbor by JoAnn Ross was a good read.

 

Home to Honeymoon Harbor by JoAnn Ross

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Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross is the first book in a series about Honeymoon Harbor.  There was a prequel setting up how one set of parents met. There are more books planned as well.  The novel seems to be quite long, but reads quite quickly. Honeymoon Harbor is in the Pacific Northwest with towering trees, ocean breezes, houses on cliffs overlooking the water and a town that is working on rebranding itself.

Brianna Mannion has worked her way up into richer and more elite hotels as a concierge.  She is practiced at putting people at ease and dealing with various problems. She has always thought she was happy until recently, when she realized that she had another dream.  Back home in Honeymoon Harbor was an old house, one she had always loved, that house would make a perfect bed and breakfast place and she could be home at last.

Seth Harper was one of the town’s hotties.  He and his family rehab old houses. Twice he has worked on the old Victorian to have people give up on it.  Since his wife was killed two years ago in Afghanistan, he has had to make his way forward without her, covered in grief and residual anger.  He has worked on rehabing houses and staying in town, but he is still mourning.

Then Brianna returns.  She was Seth’s wife’s best friend.  Brianna was the girl who crushed on him forever - not that Seth ever knew.  Now she is planning on opening the Victorian as a bed and breakfast with his help.  Together… that's when things get hot… Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross is a fun, flirty, hot read.  Enjoy.

 

Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross

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Restless Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan is the second book in the Montgomery Ink series in Colorado Springs.  More hot men and women in a family that stands together - what’s not to love! I was not disappointed.  

Theo is a baker.  She loves making sweets and owns her own bakery.  It is small now, but is looking forward to the day when it can be larger.  She has a great family and great friends, but seems to be missing the one.  Dimitri is a teacher. He is passionate about his job and loves his dog, but misses so much time with him as his dog lives with his ex.  His ex who is best friends with Theo. What happens with Theo and Dimitri get together? They are hot together, but not all is going well.  There seems to be something happening that is - well - curious.

I love reading Carrie Ann Ryan’s books.  I enjoy her books and the Montgomery Family.  There are many great characters and storylines.  Restless Ink was a great read.

A Secret Christmas (Chase Family #8) by Lauren Royal

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A Secret Christmas (Chase Family #8) by Lauren Royal was an historical romance set during Christmas.  However in England during 1651 while Commonwealth was the ruling factor there was no celebration of Christmas.  For many people this change was different and not acceptable. Chrystabel Trevor was forced with her siblings to give up their home (taken by the government) and start a journey to Wales during the holiday season.  The journey is really cold and difficult and the Tevors are forced to seek shelter at the Tremayne’s house. It is here that Chrystabel meets Joseph, the Viscount of Tremayne and her brother meets a neighbor and everyone falls in love.  Chrystabel leads everyone on a journey of celebration love of the season, while the younger people fall in love.


The novel is closer to a YA novel than a traditional historical romance.  While I enjoyed the overall storyline, I found Chrystabel too impulsive and the other characters too invested in following her plans despite the danger to themselves.  A Secret Christmas (Chase Family #8) by Lauren Royal was an okay read.  

Restless Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Whiskey Undone by Carrie Ann Ryan is the last novel in the series called Whiskey and Lies.  The novels were based in the town of Whiskey and focused on the three Collin brothers. This novel focuses on Loch and Ainsley.  Loch owns a gym and a security company. We know he had a secretive background, but we know little about it. Ainsley has been his best friend for years.  She helps take care care of his daughter, Misty and has secret feelings for him. Loch keeps everything locked down including emotions and feelings except for his daughter and family.  

 

Once a kiss and more happens - it is all over.  Add to everything - something from the past seems to have targeted Loch and all he loves.  Nervousness, tension, and strange happenings help build the tension with a kicking climax. Whiskey Undone by Carrie Ann Ryan was a good read and a good conclusion to the Whiskey and Lies series.  

Whiskey Undone by Carrie Ann Ryan

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!

 

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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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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23.10 | 11:23

Awesome interview! B.J. Daniels books are just GREAT!! Always anticipating the next one! Appreciate her talent, and bringing us wonderful hours of reading!

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22.10 | 18:12

For one, I’m glad you can come up with ideas and that the characters talk to you. Keep them talking and thank you and your characters.

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22.10 | 17:30

I adore B J Daniels’ books. She grabs me from the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the last sentence. I loved this interview.

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