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Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley

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Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley is the second book in her series named 12 Dukes of Christmas.  I read the first one recently and while I did not laugh out loud, I found the book quite enjoyable. The characters and situation made the book interesting and fun. In Kiss of a Duke, we are back in the town of Cressmouth or the town of Christmas with many of the same people. Only this time the characters are Penelope and Nicholas.

Penelope is a scientist and is famous for her newest scent called Duke.  This has brought her fame and an angry Nicholas Pringle to her door. He wants to buy the scent and stop its production, because people are using it and acting like a rake.  He does not want people doing that as it interferes with his good name and rake status.

Nicholas Pringle is a rake, a roue and an all around seeker of one night stands and pleasure.  He has no desire to marry and have a family. As a duke, so much is open to him, that he finds the new scent called Duke an affront and wants it to stop being sold.

Penelope and Nicholas are funny together.  There both love science, not the Nick wants her to know about his secret “hobby”.  They bond over biscuits and science. The other characters that float in and out are equally as humorous and the story moves quickly to its finish. I enjoyed the book and found it amusing.  The book, Kiss of a Duke, by Erica Ridley is a lighthearted and a quick read.

Once Upon 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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Leverage in Death by JD Robb  is finally out. I have been waiting to see what Roarke and Eve are up to in this newest installment of the In Death Series (#47)!  I can’t believe that there are 47 books in the series either! What a wonderful ride this story was!

Eve Dallas is called to a crime scene to a seemingly surprising crime has occurred. An man wearing a suicide vest went into a meeting where a large merger was going to happen and detonated the vest.  Eve has to figure out what is happening and why …. And then it happens again just before the opening of an up and coming artist.  Eve has to dig through so many clues to find the truth.

Meanwhile, Nadine’s first movie about Eve and Peabody is up for an Oscar.  Not that Eve wants anything to do with it, but Peabody and McNab would be so pumped to go.  Eve has to find a way to let them go while focusing on the killer (s). Luckily hot and smooth Roarke is able to step in as her assistant and Eve is able to work on the puzzle.

Another great installment of the futuristic world of Eve and Roarke… and now another year to wait until I find out what is going to happen next….  Leverage in Death by JD Robb is a great read.


Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

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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.  


Home to Honeymoon Harbor by JoAnn Ross

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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.


Herons Landing 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.


Restless Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

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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.

Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan is the first book in a spin-off about the Montgomeries in Colorado Springs.  This book follows Adrienne (and Shep) as they open another location for Montgomery Ink. Adrienne is one of Shep’s sisters.  She too is a tattoo artist and is looking forward to this new adventure. With Adrienne and Shep are Ryan and Mace. Mace is Adrienne’s best friend.  They spend loads of time together and are each other support. In an instant things begin to change with Mace’s daughter Daisy moving in with him full time.  Vandalism becomes an issue at the shop. And suddenly things between Mace and Adrienne have changed. The question is where do things go from there and will they lose each other in the process.

I have always enjoyed the Montgomery Family books by Carrie Ann Ryan.  This new spin-off is no exception. I enjoyed the characters with the “hotness” factor.  There were new characters that were introduced and will be interesting when more books in this series are published.  I enjoyed the questions around the new shop, new responsibilities and new roles. Fallen Ink is a good read!

Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan is the next installment about the town of Whiskey Pennsylvania and the Collins family.  The story is intended to be read as a part of a series, but can be read alone without difficulty. This series is a spin off from the Montgomery Family (builders not tattoo).  

Fox is a journalist.  He owns the local paper and writes some of the columns.  His newest column is about a famous dancer, only to find out that he knows the granddaughter.  He had a one night stand with her that was hot, hot, hot!

Melody Waters is all about dancing.  She has spent her life dancing, only to have it taken away in a brief moment.  Now she is restarting her life and opening a dance studio in the same town as her grandmother.  She had a hot one night stand, but will never see him again, so she is moving on. Until he interviews her grandmother.

Fox and Melody can’t seem to stop reliving their one night stand.  Maybe they should stop trying. Then other problems show up and their world is seriously impacted.  

Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan is a good 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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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!

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.

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.

01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

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