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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond was a thriller of epic proportions.  It is a story about two people who are newly married.  Alice is a lawyer working crazy hours.  Jake is a psychologist who has started a new practice with two other people. They are asked to join The Pact with a group of like minded people who believe that the marriage and their spouses are the most important people in their lives.  Not their jobs, not their friends, not even their families - just their spouses. All of the ideas sound good until they start reading the manual and then break some rules. Suddenly they are in the midst of a horrifying situation.  

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond drew me in and held my attention for the whole time. I had trouble putting this book down, like I might miss something happening.  I found myself being very tense and anxious about what would happen next.  I think The Marriage Pact  is a great read.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

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The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley was a fun read.  The main character Lady Amelia is one of those uber organized type A people.  She has decided to pick out a husband and to her mind the best place to pick him out would be a the annual Sheffield Ball, where everyone who's anyone will be.  Viscount Sheffield however is not holding the ball this year due problems and timing, which is unacceptable to Amelia.  Therefore, she has determined that she needs to take over the planning and preparation of the annual fete, so she can find her husband.  

Benedict Sheffield thinks he has life planned out perfectly until Amelia breezes in and throws everything in disarray.  Not surprisingly, she manages to take over the ball and inevitably Benedict’s life.  The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley was a  fun, light romance that was a quick read!!  I found it so enjoyable that I actually downloaded other books by Erica Ridley.

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley was a good read.

 

Knox by Christie Ridgway

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Knox by Christie Ridgway  is the fourth book in a fun new series (7 Brides for 7 Brothers). The books are all written by different authors and all are contemporary romances about the seven brothers and their seven brides. Each can be read alone, but then again why would you?

Knox let everyone believe he was the lazy surfer brother.  It was easier that way. So when his Dad left him a vintage Indian motorcycle, Knox is thrilled and decides to take a journey with it to the garage where the bike came from.  Little did Knox know that he was about to enter a new journey with the bike and with the yoga instructor who he met at the bar and later when his bike broke down near her house.  Little did he know, it was her father’s bike shop where the bike came from and he was stuck.  Erin Cassidy turned his world upside down.  Knox still has not come to grips with his father’s death and how the family saw him.  Perhaps with Erin, he might be able to come into the light about his life.  

Knox by Christie Ridgway is a fun read.

To Kill a Hummingbird by J. R. RIpley

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To Kill a Hummingbird by J.R. Ripley was a fun cozy read. The main character, Amy Simms owns a store called Birds and Bees.  The community is a small one relying on tourists and a lake with other small stores nearby.  It is in this community that Amy, a bit of a nosy neighbor invites her old professor to visit and promote his book about Hummingbirds.  She has set up a number of events with her neighboring businesses to tie his visit together and include more of the community.  What she does not expect is that he will be murdered and so many people could have motives, including herself and the local chief is not her buddy!  

The book was a fun read.  I liked the premise, the people and the eventual unraveling of information.  I did not realize when I read the book that it is one of a series, so it definitely can be read as a stand alone, but I suspect that the prior books help flesh out many of the characters.  It is also clear that there are going to be more mysteries coming for Amy Simms.  To Kill a Hummingbird by J.R. Ripley was a good read!

 

Dark in Death by J.D. Robb

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Dark In Death by J.D. Robb is out and is another great story told about Eve Dallas and all her colleagues in solving yet another homicide in NYC in the future.  Eve and Roarke have the house to themselves (Somerset is away on vacation) and they have plans.  Meanwhile, Eve has a murder investigation that is getting curiouser and curiouser!  She is following the clues and trying to prevent another death… Finding all the information - thanks to Roarke and Peabody and using Mira to help redirect them, this mystery is fascinating.  

J.D. Robb has fashioned a world in the future with characters and stories that are compelling. The world of NYC is recreated in the future and the writing allows the reader to hear the cacophony of sounds and the collage of people, colors and sights. I love the focus Eve has on the murder and the colorful people who surround her.  I look forward to each and every story!

Dark in Death by J.D. Robb is a great read.

Secrets in Death by J D Robb

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Secrets in Death by J D Robb is the 45th book in the series.  The book’s main character, Eve Dallas is on the search for a killer. She with her partner steadily use police work to track down information, while her hunky hot husband helps in the background digging up information to help her.  The novels are an “always read book” as soon as they come out.  

Eve’s newest homicide, Larinda Mars, literally fell into Eve’s arms.  From there Eve has to deconstruct Larinda’s life to trace back who killed her and why.  The various people who are not sorry Larinda is dead does not help the case.  Larinda Mars was a gossip reporter and often hurt people with her gossip.  Eve’s dogged pursuit helps find the killer and solves the case, while we are brought on a wonderful ride of  a “who dun it and why”.

Eve and Roarke are two characters who have almost become as familiar to me as my own family. Each book reveals another layer of Eve and Roarke and their complicated lives and paths.  Secrets in Death is an awesome read!!!!

Echoes in Death by JD Robb

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Echoes in Death by JD Robb, once again shows the future of New York City.  Eve Dallas is on the job with her trusty sidekick Peabody.  Eve and husband Roarke were coming home from a business party. In front of the car walks a naked woman covered blood and bruises.  This opens a homicide that Eve and Peabody start to work, only to find that it is one of a pattern by a serial killer.  Now they race the clock to discover why the the victims are being targeted.  Roarke with his mad skills help out with the rest of the team. Dr. Mira provides support and a profile.  The story has some great twists and turns.  One that was totally not expected at the very end.  Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has once again written a novel that grabs your attention and holds it throughout the entire story.  

It is hard to believe that even after writing over 40 books, JD Robb continues to entertain readers with the characters from her in Death series. Echoes in Death is a great read.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe is a fabulous read! The author brings us on a journey by slowly revealing pieces of the life of Julian, interspersed with the revealing life of Adam as he reconnects and tries to form a bond with Julian.  The story is complicated, poignant and horrifying as each piece of the puzzle is revealed. I think this book would be more for older teens, because of the subject matter.  

Adam a high school senior helps out the school psychologist for credit. While helping her he find Julian, a kid who stayed with his family for a short time after his parents died.  Adam is thrilled at seeing Julian again and wants to help and include him.  Julian is not the boy he once was.  His parents’ death and most recently living with his Uncle has been traumatic.  As the time moves on, more information about Julian and Adam’s life is slowly revealed, drawing the reader into each of their lives.  What the reader finds out is heartbreaking! And the journey becomes more fraught with danger and intrigue.  I loved Adam as one of the main characters; his insight and acceptance helps underscore the difficulties of Julian’s reality.  

A List of Cages by Robin Roe did have some subject matter better left of older teens, but the handling of them within the story was very well done.  The plot of the story moved along and allowed for the suspense of the story line.  It was difficult to imagine how the story was going to end and I found myself reading faster as the book continued.  This is a book I would highly recommend.  

Finn by JoAnn Ross

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Finn by JoAnn Ross is the seventh book in a fun new series (7 Brides for 7 Brothers). The books are all written by different authors and all are contemporary romances about the seven brothers and their seven brides. Each can be read alone, but then again why would you?

 

Finn is the youngest of all the brothers.  He always felt like a bit of an afterthought being so young when his mother died.  He spent his childhood dreaming about flying and grew up to become a naval aviator.  So when his father left him a small airline operation in Alaska and since Finn was done with the navy, he jumped at the chance.  Finn  found his new life to be almost everything he wanted until he remet Tori Cassidy.  Tori has had an interesting ride with her life, not the least of which is spending her honeymoon alone in Alaska where she remet heartthrob Finn.   Small towns being what they are, there is no telling what everyone knows or doesn’t and they is stuff the know.  Secrets always come out.  

Finn, the last of the series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers by JoAnn Ross was a fun read.

 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was an excellent read.  Gender Identity is a issue in our society. I know several children who are struggling to identify their place in our society.  It is an issue that crosses so many lines of resistance that many younger transgender students are at risk from bullying, physical and mental abuse.

The main character Amanda is moving in with her father and finishing high school in a new place. The past, full of confusion, abuse and trauma is behind her and she is now ready to live a life as a female.  She grew up as Andrew and constantly felt wrong, whether trying to play catch or have friends. The restrictive life left her depression, anxious and unable to face the future.

The story goes back and forth between the present and the past.  It is clear that the journey Amanda had been on has been a harrowing one.  In the present, she is finding friends, maybe a boyfriend and a whole new world.  

I know many will find this book, not to their taste.  I would suggest that the poignancy of the story with Amanda and the understanding of her path would allow understanding of the transgender world.  If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo is an excellent 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 Secrets by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Whiskey Secrets is the first book in a new series by Carrie Ann Ryan.  It is a spin off from Montgomery Ink with the tie being Tabby who married Alex.  The books are placed in Whiskey, Pennsylvania at the Collins’ Inn.  Dare owns and runs the restaurant and the bar located below the Inn after leaving the life of a policeman.   Dare’s parents hired an Innkeeper without warning the rest of the family, even Dare who will be most affected.  

Kenzie Owens needed a new start.  Being hired to run the Collins’ Inn was a chance for a new start.  Dare was less than pleased and pleasant.  Kenzie is not letting him push her away.  She is restarting her life in a new place where no one knows her or where she is, she thinks.

Kenzie and Dare are very interested in each other and they are HOT together.  Now if things will just be ordinary…  Whiskey Secrets by Carrie Ann Ryan is a hot, fun, good read!

Hope Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Hope Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan is the last in the Gallagher Series :(.  It is about Murphy Gallagher who thinks he has the world available.  He is the last of the Gallaghers who is not married.  He works hard with their business and doesn’t want anything to tie him down.  When he was young he beat cancer twice, so he knows how important time is.  Tessa Stone works hard to give her best to her work and plays hard as well.  Tessa and Murphy are thrown together often because of family and they love to tease each other, but do not take the next step.

Murphy ends up needing a place to stay and Tessa needs a roommate.  As Murphy fights for his life, Tessa finds she is undeniably drawn to him.  Murphy can’t sleep at night and can’t let go of his dreaming about Tessa. Together..will they be stronger or is there more going on… Tessa has had a feeling something is wrong.

I love reading Carrie Ann Ryan’s books.  I find her ability to tell a story and bring me on a journey is awesome.  Her larger than life, tattooed men and women who are so sure of themselves makes reading the books fun! The secrets from the past and unknown incidents make the storyline exciting.  I am sorry the Gallaghers are all married, now….

 

Badboy by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Badboy by Carrie Ann Ryan is a contemporary romance. It is set in Texas at a 10 year High School Reunion and includes all the yucky people you would like to avoid.  But both Kate and Grayson are pretty much forced to go by their besties.  Kate St. Dalton was the class valedictorian and Grayson Cleary was considered the drop out. Kate ended up marrying young and never getting anywhere except for divorced with two children.  Grayson found a home in Denver where he worked hard and is a much sought after mechanic, but lately has been feeling like he is missing something.  In High School they both “saw” each other, but let the separation in social status separate them, but now…  Well the tide has changed…

Badboy by Carrie Ann Ryan was a quirky, fun read.  I enjoyed hating the yucky people from the reunion and loved the chemistry between Kate and Grayson.

PS This is clearly going to be a series!

Life by Cynthia Rylant and Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

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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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