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Secrets from a Happy Marriage by Maisey Yates

Secrets from a Happy Marriage by Maisey Yates is her newest book.  The novel focuses on the four women of Lighthouse Inn and B&B with all of the struggles of loving another and living with another over a summer.  The lighthouse and its history was a key element within the story as the novel unfolds.

Wendy with her two small daughters Rachel and Anna worked to open the Lighthouse. Now as adults, Rachel and Anna have ended up back at the Inn to help out, while they deal with their newest reality.  Rachel’s daughter Emma is also in a time of reflection and decision making.  While three of the women are struggling with what is next, their mother also has a secret of her own that adds to the realization that the past does not determine the future.  

I love Maisey Yates.  I think she is a marvelous writer.  I have found her stories wonderful reads with great characters and a level of poignancy not found with a lot of writers. Having said all this,  Secrets from a Happy Marriage is a bit wordy for my tastes.  The constant revelations and reflections toward the end of the novel while illuminating, important and completely consistent with the novel and the author were for me, overdone.  

Secrets from a Happy Marriage by Maisey Yates is a good read. 


A Cowboy for All Seasons by Maisey Yates

A Cowboy for All Seasons by Maisey YatesπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

A Cowboy for All Seasons by Maisey Yates added some fun elements to the well written book. Grandma June had four granddaughters.  After her death she willed each of her granddaughters one season at her house. The letters came with specific instructions on what they were to accomplish during that season. Grandma June had specific objectives in mind obviously and each of her granddaughters -  Keira, JJ, Lila and Bela all had help though - each had the help of a cowboy from their past.  


One of the cool ways this book was so remarkable was that each granddaughter and her season was written by another author (Maisey Yates, Caitlin Crews, Nicole Helm and Jackie Ashenden.).  Quite frankly, I found it to be well done.  The stories of each flowed nicely and the small amount of needed tailoring was not forced. Another great aspect was that each of the granddaughters found their peace.  

I liked how the house was a character in the book.  I love how the house (presumably with the Grandma June) made their opinions known with doors slamming, windows shutting and steps breaking.  Each of the granddaughter had to find a way to come to grips with the death of a loved one, while learning how they were going to move forward. A Cowboy For All Seasons by Maisey Yates was a good read!

Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates

Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey YatesπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates is the eighth book in the Gold Valley Series.  We are brought back to the Dalton Family and their ranch. Recently, they have ventured into opening a school for young men, who are living with foster families and need a different type of education.  Caleb has been helping out on the ranch and with the adolescents. He also has been helping Ellie Bell and her daughter Amelia.  


Ellie is a widow.  Her husband was Caleb’s best friend and died fighting wildfires.  Caleb feels guilty for all sorts of reasons, not the least of the reasons is that he always lusted after Ellie.   Ellie is ready to move on, but has all sorts of hang ups and has made a list of Christmas Wishes. Caleb is also ready to move on but not necessarily in her direction.


WOW - Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates is a hot story between Caleb and Ellie!  As always, the story is well written by Maisey Yates.  Ellie had way too much angst for me, but I have never been a widow.  Caleb’s levels of guilt were finally revealed so they can move forward.  Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates was a fast read and a fun story. 

Lone Wolf Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Lone Wolf Cowboy by Maisey Yates🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Lone Wolf Cowboy by Maisey Yates is the seventh book in the Gold Valley series.  Each book while based in the same setting and with many of the same characters has different main characters and can be read as standalones.  The stories do tend to have cowboys and horses however.


Vanessa left home as soon as she could.  She was not the perfect child and never could do anything right, so she stopped trying. She ended up spending years being an addict and going downhill on a never ending spiral.  Being arrested and put into rehab started her next chaper and she worked hard to start her life again. She is back at Gold Valley working as an art therapist at the Dalton’s new school.


Jacob Dalton is reclusive, a loner.  He has worked as an EMT and as a wildland firefighter, but right now he has been pulled into helping Gabe with his new school.  His newest neighbor is the art teacher and he has a case of lust with her. It is surprising or maybe not what happens next. Jacob and Vanessa have decisions to make.


Lone Wolf Cowboy by Maisey Yates ended well.  I liked Jacob and grew to like Vanessa. I have to admit, I didn’t at first because she was a bit preachy, but I grew to understand she needed to explain so much to others to help her, help others.  Lone Wolf Cowboy by Maisey Yates was a hot, fast read!

Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates

Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is the next book in the Gold Valley Series (#6).  The book follows various people - mostly cowboys who live in Gold Valley. The whole series includes lots of hot cowboys, many of who have to reinvent themselves after various happenings and the smart, sexy women who love them.  What more do you need?

Jamie Dodge is the youngest of the Dodge family and the only girl.  She was constantly trying to keep up with her brothers and has grown up being overshadowed by them.  She is a brilliant horsewoman whos is able to identify and understand a horse’s temperament. She is working for Gabe Dalton, an ex bronco rider.  He has started to take in ex rodeo horses and help rehab and rehome them. Gabe is searching for his new way and dealing with a lot of leftover stuff from his upbringing and parents.  

Jamie speaks her mind, isn’t always politically correct, and is not a girly girl, but she may have unresolved feelings over her new boss… like she feels jealous when he goes to pick up a woman at the local bar.  She interferes and that is when things get really interesting. I enjoyed Jamie and Gabe and enjoyed their storyline. I liked what Gabe decided to do with the ranch and am looking forward to seeing his dream grow as the series continues (hopefully) with his brothers finding their HEA.  Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is a good read.

Need Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Need Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Need Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates is the 6th book in the Copper Ridge: Desire series.  Levi was sent to jail for killing his wife - only she wasn’t dead - just hiding. Once she resurfaced for more money Levi was able to prove he was not guilty.  Not that made anything change - people still didn’t trust him. He wanted a house that was open and expansive. He didn’t want to feel incarcerated anymore. Faith Grayson agreed to design the house and soon they were inseparable.  But this is just a fling - a thing - he is too old and too hardened for a young thing like her.

Maisey Yates has written a short HOT book with a bad boy that is quite delicious. Enjoy reading Need Me, Cowboy.

Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates is coming out this spring.  The book is the fifth book of the Gold Valley series. Dane Parker has been badly injured riding bulls.  He was trampled and after a long hospital stay and several screws and pins. He is recovering at his sister’s house (She lives nearby with her husband) and he is trying to get well.  Dane feels that he has no future and is feeling down.

Beatrix Leighton lives on the property as well.  Her family used to own the land and Dane’s sister is happy to have her live in the small cabin.  She is thinking about where she is going and is beginning to make plans. One plan that she didn’t think she would ever follow was her unrequited love for Dane.  

Two people living on the same property.  Bea started out helping Dane and then Dane helps her out and suddenly they are spending a lot of time together. That is when things change and Dane really “sees” her for the first time.  

I enjoy the characters in Gold Valley.  The cowboys and the strong women who help them make the story more fun.  I like the setting and the different story lines. Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates was a fun read.  

Daughter of the King by Ashley York

Daughter of the King by Ashley York 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Daughter of the King by Ashley York comes out next week for St Patrick’s Day!  This is the third book in the Derbfine Series, which is about Ireland and its kings from the Middle Ages.   How perfect is that!  

Brighit and Darragh have been promised in marriage since they were small.  Brighit however is not a “traditional” wife material from this time period.  She has been allowed to learn to hunt, fight and protect her people.   Darragh has been waiting for her.  He has tried to be patient, but Brighit keeps putting off the wedding.  Uncle Niall takes Brighit and her brothers for a secret adventure the night before her wedding.  Things do not go well and Brighit is put in a dangerous position. Just when she thinks she is safe, she isn’t.  Then things go wrong.  Brighit and Darragh do not have a smooth transition to their marriage, and it doesn’t look like it is getting better.  

I have always found the Middle Ages fascinating.  Ashley York has made the time come alive for me.  I found the whole idea of the beginning of the clans working together toward a common set of laws and rules interesting, so I was glad to story touched on that while focusing on the love story!  I always enjoy Ashley York’s books.  Daughter of the King is a good read!

Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York

Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍 

Ashley York’s newest book is called Eyes of the Seer.   The story of Astrid and Marcán was richly written, bringing us back to the time of legends and myths.  This is the second book in the series (Curse of the Healer being the first.)  The story runs roughly  during the same span of time, but focuses onMarcán and Astrid.  

An overbearing mother determined to get her way - no matter what - is the crux of Astrid’s life.  Her mother wants what she wants and is not above stirring up trouble to get it.  Astrid wonders why her brother has not done anything about setting up a marriage for her, so she follows her mother’s suggestion and tries to find a connection with a man from the next town over.   Meanwhile, her brother’s best friend Marcán has been in love with Astrid forever, but forever is a really long time when she doesn’t even recognize he loves her.  He protects her and helps her and is there for her, yet she seems to find him more of a pain than anyone she might be interested in. The story is a wonderful love story of seemingly star crossed lovers. Throw in a man and a woman who will do anything to get what they want and you have a great story of love and hope against the odds.  

Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York is a great  read.  


Curse of the Healer by Ashley York

Curse of the Healer by Ashley York🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Curse of the Healer by Ashley York is her newest novel and a start of a new series called Descendents of the High King.  Ashley York is the queen of writing about the early Middle Ages. She not only makes us feel like we are among the characters, but we worry about them and care about the outcome.  We met Aednat before in a previous book and learned about her difficult early life.  

Aednat is the healer from the title.  She has trained and accepted the consequences of that - to be alone - no children, no husband.  That is her curse.  However, there is also another legend about a ruler who marries ‘the healer’ will be so strong that he will become the next high king.  

Diarmuid of Clonascra knows he needs a wife, but certainly not Aednat. He needs to keep away from her, until he can’t as ordered by the High King.  Aednat knows she needs to stay away from him, until she can’t as ordered by the High King… and so a new story goes.

Aednat and the Curse of the Healer by Ashley York was a great book to read.  I loved the characters and how they have to fight for their life.  Their passion for life and for each other makes the story resonate over the thousands of years into today.  I love reading Ashley York’s books, with her descriptions and details from the past.  

The Gentle Knight by Ashley York

The Gentle Knight by Ashley York🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Gentle Knight by Ashley York is a romance book set during the time of the Norman Conquest.  The author has managed to capture both the land and people in turmoil as leadership and rules change.  It is a world where every word needs to be guarded and people not to be trusted.  

Brighit MacNaughton is a young woman, who always thought she would be married to one of the neighboring men.  She is thrust into a new reality when her father dies and has pledged her to joining the church and live out her life as a nun.  Brighit did not plan on this reality, but her father had told her the duty she owed him.  On her journey to the convent, she has been entrusted to men who are less than noble and she is unsafe.  Meanwhile when Peter of Normandy comes into contact with her, he is bound by his oath to help her.  But as always when life is precarious, nothing seems to go smoothly.  Brighit and Peter must work together and both try to avoid the chemistry between them.  

The world at the time of the Normandy Invasion was a brutal and cruel place ripe with fortunistic opportunities for those who would take what is not theirs and incite violence between people.  It is into this difficult landscape Brighit’s journey and her salvation is waiting.  The Gentle Knight is a good romantic read.  

The Seventh Son by Ashley York

The Seventh Son by Ashley York🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Ashley York’s newest historical romance is The Seventh Son.  Once again we are drawn into the medieval world when Saxons and Normans are learning to live together under Norman Rule, however not all is as quiet as one would think.  The times are rough, where men fight to the death and hold allegiance to their clans.  Rivalries, betrayals, and brutality are realities in everyday life.

Tisa O’Brien and Tadhg MacNaughton were betrothed from a young age. They are neighbors and their parents were friends, until some unexpected consequences occur based on something that happened long ago.  Tisa O’Brien’s father breaks the betrothal and has her married to Darragh, a man who prefers men to women.  Tisa is devastated but works to make things the best she can, while in a horrid situation where she is not safe.  

Tadhg is destroyed by the betrayal of Tisa marrying another.  His people are hungry and he has become a clan leader upon the death of his father. That is when he discovers the truth, but it is too late.

Once again, Ashley York has written a passionate romance when the times were not about love, but about alliances and allegiances. The book is in a time and place where hardship, death and disorder abound.  The love story between Tisa and Tadhg transcends time and place.

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York is reminiscent of The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. In 1066 when William the Conqueror took over England. Many of the Saxons were killed or married off. That is what happened to Rowena and John.

Rowena a lady forced to marry John an invading Norman. Both are under different misunderstandings about the other. Both have to realize more about themselves and their world. I found the story interesting. Rowena seemed a little demure and meek for me, but it probably was more realistic for the time. John seemed to be shrouded in such doubts, he needed someone to believe in him.

The Saxon Bride was a good story about an interesting time period. I will look for the next story in this series to read.

The Irish Warrior by Ashley York

The Irish Warrior by Ashley York🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Ashley York has written a wonderful love stories during the Norman Invasion of 1066. Not an easy subject or time, yet The Irish Warrior captures you as you worry for Thomasina (aka Tommy) as she fights for her future. She is hiding from her father who has used her to pay a gambling debt. Sean finds her stealing his horse, although Tommy knows it is her horse... and so the story of them begins.

The Irish Warrior was an enjoyable novella. One that wasn’t too quick to read (ie ended too quickly). This is the second book by Ashley York that I have read and will continue to read her novels. 

Broken by Rebecca Zanetti

Broken by Rebecca Zanetti is  the third book in Deep Ops. (although there are two novellas in there too)  It is clear from the beginning of the book that there are prior books, but I didn’t find it hard to jump it.  Wolfe is a man who is not only working on the cases given to him, but he is also working on a case from his time in Afghanistan.  He is determined to find the one man that seemed to set up his team for death.  He knows who and why, but he does not know where this person is and how he is going to find him.  

Dana Mulberry is a reporter who is skilled at looking for people and finding the story. She has been looking for her missing friend. It is clear she is known to the people of Deep Ops and while it is not clear how, there is a level of trust. 

Somehow Wolfe and Dana end up looking for their suspects at the same party and he shows up dead while they are both there.  That is when they decide to leave quickly and they are chased and shot at.  Now Wolfe needs to protect Dana but he isn’t sure if it is her case or his case.  Dana is not a shrinking violet and does not want to be “protected.”  I love the back and forth between Wolfe and Dana fighting over who needs to protect who.  

This is the first book I read in this series (Deep Ops) and I loved it.  I have added the prior books to my TBR list.  I liked the characters and the plot line.  I found the “oddness” of the Deep Ops fun to read about. The dog is perhaps the most interesting character.  The book is definitely a thriller with the seriously creepy psychopath.  Broken by Rebecca Zanetti is a good read. 


Crow by A. Zavarelli

Crow by A. Zavarelli🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Crow by A. Zavarelli is the first book in a series about the hot men of the Boston Irish Mob.  The underworld leaders and shakers who are not to be trusted and crossed are run in part by Lachlan.  He is one of the leaders in the future in the organization.  Lachlan is not interested in settling down until he meets Mackenzie.  She is looking for a friend who disappeared after starting to work for Lachlan’s club.  Mackenzie is a fighter.  She is strong and resilient, but totally doesn’t trust Lachlan.  Together they are hot hot hot and the story is definitely one to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Saint by A. Zavarelli

Saint by A.Zavarelli🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Saint by A Zavarelli was a surprise - delightful - hot - naughty - filled with Irish gangsters and killers.  HOLY MOLY.  I thought it would be a kick to read...little did I realize what a kick it was.  I had no idea - and quite frankly will need to go back and read the previous books.  The characters are outlaws and killers.  Scarlett and Rory are both scarred and unable to see beyond their horrid past.  Together they are fire - hot consuming fire!  Rory is part of the Irish Mob and Scarlett is a looking to punish men for their perfidy.  They are a family and stand up for each other. The Saint by A Zavarelli was totally unexpected and might not be a read for everyone but I enjoyed it!

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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!

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.

23.03 | 10:13

Kurt Vonnegut I think? In an insane world a sane person will appear insane....

16.03 | 11:36

LOL, serious , but a run on toilet paper?
Guess we missed Bojhalian.
Be well! Happy reading!

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