April Reviews

Mad About Moon by Melissa FosterCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster is the fifth book in the Whiskey Series.  The Whiskey series is made of various people who become family (or already are) in the Dark Knights Motorcycle Club. This book is about Jed and Josie and they will tug at your heartstrings.  As all the books in this series, they can be read alone, or as a part of the series.


Josie grew up in an unsafe home and fled when she was 13.  She was raised by a friend’s grandmother and eventually found love and a home. Then everything fell apart and she lost everything and is now living in a shelter with her son.


Jed would do anything for his sister.  Growing up he would steal to help her eat and to keep them alive while his mother drank herself to death.  Now she is settled and Jed is able to begin again. He is prospecting with the Dark Knights and working at their garage and bar.  


Both Jed and Josie have a memory from the past.  They met one night over a bonfire and it was a memorable night for both of them.  They meet again and the spark is strong and back. Both are uncertain where they stand and Josie needs to start all over again.  Luckily her siblings are ready to help her and Jed is an important part of the mix. And there is her son Hail who is the cutest thing EVER.


Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster is another great addition to the Whiskey Family.


The Mister by E. L. JamesCoolCoolHeartThumbs up

The Mister by E.L. James is a sweet romance.  It is not in the same category as her earlier books (50 Shades of Gray).  The storyline is a basic rags to riches with a hot rich Duke, Maxim Trevelyan and an beautiful girl, Alessia Demachi.  


Alessia ran away from home, and got picked up by unsavory characters that she escaped from She is on the run from the sex trafficking industry and there are some nasty characters chasing her.  She is living in a situation that is hard and cleaning houses to survive. One of the places she begins to clean is for Maxim Trevelyan.  She is secretly infatuated with him.  Her greatest joy is the piano that Alessia plays when he is out.   


Maxim has just become the new Duke after the death of his older brother.  He is struggling with the new responsibilities and needs of his new position. Once things become clearer to him, he realizes he is totally entranced by her and wants to save her.  


One thing I noted when I was investigating the book are the number of negative reviews that are almost vicious in their content.  I was surprised at the vitriol of some of them. I am disappointed that some people use Goodreads to attack an author that they can just ignore if they do not like her.  The responses seem to be too personal to me. Luckily I ignored them... The Mister might not be a favorite book of mine, the anger seems overdone and the book is not worth such anger.  


The Mister by E.L. James was a pretty good read.  While it is not as demanding read like her earlier books, the story can easily continue and morph into various directions.  I am curious to see where it goes in the future.


No Other Duke But You by Valerie BowmanCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs upWild

Sometimes when I read I laugh out loud.  That was the case with Valerie Bowman’s newest book, No Other Duke But You.  Lady Delilah Montebank is the main female character and she is often an accident waiting to happen.  Breaking things, falling, tripping - if there is a way to embarrass herself, she can do it. On top of that, her mother has decreed she must marry and the person her mother proposed is not acceptable in any way.  So Delilah in her moment of anger, tells her mother that she is marrying the Duke of Branville. Not that he knows she is alive.


Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley is Delilah’s best friend and has loved her for many years. However, he has been waiting for her to realize the obvious. Meanwhile, he has helped her with all of her schemes while trying to get her to see him as he is.


The two circle around each other while putting on a play and participating in all the ton activities, but the love potion is the final straw, if only Delilah opens her eyes.  No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman is a fun (laugh out loud) historical romance!


It’s All About the Duke by Amelia GreyCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

It’s All About the Duke by Amelia Grey is a historical romance with a rather traditional plotline, but with some twists that were unexpected.  It is the third and last book in the series, The Rakes of St. James. I enjoyed the the main characters of Rath - the Duke of Rathburne and Marlena Fast, his newest ward. I found the banter back and forth of Rath and Marlena was fun and I liked how they were together.


Marlena Fast is an orphan and has been raised by various family members, but always has had to move on after a time.  Luckily, it has taught her to be fiercely independent and to not to expect a lot from people. She has two good friends next door and is presently living with a cousin (who is so about herself and her revisionist history of her first season.) Her guardian has become quite ill and has asked the Duke of Rathburne to take over for him.  Little does he know that she is the author of a scandal sheet that has focused on him for three years.


The Duke of Rathburne is a rake.  In the past, with his two friends, they played a horrible joke on some debutantes, which hurt their life, but there were no consequences for the Dukes.  He has grown up with his best friends who have found their loves and married them, and he is left. Rath has managed to change his life and become a better man, but he isn’t ready for marriage, until he meets Marlena.


This is the third book in the series and I have read all three, but they can be read as standalones as well.  The characters are fun and I like how they all interact in each other’s life. It’s All About the Duke by Amelia Grey is a good read.


The Summer Cottage by Viola ShipmanCoolCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs upThumbs up

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman was one of the best books I have read this spring - perhaps for even longer.  Each Viola Shipman novel, I have read has been wonderful. What blows my mind about them is Viola Shipman is a pen name for a man!  Each of the three books ( I have previously read The Recipe Box and The Hope Chest.) were beautifully written from a woman’s point of view with such feeling and understanding.


Adie Lou Kruger every summer was at the Summer Cottage with her parents and grandparents.  They were very important times for her and the fun rules they cottage had were part of the fun.  However Adie is all grown up, has a job and a son and her life is about to take a huge turn. She is divorcing her husband (his choice) and has decided to start all over at the Summer Cottage making it a bed and breakfast.  There are many challenges ahead of her, especially to get everything done before the season is open. She is determined to succeed, but there is so much to do and it takes so much money.


I loved how the cottage rules are chapter headings.  I loved how her son and best friend were such a help to her.  I loved her determination and positiveness. I loved how empowered I felt when I finished the novel.  I loved how the lake was woven into the tale. The Summer Cottage is definitely one of the best novels I have read.  It is a great read.


Latest comments

30.03 | 21:07

📚🌻📚🌻❤️... GREAT REVIEW

24.12 | 00:28

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

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!

27.05 | 23:23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.