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Room Service by Rochelle Alers

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Room Service by Rochelle Alers is the third book in the series named Innkeepers.  It is the first book I have read by Rochelle Alers and the first book I have read in the series.  I didn’t find it too hard to keep up with all the people and information even though I have not read the previous books.  

Jasmine Washington was an interior decorator and then worked in HR for a large office.  She has been burned by her ex husband and does not trust men any longer. She is pals with three other women who all worked for the same business until the business downsized and they were all out of jobs.  Jasmine has worked a temporary job. She has determined to take the summer off and then leave for New Orleans for her friend’s wedding. There are obstacles toward her moving forward but she is willing to face them.

Cameron Singleton meets Jasmine at a wedding of a mutual friend, but does not live in NYC like Jasmine.  However, when he came up to hang with some college friends, he contacts her and they have dinner, dinner and then more food and drinks.  Cameron wants Jasmine but is not interested in marriage. Luckily Jasmine feels the same. Together tho, they are hot and definitely interested in each other!


The book was a fun read and I wanted the book to end happily for Jasmine and Cameron.  I felt the book was slow at the beginning with so much time spent in Jasmine’s head relaying information from previous storylines.  Once the story moved into both Cameron and Jasmine, I felt the book moved quickly and was much more interesting. Room Service by Rochelle Alers was a good read.  


The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander

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The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander was a historical romance.  This is the third book in Victoria Alexander’s series The Lady Traveler’s Society. The Society is run by three elderly ladies, who have more found a way to make a living and a very interesting life by publishing pamphlets on traveling.  The biggest problem is that they have never traveled anywhere before now…

In this installment, Miss Sidney Honeywell and Harry Armstrong are forced into a journey to Egypt.  Both are writers about adventures in Egypt. Harry’s recollections tend to be boring with a great deal of facts and exact information.  Sidney writes a series of fiction novels based on her grandmother’s diaries from her adventurous life. They realize as they spend more time together that they are attracted to the other one quite strongly, but both are holding back important information from the other.  When some of the information becomes more available both work hard to hide the information from the young reporter who is determined to write about their adventures.

The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander was an interesting read. The character of Harry was not exactly likeable from the beginning, but her did grow on me as the book moved on.  The setting in Egypt added a dangerous element which added to the novel.




The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

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The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews came out this week!  The book is a great summer read with loads of twists and turns and surprises.  Mary Kay Andrews books are usually light and breezy reads perfect for a sunny day at the beach.  High Tide Club is no different as it was a fun read. There were some elements of mystery, twists and turns that were not totally a surprise, but were unexpected.  

Josephine Bettendorf Warrick is dying and has decided to leave her home and land to her best friends growing up.  Two of the friends have died, but they had children who had children. Brooke Trappnell goes out to Talisa Island to meet with Josephine to help save the home and find the missing descendents.  That is until she realizes she is one of them. This leads Brooke to reach out to her old boss to help her with the estate issue since it would be unethical, if she took the case. Things get even more interesting when the cast of characters show up and stories start be shared. Then the interesting turns to murder and confusion and more twists.

I enjoyed the book The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews.  The story was interesting and layered with various secrets slowly being unveiled.  The characters were quirky and the story lines interesting. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews was a good read.  

Rough Ride by Gillian Archer

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Rough Ride by Gillian Archer is the fourth book in the True Brothers MC.  The first book was rocky, but each book since then has been much better. I have grown to love the characters in the MC club and have found each of the couple’s hotness factor outstanding!  Rough Ride focuses on the relationship between Amber and Bam.

Amber is the daughter of a True Brother who has died.  Her mother is falling apart and she has had to drop out of school and take a cruddy job to help her family stay afloat.  On top of everything, Amber feels she needs some information to help understand and let go of her father’s death. The problem with looking for that information brings her into the sphere of the Russian Mafia, number two man.  He is having trouble taking her no as acceptable.

Bam Bam is one of the newest members of True Brother.  He is huge and acts to help enforce what the bosses need.  He sees Amber with the Mafia Don and at the direction of his boss, takes her away.  Bam ends up having to shadow her to help dissuade him from forcing himself on Amber.  

Bam Bam and Amber begin to see the good and wonderfulness in each other.  Truths come out and they fall - hard - for each other, but at what cost. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. Rough Ride is a great addition to the True Brothers MC series and a great read!

Summer at Castle Cafe by Summer by Donna Ashcroft

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Summer of the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft is a fun light modern romance set in England.  The story’s main character is Alice Appleton had moved to Castle Cove after the death of her mother.  Her mother’s death had left her feeling like she wasn’t accomplishing anything and if she didn’t take some chances her world would never change.  So she is planning a long awaited trip to see her father in Thailand and training for the marathon in Castle Cove.

Jay O’Donnell helps on the rescue squad and is a carpenter hired to come fix the broken cupboard where Alice works.  He is a person who is always saving or helping others and he sets her right off. Slowly, they began to develop a relationship and Alice begins to consider her options… but….

This would be a great summer beach read.  I enjoyed the characters (and hope to revisit some of them again) and the plot line.  It was light yet had some poignant truths mixed in - including as much as you think you know about your parents and their relationship - you really don’t. Summer of the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft was a good read.


Brave New Earl by Jane Ashford

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Brave New Earl by Jane Ashford is the first book in a new series (The Way to A Lord’s Heart).  The series seemingly is going to focus on men (lords) who are struggling with death of loved ones. This book introduces the characters and then goes on to focus on one of the characters.

Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness is a widower.  It has been five years since his wife died in childbirth leaving him with a son that he cannot even look at.  While his son is not abused, neither is he cared for with attention. Jean Sanders finds this unacceptable and practically storms the residence.  She is threatening to take the boy away and instead is convinced to stay. Suddenly a man who has been hiding away for years has house guests, including his uncle (who probably set this up) and is being  pulled out of his melancholy to join the world only to find Jean is someone who is very interesting.

Ben and Jean sizzle.  The situation are humorous at times and sad at times as they work toward a HEA.  I enjoyed Brave New Earl by Jane Ashford and look forward to the next books in the series.  Brave New Earl by Jane Ashford is a fun read.  

Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley

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Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley is the newest book in the Chaos series (#5).  We are reintroduced to the Chaos MC, with Tack Allen and the other members.  To keep us on our toes, Kristen Ashley brought in Snapper and Rosalie and gave us a great story.

Rosalie realized that in order to save her man, she needed to find a way to get him to see his MC needed to change. However, she ended up being marked at a traitor and was left for dead after being beaten by his MC.  Rosalie was saved by Snapper and despite her wishes for being done with all MCs.  First she was ditched by Shy and now beaten by her ex’s club, she is all done with men and motorcycles, the problem is that Snapper is not done with her.  

Rough Ride is a bit of a sweet story mixed with bikers badness.  Rosalie is someone you want to get to a happily ever after and Snapper is an interesting man.  Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley was a fun read and left me impatient for the next Chaos novel!


The Hookup by Kristen Ashley

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I love Kristen Ashley books!  Her newest one, The Hookup is the first book in a new series called Moonlight and Motor Oil. It is awesome!  Johnny Gamble is my new hot book boyfriend.  

Izzy is sweet and kind.  She has worked hard all her life and seems not to get a break.  She has moved to a new town and decided to get a drink at the only local bar.  It is there she meets Johnny.  They hook-up and then life intrudes and things get muddled...

I love the characters.  Both Izzy and Johnny have exes that left damage to them, but they persevered and found each other.  The story is one of sweetness with a little bitter, love and family and hot, hot sex.  The other main characters are great too...I can’t wait to read about Toby and Addie.

The Hookup is quintessential Kristen Ashley.  Her characters and plot line bring you along a journey that ties your hopes and dreams to the main characters. I would suggest strongly you plan time for it, as putting the book down was really, really hard. The Hookup by Kristen Ashley  is a fabulous read.


Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley

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Ride Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley is the latest book in her Chaos Series.  Chaos is a Motorcycle Club that has gone legitimate - mostly. They run various businesses and work to keep the area clean.  Since this is the sixth book in the series, most of the characters are known, at least by name. This particular story focuses on Keely and Hound.

Keely’s husband was a member of Chaos.  He was killed and she was left a widow with two young boys.  The club continued to take care of her and her boys. Hound and the club helped out whenever there was a need, but it was mostly Hound. He had been in love with her for years, but you do not go out with another man’s old lady, even if he has died.  Years pass, the boys grow older, but still Hound does not make a move - Until Keely does.

Meanwhile with the club, there is other stuff going down that Hound is in charge of working out.  Hound also takes care of an older lady who has become his family. The story evolves rather like life does and before you realize it - you are all in. That is the distinction that Kristen Ashley brings to her books. An ability for the reader to be all into the story, the world and the characters.

Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley is a great read.  


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24.12 | 00:28

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

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.

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