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The Seaside Cafe by Rochelle Alers
The Seaside Cafe by Rochelle Alers is the first book in a new series called The Book Club. The Seaside Cafe is located on Coates Island off the North Carolina coast. The main characters are the three
women who join together in a book club, however Kayana Johnson is who the book mostly focuses on.
Kayana Johnson is one of the owners and cooks at the Seaside Cafe. She handles the breakfast
shift and then preps all the sides for lunch and dinner. She loves reading and since she is two years out of her divorce from her social climbing husband, she has plenty of time. Two of the summer people she meets are also readers and the three of them
decide to start a book club reading classics. On top of starting a book club, she also has met a man who interests her, Graeme. He seems to be another summer person, but he seems intent on pursuing her and she is open to interest.
I liked the premise of the book. The cafe and small island sounded like a fun place to vacation. I liked Graeme as a character, but wished he had been more upfront at first. The three women characters both delighted
and rankled me which was surprising. I liked two of them as people, but found the outright anger of the third one overdone. I do want to read the other books in this series as I expect their back stories will explain a great deal about why they
are so prickly.
The Seaside Cafe by Rochelle Alers was an interesting read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Net
Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Line Tender by Kate Allen
The Line Tender by Kate Allen 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍
The Line Tender by Kate Allen was listed as a middle school read, but it had elements that could hold the attention of a range of readers. The main character is Lucy Everhart. She is a middle schooler who is being raised by her Dad, after the
death of her mother (a famous marine biologist). Lucy’s dad gets called out a lot as he is a detective and a rescue diver for coastal town. Lucy is just figuring out her body and all the new parts of her growing and coming to understand how the
grief for her mother is cyclical. Her best friend, Fred is the seriously nerdy boy next door. They spend everyday together and take care of each other. They both are fascinated by the Great White Shark Scooter brought in and get into Lucy’s mother’s
books in order to research the shark for their summer science project.
Another tragedy happens and Lucy is thrown hard. Her father, Scooter (fishman) and Mr Patterson (older neighbor)
all work together to help Lucy find her balance. It is through them and her dogged determination that she is able to refind her passion and find her way forward.
The Line Tender by Kate Allen is poignant,
tender, heart-breaking, reaffirming, exciting and wonderful. Oh and the cool part is there is so much information about the Great White Sharks and Cape Cod. This is a book, I will highly recommend!
The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander
The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander 🙂🙂❤❤👍
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…
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.
Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews is going to be a great summer read. I loved it! My favorite Mary Kay Andrews’s novels are about the south and beaches. I always want to feel the sand
beneath my feet when reading her books.
Hello, Summer focuses on Conley Hawkins, a newspaper reporter who seems to be all about finding the story, until due to a surprise is without a job.
Conley heads home to Silver Bay, Florida and her G’mere to lick her wounds and start again. Conley’s family owns a small town newspaper that her sister runs, but G’mere forces Conley to work there as well. Conley has a lot to
figure out about her life, her job and where she wants to be, when she witnesses an accident and is left with lots of questions.
I love how Silver Bay and it’s slow, polite southern life is such
a part of the story. I think some of the older women in the story are such characters. Another favorite element in the story is the boy next door as Conley’s love interest who helps her find her way. I loved the mystery in the story and Conley’s
relentless investigating opens more questions. Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews is a great read!
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews🙂🙂❤❤👍👍
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews was a fun twisted read. I enjoyed the plot line and how the characters interacted with each other. The main character, Drue Campbell has lost
her mother, refound her father (who is married to her old frenemy), and moved to a new area. She is feeling out of place and confused by her “new normal”.
After her mother died and she
realized that she had nothing holding her down, she accepted a job from her father and moved to the west coast of Florida. She is depressed over her mother, over her inability to kiteboard, her painful knee and in general her life. Her father saved her
grandparents cottage for her and she is going to move in and start again at his business. Nothing is easy though. Her father’s newest wife (her old frenemy) is a witch, the cottage is a mess and her job is BORING. Slowly as Drue starts to investigate
her new world, she stumbles across two mysteries that she just can’t seem to let go...no matter how many people told her too.
I enjoyed the puzzles the book presented us and was surprised
by the ‘solutions’ of the puzzles. I was surprised by the grittiness of parts of the novel. I loved the visual of the blue heron in front of the water at sunset. Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews caught my attention and held it. The
book is a good read.
Fast by Gillian Archer
Fast by Gillian Archer 🙂🙂👍👍
Fast is the second book in the Burns Brothers series by Gillian Archer. The series focuses on four brothers and
their cousin, who were raised together. They managed to build a business focused on building custom bikes. The bike they are presently working on is for the vice president of a local MC (1%ers).
Ryan saw Hope for the first time delivering a “bike” to the nearest MC. He later saw her again and they enjoyed a hot night. However Hope’s father found out and threatened her about seeing
one of the Burn brothers. Hope is scared, but is more scared that she is pregnant and repeating her mother’s life. Ryan is all about taking care of Hope and their baby. Then it happens - Ryan’s life hangs in the balance.
The book was an interesting read. The brothers are difficult with each other with a hair trigger. Ryan and Hope are definitely a damaged main characters. Having
a father as a president of a MC for Hope has scarred her. I did enjoy the book and would consider it more of a MC read than another type. Fast by Gillian Archer would be interesting to anyone who likes a gritty romance.
Build by Gillian Archer
Build by Gillian Archer🙂🙂👍👍
Build is the first book in the Burns Brothers series by Gillian Archer. The series focuses on four brothers and their
cousin, who were raised together. They managed to build a business focused on building custom bikes. The bike they are presently working on is for the president of a local MC (1%ers).
is the oldest brother. He has poured his whole life into the business and pushed and pulled his brothers into doing their part. However, recently he found out his father is getting out on parole after killing his mother and he falls over the edge.
Austin ended up in a remote cabin, drinking himself into oblivion. Rachel Tannenbaum was the maid that was hired to clean houses. She ended up having to clean this cabin, thinking it was empty. Only to find Austin and then to get snowed in. Both Austin
and Rachel enjoyed their one night stand and are thinking maybe they have something to work on.
The book was an interesting read. The brothers are difficult with each other with a hair trigger.
Austin is definitely a damaged main character and is able to find his way forward after a tragedy happens. I did enjoy the book and would consider it more of a MC read than another type. Build by Gillian Archer would be interesting to anyone who likes
a gritty romance.
A Lord Apart by Jane Ashford
A Lord Apart by Jane Ashford
A Lord Apart by Jane Ashford is the second book in the series of The Way to a Lord’s Heart. The series is based
on an older gentleman, Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin is determined to help young men dealing with loss of family. He is a secondary character in all the stories in this series.
Frith, Viscount Whitfield is struggling with all the information overload with taking over his new seat. Daniel’s parents were always on the move and paid no attention to taking care of their land and people. With their death, Daniel is overwhelmed with
everything. Their papers for years and years and years are in piles everywhere. He is overwhelmed, but mostly he is curious. One of his father’s choices was to leave a cottage to Penelope Pendleton. Neither Daniel or Penelope know why, but for
Penelope it is a life saver.
Daniel needs help. Penelope is willing to help. Daniel does not want to damage her reputation, but is falling in love with her. She does not want
to drag Daniel into the ruin of her life, but she too is falling in love with him.
What a wonderful story! I really found this story had great characters, a nice little mystery and Arthur Shelton
who seems to always be there. A Lord Apart by Jane Ashford is a fun, historical fiction read!
A Duke Too Far by Jane Ashford
A Duke Too Far by Jane Ashford
A Duke Too Far by Jane Ashford is the fourth (maybe last) book in the series of The Way to a Lord’s Heart. The series is
based on an older gentleman, Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin who is determined to help young men dealing with loss of family. He is a secondary character in all the stories in this series.
Peter Rathbone, Duke of Compton is in dire straits. He is trying to keep his family’s land and people going, but he has nothing. His house is crumbling, there is very little money, his land and
people need help and he is grieving his sister, Delia’s death.
Ada Grandison found Delia’s body and has not been able to let the sight of
her go. Ada is determined to help Peter find a missing treasure that Delia was sure existed. The treasure would help save his land, people and his house. The problem is that Peter is not sure it even exists… Peter however is quite
sure he is in love with Ada, but there is no way to move forward without money. He will not bring her to poverty and lack of safety.
the character of Arthur and am sorry that this seems to be the last book in the series. I want to believe there will be more. A Duke Too Far by Jane Ashford was a good read.
Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley
Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley 🙂🙂👍👍👍
Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley is a book about a band… not just any band but a kick ass band. No big
hair, no grunge - just great music. The story is relayed as if the members of the band were being interviewed for a story. This made the reading at first quite disjointed and uncomfortable, however as the story moved on, it became easier and more intuitive
to read the material. I found myself cheering for the band as they climbed to the heights of the music scene, but cringing with the drugs, alcohol and the vibes that came with the culture of rock’n roll during the years.
Preacher McCade and the Roadmasters worked their way from a garage in Indiana to the big stages. Lyla was the muse for Preacher and the band. She was the
one who Preacher fell for. She was the one they all loved. But show business and being in the limelight also is hard on everyone and more so for Preacher McCade and the Roadmasters and Lyla was just Lyla.
Kristen Ashley has written another book that took the heart right out me and then returned it bigger and better than ever with this novel. I could not wait to finish the story, but at the same time, did not
want to hurry and miss anything important. The feelings she manages to evoke with her novels are unforgettable and this particular novel just takes more work to get into, but once there - it is magical. Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley is a fabulous read
by a kick ass author.
Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley
Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley 🙂🙂👍👍👍
Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley is a novella and is considered the four and a halfth book in the Dream Man Series.
In reality it is another great love story by Kristen Ashley that starts us out with a new book boyfriend and his hot partners! The book includes all of my favorites from Kristen Ashley’s past books with the rock chicks and all the hot guys from
the past. The book starts with introducing us again to Lottie Mac. She is an exotic dancer and the sister of Jet (from Rock Chick fame). She has a stalker and her boss at the strip club has decided to call in help. Mo becomes Lottie’s personal
bodyguard, while his firm figure out who the stalker is.
Mo and Lottie are HOT HOT HOT together. Not that Mo lets anything happen until after they
catch the stalker. In some ways that is when the book gets interesting and the whole clan gets to meet Mo and Mo’s clan gets to meet Lottie. I have to say that a novella from Kristen Ashley is a regular size book to anyone else. Kristen Ashley
is one of my favorite authors for a reason. Her characters take no prisoners, go after what they want and are so self assured in their deeds. I also like the clipped conversations from the hot guys when they finally start to share information.
Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley is another FINE book with new book boyfriend!
The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley
The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley🙂🙂❤❤❤👍👍👍
I know I said that Johnny Gamble was my new book boyfriend,
but that was before I met his brother Toby in The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley. Toby is it now! The second book in the Moonlight and Motor Oil Series introduces us to Toby (Johnny’s brother) and Addie (Izzy’s sister). They both have feelings
for each other but do not want to hurt their siblings relationship, so they do not act upon them.
Toby has been wandering and is
done for now, working in the shared garage, loving his family. He notices that Addie is losing weight and with question finds out that Addie is struggling to make ends meet. He insists on helping and that is when it all comes to a head. But there
are still more hurdles to come, but love always wins.
I have never met a Kristen Ashley book I have not loved! Each new book, goes to the
top of the list and this one is no different. I loved the characters, the sweetness, the compassion, and the heat. I think the best part was the joy of everyday simple things and the appreciation of family. The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley was a
fabulous read. I loved the novel.
The Hookup by Kristen Ashley
The Hookup by Kristen Ashley🙂🙂❤❤👍👍
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.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 🙂🙂👍👍
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood was a great read. I need to start off with that statement. I read
The Handmaid's Tale years ago (35 to be exact). The book scarred me when I read it - for years and years I thought the book ended a certain way. That is what happens when you do not read the epilogue of a novel. It wasn’t until 17 years ago
after speaking with another friend about the book, that I realized I had walked away with the wrong conclusion and I was stumped to find out why. So I bought the book and realized that I never read the real ending. So I missed out on all sorts of important
information. I did not make that mistake today when I completed The Testaments.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood completes the tale of Gilead’s
fall in the dystopian world of the future. The book was a great read and I am so glad Margaret Atwood wrote this companion to The Handmaid’s Tale. The book starts a few years after the end of the Handmaid’s Tale and picks up a story that
includes new characters. The story runs in three distinct voices from each of the author’s points of view. The characters all have a differing perspective on the storyline which leads to curious questions within the plot line. I found the first
chapters a bit ho-hum relating much information seemingly needed for the story, but once beyond those I found the story captivating and found myself needing to finish it. The characters of Aunt Lydia and Agnes were well drawn and showed what Gilead was
like. (And allowed me to be ever so grateful for my life now.) I found the backstory of the two of them to be fascinating. When Nicole’s story was added, I found the tension ramped up and I was very curious how the book would end. I enjoyed the novel.
I liked reading about the dystopian aspect of the world. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood was a great read.