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The Lady and Mr. Jones by Alyssa Alexander

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (The Lady Travelers Society, #2) by Victoria AlexanderCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (The Lady Travelers Society, #2) was written by Victoria Alexander.  The Lady Traveler’s Society is a older group of ladies who had the brilliant idea to help women travel in Europe.  This is the second novel in the series and is quite enjoyable.

Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe has led a relatively charmed life.  She eloped with her husband during her first season and they led a map capped life in England until he died.  That is when Willie realized the truth, they were seriously in debt and even selling everything might not be enough.  To top everything off, her husband traded off a painting her grandmother left her and she needs to pay off the loan with interest to get the painting back.  Owning the painting will allow her to sell it and live off the proceeds for a few years. The problem is the painting is in Vienna and Willie has no money to get there and back. The Lady Traveler’s Society comes to the rescue and suggests that Willie “host” a tour of Europe for a select group of traveler and the tour includes Vienna.  Willie agrees in hope of reacquiring the lost painting.  

However, and yes there is always a however  Dante Augustus Montague’s one passion has long been his family’s art collection.  His Grandfather has a replica of a painting that Dante knew should be an original - his research brings Lady Wilhelmina’s name to his attention.  He convinces his sister and her daughter to join the tour.  From here all Dante and Willie are attracted to each other, but secrets stand in their way… that and a painting!

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (The Lady Travelers Society, #2) by Victoria Alexander is a great read.

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (The Lady Travelers Society, #2) by Victoria Alexander

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay AndrewsCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

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.  

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

Kian by Melody AnneCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Kian by Melody Anne is the first book in the Undercover Billionaire series, however you will recognize a couple of older rascals in the story (matchmaking men - tsk tsk).  Kian is a surgeon, a philanthropist, a surprised father and a chance to unite with the one love of his life.

Roxie Gilbert left home suddenly and without any explanation.  Just as suddenly, she has needed to return.  Her sister viciously murdered and her niece left abandoned, Roxie returned to take care of her niece.  The problems: who murdered her sister, her niece’s father is her old lover, Kian wants Roxie and his daughter.

Kian was a fun read.  Melody Anne writes a great romance with a bit of thriller.  I find myself totally engrossed in her books.  Kian by Melody Anne was a good read.  

 

Kian by Melody Anne

 Resilient by Gillian ArcherCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

 Gillian Archer’s newest True Blood MC book is called Resilient.  A perfect title for the main character Nicole.  She has had to be resilient to be where she is in life. Tank is a huge man physically and mentally.  He is a love ‘em and leave ‘em biker, who can follow the hierarchy and orders in the club.  However, he has had an eyeful of Nicole and really wants more.  He loves her sass, but she is off limits to him as she is besties with two of the old ladies in his MC.  Until she makes the first move and then he is hooked.   

To me, each novel seems to get better and better.  I am not sure if it is how much the characters are growing on me, or if the storyline is better written, but I really enjoyed this particular MC romance with a thriller side.   Resilient by Gillian Archer is a good read.

Resilient by Gillian Archer

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer AshleyCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley is an historical mystery.    I loved reading about the servants “downstairs”and all the logistics of a rich household. This was the first full length book in the series.  It was only after I finished I found it had been preceded by an earlier story called Soupcon of Poison, which introduced the main character.  The series planned is called the Kat Halloway Mysteries.  There is another book planned in the series called Scandal Above Stairs.

The main character is a cook named Kat Holloway.  She is glad to find a position as a cook in wealthy man’s house.  Soon after Kat started, she finds the cook’s assistant dead in the larder. There are some mysteries surrounding Kat, some explained as the book continues.  However, the character of Daniel McAdam there is no forgetting. He is seemingly a chameleon, able to fit in with the various classes of people in Victorian society. He really enjoys Kat, but she keeps him off balance.  I enjoyed the mystery, the characters and Kat very much.

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley is a good read!

Summer at Castle Cafe by Summer by Donna Ashcroft

 Summer of the Castle Cafe by Donna AshcroftCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

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.

 

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Rock Chick Reborn by KristenCoolCoolHeartThumbs up

Rock Chick Reborn by Kristen Ashley was a fun surprise.  I was not expecting a book about Shirleen by I was really glad to read it.  I love how Shirleen got her man, Moses, her family and her happily ever after.  I do think she could have been more badass, but was glad to see her drop her shell with someone.  

Shirleen’s cart was run into in the grocery store by a hot guy.  He did it on purpose and flirted with her as well as tried to convince her to go out with him.  She shut him down. That is why what the HOT GUYS did was so awesome! And why Shirleen went on Rock Chick freeze out!  And then Shirleen’s sons pulling Protect Mom Sneak! And then… perhaps I should stop…

Rock Chick Reborn by Kristen Ashley was a good read!

OH - and maybe we could have a story about HOT GUYS 2 (Shirleen’s boys)?

 

Rock Chick Reborn by Kristen

Rough Ride by Kristen AshleyCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

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!

 

Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley

The Hookup by Kristen AshleyCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

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 Hookup by Kristen Ashley

Jester by Lilly AtlasCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

No Prisoners MC is the newest MC series I have found. It is by Lilly Atlas and set in Arizona. The second book is called Jester after the main character.

Jester is a member of of the same MC as Striker.  A new girl strolls into the clubhouse.  Emily is a first grade teacher who is being blackmailed into spying on the MC by a rival MC.  She is terrified and so out of her league.  Jester seems to recognize this and immediately starts protecting her. Unfortunately, Emily is over her head and afraid to trust anyone, even Jester who could help her. Trust is a serious issue. 

Jester and Emily together seem happy, but there are secrets that can tear them apart. The book has a good balance of mad sex scenes and storyline.

Jester by Lilly Atlas is a hot MC romance.

Jester by Lilly Atlas

Snake by Lilly AtlasCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Snake by Lilly Atlas is the fifth book in the No Prisoners MC.  He is the leader of a rival - Grimm Brothers MC.   Snake has made some poor choices and was beaten, shot and left for dead several states away by his own club.  He was found and brought to a hospital.  Amanda is the PT assigned to work with him.  She knows nothing of his past and works with him daily.  Together they spark each other, but both know the other is wrong for them.  What does Snake know about going straight? What does Amanda really know about his past?

Snake was a surprise for me, as I had already decided I didn’t like him from the past - I was wrong.  In this novel Snake has many fine qualities that were previously unknown.  Amanda trust in him is a marvellous thing to see.  Snake by Lilly Atlas was a good read.

 

Snake by Lilly Atlas

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Snake by Lilly Atlas is the fifth book in the No Prisoners MC.  He is the leader of a rival - Grimm Brothers MC.   Snake has made some poor choices and was beaten, shot and left for dead several states away by his own club.  He was found and brought to a hospital.  Amanda is the PT assigned to work with him.  She knows nothing of his past and works with him daily.  Together they spark each other, but both know the other is wrong for them.  What does Snake know about going straight? What does Amanda really know about his past?

Snake was a surprise for me, as I had already decided I didn’t like him from the past - I was wrong.  In this novel Snake has many fine qualities that were previously unknown.  Amanda trust in him is a marvellous thing to see.  Snake by Lilly Atlas was a good read.

 

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At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

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