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The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers

The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers🙂🙂👍👍

The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers is the fourth book in the Innkeeper’s Series.  The series is about four women who were summarily let go of their job and how they each rebuilt their life.  I did read the prior novel (#3), but not the two before that. I think each book can be read as a stand alone.  

The fourth book focuses on Nydia Santiago and her eventual move to the Big Easy.  She too is rebuilding her life after being let go. She is petite and sassy.  She is comfortable in her own skin and is not ready for any type of relationship.  She is proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and loves to cook ethnic food. She is finally ready to start her new life.  Lamar Pierce is a family man with his focus on his business and his preteen daughter. She is not interested in any relationship with this man and certainly not with him still wearing his wedding ring.  Their friends are finding ways to put them together and Lamar is not willing to say no.  

This book is a great read for anyone who loves reading about fancy clothes, fancy eats and the almost rich.  The life Nydia and her friends lead is busy with focus on their businesses, good eats and their new lives in the Big Easy.  Nydia was not my favorite main character, but she seemed to fit well with the story and the main male character.  

The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers is a nice wrap up to the Innkeeper’s Series.  The storyline is interesting and the food described might make the reader salivate.  The romance novel was an interesting read.  

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…

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.

 

 

 

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).   

Austin 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. 

 

How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford🙂🙂👍👍

How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford was a new series to me.  I have not read one of the prior books only, but didn’t find it difficult to pick up this one and read.  I enjoyed the presence of Arthur the Earl of Macklin.  His seeming job as a fixer, just made the book more interesting.  

 

Roger, The Marquis of Chatton and his neighbour Fenella Fairclough when younger were feeling forced to marry by their families.  Roger was not on board and took off to be a man of leisure only he was trapped in marriage to a very unhappy woman. His marriage was a nightmare only made worse by the death of his wife.   There are so many horrid rumors about her.

 

When Roger returns he does talk with Fenella only to find out she was not the guilty party as rumors suggest.  The more time he spends with Fenella, the more he understands the truth. Fenella is struggling with her father’s increasingly serious illness. She is in fact running the estate while being berated by her father for not being a male.

 

Roger and Fenella have a lot to overcome if they are truly going to find love.  How to Cross a Marquess 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.

 

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Laurel Snodgrass | Reply 29.08.2019 02.19

I love reading. I will start reading Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley after my https://www.goldenbustours.com/grand-canyon-tours/ and hope it would be interesting.

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