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The Line Tender by Kate Allen

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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

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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.




Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

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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 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.




The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

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The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey was a historical novel that includes a romance and a mystery in England.  The novel starts with coach crashing with one of the Ellerby siblings newest currical. James (oldest and a new Lord) takes charge and has the young occupant of the carriage to the house to be taken care of.  It is clear to James and his sister Caroline and their youngest brother Walter that the new visitor is really someone in their class, but she has no memory of anything! And no one has come asking for her or even asked after her.  That is when it is clear, there is more going on, than just an unexpected injured guest. The nightmares, the questions and the uncertainty helps move the mystery along nicely.

Altogether, I found the book interesting.  I liked the mystery with all the unknown elements.  I found the family interesting and enjoyed the growing romance between Beth and James.  Walter and his friend Henry were comic relief with their “help”. The twists and turns were interesting and made the story move along.  The Hummingbird Dagger is listed as a young adult/clean romance novel on the Amazon site. The novel is compared to a Jane Austen type.  Cindy Anstey is a new author for me. I did like the book and would be tempted to read the author again. The Hummingbird Dagger 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!

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.


The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley

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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.

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10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
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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.

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