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Someone to Care by Mary Balogh

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I wondered what would happen to Viola.  I was mad at what her ‘husband’ did to her.  I was mad at how alone she became. I was so glad to read about her in the newest book by Mary Balogh called Someone to Care.  Viola’s husband was no husband. He married her while being married to another and then when he died, he didn’t do anything to help her or her children survive in the cut throat world of the Ton.  Viola is mad, no surprise there! She has not had a chance to really come to grips with everything as she is a mother first and needed to take care of her children. 

One day, when she had enough and was heading home alone in a hired hackney, she stopped at an inn in the middle of nowhere and met Marcel Lamarr.  Only they already knew each other from encounters long ago. They both had feelings for the other, but Viola was not interested in breaking her vows. (Did I mention her ‘husband’ was an ass?)  Now years later, another chance is before them and in one wild moment, they take it and escape together for an interlude. Thier families start looking for them - well you can imagine what happens from here - or so I thought - I was wrong.  There were a couple of more twists!

Someone to Care by Mary Balogh is a great addition to the Wescott Series (#4) and is a good read.  

When You Knew by Jamie Beck

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When You Knew by Jamie Beck is the third book in a series about the Cabot family. The books focus on each sibling/family member in each of the different books. This book focuses on Gentry and Ian - and Colt, the baby.  

Gentry Cabot thought she knew how motherhood was going to go, but she was wrong.  It was much more exhausting than she ever realized. She knows her family is just waiting for her to fail and now she has to go back to work for the family and leave her precious baby.  Colt is not ready for day care as he is running a fever. Gentry is able to come up with an unusual solution to move forward.

Ian Crawford is waiting to go back to haiti where he is working on starting an ambulance corp to help people stricken with illness and now way to get to help.  The problem is he is out of money and needs to move forward. When Gentry asks him for help as a nanny, he jumps at the chance for the money, even as he feels guilty for the luxury her home offers him.  Colt is a fussy baby who will grow out of the colicky stage soon, so why not take advantage of the money and the classy living.

The problem, they like each other a lot!  Gentry doesn’t really want to work for her family and her mother is a pill.  Ian is struggling with where and what form his life should take, living for his father’s dream or his. I enjoyed the characters and liked the story line.  I actually went online and purchased the two previous novels knowing I would enjoy them.

When You Knew by Jamie Beck is a good read.  

The Bishop's Pawn by Steve Berry

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The Bishop’s Pawn by Steve Berry was a interesting read.  I find Steve Berry’s books fascinating. I love how he takes some fact from history and then adds other information and layers on more and more.  He does this in such as way that you are unsure where the line between reality and fantasy is. The Bishop’s Pawn is another example of this type of novel.  We are introduced to the story of Martin Luther King’s death and through various documents, conversations and secret information we are introduced to theory upon theory of what really happened.  He tops it off with a humdinger of a twist at the end which then changes everyone’s perspective.

The Bishop’s Pawn had a great beginning and a great ending.  I felt the middle was a little repetitive and dragged. I have never really been a proponent of any side of Martin Luther King’s death, so I was able to look at this book with fresher eyes than some people. The Bishop’s Pawn by Steve Berry is a good read with a kick butt ending.

 

Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen

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Kelly Bowen’s newest novel, Last Night with the Earl is the second book in her series, The Devils of Dover.  In this novel, she was able to write about how scarred many people are, some on the outside and some on the inside. This is what makes this a wonderful novel - relatable to now andto many people.

 

Eli Dawes is not dead.  He just wishes people would stop staring at him.  He wishes that he had not been so badly marred on the battlefield.  He wished he knew some good had come from all the horridness of battle.  Instead he is climbing in the window of a house he knows he must own upon the death of his father.  He knows he is now the Earl and despite trying to avoid his fate, he must face it, but after he gets a night sleep.  Instead he is held at knife point (paintbrush point) by a woman he has loved from afar forever. He is forced to deal with Rose Hayward, a young woman who has lost her faith and trust in humanity.  Together, they may help each other. Together they need each other, but so scarred and untrusting the relationship is fraught with dangers.

 

Once again Kelly Bowen has taken a love story and embodied the understanding of how imperfect we all are, but still want to have love and hope.  Eli and Rose have a journey and Kelly Bowen takes us on a story of courage and love for all times. Last Night with the Earl was a wonderful read.  

 

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

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Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen is the third book in her Seasons of Scandal Series. The book is an historical romance with solid characters and an interesting premise.  I think Kelly Bowen has turned into one of my new favorite authors.

Angelique Archer is determined to save her family and maintain their standing, despite the best efforts of her ne’er do well younger brother throwing all their money away on drink and other extravagances.  She has but one skill to earn money and that is to play vingt-et-un (21) while she counts cards and plies the other players with really good brandy. However, the owner of the club, Alexander Lavoie, figured out what she can do and wants her to come work just for him.  Angelique is less than thrilled with the idea and until her brother stole her new secret stash of money, she was determined not to have anything to do with Alexander Lavoie. Making a deal with the devil who is way too good looking and too much of a distraction is not what she wants.  

I like the characters in this novel.  I liked how Angelique could count cards and figure out mathematics so easily and the skills that she wants to keep quiet are the ones that Alexander finds intriguing.  Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen is a good read.

 

Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman

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Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman is a lovely quick read.  The series is called the Playful Brides and although this is the 10th book in the series, the can be read independently without a problem.  I have not read all the books in the series, but that is something I hope to change at some point.

Lady Regina is almost thirty and has accepted her fate of being a spinster on the shelf.  Her uncle, however really wants her to be wed before long and has increased the pressure on her.  Regina has escaped to London to spend time with her cousins while figuring out how to escape marriage to a man she does not like. Instead she conceives of a plan to offer herself and her virginity to Daffin Oakleaf.

Daffin Oakleaf is a Bow Street Runner.  He has no intention of helping Lady Regina with her virginity, but has been called into the family for help.  Someone seems to be targeting the family and Regina specifically. He has been asked to untangle all the information and come up with the person involved.  Only he really does have a thing for Lady Regina and she really does have a thing for him…and there is a killer wanting to kill her.

Valerie Bowman has a way of keeping the characters interesting and a plot line that moves along. Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman was a good read.

A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman

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A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman is being published on May first.  The story is part of the Playful Brides series, but can be read as a stand alone novel without problems.  The novel introduces us to General Mark Grimaldi, a man who is known for his stone face and unemotional responses to trouble. General Grimaldi would like to be promoted only to be told that they prefer a family man.  Interestingly enough, we find out he is married. Nicole Huntington Grimaldi was his wife. They were married several years prior and had lived apart without any contact for many years. That is when the story gets quite interesting. Secrets and jumping to conclusions are rampart as are the constant pressure as they work through the minefield of their marriage and the present day trials they are exposed to.  

A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman kept my attention.  I was silently cheering on the couple as they worked through the secrets and mysteries.  I wanted them to succeed despite the odds. Valerie Bowman allowed the reader to see and hear some of the issues that common people felt about the rich, famous ton in Great Britain at the time, which I found quite interesting.  

A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman was a good read.

 

More or Less a Temptress by Anna Blackey

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More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley is the third book in the Somerset Sisters Series.  This particular novel focuses on the youngest sister Hyacinth and Lachlan Ramsey. I loved reading about the two of them especially because they were so clueless when it came to both of them for each other.  

It is time for Hyacinth to have a season in London and despite her shyness and timidness, she is ready.  However, nothing is going smoothly, her family is so busily cosseting her that she is on her way to becoming a recluse.  

Lachlan Ramsey discovered on his mother’s deathbed that he is the brother to the Marquess of Huntington and Hyacinth's brother-in-law.  He is shocked and with the scandal that has happened to his younger siblings, leaves Scotland for England and their newfound family.  Through a series of surprises, he falls for for Hyacinth.

Neither Hyacinth nor Lachlan were  the most likeable characters. Both characters seemed to be too much - drama perhaps - into their own world.  I liked how Hyacinth became more able to stand up for herself as the book continued. I liked how Lachlan recognized how much he had to share with her.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley was a good read

Shattered by Allison Brennan

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Shattered by Allison Brennan was a great “who done it”.  I did not realize when I picked out the book that it was the latest in a series and I do not think it hindered me.  Max Revere is a nontraditional crime reporter.  She takes cold cases and works with her team to figure out what happened and who was the guilty of the crime.

An old college friend begs Max to help him prove his wife did not kill their son.  Since Max does not work on current crimes, he convinces her that his child’s death is similar to other children’s deaths, that she can investigate.  It is looking into the older crimes that Max realizes that this may be the work of a serial killer.  She is forced to accept help from  FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid, the aunt of the boy murdered twenty years ago.  Between Max’s ability to track down old information and Lucy’s ability to step into the mind of the killer, the case begins to narrow down the suspects and then they realize a young boy is soon to be the next victim.  

I was hooked right from the start and couldn’t wait to discover what was going to happen next. The characters and the twists and turns of the storyline kept me right on the edge.  I really enjoyed how all the information was laid out and how I fell totally into the story. 

Shattered by Allison Brennan was a great book to read.

 

Abandoned by Allison Brennan

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Abandoned by Allison Brennan was a read that held my attention with every twist and turn the book took. The mystery and the suspense were well written and I felt I had to find out what would happen.  Books that are suspenseful and have interesting characters are almost always favorites of mine to read. This is the fifth book in the series, and I have read one book previously and found the book and the main character fascinating.  

Max Revere had a childhood unlike many.  She was abandoned by her mother at her grandmother’s house.  She was brought up with wealth and privilege but always thought her mother would come back for her.   Max’s obsession (well and it is the way she makes a living) with cold cases has finally brought her to finding out what happened to her mother.  She goes on vacation to the small town on the Chesapeake Bay where her mother’s car was left and she disappeared.

The story takes many twists and turns, some anticipated and some not.  I liked how the story unfolded and the addition of the hot FBI guy (drool) for Max. I think this is a new series for me to follow as Max continues on her journey.  Abandoned by Allison Brennan was a good read!

 

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

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Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown is a mystery with an edge.  Billie Flanagan has is gone.  She went for a hike up into the mountains and never returned.  Only some odd pieces she had with her were found.  Her daughter Olive and husband Jonathan are desolate.  She was larger than life, beautiful, spontaneous and full of life.  

A year after she went missing, Jonathan and Olive are picking up the pieces, but suddenly the pieces do not add up.  There seems to be some cracks in the facts that Billie shared and when poked the cracks widened.  Suddenly, it seems that Billie was not who they thought she was and they start to question everything.

The book despite the fact it was not a traditional thriller was thrilling.  I felt that every chapter, every page held some clue that would make everything make sense.  Each new fact or tidbit added to the morass of Billie Flanagan.  Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown was a great read.

My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrows

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My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes had a different start to most historical romances.  It somehow made Quinn a stronger character with all the adversity he had to overcome. I did not like Jane’s father and wanted him to get over himself.  The rest of the characters were quirky, which only made them more interesting.

Quinn Wentworth is going to hang, for a crime he didn’t commit.  He is sure of there being no solution, so he offers to marry Jane Winston.  She is a preacher’s daughter who is pregnant with a dead husband and a father who constantly berates her.  She is determined to raise the baby with love. With a huge turn of events, Quinn is suddenly a Duke. He and his wife Jane must find a way to move forward into uncharted territory.

My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes certainly had a couple of interesting elements in the plot line.  I liked how it began and then wrapped around and ended. Jane was a great foil for Quinn and realized his need to help his family by keeping them safe, but was going about it in the wrong way.  I found the book interesting with the twists and the family. I noted that My One and Only Duke is the first book and look forward to reading the future novels in the Rags to Riches Series. My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes was a good read.  

 

Half Empty by Catherine Bybee

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Half Empty by Catherine Bybee is the second book in The First Wives Club.  I did not read the prior book, but I am now looking forward to reading it!! The book is a romance but there is a serious twist with killers looking to kill Trina Petrov.

Trina’s husband died unexpectedly and she is left with loads of money, guilt and questions.  While she is on her way home (which she is trying to avoid doing), she meets an man who is interesting, not that she is really interested at all.  She allowed him to help her avoid home for another day or so. Wade Thomas is a superstar, a singer who sells out concerts and is known worldwide, except by Trina.   He is looking for time being a real person and not a famous person.

Things become interesting when the reader finds out more about Trina and how she fits into the First Wives Club.  The plot thickens when she goes to meet Wade for a big party for a weekend, but her friend that stayed in her house meets is badly hurt.  Then the story picks up speed as the facts come out leading everyone to knowing what they needed to do.

I liked that neither Trina nor Wade knew how rich the other was.  I liked how Trina was not put out as much as most people would be by Wade’s mother. I liked how the facts were parceled leaving you wanting more information. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. Half Empty by Catherine Bybee was a good read.  

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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!

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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.

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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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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!

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