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If You Must Know by Jamie Beck

If You Must Know by Jamie Beck is a new book that comes out in June.  She is a new author to me, but I have been interested in her books in the past.  I am glad to read a novel that starts a new series called Potomac Point and quite frankly after reading the first book, I am looking forward to the next one in the series. 

Amanda is the older of the sisters.  She is a teacher working part time and is pregnant.  Her husband is in Florida working on a deal.  Amanda is always a rule follower with a well planned life, until it wasn’t.  Erin is her younger sister.  She is a free thinking woman.  She teaches yoga and makes her own soap with natural ingredients.  Erin has always felt her mother didn’t like her.  Amanda thought her father loved Erin the moat.  Then there is Kevin, the brother.  When life suddenly changes for the sisters and the mother, all have to find a new way forward and allow the past - to stay there.

The story looks at families and changes that happen in life.  The characters were interesting.  The byplay with the sisters and the mother seemed realistic.  I enjoyed how the story revealed the changes and growth of the characters.  If You Must Know by Jamie Beck is a good read. 


Someone To Honor by Mary Balogh

Someone to Honor by Mary BaloghπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh is the newest in the Westcott Series (#6).  Harry has returned from the battles against Napoleon. He has been badly injured and his friend Gilbert Bennington helped bring him home and was staying with him until Harry is ready to be more independent.  The Westcotts descend en masse to Harry’s side including his sister Abigail. Gil, not used to members of the nobility, tries to stay away but is unsuccessful. Abigail mistook him as a servant and so the story of Abigail and Gil starts.  Two people who seemingly do not fit or even really like each other. A perfect beginning to start a romance.


Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh is a surprising read.  I didn’t really like the main characters at the beginning of the book, but they quickly grew on me.  I understand Abigail’s desire to not be relegated to a life she didn’t want. Gil’s frustration about not having his daughter with him is another area I understood.  Those two areas helped make Abigail and Gil more realistic and open to readers.


Someone To Honor by Mary Balogh is a good read. 


Every Bit a Rogue by Adrienne Basso

Every Bit a Rogue by Adrienne Basso πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Adrienne Basso is a new author for me and I am glad I found her!  The first book I read was a great historical romance, so I am looking forward to reading more of her books.  Every Bit a Rogue is the fourth book in a series called The Ellinghams, but I read the book as a stand alone and loved it.  


Emma Ellingham is the youngest of the Ellingham sisters.  As an artist, she is always wanting to draw, but recently she has lost her muse and is not able to paint.  Luckily she is living with one of her sisters and their family in the country.


Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, was left standing at the altar.  He knows what people think of him and he has decided that he is forever heartbroken and not going to love again.  He is working on his device when Emma wanders into his life. Jon and Emma are quite aware of each other and circumstances push them together.


I loved the introspection and the growth that both made to understand each other and themselves.  I like how both wanted to make things work. I loved the mystery of the death of the neighbor and loved to hate the characters around that death.  Adrienne Basso’s newest book called Every Bit a Rogue was an enjoyable read.

When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett

When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett is the third book in the Debutante Diaries.  The books each focus on a different couple, but the three females are all best friends.  I continue to find reading about the ton with all their interesting rules and fashions. 

Miss Sophie Kendall is the leader of the secret club called Debutante Underground.  She believes in true love.  She knows it exists because her two best friends found it, but Sophie is in a different situation.  Her parents are expecting her to save their family from becoming destitute.  She is expected to marry well and a suitor has already come forward.  There is nothing wrong with him, except she feels nothing.  

Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire can’t sleep.  Every time he wakes up in the midst of a horrible nightmare.  He roams at night trying to sooth himself with no success, until he accidently meets Sophie and she helps him sleep.  Now he wants her to help him sleep at the time and she wants to help and spend more time with him, but not at the expense of her family.  

The two main characters were well suited.  I was getting a bit nervous for them and their future as the book went along.  I found the novel to be interesting and well paced.   When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett was a fun, quick, easy read.



The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry

The Warsaw Protocol by Steve BerryπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry is the next Cotton Malone thriller.  It contains all the elements - lots of bad guys, chase scenes, guns and secrets.  Through it all Cotton is trying to peel away the lies finding clues.   

Cotton Malone sees a crime and tries to help stop it. It is not a surprise when he is drawn into the situation by his old boss Stephanie Nelle.  Seven relics from the past are needed as an entrance fee to a special auction. An auction for information that can change how power is wielded in Europe. Only there are some twists including murders, some really bad characters, and dealing with the salt mines near Krakow.   

I enjoy Steve Berry’s books.  I love how he takes correct historical information and with a couple of additions and twists makes a story that holds you in the palm of his storytelling hand.  I find his story’s twists and turns are always a great read. The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry was a thriller of a read.

In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder

In the Blink of An Eye by Jesse Blackadder🙂💔💔👍

Sometimes explicable, tragic events happen without any warning.  This book is just that and the what happens for the first couple of months after that accident.  In the Blink of An Eye by Jesse Blackadder is just such a book. The book is listed as fiction, however in the author’s afterword, it is revealed that the author underwent a similar experience when she was young.  The setting of the book is in New South Wales, a tropical land. The place a wonderful bright purple and red home with a swimming pool and a separate shop.

The blurb talks about forgiveness and redemption of a family.  For me, all I felt was the angst of the family, the wretchedness and horror.  No where in the blurb anywhere was the tragedy named, so I will not give it away here.  Suffice to say, that some people were determined to make the family an example of neglect.  The father willing to shoulder the blame, the mother determined to blame everyone and a son left to figure out how to be an adult in the midst of tragedy.

I was not able to put the book down.  I felt I needed to read the book and feel the pain of the characters.  I felt I was standing, showing support by continuing to read. I was so hoping for some magical ending or some surprising happening.  So, here is the hard part, I did not like this book. I hated the tragedy and I hated how people felt they need to make ‘an example’ of a tragedy to change rules and laws.  I didn’t like all the angst and I especially did not like how the teenager was forgotten in the midst of everything. In the Blink of An Eye reminds us of the fragility of life and love.


A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith BondπŸ‘πŸ‘

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond is the first book in the Ladies Wagering Whist Society Series.  The book is a historical romance with one of the major connective tissues the Ladies Whist game that happened weekly.  The other major connective tissue was the Tina Rowan, the illegitimate daughter of one of the members.  

Tina Rowan has to leave her life and start again.  She does not want to be forced to marry her cruel step brother.  She makes a bargain and sets off to take London by storm as modiste for the ton. Her mother agrees to help her and has a party for women to meet a new modiste who then start to play cards while waiting their turn.  Of course, things start off well. She begins to make headway with dresses, when the Duke of Warwick shows up insisting she dress his sister. That’s when things get a bit out of control. Everyone has secrets and slowly things start to come out.  

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond was an interesting start for a series.  I am not sure where the series is set to go and I hope the story lines tighten up a bit.  Meanwhile, it is a good book to read if you like historical romance.  

I read this book as a preview novel thanks to the Chase Family Reader’s Group.  I was grateful for the chance to read the book and provide an honest review.

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman🙂🙂❤❤👍👍🤪

Sometimes when I read I laugh out loud.  That was the case with Valerie Bowman’s newest book, No Other Duke But You.  Lady Delilah Montebank is the main female character and she is often an accident waiting to happen.  Breaking things, falling, tripping - if there is a way to embarrass herself, she can do it. On top of that, her mother has decreed she must marry and the person her mother proposed is not acceptable in any way.  So Delilah in her moment of anger, tells her mother that she is marrying the Duke of Branville. Not that he knows she is alive.

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley is Delilah’s best friend and has loved her for many years. However, he has been waiting for her to realize the obvious. Meanwhile, he has helped her with all of her schemes while trying to get her to see him as he is.

The two circle around each other while putting on a play and participating in all the ton activities, but the love potion is the final straw, if only Delilah opens her eyes.  No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman is a fun (laugh out loud) historical romance!


Wolf Pack by C. J. Box

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Sometimes, I feel the need to read something new - a new author or a new setting or just something different.  I chose to read C.J. Box’s newest book Wolf Pack. I knew I was going out on a limb, starting with the 19th book in a series, but I LOVED the book.  The characters and the mysteries were awesome!


Joe Pickett is the game warden in Wyoming.  He has a huge swath of land to cover, a new station house and truck.  He was contacted by the neighboring game warden to help her investigate a drone harassing herds of local wild animals.  Both of them with help from a falconer, Nate decided to follow through and deal with the drone. Meanwhile, we are witnesses to murders in Arizona without understanding the provocation or how the stories come together.


I read this book late into the night, because I didn’t want to put it down.  I felt that Box gave us so much information and we were relegated to waiting and hoping Joe and his pals would figure it all out, before it was too late.  I loved how Joe slowly was able to unwrap so many clues. I liked how the action and suspense rose and really held my attention. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box was a great read! 

Open Season by C J Box

Open Season by C J Pickett πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Open Season is the first of Joe Pickett series by C J Box.  After I read the most recent book, Wolf Pack, I know that I need to read more of them.  I decided to start at the beginning and hope to have them all read sometime this year before the next one comes out! 


Joe Pickett is one of the newest game wardens in Wyoming.  He is proud of his new job and has been working through the backlog of work of work when he heard shots fired and it is not hunting season.  This is how the story begins. The first citation of the season does not go well for either Joe or Ott. It doesn’t help that a short time later Ott is found dead on Joe’s woodpile with a cooler filled with scat.  Joe needs to figure out what that means, while figuring out who killed some local outfitters. That is where things get even more twisted. Joe recognizes that not everything really adds up, but he is not sure what he doesn’t know or what he is missing.  


I liked this book.  It was a really good introduction to a new series.  I did not like how Joe Pickett came off as a little slow at first, but that is not an accurate representation of Joe.  He is obviously a man who thinks things out and is a bit reserved. I look forward to seeing where this journey goes with Joe.  Open Season by C J Box was a really good read!

For The Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley

For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna BradleyπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

For The Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley. This is the third book in the Besotted Scott series. I have read the second book in this series, but have not read the first book.  I did not find that a problem understanding the plot and the characters in this book. 


Lucy Sutcliffe has had a difficult life. Not monetarily but her father obviously suffered from mental illnesses and kept her quite close to home. Like not letting her out of the house. After his death, she moved in with her uncle, aunt and cousin. The first place they go to is Brighton right by the sea.  Lucy goes swimming very early every morning, despite the fact it's not really a good idea. It is here she meets Ciaran. She enjoyed her time but knows that she will not see him again. Lucy is then forced to London for her season. Luckily Ciaran finds her again. However, Lucy is being forced into marrying a disgusting man. Not only is he older, but there seems to be some question about what happened to his last young wife. Lucy is being helped by Ciaran, cousin and some friends, but her uncle's deviousness puts her in a very dangerous situation. Can she find her way out? Can her friends help her?  Can Ciaran step up and convince her that he loves her?


This book was kind of a three for one special. There were three couples that found love during the novel. I think that made it more fun. Especially since everybody seemed to be clueless about the one they were attracted to, but everybody else knew. I think Lucy's uncle's deviousness was very twisted and was very glad her aunt and cousin tried to help her in so many ways. The end was a bit of a thriller and kept my attention. For The Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley was a good read.



The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is a lovely twisted mystery with lots of interesting elements and people.  I particularly enjoyed the two “main” characters of FBI special agent Mathias Costa and Detective Kara Quinn. The mystery is a serial killer shows up every three years and kills three people seemingly randomly in three different communities.   

Detective Kara Quinn is on “leave” from her work in LA.  She is an undercover detective and just took down a human trafficking situation. She heads up to stay with her grandmother in Liberty Lake to wait out the time.  While jogging, she catches sight of something out of place and investigates.  This starts the unfolding of information that brings FBI special agent Mathias Costa to the scene with his newly formed task force  which is not fully teamed as of yet.  Kara joins the team and helps the investigation.  There is an interesting love interest between Mathias and Kara to spice up the plot line even more.

I enjoyed how this book included the serial killer character’s point of view as well other character’s point of view.  I enjoyed the by play of the team as they worked and the investigations as it continued step by step.  The Third to Die by Allison Brennan was a good read. 


London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant

London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant was a historical romance.  The author was relatively new to me, so I did not expect to enjoy the book as much as I did.  I understood only too well what Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter was going through and found her to be a strong woman.


Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter has been taking care of her grandfather Lord Talbot.  Growing up, he took care of her after her parents died and the two of them were very close. Theodosia also is a scientist at heart like her Grandfather, but knowing the climate for women scientists, has sent in articles under her Grandfather’s name.


Chief Officer of the Society for the Intellectually Advanced, Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham found one of the new articles sent in by Lord Talbot did not add up.  Something about the research could not be replicated, so Matthew sets off to Oxfordshire to talk to Lord Talbot about this.  


The scene is set up for a clash of understandings and truths.  Theodosia’s determination to take care of her grandfather and Matthew’s realization that she is more important than any research is just one of the fundamental changes both must make. The story was well written with a well thought out plot line.  London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant was a good read.


A Duke Will Never Do By Darcy Burke

A Duke Will Never Do by Darcy Burke is the third book in the Spitfire Society.  The Spitfire Society is a group of women who do not want to follow the norms of the times.  They want to be independent, capable, make their own decisions and choices.  Of course, if they fall in love, and want to get married, that is another thing.  

Jane Pemberton is in a bind.  If she marries the man who parents chose, she can stay connected to her family, but if she doesn’t she is out.  Jane can’t marry him, so with the help of friends she is staying in the official headquarters of the Spitfire Society.  Jane knows her chances of marrying now is all gone.  Determined to make a new life, Jane is ready for her new future, but not for the unconscious man on her front stairs.

Anthony, Viscount Colton has fallen down the rabbit hole of drinking.  He cannot seem to forgive himself for his parent’s death.  He has managed to look like he is moving on, but he is not.  After Jane finds him, she helps him and nurses him back to health.  In trade she wants to be repaid by learning more about sex with him.  

What neither expects is to fall for each other.  What neither expect is that they have a future.  What neither expect is the cost of their attraction to Jane’s family. I have enjoyed this series so far!  A Duke Will Never Do by Darcy Burke was a fun read. 


The Tornado by Jake Burt

The Tornado by Jake BurtπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

The Tornado by Jake Burt is a GREAT story about bullying in Middle School.  The story is not preachy or overwhelming with its message. The book was well written and I thought just the right length.  There is nothing like the unexpected changing the status quo of a situation.

Bell Kirby has been tormented by Parker Hellickson ever since he accidentally broke his toe before a big soccer game.  Parker is so good at bullying that he never gets caught and even when he does, his dad is the principal. Bell has put together a whole system about how to avoid Parker until the new girl Daelynn Gower moves into his school.  Suddenly Bell does not need to hide anymore when Parker starts to focus on her.  Meanwhile, Daelynn gets sadder and sadder and everything Bell does to help her seems to make it worse.  Until it is time to stand up!


The Tornado is a good read by Jake Burt.  The lesson, the characters and the plot line are ideal for an early Middle School reader.  It is a book that I am going to recommend to students.

Lady Sophia's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace BurrowesπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes is a fun Christmas read.  The book seems to be a reprint from 2011 with a new cover. I enjoy Grace Burrowes' books and reading about the Windham family.  


Lady Sophia, one of the many Windham children is feeling  sad. The Christmas season is a time of joy for most, but she is feeling betwixt and between.  She has successfully managed a few days alone only by circumstances beyond the ordinary, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and Vim Charpentier  in London during a major snowstorm. 


For me, the book got better as the story moved along. I really wanted to bash the Sophie and Vim together  with the stupidness that they continued to show toward each other until the end. Of course I am looking for the rest of the books to read in this series! Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes was a good read. 


When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes

When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes  is the second book in the Rags to Riches Series.  The first book focused on Quinn and Jane and the surprising rise to the ton level.  This book focuses on Duncan, who is a cousin that helped tutor Quinn’s brother Stephen and followed him world-wide.  

Duncan Wentworth’s family sent him off to try to save another estate.  Little did he expect to find poachers in his wood and even more surprising was finding Matilda Wakefield saving him from the poachers.  What Matilda was doing there and looking so starved was the problem Duncan needed to solve, because Matilda was not talking. Duncan was unwilling to let her go off (which she wanted to do) and found her something that she could do to help him, like transcribing his jibberish notes into legible prose.  Meanwhile, they both are becoming even more hyper aware of each other, even though Matilda is still not sharing who she is and the trouble she is in.

I enjoyed the book and found myself cheering Duncan on, wanting him to win her over! The plot line was a bit unreal, but if you could accept that then the rest of the book was fun to read.  When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes was a fun read, that I quite enjoyed.


My Way to You by Catherine Bybee

My Way to You by Catherine BybeeπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Sometimes you read a book that reminds you how good people are. It allows you to believe in love and hope and kindness.  It seems Catherine Bybee knows how to write those books. Her newest book My Way To You is one such book. While the book highlights the difficulties in Southern California with both the wildfires and then the mudslides and floods, the focus is on Parker Sinclair and Colin Hudson.

Parker Sinclair’s parents died suddenly and she is left with raising her siblings and trying to keep things together.  She is struggling, but holding her own, until the fires came and then the knowledge that the rains would soon come. Parker had some understanding of what would happen next and was concerned.   

Colin Hudson was the supervisor in charge of making some safety changes - huge changes to the drainage system in the valley.  They need to stage from Parker’s land and have been challenged to make things safer for the area. Colin works with Parker to help things move forward, but finds himself being drawn to her more and more.  


I enjoy strong female characters and enjoyed Parker, even when she was being ‘too’ independent.  I loved Colin’s patience and attention. The Hudson family was awesome as well. I liked how the weather was another character, just unreliable.  I leave Catherine Bybee’s books feeling better about the world. I love the feelings she manages to put into each book. My Way to You by Catherine Bybee was an awesome read.   


How To Love A Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

How To Love A Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan ByrneπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne was a fun historical romance.  I found the characters interesting and liked how the story slowly evolved and grew. The novel was an interesting mystery as well as a romance.It was unclear who was trying to be murdered and why. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I felt the author had a great writing style and drew me into the story.

I liked Alexandra, she was strong and determined, yet vulnerable.  I found her devotion to her friends heart felt and allowed her to become a character to enjoy.  It is inconceivable to me how hard Lady Alexandra Lane had to work to be accepted and complete a program at the Sorbonne during this period of time. The story of Alexandra’s past and her fear only made her more appealing. 


Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne made me laugh.  His gruff exterior and his so over the top alpha male growl made him fun.  I love how he treated Alexandra as an intelligent woman. I love how he began to understand her fears.  He was also very, very hot in a growly way.


How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne was a great read. 

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18.05 | 09:26

If you want a REAL macabre horror story do some research on how black flies actually "bite you." Just a hint it involves saws and tongues, stay inside and read!

30.03 | 13:05

Nice thoughts, yes, hope and grace. I am appropriately reading Gentleman in Moscow who is confined at the Metropol Hotel. Eery coincidence!
Be safe and well.

23.03 | 10:13

Kurt Vonnegut I think? In an insane world a sane person will appear insane....

16.03 | 11:36

LOL, serious , but a run on toilet paper?
Guess we missed Bojhalian.
Be well! Happy reading!

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