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Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

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Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh is another book in the series about the Westcott Family.  The series also intertwines with a past series, so many of the characters are known. I enjoy finding out what happens to some to the early characters from prior books as well as enjoying the new characters.  

Lady Elizabeth Overfield has survived a disaster ish marriage and is considering remarrying fi the right man can be found.  Too bad the one man she is interested in is 9 years her junior. Elizabeth known that if the ages were reversed - no one would care about it - but they are not.  So despite her interest and his, she moves on, agreeing to dance one waltz with him per ball.

Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges knows the Lady Elizabeth would be perfect for him, if she would just open her eyes.  She is stuck on their age difference even though they are very compatible. He decides to let things go as he looks at other unmarried ladies, but then circumstances take an interesting twist and suddenly some nasty rumors appear and Colin is almost tricked into marrying someone he has no interest in… that is when things change dramatically.

I enjoyed the latest installment of the Westcott Family and really liked Colin and Elizabeth’s characters.  Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh 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.


Mr Hunt, I Presume by Valerie Bowman

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Valerie Bowman has written a  novella to go along with her series called The Playful Brides.  In this series, everyone seems to be a bit of a matchmaker, but Lucy, Duchess of Claringdon seemingly is the best at it.  Her husband notices a name on her list of governesses for their  children and Lucy decides matchmaking is called for.

Erienne Stone has turned to being a governess after  she was spurned by Collin Hunt. Her parents expected her to marry brilliantly, but she refused since she was in love with Collin Hunt.  The Duke and Duchess of Claringdon offer her a home, salary and safety. Erienne can send home a lot of money to her parents for her brother’s care and she will not see General Collin Hunt as he is rarely if ever visiting his brother in the country.  

General Collin Hunt was forced to go on vacation.  He decided that he might as well visit his brother in the country and enjoy his niece and nephew.  The Duke and Duchess of Claringdon are put into an interesting position. Will they fight, ignore each other, or figure it out?

I enjoyed Mr. Hunt, I Presume, the quick read by Valerie Bowman and really wished it was longer!  


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.

More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley

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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!


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.  


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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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!

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.

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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