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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.

 

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.

 

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 Countess by Anna Bradley

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More or Less a Countess was a fun read.  This is the second book in the series named The Somerset Sisters by Anna Bradley.  I did read the previous novel, however I feel with the way the book was written, there would be no problem reading this without the prior novel.

The second Somerset sister is Violet.  She cannot dance, sing, play piano or any “worthy” traits of a lady except draw.  Violet is a bluestocking and is determined not to face another London Season and get married.  She is fascinated by learning and is writing a book that includes some gruesome parts of London’s history and is determined to sketch the places to add to her book.

Nicholas Balfour was the spare for the heir.  He never felt he was good enough to take over for his brother after his death.  He is terribly unhappy being back in England however, he has agreed to stay and get married and produce and heir.  He has determined that he is going to marry the woman who played Hayden so beautifully at the dinner party he just attended.  Only he is unaware that there are three sisters not two.

Nick, the Earl of Dare does not realize that he is calling on the wrong sister.  Violet does, but is willing to continue to the subterfuge in order to go places that she wants to sketch.  Nick is determined to marry her. I was amused by the arrogance of Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare and his assumption that anyone would be happy to marry him.  I found it interesting that Violet’s sisters allowed her to be less than truthful.  Secrets, secrets and more secrets are bound to come out and people jumping to conclusions just adds to the ado.  

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.  More or Less a Countess 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.

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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31.08 | 07:03

I enjoyed this! Thank you

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Great interview and the story sounds great

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Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

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