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Sweet Jane by Joanne Kukanza Easley

Sweet Jane by Joanne Kukanza EasleyπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Sweet Jane by Joanne Kukanza Easley is a book that takes you on an emotional journey with the main character.  Jane has lived her life by moving forward and never really dealing with the past. Her home life was horrid. There were several incidences that were not her fault, but left her scarred for life.  However, she was strong and moved on. Life seemed to have turned around totally for her, until her mother died.

I loved Jane as a character.  I found the character and her struggles were so well done, that I was able to connect with her.The slow reveal of her past is what calls you to understanding her. Keeping her past a secret and not sharing the information can lead to problems with relationships.  Especially when that is seen from a child’s eye. I found her struggles and searching important and I wanted to celebrate when she did. Allowing Jane room to grow while on a journey of self-discovery can be hohum, but I didn’t feel that way. I found it interesting and surprising.  

Sweet Jane was a poignant read.  The main character and the journey us what kept me totally involved with the story.  Sweet Jane by Joanne Kukanza Easley was a good read.

Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch

Scot Under The Covers by Suzanne EnochπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Scot Under The Covers is Suzanne Enoch’s  newest book. It is the second book in the series called Wild Wicked Highlanders where we meet the wonderful McTaggart family. This particular book focuses on Aden, who is not going to marry one of those English girls.

 

Miranda Harris is in trouble. Her brother Matthew has been gambling and lost quite a bit of money. In order to pay off his debt, he has offered his sister, MIranda in marriage. Miranda has no interest in marrying this man and is fearful of being trapped in a marriage to him. At the same time she is unwilling to have her brother face the consequences of being unable to pay his debt. Miranda asks for help from the McTaggarts specifically Aden.  She thinks that Aden being a gambler is the best person to help her out of this conundrum. Miranda and Aden are really fun together. I like how he wants to help her and how she is willing to try anything to get out of this nasty marriage. I think Miranda and Aden found an interesting solution and loved how they worked together, while falling for each other.

 

Suzanne Enoch is a good writer.   I like the books she writes and I often think the characters are a lot of fun. I enjoyed the two main characters Miranda and Aden but I was not impressed with some of the minor characters, specifically her brother, Matthew. Scot Under The Covers was a fun read.

 

 

 

Attracted to the Earl by Bronwen Evans

Attracted to the Earl by Bronwen Evans🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Guy Neville was the spare heir.  He was beaten and abused by his father over his secret.  He was unable to read or write, but he did have a huge memory where he could remember huge amounts of information, but he is a soldier.  Until his brother dies and he becomes the The Earl of Argyle. He has found various ways to hide his difficult, but one of his cousins (the evil man) wants to find a way to figure out his weakness and then take away his money.

Miss Abigail Pinehurst has unwittingly been caught in the evil cousin’s plans.  She is to figure out Guy’s secret and help the evil cousin. Only, she can’t, she likes Guy way to much.  What’s a girl to do?

The book was interesting and I did enjoy how they rubbed along together.  The end was a bit of a surprise, but not unwelcomed at all. Attracted to the Earl by Bronwen Evans was a fun, hot read.

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet EvanovichπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Twisted Twenty-six by Janet Evanovich highlights Grandma Mazur along with Stephanie Plum.  After all, Grandma Mazur is a new bride - for all of 45 minutes - until her husband dropped dead.  The problem other than a dead husband is that he was the Keeper of the Key and the key is missing. He also has left behind several sisters and ex-wives.  So we have his mob buddies, ex wives and his sisters trying to find the keys AND if something should happen to Grandma Mazur - oh well.  

Stephanie is trying to work bring in bail jumpers with Lulu and trying to keep her Grandma safe.  It takes both Ranger and Morelli to keep her safe and to protect her Grandmother. Once again we have some fun characters who have skipped their bail.  We have problems with vehicles blowing up and lots of drive-thru eateries. The fact that Stephanie is struggling with her life and feels like her life is not going anywhere just adds to the storyline.  

I did enjoy this book and I especially enjoyed Stephanie’s interactions with both Joe and Ranger. I enjoyed the mystery and loved the scenes with Grandma as always.  The end was a bit different than usual, which is a bit of a cliffhanger for the next book. Twisted Twenty-six by Janet Evanovich was a fun read.

Southern Harm by Caroline Fardig

Southern Harm by Caroline FardigπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Southern Harm by Caroline Fardig is the second novel in the A Southern B&B Mystery. I have read other cozy mysteries by Caroline Fardig, so I was looking forward to this new series.  It did not disappoint.  

Quinn is helping run her family B&Bs, but there is nothing like an old mystery literally dug up in a yard that ties with both Quinn’s family and her boyfriend, Tucker’s family to make the story interesting.  Quinn with her sister Delilah start asking questions, while Tucker focuses on taking care of his aunt, only to run into more questions. There were so many questions based on high school with mean girls and old boyfriends that make the story more interesting. Add in a dead uncle giving clues and you have a cozy mystery.  

I enjoyed reading Southern Harm.  I especially liked Quinn and Tucker together. Delilah is certainly a wild card and pushes the limit with questions.  I think the series is going to be a fun read. Southern Harm by Caroline Fardig is a fun read.

Tempt Me With Diamonds by Jane Feather

Tempt Me with Diamonds by Jane Feather🙂🙂❤👍

Tempt Me With Diamonds by Jane Feather is her newest book and the first book in a trilogy about three friends from boarding school.  Each lady has had there coming out and now are helping each other figure out their new lives. Diana Sommerville has had some tragedy recently in her young life.  Her parents have died, most recently her father while they were in South Africa.  Her brother was just killed in the Boer War. She has broken it off with a man she loved (not that anyone knows that) since she is just returned from South Africa.  

When Diana walked into her house from her return, she found Rupert Lacey living there.  That was just the beginning of her surprises that happen. Before she has a chance to let everything settle, she is pretending to be married to Rupert Lacey and has to share half of everything she has with him. What a quandary!  

I usually find Jane Feather books interesting and enjoy the heat of the main characters.  This one seems to be misnamed - as the diamond mine did not seem to be a major factor in the story.  I also felt that the story was not as complete as it could have been. Having pointed out my concerns, I also need to add that I completed the book quickly and enjoyed the interplay between the characters. Tempt Me with Diamonds by Jane Feather was an interesting read.

Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan

Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan

Vendetta Road By Christine Feehan is the third book of the Torpedo Ink series.  The Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club is located in a small town in California right on the ocean. They were raised from birth by sadistic killers to make them killers. The club does not deal drugs, guns or other illegals; what it does do is take out and save people in kidnapped positions, focusing on saving children from pediphiles. The group all were the only survivors from that particular place, although they have found other survivors from other places. The club members lack the understanding and the societal norms expected. They are determined to find a home to fit in, while removing various bad guys.

In Vendetta Road, the main characters are Soleil Brodeur and Isaak “Ice” Koval.  Ice is part of the Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club. While they were pursuing “business” in Las Vegas, Ice saw Soleil in the distance and thought she was perfect.  Imagine how surprised he was later when she came running into the biker bar where he and his club were partying. Soleil was on the run from a man who is trying to force her to marry him.  Ice immediately moved on Soleil while she was moving on him. They both think they have tricked the other one. This is a great premise for the rest of the book and you really are cheering for Soleil and Ice to make it. 

As with the other books in the series, I really enjoyed reading about the club and reading about their focus on saving other children like they needed saving a long time ago. This was not my favorite book of the series, because I wasn't really comfortable with the exhibitionist behavior of both Ice and Soleil. The book did include some very hot scenes as the other books did and you really felt for the characters and wanted them to get their dream. This series is not for anyone who isn't willing to read about violence or sex. It is for anyone who enjoys reading motorcycle romances that are edgy. Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan was a good read.

 

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan  is the second book in the Torpedo Ink series.  These are MC novels, but with an interesting twist.  This group is made up of assassins and trained killers.  They were trained from a very young age in situations that are horrid at best.  Due to their upbringing the group struggles with following social rules, and have banded together to help each other survive.  They are opening legitimate businesses and are working to make alliances. The major business however is the tracking down and killing pediphiles and sex trafficers, while rescuing the young victims.  

Steele is the Vice President of the MC and is a doctor. As a youngster, he tried to help many of the other orphans who were abused, but did not have the medicines and skills.  This still haunts him. While he was undercover on a mission, Steele met Breezy and realized that he had strong feelings for her, but he sent her away for her safety.

Breezy has learned to live on her own and take care of herself outside the MC she was raised in.  She vowed to never have anything to do with any club again, until she was forced to seek out Steele.  His help was needed to help save the situation she finds herself in. Only Steele is not going to let her go again.  

These stories are meant to be stories, where good can come from bad and where the heroes are not traditional heroes.  Stories that have totally hot hot men and sex! But these stories also bring forward the story of sex trafficers and pediphils. They highlight the reality of abuse comes in all types of situations within our country.

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan is a long book with lots of twists and turns. The history of the club and the horror of their upbringing is laid out clearly. The hunting they do of perpetrators of crimes is laid out there.  Never mind the hot hot men and sex. This is not an everyday MC book. Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan is a good read.

Judgement Road by Christine Feehan

Judgement Road by Christine Feehan🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Judgement Road by Christine Feehan was on the rack right by the cash register at the grocery store.   I looked once, twice and then realized I had to read the back of it… and then buy it.  I did not need another series to follow and especially not another MC book with 1 %ers. The book did not disappoint!  

While the book sounds and starts like a regular MC book, in reality there is a series twist to start out.  The Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club located in a small town in California right on the ocean.  They were raised from birth by sadistic killers to make them killers.  The club does not deal drugs, guns or other illegals; what it does do is take out and save people in kidnapped positions.  The group all were the only survivors, but lack the understanding and the societal norms expected.  Reaper is named after his job.  He protects the president and the other members.  He is a killing machine, who is completely untouchable.  

Anya was on the run.  No home, no savings, no job until she showed up at the Torpedo Ink bar. There she was able to hide and make a living.  She was still living in her car, hiding near a campground.  It was not ideal, but it was what it was.  Reaper was unable to think about anyone other than Anya.  He thought about her all the time…  She was not immune to him either.  

This biker book was not the same old story.  There were some unusual elements with each of the characters.  I will be adding the series The Torpedo Ink by Christine Feehan to my list… Judgement Road is not for the weak of heart.  It is not a hearts and flowers with potlucks and social circles.  Judgement Road is however a good read.  

 

The Earl Not Taken by AS Fenichel

The Earl Not Taken by AS Fenichel πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

The Earl Not Taken by AS Fenichel is the first book in the series the Wallflower of West Lane.  The series focuses on Poppy, Aurora, Mercy and Faith; four women were sent to a finishing school in Switzerland.  The four women bonded over shared experiences and now are in a fight for a friend being forced into marriage with an unknown man.   

Penelope Arrington knows she is in an unusual situation.  She wants to help her friend by finding out more information about her fiance, but needs help.  Rhys Draper, Earl of Marsden is the one to help. He is her friend’s brother and someone she has known for a very long time. Together they work to gather information and find out more,while they are spending more and more time together and falling for each other.

I enjoyed the story and found the characters enjoyable.  The storyline had some fun elements and really showed the closeness of the women with their backstories.  Living in such restricted times made the four friends rely on each other. The Earl Not Taken by AS Fenichel was a fun read. 

 

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster is the fifth book in the Whiskey Series.  The Whiskey series is made of various people who become family (or already are) in the Dark Knights Motorcycle Club. This book is about Jed and Josie and they will tug at your heartstrings.  As all the books in this series, they can be read alone, or as a part of the series.

Josie grew up in an unsafe home and fled when she was 13.  She was raised by a friend’s grandmother and eventually found love and a home. Then everything fell apart and she lost everything and is now living in a shelter with her son.

Jed would do anything for his sister.  Growing up he would steal to help her eat and to keep them alive while his mother drank herself to death.  Now she is settled and Jed is able to begin again. He is prospecting with the Dark Knights and working at their garage and bar.  

Both Jed and Josie have a memory from the past.  They met one night over a bonfire and it was a memorable night for both of them.  They meet again and the spark is strong and back. Both are uncertain where they stand and Josie needs to start all over again.  Luckily her siblings are ready to help her and Jed is an important part of the mix. And there is her son Hail who is the cutest thing EVER.

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster is another great addition to the Whiskey Family.

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank is a fabulous summer read and not just because it takes place in the lowcountry on Sullivan’s Island.  It is the characters that make her books fabulous. They are humorous, eccentric, empathic, and fun. They make the stories excellent.

 

In this novel is QB - Queen Bee and her two daughters, Leslie and Holly with a cast of characters along with the bees.  Holly is entering her 30s with no prospects, no full time job and 3 hives of bees. She is in love with the neighbor next door, Archie and his two boys.  Leslie is married to Charlie and lives in Ohio. QB, the mother is a hypochondriac who needs loads of attention and is constantly needing help. Leslie returns home and suddenly QB is back up and full of zest.  Then the story takes some other turns and you just want to smack some people around (not that you can as they are characters in a book). You do not know what to expect and things happen that are unexpected.

 

I laughed and laughed at sections of this novel and was mad and sad at other points.  The novels unexpected twists and turns made the story difficult to put down and the characters were a riot.  Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank is a great read.

 

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank

 

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Dorothea Benton Frank writes books about the low country and life.  Her stories focus on what is important and what is needed. By Invitation Only is no different.  I like how the book was set up, slowly revealing the true feelings of the characters. I also liked how the importance of family and living close to the land was an important feature. There was humor and lightheartedness mixed within the story that made the book sing.  

There are many voices in the story and each chapter tells the story from someone else’s viewpoint.  I like how it allows for the multiple points of view, but also seeing a fuller picture of the story.  The basic premise is farm boy Fred meets socialite Shelby and they fall in love. The story starts at Fred’s family’s house with an engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents. Shelby’s parents, Alejandro and Susan Cambrian are less than enthralled by the offerings and have decided to throw a second party in Chicago for their friends. From here, everything spirals. The Cambrian’s, specifically Susan, become more and more elaborate in planning for the wedding, until the Fred and Shelby drop a surprise on everyone. Suddenly everything is different.

 

The characters were so well drawn that I wanted to hang out with them.  I loved Diane’s mother Miss Virnell. I found myself enjoying the different descriptions of the lifestyles and how the characters interacted within them.  By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank was a good read!

 

 

 

A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

 A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman is the first book in a new series called Countess of Harleigh Mystery.  The book was a fun read with an American who married into the English nobility. Her husband died (or murdered) has left her as a widowed Countess. She has more freedom, now her year of mourning is done.  Frances Wynn with her daughter moved to London.   Her sister and her aunt join her, in order to help her sister find a husband.  Of course nothing is quite that easy! Three men are vying for her sister’s hand and Frances needs more information to prevent fortune hunters.  While that is going on, there are some intriguing thefts going on AND suddenly there are rumors that she killed her husband. Luckily her aunt is plucky and resourceful as are her friends Fiona and her brother, the delightful Mr Hazelton.  

I like the idea of a cozy mystery in this time period and I like how Frances reminds me a bit of Mrs. Fletcher (for those of you old enough to remember the show).  I did feel there was a bit of repeating the information to other people, but I am not sure that could have been helped. I am disappointed that the cover does not match the storyline (new pet peeve).  I like the ‘love interest’ happening and look forward to reading another one, but right now the price is too high for me. A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman was a fun cozy read. 

Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy

 Ruthless Cross by Barbara FreethyπŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘

Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy is a romantic thriller!  It is the next book in the series Off the Grid: FBI #6. The storyline caught my attention from the outset and even with all the twists and turns I found myself becoming more entranced.  I felt lots of concern for the characters and worried how the resolution would happen. 

FBI agent Flynn MacKenzie was contacted by an old friend for help.  When he met up with him at an art opening, it was in time to see his death.  Callie Harper is the step daughter of his old friend and Flynn immediately is drawn to her.  She is protecting her mother and seems to have some knowledge he needs. Add into this maelstrom, Flynn’s father’s (an art thief and blackmarketer with art) name keeps coming up.  Flynn and Callie work together to find answers and unravel the new questions that come up. Then there was the threat on their life. Both want a resolution, before the stakes become too high.

Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy is a good read. 

 

 

 

Devlin by Barbara Freethy

Devlin by Barbara Freethy🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Devlin by Barbara Freethy is the first book in a new series called the 7 Brides for the 7 Blackthornes.  Each of the books are written by different authors. The Blackthornes consist of a group of cousins and brothers who were brought up together.  The Blackthorns are rich based off the the famous Whiskey they make. 

The first book in the series is Devlin who runs the Boat Works that builds yachts. He is getting ready to compete in the big race, but there is all this stuff going on in his family and at work that is getting in his way.  That and he needs someone to race with him. For years, he has raced with Hannah’s dad, but his Devlin’s dad fired him this week. To top it off his mother left his father who became quite mad. Devlin doesn’t need anymore surprises, so when Hannah turns up and rips into him or her father’s dismissal - that is just one more thing.  

Hannah came home when she heard her dad lost his job.  She and her dad love sailing so he is fixing up an older boat and they are going to join the race and beat Devlin and his dad once and for all.  Only problem is Hannah and Devlin have a serious case of the hots for each other.

The book was a fun, fast read with serious heat!  The story has some fun elements both characters had to reassess their present life.  Devlin by Barbara Freethy was a fun start to a new series.

 

Because You’re Mine by Lea Frey

Because You’re Mine by Lea Frey🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

WOW!  The title takes on a whole new meaning at the end of the book. The ending threw me for a surprise.  I was not expecting the ending, although I did have some questions - but the answers were all different than I anticipated.   

Because You’re Mine by Lea Frey looks at the lives of two best friends and how they have secrets that they do not dare to share, even with each other. Lee is a single mother raising a young so, Mason who is brilliant, on the spectrum and sensory impaired.  Grace is a divorced young mother, who is raising a son as well. They are best friends and supports for each other. Noah is the secret boyfriend of Grace and the tutor and OT for Mason. Such are the tangled lives that start the story. Add in a girls weekend where Grace and Lee as well as two other friends go away and secrets start to come out.  Secrets with big consequences that cause lives to unravel.  

Lea Frey has written a novel that really makes you take a look at secrets and how they mess with friendship. The novel read well and flowed quickly into a “who dun it”.  It is not a traditional thriller, but with all the twists, it pulls you in. Because You’re Mine by Lea Frey 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!

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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.

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23.03 | 10:13

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

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16.03 | 11:36

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

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