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A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch

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A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch is part of her No Ordinary Hero series.  The setting is in Scotland and the main character has a scottish brogue that could warm your heart.   Too bad he is headstrong, overbearing and a drunk. Rebecca could not marry a boy like that, so she chose his older brother Ian to marry and Callum went off to America to find his way.  Move ahead a number of years and Callum discovers his brother is dead (and he suspects murdered), just as he feared before he left.  Callum goes back to Scotland to find the truth and finds Ian’s widow, just as beautiful and attractive as she was 10 years ago and he has a small niece Maggie, who wins his heart immediately.  Now all he has to do is find and prove who murdered Ian, marry Rebecca, protect Maggie and become the man he should be… OH and he is HOT.

Callum and Rebecca never had a chance in the past, but might in the future if Callum can confront and remove the people who Rebecca thought were taking care of her, but who were not. Callum is like a bull in a china shop who has no subtly or underhanded moves.  He moves ever forward in his quest, but Rebecca is afraid she and Maggie will be left alone again by him.

A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch is a hot historical romance.  The characters are not run of the mill and the story line is intricate enough to be interesting.  Callum and Rebecca are constantly at each other whether fighting or loving and Maggie is cute.  A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch is a good read.

Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans

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Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans is the next book in the series Imperfect Lords.  In this particular novel, two people who have trust issues and do not want attachments are attracted to each other.  Lady Penelope needs help. She has decided that Stephen Hornsby will be the perfect person to help her. Her dead husband’s brother is making noise that she murdered her husband and he deserves to have all of her monies and properties.  

Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon is going blind.  Not that he has told anyone or even gone to the doctor to discuss it.  His father went blind and couldn’t handle it so killed himself. Stephen is determined to see everything and surround himself beauty until he cannot see anymore.  

There seems to be some unknowns in this situation and definitely danger for both Stephen and Penelope.  Bronwen Evans writes fun, romantic novels with suspense to keep the reader interested in the story line.  Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans is a good read.

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

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Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich is the latest of the Stephanie Plum novels.  Stephanie Plum, the most hapless bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey is on the lookout for new criminals. She is searching for some interesting characters and as always has a cast of characters surrounding her including Lula.  

Diesel has moved into Stephanie’s apartment and in her bed.  Ranger is making deals with Stephanie about destroying cars and nights spent with him. while Stephanie is staying over Joe Morelli’s.  OH - and Zombies are loose in Trenton, New Jersey!  

There is humor - with the snake, Lula and the zombie cooties, and all the gnomes. I do not always enjoy this series as I used to, but this book made me laugh several times. I found myself cheering Stephanie on as she tracked down Zero while avoiding Diesel. I love Stephanie’s methods for tracking down the criminals, but frankly, I can’t wait to see how she manages to destroy the cars she uses. Hardcore Twenty-Four was a fun, snickering read with hot hot hot men.

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

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The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon was a book that has left me restless.  The main characters are two women, who were thrown together by chance and their soldier husband.  Neither wife seems particularly happy or content with their marriage, while you could tell they were wanting their husbands love and regard.  Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw seemed uncomfortable in their skin and in their relationship with each other and that is what has made this book so disquieting, almost intimate in its portrayal.  

Cassie Hugo was a rule follower.  Living in Jordan while her husband was attached to the embassy had opened her eyes to the dangers of living abroad.  She understood keeping people at a distance and following procedures.  We were allowed a brief glimpse into her past and knew something difficult had happened in the past with another woman she was asked to mentor.  Margaret Brickshaw was a conundrum to Cassie.  She did not seem to understand the separation that was called for between herself and the “natives”.  She did not seem to understand how the men in the mostly Muslim country would react with a open and generous person.  To me both women seemed impervious to their own griefs and lack of awareness of their impact on the other. 

The book has caused me some disquieting thoughts and musing.  I think it must be extremely difficult it must be to be a wife living in a foreign country and culture with such rigidity.  I think the difficulty of each situation must cause huge burdens on families who are not regimented to such a life.  The Confusion of Language by Siobhan Fallon is a read that opens your eyes to the reality of some of our soldiers’ families living in foreign countries.  The book was fascinating and alarming often in the same sentence.  

The Confusion of Language by Siobhan Fallon is an important, thought provoking, striking read. 

Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig

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Brew or Die is another great cosy mystery from Caroline Fardig.  Once again we are in Nashville at the Java Jive that Juliet Langley manages and is owned by her bestie Pete.  Juliet has become a Private Investigator and is excited about her first case.  Meanwhile, Pete drags her into another case focusing on the murder/suicide of one of their friends. As always Juliet is always poking and prying and living over caffeinated to stay awake.  Her undercover gig is cleaning at night.  Her gig with Pete consists of going to fancy parties dressed like a bride and avoid being hit on.  Meanwhile, her ex boyfriend is making noises about seeing and speaking with her and her present boyfriend is being suspicious.   

I love the stories that Caroline Fardig comes up with!  They are always interesting and rarely a straight line from murder to murderer.  Juliet and her group of friends are fun and funny.  This is the fourth book in the series and it has not lost it’s fun factor.  Brew or Die - a fun cosy mystery. 

Spiced by Jamie Farrell

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Spiced by Jamie Farrell is book number 6 in the Misfit Bride series.  Once again Jamie Farrell has written a book that has made me laugh.  The Blue family with all their children is full of busy bodies where no secrets are able to be kept.  Pepper Blue lives with one of her younger sisters and her outrageous grandmother.  She is secretly trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.  She has given up on a husband, but desperately wants a baby!

Her neighbor with the vicious cat, is the new man in town.  Tony Cross has opened up a Pizzari and lives next door.  She is absolutely not interested in him, especially when her grandmother thinks he is a stripper coming to the door with pizza!  However, Pepper needs a date so her family stops setting her up for her sister’s wedding.  How pathetic… Not as pathetic as the number of men she dated who then proceeded to marry the next woman they met (practically).  No way she will fall for the pizza guy next door, who happens to be hot and hot and hot...

Jamie Farrell’s newest book is a hoot!  The love story with all the characters in town and especially the Blue family is a fun time.  I loved the main characters and really rooted for the HEA ending!  Spiced is a fun, romantic novel and a great read!

Judgement Road by Christine Feehan

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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.  

 

Desperate Bride by A S Fenichel

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Desperate Bride by A S Fenichel is a fun romp in the historical romance genre. The characters are interesting and the plot line is not too overdone. Dorothea Flammel is desperate for a solution to her dilemma.  Her father has essentially sold her to an older man, an Earl.  The man is not known for being nice, safe or even acceptable to most of the ton, except he welds power.  Dory’s family life is not ideal; she knows her only role in the family is to marry well, but this marriage is unbearable.  Dory takes matters into her own hands and propositions Thomas Wheel, a nice man who is friendly with her brother.  She is sure that he will not take away her playing and composing of music. Luckily Thomas accepts after a few days of consideration and brings her to her their mutual friends in Scotland to marry.

Dory’s family continue to harass her about her choice, demanding money and then Thomas is threatened and Dory is scared and confused.  A Desperate Bride by A S Fenichel is a good read.

 

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

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The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus is a sequel to his first book called One Thousand White Women.  The book is fascinating - absolutely fascinating!   Jim Fergus has taken facts from US History and woven in a story via journals that give us the gift of understanding so much that happened, including the megalomaniac leaders of the armed forces. I found the book incredibly interesting and believe others will too.  

The story takes place within the same setting allowing us to really appreciate the amount of detail with the books.  In 1873, the US Government decided to sent 1000 white women to the Cheyenne in trade for 300 horses.  Their theory being that the Cheyenne would become more white with the infusion of women.  Many of the woman were in difficult straits (prostitutes, prisoners, etc) so they saw this as a way to freedom.  Many married into the Cheyenne and took their way of life.  

The Vengeance of Mothers looks at what happened after the Armies attacked an innocent village full of mothers and children.  Through the journals of several of the women, we begin to understand the horrid conditions and travesty of justice that occurred through the eyes of the women.  A tremendous story.  

 

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick

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The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick is an interesting story.  The book is written to capture the imagination of a late elementary to middle school students who like suspense.  The story takes place in less populated section of Australia. Spencer is a regular 12 year old boy who loves to skateboard and work with his friends on their legos.  Spencer is excited because he is now old enough to go up in his dad’s glider with him. Spencer and his dad love going up with the silence and the beauty of the sky and land.  Until one day a rogue storm came in and flipped the glider. Now Spencer is alone on the side of the mountain with his father badly injured. He needs to make a plan and try to save his dad.

 

The story spent more time than needed building up the beginning of the story. Once the plot line started to ramp up the story became very interesting. I liked Spencer’s thoughtful approach to the danger.  I liked the building of suspense and the characters in the story.

 

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick is a good read for late elementary and early middle school students who like adventure.

 

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster is the third book in the series about called The Whiskey’s.  We are brought back into the Dark Knights Motorcycle Club with the Whiskey family. This novel focuses on Bullet, dark, brooding and rough.  He feels that he is the protector of his family and keeps most people at bay.

Finlay Wilson was hired to help redo Whiskey Bro’s, the biker bar own run by BulletWhiskey.  The whole family was determined that this was the way to go, all that is but Bullet.  He was equally sure that it didn’t need to happen. Especially by some sweet thing like Finlay Wilson, she does not belong in a biker bar.  However, she manages to worm her way into the stomach and hearts of the customers. Bullet is going to fall hard for her, it is just a matter of time.

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster was a good read!

 

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

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Tru Blue was a fabulous book, if you like gritty raw romances with people who seem to be unlovable for various reasons.  This is your book!  Melissa Foster has written a stand alone novel with Truman, a male who has survived the unimaginable and then has to pick up the pieces of his life and that of his siblings.  But along the way an angel, named Gemma finds him.  

Truman was running through Walmart looking for everything for a young baby and young toddler might need.  He had just taken custody of his two youngest siblings with no notion of what to do except to love them. Luckily Gemma was also in Walmart and took pity on him, helping him buy the right stuff.  Gemma and Truman clicked and so the story begins to pick up speed.  However, there are many humps and turns for the characters.  Truman was in jail for murder.  His life is one of darkness and hunger.  Gemma grew up with the silver spoon in her mouth.  Such differences cannot find a happy ending, can they?

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank

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All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank has once again grabbed her reader’s attention with another great book.   Olivia Ritchie loves her husband and loves her job.  The only problems are her business is going through a difficult time monetarily and she has not shared the financial woes with her husband.  Considering she is the primary wage earner her lack of sharing is a concern.  Nick has retired and together they are moving to Sullivan’s Island where Nick used to live.  

Her biggest client is Bob and his wife Maritza.  Luckily they seem to love to have Nick and Olivia travel with them and are asking Olivia to redo a house on Nantucket for them, only the sale falls through.  Meanwhile Nick and Olivia are on Bob and Maritza’s yacht while Bob’s son is getting married. And that is when things really get mixed up!  

All Summer Long became better and better as the book went along.  I thought the beginning of it was a little slow, but I was swept away into the story soon after that.  I really enjoyed the characters including the mean girls (Dolores and Colette).  The fun part about the character’s names is that the author named many of the characters after people who had been extremely generous in supporting various local causes. How cool is that!  

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank is a fun read with a little suspense and mean girls action thrown in!

Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy

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Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy was a romantic thriller.  The book contained all the important elements of running for you lives with an old one night stand showing up again.  Sophie and Damon sparked quite nicely and that allowed the reader to fall for them! I found the confusion of the situation for Sophie part of the charm of the book.  I also enjoyed Damon’s friends and all the baseball analogies.

The story goes that Sophie got a series of voice messages from her father basically telling her to run.  That is after she got a visit from his FBI friends telling her he was dead. So she ran and followed the information her dad gave her.  She was shot at, her home was invaded, and then Damon showed up. Just who she didn’t want to see. What a confusing time! Damon is there to help her, but she is uncertain about everything right now, including Damon.  Damon’s mentor was her father. Damon works for the FBI. Damon is an unknown, a one night stand from four years ago. Just what is going on… who is looking for her?

Perilous Trust was a fun read.  I enjoyed the characters and how they responded to each other.  I enjoyed the plotline of the story. Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy was a good read.

 

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank

 

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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!

 

 

 

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31.08 | 07:03

I enjoyed this! Thank you

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29.07 | 21:13

Great interview and the story sounds great

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27.05 | 23:23

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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