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It's Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch

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A new series by Suzanne Enoch called “WIld, Wicked Highlanders”.  The first book is called, It’s Getting Scot in Here. Suzanne Enoch has woven a tale of three brothers from the Highland, being forced to London to marry English brides.  They are incensed and determined to make everyone pay for the horror of London’s season, especially their mother.

Amelia-Rose Baxter needs to find a husband.  Her mother and her constant fault finding and nagging has made her life difficult.  Lord Glendarril, the eldest of the MacTaggert brothers has been chosen to make the first marriage.  His mother and Amelia- Rose’s parents have made agreement for the two of them to marry. Amelia- Rose is not a young mealy mouth debutante and almost immediately Lord Gendarril leaves.  His younger brother Niall steps to cover for his brother. That is when things get interesting. Niall likes the bold speaking Amelia-Rose. The more he covers for his brother, the more he realizes that Amelia-Rose is the one for him.  

I enjoyed the book.  Interestingly I started out disliking the MacTaggert’s mother, after all she abandoned her sons, but as the book moved on, I began to understand that she had to leave to stay sane.  I never warmed up to Amelia-Rose’s family. I like how Niall worked so hard to win Amelia-Rose. I like how they were willing to find a way to be together.

It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch was a fun historical read.  


Attracted to the Earl by Bronwen Evans

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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.

The Big Kahuna by Janet and Peter Evanovich

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The Big Kahuna by Janet and Peter Evanovich is the newest book in the Fox and O’Hare novels.  The premise is that Kate O’Hare is an FBI agent and she is changed with keeping track of and working with Nick Fox, a charming career con man.  Kate likes to follow the book and Nick, well he follows his book.  


In this case, Kate and Nick are looking for the Big Kahuna, a gazillionaire from Silicon Valley, who is missing.  Too many people are excited by the prospect of his death and there seems to be an element that is unknown, like why him.  Once again, Nick goes big with all the accommodations, Kate’s dad with his love of blowing things up, and Kate staying focused on the case,  things get quite interesting.  


The Big Kahuna was one chase scene after another. (Some of the chase scenes were Nick chasing Kate.) The Big Kahuna by Janet and Peter Evanovich reads quickly and is a fun read.

Tempt Me With Diamonds by Jane Feather

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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.

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan

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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

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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.  


A Lady's Virtue by A.S. Fenichel

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A Lady’s Virtue by A.S. Fenichel is the newest book in the historical romance series Everton Domestic Society.  Each book can be read as a stand alone, but sense they are delightful, I would suggest you read all three, if you have the time.  

Sylvia Dowder was prepared to marry within weeks, when her fiance begged off, after all now he had a title, he could do much better.  Her future was shattered and her mother was not an understanding character. Sylvia joined Everton Domestic Society to move beyond what she thought was her life.  There she could help others with her knowledge of society, but not be expected to marry. She was not expecting to meet Anthony.

Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton is a new Earl after an unsuspected death in the family.  As an American, he did not expect to inherit the title, nor was he ready to marry. He hires the Everton Domestic Society and Sylvia to help him make a start in his new lifestyle, by organizing a couple of events to highlight his new title and status.  He was not expecting Sylvia

This series of books are historical romance from beginning to end from the main female character being forced to “work” to finding a lifetime love, but avowing it for reasons that seem simplistic to today’s society. Of course the man who falls in love with her is a man of money and a title that just cannot walk away!  What is not to love! A Lady’s Virtue by AS Fenichel was a fun read.

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster

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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

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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.


Dangerous Choice by Barbara Freethy

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Dangerous Choice (Off the Grid FBI #5) by Barbara Freethy is her newest book that focuses on FBI Special Agent Diego Rivera.  He is one of a group of friends from Quantico that this series focuses on.  Each book contains drama, intrigue and lots of mystery to the agent and often - okay all the time - they find love.  To me the books are a fast read, because I have so much trouble putting them down.

Diego Rivera is looking in a small Colombian village for his mother and brother. When he goes to approach the priest in town, there is another person speaking with him.  A beautiful woman who is seemingly upset, but the priest leaves to run a service. While he waits for the service to be over, gunfire erupts and he and Tara Powell (She is the other person who was speaking to the Priest.) have to run for safety.  She is looking for her best friend who disappeared in the same Colombian village. Together, they end up working together searching for their people. Having to get from place to place and hiding from the cartel that seems to be quite interested in them bonds them quickly.  They get hints, clues and help as they continue to search, going from one place to another.

I have enjoyed reading this series and have found the books interesting to read.  I love the characters and the drama. Dangerous Choice (Off the Grid FBI #5) by Barbara Freethy is 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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10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

24.12 | 00:28

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

01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

27.05 | 23:23

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

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