Thursday, August 17, 2017

Not So Sweet Maria

Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters by Marriage Book 1)
by Jessica Spencer

This is a cute read but nothing that really grabs you.  A clean read with really nice characters that is fun. The book moves a little slow with two people who meet giving different names falling for each other.  Neither wants to marry but are focused into it without meeting the one they are suppose to marry.  What a shocker it was when they found out they were to marry each other.

I have an issue with the repeating of things we already know and each character already knows.  The story of Mary’s begging was very interesting as well as her grandmother’s story of how she came to love a little boy. I like how Mary took charge of her life making her own money. I do have an issue with so many men falling at Mary’s feet having to be drug away. The ton is unforgivable I just do not seeing a man doing this where others can see him. These men did not marry for love or feeling they got that somewhere else. They married for money and pretty much ignored their wives.

It was cute, clean and a fun read with a nice plot and fun characters. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down but one I did enjoy.

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The ton calls her Sweet Maria and, even in her fourth Season, eligibles continue to offer her marriage. They do not know Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society and is trying to sail away to America!

Though the granddaughter of a duke, Lady Maria is a Child of Scandal because her mother was an American commoner. She blames the duke and the duchess for her parents’ death. Had they not disowned them, they would not have died of a virulent fever in America, leaving her an orphan at the age of five.

She has not forgotten the coldness she had met with as a child, and how there were those who examined her features for tainted blood, and disparaged her mother to her face.

She agrees to an arranged match to ward off her persistent suitors, treating the engagement as a sham one to be ended at her convenience.

Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner. Only he isn’t a commoner but the Earl of Daventon.

Gareth, Earl of Daventon is no stranger to Scandal. Rumour has it that his father had banished his mother for adulterous behavior. He remembers his mother as a sweet, gentle woman and knows the late earl yearned until his last breath to have her back.

Love is a quagmire and I shall not be caught in it, he decides. But love finds him. The object of his ardour is a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady.

Lord Daventon remedies the situation by accepting an arranged match, his betrothed being Lady Maria whom he hasn’t met.

All of which leads to a delightful tangle of affairs.

Rocky Mountain Home

Rocky Mountain Home (Roberts of Silver Springs #7)
by Cassie Hayes

There is nothing worse than loving from afar and not having that love returned. Zach has loved Michaela (Mike) since they were in grade school. Everyone in town thinks he is a great guy even her family loves him. She loves him to but more as a brother. Funny thing about being childhood friends you grow up being best buds never seeing what is before your eyes. Mike has a chance of a lifetime Zach tells her to go for it. Holding on to a promise made by a young girl he pretty much puts his life on hold for 10 years. He goes through the motions even dating but no one holds a candle to his Mike.

When Mike finally returns for good things don’t go the way Zach had thought they would. He finally faces facts that his true love with never be his. You know the saying you don’t know what you lost until it is gone well Mike is about to get a face full of it. It was fun watching these two dance around each other. It was heartbreaking when Zach decides it is best he moves on. The box of shoes is very interesting and eye opening. I thought his anger was a little too much but such is life.

What a delightfully cute clean read that holds your attention why these two work out their issues. I just love small towns as long as I do not have to live in them. Again we see how they work everyone knowing everyone’s business. The author writes in such a way that it is really cute and just adorable how everyone knows Zach’s feeling that is all but Mike. I liked how she finds out but I do have to wonder if her brother didn’t know more than he was letting on. The brother never followed through with the shoes which I thought was a little off but it sure made some interesting reading.

I really liked all the characters there isn’t one in this small down I didn’t enjoy. Mikes family is just amazing, sweet, kind and for the most part stays out of their kid’s relationships. I really loved how shocked Mike was as things unfold. I was captivate from the start the author had no problem keeping my attention and holding it. The plot is a delight, it is well written with interesting characters.
If you are looking for a heartwarming, delightful romance that makes you chuckle with a few surprises that keeps you invest and makes you laugh why at times giving you a shock this is the one for you.

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She thought she was coming home. He thought she was coming home to him.

When a career-ending injury forces Michaela ‘Mike’ Roberts to hang up her skis for good, she returns to her hometown in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains humbled, confused and completely directionless. She’d be utterly lost if she didn’t have the support of her family…and her best friend, Zach.

Zach McCormick has been waiting ten years for Mike to return to Silver Springs so they could pick up where they left off in high school, but the moment he sees her, it’s clear she doesn’t remember the one kiss he can’t forget. To save his sanity — and their friendship — he vows to let go of his childhood crush and get to know the woman Mike has become.

When an accidental discovery leads Mike to see Zach in a new light, she discovers something else…even the most exciting prospects for her future will be meaningless unless he’s by her side. But will he still want her when he discovers what she’s done?

Welcome to Silver Springs, Colorado! Nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, this small town is home to rugged sportsmen, charming adventurers and sassy ladies, including a group of cousins just waiting for their happily ever after. Brought to you by bestselling authors Kirsten Osbourne, Cassie Hayes, Kay P. Dawson, Nadia Lee and Ciara Knight, this series will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.

Discover the entire series by clicking the little blue "Roberts of Silver Springs" under the title above!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tears of Glass

Tears of Glass

Written by: David Lake
Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:01-06-17
Publisher: Edwards

I thought this was very interesting listen but very confusing at times. I really enjoyed the twists and turns that at times is rather shocking. There were a few times my mouth fell open and I thought oh my. I never really got a handle on this audio beside the high government wants Morgan dead because they thought he knows something he should not. I never worked out what was so important about the tape from what I could tell the only important it has is that Morgan loved it and it fit his feelings. I do use music myself to go with the mood I am in. Some songs tell my story or part of it and pull me in. I just thought playing each song all the way through gave it more important than it needed. I think part of each song would have been better. I did enjoy how the narrator pointed out things about Morgan or what he was doing throughout the music. Since I listened to this I wonder how the songs were dealt with in the book it’s self.

Mr. Filbrich did a really good job of narration, there was a little issue at the beginning where you could hear him swallow but over time that went away. He has improved in this area from other audios of his I have listened to. He has a very lovely voice that is very pleasant to listen to. I loved his British accent I thought it was wonderful. I thought the narrator bought the story to life but needs to work on giving more emotion to his characters. I found them to be a little flat at times not enough excitement when they are in danger or when they are working on their relationship. They just didn’t connect as a couple no passion. I just didn’t feel the excitement or rush from gets into a fight or near death. I thought his male and female voices were lovely. I had no trouble knowing who was talking. There are no background noises, no volume changes, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. Over all I thought he did a really good job and look forward to listening to more of his work.

When the author went into the science part of the bomb I was totally lost and went way over my head as things were pointed out which made it a little hard to understand and was confusing. At times I found my mind wondering. I am unsure if too much information was given or not enough. It was a good ending but confusing. I found the part about what the government has for defense very interesting. I am unsure of what happened to the bomb that were made since the whole book was built around it I would have liked more information at the end. It does seem that the author has set this up for a series since the ending was unclear. It will be interesting to see where he takes this story.

Bottom line I enjoyed it, I thought it was worth my time but was confusing. The twists are outstanding and some shocking. The surprises keep you on your toes. Not everything is as it seems. I do feel that some of the songs takes away from what the author really wanted us to see. For a debut story it was good.

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A child of the sixties, desperately holding on to the dreams of that generation, the girl whole stole his heart, and the songwriter who touched his soul. These three are drawn together as they become reluctant fugitives, but from whom? The deaths of his friends, the gay cell of the CIA, 22 British scientists meeting with fatal accidents, the royal family's own Secret Service, a schizophrenic cockney knight, and whole countries being run by organized crime. This jigsaw eventually forms a frightening picture; but have the pieces been put together correctly?
This contemporary thriller is integrated with 14 songs - necessary to the full appreciation of the novel. The songs drive the narrative. Or is it the other way around?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Between Home and Heartbreak

Between Home and Heartbreak (Gambling Hearts #2)
by Jacqui Nelson

I enjoyed this as the author spins a tale of mystery, suspense and danger with lots of twists and turns. At times I found it a little confusing. It didn’t hold my interest as much as some of Ms. Nelson other works has. The story begins where Lewis and Jane are riding holds lot of mystery as she rides away never to be seen again. Fast forward 18 years with a women coming to Lewis home saying she is his long lost friend demanding his land that is rightful hers. He is sure this is not the case but she holds facts that only Jane would know. I loved the mystery around Eldorado and the hints she gives Lewis. It was really interesting and holds your attention.

Danger is near with many unanswered questions. Someone wants this land and they are willing to kill for it. The mystery is why they want the land and if Eldorado Jane is not his Jane who is she and where is Jane. As they answers unfold you are left in the balance of life and death as one and then another die. Will Lewis, his friends and Eldorado Jane make it out alive, what about Jane?

The romance is a slow build as these two works out some major issues. Friendships will be built along with strong bonds. I really enjoyed visiting characters from the first book it was nice to see how their lives were going along. It was exciting read just not as exciting as some of this authors work. The dangerous scenes do leave you holding your breath waiting to see who will make it out alive. The characters are wonderful, the scenes are in such vivid detail that you can picture them. It is a great addition to this series. It is an outstanding read just doesn’t hold me on the edge as some of her other books have. Does that mean it isn’t worth your time NO it was exciting and a very enjoyable story with a great plot, it adds a lot to the series. I can’t wait to see what the next book holds.

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Who is Eldorado Jane? Long-lost friend or scheming superstar?

Texas Hill Country — 1879

Plain Jane Dority vanished while riding in a storm beside her childhood best friend. Eighteen years later, Wild West trick-riding superstar Eldorado Jane returns to claim her birthright: the Dority homestead now owned by the steadfast Texan who never forgot Jane or forgave himself for her disappearance.

Lewis Adams would give anything to see his friend come home, but he's certain Eldorado Jane isn't his Jane. So why does this mesmerizing woman—with the talent and fame to have anything she desires—want the remote patch of land that he loves? There's only one way to find out: accept a wager with a deceiver who holds the power to bring back his friend or break his heart. The outcome rests in her hands. Or does it?

Friendship. Betrayal. Blackmail. Eldorado Jane holds every card...except the one that matters most.

Monday, August 14, 2017

On A Night Like This

On A Night Like This (The Callaways #1)
by Barbara Freethy

Oh the heartbreak this book brings it is really a story inside a story with two people who are torn apart by family and friends. I found it very easy to relate to Sarah having a father a lot like hers. Never being good enough always trying to be the best but never able to make him proud. Unlike her I said the heck with it at a younger age. She sticks it out demanding answers that won’t be easy to deal with. What a very good start to what looks like it will be a wonderful series.

Aiden finds his self in a place where he feels the world is against him and he feel they might be right. Unable to remember all that happened that day when he lost his best friend he turns away from those that love him to try to put the pieces together. He is a very kind hearted man who takes the blame for many things in his childhood that got him in trouble. He really has a weakness but you won’t find out about that until later on. He loves action and adventure which is one reason he pick the job he picked. He gets high off of danger, excitement and thrills those same things that took his friends life. He has to take a step back regroup and rethink his life and how the information he finds out will not only affect him but those around him. Was he the cause of his friend’s death or was it an accident?

My heart went out to so many characters but none as much as it did for Sarah. Her father I wanted so much to slap for the way he treated her. From the first page I wanted so much to jerk her out of them take away her pain and tell her how worthy she was. It seems there are secrets that will come to light and rock her world more than anyone can guess. She is a very strong wise woman in so many ways. Now face to face with her young love from the past she must put it behind her and move forward but one look and she isn’t sure she can to that. Only home for a few days that is until something happens that keeps her longer she finds her life intertwined again with Aiden’s. As they go on the hunt for the truth working together they just might find more truth to their emotions than either of them are ready for.

The story moves pretty steady giving you a very touching romance. Their past comes to ahead when questions are asked, emotions are strong as things get out of hand again with one step forward and two back something has to give. As they each deal with their own issues they are pulled together as sparks fly, passion gets ignited and flames start a fire they can’t put out. Things will come to a head leaving them with a sense of peace as well as uncertainty as to the outcome.

I really liked the Aiden’s family how real they are, how caring, loving and supportive they are but at the same time they have doubts, fight, but always come together and circle as one when need be. The ending is really good but leaves a few unanswered questions that I feel will be told throughout the rest of the series. The next one is on Emma I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Hopefully we will learn more about the fires and the nun as well as what granny was talking about. I have a feel this series is going to hold a lot of secrets that will keep us hook, on our toes and spell bound.

I enjoyed how the author builds up their romance giving us the past history the why and just how painful it was. One doing what they thought was best leaving the other with painful memories that will last a lifetime. I like the mystery of both the stories from Aiden finding out the truth about his friends death to Sarah finding out the secret in her family. It really has your mind hoping to work it all out. I enjoyed the plot that really holds your attention and the way the author plays it out. There are some wonderful fun scenes as well as some very heartbreaking ones. I read this at one setting and could not put it down. It was thrilling and at times exciting to learn more about jumpers and how they deal with issues. I thought the author wrote a believable story putting a lot in to a little space with vivid details that make this a page turner

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The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind. Aiden seeks help from an unlikely partner… Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth. The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be. As teenagers they weren’t ready for each other. Are they now?