Destiny Disgraced

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

Author Carrie Ann Ryan brings her readers another winner for her Talon Pack novels! Destiny Disgraced centers on Mitchell Brentwood, Beta of the Talon Pack and young Dawn Levin a member of the rather confused Central pack. The fight he has with himself over his feelings for Dawn is as intriguing as the fight for the survival of their kind. I loved getting to know Mitch more and hearing more of his past made me sad but it also explained why he felt the way he did.

The dialogue, action, and the love that grows between Mitch and Dawn is amazing. I just had to shake my head when they decided to try the friends with benefits route. Don’t they know fate doesn’t work that way? I found myself unable to put the book down even for a minute until I got to the end … and then I wanted more.

The characters in this series are fascinating, they give you a feeling of family filled with warmth and love. But, in the case of the bad “guys” they give you a feeling of evil creeping into this world that is trying to find peace.

Fear not, there is a HEA for our couple and there is also a lot of indication on possible other books that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Please keep the pack coming!

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

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Review: When Time is A River by Susan Clayton-Goldener

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Published September 6th 2017 by Tirgearr Publishing

ASIN:  B0741DSKCK Rating:  5*

Because I’ve read the National Writers Award Winner Book  A BEND IN THE WILLOW by Susan Clayton-Goldener I was more than happy to be able to read and review her newest book WHEN TIME IS A RIVER.    Now that I have read both, I know that with this author, who writes with heart and emotion and a very fresh and eloquent voice, she is an author who must be placed on an auto-buy list.

The dynamics of the family that had Emily their 3 year old child kidnapped from a park, while her much older step-sister Brandy was in charge of  watching her certainly played a huge part in the intense emotional play of the story.   Yes, Brandy was not on the best of terms with her new step-mother who was once her professor father’s student and only 4-5 years older than Brandy, but that was never a factor in what Brandy felt for her baby sister.  Brandy was probably more of a mother to Emily than Christine (the mother) was.

Unbeknownst to Brandy, was that she and Emily had been stalked for weeks by someone who wanted Emily – the perfect child.   Brandy was quite beautiful and talented but for a noticeable scar on her cheek which she’d received when she fell out of her stroller at age 3 and was caught in the escalator at a department store.    The trauma was intense for Brandy because all her life she wanted to be an actress and singer.  But when Emily disappeared from her stroller while Brandy was in a restroom keeping an eye on the stroller wheels and talking to Emily, the stalker came in and took Emily right out of the stroller without Brandy ever knowing she was gone.    This incident trounced any kind of trauma Brandy had ever had over her scars.  Enter Detective Radhauser who is brought in on the case, and insists Brandy stay out of the investigation – however, Brandy’s tortured soul and guilt wouldn’t allow her to just sit around.

With the story set, be aware that the pages will fly by as Brandy chases down every clue she gives to Radhauser.   Radhauser insists Brandy stay safe and away from the investigation but Brandy wouldn’t listen and when she discovers more than she ever wanted to know, she must race before it was too late to save Emily.

Bottom line:   Top notch story and deserving of another award!  Highly recommended.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Once A Rebel by Mary Jo Putney

Once a Rebel

September 27th 2017 by Zebra Historical (first published May 30th 2017)

Series  Rogues Redeemed #2                  Rating:  5*

This was truly a fully fleshed out and wonderful read.   To summarize the plot, Callie and Lord George are childhood best friends and neighbors with horrid fathers.  Callie’s father decides to rid himself of her and announces he has found her a husband.  He’s three times her age, a man she’s never met and will take her away to Jamaica to live.  Callie runs to Lord George and they decide to run to Gretna Green; they stop to rest and the father’s alerted by one of Callie’s sisters, found them.   In trying to save Lord Georges life who was being beaten to death by her father she promised she would marry the man and be a good and dutiful wife.  Later Callie was told that George had been killed on his way to Botany Bay.

It’s fifteen years later, and Callie is widowed with two step-children and living in Washington, as the British are invading and trying to burn it down.   She sends her family and retainers off to Baltimore fearing for their safety, while she remains behind to keep her home and dressmaking business safe from looters and approaching British soldiers.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to her some rebel snipers had such into her home and used the upper floors to try and assassinate the top British officer as he rode through town.   The soldiers blamed Callie and just as she was about to be raped or worse, a hero came to her rescue.

The hero turned out to be Lord George, now calling himself Gordon who had survived and was sent on a mission by relatives to try to discover and save the missing widow, and/or provide for her if she wouldn’t come back to England.  They both recognized one another and the friendship they once had allowed Callie to trust Gordon to see her to her step – family and decide whether to remain in America or go back to England.

This was a real adventure, packed with an enormous amount of American history and a wonderfully sensual romance.   I can’t say much more about it other than it was on those hard-pout-down reads!

Highly recommended.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco

A wedding is supposed to be a time of joy and Julia Bonatti hoped the wedding would be all that and more for her best friend from college, Geneva Leary, despite the Moon-Mars-Pluto connection. Little did any of the wedding participants expect the evening would end in murder. When Geneva begs Julia to help her uncover the truth about the murder, Julia can’t refuse- but will the murderer come after her in the process?

The Zodiac Mystery series offers readers an unusual approach to solving mysteries. The heroine, Julia, is an astrologer and uses astrological charts to help guide her as she tries to solve the mysteries. Connie di Marco does a great job at providing readers unfamiliar with astrology enough details so that we can understand Julia’s reasoning based on the various conjunctions and signs she sees in the astrological charts.

Conni di Marco does a great job at creating a whole plethora of characters without overwhelming the reader. Julia is a fun heroine, despite her penchant for wandering into sticky situations. I love her quick thinking and her willingness to help her friends, even at her own peril. One of the things that makes ALL SIGNS POINT TO MURDER so much more fun than the first book is that the potential villains are much better fleshed out.

ALL SIGNS POINT TO MURDER is the second book in the Zodiac Mystery series but readers can jump right in and enjoy the characters.  In fact, Connie di Marco is really hitting her stride with ALL SIGNS POINT TO MURDER as I enjoyed it even more than the first book, THE MADNESS OF MERCURY. ALL SIGNS POINT TO MURDER is hard to put down as there was nary a dull moment and plenty of red herrings to keep readers guessing who was behind the murder. Easily recommended!