Review: It’s All About the Duke by Amelia Grey

All about the Duke

Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal – the blasted Secret Admirers Scandal.  But, more or less cajoled into taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…

Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content.  Having followed her step brothers around for years, she became quite independent and could fend for herself.  

Now all of a sudden she is being thrown under the guardianship of a notoriously wicked duke.   The very same duke  whom Marlena had made it her life’s mission to make pay for the damage he and his cohorts had inflicted on innocent young ladies!  How could she manage to keep this devastating secret when she realizes he arouses feminine desires she never felt before in her life. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

*** Wonderful dialogs, fast pace and wonderfully sensual moods and emotions all made IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DUKE a really splendid and extremely amusing read! Loved every bit of this book!

Marilyn Rondeau

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Review: Her Last Word by Mary Burton

HerLastWord

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 360 pages         Published May 8th 2018 by Montlake Romance

ASIN: B075LK442Z                                    Rating: 4 1/2*

Talk about amazing suspense stories by author and you simply must come up with Mary Burton!  I have read numerous books by Ms. Burton and she plays all her cards close to her chest in trying to figure out who the villain truly is!   Once again, the twist of “who” the murderer was and the “why” of it was a closely guarded secret right up to the very end.

Fourteen years earlier, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to her cousin Gina’s abduction.  She couldn’t get the memories out of her head and the guilt she felt over leaving her screaming  so Kaitlin did what she’d always done – run away.  Kaitlin was a troubled teen and used drugs and alcohol to drown out the memories which really never left her.  Now she is ready to do something – anything  – to solve the mystery of who killed her cousin.

However the ‘bad reputation” she had as a teen doesn’t make people very agreeable to talk to her.  When the people she has started to talk to somehow end up murdered, it becomes even harder to to get people to open up and it seems her questions seem to have drawn the murderer out of retirement and put a target on Kaitlin’s back.  

Even as Detective John Adler is drawn into the cold case, he realizes that finding the murderer is a priority, but keeping Kaitlin save seems even more of a priority.

Fast action – lots of red herrings and a great twist ending.  Just the way I like them! 

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Tormented by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Tormented

Published May 2nd 2018                                   Tirgearr Publishing

ASIn:  B07BWMKLCH

RATING:  5*

When I first started to read TORMENTED, I initially felt that this was going to be something along the lines of The Thornbirds.   Boy was I totally blindsided!   First of all this was nothing of what I expected.    

It was love at first sight from the moment Father Anthony spied the very glamorous beauty, Rita Wittier.  From that moment on Anthony’s devotion to God and His Church took a back seat to the thoughts he had of Rita.   He was a man obsessed and for the priest who had attained national recognition in a 60 Minute Interview of all the things he had done in establishing a home and school for disadvantaged and orphaned children he needed to talk to his childhood priest to confess his feelings and try to come to terms with his desire to quit the priesthood.  

After traveling home to Delaware Anthony felt if  redemption could be found, it would come in the form of the soothing Irish brogue of his former mentor.  However, Anthony was just as confused after and decided to approach Rita and tell her of his feelings.  Unfortunately, six hours after he told Rita she was found dead in her car, an apparent suicide…. or was it murder?

Wow and wow, as a Catholic I was really thrown by this storyline.   I could imagine the torment Anthony was going through especially as everyone was in awe of him as the “Good Shephard” since the 60 Minute Interview.    How on earth could he accept Rita’s alleged suicide?  Was she so shocked at his declaration that she took her own life?

As the story evolves there are numerous suspects as to why Rita might have committed suicide and they all sense.  However, her nine year old daughter knew without a doubt that her mommy would never leave her alone and she and the detective investigating the case began to believe her as well.

Bottom line:  HUGE twist ending I never saw coming!  Ms. Clayton-Gardner is a marvel!!! 

Marilyn Rondeau