Review: Strength Enduring

Strength Enduring

 

Review: Strength Enduring

Carrie Ann Ryan

I thoroughly enjoyed this return to author Carrie Ann Ryan’s Talon Pack. The characters, the action, the secret that almost destroys a family, and add to that a mated pair that one mate wants to deny – for her safety, of course, it all rolls into an amazing read.

Kam Brentwood is an enforcer, he knows how to defeat the enemy, he’s tough, he’s fierce, but when it comes to one little human woman, he turns into an idiot with his foot in his mouth constantly. Dhanielle Coburn is the human who is hired to teach the children of the pack, after being fired from her human school because of her friendship with the pack members, she begins to feel closer to the pack members. Too bad Kam is such an idiot.

They are just starting to get some communication going when they are forced into a “mating” to prove that she hadn’t been kidnapped and held by the pack members. The action is due in part to a secret that happened at her birth, one she doesn’t know anything about and the shenanigans of the packs enemy, Blade, who is still determined to rule all packs. Fate has a way of doing what she wants and watching the couple struggle with the truth that they are meant to be together. It is a really good look at communication, right and wrong ways to work things out and gaining trust through secrets and setbacks on an emotional level.

I enjoy this series and can’t wait to see is next in this author’s wicked mind.

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Review: Inked Nights

InInked Nightsked Nights: 1001 Dark Nights series – Carrie Ann Ryan

reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

Derek Hawkins and Olivia Madison have spent four years meeting once a month, known only to each other by their first initial. No other information is allowed. Everything seems just fine until D doesn’t want to be D anymore, he wants to be Derek and he wants to share his growing feelings for O. Olivia’s past just won’t let her go, won’t let her fall for Derek, won’t let her tell him the truth.

Wow! If you have read any of author Carrie Ann Ryan’s Montgomery books then you have met Derek who works as a tattoo artist for Austin Montgomery. I was hoping for his book and this one is perfect for him. Olivia is a woman who had a traumatic event in her life and seemed to be only living a half life, holding herself back. So the once a month anonymous affair was perfect. Derek felt otherwise and for awhile I worried that his heart would get broken, but I should have known Ms. Ryan would make it all work out.

Interesting set up, wonderful dialogue, steamy that will have you fanning yourself, yet there is a sweetness that will have you sighing. Another great offering from this author.

Review: One for the Rogue by Manda Collins

One for athe Rogue

Series: Studies in Scandal #4        June 26, 2018

Rating 4*

Geologist Gemma Hastings has no interest in pursuing Lord Cameron Lisle, an esteemed fossil hunter who has a way of raising her hackles.   Handsome as can be, even related by marriage and Gemma couldn’t name the reason he somehow made her tingle. When a shocking attack puts Gemma in very real danger, she may have to accept Lisle’s offer of protection, even if that means entering into a dangerous flirtation. 

Cam was amused by Gemma’s dedication to her work although realizes how much he’s underestimated her—a woman whose beauty is matched only by her intelligence!  Cam is now desperate to prove his respect and his regard for Gemma, but a bitter rival, desperate to steal Gemma’s scientific findings, is still at-large. Can Cam help uncover the culprit and keep her safe—forever, in his loving arms?

***  This has been a delightful series and with ONE FOR THE ROGUE it completes the four heiresses series who all seemed to have gotten into a bit of scandal in each book.   This one featured the last heiress, Gemma who excelled in geology and locating new fossils was left a letter from their benefactor only it was never finished giving her the clues to find a most remarkable and rare fossil.

Gemma was extremely independent and stubborn and the romance between her and Cam was extremely lively as well as sensual.   Bottom line – I loved and thoroughly enjoyed the book from cover to cover!

Marilyn Rondeau

Whiskey Reveals

 

By Carrie Ann Ryan        Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

WHISKEY REVEALS will not let you put it down!!

I love this quaint homey little town and the family is amazing. The romance between Fox and Melody might have started out as a once and done but that isn’t what fate wants to offer them. She came to town to settle down, become a dance teacher and try to live with the past that haunts her. A past that cost her a dance career as a ballerina. But it was the friends she went to Juilliard School of Performing Arts with that in one drunken night lost that haunts her the most. Then a stalker, who knows her past won’t let her move on, but seems determined to make her pay, comes out of the woodwork and Melody has only one person to turn to. Fox – the one man who will do whatever he must to protect her.

I enjoyed following along as this couple, who managed to do things a little backwards, begin to learn about each other and fall in love. The sexual tension between these two is, of course, off the charts as author Carrie Ann Ryan loves to give her readers. But I found the sweetness of them getting to know each other and learn to trust what really drew me into the storyline.

If you want sweet and steamy romance, with hints of danger, family and friends in the feel of a small town then get your hands on WHISKEY REVEAL right away!

Review: Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Together Forever

Paperback, 384 pages                                                   Rating 5*

Published:  May 1st 2018                                              Bethany House Publishers

ISBN13: 9780764218057                                              Series:    Orphan Train #2

As noble as Marianne Neumann knew becoming a placing Agent with the Children’s Aid Society, she had another goal in mind when she applied.  Marianne had to find her lost sister.    Along with Marianne was another Agent who accompanied her with all of the orphans – Andrew Brady who she discovered had once been a former schoolteacher.  Marianne couldn’t help but notice how wonderful Andrew was with the children and as the journey continued, she couldn’t help but admire his dedication and love for their charges.   They couldn’t help growing closer during the journey but, unfortunately, a tragedy changes all the plans they were developing for a happily ever after.  

***  First of all, I found this this novel fascinating.  I had never heard of the Orphan Trains but I must admit I think I would have signed up to be a volunteer to help find these children a better life than living in the cramped and unsanitary conditions most were pulled out of in search of a better life.   Yes, some probably weren’t better off but the fact that some folks were dedicated to help them makes my heart glad.  

It was also wonderful to have this focused on the people were such good Christians that they saw and felt the hand of God helping them to get the best placements in the best situations they could and that they went back to check on the children to make sure the children were happy.

I loved the characterizations of all involved from the two protagonists to the orphan children who were written with such care, love and emotion.  When the author is as good as this you can totally visualize the children and all the characters as real people as well as hear their voices.  

The journey was not an easy task keeping the children from boredom and keeping them amused, but the author showed how competent both Marianne and Andrew were at making the best of a tough situation.   Eventually it was a no brainer to see these two wonderful kind and beautiful people come to admire then love one anther.  

Bottom line:   A most endearing story I didn’t want to see end.  

Marilyn Rondeau

Review for : FALLEN INK by Carrie Ann Ryan

Fallen Ink

Review by Annetta Sweetko

In FALLEN INK Adrienne Montgomery, with her brother Shep, is opening a tattoo shop MIT (Montgomery Ink Too), which can be stressful enough but a number of other things come into play adding more. Someone doesn’t want “their kind” in the neighborhood, forcing them to deal with threats and vandalism. Mace Knight, her best friend and fellow tattoo artist, suddenly becomes a full time father to his adorable 4 year old daughter, Daisy, when his ex-decides she wants to go overseas to work.

On top of all that – these two best friends, Adrienne and Mace, find that the other has much deeper feelings than they had ever expressed. It is simple, neither of them wanted to lose their best friend and sex once the thrill wears off could lead to just that. But, what if the thrill just kept getting better!

FALLEN INK is steamy, sweet, complicated story of friends to lovers who in the end are still friends and lovers. It is well written, though there might be just a bit too much angst over losing the friendship if things go wrong. I thought Adrienne and Mace are perfect for each other and the Montgomery family are as always amazing people who band together.

I think it is family, being together, helping each other and being there for each other, that is always the main stay in all the Montgomery books. No matter what happens you can bet a Montgomery will be there and I love seeing families like them in books. I can’t wait to see where the next in the series takes us

REVIEW: The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Luck of the Bride

ISBN13: 9781250116161.                    Series:   The Cavensham Heiresses #3

Rating 5*

March Lawson, after the death of her mother, has had little to no luck especially after making a promise to keep her siblings together and care for them no matter what.  And March has done that, but lately it seems the estate funds she was supposed to be getting were not forthcoming.  As a result, she had – out of necessity – turned to forging the signature of the Marquess of McCalpin who was supposed to have taken over the guardianship of the Lawson family.   The thing of it was – there was money.  Three generous dowries had been set up for the girls including March; so in her mind – March was only ‘borrowing from her own money’.

Alas, one of the Marquess’ accountants noticed right away that the sums requested had been increasing and this latest one was a dead giveaway that something wasn’t right.  March was summoned to com and explain to Michael Cavensham, the Marquess himself why his signature was so perfectly drawn and why sums of money were being deposited in her account.

*** What a delightful story as well as realistic.  You have to love March for taking the bull by the horns and working out ways to keep the Lawson siblings from near starvation.  [Not counting the great hunter Max who helped fill the larder – but you’ll have to discover that one by reading the book yourself!].  No spoilers  here.  

I loved the fact that Michael had a secret that would have truly destroyed his self image should it become common knowledge.   But the one person he did trust was March and the more he came to know and admire her he began to see just how valuable a helpmate she would be as a wife.  

The romance built itself slowly and March’s cousin Rupert was a real toad who was foiled in the end as he tried his best to torpedo March’s chance at happiness.

Bottom line:  Loved this book and all the characters, except of course, creepy cousin Rupert!

Marilyn Rondeau

REVIEW: Come Home to Me by Liz Talley

ComeHome-Liz Talley

Paperback, 332 pages                                  Publication: April 17th 2018 by Montlake ISBN:  9781503900998

Summer Valentine has returned to Moonlight, South Carolina for the sake of her son David.  She had left Moonlight a different person than how she has returned.  No longer shy easy going naive young girl but a strong woman who has survived the nasty rumors of being an unwed mother. No longer the pushover who could be taken into anything, she was an intelligent and savvy woman who would do right by her son who wanted a relationship with his dad.

In spite of her anger over the past and Hunter’s continued defense of his actions towards Summer, she is willing to put that aside to see if Hunt really wants to establish a relationship with his son.  Hunt was at one time a big time baseball player but his illustrious career has faded, and yet his wealth and privilege still keeps him protected from the mistakes of his past.  

Another person from Summer’s past has also returned to Moonlight  –Rhett Bryan, the Golden Boy from Hollywood, who has come home to find some healing after a tragic accident that took the life of a child.  Finding Summer home and rekindling their friendship Summer is not sure she could handle having her heart broke again when she knows he will be returning to California.  

There is a lot of painful history between all three of these high school friends and while it is nice to see Rhett kind of re-connecting with Summer, there is a whole lot of hurt and unresolved feelings that all has to come out before there can be any type of happy ending.

Bottom line:  A great story with high emotional content and wonderful characterizations.

Marilyn Rondeau

REVIEW: A Lady’s Honor by A.S. Fenichel

Lady'sHonor

Published:   April 3, 2018                     by:   Lyrical Press

ISBN:   B073PB8P6N                     Series:  Everton Domestic Society #1

Rating:     5*

REVIEW:  Phoebe Hallsmith doesn’t regret the years of caring for her ailing grandmother.  No, discovering that the man she was once betrothed to turned out to be a rat-bastard doesn’t really bother her as well; so all in all Phoebe is more or less resigned to ‘spinsterhood’.   She has disappointed her parents and her brother has disowned her since she is now working as an employee of the Everton Domestic Society of London.  Phoebe generally doesn’t accept positions where she is acquainted with the client, but upon a special request she agrees to try and sort out the chaos of her best friend’s grieving husband’s life – Markus Flammel.

After Markus’ wife Emma passed giving birth to a beautiful baby girl he’d been drowning his grief inn a bottle.  Not even his toddler daughter can bring him  any form of happiness.  Phoebe who had been best friends and missed Emma was not about to let Markus get away with drowning his sorrows and neglecting his daughter – not if she had anything to do with it!

***  Again, I have been enthralled and moved by a book! I will also confess that I was originally drawn to this book by the luscious cover art and was thrilled to find that the beauty of the cover translated into a beautiful story as well!  Lucky me!!

Phoebe had known how much her friend Emma loved her husband, although she herself didn’t have that much interaction with him. However, knowing Emma, she knew that only a good, honest, and honorable man could have had her friend so mush in love.   For the sake of Emma’s beautiful daughter Phoebe would fight tooth and nail to bring Markus back to the living.  Once Phoebe convinced Markus to stop drinking and look at his daughter, she began the long process of bringing his estate back to rights and letting him discover the joy of loving the precious gift of his daughter that Emma left behind.

With a few twists and turns from an old beau and a new conquest, Phoebe now had to examine  her heart and decide if falling in love with her best friends widowed husband was the right thing to do.  Also, was Markus ready to move on as well?

Bottom line:  A wonderful story – high five star rating!

Marilyn Rondeau