Review: To Wed an Heiress by Karen Ranney

EBOOK:   400 pages                         Publication: March 26th 2019 by Avon

ISBN 13:  9780062841070                                          Series   All for Love #2

Rating:   5*

In an attempt to escape what was seeming like a forced marriage, Mercy Rutherford  traveled to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. Unfortunately, on the last leg of her trip to see her grandmother a monster flew out of the sky and landed on her carriage.  Well, not really a monster but some kind of flying machine and a very abrupt and man who was more worried about his machine than the condition of she and her maid.  However, after introductions were made Ross Caithart brought her to his castle and set her maids broken arm and stitched Mercy’s gash in her head.

To all intents and purposes Ross Caithart most certainly was mad. Handsome beyond words, he’s also causing an irresistible flutter in Mercy’s stomach beyond reason. But as soon as Mercy mentioned her grandmother – Ross made the connection and made haste to get her out of his castle and up to Mercy’s kin.  However, if Mercy was expecting loving arms happy to see her, she was sadly mistaken and her arrival was met with contempt and derision.  All because of arriving in the Caithart carriage?   

When Mercy’s fiancé Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune—and her hand in marriage.  The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being an eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition—no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no?

Bottom line I truly enjoyed this novel as much as the rest of the titles this author has put out over the years.  This has just the right amount of action, adventure, sensualness, and rivalry making for a fascinating read. 

Marilyn Rondeau

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Review: Jagged Ink by author Carrie Ann Ryan

Jagged Ink

 

By Carrie Ann Ryan

In Jagged Ink, author Carrie Ann Ryan, reminds her readers that sometimes happily ever after is hard work. The fairy tale offered by many authors is a fantastic escape, but Ms. Ryan hits us with real life.

This is a bit of a reverse read. The fairy tale starts with the couple, Roxie and Carter, as a married couple who expected to exchange their vows and move on in a haze of perfection. Life got in the way and this book hit every emotional soft spot possible.

Jagged Ink also gives a lot of really good advice on marriage. It really takes communication and love. I have to admit that there were a few times I wanted to yell at them to sit down and talk! So much should have been said but in Roxie’s case, I can understand her internalizing her thoughts and fears. Sorry, but you will have to read to find out why she feels what she does.

Ms. Ryan has an amazing talent for knowing what people think and feel and putting on paper all the fears, anger and misunderstandings and bring about a true HEA.

 

Review: Ashes to Ink

ashes to ink

By Carrie Ann Ryan

ASHES TO INK had me in tears a number of times. Abby had lost the “love of her life” but had her daughter to care for. Now living in Colorado Springs next to the Montgomery family she is starting over.

Ryan is the new tattoo artist but he has secrets he is trying to keep to himself. He has a twin, who is a mess and causes him troubles every once in awhile. But he isn’t ready to talk about him or the problems he has caused. Until Abby … until the brother threatens the one woman Ryan is starting to feel close to.

Friends to lovers is always a great read and ASHES TO INK is filled with this emotional driven scenario. Abby has her child and thought she lost her heart until Ryan and when she thinks she can move on, still with a piece of her heart belonging to the father of her child, the brother makes Ryan feel he doesn’t deserve her. This is where I had a problem with this book. Ryan had tried to help the brother but to no avail. To my mind, if you have done all you can to help someone, for your own sanity, ties must be cut. Tough love is tough.

I have to say this one really tugged at my heartstrings, with loss of love, fear of the future, worry about the past – all things that friends and lovers are suppose to help you with and the Montgomery clan is amazingly helpful in all the books that Ms. Ryan gives us.

Just a note of warning . . . keep the tissues handy, but know this is another keeper.

Review: Dare Me Again by Shelly Alexander

NET GALLEY – Jan 15, 2019             Kindle Edition, 285 pages

Publisher:   by Montlake Romance          ASIN: B07FD9PWDD        

Series:   Angel Fire Falls #2 Rating:  4*

Brilliant and restless, financial wizard Elliott Remington doesn’t turn down a dare – anything to help out his family.  This time it’s to coordinate a service-dog boot camp for veterans at his family’s resort. Success with this event will cement the resorts future meaning a one-way ticket to the West Coast to continue his dream career. But it comes with a hitch: teaming up with his ex, who vanished on him ten years ago with nothing more than a kiss-off note.

*** Loving Elliott with all she had, Rebel Tate did what she had to do—for both their sakes when she left.  As a dog whisperer with a keen sense of survival, she’s struggled and lived a tough life. This is Rebel’s last ditch effort to establish herself and fulfill her dream right back in Angel Fire Falls, doing what she loves, next to a man she’s never forgotten. The passion between them still smolders, with ignition just around the corner but neither is ready to get burned.

Both were stubborn and both had secrets too terrible that kept them from forgiving themselves for reasons only they understood.  Neither had ever told the other what they were, and both had reasons to not reveal them.   However, TRUST and taking a chance would be the one thing that could free them to love completely again.  While training dogs – a big part of training required trust and acceptance. With a bit of luck, maybe they could take their cues from the rules governing the of training dogs to learn to trust themselves!

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Whiskey Undone

Whiskey Undone (Whiskey and Lies Book 3) by [Ryan, Carrie Ann]

By Carrie Ann Ryan

A fantastic page turner that you do not want to miss.

Loch Collin just wants to raise his precious daughter, be near his family and his best friend Ainsley Harris and keep his past at bay. Unfortunately pasts always find a way of coming back to haunt people and his put not just himself and his baby girl in danger but his biggest weakness also gets caught up in it all.

Ainsley has been by Loch’s side helping him and being a friend but she has secretly been in love with him, but knowing her friend so well any change in their status will have to come from him. Finally he comes to his senses and realizes that being in love with his best friend can be a good thing. Or can it?

So many secrets, so much danger and so much love will have you reading and turning pages as quickly as possible then you’ll want to do it all over again. The characters are believable, especially with the bickering brothers, glares from mom and the adorable little daughter, Misty. And good Lord can author Carrie Ann Ryan make her bad guys really horribly bad.

This is the third and final offering in in Ms. Ryan’s “Whiskey and Lies” series. It is a standalone so you need not read the other two but … why wouldn’t you! All three are amazing reads.

 

 

Review: Cut and Run by Mary Burton

Cut and Run

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 321 pages    Published October 9th 2018 

Montlake Romance                Rating:  5*

Never fear if you are looking for a great “who done it” with unspeakable and brutal crimes by psychopaths – Mary Burton is sure to fulfill all those needs.  Not only that but you’ll have terrific characters who are fleshed out admirably and in some instances with their motivation built right into the dynamics of the story.  However, you probably will not figure out the bad guy until very close to the end.  

What sets this one apart is the mystery of the twin sisters who were separated at birth.  As a medical examiner Faith is  reunited only to realize that her identical twin sister might never live to know who she is.  Faith McIntyre knew she had been adopted but her sister, FBI Agent Macy Crow, the victim of a hit and run, might not live to be introduced.  Macy had stumbled into a discovery that put her into the cross hairs of someone who wasn’t ready for the world to know of their crimes.

Fabulous twist ending! 

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

Cooper's Charm

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

Phoenix and Coop are an amazing couple, both getting over painful memories – his to his heart and her is more physical – to learn to trust and love. His young wife was killed in a hold up and Phoenix was attacked by two men in her shop. So both have escaped from the world as best they could but now it’s time to come back and they find they can do that together.

Author Lori Foster has the ability to make all her people come life in her books and even the bad guys are realistic. The characters living and working on the campgrounds are varied personalities, lovable with interesting quirks and fun to watch as they deal with day-to-day living.

I have noticed in a number of books that there is a main romance and a secondary one and that is the case with Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix’s sister Ridley arrives and having suffered a confidence busting divorce. Her romance with the scuba instructor Baxter is a interesting one that will have you cheering at the end when they kind of get back at the ex in a way.

If you love light hearted camaraderie, sweet yet steamy romance, a protective man and a woman learning to be strong again, and people you just want to be around then get your hands on Cooper’s Charm.

Review: Disorderly Conduct by Mary Feliz

A wildfire is threatening Professional Organizer Maggie McDonald’s home and the family is preparing for the possible upcoming evacuation. Plan A is to evacuate to the home of her friend, Tess Olmos. Unfortunately, that plan takes an unexpected turn when Tess’ husband is found dead. Worse yet, Tess is the primary suspect in his murder. Can Maggie and her family stay safe from the wildfire while uncovering who killed Patrick?

DISORDERLY CONDUCT is the fourth book in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series. It can be read on its own merits, but I suspect readers will enjoy Maggie and her family so much that they’ll want to read all three of the earlier books in the series!

Mary Feliz tackles some disturbing but all too realistic issues in DISORDERLY CONDUCT. I can’t say more as I don’t want to reveal spoilers, but I like that she doesn’t gloss over some of the darker aspects of life. The motivation for the murder is a bit convoluted but Mary Feliz does a good job at breaking it down for the reader.

I didn’t think I would like a professional organizer as the heroine as much as I do! Maggie’s tips at the beginning of each chapter are very helpful, not just for fires but for hurricanes or other natural disasters. I like that DISORDERLY CONDUCT shows us that even the most well-organized plans can go astray and that taking time to mentally refocus is just as important as having an excellent checklist to follow. The Maggie McDonald Mystery series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Easily recommended!

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.