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.
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
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.
Inked 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.
Series: Studies in Scandal #4 June 26, 2018
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!
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!
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.
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
ISBN13: 9781250116161. Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #3
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!