"Fool Me Once", by Jessica Joy, is an involving romantic suspense read. Great story line details, vivid, descriptive writing and a likeable cast of ch...more"Fool Me Once", by Jessica Joy, is an involving romantic suspense read. Great story line details, vivid, descriptive writing and a likeable cast of characters build up to the action-packed conclusion of this romantic adventure! The love story is sweetly passionate, with the hero and heroine discovering much about themselves as they learn about each other. I look forward to more great reads from Jessica Joy!
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Meg Dempsey made the best of a bad situation when her husband, Ian, walked out on their marriage. His work with the elite covert ops team, Prospero, t...moreMeg Dempsey made the best of a bad situation when her husband, Ian, walked out on their marriage. His work with the elite covert ops team, Prospero, took him around the world and away from his wife. Unable to continue waiting and wondering about her absentee husband, Meg ended the relationship without telling Ian that she had borne him a son named Travis. Three years after separating, they are unexpectedly thrust into each other's company when Ian's undercover work brings him back to the area where Megan works as a mountain tour guide. In "Mountain Ranger Recon", Carol Ericson offers an action-packed romantic suspense tale with an intense reunion romance. Both Meg and Ian have many personal issues of their own, as well as the issue of their broken marriage and their son. The suspense and romance aspects of the story are both intriguing, and Meg and Ian have a very rocky road to travel before they have a chance at bringing their family back together and finding happiness. (less)
"The Raines of Wind Canyon" is a romantic suspense trilogy from Kat Martin featuring three semi-reformed bad-boy brothers. The Raines brothers endured...more"The Raines of Wind Canyon" is a romantic suspense trilogy from Kat Martin featuring three semi-reformed bad-boy brothers. The Raines brothers endured a difficult childhood, and each overcame their obstacles in a different manner. While they are very close, they are also very strong individuals. "Against the Fire", the second entry in the series, is all about the middle brother Gabriel and his fight against an unknown enemy bent on setting ablaze all that Gabriel has fought to achieve. A former military man who later made a fortune in the construction business, Gabriel is big, tough, and rough enough to take on all comers. However, he meets his match in a petite, auburn-haired architect named Mattie Baker. Their paths cross when one of the children from the family crisis center where Mattie volunteers is supsected of the arson fire at one of Gabe's construction sites. For reasons of her own, Mattie prefers to stay far away from men, especially one as attractive as Gabe. When he breaks down her defenses, and pulls her into his life, she is conflicted about her feelings for him. Gabe falls hard for Mattie, and wants more from her than a casual relationship. As things heat up between the two of them, the arson fires begin to take a heavy toll on Gabe's business world and his peace of mind. The Raines brothers stick together no matter what, and Gabe gets plenty of help and support from his younger brother Devlin, and his older brother Jackson. The danger of an enemy hell-bent on his destruction makes Gabe determined to keep Mattie safe, but she eventually shows him just how strong she is as a woman. The two of them work together to solve the mystery of the freaky fire-bug, and they realize that they have a love to last a lifetime. When their two hearts and minds join as one, things couldn't get hotter!
I am not a great fan of time-travel tales, but "MARIANA", by Susanna Kearsley, got better and better as the story developed. I am now a great fan of S...moreI am not a great fan of time-travel tales, but "MARIANA", by Susanna Kearsley, got better and better as the story developed. I am now a great fan of Susanna Kearsley! I was involved with the characters and could have continued to read more about how their lives unfolded. The strong first-person narrative propelled the reincarnated romance to a nicely twisted ending. A very good read. (less)
"The Showboat Affair" by Gwyneth Greer was written for people like me: Baby-boomers in their fifties who have survived their first half-century and no...more"The Showboat Affair" by Gwyneth Greer was written for people like me: Baby-boomers in their fifties who have survived their first half-century and now, through the twists and turns of fate, have to start life all over again! However, it so thoughtfully written that it will appeal to both women and men of a certain age, and also to younger readers who enjoy sweet and sensual romance with an added element of suspense. As Jean Kingston's long marriage to an unfaithful husband finally comes to an end, she meets a handsome silver-haired widower, Nick Cameron. Their initial attraction leads to a warm friendship which grows into a passionate love affair. Not everyone is as happy as Jean and Nick about their deepening relationship, and their grown children do their best to come between them. They are also threatened by an unknown stalker who seems hell-bent on causing them harm. The violence is real, but who hates them enough to threaten not only their happiness, but their very lives? The title of the book refers to my favorite movie, "Show Boat" (1951), and I was quite delighted by the references to the film scattered throughout the book. Ladies, let me say this about Nick Cameron: They don't make 'em like that anymore! He is protective, charming, courtly, and loving! I want a "Nick" of my very own! (less)
When Myrna MacKenzie created the character of David Hannon, the hero of "Just Pretending", she threw out all the stops when it came to charm, charisma...moreWhen Myrna MacKenzie created the character of David Hannon, the hero of "Just Pretending", she threw out all the stops when it came to charm, charisma, and caring cuddle-worthiness! However, she didn't stop there--she gave David a woman to love who was his equal in sex appeal, strength of character, and intelligence. Gretchen Neal is drop-dead gorgeous, and she has a wicked, drop-em-dead martial arts kick! David is an FBI agent who returns to his home town to investigate an old murder mystery. Gretchen, a detective with the local police force, is the chief investigating officer on the case. She and David become temporary partners, and at first they struggle to fight their overwhelming attraction to each other. When David pretends to be Gretchen's fiance to help her save face at a friend's wedding, pretending soon becomes real-life passion. When it comes time to part, will these two hearts afire be able to say goodbye? In "Just Pretending", Myrna MacKenzie offers vivid characterizations, and an intense relationship between a well-matched romantic duo!
I have just read a wonderful book which brought home to me how precious freedom really is, and how high the cost is of preserving that freedom. "The S...moreI have just read a wonderful book which brought home to me how precious freedom really is, and how high the cost is of preserving that freedom. "The Soldier's Wife" by Margaret Leroy is a thoughtful, well-told tale based on the true German occupation of the small Channel Island of Guernsey during World War II. After I read the novel, I researched the facts of the occupation, and the real story is just as compelling as the fictional account. Reading them both enhances the collective story content. Vivienne de la Mare is the wife of an English soldier, and she and her two daughters live with her mother-in-law at the family home in Guernsey. Vivienne's husband was absent from her life long before he went off to war. His affair with an actress alienated him from Vivienne's heart. Left to care for her mother-in-law, who is rapidly succumbing to dementia, Vivienne makes life as pleasant as possible for her two young daughters. When the German occupation arrives in an intense and violent manner, many rapid changes occur in the life of the islanders. German soldiers take over the empty house next to Vivienne's, and she becomes involved with one the officers. Theirs is a poignant, passionate, and ultimately improbable affair. During the time of the occupation, Vivienne is faced with many difficult decisions, some of which may have dangerous consequences for those she loves. "The Soldier's Wife" is written in a beautifully descriptive style, and it offers glimpses into both sides of the horror of the Second World War. The shades of survivorship are well represented.
My mother and grandparents often talked about food shortages and rationing during the Great Depression and also later during World War II. My grandparents were very resourceful, skilled in gardening and preserving food, and they were practical in making the most of what was available. As a matter of survival, the characters in "The Soldier's Wife" had to learn to do the same thing. Used to the bountiful produce from the land and the sea, and the superior dairy products from the famous Guernsey cows, the islanders suddenly were faced with scrambling to find substitutions for everyday foods. They learned to use vegetables in many different ways including making flour from dried ground beans and coffee from roasted and ground parsnips. I am not sure that I would be that resourceful, but we never know what we are capable of until we are faced with great challenges. One of my favorite scenes in "The Soldier's Wife" involves the rapture of Vivienne's struggling family's enjoyment of an unexpected gift of overripe peaches. The fruit was sweet and succulent, and it seemed like a taste of Heaven. The juice from the peaches ran freely down their chins as they gratefully devoured their fruity treasure.
I appreciate fine craftsmanship, and never more so than in the creation and presentation of the books that I read. The name Laura Frantz on the cover...moreI appreciate fine craftsmanship, and never more so than in the creation and presentation of the books that I read. The name Laura Frantz on the cover of a book guarantees exquisite wordsmithing, rich historical detail, and the subtly shaded story art of a gifted author. In "The Colonel's Lady", Ms. Frantz again opens wide the American Colonial Frontier, reminding us of the exciting and turbulent world of 1700's America. Colonel Cassius McLinn is the commander of a sparingly outfitted, rugged Kentucky military post. In the aftermath of a traumatic battlefield incident, McLinn thinks that he has mortally wounded his own scrivener, the man who served as his secretary and transcriber. The dying man exacts a promise from McLinn, asking him to look after his daughter, Roxanna. Overwhelmed with guilt and grief, Cassius readily agrees. Upon his return to the fort, he is taken aback to discover that Roxanna has come to the fort to reunite with her father. Not only must Colonel McLinn inform Roxanna of her father's death, he must also decide how best to handle her care and provide for her future. How long can he keep his terrible secret? Roxanna proves to be a delightful surprise, capable and uncomplaining, and soon Cassius has Roxanna taking her father's place as his scrivener. Two cautious hearts must find their way through the unsettled wildness of an awakening land, ever aware of danger from enemies both obvious and hidden. The sweet, stirring love between the colonel and his lady is complex, but also tender and luminous. The strong suspense and mystery elements of the story line only serve to enhance the touching romance between this leader of men and the woman to whom he surrenders his heart. Not to be missed!
Confederate uniform outfits for Civil War reenactors. Adelaide is ninety years old, and she can't imagine any other life for herself other than the on...moreConfederate uniform outfits for Civil War reenactors. Adelaide is ninety years old, and she can't imagine any other life for herself other than the one she has known at Holly Oak. Some say the family mansion is cursed, demanding a high blood toll from its inhabitants. Others say Adelaide's great-grandmother, Susannah, was a traitor to the South who acted as a spy for the Union Army. About two-thirds of the way into this book, Susannah's letters are revealed, and that is the point where the story really engages the reader. Susannah's emotional missives immediately capture the imagination as they begin in innocence and end in a sadder, but wiser, search for spiritual redemption. If you love historical fiction, particularly the Civil War Era, then you will be riveted by the detailed, enthralling, and at times horrific descriptions of wartime events as told through Susannah's letters.