Josie fell in love with Shane the minute she met him, a whirlwind three weeks later they were married and then one day Shane just disappeared leaving...moreJosie fell in love with Shane the minute she met him, a whirlwind three weeks later they were married and then one day Shane just disappeared leaving Josie with questions and no way to get a divorce. In Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti, Josie is contacted by a hospital stating that her husband Shane is there suffering from amnesia. Josie finds herself conflicted, take in the man who abandoned her two years ago because he might recover his memory and finally give her some of the answers she has been looking for or leave him to suffer alone like he left her all alone.
Shane Dean wakes up in a hospital with no memory of who he is or how he got there but the one thing he does remember, his love for Josie but he is shocked to find out that he has abandoned her. He realizes the one thing he must get right in his life is his relationship with Josie so it is up to him to win her back even with danger surrounding the both of them and it might take all of his inexplicable skills to keep both of them alive.
Forgotten Sins is an interesting beginning to a new series by Rebecca Zanetti. The novel was intriguing and totally went in a direction I wasn’t expecting at the beginning of the novel (I won’t get into detail because of spoilers but not what I was expecting at all), the relationship between Shane and his brothers was fabulous (I am always a sucker for a good family relationship story) but, I felt like there was a little too much whining on the part of Josie about her life and Shane abandoning her. Not that it wasn’t a pivotal part of the novel because it was, it just felt like it went on a little long. I am giving it a three star because of it but I am going to keep reading the Sin Brothers series even with the three star rating. Be aware that Forgotten Sins was originally released as an ebook and is now being released in print.(less)
Tiffany Aching, a nine-year old witch in the book “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett, starts to see creatures from fairy tales that she shouldn’t...more Tiffany Aching, a nine-year old witch in the book “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett, starts to see creatures from fairy tales that she shouldn’t be able to see. When her brother is taken, she decides that is the last straw and she starts demanding answers. She grabs her grandma’s book on common sheep ailments, a frying pan (because it is made of iron and monsters don’t like iron), and enlists the help of some very unusual clans people. The Nac Mac Feegles are six inches tall, have shocking orange hair, are covered in blue tattoos, and wear only kilts. Oh, and they are famous for stealin’ (anything that isn’t nailed down is fair game), drinkin’ and fightin’. It is what they do best, afterall. After following them back to their home, the elderly Kelda tells her what she wants to know in exchange for becoming the new Kelda of the clan. She then has the unpleasantness of trying to decide which of the Feegle’s hand in marriage she wants because as the new Kelda, she must marry one of the warriors. Tiffany does her best with this rowdy bunch as she enters the dreamland where the Queen lives that took her younger brother. She fights her way through the monsters of nightmares to find the Queen and her younger brother and along the way picks up the Baron’s son (who was missing for a year) and they barely escape with their lives.
The Wee Free Men, although not really a romance, was hilarious! No one can understand how funny the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett are until they start reading. This is a good one to start with to get the feel for his writing. His writing style is a bit unique and generally contains quite a bit of satire. The Wee Free Men is a bit different because the wee free men use a very heavy Scottish dialect that does take a little bit to understand in some places, using words like ‘ken’ and ‘dinna’. Once you get the hang of how they talk, it goes smoother and you can pick up the pace again. The Wee Free Men has a lot of flashbacks to stories about the protagonist’s granny. It is easy to recognize those because it changes to italicized font. This is nice because it is a lot easier to keep straight what has happened so far. This book followed the typical story line for a “quest”. The protagonist is living a normal life, strange things start happening, her brother gets kidnapped and she must go rescue him. It is a typical “hero’s journey”. The plot is paced well in the first of the novel; it does slow down a bit in the middle, and then picks back up in the last few chapters. I really love The Wee Free Men and have read it several times over the year! The idea of traveling through dreamland (where your nightmares come true), is very intriguing to me. Overall, The Wee Free Men is exciting and hilarious, a perfect combination!(less)
Sebastian Brown served his country in India before returning home to England to serve as an Inspector investigating strange, paranormal cases for the...moreSebastian Brown served his country in India before returning home to England to serve as an Inspector investigating strange, paranormal cases for the Order of the Round Table. If his home life seems a little lonely with just himself living in his large house, well, he can always work more hours. Then Minerva collapses on his doorstep and nothing will ever be the same again.
In The Gaslight Chronicles by Cindy Spencer Pape, Minerva Shaw is braving the elements in a smokey, coal cloud filled night in desperate search of a doctor willing to visit her sick daughter but she is struggling to find one willing to visit her poor apartment. Desperate she is trying to find the one doctor she heard will visit the poor when she mistakenly finds herself on the doorstep of Sebastian. Can this kind lonely be really what he seems or is she just going to get hurt again.
The Gaslight Chronicles by Cindy Spencer Pape is a great bridge series, with paranormal and historical elements it is a great beginning series for those who are interested in dipping their toes into the steampunk genre. Ashes & Alchemy is the sixth book in the Gaslight Chronicles and is a stand alone novella. However, I do recommend at least reading Moonlight & Mechanicals (you can read my review here) so you have a better idea of who Wink is and her history. Sebastian is a great character who undergoes some big changes with the advent of Minerva into his life but it is Minerva character that makes Ashes & Alchemy such a fun read. My only real problem is that Ashes and Alchemy is too short. (less)
Molly Canaday has never been the delicate Southern flower that her parents want her to be. In Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay, Molly love...moreMolly Canaday has never been the delicate Southern flower that her parents want her to be. In Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay, Molly loves her job rebuilding the bodies of cars and has big plans for her future, plans that don’t include marriage or a man. But when Molly’s mother leaves town and puts Molly in charge of the Knit & Stitch yarn shop, Molly finds herself re-evaluating her choices but is she willing to risk what she knows for the unknown?!
Simon Wolfe has returned to Last Chance for the first time since he left at 18 for the funeral of his father. Planning on immediately returning to his life in California, Simon is upset when he discovers that he has to stay to deal with his father’s estate, shocked to find his mother in the condition she is. Waiting for time to pass, Simon is surprised when he meets up with Molly again, when he left town she was a child but she has grown into a passionate attractive woman. Will the ghosts of Simon’s past continue to affect his present or will he be able to finally move past them?
I am a big fan of Ramsay’s Last Chance series, the small town is charming and Ramsay’s characters are nosy, quirky and entirely lovable. Last Chance Knit & Stitch is not my favorite of the series (with so many to choose from it is hard to have a favorite) but it is a good addition to the series. Molly is a strong woman who has spent so much time fighting against what her parents think she should and planning for her future dreams that she hasn’t stopped to really think about what her choices mean long-term. Simon is an older brooding hero who is struggling to move past the events of his childhood (which would be difficult, I am not going to say anything because I don’t want to give it away). Last Chance Knit & Stitch is the ninth book in the Last Chance series and it is a stand alone novel, although I recommend reading the entire series. I always love the chance to revisit Last Chance (that sounded smoother in my head) and Last Chance Knit & Stitch is a great way to do that.(less)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson starts out on the first day of Melinda’s freshman year. She is a social outcast, shy, and isn’t very pretty. Because Me...moreSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson starts out on the first day of Melinda’s freshman year. She is a social outcast, shy, and isn’t very pretty. Because Mel calls the cops while she is at a party before school starts, everyone in the school is way mad including her “best friends”. Mel also has a difficult home life because her parents fight frequently and have stopped talking almost at all. When the new girl, Heather, befriends her, Mel finally thinks she is needed by someone. She kind of starts making friends with her biology lab partner, David Petrakis, and things are looking up until she sees the man that ruined her life is starting to date her ex-bestfriend Rachel.
Speak keeps you interested enough to keep reading, even if you’ve read it before. Melinda is a fascinating character and her internal struggle is very potent for readers. Speak should be required for all teenagers to read because while it deals with a very specific problem, it also doesn’t go into such details so as to make it too graphic. Not only does Melinda have to struggle overcoming this huge event in her life, but she also has to deal with an unhappy family life. She also struggles fitting in at school, which is another problem teenagers face today. Anderson does a fabulous job really getting into the teenage mind and uses it to help other teenagers who read her books. While I did enjoy this book, the characters are a little flat and could have been developed a little more. I also felt like people would have noticed the change in Melinda’s personality (like her parents or classmates). The ending still left some questions unanswered (why didn’t she get him arrested?!) and seemed a little abrupt. Overall it is a good book and I think teenagers (and adults with teenagers) should read this book. It could open the gates to talking about some of the more delicate topics.(less)
Sophie Enright is burned out from her law career and her two-timing boyfriend so she has decided to change everything and move to St. Dennis. At River...moreSophie Enright is burned out from her law career and her two-timing boyfriend so she has decided to change everything and move to St. Dennis. At River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart, Sophie has decided to stop living the dream other people have for her and sets about trying to open a cafe. As if opening a restaurant wasn’t crazy enough, Sophie is filling in at her brother’s law practice while he is on his honeymoon and then she meets the sexy Jason Bowers.
Jason Bowers has moved to St. Dennis to be closer to his deceased brother’s son, moving his landscaping business with him. Now that Jason has purchased property to run his business from, he is now eyeing the property next door as a place to expand his business but he has discovered that someone else has put in an offer on that property. But can Jason give up his dream for another?
At River’s Edge is a great addition to The Chesapeake Diaries series. Stewart has created a warm, charming small town in St. Dennis where everyone is working hard to revitalize the town (and stay involved in each other’s business). As the seventh book in the series, At River’s Edge is a stand alone novel but I recommend reading the entire series, or at the very least reading Hometown Girl so you get to know Sophie’s brother Jesse and meet their charming grandfather. I really liked both Sophie and Jason, they both moved to St. Dennis to be close to family, recognizing the importance of those relationships. However, the conflict between felt a bit blown out of proportion, not that it wasn’t believable but it felt just a bit blown out of proportion. That being said, I admired Sophie for changing her career path so greatly, especially changing from a career as a lawyer (which is considered a more prestigious job than that as restaurateur). It was great to revisit the characters from the previous novels and I really enjoy the diary entries in At River’s Edge. I have to admit I am really looking forward to reading Ford’s story in On Sunset Beach.(less)
Ben McDaniels has spent the last five years in war-torn countries, helping them to rebuild important infrastructures but putting his life on the line....moreBen McDaniels has spent the last five years in war-torn countries, helping them to rebuild important infrastructures but putting his life on the line. In Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis, Ben has returned to Lucky Harbor tired of his life being in danger, but unsure what he is going to do for the rest of his life when he runs into the fiery Aubrey Wellington. Ben is asked to help remodel the bookstore for her and he starts to realize there is a whole lot more to Aubrey than he thought but why is she sneaking around to different people’s houses in Lucky Harbor?
Aubrey Wellington has done a lot of wrong things in her life, not the least of which was sleeping with her boss (who was also sleeping with just about everyone else but she didn’t know that) and quitting her job over it. Aubrey has decided to take charge of her life by renovating the used bookstore her aunt used to run and making amends to the people she wronged in Lucky Harbor. But making amends is a lot harder than she thought it would be and the biggest amend she needs to make is to Ben, which could ruin their friendship, and possibly more, that they have recently developed.
I have been loving the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. Having recently started the series (read my review of Christmas in Lucky Harbor here) I am quickly and enjoyably working my way through the entire series. Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor residents have warmth, humor, and that incurable noisiness that a small town endearingly and annoyingly has. Aubrey is a fabulous character, realizing she has done wrong she is trying to make amends, sometimes with good results but usually it takes more than just saying “I’m sorry” to make it right. I love how Ben follows her around, trying to figure out what she is up to as she paces in front of houses and approaches older members of the community. Ben is a quiet reserved man who doesn’t quite know what to do with the passionate Aubrey (beyond the obvious). You don’t need to have read the previous nine books but I recommend that you do just because they are an entertaining read. Once in a Lifetime is part of the entire series but really is part of a three set in the series with Always on My Mind and It Had to Be You (which I immediately purchased and devoured after reading Once In A Lifetime). I love Lucky Harbor and the entertaining characters who live there.(less)
Gwen has spent her entire life in her cousin’s shadow in Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. She is a normal teenager, well except for the fact that she can see...moreGwen has spent her entire life in her cousin’s shadow in Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. She is a normal teenager, well except for the fact that she can see and talk to ghosts. Oh, and her family has a certain gene that allows some members of the family to go back in time. Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte, has been training her whole life to go back in time for the secret society. The gene begins to manifest itself as teenagers and Gwen gets the surprise of her life. She gets thrown into a society that she understands nothing about. Her partner to help her adjust to going back in time is a gorgeous Gideon and Gwen immediately begins to crush on him big time. Not only is Gwen dealing with the troubles of being a teenager, but now she has so much more she has to deal with as well as trying to understand the leaders of the secret society she has unexpectedly found herself involved in. Can Gwen work her way through historic London with the help of Gideon? Will she be able to find who, in this strange new world, that she can trust?
I picked this book up on sale and absolutely loved it! Within two days, I had read the first two books in the series and had to figure out with the third book would be released. Gwen is a character that you love and can relate to so easily! She is an average teenager that loves to watch movies with her friends and is trying to survive the troubles of being a teenager. Gwen isn’t considered beautiful, she isn’t a straight A student, she is slightly overweight, and she is sarcastic. All of these qualities combine to make a heroine that anyone can love.(less)
Abby Radwell can unlock the paranormal secrets of books but when she starts receiving blackmail threats, she knows she needs help. Copper Beach by Jay...moreAbby Radwell can unlock the paranormal secrets of books but when she starts receiving blackmail threats, she knows she needs help. Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz , Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an paranormal investigator, to help her track down her blackmailer and to help for find an ancient text known as The Key.
Sam Coppersmith, has an affinity for crystals and he is willing to help Abby but in exchange he needs Abby to help him find The Key. When dead bodies start showing up, Sam worries that he won’t be able to keep Abby safe especially since his feelings for Abby have gotten stronger the more time they spend together.
When I hear the words “paranormal romance” I immediately think vampires and shape-shifters, but Copper Beach is not your normal paranormal (I grinned after I penned that phrase). Jayne Ann Krentz is the queen of physic powers in the paranormal field. The chemistry between Abby and Sam is hot but it is the character of Newton, Abby’s dog, that made me smile most often. Being a devoted cat owner (translation: slave to the grumpy old man cat who is currently sitting on my lap making it so I have to bends my arm unnaturally to write this review), I love Krentz’s pet characters. With as many devoted pet owners out there who read romance novels you would think that more authors would include them in their novels but beyond just including a pet in her novels, Krentz does an amazing job of having the pets in her novels play an important role to the movement of the novels without overshadowing the main characters (dust bunnies are my favorite under her pen name of Jayne Castle). Copper Beach was a fabulous read that I highly recommend and I look forward to reading the rest of the series./(less)
A prophecy has been unearthed predicting the destruction of the vampire race. In Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne, half-vampire half-human twins Jam...moreA prophecy has been unearthed predicting the destruction of the vampire race. In Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne, half-vampire half-human twins James and Brigit believe that the salvation for their species, however, they need scholar Lucy Lanfair to translate an ancient tablet that will give them hints as to what they need to do to save their people.
All Lucy has every wanted to do was be a scholar, running at the first sign of trouble she has managed to keep her world small, secure and predictable. When Lucy translates a tablet that predicts the end of the world she finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed, wanted by the government and kidnapped by vampires, she doesn’t know who she can trust or what to believe. As Lucy gets to know James she finds herself drawn to the man but can she believe what he is telling her or is he only using her for his own ends…
Jumping into the middle of a series is always difficult but it is especially true when the series spans so many novels. For those we have read The Wings in the Night series, Twilight Prophecy is a continuation of the world that Maggie Shayne has created, many characters from the previous novels appear in this one. If you are like me and haven’t read any of Maggie Shayne’s previous novels, the story can stand alone although I did feel like I was missing out on not knowing the characters better and I felt there were sections in the story where I would have been more emotionally involved with the trial’s the characters had. James’ gift, beyond the normal vampire skills, was interesting and unique and his decision to live the life he did was an interesting twist to a genre that has been written so much about. I suspect that Brigit will get her own love story in one of the following novels and look forward to her finding someone who can handle her particular talent. Overall, the novel was unique in its take on the vampire world and I enjoyed it.(less)
Jane Finley knows that she is different from other girls but she worries that her difference is going to get someone killed. Set in 1897 England The G...moreJane Finley knows that she is different from other girls but she worries that her difference is going to get someone killed. Set in 1897 England The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross takes place during a time of great invetions and greater peril. Finley knows that there is a “thing” inside her that takes over and is violent. Finley accepts Griffin King’s offer of employment even though she worries about losing control and harming those around her.
Griffin King is the head of a band of misfits who are investigating the criminal activities of an individual called “The Machinist”, a creator of automation’s that are attacking humans. Griffin’s investigations bring him closer to the truth about his parent’s death and closer to Jane. But will Jane’s other side overpower her gentle side or will Jane be able to death with both sides of her nature.
I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset! A steam-punk Victorian novel Kady Cross has done a great job weaving an believable case in a fictional world. Her descriptions of the steampunk machines were easy for m to visualize but the descriptions did not overpower the story. I devoured The Girl in the Steel Corset in about two days, not wanting to put it down. Cross did a great job of weaving traditional fictional characters and stories into her novel, giving us snatches of Journey to the Center of the Earth and Jekyll and Hyde. The novel is written from several of the characters’ points of view, giving the reader insight into the story line without long-winded dialogue. I eagerly look forward to the next novel in the series.(less)