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)
The year is 1884, the month is September, and the city is New York. In The Widow’s Secret by Sara Mitchell, Jocelyn Tremayne is forced to start with k...moreThe year is 1884, the month is September, and the city is New York. In The Widow’s Secret by Sara Mitchell, Jocelyn Tremayne is forced to start with keeping secrets from all of her friends, family, and peers on her wedding night. It is supposed to be glamorous and special, but she finds that nothing is as it seems with her new family. Suddenly she finds herself without a husband, without her immediate family, and estranged from her late husband’s relatives. Jocelyn thinks that things are going well with the money her husband left her until she becomes the number one suspect in a murder/counterfeit case being investigated by the Secret Service and, more importantly, Micah MacKenzie. As an inside to her late husband’s family for the Secret Service when the family suddenly decide to take her back, Jocelyn finds she is putting on a charade that rapidly becomes reality. She is “courting” agent MacKenzie and they are using her to find the true culprit in a very serious crime. Jocelyn begins to wonder if the courtship is real, or if it is just the pretense that it started out as. As the two fall in love, they have to help each other learn to trust again, including trusting in God.
I really liked this book and I liked how the main character, Jocelyn, didn’t sit around and wait for things to happen. She took control and isn’t the damsel in distress the entire time. I liked how quickly the plot progressed and felt deeply engrossed throughout the entire novel. I liked how clean this novel was, and how well the story fit the time period. It was a very quick read and only took about a day. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick love story with action and mystery.(less)
Sam ‘Coop’ Cooper has suddenly become the city’s most eligible bachelor when he stops a robbery in progress, is caught on the news and is rewarded wit...moreSam ‘Coop’ Cooper has suddenly become the city’s most eligible bachelor when he stops a robbery in progress, is caught on the news and is rewarded with an engagement ring by the jewelry store. In Carly Phillips’ Kiss Me If You Can, Lexie is amazed to see a ring awarded to Coop that exactly matches the diamond necklace her grandmother always wears with her housedress and Lexie decides she needs to purchase the ring for her grandmother’s birthday. Coop, after being approached by the desperate marriage-minded women in the city to the point they are mailing him their underwear, thinks Lexie’s approach is just a clever way to meet him. When his apartment is broken into he starts to realize that the ring in question must be more than it appears at first glance.
Lexie has always been a free spirit and fears that agreeing to a relationship means she is signing away her freedom. But the more she works with Coop to figure out who is out to get the ring and why they want it, the more she is drawn to his great spirit and undeniably good looks. Lexie soon starts to realize that her grandmother isn’t the innocent woman she pretends to be. To add complications to an already complicated situation, Coop finds himself the center of the Bachelor Blogs, an online blog ran by his own newspaper.
Kiss Me If You Can is a good read, I love the grandmother and her friend. Lexie’s path of self-discovery to realize why she runs/escapes all the time was a great moment that caused me to stop and rethink why I do some of the things that I do. How our family relationships from our childhood impact us as adults is always intriguing. The secondary characters in this novel are fabulous, entertaining with believable quirks that made the novel a fun, entertaining read. The second book in the series is about Sarah Rios, one of my favorite secondary creatures, I will be definitely continue reading Carly Phillips’ series to get more of the character’s stories(less)
Lucy Sexton is completely surprised when her mother’s long lost twin sister shows up on their front porch. Somehow Lucy’s mother didn’t even know anyt...moreLucy Sexton is completely surprised when her mother’s long lost twin sister shows up on their front porch. Somehow Lucy’s mother didn’t even know anything about her sister, Helen. In The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Helen comes with a very detailed and sad story about twins, separated at birth. She is talking about herself and Lucy’s mother. Lucy’s family takes Helen in and begin to educate her. They introduced Helen into society only when she has been trained to speak, act, and write exactly like Aliese, Lucy’s mother. Shortly after Helen is introduced to society, a brutal murder takes place in Lucy’s house. At first she is positive that it’s her mother still alive, but then she starts to think that it might be her aunt acting like her mother. She has to find out exactly who is alive, who died, and why it all happened. Along the way she must learn to confide in one person, her best friend and neighbor Kit who helps her through the many different trials that happen to Lucy.
I was a little hesitant to read this book because while it is a very original plot, but it seemed a little far-fetched and really quite odd to me. As I read the story, I became very engrossed and never really wanted to stop reading until the story was completely over. I loved how much detail the author put into the story, and how the final twist in the plot resolved all of the questions that Lucy had. I really liked Lucy’s character, and felt myself relating with her on many levels. Overall, I thought it was a fantastic book with a very surprising, yet wonderful ending!(less)
Elizabeth Walters life is difficult and her kind gesture has made things even more difficult. In Judith James’ Libertine’s Kiss Elizabeth was forced i...moreElizabeth Walters life is difficult and her kind gesture has made things even more difficult. In Judith James’ Libertine’s Kiss Elizabeth was forced into marriage with a parson who abused her and Cromwell’s war has made even making ends meet difficult. One night on old childhood friend, William De Veres, shows up injured at her door and Elizabeth takes him in, tends to his wounds and finds comfort in his arms after the loneliness that has become her life. Sadly, that one night of kindness brings her under the scrutiny of Cromwell himself when she is discovered to have helped William, a close friend and spy for the disposed King Charles II. Cromwell takes all of Elizabeth’s lands, throwing Elizabeth and her faithful retainers out on the street.
Years later Charles has taken back the throne and William recognizes the one woman he couldn’t forget, what he has fondly thought of as “his wren” since their night of passion when Elizabeth shows up to petition the king for her lands to be returned. William, feeling bad that his actions have cost Elizabeth so much, decides to take her under his wing and guide her through the intrigue that is the court to get her lands back. William is known as the Court’s biggest libertine, drinking to excess and spending each night with a different woman, but Elizabeth decides to enjoy the time she has with William, both in the bedroom and out of it. As William guides Elizabeth through the court she is brought to the attention of the court and eventually the notice of the notoriously womanizing King Charles himself (and his jealous mistress). While battling the court, can William admit his growing attachment to Elizabeth and can Elizabeth accept what little William is willing to offer.
Having read a lot of historical romance novels I was intrigued with the tumultuous time period that was the reign of Cromwell and Charles II. William is an admitted cynic, womanizer, and alcoholic but his early friendship with Elizabeth makes him endearing. William’s past continue to influence the choices he makes and as he struggles to battle his demons I found myself forgiving him for his ways. Elizabeth’s refusal to accept anything but what she deserved after having obeyed other’s dictates her entire life was admirable. Libertine’s Kiss kept me entertained with its great depiction of Charles’ reign and I loved the scenes where Elizabeth and King Charles spoke.(less)
Jared, Earl of Burnleigh, despite having his wallet stolen by a woman in the pub finds himself rescuing that same women later that night from some thu...moreJared, Earl of Burnleigh, despite having his wallet stolen by a woman in the pub finds himself rescuing that same women later that night from some thugs but when she passes out in his arms he decides to take advantage of her by taking her home to play the role of his fiancee to his dying grandfather. Diana St. Aubin in A Pressing Engagement by Anne Barbour finds herself unable to explain to Jared how she ended up with the men who abducted her and, since he threatens to send her to jail for theft, finds herself agreeing to pretend to be his fiancee to his family. Life with Jared is very different from the retired life as a ladies school teacher Diana normally leads. While Diana is concerned because she was unable to meet up with her missing brother, she is even more confused as to why she keeps getting attacked and why she finds herself relying more and more on Jared.
Jared, having been burned in the past by money-grubbing women, finds himself disbelieving the sob story Diana relates to him about how she got where she was. But as time passes and Jared watches Diana interact with his family, he starts to realize that maybe her story is true. When Diana is attacked again, Jared finds himself upset and wanting to protect her, whatever it takes.
This was a reread for me but it has been many years since I read the novel. I loved Jared’s grandfather, a loving gruff despot who worries about his family. Jared’s actions in blackmailing Diana to relieve his grandfather’s mind while he is ill, made me like him from the beginning despite the blackmail. Barbour’s descriptions of the habits of the characters were well done, Ninian, Lord Stedford is constantly smoothing his hands over his hair. It is rare that an author is able to portray physical ticks and mannerisms in a way that feels uncontrived, Barbour achieves this. I enjoyed the novel as much the second time as I did the first time. The mystery of Diana’s abduction and what happened to her brother was fairly predictable but that might be because I remembered who the villain was from reading it before. Regardless, it is a good, clean fun read and watching Jared’s transformation from cynic and the shock he received from Diana’s actions were fabulous!(less)
Mathilda, the young Dowager Duchess of Upavon, has chosen to live retired from society and doesn’t know quite what to do when Lord Westbury starts cal...moreMathilda, the young Dowager Duchess of Upavon, has chosen to live retired from society and doesn’t know quite what to do when Lord Westbury starts calling on her daughter Pamela. The Bumblebroth by Patricia Wynn starts with Mathilda, who married an older man under naive conditions and was not received well by society as a result of her marriage, living away from society with no experience with men unsure how to deal with a man like Lord Westbury.
Jared, Lord Westbury, originally calls on the Duchess as a guilt laden favor to his mother but after meeting Mathilda he is enchanted by her innocence and complete disregard for the rules of society. He continues to call on Mathilda, bringing his younger brother Gerald to keep Pamela entertained. As their relationship grows, Jared realizes that he has to give Mathilda the chance to join society on her own terms for her to be truly happy but will that chance make her realize that she doesn’t need him after all?
The relationship between Mathilda and her servants was interesting. When her parents died while she was young, Mathilda was taken into the Duke’s home and as a result she grew up with the servants, most of whom are now old and have no problems letting Mathilda know how difficult it is for them to do anything. In addition to living quietly away from society, Mathilda is used to doing a lot of things for herself, to save the servants the effort. As a result, Mathilda is very quiet and reserved despite being a Duchess. Jared was a good balance for her, helping her to spread her wings while being there as a support. I really loved the relationship between Jared and Gerald, the give and take between the two of them was a joy to see and had me laughing several times.(less)