Harm Connolly's Uncle Dougal died a few months ago and Harm has inherited his pharmaceutical company, Future Inc. Uncle Dougal and his team were workiHarm Connolly's Uncle Dougal died a few months ago and Harm has inherited his pharmaceutical company, Future Inc. Uncle Dougal and his team were working on a cure for pancreatic cancer and when Dougal died they were on the verge of a breakthrough. Also, when Dougal died, data for the drug his team was working on disappeared. So, who took/stole the data? Harm comes up with an idea to gather the men from the team to all come aboard a yacht for two weeks, for a business cruise in Alaska, so Harm can get them all alone together, watch and get to know them, and ferret out who took the formula/data and if there is a thief among them.
It seemed a good idea till Harm discovered a lovely female chef onboard the yacht, who distracted him, and a possible murder occurred. Which made Harm begin to wonder if Uncle Dougal died of natural causes, or was he murdered?
This was a fun read. I always enjoy books when a bunch of people are stuck together in one place and one of them could be a murderer. I liked the chef-heroine, Cate Campbell. She was strong, gutsy, no shrinking violet, a bit of a free spirit. But she was also sweet and vulnerable at times. Her parents died in a fire when she was eight so she doesn't want to become too close or dependent on anyone. She isn't interested in a serious relationship. Cate got on well with the men on board and eased the tension sometimes with her friendly manner. I liked the part when she eagerly petted the whale that came close to the yacht. I also liked Harm. He was married twice and also wasn't interested in a serious commitment. But he can't help but be fascinated with Cate. He likes her openness and he thinks she's fearless. They both had great chemistry together. I also liked the interesting cast of suspects/characters. This was a very good, fast-paced suspense story....more
Siana has been staying with her aunt and uncle for two years at their home on the beach in Scotland. (She was in a car accident a few years ago and haSiana has been staying with her aunt and uncle for two years at their home on the beach in Scotland. (She was in a car accident a few years ago and has lost her memory.) Her aunt and uncle have just left to go on a holiday to Canada for a few weeks to visit relatives so she is now at the house all alone. She's happy at first, since she finally has some private time, to read and to do as she pleases. But one day, while collecting wood on the beach, she meets a man. His name is Matthew Craven, and he's been living a little way down the beach from her house, at Marine Cottage, for two months. (Her aunt and uncle have been encouraging Siana to stay away from the village and other people.) She's a little frightened of him---the way he watches her, as if he knew all about her. Eventually a snowstorm hits the area, and they end up staying at her home for awhile, and start to get to know each other better. Matthew is friendly and is trying to help jog her memory. He has many books, and one of them is on amnesia. They try a few techniques in the book and Siana slowly starts remembering things. She is also starting to fall for Matthew, even though he seems suspicious of her aunt and uncle, which is making Siana begin to question their motives.
This was a really good amnesia romance. I liked Matthew. He was a fashion photographer and he also painted. I liked how determined he was to try to help Siana get her memory back. I also liked Siana and how she grew from being a somewhat weak and helpless character to a stronger person. This was a sweet, captivating, and romantic read....more
Angelo Amatucci, (CEO of Amatucci and Associates Advertising---a popular ad agency in New York City), asks Kayla Hill, his temporary personal assistanAngelo Amatucci, (CEO of Amatucci and Associates Advertising---a popular ad agency in New York City), asks Kayla Hill, his temporary personal assistant, to go to Italy with him on business. Angelo had just received a phone call from his brother, Nico, letting him know his single younger sister, Marianna, is pregnant. Angelo is concerned and worried so he decides to fly to Italy and try to help Marianna. Angelo hasn't been home in years. He left Italy when he was a young man and went to the US to hopefully start a career. He had problems with his parents, who had a very turbulent and unstable marriage, and the only reason he's going back is because his siblings need him.
Angelo and Kayla arrive in Italy and Kayla finds the village he grew up in, Monte Calanetti, lovely and charming, and she can't figure out why he would ever leave such a beautiful place. While they are there, they find out a royal couple is interested in getting married at Monte Calanetti. Knowing this would be wonderful publicity for the small village they both work to try to bring the royal wedding to the small town. While working with Angelo to secure the wedding contract, Kayla finds herself falling for Angelo.
This was a sweet romance. I really liked the lovely and quaint village, Monte Calanetti, that was in the Tuscany countryside. I liked Kayla. She was from a small town in Pennsylvania and she was eager to make it big in New York City as an ad executive on Madison Avenue. She wasn't interested in love, marriage, babies---she wanted to get away from her hometown and experience it all! I also liked Angelo. He was a workaholic and didn't have time for romance. He also wasn't interested in love and marriage, after watching his parents bicker and fight for years. I liked how Kayla made him see his old home/village with new eyes, and how surprised he was that the villagers remembered him and missed him while he was away. I liked the romance between Angelo and Kayla, they made a nice couple. This was a sweet, enjoyable story with a very lovely and romantic setting....more
Fawn returns home with her two children after being away for eighteen years. She discovers, upon her arrival, that her beloved grandfather has just diFawn returns home with her two children after being away for eighteen years. She discovers, upon her arrival, that her beloved grandfather has just died. On the day of the funeral her kids are out back behind the house, looking around, and find an old, locked trunk in a junk pile, obviously meant to be taken away with the trash. Eleven-year-old Andy and eight-year-old Susan break it open and find a beautiful antique doll inside the trunk which is made up to look like a coffin. Andy finds the doll weird and creepy, but Susan instantly falls in love with it. Later, the housekeeper, Martha, tells them all that grandfather gave her instructions before he died not to open the trunk and to have it destroyed. Fawn's sister, Laura, works at Antique Village, and there is a valuable and popular antique doll there on display called Victoria, which is identical to this doll---this doll they found in the trunk has a nametag and is called Millicent. Victoria was given to grandfather's sister on her eleventh birthday, two days before her tragic death from a fall. Fawn and Laura find it strange that they never heard of this twin doll, Millicent.
Not long after this, many horrible accidents begin happening. Laura is in a car crash while taking the doll (Millicent) to and from Antique Village. Various members of the household are having accidents and dying, always with the doll nearby. Why is there another twin doll named Millicent? Why did grandfather want it destroyed? Why does the doll seem to turn up in different rooms and places in the house without anybody moving it? Whose footsteps do they hear upstairs at night?
This was a good, creepy read, mostly set in a dark, old mansion. I had a hard time putting this book down. I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. I've never read a thriller with an evil doll in it before. This was an eerie read with a great spooky atmosphere. Good book to read around Halloween!...more
Wealthy hero, Charles Brandon, meets with a few friends at a hotel every Friday night to play poker. While he's there one Friday, poker buddy Rico infWealthy hero, Charles Brandon, meets with a few friends at a hotel every Friday night to play poker. While he's there one Friday, poker buddy Rico informs Charles that he just had Charles's new bride, the lovely Dominique, checked out/investigated and Rico had proof that she married Charles for his money and is a gold-digger. (Rico is very suspicious of women since he went through a bad divorce with his gold-digger wife.) At first, besotted Charles is devastated---then angry. He was so sure Dominique loved him for himself instead of his money. So he decides to get revenge on Dominique. But the more he tries to get back at her, the more sweet and loving she seems. Does he believe the evidence, or his instincts, which are telling him Dominique really does love him for himself.
This was a really good book. It was a fast and easy read and funny at times. I liked the hero and heroine. I enjoyed Charles's POV (point of view.) He really did love Dominique and I love a smitten hero. And his "revenge" wasn't that harsh. I also liked Dominique. She grew up poor and had to leave school in her teens to care for her dying mother. After this, she decided she would marry for money. But when she did, she also fell deeply in love with her husband. This was a highly enjoyable romance by Miranda Lee with an interesting main couple who had great chemistry....more
When elderly Parker Anderson dies in Thornhill's Retirement Home he leaves most of his possessions (in a box) to another resident at the home, old friWhen elderly Parker Anderson dies in Thornhill's Retirement Home he leaves most of his possessions (in a box) to another resident at the home, old friend Helen Mead. One day, Helen's granddaughter Maggie and her sons, Leif and Michael, are looking through the box and discover an unfinished play that Parker had written. Maggie's mother, Mildred, is involved in Thornhill's "Doily Cart Company" that puts on plays. Maggie, though not a professional actress, has always enjoyed acting--she was in some plays when she was in school. The play, "Rockabye Baby", is a mystery from the 1940's--a baby was kidnapped, ransom was paid, but the baby was never returned. They decide to put on the play, and Maggie gets a leading role.
While they start auditions for cast members, math Professor Kevin Payne's sister, Daisy, tries to persuade Kevin to take part in the play. At first he agrees to help behind the scenes, but eventually he gets a major part. Kevin and Maggie get to know each other while rehearsing the play and become attracted to each other. Maggie has just divorced her cheating husband and isn't looking for romance. Kevin has had romantic troubles in his past also. One day, when Maggie returns home, she finds an intruder in her home. A few days later, her house is ransacked. Someone seems to be looking for something in her home. Curious, she starts asking questions around town, and looking more into the play/script, and discovers there really was a kidnapping in Thornhill over forty years ago. So, is the play fiction, or actually based on fact? Does someone not want the play to go on? Did Parker Anderson die of natural causes, or was he murdered?
This was an entertaining Intrigue. I liked the mystery surrounding the play. I liked Maggie and Kevin, they were opposites in many ways, but also had some similarities, like their bad romantic relationships in the past. I also liked the cast of characters/suspects. This was another fun "Thornhill" Intrigue by Elise Title....more
Chloe Hayes returns to the New England town of Thornhill after living in Boston for awhile. Her old mentor from college, Amanda Emory, has died, and CChloe Hayes returns to the New England town of Thornhill after living in Boston for awhile. Her old mentor from college, Amanda Emory, has died, and Chloe is back for the funeral. It seems Amanda, who was an expert on witchcraft and magic, has committed suicide--or has she? While in Thornhill, Chloe meets up with some old acquaintances. One is former boyfriend, Dr. Noah Bright. Chloe and Noah were close seven years ago, but Noah eventually married Amanda's daughter, Lara. Noah and Lara are now divorced, and Chloe and Noah are finding they are still attracted to each other. Chloe decides to stay in Thornhill for awhile, helping the police at times, since she has some psychic abilities. (She helped find a lost child when she was living in Boston.) Also, some people in town are acting strange. Some seem as if they are bewitched, or drugged. And then there's the moonlight rituals, another murder, Chloe is having visions...
This was a really good and fun story, set around Halloween. It was fast-paced and held my interest. I liked the interesting cast of characters--the people who lived in Thornhill. I also liked the original and different witchcraft storyline (for an Intrigue), and the sometimes dark and moody atmosphere. This was a very enjoyable and entertaining read!...more
Lily Rose is an archaeologist working in Greece. She has a master's in archaeology but she's temporarily working for a cleaning company to pay off somLily Rose is an archaeologist working in Greece. She has a master's in archaeology but she's temporarily working for a cleaning company to pay off some debts. The owner of the cleaning company she works for calls her and she's assigned to clean wealthy Nik Zervakis's home. Unfortunately, the other members of the cleaning team were in an accident so that just leaves Lily to do the job alone. While cleaning his home she goes in the large shower, is confused over the buttons, hits a wrong one, and ends up drenched--right when Nik arrives home with his date. Needless to say, his date leaves in a fury, thinking Lily is his girlfriend. Nik is expected to open a new wing at a museum that night, so he asks Lily to be his replacement date. Feeling guilty, Lily accepts. Lily was just in a bad relationship--she seems to always fall for the wrong guy. Her friend, Brittany, suggested that Lily have an emotionless fling--rebound sex she calls it. Lily realizes Nik is the perfect candidate. She could never possibly fall for him--he's the total opposite of what she wants in a man. She suggests it, Nik agrees, and what follows is a very enjoyable story!
This book was really good and sometimes quite funny! Lily was a cute and warm heroine. She was always trying to look on the bright side of things. She grew up in foster homes and really just wants to belong. I liked how she tried to bring Nik closer to his father. Nik doesn't believe in love or marriage--his parents' marriage broke up many years ago when he was a kid and Nik's father is now on his fourth marriage.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a lovely, upbeat romance, with a beautiful Greek setting, and it's connected to Sarah Morgan's "Puffin Island" series....more
Club owner, Jonah Blackhawk, is asked by an old (cop) friend, Boyd Fletcher, to help him out. There has been a series of burglaries in the area, and mClub owner, Jonah Blackhawk, is asked by an old (cop) friend, Boyd Fletcher, to help him out. There has been a series of burglaries in the area, and most of them had a connection to Jonah's club. Jonah agrees to help since he really owes Boyd a favor. After Jonah got busted by the police when he was young, cop Boyd helped Jonah straighten his life out.
Jonah then meets one of the cops assigned to the case, Boyd's daughter, Allison. She is to work in Jonah's club, undercover, as a waitress. As time goes by, Jonah and Allison are attracted to each other as they try to figure out who is responsible for the burglaries.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Jonah and Allison, they made a good couple. Allison had a jealous ex-boyfriend who kept showing up--at the club, at her home, who added some extra suspense to the story. I liked the club setting and the people who worked at the club. I felt bad for Allison when, for the first time, she had to shoot and kill someone in self-defense. She was pretty broken up over this. Jonah was kind to her and helped her through the night. I enjoyed Jonah and Allison's banter, and they had great chemistry. This was an enjoyable, exciting, and fast-paced read....more