Violinist Elizabeth Stephens feels like life is passing her by. It seems like she supplies the background music for other peoples romances, but she woViolinist Elizabeth Stephens feels like life is passing her by. It seems like she supplies the background music for other peoples romances, but she would really like a romance of her own. Her father, Dr. John Stephens, mentions his worries about his daughter to a friend, Maizie, who happens to be a popular matchmaker along with her other lady friends, Theresa and Cecilia---they are known as the "Matchmaking Mamas". Before he knows it the ladies are busy trying to find a match for Elizabeth.
Jared Winterset is getting ready, along with his sister, to throw an anniversary party for his parents and they could use some live music for the occasion. A friend of Jared's, Theresa Manetti, (one of the "Matchmaking Mamas") suggests that Jared contact violinist Elizabeth Stephens (whom he's never met). Eventually he meets Elizabeth and listens to her play. (Elizabeth was doing background music for a tv romantic-comedy). He explains why he's there and if she'd be interested. She says yes. They get to know each other and find that they are attracted to each other.
This book started out slow but picked up a bit halfway through. Elizabeth was very likable. She likes old things, like her vintage T-bird. She misses her mother who died twenty-one years ago when Elizabeth was five. I liked Elizabeth's very close bond with her father. Jared was also likable. He likes modern things, except for the internet and answering machines. He prefers talking to people not machines. He was sweet and caring.
This was an enjoyable story. There wasn't much tension or angst, just a pleasant romance of two people getting to know each other and beginning to fall for each other. I liked the sweet end. (view spoiler)[I liked that Elizabeth serenades Jared with her violin, I found it quite romantic. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Eerie story about five kids (aged 12 to 13) who go to a mansion called Larkspur and find it isn't what they thought it was going to be:
***Orphaned PoEerie story about five kids (aged 12 to 13) who go to a mansion called Larkspur and find it isn't what they thought it was going to be:
***Orphaned Poppy thinks she's meeting her Great-Aunt at her grand estate called Larkspur.
***Marcus thinks he's going to Larkspur Academy of the Performing Arts to study music.
***Actor twins Dash and Dylan think they are being offered a new script to a horror movie at Larkspur.
***Azumi thinks she's going to Larkspur Boarding School.
The kids never met each other before (except for the twins) but they all end up at the house at the same time. They have all either been invited or drawn towards this house. When they arrive they get to know each other and start to discover all is not right with this house. It's big, run down, dark and scary. Hallways stretch, and rooms and walls seem to move. Sinister and strange children appear and disappear with masks on, and the five kids themselves have their own secrets. And they can't leave...windows won't break, and doors won't open!
This was a fun and surprisingly spooky story for a book made for middle-grade readers. It was pretty captivating, adults can enjoy it too. Unfortunately the story doesn't completely end...there is another upcoming book in which the story is continued---"You Can't Hide" (Shadow House - book 2). It is out at the end of December.
This hardcover book has a nice fancy cover---the mirror on the cover is semi-clear/see through and when you lift the book cover there is a picture of a girl underneath. There are also illustrations/pictures throughout the book. A great story for kids to read around Halloween but it may be better to wait till Shadow House - book 2 is out so they can quickly resume the story since it's left unfinished....more
Sweet and innocent Petra (who's 23) propositions a sexy windsurfer/beach bum she sees at the luxurious hotel resort that she's staying at in Zuran. ShSweet and innocent Petra (who's 23) propositions a sexy windsurfer/beach bum she sees at the luxurious hotel resort that she's staying at in Zuran. She wants him to pretend to pursue her and seduce her publicly. She is willing to give him (Blaize, who's 34) money to ensure that it looks like she lost her reputation, and she's prepared to pay him five thousand pounds. He asks for ten thousand and they "might" have a deal. Petra can't raise that kind of money so they go their separate ways. But, to Petra's surprise, Blaize comes back and agrees, but wants to know why she is doing this. Petra explains to him that she knows her grandfather is planning an arranged marriage for her to a man she's never met, Sheikh Rashid, and she isn't interested (because she resents her grandfather after he disowned her mother when her mother married her father and Petra wants to marry for love like her parents did). She thinks by making herself look "experienced" Sheikh Rashid will not want to marry her. But Petra is in for a big surprise when she eventually discovers who Blaize really is!
This was a romantic read with gondola rides, trips to the souq, and a passionate night in the desert, etc... I really liked Blaize, he was sexy and charming. Petra was feisty at times but also likable.
An enjoyable Penny Jordan sheikh romance that takes place in the lovely "Arabian nights" setting of Zuran.
Grace Courtemanche is a state prosecutor in Cypress Bend, Florida, who just worked on a very tough case. Suddenly she starts to get a lot of phone calGrace Courtemanche is a state prosecutor in Cypress Bend, Florida, who just worked on a very tough case. Suddenly she starts to get a lot of phone calls one day, which she keeps putting on voicemail. (She thinks they could be unpleasant calls that may be related to her last case.) But finally, after so many phone calls, she answers one. It's a strange call in which a woman says her name is Lia Grant, and she's buried underground in a box, and she is having a hard time breathing. She says she called Grace so many times, why doesn't Grace answer her phone? (Grace has never heard of this woman and can't figure out why she keeps calling her.) Is this call for real or something else, maybe a crank, or to scare her??? She notifies some people to look into it. Eventually she discovers it is for real and Grace really wants to find this woman who seems to be depending on her and obviously has very little time left to live.
While in the middle of all of this Grace ends up running into her ex-husband, Theordore "Hatch" Hatcher who is an FBI Agent/Special Crime Investigative Unit. He's a crisis negotiator, and he is now working for an elite team called the Apostles. (She hasn't seen Hatch for ten years. They were married ten years ago for ten weeks, then they divorced.) Grace eventually asks Hatch for his help to locate the missing Lia---Lia's phone calls quit coming. So Hatch and some of his friends begin to help Grace out.
I don't want to give too much more of the story away. Just that Grace discovers whoever did this to Lia put a cell phone in the box they buried her in...the phone was altered to dial only one phone number...Grace Courtemanche's. Someone is playing a sick game with Grace and she has to find out who it is before this maniac does this to more innocent people.
I liked Grace, she was cool and classy, dedicated to her job. I also liked her old dog Allegheny Blue.
Hatch was friendly and charming, with his shaggy blond hair and blue eyes. He was easy to talk to and people seemed to trust him, except his son Alex. At the beginning of this book Hatch just found out he had a thirteen-year-old son he didn't know about. So now he's trying his best to help his son out---Alex has been in trouble with the law, is angry, rebellious and unpleasant...
Grace and Hatch had good chemistry, and they still cared for each other. Grace broke up with Hatch and filed for divorce because Hatch never wanted to put down roots or live in one place. He loved the sea/water and he loved sailing on his boat. When they married Grace saw some of the happiness leave him so she set him free. (He didn't know the reason why she divorced him.) Grace is now surprised at how much Hatch has changed. He's become very responsible, with his job, with his son, etc...
This was a very enjoyable and entertaining book that had a lot of interesting secondary characters. I was curious to see who the villain was and why they were doing what they were doing. I found the idea of burying the victims alive with cell phones, which they call Grace from, and then having Grace/the team try to find the buried victims creepy but original. A good read with some surprises at the end.
Jorgie Gerald and her best friend Avery Bodel are at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport ready to take an erotic fantasy vacation trip to an ErosJorgie Gerald and her best friend Avery Bodel are at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport ready to take an erotic fantasy vacation trip to an Eros Resort in Venice (they will learn how to make love like courtesans). Jorgie's boyfriend (Brian) just dumped her. He said she was dull in bed and too conventional. So Avery talked Jorgie into taking this trip. While waiting around in the airport Jorgie bumps into an attractive man. It's Quint Mason whom she hasn't seen in years. Jorgie had a huge crush on Quint when she was in the eighth grade. She didn't think he even noticed her back then but it seems that he's remembered her after all. After talking briefly to him she sees him get on the flight she is going on. Quint was a friend of her brother's---the last she heard was Quint was stationed in Afghanistan, recently left the air force, and was working for a private airline. (Unknown to Jorgie, Quint is going to the Eros Resort to work undercover for them---he's an air marshal on private security detail for the Lockhart Agency. Someone is trying to sabotage the Eros Resorts, sending the resorts threatening letters, poisoning food, etc... so he's going there to act as a class instructor to keep an eye on things.)
Meanwhile, Avery was at the airport desk and returns telling Jorgie that she has switched tours and decided to go on the Hollywood Eros (Make Love Like a Movie Star) tour instead of Venice. Avery tells her it's time Jorgie did something on her own. At first Jorgie feels betrayed...then sort of excited. Quint is on her flight. Was it fate? Was it time to be bold and daring instead of dull and conventional? So, both girls go their separate ways, and both girls find romance.
Jorgie spends some time with Quint at the Eros resort and they go on picnics, ride in a gondola, have fun participating in a Venetian mask making contest, etc...
Free-spirited Avery goes to Hollywood for her tour and sees handsome Jake Stewart and decides she must have him. She tries just about everything but he seems uninterested. Jake is interested, he just isn't showing it. He is Quint's co-worker with the Lockhart Agency and he's been sent to the Hollywood Eros resort to work undercover as a cameraman. But bold and brazen Avery is ruining his concentration.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. It's light, fluffy, silly, and sexy. I liked the locations, especially Venice. Jorgie was a cute and sweet heroine, a bit shy but she loosens up a bit when she gets to Venice. Avery was an over-the-top sexpot but I found her likable. Quint and Jake were sexy and appealing.
This was an enjoyable read with two romances (Jorgie and Quint, Avery and Jake).
Hollis Sands (who is 23) met famous pop singer Ricky Sands when she was 18 and he was 39. Ricky came to perform a concert in Berkeley, California, whe
Hollis Sands (who is 23) met famous pop singer Ricky Sands when she was 18 and he was 39. Ricky came to perform a concert in Berkeley, California, where she went to college. But he had a motorcycle accident and ended up in the hospital. Hollis had written a song that she thought was perfect for Ricky and she wanted him to hear it. So Hollis went inside the hospital with a demo of her song, put on a hospital gown, pretended to be a patient, and boldly snuck into Ricky's room. He eventually found out she wasn't a patient and ended up listening to her song. His career was in a slump and he could use some fresh, original material. Hollis's song was perfect for him. She played another song for Ricky and his manager, Norris, and he liked it. Ricky recorded her songs and they became instant hits. In time, Hollis and Ricky married and lived in a penthouse apartment in New York City. Hollis knew there was a side of Ricky's life that he always kept private from her, including his hard drug use. Their marriage became rocky but he still wanted her songs.
One day Ricky's shrewd and hard hearted manager Norris takes Hollis to Ricky's former girlfriend's apartment (Coral Caine). Apparently Coral (a popular soap-opera actress who's career is declining due to drugs and alcohol) has been giving Ricky a hard time, claiming to be pregnant with his child, etc... Norris rudely wants to show has-been Coral lovely Hollis so Coral will let go of Ricky when she sees his beautiful and talented wife (in comparison to Coral's aging looks and downward spiraling soap career.) Hollis is shocked and disgusted with what Norris did and they leave Coral's apartment. Later they learn Coral committed suicide. Some time later Ricky also commits suicide in a hotel room---supposedly of a drug overdose.
After mourning and hiding from the press and Ricky's fans who have been outside her apartment, Hollis gets an invitation from an older lady (Geneva Ames) to stay at her home, Windtop, located in Cold Spring Harbor in Long Island. Alan Gordon, who is friends with Geneva takes Hollis to meet the woman. (Alan lived with Geneva at Windtop when he was young and his parents died.) When Hollis meets and talks to Geneva she discovers Geneva knew her father many years ago. She gladly accepts Geneva's offer to stay at Windtop for a while. But once she's at Windtop strange things start happening. She sees a shadow of a mysterious man in the garden from her bedroom. She hears Ricky's songs in the night. She hears noises upstairs. She sees shadows in corridors and she feels like she is being watched. She also finds out Ricky had been to Windtop in the past and played a gig there.
One day Hollis drives back to her New York apartment to sort through some of Ricky's belongings that are in boxes that were to painful to go through before. She brings them back to Windtop along with a sealed envelope addressed to her from Ricky. Inside is a note written by Ricky in which he claims that his life is being threatened and that he feels that someone is following him. Was Ricky really in danger? Did he die from a drug overdose, or was it more, maybe murder?
Hollis was an interesting heroine. She was no shrinking violet. When she wanted answers she boldly went off looking for them. At other times she was sheltered and closed off from Ricky's rock 'n roll world. She was talented, she played the piano, guitar, and wrote lyrics.
I liked the storyline---with musicians, a gloomy old mansion, and a possible murder. This book had a lot of suspects. I was surprised at the end at who the villain was!
This was an entertaining and very enjoyable mystery-suspense from the 80's.
Eduardo De Souza (who's 37) has been noticing a girl busking on the street with her guitar the few times he's been to town. He thinks she's poor and iEduardo De Souza (who's 37) has been noticing a girl busking on the street with her guitar the few times he's been to town. He thinks she's poor and is singing for money. He goes to talk to her and to leave some money for her but she tells him she sings because she loves to and she's compelled to. Her name is Marianne Lockwood (24) and she suffers from stagefright. She's trying to sing to a small crowd to build up her confidence so she can sing to a larger crowd someday.
Eduardo leaves but eventually goes back to town and talks to Marianne again. He invites her to eat with him and offers her a job as his housekeeper. At first she turns him down. Marianne has a home, but she is now a widow. Her husband of six months (Donal) died from a terminal illness. His grown up children resent the fact that Donal left his home to Marianne. Eduardo points out the weather is getting colder and it will be hard for her to perform outside in the upcoming frigid temperatures. Eduardo gives Marianne his phone number in case she changes her mind and they part ways again.
But after thinking about it at home Marianne suddenly decides it's time to be free again, no more negative, self-pitying thoughts. So she turns over the house to Donal's children and decides to start fresh. She accepts Eduado's job offer and moves to his home.
Eduardo has also had some pain in his past. Originally from Rio de Janeiro he is now living in the UK (he's half British). His wife died in a car accident that he was also in and he now walks with a cane, has a limp, and has had nine operations on his shattered leg. He's been reclusive for the past two years. But Marianne seems very good at getting Eduardo out of his shell and to start enjoying things again.
This was a lovely romance. I liked Eduardo and Marianne. They were very likable characters who had similarities---losing their spouses. I liked the wintry snowy setting in the UK, and later, at the end, sunny Rio.
Kelsey Tanner goes with her mother to Beverly Island for a vacation for a couple of weeks. Her mother's boyfriend, Eric, invited them to visit him atKelsey Tanner goes with her mother to Beverly Island for a vacation for a couple of weeks. Her mother's boyfriend, Eric, invited them to visit him at his home on the island where he's staying for the summer, spending time with his children (his two sons, Justin and Neale, and one daughter, Beth). When Kelsey and her mother arrive at the island they are met by a distraught Eric. He tells them his thirteen-year-old daughter Beth is missing. There are search parties out looking for her. Beth's belongings (her sandals and beach towel) were found at the cove on the beach (which is very dangerous). After a few days they come to the conclusion Beth drowned, no one can find her body, and they are thinking about calling off the search.
During this time Kelsey makes some friends. She gets along with shy Justin, but Neale is cold and aloof (both boys are lifeguards at the beach). She also meets a friendly girl called Donna, and Skip, another lifeguard.
Then Kelsey finds a note in her room (she's staying in Beth's room) which says "I think someone is going to kill me". Kelsey is starting to believe maybe Beth was murdered, but is hesitant to tell the others. She is also becoming scared...one day she hears someone in her bedroom while she's alone in the house when she's about to leave the shower and notices wet footprints on the floor along with seaweed. Another time she sees a dead body that disappears later. A creepy old man with an eyepatch keeps yelling warnings at her, etc...
This was an enjoyable, eerie, and fast-paced young-adult suspense story. I liked Kelsey and the cast of characters/suspects... I also liked the suspicious/potential murderous lifeguard angle to the story, that was interesting and different. This book even had a little romance in it. A good read with great atmosphere set on an island with dangerous coves and a crumbling old lighthouse. ...more
Jessica Gentry (who's 22) and Adam Oakman (in his early 30's) meet on a beach on one of the Golden Isles of Georgia and feel a very strong attractionJessica Gentry (who's 22) and Adam Oakman (in his early 30's) meet on a beach on one of the Golden Isles of Georgia and feel a very strong attraction to each other. Jessica discovers Adam is her brother Dennis's boss and she may be in danger. Her brother Dennis is working undercover for the Justice Department on a smuggling case in the area. Smugglers searched Dennis's room and took a folder which had a photo of Jessica with her parents, so now the bad guys know what she and her family look like. Her parents are away at the moment touring the Greek islands so Jessica is all alone in the house. Adam vows to keep Jessica safe and wants her to move into his home on the beach (near where she was living) for a while until this all blows over. Jessica doesn't want to live with him so he decides they temporarily marry and get an annulment later. A confused Jessica doesn't know what to think, this is all so sudden, but she agrees to it.
Jessica was a likable heroine. She was sweet, and innocent, and naïve at times. Adam...sometimes I liked him, and sometimes he was cranky and annoying.
This was an okay read with some mild suspense at the end, and a lovely setting---the Golden Isles of Georgia.