I have been a fan of Sandra Hill's since her first book - I think it was "Sweeter Savage Love" - but it's been a while. One thing I can always count oI have been a fan of Sandra Hill's since her first book - I think it was "Sweeter Savage Love" - but it's been a while. One thing I can always count on with Sandra is a good story, a few laughs, and romance, and she delivers all of the above with this story.
Tante Lulu is up to her old tricks again as she manipulates two people who knew each other as teens back together as lovers. Tante Lulu is outrageously funny, but she does get the job done (along with a little help from St. Jude - the patron saint of hopeless causes).
Justin, aka Cage, returns to the one place he vowed never to return to - his bayou roots - to take care of his dying grandmother. He does count on this time being difficult. What he doesn't count on is the meddlesome Tante Lulu, the heat he still feels for his ex, Emelie, the past he has to face and come to grips with, as well as revelations he isn't ready to hear. Oh, and there's a terrorist threat too! All in the midst of Mardi Gras.
Emelie has issues of her own as she must face her own feelings for Justin, and what her father did in the past to both of them.
This is a rollicking, hot, story that will leave you laughing and crying and definitely satisfied at the end. If you're a fan of Sandra Hill's, this is a definite must. If you haven't yet read one, what are you waiting for? Pick up any of her books and sit back and enjoy the ride.
Action, adventure, and romance. What could be better?
This is a story that contains all that, plus the touch of suspense and the paranormal as the maiAction, adventure, and romance. What could be better?
This is a story that contains all that, plus the touch of suspense and the paranormal as the main character, Reese, attempts to find out who tried to kill her and her husband.
I did have some minor issues with the fact that Reese had two husbands die on her, a third divorce her and her fourth in a coma. However, the author gives good reasons for all these misfortunes that make it believable. And the new love interest, Griff, is adorable. I love the scene where he buys her a necklace "because it's...you." I love that he cares for her even when the electricity pounding through her burns him.
And yes, Reese is paranormal. Since the accident that put her husband in his coma, she has this "thing" with electricity.
So... action, adventure, super-abilities, suspense, romance... it's all in there. No, this isn't deep literature, but it is a good story that made for an enjoyable read. ...more
This book had me from the get-go. The action is amazing, the characters even more so. I absolutely loved Prophet and Tom and their interaction.
Now toThis book had me from the get-go. The action is amazing, the characters even more so. I absolutely loved Prophet and Tom and their interaction.
Now to the nitty gritty. I did not read the previous series that these characters (esp. Prophet) stemmed from so I felt like I was dropped into the book in the middle of the action. Not always a bad thing, but I had trouble figuring out his background and motivations. Why did he have casts on his arms? I had no clue until much later in the story. Still, once I got into the story, I disregarded all that and just enjoyed it. And the secondary characters are just as interesting - esp. the spy who lives in the same building as Prophet.
As for the relationship between Prophet and Tom, it worked on multiple levels. Yes, they have issues. Which is good - they're not perfect and that makes them more likeable. And the line "You were never not invited." - absolutely loved that!
This was an action/adventure book that was also about the relationship between the two main characters - Prophet and Tom - and was done very well.
Things I liked: The characters. All were well-developed (though I did feel like I was walking in in the middle of the party).
The interaction between the characters.
What I didn't like: The ending. It left me hanging and unsatisfied. It was a decent ending, but not what I was looking for.
The lack of knowledge about the characters until well into the book.
And finally... I received this book as an Uncorrected Proof from Netgalley. Note, I said "Uncorrected" - and it most definitely was. I'm hoping an editor went over this before sending it out as published. There were so many editorial errors that I found that it made me wonder if this was a rough draft instead of a proof copy.
Still, the story was compelling enough to *almost* make me ignore the mistakes.
This was an odd book. Because I didn't read the first one in the series, it was a little hard to get into. I had trouble following the story at first.This was an odd book. Because I didn't read the first one in the series, it was a little hard to get into. I had trouble following the story at first. The author skips around with characters and the language is...odd. But...I also found I couldn't put the book down. The characters are really well rounded and believable. It's actually an interesting story and I know I'm going to have to go back and read the first one now so I know better what's going on.
In a post-apocalyptic future, the world has been partially destroyed in World War III and the “green bombs”. Hope is one of the survivors of the war.In a post-apocalyptic future, the world has been partially destroyed in World War III and the “green bombs”. Hope is one of the survivors of the war. Her town, White Rock, is surrounded by the "bomb's breath"- air that has been chemically changed so that it kills people. Because of the war, most of technology has disappeared. This leads the people of White Rock to put a heavy emphasis on inventions, and Hope always fails miserably at the yearly contests. She feels her failures disappoint her adoptive parents, especially since she is always taking reckless chances, like jumping through the bomb's breath area for fun. When the town is attacked by bandits who want White Rocks antibiotics and injure Hope's father, she knows she has to use her daredevil skills to save him. She and her friend Aaren set off to a neighboring town to get the guards but have to contend with a blizzard as well as Aaren's young sister Brenna, who runs away to join them. It's hard going, but Hope perseveres and ends up realizing that even though she can't invent things, she can contribute to her community.
Peggy Eddleman has created a unique world full of rich details and believable situations. I love that the main character is a girl, one who isn’t afraid to take chances and show that she can contribute even if she is “different”. A definite recommend for all middle grade and older – will appeal to teens and adults as well. Nicely done. ...more
The story takes place in England at the turn of the century. When Max Starling's theatrical parents receive an invitation to visit India, Max is excitThe story takes place in England at the turn of the century. When Max Starling's theatrical parents receive an invitation to visit India, Max is excited at the thought of an adventure overseas. But when his parents suddenly disappear, leaving behind a mysterious note, he is confused and a little scared. But he then realizes there is an advantage to being left alone - independence - and if he doesn't want to lose it, he'll need to find a job. But Max is only 12 years old. It turns out that Max is good at finding solutions to people's problems and thus he becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer! Using tricks-of-the-trade learned from his parents, Max as Mister Max dons various disguises to interview suspects, follow leads, and sniff out the best solution.
Of course there are bad guys. Heading up the list of baddies are Madame Olenka, her uncle, and her cousin, known collectively as the Long-ears. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be much reason for them beyond having villains in the story.
While I enjoyed Mister Max immensely, I wondered why Max didn't use his skills to attempt to discover what happened to his parents. Instead, his grandmother did all of the research there while Max was only concerned with making money to maintain his independence.
Overall, the idea is a good one, but not very well done, especially for a middle-grade book. The vocabulary would upset younger readers and the lack of consistency would turn off older ones. The problems Max solves are easily taken care of, with the exception of where his parents are. Still, it is a cute book. Recommended with caveats. ...more
Not having read the first book in this series, I was a little lost at the beginning, but caught up enough to enjoy the overall book. The characters weNot having read the first book in this series, I was a little lost at the beginning, but caught up enough to enjoy the overall book. The characters were well done and the story intriguing. If I had any issues, it was that, at times, the read was slow, especially with everything the author told us was going on. I'd like to have seen the pace keep up with the story a bit more. Still, it was a good story, though I do recommend reading the first one first in order to get the full effect. ...more
Like all Fix-it and Forget-it cookbooks, this one has super easy recipes all of which can be done in a slow cooker. All the recipes use five ingredienLike all Fix-it and Forget-it cookbooks, this one has super easy recipes all of which can be done in a slow cooker. All the recipes use five ingredients (some use six and one uses seven - if you include the options). They are quick, easy, and delicious. A definite recommend for a download.
Living with a gluten intolerant husband has been a challenge at times. Especially when that husband is Italian and loves his food. But Roben Ryberg'sLiving with a gluten intolerant husband has been a challenge at times. Especially when that husband is Italian and loves his food. But Roben Ryberg's books have been a blessing and this one is no different.
She starts the book out by explaining to the reader how they need to have a GF clean kitchen, including cleaning the crumbs out of a toaster - or going with an entirely new GF toaster - and yes, folks, sometimes that is an absolute necessity.
Like most cookbooks, she starts off with appetizers - including the amazing Black Bean and Fresh Corn Salsa, or the Onion Rings, and even multiple types of spring rolls. Then there are entrees, soups, breads, desserts... and everything is so good. I especially like the Microwave Applesauce Muffins and the Linguini with Creamy Shrimp Sauce. And who doesn't love Snickerdoodles?
Okay, enough or I'll get hungrier than I am. The photos were very well done and captioned so you knew exactly what each one was. There was an index that was actually useful and several pages of tips and where to get things you'll need.
Overall, this was one of the better GF books I've seen in a while and know it will get heavy use in my kitchen.
Note: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for a review. ...more