How would a childhood tragedy affect your growing years? For Sandy Short she became OCD with losing items after a classmate at the age of ten disappeaHow would a childhood tragedy affect your growing years? For Sandy Short she became OCD with losing items after a classmate at the age of ten disappears. Things that go missing worry Sandy and her parents are beside themselves with her constant need to find what is missing. Sandy is hooked up with a counselor at school but her need to find never stops and thus her job as a police officer in the missing person department fits her well. Of course, there are a handful of individuals she never finds and these people she carries around with her and is always following up on leads to discover something new. Introduce another fellow whose brother has gone missing a year ago, he contacts Sandy to help him and after a brief passing of each other... Sandy goes missing, Jack is now the person trying to locate Sandy and in the process he discovers where his brother is. On the other hand, we the readers, discover where all the missing items and people go, Sandy has found them. We know that the movie Wizard of Oz comes into play here, but to what extent? Has Sandy found a worm hole, or maybe a rabbit hole of reality? Is there a rip in the space time continuum? So many possibilities... Sandy finds many on her list of missing including the first person to go in her life, but not Donald... Was it a mere accident, a whimsy dream, a coma like status that heightens her conscious brainwaves?
Sandy's therapist begs for her to accept the losses, to attend meetings for OCD individuals and she does this for him but still she has always looked for the many not found. I believe in the end... Sandy discovers her joys are right in front of her and she best count her blessings.
There were so many things to consider while reading this story. Time, relationships, people, consequences, acceptance, death, grief, closure. This story moved from the past to the present through out the story and flowed with a magical quality.
While not as good as Hurricane Hannah, it did have Buster the Alligator... and a talking bird. It's an island and refuge for both parties who fall inWhile not as good as Hurricane Hannah, it did have Buster the Alligator... and a talking bird. It's an island and refuge for both parties who fall in love. Both have been jilted. One, a preacher, decided religion was about delivering messages from God to live a better life than what was good for the church of the parish he was working for... money talked there but Mark wasn't interested in that and he left the parish and the prestige... so did his fiance. She was all about the prestige, the name and the money. Lynn, a scientist, was involved with a professor who stole her working thesis while she was away dealing with her Aun'ts death. He even had it published. Since Lynn was an intern, her protests of him stealing her work were not believed or... her ex led her to believe that decision. Mark is still a preacher and Lynn is now a science teacher on the island. Lynn and Mark really discover each other only after the meddling ghost/spirit of Delphine arrives. Delphine wants Lynn to be happy, to pursue life, to love a partner in life... A series of events occur chancing that fate; that both parties will fall in love despite the odds.... Gambling a huge past time on this island... may the odds be ever in your favor. Ha! Cute title, preachy at times with a couple sizzle sex scenes... I thought the ending was flat but I enjoyed the theology lesson....more
A book of secrets, the Vietnam war, snipers, CIA, hired killers, Washington D.C., Ohio, and cops in New Orleans. What does Karen know and why are allA book of secrets, the Vietnam war, snipers, CIA, hired killers, Washington D.C., Ohio, and cops in New Orleans. What does Karen know and why are all the accidents occurring? Karen is summoned to New Orleans from her Ohio home to identify the remains of her father who was killed on the streets. She had not seen him for years, he didn't know her mother was dead. It was a hard reunion, but Marc helped her through all the details and in those few, short days... fell in love.
Why does someone want Karen dead, what does she know? What secret government knowledge does her dad have? A quick, suspenseful read with some red hot scenes in the bedroom. I'm quite interested in checking out the rest of the series. ...more
I'm in love with this series of walkers and werewolves with a hint of fae and vampires. Mercy is a tough coyote and I'm pleased with the outcome of thI'm in love with this series of walkers and werewolves with a hint of fae and vampires. Mercy is a tough coyote and I'm pleased with the outcome of the Adam and Sam saga. This title lead us down a murder mystery that was affecting the faes in their compound/reservation. Mercy's nose was needed to catch the killer and bring justice to the fae world and all their magic lore within items. Humor, romance, mystery and more...
"'A cowboy, a lawyer, and a mechanic watched Queen of the Damned' I murmured. Warren, who had once, a long time ago, been a cowboy, snickered and wiggled his bare feet. 'It could be the beginning of either a bad joke or a horror story.'"
Kyle, the human and lawyer and Warren, the werewolf, were a couple and Mercy is a best friend. They hang together all the time and I find it delightful. The characters are all fleshed out well and sound like real people living life, the American dream. That is what the werewolves want since they have come out to the humans but since the fae were first, the humans were scared and down right bullies. Hence the reservations for the fae. Sound familiar??? A realism look at what society would do with fantasy creatures that go bump in the night, they only thought were part of lore and stories. I do love the mentions of poems that an author wrote regarding the charming fae whom one must never thank. ...more
A science experiment for Rina Lowell as the newly appointed advice columnist and a committed challenge for Colin as he tries to get the paper out of tA science experiment for Rina Lowell as the newly appointed advice columnist and a committed challenge for Colin as he tries to get the paper out of the red. His adoptive father groomed him to be a newspaper man/anchor man and when the world bit him on the ass, Colin left... ran far far away. Now, Colin has to save the paper from ruins as his step-mother has other ideas how to run the paper while her husband is re-couping from a stroke in the hospital. She thinks advice columns and other fluff will change the direction, but long time ad accounts are not happy. Can Colin get the paper back in the black and enjoy seducing Rina? Will the plan backfire and lead him into permanent temptation? Rina may be to hot for Colin, as her two year hiatus from being a widow is all about change... for the better. Cute story, nice second chance for both characters, holiday cheer and plenty of hot romance make this an easy, quick read for the day. Always and forever a fan of Carly Phillips stories!...more
Roni wants to be a hard core newspaper reporter and tries to go over the top which lands her into trouble often. She meets Brian at the principal's ofRoni wants to be a hard core newspaper reporter and tries to go over the top which lands her into trouble often. She meets Brian at the principal's office one day when both of them were waiting to speak about their current crimes. Roni had only tried to speak Alicia about the facts of her attack but it leads to a confrontation and detention. Brian has created a mess in the chemistry lab... again so he is also on detention. Together they hook up to look for clues when they get word that Alicia has gone missing from her dr. appointment late that afternoon. They find more trouble and the truth but they both still end up being grounded. Mysteries that take on a bit of the Nancy Drew element with a touch of the present day motives and technology. Brian and Roni make a great team even though they stumble upon the clues and or cause grief with the locals including Roni's mom who works for the mayor and Brian's mom who is a detective on the police squad....more
A very quick read and a traumatizing one. Home Invasion in a small town where everyone knows each other is rare but add in the elements of strangers lA very quick read and a traumatizing one. Home Invasion in a small town where everyone knows each other is rare but add in the elements of strangers looking for a quick fix of money to feed their drug addiction of Meth and you have a whole lot of trouble. Possible rape situations and just for hell of it.... add an ice storm of the century. I wish the story was a touch longer especially (view spoiler)[ the aftermath when they were both safe. I'm having a hard time believing that their romance blossomed that soon unless they had spent several days alone, getting to know each other. I realized they knew each other from school but more time would add validity to the subject. The house should have contain just enough supplies until the rescue squad/tow trucks were able to get the mountain home. As we know was what would happen since his father is the Sheriff. (hide spoiler)] and then it ended just that quickly. Great sit on your edge of seat thriller, suspense thought that is for sure! Part of my Christmas in July quest....more
Well, here is another book I have known about for a very long time and have just now devoured! Fast paced, sexy, undercover operation with hopped up sWell, here is another book I have known about for a very long time and have just now devoured! Fast paced, sexy, undercover operation with hopped up street cars. All named, of course! I loved the premise behind the men in the Steele Street Company. Second chances for teenagers with too much time on the their hands and an ability to find trouble. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. If you are a fan of the movies Fast and Furious, then you will enjoy this book. But the good guys are driving the fancy rides this time. ...more
This cozy had a bit of everything: psycho neighbor aka religious nut, mental patients, crazy friends, even crazier family, an ex-boyfriend, a soon toThis cozy had a bit of everything: psycho neighbor aka religious nut, mental patients, crazy friends, even crazier family, an ex-boyfriend, a soon to be ex-husband, a stray dog and a cute Vet. Add the element of two near death misses and puppies. It was a great way to spend my Sunday morning... loads of chuckles with a little bit of sex....more
I love reading romance novels set in the English ton and the Highlands. More Highland driven... these character's stories were all around the ChristmaI love reading romance novels set in the English ton and the Highlands. More Highland driven... these character's stories were all around the Christmas holiday. The language was delightful to read and I read a few passages out loud for my own ears. Interesting that Christmas was more about the decorations and the feast than present giving but nonetheless three great stories. The second story was my favorite. The first story ended to soon and left too many gaps, but I enjoyed the dastardly wicked ways of the unscrupulous men and what a gentlemen with words as his power, could wield. I especially loved the traveling about in the castle, all the twists and secret passages. Funny thing... I read the third story first and it was my second favorite. Both men and women were of different, non usual ton characters... They had flaws. It has been awhile since I read an old fashion regency story. Bloody Hell, I've missed historical romance....more
Well the title began like a fairy tale and I love fairy tales.... I also love reading Lisa Plumley. She is a fun, romantic writer with lovable charactWell the title began like a fairy tale and I love fairy tales.... I also love reading Lisa Plumley. She is a fun, romantic writer with lovable characters. I especially love that the men have untraditional jobs and some are a bit nerdy. Can't go wrong with any of the three stories in this book but my personal favorite was Mistletoe and Holly....more
Loved all the stories but my favorite was the third story. Under the Mistletoe by Elaine Coffmann, featuring two unlikely people who fall in love andLoved all the stories but my favorite was the third story. Under the Mistletoe by Elaine Coffmann, featuring two unlikely people who fall in love and find closure for what is missing in their lives. Laugh out loud comical with 7 children, one cat, a nanny and a housekeeper. These neighbors will keep the good Dr. perplexed until he decides he has a hole in his life just him and the dog Plato. I love Lisa Plumley so her story would be the next favorite -- Merry Merry Mischief. A former couple who team up to babysit his baby cousin when the boss and wife are stuck overseas with a snow storm. Lisa Jackson's story, A Baby for Christmas, was cute but felt rushed; nevertheless I enjoyed it very much. Kylie Adams, Holiday Stud was a bit unbelievable and corny and yet I found myself smiling at the end....more
I love this series with Mercy! Interesting that a demon was possessing a vampire.... I'm a bit torn on Mercy's love life at the moment, but I'm sure tI love this series with Mercy! Interesting that a demon was possessing a vampire.... I'm a bit torn on Mercy's love life at the moment, but I'm sure things will all work out in the end. A mix of Fae, shapeshifters, vamps and werewolves and reality is only the werewolves and Fae have come out of the closet. Looking forward to the next title and another adventure with Mercy and her crew....more
Brilliant, smart and stunning 5 star if not, in fact, ten star read. Wow! Laura Lippman packs a punch and I mean the second book was better than the fBrilliant, smart and stunning 5 star if not, in fact, ten star read. Wow! Laura Lippman packs a punch and I mean the second book was better than the first one. I can't wait to get my hands on book three of the series. I work for a newspaper, albeit a small one, but the deadlines, the computer lingo and the editing are all something I know about. Laura writes a very smart read and a fantastic mystery/story line. Feeney is fast becoming my favorite second star in the series and third will be Esskay. I didn't expect a certain portion of the book and well my emotions got to me... I cried, the subject, the way it was written, it felt real and I hope for my sanity it was made up. (view spoiler)[ I can't stand it when animals are abused, it breaks my heart and chews up my soul (hide spoiler)] Thank goodness for goodreads, because without this link.... I don't when I would have discovered Laura Lippman....more
Stunning book in the series or the hunt for Gretchen Lowell. So many angles to keep track of that Gretchen seemed like she was in the background, whenStunning book in the series or the hunt for Gretchen Lowell. So many angles to keep track of that Gretchen seemed like she was in the background, when in reality she was always right in front of the investigation. I loved that the time frame was Halloween, an easy way for her to travel incognito. And I knew the neighbor was up to no good from the last book. I sensed that evil was afoot. Trust no one Archie..... Great book! Susan was at the top of her game as usual, her mother, the hippie was a hoot, Henry and Gwen as a couple expecting... I love! Chelsea has the knack to create a story and do a sleight of hand impression with her words. A magician, a seer, a born storyteller. I'm in sensory overload from this title and I'm seeking other dark books to read. So far in the gruesome section Fear Nothing and The Bone Thief are winning!...more
Delightful, funny, romantic and silly. Loved that the professor had to get married to obtain a position at a college and that he chose his nutty/artsyDelightful, funny, romantic and silly. Loved that the professor had to get married to obtain a position at a college and that he chose his nutty/artsy neighbor to help him out. Two misfits who were designed to enhance each other's needs without even knowing it. Love is blind and opposites do attract. I love everything I read by this author but my favorite is still Agnes and the Hitman. When you need funny and some romance.... choose a title by Jennifer Crusie...more