Once Upon A Lord by Julia Regan

Once Upon a Lord (Victorian 19th Century Arranged Marriage Romance) (Lady Rake Mystery Duke Romance)Once Upon a Lord (Victorian 19th Century Arranged Marriage Romance) by Julia Regan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Lord by Julia Regan is the story that had a lot of different elements in place. They all worked together to make the book interesting and likable.

Ivy Hodgson and her sister’s Rose and Lily were all of a marrying age and so the parents started looking for acceptable men. The two oldest sisters wed to men they actually loved. Ivy still lived at home and in her heart of hearts wanted a love match too.

That was not exactly what happened for Ivy. She found herself in a situation at Wisteria Castle that was far from a love match.
The book was sweet and sad to me. I liked Ivy a lot.
I was worried through out the book that Ivy was going to come to a bad end.
The story had plenty of twists and turns that kept it interesting. I do wish it had been longer because I really liked the turn of events in the last quarter of the book.

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Book Reviews:Cupid’s Arrow by Mary Jean Adams

Cupid's ArrowCupid’s Arrow by Mary Jean Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was phenomenal. I thought Christiana Saint-Ange cold at first, but there was something that compelled me to want to like her. I did learn to like her. In fact I learned to respect her and empathize with her. I learned that she had endured enough in her life to make anyone hard on the outside.

How could I not fall in love with Neil blakely? He was a colonial american ship’s captain with the soul of Don Quixote. He was the perfect sea captain and the perfect hero. What a beautiful story this was with love and pain mixed with a great adventure. Neil was such a warm compassionate and fair man. He earned the respect of all that came in contact with him. No matter how much Christiana wanted to dislike him, she failed.

A special visit from Mont Trignon from the earlier book Le Chevalier, made it even better.

Mary Jean Adams has really done an outstanding job with these colonial american’s and their love stories. I truly want to read more about these heroic early Americans. I requested a chance to review this book and was given a copy in order to do so. I am so glad I did.

I am including below the review for Le Chevalier so that you can read more about Mont Trignon. Each book is a stand alone, but it certainly made seeing Honre, Mont Trignon again a pleasure after reading Le Chevalier

Le ChevalierLe Chevalier by Mary Jean Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the most beautiful story of Alex Turner. Alexandra and her twin brother Reid have inherited a tavern from their deceased father. Alex runs the tavern while Reid pursues other interests. Le Chevalier is escorting a French diplomat, Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis had come to America to see if the king of France should intervene in the revolutionary war. The meeting of the main characters happens under the most unexpected circumstances.

Le Chevalier de Mont Trignon happens to be dressed as a French matron named Marie de Noailles in order to gain information. Marie attends a dance posing as the aunt of the Marquis de Lafayette.

For some reason that is a mystery to him Honre, Le Chevalier,is quite taken with this unassuming woman he notices blending in at the dance. He wonders if she is involved in spying or some other business. He then finds out that she is Alex Turner and she is the owner of the tavern where he decides to become a regular customer. He has need of the brother’s information and desire for the sister. He follows her home and is even more intrigued by her.

The story is full of emotion and adventure as they all are hiding secrets that have to do with the war effort. It is quite entertaining to see Honre and Marie try not to be in the same place at the same time. There is so much humor in the tale. I really just loved Honre, even when they were calling him Trig. He was such a wonderful man. He was caring and a gentleman. His actions were so honorable and lovely.

This book makes me realize I have only been reading about English and American heroes and there are beautiful loving French heroes to read about. I really loved the family and friends that made up the list of characters. I would love more stories on this family. They were great!

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First Step Can Be The Hardest

Today I am the proud owner of the first scene in my new book. This work has no title, not even a working title.  It is simply a list of characters and an opening scene.  It is however, more than I had yesterday and it gets me in the location where the characters want to live.  Now these guys have to share with me their story.

I am excited to have this much put down to paper.  Old favorites like Rob and Mel, will be coming by and some new people will show up soon.  This much I  know.  For those that did not know exactly what Melanie looked like, she is already more clear in book 2.

Back to the online editor to get past this first scene.  All the fun is just beginning.  Welcome to my process.

 

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Book Review: A Touch of Ghost by Nic Saint

A Touch of Ghost (The Mysteries of Bell & Whitehouse, #5)A Touch of Ghost by Nic Saint
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book of the Mysteries of Bell and Whitehouse books so I kind of felt confused with the long list of characters at first. Then I started getting into the humor and personalities of these characters. I really thought that Rick and Fee as well as Alice and Reece were cute fun couples. They had several miscommunication moments that were just over the top funny. Poor Rick found himself in such a predicament and really had no clue as to how it appeared to Felicity. Reece had a close call as well that was just shiver worthy.

I think one of the best lines in the books was when when the chief states, “That’s lack of leadership for you, son. Mary ran a pretty tight ship-never had any trouble. And look at this place now. Charlatans kidnapping locals, staff leaving their post, guests behaving like a bunch of headless chickens…Anarchy reigning supreme!” That statement alone takes in so much of the story and made me laugh out loud.

A very fun read for me. I now want to catch up with the other books in the series and see where we go from here. I would like to get to know these crazy characters better. They are something else.

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Book Review: Girl in the Shadows by Angela Pepper

Girl in the Shadows (Diamond Files Mystery, #1)Girl in the Shadows by Angela Pepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first of a new series and I know I am going to love it. What can I say? I loved both Derek Diamond and Abby Silver. Derek is a middle aged detective that has been hired to investigate a murder. He needs an assistant for the week and ends up with Abby Silver. She is with the local temp agency.

This murder of Brock Kensington has the police working hard looking for clues. But Derek was working even harder to get ahead of them. From the beginning he knew this murder was not a random robbery gone wrong.

Derek Diamond’s personality is very charming in a no filter kind of manner. He is very abrupt in the way he deals with Abby. But it is endearing to me and she seems to be able to let it roll off her shoulders. Abby has some insecurities that allow her to accept little nicknames and generalities made by Derek. It was quite fun to read about their interactions. They really work well together with their hidden talents secret weapons, Like Chewie., Derek’s beagle.

These really fun and intelligent characters along with a juicy murder investigation was just the perfect book to start the day. I am itching to see what Derek Diamond does next book!

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Book Reviews: Snatched and Hunted by Alison Golden

Snatched (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 2)Snatched by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed getting to see Diana Hunter in action. She is so intelligent, a true genius,and she sees things so clearly. I liked how she and Detective Peter Hotkinson verbally sparred. It was entertaining. The crime was interesting and the methods that the police force used to figure it out was brilliant.

I am looking forward to reading more about Peter and Diana. They have a great chemistry and he does have that sexy stubble.

Alison Golden brings the characters to life and you can feel the frustration that Peter has when he keeps catching Diana where she is not supposed to be. Diana’s not oblivious to his charms either and finds herself making it look worse for herself due to that attraction. There is plenty of action and adventure packed into this book. In all it is a fun, exciting mystery.

The prequel about Diana Hunter

Hunted (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 1)Hunted by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great learning about Diana Hunter as a young girl and young woman. Leaving her mother and father to go to college at sixteen was hard on her parents, especially on her father who was a detective and knew how much crime there was in the city. Even with Diana’s genius IQ, and defensive training her parents still worried about her.

At nineteen Lydia Hunter is found dead with a suicide note next to her. John and Diana Hunter try to come to grips with the fact that Lydia had killed herself.

There are many twists and turns in this book that make it a fascinating read. Seeing how a genius like Diana handles her mother’s death is very emotional for everyone including her best friend Teddy.

This is a great prequel to her next book, Snatched.

This is my fourth book by Alison Golden and I really enjoyed them all so far. I will be looking for more from her. Here is another review of one of her books Death At The Cafe

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Book Review of The Violet Chain Series

Violet Chain (Violet Chain #1)Violet Chain by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing. There is so much to love about it. First of all I fell in love with Chain. He has made himself into a very prominent developer and has a plan for his life. He has had a past that could have left him broken and sad, but he deals with that in his own way. He is a kind man that once he realizes his feelings wants them to be returned.

Violet was hurt by her cheating fiancee and struggles to get on with life after being hurt by Harrison’s actions. She is not wanting to commit to anyone or anything and is struggling to even get out of bed. Her brother’s are wonderful guys also. They are pained to see her in such a state.

When she meets Chain she is attracted to him as he is a very handsome man. Even after she Googles him she is still attracted. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, but all she wants is to have one night with him. No matter how much she wants it to only be one night together, Chain seems to want more from her. She seems to want him more than once as it seems, she just is so afraid to open herself up to more hurt.

The friends in the book are such a cute couple with their eccentric ways, they liven up the story just by being there. Callie and David are very important to the story.

All the characters are complex and you really get to know them all. J. Kahele has done an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. This book has laughs and tears and a nervous tension that adds to the story. It is a really great read! I am now going to read the second book and get to know them even more. The story does continue in the second book.

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This is the review of Book 2 in the series.

Hidden Truths (Violet Chain #2)Hidden Truths by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading the first book of the series, I wasn’t sure where else the story could go. I was mistaken. There was so much depth to this book. I knew that Chain had secrets in his life, he had stopped speaking to his father years before. These secrets threaten to tear him and Violet apart. These secrets eat away at him and keep him from being open with her about his past and his estrangement from his father.

Violet has dealt with the betrayal by Harrison and had completely moved on. The dangers in her life are on her mind and affect her building relationship. Chain wants to support and comfort her through the process.

There are twists and turns in this book that I never saw coming. My heart was breaking at many parts of the book. So many emotions were generated by the trials and tribulation of Violet and Chain.

Vince and Victor as well as David and Callie are back in this second book and are as personable and lovable as always. This was another very enjoyable book by J. Kahele. Great writing and a great story.

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