Sunday, July 24, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #30 - The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie, Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt, An Untimely Frost by Penny Richards

The Summer Bride (Chance Sisters, #4)The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have followed the Chance Sisters since their first book and have wondered how Gracie was going to give Daisy an HEA like her sisters. Unlike the other three sisters Daisy is not a lady and never will be. What she has always been is a wonderful fashion designer and in The Summer Bride she finally get her dream, her own store. What else she gets is a very handsome man who wants her for his bride. It is great fun to see what happens after that. A really great ending to the Chance Sisters series. It can be read as a stand alone but for maximum enjoy start with book one, The Autumn Bride.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5)Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hippolyta Royle has a problem. She has been kidnapped and will be forced into marriage if she does not get away. Enter Matthew Mortimer. When Hippolyta does escape Matthew gives her a ride in his coach helping her get away. From there on it is a fun story full of mixups and finally romance. Hippolyta is very rich and Matthew just became the owner of an estate full of debt. A match made in heaven if only they two can get on the same page. This is a novella with very well developed characters and great action. A must read of Maiden Lane fans and a good place to start if you are new to the series.

An Untimely FrostAn Untimely Frost by Penny Richards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Set in 1818 An Untimely Frost is the first book in a new series. Richards did a great job of integrating the history of the time with the back story of the main character while keeping the mystery at the heart of the story front and center. I loved the fact that the main character was a very strong woman who could fake it until she make it using her skills as a actress in her new career as a Pinkerton Operative. Look for a character who is mostly in the background and whose backstory is mostly a mystery. That is a set up for the two to work together in future stories. A very good start to a new mystery series set in a interesting and dangerous time.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - July 22, 2016

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress, #1)The Beginning:

"Midnight. The witching hour some say. Since it was 12:07 A.M. and I was standing over a dead body, I had to agree:

Page 56:

"Stop," he commanded the vehicle. The sound of squealing tires filled my ears, and I was suddenly thrust forward with the momentum of our skid and ultimate stop."

From Awaken Me Darkly, An Alien Huntress Novel, by Gena Showalter. This is the first book in the series. I purchased it quite a while ago when it went on sale for 2.99. It is still in my TBR pile but I have to say I do love the beginning.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #29 - Six-Gun Showdown by Delores Fossen, Cowboy Untamed by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Into Dust by B.J. Daniels

Six-Gun Showdown (Appaloosa Pass Ranch #5)Six-Gun Showdown by Delores Fossen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A must read if you have been following the Appaloosa pass Ranch series. We finally get to the end of the Moonlight Strangler mystery as Paige comes back from the dead and Jax has to keep her safe. She let everyone believe she was dead after her attack to protect Jax and her son. There are a thrill a minute and enough suspects to keep you guessing. There is even a nice HEA for Jax and Paige.

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Cowboy UntamedCowboy Untamed by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grady is another member of the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood. We met both Grady and Sapphire is the last book and saw a immediate spark ignite between the two. Six weeks have passed and Grady is back to help Sapphire with her art show to support the nonprofit pet shelter. Grady is ready to rumble but Sapphire has decided no more romances with artists. Can Grady change her mind. Maybe with the help of a gray cat he names Grandolf. The cat does steal the show and adds some fun to the story. This is part of a series but works just fine as a stand alone.

 Into Dust (The Montana Hamiltons, #5)Into Dust by B.J. Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cassidy is another daughter of Buck and Sarah Hamilton. Jack Durand is part of the mystery from Sarah Hamilton's past. When they meet more of the puzzle that is Sarah is revealed. What is very different in this book is what happens to Jack and Cassidy when they start to learn the truth about Jack's father and Cassidy's mother. Look of a very different ending to their love story. I knew more about the past with this book but there is a whole lot more to be revealed. This is part of a series. It can stand alone but is much better if you read from book one.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #28 – Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt, Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas, Death’s Bright Day by David Drake

Science Fiction

It has been some time since I read Ancient Shores but it was very easy to get back up to speed in Thunderbird.  Now there is a RoundHouse with gates to other worlds.  Some people think it is really great and some want to bomb it into oblivion.  Since the gates are found on the Sioux reservation it belongs to the Sioux.  It is fun to see the worlds that can be reached from the gates and to follow the politics that are such a part of life and the future of the gates. (Hint:  They look a lot like today.)  Look for a fun ending with a hint of things to come.

Historical Romance

I love Lisa Kleypas’s stories and Marrying Winterborne keeps up her record of entertaining stories full of great characters.  We met  Rhys Winterborn and Lady Helen Ravenel in the first book of the series.  As that book closed Lady Helen left to fix her broken engagement to Rhys.  The story picks up form there.  Both Helen and Rhys are interesting characters who come from very different backgrounds.  As they work to stay together Helen learns a secret that threaten to tear them apart.  That adds great tension to the book.  Rhys and Helen have to work for their HEA..

Science Fiction

If you are like me and can’t get enough of Daniel and Adele you will love the latest addition to the series.  Once again there is tension, danger, interesting back-story and great world building.  The story starts at the party for Daniel and his new bride and ends up with a hook for the next book.  In between these two events Daniel and Adele have to go as private citizens to stop a civil war.  Another fun book in the series.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #27 – Visitor by C.J. Cherryh, Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell, Class Zero by Y.A. Marks

Science Fiction

So far there are 5 trilogies plus 2 more books in the Foreigner 
series.  Visitor looks like the second book in trilogy 6 but it reads like it could be the final volume.  All of the familiar characters are back as the kyo arrive for a visit at Alpha Station.  It is Bren’s job to learn why they came and what they want.  I admit that I had a suspicion about who the kyo were at war with and it turns out I was right.  Another interesting novel about how we are all alike and how we are all different. I do hope that there is another book to complete this trilogy.

Science Fiction

This is the final book in the Lost Stars series.  It does end well but I will miss seeing how Iceni and Drakon.  I have enjoyed the push pull of their relationship and how it plays into the action in the books.  While many of the dangers that they have faced are removed in Shatters Spear not every thing is solved. Once again the story is full of fast packed action with a lot of tension thrown in.  A very good ending to a fun series.

Class Zero (Class Zero #1)YA Dystopian Science Fiction

I like to add in some YA books now and then.  Class Zero looked interesting so I requested and received it from Netgally.  Paeton Washington is a interesting main character and the story is told from her point of view.  All she wants to do is keep her head down and not have any trouble.  Doesn’t happen and the way it develops keeps the story moving.  There are some really great characters that along with Paeton drive the action.  There is also a very sweet love story that is developing as Paeton’s life changes.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - June 24, 2016

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas, #3)The Beginning:

"The first suicide arrives one early October night."

Page 56:

"If you could say that the sun was coming out on someones face, that face was Francine Owens."

From Night Shift, A Novel of Midnight, Texas by Sharlaine Harris.