Thursday, February 25, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #4

I am still on a cruise ship with limited and slow internet so short reviews with no links or cover photos.

Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas – Jubilee Hamilton and Charlie Collins are the next two lost souls to find love and happiness at Ransom Canyon, the Harlequin series  by Thomas.  I loved how Jubilee and Charlie start out working for a common goal but determined to stay away from romance and love.  There was not rush to romance here.  Just an interesting and sweet work up to a HEA.  Jubilee’s self-adsorbed sister is a nice comic relief to the story.  Both Charlie and Jubilee have big hearts and by the end of the book they have grown to a family of four.  There is a mystery attached that adds danger and tension to the story.

Coltons Surprise Heir by Addison Fox - Ethan Colton and Lizzie Conner are made for each other but Ethan has a lot of work to do before they can become a couple.  It all starts with the two meeting for the first time in several years.  It is only one night but a baby is the result.  When Lizzie is in danger she turns to Ethan for help and that starts the beginning of a long-term relationship between the two.  Add in the Alphabet Killer still killing and the man obsessed with Lizzie for additional tension.  This is the second book in the Coltons of  Texas series.  It can stand-alone but it is early in the series so get book one so you can read in order.

Burt Holmes, P.I. by A. M. Roelke – Ancestral Ship Captains are a very new to me and I suspect to other Science Fiction readers.  The fact that this one is just 14 is an another surprise.  Burt Holmes was a policeman but is now a P.I. who works mostly on divorce cases.  He is surprised when Wade Hamiltion, an ancestral Ship Captain wants to hire him to find and protect a witness.  Wade is only fourteen and skips between being the deadly ship captain and an insecure young girl.  Holmes has a hole in his past.  He killed a man but does not remember doing it and it turns out there is a lot more he does not remember.  All of that comes out as he works on Wade’s case.  A great mystery with a very interesting setting.  I loved the Ancestral Captain concept and the space station the story is set on.  I hope this is the first in a series and not a stand-alone.

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel – The Cold Between is both a mystery and a romance.  It all starts when Elena goes on shore leave and does something very out of character for her.  She goes home with a man she meets at a bar.  They have an instant attraction but both know it is a one-time thing.  She is on shore leave off of a space ship and he lives on the planet.  What neither knows is that he is about to be framed for murder.  The victim is a crewmember on Elena’s ship and is also her former lover. The killing took place while Elena is with him so she knows he is innocent.  From there the story goes in several directions.  Part of the past becomes very important as tension and danger keep ramping up.  This is one of those books you really do not want to put down.  I loved the world building and the skillful use of back-story.  The end was a surprise but also realistic.  This is the first time I have read a book by Elizabeth Bonesteel but I plan to see what else she has written and check them out.

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder – Yelena and Valek are once again in big trouble. It starts when Yelena finds out she is pregnant.  Valek is thrilled but trouble with the Commander soon leads to both being in very great danger.  While this is a great story on its own it is also a lead in to the next book in the series.  Nothing is solved but a lot is explained as both Elena and Valek are in non-stop danger.  A surprise was finding out more about Valek’s past and what happens when he finally returns to his childhood home.  This can be read as a stand-alone but is much better if read as part of the series.

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