Friday, June 18, 2021

Interesting Prequel

Where There's a Will (The Widow Rules #0.5)Where There's a Will by Janna MacGregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A short and sweet prequel to Janna's new series. We meet the three ladies, three books, three ladies. We also meet additional characters who will be important to the series. We also see the problem all three have. What a mess. A plot full of fun. First book comes out this month and I have it on pre-order.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Typical

The Specialist (Norcross Security #3)The Specialist by Anna Hackett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Typical of this series there is danger, tension and romance. Also lots of steamy pages between the action. Fun read and has a intro to the next book. Again Fun Fun Fun

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Monday, June 14, 2021

New Series: (The Brides of Bellaire Gardens #1)

The Scoundrel's Daughter (The Brides of Bellaire Gardens, #1)The Scoundrel's Daughter by Anne Gracie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two great female main characters. Each with secrets in their past and each confronts them when they come out. Both also find their HEA. Gracie writes really interesting characters and put them to the test. First is a new series it is off to a really great start.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Last Strand and Last Book

Last Strand (Elemental Assassin #19)Last Strand by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last Strand and last book in the series. This wraps the plot line up in a very entertaining way. Gin and friends finally win out on the one trying to kill them all. Loved the ending and the story line moved in an interesting way. This kept my attention throughout the book.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Light Reading

Stealing from Mr. Rich (Billionaire Heists #1)Stealing from Mr. Rich by Anna Hackett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

She does not want to steal but to save her brother she will. Of course the victim turns out to be her perfect romantic match. A well used plot point in a story that is heavy on sex and light on other attraction items. Quick read so great for when you want something light and fluffy.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Interesting Plot

Lord Ares (Lords of the Masquerade, #3)Lord Ares by Jade Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lilah Rees meets Aaron at a ball and proposes. She wants a home and family, he thinks love is a trap. This is a nice end to the Lords of the Masquerade. Both are great characters with strong opinions. Their trip to a HEA is full of fun moments, tension, romance and a story line that includes previous characters in the series.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Great Characters

Murder on Wall Street (Gaslight Mystery, #24)Murder on Wall Street by Victoria Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sarah Brandt Malloy and Frank are pulled into a murder investigation. Along the line they encounter other interesting new and previous characters who play a important role in the story. I was surprised by who done it and they did it not once but twice. This is a very good addition to the story. At time I have worried that the series would end but here the story line, the plot and the characters still shine. Way to go Victoria Thompson.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Great Vacation

Holiday for the Alpha: A Badari Warriors NovellaHoliday for the Alpha: A Badari Warriors Novella by Veronica Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daegan needs a change and Flo knows just what to do to give it to him. Love the look at the two as they are off on their own. Flo really gave Daegan the change of location that he needed. Of course it did not all go as planned but the change kept it interesting. Nice side story in the Badari Warriors series.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Great New Series

A Gladiator's Tale (Leonidas the Gladiator Mysteries #2)A Gladiator's Tale by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leonidas and Cassia just keep getting better. I loved where Leonidas day dreams children and who they will look like. Again there is murder and revenge is at the heart. Just seemed that the villain was unexpected by all. Great series, waiting for next book.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Typical Is Not Bad

Trouble In Big Timber (Mills & Boon Heroes) (Cardwell Ranch: Montana Legacy, Book 5)Trouble In Big Timber (Mills & Boon Heroes) by B.J. Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ford and Hitch meet because of an old flame of Ford's. They have to find out if Ford is being used to get away with murder. Along the way there are some interesting characters who work with and against them. This is typical of B. J. Daniels stories. Lots of action, tension, danger, and a background romance.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Nic Filler

The Rake Mistake (The Wild Wynchesters #1.5; Heist Club #1)The Rake Mistake by Erica Ridley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miss Philippa York want more than she has and what she does not want is a husband. We get to follow her as she spreads her wings with the Wild Wynchesters. They do catch a rake, Philippa does not get a husband and this adds to the world of the Wild Wynchesters. A nice read while waiting for the next full length book in the series.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Must Read for Fans

Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (The Murderbot Diaries, #4.5)Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory by Martha Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Told from the viewpoint of Dr. Mensah, this follows her as she tries to readjust after almost dying. Murderbot is a side figure in this short story. It does fill in a gap between books. A must read for Murderbot fans.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Timely

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4)The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this is Wayfarers #4 you can start reading here as this series is very different. In fact all four books can stand alone. I loved the story line but did have a hard time with how to navigate the story. I kept skipping action and having to go back and find what I missed. And I did not want to miss any part of the story. This is about perceptions about people and what happens to those perceptions when you are thrown together. A good story for this time. We need to go past perceptions and find out who people really are.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Difficult Ending

Transient Desires (Commissario Brunetti #30)Transient Desires by Donna Leon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Commissario Brunetti is at it again. What seems to be a simple turns out to lead to a much more serious. It is fun to travel with Brunetti as he goes from interview to interview. Information that leads to a serious crime starts to unravel as he talks to person after person. Loved th story, hated the ending.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Forgetable

The Bodyguard (Norcross #4)The Bodyguard by Anna Hackett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not much to this one. Lots of sex. Reads a little like a reverse Megan and Harry story. White princess and black bodyguard. Entertaining but not one to remember. Mind candy.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Some Success

Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)Last Guard by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Payal Rao is the perfect Psy or is she. For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. Surely they cannot be a match but of course they are. The two are fighting to save the Psy-
Web and it will take everything they have to find any measure of success. This is just a well plotted tale that moves the story line along. While Payal and Canto do find some answers they is still a long way to go for the Psy to survive. Love those bears. They add some humor to the story.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Forgiveness Required

A Proposal for the Unwed Mother (Twins of the Twenties #2)A Proposal for the Unwed Mother by Lauri Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some secrets just have to escape. For Jenny it escapes when Conner shows up at the door. There have been many secrets in the story line. There is also a lot of forgiveness if they are to be together. Set in the 1920's there is also a history mixed in with the plot. This is classic Lauri Robinson. I am a long time fan.  Missed the first book so plan to go back and read.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Looks vs. Intelligence

The Duke and the Wallflower (The Unwanted Dukes Book 1)The Duke and the Wallflower by Jessie Clever
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A clever use of the importance of looks vs. intelligence. Lady Eliza Darby has one but not the other. She does not expect to ever marry and she so wants children. Then Dax Kane comes into her live and all changes. There is a lot of tension and mistrust between the two and it takes the entire book to get them to their HEA.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Who Did It

Undercover Duke (Duke Dynasty, #4)Undercover Duke by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage and Vanessa Pryde are made for each other but both think the other is not interested in any romance. Then throw in the mystery of who killed the previous Dukes and thing just get out of hand. Nice conclusion to the series. I did know how did it long before any of the character's got a clue.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Could Not Wait

Guild Boss (Ghost Hunters, #14)Guild Boss by Jayne Castle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great return to Harmony. Still the alien influence and the danger they left behind. Our two main characters (0h wait, three with the dust bunny) find plenty of danger and added tension as they try to ignore the attractions. Love the new world building. Harmony still has surprises. Does not come out until July I just could not wait after I got the ARC. No spoilers.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Surprise

Shadow (Alien Castaways #4)Shadow by Cara Bristol
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mandy Ellison has moved to Argent, Idaho where our alien castaways live. Shadow is one of the first aliens she meets and it is attraction at first sight or is it. Something is missing and it is changing how they interact. Shadow needs a mate and Mandy would like to apply but something is missing. Great story and mystery about the two. Loved the ending. A surprise that took time to spring on us the readers but worth the wait.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Great Mix

The Lady Has a Past (Burning Cove, #5)The Lady Has a Past by Amanda Quick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lyra Brazier and Simon Cage are a interesting mix. When they get together their talents merge. A missing person, a long standing arrangement, and the need to find Raina Kirk keeps them both going. Love the mix of past and present characters. Also you really get two couples for the price of one.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Important Issues

Unfinished BusinessUnfinished Business by J A Jance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unfinished Business is both complex and interesting. It touches on several issues that are part of the news today. Jance does a great job linking the issues to the plot. A new character is added to the mix and it looks like this one is here to stay. Great story line and character mix. Don't miss this one.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

More Murderbot

Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station I knew it was going to be an interesting ride. I was right. Murderbot is the same as ever, very snarky but having to hold it in this time as working with humans who were not enemies lead to a external change. Loved the action and the supporting characters. Loved returning to meet Murderbot again.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Nice Visits

Krash (Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides, #7)Krash by Cara Bristol
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A chance to meet with the previous 6 couples while watching Krash find his mate. There are problems as Cyan Blue thinks he is a fake and Krash is on earth to forget being pushed aside for another. This is a fun series with the planet Drakon at its heart.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Walk Through Memory Lane

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First CenturyNomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a walk through memory lane for me. So many of the places in the book were places I visited when I had a RV. What was not memory lane was how Linda and friends made their living and how hard it was. I was left with questions? How are this group of people doing during the pandemic. Looking and hoping to find out. This is a great read for all income groups. It really points out how income defines class. This was a book club book.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

A Re-visit

Colony On Fire Haven Colony Book Two: (The Sectors SF Romance Series)Colony On Fire Haven Colony Book Two: by Veronica Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was good to see Chief Ranger Micah Navonn of the Calinurra and Dr. Saffia Mandell again. Two years have passed and they are still going strong. There are some problems but the really big one happens when they are half a world apart. That brings a problem to light and a solution is coming. A nice addition to the series in a story with great characters.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Not My Cup of Tea

The Bookstore on the BeachThe Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I juist wanted this to be over. There should have seen some tension in the plot line but for me it was just something I kept reading but never bought into. I did see what would happen at the end but it was not very clean cut. Instead it was hard to buy into to the missing husband not to mention the Mother's hidden history.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Nice Addition

Blood Debts (Leonidas the Gladiator Mysteries, #1.5)Blood Debts by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novella expands the knowledge we have of Cassia and Leonidas. There is a murder and a solution. Finding that solutions takes the two across Rome and into the countryside. A nice story and a good way to get my Leonidas fix as I wait for the next book

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Several Plot Lines

Death at the Crystal Palace (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #5)Death at the Crystal Palace by Jennifer Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great addition to the series. Once again Kat solves the mystery before any others. Seems her job as cook gives her a view denied others. We learn more about the cast of characters as the follow several different plot lines.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Grat New Series

Blood of a Gladiator (Leonidas the Gladiator Mysteries, #1)Blood of a Gladiator by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leonidas and Cassia are really great characters. They form a team working together to build a new life. I loved the visual descriptions of Rome in the time of Nero. Great new series with lots of possibilities for plot points. Pick this up for a fun read.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

My Enemy or Not My Enemy

Heiress In Red Silk (A Duke's Heiress #2)Heiress In Red Silk by Madeline Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who knows why the will was written as it was but it is still making many unhappy. Rosamund Jameson is not unhappy about being one of the heirs Kevin Radnor does not care about the money Rosamund inherited. He does want something else she has. Fun at times and serious a times this gives a interesting look at past characters while giving Rosamund and Kevin a HEA>

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Friday, April 2, 2021

New Solutions

Space Baby (Interstellar Sheriff Book 4)Space Baby by Jenny Schwartz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good to see everyone again. Two years have passed and things have changed. New characters, new president and new problems. Leave it to Them to find the solution where their did not seem to be one. I love this series. The things I expected were not there. Instead I found a much better story and more room for interesting plots.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Who is watching who

Adverse Possession (The Anna Albertini Files, #3)Adverse Possession by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anna is down to just one man and that one is Aiden Devlin. This is a interesting watch as Devlin moves between two worlds while keeping a close watch on Anna. Of course there is danger and tension and romance on several fronts. Great characters and a fun plot.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Who and Why

What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr, #16)What the Devil Knows by C.S. Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One again we follow Sebastian as he moves through the underbelly of London seeking The Who and the Why. Two important men has been killed and the past and the present seem to be colliding. Great addition to series. Other important plot points also arrive as the story continues.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Cute and Fun

Sweeping Ashley (Grim Dating #2)Sweeping Ashley by Eve Langlais
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happens when you promise your first born but there is no first born. That is where Derrick and Ashley come into the story. They are not a match - no never, never, never. Fun to see them try to ignore their attraction. Seems someone else knows them better they they know themselves. Cute Fun Read

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Quirky

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who says you can't go home again. Sunshine Vicram has just proved that saying false. Even so her first day as sheriff keeps her more than busy. There is a large cast of characters supporting a plot filled with fun, danger, tension and friendship. Great start to a new series. Loved the setting and all the quirks that go with it.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Look Below the Surface

Lord Satyr (Lords of the Masquerade Book 2)Lord Satyr by Jade Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A cute story that stresses looking deeper into someone - don't take the surface look. Lord Sayres and Lady Gwen our main characters are more than they seem. I loved seeing them get together and finally find both what made them happy and their HEA.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Book Two

Picnic in Someday Valley (Honey Creek, #2)Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book two in this new series we get to see all the characters and left over story line. Something new - something old - and something that is such fun to read. I love the large cast of characters and how they all end up interweaving in each others lives. A great read for this time of our lives.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Did Not See That Coming

Wild Sign (Alpha & Omega, #6)Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charles Cornick and Anna Latham are two of my favorite characters. They are such opposites and that is what makes them such a good fit. Once again they are off on a mystery and it just keep getting bigger and bigger. While they work through what is going on we get to see more the two and their relationship. Big surprise at the end. I didn't. see it coming.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Not What I Expected

CrosslineCrossline by Russ Colchamiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This did not live up to the hype. It had too many familiar trops and not enough new and different elements. I kept reading but it just never captured my attention and did not draw me into the story.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Not My Favorite

LegacyLegacy by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This just went on and on and the main focus for the plot was pretty thin. I kept reading hoping for more substance and less changing points of view. OK for Nora Roberts fans. For me it was something I started skimming through trying to get to the meat of the story.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Finally Free

Soul of Eon (Eon Warriors #8)Soul of Eon by Anna Hackett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Instant Mating. That is unheard of but it happens in time. Just as it happens the two mates are captured and must escape. Look for some surprises, lots of danger, romantic tension and finally home free. There is a hint about the next book so stay tuned.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Something Missing

Reckless Road (Torpedo Ink #5)Reckless Road by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked Player and Zyah is certainty his perfect mate. Of course he messes everything up when he cannot tell reality from fantasy. There is a lot of tension in the story as well as a look at other members of Torpedo Ink. I like the story line but felt that something was missing at the end. Still a must read series for me.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

More to Come

The Russian CageThe Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lizbeth Rose is back and off on another adventure. Eli is in trouble and she travels to the Holy Russian Empire to save him. Along the way new and old characters play a part in the story line. There is tension but not as much as I expected. I enjoyed seeing Eli's family and watching Lizabeth interact with both high and low members of the government. All is well that ends well so that is true for this part of the story. More to come so we will see what happens next.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

More Black Jewels

The Queen's Weapons (The Black Jewels #11)The Queen's Weapons by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is always fun to visit the world of the Black Jewels. This has all the elements the series is famous for. The action fits the characters and the world they live in. There is not a lot of romance here, there is a lot about raising teens when their Father is the most powerful man alive. That drives the action and the tension if often over the top. I found myself wanting to yell just do what is right. Did not help.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Flat

The Vineyard at Painted MoonThe Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Never did catch me. The characters were flat. The plot was like many others except that it too was flat. There was a lot of information about wine and growing the grapes to make wine. That was not enough to excite me. I saw what was going to happen before it did so some satisfaction that I could out guess the author

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Hard to Put Down

The Dark Archive (The Invisible Library, #7)The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fast Paced and full of action. Once again old enemies are out to bet our friends from the Library. As they are drawn into another mystery and as people are again trying to kill them they have to move fast to stop disaster. In the end another mystery appears - one just for us the readers.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

NIce Tension

Courage Under Fire (Silver Creek, #2)Courage Under Fire by Lindsay McKenna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like Linsay McKenna's books but always wish for a little less force in the focus. This time it is women's rights; a very timely topic. Carissa Taylor needs to hide and Chase is just the one to hire her. His ranch is perfect until the unthinkable happens. Nice action and tension to keep the story going. I want to see what else happens in this valley.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A End to the War

Debt of War (The Embers of War, #3)Debt of War by Christopher G. Nuttall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kat and William work to end this war. The surprising information from the end of the last book leads to the two working together again. Plenty of danger and tension with a satisfying ending. I do wonder if we have seen the last of these two as they take off on a five year assignment.

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