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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- SARAH'S CHILD by Linda Howard


In a split second they were gone . . .
A tragic accident took everything that mattered to Rome Matthews -- his wife, Diane, and their two little boys. And it robbed Sarah Harper of her best friend. In the two years since the tragedy, Sarah has wanted to reach out to Rome, but she knew she needed to stay away, guarding the secret she had kept from him and Diane all those years -- that she was in love with her best friend's husband.
But now Rome needs her. And though another woman will hold his heart forever, Sarah agrees to be his wife, knowing that everything has a price, including love. Then something totally unexpected rekindles her hidden hope that a marriage of convenience will become a union of love. Will Rome keep fighting his own growing need for a woman who dares him to believe there are second chances in life . . . or will he give in to the healing power of love and miracles?  AMAZON 4.5 stars


What a really good emotional story.  It had me close to tears more than once.  Even when it hurt her so badly, Sarah just kept on loving.  She just kept loving Rome back to life. Oh, he fought her so often because he was a strong, vital man, so determined to have things his way.  But he is kind of unprepared for her gentle but just as strong strength that she has.  He is also often mystified by her ability to be cool and almost untouchable when she was around him during their days together.  He so wanted to break through that reserve that she had and a few times he thought her a Ice Queen.   That changes when they marry and he finds that she is able to be wildly passionate in his arms at night.   You could also feel some Rome's pain at what he had lost through the death of his wife and children.  And his slow thaw when it came to his new wife and life.
Because of the title, we know that there is a horrible storm coming, but the author kept the tension up when it came to the how it was going to happen and when.  Of course I knew it wouldn't be a planned pregnancy because Sarah wasn't deceptive.  After finding out about the pregnancy, the tension mounted and there were several things happened that I wasn't expecting.
There was also a really good supporting cast of people. Max, Derek and Marcie, just to name a few.   People who found it so easy to support Sarah.  She just drew people to her.

The link that gave above is for the paperback although I read the eBook ((ISBN13: 9781552545270)
this is the closest picture and info that found on Amazon. 

This the newer picture and link if anyone is interested:  AMAZON

Sarah's Child (Hqn Romance) by [Howard, Linda]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE CUTAWAY by Christina Kovac

The Cutaway: A Thriller by [Kovac, Christina]
The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.

Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.  AMAZON  5 STARS

What a good, intense story with plenty of powerful, high intensity people in it.   In the beginning, I had a little bit of trouble getting into the story.  I'm so glad I kept with it though.  Virginia, wow.  Now she was quite the pit bull when it came to getting a story and not only that, it had to be the truth.  She also wasn't out to destroy people with the truth which made her so refreshing.  She had her code of conduct and she stuck with it.  She was a complex person.   I liked her unique photographic memory that had more to do with pictures than any other kind of content.  She saw just a quick glimpse of a picture and it stuck with her.  I can see now why the book was titled Cutaway.
Secondary people were such a good addition to the book, even though so many times I began to wonder, "Trust this person or don't trust this person?"  The writer pulled you right into Virginia's dilemma pretty easily as time went on. One person who really did seem to have her back was the Evening News Anchor, Ben.  He would get snippy at times and give her attitude too but he did try to help her as much as he could.  They made for a good team.
The office politics were easily believe, it was so like what you see in regular, non-book life.  Some people had to go, they needed to leave their positions.  They abused their power, took credit for others work , intimidated their staff and were just plain unpleasant.  I'll let you read the story to see how that goes.
The twists and surprises in this book were excellent.  Every time I thought I knew the who and the why of what was going on, I found out I was wrong.  The story kept me guessing; I liked that.
The only thing I didn't like was that one relationship ended, I had been pulling for them.  But, *sigh* I guess I can see why it had to work out this way (at least for now?)


I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest thoughts on it.

BOOK REVIEW- TEARS OF THE RENEGADE by Linda Howard


BLACK SHEEP'S RETURN...

The world stopped for Susan Blackstone when she looked across the crowded room and saw the stranger, and then her heart stopped when she learned his name. He was Cord Blackstone, the family black sheep, and her own cousin by marriage, even though her husband had been dead for five long years.

Cord had come back for only one reason: revenge. But he hadn't counted on Susan any more than she had counted on him. Love became the wild card in the battle for control of the family company, and it was too soon to know who had been dealt the winning hand.
 

An Intense story that I really liked.  Great main characters and like the story says Cord is there for revenge.  And the family's dysfunction is right there at the top.  Cord is well described in Susan's thoughts as being so much like a pirate.  She also compares him to a powerful, dangerous untamed tiger.  She has always played it safe but just can't seem to stay away from him. Cord on the other hand is used to being on his own and having no one but himself to watch his back.
The attraction between Cord and Susan is also intense and  the sexual tension between them does get fulfilled. But of course that doesn't solve all of the problems. The emotional parts of the story were well displayed.
There will be a H.E.A.  but not before Susan gets pulled back and forth through the wringer .  She may be a person who is peaceful but when needed her backbone does come out.
I liked the fact that there was a good Epilogue at the end. 

On a side note- I read the older version of this eBook 
ISBN 978-1-4592-0399-0 from 1985

Monday, July 24, 2017

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BOOK REVIEW- BILLIONAIRE UNBOUND by J.S. Scott

Billionaire Unbound: The Billionaire's Obsession ~ Chloe by [Scott, J. S.]
Chloe Colter is finally able to fulfill her dream of getting married after over a decade of school to become an equine vet. But her dreams of a perfect life are shattered when her fiancé becomes abusive, forcing her to finally break away from a destructive relationship. 
Life has always been simple for Gabe Walker…until the moment he kisses Chloe Colter at a New Year’s Eve party. He wants her, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Can he convince Chloe to accept a job at his horse ranch so he can see her every day and slowly watch her passion emerge as she learns to trust a man again? 

The fire between Gabe and Chloe burns hot, but can Chloe finally let go of her horrifying life before Gabe and give him a chance?, Is she strong enough to reach out and take a man who wants her, doesn’t want to change her, and who cares about her exactly as she is? or will the emotional turmoil of how Gabe makes her feel make it even harder for her to heal, and force her to walk away?

Not intended for readers under 18 years of age.AMAZON   4 stars


Chloe and Gabe; what great main characters.    They had known each other for so much of their lives growing up.  They hadn't really seen much each other in a while.  But that kiss on New Year's Eve?  That really did change everything....Gabe saw who Chloe was and he really liked everything about her; just as she is. Chloe had been so worn down by her boyfriend/supposed fiance.  He was all for number 1- himself and his abusive behavior was both verbal and physical.  And he seemed to be escalating.  Time will show just how vile he is.

Gabe treats Chloe like gold; even as he struggles with some hesitation when it comes to being more than just a friend to her.  He knows she needs time to heal.  She is his best friend's sister which should put her off limits.  But that only works for so long because he really does care for her.  I can see why there is a 18+ reader suggestion because there will be sex scenes.
Some surprises are in store, there is a H.E.A.  This a good stand alone story without any real cliffhanger. Although one question remains unanswered.  What happened to Ellie, Chloe's best friend?  There is a quick look into the answers to that in the Excerpt at the back of the book called, "Billionaire Undaunted".



I also really liked the attractive cover for the eBook.






BOOK REVIEW- HIGHLAND HEAT by Mary Wine

Highland Heat (Hot Highlanders Book 3) by [Wine, Mary]
Ruined, Betrayed, and banished...
As brave as she is impulsive, Deirdre Chattan's tendency to follow her heart and not her head has finally tarnished her reputation beyond repair. But when powerful Highland Laird Quinton Cameron finds her, he doesn't care about her past-it's her future he's about to change...
But it's never too late for redemption...
From the moment Quinton sets eyes on Deirdre Chattan, rational thought vanishes. For in her eyes he sees a fiery spirit that matches his own, and he'll be damned if he'll let such a wild Scottish rose wither under the weight of a nun's habit...
With nothing to lose, Deirdre and Quinton band together to protect king and country. But what they can accomplish alone is nothing compared to what they can build with their passion for each other..
.AMAZON 3.5 stars
Both of the main characters were strong people and I liked both of them.   Deirdre had been shamed for being a strong woman.  She had also been betrayed and tossed aside.   
Quinton liked her fiery personality although he didn't exactly treat her well the whole time either.  At least he was one of the few who didn't try to change her.   The attraction between the two was red hot and there was sex a plenty in the story.
The story seemed true to its era where women were used as a commodity for power, and alliances.  When a Highlander found a woman she was his to keep and do whatever he wanted to her.  Deidre in her bid to escape was grabbed by one man after another.  She managed to escape them often by the skin of her teeth.  There was more twists and turns and political shenanigans.  
There is a H.E.A. but Deidre also has some close calls with imprisonment and death before that happens.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- BILLIONAIRE'S VEGAS NIGHT by Claire Adams

Billionaire's Vegas Night: A Standalone Novel (A Billionaire Boss Romance Love Story) (Billionaires - Book #4) by [Adams, Claire]
She didn't expect to end up in her boss' Vegas bed...

How does happily ever after begin? While you can no doubt think up a million romantic ways for it to get started, getting sloppy drunk and passing out probably isn’t one of them. Which is why Luna is so mortified to find herself waking up in her boss’ bed in Vegas, her memory of the night before little more than sporadic flashes.

While she is embarrassed, her billionaire boss, Gabriel, is unfazed. Unlike Luna, he remembers the night before—including their wedding, officiated by Blues Brothers impersonators. No, for Gabriel, everything is just fine. Until the police come knocking at the door of his hotel suite.

And why are they knocking on the door of his hotel suite? Because not one, but two of his ex-girlfriends are in the same hotel as him—and they are both dead. Strangled to death during the night. And he is their number one suspect.

And his alibi can’t remember a thing.

No, this certainly is not how we imagine happily ever after starting, but despite things being less than picture perfect, will Luna and Gabriel be able to carve a path together?  AMAZON 4 STARS

A good story with good main characters.  Both Gabriel and Luna were good people in their own right and also worked well together as a team when it came to work.  Now if only they can communicate as well personally as the tensions increases.  I liked them both and found them interesting.  Not only is the murder case against Gabe a nightmare but so is Gabe's family tensions.  His sister-in-law and his nephew have a lot of resentment towards him and they aren't shy about expressing it.
There is several good secondary people and a mystery of who is trying to frame Gabriel.  Luna's father was at times kind of unlikable in his pushy overprotective ways.   Her best friend Kim showed up in the story as a funny but got your back kind of woman.

It has a good ending with a Epilogue included.  

By the way there will be marital sex in the story.  That's where the steam comes in.