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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- RAZOR SHARP








Razor Sharp (Sisterhood Book 14) by [Michaels, Fern]
A Friend In Need…Needs The Sisterhood

When it comes to repaying a debt, the women of the Sisterhood—Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle—never forget. And now one of their allies needs help only they can give. A powerful attorney with a cut-throat reputation, Lizzie Fox has just taken on a high-profile new client—Lily Flowers, the Madam of a high-end bordello operating under the guise of a summer camp.
The chips—a.k.a. the prominent Washington politicians who frequent the bordello—are stacked against Lily and her girls. But one phone call to the Sisterhood might just swing the vote. And soon, even the highest courts in the land will prove no match for seven fearless friends determined to ensure that real justice is served, Sisterhood style.  AMAZON  4 STARS

I liked this one but it is a bit different.  There was a lot of story before the "girls" even get involved as a team.  Still, it was good and really went quickly.  After they started to sort things out, they had a plan this time.  Well, more of one anyway. They also were in for a surprise when it came to the plots of the main evil person.  I liked how the author didn't give it away right away but made me wait for it.  Great job of drawing it out.  At least one of the team had a theory about the who and why of it and it turns out she was spot on.  But we don't get to know that until much later on.
  Lizzie and Cosmo were so sweet in this one too.  Smart as a whip, both of them and crazy in love.  They had people shaking their heads because of how unlikely a couple they were.  Bert Navarro had more to do in this one as Director of the F.B.I.  He has to play it carefully because he's kind of between a rock and a hard place.  But he pulls it off.  Got to like that Bert.  Myra and Annie are keeping the team together.  Annie is one "wild" woman in the group and she's making up for lost time.  I enjoyed the personal relationships so much, I'm going to hate it when this series ends.
Charles is still AWOL just as he was missing from the last book. Is he coming back?  If he does, drama will definitely hit the fan.  The girls and the secondary string seem to be doing pretty good without him but still Myra misses him and he added a flavor all of his own.  If he does return, things have changed so much.  He might be surprised that his word is no longer law and the ladies are more independent than they were; Myra included.  Should make things interesting.

I do have to agree with another reviewer on Amazon that the ending seemed a bit rushed.  The punishment phase was creative but kind of felt like some things were left hanging.  Not enough of a  big deal to make me quit reading the series though.  Just hoping the next book to better,  back to the quality I expect from the author.

Monday, February 27, 2017

How to Crochet my Amigurumi Baby - Pt 1

How to Crochet my Amigurumi Baby - Pt 2

BOOK REVIEW- THE WITNESS by Nora Roberts

The Witness by [Roberts, Nora]

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems designer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights.
And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.  AMAZON  5 STARS

I loved  this book.  It had a great start. Even at the beginning it was an unusual, unique story.  And it continued on in that way.  In a very intense way.  The main characters were awesome, beginning with Elizabeth. She was such a great character and I enjoyed her overcoming all the stuff thrown at her.  A great heroine.   The more that time went on I liked Brooks better and better.  As a police chief, he wasn't anything like I was expecting and that was great!   His mother Sunny was a kick and her name fit.  The quirky town was the best of a small town, noisy, friendly, warm and for the most part welcoming.  That put a major cog in Abigail's pan to be invisible.  No matter how hard she tried to stand off, and not get involved, it just didn't work.  Brooks confused her, annoyed her and finally wore her down with his curiosity, patience and kindness.  Even her guns, coolness towards him, and even her fiercely protective dog really didn't keep him out. And darn it, she began to like him.  She didn't want to but she was beginning to.  There conversations were often so funny.  She didn't do normal real well, having no example of it.  It didn't take long for him to understand her and give her space when she needed it.  Great romance, so sweet at times.  Great give and take between them, of course it happened more and more over time.
That same town was not without its own dramas, and it was well written as well.


The whole book kept me interested and on the edge of my seat




Saturday, February 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FAMILY AFFAIR by Fern Michaels

A Family Affair by [Michaels, Fern]
In a city built on dreams, Trisha Holiday makes her living moving like one. But out of her dancer’s costume, she’s as down-to-earth as they come. That’s why she ignores the admiring note that arrives backstage after one of her ethereal performances. Yet the sender, a wealthy foreign prince, isn’t easily dissuaded. An American education has made Malik long for the freedom to choose his own bride—and the woman he wants is Trisha.

After a breathtaking visit to Malik’s kingdom culminates in a marriage proposal, Trish attempts to adjust to an opulent new lifestyle. In the midst of these dizzying changes, she vows to help her sister, Emma, whose marriage has ended in a bitter breakup. And through it all, she strives to stay true to what matters most—love, true friendship, and the ties that hold family together across the miles and the years—and embrace the everlasting dance of life. AMAZON  3.5 STARS    

I had mixed feelings about this one.  It started out good, kind of evened out after a while and had a surprising twist towards the end.  An emotional turn in the story.  The relationship between Malik and Trish was a good one and I did enjoy that.   Trish did find a way to serve up some justice on her sister's behalf that was priceless.  Well, maybe that's not exactly the right word because it did come with some dollar signs.  But it was also clever because previously her sister Emma wouldn't accept financial help even though she was living in poverty.  Trish had plenty of money to help but just needed to get creative in the way she did it.  And she did. Malik's best friend Rashid and his sister were a good addition.  And boy was his sister,  Soraya something else.  She was one heck of a handful.  

I think I read a earlier Kindle version  of this book (2014)

I've read quite a few of Fern Michaels books lately and I am seeing something that seems to show up in a lot of her books.  Maybe its a signature act of hers.  At least one or more person will get excited and a fist will suddenly be raised up high in the air.  I didn't have a problem with that, just found it interesting. 

BOOK REVIEW- CHOSEN FOR POWER by Kathleen Brooks

Chosen for Power (Women of Power Book 1) by [Brooks, Kathleen]
Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything in her life.
Elle has always depended on family to make her business run strong, but long work hours have left her without much of a private life. Just as Elle thinks she has met the potential man of her dreams, she also discovers an imposter determined to destroy her business and life. Can she trust this "Prince Charming" to help her defend everything she holds dear, or will she only leave herself vulnerable at the worst possible time?
Drake Charles’s work in the fast-growing mobile technology field made him a wealthy, powerful man. But he quickly sheds the fame and publicity for a more private life that earns him the label as a man of mystery. Drake adds to that mystery every year when he hosts a masquerade ball for charity. It’s also his best chance to find the one thing he really wants . . . true love.
Having met behind masks of anonymity, Elle and Drake enjoy a whirlwind night of romance that leaves them both wanting more. Elle's heart tells her to trust Drake, but years of fighting off business foes has taught her that anyone could be a potential threat. Will this new romance give them both a fairy tale ending, or spiral into a nightmare for the whole Simpson family?  AMAZON   4.5 STARS

I was pleasantly surprise, I really liked this one. Now, I have read quite a few of this author's Bluegrass series and loved them.  So,  with this one being the first one I have read of the Women of Power series, I was just hoping for the best.  I ended up really like both of the main characters but it did give me pause when I saw how quickly they fell in love with each other. I almost stopped reading it right there.  Have to admit I thought, "oh, no.  It happened so early in the story, now its going to be all about them falling into misunderstandings and trying to find their way back to each other."  Not exactly.  There was a really good story here.  Not only because of Elle and Drake together but because of business and the quirky  " I have your back" family members.  I really enjoyed the fact that the family all of Elle's family worked in the business and had their own specialty parts of the company.  Parts that they loved and excelled at.   There were other non-family members in her work force but they were treated really well.  Elle valued loyalty but she also knew how to deal with people trying to cheat her.  She had already beaten a hostile takeover; not only beaten it but made them sorry they ever tried.  She went after anyone who tried to do her bad. I liked the personal looks into her too though.  Elle and her dislike for stilettos and her love of her bunny slippers.  See, she isn't all cold- hearted tough CEO.  Drake was similar in being smart, loving and tough to take on.  He loved his family and worked hard to get where he is.  He also treats his employees well and his trusted assistant,  friend and side-kick Philip were fun to watch.  
There was plenty of action, surprises and malicious attempts to destroy Elle and her company.  It was a pretty clever in what was being done.  Clever but evil.  About the time one thing would be stopped, another attack came.  It kept me guessing a lot of the time.  I like that.  Oh and the romance too.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- UNDER THE RADAR #13 SISTERHOOD by Fern Michaels

Under the Radar (Sisterhood Book 13) by [Michaels, Fern] 
In The Middle Of The Night, The Sisterhood Is Your Only Hope

A Sister’s work is never done—not when there are wrongs to right and underdogs to defend. Just returned to their mountaintop hideaway after their latest successful mission, the seven fearless friends enjoy a celebratory dinner and retire to bed. But within an hour, an alarm sounds, and the ladies rush into the compound in time to see Myra and their mentor, Charles, climbing aboard a helicopter. All that’s left is a mysterious note, signed by Charles. 

Still reeling, the Sisters receive an urgent call from retired justice Pearl Barnes. Pearl runs an underground railroad to help abused and displaced women, and she’s just rescued fourteen pregnant teenagers who belong to a highly secretive and controversial polygamy sect. But keeping the girls safe will require the kind of help only the Sisterhood can provide—if they can band together and go it alone...AMAZON 3 STARS


I liked this one but with mixed feelings too.  The characters were there and they fought evil and won but it just felt like it was missing something.  The depth just didn't feel like it was there. And I'm not sure that I can blame the fact that Charles wasn't in charge either.  I also have to say I wasn't feeling the Charles part of the story when he did show up.  Which was pretty briefly.  Myra didn't really "stand by her man" and was kind of mean I thought.  On more than one occasion as a matter of fact.  Yes, Charles was still being secretive and he found out some things that were beyond painful personally.  But still, I didn't like that part of the story very much at all.  Well, better
luck with the next story.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FINAL JUSTICE

Final Justice (Sisterhood Book 12) by [Michaels, Fern]
The seven women of the Sisterhood—Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle—have risked everything in the name of justice, including their own freedom. Their most recent mission promised to reward them with a presidential pardon and a chance to leave their enforced exile. But before they can enjoy their prize, they’ll have to tackle a risky new mission in the heart of Sin City. 

Myra and Annie’s childhood friend, Beatrice, needs a favor. Her estranged daughter, Marble Rose, has been enjoying a stroke of good luck at the casinos lately—the kind of luck that makes enemies of the most powerful people in Vegas. Those people want Marble Rose stopped, permanently. But as the Sisters investigate with the help of their ally and attorney, Lizzie Fox, they discover a web of corruption that will pit them against their most ruthless opponent yet. Armed with Alexis’s red bag of tricks, the ladies are about to put a daring plan in action. They’ve never failed before, but in Vegas, there are no sure bets—and this time, they’ll have to wager everything they hold dear…AMAZON 5 STARS


Oh this was a good one.  Loved this one.  So much so that I blew through it faster than I wanted to.  I enjoyed it so much that I didn't want it to be over.  I laughed quite a few times while reading this one too. Also, Maggie is really rocking it as the head of "The Post."  What's going on with Ted Robinson?   Is the changes he is showing for real?  Lizzie meets her match?  Is it possible that ugly Cosmo Cricket (what a name) can really appreciate her?  Can he get her attention?    He's rich, smart, powerful but its going to take more than that to go toe to toe with Lizzie.  And huge, did I mention that he's compared to the size of a tank?  Don't forget the name, " Stu Franklin".  I think we just might hear about him again in another story.  I still get a big kick out of Smart-mouth Jack and some of his conversations, are so funny.  And he sure knows how to aggravate people on purpose when he wants too. The female version of that is smart-mouth Annie.  Gutsy Annie and her interactions with "Fish" were downright funny.
As usual one job turns into several with surprises. Really good twist at the end.  Everyone wins. Well everyone but the bad guys.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE HOSTAGE

The Hostage (The Chicago Fire Trilogy Book 1) by [Wiggs, Susan]
Deborah Sinclair is a beautiful, accomplished young heiress with a staggering dowry. But her fortune does her no good when, one horrible night, Chicago is engulfed in flames.
Tom Silver will walk through fire to avenge a terrible injustice—and he may have to. But when he makes Deborah a pawn in his revenge, the heat of the inferno fades next to the attraction he feels for his captive. And the further he takes her from everything she's known, the stronger their passion grows, until it threatens to consume them both.  AMAZON 3.5 STARS  ISBN; 978-1-4592-4795-6



Slow starting.  At times it felt too wordy.  Were different areas and surroundings detailed?  Yes.  There was some good research that went on.  Still for me, it felt like there was so much of it that it took away from the story.   I found myself starting to skip through parts of that.  I hate to say that because the author had to have done a lot of work in that area.  But it did start to get better for me about half way through (maybe a bit more than half).  Then things did begin to speed up action wise and relationship wise.






Monday, February 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Fern Micahels #11 Sisterhood Books


Throughout the Sisterhood's adventures, the bond between the women has remained steadfast. But now for the first time, that bond verges on falling apart when the ladies must choose between two difficult assignments, in the 11th exciting Sisterhood novel by #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Michaels. Original.    AMAZON  5 STARS

This series just keeps delivering. And this book did again.  I so enjoyed the cast of characters and we get to catch up on how some of the people from past stories are doing.  The "good guys" that is because the villains are pretty much living out their punishments. Plenty of twists, turns and surprises; just the way I like it.  It's also been fun to see some romances for a few of the Sisters developing. Nikki and Jack.  Harry and Yoko.  Kathryn and Bert. They catch time together any way that they can.  And unless I miss my guess Alexis might have just met her guy in this book.  Not sure how they are going to meet up again but I'm sure the author already has that worked out.  I hope.  The part of the story that has to do with the "Post" newspaper was a stroke of genius and the mastermind, Charles wasn't even the one to think of it.  I also liked getting to know more about the personal side of Lizzie Fox.  She was a hoot to watch when she was in full professional mode. 
Another winner. 



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Think like a saint not a sinner-Graham Cooke

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When we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, we think like a saint and not a sinner.
Living in Jesus means that our lenses completely change because we now have His mind, giving us a better way of thinking and seeing about our reality and circumstances. It’s a complete paradigm shift in our perception; one that allows us to enter the depth and power of His grace in order to become Christlike.
This is what it means to have the mind of Christ, the mind of a saint.

The Practice of Delight- by Graham Cooke

 
Now everyone says everything goes through Atlanta in America. Apparently if you’re an American going to heaven, you have to go through Atlanta.
I am especially fond of terminal C due to the presence of an older gentleman named Jack, who empties all the trashcans in a very systematic routine.
I remember the first time I encountered Jack. While I waiting for a delayed plane, I saw him and heard the Lord say in a delighted voice, “Just watch this guy.”
As I’m watching him, I hear him continually repeat to himself, “You don’t know Jack, I know Jack. You don’t know Jack, I know Jack.” It’s this whole routine taking place right in front of me. As I’m chuckling to myself, the Lord says, “He’s hilarious, huh? I love that boy.”
In that moment I was experiencing the delight of God. You see, delight is about enjoyment, gladness, joy, and pleasure. Its presence leaves you feeling cheerful, thrilled, and rejoicing. For me, this practice has become part of my daily life with God, and it’s been an absolute game changer for me.

God’s heart is just so full of pleasure and joy; He’s the happiest person I know. He has the sunniest disposition of anybody I’ve ever met.

God is incredible in His joy, in His pleasure, in His delights, and He delights in us.
He is constantly saying,
“Listen I delight in you. So how about you reciprocating? How about you delighting in me? Because if you learn to delight in me it’ll just open up this whole new space to you.”
What an invitation! In this space, we can learn how to make even the smallest thing a delight, taking pleasure in everything and everyone. This practice enables us to see the good, the joy, and the pleasure in everything we do and everywhere we go. We need these distinctives in our lives because they enlarge us on the inside.

The first step in this practice is turning all your delight on Jesus, learning to focus on Him and making every connection with Him a delight.

It’s exactly like He said in John 15:11:
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

Jesus is telling us that every time He talks to us, we can have an encounter with His joy; we can make an experience of it.

Through my experiences, like the one with Jack in the Atlanta airport, I have grown to expect that every time God speaks to me, I can feel His happiness in real and tangible ways right in that moment of connection.
Take some time today to meditate on the sheer pleasure of being with God, even now. Let a sense of wonder come over you as you ponder the realities of your life.
I pray you find a deep delight in Jesus!

Graham Cooke LINK
PS) This month I’m giving away my teaching called “The Practice of Delight.” If interested in learning more about this practice, click here to download your free copy!

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BOOK REVIEW- FAST TRACK- Fern Michaels #10 SISTERHOOD SERIES

Fast Track (Sisterhood Book 10) by [Michaels, Fern]
When You Need The Best, You Need The Sisterhood. . .

It's been years since the members of the Sisterhood first banded together, with the help of their mentor Charles Martin, to exact their own form of justice on those whose crimes had gone unpunished by the legal system. Now, back in the United States after an enforced exile, and ensconced in a new home on Big Pine Mountain in North Carolina, Myra, Kathryn, Annie, Alexis, Isabelle, Yoko, and Nikki are breathing easy at last--but not for long.

One dark night, under cover of a vicious storm, a helicopter lands on their mountain. The Sisters aren't about to wait to be ambushed. Braving the storm, they set out to greet their guests, only to be told by Charles that the mysterious visitors are the Sisterhood's new employers, and they've got a dangerous new assignment in mind. The task they face is daunting. If they succeed, the Sisterhood will be rewarded beyond their wildest dreams. If they fail, they'll forfeit much more than a paycheck. But if the Ladies of Pinewood have learned one thing over the course of their adventures, it's that when friends band together, miracles can happen. . . AMAZON  5 STARS


I really liked this one.  Intense, edge of the seat reading for me. Loved it.  I made the mistake of sitting down and reading a part of this book while I was hungry.  Not a good idea.  The part of the story I was reading was good but the description of the food sounded so good I had to lay the book down and go eat.  So I compromised.  Prepared some food and rushed right back to eat it as I read the book.  Win-Win.  It was worth it. A wild ride.
I could hardly wait to find out what the punishment is going to be for the bad guy.  The team is really good at making the punishment fit the crime.  And they did it again with this one too.  It really did fit.  I liked re-visiting all the people in the story.  The vigilantes and their love interests too.  Plenty of twists, turns, surprised and sudden trouble.  Okay, I am on to reading the next book, hope its as good.




Paulette Reed: Arrows In the Hand of a Warrior

Paulette Reed: Arrows In the Hand of a Warrior

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Friday, February 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- IMMORTAL NIGHTS by Lynsay Sands

Immortal Nights: An Argeneau Novel by [Sands, Lynsay]
Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival . . . a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.
Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night . . .AMAZON  2 STARS


I'm was having a hard time rating this book because I was so disappointed in it.  It had so much potential and it fell down.  It started out good and I liked both Abigail (Abs) and her childhood friend Jet.  It went along pretty well even up to and a little after she found the man in the cage and then it went downhill for me FAST.  
The only things in its favor was the fact that Abs was pretty smart and found it easier for her to follow along when the truth about what Tomasso was explained.  That and the friendship between Abs and Jethro (Jet).  The eBook cover was attractive and it promised a lot, it just didn't deliver.  It came out flat and there was so much sex, that there was barely a plot.  Okay, I knew going in that there was going to be BUT not to this exextent.  Please forgive me for saying this but excuse me,  WHY was it necessary to put some much of the story about this man's penis?  It just got outright silly.  I don't like the way the story is going when it comes to people being kidnapped to an island for experiments.  Too much like the movie about Dr. Moreau and it looks like there will be a follow-up book on that subject.  I will not be reading that one.  Too weird for me.  

Natalie Grant - King Of The World (Official Acoustic Video)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mention of Your Name (Music Video) // Jenn Johnson // After All These Years

BOOK REVIEW- LORD SEBASTIAN'S SECRET

Lord Sebastian's Secret (The Duke's Sons Book 3) by [Ashford, Jane]
He's hidden this shameful secret all his life...
Lord Sebastian Gresham is a battle tested soldier and brilliant strategist. Yet all his life he's had to hide his complete failure to decipher letters. In his own mind, he's just stupid. What a miracle it is that he's found the perfect bride. Lady Georgina Stane is beautiful, witty, and brilliantly intelligent. Sebastian is head over heels in love, proud as a peacock, and terrified. If she finds out, he'll lose her love forever. AMAZON  4 STARS



A lively story.  I laughed in the first chapter.   Oh, yes I did.  And it didn't take long for me to be pulling for both Sebastian and Georgina almost from the start.  It happened so fast, it surprised me. I kind of held my breath hoping the enjoyment would last throughout the book.  I did enjoy most of it, because it was one unorthodox household that Georgina came from.  The only thing  didn't care for was the reincarnation that was included in the story. It did like that most of the people treated the kindly Hindu man ( Mr. Mitra ) with kindness for the most part.   It did add some craziness to the story though when Georgina's father latched onto it.    He is a man who likes to study a lot of subjects.  He usually focuses on one for quite a while then moves onto other things.  He thinks he's smart but as far as I could see he didn't have a lick of common sense.  At first he seemed to like Sebastian but he got some weird notion in his head and then he was downright mean spirited to Sebastian.  I didn't like that, mainly because I don't like bullies.  But he does get called on it and straightens up his act.  Let's face it both of her parents were kind of flaky but I think I liked her mother best.  Her mother was all about her "herd" of pugs and that caused some hilarious situations.  I also liked both of Georgina's sisters.  I often marveled at the youngest girl, Hilda, and her ability to outsmart and out debate just about everyone, regardless of their age or experience.
Sebastian and Georgina get their happy-ever-after and really enjoyed their moments of tenderness as they came to understand and appreciate each other.  

Bethel Music Moment: I Exalt Thee (Spontaneous) - Sean Feucht and Steffa...



This song is so special to me.  It's so easy to ramp up your worship with!  Lifts you right up

Even When It Hurts (Praise Song) Live - Hillsong UNITED

Rule LIVE -- of Dirt and Grace -- Hillsong UNITED

Scandal Of Grace (I'd Be Lost) Live -- of Dirt and Grace -- Hillsong UNITED

Cultivate the art of Meditation- Graham Cooke

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Brilliant Perspectives
Living a fast paced life can often make it challenging to really learn the truths that God is teaching us. If we don’t slow down and take a minute to pause and observe what He is doing in our midst, we risk missing something. However, we can cultivate a certain art that will serve us well in life and in our relationship with God.
For many years, I have been intentional about creating a lifestyle of meditation. Not only has this been a life-source for me; it has taught me to go to the deepest level of a truth until it becomes a part of my normal life.

To meditate means to think deeply about something or someone.

It allows us to explore a truth with our mind and heart, causing what we think to touch our innermost being. This creates opportunities and space for the Holy Spirit to fill us with His presence. It’s a delightful process; one that leaves us feeling renewed and centered in Christ. It’s creative thought which leads us to the higher realm of revelation and wisdom. This moves us beyond reason and into the place where joy is seated and faith is activated.

Meditation gives us permission to search inside and outside the box of our current paradigm.

What we see and hear during this time has the ability to touch us profoundly as it connects us to the truth of Christ, which is God within, the certainty of freedom.
Fruitful meditation is not about casually seeking revelatory insight. These initial thoughts are merely the “X” that marks the spot, and then we must be intentional to dig up the treasure through practicing meditation.
Many are satisfied with collecting random truths on the surface of their consciousness. It is all good, but in reality there is so much more to explore.

So let’s be intentional about taking the time to mine the deep truth that God has placed in our lives.

If interested, over the next days and weeks, practice meditating on the current realities that God is teaching you. This will allow you to experience both His wisdom and presence as the truth of these words come alive in your spirit.
Perhaps, grab your journal and write down any new thoughts that may come to you. Give yourself freedom to ease into it. Try it for just a few minutes a day, and then work your way up to half and hour or even a full hour. Feel yourself come before the throne of His majesty, sovereignty and supremacy! Ask Him what He has for you in that moment.
I know this practice will cultivate current truths and provide you with new ones. Enjoy it!
PS) If you wanted to grow in this art and make it a normal part of your life, check outThe Devotional Soaking Series. It’s a series of guided meditations woven together with gentle worship music and includes an interactive journal. Get it on sale this month here!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- HOKUS POKUS BY Fern Michaels 9th Book Sisterhood

Hokus Pokus (Sisterhood Book 9) by [Michaels, Fern]
Not Even An Ocean Can Keep The Sisterhood
From Helping A Friend In Need. . .


There is no match for the Sisterhood--the seven friends who have taken vigilante justice to a new level--not even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although the women foiled former FBI director Mitch Riley's plot to frame their friends Judge Nellie Easter and lawyer Lizzie Fox, now they must remain in exile or risk capture. They can't complain about their opulent digs on a remote, luxurious mountaintop, but the ladies desperately miss home. 
Their wish to return might come true sooner than they expect when they receive a panicked call from Supreme Court Chief Justice Pearl Barnes, who faces blackmail for her own illegal brand of justice. Now the women must not only sneak back into the United States, but also remain undetected as they investigate. But how do you make seven women disappear? With a nosy reporter on the brink of exposing them, the clock is ticking as the Sisterhood tries to create a little magic--and save the day. AMAZON   3.5 STARS

Although, I liked the book, it wasn't one of my favorites in the series.  At times, I thought it was kind of slow moving, which is a strange thing to say about any book in this series.  It just seemed to slow and bog down a bit every so often. There were certainly several different missions going on at a time.  I generally get a kick out of their "camouflage" get ups but I have to admit that one of them in this book, was just a bit too hard to swallow.  Even for a work of fiction, I thought it was a bit silly and hard to believe.  The twists and turns were there, the clever plots and near misses, the danger and just a little bit of romance too.  Just a little bit of romance because there was just so much danger that they had little time to be together. The reporter Ted, is as annoying as ever.  Smart but annoying.  
Just because I was a little bit disappointed in this book, will I stop reading this series?  No, I've already got Book 9, Fast Track in my reader, ready to go. 

BOOK REVIEW- TIL THE SUN COMES UP (McClarens Fire Mountain) Shirleen Davies

'Til the Sun Comes Up (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Book 8) by [Davies, Shirleen]
Skye MacLaren’s life revolves around her family and the fierce bucking bull stock they provide to rodeos. She’s competitive and competent, having no room in her life for a relationship—including one with a world champion rider and business competitor. 
Gage Templeton’s rodeo past and executive position with a national bucking stock supplier assures him of exciting work and nights with any woman he chooses. He’ll let no one get close—until his company partners with a competitor, forcing him to work with the one woman who could turn his resolve upside down.
Knowing a relationship is the last thing either needs, both charge ahead, certain they can keep their explosive feelings for each other in check—and away from curious family and friends. Continuing their secret encounters becomes even harder when outside forces threaten both their businesses and the people they care about.
As Gage works to discover the threat meant to cripple his company, Skye’s doubts increase. She wants more from the most magnetic man she’s ever known, but protecting her heart must come first.
Desire, distrust, fear, and the pain of the past cloud their minds, even as they work together to identify the danger. Can two strong, determined people conquer the perils to their lives as well as their hearts?
‘Til the Sun Comes Up, book eight in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary western romance series, is a full-length novel with an HEA and no cliffhanger. AMAZON 4 STARS

Quite the dramatic start to the book.  When it came to relationships or supposedly non-relationships,
I had to smile.  It was pretty clear really early in the story that both Gage and Skye were both lying to themselves when it came to their attraction to each other.  They were more involved than they ever wanted to be before they even slept together.  The story had mysteries when it came to what was coming against the businesses.  At first, they weren't sure if anything really was going on but things kept seeming to be just a bit off.  The hard part was trying to find out, who was doing it and what exactly was being smuggled and how.  The closer they get to following any leads, the more dangerous it gets of course.
Although I enjoyed the book, the cast of characters got to the point for me that it felt a little bit overwhelming.  And I've read some of the other books and it was still hard for me to keep up.

"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review."

BOOK REVIEW- HIDE AND SEEK by Fern Michaels Book 8 SISTERHOOD SERIES

Hide And Seek (SisterHood Book 8) by [Michaels, Fern]
Whoever said living well is the best revenge never met the Sisterhood. . .

Together, the seven fearless friends known as The Sisterhood have served sweet justice to villains who thought they were above the law. But payback has its price, and the Sisterhood's last assignment almost landed them in jail. Now the women are fugitives with a bounty on their heads, but they're not planning on hiding out for long--not when good friends need the kind of help only they can give.

Mitch Riley, the ruthless assistant director of the FBI, intends to frame Cornelia "Nellie" Easter, the judge who helped the Sisterhood evade prison, and their lawyer, Lizzie Fox, in order to save his own career. He's created a special task force to hunt the Sisters down. Mitch has the entire FBI behind him, but he's about to discover that he's no match for seven formidable women with an unbreakable bond and a wickedly cunning plan to bring the fight right to his door. . .AMAZON  4.5 STARS


When I first read the information on this book and saw what Mitch planned on doing, I thought, "Stupid man!".  As it turned out he's not only stupid in deciding to do this but also cruel, power hungry and generally disliked.  A bully, in short.  A clever bully in the ways that he has been covering his tracks.  He has been saving up files of information on people, some of which are false ones and that would ruin many lives. He admired J. Edgar Hoover, so that should give you a hint or two. It wouldn't surprise me at all to find out later that he had something to do with people getting killed so that he could move up the chain of command a lot faster.   The "payback" that  the sisters give Mitch  is very creative and Priceless.
Being on the of of the mountain, their place of sanctuary was well written. Because although they are safe, they were also getting restless and missing home.  That's when nerves start to fray and emotional upsets start coming out and causing fights. Makes sense. But as we can see, they do get called out after a while and take a huge risk by going home for this one assignment.  Prison time is hanging over their heads if they get caught in the U.S.   But they are in for a surprise as they pick up some unexpected "helpers" as time goes on.

I liked how Fern Michaels explained how this book came about, because she kind of thought originally that the book before was the last.   I'm glad that it wasn't the last and that she found a way to take it into a little bit direction.  I can't wait to read the next book.  I've already got it lined up to read next.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Using a lifeline in your knitting



This is a preventative measure when doing lace work, or any knitting where unraveling and putting back on the needles properly would be tricky or impossible. If you're knitting with interchangeable needles, I've invented a shortcut: insert dental floss into the tiny hole in your needle before knitting a row, and it will automatically insert the lifeline as you knit (skipping the need to use a tapestry needle).

BOOK REVIEW- THE JURY by Fern Michaels ( Book 4 Sisterhood)

The Jury (Sisterhood Book 4) by [Michaels, Fern]
The women of the Sisterhood know life isn't fair, but that doesn't mean they have to like it--or let it pass. Instead, these best friends share their joys, troubles, triumphs, heartaches and one collective mission: to right wrongs and bring justice where it is desperately needed. Even reeling from loss of one of their own, the Sisterhood is always prepared to rally behind a new friend. 

For years, Paula Woodley has suffered the broken bones and shattered self-esteem caused by an abusive marriage. But what can she do? Her high-profile, Washington powerbroker husband is not a man to be crossed. Or so he thinks. The Sisterhood may not be an organization found in any of his memos, but he's about to take a meeting with them--and they'll be setting the agenda   AMAZON 4 STARS



While this was a good book, I can't say its a favorite of the series.  Since I didn't read them in order, that could have something to do with that.  I now have them lined up to finish in the right order and that should take care of that.  It does give us an update on Julia, for those who have been following these stories.  It also is the book where Maggie Spritzer is introduced and the other reporter Ted starts "working'' with her.  They both are looking for The Pulitzer and are only willing to work together so far.  At this point of the story, their time together is just starting, its really just early days.
OK, I won't lie to  you "The Punishment" made me squirm but then again so did a few other books when it came to the revenge part.
One thing I noticed was in the beginning part of Chapter 12, there was a statement about a certain day that they later referred to as the day from hell.  And then we began to get a quick course in exactly why that was.  It was a good way to describe what happens next.  There are quite a few disastrous things that happen, one right after the other.

BOOK REVIEW- FREE FALL by Fern Michaels Book 7 Sisterhood Series


Sooner Or Later, The Sisterhood Always Gets Their Man. . .

The loyal friends who make up the Sisterhood have gathered at Myra Rutledge's beautiful Virginia home for the first time in a year, eager to talk, laugh, and share their joys and heartaches. For one of their number, it's an evening filled with anticipation. Because tonight, over delicious food and in the company of those she trusts most, it will finally be time to tell her story--and for the Sisterhood to help plan her revenge.
Yoko Akia's mother was only fifteen when a wealthy man swept her off her feet with promises of love. Instead, he filled her brief life with horror and misery. The Sisterhood has helped each other exact vengeance on rotten men before, but this time it's different. Their target is none other than America's favorite movie star--a brute who has conned the world into believing he's Mister Perfect. But he's about to learn that nobody--not even a powerful superstar--is above the Sisterhood's special brand of payback. . .AMAZON 4 STARS

Lots of action in this one. This mission is going to be tougher than anyone ever imagined.  And the crimes of those they were going after, were sicker than anything they have encountered before too.  Even tougher than nails Charles is beyond sickened by the information that comes across his desk.  And in his former profession he's seem some awful things.  There are plenty of twists and turns and near misses, to keep you on the edge of your seat. And those sneaky, nosy reporters are back, they still haven't learned their lesson.  Even after all the things that they have been through they still keep pressing their luck.  
This is also the book where as one character says, "the dark matter hits the fan."
Big Surprise towards the end of the book.   Although if you think about it, Charles has been preparing for some of it, if they ever needed it.  Still, what a way to get there. 
On a side note, the punishment that gets handed out by the Sisterhood is definitely under the heading of cruel and unusual.  They don't go as far as murder but they did come up with a permanent solution.  *wink, wink*  It did raise some questions in the practicality  of their solution. Punishment without killing.  But hey this is fiction right?.

I also thought it was interesting that another reviewer on Amazon brought out the point of how dismally the Gold Shields did in this book.  An Epic Fail. I hadn't thought about that.  But heck, yes! So much of their backup fell down on the job.  But I'm not worried because I see that the "ladies" are still in the game.  Kind of.  They aren't really done yet.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE BORROWED BRIDE BY SUSAN WIGGS

The Borrowed Bride by [Wiggs, Susan]
During her own bridal shower, Isabel Wharton is whisked away by past love Dan Black Horse to his retreat in the Cascade range. But returning to her Native roots, and Dan's loving arms, is harder than she ever imagined.
Originally published in 2010.  AMAZON  3.5 STARS


I liked this short, sweet story.  When I say sweet, its not without challenges in it though.  Just like the book information says, its harder than she thought it would be.  Also harder than Dan thought too.  Although I liked it, it wasn't really deep but I did enjoy it for what it was.  The main characters were good, each working things out.  Isabel had to work to recover who she really was, and to stop lying to herself.  Dan, was the hot, dangerous guy who never fell out of love with Isabel but had some growing up to do.
One thing I found strange was that Dan who sounded like he had a lot of money earlier, couldn't find Isabel for five years.  He couldn't have hired a good detective agency to find her? Oh, well that would have ruined the story wouldn't it?
I think this was probably the first story that I have read by this author.  I'd like to try another book written by her and see  it a bit longer and a bit deeper. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- WEEKEND WARRIORS

Weekend Warriors (Sisterhood Book 1) by [Michaels, Fern]
Justice Has A New Outfit
Life isn't fair. Most women know it. But what can you do about it? Plenty. . .if you're part of the Sisterhood. On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be--but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. Growing bolder with each act of justice, the Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead. . .or you can get up fighting. . ..AMAZON  4 STARS

I finally was able to read the first book in this Series.  I was nervous about reading it after reading in another book that this one had a brutal revenge.  Not sure I wanted to read that.  But all of a sudden I realized that I wanted to know more about Charles and Maya.  How they met, more about how the group was formed.  So, this was a good book but it did make me flinch a time or two.  I do have to say that I have read a few more of the book and so far they aren't quite as "bad" when it came to revenge as this one.  Well wait a minute, there was the revenge that Myra finally gets in another book also involved a pretty physical punishment too.  I guess you will have to pick and choose according to how much you want to read about certain punishments.  On the upside though, there isn't hours of details on the more physical ones.  If I had read this book first, I'm not sure that I would have continued on with the series.
I did wonder how Jack, the ADA was able to get so many court ordered searches.  It was done so quickly and it seemed to be without much cause.

I know someone said that they were upset that some of these books were reprints.  Since I never read her books in this series before that is not a problem for me.  They are brand new to  me.
I did like her intro that the author wrote, such great insights. And there was also an interview with Fern Michaels which was a nice touch.  I liked how she said that her Polish grandmother had told her something that has stuck with her.  "When God is good to you, you must give back." And Fern said that she does her best to do just that.  It was interesting to see that she came from a background of being a housewife, and how many rejections she faced when it came to writing and this book series in particular.
Her life motto should probably be, "Never give up, women can do anything they put their minds to."  She demonstrated it in her life and it comes through clearly in her Sisterhood Series.




Friday, February 10, 2017

Prayers of the Holy Spirit

BOOK REVIEW- LETHAL JUSTICE by Fern Michaels 6th Book Sisterhood)

Lethal Justice (Sisterhood Book 6) by [Michaels, Fern]
The women of the Sisterhood are fun, smart, sassy, and determined to get their way every time. But most of all, they are the best friends a woman wants by her side in good times and bad. Meeting once again in Myra Rutledge's beautiful Virginia home, they're ready to face a new challenge and right a vicious wrong. . .
Alexis Thorn, once a successful securities broker, spent a hellish year behind bars for a crime she never committed. Now she has her freedom, but she's left with haunting memories of being hauled from her office in handcuffs. . .of the cell door clanging shut behind her. . .of her pleas going unheard. Meanwhile the real criminals--her former employers, Roland Sullivan and his lover Arden Gillespie--continue to make millions by conning the innocent, especially preying on the elderly and taking their life savings. Alexis dreams of getting even. The legal system failed her, but the Sisterhood won't. They have a delicious plan that can give Sullivan and Gillespie a taste of their own bitter medicine. . .AMAZON 4 STARS

I liked this one as well, although the pace of it seemed a little different.  Several outside problems were dealt with as well and a new "player" added to the Sisterhood. Also a love interest for Yoko is in the works in this story. At times I almost felt sorry for Roland Sullivan and almost half wished that they would go easier on him.  The reason was that he did seem to be truly sorry for his part in what happened to Sara/Alexis.  He was pulled into a lot of evil by the seductive selfish Arden Gillespie but he kept going back to her for more when he had more than one opportunity to get out of it all.  He had a faithful woman at home and children who barely knew him.  He was often homesick for them but when ever Arden crooked her finger at him for sex, he quickly forgot them.  So, yes he made a LOT of wrong choices.   And the revenge Alexis gets, will be creative, painful and last awhile.  Of course, this book had the expected surprises, twists and turns and near misses.

I think one of the things I liked about these books is that its not anything that I would ever do, but it is interesting to read about.  It's about the main people of the Sisterhood too for me.

The next book, "Crash and Burn" looks to be another really good one too.  There is a quick look into it at the end of this book. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FOREVER AND ALWAYS BY LEIGH GREENWOOD

Forever and Always (Cactus Creek Cowboys Book 3) by [Greenwood, Leigh]
HE KNOWS SHE CAN NEVER BE HIS...
Logan Holstock, oldest of three brothers orphaned on the Santa Fe Trail, has always been content knowing his brothers were alive and happy somewhere in the vast and brutal West-until he learns he may be dying. Certain he has little time left, Logan sets out to find them and end his days near a family he's never known...and stumbles across a strong yet vulnerable widow who makes him yearn for what can never be his.
Logan knows he shouldn't love Sibyl Spencer-he couldn't bear leaving her a widow all over again. But as he finds himself drawn deeper into the lives of this small Western town, he can't escape the longing to find peace in her arms. When he discovers that his death sentence is anything but, Logan swears he will do whatever it takes to prove himself to the woman he loves...and show he believes their love is worth fighting for. AMAZON  4 STARS
Wow, this story starts out with a bang right at the start.  I liked that, it made me look forward to the rest of the book.  And it turned out to be a book I really enjoyed reading.  Great main characters and a good interesting secondary people in the story.  Good twists and turns and some truly selfish villains but a lot of the action happens in a town full of people who had good hearts.  It was a community of family (many of them were family) but they also welcomed people into their family like community.
The only downside to the book for me was that it felt like there was too much repetition on several points of the story,   After a while that began to irritate me a bit.  But over all a good story.  An evil being overcome by good.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- BEAUTY AND THE WEINER

Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance by [Griffin, Casey]
A TAIL AS OLD AS TIME...
Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams--and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she's gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she's stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.
When more dogs go missing--and Felix becomes a suspect--the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there's an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?
 AMAZON 3 STARS

I thought that this book was okay, likable in some ways but nothing that really grabbed me.     Addison is the sweet, somewhat naive, hardworking, ambitious woman looking for a fairy-tale man. Addison seems to be caught up in a lot of fantasy ideas when it came to getting through life.  In a lot of different areas, including what her dream man should be. Addison unexpectedly meets Felix.  Felix is the tall, handsome, man who has observed people and learned much from it.  Addison is a little bit like an open book in the beginning pages with Felix being more of a mystery.  A charming mystery.  Philip Montgomery III, also figures into the story.  He sure looks like the real deal when it comes to Addison and her checklist for Prince Charming.  But is he the one?  
There are a few surprises in the story with an unexpected twist or two at the end; which was good. And of course the H.E.A. that Addison always dreamed of; although it wasn't exactly the who and how she had "planned". 
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.

BOOK REVIEW- TAMING NATASHA

Taming Natasha (Stanislaskis Book 1) by [Roberts, Nora]

When Spence Kimball sets eyes on Natasha Stanislaski, he's thunderstruck by the intensity of his attraction to the foreign beauty. While the former ballet dancer turned toy shop owner has a fiery temperament that keeps most men safely at bay, Spence can’t seem to resist her. But he isn’t sure Natasha would be interested in a single father. Sensing a hidden wound, Spence and his little girl join forces to find a way into Natasha's closely guarded heart. He'll do whatever it takes to tame Natasha's fears…and show her how to love.
Previously published in 1990.  AMAZON  4 Stars

I liked this book; it was sweet, tender and emotional.   Good main characters, all three of them.  Natasha (Tash), Spence and his daughter,  Frederica (Freddy).  There were a few surprises, some past griefs but it was a charming story over all. It was nice to see life in a small town being presented the way it was.  Nice that Spence not only saw the benefits and that he also enjoyed them.  I think some of the things that he appreciated are timeless, even in our current times.  The only thing that dated it a little bit was the girls being gaga about a man in tweed.  Just had to throw that in.  Even though it didn't do any harm to the story.  Family relationships, friendships and romance is also timeless and very much a part of this story.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- SWEET REVENGE by Fern Michaels 5thBook Sisterhood)

Sweet Revenge (Sisterhood Book 5) by [Michaels, Fern]
PULL A FAST ONE? NOT ON THE SISTERHOOD'S WATCH. . .
There are some things that a group of gracious ladies just can't overlook—and doing one of their friends dirty is at the top of the list. That's the mission of the Sisterhood, seven women who would do anything to help out one of their clan, especially when it means righting a wrong. And Isabelle Flanders has definitely been done wrong. 
Her former colleague, the conniving Rosemary, did everything in her power to ruin Isabelle, from framing her for a terrible drunk driving accident to stealing her husband and her architecture firm. Now, Isabelle's formerly lovely life is in tatters while Rosemary scoops up the spoils. It's enough to make any friend's blood boil. Rosemary may think she's flying high, but she's about to tangle with the Sisterhood. And when the Sisterhood is on the case, revenge is swift, delicious, and oh-so-sweet. . .AMAZON   5 STARS

Great characters, great plot and even better execution.  Plenty of emotion, planning, twists and turns and best of all revenge because the truth does come out.  Rosemary is one tough, clever, mean adversary but the truth does finally get achieved and some justice given to some of the people who were stolen from.  I missed reading the book just before this one so I missed out on some of the things mentioned in this book, but it wasn't enough to make this one difficult to read.  That's a true sign of a good standalone book.  This won't be the last book that I will be reading of the series, I liked the clever plotting and the ladies on the team. Also some of the secondary people in this book too.  And yes, I will be going back and getting a hold of the other book before this one too.  

BOOK REVIEW- SPECIAL AGENT BOOKER

Special Agent Booker  (Undercover FBI Book 5) by [Barbour, Mimi]
When Sloan Booker’s father dies tragically, he has no other option but to give up his job as an FBI agent and take over his family’s vehicle restoration business in Oahu, Hawaii. Giving up his badge is difficult but having Homeland Security and his old boss request the use of his house in a stakeout, spying on his Muslim neighbors who they suspect are terrorists, is just too damn much for a man already frazzled. It makes no difference that they’ve offered him a partner to be in charge of the surveillance… until he meets the gorgeous divorcee.

Special Agent Alia Hawkins might look more like a model than a cop but looks can be deceiving. Not only does she rescue street kids, fights their battles and transports them to safe homes, but since she lived many years in Pakistan and speaks their language, she’s a sought after agent. So far, she’s kept her personal life and job separate. But when Alia’s slimy ex-husband threatens to steal her eight-year-old son, she has no choice but to bring him along on her latest undercover assignment – living with a hotshot, sexy as hell agent as his long lost stepsister. Her life suddenly takes some drastic swerves and she wonders if things will ever slow down.  AMAZON  5 STARS

By the time I got into Chapter 11 (18% on my kindle) I had some definite thoughts on it already.   I thought, "oh if this keeps up, its going to be a really good book, one that I will love".  And it did continue that way and I did love it.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  Both Alia and Sloan were unique and attention getting all on their own.  They had both been through some stuff. with Alia probably going through the most stuff.  Sloan never knew his mother but he did end up growing up with 3 Dads.  It made for a very unusual but loving situation; because each man loved him just as if he was their son.    Each one of them, straight men who kind of adopted him as their own son.  One of them was but the reveal about that doesn't come til almost the end.  I really liked that it was a character driven  story as much as the missions that figured in. Those "missions" both personal and professional kept my attention too.  The romance between Alia and Sloan (who was often just called just Booker) was a good one; without nothing moving too fast or too slow.  I enjoyed the depth of both of their lives.  The family feel to  part of the story, the relationships that were close made me enjoy the story even more. The secondary people in the story added a lot to that feeling too.  I just seemed to blow right through the book.   I was sorry to see it come to the end.  I have to say that each one of the books in the Special Agent Undercover FBI series is one that I have really forward to.  Because so far, I have enjoyed everyone of them.  I hope the author keeps it up, both the series and the quality.  

I was given a gift of this book and have voluntarily decided to write a review.

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BOOK REVIEW- HIS WICKED SEDUCTION

His Wicked Seduction (The League of Rogues Book 2) by [Smith, Lauren]
Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?
The League of Rogues, Book 2
Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.
Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.
That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.
But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.
Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it. AMAZON

Not my cup of tea.  I hate to say this about any book, but I just didn't like this one.  I wasn't drawn into  the characters or the story.  Too much lust/unrequited love, where I was often rolling my eyes at some of the shenanigans. Lucien was so hot and cold towards Horatia that I wanted to slap him.  I understood why but after awhile it was really annoying. I know the title tells you that there will be a seduction but didn't feel charming at all.  There were a few times that were good, and at least one time where I did laugh, it just wasn't enough to save it for me.