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Blurb: When your own eyes betray you, who can you trust?

At the door, the harsh-eyed man and woman surveyed the room in slow tandem, like twin Terminators. Drew leaned on the bar, rattling the ice in his glass. Harper took the Cuervo Gold from the shelf. The first sound was a muffled pop. The man and woman with the gunslinger eyes turned toward the high roller’s booth. Harper’s skin prickled. A second report hammered beneath the drumbeat. It was unmistakable, a noise she knew from the firing range and a thousand TV shows, a sound it seemed she had been expecting all her life: gunfire.

In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.


When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the crossfire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff’s detective Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her, a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.

A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shootout has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.

Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli Syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.

As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.

Review: I looked forward to reading this book (received from publisher for review) as I liked the premise and I had read about Ms. Gardiner before, but had not yet read any of her books.

I enjoyed reading Phantom Instinct very much. It was fast paced, great characters, enough twists and turns to satisfy my reading tastes, and a good plot.

I liked seeing how the characters grew and changed as the story unfolded. I liked seeing how each character dealt with the different issues that cropped up. The themes were something else I enjoyed - who to trust, who to turn to, how far to go, instinct - good or bad.

Great read and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gardiner's books.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Meg Gardiner)
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Blurb: Single father Danny Goodman would do anything — anything — to protect his teenaged daughter, Abby, from more unhappiness after her mother’s death. Struggling to keep her at the private school she loves, he accepts a favor from an unexpected benefactor: Thomas Galvin, father of Abby’s best friend and one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin offers Danny a loan that would be enough to pay Abby’s tuition and relieve some of Danny’s other financial pressures, and Danny can’t help but be charmed by Galvin’s generosity and kindness.

Danny’s new friend, however, turns out to have some dangerous enemies — including some Federal investigators who think Danny’s in a perfect position to collect evidence against Galvin. The moment Galvin’s loan hits Danny’s account, Danny finds himself trapped into a dangerous undercover assignment that will put both his life and his daughter’s at risk. Danny tells one lie after another to hide more and more secrets, weaving a net that will ultimately require a desperate plan of action.

Review: I received the book from the publisher for review.

Not having read Joseph Finder before, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I was surprised - in a good way. What drew me to the book (aside from a good storyline) is that it had quite a few twists and turns throughout. I also found myself liking the characters - all of them to a greater or lesser degree. Dan Goodman and Tom Galvin especially.

Aside from the above, what I really liked about the book were the themes that I found when reading it - family, the ties that bind, what we do for those we love, things not always being what they seemed, and trying to do what is right.

Enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Finder's works.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Joseph Finder)
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Book #2 of Sanchez Sisters Series

Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She's never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family's Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee hits her with a pitch, she falls head over heels and gets a makeover.

Carlos Lopez is not about to lose one for the home team. Johnny launches a full scale change on the menu, and Carlos sends him straight into the dumpster. Claiming Choco's heart proves more difficult. But never underestimate a man who can cook hot, spicy, and steamy, and we ain't talking just food.



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“Stop.” Miranda waves a spatula and blocks our way. “No members of the wait staff allowed in the kitchen.”

“I need another order of vegan spring rolls. No meat!” Sarah yells.

“She stole my gluten-free bangus.” Susie pushes her way past Miranda, who bounces against the door to the cold room, opening it.

“Out, out of the kitchen.” Miranda sticks a finger in Susie’s chest. Big mistake.

Susie’s nostrils flare and her piercings dance. “Out of my way.”

With a hefty push, she shoves Miranda who stumbles back into the cold room. Her arms windmilling, she falls in between the sides of raw pork belly hanging up to dry.

“Ai ya!” Miranda slaps at the pork bellies and pulls on a trussed whole duck for balance, right when a wooden tray of balut, fertilized duck eggs with the intact embryo, falls and splatters over her. The slime and partially formed embryos ooze down her hair and face.

Everyone except Johnny bursts out laughing. I whip out my cell phone and snap as many pictures as I can before Johnny blocks my view to help his mother.

Out of nowhere, Carlos appears, and he gives Johnny a kick on the back of his tight leopard printed butt, sending him sprawling against the skewered suckling pigs. They tumble like dominoes, knocking Johnny on top of his balut-covered mother.

Carlos picks up a tray of the Vietnamese style transparently wrapped no-fry spring rolls and flings the contents into the cold room all over Johnny and Miranda. “Vegan spring rolls is off the menu.”

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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer's Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance

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Blurb: Marcy can't wait to see the new exhibit on antique tapestries at the Tallulah Falls Museum, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to alarm when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

Review: Thread End is my introduction to the Embroidery Series, so I wasn't sure what to expect of the book. What I found was a nice, comfortable book to read. There is murder, yes. There is a mystery, naturally. However, what drew me the most is that there isn't unnecessary violence and "language".

There may be readers for whom this book may not be edgy or gritty enough and that is okay. (I like to read edgy and gritty books myself.) Everyone has their favorites.

I liked the (no pun intended) blend of mystery, crafting, and characters. All of those details make for a great relaxing read and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Lee's Embroidery Series in the future.

Book received from the author for review.

(Cover page and blurb (c)Gayle Trent.)
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Blurb: No one was aware of the storm's sudden force.

Not the Hurricane Hunter crew trapped in its center. Not the family marooned on a resort island while searching for their missing teen. A deadly Category Five hurricane has never hit the Georgia coast in modern times.

Until now.

St. Simons Island, Georgia, has never been hit by a Category 5 hurricane.

Until now.

No one predicted the storm's sudden force. A crippled Air Force recon plane, trapped in the eye of a violent hurricane. An outspoken tropical weather forecaster, fired from his network TV job before he can issue a warning: the storm is changing course and intensifying. A desperate family searching for a runaway daughter on Georgia's posh St. Simons Island, cut off from escape as the hurricane roars toward them. A marriage on the rocks; an unrequited sexual attraction; a May-December romance. All will be swept up by the monster storm.

Get ready for a white-knuckle adventure.

Review: I had originally received this from the publisher as a review copy, but had laid it aside, and it took me a good long while to come to reading it. Having it read it, I wish I had read it sooner.

While, living in Florida as I do, I can't say that hurricanes are a good thing, Mr. Bernard's writing is. He tells a great story and knows his way around invoking an image or three.

I liked all of the characters in the book - even the ones who weren't entirely likable - and how things changed for them throughout the book. Their growth and changing perspectives as the fictional (for this book) Hurricane Janet approached landfall really stood out for me.

I think that, overall, I liked the blend of weather science presented, the behind the scenes "stuff" of how information is gathered, what information is presented (and when it is), and the themes throughout the book (pushing through against the odds with the knowledge of right based on experience, realization of when to let go, tipping points, new relationships, etc.) are what made Eyewall great.

(Book cover and blurb (c)Belle Books)
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Blurb:“You won’t let anybody else have you, Joseph. I won’t let anybody else have you. I want you all to myself.” – Gage Mason

We’ve all had our experience with him. The Bad Boy. The one we’ve been warned about. The one with rips in his jeans and a lazy, devil may care smile on his mouth. The one who makes you do bad things that feel so good.

For me it was Gage Mason. We met when he worked on my Ducati. I knew immediately he was trouble, but something about that Bad Boy drew me in. Maybe it’s his dark eyes that study me like he wants to know everything about me. Maybe it’s the way he makes me feel; the rough touch of his hands, his possessive grip on my hair when we kiss, the way he feels deep inside me. Or maybe it’s the way he needs me, even though he won’t admit it.

For once in my life I’m taking a risk. Despite everything that tells me I shouldn’t, I’m taking a chance to be with Gage. I don’t know if it will end well, but I do know I can’t resist that Bad Boy.

Joseph Naderi

Review: Caution: Review contains mild spoilers in last paragraph.

For me, Bad Boys Need Love Too is a solid three lilies because I wound up with an almost love/hate (or maybe more of a great like/great dislike) relationship with it and the reasons overlap.

First, why I disliked it. For a good portion of the book (about a third to half of it), I was gnashing my teeth a bit regarding the main characters and their personalities. Gage is controlling, manipulative, blows a little hot and cold, and is - at least to me (and, admittedly, I could very well be wrong and this was not intended) - comes across as being a little emotionally abusive. While Joseph fares a little better in the characterization, he's no saint either. He is a reasonably intelligent, ambitious man, yet he stays with Gage for far longer than he would like to have. He also tends to do a "runner" under certain circumstances.

Which leads me to why I do like the book. In spite of what drove me a bit 'round the bend with the characters (and almost had me putting the book away), they are likable in their own way. The reader winds up understanding the whys and wherefores of the characters - what in their pasts makes them the way they are, what makes them tick, what draws them to each other. Another reason why, in the end (and in spite of all the angst and drama), I like the book is that they work at working things out - alone, together, with help, with friends, and with family.

Edits: 1) Correction on character name due to me putting Joshua instead of Joseph. 2) I had kindly received the book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Blurb: The New Conservative Woman Speak Out

Popular political news commentator Scottie Nell Hughes tackles the myth of the weak and meek conservative American woman with a fighting spirit that refuses to be intimidated by the mainstream media.

The media and many politicians have defined today’s American woman as a bra-burning liberal who sees men as competitors and children as burdens. According to them, women want federal bureaucrats to run our schools. They need churches to pay for prescriptions that violate religious faith. They trust big government and mistrust our military, and they care more about obscure endangered species than endangered American jobs. Any woman who defies these stereotypes is marginalized and ignored— particularly if her outlook is bold, strong, conservative, and Christian. Scottie Hughes emphatically rejects those stereotypes—and with a ROAR, refuses to be ignored. She describes the strength of the new conservative woman in everyday life and politics, from her deep faith and spirituality to her love for family and children to her independence and refusal to participate in a manufactured war against men.

Review: Ms. Hughes speaks her mind in Roar. While she is diplomatic, she is not shy about voicing her opinions on a variety of topics. Throughout the book, Ms. Hughes shares her background and her views with a fair sprinkling of humor.

While I can't say that I agree with all of her views, her presentation leaves the reader (or at least me) with the feeling that the disagreement is a good thing if done in a respectful, intelligent, and well-thought out manner.

Very good read.

(Received from publisher for review. Blurb and cover (c)Worthy Publishing.)
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Blurb: From the man who became Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio shares his thoughts on religion, reason, and the challenges the world faces in the 21st century with Abraham Skorka, a rabbi and biophysicist.

For years Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Argentina, and Rabbi Abraham Skorka were tenacious promoters of interreligious dialogues on faith and reason. They both sought to build bridges among Catholicism, Judaism, and the world at large. On Heaven and Earth, originally published in Argentina in 2010, brings together a series of these conversations where both men talked about various theological and worldly issues, including God, fundamentalism, atheism, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and globalization. From these personal and accessible talks comes a first-hand view of the man who would become pope to 1.2 billion Catholics around the world in March 2013.

Review: On Heaven and Earth is a wonderful insight into the views of Pope Francis I and Rabbi Abraham Skorka.

The book covers a variety of topics (from views on same-sex marriage to fundamentalism to euthanasia to different conflicts) and not only shows the two men's views on each individual topic, but their personal histories, how their faiths are similar and divergent on the topic discussed, and how people can work together to bridge their differences toward a common goal.

A very enlightening read and highly recommended.
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Blurb: A one night stand. A lifelong obsession.

One magical summer, Megan Hallberg met—and loved—Prince Stefano Barrali. But his royal duties took him home, and when she discovered she carried his child, she also discovered he was engaged...to a beautiful, worldly aristocrat.

Ten years later, Stefano runs into Megan at the grand opening of a Barcelona hotel, and it's his every sensual fantasy come to life. His memory of the stunning blonde and their passionate summer has haunted his dreams, and a night under the stars gives him the perfect opportunity to reclaim the woman he thought lost to him.

Megan finds herself torn between passion with a prince and a fierce need to protect her daughter. Can the man who captured her heart so many years ago be her destiny...or her downfall?

Review: Love found, thought lost, possibly found again. Conflict, misunderstandings, and a tangle of issues to be sorted out.

Scandal with the Prince was a good read. The book had good characters, a story that sets a good pace from the beginning, and - while some could say that the book follows a formula - the reader (in my opinion) is not "sold" on it in an obvious manner.

Look forward to seeing more from the author.

(Cover image and blurb (c) Nicole Burnham
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Blurb: As childhood sweethearts growing up in a small Texas town, Jordan and Cassie were the golden couple of their generation—the epitome of the All-American couple one only saw portrayed in movies. But after high school ended, and with the promise that nothing could break their relationship, Jordan moved to California to play football in college, leaving Cassie with a broken heart while residing in their sleepy little town.

Six years later, Jordan is now the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. At the peak of his career, he returns home following his father’s health scare, and in the process, learns he fathered a child with his former flame.

While Cassie may have had her reasons for concealing her son from his father for five years, Jordan is determined to be a part of his child’s life—despite being worlds apart from each other.

Unions will be tested as two worlds collide once more in an attempt to restore a former spark, but will it be enough to make a family whole again? Will Jordan believe home really is where the heart is?

Review: I found the book to be an enjoyable read - especially the characters. I enjoyed how the characters, well, 'danced' around each other and worked things out. I liked how Jordan and Cassie worked things out.

What caught my attention, though, is the possible relationship between Nick and Gabby. Maybe a look at a future book in the making? :)

Very nice debut read from Ms. Mack and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.
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Blurb: They say that dreams can come true, but as a dreamwalker, Devlin had yet to experience anything but nightmares. Then again, the druid had been held by sadistic vampires and dark mages for twenty years, forced to do their bidding. Newly escaped, he stumbles upon a dreamrealm where he can’t resist a little werewolf.

Jamie just wants someone to call her own. She feels like she’s been waiting for an awfully long time, when a man who teases her memory begins to visit her while she’s dreaming. From the moment she feels his turmoil, she’s drawn in, wanting nothing more than to heal his broken soul.

Before Devlin can decide what to do, he has to make a trip to Edenton. His first goal is to make sure someone who can’t remember him is safe and happy. The little werewolf of his dreams happens to live there, and she’s even more irresistible in real life.
When you’ve been taught all your life to run, what will make you change? Can Jamie convince her mate to stay and fight? Will he risk everything to have what he needs? Or run to save them all?

Review: Not having read the other books in the series (as of this review), I find myself unable to compare the progress of the series.

This installment, however, gives me an incentive to investigate further. There is enough background information for the newly introduced reader to not be left entirely in the dark, while (at least for this reader) not overwhelming readers who have read the previous books.

Outside of the story, I liked all of the characters - even the bad ones. Each has his/her own reason for doing things, each is reasonably well-rounded, and all of them make the story a great read.

Look forward to reading the other books in the series and to further adventures within the series in the future.

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Dreamwalkers

Devlin O’Shea is a Dreamwalker. It’s a rare gift. There aren’t many left.

He can find people in their dreams. Sometimes it’s random, but usually he needs a connection to them. In Jamie’s case, it was fate. He stumbled into her dream and has a hard time resisting her.

Imagine the kind of power you would have if you could really alter other people’s dreams, or visit them there. Most people wouldn’t believe it. They would think it’s a dream, or a nightmare even. How much trouble could you cause in someone else’s head? This is why I think the majority of Dreamwalkers wind up bad, or at least corrupted.

Of course there are exceptions, like Devlin. He’s a healer by nature. Harming someone, even those who deserve it, is the last thing on his mind.

I have always loved the idea of shared dreams. I’m a lucid dreamer and can manipulate my own dreams, but I always thought it would be cool to visit someone else, so I played with that idea in this book. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of this ability later on down the line.
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Blurb: Who among us doesn't desperately need... Love. Period.

Love without conditions ... acceptance that will change the world. Every one of us wants to be more than just accepted; Rudy shows us how to love people who are not like us. By truly understanding what Jesus meant when He said love is the greatest commandment of all, we learn how to love people—of different races, backgrounds, economic status, physical or mentally challenged, or dependent. Love. Period. is a message demonstrating the only way we get that kind of love is by giving it to others.

Review: I found the book to be interesting and very engaging.

What I took away from it is a better awareness of myself and others. Part of that came about from Mr. Rasmus' personalization of the points he was making.

Very good read and highly recommended.

Received book from publisher for review.

(Cover photo and blurb (c) Worthy Publishing.)
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Blurb: A husband and wife are staying in a hotel on a remote islet when the sickness comes. In a matter of days the resort is overrun with the ill and the dying, all of them lost in a psychosis brought upon by the disease. The islet quickly falls, and the only safe haven is Cãlo, a southern township that the locals—the indigenous population who used to serve as resort workers—call their home.

The couple is forced to flee into La Sielve, the wildlands, and what follows is an out-and-out struggle for their very survival, a series of unnerving trials that test their bodies, minds, and their relationship with one another.

They soon learn that the islet is not the only place affected by the sickness, that it's everywhere, and that the carriers are only those with European heritage, and at first the husband and wife—him biracial, her African-American—believe they may be immune, that they may be able to ride out the collapse. But when they begin to notice signs of the sickness in themselves, in each other, they start to wonder if they're really as healthy as they hoped.

A story of love, loss, and the struggle to maintain one's humanity in the face of animalism, The Mortis explores the lengths we will—and sometimes won't—go for each other during the crises we face, and delves into themes as diverse as marriage, culture, race, societal structure, and ideological rigidity.

Review: The Mortis was a good read and the author explored the themes of love, loss, how people handle themselves (and each other) in adversity, and the lengths that people will (or will not) go to very well.

Whether the timing was of my reading the book was off or for some other reason I cannot quite pin down, I could not quite connect with the storyline or the characters. I will re-read the book in the future to see if my opinion changes.

(Provided by Smith Publicity for review.)

(cover image and blurb (c)Jonathan R. Miller
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Blurb: SARAH TAZEWELL, A CEREBRAL, highly intuitive woman, knew from an early age that she was psychic. She and her husband David buy a church confessional from a renovator and convert it into a phone booth for their Queen Anne Victorian. Then Sarah hears jumbled voices the first time she uses the phone and senses a presence in the confessional. Before long, the voices become only one: that of a murderer that rapes and strangles his victims. Though consumed with fear and anxiety, Sarah refuses to be a victim and sets out on a journey to learn more about the confessional.

Sarah’s antagonist is a brilliant, charismatic sexual psychopath who conforms to his own rigid ritual; a ritual of murder and confession. The confessional in the 100-year-old church where he confesses is an integral part of the ritual. Before confessing, he carves the initials of his victims into the confessional wall. His confessions bring him release to begin the ritual once again. When he comes to confess after another murder, he finds “his” confessional gone and begins a frantic search to find it. What might the result of Sarah’s and his searches?

Review: The Confessional was a good, gripping read that provides the read with a few "Is it this character or that character?" opportunities throughout the book.

All of the characters are great (even the ones that wouldn't be the kind of people one would like to know if they were real) and the story had a good flow and pace that provided for a few tense moments.

I would recommend this as a read.

(Provided by Smith Publicity for review.)

(cover image and blurb (c)Reiny Pierson)
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Blurb: "My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do."

Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she's plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her. So begins Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.

Review: Hacker is the latest installment in Ted Dekker's Outlaw chronicles and it delivers a thrill ride.

It has as many twists and alleyways as Eyes Wide Open did (and probably Water Walker as well, but I have not read that installment as yet).

The story, naturally, revolves around hacking. While computer hacking does involve itself in the storyline, I also like Mr. Dekker's twist on it - a clue to be found on the wonderful cover.

Great addition to the Outlaw chronicles and a thrilling, fast-paced read.

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Author Bio:
Jessica Freely can't resist a wounded hero. As a reader and a writer, her favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other's arms. Married to the love of her life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness, Jessica also warps minds as an instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Her dog, Ruthie, doesn't seem to care that Jessica's an award-winning and best-selling author in multiple genres. She just wants to play tug of war with Jessica's pages.

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Book Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance

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Release Date: April 22

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Book Description:
Lake Clearwater--conservation officer and water spirit--has just been appointed guardian of Gem Pond by The Powers That Be. It's the first time in eight years he's had a real home and he's determined to protect it, even if that means hiding his attraction to his sexy new partner, Forrest Oakwood.

Forrest is a native of the Gem Pond area and the guardian of its trees. He knows the land and its people are a crucial lynchpin in the natural order. He also knows that if he comes out, his boss in the DNR, Sgt. Dennison, will find an excuse to fire him. But ignoring his true nature was a lot easier before Lake Clearwater showed up. The man's a walking, talking wet dream.

Meanwhile, local residents--human and animal alike--conspire to bring Lake and Forrest together. The land needs its guardians united and at their full power. Dennison wants to cut down the trees to make room for water slides and tennis courts. If Forrest and Lake don't embrace their passion for each other, they'll be unable to stop him and that would be a disaster, not just for Gem Pond but for the entire natural world.
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Blurb: All roads lead home in Snowberry Creek...

After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.

Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.

As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family's company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities...and love.

Review: I received a copy of A Reason to Love from the author for an honest review.

I have enjoyed reading Ms. Morgan's books since picking up a copy of Dark Defender when it first came out. Like the books I have read since, A Reason to Love has all of the elements that I have come to expect in an Alexis Morgan book.

The first is great characters. Spencer Lang comes back to a hometown that believes he was killed in action. He has issues, but he learns how to deal with them - step by step. He re-learns how to be around not only the people in his hometown, but the surviving members of his unit. Melanie Wolfe is a member (and heir) of Snowberry Creek's founding family and is expected to maintain a certain standard. While she tries to keep the family business afloat, she works on ways to improve it. Neither they, nor their various friends or family friends, are perfect and that is why I like them.

Another element is the setting. I really like the small town setting of Snowberry Creek. It is, in many ways, like small towns everywhere: Everyone knows (or thinks they know) everyone else's business, it takes a lot to overcome the image you had, and the world might very well come to an end if you do something differently from the way your parents did it.

A final element I enjoy is the story itself. Sure, it has been "done before". Soldier comes home, finds girl, etc. Ms. Morgan, however, has a way of writing which keeps it fresh and keeps readers - or at least this one - coming back for more.

Is the book perfect? Of course not. For one, I would have liked to know what has happened to Spence's uncle Vince. It was mentioned in the book that Spence's cousin Austin has changed from their younger days, yet there is no encounter between the two. Maybe more will be learned in a future book. This is also my first Snowberry Creek (I am more familiar with the Paladin and Talion books) book, so there may be more that was mentioned about these two characters in the previous books.

Overall, an excellent read from an excellent author.

(Image (c)Barnes and Noble, blurb (c) Alexis Morgan)

(Review cross-posted to Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.)
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Blurb: Bachelor dad for sale? Nancy Robards Thompson continues the party in her Celebrations, Inc., miniseries. Join in the fun!

Liam Thayer would do anything for his twin daughters and for his beloved Celebration, Texas, hospital. But a bachelor auction for the new children's wing was out of the question for the dignified doctor! He didn't intend to date till his girls were in college, and besides, he'd already lost the love of his life. Why try again? Until he finally caved, no thanks to a pushy event planner.

Rigging the auction to win his date was a piece of cake for organizer Kate Macintyre. Resisting the handsome doctor? A problem she hadn't expected! And as their fake romance slowly turned to real love, no dollar amount could keep Kate from wishing for a happily-ever-after with Liam and his children…

Review: Dr. Liam Thayer's and Kate Macintyre's story was sweet. There was drama, yes. There were misunderstandings and some revelations, naturally. However, at the heart of it, the story was sweet and involved two adults who had been through a lot who could very well work together.

Good read and highly recommended.

Book received from author for honest review.

(Image (c) Nancy Robards Thompson, blurb (c)Amazon.com)

(Review cross-posted to Amazon.com and BN.com)
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Blurb: It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Review: Received for review from publisher.

I had heard about Harlan Coben's writing for a while prior to reading Play Dead before coming to Missing You. Just as with Play Dead, Missing You has a winding road of clues and branching pathways. There may be readers out there who will say, "Oh, yea, there HAD to be a connection!" with regard to a certain plot point, and the conclusion does fit with that part of the story. I say, however, that it is Kat's journey to finding it and the reasons why things happened the way they did that give things a certain tension regarding what happens next.

What really makes the story for me is how the main storyline intertwines with Kat's search into wanting (needing?) to know certain things - things that unfurl as the reader is drawn further along.

It is also a story of appearances: Are they always what they seem? Is there something more behind them? Is the truth real or is there something more behind the "truth" as we may know it based on how we see different people?

Great read, would definitely recommend to others!

(Image and blurb (c)Penguin Group.)

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