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The Lady’s Legacy (Half Moon House #3)

This is the third book in the Half Moon House trilogy.  It IS perfect for settin up Hestia’s book. Can’t wait for that one.

Flighty, Francis Headley, his all grown up in this one.  From street urchin to accomplished lady we have watched grow up in this series, and in this adventure she will need all of her skills.

Flighty takes off on a self imposed mission for Hestia Wright, to find her long lost son, Mr. Rhys Caradec likes being lost, it is how he goes through life.  He likes being unfettered and no commitments.  No one to love, no one to count on him, just him, the world and his painting.  He learned very young that you can’t count on anyone, they leave you.  Then he meets a young male, a street urchin, that isn’t what he seems, and he turns his life totally on it’s side, upside down and inside out.

I loved this insallment, this whole series is wonderful, and all the novellas that carried the story line along.  In this one the conflicting needs of the two main characters made for some laughter, tears and when Lord M got involved… oh the suspense kept you on the edge of your seat right up to the end.  I loved it, had a hard time putting the book down to sleep today, and then to work.

Lively characters that you come to care for deeply, vivid settings in the Scottish countryside., one of my favorite setting.  All a around a five star read.  A must have if you like the regency period and a need to buy if you like Ms. Marlowe’s works.  thank yo for sharing this journey with us.

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All things start at Curl Up and Dye

I love Sharon Sala, her writing is so much fun and interesting.

In this book things are centered around the town beauty shop. Which is so much fun as the two leads in this book try to find their way from friendship to lovers. LilyAnn Bronte was engaged to the football team quarterback, Randy Joe, but when Sept 11th came about he joined the army and came home about month later in a flag draped coffin. Since that day she has not really felt alive. Mike has loved her since 10th grade, but remains firmly in the best friend category.

A new man comes to town, handsome and charming. He is redoing his great-uncle’s place looking to flip it for a good amount of money so he can get out this little town. But he was not going to keep himself away from the females while he here, even though they could not be trusted.

Can Mike ever make LilyAnn see him as anything but best friend? Can LilyAnn find her way out of the past and pull her life back together? Five stars for a feel good read with a hint of danger and suspense.

Seth: Cyborg, More than Machine by Eve Langlais

Cyborgs have never been so much fun.

This is the fifth of the series, and Seth was so much fun! His wife come looking for him, and is as bad about giving a straight answer to any question as Seth is. She takes him with her on a mission that is of vital importance — to her. For a chance to win his wife back, Seth goes along with her.

And oh the trouble they get into, her perfectly bland boring boyfriend turns out to be not so bland or boring when he manages to get the drop on both of them and takes both spy models down. When she wakes up she finds herself on another ship in the company of a man who seemed to know Seth. She goes looking for Seth…. maybe just maybe she might believe him, and she might just still love him. But they are machines, they don’t love, right?

Five stars and looking forward to the next book, thank goodness I got in this series late and have the back list down loaded.

Horseplay by Sean Michael

This was a fun, short read. Two men that met nine months ago on Micha Orion’s horse therapy farm. He and Doctor Byron Hamilton have been exchanging pleasantries when the doctor brings a young patient to therapy every week. Finally Micha can’t stand it any more and invites the good doctor to dinner. As soon as Byron gets there things heat up very quickly, and it has nothing to do with the fire on the grill.

I loved this. It is such a fun read I didn’t want it to end. Five stars for this book. The characters are engaging, the setting fun and the fantasies enjoyable and doable in this world. If you like Sean Michael this is a much pick up, or if you haven’t read him, but love m/m this is a fun one to start with.

Charmed at Christmas: An Anthology

 

I got this book from the Authors for a review.  I love these ladies of historical fiction separately, and together back at Keynvor Castle, they are delightful.  Loved this antholgoy, a must read if you love historicals and these authors never disappoint you.

We are back for a double wedding from the Halloween book, and the ghosts and pixies are right on point.  in Deb Marlowe’s tale of Lord Locryn and the Pixie’s Kiss.  A not-so-old-by-Pixie-standards Pixie, Thistle takes umbrage when a young lord goes sparking at a full moon.  It might have mattered if she had not seen him with another young woman earlier and while nothing had happened, a spark had been lite.  So she kisses him stead an set a curse in motion that only true love’s kiss will break.  But will true love be able to prevail when another of the fairy realm mistakes the curse as something else? Oh, the fun to be had and the missed kissing adventures.  A must read with well developed characters. Five stars.

The Determined Duchess by Erica Monroe

In this fun little tale, Miss Felicity Fields is dabbling in chemistry best left alone. Her beloved guardian, the only one who she thinks loves her and respects her love of science has died.  But Felicity has a plan, through chemistry she will create the Philosopher’s stone and bring her aunt (not any blood relation, just the woman that took her in and loved her.) back to life.  But she has two time limits, one the decaying body of her aunt and two … well two is more complicated.  Lady Margaret’s nephew is coming to reclaim the house and land now that she is gone, and Miss Felicity will be out of a home, or worse forced to traverse the wilds of the Mating Market in a London Season.  Or will she? Good read, fun and nicely filled out.  4 stars.

A Duke by Any Other Name by Claire Delacorix

Simply the cutest read I’ve have the pleasure of reading lately.  Joyful and insightful.  The Duke of Inverfyre, Alexander is trying to catch a thief, this time it puts in the path of a young lady that is determined to marry a Duke, no so much for the title, parties or fine things that brings, but for the safety and security that will calm her orphan’s heart.  Daphne Goodenham and her younger sister were orphaned at a very young age, but she remembers the sennight she and her sister were alone with nobody to rely on till her Grandmama came to get them.  She has vowed to make a Duke a good wife in exchange for that security.  But in noticing the contradictions of the flop of the Duke of Inverfyre and the man she has seen underneath, will she foil his plans or come out loving her Duke?  Love this characters, grabbed you at the beginning and you rushed through to find out who did it and if the duke had to keep up his costuming.  Five starts, delightful and well planed out.

 

Yes, I can read, a book-a-thon?

This could be fun, fun fun and no trail at all for me.  🙂

 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Spider Shifters? No way.

Josie is a timid person by nature, until she is in her element which is organizing and running an office or warehouse, then she rightfully earns the nickname Little General.

Josie has one very large fear, spiders. She has dreamed of being caught in a cocoon since she was she was little. Her new boss and his second, Alpha and Beta of the werewolf pack that owned the site, took her fear very serious, since she was their mate. They made sure that she ever saw an arachnid on the property at all. Then they found out the truth, a spider shifter, very large spider, was after her and wanted her wrapped up in a cocoon.

Can they get her out his web? Can they figure out what is so different about her that he wanted her so badly to haunt her dreams chasing her most of her life? and they convince their mate to take on both of them? Or will one be left in the cold?

Great laugh out loud read by Ms. Langlais. Five stars for character and story telling. She never disappoints.

Graham, or S’mores, he’s gooey on the inside

Graham, he’s the last of his clan to not have a mate. He’s starting to feel as if he’ll never find her.
His clan mates are getting worried about him, he’s skipped a brunch and a barbecue in the same week. His best friend drags him out to his favorite bakery for his favorite sweet, cinnamon rolls. All of a sudden the bell over the door catches his attention, and he looks up. His mate is right there.

He begins to understand what the other men went through as they found their mates, he hacked into her life, found out how her parents had blocked every change she planed to make in her life, and how she finally got past them and lined up a job in a neighboring town. He called the owner of the Lodge, a friend of his, and blocked that move for her also. Then couldn’t figure out how after he told her he was a bear shifter she freaked out because he had taken her new job from her.

Like all Ms. Shae’s books, this is fun, short and laugh out loud delightful. Five stars for another grand book about her bears.

 

A new insightful book on the Harry Potter World

 

 

This book is a fun read if you are interested in the ‘behind the scenes’ history and how the author thought as she created the Harry Potter world.

Ms. Rowling shares with us her thoughts about creating characters and names for the places and some of the characters in the books. She shares the history of the politics of the Magical world as well as the history of Hogwarts. I found it fun, and got a further understanding of the world that she created that has captivated so many in the world. Young and old both enjoy this epic tale of good vs evil.

These books put out by Pottermore.com are a great addition to her world if you are still having withdraws after the Deathly Hollows 2 was over. Five stars for the great writing.

 

The first gem of a 5 star series

HeartMate (Celta Series book 1)

by Robin D. Ownes

 

 

The first time I read this book was when it first came out. I was caught in the world that Ms. Owens had built so carefully. The scenes took my breath away, the wording so vivid that they came alive like a oil painting done by a master.

The characters were so real, their lives so … alive, they all became my best friends and I did not want the book to end. Rand T’Ash so moody and dark, needing the love of family but not knowing how to expres it or ask for it. Danith, needing that same love of family, but knowing how to ask for it, and feel it. But not believing she had the great Flair need to have a HeartMate. The Holly fighting family, so easy in their love for one another, the large Clover family that loved, laughed and worked together and easily let their family enlarge by one to offer friendship and safety to Danith.

I fell in love with the fams, the intelligent animals that bonded with their human companions for life. Ms. Owens wrote the felines so well, you looked at your animals with a new understanding of what they wanted out of you. I laughed as read their antics and the way Zanyth argued with T’Ash, and bargained for what he wanted.

A world based on magic and old beliefs, was a world I wanted to live in. I do as I reread the series every couple years, and it never gets old. Five stars for this book that started the series that I hope Ms. Owens doesn’t end soon.

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