Artistic Appeal, Appeals to the senses

Artistic Appeal, book 7 in Andrew Grey’s Bottled Up Series appealed to this reader on so many levels.  This book follows Legal Artistry where Gerald Young meets and falls in love with Dieter Krumpt while trying to get back is Great-grandparents art collection that was looted by the Nazi’s in WWII.  Brian Young is a partner at the law firm where Gerald works, he and Gerald and Dieter became good friends during the trail and now that they are in the appeals part of the case Gerald has turned the case over to Brian since he now has an emotional involvement.

Brian is invited to their Christmas party, but instead of getting together with the person they tried to set him up with, he found himself falling for the death art restorer that is working on Dieter’s paintings.  Nicolai his a wonderfully sweet man who is shy about getting ivolved because of a bad break up.  Add Brian’s nine year old  the mix and Nicolai discovers that Brian becomes irrestable.

One of the most delightful and captivating things I found about this book was the way that Mr. Grey worked the silence that Nicolai lived in into the story,  coversations and sounds of the world that make it into a good story Mr. Grey managed to keep those sounds out this book.  Sure you get some, when Nicolai isn’t around, but when you are in his point view, the silence is captivating, or when Brian and he are alone.  For this detail alone I would recommend this book to any reader who likes an author who pays attention to the details.  I would also recommend this to anybwriter

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Alexandra’s Legacy: Legacy Bk 1 by N. J. Walters

This book had some wonderful moments, a great alpha female, two hot sexy men, one, James, the father of the heroine, hope he gets his own hea, and the hero whose honor causes him to protect her from even his own desires until they reach their pack so she has a choice.
Alexandra Reilly finds out one morning that her father is a werewolf, and that she is going into heat. She is getting ready for her first change, and that there rogue werewolves after her, some hoping to force her to mate with them, some trying to kill her because she was a half-breed.
Joshua Striker shows up just before the first attack, her father sends her off with him while he trys to lead the rogues in a different direction from his daughter. Two days of running, fighting, having to kill hunters who are trying to wipe out the werewolves, other werewolves, including some from her father’s pack, hiking through the woods – which Alex, as a city girl, has never been in before – they finally meet up with Jousha’s brothers and James and to the pride and astonishment of Joshua she proves herself at every turn, never a complaint and always ready to move forward.
A good book, some really slow bits, but for the most part the story line kept moving forward toward the the characters goal of reaching their pack compound, getting rid of the traitors, and for Alex, getting a good hot shower and a seriously good night sleep

Chris Fellows l…

Chris Fellows left the warmth a Phoenix, Az to spend Christmas with his friend in Wisconsin. Problem… he gets there and his friend, Martin, is not home. There is just an empty house, a cold empty house. So he calls his friend, Martin had a relative die and had to go to the funeral, he said he would back in a couple days. Chris pouted, but said he would be okay. Then that evening, a blizzard blows in and takes out the power and heat. Chris calls Martin in a panic, Martin tells him here the wood is at and how to stay warm. A little later Chris hears someone knocking on the door; Horace comes in and helps him with the fire. Chris likes he sees, a lot. Horace feels the same way, but after they make out of a bit, Horace leaves quickly saying that what they were doing was wrong. He comes back a day later, and tells Chris his father told him that was wrong, and that his dad was dead was gone now. Horace was twenty-one and a little slow. Chris convinced him that it was not wrong, and it was perfectly natural. They spent almost every moment of the first week together, making love, cutting down a Christmas tree, and getting to know one another. They stayed curled up on the couch next to the fire because they still had no power. Chris knew that Horace was falling hard for him, so he kept trying to explain that he was only there for a couple weeks then he was going home. The problem was that he was falling hard for Horace too. This read is definitely five stars, Mr. Grey has created so very vivid characters here and I fell in love with both. I could really feel for both of these men stuck in the cold north Wisconsin in a blizzard. Mr. Grey reeled you in and sucked you so deep into the story that one night on a snowmobile ride you could feel the cold sapping into you, the wind wiping past your cheeks and turning hem bright read. You could see the stars reflected on the frozen lake and the surrounding snowscape. This is a definite read for any lover of Christmas tales. I do hope that we get to come back to see Martin find his love, it would be nice to visit during the sultry summer.

In the Arms of an Earl (Duke’s Daughters #4

In the Arms of the Earl
(Daughters of the Duke #4)
By Rose Pearson

Lady Harmonia is the last of her sisters to start her Season (though not fresh out of the schoolroom) and find a husband. Her father, the Duke of Westbrook, wants to see her married and well taken care of by the end of the season. He has not been doing well, and his girls are everything to him. But he will not make the mistake with his youngest he made with her older sisters, it was to be her pick, for love and joy.
Luke, Lord Darnsley, a cousin of theirs, determined it would be he who would marry Lady Harmonia. He needed her dowry, his gambling, and other, debts were coming due and he was broke. He had spent the summer trying to woe her in letters, and she had been ready to give in. Her sisters stepped in and told her she deserved a full Season and not to make any hasty descions. And her father told her he wanted her happy, not just married to the first offer. Cousin Luke is not taking no for an answer, espeicially as he watches her fall in love with the newly titled Lord Phillip, Earl of Newford.
It is a sweet romance, with a few stolen kisses, a shooting of an Earl, house arrest for our heroine, a kidnapping (or heiress napping), an challenged issue for a due…. Sigh, a lovely happy ever after. This book was delightfully written. Our hero is determined to save his love, protect her, and marry her, but he is not overbearing about it. Just story crafted to keep you turning the pages with a villain that you do not exactly hate, but seriously don’t like. I give it five stars, and look forwarded to more from Ms. Pearson.

Alabama Blues by Toni Pacini

Alabama Blues will break your heart then send it soaring to the sun.
OMG!!! You have got to read this book if you love good story telling.

I picked up the book and from page one, paragraph one, I literally could not put it down. I was so caught up in the life of Toni Pacini, as an abused child, then as a forgotten teen, then as a strong woman who made it through it all. I missed sleep, almost didn’t get my work done at my job. Every time I would try to take a breather as she brought me to tears again, I would flip my e-reader open again and pick back up. Word to word, I had to follow the path she lead me on.

Ms. Pacini is a storyteller that crafts such a tale each word is step on a path you can’t – and don’t want – to find your way off. You happily – okay, maybe not happily as she wrings tears and terror out of your soul – but compiling traipse your way down chapter by chapter.

I give this book five stars because there is no other rating to give it. The fact that is her life story, and she made it through makes you know that you can get through anything too. Thank you, Ms. Pacini, for sharing you story with us so that we too can get through our darkest times.

Waiting again

I sit

I wait

I sit

I wait

the bus may come…

At some point the bus will come.

Why do these days happen?

So late…

scheduled so late.

Things to do,

places to be,

sleep to take…

instead I wait again.

Two by two

Two by Two by the water’s edge

Abandon

forced abandonment

they sit there

an age-old Testament to pain

to death.

Their shoes were more important their lives.

Two by Two abandon by the shore

feet needed to mean something,

but their owners feet no more.

Two by Two by The Shore.

February in Atlantis

February in Atlantis: A Poseidon’s Warriors romance
By Alyssa Day

This is Jake’s story (well the beginning of). He got drafted in the new Elite Warriors headed by Denal, one of Poseidon’s Original Warriors, after he saved a mermain (not really a mermaid, but a Sea Fae). Now he is headed to Florida where a Human Elitist group is planning to kill all supernatural beings. His job is to stop them and the shifters who have infiltrated them and are trying to infect them or kill them.
Savannah is a wanderer. She works for a worldwide temp agency that allows her to work for a time and save up money for her next adventure. She is in Florida right now, working for Human Prime, the group planning to kill everyone not human. She meets Jake on the beach the night after she decides to quit Human Prime, and the night she gets infected by Falcon shifter.
They end up trapped in an old jail where H Prime is holding their gathering, Savannah is starting the change (which is usually deadly to human females) and Jake can’t make contact with his team. Can Jake save them? Can he save the innocents locked in with them? The innocents being the small children the members of H Prime brought. You are going to wait till March in Atlantis to find out…. Because it is midnight on the 28th and March 1st has started when Jake gets a code red call from his team.
Can’t wait for the next book. This is a five star read. If you like the Poseidon Warrior’s series, this are must buys for your collection. If you like hot warriors that live in Atlantis, this is a series of quick reads you need to pick up.

January in Atlantis by Alyssa Day

Flynn, the oldest brother of Dare and Liam, is home. And Poseidon has plans for him.
Denal has been appointed leader of a new group of warriors, Danal’s Dozen. He just got back from the Fairy lands where he spent ten years. Ten of their years, only a few weeks in Atlantis time, he is hardened and angry thinking his fellow warriors forgot about him. Now he’s home his King, who was just a prince when he was lost, tells him he is now to lead this new ragtag group of warriors. He is not happy, but one does not tell Poseidon, by way of Alaric, no.

Flynn gets off the boat after ten years of being gone and trafficking with dragons, only to find out his brothers think he is dead. He literally bumps in Denal and is instantly recruited. Two others show up at the training grounds, a mage and another Altantian, who saved a mermaid (who still don’t exist). They are sent to Nevada to rescue twelve young girls from the Hell’s Dark Angels. While there Flynn meets Eva and her affinity to animals may be the key to pulling this mission off without a hitch.

Great book, five stars, cannot wait for February and the next in this series. Really I can’t wait to Denal gets his HEA, he has been a favorite of mine from the beginning. A must read if you love your heroes able to laugh at them selves and you love laughing out loud through a book.

Sinless (The Shaws 1.5) by Lynne Connolly

OMG!! I love reading Ms. Connolly’s historical romances, she puts you right there in her time period. This time it was my favorite of her’s, Georgian England. Her attention to detail is absolute. I love the men’s ware, the coats, the breeches, they way they wear them, the way their valet’s obsess over dressing them and how they look. It is some of my favorite parts of the her book. Or the way the female’s dresses, and layers and how long it takes to prepare for an outing, opera, ball. The detail to the hair styles, and whether the female feels this is necessary or not. It is so much fun and adds either a much needed breather of fun to a scene or builds the tension for the next scene.

Ms. Connolly knows her words, and how to use them to the best effect. Her descriptions of the era she is writing in, buildings, streets, houses pulls into the book and helps keep you there, even if her characters act a little out of time sometimes. With such realistic attention to detail it was not hard to settle back and let this love story unfold of forbidden desire and all consuming love.

He is an Emperor of London (part of a very important aristocratic family that names their son’s after old emperors). He is sheltered by his family name, but Darius Shaw is about to break the law, sin against the church and take the very law abiding Mr. Andrew Shaw with him. Andrew is a common man, a man of the law. He got Darius’ brother off a murder rap the year before, and filled his fantasy’s since. Andrew has a reason besides the fact he is sworn to uphold the law to resist his feelings for this handsome man that haunts his dreams – he has a small daughter.

When being caught in a gay relationship can get you a trip a gallows, how do fall in love and make a life for yourselves? Can these men of such different stations make it happen? You have to read to find out. Five stars and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

Thank you very much, Ms. Connolly for sharing your joy in love and this era with us.

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