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review 2017-12-21 00:40
Danger, action, and their journey kept me turning pages.
The Highland Guardian (Lords of the Highlands) - Amy Jarecki

I did not want to put this story down. Audrey's strength and smarts made her a fun heroine, and I wanted her to be happy. Reid's sense of duty and his struggle to come to terms with his future had me smiling and shaking my head. As they fought all the dangers around them, I kept turning the pages to see how it turned out. I loved the history behind the story as well. I highly recommend this book.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-12-19 13:20
Review For: The Highland Guardian by Amy Jarecki
The Highland Guardian (Lords of the Highlands) - Amy Jarecki

The Highland Guardian by Amy Jarecki is Book Three in the "Lords of the Highlands" series.  This is the story of Captain Reid MacKenzie, Earl of Seaforth and Audrey Kennet.  Reid and his crew were returning from France when they were attacked near the coast of Harlepool.  During this attack Nicholas Kennet was killed but before he died he made Reid promise to take care of his daughter, Audrey.  Reid agreed and thinking she would be a child figured he would put her in boarding school.  But when he went to Coxhoe House to let her know of her father's passing he learns she just turned 19 years of age and already out of Finishing School. So Reid settles to marry the Heiress off to a stable man.  But Audrey is a painfully shy wallflower or so she thinks until she learns that Reid is going to marry her off.  Audrey does not want to be married off and goes forward to try and discourage this.  But there is a man that wants her money who is willing to do what he has too to get it.  But Reid is having a hard time fighting his growing feelings for her. 
This was a really exciting love story that I could not put down!  Loved it!!

 

Source: www.amazon.com/Highland-Guardian-Lords-Highlands-ebook/dp/B06Y13YWQM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1513463623&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Highland+Guardian+Amy+Jarecki
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review 2017-11-16 00:18
Guardian Ranger
Guardian Ranger - Cynthia Eden

Veronica's brother, Cale, is missing. She turns to Jasper, an ex-military friend of Cale's. Unbeknownst to her, Jasper is also looking for Cale. It appears that Cale is guilty of murder. Jasper works for an elite, off the books type, government agency. 
Veronica was nice, although very sheltered. She grew on me as the book progressed and I liked how she came out of her shell. Yes, this contemporary romantic suspense still hit a pet peeve of mine (the heroine is a virgin- at 28).
I realize there were some things that Jasper couldn't share. My issue is he had moments where he lied and I didn't think he had to. He could have been more honest (to a point). Veronica forgave Jasper too quickly. Overall, this was satisfying. 
I do know who the next couple is (Sydney and Gunner), with Cale's coming in book 4. I'm assuming the underlying storyline (who was the one paying for the hits) will continue on the next book.

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review 2017-10-30 07:51
My Guardian Vampire (The Guardians #1) by Roxy Wilson
My Guardian Vampire - Roxy Wilson
My Guardian Vampire is the first part of a five-part serial, but it does come to a (sort of) conclusion to this part of the story. We start with Lacey living her normal life when she is saved from an attempted mugging. However hazy her memory may be, she is sure that the mugger just wanted to kill her, rather than take her purse. She is saved by Aric, who unbeknown to her has looked after her all her life. Aric is also a vampire, fighting the mysterious big bad with a team by his side. However, they come second when Lacey is in trouble for the second time in the same night. A fire starts in her apartment and she suffers smoke inhalation. She is inserted (somewhat involuntarily!) into Aric's world, and becomes more than even he realised.
 
This IS the first part so expect there to be some holes, that I am hoping will be filled with the next instalments. Aric and Lacey suffer from miscommunication in a BIG way, but I am hopeful that they will settle into a more communicative relationship. They have all the positives, but quite a lot of negatives too, that I am hoping they will work through. I am also interested in the other team members so I also hope that they will feature in their own stories during this serial.
 
All in all, this was an enjoyable book that was a quick read. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading. It will be interesting to see where this story goes.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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review 2017-10-24 17:02
Wise Children / Angela Carter
Wise Children - Angela Carter

Dora and Nora Chance are a famous song-and-dance team of the British music halls. Billed as The Lucky Chances, the sisters are the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughters of Sir Melchoir Hazard, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day. At once ribald and sentimental, glittery and tender, this rambunctious family saga is Angela Carter at her bewitching best.

 

Read to fill the “Magical Realism” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.

The large cast of off-beat characters in this book reminded me strongly of Canadian author, Robertson Davies. And all of the links back to Melchior Hazard, Shakespearean actor, made me think of Station Eleven! But Carter definitely makes this tale all her own, despite the echoes with other authors.

Like the Shakespeare that permeates the novel, there are lots of twins, sudden changes in fortune, costumes, and a lot of uncertain parentage. As the old saw goes, it’s a wise child that knows its own father. Dora Chance, Melchior’s illegitimate daughter and twin to Nora Chance, tells the tale and it unrolls like an article in a gossip rag. Whether you can trust all she says or not is a Chance that you’ll have to take! The Lucky Chances, as the sisters are known, can only be considered lucky in comparison to others in the tale. For instance, they were raised by a woman who seemed to actually care about them, rather than by their biological parents and in this, they seem to come out ahead.

Dora and Nora sound like they would be a lot of fun to have a gin and tonic with, but I wouldn’t want to stay in their house!

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