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review 2018-10-07 01:58
The Sheriff's Little Matchmaker (Rose Creek, Texas) by Carrie Nichols
The Sheriff's Little Matchmaker - Carrie Nichols Cantor

 

Sasha Honeycutt needs a new beginning, but is finding old habits are hard to break. What begins with a dare becomes a jumping off point for something more. At least, that's how Remy Fontenot sees it. He just has to convince the wary beauty to make him a permanent fixture in her life. He has the perfect co-conspirator. His precociously, irresistible 7-year old daughter. She knows what she wants and is determined to make it happen. Can fate and an adorable imp wear down Sasha's hard built walls and take shelter in her heart? The Sheriff's Little Matchmaker is where sweet and heat merge to create a sweetheart of a treat.

 

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review 2018-09-08 02:45
Manic Cozy Mystery
An Affair to Dismember (Matchmaker Mysteries Book 1) - Elise Sax
 
Something was definitely fishy about Randy Terns’s death, and at least one of his children thought he deserved to be murdered.
 
Cozy mystery isn't a genre I usually spend a lot of time in but I've dabbled and the ones I've dabbled in, tend to have a "cozy" calm, mysterious but relaxing feel to them, not so here. 
 
The only time the heroine isn't on the go or jumping here and there, is when she is asleep, which doesn't last long. She's in town to take over her grandmother's matchmaking business but doesn't quite have the touch but doesn't matter since she only focuses on that for about 3% of the story. One of her neighbors was found dead in the kitchen and she thinks (?? I guess but she never seems totally sure even though she is running around trying to solve the "murder") he was murdered. 
 
What follows is a story that felt incredibly manic and held together with rubber bands and flimsy plot threads. Why does such a small town, I don't think they even have a 20 person police force (they don't have their own 911 call center) have a multi-million dollar new station? This is the first in the series but like my complaints about Angelfalls, you still have to craft story that provides depth in regards to characters and plot in book one. 
 
There is a love triangle but with one guy that barely is a pencil sketch  and the heroine only seems to like because he is hot and the other that seems like the clear future winner. I'm not quite sure what the heroine saw in the pencil sketch (besides good looks) and I'm not sure what either guy saw in the heroine. The murder mystery was convoluted as all get out and had a reveal dump at the end.  
 
This was so manic and jumbled I felt like I was lost in a bouncy castle. I don't think I'll be continuing on in the series, especially since I am not a fan of love triangles, they always seem to be dragged out way to long.
 
Bonus point for having Rottweilers in the story but point deduction for having them be growling frightening beasts. 
 
 
 
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text 2018-09-06 16:11
Can't beat free
An Affair to Dismember (Matchmaker Mysteries Book 1) - Elise Sax

 

This isn't a certified Murder by Death (I couldn't find a review by her for it anyway) pick, I usually go to her for all my Cozy Mystery needs, but it was a Kindle Freebie. 

 

*It is certified! I found Murder's review over on GRs - Review

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review 2018-04-20 21:42
Historical Romance
The Husband Mission (The Spy Matchmaker ... The Husband Mission (The Spy Matchmaker Book 1) - Regina Scott

The Husband Mission by Regina Scott is a fabulous historical romance.  Ms. Scott has delivered a well-written book.  Alexander, Viscount Borin, thinks he'd make a fine spy.  Katherine and her helpers have targeted Alexander to become her sister's husband before her birthday so she doesn't lose her inheritance.  Alexander and Katherine's story is full of drama, secrets, humor, spice and outstanding characters.  I enjoyed reading The Husband Mission and look forward to reading more from Regina Scott soon.  The Husband Mission is book 1 of The Spy Matchmaker Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.

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text 2017-07-09 18:39
Went down the freebie rabbithole browsing over on Amazon again
Superfoods Cookbook: Book One: Over 75 Recipes of Quick & Easy, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Low Cholesterol, Whole Foods Superfoods for Weight Loss ... cookbook - weight loss plan for women 29) - Don Orwell
The Burning Point (Circle of Friends Trilogy Book 1) - Mary Jo Putney
Spellbound (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 4) - Claire Delacroix,Jane Charles,Claudia Dain
An Affair to Dismember (Matchmaker Mysteries Book 1) - Elise Sax
Champions of the Dragon: Humorous Fantasy (Epic Fallacy Book 1) - Michael James Ploof,Holly M. Kothe
Instant Pot Cookbook: Quick and Easy Recipes For You and Your Family (Vegetables, Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish & Seafood, Vegan, Beans & Grains, Desserts) - Karen Benett
Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura Durham,Laura Durham
Ketogenic Diet: The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: 75+ Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss and Amazing Energy (Ketogenic Diet, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo Diet, Ketogenic Recipes Book 1) - John T. Smith

Well, these were free today so despite my trying not to download so many freebies ...

 

I did avoid the ones with book descriptions not readable without a lot of "read more" scrolling so — you know the ones that the synopsis says things like the actual screenshot below:

 

 

 

 

 

Five chapters a week for July bookclub read of Old Man's War.

 

Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows) (Volume 3) - Joshua Palmatier,Benjamin Tate  Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows)    

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist plus binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free (mid-month?) plus 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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