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review 2018-07-19 20:14
Feisty, smart, and finding trouble. This is an interesting read.
Highland Secrets - Elizabeth Rose

It was fun meeting up, in a way, with old friends. Seeing the children of Rook, Rowen, and Reed as they grew up. This story is Fia's. She was a smart young lady. I loved her intelligence, her love of family, and her resourcefulness. Alastair was a strong man, trying to prove himself to his clan and his father. There were plenty of secrets and danger to keep this story interesting and wanting me to turn the next page.

I received an ARC for this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-07-17 22:41
Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches #5) by Erica Ridley
Lord of Secrets - Erica Ridley

Lord of Secrets - Erica Ridley 

Lord of Secrets - Erica Ridley 

~3.5 stars ~

As an heir to a barony, Heath knows he must choose the right woman to marry. She’ll have to be a proper lady of a good family, and will never, ever give motive for scandal or gossip. So what if he’s not in love with the lady, right?

Heath in a way reminded of Mr. Darcy although not as brooding or surly. Honor bound to a fault, his first priority was always his family and his duty to the title. As the problem-solver of the ton, he considered his responsibility to keep his peers out of the gossip columns and pursue those that dared taint their “good” name. This attitude of him grated me because how could anyone be so honorable yet try to cover up other people’s mistakes. To me that was hypocritical. Fortunately, love outweighed any preconceived notions of honor and he found his true calling.
Nora had a secret of her own that if uncovered it could not only ruin her but also ruin her chances at love. I thought she was sweet, smart, and witty however I could totally see why she didn’t think highly of herself. It made me a happy reader when Heath saw past all of her shortcomings and focused on what mattered most. Their romance was engaging and slow-burning with the right amount of tension which made it feel believable.

Although there weren’t any tug-at-your-heart moments it was definitely enjoyable and a good continuation to the series. I recommend this series to anyone that likes endearing yet complex characters, funny moments, and good romance. 

Thanks to Negalley for providing a copy of this story for review.

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review 2018-07-16 19:04
A Gathering of Secrets - linda castillo

This was my fifth Kate Burkholder book and as usual, this one did not disappoint. I came onto this Amish country sheriff's scene a little late. Considering I started with book number 6. However, not reading the first 5 have not hindered my enjoyment of these stories in the least. 

I always find it fascinating to hear about Amish life (it's just so different) and the way that Kate handles all the bad things that come through her little part of the world.

I do have to say, however, that I hope Kate and Tomassette (sp?) never get caught living together. I love them as a couple.

An excellent series that I have found to be very interesting and very good reading.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-07-16 18:53
Not Terribly Cohesive, But Still Interesting Book
The Secrets of Ghosts - Sarah Painter

Well I got on a mini-magical realism kick and finished this book too. I read the first book in this series back in 2015. I gave that one (The Language of Spells) 3 stars, and the sequel to that is a strong three stars too. I think the main issue is that nothing really grabbed me in this one. I thought following both Gwen and Katie didn't really work this time. Gwen is dealing with trying to get pregnant and Katie is hell-bent on figuring out her Harper power. Katie is naive as anything for most of the book and I thought the ending was just so-so.

 

It's been 7 years since the events in the last book. Katie is now 21 years old and trying to still learn from Gwen so she can come into her Harper powers. Katie is a waitress at a private home turned hotel and is hoping that eventually she will be able to be like Gwen (wise woman that everyone seeks out in the village). When Katie finds a dead body her whole world gets turned upside down and she starts to have birds and ghosts talk to her. Gwen is troubled and hopes that there is someway to shut off Katie's powers since talking to ghosts is not a power anyone wants.

 

Katie is naive. She ends up liking a bad boy (with honestly no redeeming qualities) and does joint investigations with him as well as trying to figure out things solo. Even though Katie is warned her powers could be dangerous she doesn't care because she doesn't want to be seen as a kid and wants to be special and not ordinary like her mother. There was a lot going on there that I wish I had felt was resolved. I don't see what the big deal would be if Katie didn't have magical powers. And I have to say her "practicing" with Gwen didn't seem to be much of anything. I recall in book number one it didn't make much sense how the magic in this world works and it still doesn't.


We unfortunately don't get too spend much time with Gwen. Gwen is dealing with not being able to get pregnant and no spells or potions are helping. She is feeling lost and vulnerable. Her and her now husband Cam barely feel present in this one. Merely there to prop up Gwen.

 

The secondary characters are okay, just needed more developing. I was interested when I heard there were more witch families and how they try not to settle near each other cause things would happen. I wish that Painter had explored that more. 

 

The writing was okay, but the flow was off. I found myself getting bored and wanting the story to hurry up and finish already since it was a lot of Katie investigating, the guy she liked being "charming" and then her being mad that things were not working out how she wanted them.


The ending was interesting, we get to know a bit more about Katie's powers. But everything seemed a little too pat when we found out how much it could be costing Katie to use magic. 

 

I haven't seen a third book in this series appears, so am assuming that this is the final book. 

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review 2018-07-15 21:08
Review: Secrets Can Kill by Carolyn Keene
Secrets Can Kill - Carolyn Keene

Nancy poses as a student and goes undercover to investigate a series of thefts at Bedford High. (from Goodreads)

 

Series: 1 in the Nancy Drew Files

Rating: 3 stars

 

I've read this book so many times it's not even funny. See, it's my road trip book and every time I get Death by Chocolate ice cream because it's a murder mystery. Yes, I know, but I started it when I was like 13 and I can't seem to (and don't want to) break the habit.

 

This reread, though, had nothing to do with road trips. I did read a bit in the car and had ice cream today, but alas, it was not Death by Chocolate. Anyway, this is completely off subject. On to the book!

 

Secrets Can Kill is the first book in the Nancy Drew spin-off series, Nancy Drew Files. It's for teens more than kids, because the romance is a bit steamier (on par with the likes of Sweet Valley High) and the mysteries are darker. Instead of theft and ghosts, Nancy is now solving murders and blackmailing.

 

This book is set in Bedford, a nearby town of River Heights and Nancy is posing as a high school students to discover who is behind the vandalism at school. She falls into a passionate attraction with her in school contact, Daryl Gray, and fixates on four high school students, Walt "Hunk" Hogan, Hal Morgan, Connie Watson and Jake Webb. Because believe it or not, those are the suspects.

 

The mystery takes a dark twist when her main suspect of vandalism is found murdered and now she has to solve a murder. Ned is absent through most of the book, giving Nancy free reign to cheat on him. George and Bess are featured as well.

 

This book was okay, kind of weak for Nancy Drew standards, but since it's the first book I'll let it slide this time.

 

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