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review 2017-07-19 20:38
A horse trainer and a retired surgeon...how could things possibly go wrong?
An Unexpected Truth - S.A. Meade

‘An Unexpected Truth’ is my first book by this author…definitely not my last. I was pretty much enchanted from the word go when I realized that the story was set in England. I have a definite fondness for England…maybe, my in-laws are from there and maybe my mother’s family is from there and maybe it’s just a beautiful country but whatever, I love it so reading a book with England as the setting was definitely no hardship add in that it’s set in the countryside and there are horses and things are just getting better and better.

 

Brendan Matthews trains racehorses for a living and he’s happy with his quiet life but he’s also not a foolish man so when opportunity brings 6 yearlings that display more than a little potential to him and they happen to be owned by a man who’s ‘not to shabby either’. Who is Brendan to not open the door when opportunity knocks.

 

Adam Ahmadi is a wealthy orthopedic surgeon who’s looking for something to do with his time and money after an accident damages his hand forcing him to retire early. He was thinking horses but one look at Brendan and Adam’s interest go beyond having Brendan train his horses.

 

I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. The first part of the story focused on Brendan and Adam’s relationship and it was wonderful. These two men getting to know each other was sweet and a slow burn. They spent time together taking care of the horses, cooking for one another, taking walks, getting to know one another. There was no insta-love here and while there’s a bit of an age gap it’s not a big deal…so much not a big deal that I really can’t remember exactly how big of an age gap it was…so definitely not an issue for me.

 

The relationship between Brendan and Adam unfolded beautifully and was definitely one of my favorite parts. Also, there was a bit of drama and suspense unfolding in the background and while this part of the story was more prominent in the latter part of the book and for a while it was the dominant part of the story it was necessary in order for things to play out to a conclusion that brought us back to Brendan and Adam’s relationship and the HEA that these men so deserved.

 

As Brendan and Adam’s relationship deepens Adam’s past rears it’s ugly head forcing them apart and leaving Brendan more than a little mystified about what Adam’s feelings are and whether or not the future he wants with Adam can be a reality or not.

The ending of this one worked for me. There was just enough going on to hold my interest but not enough to make it overwhelming or confusing since most of what happened around Adam’s past wasn’t really revealed or dealt with until the last half of the book.

 

For me ‘An Unexpected Truth’ was a story that I was easily able to slip into reading and enjoy. The writing style was so enjoyable and easy to follow, the characters worked well together and I found myself enjoying all aspects of the story…the romance, the suspense, the little bit of a plot twist that I didn’t quite see coming. It all came together to create an unique and enjoyable reading experience that I look forward to experiencing again.

 

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A copy of ‘An Unexpected Truth’ was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-17 07:02
Timing
Her Unexpected Hero - Kyra Jacobs

This story is book # 3, in the Checkerberry Inn series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order.

 

Maddie is in desperate need of some help at work, and a date to an event.  They may not go together, but the need for both is increasing.  There is a possibility of hope on these fronts, as long as she plays it right.

 

Cole is desperate for work to fulfill his dream.  He can help Maddie find a date.  They both have pasts and an attraction gaining heat.  Just a leap of faith keeping on track.

 

This was a cute, and sweet, and definitely clean romance.  My only issue is that I am not big on women who have insecurities rule their lives.  This was a twist on the love triangle trope, but handled in a clever way.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-07-08 09:32
An Unexpected Countess (Secret Lives of ... An Unexpected Countess (Secret Lives of the Ton) - Laurie Benson

While the Earl of Hartwick is leaving his latest paramour via the roof of the house he comes across Miss Sarah Forrester sneaking around.  She's lying to him about why she's there, and he's intrigued.  When the Regent asks him to investigate a missing diamond he keeps bumping into Miss Forrester, it's as if they're looking for the same thing...

 

Entertaining story with interesting characters.  The chase for the diamond is twisty and interesting.

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review 2017-07-01 18:50
The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (Audiobook)
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #1) - Dorothy Gilman,Barbara Rosenblat

Series: Mrs. Pollifax #1

 

Mrs. Pollifax is a widow in her sixties with grown children who has been feeling down in the doldrums and rather without purpose lately. So she decides to try to live out a childhood dream of becoming a spy by showing up at CIA headquarters and asking to be one. Through a somewhat ridiculous series of events she gets her wish and is tasked with some courier work while posing as an American tourist in Mexico.

 

This book was preposterous but fun and Barbara Rosenblat’s narration was great, especially Mrs. Pollifax’s voice. A few too many people die for me to call this a cozy spy thriller but if the idea of a grandmotherly spy tickles your fancy, you may want to check it out.

 

I read this for the booklikes-opoly square Adventureland 26 “Read a book tagged genre: adventure or thriller”. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax was tagged thriller on GR so I decided to count it despite having already started it. I had calculated that based on 204 pages for a print edition, discounting the first 30% that I had read yielded 144 pages or $4 to add to my bank. This brings my total balance to $168.

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review 2017-06-24 00:00
Her Unexpected Hero
Her Unexpected Hero - Kyra Jacobs Ms. Jacobs lightens the mood and lifts up the heart with a simple tale of love and laughter. Sometimes less is more and Checkerberry is as small town as they come. It's nice to visit a place where the love is abundant, the gossip is flowing and the romance is sweet. Her Unexpected Hero proved to be a very special treat.
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