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review 2021-05-12 03:06
DIAMONDS AND DANGER by Elizabeth Levy
Danger & Diamonds - Elizabeth Levy,Mordicai Gerstein

Philippa's parents work on a cruise ship. She helps them with their jobs. A new captain and his son are coming aboard for this trip. A Duchess and her nephews also are on this cruise. Philippa does not trust them especially as she notices how much they all watch her. She also likes mysteries. So she decides she will find out about them and about the captain's son who is a mass of contradictions.

 

I enjoyed this story. Philippa is very determined to solve the mystery even if it means she runs afoul of the cruise director and the captain. I wanted to slap the Duchess and her nephews. They were pains in the behind. I liked Philip but I wanted to know his story as much as Philippa did. We do find out in the end what it is.

 

This is a good story for 8-12 years old. The mystery is enough to keep one engaged and rooting for Philippa.

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review 2021-05-11 05:08
STRIKE ZONE by Kate Angell
Strike Zone - Kate Angell

Brek and Taylor were engaged but she left him at the altar to guide a Thrill Seeker trip. He is now engaged to a quiet sedate woman which is what brings Taylor home. When they meet again Brek tries to show how little she means to him. He learns a lot of things--especially that she is still important to him.

 

Also Taylor's sister Eve who runs the Thrill Seekers office finds romance with Brek's teammate Sloan. He thinks he'll teach her but she teaches him what is means to truly love. When it looks like he might lose her he goes big.

 

I enjoyed this book. I liked Brek and Taylor. I loved Eve and watching her get the better of Sloan. The other secondary characters are also good. I'd like to see read of their stories especially Kasen (I hope he has one.)

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text 2021-05-10 23:48
Release Blitz - Impulsive Saint
  
Title: Impulsive Saint
Series: All Saints Security Series
Author: Jess Bryant
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2021
Cover Design: Melissa Gill Design
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ashtyn Echols just made the most impulsive decision of her life. Maybe it’s a mistake, but it doesn’t feel like one. She can’t get married today. Not when she has her whole life ahead of her and a bucket list of things she wants to do before she ties herself down and becomes the perfect politician’s wife the way her family expects her to.
 
For the first time ever, Ashtyn is free. Free of all the expectations and demands. Free to make her own choices, and her own mistakes.
 
Tyler St. James has jumped out of airplanes, hiked into a volcano and plans to climb Everest someday soon. His brothers call him impulsive and it’s true. Adventure is his drug of choice which is why getting assigned security detail for the wedding of a Senator’s daughter seems like its destined to be the most boring day of his life… until she runs.
 
Putting her on the back of his motorcycle might seem crazy but it’s also the only responsible thing to do. If she wants fun, he’s the man for the job. She can check off a few of her bucket list items and he can keep her safe without her ever knowing he’s hired muscle.
 
Only, he never expected to fall for her during an impromptu road trip to Vegas. He never expected her to grow more independent and impossible to resist by the mile. And he never expected her to find out he was being paid to look after her.
 
Will the truth mean the end of their adventure, or is the destination just the beginning of their journey together?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Ride a motorcycle. Take a road trip. Get drunk. Dance on a bar. Correct me if I’m wrong but you knocked those out already. Why are you bothering to write them down?” 


She shrugged, “I like checking things off to-do lists.” 


That made him laugh, “Somehow that doesn’t surprise me.” 


She continued, putting check marks by the things they’d done already. He could read most of the napkin even upside down. He smiled as he watched her write but when she paused and glanced back up at him from beneath her lashes, biting her bottom lip far too suggestively for his liking he felt heat curl in his belly and stomped it down immediately. 


“Don’t you dare write one-night stand on that list, Ashtyn.” 


She flushed a pretty shade of pink, “How did you know…” 


“You mentioned it last night. Remember?” 


That made her cringe, “Oh yeah… unfortunately I do.” 


“Don’t put it on the list.” 


She smirked, “But it is on my list.” 


“Not this one.” He tried to glare at her but wasn’t sure the look worked for him when she only smiled in return. “It’s not going to happen.” 


“Need I remind you that it’s my list, not yours?” She raised a perfect eyebrow. 


“Need I remind you that we’re sharing a hotel room from here to Vegas so you’re not going to have much privacy.” 


She looked offended, “You’re joking.”


“Not in the least.” He eyed the napkin and frowned. “You can mark skinny-dipping off that list too.” 


“Oh come on!” she laughed, “It’ll be fun.” 


“Give me the list.” He held out a hand but she jerked it away. “Ashtyn, give me the list.” 


“Fine.” She handed it over and he snatched the pen from her as well. 


He read through it again, noting everything that she had listed. When he glanced back up at her she was wiggling uncomfortably in her chair. He sighed and folded the napkin, putting it in his pocket. 


“I will help you check everything on this list off that doesn’t require bodily harm or the potential to be arrested.” 


She rolled her eyes, “And here I thought you took pride in being adventurous.”


“Every minute with you is exactly that, princess.” He winked playfully and then scooted to the edge of the booth. “Come on, if we’re going to get all this done, we can’t waste any more daylight.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl's life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt's Harlequin collection and she's been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since. 
 
Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn't afraid to tell you that your school isn't as cool as hers... or that your sports romance got it all wrong. 
 
For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at JessBryantBooks@gmail.com or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2021-05-10 03:36
A PLAIN MALICE by Amanda Flower
A Plain Malice (Appleseed Creek Mystery Series) (Volume 4) - Amanda Flower

A tour bus from Mississippi goes to the Troyer's farm so see how the Amish live. As Simon Troyer is showing how to milk a cow, two of the tourists drop dead. Now the police and the Ohio Department of Health are all over the Troyer farm. Chloe is called in by Chief Rose to take the place of the deceased tour guide so she can keep the tourists in Knox County to complete her investigation. With the chief's blessings, Chloe investigates and lets the chief know the results of her investigation.

 

I loved this book. I liked that the Chief could work with Chloe. I also liked how things are changing within the Troyer family. I love Grandfather Zook. He is not the staid buttoned-down Amish grandfather. He has a sense of humor that comes out and gets the family through some of the traumas that have befallen them and their community. He and Chloe are great together. I love Timothy and how he has to walk a fine line between his Amish upbringing and what Chloe wants, needs, and expects. He does not always succeed but he and she work it out. Some of the secondary tourists were a riot, especially Gertie and her fish jerky.

 

The story was good and I had a hard time putting it down. I did not figure out the murderer until the end. Sad!

 

I hope this is not the last book of the series. I love these characters.

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text 2021-04-30 13:01
Cover Reveal - Finding It All
 
Title: Finding It All
Series: Finding Happiness in Harmony
Author: Stacey Komosinski
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: May 18, 2021
Cover Design: Angelique from The Book Studio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Twenty-five-year-old Chloe Larson has never had a relationship or been really kissed by someone. After a rough childhood spent hiding a secret and being ridiculed, Chloe believes she’s better off with only friends around her. That way she can’t get hurt or misused. She spends weekends living life to the fullest with her best friends and roommates Gaby and Jess and weekdays proving her worth as a newly promoted reporter. The thing is, she doesn’t have time for anything romantic. But secretly she longs for that special connection with someone.

Chris Sherman is bored of the selfish women who flock to him. Recently out of a relationship, he isn’t looking for love. But everything changes when he meets Chloe Larson. She has a way about her that excites and intrigues him, leaving him desperate to get to know her.

Will they both find the courage to let each other in and experience the joys and pains of love, life, and happiness to find it all?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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He pulled her panties down, over her toes, and tossed them to the floor. Then slowly he brought his fingers back to her, finding the spot between her legs. He knew she wanted him when he touched her, and she shivered. He slipped a finger inside, and she groaned against his mouth, making him hard. “Take me to bed,” she begged.
 
Chris smiled. “Not yet. I still have things I want to do to you.”
 
In a husky, demanding whine, she protested, “But I need you now.”
 
“I want to watch you let go with my hands, then we’ll go to the bed.”
 
In tantalizing circular motions, his fingers expertly teased her. She felt tight sensations building in her core.
 
He stopped to pull her T-shirt over her head.
 
She moaned. “Please, don’t stop. I need you so bad.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stacey Komosinski grew up in a small Pennsylvania town strongly influenced by her mother's passion for reading. She read her first romance novel in her early twenties and hasn't stopped.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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