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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

POPCORN by Frank Asch

Popcorn (A Frank Asch Bear Book) - Frank Asch, Frank Asch

Kids will like what happens when mom and dad go out and the kids have a party. Everyone brings popcorn to it. Parents will know what happens but the kids will delight in it. I have a craving for popcorn!

THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO by Nina George

The Little French Bistro - Nina George

I love her books.  Marianne wants to end her life but she discovers she is more than she thought when she is stopped.  She travels to Brittany where she finds good people and many types of love.  I love Nina George's prose.  So many things in the book spoke to me.  I could imagine myself as Marianne.  What a wonderful book!

DENALI NIGHTS by Mark Horrell

Denali Nights: A commercial expedition to climb Mt McKinley's West Buttress (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 20) - Mark Horrell

Mark Horrell goes on an expedition to climb Denali's peak. He talks about what their group and guides did during that time. This time, unfortunately, weather kept them from reaching the peak.

I liked the daily journal of what was happening each day. I wish he would have explained the climbing terms as well as what a climber needs or should look for during an expedition of this type. I also would have liked an explanation about the Seven Summits.

This is the first time I have read this author. I will read his full length book to see if he explains more about his quest and his climbing.

THE SILENCE OF THE LIBRARY by Miranda James

The Silence of the Library - Miranda James

The library where Charlie volunteers is setting up a classic girl detective display when they discover that the author of the Veronica Thane series is not dead. They visit her to see if she is able and willing to come to the library to give a talk. She agrees and collectors of her books are coming out of the woodwork to meet her. Then the president of her fan club is found dead. Why?

I love Charlie and Diesel as they solve mysteries. I, once again, failed to discover the murderer before Charlie explained it. I enjoyed the story and would love to see what Diesel looks like. Everyone has an opinion. The characters are an interesting lot. The side mystery was fun especially when solved. I like the recurring characters as well as the new ones brought in for this book. I learned a lot about the girl detectives series of the past.

THE LONG ROAD HOME: BRODY by Jan Scarbrough

Brody: The Montana McKennas (Montana Ranchers Book 2) (Volume 2) - Jan Scarbrough

Rodeo star Brody comes home after 10 years on the road.  Stephanie is still there though he never saw the daughter she bore.  When they meet again, attraction and anger, hurt and hope are all there.  As Brody realizes what he missed he wants it all now.  Stephanie is more cautious.

 

I liked Stephanie.  I could understand her feelings.  Brody needs a good swift kick in the behind.  As his mother told Stephanie, he was let off too easy 10 years earlier.  I liked the story.  I liked Livy, their daughter.  She is a bundle of energy just like most 10 year olds.  Lori Ann, Brody's ex-girlfriend, was a pain where the sun don't shine. 

The story was a little short so everything was speeded up.  I would have liked a longer story as it would have fleshed out a little more of their reunion but I enjoyed the story and the writing was well done.

THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER by Amy E. Reichert

The Simplicity of Cider - Amy E. Reichert

Sanna only wants to made the perfect blends of cider. Isaac wants to give his 10-year old son, Bass, a last innocent summer. Their worlds collide when Sanna's father hires Issac to work on their apple orchard. Sanna and Isaac are attracted but with the baggage both carry they try to keep is simple between them.

I loved Sanna and Isaac. They are both strong people who are carrying heavy burdens. Betrayals abound in this story--parents and children, husbands and wives, neighbors. Watching how the thinking of each character is muddled until they come clean with the truth is interesting. I liked how the chapters changed between Sanna and Isaac. I also liked how Eva, the real estate agent, also has some chapters from her point-of-view as well as Bass has a few scenes. I liked how Sanna's thinking develops in regards to the orchard and her burdens. I enjoyed this story.

PRETTY JANE AND THE VIPER OF KIDBROOKE LANE: a TRUE STORY OF VICTORIAN LAW AND DISORDER by Paul Thomas Murphy

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age - Paul Thomas Murphy

  Jane Clouson is found on Kidbrooke Lane dying after a vicious beating. She is taken to the hospital where she later dies. The police now have to find the murderer. As they look at her short life and listen to what her friends have to say they believe they have found their murderer and arrest him. Next comes the court of law and the court of public opinion.

This is interesting. Mr. Murphy uses modern forensic techniques to review the case and show who the murderer is. Unfortunately, forensic science was just beginning in 1871 and what we know now is not what they knew then. Because of technicalities and a "judge" who had made up his mind, this case seems like a travesty of justice. I liked how each person is followed through the book. I also liked the synopsis of how modern forensics would prove who the murderer is as well as how the police put their case together. I like the history

 

BE FRANK WITH ME by Julia Claiborn Johnson

Be Frank With Me: A Novel - Julia Claiborne Johnson

Alice is sent by her boss to help M. M. Banning complete her newest novel.  She takes care of Frank, M.M.'s son who loves vintage clothing and old movies.  They have a lot of adventures together.

 

I loved Frank.  He was interesting.  Alice had to adjust much of what she thought and did while with Frank and Mimi (M.M.)  She thought one way but found out her boss did not necessarily mean what she thought.  There are at least two different ways to take what is said and done by the characters in this book.  Alice was a linear thinker at the beginning then started to see and think like Frank. 

 

The ending seemed incomplete to me.  I know it's done so the reader can decide how the story does end.  But like the rest of the book there are so many endings that could be done here.  I want to know how the author sees it so I can agree or disagree with her.

 

I'm glad I read this.  I did not find it funny (like the quote on the front cover said) but moving and sad.  It made me stop at times to see where Frank was headed with his thoughts and action.  I also wondered who was actually the adult--Frank, Alice, Mimi, Xander (Frank's sometimes male figure.) This is not a book I will soon forget after the cover closes on the story.

ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA by Gary Younge

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives - Gary Younge

Timely.  One day in America, 10 gun deaths on that day.  This is not a book that will leave me.  I cried.  I got angry.  Written objectively.  He gives you the information and allows you to decide if it is good or bad, right or wrong.  I hated the fear-mongering that occurred early in the book coming from an NRA convention.  I sobbed with Jaiden's story.  I felt bad for the ones left behind.  Very straightforward.  Sad reading but I am glad I read it.  Definitely a book that changes one and opens one's eyes.

BELONG TO ME by Gaelen Foley and Jaz Kennedy

Belong to Me (Harmony Falls, Book 2) - Gaelen Foley, Jaz Kennedy

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  This is book 2 of the Harmony Falls series. Zander is hired to provide helicopter flying lessons to America's sweetheart, Kate Watson. Kate is looking to move from making romantic comedies to making action/adventure movies. She has a bet with her co-star about doing her own flying stunts in her current movie. Zander is unlike anyone else she has ever met. He is not awe-struck by her. He treats her the same as he treats everyone else. Both discover how wrong their preconceived ideas about the other are.

I liked this story. I loved these characters. Both are vulnerable. There outer shells hide their true selves. When they find themselves in danger, they end up opening up to each other as they work to get home. The action/adventure scenes had me on the edge of my seat. I liked how they open up to each other many times through the story. I liked how the character voice jumped between Zander and Kate. I also liked that both had been raised with religion in their homes and that they honored their parents' beliefs and practices and in their own way practiced their religions. It was a natural part of the story, something that is rarely shown in romance (unless it is inspirational romance.) These are people who are similar to me and I could relate to them.

I look forward to returning to Harmony Falls for book 3.

 

DREAM OF ME by Gaelen Foley and Jaz Kennedy

Dream of Me (Harmony Falls, Book 1) - Gaelen Foley, Jaz Kennedy

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  Bea is trying to buy her grandparents' farm but no matter how hard she works she just cannot seem to get the money together. Now a multimillionaire sends his right-hand man up to make them an offer that is hard to refuse. Harry meets Bea as she is working her roadside stand not knowing she is the grandchild standing between the farm and his boss. When she discovers why he is in town, all bets are off on who will win.

I enjoyed this story. It sets the stage for the Harmony Falls series. The world building is good. While the town is fictional, there are a lot of references to the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area that I liked. Harry and Bea are good as they meet first as possible romantic partners then as adversaries for the farm then as allies. I was furious with Harry when he let Bea go into a meeting with his boss alone, knowing what his boss was like. He deserved the uncertainty he felt after that. Bea did not. The secondary characters are fun. I look forward to reading more of their stories and spending time in Harmony Falls.

 

 

 

THE LIBRARIAN AND THE SPY by Susan Mann

The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian/Spy Escapade) - Susan Mann

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  Quinn is working at the library's information desk with James comes to her with questions that he needs researched. As Quinn helps with his research he asks her to accompany him to other locations as he tracks down information on artifacts that his insurance company is to insure. Quinn gets involved in James' research as well as the danger he is in.

I enjoyed this story. I love action and adventure to go along with my romance. I was interested in how Quinn could figure out the puzzle James presented to her as they search for information on the pieces. I enjoyed the characters but never saw the ending coming. I look forward to their next adventure.

 

AU NATUREL by Ernestine Winn

Au Naturel (Siren Publishing Allure) by Ernestine Winn (2011-12-13) - Ernestine Winn

  Hot story! Mary and Max are having a hard time making ends meet with Max out of work. He sees an ad for nude models and tells Mary about it. While resistant at first she decides to try it as they need the money. Max also tries it. As they get further into the nude industry their lives change.

I liked Max and Mary. Max did make me mad when he goes on a spending spree as Fred, the owner of the company they are working for, told Mary he would. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at how people get into the business of nude modeling and then go further than they expected to go. I also liked how Mary and Max had their questions into their own motives as well as the others' motives and actions. I appreciated seeing the raw emotions of Mary as Max goes on his spending spree and Max's fears of Mary leaving him.

I enjoyed the story. I liked most of the secondary characters. I will be reading Ms. Winn again

 

   

 

A SHOT WITH YOU by Teri Anne Stanley

A Shot with You - Teri Anne Stanley
  Lesa and Brandon are a cute couple but not on the same page when it comes to relationships. Although attracted to each other Brandon will not commit because of past mistakes and Lesa will not commit because wants to travel and have no responsibilities. Their families own a bourbon distillery and a tequila distillery respectively. That gets in the way.

I liked Lesa and Brandon but the story was predictable. I liked Grandpa. He was a hoot and made the story especially as he gives relationship advice. The secondary characters did help the story a lot.

DEAR JANE by Marissa Clarke

Dear Jane (Animal Attraction #1) - Marissa Clarke
  Cute story. Jane is a mistake waiting to happen when it comes to dating. Eric is a fellow attorney who works at her family's law firm. She has him set her up for dates then debriefs with him. She is funny as she tells her stories. Both are attracted to the other but because of the non-fraternization clause in their contracts they cannot act upon the attraction. Chaos ensues as Jane continues her dates.

They are a cute couple. Jane's dream job is not the law nor is it beyond her reach. Her family should have supported her youthful dreams. Jane's dating stories are funny. The ending was different. I am surprised that Eric did not lose out on Jane.

I look forward to more in this series.

LOVE AND OREOS by Elizabeth Bemis

Love and Oreos: The Mendoza Sisters Trilogy, Book 1  (A Sudden Falls Romance) (The Mendoza Sisters Series) - Elizabeth Bemis
  Katherine is overweight and out of shape with self-esteem issues. Quinn is a health fanatic who owns health clubs for which Katherine's company is trying to get the advertising account. They clash but cannot deny their attraction.

I liked these characters and the story. My only complaint is why do large women almost always have issues with their size in romances. Why not show a BBW who is happy with her body and leads a productive life regardless of what others think of her and her size? Katherine was a great character but it drove me crazy that Quinn kept saying "she's not my usual type." Who cares? She was wonderful and should have dumped Quinn when he kept putting her at arm's length because of what others said. That drives me crazy in BBW romance. Although I did enjoy her breaking into her house when she locked herself out. That was realistic and funny. She did and thought what I would.