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Sheila's Reads

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.


Amish Truth and Grace - Marisa Meyer

Two short stories set in Amish communities.  The first has Martha's family moving to a new community in Montana that are not as strict as the sect she came from.  Martha holds on her the Old Order ways but has her eyes opened by Jacob who works with homeless people from the surrounding area.  Good characters but the story needed to be proofread.  I was pulled out of the story too often to try to figure out what the author was saying.


The second story had Katie returning home from her Rumspringa early to care for her injured sister, Mary.  Katie is reunited with her love, Willis, who has also returned from his Rumspringa.  Katie was happy to return because of the danger in the English world.  Willis' Rumspringa did not give him what he expected.  As they court, Mary keeps getting in the way.  I liked the story and the characters but Mary exasperated me with her attitude and demands.


A Croissant to Die For… (A Jenna Dubois Mystery) - Rachel White

First book in the Jenna Dubois Mystery series.  Verena Mason is murdered in Jenna's patisserie shop's kitchen.  The cops think it is her but when Verena's Uncle Ray dies at her funeral they have to change their minds.


I liked Jenna and her regulars.  They are fun.  The story kept me intrigued and wanting more.  It needed a little fleshing out to be totally believable but I want to read more of the series.  I did not figure it and needed the explanation at the end. 


I Am Not a Whore, At Least Not Yet!: The Prequel (Confessions of a Whore Book 1) - Emme Hor, SPANKable Productions

Prequel to Confessions of a Whore series where Brittany and her boyfriend Neil are introduced. Lots of sex and thinking of sex. Not much of a plot but I did like the characters.


Seduced by the Stranger: A Napoline Royals Novel (The Napoline Royals Book 1) - Allison Gatta

   Tess, the black sheep of her family, has a one-night stand with Prince Antone Salvatore, the guest of honor. She has no idea who he is. He finds that refreshing. When she comes to him about being pregnant he thinks she is no different than any other woman he has met. But since the child is his heir he takes her home with him.

This sets up the Napoline Royals series and introduces the characters. I liked the characters and the storyline is a Cinderella story. The author has brought me into the story. I could feel the Tess' hurt, pain, and anger when Antone shuts her out. For her it is no different than her family's actions. She does show him though that she is ready to be at his side working for his country. He has to change his thinking. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.


Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? How Moralism Suffocates Grace - Samuel C. Williamson

An interesting look at how we teach in Sunday School and how it works in the real world.  I know as a Sunday School teacher I had questions about why we use certain people as examples of how we should live.  Their flaws get in the way of the good they may have done.  Too often they have committed most of the 7 Deadly Sins.  I liked the common sense the author brought to the discussion.  I also liked that he said bring Jesus into the stories as we read them.  I did that as I thought about the Good Samaritan and it was interesting to see the story with Jesus as the victim left by the side of the road then as the travelers passing the victim.  What would Jesus' actions be and what can I learn and use to make me live the gospel better?


Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

I had forgotten how sad the ending was but how uplifting. Charlotte is a spider who befriends Wilbur the pig. Fern loves Wilbur whom she and Charlotte protect from being sent to the slaughterhouse. Templeton the rat helps and is the comic relief.

I loved this book but I needed a box of Kleenex. It is so well written. The author pulled me into his world. I was so caught up in the story. The characters are wonderful. The humor is subtle but there. I could picture Templeton at the carnival. It is a great book.



DUE OR DIE by Jenn McKinlay

Due or Die - Jenn McKinlay

A puppy is in the returned book bin. The husband of the new President of the Friends of the Library is murdered. A nasty nor'easter hits. It is up to Lindsay and her friends to find the killer before he/she strikes again.

I like these characters. I like their interactions and the teasing Lindsay gets about Sully. The story was good. I did figure out the who and part of the why. I needed the ending to fill out the rest of the why. I'll be reading more of this series.




Shadow of a Honeybun (Honeybun Fever) - Sam Cheever

Beginning of the Honeybun Fever series where some of the characters are introduced.  Dolfe is on a stakeout for a meth lab when he runs into Blaise who comes with a "date."  She's drunk and cannot keep up with her "date" so he leaves her so he can conduct his business there.  Gunshots ring out.


This is very short and is truly an introduction.  The segues between scenes is not always smooth and it feels like the story needs fleshed out at times.  The characters are good.  They make me want to read more of the series and more of them especially Blaise.

THE DINNER by Herman Koch

The Dinner - Herman Koch, Sam Garrett

Paul and Claire meet his brother, Serge and his wife Babette, for dinner one evening to talk about their children.  Serge is running for Prime Minister and wants to do damage control.  The other three have other ideas.


The story is told in flashbacks of the relationships and events of Paul's life.  I liked Paul but I never warmed to most of the characters.  I have a lot of questions for them. 


This is probably a book I would never have picked up on my own had it not been for my book club.  There is a lot to discuss and think about in this book.  How do people make the choices they do?  Very thought provoking and timely.


The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona) - Rachel Van Dyken

Brock's grandfather wants him married and so arranges an auction to do it.  Grandfather is sly to get Brock to see it his way.  Jane is a cleaning company owner who Grandfather has hired to clean the family's ranch which Brock will get upon his marriage.  Sparks fly between Brock and Jane.


This is a cute, fun read.  I laughed.  I had a tear in my eye.  Mostly though, I had a good time reading it.  I enjoyed Brock and Jane.  I liked how the story went back and forth between the two of them.  I look forward to the rest of the series.  Perfect for the beach or porch as summer comes to a close.

THE LOVE INTEREST by Cale Dietrich

The Love Interest - Cale Dietrich

2 spies are chosen to compete as the Love Interest for Juliet who has been deemed important enough that her future secrets/experiments will be sold to the highest bidder by an underground company.  Caden and Dylan are chosen--one Nice and one Bad.  Whichever one does not win Juliet will die. 


I loved this book.  It was suspenseful enough that I was on the edge of my seat up to the end.  I wanted to know what would happen to the loser.  I also wanted to know if the truth would come out and if rebellion would follow.  I was surprised by how it turned out.  I loved the characters.  This was done as a first person point-of-view through Caden's eyes.  The society was interesting that Caden and Dylan lived in before being loosed in the world.  I was surprised by the secondary characters.  Again not what I expected.  This is a keeper!

MIDNIGHT by Erin Hunter

Midnight by Hunter, Erin [HarperCollins, 2005] Hardcover [Hardcover] - Hunter

A new series in the Warriors series has Brambleclaw receiving a dream from Star Clan.  He along with 3 other cats have received the dream.  What does it mean?  Why are the medicine cats not receiving the dreams?


I liked this story.  It starts off about a year after the first series ends.  We are now just about on the second generation since Firestar has become the leader of Thunder Clan.  Brambleclaw has to determine what his dream means and how the other cats fit in.  They must work together and travel to Midnight.  I like this group of cats.  We still have Firestar and his generation as well as a few elders but this next generation looks like it might change things up in the status quo.  I liked the Yoda-like character that appears.  I am anxiously waiting to see me niece to get the second book in this series.


Memory in Death - J.D. Robb

It's Christmas time and Eve's foster mother walks back into her life  with the intent to blackmail her and/or Roarke.  Instead she is murdered and now Eve must stand for her.  Eve lets it be known that she knew the victim so there will be no conflict of interest or questions.  She then has to go back to her past and other fosters' pasts to find the murderer.


I love this series.  Eve and Roarke fight but Eve learns what it means to have someone in her corner who will be there no matter what.  She learns to apologize also.  Good addition to the series.


At the Table of Wolves - Kay Kenyon

Kim has a Talent which only came on with adulthood.  She is now trying to use that Talent to save Britain from Nazi Germany but she's not very good at the spy business. 


I loved this story!  I call it a paranormal historical spy thriller.  I was on the edge of my seat until the end of this book.  The story was good.  Kim did not know who to trust.  I could understand that as I was questioning whether a character was true to England or a spy for Germany.  I questioned motives.  I did figure out some of the events and reasons during the story but not all. 


There was a good cast of characters.  As I read the blurb then started the story I was hoping that Kim and Lt. Colonel Stelling would meet.  I'm not sure what I felt about Erich von Ritter.  I wish Kim and her dad would become closer.  This is a keeper!

CITY OF THE ABSENT by Robert W. Walker

City of the Absent - Robert W. Walker

Inspector Ransom must find a serial killer who is responsible for a Pinkerton agent as well as the mayor in Chicago dying.  As his investigation goes on, his enemies all over him trying to derail him and his investigation.


I liked this book.  I did not realize until I was a chapter or two into the story that this is the third installment of Inspector Ransom series.  I could follow it without a problem.  I would have understood some references to past cases and actions had I read the books in order but it still made sense.  I liked Ransom.  He is aggressive but intelligent as he follows leads.  I liked Jane who disguises herself as a male doctor and helps in Ransom's investigations.


The story was good.  Having read THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Eric Larsen, I have an interest in stories set during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.  Mr. Walker stayed true to those times and the event.  I was also yelling at Ransom because we readers know who the killer is and why from the beginning and Ransom is missing the killer while near the killer.  For the record, Ransom paid no attention to me telling him who and why on the killings. 


The only thing I hated (because this is a 5 star story but this is what makes it a 4) is the ending.  I wanted to know if Ransom defeated his enemies and we are left with questions.  There is no book 4.  I hope a book 4 may come out one day because I have that enquiring mind that wants to know.


Time Twister: Journal 3 of a Cardboard Genius (Journals of a Cardboard Genius) - Frank Asch

Time travelers are all around us.  Getting ahold of a time twister, Alex, Jonathan, and Zoe leave earth and start the search for a planet they could live on.  Lots happen before that and Jonathan isn't going to be happy how he traveled.  It is opened ended.  Did they find the planet?  Did they return home? 


Alex's asides are a hoot. I loved how he starts the journal.  I laughed out loud.  I find it a hoot.  Alex and Jonathan are a riot.  Just like some of the kids I know that age.  I hope there is a book 4 so I know the answers to my questions.