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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.

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.

ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn: A Novel - Jacqueline Woodson
  Short vignettes out of the life of August as she adjusts to moving to Brooklyn from Tennessee. She tells of herself and her three friends as they grow up and grow apart.

I am not sure what I feel about this book. It is an interesting writing style. I liked the short vignette style but do not feel I got the whole tale of what was happening. I was glad I read this for book club as I had questions on how life turned out for some of the girls.

I will read more of her

INHIBITION by Jessica Clairmont

Inhibition - Jessica Clairmont
  Short quick read where Liam meets the Man in Black on the salt flats near his home. He agrees to give the Man in Black whatever he wants in exchange for everything Liam wants. Liam's friend, Kyle, appears in front of a changed Liam. Together they plan to conquer their world.

This is different. It's fantasy and a touch of horror. It is too short to have much plot but the writing builds up that I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happens. I hope this is the beginning of a series. Ms. Clairmont's world building is good and I would like to see what happens to Liam, Kyle, and the Man in Black.

TANGLED UP IN BREW by Joyce Tremel

Tangled Up in Brew - Joyce Tremel
  Max and Jake are in a brew and burger contest at the local beer festival. One of the judges is murdered and Jake is suspected. Max looks for clues as does her dad.

I did not figure it out until it was explained at the end. The story was good. I love the references to the different Pittsburgh neighborhoods. I enjoy these characters and look forward to reading more of them

KIMBERLY AND THE RANCHER by Lexi Sexton

KIMBERLY AND THE RANCHER: The Erotic Series - Lexi Sexton
  Kimberly works for Mr. Edwards. She has transgressed one of his rules for his employees and must face the punishment for it or lose her job.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters. Kimberly and Mr. Edwards are sexy and hot. I liked that Kimberly tells the truth knowing it could cost her her job. The sex is hot and plentiful. Kimberly should not jump to conclusions nor listen to others. Once Mr. Edwards establishes communications again, they are quickly straightened out. I would like to know what happens after.

THE DARKEST HOUR by Erin Hunter

The Darkest Hour - Erin Hunter
  This ends the first series of the Warrior books. Fireheart is now the leader of ThunderClan. There is a new danger in the woods and not what he expected. As he works to bring his clan together again and discover the new danger to them, he also deals with becoming the leader needed by the clan at this time.

I love this series. Though reluctant to get into the books at first, I look forward to reading more of

I love this series. Though reluctant to get into the books at first, I look forward to reading more of the clans. I needed Kleenex for this one as Fireheart becomes Firestar and goes through the ceremony for that then dealing with those whose lives will end (there is always someone who won't be back) and the betrayals. This is a series recommended by niece and she never gives me a hint of what will happen.

ON POINT by Annabeth Albert

On Point (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert
  Maddox and Ben are on a mission that goes wrong for them. They are SEALS who are also roommates. Ben is very open about his sexuality but Maddox is more lowkey. Before being deployed Ben had set up an encounter that Maddox enjoyed but made their situation weird for Maddox. They have been trying to get back on an even keel since then. Now during recovery they have the opportunity to see if they can make a relationship work for them.

I enjoyed these characters. I liked the main story line. The flashbacks worked well as they fleshed out this story and told us what we needed to know. I liked that the main sticking point for the men was not staying in the closet but deciding if they could move on to the future with different dreams. I will read more of this series.