Author: Anne

Audio: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Audio: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Posted September 1, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

             I have read all the books in the Kinsey Millhone series   starting way back in the 1980s. Mystery is a favorite genre of mine, especially as a palate cleanser because of its action and facts. Of course, emotions get involved as well, but Kinsey is very straight forward. She leads an organized, simple life. Her relationships are few and somewhat limited. The only other audio I have listened to was the short stories, Kinsey & Me. So I decided to try this on audio, too. I really love Kinsey and recommend you read  the books in order. The writing of characters and world is generally excellent, although since this series is set in the 1980s there was a slip-up with […]


Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Posted August 31, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

                     I have enjoyed the Romantic Suspense series for a long time. These are long, consistently well-written suspenseful books. The emotions, the mystery, the action, and the wonderful characters will keep me reading.   I highly recommend this series, and to read in order, with 19 books now. It is well suited to a binge read with the characters all being connected. The emotional hangover might be of epic proportions. I had a bit of trouble with the previous book, Every Dark Corner, only because I had a delay in the series reading, before reading it. This time, I remembered the characters and situations very well. As is often the case, the mysteries and suspense involve children. I was […]


Early Review: Turned Up by Erin Nicholas

Early Review: Turned Up by Erin Nicholas

Posted August 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

        Dillon and Kit grew up together, competing with each other, even at the same college, and are both medical professionals. Dillon has been out of town in the service, Doctors Without Borders and in practice elsewhere. After ten years, he is back in the hometown. Kit has been in the small town where they grew up other than her college time. This is a rivals to lovers story. Turned Up starts out very antagonistic; it is difficult to believe at their ages and professional capacities they would act this way. When they fight, they get each other to do better. I found it tedious. They have always had “chemistry” and the sexy times are hot. They get snowed in together which […]


So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted August 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 8 Comments

          To think I used to say I didn’t like fantasy, especially historical fantasy. Of course,  The Embraced series  is not your typical historical fantasy, because it is also paranormal romance. I was sent the original book, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by the publisher. What a happy surprise it was!  I stalked the next, So I Married A Sorcerer for months! Then I was nervous to read it, because what if it wasn’t as good? Have no fear, it’s great! The fascinating world with its kingdoms and the Embraced people continues to expand. It all starts with the sisters who were raised in the convent, who continue to learn more about why they were there. I love these characters […]


Blog Tour: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

Blog Tour: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

Posted August 22, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 0 Comments

        I love this Winston Brothers series and its characters. I trust Penny Reid for smart and humorous writing. The feels are gigantic! It isn’t just the characters, the small town world, the romance of each book; it is also the intelligent, compassionate handling of authentic feelings and issues. There are also other things happening besides the romance for layers of emotions and information, like real life. Beard in Mind is the fourth book, with Beau and Shelly. Beau is one of the twins, with Duane. Shelly is Quinn’s sister, of Janie and Quinn from Neanderthal Seeking Human  in the related Knitting in the City series.  Beau is the cheerful, polite one who gets along with everyone, until Shelly. He has so, […]


Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Posted August 21, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          I have not read the first two books in the Texas Rodeo series. Usually, I wouldn’t just jump in out of order. I didn’t feel lost. I’m sure I would have appreciated some of the other characters more though, if I had. The two previous couples were Violet and Joe, and Tori and Delon.  Of course, I would be more familiar with the world of Jacobs Livestock. I don’t read many Western type romances so this was a nice change for me. Cole is in charge of the rodeo this summer. He has lost his regular pickup man. Violet sends him a pickup woman, Shawnee, who is always an irritation to him. Being autistic, Cole doesn’t talk a lot and likes his […]


Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

Posted August 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 52 Comments

             I won this book in a prize pack from Sourcebooks Casablanca, the publisher, but since it’s easier to read an ebook I got it from the library to read. While this is a romance, it is dark, dark, and dark. A serial killer is in prison and it looks like there is a copycat using the same style. The son of this serial killer, Cain, has a paranormal ability to provide information and works with the FBI. The characters and their emotions felt authentic. The events are things which could happen. The small paranormal bits were contained enough it wasn’t too unrealistic. I liked the spectrum of good and evil with all the shades. The complexity of characters was excellent […]


The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted August 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

              I seem to time the reading of the Kindle version of books in the Bachelors of Arizona series with the release of the mass  market paperback.  I can’t remember exactly how I ended up reading the first one; I think I was trying to work with the publisher and they offered it to me. Anyway, it makes zero sense I am reading them. They use two tropes which are my least favorite (one is the billionaire guy). I won’t mention the second as it is too spoiling. BUT I love them! Each book is also a very loose fairy tale retelling. The Bachelor Auction was a Cinderella story. The Playboy Bachelor is sort of Beauty and the Beast. Rich, hot […]