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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 […]


Audio: In His Hands by Adriana Anders

Audio: In His Hands by Adriana Anders

Posted August 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

                 This author / narrator combo has grasped me again and won’t let go. The classification may be contemporary romance but it feels like romantic suspense. I am in tense limbo the entire time I listen. Or heck, when I am not listening. I keep waiting for the bad guys to be …. bad. My head plays every worst case scenario. In His Hands is especially emotional since there is a cult “church” involved which is a real trigger for me. I dislike people using religious beliefs to be unkind or worse. I’m enjoying how the narrator has captured the southern dialects, as well as the other characters from various parts of the world who inhabit this small town […]


Audio:  By Her Touch by Adriana Anders

Audio: By Her Touch by Adriana Anders

Posted August 12, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

                     The Blank Canvas series continues in the fascinating Virginia small town with the doctor who removes tattoos for those who need it. Clay needs to remove his so he gets back to looking respectable, for the court case against the Sultan motorcycle gang where he was under cover. The gang members still not apprehended are trying to find him and kill him. Another team member has already been eliminated so Clay knows he can’t trust anyone. Wendy Tremont King continues the narration for this series. I did listen at 1.25x speed but when it is a southern setting, I tend not to speed it up. It worked fine for me here. King’s presentation of the vividly detailed […]


Thrifty Thursday:  Flash of Fury by Lea Griffith

Thrifty Thursday: Flash of Fury by Lea Griffith

Posted August 10, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

               The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on June 14, 2017  (currently $6.15 at Amazon, $7.49 at Barnes & Noble as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.03 with 120 ratings and 53 reviews   I’ve been lucky to get several new releases as Kindle freebies this summer. They seem to be available for just a day or two but since I get about a zillion freebie emails (and read them all) I get some good ones. Flash of Fury is a really good one. Romantic suspense is a favorite genre but sometimes the romance isn’t very realistic or the characters aren’t developed or there is too much focus […]


Audio: Rivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson

Audio: Rivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson

Posted August 5, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

                  I discovered the Shadows of the Immortals series as it came out this year on audio. It was a pleasant surprise containing many elements I enjoy. There is magic, many types of paranormal beings in this fascinating world. After three books, I don’t know if I understand very much about how the world works. Hollie Jackson continues to do a fine job with the narration. She is Lexi to me. There were many new and interesting characters in the underworld for her to give voices. She made it all come to life and allowed me to focus on the story. Lexi, providing our view of everything, doesn’t know much about her family or how she got her skills, […]


Urban Enemies

Urban Enemies

Posted August 3, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

            The anthology includes seventeen short stories from many authors which I have mentioned in the order within Urban Enemies.  I have read only five of these authors but they are some of my favorites so I was excited. After all, reading an anthology like this, which was edited by a mystery author, was what took me out of over ten years of reading only mysteries. It turned out to be more science fiction, paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. I enjoyed many of the stories even though I had read none of the authors before and three series I started on immediately from it were Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries and Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville books. […]


The Silent by Elizabeth Hunter

The Silent by Elizabeth Hunter

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

                 Oh. Oh. I just got caught up. I was only one book behind, so I read The Staff and the Blade.  And I’m so glad I did. Damien and Sari have such a long and winding road. It is a very lengthy book and yet it doesn’t seem like enough. This Irin Chronicles series has morphed from urban fantasy, with the first three books all being Ava / Malachi, into more of a paranormal romance with a different couple in each book. It is a great having the overall story arc of the world continue and getting to have more depth on characters which supported earlier stories. Please do not read this series out of order. OMG. I […]


The Accidental Sire by Molly Harper

The Accidental Sire by Molly Harper

Posted July 28, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

            I have enjoyed everything I have read by Molly Harper because of the humor. Plus, the books I have read all have Dick Cheney and I love him! The Accidental Sire features Gigi’s old boyfriend, Ben, and one of Olivia’s college friends, Meagan. It starts at the college and moves on to Half Moon Hollow. Happily, it has characters from both places. I really liked Meagan and how she adapted herself. Ben has always been kind of too good to be true and he still has that feel.  They are both college students and just starting their lives and it’s wonderful to see how they grow. I was really happy to see Olivia, Jane, Dick (of course!), Iris, Libby, […]