Monday, September 18, 2017

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman - 415 pages

This was an Amish mystery which blended the English and Amish friendships together....that was very nice.  But also a good mystery.

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

The Proving by Beverly Lewis - 342 pages

Front CoverAmanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What's more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.

Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she's determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess! 

The inn isn't Mandy's sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn't ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters. 

Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas - 408 pages
Ravenels #2

Lady Helen Ravenel is determined to marry Rhys Winterborne even though he believes the relationship is completely over.  They have several barriers to overcome though.  Winterborne has severely insulted Helen's sister-in-law and her husband.  Helen has recently discovered who her father really is and that he and Winterborne hate each other.  And Helen is determined to save her newly discovered half-sister from a loveless life in an orphanage.  This relationship is doomed.

I listened to this on audio.  I really enjoyed the narration by Mary Jane Wells.  The accents she used were wonderful.  I especially enjoyed the Welsh accent she used for Winterborne.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare - 370 pages
Girl Meets Duke #1

Since his return from the war when he was badly injured and scarred, the Duke of Ashbury has been hiding in his London home -- never leaving it because of the fear he now inspires in men, women, and children.  Then one day seamstress Emma Gladstone appears at his door demanding payment for the wedding dress she had made for Ashbury's former fiance.  Ashbury proposes an unusual bargain -- he will marry Emma giving her all the money and security she craves while she gives him an heir.  All this is to be done with no affection or dealings between them except in the bedroom in the dark so she can never see his scars.  Emma accepts with a few revisions to their deal . . . .

This was a pretty amusing historical romance,  There was a lot of humor in the story which I really enjoyed.  I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Split Second by David Baldacci

Split Second by David Baldacci
King & Maxwell #1
544 pages / 11 hrs, 40 mins

"Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service.  Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.  Sean King knows how the younger agent feels.  Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second.  And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes.  Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.

"Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth:  that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making--and are a long way from over..."  --from the publisher

Wow!  What a unique story!  The intricacies of the characters' connections are a bit fantastical and there are a few too many players to easily keep track of, but it was an interesting read with a few great surprises.  Baldacci kept me engaged in the craziness of it all.  I'm ready for book 2 in the series.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks- 352 pages

In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.
Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole- 334 pages

In this searing stand-alone installment of the erotic Game Maker Series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings readers a tale of a man wracked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.

A madman with a shadowed past . . .

In the City of Sin, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine--sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.

A grifter with nothing to lose . . .

Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-three-year-old Victoria, a.k.a Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.

Love is the ultimate wildcard.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband's past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?