Labor of Love by Jenna Mindel

Upon the death of her malevolent husband, young Olivia Beresford finds herself with child-and left entirely out of her husband’s will. So, with the babe due in mere days, Olivia and her younger sister head for their aunts home.

When an accident Sheldrake Hall cuts their trek short, they must count on the kindness of strangers-in particular, Lord Sheldrake, whose care for Olivia extends beyond hospitality. A darkly handsome bachelor, he notices how this glowing woman’s presence has brought light to his dreary manor. Olivia, too, cannot help but find a kindred soul within him, a man she could see herself caring for deeply. But Lord Sheldrake rightly suspects that she has heard the dark rumors muddying his past-a past he wishes he could bring out into the light of love…

I found this regency romance very intriguing to read. Jenna Mindel is a refreshing contributor to this genre. The characters and the plot were subtle but had a punch when needed. There was romance of course but there was that intrigue about what secrets were truly being kept about the families that left you reading until the very end.

Homecoming

In this collection of four stories, Janet Dailey, Fern Michaels, Dinah McCall, and Deborah Bedford brings a charming and cute plots and characters to this book.

Janet Dailey-Heading Home

“Kate Summers has her reasons for avoiding new neighbor Josh Reyonds.  But the rugged rancher and his matchmaking dog have other ideas.”

Fern Michaels-The Journey

“Twelve years after being jilted at the alter, mountain guide Maggie Osborne Harper is about to make the hardest trek of her life.”

Dinah McCall-The Return of Walker Lee

“Hard as he tried, Walker Lee couldn’t forget the Texas girl he left behind.  But after ten years, did Carrie Wainright still want him?”

Deborah Bedford-Rockabye Inn

“Wyoming innkeeper Anna Burden returns home after the accident that stole her memory to discover shattering truths-and the healing power of love.”

The stories were enjoyable being charming and sweet.  They were a little corny but that is how it is at times.  The stories were all around one hundred pages which also was a problem.  They went fast but sometimes you wished you had more of the story to make it more dynamic.  But for fast pace and an enjoyable romance then this collection is a winner.

Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a recent author that I found and so far I liked her series Whispering Mountain so I thought I would try just one of her novels.

The Plot of Rewriting Monday:

Mike McCulloch took over for his brother as editor of the Bailee Bugle out of familial obligation.  When Pepper bursts into his office and demands a job, her enthusiasm and engergy hit him like a breath of fresh air.  What’s brought this passionate reporter to his sleepy little town-and into his world?  A long time ago, Mike learned not to expect much out of life, but Pepper has awakened something in him that he thought he had lost-something that feels a lot like hope.

When the paper comes under attack, Mike and Pepper must start to rely on each other, to trust what is in their own hearts and, most importantly, to believe in themselves…”

Now I will be honest.  I liked the story but it was rather slow at parts.  It is most likely that things were happening but at a slow pace which correlated with the type of characters living there in the town.  What I did like was the msytery behind the attacker and really about the past that Mike was carrying all on his own.  At the end of the book you find out just who was a hero really.

Do You Take This Cop? by Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews brings her latest book to the page and I have to say I liked it.  I have only read two of her other books and the thing I notice is that the characters are real.  There have real emotions and a realistic plot that you can see actually happening.  You start to feel for the characters.

The Plot of Do You Take This Cop?:

The last thing Faith Lewis needs is a cop poking his nose in her business.  Okay yes, Nick Coletti is gorgeous.  And charming.  And great with her son.  But dating the town’s most popular boy in blue is hardly going to help her keep a low profile.  This guy could blow their world apart if he discovers her secret.

Funny thing is, he may also be her only hope.  If she had someone like Nick on her side, maybe she could finally be free, and give her son the life he deserves.  But trusting Nick means telling the whole truth about her past.  He might protect them.  Or he just might turn her in…”

Honestly I was getting frustrated, happy, annoyed over this enjoyable book.  I loved Nick and Faith but I kept fidgeting when she would tell another lie or not the whole truth but Nick is the kind of character that is good no matter what.  The book is true to its genre of romance as the characters find love but still it is not perfect until the truth is told and everything is settled.

Beth Andrews is a great modern day romance author.


The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks

The eighth book of Kerrelyn Sparks is the latest of the series Love At Stake.

The Plot of Vampire and the Virgin:

“FBI psychologist Olivia Sotris was looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, chaotic, and sometimes all-too-dangerous life.  But when she escaped to the small Greek island of Patmos, all she got were medding grandmothers trying to marry her off.  Can’t they see that none of the men around her interests her-except Robby MacKay?

Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about it revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive-but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile.  When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life-along with giving her a first time she’ll never forget…”

The latest edition is a hit.  I love reading about Robby.  Sparks gives humor to her characters and a sense that they belong together.  The characters are dynamic and the plot is fantastic.  Now all I am wondering about is her next book.  When will it be out and who will it be about?

For those who have read the books they know the character Connor and for me I can’t wait for him to find his true love.

Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

The seventh book of Kerrelyn Sparks Love At Stake Series is fantastic.  There is drama, action, romance, humor, and very steamy scenes.  You will fall in love with the characters.

The Plot of Forbidden Nights with a Vampire:

“Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.  As the owner of a hot nightclub, she’s more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it.  But after three former emplyees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class.  Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponser.  Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her…

If Vanda knew who-or what-Phil really is, she’d reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she’d ever imagined.  He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage…if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot.  But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights?”

Sparks delivered another hit with Fobidden Nights with a Vampire.  It was an amazing book to read with all the secrets that were revealing and the background of each characters which was exciting to read.  I loved to read about Vanda and why she is the way she is.  Then with Phil is was very interesting to find him as an Alpha werewolf and what he can do, and the fact that he will live longer.  He will live like an immortal.

I liked how in the middle of the book there is the mention of the school which they are trying to establish and recruiting people to work there.  It is for kids who are special with powers or mortal children with vampire parents.  It could be interesting if another series went off in that direction a little later on.

The ending was perfect especially for Vanda.  Everything settled and worked out.  Phil was very happy as well.

Kerrelyn Sparks writes another fantastic book that continues the Love At Stake series.

Secret Life of A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

The series Love At Stake is a hit.  Kerrelyn Sparks brings creative characters and a dynamic plot to the pages with each book.  Her sixth book,  Secret Life of A Vampire brings those characters back to the pages but this time Jack has the floor and will be assisted by Lara a police officer.

The Plot of Secret Life of A Vampire:

“A typical bachelor party is all about beers and beautiful women.  A vampire bachelor party is no different-except the men are drinking Blissky (whiskey-flavored synthetic blood).  And no one can throw a party quite like Jack, the illegitimate son of the legendary Casanova.  But when the party gets out of hand the cops show up, Jack has some explaining to do…if only he wasn’t stuck speechless by the beauty of officer Lara Boucher.

Lara is sure there’s something more than a bachelor party going on.  What is Jack hiding?  And why is he so interested in the recent disappearance of young women all over town?  Her investigation uncovers more than she wants to know, especially about this modern-day Casanova.  But if she’s ever to make detective, she’ll need to expose all his secrets…if only her heart wasn’t on the line.”

Jack and Lara are a perfect pair.  They are able to combine forces while getting their hearts tangled.  I liked this story for the fact that Lara is another strong women but she is immune to Jack’s control, to any vampire mind control.  That gives her a great advantage and will let Jack know that his heart is on the line as well.

Having the son of the Casanova is a nice touch.  I liked the use of historical characters mixed in with fiction and the use of gods and goddesses even if they were the bad vamps.

Finally the story brings the were-animals more into the light and Phil will be coming center stage in the next book with Vanda.

Kerrelyn Sparks is a clever writer bringing the very traditional vampires into a new light.  A fantastic series to devour over.