Rita Lucero did not want to host the Mardi Gras party but was forced into the role. She will work hard to make the party a success but when one of the guest winds up dead a whole lot of trouble starts for Rita’s family.
Cake on a Hot Tin Roof is the second book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I am really enjoying this series. It actually surprised me because of my lack of interest with mystery’s. Although to be fair this is definitely not a very serious mystery, this is what is considered a cozy mystery. It was fast paced and it kept me interested.
Rita’s character is out of her element with the amount of work to do. Although she is ready for that hard work. Personally she needs to take a break and chill out for a moment but that would be unlikely to happen. With the investigation Rita stays close to it as her family could be in trouble. I liked her tenacious attitude with the investigation but she was too head strong and acted first then thought.
The investigation was interesting as she did her own interviewing of the bystanders. I was wondering who had done it without too much success with guessing the right person. The main police officer was Liam Sullivan who had been introduced in the first book. Now as a romance reader I am always looking to see who will become attached. Liam definitely has a shot and then there is Gabriel the bartender. Only time will tell if Rita’s character will become more than interested in one of them. I just don’t want the whole love triangle thing happening. It gets annoying and I lose interested.
With each story I am also learning more about the staff and I have to say I am not too impressed by them. They are clearly resentful of Rita for invading their territory. Though I have noticed that some of the ice has thawed and they are warming up to her.
I decided to continue with this series and will be reading Arsenic and Old Cake next.
Amber Hudson has been dating Noel for a while and she wants more, but she wants Noel to declare himself first. She had tried everything but nothing was working. Then a tragedy strikes a friend and Amber’s world will get turned upside down with a new addition to her family.
Noel Poet did not want children but he wanted Amber. He just wasn’t good at showing what he wanted. When Amber takes guardianship Noel will surprise himself by helping out. He will start to wonder if he could have it all.
A Buckhorn Baby is part of the Buckhorn Brothers series by Lori Foster. I really loved this sweet story. I had been waiting for Amber’s story and I was not disappointed.
Amber’s character is the matchmaker of the group but when her friend dies she becomes guardian of June. Amber quickly falls in love with the little girl but knows that she will lose Noel as he was adamant about not wanting children. I loved how Amber was willing to give up everything for this child. I also liked that there was a different side to Amber. With June she was not her perfect self, she was unorganized and tired. It was realistic for a new mother. Noel’s character was a good man and a firefighter. He was also against children because of his job. It was sweet how he was taken in my June. She hung on to him and did not let go. Noel’s life would be incomplete without Amber and June in his life. The ending to this story was very sweet and very true to this Buckhorn Brothers series.
Now is this series done or are we going to get more? There are still Gabe’s daughters who have not gotten their story. Only time will tell.
India Sommers had lived through a tragedy eleven months ago when her husband was murder in front of her eyes. She was trying to move on with her life but things were not working out for India especially when her husbands killer was free. She will find herself getting help from a neighbor.
Rod Amos was curious about his neighbor. He was instantly attracted to her but it wasn’t just sex he wanted. He wanted to know India and to help her anyway that he could. Rod will quickly find himself involved with India’s past that was still causing problems.
Discovering You is the tenth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. I liked the book. It was more towards suspense which wasn’t a bad thing. I was wondering if I would dislike it as it was back with the Amos brothers but I found myself liking it.
India’s character was someone who had been tormented when her past boyfriend killed her husband. Because of this tragedy India was broken and scared. I could understand this especially with what she was made to do, but at times India bugged me. I wanted her to stand up more for herself, not at the murder but later in the book. Though she will find her voice in the book. Rod’s character was all around good guy who just happened to be the perfect example of a bad boy. I liked that Rod was but he was very much reformed and with India he wanted it all with her.
India’s parents in law were not the warmest of families. They were pretty cruel to her and treated like she was trash. This was all because India’s past was very colorful with indiscretions. She made a lot of bad choices and one of them had been dating Sebastian a long time ago, who was the man that killed her husband. I got the feeling that they really did love her as a daughter in law, but again they had just lost their son. They wanted to blame someone. The only redeeming quality was that they seemed to care for Cassie, their grandchild.
I am done for now with the series but figure more will be written especially with two more of the Amos brothers out there.
Phoenix Fuller had been in prison for seventeen years serving sentence on murder, a murder she never committed. She is back home to help her mother and get to know her son.
Riley Stinson had raised his son at the age of eighteen. He was not looking forward to the mother of his child coming home but he had no way of stopping that interaction.
This Heart of Mine is the eighth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak, which was a good addition to the story.
I thought that the story was entertaining but not my favorite and really it was because of the situation. I found it very annoying that Riley who had loved Phoenix dropped her because of his family and then believed her guilty, but now seventeen years later he was thinking he could have been wrong. He was at first hesitant of her but then his feelings started coming back. I think I wanted Riley to make an effect before then. Now when he is being the parent to Jacob he was a great dad. They seem more like best friends which would make sense since he had been eighteen when Jacob was born. So then there is Phoenix who was ready to forgive, but in a way she is not. She doesn’t want to start anything up with Riley, all she wants is a relationship with her son and to start her business. I liked that she wasn’t begging Riley for another chance. She was a resilient character who would endure anything to make sure she had a chance with her son after all these years. The one thing that I could not quite believe was that she would forgive so easily when it came to Riley. It kind of bugged that she was able to. In a way I wanted her to be with someone else in the story. Now don’t get me wrong I do like my happy ending but at times it just didn’t feel right.
Jacob’s character I really loved. He was a kid who was hesitant to accept his mother but he gave her a chance no matter what others were telling him.
I found the book had a sense of injustice in the end. Well there was justice but I wanted more especially with the two families and how they had treated Phoenix.
Megan Snow had survived her husbands death but two years after his passing she wasn’t ready to let go. Then she will find a man outside her cabin door in trouble. Megan will help him only to find out that Owen Winters was not a normal man.
Owen Winters was a God of Winter. He thrived in cold conditions. Now during one snow storm he will meet Megan Snow but he will not have a lot of time to be with her. As it gets warmer Owen will have to somehow convince Megan that they can be together, to love each other.
North of Need is the first book to the series Hearts of Anemoi by Laura Kaye. I really liked this book. It was a quick read that was full of sweet and steamy scenes between the two characters. I will have to say that this book did remind me of Frosty the Snowman but only a very little as Owen was made out of a snowman and comes to life but that is were the similarities pretty much stop. Frosty never turned in to a strong and powerful God of Winter.
Megan’s character was a woman who was grieving for her husband. She was a shell of the woman she used to be but that will change. I liked that she did not just jump right into being in love with Owen. He had to work hard to get her to feel again, but she did open up and start to live again. Owen’s character was a man who was experiencing things for the first time. Everything was new to him. I liked that he was so joyful, full of life, which was what helps heal Megan.
There was some definite steamy scenes and I will say the ending was perfect to the point of cheesy but I liked it nevertheless.
Adam Greyhawke had vowed to never marry again after he lost his wife and child. He never wanted to feel that pain again. When he sees Miss Katherine Wright he immediately wants her but will keep his distance, though he will be tempted to be near her.
Miss Katherine Wright has had many suitors but never did she want one like she wanted Adam. She will want him but she knew that he would not marry her. She tried to be indifferent but he brought out the passion inside of her.
Wedding Night with the Earl is the third book to the series The Heir’s Club of Scoundrels Trilogy by Amelia Grey. I really liked this story.
Adam’s character was rakish but he wasn’t a bad guy. I liked that he went after Katherine even after he found out that she had limp. Not all suitors would or if they did they were possibly after her inheritance. Adam wanted Katherine as she was. I liked that Adam had an inner struggle. He wanted Katherine but knew that he could not claim her because he would not marry her. He was not out to use her and walk away. Katherine’s character intrigued me. She had been injured long ago in a carriage accident which left her the only survivor. Despite the accident Katherine was a strong woman. She might not show it all the time but it was there under the surface. I liked that she was breaking out and trying to walk on her own without her cane which was due to Adam’s encouragement.
This is the last book to the trilogy and I have no doubt that I will come back to this author.
Bray Drakestone was part of a club that were reckless. One night one of the club members, Nathanial, dies and Bray makes a promise on Nathanial’s death bed that he would marry Nathanial’s sister. Bray made the promise to ease the mind of Nathanial, never did he think to actually marry the girl. Though two years later it seemed that Bray would have to follow through, but Miss Louisa Prim would not have him.
Miss Louisa Prim was heartbroken when her brother had died in an accident. She was even more furious when she was promised off to one of the men there that night. Louisa waits to hear from the Duke but it takes him two years to come to them. Louisa will not have him especially as she had to care for her sisters.
The Duke in My Bed is the first book to the series The Heir’s Club of Scoundrels Trilogy by Amelia Grey. I really liked this book. I thought it was fast paced, had some humor, and of course passion. I think what pulled me into the story was Louisa and her sisters.
Louisa’s character was the strong willed sister who did what she had to for her sisters. She protected them, loved them, and wanted them to make something of themselves. I loved that Louisa declined Bray’s proposal, well it really wasn’t a great proposal to begin with. Now I did find that Louisa was a little too quick to judge Bray. She already had her mind made up when it had come to Bray and she only really saw the faults in him. That will obviously change. Bray’s character was a carefree gentleman who had no thought to settling down. Bray doesn’t do a good job with Louisa and her sisters, but only at first. He does try and help out which showed that he was changing and for the better. It wasn’t like he was really bad, just inexperienced when it came to family.
Edward Westover, Duke of Swarthmore has lost his brother in an accident and Edward was bound on revenge against the murderer. He would stop at nothing to get his revenge against Benton and he will succeed, he just didn’t know that through the revenge he would encounter Kate Benton.
Kate Benton loved her home and would do anything to protect it, especially against her father who took everything away. Kate will be stunned when she hears she had been given as a ward to Duke of Swarthmore. She will try to make the best of things but it will get complicated when she starts to feel things for Edward.
Dukes Are Forever is the first book to the series The Secret Life of Scoundrels by Anna Harrington. I really, really liked this book. Right from the start I had gotten into the story and I wanted to know what would happen next.
Edward was a solider through and through and even though he was rough around the edges, at least in the beginning, I really liked him. He shows his good side with trying to be kind and doing what he could to help Kate. Now he could have consulted her on a few things but he was doing it to help. Now Edward did have his fault which was that he was too angry and wanted revenge. Kate’s character was a loving girl who wanted to believe in the good and to help. Kate was also stubborn and protective especially when it came to her farm and the people that worked there.
The villain was obviously the father. He was a user and he used his daughter especially as he preyed on her kindness. He was a character that would never learn from his mistake or change.
I was able to pick up all three of the books at once so I am off to read the second book next.
Edie liked cats better than people but for her friend she was going to be a bridesmaid. At the party Edie will meet the man she was going to walk down the isle with and is immediately disgusted with him, but when she starts to interact with him she will wonder if there could be more.
Magnus just wants to work on his game with his brother but his brother is the problem. Levi is in love and the woman he loves can not leave her sister, Edie. Magnus will have to pretend to like her so his brother can be with the younger sister. But then when Magnus starts to spend more time with Edie he will find himself falling for her.
The Taming of the Billionaire is the second book to the series Billionaires and Bridemaids. I really liked this book. The first book to this series was good but this one caught my attention and held on until the very end.
What I liked about the book was that it was an adaptation of the Taming of the Shrew. Edie played her part well as the shrew. But I found her really likeable. She was yes hard at times but nothing horrible. I liked that Edie was getting a chance a love again even though it started under false pretenses. Throughout the book I was waiting for the lies to stop and for Edie to find out the truth. You know it will happen but it unravels a lot more which had me disliking Bianca even more. So Magnus’s character was a video gamer programmer. He was pretty much a nerd which I loved. He got so wrapped up in his games that he was a little antisocial which matched him well with Edie. I didn’t like that he was lying but loved that true emotion was starting to bloom.
What I thought was adorable was when Magnus had adopted two cats. With the cats in the book my inner cat lady was being channeled. I only have one cat so I don’t know it that really qualifies me but I do love animals. My house was never empty of pets, we mostly had dogs, but I have always loved cats. I think the addition with these cats was a fun element to the story.
What I didn’t like about the book were two characters, Bianca and Levi. First off they were both very immature and cruel with how they were treating Edie. You will learn more on Bianca and I can only say is that is not a good person. She is a user. Levi is not too bad. For him its more on maturity. If he does get his own story I would hope that he matures a great deal. I really don’t want Bianca to have her own story because I think her character would never truly change.
It appears that the stories that have the characters from Gretchen’s bridal party is happening all at the same time because you found out about Sebastian and Asher within this book. Or at least their stories were already happening. I am reading the third book next.
Makenna James and Caden Grayson had met in an unusual situation. They had been trapped in a dark elevator for several hours. Within those hours a bond had been formed and since then they had been inseparable for the last couple of months. They will be taking the next step with going home to Makenna family. Caden will be nervous but excited. It will be then that he will realize that there were things that needed to be worked out and he would have a decision to make.
Love in the Light is the second book to the series Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye. This books was amazing. I thought the first book was good, well the second book is even better. You get to know Makenna and Caden really well. Laura Kaye does an impressive job with writing the sequel.
I loved these characters and their story. I felt their emotion and was drawn into their lives. Makenna was a sweet heart and I loved that she was so caring with Caden. She knew what he needed and she was all in when it came to the relationship. Makenna was the perfect girlfriend and I have to say that she wasn’t so perfect that it was annoying. Now Caden’s character had a darker past and it was beyond tragic. Because of this tragedy Caden was more of a mess than you really knew.
Throughout the story I knew that a problem would happen and Kaye does a great job with the issues that come up between them. What she did even better was find a way to help Caden sort through his life and get it back on track. That was an uphill battle but one that was done really well.
All I can say is that I want more from the James’s family. I am hoping that Laura Kaye will write about Patrick and Ian. It seems that Colin has someone to be with but that might change. I don’t know if she will write anymore with the James’s family but I would certainly read their stories.