Somewhere I’ll Find You

Somewhere I'll Find YouJulia Wentworth and Damon Savage had one thing in common, they were married to each other and had no desire to be. Their parents had married them off when they were children and as adults neither were wanting to be saddled with a spouse. Circumstances will have Julia and Damon finding each other and will be more shocked when they have feelings for each other. Though each are hesitant where that will lead them.

Somewhere I’ll Find You is the first book to the series Capitol Theatre. I found this book to be very entertaining. I was wondering in the beginning if I would like it. There are sometimes when you love the authors writing but on that particular book it just didn’t give you what you wanted. I thought that was going to be the case with the beginning but then you continue and it became engaging and I wanted to know more.

Julia and Damon were given a disservice with being forced to marry without having their knowledge when they were children. It made them become guarded and hesitant to trust. Neither will want each other in their lives until they meet each other and then they feel the desire. You felt for Julia who did want to be loved by Damon but feared that he would take away the one thing that she treasured. Damon was a bit of a player but you really couldn’t fault him too much. He was likeable but he should’ve made more of an attempt to find Julia, Julia should’ve done the same.

Needless to say there will be that happy ending that you long for, it will just take a lot of time persuading and some mending of hearts. I was interested in Logan Scott and what he was running from. I figured it was a woman who had broken his heart but it seemed even more. The answers will be given in the second/last book of the series which I will be reading next.

A Very Vampy Christmas

A Very Vampy ChristmasMaggie O’Brien has loved Don Orlando but was crushed to find out he was a womanizer which made working with him difficult. Though Maggie will soon find out that Don Orlando was hiding a secret that will change things between them.

A Very Vampy Christmas is a novella that is after the second book of the series written by Kerrelyn Sparks. When I was starting the series I did not realize this novella was part of it, though I did realize that Maggie and Pierce (Don) were mentioned in the third and fourth book. I guess I just never thought to look for a novella which told their story. Well that being said I enjoyed this novella. I thought it was a good addition to the series.

What I liked about the story was that Don Orlando was more than he appeared which made me like his character a lot more. As a womanizer who was a little over the top he was not a favorite of my characters but then you find out he has amnesia. You will learn just what kind of man he was and you will like him better. Now I know that the amnesia idea is done a lot but I thought with how Kerrlyn Sparks wrote the amnesia plot and how it came to be was well done. It was different which made it entertaining.

So as I said this was a novella and it was a very fast read. I felt like I was flying through the pages. I wished that Sparks wrote this into a novel instead of novella so the plot could be embellished. Though with how she wrote it the novella covered all the plot points and made it fun to read.

I am continuing with more books from Kerrelyn Sparks which will finish up the series Love at Stake. I only have three books left to read.

A Bite To Remember

Continuing on with the Argeneau Family series the next one is A Bite To Remember the fifth book.

Vincent Argeneau is a four hundred year old immortal. He is tired of life, tired of acting but there is a problem. The people around him are starting to get into accidents. Vincent’s problem will be solved with the help of a PI, but knew problems will occur especially how attractive his PI is.

Jackie Morrisey is a PI for her fathers firm and now the owner. She takes her job seriously. She keeps her distance from immortals as she had an encounter with one years ago. But with one look at Vincent she found herself loosing the battle. She wants him more that she knew, but as the bodies keep building Jackie will have to watch out for herself before she becomes a target.

Since starting this series I have found that it is one that pulls you in and I of course have my favorite characters, Marguerite’s children especially. The series is witty and has its own humor along with adventure. Vincent’s story was very much like the rest of the others but nevertheless I liked how Lynsay Sands writes the story. Sands delivers a small twist with life mates that will have readers angry until they find out what happens next.

I liked the back stories that Sands gives each character but especially Jackie as you feel for her character and the trouble (an immortal) that she found herself in at eighteen. Through that trouble you want her to find some kind of justice and love which will make up for her struggle.

I liked once again how Marguerite played as a matchmaker. I still hope that Sands will give her a chance to find her own true life mate. I guess I will hold out as this is only the fifth book of the ever going series.

Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz

An incredibly love story that left me smiling.

Desdemona Wainwright thinks Sam Stark looks much too calm for a man who has just been left at the alter.  The males in her theatrical family would be letting their feelings explode.  But she was hired to cater his wedding, not to save it.  Desdemona marches into Stark’s den to demand the much-needed payment for the canceled reception-not to fall in love.  But the self-controlled, steel-willed man behind Stark Security Systems, a multi-million-dollar consulting firm, does have the cold, logical brain of a computer-along with the muscular, sensual body of a medieval knight.  He is Desdemona’s exact opposite.  And don’t opposites attract?

Sam Stark cannot understand what is wrong with treating marriage as a business deal.  He ex-fiancee, stately blond Pamela, and seemed so perfect so reasonable.  This hoyden with wild red hair and huge turquoise eyes, insisting he write a check for hundreds of uneaten miniature asparagus tarts, is a different type: temoermental, volatile, and likely to drive a man crazy with her moods-or with desire.  But Desdemona has the professional catering skills he needs for his business.  It never occurs to him that she might not accept his offer to be his no-strings-attached, stand-in wife.

Desdemona has other plans for herself and Stark.  She thinks involving him with her staff, made up of her relatives and other out-of-work actors, will give him a sense of family.  He thinks he’d rather spend his time with computers, but all too soon his private life and his business affairs are under siege.  Desdemona is breaking down the walls around his heart-and someone is trying to get into his files to steal a top-secret computer program.  Stark’s suspicions soon center on the people Desdemona holds most dear, as intrigue and murder swirl them all.

I loved this book.  It was cute, humorous and enjoyable to read.

I loved how Krentz has a simple beginning but escaltes into a dangerous situation as the pieces begin to drop.

The family dynamics are very real and loving.  Each character is recognized by their abilities and flaws.  And as a plot goes this one was fascinating to read about.

Trust Me is a book you will want to pick up.

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Having books being recommended to me seems to be a 50/50 chance on whether the book is good or not.  Most that have been I have found them to be entertaining.  Valley of the Dolls was an example of this.  It was entertaining to read.  Gave you a sense of reality that is usually behind closed doors.

Anne Wells: the icy New England beauty who melted for the wrong Mr. Right…and Adonis famour for his infideltiy.

Neely O’Hara: the lovable kid from vaudeville who became a star and a monster.

Jennifer North: the blonde goddess who survived every betrayal committed against her magnificent body except the last.

Each of them was bred in the Babylons of Broadway and Hollywood.  Each of them learned about making love, making money, and making believe.  Each of them rode the crest of the wave.  And each of them finally to the Valley of the Dolls.

Before you read any further I will have some spoilers so stop now if you do not want to read them.

This book gave an interesting take on what the Hollywood people were like and perhaps like even to this day.  I loved and hated the book.  Valley of the Dolls shows that all people have their own problems in life.

For all three women there is heart ache with every step that they take.  Each get into the pills called “dolls”.  The pills make them grogy and unaware which most of them want.

The detail was amazing and so was the story but the thing I hated was the fact that Ann was never happy.  I liked her character the best.  She loved someone all her life and finally ends with him, has a baby but he still is a cheating bastard.  At the end he is with her best friend which I hated until she became too clingy.  Anne doesn’t say anything just goes along with it.  I wanted her to pick up and leave with her daughter but that was not going to happen.  At the very end Neely is booted out of the agency and out of Lyons life, Anne’s husband, only to find another woman.  Lyon picks up the latest star singer and starts his next affair.  Anne knows and is okay with her daughter and the love that Lyon sometimes gives her.

So the ending really was depressing for Anne and it left me feeling sad about the book.  But when you think about it the book gave a message about how people will do anything for the ones they love.

Jacqueline Susann is a storyteller that will grab at your emotions.

Tribute by Nora Roberts

“Virginia’s Shenandoah Vally, in the shadow if the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood.  And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it.

Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling and has come here to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin.  Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy.  An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs, but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago.  To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams.  And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood.  By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself.

Cilla has her work cut out for her, the house, once a place a comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds.  Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore.  Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla.  In the house’s cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died, and that the father of her child was a local married man.  Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago.  The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening violent assault.  And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime in her life.”

Reading any books from Nora Roberts you can’t help but be pulled into the story, into the characters and all that surrounds them.

As I started to read Tribute I was immediately pulled into Cilla’s life and her struggle for creating her life over, to start a new and actually have her own life.  Cilla is a fantastic character.  She is strong, determined, struggles in aspects of her life, which endures her character to the reader.

Ford is as well a very well-developed character.  He holds the humor of the book with his witty and words that he says.  I love how he is a very determined man to make Cilla his own.  She resists and resists but finally she gives into happiness which is in the form of Ford.

The shocking thing about the book which was nice to read was the idea that Cilla dreamt of her grandmother.  You learned a lot about the grandmother through the dreams but was it Cilla’s imagination or really her grandmother.  Another great part of the book is who really is behind the mischief that is plaguing Cilla and the mystery of how her grandmother really met her end.  The culprit(s) will reveal themselves and new ones will come to harm Cilla.

I wasn’t sure who the real person was until the very end of the book.