Let Me In

Donna Kauffman gets adventurous with her two characters Tate and Derek in Let Me In.

Tate Winslow has had enough with adventures and guns. She doesn’t want that life anymore and so she decides to retire. But of course things don’t end up how she expects especially when her ex-boss Derek Cole.

Derek Cole is one of the best agents and he has gone rogue on one of the biggest missions he has had. But he needs help and Tate’s door is the place he ends up. With the two on the case stakes get hot and heavy and covers are blown.

Let Me In is filled with adventure and passion which has been built up and ready to explode.

Here Comes Trouble

The title reflects perfectly to the character Donna Kauffman has created in Here Comes Trouble.

Brett Hennessey is down on his luck and needed to get away from Vegas and all the gambling. He is a professional gambler but his luck went south that is until he meet Kirby Farrell at the B & B in Vermont.

Kirby Farrell is the owner of the B & B and is also down on her luck that is with customers. But she knows her luck will change as Brett comes to stay. Around ten years younger than her she knows it can’t go anywhere but that doesn’t stop them from a fling. A fling which turns serious as feels get involved and trouble comes knocking on the door.

The dynamics between the two characters were enduring to read. The action which followed Brett was subtle and not in your face. The story Kauffman tells is sweet and really about the characters facing with the fact that feelings are involved.

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

I was recommended this book a few months ago and finally I read it, this is right before the movie came out. The book Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen is a gritty story on the circus set in the past.

Jacob Jankowski is a boy ready to graduate and become a veterinary but tragedy will strike. His parents will meet an untimely death. He ditches the test and jumps on to a train, a circus train. Jacob is wrapped up in the world of the circus and is put to work.

He will find the circus a wondrous place. Some people he will avoid others he will watch like Marlena who is married to the ring leader August. Jacob will find himself in many tight spots before the circus will be shut down.

I was in awe by the detail, by the characterization and plot. Gruen keeps you reading and cheering for Jacob hoping that a good ending will come.

The characters of the book were all very detailed and had their own personality. You had the onces you hated, wanted ones as friends and the ones you cheered for like Jacob and Marlena.

The animals like Rosie you hoped for the best but the elephant will see hard times in the circus.

The ending was perfect is all that can be said. Sara Gruen knows how to write an intense story that brings in all the elements.

After reading the book I instantly wanted to see the movie just to see how they portrayed the characters. Once you have read the story it is hard for a movie to compete, of course you shouldn’t not judge but it is impossible not too. But I have to say that the movie followed the book very well. The movie portrayed the visual gritty, sensual side of the circus which the book was all about.

Irish Gallagher’s Pub Series by Nora Roberts

Short series are one of my favorite because I know where they begin and end.  I do not have to wait long for authors to finish their story.

Irish Gallagher’s Pub series consist of three stories:

  1. Jewel of the Sun
  2. Tears of the Sun
  3. Heart of the Sun

All three books are placed within the Irish land following a loving and very Irish family the Gallagher’s who work in their pub to make a living.

The first book is with the oldest brother Aiden finding love with a yank coming to find her family in Ireland.

 

The second book is Shawn the second oldest brother who finds love with the girl he always has seen but now really sees.

 

The third book is Darcy the youngest Gallagher.  She finds love with another yank and he will give her everything her hearts desire but the one thing she really wants.

Throughout all of the books we have two spirits who are lovers but separated. They are trying to bring these young couples together so they will find that happiness the spirits long for.  In the end there is happiness for all couples and even the spirits.

Overall I liked the Roberts series.  It took me a little to get into the first book.  I wasn’t sure of it but once I met the characters I wanted to see how the fiery bunch would interact and come to their choices.

The Vampire’s Bride by Gena Showalter

In the long battle between allies and enemies of Atlantis it is time for Layel, King of vampires to have his time in the spotlight in the fourth book.

He is Layel, king of the vampires, a master seducer no woman can deny.  But since a rogue horde of dragons killed his beloved over two centuries ago, Layel has existed only for vengence…until he meets Delilah.

Wary of love, the beautiful Amazon wants nothing to do with the tormented vampire.  Yet there’s no denying their consuming desire every time he nears her.

Neither trust the other-nor can they survive alone.  For in an impossible game of the gods’ devising, they’ve been trapped on an island, about to face the ultimate challenge: surrender to the passion that will bind them forever…or be doomed to an eternity apart.

The series of Atlantis intrigued me since picking up the first book and since then I have liked reading about the characters and their interactions they have through each book.

The love story is of Delilah and Layel but there is a few others that are fighting the attraction which is being felt.

I liked that there was the tension and the attraction right away but I found it more meaningful that Showalter doesn’t automatically throw them into bed.

The plot had some interesting twists and it was a real survivors game where the losers are killed and only one can be the victorious.

The fourth book was entertaining to read and enjoyable but I am curious about the next one.  I believe it will follow up with Nola and Zane and see where their destiny lies.

Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen

The thrilling trilogy comes to an end as Reap the Wind ventures into the twentieth century. Johansen gives a fantastic finish which leaves the Wind Dancer a home but before it can be final there is still a fight that must be had.

Reap the Wind:

Some would kill to know what Caitlin Vasaro knows.  For the secrets she’s kept hidden all her life are the kind that the rich and the powerful will do anything to possess.  Yet not even Caitlin knows how much danger she is in-or how far someone will go to hunt her down.  But she is about to find out, when she enters a business deal with the mysterious and charismatic Alex Karazov and joins the hunt for one of the world’s most coveted treasures, the Wind Dancer, and ancient statue of legendary beauty and power.  But Karazov is a dangerous man who has an even more dangerous enemy, and suddenly Caitlin is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue and deception, unable to trust anyone, not even the one man who can help.  Now she must outsmart the cleverest of killers, a psychopath obsessed with the Wind Dancer whose ruthless plan spans continents and whose lethal rampage won’t stop at one death…or two…or even three-not until he finally gets what he wants: the secret Caitlin will die to keep.

This was a fantastic finish.  Johansen is an amazing storyteller with plot and characters.

Through the books I found that Johansen is a very detailed writer which gives them a certain complexity to the story. You devour more information because she gives you that.  You learn more about the past, how the characters work.

I have been finding out that Johansen carries her characters forward in her other books, series or regular novels which is fun to read.  In a previous book I found out that Andreas was indeed President and married to the movie star but it was fun to see how they first started.

Also Kemel is a character from Fatal Tide with Melis and it was interesting again to see how they started from the beginning and grew into the people they became.

Johansen creates her plot to be intricale and devious with twist and turns.  You do not know who is bad or good sometimes.  The line is blurred.  The series is a great mystery.

The villain in the book is truly horrible and gives the heroes a fight to keep their lives and to save those they love.  The Wind Dancer is tangled all up in this all because of perfume.

The plot of the book left me intrigued and fascinated by how the characters came around.

Some of the characters I liked were…

Caitlin who is the main character.  She is a strong woman with ties to Vasaro and only wants it to grow.  She gets tangled up in the web of lies but she is strong.

Alex is another strong man but he is unsure.  Doesn’t want to hurt Caitlin.

Jonathon Andreas is charming and I love his character how he doesn’t take no for an answer.

Chelsae is a perfect movie star who is strong and stubborn.  She is the loving mother and not perfect in any way.

Marisa is a sweet girl who had a trouble past.  She is strong in her own way and I love the end where she meets the man she is to be with forever which is told to you in Fatal Tide.

Kemel was a strange character.  You didn’t know what side he was on.  He was like Francois from Storm Winds.  He was helping those around him but for a great purpose but still a little selfish.  He finds the woman at the end, Marisa, who he knew she was the one.

All the characters were filled with complexity and depth which created a dynamic storyline to read.

Reap the Wind is a perfect finish to the trilogy and a worthy series to read.  I recommend this series.

Storm Winds by Iris Johansen

300 years later the Wind Dancer residing in France is sought after once more but by the family that wishes to get it back.

Storm Winds:

Storm WindsJean Marc Andreas wanted what was his by right.  He wanted the Wind Dancer which belonged to his family but the French held the statue.  Juliette was a young lady no one seemed to want around in the court of the French royalty until the Wind Dancer which brings them together.

Juliette and Jean face many hardships with the friends of Catherine, Philippe and Francois.

I was blown away by this heart pounding thriller.  The second book of the series The Wind Dancer was entertaining and amazing to read.  For me the second one held more of a depth to the characters.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time that I was reading the book.

The Wind Dancer once again brings trouble to those who are trying to find the Wind Dancer.

The main characters, Jean and Juliette are fantastic together.  Jean is strong and wants the statue more than anything but as always he finds what he truly needs with Juliette.  He holds everything inside of him and shields any pain away.

Juliette’s character is fun to see go.  The entire book was intriguing because you got to see how the characters progressed and became who they were.  Juliette is strong but not as all she appears to be, which gives her character a depth which will bring her further into the book.  Gives chance to have her break and become stronger.

The playboy is Philippe and he annoyed me in the book.  He is kind but not very bright when it comes to protecting those around him.  Why do that when he can enjoy a woman.  Catherine has the crush on him and he fails to protect her when he should have.  It made me sick to think how selfish he truly was.

Francois also goes by William his real name.  He is a man that has a secret identity and is trying to save the queen and the royal family.  He encounters the Jean, Juliette, and Catherine.  He is a mystery man and will be very invested with Catherine who he feels guilty but soon enough also love.  He does not set out to hurt anyone but is doing the best he can for the common good.

Catherine is an amazing character.  She goes through the tragedy which Juliette endures as well but not to the same degree.  She endures a rape by two men and suffers greatly.  I was mortified when I read that scene.  Johansen makes you feel for Catherine and Juliette but more for Catherine.  It was a very good job describing the feelings of Catherine.  Francois helps her like no one can.  She is an inspiring woman as she goes back to her home which was created by Lorenzo.  I like that he was brought back into the book as he gave over the garden to the Andreas family as long as they named her Catherine.  The garden is a strong place that heals and Catherine soon discovers what is truly in her.  I love her character.

Johansen gives a strong description of characters and the plot.  The book progressed nicely along the pages and was thrilling to read.

Storm Winds is truly a fantastic tale of tragedy, adventure, heart pounding, a love triangle and finding true love.  There is still hope and new life with every tragedy.

I recommed this series.