The Bad Boy of Bluebonnet

The Bad Boy of BluebonnetEmily Allard-Smith needed help with her house. She kept hearing noises and everyone kept telling her it could be haunted. Emily will get some help from a handyman, Jericho, to find out the real problem of her possible ghost. Though when the ghost issue was solved Emily will find that she didn’t want Jericho to leave.

Jericho Lozada was starting over in a new town as a handyman. He will get several jobs but the one he likes most is with Emily. He starts to really feel things for her and will realize it is not just feelings of lust.

The Bad Boy of Bluebonnet is the 4.5 novella of Bluebonnet series by Jessica Clare. I thought this was a fun addition to the series. It was very quick, which it should be since it is a novella. The novella was well balanced with the plot especially as you already knew details about the characters from previous books.

So this book is with a lot of sex that Emily and Jericho have. That is how things start but feelings start to happen and they are wondering if they can take the next step to a relationship. I liked Jericho. At first when he first was mentioned in the series I wasn’t sure if he would be a bad influence, but he wasn’t. He just wanted to work. Emily needed to live a little. She was stuck in her bed and breakfast trying to make things right. I liked that she did not stop trying.

The haunted bed and breakfast was not as it seemed. I was wondering if it would take a different turn but I had a hunch that it wouldn’t because this novella was not a thriller. Everything was kept light and with some steamy scenes.

Well this looks to be the last of the series but you never know, more stories could be added to the series.

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The Mediator-Haunted

The Mediator-HauntedSusannah will find that someone from her past will be showing up and causing problems. She is annoyed by Paul Slater but knows that he understands certain things about them that she needs to find out.

Haunted is the fifth book to Meg Cabot’s series Mediator. I say it every time but I love this book. The growth of this supernatural powers is fascinating to me as I have always loved this topic. I liked that within each book Cabot gives us more to read about mediators and what powers come with that gift.

We are learning more and more thanks to Paul as that is really the only thing I think he is good for. So we learn that Susannah and Paul can shift which basically lets them go from one realm to another. This is an interesting concept especially when there is another little talk about transferring souls which opens many new opportunities for the last book.

Okay so Susannah screws up in this book and lets herself feel like a teenager especially when she is vulnerable. All of it is PG rating but this will cause problems with her and Jesse as Susannah is not always truthful. But thanks to Cabot there will be one more book which will give Jesse and Susannah a shot, even though the ending looked like they were doing pretty good, and to explore more about this shifting that was learned. Twilight is the sixth book and I will be starting that one next.

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.