Shadows at Sunset

Shadows at SunsetJill Meyer and her siblings lived in the notorious house where a scandal happened years ago. They were all to live there otherwise their father would get the house, which was something they did not want to happen. Jill will come to her father to demand that her brother keeps his job but she will encounter his number two man in charge, Coltrane.

Coltrane was a man out for revenge against Jackson Meyer and that way was through the oldest daughter, Rachel Ann. Coltrane’s plan will change when certain truths will be revealed. His plan for revenge will continue though on a different path.

Shadows at Sunset is a novel by Anne Stuart. Without a doubt I loved this book. I was brought into the story and did not want to stop reading the book. It was dark and full of mystery. I find that most books I read from Stuart are not those cheerful romances. The hero is not always that hero you love. They are usually tainted but there is a some hope which makes you cheer for him. Coltrane was that kind of hero. There was a lot of darkness in him but it came from a place of revenge. I liked that very slowly he starts to reform in a way which is mostly due to Jilly, also due to a twist that changed everything in his plan. Though he really is a devious man still. So Jill was a caregiver. She worried about everyone and never herself as there was no time. I liked that she took a chance with Coltrane, it took a lot of convincing in her mind but she does. They are good for each other its just that Coltrane’s state of mind is not exactly in the right place to be starting a relationship.

The Meyer family is screwed up in their owns ways. There is Dean who doesn’t have any real backbone and is a little sneaky. Jilly who as I said above was the caregiver. Then there is Rachel Ann who is an alcoholic and really messed up. I kind of disliked Rachel Ann because of what she had done but her character surprised me. She had greater depths than she was really using. There was one more member of the family which was Jackson Meyer, their father, who was certainly the villain. He was a vile man but he was worse than I thought and I cringed at the thought of what he wanted from his oldest daughter.

Now what surprised me was that there was a supernatural element to this story which I thought added to the plot. You got to know these siblings better from the ghosts point of view and then to hear what the ghost had seen. There were some twists which happened that involved certain people and those truths would come out towards the very end. Those truths also involve what really happened to those ghosts all those years ago.

There is an ending which I thought was appropriate for the book and it left you happy after all that had happened within the story.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

The Thousand Dollar Tan LineVeronica Mars is back in Neptune working on a new case leaving her future in New York behind. She will get a case of a girl who went missing on Spring Break. Soon another girl will go missing and Veronica will have to search quickly to find out what is going on.

Veronica Mars was a television show that I watched years ago, all three seasons, and I have watched it numerous times over the years. I could not and still cannot get enough of Veronica Mars with her sleuth skills and her quirky wit. So then this year a movie was made with Veronica Mars and it was 10 years later after the series was finished. Needless to say but I will do it anyways because I was so excited to see this movie. I saw it and own it. I just re-watched it the other night which got me in the mood to read this book. I bought the book about a month or two ago and with all the books I read from the library it just got pushed to the side more and more. To be honest I was a little scared that it would not be as good as the series and movie since I have loved watching them. Well the book The Thousand Dollar Tan Line was better than I could have ever anticipated. Rob Thomas writes this story with the help of Jennifer Graham and it was fantastic writing. It was full of quick wit, some danger and overall fun. For me it was like walking back into the world of Veronica Mars, like I never left.

This book takes up right after the movie which I thought was pretty awesome. She has a big case with one missing girl and danger will be at every corner as she starts to mess with the cartel. But then another girl will go missing who was at the same party with the cartel. So you think these two girls are connected with the party well just remember this is a mystery and things don’t go always as you would think. Just when you think you know who is the one behind it another twist shows up. It is all about misdirection with Veronica Mars.

In the book Logan is back in the military but he will still be around connecting with Veronica which made me happy because since the beginning I was always a Veronica and Logan fan. Keith Mars is there who I loved as he still played the whacky father but had that serious side who was a concerned father. There was also Wallace, Mac, Weevill all part of the cast and the idiot Sheriff who made himself known in the movie. I thought as a whole these characters lived up to how they were portrayed in their memorable roles.

Amongst all the twists and turns in the book there was another surprise. A person from Veronica’s past will show up. I was torn with the character because of how Veronica was treated by this person but I wanted to see how and if they changed.

The ending is true form of how Veronica handles danger which usually means she gets hurt in the process but the bad guys are always gotten. There is another book to this series which is fantastic. I did not know if this was going to be a one time book, but it appears that it isn’t. Veronica Mars might be gone now from the television but will be alive in print and I can’t wait to read the next installment to the series. My only hope is that Rob Thomas continues to write these stories.

Getting a Cop on your side has never been so good

That’s all Poppy Calloway needed. Detective Jason de Sanges to be on her side but of course he would not. Poppy would not give up on her group of kids and she was able to get Jase to help them out. Poppy’s only concern was to give these kids a chance who are coming too close to breaking the law. But Poppy is going to be endanger along with the kids.

Jason de Sanges is a good detective but he doesn’t want to help these kids because he knows they are already damaged or are they? Jase gets a second look at them and Poppy. Jase and Poppy are together with the kids but when the kids are away passion heats up between the two.

Susan Andersen’s series Sisterhood Diaries¬†Bending the Rules¬†is the second book to the series and sizzles as the two characters bicker back and fourth endlessly throughout the book. But the bickering turns to passion and passion grows to love at least on oneside.

I liked the story dialogue with the kids and the troubles they encountered. The story was not just about the two authority figures, Poppy and Jase. I did like how the two characters were polar opposites. Each gave something the other was missing so everything balanced.

I am interested to read how the series started and how it ends with the first and third book.