The River Knows by Amanda Quick

Quick’s book will come at no surprise as two characters will find love in the mist of murder and blackmail.

Anthony Stalbridge is hunting for his fiancee murder. He knows that she did not kill herself jumping from the bridge. His suspect is Elwin Hastings. He will come closer to the truth with the help of Louisa Bryce. She has he own reasons for searching Hastings. Anthony will help Louisa with her search and they will find companionship within each other.

Amanda Quick writes very playful characters that are entertaining to read and interact well. Anthony’s family is a delight as they are not the usual set of society and Louisa is not the usual widow.

The plot keeps the reader involved as the blackmailer is slowly unmasked and those who were thought to be murdered by one was not who you thought.

The River Knows is a great mystery romance book that will take you back to the Victorian time.

Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig

Being locked in a closet is not a fun thing but time will pass easier with a tall man hunky man thought Katie as she was hiding from man who murdered her wedding planner. Carl Hades was sent to look into something when the wedding planner who was hiring him was killed. Katie and Carl are stuck in together but their adventure is not over. Katie will have to face the truth that Joe is not the man for her but is Carl. And who murdered her wedding planner?

Weddings Can Be Murder was fun to read. I love that the major scene that starts off are the two characters hiding and locking in a closet. The sexual tension was right from the beginning on everyone’s side.

Joe and Katie were not meant to be which was alright with how Craig wrote it. I liked how each were now going after someone else but it is not an easy task.

I loved the interaction of the Hades family within the book. They added a family bond that made the book fulfilling. And the villain was disguised well and was lead well through the story to leave a thrilling romance story.

Weddings Can Be Murder is a great novel by Christie Craig.

Eclipse Bay by Jayne Ann Krentz

A family feud that has been going on for years is about to be broken when the two grandchildren will have to colaborate with each other in Eclipse Bay by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Rafe Madison was a tough kid and now is still a tough man but with more ambition. Hannah Harte was a determined girl and still a determined woman but has learned more. The two will have to come together thanks to her Aunt Isabel and her will that leaves each half of Dreamscape. But there will be problems from eight years ago which will come back to haunt Rafe and Hannah and with some help they will be able to solve the murder.

This is the first book of the series Eclipse Bay. I think that this book held my interest through the unique characters who seemed very real and the ongoing feud. The feud of the two families kept my interest in the book. I wanted to find how and if the feud would end. Also how the feud even started with them.

As the reader you are not disappointed. The characters are witty and stubborn leading to an enjoyable time reading. Mitchell Madison was fun to read about as he is the grumpy grandfather who has a stubborn streak a mile long.

Krentz will have the reader devouring her work as Rafe and Hannah have to come together and solve the murder. Eclipse Bay is a great first book to the series.

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.

With this Ring by Amanda Quick

Beatrice Poole may be a vicar’s daughter, but that doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to the darker passions.  Indeed, she knows enough about gothic terrors to have carved out a highly successful career penning “horrid novels.”  But now the talented authoress finds herself in the midst of an ominous adventure that rivals anything she’s ever written.

Her beloved Uncle Reggie is dead, his house has been ransacked, and Beatrice suspects that he was murdered-all because of his keen interest in a fabled treasure that may not even exist.  Rumors abound that the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, said to give their possesor the most unnatural powers, have surfaced in London.  Yet Beatrice needs more than rumors to uncover the truth.  That’s why she’s braved the wilds of Devon to seek out a leading authority of antiquities and ancient legends: the famously eccentric, unquestionably reclusive, possibly dangerous Earl of Monkcrest, a man believed to dabble in the supernatural.

But bearding the Mad Monk of Monkcrest in his den and dangling the possibility of uncovering a fabulous artifact before him may be the biggest mistake of Beatrice’s life.  For suddenly she finds herself joined in an uneasy alliance with a man who is every bit as fascinating as one of the heros in her novel.

Five minutes in her company-that’s all it takes for Leo Drake to realize that never has he met a woman more stubborn, more infuriating…or more likely to rescue him from boredom than the alluring Beatrice Poole.  So when the daring widow insists upon haring off after a mythic treasure that has no doubt lured any number of  men to their doom, Leo refuses to let her go alone.  Yet keeping Beatrice out of mischief-and in his arms-won’t necessarily keep her safe.  For somewhere in the netherworld of London, a villain lurks, waiting for the loves to unearth the Forbidden Rings-knowing that when they do, that day will be their last.

This is one of the books in the Vanza series by Quick.  They are addicting to read.

I liked the characters.  Beatrice is indeed a widow not playing one but is passionate with her writing of horrid novels which is fantastic.  Leo is fascinating with his new view on life as Beatrice shows up.  He is still a man who does what he wants but now he wants to help Beatrice.

I love their passion which is thrown into the book at the very beginning and how it escalates as the situations because more dangerous.

It is intriguing how the rings are the main mystery behind the book.  Interesting to find out the mystery at the end and to see what was causing all the problems.

Quick delivers With This Ring with her normal style of writing, witty characters, intriguing plot, danger, passion and a little mystery.

Dangerous by Amanda Quick

Only in the dead of night will she come to find her true love but can she make him hers forever…

Amanda Quick writes Dangerous which is an intriguing, mysterious love story through the Victorian period.

The Plot of Dangerous:

“At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentlman in the dead of night.  But bearding teh notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel.  And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastians forbidding presence at three in the morning-and thoroughly kissed before dawn.

She was a country-bred innocent and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine.  Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her.  And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get…”

Amanda Quick really is one of my favorite romance authors.  I am always drawn into her books.  In this particular book Quick shows her wit with the characters as she pairs up Prue and Sebastian.  I love how Sebastian is an oddity and doesn’t care what others think.  Prue cares but wants to make everything okay along with Sebastian’s family.

Then as you are done with the character dynamic’s there is the plot which is another driving force of this novel.  I was blown away by how the plot of murder was swept into the plot without it being obvious and the same with the villain.  You thought you knew but wasn’t sure.

Dangerous was fantastic to read with the danger, paranormal activity, intrigue, wit, adventure and love underneath it all.

Late for the Wedding by Amanda Quick

The last book of the series of Lavinia Lake and Tobias March is fantastic to read and a great finish to the series.

The Plot of Late for the Wedding:

“An invitation to a country house party at Beaumont Castle provides a perfect solution to Tobias and Lavinia’s most exasperating challenge: how to escape the chaos of London for a remote, relaxing-and above all romantic-retreat from prying eyes and wagging tongues. But the lovers plans are foiled when their cozy interlude of the weekend is disrupted by the appearence of a stunning woman from Tobias’s past.

Aspasia Gray’s beauty is as haunting as her connection to Tobias. Her long-deceased fiance was a friend of his in addition to being an eccentric assassin. The mysterious nature of the bond between Tobias and Aspasia makes Lavinia more than a little uncomfortable. Especially as her first encounter with Aspasia occurs when she finds her in Tobias’s bedchamber…

It seems Aspasia is seeking protection-and solace-after receiving an ominous message that eerily recalls the past. Suddenly the obstacles standing between Tobias and Lavinia appear greater than just a little London gossip-and far more deadly.

When events at the castle suggest someone is imitating the dead killer’s methods, the team of Lake and March fervently pursue the investigation-and each other-as their leads take them from Society’s most elegant haunts-and most discreet hideaways-to London’s shadiest backstreets. As their relationship heats up, so does the intrigue. Soon Lavinia will have to employ all her talents to flummox the scoundrel who so rudely interrupted her rendezvous. And then she and Tobias can get back to more pleasurable affairs…”

Fantastic series, fantastic finish where everyone who is good has a good ending, a happy ending. Amanda Quick is a true storyteller for romance novels.

I loved the scheme of the murders which floated around the book and it was the Memento-Mori Man but not the original but his prodigy is taking over. Of course there is another murderer out there that is unexpected.

The characters again were fantastic to read about. I really ended up hating Aspasia Gray only because she was trying to come between Tobias and Lavinia. I also liked reading about the original Memento-Mori Man. Seemed like an ordinary elderly man but he still had his ways. Finally Anthony and Emmeline are in love and want to be together and are clever to find that they have a way, a way that will also unit Lavinia and Tobias in marriage as well.

Late for the Wedding is the final book in this trilogy and hold great intrigue, adventure, humor, a little mystery and suspense. A very enjoyable book and series.

Slightly Shady by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite romance authors.  The modern day to Victorian is all perfectly written with wit and exciting scenes.  Slightly Shady is the first book of the series Lavina Lake and Tobias March which I have enjoyed many times before.

The Plot of Slightly Shady:

“From the moment he burst into her antiquities shop in Rome, Lavina Lake knew the stranger was nothing but trouble.  He said he was in pursuit of a killer.  He swore he was only trying to save her.  Yet no matter what he claimed, Lavina was convinced that Mr. Tobias March was bent instead on destroying her.  And when  the self-destructed spy hustled her and her niece out of the shop and back to England, Lavinia could only hope that one day she would find a way to repay Mr. March in full.

But Lavina never imagined the shocking circumstances under which they would meet again…or that soon he would become her partner in a quest that would grown more deadly-and more compelling-with each passing day.

In the business of making private inquiries, Tobias March had been hired to track down a powerful villain who even now was intent on assuming control of a vast criminal organization.  Yet in his search he found nothing but one dead end-and one dead body-after another.

And then just as his investigation was heating up once more, he found his mission and his life complicated by the most ungovernable, unpredictable, exasperating woman he had ever met.

Faced with a tangled web of deceit and danger, Tobias had no choice but to form a partnership with Lavinia, a lady whose past could only be described as slightly shady.  Yet when he persuaded her to become his associate, neither Tobias nor Lavinia realized that their heated disputes would spark a sizzling desire-or that the deeper they kept digging for the truth, the deeper they were digging their own graves…”

I loved this book and the series since this is not the first time I have read the books.  Amanda Quick really does know how to write a romance book.

The characters of this book are dynamic and absolutely perfect together.  When I found the book, read it and then found out there were two more to the series I was jumping for joy.  One book of these two characters would not be enough.  But Lavinia and Tobias are not the only ones I love.  Emmeline and Anthony are also another great pair of characters who are following in Lavinia and Tobias footsteps.

Slightly Shady holds suspense, mystery and intrigue with some detective work thrown into the mix.  A perfect beginning for two unlikely people.

Eight Days To Live by Iris Johansen

Waiting and waiting, that was all I was doing.  Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors, whether they are the novels or the series.  The one series that I find myself loving and frustrated with is the Eve Duncan Series, and this book Eight Days To Live is just the latest book to the series, and it was amazing.

The Plot of Eight Days To Live:

It all begins with a painting called Guilt.  Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery.  But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it.  They believe that Jane must die-when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price.  But for now they target those close to her, killing without mercy or conscience.  Jane’s journey takes her from Paris to Scotland to a cave in the Holy Land, as she fights with all she has to save her life.  Even with Eve’s help, can she possibly escape before the clock stops ticking?

I absolutely loved this book.  There was action, mystery, suspense, and humor.  The book was just enjoyable to read.  I think I really liked the story for the sheer fact that it was mainly about Jane.  Eve is a great character but her stories get so frustrating and good at the same time.  Jane is usually there but more in the back ground.  This time she was the main character and she is fascinating.

The returning characters were fun to read again about, Jock and MacDuff.  The new character Seth who is a hunter.  He was in the series before but I couldn’t remember him.  I like his fascination with Jane, it is a little twisted and weird but there is love there.  And the ending has a humorous conclusion thanks to Seth.

I can’t wait for the next book and to see how Eve, Joe and Jane get through the next predictment.  It will also be interesting to see if Seth is going to be in the picture and how he will affect Jane.

Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris

Sookie is back in this tenth book of the series by Charlaine Harris.

The Plot of Dead In The Family:

“Even with the blood of two vampires in her system, Sookie is having trouble healing from the terrible torture she endured at the hands of her great-grandfather’s enemies during the brief but deadly Fae War.  Worse are the emotional wounds-especially over the loss of her own personal fairy godmother and the near death of her first love.

Sookie is hurt and she’s mad.  Just about the only bright spot in her life-beside the fact that she is, after all, still alive-is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman, who is under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship.

As the political implications of the shifters’ are coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate.  And, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie.  Very, very angry.”

Getting the book in my hands was very exciting because I have been following the series and love the character of Sookie.  Favorite vampire is still Eric, can’t help it.  With him you know exactly what you are getting, good thing or not it is honest.

I found the book enjoyable and a little boring at the same time.  The beginning a little slow, but then they were still dealing with the after effects of the war, so that is understandable.  There were some slow parts but that was not the whole book.

I like that in this book you are learning more about the past of Eric and getting more involved with the Fae and the Were’s.  With Eric it is interesting because it parallels to the TV series of True Blood of bring Eric’s maker to the pages but he wouldn’t be there forever.

Dead In The Family was another quick, humorous and enjoyable book from Charlaine Harris.