The Season

The SeasonLady Alexandra Stafford was having her come out into society and was dreading the entire day. There will be help to make the day enjoyable as Blackmoor will be close to her side, but things start to unravel. Alex will hear a curious conversation that eluded to murder of the previous Earl of Blackmoor.

Gavin, the Earl of Blackmoor, was not ready for becoming the Earl but had to do it as his father was taken suddenly. Gavin will stay close to his friends the Stafford’s and will start to notice Lady Alexandra and that she was not a child any longer. Gavin will yield his attraction as a danger starts to follow.

The Season is a standalone novel from Sarah MacLean. I have read several books from her and really have gotten into them. I liked this one. It was good with the protective brothers, kind friends, and a mystery of murder to solve. I will say I am more drawn to her series Rules of Scoundrels which has a little more grit to it.

As the book lacked some grit it did make up with how a seventeen year old would be acting. They were silly and a little naive which sounded reasonable. MacLean keeps that up with the whole story. Of course Alexandra “Alex” was not just silly but inquisitive about the new information that was heard about Blackmoor. Now Gavin is everything that is dull or at least that is how he portrays himself to be. He will show a new side of himself as he soon finds himself thinking differently of Alex.

The danger that is following Blackmoor will have Alex falling into the crossfire and stumbling onto the secret. Through the words written the villain had a voice without being acknowledged. Now I had a strong hunch of the villain just as it seemed how the story was unfolding. I picked the villain pretty early on but it was interesting to read the dialogue.

Get A Clue by Jill Shalvis

Finding new authors is always an interesting process. You hope that one book will peak your interest. Get A Clue by Jill Shalvis certainly did. Her writing is fun, sexy, smart, wicked in a sense and just a lot of entertainment.

Breanne Mooreland was done with men. No more she wanted to shout. After her third engagement ended with her at the alter she did not want them. But finding a man in her honeymoon suite was an intriguing display of man.

Cooper Scott had to have time that is what they all said so he took time. Never did he expect to find a woman staring at him while he was in the shower.

Breanne and Cooper start off to an interesting start as they are stuck at the cabin with no way of leaving and to make things worse a man turns up dead. Cooper is off to work again while Breanne stays by his side. But who killed this man?

The characters in this story made the story. I love how they intertwined with the plot which was heated with sensual desire as murder and snow keeps everyone on edge. I think one of the best parts of the book is the humor which Jill Shalvis brings to the pages. You will laugh along with the tough cop and the feisty bride to be who was left at the alter and the rest of the staff which are hiding more than expected.

Get A Clue was actually a great romance and mystery that leaves you entertained from beginning to end.

It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

She was the most outspoken of the lot of them. She had no mind not to hold her tongue. She knew she should to find a husband but she did not want one who would not be a challenge. Hyacinth would not settle for anything else.

He loved his grandmother, hated his father and loathed the musical concert hall but here he was. It was a good thing he found her to be entertained. She was fiery and talkative. Most of the ton knew her but no man had her. Gareth wondered what had come over him but he found himself in cohots with Hyacinth and he wanted to know more.

With the secret diary, his real fathers name in question and an overwhelming feeling of desire for Hyacinth, Gareth had his hands full.

The seventh book was a blast to read. The youngest was an original from the rest of her siblings and she was not afraid to go out in public and declare it.

I like Gareth’s character as he is certainly a rake but an unsure one. He has feelings and wants more in life. A woman, Hyacinth brings him to that point.

The diary and quest to find the bracelet was fun to read. It was clever that the hunt was for nothing until much later on in life. And I liked the mystery with his father. After you find out you wonder why you did not think about it before. Quinn keeps you in the book with her witty characters and entertaining plot.

It’s In His Kiss is the seventh installation by Julia Quinn and only one more left for the Bridgerton series. Gregory is the last to the alter but with who?

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.