Mrs. Vanessa Wynters was a companion to an elderly woman who had a love of photography and travel which was shared with Vanessa. She will be devastated when this woman dies. Vanessa knows that she will have to leave once the funeral is over but she will find herself with a new opportunity. Though danger will not be far from Vanessa and the family she was staying with.
Viscount Adrian Marrable had lost two wives and swore that he would never fall in love again. Adrian will find love with Vanessa but before he could he had to find out if his wife was truly dead and where were the rest of the family’s jewels which disappeared that night.
Shades of the Past is a novel by Kathleen Kirkwood. Really loved reading this book, it was one that I could not put down. After reading my first and only book from Kathleen Kirkwood I figured I would try another of her books but she really hasn’t written too many. I had found this book as a free book at amazon awhile ago and I quickly snatched it up. Now although it was initially the author that pulled me to get the book it was the title that intrigued me. I liked the sound of the title and it worked well with the book especially as it dealt with some paranormal aspects, mainly ghost within the story.
So with this book there are plenty of things that will happen and mostly there are twists, and there are several big ones that change everything you thought about some of the characters. I wouldn’t go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Though I will say that Kirkwood really weaved a well balance story and incorporated the twists really well into the plot.
After saying that I thought about what else to write because I really don’t want to spoil any surprise. So instead of saying anything about the characters I will say that Kirkwoods description was really well done. She wrote about Vanessa’s work with the photography which I actually found interesting and informative. It might have seemed that Kirkwood didn’t need to put all that time in description of photography but it is a big part of the story.
Maggie O’Connell had a problem with a stalker who kept leaving her notes. The police did not believe her because of what she did when she was sixteen years old. She will find help from Trace Rawlins who will go on the case and find the stalker who started to become even more persistent.
Trace Rawlins knew that Maggie O’Connell would be trouble especially because she was a red head, but he took the chance anyways. Trace will find that Maggie was not lying and a stalker was finding their way to her. He would do everything he could to stop that from happening.
Against the Storm is the fourth book of Kat Martin’s Raines of Wind Canyon. This is the first book where the Raines brothers are not being featured, they are mentioned of course but are given the backseat with this novel. I really loved finding out more on Trace. Before he was a character you knew a little about but Martin goes further into his character and I loved that he had a problem with red heads except when it came to Maggie. I really liked Maggie’s character as well. She was tough on the outside but crumbling almost as the stress of this stalker was getting to her. Trace truly was the knight in shinning armor to help her.
The side story which was being told by Martin was of Ashley and Jason. Their story was cute to read as it was completely young love. I liked how their story blended well into Maggie and Trace’s.
Now the stalker was interesting as there were little surprises and you didn’t exactly know who it was going to be. Martin gives a little misdirection on who the person could be with a couple suspects.
Caleb Ventures is a man who prides himself in making the right decisions. He has avoided all trials of being a burden to his family and to stay above scandals which would haunt him like the past which follows him. But when it comes to Serenity he takes a step back while taking two steps forward. He is in over his head but something is telling him to believe in her and forgive his past. To stand up for the woman who gave birth to him.
Serenity Makepeace is her towns only child born directly in town. She has no real parents but many friends who had taught her through the years. Serenity wants to help her town and that means to get the business to grow. She finds help from Caleb but problems start happening when she is blackmailed.
Jayne Ann Krentz is a favorite of mine but I have to say Hidden Talents had me stuck at the beginning. I liked the plot and characters but it wasn’t flowing for me as well. Then you get into the story and the plot holds you and wouldn’t let go. I wanted to know who was the blackmailer and would our two characters find that happiness.
I liked that the blackmail came up again from the past to now a new person which kept it real for this family to get over with. The blackmailer is of course the same person which was another link but Krentz will try to mislead the reader.
The villain/blackmailer I had a feeling but until the end you know for sure. I liked the outcome as it was not easy love story. There were bumps and mystery that kept the book from an easy going novel and kept you involved.