This Heart of Mine

This Heart of MinePhoenix Fuller had been in prison for seventeen years serving sentence on murder, a murder she never committed. She is back home to help her mother and get to know her son. 

Riley Stinson had raised his son at the age of eighteen. He was not looking forward to the mother of his child coming home but he had no way of stopping that interaction.

This Heart of Mine is the eighth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak, which was a good addition to the story.

I thought that the story was entertaining but not my favorite and really it was because of the situation. I found it very annoying that Riley who had loved Phoenix dropped her because of his family and then believed her guilty, but now seventeen years later he was thinking he could have been wrong. He was at first hesitant of her but then his feelings started coming back. I think I wanted Riley to make an effect before then. Now when he is being the parent to Jacob he was a great dad. They seem more like best friends which would make sense since he had been eighteen when Jacob was born. So then there is Phoenix who was ready to forgive, but in a way she is not. She doesn’t want to start anything up with Riley, all she wants is a relationship with her son and to start her business. I liked that she wasn’t begging Riley for another chance. She was a resilient character who would endure anything to make sure she had a chance with her son after all these years. The one thing that I could not quite believe was that she would forgive so easily when it came to Riley. It kind of bugged that she was able to. In a way I wanted her to be with someone else in the story. Now don’t get me wrong I do like my happy ending but at times it just didn’t feel right.

Jacob’s character I really loved. He was a kid who was hesitant to accept his mother but he gave her a chance no matter what others were telling him.

I found the book had a sense of injustice in the end. Well there was justice but I wanted more especially with the two families and how they had treated Phoenix.

I am reading the ninth book next.

The Hunter

The HunterChristopher Argent was an assassin to higher but he would never kill children. He never misses but Christopher will miss this time. He will not kill Millie but save her from the man who had hired him. Christopher will have to find out the true person behind the contract while he keeps Millie and her son safe.

Millicent LeCour “Millie” was an actress and one who was very talented. She will be known to all the gentleman as unattainable but there will be one, Christopher, who will make her want more. Millie will have to think about her son but will quickly realize that she will need Christopher in order to keep her son alive.

The Hunter is the second book to the series Victorian Rebels by Kerrigan Byrne. I really liked this book. Like the first one it was darker, not the romantic story where the couple have no big issues. Byrne writes about assassins, actresses, and murder.

As said the story is darker and that is mainly because of Christopher’s character. He was severally traumatized which made him into a fighter then killer. Christopher is not so damaged that he can’t be saved even if he thinks it is too late. I liked Christopher because he spoke the truth, it might have been cruel but that was his way. I also liked that he struggled. When he was going to hurt Millie he had to stop because he knew it was wrong. Millie’s character was predictable with her story line but I didn’t mind it that much because I wanted to read about her. Millie had a mask of emotion that she wore and unless she was with her son or even Christopher it was always guarded. I liked that Christopher made her feel safe even though he was the assassin coming to end her life.

The bad guys were plenty and the ultimate one that was behind it all was a surprise but it made sense. The next story is with Mena, who is mentioned in this book, and that book came out this August which I will be reading next.

Saint Anything

Saint AnythingSydney, and her family, were dealing with the aftermath of Peyton, her brothers, mistake which destroys a life. Sydney knows that she has to play the perfect daughter, to fade into the background but she will then meet the Chatham family who really sees her.

Saint Anything is a novel by Sarah Dessen. I really loved this book. I have not read anything from Dessen for about five years. Its not that I don’t like her writing because I do. I thought Lock & Key was amazing. I think that Dessen is a wonderful storyteller. I think why I didn’t go rushing back to the author is the fact it is for young adults. Though why I should go back is because she gets you with the emotional turmoil that she writes well. Its not just teen angst, its deeper and you feel what those characters are feeling, and I felt for the character of Sydney. Though this was not doom and gloom, it was a journey she takes to rediscovery and Dessen did it right.

So the character of Sydney I loved. She was a daughter who was loved but she was almost pushed to the side. The parents only concentrated on their troubled son and didn’t see the daughter who needed them. They will get it together but it takes a lot for them to truly understand. I was happy the parents got their act together before something very bad happened to Sydney. I liked that Sydney started to live life for herself which was thanks to the Chatham family. This family I loved. They were dysfunctional but worked in the best ways. There were three characters of the family that stood out which was Mrs. Chatham, Mac, and Layla. The mom was courageous with all that she had to go through. Layla was kind and a vibrant young woman who made Sydney believe she could be more. Then there was Mac who was definitely the love interest. I liked that it was innocent and not a heartbreaking love, but a hopeful one.

Then there was the ending which was predictable, though I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Virgin’s Guide to Misbehaving

The Virgin's Guide to MisbehavingElise Markham has always been shy thanks to a birthmark that she had been born with. She had it fixed but she was always self conscious. She will then meet a man who was unlike anyone she ever met and she will take a chance with. She wanted to live her life and Rome would help her accomplish that.

Rome Lozada had needed a job desperately and had gotten lucky getting one in Bluebonnet. He knew not to screw it up but it looked like that could happen when he started seeing his bosses sister, Elise. Rome knew that nothing with Elise would be permanent but he wanted a chance to be with her for how ever long they had together.

The Virgin’s Guide to Misbehaving is the fourth book to the series Bluebonnet by Jessica Clare. I really liked this book. This book is steamy, though that is pretty much like all Jessica Clare books, but she also writes her characters well.

Elise’s character had been introduced in the third book and her character intrigued me. I had no idea why she was so shy but I wanted to know. You find out that Elisa had a port wine color birthmark that had covered most of her cheek but she had it removed. She was, however, still self conscious and not sure of herself. This is where Rome will come into play because he will help Elise live a little. Rome’s character is a good man who believed in the wrong people, his parents. Because of that mistake he had time in prison. Added with the fact that he is a biker and has tattoos people perception of him are rather judgmental. Elise did not judge him as she knew what it felt like to be judged.

So one thing that Clare has both characters doing was thinking the worst of the situation. They immediately jump to the conclusion that they are no good thanks to their past. Though they’ll get it right in the end.

I am reading what looks like the last book of the series next.

The Sandman Series

The Sandman Volume 1So I haven’t posted anything for a while now because I have been on the task to read an entire graphic novel collection, which has 12 volumes, and these are not small comics. The majority of the volumes are 200 hundred pages worth. The graphic novel series I decided to try was the Sandman. This series had been recommended to me awhile ago and I had decided now was the time to try it out. I was told specifically to start at the beginning of the series with volume one, The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes. This series is written by Neil Gaiman.

Well the story is basically about this man who wants immortality and decides to imprison Death. Though something went wrong and they captured Death’s brother. Dream was captured for a human’s lifespan but then will find a way to get out of the prison. Now that was just the first volume. Things will continue with the character Dream and Death. There were will many stories that will interconnect and many of them are definitely weird.

Alright first thought about the graphic novel series was that I liked but it did not start out like that. I will say the beginning I felt lost and confused with the story. I was like that with the other book that I read from Gaiman which was Stardust. I had liked the book, but I liked the movie better, though it definitely was strange. He is not an author I would run to read but every now and then try I would try another book. Well back to the graphic novel, so I was able to get into the stories and follow along through all the dialogue, and there were some stories that I really liked. Some stories were more on the gruesome side which surprised me.

I found that with reading the graphic novel series the illustrations reminded me of the old comics which I read when I was a kid, and that made sense as the majority of the stories were published in the 90’s.

So overall I thought that the Sandman series was worth reading and Neil Gaiman created a strong fantasy world where many strange things happened.

Midnight Angel

Midnight AngelTasia was able to escape her prison and flee from Russia to England. She will find help in her distant cousin who will get her a job as a governess. She needs to stay hidden from those who would take her back. As a governess she thought she would be safe but her employer, Lord Luke Stokehurst, tempts her and she finds that she will want more though she cannot reach for it.

Lord Luke Stokehurst loved his deceased wife and would never marry anyone else. He wanted it to be just himself and his daughter. When the new governess comes to them he knows that she is hiding more and Luke made it his mission to find out her secrets. Though as he spends more time with Tasia he finds that he wants the woman he was coming to know.

Midnight Angel is the first book to the series Stokehurst by Lisa Kleypas. So I really liked this book but I will say the beginning did not grab me right away. I kept going because I knew that I would find myself enjoying the book once I got further into it, and of course that was what happened.

Tasia was a very young woman of eighteen but she was very mature for her age. She was strong willed but there was definitely a softness about her that was very kind to others. Luke had stopped living when his wife had died. With Tasia in his life he started to live his life again. He wanted things and it helped that Tasia truly understood what he had gone through as she lived her own tragedy.

There was a mystery within the book which was what happened when Tasia blacked out. She remembers waking up and holding a bloody knife which is covered in her cousin’s blood. You wonder if Tasia did indeed kill the cousin but in reality you know that it is another person who did the deed. The question was who? Kleypas will give an answer and justice for these characters that will have you satisfied.

I thought that it was interesting that there was a little supernatural mixed into the book. Tasia had visions or dreams of things that will be happening in the future. There is a little vision that happens at the end which make you wonder if that will come true. I will find out in the second book which I will be reading next.

Stop Me

Stop MeRomain Fornier has lost everything he held dear in life and became a shell of a man. He will not be interested in looking back on his daughters murderer but he will find himself being pulled into the case by Jasmine Stratford. She claim the wrong man was killed and that his daughters murderer and her sisters kidnapper are the same person.

Jasmine Stratford has been searching for her sister for sixteen years and she will never stop until she finds a body to bring home. She will be lead to New Orleans and find that the case might not be dead and that her sisters abductor was now taunting her after all this time.

Stop Me is the second book to the series Last Stand by Brenda Novak. So from this series I have read the first, the fifth and sixth book. I will say I am captivated by this series because it is not simple. There is a lot of violence that goes through this book and a great deal of mystery and suspense where you will be wondering what will happen next.

I very much enjoyed the book with Jasmine’s character as she was a psychic you could say. Her gift will be used in this process of trying to find the man who is taunting her. I liked her feelings or her dreams she had as they were vivid but didn’t happen every time and she was even wrong some of the time. This gift was not an exact science. Romain was a man living in his own hell. He is brought back thanks to Jasmine who gives him a purpose to live again and to find the true murderer of his only daughter. Now there is that steamy connection that happens between Jasmine and Romain and it will get intense but because of their situation it is not very easy. I will say it was interesting when Jasmine was able to tap into Romain’s dream and that got very steamy.

The mystery of Kimberly and was she alive or not was the major question through the whole book. You really don’t know much but as the story goes along more clues on what happened to Kimberly were revealed little by little. I thought Novak does a good job with Kimberly and you will will find out for once and for all what happened at the end of the book.

The villains are pretty clear in the book as Novak lets us in on their parts in the book. They are some pretty horrible people and sick minded with what they were doing. You wanted justice for all those victims who could not find justice for themselves. Now what is unclear is this mystery person who is kind of like the guiding force of this group. There are several possibilities and I was shocked to find out the identity of this person because I was not expecting that person.

I am reading the third book, Watch Me, next which is with Sheridan.