The Cakes of Monte Cristo

Rita Lucero will find a hidden necklace that was located in the bakery thanks to a new employee. She will be delighted with the find but as she learns more about the necklace Rita wonders if it is indeed cursed.

The Cakes of Monte Cristo is the sixth book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I really liked this book, I got into the story right away. The mystery of the ruby necklace intrigued me. You wondered what family it truly belonged to and why was it hidden.

Rita is still stressed and jumping to conclusions but she seems a little less stressed. Though she is as curious as ever and stubborn as she does not believe everyone’s warning about the necklace. To be honest I don’t know if I would believe but I would be wary. I was happy that Miss Frankie wasn’t so overbearing with things she was having Rita complete. It seemed their relationship was back on track. Rita is still wondering about Ox and his resentment. It really seems that he doesn’t have any but Ox is not what you call a people person.

If this series is finished then I am happy for the most part, but there was no conclusion on to who Rita will be with and that bugs me. Jacklyn Brady is leaving it open. Although maybe this isn’t the end, if it isn’t I think I would be willing to continue reading it.

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Some Girls Don’t

Some Girls Don'tSelena Durrum was back in her hometown to give a speech. She was nervous, but not because of the speech. It was because she would see Jarrod who had been the love of her life. When she sees him for the first time in fifteen years she knew that there was the fire and love they shared but Selena did not want to be trapped.

Jarrod Weston was a firefighter and loved what he did. Though Jarrod was never complete since Selena had left him. With Selena back only for a couple of days Jarrod knew not to get reattached but it will be hard as he still loved her.

Some Girls Don’t is the second book to the series Outback Heat by Amy Andrews. I liked this novel. It was very fast paced and entertaining to read.

Selena’s character is a driven career woman, it was all she wanted. I liked that about Selena but that meant she had distance herself from others especially in the relationship department. I wanted her to realize that keeping a hold on Jarrod didn’t weaken her. She had lived her life and to be with him would truly make her happy, she could have it all if she gave it a chance. Jarrod’s character was also a driven man and I liked that he was stubborn which could be a problem. Although when he was around Selena he turned back into a seventeen year old who had been in love with her.

What made this very fast paced was the amount of sex that was in the book. It is explosive between Selena and Jarrod. They are full of fire that is great for chemistry but they tend to butt heads together and say things before thinking. Though even with all the bumps in the road I was definitely cheering for Selena and Jarrod being together.

I am reading the third book next.

Married to the Boss

Married to the BossR. J. Maitland was the President of Maitland Maternity and will have to fight for his business when a baby is abandoned at the doorstep of the clinic. The news will claim the baby is his and he will have to do damage control. His solution is to marry his secretary, Dana Dillinger, and have a marriage of convenience, except that she doesn’t want that type of marriage.

Married to the Boss is the fifth book to the series Maitland Maternity series which is a collection of authors writing in this series. I thought that this book was a good quick read. Though I pretty much always enjoy reading Lori Foster’s books.

So I have been unloading some of my paperback books, I still have quite a lot, and buying some favorite books and putting them on my kindle. I have found that keeping all my paperbacks is getting way to crowded for my small room. Well getting rid of a lot of my books led me in search of several books I am looking for to complete the particular series I am searching for. I decided to go to Half Price Books and found this book for only one dollar and I knew I couldn’t pass that deal up. I had not read the book previous but as I have said, I like Lori Foster’s books so I figured I would like this book.

Alright now the character of RJ was someone I liked. He was a good man that was trying to help those in need. Though he might not have been the brightest when it came to seeing what was or should I say who was right in front of him, Dana. There was a ruthlessness about him as well which he clearly had gotten from his adoptive mother. Dana’s character was a woman who was dedicated to her job and her boss. Dana was in love with her boss and when she found that she would get the chance to marry him she knew it could not be a marriage of convenience. I liked that she was sort of blackmailing RJ into a real marriage. Although it wasn’t a real blackmailing situation as RJ wanted to go to bed with her as well.

There was one negative, well I wouldn’t say it was a negative, but answers were not given to some of the problems that happened in the book. I am assuming that will be handled by other authors who continue on with the series. The book I felt was a story that was already being told, and it was since it was the fifth book to the series. There were characters in this book that I had no idea who they were and from how they were written you knew they already had their story or was going to. Although, I can’t say I was confused by these characters. I just wanted to know their story going into this story. Married to the Boss is one that you can read on its own regardless of the other books to the series.

Dark Lover

Dark LoverWrath is a powerful vampire who has been alone for centuries consumed with his need for vengeance. He is part of a brotherhood that protects and Wrath will find himself  saddled with a new person to protect, the daughter of one of his oldest friends. Unknowingly to Wrath this woman will mean much more to him than just a person to protect.

Beth Randall was a reporter and did her job well. She was liked by many but soon her life will change forever. After meeting a mysterious man she will find out exactly who she really was and what was destined to happen to her.

Dark Lover is the first book to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I have to say that I have passed by this author numerous times as I walked down the aisles of my library. I never felt the need to grab one of the books that is until I was told repeatedly to try it, so I did.

First off I really loved this book, but this is the second time I started it. I had started the book too late the other night and I think speed reading way too fast. There is a lot of information that was getting lost, so I stopped for the night. I picked it up the next day and started again right from the beginning of the book. I don’t know what it was but I started to get into this book right away. Maybe it was because I wasn’t too tired and the fact I was not speed reading, I was taking my time. By taking my time I found myself falling right into the story of Wraith, Beth and the brotherhood. I also liked that Ward makes the rules different with vampires with how they can eat regular food. She also created her own glossary about this vampire world which was kind of cool as it brings you into this world.

Wrath is a kick ass kind of vampire who is lonesome. I found him surprising with what was under his sunglasses and how it is a weakness but he has overcome it and is still the strong warrior. I also found it interesting that becoming a vampire didn’t heal that ailment like some vampire books have described. Beth was a brave woman who is getting her world rocked with all that is happening to her. The romance is a factor in the book between Wrath and Beth within the first moment they officially meet as he scared her with his presence. The second meeting however is a little different and much more explosive. This story is definitely a paranormal romance novel as there are vampires running about the pages and I thought that Ward was creative with the turning process of Beth as she was half human/half vampires.

The enemy are called the Lessers and the guys who is being focused on being the enemy is Mr. X who is a sadistic man. Well at the end of the book the enemy is defeated but these Lessers are far from over as they will be a group that the brotherhood will have to keep fighting.

With all the brothers who are mentioned I know that each one of them will have their own book and more will follow as this is a pretty big series. I am excited that there are plenty of books to read. I have the second book which I will be reading next.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

Never Judge a Lady by Her CoverI have waited for the fourth book to Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean. I have been waiting to read this book since I read the third book. I had a need to read the book because of the big surprise which was at the end of the third book. Alright big spoiler on this one so if you don’t want to know more then I would stop reading right now! Chase is really Anna who is really the Duke of Leighton’s sister, Gerogiana, who we heard about in Sarah MacLean’s other series. I love that MacLean connects her characters like that. So now that I got that out of my system here is a summary of the book.

Lady Georgiana had suffered a scandal and paid the price but she has a secret that no one in London knows except her partners. Lady Georgiana may be a ruined girl but she is also the notorious Chase who owns the Fallen Angel. After six years of playing the part she finds that she will have to come back into society to find a husband with a title for the sake of her daughter but there will be a man who will have her distracted, Duncan West. Not only does he distract but he will discover that she is hiding more which threatens her identity.

Duncan West was a driven man and brilliant who owned a chain of newspapers. He looked for secrets and revealed them to either help or hinder. He will put it upon himself to help Lady Georgiana after his paper had wronged her but he will find that there is something off with the Lady. Duncan will want to discover her secret while he guarded his own.

I loved this book. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was fantastic book to read. I had been a little disappointed with the third book but there were no problems with the fourth book. I was hooked right away and fascinated by the way that Georgiana had her different identities. I thought that MacLean did a very impressive job at hiding the identity of Chase with the first three books. I had never even guessed that Chase was a woman.

Georgiana was a strong woman yet so vulnerable at the same time especially when it came to acting like herself who had been ruined. When she played Chase she was strong and determined with a vengeance streak. Now Duncan was interesting. He had his own secrets and MacLean wrote his story well. I was hooked and wanted to know what had happened to him. You of course will find out but it is closer to the end and I was surprised by the information that you find out.

The romance between Georgiana and Duncan is steamy. There is definitely sexual tension that amounts but it does not take long for them to find that lust together and when they do it is fiery.

The villain was quite a villain but I felt that he was down played and it was really about Georgiana and her secret which was alright with me. Though MacLean does make sure that the villain is known and that he is a despicable man who deserves what is coming towards him.

The ending is pure justice for Duncan and for Georgiana. They get their happy ending which I could not be happier with since they are together at the end. The ending could be considered sappy but I found it perfect. With this book the series ends as all four owners of The Fallen Angel stories have been told. I don’t know if Sarah MacLean will be writing more on the series but I do hope that she will write more stories. Maybe she will write one with Sophie who was introduced in this book. Only time will tell.

Aden

AdenAden will soon be taking the spot as the new Vampire Lord of the Midwest which means he will be getting rid of some of the old Lords dealings. Aden does not want any of the drugs that were sold by the old Lord to be in his territory. When he finds out there is slavery happening in his territory he will be furious and will do anything to stop it.

Sidonie Reid needed to stop the slavery which killed her friend. She will seek the new Vampire Lord of the Midwest to help stop this from happening to anyone else. She will find herself too close to danger as she keeps in on the investigation.

Aden is seventh book in the series Vampires in America by D B Reynolds. I really liked this book. It was a great addition to this series and now I can’t wait for more.

Aden is a vampire that has a past he would like to forget as he was sold into slavery and not only slavery but he was a sex slave. He was broken by it but became stronger. I liked that he will do anything to stop slavery from happening in his city and he is true to his word as that will be his quest. He will stop it as he is a very strong Vampire Lord but there will be a lot of bumps in the road that happens with stopping the slavery ring. Now Sidonie is another strong character as she has ambition and determination to find the bad guys who killed her friend. Being too brave though can get dangerous as she doesn’t realize the danger of the situation. Sidonie will learn about the danger when she will be considered a threat and the bad guys will be after her as well as Aden.

Now once again the interaction between Aden and Sidonie is explosive. They are like all the other mates in the book where the sex is mind blowing for this couple and all consuming where they will not get enough of each other. Reynolds can write these scenes very well.

Then there are the villains and thanks to the old vampire lord there are many out there that think the slavery business was the best thing they had. It gets a little dicey with the danger that will be following Aden around as he gets closer to stopping the slavery ring but there will be another danger that gets close to them as well. That was a little of a twist that I thought Reynolds did well in the book.

So the next book will be called Vincent which is out now and I can’t wait to read it though it will sadly not be right away. However, when I was buying some of Reynolds books I bought a novella on my kindle titled, Heart of the Wolf, which I will be reading next to continue more with Reynolds.

Crazy Thing Called Love

Crazy Thing Called LoveMadelyn Cornish has moved on with her life leaving the man she loved who had broken her heart. Now he is back in her life and her feelings are in danger of falling back in love.

Billy Wilkins had ruined the one good thing going on in his life. He will take his second chance because even though fourteen years have past he still loves her.

Crazy Thing Called Love is the third book from the series Crooked Creek Ranch by Molly O’Keefe. This is the first book I have read from the author. I started the book and was intrigued but then I lost interest with the hockey which is a good portion of it at least in the beginning. I am not saying the book wasn’t good because it was, but it was a slow read. Then you get halfway through the book and the characters are more developed, there is more going on and you are getting a better picture of what their lives were like. You feel for Billy as he is trying to get his life together and you feel for Maddy but in the back of my mind I am thinking that she needs to let go of the past and start anew.

I liked the addition of the niece and nephew which brought Billy and Maddy together and a look at what their pasts were like back then.

I think I would be interested in reading more from Molly O’Keefe. Maybe try another one of her series to find out what they are like.