Arsenic and Old Cake

The last thing Rita Lucero wanted to do was go to an inn and spy but she was doing it for a friend. Rita and Gabriel will pose as a couple on their honeymoon to try and find out if their friends long lost brother had really surfaced. The situation will get tricky when a murder happens to one of the residents.

Arsenic and Old Cake is the third book from the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I thought the book was entertaining but it was not my favorite of the series. I found it a little ridicules with the residents but they were hiding a secret. I will have to say the secret was good as I didn’t guess it, but knew they were hiding something that much was obvious.

Rita’s character is reluctant to help but because she is backed in a corner she will do so. Rita gets backed into a corner a lot. Though she will go all in when her curiosity takes hold. She is relentless when it comes to solving a mystery.

The one thing that is consistent with bugging me is the relationship that Rita has with Liam and Gabriel. I just want her to chose which man she wants. I personally like Liam better. I just hope a decision will be made at one point in the series.

I am reading The Cakes of Wrath next.

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Dirty Sexy Cuffed

Levi Kincaid liked control in his everyday life and especially in the bedroom. He will find his world getting twisted around when he meets Sarah. He will want her more than any woman he ever had and he will protect her at all cost.

Sarah Robins was on the run from her ex-boyfriend and the cult that had taken her in. She was trying to get her life together when Levi shows up in her life. She knows that nothing can come of a relationship but Sarah will give in anyways.

Dirty Sexy Cuffed is the third book to the series Dirty Sexy by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. This was another book to the series that was very enjoyable. These books for me are very quick reads. I will say that I wouldn’t have minded a little more on the cult aspect. I think it would have added a little more to the story.

Levi’s character thrived in life with control. He avoided anything that would make him lose his control. I liked that with Sarah in his life he was letting go. Levi’s dominant control was always going to be there but he was softening. Sarah’s character was a young woman who needed help but she was too proud to ask and weary of strangers. I liked that Sarah was able to take a chance with Levi though he had to work hard to gain her trust.

This series has one more book which will be about Clay’s twin brother. I am thinking that this brother will be a surprise to the others as throughout the last three books no twin brother had been mentioned. I am reading Dirty Sexy Sinner next.

My Favorite Bride by Christina Dodd

When I first discovered Christina Dodd I was intrigued.  I have read some of her books and found myself smiling after I read them.  When I saw this book, My Favorite Bride, I knew that I would like it so I picked it up.   Automatically I read the back and smiled.  It sounded like a cute romance, something enjoyable to read.  And I was right.

The Plot of My Favorite Bride:

When Miss Samantha Prendregast arrives at Devil’s Fell to take charge of six rebellious girls, the vibrant, outspoken governess is not quite prepared to deal with the tall, dark and dashing master of the grand estate.  The children she can manage with intelligence, guile…and a little bribery.  Their widowed father, Colonel William Gregory, is not so easily charmed-and far too easy to fall in love with, which she dares not do.

William always cherished the orderliness of his life, until this captivating troublemaker began flouting his authority and distracting him with her witty defiance and breathtaking beauty.  Despite the fact that they clash at every meeting, William finds himself inexplicably drawn to Samantha’s fire.  And now he’s even contemplating marriage, which would be sweet madness indeed.

But before he can successfully woo her, William must discover what it is that Samantha is hiding from him.  But the secret the lady is preciously guarding is far too shocking and dangerous to ever reveal…

This was such a cute romance to read.  Dodd brings a fantastic story to the pages of romance novels.  You fall in love with the characters of William and Samantha.  The children are perfect within the story dialogue.  They are witty and real.  It is cleverly written and you get drawn into the dialogue very easily.

Many romances are all about swooning but there are so many types out there.  What type of romance do you go for?

The Lone Texan by Jodi Thomas

“Three days after arriving in Galveston, newly widowed Sage McMurray is furious.  She’d been gone from Texas long enough to forget what it takes to survive on the frontier, and finds herself taken hostage in a robbery.  Sage fears if the outlaws discover who she is, she may never see Whispering Mountain again.

Her fears are about to come true when the outlaws decide to auction off their pretty captive to the highest bidder, and a tall stranger offers twice the highest bid.

Drummond Roak has grown in the years since Sage left.  He now makes his living as a gunfighter, but his love for her has never changed.  While fighting to keep her alive, he is also determined to convince the Texas beauty that beneath his wild ways is a man worth loving…”

I fell in love with this book.  As the fourth book I thought that all of them were fantastic but this one was really fun to read being that it was about Sage the only sister of the McMurray men.  The book had a lot of charm especially at the end of the book.

The characters of Sage and Drummond are fun to read how they bicker at everything they do.  They are horrible together and perfect together.  I love how finally Drummond will finally get his woman Sage and show her just how much he has changed.  And Sage will finally see that as well.

It was fun to see that four years have gone by and you see how the family have grown.  Each of the brothers and wives have their own children.

The Lone Texan was the perfect end of this four series book.  Jodi Thomas brings wit, humor, adventure and an enduring type of love that will survive long after.

The 9th Judgment by James Patterson

So it is here, finally the ninth book so far of the Women’s Murder Club series, The 9th Judgment.

The Plot of The 9th Judgment:

“A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall.  There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions dollars’ worth of precious jewels.  In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Fransisco into hysteria.

Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich-and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women’s Murder Club.  Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line-but is it enough to save the city?”

I have to admit after reading the eighth book of Patterson I was dying to know what their next big case would be and then the whole thing with the relationships.  And now that I had time to process those thoughts I am actually kinda pissed at Lindsay’s character because in the eighth book she was acting stupid.  Joe is an amazing man and Rich is too but Lindsay has the man she should be with.  I am happy to read in the ninth book though that the relationship is not threatened and Lindsay will be able to stick with Joe because he is the one.  And I am very happy it didn’t center all about the drama of her life but the action of the case.

The plot in Patterson’s style is fast, riveting, and right to the point.  Through the book I am feeling sorry for the cat burglar.  I want her to be alright.

The book for me went lightening fast.  I couldn’t stop reading the book.  There was one point in the book towards the end that I thought I would throw the book to the floor.  I was pissed at Patterson for doing that but it got a reaction and thankfully everything went well.

So if you want non-stop thriller filled with an interesting plot, dynamic characters then The 9th Judgment will be the book for you.

So now the question is when will the tenth book to the Women’s Murder Club be released?