Ravished by Amanda Quick

A scarred man holds mystery but not when he has a horrible scar lashed around his face with a reputation that will make you think twice of dancing with him. This was Gideon’s problem which occured six years ago but Harriet is soon to find out that Gideon is the only man for her. The scar does not worry her only that he is closed off from love but between her discovery of fossils she will find a way to show Gideon there is a upside to love.

Ravished held excitement as the idea of thieves who were intruding in on Harriet’s caves and what really happened those six years ago.

I liked the cleverness of Gideon and Harriet’s character who were funny to read about as they interacted with each other. The book went by in a flash and there was a twist that you did not see coming which ties up the whole story.

Rendezvous by Amana Quick

The Earl of Graystone is looking for a wife there is a list he requires which is why Augusta Ballinger is confused as to why she is picked by Graystone but she is. Graystone and Augusta do not see eye to eye but will find comfort with each other. Augusta sooner than Harry.  But there would be troubles with their relationship as Augusta is prone to frivolous nature on her side of the family and needs to keep the memory of her brother alive as an adventurous honorable man. Harry will help but everything he is finding leads to her brother being a traitor. Will Harry find Richard to be a traitor and break Augusta’s heart?

First reading the book I wasn’t blown away by Amanda Quick’s in Rendezvous. You were brought right into the plot but the character of Harry seemed a bit dull. Then you start to read the book and understand how the characters are supposed to develop and help each other out with their flaws.

The further you read into Rendezvous the plot thickens to a new mystery and new and old ones will be solved.  This book will thrill the read as they try to solve the mystery of the spy Spider.

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

I was recommended this book a few months ago and finally I read it, this is right before the movie came out. The book Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen is a gritty story on the circus set in the past.

Jacob Jankowski is a boy ready to graduate and become a veterinary but tragedy will strike. His parents will meet an untimely death. He ditches the test and jumps on to a train, a circus train. Jacob is wrapped up in the world of the circus and is put to work.

He will find the circus a wondrous place. Some people he will avoid others he will watch like Marlena who is married to the ring leader August. Jacob will find himself in many tight spots before the circus will be shut down.

I was in awe by the detail, by the characterization and plot. Gruen keeps you reading and cheering for Jacob hoping that a good ending will come.

The characters of the book were all very detailed and had their own personality. You had the onces you hated, wanted ones as friends and the ones you cheered for like Jacob and Marlena.

The animals like Rosie you hoped for the best but the elephant will see hard times in the circus.

The ending was perfect is all that can be said. Sara Gruen knows how to write an intense story that brings in all the elements.

After reading the book I instantly wanted to see the movie just to see how they portrayed the characters. Once you have read the story it is hard for a movie to compete, of course you shouldn’t not judge but it is impossible not too. But I have to say that the movie followed the book very well. The movie portrayed the visual gritty, sensual side of the circus which the book was all about.

Luring a Lady by Nora Roberts

The second book of the Stanislaski Family series leaps a few years ahead to kno have Mikhail and Sydney Hayward find a romance.

Mikhail is an artist and a carpenter. He loves his family and the tenents at the building. Sydney Hayward is a cold woman on the outside. She is now the head of her grandfathers real estate business and she wants to make a difference. Sydney does that with the help of Mikhail but that is not all they will accomplish in this partnership.

I really liked the second book. Mikhail is very charming and he pulls the reader in. Sydney is cold and confused but you know there is more.

The Stanislaski family is still around and trying to make sure everyone is safe and loved. There is something simple and warm about them that you wish all families were like that.

The second book, Luring a Lady was a perfect sequel but the stories are not over.

Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts

Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts is a great first book to the series of The Stanislaski Family. Romance readers will love to read how Natasha and Spence will come to terms and find more than comfort in each others arms.

Natasha Stanislaski is the oldest daughter with three other siblings. She once was a ballet dancer but now she owns a toy store. Spence Kimball is a famous composer now turned teacher. Each have been burned by the ones they thought they loved. Now they will find love in each others arms but will Natasha be able to let go of her past to invite love again.

I wanted to keep reading. Nora Roberts I find goes very quickly. I keep turning the pages wanting to know what is going to happen. The first book of the series was not a disappointment.

I love Natasha’s character and how solumn she is but still very warm. Spence is practical but filled with love. The Stanislaski family is perfect. A real warm loving family that will do anything for each other.

I liked how Roberts created the family to be Russian and kept it going with the broken English.

Taming Natasha a fantastic first book to the series The Stanislaski Family. Romance readers will fall for Spence and Natasha’s love story.

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.

Suzanna’s Surrender by Nora Roberts

The fourth book, Suzanna’s Surrender of the series The Calhoun Women is a thrill to read. This time it is Suzanna’s time and the emeralds are closer than they think.

Suzanna is a mother of two and after having a brutal marriage and divorce she is making it back on her own but she will get sidetracked with the new comer. Holt is back in town after several years away. He had the biggest desire for Suzanna when he was young and the years have only made it stronger. He will help bring passion back into Suzanna and help discover the location of the emeralds.

I couldn’t wait to read the story with Suzanna. I love her character as the good mother and hated to read her hardship. But when she gets the chance to find passion with Holt I was thrilled.

The secret of the emeralds is coming to an end with the help of Holt who is the grandson of Bianca’s lover. I liked the tie between the past and present.

The theif I thought was a good touch. He is coming closer and watching every move. But in the end good still will triumph.

The thing that I really liked was the ghost. It was interesting to learn about the lives of Bianca and now you got the insight of Christian which was fun to read.

Suzanna’s Surrender leaves the reader with a smile as the story is coming to a close but there is an addition with Megan when she will find the Towers as a new home in the fifth and final book of The Calhoun Women.