Discovering You

Discovering YouIndia Sommers had lived through a tragedy eleven months ago when her husband was murder in front of her eyes. She was trying to move on with her life but things were not working out for India especially when her husbands killer was free. She will find herself getting help from a neighbor.

Rod Amos was curious about his neighbor. He was instantly attracted to her but it wasn’t just sex he wanted. He wanted to know India and to help her anyway that he could. Rod will quickly find himself involved with India’s past that was still causing problems.

Discovering You is the tenth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. I liked the book. It was more towards suspense which wasn’t a bad thing. I was wondering if I would dislike it as it was back with the Amos brothers but I found myself liking it.

India’s character was someone who had been tormented when her past boyfriend killed her husband. Because of this tragedy India was broken and scared. I could understand this especially with what she was made to do, but at times India bugged me. I wanted her to stand up more for herself, not at the murder but later in the book. Though she will find her voice in the book. Rod’s character was all around good guy who just happened to be the perfect example of a bad boy. I liked that Rod was but he was very much reformed and with India he wanted it all with her.

India’s parents in law were not the warmest of families. They were pretty cruel to her and treated like she was trash. This was all because India’s past was very colorful with indiscretions. She made a lot of bad choices and one of them had been dating Sebastian a long time ago, who was the man that killed her husband. I got the feeling that they really did love her as a daughter in law, but again they had just lost their son. They wanted to blame someone. The only redeeming quality was that they seemed to care for Cassie, their grandchild.

I am done for now with the series but figure more will be written especially with two more of the Amos brothers out there.

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Scandal in Spring

Scandal in SpringDaisy Bowman is being forced to wed in two months to a titled gentleman otherwise her father will make her marry is protege, Matthew Swift. Daisy has no desire to marry Matthew who was just like her father. Though as she spends time with him she will find that he is not the overbearing man she thought.

Matthew Swift has wanted Daisy Bowman since he began working with her father. He knew that she would never be his which is why he never tried to pursue her, though that will change. He will take that step towards Daisy but is still afraid his past will find him.

Scandal in Spring is the fourth book to the series Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas which was another fantastic book. The story is simple but the characters are entertaining which is what I always look for in books. I like my characters to have some life in them.

Daisy was probably the nicest member of the wallflowers which made me want to cheer for her all the more to find the perfect man. I was happy to read that she would be finding that man, it just happened to be in an unexpected person, Matthew. Now Matthew’s character was one of a very good man. I liked that he was not at all sinister like the sisters described him to be, instead he was a good man who was kind, had some humor and was in love with Daisy. I liked their banter back and fourth which was little but memorable especially when they played a game together. What they had going for each other, other than strong feelings, was the attraction which sizzled between them though at the same time it was sweet.

Alright now the mystery of Matthew’s past was something that was hinted about but nothing was never revealed until that moment at the end. I was wondering what was so bad in Matthew’s past that he was afraid of it coming out. When it was revealed I thought it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I was happy that the secret did not reveal that Matthew was a bad person.

I am finishing off the series with the last book, A Wallflower Christmas, which I am reading next.

In the Barrister’s Chambers

In the Barrister's ChambersLady Evelyn Darlington needed help clearing her almost betrothed of the charges that were brought against him. She knew there was only one man she could trust for the task, Barrister Jack Harding. She will trust him to clear Randolph of murder, but as they work closely together the feelings she felt as a girl resurface and Evelyn will be shocked to finding herself falling love.

Mr. Jack Harding is a Barrister and is good at his job. He stops at nothing from giving a fair trial. He will be given the task to help Evelyn who was his mentor’s daughter. He will feel the need to help due to  honor but other feelings for the daughter will rise and soon will be pursuing her for much more.

In the Barrister’s Chambers is the first book to the Regency Barrister series from Tina Gabrielle. Overall I liked the book as it kept me reading from beginning to the end. I wasn’t sure if I would like it as the first scene is having the reader step into the court room and waiting for a sentence that is about to happen. That kind of plot doesn’t always get me interested, of course the court room is not where the main plot of the story lies as you are quickly brought into a story of an actress being murdered and a man running away claiming innocence. So there was that intrigue which will keep you with the book.

The hero and heroine, Jack and Evelyn, were both strong characters and had strong convictions when they needed to do something. Nothing will deviate them from their path of clearing Randolph’s name from the murder charge. Then again when lust overwhelms them and they will give into temptation that had always been there from the beginning. I liked that Evelyn and Jack didn’t give right into temptation as she was almost engaged and that would make him biased on the case, but they will not wait forever.

The villain I had a feeling of at the very beginning. Not because they were being sneaky or anything, just that I guessed the person you wouldn’t see as the murderer. Now why they went ahead and killed the actress that was a guessing game as well because there are many reasons why a person would commit murder. Tina Gabrielle does not leave her readers in suspense as the villain will confess all towards the end.

I am interested in reading the sequel book to the series to find out more about these barristers.

Seducing the Prince

Pretty much right after I finished reading To Love a Princess I started to read Seducing the Prince.

Prince Viktor Karanov hates his wife and wants a divorce as she does nothing but invite her lovers where all can see. Viktor has his own mistress only after his wife started to stray, but now thanks to a house party he will find a woman who is everything he needed. Viktor will want her but before anything could happen he finds that his wife was killed beside Regina’s husband. Their bodies will not be the last ones to show up dead.

Regina Bradford hates her husband which was no love match. He squanders her fathers money and only visits his mistress, which she is fine with her as she has no wanting of him beside her in bed. Regina will soon find herself meeting a man who could sweep her off her feet at a house party. She will be tempted by Prince Viktor as he makes her feel things she never felt before, but then tragedy strikes and dead bodies start to pile up. She and Viktor will be key suspects.

Seducing the Prince by Patricia Grasso was a very entertaining book from the Karanov series. Already knowing about the marriage of Viktor and Adele from the previous book you were hoping that Viktor would find love. I absolutely loved that Grasso made Regina to be a writer and a fan of Jane Austen. As a fan of Austen I loved how Grasso intertwined the book which Regina was writing into the pages of the book.

Within the pages of the book I found that jealousy which is a major part of Grasso books played almost a back player in the book. Of course I was not complaining as Grasso keeps it interesting with adding mystery to the pages. You wanted to know who was behind all the murders but were never sure. I had a feeling towards the middle of the book thanks to Constable Black saying never underestimate the quiet ones. This of course would alert the reader and make you think of the one person who that would be, but then the question is why would they resort to murdering these people.

Seducing the Prince keeps you involved throughout the story. Stepan’s story will be next with Fancy the opera dancer in Pleasuring the Prince.

Do You Take This Cop? by Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews brings her latest book to the page and I have to say I liked it.  I have only read two of her other books and the thing I notice is that the characters are real.  There have real emotions and a realistic plot that you can see actually happening.  You start to feel for the characters.

The Plot of Do You Take This Cop?:

The last thing Faith Lewis needs is a cop poking his nose in her business.  Okay yes, Nick Coletti is gorgeous.  And charming.  And great with her son.  But dating the town’s most popular boy in blue is hardly going to help her keep a low profile.  This guy could blow their world apart if he discovers her secret.

Funny thing is, he may also be her only hope.  If she had someone like Nick on her side, maybe she could finally be free, and give her son the life he deserves.  But trusting Nick means telling the whole truth about her past.  He might protect them.  Or he just might turn her in…”

Honestly I was getting frustrated, happy, annoyed over this enjoyable book.  I loved Nick and Faith but I kept fidgeting when she would tell another lie or not the whole truth but Nick is the kind of character that is good no matter what.  The book is true to its genre of romance as the characters find love but still it is not perfect until the truth is told and everything is settled.

Beth Andrews is a great modern day romance author.


The Runaway Jury by John Grishman

“They are at the center of a multi million-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth: that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him…

He is known only as Juror #2. But he has a name, a past, and he has planned his every move with the help of a beautiful woman on the outside. Now, while a corporate empire hangs in the balance, while a grieving family waits, and while lawyers are plunged into a battle for their careers, the truth about Juror #2 is about to explode, in a cross fire of greed and corruption-and with justice fighting for its life…”

Well this is my first time ever reading a John Grisham novel. I picked this novel, The Runaway Jury, because I saw the movie and fell in love with it. I loved the plot and style which is was shown so I hoped the book was the same.

Overall the book was truly fantastic to read. There were the same fascinating characters and plot with a lot of detail and development. But there came the problem. There was a lot of detail. I love detail but there was a lot that it got a little long in certain areas. Of course all the other areas were great to read.

As I read the book I found myself wishing that I didn’t see the movie first. The movie was about shooting and the book about tobacco but still with the same characters. At first I was a little confused. I expected the sueing of firearms but I got something else. I liked the movie plot. Now in all honesty that didn’t lose the fact that Grisham delivered a very detailed and interesting book to read. Once I got into the story the movie was no longer a problem.

John Grisham is a fantastic storyteller. Grishman created an interesting and complex characters intertwined into The Runaway Jury to make an exciting story.

7th Heaven by James Patterson

James Patterson brings another book to the world fill of intrigue, suspense and non-stop adventure in 7th Heaven.

The Plot of 7th Heaven:

“California’s “Boy with a Broken Heart,” the teenage son of a recent governor, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.  Michael Campion, born with an incurable heart defect, has grown up under the watchful eye of an adoring public.  The pressure on detective Lindsay Boxer to learn what happened to Michael is overwhelming.  When she finally does get a lead, it’s devastating-and for Assistant Distric Attorney Yuki Castellano it leads to the biggest trial of her life.

While working on the Campion case, Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, also try to catch whoever is setting fire to some of the most beauitful homes in San Francisco, leaving their owners to perish in the flames.  Lindsay enlists her friends in the Women’s Murder Club to help her find the arsonist-and suddenly the fires start raging much too close to home.

These two intense cases bring Lindsay and Rich close together than ever-and put Lindsay on the brink.  Torn between two men and close to an emotional meltdown, she has to draw on every resource to keep from being pulled under.”

This was a fantastic thriller.  I loved how to see all the women still going strong.  It was interesting to see Yuki getting more involved.  I like her as the district attorney and she will now get a taste of danger who is following her every move and manipulating her for his own purposes which could be death.

Now the other women are going to help but Lindsay confuses me with all her confusion with the men.  Actually the sexual tension is interesting but I feel that it is going to come to a bad ending and leave people hurt and I am not sure who I think she should really be with.  But in the end Lindsay will hurt one but that doesn’t mean it will be in this book.  It has the promise of problems ahead.

Other than the sexual tension I loved this story.  He writes so I can’t put down the book whether something bad or good is happening.  It is addicting.  I was angry and frustrated through the book but intrigued at the end.  There were some that had a sad ending and then those who have a happy ending.  I was happy to see this one character to be able to start over with someone I didn’t think would show up.

Another fantastic supsense novel in the series Women’s Murder Club.