A Very Dare Christmas

Ian and Riley are back in this quick short story! A Very Dare Christmas is a novella, number 6.5, in the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips.

Its Christmas time and Riley is feeling overwhelmed with everything she has to do and her husband sees her exhaustion. Ian will do what any good husband would do, he will whisk his wife away for a romantic getaway to reconnect.

I really loved reading this story because it gave an insight into Ian and Riley’s lives which seemed realistic. The romance was leaving because all their attention was on their children. Getting back the romance was easy for them and very steamy. Though after reading this short story I found myself annoyed because it was like a teaser to the series. I want Carly Phillips to finish the series. I believe there are only three more siblings to write about and I just want them to be written so I know what is going on. I also hope that there is some actual justice when it comes to their cheating father.

I am looking forward to reading more from the series. Please Carly Phillips finish these novels!

Northanger Abbey

northanger-abbeyMy next book from Jane Austen is Northanger Abbey. I was anticipating reading this book because I had seen a play on this story. The play captivated me and it intrigued to want to read the story.

So the book is about this young woman, Catherine Morland, who is going with a neighbor to experience Bath. Throughout this trip Catherine will meet many people and will learn that everything is not as she dreams it to be.

This book like Pride & Prejudice captured me with the first sentence. “No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine.” With that one sentence I was ready to read the book. I found Catherine’s character to have such humor with her silly imagination but she was genuine with her feelings. Catherine has an over active imagination that will get her into trouble. I liked that she learned from the mistake. Though in the end she was still a young woman with imagination but one that had grown up some.

The other characters within the book were all very well written and there for a purpose. The ones that stayed with me was of course Henry Tilney (the love interest of Catherine) who was just a good man. The Thorpe’s were social climbers. Isabella Thorpe was a flirt and did what she wanted to get ahead. She cared for those until she could not use them. It wasn’t that she was a true villain but definitely not a true friend. Her brother was not any better. Personally he was kind of an idiot. A match between him and Catherine would have never been good.

I am reading Persuasion next.

Runaway Vampire

Runaway VampireMary Winslow was on her last road trip that she had taken with her husband before he had passed away. Mary’s trip will soon get sidetracked when she ends up hitting something with the RV. Mary will find her life turned upside down when she helps the man she had hit and will find there was a whole knew world she never knew.

Dante Notte had been kidnapped with his twin but Dante was able to escape. He will land himself in trouble when he is injured but that will lead him to his life mate. Dante will stop at nothing to find his brother and keep hold onto Mary.

Runaway Vampire is the twenty-third book to the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands. So with this series I have found the newer books just don’t interest me as much but I keep reading them because I have liked this series. This newest book was interesting. I liked it and in the beginning I was brought into the story pretty fast. Then I found myself slowing down. It wasn’t like it was bad or anything but the story for me slowed down and that made it harder to get through.

Dante’s character was a man on a mission which was to get away from his kidnappers and find his brother. I liked that even with his life mate around his priority was his brother. Although a lot of his time will go to Mary as she his his life mate. Mary’s character was a sixty year old woman who had a hard life in her earlier years. The bad years was her marriage to her husband but they had gotten over their troubles. I wasn’t loving how Mary had stayed in her marriage after her husband cheated multiple times but she forgave and that gave her a chance at happiness. Mary’s interaction with Dante was comical especially when she was an older woman who was looking at Dante with hunger in her eyes. She resisted but once she becomes immortal there is no stopping her character from jumping Dante’s bones.

The bad guys you really didn’t get to know much and I hope you learn more but that might come into play with the next book as that will feature Dante’s brother. It might take me some time to read it but I will get there.

Austenland

AustenlandJane Hayes has lived for Pride and Prejudice and it has become a thing of dreams from the moment Colin Firth came into the picture. Thanks to an unexpected addition in her Great-Aunt’s “Will” Jane will have the chance to live the life she always wanted.

Austenland by Shannon Hale is exactly what I imagined, a little quirky and filled with women who want to life the Jane Austen experience. This was the perfect book to read for the Jane Austen fan. It was only 195 pages so I went through it pretty fast but enjoyed every page.

There are little surprises throughout the book especially with who some of these people really are in their own lives. I liked that Jane grew up through the book and knew she had to take charge and live her life. The part at the end with Mrs. Wattlesbrook’s and Jane was priceless and perfect. There were times that it got confusing who was good for Jane and who wasn’t. It was a tug between Martin and Nobley. I couldn’t make up my mind, secretly I was going for Mr. Nobley. The truth will come out in the end and the right man will be paired with Jane. The ending was what you wanted in a happy ending filled with romance and hope of a new beginning.

Killer Librarian

Karen Nash thought her life was going well but just as she was ready to go on to a trip to London with her boyfriend he dumps her. Karen determines to forget him and enjoy her trip regardless. She wasn’t prepared to find her ex boyfriend on a trip to London with a new woman half her age. Karen starts to plot murder and with one too many pints at the local pub in London she will tell a stranger how she hoped Dave would meet his maker. No sooner than the next morning a body shows up dead in suspicious circumstances and Karen starts to wonder if Dave would be safe from the stranger who seemed to be following Dave and his new girlfriend

Killer LibrarianKiller Librarian is the debut novel written by Mary Lou Kirwin. Mystery novels are infrequent in my life as they really aren’t a genre I get interested in. This modern day mystery novel was quirky and a breath of fresh of air. I read this book at lightening speed as you are pulled into the story very fast with the absurd plot and characters, but absurd in the best way. I liked how the plot was placed in London for the majority of the story and that our heroine was in her midlife crisis. Normally most of the heroines I read are in their twenties and early thirties, so it was a nice change. I also loved that she was a librarian. She had random facts she would give almost blowing her cover of lies she was weaving. Caldwell was a unique character as he was very quiet. I half expected him change as this was a cover but it was how his character is developed. I liked that this was also not a romance novel. There is romance weaved within but it wouldn’t have fit the plot Kirwin had developed.

Now as this is Mary Lou Kirwin’s first book and only book published at this moment I wouldn’t be revisiting the author for a while but I look forward to the next book she will get published.

Joy by Jayne Ann Krentz

I was searching again and came across the book Joy by Jayne Ann Krentz.  This is an early book of hers and I went to pick it up.  I love her writing and style of characters.  This is a wonderful romance novel with mystery built within the plot.

The Plot of Joy:

“Virginia Middlebrook and A.C. Ryerson had both been burned in painful marriages.  Neither had any desire to relive the past-they’d take things slow.  A Caribbean trip seemed like the perfect way to test the waters of a new relationship…until A.C. wins a breathtaking emerald bracelet with a mysterious past.  Suddenly their days-and nights-become a reckless roller coaster of adventure, desire…and deadly peril.”

I loved this book with the mystery of the bracelet and the simplicity and complex of the characters.  A.C. Ryerson was involved with Debby the younger sister but he knew that nothing would happen.  He winds up meeting the older sister and knew at that moment this was going to be the woman for him.  I loved that he switched from one sister to another.

Joy had intrigue and suspense with a wonderful romance story.