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The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo - Kerrigan Byrne

When life doesn't seem to be going my way I can always cheer myself up with a good romance novel (especially if it has pirates). This book came along at the perfect time for me.

 

This book follows Lorelai and Ash (Ash is called a few names throughout the book but I am choosing to call him Ash because just like Lorelai I don't like calling him the Rook). Lorelei finds Ash when he is close to death and unable to remember anything from his past. She nurses him back to health. After a long time of not seeing each other they are reunited but Ash doesn't seem to be the man that Lorelai once knew.

 

While I did like both of the main characters I have to say that I liked them better when they reunited then when they first met. Young Lorelai actually annoyed me a bit. They definitely were more interesting after they had grown and their chemistry became amazing.

 

While I liked the action towards the end I was hoping that the character that turned out the villain at the end would have had a different storyline. But at least I enjoyed how the other characters ended up. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Foundryside

Foundryside - Robert Jackson Bennett

I wasn't sure when I requested this on Netgalley that I would like this as it didn't seem like what I normally read but in the end I really enjoyed it. This mostly follows Sancia who makes money for stealing things. She ends up being hired to steal something that is very valuable that will lead her into danger.

 

I really enjoyed reading about Sancia and all the other characters in the book. I even liked the characters that were the villains. villains. Sancia is gifted in a way most people are not and it was interesting when it was realized why she is the way she is.

 

I liked reading about the background about all of the different merchant houses and how scriving came to be. I am definitely interested in continuing this series as it looks like it's going to be really good.

The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

There was so many twists towards the end of this book that my book club at work decided to fly right through to the end. If you like a book filled with revenge and twists then this is the book for you. Even though I managed to guess one of the main twists early on I still really enjoyed this. Towards the end of the book I just could not put this down. I really enjoyed this and am really happy this was the first pick of my book club.

Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 352 pages.

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Well we have gotten to the big twist in the book and the prediction that I made to my book club at work was correct. I feel bad that I kind of ruined this in a way so I told them in the future I'll keep my predictions to myself. I can just see these twists coming from a mile away. I am still really enjoying this even I figured out the twist. Now I hope we get to read more about what happened in the past.

Sleepless in Scotland

Sleepless in Scotland - May McGoldrick

I read the previous book in this series so when the publisher invited me to read this one I jumped at the chance. This book follows Phoebe and Ian. Ian is still dealing with the murder of his sister Sarah and Phoebe, who was Sarah's best friend, is on a mission to expose corruption in her news articles. When Phoebe finds her self in danger Ian must save her from the same fate as his sister.

 

I really liked both Phoebe and Ian. They had good chemistry and were interesting characters to follow. I liked how their romance weaved with the murder storyline but at times felt like the book just dragged on. I did not guess who the murderer was and liked the confrontation at the end.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 352 pages.

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

So far this has been really good. I am really interested in why Vanessa and Richard's marriage ended and what happened to Nellie back in college. I am dying to read more but this book club is teaching me patience.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 352 pages.

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

This is the first pick of my book club at work. The woman at the desk next to me and I decided to start a book club at our work and she got to pick the first book. From the vague book description this sounds like it will be interesting. We decided on reading three chapters a day which I know I will struggle with. I will definitely have a hard time with wanting to read ahead further than three chapters but I wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable with the pace.

Sweet Home Highland Christmas

Sweet Home Highland Christmas - May McGoldrick

What a great read! This had everything that I needed right now. The main characters, Gregory and Freya, were great characters that I really loved reading about. I couldn't get enough of the chemistry between them. Freya's niece Ella was an absolute hoot and kept me laughing throughout the book. I enjoyed the fact that this was on the shorter side so that it didn't drag on at all.

The Prisoner in the Castle

The Prisoner in the Castle - Susan Elia MacNeal

I am a big fan of this series so I always jump at the chance to read the latest in the series. I was especially eager to read this one after the twist and the end of the last book. I couldn't wait to see where Maggie was going to end up and what she would do.

 

While I enjoy reading about Maggie I have to say that this latest installment of the series did not hold my attention as much as some of the previous books had. Maggie is essentially a prisoner in this book and is left to figure out why everyone around her is dying. At times it felt to me like it was one big game of Clue. The plot moved a bit too slowly for me and at times I became bored. The action towards the end definitely brought my attention back and I enjoyed where Maggie ended up.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Shadow Dancing

Shadow Dancing - Julie Mulhern

I could read about Ellison and her family every day. This is one of my favorite mystery series and this book was a great addition.

 

Ellison finds her self in the middle of an investigation into a string of fatal shootings against prostitutes when she accidentally hits a girl while driving. That investigation and the danger that chases her and her daughter, Grace, brings Detective Anarchy Jones back into her life. Can he keep Ellison and Grace safe or will this danger finally catch up to them.

 

Not only was this book about the investigation but there are also some secrets from her father's past that Ellison learns about. Will her family be torn apart?

 

I really liked the investigation storyline and the part about Ellison uncovering things about her family. I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout. I was glad to see Anarchy back and to see somewhat of a relationship developing between him and Ellison. I cannot wait to read what is next in this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Picked Off

Picked Off - Linda Lovely

This was a good follow up to the first book in the series. Brie is back and this time she is investigating why someone would want to attack the son of her aunt's best friend. Of course her investigation will lead her to be in danger.

 

I really liked reading about Brie, her Aunt Eva, and her friends. I enjoyed how they all came together to investigate what was going on. What I didn't like about this book was Brie's dilemma in regards to Paint and Andy. She needs to make up her mind whether or not to be in a relationship with one of them. I am starting to find it creepy that Paint and Andy don't mind that the other is flirting and trying to be with Brie. I hope this doesn't last long in this series.

 

I really enjoyed that there was a lot of action in this book. It seemed like Brie was in danger a lot during this book and I enjoyed all of the suspense.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

For Those Who Know the Ending

For Those Who Know the Ending - Malcolm Mackay

I really enjoyed following Nate Colgan in Malcolm Mackay's last book so I requested this book as soon as I saw it. While Nate appears in this book as well I just wasn't as interested in this one.

 

This book mainly follows Martin and Usman who partner together to rob the Jamieson organization. Martin, who is new to the area, is reluctant to work with Usman but Usman knows that Martin is the gunman that he needs.

 

I can't say that I was all that interested in Martin or Usman. I found them both annoying in their own ways and found it hard to at times want to read about them. I did enjoy reading about the final "job" that they worked together and was happy with the outcome of that job.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising: A Novel - Raymond A. Villareal

I was really interested in this book after reading the description. I started reading it and everything seemed to be going well. The further along I read the more frustrated I became with this book. This just around between different people and different time periods. I didn't really mind that but what did annoy me is that there are so many things that you want explained and want to hear about what happened and it seems to take forever to flesh out any of the plot. Quite frankly I finished the book feeling like nothing was resolved at all and still had a ton of questions that I felt were not answered. I didn't think that this was supposed to be part of a series but that is the only way I can explain the lackluster ending and the unanswered questions. 

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

A Duke Like No Other

A Duke Like No Other - Valerie Bowman

This book was a breath of fresh air. The main characters, Mark and Nicole, were likeable and it was quite a joy to read about them. At times they were clearly a bit to stubborn but I never became too annoyed with them. There was definitely some great steamy scenes between the two of them.

 

I loved that there was also a mystery in this book and that eventually Nicole and Mark had to work together to solve it. I was satisfied by the revealing of who the murderer was.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

It Happened in the Highlands

It Happened in the Highlands - May McGoldrick

I haven't read the previous book in the series or anything else by the authors but I definitely didn't feel lost while reading this book. The main characters Jo and Wynn were likeable and interesting to follow. The first half of this was really interesting to me and I feel like I read it really fast. After the secrets behind Jo's real parents were revealed I felt like the book kind of dragged on. I would definitely be interested in reading more of this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Uneasy Prey

Uneasy Prey - Annette Dashofy

Yet another great installment to the Zoe Chambers series. Zoe and Pete are back and are investigating a string of robberies against senior citizens in the area. When the robbers start to target people near and dear to Zoe and Pete they'll stop at nothing to catch the robbers.

 

This definitely kept me interested from start to end. Zoe once again throws herself into danger quite recklessly but that is just what she does. There is a murder in this book and I felt like it was quite easy to figure out who did it.

 

I always look forward to reading about Zoe and Pete and I can't wait to read more of this series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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