September 2016


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This was a great read! A fast-paced suspense thriller that kept me on edge till the end. The plot was FILLED with twists and turns- and a full cadre of characters who are well rounded and exciting.

Andrea Harding has to grow up quickly when her father, Nicolas, and her uncle, Michael are shot. Shortly after someone tries to kill her, and it becomes obvious that someone wants all of the Harding family dead.  But none of them know why. Beth Cowling (Andrea’s grandma Dorothy Harding’s best friend) convinces her daughter Riva to be Andreas legal adviser.

Through Beth, Andrea and Riva are introduced to Deirdre Southington, who is the kind of woman you would want on your side if someone was working against you. She is well trained, fearless and deadly. She used to work for the NSA—now she is a private operative, she still has a lot of contacts in the national security arena, and she has a part-time consulting arrangement with the NSA, so technically, she’s still an agent of the US security apparatus.

This book has so many surprises: Russian mobsters, murder, power, greed, stunning violence, classical music, a refurbished old fashioned railway car, intermingled with interesting historical facts.

I intend to go back and read Book One in the trilogy—The Pharm.  I think I have discovered a new favorite author–Bill Powers.

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A Scandalous Husband was the first book of Bev Pettersen’s that I read, and I went back and read almost all of her work now. So when A MILLIONAIRE’S SHOT came out I quickly got it.

I totally enjoyed it! Alex Sutherland is a father who has sacrificed everything to protect his daughter—even gave up the woman he has loved…and more!

Cassie Edwards ran away when Alex married Rachel, who had manipulated him into getting her pregnant. But when her ailing grandfather needs her help, she cannot stay away.

Both Alex and Cassie believe they have gotten passed those feelings. But as the plot unfolds we learn that many things are not what they seem to be.

One thing I always enjoy about Pettersen’s writing is her authenticity when it comes to writing about horses in any setting. Her ability to create tension, life-like characters and description also pulls me in.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it.

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Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever focuses on three teenagers who have played high school football in Avlon, Alabama- a small town in the USA.

The main character, Casey Clinton, has become Avlon’s “golden boy,” because of the notoriety he has gained as a Quarterback who has a fantastic ability to throw the ball. Lucas Calhoun, his wide receiver, is fleet-footed and sure-handed. Butcher Doran played centre. When their team goes to the state championship, Casey is full of confidence, certain that he will take the team to a win…and the whole town is behind him, believing he will.

But the unthinkable happens and what would have been his winning throw is short. Avlon loses the game. Casey Clinton is devastated. He feels he has let everyone down—his parents, his coach, his teammates and the town. People try to console him, but he can’t let it go. Casey isn’t the only casualty. Lucas Calhoun also realises that with that loss, his hope of getting into college football is pretty much gone and he has a hard time forgiving him.

Because of his reputation, Casey is still pursued by college football recruiters. The offers come laced with all kinds of perks—scholarships, fancy cars, beautiful women. There are too many choices, too many things to consider, and they constantly hound him until he doesn’t want to answer the phone anymore. They come to the isolated little town—big name recruiters from big name colleges. They use every leverage they can —flattering his skill, his high school coach, his parents, his girlfriend—in an effort to get him to sign with them.
The glory days of high school football are gone—now it is a ruthless business. Chase finds himself in a world of corruption that he has never known, one where no matter how big you are, you can be discarded.

For me, this book is far deeper than the story of three high school football players. I seen it as a realistic portrayal of what can happen when an individual is put up on a pedestal—in a family, in a small town or in national or international situations. Unexpected events can send them into a downward spiral, sending their world of high expectations crumbling around them. When you’ve been at the top, the fall to the bottom is tough.

I am not an avid football fan, and I live in Canada, so I found the colloquial speak of the characters and the south entertaining. I read when I go to bed at night, and I elbowed my husband several times and read passages to him. I usually prefer books that have a happy ending, not necessarily a realistic one.

That being said, I loved this book and the author’s writing style. I highly recommend it.

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I love, Love LOVED this book!!
I read alot–and I must confess that I find that many of the books are just time fillers. The night I started Reckless In Texas I was expecting another average book–but holy moly- was I in for a pleasant surprise. I started reading at 6:30 pm and was heavy into finishing at 1:30 the next morning–in fact I skim read the last 4 chapters because I knew I HAD to go to sleep, but I HAD to know what was going to happen. I went back the following day and actually read those chapters word for word.

Even though I hadn’t read Dell’s Bio, I knew that she was right at home in the world she brought to life in the book. The portrayal of the characters and the lifestyle was so authentic and realistic, that I felt like I was there with them as each page turned.

Violet Jacobs and Joe Cassidy were both independent, stubborn individuals, who had enough personal baggage to make them insecure in relationships, and as I read I had to wonder if they’d ever get it all together! Thank God for Joe’s friend, Wyatt Darrington, who had Joe’s back all the way through, and at times interfered without “interfering”–he grabbed a piece of my heart too!

And then there was Violet’s 5-year-old son, Beni, who was just adorable–and in the background his father, Delon Sanchez, who wanted to be footloose and fancy-free, until he perceived Joe to be a threat. Throw in the rest of the Jacobs family and a rodeo stock contracting business that struggled to make ends meet, and Dell created one delightful read.

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Johnny Newman had been best buddy with Brandon Cervini, before he died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Six years earlier, when Brandon had rescued Susan from an apartment fire, it was as if the God’s had declared that they were meant to be together forever.

Johnny had worshipped her, thought of her constantly, knowing that she could never be his. Then fate had intervened—and Brandon died in the rubble of the tower, September 11, 2001.

Susan had been devastated, and Johnny had been honorable, true to his best friend’s memory. He loved her, but he couldn’t have her.

Two years have passed. Johnny is tormented by his love for Susan and Susan is still lost in her memories. But gradually she has become “aware” of Johnny in a different way, one that she is unwilling to look at.

Susan’s cousin, Melody, had always been there for her. Then she had suddenly disappeared, and although there was no proof, her husband, Zander, believed she was dead. Susan could not accept it, and one day when she received a package that contained a Penguin ornament and a CD that was a new release by Mr Wright. She knew then that Melody was alive and reaching out to Susan. But where was she?

She looked up Mr. Wright on the internet, and decided to go to his concert, convinced that Melody would be there because she had always had a huge crush on the man. Johnny offered to go with her, determined to be there to protect her and help her find Melody.

The plot has several twists and turns, and it is a good read. As it progresses Susan and Johnny grow closer, but can they get past the feeling that they would be betraying Brandon if they acknowledge their love?

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I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller set in Toronto, Canada.  Lalonde did a fantastic job of keeping me glued to the pages. Fast passed, excellent description, lots of good dialogue—this book has it all: Political corruption at the highest level in Toronto’s city hall, its police force and major developers, people who hire assassins to protect their investments, lies, double-dealing, blackmail, kidnapping—no one is safe, not even Nick Borman. All along I was “one the edge of my chair” wondering when the killer would come after him.

If thrillers are your passion, don’t miss this great read! I’ll be looking for a Nick Borman sequel!

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This is totally a “feel good” book!!

I loved Callie and Jayce—how they interacted, how they accepted their feelings for each other without too much artificial posturing and fighting, how he supported her and was there when she needed him most, and how he was willing to put what she needed before his own feelings, knowing that he might lose her.

So many books have lots of hot sex that a story line surrounds to support it. Ask Me To Stay has hot sex, passion, and strength in the characters, but the sex is part of the relationship—not the whole reason for the relationship.

Cotton Creek is full of wonderful individuals who interact and support each other—as well as gossiping old ladies who have nothing better to fill their lives than surmise and stir up trouble.
I will be looking for more of this authors works and highly recommend Ask Me To Stay.  You can purchase this book at Amazon.com by clicking here

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