Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: HQN Books
Synopsis: Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn’t wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn’t as fabulous as she’d like to admit. she’s lonely, doing a job she doesn’t love and dating too many frogs she meets online.
Personal Thoughts: Charlotte aka Charlie who lives in the big city and has a career in advertising meets her boyfriend Jaxon there, however, things don’t work out as he wants the small town life and she wants the big city life, so they go their separate lives.
Things take a different turn when Charlie gets laid off and heads home to Mustang Creek, where her aunt Geneva is ill. Moving back into her childhood home brings back a lot of memories and it doesn’t help when she finds out that her ex boyfriend (Jaxon) is the new veterinarian in town. With a little help from her aunt, resident Mrs. Klozz, a few animals and Jaxon’s charming self, Charlie starts to ponder if maybe second chances do exist and if small town life might be for her after all.
This story is a perfect read to get you into the holiday mood. The characters are fresh, the familiar ones from previous books are mentioned, and the light romance is just right. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the author and who needs a little pick me up before the Christmas holiday season.
Rating : 4/5 Stars
The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Synopsis: The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret……
Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.
And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….
Personal Thoughts: We are brought back to Rainshadow and the next adventure with dust bunnies, powerful talents and things that aren’t what they seem. Sedona came to the island to get away from her past and is trying to fit in. Something that she never had a chance to do until now. Things start to change when the Guild Boss Cyrus Jones shows up and checks into her hotel. He is more than he seems and seems to have an agenda of his own.
When things start to go south and traps are being set up to catch Sedona, she turns to Cyrus for help among other things. Will the ghost hunters catch Sedona or will she outsmart them and see where her relationship is going with Cyrus? In this newest adventure filled book, Castle does a great job intertwining the storyline, great characters and history of the island.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
Publication Date: April 21st 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Synopsis:The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.
Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…
If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…
Personal Thoughts: Ohh another Amanda Quick book! This one promises to be a great read full of mystery, suspense and some romance thrown in there! 🙂 I can’t wait to read this one. Quick always does a great job with her stand alones and series and this one I know won’t be any different. Is it any wonder that she is an auto read for me? hehe 🙂
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Synopsis: It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying–and deliberate–reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice–a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright.
She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use–and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.
As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her…
Personal Thoughts: I have been waiting for this new release by Jayne Ann Krentz for quite some time and I was really excited to dive in. Trust No One tells the story of how Grace, the protagonist, starts her day off by finding the body of her dead boss. Not only is that traumatizing but now she is out of a job and she doesn’t really know where to go next. She runs away to her home town hoping to regroup and find out what she wants to do with her life and there she meets Julius Arkwright on a blind date gone wrong. Or right, depending on how you look at it.
As these two start to get to know each other, they soon learn that Grace’s boss was more than they thought and those around them couldn’t be trusted. Jayne Ann Krentz brings a fast action packed story line where the heroin doesn’t need a man, but it is nice to have one when the bad guys come calling. Her writing is witty, her characters fully developed and the romantic suspense just right. The elderly neighbours that are meddling with Grace and Julius and trying to set them out throughout the book are pretty hilarious and make the book even better. Who said the old don’t know any better? 😉
For fans of romantic suspense and Jayne Ann Krentz.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Twist of Fate by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published: March 1, 1991
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Synopsis (Goodreads): Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she’s the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work–until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.
But Hannah has other matters to contend with. Her brother’s company is about to be destroyed by Gideon Cage, a wealthy entrepreneur with a notorious reputation in the boardroom… and the bedroom.
When she confronts Gideon, all she sees is a powerful man with a fast smile and soft eyes. Yet before she can catch her breath and really understand this puzzle of a man, her whole world is suddenly threatened: her brother, her aunt’s legacy, her heart–and her life!
Personal Thoughts: I came across this book by accident since it came out quite a while ago. However, since it was by one of my favorite romance contemporary authors I dived right in with no qualms about whether I would enjoy it or not.
Both Hannah and Gideon were a laugh riot throughout the book with their bickering, playing tug of war and just trying to figure out what each of them wanted. The character development was complete and it made me think of Hannag and Gideon as real people and I was able to relate to them. Krentz writing style was great as always and it made my reading experience great. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and will continue to read this author. There are always surprises and twist and turns that pop up and intrigue you.
Rating: 4/5 Stars