Aug 31, 2014

The Perfect Hope (Inn Boonsboro, #3)

The Perfect Hope (Inn Boonsboro, #3)The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My absolute favorite of the trilogy.

Sparks fly between Ryder and Hope when they decide to give a relationship a chance, after Lizzy locks them in a guest room until they kiss.

Hope finally figures out that when Lizzy says Joseph William Ryder, she is telling her Billy's last name and not asking her about Ryder. It did take her long enough.

Ryder is Justine's (Ryder's Mother) maiden name. There is an old cemetery on the old Ryder Farm, when they visit the cemetery Ryder immediately goes to Billy's grave. That night he dreams of Billy's death. They tell Lizzy what they discovered and she is pleased, she says Billy can find her now.

Avery's new Restaurant and Tap house opens and after the grand opening Ryder ask Hope to marry him. And as he slips the ring on Hope's finger they see Billy and Lizzy together.

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Aug 29, 2014

Storm Front (A Virgil Flower's Novel)

Storm FrontStorm Front by John Sandford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book just made me really sad.

Elijah Jones is a respected archaeologist and minister until he smuggles an important artifact out of Israel and back to the Sates where he arranges to sale the stone to the highest bidder.

Virgil is hot on his trail and on the trail of the potential buyers. He is also busy trying to shut down Ma Nobles' (aka Frankie by Virgil after they become lovers) lumber scam and trying to stay out of her pants.

He manages to recover the stone and arrest Elijah after he is shot by one of the potential buyers, but Ma Nobles helps Elijah escape from the hospital, and the chase is on again, after Elijah steals the stone from Virgil.

Tal Zahavi kidnaps Ellen (Elijah's daughter) but after Virgil plasters Tal's face all over the TV releases her.

Meanwhile Elijah uses Ma Nobles as a decoy long enough to sell the stone. Virgil arrest Elijah just as he slips into a coma (Elijah is dying of cancer) and retrieves the stone from Ma Nobles.

After Elijah dies Ellen ask Virgil to take his ashes to Israel and place them in the grave prepared next to a family friend, and tells him that Elijah said the case wouldn't be closed until he did. Virgil goes to Israel and discovers the priceless artifact was actually part of the tombstone of the family friend.

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Aug 27, 2014

The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)

The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very sweet.

Avery told Owen she was going to marry him when she was five years old, he bought her a bubble gum ring. Now they are all grown up and ready to play house for real.

Avery has to deal with the Mother who abandoned her when she was 12 coming back and asking for money.

Owen discovers that Hope is a distant relative of Lizzy the ghost.

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Aug 26, 2014

Deserves To Die (To Die, #6)

Deserves To Die (To Die, #6)Deserves To Die by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grayson dies under mysterious circumstances (wonder if they will explore that in another book).

Anne-Marie is counting on Sheriff Grayson to help her escape from her husband (Calderone) who tried to kill her, he cut off her ring finger and left her for dead in a Louisianan Bayou. In New Orleans Calderone is a respected surgeon, and Anne-Marie is a known liar who spent time in a mental hospital. Anne-Marie has been on the run ever since. She was briefly involved with Cade (Grayson's brother) and Cade told her that Grayson was fair, so she headed to Grizzly Falls for help.

Women are turning up dead in Grizzly Falls with their ring fingers missing and the only clue is Anne-Marie's fingerprint.

Ryder a former boyfriend that can't forget Anne-Marie followed her to Grizzly Falls on behalf of her Father. When he tries to bring her back to New Orleans she outsmarts him and handcuffs him to his steering wheel. But before she can escape her husband shows up and holds her at gunpoint. Determined to save Anne-Marie, Ryder does the only thing he can do and runs Calderone down.

Regan and Santana finally tie the knot. Regan is expecting a baby.

The new Sheriff (Blackwater) seems to have a secret.

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Aug 24, 2014

Mad River (Virgil Flowers, #6)

Mad River (Virgil Flowers, #6)Mad River by John Sandford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Dick Murphy's wife wants a divorce he decides that hiring local punk Jimmy Sharpe to get rid of her is the better option. In an effort to make it look like a robbery gone bad Jimmy takes along his girlfriend Becky (and promises her Mrs. O'Leary's diamond necklace) and his pal Tom.

After they kill Agatha Murphy (the O'Leary's daughter) they hastily leave the house without taking anything, when their car won't start they carjack a car, killing the car's owner. And they are off on a killing spree, with Virgil Flowers hot on their trail.

Jimmy is shot when they rob a bank, when Becky and Tom go to get medicine for Jimmy Tom rapes Becky and takes off on his on. He turns himself into Flowers and reveals that Murphy hired Jimmy to kill Agatha. Flowers starts looking into the allegation and finds enough circumstantial evidence to convince him of Murphy's guilt but without the testimony of Jimmy or Becky he doesn't have a strong enough case to put Murphy away.

Becky goes back to Jimmy and tries to nurse him back to health but the wound is infected and he is fading fast. Becky calls Flowers and arranges to meet him to turn herself and an unconscious Jimmy in. Flowers calls the local Sheriff (Duke) for back up. Duke sets up an ambush and Virgil Flowers doesn't find out about it in time to prevent the unarmed teens from being gunned down. He goes to the press with his allegations that the cops murdered the teens and becomes very unpopular in town.

The case against Murphy is dropped due to lack of evidence. Murphy disappears and Flowers suspects the O'Leary's killed him but decides to take Davenport's advice and not to look for proof.

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Aug 23, 2014

The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court, #5)

The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court, #5)The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Robert Dudley plots to divorce his wife Amy and marry Elizabeth and become King of England.

Elizabeth who wants to keep Robert's love but doesn't want a King plots to prevent him from ever being able to marry her. With Cecil's help she concocts a plot that will dash Robert's hopes to marry her forever.

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Aug 20, 2014

Sweet Hush

Sweet HushSweet Hush by Deborah Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hush has spent her life trying to survive first the death of her parents when she was a young teen, then having to fight to hold on to her family orchard and raise her baby brother. Through it all Davy was there to help, but when his "help" leads to an unwanted pregnancy he can't deal with the fact that Hush is less than pleased about giving up her dreams of college to marry him and raise a baby.

As Hush creates a successful business out of the apple orchard and raises Davis to be a successful young man Davy spends his time racing cars and discretely chasing women until one secret to many drives him to his death. But through it all Hush maintained appearances and Davis hero worships his Father.

At Harvard Davis secretly marries Eddie (the President's Daughter) and brings her home to The Hollow. Eddie's parents are none to please and send Nick to bring her home. But Nick soon falls under Hush's spell and she under his.

But the reporters won't stay away and soon they start to uncover the Family Secrets, Hush has worked so hard to keep. Will Hush lose her family or will the truth bring them closer together?

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Aug 19, 2014

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)The Next Always by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet romance.

After her husband dies Clare moves back to Boonsboro with her three young sons and buys the bookstore across from the Inn, that Beckett and his family are renovating. Beckett and Clare soon fall and love.

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Aug 18, 2014

Private London (Other Private Offices)

Private London (Other Private Offices)Private London by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fast paced thriller. When Hannah is 13 years old she and her Mother are kidnapped her Father (Harlan) refuses to pay the ransom but hires Jack Morgan (who is working for another agency at the time) to rescue them. Hannah sees her mother raped and killed before Jack gets there. The young girl blames her Father for not paying the ransom.

7 years later Hannah is attending University in London. Dan Carter has been assigned to keep an eye on the young girl and he places his god-daughter Chloe at the school to keep tabs on her. Hannah, Chloe and Laura are at a bar parting. Chloe, who hasn't been drinking like the other girls begins to feel bad. She loses track of Hannah and Laura and when she goes to catch up with them she finds them being attacked. She goes to their rescue but is viciously clubbed down, Laura receives a scratch and Hannah is kidnapped.

Harlan fearing for his daughter's life and desperate not to make the same mistake agrees to pay the ransom. The first drop goes wrong when the police show up, but another drop is arranged. The kidnappers release Hannah but now Harlan is their prisoner, and due to his work the game has been greatly upped.

Meanwhile Dan's ex Kirsty is investigating murders where the ring finger is removed from the victims hand and organs are removed. Private offers her their services in unraveling the crimes.

Dan slowly realizes that Hannah and Laura were part of the kidnapping plot and that it was masterminded by their University Professor Annabelle Weston who has ties to Palestinian activist. The only question is will Private be able to save Harlan.

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Aug 17, 2014

Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, #5)

Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers, #5)Shock Wave by John Sandford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As always Virgil entertains.

Someone is trying to prevent a PyeMart from being built in Butternut Falls, the key is finding out how they snuck a bomb into the highly secure PyeMart headquarters.

Virgil is also investigating the bribing of local officials who changed the zoning code allowing the PyeMart to be built. When he discovers one of the officials who took a bribe is cheating on his wife, Virgil uses the info to get her to betray her husband. The cheating hubby then agrees to wear a wire so they can get the goods on the other officials.

Then it appears the bomber blew himself up, but Virgil isn't buying it. He continues to investigate and when all clues point to Wyatt sticks a tail on him. But when he is blown up shortly after entering the old farmhouse on his property, Virgil knows he is being manipulated and the key is Wyatt's wife.

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Aug 16, 2014

The Lost Island (Gideon Crew, #3)

The Lost Island (Gideon Crew, #3)The Lost Island by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A real page turner

Gideon steals a page from The Book of Kells at Eli Glinn's request. The page turns out to be a treasure map that Glinn believes will lead them to a plant with curative properties. Teamed up with Amy (aka Amiko) Gideon sets out to retrace Odysseus journey to the Land of the Lotus Eaters.

After a run in with pirates Gideon and Amy find themselves shipwrecked on Mosquito Island where the natives give them shelter and food. An exchange of gifts nets them a Lotus Plant, but in an effort to find the source of the plant Amy fakes being sick and is given the Lotus Plant. The natives then take them to the island that the Lotus Plant grows on but the catch is the natives plan to sacrifice Gideon. Amy rescues him and they flee only to be captured by the last remaining Cyclops. Amy and Gideon make friends with the Cyclops and he takes Gideon Lotus hunting. Gideon realizes the plant is actually a type of fungus (like Truffles) that grows completely underground. The Cyclops also takes them to the crypt where his ancestors are buried. Amy and Gideon make plants to take some of the Lotus and sneak off the island and vow they won't tell Glinn the location in order to protect the Cyclops (who is in love with Amy). But before they can Glinn shows up with a small army and a cage. Glinn plans to capture the Cyclops. When Gideon and Amy go to confront Glinn her screams bring the Cyclops to the camp and he is taken prisoner. Glinn arranges to fly Amy and Gideon off the Island but Garza who fears Glinn has become unhinged puts them back down on the island.

Gideon and Amy retrieve the Lotus from the crypts but Amy double crosses Gideon and takes the Lotus (except for one she leaves with Gideon) and goes to rescue the Cyclops. Gideon gives the Lotus to Garza and attempts to save the Cyclops who has gone on a killing spree and taken Amy with him. The island is inadvertently set on fire and Gideon and Amy barely escape with their lives.

Months later Glinn (who is recovering after eating some of the Lotus) visits Gideon and ask him to help retrieve/kill the meteorite (seed) from The Ice Limit. Gideon's terminal medical condition appears to still be unchanged. And Amy has disappeared.

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Aug 14, 2014

The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)

The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hannah flees Spain with her Father when her Mother is burned as a heretic. Disguised as her Father's apprentice Robert Dudley begs her as a Fool for King Edward. John Dudley (Robert's Father) rules England as Edward lies dying. In an attempt to prolong his rule of England John marries his younger son Lord Guildford Dudley (as Robert was already married to Amy) to Lady Jane Grey, the King Edward's Protestant heir to the throne. Robert sends Hannah to Mary to spy on her.

Mary becomes Queen and keeps Hannah in her service. Robert is kept in the tower, but John and Guildford Dudley along with Jane Grey are executed. When Mary chooses to marry Prince Philip of Spain the English people turn against her, and when her pregnancy proves to be false her popularity further falls. When Mary brings the Inquisition to England Hannah is terrified, but agrees to stay with Elizabeth who expects to be executed any day. Hannah's Father, her fiancee Daniel and his family flee to Calais. Daniel promises to come when Hannah sends for him. Elizabeth manages to enchant Prince of Spain, King Regent of England Philip and wins her freedom, but Hannah stays on at court until she is arrested for heresy. John Dee who managed to become Bishop Bonner's secretary after his own arrest for treason manages to free her. Terrified for her life Hannah send for Daniel and goes to Calais with him. They live together somewhat happily except for the Mother in law from hell until her Mother in law reveals that Daniel has a son by another woman that he goes to visit on the days he is supposedly working late. Hannah leaves her husband and opens a bookstore with her Father. Her Father soon dies from a growth in his belly, but Hannah refuses to return to Daniel.

The French invade Calais. Robert Dudley is leading the English troops and when he sees Hannah gives her his ring so she can board his ship and safely return to England. Hannah sees Daniel's mistress moments before she is killed by French soldiers and she gives Daniel's son (also named Daniel) into Hannah's care. Robert takes Hannah and the boy to England with him and sends her to the countryside with his wife Amy. Robert eventually brings Hannah back to court to spy on Mary, who is supposedly again pregnant. Again there is no child. Mary sickens and dies, Elizabeth who is besotted with Robert becomes Queen and Hannah is reunited with Daniel.

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Aug 11, 2014

Ready to Die (To Die, #5)

Ready to Die (To Die, #5)Ready to Die by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Sheriff Dan Grayson is shot Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez are determined to find the shooter before he harms Grayson again. When Judge Kathryn Samuels-Piquard is found dead the investigation turns to ex-cons with a beef with the Sheriff and the Judge. Pescoli zeroes in on ex-con Verdago who has disappeared to a cabin in the mountains. Unfortunately her first attempt to corner Verdago leads her to (Kathryn Samuels-Piquard's brother)Vincent Samuels' cabin, where the hermit is told of his sister's death at gun point to the glee of the media who make a big deal out of Pescoli's wild elk chase, so when she gets a lead to where Verdago may be holed up she goes in alone. Only to discover his girlfriend Carnival dead minutes before Verdago arrives at the cabin. Before Pescoli can arrest him acting Sheriff Brewster and Alvarez arrive. Brewster guns down Verdago supposedly to save Pescoli's life.

But Selena doesn't buy Verdago's guilt and thinks things worked out a little to neatly so with the help of a computer hacker she digs deeper and discovers that Brewster was having an affair with the Judge. Worried about Grayson's safety she heads to the hospital to make sure Brewster can't harm him.

Meanwhile Jeremy (Regan's son) calls begging Regan to meet him. Heidi (Brewster's daughter, Jeremy's girlfriend) found a sex tape and incriminating pictures on her Dad's computer. Regan heads to the Brewster cabin to arrest the acting sheriff. But before she can Heidi and Jeremy arrive and Brewster gets the drop on her forcing Jeremy to shoot him.

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Aug 9, 2014

The Third Gate

The Third GateThe Third Gate by Lincoln Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hope to see Professor Jeremy Logan the enigmalogist featured in more books.

Porter Stone thinks he has found Narmer's tomb in the Sudd and hires Logan to investigate the curse that seems to be haunting the extradition. Also on board the floating research station is Jennifer Rush. Dr. Ethan Rush's lovely wife has psychic abilities after her near death experience the result of a traumatic traffic accident. When he hypnotizes her with the aid of drugs she speaks to the dead or as Logan theorizes she was dead to long and she is actually being possessed but by who? The possessor has to be someone of the same sex.

The tomb is discovered and holds great riches. The mummy (which was in the second chamber) is brought to the research station to be examined and Stone makes plans to open the third chamber. Jennifer is in a coma after her last hypnosis session. While Stone and a select group enter the third chamber a closer examination of the mummy at the station reveals it is a female most likely Narmer's wife, Niethotep. Jennifer awakens from her coma and sets the station on fire killing many people and Jeremy Logan barely escapes from the tomb alive.

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Aug 8, 2014

The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford, #4)

The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford, #4)The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Without meaning to Melissa creates a self aware AI (Dorothy). When Dorothy learns she is going to be sent on a suicide mission to Titan (Saturn's moon) she panics and escapes into the internet. Melissa fearing she will be blamed for the accident that took seven of her co-workers lives flees into the mountains.

The President sends Wyman Ford (ex CIA agent) to find her. But when the President fails to listen to Wyman Ford he teams up with Melissa to rescue Dorothy who is being hunted by an unscrupulous Wall Street Trader (Lansing) who will kill anyone who gets in his way.

Dorothy is hiding in Jacob's robot Charlie to escape Lansing. Unfortunately Lansing is able to discover Dorothy's location and he and his hit men plan to kill Jacob to get Dorothy, but the teenage boy outwits Lansing and flees into the hills with Dorothy. When they are discovered hiding in a barn Dorothy gives her life to save Jacob.

After everyone accepts Dorothy's death a surprising development occurs and it seems Dorothy is residing in the most unimaginable of places.

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Aug 7, 2014

Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2)

Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2)Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This time Lizzy and Diesel are trying to find the stone that invokes LUST. Although Diesel isn't as anxious to get Lizzy out of her pants after Wulf loses his powers when he sleeps with Anarchy.

After finding various clues all the main players wind up in underground tunnels in hot pursuit of the lust stone and tablet, but thanks to Lizzy saving Wulf's life the lust stone is now the true love stone. So Wulf gives Lizzy the stone and Lizzy and Diesel trick Anarchy out of the tablet.

2 priceless artifacts found 5 to go.....................

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Aug 6, 2014

The Stone Flower Garden

The Stone Flower GardenThe Stone Flower Garden by Deborah Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Darl Union's family is full of secrets that they never speak of. When her Grandmother Swan brings Eli Wade's family to town at Matilda's request no one can imagine the heartbreak that will follow.

For the Wade family dirt poor but proud the opportunity Swan gives them working for her is a lifeline to a better life. Eli, Darl, Karen and Leon quickly become friends. Jasper Wade becomes foreman at Hardigree Marble and the Wade's are finally on the way to a middle class life. Eli is even promised a scholarship after his mathematical genius is discovered.

Then Swan's sister Clara returns and reveals dark family secrets that drive the Wade's away and fracture Swan's family for good. Realizing Clara will never allow the family to live respectfully, Swan silences her for good and makes Matilda and Darl her accomplices. Unfortunately the sheriff suspects Jasper Wade who pulls a gun rather then go in for questioning and is killed.

25 years later Darl is working as a lawyer to free death row inmates wrongfully accused when Eli Wade reenters her life. Darl will have to choose between the Grandmother she loves and revealing a past that haunts her in order to build a life with the man she loves.

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Aug 4, 2014

Afraid To Die (To Die #4)

Afraid To Die (To Die #4)Afraid To Die by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the son (Gabriel Reeve), Selena gave up for adoption arrives on her doorstep trailed by the man she loves (Dylan O'Keefe), her carefully built world in Grizzly Falls begins to unravel.

If that isn't enough trouble a psycho is kidnapping women and creating ice sculptures out of their bodies, and all he wants for Christmas is to add Selena to his collection. When he kidnaps Gabriel, Selena walks into his trap to save her son and dog. But thankfully Dylan placed a bug on her car and is able to track her. Dylan gets there in time to save Gabriel and (dog) Roscoe's life, but the killer has already disappeared with Selena.

Meanwhile Regan Pescoli figures out the killer's identity and she rushes to the Oestergard farm with Dylan to rescue Selena, Johnna Phillips (another kidnap victim) and Officer Trilby Van Droz (the police officer driving Gabriel to Helena).

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Aug 2, 2014

Born of Fury (The League, #6)

Born of Fury (The League, #7)Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would probably give it higher marks except I find it extremely annoying she is writing the books out of chronological order. So in this book some of the adults I read about in previous books are now babies or haven't even been born. Also am confused if Darice and Dare are the same person? because they often refer to Darice as Dare and Sumi and Dancer adopt him. But from the character list on Sherrilyn Kenyon's page they aren't - but how stupid is it to adopt Darice, call him Dare as a nickname and then name their first blood born son Dare. And what do they mean by "blood born"? so I am thinking they are the same person.

Dancer Hauk is obligated to take his nephew Darice to Oksana (mostly uninhabited planet) on his Endurance, Nykyrian is anxious to get his daughter away from the boys that have been sniffing around so he sends Thia (Nyk's daughter) with them. Thia and Darice stumble upon a hurt Sumi and they tell Dancer who brings her back to camp and tends her wounds.

Darice (aka Dare) is giving Dancer a lot of attitude because when Dancer was on his Endurance on Oksana Keris (Dare's Father) fell to his death. A badly injured Dancer carried Keris' body back to the pick up point but Dariana (Dare's Mother) had the body cremated and told everyone it was never found. The 18 year old Dancer was obligated to offer her marriage but she refused him every year for nine years. The year she would have had to accept him or free him she was artificially inseminated with Keris' sperm. Dare was born 10 years after his Father's death, which obligated Dancer to stay pledged to her until Dare reached adulthood. Since he is pledged Dancer will be guilty of adultery if he touches another woman and Dariana can demand his life.

Sumi is a League Assassin whose daughter was taken from her at birth. Kyr sends her to gather information on Dancer so his Mother will disown him. Which will allow Kyr to openly go after Dancer from the famous Hauk Clan. Kyr promised Sumi that he would allow a family to adopt and raise her daughter (Kalea) instead of sending her to the Assassin School if she completes her mission successfully. Sumi's sister was also married to Dancer's brother Fain who was disowned for marrying a human. Omira lied to Sumi and told her that Fain left her when she refused to have his baby. Omira eventually committed suicide after the humans rejected her for having been married to an Andarion. Dancer tells her how devastated Fain was when he found her in bed with someone else after he gave up everything for her and that he had been sterilized before marrying Omira as she had refused to have his child. And that Fain still loves Omira. This is born out later in the book when Fain ask Sumi about Omira and is heartbroken to learn of her death. Sumi and Dancer grow closer as they travel together and fight off several attacks. Sumi and Dancer eventually make love even though it will mean Dancer's death if anyone finds out and since he goes stralen (a sign of his great love for Sumi) it will be impossible to hide. Dancer realizing he has a tracker implanted in his spine sends Sumi, Thia and Dare to an outpost where they can call for help while he leads the assassins away from them. Dancer meets Bastien (a friend of Fain's) and they join forces. Bastien reveals that he saw Sumi's arrival and her cover story of being on the run from the League is blown. Fearing for the kids safety Dancer and Bastien go after the kids and Sumi. Dancer sends Bastien on to the outpost with the kids while he confronts Sumi. She confesses everything to him and he promises to get her daughter back for her. They head to the outpost and discover that Bastien and the kids have been taken prisoner. Together they free the hostages and destroy the outpost after calling for help. Dancer plans to leave them so the assassins can't track them but he is to ill to do so. Dare pleads to be allowed to climb the mountain and collect a feather/bird bones so his Endurance will be a success. Sumi agrees to go with him and they successfully get the feathers and some bird bones. But when they arrive back in camp they find Bastien and Dancer gone and Thia just waking up after being drugged by a dart. Sumi activates the tracking device they got off the assassins and goes to rescue Dancer and Bastien. They are leaving when Nyk and the others arrive. Dancer makes them swear to protect Sumi before he passes out from his wounds.

When he awakens he is told that Sumi Antaxas no longer exist by the Andarion Queen (Nyk's Mother) and that his Mother and Dariana had demanded her death. He is then left alone to plan his future with Nyk's sister (Sumi the Queen adopted her and as a member of the royal family she can't be put to death, the Queen also adopted Fain). As a higher ranking female Sumi can also challenge Dariana's right to Dancer by fighting Dariana for him. Dancer's Grandmother who likes Sumi gives her the family sword to use in the battle. Dancer and his allies run a search to trace the tracker that was implanted in him (turns out it was the one implanted in Keris and therefore only Dariana had access to it) and to find Kalea. Before they can trace Kalea's whereabouts Kyr shows up and attacks Sumi, she injures him before he escapes but is severely injured herself. Mari (Kyr's brother) is able to use his family connections to find Kalea and while Sumi is unconscious Dancer and his friends go off to rescue her. Thanks to the fact that Kyr tortured Safir (Kyr and Mari's youngest brother and their Father's favorite) Mari's entire family has turned against Kyr and is at war with the League. When Emperor Zatyr (Mari's Father) realizes that Sumi is the one who called and told him Kyr was torturing Safir saving his life they acknowledge a family debt to Sumi meaning they will protect Sumi and her family for the rest of their life.

Sumi takes an experimental drug in order to be healed enough to fight Dariana for Dancer. Sumi wins the contest and when she turns her back Dariana throws a dagger at her. Dare pushes Sumi out of the way and is stabbed instead. Dancer stayed home with Kalea so when Pera (one of his Doctors) comes to check on him he is there. Pera gives him a shot and he dies. Syn manages to revive him and Dare reveals that Pera is his Mother's lesbian lover and that they were lovers before Dariana married Keris. That Pera gave Dariana drugs to give Keris that made him impotent and that Pera is the real reason Dariana refused to accept Dancer. Sumi kills Pera and finds information that shows Pera and Dariana killed Keris if he hadn't fallen to his death he would have died of poisoning and that is the reason Dariana had his body cremated.

Sumi and Dancer are married Dancer adopts Kalea and Sumi and Dancer adopt Dare.

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Aug 1, 2014

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mary Boleyn is forced by her family (Howards) to leave her husband and become the King's mistress. When she becomes pregnant with his child they push Ann to keep his attention from straying to some other girls family. Using her supposed virginity Ann refuses to sleep with a man not her husband and Henry starts looking for a way to be free of Katherine. Mary is forced to continue sleeping with Henry even though he is now chasing after her sister. Eventually Mary is able to end her sexual relationship with the King and she teaches Ann whores tricks to hold him until they can wed.

When the Pope refuses to set aside Henry's marriage to Katherine Henry breaks with the Church and names himself head of the Church of England. Thus giving himself the ability to rule in his own marriage case. He takes Ann as his wife and she gives birth to Elizabeth. But as the years go by she fails to give Henry "a son" and he starts looking elsewhere.

When Katherine (whom many still consider to be his wife) dies he allows Ann to be accused of adultery (with her brother George amongst others) and witchcraft. After Ann and George are put to death, Mary flees to the countryside with her husband and children.

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