Jun 29, 2017

Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #27)

Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #27)Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pitt has been made head of Special Branch permanently, Victor Narraway has been forced into retirement but he and Vespasia still manage to lend a hand and seem to become closer to one another.

Vespasia is concerned for her friend Serafina, who once fought with the revolutionaries and knows secrets that could get her and others killed. Serafina is suffering from dementia (we would probably say Alzheimer's) and is afraid she will reveal secrets to the wrong person. Vespasia goes to Narraway for help.

Meanwhile Pitt has reason to believe that Duke Alois might be in danger of being assassinated when he comes to visit England but his superior Lord Tregarron brushes him off (causing a rift between Charlotte and Emily as Jack has recently gone to work for Lord Tregarron) and tells him Alois is a nobody. Blantyre on the other hand offers his assistance, but Pitt soon has reason to doubt his motives.

When Serafina is murdered her niece points the finger at Blantyre's wife, but when Adriana is also murdered Pitt soon uncovers the fact that Evan Blantyre was the one who betrayed Adriana's Father. Meanwhile Narraway and Vespasia uncover the fact that Lord Tregarron is committing treason in order to cover up his Father's sins. Vespasia warns Jack, who travels to Dover to warn Pitt. Pitt is pleasantly surprised by Duke Alois, but is unable to stop Lord Tregarron from killing one of the Duke's men. To Tregarron's surprise Pitt turns him into a Double Agent instead of arresting him. Late to the Ball Pitt is almost to late realizing that it was Blantyre who wanted Alois dead. With the realization that Blantyre has been pulling the strings, Pitt makes the only decision he can he ends Blantyre.

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Jun 27, 2017

It's raining Jewels!!!!!!!!

What could be better than a terrific body scrub? A body scrub with a ring inside.

The Lily of the Valley is a really nice scent and leaves you skin silky and smooth.

And the rings are gorgeous.

Jun 26, 2017

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (Goodreads Author)

Come SundownCome Sundown by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alice left home at 18 on the day of her sister's wedding, 3 years later at 21 she tried to go home but was intercepted by a "Patriot" who kept her chained up for 26 years, to serve as his "wife", he sold off the daughters she bore him and kept the boy (Roy) away from her. Now Alice is home and mending mentally and physically but when her niece goes missing Alice has to reveal the final secret she kept. Her "Roy" is working on the ranch.

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Jun 24, 2017

Revenge by Lisa Jackson (Goodreads Author)

RevengeRevenge by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's actually 3 books and they are more like Harlequin Romances.

A is for Always - Skye has returned to town as a full fledged Doctor and without his Father in the way Max is free to court her, apparently the fact she can't have kids doesn't bother him at all. Too bad Jonah chases her out of town all those years ago.

B is for Baby - Jenner (who was injured in a barn fire) finds a reason to live when a woman he doesn't remember (Beth) returns to town with his son in tow.

C is for Cowboy - when Casey is kidnapped Jenner hires his friend Sloan to find her. But when Sloan rescues her from the cabin she is being held in, he finds more than he bargained for.

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Jun 14, 2017

Suspect (Scott James & Maggie #1)

SuspectSuspect by Robert Crais
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favorite parts were the chapters from Maggie (the German Shepherds) POV. Maggie's trainer Pete died in Afghanistan and Maggie was severely wounded. Now Maggie is in the States and her fate is in Leland's hands, he will determine if she is fit to serve as a LAPD Police Dog, and his first ruling is that due to her PTS and injuries she is unfit to be a member of his K9 team, but when Scott James ask for her Leland agrees to give him two weeks to work with her.

Scott too suffers from PTS and has series injuries from the night he was shot and his partner Stephanie was killed. Working with Maggie Scott begins to heal and when Detective Bud Orso and Joyce Cowly give him access into the investigation he jumps at the chance to help.

With Maggie's help Scott uncovers a witness, but the witness is murdered shortly after Scott talks to him and Scott is the chief suspect. Thanks to Maggie he also realizes his home was broken into and when his psychiatrist calls telling Scott his office was broken into and Scott's file was stolen Scott comes to a chilling realization. Not sure who on the police force he can trust he continues to track down leads. Realizing he needs help from someone on the inside he reaches out to Joyce, but when her investigation into a diamond heist alerts the mastermind behind the murders everyone's life depends on Maggie's bravery.

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Jun 12, 2017

You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson (Goodreads Author)

You Will PayYou Will Pay by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The constant flipping between past and present was annoying.

20 years ago 3 people disappeared from a Christian Youth Camp. The two counselors were young girls who were pregnant, and Dusty Peters was a drifter hired to work at the camp.

The book begins with Elle contemplating throwing herself off a cliff due to her pregnancy but then changing her mind and someone pushing her, but after her "death" people continued to catch site of her

Monica, was sleeping with Jo-Beth's boyfriend Tyler and claimed to be pregnant with his baby. Her disappearance solved a lot of problems for Tyler but the night Monica disappeared Tyler was stabbed in the back by a kitchen knife that Reva gave Jo-Beth. And Jo-Beth and Reva were both late to the meeting Jo-Beth called where she insisted all the girls tell the same story to the police.

Now all the girls are back in town. Old romances are rekindled and the girls are finally determined to tell the truth, but one woman is determined to use the reunion as an opportunity to settle old scores, and another will pay the ultimate price for her faith in the wrong man.

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Jun 7, 2017

Sam The Cat Detective (Sam the Cat Mystery, #1)

Sam The Cat Detective (Sam the Cat Mystery, #1)Sam The Cat Detective by Linda Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delightfully fun perfect for a quick beach read.

Sam is hired by Sugary to find a jade necklace that was stolen from her people. With the help of other cats in the neighborhood and the street cats, Sam tracks down the thief and arranges for him to be captured by the cops.

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Jun 4, 2017

Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)

Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

(October 1783 - April 1785)
Ross returns from the War in America to find his Father dead, his lands in disarray and his girlfriend (Elizabeth) engaged to his cousin Francis. He sets about setting his lands in order and getting over Elizabeth.

When his cousin Verity falls for an unsuitable man (Captain Blamey) Ross allows them to meet secretly at his house when Charles and Francis find out they ride over to Ross' home and confront the couple. The hotheaded Francis challenges Blamey to a duel and is wounded, due to the duel Verity ends her relationship with Captain Blamey.

Elizabeth and Francis have a son (Geoffrey) and Elizabeth is no longer interested in her husband. Francis assumes it is because she wishes she was with Ross and has no clue that Geoffrey is his rival. Charles collapses at Geoffrey's christening.

Ross allows Jim (his employee) to live in a house rent free so that he can marry his sweetheart Jinny. When Jinny becomes pregnant with Benjamin she can no longer work in the mines so Jim in forced to go back to the mines and leave Ross' employee as a farm laborer because farm labor doesn't pay enough. Due to his inability to spend time in the mines without getting sick Jim starts going out poaching and to ship wrecks one night when he is out Jinny and Benjamin are attacked by Reuben Clemmow.

Ross brings a young girl (Demelza) who was abused by her Father home to help Prudie (another servant) along with her dog.

(I took a break here in order to read an Inter Library Loan that came in)

(April - May 1787)
Jim is arrested for poaching and is sentenced to two years in prison. Demelza seduces Ross, after her Father threatens to force her to return to his home. Elizabeth ask Ross to help with Francis' gambling.

(June - December 1787)
Demelza and Ross are married. Francis continues to gamble. Charles dies. Verity and Demelza become friends and Demelza schemes to reunite Verity with Blamey. Ross realizes he loves Demelza. Demelza suspects she is pregnant but hasn't told Ross yet.

I was rather disappointed in the book and didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. The characters didn't seem very well fleshed out. Not sure if I will read the next in the series or not.

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Jun 3, 2017

Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross Trilogy #1)

Deadmen WalkingDeadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After several books where it seemed like she spent the majority of the book rehashing past events or telling the same story from someone else's point of view we are finally treated to a book full of new characters, new events and some answers to questions..........

***Spoiler Alert ****
For one thing we are going back in time to the Year of Our Lord 1716 although Sherrilyn Kenyon uses the modern names for the places she takes us Cameron Amelia Maire jack's brother is missing. He was first believed lost at sea, but somehow the formidable Captain Paden Jack found a way to send what appears to be a worthless charm to Cammy. After consulting Menyara, Cammy seeks out Captain Devyl Bane (aka Du) and shows him the charm (Seraph medallion). He immediately has Cammy taken to his ship while he and his friends finish off the demons that were at the bar to prey on the humans.

And really it would have been nice if there had been a cast of characters so we could keep everyone straight. So I'll provide one here along with the secrets that are revealed, so I can refer to it when Book 2 in the trilogy comes out.

Cameron Jack and her brother Paden Jack are born of the Seraphim Michael's linage. This makes their blood very powerful and it can be used to open the gates of hell. This book isn't really about them other than Paden's capture by Vine sets the events in motion. While Paden knows what he is Cammie was ignorant of her linage until Du told her, after she saves the ship when it was under attack by casting a veil using the Seraph Medallion Paden sent her.

Lettice is carrying Paden Jack's child, I expect her to actually play a role in future books. She is merely mentioned in this book.

Rafael Christoph Santiago - a pirate who knows what Du and Mara are and helps them when he can.

Marcelina aka Mara, she is from an ancient race, Vanir Deruvians, that can take the form of trees. She is the soul of The Sea Witch. This is her and Du's book. Centuries ago her people were battling Du's people. One of the Vanir Deruvians tricked Du's sister, Elf (aka Elyzabel) into marrying him and planting her harthfret (life source), so she couldn't regenerate. He and his friends then raped and killed Elf. When Du found Elf's body he went mad with rage and attacked Mara's nemeton (sacred grove), Mara took human form and threw herself in front of Du to save her family. Thinking he wouldn't know what she was doing she bound her life force to his. She doesn't know that the bargain Du made with Thorn gives her, her freedom.

Devyl Bane (his real name is Don-Dueli of the Dumnonii he was their Druid leader, Du or Duel for short) he is actually from several ancient races Aesir & Adoni (Father), Deruvian Vanir (Mother), and has several secrets. Untangling his family tree can give you a headache. His grandfather was the king of the Adoni, and his mother was a daughter of Yggdrasill. Not only does he know that Thorn's real name is Leucious Forneus, he knows who Thorn's real Father is (Noir). And when Vine killed Du it was his third death, he was reborn as a coryn (the most powerful of their kind, a sorcerer of unparalleled strength and abilities).

Vine - Mara's sister and Du's ex-wife. Vine killed Du when he wanted to make peace with the Romans. She is so evil that she didn't care that Mara would die too. Or maybe it was just an added bonus as she is well aware that Du has always loved Mara. If fact the only person who seems oblivious to that fact is Mara.

Strixa - sea witch Du summons, she eventually joins the crew of her own free will and it is only with her help that they are able to save Mara.

Deadmen (dead souls that Thorn is giving a second chance to, they are bound to him by his mark on their wrist and are part of the Hell-Chasers, the Seraphim and their Necrodemians are Hell-Hunters):
Bart Meers
William "Will" Death (pronounced Deeth but don't worry Du pronounces it like it's spelled Death so you can too.)
Zumari - a Maasai warrior
Kalder - the crew refer to him as a mermaid but his people are actually known as Myrcians. He will give his life to free Cammie and her brother. Thorn promises to find a way to bring him back. Kalder was killed by his own Mother after his brother was killed in retaliation for something Kalder did.
Valynda - due to a miscast spell she is in doll form.
Sancha - in her past life she was Donna Maria Esmeralda de la Vega y Tarancon. (I suspect she will get her own book, rumor has it she will hook up with Jake Devereaux).
Janice Smith - (actually a Dark Hunter who was saved by Du when they found her adrift at sea). Janice is a necromancer by trade with telekinesis and a degree of clairvoyance.
Sallie -he keeps his soul in a bottle, which the crew is always stealing. To their consternation they discover that he really does keep his soul in a bottle and that when it is released he becomes a young warrior instead of the old man they have been mercilessly teasing.
Katashi (aka Wild Kat)
Simon Dewing - a former priest of Exu, he is able to shape shift into a raven. (Kat and Simon are homosexuals and are married)
Jake Devereaux
Blake Landrey
Hinder Desai
Alabama - from the Choctaw nation before his death.

Most of the book is taken up with Du and Mara discovering their love for each other and all the mistakes they have made in the past. And the various attacks that befall them as they try to rescue Paden and Cammy's eventual capture. When the gates of hell weaken we learn that Adarian has just finished off a son that he had with a demon and absorbed new powers that broke the seals on the gates. Adarian is also one of the most powerful Malachai ever (In other words Nick shouldn't have been able to kill him). It is only due to Adarian's hatred for Noir and Azura that humanity is safe. Adarian is hiding from Noir and Azura in the mortal realm, but those who fight for the light, live in fear that he will end the world when he thinks he is strong enough to go after Noir and Azura. The prophecy says the Malachai would slay the gods of old and replace them all and once they were gone, and their curse with them, their Malachai demon would reign as the supreme power of the universe and rebuild his bloodline.

The only hope is an obscure legend of the Excambiare Malachai. Like the firstborn Malachai, known as Monakribos, this one wold be conceived from an equal share of light (Mother) and dark (Father) powers. the Excambiare's birth would complete the Malachai cycle and restore the balance that had been shifted by the thousands of Malachai who'd come along after Monakribos. It would break the curse the primal gods had placed on the Malachai and shatter the Malachai's Cimmerian bonds. He would be free to serve himself and no longer be bound solely to evil. (Nick is the Excambiare Malachai his Mother Cherise is a demi-goddess of Light)

Iri - are Seraphim that fight for the Dark Forces. Gadreyal is an Iri.

When the Iri attack the Sea Witch Du has Mara separate herself from the ship and takes everyone to Alfheim, the Adoni Kingdom. Apparently Du is the rightful King of the Adoni but his Uncle currently occupies the throne.

Too late Mara realizes her sister Vine has gone full Winter. During their fight Vine uses the fact that Du sold his soul to Thorn in order to give Mara her freedom to distract her and Mara is "killed". Killed in this universe is a mere technicality and not always a permanent condition. Vine took the harthfret Mara wore around her throat to plant in Tyr's Wood in order to totally destroy her. Strixa tells Du where Vine has gone and he follows and here we get a nice surprise. Mara has switched her harthfret out with Elf's (Du wore it in a ring) in order to try to regenerate Elf. When Vine buried Elf's harthfret due to several happy coincidences Elf is regenerated. And apparently being dead made Elf really angry because she goes after Vine and "kills" her. Unfortunately Noir uses Jaden to bring Vine back but no one knows that yet. They also don't know that Noir controls Paden and Cammy.

Valynda gets Nibo to help bring Mara back from the dead after Du agrees to exchange himself for her. Don't worry we get a happy ending because Du sold himself to Thorn to unbind their lives and part of the agreement was that Mara never be harmed when he sacrificed himself for Mara he actually bought his freedom from Thorn. But Mara and Du both choose to stay with their crew.

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