Category: Romance

“A Trace of Copper” by Anne Renwick – Update

“A Trace of Copper” by Anne Renwick – Update

Blurb:

New recruit to the Queen’s agents, Dr. Piyali Mukherji is given a simple first assignment. Travel to the small Welsh village of Aberwyn and solve the mystery of a young woman’s blue skin lesion. A challenging task, for the alarming infection is unlike anything she’s seen before – and it’s spreading.

Evan Tredegar, the town’s pharmacist and the only man to ever capture her heart, knows more than he’s telling. Despite his efforts to push her away, her touch reawakens old desires. As more villagers fall victim to the strange disease, he’ll have no choice but to reveal his secrets, even if it means sacrificing his freedom.

Together they must move past broken promises, capture a rogue frog, and stop the infection before it spreads out of control.

My Thoughts:

This is an update to my previous review which you can read here. This is the first of Anne Renwick’s Elemental Web Tales to be released as an audiobook and if steampunk or romance is your thing, then you don’t want to miss this one. I loved this story when I originally read it but I enjoyed it even more as an audio book. The narrator is Anais Inara Chase and she has done a fantastic job with this book. The story felt even more dramatic and action packed with her narration. More books in the series will be coming out on audio with this narrator and I can’t wait to rediscover these stories through her voice.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

 

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“A Reflection of Shadows” by Anne Renwick

“A Reflection of Shadows” by Anne Renwick

Blurb:

Shunned for her odd eyes and an unnerving habit of slipping into shadows, Lady Colleen Stewart refuses to be caged–should she decide to marry, it’ll be for love and to a man of her choice. After all, she’d rather be racing over rooftops than waltzing across ballroom floors. So when the only man to ever tempt her heart invites her on a covert mission, she leaps into danger.

Nicholas Torrington, Queen’s agent, is running out of time. While work has him chasing his tail, his sister grows increasingly ill, and Colleen, the woman he would make his bride, has acquired another, determined suitor. To coax his favorite thief back into his arms, he’ll break every rule and lead her through the underbelly of London on a hunt for a mad scientist and a cure for his sister.

But the discovery of a burned-out laboratory provides more questions than answers, and they find themselves caught in a deadly game where they have become the prey. Surviving the ambitions of their pursuers will bring everything into sharp focus as they risk their very lives.

My Thoughts:

I love a little jaunt in Victorian England and Anne Renwick is the perfect author to go there with. Lady Colleen is a delightful character and her secret life makes her a definite mystery. Nicholas is a dashing gentleman and the two of them just can’t get enough of each other. I found their romance to be just too cute. As usual in these Elemental Web Tales, there are lots of gadgets and Colleen has some interesting places to hide things. These two will face mortal danger in their effort to get out from under Colleen’s uncle’s thumb. The story takes some intriguing turns along the way and was never boring. I continue to be delighted by Anne Renwick’s stories and look forward to many more. Highly recommend!

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“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison

“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison

Blurb:

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

My Thoughts:

This is the author’s debut novel, and I am impressed. Historical romance is not my usual genre and when this book came up on my TBR I couldn’t remember why I had selected it, but I was not disappointed. The story is rich with well developed and colorful characters and the setting is spectacular. I’ve never been to Montauk but with the author’s descriptions I was able to develop a beautiful picture in my mind. Of course, I do like history so the timeframe of 1938 was interesting to me. The author painted a vivid picture of “high society” at the time with its post-Depression excesses and lavish lifestyles. What makes the story more compelling is how the lives of the inhabitants of the fishing village were incorporated into the drama and played a critical role in Beatrice’s narrative. I found Beatrice to complicated, haunted, and lost, but even more she is a very caring person who wants to improve the lives of those around her. She’s educated but doesn’t seem to know herself very well as the story opens. She can also be just a little too impulsive at times, which only adds to her charm. The story is told by Beatrice and I really enjoyed the first-person narrative. Bottom line: this book was an enjoyable departure from my usual mysteries and true crime. Well done!

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Book Review: “To Catch a Bad Guy” by Marie Astor

Book Review: “To Catch a Bad Guy” by Marie Astor

This is a fun little romance wrapped up in a securities fraud investigation. Janet Maples is a lawyer who has recently been downsized out of the District Attorney’s office. After a few months of unemployment, she accepts an offer to work with her childhood friend Lisa Foley in the legal department of Bostoff Securities. Lisa is more interested in marrying one of the Bostoff heirs than in doing any legal work, but Janet wants to actually be earning her paycheck. Janet thinks it pretty strange that Bostoff has a legal department but sends all the actual legal work out of house to Tom Wyman. When Janet receives notice of an upcoming audit she decides to review the client files to make sure all the paperwork is in order. Meanwhile, Dennis, the IT guy, is trying very hard to cozy up to Janet, but is he attracted to her or is there an ulterior motive. Janet’s loyalties and her heart will both be put to the test before this story is over.

I enjoyed this story, especially the interplay between the main characters. Janel and Lisa are such opposites and yet they have been best friends since childhood. Lisa is forever trying to match Janet up; Janet is forever trying to resist her efforts. I would classify this book as a legal romance with well-drawn characters and a relevant theme.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Violation of Faith” by Jeannie Hall

Book Review: “Violation of Faith” by Jeannie Hall

Lynea and Corinne have been living in fear for the last 3 years after they escaped from the Reverend, a murderous cult leader who after killing the girl’s parents, forced Lynea to marry him at the age of 12. They are finally beginning to settle in to life in a small-town where Corinne has been granted a scholarship to the local college. With a little help, Lynea gets a job working at the college’s library where she is assigned to work with the gorgeous Brennan Gage. Brennan also happens to be an expert in religious cults. The two are drawn to each other, neither realizing the danger they will soon be in. The Reverend has found his errant wife and is plotting his revenge.

I found this book really engaging. The story kept bringing thrills and danger and the romance side was not overdone or predictable. The characters have great personalities and the evil Reverend is expertly drawn. I think the religious cult aspect and the tragedy within the story gives this romance an edge over its peers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Dying to Keep It” by Donna Thompson

Book Review: “Dying to Keep It” by Donna Thompson

Brea was abandoned as an infant and raised in the foster care system. So was her boyfriend Ben. In fact, that’s all they have in common when they decide to buy a B&B, sight unseen, in rural Maine. Ben turns tail and runs as soon as he sees the place. When Brea inadvertently finds millions of dollars hidden in the structure, Ben comes back looking for more than his share. Then he turns up dead and Brea becomes the prime suspect. Not only is she being investigated by the police but Toby, a very handsome local private investigator, is also checking her out. In more ways than one. Will Brea be able to clear her name before she too ends up dead? Will she ever be accepted into the community? Is there a future for her and Toby?

The answers await you in the pages of this mystery/romance. I really couldn’t help but like Brea and Toby, while at the same time wondering who was trying to kill them. The storyline has some nice twists and was engaging throughout. Overall, this is a good read as a mystery and as a romance.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP for great characters and an intriguing plot.

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Book Review: “Beneath the Bridge of Sighs” by Ursula Bartram

Book Review: “Beneath the Bridge of Sighs” by Ursula Bartram

A beautiful woman, a villa in Tuscany, and a handsome Italian, the perfect setting for a touching romance. Faith and Aidan have been together through law school and are settled in San Francisco with blossoming careers. For Faith, Aidan is the love of her life, but his behavior is starting to raise questions in her mind. When she finds out his ex-girlfriend is now working at his firm, she begins to think it is over. Then just as suddenly, she learns that she is heiress to a vineyard in Tuscany. She arrives there to find that the manager, Marco, is not only handsome but hauntingly familiar. In fact, everything about the vineyard seems familiar, even though she never even knew she had family in Italy.

This story will keep you guessing until the very end. Will Faith and Aidan get married? Will Marco stay on as manager? Will Faith ever unravel the mystery of her past? You’ll have to read the book to find the answers!

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Book Review: “The Beauty of You” by Jennifer Wenn

Book Review: “The Beauty of You” by Jennifer Wenn

This is the story of two hearts trying to come together. A romance for romance lovers. Sinclair and Charmaine are forced to get married after Charmaine plays a trick on Sin. Sin is over the top angry at Charmaine. She wants to explain herself, but due to circumstances must keep quiet about her motive for the marriage. In her heart she really wants to be married to Sin and is desperate to find a way past his anger. Just when there seems to be some progress in their relationship, life throws them another curveball. Will these two ever be able to truly come together as husband and wife? Will Charmaine ever be free of the threats that haunt her? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I really enjoyed the characters of Sin and Charmaine. I felt a great deal of sympathy for the dilemmas that each faced and the circumstances they were thrown into. Jennifer Wenn has crafted a very clever storyline which just keeps drawing in the reader. I think any lover of romance will enjoy this book.

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“My Steadfast Heart” by Jo Goodman

“My Steadfast Heart” by Jo Goodman

“My Steadfast Heart” is the first book in the Thorne Brothers Trilogy and I found it to be a thoroughly well-written romance story.

The story opens with Colin Thorne and his two younger brothers, Decker and Grey, finding themselves in a workhouse after their parents are murdered during a roadside robbery. Colin is taken in by the captain of a ship and ends up in Boston where he eventually becomes a ship’s captain himself. The story pauses here and picks up again some years later when Colin has arrived, with his ship, back in London. One night he is challenged to a duel by a local aristocrat, the Earl of Weybourne, who has lost money gambling with Colin. The night before the duel he is confronted by Mercedes Leyden whose uncle, the local aristocrat Weybourne, has sent her to Colin’s boarding house to stop him, by any means necessary, from showing up for the duel. What follows will throw Mercedes and Colin together through a complicated series of events involving robbery, trickery and murder. Will they fall in love and make a life together or will Colin catch the next ship and return to the states where another eligible young lady waits? You’ll have to read to find out.
I really enjoyed this story even though romance is not my usual cup of tea. Jo Goodman has created some wonderful characters who were truly likable and believable. Of course, there is a bad guy among them who will do anything in his power to thwart Colin and Mercedes. The author has done a great job of balancing descriptions of the surroundings with interactions between characters in a way that keeps you interested in the story from beginning to end. If you enjoy historical romances than you should definitely try this one out.

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