Review: Monogamy Twist by Nancy Jardine

Welcome to 2017!  Today I get to bring to you a great book to start your year off.  Monogamy Twist has the drama of a Shakespearean play with the modern language.  For my full review keep reading.  Have a great week and a great beginning to a new year!

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Luke Salieri thought he’d seen everything. But when he inherits a dilapidated English estate from a woman he’s never heard of—and with quirky conditions besides—it’s a mystery he wants resolved immediately. There must be a woman out there who can meet his needs. But how far will he have to go to persuade her?
Lucrative employment for a whole year? The job of researching the old house and its fantastic contents is enticing – but Rhia Ashton can’t see herself living with gorgeous Luke Salieri and not wanting his body as well. Can she live and sleep with him for a whole year and then walk away? Rhia has her own ideas about what will make it worth her while.


Luke has experienced a lot in his life.  What he doesn’t expect is getting a delapidated English estate from a woman he has never heard of before.  He also doesn’t expect the strange stipulations that are placed on him when it comes to getting his inheritance.  Wit the help of a Rhia, a lodger on the property, they will try to uncover the history of this estate, piece together why Luke inherited it and possibly find something with each other that they don’t expect.

I really liked this book.  It was incredibly well written and managed to tell both of the characters view points without getting lost in the story.  Luke and Rhia are great.  You really see them develop from being two individuals to the complicated the relationship between them.  The European setting will make anyone want to go explore.  The ambience of the English estate with all its secrets and stories behind closed doors really added depth to it.  In fact, that is what truly keeps this book moving.  The relationship between Luke and Rhia is an added bonus.  The research Rhia does really brought out the researcher in me and made me want to find the nearest English manor and investigate.  Overall, this was an imaginative book with a great story and set of characters.  This definitely started my year off on the right foot.

Review: First KISS (K.I.S.S series #1)by V.A Dold

Today I get to bring to you a very sexy and wonderful story by V.A Dold.  I adore her paranormal romance novels and this spinoff series is just as good.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Eve!

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What do you do when your past comes creeping back? Carol Duffy is facing the next chapter in her life. She alternates between excitement and fear as she drives toward her fresh start with a new job in a new state. She’s washed her cheating ex-fiance out of her hair, and the last thing Carol wants is another man in her life. Now if she could just get her dog back. Moving from the only home she’s known is terrifying enough. It’s a good thing she didn’t know how deadly it could be or she would never have gotten into her car. Widower Joe Christian has spent the last ten years raising his children as best he could and managing the Rocking Double L Ranch for Lucas Le Beau. Relationships and romance are off his menu. He had his chance at true love and lost it. The quiet life at the Rocking Double L is about to become much more exciting. It’s just another day on the Le Beau ranch with a heady combination of a romance that refuses to be denied, Texas weather that can turn dangerous, and a lethal stalker.”


Carol is excited to start this new move.  She walked away from her cheating ex and is hoping this will be an exciting new job in a new state.  When she meets a sexy widower, Joe, she knows that life will definitely become better.  But, when it appears her past is coming back she becomes fearful.  Can Carol and Joe find a way for their love to flourish or will someone come back and snatch their happiness away?

I love V.A Dold books.  Her stories are always suspenseful, romantic and entertaining.  Carol and Joe are very dynamic.  Their pasts both influence the story but in different ways.  Those who have read V.A Dold books before will see familiar faces and will be happy that they are still just as entertaining.  I loved the setting in Texas and it will make you want to go to a ranch, see your own sexy men and go riding horses.  If you haven’t read V.A Dold,  you can start now.  I guarantee once you pick up one of her books you won’t be able to stop.

Review: Spy Fall by Diana Quincy

Happy 4th of July for those celebrating.  For everyone else, Happy Monday!  Today, we celebrate by having two reviews.  First up is Diana Quincy’s Spy Fall.  It is a bodice ripping, regency romance that will have you loving every moment.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Remember to come back later today for part two of the celebration.

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When a fiery French parachutist lands on a drunken Lord Cosmo Dunsmore, he surmises she’s an angel sent from above. But is she a spy after something far more sinister than his debauched soul?

A fearless parachutist is out of her depth…

Mari Lamarre is gaining fame for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but her riskiest adventure begins when she collides with the darkly charismatic son of the Marquess of Aldridge. If her mission succeeds, Cosmo’s father will be ruined.

A rakehell falls for a dangerous woman…

Surrendering to a fierce passion, the two embark on a torrid affair, even as Cosmo vows to protect his family at all costs. But in doing so, will he risk losing the captivating beauty who’s swept into his life and made off with his heart?


Mari Lamarre literally falls from the sky and lands on the very handsome Lord Cosmo Dunsmore.  Her aim couldn’t have been more perfect.  She is a parachutist with a hidden background.  Though she has ulterior motives being on the Marquess’ land she can’t help herself when she begins to fall for the heir.  Though she  knows he’s a rake and could really jeopardize her true mission she can’t help falling for him and falling into his bed.  But when all becomes known will she allow herself to risk everything or will the next fall be her last?

This was a truly fun read.  I do like a good regency romance and this one had a lot of sexy times, suspense, mystery and lots of regency propriety.  Spy Fall reminds me of the Naked series by Sally Mackenzie which happens to be one of my favorite in this genre.  Mari and Cosmo are the perfect characters in this book.  Mari is the the strong unique female for her times and Cosmo is the heir that doesn’t take anything but drink and women seriously.  This is truly a fantastically fun summer read.  If you are looking for a good bodice ripping novel for your vacation, look no further than Spy Fall by Diana Quincy.

Review: Deadly Undertaking by J.Q Rose

Hello Everyone!  I apologize for the lateness of this review, but due to vacations I have been away from my computer.  Today, I have a suspense filled mystery by J.Q Rose.  This unique setting and entertaining story makes for a great summer read.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great rest of the week!

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Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home. After all, her family is in the funeral business, Staab and Blood Funeral Home. Still, finding an extra body on the floor of the garage between the hearse and the flower car shocked her. Lauren’s plan to return to her hometown to help care for her mother and keep the books for the funeral home suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murdering the man. But will the real killer return for her, her dad, her brother? Her mother’s secrets, a killer, a handsome policeman, and a shadow man muddle up her intention to have a simple life. Welcome home, Lauren!


Lauren has dealt with dead bodies for years.  Her family owns a funeral home, but what she doesn’t expect is to find a fresh one in their garage.  Now, Lauren must figure out what is really going on.  With her mother dying in a nursing home, her father dealing with the business and her mother, her brother’s secrets and the shadow man who pops up at the most inopportune times, Lauren must navigate more than just the dead bodies that keep popping up.

This was a thrill a minute read.  It truly kept you guessing what would pop up next.  I enjoyed all of the characters and felt that having the main setting be a funeral home was a unique twist on what could have just been an average story.  I adored the added layer of her mother’s past secrets that ended up truly affecting Lauren.   I also enjoy the little bit of romance that was thrown in.  This is the perfect book for someone looking for mystery and suspense with just a splash of romance.  Overall, this is a great beach read that I can guarantee you won’t put down until the sunscreen has worn off and the last page is turned.

Review: Myth and Magic by Mae Clair

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and ready to start another week.  I’m sharing with you this week a new book by Mae Clair.   Myth and Magic has a combination of mystery and romance.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome week ahead!

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As children, they played games of myth and magic…

Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

Then one day, the monsters became real.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?


Veronica has always loved Caith.  Caith left his hometown long ago amongst a lot of strife.  But, when strange things start happening at the lodge that Veronica runs for Caith’s family he is called back to investigate.  What he doesn’t expect is to feel as strongly toward Veronica as he did before he left.  Can Caith figure out what is causing the problems in the lodge and avoid Veronica?  Will the past collide with the present in a tragic way?

This was a really good novel.  The story of Caith and Veronica’s friendship turned more really added depth to a novel centered around two mysteries.  I loved how this book was written with the flashbacks to the one incident that changed his life forever.  All of the characters are well written and developed.  It isn’t until Caith’s return to his hometown does he truly develop and become more than his past.  Within the pages of this book you will discover mysteries and tragedies that effected an entire family.  Redemption finally comes to those that want it.  The question is what will happen before the past can be left there and one can move forward.  Mae Clair does another fantastic job telling a story with aspects that have you questioning reality and convincing yourself that it is entirely real.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Mae Clair book.

Review: Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby

Happy Sunday!  I hope all of you have had a great weekend.  Today I am bringing to you another great by Bette Lee Crosby.  Memory House is a unique story that takes you to a place where memories attach themselves to objects and there are those out there that can find them.  This was a truly great book that incorporated a lot of elements from her previous books.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Is it possible for a memory to outlive its owner?

Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond ninety.

Before time runs out Ophelia must find a successor. Someone who can take hold of the gifts and keep the memories from fading.

When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to sense the memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia fears things have gone too far.


Annie is still heart-broken from her recent break-up.  She just wanders through her nights and weekends alone.  That is until she discovers Memory House and the old woman who runs the bed and breakfast, Ophelia Browne.  As soon as Ophelia sees Annie she knows that she is the one.  Annie is drawn toward the house and the mysterious woman who runs it.  Soon, Annie learns Ophelia’s secret and that she has the same ability.  This consumes Annie and allows her to move forward in her life.  Annie soon learns that even with her ability comes danger that Ophelia never knew about.  Will Annie be able to move forward or will her past come back to haunt her?

This was a really unique book.  The story and its characters captivate the mind and the senses.  You truly begin to believe that what Ophelia and Annie can do is possible.  I think this story illustrates both hope and sadness.  Annie’s character develops so well over time through her ability, but Ophelia you see has been held back by it.  The two takes on the same ability and the moral conundrum that it places them in is well written and woven into this fantastic story.  I have enjoyed all of the novels I have read by Bette Lee Crosby and this was no exception.  I can’t wait until I can read another of her fantastic stories.

Review: Crazed Reckoning by Valerie J. Clarizio

Happy Friday!  Today I another book in a great series.  Its got romance, suspense and mystery.  Valerie Clarizio does it again with another great Nick Spinelli book.  This one takes place on St. Patrick’s day with a kidnapping, a vendetta, secret wedding and so much more.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.

He was wrong.

While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman


Shannon and her friend Anna are on a geocaching trip.  Unexpectedly, they find a severed finger.  When Shannon calls Spinelli to tell him, she screams and her phone goes dead.  Spinelli and his fellow officers go on a mission to find Shannon and her friend.  With few clues and a busy St. Patty’s day they soon realize they are on a time restraint because she may now be getting married to her kidnapper.  Will Spinelli be able to rescue Shannon or will his future with the woman he loves be lost?

This was yet another great addition to the Nick Spinelli series.  I love the mystery and suspense of these stories.  Its also, quite clever that each story has a holiday that is connected to the story.  Within this story, we got to see more of their love story and how deep their feelings really are for each other.  That really spurred on the urgency in this story. The story was exciting with a great mystery element.   Valerie Clarizio really did a wonderful job of weaving a suspenseful yet romantic story that keeps you yearning for what will come next. After this story, I really can’t wait for the next Nick Spinelli novel.  If your like me, and you have been keeping up you will be right there with me.

Review: Craving Vengeance by Valerie Clarizio

Yeah!  I got my greedy little hands on another Nick Spinelli novel.  Well this one is more like a novella but anything with Nick Spinelli is good.  Today I am reviewing Craving Vengeance by Valerie Clarizio.  This takes place two months after her first book Covert Exposure.  You can check out my review of Covert Exposure here.   For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Nick Spinelli’s normal life as a homicide detective has been catapulted into a whirlwind of chaotic holiday adventures ever since he met the beautiful Shannon O’Hara.

Nick had hoped to spend his first Valentine’s Day with Shannon in a traditional manner, starting with a nice dinner out on the town and then perhaps a long warm adventurous night in her arms. His plans quickly change when cupid is found murdered in a back alley. The investigation becomes more and more inconceivable, as Spinelli discovers that Shannon is linked to the victim. When another cupid turns up dead, and it is discovered that Shannon knows him as well, Spinelli is motivated to go undercover as a singing valentine dressed as cupid, complete with wings and a quiver of arrows. How many other cupids are at risk? Is Spinelli on the killer’s list as well? The stress ignited by the day’s events causes sparks to fly between Spinelli and Shannon as he struggles to piece it all together and stop the string of slayings


Spinelli’s life has been turned upside down since he met Shannon two months ago.  He’s never felt this way about anyone and he realizes he doesn’t want any of that to ever change.  So he has a romantic Valentine’s Day planned.  Unfortunately, all of that is put to the side when multiple cupid’s are found dead.  As Spinelli goes deeper into the case he realizes all of the cupids are connected to Shannon and she may be hiding a secret that could end it all for the two of them.  Spinelli is forced to go undercover again and try to find who is killing these cupids before he becomes the next target.

I adore Spinelli and Shannon.  I loved them in Covert Exposure and I loved them even more in Craving Vengeance. These stories are so enthralling.  They keep you guessing and hooked in wondering what is going to happen next.  I really liked that this story took place not long after the first one.  I would recommend reading the first book so that you can have a better perspective of where this story is coming from.  Overall, this is a great novella that I hope is leading to the next Nick Spinelli book.

Fresh Face Friday: Betrayed Bride by Allison Knight

Happy Friday, folks!  I hope you all have had a great week.  I am gonna start your weekend off with a little intrigue.  Betrayed Bride by Allison Knight takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.  You really feel what the characters feel and are drawn into their story.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget my giveaway is running until Sunday and please vote for The Book Maven for blog of the month.

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In the hospital they keep calling her Sam and telling her she’s married to Alex Porter but she doesn’t know this Alex. Then she discovers she’s lost more than a year of her life and Alex can’t, or won’t, tell her what happened. He refuses to let her see or talk to her father and there is also something very important about Samantha, she can’t remember.

Alex Porter can’t explain how Sam was either pushed or jumped from a moving car traveling away from him, or why Sam’s memory disappeared but he’s sure her father played a role. All he can do is offer support as she recovers and wait for her to come to him as she had before the accident, hoping against hope, Sam’s father has not ruined his marriage and driven away the woman he is starting to love.


Sam awakens to surroundings she isn’t familiar with and a constant beeping sound that just perpetuates the headache she has.  When nurses come in to see that she is awake they explain to her she is in the hospital.  Sam is very confused and doesn’t understand why her father isn’t anywhere to be found.  It is then that the doctor tells her she has been in the hospital for a couple of months and that she can ask her husband all the questions she needs answering.  This confuses Sam since she has never been married and has no clue who they are referring to.  Sam has lost over a year of her memory and even after being shown proof of her marriage is still skeptical.  Sam must try to regain the memories she lost and rebuild what she doesn’t remember having.  As Sam tries to do this more questions than answers pop up until she can regain her memory.  Can Sam start anew or will her memories or lack there of ruin what could be the love of her life?

This was quite an intriguing story.  I was a little unsure at first.  I didn’t really like her husband and I liked his assistant even less.  But, as the story went on and you could actually see Sam growing into the person she probably would have been without her father’s interference I grew to care about both Sam and Alex.  This is a story where getting amnesia and being forced to start anew was the best thing that could have happened to them.  Though the mystery of Sam’s memories is the most prominent part of the story, the romance and love that grows between Alex and Sam weaves its way into it quite nicely.  This is definitely a refreshing read.  Overall, I enjoyed the story once it got going.  You have to kind of bear with it for the first couple chapter then its full speed ahead until the last page.

Coffee and a Review with Relics by Maer Wilson

chocolate-coffe-cream-cup-delicious-Favim_com-273790Good Morning Everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and hopefully you will start your week off well.  I’m going to start your book week off with a paranormal mystery/suspense book.  It’s got some great characters and the story is very unique.  Check out my review after the book blurb.  So, I hope you all have a great week and start it off with a strong cup with your review!  🙂

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Most of Thulu and La Fi’s clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon should be simple.

The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.

Stunning humanity with their existence, portals to other worlds begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth.

When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi’s search becomes personal. The couple will need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that’s what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.

When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they’re nothing like your mother’s fairy tales.


La Fi and Thulu have unique abilities.  They are both attuned to paranormal aspects of the world.  Thulu can find anything and La Fi translates for ghosts.  These two have turned this into a lucrative business and enjoy their work.  That is until one case turns their whole world upside down.  Not just their world but the entire world.  Portals to other realms are opening and things that people only thought existed in books are now a reality.  To close these portals Thulu and La Fi have been put in charge of finding Relics to use to close the portals.  Without the relics portals will become more frequent and more dangerous things will come out.  Charged with basically saving the world Thulu and La Fi must find these relics in time to save their world and protect humanity before time runs out.

I thought this story had a lot of enjoyable aspects.  I enjoyed all of the  characters and felt the idea of the Light and Dark Ones was a pretty unique take.  Thulu and La Fi are well-developed and quite enjoyable.  That being said I had a lot of trouble focusing on this story.  I felt too many side stories were added.  I liked Reo’s story and thought that was quite helpful in moving the story along, but as we got into more and more creatures and their stories I thought the story got weighted down and I lost sight of what the whole goal was.  I understand that in a first book you want to put as much as you can into a story but sometimes four or five well-developed characters can allow for the upcoming books to delve deeper into the smaller characters.  Overall, I did enjoy the story but I felt I had information overload which let me lose focus on the whole point of the story.  I do think this series has wonderful potential but I think the story in the future needs to be a bit more streamlined.

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