Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Making a living on the Twilight side of Wellmet, Connwaer (Conn) was commonly referred to as a gutter boy with quick hands as a pick pocket and a lock pick. Picking the pocket of the wizard Nevery Flinglas should have left him dead, but instead it left Nevery interested in why his locus magicalicus (wizards magical stone) had not hurt the street boy. Knowing the magic of Wellmet was declining, Nevery was asked to find the cause and help to solve the problem. Taking Conn on as an apprentice probably wouldn’t help, but since Conn showed some connection to magic, it shouldn’t hurt.
Mar 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
First she (Lindy Phillips) finds out that she wont be able to attend Summer Band Camp with her friend (Margaret). Next her mother expects her to eat Mrs. Unger’s (Granny Goose) green slime she calls ‘stewed cucumbers’. After finally convincing her stomach to take a bite, she finds a gold and ruby heart locket. Lindy, Margaret and the saxophone player Gus Kinnard are sure Granny Goose did not steal the locket, they new about the Heirloom robberies and the reward, that would be enough to get Lindy to Band camp, all they had to do was figure out who really stole all the loot, and who was trying to set up Granny Goose.
Mar 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Christmas parties are one of the most anticipated events of First Grade, and when Room One got the chance to see the toys and stuff availale at the gift shop, Junie B. wanted the Burb-a-Bag more than anything else in the world. She knew five dollars was a lot and she would have to do some figuring to be able to come up with the money for it. Then the problem was coming up with something to give as Secret Santa, she got May's name. The worst person to have to give something to. Maybe Santa had the right idea, give a piece of coal to the children that are mean.
A good lesson in friendship can be seen in the end of this one. Taking the time to be nice to one another helped them to actually have a good Christmas party, they even shared - but only for a minute.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
For her sixteenth birthday, Anita Palmer was enjoying a boat rider with her boyfriend Evan Thomas when suddenly, there was an accident and they both ended up in the hospital. The strange dreams that Anita started having became more than just a dream after she realized that she really could be the lost princess Tania of the Faerie Realm. Finding out that Evan was really a servant named Edric left Tania feeling betrayed by everyone, the Lord Gabriel Drake seemed to be helpful. She still needed to figure out which of her (Anita or Tania) was real.
Mar 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
The old adage ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ is taken to the extreme by Jane Nicholas (Katherine Heigl). Drawing the attention of newspaper reporter Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) while she was Maid of Honor at two different weddings in one night, he decided to write a story about how dedicated she was to other peoples happy Wedding Day, 27 of them and she kept all the dresses. After getting to know Jane better, he started to understand her view of the ‘Wedding Day‘.
****4 - I didn’t know what to expect. This was such a cute concept and the characters worked well together. The comedy aspect was great, not too much but enough. Naturally, the best part of the show was the closet of Bride’s Maid dresses and the sequence of her trying them all on for Kevin.
While leaving Jane Engle’s funeral, Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden was approached by Jane’s lawyer (Bubba Sewell) in order to inform her that Jane had left everything to her. With the inheritance of the money and the house, Roe decided to quick her job at the Library and was considering her option for what to do with the house. It may have been a lot of money, but she wondered if it would be enough to compensate her for dealing with the skull she found in the window seat while she was looking around the house.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Her husband (Gary) was killed in the line of duty leaving Lynn Danfort to raise their two kids. She had hoped that their godfather, Gary’s partner, her friend (Ryder Matthews) would help her through that most difficult time, the problem was that it was a difficult time for him as well. After three years away, Ryder came back to Seattle with the knowledge that he was in love with his partners wife long before his partners death. The goal was in place, create a new family for him with Lynn and her kids, but convincing the now independent and self sufficient women he loved to have the same dreams might be a little tricky.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Divorced and frustrated with life, Nell Dysart took a job at McKenna Investigations. The whirlwind cleaning and remodeling that Nell undertook was changing everything in Gabe McKenna’s office and everything in his life. Her discovery of a document from the 70’s sparked an interest in old cases that connected Nell, through her in-laws to Gabe and his father (Patrick), leaving them with the mystery of two missing persons, and an apparent suicide that seemed to all be connected. Along with Riley (Gabe’s partner and cousin) and Suze (Nell’s fellow Dysart wife and best friend), they all searched for the answers to the questions the past had brought to life again.
Friday, March 6, 2009
The job for Gray Wolf Investigations was to find and return Hannah Jones to her Uncle. Finding her was easy, the problem was that the story Mr. Jones told Daniel Eagle (Lightning of the Gray Wolf pack) didn’t seem to go along with the facts he learned of the case. Several warnings about Hannah’s mental stability as well as the accusations of her violence and a theft, just wasn’t the person that Daniel met. She may have been scared and running for her life, but he found strength and determination in her that inspired more than his normal protection nature.
Mar 6, 2009
Coming home from the Civil War, injured and without any memory of himself, his wife or is life, Major Chase Cordell decided it would be better not to let anyone know about his loss. Hoping he could piece his life back together by watching and reading past issues of the ‘Gazette’ (the newspaper he owned and wrote for), Chase bided his time, but the one person her could not fool would be his wife (Linese Beaufort Cordell), so avoidance seemed the best coarse of action. The two years of waiting was finally over, her husband was coming home to her, but how would he react if he found out what she had been doing in his absence? All Linese wanted and expected changed when she began to get to know the post War Chase.
Mar 4, 2009
Anansi the spider has 6 sons. Anansi runs into trouble and his sons find a way to save him. The all deserve a reward but only one reward is found, who to give it to is the dilemma. Maybe the ’God of all things’ (Nyame) can help.
First Charles Nancy (Fat Charlie) found out his father had died while at a karaoke club in Florida, then he learned he had a brother named Spider. To have a brother and not know him or even about him seemed strange to Charles, so he did what Mrs. Higgler had suggested. As strange as it sounded, he told a spider that he wanted to see his brother. Coincidently, or should it be, believe it or not, his brother showed up. Getting to know each other was interesting enough, without Spiders sudden interest in Fat Charlie’s fiancé. Finding Spider was easy, now because of Spider, Fat Charlie had lost his job with Grahame Coats, lost his fiancé Rosie Noah, and even lost his freedom when a detective named Daisy arrested him, so now getting rid of Spider was the problem to be solved. Both brothers, are part of the Anansi blood line, so the story would have to be good, real good for things to turn out the way they wanted it to.
February’s cold made the bail bonds office slow, Stephanie Plum only had one, Annie Hart, that she needed to track down. To get Annie Hart, Stephanie had to make a deal with a handsome and funny ‘unmentionable’ tracker, Diesel. All that was needed was to help him play Cupid for Valentines Day while he tracked another. Helping strangers find true love may not have been as easy as she had originally thought, but with Diesel and Bob the dog, it is not dull.
Secrets of the past have a way of coming back to haunt everyone, Elizabeth Murray saw that past walk in her front door. It had been five years since Evan MacGregor had seen his wife, but walking into that house and knowing that she had never revealed their marriage to her own family still caught him by surprise. Finding the husband she regretted marrying had made his return to London left Elizabeth more concerned than ever about keeping all of her secrets a quiet, especially from the only man she had ever truly loved.
***3 - London 1808 - Lots and lots of characters, at first difficult to sort out, but as things progressed it became easier to figure out the relationships and the connections. The highlander brogue also left me re-reading several paragraphs until I got used to the style and slang of the speakers. There is no real ‘villain’ to this story other than the hero/heroines themselves, and even they didn’t provide much action to the story. This story is emotional charged with deceit and lies as the main plot line. Some of the traditions and customs used were confusing as described, but a good Harlequin Historical that was published back in 1996.
Feb 21, 2009
Running too short on money to afford repairs on her newly acquired home, Stephanie Lowe’s cousin Lucy gave her an alternative, cooking on the pirate ship ‘Savage’ for a new toilet. Watching his new cook roll down the hill caught his attention, Ivan Rasmussen just didn’t know how much attention he would have to give this addition to his crew till his favorite ghost, Tess Rasmussen started showing her presence nearly everywhere they went.
After waiting 10 years to hear from the man she loved, Caitlin Parr was eager to follow Samuel Jardine to America regardless of the fact that he mistakenly wrote her sisters name, Caitryn on the personal letter that accompanied the marriage proposal. Maine 1842 - Waiting on the docks for his soon to be bride, Sam was momentarily shocked to find that the wrong sister had accepted his offer. Making the best of the situation and not letting on that he had made a mistake, the marriage went forward, then he took his new wife to the lumbering camp.
Feb 7, 2009
Being blackmailed into escorting the sister (Lady Lillian Walford) of one of the most elusive men of the ton (the Earl of Cardemore), Anthony Harbreas, the Earl of Graydon was surprised at finding her such a beauty. During their first encounter, he discovered the flaw that Cardemore and neglected to mention. Just wanting to see London and take part of one season, Lillian had no illusions about finding a man that would willingly take on a wife who would never be able to run his house or play hostess for him. As the season progressed, not only was Lord Graydon finding the charade difficult to hide, Lord Cardemore was discovering he had a few details of his own life that needed more attention.
****4 - This is an anthology with four stories there for basically four reviews. It seems a bit long but it covers all four stories as individuals.
Ritual in Death by J.D. Robb When a naked stranger covered in blood and holding a knife crashes a party, lieutenant Eve Dallas goes into action. Along with her husband Roarke, the owner of the hotel that the party is taking place in, they try to unravel not only who the stranger is but where all the blood came from. Finding a body in Suite 606 added the questions of who was the victim, why was she murdered and whether it was devil worship or just plain evil.
Love Endures by Mary Blayney Start with the death of a gambling, lying husband (Reggie Cassidy) then add the grieving widow (Summer) and the ex-best friend (Lord Stephen Bradley). Coming back as a ghost with the need to right a few wrongs night be humiliating for Reggie, liberating for Summer, but a dream come true for Stephen. Love the connect to ‘Wayward Wizard’
Cold Case by Ruth Ryan Langan After a fatal accident on the job, Sam Hunter needed to find himself again. During a November storm in Vermont, he saw a figure in the road that caused him to crash. Walking to the nearest farmhouse, Sam was helped by Mary Catherine McGivern only to want to learn her story too. The emotions started to come to him unexpectedly and he needed to help her and keep her safe, if he could.
Wayward Wizard by May Kay McComas Losing herself (Marie Barnett) and her son (Hugh) somewhere in time (in the year 1223) might be an adventure, meeting the wizard (Nester Baraka of Viator) was. Through time and space, getting back to the Philadelphia Museum where it all started became and interesting combination of past and futures, giving the three a chance to get to know each other, and maybe even reconciling some of past mistakes.
The only author here that I have read before has been Ruth Ryan Langan and Nora Roberts, but not her as J.D. Robb. The other stories in this book are good enough for me to want to read more of there books/stories. While I wouldn’t say any of these stories are strong occult or paranormal stories (they have a little), I would call them all a light romance with a little suspense. Overall a good fun read.
Being a sea Captain, Oliver Worthy knew his responsibilities to his country, his crew and himself and he never had a port to call home. When Viscount Ratliffe of the Admiralty asked him to send a report of his daughters welfare, some thing in the Captain gave him reservations so he proceeded with caution. It was easy to find Eleanor ‘Nana’ Massie, everyone in the town of Plymouth admired her. The Mulberry wasn’t the nicest of Inns, but he thought it best to slightly mislead the Viscount.
Feb 6, 2009
When a demon possesses a human, Maxine Kiss calls them zombies. Maxine is a hunter that takes the demons out of the humans and with the help of her own little demons. Her love, Grant Cooperon has an interest in demons also, but he thinks his music can help the demons to make better choices and be better people. Together they are trying to deal with the information that the prison veil that has held the demons for so long is falling.
A club that reviewed and discussed old real murder crimes was the setting of the first real murder that could be connected to the group. Finding the body and knowing the need to cooperate with the police, Aurora ’Roe’ Teagarden as well as the rest of the clubs members endured the scrutiny of the investigation process. Then there was more murders, the realization that the current murders imitated the older murders left everyone in the Real Murder club either a victim or a suspect.
Jan 30, 2009
Needing a change after the death of his wife, Hank Tyler moved his daughter (Maddie) back to Oklahoma where his mother (Susan) could help. Making friends with a neighbor (Lainie Thompson) and then being there after her murder, left Hank and Maddie with another lose to deal with until the sister, Melody came to start packing up Lainie’s stuff. Wanting to know who and why her sister had been taken from her, Melody started her own investigation only to find that she was the next target.
After the death of her parents, Kara Whittenbrook was shocked to discover that she and been adopted. This information in hand, she started out to Florida because she had to know more about them, even though she had been told they were mentally handicapped, and she needed to know why she had been given up for adoption. The Thocco Ranch was home to several ranch hands with mental handicaps such as Down Syndrome or Autism, but somehow Ben Thocco saw that each of his employees has their own special talent either with the animals or with each other. With the help of a man-biting mare (Estrela) and the whole crew, Kara finally finds her biological parents, and herself.
Hollywood psychic Jaime Vegas had been asked to take part in a TV special. What none of the others knew, Jaime was the real thing and during her time in the Brentwood house (rented for production of the special), she discovered several ghosts that left her (the necromancer delegate to the supernatural council) stunned and confused about what had happened to these children. With the help of Jeremy (a werewolf she is attracted to) and Eve (a half-demon ghost), she attempts to free the spirits and find the monsters who could have done this to them.
Trying to help her mother, Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden met the Bartells (Martin and his sister Barbara) to show them the Anderton house. During the process of showing them the house, the body of another local realtor (Tonia Lee Greenhouse) was discovered. Having a fascination with true crimes, Roe started her own investigation into who would have and who could have killed this woman. While the realtors dealt with the lose of one of their own, Roe and Martin, became closer.
Needing a new start, Molly was took to the road, along the way she kept seeing a great looking Chevy Impala with a great looking man, Jake, in it. Playing road tag, then eating at a diner together could have been the end of it, but they were both interested in a little more.
Jan 16, 2009
Centuries of fighting vampires left Nicolas De La Cruz ready to meet the dawn (end his existence) after completing one more task for his family, his prince and his people. With his darkness close, he finally heard the voice that could save him and his soul, as Lara Calladine stabbed a knife in his side to get him off her. She had come to the Carpathian Mountains to finally deal with her childhood nightmares and find the only family she ever knew. The Aunts had always been there telling her stories, teaching her and then helping her to escape. Finding so many of their stories to be true, including that of the lifemate, Lara struggled to trust Nicolas and fight her past nightmares.
After being wounded at the Carpathian Christmas party, Manolito De La Cruz was taken back to his home in the South American forest. He had found his lifemate, the one person that could save his soul, but upon his rising the confusion he felt left him with wholes as to who she was and why she was not there with him. For some reason, MaryAnn Delaney felt the death of Manolito, she had never even been formally introduced to him, but she felt connected to him and could not shake the sorrow of his death until she felt him rise and in need of her. The strange confusion had Manolito not being able to trust even his own brothers, only his lifemate could help him, MaryAnn was drawn to find and help him even when that meant entering into the unknown for a man she didn’t know.
It’s a Christmas party and all Carpathians, family and friends are invited to the Mountains that so many of them have not seen for many, many centuries. The gathering of so many hunters and their lifemates should be enough to keep any self preserving enemy away, but after several attacks on the women and a strange feeling in the area, some begin to wonder if this party was a good idea. The duty of the prince, Mikhail Dubrinsky is to ensure the survival of his kind, each male helps to see to the safety and happiness of the women and children and this party was what they needed. Quick thinking and strong, the warriors take on the attacks and the show goes on to the delight of the children and all of the adults.
The only thing keeping Vikirnoff Von Shrieder from seeking out the dawn (to end his existence) was the search for a specific psychic woman that had started in the US (Dark Destiny) and finally brought him back to his home in the Carpathian Mountains. The miracle of her being his lifemate brought on fear and terror first because his first site of Natalya Shonski was of her in battle with a vampire. Growing up, Natalya and her twin Razvan learned the art of magick and she knew of Carpathians, vampires and others and was taught to fear them all. Now this hunter wanted her and her need to protect him was just as strong too, even with her doubts about their compatibility.
Always on the look out for one specific vampire, Mark Davidson came to New Orleans, he was not expecting to see a face from his past in the women he met new. Soon to be bride, Heidi Weiss with her friends Lauren Crow and Deanna Marin arrived in New Orleans for a long anticipated bachelorette weekend. Having grown up in the area, Lauren got the job of tour guide to her friends, including going to see a psychic (she picked Susan Beauvais). The image she had seen in the crystal ball scared both Lauren and Susan, but that dark image was just the beginning of the unbelievable occurrences that were about to happen to them all. After finding that her friends were in trouble, Lauren started to believe all the things that Mark was telling her, but was he telling her all he knew.
The wealthy, high and mighty De La Cruz brothers (Nicolas and Rafael) had come to the Cascade Mountains to take her brother and sister (Paul and Ginny) away from her (Colby Jansen ) and into the hands of the Chevez family. Even if they were their fathers family, she didn’t want to relinquish control and allow them to be taken to Brazil and away form the only life any of them had ever know. After Nicolas’ failed attempt to persuade Colby, Rafael was determined to gain her cooperation, as soon as he saw her working in the coral, his reason for persuading her changed. The colors and emotions hit him as he watched her work, realizing the danger around her he began to wonder which would be the more difficult battle, the one with the vampire or the one for Colby’s heart and acceptance.
(***** 4) An anthology of 4 short stories, gets 4 short reviews from me. I liked this one, for me it had 2 authors I am familiar with and 2 I had never read before (but will in the future).
The pain of conversion to Carpathians is difficult enough for the women, but a child being converted by a vampire leaves tainted blood and horrible scars, inside and outside. At the a young age, Destiny knew horrors most humans can’t even imagine, the only way she survived was her mental connection to Nicolae Von Shrieder. He taught her how to survive, how to hunt and how to live again even though he could not find her. Being connected allowed him to help, but Nicolae couldn’t protect her they way he wanted and he couldn’t convince her that he was different from the monster that had terrorized her for so long. When he finally tracked her down, Destiny was afraid she would have to destroy him like she did all the other vampires she hunted. When Nicolae first heard her voice, he knew she was his lifemate and he was going to have a difficult life, no one had ever heard of a women hunter, or one of the light having vampire blood making her feel like the dark one.
Also starring: Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage and Richard E. Grant as Franklin Wilhern.
A fairy tale style story, hiding away for so many years than finding she may not have needed to. The friends she makes prove to her that it doesn’t matter, and helps her to find the way to break the curse. Fun and playful movie with great characters and a very memorable way of breaking the curse and a good lesson - you just have to believe in yourself. Wonderful for kids, watched it with my own and they really enjoyed it too.
Dec 28, 2008
Using the music he once felt in his heart to be able to survive centuries without emotions, Dayan played his music and watched as his family finally found their other halves. Hearing the music of the Dark Troubadours had always left Corinne Wentworth with such an odd feeling, but actually seeing one of the bands members perform was a rare treat she would take with her always. Dayan could not believe he had finally found her, only to find she had a high risk pregnancy because of advanced heart failure. He could save her, he needed to save her to save himself. He had a family that would support him, help him, encourage him, and most of all, they would help her and her child for him.
*1947 version starring Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker, Natalie Wood as Susan & John Payne as Fredrick Gailey
*1994 version Starring: Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker, Mara Wilson as Susan & Dylan McDermott as Bryan Bedford
* Little things: Santa speaks Dutch in 1947, and Sign Language in the 1994 to impress Susan, he also chews bubble gum and teaches her to pretend to be a monkey in 1947 and does shadow puppets in 1994.
(1994) The ‘rap’ on the head came as a set up to get Kris Kringle into trouble and publicly disgrace Santa. Doris seemed to already be in a relationship that ended in marriage. At the trial, the question was if Santa Claus existed, a dollar bill with the words ‘In God We Trust’ was enough to show that if the Government believes in something that cannot be proven, so can the State of New York.
After seeing a bunny on TV and in her books, Emmaline knew that a bunny could make her not so lonely. Living in Neatasapin was going to make it difficult, the mean Mayor Orson Oliphant had banished everything that made a mess, including animals. Emmaline knew what bunnies liked to do, hop around trees and shrubs, dig in the dirt and cuddle, she wanted to do it with them. Knowing she wouldn’t get a bunny in Neatasapin because her parents observed all the rules, including no trees, no shrubs and no digging in the dirt, she followed the wild animals to Untidy were she found her bunny, they hopped, they dug and they cuddled till it was time for Emmaline to go home sad that her bunny could not come with her. Her parents saw the change in her and decided to help her invite the animals back no matter Mayor Oliphant’s proclamations.
My kids and I really enjoyed this book, nearly 100 pages, cute story and great pictures also by Katherine Hannigan. Better read to children, the words are easy enough for even a 2nd -3rd grader to read, but the flow was difficult to carry. Some of the lines ended, “mostly” and she called her bunny “no more only”, she also had some tongue twisting fun words “Dinglederrydee” , “Whackadoodlewhipperpoo” or “Hoopadinglelaladee”. Several parts of this story would be easy to turn into discussion points, most obvious is the responsibilities of taking care of a pet, and how changing the environment (like removing trees, shrubs and dirt) can effect the different animals we live with. Always have to enjoy a book that can teach important lessons and the kids don’t even realize it. This is a HarperCollins Children’s advance reading copy, this book should be available March 2009.
Dec 26, 2008
A collection of 3 stories from 3 different authors, so now 3 different reviews...
Dark Decent (Carpathians - Dark series, book 11) by Christine Feehan Wounded and trapped by the undead, Traian Trigovise gained strength and hope with the knowledge that he had finally found his lifemate, all he had to do was survive and find her. After suffering her own wounds, Joie Sanders was drawn to the man she had only seen in her dreams, for some reason the mountainous caves were calling and she had to follow even though the voice she found so alluring was telling her to run in the opposite direction, she never ran from anything and she would prove it to him.
(***** 5) Book 11 ….. For a short story, it really packed everything in it. The action of the vampire hunt was great, fast paced and kept moving. The discovery of the wizards artifacts was another notch in the on-going story about the changes all the hunters have seen. Joie was hilarious, she handled fear and stress with a wonderful sense of humor and Traians compassion and acceptance of her being so strong was uncharacteristic of a Carpathian (maybe it’s his age). The only thing that is missing is getting to watch the ’Meeting of the parents’ that sounded like it would be fun. I really liked Gary Jansen showing up and his interaction with Gabrielle (he could use another human around in the lab), I hope she and Jubal stick around.
The Star Queen (Star series prequel) by Susan Grant He (Romjha B’kah) became the raider commander because of her inspiring words on the day, she (Taj Sai) became the bomb maker of their people. Together they worked to come up with munitions that would protect their people and hopefully put an end to the overlords control. To protect all of the people was Romjha’s main goal, but personally he wanted to prove himself to Taj, make her believe in him and what he promised for the future. The future was something Taj never really let herself dream about until she thought she would lose it all.
(**** 4) Prequel ….. Very interesting story, set in the distant future. I enjoyed the conflict, both the planets (with it’s 2 moons) and the love connection. The characters were great, Romjha determined and Taj always covering her emotions with anger. The general concept of the story was something exciting and even plausible, I did have a problem (occasionally) following along. The descriptions were good, I felt some of the sentences were redundant simply to make a word count, it didn’t always add to or enhance the picture. Overall, I liked it and if I overlooked some of the ‘nit - pick’, it was a very enjoyable short story.
Sacrilege by Susan Squires It had been nearly two centuries, now Magda Ravel was not sure that leaving Mirso Monastery for the home of the one that made her was the best course for her. She would have to keep the nine precepts close to her if she would succeed in keeping control of her addiction this time, at least that is what Brother Pietr Vladamiroff had always told her. As she was leaving, Pietr hoped for her success in the outside world, and at that moment, he was not sure of his own success in surviving without her. As her mentor, he had held his feelings at bay, now that she was gone he could not hide from them anymore. Hearing from Rubius that the Harrier would be sent after Magda because of him, made the decision to renounce his Vows for him.
(**** 4) This was a fast paced, fun and exciting, short story (130 pages) with a lot of information that needed more explanations in some parts. A very different take on the Vampire myth. The characters could have used a little more, Pietr seemed to change his feelings on the nine precepts too fast after following them for thousands of years. As with others, the short story format is a hard one to find a balance between the action or plot with basic background information. Overall, a very good story, by a good author that I would be interested in reading more of.
Dec 26, 2008
Stony Cross, Hampshire 1845 Another arranged marriage brought Rafe Bowman to England. Trying to discover as much as possible about his intended, Rafe’s sister, Lillian set up a tea with Lady Natalie’s companion, Miss Hannah Appleton. From the start, Rafe’s crass charms did not win over Miss Appleton, her honesty with him about it left him stunned and interested. He could not go against his fathers wishes and get everything he wanted, he wondered if any sacrifice be worth it, if his feelings were reciprocated, if it would or could last the test of time.
Finding the Christmas tree dead in the middle of the living room on the most important day of her life, Holly Cavanaugh had no other choice but to dash out and get another. Purchasing the biggest available, site unseen, she dragged it home set it up and cut the ties off of it only to have the body of a dead man fall out. When the reporter showed up on her front door step, she assumed it was the travel reporter her to do a story on the Bed and Breakfast, finding out it was her ex, the only man she truly ever loved was going to make it more difficult to keep him from finding the dead body. Zach Weldon just wanted to make sure that the person who got that tree was safe, he knew how the jewel thieves were, if they were interested in that tree, there was something in it that they would do anything to get back. It would be hard enough to face his ex know the danger she was in, but also knowing that she still thought the worst of him and didn’t trust him made him more determined than ever to prove to her that he was worth the time.
Guilt over past mistakes, Byron Justicano sentenced himself to become a hunter, taking himself away from his home, his family and friends. Finding his lifemate and deciding on courting as a human would was a test in patients and control the Byron had to pass. Being blind and having to rely on others senses, Antonietta Scarletti could feel every time Byron came into the room, he made her feel safe. When an attempt on Antonietta’s life was uncovered, Byron knew his patience had come to an end, he could not wait any longer to claim her for fear of losing her completely. The difficult part was trying to find a way to merge Anonietta’s world with Byron’s, especially once their differences were fully known to them.
The power that Lucian Daratrazanoff could wield was immense, but the power he came by naturally did not help him find the one thing that could make is existence more tolerable. Finding a lifemate was not the difficult part of his newest challenge, it was to convince a human women to become a part of a new existence. Running most of her life from a monster, Jaxon Montgomery was not prepared to find out just what kind of evil creatures really were a part of her world, she had the street smart and special training to survive on her own, she would never be able to really depend on someone else for her safety, or let them try to take care of themselves without her help. Finding that each had a special gift for seeking out the monsters (human and vampire alike), they might be able to strike a balance between the two that allows Jaxx her own way to protect and serve while Lucian still follows his way of dispensing justice.