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A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 1)

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3.5 stars

This is book 1 in three installments.  This was a cozy mystery, and this reader will be reading the next installment in the series.  Cat Latimer inherited an old house from none other than her ex-husband.  Cat is a former English teacher who has now decided to turn the old house into a B&B for authors.  One of the authors who is staying at the B&B is a best-selling author, and Cat is excited to have him among the other guests. Seth is Cat’s high school sweetheart who is fixing up the old house.  She has mixed feelings of his presence.

When Tom Cook was found dead in his room, Cat calls the local sheriff, who is none other than her uncle. Cat was hoping to start her life over by coverting the home but with the death and possible murder of Tom, Cat’s new life may end before it even begins.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Girls Weekend

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Three ladies are friends due to their children or spouses and live in the same town.  Each thinks that the others have the perfect husband and perfect life.  However, this is far from the case.  Each lady has issues or dreams that never materialized. These forty’ish women decide to go for a girls only weekend.   There is a chapter devoted to each woman on her struggles.  One begins to understand why the ladies want to start over and what their life would be like.

The ladies were open and honest with each other and became closer friends because of the week-end.  What I really enjoyed about this book was the character building of each lady, and I could actually relate to some of their issues.  A very close friend of mine and I take two week-ends a year and have quality girl time.  Although we don’t sit around and discuss these types of issues, we do discuss what is going on in our lives.  We both come back refreshed and energized.  We also craft all week-end, which is something these ladies could do to de-stress!

When the ladies do return home on Sunday, I had a feeling that they would have a difficult time.  However, this is further from the truth.  The week-end helped them to focus and find peace.  I’m a true believer of the girls week-end, and I am so glad that I found this book.

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.  I will definitely be on the lookout for more books from this author as well as the narrator.

Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Death before decaf

4 stars

Juliet Langley is distraught after her music career crashes.  Tucking her tail between her legs, she is forced to go back into food service.  As if she hadn’t already been down on her luck, she is thrown yet another curve ball.  Her two timing fiancé runs off with her best waitress and in the process steals from Juliet.  Packing up and moving back to Nashville, Juliet is offered a job to manager a friend’s coffeehouse.

By all appearances, Java Jive has not changed since the last time Juliet was here.  To her surprise, the staff is revolting, and an employee is found dead in the dumpster.  Unfortunately for Julia, this occurs on her first day back on the job.  Just Juliet’s luck, the corpse is the cook who had gotten into a heated battle with Julia over code enforcement.  Now, the employees are too happy to spill the beans to the cops regarding Juliet’s bad temper.  Questions that Juliet can’t answer are being thrown at her, and she is finding that not only the coffee is in hot water.  If she doesn’t solve the case, her next job maybe making coffee in the slammer.

This was a cute cozy read.  Juliet is fun, witty, and very likeable.  The narrator brought Juliet to life and the listen/read was very easy and fast.  This is definitely a listen if you don’t want to think and just enjoy the moment.  Grab a cup of java and be prepared to be swept away into Juliet’s crazy world.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne (Wedding Belles)

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4 Stars

This is a novella to start out the series.  I have read several of Lauren Layne’s book and this one did not disappoint.  The story line was short and sweet but gave the reader the opportunity to get to know Leah and Jason.  Leah is an up and coming wedding photographer thanks to Wedding Belles, an elite wedding planning company.  Leah is given the opportunity to participate in the former first daughter’s wedding and jumps at the opportunity.  Unfortunately, she finds herself working side by side with her ex. who broke her heart.  Vowing to put differences aside for the wedding, Leah is determined to ignore Jason and just do her job.  Jason obviously wants Leah back and is extremely persistent.  In the end, I was glad to see Jason and Leah get their HEA.

This is a great introduction to the world of Wedding Belles.  This reader is looking forward to the next installment. Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery #1) by Leslie Budewitz

Assault and Pepper

4.5 Stars

This was an easy cozy mystery for me. This is my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed her writing style. I also really enjoyed the narrator – another first time narrator for me. I already have book 2 and hope to get to it soon.

Pepper is a small business owner of a spice shop. Pepper was a strong heroine but the execution was often missed. The book was actually set in Seattle, WA in a famous public market. I found this a little odd since the market is an actual place. I did enjoy the detail regarding the market from the author.

Although the mystery surrounded Pepper, supporting characters who worked at her shop were also front and center. The crime actually takes place in her shop door, and the victim was still holding one of her tea cups. This was an easy to solve mystery – no twists and turns. However, this reader, found the reading to be enjoyable without the guesswork that normally involves a good who done it.

Thanks to Tantor Media for sending me this audio in exchange for an honest review.

 

A Treacherous Trader (A Collectible Mystery #4) By Ellery Adams

Traiterous Trader

4 stars

In this installment, Molly Appleby is engaged to Dr. Mark Harrison (Book #3) and is on a mission to locate a vintage wedding dress.  At the direction of her family and close friend, Molly vows to stay clear from trouble, specifically a murder mystery.  Mark is hoping for a residency position in Burlington, VT so this is where they agreed to get married.  Molly and her friend Kitty travel to VT in search of the wedding dress.  Unfortunately, Kitty was called home during the week trip to VT, and Molly’s mother took Kitty’s place.  Both women begin to work together to unravel Portman’s murder.

As luck would have it, Molly meets a photographer who just happens to wind up dead.  The wedding photographer turns out to be a womanizer and a possible jewel thief.  Several have wanted him dead so now Molly is in search of solving the mystery.  Two women are at the top of Molly’s suspect list.  Violet an ex.wife who Portman (photographer) left in a wheelchair after an accident or perhaps Lindsay who just found out that  Portman is her father.  And, there is another bridal shop owner who treats bride to be Molly with disdain and contempt.

A secondary story revolves around an expensive tierra from the 1930’s brought from Germany.  Although this was a side story and not related to Molly’s mystery, this was a sweet distraction from Molly’s adventure.

I am really enjoying this series and hope that Ms. Adams continues with this series.  This is the first book where she has co-authored.  Thanks to Tantor Media for sending me this audio in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rock Chick Revolution (Rock Chick #8) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reolution

4 Stars

This installment played differently from the other books in the series.  The beginning of the book includes flashbacks from Ally that spanned over a year.  These flashbacks included prior prior plots from other books so I do advise that you read the series before reading this last book.  Ally has major decisions to make and one is what to do about her current boyfriend Ren.  If her family knew that she was secretly dating Ren, they would not be happy.  Ren’s family is into some illegal  dealings, and the Rock Chicks would be furious with Ally if they ever got wind of this budding romance.

This reader found some issues with Ally.  For one, she appeared at times (most of the time) to be a bratty spoiled kid and not a woman in her 30’s.  Not to many women that I know would act like this.  At times, I wanted to actually stop reading and call it done because of her nonsense.  However,

I did finish this book, because I really wanted to know the outcome and not left hanging.

The other supporting characters were either present or were mentioned.  Since this is the end of the series, I would have preferred to have all chanters present so that they all had a proper send off.  Too much of this book were flashbacks, and for that , I was highly disappointed.  I did give this book 4 stars, because I wanted to learn more about Ally and Ren.  This book did meet that purpose, and I am sad to see this series end.  There could be a possible new series that is spun from this one.

One More Shot (Hometown Players #1) byVictoria Denault

One More Shot

3.75 stars rounded to 4

This audio was given to me by Tantor in exchange for an honest review.

This book had all of the makings of an excellent storyline with lots of drama and angst.  Jessie, an NHL star, had been in love with Jessie since he was 18 years old.  A slight misunderstanding and both went their separate ways.  Fast forward 7 years, and both meet at a funeral. At times, I did want to smack both of the H/H across the back of their head.  I especially thought that Jordan played the immature card much too often.  Jessie was annoying at times also but not nearly as much as Jordan.  Both have made mistakes and have learned life lessons the hard way.

Meeting back up after 7 years, brought the couple to wanting more.  Callie, who was a supporting character didn’t help matters, and I felt this was just thrown in for good measure. There was definitely some funny likeable moments.  The performance from the narrators gave this book an extra star.  I am not sure if I will continue with this series as I am not a big hockey fan.  I will definitely check out more from Ms. Denault as well as from both of the narrators.  Overall, a fun new adult/chick lit.

See Bride Run by Charlotte Hughes

See Bride Run

3.5 stars rounded to 4

I received this audio by the author in exchange for an honest review.  First of all, I want to thank Ms. Hughes for reaching out and offering this book.  I really enjoyed Elizabeth Klett, the narrator.  This was a sweet romance without any angst.  Annie leaves her future husband stranded at the altar in Atlanta, GA.   Her father is a billionaire and has chosen Annie’s husband for her.  Annie’s father thinks that she is only good for hosting and preparing for large parties and wants a man to run his empire.  However, Annie has decided that she will no longer be ruled by her dad or any man.  She quickly leaves the church without her purse, any money, or clothes.

Annie drives until the Mercedes that she hijacked from her father dies and winds up in Pinckney, GA.  I had to laugh as Annie is wearing a dress that most women would die for but quickly realizes the predicament that she is in when the local sheriff demands that she gets out of the car. With miles of tulle, Annie squeezes out of the car to be met with gaping eyes from the small Ga town.

Annie’s first round with the sheriff/restaurant owner/lawyer does not go well. Sam Ballard wants no part of loving a woman since he also had a bad experience with his future bride.  Reluctant, Sam hires Annie as a waitress in his restaurant.  He can’t very well fire Annie, even though she breaks several dishes.  The town folk have come to love Annie and want to help her to become settled in her new life.

Annie had grown up with not wanting anything, but now she has to learn to survive on her own.  Wearing second hand clothes, moving into a garage apartment, and getting around on a bicycle are just a few of the new changes that Annie must face.  Sam has come to love Annie but is worried that she could easily run back to her daddy and beg for forgiveness.

I really enjoyed listening to this book and will definitely seek out more from this author.  There was a twist and a slight mystery towards the end.  I felt that the end of the book was rushed and could have included more detail on both Sam and Annie’s life.   The twist that occurred could have also been a tad bit longer and could have given the reader more detail on how Annie’s relationship changed with Lillian and with Sam.  I am from Atlanta, GA and could definitely see how a small town would embrace Annie as one of their own.

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1) Read 2/23

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By Jill Shalvis

4.5 Stars

This was my first book by Jill Shalvis and if this one is any indication of her writing, I am hooked.  This is a very light romance read where three estranged sisters find themselves the proud owner of a dilapidated inn in Lucky Harbor.

Maddie (the primary character) has had a rough few months with the passing of her mother, losing her boyfriend (her choice), and her job (so not her choice).  She is determined to restore the inn and make a new life for herself in Lucky Harbor.  Always desiring a family, Maddie’s goal is to build a relationship with her half-sisters and establish residency in her new town.  Unfortunately, her sisters simply want to sell the old inn and get out as far away from each other as possible.

Maddie meets Jax who the sisters have hired to help with the restoration in order to make the inn more marketable.  There are happy moments between Maddie and Jax as they attempt to find out what each means to the other.  The sisters play an integral role throughout this book.  All of the characters had their own quirky personalities and were likeable.  This was a comfort read, and I enjoyed getting to know Maddie, her sisters, and Jax.  I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.

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