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Colby Law by Debra Webb

Victoria Colby-Camp of Colby Agency was contacted by Rafe Barker scheduled to be put to death for murdering young girls in Texas. Rafe explained to Victoria that his wife, Clare, was actually the one responsible for the deaths. The authorities disagreed and let her out on probation. Rafe had made arrangements when he went to jail to have their three daughters adopted so that Clare could never find them. As soon as Clare was released, she started looking for her long-lost daughters.

Lyle McCaleb was assigned by the Colby Agency to protect Sadie Gilmore until they can confirm Rafe’s story and to prevent Sadie from being killed if necessary. Nasty things started happening to Sadie almost as soon as her real mother was released from jail. This happening was complicated by the fact that she had a tumultous relationship with her adopted father. I didn’t quite like the relationship as it was written between Sadie and her adopted father. It seemed like an expedient plot device that was not well thought out.

Sadie was Lyle’s true love and was run off by her father in earlier days. Lyle is definitely not going to run off now while he is protecting Sadie. There are some twists and turns to keep the suspense rolling along but because it’s a trilogy, there is a lot of information that is left to be determined which puts a downer on the story. I think that I could get more enjoyment in this book if I had waited to read it once all of the books once they have been published. As it stands now, I give it a Good+ recommendation.

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Courting Justice by Brenda Jackson

Once again, Brenda Jackson has written an intoxicating romantic story that makes the reader just fall in love with the characters. We are familiar with the hero and heroine from previous Madaris books. Peyton Mahoney is a self-made attorney who is in a law partnership with her two best friends. Because of a romance gone bad in her earlier college days, she has put her heart in a lock box, especially against rich suitors. DeAngelo Di Meglio is the brother of one of her law partners. He has had romantic feelings for her since he got to know her through his previous visits to his sister.

Everyone seems to know how DeAngelo feels but Peyton. DeAngelo decides to take the bull by the horn and seduce Peyton with good intentions. He convinces Peyton’s law partners to give her a vacation for her birthday at a resort that he partially owns where he will just happen to be also spending a vacation. All of the pent up feelings between Peyton and DeAngelo surfaces to the top and it was non-stop loving from then on. DeAngelo was determined to storm Peyton’s defenses and he accomplished it. Just when things are going his way, there is a conflict where Peyton will finally have to decide if she wants the forever after or if she wants to keep the chip on her shoulder. How this problem is resolved is classic Brenda Jackson and I really loved the dynamics between our two love interests.

I completely loved this book and highly recommend this story.

 

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Sweet Southern Nights by Rochelle Alers

I loved this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Once, I started reading, I couldn’t put it down until the very last page. Levi is just dreamy as the hero and Angela holds her own with him. I have so many accolades that I will just have to limit myself to the very best ones. I have always been a huge fan of Ms. Alers and just keeps putting out quality stories one after the other.

Levi Eaton is a pediatrician working temporarily in a small town that does not have many paying customers. He is asked by the Doctor who owns the practice to escort his sister, Angela Chase, to a wedding where she is sure to meet up with her ex-fiance. Angela’s ex ran off to Las Vegas with her best friend and maid of honor right after the rehearsal dinner. Neither Levi nor Angela wanted a long-term relationship so you would think that both of them would be happy with the situation. They met and then found themselves agreeing to a relationship before they knew what was happening. Levi and Angela was to go their separate ways after the wedding but they found themselves planning dates left and right. Of course, they talked themselves into believing that they were just friends.

The most delightful aspect of the story was when both of them were trying to get their own way and they had to compromise. Their repartee in coming to the compromise was just wonderful. I couldn’t stop chuckling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

 

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Sinful Temptation by Ann Christopher

Talia Adams met Antonios Davies (Tony) before he was sent overseas to Afghanistan to fight in the war. She asked to be his pen pal and told him that she would faithfully write him. Over his tour of duty, they wrote each often talking about anything and everything. Throughout this communication, Talia’s boyfriend left her and Tony started having romantic feelings for Talia. Tony put out some feelers to see if Talia felt the same way and Talia abruptly stopped writing him. Tony, unfortunately, was captured and thought to be dead.

Tony eventually returned home but experienced Post Traumatic Syndrome. The only thing that got him through his captivity and the aftermath was his thoughts of Talia. At first, Tony was going to abide by Talia’s decision not to talk to him but he decided to give it one more try to see if she had feelings for him. Both Tony and Talia had a lot of baggage that they had to overcome before they could give each other their hearts. I really liked how Tony decided to go full force no holds barred when trying to get Talia to give him a chance for romance.

This was a very entertaining novels with lessons to be learned by all of the characters in the book, including the minor ones. I easily read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t wait to read how the story ended. I give this story a Very Good rating.

 

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Against the Night by Kat Martin

I must say that I am really loving Kat Martin “Against” miniseries. It just gets better with each book and I can wait until I read each installment. The Raines family and friends just keep on giving to the reader. Former Ranger, Johnnie Riggs is working as a private investigator when he spotted Amy Brewer, aka Angel Fontaine, dancing in a stripper joint as he was in the process of apprehending a bond runner. Amy has come to Los Angeles from Grand Rapids, MI looking for her sister who has disappeared and no one has seen her for weeks. She has gotten a job in the stripper joint where her sister, Rachael , last worked hoping to gather any information on her disappearance.

The chemistry between Amy and Johnnie was scorching from the first time that he saw her and it was reciprocated by our heroine. Amy and Johnnie worked very well to solve the disappearance of her sister as they followed the clues until they found her. I also liked the semi-romance between the sister and the Detective such that it made a profane difference in Rachael’s recovery.

This was an excellently written book although I am not a fan of rape in romances. I guess you can say it was instrumental to the storyline but I wish it could have been written differently.

 

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Escape to Paradise by Pamela Yaye

I have not read any of Ms. Yaye’s previous books but if her heroines are anything like this one, I won’t be reading another one again. This book for me was a train wreck from the very beginning. I had so many problems with this book that it is too hard to list them all. Claudia Jefferies is a successful event planner who just divorced her older husband of several years. On the day the divorce became finalized, her ex-husband was arrested for fraud. The public and the police treated Claudia as if she was an accomplice in the fraud. Her answer to this was to get upset, change her hairstyle, hire a less than mediocre attorney, and then run away. Instead of getting some competent advice, she wanted to be “independent” and solve these problems by herself. Now is not the time to do it yourself when you can be thrown into jail.

First of all, wigs would have been a better answer to the hair change because she could change her looks at a moment’s notice. She could have contacted any lawyer referral service to find an attorney who has won a fraud case. And she ran away after all of her assets were frozen–meaning how does she intend to pay for anything. Being broke, the author even had her hesitating to accept a lucrative job offer. Ms. Yaye made a point of telling us that Claudia is a college graduate and has run her own business. Claudia should have been able to find a decent attorney if she ran her own business especially since she had to be using contracts as an event planner.

Claudia runs away to Cabo San Lucas and met Santiago Medina at the airport. She had already turned away every enquiring man but Santiago was determined to spend time with her. With her surly attitude, I couldn’t see the attraction. The dynamics and other relationships in the story were equally irksome such as, out of nowhere, Santiago’s father jumps down Claudia’s throat without listening to her side of the story. The story was so disjointed that I could not wait until it was over.

To make matters worse, this book actually ended before we found out what happened with Claudia or her ex-husband’s SEC case. Claudia’s actions are unbelievable under the circumstances and I could never believe that Santiago is that enamored with her. This book was just too problematic and I cannot recommend this book.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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The Last Cowboy by Lyndsay McKenna

The Last Cowboy is one of the few books that I have read that was written by Ms. McKenna. I was very impressed with her storytelling abilities. The characters were believable and I became engrossed in the couple’s problems and how they worked to solve them. I definitely plan to read more of her books in the future.

Jordana Lawton is an emergency room medical doctor who wants to participate in more competitive endurance races with her horse. Slade McPherson competes himself and takes on serious students to help finance his ranch operations. Slade and his twin brother, Griff, inherited the ranch from their parents who died when they were youngsters. The twins were separated after their parents’ death which caused them to have different values in life. Slade is very lonely and almost ran Jordana away because he felt something for her at their first meeting. Jordana is attracted to the lonely rancher and doesn’t back down from exploring possibilities with Slade. She convinces him to take her on as a student when he realizes that she is serious about succeeding as an endurance rider. This story follows them along as Slade begins to let Jordana into his heart and she proves to be his rock and salvation.

There are plenty of problems greeting this couple before they can settle down to a blissful life ranging from bank payments that Slade can hardly make to dealing with an unemployed estranged brother. Slade also has a jealous competitor who is unscrupulous enough to not let anything stand in his way to get what he wants. All of these elements translated to an entertaining read with an opportunity to learn about little known horse races. I give this book a Good recommendation and look forward to reading a sequel about the estranged brother.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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