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Tempt Me

(The Wolf Hotel #1)

by 
Nina West

 

Nina West’s Tempt Me commences in a small town in Pennsylvania where 21 year old, Abbigail (Abbi) Mitchell has been dating or friendly with the Minister’s son, Jed, forever and both sets of parents are expecting to hear the sounds of wedding bells sometime in the future.

It would be fair to say that Abbi and Jed think along those lines also as they have decided to save themselves for their wedding night.  Although, discovering Jed in bed with another girl does change that for Abbi.

Both sets of parents justify Jed’s actions as sowing his wild oats.  Even Abbi’s overbearing and pious mother tells Abbi she should stick around until Jed finishes sowing his wild oats.

Abbi, however, has other ideas and applies for a summer job with the outdoor crew at Wolf Hotels’ new hotel in Alaska.   Abbi sets of for the Alaskan wilderness not knowing what to expect and finds herself working and living with an extremely active group of people her own age, and working for Henry Wolf the Wolf Hotels C.E.O., as his personal assistant with no experience whatsoever.

 

Circulating rumours about Henry’s sexual appetite are soon proven to be true.   However, is everything different this time?  As Abbi hopes it will.  The amount of time spent describing (in detail) Henry and Abbi’s romps, is a bit over the top, in my opinion.  However, I guess the publishers wanted some padding without which Tempt Me would be a simple romance of the short-story variety.  Or….am I getting older and showing my age?

I have rated Tempt Me as a three-star read.

 

*****

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Tempt Me

an average of 4.07 stars

from 6,675 ratings

and 576 reviews.

*****

I think

Tempt Me

is a


read.

Tempt Me

can be purchased online at

 

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*****

 

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Mary’s Musket

(Clover Creek Caravan #2)

by

Kirsten Osbourne

If you are a series reader, that is book one to the end of series, you may be frustrated with Mary’s Musket, as I was.

Mary’s Musket commences not after, but during the last few chapters of Hannah’s Hanky, and spends roughly twenty percent of the book regurgitating those last Hannah’s Hanky chapters from Mary’s point of view.

As per the title Mary’s Musket focuses on Mary and her hunting skills, a fact thoroughly established in book #1 Hannah’s Hanky,  and also on her marriage to ‘…the most perfect husband ever…’.

And again the repetition continues; with the perfect husband/wife sentiment are repeated seemingly, ad nauseum.  Another passage that is comical, boring, silly or stupid is Mary’s thoughts about sex.  She focuses so much on bulls and the fact that cows and heifers do not appear to enjoy mating that she almost ruins her wedding night.

Again author Osbourne has ended her tale abruptly and for no apparent reason.

After reading Mary’s Musket it is highly unlikely that I will ever reach the end of the Oregon Trail.   However, I will never say ‘never‘ as each book only contains 10 chapters.

 

Ordinary editing and repetitive writing and dialogue were contributing factors to the book not flowing well and receiving a higher rating from this reviewer.

I rated

Mary’s Musket 

 as a

two-star read, at best.

*****

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Mary’s Musket

an average of 4.28 stars

  from 334 ratings

 and 16 reviews


*****

Mary’s Musket

can be purchased online at

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Hannah’s Hanky

(Clover Creek Caravan #1)

by

Kirsten Osbourne

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Set in the mid-1800s while wagon trains were still heading west, Hannah’s Hanky tells the story of an arranged marriage to the wagon train’s preacher (Jed) and Hannah, the step-daughter of the not very nice Mr Gaitlin.

Hannah has only remained at her family home to help her mother endure her marriage to Hannah’s stepfather. One day Mr Gaitlin (stepfather) arrives home and announces that he has arranged a marriage for Hannah tomorrow and if she doesn’t want to be married she is welcome to leave the house at her earliest convenience. After this ultimatum, Hannah agrees to meet the man, marrying him if she wants to. Jed and Hannah meet, agree to marry and so begins their life together on the Oregon Trail.

Hannah strikes up a friendship with twenty-three-year-old single Mary. Mary can outshoot any man she knows and is only on the rail because her mother needs help with Mary’s siblings the eldest of which is nearly ten years younger than may.

Hannah’s Hanky ends abruptly in my opinion just three weeks into a six-month journey.

The story is readable and enjoyable, however, there is far too much simplistic conversation for my liking. Passages similar to: ‘…It will be another long hard day tomorrow…’ ‘Yes, they will all be long hard days on the Trail…’ I quickly tired of reading the words ‘long hard days’. This phrase could/should have been tightened up. Once or twice in a chapter would have been enough and not four or five times in consecutive lines.

In one chapter there was a report of a five-year-old who had shot himself in the foot. Several pages later the same report came through. I was thinking he had been shot in the other foot until I read a Goodreads review pointing out the error in writing or editing. I couldn’t be bothered going back, to find the first reported shooting.

I rated Hannah’s Hanky as a three-star read, at best.

Hannah’s Hanky

 as a

three-star read

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Hannah’s Hanky

an average of 4.21 stars

  from 728 ratings

 and 42 reviews

*****

Hannah’s Hanky

can be purchased online at

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Last Christmas in Paris:

A Novel of World War I

by

Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

 

Last Christmas in Paris was not my first World War I romance and from this reviewer, it comes highly recommended.  Initially, I was a little sceptical about taking it on especially when I realised it was simply a series of letters, and this is what set Last Christmas in Paris apart from the proverbial pack; that and the fact that there were no less than nine narrators.   I have often cited a narrators character voices as being a major negative (or positive) for audiobooks.  Now I am happy to spruik the benefits of multiple narrators from a listeners perspective.

Evie and Thomas exchange their thoughts about wartimes while Thomas is fighting ‘somewhere in France’ with Evie’s brother Will.  And that about sums up the story of Last Christmas in Paris.

I believe Last Christmas was an unusual, but highly effective, way to write a romance.

Be prepared if listening to the audiobook, for the short 1968 interludes which breaks the story into its various parts.  To the best of my memory, there is no indication prior to stating the date which is at the beginning of each letter.

I rated Last Christmas in Paris as a solid four star audiobook.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Last Christmas in Paris

an average of 4.15 stars,

from 11,730 ratings

and 2,142 reviews.

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The Girl You Killed

by

Leslie Wolfe

Leslie Wolfe’s latest offering, The Girl You Killed, was presented in a slightly different manner from any of her previous work, and in my opinion, it is this difference that contributes to The Girl You Killed being one of her best.

Andrea and Craig Brafford appear to be a happily married young couple.  The only thing Andrea is missing is gainful employment.  Every time she applies for a job she doesn’t get past an interview.  Craig plays the dutiful husband as she grieves her lost opportunities.   Craig has his own plans for Andreas skills.

Then Andrea discovers she is pregnant and she expects support and joy from Craig and again she doesn’t get the expected.  Far from it.   The only thing she develops is severe morning sickness…morning sickness that develops any time of the day or night.  In fact, the only time she doesn’t suffer morning sickness is during a week in the Caribbean.

Not many months later Craig is on trial for murdering his pretty young wife.

Fans of Leslie Wolfe will find The Girl You Killed a real page-turner.

I rated The Girl You Killed as a solid five star read.

 

I rated

The Girl You Killed

as a solid

five-star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Girl You Killed

an average of 4.53 stars

from 618 ratings

and 64 reviews

***

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Safe With Me

by

K. L. Slater

 

Safe With Me is a book that I would not normally read simply because nearly all the characters are, or appear to be, suffering from a form of mental illness.  However, Safe With Me almost falls into the page-turner category which has a not easy to guess ending.

 

Anna witnesses an accident between a car (Amanda) and a motorcyclist (Liam).  Liam crashes his motorbike into Amanda’s car.   Anna believes that Amanda is actually Carla one of her childhood teachers and also that Carla had something to do with her brother’s death thirteen years earlier and has now changed her name to Amanda. 

 

In an effort to make sure Amanda/Carla gets her comeuppance for this accident and her brother’s demise, Anna after helping Liam at the scene of his accident decides to befriend him and follow the police investigation to ensure that Amanda/Carla is charged with the fault of the accident.

 

Almost all scenarios raised during this book are figments, of the character’s imagination.  Now I did say almost.  The trick is to sort reality from fiction.

 

This was my second time with Safe With Me and I chose the audio version, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis, to refresh my memory.  I have often stated that a good narrator can make or break a book.  In this case, Lucy Price-Lewis’ contribution made my revisit to Safe With Me an enjoyable experience.

I have rated the audio version of Safe With Me as a four-star book.

In 2020 I rated Safe With Me as a three-star read, however, I did not write a review, hence this review.

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I rated

Safe With Me

as a solid

star audiobook.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Safe With Me

an average of 3.75 stars

from 10,205 ratings

716 reviews

***

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The End Of Her

by

Shari Lapena 

 

The End Of Her is my second of Shari Lapena’s novels and I still have several I plan to read.

Patrick and Stephanie are happily married and parents of young colicky twins.  They are both sleep-deprived, especially Stephanie, however, they are coping, just, when along comes Erica one of Patrick’s old flames.  Patrick and Erica had an affair just prior to the death of Patrick’s first wife.  She died of carbon monoxide poisoning.  A death ruled as accidental by the coroner of the time.  Erica’s arrival casts some doubt on that finding, suggesting that Patrick is a murderer.

All the while Patrick protests his innocence and that Erica is only trying to blackmail him and Stephanie who recently has inherited millions of dollars.  Contrary to Erica, Patrick also claims the affair was nothing more than a couple of one night stands.

A new inquest into the death of Patrick’s first wife again finds he has no case to answer.  However, is he to be arrested and sent to trial for murder?  How many people has Erica blackmailed over the years?  Will she get away with it?  The question is who is telling the truth.  Is it Erica, Patrick or both?

I thoroughly enjoyed The End Of Her and did not come anywhere near picking the ending.

I rated

The End of Her

as a solid

four-star read

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The End of Her

an average of 3.79 stars

from 43,821 ratings

and 4,329 reviews

***

The End of Her

can be purchased online at

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The Guilty Wife

by

Elle Croft

Bethany Reston is a photographer running her own business and all is well until she lands a job photographing a documentary about billionaire Calum Bradley’s life. A straightforward client/photographer relationship begins and all is well until client and photographer merge into one.

Bethany still loves her husband, Jason, but she has also fallen for Calum.  Although professing to love Jason and Calum, Bethany does not reveal to Jason, that she is having an affair with Calum.

One night after a late meeting in a seedy part of town, someone sticks a knife into Calum.  If you guessed that Bethany is the only person to show up on nearby CCTV cameras, you would be correct.  Bethany then spends a large portion of the book avoiding being arrested for a murder she did not commit.  However, readers of crime know all is not going to end well for Bethany.  She eventually is arrested,  tried, and convicted by the dumbest jury ever.

There are parts where I think The Guilty Wife drags a tad and for this reason alone I have reduced it to a four-star read.  However, overall an entertaining read.

I rated

The Guilty Wife

 as a

four-star

read

*** 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Guilty Wife

an average of 3.77 stars

 from 5,305 ratings

 and 471 reviews

The Guilty Wife

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How to Be the Perfect Grandpa

by

Bryna Paston

Towards the end of 2020, with the birth of our first Grandchild imminent we received the How to Be the Perfect Grandpa/Grandma books.

According to my significant other, the Grandma book was quite humorous.  I’m afraid I only managed a smile or two during the last few pages of my Grandpa book.  Was this due to the fact that I was expected to read this book?  Maybe.  I  do like to choose my own reading material. 

Put simply, How to be the Perfect Grandpa is a book I would never have contemplated reading, as it is full of real-life anecdotes and I seldom, if ever, read anything but fiction. 

However, I did finish How to be the Perfect Grandpa which means it rates as a two-star book.

I rated

How to be the Perfect Grandpa

as a

two-star read

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

How to be the Perfect Grandpa

an average of 3.0 stars

 from 2 ratings

 and 0 reviews

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Book Review-Die-For-You

Die For You

by

Lisa Unger

I have wanted to listen to Lisa Unger’s Die for You for a little over four years.  However, having just finished Die for You I wish I had left it on my wish list until I was desperate for a read.  Therein may be the problem….listening to an audiobook in the car during a lockdown, when trips are few and far between, there is a possibility that one may tend to not remember the storyline.  

The story was about an author (Isabel) whose husband (Marcus) had simply disappeared.  Not just disappeared but was not the man she thought she had married.  His name was not even Marcus.  That was the name of the man she was supposed to have married.  In Unger’s Sliver of Truth, a character also discovers her father is not her father.  Perhaps this is one of Unger’s themes in all her books? 

From here the story sees Isabel searching throughout New York City and Prague for the real Marcus if he is still alive.

Die for You was my fourth Lisa Unger book.  I won’t be reaching for number five any time soon.  I liken Die for You to Sliver of Truth which I described as ‘…rather tedious, dull and boring…’

Die for You quickly became background noise, and not once did I reach for the replay button after a short drive. 

Because I completed Die for You I rated it as a two-star audiobook.  It may have been a better ‘read’.

 

I rated

Die for You 

as a

audiobook.

***

Other Goodreads readers have rated

Die for You 

an average of 3.61 stars

from 5,464 ratings

and 594 reviews

Die for You 

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