The Bet

Just the other day I was thinking to myself, I wanted to read a love story where the main character did not have a past where they were sexually abused and then become dominants or submissives. That is the way the trend is going lately. So I had to hunt for a gold old fashioned love story. I found it in this book. Just a straight forward love story. Two people who have known each other for a long time who finally realize they are meant to be together. I loved it. It’s a great summer read. Just enough laughter to keep you entertained without making the story seem long and drawn out to get more words or books. I miss the good old days, when a story began and ended in one book. Then you went on loving the main man for a few weeks, mooning after him, and then picking up another novel and starting all over again. 

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Here’s the official summary:

“I have a proposition for you…”
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.
Four days.
She could do four days!
But she wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.
One thing is for certain.
One brother is right for her.
One wants a lifetime.
And one is in league with the devil.
She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17560674-the-bet

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Silken Prey

 

John Sanford does not let me down every time I read another Prey book. I look forward to his books every time I finish the current one. What I love most about his books is that they are not predictable. There are several authors whose books I have to read as soon as I know they are released, but the writing styles sometimes become predictable and redundant. You know, cliffhangers at the end of each chapter? Then if they are fortunate to have their books made into movies then it seems like they are writing screenplays not books. Not John Sanford. Each and every book I have read of his, I have throughly enjoyed. I don’t tire of his style of writing. There is not a chapter of back story in each book. Really, after it being the #th    of the series the reader should already know the story right? Rarely will a reader pick up in the middle of a series of book, unless they just don’t there is a series. I like that in the beginning of the book I don’t already know what to expect. And I know there won’t be a action packed shoot out, car chase, and over the top action sequences which should be left to the big screen. 

This was another great story. I recommend it to someone who wants to read a good suspense novel. 
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Here’s the summary:

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive.

 

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, “Hey, I think he’s breathing,” and another voice says, “Yeah? Give me the bat.” And that’s the last thing he knows.
Davenport is investigating the smear when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then — very troublingly — to the Minneapolis police department, then — most troublingly of all — to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.
No matter who gets in the way.
Filled with John Sandford’s trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Silken Prey is further evidence for why the Cleveland Plain Dealer called the Davenport novels “a perfect series,” and Suspense Magazine wrote, “If you haven’t read any of the Prey series, you need to jump on board right this second.”
 

Entwined with You

I was very anxiously waiting for this book for what seemed like a very long time. When I first read Bared to You by Silvia Day last year, I was not too crazy about the book. In fact the review I wrote was less than complimentary. Then I read the book again, and then again because the story really grew on me. It was at a time in when I really needed to read a love story. I went back and forth from Bared to You and Fifty Shades of Grey. 

I really stated started falling for the love story. There were still some parts of the writing which I felt were not the best but the story was sweet. Then I moved on to Reflected to You and I as really hooked. Yes, we can do without all the side stories which somehow hold no relevance to Eva and Gideon’s story but it’s a good break. I really looked for closure with the third installment of what was originally supposed to be a trilogy. I have read the other reviews and I see some readers are seriously pissed about there being five books instead of three. I am sure there would have been a way to close out this love story in this book.

With two more books what we can only look forward to is more hot love scenes and more drawn out drama with the ancillary characters. Do we really need to know about her boss and his boyfriend? No. That could be another book. Do we need to know about her mom and dad? No. Cary and his indecision being gay or bi? No. Take all these out and we would have had the end of a great love story.

What we can expect from book 4? The unnecessary story about Eva wanting to be “friends” with her ex-boyfriend who when she sees him she just wants to throw herself at him all the while telling herself she loves Gideon. Really? So twenty-five percent of the book will be about that. Then all the mess with her mom and dad. And how could be possibly for the mob story twist? This just makes the story more convoluted.

Book 5? A big ass wedding, all the works. Everyone lives happily ever after. Of course the sadist in me will wait for all these books and will read them and love the story after all. That’s just how fickle I am.

I liked this book. I will probably read it a couple of time before book 4 comes out. The story is sweet. I love Gideon. Who does not. I think Eva is too needy and selfish. But that is what we are supposed to think, right? Everyone else just fills the word requirement.

I have already recommended this book to a few of my friends, it’s a good story.
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Here’s the summary:

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

http://www.sylviaday.com/books/entwined-with-you/

Inferno

Well I read Inferno last week. It took me a couple of days to read it. I loved Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and I liked The Divinci Code but this one I just could not stay attached it. Usually when I am so captivated by a book I will find a way to keep reading it by any means. I went on vacation last week and was able to put this book down for 5 days and not go crazy that I did not finish it. I was 75% done with it then too.

I think it has to do with the amount of information Mr. Brown includes in the story which I feel is not really relevant. There are copious descriptions of paintings and occurrences which don’t really move the story forward. I felt myself going cross eyed with all the unnecessary filler stories.

Don’t get me wrong, the book is great, it is fact paced and action packed, but I think I missed something. At the end (please don’t read forward if you have not read the book already!) the virus has been released and it seems to me as if they are perfectly ok with a third of the world’s population being infertile. Can someone please explain to me why or how this is ok? I understand the need to control the population growth in the world but shouldn’t a person have a chance to decide if they can have even their first  child? And you don’t know if you have been infected, you are just infertile. Maybe I should read the last few chapters again because to me it seems like this is not something to just leave hanging. She goes off with the leader of WHO to explain why the virus was released but no mention as to how to reverse it. hmm. I’m not sure I buy into this story.

This might be the last Dan Brown/Robert Langdon for me. Sone authors get to a point in a series where they have exhausted all their good writing in the first few best sellers and I believe that is the case here. Image

Here’s what this book is about:

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

http://www.amazon.com

Calculated in Death

J.D. Robb once again delivers a great mystery. I was gripped from the moment I started to read this to the very end. I started reading the In Death series last year. There is just enough action and suspense with a dash of romance to keep me interested. It reminds me slightly of the movie Bladerunner. Set in the future but with some things from the present included to keep it from being to imaginary. I have been a fan of Nora Roberts and also J.D. Robb and look forward to reading many more books by her in the future. I am anxiously awaiting the next book of the In Death series coming out this September!

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Here’s what the book is about:

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . .

http://www.amazon.com

If You Could See Me Now

I am always open to reading new and interesting books. This book definitely took a bit of my imagination to read. There were many times where I contemplated just putting the book down because I realized the direction the book was taking. But then I thought that was probably the premise of the book. I relate to the main character of this book by initially rejecting the idea of moving out of my black and white world. After I stopped being so stuffy, I realized this book was in fact very well written and you start seeing what was there the whole time.

I finished this book while my 16 month old niece was visiting me from California. One of the days she was here it started raining. Her mom was completely ok with us frolicking in the rain and that is exactly what we did. We played in the rain! It was one of the best days of my life. The last time I recall playing in the rain was when I was a little child in India. Seldom do we take the time to play in the rain. Another lesson learned by my niece while she was here was when we went to have brunch one weekend. While letting her walk along the sidewalk of boutiques and restaurants she kept stopping to smell all the flowers. Another thing I used to do before I became an adult too busy to stop and smell the flowers.

There is so much to life we take for granted as we become so involved in our work and love lives that we miss the little things we used to do before we all rushed to become adults. Why is it no longer ok to smell the flowers, or play in the rain, or run around laughing, or lay in your  backyard just looking up at the stars? It never stopped being ok, we just stopped doing those things because we felt them to be too silly.

This is a great book to refresh your mind on the what is truly important. Look and you will see what was there the whole time just waiting for some attention.

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Summary:

Elizabeth Egan’s life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It’s how she counteracts the chaos of her family — an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother’s footsteps, leaving her own six-yearold son, Luke, in Elizabeth’s care. When Ivan, Luke’s mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesnt know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth’s eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real?

If You Could See Me Now is a love story with heart — and just a touch of magic.

http://www.goodreads.com

Where Rainbows End

A friend of mine asked me to find some Cecelia Ahern books for her. I had not heard of this author before. When I sent her the books, I decided to get some copies for myself. I have had five of Ms. Ahern’s books sitting in my library for the past several months. I finally decided to read one of the books. I do no regret making that decision!

A story of two people who are best friends, in and out if their lives, for most of their lives,this story is one I can completely relate to. I have known my husband for 22 years. We have been married for 2. We have always been friends while we saw each other in and out of love with other people. I loved this book. I think I might re-read. So many things happen which can keep two people who should be together apart, it is hart breaking. Friends and family members know these two should be together but sometimes the two involved are the last ones to figure it out.

This whole books is written through letters, instant messages, and emails. Different but great. The story makes you laugh, it makes you, cry, it makes you angry but at the end it makes your heart melt. Being the romantic I am, I can not believe I did not come across this book earlier. So glad I did.

 

Where Rainbows End

 

Summary:

Rosie and Alex – best friends or soulmates?

Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America.

Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?

Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time…?

http://uk.cecelia-ahern.com/books/Books/Where-Rainbows-End/