On the Island

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On the IslandOn the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like survive a plane crash only to get stranded on a deserted island with little to no hope of rescue, this book will help answer some of your questions.

Ana is thirty and decides to take the tutoring job with T.J to give herself some time away from the real world to figure out her life. T.J is sixteen and recovering from a battle with cancer. His parents are forcing him to spend the summer making up the tenth grade when all he wants to do is go back to living his life like he did before he was sick.

Life, however, has other plans for T.J and Ana. They make it to shore after surviving the plane crash only to find they now have to figure out how to survive on a deserted island.

Not surprising, during the duration of their stay on the island, Ana and T.J’s relationship changes from student/teacher/stranger to friends to romantic. In spite of the age difference, that is constantly brought to our attention, I feel the progression of their relationship was perfectly natural and tastefully done by the author.

The author does a really great job of highlighting the differences between life on the island and real life. There were no real far-fetched parts of the story that make it hard to believe it could really happen. There are many different facets of life that are touched on; surviving on a deserted island, the complications of a relationship with significant age difference, hanging on to hope in an impossible situation.

An overall well written story with a very satisfying ending.

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A Perfect Storm

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A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #4)A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet Arizona and Spencer. For those who have read the previous books in ‘The Men who walk the edge of Honor’ series you have met Arizona and are slightly familiar with her troubled past. She was the victim of human traffickers and rescued by Jackson Savor, main character of the previous installment Savor the Danger. We do not get a lot of details about her time with the traffickers. Instead the book focuses on her life afterward which is where Spencer Lark comes in to play.

Spencer’s tie to the trafficking world prevalent in the series is through his wife who was killed by traffickers when she tried to interrupt a kidnapping.

Through their varied interactions, Arizona finds that she trusts Spencer for some inexplicable reason so she ends up breaking into his house. Believe or not this sets up the beginning of their romantic involvement. The two main problems are that Spencer wants to ‘help’ Arizona relieve the burden of her past and Arizona feels she has a right to do whatever it takes to help bring down traffickers. Over the course of the book Spencer realizes that he is not helping Arizona get over her past but rather she is helping him move past the tragedy of losing his wife.

If you have read the other books in the series this is a great addition and all of your favorite characters make an appearance.

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The Last Boyfriend

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The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Owen and Avery’s story was kind of downplayed. I was really hoping for more considering they had prior history. It would have been great to get more backstory on their relationship when they were younger. This story was more about the opening of the inn which did not lend a lot of focus on Owen and Avery.

Avery’s mother making an impromtu visit seemed random and out of place even though it gave an opening to some of her issues with her mother leaving and commitment issues. Surpisingly, Owen never showed any bother with Avery’s messiness even though he is the king of organization and planning.

The parts of their relationship we did see were very endearing. It was nice that they took time to make the transition from being friends to a romantic relationship. They learned new things about each other since their relationship took on a new aspect.

This second book in the series would have been great for Ry and Hope as they both had major roles in the inn and the opening of the inn would have been a high point in the story along with the development of their relationship. The third installment would have been ideal for Owen and Avery as it could focus on the construction and opening of her second restaurant which began in this book.

In conclusion, you should definitely read this book if you read the first as you get the pleasure of seeing the Inn Boonsboro completed and opened along with Clare and Beckett’ s marriage. However, do not expect an in depth development of Owen and Avery’s relationship. Their story is nice it just does not pull at the heart strings like the Next Always.

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The Witness

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The WitnessThe Witness by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Not to be cliche but it sucked me in early and had me on the edge of my seat right up to the last page. The first little bit is slow but as you will find, what transpires in those first few pages is the catalyst for the rest of the story. And man oh man what a story, Nora Roberts truly outdid herself with this one. It’s like JD Robb’s Eve Dallas mated with the Bridal Quartet series and gave us The Witness. Elizabeth/Abigail is a very strong female character like all of Nora Robert’s main characters but there was also an acute venerability about her due to the droid like existence her mother imposed on her as a child. Brooks made her realize that while she had managed to stay alive on her own for more than a decade that she wasn’t really living. Brooks gave her what she needed to close the chapter on her past and flip the page to start the future and dream of all the possibilities it held.

It would have been nice to know the outcome of the trial and if the computer program finished off the Volkov’s just to tidy up the story a bit at the end since Elizabeth/Abigail had been working towards that for several years. However, even without those things, it was still a great book.

The story moves at a great pace allowing you time to get to know the characters while progressing fast enough to keep you intrigued. There’s a good mix of mystery and romance to where I can’t solidly classify it as one or the other because neither category is dominate but rather expertly wove together into what will definitely be a future reread for me.

If you enjoy Nora Robert’s romance novels but are looking for one with a bit of JD Robb’s darker twists this is a perfect book to read.

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Nauti Deceptions

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Nauti Deceptions (Nauti, #5)Nauti Deceptions by Lora Leigh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not sure what the other books in the series were like but this one just did not do it for me. There was very little depth to Caitlyn/Rogue. The fact that she was a twenty-something virgin who had spent 5+ years pining away for a small town sheriff most than 10 years her senior did not endear her to my heart. Zeke has spent more than a decade of his life figuring out who the members of the Freedom League are and how to bring them down.

The author did not spend much time fleshing out either of the main character or the subplot with the Freedom League. This was the first book in the series that I have read so maybe there is more information in the books from earlier in the series. For Lora Leigh fans looks for a book series to read, I would recommend one of the books from the Breed series.

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Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story

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Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5)Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this novella about Zsadist and Bella you gain some insight into events during the time frame of when their book (Lover Awakened) ended and the epilogue.

Zsadist and Bella have named their daughter Nalla and at the start of the novella she is three months old. In a splash of real world, we find that Zsadist and Bella’s relationship has not adjusted well to the birth of Nalla. Zsadist is plagued by nightmares from his time as a blood slave. This is affecting his relationship with Nalla and therefore Bella.

This novella is a wonderful glimpse of how parenting has affected Zsadist and Bella and what they go through to not only save their relationship but make it stronger.

As long as you have read Lover Awakened you will be able to pick up this novella with no problems. However it will give away the future relationship status of some of the members of the brotherhood and some significant events from other books are mentioned since the novella covers several months.

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Redeemer

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RedeemerRedeemer by Heather Killough-Walden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one will take you off the beaten path. It has religious aspects as well as vampires, who knew the two went together.

The vamps in H K-W’s story are not what you would expect. They are not turned by being bitten. They are human until they die and they come back to life as a vampire with the help of some salt. This part is not explained very well. This story is supposed to be the first in a series so I hope more information will be forthcoming in future installments.

Michael the main male character explains how the group he is a part of goes back to the time of Jesus and how they played a role in Judas’ betrayal and the crucifixion.

It was a very interesting story but it left more questions unanswered than answered which is good for a series because it makes you read the next book in hopes of getting answers.

Waiting for the next installment…

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