Daring to Dream

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Daring to Dream: The Dream Trilogy #1Daring to Dream: The Dream Trilogy #1 by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daring to Dream is the first installment of Nora Robert’s Dream Trilogy. In this book, the focus is on Margo Sullivan. Margo is the only daughter of the housekeeper at Templeton House. The Templetons are a wealthy family who own a chain of upscale hotels mainly in America and Europe. In spite of being the housekeeper’s daughter, the Templetons encourage their daughter Laura and cousin Kate to be friends with Margo. Having been a part of the Templetons’ opulent lifestyle as a child Margo decided she wanted that for herself as an adult and seeks to get it with her best asset, her beauty, by becoming a model. At eighteen she leaves the only home she knows and strikes out to accomplish her dream. Ten years later she is forced to return after being ruined by a scandal that was the result of the numerous bad decisions she had made.

Margo now has to pick up the pieces of her life and figure out what to do to support herself. Laura’s brother, Josh, gives Margo the idea to open a store to sell her belongings to help get rid of her mounting debt. Unbeknownst to Josh or Margo, but they have both had a crush on each other since they were kids. However, both have been living transient lives for over a decade and neither really knows how to have a real relationship and be in love.

Once again, Nora Roberts proves why she is a bestselling author by giving us characters we can love. The character development of the main characters gives you a real feel of each other their personalities. The pace of the book keeps the reader interested by giving you enough detail, drama, and romance to keep you turning the pages. I am definitely looking forward to the next two installments to find out more about Kate and Laura and also to hopefully check-in on Margo and Pretenses.

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Darkness Devours

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Darkness Devours (Dark Angels, #3)Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Darkness Devours is the third installment in the Dark Angel series, a spinoff of the Riley Jensen series

This book picks up right where the last one left off; Tao is recovering from consuming a fire demon, and they are no closer to finding her mother’s killer at the end of this book than before. Risa is once again tested by Hunter and the Vampire council. This test very nearly gets her killed and she makes no progress towards finding the second key. Risa’s questionable relationship with Lucian does take a hit while her relationship with Azriel becomes decidedly more personal.

Risa’s quest to find more interest about the third member of the consortium trying to control the ley lines forces her to call on a former lover interest, we hadn’t previously met, and also leaves a trail of bodies behind, some of which are killed in the same manner as her mother.

Three books in and I cannot begin to imagine where this series is going. There is clearly more to Azriel and Risa’s attraction to each other than Azriel is willing to share at this point. Why is the Vampire Council so interested in Risa and continue to test her? When do we find out what role Lucian plays in all this?

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Return to Sender

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Return To SenderReturn To Sender by Fern Michaels
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Return to Sender to a novel about misunderstanding. Lin Townsend has a weeklong teenage love affair with the man of her dreams. Shortly after returning home, Lin finds herself pregnant and out on the street after her father finds out. She ties to contact Nick Pemberton, the baby’s father, the only way she knows how, by mail. All of her letters come back unopened and stamped return to sender.

Over the course of her son William’s life, Lin becomes successful and is able to provide a good home in spite of her meager beginnings. Lin runs into Nick Pemberton at a dinner she is attending with Will at NYU. After seeing how well to do Nick is Lin wants to make him feel some pain for ignoring her letters and not acknowledging his son. This chance meeting after 19 years lead to events that will shed light on why all of Lin’s letters came back unopened. What Lin doesn’t realize is that there is turmoil beneath the glossy surface of Nick’s life and finding out he has a son might be the best news of his life.

This novel teaches us that sometimes a coincidence is just that and not something sinister. Also, our pain can keep up from reading the fine print which leads us to jump to conclusions and increases our pain.

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