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Wicked Highland Ways by Mary Wine

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Wicked Highland Ways (Highland Weddings, #6) by Mary Wine
Series: ,
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 28, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: ebook
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four-stars

Brenda Grant has no desire to marry. Ever since her first, horrible marriage she's made herself into a hellion of a woman to keep men from wanting her. But the Campbells, her previous husband's family, are determined to find her a new husband.
Highland Chief Bothan Gunn is smitten by the woman who won't be tamed. It takes all Brenda's willpower to resist the brawny Highlander who takes her to safety. But as they spend time together—and grow ever closer—Brenda finally finds the freedom she's been longing for all along.

I love a good Highlander book, and while I completely loved Brenda and Bothan I found that this story was pretty slow to start and thankfully it did pick up some speed and kept my attention throughout the end of the book. Bothan knows that they should be together, but he’s had a hard time convincing Brenda of that fact. This makes for a great story. 

Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase

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Tangled Up in You (The Shaughnessy Brothers, #7) by Samantha Chase
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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 30, 2019
Pages: 357
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four-stars

They'll change each other's fate...
One fateful night Bobby Hannigan sustains a gunshot wound that could end his career as a police officer. If that's taken from him, he doesn't know what he'll do. The only ray of hope is Teagan Shaughnessy—a kindhearted single mom who understands his struggles...
Teagan and her young son have just moved back to the Carolina coast to be near family. When she meets Bobby, the timing feels wrong, but everything else feels oh-so-right. Bobby and Teagan each had plans for their own futures. But they're finding that those plans are meaningless if they can't be together...

I love the Shaughnessy Brothers books. I find the characters in these books. They are all likable and when they find love the stories are always entertaining and a fun read.

In this story we have Bobby and Teagan who have both been through some pretty traumatic experiences and are just trying to find a new normal. The instant attraction and how they figure out how to make it work getting past their own hurt and insecurities makes a story that will tug at your heart and hope that they can figure things out in the end.

The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts

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The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
Published by Mira Books on April 23, 2019
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
Pages: 373
Format: ebook
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three-stars

Join USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts for a seaside escape to the beaches of Moonlight Harbor
Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.
As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.
Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.

This was a fun quick read that is a perfect book to read by the pool this summer. Celeste runs back home to family after learning that her boyfriend was cheating on her. This story of healing a broken heart, and coming to learn that she can find love again. And with a town filled with eligible bachelors there are plenty of guys to chose from she has plenty of opportunity to love again.

Extinction Of All Children by L.J. Epps

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Extinction of All Children by L.J. Epps
Series: Brigid Quinn Series #4
Published by Smashwords Edition on June 4, 2016
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
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three-stars




A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.
Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world into three territories, separated by classes—the rich, the working class, and the poor—because she believes the poor should not mingle with the others. And, the poor are no longer allowed to have children, since they do not have the means to take care of them.
Any babies born, accidentally or willfully, are killed. Emma is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory; every baby born after her has died. Somehow, she survived this fate.
During the president’s Monday night speech, she announces a party will be held to honor the last child in the territory, Emma Whisperer. Emma must read a speech, expressing how happy she is to be the last eighteen-year-old.
Emma doesn’t like the rules; she doesn’t believe in them. So, she feels she must rebel against them. Her family doesn’t agree with her rebellion, since they are hiding a big secret. If this secret gets out, it will be disastrous, and deadly, for her family.
During Emma’s journey, she meets—and becomes friends with—Eric. He is one of the guards for the president. She also befriends Samuel, another guard for the president, who is summoned to watch over her. As Emma meets new people, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Yet, she finds herself falling for a guy, something which has never happened before.
After doing what she feels is right, Emma finds herself in imminent danger. In the end, she must make one gut-wrenching decision, a decision that may be disastrous for them all.
“Fans of dystopian fantasy will devour this book. L. J. Epps writes a story that, while dealing with heavy subject matter, is still a light, enjoyable read. This dystopian fantasy novel ignites the imagination, and is a must read for fans of The Hunger Games and the Divergent Trilogy.”—Kristina Gemmell,Beta Reader


This is the first book by L.J Epps that I have read, and I must say I really enjoyed the read. It was a little slow to start, but I kept reading and while I was reminded of . Hunger Games and some other dystopian at times it did lure me in and I was hooked until I finished the book.

 

three-stars

We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman

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We Were Killers Once (Brigid Quinn, #4) by Becky Masterman
Series: Brigid Quinn Series #4
Published by Minotaur Books on June 4, 2019
Genres: Girls & Women, Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: ebook
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four-stars




Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Becky Masterman’s fourth stunning thriller
In 1959, a family of four were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok were convicted and executed for the crime, and the murders and their investigation and solution became the subject of Truman Capote’s masterpiece, IN COLD BLOOD. But what if there was a third killer, who remained unknown? What if there was another family, also murdered, who crossed paths with this band of killers, though their murder remains unsolved? And what if Dick Hickok left a written confession, explaining everything?
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband Carlo, a former priest and university professor, are trying to enjoy each other in this new stage in their lives. But a memento from Carlo’s days as a prison chaplain–a handwritten document hidden away undetected in a box of Carlo’s old things–has become a target for a man on the run from his past. Jerry Beaufort has just been released from prison after decades behind bars, and though he’d like to get on with living the rest of his life, he knows that somewhere there is a written record of the time he spent with two killers in 1959. Following the path of this letter will bring Jerry into contact with the last person he’ll see as a threat: Brigid Quinn.

This is the first book by Becky Masterman that I have read, and I must say I really enjoyed the read. I’m usually not one for mysteries because I can see through to the answer pretty quickly and I loose interest pretty quickly after that., But this book, while it was a slow start did keep my interest until the end. Getting to know Brigid and Carlo was fun, and I do plan on reading the previous 3 books with the same characters to see more of them.  This is a stand alone book and you do not need to ready the others before this, but I personally do like to read previous books when I find characters I like.

 

 

four-stars

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
Published by Thomas Nelson on February 6, 2018
Pages: 220
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three-stars




Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

I think that this book is one that either you like or you don’t. And for once I’m in the don’t category, the tone of the book just hit me all wrong. Also from what I read in this book I didn’t really learn anything new, it was all things that I already knew. So if you are interested in reading this book I highly recommend getting a copy from the library first and if you are one that really enjoys it then go get your own copy.

three-stars

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