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Sizzling Winter

Winter’s Heat Book Cover Winter’s Heat
Billionare Romances
Olivia Blake
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
21 July 2016

As if grad school wasn’t hard enough, Celeste had caught her boyfriend cheating on her and kicked him out of their apartment. Now she’s on the hook for all the bills, and she needs a job that will pay her more than a teaching assistant’s meager salary. In desperation she finds herself at a party on the yacht of Andrew Winter, a playboy oil billionaire, hoping to land a job as his personal assistant. But the gorgeous stranger she ends up talking to isn’t Andrew Winter.

In the dim light she couldn’t make out the color of his eyes, but it really didn’t matter. They were riveted on her, and that was all she cared about at the moment.

What she can see is that he’s smoking hot, oozing testosterone, and interested in her. After the hit her ego has taken with her ex, the attention is nice. It isn’t going to get him anywhere, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun with it. Who wouldn’t take advantage of a little moonlight on a yacht with good company? But no one had bothered to tell Stephen he couldn’t have a taste, and now his soft lips are setting her on fire.

Why couldn’t she enjoy it for just a little while? It wouldn’t hurt anything, would it?

Mr Winter is a billionaire – and Celeste Moore wants /needs a job to complete her Master’s degree through lack of funding  as she wants to remain independent of her parents and not borrow.

But can she work for Mr Winter after their rather impulsive encounter?

And 8 part story each part ends on a cliff hanger. Try to get the box set or you will get frustrated.

3.5 stars for complete set

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Pretending he’s mine

Pretending He's Mine Book Cover Pretending He's Mine
Caught up in Love bk 2
Lauren Blakely
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(22 Feb. 2014

What happens when the lines between make-believe and matters of the heart begin to blur? Reeve Larkin needs a job. Sure, the actor is talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort of way that makes all the women swoon. But he lost out on a part in a big movie, and now his day job hours have been slashed too. What's a handsome young thing in need of a role to do? Sign up to be the fake fiancé of the sexy and shrewd casting director Sutton Brenner, who must appear temporarily attached if she's to land a coveted gig casting a red-hot film. So Sutton strikes a pact with Reeve to play the role of her fiance until she closes the deal. The trouble is - she's sexy-as-hell and damn near irresistible to him. And he's not only a great guy, he makes her feel amazing in every single way. It doesn't take long for their pretend love affair to heat up, especially after that toe-curling night in the balcony of the Broadway theater. And that scorching afternoon in the stacks of the New York Public Library. A red-hot love affair. An intense connection. But can two people working in the world of acting fake it til they make it?


A fun book

Do you need an emergency fiance?  Easy solution – hire one.

An out of work actor will do nicely.

Not a new theme/storyline of course but in this book we find we hear a lot of the story from the fake fiancé’s point of view which changes the dynamic of the story.

3.5 stars

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Play the Game

Players Book Cover Players
Seagate and Miner Mysteries book #7
Mike Markel
mystery, thriller, police procedurals
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(25 Aug. 2016)

The death of Lake Williams, a former football player at Central Montana State, in his squalid tent in a homeless camp looks to Seagate and Miner like a routine heroin overdose. Soon, however, they discover that someone hired a courier to deliver the uncut heroin, knowing that Lake would shoot up and die instantly. When a second body turns up, and then a third, the evidence points to the head coach and the other leaders of the football program, who appear to be covering up a secret that would destroy the program. When a man comes forward, claiming to have committed numerous felonies on behalf of the program over many years, the detectives don’t know whether he is the killer or merely a decoy in an elaborate misdirection play. In a heart-pounding final confrontation, Seagate and Miner confront the killer—and realize they have walked right into the trap.


You are immediately interested in the death of Lake which opens the book. You think you know what has happened but you don’t know why. And you are drawn into the mystery and want to explore it and find the solution.

Although this was book #7 in the series, I didn’t feel the need to have read the previous ones in order to understand it. The mark of good story-telling in my view.|

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When Words are Bad

Murdered by Words Book Cover Murdered by Words
MidWest Cozy Mysteries
Dianne Harman
cosy mystery
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 April 2016)

This is supposedly a novel where life imitates art. I just wonder about calling it that as it is a rather obscure quote –  from Oscar Wilde, who gave as his opinion,  in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.

But the story did not live up to this quote.

It is a ‘cozy’ and I found rather reptitive and slow. The sentences were very precise – somehow too precise as it means that the story moved very slowly with out the use of emotional adjectives or humour.

Although the storyline is about an author who writes racy novels – this novel was far from racy – indeed it was staid.

I failed to get invested in the heroine and her life.

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Looking for a Grave?

Never Buried Book Cover Never Buried
Volume 1 (Leigh Koslow Mystery)
Edie Clare
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, female sleuths
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
31 May 2012

he truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer's grave... Too bad his body didn't!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn't pack heat--just a few extra pounds. And she doesn't go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara's refurbished Victorian house, she wasn't planning on discovering a corpse--certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin's house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house--someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn't know Leigh's impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

So we have Leigh who has trouble keeping a job but is good at writing. And she finds an embalmed body – problem is that this man was supposed to have been buried a long time ago. So the question arises: why isn’t he in his grave?

And then it appears that he was never in his grave – so where was he kept? between his burial and now?

And then it seems the corpse is that of the old owner to her friend Cara’s house – a Paul Fischer – and Leigh’s curiosity gets the better of her.

In the cozy genre this is a fairly typical murder/mystery and light reading.

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