Beware Secrets

At the Wedding Book Cover At the Wedding
Matt Dunn
women's fiction, love sex and marriage, humour
Lake Union Publishing
2018-09
302

Livia's been planning her wedding to Jed for ages. Now, at the venue in beautiful Barcelona, with her dress pressed and the guests all on their way, she's only left one tiny detail until the last minute: letting the groom know he's about to get hitched. But as far as Jed's concerned, they've been bumping along just fine for ten years and even have a baby on the way, so why spoil things with an 'I do'? Especially when he'd really rather not. Meanwhile the guests are arriving with plenty of baggage of their own. Fading reality star Liam's still on the lookout for a plus-one; Rachel's has refused to come--and dumped her into the bargain; and divorcee Patrick's date is more of the 'mid-life crisis' variety. But as the ceremony approaches, and with no sign of Jed, there's only one thing on all of their minds: will there be a bride and groom at the wedding?

A fun novel with two storylines intertwined: the surprise wedding and the football mad partner who takes his girlfriend for granted.

Now, as this novel was written by a bloke you can tell he knows the football mad personage – and even the potential reaction of a man who thought all was well in his world being thrust into a secret wedding.

So we have the story of the woman, with whom I can empathise, who wants to get married before she gives birth – which is getting ever more imminent – and her partner isn’t taking the hints.

So she organises a secret proposal and wedding in Barcelona with even manages to bring along some guests without him being aware. One of whom has a partner who is totally football obsessed. And again, very unaware of what is going on in her mind.

Nicely written with enough humour and (stock) characters that you recognise.

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How the very rich behave

Filthy Rich: A Billionaire Romance
Box Set
Summer Cooper
contemporary fiction, romance, humour,erotic
Kindle

Filled with sizzling hot billionaires and enough heat to melt your e-reader. These sexy alpha males know exactly how to satisfy you. Look inside to meet the billionaires.

Book 1 - Billionaire In Vegas
Cocky. Filthy rich. Hot.
There’s nothing Jude can’t have in life.
But he’s never met someone like Lacey.
Uptight. Pragmatic. Undersexed.
To him, she’s funny and sexy.
If only Lacey felt the same way.
Will a little time in Vegas change things?

Book 2 - Billionaire Hunt 
Erik wants a family. A baby. Not love.
But he doesn’t want just any woman to carry his baby.
When he was introduced to Misha, he knew she was perfect for the job.
If he can convince her to say yes.
If he can resist falling for her.

Book 3 - Billionaire’s Game 
Billionaire. Philanthropist. Florida’s most eligible bachelor.
Magnus Deacon is determined to win a game show for his favorite charity.
But he needs the perfect partner — Lesli Cabot.
She’s not just beautiful, she’s intelligent.
Nothing like the women he usually dates.
But she’s decided he’s not the boyfriend type.

Book 4 - Billionaire Retreat
Boys will be boys.
Griffin knew exactly what his brother’s bachelor party would involve.
Alcohol. Gorgeous blondes. Paradise island.
But he wasn’t expecting to pair up with her — Nina Charles.
He knows how to charm a lady, how to have a good night.
But he has no idea how to handle the rest.

Book 5 - Billionaire On Air
Sexy. Attractive. Rich. And single.
That’s why he was set up and chosen to be on a TV dating show.
Find The Billionaire!
But he’s sick of the lifestyle and the gold diggers.
Could a reality show really change any of that?

Book 6 - Winning Her
Trent is back in town.
He needs to save the family fortune.
He wants to win her heart.
But Jessi won’t even talk to him.
He may be hotter than ever, but can she ever forgive him?

Book 7 - Claiming Her
Mason dates models.
Well, ‘date’ may be a strong word.
He f@cks models. No relationships.
But there’s something different about Laura.
All he wants to do is to protect her and make her his.
For life.
If she’ll let him.
But something is holding her back.

On the whole an enjoyable read, but I do have a couple of issues with the author – Summer Cooper. Now Summer, I don’t know how old you are – I can’t find a photo of you easily – but you don’t sound from what you say about yourself to be ‘elderly’, so I am going to assume that you are under 50. Do correct me if I’m wrong!

But your writing about characters has certainly got the wrong generation feel about those older than 50. So here are some examples I pulled out of this box set.

(Loc 8760) Mrs Mallory was portrayed as ‘small, bent, with silvery-white hair in a loose bun and ‘for an elderly lady was active, fun-loving’. She was 70! Really – this is a portrait of a women of 70 from 70 years back. I am nearly 70 and whilst I’ll admit to the white hair (dyed though to a better and fashionable gray) and so are my friends, none of us are bent or in any other than form than fun loving – always! We also object to being characterised as being elderly. We are in late Middle Age please.

Why should anyone worry about a 70 year old woman cooking? And for a family? We all do that. All the time. And many of my friends are also minding their young grand-children at that.

And then (Loc 10894) we have someone ‘getting on in years, but he still considered himself young and spry. He wasn’t (my bold and caps) EVEN IN HIS SIXTIES yet, and he was retired’. Seriously. Getting on in years? I’ll admit that about myself in another 10 years. I certainly didn’t feel that in any way when 50.

Finally, ‘I’m not exactly young anymore, you know. I’ll be hitting 30 SOON‘. (Loc 13513). Now the only time you should worry about being getting older to have a child, these days, is when you are 40. If you are looking to have children in your 20s then you are VERY young. mid thirties is more the norm.

My final gripe with this book (Loc 4760) you should  n feed bread to either ducks or turtle. They lack the enzymes to break down the nutrients and this is therefore the worst thing you can do to enable them to eat poorly.

So. I have given this book a 3 stars because of its ageism and its not being environmentally responsible to wildlife.

 

 

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Funny memory when you’re drunk?

The Wolf's Secret Bride
Howl's Romance
Eve Langlais
paranormal, mythology, romance, humour
Eve Langlais
(26 July 2018)

This lone wolf gets the shock of his life when he gets a bill for his wedding in Vegas.

 After a soap opera of a week where Rory meets his real father, attempts a hostile business takeover, torches the family business, and almost gets arrested for attempted murder, he decides a relaxing weekend is just what he needs.
 Vegas has a way of making a man—even one who’s part wolf—forget his troubles. Rory does such a good job of wiping his mind he doesn’t even remember the wedding he receives an invoice for.
Did he do the unthinkable?
 Rory sets out to find his blushing bride only to discover the one thing he never expected. Love. But can a wolf have a happily ever after with a mate who is on the run from danger?

This is a paranormal series of romances where there are wolves involved – well werewolves anyway.

And here we have one who is not really a very nice guy. It seems he ran away from Canada and lots of crimes, and then runs away again to Las Vegas, where he gets rather drunk and forgets what has happened.

And we have a heroine who has been captures by a Lion shifter group (think bad boys and motorbikes) and was held in the Canadian Woods until she escapes and ends up in Las Vegas.

And so we have a meeting and rather nice story.

I enjoyed this and thought Eve Langlais was on form here.

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Enter the Con

From Duke Till Dawn Book Cover From Duke Till Dawn
(The London Underground, #1)
Eva Leigh
Regency romance, historical, humour
Mills & Boon
March 26, 2018
384

Eva Leigh launches a seductive new series that sizzles with the dark secrets of London's underworld... 'It's not my habit to seduce impoverished widows...' The Duke of Greyland lost his heart - and a princely sum - to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark - to be fleeced and forgotten - only she'd never forgotten him. Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her... never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help. The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn't leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra - the smart, streetwise survivor - steal his heart all over again? Book one in the Scandalous Ladies of London series

For me this was a generally enjoyable book, but there was one area that I felt let the book down – the sex scenes. They somehow didn’t flow well. It was as though the publisher or editor said ‘we must have some sex in the book’, and the author complied but wasn’t confident or didn’t really like this type of writing.
That said, I thought that the story contained some interesting reflections and reminders about the lot of girls born into the slums. The story told us not only about the hierarchy of the Underworld and criminals but that girls had little choice but to work in brothels and get the ‘pox’ from a very young age,; work in the cotton mills (or similar) and get a lung disease; or learn to be thieves. Remember that the phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ came from the lead poisoning that working in a hat factory brought with it and the subsequent brain deterioration.
So thieving was perhaps the best option for them.
‘Respectable’ trades required references, from scullery maid to shopgirl and unless you had a reference you couldn’t obtain legal work.
The sadness of being dirty, hungry, lice ridden and without belongings was brought out clearly – no belongings because a. you had probably stolen what you had from other, and b. they stole it back…
I felt very much for the female character in this novel and thought that she had made the very best of her sad life.

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Enter the Very Dark

The Dark Lands Book Cover The Dark Lands
AngelBound #5
Christina Bauer
Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Monster House books
(30 Oct. 2018)

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.

Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace..

Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that the ghoul Oligarchy took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and an all around nut job who really needs to stay locked up..

Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just two days to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

Perfect for readers who love angels, devils, and demons but want a fresh take on their related fairy tales, myths, and legends. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and urban/contemporary fantasy.

Well who would want to live on anywhere but Earth after reading the descriptions of Purgatory, Antrum and the Dark Lands in these novels? Light in short supply, lots of grey clouds and rain, and no flowers to speak of? And worm farms? Actually, the latter is not so bad as we have a worm farm in our charity garden – but it is very small and the worms live in a hut like a hive with lots of trays, making compost and fertiliser from our kitchen waste.

So some imaginative worlds here with the 4 realms – and even earth is not so good, as you know that migraine you’ve had for years? Seems it might just be a demon living on your neck.

I went back to the beginning here and read the current 5 novels in order, as starting from novel 5 it is often difficult to pick up the story – and loved them.

I’m always a sucker for stories with some angels, demons, and kick-ass heroines, and this Myla beats all of them hands-down as she has a semi-independent tail with an arrow on its end that can think for itself and helps her fight! I want one… It waves and high fives and all sorts of stuff, all on its own without Myla controlling it. So cool…

I enjoyed the writing style and found the books easy to read. With a fun style  and sense of humour, and mostly grammatically correct – a few small errors that an editor should have picked up. Well suited to the age range, but still good for older adults – if you like this type of writing – which I do as a fan of Eve Langlais and Robyn Peterman who also write about Hell, Demons, Angels and feisty heroines.

I’m now waiting for books 6 and 7 to come out – and intend to read the spin-off series about the children. Maxon sounds like a fun baby to have and he should join in nursery classes with Astrid’s son (Fashionably Dead Down Under series by Robyn Peterman) as they would be a match for each other in precociousness and trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes..

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. .

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

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