Jackrabbit Junction Jitters
(Jackrabbit Junction Humorous Mystery Book 2)
Women sleuths, humorous fiction, romantic suspense
Ann Charles; Illustrated edition
(6 Aug. 2012)
Claire is back, raining trouble throughout Jackrabbit Junction in another fast-paced, fun, sexy suspense. A burglar is on the loose! Claire wastes no time forming suspicions, but she's sidetracked by a treasure hunt. Even with help from her boyfriend, Claire is swirling in a whirlpool of chaos. Throw her crazy sister into the torrent, along with an angst-ridden teen, a jittery bride, and some randy old men, and Claire struggles just to keep a toehold in the current. Then her mother arrives ...
I decided to read these books – well the first one, as I had enjoyed the Deadwood series by the same author, and some of the same characters appear in both series, and I thought maybe..
What surprised me was that I kept on reading and reading until I got to the end of the series if not the stories.
In particular these books are about the Morgan sisters and their various escapades. At JackRabbit Junction. Which is little more than a camp site in Arizona where people go to escape a cold winter, or to see the birds. There is an amazing variety of scenery and types of habitats in Arizona apparently, from riparian, to mountain, to desert, and much in between.
Plus lots of other minerals, especially copper now, but sometimes gold before and silver. And precious gems. There were still 380 active mines in 2019, and you can find: turquoise, peridot, azurite, chrysocolla, and malachite. agate, amethyst, garnet, jade, jasper, obsidian, onyx, and opal and even occasionally diamonds. See Geology.com for more details about gem mining in Arizona.
And JackRabbit Junction has lots of mines to add adventures into these stories – which are used for many different purposes, especially illicit purposes as so many are now abandoned and difficult to reach.
All of which means that the Sheriff (an elected office) is kept busy – and the Morgan sisters’ activities help with this – to his frustration.
There are no paranormal happening here – just general mayhem plus heists, arson, mines, dead men, prisons, sheriffs, and various (bit part) players, including some dirty old men still behaving and talking as though they are in the army armed with the necessary add-ons to ensure that they can fulfil fantasies. And who are very fond of drink and cigars.
A lot of drinking happens, a lot of loving, some winnebago escapades, plus a serious number of dangerous car chases and a crazy pregnant woman. Psychotic episodes like these are very uncommon indeed but mood swings are relatively common – this is just an extreme version – perhaps?
All of which makes for an interesting series as you never can guess what is going to happen next – and the stories just keep coming.. and you gotta love the car – see book jacket.
Secrets of a Duke’s Daughter
The Duchess’s Investigative Society, #1
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
March 8th 2021
A duke’s daughter must be prepared for whatever life—and love—throws her way…
Lady Cassandra Fallon is finally ready to take control of her life and join her late mother’s investigative society. She’s more than confident she can do the job—even when her first case involves a potentially deadly scandal. What she’s not quite prepared for is her brother’s attractive (and increasingly distracting) friend acting as her self-appointed bodyguard…
When Lord Luke promised his best friend he’d keep an eye on Cassie, he meant it. But the brazen and entirely too alluring woman she’s become is a far cry from the mischievous, freckled girl she used to be. Luke knows a lowly viscount has no business longing for (or touching) a duke’s daughter. But against all reason…he does…
She craves independence. He only craves her. An epic battle of the sexes is at hand. But will love be enough to get them to happily ever after? Cassie and Luke will soon find out…
A duke’s daughter must be prepared for whatever life—and love—throws her way…
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“Anton will not be pleased you are keeping secrets.”
“Anton is not here, and even if he were, he would not be as tiresome as you are being.” She shook her head. “I know you mean well, Luke, but I am not going to get into trouble as my brother fears and it is rather tedious to be treated as though I am still a little girl.”
Oh he well knew that. If she were, he would not have to dwell on how womanly she appeared in her powder blue pelisse. More slender than technically fashionable, her figure still teased, the coat hugging under her breasts and offering a hint of curves.
Luke prided himself on being an equal opportunities sort of a man, finding himself attracted to a variety of traits but there was something about the tall length of Cassie that made him want to claw at his gut to rid himself of the itch there.
If he had a penny for every time he’d thought of her naked over the last year or so he’d be, well, still too poor to afford Cassie’s upkeep but it would certainly buy a decent meal. His desire to see her long legs, bare and spread out on his sheets, or those delicate breasts free of their confines bordered on the obscene.
He clenched his jaw and watched their progression through the busy London streets. Drivers cursed one another and pedestrians darted between the vehicles, slowing the journey to an agonizing pace. He needed it over as soon as possible so he could breathe Cassie-free air and rid himself of this madness.
Because, damn it, she was Anton’s little sister.
“I will never understand why you do Anton’s bidding. Surely you have better things to do with your time?”
He allowed a tight smile. Cassie had little idea quite how wild he had been back in his college days and how close he had come to ruining his life forever. He considered that perhaps he should tell her and frighten her away for good, but he couldn’t bring himself to see the disappointment in her gaze.
“I gave Anton my word to protect you, Little Cassie, and I am a man of my word.”
She made a dismissive noise and lifted her gaze to the roof of the closed carriage. “You men and your word. I would rather see action than words.”
Luke’s throat tightened and he swallowed hard, but the knot did not budge. She wanted action. He wanted to give it to her. By some miracle, he managed to remain on his seat and resist the desire to leap across the gap between them and pin her to her chair, ensuring they went absolutely nowhere while he showed her exactly what sort of action he was capable of.
“I am here, in your carriage, escorting you to your friend’s house.” He forced a relaxed smile that felt borderline fraudulent. “That is action, Cassie.”
The redness in Cassie’s cheeks deepened. “Must you be so…relentless.”
“Well, I do not care what anyone has told you, it is a frustrating trait.”
Luke smirked to himself. Frustrated by him she might be, but he doubted Cassie felt even half of the frustration he suffered by simply being in her company.
Today would be a long day.
Book & Author Details:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Samantha Holt is known for fun, witty, and usually steamy historical romances. She’s been a full-time writer for longer than she ever thought possible having originally trained as a nurse and an archaeologist. She’s a champion napper, owner of too many animals, mum to twins, and lives in a small village near the very middle of England.
She’s usually writing (or napping) but when she’s not, Samantha is plotting (books of course!) with her husband, drinking coffee, climbing hills that are far too high for her fitness levels or visiting stately homes and pretending she’s posh.
Fiction, Women's Detective Fiction, Psychological, Women's Crime Fiction
September 7, 2017
The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of After Anna and Killing Kate.
Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…
Which Sarah Havenant is you?
When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen.
But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house.
And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own…
Is copying the sincerest form of flattery?
Is copying the sincerest form of flattery?
When someone envies you so much that they want to become you?
A fast paced thriller but in reality with little suspense. Creepy but we already know that putting too much information out on our social media is a really bad thing as random people can pretend to be you and then things can start happening.
I am not sure that this storyline adds much to the theme and the whole book and character definitions are rather thin and need more detail to be believable.
A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder
A Countess of Harleigh Mystery Book 3
Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Murder
July 28, 2020
In Dianne Freeman's charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister's wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance. London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host--or hide--any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily's imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton's family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits--shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens. But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it's not simply the arrival of Frances's socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these "accidents" are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily's fiancé, Leo. Frances's mother is unimpressed by Lily's groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with George--a man who loves her for much more than her dowry--she heartily approves of Lily's choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas. As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll. . . .
I don’t know if this had a previous book and was the second in a series – it did read as though it was and there was information about Frances and George that we were missing. However, I tried to ignore the fact that I really wanted to know more about how they had met, and what, if anything, his job/occupation had to do with it, as I could quite imagine a good story that was missing, as this story was different. NB I found out later that this was book 3 in a series.
Certainly, I have never encountered a house party story with quite so many ‘accidents’. That clearly were intended for someone – but hadn’t yet quite managed to complete their intention.
It did look as though one particular person was the intended victim, but the clues were also there for yet others to be the victim – or victims.
Not a deep book nor is the story a psychological thriller, but a fun murder and mayhem type of plot that would make great dinner theatre.
I’m giving it 4 as a play rather than a novel.
Ps – the fashion as you can see is not intended for any sports – and I remember my grandmother wearing a similar corset and that might explain why she claimed an 18 inch waist on marriage! Note that Bloomers for women were similar to golfing trousers and came in as women attempted to ride a bike in their dresses and found that they couldn’t!
Ladies of the Night #2
By Taylor Lee
women's adventure fiction. erotic
Ladies of the Night is “USA Today best-selling author Taylor Lee’s provocative new series. The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous to the evil men they’re hired to bring to justice. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”
Praise for The Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection…
"Taylor Lee never disappoints! These books are sizzling hot and keep you guessing at every turn. The sexiest special operatives ever!J. John “Spellbinding international thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. Pulse pounding action and steamy romance. A cast of unforgettable characters that will capture your heart.” Action Junkie
WARNING: Romance so HOT it singes the pages. HOT, tough, explicit. Not for the faint at heart.
The Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection includes:
“Sapphire”… Book 1: Sapphire is hired to seduce and capture the leader of a lucrative international human trafficking enterprise. The only thing more challenging than the villain to the fiercely independent Sapphire is her commanding partner.
Ruby”…Book 2: Ruby is a diminutive, red-headed vixen. But don’t let her size fool you. The fierce firebrand is as accomplished with a knife and Glock 19 as she is bringing men to their feet with her womanly wiles.
“Topaz”…Book 3: Topaz is a mixed-race Zoe Saldana look-a-like. As mysterious as her heritage, a hideous incident in Topaz’s troubled past gives her a dangerous connection to the international Cartel leader at the top of the DEA’s most wanted list “Diamond”…Book 4: Diamond founded Ladies of the Night after she was fired by the third off the grid security firm for not being a “team player”. In a deadly mix of murder, lust and politics, Diamond finds herself faced with losing her company or her heart—or both. Love Kaylea Cross's heart pounding romantic mystery thrillers? Sylvia Day’s and Maya Banks red hot sexy heroes, feisty heroines and high adrenaline action? Fern Michael’s compelling characters? Grab Ladies of the Night and prepare to be addicted.
The 2nd Ladies of the Night operative – actually
the first recruited but 2nd book. With red hair, hence the nickname
for the group.
And 5 foot 8 inches is not tall for a woman, only slightly above average height – if 5 foot 6 is ideal then…
This story was reading quite well until suddenly, just like the last 5 minutes of every TV cop programme with just a 45 min (ex adverts slot), the villain is unmasked and all is settled . just like that. No real climax .
So 3 stars for the author not knowing how to end the story, and not really dealing with the romance properly. It would have benefitted from being written from Noah’s point of view occasionally as so many stories are told now.