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Sasee Review

A Lowcountry Wedding
(Lowcountry Summer #4)By: Mary Alice Monroe

 

A few seasons have passed and Harper has settled in as the new owner of Sea Breeze. However, with Carson due to return to the family home, her anxieties are high. Meanwhile, Dora is figuring out who she is, while dealing with the stress of being a single mother. Everyone is looking forward to reuniting with the wandering middle sister, especially since the family has two weddings to plan.  Unfortunately, when a stranger with a secret is thrown into the mix, chaos and emotions erupt. Will Mamaw be able to comfort and reconnect her Summer Girls, or will their bond be forever broken?

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Sasee Review

Simply a Smile
By: Joan Leotta

Joan Leotta is a Carolina author who has put together a collection of her short stories, including several award winning tales. Simply a Smile is a book that provides something for everyone. Ranging from Historical Romance to Contemporary Mystery, readers of all genres can easily find a story to enjoy.

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The Lair

A Sinner’s Grove novel.  By: A. B. Michaels.

When news arrives that Daniela Dunn’s father has passed, she is forced to return to Italy, to a home she fears. Her childhood home and the family members that live there, hold a critical secret to her past. One that Daniela is unable to remember, but still feels the effects every day. Unbeknownst to her, her friend Detective Gabe de la Torre, has been asked to accompany her and keep her safe. As the secrets from her past, come rushing forward, will Gabe be able to protect her?

This story starts with an opening bang. Throughout the novel, incidents and items from the previous book are mentioned, making this a sequel in a series that should be read in order. The romantic suspense buildup is great, while some of the mystery is predictable. This is a very twisted story about family secrets and what people will do to succeed in their minds. There is a secondary relationship that moved very quickly, while the primary couple slowly intensified their unity. Readers will feel like they have entered the shady underbelly of Italy, as they sit down and disappear into the story.

Notes:
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this book, please visit the author’s website.

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Alternate Connection

(Countermeasure Series #3) By: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey.

Trevor and Cassandra Bauer have experienced some ups and downs while searching for clues towards Trevor’s missing parents. Instead of experiencing a relaxing holiday season with friends, they have been called to assist the United States Government. Working to help rescue kidnapped Embassy workers, means reuniting with someone from their past. Enter, CIA Agent Nathan Nelson, a man who is not well-liked in the Bauer household. Nate has been battling his own demons this holiday season, and now he is forced to work with the Special Ops Team and the Bauers. Nathan will do anything he can to rescue the woman from his past and make amends. Rachael Moore was married to Nathan’s best friend. Now she is on a personal mission to learn more about his death. In the middle of an assignment in the Middle East, she and her co-workers are kidnapped. Will they get to her in time? And if they do, will she even want their help?
This is the third installment in the Countermeasure Series. The story’s emotional ebbs and flows can rival any ocean in the world. The authors clearly did amazing research into not only the history of the Middle East, but also the sentiments behind their traditions. Readers will be forced to travel to this area world and live with bated breath as they watch the events unfold. High action and high suspense, will keep readers guessing until the very end. Readers should start with the first novel in the series and work their way to this latest chapter. Alternate Connection is a heart-stopping tale that will leave readers anxiously waiting for the next book to be released.

Notes:

I received an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about these authors and their work, please visit their website.

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Roaming Pleasure

(Countermeasure: Bits of Life #3)
By: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey
Format: ebook ARC
Read: July 2015

Trevor and Cassandra Bauer have rarely spent a night apart, since their joyous wedding. However, when business calls Cassie back to the United States, Trevor is left at home to continue working on their current case. He misses his wife dearly and being alone allows him to express his wickedness in a unique way by taking matters into his own hands. Will Cassie approve of Trevor’s antics?

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My Sister’s Books Review #70

Murder of a Bookstore Babe
By: Denise Swanson
Scumble River #13

 

The new bookstore in town has caused a ruckus amongst town members. Skye Denison is excited about the new store, until she discovers a body buried under a bookshelf. Now she must find out who did it before anyone else gets hurt. Will this be the end of Scumble River’s controversial bookstore?

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My Sister’s Books Review #69

First Frost
By: Sarah Addison Allen
Waverley #2
The Waverley Women are out of sorts as they wait for Fall to end.  Claire is running a successful and overwhelming Candy business, but doesn’t have any free time left. Sydney wants to give her husband a son. While Bay has fallen in love with a boy and unfortunately the whole school knows. Add in a mysterious man and it is beginning to look like the first frost will never arrive.

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My Sister’s Books Review #68

Mistletoe and Mayhem
By: Christie Ridgway, Katherine Hall Page, Judi McCoy, Joanne Pence

Romance and Mystery Short Stories

Two romance authors and two mystery authors have teamed up to bring readers this delightful collection of Christmas Short Stories.

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Forgotten Book Challenge

Hi Everyone,

This Forgotten Book Challenge is an old, hardcover book that I bought many years ago. I saw it on the bookshelf one day, and after the events of last year, I thought I would give it a try.

As always, to learn more about the Forgotten Book Challenge, click on the logo below.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

#forgottenbookchallenge

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
By: Gretchen Rubin
(Purchased over four years ago.)

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Search for the Golden Serpent

(Servant of the Gods Book 1)
By: Luciana Cavallaro

Evan Chronis is an architect suffering from a lack of sleep due to realistic dreams. Then one day, he receives a phone call at work that changes his life forever. Whisked away by Zeus, Evan is introduced to the Gods and learns that his life is not what it seems. Desperate to get back to normalcy, he must first perform a task in order to save the Gods. Evan travels through time and sets course on an adventure worthy of any Greek Hero, but will his life end before he can accept what is happening?

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