"An Early Frost" by Jenna Brooks

An Early Frost (October Snow Book 2) by [Brooks, Jenna]


A high-powered Family Law attorney, he's the one that battered mothers and abused kids turn to for help. Will's the best at what he does, and he wins.

He's also fed up, burned out, and ready to walk away from fighting the insanity of the Family Court system.

But there are two abused children left to rescue. One of them is five-year-old Alexa Reynolds. She and her mother are being stalked by a criminal sociopath.

Her mom calls the guy "demonic."

Alexa calls him "Daddy."

And Alexa's daddy calls Will a walking dead man.

The other abused child lives inside of Maxine Allen, the woman who Will waited decades to find. Max is becoming more and more withdrawn. Increasingly hostile. She's turning abusive, striking out at him - and he knows only that it has something to do with her father. Unable to learn the secrets from her childhood, he's watching as the woman he loves descends into her own private hell.

But Will waited half his life to find her, and he's not about to abandon her there. He intends to get to the truth of what happened to her. Between saving Alexa from her murderous father, and Maxine from her demons, he's walking into the fight of his life. One that he intends to win.

Or die trying.

Will Remmond is about to learn that the most terrifying battles don't take place in the courtroom. They are waged within the darkest places of the human mind: in the abyss where the force of love confronts the power of evil. Head-on.

When reading "An Early Frost," I realized I had not read book number one. It didn't impede my understanding of the story. However, I can't find anything more than lack-luster adjectives to describe how I felt when turning the pages. 'It was okay, oh, that was nice.' I can't remember reading a book where a character requested another character "tell me what happened, what you're thinking, how do you feel," so many times. Is he the boyfriend or the therapist? There were interesting elements of the book, but the romance didn't work for me. I found the underlying story more compelling than the main characters.


"Behind the Glass" by Kristen Morgen

Behind the Glass by [Morgen, Kristen]


Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore cafĂ©. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation. 

Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach. 

Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles. 

Behind The Glass described a woman damaged by the divorce of her parents and abandonment of her father. A delicate issue, yes, but Rebecca's emotional problems bordered on annoying. Michael and Rebecca's personal restraint while in each other's company was impressive. Their moral fortitude was uncommon and refreshing. I felt sorry for Rebecca, but I was frustrated by the fact that she chose to stay with Brett even though she loved Michael. Scratch my head; she didn't seem to love Brett at all (even though she later claimed she loved both men.) And why did Leo set her up with Brett? He should have known better. The build up to the sexual relationship took so long. By the time it got to that point, I wasn't even interested in it, and the act of making love seemed to take forever. Get it over with already, I thought. Frequently, I found myself distracted and easily putting the book down. I was bored.




Vacationing on beautiful Sanibel Island off Florida's Gulf Coast, Ellen Bennett has never felt so guilty--or more alive.
This wasn't the way things were supposed to turn out. The 45-year-old successful career woman, wife and mother traveled to the island paradise for solitude and a much-needed break from her family. But a chance encounter with a fellow traveler sparks a powerful attraction, forcing Ellen to make a decision that could change her life forever.
Against an idyllic backdrop of white sand beaches, azure water and lush palms, Ellen struggles with her faith and tries to subdue a firestorm of emotions. David, the father of three young children, confronts the fault lines in his own marriage that lead to a stunning revelation.
Their relationship unfolds as David's family gathers on Sanibel to celebrate his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Tensions are running high. David's mother is worried about her husband's strange behavior and inexplicable memory lapses. His sisters, Julia, an over-achieving corporate exec, and Maggie, a hard-partying renegade who just announced she's gay and leaving her husband, haven't spoken for months.
On the island, a small congregation battles to save a beloved seaside chapel to make room for a lavish oceanfront mansion. Ellen takes up the cause when she meets 76-year-old Liz Taylor, a vivacious widow with a sparkling wit and a secret passion of her own.
A compelling and heartfelt novel, Ten Days In Paradise masterfully explores the inner landscapes of marriage and family relationships.

Paradise? Don't Let the cover fool you. No one is free from worries here....

A beautiful setting. Intricately woven relationships. Some brazenly real family dynamics. Sinners. Yes, sinners(arent' we all?). It seemed nearly every character battled a demon, an ethical dilemma, or a life-changing decision. Interesting and hateable, with their infidelity and secrets, I found it hard to sympathize with the two main characters, and I didn't want to relate to them. I didn't want to believe it's that simple to trip and fall into a moral quagmire. People don't just run off on vacation alone and fall into the arms of a stranger when their marriage is rocky, do they? Men don't fall in love with another woman within days of meeting her while on a family vacation with their wife and children, right? Well, maybe they do. That makes me uncomfortable. You might find it troublesome, too. Sometimes a book brings you out of your comfort zone and makes you ask, 'why?' It's not your everyday love story with the expected happily ever after. The book shows different types of love between father/daughter, brother/sister, and even love of faith and humanity. At certain points, I found myself in tears. It's gritty darkness and flawed characters camouflaged with an island paradise backdrop. It's a tender fifty-year love story enmeshed in the tragedies of its offspring. What is unique about this book is that I was rooting for the main characters NOT to get together the whole time. I wanted a revelation, a change of mind and heart. I wanted them to be better people, but they weren't. They were human. So, even though I couldn't condone their actions or want them to be together, I was still hoping for them to find an acceptable happily ever after in their separate lives. The story left me with a lot of questions. I have to wonder if there is a sequel in the works to sew up lives interrupted and give some closure. I would read it. I want to know if these characters changed, grew, became less selfish, gained internal peace, or found happiness. 


"Will Work for Love" by Amie Denman

Will Work for Love by [Denman, Amie]

When Whitney Oliver arrives at St. Thomas, she expects to enjoy a two-week vacation while tying up loose ends for her best friend, Taylor's wedding to occur at the family estate. She first bumps into Chris Maxwell ( fan yourself with your hand kind of leading man) while trying to get her luggage through a revolving door, and there is a mutual attraction. She discovers her vacation isn't going to be as relaxed as she'd planned, and the heat gets turned up between her and Chris when he volunteers to help her get the place ready for a perfect Christmas Eve destination wedding. But he's left out a few crucial details about his identity, and even though they fall for one another, it's going to be rough sailing. An enjoyable romance; a light, and easy beach read. I enjoyed Whitney and Chris's journey. I would recommend it.


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