"Just Three Dates" by David Burnett



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Since Karen broke up with her last boyfriend three years ago, she has not dated the same guy twice, and only one man in ten has received so much as a goodnight kiss as she turned him away.

Mark still dreams of his almost-fiancĂ©e, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he’d planned to ask for her hand.

Karen’s mother tells her she needs a husband. Mark’s mother says he needs a wife. But left on their own, these opposites will never attract. As a result, their mothers become matchmakers. They entangle their children in a series of blind dates, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a marriage of convenience is a live option. ... But is it?






I was lured in by the description and completely enjoyed the beginning of this book; the meddlesome but endearing mothers convincing their children to agree to three dates in hopes they'd fall in love or at least marry for convenience sake. The urgency to wed didn't make sense when Mark and Karen were both rather young. Mark was hung up on his ex-girlfriend for most of the story, and that made it a little awkward for me; especially when the truth about their break up was revealed. Some scenes seemed far fetched; Karen falls down a mountain, gets badly-injured and can hardly move but goes dancing for hours immediately afterward; but the setting and descriptions drew a beautiful picture in my mind, and I was happy with the ending.

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"Here The Truth Lies" by Seb Kirby





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Sometimes your past is stranger than you ever imagined

Emma Chamberlain has a consuming ambition - to prove the innocence of a convicted murderer sentenced to life. But the more she digs into the evidence, the more she is forced to confront threatening secrets about her own past that lead her to the ultimate question - who is Emma Chamberlain?

To discover the truth, Emma must expose those responsible for a dark conspiracy that has ruined the lives of many and now threatens her own.



  



Emma Chamberlain is an investigative journalist, and she's also an alcoholic who reaches an all-time low when she works on cases her boss has warned her away from, and she's suspended. Corruption of police officers and an imprisoned man that Emma believes was wrongly convicted; she can't let go of them. She has no memory of her childhood, feels the people she's told are her parents are strangers. A ghostly little girl visits her bedroom at night, but Emma's not afraid of her. She wants to help the girl, and she'll have to follow clues to uncover her true identity, and in doing so, several layers are peeled and merge in this intriguing story that leads to a satisfying ending. I didn't want to stop reading. I highly recommend this book.

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'Memoir of a Mad Woman' by Vashti Quiroz-Vega




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A novelette from the award-winning author of The Fall of Lilith and Son of the Serpent, Vashti Quiroz-Vega.

Who can explain how madness begins?

This is the story of Emma. Reared by a religious fanatic, orphaned at a young age and sent to a mental institution and an orphanage. Molested and betrayed by the people who should be watching over her…

Who can say that madness has no logic?

During a fight, Emma's best friend punched her in the abdomen. Since then, Emma has believed there's something damaged inside of her.

Every month… she bleeds.
She tries to fight it all her life, but the pain and the blood return twenty-eight days later… and the cycle begins again.

But Emma, even in her madness, knows how to take care of herself.
She knows how to make things right…

You may not agree… 
But, who can reason with insanity?




'Memoir of a Mad Woman' by Vashti Quiroz-Vega was a short read made quicker by the desire to find out what happened to this little girl, Emma, or what happened to those around her. The 'evil' deeds committed upon this girl and the way she interprets and responds to them make you wonder; was she disturbed before the torturous events or was her mental state caused by them? You also feel sympathetic towards her; even though the revenge she exacts is quite brutal, a little part of me thinks they deserve it. Well done, Ms. Quiroz-Vega with a few tantalizing final lines that lead the imagination to what trouble Emma will find herself in next. 

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"The Duke's Bride in Disguise (Fairfax Twins Book 1)" by Claudia Stone









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When poor orphan Ava Smith comes face to face with a girl who looks exactly like her, she is certain she has seen a ghost! But, Lady Emily Fairfax, is no ghost and is sure that she and Ava must be long lost twins. Despite her better judgement, Ava allows Emily to convince her to swap lives for a month, in order for Ava to scupper Emily’s engagement to a cold-hearted, brute of a man.
Imagine Ava’s surprise when Emily’s betrothed turns out to be none other than her unrequited crush, the Duke of Kilbride!

Raff Alexander Hamilton, the Sixth Duke of Kilbride, knows that he must do his duty to the line by marrying and procuring an heir. Love was never in the equation in his search for a bride. All that he required was a lady who was well-bred, quiet and biddable—and he thought that he had found just what he was looking for in Lady Emily Fairfax.
Imagine his surprise, when overnight, his betrothed goes from meek and compliant to outspoken, alluring, and decidedly unimpressed with him.

As Raff battles to woo his bride to be, Ava must navigate the sumptuous world of Regency London, while trying desperately not to fall in love - no matter how much her heart wants it.







Twins separated at birth by unfortunate secret circumstances find one another as young women. What do you know? One twin is engaged to a man she wants nothing to do with, and she plans to trade places with her sister who will have a much easier time chasing away the unwanted fiancĂ©. But, wait, her sister is in love with him.
 I enjoyed this story; it made me laugh, made me angry, and made me sad. Each character had something that drew a connection; and as a romance blossomed, a mystery was solved. I recommend this book.

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"Crazy Little Thing" by Tracy Brogan


Crazy Little Thing (A Bell Harbor Novel) by [Brogan, Tracy]

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If Sadie Turner is good at anything, it’s putting stuff in order. So when she finds her “perfect” life in disarray, she hopes a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house will help her piece it back together. She wants to relax, reboot, and heal the wounds left by her cheating ex-husband. And that requires time away from men. All men.
Or so she thinks.
With two slobbering dogs and two cousins living there—one a flamboyant decorator intent on making over Sadie—it’s hard to get a moment’s peace at eccentric Aunt Dody’s house, especially with everyone so determined to set her up with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor.
Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. Tall, tanned, muscular…and to top it off, he’s great with her kids. But he must have a flaw—he’s a man—so Sadie vows to keep her distance.
As summer blazes on, the life Sadie is trying so hard to simplify only becomes more complicated—a new career presents itself, her evil ex haunts her, and Aunt Dody reveals a tragic secret—but maybe a little chaos is just what Sadie needs to get her life back in order.




Tracy Brogan has done it for me again. I originally read a historical romance by her and went in search of her other books. I was not disappointed. Best book of its genre I have read in months. A perfect blend of comedy and error, serious and playful; these characters were a hit. Terrific small town setting and crazy Aunt Dody made me feel at home. My favorite was Sadie's cousin, Fontaine. A romance with more. I highly recommend this book. 


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