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A Family Found - Hamilton River, #1

The characters and the "setup" (for lack of a better word at the moment) of the story are what really stand out for me in A Family Found. The characters are fleshed out and well-balanced. Family is important to Dimitri and Mason based on th...

4 Stars

Infected Bloodlines - Sequel to Infected: Prey

I really enjoyed this sequel to Infected: Prey and seeing some more of the characters. What draws me to reading this series (so far) is seeing the different levels within each character and how those levels blend (or not) with the other cha...

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The Order of the Scales - The Memory of Flames, Book III

The books that are part of The Memory of Flames get, for me, better with each installment. What really draws me, aside from the storytelling, is that while each character (whether human or dragon) knows what she/he wants, is willing to do w...

5 Stars

Nexus - The Warder Series

Nexus is, for me, about strength, love, family, doing what is right, and being able to forgive oneself when it feels like a promise has been broken under extraordinary circumstances. It is about that and more. It is also about friendship, l...

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It's Not Shakespeare

Two different backgrounds, cultures, pasts, and upbringings come together when Sophie, a student in James Richards' class, sets the professor up with her friend, Rafael Ochoa. Through a little patience, even though it means toning down (a l...

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Hard Target - A Novel

I liked both the premise and the pace of Hard Target and, yes, both kept me reading the book. While I did like some aspects of the characters on an individual level, they all seemed to be put into a specific niche with hardly any crossover...

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Auld Lang Syne

An awkward, almost shy, reticence (at least when personal things are concerned) meets an outspoken zest for life that comes out of tragedy when Jack Way meets the boss's nephew, Blair Donovan. While not fully opposites, Jack and Blair certa...

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The Broken Land - A People of the Longhouse Novel / North America's Forgotten Past

I had not read any of the Gears' books in a long while and I was glad, although unsurprised, to find the same richness of setting, characters, and plain, old-fashioned storytelling that I enjoyed before. For me, the continuation of the Peop...

5 Stars

My Lieutenant

I liked the premise of the story - of Nathan meeting Bryant because his (Nathan's) apartment was broken into - and I liked that the two characters are so diverse in background (Nathan is an artist, Bryant a former Navy lieutenant). While I...

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The Ninth Circle - A Novel of the U.S.S. Merrimack, #5

The Ninth Circle is an introduction for me to the U.S.S. Merrimack series and I must say it is a most excellent one. One of the things I like about it is that, while the reader "knows" there are previous books in how some of the characters...

5 Stars

The Puppy That Came for Christmas - How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

The Puppy That Came for Christmas is a very touching story that is, for me, about the different paths that open up when others seem to end. It is also a story of affection - of people for dogs and of dogs for people. While I think that this...

5 Stars

If Wishes Were Horses

At the heart of If Wishes Were Horses is "turning points": a car accident that leaves two families in disarray, re-starting a program as a way to reach out, and dealing with a long-term disease. It is also a story about grief, forgiveness,...

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The Second World War - A Military History

For me, the book is a good introduction to World War II for those readers (like me) who do not know a lot about that particular war outside of what is taught in schools. It also makes a good addition for the reader that has an avid interest...

4 Stars

Long Way Home

Secrets, deception, "what might have beens", and finding love thanks to an old friend. That is Long Way Home in a nutshell. It is also about the past and how it can catch up with a person, no matter how buried that person may want it. It is...

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Where You Least Expect It

Where You Least Expect It is a very nice read about finding love in ways and places where a person least expects to find it. It is also a story about looking at yourself, where you are coming from, and where you would like to go and being t...

4 Stars

All the Flowers in Shanghai - A Novel

All the Flowers in Shanghai is a book about family, tradition, change and about what one person may or may not be able to change. It is at once simple and complex, finely wrought and strong as steel. It is also a story about expectations an...

5 Stars

A Second Chance

A Second Chance was a good read about finding love again when both parties lost their partners in the line of duty. I liked the characters personalities, that one was more reserved and that the other was a little more of a risk taker. I als...

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Sculpting Clay

At its most basic, Sculpting Clay is about moving on when a long-time partner ends a relationship with another and starting over. There a few plot twists and unexpected turns, but they are the kind of twists and turns that add flavor to the...

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Secret Light

Rafe Colman escaped the place of his birth because of one type of difference, is targeted in his adopted homeland because of another, and has yet a third secret. Ben Morgan is a police officer with secrets of his own and helps Rafe on his o...

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  • Author: Z A Maxfield
  • Review by: Lilyraines
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, GLBTQ, * Romance: Historical, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC

Memories Erased - Treachery

Memories Erased is about family, love, and about stepping up because of both of those ties. It is also a mystery about what happened to two sisters who didn't survive an apparent car accident and a baby that did. Ewyn would rather not be in...

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Sanctuary

Sometimes, "all" it takes is a wedding to start thinking about decisions made and maybe start thinking about new ones. Sanctuary is a story about those decisions and about life, living to the fullest, love, surviving and the joy that comes...

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Hearts of Smoke and Steam - The Society of Steam, #2

While, for me, Hearts of Smoke and Steam still felt a little bit campy (like its predecessor, The Falling Machine), I did like it a bit more than I did the first book. Part of it, I believe, had to do with seeing how the Paragons moved on a...

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On Lavender Lane - A Shelter Bay Novel, #3

After making an unpleasant discovery during a cooking demonstration, Madeline Durand decides to make some changes in her life - for the better. One of those changes is to move back to her grandmother's farm in Shelter Bay, at least temporar...

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  • Author: JoAnn Ross
  • Review by: Lilyraines
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Signet

Dark Side of the Moon

I liked the premise of the book because there is something about a vampire receiving the kind of injury Harley suffered and have it affect his senses to the degree it has is very appealing. Aside from that, I have mixed feelings about the s...

3 Stars

Forever in One Second

Forever in One Second is all about the choices made during split second decisions and the paths taken. That is the, well, heart of the story. Not all of the decisions lead to blooming roses - the path (and its branches) is often rocky and l...

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The Black Hills

I try not to draw comparisons too often when reviewing - except when, to me, it is a favorable comparison. The Black Hills reminds me of one of my favorite books to re-read: Louis L'Amour's The Walking Drum. Ironically (or maybe not) enough...

5 Stars

Secrets of the Lost Summer

A change of pace and location for Olivia Frost leads her to send a note to an absentee neighbor to fix up his lot - which borders hers and would interfere with possible guests coming to the home she is transforming to a possible getaway. Th...

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  • Author: Carla Neggers
  • Review by: Lilyraines
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: MIRA

Momentos: Mick's Journey

For me, Momentos was a good, enjoyable read, although I think I preferred reading Tono much better. (I have not, as yet, read Loving Edits.) The good points for me is seeing Mick and Paul and how they met, their relationship, and then Mick...

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Winning in a Landslide

Not having read A Change of Tune, if I had not seen the author's dedication I would have had a different reaction to the story. I would have wanted to know, in Winning in a Landslide, how Virgil and Johnny met, how their relationship develo...

4 Stars

Home - Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll

For me, Home was a very nice read. It is a story of expectations, priorities, and coming home (in more ways than one). When Sam Callahan comes home from the war he not only has his own demons to fight, but is further constrained by what is...

4 Stars

Love Means... Healing

I have really enjoyed all of the stories that I have read so far by Mr. Grey and Love Means...Healing is no exception. While this story is shorter than the other reads from the Love Means series, it is a perfect fit and doesn't need to be l...

5 Stars

Lover's Leap - Eternity Springs #4

For me, Lover's Leap is about second chances, connections, re-connections and love. It is also about forgiveness, finding it, giving it, overcoming the past because of it and finding peace because it was granted, found and given. Lover's Le...

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Heal My Wolf

When Brandt and Tyr "meet", it seems like an unlikely bond will form between the two men considering that Brandt is a wolf shifter and Tyr is a forest cat shifter - and neither is looking for the other due to their own reasons. Yet it does...

4 Stars

The Road to Rome - A Novel of the Forgotten Legion

The Road to Rome is a wonderful culmination of what started in The Forgotten Legion and continued in The Silver Eagle. It is a story of survival, the chaos and mayhem of the time period, coming to terms with "stuff", finding out that what y...

5 Stars

Reckoning for the Dead - A Sweet Justice Novel

Reckoning for the Dead is a book, with two parallel storylines, about choices and how the past affects the choices made and how they, in turn, affect what happens next. It is also a book about the consequences the choices have: individually...

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Firebird - An Alex Benedict Novel

The sister-in-law of a physicist who went missing over four decades earlier wants to sell some items associated with him upon the death of her sister, his widow, and she wants Alex Benedict to do it. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath agree to...

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Firestorm - Destroyermen

Firestorm is the kind of book that I don't read often enough and then wonder why. A good part of why I like the book (and what I have read of the series so far) is that it appeals to me on a couple of different levels. One, it appeals to me...

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Persuasion

While Jane Austen may not be the perfect fit as an author for everyone, I quite enjoyed reading Persuasion. I think that, of the books that I have read by Jane Austen, it is my favorite. The reason for that is that it includes a smaller cas...

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  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Review by: Lilyraines
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Stone Spring - The Northland Trilogy

I found myself liking Stone Spring quite a bit. A good part of this lies with the fact that the time frame of the book lies in prehistoric times and, being a fan of Jean Auel's books, I like to see how another author writes a story dealing...

5 Stars

Life Begins at Forty - Sequel to Per Ardua

One of the best things about Life Begins at Forty (and Per Ardua) is that the characters are "real" contextually, historically, and within the storyline. They (Ifan, Jack, Bronwen, Hugh, the detective, Doctor Smith, and the other villagers)...

5 Stars

Moving Forward - Sequel to Dreams Come True

Moving Forward is a story about life, tragedy, love, family, and how events can turn plans on their head in an instant. It is the kind of story that had me keeping the tissues handy. It works well within the given length, although I did wis...

5 Stars

Letting Go

Letting Go is a nice story about facing the death of a parent, long term care, and finding love in the most unexpected places. It isn't necessarily a pretty story, but I think it is a bit true to life and perceptions of what family members...

5 Stars

Life over Limb - EMS Heat # 11

I think that, at the heart of the story, it is about, well, heart and caring. Both Tanner and Ricky have issues in their lives, emotional and physical, and work their way through them and around them. I liked reading how both Ben and Tanner...

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The Scroll - A Novel

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Scroll for several reasons, the primary one being that it was - for me - a good story to read with a good pace and plausible set up. Whether or not the setup is probable is, well, another story, but it reads...

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Survivors - A Novel of the Coming Collapse

I picked Survivors up for a change of pace and because the blurb sounded interesting. While it isn't my usual reading fare, and not going into it with any expectations, I found myself enjoying the book. Mr. Rawles has a knack for taking a p...

4 Stars

Saint's Gate

The story starts with a murder and a missing painting. Although, technically, it starts with Emma Sharpe receiving a call from Sister Joan, a member of the Sisters of the Joyful Heart (an order Emma once belonged to and is no longer a part...

5 Stars

Understanding Mark - Men of Riverside Series, #3

So far, Understanding Mark is my favorite story in the Men of Riverside series. I have several reasons for this. The first reason is the timeline. While the story is short (at around 80 pages, give or take), Ms. Yates handles the time frame...

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Saving Zeke - Men of Riverside Series, #4

Appearances can be everything or "just" illusions that are best stripped away. That, I think, may be the central theme of the story of two best friends who may find that they have a lot more in common than they believed. The key will be whe...

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Forgiving Jason - Men of Riverside Series, #5

A lovely story (despite the instance when Steve is attacked) about coming into your own and being who you are. It is also a story about forgiveness and love. This is a wonderful addition to the series.

4 Stars

Loving Vicente - Book six in the Men of Riverside Series

I enjoyed Loving Vicente, especially how the characters - both independent men - interacted with each other. I also liked how their personalities (Vicente's prickly independence and William's loving, though more analytical, mindset) played...

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