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Belgrave Square (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt #12) by Anne Perry

Belgrave Square (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt #12) by Anne Perry

So I want to start out by saying I read this as an unabridged audiobook. The narrator was Devina Porter – so far she has narrated every Thomas Pitt novel I have listened to and she does a fantastic job. My husband got me into the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series this past year. He loves good mysteries and Anne Perry does an amazing job of adding twists and turns that you would never expect. Belgrave Square is not exception. The series are all stand alone books, but usually reference incidents or events in previous books. The author explains anything referenced from other books very well, so you do not get lost at all, but you learn about endings of some of the other cases Pitt has worked on. Not all the time, like in this story, but some times it happens.

The book is full of political intrigue, scandals, blackmail, the concerns and cares of Society, and the trials of the working class. I thought it was a great book. Throughout the book, there are developments and dead ends, sudden changes in people and the mystery of how to survive in Society. Like her other books, the case does not become clear until the very end, keeping you engaged throughout the investigation. I somewhat guessed (not completely correct, but not totally wrong either) who was doing what and being blackmailed for what, but the ending was a surprise, which is always nice. Also, some of the scandals mentioned were quite interesting to follow.

I think I have a tendency to like Charlotte more than Thomas, but I think it is because she can be so clever and daring where Thomas is restricted by his job. We also meet Sergeant Innes in this book. I hope to see more of him in future books, though I don’t think we will. He was a fun character. Also, when the story resolved, I felt there were a few things unsettled. I hope to hear more about the young couple that was trying to get together (I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m not mentioning names) and also what happened to Pitt’s superior and his love interest.

For anyone getting into Anne Perry, I would recommend Silence in Hanover Close (it’s my favorite of her books so far). It was more amusing and surprising than this particular book, but they are both very good and worth the read.

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Last Chance Family (Last Chance #8) by Hope Ramsay

Last Chance Family (Last Chance #8) by Hope Ramsay

For anyone looking for an easy read romance that is really good, this is a great book. It is part of the “Last Chance” series but is completely stand alone which was really nice. I always find it hard to jump into a series with a book that sounds fantastic, but you end up having to read the books before it just to get through the main story line. Not so with this one. From what I have gathered, the story interacts with characters from other books, but you do not need to have read them to understand anything in this particular book.

I thought the story line was a common enough one – half sister dies and brother needs to care for his niece. However, the author did a nice easy twist on it making it a good read. It is a story of redemption and forgiveness, love and acceptance, and about being true to your heart. It was a unique romance in that there are no explicit sex scenes which was a nice change. A little third base description, but the rest is alluded to and nothing more. I found the characters to have developed really well and were extremely easy to relate to and realistic. It would be a great summer read. I did love the end, I just wish it had gone on a teensy bit more, maybe another chapter or brief epilogue. However, I’m hoping that their story is touched upon in the next book in the series.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, is looking to get in to romance reading, or is looking for a great read for a rainy or lazy summer day.

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Wolf’s Fall (Alpha Pack #6) by J. D. Tyler

Wolf’s Fall (Alpha Pack #6) by J. D. Tyler

So I was really looking forward to reading this book as it was about the commander of the team the series is about. The story line was continued quite well from the book before, and there were a few unexpected twists. There was a lot of sadness in the book, but the spirits of the characters buoy the emotional heaviness. The character of Nick developed quite well, but not as well as some of the other main characters have progressed in different books. It did a fantastic job of setting up the story line to progress into new books, as well as establishing the basis for a few different potential couples. Again, the book can be read as a stand alone, but you really should follow this series from the beginning. The series in this book and the two before has started to incorporate vampires as well, but does it quite well. This book, the alpha mates with a vampire, but the author uses the relationship to help mend both. It is a good series for anyone who would like to start into paranormal romance. This book would be great for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance and specifically for wolf shifters.

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Link to J.D.Tyler’s official site for the Alpha Pack! http://www.jdtyler.com/alpha-pack.html

January 24, 2015 – National Readathon Day

January 24, 2015 – National Readathon Day

January 24th, 2015 will be the first National Readathon Day. Penguin Random House, Goodreads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation have created the readathon to encourage literacy and fundraise to support programs to teach and encourage reading.

Join readers across the United States as we read between noon and 4 p.m. in our respective time zones. The tags #timetoread and #readathon are already lighting up Twitter, so be sure to post and use the hastags if you are participating! Many groups are hosting reading parties to celebrate.

You can sign up and pledge financial support here: https://www.firstgiving.com/10658/national-readathon-day

Here is the link for the information: http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/readathon/

Interesting Facts

Saw this on a blog by Angela Gibbs (http://booksandopinions.com/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-2). I thought it was really neat!

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

So to be honest, I took a couple days to think about how I wanted to write this review. This was one of those books that I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it. I’ve decided that for literary reasons, I’m going to like it. The story line is absolutely brilliant. It is not predictable at all, which was a fantastic change. Also, it was not told in first person from any of the main characters – it was told from the perspective of the housekeeper as she was relying the history to her new employer, which made it more interesting. This was also done extremely well. You were pulled into the story, but when it bounced back to the present day, it wasn’t jarring or disconcerting; it flowed really well. I do believe she chose some of the hardest emotions to portray and did it with such technique and skill that you felt for every character. Some you loved, some you hated, some you pitied, some you resented, and some you celebrated. I cannot say it is a happy book, because it is not. Heathcliff reminded me of an obsessive stalker, as well as an abuser, and Catherine (the first one) was a terribly selfish, self-absorbed person. However, you can see the author’s study of human behavior and interaction in the realistic way the characters interacted in the book. Each had a distinct personality and was developed well. You end up pitying Heathcliff, but throughout the book you really hate him. I did love the way the book ended. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes classics or can appreciate the book for the literary quality it holds.

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Cole’s Redemption (Alpha Pack #5) by J. D. Tyler

Cole’s Redemption (Alpha Pack #5) by J. D. Tyler

This is the fifth book in the Alpha Pack series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the other books first. The author does a good job of filling in back stories, but there are several stories that carry, build, and change through the series. I did really like this book, though. Probably my favorite of the series so far. Magic, werewolves, treachery, fighting, and sex mix in a good combination. It’s a good crossover book for moving from regular sci-fi to paranormal romance. The story line is fairly original. I particularly liked the depth to which the main characters were developed – it is very easy to relate and connect to the characters. The author does a great job of building and maintaining character depths, connections, and interactions. I am impressed at how she connects the books and maintains such strong secondary story lines across several books and changes to the story line. She also does a good job of setting up future story lines in a way that makes readers want to read the next book(s).

My rating:

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