Monday, March 27, 2017

Inheritance: (A New Adult Paranormal Romance) (Heart Lines Series Book 2) by Heather Hildenbrand

Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2017
You either use magic or it uses you… 

Sam has regained her memory—and with it, the Knowing. There is magic inside her; strong, powerful and old as the Earth, it is more than enough to heal the sick werewolves. If only she could figure out how to use it.

Alex Channing has finally done something selfless and walked away. For the first time ever, his reasons are not about his own interests. He knows full well Sam is the only one who can heal him. But Alex knows better than anyone: magic always comes with a price. And he refuses to let Sam get hurt because of him. He’d rather die than cause her pain—and he plans to do just that. The more rabid werewolves he can take with him, the better.

With Alex’s days numbered and more and more feral werewolves being drawn to Sam, she must learn to wield what’s inside her and claim her inheritance. Before it’s too late.

Book 2 in the Heart Lines Series by Heather Hildenbrand.

Book 3 coming April 2017!

My Thoughts…

It has been a long time since I have been so invested in a storyline and characters.    Heather Hildenbrand has brought to this series an amazing set of characters that I just cannot help but like.   

Sam and Alex are such strong, sure, and captivating characters.    They are drawn to each other yet do not always accept their feelings.    I fee l like if they are together anything is possible but apart they don’t stand a chance.   I am hoping that eventually they will realize this and get their lives in order.    The secondary characters or RJ, Tara, and Edie are all important to the story.     They make their presence known and help to add so much to the story.    

I love that this is the second book, with a third to come in April 2017, and Heather doesn’t give the whole story away.     The need to read book 3 is there.   I am in need of knowing what happens with Alex and Sam.     The werewolves need help, Alex needs to be healed, and Sam needs to find her happiness.  

Inheritance is a book I recommend picking up.    The Heart Line Series does need to be read in order but luck is that book one and two are available right now and it isn’t a long wait for the third book. 

Thank you Heather Hildenbrand for a review copy of your book for a honest review.  

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Forever a Hero (The Carsons of Mustang Creek #3) by Linda Lael Miller

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2017 by HQN Books
For the youngest Carson brother, finding—and fixing—trouble seems to be all in a day's work 
Mace Carson is no hero. Back in college, he came upon a woman in trouble and intervened—but he was just one irate Wyoming cowboy with his boots planted firmly on the side of right. Now a successful vintner, Mace is shocked to be reunited with the woman he saved. But it turns out she's in Wyoming on business…a corporate executive representing the company that wants to buy his winery. Only, he's not selling. 
Kelly Wright has never forgotten that horrible night ten years ago when Mace came to her rescue, has never forgotten him. The surprising success of a winery in the middle of ranch country has brought her to Mustang Creek, and she's secretly thrilled to discover Mace at the helm. Reluctant to mix business with pleasure, Kelly vows to keep things professional, until her attacker is released from prison and comes for vengeance…against both of them.

My Thoughts…

Kelly and Mace have a history, one they have both never forgotten, and now they have a present and a future.        I enjoyed seeing them circle around each other and try to figure out where their friendship/relationship would head.     There wasn’t really any doubt as to how or where it would go for me but it was fun to see them reconnect.   

The story is about Mace and Kelly discovering their feelings for each other and working toward their happy ending.   Yet, the real story is the family.   Both characters have a wonderful supporting family.      Mace’s brothers manage to share all his embarrassing stories while growing up and still show him the support and love he needs to figure out what he needs for his future with Kelly.    Kelly’s sisters do the same when Mace meets them.      The family love is one of my most favorite things about Forever a Hero.  

The Carsons of Mustang Creek is a series but each book can be read all alone.   I recommend checking them all out.  

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Check out my thoughts on book 2 in this series, Always a Cowboy HERE

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay byJill Mansell & GIVEAWAY

Pub Date: May 2, 2017

International bestseller Jill Mansell weaves a heartwarming tale of love, family and friendship in her latest novel

1. A brief encounter that could have become so much more…if only everything were different
2. Step-sisters, bitter rivals in every area except one—by unbreakable pact neither will ever steal a man from the other
3. A love triangle that starts out as a mess of secrets and mix-ups, and only gets worse from there

Friendship, family ties, crossed wires and self-discovery, second chances and first impressions

Welcome to Jill Mansell’s blustery seaside world. Once you step inside, you’ll never want to leave!

With over 10 million copies sold, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell writes irresistible and funny, poignant and romantic tales for women in the tradition of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

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Sometimes it only takes a split second for a state of absolute calm to turn to one of horror and panic.
“Oh dear, poor thing.” Clemency turned to watch as a purple-faced businessman in a too-tight suit hurtled across the concourse at Malaga airport in the direction of the departure gates, panting and grunting as he ran and scattering small children in his wake.
The British girl who was working at the Chanel stand in duty-free said, “Honestly, it’s amazing how many people don’t bother to pay attention to the boards. Yesterday there was a party of fifteen Spanish guys in one of the bars, and they were so busy watching a football match on TV that they ended up missing their flight. Imagine!”
“That’s crazy,” Clemency marveled, trying a purple eyeshadow shot with gold sparkly bits on the back of her hand. Nice.
“Oh, we see everything here. So many people don’t even turn up at the airport until their flight’s about to close.”
“I couldn’t do that. I always like to give myself loads of time. Then I know I can really relax,” Clemency said happily, “and spend ages in duty-free trying out all the makeup.”
Which was why another forty minutes had passed before she finally arrived at the checkout to pay for the new lipstick she’d chosen, because these things took time, and choosing the perfect lipstick was important.
The bored-looking cashier said, “May I check your boarding pass, please?”
Clemency glanced down at her left hand, the one that should have been clutching her passport. The passport with the boarding pass neatly tucked inside it.
She looked down at the hand and saw that it was clutching instead a handful of perfume card samplers, each one sprayed with a different scent.
And that was the moment absolute calm turned to horror and panic.
“Just in time,” said the female attendant as Clemency hurtled toward the departures desk. “We were about to close the gate!”
Clemency couldn’t speak. She wanted to fall to her knees and gulp air into her burning lungs, but there was no time; she was already being ushered out through the sliding doors and across the tarmac toward the waiting plane. Her drag-along case was banging against her ankles, perspiration was trickling down her spine, and her mouth was dry as she struggled up the clanky metal steps, still hyperventilating. Oh God, she could only imagine the color of her face. She must be puce.
The male flight attendant greeted her with a wink. “Nice of you to decide to join us. Welcome on board.”
You know that little inner surge of triumph you get when you’re on a packed-to-the-gills plane, and everyone’s boarded, and the seat next to yours is magically still empty…until at the very last minute someone else gets on and you realize you won’t be enjoying the luxury of having an empty seat beside you after all?
This, Clemency knew, was the feeling currently being experienced by the passenger occupying seat number 45A. As she made her way toward 45B, she could almost hear the thud of disappointment and his accompanying sigh of resignation.
Oh well. His hopes might have been cruelly dashed, but on the upside, he had excellent cheekbones and a beautiful mouth. During her flight over here, the guy in the seat next to hers had weighed almost as much as the plane itself and had been eating tuna sandwiches, so this one was already a marked improvement.
Still getting her breath back, Clemency smiled broadly at him. “I know, I’m sorry. I’d be disappointed too.”
This was the man’s cue to relax, to notice that as far as seat neighbors were concerned he could do an awful lot worse, and to gallantly offer to lift her heavy case into the overhead bin.
Except this didn’t happen. Instead, he acknowledged her with the briefest of nods before returning his attention to the phone in his hand.
Then again, she had looked better. Maybe a red-faced, perspiring twenty-five-year-old gasping for breath wasn’t his cup of tea.
Case stowed and bin closed, Clemency collapsed into her seat, wiped her face and hands with a tissue, and examined her left foot where the wheels of her carry-on case had repeatedly bashed against her ankle. She exhaled noisily. “I can’t believe I almost missed my flight! I always make sure I leave loads of time so nothing can go wrong. All these years, and it’s never happened before…but I suppose the thing is, something always can go wrong. Like today. You can’t imagine how I felt when…umm…”
She trailed to a humiliated halt when she realized the man was determined to ignore her. Nothing, not a flicker; he clearly wasn’t interested at all.
He might have a beautiful mouth and excellent cheekbones, but he had no intention of engaging in conversation with the stranger at his side.
Fine. Clemency ostentatiously took out her own phone and began to check her emails. Because look at me, I’m really busy and important too.
Half an hour later, once they were flying at thirty-six thousand feet over the Pyrenees, two of the cabin crew brought the drinks cart down the aisle, and her traveling companion removed his earbuds in order to speak to them.
“I don’t believe it.” Clemency laughed at her own stupidity. “I’m such an idiot!”
The man turned to look at her. “Sorry?”
“You! Those things!” She gestured to the earbuds in his right hand. “I was chatting away to you earlier and you completely ignored me, so I stopped talking because I thought you didn’t want to be disturbed. I couldn’t see the wires from here because of the way you were sitting, and your collar covered them up. But I can’t believe I didn’t realize the reason you were ignoring me was because you had headphones in.” Giddy with relief, she added, “Well, I suppose I was in a bit of a state, what with almost missing the flight… My brain felt as if it’d been whizzed up in a blender… Oh dear, sorry, that sounds a bit—”
“Red wine, please,” the man said to the blond flight attendant.
“Certainly, sir. And you, madam? Would you like something from the cart?”
It was free. Free wine! Why would anyone say no? Except Clemency had observed on plenty of occasions that some people, for mystifying reasons of their own, did sometimes say no.
Ha, not her, though. She said, “I’d like white wine, please. Oh…is it cold?” Because sometimes it wasn’t.
The flight attendant wrinkled her nose conspiratorially and said, “Not very, I’m afraid.”
“I’ll have red then.” Clemency smiled. “Nothing worse than lukewarm white wine.” The next moment, seeing that her traveling companion was about to put the buds back into his ears, she added, “I think I deserve a drink to celebrate not missing this plane!”
“There you go.” The attendant passed them their mini bottles and plastic glasses, along with two airline-size packets of cheese crackers.
“Lovely. Thank you.” Clemency filled her glass, raised it toward the man next to her, and said, “Cheers!”
“Cheers,” murmured the man before glancing back at his phone.
Sometimes persuading someone to make conversation when they didn’t want to became a kind of personal challenge. Before he could plug himself back into his music, Clemency said brightly, “Doesn’t it always feel brilliant, having a glass of wine on a plane?”
“It does.” He looked pointedly out the window.
“I wasn’t late getting to the airport, you know,” Clemency told him. “I had tons of time, which was why I spent ages in duty-free, and it wasn’t until I reached the checkout that I discovered I’d put my passport down somewhere, and for the life of me I couldn’t think where I’d left it. Oh God, that feeling, though.” She clenched her free hand and clutched it to her chest at the awful memory. “My heart was going like a train, I was trying to ask where it might have been handed in, and everyone in the line behind me was getting annoyed because all they wanted to do was pay for their duty-free…”
For the second time, Clemency’s voice trailed off, giving him the chance to join in and say, “So what happened next?” Instead, after an awkward silence that seemed to last longer than Wagner’s Ring cycle, he replied, “But you found it.”

“Yes. Yes, I did.” Clemency nodded and looked at the buds he was clearly longing to plug back into his ears. Carefully raising the tray in order to get out of her seat before lowering it again and resting her glass of wine on it, she said, “Excuse me,” and escaped down the aisle.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

After I Fall (Falling #3) by Jessica Scott

Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Jessica Scott

Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done. 

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she's been and where she's going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.

Until she meets Eli Winter.

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him.

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything.

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli's military record. And sins from the war he's tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.

My Thoughts…

Once again Jessica Scott takes on some tough, little talked about subjects and brings them into a story with the care and grace of a talented author.     Eli’s military history is kind of a secret.    He isn’t hiding it; he just does not discuss it.    Parker has grown up in a verbally abusive life with her father and now her fiancĂ©e.    Together they will save each other. 

The scenes with Parker and Eli are sexually charged.    They don’t even have to be touching each other for the attraction to be felt.   They circle each other with plenty of innuendos and teasing before it all comes to a head between them.    When they do come together, even in play, it is hot, steamy, smoking! 

After the Fall is so emotional.    It was not necessarily an easy read but it is an amazing read.    It is a story that once you finish it you will not ever forget it.    The storyline is amazing but the characters are even more.   They are real people with flaws, fears, and feelings.  

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Sexy Teaser 1:

She is on her knees in front of me. It is the most erotic thing I've ever seen in my life.
There is trust in that simple gesture. I cup her chin, stroking my thumb over her bottom lip. I can't look away. Her lips part, and I slide the tip in, just a little. Her mouth is soft and warm and wet. She closes around the edge of my thumb, sucking gently, so gently.
I ache in a way I haven't ached in forever. This touch, this complete surrender to the feelings of erotic, sensual caress.
There is nothing about this that will end well. We are from two very different worlds. And no matter how much I pretend to walk in hers, I'm only visiting. Trying to get funding to keep my business open. Trying to make a difference.
Trying to pretend that the things I do still matter.
But this afternoon, when she walked away, I couldn't let her go. I looked in her eyes and saw something there that called to me. That made me need to make her believe that she was touchable. That she was worth more than the people in her life had led her to believe.
And now she is on her knees in front of me. Waiting, unsure about what to do next. My brain may want her some other way, but my dick is perfectly happy to oblige her at the moment with just how she is.
I have lost control of this situation.
But then she reaches for my jeans, her palm sliding over my cock. She squeezes me, still sucking gently on my thumb. She traces the tip of her tongue over the edge as she pulls my belt open. Jesus, I'm a fucking goner.
The air is cool on my stomach as she pushes open my jeans. I can't move even if I wanted to. I need to see this through. I need to do this right.
But I can't fucking move. I can't blink. I don't want to forget a single moment of the erotic image of Parker on her knees in front of me.
She slides my erection out of my jeans, stroking me gently. Christ, I'm hard as fucking rock. It's everything I can do not to guide her lips to me. To urge her to put that beautiful mouth around the tip of my cock.
I thought I didn't want this? I fucking lied.
She drags her teeth over the edge of my thumb a moment before she releases me. I have nowhere to put my hands now.
I drop them by my sides. I am not in control here.
"Can I kiss you here?" she whispers, rubbing her thumb over the aching crown.
"Yes please." The words are strangled. A plea. She has me under her complete control.
I am completely still as she moves closer. Rubs her lips over the tip. A soft, gentle caress. I'm ready to fucking beg.
And then she opens, tracing her tongue over the edge before sucking me gently, so gently into her mouth.
It's heaven. Pure fucking heaven. Her touch is electric, like a thousand points of heat with every slide of her lips over my cock.
I close my eyes and fight the urge to move, to rock into her.
This…this is supposed to be for her but it's not. Because I am a selfish bastard who is just like a thousand other guys who won't turn down a beautiful woman on her knees.
I'm no saint.
But goddamn, Parker feels good. Touching me. Licking me. Sucking me. I am lost in her touch. Lost in the complete and total need to let her control this, let her take this wherever it will go. 
She sucks me a little harder. A groan escapes me. My balls tighten, and I can't fight the urge to rock into her. Just a little.
I reach for her then, urging her to let me go. To stand. And when she does, I pull her against me, harder than I probably should, and kiss her. I'm too far gone at the moment to do anything but kiss her. To drink from her. To take all of her inside me in that single gesture.
"I don't want to come like this,” I whisper, nibbling on the edge of her meal.
"How then?"
"How do you want me?" A serious question. She needs to know that she's controlling things here. She gets to say how far we go. If we even finish. "Because right now? I'd sell the fucking bar to get you to agree to let me do terrible, forbidden things to your body.”
"What are you waiting for?"
I smile and rock against her a little more. "Those five little words."
And then she is on my sofa, her upper body braced on her palms. I capture her face in my palms and kiss her gently, lowering her until she is supported. Slowly, sipping on her lips. Savoring the taste of her. "Can I touch you here?" I slide my fingers down over the length of one of her arms. She makes a noise. "Say yes," I whisper near her ear.
"Can I touch you here?" I trace my fingertips over the edge of her ribs, just along the swell of her breast.
Her response is a huff against my lips. I smile. "Say yes."
I brush the back of my knuckles over the tight edge of one nipple. A shiver runs through her.
"Can I touch you here?" A slip of my fingers against her inner thigh.
She makes a sound. A whimper. Maybe a plea.
"I need you to say yes." I manage to get the words out. Barely. They are somewhere between a whisper and growl. It takes everything I have to restrain myself but this…this isn't for me. "Please say yes."
I slip my finger a little closer, running it gently, barely there, over the seam of her body.
Waiting, intensely and painfully hard, for her response.  

She is the bestselling author of the Homefront series and the Falling series, both about soldiers and veterans adjusting to life after returning from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Her bestselling Falling series features soldiers integrating into life on college campuses.

She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

She's holds phd in morality in Sociology with Duke University and she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.
Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.

Her debut novel 
Because of You launched the return of Random House's Loveswept digital imprint and launched the start of the ever popular contemporary military romance genre. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Confessions of Young Nero (Nero #1) by Margaret George SPOTLIGHT

Berkley Hardcover

On Sale: March 7, 2016
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 9780451473387s
The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history.

Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman or child.

As a boy, Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son's inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.

While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina's machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero's determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become, an Emperor who became legendary.

With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival. 

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Margaret George is the author of the bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIIIMary, Queen of Scotland and the IslesThe Memoirs of Cleopatra; and Mary, Called Magdalene.

“EVOCATIVE” The New York Times •  “DELICIOUS” People • “SCINTILLATING” The Chicago Tribune • “ENGAGING AND INTELLIGENT” Kirkus Reviews • “FRESH AND VIVID” The Washington Post • “EXPANSIVE, THOUGHTFUL” San Francisco Chronicle • “AWASH IN SENSIOUS, JEWEL-LIKE DETAIL” Entertainment Weekly • “A TRIUMPH” Houston Chronicle  “A MASTERPIECE” Pittsburgh Press • “BEAUTIFULLY AND LYRICALLY WRITTEN” Baltimore Sun •  “IMMENSELY READABLE”Cleveland Plain Dealer • A STYLISTIC TOUR DE FORCE”  Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“If only history lessons had been like this.”—Cosmopolitan
“Extensively researched with the highest integrity, and deeply engaging, it sets a new benchmark for the genre.”—New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir
“George leaves us with the most coveted prize of fiction: a world. . . we wished existed, and that thoroughly does between the covers.” —Chicago Tribune

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Attitude by Kathryn R. Biel

Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Kathryn R. Biel
As if it's not bad enough that I didn't win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn't go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn't let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I'm back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

Except Tony, the fling that wasn't, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won't leave me alone. I'd like to be strong—I'm way too old for him—but he's cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I'm doing things isn't working. If I want to be happy again, I'm going to need to get a new attitude.

My Thoughts…
Have you met Kathryn Biel?   If not you are truly missing out.   If you have read her books before New Attitude is a MUST READ! 

This is the second book in the series and really should be read in order.     New Attitude takes off where Made for Me left off.     Michele was not the winner of the  TV design show Made for Me.   She comes home and finds that her husband has left her, moved the furniture out of the house, and become engaged to Bambi.   Her world comes crashing down around her.   

It was interesting and fun to watch Michele dig herself out of her divorcee, poor me funk and become a woman and mother again.      Seeing her wear sweats every day and just do enough to get by was painful for me.   I wanted to shake her and yell at her.   Tell her to get off her butt and show her lousy ex that he made a mistake in leaving her.  Yet, I could relate.    I, luckily, am happily married but if something happens to change that I could see myself falling into a poor me state and struggling to move on with my life.       Her mother was amazing in showing her support, helping with her daughter, and pushing her to start living again.   

There is a new relationship for Michele with Tony.   I found myself laughing at how unsure and scared she was of putting herself out there.   Everything from her body image, her sex-drive, and her dating skills were put on display.      Kathryn Biel did a great job of portraying how a mother could react and feel when putting herself out there with a new younger man.   

I would recommend reading this after reading Made for Me.    They are both wonderful, fast, and fun stories. 

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 Check out Made for Me HERE

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sisters in White: Snow Sisters AUDIOBOOK

Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives - their double wedding - on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren't ready to face the father they haven't seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress and live with Lacy, the half sister they've never met.

While Danica has exchanged letters and phone calls with Lacy, Kaylie has fervently tried to pretend she doesn't exist. Lacy is sweet, fun, and nearly a mirror image of Kaylie. To make matters worse, not only is Lacy looking forward to meeting her sisters, but she idolizes them, too. As the countdown to the wedding date ticks on, their parents are playing a devious game of revenge, and there's a storm brewing over the island, threatening to cancel their perfect wedding. The sisters are about to find out if the bond of sisterhood really trumps all.

My Thoughts…

Getting married on an island in the Bahamas is a dream come true for both Danica and Kaylie Snow. Expecting some family drama when their father and his wife, who was his mistress during his marriage to their mother, and their daughter, who Danica and Kaylie had never met, brought on a whole island worth of family drama.

With that parents playing games and keeping secrets, along with the storm that is expected to hit the island on the day of the wedding this maybe the wedding no one ever forgets.

Sisters in White is the third book in this series. I have read the first two and have to say this is my favorite. With each book I love the characters more and more. As Melissa Foster introduces more of the family into each book, I have the need to know more about the family.

The sisters in this series are real people with feelings and reactions that the reader can relate to. They are women that I would hope I would be friends with and share stories with.

With a tease of what is to come in the fourth book I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Knowing that the Braden's story is what I have to look forward to will keep me anxiously awaiting the release. I highly recommend this book and the whole series to all my fellow chic lit readers.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen

Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Berkley Books

Twenty-something Leeba Groski, has always considered music as a safe haven in a world where she struggles to fit in. So when her neighbor Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, offers her a job at his budding Chicago Blues label, Leeba recognizes this as an opportunity to find a place for herself. What begins as answering phones and filing becomes much more as Leeba comes into her own as a songwriter. As she falls more in love with the music industry so too does she fall for a black blues guitarist named Red Dupree.

With their relationship unwelcome in segregated Chicago and the two of them shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox Jewish family, Leeba and Red soon find themselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they discover that, in times of struggle, music has the power to bring people together.

My Thoughts…

Windy City Blues is a jazz story.   Yet, the real story is the lives of Negroes and whites in Chicago in the 1950’s.      Red leaves the south and moves to Chicago to make music.    He leaves behind a world where he had to use a separate bathroom, sit in a different area while waiting for a bus, and so much more.    Thinking the north would be different he quickly realizes that it is not all that different than what he left behind.    I found it interesting how accepting he was of his place in Chicago.   He accepted that the life he was living is what he should expect.  I felt like he could have pushed a little harder to get what he dreamed but yet knew there would be repercussions to doing so.  

The Chess Brothers, which ran Chess Records, were heroes to me.   They not only stepped up and support the minorities when others were turning their backs but they understood that their musicians were actually part of their families.    They respected, took care of, and went beyond that of a boss.   The brothers paid them fairly, promoted them tirelessly, and helped them out in their personal and professional lives.   

 I listen to music all day long.   My radio is always on yet I have not listened to much jazz music.    Windy City Blues makes me want to find a jazz station and just listen all day long.    The music aspect intrigued me.   I knew nothing about how records were made, sold, and promoted in the 1950’s.     When I finished this book I found myself wanting to learn more about the history of jazz in Chicago, the producing of music in Chicago, and Chicago itself during the 1950’s.   

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Advance praise for WINDY CITY BLUES:
"Renee Rosen's passion for her subject matter is evident in every single word of WINDY CITY BLUES. This novel about the rise of the Chicago Blues scene fairly shimmers with verve and intensity, and the large, diverse cast of characters is indelibly portrayed with the perfect pitch of a true artist."
—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times Bestselling author of THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE

“A not-to-be-missed novel that hits all the right notes.”
RT Book Reviews, Book Club Top Pick

“Renee Rosen has written a fresh, exciting, and moving account to the Chess story. Even for someone who has lived much of it, I was still intrigued by this page-turner.”
Terry Chess, son of Phil Chess, the Co-Founder of Chess Records

“Renee Rosen does it again! With gorgeous authentic historical detail and star-crossed lovers you can’t help but root for, WINDY CITY BLUES is an up-tempo song of love, music, and the Civil Rights movement.”
—Stephanie Dray, New York Times Bestselling author of America's First Daughter

“Riveting reading, often heartbreaking, with moments of pure elation.”
—Shelley Noble, New York Times Bestselling Author of Whisper Beach

"Rosen captures the birth of Chicago blues from its shabby inception to its raucous success ...  I was engrossed by this novel.”
—Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace

“Rosen puts real characters on the stage and makes them sing and play for their lives. Racial conflict--black, white, Jewish--is front and center, making the struggles and triumphs as relevant to today's world as they were sixty years ago, strumming the same heartbreaking, soulful, all-too-human riff."
Sonja Yoerg, author of All the Best People