A Dangerous Widow

A Dangerous Widow (A Dangerous Series)A Dangerous Widow by Christina Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A real second chance romance with a whopping suspense story attached. Kate Stone is a young widow, having lost her husband after a tragic accident. Her husband Michael had built a tech company from the ground up and made it incredibly successful. At a moment when the company was to merge with another tech company, Michael backs out of the deal at the last minute, unsure of the potential for improvement or growth in the new firm.

Shortly after, Michael falls down the stairs in their home, having been knocked over by their dog. Kate immediately sells Michael’s company off and becomes a philanthropist. Working for the Red Cross, she raises millions for multiple causes. Her best friend Laura takes her out one day and they visit a psychic named Rhoda (I know, this is the part that doesn’t fit with romantic suspense)!

Rhoda gives Kate a lot of information, not the least of which is that her old boyfriend Ben Cade is in Manhattan and that she needs to contact him. Rhoda proves herself to be authentic in many ways and Kate, while skeptical, takes Rhoda’s advice.

The story moves very quickly and the danger from Kate’s actions pops up almost immediately. Two hair-raising episodes occur before the story becomes clear. Well done.

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Magnate (The Knickebocker Club)

Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club, #1)Magnate by Joanna Shupe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installment of the Knickerbocker Club series involves Emmett Cavanaugh, an up-from-the-streets millionaire who meets his match in a blue-blooded young woman. Elizabeth Sloane is an unusual woman in that she wants to make a difference by working instead of a rich stay-at-home society matron.

This has caused friction with her brother/guardian, but she persists. She approaches Emmett with a proposition for opening her own financial services firm – even though women can’t trade on the Exchange. Emmett is taken by her beauty and her intelligence, but he trusts no one. After being “compromised”, Elizabeth is forced by her brother to marry Emmett. Their marriage is a tumultuous one, marked by high passion and cool dealings outside their chambers.

This one is kind of a roller coaster, but the ride is an exciting one.

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Baron (The Knickerbocker Club)

Baron (The Knickerbocker Club, #2)Baron by Joanna Shupe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is not as captivating as the first and second Knickerbocker Club entries, but still a good one. Will Sloane is the head of Northeast Railroad, a position handed won by his father. The man never expected anything positive from Will, so Will is driven to prove his father wrong at every turn. He works to excess and is now running for the Lieutenant Governorship of New York, in large part because this was an ambition that his father never realized.

Ava Jones is the oldest of four siblings, living a hand-to-mouth existence on the West Side. She has come up with the best way she knows to make money, by becoming a “medium” and receiving visits and messages from the “other side”. The Gubernatorial candidate has become a client and refuses to make any decisions without consulting with “Madam Zolikoff”. Will is furious and decides to expose her as a fraud. When he meets her, however, he is astounded to find he is attracted to her. He wants her for a mistress (can’t have a woman like that in public), and she refuses.
The story teeters back and forth between bouts of hotel sex between Will and Ava, and the exhausting life she leads trying to earn enough money to get her family out of New York, and the privileged world that Will lives in – trips to Newport for sailing, etc. There is a surprise at the end that helps to show where the couple may end up after their HEA.

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Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club)

Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club, #0.5)Tycoon by Joanna Shupe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nice beginning to the Knickerbocker Club series. Taking place during the Gilded Age, the series will follow the powerful men who make up the club. Bank tycoon Theodore Harper is greeted at Grand Central Station by a beautiful young woman pretending to be his wife.

He is surprisingly accepting of the charade even though the young woman is mysterious. Their trust and growing affection for each other takes some blows, but Ted’s great wealth and influence make the difference leading to their HEA. Clara is a force to be reckoned with, and Ted is ready to be with such a woman.

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Irresistible (Destiny Book 1)

Irresistible (Destiny Series Book 1)Irresistible by Lea Hart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good one and starting a focus on the Southwest, specifically Louisiana. If you’ve read Hart’s other series, you can tell she has a love for the Louisiana area, based on some of her characters in other books. This series focuses on the Landry brothers and their loves, and their interactions with the Seven Deadly Sins. Brock Landry is the oldest brother and has spent 10 years in the service, a Special Ops veteran. He has been honed into a warrior and isn’t sure he can adjust to living in a civilian world at peace.

He has always been protective of Lilly Bertrand, one of three sisters whose family has been neighbors and friends for years. Lilly is a successful writer who is dealing with a few deadly sins herself. Her ex-boyfriend and his new fiancee are suing her for a share of royalties that they don’t deserve, and Brock is treating her like he has time for her – when all they ever did was argue before!

In Hart’s hands, this takes a comic turn before getting serious and working its way to an HEA.

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Murder on the Serpentine

Murder on the Serpentine (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #32)Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anne Perry does it again. Commander Thomas Pitt of Special Branch, receives a royal summons. A gentleman has died mysteriously, and the Queen doesn’t believe the official version. Neither does Pitt when he investigates. A story filled with the abuse of power, and the cruelty it brings to those closest by, follows.
Both Thomas and Charlotte are hurt and upset by the emotions this type of abuse brings, and the victims are spread far and wide. Both step to the very edge of propriety and wisdom, one to solve the case and one to try to regain her footing in the new world of her husband’s position.

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Taboo Frequency (Kindle World)

Taboo Frequency (Hell Yeah!)Taboo Frequency by Gem Sivad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice spicy story in Sable Hunter’s Kindle World. Luke is an Afghanistan veteran, having lost a leg in combat. When he awakes from the fog of alcohol and depression, he attends a party at a friend’s home. He meets the widow of a young vet he had known years before.

She sees something in him and decides to use him for sex only. Raising twins alone, Kiley is afraid of becoming what her mother was – a single parent bringing a parade of men home in front of her kids.

Despite their misgivings and their determination, they fall in love anyway, leading to an HEA and a whole new business in their town. Well done.

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