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1. A Good Yarn
by Debbie Macomber
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Mira
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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You might have heard about a wonderful little yarn store in downtown Seattle. Debbie Macomber can take you there! Thousands of women discovered it when they read her bestselling novelThe Shop on Blossom Street.

Whether this is a return visit or your very first, you'll find that A Good Yarn is a place of welcome and warmth. A place where women feel at home. Where they're among friends, old and new:

The first person you'll meet is Lydia Hoffman, who owns the shop. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived -- and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.

Elise Beaumont, a retired librarian, joins one of Lydia's popular knitting classes. Since losing her life savings, Elise has been living with her daughter, Aurora -- the only positive legacy from her brief marriage to professional gambler Marvin "Maverick" Beaumont. Now she learns that her onetime husband plans to visit and that Aurora wants a relationship with her father, regardless of how Elise feels about him.

Bethanne Hamlin, like Elise, is facing the fallout from a divorce. But her husband, Grant, left her for another woman -- not a pack of cards -- and she's still struggling to reshape her life. She joins the knitting class at her children's urging; it's the first step in her effort to recover a sense of dignity and hope. Then she starts a small business and meets a man with whom she has something surprising in common!

Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager. She's staying with her grandmother, who's trying to help her . . . help that takes the form of dragging her to seniors' swim sessions -- and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.

Like so many women, these four find companionship and comfort in each other and in this age-old craft. Who would've thought that knitting socks could change your life?

Debbie Macomber, the author of The Shop on Blossom Street, Changing Habits, Between Friends and Thursdays at Eight, has become a leading voice in women's fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, including those of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly. She is a multiple award winner, and there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet
What a sweet and delightful novel this one is. Very romantic, full of love and well as the women in the knitting class. Debbie Macomber has given us a delightful read. One in which i did not want to put down
also read: Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich and the hot-Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart

4-0 out of 5 stars No one does Women's Fiction better!
Debbie Macomber is one my favorite authors.No one can write about women, for women better (in my opinion!!).A GOOD YARN is no different from any of her other books on this subject.It's not her best novel (BETWEEN FRIENDS has that honor!), but it's certainly a pleasant read, and would make the perfect "beach companion"or poolside read this summer.

The book is a sequel (or follow-up) to last year's SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET, with the story revolving aroud the main character and shop's owner, Lydia.This year's knitting class teaches us how to make a pair of socks (an actual pattern is included inside the book), while Lydia meets and becomes friends with a new group of three women.The three characters from last year's book (students from her first knitting class) make"cameo" appearances, but the story focuses on Lydia and her three new students.

Written from the point of view of all four characters, the chapters once again alternate between narrators (which is actually typical for a Debbie Macomber novel).While this can become confusing or even a nuisance under the pen of other writers, Debbie Macomber does it flawlessly and effortlessly, so that readers get to know each character on an intimate level, and can actually see themselves becoming with friends with one or all of all of the book's main characters.

Lydia is the shop owner and the one who brings these women together (through her knitting classes which she offers at her shop).After battling illness for most of her life, she's given a clean bill of health and finally found, what she believes is true love with Brad (the handsome UPS guy!) and has made a connection with & become much closer to her sister, whom she has battled with for nearly as long as she's battled her illness.

Bethane is a recently divorced mother of two, who is learning how to live life on her own, discovering who she is, and what it is she can offer to those around her, all the while trying to deal with the emotional roller coster her children are on due to the divorce.Elise is also divorced, whose gambling ex-husband comes to town to re-accquainthimself with their now grown and married daughter, while trying to mend the fences with the one & only woman he's ever really truly loved.Courtney is a teen-aged girl who is new in town and has recently come to stay with her grandmother.After losing her mother in a car accident, her father to his work, and her siblings to marriage, Courtney must deal with a new school, making new friends, and all the other trials & tribulations that all teens go through, all without the guidance of a parent close by to lead the way.Each character has their own individual story to tell, while at the same time, we see how their paths cross and how each affects one another's life and help each other along.

The stories are fairly predictable, yet the familarity of each character with their trimumphs and tragedies makes this a comfortable, enjoyable read that most readers will certainly identify with and feel like one of the friends in the book.I'm sure many will be wishing that a similar shop existed in their own neighborhood!

My only "negative" thought about this book, and the reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5, is that I felt the characters & stories were too similar and parallel to the characters & stories of last year's SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET.While most of Debie Macomber's books have a familar feeling to them, since most deal with the friendships of women and are often told in a similar way, I'd prefer to meet new charcters with new stories and go on a new journey.It didn't make this book any less enjoyable, it just left me with a feeling of "been there, done that."

I still think Debbie Macomber is one of the best authors of women's fiction today, and her stories and characters feel very real with many true-to-life experiences.If you enjoy stories about the love of friends and family with a little romance thrown in, you're certain to enjoy any one of Debbie Macomber's HC releases.

You don't have to have read SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET to enjoy this book, but it will certainly help fill in some of the blanks.Once you've finished this book, if you're left wanting more, I highly recommend BETWEEN FRIENDS, which was written by Debbie Macomber and released about two years ago - it remains one of my favorite books of all time!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner and an Inspiration to knit socks!
This novel kept me up all night last night! Debbie Macomber teases you into reading just one more page all the way through, so don't start it until you have time to read it all at once! And now that I am done I feel like the characters are real people.

I think anyone who reads this book is going to walk into the first yarn store they see and ask to have a class like the characters in the book do. The only thing missing for me was that no men were knitting. Sometimes it seemed like the author was about to have a man or boy knit but she never did.

I learned to knit socks on two circular needles three years ago from Cat Bordhi's excellent book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. A Good Yarn starts right out with a sock pattern by Nancy Bush (she is the matriarch of sock knitting books!) done on double pointed needles, and then the same pattern is given again by Cat Bordhi for two circular needles. The story is about a group of women who learn to knit socks as taught in Cat's book and so I felt like I was right in the room with them, because I knew exactly what they were knitting!

This second knitting novel by Debbie Macomber (the first is Blossom Street) is a wonderful gift for any knitter or even for any woman who appreciates true friends. There's a bunch of knitting novels now, from mysteries to Debbie's wonderful books. I read Knitting: a Novel recently and it is very good too, but not as easy to follow as this one. Cat Bordhi also wrote a novel that has sock knitting in it and even tree house knitting (no kidding). The book is called Treasure Forest.It kept me up all night too turning the next page until the very end.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn
Another class is about to start at A Good Yarn, and with it, more lives that are in need of repair have the opportunity to come together and be reknit. There is Elise, a retired librarian who lost her heart and savings to Maverick Beaumont, a professional gambler, or more aptly, loser. Then comes Bethane, a woman whose husband ditched her for a younger model, leaving her to raise two teens who are in the throes of acting out. Finally, there is Courtney, a teen with a weight problem who does not want to be in that town, much less the class. Together with their teacher, Lydia Hoffman and her sister Margaret, these women will begin to weave new lives, ones that interlock with each others' in new and inspirational ways.

*** Although the shifting perspective between first and third person, as well as the changing point of view between characters takes a while to get the hang of, in the end it is worthwhile to do so. This book is not billed as inspirational, per se, but you would not be wrong to look for inspiration herein. ***

2-0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Bland
I found the characters in A Good Yarn rather cliché: the divorcee who is still in love with her gambling ex-husband; the gambling ex-husband with a heart of gold; the woman who finds courage to start a career when her husband of 20-odd years dumps her for a younger woman; the rebellious teenager; the wise grandmother, ad nauseum.The plot was predictable: of course the teenager loses the weight and ends up going to the homecoming dance with the football teem quarterback/Homecoming King; of course the goodhearted ex-husband gambler is dying of cancer and mostly reformed.The best that can be said of the writing was that it was redundant; for example, Macomber writes how the gambler's luck at the casinos influenced his moods, and then tells us in the very next sentence that he was happy when he won and depressed when he lost, as if it would have been the other way around.I didn't particularly sympathize with any of the characters or their situations. ... Read more

2. Full Bloom
by Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes
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Asin: 0312934300
Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, a divorcee who inherited her grandmother's Queen Ann mansion (and its wacky handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it's hosting millionaire Max Holt's upcoming wedding! If rumors of x-rated ghosts aren't stressful enough, Max's new partner has arrived with an eye on Annie's master suite. On the inside Wes Bridges may be corporate, but on the outside he's leather and denim, sporting a two-day beard, straddling a Harley, and sending the B&B's testosterone level through the roof. Annie's cool demeanor may be dropping as fast as Wes's jeans, but leave it to her ex to dampen the passion! His body's been discovered buried on the grounds along with a stash of illicit love letters and a photograph of one of the town's most prominent married ladies. Wrapped up in a murder plot, Annie must find the killer, save her own neck, and get back to where she was-wrapped up in Wes's strong loving arms...
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3. Hawken's Heart
by Suzanne Brockmann
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Asin: 0778321665
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Mira
Sales Rank: 597
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Government agent Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt of a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone -- except for Nell Burns.

Nell and Crash have a history -- as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This author delivers the bang for the buck!
This author delivers the bang for the buck! Unforgettable characters, keep reading through the night suspense.

Crash Hawken, government agent, becomes the prime suspect in the assassination attempt his commanding officer. He is charged with treason, conspiracy, and murder. The only friend he has left is Nell Burns, a woman who believes that a friend in need is a friend indeed. These two, who were once lovers, flee together in an effort to find the real killer and clear Crash's name.
Nell and Crash have a history -- as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Die Another Day"
HAWKEN'S HEART by amazing storyteller, Suzanne Brockmann, was such a good read.

I have read literally ALL of this fabulous writer's books and have enjoyed each one of them.I'm such a fan.

Ms. Brockmann has her own unique trademark in creating hot and believable characters, read-through without wanting to stop dialogue, and nail-biting suspensful plots that hold the reader captive for hours on end.

She could have easily been the creator/writer for the newer James Bond stories, like, "Die Another Day."One of my favorite.

If you are a die-hard romantic-suspense lover then, "HAWKEN'S HEART," is without question the book for you.You won't be disappointed!

(Highly Recommended Novel!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Plot
This book is fast paced and the plot is tightly woven. The scenes are memorable and believable (I find that hard to concieve in some romance novels). So I rate this a high 5 and wish i could give it a 10 for page turning, keep you on your toes writting.
recommending: Katlyn Stewart and Janet Evanovich

4-0 out of 5 stars Another SEAL That Will Want For Your Own!!
Typical of Ms. Brockmann and her SEAL team stories this read previouse released as "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" offers the reader a smart fast paced read with one yummy hero and one fiesty heroine that will keep the reader entertained right up to the final page.

Nell Burns is the personal assistant to Daisy Owens.Daisy is the cousin of William "Crash" Hawkins.Daisy has also found out that she has a brain tumor and will not survive.Nell goes to Crash to give him this bit of bad news.Hawkins can't believe that he's about to loose such an important person in his life.His life as a SEAL prevents him from getting involved with anyone.Problem is he was not counting on Nell.She speaks to him in a way that no woman ever has.But, he lets her walk away from him.Will he get a second chance with her?

Nell falls, and falls hard for Hawkins.After just one night with her prince she walks away after he makes it clear to her that things would never work between them.Problem with this is Nell's heart doesn't get the message.A year later when Crash is arrested for murder, Nell, knows that he is innocent.She risks her life to help him and in the process they are thrown together and feels can't be ignored...or can they?

Billy "Crash" Hawkins is one hero you will instanly fall in love with yourself.Nell is another Brockmann heroine that is just sassy and fiesty enough to handle her man.This was a fast paced read that will capture the readers attention.I love her SEAL series and this read was not exception.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the TDD books
If you are even reading this review, you are probably a fellow Suzanne Brockmann fan.If not, buy this book and you will join the growing group of fans.Ms. Broackman's books always feel "real," no matter how far fetched the back of the book may make the plot seem.

This book was previously released as "Upon a Midnight Clear," and is my favorite of the TTD books, and probably my favorite romantic fiction book period.

One of the faults attributed to Ms. Brockmann is that her female characters are not as interesting or likeable as her male charaters.Ms. Brockmann herself has refered to this as the "too stupid to live" female lead problem. That is definately not the case with this book.Nell Burns is spunky and easy to root for.

Crash Hawken, the title character, is one of the best written characters that you will find in the genre.I love every scene told from his point of view, and love whenever he appears is later TDD books, as you learn from this book what is going on behind his quiet demeanor.

The sub-plot of this story is the lovely romance between Crash's surragete parents, his cousin Daisey and Jake Robinson (the lead charater of the Admiral's Bride).It is poingent, and makes you appreciate every day (and every sunset) you have with those you love.

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4. The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
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Asin: 0743227441
Catlog: Book (2002-06-04)
Publisher: Touchstone
Sales Rank: 241
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family?s ambitious plots as the king?s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.

A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the size of the book intimidate you! GO BUY IT!
This story was an above all thrill! It captivates your imagination and takes you back to the days at the Englishg courts where King Henry the VIII rules and the Boleyn girls play a game of ambition,love, and desire for the throne.
The narrator of the novel is the young Boleyn girl, named Mary, whom immediately catches the wandering eyes of a king, desperate for an heir, as soon as she arrives to court.
With its twists and sudden turns the plot thickens ever so deep as soon as Mary is bumped out of the Kings vision and is replaced with Mary's older sister, Anne.
Now that each sister clearly is envious of the other and that the desperate Boleyn family desires at least one of their daughters to assume the throne as soon as Queen Katherine, Henry's wife, croaks, the powerful Uncle of Mary and Anne blatantly decides Mary and Anne's fate for them.
Mary, becoming quite lonely, for her family's attention is set upon Anne's happiness, falls in love with a man, named William, who is a mere servant for her Uncle, but she follows her heart for the first time in her life and marries whom she really loves despite the consequences and the wrath of her sister, Anne.
It is quite clearly the story about Anne's rise and her sad and unexpected fall through the eyes of her sister Mary. And it shows the importance of family, for even though they grow terse and cruel towards each other, they are always there for one another when in need.
With all this stories strong points the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it gets a bit frustrating while reading it. Not because it's a hard read, far from it, but because poor Mary never stands up for herself and lets herself get beat up, verbally, by her Uncle, Mother, Father, Sister, Bother, and King. You just want to reach into the book and slap some sense into her! I EXTREMELY suggest that you go out and get yourself a copy, it is truely a wonderful tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best
While indisposed for a few days, I have never considered myself luckier than to come upon a book so engrossing, intellectual and enjoyable. This book is an incredible telling of the rivalry (and often hatred) between the two Boleyn girls, Anne and Mary. This book contained such vivid detail and fabulous imagery I couldn't put it down! It is a fairy tale in setting and a horrorific battle, involving one of the most powerful families in Tudor England. The character profiles were flawless: I was entirely able to imagine Mary, Henry, William and Anne sitting by my side. As an avid fan of Elizabethan, Tudor and other English historical fiction, Philippa Gregory enchanted my mind. I continue to turn to the book and re-read passages. The wonderful literary style that Gregory drew into this book is unmatched and unequaled. Very few books I have read can rival this wonderful account of love, passion, anger, betrayl and feeling. Kudos to Gregory!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great work of historical fiction
The Other Boleyn Girl tells the story of Mary Boleyn, sister to the infamous Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. Mary becomes caught up in a series of political intrigues, as her family plots to become more powerful, especially against the Seymour family. Mary gives birth to Henry's child; in the meantime, Anne swoops in to take her place as Henry's mistress.

Serving as backdrop is Henry VIII's court in the 16th century, where Henry and Katherine of Aragon's marriage is coming to an end. Tired of Katherine for not being able to produce a male heir, Henry breaks away from the Catholic Church in England and starts his own, so that he may divorce his wife. Philippa Gregory describes all of this in startling detail, as we watch Anne and Mary Boleyn vie for the King's affection. Power and status is what drives everybody involved. Its a fascinating look into life at court under the reign of Henry VIII.

We get to see what Anne Boleyn was really like. Of course, we've heard stories, but I was amazed to see just what kinds of things she could do. Mary was the best kind of narrator for this novel, as we got to see firsthand the court and its going-ons. We often see Katherine of Aragon depicted in the history books as the frumpy, housfrou; here she becomes a real, genuine, loyal woman, who wouldn't give up her religion, no matter how much she loved her husband. That spoke of real character and courage on her part.

The book takes us up to Anne's beheading. Again dissatisfied with the fact that he does not have a male heir, Henry trumps up charges of adultery against Anne. The ending is frightening, an account of what such a gruesome moment might have been like. It is said that, when the executioner lifted up Anne's head afterwards, the mouth moved. Gregory uses exquisite details to describe this event, and many others throughout the book.

I've read many other works on historical fiction, and none other compares to The Other Boleyn Girl. It is very definitely a book worth reading.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Fiction-Poor Fact
This is an interesting book when considered as a work of fiction alone. If one is looking for a book giving accurate historical details, this is not it. Anne, described as plain and flat-chested by her closest friends, is beautful while Mary, who had an affair with the French king before even arriving in the court of Henry VIII, is innocent. If you plan on researching the truth, enjoy this as a farce. If you don't know your history, aviod this fable.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Let me just say that I found this book to be a good "fluffy" read. I didn't love it, nor did I hate it--and I think that's because I kept wanting to slap the main charactor for being so weak willed. By the time I reached the end, I threw down the book and exclaimed, "Well, it's about time!" This book is a cross between Tudor England and Cosmo magazine: juicy with gossip but lacking any real depth. But, if you've got nothing better to do, and you happen to be a junkie for the Tudors...have at it! ... Read more

5. Impossible
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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6. Pretty Woman: A Novel
by Fern Michaels
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
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7. The Other Woman
by JaneGreen
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Asin: 0670034045
Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Sales Rank: 1046
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Jane Green’s bestselling novels are rich with wry, clever insights into the romantic livesof her idiosyncratic heroines, winning them a devoted fan base. Now, with The OtherWoman, Viking will reintroduce America to the inimitable Jane Green.

If opposites attract, Ellie and Dan are perfect for each other. She’s impulsive; he followsall the rules. Ellie is a virtual orphan, whereas Dan’s family is as close-knit as they come.At first, Ellie is thrilled to be accepted into the Cooper clan and embraces Dan’s mom,Linda, as the mother she never had—until she begins to realize that Linda’s "mothering"is far more intrusive than even the best daughter-in-law can handle. What can Dan andhis mother possibly have to talk about on the phone twice a day? And how hasthe intimate civil ceremony Ellie always dreamed of turned into a black-tie affair thatwould rival a royal wedding? Suddenly, Ellie finds herself wondering if it’s possible toget an annulment—from Linda.

A hilarious yet touching look at mothers-in-law and what they teach us about ourselves,The Other Woman is a brilliant hit from a novelist whose star just continues torise. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I liked the characters, but just like in Bookends, the ending left me unfulfilled.I think the author avoided dealing with what could have been very dramatic writing by telling us about it later on; for example, when the baby is born.We are told it was very dramatic, after the fact, but why didn't she take us through the experience?This also happens again at the end of the book.As in Bookends, the characters are likeable, although the writing cliched, and the story ultimately disappointing in its conclusion.I think this will be the last book I read by this author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Jane Green Jem
Every time I see that Jane Green is coming out with a novel I prebuy it on amazon. This practice hasn't failed me yet. The Other Woman is another fantastic book. Written with enthusiasm and wit; this book looks at the life of a woman named Ellie Cooper. She finds the man of her dreams, gets married and then realizes she is also married to the other woman- her mother-in-law. I won't say this book is unpredictable but it will have you reading well into the night to finish it. The characters in the Other Woman are almost three dimensional and you will root for Ellie as she tries to sort out married life, in-laws, babies, etc.

3-0 out of 5 stars What is the fuss about her mother in law?
I was hoping to read an interesting novel about a really wicked mother-in-law (like mine), however Linda seems quite too nice. What was the fuss about her? But something that really was overbearing in this story was the constant reminder about Ellie's mother, her lonely childhood, etc. Get over that!
About being spineless, both Ellie and Dan were. If they wanted a simple wedding, why not just stand for it? They seemed too undecided about these things and Linda took over the preparations. If they really wanted things different, just saying so will suffice.
I finished this book with certain disappointment about wasting time and what for? A average to good mother-in-law and her paranoic daughter-in-law.
And who Ellie thinks she is in judging her friend Lisa when she even tried to seduce another guy ?
This heroin is judgmental about her friend Lisa's affair, about her friend Trish's parenting skills, about her mother-in-law efforts to be nice, about her father's love, about Dan's non involvement with these petty issues, really she is the one with a problem.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's Okay, but definitely not as good as her previous books
I LOVED Jemima J, Bookends, To Have & To Hold.This book is okay, but it just wasn't as compelling a read as they were.I didn't feel really engaged by the main character.The first half of the book I enjoyed, but later (without giving away any details) I didn't find the plot was going in any real direction - it seemed all over the place.There are some situations in the book that I found just ridiculous and unbelievable, which really isn't like most of Ms. Green's books.I look forward to reading more of her books in the future, but if you haven't read any of hers yet, start with Jemima J or To Have and To Hold or Bookends.

2-0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars
This system really should be set up to accept half stars.I don't like giving this book two stars, but IMO it didn't warrant three.

One reviewer remarked about some of the silly descriptive writing (cappucino machine greeting Ellie a 'shiny hello' was an excellent example); another reader said that this book was "character driven."I must respectfully disagree.Oh, there may have been lots of characters, but this was a PLOT driven book if I've ever read one.It reads like one reviewer described - as if someone was retelling a story to you - and you, the listener, has to just sit and nod your head.

None of the characters are sympathetic, except for Linda.And not the Linda at the end of the book - the Linda from the almost the very beginning.I should say that I am not a mother-in-law - my children are nowhere near the marrying age - and I even have a crappy MIL of my own, in fact (for different reasons).What I saw in this book was not an evil MIL.I saw a misunderstood MIL, maybe a bit of an overbearing MIL who wasn't a good listener.But the problem was not with Linda, it was with Ellie - bitter, jealous, resentful, nitpicky, whiny-baby Ellie - who, we're supposed to believe, is a top-level executive at work, and has been for years an independent woman -but melts into a malleable puddle around her MIL.Please.I find it hard to believe that at age 33, she did not know how to translate her people skills over to her personal life.

All these characters were two-dimensional.I did not know hardly anything, really, about any of them by the last page.Oh, sure, they all had lots of experiences, lots of things "happen" to them throughout the course of this 100-page-too-long book, but they did not come off the page for me.

Supposedly Linda made Ellie's life a living hell.Ellie had lots and lots of reasons that she listed, lots and lots of offenses to her credit.But she did not once handle Linda like an adult.She carried on like a immature brat through the entire course of the book, thinking only of herself.Even using her own child against the so-called "evil" MIL.She even had her friends dropping her hints about how to remedy the situation and all she would do was bristle and get defensive.If ever there was a character in need of some intensive one-on-one therapy, it was Ellie Black Cooper, the daughter-in-law from hell.

Another thing:Ellie was supposedly lacking a mother figure in her life due to the untimely death of her alcoholic biological mother.She didn't try to ferret out the good points in Linda and make them work for her, she found the bad and 1) didn't deal with them and 2) exacerbated them.Further, Ellie's bio mother was an alcoholic but aside from saying it, that component is never explored.In fact, I kept thinking it might be because in several spots Ellie is drinking to the point of slight inebriation.I would think, as a reader, that there would have been a connection explored there for the reader to warm up to the character.But no.I mean, why was Ellie such a martyr b----?

After what Ellie discovered her "friend" Lisa up to toward the end of the book, I was dismayed that she insisted that she not "judge" Lisa.As if judging that type (no spoiler here) of behavior is incorrect.That type of behavior, which ruins families and relationships.What kind of person finds out what Ellie found out about a friend and decides to keep them on as a friend?Totally unrealistic and bizarre.

And talk about a tidy ending!I won't mention details here, but could there be a book out there that is tied any tighter with a neat, shiny bow at the end?

I understand that Jane Green has a big following.Another reviewer mentioned that Green's "singleton" books are better.I may go back to her at a later date and give this author one more shot.Or maybe not. ... Read more

8. Marriage Most Scandalous
by Johanna Lindsey
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With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world's best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.

Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian--while Sebastian is banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.

When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent.

Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade.

As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life--and love--he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.

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9. Return of the Warrior
by Kinley MacGregor
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10. Can't Get Enough : A Novel
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner...
Again, Connie has delivered a great story line which is the sequel to her best selling novel"P.G. County".Good story telling of greed, jealousy, bitterness, adultry and betrayal.This story will capture your attention and hold it until the very end.Although it's been a while since P.G. County was published, the sequel picks right up where the other book left off and I was able to roll right along with the entire story non-stop.Great writing, great characters and I look forward to her next book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the making of a franchise
I really enjoyed this follow-up to PG County. It felt just like a soap opera and I loved every last word of it. I truly hope Ms. Briscoe makes a series of these characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, How the Tables Turn
In P.G. County, you couldn't help but feel sorry for Barbara Bentley, but in this book, your cheering for her; In this book, she's gotten sober, sexy and savvy as a part time real estate agent, and a new interest which has turned the tables on her hubby, who know doesn't know what to do; Jolene comes back with a roller coaster of her own; licking her wounds and missing her now the well is dry ex hubby, and plots to get him back from Pearl with no success; And a mysterious countess builds a major mansion in the neighborhood which has everyone guessing her identity; Juicy, racy and bound to keep you turning the pages;

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOLLOW-UP TO P.G.......!!!
In this sizzling sequel to the P.G. County the drama continues.Barbara Bentley, THE social scion of Silver Lake has had it with her philandering husband Bradford.All the bling in the world does not take the place of attention and affection...add to that the fact that Barbara is keeping company with a handsome and much younger co-worker, and you have a very vulnerable fifty-one year old woman.Suddenly Barbara is much happier, begins dressing more hip, and begins "working" even more... doesn't she deserve some happiness of her own?So what if what makes her happy is only 38 years old...but what will happen if Bradford finds out?

Jolene Brown has reached her lowest point ever.She's screwing the company painter who just happens to be an ex-con, she's lost her husband to that fat matronly Pearl Jackson, and she has been ostractized from all social events at Silver Lake.But things may be looking up for Jolene; she's just hit the Maryland lottery for a cool five million, and she's got an agenda to win her husband back.When she finds that he cannot be swayed by money or cleavage, she enlists the help of her ex-con lover Brian in a scheme to ruin the new lady in his life, Pearl.But Brian is greedy and vindictive, and suddenly Jolene finds herself right back where she started...

Pearl Jackson realizes that her new life with boyfriend Patrick is far from a bowl of cherries..between that horrid ex-wife Jolene and his two teenage girls---to say that their relationship is a challenge would be an understatement.But Pearl seeks solace in her pride and joy....her beauty salon, her very own business. And business is good, until the night that Pearl receives an uninvited guest......

And through it all, everyone in Silver Lake is waiting to find out who is building that huge new it a celebrity, or royalty, as some are saying?And into the lives of the ladies of Silver Lake steps Baronness Veronique, socialite extraordinaire, the woman that everyone wants to be friends with...but could it be that the Baronness has come to bring even more turbulence to the lives of the ladies of Silver Lake?In true P.G. County fashion, the author brings hot drama to the pages and to her fans in this sequel.


3-0 out of 5 stars PG County Continued....
Can't Get Enough, Connie Briscoe's follow up to PG County, returns us to the prestigious Silver Lake community and continues where its predecessor ended.It instantly reconnects with Maryland's Prince George County's most memorable cast of characters who, for the most part, are still rich and still restless - a perfect combination for trouble and drama.Barbara, the wife of philandering millionaire Bradford Bentley, has sobered up and now takes her frustrations out in the gym instead of drowning her sorrows in Belvedere vodka.The results are fantastic - she is feeling good and looking even better.When her real-estate colleague, Noah, 15 years her junior openly flirts with her, he awakens feelings and thoughts that even the most faithful of attention-starved housewives cannot ignore.She wrestles with her feelings for both her husband, Bradford, whose womanizing ways led him to ignore and embarrass her for years by openly conducting affairs with younger women, and Noah, a handsome, attentive and sensual being, who is playing for keeps.

A newcomer to Silver Lake, a one "Baroness Veronique," befriends Barbara and plays devil's advocate to the blossoming romance between Barbara and Noah.However, it is revealed much later that this royal newcomer has ulterior motives with an interesting twist near the end of the story.The Baroness is the envy of the neighborhood after building a replica of a French chateau directly across the street from the conniving Jolene, the latest former mistress of Bradford.Jolene is a scantily clad pariah, shunned by most of Silver Lake for her involvement with Bradford.However, public scorn only fuels her desire to win back Patrick, her well-respected and admired ex-husband.She stoops low and uses their daughter Juliette in a ploy to seduce him. Patrick, however, is smitten with good-natured Pearl, the sweetheart of the neighborhood and friend to everyone.When Patrick rejects Jolene, she, in an act of desperation, retaliates against Pearl in such a mean spirited and hurtful manner that startles all of Silver Lake.

There is no peace, even for the "nice guy" as lovable Patrick struggles to raise Lee, his troubled teenaged daughter from a previous relationship.Lee's half-sister, Juliette, adds gasoline to the fire when she starts to exhibit traces of Jolene (evoking a "Mini Me" persona of her man-chasing mother) when she sets her eyes on her Lee's boyfriend.

Reminiscent to a daytime soap opera, the setting is posh.Everyone is beautiful, possesses an American Express Black card, drives luxury cars and wears designer attire. It seems like owning Armani suits, furs, Jimmy Choo shoes and Mikimoto pearls are an unwritten prerequisite for Silver Lake residents. Briscoe masters the storytelling aspects well by devoting alternating chapters to each main character which allows them to develop nicely while building suspense in an entertaining melodramatic offering.She adds solid doses of scandalous behavior, lying, cheating, double-crossing, and scheming to keep the pages turning until the end.

Reviewed by Phyllis
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11. Two Of A Kind : Impulse\The Best Mistake
by Nora Roberts
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12. The Shop On Blossom Street
by Debbie Macomber
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn!!
Debbie Macomber does a superb job of weaving together a tale of women from different age groups and backgrounds. Each of the women shows moments of courage, fear, turmoil, truimph, and love. If you were a fan of Thursday's at Eight, you'll love this book too.
The group starts out knitting a baby blanklet and ends up creating a friendship. I loved the way each of the characters relates to each other in their struggles (health, infertility, broken relationsips, etc.). In both little and large ways, the friendship that is created is stronger and more lasting then any of the blankets knitted.

5-0 out of 5 stars deep character study
Lydia Hoffman has defeated cancer twice. To celebrate life, Lydia opens A Good Yarn, a knitting supplies store in Seattle. She also teaches a class on knitting. The first lesson is "How to Knit a Baby Blanket".

Jacqueline Donovan reacts poorly to her son's news that she is to be a grandmother for the first time. She does not like her daughter-in-law Tammie Lee. Maybe her bitterness is because she knows her marriage to Reese, a partner in an architectural firm, is dying. She must make amends with her son Paul so she joins A Good Yarn knitting class.

Desperate to become pregnant, Carol Girard joins the class seeking hope that her and her husband Doug's final attempt with in vitro pregnancy succeeds. This is her last chance to have the child she craves.

The court ordered Alix Townsend to do community service as part of her sentencing. She decides that knitting for the Linus Project should satisfy her case worker. However, she needs to first learn to knit so she joins the class too.

This four diverse women bond in friendship and love as they work on the baby blanket. Though their individual dreams may not be answered, a group dream forges as each learns the meaning of life.

THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is a fabulous deep character study that rotates the narration between the women so that the audience has four subplots that cleverly knit together into a powerful look at the ups and downs of modern day living. Though not all dreams are fulfilled and some change for instance to cooking, fans will enjoy Debbie Macomber's strong tale of four females struggling to overcome different setbacks.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET
WOW! Another one from Debbie. You can never go wrong in one of her books. When you are reading it, it makes you feel like you are there. Heart warming. Get this book. When you do get two. Share one. I did.
Thanks again Debbie

4-0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Yarn
The shop in THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is a yarn shop on a quiet Seattle street that is just on the cusp of gentrification. The shop itself is not merely a backdrop for the plot of Debbie Macomber's sweet new novel; it's also the catalyst that brings together four dissimilar women and helps them weave together a friendship out of the different-colored threads of their lives.

For each of the four women, knitting represents the fulfillment of a wish or dream. For Carol Girard, it's the overwhelming desire to have a child. When Carol hears about the new yarn shop on Blossom Street and learns that the beginning knitting class will be knitting a baby blanket, she knows it's a sign. Carol and her husband have tried for years to conceive a child; now, about to undergo their third in vitro procedure, their time and insurance dollars are running out. Carol has given up so much to have a child --- her normal fast-paced routine, even the high-stress job she loves --- and she hopes that knitting can also fill empty hours in her new slower-paced lifestyle.

For Jacqueline Donovan, it's the hope that she can be a good grandmother despite her loathing for her daughter-in-law. Jacqueline, a fixture at the country club and charity events, has been in a loveless marriage for years. She claims to despise Tammie Lee because she's southern, blonde and ditzy --- in reality, though, Jacqueline is jealous of the obvious love that exists between her son and Tammie Lee. At her husband's request, Jacqueline enrolls in the beginning knitting class, hoping she can knit a baby blanket as a peace offering.

Alix Townsend, the youngest member of the group, also seems the least likely knitter. She signs up for the beginning knitting class in the hopes that donating her baby blanket for charity can knock off some of her court-mandated community service hours; secretly, though, knitting is part of Alix's fantasy of a mother she never had. She hopes that by taking up knitting she can recapture some of the nurturing she missed out on as a child. Rebellious and bitter, Alix rubs just about everyone the wrong way until they discover her vulnerability and kindness, hidden under her dyed hair and black leather.

Most poignant of the four women in THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is Lydia Hoffman, the owner of the yarn shop. For Lydia, knitting in general and owning a yarn shop in particular symbolizes life, a life she couldn't imagine just a few years ago. Having survived two bouts of brain cancer, Lydia never expected to live to thirty, let alone to open her own business. Lydia says, "The shop was my affirmation of life." Although Lydia has taken a leap of faith by opening her yarn shop, she is less courageous when it comes to romance.

With their varying backgrounds and different agendas, it's not surprising that these four women clash when they come together for their first knitting class. Jacqueline and Alix, in particular, are at each other's throats from the start. It's also no surprise that over the course of the summer, these four women form a close bond of friendship that is tested when tragedy threatens one of their own. The characters, despite their emotional development, are not really developed beyond their initial preoccupations. However, it's a rare novel that manages to be sweet without becoming syrupy, and THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET achieves that balance.

Both knitters and non-knitters will find much to enjoy here. Knitters have a bonus: a free baby blanket pattern (the same one the characters learn to knit) is included at the start of the novel, and quotes from well-known knitters are scattered throughout. Non-knitters can still find many pleasures in this satisfying, if somewhat predictable, tale. And who knows --- maybe Lydia and her friends will inspire readers to take up needles themselves!

--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl

5-0 out of 5 stars All tied up..
Can four women who have nothing in common bond over the course of a knitting class being offered at a new shop, you bet they can. Debbie Macomber weaves a wonderful story about friendships and how the least likely people can relate to each other when they find they have a common ground on which to stand. ... Read more

13. Superstition
by KarenRobards
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Sparks fly between a police chief and a reporter who are thrown together when a brutal killer comes out of hiding after fifteen years.

Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Sunny, idyllic, and picture perfect, until a tabloid news program airs a splashy segment about the community's only unsolved murder-the grisly stabbing of teenager Tara Mitchell and the subsequent disappearance of her two best friends, both thought to be long dead. In the years since the murders, several families have moved into the mansion where the crime occurred, each claiming that the dead girls still haunt the house. Beautiful redheaded reporter Nicole Sullivan, sensing the story that could be her big break, arranges for her mother, a renowned psychic, to contact the three victims via a live siance on the show Twenty-four Hours Investigates.

But something goes terribly wrong during the segment, and a young woman is murdered in the exact same manner as Tara Mitchell was fifteen years earlier. Pressured by her producers to get the inside story, Nicole is ordered to continue to investigate. As an attraction grows between Nicole and police chief Joe Franconi, another identical murder occurs, along with a menacing note warning that the original killer is back to claim three more lives. The body count rises, and so does the danger to Nicole, who is attacked, barely escaping with her life. She and Joe are forced to join forces as it becomes clear that the killer has set his sights on Nicole as his next victim.

Tightly plotted and deeply suspenseful, Superstition is Karen Robards's most captivating work yet.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful
A little mystery, a little intrigue and full of passion. This one is a keeper and I am not one to usually write reviews of any kind. So this has to be good.
another keeper is: Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart

4-0 out of 5 stars great, but....
i thought this was a great book and had a great plot, etc. etc.
but i continued to get aggravated with the indept descriptions of every little thing and the different little sayings.i like to know what things look like to put me in that place, but some of the detail wasn't really necessary.keep it up though.

2-0 out of 5 stars UH-OH
Nicole Sullivan is a host for a show similar to one on Court TV. She returns to her home island to investigate a 15 year old murder. She is hoping to revive a dying career. Her mother is a psychic and she wants to televise her mother trying to contact the spirits in the murder house.

Joe Franconi is the Police Chief of the Island. HE is a burnt out cop who got wounded when a bust went bad. He does not expect a murder to happen on his little island. He and Nicky seem to get together very quickly.

This sounds like a good plot, but beware, Nicky is a media vulture, out for the fame. And Joe is just burnt out. I wait a year for each new Karen Robards book and I was disappointed. The first 350 pages try to get you to empathize with the main characters, the last 65 you get all the action and explaination and let say it was not worth it.

With everyone seeing ghosts and old or possibly new murderers doing their best to kill Nicky, she is struggling for her 15 minutes of fame to catch the notice of a Morning News Show looking for a co-host. Joe is trying to live with a ghost he keeps seeing from his last bust. There was a great potential here for a great book. But the ending is so simple and straight forward ( even with two murderers ) that you just feel let down.

I could have had better feelings for the book if our two main characters had a little more character or integrity. The fact that they both got their best outcome was beside the point. I have been able to find something in everyone of Karen's previous characters. But Nicky was a total selfish fish.This one did not do it for me. Like I always say different strokes for different folks, so you may like it. But these are my thoughts and I hate to pay so much for a book and be let down. How about you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tale of suspense
Karen Robards writes a spin tingling tale in her newest novel Superstition.

Nicky Sullivan, top reporter for a 24 hour Investigates is back in her hometown of Pawley Island SC. Fifteen years ago there was a brutal murder in town. Nicky has her mother a noted psychic to help solve the case.Another murder occurs on the night of the broadcast. This puts Nicky and her family and crew in danger.

Police chief Joe Franconi came to quiet Pawley Island to simplify his life. These TV people are making his life a three-ring circus.Plus he is attracted to its star Nicky. When the terror escalates Joe will protect Nicky with his life.

Superstition is a riveting tale of evil that lurks where you least expect it.The story pulls you and doesn't let go.The dynamics of Nicky's family is funny, sweet and touching.Nicky and Joe are two strong willed characters that deserve a chance at love.

1-0 out of 5 stars OUCH
I don't usually stop after reading the first third of a book and write a review, but this book more than warrants it.Do you remember being assigned a 500 word essay in school and how you just described everything to a fault to fit in all those words....?Well, Karen Robards must be being paid by the word.She never uses one when 500 will do instead.
The first third of this book contains one of the longest run-on sentences known to mankind; not to mention the sentence that contains more commas than any grammar book known.Robards' editor must be on maternity leave because no one could have read this before they published it.Adjectives are attached to the wrong nouns, totally changing the meaning of the sentence.It is so awful you have to read and re-read and then re-read it again to get through one sentence.She took well over SIX FULL PAGES to describe a few minutes of activity.I shudder to think what awaits me in the rest of the book.Drivel is the best word I can think of:lots and lots of drivel!
I know some will disagree with me - but I bid you read a book by Stephen White and see what fabulous writing is - concise, smooth and suspenseful.This is none of those things. ... Read more

14. Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, Jaid Black
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15. O'Hurley's Return
by Nora Roberts
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16. Northern Lights
by Nora Roberts
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Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street-and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as Chief of Police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But just as he wonders whether this has been all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss on New Year's Eve under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaska sky lifts his spirit and convinces him to stay just a little longer.

Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year's kiss with the Chief of Police, she allows herself to give in to passion-while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.

And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day-and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life-and the new love-that he has finally found for himself.
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17. To Pleasure a Prince (Royal Brotherhood (Paperback))
by Sabrina Jeffries
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18. The Calhouns: Suzanna And Megan : Suzanna's Surrender\Megan's Mate
by Nora Roberts
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Atop the rocky coast of Maine sits the Towers, a magnificent family mansion that is home to a legend of long-lost love, hidden emeralds -- and four sisters determined to save their home against all odds.

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts brings you the Calhoun Women --

Suzanna's Surrender -- Burned-out and tired as hell, all ex-cop Holt Bradford wanted to do was relax. But when beautiful single mom Suzanna invaded his solitude to search for the missing Calhoun emeralds, he couldn't say no. Holt had changed from a bad-boy teen to a dangerously sexy man, but Suzanna couldn't risk her well-ordered life for a man who made her mouth go dry . . .

Megan's Mate -- Calhoun sister-in-law Megan O'Riley and her young son had traveled far to become the Towers' newest residents. Cool as an Atlantic breeze, Megan buried her passions and vowed never to let her heart control her life. But when boat captain Nate Fury set his course for her, the practical lady was swept away by his formidable charm. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn'tput the book it down!
This was a great conclusion to the series. Each book can stand on his own but Nora Robert threads the grandmother lost jewels throughout the series. It was great -- couldn't put the book it down!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love those Calhoun women!!!!
"Megan's Mate" was my favorite story in this set.While all of the Calhouns are great..this story was a bit different since Megan wasn't one of the 4 sisters.Great reading....and Kevin was such a little sweetie!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sequel and conclusion to The Calhouns
I enjoy light romance mixed with some mystery/adventure and with well developed secondary characters.These last two stories of the 4 Calhoun sisters and their sister-in-law were very touching as both women, Suzanna and Megan, were single moms.Suzanna through divorce and Megan as a never married and left-in-the-lurch innocent.Suzanna particulary had a rough time trusting herself and her feelings after a very rough marriage and had so much concern for her sons that as a mom myself I could empathize.Megan was so young when she trusted innocently (here is another reason that abstinence before marriage is not a bad idea) and was so hurt and ignored by the father of her child.

The secondary characters of Dutch and Aunt Coco were lots of fun and you could feel how Dutch was nervous about the whole thing but couldn't fight it.And then you add in the mystery of the emeralds and Bianca and Christian's relationship and that was very touching as well.

I recommend it -- not as a heavy serious mystery but as a light, touchingly funny and sensitive set of stories. ... Read more

19. Game Over
by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
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Asin: 0976234920
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Triple Crown Publications
Sales Rank: 8197
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Let’s take a journey into the world of Vera Wright-Turner, who leads you to wonder if she will play or be played. Will she learn that love is all she needs or will the love she has be too much for her to stand?

Only knowing the life of gold diggin’, hustling men and rejecting love, Vera has suddenly found herself in a world where her game has "flipped...and slipped through her fingertips." While trying to retrace her footsteps in search of where her game could be, Vera discovers that the love she has for Dr. Taj Bennett won’t let her go, the hatred that she has for her drug addicted mother is not easy to live with, and ghosts from her past won’t seem to die.

Get ready, get set, and run with Vera as Tu-Shonda Whitaker spins a plot explosive, passionate and humorous tale that is destined to be an urban classic! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wat cha workin wit....
Well I will tell you that Ms. Whitaker is working with real talent.The first book, Flip Side of the Game was a great read, but this book is a testimony to the coming out of a great author.This book, is the dessert that you will never forget, the added touch.I truly enoyed this book.The sub characters were developed and took on a life of their own. This book is a fantastic follow-up.I laughed so hard and cried as well.I would suggest that you read both books together, for the full effect. It seems like the characters just came alive.I enjoyed reading and this book just reaffirmed why I love books.Go ahead and get your read on with Vera, Taj, Aunt Cookie,Uncle Boy, Rowanda and the girlfriends.This book is destined to be a movie.Spike Lee and Queen Latifa, needs to jump on the rights to this story, RIGHT NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars needs to be on ur bookshelf
For all the people who read Flipside, this book tops it hands down!!Tu-shonda this was a great follow-up.We meet back up with Vera and her girls who have grown some but still have issues.I was so happy to see that Taj wore Vera's ass down so that she can see it is possible to have a happy life.With her girls by her side and her crazy ass Uncle Boy and Aunt Cookie and her recovering mother she finds that its all good..this book definitely has the makings for a movie!!! This book has something for anyone who loves to read especially the comedy, but the characters definitely will remind you of somebody you know.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Game Over was like Tyler Perry Meet the Brown's"
Game Over were funny as hell, it's Urban lit and Comedy together. Vera's Family and extended family were truely something else. This sequel to Flipside of the Game brings you further into Vera'sissues, she has a man who loves her with all his heart a mother who is trying to win her love also, girlfriends who have major issues also and a comical aunt and uncle. Tyler Perry needs to read Tu'shonda's books because the script is there all he needs is a cast.Tu'shonda you bad girl, keep up the good work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
This book was absolutely amazing. Tu-Shonda Whitaker did her thing. Game over was better than the first book: Flipside of the Game. It was a great follow up. It gave the readers insight that although plenty of us make mistakes that doesn't mean we can't find true love in the end...

5-0 out of 5 stars GAMEOVER!
Tu-Shonda has done it again with her realistic characters and sense of humor.

Game over picks up where flipside of the game ended, will Vera learn to let love in, or will she return to her gold digging ways with a good man, Taj, and dramatic friends to help her understand sometimes you can truly be in love once you allow yourself to experience that happiness. Join Vera, Aunt Cookie and the rest of the gang as Vera learns to trust and truly be happy with what she has and not what she can get.

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20. A Loving Scoundrel
by Johanna Lindsey
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Asin: 0743456300
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Sales Rank: 41730
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers into the privileged world of English aristocrats as she presents a new novel of passion, intrigue, and romantic pleasures featuring the incomparable Malorys -- a family of dashing rogues, rakehell adventurers, and spirited ladies. Now Jeremy, the son of gentleman pirate James Malory, falls in love....

When Danny, a young woman who grew up on the streets of London with no memory of her real family, is banished from her gang because she helped handsome rakehell Jeremy Malory steal back the jewels his friend lost in a card game, Danny demands that Jeremy give her a job. She is determined to become respectable in order to fulfill her dream of marrying and starting a family. Intrigued by her beauty and spunk, Jeremy hires Danny as his upstairs maid, although he wants her as his mistress.

Under the tutelage of Jeremy and his cousin Regina, Danny blossoms into a lady. Although she is drawn to Jeremy by passionate feelings she has never experienced before, she refuses to be anything more than a servant to him because she knows he is not the marrying kind. When Danny undergoes a Cinderella-like transformation and poses as Jeremy's new love in an attempt to help him avert a scandal, a few highly placed members of the ton remark on how familiar Danny looks. Now tongues are wagging, raising the question of her true identity, which threatens not only Danny's chances of capturing Jeremy's heart but her very life.

With the humor, lovable characters, and romantic intensity that have placed Johanna Lindsey's six previous Malory novels in the ranks of the best-loved and most widely read romantic novels of our time, Johanna Lindsey delights readers with an emotionally powerful tale of an irresistible scoundrel who meets his match in a brave, strong-minded young woman and can't help but fall in love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally
I have been waiting forever, like many other Malory family fans for Jeremy Malory's story. I was so surprised, and delighted to have stumbled upon it a few weeks ago. I read many of the reviews and was a little disappointed because though most liked it, most had something negative to say about it. I thought that it was great. I thought it was funny, very sexy, and I highly recommend it. I thought that Danny was the perfect match for the charming Jeremy. And it was great how Mrs. Lindsey revisited the history of the Malory family, and most of its members to give new readers a taste but not too much to cause boredom for the old. Yet to be a little hypocritical, I do wish that it had contained more love scenes, instead of glossing over most. There have been some comments about Jeremy taking advantage of the fact that Danny was drunk. It's a historical romance novel. The female lead is usually seduced during some state of vulnerability or extreme circumstance to justify their fall from virginal grace and show their difference from the females of loose morals. If it had been a modern romance novel then I agree it would have been a little inappropriate but in a age where teenage girls have a season to search out a husband and are expect to do nothing but shop and beautify themselves all day, I think the seduction should be view in a different light. In the end, I thought the book was great and I give it two thumbs, with my sincerest thank you to Mrs. Lindsey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Jeremy Malory's book is finally here! As an avid fan of Ms. Lindsey's work, I've been disappointed in her more recent work, but this book lives up to every expectation. Jeremy Malory has all the charm of Anthony and James but has an added depth and compassion which work to make him a very appealing character. Johanna Lindsey does an excellent job of creating Jeremy's perfect mate. Danny, as a pickpocket who grew up in the London slums, fits Jeremy and his own childhood to perfection. It's such a treat to read a book about two people with such a capacity to love! It is my favorite book of Ms. Lindsey's since Tender Rebel and Gentle Rogue!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Malory clan continues
I had fallen in love with the Malory clan from the beginning (Love Only Once)and loved each and every book that came out. When Jeremey's story came out, I was so excited. I fell for him when we met him and laughed as he grew in the following stories. I was a little disappointed with his story. This story could have been more for another Malory (one of Eddie's boys) then for Jeremey. However, I am glad that he finally found love. I wish we saw more of his family epescially James and Tony. They were always there for the others it only seem to make since that James would have been around to help his son through his time of love. I do hope that Lindsey continues on with more of the Malory clan. This family is the most loving and the funniest family I have ever met.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Malory Tale
A Loving Scoundrel by Johanna Lindsey is another marvelous Malory novel.

Jeremy Malory sets up a trap to catch a thief. He needs this thief to help a friend retrieve jewels lost in a fixed card game. He gets more then he bargained for when he enlists Danny in his scheme.

Danny had no memory of her life before she joined the street gang at the age of 5. She had disguised herself as a boy to fit in. By helping Jeremy she is kicked out of her gang. Danny figures Jeremy owes her. So, she strikes a bargain with him. Danny will work as his upstairs maid if he will help her refine herself.

What comes to pass is a battle of wills. Jeremy to bed her and Danny to stay out of his bed.

When trouble from her past comes to harm Danny, Jeremy will do anything to protect her.

This is a wonderful continuation of the Malory clan, the witty conversations, smoldering passions and the interfering family.

You can not go wrong with a Johanna Lindsey novel.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrifying
I could not believe this book. First Jeremy had absolutely no charm whatsoever. He relied solely on his looks and he was just as bad as Emily in this book by doing whatever he deemed nevessary to get what he wanted. The heroine even though she wanted him had morals and since she wouldn't give into him he deliberately waited unti she was drunk to sleep with her which in my book is the same thing as date rape. I expected so much more from Lindsey but after reading this and A Man to Call My Own too I'm taking her off my list. I just could not believe that the 'hero' would resort to date rape to get Danny to sleep with him. This book was flat and nothing up the Lindsey's usally caliber. The only good parts in the book are when James and Anthony are sparing which unfortunately isn't very often. ... Read more

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