I found another Sandra Brown I just had to read and this one I really loved! The others were great novels, but one really blew me away. Chill Factor opens with Tierney walking away from the graves of five women. A storm of huge portions is about to hit the mountainside he is walking and he's eager to get away from the graves.

My Rating: ❀'s
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

And what killer wouldn't be eager to remove himself from the vicinity of the graves of his victims with a huge winter storm heading his way? But the next time we see Tierney, and start to learn more about him, it seems odd that he is the killer of these women. You think, he could be, but is he? It's a question that plagued me throughout the novel because I simply couldn't believe that he was. He seemed cast in the role of the hero after all. But knowing that Sandra Brown loves twists and turns, I couldn't entirely rule him out. And that made me uncomfortable and nervous as I listened to this novel.

What also worried me was that of the cast of characters in this novel, there was a good handful that I could also see being the killer. Lilly's ex-husband was unstable and even though he was a police officer, it didn't seem out of the realm of possibility. Wes was hiding something and he was such an ass, so self important that I hated him right from the get go. His son Scott also seemed a possibility, and that saddened me because I felt sorry for him. Then, there was Marilee's lover--unnamed and therefore, suspect. I was gripped from page one till the end and while some of the characters were awful people, I was caught up in every one of them and what was happening in their lives even while I wondered about who the killer was, and where he might be.

The killer surprised me. I can't say more than that because I'd hate to spoil anything for anyone looking forward to reading this novel. But I will say, I had no idea it was the person it turned out to be, and I certainly didn't see things unfolding as they did. Which I suppose is a good thing because it wouldn't be all that suspenseful if I could figure out and I've yet to do that when reading a Sandra Brown novel. She is a master at spinning a mystery and I am addicted to her novels.

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Jewels
I waited for the release of this novel, and I was able to snatch up the last copy in my bookstore a day after its release. This series is imaginative and smart and I couldn't wait to get back to it. I also can't believe where it's headed and cannot wait to find out what will happen in book three!

Series: The Great Library, #2
My Rating: ❀'s
Genre: Fantasy 

I remember thinking when I read the first the novel in this series, Ink and Bone, that the Library was corrupt and had to fall. And the events of this novel only make me its fall to happen sooner rather than later. Our heroes have become rebels and God only knows what the next novel holds for them because very little seemed to go their way in this novel. If I thought that the future held little promise for them before, I'm even more worried now because they are headed right into the lion's den. Or perhaps, into the heart of freedom itself.

This novel was every bit as action packed as the first, more terrifying in many respects, and the bonds of friendship were just as strong, but laced with hurt and betrayal in some cases, though loyalty to one another and forgiveness seems to prevail. They are all in danger, having left family and freedom behind them to pursue change in the Library and in the world itself. What they uncover about the Black Archives and what happens as a result of that means they can never go back, that the rebellion is now and they are right in the center of it. I have to say, I'm afraid for all of them. And, proud that people brave enough exist to stand up against such corruption and evil. I can't help but think that the Library is evil now.

This novel terrified me in a lot of ways, imagining that such a world could exist, seeing the characters learn more about it, being disillusioned and angry about it, and yet being afraid of the change that they knew had to come about, all of it had me enthralled and worried. The ending was something of a shock and I hope that our heroes continue to be brave and smart. I'm on pins and needles till the next novel is released.

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Jewels
I think I'll start off by saying that I loved this novel. It was the first time I've read anything by Susan Mallery, and I have to say, I was hooked from beginning to end. It was different from a lot of romance novels I've read in the past, and very well written for a novel that has multiple stories to tell. I enjoyed the way the stories were woven together, and I enjoyed each story equally.

My Rating: ❀'s
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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This novel is about Maggie, who is getting married many years after being left a widow, and her grown up daughters. It's a light story, full of humor but very true to life when it comes to the way we deal with our life, our problems and our families. This is the reason I enjoyed this novel so much, I connected to each of the daughters, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel, and their problems and I was totally invested in each of their stories.

I started off thinking I would like Courtney's story and romance the best, and while I adored her and Quinn together, and I loved Courtney's quirky, insecure character and how brave she was at the end, I enjoyed Rachel's romance the best. A second chance romance is always a treat, and this one was especially so because it seemed like everything was more than over and done with for Rachel and Greg. I loved how much Rachel grew in this novel, and I loved that Greg helped her find her way to a happily ever after that simply delighted me. And I think will delight many readers.

Sienna's romance was a bit different than her sisters' but worked just as well. And it provided me with more moments of hilarity as her engagement to David was simply ridiculous. But what made this novel for me was how the honest the interactions were between the sisters, their mother and Joyce, who is a second mom to the sisters. There were some arguments, and hurt feelings as there are within families, but they overcame this with forgiveness and understanding. It's refreshing to read a novel that is fun and yet so true to life as well, especially when the stories are so well interwoven and told. This was a lovely novel, difficult to put down and one that stands out as truly memorable.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


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Jewels

My library currently has a lot of Sandra Brown novels checked in on OverDrive, so I decided to pick up one immediately after I finished listening to a Sandra Brown novel. She certainly knows how to write a good story with steaming romance and I like that a lot!

My Rating: 4.5 ❀'s
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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I have to say, I was immediately drawn into this story as Dawson was a very compelling character. I found it interesting that he was a journalist just back from Afghanistan. He struck me as burned out and his family's concern intensified that for me. Being thrown immediately into the story of Jeremy and Amelia kept me hooked as I found Amelia's situation--a divorced mother of a former soldier who suffered from PTSD who had met a grisly end--very compelling as well. The connection between Amelia and Dawson through Jeremy, the subject of Dawson's latest story, was interesting and kept me hooked.

And then the action started and the more happened, the more the story unfolded and I love the way Sandra Brown weaves her story. It's beautifully crafted, bits from Dawson, bits from Amelia and other characters and each builds and builds into this focused plot that is tightly woven and I just can't put the book down. Truly amazing writing in my opinion.

The villains in this story were the kind that get under your skin gently. I hated Carl, I felt sorry for Flora but found her equally easy to dislike because she was so weak, and Jeremy was just pitiful. I didn't expect to encounter these characters in the way that I did--Sandra Brown knows how to turn a plot twist and I was glad that no harm came to the characters I loved--though I won't say who. No spoilers here. The last plot twist at the end threw me and I loved that too.

A great novel, full of suspense, with compelling characters, plot twists and a slow burn romance. I can't ask for more when it's a well written as this one.

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Jewels
Crave is the first novel I've read by Janet Nissenson. Although it's part of a series, I enjoyed it as a stand alone. I understand there is some back story I may have missed, but I think the author did a fine job in letting the reader what that back story was, and I never felt as though I was missing any vital information, so for me the story stood on its own.

Series: Splendor, #2
My Rating: 3 ❀'s
Genre: Erotic Romance
I really love the cover of this novel, and I like that the woman on the front could easily be Tessa. Tessa was a sweet character who had had such a hard life, such a strange marriage, and yet she was so kind and sweet. It's no wonder that Ian fell for her really. And the two of them burned up the pages of this book! Ms. Nissenson definitely knows how to write erotic romance. The heat level of this book is certainly high, and always original too, which is a plus in my books. 

This is a classic Cinderella story, with Tessa having had a hard life, and little money and then being swept off her feet and spoiled rotten by Ian. And he knows how to spoil a girl. It made Tessa uncomfortable, and to be honest, it made me a little uncomfortable as a reader. I wasn't sure how realistic it was for Tessa to simply accept the amount of spoiling Ian does, even if it gave Ian great joy in spoiling her in the ways that he did. Some of the choices Tessa makes to be with Ian, who is her boss after all, also gave me pause. It placed her in a potentially vulnerable and entirely dependent situation and I wasn't sure Tessa made the right decision even though I knew it would turn out, as a Cinderella story should, happily ever after. That said, it was easy to suspend belief with this novel as it's clear how in love Tessa and Ian were, and after all, the choices we make for love are not always logical. 

A steaming novel that stood on it's own feet, Crave had my attention from beginning to end as I simply had to see how the Cinderella story would play out. There are a few characters that at times, made me wonder if the happiness of Tessa and Ian might not last, but I will say the climax of this novel took me by surprise and that ending was fairy tale. 

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Happy Reading,
Jewels