Jul 29, 2016

Book Review: The Devil and the Deep

Cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events are Maddy Powers' way of life. But the daring man who appropriated her father's yacht a couple of months ago is still out there, somewhere, and she wants to pay him back for the scorching kiss they shared.

Behind his suave smile and ladykiller eyes, Bran Palladino carries a dark secret that keeps him from pursuing Maddy… even though he can't get her out of his head. But when Maddy is kidnapped as part of a grand scheme, it's time to put up or shut up… because Bran can't live without Maddy now.

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Maddy Powers and Bran Palladino had only met once when he rescued her from a kidnap attempt but that meeting had left an impression on both of them.  They became friends through email and conversations but Bran was scared to take it to the new level.  Maddy is going to be chaperoning three teenager and will be in Bran's area so she invites him along.  Becuase he isn't sure about showing up, Bran's late but just in time to prevent another kidnapping.

I really enjoyed this book.  While it is a bit full of 'Southernisms', they reminded me of family members that are no longer with us so they brought a smile and sometimes a chuckle.  The dialogue is witty, and the pacing is fast and furious.  

I did find a few instances where one of the characters would be sitting or laying and the next thing you knew, they were up and moving.  These weren't enough to pull me out of the story however.

I do recommend DEVIL AND THE DEEP to any of my readers who enjoy a hot romantic suspense complete with dialogue that will bring forth a chuckle.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jul 28, 2016

Book Review: The Sapphire Affair

Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hires him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.

Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.

Soon, the pair discover they’re after the same target—and millions in jewels. While Jake can’t be certain Steph isn’t working for her stepfather, and Steph can’t be certain Jake isn’t after the diamonds for himself, they can agree the heat between them is intense, and neither can deny the passion for long.

But the morning after, Steph discovers that she just might have slept with the enemy, and now she’ll have to outwit him to get everything she needs.…

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Jake has a job that I always thought would be interesting especially as he usually retrieves objects rather then people.  He gets to go to some rather beautiful places such as Paris and the Cayman Islands which is always a plus but more importantly, this is a job that would keep a person on their toes.   A job like that just asks for a book to be written about it.

Steph also has an interesting profession and a reason not to trust men.  But she is immediately interested when she meets Jake in a dive bar.  Instant combustion.  Should be the perfect formula for a good read.

Unfortunately I didn't find it so.  Most of that has to do with the characters.  I found that their dialogue was stilted and well...unrealistic.  Far too many times, I found myself pulled out of the storyline while pondering if someone would really say that in such a fashion.  This kept me from feeling any build up of tension or from connecting to any of the characters themselves.  

THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is one that I would recommend my readers skip.  While there is some great scenery if that is what you are looking for then you would be better off reading a travelogue.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jul 27, 2016


  • It really sucks when your body chemistry changes enough that a copper bracelet that I have worn nonstop for the last couple years is now leaving green marks on my skin.  Sure hope it changes back.
  • Why is it that romance authors like to point out that the hero's penis is so thick that the heroine can't close her hand about it?  Either she has very small hands or he is so large that I wouldn't let him near with a 20' pole.  

  • I picked up some gorgeous glass pearls the other day!  I don't know what it is about glass pearls but I love to work with them over any other glass bead.  And those colors are to die for. 

  • I ended up making myself a pearl necklace with a gorgeous sterling clasp for my Red Hatter meetings.   As I said, this one is for myself but I would be happy to make up others for folks.  The price will vary between $50 to $80 depending on the clasp.  Just let me know.  It's a great deal for a hand knotted pearl necklace with top quality glass pearls.
  • My supervisor managed to give me a heart attack today.  He had an emergency meeting today and since I work from home, I had to wait for him to call me back. I had all kinds of doom and gloom scenarios running through my mind.  Come to find out that he has just been tapped to provide temporary coverage to another team.  That I can handle.  I just don't want to loose him since my stats and rankings have so improved since I started working with him.
  • I am still working on getting items uploaded into my new store at Alechemee Designs.  I so much prefer creating them uploading them to a website.  My downfall is trying to put the words together in a description.  I am so not a writer.