Whiskey Beach - NREli Logan was close to being a broken man.  Being accused of, but never charged with killing his soon-to-be ex-wife had shattered his life.  His career was pretty much destroyed, after all who would want a lawyer who was suspected of butchering of his ex-wife.  Friends slowly drifted away,  no longer so sure about the man they once knew.  The press, the gossips and especially one police detective were certain he had gotten away with murder.

He did not kill her.  But what did truth matter?

Eli left the bustle of Boston, with all of it’s memories and accusations and returned to his family’s home – Bluff House standing above the shores of Whiskey Beach.

Abra Walsh is a Jill-of-all-trades.  Her interests are varied and she makes a living doing what she loves most.  Yoga is her main focus, but that never stopped her from tending to Bluff House while Eli’s grandmother was recovering from a fall down the stairs.  Keeping the place clean and stocked with food for the returning grandson wasn’t a difficult task.

Shadow Woman LHowardStepping from the shower, Lizette Henry grabs a towel to wrap around her wet hair and one to dry off with.  Tossing on a robe she ventures into the kitchen for that desperately needed first cup of coffee.  Wandering back to the bathroom to dry and style her hair she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror.

But.  That wasn’t her reflection in the mirror.

So begins Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman.

We are drawn into Lizette’s panic as she tries to understand what is happening to her.  She remembers her life, of course she does.  So why doesn’t she look like she should?

Her first instinct is to reach out for help from her friend – but halfway to the phone she thinks, “No, if I call someone they will know”.

Drenching sweat, nausea rolling through her stomach and a blinding, pain filled headache follow that thought.

Rousing herself enough to call in to her manager that she was ill yet another shock hit her.  It seems in her 3 years of work she has never used a single sick day.  But wait – she had been with the company for 5 years.  Why would her supervisor say only 3 years… and why couldn’t she remember those missing 2 years?

It took me a long time to finally give in to the temptation to pick up any of the Fifty Shades of Grey novels.

Fifty ShadesI’m not offended by the material – whatever thrills you in the bedroom (or any other room) is your choice, not mine.

I was put off by some of the reviews I had read.  Mainly that the novels weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.

Then… all three showed up on the shelves of my local library.  And I thought… hmmmm.  I’d have to walk up to the checkout counter with them.  They’d always be in the records that I had read them… but, I was tempted.  So tempted.  Mainly that I wouldn’t be spending any hard earned cash on a totally “Ify” to me series.  So I bravely grabbed all three and marched up to the checkout only to have the librarian say “Oh, I loved these.  I read them before they went out on the shelves.  But shhh I didn’t say that.”  And she laughed.  I have to say I granted my small town librarian an upgrade in the “adventurous” column.  *wink*

I didn’t expect to “love” this trilogy.  I expected to be shocked, surprised, maybe mutter a few *ewww’s* — but I did not expect the one thing I found under all the bondage, sex slave talk, really screwed up hero and untried virgin heroine – A Love Story.

Underneath all the surface sex stuff, I found a couple who each brought damage to their relationship.  Yet they each loved the other enough to get past their boundaries and accept the other for what they were, completely.  They grew individually and as a couple throughout the three novels to the point where, if not a totally normal couple, at least an accepting, totally in love with each other couple.

If you give them a chance I believe you could find the love underneath all of the surface oddness of Fifty Shades of Grey,  Fifty Shades Darker,  Fifty Shades Freed.

 

live to see tomorrowI have long been an “Eve Duncan” fan.  I was so pleased to discover that one of the characters from that series got her own novel, well another novel – and that is just fine with me.  I enjoy the development of secondary characters in an ongoing series.  They often pull me in to the main series more deeply as I better understand all of the characters and their backgrounds and motives.

Meet Catherine Ling.

from Goodreads:

Live To See Tomorrow

Catherine Ling: raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she has been a shadowy CIA operative since she was fourteen years old. There are only a few things in life she cares for. One is her son, kidnapped when he was two. Catherine has only recently been reunited with him and the vow of her heart is never to let him face danger again. The other is her mentor, Hu Chang. Mysterious, brilliant, and deadly, Hu Chang taught Catherine everything she knows and she is loyal to him.

Now Hu Chang is calling Catherine to a new task: rescue an imprisoned journalist in Tibet — a woman who has been subjected to unspeakable horrors. Her connection to Hu Chang is unknown. What’s also unknown is that Catherine will be going up against a man whose crimes have stretched back into this area for forty years. Is Catherine being used as a pawn by Hu Chang? Can she save a woman she’s never even met? And will either of them live to see tomorrow?

  • Series: Catherine Ling
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition first Printing edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250020042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250020048
  • Library

No true spoilers ahead – continue on for my review of Live To See Tomorrow.

if you give a rake a rubyIn the second book of Shana Galen’s Jewels of the Ton trilogy we meet Fallon.

from Goodreads:

Her Mysterious Past Is The Best Revenge…

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

Only He Can Offer Her A Dazzling Future…

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line… 

To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire…

  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402269765
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 5, 2013)
  • Given to me by a friend

No spoilers – continue on to read my review

when you give a duke a diamondI had moved away from Regency Romances in recent years.  No real reason except perhaps that the paranormal drew me into it’s spell a bit deeply. I was reluctant to start a trilogy of Regency Romances that a friend pass on to me – but decided to give it one chance to capture me again.  I’m glad I did.  I don’t know that Regencies will replace my beloved Paranormal Romances any time soon, but it is an enjoyable break from ghosts, vampires and shifters.

from Goodreads: He had a perfectly orderly life…

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…

Until she came along…

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide..

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402269730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402269738

No spoilers – Continue on for my review.

blue shade falls imagebase.netOh how I wish I had spent the past six months beside a beautiful waterfall, relaxing, reading without a care in the world.

Unfortunately – life got crazy and nothing online got done.  Which is driving me even crazier than usual.

You will see a lot of reviews in the coming days – and few of them will be in the order that I read them.  But at least they will be up and running for others to see and read about.

Unlike a romance novel, life often gets in the way of the fun stuff.

I’ve decided to take the jump into some Reading Challenges this year.  I’ve no clue at all how well I’ll do, but that shouldn’t stop the fun of taking part in some enjoyable reading.

Who among us doesn’t love a good werewolf tale?  Or imagining that gorgeous man over there shifting into a magnificent big cat?  Some of my favorite stories include a furry male.

That made signing up for Parajunkee’s Shifter Challenge for 2014 such an easy decision.

Read 10 books by December 31, 2014 that have a shifter as the main or a supporting character.  Post a review on the Shifters review page – and just have fun.  How hard can that be?  🙂

Sound interesting?  Then click on the link in this post, or the Shifter’s Challenge badge in the sidebar and join in the fun.

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I finally gave in.  I just can’t keep up with two separate book blogs.

scattered papers

I really thought that I could keep up with the reading, posting and such but – I’m just too scattered.  So I’ve combined my two book blogs into one:   Keeper Bookshelf.

You might see some posts where the novel has been out for awhile – but that’s okay.  I review books as I read them, and since many of my reading material comes from the library – I’m on the “hold” list a lot.

So, no matter when the book review shows up – I hope it helps you to decide if a novel is interesting enough for you.  That’s the important part.

(and hopefully, with only one blog to keep updated – the novels will be more current to their publication dates)

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Water Bound begins Christine Feehan’s newest series Sisters of the Heart.   This series takes us right back to the time frame of Hidden Currents, the last in The Drake Sisters series…literally where one story ends, the scene changes and we begin again with “sisters of the heart” who also happen to live in Sea Haven – right down the road a bit.  (already in the first novel of this new series we find familiar characters – so our favorites from The Drake Sisters will most likely make appearances here as well)

Rikki Sitmore is a sea urchin diver.  She and five other women who do not share bloodlines but a chosen bond of creating their own family live on a large property in Sea Haven.  Each “sister” has her own reasons for shutting out the outside world and allowing only a select few into theirs.   Each has her own “special” talent.

Rikki has a unique relationship with water.  She loves being in the water, on the water and surrounded by water.  For water fights the fire that she fears is within her.

Lev Prakenskii remembers little more than he has the instincts of a killer, the actions of a survivor and a very bad feeling that he is not going to be able to leave that life behind without a fight for the man within.  Lev’s solid memories begin with the life saving stare of Rikki’s eyes.

Rikki had completed her first haul of sea urchins back to her boat.  As she stood on the deck, preparing to dive once again her shocked gaze was drawn to the huge wall of water rising up out of the ocean seconds before the wave hit her boat, knocking her overboard.  As she tumbled through the turbulent waters, quickly fitting her regulator into her mouth she feels a sudden impact as a barely conscious man slams against her.  He has no diving gear on, and is being battered against the rock shelf.  Rikki reaches him and begins the slow ascent upwards as she shares her air.  Lev knows that he is in trouble, but understands little else.  The woman who’s eyes compel him to live, to reach the surface together – has no idea of the man he is – nor does he.

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