Monday, March 19, 2018

The Broken Girls

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming—until one of them mysteriously disappears... 

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past—and a voice that won't be silenced...

One (or more) Sentence Summary: What an amazing book.  There were so many twists to The Broken Girls, it left me guessing every time I ended a chapter.  I couldn't wait to read more.  I love stories that go back and forth between the past and current. The two stories were woven together flawlessly.  I could clear see Idlewild, the girls, Fiona and James and even Mary Hand (so spooky).  What I didn't see clearly or figure out was what happened to Sonia, the twist with the renovations of Idlewild and who was behind it, the police chief and his role, the pieces that Fiona was able to piece together, who was Mary Hand, and what happened to the other girls, including Deb.  So many stories, past and present, interwoven into one amazing story.  I am trying so hard not to given anything way, but know this....I loved it.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I would LOVE to read another book by Simon St. John.  This was my first and I want more.  I can't decided which to read first, The Other Side of Midnight or Lost Among the Living (or another one of her books).

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of Lost Among the Living and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada, among other novels. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

For 100 Nights

Synopsis (from Amazon): Avery Ross is living a dream. After struggling all of her life to make ends meet, a chance meeting with a powerful, darkly handsome man has catapulted her into a dazzling new world of penthouse luxury, elegant parties, and a wild, consuming passion with her billionaire lover, Dominic Baine. 

Nothing is out of his reach in business or in pleasure, yet the only woman he wants is her. Nick sweeps her to sensual heights she has never dared explore, commanding her body the same way he commands her heart. Yet Avery knows the fantasy she's living cannot last. 
With dark secrets and a dangerous enemy haunting her past, Avery must find a way to trust Nick with the truth before it destroys everything they share. But Nick is harboring secrets of his own as well. And when they come to light, Avery will be forced to decide if the love she feels for Nick is strong enough to endure a betrayal she may never be able to forgive. Contains mature themes.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: For 100 Nights is the second book in the series.  I enjoyed For 100 Nights as much as I did For 100 Days.  Avery became even more strong, which I thought she was very strong in For 100 Days.  Again, great read: good story line, characters continue to develop, steamy scenes, and easy to read.  I am so happy there is a 3rd book as I can't wait to start reading For 100 Reasons.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I will be starting For 100 Reasons soon and have read For 100 Days

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Lara’s website and sign up for new release announcements at


Monday, March 12, 2018

Beyond Love

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Synopsis (from Amazon): After trusting in her beloved friend Dan’s guidance from above, Olivia is finally on the path to realizing her destiny.  Staring at a blank canvas after ditching her raucous corporate life and meeting the love of her life, Finn McDaniels, a hot, widowed, celebrity chef, she is ready to begin anew. When she arrives back home to tie up the loose ends in Chicago, she receives more frightening news further delaying her journey with Finn. Unable to control the outcome, she begins questioning her trust and faith in Dan once again. She distracts herself the only way she knows how, by diving head first into a new project.   What seemed like a time killer may actually be the thing that saves her and catapults her into a world she never dreamed of.

When Olivia and Finn finally reunite, a deep dark secret is uncovered threatening to ruin the relationship she has waited for her entire life.  Olivia is forced to decide whether to tell Finn or let it live in the past forever.  Is their relationship strong enough to weather the storm or will it cause them to part ways for good?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I couldn't wait to get started on Beyond Love after finishing Beyond Believing.  Beyond Love didn't let me down.  I very much enjoyed Olivia and Finn's journey.  I could not believe how the story connected their pasts to the present of each of their lives.  So many intersections and yet they never connected in the past.  

I was always cheering for Olivia to get exactly what she wanted to be happy and successful.  I just fell in love with Finn since he was so perfect and could cook! You can't help but love them both as they follow their hearts and beliefs.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I have read the first book in the Beyond series (Beyond Believing) and getting ready to start the third book Beyond Forever.

D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always has a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.