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Without Warning by Lynette Eason

Without Warning is book two in the Elite Guardians series, but it is a stand alone book.  Katie Singleton finds herself with another job as she finds herself protecting the uncle of one of her students.  She finds herself taking the job almost by accident as she finds herself with the uncle when there is trouble as some of his restaurants.  She finds herself drawn to Riley's uncle Daniel in several ways and vows to figure out what is going on.
      As I read this book, I did not see the ending coming.  It was very much a twist and much worth reading the book for.  I liked how Daniel was  a good uncle keeping his niece in the loop and not wanting her to find out about things in a way that was not through him.
     I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher.


No Way Up by Mary Connealy

I got a taste of this book by reading the novella The Boden Birthright and looked forward to learning more of this story.  When Chance Boden is injured in an avalanche, he patched up and then sent to Denver to try to better evaluate and treat his injuries.  While he is gone, the ranch hands that are left behind realize that the avalanche was not accidental and work to figure out what really happened.
     Also Chance's children must adhere to a part of a will that he has written and decides to enact not knowing the outcome of his healing.
     The book was full of turns and with the characters learning who to trust even when they feel different.  I liked how the father wanted to have his children together again, but would not be sure how I would feel if I had to leave my current life to go home again.
      A very suspenseful tale that will have you wanting to skip ahead to see how it all comes out, but will keep you reading as not to miss any of the clues.
     I received a…

Random Acts of Greed by Christy Barritt

Another book in the Holly Anna  Paladin Mysteries.  I love seeing how Holly has decided to live life to the fullest and in this book, she gets a taste of motherhood.  When a baby is left on her front porch, Holly finds her life turned upside down.  I liked seeing how she and bff Jaime managed to investigate while still taking care of the baby and how she worked around Alex not liking her being involved.
     This book was anything but predictable as they tried to think who the baby could belong to and work around finding clues and interviewing those who they think could be involved.  A great story and  I look forward to more.
       I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

This is book three in the Southold Chronicles and is just as enjoyable as the first two.  In this book you are transported to the sea of the 17th century and feel like you are on the ship, participating in the battles, and a part of the loved ones waiting back at home for news of what has happened.  Patience is waiting for news of Captain Jeremy Horton and when she learns that his ship has crashed, she is devastated.  In the meantime, Jeremy is actually safe and has been rescued and is making his way back home.
      I really enjoyed reading this book and hated leaving the tales of Patience and Jeremy as I could see myself right along with them.
     I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher.

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The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

I enjoyed reading the Painter's Daughter as it had a historical background, but also romance and working at doing what was right.  Captain Stephen Overtree has had to look out and clean up after his brother Wesley many times and he finds himself having to do it again as he meets Sophie.  Wesley has left Sophie and she is also pregnant.  When Stephen realizes this, he decides to marry her and send her to live on his family's estate.  They are both uncomfortable with the circumstances, but feel it is the best choice for the situation.  I liked reading this book and seeing how the characters interacted.
     I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher.


Much Ado About Muffin by Victoria Hamilton

I had really enjoyed this author's Vintage Kitchen series so I decided to give her Merry Muffin Mysteries a try to and have enjoyed them just as much.  This is the fourth book in the series and it is still as good as the first ones.  I like how her Merry seem to come fall into the mystery and stumble across the murders and feel like she has to do what she can to solve them even though sometimes those around her feel like she needs to stay out of trouble.  I like how Merry wants to see the right person put away for the crime and goes about investigating in her own way to find out who that is.  I also love the recopies at the end of the book and can just see Merry making some of them and wanting to give them a try myself.
     I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.


Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman

Deep Shadows is a book that really makes you think how much we depend on electricity for everything.  Even things we don't associate with it, depends on it one way or another.  It also is a book that makes you think about how we have to depend on others.  Sometimes someone has a strength that we need and we have to learn to trust work with them even if it goes against what we want.
      This is an insightful as well as a page turning book and I hope that others will give it a try.


Disillusioned by Christy Barritt

Disillusioned was a very suspenseful book that kept me guessing until the end.  Just about the time I thought I had something figured out, it would either turn out to be something else, or right with a twist.  I really enjoy that about the author's books and it keeps me waiting for more.  I also liked how it addressed how some of the people who come back from the military need help and that there are many different ways to address that.
     In the book Nikki has to do all she can to keep her bother safe, as well as help him to overcome some of the issues he has had since coming back from Columbia.  She is not sure who exactly she can trust, but her brother feels like they can trust Kade, who is a former SEAL.  Since Nikki has a past with Kade, she is unsure of working with him, but does what she thinks best.
     I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.



Fraying at the Edge by Cindywoodsmall

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Fraying at the Edge is the second book in the Amish of Summer Grove series.  It is different than many of the Amish books that I have read in that it switches two girls into different lives.  Ariana who has grown up Amish must now spend some time with her very different English birth parents, while Syler is spending time in the Amish world trying to get her life sorted out.
    This book was very interesting to read to see just how different the girls' lives were as well as seeing how difficult it would be to try to go and live as the other had been.  The ways of life are very different and I can just imagine how difficult is was for them to have to make this change.

More from the author can be found here  http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

I liked the characters in An Elegant Facade and how they were not perfect.  They each had their issues and has to learn to work around them in order to do what is really best.  Georgina is trying to find a rich husband without really worrying about who is is and her attraction to him.  Colin is trying to become more accepted as he doesn't have the right background to go with his money and business status.
     I liked how the characters seemed to learn to work together for their common goals.  This is the second book in the series and it does help to have read the first one although many things are in the second book as well to help you out.
     I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.


Missing by Lisa Harris

Missing is the second book in the Nikki Boyd Files and is another great action mystery.  I liked seeing how the author was able to combine the new story and mix in some of the ongoing story that involves Nikki's sister.  This book added to what we knew of the characters from the first story, but in such a way that you did not have to had read it.
     Nikki usually works with missing persons, but when a homicide involves a missing person as well, she finds herself involved.  She then finds herself involved personally when the case takes her to a boat of a friend of hers and she finds herself protecting his family as well.  The book combined the elements of Nikki's personal life as well as her professional life in a way that you found yourself wanting to turn to the back of the book to see how it all was going to turn out.
     I received a copy from the author to read and review.


The Tethered World by Heather L.L. FitzGerald

The Tethered World is a great book for all ages.  It chronicles the journey of Sadie Larcen and her siblings as they enter a new world looking to rescue their parents.  I loved seeing the encounters that she had with the inhabitants of this new world, the Tethered World and learning how it all came about.  As the journey continues, Sadie not only learns more about this new world, but about herself as well.  I enjoyed seeing how she was able to overcome things that she was not comfortable with, but still remained herself.  She grew up some, did not change completely. I liked that as some books make the main character seem to do a complete change that is not always believable.  I had the pleasure of listening to this on audio book which made it even better.  The narrator did a great job on the different voices for the characters and the special effects made you feel like you were a part of the story.
     I received a copy of the audio book from the publisher to listen to and revie…

A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson

This book has a great way to spend a summer break, embarking on a scavenger hunt and finding a bit of romance.  Nicole is fulfilling her Grandmother's final wish and finds herself in Sunriver, Oregon searching for clues in a scavenger hunt.  I liked seeing how Nichole was able to enjoy her time even though all did not go as planned.  The resort that she is at seems like a great place to visit and I always enjoy a good mystery and this book had more than one.
     I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.