I <3 Book Review: Breaking Bailey’s Rules

By Brenda Jackson

Breaking Bailey’s Rules  (The Westmorleands #3)

Brenda Jackson

November 3, 2015

Harlequin Desire

Romance

256 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Rule number one for Bailey Westmoreland: Never fall for a man who would take her away from her tight-knit family’s Colorado home. So why is she following rancher Walker Rafferty all the way to Alaska? Bailey tells herself she owes the sexy loner an apology, and once she gets there, it’s only right to stay and help him when he’s injured…isn’t it? Before long, Bailey realizes home might be where you make it—if Walker is ready to take all she has to offer.

MY TAKE  

I loved this book!!! Bailey has been one of my favorite Westmoreland’s since her character was introduced.  Why? Because she reminds me a lot of myself.  She’s smart, sassy and to the point, but she loves her family more than anything.  As you read through the Denver Westmoreland’ stories you get glimpses of Bailey and her tough no-nonsense personality which makes you wonder what man has the ability to not only pique her interest but capture her heart.

Brenda did good when she choose Walker for Bailey, he’s silent but firm, protective but gentle and lets not forget sexy.  Poor Bailey fell head in before she could talk herself out of it and Walker was different.  Although the scenario used to get them together has been done before by other authors and Ms. Jackson herself, it felt unique to this book.  I strong suggest reading this book and if you haven’t read from the beginning of the series to get to know Bailey.

And for those waiting on Bane’s story ( Meeeee!!!) Make sure you read the epilogue (wink)

MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: A Lover’s Vow

By Brenda Jackson

A Lover’s Vow (The Grangers #3)

Brenda Jackson

April 28, 2015

MIRA

Romance

411 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She’s all he’s ever wanted. He’s everything she’ll ever need.

Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradshaw won’t give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother—a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field.

But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he’s determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son, brother…and a man whose own life is in peril.

Jules is the only person who can protect Dalton, and they embark on a mission to save his family and his legacy. But when their late nights in the office turn into early mornings in the bedroom, Jules and Dalton soon realize they have more at stake than they ever imagined.

MY TAKE  

Let me say this first, I looooovvvvveeee Brenda Jackson.  She has written over 60 books and to my knowledge I’ve read them all.  I’ve read them, loved them and dreamed of the day my life would be turned upside down by one of the heroes in her books.  So when I read A Lover’s Vow I was a little disappointed. This is the third and final book in Jacksons’ Granger series about brothers Jace,Caden and Dalton.  The brother’s suffered a horrible blow when their mother was murdered and their father was convicted as the killer and sent to prison.  Years later the brothers are summoned home when their grandfather is on his death bed and makes the brothers promise to find the true killer.

The first book is a introduction to the family and what they’ve been through since the death of Sylvia Granger.  It also gets the ball rolling with the investigation sees the older brother Jace meet his match.  The second book focuses on middle brother Caden and his reunion with former girlfriend Shiloh with the suspense of the murder investigation in the background.

With this being the last book in the series my expectations were high and in the end the book left high and dry.  The book was very predictable from the romance side of things (but then again so is every romance novel). The character of Dalton was arrogant, conceited and frankly annoying, and not in a sexy intriguing way.  Needless to say I found myself rushing past the romance to find out who was the killer.

I’m no expert in mysteries, but normally throughout the investigation of a case the writer or tv show will introduce the killer in a roundabout way to through you off so when they are revealed you smack yourself for not putting together the clues.  In this mystery I was completely confused because it wasn’t someone we would’ve guessed and it seemed a little random.

All in all the book was ok.  It doesn’t turn me off from Brenda Jackson novels nor romance in general but if you haven’t read the series and you’re curious don’t set your expectations to high.

MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty

July 30,2013

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Fiction

394 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

MY TAKE 

 

 

This was the book of the month for my book club.  I normally wouldn’t select this type of book to read but I’m glad I did.  I enjoyed this book, it tells the story of three women who live in Australia and how their lives are all connected because of a secret.  Cecilia is a community active stay at home wife and mother who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband.  The letter is to be opened after his death, dun dun dun…. He’s still alive.  She opens the letter against her husband’s wishes and the secret revealed can change their lives for ever.  Rachel comes off as a bitter older woman whose only joy is her grandson.  Years ago her teenage daughter was murdered and the killer never found.  She still obsesses over the case but goes overboard when new evidence comes to light.  Last but not least is Tess, her life seems to be smooth sailing until her husband and cousin confess to being in love with each other.  SCANDALOUS!!!

The best thing about this book is the relatable feel it has.  No, not everyone in this story has a happy ending and that’s life.  I also enjoyed that the author did not bring the women together to address their problems get over them and then focus on one big bad.  There is also a bit of mystery and romance without overdoing it.  Overall a good story.

WHAT I DIDNT ❤

  • It took me two months to get through this book :-O to me it was not a page turner.  And there were a few times I felt the book to be boring and slow.
  • The author included a fourth point of view somewhat towards the middle of the book that I don’t believe added anything to the story.
  • The best part of the book was the epilogue.  Not because it was over but it was really well written, funny and provided closure.  I know these are all positives but to ready a book and you favorite portion is the end is really disappointing.  But I still say this was an OK book.

MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: A Brother’s Honor

By Brenda Jackson

By Brenda Jackson

A Brother’s Honor ( Brother’s #1)

Brenda Jackson

May 28,2013

Harlequin MIRA

Romance

400 pages

5 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Granger brothers left behind their family’s Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather’s request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.

As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family’s failing business. But the years of mismanagement seem impossible to untangle. As CEO, he hires a consultant to turn the company around. Smart, sexy Shana Bradford is the right person for the job—and the right woman to turn Jace’s world upside down.

But the passion between them is jeopardized when old secrets begin to emerge. A woman from Jace’s past suddenly reappears. And an explosive discovery changes everything Jace thinks he knows about his mother—and his father, who was convicted of her murder.

Jace Granger tried to leave his family history behind once before. But this time he needs to face the past…or risk losing his future.

Three brothers. One legacy. A lifetime of secrets.

MY TAKE 

I love Brenda Jackson and almost all of her books. My favorites by Brenda are her normal romance books but every once in a while she writes a story that is outside of her norm.  The last time was A Silken Thread which was a excellent book with plenty of drama, suspense and of course romance.   A Brothers Honor is Brenda’s first book from the Harlequin Mira Publisher and if this is what i have to look forward to then sign me up!

 The story is the first of three books about the Granger brothers. There’s Jace the oldest brother and  attorney, Caden the musician, and Dalton the billionaire playboy.   When the boys were teenagers their father was convicted of murdering their mother, leaving them to be raised by their grandfather and ostracized by their community.   At first chance the boys left their home in Virginia and pursue personal happiness.    After their grandfather passes away they take on the family aeronautics company not knowing the company is in serious trouble.  The company has been losing government contracts and its suspected that an employee is selling company secrets.  So the brothers hire Shana Bradford and her consulting firm to do some digging.  And whenever you look for trouble you are sure to find it.
But whats a Brenda Jackson book without romance? Boring is what.   Shana and Jace are pure fire.  And for most of the book we watch them deny each other.  Shana is great at her job and with her help we solve the mystery of who is trying to ruin the company.  She is also professional and has a rule of not engaging in affairs with her clients.  While I respect the boundaries of employee/employer I don’t like them in the books I’m reading LOL.
My recommendation is that you pick up this book.  If not for this reason there is still one mystery that hasn’t been solved;  Who killed Sylvia Granger and why doesn’t Shepparad want the boys to find out?

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

WWW Wednesdays

WWW WEDNESDAYS… is a weekly event where you share (1)What you’re currently reading, (2)What you recently finished reading, and (3)What you think you’ll read next. To play along,just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
My Answers:
By Steve Peifer

By Steve Peifer

What are you currently reading? I recently started  A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger by  Steve Peifer

 

By Cassandra Clare

By Cassandra Clare

What did you recently finish reading?  “Clockwork Princess” by Cassandra Clare.  My review is coming soon. Great ending to a great Triology.

What do you think you’ll read next?   I have two choices:
  • By Becky Wade

    By Becky Wade

    Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

 

 

 

 

Share your reads with Me !!!
MycheleAnjelica

Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS… is a weekly event hosted by MizB,  where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased.

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! :D

My Finds:

 

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

MycheleAnjelica

Musing Mondays (1-28)

MUSING MONDAYS is a weekly event where MizB will ask you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.

• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

 

My Musing:

20130128-092939.jpgCurrently I reading Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore. This is the sequel to her fabulous debut novel Angel Eyes. I have been waiting for this book since I finished reading Angel Eyes. She does a great job of decribing the natural and spiritual world and how we coexist. I Cant wait to share a teaser tomorrow

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

MycheleAnjelica