I have often shied away from romantic suspense because I hear that some of the plot lines are a tad grisly. I don't necessarily mind that, but sometimes I feel that it detracts from the romance, so I tend to stick to other genres, but I have been lately been feeling the need to branch into this genre more, so I decided to pick up Hanover House by Brenda Novak.

Series: Hanover House Chronicles, #0.5
My Rating: 
Genre: Romantic Suspense

I think I will start off by saying how creepy this book is in spots. It's a quick read, less than 200 pages long, but a lot is packed in and I didn't feel in any way as though the story suffered for it. Evelyn has been the victim of a brutal assault and survived, and made it her life's work to discover what makes a psychopath a psychopath. Considering what she's been through, I admire her tenacity and courage and think that she will prove a fascinating character in the series.

I'm also intrigued by the budding romance between her and Amarok, the Alaskan state trooper as their romance was both sweet and sensual. I applaud Amarok for not only being a man who respects women, but one who is willing to be patient with Evelyn and show her she has survived for more than to simply study psychopaths like Japser. I see their romance developing into something deep and meaningful, and I like his calm, moral and caring character.

The characters were all well developed, and the plot centered mostly on Evelyn's establishment of Hanover House, and on Jasper, the young man who assaulted her back in high school and who has been waiting twenty years to finish her off. I mean that quite literally. His character is amoral, is fixated on killing Evelyn and excited by the idea of torturing and killing women who look like her. He is smart and calculating and utterly depraved. He seriously gave me the creeps. I have no idea how big a part he will play in the series, but I know he'll be back.

How Brenda Novak developed such a tightly woven plot and well developed characters is beyond me because it's action packed and kept me turning the pages even when my heart was pounding. I cannot wait to see more of this series.

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I started this series a few years back and as distractable as I am when it comes to reading, I never got back to it until now. I wasn't sure what to expect after so long, but what really stood out for me from the first book was the delicious writing. This second book, Moonglow was well written, but I wasn't as swept away by the writing as I remember being with the first. Perhaps time has coloured my expectations? Or maybe I wasn't exactly in the mood to read this book? That said, I have to say I did see some of that deliciousness here and there so I will reserve judgement for the moment as I think it was probably just me and not the book.

Series: Darkest London, #2
My Rating: 
Genre: Paranormal Romance

I will tell you this though, I wasn't expecting this plot line. Very interesting! Lycans and weres and all sorts of supernatural creatures are woven into this historical paranormal romance and it all feels quite natural. I was glad to see the book was about Miranda's sister, Daisy, and the romance between her and Ian sizzled.

Ian was an interesting character. I felt sorry for him because it seemed everyone wanted for him something he did not want for himself. And I can't say that I blamed him. In the end, he was forced into that something, and I think the decision was more his than not, but I was both horrified and stunned by the lengths Daisy goes to cure herself of disease and to remain with Ian. It kinda gave me the creeps, but I also liked that for love she was willing to do anything. Daisy was a very strong character but I loved her fragility as well. And the protective instinct that Ian had for her was just swoon inducing.

I have to say, I have some questions about Poppy however. I am worried about her because I think the events that occurred in this novel with the were might have exposed her and I hope that some of my questions will be answered in the next novel. An action filled, and very romantic read, I look forward to more of this series.

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Well, just the other day I was bemoaning the fact that nothing I had read of late had really shone for me. And then I read a book I simply could not put down. I haven't always liked the books in the Whiskey Creek series by Brenda Novak, but there are several that I have really loved and A Winter Wedding is certainly one of them.

Series: Whiskey Creek, #9 
My Rating:
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that Kyle was in love with his ex girlfriend, who inconveniently is married to stepbrother, but not read having the prequel (which is about Olivia, his ex) I didn't have the whole backstory, but just the facts.

So I walked in with no expectations, and found in Kyle a hero to swoon over. I hadn't really liked him much because of some things had happened in the third book in the series, When Summer Comes but he had been a really good friend to Phoenix in This Heart of Mine and I was happy that his character was sweet, kind and perfect boyfriend material. He's not exactly looking for a relationship, he's had to deal with the fall from a short marriage to Noelle, Olivia's sister, but when country music star Lourdes Bennett becomes his room mate, a romance is exactly what Kyle gets. And really needs. He thinks that he and Lourdes want such different things out of life that they can't make a go of a relationship, but he knows in his heart that he's no longer in love with Olivia, and that his heart belongs to Lourdes. I liked that because of Lourdes Kyle comes to realize that love endures. I also loved the fact that he didn't try to fool himself into thinking that it was best they were apart, that he was willing to try to find a way to be together and asked Lourdes to marry him.

I adored Lourdes. She was down to earth, mature and dealing with the hardships of life with real grace. Yet, she's willing to help Kyle get over Olivia and stands by him while Noelle, his delusional and dangerous ex, tries her darnedest to make Kyle's life a living hell. I seriously did not like Noelle and felt no sympathy for her. I cheered when Kyle stood up for himself and protected Lourdes from her attacks by denying Noelle access to money that she had no right to. And I was more than happy to see her carted off to prison at the end of the novel as well. But I digress. Lourdes had lots of chances to back away from her friendship (which was quickly sliding into a romance) with Kyle and move back into her rental home, but instead she stuck by him until her dreams of returning to the top of the music charts pull her away.

The writing is spot on in this book, easy to read, and the romance is well developed. Lourdes and Kyle fit so well together that the book reads with perfect fluidity. I adored the ending where Lourdes crashes Riley and Phoenix's wedding, and I loved that she reveals her feelings so openly for Kyle. In short, I was swept away by this romance.

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Well dear readers, I sadly don't have a review for you. I am soo behind in my reading. I have so much I want to read and seemingly no time. I've no idea where the days go! So, today I'm blogging about stitches. As in problems and also, crochet stitches. More on that later.

So, I have some reading stitches aka problems. Lack of time being one. Also, might I add that lately everything I read isn't what I want? I am expecting a book to sweep me away and instead I'm not. Swept away, that is. That's a reading stitch. I don't know why my imagination isn't as enchanted as I feel it ought be at the present moment when I read a book. Has this ever happened to you? Have you expected to pick up a book and feel as though you've stepped into a whole new world? And then, once you've read a bit of the book you feel as though the world you're reading about is rather ordinary? If so, you feel my pain. I want something magical, and that magic I'm seeking seems to be eluding me. And it's not that I haven't read good books lately...I've read one recently that I enjoyed, but, they haven't been magical. Trust me, a girl needs magic in her books.

And oddly enough, another reading stitch I have is not really knowing what I want to read. Fantasy, yes, but then I've been let down recently. Historicals, yes, but I want them uber romantic. Contemporaries do in a fix but I find them rather pale right now. So you see, I like them all but am conflicted as to what exactly will delight my reading itch.

So, since I have nothing really bookish to share with you (but I will soon, I promise) today I thought I'd share this neat crochet applique I found online. I made it myself!!

Crocheting this cute little elephant was sooo easy I laughed. I found the pattern at Repeat After Me and thank that lovely crafter for sharing her work. You don't know to know much about crochet to make this little fellow, so if you know some basic stitches, you can check out the link and try to make one yourself.

So that's it folks! Reading stitches divulged (I need MAGICAL books) and crocheting cuteness shared. Stay toned for some reviews that I'll be sharing soon. Until then,

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I decided to read The Shattered Rose because I love medieval romances. It sounded like a story of loss and betrayal, but promised romance and redemption too, so after a rather dry reading spell, I thought this would be just the pick me up I needed.

My Rating:
Genre: Historical Romance

And just look at that cover. Who could resist it? Definitely not me. But, I digress. Cover love aside, I thought this was a really good read. The plot goes much deeper than a couple being reunited and learning to forgive and move forward with their lives. Jehanne is a woman who has sinned, not only in the eyes of the Church and society at that time, but in her own heart, and not only because she betrayed her husband, but also because she doubted God, and let herself down. In the progress, she has hurt others and that weighs heavily on her.

Her husband was harder for me to understand. He's furious at Jehanne but at the same time, loves her far too much to be angry for long or to punish her. At first, it confused me as he didn't seem like the typical medieval husband, and I wasn't sure what to expect from him. But, after some contemplation I came to realize that Galeran is a good man, and that the Crusade he'd been on, and what he had seen there had made him a stronger man. That new strength with his already innate goodness and sense of right and wrong allowed him to really see what had happened and why, and to forgive and forget.

The one thing that I didn't really enjoy about this novel was the subplot of Raoul and Aline. Their romance was a bit more sizzling, more fraught with the emotions of first love and while I liked that, I did feel it took over the story a little bit. I think that this couple got more than enough romantic page time and wish that Jehanne and Geleran's romance had one or two more scenes of the kind of emotion we got for Aline and Raoul. They kinda stole the romance-light from the main couple I thought.

A well written, novel with a meaty plot and characters that are very well portrayed. I found this book hard to put down, and I'll be reading Jo Beverley again.

Happy Readings,