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Burning Darkness (Offspring, Bk 4)
Burning Darkness (Offspring, Bk 4)
Author: Jaime Rush
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This is a great story about the stubborn hotheaded but very sexy Eric Aruda after making fun of his male housemates about emotions and their woman, now he is the one in the hot seat with the ex-assassin Fonda Raine but after losing her lover Jerryl to a fire that Eric caused now she wants revenge but she doesnt have it in her to kill another person no matter what. But Eric is the last thing she has to worry about when an FBI agent is snooping around her and what she knows about the other offspring. When said FBI agent tracked her down to the motel room where she had Eric tied up when the truth hits her that what she knows about people like her is limited Eric and Fonda are on the run for a mysterious agent that has powers that noone knew about but is more deadlier the Lucas's evil twin brother. But unfortunately Eric and Lucas receives shots that could stop their abilities or not, did they loose them or did they find something even the bad guys never thought about with Magus and Lachlan McLeod version of their fathers antidotes.

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great stories.

Mystic Cowboy (Men of the White Sandy)
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I really enjoyed this book. It is contemporary, believable fiction. I am not a prude, nor do I need to read about sex on every page. This book fell nicely in the middle with a realistic story, characters with reasonable responses, and pleasant intimate scenes that didn't go on for thirty pages at a time. In addition, the story was such that the emotions we shared with the characters weren't found solely on the "attraction/passion" spectrum. A very satisfying book.

Guardian of the Freedom : (Merlin's Descendents #5)
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Irene Radford's GUARDIAN OF THE FREEDOM, the fifth book chronicling Merlin's descendants has one of the Kirkwood family going to a nation in the throes of birth: the soon-to-be-United States.
Ths book tells the story of who would have become the next Guardian, a sworswoman and magic user, migrating to America to fight an ancient enemy of the Kirkwood family.
The story weaves cleverly around the burgeoning revolution, a demon, and a man who goes from uneasy ally to the love of her life, while her sister fights the same enemy's long reach in the ancestral home.
Who will become the next Guardian? How will the Kirkwood family deal with this latest crisis in the balance against good and evil?
The book was riveting, and fascinating, though I do have one disappointment: no sixth novel. I would have loved to see this series brought into the current day!
Perhaps, one day, Ms. Radford will see this series evolve again...and I would look forward to this.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare


This was my first St. James book, but it most certainly will not be my last. Very well done! A spooky ghost story with interesting characters and an intelligent, gripping story line. I enjoyed it all the way through!

Bride of a Wicked Scotsman (MacBride Family , Bk 3)
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Unfortunately I read the last installment to the series first, but after reading this book I'm now trying to get the first two books to read as well. This book was also a fast read with a bit of a magical twist.

This book is about Lady Maura O'Donnell. Upon her fathers death bed she makes a vow to find and bring back the circle of light. A magical stone that was taken by the pirate "The Black Scotsman" two hundred years ago. Alec McBride, the Duke of Gleneden, also known as the Black Scotsman is believed to poses the circle of light. During a Mascaraed Ball she seduces the Scottish man and drugs his wine in order to make him believe he has taken her maidenhead. Forced to marry the Irish Lady Mauran he keeps himself aloof. He does not trust her. How can he when he cannot recall the bedding which lead to marriage.

After weeks of searching, and nights of trying to keep her husband at bay they circum to their desires only to realize he was truly duped. Not only does his suspicion lead to the truth, he never did bed her, but he finds that he now truly did take her virginity. To make matters worse he finds that the real reason for her deception doesn't change the fact he truly does love her. She's everything he's ever wanted. She's fiery and spirited. Now how to make her see.

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Excellent book!!!

Rebecca's Promise (Adams County, Bk 1)
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A slow read, but good book as is all the Amish books in my opinion, too much emphasis on detailing certain things, leaving you thinking...."OK so?" or just get on with the story. Still reading this one, so will have a better opinion once I read the other ones.

The Hidden Hitler
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This is a hard book to review.

You would like to believe that, homosexual or not, "dear sweet" Adolf had some kind of sexual inadequacy that made his life unfulfilling. After all, he made life so terrible for millions of people, so why shouldn't he have been unhappy too.

The fact that Hitler's "tragic flaw," whatever his sexual problem was, eventually led to death for 50 million people, and horror for tens of millions more, is an historic tragedy.

We'll probably never know, as he took great pains to destroy all evidence of his personal life.

This book has been criticized as being unfounded. The truth is there is evidence of homosexuality in many who were leaders of the Nazi party. Some of the criticism made be due to the fact that homosexuality is no longer considered politically IN-correct for many, and to brand Hitler as a homosexual may brand homosexuals as evil too.

Still, as one homosexual quoted in the books states, just because one homosexual is evil, doesn't mean all are.

The real tragedy is that there are still people today who believe Hitler was right in doing what he did.

Uncover a T-Rex: An Uncover It Book
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This is a beautiful book. This is a 3 dimensional book with many thick pages each Showing a slide of the inside of a T-REX Body Function systems Skeletal,Cardiopulmonary, Digestive, Reproductive, Nervous, Muscular and Dermal. A whole model of the T-Rex inside and out is in the book.Each page is a giant dissection of T-rex with many pictures and facts included. The book is huge 10 inches by 11.5 inches and with 18 huge slide
sections one per page that fit over each other.The outer covers have slight wear.The inside is new. Great for school or home classroom or one who wants to learn more about dinosaurs.

Tour of the Merrimack: Volume One
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This was an excellent book, containing two stories, The Myriad and Wolf Star. It seems that the stories are presented in the wrong order in the book, as the events in Wolf Star take place before the events in the Myriad. I would suggest reading the Wolf Star part of this book first, then moving to The Myriad for the sake of timeline preservation. I give it a rating of 4 stars due to this fact. If I had known or it had been presented in chronological order I would have given it 5 stars.

Overall this book held my attention and I burned through it quickly, leaving me wanting for more. It has several solid characters and character interactions which keep the story flowing nicely.

I plan to obtain Volume Two as soon as I am able to continue the adventure.

My Buffalo Soldier
My Buffalo Soldier
Author: Barbara Reeves
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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This book is Great, well written and sensible an just hot enough for most everyone's taste! Pretty much a one of a kind historical with an African American Hero and a Caucasian Lady Love, I have never been able to find Anything else like it out there ( And if YOU have I'd appreciate a PM with the info, LOL!!)a must read!!!!!

A Bride for Noah (Seattle Brides, Bk 1)
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Good story! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Recommended!

Channeling Cleopatra
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Interesting and well paced read.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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thoughtfully written, this is a very moving story of this remarkable woman's life. I had the privilege of hearing her speak and tell much of this story. America has lost a great treasure with her passing.

Witch Child
Witch Child
Author: Celia Rees
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
Book Type: Paperback
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A great spin on the witch trials. I really like this book one. The sequels are wonderfully unique and creative. Its worth reading this, as you getting a closer look into the lives of the victims. Loved it. Sorceress is book 2.

Angel Creek
Angel Creek
Author: Linda Howard
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Prosper, Colorado is the place and statehood looks like a sure-thing. It is the late 1800's and Lucas Cochran is returning home after a 10 year absence. His father has died, leaving the Double C to his son; the ranch is prosperous but Lucas plans to make it more so in the future.

In order to protect his growing empire, Lucas must secure another water source for his cattle. In years with plenty of rain, he's fine; but during an extended drought, his herds could run out of water. Planning to solve his problem with money, he travels to Angel Creek to buy the land from its owner. He's cocky and assured of his right to have whatever he can buy – after all, everyone has his price.

Lucas is surprised to find a well-tended and prosperous farm with only one person on the land – Dee Swann. Since her parents died, Dee has tended and worked the land (for 5 years) by herself. She considers herself independent and self-sufficient. She's not one bit interested in Lucas' offer and offers to show him how little she's interested with her shotgun. Lucas is shocked; Dee is just as hard-headed as he and she doesn't crater to his demands.

However, Lucas realizes she is in a difficult situation; she will be safe as long as everyone has water but when a drought comes, she will be alone against large ranchers demanding her water.

I really liked Dee; she stayed isolated so that no one would bother her or think she would sell. Any who had tried were swiftly dealt with via Dee's shotgun. However, Lucas didn't seem too concerned about Dee or her collection of guns.

This book spoke to me because each of these characters was adamant that their way was best and didn't plan to change. However, as they got to know each other (through lots of heated arguments), they grew to realize the strength and innate goodness of the other.

I was disappointed in the first sex scene; Lucas took what he wanted (that innate goodness took a vacation).

Of course, a drought comes and is causes an incredible amount of trouble and heartache. Lucas betrays Dee's trust in him ‘for her own good.' When Dee doesn't come to her senses as he'd planned, Lucas starts to think about what he's done and realizes the severity of his error.

Western Ladies
1. A Lady of the West (1990)
2. Angel Creek (1991)
3. The Touch of Fire – (1992)

The High Divide: A Novel
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The High Divide by Lin Enger is the story of Ulysses, a man seeking absolution and redemption for his past and his wife Gretta and their boys Eli and Danny seeking to hold him close with their love. Through the story of the Pope family, the book also brings to life a history of the Minnesota plains in 1886. This book is a quietly powerful and beautifully haunting story.

See my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/10/the-high-divide.html

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The German 88
The German 88
Author: Terry Gander
Genre: History
Book Type: Paperback
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The book is carefully and accurately written, as far as I can tell. This is a quite technical book, so probably not for casual readers. It does include charts, photos of the big gun in use, and many details. The bibliography is only one page because Mr. Gander obtained his information from many, many diverse sources and recollections.

A Lesson Before Dying
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This book asks one big question: How much are we obligated to the community we grew up in? The protagonist, Grant Wiggins, is an educated man living in the impoverished rural Louisiana town of his birth, and he has one foot out the door [the first line of the novel is, "I was not there, yet I was there."] when he is asked to teach Jefferson, a condemned man, how to be a man. Wiggins struggles with being forced to invest himself in a community that he wants to leave, although he can't bear to. Ultimately, by being truthful with Jefferson about his own ambivalence, Wiggins is able to inspire him to raise his head and hold it high right up to his execution. In return, Wiggins is inspired to reclaim both his Christian faith and his role in the community.

There are so many stories of noncommittal young men who don't know which direction to take in their lives until a character close to them suffers a tragedy, which spurs them go on to become better men. I knew how this book would end of the second chapter. Gaines was handicapped by the span of the book (from sentencing to execution), and the need to mix a grim and unavoidable fate with life, hope, and inspiration. Pretty clear how that was going to turn out.

On the other hand, I learned so much from this book. It's easy for people outside the situation to ask why a smart, educated young man would choose to stay in his dead-end town and teach the sons and daughters of poor farm labourers. If it were me, one might think, I would get as far away from that town as possible. The American dream, after all, is to take one's talent and work tirelessly to turn it into a bright future for oneself and one's family. But, as a black man, Wiggins is denied the fullness of opportunity in pre-Civil rights Louisiana. Even more, he seems to feel obligated to stay and give back to the children in his community. He knows how little they have, how little hope and how little future there is for them, and how unjust their world is, and in the end he just can't walk away and leave them to it.

This is a lovely book about an awful (and ongoing) situation. The reader is brought to heartbreaking sympathy for even the hardest characters. Wiggins, who is bitter and restless, is not a very likeable man at the beginning of the book. The women in his life are stern and ungiving. Jefferson has lost all hope and all self-respect. But the reader never has to question how the characters got that way. By filling in everything the reader needs to know about the community, Gaines makes it very clear that these characters never chose poverty, ignorance, racism, or lack of opportunity.

I would not say the ending is happy, only that it is the best one possible under the circumstances. Emotionally this is a filling book, and Gaines has done very much with very little. Recommended.

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, Bk 3)
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Awesome. Excellent book and writing. Felt a little rushed at the end, and I wish there was another book. But so GOOD!

Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Bk 2)
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Excellent book, excellent writing, much better than I expected. Hated to see this end.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Bk 1)
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I thought it was a lovely read and my daughter (11) could hardly put it down.

The Day My Butt Went Psycho (Butt Trilogy, Bk 1)
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While a wee bit crude, I really thought my children would find it entertaining -- and, they did, just not entertaining enough to finish the book.

THE AWAKENERS
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I think this book will stick with me for quite a long time. I am developing quite a fondness for Tepper's work.

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