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In The Cowboy Father by Linda Ford, Louisa decided to take a job to earn some extra money during the Depression. She needs the money to help pay for some medical bills she racked up during an illness that left her barren. Louisa offers to tutor Ellie Hamilton while the little girl is in a body cast. As Louisa tries to come to terms with this trial, she must also try and get Ellie to trust her and work at her lessons. Louisa soon realizes she can’t teach this little girl without a little help from someone close to Ellie. Emmet Hamilton, Elli’s attractive single father, is the perfect candidate. Soon Emmet and Louisa become friends as well as partners and as they learn more about each other, they develop something more than friendship. Can Emmet accept Louisa’s problem or will this mean the end of their friendship?

The Cowboy Father moved pretty quickly right from the beginning and had me intrigued by the first page. I really enjoyed the beginning when it seemed like all Louisa and Emmet could do was argue. I really enjoyed Ellie’s attempts to sabotage Louisa right from the beginning. It was interesting to see as the relationships evolved as the novel went on. I really like how quickly the plot moved forward and watching as the problems worked themselves out. I didn’t like how Louisa seemed hung up on the same issue the entire book. Just as it seemed she was accepting of it, she would decide that it was too big of an issue. Overall it was a pretty good book.

You can read an excerpt here.

Three Brides for Three Cowboys:

The Cowboy Tutor

The Cowboy Father

The Cowboy Comes Home

 

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Title: The Cowboy Father

Author: Linda Ford

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 251

ISBN: 978-0-373-82903-3

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: February 2012

Available: Amazon

Reviewer: Jillian

Rachel Miller is used to dealing with the unruly dead as a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums in The Stubborn Dead by Natasha Hoar. But when Rachel is called to deal with a wraith at client Sylvia’s house, she finds herself it a difficult position because the wraith isn’t acting like he should. When it comes to the Order’s attention, Rachel finds herself having to decide whether to get rid of the wraith at great personal cost or lose her supernatural abilities. As if the situation wasn’t difficult enough, Janus Ostara, a local supernatural mob boss is now demanding Rachel take different action because of what may be inside the client’s house.

The Stubborn Dead was an interesting read, Rachel’s job as a member of the Order as a rescuer of lost souls was different and intriguing. I don’t usually read a lot of urban fantasy but The Stubborn Dead caught my attention.  Natasha left the story line wide open and I look forward to seeing how the relationships that Rachel has developed continue. The Stubborn Dead  is a novella so it was a quick fun read, start to finish.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Lost Souls:

The Stubborn Dead

The Ravenous Dead (July 2012)

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Title: The Stubborn Dead

Author: Natasha Hoar

Format:  eBook

AISN: B006BVTFT4

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: January 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Evangeline Ames, employee of the Flint and Marsh Agency, has left London for a vacation in the English countryside but when someone attempts to murder her in her bed her vacation suddenly becomes a lot less restful. Crystal Garden by Amanda Quick is the first book in a new series A Ladies of Lantern Street. Evangeline has taken a small cottage near the Crystal Garden estate, rumored to contain plants that have psychic properties, to add flavor to her novel writing. When a killer breaks into her house, Evangeline escapes into the gardens and meets the mysterious Lucas.

Lucas Sebastian has inherited the Crystal Garden estate from his uncle and feels that he must get control of the gardens that are a hazard to everyone who enters them. When Evangeline enters the garden, Lucas is drawn to the fiery woman and vows to help her track down the person who hired the killer to kill her and for her safety insists that she move into the main house. Little did he know that by inviting Evangeline into the house it would turn his entire life upside and lead to more danger arriving at the estate. But can Lucas figure out the secret of the garden before it or someone else kills Evangeline?

Amanda Quick has once again brought the psychic to her historical novels with fabulous results in Crystal Gardens. The idea of a garden that comes to life at night with terrifying ferocity and the ability to make entire bodies just disappear is intriguing. Quick’s characters are witty and entertaining but Crystal Gardens’ setting is what makes such a great read. Evangeline is an investigator who goes undercover during her investigations, I have to admit I would love to read about Evangeline’s investigations based upon the snippets we get in Crystal Gardens. Once again, with Amanda Quick’s writings, while I like the main characters it is the secondary characters that make me love her writings. I thoroughly enjoyed Crystal Gardens and look forward to the rest of the series.

You can read an excerpt here.

A Ladies of Lantern Street Series Order:

Crystal Garden

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Title: Crystal Gardens

Author: Amanda Quick

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-0399159084

Publisher: Putnam

Release Date: April 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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