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Ms. Felicity Kensington, in The Matrimony Plan by Christine Johnson, is convinced she wants nothing more than to have the grandest wedding Pearlman has ever seen and the only way that is going to happen is if she marries Mr. Robert Blevins. Even though she has never met Mr. Blevins, Felicity has made a fool proof plan to get him to fall in love with her so she can finally be away from her controlling parents and not be forced to attend the Art Academy. When Gabriel Meeks comes to Pearlman as the new minister, Felicity’s plans are ruined again and again. As Felicity’s feeling for Gabriel grow, he is discovering some very dirty secrets about this small town. During the time of Prohibition, Gabriel only wants to do what is right, but falling for the society princess was not part of his plans. As they both fight their feelings, they find answers that may test their very beliefs and ideas about what they want for their lives.

The Matrimony Plan was a very quick read and I enjoyed it a lot! Not only was it a historical novel, but there was also some suspense thrown into the plot. I enjoyed watching the attraction between Gabriel and Felicity grow even as they both tried to fight it in different ways. I enjoyed seeing how Felicity handled it when her entire world was turned upside down, and how she chose to fight back. It was a good story and I really liked seeing each character handle the various situations that were thrown their way.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: The Matrimonial Plan

Author: Christine Johnson

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 279

ISBN: 978-0-373-82880-7

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Release Date: Aug 11, 2011

Available: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jillian

 

Novel Reaction is excited to bring you the first two books from author Gary Grossman as part of his virtual book tour. This exciting trilogy should be read:

Executive Reading Order:

Executive Actions

Executive Treason

Executive Command

Gary Grossman, author of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and the sequel EXECUTIVE TREASON, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian.His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 27 cable networks.Grossman is partner with Robb Weller in Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific documentary and service and information television production company. Together, they have produced more than 6,000 programs and earned numerous awards including the prestigious Governor’s Emmy Award for their 1996 USA Network special, “Healing the Hate,” and an Emmy for Best Informational series with the 2002 production of “Wolfgang Puck” for Food Network.The company’s widely recognized series and specials have aired on NBCFox NewsCNBCHistory Channel,A&EDiscovery ChannelFood NetworkDiscovery HealthNational Geographic ChannelHGTVFine Living,Do It YourselfThe Learning ChannelUSA Network, and Sci Fi Channel, among other channels.Grossman earned a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Emerson College in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University.He began his career at 15 as a disc jockey at WHUC, his local radio station in Hudson, New York. He went on to work at Boston television station, WBZ; joined The Boston Globe as a special contributor, and then became a full-time television critic and columnist at The Boston Herald American, before moving to Los Angeles. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times and numerous magazines. He has taught journalism and media classes at Emerson CollegeBoston University, and USC. Grossman’s two previous acclaimed non-fiction books,Superman: Serial to Cereal and Saturday Morning TV, cover television history.

 

 

 

 

The Presidential Race has begun, and it looks like Terry Lodge isn’t going to be the one running for President in Executive Actions by Gary Grossman. As Terry gives a tear jerking speech, his wife is assassinated before him and the crowd. Who could do such a gruesome thing, and was the shooter really aiming for Terry Lodge?

Current President, Morgan Taylor, is wondering why this happened and puts his own personal CIA guy on the job. Scott Roarke has a history with President Taylor, and even has his own personal line, so when Taylor comes to him and asks him to get behind all of this, Roarke jumps right in. What Roarke doesn’t know, is that this assassin attempt has been a long time in the making and he is just at the beginning.

Author, Gary Grossman, pulls you right into this intense thriller and keeps you there until you finish the book! I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed reading Executive Actions! Be prepared to not want to put the book down! I read the first few chapters, like I normally do, and then the last few. I was still trying to figure out who was going to make it out alive, and if I was correct as to who the bad guy was! I have already recommended this book to a few people and will continue to do so. I will let people know that it does use the f*word quite a bit, there is some violence (but that is what you get with a thriller), and there is some sex. The sex isn’t too detailed, but it does give some detail, but it didn’t make me uncomfortable. Executive Actions has an amazing plot behind it. I don’t want to give it away, so I wont go into detail. It did make me look at our own issues going on right now and it puts a lot into thought. I hope you take the time to read this amazing thriller, and if you loved it as much as I did, you’ll be happy to know that book number 2 is out and it is called Executive Treason.

 

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Title: Executive Actions

Author: Gary Grossman

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B006WOEPCC

Publisher: Diversion Books

Release Date: January 2012

Available for purchase: Diversion Books, Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee



As the second book in the trilogy, Executive Treason by Gary Grossman comes back with a bang! Scott Roarke is sent to investigate the murder and possible rape of a White House staffer. He soon finds himself looking for the same assassin that killed some very important people in Executive Actions. He realizes this assassin is far better then he expected and is determined to find him and capture him. All the while, the terrorists are planning some major plots to cleanse the world. Can the President find out what is going to happen before they hit? Read and find out!

This book was a little harder for me to get into then Executive Actions. I enjoyed the book and the plot. It was quite intense trying to find out what is going to happen and why. It again brings a lot out to think about as far as our Country goes. It is a book I would recommend and I sure hope they ask me to review book three (Executive Command) for them! This book does have the use of the f*word quite a bit and there is some sex. The violence is there, of course (it is a thriller). I didn’t feel the violence was too gruesome, but wouldn’t recommend it to any tweens. I am excited for Executive Command to be coming out and can’t wait to read it!

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Title: Executive Treason 

Author: Gary Grossman

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B006WOEUDQ

Publisher: Diversion Books

Release Date: January 2011

Available for purchase: Diversion Books, Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

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

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

 

“In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you’re walking away from a bus that’s just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it’s raining on top of everything else, most people might think that’s just really bad luck; when you’re a half-blood, you understand that some divine force is really trying to mess up your day.”

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Ashera del Cid is a demon hunter, moving into clients’ dreams she is able to stop succubi and other demons from feeding off the souls of humans in The Last Slayer by Nadia Lee. Ashera is good at her job and has achieved everything she has set out to achieve: she has a nice home, a good job, and plans (not large ones) for her future but after things go awry on a job, Ashera finds herself thrust into a world where she doesn’t know who she can trust, what she should and everything about her carefully arranged world has disappeared.

Ramiel is one of the dragon lords, a being who lives essentially forever, in command of a dragon hord. When he meets Ashera after she has single-handedly defeated a dragon (an unheard of feat) he takes her with him to fulfill a centuries old promise and to protect Ashera from the scheming other dragon lords.

The Last Slayer is an interesting fantasy novel. I haven’t read a true hardcore fantasy novel for some time and enjoyed delving back into the fantasy world. Lee created an intriguing world where dragons are warriors, serving under the Dragon Lords and preparing for a great battle to come. Lee explores the intriguing idea of what happens to relationships when you live forever, how this longevity adds complexity to already complex emotional relationships and what one is willing to do for family. Written in the first person, Lee doles out snippets of information like gems as Ashera travels through the complexity of a historical complex society. The story was great, I enjoyed the characters and Ashera character was believable and empathitic. But be aware that there is quite a bit of sex in the story as “Sex”, or the essence that is created when sex occurs, is what fuels the magic in this world. Lee leaves things wide open and I look forward to the rest of the trilogy.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Heartstone Trilogy:

The Last Slayer

Book 2 (TBA)

Book 3 (TBA)

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Title: The Last Slayer

Author: Nadia Lee

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 289

AISN: B005Z1CG3S

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: December 2011

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.

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