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hospitalJosie fell in love with Shane the minute she met him, a whirlwind three weeks later they were married and then one day Shane just disappeared leaving Josie with questions and no way to get a divorce. In Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti, Josie is contacted by a hospital stating that her husband Shane is there suffering from amnesia. Josie finds herself conflicted, take in the man who abandoned her two years ago because he might recover his memory and finally give her some of the answers she has been looking for or leave him to suffer alone like he left her all alone.

Shane Dean wakes up in a hospital with no memory of who he is or how he got there but the one thing he does remember, his love for Josie but he is shocked to find out that he has abandoned her. He realizes the one thing he must get right in his life is his relationship with Josie so it is up to him to win her back even with danger surrounding the both of them and it might take all of his inexplicable skills to keep both of them alive.

Forgotten Sins is an interesting beginning to a new series by Rebecca Zanetti. The novel was intriguing and totally went in a direction I wasn’t expecting at the beginning of the novel (I won’t get into detail because of spoilers but not what I was expecting at all), the relationship between Shane and his brothers was fabulous (I am always a sucker for a good family relationship story) but, I felt like there was a little too much whining on the part of Josie about her life and Shane abandoning her. Not that it wasn’t a pivotal part of the novel because it was, it just felt like it went on a little long. I am giving it a three star because of it but I am going to keep reading the Sin Brothers series even with the three star rating. Be aware that Forgotten Sins was originally released as an ebook and is now being released in print.

You can read an excerpt here.

Sin Brothers Reading Order:

Forgotten Sins

Sweet Revenge

Blind Faith (May 6, 2014)

forgotten-sins-_6-72Rating:  Star 3copy

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Title: Forgotten Sins

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 400

AISN: B00BAXG1DQ

Publisher: Forever

Release Date: July 2013 ebook, January 28, 2014 print

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

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divergentWhen I lived in Salt Lake City I was super busy working full-time and going to school full-time (it was an insane time-period to say the least and it lasted about four years) but I was able to join a YA book club that I enjoyed so much! After all my English classes (I got my BA in English Literature) where I was required to read boring, heavy, and/or depressing novels that I didn’t get to choose, it was so fabulous to read something that was quick and fun (although some of the titles chosen were tough and emotionally charged). Since moving to Phoenix I realized that I was missing that discussion, laughter, and enjoyment of a book club (not to mention the food always associated with a good book club). So I decided to fix that by starting up a book club and we met for the first time this past week. While I am not usually a huge fan of dystopian novels I decided we should start of by reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. I also thought it would be a good novel to start with since the movie comes out in March.

conneryWe chatted about books, hot men, how much I love Sean Connery (I would pay that man money to read me tax forms…but I digress) and I was so glad I finally did what I had been talking about for so many months. What made me even happier about this was having several friends in the club tell me that they haven’t read anything for awhile but flew through the entire Divergent series. I love it that they are reading again! In my mind the whole point of a book club is to get people reading and expose yourself to books you might not otherwise pick up.

I have thought about starting on online book club but am unsure if a) people would actually come and b) what technology would be the best way to go about doing a book club. But what do you think readers? Do you have a local book club you belong to? Do you like the idea of an online book club? Let me know what you think!

 

whiskey and glassesTemple has spent the last twelve years with the title of “Killer Duke”, everyone having believed he murdered Mara Lowe on the eve of her marriage to his father. In No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean, Temple doesn’t remember what happened that fateful night but he does know what he has done the last twelve years to survive after being disowned by everyone who knew him, he has spent it fighting. Now Temple is one of the powerful men behind the exclusive casino that everyone in the Ton flocks to, having thought he had seen everything he is shocked when Mara arrives at his house one night offering the one thing he never thought he could get, absolution from the charge of murder.

Mara ran twelve years ago, ran from the arranged marriage she didn’t want, ran from the society that would allow its daughters to be sold off to the highest bidder, and ran from having no real purpose to her life. Now Mara is facing the fact that she will have to leave the life she has created for herself in order to save her brother from debtor’s prison.

Normally I love Sarah MacLean’s novels but I really struggled with No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. Partly because I love MacLean for her humor and so I went into No Good Duke expecting humor and it was a lot more serious novel and partly because I just didn’t like Mara a whole lot. Mara felt really flip-floppy to me, I realize what MacLean was trying to do in creating an incredibly strong heroine but having her have some vulnerability however, she came off as whiny, selfish, and not very likable. Also, a key part of the novel is that the brother, her only family member she has maintained any contact with, has gambled away all of his money (and hers) and Mara approaches Temple with the offer in large part to save her brother and then the brother just kind of disappears from the novel. I do really like Temple’s character, he has suffered through a lot but has managed to find a place for himself in the world, fighting at the casino. And I loved the boys at the orphanage and wished we could have spent more time with those entertaining scamps.  No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third book in the Rules of Scoundrels‘ series but you don’t need to have read the previous two novels to read it. I recommend No Good Duke Goes Unpunished as a one time read but honestly I would probably check it out from the library or borrow it from a friend rather than purchasing it outright.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rules of Scoundrels Reading Order:

A Rogue By Any Other Name

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

no good duke goesRating: Star 3copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Author: Sarah MacLean

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 405

AISN: B00BEFPSMA

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: November 26, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

hard as it gets 1Becca Merritt’s only surviving family member, her brother Charlie, has gone missing, the police aren’t helping to track him down so Becca follows the cryptic clue left by Charlie to a tattoo parlor and the mysterious Nicholas Rixley. In Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye, Becca must rely on Nick, a former member of her military father’s Special Forces team to help her figure out what is going on and find Charley before it is too late.

Nick has spent the last year in limbo after his last mission as an Army Special Forces member goes south with six of his team mates getting killed, one of his team mates losing his leg, and leaving Nick with two gunshot wounds to the back. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he figures out they were set up by their commanding officer (who also perished in the mission) who is dirty and someone else with enough power set up his team to be dishonorably discharged when false records appear on each of the guys after that horrible mission. When Becca shows up, Nick realizes she may be the only link to finding out what really happened that day and clearing his and his teammates records, the fact that he is immediately drawn to her warmth and sexiness has absolutely no impact on his desire to keep her close.

Hard As It Gets is edgier than most of the romance novels I read but I was intrigued by the premise of the novel, a group of ex-special ops trying to clear their name while saving the girl (I love Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc series and that is what this reminded me of). I would consider Hard As It Gets to be a little bit darker than the Black Knights series, as the author Laura Kaye says, think Sons of Anarchy-good guys doing bad stuff in order to correct wrongs that have been done. I liked Becca’s character, while needing Nick’s help she didn’t take any guff from any of the guys but was also willing to let her softer side show. I also really liked how she knew her own limitations, sometimes in novels the heroine is so bent on being there where all the action is happening, then something goes wrong and she has to be saved, as a reader I always want to say “this is why you should have stayed home, oh girl who has never fired a pistol before.” I loved the relationship of the guys, especially the relationship between Nick and his brother Jeremy. Nick’s path of self-discovery was great but I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it for you. “Sometimes you plodded through life with nothing changing from one month to the next no matter how much you yearned for a revolution to erupt beneath your feet. And sometimes your whole world imploeded and rebuilt itself in a matter of seconds.” The major downside to Hard As It Gets is that Hard As You Can won’t be out until March 2014.

At the time of the posting of this review Hard As It Gets is $1.99 in ebook format at Amazon, which is well worth the money.

You can read an excerpt here.

Hard Ink Series Reading Order:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can (March 2014)

Book 3 (TBA)

Book 4 (TBA)

hard as it getsRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Hard As It Gets

Author: Laura Kaye

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 373

AISN: B00BATNM50

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: November 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

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