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As you can imagine from the title, Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin is a retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre only with paranormal creatures added. Is this humorous retelling Jane is the daughter of vampire slayers being raised (after her parents are killed by vampires) by her vampire aunt and three vampire children. I have to admit the scene where her cousin John attacks her takes on a whole new level of scary when you add in the fact he could easily drain her blood.

I enjoyed that Erwin kept the original story line for the most part, light gothic elements and truly a story about Jane coming of age and staying true to who she was. The one place, interestingly enough, where I felt like Erwin deviated from the original story was how there was some discussion about souls or minds being linked across distance in the original Jane Eyre. For example there were the twins who were part of the house party at Mr. Rochester’s that the doctor was there asking them questions, truly believing that souls could communicate across distance. So this one paranormal element that was in the original story, was left out in the new paranormal version of the story. I just that it was amusing that this was where Erwin deviated from the original, other than the one moment that Rochester calls out for Jane but it felt slightly out of nowhere especially considering all the other paranormal elements.

If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I think you will be entertained by Jane Slayre. I giggled through quite a bit of it (I mean really, zombies with bits falling of them while they are performing their tasks as servants) and appreciated the additions of the truly gothic elements. If you are expecting a more serious retelling of Jane Eyre you are better off just rereading the original but if you are interested in an entertaining couple of hours then Jane Slayre is a fabulous choice.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Jane Slayre

Author: Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 402

AISN: B003E7WJJQ

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: April 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

vodka on nightstandWhen Grace Elland discovers her boss murdered in his bed, she knows that the vodka bottle left on the dresser is a message for her from the killer, but the message is from someone who should be dead. In Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz, Grace finds herself facing her past long after she expected to be able to lay it to rest. As if that wasn’t enough, if she can’t figure out who is leaving macabre messages she fears she will be next.

Julius Arkwright has made millions by focusing solely on his company but lately has felt like something is missing from his life. Then he meets Grace Elland, despite blowing the first date he finds himself completely interested when he is in her company. Now if only he can convince her to give him a second chance and help her catch who is trying to kill her.

Trust No One is a fabulous return to what makes Jayne Ann Krentz’s contemporary romantic suspense so fabulous, well done tension, a killer on the loose and all the clues pointing to different possible suspects. I read Trust No One in hardbound while I was visiting family and admit that I was so disappointed I wasn’t reading in ebook format because it had so many great quotes I wanted to share and I was never near a pencil (and I struggle to mark up print copies, I dog eared one quote and cringed while I bent the page to do so) to mark it so I am only going to share one gem with you. ‘”There is no great American novel, ” she said absently. “This nation is too big and too diverse to produce only one great book.  We’ve got lots of them and there will be more written in the future. Art doesn’t stand still.”‘

With the latest two contemporary stories, both Trust No One and River Road, Jayne Ann Krentz has returned from paranormal overarching story lines to good suspenseful romantic suspense and I loved both books. I also loved how Julius blew the first date, instead of two characters who were immediately drawn to each other it was a refreshing change to watch Julius struggle to fix what he blew.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rating: favicon5 NB

Content:Star 5copy

Title: Trust No One

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Format: Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 338

AISN: 0399165134

Publisher: Putnam

Release Date: January 6, 2015

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.

cemetaryElizabeth Jennings and her fifteen-year-old daughter Claire have relocated from the big city to a tiny town in Virginia so Claire can bring the local newspaper into the digital age. In The Ghost Next Door by Ginny Baird, both Claire and Elizabeth are concerned when it turns out the house they are renting sight unseen is next door to a cemetery.  When creepy things start to happen in the empty house next door, Elizabeth is grateful the sexy single sheriff is there to help her out. But Elizabeth trust her heart to someone who fits in so well in such a small town?

Nathan Thorpe likes taking care of the people in his town and he is content to take care of everyone equally until Elizabeth moves to town, now he finds himself wanting to take of her and Claire and becoming a family. But Nathan knows that he is in Blayton Virginia for a reason, but as that reason becomes clearer will he be able have the family he wants?

Okay, I have to admit that the ending of The Ghost Next Door totally threw me. Baird does a great job of foreshadowing the ending but she does it in such a way that I expected a different ending than what really happened. The romance between Elizabeth and Nathan was sweet and I loved the secondary relationship between Claire and Perry. I found The Ghost Next Door to be an entertaining quick read and I loved the scene where the teenage girls broke into the empty house to scare Claire and managed to freak themselves out instead. The mystery elements are a nice combination with the sweet romance stories in The Ghost Next Door but I have to admit that I am disappointed that we don’t get the romance story of Dan and Belle.

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Title: Ghost Next Door

Author: Ginny Baird

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 190

AISN: B00EISACN0

Publisher: Winter Wedding Press

Release Date: August 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

Lucy Sheridan left the town of Summer River as a teenager after Mason pulled her from a party claiming she was in danger, now thirteen years later she is returning to Summer River to deal with her deceased aunt’s estate. In River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz, Lucy never expected to run into Mason Fletcher on her first day back in town, last she had heard he was off pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Mason has returned to the town of Summer River to get his head on straight after a case went wrong but he didn’t realize he was sleepwalking until Lucy showed up, jolting him awake and aware. But will the secrets from the night of that party that Mason saved Lucy from come back to haunt to whole town and pull the two of them apart or will they be able to find a murderer in time?

River Road is a return to Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense stories, no paranormal elements here (which is one of things I love in some of her other novels). I have to admit, Krentz’s romantic suspense novels have been very hit or miss for me, some I love and some I don’t care much for but River Road is a fabulous tale of murder, passion, and secrets long buried. I was completely surprised by where they find the first body (wasn’t expecting them to find a body that quickly), which is always fabulous when reading a romantic suspense. Lucy’s personality was a bit brusque at times but I still liked her and her no-nonsense approach to the problems in her life. I loved how we got a glimpse of Mason’s potential when he was a teenager and then got to see him live up to that potential with a few bumps along the way. I devoured River Road pretty quickly and enjoyed every suspenseful moment.

You can read an excerpt here.

river roadRating:Star 4copy

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Title: River Road

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Format: Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

AISN: B00DGZKRZY

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: January 7, 2014

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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