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Mike Taggart in Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay is used to gambling with money, as a professional gambler in Las Vegas he has no problem taking chances but, for the first time in his life, the chance he is taking might be more than he is willing to pay. When his half-sister is murdered Mike takes custody of his niece, 5 year-old niece Rainbow, and he is determined to give her the best family he can, which means tracking down his brother Tim, who he hasn’t seen since he was five, a pastor in Last Chance. While Father Tim seems willing to take on Rainbow, Mike decides to stay in Last Chance until he can find the perfect mother for Rainbow and arrange for that woman to date Tim.

Charlene Polk has a history of choosing the wrong men. When she meets her new temporary neighbor, sexy Mike she sees trouble written all over him. But Mike has his niece who desperately needs to be loved and Charlene desperately wants to give that love.

Last Chance Family is the eighth book in the Last Chance series set in a fabulous small town where miracles can happen but don’t expect to keep anything a secret. I am fan of the series but have to admit that Last Chance Family isn’t my favorite of the series. The novel is a great story of people trying to overcome past mistakes to become better than their parents but Charlene was a bit too wishy-washy when she was younger for me. I appreciate that she had strong parents who pressured her into doing what they wanted but I struggled a bit with her as the heroine. That being said, Last Chance Family is a great story about overcoming your past, letting others into your heart, and learning from your mistakes. You don’t have to read the Last Chance series in order (each of the novels is a stand alone novel) but you will appreciate the secondary characters better if you have read the previous series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Last Chance Reading Order

Last Chance Bride

Small Town Christmas

Welcome to Last Chance (you can read my review here)

Home at Last Chance

Last Chance Beauty Queen

Last Chance Christmas (you can read my review here)

Last Chance Book Club

Last Chance Summer

Last Chance Knit & Stitch (you can read my review here)

A Christmas To Remember (you can read my review here)

Inn at Last Chance (you can read my review here)

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Last Chance Family

Author: Hope Ramsay

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 369

AISN: B00IRISK4K

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Release Date: November 2014

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.

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

Jennifer McKinnon has had enough, after her apartment in Manhatten gets broken into for the fourth time she is ready to concede that there are no knight in shining armor remaining and maybe, just maybe, a change of scenery will let her figure out what she wants from life. In When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland, Jennifer travels to England to spend time with family and roam the hills and castles.  But things get a little too real when Jennifer unexpectedly finds herself in medieval England, about to be burnt as a witch.

Nicholas de Piaget is a Knight without peer, chivalrous and one of the best swordsmen in England (second only to his father and older brother Robin), Nicholas is tired of the parade of women his grandmother has brought all wanting his lands and his title but not wanting him. When he saves the beautiful Jennifer from burning he has his suspicions about where, or more importantly when, she is from. Can he get past his fear of her leaving to see if they can hav e a meaningful connection or will he let his fear ruin his chance at happiness?!

I have to admit this was a reread for me. I love Lynn Kurland’s unsugarcoated view of how things really were during the middle ages. Jennifer is great if a little timid for me but it is Nicholas, who we got to know in the previous de Piaget novels that I really love. My biggest issue with When I Fall In Love is it feels like it takes a quarter of the novel before the story really starts moving. It is well worth a read but I kept feeling like smacking Nicholas upside the head to get him to start getting to know Jennifer and move the plot along. While there is some reference to sex in When I Fall In Love, it all happens after the couple are married and it is NOT descriptive which is why I gave it a four heart instead of five.

When I Fall In Love is an interesting cross over of Kurland’s de Piaget story line and her MacLeod’s story line. Obviously Nicholas is the second son of Rhys de Piaget and Jennifer is the sister of Victoria in Much Ado In the Moonlight.

You can read an excerpt here.

De Piaget Reading Order

Another Chance to Dream

If I Had You

Dreams of Stardust

When I Fall In Love

The Christmas Cat (novella)

One Enchanted Evening (you can read my review here)

This is All I Ask

The More I See You

From This Moment On

Tapestry (anthology)

Stardust of Yesterday

Till There Was You

One Magic Moment

All For You

Dreams of Lilac

The MacLeods Reading Order:

A Dance Through Time

The Very Thought Of You

Veils of Time

A Knight’s Vow

Opposites Attract

Christmas Spirits

My Heart Stood Still

A Garden In the Rain

Much Ado in the Moonlight

When I Fall in Love

With Every Breath

Till There Was You

Roses In Moonlight

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: When I Fall In Love

Author: Lynn Kurland

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 464

AISN: B001RH5FUA

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: April 2007

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.

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