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The Former Assassin

by Nikki Stern

on Tour August 1-31, 2018

Synopsis:

The Former Assassin by Nikki Stern

Susan Foster wants to retire. Her boss wants her dead.

After decades as Victor Kemp’s off-the books killer, Suzanne finally quits. Not until five years later does Kemp discover how thoroughly she’s deceived him. Determined to punish her, he tracks her to Wales to watch her die. Instead, he walks into a trap.

Believing themselves safe at last, Suzanne and her family relocate to London, where she hopes to find the peace that has eluded her for so long. Her son is engaged to a nobleman’s daughter; her husband has a good job with British Intelligence. Yet she still struggles with restless dreams and the premonition that her nemesis has survived.

He has: Kemp, though severely injured, is rebuilding his empire and plotting revenge. He’s prepared to risk everything to end the former assassin. He may not be the only one.

Suzanne has no choice: to protect those she loves, she will be forced to kill again. Assassins, it seems, can never retire.

“An explosive page-turner which owes its momentum to it two well-drawn opponents and a conflict that goes beyond good-vs.-evil.” ~IndieReader, Four Star review

“Later turns in the smashing final act come at a searing pace.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Keeps readers guessing the outcome right up to its conclusion.” ~D. Donovan Midwest Book Review

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Ruthenia Press
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780999548721
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Read an excerpt:

Today is not a good day to die.

No day is, not really. We humans are hard-wired to survive. By most standards, though, this morning is exceptional. The weather is balmy, even for May. The fierce winds that often pound the Welsh coastline have remained offshore. Purple heather blankets the emerald cliffs that encircle Bristol Bay. Small breakers gently lap the shoreline and wash the sand clean of debris. The water sparkles in the sunlight. Shades of azure and aquamarine yield to cyan and lapis further out. In the distance, the sea meets a cerulean sky just where the earth curves. No slate clouds gather at the horizon. All is calm.

Nothing suggested that today I would find myself on a bench in one of the most breathtaking spots in the world with a gun to my head, held by a predator who speaks just two words: “Don’t move.”

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Excerpt from The Former Assassin by Nikki Stern. Copyright © 2018 by Nikki Stern. Reproduced with permission from Nikki Stern. All rights reserved.

 

Review –

In an Oyster Shell – I really liked this book that was full of intruige and featured an MC that was middle age but was still kick butt.

The Pearls –  There is a lot of talk about diverse characters. I know that it usually comes down to one aspect of diversity. (which in my opinion is not true diversity) It is not as common to have a middle age character especially one that is a former assassin. I found myself really enjoying Suzanne which I would consider a diverse character. She was unique and I liked her a lot. In some ways she was pretty straightforward in others she was quite complicated.

There was a good push and pull between the good characters and the bad. The antagonist of this book was ever so despicable. I enjoyed the layer of the story that was woven in with this character. In the end, he really was a bad guy but there were subtle nuances that still made him human. I was super impressed that I was just as engrossed in his side of the story as I was Suzanne.

I liked the MC motivation. She was fighting her family but it was really a fight for the equilibrium of normalcy. It was a cause the reader could get behind and cheer Suzanne on as she figured her way to accomplish that.

The Sand –  The POV switches from 1st to 3rd limited. I’ve never seen this done and am under the understanding that you should stay with one POV. Of course, rules are made to be broken but in the end, I don’t feel like that worked in this book and should stay in one POV.

3.5 Pearls!

Author Bio:

Nikki Stern

Nikki is the author of two works of non-fiction: HOPE IN SMALL DOSES, a 2015 Eric Hoffer finalist for books that provoke, inspire and redirect thought, and BECAUSE I SAY SO: MORAL AUTHORITY’S DANGEROUS APPEAL, as well as dozens of short stories. She is co-author on the Cafe Noir interactive murder mystery series, published by Samuel French. Nikki’s suspense novel, THE FORMER ASSASSIN has garnered strong reviews, including a four-star rating from Indie Reader. She’s working on a mystery/sci-fi series starring an unorthodox crime fighter named Samantha Tate. When she’s not writing about strong complex women, Nikki is working with several non-profits, taking Pilates classes, and attending to the needs of her dog, Molly.

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Review – The Highwayman of Cordovia by Linda Weaver ClarkeThe Highwayman of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke
Published by Smashwords on November 7, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 249
Source: Author

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Centuries ago, valiant men and courageous women engaged in daring adventures as they helped their fellow man. In the country of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

Christine is passionate about the cause to keep the wrong people from replacing the King. As the Pastor daughter, no one suspects her for being a part of Robin’s Rebels. She is happy for her friend who has a family now and Cordovia is in peace. The peace seems thinly veiled when they uncover a plot for another takeover. She falls in love with Austin who is no more than a highwayman that works for the cause to keep the wrong people from getting into the power. What will happen if she ever finds out?

In an Oyster Shell – Clarke has a wonderfully sweet way of telling stories. No matter what she rights I love it, the Cordovia series is not an exception.

The Pearls – I’m always happy to fall in love with characters in one book and see them in the next book in a series. I love that Christine was Robin’s friend so it felt like I got to spend time with an old friend.

I feel like these books transport you right into the woods of Cordovia. I can almost smell the petrichor in the air and feel the moss beneath my shoes as I’m running from Highwayman. Oh, wait that was Christine, not me. Like I said transported.

The romance between Austin and Christine is intriguing and sweet. I loved how the affection grew along with the suspense. In the time of taking down a slimy wannabe dictatorship, they grow close and you can’t wait to read the next book.

The Sand – It was great!

4 Pearls!

 

4 Stars

About Linda Weaver Clarke

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of the historical romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes: Melinda and the Wild West – a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” and a new mystery series, “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.”

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Review Adam and Evie by Marisa Concetta

Review Adam and Evie by Marisa ConcettaAdam & Evie by Marisa Concetta
Published by Inkitt on February 21, 2018
Genres: Romance, YA
Pages: 318
Source: Inkitt

I received this book for free from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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What could happen when the nerd of Roosevelt High becomes Hollywood’s next superstar? Answer: Anything.

Before she became Evie Chase, Hollywood's Golden Girl, Evie was a nobody at the bottom of the high school food chain with only a handful of friends. Her best friend - Adam Fields - was a popular jock who always had her back. Until one day, he stopped, and they never spoke again. Fast forward three years, and everything has changed. Evie is out in LA living the dream as a seventeen year old popstar, Adam’s at home finishing off high school, and they are both trying their best to forget the past. They are living separate lives and everything is running smoothly. Until...Evie’s back.

To avoid paparazzi, the young starlet returns to school in disguise. As the teenagers get to know each other again, Adam unaware that the new girl is his former best friend, they are both left wondering - did the past actually happen the way they remember it? And could their revived friendship turn out to be something more?

Evie loves her best friend Adam but nobody knows except her diary. When her jealous friend unearths the contents to the entire school Evie is glad that her parents want to move her across the country. A few years later she comes back to the little town in a disguise as she is now a teenage pop star. She reconnects with her friends that have no idea who she is. Adam misses is friend and regrets what happened between them now that she’s world famous she’s untouchable. The new girl in school seems to mysteriously have mannerisms similar to his former friend. It doesn’t take to long before the whole plan unravels.

In an Oyster Shell – This was a cute story that left me wanting more.

The Pearls –  I love an underdog character rising above her circumstances and becoming unstoppable. I like the teen idol concept who has become so popular she has to hide in her former small town. I loved the different perspective she got as she reconnected with her friends who thought she was someone else.

The characters are memorable. I like Evie who is really down to earth despite her superstardom. Adam is a great hero who really knows his best friend. Who doesn’t love a friend to something more story?

The romance was sweet with some twists. This is one of the better YA romances that I have read in a long time. I was really rooting for Evie she deserved a HEA.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

 

4 Stars

About Marisa Concetta

Marisa Concetta is a Massachusetts native and graduated from Merrimack College with her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Besides continuing to write YA novels, she has goals to become a physician. She began writing her debut novel Adam and Evie when she was only fifteen, and since then, the novel has gained nearly five million readers on both Wattpad and Inkitt where she has nearly nine thousand followers. When Marisa isn’t writing—or studying—she enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, watching baseball (particularly the Red Sox), running, traveling, and really, anything involving Disney or Disney World.

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Two BRAND NEW Addison Cole sweet romance releases!

Sweet Love at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]
NEW RELEASE…….. 

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal heroes and sassy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, and easy to relate to.


In Sweet Love at Bayside…
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.


Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the rebellious half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.



Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.



About SWEET WITH HEAT novels… 
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Review- 
In an Oyster Shell – An intriguing start to a new part of this series with great characters and adorable love stories.
The Sand – I was a little hesitant to start a new series from Addison when I was still attached to the previous series. This series just proves that there is just more to love. There is a great leadoff from the other series. Everything you love about the sweet with heat is just continuing. It’s super impressive.
I loved Desiree. She was a straight-laced Preschool teacher who was challenged to come out of her comfort zones. I wouldn’t mind sitting in on one of her decadent breakfasts. I love the camaraderie that starts building right away with the other characters.
The romance was hot but sweet. Rick and Desire are a swoon-worthy couple. The cosmic interference that helps them come together just makes the story all the more interesting.
The Sand- It was a good story.
4 Pearls
Sweet Love at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]
NEW RELEASE…….. 

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal heroes and sassy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, and easy to relate to.In Sweet Passions at Bayside… 
When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes-although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.

Review – 

In an Oyster Shell – Who doesn’t love friends becoming something more story? This one does not disappoint in the least. 

The Pearls – Emery is a free spirit and best friends with Desiree. The difference between them is night and day. For Emery to get her own story is something very special. She stole the show for me, I was captivated by the whimsical ways that somehow grounded her in her realistic character flaws. I enjoyed her very much.

As I read the story I couldn’t help but wonder who would be next. I have a couple of votes of who I hope it is. I love that the series has moved to a new small Cape Town with new characters but embraces the characters in previous books. It’s like the best story that’s never going to end. I am impressed the author has kept it going as long as she has and it doesn’t get repetitive or boring.

Dean was a strong hero that was the perfect match for Emery. He was strong and patient. Everything I want in a man ( and have in my beloved husband). I appreciate a strong hero. I’m glad Cole doesn’t right pansy heroes. It’s part of what makes these books so good.

The Sand – It was good.

4 Pearls


About SWEET WITH HEAT novels… 
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Also available in the Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Series 
Sweet Heat at Bayside (Releasing August 8th)
Sweet Escape at Bayside (Releasing February 6th, 2019)
 
More from Addison Cole!
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Series
About the author

SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/NewsletterDOWNLOAD the first book in Addison’s Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

 
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Blog Tour with Review Superhero HIgh by T.H. HernandezSuperhero High by T.H. Hernandez
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on July 5, 2018
Pages: 185

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she's ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don't kill each other first.

Annarenee Stevens is in a family full of superheroes with no powers of her own. She’s made her own path at her school as a swimming superstar with lots of friends. Her life is uprooted when her family has to move to California after the superhero program is shut down. She is devastated to leave her friends and swimming. When she gets to California superheroes start disappearing, she stops at nothing to find them when her brother becomes missing too. She stops at nothing to find them.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was a good book with superheroes that could have had a stronger ending.

The Pearls – I love a good superhero book. What I like about this one is the main character does not have a traditional superpower. Annarenee is a strong character that stands up to the harassment that comes with being a “zero.” She surrounds herself with people who become great friends and are able to accomplish a lot together.

I liked the romance. I love her love interests power when they kiss he goes invisible. It was very unique and fun. I like that it was a clean romance, with strong morals.  I liked that very much.

The mystery was intriguing. It kept leaving you wanting to turn the pages as fast as you could.

The Sand – The ending was not as satisfying as I would have liked it to be.

3.5 Pearls!

 

3.5 Stars

About T.H. Hernandez

T.H. Hernandez is a published author of young adult novels. THE UNION, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. SUPERHERO HIGH, an urban scifi teenage romance, is releasing July 5, 2018.

She thrives on coffee of any kind, though pumpkin spice lattes are her favorite. Her free time is spent hiking, reading, painting, and binge-watching Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. She adores Star Wars, Comic-Con, Doctor Who, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three who share her home.

When She’s not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, you can find her in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband, three teenagers, who are far too tall to be considered children, a bearded dragon, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, lovingly referred to as the puppycat.

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Blog tour and Review – Watching You by Shannon GreenlandWatching You by Shannon Greenland
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC, Entangled Teen on July 9, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

 

Viola may have stretched the facts to get the prestigious scholarship at a private school in Florida. She leaves home in hope of having the life her mom could not just give her. If she does well with this scholarship she will be able to go to the school of her choice. She has no time for distractions which includes her hot mentor Riel. She does her best to resist them but it seems futile. Tack on his cute little sister and she can’t just stay away. There are a few people who seem to not like Viola and her new friends. She has this strange feeling that she is being watched, little did she know that it is more than just a feeling.

In an Oyster Shell – This is a thriller that will give you goosebumps and leave you on the edge of your seat.

The Pearls – The premise of this book was riveting. To alternate between Viola and her stalker was deliciously creepy. I don’t often like getting into the heads of a psychopath but it is done so well in this book it adds to the appeal.

The characters will leave you wanting more. They were distinctive and very interesting. I liked the combination of Viola, Riel and her sister. They made a cute little family. I liked that they were brought together under the harshest of circumstances and that is what keeps them together. The supporting characters added depth. There was not a character in this book that didn’t hold their own.

I’m torn between talking about the suspense or the romance. Since I always talk about romance, I am going to choose suspense. It is one of the best thrillers I have read in a very long time. The ending is very unpredictable and shocking. After reading the stalker’s thoughts you’ll be blown away by who it has been all along.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls

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About Shannon Greenland

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA contemporary novels, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN, SHADOW OF A GIRL, and WATCHING YOU. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives on the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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Review – Adrift by K.M. Galvin

Review – Adrift by K.M. GalvinAdrift (Survivalist Duet Book 1) by K.M. Galvin
on December 19, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 225

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Taylor McKay’s life is exploding and she’s the one that lit the match.

Losing her father a week before her thirtieth birthday shifted her world. Breaking up with her boyfriend, quitting her job and subletting her apartment to go work on a yacht for the summer struck the match. The yacht catching fire and sinking incinerated any semblance of a normal life.

She was only existing when she promised her father she’d start living. Now Taylor has to use every ounce of will to survive. Being lost at sea with billionaire Easton VanHouten is definitely a surprise, but better stranded with him than going full-on Cast Away by herself.

After all, it can't get any worse. Right?

Taylor is drifting through life, a little lost with breaking up with her longtime boyfriend and the death of her father. She finds herself working on a yacht for a summer. All her unlaid plans unravel when the boat sinks and she finds herself a castaway with the rich and famous Easton. They lean on each other in their own deserted island. They are rescued and Easton doesn’t want to be a part from Taylor but she can’t reconcile their two worlds and hides away. After some time Easton does what he can to convince Taylor they belong together.

In An Oyster Shell – I really liked this book it was a great survival romance. One of the few books I’m tempted to read again.

The Pearls – A hot millionaire stranded on an island when you’ve really got no place to be anyways. I loved the premise. It really took me by surprise. This story is very unique and was well executed.

I loved Taylor and Easton. As I read along I felt sequestered with them. The tension was palpable when they are brought back to the real world. I love Easton’s family that ends up surrounding Taylor. She goes from having no family to a family that wants to take her in no matter how much she really wants to run.

I love the romance. I love when the Hero is a strong pursuer. I really liked that he enlists his whole family to help win her over. I like the solidity they formed on the island that has a good chance of surviving in the real world.

The Sand – I really liked it.

4.5 Pearls

4.5 Stars
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Review – The Wedding Fountain by Kathryn Le VequeThe Wedding Fountain (Four Weddings and a Fiasco) by Kathryn Le Veque
Published by Amazon Digital Services on May 2, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 159
Source: Author

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When Katharine “Kiki” Delgado Conrad loses her husband unexpectedly, dark secrets are revealed in the wake of the man’s death. Wanting a fresh start away from bad memories, Kiki returns to her hometown of Pasadena, California and purchases an older home in need of restoration. Her cousin, Julie Delgado, works for The Rose Chalet wedding venue and Kiki has aspirations of turning the old grand dame of a home into her own wedding venue.

But plans don’t go as she had hoped. The house needs far more restoration than she was led to believe and when hot, hunky construction estimator Trace Rocklin of Rocklin Construction delivers the bad news, Kiki fears that her dreams for a new life are dashed. Little does she know that her new life is about to begin… just not in a way she had imagined.

Trace feels sorry for the beautiful woman who is overwhelmed by the old house. A Pasadena native, he has only recently returned home to start a new life himself. While Kiki thinks she’s falling for a nice, normal guy, the truth is that she has no idea of Trace’s past – for twenty years, Trace was a CIA operative that enemy and ally alike called the “Eliminator”. If there was a dirty job, Trace would do it. But after his best friend was killed in the line of duty, Trace gave it all up to return home to work for his father’s construction company. He could no longer face the high risk of his profession and wanted a more simple life.

But there are those after Trace who won’t let him live quietly. As he and Kiki fall hard for each other, bonding over the restoration of her old house, Trace is called back to duty one last time. It’s either kill or be killed for Trace and he has no choice but to fight back. Upon learning of his espionage past, Kiki has to make the choice to stand with him in his final showdown... or not.

The Wedding Fountain is a funny, luscious, and exciting romance adventure will have you falling in love all over again.

Kiki in desperate need for a change buys a beautiful house in California that needs some major remodeling. She’s in way over her head as the last contractor to give her a bid confirms. Little did they know it would be what brings them together. He uses his family business to help her as they fall in love. Unfortunately, Trace Rocklin has a dangerous past that is threatening to haunt him and his future with Kiki. His old CIA past has to be put to rest once and for all. He’s faced many dangerous foes but nothing as dangerous as telling Kiki the truth.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was a good read that is great if you’re in the mood for something quick and suspenseful.

The Pearls – I loved the theme of the old house that had an antique fountain that is the draw for the characters and the reader. I loved the premise of the story and was super impressed with concise execution that felt very complete.

The characters were fun. I loved Kiki. I loved the audacity of the author to feature a heroine that was middle age. I think too many times we get caught up in characters that are younger, I like that this story tells that love can find us at any age. Her daughters were fun characters as well.

I liked the suspense. A spy with a past that just won’t leave him alone. The complexity of a loving hero that once killed for a living is really hard to wrap your mind around. When he is called to do it one more time it creates for delicious tension.

The Sand – I really enjoyed this.

4 Pearls!

 

4 Stars

About Kathryn Le Veque

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.

Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn’s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. Please visit Kindle Worlds for Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack and find many action-packed adventures written by some of the top authors in their genre using Kathryn’s characters from the de Wolfe Pack series. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling you have come to expect.

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ARC Review – Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie AlexanderTill Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 26, 2018
Pages: 320

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate—and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half-baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.

In an Oyster Shell – I loved this current book in the series. A secret wedding with jealousy and murder in the mix. It keeps you turning the pages.

The Pearls – Well it seems that the Jules love triangle might be to an end. Was it team Thomas or team Carlos? Well, you’ll have to read it to see for yourself but I can tell you there are lots of potentials for the chosen couple to move forward. I will tell you this writer has a knack for keeping me on my toes and twisting to the unexpected.

How can you not love a story with a wedding in it? A surprise wedding at that. So there’s a little murder involved all the while to make things more interesting.  An attack on Jules? Who would have ever thought the pastry queen would have a target on her back?

I love Lance! He definitely dances his way into your heart with his theatrics. I like that Alexander has given Lance more of a prominent role in the series and made Jules his sidekick. Yes, it does seem that a supporting character has made the main character his partner. If you’ve kept up with this series you would expect nothing less from him.

The Sand – It’s really good.

5 Pearls!

 

5 Stars

About Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at

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