WHISPER THE DEAD~An Alex Duggins Mystery by STELLA CAMERON

Whisper the Dead: A Cotsworld Village Mystery

This is the 5th book in this series.

When Alex Duggins comes across a terrifying scene at the site of a new housing development, once again she is drawn into a case of brutal murder. 

A new year arrives and winter holds Britain’s Cotswold Hills in its icy grip once more. But it’s the construction of a new housing development that’s causing the residents of Folly-on-Weir most concern. As she passes the site late one afternoon, pub owner Alex Duggins is confronted by the terrifying scene of a construction trailer on fire and a man desperately trying to break the door down.

Her efforts to help – and the subsequent findings of the police forensic pathologist – draw Alex and her friend Tony Harrison into a major murder investigation whose tentacles will reach right to the heart of the tight-knit Folly community – and into Alex’s own past …

Alex and her mother Lily have a close relationship, but there have always been things her mother just won’t talk about. While she knows a little of the past, her mother and the people who knew her when Alex was a baby aren’t talking about it either.

After all the chatter around the pub about the new development, Alex takes a drive to see for herself. After almost getting run off the road on the way, she is definitely not expecting to find a fire and someone injured!

From there the oddest characters seem to be coming out of the woodwork! Everyone is acting odd and Alex is determined to find out why and who is frightening her mother?

I really enjoy Brit Lit. And I like this series. And there is a shocker of an ending! Eagerly awaiting the next one!

NetGalley/Severn House  April 01,2018

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MAYBE THIS TIME~A Whiskey and Wedding Novel~By Nicole McLaughlin

Maybe This Time (Whiskey and Weddings, #2)

Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life―and her occasional careless choices―have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take―and having it all, together?

This is the second book in the Whiskey and Weddings Series.

Jen has had a hard life growing up on the wrong side of town and developed a hard shell around her heart. In high school she was the odd one. Until the entire school found out she had a talent. All she wants is to act and sing in theater and when that dream closes she does the best she can to take care of her mother and herself, but she’s made some bad financial choices and she’s suspicious of any kindness towards her.

TJ seems like the perfect guy. Rich parents, huge home, owns his own business and is in all accounts perfect. But what he sees is his distant, philandering father, his alcoholic mother and feeling like he will never measure up to his siblings.

Can two slightly damaged people open their hearts to love? Well you have to read the book!  This was a good read. I love the characters, there was a lot of depth there and I can’t wait to see who is next to take the plunge in the next book!

Well Done!

Netgalley/St.Martin’s Press   February 27,2018

WHO’S THAT GIRL? by Celia Hayes

Who's that Girl?

Sam Preston appears to be living the glamorous life of a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle…

If only that was the case… in reality, she’s frustratingly single, stuck living in her parents’ house, and oh yeah, in love with her boss, Dave, who barely knows that she exists…

Life seems like it will never change… until the day Sam is put on an assignment with Dave, reporting on the San Francisco Fashion Week. She hopes this might be a turning point in their relationship…

But things never go to plan and practically overnight, Sam becomes an accidental contestant in the Beautiful Curvy pageant and life suddenly becomes very complicated.

How will she manage her new rise to stardom, her job, and her sudden irresistibility to not only Dave, but a new man on the scene?

Oh my goodness this was a fun read!

Sam wants to be a journalist. She’s working at The Chronicle but her job turns out to be everyone else’s jobs they don’t want. Not writing, no chasing stories.

As a matter of fact the only thing she is chasing is Dave. Dave who has never actually looked at her. But in her mind he is hers!

While Dave tries not to get into trouble and lose his job over fashion week, Sam has fallen into a beauty pageant for curvy gals! And underneath all of those sweats and baggy clothes is a stunner of a woman. Not the ideal thing when Dave is trying to behave.

I loved that Sam found her voice and figured out for herself that she was beautiful and curvy and she loved it! And now she has not one but two men fighting over her. Who will she choose? One? Neither?

Read it and be surprised. This was a fun read with a little moral of not judging people!

Good Job!

Netgalley/Aria   February 01,2018

Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin

Should've Been You (Man Enough, #3)

Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!

National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.

Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.

However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love?

This was a sweet story.  High School is over and the three friends have gone their own ways. Hannah is still best friends with Jase, but it seems rather one-sided as she uses him to get her out of jams and as a plus one. But Jase wants more and always has.

He was always romantically interested in Becca, not Hannah, but one small lie led Jase to believe she did not return those feelings and both moved on but never lost that feeling that they could have been something.

Can this homecoming Christmas fix the past and lead to love? It just might!

Netgalley/Swerve     January 30, 2018

When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham

When the Stars Come Out (Cottonbloom, #5)

Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins as an unrequited crush turns into something far more powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .

Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with his car—and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t help but become emotionally entangled with his new star mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle. Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having real and lasting love?

This is the fifth book in the Cottonbloom series. Willa is still carrying the world on her shoulders. Afraid to let anyone into her life or heart. “She doesn’t deserve good things” her head tells her, but with Jackson, she may just have met her stubborn match!

They’ve worked together in the garage for a couple of years now and while Willa is carrying around a massive Jackson crush, it’s not until Jackson sees her out of her coveralls and hat covering every inch of her, that he realizes she’s a girl! And a hot girl at that.

This is such a lovely series of stories. Where we learn that secrets are heavy, and probably not true, and sharing them not only lessens the load, it may just lead to love!

January 30, 2018  Netgalley/St.Martin’sPress

The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green

The Single Girl's Calendar: A fantastic, feel-good Rom Com

A task a day to cure a broken heart.

Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30′ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:

Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.

Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!

Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

This was a fun read! Esme’ may be a bit addicted to her routine and her long-range plans, but when she finds another woman’s earring in her bed she does not hesitate to walk out that door and move on.

As fate steps in along with the calendar, she finds herself trying her hardest to stick with the daily activities and step outside of her comfort zone.

I don’t think there was a character in this lovely tale that I did not like! They were each so unique and each added something to Esme’s new-found confidence.

Call it Chick Lit, call it Fluff, it put a smile on my face the entire time I read it!

Thanks to Aria/Netgalley     Release date is January 1st

A Wedding At Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

A Wedding At Two Love Lane

Never say never when it comes to love.

Greer Jones has made a real name for herself at the elegant matchmaking agency Two Love Lane. For a lot of reasons—including a past engagement she broke off—practical tech expert Greer is more interested in the business of love than the experience of it, but she can’t help but covet a gorgeous wedding gown that’s the prize in an upcoming cocktail-party contest. In a moment of brazen inspiration, Greer asks a handsome Brit she’s only just met to accompany her to the party. He agrees—and Greer believes her date is a starving artist. Little does she know the truth. . .

Ford Smith, as he calls himself, is actually Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. Fresh off a breakup with a money-grubbing siren who deceived him all the way to the altar, Ford has no desire to fall in love—especially with Greer who, like the desired wedding gown, is beautiful but only skin-deep. But soon Ford realizes that there’s more to Greer than meets the eye. Her professionalism is matched only by her passion for life and love. . .and, best of all, she has no idea that he’s to the manor born. Could it be that true love is priceless after all?

This is the second book in the Two Love Lane series. In the first book Macy finds love and now it looks as if it could be Greer’s turn!

The entire funny, quirky, and charming characters that make up Two Love Lane are back and they haven’t changed a bit! I love every one of these characters.

The future bride contest to win the Royal Bliss gown, a wedding gown with a magical history, is narrowed down to five women. One of whom is engaged to Greer’s ex! They must all compete in three challenges and the winner takes the dress.

Now the only issue is who she can persuade to be her pretend groom. And when it comes down to decision time, will she choose the dress or the Englishman?

Lovely story! This one comes out January 02, 2018  St. Martins Press/Netgalley