Maid for the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello

 

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This is a joint review by myself and my husband.

Romantic, funny, happy, sad, a myriad of emotions all rolled into one book, well, that is what you get when you’re in love – right?

When a case of mistaken identity throws two strong minded people together it’s a recipe for what? The love story of the century! Abby is strong minded and sexual but not one to be walked over. Dominic is extremely rich, very powerful and used to getting is own way, either by charm or utilising his immense wealth. Infatuated, Dominic has certainly met a challenge in the sensible Abby, but in spite of herself – she’s smitten with him too, and when she gets the opportunity to travel with him on a business trip to China she takes it – but on his terms.

This book starts off as a romance, however, soon it is steaming headlong at a great pace, very hot and sexy, but don’t be fooled people, the romantic/sexy scenes are the backdrop to a really good story.

We loved it! My husband says ‘Shades of Grey’ I say ‘Maid in Manhattan,’ either way it was a definite hit. However, you’ll have to read it yourself to decide.

Available from Amazon:

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Through These Doors – The Manoir at Bout L’Abbé by Diane Condon-Boutier

A fascinating story.

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About the book: If these old walls could talk, would you listen? When a house has a story to tell, historical events to relate and lives to share, it should be given a voice; especially when the house is French and possesses a certain “je ne sais quoi”.
“Through These Doors: the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé” tells of the German occupation of Normandy during WWII and the scars left on their unwilling French hosts. A fragile coexistence between the factions struggling for control of Normandy is born, while internal conflicts between certain German officers and their Nazi leaders complicate the impossible relationship between a young French girl and the soldier she finds herself drawn to.
It also speaks of Debra, the American woman who convinces her French husband to buy the manor house in the 1980’s. She finds herself listening to whispers of previous occupants and being accused of insanity because of it. Still, the house will not be silent and Debra submits to its dubious support as her stormy relationship unfolds.

About Diane Condon-Boutier: Diane Condon-Boutier was born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1961. Youngest daughter of a junk food factory shipping manager and a librarian, her favorite activity to this day, is reading a book while eating potato chips. Earning a B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, in French language studies, history and culture left Diane with a penchant for long walks on sunny beaches and crazy rollercoaster rides in theme parks animated by very large mice.Thus, it is not surprising that an internship to France aiming to perfect the art of French slang resulted in an undying love for the country itself and all things French. Diane calls Normandy her home today. She lives in the countryside outside the lovely port city of Dieppe, where she revels in a daily dose of history and the unique culture the French take for granted.She shares a creaky old house with a few too many spiders and two cats, sometimes harboring one or the other of her adult daughters: Rebecca and Abigail. Their home, named “Le Clos du Hérisson” or in English: “Hedgehog Close” is available for rental under a B&B basis. These rooms are mostly spider free.Diane is also the author of a well followed travel website: www.france-vacations-made-easy.com, as well as several short stories, one of which was published in the Goodreads anthology “Ménage à Twenty”.Her début historical novel: “Through These Doors, the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé” tells of lives spent in her part of Normandy, from contemporary times back through the pages of history to the Middle Ages. It is the first in a series.

 

Those of us, who love old houses, will admit to standing in them, and wondering what tales the house could tell – if only it were possible.

This story, unusually, does just that, and the property in question is the Manoir at Bout L’Abbe in Normandy, France. A majestic building like this, set in its own grounds, would have many tales to tell, for such an imposing building, in times gone by, would need regular maintenance, staff to look after its grounds and animals, indeed, such a property would have supported, at one time, many workers.

The story begins in 1987, when young American, Debra, moves into the house with her French husband Phillippe. The house welcomes the happy newlyweds and in time children, however, over the years, things change with unforeseeable consequences…

However, a house of this age can look back a lot further than that, and earlier in the 20th Century, it had been occupied by German troops in WW2. In a fly on the wall way, the house gives the reader a fascinating glimpse into life in wartime France and through the lives of the Fournier family, we have a chance to perhaps understand a little of the emotional strains of war on the French.

The author has brilliantly described the beauty of the French countryside and its wonderful buildings. Through her historical research and attention to detail, she has produced a very interesting and totally absorbing book. Whether you are interested in France, the war, history, or just want to read a good story, I can thoroughly recommend this book.

Available from Amazon.co.uk in Paperback http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-These-Doors-Manoir-LAbbe/dp/1478255560/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

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My Grandfather’s Pants by Tegon Maus

Great fun to read.

About the book: Jack Laskin is an ordinary man. More than ordinary according to some. Running the family hardware store and a life that would bore a snail, nothing exciting ever seems to happen to him.

Then, at his mother’s urging, he tries on a pair of his late grandfather’s old pants and everything changes — most importantly his emerging love life. It’s not long before his mother and her meddling friends get involved.

When an old friend of his grandfather’s tells Jack he has something she wants, his new-found life takes another turn. Having no idea what he is supposed to have, Jack looks to his girlfriend, Connie, and her brother, Robert, for help.

In the end, the answers will all be found in his ‘Grandfather’s Pants’.

About Tegon Maus: I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.
It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.
I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. If I can make people think “it could happen,” even for a moment, then I have them and nothing makes me happier. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

Review by Susan Keefe:

Jack Laskin is just an ordinary man; he has a girlfriend, looks after his mother and runs the family hardware store. When, one day his mother gives him a pair of his grandfather’s pants, he doesn’t really want them, but she insists they’ll be perfect for him.

Being a good son, Jack dutifully wears them, then he discovers things change, suddenly those around him treat him differently, it’s almost as if he’s become someone else…

As the magic continues, he discovers family secrets beyond belief, and when a ghosts from the past come wriggling out of the woodwork, he find himself committed to solving a mystery which spans generations.

This story is fantastic! It is totally different to anything I have read before. As the storyline unfolds, it is sexy, humorous and very entertaining – absolutely brilliant!

Available from:

Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/My-Grandfathers-Pants-Tegon-Maus-ebook/dp/B00HZH5A7O/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_tnr_3

and Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400468

Brianna’s Story: Married to an Arab (Women In Chains) by Aabra

A salient warning to young women,

Brianna's Story: Married to an Arab (Women In Chains)

About the book: Brianna Phillips thought she’d never find another man to take the place of her high school sweetheart after he was killed in Iraq.  That was before she met a very handsome and somewhat mysterious man named Khaleel who, like Brianna, is an engineering student at Columbia University.  Before graduation, however, Brianna’s life is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with Khaleel’s baby and is suddenly whisked away to a tiny village in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter. Completely separated from everything she has ever known, Brianna quickly discovers that Khaleel is no longer the man she fell in love with.  That man has been replaced by a domineering stranger who wants to control everything, especially Brianna.  This revelation is followed by other shocks as Brianna tries to adjust to a world that has suddenly turned into an endless nightmare of abuse, suppression, threats, and isolation. Pregnant and cut off from the outside world, Brianna can focus on only three things now: her own safety, the safety of her unborn child, and, most of all, how to escape from a prison built on hatred.

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The modern world has evolved in such a way that all nations intermingle and travel worldwide is common. Every country has a potpourri of cultures and we can all learn a lot from the opportunities we have to integrate.

However, the fact that they are living in a different country does not necessarily mean that a person forsakes their roots.

Who we fall in love with is dictated by the heart and the author, after previously suffering heartbreak, finally, at Columbia University, falls in love with a handsome and mysterious Saudi Arabian.

Then, before graduation, she finds herself pregnant with his child and the nightmare begins…

Suddenly she finds herself in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia; the man she thought she knew has gone; instead, now in his homeland she meets the real Khaleel.

A real life horror story, brutally honest and offering a real insight into what a mixed marriage may actually means.

This story as it evolves should serve as a salient warning to young girls throughout the world to take care.

Available from: Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Briannas-Story-Married-Women-Chains-ebook/dp/B00H30AXYS/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

and Amazon.co.uk in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Briannas-Story-Married-Women-Chains-ebook/dp/B00H30AXYS/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Author’s website:  http://www.aabra.us

 

 

Bella…A French Life by Marilyn Z. Tomlins

A wonderful story.

About the book:

An Evocative French Love Story.

Men leave, says Bella.

There is Jean-Louis – French, a successful Paris lawyer and wealthy, elegant and a good-looker, but arrogant, selfish and scornful of ‘losers’.
And he is married and the father of two daughters.
Colin – English, a writer, cultured, kind and protective – steps into Bella’s life, but in his own words, “I always run. I always have to be elsewhere, in some other place.”
Will Jean-Louis leave his wife? Will Colin stop running? Bella, alone this winter at her guest house on the beautiful Normandy coast of France, recalls words once said – pray that your loneliness will spur you into finding something to live for, something great enough to die for – and she hopes that this ‘something’ will be either Jean-Louis or Colin.

 

Romantic, intelligent and truly evocative of the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Normandy; Bella…A French Life will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

 

About Marilyn Z. Tomlins:

Marilyn lives and writes in Paris. She writes whatever takes her fancy: spoof news, book reviews, posts for her blog, gossip about showbiz stars, short stories, books, poetry. She also reports on crime. She was born in British Colonial Africa and is a British national. Eight years ago she became interested in the Second World War French serial killer, Dr Marcel Petiot and she researched him for two years. Over the next two tears she wrote DIE IN PARIS and, then, for the following two, rewrote it and then edited the rewrites.

 

Set in Normandy, France this is a love story, which was born in the tragedy of war.  When Bella’s parents fell in love, it was against all the rules, however, rules, as they say, are there to be broken, and in the face of adversity, their love endured.

If you live, or have lived in a small rural community, you will know that although they are tight knit and very supportive, these communities forget nothing, events are retold through generations even after many years have past.

Bella’s story is one of tragedy, acceptance, love and longing, and of two very different men Jean-Louis, the charismatic Frenchman and Colin, a thoughtful English writer.

The author has written a wonderful story, which is beautifully descriptive and held my attention until the very end.

Available from amazon in Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Bella-French-Life-Marilyn-Tomlins/dp/0992670039/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1389116282&sr=8-1

and in Kindle format: http://www.amazon.com/Bella-French-Life-Marilyn-Tomlins-ebook/dp/B00GN5E29Q/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1389116282

“Warning Shot” – Nick Seven, Book 3 by Tim Smith

A fast paced action thriller.

Warning Shot (Nick Seven)

Author Bio:

Tim Smith is an award-winning best selling author whose books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He is also an award-winning freelance photographer.

About the book:

Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens left the CIA for the laidback ease of the Florida Keys, leaving behind a life of intrigue. When Nick’s former mentor becomes part of a conspiracy with international repercussions, Nick breaks his self-imposed exile to stop him. The case throws Nick and Felicia into a juggernaut of espionage, government cover-ups and political assassinations. Will they succeed in stopping the plan in time? Can their relationship survive another unwanted adventure?

Author’s Website: www.timsmithauthor.com

 

In some lines of work, strong friendships develop between men, born of mutual respect, loyalty and trust. Having absolute faith that your partner will be watching your back can mean the difference between life and death in some professions.  Working for the CIA is one of these professions and   Nick Seven and his mentor Special Agent Gadge Harmon had such a relationship.

However, the repercussions of a stakeout in Brooklyn, New York one night in 2006 changed both their lives forever.

Now, years later, Nick has retired from the CIA and has settled in the Key Largo, Florida, with his beautiful sexy ex-spy girlfriend Felicia. Putting  the life of a spy behind him, Nick is happy, life is good as they say. Then one day he receives a surprise visit from Gadge’s wife Verna, a woman who has never liked him.

From her, he sadly learns how life has been for his old friend and mentor. His last job before he retired was at the Guantanamo Bay facility overseeing the detainees. Gadge is a meticulous follower of the rules, and unfortunately he cannot come to terms with what he saw there, and the experience, she says, has changed him immeasurably. Verna is very worried and she thinks he is in self-destruct mode, however, after visiting him, Nick realises very quickly that there is more going on than meets the eye, Gadge is hiding something. But what is it?

He calls in the help of a trusted colleague, and with the assistance of his girlfriend, Felicia they battle to discover what is really happening, and what they can do to help his old friend and mentor. In their desperate search for answers they delve deep into hidden corners, however, nothing prepares them for the secrets they discover, a web of political intrigue, cover-ups and a conspiracy of international proportions.

I loved reading this fast moving thriller so much that I just could not put it down and finished it in one sitting. It was jam-packed full of action and excitement right from the start, a great story with many twists and turns to keep you guessing and some very explicit sexy scenes.

This is the first book I have read by this author, it was everything I could have asked for in a spy thriller and I shall certainly be looking out for his others.

Available from Amazon on Kindle:
 

http://www.amazon.com/Warning-Shot-Nick-Seven-ebook/dp/B00FDJPKS0/ref=la_B002HDEN4M_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380064039&sr=1-12

This book will soon be available on Nook, Smashwords and All Romance E-books, among other sites.

 

 

The Gift – The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

What a brilliant story!

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About The Gift:
Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man’s understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears. I have seen things I wish never to see again. I have done things of which I wish never to speak. Yet I must if I am to find the answers to fulfill my hope. I have walked upon blue ribbons of molten stone to peer into the depth of a man’s soul. I watched as a promise made at birth brought my friend Enon to sacrifice everything to become whole again – all in an effort to save the life of his child. I have cried without shame for the loss of all I hold dear and for fear that the future will hold more than I can bear. I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken.
About Tegon Maus: Dearheart, my wife of forty three years and I live in Cherry Valley, a little town of 8,200 in Southern California. In that time, I’ve built a successful remodeling /contracting business. But that’s just my day job… everyone that writes, everyone who tells you how to write, all say the same thing… Write about what you know and what I know is me.
Well, at least the me I see when I write… a protagonist frequently wedged between a rock and a hard place but manages to work things out at the last minute after all.
Like most of us when pushed into a corner it only brings out the best in us and we become the unstoppable force of a reluctant hero. If I have a signature style for creating a character then this is it.

 

Review by Susan Keefe:

When Tucker Littlefield enters the tavern, its story time and his audience have come from near and far. The room falls silent as he begins the tale of how he first met Enon Tutelo, and the adventure, which followed. 

 They say, that sometimes an incident can change a person’s path in life forever, and Tucker’s attendance at a very special birthday party; and the events which followed, changed him forever. For Tucker is given a life changing gift, then a mission which takes him on a journey to other lands, far, far away from the Kingdom of Irkland,  where he meets strange people, and unimaginable creatures.

Magical, is the first word, which came to my mind when I finished this story.  Right from the very first page, I found myself totally captivated by Tucker’s storytelling of this is a wonderful adventure.

Tucker Littlefield is an amazing character, when reading it I immediately thought of John Carpenter’s fisherman storyteller at the beginning of ‘The Fog’ film, where the children gather round as the scene is set…  as, when reading it, I felt as if I too was actually there, sitting in the tavern, listening.

I cannot praise this book enough; it truly deserves to become a classic, the stuff of legends. As far as I am concerned, it has a fantastic storyline, the author has created some wonderful characters and I believe it would make a brilliant film!

I hope we shall be seeing more Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield in the future.

Available:

and in Kindle format here: http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Chronicles-Tucker-Littlefield-ebook/dp/B009P4CACS/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382779156&sr=1-1&keywords=the+chronicles+of+tucker+littlefield