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*Not Quite Perfect*by Catherine Bybee*5-Stars

 

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Not Quite Perfect is a delightful and highly entertaining romantic tale. I found the book to be well-written and humorous. The storyline captured my attention right away, and the lives of the characters kept me engrossed until the end.

Mary Kildare is an independent, self-sufficient woman. She had been abandoned as a child, so Mary made it her business to not become too dependent on anyone. She guarded her heart well. Mary loved her career as a mental health counselor; she was aware, though, that the job, was not without its risks. If a client’s life didn’t improve or change as fast as they thought it should, she knew that she could easily become their scapegoat for blame. But, Mary never expected to become of victim of a violent crime.

Although Mary was excited to date, Glen Fairchild, a very wealthy and talented pilot, she was also wary. Glen Fairchild was a notorious player. And, Mary knew that the very last thing her fragile heart needed was to fall in love with a man who was sure to break it.

The wealthy playboy was intrigued with Mary. And since he had access to a private plane, the fact that she lived thousands of miles from him was of no consequence; until her life was in danger and he couldn’t reach her in time.

Not Quite Perfect is a well-written, easy to read and perfectly paced romantic story. I loved the book and highly recommend it.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Swearing Allegiance*by Jana Petken*5-Shining Stars

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Swearing Allegiance, book one of The Carmody Saga, takes place in Dublin, Ireland in 1916, during the Irish Rebellion, and the first part of the Great War.

Jana Petken is a master storyteller and a magnificent writer. I’ve read every one of her books and have never been disappointed. They have all been five-star reads, and Swearing Allegiance is no different. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop. From the very first page, I was swept up into the author’s world; A world ravaged by war, loss and betrayal.

The book follows the Carmody’s, a realistic Irish family, fractured by violence, betrayal, and injustice, but bonded together by love. The once wealthy family was jolted from their life of privilege in Ireland and forced to relocate to the poor section of London, England. Each member of the family faced their own personal crisis. Every scene in the book is crafted with sharp, authentic details. I found that the main characters were fully developed and that their dialogue was natural and realistic. The book comes alive with raw emotion right from the start, transporting the reader into the dark, violent alleys of Ireland, the bloody battlefields in France, prisoner of war camps and the streets of London, under attack by German Zeppelins. By the end of this riveting book, I was exhausted, happy and wanting more. Now, I can’t wait for book two in the series to be released.

I loved Swearing Allegiance, and highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a story, well-told.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Stepmother* by Claire Seeber

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The Stepmother is a very intense, fast-paced psychological thriller.

Jeanie Randall didn’t realize when she married Matthew King, just how hard it was going to be, to make their blended family work. Frankie, her son, had come to blows with her husband more than once, and Matthew’s daughter Scarlett, was taking every opportunity it seemed, to be rude and hurtful to Jeanie. Luke, Mathew’s quiet son, however, seemed to care for his new step-family and was civil and kind to Jeanie. But there was more that tore at Jeanie’s heart, unfortunately, much, much more. And, she felt as if there was no one she could truly turn to.

Jeanie should have told Matthew about her shameful secret before she married him, but she didn’t. Someone, though, found out about her secret and was trying to ruin her reputation and her marriage. Jeanie began to feel as if she was going insane. She couldn’t sleep; heard the walls whispering to her, saw ghosts and was receiving frightening threats pinned onto dead birds.

There are several key players in this book and throughout the novel, I kept changing my feelings about them. I didn’t know who to trust. The Stepmother had me glued to the seat, flipping one compelling page after another. The only thing that took me out of the story was the subplot about Marlena’s journalist work. But all in all, I loved the book, and would recommend giving it a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Victim*by Eric Matheny*5-Stars

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The Victim is an intense crime thriller. This cleverly crafted complex novel kept me guessing until the end with its many twists and turns. I found the characters in this story to be well-drawn and their dialogue realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this intriguing and compelling book.

Attorney Anton Mackey has made it in life. He has a beautiful wife, a healthy baby, fancy cars and an expensive home in a gated community. Anton also has a problem. He carries a dark secret and knows that if it is exposed, he will lose everything dear to him.

Anton’s past comes back to haunt him when Daniella Avery, a battered wife, calls his office to request legal council. Daniella Avery isn’t completely honest with her new attorney. To him, she plays a timid and frightened victim. But, what she is really after, is to use Attorney Anton Mackey as a pawn in a twisted game of revenge.

Eric Matheny is a new author for me. This is the first book that I have read by this talented writer, but it surely won’t be my last.

I received a copy of this book from BOOK PUBLICITY SERVICES in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars, Review by Peg Glover

A Bucket Full of Lies by Robert Swisher

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A Bucket Full of lies is a humorous and unique mystery. The story starts off with PI, Bob Roosevelt, making a fast retreat from Florida, to escape a jealous chief of police. While passing through Des Moines, Iowa, Roosevelt bumps into an old friend, Sam, at a local greasy diner. Sam is in trouble and asks Roosevelt to follow him home. Roosevelt never gets to hear about Sam’s problems, because Sam is murdered in his driveway.

Roosevelt stayed at Sam’s house to comfort his friend’s second wife, Lisa. While Roosevelt was there, Lisa told him that Sam’s kids were kidnapped. Roosevelt’s guardian angel, a 14th-century monk, warned Roosevelt to get out of Iowa while he still could. Roosevelt didn’t heed his angel’s warning, though, because he felt compelled to find his friend’s murderer and kids. However, clues were not adding up for Roosevelt. He was getting confused because both of Sam’s women, Lisa and Sam’s ex-wife, Sheila, were lying to him and trying to seduce him. Roosevelt’s monk was rarely any help. The angel was more interested in sex than working on solving the murder and kidnapping case. The only one who seemed to have any morals at all was Roosevelt. The story is crafted with a lot of twists and quirky humor.

4 out of 5 stars.

*Open Season* by Linda Howard- A Funny Romantic Suspense Novel

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Open Season by Linda Howard is a funny, romantic mystery about a librarian who, on her thirty-fourth birthday, decided that her life needed a drastic change. She was no longer content living a sheltered and lonely existence. Daisy Minor knew that to achieve the type of change she wanted, she’d have to revamp her entire image and move out of her mother’s house. Shock and gossip was going to rumble throughout her town. How could it not? It wasn’t every day that a small southern town, plain librarian transformed herself into to a bar-hopping sexy party-girl. Oh well, she’d just have to let the tongues wag.

Daisy Minor was surprised to discover that after her makeover, men were not only finding her attractive, but also desirable. For the first time in Daisy’s life, she wasn’t the wallflower, but the center of attention. Daisy found though, that wherever she went, trouble and the chief of police, Jack Russo, seemed to follow. Although, Daisy was unrealistically naive for a thirty-four-year-old woman, she was strong, opinionated, and stubborn. She was also able to stand her ground against the alpha-male, chief of police, Jack Russo, which made every scene with the two of them hysterically funny.

On one of Daisy’s bar hopping expeditions, she unintentionally witnessed a crime being committed. The boss of that crime operation didn’t know exactly how much Daisy had seen, but he wasn’t going to take any chances. His men had botched the crime operation leaving him with a lot of loose ends to clean up. He would have to eliminate them one by one – including Daisy Minor.

Open Season is an unrealistic and somewhat predictable story, but the budding romance and witty dialogue between Daisy and Jack Russo, more than made up for it. The book does carry a serious sub-plot but touches upon it so lightly that it doesn’t damper the story’s humor.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, humorous mystery. I found the book enjoyable and very funny.

4 out of 5 stars, Review by Peg Glover