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The Mighty Quinns:  Ryan
The Mighty Quinns: Ryan
by Kate Hoffmann
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 6.25
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Kate Hoffmann Winner, April 24 2015
And another Quinn Trilogy comes to an end. This time the stories are based on three brothers in New Zealand - who also have a sister but she does not appear worthy of a story of her own which I find rather sad, even a little sexist. Since Harlequin Blaze tales are always based on a couple finding one another, why exactly could Dana not have found her man instead of one of her brothers?
Ryan Quinn, like his brothers, is a very outdoorsy kind of guy, but, wanting to spread his wings, he accepts a job entertaining a hen party from Hollywood. Talk about worlds colliding! However, what makes better reading - and writing - than having to overcome such a cataclysmic case of opposites attract? And, as we surely have found in real life, that can actually work.
Another issue - well, two, actually - covered in this book are stardom versus privacy and the woman earns a lot more than the man, which, again, can be a horrendous issue for the male ego. And, yes, it's all there, making this story entertaining and intriguing alike, and make the reader wonder just how exactly this is all going to be resolved.

In the Line of Fire
In the Line of Fire
by Jennifer LaBrecque
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 5.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Easy Read, April 23 2015
My favourite Harlequin series is Blaze and I absolutely love reading them in between the ‘heavier stuff’. They make me feel good, are a quick and easy read, and there is also a life lesson to be learnt along the way that may well influence the reader positively. Yup, I do believe that everybody should read one every now and then for one or all of the above reasons.
In the Line of Fire covers – as author Jennifer LaBrecque herself mentions in the introduction of her tale – a man in uniform (that so many people respect, are often attracted to and even find sexy – and that goes for both genders!), a runaway bride and the fact that those two grew up next door to one another and yet don’t even know what the other thinks or feels. How many times have we – the population at large – thought we knew everything about a person only to find out that we didn’t?
Jennifer has an easy to read writing style and crafts an interesting story out of the compounds she set.

Crimson Twilight: A Krewe of Hunters Novella
Crimson Twilight: A Krewe of Hunters Novella
by Heather Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Short Story, April 20 2015
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This Krewe of Hunters novella by Heather Graham only consists of just over 100 pages, nonetheless, it is action packed and will not leave its readers wanting.
For the ‘seasoned’ followers of the series, the main characters will, of course, be very familiar, however, even newcomers will find enough details to familiarise them with members of the Krewe. Naturally, this being a new location to be explored, new faces are also firmly introduced and literally come alive on the page.
Also, as always, the mystery unravelling includes chronicle of the site – this time involving a striking ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story with an unforeseen twist. It’s these historical events that continually enhance the suspense of Heather Graham’s tales – the learning of what happened in the past, which may well have been interpreted incorrectly and thus needing to be rectified for the records.
This short story takes place in a scenic setting of New England – a medieval castle which was transported to the States literally brick by brick. It is amazing, how Heather Graham keeps on coming up with new places and events that are interesting, even intriguing and keep the reader turning page after page.

Fayed
Fayed
by Tom Bower
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Egyptian's Actual Life Story, April 15 2015
This review is from: Fayed (Paperback)
After reading ‘the bodyguard’s story’ of the only survivor of the horrendous crash in Paris that killed three (including Princess Diana) and seriously injured a fourth, I was very curious about the man that seemed to have instigated a certain romance and lost his oldest son in the process. After reading this book, I wondered how different an actually authorised version of this biography would have read – I doubt very much that it would have contained as much information as this one does or at least would have sounded a lot different. Personally, I much prefer the version as is.
Fayed is basically a man who has risen from virtual poverty to owning Harrods – for those who have never heard of this store or even visited London, England, it is THE place to be seen in and to visit! Essentially, this man has built himself an empire, made millions of money … but, somehow, he still feels insecure when everybody else would have been mighty proud of what they had achieved. This is the story told with an array of research having been done by author Tom Bower, who has written a number of similar stories – about specific people, even including revelations of the Nazis – and his experience shows.
Naturally, the accident had to be included – this may also have been the ‘trigger’ to publish this life story which was printed the year after the event – showing an openly grieving father mourning his son. However, there is a lot more to this tale than meets the eye and to that I can add my voice as I lived in London myself at the time. Murder, mayhem and conspiracy theories galore, which, it now appears, may well have been founded on previous experiences and traumas Mohamed (Al) Fayed went through in his life.
A fascinating biography of an interesting man on so many levels, from his birth in Egypt to becoming the owner of worldly Harrods in London and, as is often the case in matters such as these, it was not always a pleasant journey for the man himself or the people around him.

Raging Heat
Raging Heat
by Richard Castle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.92
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book vs TV Series, April 15 2015
This review is from: Raging Heat (Hardcover)
Having been an avid follower of the tv series, I simply could not resist reading a book supposedly written by Richard Castle, one of the characters in the tv series. Unfortunately, as with 'Murder She Wrote', the name of the actual author is not revealed, which I find rather sad.
In any event, whoever wrote the novel definitely captured the essence of Richard Castle’s tv personality, as it does read as if he had actually penned it and then some. The character in the book is even more obnoxious than on tv and it definitely sounds as if he (an almost child-like and, at times, very full of himself) male had written the story. And then there are passages when he actually sounds like a grown-up and appears supportive, even in charge of all his faculties … essentially having re-entered the real world.
If you can get past those early, very annoying passages, it is actually a very interesting and intriguing read – again, very comparable to the tv series. I dare state that if you like the tv show, you will probably like the book, too, and may, as I intend, read the remainder of the book series as well.

The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel
The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting new twist ..., March 26 2015
When I first started reading the book, I quickly thought - oh no, not another Leo novel! This 'badie' has been cropping up in several adventures now and I have been hoping for him to be dealt with for quite some time. And yet, like a bad penny ...
However, as the story progressed, another plot - that turned out to be the main tale - emerged and started to intrigue me. A mortal who had been exposed to an immortal for at least two decades without anyone's knowledge. Huh. Now there was something author Lynsay Sands had not as yet explored in this continuing series - somehow she always seems to come up with an idea and/or mystery that catches the reader's attention and doesn't let go until it is finally resolved.
Granted, some stories are better than others - more fascinating and/or captivating - but there has ever only been one particular book that I did not finish reading because I simply could not get into it and the plot literally sucked in 23 stories. Not a bad track record! And the series still continues, with the next adventure out later this year.
Lynsay Sands is another one of those authors capable of introducing new readers to recurring characters, without sounding repetitive for those who have followed the Argeneau's for some time now. What I do miss, though is the family tree that was available in earlier editions, however, as family and friends 'expand', I guess, it is a matter of the simply not being enough space for it anymore. That, however, does make it somewhat difficult at times to keep up with who is who and how exactly they are related to each other.
Nonetheless, this is another interesting tale spun by a most talented writer, set right here in Canada which is another plus, with storylines, plots and subplots intricately set out and easy to read.

Witness in Death
Witness in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Intriguing Adventure, March 23 2015
This tale takes is into the world of theatre and starts with one of those rare moments when Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, takes a bit of time off to enjoy an evening out with hubby Roarke. Naturally, where she goes, death is not far behind and this time she even witnesses the murder happening rigt in front of her eyes ... and still does not make it any easier for her to solve. In fact, have you ever considered the time and manpower necessary for the police to interview each and every attendee at an opening night at the theatre? And that, of course, includes the boss of the homicide department as well as the 'head shrink'.
All in all, J D Robb delves into the world of performing artists as well as supporting cast and crew as well as stand ins with vigour and appears to know exactly what is going on on stage as well as behind the curtains. Even the reaction of the audience is captured with the knowledge of someone who knows exactly what is happening. Once again, there are plenty of red herrings and secret lives to be discovered as well as insubordination among police which ups the antis some more as the story unfolds. And that is only the official and professional plotline!
As always in this series, Eve's somewhat underdeveloped social life as well as her early life are rearing their heads and introduce an amusing factor as well as one that almost tears your heart out. All the different plots, characters and overall descriptions come together beautifully, taking readers - whether new to the series or 'experienced' in what is going on - on a ride they will not quickly forget. There are lessons to be learnt, insights to be discovered as well as sheer, interesting and intriguing suspense and mysteries to be had - essentially, once you pick up one of this authors books in this series, you will no doubt be hooked from beginning to end.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Binchy Classic, March 14 2015
Minding Frankie encompasses four major characters according to the back page of the book – however, there is, of course a lot more to the story, or stories, and many more characters involved. Once again, author Maeve Binchy covers a mass of different issues, based in Ireland but not limited to it. In fact, people literally come from all over the world and whatever is happening could occur just about anywhere.
One of the individuals having a major influence in and on the tale is not even one of the four characters mentioned – yet, without her, events would have turned out a lot different, I dare say. Mind you, one of those ‘named’ could easily be called the ‘bad guy’ – very embittered and not being able to let go of the past. She is also a social worker, very good at her job, however, also in a position of power and without compassion whatsoever. She sees everything in black and white – more black than white in most cases, which causes a lot of friction. And thus you have the premise for an intriguing, at times even annoying storyline where you just want to wring that woman’s neck, while feeling sorry for her at the very same time.
Maeve most definitely knows how to spin a captivating tale, something of an emotional rollercoaster ride that nobody can really escape from. Once you get reading, you’re hooked an in for the duration – a journey with many ups and downs, while you get to know the characters inside and out as well as their backgrounds explained so that everything makes perfect sense. This author does not write romance and ‘living happily ever after’, but she writes about life and what people are going through on a daily basis … yet manages to inspire hope and positive thinking that generally gets people motivated and looking and moving ahead.

The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash and the Sole Survivor
The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash and the Sole Survivor
by Trevor Rees-Jones
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! Some Insight into what actually happened!, March 11 2015
Coming across Trevor Rees-Jones’ recollection of one of the most famous accidents in Paris most certainly brought back memories of the event of now almost twenty years ago. It also made me wonder, what happened to all the people involved … although, reading the book made me also hope that the sole survivor and his family got their privacy back and managed to move on with their lives. The paparazzi have so much to answer for – and not just in this particular instance – but their continued claim to ‘just doing their job’ and ‘freedom of the press’ literally lets them get away with murder … not just then but still now.
As I was living in London at the time of the accident and liking what Princess Di had accomplished in her life – predominantly being a loving mother to her children and her extensive charity work – I was floored when she suddenly died in an accident. And not until The Bodyguard’s Story explained just how and why she died, can the remaining doubts finally be laid to rest. There was always the nagging wonder, just what those internal injuries were – especially in the light of a grieving father throwing out all sorts of conspiracy stories – here the reasons are explained and they make perfect sense. Why could this not have been made public at the time? Or was it simply drowned out by sensationalism? All in all, I am so glad, Trevor Rees-Jones decided to write this book and tell his story, despite worries about his, his family’s and friends’ privacy being ‘shaved’ to say the least. This frank account of what happened that day, the weeks leading up to it, and the months of recovery in so many ways and on so many levels is an absolute must-read for anyone who lived through that time and wonders what truly went on. Naturally, this tale is the writer’s own point of view – however, how much closer to the events can you get than by someone who was actually there?
The book also contains a number of photographs – some public, others look a lot more private – and is laid out in descriptive chapters, which have an easy flow to them. The only thing that I found a little off-putting was the style of switching from past to present tense rather abruptly and only explaining after that somebody was thinking this and that and/or doing something at the time. Overall, however, it appears to be an honest narrative of a very private man being caught up in very public goings on, involving the Peoples’ Princess, a very rich foreigner with desperate needs and his son. May they now all rest in peace and let the living go about their own lives once again.

The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor
The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sole Survivor's Story, March 10 2015
Coming across Trevor Rees-Jones’ recollection of one of the most famous accidents in Paris most certainly brought back memories of the event of now almost twenty years ago. It also made me wonder, what happened to all the people involved … although, reading the book made me also hope that the sole survivor and his family got their privacy back and managed to move on with their lives. The paparazzi have so much to answer for – and not just in this particular instance – but their continued claim to ‘just doing their job’ and ‘freedom of the press’ literally lets them get away with murder … not just then but still now.
As I was living in London at the time of the accident and liking what Princess Di had accomplished in her life – predominantly being a loving mother to her children and her extensive charity work – I was floored when she suddenly died in an accident. And not until The Bodyguard’s Story explained just how and why she died, can the remaining doubts finally be laid to rest. There was always the nagging wonder, just what those internal injuries were – especially in the light of a grieving father throwing out all sorts of conspiracy stories – here the reasons are explained and they make perfect sense. Why could this not have been made public at the time? Or was it simply drowned out by sensationalism? All in all, I am so glad, Trevor Rees-Jones decided to write this book and tell his story, despite worries about his, his family’s and friends’ privacy being ‘shaved’ to say the least. This frank account of what happened that day, the weeks leading up to it, and the months of recovery in so many ways and on so many levels is an absolute must-read for anyone who lived through that time and wonders what truly went on. Naturally, this tale is the writer’s own point of view – however, how much closer to the events can you get than by someone who was actually there?
The book also contains a number of photographs – some public, others look a lot more private – and is laid out in descriptive chapters, which have an easy flow to them. The only thing that I found a little off-putting was the style of switching from past to present tense rather abruptly and only explaining after that somebody was thinking this and that and/or doing something at the time. Overall, however, it appears to be an honest narrative of a very private man being caught up in very public goings on, involving the Peoples’ Princess, a very rich foreigner with desperate needs and his son. May they now all rest in peace and let the living go about their own lives once again.

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