My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This new suspenseful crime novel by Theresa Rizzo was just released and I found it a definite winner! The theme of “family takes care of family” is prevalent throughout this story that focuses on a developing relationship between Dr. Joe Scarfili and Gianna Donnatelli, whose large and wealthy Italian families have been best friends for years. But Joe is seven years older than Gianna and had been married while Gianna had a huge crush on him when she was still an awkward student.
They meet up again under less than ideal circumstances, after Gianna, a nurse and computer whiz who is housesitting at her father’s home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, surprises an intruder who attacks and injures her before leaving without a trace. Joe hasn’t seen Gianna in years and doesn’t even recognize her as she’s being wheeled through the ER, until he hears her name and stops in to check on her. In order to be released from the hospital, she needs to be checked on during the night and has no one who could stay with her so Joe offers his guest room.
As they get to know one another again, Joe finds out that Gianna has developed cutting edge medical computer programming that her company will be taking public soon and, if used in hospitals worldwide, could be worth billions of dollars. And Gianna learns that Joe’s former wife was gunned down in front of their home in an apparent gang-related shooting, an event that makes him leery of giving his heart again and of Gianna’s home and charitable work in the poorest of Detroit’s neighborhoods.
There are lots of twists and turns and intriguing questions involving attacks and a car bomb that seem to be directed at Gianna, but could be meant for Joe or even Gianna’s father, who has been in Italy on business and visiting her brother, Paul. And as Joe and Gianna become closer, they try to figure out who might be involved in this complex mystery of possible corporate espionage, including the Italian Mafia, the Russian Mob or even some of their own family members. And trust me, I don’t think you’ll guess the ending, which opens up another slew of ethical questions…
This is the third book of Ms. Rizzo’s that I’ve read and it’s as intriguing and well done as her others. I received an advance copy from Theresa Rizzo in exchange for an honest review.
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Actress Chloe O’Connor has become America’s sweetheart, but back in little Christmas, Colorado, she’s still remembered as a shy, awkward schoolgirl. And there’s no one she dreads (and secretly wants) to see more than her high school crush, Easton McBride. Just one look from the former star quarterback and it’s like she’s instantly transformed from daytime drama queen to tongue-tied teenager. She’s kissed Hollywood actors and famous cover models, so she can certainly play it cool while turning up the heat, right?
After an injury ended his military career, Easton McBride built a good life in the rugged countryside of his hometown. And the last thing he needs is his quiet solitude shattered by a high-maintenance temptress who isn’t anything like the sweet Chloe he misses. While he enjoys the flirtation with this new bold and beautiful woman, he can’t help but wonder whether a kiss could have the power to bring back the small-town girl he’s grown to love.
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Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you’re a fan of romance novelist Debbie Macomber you simply cannot miss her new book releasing this week. When Nichole finds that her husband, Jake, has been cheating on her during their short marriage, she decides she can’t keep giving him one more chance and files for divorce. This gives her mother-in-law the courage to admit that she’s turned a blind eye to Jake’s father’s cheating for their entire marriage and she won’t continue.
Nichole and her MIL Leanne end up taking apartments across the hall from each other and make a plan to help them not only get through but thrive during this new and unfamiliar time. Leanne takes a volunteer position teaching English as a second language and becomes friends with a lovely Ukrainian immigrant widower named Nikolai who has much to teach her about starting over if she can open her heart to him.
And Nichole meets a rough-edged tow truck company owner named Rocco, a decent, hard working guy with a daughter. He’s a wonderful father, but feeling a little out of his comfort zone with dresses and dances and all the things that go along with raising a teenaged girl and is happy to have Nichole’s input. Neither he nor Nichole are certain they want to move forward with a relationship, especially when Jake decides to try to work things out with Nichole and threatens to sue for custody of their young son if she keeps on seeing Rocco.
In true Debbie Macomber fashion, it’s heartwarming and sweet and a HEA is practically guaranteed. I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley.
powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an
embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to
live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the
last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by
mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the
line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just
the way Clementine likes it.
realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at
his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town,
but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin
doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has
been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people
can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
This is a sexy and smart book based on the improbable premise that two people sitting near each other at the airport could accidentally pick up each other’s phones and not discover the error until they land at their destinations. Then, instead of just overnighting the phones, they agree to relay messages to each other for a week until they both return home and can exchange the phones in person.
Beautiful but socially awkward heiress Clementine Daly ends up in California with writer Justin Mueller’s phone, while he’s in Florida with hers. When Justin finds he has the wrong phone, he frantically calls and leaves messages until Clementine calls him back. They talk and have some wonderfully witty and increasingly intimate conversations while passing messages back and forth. Clementine is fascinated with his voice and picture and even the playlist on his phone and Justin feels the same about her.
But Clementine had a horrible experience naively sexting with a boyfriend when she was a teenager that brought embarrassment and even blackmail to her society family and she’s been lectured to about the dangers of oversharing. So she doesn’t tell Justin the truth about her name or how she can pay her rent or even what she does for a living — until it all blows up in her face and she’s left trying to explain…
I really liked this breezy and fun new adult book that has some interesting thoughts on our huge dependency on our cellphones and the possible dangers of social media. Although it’s a bit of a fairytale, the adorably awkward heroine, an almost too-good-to-be true hero and some really smart and witty dialogue made the whole book an enjoyable read for me.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.
for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
I think I can safely say there’s not too much that’s more appealing than a rough and rugged cowboy who also happens to be a single parent to a sweet little boy. And if he’s a sexy ranch foreman who’s taking care of business while looking after the elderly ranch owners, even better!
Lindsey Ward left her grandparents’ ranch years before after her granddad issued an ultimatum to not return if she married her fiancee. Even though her marriage fell apart, Lindsay never returned to the ranch until she was summoned for her grandad’s funeral. She’s hoping he forgave her and left her some small token of his affection, so imagine her shock when she finds she’s inherited the entire ranch she knows nothing about running.
Shane Lockhart had a rough beginning in life and ended up in foster care but he’s worked his way up to foreman of the ranch owned by Bud and Grace Ward. He has been working for the Wards for years and surreptitiously looking after them, especially lately as Grace has been suffering from the beginnings of dementia and she seems even more confused now that Bud is gone. When Shane finds out that veterinarian Lindsey has inherited the ranch, he hopes she will be anxious to just return to her out-of-town practice and leave him to continue running things. So imagine his shock when she decides she’ll probably sell the ranch and put the money into an animal rescue project, leaving him out of a job and his son without the only home he’s known.
Now, you know there’s going to be some Wyoming fireworks between these two as they try to work things out while fighting the ever growing sparks of attraction. This releases today, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. It’s the third book in a series, but works just fine as a stand alone novel.