Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wooed by You by Sophia Knightly

Wooed by you is the story of Linc and Isabel.  Linc is a tough alpha narcotics detective and Isabel is the ex-wife of a now deceased drug dealer.  They met after Isabel's ex was killed in a motorcycle accident and he came to investigate if Isabel knew anything about the drug activity. 

Time has passed and Isabel finds a briefcase buried in her garden, she immediately calls Linc, who shows up to talk to her and take the drugs.  The attraction between the two of them is instantaneous, but Isabel is not going to get involved with anyone who puts his life in danger, because she has her daughter, Suzie, to protect.

The author has written a really good story about how a person can get past their preconceived impressions and let go of past pain.  She captures Suzie perfectly as a precocious child who is looking for a father figure.  

If you like a love story with a little bit of crime/drama, you will enjoy this book.  Linc is your macho hero, Isabel is your damsel in distress, and happily ever after is the goal.  But don't think Isabel needs or wants Linc to save her, she is completely able to save herself.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review .

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mother Knows Best by Karen MacInerney

I read the first book in this series and loved the characters. Margie is trying to survive day-to-day with a husband who was in love with another man (now deceased) but trying not to be gay, a six year old daughter who thinks she is a dog and only eats white food, a vegan mother who thinks she can fix everyone's problems if they will just cut all the chemicals out of their diets, and an office in the back of a waxing salon.

Margie is working as a private investigator for the colorful Peaches, unfortunately they appear to be bumbling their way through every investigation. When Peaches calls Margie at 3:00 a.m. to help her move a body, they find themselves in the middle of a full out police investigation with Margie's best friend as the suspect.
Then there is the pregnant pot bellied pig Margie is tasked with getting back from their client's ex-husband, who stole Bubba Sue (yes, Bubba Sue). Bubba Sue may be a pot bellied pig, but she is way too big for the cat carrier Margie brought with her for transport home. Well her head fits inside, but that's about it., and Bubba Sue is kind of mean.

If you enjoy funny situations and characters, who are trying really hard to get through each day, this is definitely the series for you. I recommend you start with the first book of the series (Mother's Day Out) which introduces the characters and why they are where they are in their lives. It is well worth your time.

Karen MacInerney writes likable characters. Margie Peterson is not her only series, she also write The Gray Whale Inn Mystery series (also excellent) and recommended (by me).

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unlucky in Love by Jill Sanders

Kristen was cursed by the sister of an ex-boyfriend when he decided to go on a date with Kristen instead of attending the sister's birthday party, but really her bad luck with the opposite sex started long before the curse, when she was eight. 

Now she's all grown up and still having a bad time with relationships.  Take for instance the fact that her new boyfriend stole all of her stuff while she was at work.  And I mean all of her stuff, even her clothes.  And it's not just bad luck with boyfriends, the author throws in a bunch more mishaps to make the book interesting and keep the reader reading.

When Aiden Scott shows up at her place of work, no one knows that his real purpose of being there is to check out the company that the owners have asked him to buy.  They are ready to retire and Aiden is the son of one of their friends.  When they meet there are sparks, and that is when the story blossoms.

I have read a couple of books by Jill Sanders and I like them.  Unlucky in Love is one I would definitely recommend for someone looking for a light read with a HEA ending.  The characters are well written and likable, the minor characters are also likable and you know that they will be getting adventures of their own some day soon. 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.