Sunday, November 7, 2010
baby steps is the second book in the babies inc series. book two of a four book series. Dana Malone is one of the partners in great expectations a used retail chain specializing in baby and kids stuff. which sells everything from clothes to toys to furniture to baby gear. their current location is about to burst so Dana is stuck with the job of finding a new location as voted by the other members of the team.
In walks CJ Turner , the real estate agent she will be working with. He is the perfect male specimen. with eyes and a body to die for. she is attracted to him from the start and the attraction is mutual but with the hurt in her past she does not want to let her guard down.
Her last lover who was her fiancée until a few days before when they found out she could not have kids just up and left her. no calls, no messages. just up and left. leaving her bereft and heartbroken. can she trust another man after this.
Her cousin Trish used to work for CJ a few month back and they have a fling which they both decided was a one time deal . he had to be around 12 years her senior. he had gotten a vasectomy about 5 years prior but unfortunately things did not go as planned when Dana finds a baby left to her by Trish giving her custody and naming CJ as the father.
She agrees to move in with CJ after he is determined to be the father. the more time they spend together the closer they get . Dana tells his upfront that she can not have children so there is no misconceptions.
Cj is not looking for anything permanent and he is determined he is not the marrying kind.
can Dana get through his walls? can he love her although she cant have his kids biologically?
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Monday, September 27, 2010
I have read all his previous novels except the one he wrote with his brother. On the Format , it is similar to the writing style he used in the lucky one. as i was reading i couldn't put it down, i just wanted to get to the end where you would get the juicy stuff. this one was set in small town as are most of his books. It is about a young woman who is new in town and doesn't have many friends or money. she was on the run from her husband and changed her identity and looks in hoping he couldn't find her. She falls for a man with two young children and he gives her everything she has ever wanted. a home, love and the chance to be a wife and mother to him and his children. she is still dreading the day that Kevin will show because she knows he won't ever stop looking for her. she also befriends her neighbor who turns out to be the spirit of her love interests dead wife. She thought she was real but ended up not being of this world. having Jo gave her the ability to trust in people once again, especially men after her previous experience.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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Saturday, July 10, 2010
For the 3rtd installment of the series, she focuses on Bella an Aristocrat who is enthralled with Zsadist from the very beginning. She is attracted to him from the start but he finds it hard to belive that someone with his past is worthy of her.
Bella was kidnapped by one of the top people in the Lessening society , the brothers enemies, who their goal is to destroy the brotherhood and those they seek to protect and vice versa.
Zsadist goes into to rage and will not stop until she is found, this is going on for weeks before they finally have a tip where she is being held.
This is odd behavior coming from him for he is not known for his caring nature.
Bella wants to be with Z and he is the only one who can make her feel whole again after what she endured during those weeks of her imprisonment.
Zsadist does not now how to be gentle and knows little about the human body in the sexual sense for he was used and abused for years and recoils at the thought of intimate acts. He only uses the act for feeding purposes and never allows the female to touch him .
Can Bella teach him to let love in again and to forget about the past that torments him daily?
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
the first story, have no mercy by Lori foster, tells the story of mercedes "mercy" and her lover Wyatt. they have been togther for 6 months and after the first 3 months since she is on the pile they decided to for go condoms, Mercy ended up being sick a few weeks backs and as a result the pill did not take effect and she would up pregnant. She tells wyatt she loves him and then asks him to marry her but he says he loves her too but has no intention of ever getting married and doesn't want children due to his past which mercy doesn't know anything about yet at this point. She moves in with him in hopes to change his mind .
The second book Deal or No deal by Erin McCarthy, I thought was a great book. This tells the story of a young vampire who comes face to face with her ex-fiance who she thought had betrayed her family and was involved in the killing of the rest of her family minus her brother peter. she is now using the the name Katie Stolin and is playing the Niece of Nick Stolin the man who turned her and her brother into vampires in hopes of saving their lives. Michael Finds Katie whom he knows as Maria to rekindle their love and protect her from Rasputin who is a fake vampire who's powers are held in the vial he wears around his neck . without them he is powerless. Can he find Katie's vial before it is too late? or will Michael be able to protect her.
the third story, Total Control by LL Foster aka lori Foster, is the story of Mercy's brother Braxton and his assistant. Turns out the men in his family are gifted with the ability to control the mind's emotions and actions if they are allowed and not willed against the user. Brax has this gift and uses it for the good of humanity to erase those who shouldn't be permitted to live on this earth , such as rapists and child molestors. He works with an elite branch of the government to get rid of these worthless human beings. He decided he wants Cammie for himself and that she must satisfy his sexual needs in order for him to be in control of his powers because that is the only thing that keeps him level headed. She isn't some floozy and decides if he wants her then they need to be married. Will Brax agree to a marriage?
The final story, The undead man's hand by Erin McCarthy , tell the story of Nick Stolin , the man who turned Katie aka Maria and her brother peter in homes of saving them . Nick falls for a detective who questions peter about his whereabouts on the previous night as he was seen in the alley in the time frame in one of the murders was supposedly committed. Nick Gets involved with the detective and soon falls hard for her as does jordan for him . He tells her what he really is after they have admitted loving each other and she thinks he has lost his mind or has he? Peter turns out to be the one committing the crimes and Nick must either let her die or turn her into a vampire like him due to she has been almost completely drained of her blood and has very little chance of surviving . Can Nick change her and she accept him for who he is?
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Monday, July 5, 2010
Lover Eternal tells the Story of Rhage, the strongest of the brotherhood and the most lethal . Over a century ago he was punished for his behavior by being cursed with a dragon with him that is released when his rage and emotions can no longer be controlled . a strong weapon when defeated the lessers as not a trace of them are left behind. Lessers are their arch enemy and in turn the are both trying to destroy the other team .
Rhage's love interest is Mary, a full blood human who turns out to have a return of her fight with leukemia once again. due to her being human he has to feed from a female of the chosen ones. She brings out the best and the worst in him. He tries to stay away from her for he fears that the beast within will be released and harm her.
Can he save mary and keep the beast from her? is the beast really a danger or is he worrying for nothing?
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
ok so i am now a paranormal addict after reading dark lover by jr ward and don't plan to stop loving the brothers any time soon. i loved wrath's story and the love that he gave to Beth although he tried to fight it due to her connection to Darius the deceased brother who had been murdered by the undead not that many days prior and his dying wish was to have him protect Beth although at the time he rejected the favor due to she was half-human although she did turn out to have the vampire gene in her and she transformed and almost died in the process but lived thanks to wrath. my favorite scene from the book has to be the knife circle around Beth after they had been mated by the scribe virgin, and she was now his shellan . the brothers accepted her forming a knife circle around her and bowing before he giving her their allegiance. wrath walks in and says" hey they like you.!"..absolutely priceless in my book.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
i have an immense list for my tbr pile
their small-town love by Arlene James
deadly deceptions by Linda lael miller
every kind of heaven by Jillian hart
just friends? by Allison Leigh
outback baby by Lillian Darcy
princess in disguise by Lillian Darcy
the runaway and the cattleman by Lillian Darcy
his small-town girl by arlene james
sea gypsy by fern michaels
44 cranberry point by debbie macomber
50 harbor street by debbie macomber
dark lover by jr ward - read it
hot rocks by nora roberts
baby steps by karen templeton
trust a hero by muriel jensen
maybe baby by elaine fox
lucy gets her life back by stef ann holm
fools rush in by kristan higgins
remember me ? by sophie kinsella
crusade by robyn young
mommywood by tori spelling
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Friday, June 11, 2010
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Sunday, May 23, 2010
hero at large was her first novel and almost got kicked out of waldens when it was released. she spent three days in the romance section of the book store and until some finally bought it.
Chris nelson is an ex-figure skater who now teaches skating to the kids in hope to bring them to their potential. she has a daughter who is the spitting image of her as a child with the knowing eyes and orange curls. the father isn't in the picture he divorced her when he found out she was pregnant with their child and refused to get an abortion. He didn't really want a wife but the publicity she brought him from her fame in figure skating.
She now lives in a town house with her daughter Lucy and aunt Edna who was there for her and takes car e of Lucy so she doesn't have to put her in daycare after school. Chris no longer trusts mechanics so she lets her cars run them selves into the ground until they have no life left in them and goes and buys a new one. the last time she took a car to be service she was charged 250 dollars for a glamus. whatever that is since she knows squat about cars . Her inability to take the cars to be serviced resulted in a breakdown on the highway.
Along comes help in the form of Ken Callahan, sexy and strong . she is mesmersized by his presence and offers to help.
everything is going according to plan until she looks under the hood with him and she hits her head on the hood which results in it coming crashing down on his arms, leaving him with a broken arm. she takes him to the hospital but the atmosphere in the truck is anything but comfortable. She has never driven a truck and ken has the gear shift between his thighs which makes for an interesting drive to the ER.
Ken ends up staying with her for awhile and he pays her rent in exchange for the use of his truck until she can get a replacement for her car. the tension soon builds living in close quarters day after day. adding fuel to the fire aunt Edna takes off with Lucy to her cousins who went into labor early with the twins , leaving them to fend for themselves.
They soon fall in love and he proposes marriage. she accepts until the truth to who he really is comes out.
Ken is no longer ken Callahan but Kenneth Callahan Knight wealthy business owner.
She doesnt know who he is anymore and is confused.
can she risk marrying another ambition driven man ?
Will she sacrifice her want for a family for the man she believes he is?
all is not always as it seems. ken is not the man she dreams he is. can the fix this in time or is the end of their love?
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
yet another adventure for the unlucky Stephanie plum . she is currently off men especially her sometimes boyfriend joe morelli when they had a blowup over a jar of peanut butter that he threw away which he deemed trash due to it was filled with more than just PB. the argument escalated into other issues causing their now temporary separation.
Stephanie agrees to go for ranger undercover in his company in hopes of being able to solve the series of break-ins that have been happening to multiple accounts at the RangeMan company. it appears to be coming from someone inside the company and she is the only one who can investigate unobtrusively from within. break-ins started at a few residential accounts and have since expanded to commercial accounts. will they be able to find the culprits before they go bankrupt? rangeman has select clientele and not a high volume of them.
Lula witnesses the murder of a famous chef on her way to work on day. not killed like another other guy on stark street but got his head chopped off in front of the sunshine hotel where no one is likely to report it in any case. not long after the two men responsible are harassing Lula and attempting to kill. thankfully they never succeed. what kind of person goes chasing people around with a meat cleaver?
she enters the bbq contest the dead chef suppose to enter in hopes of drawing out the killers. The chef's head had turned up but not the body. you cant have a viewing without the other half. might as well have the burial in a hatbox.
now lula is living in stephnies apartment because hers is clarified a crime scene and Stephine is temporarily staying at the batcave due to lula makes it impossible for her to sleep with her snoring.
will she get lucky with Ranger ?
or will she avoid the issue as normal?
nothing is holding her back since she is on the break with morelli.
can all the issues be solved before its too late???
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Attracted from the start on both ends of the spectrum Chad doesn't have time to date with his job and his responsibilities to the girls and Kelbie doesn't want to get involved with another pilot after the death of her husband some odd years ago. it was a truly tragic experience when her husbands plane crashed and she could see it from the house. the only thing that was left was his dog tags, left with no body to bury or husband to say goodbye to she has sworn off military men since then. they both don't have the time but with constant contact the relationship is inevitable.
Chad hires a private eye to locate the girls mother but he is only able to track her as far as belize to some land in the rain forest where he new boyfriend bought property.
the girls mother suddenly show up with her new friend with the offer of blackmail . either they will fight in a custody battle for the two kids and take them to south america with them to he compound or chad can pay them the sum of 10000 dollars. Little did they know that the guy sitting next to him was his lawyer and not just a friend.
Needless to say they went back without the money or the kids and Lynn would be evaluated due to her current state of mind seemed less than viable.
After spending a lot of time together chad and kelbie fall for each other. she may love chat but can she risk her heart again with the chance of losing him in a crash?
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Friday, May 7, 2010
i have fallen behind on my reviews but i just dont have the time for it at the moment. so here are the books that i have had the pleasure of reading recently.
- plum lovin
- lean mean thirteen
- twelve sharp
- eleven on top
- plum lucky
- dance of the gods by nora roberts
- morrigans cross by nora roberts
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Saturday, May 1, 2010
Her in Lula had stopped at a deli for some subs and they saw the red devil in the sore who had been committing a string of robberies at various shops in the area. he always wore the devil mask and his getaway vehicle of choice was a bike.
Lula accidentally shot out his back tire so he was forced on foot when he departed. they had a light tangle with him and Stephanie saw his face. she was the only one who could id him but had yet to see him again. they were at McDonald's when she spotted him again .
To her good luck she was able to finally find out who he was. turns out he was an failure to appear for vinnie and she needed to retrieve him. They tried his brothers house first but never got to their destination when the gang tried to attack them. the car they were driving turned out to be rival gang colors. she ran over a few with the car and threw a guy that was clinging to the windshield when she turned the corner. not long after she was put on the hitlist for the junkman. ranger was out of town and left her with his truck to use because hers had gotten blown up yet again. she didn't want to endanger anyone so she went to stay at rangers apartment. she wasn't aware of the address just back tracked the route on the gps to the location. it was the only place she felt safe from the killer. She was able to capture the red devil by watching his very pregnant girlfriend and threw him back in jail. her , Lula and Connie bonded him out in an effort to find out hwy Stephanie was on the list. ranger was able to persuade him to talk when they couldn't . turns out he was part of the upper levels of the gang on the west coats and had come her to try to get a better position. he had her on the list to try to impress the other members of the gang that he was worthy.
Would she be able to escape him or would he find her ?
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
This time she is after a guy who has a visa bond because he is a foreigner. Samuel Singh is from India and had jumped bail. so it is now Stephanie's job to bring hum back or her boss has to forfeit the money to the court and that would not put her in a favorable position.
Samuel was renting a room from another indian family and the mother wanted him and the daughter to get married. He did not like the idea of that so he took off with their job and for reasons of his own.
She questioned the other employees from his job and came up with a guy named Howie who worked at McDonald's. She was able to track him down on his lunch break but unfortunately wasn't able to get much out of him on account of the fact that he got shot after their minimal conversation right there on the side walk.
After this she started to receive anonymous letters with red roses or white carnations. this was starting to freak her out. The killer even started sending her messages through email as well. She some how got caught up in something but was unable to pinpoint where it happened?
Samuel was finally located and she had to retrieve him from Vegas on account of Ranger was currently having problems with the state of Nevada in regards to firearms. Samuel was dumb enough to use Tribro, his previous employer on a job application in nevada. the boss tried to stall him but unfortuanely she wa sunable to locate him before he died. he had also taken Boo the indian family's dog so she returned him to the owners and took singh's laptop.
Turned out all the deaths were a result of a game. but who was behind it?
all the players were informed beforehand that it was a fight to the death and got clues for who they were suppose to go after. Singh was knocked off because he backed down after starting and that results in immediate assassination as per game rules.
All the other players were dead except her and the web master..
who was the logical solution? all the evidence pointed back to Tribro where Samuel had worked. Three brothers ran it. Bart who was all business, Andrew who was the people person family man and Clyde, who basically sat at the computer all day and played with his action figures and read comics...which of them is the likely suspect?
could she figure who it was before it was too late? would ranger and joe come to save her?
or would she be living in a shallow grave for all eternity?
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In this novel Stephanie needs to find her Failure To Appear before Christmas and she has not done any of her shopping as of yet or bought her tree. she needs the money from this skip in order to pay for everything or she is going to be forced to put everything on the charge card which she can already just barely afford the minimum monthly payments . She needs to Find Sandy Claws aka Sandor Clausen but seems to be having trouble. She went to the house he was sharing with Elaine but she hasn't seen him since that morning and she was too busy baking anyways.
What do you suppose she does with all the goods, if all she does is bake all day?
She finally gets a lead from her parents house during dinner after having already checked his store and the small workshop behind it. Turns out there is an add in the paper for elves.
Now to make matters worse she has some hunky supernatural guy following her around . He is suppose to bring her Christmas cheer and has special talents that have yet to be seen beyond going poof in the blink of an eye and being able to open any lock by just turning the knob. She is telling everyone he is an alien.
After getting hung up on when calling about the ad. she enlist randy briggs, whom she had prior dealings with and is a little person. She offered to pay him if he would help and he agreed. When she shows up at the workshop after tailing him on the way to work when he won't disclose the locations, a riot starts with all the elves after her.
Still stumped as to her connection to what diesel is after, they start looking for a guy called ring. turns out the connection is the guy "ring" aka John Ring is her grandmother's new stud muffin as Grandma Mazur put it.
turns out her sister Valerie is pregnant again by her boyfriend who still lives with his mother and doesn't have much of an income unless you count the laundromat next door to his office.
In all this wacky mess it turns out to be a good Christmas, and Joe buys her a ring (non-engagement ).
who knows, maybe down the line she will get an upgrade to the real thing.
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Lance has finally left the service after ten years of serving his country and is now home for good. his father is ill but is fast recovering . He has an instant attraction to Andrea but believes she is a prospective new wife for his father and with his current distrust for women he treats her badly. He then goes on to prove he isn't the blackguard she perceives him to be. When he learns of her pregnancy he is ecstatic and offers a marriage of convenience. He can not have a child of his own due to chemicals he was exposed to while in the service and this is the closest he could get to having a baby of his own. When he heard the first heart beat he felt as if he was the father or her baby and wanted to make that a permanent fact. The baby did not have a father so he wanted to step in and be a father for him or her in every way and Andrea could be the stay at home she longed to be since she lost her parents at the tender age of four. They would never want for anything as long as he was around.
they soon fell in love and were married but his stepsister Corrine tried to cause problems for them. She had designs on Lance since her mother married his father but Lance never returned the affections and told her so. She told him he could either call off the marriage and marry her or she would make him wish he had.
She took his horse without permission and did a jump that she knew would cause harm to her self and result in the animal being put to sleep. She filed false allegations against lance of rape. So he tried to get his wife to a safe place . when he put her on the plane no long after the got off before take off. she wasn't goign to leave him here to face things alone.
Corrine finally had a psychotic breakdown and confessed the lies and all charges were dropped.
even marriages beginning with a purpose other than love can blossom into something much more
Posted by ali at 11:41 AM
Did he really commit suicide?
Posted by ali at 11:22 AM
They found a dead woman shot in his shed. Autopsy found that she was already dead when she was shot and died of a heart attack .
She enlists the help of Dougie and Mooner when they inadvertently get involved with Eddie. Not long after Dougie goes missing and Mooner ends up staying with her for a few days because he seems to need protection and they don't want him to go missing like Dougie . She finds Eddie on several occasions and he is driving a white Cadillac that he borrowed from Maggie Mary Mason. She let him borrow it on account of he is one of the three owners at the club where she works as a mud wrestler. DeCooch is running because he needs to find a heart that went missing. An acquaintance of his told him he needed to bring the body to him. Louie D had died of a heart attack down in Virginia where he was picking up the contraband cigarettes.
He misunderstood the acquaintance and cut out Louie D's heart and put it in a cooler for safe keeping. He left it at Dougie's house by mistake and it went missing. they needed to heart to put back into Louie D for his burial. Louie D's wife Sophia kidnapped both Dougie and Mooner and stuck them in a gutted room that only had a table with cuffs attached to it and dirt floor. Everyone thinks she is certifiable crazy. Eddie ends up kidnapping Grandma mazue in hope of a swap for the heart since Stepahnie has been tellign Eddie that she had it. She end up giving them a pigs heart since it turned out the next door neighbors dog ate the heart. She Ended up finding mooner and dougie at pinwheel sorba house. He was one of the other partners that owned the club where maggie worked. Eddie fianlly turns himself in on the condition that ranger woudl bring him in because he didn't wanted to be brought in by a girl.
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Monday, April 26, 2010
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Kira lost her parents at a young age and there wasn't any family left to take her so she was thrown into the care of the state. She spent her life going from home to home and being rejected once again. When she was younger it did not matter that she did not have a lot of friends but by the time she reached high school she was isolated and alone. No one wanted to be friends with her and was marked and outcast by her fellow peers. When she finally got the attention she craved she reached out to the life line. Finally, someone who cared for her only that wasn't the case. She thought the young man she fell in love with loved her back but he wanted nothing to do with her. She was heartbroken and kicked out of the home because she wound up pregnant. The baby's father was the nephew of her foster parents. She had to move to a group home and with no means of support was forced to give up her baby for adoption.
Kira fell for Trace on first glance when she was having lunch with his brother and had to wait almost two whole weeks before he worked up the nerve to ask her out. they had a whirlwind romance and married after only two months. she knew he was the one she was going to marry, so why wait? She loved being with Trace and longed to give him a family. they tried everything with no success. The medical bills continued to stack up and they couldn't take the loss no longer so they decided to try adotion. Her iability to concieve was an endless reminder of the baby she had to give up and couldn't take care of. Would they be able to get a baby and complete their family?
Trace loved his wife and desperately wanted to have a child with her but he wanted Kira. He married her so she would share her life with him .He did not know of his wife's past .He wanted children but a baby was a bonus and he couldn't be without her. After the loss of not being able to concieve there were words said and he moved out of the house into the bunkhouse. He longed to be with his wife but they caused eachother so much pain he did not know if they could go back to how they used to be.
They had finally reached the list and were able to have a child. The birth mother wanted an open adoption. They couldn't believe this was finally happening. In five short weeks they woudl be parents to a baby girl.
Unfortunately the birth mother changered her mind and deterioated the foundation they had rebuilt.
Could they save their marriage and still have the child they always dreamed of?
Posted by ali at 7:31 AM
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Stephanie is now left to retrieve Morris Munson who rammed his wife with his car killing her and then proceeded to beat her to pulp with a tire iron and set her on fire. Thankfully, someone showed up on the scene before the fire was started. Vincent Plum Bail Bonds retrieved him from jail and has since jumped his bail and missed his court hearing. He is now an FTA and Miss Plum has the luxury of retrieving his psychotic ass. She gets ten percent of whatever the bond is and this one is on the larger scale since Ranger isn't around. First he tries to beat her up with a tire iron like he did his dead wife and then he sets her clothes on fire. When she is finally able to apprehend the suspect she makes the day for all the cops by bringing him in naked. she apprehended him while he was in the shower. Life certainly isn't dull on the jersey shore with her as a bounty hunter.
Ranger is still FTA for carrying concealed although every cop in Trenton knows he does and lets it go. Unfortunately, a young up and coming cop wasn't aware of the standards and arrested him. Ranger is in hiding because he is trying to find his man. Someone framed him for the murder of Homer Ramos, the youngest son of Alexander Ramos the drug runner.
Ranger was seen coming out of the building where Homer was found shot in the head on security cam and he was the only one seen in the building making him a prime suspect. He ask Stephanie to do some surveillance for him and watch the house of one of the other Ramos bothers.
She begins to have quite an adventure after that. She has two goons constantly following her in hopes that she will lead the to ranger. Their boss thinks ranger has something that is his although it turns out he doesn't and that it was thrown in the trash by Cynthia Lotte, Homer's ex and her ex-husbands secretary. In the process she is worrying about something happening to ranger and cause a whole lot of problems for him while he is trying to fix his current situation. On top of all this she is left to babysit a dog which she ends up being stuck with when she learns he was just trying to be pawned off and not babysat. She originally got the dog when she owed a cop a favor after he dropped the charges against a friend of hers. Bob is now hers but has preferred to live with morelli. Bob the dog looks like a cross between a golden retriever and chewbacca from star wars.
In addition her granny comes to live with her temporarily when she gets into a disagreement with her father after she tried out Stephanie's stun gun on him.
Who is behind ranger's set up and what is in store for him and stephanie?
Her and Joe are getting closer as well as her and ranger. Who will she choose? the ever faithful Morelli or ranger who is the man of mystery??
Posted by ali at 7:48 AM
Friday, April 23, 2010
Vaughn had recently been discharged from the army and had taken a job with the large company Value-X at the recommendation of his girlfriend who also worked at the company. they had been seeing each other for about two years and had some talk of marriage but neither showed much excitement in the subject so it was pushed aside. He wasn't scheduled to start his new job until the first of the year so while visiting his parents in Grand Forks, North Dakota he decided to finally visit Hassie knight who was like a second grandmother to him that he had never met. She sent his cards and letters throughout the years and he kept them all. Her words of wisdom helped shape the man he is today. In Addition his girlfriend thought it would be a good idea to scope out the town as a possible location for a new Value-X expansion so he said why not?
Carrie Hendrickson is the intern at knight's pharmacy and when Vaughn comes to see Hassie he finds her instead. She is the youngest in the family and has four older brothers who are fiercely over protective of her . Especially after her divorce from her husband Alec who cheated on her destroying her self confidence and dignity. Can she trust another man after Alec?
Carrie offers to show Vaughn the town while they await Hassie's return from her meeting. They spend the time together and she feels an instant connection with him that just feels right. They go to the tree lighting ceremony and spend a lot of time with each other. Vaughn finally tells her that he had accepted a job for Value-X but after spending time in this town he has decided to resign and help them with their fight against the conglomerate .
She feels betrayed that he did not tell her upfront but it time she forgives him until another bombshell is dropped in her lap. His ex shows up claiming to be his fiance and blows all his efforts to pieces. He explains that they were never engaged but had just talked about the possibility of marriage in the past with now excitement about it from the woman in question.
Will Carrie be able to trust him ? Is it possible for Vaughn to find a happy ever after in this small town of Buffalo Valley?
Posted by ali at 7:16 PM
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Hr makes matters worse for her by refusing to go with her and in her frustration she busts down his door with a tire iron. While he was in jail his apartment was robed and torn apart so her boss and low life cousin Vinnie stuck Randy Briggs with her saying she can kill two birds with one stone by watching the guy and two by staying out of a lawsuit he said he would press due to they got into a wrestling match and fell down the stairs in the apartment building.
Low on jobs her family recruits her to help find her uncle. Fred who no one in particular seemed to like but he was still family all in the same and with no jobs on the table it wasn't like she had anything else better to do with her time. Uncle Fred just disappeared from his car one after noon . They found it in the store parking lot locked up with drying cleaning laying in the backseat. No one had any clue as to his whereabouts. She finally gets a few clues and the story begins to unfold with mob connections and the bank skimming the people who skimming the customers. not a good idea for someone to skim the mob who was skimming the customers.
all the while Stephanie was not getting paid so she went to work for the ultra cool ranger, He gave her a few jobs that were as morally and legally responsible as possible, a security job and a job as a chauffeur in which the sheik she had to drive decided to flash his johnson at her. along with that he was obnoxious to the hilt and took off in the car when she went into the store to get the drink he requested.
Now that she was working for ranger, she was getting company cars that were black and expensive.
This did not please Morelli one bit. Him being cop he wasn't sure how he was getting the cars and if they were legal. Morelli the man starting wondering whether the nature of their relationship was merely business or was pleasure involved as well. Him being a friend and lover of Stephanie plum he was somewhat jealous.
Her cars were being stolen and blown up left and right so she was left once again with big blue...
Who was behind the string of murders that had recently occured? is it possible that she was next?
Posted by ali at 11:40 AM
Lisa Kincaid was a widow who lost her husband three years ago in accident. she now ran a bakery and was doing very well for herself. Her son Jamie is now four years old and a content and happy child. He attends preschool 3 days a week at hillside which she had to concede to let her parents pay for because it was what is best for Jamie. He also attends daycare which is run by her best friend. she has little time for herself and as a result she does not spend any time away from her son, on the ocasion that it does happen it is usually the exception and not the rule. She recently became enamored by one of her customer's and best friends older brother , Kevin Decker .
Who wouldn't want a handsome, kind , hard-working man?
but the emotional scars left by Jamie's father from their marriage left her skeptical when it came to trusting another man.
Kevin Decker started out coming to the bakery everyday as a sense of duty because he husband was an employee of his and died while on the job and felt responsible although he knows it was not his fault. Not long after the visits started he started to care for Lisa as more than friends but was unable on how to orchestrate the first move. Jamie seemed to genuinely like him and gave him the opening he needed into their lives. Due to Jamie not having a father Kevin agreed to step in at the father child pageant that was put on every year as a gift to the mothers. The time he spent with him designing the set allowed him to get close to Lisa.
Little did he know that she has returned him affections for a long time. Slowly but surely they started to spend some family time and on the occasion some time by themselves without Jamie. Lisa came to love Kevin but would she be able to get past her fears from her marriage? Jamie's father made he feel that he gave up his whole life for them which he came to resent them for.
Would Kevin be able to get past her barriers to show her that he is nothing like her ex?
Posted by ali at 8:09 AM
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
praying this would be an easy case she goes to see the boyfriend in hope that he would rat on where ever Maxine was hiding. unfortunately Eddie did not have a clue as to her whereabouts. Eddie hires Stephanie to retrieve some "letters" from Maxine on top of the bail jumping. they later learn the letters were counterfeit money that Maxine took from him as revenge for the way he treated her.
Maxine started leaving clues in treasure hunt fashion for Eddie. Stephanie enlist the help of sally sweet a local drag queen who is the nephew of one of the members in her building to help unscramble to clues. He was always good at this as a child and had little trouble making sense of the clues.
And to make matters worse Vinnie hires Joyce, whom Stephanie caught screwing her ex-husband on their kitchen table although they have always been at odds with one another.
Not long after Sally Sweet joins the gang bad things start happening. Miss Plum starts getting death threat warnings, her car is soaked in gasoline which then proceeds to blow up, her apartment is blown up. not a good week for her.
Who could be causing these acts? possibly Maxine? no that does not make any sense this stage in the game.
She doesn't want to put her family at risk so she temporarily moves in morelli which turns out to be a fiasco because then everyone thinks they are either getting married or that she is knocked, false accusations on both accounts but that is the gossip mill in the burg for you.
Turns out both her and Morellis cases are interlinked. Morelli has been working on a counterfeiting case and Maxine's mother was using counterfeit bills to buy a few items and support her occasional drug habit. turns out that Eddie's uncle and aunt were responsible for the counterfeiting.
People were showing up with missing fingers and Maxine's mother was scalped. all compliments of Eddie's uncle Leo who had previously been working for the mob but got out on his won when he retired from being an enforcer and became a counterfeiter after meeting with a buddy he met while in prison. the fingers were his trade mark.
The threats turned out to be Sally Sweets gay roommate who turned jealous when he started spending to much time with miss plum and was worried something would happen to sally. He realized the only way to keep him safe was to go after little miss bounty hunter. thankfully no one was hurt and he was arrested.
Could things get any better? nothing like a day in the burg...
Posted by ali at 10:29 PM
In this one the story starts off with the faery queen speaking of a man who is renowned form his sexual exploits and all the women covet his love and attention. Many have graced his bed but none have been able to touch his heart. This makes the faery king and the people of the court jealous of a mere mortal. How could a man compare with the powers of the faery?
The Faery king sends his beloved fool through time to find the perfect woman, one who would surely turn down the renowned hawk. The fool is know by many names, the black elf, the fairy fool, or -the sin siriche du- the most dangerous of all faeries for no trickery was too good for him.
In this time he was known as Adam black and posed as a blacksmith in the medieval time bringing forth Adrienne De Simone from the twentieth century. He had watched the centuries searching for the perfect woman, someone who would truly despise hawk and all he represented.
Adrienne was originally from New Orleans but had been an orphan from a young age , growing up in an orphanage surrounded by others and craving affection. she was young and naive and got the attention of a rich and beautiful man who soon wanted to marry her. She was too naive to believe that he would have anything but the best of attentions where she was concerned. soon she found out she was just a pawn in his game for he was involved in organized crime and was setting her up to take the fall. from now on she distrusted men as a whole and especially despised the wealthy and beautiful .
She was perfect having been scorned by a beautiful man before and she would never again trust in a beautiful face. She was dropped into the 15th century at an importune time for hawk was to be wed to the infamous mad Janet comyn and she was now dead but laird comyn passed her off as his own and she was wed by proxy to lord hawk of dalkeith. This was not a love match but an order imposed upon the laird of dalkeith by king James or otherwise his whole clan would be laughter at the hands of the kings many men.
Hawk was shocked by the beauty she possess and made it his mission to seduce her. Her heart slowly but surely warmed to him against her best attempts to deter it . He was nothing like he previous husband but had a warm and kind heart , he would never due her any harm. This was the age of chivalry not of gangs and drugs and organized crime.
Adam tried to per sway her to become his instead of the lairds but her attraction to the laird was nothing compared to that of the smithy. She eventually had to choose adam though or he vowed to kill hawk and all of the clan...it was the heardest thing for her to lie to hawk's face and vow she loved adam and not him...
Could she truly convince hawk that it was a ploy and send him a message to help her find her way back?
Posted by ali at 8:41 PM
Monday, April 19, 2010
hoping this will just be a simple a apprehension and not another one of her wacky chases, she goes to the shop but no one has seen Mo and looks at her as if she cursed God instead of trying to do her job. With no leads on Mo at the moment she goes after Stuart Baggett a 22 year old who decided to go on a drunken run and shoot a bunch of cars with an air rifle. unfortunately , two of those cars turned to be cop cars. They find him at his job and he closes down to be taken to have the appearance rescheduled. They get into an accident on the way there and stuart gets away in all the confusion, she unfortunately forgot to cuff him.
Stuart becomes MIA until Lula spots him at cluck in a bucket in a giant chicken suit passing out cardboard chicken hats to the kiddies. Cops are called due to an argument between her and Stuart , he tried to run so she tackles him and is pulled off by two fellow officers. Bringing him in chicken suit and all , the cops joke she should be glad they are more lenient because the animals right group might not have been...ha ha ha
moreill seems to be pulling back from their usually game and it seems odd to her...
With finally a lead from Lula, she knows him as old penis nose, it supposed looks like one though she don't see the resemblance. He was spotted on Montgomery. Before long Stephanie is finding bodies like a moth drawn to flame. Homicide has been slow in Trenton, not anymore thanks to her. They also found 4 bodies buried in Mo's basement of the candy shop.
in addition their is a group of vigilantes killing drug dealers and users , everyone thinks this is great and finally someone is doing something about the problems in the community. Mo and the group are considered heroes not murders in the eyes of the community, Mo didn't kill them the pastor of the freedom church did but they were found in Mo's basement so he is an accomplice to murder.
Gossip mill is running rumors about everything but they finally find a lead from one of the kids she went to high school with. Turns out mo' makes quality underground porn on the side in a cabin way in the woods. he sells to a select few and is saving for retirement. He wouldn't want to tarnish his image. he is hiding in the cabin he made the movies....Life is certainly getting interesting here in the burg.
Posted by ali at 10:28 AM
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Her newest FTA is Kenny Mancuso cousin to morelli and seriously deranged. He is newly out of the armed forces, suspiciously loaded and shot his best friend in the leg with a stolen weapon, unfortunate for him he was caught by an off-duty cop. He is now on the run and no one can find him . It is up to Stephanie to bring him in for failure to appear at court before the time on the bond runs out and neither her or Vinny gets any money out of the case.
Kenny was long time best buddies with Spiro Stiva who is heir to running the funeral parlor. Stiva had 24 caskets in a storage locker and they have suspiciously gone missing. so hires on Stephine in attempt to locate the missing caskets. Along comes Grandma Mazur to the viewings for these are the social life of those who live in the burg. She ill definitely add spice to the party when they find out the cannon she is packing in that purse of hers. Add in hacked off body parts and privates being sent through the mail and you have one seriously screwed up kid.
What do Kenny and Stiva have in common? are they in cohorts with each other ?
also added in to the mix is Lula now ex hooker turned file clerk for Vinny's . Always willing to lend a hand, especially when it involves putting a cap in someone's ass.
Moreilli and Stephanie get real cozy on a stake out for two until she finds he put a transformer in her purse...was it for her own safety as he claims or did he not want to risk her not sharing a piece of the pie?
You sure don't want to miss this one...
Posted by ali at 8:24 PM
Friday, April 16, 2010
Louise Valentine had recently found out that she wasn't the girl she thought she was. Raised as a Valentine of the UK's Bella Lucia restaurants and given all the amenities a young girl could want. Later in life than what is usually expected she finds out she was adopted as a baby by john and ivy valentine, if it wasn't for his heart attack who knows if they would have even revealed the truth with her. Now in her early 30's she is questioning the life she once lived and no longer has a reason to fight the attraction for her cousin Max Valentine that has been simmering and waiting to break out since she was a teen.
Max Valentine had recently been promoted to the head of Bella Lucia restaurant group . He was previously the manager of one of the restaurants and breathed the day to day activities involved in running it successfully. His half brother Jack who was previously estranged from the family after an argument with his father some 12 years ago recently put a lot of capital into the business to prevent the business from going bankrupt after an embezzlement scandal from one of their own. One of the conditions was for him to hire Louise Valentine as a PR consultant and turn the business into the 21st century. Louise may be a member of the family although no longer a blood relation, which could prove problematic to max's sanity , she was also really good at what she does.
Max offers Louise the position under the conditions that she would work for him until valentine's day as long as he would give her a kiss as payment for the contract. The attraction between the two since they were in their teens but there was no longer any blood ties between them so there were no longer any boundaries.
They begin work together on the PR project but are just as suddenly thrown together due to the passion that has been composed is now released. there is no need for the traditional courtship due to their history . They both are falling fast and hard but can Louise finally give in to Max? will they last or will he continue to always but Bella Lucia first as he always have?
Will Max risk everything he has at the risk of losing the meaning in his life?
Posted by ali at 5:01 PM
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Turns out the position is already filled but he lets her be a temporary bounty hunter due to the blackmail she ha don him and threatened to reveal the information to his wife. The FTA of the moment is no other but infamous Trenton cop Joe Morelli. They had previous relations with one another when they were younger and they weren't always on good terms but she was in need of money. She gets 10 percent of the 10000 bound he failed to appear on. She Joe around but he is in finding because he is being accused of killing and unarmed man. Add in Benito the champ who is seriously gone looney and known for being rough with the women , crazy grandma Mazur, a missing eye witness, Ranger the go to guy who makes the law bend at his will and informant and you get one hell of a wild ride.Joe needs to find the missing eye witness to acquit himself. So him and stephanie team up to find the eye witness and he agrees to let her turn him in willingly so she can collect her bond money.
Can she do it? and what happens on this journey?
Posted by ali at 1:35 PM
Melissa Fox goes to Qu'Arim with Max Valentine on a business trip more for pleasure and a thank you for helping out then to actual work although her services would be required at the few meetings that she needed to attend because Max did not speak the local language or their second language french, which Melissa was fluent in. She fell in love with the warm weather and beautiful land but she had an upcoming job in a few weeks and could not stay on as long as she liked.
Sheikh Surim Al-Thani was mesmerized by Melissa fox from the moment her met her. She was there as a guest to the country though and not there to be a temporary distraction for him. He was conducting business with a cousin of her's who he went to school with at Eton and has remained friends with. With the opening the construction of the resort and the new Bella Lucia international location his time is limited but he found himself wanting to spend more and more time with her. He was also responsible for three young children who had recently come into his care when he was named guardian after his cousin and her husband died in a fatal car crash.
she was great with the children and he did not have a clue on how to behave with them. what do you say to a two year old? he was an only child and had never been exposed to the younger generation growing up. He was sent to boarding school at age nine and was never close with his family as a result.
The more she was in the country and around Surim, the more she wanted to stay but she had a job commitment waiting for her and did not want to put herself in a place where she would get her heart broken again. She had already been let down by one man who cheated on her and discovered who he really is and did not value the same things in life that she did. Surim was looking for a wife and she just did not fit the bill.
Would it be possible for him to convince her to stay and care for the children? they have blossomed in her care and they genuinely cared for each other. You can tell by the interactions that the love is on both sides. The attraction between them was magnetic . what is the harm in a few kisses?
Could she stay her and have to one day soon watch the man she had grown to love marry another woman and she bear his children for which she would eventually be in charge of?
He needed a wife and they were compatible so why not marry in his thinking. would she say yes and bear his children? He did not want her to leave and could not imagine his life no longer without her after spending time with her these past weeks and coming to care for her and the children.
was a lifetime together feasible for them?.....
Posted by ali at 1:19 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Madison has spent the last few years working for Jack Valentine, a job she loves. They balance each other out and help those who need help while gaining a controlling interest in several companies. She used her no nonsense attitude to help jack with the decisions and bring forth prospective companies that she feels the company would benefit from. Her relationship with Jack is strictly professional due to her past first being used as a frat wager then being used to gain access to someone she knew. So she had little trust in men especially Jack who always turned for the hill once this started to progress.
Jack hadn't seen his family in the 12 years since he left on that night of the Bella Lucia function but he returns at the request of his sister to meet her sister's husband who just just happens to be King of Meridia. Little does Jack know but the Family business is in trouble and he is the only one who can help.
Off to London Jack convinces Maddie to accompany him on the trip although it is the holiday season with the promise she could see some of London while they were there. while they are there she sees a whole new side of jack . The sensitive, caring man and not just the serial dater/playboy she is used to in new york. She could easily come to love this Jack but he could just as easily crush what is left of her heart and dignity.
After dealing with past issues with both parents he realizes he cares for Maddie...can they be together without Maddie's trust in men holding him back?
Posted by ali at 7:27 AM
Monday, April 12, 2010
Daniel Stephens had recently learned that he is the illegitimate son of the Valentines of the Bella Lucia restaurants in the UK. He has spent the majority of his life trying to solve the water shortage problems in countries such as Ethiopia. unfortunately whenever things start to look good for a project the funds run dry. He can only do so much and it feels as if the work he does is swallowed up as soon as he reaches completion. The projects can not be completed without money to fuel them . He decides to go to the UK and meet his father with the hope of gaining money to fuel his projects through the opening of his company. His father offers his the room in the flat above the restaurant he manages, along with the flat comes Stephanie Ellison which is informed to be happy about her impending flatmate.
Stephanie Ellison started working at the Bella Lucia restaurant only a few years ago in attempt to flee her past in Colorado. No one knows the past that she suffers and hides it well with sophistication and strength one would come to expect from someone in her position. She is well liked and has made a success of the flagship location where she manages. Turning the restaurant into the new era leaving behind the old itialian decor and bringing in a new flair with contemporary design and art catered to the sophisticated class. She was given free range in decorating and renewing the restaurant to appeal to it's customers. He efforts have helped the restaurant ten fold, but who really know who she is?
Behind her she left a history of abuse from the monster of a man she later learned wasn't her natural father and opened her eyes to the nightmares yet to come. Scarred from shoulder to mid thigh she hides from her secret shame for her last boyfriend could not handle the horrors of her past which translated to her as unlovable and disgraceful in the eyes of others.
Stephen never allowed him self to have a serious relationship. He allowed him self to enjoy his share of women but due to his upbringing he was raised believing that he himself was unlovable and unable to give or receive love in return. So it comes as a shock when he starts to care for Stephanie and puts it off as nothing but genuine compassion and not love.
Stephanie always held herself away from the opposite sex because of the horrors of her past but from the beginning she felt a connection with Stephen. They both had suffered abuse though his was not physical she was able to relate to him and fell hard and fast for him allowing her love to blossom , which she never thought possible after the things that she was subjected to .
is it possible for them to both put their past behind them and open up truly to love? Can Stephen realize what he has before him before it is too late?
Posted by ali at 8:04 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Another Great book in the Brides of Bella Lucia series.
Jodie Simpson thought the highlight of her trip would be the ability to spend time with her long-lost sister Louise Valentine but with her visa coming close to expiring she realizes she wants to stay in the land down under and not have to return to the UK. Having tried contacting the office of immigration and being denied an extension on her visa her friends come up with the plan to create a website to invite man to marry her. She is a bit skeptical on the topic but this is not suppose to be a love match just a marriage of convenience so she can remain in Australia.
She is not interested in love after taking care of her schizophrenic for years and dealing with the highs and lows of the disease she finally wants time to be herself and not be required to care for anyone but her.
Heath Jameson is a wealthy rancher who lives in the outback. The second son in the Jameson family who has taken care of his family for years. He came home to ensure the livelihood of the rest of the family when his parents died and many of the siblings were in their teens and younger. without him who knows what may have happened to the family rancher or the lives of his family. Would they be where they are today without his backing? who really knows but now Heath has decided to take a risk with his life for you don't live forever and time is precious as he recently learned when a good friend of his and sister-in law Marissa died when she was hit by a truck that ran a red light on her way to pick her kids up from daycare. What better way to go full force but to get married right? He wasn't expecting love from this union but the hope of companionship and if that turned into love well that was fine with him.
At the first meeting Jodie knew Heath was the one she was going to choose and time was running out. So why not be married to the attractive rancher from the outback? he is the best candidate thus far and his kissed were like a jolt of lightning . Why not be with someone who is pleasant to look at and is a good person through and through.
Heath was struck from the moment he met Jodie with her piercing green eyes he knew that she was the one he was going to marry. If he could help her out in the process why not? Maybe this companionship could turn into a love match because he knew just the attraction he felt for her made his blood boil like never before.
Was is possible for love to forge after them spending time together on the ranch and in the cramped apartment in Melbourne? Could Jodie give Heath her entire self without having to sacrifice who she wanted to be?
Posted by ali at 8:53 AM