Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather

Posted by Chris at 12:07 PM 0 comments
I am not one to gravitate to historical romances normally but for a change of pace, I do enjoy picking one up now and then. I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author prior to this so I was not sure what to expect. With over 35 books that I could count under her belt, I was a bit shocked I have not read her works before! But with this new release, that will be rectified!

Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather
Publisher: Pocket Books (June 23, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1476703695

New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather returns to the Regency with a passionate tale that sweeps the reader from the dangerous streets of Paris to the glittering ballrooms of London.

Lady Hero Fanshawe has chafed at society’s dictates since the death of her fiancĂ© taught her that joy can be fleeting. When her brother disappears in Paris at the height of the Terror, she has no hesitation in disguising herself as a boy and risking her life to find him—or in joining forces with a chance-met ally, the enigmatic William Ducasse, Viscount St. Aubrey. And she has no regrets in indulging in a passionate affair with the dangerously handsome stranger, in the shadow of the guillotine…

Half French, half English, William is committed to his shadow life, flirting with death to rescue imperiled aristocrats. Marriage is an indulgence he cannot afford. Once Hero returns to London, he refuses to risk her good name by continuing their liaison. But he has reckoned without the determined Hero’s disregard for propriety…or the dictates of his own heart.

My Thoughts:
This book was somewhat surprising to me. I guess it has been a while since I read a historical romance - at least 6 months or more. I was thrilled to find the heroine not so prim and proper; with a bit of sass, a lot of class, and a lady that knows what she wants! She is a strong woman in her own right and I like that.

The story is well constructed and I am always amazed with the historical details that come to life when reading one of these books. The descriptions and events of the day become alive and add so much to the storyline.

The author offers a well crafted story that kept me captivated throughout and I thoroughly enjoyed the read! The story is exciting and offers everything we expect from a romance including some steam and saucy bits. I loved the way the author brought the story together.

Jane Feather has added me as a convert to her historical romances. I guess I have some catching up to do!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Vanilla Orange and Ginger Flavored Water Recipe

Posted by Shelly H at 3:30 AM 0 comments
Now that the heat of summer is starting to set it...I found myself drinking more and more water. With that said, I do get bored easily with just drinking plain water and wanted to share this delicious recipe with all of you. Now you can add fruity flavors to your own water at home and adjust them to your own taste buds.

This recipe is courtesy of Jeju 16 Water.


2 liters of Jeju 16 Water
1 orange, sliced
½ teaspoon vanilla extract, or 2 scraped vanilla bean pods
½ teaspoon of grated ginger root​

Simply combine the orange slices, vanilla and water in a large pitcher, and mix well. If you are using a vanilla pod cut the pod in half, lengthwise with a paring knife. Scrape out all of the oily seeds from the inside to use. Allow to infuse in the fridge for at least an hour, then keep chilled in the fridge for a refreshing beverage anytime you like!

Note: Ginger has been known to relieve nausea, congestion and reduce flatulence.

You can visit Jeju 16 Water online to learn more and to print out additional recipes.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke

Posted by Chris at 8:39 AM 0 comments
I am a sucker for a bit of espionage and a great thriller when it comes to a read. So when this beauty arrived in my mailbox for review, my heart started pounding! I was so looking forward to taking this with me on my trip. Audio books are awesome for traveling in the car and this one got a good workout!

Pinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke
Audio CD
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (May 19, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1427261168

With the 2016 presidential election just weeks away, five simultaneous murders on three continents lead to an investigation revealing the recent black-market sale of five nuclear weapons. But who bought them? And what is their intended target?

Washington fears the bombs are timed to explode in major American cities before the election. They call on intelligence expert Ray Bowman to prevent the attack. With the help of a Mossad agent and a female South African intelligence officer, he follows a trail across the world to track down the missing nukes. Along the way, he discovers that the people who now control the bombs intend to do something much more devastating than expected, something that it will make nuking a few cities look like a mild attack.

Drawing on his decades of experience at the highest levels of national security, Richard A. Clarke's Pinnacle Event-the Pentagon code for a nuclear threat-is a gripping international thriller told from the rare vantage point of a true Washington insider.

My Thoughts:

The world is a crazy place and when the treat of nukes is alive and under eminent use, it can make for a thrilling story. While the last book I read from this author, Sting of the Drone, had me on the edge of my seat a few times, this one failed a bit for me.

This book had everything I was looking for in a great thriller, but it seemed like it was the same conversation over and over. The character development was okay (could have been better in spots), but there ended up being so many people to keep track of as the ex-spy traveled around the world in search of clues that it became repetitive to me.

The reader, Jonathan Davis, did an excellent job on the many different voices and languages but even at times he seemed a bit monotone as he was working through a scene. The author just did not include enough background or development to keep things really interesting. As the ending was unraveling, there was so much happening at the last second, literally, this book could have really exploded, but I was left quite neutral about the whole thing. One dimensional and flat are the words that are coming to me.

While I have enjoyed other books by this author, this one just did not ring my bell. It has potential to be excellent, but I missed the spark and edginess that this book needed to be labeled a thriller or suspense novel.

Disclaimer: Chris has personally reviewed the product listed above. She has not received any monetary compensation for her review but did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for this post. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ.

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