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Scottish Romance doesn't get much steamier—or more dangerous—than a spy hunting her quarry, and losing her heart to him instead.

To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England's deadliest minds. Aaron's latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel's young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt. If she fails, her brother will die.

What she doesn't count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron's thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran's strong arms forever.

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Mariel was forced to work for Aaron once she lost her parents to the plague. She tried to get out of the life that she hated but couldn't because Aaron kept her brother Jack hostage. Just when she though all hope was lost Aaron asks her to do one last task, promising to set both brother and sister free after it's done. Unfortunately Mariel will be forced to do the one thing that she has never had the stomach to do, kill someone. She hopes to get the information required from the Scottish Barbarian, so that she is not forced to murder him.

 Kieran MacDonnald is the laird of Skye, and he's extremely suspicious of beautiful English women. There is no denying that he is drawn to the mysterious Mariel, but he is equally sure that he is never going to act on what seems to be a mutual attraction. He's convinced that she will not survive the hard life at Skye and eventually will return to England. Instead he is surprised at how resilient she prove and how she wins over all his people. Just as he goes and falls in love with her, she decides that she needs to murder him.

There are many moments in the book where human vulnerabilities are beautifully depicted. The moment when she realizes that she would need to sacrifice the man she loved, so that another child should not suffer like Jack has, was great. I particularly loved the way the author handled the scene where she is finally reunited with her brother, only to be rejected by him. Extremely well handled.

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Christmas Town doctor Kurt Christmas has loved high school guidance counselor Savannah Livingston his entire life. While he's had plenty of opportunity to meet beautiful and accomplished women, playboy bachelor Kurt hasn't become seriously interested in any of them. He still pines for the stunning redheaded rebel with emerald-green eyes, who took his breath away at sixteen. When Kurt and Savannah reconnect in Tennessee at Savannah's sister's wedding, that old flame reignites and Kurt finds himself hoping for a brand new start. Yet Savannah's current circumstances in Miami threaten to hold her at bay. If Kurt could write a prescription for anything, it would be to win Savannah's heart. But will love be enough to conquer the secrets that stand between them?

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If you've been following the series you know that Kurt Christmas is the Christmas Town doctor and Savannah is his high school sweetheart. She is also the town sheriff's little sister, who happen's to be Kurt's best friend. Not to mention Olivia Claus, her elder sister is also happily married to Kurt's cousin.
When Savannah gets roped in to help start out the children's theater in Christmas Town, she figures it's a good opportunity to spend some time with her sister and big brother for a month. She knows she will have to face up to her past with Kurt but doesn't think anything will happen.
What she doesn't count on is the special brand of magic that follows the Claus and Christmas families. And Kurt has more than one magical trick up his coat's sleeve! Mix that with a commitment cookie and things get interesting. Really sweet continuation of the series.

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Senara agrees to work as a lady's maid at Castle of Park to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She does not expect to have such a wicked mistress any more than she expects to find a handsome laird...or a ghost with a burning need for retribution. 

Gavin vowed on his father's death bed to watch over his aunt, and regrets it every day. Especially when her new maid arrives. The woman is extraordinarily fascinating which stirs his cruel aunt's ire. Can he protect the woman from his aunt? Even more important, can he keep himself from giving into his longing for the country lass? 

Theirs is a journey of treacherous pasts, painful loss, hidden longing and vengeance.

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It's a Cinderella story, with a ghostly twist.

When Senara leaves her home and family behind to come work for Lady Edana, she's only thinking about not being a burden to her family. Unfortunately her new employer is quite a difficult person to get along with. The bitter old maid is after her nephew Gavin to get married and beget a heir so that the king doesn't get his hands on their lands.

Gavin has been hoping to do the right thing and make a marriage of convenience and hopefully some profit. Then he meets Senara and she's a distraction he can not afford, yet is helpless to deny. Things come to a head when a ghost is freed from behind a wall by Senara. There are secrets in the castle that are unknown to Gavin and Senara, but will the secrets help them? You're going to have to read the book to find out.

What I really liked about the novel is that it took the author just five well defined characters to put across a wealth of knowledge about the time period and move the story forward. The writing is crisp and the suspense well managed. The ghost really does capture your imagination, and leaves you rooting for the young couple in love. The ending, while not unexpected did manage not to be very predictable.
 
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Cantilevered tales is a story about people, their quirks and why they become who they become. And lots of laughter!

I overheard a group of people talking about saving a water body from some unscrupulous builder and started keeping tabs on them. Not because I was interested in saving the environment or even that small little lake. What did interest me were the disparate lot of people and some desperate ones among them, who were determined that they were going to save a stagnant water body, which in my opinion had outlived its usefulness as anything at all, from becoming an office complex.

This is not a Builder v Helpless citizen epic. In fact that is the least important part of the book. This is about a group of inept people who you want to reach out and protect but you discover are more than capable of taking care of not just themselves, but of you too.

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The book was an interesting peek into a way of life that most of us have never experienced. A man living with a set of family retainers in a setting close to nature, while still straddling the life of a busy bureaucrat in the government. The author introduces you to rich characters, complete with life histories, but it's never boring. the plot itself is simple. Man protecting his home VS might of the builder. What makes it different is the unveiling of the darkness of the human nature through small incidents adding up to what we survive in civilized society today.

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Mary Ellen Meeks isn’t looking for love in Paradise, Virginia. She’s aiming to make a fresh start teaching kindergarten at Turtle Creek Elementary. When a wayward rooster arrives on her doorstep one rainy October morning, good-hearted Mary Ellen temporarily takes him in. Then the mischievous fellow she names “Crazy” makes himself at home, turning her whole world upside down. Soon she’s chasing her chicken across the street and running straight into her handsome principal: kindly single dad, Wes Johnson.

Widower Wes has never met anyone quite so unusual or intriguing as his pretty new neighbor in Sweetheart Valley Hills. Though he surely can’t become involved with the beautiful blonde with big blue eyes, particularly since he’s her boss—and she’s his daughter’s teacher! Yet the fates and a matchmaking rooster have other plans… As autumn leaves turn bright red and gold, there’s romance in the air in Paradise. And that gives Crazy something to crow about.

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This is one of the most unusual pet stories I've read. Dogs, cats, hamsters, yeah, but a rooster? That too with a city girl?It was an adorable story of second chance love brought together by Crazy the rooster. Mary and Wes bond over caring for the rooster and of course the fact that he's her boss at school helps keeping them in touch. Not to mention that his daughter is in Mary's class at school. It's a very sweet HEA. Enjoyed reading it.

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Meet Nia Rivers: archaeologist, fashionista, and an ancient immortal with a serious memory problem.

For the last couple of centuries, Nia has been trying to fill in the blanks of her past by shedding light on history's darkest stories. Her motto: the ugliest stories are the ones that deserve to be told the most.

But when a mysterious woman comes forth with a two-thousand year old relic from Nia's past, Nia isn't sure if the story connected to it is one she wants told to the world. Unfortunately, Nia has no choice but to uncover the truth--fast--before a greedy land developer buries the site forever. The fact that he's also an immortal, with a millennia-old grudge against her, doesn't help. Neither do the dark assassins who have been stalking her for centuries, and who've suddenly decided to up their game to end her life.

Letting her enemies have their way might be best for Nia, especially when the truth might expose a horrific crime from Nia's past. But all stories deserve to be told.

Even the ugliest ones.

Even if they say you might be a mass murderer.

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Just started this series and have to say that Nia's giving Sunaya serious competition in my eyes. This immortal woman who has cracks in her memory and can't figure out the reason why she's been targeted by Ninjas is a combination of vulnerable and fierce. She's practically immune to bullets and knives, but her heart is confused about why Tres seems familiar and safe when it is Zane who she loves. Add our tomb raiding human, Loren to the mix and you've got an epic start to a new series.
Even as she answers your questions she creates more! This is one author I love reading.

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Connor Grant is in search of a lady. Not a bride, but a woman to become a skillful and seductive spy in the service of King James. In addition to being the King’s personal assassin, Connor heads a group of female spies who aid him in his work, women with nothing left to lose.

Ariana Fitzroy is the perfect mark. Destitute, orphaned, and completely alone, she’s missed her chance at an advantageous match at court and cheats at cards to survive. When Connor catches her in the act, he threatens to expose her, unless she joins his elite roster of spies.

She agrees and is whisked away to a deserted Scottish castle to begin her training. Ariana quickly takes to her lessons in seduction, deception, and hand-to-hand combat, but less easy to fight are her feelings of lust toward the ruggedly handsome Connor, feelings she suspects may be reciprocated.

When Connor recruits her help on a mysterious task, the pair must work together to track a dangerous target. But Ariana suspects Connor isn’t telling her everything—not just about the mission, but also about his past. Will the secrets between them threaten their mission? And will they be able to fight their attraction as they wonder who they can trust?

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While a historical romance, this book is nothing like the genre. You have the enigmatic Scotsman Connor Grant recruiting ladies from polite society to do things that most would not dream of in the time. Training physically to fight and defend themselves, learning languages to blend into different crowds, disguises, dresses and costumes, it's almost as much fun for the reader as it is for the characters to undergo the transformation.
The story itself, has two main characters who were broken in their own way and find that being together is a healing experience. The book has a strong female lead, which I personally like a lot. A woman who is determined to push forward in the face of adversity is always admirable. There is no predictable sequence in the whole book. You never know what they will face and how they will overcome it. The climax had enough twists to keep me riveted to the book till I read the end.
For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I'm not gong to divulge too much information, but the motley crew of Connor, Ariana, Delilah, Slyvi, and Liv stand up to the challenges that King James and his manipulating ways throw at them. What was particularly enticing was the epilogue where I'm intrigued to know what the girls will get up to next.

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