Memorial Day Musings

My favorite sub-genre to read is Thriller.  Specifically, the counter-terrorism, spy, or elite guard departments.  Some of my favorite characters (Scot Harvath, Dominic Caruso, Connor Matthews) all have a military themed background.  And on this Memorial Day, I thank all the authors that use military men (and women) in their books.

I come from a family that is strong in military ties.  Luck (and by the grace of Him above) has returned my family relatively unscathed from their deployments.  Yet I have also had to bear witness to many close friends who returned home to be interred.  And it is with a heavy heart that I remember those who have sacrificed themselves in their duty to their country.

Time has not lessened my memories of those I knew who have been lost and one constant thread of discussion from them prior to their leave is that they loved wholly and completely and wanted nothing more than to dedicate their lives with the pride of service on behalf of their country. Often there were jokes that I would have joined the armed forces myself if not for two things:  my height (or lack of a positive vertical alignment) and my inability to take orders from another (that is still a problem today).

However, I am immensely patriotic (and it would be hard not to be in a family with such strong military and law enforcement structure) and even if I do not necessarily agree with the politicking that goes on, this is the country in which a difference of opinion is allowed to be openly discussed and debated because of those who fought in defense of our individual freedoms.

And that is who remember today.  Those who fought before us that gave their lives to support and defend the ideology of independence and democracy.  “Thank you” seems such an inadequate means of expression for all that has been sacrificed.  They were superheroes who walked among men.  And I salute them for their service.


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Lily in Bloom, by Tammy Andresen

Lily in Bloom

Lily Carter has one chance to save her family from destitution. She must marry.

The real question now is who? Lily longs for one man, but her attempts to attract Eric Sampson are foiled at every turn. Eric can’t see a future when he’s still tangled in his past, and Lily is forced to consider other suitors despite loving Eric.

When one suitor comes forward who could threaten Lily’s well-being, Eric must set his doubts about marriage aside to protect her. But events have been set in motion neither of them can stop. Will his past destroy both their futures?

My review:

** ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. **

What a charming romance.  It hits on all the needed aspects for a romance – mutual yet unrequited love for the main characters, family squabbles, past romantic entanglement issues, and bad people out to hurt the lovebirds.  Colorful characters with relatable flaws and idiosyncrasies.  I found it read easily, didn’t drain the brain, and was hard to put down.  And with the summer season approaching, I would consider suggesting this as a perfect beach read. 

My rating:  Redbreast

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Taming a Duke’s Reckless Heart, by Tammy Andresen

Taming A Duke's Reckless Heart: Victorian Historical Romance

With her mother gravely ill, Piper Baker’s situation grows desperate in a world unfriendly to women. Time and money dwindle to naught, and marriage is Piper’s lone option. Although potential suitors circle her skirts, none but Barrett Maddox, Duke of Manchester, captures her heart, after he saves her from a band of thieves. It is just her luck that the man Piper wants is the only one she cannot have.

For wealthy, titled bachelor Barrett Maddox, the first rule in life is to avoid marriageable virgins, at all costs, and he has been successful thus far. That is, until he rescues the delectable, auburn-haired Piper Baker. For some unfathomable reason, or in a temporary fit of insanity, he agrees to broker a match for the unfortunate lady, in the target rich New York society. While he easily thwarts inept suitors, can Barrett keep his hands to himself?

Entangled in a web they conspired to create, Piper and Barrett are left to wonder if there is anything more reckless than love.

My review:

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Captivating, lovely, heart-wrenching, and utterly romantic.  The magnetic and undeniable attraction balanced nicely with the ethical codes and restrictions of being unavailable due to familial duties.  I felt the heartbreak and yearning from both characters so strongly I had to remind myself these were fictional beings feelings.  And isn’t that a sign of a good book?  To delve so deeply into the story that you feel as if you are part of the action?  These characters were enchanting and realistic.  The stoic and intimidating “Barrett” supporting his family and doing his mother’s bidding will make you swoon.  The fiercely determined and independent “Piper” made me smile throughout the tale.  A breath of fresh air.  Sublime.

My rating:  Redbreast

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The Conch Shell of Doom, by Ryan Hill – Blog Tour



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Bailey didn’t mean to catch his parents plotting to unleash the sinister Trenton Maroney and his powerful oceanic army on the world. It was an honest mistake. Now, he’s got the horribly disfigured Mr. Lovell on his trail, which is doing wonders for Bailey’s anxiety.

His only ally is Franklin, a burn-out several decades past wishing his brother Trenton was destroyed for good. Franklin has battled his brother for two thousand years, and has nothing to show for it except his beloved Mustang.

To stop Mr. Lovell from awakening Trenton, Franklin and Bailey will have to get past his parents, a one-eyed stoner, crooked cops, giant Scotsmen, and Trenton’s army, which can only be summoned by one thing: the mysterious Conch Shell of Doom.

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The Conch Shell of Doom by Ryan Hill
Publication Date: May 24, 2016

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Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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Delivery Man, by Robin Stone

Delivery Man

There’s something sexy about a man out of uniform.

Derek likes working for SpeeDee Delivery. Days pass quickly, and running to and from the truck helps keep him in shape for the summer baseball season.

Ella is a fashion blogger who spends long days at her computer, surrounded by clothes, jewelry, and accessories. Days pass where she doesn’t see a soul, except for the cute delivery man with bright blue eyes and a rockin’ bod.

When Ella offers Derek a cold drink one summer afternoon, the conversation turns from friendly to flirty. But will Derek risk his job for a secret fling with Ella?

My review:

Talk about a “special” delivery!  The anticipation of the daily visitation and which sexual activity would be explored was inspired.  Who hasn’t had a delivery fantasy?  Yet this story maintains the illusion of a realistic possibility and gives hope that one can find love no matter the obstacle.  A lovely telling wrapped up as a package with beautiful ribbons. 

My rating:  Redbreast

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