Everything was fine until Sherlock showed up for tea.
Penelope Wilde has worked hard to be normal. With an IQ off the charts, her mother forces her to dampen her genius throughout school to avoid unwanted scrutiny. In time it becomes a normal way of life until a man shows up in her living room proclaiming himself to not only be her father, but also the fictional, ingenious character of Sherlock Holmes. Oh and one more thing, he claims to be a time traveler.
Someone has some explaining to do.
Soon Penelope is plunged into her father’s bizarre yet brilliant world where she’s forced to give up her way of life and embrace the danger and intrigue that are her birthright in order to claim her father’s empire as her own. However, you can’t just thrust a girl into high stakes time travel. First, she has to be trained. With the enigmatic John Watson in the picture, Penelope is confused, bruised, enlightened, and pushed to her limit as she tries to rectify the world she once knew with the one she now belongs to.
But Daddy Dearest has another bomb to drop. Due to an error of epic magnitude with an experimental serum, Watson, and everyone in her genetic line is cursed with immortality. And someone wants that serum. Bad.
Penelope has her hands full and, even with immortality on her side, time is running out.
I read a snippet of this book and just had to read it. Why? Because it is bloody brilliant.
It is original, witty, and funny with likable characters.
Penelope Wilde is wallowing in self-pity when her father, who she doesn’t know is Sherlock Holmes. Yes that Sherlock Holmes the one and only. He created a serum to prolong life turned out it made him immortal along with Penelope’s Mum, Watson, Sherlock and an unknown fifth person.
She is sassy and strong, has a lot to deal with but can stick up for herself and it is now time for her to take up her birthright as a time warden. Just before her 25th birthday when she turns immortal.
There is a lot of banter that adds to the charm of the story.
“Your home is quite a mish mash of eclectic things. Do you require funds?” A benevolent trespasser. The world is full of wonders. “My home is just fine,” I responded with barely there patience. “Can I help you?”
Daddy Dearest doesn’t see the issue with being immortal but he is a bit bonkers. He is also not to be trusted as he will do anything for a scientific break.
So I always seem to have a favorite in the book and it was most certainly John Watson. He is a handsome, funny, to die for man, wild, untamed and well I would commit bloody murder to get to him.
He pressed a kiss to my forehead. “We are not normal. Remember that, love.”
Penelope and Watson don’t want to be attracted to one another but they have serious chemistry.
So would the evil cow of the book Lila. As well as Aaron. I can’t wait for the next installment as this book left me guessing in what could happen and to what actually happened.
When Ben Wilder is given a second chance he focuses on the one thing he’s always been good at: running. After walking on to the University of Florida Track and Field team he begins to quickly move up the national rankings, paving a path towards the NCAA Championships. Everything is going the way he planned, until the day he bumps into Casey Taylor.
New to Gainesville, and focused on her first year out of medical school, Casey is initially hesitant to let Ben into her life. But the truth is she’s worried about letting a guy near the one thing she loves most: her daughter, Emma. After one fun and fateful night Casey can no longer bury her feelings behind these excuses, and takes a chance on a guy she is slowly falling for.
Casey’s relationship with Ben starts to gradually build into a love that she has never felt before. But more importantly, Emma has taken a particular liking to Ben. As they all spend more time together Ben is forced to confront painful memories when he starts to notice something hauntingly familiar in Emma’s eyes.
After a local journalist uncovers the secret of Ben’s past their lives begin to converge on a single promise that Ben Wilder has long since made: to never give up…no matter what.
I really enjoyed this book which for me was very much unexpected. The blurb is very promising and well I usually have bad luck, if there is a good blurb then I am usually really am disappointed with the book but with this book it isn’t the case. I do have one complaint but I’ll get to that later.
At 24 years of age Ben Wilder has experienced more than his share of heartbreak and pain. I personally wouldn’t call it a second chance at life but more that he uses his heartache and pain to be one of the best runners that the University of Florida has ever seen. His concentration and focus leaves him very little time to be sociable that is until he meets Casey.
Casey Taylor is a doctor second and a single mum first. To a beautiful five year old daughter, Emma. Ben worked hard to get a date with Casey. I really liked them together. Casey is his second chance. And he knows how precious life can be.
The book is well written and the first 60% flew by it waned a bit in the middle and then it picked up again. Even the running jargon didn’t bother me at all. There is a twist to the story that I really didn’t expect and that was the icing on the cake.
There were some things that bothered me.
What happened to Emma’s father?
What about a reconciliation with the doctor?
But I’m a bit peeved with the ending of the book. Although it stopped at 98% I felt as if there was something missing unless there will be a second book?
Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.
Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.
The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.
In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.
My initial reaction when finishing this book was that.
I really do not know what to do with this book. One restless night of sleep later I still don’t know.
I have come to the conclusion while I am writing my review on tram that I’ve decided to split this review into two parts.
I shall review as the blogger that I am.
Ms. Robinson knows how to spin a realistic story full of pain, heartache, honor, tragedy. A solitary beauty I haven’t read in a long time.
Our characters are complex just like all humans are in real life. They are flawed, they are messy, emotional and alive. We as the readers experience a rollercoaster of a ride. The ups, the downs. The twists and the turns.
The story is unique and different. Different is meant in a positive way. There is a slow and steady pace.
You can’t help but not get emotionally involved with the characters in the book. Even the secondary characters.
I would recommend this to everyone who wants angst, frustration, a beauty of hope, love and need.
Tragedy can happen at any given point of time and we concentrate on our lives so much that we don’t realize it.
My personal opinion on this book.
I was pushed out of my comfort zone and it was hard to read. I’ll try to put into words why I feel uncomfortable. Bear with me here.
I think because I’m a cynic and some of the words written in the book have never been said in real life. See cynic. Very mixed feelings here and maybe I’m contradicting myself here.
Sometimes the book reminded me of a modern day Jane Austen book combined with philosophical elements. I read to escape if I want to read philosophy then I’ll read Kant. Just saying.
On a more personal level I’m not the most romantic person. Bless the hubby for loving me anyway. And on a scale from 1 to 10 in how sappy this is I’m going to go with 22. Half the time it made me want to be sick. Sorry not sorry.
A slow and steady pace that is excruciating for me.
I was close to a DNF or1* to 2*. This book is just colorful and clashing. Maybe I’m just too stupid to get the real beauty and depth behind it? Maybe I’m an emotionally stunted individual.
In her acknowledgements Ms. Robinson wrote the following.
“I will never deviate from accuracy. I will write characters that are flawed and cringe worthy. Yes Ms. Robinson you managed to hit the nail on the head with this one.
My verdict in the end? With all my confusion, issues and discontent with the book I give it 4 stars. Why? Because it is deserved.
Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.
When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.
Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay?
4 Refreshing Stars.
This book is a breath of fresh air. I love Suzanne Wright and the world that she has created. Each and every single book and if you haven’t read anything by her then I would go to your computer and one click her books right now.
So you’re wondering how is this can be a breath of fresh air.
Our heroine Harley Vincent is a margay wild cat not a wolf. This alone makes it different than the other books. She has a lot of feline characteristics which made this book unique.
As a half shifter she has spent time in both worlds. Her pack life is different to what a normal pack would be. Harley has resorted to roaming. It doesn’t help that her father Clive Owen is meant to be the leader of The Movement.
But that all comes to a screeching halt.
Jesse Dalton enforcer with the Mercury pack had one night with a margay cat and since then has been smitten. They have history deep and painful history.
Harley was the scapegoat for what happened to Mia. Jesse knows the truth but his old pack not so much. There is a backstory which is heart-breaking.
But amazingly enough this wasn’t the main focus in the book which didn’t make it dull as dishwater.
Jesse Dalton came straight out and said it all.
“I don’t play games, Harley, so I’ll tell you straight. I want you. In my bed. In my life. Where you belong.”
Praise the Lord no hassle there. The overall plot for the book was also different. It didn’t resort back to extremists and all the nasty things that they do. Which also was refreshing not to read about. But with a half shifter who is a bad sociopath and sick to the core.
The unknown star of the book Cassidy. So adorable.
The whole mate thing wasn’t a push or pull situation where it is denied. Nope. It developed well and then was no annoying barriers put up to make it difficult for them.
I would still like a book with Cain Holt I don’t care if he is a sociopath.
It was hard to get into the book to begin with because I switched the genre up and it just felt odd there was one time where I wanted to put it down and come back to it at some point. I’m ecstatic I didn’t.
Isabella Colby has always yearned for normalcy. Now that she’s settled in LA, she finally has it. Good friends, a pretty home, and her thriving career as the Palisades’ top skincare specialist are a dream come true. Bella is content until she meets her hunky new neighbor, but her attraction to the blue-eyed cutie is the least of her worries when contacting her long-lost father threatens to destroy her happy life.
Reed McKinley is more than ready to forget the past. His seven-year stint as an NYPD detective nearly got him killed. His wounds have healed and he’s starting over as Ethan Cooke Security’s latest recruit. With sixty-hour workweeks and little time to himself, the last thing on his mind is a relationship. Then he bumps into the gorgeous woman next door.
Reed and Bella become fast friends. Before long, Reed discovers that Bella is keeping dangerous secrets. Bella may have the answers to decades-old questions he’s been searching for. Reed will risk it all to uncover the truth, but he soon realizes that the deeper he digs, the direr the consequences.
4.5 It’s a small world Stars.
With this series you always get your happily ever after.
What are the odds of moving all the way from NY to LA living next door to a beautiful woman? What the odds that your pa/ ex-partner from NY phones you up and lets you know that he has a lead on a former mafia man and that he needs to check out names in the LA area? What are the odds that after investigating said names you find out that your hot and beautiful neighbor is the long lost daughter of said mafia man? Pretty slim right? Ah not here it isn’t.
Yes I know with all these coincidences there wouldn’t have been an awesome book. But still. Just saying.
Bella Colby has a new neighbor one day her awesome Dane Lucy barges into his house. Reed McKinley former NYPD has moved to LA to start a new after a near death incident he has given in his badge and now works for Ethan Cooke Security.
Although there is a mutual attraction and they appreciate one another I liked how they both said that they weren’t really attracted to one another and that they started out as friends it really was refreshing.
They get to know one another and Reed goes behind Bella’s back on a lot of things. I didn’t want to like Reed but I got his reasoning for doing it. I just think he didn’t to have deceived Bella as much as he did. He knew he was lying, he knew it was a bad idea and yet he did it anyway.
Both of the experienced tragic events at the age of five. But those events led them both in different directions. Reed nearly lost his way and became a coldhearted, cynical, heartless men but Bella managed to thaw him out. Bella found someone she could rely on. Bella has my deepest respect when Reed screwed up she didn’t just take him back no she tried to keep her distance and stuck it out for a good couple of weeks if not longer.
There is a fantastic plot. Nothing is predictable with twists and turns. We see previous characters turn up in the book and hopefully new ones to come. Fingers crossed Skylar gets a book. I would love to see a strong heroine in law enforcement get a HEA. The book is just too long. About 50 pages less would have been fine.
Bella constantly cried which irritated me so that is why I docked half a star.
Ms. Beauman sure knows how to write gut-wrenching prologues that pull on all your heart strings it is really quite annoying. The constant sappiness of I love you made me want to puke. I’m just not sappy and my eyes hurt after all of it.
In saying all that this is a series that has improved over time and it is always a pleasure to read.
You don’t have to read the books in order I haven’t and it worked for me. I’ve read the first three and the last three. I’ll then continue with book 4.
Can we please have at least one person in the book that is gorgeous, beautiful or totally handsome?
He needs a nanny.
She needs a job.
Hoping to open a clothing boutique in her hometown, Kate Aarons is ready for the next phase of her life. Before she can set her dreams in motion, she needs a job to get her shop up and running.
Tired of his ex’s unpredictable and transient lifestyle, single father, Elliot Peters, wants to give his twin daughters a stable life. Going from sometime dad to full-time dad is harder than he expected. But sweet, sexy Kate could be the answer he needs.
Working for Elliot proves to be the perfect situation. But when sparks fly between them, Kate worries about finding her place in a ready-made family. Can Elliott convince Kate that forever started the second he fell for her?
You may not always end up where you thought you were going. But you will always end up where you are meant to be. –Unknown-
This is a sweet read filled with Christmas spirit and the joy of the more important things in life. About finding out what you really want and going for it.
Kate is moving back to Angel Lake from New York she is homesick and misses her life and her family. There is a problem with her flight so her sister Lucy manages to hook Kate up with a ride home from Wisconsin enter Elliott the hot Dad of adorable twins.
Elliott has once again had to drive to Wisconsin at the drop of a hat to pick his kids as their Mum just up and left with them. He can’t keep on doing this to his kids and has some tough choices to make.
His bright light at the moment is Kate, the woman that he has always been attracted to and vice versa. But over the years it was always wrong place, wrong time until now.
Kate has always found Elliott attractive but is unsure about how things are running for her at the moment. She needs a job and a place to stay, he needs a nanny so they have the perfect solution that is if they weren’t so attracted to one another that is.
Turns out the worst choice is actually the best choice for both of them.
When I requested this book I didn’t actually see that it was a Christmas romance. I read Nanny and single father and clicked it so fast I didn’t read the rest.
Turns out as I mentioned above that this is a Christmas read and it is a sweet and adorable read. It’s not overly sickening like most books with this particularly season. So I can only recommend this book to all of you.
I have a crush on my boss’ best friend.
At least it’s not my brother’s best friend.
Or my best friend’s brother.
Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliche.
And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner. Which sort of makes him my boss too. Okay – it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.
Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz during a meeting and I fill it out.
And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…
Somehow and I don’t know how but Ms. Aston knew that I haven’t to this day read a book by her. So the sneaky woman that she is, I was granted an ARC of Fling. Now I thought she couldn’t get any sneakier but after reading Fling I’m sure she had calculated the odds that I would most certainly add the first two books to my list.
Thank you for attending this boring fucking meeting. Please entertain me by taking this sex quiz. I appreciate your candid response.
Sandra is a professional at her job not in her time that she has worked for the company been anything but professional. Her best bud Preston gets her to fill out this survey and her ideal partner is in that meeting. Gabe the ideal partner just happens to see the answers to that survey.
Sandra moved to Philly due to a need to change paths. That put her straight in the path of Gabe. They have chemistry and Gabe realises that before Sandra he never had to work for a woman it was always easy pickings for him.
But Sandra is his game changer….
Sandra is awesome (I can’t call her Sandy) that name is awful. Her reaction to New Year’s Eve?
Thanks for driving me home. EPIC!!!
Fling is funny in all the right places and the balance between the Hero screwing up and making it up to the heroine is perfect. It is also sweet, and although short worth a read and I rarely read novellas. So I am a happy bunny.
I adore the ending of this book.
On a side note that the office sex scene will blow your panties away.
In the Virginia countryside outside of Washington, DC, Addy Wentworth was on a mission to make a new life for herself. When the opportunity arose, she settled in horse and wine country. Experiencing more than her fair share of tragedy and loss, she had plans for her future, one where failure wasn’t an option. And not just because people and cows were counting on her. She’d poured everything she had into her struggling vineyard, because once she’s in, she’s all in.
After giving himself wholly to the job for ten years, Crew Vega was done. He’d fulfilled his commitment, done his duty, gone above and beyond to settle the score. And the score was high. All he had to do was train his replacements and he’d be out for good.
He had a plan, one that didn’t include getting involved with his new neighbor, a woman who not only kept cows for pets, but treasured her employees as family, and understood him better than anyone ever had before. But when he learned a high level CIA target being investigated for treason was keeping tabs on her?
No, he never planned on that.
And like everything Crew Vega did in life, when he goes in, he’s all in.
Warning: I’m a devout member of the mama club and don’t want to get kicked out by angry mamas. If you aren’t eighteen, turn around, go drink your milk and eat your veggies, it’s good for your bones. And go to bed early, you’re still growing, your body needs sleep. And don’t text and drive. And be nice, sit with the kid who sits alone at lunch. And read a PG-13 book, it’s good for your brain. And go tell your mama you love her. Chop-chop, run along now. I’ll see you back when you’re eligible to vote.
When I found out that the lovely Ms. Asher had a new book in the works. I was so excited.
Then ARCs where being given and I was all over this shit. How could I but not request a copy to review?
I finished this book yesterday and I started my review yesterday. And now I’m stuck. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about Vines quite the opposite actually but how to pick and choose? Mainly so that you can go out and buy the book.
To be continued……
How frank can you be with a book? Where do you draw the line? Do you base your review on your personal preference or objective in thinking that although this book isn’t for you, you still enjoyed it to some extent?
Overall I enjoyed this book and the new world that Ms. Asher has created and right from the beginning I was sucked into the story that although I can only take a 45 minute lunchbreak I easily hit the 60 minute mark. Ops. Luckily no one noticed.
On top of that I nearly forgot that the tram I take was on a different schedule and nearly forgot to get out to get the bus.
I can clearly see the attraction to the book it has all the ingredients that just make you want to read it but there were just some things that drove me bat shit crazy. I had difficulties with the book. No matter it still deserves four stars.
Addison Addy Wentworth. I loved her at the beginning of the book she is kind, fun, has a vulnerable streak but deep down she has a spine of steel. I was very intrigued about her background. And what a background she did have. I can’t see where the turning point is for me when I lost that connection with her.
Her ramblings were meant to be endearing and they were but her whole questioning of trusting Crew irritated me. I just to shout at her ‘Come on woman, what else you gonna do? Huh? Yes she has trust issues and I really do understand that but at some point you got to let it go and her inner musing on that topics was driving me to Bedlam. I swear this is just me.
Addy bought a winery and has turned the business into a successful enterprise. What she didn’t know when she bought the property? The winery came with five fixed employees and five cows. My favourite is definitely Harry. I hereby introduce you to Harry.
What I loved is Crew Vega. He is a superb Hero. He has everything you want in a hero. Crew is a walking contradiction. He is alert, aloof, tense and relaxed with a mystery surrounding him. I like his background of being off the grid for ten years and doing things that other people can’t and won’t do.
Their first conversation together? Hilarious and well unforgettable.
“Crew. Crew Vega.” I frown deeper. “That’s your name? „Still no change in facial expression. “Yeah.” “Oh, sorry. That’s just a little,” I pause, raising my eyebrows. “Unusual.” “I know.
Addy likes to give free wine to her neighbours turns out Vega isn’t that impressed.
“Do you drink wine?” “Only to be polite. When I’m forced to be polite.”
Adjusting to civilian life isn’t an easy life but with buying the farm in Virginia he wants to start a new chapter of his life even if there is a string attached to him getting out of the business. Crew can’t help but not stay away from Addison and the more he finds out the more he is taken with her.
She also has her own brand of trouble though and it goes way back some serious old ties that add a great plot line to the story. Crew is real, good and well he fights the bad guys. Sucker for a damsel in distress.
Addy had too much resistance to the relationship with Crew that I found it hard to get the connection in their relationship. But in saying that and I’m contradicting myself here for those same reasons above is the exact reason why it did actually work for me. It was frustrating but a good frustrating.
Now I personally think that Ms. Asher could have gone more in depth with this plot of the book and on top of that it could have been grittier but remember I am only a reviewer and not the writer and well I’m opinion doesn’t weigh in by a lot. Besides 4 stars so need I say more? Nuff said really.
All characters are great in the book. Especially Addy’s group of friends. Oh how that name makes me cringe. I preferred Crew calling her Addison like balm for the soul.
Who I’m really interested in? Grady. With Maya. Woohoo
He looks over at me and states, “It’s a cow.” I narrow my eyes mumbling. “No shit.” Looking back at my neighbours pet, I cross my own arms wondering how I’m going to get her home. . “You didn’t tell me there’d be a cow,” he accuses, irritated. “Kiss my ass, man. It’s not my cow.”
Need I say more? See I can’t wait.
Unteachable by Leah Raeder
June 28, 2013
Title : Unteachable
Author : Leah Reader
Series : N/A
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.
But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.
When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.
That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.
Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.
Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.
Review : I received an e-arc for an honest review. Thank you for giving me that chance! Review might contain spoilers
Even for me as native german speaker it was easy to follow the well written story line
At first thinking the age difference between them was going to be too big i had little hope for a good ending . This made me hesitate in reading at first!
But the really good writing made me go on page after page …
And I am happy I did.
I agree with other reviewers that M. point of view of herself is a little “bitter” in the beginning – putting herself in the middle of all the attention around her. But if we honestly try to remember us beeing her age – didn’t we feel the same ? Like everybody only staring at you? (In a good or bad way – depending if you were/felt beautiful or ugly)