They are the Arctic Brotherhood.
They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.
Elliott Wilder is a mild mannered Alaskan college professor. Wilder craves the things most people find boring. Seclusion. Monotony. Anonymity. But what Wilder craves most of all is the thing he can’t have… memory loss. Four hundred years ago, Wilder and the other members of the Arctic Brotherhood were captured and tortured by the leader of the Siberian werewolves. Wilder is still haunted by memories of that night, when he wasn’t able to protect his leader.
Now the Siberian wolf is on the loose and seeking revenge. Not only must Wilder lead the brotherhood, he must fight the attraction he feels toward its newest recruit, Jenny Piper. Jenny offers Wilder a glimpse of the life he can’t have. As the brotherhood races against time to save humanity from the horror their enemies unleashed on the world, Wilder must reach inside himself to find the leader the brotherhood needs and the mate Jenny craves.
Elliott Wilder has been living a life of solitude. He is the eccentric, a hot loner, grumpy professor at the university. Since that one incident four hundred years ago he has been suffering with PTSD ever since. He doesn’t want to get involved with anything violent anymore but an arch nemesis of his is back and it looks like he has no choice. An old friend pays him a visit to inform him of what is at stake. Elliott doesn’t take to well to it.
I wasn’t too sure about Elliot to begin with, he seemed standoffish but with his interactions with his team and with Jenny he thawed out.
Jenny Piper has been living in the human world after the loss of her family. Her father wasn’t a born shifter but a turned shifter. A tragedy that made her flee to the human world and never look back.
Jenny is a fantastic heroine. She is a strong alpha female and knows what she wants. In this case it is Elliott. She has her work cut out for her though.
The Brotherhood of the Midnight Sun reunites once again to fight the same evil they fought four hundred years ago. Slight problem though? The enemy is bigger and tougher than expected. It could mean the end of the world…Could
With strong Norse mythology being present in this book it gave it a more in-depth twist to the series. With a lot of mystic and magic involved and Jotunheim. Tyr and the wolf goddess Angrboda add even more layers to the story that has written here.
Shifter romance at its best and one of my all-time favourites when it comes to a trope. Vampires? Not so much. But shifters? All the time. The best thing about this book is that it is about Artic wolves and they are completely unique to other shifters. They can only shift at the midnight sun which made this book very interesting as to how to figure out in what direction the author was heading.
If you are like me and see a book you like but the author is new to you. You think twice about requesting it or reading it. You have a 50/50 just of a love/hate relationship. Many a times before I have been burnt when it has come to this other times and it applies here as well I haven’t I really enjoyed this book I wasn’t too sure to begin with but the more I read the more I felt that I had stumbled across a paranormal romance where the author thought out of the box here. On a gamble I also requested the second book which has paid off.
If you are looking for something different then I can only recommend this book and fingers crossed the series as well.
Dark… seductive… promise
Stryder Steele, along with his two brothers and father, lives by one code: Help all in need. Even if it means saving those who walk among the most sinister criminals in the world. Known as The Black Stallions, their mission is simple – provide rescue and safety to the innocents drawn into the evil depths of the underground.
Zoya Morozova has been kidnapped and ready to be sold at an underground human auction in Moscow. Being sold to the highest bidder, she has no idea her life is about to change when her new Master is the dark and mysterious… Stryder Steele.
Bad boy Stryder remembers the pain of being unable to save another but he’ll put his life on the line to save this beautiful Russian farm girl. When he buys Zoya with the purpose of rescuing her, he has no idea that she may have the power to rescue him as well.
Flown to The Black Stallion Ranch, and with the help of Zoya and the knowledge of the human sex trade she has, can the Steeles put together the pieces in time to save all the innocent women who had been sold to the monsters of the underground, or will they lose to the mastermind of it all?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains graphic sex and BDSM elements.
If you haven’t read the first book then don’t read the review there are some references to it.
Stryder picks off exactly where Maddox stopped. This is a great addition and continuation in the Black Stallion Trilogy. There is suspense in the book with complex and flawed characters. Dark and seductive.
Stryder has picked his save in the hope to fight against Poplov who killed nearly all of Adira’s family. Anson and Stryder go off to Russia to find out more about the sex slave ring infiltrate it and annihilate everyone that is involved.
Zoya is naïve she leaves her family in a small village in Russia to move to Moscow to take a job there. She trusts the first person she meets and ends up in a sex slave ring.
Due to Stryder’s past it is hard for him to stand abuse against women. His past is tragic. He wants to save every woman that is at that auction but they can’t. But they will do their best to get them all back.
Stryder is hard and cold as well as calculating. I liked him at the beginning but there were times his treatment of the heroine was unjustified. For me there was one scene where if written wrong might be seen as non-consensual in a way. Especially if this is one of your pet peeves.
But Zoya also treated Stryder unfairly and with a difficult topic she didn’t let him talk about something really important she behaved like a petulant child and wasn’t my favourite heroine that I’ve read so far this year. I didn’t always see the connection between the MC.
Tackling the topic of a sex slave is difficult and it is done well. In my opinion anyway. I found certain scenes put me out of my comfort zone but they belong in the book otherwise it would be too glossy. I enjoy the BDSM elements.
If you like all of the above and want to read something different then this is the read for you. Anson ins next and I look forward to his book.
Maddox Steele, along with his two brothers and father, lives by one code: Help all in need. Even if it means saving those who walk among the most sinister criminals of the world. Known as The Black Stallions, their mission is simple—provide rescue and safety to the underground.
Adira Nazar has no idea her entire life is about to explode into a million pieces. With her life in extreme danger, her only choice is to hand over complete trust to a dark and mysterious man she has never met… Maddox Steele.
Just another job…
Someone to protect like all the others…
But when Maddox sets eyes on Adira, all bets are off. She is his save, and he’s determined to make sure that nothing happens to this exotic beauty trapped in a ruthless world.
Tucked away at The Black Stallion Ranch, and with the few clues they have, can the Steeles put together the pieces, or will they lose Adira to the clutches of darkness?
Publisher’s Warning: This book contains graphic sex and BDSM elements.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought her favourite love was riding her horse across the dunes of Arabia, until she saw a cowboy in a black hat. From that moment, her destiny was changed….
Adira Nazar’s an Arabian princess is the daughter of one of the most important families who have legal businesses and not so legal businesses. What she doesn’t know is that her world is about to implode.
The heroine in the book is strong, sassy but at the same time quite naïve. There were times that she behaved like a spoilt brat and pouted as a child. But overall I admire her persistence and her strength to deal with what was happening to her.
The Steele family has a twenty year old debt to pay that debt is getting key family of the Nazar’s family out of Dubai as they are in danger.
Maddox was there for the save of Adira but in the end she is hers. Mine. This is an action packed book with main and secondary characters I just can’t get enough of.
The blurb sounded really quite cheesy to be honest but cheesy blurb aside hands down. I haven’t read something so unique and original.
There are BDSM elements in the book and although done well there were times were I thought that Adira was really quite out of her depth and that her feelings and behaviour were out of place when it came to the chemistry with Maddox.
The ending was a bit rushed but there is somewhat of cliffhanger but with Adira and Maddox’s story being wrapped up Stryder’s book is next. Maddox’s adopted brother.
I read this book because my friend Mareike read it and left such a great review that I had to check it out and all I can say is that I really enjoyed this book a lot.
EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU (Bk 2 of 2), Caine & Addison’s story of love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run–and chase–when their past threatens their future.
Note: The Unfinished Love series follows four brothers, each fighting for their second first chance at love. Each of the couples have two books (duets) that take place years apart. This is Caine & Addison’s Book 1; Book 2 reunites them seven years later, and concludes their story.
You have to read Before that Night before you can read this book.
Short and sweet, this is going to be…
Addison cross paths after 7 years. They were miserable both of them the past 7 years that their love isn’t finished yet. They’ve both changed. Caine has become harder but deep down he is still the sweet alpha that he has always been towards Addison.
Addison has really done something great. I admire her strength and tenaciousness. Out of all the things that she has been through she deserved happiness. She got it in the end with Caine no doubt about it. But sometimes it was just so long winded.
What I didn’t like is that when I wanted to see more of Caine and Addison getting closer with one another again, Alec who is like the brother she never had keep on turning up. Okay, okay Caine was there when it counted the most but still. Alec constantly butting in annoyed me. A. Lot.
I started off strong with this book but throughout the book either I was slacking off or the book was slacking. I was exhausted by the time I’d finished it feeling at the same time happy that I had finished and a wee bit guilty because of it dragging in parts to my liking.
Several of you will probably say “That’s not true” Ah got to admit it is for me. I did not see that ending coming! Great twist there Ms. Duke!
What I loved – The HERO is celibate for 7 years, yes you read correctly he is celibate for 7 years. So refreshing when that happens in a book. Makes it sweeter.
All four Spencer brothers will be getting a book, Drew is up next. We have Gabe and then Max. A series to continue as Ms. Duke can write a captivating story it just didn’t captivate me all the time.
Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.
I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.
But now he’s back.
I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.
Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.
One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.
A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion
My lack of words for this book is astonishing. I still after over twelve hours feel emotional about this book on so many levels. This is an intense read, an emotional read. A read that will stay with me for a very long time.
A thousand letters is that kind of book. A book that is heartfelt, that breaks you, that puts the little pieces back together in a manner you thought isn’t possible but you love it all the more for what it has made you see, made you feel, made you take on board.
A sententious read with layers that go so deep and there are so many that it is a lot to take all in at one moment. That makes you want to go back and reread the book straight away to work through all of the emotions that hit you all at once. To pick them apart and to feel the impact that it has on you.
This is a deeply emotional read for me. Every time I thought they find back to one another something came up. Ms. Hart’s writing is flawless. She delivers a story of love lost, that one love and over second chances. Her brilliance and cunning to use literature to underline all the emotions that are brought to the forefront is undeniable beautiful. It gives the book additional depth not that it needed it to begin with. But it just makes it to be more. It has an old soul feel to it. Lyrical and poetic at the same time. I love it. It is a pleasure to read.
Exceptional words with exceptional beauty by the author.
And I found myself in the dark, found her in the dark. I found the light and truth in darkness, hiding there were I couldn’t see, right in front of me the whole time.
Today the sun shone. Today, I saw him, saw the tenderness I’d longed for, dreamt of. Today, tonight, was magic.
Elliott & Wade are meant to be together. They are were meant to be together seven years ago. They are meant to be now and they are each other’s forever. A split second of uncertainty a choice can take everything from you and impact you for the rest of your life.
I was never able to let him go. Didn’t matter that I knew nothing. The boy who I walked away from lived on in the wreckage of my heart, and I never stopped wishing things had been different.
A tragedy brings Wade home and brings them back together. Trying to align the new reality to what happened in the past is difficult for both Elliott and Wade. To truly understand what happened and to if they have a chance they have to be honest, lay it all out. Be naked take what the other person is to say.
There is so much pain, grief and hurt between them. They dance that goes back and forth between them. There is so much begging, pleading, anger, disappointment. But dishonesty to the real reason. They blame each other but time just wasn’t on their side. They were young, so very young that the cruelness, the despair and lack of understanding, the inequity to understand what is happening the wisdom to go back and change it. To say sorry and that you’d made a mistake, swallowing pride and then convincing yourself that it is better this way that way the hurt, the pain and the suffering couldn’t get much worse.
Although they aren’t the same people they used to be that connection that depth of love they have for one another is still there.
Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined
There were times where I thought they wouldn’t make it. They gradually who they are meant to be. Together.
The first book I read by this author I couldn’t get into. The second book I stopped reading as I didn’t like the theme of the book. But this book….. Third luck is a charm Ms. Hart.
I requested this book because at the end of the blurb it said that it is based on Jane Austen’s book Persuasion. Persuasion is one of my favourite books. It is that one book……
Anyone can do Pride & Prejudice and so many have. But Persuasion? Utterly unique.
Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend this book to everyone. The year is still young but this is one of my favourites so far.
“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”
Mellie Jamison is afraid of the world after her security and innocence were stolen as a teen. Now in her early twenties, she’s content with her secluded lifestyle and her cat… at least, that’s what she tells herself. When a grandfather she never met leaves her an abandoned house, she has no choice but to set out on a journey she never wanted to take.
Smith Porter was living his dream until he was forced to give up his job as a police officer and return home to take over the family business. He’s now alone in the world, merely surviving on memories and emotionless attachments. So when his old partner calls in a favor, Smith agrees to flip the neglected house and keep an eye on Jay’s baby sister.
He’s a master at restoration and rebuilding, but Smith never expected that tearing the walls down around Mellie’s heart to be his most difficult project yet. And when her life is threatened, keeping her safe is the most important job he’ll ever have.
*Contains sensitive and mature content.
Have you ever read a book you don’t know how to rate?
Well for me this is one of those books. There were times were I thought, okay this is a 2 star read and then it went up to a 4 star read something happened which I personally wasn’t happy about and it then went back to a 2 star read. I’ve decided to go with 3.5 stars here.
Mellie suffers from agoraphobia and PTSD after being violated in the most horrible way. She has some fears that she wants to overcome. A step in the right direction is to take a closer look at the house that she inherited.
Smith’s whole family died in a freak accident during a storm since then he hasn’t let anyone close as a favor to his old partner Jay he agrees to keep an eye on Mellie. HE is the contractor to help with the house. But the favor turns into more.
They meet they get off to a rocky start and this is where things got difficult for me. The connection that they have at the beginning ebbs and flows. It is an internal battle for Smith as Mellie is eleven years younger and his friend’s sister. Mellie is attracted to Smith and wants to act on it and although Smith tries not to, he caves.
Smith is a likeable Hero and he does everything and anything he can for the heroine. The heroine in the book is somewhat lost and has no self-preservation at all. This is just my opinion. It did make me cringe a couple of times. And scream at her internally of course what the hell she is thinking?
There are twists and turns to the story that made it unpredictable which I liked. The story flows well and the author can suck you in and keep you entertained throughout the book. There are some uncomfortable scenes in the book so if you get squirmy about some things then don’t read the book. PM if you want the details.
Ask me also what the cynic in me says.
I also look forward to reading more by the author.
Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.
Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.
Absolute Perfection – A spoiler free review
A touch of the forbidden. A doctor/patient romance. It is epic and yes I am fangirling.
This has everything that I love in a read. Romance, suspense, chemistry, banter and an exceptional plot with in-depth characters you are rooting for every step of the way. With a very unique setting taking place in Hawthorne a mental institution.
Expect the unexpected with this book.
The heroine fighter and survivor. After witnessing the murder of her twin sister, Allison is at a loss. She might not talk but she is mentally all there. Her Aunt thought it was wise to give her the treatment that she apparently needs or not.
The tortured Knight in tarnished armor. Dr. Daniel Delgado, Dr. Lumberjack is doing his best to redeem himself. As a former alcoholic and a loss he blames himself for as doctors are not meant to do harm. He failed and lives his life in a self-imposed isolation. He holds back from living until he meets Allison.
Forbidden romance a touch here, a look there, a camping trip that turns to a kiss. Notes exchanged with books that bring them closer together. I felt spooked when I read the scenes at night with Allison – nice touch there Ms. Rothert.
I feel deeply in love with both MC of the book as well as the secondary characters of this book as well. There are so many twists and turns to the plot in this book and I was surprised to the revelation of what is going on.
I definitely recommend this book and it is worth a reread for me in the future.
“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to matter if you abandon them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”
Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.
No sacrifice is too great for love.
It All Ends Here. Their love however will never end.
Let me list my feels to be honest I have so many mixed emotions. I felt distraught, angry, sad, tearful, and joyful and although frightening at times there was so much hope.
“Take miracles when they came, because they’re few and far between.”
Triumph is beautiful, raw, gritty, astonishing, poignant, hopeful and daunting. And of all things emotionally draining. It bled me dry I laughed, I cried, I felt bittersweet. I saw everything that I was meant to see and yet all of it cannot be put into words no matter how hard I try.
My opinion on Caroline varied with each book. There were times where I hated her and I loved her all at the same time. Caroline here is not who she used to be and she still feels that her sanity might snap at any time. But she is a fighter. She is also still easily provoked and doesn’t have a real hold on her temper.
I will repeat myself for the sake of it hands down Monty is one of the best Heroes I have read. His brand of dominance, his complete control his kindness, his tenderness and devotions as well as his unconditional love for Caroline is undeniable.
I will always love you Monty. You are my number one silver fox.
The journey they have been on is hard to describe it is something that needs to be read, experienced. They were different when they met, they grew together as well as the love they had for one another. They were torn apart by extreme circumstances but each helped to put themselves back together again. Together they are sinfully, sexually decadent. More than they used to be, a deeper connection, more intense and knowing more of what they have and what they can lose.
I highlighted so much of this book and have realized that I can’t really use anything of it is an experience you have to go into blind. It is everything I imagined and more.
Although I do have some slight negative points against the book. But the positive far outweigh the negative. But I have the need to mention them anyway.
Personally I found the ending to be somewhat anticlimactic. I really had no idea what to expect it just all felt too smooth for me. But my questions in regards to the ending being too smooth are more about the execution of it. I would have liked to have seen what the Santos administration had done in more detail. I could raise and ethical and maybe even philosophical nature that doesn’t belong here. As it’s a review and not a debate.
I do find the author’s mind truly fascinating and wouldn’t mind picking it apart. Or having a debate with her. Ethical, philosophical or otherwise anything else.
Ms. London is fearless in her writing and it all comes from the heart. Without a shadow of a doubt the determination and love involved in this journey is admirable. The idea to set up this plot now? Foresight might have been involved on her part.
The intellectualism of the book raises it to an epic moral and ethical debate to show how some people are willing to go to the extremes to fight for what is right and what the world in the end can come to if we aren’t careful. If we don’t stand up for our beliefs and values. This series and more specifically this book has earned a part of my mind and heart. See now I have been a tad philosophical here.
I didn’t want to voice this one but in for a penny in for a pound right? It was in some cases too patriotic where some things where I thought wow okay that is putting it on thick.
Parting words: Be vigilant at all times.
Good things come in extra-large, smoking hot packages.
Things like pizza.
The very pizzas that I deliver for my dad’s restaurant, Peretti’s Pizza. It’s a temporary job, something to pay the bills until I graduate from school, but it does the trick. In fact, it’s working quite well until Ryan Pierce of the LA Lightning decides to order a pizza from me, and life as I know it turns upside down.
You see, Ryan Pierce doesn’t just open his front door. He opens it buck naked. And suddenly, I’m not the one boasting the biggest, hottest package in the room. However, it’s what happens next that makes my stomach flip upside down whenever my phone beeps. Ryan starts to call, and then text, and then fifteen pizza deliveries and one hot-as-sin kiss later, we’re friends.
So when he asks me to be his fake girlfriend at his brother’s wedding, I’m happy to help. But the longer we pretend, the more I worry that this is one package I might not be able to handle.
Please be aware that I’m in the minority here. You can write and you can write well. You have done something utterly unique with your style. It’s funny. This is a major case of it is ME and not YOU.
To my review
Andi is working as the delivery girl for her father’s pizza parlour once she has finished her accounting degree. Andie doesn’t want to be an accountant though. She wants something different. What she really wants is to be a comedienne. Whenever she can she goes to gigs to practice her material and she is good. And with a little help she is going places.
Ryan plays for the Minnesota hockey team but wants to transfer out to LA so is trying to get in with a new agent to get him started in LA. But after ordering a smiley pizza he is smitten with the delivery girl. He can’t help but not fall for the delivery girl.
I liked the MC individually. Put them together and I was kind of indifferent. I just didn’t feel a connection. Ryan tried too hard and invested too much in the beginning of the relationship and Andi didn’t do enough in my opinion.
And dude I don’t know you just didn’t ask her out instead of ordering all that pizza but then I guess it wouldn’t have had the fun factor which helped the book along I mean how else are they meant to see each other again?
This is just me and I have a strong dislike for MC who talk crap about only being friends and yet they have feelings for one another. Being so indecisive drives me bonkers. It was a push and pull that ruined the book for me.
It’s funny in all the right places yet I was still missing something. I think a proper connection between the two characters and maybe I’m just too old for the NA genre? Because it had a very strong NA feel to it.
I found it extremely tough to review this book. I’ve come to realize that I’m not the romantic comedy kind of gal. There is the rare occasion that it does occur as Alanis Morissette out it when there are ten thousand spoons but all you need is a knife.
An unexpected meeting at the beach and a young nephew who won’t take no for an answer, has Mia Winters’ brother, Owen, falling hard and fast.
Charlotte feels something too, but violently losing her mother at a young age has her afraid to take a chance.
With only five days, Owen will have to work fast if he has any hope of winning Charlotte’s heart.
3 My brown eyed girl. Stars
Charlotte is in Florida on holiday she was meant to meet her Dad but he had other plans. Living in New York and living on the world of finance and numbers. Charlotte without even knowing it has kept a very secluded life. Due to the tragic death of her mother it is no wonder. Moving around a lot as a child at least twelve countries has never made her fit in anyway. She has been holding on to her father for too long.
She is shy and insular. She loves lists, she dislikes boredom and she doesn’t do relaxation aka holiday at all well.
But with the help of Kyle…
“This is my Charlotte,” Kyle shouted. “That’s my uncle.” “Your Charlotte, huh?” he asked Kyle though he was looking at her.
Owen is on holiday with his whole family and yes that includes Colby & Mia Winters. Colby and Owen are cousins which makes for fun times. Owen tries to break up the beginning of a beautiful friendship but falls for the shy beauty himself. He lives in South Carolina so how will that work?
But family can’t help be family and then they get involved. No matter how much you don’t want them to Owen.
“I don’t want to be anyone’s project.” His father chuckled. “And you think you get any say? Especially in this family.”
So with the attraction beneath the surface and Owen’s patience a wonderful summer romance begins. It is the beginning moments of heart flutters and butterflies. Words of promise of something more.
“You take my breath away.” And she was taking his heart right along with it. And for a man who’d never been in danger of losing it, that took his breath away, too.
Of getting to know one another of exploring everything you want to explore of that special someone. He sure does know how to make you feel special.
Drawing her up, he brushed a slow, soft kiss over her lips. The kind of kiss that touched the soul.
But what happens when the time spent on holiday is over and real life beckons?
After the magic is over and they go back to their respective lives they speak on the phone any time that they can. Owen goes to see Charlotte in New York until a moment of the past leads to Charlotte getting a scare and sets everything she has with Owen in jeopardy. But what are fathers for.
“Falling in love, giving your heart to someone, someone you might lose is risky business.”
I’ve got to say that so far this is my least favourite in the Titan World series and also my least favourite when it comes to the lovely Ms. Connor but even putting all of this aside it is still a sweet, sexy, heart-warming read.
On a side note my most favourite bit out of the book.
“SEALs use any equipment needed to train and get the job done.” “And I have a pink princess Navy SEAL bike with training wheels,” Clara added with all her father’s confidence and her mother’s sass.