A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing—with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married—to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.


Sofia Santos is a city-raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits,” begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi, to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.

What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage, and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise, and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

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My thoughts….4 stars

Leaving the high finance world of investment bankers and crazy rocket scientists in Manhattan, Ms. Chase introduces readers to the high stakes world of defense attorney’s in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C.

Stanton Shaw is a Southern boy who’s made good out in the big world beyond honeyed drawls, magnolias, azaleas, BBQ, and sweet tea. Though he’s out of the South, Stanton uses his smooth Southern charm to finesse everything from juries to women. Honestly, it’s hard to beat a Southern man for charm when he turns it on and cranks it up.

Sofia Santos easily holds her own with Stanton. With three older brothers and parents who valued and stressed education, Sofia’s beautiful, no nonsense, and rising fast in the law firm she and Stanton work for. Learning from her brother’s conversations and examples she knows men’s minds, how they think, and what sends them running. She hasn’t the time for attachments. The friends with fringe benefits arrangement with Stanton is just the ticket.

When Stanton discovers “his girl”, Jenny~first love, high school sweetheart, and mother of his daughter, is getting married it rocks the foundation of his world. The living large life of having his cake and eating it too is about to end, throwing Stanton into a bit of a spin. He thinks he knows what he needs to do and Sofia is a key part of his plan. He has to convince her to go back home with him. Her guidance is crucial, at least that’s what he tells himself…

Sofia must be out of her cotton picking mind, agreeing to go home with Stanton to Sunshine, Mississippi and help stop Jenny’s wedding. As Stanton’s friend first and lover second she’s got this covered. She’s always known exactly where they stand.

Oh, the lies we tell ourselves….

Ms. Chase consistently delivers contemporaries brimming with humor, heart, heat, and details that give the story and characters authenticity. Like Stanton’s BBQ sauce (BBQ is a high art form in the South) and telling the weather by the cows (Papa taught me). This winning combination never fails to make me laugh, give me a warm glow, and lift my mood.

It’s a testament to Stanton’s charm that after Drew’s cameo, early on, I didn’t spend the rest of the book pining for his return. Stanton and Sofia easily hold their own. Then there’s the added bonus of a whole new wonderful, occasionally quirky, cast of characters I’m looking forward to getting to know better.

Like a kid anticipating Christmas morning, that’s how I feel when an Emma Chase book is set for release. When the book’s finally in my hands it’s like Santa put me at the top of the nice list as everything I could ask for is ticked off.

Can hardly wait to get my eager lil’ hands on the next book!


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S.J. Maylee’s DESIRE UNEXPECTED: Assassins and Sweethearts

I’m so happy to be at Manic Readers to talk about my new release, Desire Unexpected. Thank you for having me back. Here’s a list of things to introduce you to my new series, Assassins and Sweethearts.

Ten Things about the Series:

1. Desire Unexpected is the first of four stories.
2. In each book in the series, I will attempt to find a sweetheart for an assassin. This first book tells Ethan’s story.
3. The three other assassins are Aidan, Max, and Gavin. You get to meet each of them in Desire Unexpected.
4. Aidan and Gavin are brothers and they’ve known Ethan all their life. Eventually you’ll see how Max fits in. He keeps telling me I can’t share his secrets. I’ll get him to open up. I’ll keep trying anyways.
5. Each assassin has a skill that helps them to excel in this chosen profession. They are each smart enough to know when they should lean on one another. They’re a team in more ways than one.
6. Ethan has a head for business. He takes full advantage of his success and often hides in plain sight.
7. Aidan is a ghost. You’ll never see him coming.
8. Max is brute strength, but don’t let that fool you. He’s also the sweetest one of the bunch.
9. Gavin is the foundation and looks out for everyone, keeping his eye on the big picture.
10. The sweethearts play a huge role in the series. Not only do they need to find a way into the hard hearts of these assassins, but they’ll unravel the threat that will be growing throughout the series.




Desire Unexpected:Assassins and Sweethearts Series Book 1

by S.J. Maylee

Contemporary Erotic Romance

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-77233-313-8

Released: April 9, 2015



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Life is passing Nadia Duskin by from her position in the mailroom. It only fulfills two necessities, keeping the repo man away and keeping her up to date on her sexy CEO.

Ethan Wright is prepared to frighten and fire the nosey girl who sorts his company’s mail. After engaging with her at one of his favorite places in the world, he digs deeper.

Together, they find the kind of pleasure that could keep them satisfied for a lifetime. Her love may be the key to putting both of their lives back on track, but to what end? When a man he’s been contracted to kill threatens Nadia’s life, he forces her to face reality. Either they’ll delve deeper into the desires neither expected or they may die trying.

Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM, public exhibition


“It reminded me of you.” He shook his head. “It’s just from the museum gift shop. I wanted to give you something for putting up with me. I hope you like it.”

“Thank you.” She took the little box and sat on her battered sofa. “Please, take a seat.”
He sat next to her, but kept to the edge, confirming there was nothing relaxed about this visit.
After slipping the green ribbon from the box, she pulled off the lid and pushed back the tissue paper, revealing the item she’d so long desired. Her heart raced and she scooted closer to him. He had no idea what he’d done. Her secret crush giving her the piece of jewelry she’d long desired was incredibly perfect. Neither were really her style and she wanted them all the same. She looked at him with heavy tears stinging her eyes. Brushing the box from her lap, she slipped the bracelet onto her wrist.
“Thank you.”
“You’re welcome. I’ve enjoyed our time together.” He brushed away the tear that had rolled down her cheek and cupped her chin.
“Don’t say that like it’s over.” She took a hold of his wrist and pulled it into her lap. “It’s not, right?” Panic raced over her. If he wanted to leave, she wouldn’t stop him, but her whole body hurt with wanting him to stay.
“I’m no good for you, Nadia.” He took hold of her hands. “You deserve a nice man with an uncomplicated life. I can’t give you what you need.”
“That’s not true.” She put her fingers to his lips. “Don’t.”
He took a hold of her shirt, not pulling her closer, just squeezing the fabric in his fist.
“I don’t know what’s going on with you.” She brought her touch back to his hands, trying to ease the pressure. “I just know the only time I feel alive is when I’m with you. You’re on my mind constantly.” She lowered her gaze, losing her courage by the second. “There’s something between us and I want to explore it. I want to know what drives you insane with need. Don’t you want me too?”
“Shit, Nadia, I haven’t stopped thinking about you since the first day at the windows.” He let her go and pulled out of her reach to slip around to the other side of the couch with his back to her. “I want things from you that I’m certain would frighten you.”
“I doubt that.” Knowing she had to make her move now or risk losing him forever, she pulled her shirt over her head and tugged off her sweatpants, tossing them both on the chair. “Do you remember the questions I asked about you before we met?”
“You’re playing with fire.”
“No, I’m not into fire play, but I have a feeling you know what I need.”
“What …” He turned, his gaze swept over her body and he brushed his hand over his mouth. “You take my breath away.” He stepped toward her, adjusting the bulge in his pants. “You think you want to play?”
“I do.” She sucked on her lip, wishing she’d worn her one set of matching bra and panties.
“Fuck, I want this” He brushed her skin ever so slightly up her arms, across her chest, and down between her breasts. “I’ve had dreams about this moment.” He raised her chin, forcing her to look at him. He dragged his fingers through her hair and tugged the length of it back. “I want you at my mercy. Do you have any idea what it’s like to give someone like me control?”
“Yes, sir.” She arched her back, revealing her neck. He kept pulling and tingles of pain danced along her scalp. “Please.”
“Are you already asking for mercy?” He tugged her hair again “I don’t think you know what you’re starting.”
“I don’t want you to stop. I want more, sir.” Her breasts pushed against his chest and her grip on his arms tightened. “I want to know.”


SJ Maylee avatarS.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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Starting a business from the ground up can be one of the most stressful, time-consuming and gut-wrenching challenges that one can endure. With 85% of business owners failing before year five, many entrepreneurs who chase their dreams end up emotionally and financially bankrupt in the process.

Jeff Hastings knows all about the good intentions that pave the road to success. He has been in your shoes and experienced great triumphs and tribulation and has lived to tell the tale. As a small business owner, he developed one of the largest and most productive sales teams in the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. His team of over 60 insurance agents and 150 support staff generated an estimated $85 million in annualized premium. In one year, his district generated over $13 million in profit making him one of the most profitable district managers since the company’s inception in 1928. Often being recognized for his performance, the pinnacle of his insurance career came in 2005 when he received the CEO’s top award, District Manager of the Year.

However, once had reached the top he realized the sacrifice of health and family wasn’t worth the reward he’d been working towards for so many years. An already prolific author, motivational speaker and E-Myth coach, Jeff retired at just 47-years young to venture out on his own to develop a business coaching firm and publishing agency in 2014. Inspired by a dream one night, his new endeavor was designed using the principle of expressing your passion through your work while never losing sight of what is truly important. His publishing agency, Chart House Press, is one of the fast growing book publishing agencies in the country. The agency currently houses over 120 writers, editors, illustrators, cover designers and publicists working worldwide to help authors get their ideas in print.

In his latest book, The Most Successful Failure in the World, Jeff explores the personal sacrifices and trials of owning and operating a business. The key point is to make certain your business adds to your life, and not the other way around.

Jeff is the proud father of three children, Kristin, Avery and Logan and resides in Richmond, Texas.

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When a terminal diagnosis puts Alex’s non-stop working and partying life on a six-month deadline, things draw into tight perspective for the CEO and founder of Moss Global. He realizes that while he achieved everything he’d ever set out to do, the regret over what he’d sacrificed for success weighs heavily on his heart. He can’t go back in time, but can he change his daughter’s future? Or will the business he built tear her apart too?

Alex’s eldest daughter is following in his footsteps, right along with his best friend and Director of Customer Relations, Peter Walker. Through a series of tests and reformations, Alex works against time and the disease in his body to save his loved ones and his company from the life he modeled. Can the most successful failure in the world be redeemed?

Other books by the author: Recruit, Recruit, Recruit – Achieving Success One Agent at a Time

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In High CottonIn High Cotton

Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

When a tree topples over onto Miss Lillian’s prized 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the grannies are once again scrambling for money and keeping Lil in the dark. Lucky for them, they have their choice of two cases, but which to take—a suspected art forgery or mysteriously disappearing trash from the county landfill?

As usual, things aren’t exactly as they first seem, and the grannies soon find themselves going undercover and dumpster diving to track down both bad guys. And now that Lil has scored an unexpected early release from prison, the grannies have more at stake than ever.

Will they find the culprits in time to repair the Tucker before Lil gets home, or will she arrive and unravel their lies?


From the beginning of IN HIGH COTTON:

Summer Haven’s front doorbell rang in rapid-fire succession, making Sera freeze mid-stretch into a janu sirsasana pose on the kitchen floor. She glanced over at Maggie and Abby Ruth sitting at the farm table with Sheriff Teague Castro. “Were we expecting anyone?”
“Not that I’m aware of.” Maggie straightened her dark ponytail and tucked her appliquéd shirt into her pants.
“So help me.” Abby Ruth’s tone was as sharp as the creases on her trademark slim jeans. “If it’s Angelina Broussard coming around to stir up more trouble, I’m gonna wring that woman’s neck.”
Teague’s voice dry, he said, “Aunt Bibi, it’s not smart to plan a murder right in front of the sheriff.”
“No offense,” she said. “But you’re like family, and you know what a pain that woman is. Don’t you think I could get off on an insanity charge?”
Teague shook his head, obviously not daring to step into that conversation, especially not with the mother of his dream girl.
Sera hopped to her feet. “I’ll get it.” To forestall violence against the woman who had final say over Summer Haven remaining on the historic register, Sera raced for the foyer, her bare feet slapping against the wooden floor. She flung open the door and there stood Hollis Dooley with that stinky hound dog of his.
The man was a hundred and sixteen if he was a day. Bundled up in a coat that made him look like a cross between a Ninja Turtle and the Michelin Man, Hollis leaned on his silver walker. Goodness, it wasn’t that cold outside. Here at the end of March, the shrubs had already taken the hint that spring was around the corner, displaying buds and tender greens so welcome after the cold of winter. Still, his false teeth were chattering.

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Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ stories of love, humor, and adventure. s. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog. For info on her upcoming single title releases, drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com.

Also by Kelsey Browning:
Book 1:: Personal Assets
Book 2:: Running the Red Light
Book 3:: Problems in Paradise
Book 4:: Designed For Love

Amazed by You – currently part of the Get Lucky box set

Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Nancy now calls North Carolina home. She’s currently at work on the next book in The Granny Series, and a new women’s fiction novel. Stay in touch with Nancy on Facebook, twitter or subscribe to her newsletter on her website ~ http://www.NancyNaigle.com

Also by Nancy Naigle:
The Adams Grove Series
Book 1:: Sweet Tea and Secrets
Book 2:: Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Book 3:: Out of Focus
Book 4:: Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Book 5:: Mint Juleps and Justice
Book 6:: Barbecue and Bad News

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Life After Perfect


3.5 stars

One of the pluses of historical fiction versus non-fiction is the ability to extrapolate. The contradictions in historical details and facts about Aurore Dupin aka George Sand allowed Ms. Berg plenty of wiggle room to do just that. Rather than chapters THE DREAM LOVER is divided into sections headed by date and location, alternating between past and present. Written in the first person THE DREAM LOVER gives the illusion of readers being granted access to George’s private thoughts and memories creating a feeling of intimacy.

While her books and other works are mentioned, some merely in passing such as the play she wrote for Marie Dorval, and quoted, they aren’t, the axis on which TDL spins.

George’s romantic personal life and artistic life style are the main focus. George’s work satisfies her creative urge, the consuming need to write, which she does almost nightly, all night. She’s prolific, almost mechanical, because it provides her income. George isn’t an author who agonizes over every word she writes. Her talent also allows her eccentricities to be tolerated, and to an extent, admired.

Unfortunately, what felt like an inordinate amount of time was spent on her affairs with Jules and Alfred de Musset with the bare minimum spent on Chopin. Jules and de Musset struck me as weak and manipulative. Chopin, while he may have been sickly, felt more equal to her mentally, creatively, and in strength of character. Her romantic relationships, with the exception of Chopin and Alexandre Manceau, came across as sad, hurtful, and ultimately unsatisfying. Classic examples of a strong woman entangled with weaker men who, perhaps jealous of her many strengths, use and manipulate her even if it’s unknowingly.

There were non-romantic relationships that dropped away or were ignored that I would have enjoyed seeing explored more, such as with her daughter Solange, particularly after Chopin’s death, her son Maurice, and her half-sister Caroline.

Personally speaking, a more balanced focus on her works, personal, familial, professional, and romantic relationships would have perhaps given a more rounded picture of the writer deemed the most brilliant of her era.

Overall THE DREAM LOVER is still an enjoyable read, especially for lovers of historical fiction.

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My thoughts….
Kim Korson looks back over her life from her childhood in Montreal, Canada on in I DON’T HAVE A HAPPY PLACE.
Hails to familiar childhood staples like BJ & the Bear, The Bionic Man, Fun Dip and the fruit shaped powder candy, the music, movies etc.; these cultural references brought back many memories, some that hadn’t crossed my mind in ages.  For a bit we were tripping along somewhat parallel memory lane paths.  As “past Kim” grew up we started to diverge and there were times her meandering reminiscences completely lost me while at other times her memory pit stops weren’t relatable at all. When the rambling
became too much or she roamed to places difficult for me to follow I found myself skimming that section.
Ms. Korson’s dry wit is entertaining but against the backdrop of apathy and glass half empty, hang make that pretty much drained, I DON’T HAVE A HAPPY PLACE goes down better in small doses; especially if you aren’t naturally inclined toward that outlook.
Overall Ms. Korson’s trip down memory lane was hit and miss for me.
3 stars
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My thoughts……4 stars

Eloise Blake isn’t who she appears to be. She’s actually Jenilee Gray, surviving daughter of a brilliant memory scientist murdered in her home when Jenilee was five. Eloise is Jenilee in a fugue state. Her skill sets are all intact but she has no personal memories of Jenilee. Her looks, personality, everything is different.

So, is someone actually trying to kill her or are they simply random accidents?

Jack Simonetti is a poor little rich boy. His father, Leon, is controlling, manipulative, and distant. His mother died in a car accident. Jack is a wastrel, no purpose or goal. After his last less than stellar episode involving a bar fight captured by paparazzi Leon gives him an ultimatum. Jack is sent to England to help Leon’s old friend, Daniel Barone, retired scientist, recover his missing ward.  That missing ward happens to be the fugue sufferer, Eloise.

DARK PRAYER is categorized under literature, mystery/thriller, and occult. All those tags apply but they don’t quite capture the allure of DARK PRAYER.  The wonderful writing helps ease the fact that the mystery is a no-brainer. Even someone who rarely reads mysteries would easily figure out who is behind the attempts on Eloise’s life and probably the why behind it. But that isn’t the whole answer. Combine the writing with what you think and feel while reading. That’s where the allure lies. Ms. Mostert introduces new ideas and/or views to the table. Memory isn’t something I’ve given a lot of thought so the various opinions on memory and its effects on a person were fascinating even before you consider the religious/mystical overtones.  In fact, DARK PRAYER raises thought provoking questions about memory and so much more.

As interesting as the present was, Eloise’s fugue state and Jack’s efforts to befriend and protect her, what intrigued me the most was Mnemosyne and its members.

All this brilliance focused on memory, the differences in the ways they approach it, see it, and their end goals. These five people, their actions, and their transgressions, the repercussions of which are being played out now, years later.

One of my favorite lines is when Eloise is told by a former member that her mother, Julianne, was corrupted by love. It was so utterly fitting, corrupted by love.

DARK PRAYER is thoughtful and thought provoking, making me consider things I’d never really paid much mind to. This puts Ms. Mostert at the top of my “new to me” authors list. Looking forward to seeing if her other works live up to DARK PRAYER.

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REMEMBER ME & Giveaway w/ Maggie Mae Gallagher

RememberMe300x450The Heart Never Forgets…

When world renowned psychic, Madelyn Rose, accepts a missing children’s case on the Navajo Reservation, she believes it is a case she is more than capable of solving. What she never expects is for Detective Bronx Daniels to dredge up images of their shared past life and challenge the foundation of her future. In the wide open spaces of the Arizona desert, Madelyn and Bronx are forced to rely upon each other for survival as they race to save the abducted boys from the will of a madman. But with her life on the line, will Madelyn risk it all for a love that crosses time?


Detective Daniels reached his desk before he turned his attention and face back to her.


She bit her lip to keep her mouth from popping open. This was no pretty boy, like the ones dominating Hollywood these days, but a rugged man’s man. Taking in the lean, rangy build encased in a blue plaid dress shirt the top button undone, as he swiveled to meet her gaze head-on, the man wasted no movements. A brown leather belt was slung around his hips, holding his firearm and displaying his badge, accentuated his lean hips. Every step he took had a purpose behind it or he did not bother with the movement. The intensity in his gaze reminded Maddie of birds of prey. Even the straight raven hair grazing his shoulders moved in conjunction with the rest of him as if allowing a strand out of place would somehow cause too much disorder.

Maddie checked the long sturdy fingers on his left hand. No wedding band. Dark suntanned skin, rugged features from a lifetime spent in the sun with coldly assessing brown eyes. He wasn’t pure Navajo Indian, somewhere in his ancestry there was some Anglo.

The firm line of his mouth, surrounded by shadowed growth along his square jaw-line, and his stern expression told her in all of two seconds that he didn’t want her there. Absorbing the distrust stamped across his face, the man did not practice anything that was remotely off the reservation, so to speak.

He studied her with a stony glint in his eyes and firm set to his jaw that she steadfastly believed police forces around the world taught their officers. And this one sized her up, traced the outline of her loose auburn curls draped over her shoulders. His eyes missed nothing, not the dangly silver hoops decorating her ears to her brown high-heeled Steve Madden boots. Something told her he was displeased by her appearance.

“What? Were you expecting a crystal ball and broomstick?”

“No, not at all.” She could practically hear him grind his teeth.

Maddie called bullshit and from the looks of it, this case was going to bite the big one.

Maggie Mae’s giving away an ecopy of REMEMBER ME to one (l) lucky commenter who answers the following question.  How much romance do you prefer mixed in with your suspense?

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Bestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.

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Finding her is only half the battle Cyrus Ryland didn’t become England’s wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around his study during a grand ball enflames his curiosity. They share one dance, but when the clock chimes midnight, she’s nowhere to be found. So Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is.
Claire Mayhew is risking it all by forging Ryland’s signature. But the maddening man won’t lease properties to an unmarried woman. He stands in the way of Claire’s dream: running her own business. The midtown property fits her plans perfectly—a place to live as an independent woman of commerce. When she sneaks into his study and forges his signature, she never expects to be attracted to the stodgy bachelor. But if he finds out who she is, all of her dreams could go
up in smoke…


4 Stars


THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH gives a passing nod at the Cinderella fairytale. Our Cinderella, Claire, neither wants her shoe returned nor does she require rescue from a life of drudgery and servitude to her step relations by the King, of Commerce that is.

Claire is an independent woman during a time when such behavior was frowned upon and every step taken to stop such actions in their tracks. Women needed the firm guiding hand of a man, period. They certainly weren’t capable of operating a business or making their own decisions….Gracious, no!

I enjoyed Claire Mayhew. She was bold and audacious without becoming a caricature. She handled events with style and grace.

Cyrus Ryland is a hero you can’t help but love. He’s willing to meet Claire more than halfway and re-examine his thinking and beliefs. But first he has to discover who the witty, elusive masked temptress is.

Claire and Cyrus lead each other on a merry chase that’s simply delightful. The give-take and by-play are charming and a reflection of the strength and nature of both characters.

Another enjoyable facet of THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH is it’s portrayal of the emerging middle and upper middle class. Men, and women, making fortunes based on their skills, talents, and abilities rather than birth. Meritocracy versus aristocracy, a version of survival of the fittest done with a light, not preachy or hamfisted, touch.  It was a pleasant change to see a historical that didn’t revolve around and hinge on the Ton and their acceptance.

I fancied THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH so much that I bought the first book in the series before I was even halfway through.

THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH is a read to get lost in.


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My thoughts….3.5 stars  Not what I was expecting.
Dustbin Bob is back in the sequel to Rubber Soul.  While The Beatles make an occasional drop in, especially John, PAINTED BLACK is all about Rock’s original bad boys, The Rolling Stones, particularly Brian Jones’ last year or so.
When first starting PAINTED BLACK, indeed right through to the end, I kept anticipating a mystery that never materialized. Speaking
strictly from a personal standpoint there is no mystery. PAINTED BLACK is a fictionalized account of the last year or so of Brian Jones’ life.  Billed as the second Dustbin Bob book, he, Cricket, Clovis, and Erlene aren’t as present as one might expect. Brian is the sun around which the story and characters revolve.
PAINTED BLACK is for fans of The Rolling Stones and the psychedelic era of the mid to late sixties. Name dropping abounds as Brian
makes his way through the upper stratosphere of Rock’s elite and up & coming musicians from Africa to the United
States. Brian’s trip to Baltimore and last excursion to Africa introduces an occult element to the story that, while many were into that at the time, only served tomuddy already murky waters. Regardless of this not being the mystery it was touted to be, it kept my interest because of the actual facts and true life events woven in. Lurid and akin to rubbernecking at an accident, you know it will end badly but can’t help but continue.
Despite a few mentions thrown in of a conspiracy revolving around the demise of rock stars, mystery lovers may want to give PAINTED BLACK a pass as there’s no real mystery involved. For fans of the Stones and the beginnings of the whole sex, drugs, and rock & roll culture there’s plenty here to thrill.
Overall, not what was expected but uniquely interesting in ways I hadn’t anticipated.


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