Category: Womens Fiction

Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born in Fire by Nora RobertsBorn in Fire by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on October 1st 1994
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
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Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland...
The eldest Concannon sister, Maggie, is a reclusive, stubborn and free-spirited glassmaker—with a heart worth winning.
Margaret Mary is a glass artist with an independent streak as fierce as her volatile temper. Hand-blowing glass is a difficult and exacting art, and while she may produce the delicate and the fragile, Maggie is a strong and opinionated woman, a Clare woman, with all the turbulence of that fascinating west country.
One man, Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney, has seen the soul in Maggie’s art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie’s studio, her heart is inflamed by their fierce attraction—and her scarred past is slowly healed by love...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

For this book I have tried to read it several times but I was finally able to read this book and I loved it. I read this book and the other two that goes along with this one sometime in the first few months of this year. I tried reading it last year for my last book count of only 50 books but I decided not to and instead read a book that I haven’t read in a while for it.

Anyways back to the main reason this review. This book was so good from beginning to end in my opinion. I loved how Maggie, for the oldest character, is not the one that her mother likes and is the one that felt closest to the father before he passed away the year before the book takes place. Margaret Mary is just so headstrong about not having any help whatsoever that whenever Rogan tries he gets told off by Maggie. I love how Rogan is like the complete opposite of the headstrong Maggie that it seems all so good.

This book for me is just sooooo good and soooo heartwarming that you don’t ever want to put it down until the very end. Even if you have those pesky things to do like chores, eating, sleeping, and other things like that. I give it a five thumbs up.

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Takedown Twenty by Janet EvanovichTakedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #20
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on November 19th 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Cozy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Women's Fiction
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

My take on the book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Okay I know I’m just jumping in here and reviewing one of the newest books of the Stephanie Plum mysteries but it would have been tedious for me to go all the way to the first book and work my way forward. Janet Evanovich has once again provided a very well written out book for Stephanie Plum.

I know that some people might be done with the love triangle that Stephanie has put herself into with both Joe Morelli and Ranger. Some people are also probably tired of reading about Stephanie’s stuff getting blown up or whatever else happens to Stephanie’s things but I’m not like that as I love everything that Janet has done in the Stephanie Plum novels. Including the whole thing of Stephanie’s love triangle and her stuff getting blown up. Granted the love triangle is getting old but oh well.

Grandma Mazur, like always, is a hoot and so is Lulu. This book was a great read all the way from the beginning to the end where Stephanie gets the bad guys and that Kevin is safe and sound someplace. I actually couldn’t believe the whole thing about Kevin the giraffe while I was reading it as that was both weird and funny at the same time. But everything about this book is a total Janet book and that is what I love about it.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.