Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Scandalous Vow by Ava Stone

This book is part of a series, but it's not necessary to read them in order. (Although I do recommend it!)

Marcus Gray, the Marquess of Haversham, has some enemies from his past. While he has been in love with Caroline, Viscountess Staveley, for years, they were unable to be together as she was married to someone else.  Now widowed with three children, Caroline holds tight to her dislike of Marc because she believed he caused her husband's death. Because Caroline's husband and Marc used to both work at the Home Office, he knows secrets that she is unaware of. When her life is in danger, Marc must protect her, even though she hates him!

This book had all the things I love - intrigue, passion and romance!  Ms. Stone does a fantastic job of bringing these characters' love for each other to light. I highly recommend this book. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gone Gull: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

Gone Gull is the newest book in the Meg Langslow series.  This time, Meg and her family have headed up to Biscuit Mountain to help her grandmother, Cordelia, with her summer program.  Meg is teaching a blacksmith class, and the prior week had been wrought with pranks.  As they head into the second week, Meg and Cordelia try to make sure the prankster has left.  However, now the pranks have been upgraded to murder! When a fellow artist is found stabbed to death in his studio, we see Chief Heedles again visiting a crime scene. Meg is determined to do what she can to stop the vandal and the murderer!  As usual, her curmudgeonly grand father gets involved when the murder victim also holds the secret to finding a rare breed of gulls previously thought extinct. After another murder victim pops up, there is a direct threat to her family as well.  Meg steps up her game with the help of her beloved family members.

What I love about these mysteries (other than Meg herself) is Meg's family!   My only complaint is that as her twins get older, we see less interaction between Meg and Michael. But as usual, Ms. Andrews has written a very entertaining mystery!

I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.