The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6.5) by Louise Penny

Book Description:

Published: 2010

Louise Penny wrote:

l’ve been meaning to mention THE HANGMAN for a while. Some of you wonder if it’s part of the Gamache books. A very good question. In fact, I wrote THE HANGMAN a couple of years ago as part of GoodReads Canada – an initiative for adult emerging readers. The idea is to give adults who are improving their literacy skills adult books to read – so they don’t have to read children’s books. It’s a wonderful idea – one that started, I believe, in the UK and has since spread. THE HANGMAN is in fact a novella – written intentionally at a grade 3 level…simple words and sentences, but adult themes. It’s set in Three Pines and is a mystery featuring Gamache. But, it doesn’t really fit into the actual arc of the characters….sort of a ‘one off’. Hope I’m making sense. It’s also a fundraiser for literacy, and there are lots of wonderful writers contributing novellas to GoodReads and similar projects. It’s also good, I’ve since learned, for people learning English as second language – or after a stroke and needing to re-learn the language. So pleased to be a small part of this terrific initiative. I think your local bookstore can order a copy of THE HANGMAN, or other books in the literacy series, if you know someone who might like them.

On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.
The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible.
Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines.

Review-

This is just a very short story involving a hanging man in the village of Three Pines and it is written on a third grade level (see above)

Even though it is short, it still has the same “who-dun-it” air that all of the Inspector Gamache has and I enjoyed it very much.

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Hot Ink (Inked In The Steel City #1) by Ranae Rose

🙂 I usually don’t post out-of-order but I’m going out-of-town today and I had this one finished and Volume 2 of Bound to You will have to wait until I get back.

Book Description:

Published: December 14, 2011

Mina never meant to fall for her sexy tattoo artist, Eric, or to become a model. But when she’s asked to pose in a photo shoot for the Hot Ink tattoo studio, she can’t say no. She finally gets a look at Eric’s tattoos when they’re cajoled into posing together, and in a few breathtaking moments, an on-camera kiss turns the passion they’re asked to fake into something very real, leaving them both wanting more. The only problem is that Mina’s not the glamour girl she looks like on the Hot Ink posters, or even in a tattoo magazine. She’s only twenty-four, but being the sole guardian of her disabled younger sister has left her feeling much older. Will Eric still be interested when he gets to know the girl behind the ink and the make-up and finds out that she and her little sister are a package deal?

Review –

This is a sweet( really, it is) romance about a 20 something girl with 40 something responsibilities. She has guardianship of her fourteen year old sister who was tragically hurt in an auto accident when she was seven. The girl’s mother was driving drunk and crashed the car and Mina was hurt badly also which left thick ugly scars on her upper thigh. Mina doesn’t think the hot tattoo artist Eric, would be interested in her because of said responsibilities. Little does she know, he wants to be more! 

It’s a short story (I wish it had been longer)  the romance wasn’t  rushed or over the top and the sex was light and near the end.

It was a pleasant read.

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Fractured,Shattered and Scarred (Mend Me Series 1-3) by Evelyn Rosado

FRACTURED

Book Description:

Published: February 27, 2014

No matter how far away you go or how hard you try to run, some secrets will always follow you.

Selena Appelton is a freshman at State College – ready to purse her academic aspirations and ready to put her tragic past behind her. Content on focusing on keeping her scholarship, she tries her best to keep her head in the books and not on the pitfalls of college life – parties, drugs and boys. That is until campus bad boy, Heath Gibson shows interest in her despite her inner resistance.

Selena struggles with following her heart, trying to escape her past, not knowing Heath may be the one to heal her scars.

This 13,000+ word novelette contains adult content. 18+ only!

SHATTERED

Book Description:

Published: July 31, 2014

Some scars heal and sometimes old wounds reopen when you least expect it.

Within weeks of meeting each other, plus size freshman, Selena Appleton is swept away by campus bad boy Heath Gibson. What started out as a steamy dalliance between them now has blossomed into something beyond their wildest expectations.

Selena is finally learning to cope with her dark past, formed a relationship a new bff and her feelings for Heath deepen with each passing moment. But, just when Selena is on the cusp of the breakthrough she most desperately needs, a haunting revelation threatens to shatter her world to pieces.

This 16,000+ word novelette contains adult content. 18+ only!

SCARRED

Book Description:

Published: August 18, 2014

Love. Pain. Passion.

Secrets buried in the seemingly tranquil small town of Westbrook have finally bubbled to the surface.

Selena Gibson finally thought she had the one thing which eluded her the most – a man who could empathize with her pain. After a shocking revelation from Heath, Selena is poised to move forward and pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Struggling to leave the past behind and carve out a new story of her life she realizes behind every new turn is a struggle. Never one to back down for a fight, Selena just may be running out of strength.

This 14,000+ word conclusion to the series contains adult content. 18+

Review –

This was the worst series that I have ever read. The first book was okay, the second was less than okay, and the third – let’s just say that even one star is too good for it.

The storyline would have been better if the characters were fleshed out a bit more and we had more background on Selena and Heath. Heath just seemed too damaged from the beginning and the author never really gave him a chance to redeem himself.  Selena, although she had been through a horrible ordeal (almost dying in a head on car accident-not her fault-being in a coma for 46 days and having to learn to walk all over again) BUT was continually stuck in the past. Her whole world revolved around the past and I don’t think she would have known how to move on if she really tried. Heath came into her life and I waited for her to make him more important than herself but it never happened. 

When she finds out that Heath was the drunk driver that caused the accident and killed her best friend, she freaked. and it’s fair to say that would have been anyone’s reaction. BUT, she loved him, or else she was fooling herself about loving him because she didn’t try hard enough to forgive him. I know, it would have been difficult, but I still believe and maybe I’m wrong-but LOVE CAN CONQUER ALL.

The series ended very abruptly to say the least, almost mid-sentince.  Nothing was resolved. We don’t know what happened to Heath, if Selena continued therapy and eventually found she could forgive him and herself, if she continued in college or dropped out. i was horribly disappointed in the author and will NOT read anymore of her books.

Horrible ending to what could have been a good story.

###### Side Note #####

This was classified as a BBW  EROTIC ROMANCE and that was a misnomer. Selena might have been heavier than the typical college cheerleader, size zero type girl, but she wasn’t HEAVY. The book described her as “curvaceous”. The Erotic part almost non-existent. The sex in the book was totally typical for a contemporary romance novel and ROMANCE  part was sadly written.

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