The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

Book Description

June 10, 2002
Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the shocking news comes that his brother Peter has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton. Jack knows his brother and knows this couldnt be an accident. Someone must have wanted his brother dead. But the powers that be say otherwise. As Jack tries to uncover details of his brothers last night, he confronts a barricade of lawyers, police, and paid protectors who separate the multibillionaire summer residents from local workers like Peter. And he learns that his brother wasnt just parking cars at the summer parties of the rich. He was making serious money satisfying the sexual needs of the richest women and men in town.
THE BEACH HOUSE reveals the secret lives of celebrities in a breathtaking drama of revenge with a finale so shocking it could only have come from the mind of James Patterson.
Review-
This was my second listening to this book and I loved it even more this time.
The plot is wonderfully powerful as are all the characters involved. You root for the good guys and hiss and cuss the bad guys and there is no uncertainty which is which. Some of it is hard to listen to or read because it’s graphic in its detail, but that’s one reason I’ve always liked James Patterson, he pulls no  punches.  Excellent read and I highly suggest you pick it up.
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The Paris Mysteries (Confessions #3) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Book Description

October 6, 2014
The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world’s bestselling mystery writer!

After investigating multiple homicides and her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.
Review –
I enjoyed this book but the character of Tandy almost ruined it for me.  She goes on and on about her first love and lost love, James Rampling. I could tell that he wasn’t what she thought he was but she was blind to that and thought she was the love of his life. BUT, finally, because of certain maneuverings,she learns the truth and then the book was back on track and I can’t wait for the next installment.
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The Villa by Nora Roberts

Book Description

March 19, 2001
Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality– from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job– and excels at it. But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family’s winery– and Sophia will be assuming a new role. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything . . . but she isn’t prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They’ve been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Ty the finer points of marketing– and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard. As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company’s future– and the legacy of the villa– may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia’s quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival.
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You can always depend on author, Nora Roberts, to provide reading entertainment with a good plot, engaging characters, romance, and danger while teaching us something about the growing of grapes and the making of wine.  I enjoyed it very much.
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Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine

Book Description

January 1, 2015

In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?

Review –

This was a free book offered by a Kindle App I have and I loved it. In fact, I loved it so much that I rated it  5 stars ***** and am looking forward to reading Book two of the series.  There is a lot of action in the story,both in this world and beyond the Veil, and a great chemistry between Cacy and Eli. I would tell you the details but something unexpected happen to Eli (at least I didn’t expect it) and I was upset for a while but the author gave Eli a second chance. You will have to read the book to find out exactly how she did it.

I highly recommend this book.

 

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Slow Burn: Zero Day by Bobby Adair

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Published: July 24, 2013

 

A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious. Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again. But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say. With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.

Review –

This is another take on the Zombie crave that is so popular right now and a pretty good one. I read this in one sitting and never lost interest.  If you’re into Zombies try this one and let me know what you think.

 

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Book Description

Publication Date: December 1, 2009 | Series: Beautiful Creatures
There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

–This text refers to the MP3 CD Library Binding edition

Review –
This is  a story of good vs evil, light vs dark, family loyalty, true friendships and young love, however, the ending did leave me feeling a bit let down. Maybe it’s just me but I was looking for a little more explanation at the end, but that leaves it open to a sequel later. This is a Young Adult paranormal book but perfect for anyone that likes a good read.
This is the second time I’ve read this book and I did it to refresh my memory because the movie will be out soon.