Her Russian Returns (Brie’s Submission #15) by Red Phoenix

Book Description:

Published: August 27, 2017

Format: Audio/Audible

Rytsar Durov should be dead.

But in the BDSM world, loyalties run as deep as kinky passions.
Sir Thane Davis is determined to save his Russian brother, but must call on his friends at the Center to execute the plan.
Clinging to hope, Brie trusts she will see Rytsar again.

There is a promise he must keep…

Review –

Her Russian Returns is number fifteen  in the Brie’s Submission series, they cannot be read out-of-order or as a standalone. However, you can start the series with Teach Me.

Anton Rytsar is our main man in this book, and we follow his journey out of kidnapping, through the beginning of his healing and it set the scene for more action packed drama coming in book number sixteen, In Sir’s Arms, (which I am leaving for a while because the series ends there until the author writes another and I can not bear for this to be the end, even if for a short time)
Although the book did jump from past and present and it wasn’t clear at times where we were, it was a great read and I can’t wait to listen to the next one.

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No Dragon For Tea: Fire Safety for Kids by Jean E. Pendziwol

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Published: December 15, 1998

While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl has the surprise of her life — she meets a real, live, fire-breathing dragon! Now this dragon is nothing to be afraid of — in fact, he’s so friendly that she invites him home for tea. But their afternoon snack is suddenly interrupted when the dragon sneezes and sets the table ablaze. Luckily, the girl knows just what to do, and she teaches her new friend to be fire smart, too. With its funny, rhyming verse and spunky illustrations, No Dragons for Tea shows kids that learning about fire safety doesn’t have to be scary. The story ends with “The Dragon’s Fire Safety Rhyme” — a fun and easy way to remember what to do in case of fire.

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This is such a cute story while  being very informative about fire safety and the illustrations are wonderfully done with eye pleasing colors. I highly recommend this little book if you have young children. I’m planning to order one for my niece, Kate, even though her Dad is a fireman (excuse me-fire fighter) and has probably taught her about fire safety.

 

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Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

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My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

Review –

This was the first young adult book that I have read in a while and it was great.  My husband bought this book and read it first and passed it off to me because he knows I like books with subject matter that is a “little out there.”

The characters are so real and the relationships between them are priceless.  I believe that anyone who reads it can identify with someone.  When I came to the end  I was disappointed – I wanted it to go on and on, but I guess I will just have to wait for the next installment.

 

Great Book!

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zasak

From School Library Journal

Synopsis: Grade  9 and Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
 
 
Review-    I had been wanting to read this book for a very long time when I ran across the audio book version in our public library and decided to check it out.  Let me just say that I loved it.  Making Death the narrator was genius and the person reading the story, Allan Corduner, did an extraordinarily good job.  I always listen to my audio books while in the car and I had to stop a time or two on the last cd because of the tears in my eyes.  The book is excellent and should be read by young adults and adults too.

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

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Love blooms in the second novel in Nora Roberts’s celebrated Bride Quartet series.

As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe “I do” moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman’s dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious desserts, and joyful moments captured on film, Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet shares each woman’s emotionally magical journey to romance.

In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.

But that’s just where Jack Cooke is. He’s so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion—kiss for blistering kiss—they must trust in their history…and in their hearts.

Review-
As this installment of Nora Robert’s Brides Quartet was playing I could almost smell all the beautiful flowers that Emma arranges for weddings at Vows.  As much as I love spooky, vampire filled,muder mystery, disaster stories, I’m a sucker for a sweet syrupy love story and this was one.  I listened to the first one,Vision In White, and I loved it so naturally I had to listen to this one too.  I play my audiobooks in the car as I cruise around town running errands and there was a couple of times near the end of the story that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to see for all the tears forming in my eyes. That’s how good it is.  If you like a good old-fashioned love stories, give this series a try.

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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Betrayed, the second installment in the bestselling House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and as thrilling as it is utterly shocking.

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night.  She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group. Best of all, Zoey’s made some new friends and she finally feels like she belongs–like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two.  And despite the best efforts of her mother and step-loser John to humiliate her publically during parent visitation, she’s earned the respect of her professors and High Priestess, Neferet.

Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night, straining human-vamp tensions in Tulsa to a breaking point.  While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she finds herself drawn into an intoxicating forbidden flirtation that threatens to distract her from the growing crisis.  Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night.  Too late, Zoey begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves, and she must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. 

Review-

I loved it, loved it, loved it!  Now on to book three.