July 2018 Book Reviews Recap
My Earl’s Entrapment by Tammy Andresen:
Lord William Addington has been forced into retirement as one of the Prince Regent’s domestic spies. But he still has one case to solve while attending a house party when an adorably feisty lady enters him room in the middle of the night. He now has another delicious mystery on his hands. Why is Lady Roselyn Pennington snooping about?
Rose is sure Lord Addington is a dullard at best and a criminal mastermind at worst. So why does her heart beat so rapidly every time he is near? And why does he rescue when she insists on landing herself into trouble time and again? It’s as though he isn’t the man everyone thinks he is or even the one he claims to be.
Earl of Weston by Anna St. Claire:
Edward Hunter, confirmed bachelor, comes home from an assignment with the Crown to find his brother killed, and his father dead from grief. He is now the Earl of Weston, a position he never wanted. While searching for leads to his brother’s murder, he finds himself forced to attend ton entertainments he normally would have avoided.
Hattie Longbottom is an aging, sheltered spinster who spent her bloom caring for her invalid parent. With the death of her mother, she is forced to leave her home. Because she refuses to separate from her beloved parrot, Archie, her only option is to travel to Eynsham and live with her brother and his family. The journey to his estate wakes Hattie up to the harsh realities of life outside of her little village.
In less than a day, and with the help of her vociferous bird, an unfortunate series of mishaps threatens to ruin Hattie. Can a reluctant earl revenge his brother’s murder and save a spinster in the process?
Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne:
He’s inherited the title of rake. She hides behind her independence… Fate accepts the challenge. Grace Beaumont has seen what love can do to a woman. Her mother sacrificed her life to produce the coveted son and heir. A devastated father and newborn brother force her to take on the role of Lady Boldon at the age of fifteen. But Grace finds solace in the freedom and power of her new status. Christopher Roker made a name for himself in the military. The rigor and pragmatism of the army suits him. When a tragic accident heaves Kit into a role he never wanted or expected, his world collides with another type of duty. Returning to England and his newfound responsibilities, the Wicked Earls’ Club becomes a refuge from the glitter and malice of London society but cannot ease his emptiness. Needing an escape from his late brother’s memory and reputation, Kit visits the family estate for the summer. Lady Grace, a beauty visiting from a neighboring estate, becomes a welcome distraction. When the chance to return to the military becomes a valid possibility, the earl finds himself wavering between his old life and the lure of an exceptional—and unwilling—woman.
Mystery & Suspense:
Solomon’s Choice 1: To Die For by Riley McKissack:
A child goes missing in the suburbs of Atlanta. The circumstances are eerily reminiscent of the disappearance of a child belonging to Detective Emma Reeves and her husband Hunter, a local reporter.
Are the cases of the missing children connected? Is there a possibility that Emma and Hunter’s child is still alive? If they find the latest missing child, will that lead to their child who is believed dead?
Bayou Midnight by Emilie Richards
Homicide detective Sam Long is determined to solve his latest case, but he can’t move forward without help. His best witness to arson and murder is a little girl, and whatever she saw on the night of the fire is safely locked away in her mind.
The last thing Sam wants is to consult with anyone, especially Dr. Antoinette Deveraux, a beautiful psychologist trained in hypnosis. He’s certain there’s no place for someone like compassionate Antoinette in a murder investigation. But when she unlocks the child’s memories, Antoinette unlocks something primal and compelling in Sam’s own heart.
Antoinette is stunned by her attraction to Sam, who is determined not to let a woman into his life. After escaping a toxic marriage, she’s concerned that she’s choosing the wrong man once more. But the more she’s with Sam, the more she understands he’s not the man he pretends to be. When he invites her to meet his Cajun family down on Bayou Midnight in South Louisiana, Antoinette realizes it’s too late to be cautious. But can their relationship thrive and grow when her skills as a psychologist are in direct conflict with his skills as a police detective?
Change always comes at a cost, but as the murder investigation unfolds and danger deepens, who will pay the price? Sam, himself, or the woman he’s fallen in love with?
Clean & Wholesome Romance:
A Christmas to Cherish by Josie Riviera:
There’s nothing a Christmas kiss won’t cure. Except perhaps a shattered heart…
When Emmanuelle Sumter steps off the train in Cherish, South Carolina—a town simply glowing with the promise of Christmas—she finds herself praying God will help her find the broken pieces of her life. Shattered, like her beloved harp. Her dreams. And her trust in men.
Her friend Dorothy told her Cherish is a safe haven. But she never expected Dorothy’s brother, Deputy Nicholas Thompson, would relight the one thing she thought she’d lost forever. A spark of hope.
Not long ago, while Nicholas’ sister was in rehab, Emmanuelle’s voice and smile on his Skype screen held him together. After that, she seemed to disappear, an absence he felt keenly when his ex-fiancée left his faith in God dented but not broken.
Now she’s in Cherish, even more stunning in person. Yet she’s holding tight to a private pain she refuses to reveal. Nicholas resolves to be patient, vowing that he’ll never let anyone hurt her again. Even when her past rears its ugly head to destroy what’s left of her heart.
DILF Diaries: Oh Baby by Stephanie St. Klaire:
He likes to find them hot, and leave them wet…
Women are setting their lawns on fire and sticking cats in trees all so they can dial 911 and get a glimpse of Jack Decker’s…hose. When a firefighter looks like he does, it’s no wonder panties are melting, and hearts are ablaze all over the city because he is H-O-T…hot! Jack might put out fires like a regular hero, but it doesn’t stop him from heating up the sheets and letting them smolder.
In a burning twist of fate, Jack finds himself up all night long for an entirely new reason, a reason that’s anything but smoldering. That is until the feisty firecracker next door threatens to ignite a fire he doesn’t know how to battle…Oh Baby!
Veil of Secrets by Diana Marik
Caught in Queen Magritte’s snare and forced to wed someone he loathes, Lord Valadon, King of the vampires in New York, enlists the aid of two of his most powerful allies to thwart the plans of the Queen of All Vampires. Learning that his son survived, but unable to ascertain his whereabouts, he will call upon his trusted friends to locate the one person who can stop his upcoming marriage. Meanwhile, Remare’s return is hardly what Miranda has been dreaming about. With her association with Guy de Montglat revealed, her relationships with Remare and Valadon become strained. If she wants to keep her dreams alive, she will have to choose who to give her oath of loyalty—to her own bloodline or to the vampire who holds her heart. Everyone has secrets, right? Remare knows this, but the secrets Miranda has been keeping threaten to tear them apart. Only through trust can their love survive. Now he must find a way to earn her trust or risk losing her forever. A situation that will not bode well for House Valadon.
Coming Around by Carmen Cook
Chief of Police, Connor McCabe is in the middle of one of the toughest cases Sapphire Creek has ever seen. But what’s really weighing on his mind is his wife, Bethany. She’s been acting strange for weeks, even before the Thanksgiving disaster, and he’s not sure why. He’s made plans for a romantic weekend away, but the investigation keeps threatening to interfere.
Bethany McCabe is a planner. She had to be in order to get her life back on track after an unplanned pregnancy twelve years before fast tracked their plans for the future. Now Bethany has a successful business, a family she adores, and everything is exactly how it’s supposed to be. But with yet another unplanned baby on the way, Bethany needs to figure out how to get Connor alone before he finds out the news from anyone else.
Smart Meal Prep for Beginner’s by Toby Amidor
Bestselling meal prep author Toby Amidor shows you how to master meal prep with easy recipes and weekly meal plans in Smart Meal Prep for Beginners.
Smart meal prep means you never have to ask what’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, meal prep expert Toby Amidor makes it easier than ever to start (and stick with) meal prep, so that you have ready-to-go healthy meals every day of the week.
This meal prep cookbook goes beyond general meal prep guidance, and provides a 6-week plan to make a habit of meal prep and keep your fridge full. With specific, step-by-step instructions and meal prep plans that eliminate the guesswork of what to eat and for which meal, this cookbook is your kick-start guide to meal prep like a pro.
The point of meal prep is to set yourself up for success, not stress. This meal prep guide and cookbook gives you the tools you need to make meal prep a regular part of your routine, with:
- 6-Weekly meal prep plans that progressively ease beginners from prepping breakfast and lunch (2 plans) to a full day’s meal prep featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner (4 plans)
- Must-have meal prep tools that include prep day guidance, shopping lists, plus storage and reheating information
- Meal prep 101 gets you started with need-to-know info about meal prepping, including meal prep Dos and Don’ts and food storage guidelines
Smart Meal Prep for Beginners is a fool-proof plan to meal prep like a pro and have healthy meals ready-to-go, no questions asked.
The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning by Diane Devereaux
The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning is a safe, practical, step-by-step resource to preserve the low-acid foods that you love.
From soups and stews, to meals-in-a-jar, to kitchen staples like broths and beans, pressure canning is a time-honored craft that allows you to safely and affordably preserve the food your family loves to eat.
Written by The Canning Diva® Diane Devereaux, The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning delivers everything you need to confidently achieve pressure canning perfection. With The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning you will discover the ease of pressure canning, understand the science behind safe food preservation, and enjoy delicious recipes for stocking your kitchen and feeding your family.
In the pages of this all-in-one pressure canning roadmap you’ll find:
- An overview of pressure canning basics that includes guidance for buying a pressure canner and pressure canning fundamentals
- More than 80 pressure canning recipes for: stocks, broths, soups, and stews; meats including wild game and fish; meals-in-a-jar; tomatoes and vegetables; beans and legumes; and more
- Pressure canning charts for safely canning vegetables and meats that include quantity, yield, jar size, processing time, and PSI gauge guidance
- A “First Batches” Chapter that includes two practice recipes for those new to pressure canning
With The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning, readers of all skill levels will learn to successfully preserve and serve wholesome, nourishing foods that everyone will enjoy.
Reiki Healing for Beginners by Karen Frazier
Learn to treat over 100 physical and emotional ailments with remedies from Reiki Healing for Beginners.
Reiki Healing for Beginners shows new reiki practitioners how to put theory into practice and start healing body, mind, and soul. This application-focused beginner’s handbook explores basic reiki techniques and teaches you how to heal over 100 common emotional and physical ailments with reiki. Through clear, step-by-step instructions—fully illustrated—this practical guide is the perfect companion for new reiki practitioners who learn by doing.
From aches and pains to abundance and prosperity, reiki places the power to heal in your hands. Learn how to use reiki to heal yourself and others with:
- Remedies for 100+ ailments that provide clear instruction for treating physical and mental afflictions with reiki
- Basic reiki techniques that offer simple, step-by-step guidance on hand positions for reiki healing
- An essential introduction that teaches you fundamental information on the history and principles of reiki
Take a hands-on approach to healing with over 100 remedies from Reiki Healing for Beginners.
The Complete Acid Reflux Diet Plan by Nour Zibdeh
The Complete Acid Reflux Plan delivers an effective 3-stage solution for quick, lasting relief from acid reflux.
Long-term relief from acid reflux calls for more than acid-blocking medication or the elimination of certain foods. It requires a practical food-based action plan that not only stops acid reflux pain, but prevents it from coming back—which is exactly what The Complete Acid Reflux Plan is all about.
The Complete Acid Reflux Plan goes beyond acid reflux symptom management by uncovering and resolving the root cause of your acid reflux. The 3-stage diet plan and 125 follow-up recipes presented in this book offer a delicious, easy-to-follow solution for enjoying the food you eat and living your best life, entirely free of GERD and LPR.
The Complete Acid Reflux Plan offers a 3-stage meal plan to help identify and repair what is triggering your acid reflux. These stages include:
- “STOP” (Weeks 1-3) Stop acid reflux discomfort fast by removing acidic foods and enjoying foods that are GERD and LPR friendly.
- “HEAL” (Weeks 4-8) Keep your progress going by eliminating foods that cause fermentation—the main cause of acid reflux—and adding in special healing foods that with soothe your digestive tract.
- “REINTRODUCE” (Weeks 8-12) Slowly introduce new foods, as well as old foods that used to cause acid reflux. This is an essential step for moving on from a restricted diet and enjoying a stress-free nutritional plan that you can maintain.
Changing your diet doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. With the accessible plans and recipes in The Complete Acid Reflux Meal Plan you will nourish your body and prevent further pain and damage caused by acid reflux.