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Lies and truth!

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Incense and Sensibility (Rajes Series #3) by Sonali Dev         ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a tangled, complicated web Dev has woven here. And didn’t I just LOVE this addition to the Rajes series. It’s brilliant, a ruby contribution to this series, shining warmth and love across deflection, hate and lies. (I didn’t use a diamond analogy ‘cause that’s way to glittery and harsh.) This is the story of love sidelined by circumstances and choice. Although those reasons are not all bad, for Yash Raje they’ve become a stranglehold. Yash is running for the California Governorship and is shot at by a racially motivated individual at a rally. He’s fine but his friend and bodyguard is in hospital in a coma. This causes Yash to have panic attacks, and in turn to question many aspects of his life. His family (no pressure there!) ask a family friend and stress management coach India Dashwood to help. The thing no one knows but these two, is that they have a history. That’s complicated! There’s a host of strong

Lively, diverting read!

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The Highlander’s Irish Bride (Clan Kendrick #4) by Vanessa Kelly            ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fun continuation of the Clan Kendrick series. Grant Kendrick, the quiet twin meets his match and then some with the visit of Miss Kathleen Calvert (Sabrina Kendrick’s cousin—his twin Graeme’s wife) to Glasgow. Kathleen’s enroute to Lochnagar Manor in the highlands to keep company with Sabrina. Kathleen has been rusticated to Scotland by her rather rigid stepmother to wait out a scandal she’d perpetuated. Chariot racing at dawn on Hampstead Heath! Oops! Kathleen didn’t help herself with her stepmother, Lady Helen Gorey (the bane of Kathleen’s life), when she added fuel to the fire by retorting to the charge of “racketing about”, “Actually,  Mother,  it was   more than racketing about. It was neck and neck, cracking the whip, just like the charioteers of Ancient Rome. I’m sure we broke all sorts of speed records.” Only a couple of days into her journey Kathleen discovers her stepsister Jeannie, a stau

Dreams and determination!

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When a Duke Loves a Governess (Unlikely Duchesses #3) by Olivia Drake             ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tessa James, a milliner apprentice with dreams and a driving ambition, finds herself unemployed when she unwisely challenges her boss and walks out. Urgently needing employment amongst the ton she ends up as a governess to the daughter of Guy Whitby, the Duke of Carlin. Tessa was brought up in a foundling and is determined to find out who her father is. Her only clue? A locket with a coat of arms. And then there’s the matter of what Guy’s aunt refers to as ,’The Carlin Curse.’ Interesting beginnings. I liked the Duke but Tessa just didn’t do it for me. A St. Martin's Press ARC via NetGalley

Humorous detective work by this devastating duo!

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Tender Is the Bite Chet & Bernie Mystery #11) by Spencer Quinn             ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another delightful, dangerous, and confusing mystery with the duo of dudes from the The Little Agency, Bernie Little (hard boiled detective with heart) and Chet the Jet (failed police dog—so it’s rumoured).  This time an almost client disappears. Bernie and Chet turn down a big payout and a sojourn in Hawaii because Bernie’s worried about the almost client and didn’t take to Olek the Rumanian hirer.  Although Chet does have a thought, “Was it possible that we were walking away from a stack of cold hard cash that Olek was paying us for a job that was all about surfing?” Somehow Chet’s been listening to their accountant. Wow! I get so much pleasure from Chet’s moments of enlightment, his running commentary on all things human, and our taken for granted actions and sayings from his doggie perspective. Like Chet on trains of thought. “Was there a whole world of thoughts out there, just waiting to be

Fierce!

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An Extraordinary Lord (Lords of the Armory #3) by Anna Harrington             ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Anna Harrington, became “ hooked [on Regency romance] and longed to create...independent and spirited heroines and dashing heroes.” (Goodreads) Well, she’s done just that with this fabulous episode in the “Lords of the Armory” series. In my mind Lord Merritt Rivers ex-soldier, and now a solicitor and Veronica Chase, (think Regency Marvel heroine type) thief hunter, protector of the innocent and daughter of Count. A captivating couple of characters! Dynamic and fascinating. Their introduction is thunderous. Their continuing attraction and activities are fraught, dangerous and definitely steamy. Merritt and his fellow Armory members chase for Scepter continues with happenings taking on new perspectives. Not only does it seem that riots on the streets might be linked to and manipulated by Scepter, but there’s a strong indication that the poison leads right to the top powers in the land. As events com

The unexpected!

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Never Mix Sin with Pleasure (Infamous Lords #5) by Renee Ann Miller          ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I will admit to a couple of laughs when Olivia Michaels, mild companion extraordinaire during the day to a haughty Dowager, and rooftop thief “The Phantom” by night, plunges into the wrong carriage due to the mass of parcels she’s carrying, landing right on top of one of the towns most notorious rakes, Lord Anthony Trent. Mayhem ensues and Olivia ends up dismissed on the spot by her mean spirited, gossipy mistress. Having another goal in mind Olivia must continue to find employment in circles that will unlock the movements of the targets she means to rob. The reasons to Olivia’s pointed mission, those particular men is becomes obvious once we know her story. Olivia, in desperation confronts Lord Anthony, demanding he find her employment— which he supplies in the form of part time companion for his grandmother, the very decided Dowager, and as part time assistant to him.  And thereby comes the answer an

The Irish question

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An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford Mysteries #12) by Charles Todd         ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bess becomes embroiled in the Irish Troubles—after the 1916 Easter Uprising, and some of those involved. Having said she’d be bridesmaid for an Irish friend and nurse, Eileen Flynn, whose leg she saved when the ship they were on sank, she flies to Ireland despite her father’s (Colonel Sahib) misgivings. Eileen’s cousin, a leader with the Defenders during the Dublin Post Office stand, wanted for his actions by the British, stands as surety for Bess’s safety. When the groom goes missing and then later the best man, Bess finds herself in house where the matriarch is rampantly anti British. Who could be trusted, who was at the bottom of the kidnapping. Then Bess has a run in with the Constable. Should she confess her identity or try to solve the problem? Bess has some close calls. My heart was in my mouth. Simon Brandon is on hand fortunately—in a very different guise. But just exactly what is their relationsh