Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne
A Hope’s Crossing Novel
If you build it, love will come…to Hope’s Crossing.
Alexandra McKnight prefers a life of long workdays and short-term relationships, and she’s found it in Hope’s Crossing. A sous chef at the local ski resort, she’s just been offered her dream job at an exclusive new restaurant being built in town. But when it comes to designing the kitchen, Alex finds herself getting up close and personal with construction foreman Sam Delgado….
At first glance, Sam seems perfect for Alex. He’s big, tough, gorgeous—and in town for only a few weeks. But when Sam suddenly moves into a house down the road, Alex suspects that the devoted single father of a six-year-old boy wants more from her than she’s willing to give. Now it’s up to Sam to help Alex see that, no matter what happened in her past, together they can build something more meaningful in Hope’s Crossing.
Currant Creek Valley is actually book 4 in the Hope’s Crossing series. This series is reminiscent of Robin Carr’s Virgin Creek series, very character driven. The biggest struggle with reading this book was the number of people we were introduced to right off the bat. While the story itself can be read as a stand-alone title, we would recommend reading the series to get a handle on the who’s who of the town. We definitely enjoyed the main characters, particularly Sam. We found Alex’s aversion to long-term relationships a bit of an over reaction to her past. Overall we found this to be a cute read. This book received a 6.6 out of 10 rating.
Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…
The Farm is a Young Adult novel. Many of our group are not interested in Young Adult, so while not as many read it, it still received a solid rating of 7.6 out of 10. Those that did read it enjoyed the twists, the suspense, and the unique characters. One reader commented that the “author immersed me in the world”, while another mentioned that she is eagerly looking forward to the next in the series
The First Rule of Scoundrels Series
What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets. . .
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . .even her heart.
The girls loved this book, in fact many rushed right out to buy book 2 in the series. We had a vigorous discussion of the what, why and how of the book as well as what each was expecting to happen in the rest of the series. Despite the hero’s past, his character is redeemable. Sarah MacLean did a great job of building the story without overwhelming the reader with historical details. This book was a definite winner with a ranking of 9.3 out of 10.
Swift River Valley Series
More than just make-believe
Librarian Phoebe O’Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful…until she discovers the hidden room.
Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown—perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who’s also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick’s wealth has made him wary, especially of women: everybody wants something.
When Noah and Phoebe meet again in Knights Bridge, at first neither recognizes the other. And neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared—until an unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves.
After all, it takes more than just the right costume to live out your personal fairy tale. It takes heart…and the courage to be more than you ever dreamed.
On the whole the group enjoyed this book. The biggest comment was that there were a lot of characters, which isn’t unusual in series like this one. The hero and heroine were well defined, but there wasn’t as much interaction between the two as we would have liked to see. It seemed like the majority of the novel was the two of them working out their issues on their own. In all, this was a cute, light read and we rated the book 5.5 out of 10.
She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…
Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…
Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead.
“Die For Me” was the book chosen as our Romantic Suspense read for April 2013. It was our second highest rated book of the month, beaten only by the Historical Romance read, which earned a 9.3 in contrast to the rating “Die For Me” received, a 9.0 out of 10. The group liked the suspense, with one member saying “Die For Me” was “intense, and had me yelling . . . like you do when watching a horror movie.” We also were surprised by the twists, and overall thoroughly enjoyed the ride that this book took us on.
When She Said I do was our historical selection for the month of March. This story is billed as a beauty and the beast tale; featuring the scarred hero, Ren and the beautiful and innocent Calliope. This was a light-hearted story that we generally enjoyed. The story is primarily about the developing relationship between Callie and Ren; as they are married shortly after their initial meeting. So I would say there wasn’t much ‘romance’ in the story so much as there was the growing bond between the two. Common thought was that Calliope’s family was a little too outrageous. We definitely liked the primary characters and enjoyed seeing Ren rejoin the world of the living. Our rating for the story was 7 out of 10.
Easy was our first foray into New Adult and it was met with mixed reviews. Only 3 of our members read the entire book. Two started it but were unable to finish it. One member of our group truly enjoyed it and has gone on to read other New Adult. Most of those who read it or began it, however, were upset by the fact that the heroine was almost raped, knew her attacker, and failed to report him to the police. Consequences followed. We did discuss that perhaps that was the point of the story—to demonstrate to a target audience what can happen when one does not take action. The author’s note at the end of the book explained that women should report attacks and provided information on how to report it. We decided not to give this book a numerical review ranking because, in all fairness, we are not the reader group that this new genre targets as most of us are past our college days and well into careers and families.