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Friday, June 16, 2017

Matanzas Moon by Elizabeth Raven

One of my top reads this year!



My Review:

Loved it! Where do I start? Each page is filled with mystery, suspense and a growing romance that has it's up and downs. Bridget moved to St. Augustine when she didn't get into Vet School and after suffering vivid dreams about the animals she helped at the vet clinic she worked in. In the historic streets of St. Augustine she opens a mystic shop called Lunatique. I live close to the city and spend as much time there as possible and her shop is perfect for this city. It's shrouded in mystery, pirates and ghosts. The author couldn't have chosen a better location for this story and for locals it's perfection.

Bridget meets Nick when a brawl erupts in a local bar. Nick is the police officer to the rescue and Bridget literally runs into him trying to escape the bar. A night or so later a mysterious woman visits Lunatique, crying and upset, Bridget tries to calm her and sends her home with a bag of goods to vanquish her misery and refresh her life. Not long after Bridget is awoke by a girl running down the street, her clothes tattered and in tears Bridget lets her in Lunatique and the police are called. Nick shows up and they find the goods sent home with the mysterious women are found at the crime scene where the girl was attacked. So how are the incidents related? It gets better when Bridget realizes she's clairvoyant and sees ghosts. Somehow the attacks are related to an unsettled spirit.

Nick and Bridget didn't start out on the right foot and every step forward ends with two steps backwards. To make their relationship even more complicated Bridget makes friends with RIP, a local ghost tour guide. He's outgoing and charming. Nick is the protective, brooding type and RIP causes ripples in their developing relationship.

The story moves easily and flawlessly from one scene to the next and the mystery is cleverly woven into the story with a few plot twists that took me by surprise. I've been to all the locations mentioned in the book and easily imagined all this happening. Elizabeth Raven didn't leave anything out when describing the city and it's hot spots.

Amazing story!

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This is a goodie I brought home from Space Coast Book Lovers in 
Cocoa Beach,Florida.



Ryker by Rachelle Ayala

It takes a special romance book for me to like it. Usually it requires a twisted plot filled with suspense. In this case it was humor. 



My Review:

Injured, Ryker is out of the Marines and home again. He meets Terri while Panhandling. She offers him a job at her Flower shop and desperate he accepts. Instant flames ignite between them but Terri is a tad insecure. She feels there's too much meat on her bones for a man to take her seriously. The story progresses and they discover it's their own families who have the death vendetta against each other. Ryker joined the Marines to escape the vendetta his family (biker gang) has for the other gang who changed their names for protection.

The story flows quickly without stalling anywhere. The writing is solid and had me rolling in laughter. The banter between Terri and her friends was absolutely hilarious to me. The author really tagged what could be true conversations between women. Terri's private thoughts are just as ridiculous and true. And there are a few other parts that are just silly and light-hearted even through the drama. I enjoyed that. 

I've lived in a military city for two decades, my friends are military or were military and a medical discharge isn't quite what's explained in the book. It depends on the severity of the injury. I can understand the author simplifying it for sake of the story but Ryker panhandling and penniless was too much. He wouldn't be rich by any means with an injury to the thigh but should have some type of monthly compensation. I also wondered about his medical care and therapy. I overthought this part of the story but do think the author could have made this part more realistic.

Chris Abell was fantastic. He really nailed it. I'm not always fond a male narrators, depends on the story. I cringe when they attempt to do female voices but a few men can pull off female voices and he did.

Overall, it's a cute story and had me laughing from one scene to the next.

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