Mar 162017

Beginner’s Luck
by Corinne Scott

This book was great full of adventure and angst of all sorts…
~Community Bookstop

If you enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of heat and Irish brogue, you’ll enjoy BEGINNER’S LUCK and may just have found a new series.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Beginner’s Luck (The O’Briens Book 1)
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Setting – New York

Camel Press (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813815


As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery.

Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead.

Says Corinne, “My first time in a New York Irish pub, I was struck by the strong feeling of family and tradition. And so the idea of the O’Briens was born. I could picture this big Irish family pouring drinks and sharing stories, all with an adorable brogue. They seemed so real I had to make them come to life.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Eoin O’Brien and his wife Vivian married very early in their relationship so that Eoin could get a green card and follow his dream to join the NYPD. Three years ago she left their marriage behind to follow her own dream of working in an art gallery. Now she is back in New York and guess who happens to answer the call when her gallery is robbed? None other than new detective Eoin O’Brien. The attraction is still there but is it enough for a reconciliation? Can than get past all the obstacles in their way?

Sometimes I just need to venture out of my cozy world for something a little steamy. I am not much of a romance reader but when you tangle romance with some mystery and suspense I am all in.

Having a little Irish in my make up and with tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day, it was the perfect time to read this book.

The O’Brien family immigrated to America when Eoin was just 4 years old and opened their own Irish Pub. Their family grew and while Eoin’s father expected the eldest son to follow tradition and take over the pub when he was ready to retire Eoin has other ideas. His father didn’t take this well and their Irish tempers exploded often about this subject. When Eoin married Vivian and joined the police force their relationship became even more strained. In true fashion, his mother was the peacemaker. His brothers and sister were able to choose their careers, one even wants to run the pub. But there is still a cloud over this father and his eldest son.

Ms. Scott has created vivid characters I cared about right away. She took us deeper into their lives as the story progressed that made them so real. The Irish brogue made them even better. She allowed us to take a seat at the bar and enjoy the pub atmosphere and even the occasional fight. Eoin’s parents really warmed my heart as they both reminded me of my own parents. His father’s stubbornness and mother’s mostly gentle, sometimes forceful, prodding felt genuine and exactly like the home I grew up in. The sibling rivalry was very well written too. Makes me wonder if the author drew from her own life.

The romantic tension between Vivian and Eoin was strong and a few scenes absolutely sizzled. Situations continued to test them and at some points their pain just oozed of the pages.

I was impressed by the mystery. It was very balanced with the romance. Handled aptly by the police it was not easy for them to solve and had me perplexed several times. I thought I knew the “who” but the “why” was not adding up. It turned out I was only partly right when the entire story concluded. The ending had an suspenseful edge of your seat moment that I absolutely loved.

I am excited that this is going to be a series. I love this family. I wonder which O’Brien will be the star of the next story……


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Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.

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Mar 062017

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?
Off to Ireland and then coast to coast in the U.S.  for me this week!

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I have planned for this week.

Books Completed

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery)
Release Date – Match 7, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Review will be up tomorrow. 

Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday

Laura’s Dream: A Cape Harriet Novella
Release Date – March 12, 2017
Setting – Virginia
Review will be up Friday.
Not up on GoodReads yet 🙂

Be Still My Beading Heart: A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery
Release Date – December 9, 2016
Setting – Washington

My Flashback Friday Book.

Books Scheduled

Cruel Winter: A County Cork Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
For Review
Setting – Ireland

Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – California
Janet Finsilver will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Beginner’s Luck (The O’Briens Book 1)
Release Date – October 16, 2016
Setting – New York
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Jan 142016

It’s my turn today to tell you about this book!

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
by Lida Sideris

The action behind the cameras at “The Complex” is as suspenseful as anything that would show up onscreen in an action or thriller movie.
~Back Porchervations

I enjoyed reading Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. It was fast paced and interesting.
~Bill’s Book Reviews

This was a fun murder mystery…an enjoyable fast-paced read.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
Romantic Suspense
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (September 11, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1509202409


Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.

Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.


About The Author

 Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.


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Aug 022014

fast trackFast Track
Romantic Suspense
Dutton (July 29, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525954453
E-Book File Size: 1180 KB
ASIN: B00G3L153Q


Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he’s unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama.

Aiden wants to help Cordelia get answers about her mother, but threats from her wealthy, high-powered family are quickly becoming dangerous. Sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but after multiple attempts are made on Cordelia’s life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am testing my memory on this story. I believe Aiden and Cordelia’s crush started way back in a previous book. I believe it was Murder List back in 2004 and now 10 years later they come together again.  Aiden was always more of a big brother figure because he was her best friend’s older brother, but she has a huge crush on the guy.  This time they are thrown together due to circumstances beyond their control and her crush is reciprocated in a big way. Now she just has to stay alive and they need to realize they belong together.

The plot of this one was very engaging. After all these years Cordie’s father reveals a secret on his deathbed about her mother.  My heart was breaking for her and she had the courage to uncover the truth even though it put her in mortal danger.

There is also a subplot involving the Madison brothers. Two are very active in the family hotel business and the third brother is more of a playboy who races cars and hooks up with a variety of ladies. An accident has sidelined him and he decides to get involved in a deal his brothers have written off. Spencer and Aiden are not happy about Walker taking on the deal and family drama ensues.  Add this to Cordie’s drama and it makes a helluva story!

Yes, this book is part of the Buchanan / Renard / MacKenna series but what I like it that Julie Garwood writes them so they can each stand alone. Characters have returned from previous books but they are full and fleshed out so that you don’t have to reread or try to remember how everyone got to where they are today. But everyone that I have read has been very entertaining so if you can you should start at the beginning. When writing about family drama, suspense and romance Julie Garwood is one of the best.

I am hoping we don’t have to wait another 10 years to revisit these characters. I would love to Walker have his own adventure soon as he decides whether he wants to concentrate on the family business or on his playboy pleasures.

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