If I were to make a checklist of what I look for in a board book, I think that Busy, Busy! would hit them all. Continue reading
The Substitute Bride by Angela Bell
Bridal Whispers by Angie Breidenbach
Mule Dazed by Lisa Carter
The Sweetwater Bride by Mary Connealy
A Highbrow Hoodwink by Rebecca Jepson
Not So Pretty Penny by Amy Lillard
All’s Fair by Gina Welborn
The Colorado Coincidence by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Railroaded Into Love by Rose Ross Zediker
With a subtitle like ‘9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying “I Do”‘ you know you are in for some surprises. The biggest surprise? That this might be my favorite collection from Barbour so far.
The first volume that collected multiple editions of the Lazarus series introduced the mafia-like families that rule a future dystopian U.S., along with their genetically enhanced Lazari and focused on Forever Carlyle, the Lazarus of the west-coast controlling Family Carlyle. The second volume explored the world from the perspective of the Waste, those not affiliated with a Family, and the concept of the Lift, where individuals can be elevated from being Waste. Here in the third volume, collecting issues 10-15, the focus returns to the Families and their Lazari.
The events in Conclave – intrigue between and within Families, torture, genetic alterations, hostage negotiations, meeting of all Family heads and their Lazari – are compelling and interesting, yet somehow this always feels like a bridging story. Even a touch of romance with another Lazarus and the excitement of a violent and bloody fight between Forever and another Lazarus do not lift it from this feeling.
I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable, and it left me wanting more. Luckily, the fourth bind-up will be published soon.
If you have read and enjoyed the first two volumes in the Lazarus series, definitely give this a read. Otherwise, my advice is to start at the beginning or most of the relationships, though the book begins with a ‘dramatic personae’ chart, and interactions will make some sense but lack context. As in the previous volumes, this is rated M/Mature. It does contain material of an adult nature.
Lazarus Volume 3 written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark with Tyler Boss | Image Comics, Inc. March 2015 | paperback, 144 pgs | library copy
I have a history with devotionals, one you might be able to relate to. I start off the year with one, intending to spend the few minutes of time it takes to read through each day’s message and then a few more minutes contemplating it. Though well intentioned, pretty soon I’ve fallen behind and eventually I’ve abandoned it altogether. Books that claim they will help me become healthier and/or lose weight follow a similar pattern.
Then along comes this book, effectively combining the two… Continue reading
The Festive Bride by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
The Nutcracker Bride by Margaret Brownley
The Christmas Star Bride by Amanda Cabot
The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy
The Christmas Tree Bride by Susan Page Davis
The Nativity Bride by Miralee Farrell
The Evergreen Bride by Pam Hillman
The Gift-Wrapped Bride by Maureen Lang
The Gingerbread Bride by Amy Lillard
The Fruitcake Bride Vickie McDonough
The Snowbound Bride by Davalynn Spencer
The Yuletide Bride by Michelle Ule
That I am partial to the story collections put out by Barbour Books is no secret, and this collection of 12 “Heartwarming Stories for the Season of Love” is no exception. Full of sweet and charming stories set in the Christmas season, there is sure to be a story or six here to suit the taste of any historical and inspirational romance reader with arranged marriages, widowed fathers, spinsters, artists, bakers, stagecoach drivers, Texas Rangers, love potions, family expectations and childhood misunderstandings. Continue reading
Carving a Future by Carla Olson Gade
Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton
Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes
Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson
When the Shadow Falls by DiAnn Mills
New Garden’s Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
New Garden’s Crossroads by Ann E. Schrock
Free Indeed by Kristy Dykes
A Mother’s Cry by Jane Kirkpatrick
Maddie O’Rourke travelled to Seattle as one of Mercer’s Maidens, but not to marry. Through hard work and determination, she has made a home and saved enough to send for her orphaned half brother and half sister as well as a woman to accompany them and work for her as a laundress. When they step off the boat from New York City, however, it is in the company of a man – one the two young siblings have decided Maddie should marry. Maddie, however, has no intentions of marrying anyone.
Michael Haggerty took the job of escorting the young pair when he was threatened by a notorious gang. Willing to work and anxious to repay Maddie for his passage, he is not, however, looking to court anyone. But he’s formed a bond with Ciara and Aiden, one that he is not willing to let go of.
When the troubles start and prejudice begins against the Irish, Michael struggles to find employment while Maddie works to overcome the sabotage of her fledgling bakery.