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Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams of true love reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.

Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone.

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Donna Hatch is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series.” She discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. A sought-after workshop presenter, she juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, her six children (seven, counting her husband), and still makes time to write. Yes, writing IS an obsession. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch
Review By Joan Enders of Bevy of Books Blog

I must concede that I am a young adult book reviewer. But interestingly, my forays into reviews of adult literature have wandered smack into some form of historical fiction. Now, here I am, strolling into the realm of Regency romance novels. For my usual YA readers, you do not need to puzzle about the conventions of a Regency romance novel. Just think Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice but written now. There you go; you are ready for The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch.

And one more confession: I have not read any other books in the “Rogue Hearts” series with its interrelated characters. That will be corrected. The Suspect’s Daughter is the fourth in the series. Now, on to the review…

Jocelyn Fairley (The Suspect’s Daughter) critiques her father’s London home in her last minute walk-through ensuring all is ready for the ball that will catapult her father into the office of Prime Minister of England. As she inspects, a light in the study alarms her and she cat-paws into the room only to have her mouth clamped by a large hand, “an unyielding force push[es] her back against the wall,” and another hand at her throat….coarse coat and voice, contrasting hint of mint and bergamot, a threat, and jump from a window. Jocelyn is left alone in the study with nothing taken, not even her pearl necklace at her throat. Showing her pluck, she walks to the window to lock it, tidies herself, and marches to the drawing room to host her father’s ball, determined that this is his season to govern and to wed again. Jocelyn’s prospects are nil. In fact the man who attacked her with his big hands, broad chest and low voice is the closest she had been to man in a year.

Grant Amesbury landed outside the Fairley house, disgusted. Despite how he feels about women, he has never threatened any woman. Tonight he sunk to a new low. His mission is foiled. Nonetheless, that night he would find himself back in the same home with a vastly different mission.

And so, the game begins between Grant Amesbury, Napoleonic Wars veteran and aristocrat, and Jocelyn Fairley, the privileged and guileless daughter. In true Regency form, conversations between protagonists entertain the reader. Practices of “the ton” (The higher classes of England) juxtapose the depravity of street life. The manners of the times clash with true feelings.

Grant is the gallant but bitter war hero who is plagued by “vent du boulet” (PTSS) and scars from a personal treason. Despite his heritage, he chooses to live alone in London assisting a local magistrate, and tries to save a young local prostitute from the profession. He vents incessantly over the betrayal of women, he never smiles, he rejects his family, and he is ferociously loyal to his friend and his cause. And yes, he needs to be tempted to dance.

Jocelyn is a capable young woman, runs a peer’s household in two locations, cares for tenants, improves people’s situations without permission or blessing, shows bravery and nerve, and berates herself for not having an amazing waif-like figure like most women of the time.

Well, this is a Regency romance so there is no doubt about the building action of this plot. The joy in reading is the delicate dance to arrive at the climax of this relationship story. Luckily, there are still questions to answer at the conclusion of the novel to be tickled in another novel.

I enjoy the immersion into the society of London, and the allusions to practices of the peers. I appreciate that the chalking of ball floors, seasons, squabs, runners, wastrel, chit, light-skirts, whist, faro, vingt-et-un, loo, and other lingo of the day lightly skip as stones on a pond rather than sink in the detail of definitions on-page. Also, Regency romances prove that love off-page can be as powerful as on-page.

On the suggestions side, I grew tired of Grant’s endless venting about women. There were three prepositional typos that a spellcheck would not catch, but the story was not compromised. In chapter seven Fairley was once written as Fairly.

The runners of Bow Street intrigue me. I did a little research discovering that the runners of London preceded the peelers of London. Sir Robert Peel’s peelers started around 1829, just a few years after this novel. If you want to travel forward in time and enjoy an quirky fantasy novel with peelers, the reader might want to follow up The Suspect’s Daughter with Dodger by Sir Terry Pratchett.

I was requested to post an honest review based on my reading of the ebook.


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Can a wolf man find happiness in Los Angeles, at least Isabelle?

Cole St. Clair, sexy bad boy and sometimes wolf, returns to L.A. after learning to control his metamorphoses. He was hired to star in a reality television series that preys on the statistical probability of the stars crashing and burning into whatever vices that feed the blogosphere of the entertainment world. But he is also in pursuit of Isabelle, the ice princess who knows his secret, whom he loves. Cole faces ghosts of bad behavior past seemingly everywhere he goes in L.A. The good news, is that he learns to manipulate the reality crew quite expertly and successfully produces some great moments. Unfortunately, those did not contribute to the crash and burn goals of the executives. Not that Cole did not have horrible experiences, but he turned to wolfdom rather than drugs to deal with stress. His pursuit of Isabelle was mutual, with quite sensuous scenes in bathtubs and elsewhere. Maggie successfully illustrates the agonies of someone attempting to eradicate the addictions of their past,, and the possible triumph that anyone can have if they plow through the nastiness of people who doubt they can change. By far this is the best of the Shiver-related novels: great philosophical questions, wonderful characterization and believable plot and outcome.maggie_cute  This is a stand-alone novel and Maggie says that it is the last time that she will visit the world of wolves.


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I love John Green’s foray into uncomfortable situations that prove that everyone is unique and important no matter how they loImageok or the challenges they have.  Hazel, now sixteen and tethered to oxygen, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at twelve, and though her life could be long, it is forever different.  Each week she meets with a dorky counselor at a church “in Christ’s heart” which signifies the center axis of the cross of the church’s design.  I will end my anti-Christ in YA lit rant here to point out that the irony of these possibly terminal young adults meeting in the “literal heart of Christ” with a counselor who had an easy bout of testicular cancer who was so Pollyann-ish about their lives was pretty funny.  But the irony of this pretty inept counselor was the humor of the reference.  In this novel, getting mad at God would be expected, as a young person facing death is pretty unfair and someone has to shoulder the blame. But even here John gets a bit heavy-handed about the world just happening by accident.  (Right.  And your book was created in a desktop publishing malfunction).   Hazel is funny and intelligent and pretty.  She is going through the motions until Augustus Waters shows up at the cancer kids support group.  A long awaited trip funded by a wish-fulfilling group is just what Hazel and Gus need.  The end is poignant, with all the highs and lows of teenagers just living their short lives the best that they can.

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