JENNA: OUTBACK BRIDES OF WIRRALONG

JENNA                                         BARBARA HANNAY

Can she keep a safe distance? 

Jenna Matthews is a city girl, no question. Despite a childhood spent in the Outback, she's committed to her fast-paced life and the competitive world of corporate law. When her best friend asks her to be bridesmaid, Jenna finds herself in Wirralong and wildly attracted to the best man. A fling? Why not? 

Dangerously sexy Sam Twist runs his vast family sheep property and is as keen as Jenna to keep their relationship at fling status. Then the authorities turn up on his doorstep and Jenna jumps in to help despite Sam’s protests. 

She soon learns that after years of drought, there are others in the district who need her skills. Her dilemma? Spending too much time around Sam is perilous. He could rob a girl of her heart.

MY REVIEW:

    I truly enjoyed not only this book but this couple.  Some may say how can you fall in love so fast.  Well, it may not have been total love, but after all, they both have been dating a number of others, they know the chemistry is there for each other.  It is different.
     Plus, I’m sure having the security of each other’s friends as besties had to help too.  The fact that they are spending added time together, they seem to mesh.  Sam proving to Jenna, not only to be a fantastic lover, but a kind and giving man.
     Sam knows the moment he set eyes on Jenna that she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.  As he gets to know her, she isn’t just a city girl.  She didn’t mind jumping into to help where needed.  Like with the lambs.  Ruining her dress from the wedding too.
     It is finding out about her past that bounds them both.  The way he handles it, that is the key that opens Jenna’s, fearful heart. 
     I could feel the love just rolling off these two characters even if they couldn’t figure it out for a while.  They have an amazing amount of restraint in how they chose to handle the chemistry when they knew they really wanted to be with each other.
     I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.
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UNEXPECTED (Start Up in the City #1)

UNEXPECTED                                    KELLY RIMMER

Co-parenting with her best friend. What could go wrong? The next three decades of Abby Herbert's life are as carefully planned out as the last three were. Best career ever? Check. Great friends, one of whom she lives within a stunning Tribeca apartment? Check. The perfect man to share her dream family? Surely just a matter of time. But then she gets devastating news from her doctor--if she wants to get pregnant, she needs to get started on that by...well, yesterday. On the bright side, she has the perfect person in mind to be the father. Tech entrepreneur Marcus Ross has been harboring decidedly not-friends feelings toward Abby. He doesn't want to lose her and, knowing his feelings are one-sided, he's been trying to move on. When he learns about the curveball Abby's just been hit with, he promises to be there for her however she wants him to be, even if the idea of fatherhood is a little complicated for him right now. But it isn't long until boundaries start to blur, and a deal struck between friends starts to turn into something perilously close to feelings that could change everything... 

MY REVIEW:

     What an endearing book of two friends who were truly that f-r-i-e-n-d-s. That no matter what they were there for each other.  Happy, sad, bad relationships, new relationships, and all the in between.  Therefore all of it.  But when it came to needing a test tube baby daddy Marcus’s very neurotic friend, Abby asked his twin brother, Luca.
     The reason being, Marcus never was one to want marriage and children.  Where Abby has always wanted them to an all-out obsession.  In fact, she has a baby book.  Not just any baby book as you and I would think of but the mother of all baby books.  This is one she has been putting together for years that gives you the 411 on how to.
     How to care for yourself before getting pregnant, to getting pregnant, to being pregnant, to having said baby, to having an infant, you get what I’m saying.  I mean she even has how she will find the perfect man who is a gamer to understand her job, they will have a dog, and where they will.
     But when a check-up doesn’t go as planned, she has to think fast.  That is when Luca is called to meet with her.  Luca is not the one she gets along with they don’t hate each other they are just not besties like her and Marcus.  Yet, when Marcus says no, she feels pressured to tell Marcus her plan to find a donor daddy at the clinic.  She never would have told him, but Luca said he would if she didn’t.
     So, Abby had to spill her guts about her medical condition and about wanting a baby fast.  This is when the story takes an interesting turn.  This deals with medical issues that are real that Abby has to deal with daily.  She hates dealing with reality, confrontation, and emotions so this causes her to delay telling Marcus.  Causing hurt feelings.
     So, you add emotions, humor, extended friends and their families and you have a basis for this really enjoyable story.  I mean who hasn’t had a dream.  Although, Abby’s is extreme.  Her friends tell her, but you have to remember she lives in a dream world most of the day, she is CEO and creator of a successful gaming company.  Not to mention everything outside her pod is overwhelming for her.
     Marcus being her lifelong friend gets her and has never judged her for it or begrudged her for it.  Yes, he was insensitive with the women he once dated the ones and done.  Or the months and done.  But never Abby.  Which has been his longest relationship, granted it has been platonic.  He as always been true to her.
     I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.

DISTRACTED

DISTRACTED                                      BELINDA WRIGHT

Luna Perry is absolutely not looking for romance, especially not with arrogant corporate bankers she meets in airports. Brent Costner is so far from her type that she tells him she’s a yoga teacher in the hope it’ll put him off - it’s not like she’s ever going to see him again anyway, so what does it matter?

Brent isn't in the market for distraction either. On a mission to make his consultancy the most successful ever, he’s traveling to the UK to lead the European branch of a clothing company through a big structural reorganization, and he’s not about to lose focus.

But after meeting Luna at the airport, he can’t get her out of his mind. He’s drawn to her easy-going, free-spirited way - and he’s intrigued.

Surely he can allow himself a little fun, just as long as he doesn’t take his eye off the ball for too long…
 

MY REVIEW:

     This short at first, I wasn’t sure about because Brent was a little cocky.  Just as Luna had said but when she set him straight but not in a bitchy way, but a humorous way.  I was hooked.
     Now her ex, he pissed me off and he wants to explain why he cheated, yeah right. Yet, in two years you never see him bring his happy ass to her when his mom lives down the street from her mom.  Not even when her father passes away.
     Now Brent and Luna have instant chemistry that they both really try to fight.  He is a “one and done” type of guy when it comes to women.  She tries to ignore the pull because she doesn’t like the corporate world type guy and he seems all business.  Not to mention her heart is still in sting mode from her ex.
     When Brent surprises her and texts her asking her out to dinner she is both titillated and weirded out.  How did he get her number but not enough not to go?  To find out how you will have to read it.
     I enjoyed the dynamics of all the characters in this book.  This was a sexually charged couple for sure but expected especially from Brent when you read about his background.  Meeting Luna sets his life on a different path of slowing down and enjoying the moment while he is with her, three weeks.  Creating his own picture of a family.
     I felt the ending was a little too rushed when he returned.  But it was all saved in the epilogue so that was good.
     I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

PREGNANT BY THE BILLIONAIRE (Billionaires & Babies Book 3)

PREGNANT BY THE BILLIONAIRE          LESLIE NORTH

Donovan Fitz lives by the saying: Go big or go home. And what could be bigger, and draw more attention to him and his mega-billion-dollar video game business, than creating a reality TV show about his quest for a wife? He’ll just have to deal with the distraction of his sexy producer, Melissa Hampton, and try to forget the amazing night they spent together. It’s all about the show, the attention, the ego-building blaze of publicity…until he finds out Melissa’s pregnant with his baby. Now all Donovan wants is her. But the plot twist of becoming a father while still looking for a wife is rating gold and could be the big-break Melissa deserves. If only he can convince the camera-shy Melissa that putting their story out there would be good for both of them. 

Melissa is terrified—and excited—at the prospect of becoming a mother. And if she’s honest, Donovan’s excitement about becoming a father is sweet. What’s not sweet at all is the pressure to use her pregnancy as a dramatic twist in their reality show. She craves a quiet life at the edges of show business and doesn’t want anything to do with the spotlight. In the end, though, Melissa knows she can’t hide completely if their show is going to bring in the ratings. Too bad that means she can’t trust a thing Donovan says to her while the cameras are rolling. 

The reality is, though, she’s fallen in love with him, despite her determination not to. And now Donovan must figure out which will crush her less: killing her career-making show or letting her ignore just how right they are for each other. 

This novel contains sexual content and profanity.

MY REVIEW:
     The book opens with Donovan delivering, an idea to the network heads about using him as a bachelor in need of a wife, quickly.
     Of course, their would-be rooms in his home that they would not be allowed in no matter what.  His bedroom, his meditational room, his work gaming room, and private gaming room.  You see he is the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar video gaming business and a designer.  This is a great way to gain media coverage for his business.
     Yet, what is driving this venture is the million-dollar bet he has going with his buddy Nick after his other buddy, Brian surprises them and really got married.  After the three had sworn off marriage.  So, Nick and he bet who would marry first.  Donovan did not plan on losing.
     On the first day of the pitch, he sees a woman who catches his eye.  It turns out to be Melissa, who will be the producer of the show.  He asks her to come for a business dinner that same evening so they can go over things for the show.  Plus, he can give her the floor plan and which rooms are off limits.  She agrees.
     Now, three glasses of wine and dinner later she has already figured out going home in her car is a no-no.  Where one thing leads to another.  Donovan is hard to resist. 
     As much as Melissa hates the limelight in order to provide a living and do what she loves she may have to make allowances.  That could cost the privacy she cherishes.  Her baby will be a part of this, and she may have to be a bigger part of the show too.  Something Donovan wanted all along so he can have Melissa be the last woman in his life.
     The two characters are rather hard to read at times.  You do see the depth of their love as well as see it develop.  I enjoy the sexual tension and the humorous banter that follows.  Even after their so-called one and done.  Proving some can hold bigger connections then you first think.
     I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 

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The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett

THE LOST DETECTIVE                          NATHAN WARD

Before he became a household name in America as perhaps our greatest hard-boiled crime writer, before his attachment to Lillian Hellman and blacklisting during the McCarthy era, and his subsequent downward spiral, Dashiell Hammett led a life of action. Born in 1894 into a poor Maryland family, Hammett left school at fourteen and held several jobs before joining the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an operative in 1915 and, with time off in 1918 to serve at the end of World War I, he remained with the agency until 1922, participating alike in the banal and dramatic action of an operative. Tuberculosis he contracted during the war forced him to leave the Pinkertons--but it may well have prompted one of America's most acclaimed writing careers.

While Hammett's life on center stage has been well-documented, the question of how he got there has not. That largely overlooked phase is the subject of Nathan Ward's enthralling The Lost Detective. Hammett's childhood, his life in San Francisco, and especially his experience as a detective deeply informed his writing and his characters, from the nameless Continental Op, the hero of his stories and early novels, to Sam Spade and Nick Charles. The success of his many stories in the pulp magazine Black Mask following his departure from the Pinkertons led him to novels; he would write five between 1929 and 1934, two of them (The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man) now American classics. Though he inspired generations of writers, from Chandler to Connelly and all in between, after The Thin Manhe never finished another book, a painful silence for his devoted readers; and his popular image has long been shaped by the remembrance of Hellman, who knew him after his literary reputation had been made. Based on original research across the country, The Lost Detective is the first book to illuminate Hammett's transformation from real detective to great American detective writer, throwing brilliant new light on one of America's most celebrated and remembered novelists and his world.
 

PAT'S REVIEW


I came across this book years ago and I forgot to do the review. Having read the “Maltese Falcon” and the “Thin Man” books when I was younger I was always interested in Dashiell Hammett’s life. Here you find out that he drop out of school at the age of 14. Started working and would work numerous jobs including one as a Pinkerton Detective. This little part of his life I had heard or read somewhere. The author goes into his writings and into the making of the films from his books. He also goes into his service in WWI and WWII. Though he does not write anything after the movies are made he is still blacklisted in the ’50s which I did not know about and still did not understand why. I found this to be an enjoyable read I am just sorry I did not do the review sooner. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

The Life Monaco Grand Prix

THE LIFE OF THE MONACO GRID PRIX               STUART CODLING

Monaco sponsored its first race in 1929 and the circuit has been part of the Formula 1 series since 1950. Conducted with the patronage of Monaco’s royal family, its beautiful street-circuit has made Monaco the most glamorous setting of any F1 race. But the classic architecture and high-profile spectators belie a course notorious for its complexity and challenges. With no safety barriers until 1969, drivers have twice plunged into the harbor among the spectating yachts.

Off the circuit, Monaco is a 24-hour spectacle of expensive boatshigh-profile partiescelebrity F1 fans, penthouse spectating, and high-roller lifestyle. From the Monte Carlo casino (integral to numerous James Bond films) to top clubs like Amber Lounge, Jimmy’z, and The Black Lounge to F1 racers’luxury homes to the takeoffs and landings of countless private jets, Monaco represents the epitome of the jet-setting lifestyle long associated with the F1 circus.

From the first Grand Prix in 1929 to today's star-studded event, The Life Monaco Grand Prix takes the reader on a full lap of this prestigious race. 
 

PAT'S REVIEW

A book about the Grand Prix of Monaco. That is what I thought. The beginning of the book talking about the history of Monaco was ok because then the author went into the first race of 1929 and the races until WWII stopped them. They would pick up again after and by 1948 they would start racing again. They also began coming up with rules for the cars 1.5-liter supercharged engines, no larger than 4.5. They did skip a few years in the fifties but by the mid-fifties, it has been going on since. The part I like the most or the book was the one about the different drivers. Moss, Hill, Clark, Stewart, Braham, Rindt, Prost, Schumacher, Senna who posted the fastest time. I do wish he would have gone into more of the drivers like Nikki Lauda, and others. I have been following F-1 since 1970 and through the first part of the book was good the last part did not hold my attention. With parties nightlife, and other stories I did not get into that part. The racing part is what I enjoyed about this book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 3 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

What Matters More

WHAT MATTERS MORE                        LIORA BLAKE

JT Maxwell has it all . . . well, almost. He's a US Marshal, he looks like he belongs in an aftershave commercial, and he has tattoos—lots of tattoos. Unfortunately, he's also in debt up to his pretty blue eyeballs. Between that and his recent divorce, his personal life is nonexistent these days. But when a free-spirited artist approaches him for a no-strings-attached one-night stand, things suddenly start looking up.

Anya Alves's life is a mess. She's lost her job, caught her boyfriend cheating on her, and if it weren't for the house-sitting gig she just landed, she'd be homeless. On top of all that, her creative muse has up and disappeared. If she doesn't get it back, her burgeoning career as an artist will be over before it starts. But after indulging in a steamy hook-up with a guy who makes it easy to forget her troubles, she gets her mojo back.

The last thing she expects when starting her house-sitting job is to see her sexy one-night stand again . . . living right across the street.
 

PAT'S REVIEW


J. T. Maxwell is a U.S. Marshall and a very good one. He is not having a good personal life. At the age of 32, he is living in his parent’s basement since his divorce, and he cannot get out from under the bills that keep coming in. the biggest one is the house which his ex is supposed to sell but so far has not accepted any of the bids. So what he has done is put all of his energy into capturing fugitives. Anya Alves is a painter the kind that shows their work in galleries or that is their goal. She also is wanting to sell some of her work. That all would be good except for the fact that she walked in on her current boyfriend doing his T.A. in her studio on her table, and no they were not being models for the day. The boyfriend or now ex was being an SOB and whatever else you want to call him. On top of that, he decided to criticize her work on the way out. So the two of them are having self-esteem issues. That is until they meet in a bar. That whole scene is perfect for she finds out that he is a Marshall in is nice demeanor, (not). Yet she stills wants to be with him. In the morning she is gone and you think that is it until he arrives back at his parents and there she is across the street house sitting. Everything goes well for the summer until it is almost time for her to leave and he tells her what every woman wants to hear, those three little words. For though she runs again and as much as he wants to go after her he is tired of chasing people plus he just got a promotion. He does call but she does not pick up and you begin to wonder what will happen? Read this good book to find out. I received this book fromNetgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

JENNA: OUTBACK BRIDES OF WIRRALONG

JENNA                                           BARBARA HANNAY Can she keep a safe distance?   Jenna Matthews is a city girl, no questio...