Book Review: Come Sundown

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IMG_3780Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: Hardcover

Summary
For Bodine Longbow, family is everything. For many generations the Longbow family has owned and operated what is now the Bodine Ranch and Resort in Montana. It’s an idyllic getaway for vacationers, while also being a working ranch. With business good, Bodine hires on Callen Skinner, an old family friend who recently returned from L.A., to help out. What the family doesn’t talk about is Alice, Bodine’s Aunt who ran away to L.A. years ago and never returned. While the family assumes she’s dead and would rather leave the past buried to ease family tension, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Recent murders in the area of Bodine Ranch have Bodine and Callen teaming up to keep things running smoothly…while also reigniting an old flame between them. But when Alice suddenly reappears the family is forced to face the difficult truth that sometimes the past isn’t always in the past and their bonds of family will be tested.

Review
True to her nature, Roberts transported me straight to Montana with this book and had me questioning whether maybe I’ve been living in the wrong state all these years. For someone who’s really not a fan of the cold, that is saying something. Roberts is so prolific at bringing stories, and particularly the scenery, to life, that you can’t help but feel part of the area and family. In another true to Roberts moment, family is everything in this book, family of both blood and choosing.

While some authors try to be overly descriptive when they write for whatever reason, I find that I usually end up lost on the page, skimming the words, since I don’t feel the need to read the same description five different ways. Roberts is succinct and yet knows exactly what to say to make the words come to life on your page. That being said, sometimes that means it’s a little too alive. Some of the scenes featuring Alice were tough to read, yet I couldn’t but the story down.ย I can always rely on Roberts to give me a feel good ending to a wonderful story featuring mystery, romance, geography lessons and history. The makings of a great escape.


Rating
5 Stars

Book Review: Ceremony in Death (In Death #5)

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Title: Ceremony In Death (In Death #5)
Author: J.D. Robb
Genre: Futuristic Suspense/Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format:ย Unabridged Audio Book

Summary
While investigating the death of a fellow police officer, Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds herself caught in a mystical world of good vs evil. But when the murders hit close to home, Eve finds herself facing her own past rights and wrongs.

Review
While there is no denying that Robb knows how to bring to life some of most gruesome murder scenes, this one had me going nauseous at points. That’s not to say it wasn’t an interesting storyline and makes you wonder about the future of our world a bit more. On a positive note, being 5 stories into the series now I felt the characters were really developing. In particular Peabody. She really stepped up her game in this book for me. I also appreciated how much more of a unit Eve and Roarke appear to be given the first few books we were still discovering them and their feelings for each other, despite being married. I’m excited to see how their relationship develops over the series.

Rating
4 Stars

Book Review: Island of Glass

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IMG_3168Title:ย Island of Glass (Book 3 of the Guardians Trilogy)
Author:ย Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format: Unabridged Audio Book

Summary
In the third and final book of the Guardians Trilogy, our guardians find themselves on the coast of Ireland at Bran’s home. It isn’t just Bran that Ireland holds special meaning to though, as centuries ago this was also the land of Doyle’s family. As Doyle makes peace with his tragic past, Riley finds herself torn between her practical nature and the allure of Irish myth and magic. As the guardians face their final battle to for the third star, they realize their journey is not quite complete until the stars are returned to the Goddesses.

Review
Once again, Nora Roberts, in her prolific way, delivered a fantastic trilogy of combined stories. With Ireland not only being home to Bran, but also the ancestral home of Doyle, the interwoven story lines took on a whole other dimension. Having read many Nora Roberts books and recently gotten into her In Death series (writing as J.D. Robb) I couldn’t help but compare Riley to Eve Dallas. If I honestly had to pick one favorite part of this trilogy though, it would be Saskia Maarleveld’s performance for the audiobook. With 6 major characters in the guardians (two with Irish accents) and multiple minor characters, the difference in diction and tone was just phenomenal and really helped to bring this story to life for me. Nora sets her own bar so high with her trilogies and while it was a fun read, it wasn’t the best I’ve read from Nora and that why I only give it 3.5 stars.

Rating
3.5 Stars