The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

***** Ani’s Review*****

I’ll start by saying The Royal We was escapism at it’s best. I totally appreciate being a regular citizen now. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan did a great job developing the characters and infusing life into each individual. Bex played a cool American that slipped right into her role as stereotypical American party girl but one that was also smart, quirky, and had a silly, charming personality. Even if Prince Nick wasn’t The Prince, he would still be every girls’ dream guy: handsome, sweet, fun, and thoughtful.  This nice thing about this story is that the plot was well developed and realistic but more than that, it had a lot of heart as well. If you enjoy, sassy, fun, and anything royal, this book is for you!

 

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

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No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.

Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.

Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.

Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.

While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.

************Ani’s Review***********

Speaking In Bones by Kathy Reichs is a lesson in forensic study as well as a peek into the world of closed missing persons cases. I always love when I am educated by a novel and Reichs does not fail to deliver. In this story, Temperance Brennan is visited by a websleuth who thinks she has a lead on some bones that Temperance cataloged years ago. In researching the case, Temperance’s curiosity is peaked and we all know where that leads!

This is the first Temperance Brennan novel that I’ve read and I knew going in that it was a series. So although this story was a good stand alone, there were obvious references to things that happened in previous books. This was not a fatal flaw and only detracted slightly to the romantic side plot. Overall, Speaking in Bones is a completely engrossing…and yes, wonderfully gross novel. Happy reading!

Ridiculous! by D.L. Carter

Book Cover image Ridiculous!Identity theft regency style. After the death of her miserly cousin Antony North, Millicent Boarder is determined her family should never be poor or vulnerable again. To protect them she conceals her cousin’s death and assumes his identity. Now she must face the Ton and the world as Mr. North and accept the price she must pay for her family’s safety — she will never be loved.

****Ani’s Review****

Spring is the perfect time to read a lightweight romantic comedy. Ridiculous! fits that bill perfectly. Author D.L. Carter was very clever in her writing to create a character and story that was smart, dramatic, and a lot of fun. Millicent Boarder was determined to make her new identity work at all costs to herself. Becoming Mr. North was all encompassing and her silly “prattle” to compensate for any lack of masculinity added a thick layer of fun to the mix of smart writing. When Millicent finds herself in love with a duke, she knows she cannot possibly be anything more than an acquaintance but their paths keep crossing and soon acquaintance becomes friend and friend becomes confidant. She knows that nothing can possibly happen between a woman pretending to be a man in love with a duke…

This regency romance is a  breath of fresh air with a strong heroine who doesn’t need a man to rescue her from the miserable, vulnerable life of a single, lower middle class woman without a male protector. Highly recommend to mature audiences. Most of the book is a clean romantic comedy but still has some adult content.