Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble (A Tremayne Family Romance)

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Asking for Trouble (Tremayne Family, #1)Asking for Trouble
(Tremayne Family #1)
Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
February 17th 2015 by Berkley InterMix
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The Tremaynes are one of the most prosperous families in Lantano Valley, California. But money can’t buy everything—especially when it comes to love…

 

Morgan Tramayne has a heart of gold, but to keep her children’s charity afloat she’s had to resort to some less than legal means: donations from a notorious cat burglar who targets the wealthy. It’s only a matter of time before Morgan’s criminal connection blows up in her face—especially since her undeniable attraction to the man heading the investigation keeps putting her in tricky situations.

Former police detective-turned-investigator Gage Juliano has two goals: salvaging his career and nabbing Lantano Valley’s present-day Robin Hood. But when he meets a beautiful, curvaceous woman who’s more interested in helping others than amassing a fortune like the rest of the town’s residents, Gage finds his desires pulled in an unexpected direction…

 

Note: This novel contains some mature content.

 

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You’ve met Anna J. Stewart (or someone like her) before. She was the girl who spun in circles on the playground hoping her Wonder Woman costume would magically appear before playing cops and robbers a la Charlie’s Angels–as Sabrina (she was the smart one). Anna was the girl in the back of the class with a paperback romance hidden in her algebra book (and yes, she failed algebra).

Growing up in the 70′s and 80′s meant there weren’t a lot of YA books, so she ventured early into mainstream fiction and read Stephen King’s CARRIE at the age of 8. Discovering Nora Roberts and romance novels early in high school opened her eyes to the wonders of storytelling and the beauty of a happily ever after.

 

So here she is, many years later with an English degree from CSU Sacramento, an RWA Golden Heart nomination behind her, countless stories in her head, and a serious addiction to STAR TREK, SUPERNATURAL, and SHERLOCK. She recently wrapped up a nearly 8-year stint working as assistant to NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak where she helped run Brenda’s annual online auction for diabetes research. When she’s not writing or reading (which she never has enough time for!), she’s working on dollhouse miniatures and tolerating her overly-affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it’s Snickers who tolerates her).

 

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Ani’s Review of Asking for Trouble

I was pleasantly surprised by Asking for Trouble. To me, the name of the book didn’t match the blurb so I was very happy when the  plot and characters tied in the title of the book. Main character Morgan was very likeable. As a mom I understand trying to do everything yourself and living up to unrealistic expectations that we set for ourselves. Her illegal activity and her remorse were totally understandable. Then there is Gage. He took awhile to understand because I didn’t really understand his position in the world but he didn’t either so that makes sense? Maybe? As soon as Gage meets Morgan, the sparks fly and I really began to like him. They had some really great chemistry and it was all well written.

One part of the storyline that I didn’t think needed to be there was Morgan’s weight. I just didn’t think it added to the plot. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate books that have curvy women because it’s more believable as the average woman and can address serious issues but in this case it didn’t do more than help us get an image of her in our minds. Other than that, the plot moved along well and there was even a little twist at the end that didn’t surprise me but I enjoyed nonetheless. Overall, this was a fun book and I would be happy to read other Tremayne Family stories by Anna J. Stewart.

 

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Reign of Shadows

(Descendants #3)

By Melissa Wright

Brianna can see her future, but it’s the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.

Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they’ve so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they’ve set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?

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Chapter Three Cont’d

Aern

 

There was a moment of collective silence, and then Logan, from behind her shoulder, said, “What war?”

“The war,” she answered, “they’re planning on inciting between us all.”

“Us?” Aern asked, leaving the word hanging, knowing Brianna would understand.

She nodded. “The shadows. And the Seven.”

She’d said it. She’d marked them as an enemy, separated the us by blood, not by their bonds. But it hurt her. Brianna was on their team.

She had to be.

Aern straightened, feeling the not-so-subtle tug in his chest that connected him to Emily.

“It’s not that,” Brianna started, seeing whatever response he’d missed on her sister’s face. “Emily, it isn’t like that. It’s just,” she stopped again, squeezing her eyes shut tight for a moment before continuing in a more earnest tone, “It’s just that someone had to do this to us. And they did it while our mother was alive.” She had allowed it, or at least kept the truth from them.

Emily stepped forward, leaning over Aern’s shoulder where he sat. “That doesn’t mean she wanted it. That doesn’t mean she wanted this.” She gestured vaguely toward the table, and Aern couldn’t be sure whether she’d meant Brianna’s guessing at the prophecy, or her decision to sort them with the shadows.

“It doesn’t mean she didn’t,” Brianna said. “And how else do you explain her clues? The training?” She thrust her own hands forward, tattooed wrists exposed for her sister to see. “What else could she have wanted, Emily?”

Brianna’s hands dropped, her tone suddenly changed. Resigned. “Do you think she didn’t do everything she could to pick this outcome, to bring us right here? Do you think she didn’t see this?”

“You didn’t,” Emily said evenly.

Brianna’s answer was just as flat. “Because my powers were bound.”

It was all she had to say, and some unspoken message passed between them, some bit of knowledge they’d withheld from him and Logan. Aern’s gaze fell to Logan, but he was watching Brianna. Watching as she steeled herself for sharing one more secret she wasn’t quite ready to give.

“The thing is,” Brianna said, shifting just enough that her admission was directed to both of them, “the thing that doesn’t make sense is that she permitted us to be bound, chose this path for us, brought us to you.” She hesitated, eyes falling first to Aern and then lingering a heartbeat too long on Logan. “Because the shadows are the reason,” she wet her lips, “the ones who took the power from the Seven Lines to begin with.”

 

The other books in the Descendants Series: Shifting Fate (Descendants #2)by Melissa WrightPurchase from Amazon , Barnes and Noble, and the Book Depository. Can also purchase in audio at iTunes and Audible.

Bound by Prophecy (Descendants #1)

by Melissa Wright

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About the Author

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the new Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Myself in Blue by Renata Barcelos

myself in blue

Release date: June 2014

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Romance, redemption, and psychedelic rock in 1989.

Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins.

The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it’s possible to come back and try to mend things.

Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma’s Eye’s vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday and rebuild her shattered family.

It is Sunday, however, who finds Scott. Still too mortified to face her family, she offers her story to Scott in exchange for inside information about them. Scott has no idea how intensely the deal will change their lives when he agrees.

Through her own family’s history, from the first Oshiros and Mornings, WWII impact on her ancestors and the struggle to form the band despite Iris’ abusive stepfather–the chain of events that led to the band’s success, the birth of a new generation, and the night that changed everything–Scott will try to show Sunday that nobody is perfect, and perhaps everything happens for a reason.

Sunday and Scott may not have much time, with her diagnosis and the fact that she doesn’t feel worthy of redemption, but he will not give up easily. Scott has become Sunday’s only link to the past, and perhaps her only chance to have a future.

 
Renata F. BarcelosAbout the Author
Renata F. Barcelos lives in Brazil with her teenager daughter, Maria, constantly complaining about the heat and dreaming of moving somewhere snowy.
She has a Law Degree, but promises never to use it. She prefers to study and teach languages and to write. Facing a three-hour daily commute, Renata uses this time to listen to audiobook after audiobook, plot, and write. Sometimes she hurts herself walking and writing at the same time—forgetting to look where she’s going.
Her characters usually don’t respect her wishes, taking the stories to places she never imagined they could go; she loves it when that happens. Renata is always working on a new novel, and so far has three published books: Mean, My Sore Hush-a-Bye and Merge.
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Excerpt
“You know, being an immigrant runaway doesn’t pay as much as you’d think. I’m broke. All I had I used to buy my ticket home and some food. I’ve been around, trying to learn more about them, trying to see how things are.” She points over her shoulder to the back seat, where I left some older notes I didn’t need today. “So, you’re writing my mother’s biography?”
I only nod, with the increasing feeling that I’m inside a novel making me slightly dizzy.
“Would you like to have my point of view on it?”
“What?”
“My side, you know. What it was like being their kid, where I’ve been, things like that.”
When an offer is too good to be true, and too unexpected, one might feel like they are falling into a trap, but I still cannot stop myself from agreeing enthusiastically.
“Yes, of course!”
She nods solemnly, as if we’ve just sealed a deal.
“Okay, you can have it. But only if you agree to help me, to tell me how things are now, and if you don’t tell Mama I’m back. Not yet, at least.”
“What? I can’t do that!”
“That’s the only way. I need more inside info before deciding to reveal myself, and that’s where you come in. I’m really not ready to face Mama yet.”
“Come on, Sunday, be reasonable. You need a place to stay, you need your family! Your mother is really worried about you, and I don’t want to betray her confidence by hiding something so huge from her.”
“If you disagree I’ll go away and you’ll never hear from me again. I can do that, I have experience.”
It’s a difficult promise to make. I feel like I am deceiving Iris in an unforgivable way, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to live with that. But on the other hand, what choice do I have? I can’t leave Iris’ daughter on the street, in this condition. And I can’t simply go inside and announce that I found Sunday and then lost her again because I disagreed with playing on her terms.
It sounds like something Iris would not only understand but approve, and I imagine her telling me; do what Sunday says and keep her close. Try and convince her to go back to her family.
“Why did you decide to come back now?” I ask, afraid that I already know the answer. Iris told me Sunday needed her more than ever. That she felt as though her girl was in trouble. It isn’t difficult to see. “You’re sick, aren’t you?”
She nods slowly and swallows something, probably tears, before speaking.
“Actually, not sick. Wait. What’s your name again? You know mine but I never got yours.”
“Scott. Scott Goodwin.”
“Well, Scott, not just sick. Dying might be a better word.”
I stare at her, blood thumping in my ears.
“I’m dying, Scott.”
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Ani’s Review
This book was a love story. And not just one love story either. There were stories of lovers, soul mates, as well as brotherly and familial love but mostly it was a story about loving yourself. Loving yourself enough to forgive yourself for your many sins. As a child, Sunday Morning made some very bad decisions and had to live with them for five years without having a sounding board or anyone to really confide in. She so wanted to be the perfect kid but allowed herself to be bad and mostly enjoyed it until her bad decisions hurt her family. After that, she ran from the destruction she thought she caused. In the end, she was a victim that never had anyone tell her that’s what she was. Her perfect family was not perfect, at least not for her.
I had a few issues with this book but overall really liked it. It was interesting to hear from a 20 year old looking back at her childhood and coming to terms with the truth of her life as opposed to what she assumed was reality. Some of the dialogue was a bit forced  and the thoughts the characters shared was maybe too detailed but you were never uncertain about their point of view. In the end, I was actually hoping for a more tragic story otherwise a realistic book like this doesn’t quite add up. However, I really do love a happy ending so I can’t complain! Those of you who enjoy realistic, clean, new adult/ young adult stories should like this one. Especially if you grew up in the 80’s.