Monday, January 21, 2019

Beyond Risk by Connie Mann

She's taking another group down the river again.  This is the anniversary of the death of one of her passengers last year and she's trying to hide her fear and enjoy the trip anyway.  Unfortunately, someone else remembers that date and she almost loses another one...

Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.

Charlee works hard to save the girl from drowning but while she's doing that, someone is taking pot shots at the group.  They hit the girl and Charlee both.  The girl survives, then someone suffocates her in the hospital.  Who is this person, why is he stalking Charlee and can she keep her family safe?

She's working with the cop who is investigating and it would be easier for him to do his job if he wasn't so attracted to her.  Her two brothers are very protective.  Everyone wants to tell her what to do but she's on a mission to find the killer.  Can she find him before he finds her?

This was a good read with an interesting mystery and enough romance to hold your attention.  Give it a try.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

What Doesn't Kill Her by Christina Dodd

She started out as a victim but life toughened her up...

HQN and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.

When she saves a young girl from a rapist, the whole family is grateful.  She even finds a man to fall in love with.  But then the rapist shoots her in the head and she goes into a coma.

As she awakens again, she finds herself in a facility and it scares her.  She's sure that she doesn't want to be there.  She sneaks out and heads away.  She even joins the service and has to fight in war zones.  She learns to defend herself and how to handle a gun or a knife.  And she learns to kill.  She can't remember before except when her husband came home to kill her and then himself, he killed her sister instead.  She's using her sister's paperwork to make her new life and assumes her name.  But her trouble is not over yet.

First she finds out she had a child while in the coma.  She's not feeling motherly.  She's actually afraid to love because those she loves die.  Her boyfriend is raising the girl and he still loves her.  She starts out trying to bond with her daughter and her boyfriend.  But she has unknown problems following her.  Someone is trying to kill her and he's using teams of men to hunt her down.

It's a good thing she got skills in the service because now she can fight back.

There's plenty of suspense, you worry about the couple and their child, and death comes closer to her each day.  Either the bullet in her brain will move or the assassins will be successful.  But she's a fighter now and she can hold her own.  The story moves quickly and made my heart beat faster.  This is a good read.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

This is an interesting mix of science fiction and murder.  The two teens who experience the family tragedies don't know each other but they are searching for answers any way they can.  Even talking to something out in space if they can contact them.  Kennedy is continuing her brother's work.  Nolan is still trying to find his missing brother...

Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.

When they find a radio pattern that is where it shouldn't be, they meet each other on the internet in a forum.  They are trying to identify it.  They both found the same thing and it's totally unknown.  While trying to nail this transmission down, they find out that they have trouble in common.  Nolan's brother ran into the woods and they couldn't find him when they were ready to leave.  Nolan is still looking.  Kennedy saw her brother with a gun standing in the hallway where her mother and stepfather lay dead.  She doesn't believe he did it but she has to tell the truth.

There's lots searching and questions to be answered but they work together toward a solution.  The truth is hard to take but they find it.

I found the book to be a bit creepy but the mysteries were good.  I also felt sorry for the two main characters.  Nobody needs that kind of tragedy in their life.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart

It all starts when his secretary leaves early for home and then doesn't come back the next day.  She said she was sick but she's never missed a day before and didn't look unwell.  When she finally returns, she won't tell him why she was gone.  But before too many days go by, the DA's office sends officers to take her in as an accomplice in murder.  He knows she didn't do it but can he figure out who did?

Atria and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.

The book has crimes in the present and in the past, corrupt officials, good cops and bad cops and plenty of action.  The biggest problem is that the man who won the district attorney election is full of his own ego and self-importance and anybody he thinks is saying something bad about him or digging into something he doesn't want to be investigated, he gets even by getting rid of them.  He fires three cops, kills his partner for sleeping with his wife and now is trying to get the retired police and attorney that annoy him put in jail for murder.  There's no evidence but he's thinking of making some.

Despite a cover up, they find the current murderer and also learn why his secretary was gone.

I really despised the new DA and his actions but Karma prevails.  What goes around, comes around...

Lots of subplots as well as the main story, so you keep your mind busy as you read along.  It's not the most positive read but it ends as it should so I was satisfied.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Sora is an apprentice warrior.  She and her gemina (partner) make a formidable pair.  He's strong and can win any fight.  She's quick, agile, and uses magic for her fighting.  They are prepared to fight for their kingdom but they didn't think it would happen so soon.

Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.  

Their kingdom is attacked with no warning.  Someone is trying to destroy the castle by using tidal waves.  It doesn't fall, but they know now they are at war.  But with who and why?

The reason is almost unbelievable.  The queen had a battle with her twin brother for the crown.  He was killed and she took over the kingdom.  Only he wasn't killed, just wounded badly.  And now he's back with magic of his own.

Sora and her gemina infiltrate his troops and she learns how to use the magic.  She also finds her sister who she thought had died in a fire.  Can they become friends again or is it too late? It's hard to fight a prince and your little sister.

There's plenty of action, the prince believes in a myth and will do anything to make it come true, and only four people remain to fight him.  This was the first book in this series and it has set up plenty of openings for how the story will go in the future.  If you read this one, I'm not sure you'll be able to stop from reading the whole series...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

Aurora is the youngest in the camping party.  Her older sister is there but she ignores her.  The rest of the campers are all friends, some are sleeping together, they drink and do drugs.  She's not comfortable with that, so she tries to stay out of the way.  But someone is not content to leave her alone.  And when the morning arrives, she's missing...

Random House and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

These kids are all normal.  They are teenagers, they testing boundaries, and they are good friends.  But someone in that crowd is evil.

It takes thirty years before someone locates the body.  The police start an investigation but this case is really cold.  Many of those at the event have forgotten a lot.  Others lie.  They start out searching for the truth but they have to dig out the answers and weed out the lies. Seeing how everyone's life has turned out thirty years later was interesting.

When they find out she'd been raped it adds another element to the investigation.  It's a complex mystery.  One of the cops had been on the case when she went missing.  He has his own secrets about that time period.  But it all comes to light before the end.

The ending was quite appropriate.  The chance taker had run out of luck.  While the subject matter was a bit sad, the investigation keeps your interest and my reading speed increased as I reached the end of the story.

Would you have guessed the killer? 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fatality in F by Alexia Gordon

Gethsemane has agreed to lead the band in the rose judging contest opening.  She and the band members have been practicing.  When she goes in the flower shop afterwards she runs into a friend.  She almost gets run over by the woman coming out, but she apologizes.  When they go back out, they find a mysterious bouquet on her friend's car.  No note, no explanation and he has no idea who would have done it.  Does the gal with flowers have a crush on him or is she a stalker?

Henery Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.

Gethsemane finds that flowers have meaning and gets a copy of The Language of Flowers to figure it out.  Frankie still doesn't know why someone is leaving messages but it doesn't appear they are a threat.  

He's competing in the rose contest and the other major contestant comes over and taunts him.  They have a public fight and each goes their own way.  But it doesn't look good when he's found dead in Frankie's backyard.  Did Frankie kill him?  Gethsemane thinks not and sets out to prove it.

What she finds is that everyone hated him and there are plenty of reasons for him to be dead.  This mystery has two killers involved and two different motives and two deaths, so it's a bit hard to figure out.  It's a good thing Gethsemane doesn't give up easily...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs

Teddy gets a new case.  The giraffe's have been getting sick on Sundays and they want to find out why so he agrees to watch and see who and why might have been feeding them something they shouldn't eat.  He has his friend, the owner's daughter, to help him.  But then he ends up on another case and it's not so pleasant.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for this review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.

They know there is a mountain lion in the area because they've seen her prints.  Now she's being accused of killing a dog.  Teddy doesn't believe it but he doesn't know who would have killed the dog.  The owner is famous man and he's working on getting the mountain lion eradicated.  When the Wildlife division is investigating and trying to decide one way or the other, the owner offers a large reward for bringing him the dead cat.

So Teddy is trying save both the giraffes and the mountain lion.  He has some interesting adventures while doing that, too.

This story has a good message about how we encroach on the animal's land and take away their freedom and what they used to eat.  When they come to visit the housing and eat pets, the humans hate them.  But if we gave them room and let them have a place to live, there wouldn't be a problem.  Killing an animal for acting normally isn't the answer.  

I've thought about this issue a lot and tend to sympathize with the animals.  What would you do if they took your home away from you?  At least they won't shoot you.

The Princess and the Pickup Truck by Bil Lepp

I had to read this one.  The title caught my eye, it's a parody tale that compares to the Princess and the Pea but this story has more comedy in it.  I love it, it's cute and it's much more interesting...

The author and West Virginia Book Company sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

He's a prince looking for a mountain princess to marry.  He bought himself a pickup truck so they would notice him.  And he searches everywhere for his mate.  He thinks all the ladies who tell them she's a princess probably aren't.  They don't appeal to him either.  So he goes home and tells his mom he was unsuccessful.

One night someone knocked on the door and he opens to find three princesses standing there.  He's ecstatic until he realizes it's Halloween...

The next princess to show up doesn't look like one.  She doesn't really act like one either.  But his mom has an idea on how to test her.  What an idea it is!

This was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed the tale.  Your young ones should, too, and there are parts that make you laugh as well.  Read it, you'll enjoy it. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

It all started when he walked in a bookshop he hadn’t seen before and asked the owner if they had any books on magic.  Not fiction, he wants the real thing.  His father told him magic was real right before he disappeared.  His mother tells him his father is dead but he still believes the magic is real…

Book Publicity Services shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.

This is a wonderful fantasy tale well-told by the author.  The character development is good, the friendships Thomas has are heart-warming and the magic is unpredictable.  After all, if you didn’t know you had any, how could you practice?

What he finds in the shop is a “real” magic book.  The owner tells him to take it home and read it and then bring it back as soon as he’s done.  Tell no one and keep it hidden.  He does that but he finds the contents of the book confusing and he starts meeting up with people who are unfriendly to him.  He soon learns they are after the book.

When he finishes the book, they tell him of his destiny and that he has mighty powers.  He’s not sure about that but when they give him his first training assignment and lock him in a room, he has to perform to get out.  He can’t quite figure it out but he’s getting hungry.  Will he manage to do what he needs to?  He does and he finds that the training moves faster once he’s won the first battle to open his mind.

With magical acts all through the story and the fight between good and evil, it’s an exciting tale that reads fast.  It’s also the first book in the series so Thomas will be back.

I really enjoyed reading this tale and hope to read more about Thomas.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Death in Provence by Serena Kent

Penelope is a dead body magnet.  She doesn't want to be but she seems to find them wherever she goes...

Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 19th. 

She's divorced now, her children are driving her nuts and her grandchildren aren't disciplined.  She's ready for a new start so she goes to an area she really likes and starts looking for a house.  She finds the perfect one but it needs a lot of work.  She loves the location, the views, and the acreage that goes with it.  So she buys it.  And one of the first days she lives there, she finds a dead body in the pool.

They identify the dead man but she knows it either isn't him or the man she spoke to on her property who said he was him was lying.  She doesn't have the best time here because she's an English woman moving into France and knows no one there.  But she's determined to find out who put him in her pool.

If that wasn't enough, she has someone shooting at her.  And when she hides from that, she finds another dead body.  The original feud was years ago and then the war came and nothing got resolved.  She knows nothing about it but she learns.

There are kind people and some not so kind.  She doesn't like the police chief who doesn't listen to her and tells her to get off the case. But the killer is someone fairly close who I didn't suspect at all.

I found this to be an interesting look at a small community in France with a good mystery woven through it.  I would have loved to see the house she bought...

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith

Simon believes in aliens.  There's Roswell, Area 51 and more facts that help support his theory.  But does anyone else agree with him?

Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 19th.

Since Simon reads a lot of fantasy and plays video games in the same field, his military father thinks it's his imagination.  But one day in the woods, he braced by an owl who looked him in the eyes and forced him unconscious.  When he awakens, he finds a hole in his stomach and he believes the aliens have implanted something there.  It's when he tries to dig out the implant that things get real serious for Simon.  He ends up in the hospital.  And then in psychiatric care.

This was an interesting story.  He knows the aliens have visited him and no one else believes it.  He also knows the government hides things.  He finds a group of people who support his beliefs and think the aliens will be coming soon to take earth over.  Simon gets pills to take but still gets visited by the aliens.

I didn't see this ending coming but it was quite appropriate.  It makes for a very fascinating sci/fi tale for middle graders.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Case of Bier by Mary Daheim

Judith and her husband run a bed and breakfast.  When Joe offers to take her on vacation for a few days, she's thrilled.  It gets even better when Renie(her cousin) and her husband Bill join them.  She didn't envision being a fishing widow but they need a guide to get more fish and go out in the field with him.  The two women plan to shop, see the sights and relax.  It'd be a lot more relaxing if she didn't find a dead body on almost the first day there...

William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 12th.

She had been told he went there to die but he was stabbed.  Then his body disappears.  So does the bier he wanted to be sent down the river on.  She thinks the relatives did it and then got rid of the body.  That's partly true but there's a lot more to it.

They find the body in the woods in another day or so but when they try to show the cops, it's missing again.

In time, they begin to wonder if it was really that older brother as they were told.  But if it wasn't, who was it?

The fun part is that they make up stories as they go along.  One time Judith is a journalist, the next time she's acting like part of the family.  She does what it takes to sort out the facts.  She's also surprised by the killer...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

They are twins and have done everything together.  However, it will different this year.  They have been separated and are in different classes.  Iris worries about Lark; she's not a strong person and embarrasses easily.  She doesn't want to be separated but she can't change her parent's minds.  What will happen this year?

Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 12th.

As each girl makes their own way, they become more less dependent on each other and Iris begins to realize she was protecting Lark too much.

They have an elective class at the end of the day and Lark takes an art class.  Iris joins a "camp" at the library where Iris finds she's not very creative on her own.  But there's an antique shop across the street and that fascinates her.  It's not a good place to be but she doesn't know that.  The man who runs it uses magic and he's interested in her.  Once he locks her in, can she get away?  And what happened to his sister who disappeared?

Keep reading the tale.  You'll find out the answers to these questions.

Death by Airship by Arthur Slade

Prince Conn is a pirate.  So are his mom and dad and all his siblings.  Since his assigned area has almost no traffic, he doesn't get to act like a pirate very often but he's ready for when they show up.  When one of his sisters tries to set his airship on fire, he goes after her.  That's when he finds out his siblings are being killed off.  And he's being framed for it...

Orca Book Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.

Mr. Slade writes busy stories that hold your attention.  I really enjoyed watching Conn trying to save his family.  His enemy is someone he knows but he doesn't realize that.  When his mother tries to knock his plane out of the sky, he races back home to talk to his father.  The King tells him he knows he didn't do it because he's not smart enough to carry out such a plot.  (That's not really a compliment, is it?).  While he's visiting with his father, a dove lands in the window.  Then another and another.  Then they blow up and take the window out and enemies crawl in.  He drags the King out on his airship and they escape.  Except he still has someone following him...

Can he save his family from the killer?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous

Seraphine and her brother were only hours old when their mother threw herself off a cliff.  She'd been moody and a bit crabby but no one expected suicide.  Was it or wasn't it?

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It is being published today.

This is a house of secrets.  The children are turning 25 and while Danny is happy with thing the way they are, Seraphine feels like she's not who they've been telling her she is.  When their father falls and dies from his injuries, she feels like she's afloat.  She wants to know why her mother died so she tries to find the Au Pair that was working there at the time of birth.  Some secrets might be better off left that way...

There are new loves, old loves, hidden facts, and even evil plans afoot.  The truth is a very complicated matter and doesn't necessarily make anyone happy.  This house has more complications than Peyton Place.

I don't read a lot of this type of book but I enjoyed the history of the family they shared and the drama kept me glued to the pages until I was done with the book.  There's sadness and happiness both in this story.  If you start reading this, I bet you'll finish it.  Get ready for backstabbing, scandal and murder all mixed in one pot...

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Burglar by Thomas Perry

She came from a poor family and doesn't want to be there anymore, so she has become a burglar.  She's petite and thin.  She can fit through dog doors, louvered windows and more.  She acts like a regular jogger and checks out empty houses.  Then she robs them.  The problem starts when she finds dead people in the house.  She leaves but now she has folks after her...

Grove Atlantic and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 18th of January.

The black SUVs are hard to ditch.  She begins by thinking they are cops, then she changes her mind.

She stays over with a friend and comes back to the apartment to find her and her boyfriend dead.  She didn't think she would endanger them!  Even staying in a hotel isn't safe.

She decides to turn the tables on them and investigate them.  She finds a lot.  Now will she last long enough to turn it in?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro, Matthew Griffin

Her father is a clock repairman.  They aren't making a lot of money but they are getting by.  Then a man comes in and offers them a large sum if they will repair the clock in his house.  They can even live in the house while they are fixing it.  They've never had a house so this is a unique chance for them.  They agree to work on it.

HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 12th.

The house is quite run down but it's quiet and out of the city.  The woods bother Lucy.  Oliver and her father work on the clock.  The more they look it over, the more confused they get.  It appears to be a perpetual motion clock and it provides power for the whole house.  But the pendulum doesn't function, there are pipes that used to go in the clock that are now connected to the walls, and the animals that decorated the face of the clock are all missing.  How did all this happen?  Quite by accident Lucy locates a couple of animals from the clock and finds that they come alive at midnight...

There's a monster in the woods that intends to take over the house.  The woods come closer each day.  Can they figure out how to stop it and save the animals?  Lucy might be young but she's also smart and believes in magic.  That gives her strength in her battle and she needs it.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Land Apart by Ian Roberts

Etienne Brulé is a Frenchman who has given up on the French.  He lives with the Wendat Indians and appreciates the spirit of nature and friendships of the men.  He even marries and has his own children.  But not everyone appreciates him.  The French hold a grudge...

Atelier Saint-Luc Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is has been published and you can grab a copy now.

This story is based on historical fact.  It was 1634.  When the English sells guns to the Iroquois, it changes the balance of power in the Indian wars.  Now instead of a few deaths, there can be larger numbers murdered.  It's an unfair advantage.

The other tribe wants to buy guns also but Etienne tries to talk them out of it.  He's served in the war and saw how many people the guns can kill.  But peace isn't easy to achieve when even the Frenchmen don't want the Indians there.  They want to take their land for another colony.  It's that perpetual war that exists between white men and people of different colors or different economic situations.  Even nowadays it raises its ugly face.

The Wendats are anxious for weapons, so he goes to buy some.  Then he finds the Iroquois are getting ready to attack the Wendat village.  They get sidetracked when they run into the traveling French group.  The priests are determined to shove their religion down the Indians throats.  

Even if it's a story about a real man, it reads like a thriller.  He faces torture, certain death, and perhaps the death of his son, too.  He does what he came to do and makes up his mind stay and protect those he loves.  I admire what he did so long ago.  He believed in freedom and that's important.  I enjoyed this read about a bit of Canada's history and the illustrations are beautiful.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden

Miriam is running from her past.  She left home for college and never went back.  They didn't want her.  She became a nurse and was doing well at that until she developed a medical problem.  That ended up with her in an asylum.  She was there for two years and finally escaped.  Now she's on her way to a new job out west in a small town where no one should know her.

Shadow Mountain Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 5th.

Gideon has agreed to take on a mail order bride.  There are two men for every woman in the town he's the doctor for and it's the only way he's likely to get a wife.  She's also a nurse so that will make his job easier and she will understand his work and why he's gone so much.

Imagine Miriam's surprise when she arrives and they take to her to a hall for a reception and attempt to marry her to the doctor.  She agreed to be a nurse, not a wife!  She runs again.

He finds her and asks her to at least be his nurse.  She agrees.  

The town is mad at her and not very accepting.  He knows she's hiding something but she won't tell him what.  He finds himself falling in love with her but he can't marry someone who isn't honest with him.  As they struggle along with medical cases and flirt with romance, it gets a bit better and then worse.  And when the doctor from the asylum shows up, she almost panics.  Is she doomed to return to that hell?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Black Ascot by Charles Todd

When Inspector Rutledge runs into a hostage situation at a church, he comes to their aid.  He talks the man down and gets the girl out safely.  The man tells him he is looking for his wife but can't find her.  He helps him find her and in exchange for his help, the man tells him that he heard a missing killer is in London again.  He reopens the cold case file with his supervisor's permission.  The murder might be ten years old but it's still a dangerous case...

William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 5th.

Rutledge has no idea what a can of worms he's opening when he begins looking into the case.  Not only did a man die from a fall but a woman was killed in a car accident.  The woman was loved by four men and they all wanted her.  Her first husband was the man who jumped or was pushed over the ledge.  Her second husband was injured in the same car crash.  The more he digs, the more connections he finds and the more confused he gets.

He gets shot and they tell him it was a suicide attempt.  He had thoughts of that after the war but not now.  He gets put on leave anyway.  And he continues on the case even without authority or memory of the shot.

This case was intricate and confused.  He solves it but his boss is still not happy.  Poor Inspector Rutledge.  Even when he does good his boss can't see it...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Watcher in the Woods: A Rockton Novel by Kelley Armstrong

Rockton is strange little town.  It's in the middle of nowhere, is lacking many services taken for granted, and has a mix of victims and criminals.  It's a good place to hide people.  There's a council that is pretty dysfunctional, has a sheriff and a detective, and uses locals as a militia.  There are evil people and predatory animals around, so you need protection.  Despite all that, someone is murdered...

Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 5th.

The dead man is a US Marshall.  He wouldn't say who he was after and there's no end of suspects.  With several killers in the batch of residents it could have been anyone.  It could even be someone who didn't kill before but doesn't want to be taken back.

The residents don't say much, claim they didn't see anything, and council just wants it solved and ended.  There are hostiles hiding in the woods, Casey has a run in with a mama bear, and there are trouble makers in town.  They're having a tough time figuring out who the killer is...

This story is almost dystopian even though the end of the world as we know it hasn't come.  It just seems that way in Rockton.

This was an interesting mystery that took some good investigation to solve.   I enjoyed the romance between the sheriff and the detective.  They make a good team.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

Jocelyn is jogging when she sees a couple of dogs examining each other in the middle of the road.  Then she hears a sports car approaching and she runs a little faster.  She stops disaster from happening by grabbing them and moving them from the road right before the sports car gets there.  The lab's owner thanks her.  The man driving the car apologizes to her.  She makes her escape and takes the mutt who caused all the problems home with her.

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

The man owning the labs offers her a job taking care of his dogs.  The sports car driver asks her out.  Her life takes a turn for the good.  Everything is fine for a while.  Then her employer dies and makes her guardian of his dogs and gives them the house and his money.  That's almost overwhelming.  The man she's been dating and was thinking of marrying (even though he hadn't asked) tells her he thinks they need to back off and give each some space.  She knows that means goodbye.

If that isn't bad enough, Mr. Boat Shoes she met at her employer's house turns out to be his son.  He sues her over the house.  And the lady who showed the dogs sues her saying she should have been appointed as guardian.  Her life is no longer the same.  She can use the estate money to fight the cases, but will she win?

I enjoyed the characters, the dogs, and the romance all three in this one.  It was well worth the read.