Another Good Dog (by Cara Sue Achterberg)

Memoir 

There are dog people and cat people.

OK…yes, there are also chicken people, but chicken people are completely bananas!

I’m a dog person. I’ve had cats. When I was young I was a cat person. I don’t dislike cats, but I’m a dog person. Nothing quite matches the love a dog will give you.  And this is a book for dog people.

If you love dogs. If you love animals. Read this book.

Bella gives this book 5 Paws!

Where We Belong (by Catherine Ryan Hyde)

A family in crisis.

At 14, Angie is the adult in the family. Her sister Sophie is on the more severe end of the autism spectrum and is completely non-verbal. Her mother does her best but often ends up relying on Angie to fill in the many gaps.

They are fighting to stay a family but have been kicked out of every house they’ve lived in and their last chance is a distant relative they barely know. It’s not a home, but at least it’s not homeless.

While there Sophie forms a connection with their curmudgeonly neighbor’s dog. A massive Great Dane. For the first time in years Sophie has settled down, when she is with the dog she is content and happy. But the neighbor is retiring and moving to the country, and they don’t know how they will cope when he takes the dog away from them.


Some books are just beautiful and this is one of them.  I loved everything about it. Except perhaps the ending.  I wanted a little more.  I wanted to know how things turned out for them all. I wanted to know how life with this family was going a year down the track. If you love dogs, if you love books that are life affirming, honestly if you just enjoy good books, this one is worth reading.

Venom in the Veins (by Jennifer Estep)

Urban Fantasy

The Spider has a new adversary, she’s more powerful than the last adversary. It’s Book 17. It’s entertaining but nothing new.


17 is a big number for an Urban Fantasy series and I think maybe it’s time to think about a spin-off series.

I’ve been saying it for a long time. Sophia is a great character and she could easily carry her own series. Bria and Xavier could carry a series.

I’ll keep reading and I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy the books but it’s more because it’s a habit than anything else.

Blazing Summer (by Denise Grover Swank)

Cozy Mystery

Season one was a runaway success with Summer solving a murder and ensuring a smash hit.  Now she returns for Season two and once again she finds herself doing battle with the director who has it in for her.

With the help of the same film crew who had her back in book one, Deadly Summer, she needs to make the series a success, solve a new crime and clear her best friend’s name.


The Darling Investigations series is surprisingly good. Honestly the premise just doesn’t appeal to me –– I’m not into that whole Hollywood star turns sleuth thing and I find the whole idea of reality TV mind numbing.

But I love this book and I love this series.  I don’t even know why but there you have it.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley who provided me with this review copy. 

Mercy Kilpatrick series (by Kendra Elliot)

Romantic Suspense

I’m not entirely sure how to review this series. Honestly, I’m supposed to be reviewing Book #4 A Merciful Silence, but while I’m sure you could pick up book four without having read the first three I think the series is better if taken as a whole.

Mercy Kilpatrick grew up within a community of preppers.  These are the people who are preparing for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). They have a lot of guns, they know how to grow and can food, they are survivors.  Some of them are paranoid and honestly unhinged others are just self reliant folks who are good to have around in a pinch.

Then as a teenager she was forced to leave. Her family shunned her and she found herself having to make her own way in the world. Now after many years away she is an FBI Agent and has returned to the town she ran away from to investigate a murder.


This series is Romantic Suspense at its best. Honestly I often struggle with the genre, I find the level of violence troubling, but while this series does have that –– there is murder and violence –– the underlying story is strong and the characters make it worth the effort.

So highly recommended with the one caveat that there are occasional graphic depictions of violence. Even with that I’m rating the series 5 stars.

A review copy of A Merciful Silence (book 4) was given to me by the publisher. 

Death and the Viking’s Daughter (by Loretta Ross)

Cozy Mystery

Wren and Death return for another fun mystery. Death is investigating the counterfeiting of a minor work of art while Wren pokes her nose into the disappearance of a young woman at a renaissance fair more than 40 years earlier.

Adding to their problems, having heard about Wren’s engagement to Death, her parents descended upon them and they’re anything but impressed with him.


The Auction Block mysteries aren’t all that surprising. Honestly they’re not particularly original.  What they have going for them is great characters and that’s what makes these books just a little better than the competition. I don’t often get to book four in a Cozy series. Honestly, I can only think of one other series that still interested me after four books (Southern Ghost Hunters by Angie Fox) but I’m still feeling the love for this series.

Many thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy. 

Falling Star (by Terri Osburn)

Contemporary Romance

Chance is a recovering alcoholic and a country music star who has been given a second chance in the business. But the oil for his music was always the bottle and now that he is dry the songs aren’t coming.

Naomi was betrayed by Chance years earlier and is determined it will not happen again. But she is his publicist and both their careers depend on him writing a hit album.


Terri Osburn has been a favorite author since a friend pointed me to her first novel and told me to check it out. Back then, she was in a small group of writers who were reinventing the romance genre which, to be honest, had grown a little tired –– I had all but walked away. It took Penny Reid and Terri Osburn to get me reading Contemporary Romance again and I’m still reading it largely because of these two fine writers.

Falling Star is great. It feels like a more personal book for some reason and I’m not really sure why. But I love these characters and I love where this series is heading.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance for providing me with this review copy.