Reading has always been an escape for me. As a child, books allowed me to travel to faraway countries and have great adventures I’d never dreamed of in my small-town world.
As an adult, my tastes may have changed but the concept is the same; books take me away from the real-life issues we face today. There’s so much needless violence, climate crisis issues, and starvation that it’s impossible to go a day without something horrible happening somewhere.
While reading isn’t an answer (though there are great ideas for change in the pages of books), it is a way to take a step back and ease a bit of the stress.
Here is this week’s enjoyable reads. For more info click the covers or retail links.
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Dierdra spent much of her childhood caring for her younger sisters and alcoholic mother. She has no interest in returning to Silver Island and those memories for anything less than her sister’s wedding. Besides, her unappreciative boss needs to realize how important she is to the company and she hopes a couple months away will open his eyes and convince him to make her a partner as she deserves.
Jagger has been through a lot, and it’s taught him the value of soft island breezes, family, friends, and maybe even a summer fling with the beautiful, uppity Dierdra. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Now he needs to convince Dierdra to take a chance on a future together.
This is an opposites attract romance. Dierdra is a perfectionist. A lawyer and city girl, she’s spent so many years controlling all aspects of her life that she doesn’t know how to handle her off-the-rails attraction to a free-spirited cook and musician who goes where the wind blows.
Jagger sees the warm, caring woman under the formidable shell and wants Dierdra to see it, too. He knows if she’ll just let down those thick walls she hides behind, happiness and love await.
While this is a romance, it’s also a lesson in taking risks, opening yourself up to possibilities, and appreciating the people who care.
Rose Guthrie will do anything to protect her young brother, who needs a heart transplant, even compromise herself to deliver a valuable box to a secretive buyer. When the seller disappears, along with the box, Rose enters a dangerous game of cat and mouse, one she’s determined to win.
Ex-army ranger, Kade Dolan, doesn’t care about much, he can’t afford to. Thanks to a debt he owes The Prince, leader of the Fianna, a deadly army steeped in history dating back two thousand years, Kade is living on borrowed time before he must give up everything to become a Fianna warrior. The problem is, he’s attracted to the beautiful Rose. When her life is endangered, he steps in, and becomes ensnared in the lies he must keep if he wants to protect the woman he loves.
This is a fast-paced suspense story including lost treasure, nefarious villains, brave heroes, and a love worth fighting for.
Linda Lockwood is stuck in a crappy marriage with an unsatisfying job. She reaches the end of her tether after a terrifying ordeal at the school where she teaches problem children and fakes a breakdown to escape the stress of her life.
After her creep of a husband leaves her, Linda slowly opens her heart to possibilities and begins the journey to self-discovery and new beginnings with the help of friends and family.
This is a story the encourages those going through similar issues that there is a path to happiness if you are brave enough to take the first steps.
I hope I’ve tempted you into trying these fantastic writers- all are excellent reads!
Can you smell the sweet perfume coming from this beauty?