Author: Nora Roberts

The Weekly Recap (144)

Posted January 13, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you guys had a good week last week and that this week treats you well. My week was pretty busy at work and then I had some social things that I needed to attend over the weekend so I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted. I still got some reading done so it wasn’t too bad. I went to a baby shower over the weekend and was able to see one of my best friend’s younger sisters who came down to L.A. from Arizona and it was so good to see and catch up with her that it made my entire weekend.

But you know what made my entire week? CAIDEN’S A BIG BROTHER NOW!!

Chloe (Caiden’s Mom) gave birth to Baby Lasi two weeks early and Baby Lasi doesn’t even look like a premie. She’s a big baby already but oh man is she adorable. Everyone has said that Baby Lasi looks like Markus (her Daddy), Caiden but to me, she looks dead on like her Mama did when Chloe was a baby. Baby Lasi is just a little darker than Chloe was and Lasi doesn’t have a strawberry on her forehead the way that Chloe did either. She’s super cute and everyone has already met her except for us California folks. Grandma Blanche and Aunty Blue drove out to meet Baby Lasi yesterday but us folks that couldn’t take the time off have to wait until the end of February to meet her when they come to California for Baby Lasi’s first trip to her California home. I can’t wait!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (144)The Witness
by Nora Roberts
Published by Penguin on April 17, 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Point of View:Third Person
Pages: 492
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Reading Challenges:2020 A-Z Challenge, 2020 Goodreads Challenge

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems -- and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something -- and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today's most reliably entertaining thriller -- and will leave people hungering for more.

I’m about halfway through The Witness by Nora Roberts and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve got to read it for book club next week and it was my choice so I’m glad that so far, it’s good. Even Therese is enjoying the book and she doesn’t enjoy very many of our book club books.

What I Read

The Rebel King (All the Kings Men #2) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole | 4 out of 5
The One for You by Roni Loren | 5 out of 5
Grand Theft N.Y.E. by Katrina Jackson | 4 out of 5
Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (143)

What I Got

Pulling Doubles (The Wright Brothers #2) by Christina C. Jones
Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3) by Christina C. Jones
Christmas with the Wrights (The Wright Brothers #4) by Christina C. Jones

What I Got for Review

Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen
Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams
One Last Chance (One Day to Forever #3) by Therese Beharrie

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Throwback Thursday: Sea Swept by Nora Roberts

Posted July 12, 2018 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 4 Comments

Each week, I’ll be writing a review for an oldie but goodie that I’ve read through again to see if these books are holding up for me. I’m a different person than I was when I read these books, older and wiser (at least I hope) so I’m curious to see if books that I used to love can stand the test of time. First up? Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.

Throwback Thursday: Sea Swept by Nora RobertsSea Swept
by Nora Roberts
Series: Chesapeake Bay Saga #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on January 1, 1998
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 330
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight...

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth's sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth's fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together--or tear them apart...

I used to read the hell out of Nora Roberts back in the day but not so much lately. I’m reading a lot of contemporary but not very many Roberts. I have very fond memories of this book so when I picked it up for a re-read, I was low key nervous because I wasn’t sure if I was ready to find out that Cam and Anna’s story didn’t shoot rainbows into the sky for me anymore.

It didn’t take me long at all to jump right back into this story so I’m happy to report that this book is still easily readable and I’m still a fan of Nora Roberts writing style. I didn’t remember a lot of the little details of the book so reading this one again was almost like reading it for the first time.

This book features Cam Quinn, the eldest of the Quinn boys coming home when disaster strikes his family. These days, Cam races his boat all over the world for money and he’s making a good living for himself doing that. He’s also living that fast life with fast women, fast cars and lots of, well, fast things. He loves his life but his way of life goes up in flames when he comes home and his father has adopted another young boy who looks strikingly like Ray Quinn to make people start to whisper about the paternity of this young boy. Ray and Stella Quinn, Cam’s adopted parents were happily married before Stella died and Seth’s age and his resemblance to the most stand up man that Cam has ever known put everything that Cam has ever known about his father and his mother and their family in a bad light.

Ray makes Cam and his brothers promise to take care of their new brother. This stranger that none of the Quinn boys know but will protect with their lives because…he’s a Quinn now. Cam, Ethan, and Phillip have their work cut out for them because, in order to take care of their new brother, they all have to move home and figure things out.

Enter Anna Spinelli. The social worker assigned to Seth Quinn’s case. Her job is to make sure that he will be okay living with Ray Quinn’s sons and to make sure that his living environment is a good one, a nurturing one and she’s got her doubts with three brothers who obviously haven’t lived or spent much time with young kids. They each have different lives in different cities but there’s something about each of them coming together at their father’s request to take on something that isn’t going to be a walk in the park. It’s not at all appropriate that the more time she spends with the Quinns, the more she crushes on the eldest Quinn, Cameron.

I’m happy to say that this re-read lived up to my love of the Quinns, Anna and Cam and oh man, Seth. This book was just as emotional for me as the first time that I read it and I fell in love with all of the Quinns all over again. Cam and Anna’s romance was fabulous and I just adored reading this book again. Sure, there were times when I got frustrated with Cam, and even Ray in the ghostly bonding time that he had with Cam but it’s not hard to see why Nora Roberts is so popular. She can write the hell out of romances that will tug at your heart and make you fall in love with people and with places that you’ve never been to.

Sea Swept starts the Chesapeake Bay series off with a bang and you will definitely fall in love with these books so I definitely recommend.

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Final Grade

4.25 out of 5

Chesapeake Bay Saga


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