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 This is a contemporary romance that takes place right after the millennium.  Tess O’Mara is expecting a bonus from her boss in January 1 so at first she is not surprised to see $1 million in her ban account.  But soon she realizes that the money is not hers and was deposited through a glitch by some criminals.  Now they are hot on her trail.  So she takes her brother’s advice and goes to the town of Almost, Arizona where her bro’s friend, TJ McCall, the local sheriff, will watch out for her.  I have to say that this was a pretty horrid book.  I never did get the title.  It was pretty cheesy.  I guess I don’t really go for contemporary romances and it just all seemed too contrived.

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    Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts

In the Circle of Three trilogy, Roberts takes readers on a journey through time to bring together 6 people to vanquish a truly evil foe.  Hoyt is a sorcerer and is the first to strike against the vampire Lilith after she turns his brother into a vampire.  He is given the charge of bringing the six together by the Goddess Morrigan.  He travels to current day New York from 1128 Ireland.  He must convince his brother to join him and then search out the other four.  Not everyone is from current times, and soon the six are comprised of a warrior, a sorcerer, a vampire, a witch, a shapeshifter, and a queen.  Though they are not really a cohesive whole at first, soon they band together and become a solid unit.  Each of the six are joined more closely to another of the six and love blossoms even in this time of trial.  This is a little more violent than the typical works by Roberts.  They must prepare for a battle and that is exactly what happens.  They strike at Lilith and her camp repeatedly until they all meet for the final show down.  While the romance is definitely there, I felt like this one had more grit in terms of the rest of the story. 

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 When Cassidy St John is approached by a strange man on a foggy San Francisco night, she is worried that he will hurt her.  But instead, he wants to paint her.  He is none other than Colin Sullivan, renowned artist.  Cassidy can’t believe her luck in landing such a great job after she was fired.  What seems to be just an easy gig quickly turns into something else.  Soon Cassidy and Colin are both exploring the feelings that they seem to share.  This is a pretty typical contemporary romance.  Good fluff reading.

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 In this book from the Once Upon a Time series, we hear a very different tale of Little Red Riding Hood.  Asa a little girl, Ruth is attacked by a wolf.  Left with horrible scars on her legs, she does not think she is like hte other girls in her village.  When her brother goes off to fight in the cursades, Ruth takes up his spot as assistant to her father the blacksmith.  Many years pass and one day she meets handsome William, a nobleman.  The two fall in love, but then Ruth learns his secret…..he is cursed by a witch (or rather his great-great grandfather was cursed) and turns into a wolf.  It was he who hurt her so.  Now at this point you think that she is going to turn tail and run, but that does not happen.  She decides to forgive him and help him.  But there is even more danger lurking at home and Ruth must confront that first before she can finally be with William.

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 Xena and Xander have just moved to London.  They are playing The Game (guessing what people do for a living) when they are slipped a cryptic note.  Deciding that they should follow it, they end up in a home only to discover that they are the descendants of Sherlock Holmes himself.  And while Holmes was phenomenal, he did not solve all the cases he was given.  The two siblings decide to try to solve one of the cases.  They find a case about a missing painting and think that this might be the case for them.  Meanwhile, they are trying to fit into life at a new school and in a new home.  Piecing together clue after clue, Xena and Xander find out a very funny secret about the painting of Girl in a Purple Hat.  And just when all seems lost, well let’s just say that it isn’t.  This book is the first in what will hopefully a very long series.  It reminded me of Blue Balliett

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 So I read this the day it came out, but I am just getting around to writing the review.  I am not really sure what to say.  On the one hand, I was happy to see many issues resolved, but on the other, I felt Meyer left things wide open for more books.  Which is fine, but then this one shouldn’t be called the conclusion.  Anyway, Breaking Dawn wraps up the story of Edward and Bella.  There are definitely some weird twists in this one.  Yes, Bella does become a vampire, but first she and Edward have a baby.  (it only takes a month for it to come to term).  Jacob ends up imprinting on the baby (whose name is so stupid I refuse to type it) which means the whole love triangle thing is taken care of.  Bella has a weird shield power which helps them when the Volturi come to kill the Cullens.  What was most disturbing about the book was how differently it was written than the other ones.  I was expecting there to be a bit of sadness, but instead everything gets wrapped up so neatly that it made me a bit disappointed.  Bella even gets to keep talking to her dad.  I know this sounds mean, but I was hoping for a tragedy and none ever came.  There was no sacrifice and no giving up of anything.  IT didn’t seem real somehow.  Plus, I didn’t feel the Volturi were really dealt with and that Meyer left it open along with the story of Jacob and the baby to continue writing more about this world.  SO, overall I was happy to read it, and I liked it, but I was also disappointed.

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 Finally, the one we have all been waiting for is here.  The story of the most mysterious of all the Dark Hunters, Acheron.  No one really knows who he is or where he came from.  He is the self appointed leader of the Dark Hunters and will do anything to save someone.  This book was better than I could have imagined.  It answers every question about Ash and gives him a happy ending.  Turns out, Ash was the son of Apollymi, the Atlantean goddess of destruction.  But when the fates decree that he shall bring about the downfall of the Atlantean pantheon, all but his mother want him dead.  In order to shield him, she hides his god powers and puts him in the womb of a Queen so that he can live a life of privilege.  But exactly the opposite happens.  Instead of being loved and cherished, Ash is hated and reviled.  Forced to become a prostitute, he doesn’t believe in love and yet still believes in helping people. He is decent to his core.  The first half of the book is his early life before becoming a Dark Hunter.  The second half takes place in present day.  Ash meets a woman and he can’t hear her thoughts (one of his cool god powers).  He knows she is important, but he doesn’t realize how important.  Tory is the first person to ever truly love Ash for himself.  He is torn between loving her and keeping her safe by staying away from her.  But he doesn’t reckon on her stubbornness.  It all ends so happily, although there is definitely more to be told.  And the best part is that the heifer-goddess (as SImi would say) is put in her place.

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