Author: Nora Roberts

BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts

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BAY OF SIGHS by Nora RobertsBay of Sighs by Nora Roberts
Series: Guardians #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
ReviewedbyJo

Annika is the most innocent of the searchers of the Stars, but that has a lot to do with the fact she has been sheltered by living in the oceans as a mermaid.  Annika is quickly learning what she needs to know about the land world in order to fulfill her part of finding the Stars and saving the world.  Annika is now on a time limit for her time on the land because she had to reveal herself to the others to save one of them.  But she is determined to help the others and to also explore the passion that is building between her and Sawyer.

 

Sawyer King is the latest in his family to be given the task to save the Stars.  As each person was given the task to unravel the legend and the clues, they were also given something to help them do this.  Sawyer is now a traveler of both space and time and with that comes certain responsibilities, but in order to save his team and especially Annika, he will run the risk of breaking those rules.

 

The team is on the Island of Capri in search of the second Star.  Now that they know what each of the team members can do, they have an idea of what they will be facing, because the dark goddess is going to bring out even bigger guns to fight them.  It appears that the newest ally with the goddess a person who holds a grudge against both Sawyer and Riley and has the money and contacts to make life difficult for the searchers.  Now the searchers are facing not only figuring out the clues to where the Star is hidden, but also facing the worst of the worst mercenaries that have been hired to discover not only where the second Star is, but when the first Star is hidden.  So far, the searchers are keeping one step ahead, but when the Sawyer and Annika are captured it will come down to their belief in each other and their strength of character and, most importantly, their love for each other.

 

A mermaid and a traveler find a love that will transcend even living in two separate worlds in Bay of Sighs.  Wow, I was amazed at how much nastier the dark goddess fought as the search for the second Star went on.  Annika and Sawyer would have never met except for the legend and search for the Stars and, yet, I found their love to be the most natural.  I loved watching as they fell for each other, even knowing that everything was against them having a future together.  I also enjoyed watching as once again the searchers unraveled the clues and found the hidden Star.  The danger was brought into sharp focus when Annika and Sawyer were captured and then tortured to reveal where the second Star is.  Bay of Sighs has equal aspects of danger and passion, suspense and friendship that allows the good to win the day and love to rule.  On to the last Star.

THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts

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THE OBSESSION by Nora RobertsThe Obsession by Nora Roberts
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Source: Publisher
ReviewedbyJo

Naomi Bowes lost everything she knew in life just before her 12th birthday and discovered she had been living with a monster—one she was responsible for revealing.  Growing up, she was always wondering when something would happen that would expose who she really was and the media and questions would start all over again.  Now, Naomi is all grown-up and known as Naomi Carson, a well-known photographer.  Naomi has spent her adult life so far constantly on the move, but something about Sunrise Cove and a large rundown house has grabbed her, and she beings to wonder if she can finally risk settling down and growing some roots.

 

Xander Keaton is a hometown boy in Sunrise Cove.  He is a self-made man who loves his bike, his GTO, reading, helping those who come into his auto repair shop for help, and rocking with his band.  Life in Sunrise Cove is sleepy sometimes, but because of the beauty surrounding it, tourists are a constant in this little town.  Xander has also been pretty easy-going on his relationships and then he meets a tall, slim blond with an attitude and a huge hidden heart.  Xander is instantly attracted to Naomi and knows if he wants there to be anything between them, he will have to take the time and slow steps.

 

Naomi jumped in with both feet to remodel the house she fell in love with and has no plans on forming any type of relationship, but she never expected the instant warmth from the residents of Sunrise Cove.  She also never expected to run into Zander, a man who makes her want more even while she fights those feelings of being afraid to take the risk.  When a woman is found murdered in the same way that has haunted her from childhood, Naomi wonders about it, but shakes it off.  When a second woman is missing and then found, now Naomi is wondering if she should just take off and run again.  But now she has Zander, good friends, and a mutt who adores her.  Deciding to fight, she helps uncover clues, which prove that someone has been watching Naomi for many, many years and that she is in more danger than ever before.  Zander knows that Naomi is hanging on, and he is determined get rid of the danger following in her shadow.  When the person behind everything is revealed, who will come out of the confrontation still standing?

 

A photographer and a small town Renaissance man discover love while surrounded by deadly danger in The Obsession.  Naomi had exactly the opposite of the fairy tale childhood, and she still hides behind the front she shows to those around her.  Zander was content to go with the flow of his life until he met Naomi and then she was in just about his every thought.  I watched while Naomi fought her feelings and Zander worked on showing her just what life could be in Sunrise Cove and with him.  I loved how Naomi and Zander slowly fell in love until it was just there, catching them both by surprise.  I also loved how when the danger became known, Zander and Naomi teamed up to prove not only that their love was the lasting kind, but that no one was going to take their sense of security from them, or the town, without a fight.  I will admit that I guessed who was behind everything, but only a bit before it was revealed.  The Obsession is a great suspense-filled romance with excellent touches of humor and day-to-day friendship.

STARS OF FORTUNE by Nora Roberts

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STARS OF FORTUNE by Nora RobertsStars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
Series: Guardians #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
ReviewedbyJo

Sasha Riggs is a well-known artist who loves nothing more than being alone with her art.  For the last year or so, Sasha has been having very intense and strange dreams where she and five other people appear to be fighting together.  Sasha is confused, because she does not know who those other people are or what they could possibly be fighting for or against.  But at last her dreams have given Sasha a place she recognizes and, with a feeling of impending dread, Sasha knows she has to go there to find her answers—the Island of Corfu in Greece.

 

Bran Killian is a professional magician and a secret wizard of great power.  His family has long known about the legend of the Stars and he, the newest in a long line, has spent his life trying to pick up the threads of the legend to find the lost Stars and return them to the island they were born at and save the world from darkness.

 

Sasha can’t believe that on her first afternoon on Corfu, she meets two of the people from her dreams and then learns about the legend of the Stars.  After an afternoon of food, drink, and storytelling, Sasha, Bran, and Riley discover that they are actually part of the legend and make a plan to search for the first Star and find their missing searchers.  One by one, the remaining searchers show up and the six soon learn that the darkness in the legend is also a very true.  Sasha and Bran are also discovering a passion for each other while the clues are being discovered and solved.  The closer Sasha and Bran get, the closer the danger seems to come until it becomes apparent that they are an important part of finding and saving the first Star.  Also, as the answers are coming, the searchers learn that each of them holds inner secrets that will be needed if they are to find and save all three of the Stars.  The night the Star is found is the night that Sasha and Bran’s new love is put to the test.  Can their love and power defeat the dark goddess and keep the Star safe?

 

A shy artist and a powerful magician learn the truth of love, power, and darkness in Stars of Fortune.  I was as intrigued by Sasha’s dreams as I was later as she met the other people in those dreams.  Watching as they unraveled the Stars’ legend with the other searchers kept me turning the pages to see what would be revealed next.  I also loved watching as they fell in love while chasing the answers to where the first Star is hidden and to make it safe.  The action-packed fighting in several areas also held my attention, because that is where all of the searchers’ secrets started to be revealed.  Stars of Fortune is an action packed book filled with suspense, danger, budding friendship and, best of all, a time-defying passion. I can’t wait to see what the next two books bring.

THE LIAR by Nora Roberts

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THE LIAR by Nora RobertsThe Liar by Nora Roberts
Published by Putnam Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
ReviewedbyJo

Shelby Foxworth thought her life was changed when she found out her husband, Richard, had fallen off a boat in the Atlantic and was presumed dead.  But then Shelby really found out just how changed her life would be as she discovered the many debts that Richard had left her with and what little money he really had.  Shelby might have been living the high life during her marriage, a lie as she is now finding out, but her backbone was born and raised in Tennessee.  Shelby is determined to raise her young daughter as best she can and to pay off all the debt that she was left with.  Slowly, Shelby is making arrangements and finding money where she can live off of while paying off the debts one by one. Now it’s time for a true break, which will take Shelby and her daughter back to her small home town.

 

Griffin Lott is the co-owner, along with his best friend, of a construction company in a small Tennessee town, but they are coming to be known as the people to contact if you want something done on time and at a reasonable price.  This is a huge thing when you consider that both Griffin and his friend are Northerners and new to the area.  Griffin has discovered this not so sleepy little town is home for him, and he has already put down roots he hopes will grow.  Griffin isn’t even looking for a relationship when he comes face-to-face with a spunky red-head who revs up his system before they are even introduced.

 

The very last thing Shelby needs right now is a handsome man making her think of things best left alone.  After all, she has a huge mess to overcome, a job to find, a family to fess up to, and a young daughter to raise.  But when Griffin and Shelby meet, the sparks instantly fly and even with each of them wanting to take things slowly, both know the attraction is right there.  Just as Shelby is beginning to get her head on straight and is coming up with a game plan to move her life forward, she is confronted with even more lies from her previous life with Richard. Very soon, danger and death will be all the town talks about, and it seems to be focused on Shelby’s life with Richard.  Griffin isn’t about to let anyone or anything hurt either Shelby or her daughter if he has anything to say about it, and he uses his contacts to try and help Shelby, the local officials, and even the Feds figure out exactly what is going on and who is behind it.  The questions are:  Can the answers come in time to help Shelby, or will she and Griffin lose the love they have just found before it can grow?

 

A disillusioned widow and a sexy construction owner discover a strong passion, but it will only have a chance to grow if they can overcome the danger that seems to be following her.  Shelby and Griffin will have to fight for their chance to grab the golden ring of love in The Liar.  I instantly fell in love with Shelby as I watched her grapple with all the hits that were coming fast and furious as she worked her way through the mess her husband had left her.  Griffin had me as he took the time to learn about Shelby and her daughter before he made his move, and because he always included the daughter where he could.  The sparks that flared between Griffin and Shelby told me that it wouldn’t be long before they were a solid couple.  I learned even more about what made each of these people tick as they fought for their love during murder investigations, suspicious new comers, and a few pointing fingers.  The Liar is absolutely packed with suspense, murder, passion, and the joy of new love.  Not to mention an entire family that I would love to have as neighbors and get to know better.  Once again, Ms. Roberts has given us a story that keeps the reader deeply engrossed.

THE COLLECTOR by Nora Roberts

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THE COLLECTOR by Nora RobertsThe Collector by Nora Roberts
Published by Putnam Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
ReviewedbyJo

Lila Emerson has what she believes is the perfect life; she is a professional house sitter and a writer. By constantly moving and seeing new pieces of all the lives around her, Lila is allowed to dream and put her own context into what she sees. Part of that is her obsession of using binoculars to look in open windows from every house she sits. Lila knows that she has a lively and interesting mind and that the subplots she gives to those she observes isn’t reality. But when she witnesses a murder happen right before her eyes, Lila knows that reality has hit hard. Lila also knows that she must call the police and tell them what she witnessed.

 

Ashton Archer is part of a huge and extremely dysfunctional family. Ashton is an artist who tries to separate himself from the day to day lives of his parents, steps, siblings and half siblings, and all of their so-called troubles and worries. When Ashton receives a call that his brother has been found dead in an apartment of the woman he was seeing and that she was also found murdered, Ashton drops everything to take the front in finding out what was done and making all of the arrangements. The story of what happened is confusing to Ashton from what he knows about his brother and what his parents have been telling him. When Ashton sees the only witness, it seems like a logical step to talk with her and find out if she can fill in the missing pieces.

 

Lila and Ashton become an unstoppable team determined to find out just who killed two young people that day and why it appears that Lila is now on the hit list. Lila immerses herself into Ashton’s life and uses all the skills she has gained in her years of mixing with the wealthy families that live and work in the same circle as Ashton’s.  As each clue leads them closer to a murderer, the danger also becomes closer until it appears to be a race on what will happen next. They need to find the true murderer and that person’s boss and bring them down before an unfortunate end to Lila and Ashton’s search and hot romance is arranged by those same people. It appears that the love of Ashton’s brother and his girlfriend brought them together and the love that Ashton and Lila discovered along the way might just be the one thing that will help them survive.

 

A professional house sitter and an artist who make their professions by embracing fantasy and what their minds come up with learn that sometimes the best things happen in reality in The Collector.  I wasn’t sure about Lila’s lifestyle at first until I learned just what was behind it and how much of herself she put into each of the people she sits for and their belongings and pets. I could totally understand why Ashton tried to separate himself from his family and their upside down lives. Yet, I knew that nothing was going to stop the two of them once they teamed up to find not only a murderer but who was behind even that person. I wasn’t wrong, but I truly loved all the twists and turns that Ashton and Lila were forced through before they finally had not only the who’s, but the why’s behind the dual murders that brought them together in the first place.  I would dearly love to be able to peek into their lives a couple years down the road to see just how they were able to combine them.  I bet it would be one interesting lifestyle that was all theirs.  The Collector is a perfect mixture of suspense, deadly danger and a passion born of them which blossomed into a lasting love.

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts

Long ago, the Dark Witch Sorcha fought to destroy the evil sorcerer Cabhan, a man obsessed with her and the power he wanted to take from her.  Though Sorcha perished trying to destroy Cabhan, her legacy lives on.  Centuries have passed, and now three cousins have taken up the fight.   As the best friendContinue Reading

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