1/30/15

Flirting with Disaster-Jackson: Girls' Night Out #2 {My Thoughts}

Flirting with Disaster (Jackson: Girl's Night Out, #2)Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by HQN Books
ISBN 0373779119 (ISBN13: 9780373779116)
series Jackson: Girls' Night Out #2
other editions None found
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
There's no hiding from sizzling chemistry…

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs . . . except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied U.S. marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.

My Thoughts
Isabelle West is a woman on the run who has finally settled down in a cabin outside the town of Jackson Wyoming. She feels safe, has made friends and makes a good living as a medical illustration artist. Her world changes with the arrival of US Marshal Tom Duncan, he has come to Jackson as leader of the protection detail assigned to the judge living near Isabelle. Tom stops by to introduce himself and her evasiveness causes alarm bells to ring which in turn leads him to start investigating the beautiful woman who intrigues him on a personal level as well as a professional one.

Tom Duncan is not the typical alpha male one would expect as a US Marshal, however his instincts have been well honed for ferreting out truths that others miss and when he feels like something does not gell with what he has been told than those instincts lead him on a path that could cost him Isabelle as well as his badge.

This was a combination of mystery, romantic suspense and steamy scenes that all balance out well with the strong characters who inhabit the story. Even the stray side stories that involves several supporting characters were well blended into the main event.

I enjoyed how the relationship developed with Isabelle and Tom, enjoyed the fact that the conflicts they faced were within the scope of believability and am happy to have had the chance to enjoy an author new to me.

Missed out on reading Looking For Trouble-Jackson Girls’ Night Out #1 but never feel the lack as this worked well as a stand alone tale that showed occasional glimpses into previous installments in the series.

Read Fanning the Flames bonus novella after finishing Netgalley digital review copy of Flirting with Disaster and wish Jake and Lauren would have had a chance for their story to be read before Tom and Isabelle's but regardless am happy to read both as the little novella was a fun introduction into the series and truly helped put Jake and Lauren's relationship into perspective.

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1/29/15

Ace's Wild-Hell's Eight #7 {My Thoughts}

Ace's Wild (Hell's Eight, #7)Ace's Wild by Sarah McCarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by HQN Books
original title Ace's Wild
ISBN 0373778309 (ISBN13: 9780373778300)
edition language English
series Hell's Eight #7
other editions None found
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
When you gamble with desire, be prepared to risk everything……

Unlike the rest of the Hell's Eight brotherhood, Ace Parker's home isn't on the range. This restless cowboy craves the hustle of Simple, Texas, a lawless town where he can sate his darker appetites without guilt. At least he did, until Petunia Wayfield arrived. The prickly new teacher is insisting that Ace help her rid the town of drunkenness and card playing. For that kind of miracle, Ace demands a reward the spinster schoolmarm will surely never give.

But Petunia isn't backing down. Not when the intense passion Ace offers shatters her to the core. As soon as she can afford a ticket home back east, she'll leave Simple behind for good. Until then, she'll match his sensual challenge with her own, daring him to give up his fiercely guarded self-control. And then real danger claims Petunia, forcing Ace to reveal the man he really is—even if it drives her away forever….

My Thoughts
Petunia Wayfield thought her time in Simple Texas was just a forced stop on the way to fulfilling her dream of creating a boarding school in the east where those less fortunate students could find a place where they were safe as well as could be educated. Much to her dismay that dream keeps being put on hold as she finds herself unable to resist helping those around her that are in need, using up her savings that would have allowed her to leave and continue her journey.

The people in the town may insist that women know their place, however this particular woman knows that her place is to provide a helping hand to those who are ignored by others and in doing so she finds that for the first time in her life she feels valued.

Set in a time and place where women were expected to behave a certain way
makes Petunia's character one to raise eyebrows at as well as be proud of.

Ace Parker grew up rough, his childhood was abruptly shattered when his parents were murdered and he was orphaned. Having been found by a kind widow, who also took in the rest of the group that grew up to become Hell’s Eight, his life was changed for the better even while his need for control grew.

To say that Petunia manages to test his control is an understatement, she continuously shatters it with ease causing them both no untold amount of discomfort.

Ace is not a typical "Gambler", as we get to know him better it becomes apparent to everyone but Petunia that he is fact an example of manhood more of the townsmen should aspire to.

This is without a doubt well matched pair, despite their thoughts to the contrary.

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1/28/15

No Bake Cream Cheese Pie-Easy Recipe #22

NO BAKE CREAM CHEESE PIE
Recipe courtesy of Cooks.com 
We ate over half before remembered needed a photo
INGREDIENTS:
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese (used 2-8 oz blocks instead)
1 (13 oz.) can condensed milk (used 1 can of 14 oz sweetened condensed milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract (added from different recipe)
2 tsp. concentrated lemon juice (used 4 tsps to double)
1-9" graham cracker crust (used regular 9" pre-baked deep dish pie crust instead)
DIRECTIONS:
Pre-bake pie crust or crusts per package directions if using store bought like I did or if homemade bake crust 10-12 minutes making sure to poke with fork to reduce air bubbles.
Let cheese set at room temperature. Then beat until fluffy. Add condensed milk. 
Mix well and add vanilla extract and lemon juice. 
Put in pre-baked pie shell and chill, than serve cold either with or without whip cream topping after chilling pie about an hour.
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The substitutions were to allow me to use 2 pie crusts so as to have one pie for myself and my husband to eat and one pie for my Mom to eat.
The use of the sweetened condensed milk assured that the mixture was richer as did the vanilla and lemon juice, after mixing cleaning what was left in the bowl was scrumptious experience!
This no-bake cheese cake pie was a hit for all of us and will be made again as it was fairly easy but probably will buy a pre-made graham cracker crust to use next time to see if we like it better that way.
What is your favorite pie recipe?


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