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Like most writers, I’m a voracious reader and not strictly in romance. Here you’ll find my most recent recommendations. A little of this, a little of that! Disclaimer: I earn affiliate fees on any purchase made by clicking on the Amazon buy button.

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My Review
I'm a sucker for a secret baby romance--when they are done right. And hot damn, does JL do it right! I adored Grayson and Winter's story so much. With a "Jane the Virgin"-esque plot twist, this story could've gone wrong in a few ways... but instead, it went RIGHT. Right to the heart, right to the soul, right to the feels!!! It's book 2 in the A Love for All Season series and after reading the first one and this one, all I can say is I will need to brace myself for the third!

Spencer Grayson’s structured world is collapsing. The surrogate he hired to carry his and his late wife’s child has gone missing and the wrong woman is inseminated. There weren’t supposed to be loose ends in this transaction, but it’s turning into a zero-sum game he can’t afford to lose.

Artist Winter Alexander has painted a perfect picture for her life. But when a routine procedure results in an accidental pregnancy, the realistic portrait she painted turns surreal. It’s an error she can’t brush away with a tube of titanium-white, no matter how much she might want to. Especially not when the Grayson is determined she become his substitute surrogate.

They embark on a 40-week journey in the name of a child, navigating through a sea of self-doubt, conflicting emotions and rising feelings. When these nine months are over, will Grayson be able to convince Winter to make him and the baby part of her picture-perfect landscape? What happens next is something neither of them sees coming. 

She was his best-kept secret …

In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.

Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.

Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century’s greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless.

My Review
I love a good spy thriller and Daniel Silva did not disappoint! As a history buff, with a particular affinity for the Cold War and all the espionage twists and turns, I truly appreciated the vein of historical fact that ran through the story and the incorporation of a real figure in the mystery. Thrilling read!
My Review
This was a wonderful lighthearted cozy, perfect for the summer and exactly what my stressed-out soul needed! Misty does a fantastic job painting colorful characters and it was FUN to romp through the mystery with them, especially protagonist and sleuth Tallie. Can't wait to move on to Book 2!

For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn’t have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
 
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie’s friend Gina’s shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she’s receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that’s enough to cast a pall over anyone’s day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she finds herself in a grave situation.

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