Heather Brewer

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  • Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery (Out of Time #1) on Oct. 04, 2010

    Out of Time by Monique Martin * I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* I loved Out of Time. This book grabbed me from the beginning. It has everything you can imagine, including traveling back to the 1920's. It starts out in present day and the next thing you know, Simon and Elizabeth are thrown back in time to a period full of mobsters, murder and mayhem. Simon receives his grandfather's stuff after many years. As he's sharing it with Elizabeth, something happens and they get transported back in time. Elizabeth is excited to experience things she has only read about. She takes each day with enthusiasm, even getting a job working at a speakeasy. There they meet Charlie, Dixie and King. Both characters are strong and complex and still have a lot to learn. Elizabeth has been in love with Simon since she first saw him but he was her teacher. Now as his assistant, he still keeps her at arm's length. She has had a hard life and has learned to live life to its fullest. She has a ready smile and easy going personality. Simon watched his grandfather die many years ago and vowed not to let anyone close to him again. He can't stop thinking about his pushy assistant and now he is having dreams about her. He grew up in boarding schools and stays to himself. He is considered eccentric and quirky because of this. He learned to depend on no one but himself. I loved the fact that the period they were transported to was the 1920's. It's one of my favorite periods in history and was fun to read about mobsters, prohibition, and jazz. Both Simon and Elizabeth were like a fish out of water and did the best they could to survive. People were drawn to Elizabeth because she was a pure soul who saw the good in others. They had amazing chemistry and the sexual tension was evident from the beginning. The descriptions of people and places in the story helped paint a picture of a time we can only dream about visiting. The people we met along the way were interesting and added to the depth of the story. It amazes me that you could eat breakfast for .25 and rent a room for a couple of bucks for a week. I loved visiting Coney Island and seeing the inside of a speakeasy. I haven't read many time travel books so I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it transport me to one of my favorite time periods, I was surprised by the presence of vampires. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to others. I give Out of Time 4 flaming hearts.
  • Dead People on March 23, 2011

    Dead People by Edie Ramer * I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* Dead People is about so much more than the title suggests. It takes you on an emotional journey with the main characters as they start to care about each other. As the romance blooms, there is also a mystery afoot and don’t forget attempted murder. The story is centered around Cassie, who is a ghost therapist and has been ridiculed of all her life. Her father and his family will tell you she is crazy, if you ask them. She has been alone for so long and used to taking care of herself, she didn’t realize how much she wanted a family until she met Luke and Erin. Luke has had enough of the limelight and just wants his daughter Erin to have a normal life. He and Erin have a rocky relationship at best. She is upset because the judge took her away from her mother she blames him. The only person she seems to warm up to is Cassie. Cassie is hired to get rid of the ghost haunting the house Luke and Erin live in. Isabel was the former mistress of the house and she wants everyone to leave her home. She has scared Erin and Luke with her actions and they just want their house back. The longer Isabel sticks around, the more she comes to care for them and when they are in danger she intervenes. Cassie and Luke have great chemistry. They are both attracted to each other but don’t want to act on that attraction for different reasons. Cassie wants love and acceptance and Luke just wants no strings attached. The sexual tension between them is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Little by little Erin works her way into Cassie’s heart. She sees so much of herself in Erin and can relate to the little girl. She didn’t have her mother growing up and didn’t get any support from her stepmother. The cast of secondary characters in this book are colorful and entertaining. You have Joe the Ghost that is Cassie’s companion. He was a cop in his former life. He watches out for Cassie and makes sure she is ok. Cassie would rather spend her time talking to Joe than to a human male – go figure. There is also Tricia, the current housekeeper who grew up in the house, her mother and Vanessa, Erin’s mother. They all add something to the story. I also loved the story about the house itself. I’ve always been fascinated with old houses and their history. The author does a good job of describing both the inside and outside of the house. The references to Nancy Drew were great because I grew up reading stories such as The Hidden Staircase. Overall I really enjoyed Dead People. It kept me entertained from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. I give it 4 Flaming Hearts.
  • One Last Bite on Oct. 07, 2011

    An epilogue to provide readers with a glimpse into the lives of Sebastian and Charlotte one year later. One year later and there has been another wedding, this time the bride wore white and was married inside the casino her husband owns. The bride and groom are extremely happy and enjoying a family vacation along with Aiden, Chloe and Jake. Even Vampires can have a happily ever after. Please read Must Love Vampires first. A great addition to the main story.
  • One Last Bite on Oct. 07, 2011

    An epilogue to provide readers with a glimpse into the lives of Sebastian and Charlotte one year later. One year later and there has been another wedding, this time the bride wore white and was married inside the casino her husband owns. The bride and groom are extremely happy and enjoying a family vacation along with Aiden, Chloe and Jake. Even Vampires can have a happily ever after. Please read the book Must Love Vampires before you read this epilogue. A great addition to the story.