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Review – Pinnacle Lust by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre

Pinnacle-Lust-Michelle-Dim-St-Pierre-webIn a Tel-Aviv hospital during Operation Desert Storm, Sharon Lapidot, a beautiful young nurse, is having an affair with a married doctor. Sharon’s colorful and exciting life is ultimately destroyed by powerful and eroding mistakes. But her courage and wisdom lead her to an unregretful commitment. Vividly told, this compelling journey of love and lust, honor and betrayal, loss and redemption, will move you — and perhaps even change you.


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Reading Pinnacle Lust was a pleasant surprise. It followed a theme I was familiar with (medicine and romance) while introducing me to a country I’ve always wondered about, but never traveled.

Michelle does a wonderful job sharing the beauty of her homeland, while sharing Sharon and Dr. Sloan’s torrid love story. The author brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of falling in love with a married man; the lust, the lies, the betrayal – the heat. The complications that can make or destroy your life. This steamy love story will keep you breathless and begging for more.

I have to admit that I especially enjoyed the cultural undertones within the story. It’s not often that we have access to a such a sultry story that also provides the reader with the opportunity to embrace the differences of romance and relationships in different cultures.

I give this book  5 stars!

                                                        About the Author:

Michelle-Dim-St-Pierre-AuthorMichelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.

She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she spent her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.

After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU–along with many other duties.

Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Recently she left nursing and became a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience, is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, starts the Pinnacle trilogy. She is also currently creating a cookbook inspired by the Pinnacle trilogy featuring dishes mentioned in the books.

Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes.

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A Discreet Betrayal – by Marianne Curtis

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A Discreet Betrayal is a cautionary modern day love story.

Single magazine journalist, Emma joins an on-line dating community after failing to find a suitable partner in the “real world”. There she meets Stephan and the pair hit it off immediately. As the couple make plans for the future, an anonymous email changes the entire relationship. Putting her stellar investigative skills to work, Emma discovers the man of her dreams is living a double life and nothing was as it seems.

With the help of her fellow dating site companions, Emma deals with her lovers shocking betrayal and realizes love was right beside her, she was just looking in the wrong direction.


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MARCH 11, 2014

Marianne Curtis

For eighteen years, Marianne Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch.  During that time, she has published more than 7,000 articles in the monthly paper.   Her début memoir Finding Gloria was her way of healing from the past she details, and finding peace with her life.  It has crawled to the #1 spot on several Amazon best sellers lists since it came out in 2012. Originally intended to be an outlet for her own healing, Curtis has been surprised and touched at the stories she hears from readers and the way that her story has helped them to share theirs. As a result, she was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2013.

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The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

After more than twenty years of marriage, Chloe Sinclair comes home one night to find that her husband, Nate, is gone. All he has left behind is a cryptic note explaining that he’s returned to their childhood town of Redbridge, California—a place Chloe never wants to see again.

Tending to their small bookstore while trying to reach Nate, Chloe stumbles upon a notebook tucked inside his antique copy of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Written in a code that Nate and his sisters created as kids, the pages contain long-buried secrets from her and Nate’s past, and clues to why he went back to Redbridge after all these years. As Chloe struggles to decipher the notebook’s hidden messages, she revisits the seminal moments of their youth: the day she met the enigmatic Sinclair children, their increasingly dangerous games a magical escape from their troubled childhoods; the first time Nate kissed her, camped out on the beach like Robinson Crusoe; the elaborate plan she and Nate devised, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, to break away from from his oppressive father, and how the thwarted attempt upended their lives forever. As the reason for Nate’s absence comes to light, the truth will shatter everything Chloe knows—about her husband, his family, and herself.

There are so many things about this book that I enjoyed; I loved the puzzle that Chloe had to find; piece by piece; as she sorted through her past. It was very sad, how this family’s life was controlled by the father; there too, I could relate as my own mother was deeply religious and used it in a similar fashion. Based on my own abusive past, I actually found myself questioning the depths of my own mother’s insanity based on some of the story within this book!

In short, it may have been hard to read at times (because I could relate) but at the same time, it is a very well written story that keeps you turning page after page as you breathlessly work your way to finding out the truth, along with Chloe.


Over the Edge by Suzanne Carroll

Over the EdgeIn six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realises she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiance, and his mother–who has joined the fight via conference call.

What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realises where her heart lies, will it be too late?

I had the pleasure of reviewing this book, and I am glad that I asked for it. I really enjoyed the story for several reasons. First, being Canadian with a secret love for anything Australian, it was nice to read a book from that part of the world. The story itself was very sweet – I love how the love story evolved throughout and how the couple help each other heal in the end. I can’t wait to see what else the author comes up with!




Die for Me by Cynthia Eden

She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…

Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…

Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead. Dark and intensely sexy, this romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.

I am just starting to re-visit my love for books with a good mystery combined with a believable romance and this books plays both very well. I found myself holding my breathe during several chapters and could  not wait to see what happens next. This is a very well done book with a great story!


I Apologize by Bradley Booth

I Apologize

What if the person you love is suddenly, tragically, taken from you?
And after years of living with that memory, the events that led to their death start all over again—with someone new.
Would you have the courage to embrace love, knowing that your world might be torn apart . . .  and once again you were powereless to stop it?

I recently received a copy of this book to review and I really enjoyed it; It was so nice to hear a male perspective to something so difficult as to deal with a loved one’s untimely death, to finding new love. While some of it was kind of sappy (the terms of endearment that he used when he addressed the new love of this life seemed a little ‘over the top”) but on the basis of a story, I found it very enjoyable; I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I was done. Thank you for this great story.


Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker

Front Page Fatality (A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery)Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! Front Page Fatality is the first book in the Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

As a newspaper reporter I found this book very entertaining. I do everything – police coverage to political news and feature pieces; my skills have me writing everything for our paper (and I am the only writer that will take on everything).

In some ways, this book made me very jealous. The author’s descriptions of her newsroom and the events that took place, combined with the added competition from other media makes it sound like the kind of newsroom I would want to be working in. For me, it is very fascinating to read about other reporters, fiction or otherwise. It is a world that I fit in and I understand.

I really enjoyed this book! Thank you


Shut up and Kiss me by Christie Craig

Shut Up and Kiss MeWelcome to Precious, Texas, where fistfights serve as dinner theater and fire ants rain from the sky. The locals are very friendly, if a bit eccentric. No pictures please, or you may find yourself a guest of the county morgue.

Photojournalist Shala Winters already had her hands full bringing tourism to this backward, podunk town, but her job just got tougher. Pictures can say a thousand words, and one of Shala’s is screaming bloody murder. Now she has to entrust a macho, infuriating lawman with her life — but she’ll never trust him with her heart.

Trusted or not, Sky Gomez isn’t about to let a killer get his hands on Shala’s Nikon — or any of her more comely assets, for that matter. Her mouth might move faster than a Piney Woods roadrunner, but all he can think about is how good it must taste…and how she’ll never escape true love.

This is a fun love story with lots of action; it kept me engrossed from cover to cover. As a reporter, I really enjoyed the main plot – I could totally see myself in a similar situation (having my camera confiscated while doing my job) and doing the same things as the heroine in this book (doing whatever I had to get it back) – except fall for someone in the process – well, I would like to think I wouldn’t but the fact remains, given the opportunity, I could totally see myself falling for someone in this manner too, so for me – this was believable, and fun. Thank you.


Breathe by Kate Bishop

Breathe: A NovelAlex thought she had married the man of her dreams: successful, gorgeous, and delighted by her small-town charm. When he walks out six months later, proclaiming to have ‘found himself’ (with the help of a stunning yoga teacher), she ‘finds herself’ alone in an unfamiliar city, vengefully drinking through his prized wine collection, living on takeout, and refusing to answer the door. When this fails to cure her broken heart and bruised ego, she reluctantly allows her new friends to intervene. Slowly, Alex learns to define success on her own terms; she discovers the secret to love in all its forms, and the perfect flying crow pose, one breath at a time.

I really enjoyed this book – it was the first time I have ever read a book about yoga and I am glad that I picked this story.

It is a love story, of recovery after divorce and discovering one’s destiny. The yoga factor played an important role in the heroines healing because it helped her learn to relax and cope with her life, despite her initial negative feelings about the process.

The reason I found this book interesting (other than the engaging love story) was I have often wondered about the benefits of yoga but I have never tried it. After reading this book, I took a chance and participated in a class myself. I am glad that I did – it was hard, but I am hooked.

Thank you for unexpectedly turning me onto something new that I believe will greatly benefit me into the future.


Legacy of the Highlands by Harriett Schultz

Legacy of the Highlands

Young, good-looking, successful and wealthy. Alexandra and Will Cameron had it all until he went out to buy ice cream after an evening of passionate sex and never returned. When his body is discovered in a nearby Boston alley, the only clue to his murder is the Scottish sgian dubh dagger left beside it. Will’s grieving widow finds refuge in the Miami villa of his best friend Diego Navarro, who has the means, power and temperament to solve the puzzle and to avenge his friend’s murder. The sinfully handsome and charming womanizer’s feelings for Alexandra run deep, and he becomes equally determined to win the devastated widow’s heart. The attraction between them grows as they follow leads from Miami to Buenos Aires and Scotland, unraveling the Cameron family’s centuries-old secrets.

I started off reading Lust and Honor by Harriet Schultz and ended up thrilled by the story, yet disappointed it was just a teaser. My disappointment turned into excitement when I discovered the continued story in Legacy of the Highlands. I really enjoyed this fast moving love story that involved my favourite country (Scotland); I look forward to seeing if there is more to this story as it did end in a manner that it could continue. Cudos to the author.