Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dead Scared

If you love dark thrillers, you'll enjoy this one from SJ Bolton.  Dead Scared is the second book in the Lacey Flint series. When DC Lacey Flint went undercover in Cambridge University from her SO, she learned about the darkness and the rash happenings of student suicides. Or was it? Lacey posed as Laura Farrow and witnessed a brutal treatment. We followed Lacey's undercover investigation in the college, while Dr. Evi Oliver helped her out with her own findings. Someone played a dark game of bringing out the fears from them and used it to their advantage. The closer they came to the truth, the more they found out who messed with their minds and how they did it by picking out their victims. Through their eyes, they uncovered the hidden patterns and the dark history behind it.  It was pretty dark, shocking, and a lightning fast thrill ride on one cold winter in Cambridge, England.

I loved how we learn about Lacey's and Evi's background and their secrets fears. I became concerned and scared myself for Evi, when she suffered from PTSD as someone close to them preyed on their emotions. The gripping hook in the beginning and the intense conclusion in the end makes you want to hold onto your hates like a plunging roller coaster ride. The backdrop of the English countryside made for picturesque scenery. I hated the college students and the evil people they hooked up in their own secret society on torturing young and vulnerable people. This would give you goosebumps and accelerate your heart rate, when we experienced what Lacey and Evi did in this dark thriller that would leave you with chills and breathless in Dead Scared. 

 Check out this British thriller and leave the lights on today!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bungalow 2

If you love timeless and beautiful romances, this one is one for you from Danielle Steel. In Bungalow 2, we're introduced to Tanya Harris and her family in Marin, California. When she received an offer from her agent to write a script, it was an once-and-a-lifetime deal for her. For the first part of the story, we witnessed her first shot in making it in Hollywood, while it caused friction with her family and a strain in her marriage. Behind the scenes, she learned the hidden truth, while she was hard at work. Halfway through making the movie, she discovered deceit and heartache from her husband and best friend. When she was hooked on Hollywood, she feared she might've outgrown her former lifestyle. But we watched the only thing she latched onto was her children and her dreams. The second half was focused on life after divorce, when she championed for her dreams to come true and the men she met to give her a new profound layer of happiness. This pulled the heart strings, when I read Tanya's story, and cried along with her. She later learned, she would have to kiss a lot of ugly frogs and toads to find her new Prince Charming, and some small sacrifices to make it work. A beautiful romance of life, love and making dreams come true.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon

If you love a cat-friendly cozy, this new cozy series from Leann Sweeney is a real treat.  In The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon, the 4th book in the Cats in Trouble series, Jillian Hart was a widow who created quilts for cats and lived with three of her own. But when she was tangled up into another murder mystery, it was messy like a runaway ball of knotted yarn. It all started with a car crash, when her boyfriend Tom ended up injured and his stepson from his previous marriage had gotten concussed from the same crash. Out of the woodwork, Tom's half-brother was lurking around and other surprises were in store for them, like his estranged ex-wife and secrets about her first marriage. Jillian and her cats were stuck in the middle, when they needed to separate the lies from the truth and fact from fiction. Before she knew it, they were trapped until the real motive comes out in the end. This is an enjoyable read.

I always enjoyed a cozy featuring cats and other family-friendly pets. Cats are amazing creatures of habit and loving family members. I became intrigued with Jillian's quilting and became fascinated with her caring nature to Tom's step-son. I think I see a relationship  blooming in the future between the two of them. I didn't like his half-brother or ex-wife either. They rubbed me the wrong way and left me feeling cold and empty. But you did feel genuinely real, when you were gripped from the first page to the shocking ending.

If you love cats, you'll love this purr-fect cozy! Check it out today!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Forbidden Magic

Cheyenne McCray took us to a whole new world in her paranormal romance series. Forbidden Magic is the first book in the Magic series. Take urban fantasy and mesh it up with paranormal romance and a hint of eroticism and romanticism. Silver Ashcroft was a good witch who abided by the Wiccan ways. She'd been the chosen one to lead the fight against evil. Estranged from her father and her sister  who had gone missing, she had been taught not to use grey or black magic. But this was a force to be reckoned with. There was an eclectic ray of fantasy creatures here of good and bad. Besides her witch clan in San Francisco, she fell for Hawk of the D'Danannan warriors from the Otherworld, which is reminiscent of angels from Heaven. There was the Demons from the Underworld, which were the devils from Hell. Both worlds clashed in this battle royale. She fought the pull of Darkwolf's lure to join the dark side and never experienced love and pleasure from Hawk to take it a whole new level. Lots of suspense, drama, romance, and experience, when we go above and beyond and back to Earth in this magical and delightful series.

I really enjoyed the book and the descriptive settings of both heaven and hell. The Wiccan magic gave this novel a fantastic twist. We learned a lot about Silver's backstory and how close she was to her family. I loved the transformations of Hawk and his fellow friends when they flew in the sky. I most certainly laughed and cried at every page turn. You'll be hooked and gripped in the beginning to be taken on a wonderful reader's journey. I didn't like Darkwolf and his fellow minions. They gave me creepy chills and a bad state of my mouth.

Ready to explore new magic territories? Check out this book today!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Kidnap & Ransom

Michelle Gagnon brings up a shocking conclusion to the Kelly Jones thriller series in Kidnap & Ransom. It continues where it left off in the Gatekeeper. More drama and tension were in the air as Kelly dealt with the loss of her leg and wearing a prosthetic ankle, while she was on leave. There was friction with her relationship with Jake, while it took a backseat for the while. When his brother Mark was missing in action in Mexico, he brought his K&R team along to help rescue Cesar Calderon and his brother. We saw how Kelly felt about the situation, when she felt useless and unwanted, and considered a hindrance. She set off on her own mission with her former FBI partner, Danny Rodriguez, to find Stefan Gunderson from the Tunnels. There was plenty drama and shocking twists and turns over here and a surprise ending I won't give away. From California to Mexico, we could really feel for Kelly and Jake and despise Syd Clement and the bad guys in this explosive finale.

This was a bittersweet end to the thriller series. I really felt bad for Kelly, who had to endure a loss of her leg from the explosion, and worked her way with a prosthetic leg. I didn't like Syd Clement, Jake's partner, who was nothing but rotten and jealous of Kelly. I did feel bad for Jake, when he wanted to go save his brother's life. This was intense and deep as it gets. In the end, I cried. What a way to end the series.

Ready to head down south? Get ready to go deep undercover right now!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Long Quiche Goodbye

If you're a big fan of cheese and wine pairings, you're in for a treat in this new cozy series. This new cozy had everything you want and more. The Long Quiche Goodbye is the first book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. Charlotte Bessette had a lot going on with her grandmother's re-election campaign for mayor, and someone buying the building her cheese shop was  located in Providence, Ohio--a small town near the Amish community. When her grandmother was accused of murder, things took a quick turn for the worse. It was now up to Charlotte to find out who was behind it--and she wouldn't stop for nothing. With her grandmother's rival up to no good and stirred up trouble, and troubles with her cousin's twins, she had a full plate on her hands and a business to run. There's something for everybody in this series--romance, drama, and plenty of intrigue. There's an interesting love triangle between Charlotte, Chief Umberto Urso, and Jordan Pace, a farmer with a past.

I love culinary cozies because they have delicious recipes to try at home that were featured in the series, whether in the middle or at the end of the book. I loved how Charlotte's family came together as a community to help bail her grandmother out and outrun the competition in the political nature. I didn't care for much for those who picked on Charlotte and preyed on her vulnerability. I enjoyed a sliver of good-natured backstory on her upbringing.  In this cozy, you'll root for Charlotte and her friends, and learned a lot about wine and cheese pairings and their delectable varieties to try at home in the Long Quiche Goodbye. I'll be reading more in the future.

If you're hungry for new culinary cozies to try, give this book a try today!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tempted Again

In the spirits of light-hearted contemporary romances with a sense of humor, you'll enjoy Tempted Again. Marissa Bennett was broke, unemployed and divorced, when she returned home to Hopeful, Ohio. As for starting over, she'd gotten a bumpy start. We come across her family--her mother experiencing menopause, her father's obsession with Egypt, and her baby sister Jess, who was a bit of a drama queen. To make matters worse, she ran into Connor Doyle, her former flame who burned her, a decade ago. We saw things from Connor's and Marissa's POV, when they rubbed each other the wrong way, and fell in love when sparks fly, while they kept their secrets in the past. There's some humorous bits here that'll make you smile and laugh, like with her demon car. They took a chance on each other and rolled the dice to doubled their odds.  This one you'll root for them and fall in love with,  too.

This contemporary romance have something for everyone.  This would also tug on your heartstrings as well. I loved Marissa's family--they each had a bit of personality to add to Marissa's story to give it some real feelings to care about them. I enjoyed Connor's involvement with the teenage kids and helping them to stay off the streets. I despised at Marissa's demon car, though I laughed at it a couple of times. God help her! This romance will make you feel good and warm inside.

Ready to read an enjoyable contemporary romance? Pick up a book today!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Revenge of Innocents

In the 4th installment of the Carolyn Sullivan series, Revenge of Innocents, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg delivered us a shocker and took us a dark side. While planning her wedding to Marcus, Carolyn learned about her best friend's death. From there, she became entangled into a web of lies and deceit and other family secrets. When she became the legal guardian of her oldest daughter Jude, she didn't know what to believe between fact and fiction. We watched how emotionally involved she was to the case that pushed her to the limit. She took her career seriously, while others helped her pick up the pieces to this startling dark legal thriller. We see how she unraveled, while trying to keeping it together. This one delivered us a sucker-punch. I wished Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's wrote new books.

This legal thriller dealt with hard core topics of abuse, eating disorders, and murder. This was like a bitter pill to swallow and so much more. I did hold my breath and let it out a couple of times, since it dealt with nitty-gritty subject matters. I felt bad for Carolyn, when all this stuff have happened. I didn't like Jude so much or her father Brad.  I adored Marcus, Carolyn's son John and her daughter. I was so happy that they finally got to make things final between them as a family. I could see how devoted Carolyn was to her career as a probation officer.

Go out and check out this legal thriller today!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Shear Murder

Marla Shore had a lot in her hands in the latest installment in the Bad Hair Day series in Shear Murder. While she planned her wedding to Dalton, opened a day spa, and kept  her salon busy with customers, she had gotten a full schedule ahead of her. When she attended her friend's wedding, she discovered a new murder and was on the case. With not much time on her hands, we'll see how she was devoted to Dalton and Brianna and trying not to stay out of trouble. She was really up to her ears on this drama, when she discovered family secrets and other surprises in the background. The closer she was to the truth, the more threatening danger looms to her and her business. In the end, it was s a close call between life and death for her. Lots of surprises in store this one for sure.

This was another great mystery with a whole lot going on. I loved the flower arrangements in the storyline, including the birds of paradise. It was so nice and romantic for Dalton and Marla's interfaith marriage to take place, while another one happened before that.  I loved her friends and colleagues in this cozy mystery series who help Marla out. I believe Marla had met her match with Dalton.

Ready to set "I Do?" Grab a copy today!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Edge of Black

In the second installment of the Dr. Sam Owens series, JT.Ellison packed a punch with this enthralling novel in Edge of Black. After losing her family in the flood in Nashville, Sam moved to Washington D.C. to start her new life over. She had a new man in her life and was taken to a new and dangerous adventure. When there was an attack at the Metro train station, it rocked her world. We followed Sam on her darkest case ever, when there was a shade of black. We saw how connected she was to Xander, and what he went through to help her out and to define their blossoming relationship. She learned about a deadly poison that's homegrown to kill in their backyard. From D.C. to Colorado, there were many twists and turns to this thriller with a pummeling backstory as well that will blow you away. They were on the hunt for a bomber. There were so many surprises you didn't see coming.

We could really feel the depth of Sam's loss, when she lost her family in the flood. That heart-breaking sorrow was real on the pages. I felt sad for her, when she had to move and start over in a new town. Xavier was an interesting character with a peculiar family with hippy names.  We do get to see how much he cared about her, his family, and for his heathen environment. There was a strong outreach and outpouring of compassion from his family to her to make her feel one of them own. I cried and was at the edge of my seat in this thriller as well. This would leave you ... breathless.

Ready for an intense thriller? Grab a copy today!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Secret Identity

In Paula Graves's Secret Identity, welcome to the dark world of danger and intrigue. Amanda Caldwell was a former agent who'd been keeping secrets and living on the run. When someone tracked her down, she was on the run for her life. We saw her toss and turn with mixed emotions, when she met her former flame, Rick Cooper. Amanda's world's turned upside-down, when someone was gunning out for her. And she didn't know why. Three years ago, she couldn't escape her past. And neither could Rick. We have discovered how Rick was concerned for her and wanted to keep her safe. When they came together, the sparks continued to fly. Together, they took on their adversaries in a blaze of glory, when her secrets were exposed wide open. No one wanted the truth to come out in the end. What a burning rush!

This was a fantastic romantic suspense. I loved the non-stop action that took place in Tennessee. Amanda had a complex and interesting fast. Rick was pretty smooth and suave and sexy as well. The pairing between them was unstoppable and intense as well heated. I loved the backstory of Amanda's past  and how it unfolded when Rick protected her. Gripping page turning suspense and great action.

Ready to get heated up? Check this out this weekend!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Silver Needle Murder

If culinary cozies are your average cup of tea, this series is for you. Laura Childs introduced us to Theodosia Browning and her interesting array of characters in her tea shop series in Death by Darjeeling. In the ninth installment of the Tea Shop Mystery series, the Silver Needle Murder, when one of the judges was found dead at the local awards show, she was asked to fill in his shoes. For Theo, that was a tall order for her to fill. Along the way, while she ran her tea shop demands, things were daunting, when new revelations came out about the victim. The more deeper we watched her dig her heels in, the more threatening it had gotten for her. And a producer had his eyes on her, when we observed her romance blossom with Parker. And when her close friend ended up murdered, we would be amazed who's behind the act, when the world of  documentary film-making was more than a cutthroat business. This is a delightful cozy with tea recipes and tips.

This is another spectacular culinary tea cozy.  This shone a spotlight on the Hollywood side of things in a small town. There was an interesting love triangle here between Theo, Parker and Johnny. But jealousy could be a dangerous thing. Things do get personal for Theo. I began to care for her and concerned for her as well. I didn't care for Johnny, who only used Theo for his own vicious gains. I could see an intriguing love match between Parker and Theo.

Ready to shine like Hollywood stars? Grab a copy today!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Darkness UnMasked

If you loved the Riley Jensen Guardian series, take a walk on the wild side. Welcome to Risa's dark and dangerous world in Darkness Unmasked, the 5th book in the Dark Angels series. She was half-werewolf, half-Aedh, an energy being like an angel. From her point of view, we witnessed every twist and turn in her life, when she embarked on a lethal mission to find a serial killer like no other, and how she'd gotten entangled into a spiderweb of her own. With one of her friends hurt and the other had gone missing, she had a complicated family life and a questionable relationship with Azriel, a reaper, who might be her better half. Besides a quest for the keys, we watched her wield her demon sword Amaya to protect her and fought a dangerous fight to get answers she was well-deserved.

This paranormal romance was way out of this world.  Like Riley Jensen, she was part-werewolf. Unlike her, she was part Aedh, an interesting characteristic to make her more holy and spiritual to fight evil dead on. I liked learning about her world in Australia, another wonderful location for this series. I didn't like it, when evil threatened her at every turn. But I loved her sword Amaya to catch a spidery serial killer. This made me gasp and sigh. Great drama, wonderful action in every scene, and a etherworldly romance to spark a romance.

Ready to fight evil? Grab on for a wild and dark ride?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Down the Darkest Road

In the third installment of the Oak Knoll series, Down the Darkest Road,  Tami Hoag delivered us some chills. We were introduced to Lauren Lawton. For four years, she searched for answers in the disappearance of her daughter. That's every parent's worst nightmare. Not knowing if she was dead or alive in the pursuit of justice for answers. Her youngest daughter suffered as well, since her father committed suicide. When they've started over in Oak Knoll, we watched how they suffered in the hands of the Sheriff's Office. And we were enthralled in a dark and dangerous cat-and-mouse came between her family and the sexual predators. This would send you chills, when you werre welcomed into her nightmares, when we observed how she fought for survival and answers in the end. Be careful of the people you know and the company you keep...

This was an excellent way to close out the Oak Knoll trilogy series. I loved how we were introduced to the Lawtons, when it happened years later from the first two books. I felt sadness for the Lawtons and shook my head in disbelief for the Sheriff's Office. I continued to love the Oak Knoll, California location, one more time. This would grip you from start to finish, right to the shocking jaw-dropping conclusion. Nonetheless, a fitting ending as well, too. Great drama, tons of thrilling and surprising action, and plenty of twists on every page to leave you feeling cold and numb in the end.

Ready to walk down the darkest road? Grab a flashlight and a copy today!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Looking for Yesterday

In the 29th installment of the Sharon McCone series, Looking for Yesterday, Marcia Muller weaved up a powerful tale of drama, danger and murder. When Sharon took on Caroline Warrick as a new client, she didn't know what to expect. When she investigated Caro's case to exonerate her name from her best friend's murder, things turned bad from worse. Warrick, a gun-rights activist, wound up dead on Sharon's doorstep. From there, she took us on a lot of heat. We witnessed the danger she found herself in, when someone tried to take her down from preventing her to get to the truth. During her home's fire, she took it as a personal mission to bring the person down. We'll feel for Sharon's pain and heartache, every step of the way. And in the end, we'll root for her to do things her way. What a rush of a wonderful read.

This mystery was an emotional roller coaster ride. I did feel for Sharon and Caroline in retrospect. I did feel bad that people accused Caro of killing her best friend and wanted justice to be served. I also felt bad for Sharon, when things got heated and ended up burning down her home with Hy. I loved the California backdrop for this series. I also love how everyone came together to support Hy and Sharon, when this happened.  This was a gripping read to pull you in on the first page and straight to the end. Great mystery, tons of action-packed page-turning suspense, and plenty of intrigue and drama, too.

Are you looking for yesterday? Give this one a good read this weekend!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Lady Never Surrenders

In another beautiful priceless and timeless historical romance, Sabrina Jeffries wove us a wonderful tale in a Lady Never Surrenders, the 5th book in the Hellions of Hallstead Hall series. When Celia Sharpe was a wee one, she lost both of her parents to a brutal death. Years later, we followed her and her mission to discover the truth and to find a suitor to marry her before year's end under her grandmother's ultimatum--marry or lose her inheritance. Under her family's employ, they hired Jackson Pinter, an Associate Magistrate from Bow Street, who had some secrets of his own. He always wondered who was his father. Together, we witnessed them on this journey, when someone wanted to stop them to learn the story. Danger brought them together as they discovered they were meant for each other to profess their love. But their different classes might tear them apart. Only their hearts would lead them back to each other, despite their differences. You'll fall in love with this couple. Another winner!

This was a beautiful historical romance. I did love the 19th century backdrop in England to see how the other half lived during then.  I did feel bad for Celia who lost her parents at a young age. I loved how her family chipped in to help raise her. That was moving and brought me to tears. I hated that they came from different side of the tracks and that her grandmother placed pressure on her to marry. She already dealt enough tough blows in her life. As for Jackson, I thought he was a charismatic man, who was also a charmer. He and Celia had something in common, when it came to find out their family roots. I loved how they found each other and discovered the truth about it all. Danger, intrigue and plenty of suspense to keep you wrapped up in this book to the end.

Don't surrender! It's never too late to pick up a copy this weekend!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Rising Phoenix

If you like great political thrillers with a punch, you'll love this explosive thriller debut from Kyle Mills. In Rising Phoenix, we were introduced to Mark Beamon, a FBI agent who'd been bounced and reassigned to Houston. Through the eyes of John Hobart, an ex-DEA agent, and a criminal mastermind, we watched him plot his own evil plans of ending the war on drugs and making it into an epidemic across America. But they were both getting started to solve this problem their own ways. We observed how Hobart and Beamon dance around each other. With every twist and turn, we would be rooting for Beamon who recovered from every fumble and misstep to catch him in the act. As drug addicts were dying, Beamon caught up to Hobart in his final act, when Hobart's other enemies were out to get him. And the ending will keep you guessing!

This was an excellent mystery and thriller combination of good versus evil. I did love the Houston location for the backdrop. I loved the focus that was it centered around drugs. I did feel sorry for Beamon, when everyone seemed to pick on him. Hobart was a nasty fellow in my opinion. From the first page to the end, you'll be enthralled for sure. Great drama, good action and suspense, and plenty of twisty turns that was full of unexpected surprises.

Ready to rise like a phoenix? Check out a copy today!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Coyote Waits

If you love mysteries set in the Southwest, you'll enjoy the great Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mysteries series. In Coyote Waits, the 10th book in the Navajo Mystery series, we were introduced to Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and FBI agent Joe Leaphorn. These two men were embarked on the same wild case of a death of a Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez, which was nothing what it appeared to be. From breath-taking Arizonan landscape to majestic New Mexican scenery, he painted a picturesque scene with various and eclectic characters. He took us on a wild ride on this mystery that had many surprises to keep us guessing right to the end with a wild twist. We also see and learn about Native American culture.

This was a fascinating Navajo mystery focusing on Native American customs and cultures in the southwest. I loved the Arizona-New Mexico backdrop for both locations. It was so beautiful and majestic to see it in vivid descriptions. I thought Jim and Joe were both interesting characters that clash every now and then. I loved how they worked together to solve a most disturbing case. I did care about both of them and their families as well. Great drama, intense action and a surprising twisted turn in this mystery.

Ready to wait for a coyote? Check this out today!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dark Watch

Juan Cabrillo was back in his third adventure on the sea in Clive Cussler's the Dark Watch, the third book in the  Oregon Files series. When the Oregon had a mission, they were always up for the challenge. Juan and his crew were in Asia to target one in particular undercover. Their adventures on the ocean in the sea. They ran across someone who survived a pirating and escaped from their clutches. And when they saved her, they picked up the pieces. But their enemies were one and many in Europe who wanted to make a profit from gold. Plenty of drama on the ocean and even in a volcanic island, we saw how they escaped evil and death in every move. If you love to be taken for a wild ride, we'll see it from Juan and his crew and from the criminal masterminds themselves.

This was a feel good action-adventure novel that took us below the sea and above the surface. I love how they traveled from place to place, like from Asia to Europe looking for treasure. I did feel for Juan and his crew members, which played an equally central part in the novel. I did feel sorry for the female victim, who ended up caught into a seafaring crossfire of sorts. There's plenty of action and adventure in every scene on every page with a hint of romance and a dollop of mystery and suspense too.

Are you ready to sail across the sea for a dark watch? Come aboard with a copy of the book today!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Wedding Party

Before Robyn Carr hit it big with the Virgin River contemporary romance series, you'll enjoy this stand-alone romance novel.  In the Wedding Party, We saw how one family came together in this early classic novel. We've seen them from their point of view. Charlene Dugan had just gotten engaged to become remarried and to do it right. This divorced and single mother of one had a full plate on her hands in this story. We watched how she dealt with her mother's memory problems, her wedding plans with Dennis slowly unravel and fall apart, her relationship with her ex Jake, her law career, and her daughter's romance troubles with Grant. She juggled them all, which was no balancing act. This is a great story about life, seconds chances, and love with a dose of humor and surprising turns on each page.

This was a fun contemporary romance to read. I loved the backdrop for this novel as well. I did feel a bunch of heartaches for Charlene, when she dealt with everything at once. I did wish she had gotten married to Dennis, when it wasn't meant to be. Everything came to a-head, which I believed Jake was responsible for. Everyone here had a second chance for romance or two, when it would've been a small wedding party. I didn't hate a thing. A hint of humor, romance, and a touch of drama to make you feel warm with laughter all season long.

Don't be late for the party! Reserve your reservation today with a copy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rapture in Death

In the fourth installment in the In Death series by JD Robb, Rapture in Death, Eve Dallas and Roarke were back from their honeymoon. As a newlywed couple, they were on a brand new case. When they find out about the self-termination death of a young autotron engineer, things looked suspicious and surprising. Through Eve's eyes, she'd gotten caught in the brunt of it, when someone was out for blood. And when they came close to her and through Roarke, it was nothing but personal. Soon, they both discovered who played mind games with them and who've discovered their dreams and fears. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, when they uncovered who've wrecked havoc into their lives. For a futuristic New York City, the patterns lined up with a surprising link of interesting developments. What a wild ride.

This was another terrific and difficult futuristic romantic suspense. I loved how everything was much cooler with a modern high tech version of communication and transportation in 2060 and beyond. We do get a sense of a much broader view of what our country would look like back then, especially in New York.  I loved that Roarke and Eve had gotten married. I hated that someone wanted to play mind games with them. Great drama, tons of plenty of suspense and lots of heated chemistry and love between Eve and Roarke.

Ready to get enraptured?  Grab a copy today!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Turquoise Girl

If you're tired of the same old police procedural mysteries and love Tony Hillerman's mysteries, give Aimee  and David Thurlo's Ella Clah series a try. In the Turquoise Girl, set on a New Mexico Native American reservation, she takes us on a wild ride. Ella Clah was a former FBI agent and an inspector for the tribal police with her cousin, Justine Goodluck, her partner in crime. When her mother's former friend was found murdered, this became her toughest case of her life. In the midst of this murder, there were the Fierce Ones, a vigilant Native American group who had their own ways of taking  swift justice into their hands, and the protest at the power plant. Ella and Justice came across some hard truths and complications of the Rez, when there was someone who wanted to send her a message of her own. Through her eyes, we witnessed what drama she went through to discover hidden secrets in this case that might hit closer to home. A lot of drama and adventure, while she protected her daughter and dispensed the law to keep the peace, the shocking truth and his motive would blow your away. What an enjoyable mystery!

This was a wild Native American mystery. I loved the New Mexican backdrop to set the scene for the Native American reservations. This novel made me care about Ella and Justine and their fellow tribes. We also learned more of their customs and cultures of the American Indian way. I hated for the tribal wars to happen in protest. This made me become at the edge of my seat and then some. Great drama with intense action and a thought-provoking mystery.

Ready to read a good novel? Pick up a copy today!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Goddess of the Hunt

If you love a beautiful historical romance that pulls at your heartstrings, you'll love Tessa Dare's historical romance debut in the Goddess of the Hunt. She did that, when were introduced to Jeremy and Lucy and their complicated relationship. It all started when Lucy wanted to seduce Jeremy to make Toby jealous. Secretly, she took it a bit too far, when she met her match with her brother's best friend, Jeremy. Sheltered by her brother Henry and fatherless since her birth, she was an adventuress type who tended to get into trouble. Jeremy didn't dare to fall in love with Lucy, when it might've crossed lines of his friendship. But after one kiss, those bets were off. It changed everything. After he bedded her, he comprised her and proposed to her in an unlikely passion. Through their eyes, we saw what they go through in their marriage and discovered that love brought them together. That's the true material thing they needed in love. What an enchanted tearjerker.

This was a beautiful historical romance. This one brought tears to my eyes and made me cry. It was so beautiful and moving at the same time. My heart went out to Lucy throughout this novel. I believed that Toby was a pompous jerk. Although her brother might be a bit over-bearing in his protective nature, I loved how Jeremy and Lucy came together. I loved the backdrop of 18th century England. Somehow Fate drove them together to find love. A great historical romance with hints of passionate drama and intrigue.

Ready for a sweet historical romance? Grab a copy today!

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Whisper

In Carla Neggers's The Whisper, the 4th book in the Ireland series, she took us back to Ireland and to Boston to close out the Boston PD/FBI series. This was a continuation and a conclusion to give you a stand alone story or the closing end, if you read the series in order. Cyrus "Scoop" Wisdom was in Ireland, when he met Sophie Malone, an Irish archaeologist who studied Celtic forklore and experienced a scare of her own in the cave on the Irish island. At first, people didn't believe her and suspected her of what's been going on in Boston. Scoop himself survived a bomb blast, which almost ended his IA career, and was on the trail on Sophie Malone and started to fall for her. From both Scoops's and Sophie's POV, we were both drawn into their stories from their POV of what they've been through, every step of the way. Lots of intrigue and danger followed Sophie and Scoop in both Ireland and Boston, which drew them together and closer than before. Scoop's friends found a happy ending and a love of their own. This is a great story to takes you above and beyond in Ireland and Boston.

This was a wonderful thriller from Carla Neggers. I love the ambiance of both Ireland and of Boston for the location of the settings. I did care and feel things for Sophie and Scoop, when they became embroiled on mysteries of their own. I loved how they were drawn together. I thought Cyrus was an interesting character and Sophie was a bit curious in nature. This was a wonderful story that was filled with drama, romance, intrigue, and action, every step of the way.

Ready to whisper? Give this one a try!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Deadly Grind

If you love a culinary cozy with a twist, this is one for you. Set in Queensville, Michigan, Victoria Hamilton introduced us to Jaymie Leighton  in her Vintage Kitchen series. In the first installment, A Deadly Grind, Jaymie collected vintage kitchen equipment and started her own vintage cookbook with recipes. But when she bidded for a Hoosier cabinet in an estate sale, things took a turn for the worse. Someone was found dead at her home. And from there, she met Detective Christian, who was a hot piece of eye candy, and reconnected with her friend, Daniel Collins, who both had their eyes set on her. While Jaymie was tangled up in the mystery behind the Hoosier cabinet and its contents, it placed her in a world of danger and intrigue. And people would "kill" for a valuable treasure. There was plenty to enjoy and root for in this new culinary series.

This was an intriguing culinary cozy series. I liked the concept of adding vintage culinary equipment and tools to the mystery. I found Jaymie an interesting character, who now have found herself in a love triangle of her own. It would be hard to say, which one I prefer her with, too. I loved the Michigan-Canada for the dual location settings for this cozy mystery, which was something different than you normally see. This was an interesting cozy with delicious recipes included as well. Great drama, plenty of action and intrigue, and a lot of mystery from start to end.

Want to find a deadly grind? Give this book a try today!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bonus Ebook review: Mine to Keep

In the second book in the Mine series, Mine to Keep, Cynthia Eden re-introduced us to Skye and Trace. After they left Florida to return back to New York, Skye dealt with the nightmares from her stalker and basement imprisonment. With Trace, he proved his love was solid with their engagement. But things weren't so sweet, when someone was after Trace and killed people who stood in his way. While  it made him look guilty for the police, he honed after Skye and tormented them some more. Trace would do everything to protect the ones he loves, including his innocence, while someone was sending him a message. While they were closer to the truth, the more people he was close to was targeted by the killer. And for Skye and Trace, there was a shocking truth no one saw coming. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer...

This was a fantastic romantic suspense to warm your cold nights. Whether as a stand alone or in part of the series, this would make you melt like better. I liked the Floridan and New York location links to parallel both worlds. I loved the pairing of Skye and Trace, though I hated to see them apart and Skye more vulnerable and hurt.  This was packed with a lot of hot romantic, good dramatic action and an intense storyline.

Do you want this a Keeper? Grab a copy today!

Can You Keep A Secret?

If you loved the Shopaholic series, you'll love one of her classic standalone novels. Meet Emma Corrigan in Can You Keep a Secret? She worked hard for her money at a cola company in the marketing department. Her family paid more attention to her cousin than they do to her. There was a disconnect with her boyfriend Connor. But when she went on a business trip to Scotland, she blabbed all of her secrets to a stranger. Later on, unknowingly, she met the man in person who was the head of her company. She became friends with him and later fell in love with him. Somehow he changed her world for her better and spun it around. They clicked, while she didn't know his secrets. From Emma's POV, you'll root for Emma with a bundle of laughter.

This hilarious chick lit would leave you with a warm and happy feeling. I did began to feel for Emma, when her family mistreated her. All she wanted to do was to impress them. I did feel sorry for her, when she blabbed to a total stranger on the plane. This also left me laughing in stitches. I loved the United Kingdom backdrop from England to Scotland, even from a plane. Overall, this was a great read, when you're feeling down and needed a pick me up, with great dramatic suspense and a dose of humor.

Want to keep a secret?  Grab a copy today!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dead End Deal

If you love enthralling medical thrillers, this is one for you. In Allen Wyler's Dead End Deal, this take you all over the place. Jon Ritter was a surgeon who worked on a cure for Alzheimer's from stem cells. When his mentor had gotten killed, a group of anti-abortion protesters marked him as a target and posted his profile on the website. And since then, they wanted him to kill the deal or else. When the FBI had gotten involved into this case, they encouraged him to do the same thing. We'll saw what Jon decided to do in his point of view from start to finish, when his life remained on the line. Jon was  determined to get the exploratory surgery done elsewhere, as it took him to South Korea, when things went wrong. This also took him to get back home to prove his innocence and clear his name. This fast-paced thriller is like a roller coaster ride you'll enjoy.

This was another fantastic medical thriller from Allen Wyler. I did care about Jon Ritter for the entire novel. I didn't like the way people treated him, especially down in South Korea. I liked the locations he went in this novel from USA to Korea and back home. This would make you take a deep breath and release a sigh for relief in the end. Great drama, excellent medical thriller suspense, and plenty of non-stop action for a thrill ride.

Watch out for the dead end deal? Pick up a copy today!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


In the 15th installment of the best-selling Carol Higgins Clark's Regan Reilly series, Gypped,  Regan Reilly her husband were in Los Angeles, California, for a vacation, it wasn't idyllic as they thought. We watched Regan meet her close friend, Zelda Horn, and learned what unraveled next. Since Zelda won a windfall of money, things  came crashing down on her. Someone was out to get to her and out for blood--namely murder--at the night of her party at the estate she won at the auction. Someone else wanted her money. And to top everything, she discovered her father remarried someone he knew for less than five months. Is it bad luck or something else entirely? And when Regan was on the case, she was in the world of hurt and more trouble. You'll enjoy this fast-paced latest cozy for a quick read.

I always found the Regan Reilly series was a delightful read to enjoy! I loved how she took a break from the NYC to vacation in Los Angeles with Jack. I believe they were made for each other, other than sharing the same last name. How cool is that? You can see how much they were in love with each other and cared for each other.  I cared for Regan and Jack and for Zelda, too, when her luck crashed down in a windfall of her own. Good drama, nice action and suspense, and plenty of action in a light pace.

Don't get gypped! Pick up a copy today!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hoping for Love

If you love Catherine Anderson's Kendrick/Harrigan/Coulter contemporary romance series, you'll love Marie Force's McCarthy series set on fictional Gansett Island, Rhode Island.  In Hoping for Love, the 5th book in the Gansett series, you'll be introduced to the McCarthy family and be welcomed into their world. You would also be involved into their troubled relationships into this continuing series and how they resolved it. In this story, we were introduced to Grace Ryan, who was once fat and alone, and found a new love on the island. That was when she met Evan McCarthy, who rescued her from a bad date and changed her life around. He was a confirmed bachelor, a musician, and had no room or interest for a relationship or for love. But when sparks fly between them, those bets were off. Romance was in the air and love goes around for the other residents on the island too. You'll fall in love with this series.

This was a wonderful contemporary romance. I loved the picturesque setting of Gansett Island, Rhode Island. It's so remote, beautiful and peaceful to reside in. I loved getting to know the McCarthys and how everyone had discovered new found love the second time around. I thought Grace was a charming young woman who needed a break. I loved how she found a job and discovered new life there. I hated it when people picked on her and used her. That wasn't right. When you read this romance, you would find warmth, love and happiness down in your heart. Great romance, hint of intrigue and plenty of good action.

Ready to hope for love? Pick up a copy today!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Afraid of the Dark

Jack Swyteck was back into this newest legal thriller by James Grippando. In the 9th installment of the Jack Swyteck thriller series, Afraid of the Dark, it all started with McKenna Mays's death and Officer Vince Paulo's blindness. In this shocking thriller, Grippando took us to the deepest and darkest evil in the world from Miami to London. Not only Jack was embroiled into this disturbing case, his fiancée FBI Andie Henning was also caught up into a real extremely dangerous investigation of her own. When he took Jamal Wakefield as his next client, people did their best to deter him from becoming his lawyer. He ignored the warnings and the danger and learned more of the truth. Andie dug dip into Black Ice, when people were onto her. When they didn't know that their both cases collided with a shocking connection, it placed them both into danger. This heart-gripping novel had non-stop action that went into the deepest parts of darkness.

This was an explosive legal thriller. I loved the South Florida location and the scenery throughout the novel. This would grip you from the first page and keep you hanging on to the end. I did feel  bad for Jack and Andie, when this dealt with nefarious people. I also feel bad for Jack, when he needed to care for his own grandfather. I loved how Vince operated while blind. This gave it a twist of its own.  his had so many shocking surprises that keep you floored as well. This was like an adrenalin rush on a roller coaster ride. Great dangerous action, sharp twists and turns, and plenty dramatic suspense to leave you speechless in the end.

Are you afraid of the dark? Shine a light ahead with a copy of the book today!

Friday, September 27, 2013

B is for Burglar

In the 2nd installment of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series, B is for Burglar, Kinsey Milhone was back for her second case. This one took her to Florida and California. It started with a missing persons case and came unraveling to something else. Kinsey had gotten herself embroiled into this mess and into a heap of hot water. We watched how she connected the puzzle to an arson/murder case and a dash of stolen identity. With a cast of unsavory and suspicious characters, she made new friends and allies and some troubling enemies. Coast to coast, she had some nasty run-ins to cause interference along her way. And at the thick of it, she came face to the face with a heartless cold-blooded killer, putting herself into some danger to the end.

This was another terrific mystery in the Kinsey Millhone series. I did feel sorry for Kinsey for getting tangled into something of a hot mess.  I did feel bad for her, when she came close to danger and receiving enemies along the way. I loved the dual locations of California and Florida for this storyline. This made for a light read in one sitting that you can put down. Great drama, good concept, and intriguing mystery and action to tie up loose ends in the climax.

Don't become a burglar! Pick up a copy today!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Last Man Standing

In the last--7th-- installment in the Black Operation series, Cindy Gerard delivered in this romantic suspense. In Last Man Standing, we were introduced to Joe Green and Stephanie Tompkins. They've both been through hell and back in Sierra Leone. When Joe sent Steph away and broke her heart, he went on a dangerous mission in Africa, one that could get him killed. When she found out about his false imprisonment, she went out to rescue him on her own and met some unlikely trouble and friends there. Once they bailed him out and got him treated for medical treatment, someone was after him for blood. And their enemy's reasons were more than diabolical and later for Steph, real personal. Together, they know they were meant for each other back home. What a shocking ending.

This was a powerful and emotional romantic suspense novel. I loved the USA and Sierra Leone locations for this storyline as well. I did feel a lot of mixed emotions for Joe and Stephanie. It tore my heart to pieces, when he treated her that way. My heart felt the same way, too, when he was tortured in Africa. This made me sigh, cringe, cry and take a couple of big breaths. Tons of action-packed scenes, electrifying chemistry, and plenty of intrigue and danger along the way.

Come on! Pick up a copy today!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blue Monday

Best-selling authors Nicci French was back with a vengeance and stepped away from her usual stand alone novels. Now they've introduced you to the Frieda Klein series. In Blue Monday, the first book in the Frieda Klein series, it all started with a disappearance of Joanna Vine. Now fast-forward to twenty-two years later, Frieda Klein was a psychotherapist in London. We saw things from her eyes on her relationship with Sandy, her relations with her sister-in-law and niece, and how she worked with the police on a real difficult case. Alan Dekker was her newest client who'd been having unusual dreams. And when there was a kidnapping, the images from Alan's dreams were most uncanny and similar to the missing boy. She decided to dig deep into his past and discovered a shocking twist. The closer she was to the truth, the more in danger she would be. There was a lot of twists and turns right to the end. What a great debut to this series. You'll be rooting for Frieda in no time.

This was a nice gripping new thriller from Nicci French. I did feel bad for Joanna Vine's family and for Frieda as well. I liked how she  had related to her superiors and to her family. Alan Dekker intrigued me in some parts.  I loved the central London location for the series and the depicted scenic settings as well. This sent me bone-chilling numbness towards the end that you leave you breathless and stunned, even right after I closed the book. Great drama, plenty of heart-breaking suspense and action, and lot of intrigue for this mystery.

Are you having a blue Monday? Cheer up with this thriller today!

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Old Fox Deceiv'd

In this second installment of the Richard Jury series, The Old Fox Deceiv'd,  Richard Jury was back with Melrose Plant in the most perplexing case yet. When a young woman was found murdered in Kentish Town in London, he uncovered the identity of this woman and discovered her past. Was she Gemma Temple or Dillys March? There was so much confusion about it, when there was an interesting array of characters they ever met. At every step of the way, there were obstacles and half-truths on who the murderer was and why. Between Jury and Plant, they came together to put the pieces together from the past to now. And where was  another murder to derail them from the tracks, the surprises kept on coming, when there was an attempted murder of someone else. It was up to them to stop the murderer before they get away... What a complex mystery to enjoy.

This was an interesting Richard Jury mystery to read. I continue to care about Jury and Plant. I also cared a little bit about Gemma aka Dillys. It had also piqued my interest as well with the confusion and some deception. I continued to love the English location for the scenery in this series. This would make you think and scratch your head. Great drama, good action and intrigue, and plenty of mystery all around to the shocking twist in the end.

Don't get deceived yet! This week, please check out this book when you can!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Master of Surrender

Imagine you're in the midst of the Iberian war between England and France. That's what Karin Tabke did for her Blood Sword Legacy series. In Master of Surrender, the first book in the Blood Sword Legacy series, Rohan du Luc was the leader of the Blood Swords, a bastard son of the duke who laid claim to the castle of Rossmoor and met Isabel, the lady of the manor. Isabel's English and betrothed to be married, while she wondered about the fate of her father and brother. At first, they locked horns and tried to get along with each other. But within time, she softened their hearts and won their respect. During the midst of this battle, they faced many obstacles in the way like her evil fiancé and Rohan's brother Henri. They would do anything to get Isabel and her land, when her heart already belonged with another. We saw what tore them apart and brought them together, when it came to terms of love. What a great launch to a great historical/medieval romance series.

This was a wonderful Medieval romance. I loved the background of the Iberian war between England and France. That had never been done before for historical romances of any sorts. It was rich and colorful with vivid descriptions. It took you right there in front of the action for the warfront. I did feel for Rohan and Isabel, who lost so much. They had a pure love/hate relationship. I loved how Isabel took care of his men and softened their hearts. The battle scenes were a bit abrasive, but I loved the fencing/sword-fighting scenes. A pure romance, intense action scenes, fast drama and intrigue, to keep this book's page turning in your hands.

Ready to surrender? You'll love this book and check it out today!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Kill Clause

This was the series that started it all for Gregg Hurwitz. In the Kill Clause,  the first book in the Tim Rackley thriller series, we're introduced to Andrea and Timothy Rackley. They just had lost their little girl to a brutal murder. Both of them were U.S. Deputy Marshals, when this tragedy struck home. Their grief tore them apart and gave them a brief separation from the pain. When there was a travesty of injustice, due to a technicality, the killer had gotten out scot-free. And things had gotten interesting from there, when we watched Tim quit his job and later got mysteriously recruited by the Commission.  Or so it seemed, as they dispense justice to those who shouldn't walk the earth their way. Later on, when things went awry, things turned deadly and the truth Tim had been looking for wasn't too good, when there was a near fatal end game between those who've wronged him and how he paid the price for it. For Tim and Andrea, we saw how their sorrow drove them apart and brought them together, stronger than ever. What a rush for a thrill ride in this thriller.

This was a gripping thriller debut. I did real feel the same sorrow as the Rackleys did. I felt their grief, their anguish, and their heartache. I became intrigued about the Commission and had doubts about it as well. I hated to see Tim and Andrew grow apart and fight, and then later was pleased to see them back together.  I didn't like their own so-called vigilante-like justice. I liked the central location of Virginia for this series as well. This would grip you from the first page and reel you in like a big fin in the ocean.  You'll be hooked in no time. Great drama, intense action and plenty of intriguing thrills on every page turn in this book.

Watch out for the kill clause!  Pick up a copy today!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sing It To Her Bones

In Marcia Talley's Sing It To Her Bones, the first installment in the Hannah Ives mystery series, Hannah Ives was recovering from cancer, unemployed, and down on her luck. Her marriage had hit a crisis point, when she went to Pearson's Corner to take time for herself and discovered a dead body of a girl who disappeared a decade ago. When she asked questions around, she stirred up a hornet's nest. Now people were trying to scare her off from the truth, when there'd been some attempts on her life to shut her up. When her sister-in-law was sailboat's pirated by the killers, the truth cane out in the open, when it dealt with life and death of the worst kind. This was a great debut for a mystery series with lots of drama, suspense and action, when we saw things from her eyes only, when it unraveled like a ball of yarn.

This was a fascinating and intriguing Hannah Ives mystery debut. I did care about Hannah, when she was dealt with a whole lot of stuff in her life. I applaud her efforts from being a cancer survivor and taking time off for herself. I did feel bad for that missing girl she found in Pearson's Corner.  I didn't like people trying to scare her off and to shut her off, when she was trying to get down to the heart of the matter. I loved the central Maryland locations in the series, especially when it was by the marina.  This one would make you cringe a few time. Great drama, excellent storyline with tons of twisty turns with action and mystery through and through.

Will you sing it to her bones? If so, grab a copy for yourself today!

Friday, August 30, 2013


In Linda Howard's Burn, she took us on a wild cruise ride that was destined for destruction. Jenner Redwine worked at a meat packing plant, before she won the lottery which changed everything in a blink of an eye. From there, she moved to Florida from Chicago and made new friends and a new life. But when she boarded that cruise, she didn't know what she was in for, when she met Cael Traylor and his crew. Kidnapped and threatened, she was Cael's cover to be his lover. This was when he was doing surveillance on a potential homegrown terrorist of his own. On both sides of the coin, they butted heads and sparks flew.  They did get underneath each other's skin, until they fall in love for real, when danger loomed behind them from a sick and dying man on a sinking cruise ship. We saw how Jenner clawed her way out of this one and found true love, while Cael softened up his façade on a nasty cruise ride to Hawaii. It was up to them to jump ship before it's too late. What an explosive novel.

This was a hot and steamy romantic suspense. I did care about Jenner, especially when her friends treated her like dirt, like when she won the lottery.  There were nothing but sour grapes in my opinion.  I liked the concept on doing it on the cruise ship for the main location and setting for this novel, too. I also loved the dual locations of Chicago and southern Florida as well. This would steam up your window and leave you swooning in the end of this novel. Great drama, terrific non-stop action with plenty of romance and suspense to heat up a cold day.

Are you ready to burn? Cool down with a copy today!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Lincoln Conspiracy

If you love historical thrillers, you'll love this debut from Tim O'Brien. In the Lincoln Conspiracy, it takes you right on an adventurous joyride and a welcomed blast to the past. Right after Lincoln's murder, his assassin were on the run. While the country mourned his loss, we were right into the thick of it with Temple and Fiona McFadden. When they discovered two secret diaries, everyone was after them to get it back. And they would do everything, whatever it takes to not let everyone learn the truth. Real life historical figures came to life to give them a creative nonfiction twist. We do get involved with Mary Lincoln and her family, and the people who might become a friend or a traitorous foe. While Temple and Fiona were in danger, they've become caught up into who instigated the murders and why. You'll witness what the McFaddens and the what the killers would do next, too. A real enjoyable historical thriller.

I love this creative nonfiction or alternate history twist to this historical thriller.  I cared about the Lincolns and the McFaddens for sure. I also cared about our country as a whole, when we mourned a loss of another great president. I loved the historical action elements in this to make it a real good page-turner. I was saddened, that Tim O'Brien haven't written any new books yet since this one came out. I loved the Chicago location in this thriller to make it more real and accurate.  Great historical factual drama, great action and suspense, and plenty of excitement for this thriller to wrap up a good thriller.

Have you heard about the Lincoln Conspiracy? If not, give this one a go this weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Rope

If you're a big fan of the Anna Pigeon mystery series, this is a must-read. This was where it all started for Anna with this much waited prequel to the series in the national park series. In the 17th installment of the Anna Pigeon series, the Rope, Anna was widowed and looking for a new career,  when she had gotten more than what she bargained for. She was found attacked in the desert of the Glen Canyon National Park, on her first week of the job, and nowhere near the Dangling Rope park ranger duplex. Meanwhile, there was an eclectic group of characters, like her gay friend Jenny Gorman, and Regis Candor and his wife Bethy. After one too many attempts on her life, she began to piece together the puzzle of how she landed there and what happened to her, and who wanted her harmed. And the truth shocked her with a psychological twist or two, when there was a recovery of dead bodies in the water. This would leave you breathless, until you'll read Destroyer Angel, which came out in 2013.

I love Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon mystery series. I loved how each storyline took place in a national park, since Anna was a park ranger. I loved the Arizona-Utah dual location areas for the settings. It was so visual and picturesque, which would put you there too. I cared about Anna, since we've got to know how she'd gotten started in the park ranger business, and how she mourned the loss of her husband. I hated when Bethy and others targeted her and others, when she was a new park ranger on the scene. But I liked how she bonded with the others who befriended her. This would  make you shake your head and cheer for Anna throughout the series. Great drama, excellent action, and plenty of great suspense in this mystery from start to finish.

Watch out for the Rope! Pick up a copy today!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hot Dish

In Connie Brockway's contemporary romance debut, Hot Dish, we were introduced to Jenn Lind aka Jenn Hallesby. It started out with a flashback to a small town beauty pageant as she was outraged by a unbeknown scandal, she vowed not to go back there again. Years later, she was a well known New York Martha Stewart type on cooking and crafting. But she was asked to come back to be a grand co-marshal for Fawn Creek's celebratory parade, that was about the same time Steve Jaax returned back to her life, and she landed a new show from a new channel. But it wasn't all what it seemed due to change. Back home, she met some familiar characters and her parents at their B&B home. Things changed, when there was chemistry between her and Jax, while they were after her butter head from back then. Humor, romance, blackmail and extortion with loads of drama were the perfect ingredients in this romance.

This was a humorous and hilarious contemporary romance that would leave you laughing out loud. I cared about Jenn and Jaax and her family. I love the small town of Fawn Creek Minnesota for the location and pleasurable settings, especially in winter.  This had me on the first page and compelled me to keep on reading to the very end with a smile on my face. Great drama with humor, lots of good action and romance with a hint of intrigue.

Will you discover the hot dish today? If so, pick it up this weekend!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Guilty

If you enjoyed Henry Parker in Jason Pinter's debut thriller, The Mark, you'll enjoy him the 2nd installment of the Henry Parker thriller series, The Guilty. One year later, Henry was back to report in his newest story. While things were getting hot with Amanda, things were going for a downhill swing for him. It all started with a singer's murder at the nightclub. More escalated deaths had grown from there. It was a race between Henry's and Paulina's papers to print the story for competition. While Paulina had Henry watched, he was on the top of things for his story that had a historical past connection you didn't see coming. We saw Henry and Amanda's relationship struggle and later fall apart, when his life was threatened and Mya kept calling him. To keep her safe, he did what he did best. We all encountered the fearless and ruthless mind of the killer. It was time to separate the guilty from the innocent.

This was another gripping thriller from Jason Pinter.  I did feel bad for the singer and her family. I also liked Henry with Amanda together, while I thought Mya was a bit annoying. She couldn't let things go. I still love NYC as the backdrop for the location in this series.  I also felt sad for Henry and Amanda, when their relationship fell apart at the seams. This would take you on a wild ride for an adrenalin rush. Great drama, explosive non-stop action, and lots of great suspense from the first to last page.

Are you guilty for not reading this thriller? Check it out today!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Arsenic and Old Paint

In the last and perhaps final installment of the Art Lover's series from Hailey Lind, Arsenic and Old Paint, Annie Kincaid was back and still stuck in the same love triangle. When she worked on a new faux finishing assignment in an underground tunnel, she was caught up in a new murder. And this one was similar in nature to a famous masterpiece. It was now up to her to find out the mystery between the painting and the creative re-enactment of it. She also discovered some interesting characters along the way, who would do anything to stop her in the way of finding out about their secret man's sex club. A couple attempts on her life didn't sway her decision to stick with it. We saw Annie try to figure this mystery and decided who she wants to be with in the end. There's a shocking twist.

This was a great conclusion to the Art Lover's series, in which I was sad it had to end, even on a happy note. I did feel torn and happy for Annie, who were stuck in her final art-related mystery. I hated to see, that people wanted to take her down and out of the picture. I loved the faux art themed mystery, too, and the helpful tips that were included in the end. I loved the central California locations in this one as well. I cringed, sighed for relief, and smiled in the end. Great drama, good suspense and action, and plenty of mystery for this final caper in the series.

Watch out for the arsenic in the old paint! Pick up this book today!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Runaway Duke

In Julie Anne Long's debut into the historical romance world, The Runaway Duke, she catapulted into a world of second chances and hidden secrets. Connor Riordan worked for the Tremaines in England as an Irish groom. But he was hiding a secret--he was really Roarke Blackburn, the Duke of Dunbrooke who supposedly "died" in the world, five years ago. When he helped Rebecca Tremaine from an arranged marriage, they were on the journey of a lifetime and fleed to Scotland. While she disappeared, Rebecca's sister, Lorelei, had a fantastic debut into her season, when she fell in love with a colonel, which disappointed her mother. Meanwhile there was a scheming duchess and Rebecca's fiancé were going to track them. Hot on their heels, they ran into highwayman and traveling gypsies. The closer they get into danger, the more they fall in love with each other. We saw how they struggled in this whirlwind relationship, while Roarke came out into the open, if it wasn't for a locket, and regained what was his. We discovered how Rebecca makes her calling as a healer or doctor and listened to her heart. In the end, they belonged together to start their lives in royalty.

This was a delightful historical romance. I cared about Roarke and Rebecca and how they fooled everyone, except for their hearts. I loved the storyline and how they worked together to hide from their past. I thought Lorelei was okay, but I did pity her mother for not approving of her own love match.  I loved the dual locations of England and Scotland in this historical romance. This would shock you and enthrall you at the same time. Great drama, plenty of suspense and action, and great intrigue and romance along the way.

Are you ready to catch a runaway duke? Check out a copy today!