Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hung Out to Die

In Sharon Short's Hung Out to Die, the 4th instalment in the Toadfern/Stain-Busting Cozy Mystery series, this cozy caper would have you enthralled and at the edge of your seat. It's Thanksgiving at Mamaw Toadfern's home in Paradise, Ohio, when Josie talked to her grandmother about her family, and learned how she was adopted by her Aunt Clara and her Uncle Horace, when her parents skipped town. During this family holiday vacation, she gets an unexpected surprise from her loving parents, twenty years later. And they have a  surprise for her. She had learned a lot of family secrets and heated arguments at dinner, when old animosity had reared its ugly head. But during a walk with her friend Rachel Burkette, they discovered that someone had killed her Uncle Fenwick and had left him to die on a clothesline. With her father in jail as a suspect, it was up to Josie to learn new truths about the past and try to bond with her mother, while she would figure out who would really do such a cruel thing. And when she had gotten closer to suspecting a culprit, it had put her and her parents in danger as she later saved their lives in the end.

This was another great read from Sharon Short. We do get a closer look to learn more about Josie and her dysfunctional family during the holidays. I cared about her and was upset to hear about a pending heartbreak or two with her and Owen. I did care about her folks and was happy for them to give her a second chance, however brief, before they left town again in the end. Maybe it was for the best. I do love the quaint town of Paradise and all of its lovely descriptive locations and settings. This would make you shake you head a few times, grimace and groan, and gasp from start to finish.

Will you check out Hung Out to Die today?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Falls

In Karen Harper's the Falls, nothing what it seems in a small town in Oregon. When Claire Malvern couldn't find her husband Keith one night, she called the Portfalls PD to help search for him. When it had turned out he had fallen from the Bloodroot "Suicide"  Bridge, they believed he had fallen to his death. But for Claire, she didn't believe it happened that way. In order to proof her claim that it was nothing but that, she would need Sheriff Nick Braden's help. Then things got tumuleous for Claire, when someone's been stalking her, sending her threats, and driving her crazy by hearing the sounds of the falls in the background. When she needed her friend's the most, she learned some hidden truths about them, when it concerned Keith. The closer she had gotten to push to the truth, the more dangerous things had gotten between them, when it brought Nick and Claire together, exploring feelings for each other. And in the end, she discovered how twisted and far-reaching people would go to make ends meet with her own life.

This was a compelling romantic suspense from start to finish. I cared about Claire and how she searched for answers on Keith's death. I also found Nick amusing and compassionate, though he had lost his wife to cancer, he had understood her pain. I liked the backdrop of Portfalls and Seattle Oregon, which was very picturesque and visual in location and settings for the scenery. This would make you jaw drop, shake your head, gasp and sigh in every page with non-stop drama, action, tons of heated romance, and suspense.

Will you be tempted to listen to the Falls today?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Organize Your Corpses

In Mary Jane Maffini's Organize Your  Corpses, the first installment in the Charlotte Adams cozy mystery series, this caper had plenty of surprises in store with many twisted turns. For Charlotte Adams, she's a professional organizer who returned to her hometown of Woodbridge, New York. Her first client was her former teacher, Helen Henley, who was tough as nails on her former students. She requested her professional services to look for important paperwork. And when she called for help late one night, Charlotte told her she was busy. Later she found out, she was clobbered by a beam in her own house. And that made Charlotte a number one suspect, even from her best friend Pepper Monahan, who was a Woodbridge homicide detective who has in it for her. At the funeral for Miss Henley, she ran into suspicious people as one of them had caught her eye. She discovered Helen's cousin errant behavior and later learned about the "tragedies" that had befallen her family. As she had gotten closer to the truth, she learned about the Henley family and how far someone evil who would go for the sake of money and revenge. After a few attempts in her life, she thought she had figured it out to piece together this warped jigsaw puzzle, when she unmasked someone who was so treacherous and duplicitous right before her own eyes, she took matters in her own hands to save her own life.

This was a terrific cozy mystery debut from Mary Jane Maffini. This had all the right elements of a great cozy mystery from start to finish. I really cared for Charlotte and her friends Jack and Sally and even Margaret. I didn't like Pepper so much or Miss Helen Henley. I felt bad and horrified for her own cousins and how they came to an untimely end. I thought Dominic was a good catch, but I shook my head when he was part of a wicked charade. I liked the backdrop of Woodbridge in New York and while it had a great scenic view of the location and settings. This would make you shake your head and moan and groan, gasp and drop your jaw with non-stop action, drama, suspense and mystery. This also had great organizing tips for you.

Will you be willing to organizing your corpses today?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Murder of a Sweet Old Lady

In Denise Swanson's Murder of a Sweet Old Lady, the second installment in the Scumble River Cozy Mystery series, this cozy mystery has a lot of twists and turns on every page. For Skye Dennison, she had dealt with some hard blows as the school psychologist, when angry parents don't like the results she gave them. Some had threatened her, when she had been going through a hard time. When she visited her grandmother to work on their family history, she discovered that her grandmother was died and her housekeeper was missing. After she called Simon Reid, the local coroner, everyone turned their heads and blaming her for not calling them first instead of Simon. They believed she died from natural causes, when Skye had thought differently. As she snooped around to become suspicious of her relatives and their angry glares, the hits kept on coming, especially when her Aunt Minnie had one of her spells and needed to be hospitalized. Though she wouldn't back down for finding answers to the truth, she discovered a link in a couple of family photos. To make matter worse, things are tense between her and Simon as Sheriff Wally Boyd had feelings for her after his wife had split up with him. When she got closer to the truth to someone who wanted to harm her own grandmother in her family, she couldn't believe who had done it and why with a shocking ending.

This was another enjoyable cozy mystery in the Scumble River cozy mystery series. I continued to enjoy Skye and her family and felt heartache for the loss in her family. I also felt the same when she ended up in a twisted love triangle for a short while. I wish people would give Skye a break at work and at home. I'm so glad she hooked up with Trixie, her close friend from her youth. I adored the small town of Scumble River and its vivid locations and scenic settings to paint a good picture of the scene. This would hook you on the first pages and grimace and groan throughout the cozy. It would make your heart pang and twist your heart strings, too. This had non-stop action, drama, intrigue and mystery from start to finish.

Will you be on the case to solve the murder of the sweet old family?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

For Whom the Bread Rolls

In Sarah Fox's For Whom the Bread Rolls, the first installment in the Pancake House Culinary cozy mystery series, you'll be enchanted in this tale and devour the recipes in the end. For Marley McKinney, the owner of the Flip Side restaurant that serves breakfast meals, she had a lot to deal with, ever since she inherited the restaurant from her late cousin Jimmy. When it was just an ordinary, she had to contend with Ida Wrinkler, a pain in her butt, who's been harassing her with prank calls and what not, to ruin business for her. When she wanted to talk to her, after she had stolen her new lamp shade from her own home, she turned up dead. And that's when she became into a pickle of her own, when she learns about Ida's suspicious neighbors, the blackmail scheme, and the illegal dumping on the river. When she became curious on this, she had been threatened and came close of losing her life. In the end, she couldn't believe who had done it and why, when she had fought for the truth.

This was a great new culinary cozy to read and to enjoy! I really cared about Marley and her friends and how perfect she was made with Brett, a former flame from her youth. I adored Flapjack the cat and Bentley the dog as perfect canine and feline characters. I loved the idyllic location of Wildwood Cave and found it picturesque with the river for the scenic settings. This would make you head spin and shake your head a couple of times. You would also sigh, groan and gasp, and hold onto your hat from page to page with non-stop action, suspense, a hint of romance, and plenty of drama.

Will you be there to check out For Whom the Bread Rolls today?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wild Justice

In Philip Margolin's Wild Justice, the first installment in the Amanda Jaffe legal thriller series, this thriller will give you chills and make you shudder. When Amanda Jaffe joined her father's law firm as an associate, he helped him take the case against Vincent Cardoni. A prominent doctor who's been arrested for series crimes, who had run into some trouble with the law and with the mafia. He claims he's innocent and that Justine Castle, his soon-to-be ex-wife had framed him. During his trial, they hit a snafu with Detective Vasquez's testimony who had a hard-on Castle and to nail him for the crimes. From there, they motioned to suppress the evidence against him. That's when he disappeared and his hand is missing. Fast-forward to four years later, Amanda's moved up in his father's law firm, and a new farmhouse became the killing ground for another set of serial murders. And Justine Castle calls Amanda and asks her for her help, when she believes she didn't do it and she was framed from Cardoni. During this case, she began to have a heated relationship with Toni Fiori, someone she used to date back in high school. While the suspicion was on Castle, she hired Vasquez as a PI to protect her and with help with the case. Cardoni's discovered in a new guise to watch Justine; but when Vasquez's attacked and then Justine's later found dead, she discovered who's the culprit, someone who's real close to her with newfound truth, she fights for her life when the danger came near her in a shocking ending.

This was a terrific legal thriller debut in a new series from Philip Margolin. I read another book in that series a few years ago as the title had slipped through my mind. I cared for Amanda and Frank's relationship as father and daughter and also as colleagues in the same law firm. Although the murders grossed me out, I was confused on who really had done it in the end. I thought Castle and Cardoni deserved each other with their bitter rivalry, until Castle had bit the dust in the end. I wasn't sure what to say or think about Tony Fiori. I would let his actions speak for himself in this story. I loved the Portland locations for the backdrop and the scenic settings through the novel. This would make you shake your head, groan, do a double-take, and make your head spin from start to finish with non-stop action, drama, a hint of romance, and a lot of suspense.

Will you be prepared to deal with wild justice today?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Jungle

(Since I've originally read this novel in August 2012, I've updated it with a brand new review.)

In Clive Cussler's The Jungle, the 8th installment in the Oregon Files action-adventure series, get prepared to be blown away by fast-paced action series that had taken place in a post-911 world. It all started, when Juan Cabrillo and his crew mated had received orders to rescue a Pakistani boy from the terrorists. It was no rescue mission, when he met Marion  "MacD" Lawless, who had been a prisoner and had worked overseas. From there, they team up to escape, when things go awry for Cabrillo. Then he had gotten a call from Roland Croissard, a Swiss millionaire, who had requested their services to rescue his daughter Soleil in a Burmese camping trip. Things aren't what they seem to be, when they've been duped by a "John Smith" who's been working along them to rescue her. Since their meeting site was being attacked by bombs, they knew something was fishy and odd as Juan was taken prisoner and faced hours of water torture. When his crew rescued them, they recovered Soleil as a prisoner, too, and they knew that Suleiman Bahar had set them up into the trap. He wants to rule the world and have everyone at his knees as he uses crystals to control a quantum computer to destroy places and things by a sound of the voice. At the request of the President and their former boss, Langton Overholt, Juan and his team get ready to go undercover in a salt mine to take them out and destroy the computer before it was too late.

This was an excellent and mind-blowing action-adventure on land and on water. I cared about Juan Cabrillo and his team mates, especially his newest one, MacD. I also cared for Soleil Croissard as well, who had been dealt such a tough blow. I despised Bahar and everything he had done in plain sight. I loved the Middle Eastern settings from Myanmar, Phillippines, and elsewhere with gripping scenic location.  This would make you gasp and shake your head, cheer on Juan with his crew, and hook you with a thrill ride with non-stop action, drama, suspense and intrigue. 

Ready to enter the jungle? Pick up a copy today!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Leave No Stone Unturned

In Jeanne Glidewell's Leave No Stone Unturned, the first installment in the Lexie Starr cozy mystery series, this debut is compelling and intriguing to give you a great story. Lexie Starr is a widow with an only child. When her daughter Wendy had gotten married to Clay Pitt, she became suspicious of him and his behavior. She had believed he had killed his first wife, a few years ago. That left Lexie to do some snooping of her own in Schenectady, New York, where the first murder took place. She had contacted Stone Van Patten, a jewelry from Myrtle Beach, where Wendy had lost her charm. As Lexie explained the story to Stone, he offered his services to help her figure out this murder in New York. From there, she came across some interesting characters and ran across a tough-as-nails detective named Ron Glick. The closer they had gotten closer to the truth, the more they had doubts about Clay, when things had taken a twisted turn of their own. Wendy had vanished at the airport. It had made things a bit dangerous, when her own suspicions on Clay changed, when they have a new suspect of their own as the killer, since things had gotten heated in the climax, and it became a bit sweeter for Lexie and Stone.

This was an enchanting cozy about what Lexie would do for the love of her child. She was set out to do something and accomplished it anyway. I cared for Lexie on what tangled mess she had gotten herself into. I had doubts about Clay, but I'm glad he turned out okay in the end. I thought Stone was a bit of a riot and a possible suitable match for Lexie. I adored Wendy and was concerned about her for her, due to Clay's behavior. I loved the dual locations of Kansas City and NYC for the picturesque settings in this gripping mystery novel. This had plenty of twists and turns that would leave you at the edge of your seat and keep reading with gasps and groans along the way. This has non-stop drama, action, suspense, and a hint of mystery.

Will you leave no stone unturned today?


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Handle with Care

In Emily Porterfield's Handle with Care, this sweet and sensational contemporary romance novella would pull at your heart's strings. Abigail Miles was a successful psychologist from Philadelphia. She fled from Philly to escape from her haunted past and took solitude in a seaside town called Wincester Bay and hided out in her uncle's boat. That's when she met Craig Port, a widower with a young daughter, who befriends her and became wary of her, too. When he first met her, he didn't know who she was, but he couldn't hide his own feelings for her, as he had gotten to know her. When a local newspaper and a threat targets her in her sanctuary, she wants to flee and throws down her guard. But when she experienced new feelings for Craig and his daughter Chloe, she didn't know what to do with them. Forced to decide to comfort her past or take refuge in this town, she listened to her heart and made a new beginning with Craig.

This was a nice and sweet contemporary romance novella.  I cared for Abby's plight and how she wanted to hide from the world. I also cared for Craig and Chloe, who were dealt with a hard loss, and how they came to rescue as her first new friends. I loved how the town of Winchester Bay welcomed her, as it was remote and idyllic for a place to start anew. It took care of their own. This was a touching romance between two people who needed a fresh start, when they were dealing with their own hardships. Needless, they came together. This would make you sigh and cry and smile at the end. It has romance, some non-stop action, drama, and a hint of intrigue.

Will you find love to handle with care?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flash of Fury

In Lea Griffith's Flash of Fury, the first installment in the Endgame Ops contemporary romance series, this debut will leave you on the edge of your seat and make you wanting more. For Kingston "King" McNally, he had lost his team in a secret covert op in Beirut, when someone betrayed his team, leaving three operatives killed. He's been on a mad hunt to go over Vasily Dresden and Horace Dresden, by no other means than dead. That's when he met Allison Redding on the plane, when it was Hijacked by Cameroon terrorists and then had threatened her life. From there, she had stolen his heart, when he vowed to protect her from the people after him. Though he thought she was a courier for the enemy, he saved her life and helped her escape from the crossfire. Between them, there was a brewing chemistry that could set the world on fire, while their world came crashing on down on then. For Allie, she had kept her identity a secret,  and had lost her heart to King, ever since he kissed her. While she was defiant against her father, she fled with King to safety as he promised to get her back home. And when their lives were in danger, King recognized the true traitor as Allie would do anything in the power to set things right for him and Endgame, in order to have him back again into her heart.

This was a mind-blowing contemporary romance series in this debut from Lea Griffith. I cared about King's hardship when he was younger and how he changed his life around. I adored Allie and how she stood up to her father and did things her own way, even to follow her heart to King. I think they're a perfectly matched couple. I loved the Middle Eastern locations and the vivid backdrop of scenic settings, even for the brief bits in Washington D.C. This would make you want to swoon for King, root for Allie, and watch your heart take a nosedive in heart-wrenching scenes with non-stop action, drama, heated romance, and tons of mystery and suspense.

Will you be gone in a flash of fury to read this book?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Killer Hair

In Ellen Byerrum's Killer Hair, the first installment in the Crime of Fashion cozy mystery, get ready to read a scintillating tale on scandals and a fashion faux pas. It all started, when Lacey Smithsonian attended the funeral of Angela Woods, a hair stylist that the cops believed it was suicide. But with Lacey's best friend, Stella Lake's instance, she didn't think so otherwise, including with the razor-cut hair. As for the fashion beat columnist for the Eye Observer newspaper, she decided to snoop around and check out the suspects. She ran into someone from her past, Vic Donovan, who she had formerly met in Sagebrush, Colorado. While he was doing security for the Stylettos salon in the D.C. area, they butted heads and tensions ran high. As she searched for answers, Angela's home was burglarized, the same for her own apartment, and threatened to back down by the owner of the salons. When she learned the scoop from another stylist on a mysterious videotape, she met her in Virginia Beach and discovered she was met by the same fate as Angela Woods. Now it was up for Lacey to put it together for her column, talk to Marcia Robinson, and later, she was attacked by an assailant. With her own close call of death with a piece of her hair lopped off, she figured it out whodunit and why, she cornered him and demanded answers. It was up for her to defend for herself, before it became too late for her too.

This was a fascinating and compelling mystery debut that deals with fashion. I cared about Lacey and her love for vintage clothes from her aunt Mimi. I also cared about Brooke and Stella, two of her closest friend, who helped her out in a pinch. I have found Vic adorable and could be perfect for Lacey. I loved the Washington D.C area for the vast scenic settings and the visual locations for the storyline. This would make you raise eyebrows, gasp, scream, and keep you entertained from the first chapter to the last with drama, non-stop action, intrigue and plenty of mystery. 

Will you be a victim of killer hair today?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dirty Blonde

In Lisa Scottoline's Dirty Blonde, this stand-alone legal thriller is a nail-biter that would leave you at the edge of the seat. Judge Cate Fante is the newest judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. When she became oversaw the court case between Richard Marz and Art Simone, things got out of hand, after she had ruled from the bench. From there, it had tossed her a through surprises of her own. When her dirty secret came out from her double life, it causes more than waves for sensational tabloids and a double suicide later. That's when Detective Nesbitt came into the picture about her ruling, when she became a witness and a potential suspect. Not only that, a crazed cop has it in for her and her boyfriend dumps her. It was up to Cate now to fight for her life, when things turn dicey at her hometown and learn some shocking secrets of her own family she had never known. Afterward, she decided to seek out justice and revenge her way, when she had figured out who was the killer with a hunch. But in the end, she guessed wrong with a shocking twist in the end, when she fought for her life and from her arch-nemesis with a chilling conclusion.

For a stand-alone, this was compelling and riveting from start to finish. I cared about Cate and Gina instantly as two single best friends. My jaw dropped throughout this legal thriller, when there was a lot of twists and turns I didn't see coming.  I cared about Cate's judgeship on the bench, even when it became compromised and would fight tooth-and-nail to seek justice. I felt bad for Richard Marz and who Art Simone had wronged him a tiny bit. I loved the California locations at the Eastern side and how depictive they were for the settings. This would leave you at the edge of the seat as you would root for Cate from start to finish, groan and grunt, and cheer her on as she won her own battles the hard way. This has plenty of suspense, intrigue, drama and a lot of non-stop action.

Will you be suspicious of this dirty blonde today?

Sunday, March 12, 2017


In Yasmine Galenorn's Darkling, the third installment in the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon urban fantasy novel, this would captivate you with a twisted tale of mythical gods, wizardry, and a battle of good vs evil. Menolly D'Artigo is half-human and half-fae, and also have been turned by a vampire named Dredge, when she has to battle her own inner demons and her fears in the Earthside world she lives in. When there's an outbreak of missing people, Menolly and her sisters discover a new nest of newborn vampires from the sire who created her rebirth. When one of her friends goes missing and perhaps captured by the new vampires, it's up to Menolly and her sisters to join forces with the other Supes to go after them to reclaim their world from being taken over by evil. For Menolly herself, she has to go to seek Jareth, a shaman, who can help her break the bond from her sire and free her from evil, while he also helps them locate Dredge to take them out. That's when she discover a shock about Dredge's past connections and prepare for battle to take him out for good. Later, they end his miserable life When they find Erin, Menolly has to save her life from becoming her sire and protecting her from the darkness inside her, as they've learned about a new threat that might take over their land.

This was a great urban fantasy novel. We get to learn a lot about Menolly and her background. I've raised my eyebrows to know that she's bisexual, which was a bit of an interesting twist to see her HBF background. I really adored Camille and Delilah as well and how they overcame their own inner demons as well. I thought Roz was about of a hoot, too. I liked the Seattle locations and the backdrop for the visual and picturesque settings for the otherworld and Earthside scenes. This would make you want to care for Menolly and her sisters and root her on from start to finish on how she became free from the darkness within her. This has drama, non-stop action, intrigue and a lot of mystery to keep you hooked from page one.

Will you be interested in reading Darkling?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stick a Fork In it

In Robin Allen's Stick A Fork in It, the second installment of the Poppy Markham Culinary Cozy Mystery series, this caper has a tasty tell about deception, deceit, and cold-blooded murder. When Poppy Markham's on limited duty as a good inspector from a previous hand injury, she's assigned to do a food inspection a new restaurant called Capital Punishment, things aren't what they seem to be, other than the concept and the decor. Everything went wrong, up until Poppy finds one of the owners of the restaurant, Troy Sharpe, hanging by a noose. While the cops believed it is a suicide, she didn't think so and had done her own investigation for clues. She had a list of suspects to contend with, she dealt with her own issues at home and at work and a love triangle between her boyfriend and her ex-fiance. When she thought she had figured it out, she was cornered by the real killer and discovered why he had done it.

This was a great installment into the series. We do get to know more about Poppy and the world of food inspection. I did care about Poppy and how she didn't get along with her step-mother and step-sister, when she at least tried too. I did like her with Jamie and could fault her with Drew.  I did fell bad for Troy, who ended up getting caught of the middle of a scheme, right when his own building had issues for an inspection, before he was killed. I did like the location in Austin Texas and the compelling setting. This would get you hooked on a good novel, though the only downside is that there haven't been any new books in the series in a few years after the third book.  Great drama, non-stop action, intrigue and suspense all the way through to the end.

Will you stick a fork in it today?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chances Are

In Erica Spindler's Chances Are,  the first installment in the Opposites Attract romance series, this classic and early romance will have you wrapped around your fingers and believing in chances. For Brandon Rhodes, he just buried his father at his funeral. As he owned his father's company, a secret came with it that would change lives. When he met Veronique Delacroix, he became fascinated and smitten with her. She was like an intoxicating addiction when you need to have a fix on it. Veronique never met her father, while she became under scrutinized from her father's hateful stare. She may be a wild woman, but she couldn't stand him one set. When she met Brandon, she couldn't stop herself from wanting him for herself. And when Brandon discovered a shocking family secret, he didn't know what to do about it. After that engagement announcement was written in the papers, they put on a charade to shock New Orleans. But when they began to fall in love with each other, it became real, until the secret was out. She didn't want his money when she needed him to take a chance on her love. In the ending, they had gotten what they ever wanted and where it should be from the start.

This was a fascinating classic romance from Erica Spindler. I cared about Brandon and Veronique's story about how they were meant to be together as they defied their odds. I despised Jerome for everything he stood for and was glad he had gotten his comeuppance in the end from Marie.  I loved how a magical twist of fate had brought them together to set things up in the story. I loved the New Orleans settings and the scenic locations in every season. This would make you want to take a gamble on love and see where the chips or dice fall. This has romance, drama, non-stop action and a hint of intrigue.

Will you take a chance on Chances Are?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Darkness Awakened

In Katie Reus's Darkness Awakened, the first installment in the Darkness paranormal romance series, you'll be howling at the moon and join the pack in this sexy novel. Finn Stavros is the Alpha of his pack in Biloxi. When his former flame, Lyra Marius, a vampire, asks him for his help to rescue her teenage daughter Vega, he became curious to know about her hybrid daughter. Lyra had kept the truth from Finn, that he's the father of her daughter, when they were lovers 17 years ago, as she was kicked out from her coven, pregnant with his baby. When he agreed to help look for her, it had brought old hard feelings from what they had each other and look for signs of where she might be taken in New Orleans. As the truth dawned to his on Vega's true paternity, he would search tooth and limb to close out the hellgate from Akkadian demons and to seek revenge on Lyra's brother, Claudius, who needed Vega's blood to open the gates. As when hell did break loose, it was up to both Lyra and Finn to stop the madness and to close the gate. That's when there's a new peace treaty between the wolves and the vampires on the land, when Finn claimed Lyra and Vega as his own and have his packmates at his feet to rule the kingdom with a happy ever after of his own.

This was a most splendid and delightful paranormal romance debut with tons of surprises. I cared for Finn and his wolf pack and Lyra with her former vampire coven. I felt enchanted to know their story of how they met in the past and bonded with each other now. I loved how they came for different species and how they defied the odds to find each other as their mates. I loved the dual locations of Biloxi and New Orleans and how the animal shifters bonded with the vampires and destroyed the bad guys. This sent shivers down my spine as the exoticism had upped the hotness level of their steamy romance. This has non-stop action, drama, suspense, and plenty of romance along the way.

Will you be ready to read Darkness Awakened today?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Murder on Astor Place

In Victoria Thompson's Murder on Astor Place, the first installment in the Gaslight Historical Mystery Series, this tale would captivate you and grip you with riveting storytelling. Set in the late 1890s, Sarah Brandt is a widow and a midwife in New York City, when Theodore Roosevelt was police commissioner. When she arrived for a birthing of a baby, she recognized someone from her past. Before she knew it, it was too late, when she found her... dead by strangulation. That's when NYC Police Detective Frank Malloy was on the scene, a widower with a crippled baby boy to raise for his own, who had butted heads with Sarah. When she identified the victim of Alicia VanDamm, one of the daughters of the most prominent families in NYC, the daughter of Sarah's closest childhood friend. When the Van Damm had encouraged Malloy to be removed from the case, he prompted Sarah to do the snooping and find justice for the family by finding the killer. She would have to stoop so low to look for answers with Malloy's help and asking for people for answers, even to listening to gossip from her mother and snooping around to ask Mina, her friend herself. As soon as they learn about the diary being stolen, another death had befallen on the VanDamm property. Before she knew it, during a raging thunderstorm, she had pieced the truth together with Malloy on their own sordid family secrets of sins, and why she had to be killed with a gripping ending.

This was an amazing read in a gripping setting to take place in the 1890s without DNA and other high tech methods to prosecute criminals. I cared for Sarah's and Frank's plight and what they had to do to make ends meet. I've found something with iffy with Mina's uncharacteristic behavior and how sickened in the end to learn about the truth to learn about their sordid family secrets. I did feel bad for Alicia who had dealt with the secrecy before she died. I loved the NYC setting in the 1890s and how picturesque it was at that time wen things weren't so simple for the rich and the poor. This mystery would leave you hanging at the end of your seat from start to finish with drama, non-stop action, intrigue, and a hint of suspense, too.

Will you be a witness to see the Murder on Astor Place? Give it a read today!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Orchid Beach

In Stuart Woods's Orchid Beach, the first installment in the Holly Barker thriller series, this tale would raise your eyebrows and make your hold your breath. After Holly Barker retires from the military, she receives an offer to help out a family friend, Sheriff Chet Marley from the Orchid Beach PD down in Florida. He has some suspicious information he wanted to tell her. But when she arrives in Orchid Beach, as his deputy sheriff, she later learns that he's been shot and in a coma. As the new sheriff in town, she has suspicions of her own in her new department, when she learns about another murder of Hank Doherty, another family friend. She adopted Doherty's dog Daisy and meets Jackson Oxenhandler, an attorney she met on the first week on the job, and the sparks fly between them. From there, her father retires from the military to join her and wants to help her out pull off a special operation. Under the close scrutiny of the city council to be the new sheriff, she learns about a secret military base on Palmetto Gardens that's closed off to the public and heavily guarded. She becomes under attack and wary of a police mole, until they learn new inside information and bring in the big guns as in the feds to shut that operation down and eliminate the man in charge for going further in a showdown you wouldn't believe in the end.

This was a gripping and fascinating new thriller debut. I cared for Holly and Jackson's blooming romance. I was worried if Holly would make the cut as the new sheriff as she held her own and proved her worthiness. I hated to hear about the mole in her department and the secret military operation near her jurisdiction with Barney Noble as the despicable person who would kill to not have his property blown. I loved the Orchid Beach location in Florida and the Palmetto Gardens for the depicted scenic locations with amazing visuals. This thriller will make you hold your breath, root for Holly and Daisy, curse at the bad guys, and so much more. It has non-stop action, drama, intrigue and a lot of mystery to keep you in suspense with a spark of romance.

Will you take a detour in Orchid Beach?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Open and Shut

In David Rosenfelt's Open and Shut, the first installment in the Andy Carpenter legal mystery series, this debut has plenty of twists and turns along the way in this compelling novel. For Andy Carpenter, it all started when his father asks him to perform a retrial for one of his clients who was going on Death row. When his father died, he discovered a windfall of money and a mystery photograph. When Andy took on the case to defend Willie Miller's innocence, a couple of people would do anything to stop him from going further. From death threats to being a shot out, he would stop anything to clear his name. While he continued to dig deeper on why he became rich and the connection to the photograph, it brought him and his assistant closer, while things didn't work out with his wife Nicole.  One by one, the mystery unraveled with a missing link, and it lead straight to a shocking conclusion between the past and present with a surprise twist in the end that hits close to home.

This was a compelling mystery that's set in the legal scene. I began to like Andy and how he made his father proud to see it through. I did wish things worked out with Nicole, but his father-in-law continued to get in the way. He had gotten his comeuppance in spades, when he wanted him to drop it. I also felt bad for Willie being framed for a crime he didn't dare commit as the real bad guys covered it up and sabotaged Andy's valiant efforts to clear his name. I do see him falling for Laurie and I adored Tara. I loved the New Jersey and New York City locations in the tri-state area. As a former New Jersey girl, it made me feel like home. You'll be rooting for Andy as he later became triumphant and found nailed the bad guys to provide justice where they belong in bars. This has non-stop action, drama, intrigue and a hint of mystery along the way.

Will you check out Open and Shut today?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Going for the Goal

In Sara Rider's Going for the Goal, the first installment in The Perfect Play hockey sports romance series, this novel scores on all levels and across the board on and off the ice. Jillian Nichols first met Nick Salinger, when she was a sports agent intern. Fast forward to a decade later, she now runs her own sports management agency and trying to make a name out for herself in the sports world. When Nick "the Punisher" Salinger needs a new agent, he remembers Jillian and asks her to sign him up. Hesistantly, she agrees to start a professional business relationship with him. While she helped him to control his temper, stay out of trouble, and maintain his sports image, the heat between them is sparking red hot, when they date and get to know each other better! As Jillian wants to be nominated for ASLMA as president, she dealt with a lot of interference from her former mentor and rival, who's a bit of a prick, and had poached her clients. When she was disqualified for the running of the board, due to ethical reasons, Nick has his own issues with his fellow team mate Sebastian Liakos, a hot head who likes to causing trouble amongst the team. He also would love to let his team win the Stanley Cup if Liakos didn't get in the way. Together, they've figured out a way to settle the score and get a happy ending to get what they want in the end... with each other.

This was a fantastic sports romance that features a hockey theme. I really liked Jillian and Nick together as a couple and really feel their pain on what they have to do to make ends meet. I couldn't stand Liakos and Parsons, when they had their comeuppance in the end for their shady business to ruin the fun for the both of them.  I really loved the New York sports scene with the compelling settings and the scenic locations in the area. This would make you root for Jillian and Nick on how they defeated the odds and grunt and groan for every twist and turn on every page. This sports romance has a lot of steamy romance, drama, non-stop sports action, and intrigue along the way.

Will you be going for the goal today?


Saturday, February 18, 2017

When She's Gone

In Jane Palmer's When She's Gone, the first installment in the Ara Zuyev thriller series, this fast-paced thriller will keep you at the edge of your seat. For bodyguard Ara Zuyev, a woman with a mysterious past and a former cop, she's sworn to protect Samantha Harper, the stepdaughter of millionaire Oliver Boone. When she was kidnapping from a restaurant, she chases the van that snatched her from her eyes. That's when the FBI is called in and Agent Luke Patrick is one the case. In order for them to talk together, they needed to trust each other. For the both of them, they discovered that Sam orchestrated the kidnapping as payback, which had taken a dangerous turn for the worst. After Oliver receives a ransom request via phone, she listened to her message on the phone and played it back in her mind to connect the dots. She pieced the together about the forged paintings from the gallery, which has dangerous Russian mob connections. In a race against time with the body count piling up, Ara puts herself in the line and faces somebody from her past to bring Sam home.

This was a fantastic thriller debut from start to finish. I really cared about Ara and on how she had put herself on the line to save Sam. I really felt bad for her on how she had endured a lot as a young Russian teenager and also as a cop. I also found Luke quite charming and amusing with his quick wits and sharp street smarts. I loved the New York City location with vivid depictive and scenic settings from the mansion to the shipyard in the end and everywhere in between. This would make you want to grit your teeth and hold your breath in this energetic thriller with non-stop action, drama, suspense, intrigue and plenty of mystery along the way.

What would you do when she's gone?

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Quilter's Apprentice

In Jennifer Chiaverini's The Quilter's Apprentice, the first installment in the Elm Creek Quilts Woman's Fiction series, this heart-warming tale would intertwine stitches of historical fiction/romance into this tale of love, loss, life, and friendship. For Sarah McClure, she and her husband had moved to Waterford, Pennsylvania for a new job prospect for her husband. While Sarah searched for a new accounting job and had no luck with interviews, she had made a friend for Mrs. Sylvia Compson, an elderly widow who needed help sorting out her late sister's belongings inside of her manor home before the sale. While she landed a temporary job helping Sylvia, she learned a lot about her life during World War II as a young girl, along with some tales on how to make a variety of quilts. From time to time, she made new friends with the Tangled Web Quilters and discovered a great deal about how to piece quilts. In a race of time to prevent Sylvia to stay and not to sell her home, she came through on her promise to keep it alive and to find out what she was missing along. She had found an ideal job right there with Sylvia, too.

This was a wonderful and lovely woman's fiction novel. I cared about Sarah and Matt and also about Sylvia's plight about being a young war widow and how she befriended Sarah in her home. I also loved learning to hear a great idea about Sylvia's life and hope Sarah could make amends with her own mother. The locations for Waterford was beautiful and lovely in the scenic settings from Sylvia's home to the Tangled Web Guild. In great detail, we learned a lot about how quilts are made and the variety of designs. This was a fantastic read and really enjoyable from start to finish to give you a feeling of faith and hope and warmth. No wonder my late mother loved this series right before she died. This would make you cheer for Sylvia and Sarah's quilting designs in this novel with a hint of romance, drama, intrigue, suspense and mystery.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Distress Signals

In Catherine Ryan Howard's Distress Signals, this thriller debut will throw you some nasty surprising punches and leave you breathless. It all started when Adam Dunne fell overboard the cruise ship and rescued by the French Coast Guard. In this four-part story, we learn how Adam's girlfriend Sarah O'Connell had disappeared from her business trip and never returned home. That's when panic sets in when he calls the Garda for help after he receives a mysterious note from her in the mail. On a mission to discover disturbing answers, he did research on the Blue Wave Cruise line and looked up cruise crimes, until he'd found one that was similar to his and contacted Peter Brazier, a man who "lost" his wife a year before. We also learn about Romain Dupont, a French man who had a troubling childhood with a family secret and a "dark" past, and his mother Corinne, who worked on the same ill-fated cruise ship to escape from him. Later on, the tides have turned for Adam to discover the truth about Sarah and how Peter used him to find justice for his wife Estelle when no clues lead him into the opposite direction with a shocking conclusion in the end.

This was a gripping and compelling thriller debut from Catherine Ryan Howard. I cared about Adam and his search for answers to find Sarah, even if it had a grisly ending. I liked how Corinne and Romain's stories intersected into the storyline, when one event had lead to another. I felt pity for Peter and sorry for those innocent lives lost at sea in his insane search for justice. I liked the backdrop of the cruise ship along Eastern Europe especially Ireland for the center location with scenic settings. This would leave you at the edge of your seat with non-stop action, drama, intrigue and suspense along the way.

Will you listen to the SOS in Distress Signals?

Thursday, February 9, 2017


In Traci Tyne Hilton's Foreclosed, the first installment in the Mitzy Neuhaus Cozy Mystery series, get ready to enter the world of real estate. Mitzy Neuhaus is the top realtor in Portland who's against a rival realtor named Alonzo Miramontes. While the economy is dead for new prospective hot properties, there's a mansion that's been foreclosed by the bank. She wants to sell it to its new owners. But she had hit some snags along the way, besides Alonzo wanting that home for her sister Carmella to use as an inn. First, there's the stolen Russian jewelry at a charity auction that was bid on, her brother and sister-in-law's home broken into, including her office too. And there have been more things that have gotten awry, even after she broadcasted over the air in her radio spot. The potential buyers of that Victorian home pulled out, her best friend gets assaulted, and her rental burned down. When she wanted to check the place for herself, she meets the owner of the home and would do anything to stop her from buying it, even if the stolen jewels are hidden inside somewhere. It's up to Alonzo to team up and work together to stop him in its tracks.

This is a great new cozy mystery debut that deals with the cutthroat world of real estate business. I cared about Mitzy and her real estate firm. I had warmed up to Alonzo toward the middle and could see something brewing between them. I liked Sabrina and Ben and cared for her sister-in-law and brother and even her friend Joan, too. I liked the location of Portland Oregon to be very surreal with the settings. This would teach you a lot about foreclosure and real estate and entertain you with a gripping good tale with drama, suspense, intrigue, and lots of non-stop action.

Will you be wary when your home is foreclosed?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Death at the Yoga Cafe

In Michelle Kelly's A Death at the Yoga Cafe, the 2nd installment in the Keeley Carpenter cozy mystery series, the town of Belfrey is hit by another gruesome tragedy. After the Terry Smith murder, things haven't seem to calm down for Keeley. When she witnessed the heated argument outside of her yoga cafe between Raquel and her mayor boyfriend. Then when he's found  murdered, Raquel is the prime suspect and asks Keeley for help to prove her innocense.  At the same time of her mother's surprise arrival to visit, things had got cozy for her and DC Ben Taylor, until she did some outside snooping of her own for Raquel's insistance. That had put a kink into her relationship with Ben. When she had finally figured it out, the killer had put her in the face of danger with the shocking truth, and things had gotten better with Ben, too.

This was an intriguing cozy that's set in Belfrey, England. I found Keeley and Ben both charming as a couple and how they sorted through their feelings for each other. I did feel sorry for Raquel in a way. I did like the scenic locations in Belfrey and amusing settings for the storyline like her yoga cafe with delicious healthy treats. I did enjoy the storyline arc, when each chapter emphasizes on a yoga pose and its benefits in learning yoga. This would keep you guessing and root Keeley on with every twisted turn with drama, non-stop action, intrigue and suspense along the way.

Will you enjoy a visit and read A Death at the Yoga Cafe today?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Murder Strikes a Pose

In Tracy Weber's Murder Strike a Pose, the first installment in the Downward Dog Cozy Mystery, you'll enjoy this debut and strike a yoga pose at the same time too. When yoga teacher Kate Davidson encountered a homeless man named George and his monster-sized German Shepherd named Bella outside of her yoga center hawking cheap newspapers, she befriends him and his dogs and tries to force him to leave. But when she overheard a conversation outside of her center and discovers his dead body, she needs to provide a home for Bella, she digs into George Levin's background and learned what lead to him to live on the streets. When the police thought it was nothing but a brawl that did him in, Kate thinks otherwise, though she'd been threatened along the way. She would stop to nothing. With help from her best friend Rene and her boyfriend Michael, they figure it out, when she discovered who did him and why in the end as Bella saved her life and had found a new happy home with Kate.

This was a delightful yoga-centric cozy mystery debut. I loved everything about it, since I've been a fellow yogi for 2.5 years. I loved Kate and Rene as best friends and how Kate took care of Bella under her wings after George was murdered. I did feel sorry for him and thought Bella's former owners, Jake and George's daughter was creepy and bad in their own way. I felt sorry for Bella who endured such abuse and dealt with her own disease. I loved the Seattle locations and scenic settings from Kate's center to down in Seattle. This would make you cheer for Kate and Bella, boo at the bad guys, root for Kate and Michael, and feel at peace with yoga. This has great drama, non-stop action, intrigue, and plenty of suspense.

Will you dig into Murder Strikes a Pose and relax with yoga today?

Saturday, February 4, 2017


n Ted Dekker's Three, this thriller will make you look closer and make your heart beat race. It all started for Kevin Parsons, a Seminary student, when he received a call from someone named Slater. If he doesn't answer the riddle, his car would blow up in three minutes. In a race against time, Kevin is thrown into the spotlight and a person of interest of the Long Beach PD and the FBI. With more cryptic riddling messages from Slater, he calls his childhood friend Sam Sheer. For FBI Agent Jennifer Peters, she's on the hunt to find the Riddle Killer who killed her brother three months ago. She joins forces with the LBPD and helps Kevin in this case, tracking this person who calls himself Slater. That's when she digs deeper into Kevin's past, when she shed some light into his childhood as more explosive riddles tick by. Each ones were opposite and divided by three, when Kevin couldn't confess his sin on his own. When it had caught up to him, it's another race against time, when the truth would be divided in the end on who's Slater in a shocking ending.

This was a fascinating and compelling thriller with a Christian fiction slant. I cared about Kevin and how he had been through a terrible childhood living with his horrible aunt. She was the real reason why he came out that way. I also liked Jennifer Peters who mourned the loss of her brother and had been on a mad hunt for his brother's killer. I liked they came together to solve the biggest puzzle of them all to solve the riddle. I loved the California locations of Long Beach and the scenic settings between past and present in Kevin's state of mind. This would leave you breathless and at the edge of the seat with non-stop action, drama, intrigue and a lot of suspense. 

Will you be able to answers the riddled questions in Three?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Waking Nightmare

In Kylie Brant's Waking Nightmare, the first installment in the Mindhunters romantic suspense series, this debut would keep you at the edge of your seat. Be careful on who you tell your darkest secrets and fears too. For Abbie Philipps, she's the newest member of Detective Ryne Robel's task force team in Savannah, when they deal with a serial rapist/murder on the scene. With a lot of emotional baggage from her past and her sister's mental health issues, she had a lot on her own plate to deal with. Being criticized by Robel and his fellow task members shouldn't be one of them. They needed her to profile this UNSUB's mind and to get inside to make him tick. One by one, she began connecting the dots to what drew his victims together, while she tried not to get too close to Ryne. For Robel, Abbie was more than a pretty face to join his team. But when they worked together to establish victimology, he had his own heated feelings for her on a more intimate and personal nature.  He also carried a darkest secret of his own that he had to live with. As they discovered closer to identifying the perp, it hit too close to home when Abbie's sister had brought home the killer and put their own lives in danger, when they had to find for themselves in the end.

This was a mind-blowing fantastic romantic suspense debut. I cared about Abbie and what she had to go through and endure with Callie. I hoped Callie would get the medical help she needs with her medication, or she could be a danger to herself or to others. I also loved Ryne Robel and how he put himself in front of others and cared for Abbie along the way. I adored the Savannah locations and scenic settings from the GBI and elsewhere inside and outside. This would send you a wild emotional roller coaster ride as you would moan and swoon for Ryne as you would take heart of how Abbie took care of herself. This had tons of hot romance, plenty of drama, suspense,  intrigue, non-stop action and chills along the way.

Will you be wary of the secrets and fears your keep in Waking Nightmare?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Before the Scandal

In Suzanne Enoch's Before the Scandal, the second installment in the Notorious Gentlemen series, get ready to be hooked into a wild ride of romance and danger. When Colonel Phineas Bromley received a mysterious missive from his sister Elizabeth, he took a leave from fighting the war and returned home to London. Little did he know and later find, someone tries to push his family into ruin. First the fire, then the wells, and the loose bloodhound. Phin needed his ally Thad Gordon, and someone close to help him discover the truth. Ten years ago, before the scandal when he accidentally handicapped his brother, Phin and Alyse were friends. Now he had returned from the war, he gets to know her more intimately and becomes her friend. For Alyse, she's been forced to be her aunt's companion and with her cousin, both people she couldn't stand to be with, ever since her parents died. As Phin learns more shocking revelations, he believed it was his neighbor Richard Donnelly, who wants the land for himself and insinuates himself into his family by courting Beth.  Both Phin and Alyse create a secret alliance of intimate proportions as she spies for her cousin and vice versa. Undercover, Phin poses as the French Highwayman to make some noise. Now her cousin Richard needs her to point the finger to Phin with a handsome bribe. When push comes to shove, Phin has the right evidence to make Richard confess and makes Alyse his own.

This was a fascinating and thrilling historical romance to read. I loved Phin and Alyse's story to read and how it captivated me from the beginning. I found Phin real charming and Alyse a real doll to put up with Richard and her aunt. I loved the ruse of the Highwayman concept real enduring as I liked the settings of England from the Bath ruins and to the Bromley house for the location's scenery. This made me want to swoon and sigh with their intimateness in every page with non-stop action, plenty of heated romance, lots of drama and intrigue along the way.

Will you be tempted to seek vengeance before the scandal?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Merciful Death

In Kendra Elliott's A Merciful Death, the first installment in the Mercy Kilpatrick romantic suspense series, you said you can never go home again. FBI Mercy Kilpatrick was raised and born a prepper in a small rural town called Eagle's Nest in Oregon. A family tragedy had forced her to leave her home. Fifteen years later, she arrived on the scene on the prepper murders in own home town. Her family won't give her the time or day, as she dealt with the grisly crime scene and rumors of a cave man in her neck of the words. She meets Chief Truman Daly, who's uncle was one of the latest preppers murdered in his home. While she tries not to let herself fall in love with Daly, she comes face to face with a shocking reality of the missing weapons and broken murders. It reminded her on what drove her away from her home, when she tried to connect the dots from the past to the present cases on her own. Though her siblings had slightly welcomed her back in their fold, she reviews the past rape-murder cases to the one that came close of hitting home. In the end, she faces her own demons and dealt with one-two punch of when the truth comes out from her brother, before tragedy hits home again as she follows her heart to find love.

This was a really fantastic romantic suspense. I really cared for Mercy and  how she wished to find peace and solace with her family. Maybe within time, they would forgive her. I liked how she teamed up with Truman and didn't expect to find romance with him during tough crime scenes. I hated Craig for what he had done, even towards the end. It was really callous. I've found Eagle's Nest really picturesque for a small prepper town with its sights and sounds for the locations and settings. This would really keep you up at night and wonder who's really out there. This has romance, drama, non-stop action and plenty of intrigue.

Are you ready to encounter a merciful death?

Friday, January 20, 2017


In Susan Wittig Albert's Nightshade, the 16th installment in the China Bayles mystery series, this tale dealt with hard core topics and bitter rivals that came from the past. After China's friend Ruby grieved the loss of her lover Colin, China dealt with her half-brother's mysterious visit to see her. She didn't know him about him, until it was too late. When her husband Mike McQuaid was supposed to met him to talk about reopening the investigation on their father's murder, Miles ended up a victim himself. Devastated, both Mike and China dealt with the blow, when they tried to figure out the connections between cold cases from the past and how it was connected to his death, while they assorted out his estate and affairs. For Mike McQuaid, he met Ellie Hanson, Miles's aunt, who grew her own tomatillo farm and had her own bone to pick against her own cousin. And somehow the family tree connection branched off to them and there, when she stored China's father old burnt-old Cadillac. Together they tied off the loose ends to make some sense of things, before things had gotten heated and darn right ugly with the shocking truth in the dark. 

This was another gripping and startling mystery that gets right to the core and the heart of the matter. I cared for China and Mike's relationship and how they put the pieces together to solve this unsolved mystery. I'm glad that Sheila and Ruby could put their differences together and become friends again.  I adored the Pecan Springs area in Texas along with its iconic landmarks for a picturesque and vivid locations and settings. This would take you for a great ride with plenty twists and turns on this page-turning emotional roller coaster ride. It has great suspense, intrigue, non-stop action and plenty of action with great factual tidbits on the plant nightshade.

Would you be wise to watch your step with Nightshade today?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

While My Pretty One Knits

In Anne Canadeo's While My Pretty One Knits, the first installment in the Black Sheep Knitting Cozy Mystery series, this tale would get you all tangled up in knitted knots with a compelling storyline. When local book author Cara Newhouse arrived in Maggie Messina's book signing and felting demonstration, she had hidden a terrible secret. It all started when it would be brought to light, when Maggie's craft store rival Amanda Goran made an appearance and acting good-spirited with a new look at her store. Something was up with her change of attitude. After the book signing, word came about on her suspicious death at her own home. And the police believed Maggie had something to do with her murder as a suspect, when her fellow knitter friends thought it might Amanda's own ex-husband Peter. To help Maggie get off the hook, they dug deeper into Amanda's life, when more suspicious robberies made them raise their own eyebrows. For Lucy Binger, she had put the pieces together, when she rescued Tink, one of Amanda's dog, and had taken him to the vet, which made him real sick. Not only had she had eyes on the new vet as a possible love interest, she made some other shocking discoveries between Amanda's and Cara's alliance with the key evidence, when things came to a head with a heated confrontation between her and fight for their lives to bring her to justice.

This was a great new craft cozy mystery to read and enjoy. You learn a lot about knitting and felting and other new crafty ideas in the back of the book, too. I adored Lucy and her fellow Black Sheep knitting friends, when they had a knitting night and helped piece together this murder. I loved the idealistic Plum Harbor location set in Massachusetts for a picturesque setting in majestic scenery. I could see Lucy and Matt hooking up with more dates in future books in the series. This would get you hooked into knitting and into the series with drama, non-stop action, a hint of romance and plenty of intrigue along the way.

Will you give While My Pretty One Knits a try today?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Absolute Trust

In Piper Drake's Absolute Trust, Athe third installment in the True Heroes romantic suspense series, hold onto your hats for an action-packed novel. Brandon Forte and Sophie Kim had been friends and former sweethearts in high school, before he left for the military.  Now since he's retired and works for Hope's Crossing Kennels, an animal clinic outfitted to train dogs who fought in the war with their handlers. And Haydn, a beloved German Shepherd with a prosthetic leg, had been trained in the kennel. It all started when Sophie's car bombed and injured her ankle in the process. From there, it was all systems go, when Brandon protected her and was on a hunt for the perps who did this to her. When Sophie was let go from her job, something was up, especially when a certain mercenary organization him to request his services. While Brandon and his team look for clues on who wanted to do this to her, Sophie and Brandon grew closer to confide in each other about how they felt for each other, then and now. As soon as he put his life on the line for her, he would do anything for her to catch the perp and bring them down, one way or another, just to be with her and her life.

In this novel, there was so much to love about it. I loved how it featured a diverse couple between Sophie and Brandon, and how diverse Haydn was with three paws to become a canine star in his own right. This is a novel you can't put down. I cared about Sophie and Brandon, while they worked their past issues out and how he protected her one way or another. I also loved how they put their trust on each other, the same as he trusted Haydn too.  I loved the Philly background settings and locations for this picturesque scenery, including the kennel. I also liked Lyn and Elisa as well and the other characters as well. This has a lot of blood-pumping non-stop action, suspense, romance, and intrigue that you keep you at the edge of your seat.

Will you have Absolute Trust to pick up this sexy hot romantic suspense novel?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Love Irrestibly

In Julie James's Love Irresistibly, the 4th installment in the FBI/US Attorney contemporary romance series, this enchanting romance novel would wow you with such powerful writing to sweep you off your feet. It all started with a favor from US Attorney Cade Morgan, a former college football player, who needed help nailing the corrupt politicians from Brooke Parker. After she applied, she asked him for a favor or two in return to help her out in her end. Brooke Parker's the general counsel for Sterling Restaurants, who's busy work schedule had put a damper into her relationships in life and love. From there, they had a casual relationship with each other, which lead to great sex, and getting to know each other better. But both of them had issues to prevent them from going forward--Cade learned about his half-brother and has bitter memories of his own biological father growing up. Brooke wants balance in her life and to enjoy herself, even when a new opportunity for her job growth sprouted and prompted her with her decision. With things moving up and forward, maybe too fast for them, they learned to love each other as a couple and have new promotions in their promising career for a happy ending.

This was a fantastic contemporary romance novel. I really loved Brooke and Cade as a couple and their quirky texts to each other. I adored Ford and Brooke's friends and Cade's FBI agent buddies.  I did snort one time, when Brooke accidentally shared something on Facebook. I loved the Chicago backdrop for the locations and the settings. It was so vivid and only so awesome. This would make you laugh/snort, swoon, cheer for Cade and Brooke, and how they've made peace with their right decisions. Plenty of sexy romance, drama, non-stop action and intrigue on every page.

Check this out today!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Dress Shop of Dreams

In Menna Van Praag's The Dress Shop of Dreams, be prepared for this enchanting novel to take your breathless with its amazing story-telling. For Cora Carraway, she lived with her grandmother in an apartment above the dress shop. Parentless at a young age, she wanted to be a scientist like her late parents. With the encouragement of her grandmother Etta, she prompts Detective Henry Dixon to reopen the case and look into it for her. Walt Cooper worked at the bookstore next door and always cared and loved Cora for many years, and had kept his cryptic mother's notebook close to his heart. At night, he reads classic novels over the radio with an uplifting voice to help pay the books. Since he doesn't read the letters the women sent, his boss Dylan took matters into his own hands and wrote them for her. But when he meets Milly, someone who had been seeing, he realized what Dylan had done and followed his heart. Even Etta had kept an old secret with the affair she had someone, who later became a priest.  Years later, she confessed to him what she withheld from him all this time with a happy ending.

This was a beautifully written woman's fiction novel with a touch of magical realism. I adore Cora and Walt as childhood sweetheart, who grew up together and both losing parents at a young age. And they both lived and worked together on the same block, too. I loved Etta and her magical dress shop of dreams and how it had put a spell to those owned the dress with a magically stitched star in the seams. I loved the English locations and settings from Oxford and throughout the novel.  This would make you believe in yourself and to follow your heart and dreams with every propelling and turned page.  This has romance, non-stop drama, a hint of magical realism and action along the way with a sparkle of intrigue.

Will you check out the Dress Shop of Dreams?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Summer of the Dead

In Julia Keller's The Season of the Dead, the 3rd installment in the Bell Elkins thriller series, it was one hot summer when the crime rate went up a notch. For Bell Elkins, the county prosecutor for Acker's Gap, West Virginia, she had a full plate on her hands. First her sister Shirley has been released from prison to start her new free life, while she waited for her daughter Carla to visit her that summer. But as she investigated the murder of Freddie Arnett, things took a dangerous turn for the residents of her small town. To make matters worse, someone had been killed at a bar fight, when she had found a lone business card. Besides trying to square away with her sister's needs, she had two homicides to find a connection between the two cases. For Lindy Crabtree, she worked at the gas station to support herself and her sick dad who worked the coal mines and had asbestos poisoning with no much time to life. As she searched for clues to her mother's childhood, someone tried to scare her and clobbered her with a rock. When Bell learned of this assault, things came to a head when the chips fall into place into this puzzle and later stirred this sick plot beyond reason. In the end, both Lindy and Bell were dealt a hard blow at the reality of who would do it and why.

This was a great thriller with so many twists you didn't see coming. I cared about Belfa and how she dealt with a lot in that one hot and dangerous summer. I liked Nick Fogelsong and Brenda Lovejoy. I also cared about Lindy and how she had dealt with carrying the heavy load for her and her father.  Acker's Gap was a picturesque small town with its close-knit community. I could paint the picture of it in my mind. This would hook you and ground you to your chair from the first page to the last with non-stop drama, action, suspense, and plenty of mystery.

Will you be ready to handle the Summer of the Dead?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Scandal in Silver

In Sandra Chastain's Scandal in Silver, the first installment in the Alexander sisters historical romance series, you'll be swept away by a beautiful and enchanting love story that came from the heart. During the Civil War, Sabrina's father wanted to mine the silver dream and be rich. But when he died in a cave-in, it left Sabrina and her four sisters alone. They needed someone to help mine the ore and to bury her father with their proper burial. So Sabrina left to go for help and encountered a treasonous massacre of Confederate soldiers and rescued the Misfits who were beaten and held captive. Sabrina rescues them and makes them her prisoners at her mountain home.  That's when she met Captain Quinton Colter, who had endured a lot of heartache of his own during the war. He was on a mission to confront a traitor who turned them in as the ultimate scapegoats. Not only did Sabrina fell in love with Colter, so did her sisters with Colter's men, except for her half-sister Raven, who was learning the ropes of her Native American Arapaho heritage with her grandfather. Other than dealing with danger on a war-torn ground, they followed their hearts to start a future in the end and a bright new adventure.

This was a beautiful classic loveswept story from the late Sandra Chastain. This was so romantic and enduring at the end of the Civil War. I cared for Sabrina and her sisters, who followed their hearts and set out for a romantic adventure with a former Yankee Rebel. This was so profound and enchanted to see how they dealt with loss and love in a swift timespan along the Colorado Territory. I loved the background of Colorado and the Civil War theme for the locations of that time period. This would make you sigh and cry and faint by these former soldiers as it would tug your heart strings real tight. Get swept away with romance, non-stop action, drama, intrigue and adventure.

Will you be daring to be a scandal in silver today?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

State of the Onion

In Julie Hyzy's State of the Onion, the first installment in the White House Chef Mystery, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. For Olivia Parras, her dream job is to be the executive chef of the White House and be in charge of the staff and menus. But she had a couple of obstacles in the way. It all started, when she picked up a present for her mentor Henry Cooler, who was retiring from his job. But when they were an intruder who invaded the White House's lawn, Ollie put a stop to it with her skillet. But as soon as the intruder was escorted away, she became hooked and intrigued into his warning shot about the president being in danger. Little did they know, things weren't cut and dried as it seemed. She had to contend with a lurking terrorist in the midst to followed her around, an insensitive sensitivity director who made life unbearable, and an arch rival for the coveted spot. With all this, she put herself into danger and became close of being killed, when she uncovered a ghastly plot from someone she knows in disguise. In the end, she came on top and unearthed a big hatched plot to ruin world peace between the nations.

This was a great culinary cozy debut with a great cast of characters. I liked Ollie and her determination to reach for the goals. I think she makes a great couple with Tom. I couldn't stand Sargent and Laurel Anne Braun. I loved the locations of the inner workings of the White House and the Washington D.C. Metro area. We do learn what goes behind the scenes in the White House's kitchen that you don't hear or see on TV. This would make you whet your appetite in every page turn and take you on a great journey. This was intrigue, suspense, non-stop action and plenty of drama.

Will you crave a reading of State of the Onion?