Sunday, December 31, 2017

Yours to Keep

In Serena Bell's Yours to Keep, this contemporary romance debut deals with hard-core issue of the immigration status in our country and what would you do for love. For Ana Travares, she's been living under the ICE's radar as an undocumented citizen since her mother's death. And she's under pressure for taking the CORI in order to tutor high school students. When Dr. Ethan Hansen's son Theo needs a Spanish tutor, he requested her tutoring services. From there, he had helped transformed Theo and bridged the gap between father and son, which had been chartered some rapid waters in their relationship. But Ana tries not to fall in love with Ethan, since she knew her secret about her immigration status and her protective brother wouldn't approve. When he catches wind about her citizenship, he proposes a plan to keep her in the country and in her life to get her green card. When her brother finds out, he encourages Ethan to break it up, when the forces against her had propelled her to do it first. Later, during a family crisis, Ana calls Ethan to come to the rescue. That had changed everything between them, when Ethan wants to do it right and make Ana his wife and to give her the American dream of hers to keep for her own with a happy ending.

This was a great debut from Serena Bell for this contemporary romance novel. I cared for Ana and the plight her family had been put through since they lost their mother. I loved how Ana wanted to help other citizen learn English and become US citizens. The immigration status for undocumented citizens is still a global concern in the world today. I did find Ethan compassionate to his patients and to Theo and to Ana's situation. I did find Ricky a bit overbearing, but he did soften up a little bit in the end. I did love the scenic settings of Hawthorne and Beacon Massachusetts pretty amazing and fantastic for the location itself. This would make you think about the world we live in and how it could change people on a hardspun time. This would make you shake your heard, swoon and sigh, and take a deep and long breath with drama, suspense, nonstop action and plenty of romance.

Will you find your soulmate and American dream that would be yours to keep?

Hare Today, Dead Tomorrow

In Cynthia Baxter's Hare Today, Dead Tomorrow, the fourth installment in the Reigning Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery series, this cozy mystery will shed some lights into some dark aspects of the winery business. For Dr. Jessica Popper, things couldn't be more sublime, when she and her boyfriend Nick Burby to live together. But when her best friend Dr. Suzanne Fox is accusing of killing her ex's current flame, she would do anything to help her out and prove her innocence. While her mobile vet practice is up and running, she discovered the world that Cassie Thorndyke left behind by talking to her family, which included her troubled brother, grieving father, and her own stepmother. She also took a good luck at the restaurant world and Suzanne's former ex, too. But meanwhile, someone has it in for Jessica by leaving her creepy emails and following her every move. While she becomes a local celebrity with her own show on a local network, she pieces the puzzle together, one piece at a time, to take a real good look at the clues on the crime scene and what they meant. When she figured it out, it's up to her to confront the killer before he comes after next in the final showdown before life and death.

This was another compelling and riveting installment in the cozy series. I cared for Jessica and Nick as an amazing couple.  I also felt compassion for Suzanne, who had been through the wringer no less, and doesn't deserve Marcus after he ditched her. I did like how she would do anything for her friend and how she didn't let anything deter her from finding the truth. She didn't let her newfound notoriety stop her either as she grabbed the local spotlight for her show. I did love the concept of her mobile vet services and her having her own local cable access show. I loved the Long Island scenic locations and gripping scenery from the vineyards and beyond. This would grip you on the first page and take you on a good ride with drama, nonstop action, suspense and a hint of mystery too.

Will you check out Hare Today, Dead Tomorrow today?

Accessory to Murder

In Elaine Viets's Accessory to Murder, the third installment in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper cozy mystery series, this cozy is so twisted, it would leave you speechless and tied up in knots. For single mother Josie Marcus, she had a terrible boss who assigned her awful places to mystery shop. And when she filed a report on his niece Saber, he would make sure he would put Josie through hell. While she content with her mother's smoking habits and her matchmaking, her best friend Alyce Bohannon needs her help. When they arrest her husband Jake for Halley Hardwicke's murder, she would do anything to help Alyce out to clear her name and whodonit. They talked to her friends and closest neighbors, while the Wood Winds community had shunned her. They look for clues in every nook and cranny to dissect Halley's private and personal life. And when Josie thought she had it made in the shade, they hit a snag and someone charged her card and sent packages to shut her up for snooping. But when that didn't deter her, when Josie dug deeper into the heart of Wood Winds community and to Halley's closest friends, when one of them had more than a bone to pick with her. It would leave Josie scrambling and fighting for her life in the end.

This was another great installment in the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Cozy Mystery series. I do like the St. Louis backdrop for the scenic settings and the location for this cozy series. I did care for Josie and Amelia as she tried to make money the earnest way to provide for her daughter. I did find Jane a bit overprotective, but proud of her for kicking the smoking habit. I find find Granby a lech and Mike a hottie for a plumber. This also portrayed the artistic and retail world in a new light, especially with real air-tight cul-de-sac communities. Sometimes it can be darn right creepy. This would make you shake your head, grimace and groan, whistle and sigh, maybe grit your teeth with non-stop action, drama, suspense and a hint of mystery.

Will you be an accessory to murder tonight?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dare to Lie

In Jen McLaughlin's Dare to Lie, the third installment in the Sons of Steel Row contemporary romance series, this novel would make you hold onto your seat belts and rev those engines. Told in the POVs of Scotty Donahue and Skylar Daniels, we've got an inside look on how they met and what obstacles they've endured to be together. For Scotty, he worked undercover as an DEA agent and posed as a gang member of the Sons of Steel Row. He would do anything to protect his brother and kept his secret alive. When the gang leader Tate Daniels asked him to step in for him for his sister's charity auction for school, he would do anything to oblige. And when Skylar won the bid, it would more than love for first sight for the two of them. Though Tate warned him not to touch her, they couldn't help themselves, when they had a sparking chemistry together. While he protected Skylar from the Bitter Hill rival gang, they planned the next strategic attack on them. And when Scotty got hurt from an attack at her apartment, things came to a head, when their secret came out. In order to protect her and himself, he had to break it off with her from Tate's orders. And for the two of them, it had tore their worlds apart, while they love each other so much. During another attack that hospitalized Scotty, Skylar learned the truth of their break-up and became worried about what her brother would do if he found out the truth. And that would put both Scotty and his informant friend Chris into a dangerous position in order he could have her happy ending with her.

This was a great installment in the series with action-packed scenes in every chapter. I loved that both Scotty and Skylar had red hair--something we don't see much in any romance novel now. I'm pretty fond of strawberry blonde heroines myself. I loved the nitty-gritty aspects of what a DEA agent does even for undercover work. I instantly cared for Scotty and what he do to do for his job and to protect the people he cared and loved the most. I did love Skylar's independent flair to save lives as a medical student and how she remained close to her brother Tate, no matter what he put them through.  I did like the concept of pitting street gangs on the streets in an all-out war, which is true to form what happens in real life everyday. This romance would make you curl your toes, fan yourself, take a big breath and sigh, and hooked on this chemical feeling throughout the novel with non-stop drama, red-hot romance, intrigue and plenty of action along the way.

Will you dare to lie and protect yourself today?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Sullivan's Island

In Dorothea Benton Frank's Sullivan's Island, the first installment in the Lowcountry Tales woman's fiction series, this debut will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride from the 1960s to 1999. It all started for Susan Hayes, when she discovered her husband was cheating on her with a younger woman. And that started the catalyst for a trip down Memory Lane for her, as she took her daughter Beth to Sullivan's Island, her hometown which brought up memories of her adolescent youth. As she prepares to deal with filing for divorce and becoming a single parent, she searches for the truth behind her father's deathm and how she survived a turbulent childhood with a racist grandfather and an abusive, uncaring father amongst other things. And it wasn't for their housekeeper Livvie who kept them in line and all in place. Through the Civil Rights Movement and how she had found her first love in the past, to becoming a stronger woman to deal with her ex-husband's battle with cancer, reuniting with her first love and finding a new niche and a job of her own. Between the past and the present, Susan had been through it all and perservered to become the woman she was today.

This was a beautifiul and endearing woman's fiction novel debut that's a tear-jerker and pull at your heart's strings. This is so emotional and powerful to talk about turbulent times in the 1960s and how things had changed over thirty years. The time trip to Memory Lane via flashbacks in alternating chapters showcased what the Hamiltons had been through and endured with vivid locations and realistic  Southern scenic settings. I cared for Susan and her siblings in the 1960s and what hell they have been through, as I cared for her now with an unfaithful husband, a learing boss, and going through the stages of single parenthood. I did find Beth a spitting image of Susan and her Aunt Maggie, while I didn't care for much for Aunt Carol or Big Hank. This novel would make you think and shake your head, praise God, and reflect on the changing times from then and now with non-stop drama, action, a hint of suspense and a dollop of romance.

Will you take a trip to Sullivan's Island today?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Breaking Creed

In Alex Kava's Breaking Creed, the first installment of the Ryder Creed Thriller series, this new thriller series with captivate you and excite you at the same time. Ryder Creed is a former Marine and runs his own K-9 rescue dog operation with his partner Hannah Washington. It all started with a mission to sniff out drugs on a boat. But they've gotten more than they've bargained for.... rescuing children. And that had put him in a most delicate imposition. For FBI Maggie O'Dell, she was assigned on a most difficult case to look for Trevor and Regina Bagley. But she discovered his gruesome body's remains and a trail of fire ants. She's reunited with Ryder Creed from a previous case they've worked together on. And besides the sparks between them, this heated cases had placed them both into a world of danger with scorpions and even snakes as well... which leads to the senator's ex-husband's drug cartel business and a former drug mule they've kept safe from his protection. While Ryder would do anything to protect the dogs he cared about, he also hired a former vet named Jason with one arm and trained him under his wings. When things get way too complicated, they both discover a hidden connection to someone who's been one step ahead of time all this time and puts them in a life and death situation in the end.

This was a fantastic new thriller series by Alex Kava. This was keep you right at the edge of the seat for a bump and fast-paced thril ride. I cared for Ryder and his love of dogs. We can really see how affectionate he is about them and how he would do anything to protect them. I loved Grace and the other dogs, who were the co-stars of the novel. I also loved Maggie's return and reintroduction to this series and how there was some chemistry between them. I did love the vast locations and beautiful scenic settings from Florida to Washington D.C. and beyond with eye-popping vivid descriptions. This would make you root for Ryder and his dogs and cheer them on, grimace and groan at every page turn, and shake your head for an unexpecting surprise with non-stop action, drama, suspense and plenty of mystery.

Will you be one to check out Breaking Creed tonight?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Blue Ridge Sunrise

In Denise Hunter's Blue Ridge Sunrise, the first installment in the Blue Ridge Romance inspirational romance series, this moving and heart-warming story will bring you to tears and feel warmth in your heart from God. Former free spirit Zoe Collins returned home to Copper Creek, Georgia, after her beloved grandmother had died. She brought her four-year-old daughter Gracie and her boyfriend Kyle. But during her homecoming, she's reunited with her best friend Hope and old feelings flooded her of her brother Brady's best friend Cruz Huntley. As a background singer for Kyle's country band out of Nashville, she learned her grandmother had handed her the barn and orchard to run in her will. While Kylie's demanding way to return back to Nashville, she put her foot down and tried to make a go of it. She remembered how she met Cruz and how Gracie was conceived one starry night. And when she discovered she was pregnant with his baby, he didn't believe her and pushed her away. Now since she returned, she haven't told him the truth, while Kyle interferred and wanted her to come back. While her own brother Brady deals with his ex-wife Audrey and seeing his newborn Sam, Zoe tries to get her father to warm up to her, but he kept pushing her away as he's no longer a part of her life. Meanwhile,  Cruz deals with the fallout of his paternity and wrestles with the feelings he still has for her, while he gets to know Gracie better. They also put the past behind them and move forward together, when days before the Peach Fest, her barn goes aflame. While she deals with the grief of losing the barn and tries to put the screws on Kyle, it was a matter of life and death for Cruz to profess his love for her and set things right for them.

This was a beautiful and truly moving romance about second chances, following your heart and believing in God. I really cared for Zoe and Brady and how they deal with single parenthood and difficult relationships. I'm so glad Brady accepted Cruz and Zoe together, while their father is a bit prejudiced and self-centered in my opinion. The same could be said for Kyle. I do love Gracie and how she was a spitting image of red-haired Zoe. I also loved how Zoe wanted to do her own thing and set her own path aflame in her own independence. The scenic settings for Copper Creek was very visual and picturesque for a small town community that came together in a crisis. The location was idealistic and very charming as well. I could see Hope and Brady come together as a possible love connection too. This inspirational romance will make you pray and kneel, your heart race and swoon, sigh and take a deep breath with non-stop action, drama, intrigue, and sparks of romance.

Will you catch a glimpse of a Blue Ridge Sunrise tonight?

Monday, December 25, 2017

June Bug

In Jess Lourey's June Bug, the 2nd installment in the Murder-by-Month Mystery cozy mystery series, this tale will keep you in suspense and at the edge of your seat. A month after Mira's boyfriend Jeff was found murdered, life was never a dull moment for her at Battle Lake Minnesota. While she wouldn't mind lended a hand with the local paper, there was a story about a contest to find the legend of a fake pasty diamond at the bottom of the lake. At first, Mira had a run-in with someone from her past to stir things up, namely Jason Blunt. Then when she went diving to the lake, she uncovered a fake corpse to propel people away from looking for buried and lost treasure. She had ran into some nefarious people and ran into snags along the way. While there was a report about Mrs. Krupps at age 103 had passed away, her philanthropy had became legandary like with her missing husband who had strangely disappeared. She also tried to piece together the mystery, when there was a circus act in town and someone had "faked" his death to stir up new buzz to promote new business.  But that's when Mira had gotten entangled with being part of another "disappearing" act and ended up in the woods. As she prepared to solve the cryptic mystery, there was a kidnapping, and then she had to fight for her life with her own hands.

This was another great cozy mystery set in the fictional town of Battle Lake, Montana. I did like the small town community and its quirky and idealistic settings with a lake of its own. I did like Mira James and how she took charge and overcame some bumpy obstacles along the way to solve the mystery and how she put it together. I've found Mrs. Berns a hoot and had found Kennie Rodgers a bit quite amusing. Mira is your ideal heroine for a cozy series that would keep you in suspense to see how she figured it out. This has non-stop action, intrigue, a hint of drama, and plenty of mystery along the way.

Will you catch a June Bug and solve the riddle today?

The Forgotten Girls

In Owen Laukkanen's The Forgotten Girls, the sixth installment in the Stevens and Windermere thriller series, this novel will give you goosebumps and feel cold all over by the end of the novel. It all started when someone found a photo of a dead girl's body in their phone's Cloud System. And that had sent FBI Agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere on a hunt of a brutal and ruthless serial killer. When they received the call about another dead body of a girl found in the cold of winter, they've found a startling connection of who the two previous dead bodies were connected: the North Line train system heading to the west coast. And from there, both Stevens and Windermere head to Missoula, Montana, and look for clues there. While Mila Scott, a friend of the victim's decided to track down the ghost rider, she wanted nothing, but to seek vengeance for her friend's murder. With the help of the local law enforcement in Montana, they learn more about the connection and how one recent victim survived the attack, but also the cold elements as well. When they get caught up to Mila, they learn more about the killer's identity and background and were on the move to make tracks as well. As he had thought they were onto him, he headed north to Canada. In the end, it lead to a deadly home invasion and a chilling standoff to take him down and send him packing behinds bars in the end.

This was a gripping and bone-chilling thriller from start to finish. With fast-paced non-stop action, this novel will keep you hooked and keep on reading to find out what happens next. I liked how diverse the cast was, when you had Carla and Kirk, both African-American and Caucasian working together as partners side by side. We also get to know more about Stevens's family and Carla's significant other outside of work. I liked the concept of having those victims being Native Americans other than being transients by hopping trains. I liked the vast locations from Minnesota to Montana and to Canada as well. The descriptions were vivid and very eye-catching as well to place you at those settings and crime scenes in the cold of winter. This would send chills through your spine with drama, suspense, and plenty of mystery through and through.

Will you be ready to chase a cold-blooded serial killer in the Forgotten Girls today?


Thursday, December 21, 2017

One Sexy Ride

In Vivian Arend's One Sexy Ride, the 3rd installment in the Thompson and Sons and the 10th installment in the Rocky Mountain House contemporary romance series, this romance will make you feel hot and bothered and rev up your engines. For Len Thompson, he always had feelings for Janey Watson, his sister's best friend, for as long as he lived and known her. They've grown up with each other and watched her grown up before his eyes. It first started when he encounted Janey getting taken advantage of by other men and had her drink drugged too. So he had to take care of and made sure she recovered from her ordeal. But while she made fast tracks to work on a home renovation project, he needed to move fast to tell her how she felt before she moved to Calgary. For Janey, she wanted to prove to her folks and others that she can handle big projects on her own. But when it came to Len, she didn't know how he felt about her. But during their first date together, they had a taste of what they could have in a very sexual and blossoming, casual relationship and how they were made for each other. She didn't mind Len giving her a helping hand or when he made her laugh. She didn't want to lose a good thing on what they have. And when he brought the deed to their home they've worked on, he made a huge mistake and could've messed things up for her. In order to win her back, he would have to open his heart and let her come in to start a future.

This contemporary romance would make you swoon and roll down the steamy windows. This would make you heart pitter-patter and want you to have a taste of their own. I've cared for Len and his big family and how they've dealt with the loss of their mother back then and how they've looked out for each other and cared for their own. I loved how they worked together in the garage and had good camadaderie with each other. I also cared for Janey and how she took a big leap to fall for Len and how she stood her ground to be independent. I loved the Canadian locations in Rocky Mountain House and how the settings popped and came to live. This would keep you hooked with non-stop action, drama, explosive romance, and hints of intrigue along the way.

Will you get ready to take One Sexy Ride today?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lay Me to Rest

In E.A. CLark's Lay Me to Rest, this thriller has a curvy twist featuring a ghost story or two that would keep you wondering about the afterlife. Annie Phillips is a new widow and also pregnant with her first child. While she had gone through her mental health issues and grieving the loss of her husband Graham, her sister suggested she would take a healthy respite in a cottage in Wales. That's when she met the Parrys, an elderly couple, and Peter Roberts, a friend of the family. But during her first night, things aren't what they seem for Annie when a spirit awakens her and asks her for her help. Startled, she informs the Parrys about this ghostly intruder, especially when things had gone violent. Feared for her life, they requested the help of Pastor Evans and his wife Nia, who was something of a ghost whisperer. When she thought she could handle one spirit, there was another violent presence. And it all seemed to be connected to the Parrys, past and present. Both of those spirits had shared the same name. The first one wanted to be reunited with her unborn child, when her story was sad and tragic in the past. The second one had to deal with violence on who killed her and why, when it had a connection to a previous death. Now it was up to Annie to set things straight to lay both spirits to rest, so they can cross to the other side in peace. Later, after Annie gives birth to her daugher. A year later, she meets Leo, a single father, when another ghost visits her from beyond the grave... a perfect seque if this leads to another novel.

This was a chilling thriller with an entertwined ghost story as the center plot. I did feel for Annie who had flashbacks of her relationship with Graham and remembers the memory they had together. I did feel bad that his bad was cut short, while she tried her best to move on with her life. I did like the way how the two ghost stories were connected with one another with the Parry family. Though I've found Peter too condescending and callously cold. I did like the rural Welsh settings from the cottage to her home in England. I did like the Parrys as well, though something had made me disconcerting about Will Parry in the end. This would make you ask questions about the hereafter and believe in angels or in ghosts. It would leave you goosebumps and hair raise at the back of the neck with non-stop action, suspense, drama and intrigue. (My e-arc had minor grammar/spacing issues.)

Will you be enchanted to read Lay Me To Rest tonight?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

South of Nowhere

In Minerva Koenig's South of Nowhere, the second installment in the Julia Kalas mystery series, this story would take you on a wild ride and on a potential hot seat of political discussion. Former criminal Julia Kalas wanted to start a new life and her own business, when she left the Witness Protection Program as a free woman. When private investigator John Maines required her assistance for a missing person case, little did she know what she would find close to the border of Mexico. And what she discovered was a dead body at her doorstep and a missing link that might be connected to the former psychologist who tried to kill her. After they discovere the mistaken identity of their missing person, Julia and her lover Hector went on a trial to come after them. Before they knew it, Maines ended up shot and their perp took off. While he recovers in the hospital, Maines forces her hand to take over the case and look for clues that has a political connection to the recently deceased body. While she underwent some mental issues of her own and trying to connect to her own mother, Julia runs into some unsavory people to connect the dots and pieces the puzzle together to learn who had planted the dead body on her doorstep right under her nose and to find out why in the end.

This was a great introduction to the Julia Kalas mystery series. I liked that Julia has a Native American origin as a central character. I did care about her plight to have a fresh start and deal with some issues of her own. I did find Hector a charmer and a bit suspicious of his behavior. I did like the dual locations of Texas and Mexico breath-taking near the borderline and pretty satisfying for the scenic settings. This fast-paced thriller will make you buckle your seatbelt for a bumpy ride to enter into a twisted storyline with non-stop action, drama, suspense and plenty of mystery every step of the way.

Will you be heading South of Nowhere or steady your course today?

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Skin Tight

In Carl Hiaasen's Skin Tight, the first installment in the Mick Stranahan comedic mystery series, this debut will have you laughing out loud and shake your head a few time. Meet Mick Stranahan, a lone man who lives in Stiltsville Florida, and a former private investigator. It all started when someone tried to kill him at his home, when he used his prized marlin to make him into mincemeat and chum out of him. That's when he started to investigate the issue on why someone who wanted him dead and learned it had to do with a cold case of a missing person named Vicky Barletta. For Dr. Rudy Graveline, he was the plastic surgeon who knew the truth and hired Blondell Tatum, aka "Chemo" who's a tall man with a disformed face to track him down. And he ended up with losing his own hand in that brutal fight. Everyone wants a piece of the action like Reynoldo Flemm, who would do anything for a story, and Maggie Gonzalez, who pinned the fallout on Mick and covered up the real truth. And there's Christina Marks, who works for Flemm, and finds out more than she bargained for to get the scoop. Besides crooked cops, doctors and politicians, everybody wants it hushed up before it could ruin everything when the real truth comes out with a grisly ending that can't be missed.

This humorous mystery would have you in stitches from start to finish. You won't be able to put it down and read it in more than one sitting. I did care for Mick who's a loner and has rotten luck with his failed marriages and falling in love with women. I did like Christina and Rey, who would do anything for top billing of a hot story. I did like the picturesque descriptions throughout Miami and other locations in Florida for the settings. This would make you head spin in circles, blushing red, non-stop laughter and gasp and groan with non-stop action, hint of intrigue, drama and sparks of mystery.

Will you ready to try Skin Tight on size tonight?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Slap Shot

worIn Kelly Jamieson's Slap Shot, the 5th installment in the Aces Hockey sports romance series, get ready to skate on the ice and be dazzled by a winning goal in one story. Meet Max Hall. He's a right wing for the Chicago Aces hockey team. He's been off the ice ever since his wife died and wants to get back on the roster again. At a friend's wedding, he meets Kendra Armstrong, one of his team mate's cousin who's from NYC. At first glance, it was lust at first sight that had awakenened his libido and went into overdrive. From there, he had a sextastic relationship with Kendra and corresponds with her via text and Skype, until they rendezvous and meet again over the months. While Kendra goes through some issues with her parents and trying to get her sex toy to get up and running into the markets, Max is on a healthy diet and underwent vigorous training to get back into the game. When he sprained his ankle, that's when things took a different turn, when she cared for him and didn't except to fall for him, until he plans to break it off with her. For a short while, they went their separate ways until Max prepared to let go of his late wife's memory and began to heal and love again with Kendra. In the end, they have a happy ending of their own.

This was a truly moving and gripping sports romance novel that's centered around hockey, on and off the ice. I really cared for Max and Kendra's relationship, and how they had their own ghosts in the past that make them truly different and special. I did find it a bit too overbearing for Max to have an active sex drive and used the F word a lot. But I loved how Max healed and let himself find love again by finding love of his own. I loved the NYC and Chicago settings in the stadium and at Max's condo. He does seem to be a down-to-earth guy and Kendra was the perfect match for him.  This would make you want to fan yourself and clear those steamy windows, sigh and gasp, and maybe cover your eyes every now and then. This has steamy romance, non-stop action, drama and suspense every step of the way.

Will you be ready to take a step forward and hit that Slap Shot today?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

In Kerrelyn Sparks's How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, the first installment in the Love at Stake paranormal romance series, this twisted love story would make you drop your jaw and give you goosebumps and some giggles. Roman Draganesti is rich, handsome, daring, and also a vampire. And when he lost one of his fangs, he needed a dentist... stat. And that's when he met Shanna Whelan, a mortal woman who's living in the Witness Protecton Program, and the only dentist who came help him... even under mind control. For Shanna, he protected her from the Russian mafia and from Ivan Petrovsky, a Russian coven leader who wants the both of them dead.  Between Shanna and Roman, they were opposites like night and day. But they were some kind of sparkling and brewing chemistry between them. Their relatonship wouldn't work out, since Shanna wanted a normal life and Roman wanted to make vampires have a better life too--making synthetic blood, a formula to keep them alive during the day. What's next? And then there were the problem with Roman's harem and that Shanna's father is part of the CIA's Stake-Out team to eradicate vampires. Between the two of them, they defied the odds in order to be together to have their own future.

This paranormal romance had some humorous moments and red-hot sexy scenes. I did care for Roman who waited for the right woman to give him hope and make him a better person. Some of his Highlander Guards were a bit charming as well. I also adored Shanna, who had her own issues and overcame her fear of blood. I've found Ivan a bit creepy as Hell. I did like the Romatech laboratory in NYC was made for a fascinating setting as the locations were vivid and bright with color. This would make you laugh out loud, feel chilled all over, feel faint, and swoon in this terrfic love story that has a bite to sink you teeth into... on the first page. It has explosive romance, drama, non-stop action and prickles of intrigue.

Will you be tempting to read How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire today?

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Moonlight Kiss

In LuAnn McLane's Moonlight Kiss, the 5th installment in the Cricket Creek contemporary romance series, this heart-warming romance will sweep you off your feet and propel you to find love in the most unexpected places. For Addison Monroe, she was a city girl from Los Angeles, who looked for a fresh start after two broken engagements to well-known celebrities. Heartbroken, she needed a get away to Cricket Creek, Kentucky, and reunite with her cousin Mia. She had first met Reid Greenfield, when his twin sister had concoted the idea of have a rural wedding at a rustic barn. Although skeptic, he wasn't looking for love, until he met Addison and fell head over heels in love with her. As she set up shop in Wedding Row with her wedding planning boutique and found romance with Reid, real estate Maggie McMillan was a single mother in her fifties who had a rough childhood and had given up on finding her Mr. Right. Then came Richard Ruleman, a well-known musician posed as Rick Ruleman, and Addison's ex-fiance's father. He needed an escape in a cabin to change his lifestyle and need to make amends to Addison. But when he met Maggie, it change him to a reformed man who longed to have someone like her in her life. In the ends, both couple finds true love and one gets a charming happily ever after of their own.

This was an enchanting and lovely contemporary romance that was set in a rural small town. I did really care for Addison and how she changed her life around after a crushing heartbreak. I've grown fond on Reid and have found Mia and Sara were a hoot.  I did think Rick and Maggie do make an adorable couple. The town of Cricket Creek itself was picturesque and enchanting with its eye-catching settings for the perfect location. This would make you want to swoon and sigh, fan yourself,  dream and wish upon a star with non-stop action, drama, tons of passionate romance, and a hint of intrigue in every way.

Will you be lucky to receive a Moonlight Kiss today?

Saturday, December 2, 2017


In James Rollins's Bloodline, the 8th installment in this exhilerating thriller series, this novel would take you to the edge of your seat and make you drop your jaw.  It all started when the president's pregnant daughter was kidnapped by Somali pirates and later lost her husband in a brutal bloodfest. Then they've taken her to a secret cabin and want her unborn son for nefarious reasons. Back in the United States, while Grey Pierce deals with family issues of his own, he learns about Amanda Gant Bennett's kidnapping overseas  from Director Painter Crowe and prepares his team to go on a most dangerous covert operation they ever been on. They also recruited Sargeant Tucker Wayne and his trusted K-9 solider dog Kane to join their force on this rescue mission that would take them above and beyond. Inside the fertilty clinic in the Carolinas, Kat and Lisa from Sigma go undercover to learn the top secrets and why they wanted Amanda's baby. When discovered, it had put them in a most precious situation of their own and fought for their lives. Meanwhile, when they thought they've found Amanda on a secret island near Dubai, the president had put pressure for him to abort their mission and to terminate the Sigma Force's mission. But when Painter learn the hidden truth of who's behind it, it made the president rethink his strategy and to listen to what he said. Little did they know, that someone real close to the White House wanted to play God with genetics and nanotechnology for the immortal greater good. In the end,  the truth would come out on who was behind it and who played the better hand, when they would suffer the consequences with a terrible fate.

This thriller was fantasticly thrilling and bone-chilling numb at the same time. I did care for every member of Sigma Force and including Tucker and Kane too. I did find compassion for Amanda and the president, while some close to them plotted a real sick and sinister plot. The storyline was mind-blowing and utterly gripping to dip deep and then delve into the heart of someone playing God with medicine and science. I did love the vast  locations from the Carolinas to Africa and then all the way into the Middle East for that remote island known as Utopia. Each scenic setting was eye-popping to read on the page from one place to another. This would leave you speechless and feeling chilled in the end with non-stop action, drama, intense intrigue and mind-gripping mystery from start to finish.

Will you be ready to trust your own Bloodline tonight?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Vineyard Victims

In Ellen Crosby's The Vineyard Victims, the 8th installment in the Wine Country Mysteries series, this spine-tingling mystery is so twisted and would leave you at the edge of your seat. A few years ago, Lucie Montgomery was permanently disabled, when her boyfriend  crashed her car in front of the wall of the vineyard. Now, she had witnessed Jamie Vaughn, a presidential candidate hopeful and successful vineyard millionaire, crash his car at the same place. In attempts to save his life of the burning car, she knew it was too late, when he told her to relay a message for him. Then he died in the fire. Puzzled by the car crash, she promised Jamie on his dying breath to tell "Rick" that he forgives him for what he'd done in the past. That left Lucie to dig up some dirt and ask some questions around on what referred to, even if it meant people that were the closest to her. Though she wouldn't back down, she searched for answers on what happened 30 years ago, when an innocent man was wrongly convicted for someone's death. The closer she had gotten to the truth, people told her to back off and to let it go, when she stood her ground and uncovered the hidden and shocking truth of secrets and lies. When someone took a potshot at her, it meant more than personal for her as she took a closer look around with her fianc√© Quinn, who helps her run her winery and vineyard. In a matter of life and death, she discovered who done it and why in the explosive ending.

This was a great mystery novel in this series. I do like the backdrop of the Atoka Virginia vineyards to depict the scenery real well with eye-catching descriptonsfor the locations and the settings. The little backstory of the vineyards did really come into play for the plotline. I did care for Lucie and Quinn, who do make an adorable couple, and do love making and selling wine. I did feel bad for her, when the crash left her childless and with a deformed foot that maybe someday she would get fixed. This novel would make you taste a glass of wine and have a sip or two. It would make you want to shake your head and render you speechless and hold your breath too with drama, non-stop action, intrigue and some explosive red herrings to sink your teeth into. (My e-copy had about a dozen or so of punctuation/grammar errors, mainly with words with two fs like off and coffee for example.) 

Will you want to take a drive and dig into The Vineyard Victims today?

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Scotsman Who Saved Me

In Hannah Howell's the Scotsman Who Saved Me, the first installment in the Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen historical romance series, this love story would captivate you and embrace you with arms wide open. Lady Emily Stanton was left for dead on the side of the road and her nephew Neddy was missing after her cabin had burned down in her Oklahoma home. After her own sister and brother-in-law had been murdered, she's been on the lam and needed a safe place to hide from people who tried to kill her and had murdered her family. Enter Iain MacEnroy, the oldest brother of the MacEnroy Scottish clan, who came to her rescue and saved her life and her nephew's too. As he tended to her injuries, he became curious about her and vowed to protect her from danger. As soon as she recovered, she kept her true identity a secret from them until it felt right to reveal Neddy's birthright. While she stayed inside his home, Iain and his brothers fought her enemy and battled them near and far with swords and pistols to protect her and his land. As they've gotten to know each other better, he became to care for her as she helped him learn to read and take care of financial matters. Later, she revealed to Iain and his brothers her story about her cousin's quest to become the duke, even if he had to kill people who stood in his way, like his own flesh and blood. The battle wages on in America as her cousin becomes closer to where Emily hid out with Neddy, while Iain woos Emily and falls helpless in love with her.  In the end, they had gotten a happy ending that was fitting for this story.

This was a beautiful and romantic historical romance series that would sweep you off your feet. I did care for Emily and Neddy and despised everything that her cousin Albert stood for. I did find Emily compelling and charming as Iain and his brothers were tough as nails and pretty darn handsome too.  I could see the sparks flying between the two of them and how they cared for each other. I did like the settings for 18th century America in rural Arkansas and how it was portrayed during that time period to find their own parcel of land.  The location had popped on the page in vivid colors. This would make you swoon, sway, sigh, take you on an enchanted love story and propel you to fall in love with Emily and Iain's romance with non-stop action, drama, intrigue, and lots of romance to turn up the heat. (This e-arc had some minor punctuation/gramamar errors.)

Will be discover The Scotsman Who Saved Me today?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I See You

In Clare Mackintosh's I See You, this thriller will grip you on the first page and make you hold onto your seats. Someone's watching female Subway passengers in London and preys on their fears. It all started for Zoe Walker, a mother of two teen children, and lived with her boyfriend for over a year. When she spotted a chatline advert in the local newspaper, it had a photo of her and her commute information. That made her want to raise red flags for her safety and for her own children, too. When she dug deeper online, she discovered there's been a rash of similiar incidents along the Tube. Women have been raped, assaulted or possibly murdered. This is when she brought the attention to PC Kelly Swift, who works in the Dip Squad for the British Transport Service. This become personal for Kelly, when her twin sister had been raped a couple of years in college. And that had almost cost her the job. After she had a run-in with someone at the Tube who almost thrown her to the tracks, it had sent her world in a tizzy and caused stress for her at work and at home. As Kelly asks for a temporary transfer to the Met's Murder Squad, she brought it to the attention to DI Rampello, who worked on a case that had some bearing to her own. Together, they discover who's behind the website that had made men prey on unexpected women. And as Zoe tries to figure it out with more clues of her own, she never realized who done it and why as it had hit her way too close at home in the shocking end.

This was a really creepy and twisted dark thriller. I did care for Zoe and her family and how this cause of fear make her a bit jumpy and paranoia. I did think Simon is okay and Zoe's ex Matt is a fair guy. I did love the vast locations of London's subway stations and outside of it with gripping and eye-catching scenic settings in every turned page. This would make you want to bit your tongue,  hold yor breath, shake your head, and feel cold all over with non-stop action, drama, suspense, and tons of chills by the end of the novel.

Will you be wary to read I See You tonight?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

No Virgin Island

In C. Michele Dorsey's No Virgin Island, the first installment in the Sabrina Salter mystery series, this debut would take you to the tropical paradise of the Virgin Island. Sabrina Salter was a former meteorologist from Boston, who had a bit of a dark past and accused of murdering her husband. She escaped to the US Virgin Islands to leave all that behind her. But when she discovered a dead body in Villa Mascarpone, one of the Ten Villas she co-owns with Henry, her friend and business partner, it had brought up her dirty laundry once again. She becomes the prime suspect in the investigation and the main news story for Faith Chase's fodder. While they look into who the victim was, she had new friends and close allies  in her neighbors on the island as things go a bit awry. From a missing gun to a woman looking for her wrongly kidnapped children, it all comes to the head in a cliffhanger twist on who done it and why in the shocking ending.

This was a gripping and terrific new mystery series debut. I loved the tropical settings of the US Virgin Island from St. John and to the other U.S. Virgin lands for the picturesque locations throughout this page-turner book. This had swept me away and want to find my own tropical paradise like in Hawaii. (Though in reality, when Hurricane Irma came through to rip through the Caribbean islands like Puerto Rico, it's a bit devastating and heartening to hear.) I cared for Sabrina and hated for her to be wronged for a crime she didn't commit. She has a great personality and a lot of charisma to start a new life as an ex-pat in the islands. I did think Neil was charming as a possible love interest as well. This would enchant you with the call of the islands, leaving you speechless and shaking your head with a grimace or a groan with non-stop action, drama, suspense and a hint of mystery.

Will you visit your paradise getaway in No Virgin Island today?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Until Proven Guilty

In JA Jance's Until Proven Guilty, the first installment in the JP Beaumont mystery series, this debut would captivate you and make you want to keep reading for sure. When Seattle Detective JP Beaumont and his partner Ron Peters first arrrived at the scene of the crime of young Angela Barstogi's death. While they looked into the circumstances of it, they learned that his mother had ties to the cult inside the Faith Tabernacle search. That might them question everyone and everything around them, while Peters had a close connection to the case.. it had happened to his own kids by his own wife. Then Anne Corley entered the picture and JP's life, turning it around. But there remains a hint of a mystery of her and her background, when he met her at Angela's funeral. Then a double homicide had happened at the church, when both Suzanne and the cult leader had wound up dead. While all eyes pointed toward Andrew Carstogi, Suzanne's ex who's been ex-communicated and declared "Dead" in that church, he seemed to be the most likely suspect. Though JP had thought otherwise, he became more intrigued into Anne, while he had dealt with his own run-ins with Maxwell Cole, a thorn in his side. When someone else wound up dead and the heat is turned up, it was up to JP to put the screws on the killer... who was right under his nose in a mind-blowing climax on whodunit and why.

This was a great debut mystery from JA Jance. I really cared for JP and how he made it his own as a single man who misses his kids, and how he became enchanted by Anne Corley. I had grown fond on Peters and found them a remarkable partnership.  I did feel sorry for pool Angela and not so much for Suzanne a tiny bit. The Seattle locations were picturesque and the scenic settings were real-to-life on every page. This would make you shake your head and groan, hold your breath and propel you to read more to the end with non-stop drama, action, intrigue and a hint of mystery.

Will you take a chance to read Until Proven Guilty tonight?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dark Road Home

In Anna Carlisle's Dark Road Home, the first installment in the Gin Sullivan Mystery series, this debut would leave you speechless with this dark tale of secrets and lies. Seventeen years ago, Virginia "Gin" Sullivan's sister Lily had mysteriously disappeared from home. Now twenty of years later, she gets a call from home that her body has been found in the cooler. She drops everything and leaves Chicago to return home to Trumbull, Pennsylvania. But her welcome home had been a bumpy one. Though she reunited with her former  boyfriend Jake Crosby and her best friend Christine Parker-Hart and her twin brother Thomas, she had stirred up most than a hornet's nest.  At the time, and even now, people accused Jake of the crime, including her father. When she asked first to consult on the case, she learned a shocking truth concerning her sister and the secret she was hiding at her disappearance. As she asked questions and pointed things closer to her, she bridged a wider distance between the people she cared for the most and how they invaded her questions. And when Jake's father Lawrence was found dead under usual circumstances, she dug a little deeper to know who had done it and why. The more desperate she was to find the answers, the most daunting it was to hear it. And when she had finaly figured it out with Jake with a twisted truth that hit closer to home, she would have to face the killer dead on and seek justice.

This was a mind-blowing and compelling mystery debut. I did feel a ton of compassion for Gin and for her family, then and now. I hated how people shunned Jake, when he had seemed like the least likely suspect. I liked how they bonded and came together to discover the truth and to solve the puzzle. Maybe people would give him more respect than they did before. I adored the majestic settings of Trumbull PA and how it popped on the page in living and vivid colors for the locations. This would make you blood turn color and gasp, shake your head, and feel numb all over with non-stop action, drama, suspense and a hint of romance on every single page.

Will you be ready to take the dark road home today?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hunting the Five-Point Killer

In C.M. Wendelboe's Hunting the Five-Point Killer, this thriller will take you places you never been before and compel you to read more.  For Arn Anderson, he's a retired detective who asked to be a consultant of the cold case in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had a hard time getting the CPD's assistance, when he had a notion that it might be connected to the Five-Point Killings and two police officer's suspicious deaths that looked like homicides. And that left Arn to pick up the pieces to study all of those cold cases, especially when Ana Maria Villareal did a TV special on them to broadcast to the public. That's when she received threats to stop the special. And when Arn's on the case to catch her stalker, it came way too close of identifiying him, when he made moes of his own. After when the police chief gets shot and later dies from his coma, it left Arn and Ned Oblanski to revisit everything, especially after Arn had been atacked himself.  As he studied everyone who was close to Butch Spangler and the cold cases, it had turned up the heat when Arn had another attack from the killer again. With help from Danny as his sidekick, an Indian who's helping him renovate his mother's home, they pieces together the puzzle when Arn's friends had to rush to save his friends' lives before it would be too late with a shocking ending on who done it and why.

This was a good thriller that kept me reading. I did care for Arn and his pursuit of justice to solve this cold cases. I did find Georgia Spangler quite amusing and Danny a likeable character. I did like the settings for rural Cheyenne in the midwest with vivid locations around the town. This would make raise eyebrows and shake your head a few times with a grimacing groan. (Needless to say, I did find lot of glaring punctuation/grammar erorrs in this e-arc that the author,  Mr. Wendelboe, and his proofeader/copywriter  missed, especially when it comes to dialogue, capitalization, and wrong/misspelled words. It should've been proofread to catch those errors before it went to publication.)

Will you give Hunting the Five-Point Killer a try tonight?

Saturday, November 11, 2017


In Jake Halpern's Nightfall, this young adult thriller has exhilarating fantasy elements that would leave you feeling chilled and numb all over. On Marin's island called Bliss, every twenty-four years the sun always rises and every twenty-four years, it always sets with the rolling tide. And since this day had finally come for everyone on her island, they needed to pack everything and board the furrier boats. But for Marin and her fraternal twin brother Kana, they needed to find their friend Line who had wandered off on the island looking for mushrooms and Marin's sunstone necklace.  And when they finally located him, they finally made it back to shore to join the others. But, it was too late as they were left alone in the island, surviving to find a boat to head to the Desert Lands. It didn't come easy for them, since Line was injured and had gotten sick, and only a medicinal plant called lekar could heal him. As for Kana, he experienced a change into the night that he noticed he was different than the others appearances alone.  Between the three of them, they neded to survive and outlast against the nocturnal creatures that roam the island, while Kana learns a shocking hidden truth about his changes of his own. Together it was a race against time to make it on the boat and head to their new home before it would be too late for them.

This novel was eerily similar to the classic novel of Lord of the Flies, only with a modern and fantasy twist. Though I rarely read YA novels, this one was  fantastic and gripping beyond belief. I loved the contrast between day and night on Bliss Island and how the moonlight and the night becomes you. I care for Marin and Kana, who were more than two different split peas in the pod. And it had brought about an example that it's only the inside that counts and not the outside.  I did have harrowing compassion for Line and how he had a caring concern for Marin. This would grip you and hook you on the first page for a wild adventure that would take you places you've never been before with drama, non-stop action, suspense, a hint of fantasy, and a spark of romance.

 Will you survive before nighfall comes calling?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Black Echo

In Michael Connelly's Black Echo, the first installment in the Harry Bosch Mystery series, this debut would take you on a journey and keep you hanging on tight. Meet Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, a Detective of the LAPD Hollywood Murder Squad. It all started out with a routine call for a drug bust, when he uncovered the dead body of Eddie Meadows in one of the tunnels. With a closer look, it became more than personal for him, since he used to know him from the Vietnam War. Bosch wanted answers and had taken the heat from the brass and also fro the IAD who had been tailing him around to pin something on him. Then he met FBI Agent Eleanor Wish and John Rourke, who had hindered him in the case. When he looked to find a witness named Sharkey, he told him what he saw when he found. But when later he was found dead, it had floored Bosch as he dug deep to find the connection between the Vietnam War and now in Present Day California. And the closer he would get to the truth, it might cost him his life and maybe his career in an explosive climax, when he least expected who was responsible for it in the end.

This was a gripping mystery debut that had kick-started the Bosch series and then later the Amazon hit series too.  I did become fond of Bosch and how he picked up the pieces to this puzzle. Although a loner, he did put his life on the line, while it might've irked others in his way. They most likely hindered than helped him, except for Eleanor. I've found her a bit intriguing in her own set ways and how she might've had something going with Harry. I did like the LA settings from the dark tunnels to the police station with picturesque scenery for the location. This would get you swept up into Harry's dark tale of how he fought in the war and how he went his own way to solve this mystery with non-stop action, intense drama, mystery and a hint of intrigue.

Will you be curious to read the Black Echo today?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Taste for Murder

In Claudia Bishop's A Taste for Murder, the first installment int he Hemlock Falls Culinary Cozy Mysteries series, this debut series packs a punch of culinary delights and a lot of surprises. For Sarah "Quill" Quilliam and her sister Meg, they prepared to get ready for the Hemlock Falls History Days skit at their inn. While Quill managed the business end and Meg the kitchen, they had an electric bunch of guests to reside in the inn. But things took a turn for the worse, when first there was an accident on the balcony and two mishaps during the play outside of the inn, when two people ended up murdered--one of them was no accident. As Quill looks for clues on her own and her accountant John disappears from the inn, making him look up a prime suspect, she did her snooping on her own and pointed her finger at her other guests in the inn, including the uncouth Keith Baumer who's been nothing but rude. Though Quill has growing feelings for Myles the sheriff, Quill and her sister put their heads together to pick out the most unlikely suspect, when Meg becomes sick from her poisoned coffee. In the end, she couldn't believe her eyes on who done it and why for the most unsavory reasons of them all.

This was intriguing debut to this culinary cozy series.  I've found that both Quill and Meg are very careable and likeable people as sisters, co-workers and friends. I could see some chemistry between Quill and Myles, while Meg whips up some delectable recipes for the hotel guests. The recipes are too die for in the back of the book. I did like Hemlock Falls as an idyllic and visionary small town in New York state with compelling scenic scenes and picturesque locations. This would make you hungry for the food, starving for a good light, and to be compelled to read more in one or two settings with non-stop drama, suspense, mystery, and a dash of action.

Will you have a hankering taste for murder today?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Every Dark Corner

In Karen Rose's Every Dark Corner, the third installment in the Cincinnati romantic suspense series, this romantic suspense will keep you at the edge of the seat with shocking suspense right to the end. After Griffin "Decker" Davenport wakes up from his coma, he couldn't help wondering about the children who were victims of sexual crimes and human trafficking. Right by his side, Agent Kate Coppola helped him out on this assignment with her assignment, while Davenport heals from his wounds. Both Kate and Decker both have a dark tormented past that haunts them to no extend, while there's a budding and growing relationship between them that's red-hot and fiery as a firecracker. With the CPD and the FBI joint force task team, they look for clues and the way to bring this predator known as the Professor down for the count. As Brandon Edwards controls everyone in his house and his own family, he keeps them in his pocket, especially using Mallory Martin's sister Macy as a bargaining chip to do his evil bidding. But she has a plan of her own to make contact with the police and escape from the clutches so bravily to be reunited with her. As they close him on the missing links, everyone prepares to move in for the kill and take central aim to rescue Mallory and put the Professor out of business for good.
This was a bone-chilling and possibly a mind-blowing romantic suspense novel. I did care for Kate and her own skeletons of the closet. But I do see how she cared for Griffin and the others in her team, while she put herself out there in the line of duty. I did care for Griffin as well and his haunted past as well that had a twisted connection similiar to the case. I do believe they're perfect together as an explosive and exclusive couple. I do love how it's set in Cincinnati as the settings and locations pop on the page. This would make you feel bone cold and chilled, wince, shake your head, feel numb all over, and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride with non-stop action, intrigue, suspense and red-hot romance.

Will you watch your step in every dark corner?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Crash and Burn

In Lisa Gardner's Crash and Burn, the third installment in the Tessa Leoni thriller series, this novel will leave you feeling chilled and numb all over. It all started with Nicole Frank's car accident, when she suffers from post-concussive syndrome and cries out for someone named Vero. When Sargeant Wyatt Foster questions her husband about the crash,  they learn she doesn't have a daughter. And that perplexes him with a complex puzzle of his own. Tormenting about the ghostly memories of her past, her husband Thomas tries to keep their secrets safe in their New Hampshire town.  But when parts of the truth come out from her fragile mind, Wyatt has more questions than answers for them and asks his girlfriend Tessa Leoni to help them out with this case. And when Nicole claims to be "Vero", a missing child for over thirty years, she searches for secrets of the past before it had caught up to her real fast. And there wherein lies the truth of what she knows and what truths should be remained buried, when a mind is a terrible thing to waste... if it proves to be deadly to remember where it all started.

This was a bone-cold chilling thriller to read on a cold night. I instantly cared for Nicole Frank and her sobering story. I hated for her to go through that turbulent road to remember, even if she's been concussed a few times. I'm glad she could post those ghosts of the past to rest.  I've found both Tessa and Wyatt an enjoyable couple in more ways than one. I did become suspicious of Thomas's erratic behavior and how he came to her rescue. I did enjoy the idyllic New Hampshire background for the locations and the vibrant settings from start to finish. This would give you an adrenaline rush, leave you feeling cold all over with, and form goosebumps on your skin with non-stop action, drama, suspense, and tons of intrigue along the way.

Who will be there for you when you crash and burn?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Angel's Tip

In Alafair Burke's Angel's Tip, the second installment in the Ellie Hatcher mystery series, you'll be thrusted into an intense fast-paced high-octane thriller that would chill you to the core. It all started for Ellie Hatcher, when she went jogging with her brother Jess, and were the first ones on the scene to discover a grisly dead body of a college girl named Chelsea Hart. Newly assigned to her partner JJ Rogan, they worked together to identify her and build a case of suspects. Although her boss Lt. Dan Eckels is giving her a hard time at the police department, her relationship to journalist Peter Morse starts to fizzle and unravel. Meanwhile, a prowler is on the loose and keeping an eye out for his own news headlines and moves in for his next victim. When they think they've got it made with preppies like Jake Myers and Nick Warden, who are suspicious for giving her drugs like meth. As soon as they've got a break, someone phoned an anonymous tip with a cold case connection that her former partner Flann McIlroy was on before he was killed. Ellie follows the trail and connects the dots to see some common pattern by the time the killer finds his next mark. As Ellie puts the pieces together, she realized a shocking connecton that she could be next, when the killer isn't what or who she suspected it to be in the end.

This was another gripping mystery in the Ellie Hatcher series. I cared for Ellie and Jess and made an instant connection with them. I did think Peter was okay and maybe a bit borderline creepy, while Max may be a better match with her. I did feel sorry for Rachel, as I have found JJ a real likeable character, too.  I did like the nitty-gritty NYC locations and the compelling scenic scenery from the clubs to the NYPD station. This would make you feel cold all over and keep you hooked with every intriguing page with non-stop action, drama, suspense, and lots of mystery to make you want you read more.

Will you take a chance to read Angel's Tip today?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Design is Murder

In Jean Harrington's The Design is Murder, the 5th installment in the Murders by Design cozy mystery series, this gripping tale about secrets and lies would have you shaking your head. For Devalera "Deva" Dunne, an interior designer in Naples, Florida, she had gotten more than she bargained for, when she took out two projects from two clients who live across the street on Whiskey Lane. First, she handled the Hawkins household, when she discovered a loose python, and then uncovered Connie Rae's dead body. Although Stew Hawkins had a past of domestic violence, Deva had thought otherwise. While she planned her wedding to Detective Victor Rossi and build a new home with him, Rossi had his own druthers and placed his under suspicion. Then, when she worked for James Stahlman, she learned that Hawkins's ex-wife is now his fianceé and is wary of him wanting him back. But like Stew, he had a secret of his own, too. His wife Marilyn had supposedly turned up alive, when he was under suspicion for her murder. And when she returned, she wanted vengence and her money back to start a new life. But when Kay Hawkins had turned up dead in the swimming pool, it had turned Deva's world upside down, when both neighbors had lost their loved one. While it was up to Deva to find out who had done and look for clues on the culprit, before it might be too late for her, too.

This was a very good new cozy mystery for me. I've learned a lot about interior design and how they work on a project (or two) with the insightful knowledge of the career. I did enjoy Deva (love her name) and how she operated out of her own shop in Naples, Florida. I've found Victor a charming man and possibly her perfect love match. I've loved the Naples location compelling and mesmerizing with rich descriptions for the scenic settings that made it pop on the page. This would make you bit your lip, take a deep breath, swoon, sigh, and groan with non-stop action, drama, intrigue and suspense along the way.

Will you sign up to read the Design is Murder today?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Church Ladies

In Lisa Samson's The Church Ladies, this Christian inspirational fiction novel would make you believe in God and feel God's presence, inside and outside of the church. Penelope "Poppy" Fraser is one of the newest church ladies for Highland Oak Church in Mount Oak, Baltimore. She's also a mother of three and a pastor's wife in the community But while she was a lot to learn, she has a terrible secret that could destroy her family. Her oldest daughter Paisley is distant from her and had moved away. While she had a lot going on in her family, her best friend and cousin-in-law Christine Knight, had learned her son was killed by an accident at college. Shocked to hear the sad news, she did what she could do to help her family get through this and pray with other church ladies for her to get stronger.  It had brought the community and the other church together to put their differences together. As Poppy waffled on her indecision and her faith in God, she relies on her latest friends to also help her get through her darkest secret. While she and Christine discovered what went behind the scenes of the accident, they banded together to create a fundraiser for a scholarship in her nephew's name. She also had learned about forgiveness and reconciliation from the Grace of God and so much more.

This was a heart-wrenching and beautiful Christian fiction novel about faith and forgiveness, life and death, and how to count on God to help you through the darkest days. I instantly cared for Poppy and Christine and how they've gotten through a rough patch in their lives. I did think Miss Mildred and Charmaine were a hoot. I loved the church community in Baltimore and how they came together. This really made me laugh and cry, pray and sigh, and believe in our Lord savior each and every day. This would make you want to read the Bible and pray by feeling light-hearted and in peace. This has drama, some action, and a lot of inspiration with suspense built inside.

Will you visit the Church Ladies today?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Traitor in Her Arms

In Shana Galen's Traitor in Her Arms, the first installment in the Scarlet Chronicles historical romance series, this novel would sweep you off your feet into a love story that's filled with romance and lots of danger. For Lady Gabrielle McCullough, a widow who has to pay her late husband's gambling debts to his debtors. The only way she can make ends meets is to go to the Beaumont Ball and steal the Cleopatra's necklace.  That's when she hit a snag and met her late husband's best friend, Ramsey Barnes, Lord Sedgwick, who she had belated feelings for him in the longest time. They're both after the same necklace, when he had purloined it from him. When she received a missive from the Scarlet Pimpernel to rescue two people from the damned in Paris and to steal another necklace, she had no other choice but to risk her life and neck. For Ramsey Barnes, he was on his own solo mission in Paris, when he has a close-kept secret to himself about his true identity. That's when the sparks fly, when he would help her in Paris and protect her at all costs. Caught up in the moment, they sought shelter with Alex Martin an actress, who helped them out with this daring plan. But when they had to pretend to be lovers, it almost became real for them. Later, after they managed to steal the prized jewel, their feelings for each other were profound. And when Gabrielle was arrested, it was up to Ramsey to save her neck and put his life--and--his heart on the line in a pitch perfect climax in the end.

This was a fantastic and compelling, but daring historical romance novel. It had everything you can ask for in a historical romance and so much more. I cared about Gabrielle and her plight, while I thought Ramsey was a bit amusing and a risk-taker to boot. I loved how they worked together, while they had a love/hate relationship with a hot and steamy passion for each other. I liked how the Scarlet Pimpernel had remained so mysterious and dangerous at the same time without revealing who he really was to others. I loved the dual locations of London and Paris during the French Revolutionary War. This would leave you at the edge of your seat and make you begging for more with non-stop action, drama, passionate romance, and lots of intrigue to keep reading to the last page.

Will you be caught up in Traitor In Her Arms today?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Death is Forever

In Elizabeth Lowell's Death is Forever, this romantic suspense would tantlize you like diamonds in the rough in a diamond mine. Erin Shane Windsor is a well-known nature photographer, and also the heir of Abe Windsor. When she had received a book deal of a lifetime to document the diamond tiger, she wondered what was the catch. And that's when she met Cole Blackburn, a prospector for BlackWing Limited out in Australia, to protect her and help her find this so-called mine in the Australian outback. Although skeptical, he came part of the packaged deal and to keep her safe from others who wanted the precious diamonds for themselves. Together, there was instant chemistry between them as they tried to solve the doggerel puzzle and look for clues. Besides the humid heat of the dry season and having their means of transportation being sabotaged, they have each other to survive the climate and discover newfound feelings for each other that sparked a fire between them. After they hit their own pay dirt, they had to fight for their lives in a cave and deal with the people who were after them in a fight of survival of the fittest.

This was a fantastic and gripping romantic suspense. I've learned a lot about diamond prospecting and about handling the Australian outback. I cared for Erin and for love to look for a rare gem and her love for her photography. I've found Cole was a charming and rugged character who I had taken awhile to get used to. The locations in Australia and parts of the USA were vibrant, colorful, and picturesque for the dual settings. It made it popped and come to life on the page. This would make you swoon, sigh, gasp, hold your breath and take you on a wild ride from start to finish with non-stop action, drama, fiery romance, and plenty of intrigue on every page.

Will you take a chance to discover a gem like Death is Forever today?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Racing on a Wire

In Inge Moore's Racing on a Wire, this captivating woman's fiction deals with matters of the heart and finding where you belong. Meet Lucky, she's a young Muslin teenage girl who's been wanting a family to take her in and make her their own. She finally finding it in Solana as her adoptive mother, but that's when her dream had turned into a nightmare. Her foster father had taken adventure of her and had committed incest. This has forced her to take drastic action and run away far from home. That's when she worked on the race track and helped the jockeys with the horses. She had made new riend especially a dwarf named Robbie, who showed her the way. When she learns she's pregnant, she tries to commit her suicide and lands in the hospital. While she heals from her wound, she decided on what to do with this unwanted pregnancy and creates a fantasy for her, while she flashes back to when she was known as Virginia Seewell, before this incident had happened. Slowly, she builds a relationship with Robbie and tries to forgive her foster father. But when she returns home to make amends, she learns nothing's all what it seams to be with a heart-breaking decision in the end.

This was a compelling novel that deals with so many heart-wrenching topics from adoption to rape/incest and finding love and a belonging. I cared for Lucky and how she found her way from becoming a young woman by making a name for herself. I did like diverse the story was with having Lucky as a Muslim girl in Canada to Robbie as being vertically challenged, when they find their way to each other as an unlikely couple. I didn't like Solana and Abu at all. I did like the intriguing and picturesque locations and vibrant settings in Canada from the race track and beyond. I did like the horse names too. This would pull your heart-strings real taut and make you cry. This has drama, non-stop action, suspense and a hint of romance.

Will you be watching the horses race in Racing on a Wire today?