May 20, 2016

Book Review: Turn Me Loose

Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.

Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive.…

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Another winner in the Paradise Idaho series from Ms. James.   TURN ME LOOSE is the third book in this series and it does a great job of not only furthering the story arc but standing on its own. I loved the opportunity of catching back up with the characters that I met in the first book but didn't feel that I had to read the second book first.  

One of my favorite part of  TURN ME LOOSE is the fact that Rochelle isn't wet behind the ears.  She has been divorced, has a good job and stands on her own two feet.  That doesn't mean that she doesn't want to find Mr. Perfect but he isn't needed to make her life complete.  Her biggest issue is trusting that things will work out as they didn't with her first husband.

Travis had met a gorgeous woman right before his life fell apart and he lost her number.  Accepting a temporary position in Paradise, he was very pleasantly surprised to find Rochelle again.  Convincing her to accept him since he just disappeared last time is another story.

Another character that has an important role in this story is Rochelle's youngest sister Stacy who is living with Ro after she overdoses at a party.  She definitely adds a bit of teenage melodrama to the story which helps lighten the tension that everyone is feeling when a murdered teenager is discovered.

I do recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys their romance with a touch of suspense added in.  There are some sex scenes but nothing over explicit.  I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for the next book in this series.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
May 18, 2016


  • I must be getting old.  I went out to lunch with my Red Hatter's chapter on Saturday and afterwards, we went to an antique mall.  I always thought that antiques were items at least fifty years old.  Hey I am not old, I am antique.  Anyways, this place had such a load of crap being sold at inflated prices because it was antique.  Arg!  I saw Betty Boop tiles that were really cute but they even had the year of 2009 on them so obviously not old enough.  Why does marketing so often lie?  And of course we encourage it by buying.
  • I am finally getting a new computer for work and I am so excited!  The one that I have been using is a dinosaur and just far too slow to be efficient.  The only downside is that I an going to be stuck in the office on Monday so we can do the swap.
  • Don't forget that I am running a contest for the above necklace.  Just click here for details. 
  • I hate having to deal with banks but I received my credit card statement with a fee for not paying the bill last month.  Well I paid it on the 4th through my bank.  So I get to deal with them.  So much fun.
  • Took me a bit to figure out how to get edit this post in this new app. I keep forgetting that I can now work on my blog from my tablet. It really has gotten to where I am using my laptop less & less.  
  • I situated my bed so I could see the moon from it. I love that!  One of my favorite features of this house is the bedroom windows. They are up high so they let in a lot of light but no one can see in. I never close the blinds. Well the only issue is that the morning sun also shines in. Right in my face at this time of year. And if I sleep in on my days off, I wake up with a nasty headache. Not cool. 

May 17, 2016

Book Review: In the Clearing

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.

So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?

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IN THE CLEARING is the third book in the Tracy Crosswhite saga.  They are set here in my local area of Washington State and I do have to say that I really appreciate the fact that Mr. Dugoni has done his research.  While some of the towns are fictional, others such as Seattle and Redmond are very real and accurate.  

I really do like the character Tracy Crosswhite and will continue to follow this series just to keep up with her.  She does seem to have a touch with cold cases.  That being said, I didn't care for this book as much as the previous two simply because it kept jumping from the present to the past and back again.  I find that when this occurs very often that I don't feel the tension building.

While mention is made of happenings in the first two books of this series, it is not necessary to read them to enjoy this book. IN THE CLEARING is a well written novel with great characters and dialogue.  I do recommend it to my readers who enjoy police procedurals especially if you enjoy cold cases.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own