Apr 29, 2016

Book Review: Her Final Breath




Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?


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Tracy Crosswhite has gone back to work after answering the questions surrounding her sister's death.  She had been working on a homicide when she went back home which had been put into cold cases.  Unfortunately it doesn't want to stay there as more women are being killed in the same fashion.

In this book, we get to meet Tracy in her natural environment of Seattle WA as she races the clock to discover the murderer before he kills again.  We also get to know her partner, Kins, much better as well as the rest of the crew that she works with.  

I loved reading the first book in this series, MY SISTER'S GRAVE, so I couldn't wait to dive into the next book.  HER FINAL BREATH didn't disappoint me in the least though the plot line of the female detective being the villain's crosshairs has been done so many times.  Mr. Dugoni has such a deft hand with building tension that it all read as new.

I do highly recommend this book and series to any of my readers who enjoy a well written thriller with just a touch of romance.  The characters are really easy to relate too.  Heck they could my neighbors.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Apr 28, 2016

Ramblings




  • Who in their right minds would be put a high school directly across the street from a mental institution.  Especially an institution where they house the criminally insane.  Oh yeah.  And this is the place that two inmates recently escaped from.

  • I adore the scent of lilacs.  Has to be my favorite flower in the world.  This time around the fragrance inspired my muse.  I just happened to have some purple/lilac beads laying on my work table and everything came together.  I just love it when that happened.

  • Went to Gig Harbor on Saturday to spend time playing with ceramics with the Red Hatter's chapter that I belong too.  It was a beautiful day and I have a lot of fun.  Great ladies. 

  • I definitely don't do all the bling that a lot of the ladies wear.  Thought that I would toss in a pic of me complete with red hat ready to play with glazes.
Apr 24, 2016

Book Review: My Sister's Grave



Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.


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I have always enjoyed thrillers featuring strong women and Detective Tracy Crosswhite is definitely that.  MY SISTER'S GRAVE flashes between the present and her memories of herself and her sister so it's easy to tell that she has always had a lot of inner resolve.  When they finally find Sarah's body, Tracy has the evidence that she needs to start the process of discovering just who the real killer was.

I was very impressed by this book.  The copy that I was given to review was unedited so there were a few errors which I am sure didn't make it into the finished version but they weren't content errors that always drive me insane in a thriller.  And believe me, I was looking for them as this book is set in Washington where I live and I am very familiar with the areas that Mr. Dugoni mentioned.  

I also found the characters to be realistically portrayed with all of their flaws.  The dialogue was sharp, witty and at times humorous.  Oh and let's not forget the Rex and Sherlock, two dogs that make quite the appearance in the story.  

I do recommend MY SISTER'S GRAVE to any of my readers who enjoy a good, tight thriller with several unexpected twists and turns.  You are sure to enjoy this book.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Apr 21, 2016

Book Review: A Scandalous Proposal




Who would have thought a man could tire of being fawned over and flirted with? Ever since Cooper Townsend returned from France as a hero with a new title, he has been relentlessly pursued by every marriageable miss in London. Perhaps that's why the unconventional Miss Daniella Foster is so appealing. She doesn't simper or flatter. She only wants him to help unmask her sister's blackmailer, and Coop has never been so intrigued…

Let every other woman in London fight over His Lordship's romantic attentions. Marriage is the last thing on Dany's mind…at least until she samples his illicit kisses. Now, as a mutual enemy races to ruin Coop's reputation and Dany's family name, an engagement of convenience will spark an unlikely passion that might save them both.


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I have a guilty secret.  I love to read historical romances but only a few at a time as they are like a rich, dark chocolate which is better to savor.  And one of my favorite authors is Kasey Michaels because all of her heroines are true 'originals'.
And Dany is no exception.  She has to be one of my favorite heroines in that she is extremely sharp, witty and fearless.  Poor Coop never stood a chance.  Watching their courtship as they are trying to discover a blackmailer was quite amusing with lots of witty dialogue and narrow escapes.

I also enjoy running into Rigby and Darby, Coop's friends.  They are all so different but all wonderful and honorable men that stand by their friends.  A women couldn't go wrong with these guys. I am especially looking forward to the next book which will feature my favorite, Darby.

I highly recommend A SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL to any of my readers who enjoy a romping historical romance.  This book has it all; a spunky heroine, a dreamy hero and a dastardly villain out to ruin them.

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

Book Review: Dark Hearts




Some lies never stay buried...

Betsy Jakes was having nightmares, nightmares that could solve a decades-old mystery. And for someone in her small town, that meant she had to die.

When Sam Jakes returns home to help his brother solve their mother's murder, two things shake him to the core. This crime is clearly the work of a serial killer who has struck twice before. And ... Lainey Pickett is still in town. The woman he walked away from without an explanation years ago has just walked back into his life. She still holds a grudge - and his heart.

As Sam digs deeper into the murders and thirty-year-old secrets begin to emerge, he finds himself racing against time not only to catch a killer but to keep Lainey, the only woman he'll ever love, from falling victim, too.


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I found DARK HEARTS to be technically well written but I wasn't that impressed by this story itself.  I found some of the characters such as Sam to be interesting and some were one dimensional. 

What really threw me off initially was the romance between Sam and Lainey.   He had deserted her years ago without a word so it doesn't make sense that after throwing a coffee cup at him, they are able to pick up right where they left it way back when.   It just doesn't seem to be realistic though it might be some man's dream result.

And the suspense seemed to be over played.  I think that I would have thrown my iPad if I had to read the words 'the killer' once more.  I am disappointed by this as I have read books by Ms. Sala before and found her to have a deft touch with tension and suspense.  

This is not a book that I would recommend to my readers.  I have found that romantic suspense has to be real to draw the reader into the story.  Without it, there is no sense of build up that this genre is known for.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
 
Apr 20, 2016

Ramblings



  • I have decided that I love African foods.  We had out potluck and that was the theme.  Have to say that it was all so good.  Having potlucks is definitely the way to try out new foods.
  • I am sitting here in shock.  Finally got my taxes done and I owe.  I have never owed taxes but since Saje finally got his backpay for his disability, we have to pay.  Now to figure out where to squeeze blood out of this turnip.  Definitely no bead purchases until I get that paid off.
  • Finished the latest Anne Bishop and I have to say that I am enjoying this series just as much as I did The Black Jewels.  She had some real duds in between the two series but this last one is well worth reading.  

  • Our weather has been strange.  One day it's up in the 70's the next is is in the 50s and raining.  And of course, my lawn is growing like crazy.  I would so much prefer to have the front yard torn out and just have ground cover that you don't need to mow.
  • Found out why I might be suffering from brain fog right now.  Apparently my vitamin is in the tank.  Supposed to be between 20 to 50 and mine is at 3.  Taking some high dosages right now and I hope that it helps.
Apr 18, 2016

Book Review: Ghost Gifts





All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.

As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.


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Great story!  Prepare to be taken on a wild ride when Audrey is assigned to investigate a twenty year old murder. Readers will be taken along on her investigation and will even get to take a few trips into the past to meet Missy, the murder victim.

I really enjoyed this story filled with interesting characters, witty dialogue, unexpected developments both personally and professionally, and tension that I didn't expect to find since this was a decades old murder.  I really enjoyed meeting Aubrey's grandmother Charley who ran a traveling carnival as she has such a fun outlook on life and death.  

And the ending was as unexpected and well worth the wait.  While I think that this book wrapped everything up nicely, I am hoping to see another in this world since the characters are just so delicious.

I do recommend GHOST GIFTS to any of my readers who enjoy a mystery with a touch of paranormal.  The sex scenes are few and not graphic so this book is appropriate for all ages.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Apr 17, 2016

Art Bead Scene's April Challenge


"Jacob’s Ladder", 1957
by Helen Frankenthaler
oil on canvas, 9' 5 3/8" x 69 7/8" (287.9 x 177.5 cm)


I am so proud of myself that I didn't wait until the end of the month to design up a piece to celebrate this month's inspiration.  But then I loved the painting and couldn't wait to dive in.  I am sure that you can see why.  All those swirls of color with the greens, pinks and terra cotta.  Yep.  Right up my alley.




As soon as I saw this piece of art, I knew that I had the perfect focal for the design.  I had just picked up at bead from Sue Beads as part of a destash that she was holding.  Talk about serendipity.  It had that free form feel that I was looking for as well as most of the colors in the painting.



I wanted to make a necklace that was a bit different then my usual style so I decided to use four strands of waxed linen in sage to bring in more of the green colors.  To add some pink in, I used some pink crystals which I knotted between some more lampwork from Studio Juls and Art by Lisi.  I finished it all off with a sterling clasp that I have been hoarding for a few years.

Because of all the neutral space in this necklace, it is fairly lightweight and perfect for the summer.  I think that I like this style and it's a great way to use up some of those orphan lampwork beads that I have been collecting.

To learn more about the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge, just click here.  They have to be one of my favorite beady blogs and I have been following them for years. 
Apr 16, 2016

Book Review: The Highlander's Vow




On the eve of her wedding, Sky Elizabeth, the earl of Fife’s eldest daughter, learns of her betrothed’s murderous plot against her. As she flees, Sky falls through a mysterious portal in time, landing at the feet of a twenty-first-century American knight.

Struan, the bastard son of the earl of Sutherland, escaped death through time’s portal once. Recognizing what has befallen the frightened woman, he vows to protect her even while Sky, with a trace of fae blood in her veins, senses his resentment.

Despite their growing attraction, she’s determined to find a way home to avert a clan war. Though he cannot deny his desire, he fears that helping her return to the past will surely lead to his demise. As the two work together, passion ignites and an unbreakable bond forms—but will it be enough to sustain them through the perils they’ll face in the past? Can their love have a future?


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What's not to love about a good blend of historical and contemporary romance?  Especially when it is all mixed together with a great plot, fascinating characters and excellent dialogue.  While not totally historically correct as far as the timeline goes, the author herself notes this and besides this is a fictional story.

I fell in love with Sky who is very resilient woman who manages to deal with being thrown into a time that is far from her experience.  I also really enjoyed the Gordons who are a wonderful family who welcomed into their family with open arms. Of course, they did have experience with time travelers as Struan appeared in their lives from the past about a decade ago.

I really enjoyed THE HIGHLANDER'S VOW.  The pacing was spot on and held my interest throughout the entire story.  In fact, it was one of the tales that I didn't want to set aside for silly little things like work.  I think that my readers who enjoy time travel or historical romances would really enjoy this book.

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

Apr 14, 2016

Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White





What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancĂ©, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.


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Fairy tales always seem to end with 'and they lived happily ever after'.  But that doesn't really happen now does it?  Even in a happy life, there has to be sadness as that is what allows us to really appreciate what we have.  

Snow White was convinced that she was nothing without her Charming.  She was just making time until she would be able to join him in death and was unable to find joy in anything, not even her daughter's wedding.  In attempting to escape from everyone, she stumbled into a tower room where she found her evil stepmother's mirror.  In viewing this mirror, she was able to relieve moments in her life and rediscover her strength without Charming.

When I first started reading this book, I was wondering just what I had gotten myself into as the writing and descriptions were way too flowery for my tastes.  I rather quickly became engrossed in the story however and couldn't put it aside.  Snowy relieved some periods in her life that would have caused a weaker person to just give up and die.  And she was forced to remember that not all of her life with Charming was roses and joy. 

THE REFLECTIONS OF QUEEN SNOW WHITE is one fairy tale that all parents should be sure that their kids read when they are older as it shows that living happily ever after can take some work.  I do recommend this to story to any of my readers who enjoy fairy tales that aren't all sunshine and flower.

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


Apr 13, 2016

Ramblings



  • I haven't been the best at posting my Ramblings lately.  It seems as though Chronic Fatigue has decided to join the party and once I get finished at work all I seem to want to do is drone in front my iPad and watch Charmed.  Totally brainless activity.
  • I do have a doctor's appointment scheduled to see if there is anything that I can do that will give me more energy.  I need to do something as it is seeming that my brain is shutting down.  I have had to sign out at work a few times as I just forget how to operate the systems.  This is rather scarey as I have been working in those systems for almost fifteen years.  I always thought that I should be able to do it in my sleep.
  • Somehow, I have been able to keep up with my Year of Jewelry Project.  I don't have any pic though as I already showed my last design for the blog hop.  Just click here to get to that post.
  • All of the dogs however have been loving Mom's downtime as they get to cuddle more.  Even the honorary PinHeads are always up for cuddles.
  • I do need to get busy on my next days off however as I need to get my taxes done.  Yeah I have been procrastinating.  I was planning on going in and getting them done but haven't been able to afford too.  Guess I need to do download a program and hope that it has all the deductions built in for buying a house and a car.
  • One thing that I have been doing is listening to podcasts.  I just discovered a new to me one called The Allusionist.  It is all about words from where they come from to how to design a crossword puzzle.  Rather interested.
Apr 12, 2016

Book Review: It Had To Be Fate




Falling for a bad-boy rock star is the last thing single mother Casey Anderson-Bovier should do. Embroiled in a custody battle with her ex, Casey is fighting to raise her boys in their quaint Colorado hometown—a secret haven for celebrities. But when it comes to her hotel’s newest guest, Casey can’t connect the dots. Is Zane Steele the out-of-control rocker plastered all over the media, or the captivating man with a killer smile who’s charming her and her two boys?

Zane has a good reason for letting the world believe the worst of him—and that’s a secret he’s sure he can never share…until he meets Casey. After years of having fans fall at his feet, he’s found the one woman who brings him to his knees. Casey is beautiful and intriguing—and thoroughly justified in not trusting him one bit, especially with her family at stake. But the only way to be together is to convince her to take a chance on him, on fate, and on their crazy, unexpected love.


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There are times when nothing seems to suit but a good old fashioned contemporary romance.  Well maybe not old fashioned since our heroine is a divorced woman with a couple kids but the romance is all about love and all the wonderful feelings that go along with it.

Casey's life should be perfect; she has a wonderful job managing a hotel that caters to the rich and famous, and her kid's are back from their summer with her ex-husband but then she receives paperwork that the ex is suing for custody in France.  And then to top of her day, bad boy rocker Zane Steele is going to be staying in her hotel.  

I found this to be a very enjoyable story of a man who is getting a bad rep through no fault of his own, a woman who is soured on bad boys and her two boys all falling in love.  There are difficulties but they manage to work around and through them.  The characters are all beautifully written both the main and the secondary.  The dialogue is great and will bring on a few chuckles.

I think that my readers that enjoy a sweet contemporary romance would really enjoy IT HAD TO BE FATE.  There are a couple sex scenes but none are graphic so it is good for all ages.

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


Apr 9, 2016

Pine Ruidge Treasures Ceramic Blog Hop




One of my goals this year is to try to participate in more blog hops.  Last year, I really slacked off and I so enjoy designing up the jewelry around a theme and then sitting down with a cup of tea to see what everyone else has come up with. So I was very happy to learn that Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures is planning on hosting a few this year.

Now par for the course,  I can't manage to find my before pics of the wonderful kit that I recieved.  I can tell you that it was filled with glass pearls from ZNetShows (and they have wonderful pearls which I highly recommend), a beautiful focal from Joan Miller and some metal findings.




I knotted up a necklace using the Ultra Pearls in colors that highlighted the gorgeous ceramic focal.  Finishing it off is a golden pewter toggle clasp and a little key hearkening to the focal.




Now comes the funnest part of a blog hop, checking out all the beautiful eye candy!



Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Apr 7, 2016

Book Review: Monsterland




Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?


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First off, let me say that yes this book does bear a distinct resemblance to Jurassic Park.   That being said, I found it to be a fun book to read.  Full of goey horror with the zombies falling to pieces everywhere they go, werewolves behind glass to allow the owner to make money and we don't even want to talk about the vampires.

Along with being a horror story, we watch Wyatt go from being a tongue-tied older brother who is in love with the popular Jade to someone you can count on in a crisis.  Quite a bit of growth in the two days that the story covers but entirely believable considering the events.

I do think that my readers who enjoy a fun horror story would enjoy MONSTERLAND.  Just don't expect it to scare the socks off of you. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own 
Apr 5, 2016

Book Review: Bloodlines




Fired from his job at the Tulsa Zoo, 26-year-old Zane Clearwater wakes from an alcohol-and cough syrup-induced blackout to learn his mother was killed the night before in a fire in their trailer-park home. Zane has no memory of that night-could he have set the blaze? The police have a lot of questions, but so do Zane and his 14-year-old sister Lettie. When he gets a mysterious text that indicates everything his mother told him about her past was a lie, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that results in meeting his supposedly long-dead father. Jeremiah Doom has a dangerous streak as long as the Arkansas River and a shady, secretive life. Zane may share his father's Cherokee blood, but can he battle against the anger and violence that also lurks beneath the surface of his own skin? Is Zane destined to repeat the sins of his father?

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I found this to be a rather chilling book.  Just how much of the issues in your life can you blame on your bloodlines?

Zane tries to be a good man. He is an alcoholic and just when he thinks that he is doing good, he slips back off the wagon.  The last time this occurred, his mother died in a fire and he doesn't remember the evening at all.  Did he kill her?  And just who is his mother?   All kinds of information comes out after her death.  Now he has to find out just who she was and who wanted to kill her before he is blamed for the murder.

Interesting book.  It draws in a touch of spirituality and the paranormal along with the more mundane questions about who would want to kill the mother.  There is a lot of tension as Zane struggles not only with his own demons of alcoholism and unrequited love but also attempts to find out why someone would want to kill his mother. 

I would recommend BLOODLINES to my readers that enjoy a suspense packed mystery.  And I hope that Zane and Lettie have a boring rest of their lives. 
Apr 4, 2016

Wishes




If you were lucky enough to find a genie and could have only one wish, what would you wish for? 

I had to really think about this.  Sure I would like to have enough money to do what I wanted when I wanted.  Who doesn't?  But what I really think that I would prefer is that everyone has good health especially since I know so many people that have a lot of health issues. 

Wouldn't it be great to what you want when you want?  As it stands now, I am not able to listen to music let alone go out dancing.  And I don't even want to think about how much I used to enjoy bowling especially since I keep seeing signs about the spring leagues forming.  And being able to curl up with a good book, read all night and still be able to go to work all day.

Yes, I would definitely want good health because with that, I could earn all the money that I needed to support myself, my hobbies and my causes.  If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
Apr 2, 2016

Book Review: Night Study




Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.


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Ms. Snyder is one of my favorite authors in the fantasy genre and I tend to snap up her books as soon as they come available.  She always does an incredible job with her world building and characters. Somehow though I managed to miss the first book in this series though I am happy to say that NIGHT STUDY was written in such a way that I was able to very much enjoy the story without feeling that I was missing anything.

Totally in love with all of the characters.  Yelena is under a lot of stress because she has lost her magic and might be pregnant.  Oh and she has had people trying to kill her.  Valek, her heart mate, is being torn between keeping her safe and his Commander whom he has sworn loyalty too.  And I can't forget Janco who just happens to be my favorite character.  He is a clown but devoted to Valek and Yelena. 

Ms. Snyder has done her usual excellent job with building this world and we are able to peep behind the screen to see just what political maneuvering is being done to keep both Sitia and Ixia safe.  Not too much time is spent on the scenery as the plot races along at a breakneck speed.  

I highly recommend NIGHT STUDY to any of my readers who enjoy a good fantasy.  This one has it all; danger, treachery, magic, friendship & love.

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