Oct 30, 2017

Book Review: Enigma

Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe.

When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn’t realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using “John Doe” to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level.

It’s a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president’s Chief of Staff’s only son, Saxton Hainny. It’s international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised.

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As much as I love crime drama and romantic suspense, I am not sure how it is that I have managed to never read a book by Ms. Coulter.  Especially as she is considered to be the Queen of this genre.  

The book was well written with a wonderful blend of suspense leavened with a dash of humor so that the reader can catch their breath.  I feel that I was able to get to know the main characters rather well which really impressed me considering that ENIGMA is the twenty-first book in this series.  Too many authors by this point in the series tend to slack off of the characters assuming that the readers already know them well.  I

In fact, I have to give huge kudos to Ms. Coulter on just how well this book stands on its own.  I do now want to read her back story but I didn't find it necessary to enjoy this book.   I do feel that any of my readers that haven't been introduced to this series will still enjoy this book. And the followers of this series will love this new addition.

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

Oct 27, 2017

Book Review: Lie To Me

They built a life on lies

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

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LIE TO ME started out as a rather straight forward well written murder mystery but about half way through the book, it turned into so much more.  Then it became one of best written crime dramas I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

The pacing is tight and the characters are magnetic even when you are not sure whether they are the good guys or the villains.  All the clues fall quite nicely into place.  Perhaps a bit too nicely.  It sends up having so many false starts and twists that I needed a seat belt for my own safety.  I have to warn my readers to not start this book late at night as this is a story that demands to be read in one sitting.

I highly recommend LIE TO ME to any of my readers who enjoy suspense and crime dramas.  This is one of the best!  There is some sex and violence but nothing too explicit.  . 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Oct 26, 2017

Book Review: Blood Guard

Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

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I wasn't expecting much from this book since I found a few editing errors in the first couple chapters.  However I didn't take into account Ms. Erickson's magic with characters.  I became so invested in Tendra's story that I couldn't put the book down until the very end.  And now I am waiting impatiently for the next book in this series. 

I really think that my readers who enjoy hot paranormal romance will love this book.  I do want to give out a gentle warning that there are explicit sex scenes and violence.   If those things are not things that you prefer to avoid in your books, I recommend picking up this very enjoyable 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.

Oct 23, 2017

Book Review: Dead Girls Can't Lie

Best friends tell each other the truth – don't they?

When North Stone's best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn't suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.

The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that's what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her 'best friend' – deadly secrets...

When the police refuse to take North's suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe...

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DEAD GIRLS CAN'T LIE is a different type of mystery.  It starts off rather slowly and more then once, I considered setting it aside.  I am really glad that I didn't however because North grows on you.

North has had issues in the past when her parents disappeared.  Heck she still has issues but has managed to pull everything together until Kelly hung herself.  She just knows that there is NO way that Kelly would have been out jogging and decide to kill herself.  The police won't listen to her so North decides to do her own investigation.

I ended up really enjoying  DEAD GIRLS CAN'T LIE once I started to relate to North.  She is a good example of what one person can accomplish without the assistance of authorities or even Kelly's boyfriend. I think that my readers who enjoy British mysteries would like this book.  Just be prepared for a slow beginning. 

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

Oct 17, 2017

Book Review: The Chase

Will she risk it all for a priceless desire?

A rising star in one of London's top art investigation firms, Zara Leighton's talent for seeing deep into paintings is in her blood. She's chosen to help track down Icon, an enigmatic international art thief whose heists are methodical, daring, baffling. To Zara the case is maddening—bordering on an obsession.

She finds distraction in the chiseled form of top-shelf client Tobias Wilder, a magnetic American billionaire who demands her expertise, her discretion—and her secrecy. Wilder doesn't ask questions. He gives orders. His gaze alone ignites her deepest fantasies. And his touch…

The sudden whirl of exclusive exhibitions and decadent parties that Wilder introduces her to is a potent aphrodisiac. But surrender soon becomes tinged with suspicion. Is Zara's tryst with Wilder the real thing…or just a convincing forgery?

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I was really looking forward to this book as I love mysteries and romantic suspense.  I did find a bit of both in this book however the pace was rather slow.  After all, you have to time for all the sex scenes that this book introduces the reader too.  In my opinion, this book could do with more plot and less sex.  I also found errors in the book that should have been caught by the editor even though spell check would let them by.

I do suggest that my readers pass this book by if they are looking for a romantic suspense.  On the other hand, if you are looking for a book that really turns up the heat then THE CHASE is perfect.

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

Oct 13, 2017

Book Review: Dirty Deeds

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever is quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.

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I really enjoyed DIRTY DEEDS.  It is filled with hot men, intrigue, government agencies with letters in their name and lots of hot sex.   The pacing is tight even around all the twists and turns.  There is also a lot of character growth especially in Alec.

Readers are also given the chance to check back on characters that have appeared in earlier books by Ms. Dimon.  It was great to see Seth and to know that his relationship is still working out.  The Drummond brothers also appeared in earlier books and I was so glad to see that Alec was given his own book.

That being said, I did find some content errors that might very well have been corrected in the final version.  That I can't say as I was given a review arc to read.  These errors did pull me out of the story as I tried to puzzle them out.  I doubt if they were bother a lot of people but they tend to drive me nuts.  

I do think that my readers would enjoy DIRTY DEEDS but I do want to give a gentle warning that there is a lot explicit sex between men so if you have any objections to that, avoid this book.  On the same vein if your son or daughter wants to read it, be sure that you check it out first.

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

Oct 11, 2017

Book Review: When I Wake Up

'Why won't Mummy wake up?'
When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife's secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she's lying silent in a hospital bed...

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I found WHEN I WAKE UP to be a delightful read.  It is filled with so many twists and turns that the reader will need to buckle up to enjoy the ride.  Set in Sweden, I loved seeing how their police worked and also enjoyed learning about their different traditions.  

Another thing that set this book apart was watching Anna, who is the mother of twins, discover her sexuality when she falls in love with a woman.  She tries to weigh whether this is just a fling or is her happiness worth breaking up her marriage and changing the twins' lives.

There were a lot of suspects that all could have easily attacked her for various reasons ranging from jealousy, obsession to love.  All of the characters are very well drawn out with all of their strengths and weaknesses.

I do feel that any of my readers who enjoy a good mystery will enjoy WHEN I WAKE UP.  Having it set in Sweden definitely adds that little bit of extra to this book.  There is both violence and sex so not appropriate for younger readers.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Oct 4, 2017

Book Review: Nyxia

With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn’t an option.

Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.

Before long, Emmett discovers that all of Babel’s recruits have at least one thing in common: they’re broken. Broken enough that Babel can remold them however it pleases.

Every training session is a ruthless competition where friendships are tested and enemies are made. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—where they will mine nyxia, a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they’re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about the true intentions for the recruits.

Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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Incredible!  I have to say that  NYXIA is the best book that I have had the pleasure of enjoying in 2017.  It is a coming of age story about one teenager, Emmerr Atwater, who has agreed to leave Earth behind so that his mother can get the medical treatment to survive liver cancer.  

When he undertakes this journey, he is a street smart punk from Detroit who is pretty sure that he will be one of top contenders that will be sent down to Nyxia.  He sees all the others as competition and enemies. He will discover some are enemies but others are friends that will help save his sanity and his life.  

This book swept me away!  I enjoy character driven sci-fi and this book is top rate.  If anything, it reminded me of some of Heinlein's books.  It is all about growing up and learning about one's self while competing with both friends and enemies.  I really feel that any of my readers who enjoy books focused on the character and how they grow and change will love this book.  There is violence but there is also friendship and love so I would recommend this book to readers of 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.
Oct 2, 2017

Book Review: Emma In The Night

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back...

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book is Wow!.  This has to be one of the surprising thrillers that I have ever read.  There are so many twists and turns that take to a conclusion that I didn't and wouldn't have expected.   

I found both Cass and Abby to be extremely interesting characters and the pressures that they grew up with make them even more surprising.  Not only are there great, well fleshed out characters but the way that their story unfolds will keep you glued to the screen.  

I highly recommend EMMA IN THE NIGHT to any of my readers who enjoy a well written thriller with a surprising conclusion.  There is some violence and sex but nothing over the top so no need to worry about teenager enjoying 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.