May 27, 2018

Book Review: Dead Girl Running

I have three confessions to make:
1. I've got the scar of gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.

Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another. 

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past--could the killer be staring her in the face?

* * * * * 

I like Kellen.  She's tough and rebuilt her life after being abused.  I can really appreciate that as I had to do the same.  She learned how to protect herself and others so that she would never find herself back in that position. And now that she has found a place that she can call home, she is going to do her best to protect it also.

Great book!  It has more than a few mysteries that need to be solved along with danger, friendships that are questioned and even the possibility of love.  There is even more then one villain that needs to be discovered.  It's a wild and enjoyable ride that will keep you turning pages far past your bedtime all the way to the satisfying conclusion. 

I do recommend DEAD GIRL RUNNING to any of my readers who enjoy thrillers and/or romantic suspense.  There is a lot of violence in this book but no explicit sex as no emphasis was placed on romance.  I definitely plan on keeping up on this series because I like Kellen.

***I received  this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 
May 26, 2018

Book Review: Ace Of Spades

Two FBI agents struggle with desire in the shadow of a killer, in the third installment of Aces & Eights.
Nate Gentry has been a rock for his two younger brothers since the day their mom walked out and left them with their abusive father. Now that they’ve grown up, he’s watched Alex and Court fall in love and settle down. But Nate isn’t made for romance. He keeps his relationships casual. And getting casual with his partner is a fantasy he can’t shake…
Taylor Collins has feelings for Nate, too—and though they run hot, her best friend on the team is strictly off limits. Until a spark in his eyes says, Go for it. But reaching out could prove to be a bad move now that they’re working closer together than ever, and on the most dangerous case of their careers.

An investigation into a brutal series of murders is stirring up bad memories for Taylor, and neither she nor Nate can imagine how close to home it’s going to hit. When it does, Nate will risk everything—including his heart—to keep Taylor safe.
* * * * *
I have been waiting for Nate's story.  I knew that he would be a hard nut to crack because he's firmly convinced that he never wants to marry or have a relationship.  And Taylor is probably the one woman that would be able to convince him of the error of his ways.
ACE OF SHADOWS is everything that you would want in a romantic suspense.  There is danger, a lot of tension that builds as time passes and a lot of head.  Add in characters that you get to throughout the series and you have a book that will hold your attention through all the twists and turns.
I do think that readers that enjoy the genre will really like this book especially if you have been following the series.  It does contain sex and violence but that is what will keep you glued to the pages.
***I received  this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 

May 7, 2018

Book Review: Beneath the Silver Rose

Forbidden Romance in an Age of Veiled Magic! 

When Shadyia, a courtesan of the Silver Rose, violates the tenets of the Sisterhood, she is commanded by her madam to appease an order of vicious crusaders by seducing a powerful magician masquerading as a wealthy scholar. 

Caught between an ancient conflict of Order and Chaos, Shadyia and her companions must descend beneath the Silver Rose into a labyrinth of deadly traps and shadowy guardians. For only there can she defy the crusaders who threaten her sorority and avert the prophecy of a darkness that returns to consume the world.

* * * * * 

When I first requested this book to review, I did so because the cover caught my eye and the blurb sounded interesting.  What I found was so much more!  It's been a while since I have able to immerse myself in a well written fantasy that had me hanging on every word.

T.S. Adrian has done a beautiful job of building her world.  It has an intricate social system and a long history.  I can't wait to discover more as the series continues and I am sure that I will with a historian being one of the main characters.

Now speaking of characters... There are a lot and I did get them confused in the beginning as I am horrible at remembering names.  That didn't last for long however as they all developed their own personalities and  'voices' in my mind.  Some I would gladly lock in a room without food or water for a few years.  Others I loved and I cheered their accomplishments.  

As I am sure you can tell, I really enjoyed BENEATH THE SILVER ROSE.  It was well paced, well written with great characters and delightful dialogue. I would recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy fantasy.  Yes, there is violence and yes there is sex but nothing that is in your face explicit.  Once you are hooked, be sure to let me know what you think of this world.

***This book was given to me at no charge by the author in exchange for fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own.
May 1, 2018

Book Review: Pretty Little Killers

Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.

Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.

When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.

As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.
* * * * *
I have had the pleasure of reading and loving one of Ms. Herron's many series before so I definitely was excited to see that she is starting another romantic suspense series.  And I am happy to say that PRETTY LITTLE KILLERS exceeded my expectations!
Now to do that, the expected standards were met.  The pacing was flowing and spot on..  There was a lot of tension both internal and external which tighter and tighter as the story unfolds.  The dialogue was realistic and witty at times.
Where this book exceeds is in a couple areas which make it memorable.  When I look back on reading this book. the first thing that hits me is just how much I like the characters.  While the story focuses on Korine and Hatcher, all of the characters spring to life with Ms. Herron's words.  On some there's just a glimpse at what really makes them tick, on others you feel like you really get to know them.   
The next thing that springs to mind is the path to the ending.  A couple of the revelations caught me by surprise though in hindsight, I can pick up slight foreshadowing.  And while I found the ending satisfying, I am very curious just what the next book is going to add to the mix.
I do recommend PRETTY LITTLE KILLERS to any of my readers who enjoy romantic suspense. There is violence and some sex scenes that get a little heated which I doubt would surprise any of my readers. 
***I received  this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 

Book Review: Lennon Reborn

Lennon McCartney is not a broken man. Because being broken implies being whole once. When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want.

Dr. Georgia Starr is a legend. She’s one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, coming from a long-line of respected New York doctors. Her life is built around solving complex medical cases in order to bring relief and hope to sick children. But the one problem she can’t solve is how to live her life. How to be shake loose the burden of being her elitist, arrogant father’s daughter. How to be free.

Can a man who despises his life and a woman who desperately needs to live find the answers, and love, with each other?

**Warning: Deals with dark themes and deep personal struggles.**

* * * * *

Here I thought that Nic's story in Nikan Rebuilt was a fantastic story but Lennon's had me in tears a couple times.  Just the thought that such an accomplished man would have such deep insecurities because of his childhood was very sad and deeply troubling. And the way that Ms. Cole brings us, the readers, so close to his soul is just another reason that she is now one of my favorite authors.

Actually Georgia, Gia, also suffers from another form of child abuse even though she is at the top of her game which just goes to show that abuse comes in many forms.  Now before you start to think that this book just shows the darker sides of our natures, let me assure you that there is also love, caring and deep friendships such as between Lennon and his 'brothers'.  This book shows that no matter how broken you feel, there is someone out there for you be it a lover or a friend.  You just have to let them in so that they can get to know you.

LENNON REBORN isn't a book that I would recommend for all readers as it does deal with some dark themes (there is plenty of hot sex) but it is a fantastic book that really shows how love can heal.  Oh and you get a chance to check back in  on Nic and Jenny.

***I received  this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author.