Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tripwire by Traci Hunter Abramson

Jane Napierski is back at work at the job she loves—being a personal assistant to her friend Sienna Blake, a rising star actress. The duo is on location in Virginia Beach to film Sienna’s new TV series, along with costar Reed Forrester—the man with whom the world thinks Sienna is in love. Wrong.
Sienna’s heart actually belongs to her fiancĂ©, Craig, a Navy Seal with the Saint Squad. Craig must fly under the radar if he is to keep Sienna safe from his world of terrorists and toxic bombs. And Reed has no problem pretending to date his old friend Sienna simply because it means he can spend time learning more about Jane. Making a TV series is grueling work but not nearly as difficult as the treacherous adventure that is about to begin with a simple photo taken in the wrong place at the wrong time—an image worth killing for. 
When Craig returns to the United States to spend time with Sienna, he’s not expecting to spend that time protecting her and Jane. Frightening incidents targeting the two women rapidly escalate, and as Craig and his Saint Squad investigate a tangled conspiracy, they find themselves tracking, here at home, the terrorists they have searched for across the globe. But can they shut the terrorists down in time to save Jane, Reed, and Sienna?

Review:
This is my first book by this author and I'd probably read another one...This is part of a series, although it isn't labeled as such anywhere.  While it is easily read as a stand alone a couple of the characters seem to have a pretty big role in a previous book which might help give some more insight...

The hard part about this book is it's difficult to determine who the main characters are! The blurb and beginning of the book lead me to one thing, parts of the story lead me to another.  The drama seems forced but compelling.

It's a sweet romance with a little more religion than I prefer but not so much I put down the book.  The mystery/thriller aspects are light and revealed fairly early.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Her Last Word by Mary Burton

Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers the guilt of running away in fear and resents being interrogated as a suspect in the immediate aftermath. Now Kaitlin has only one way to assuage the pain and nightmares—by interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast that could finally bring closure to a case gone cold.
But when a woman Kaitlin questions is later found stabbed to death, she fears that she’s drawn a killer out of hiding. It’s Detective John Adler’s fear that the murders have only just begun. Now his job is to keep Kaitlin safe.
As a bond between Kaitlin and Adler builds, the past closes in just as fast—and it’s darker than Kaitlin remembers. Soon, her wish will come true. She’s going to find out exactly what happened to Gina. Someone has been dying to tell her.

Review:
Twists and turn abound...while you may figure some things out early in the story there are more twists and turns to come. One of my favorite from Mary Burton so far.  There were times I wondered where the story was going then it would come back around...some of it might drag out but it's all relevant and comes back with a vengeance.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lennon Reborn by Scarlett Cole

From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Lennon Reborn, a stunning, shattering rock star romance in the Preload series.

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.**

Review:
You can read this without reading the previous book sin the series, but you may want to go back and get a little more depth to the characters involved. I have to admit I'm fairly new to Ms. Cole and I'm hooked on her unique style. She evokes multiple emotions as you get invested in the characters and storyline...tears, laughter, frustration and more!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

New Release ~ Playing Dirty by Amy Andrews

Sydney Smoke star recruit Kyle Leighton can’t believe the best sex of his life was just a one-night stand. He didn’t even know her name… Until she shows up at the locker room two weeks later and he connects the dots. 
Val King. Oh shit. 
Coach has one hard and fast rule: Never, ever date (much less f*ck ten ways to Sunday) his daughter. And not only did Kyle break that rule, but he wants to break it over and over again. In the shower. Against a wall. On every flat surface in his home.
But the coach and his daughter share more than just DNA. Their issues run deep and fooling around with her could widen the family chasm. 
And get Kyle benched for life.
So why can’t he stop thinking about her? Flirting with her? Suggesting they date for real and damn the consequences?
Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is STANDALONE:
* Playing By Her Rules
* Playing It Cool
* Playing the Player
* Playing With Forever
* Playing House
* Playing Dirty

Review:
I'm a sucker for a good Rugby story and while I missed starting this series, I will agree you can read them as standalones!

Val is an awesome character, strong and independent.  Kyle is a typical playboy and hotshot player but manages to redeem himself a little bit.  A sweet and sexy story that reads quick!


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New Release ~ Knuckle Down by Chantal Fernando

A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.

As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.

But what he'll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold his heart forever. That is, until he meets Celina.

Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.

But when a shocking story is published her newspaper, it breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles. Will she lose him forever? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?


Review:

A fairly sweet romance :)  While some of the storyline is tried and true and we've read it before.  Chantal's voice is all over it with a couple of twists that were unexpected.  A quick steamy and sweet read.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

What Happened That Night by Sandra Block

One moment Dahlia is a successful Harvard student. The next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault. Her life veers into a tailspin, and what’s worse, her memory of the attack has been ripped away, leaving a cold rage in its wake.
 
Now, years later, Dahlia is a tattooed paralegal suffering from PTSD, still haunted by that night. Until one day, a video surfaces online, and Dahlia sees her attack for the first time. Now she knows what happened to her. And she knows who to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot. 
 
And she is about to make everyone pay.


Review:
Wow...a fairly fast paced story with a few twists that made my jaw drop. Intense characters that have you loving and hating them while the plot is dark and a little disturbing Dahlia kicks butt!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hush Now Baby by Cheryl Bradshaw

On a crisp, fall night, Serena Westwood wakes to the faint stirs of her crying baby. Bottle in hand, she tiptoes to the other side of the house, sneaks up to the crib, looks in. A wave of panic grips her as her real nightmare begins. Inside the crib, there is no baby.

Review:
First, this can be read without reading others in the series.  I read book 7 before book 6 so there was some background and some spoilers going into this one.  But Ms. Bradshaw writes a compelling story with great characters and awesome storyline.


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