Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Touch of Red (Tracers #12) by Laura Griffin

When crime scene investigator Brooke Porter arrives at the home of a murdered woman, the only thing more shocking than the carnage is the evidence that someone escaped the scene. But where is this witness now? A thorough search of the area yields more questions than answers, and before Brooke even packs up her evidence kit, she’s made it her goal to find the witness and get them out of harm’s way.
Homicide detective Sean Byrne has seen his share of bloody crime scenes, but this one is particularly disturbing, especially because Brooke Porter is smack in the middle of it. Sean has had his eye on the sexy CSI for months, and he’s determined to help her with her current case—even if it means putting his attraction on hold so he and Brooke can track down a murderer. But as the investigation—and their relationship—heats up, Sean realizes that keeping his work and his personal life separate is more complicated than he ever imagined; especially when the killer sets his sights on Brooke.

Review: Thank you NetGalley and Laura Griffin for the ARC of Touch of Red that I read and reviewed.
Well, Laura Griffin did it again with the Tracers series. She wrote another book that I was could not put down and kept engaged until the very end.
In this book crime scene investigator Brooke Porter is matched up with homicide detective Sean Byrne in a case that has a child as a witness. As the case gets more intense so does the relationship between Brooke and Sean. 
What can I say? This book is as it all. A ruthless killer who as a lot to loose if he is caught so he will stop at nothing to stay hidden, even kill a child. A woman who is trying to avoid relationships but is drawn to a sexy detective and can't decide if she wants to listen to her mind or her heart and is willing to risk her life to save a child. A detective that plays by the book and has to break a few rules because the woman he is falling for wants to protect a child at all costs and also has to take things slow with a woman that want to be friends when he wants so much more. 
If you are looking for a book that has a lot of suspense and romance this book has it also. Also, if you are a fan of the Tracers series or just starting the series this book is a must read. You see some old friends and meet some new ones that will probably (I hope) be seen again.
I am giving Touch of Red five out of five stars.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mind Game (Eve Duncan #22) by Iris Johansen

Mind Game takes Jane MacGuire back to Scotland where she continues her search for the treasure she’s been chasing for years. But now she’s being plagued by dreams of a girl in danger. Who is this girl, and what is she trying to tell Jane? And will Jane figure it out before it’s too late—for her and the mysterious young woman? Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into Jane’s life. This time he’s the one in trouble, and Jane will find herself pulled unexpectedly into his world as she fights to save him. 

Review: Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of Mind Game by Iris Johansen that I read and reviewed.
This was and excellent addition to the Eve Duncan series even though this book focuses around Jane MacGuire, Eve and Joe's adopted daughter. In the book Jane is having dreams about a girl who is in trouble who she calls Lisa and who she learns is the sister of Seth Caleb who she has had a complicated relationship with in the past and who her family feel they owe for saving Eve and her young son.
As Caleb and Jane race to save Lisa they find out there is more behind her abduction then meets the eye and Jane starts to learn more about Caleb and their relationship gets a lot more complicated. Also, Eve and Joe decide to take their relationship to a whole to level to the surprise and joy of their family and friends.
Mind Game has another chapter in the life of Eve Duncan and her family and friends. It is full of suspense and also romance and also more updates on a family that fans if Johansen feels like they are a part of. I
Mind Game gets five out of five stars.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Her Last Day (Jessie Cole #1) by T.R. Ragan

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives—and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare.
For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie’s daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.
For Ben, a horrific car accident resulted in scars both physical and emotional—and amnesia that has made his life a mystery. But curiously, out of his shattered memories, there’s one person he recognizes without a doubt: Jessie’s sister. He just doesn’t know why. Yet.
But Sophie isn’t the only phantom drawing Jessie and Ben together. An elusive serial murderer known as the Heartless Killer has reemerged from the shadows. His next move will cut even deeper into Jessie’s worst fears. And for Ben, what happens this time is going to be unforgettable.

Review: Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Her Last Day by T.R. Ragan that I read and reviewed.
This was one of the best books that I read so far this year. Even though it started out slowly, Her Last Day picked up the pace and had exciting story and an amazing group people throughout the book.
I loved Jessie Cole, the PI who lost her sister ten years ago when she disappeared and no one knows what happened to her. Then there is crime reporter Ben Morrison who also suffered a tragedy ten years ago when he was in a car wreck that burned his body and took his memories. Now these two are working together to try to find out what happened to Sophie, Jessie's sister and try to unravel both Sophie and Ben's past.
Then while this is going on Jessie is on the hot seat because she shot a man who shot at her in the park and she is also looking for a missing woman while there is a serial killer out there known as Heartless Killer who likes to torture and kill people of all ages.
This book is packed with so much action when it gets moving you won't be able to put it down. T.R. Ragan has another female lead that readers are going to fall in love with and won't be able to wait for the next book to come out. 
Her Last Day gets five out of five stars!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reluctant Hero by Debra Webb and Regan Black

For top security expert Parker Lawton, the anonymous threat is explosive. Return the gold stolen during his intelligence unit's last Iraq mission--or they'll each be hunted down. And when one of his men is killed just before meeting investigative reporter Rebecca Wallace, he must take her under his "protection." But her persistence in getting the real story is even more dangerous--and irresistible.
For a dashing war hero, Parker is the most guilty-acting innocent man Becca has ever seen. Still, working with him is the only way to stay ahead of a ruthless enemy. And as her instincts and Parker's skills hone in on the truth, trusting the desire simmering between them could be their only chance--or the last move they'll ever make. 

Review: Thank you Debra Webb for the ARC of Reluctant Hero by Debra Webb and Regan Black that I read and reviewed.
I enjoyed the storyline that Reluctant Hero was written around. I also loved the chemistry between Parker and Becca that made the story even more interesting. If you are looking for a face paced book with a lot of intrigue and some hot romance by two of the best romantic suspense authors out there Reluctant Hero is the book for you.
In this romantic suspense there is murder, an anonymous tip of stolen gold by a war hero, an attempted kidnapping and all kinds of crazy things. Did I mention during all this a security expert and investigative reporter are the ones tied into this whole mess and somehow manage to set off sparks off each other?
I am giving Reluctant Hero five out of five stars.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hello Again (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2) by Brenda Novak

Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she's about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered--or he is wrongly convicted.
When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her friends--and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . 

Review: Thank you NetGalley and Brenda Novak for the ARC of Hello Again that I read and reviewed.
The second installment of The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles picked up right where the first one left off and this one was packed with more suspense and thrills. The killer that Evelyn had come to Alaska this time was Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker and he was what I would call one sick puppy who was accused of giving his victim ice-pick lobotomies. When it was learned that the detective on the case planted evidence and he was going to be set free so Evelyn makes it her mission to put him back behind bars. 
She also has to deal with Jasper Moore, high school sweet heart who tried to kill her and murdered her high school friends that is still out there killing and still want to finish what he started all those years ago. When her boyfriend an Alaska cop uncovers evidence that Jasper is still active and killing a new wave of terror for Evelyn is unleashed.
This book is full of murder, suspense and some romance. It is also a great lead for the next book that I can't wait to come out. This is a book you won't want to put down.
I am giving Hello Again five out of five stars.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he’s letting on. 
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

Review: Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain that I read and reviewed.
This book was completely out of the area that I usually find myself reading but I can honestly say that I enjoyed The Stolen Marriage a great deal more then I thought I was going to when I realized it was a historical book. I found I enjoyed the story a great deal and I really liked Tess as a character.
I found some other aspects of the story intriguing as well but I don't want to go into them because I refuse to give spoilers but I will say that Chamberlain explored a lot of thing in this book from race, to religion, to health and a number of other things people were dealing with during the forties and she did and excellent job with characters that you grew to care for as you got more involved in the book. This is a book I was not able to put down because I had to know what was going to happen to Tess and how was she going to deal with the situation she got in and finally if she would ever get her happy ending. Tess was one of those characters you could not walk away from because she grew so much throughout the book you had no choice but be her cheerleader because everyone has a little bit of Tess in them, or I would hope they do.
I am giving The Stolen Marriage five out of five stars.

Sally's Cookie Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cookie Bars, Shortbread, and More from the Creator of Sally's Baking Addiction by Sally McKenney

Are you ready to sink your teeth into Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies? How about Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies or Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies? Featuring a mouthwatering selection of cookies, cookie bars, cookie dough dips, slice-and-bakes, no-bakes, and more, Sally's Cookie Addiction features dozens of exciting flavors, including chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, sugar, coconut, lemon, s’more, and oatmeal, oh my!   
The best part? Sally will tell you how to make each and every cookie in the book ahead of time. So, if you want to start preparing for the holidays or if you just like keeping cookie dough in your freezer for those critical cookie emergencies, now you have dozens of make-ahead cookie recipes at your fingertips.
Complete with tips on how to bake the perfect cookie (no spreading!) and Sally’s easy-to-follow recipes and gorgeous photography, this is the only cookie book you need on your shelf—for holiday cookie swaps, chocolate cravings, and more. So get ready for your kitchen to be the most popular room in the house while the smells of Warm Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie, Lemon Crème Sandwich Cookies, and Soft-Baked Sugar Cookie Bars emanate from the oven!

Review:  Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Sally's Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney that I used and reviewed.
What can I say? I can't cook but I love too bake and I adored this book. It had recipes from frosting to cookies to bars and everything in between and I loved trying old favorites and new ones just for fun. The pictures were bright and colorful even on the Kindle edition and the book was even a joy to use in that format which was a surprise for me. I loved it. A great cookie book with so much more that would be a great gift or something to buy for your own use.
I am definitely giving Sally's Cookie Addiction five out of five