Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review: Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches #5) by Erica Ridley

Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches, #5)
Title: Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches #5)

Author: Erica Ridley

Stars: 4 out of 5

An historical romance that encompasses an excellent group of people. It has a crossover of characters and events that will be familiar to readers of other stories by this accomplished author. All's well that ends well and this tale ends well for all concerned parties. The hero is untarnished and the heroine is beautiful and compassionate. 

I has rated this book 4 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased opinion.

Thank you Frank for your review.

Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London's elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the ton with audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love...

By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…and her anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?

About The Author:
Erica Ridley
Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels. 

In her new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romances.

Fan-favorite Dukes of War features charming peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. 

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Review: Double Blind (Kendra Michaels #6) by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Double Blind (Kendra Michaels, #6)
Title: Double Blind (Kendra Michaels #6) 

Author(s): Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Stars: 4 out of 5

I wanted to love Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johnansen but for some reason this book was lacking.  They created an amazing synopsis that will have reader jumping for the book but fail to full fill those expectations.  IN many ways I felt like I was reading a half done super hero story that couldn't find its grove. 
The story was more about the relationship and less action packed as the other books in the series which seems to be the main drive of the series.  
While some readers will be happy to have more relationship development other will wonder where the voice of the series.
The author has an interesting voice and this book is a series and not a stand alone novel.  
Pushing though the book I found the story line to flow well and readers will enjoy the story as it builds into the next of the next Kendra Michael series.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  St. Martin's Press for the advance copy of Iris and Roy Johansen Double Blind.

Kendra Michaels is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they've brought to her...until she hears the details: The body was found just blocks away from Kendra’s condo. The man was carrying an envelope with Kendra’s name on it, and inside was an SD card with what appears to be an innocuous video of a wedding reception. And just one week before the attempted delivery of this mysterious video, the groom in the video was murdered. 

As the body count rises, Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch as they discover that each victim played a part in convicting a serial killer years before. Someone has clearly taken up his mantle to exact a sadistic form of vengeance. But who is it? A family member? An old partner? Or is it possible that the wrong man was convicted and the serial killer himself has returned to continue his sick spree?

Hardcover336 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author(s)

Roy Johansen is a New York Times-bestselling mystery/suspense author and screenwriter. 

He was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America in the Best Television Miniseries or Movie category for his original screenplay "Murder 101". He continues to write screenplays for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Disney, and MGM.

He has written several mystery/suspense novels on his own, but Roy Johansen also collaborates with his mother, Iris Johansen, on several best-selling mystery novels, including Storm Cycle, The Hannah Bryson series, and The Kendra Michaels series.

Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. 

She lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review: Deadly Games (Dallas After Dark) by Karen Rock

Deadly Games (Dallas After Dark)
Title: Deadly Games (Dallas After Dark)
Author: Karen Rock

Stars: 2 stars 

Deadly Games is part of a series called Dallas After Dark. The story starts off with sex between two strangers. Nash Hawkins decides that after seeing Katherine Bowden from a distance she is the woman for him. The story is very predictable from the romance to the killer at the end of the story.
The author repeats the line "Arrogant, Cocky, egotistical man" in different areas of the book even if the words are moved around it is the same line with the same outcome.
The killer is obvious from the second the person is present to readers leaving them hoping the romance keeps them hooked to the one sided characters.
In the end the story falls flat, predictable and I won't remember this story from the hundreds other I have read that are the same story line.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison for the advance copy of Karen Rock Deadly Games

Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .
  Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer. 
Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose .

Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison

About The Author: 
Karen Rock
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. Her Harlequin Heartwarming novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, has won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award. Her Heartwarming novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. Her co-authored YA novel, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two lovable dogs who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Review: Before I Met Him (DI Gravel #2) by John Nicholl

Before I Met Him (DI Gravel, #3)
Title: Before I Met Him (DI Gravel #2) 

Author: John Nicholl

Stars: 4 stars

Before I Met Him is a dark psychological thriller that will stick with readers long after they put the story down.
Rebecca Smith lived though hell and decided as an adult she would make sure no child would live though the same hell. 
Rebecca takes the law into her own hands and hunts the men prey on children.  The story gets very dark as she tortures, kills and dismembers the bodies of those who would pray on little children.

While Di Gravel searches for clues he has to ask himself as do readers Is Vigilante Justice ever justified?
Before I Met Him will have readers horrified at what can happen to children and how justices something is just and people are able to slip though the cracks.  This story is very dark and won't be for everyone. 

The system isn't perfect which will have reader questioning everything they know.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  Bloodhound Books for the advance copy of John Nicholl Before I Met Him

Every once in a while the hunters become the hunted... 

When Rebecca's childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge and soon she is handing out retribution on any man who preys on the innocent.

The twenty-three-year-old poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory sex offender after another to their deaths.

When a severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, DI Gravel and his team are called in to investigate.

In what might be his toughest case yet, DI Gravel finds himself asking if vigilante justice is ever justified...

Read this chilling new psychological thriller and decide for yourself.

Expected publication: July 24th 2018 by Bloodhound Books

About The Author:
John  Nicholl

John Nicholl, an ex police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review: Cinderella Blue (San Antone Two-Step #2) by Joan Reeves

Cinderella Blue (San Antone Two-Step, #2)
Title: Cinderella Blue (San Antone Two-Step #2)

Author: Joan Reeves 

Star: 4 stars


Too bad, because Detective Andrea Luft--Andie to her friends--loves those 3 little words--especially when she's saying them to a "bad guy" who SO deserves it. Like the thief stealing designer wedding gowns from San Antonio bridal boutiques. 

Andie is an undercover bride about to make an arrest when Detective Bruce Benton barges onto the scene. The suspect escapes, and, as a reward for this screw-up, Benton and Andie are paired together as partners to close the case. 

On the surface, this mismatched duo appear to have only one thing in common: their tendency to annoy each other. Underneath though, desire sizzles. Is it just a matter of time before these two commitment-phobic cops yield to the inevitable? 

Cinderella Blue, Book 2, San Antone Two-Step, by Joan Reeves, Bestselling Author of Contemporary Romance. 

Previously print published, this ebook edition contains a Linked Table of Contents; a Note from the Author; Joan's Book List; Excerpt from Nobody's Cinderella, Book 1 of San Antone Two-Step; Excerpt, April Fool Bride; and a Quotation Collection: Things Cops Say.

Published March 31st 2015 by Joan Reeves

About The Author:
Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Her novels have been published in a half dozen languages, and her ebooks are available at most ebook sellers with audio book and print editions also available. Several of her books are available in French editions through her publisher in France.

When not writing romance—or nonfiction to share what she has learned in life—Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a house in the Texas Hill Country. At their country house, Joan and her hero, her husband, attempt to grow wine grapes and fruit trees—all while fighting hordes of marauding gophers, skunks, deer, fox, and snakes.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of all of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."

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