Monday, May 17, 2021

Book Review: A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones


Title:  A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2)

Author: Darynda Jones 

Stars: 4


Another story in the Sunshine series about a small town police chief. I have read the previous book and would recommend that they be read in order as it would give you a better insight to Sunshine the main character. It is a combination of various nefarious infractions to be found in a small town with the underlying and unsolved kidnapping of Sunshine when she was a teenager always at the in the murky shadows. I found the book to be delightful and enjoyable. My only negative would be the very descriptive sex scene. I do not feel the story required such detail. I would buy this book for friends.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.  Thank you Sue and Frank for the review.


Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff--and even fuller-time coffee guzzler--Sunshine Vicram, didn't get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that's about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny's got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he's not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She's seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn't know when to quit, Sunny's life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.

Hardcover416 pages
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 17 languages. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, certain they went away the better for it. She penned the international bestselling Charley Davidson series and is currently working on several beloved projects, most notably the Sunshine Vicram Mystery Series with St. Martin's Press and the Betwixt and Between Series of paranormal women's fiction. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Book Review: Thief of Souls: An Inspector Lu Fei Mystery (Inspector Lu Fei Mysteries #1) by Brian Klingborg


Title: Thief of Souls: An Inspector Lu Fei Mystery (Inspector Lu Fei Mysteries #1) 

Author: Brian Klingborg

Stars: 4.5


The author manages to transport the reader to another country, that most of us are unfamiliar with, and make us feel comfortable. There we are able to follow Inspector Fei

through a difficult murder investigation from beginning to end. The investigation is fraught with both local and national politics, personal bias, and fear of law enforcement agencies. Inspector Fei skillfully navigates this morass and, through diligent police work, successfully resolves the murder in spite of these problems. Additionally, two others connected, but unsolved, in a nearby metropolitan area are solved. The story progresses in a realistic and logical manner.


I have rated this book 4.5 stars. If you enjoy a good murder mystery you will not want to miss this one.

Thank you Frank your review.  I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.


Lu Fei is a graduate of China’s top police college but he’s been assigned to a sleepy backwater town in northern China, where almost nothing happens and the theft of a few chickens represents a major crime wave. That is until a young woman is found dead, her organs removed, and joss paper stuffed in her mouth. The CID in Beijing—headed by a rising political star—is on the case but in an increasingly authoritarian China, prosperity and political stability are far more important than solving the murder of an insignificant village girl. As such, the CID head is interested in pinning the crime on the first available suspect rather than wading into uncomfortable truths, leaving Lu Fei on his own.

As Lu digs deeper into the gruesome murder, he finds himself facing old enemies and creating new ones in the form of local Communist Party bosses and corrupt business interests. Despite these rising obstacles, Lu remains determined to find the real killer, especially after he links the murder to other unsolved homicides. But the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery, the more he puts himself and his loved ones in danger.

ebook288 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Minotaur Books

About The Author:

Brian Klingborg is a graduate of Harvard's Regional Studies East Asia program, and spent many years living and working in Asia and Europe. In addition to his first novel, Kill Devil Falls, published in 2017, he's written widely on Chinese martial arts.

His second novel, Thief of Souls, will be published by Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Press) in March 2021.

He currently lives in New York City.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Book Review: Marked Raven: Raven Tales Book Two (The Raven Tales 2) by J.B. Dane


Title: Marked Raven: Raven Tales Book Two (The Raven Tales 2)

Author:  J.B. Dane 

Stars: 4


I am not sure where to start.  Readers will need to start with the first book in the series to understand the characters.  J.B Dane tries hard to fill in the last book quickly as possible at the beginning of the story. Yet it falls apart in confusion.  Soon the story picks up in the most unique urban fantasy I have read. 

The author created a story that will have readers wondering if the author forget to add the kitchen sink to the crazy cast of characters.  The author ability to write will timed humor , perfect pace to the action of the story as well as moment that will have you scratching your head wondering what will happen next.

I would highly recommend you read the first book in the series first because the author wasn't able to give a clear picture or understanding how the character came to life and into their world

Thank you to Netgalley for the a copy of J.B. Dane Marked Raven


Valentine’s Day could be the most dangerous time of the year if an angry Cupid is the hit man hunting you down.
Bram Farrell, paranormal PI, has been yanked from the pages of the novel. His author and creator brought him into real-world Detroit to do a job for her, but the job went south, and the real-world Detroit is as loaded with monsters and magical beings as the pages of her books were. And they are all out to get Bram and exact some otherworldly revenge on him.

Most guys wouldn’t mind that it’s raining females, some expected, some surprises, one he could do without. And then there is his new secretary, Naomi, who he’s falling in love with. Keeping her alive—and himself—is going to be tricky.

Outrunning an alchemist, a vampire, and a witch is going to take more than cutting wit.
Luckily, this paranormal Sam Spade has some resources besides his dry sense of humor. His dachshund Hellhound is with him and his magic is coming back. Which should be helpful considering someone has put a hit out on him.

There’s a lot on Bram’s plate this February. The question is, will he live through it this time?

Entertaining, funny and suspenseful, Marked Raven is the perfect place to pick up the Raven Tales urban fantasy series

Kindle Edition
Published January 12th 2021

About Th Author:

J.B. Dane loves writing snarky sleuth heroes. Her regular "crew" includes Bram Farrell (The Raven), Nick Claus, Rip Patterson, and a lot of dragons.

She came to fantasy mystery late, running up a tally of over 30 romance titles as Beth Henderson. Oddly enough, she began reading urban fantasy as a "palate cleanser", thinking she'd never write in the genre. Her muse thought differently and introduced her to a guy she'd first thought up in the late 1980s before she was published. Bram Farrell was still sitting patiently in the waiting room for his turn to become a hero in what would also turn out to be Dane's first series. She's very glad the outdated magazines didn't chase him away

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Book Review: Dangerous Game: An Armed & Dangerous/Circle of Justice Crossover Novel by L.P. Dover

Title:  Dangerous Game: An Armed & Dangerous/Circle of Justice Crossover

Author:  L.P. Dover

Stars: 4


As a reader I wish I had read the series Dangerous Game is connected to this book to have a better idea about the characters and backstory.  I wasn't expecting this book to be as light and fun after reading the synopsis.  The story is two from two different points of review . Readers will know what is going on at all times. 

The characters are just different enough to set itself apart from other books in this genre.  

Thank you from netgalley for a copy of L.P Dover Dangerous Game


That all changed with the death of my father. As I moved into the position of power over the Corsino empire, enemies to the family tried to take over my city. They thought I would be weakened by my loss. They don’t know me.

My name is Dominic Corsino, and I have a ravenous appetite for money, power, and women. The last of which I pushed aside when Faith Hilliard, a close family friend, turned up in need of help. I’ve always wanted her, yet couldn’t bring myself to involve her in the dark savagery of my world. Now, she’s within my grasp once more. If I didn’t fear her running from my brutal truth, I would have already tasted her sweet temptation.

But the time for hesitation passes when a fighter in my underground ring is murdered. With my family name at stake, I can no longer hide who I am and what I’m capable of. It’s all coming down to a one winner-takes-all match. If I walk away with the prize, the threats against the Corsinos will be crushed. If I lose, our entire empire will crumble.

It’s a dangerous game … and I’m ready to play.

Kindle Edition241 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Books by L.P. Dover LLC

About The Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white-water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, but her favorite to write is romantic suspense. However, she has found a new passion in romantic comedy, especially involving sexy golfers. Who knew the sport could be so dirty and fun to write about.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Book Review: How to Train Your Earl (First Comes Love #3) by Amelia Grey


Title: How to Train Your Earl (First Comes Love #3) 

Author:  Amelia Grey

Stars: 4


An intriguing and easy to read  historical romance. While attendance a masked masquerade ball in Paris France a young English widow escaping from an overeager, unwanted, and under the influence, suitor escapes into an unlocked room. There she finds a semi dressed man bound to a chair. He requests her to release him so he can chase down and rescue his cousin who is eloping with a very unsuitable women. Move ahead some weeks later and the new Earl sees her again on a London street and realizes that he is quite smitten with her and seeks an introduction. Thus the chase begins with seemingly impossible stipulations set for him to meet. The question is whether or not he can maintain the discipline to win the lady's heart and hand in marriage.

 I have rated this book 4 stars and would purchase it for friends who enjoy historical romance stories.

 I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review of same. Thank you Frank for your Review



Brina Feld has settled into a life devoted to helping others since the sinking of the Salty Dove left her widowed. She has no need for a man in her contented life. But when the notorious and handsome Lord Blacknight returns and awakens her desires, her peace and serenity vanish. If she agrees to an alliance with him, she knows she will have to battle her heart to keep from being snared under his spell.

Zane, the Earl of Blacknight, was never supposed to inherit the earldom, so he didn’t much care to lead a respectable life before then. Fistfights, card games, and drinking are the order of the day. Now he’s determined to change his rakish ways and he knows the proper lady who can help him. There’s just one problem: He's already bet he’ll win her hand before the Season is over. With her resolve to out-scheme him, how can he show her that his love is true?

Mass Market Paperback352 pages
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author:

Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida.

Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur's best American historical award. She has been a finalist for the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion awards which are given by Romance Writers of America and numerous other awards. Her books have been sold to many countries in Europe, Russia and China.

Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter and sunshine.

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