Thursday, December 29, 2022

Book Review: Drawn to Death by Kat Shehata


Title: Drawn to Death 

Author: Kat Shehata

Star: 4 


This is the first book I have read by Kat Shehata. The author created an interesting story where a woman medium who has ghost who use her to solve her murder. Leo is pretty much a typical cop in a romantic suspense story.  He is skeptical but is willing to listen to Evelyn to solve the murders. 

Yes the two characters are also romantic interest for each other so yup sexy time happens. If you don't not want graphic sex scenes just skip this book.  That being said the story is interesting and reader will find it difficult to put down the mystery needing it to be solved. 

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Drawn to Death. 


Ghosts visit Evelyn in her dreams. The secrets of the dead could get her killed.

The city is ripe with crime, and the freshly dead need help solving their murders. Evelyn is a reluctant medium who channels the dead through her art.

Leo is a skeptical homicide detective who believes in evidence, facts, and witness testimonies—when the information comes from the living, not the dead.

When a ghost feeds Evelyn clues about a string of unsolved murders, she teams up with Leo to track down the serial killer.

The romantic tension sizzles when Evelyn and Leo go undercover as a couple to lure the killer into a trap.

But when Evelyn gets too close to the case, and the handsome detective, her life is in danger when she becomes the latest obsession of the Windy City Stalker.

About The Author:

Kat is a New York Times Bestselling author—with the help of a psychic.

After teaming up with world-renowned psychic Sylvia Browne, Kat co-wrote and published Animals on the Other Side. The book was a hit and landed on the New York Times Bestseller list. Kat and Sylvia went on to publish and promote three more successful titles, and the books were all featured on The Montel Williams Show.

Kat’s writing career took a romantic turn when a love story about a mob boss and a troubled young woman wouldn’t get out of her head. After spending years writing The Russian Tattoos Trilogy, a new couple, Evelyn and Leo, the main characters of Drawn to Death, demanded her attention.

When Kat is not reading or writing romantic suspense, ghost thrillers, or murder mysteries, she enjoys long walks and traveling with her husband. She splits her time between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Boca Raton, Florida.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University. She has won two Benjamin Franklin Awards and Killer’s Nashville’s Claymore Award for Best Suspense.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Book Review: Exiles (Aaron Falk #3) by Jane Harper


Title: Exiles (Aaron Falk #3)

Author: Jane Harper

Star: 4


This is the first book I have read by Jane Harper and jumping into book 3 in a series isn't always the best way to go.  I couldn't help myself the synopsis was just too intriguing to not read. 

Jane Harper has not just created a story with characters but a world that comes to life as readers start a slowly mystery that takes times to tell the story giving every moment a reason to be in the story.  The characters will come to life having readers staying up late into the night unable to say goodnight to the characters in case something might happen to them. The mystery is well told, and every question will be answered making sure readers know who, what, why, where and how.

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Jane Haper Exiles. 


At a busy festival site on a warm spring night, a baby lies alone in her pram, her mother vanishing into the crowds.

A year on, Kim Gillespie’s absence casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather deep in the heart of South Australian wine country to welcome a new addition to the family.

Joining the celebrations is federal investigator Aaron Falk. But as he soaks up life in the lush valley, he begins to suspect this tight-knit group may be more fractured than it seems.

Between Falk’s closest friend, a missing mother, and a woman he’s drawn to, dark questions linger as long-ago truths begin to emerge.

About The Author:

Jane Harper is the international bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man.
Jane is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year.
Her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, with The Dry in production as a major motion picture starring Eric Bana.
Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Book Review: A Wicked Game (Ruthless Rivals #3) Kate Bateman


Title: A Wicked Game (Ruthless Rivals #3)

Author: Kate Bateman

Stars: 4


The third book by Kate Bateman detailing the romantic interactions between the Davies and Montgomery families. After a feud that lasted years the young unweds on both sides appear to have taken a strong liking to each other. While trying to be aloof and ignore the mutual desires they find themselves drawn even closer to each other.  This book, like the two before, A Reckless Match and A Daring Pursuit, draws the reader more deeply into both families. The author displays a talent that is able to follow a common theme but at the same time broaden the readers desire to learn more about the families interactions. I have reviewed all three of these books and rate this one 4 stars.

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


If there’s one thing impossible for a Davies to resist, it’s a challenge from a Montgomery. . .

A teasing bet.

Shipwrecked and imprisoned thanks to an incorrect map, Captain Morgan Davies has returned to London to exact sweet revenge on the cartographer responsible for his suffering. He’s also vowed to claim the winner’s prize―three kisses―in the bet he made with his long-time nemesis, the prickly, smart-mouthed Harriet Montgomery. His incarceration has clarified his feelings for her, but convincing the infuriating woman he wants to marry her is going to be his greatest challenge yet. When Harriet’s revealed to be the very mapmaker he seeks, Morgan decides to combine revenge and seduction into one delightful package. . .

A dangerous enemy.

Harriet’s always wanted witty scoundrel Morgan, and now he’s back; as handsome and as taunting as ever. She has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s failing eyesight and a rival mapmaker copying her work to play wicked games with a dastardly Davies―however tempting he might be. But when a threat from Morgan’s past puts them both in danger, Harry discovers that she and Morgan might not be enemies at all . . .

About The Author:

Kate Bateman (also writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

When not traveling to exotic locations 'for research,' Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Book Review: Ancient Vengeance (Ancients Rising #6) by Katie Reus


Title: Ancient Vengeance (Ancients Rising #6)

Author: Katie Reus

Star: 4


I will start off with Katie Reus is a go to author for me so the second I get a chance to review one of her books I jump.  I also love the cover of this book in the Ancient Rising series. 

Ancient Vengeance is part of a series supernatural series that will become colorful as readers start with book 1 in the series. That being said readers can jump in with book 6 or book 2 as they can be read as standalone novels. 

The story is everything you expect from Katie Reus; Romance, action, sexy time, feisty strong female leads and overprotective male characters. The world the author has created in one where supernatural roam the world of humans. The balance they have created is constantly being tested and once again being tested.

The story is face pace supernatural romance that will leave readers happy they dove headfirst into Katie Reus world. 

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy of Ancient Vengeance. 


She’s been sheltered her entire life…

Stella is from a fierce and ancient dragon line, but when her kingdom was invaded and half her family slaughtered, everything changed. She’s been taught to fight, to protect herself, but now that one of her sisters is back after being thought dead, she realizes it’s time to make some changes. After years of being smothered, she needs freedom, to spread her dragon wings and experience life. So when her grandmother tasks her with a job in New Orleans, she jumps at the chance to strike out on her own and prove herself.

He's never met anyone like her…

Dragon shifter Rhodes is a killer. An assassin. And he’s been ordered to kidnap the dragon princess Stella as vengeance against her clan. He’s always finished his contracts—until he meets her. Now he’ll do anything to keep her safe. To claim her forever as his mate. But first they’ll have to overcome the danger stalking her—and then he’ll have to figure out how to get her to forgive him for betraying her.

About The Author:

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Redemption Harbor series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Book Review: Last Seen in Santorini (Miss Ashford Investigates #2) by Vivian Conroy


Title: Last Seen in Santorini (Miss Ashford Investigates #2)

Author: Vivian Conroy

Stars: 4


Vivian Conroy the author of Last Seen in Santorini reached out to me on Twitter after seeing my review requesting me to read her book.  This is the first time have read Vivian Conroy and I wasn't sure what to expect.  The story starts off very slowly and it takes a little time to really get into the mystery.  The author creates her world in the book that will have reader transported into Venice, Santorini and the many different locations that will come to life. 

The story does get a little wordy at times, Atalanta needs less internal monologues, and lastly yes, I figured out the mystery before the characters. That being said Vivian Conroy creates a cozy mystery that will bring readers into her colorful world and a mystery that needs to be solved. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the Author for advance copy of Last Seen In Satorini. 


Miss Atalanta Ashford is sightseeing near Venice when a mysterious veiled lady approaches her with the urgent request to look into her daughter's mysterious death on the idyllic Greek island of Santorini. Whilst working as a companion for the eminent Bucardi family, the unfortunate girl took a plunge from the dramatic cliffs during a walk alone. But is all as it seems?

Sailing to Santorini and going undercover as the new companion, Miss Ashford soon discovers that her client hasn't told her the full truth. Someone is watching her. Now she must unravel the mystery and prevent the breathtaking azure sea views from becoming the last she too will ever see…

About The Author:

Vivian Conroy is a multi-published mystery author with 25+ contracted titles. Away from writing, she enjoys hiking, crafting and spending too much time on Twitter where readers can connect with her under @VivWrites.

Vivian Conroy – HarperCollins

Monday, December 19, 2022

Book Review: Cold Deceit (Cold Justice: Most Wanted #2) by Toni Anderson


Title: Cold Deceit (Cold Justice: Most Wanted #2) 

Author: Toni Anderson

Star: 5


I will start off this review with I have read everything Toni Anderson and written.   Cold Deceit is hands down one of the best book she has written.  I found myself wanting to savory the story because I knew it would end all too soon. Zoe is strong, she doesn't want what she was born into to replace what she desires to do in life. Seth Hopper is Zoe superhero. 

What sets this story out from others is when the characters know they said something to upset the other they would try to figure out what it was and how to correct what caused the hurt feelings.  The relationship developed fast and yet with the way the characters communicate and the way the author has written the characters the HEA makes 100% since. 

Cold Deceit is the perfect blend of romance, action, suspense and characters building.  Hand down the best book I have read by Toni Anderson.

Thank you to Toni Anderson for an advance copy of Cold Deceit.  


When forensic anthropologist Zoe Miller stumbles across a murder victim in the blisteringly hostile Sonoran Desert, she triggers a chain of events that puts her in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer.

FBI HRT operator Seth Hopper is on secret assignment near the Mexican border when he suddenly finds himself on a rescue mission. The former Navy SEAL is ordered to protect Zoe, whether she likes it or not, which sets them off on a cross-country journey back to Virginia.

Zoe has good reason not to trust a man like Seth, but there is no denying the scorching heat that flares between them, hotter than the desert sun. Can Zoe find justice for the murdered woman? Or will the killers close in to destroy them both…

About The Author:

Toni Anderson writes gritty, sexy, FBI Romantic Thrillers, and is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in Mystery/Suspense, the Readers' Choice, Aspen Gold, Book Buyers' Best, Golden Quill, and National Excellence in Romance Fiction awards. She’s been a finalist in both The Vivian Contest and the RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her books have been downloaded more than two and a half million times.

Best known for her Cold Justice® books perhaps it’s not surprising to discover Toni lives in one of the most extreme climates on earth--Manitoba, Canada. Formerly a Marine Biologist, she still misses the ocean, but is lucky enough to travel for research purposes. In January 2016, she visited FBI Headquarters in Washington DC, including a tour of the Strategic Information and Operations Center. She hopes not to get arrested for her Google searches.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Book Review: Hunter Avenged (Forgotten Brotherhood series) by N.J. Walters


Title: Hunter Avenged (Forgotten Brotherhood series) 

Author:  N.J. Walters

Stars: 5


Hunter Avenged is a standalone story but I would suggest you read it as a part of the series to understand the world the author has created in her Forgotten Brotherhood series. 

This supernatural romance created to characters that accept who they are and what they are to do in the world that N.J. Walters has created.  The action is epic as well as the final battle in Hunter Avenged is hands down very well written that reader will feel as if they are fighting side by side with Sven and Rivka. There is romance that balances out the rest of the fighting and action back scenes. 

Thank you to netgalley for advance copy of N.J. Walters Hunter Avenged. 


It’s taken Viking hunter Sven Knutson six frustrating months to find her. To track down the angel responsible for compromising the Forgotten Brotherhood and waking the drakon. She may be clever. Resourceful. But no one ever gets away from Sven. Ever.

All Rivka longed for as an angel was a chance to serve on Earth and help humans. Instead, it all went impossibly, horribly wrong, and she still doesn’t understand how or even why. All she knows is that she’s on the run—not only from Heaven’s dangerous elite guard, but also from the Brotherhood, who want answers.

She might just have to trust the immortal Viking whose icy blue eyes make her feel almost wickedly human. Because someone wants Rivka dead and the Brotherhood eliminated. Someone powerful enough to take on the most dangerous assassins who have ever lived. Someone who could unleash the fury of both Heaven and Hell…and Rivka is the key.

About The Author:

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.

One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never be the same.

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

Monday, December 12, 2022

Book Review: The Girl in the River (Detective Ellie Reeves Book 7) by Rita Herron


Title: The Girl in the River (Detective Ellie Reeves Book 7)

Author: Rita Herron

Star: 4 1\2


Book 7 I wasn't sure what to expect since Ellie Reeve has been to hell and back in the first 6 novels. I have enjoyed Rita Herron Detective Ellie Reeves series if you have read one you know that at times you need to suspend your belief in the world the author has created. 

The story moved quickly with bodies piling up, missing bride and a best friend who will stop at nothing to find the bride. The characters are finding their pathway in the story and of course the two men in Ellie life one trying to find a place in her heart and the other hiding away his feelings. 

I want to make it clear that I would highly recommend you read the Ellie Reeves series in a row.  It will help understand the world that Rita Herron created.  I know it is scary finding a new series this one thankfully can sometimes be found on kindle unlimited.  If you come across Rita Herron books on kindle unlimited grab a copy you won't regret.

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Rita Herron The Girl in the River. 


The body lay in the river, arms outstretched. Long brown hair swirled in all directions, flowing with the current of the water. Her eyes were wide open in death, pale pink lips parted in a scream.

Detective Ellie Reeves should be enjoying the wedding of her dear friend Mia Norman. But instead of celebrating, she is frantically searching for the missing bride. Something is terribly wrong—just hours ago, Mia was blissfully happy. Why would she suddenly vanish?

Bursting through the dressing room, Ellie finds it in disarray—chairs overturned, a perfume bottle shattered. Hiding in the bathroom is Mia’s six-year-old daughter Pixie, curled in a ball and sobbing her heart out. The little girl says she was locked inside when she heard a man’s voice, and her mother crying. “I just want my mommy back,” she pleads. Ellie vows to make that happen.

Turning the venue upside down, Ellie’s blood turns to ice when she reaches the riverbank. Someone is dead in the rippling water, floating beside a white veil. Ellie holds her breath as she turns the body over. It belongs to Tori, Mia’s bridesmaid, a gunshot wound in her back. Near the murder scene, Ellie discovers a button from a man’s shirt, and her friend’s engagement ring. The race is on to find Mia—before it’s too late.

When forensics come back, the investigation takes a dark turn. DNA proves that Mia was actually Jesse Habersham, a woman who went missing five years ago. Ellie is certain that Mia was running from someone. Did her past finally catch up with her?

Facing the most complex case of her career, Ellie is in a race against time. Can she uncover the truth before her friend is brutally killed? And when the murderer comes after innocent little Pixie, will Ellie save her from the clutches of death?

About The Author:

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Book Review: The Wolf is Mine by Paige Tyle


Title: The Wolf is Mine

Author: Paige Tyle

Star: 5


I have read several of the SWAT series by Paige Tyler and I have to admit this might be one of my favorites.  If you have read the series, I think this just might be the book you have been waiting for and I bet you already knew that cat wasn't really a cat!

There is sex but push that all away the story and characters are well developed.  The author is bringing in more supernatural characters into her stories and the wolves are discoveries make it entertaining. 

Paige Tyler has created sexy supernatural world that comes to life with each different romantic story.

The "The One" does get old after a while but it is what connects all the books in Paige Tyler series. 

Thank you to Netgalley for advance copy of Paige Tyler The Wolf is Mine. 


The stakes are higher than ever in the newest installment of Paige Tyler's thrilling and sexy paranormal SWAT series. What can a werewolf do to win the woman he knows is his fated mate?

Werewolf Connor Malone and his SWAT team are in San Antonio looking for their teammate. But Connor can't stop worrying about his cat who went missing the morning he left Dallas. His furry friend has been by his side since he found her a year ago, and the fact that she's disappeared is weighing on him. Things get much worse when he and his team realize they're up against a powerful creature they might not be able to defeat...

Back in Dallas, Connor's feline friend turns out to be the powerful woman who introduces herself as Kat Davenport...a witch who needs the SWAT team's help to defeat the wicked warlock who cursed her. And when she and Connor are thrown together again, there will be no denying the connection they already share, and the white-hot chemistry that sizzles between them.

About The Author:

Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.

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