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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cynthia Eden After the Dark Teaser #3


In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well. 

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama. 


Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more. 

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.
After the Dark
Killer Instinct #1
Cynthia Eden
Pub Date: 3/28/17
HQN Books
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blog Tour: The Last Chance Matinee (Review)

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, The Hudson Sisters, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish. In the process, they find not only themselves, but the father they only thought they knew.

When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended in a tragic overdose. Meanwhile, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—they had a daughter together, Cara, and while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had, he never quite managed to tell her or Cara about his West Coast family.





Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce, allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals, and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend—but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old, decrepit theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Guided by Fritz’s closest friend and longtime attorney, Pete Wheeler, the sisters come together—whether they like it or not—to turn their father’s dream into a reality, and might just come away with far more than they bargained for.
The Last Chance Matinee
Hudson Sisters #1
Mariah Stewart
Pub Date: 3/21/17
Gallery Books
Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction
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Mariah Stewart has blown me away with her new series featuring the Hudson sisters. The Last Chance Matinee is a multifaceted story of family and what happens you put three sisters together to bring their father's dream to reality.

When Allie and Des come together to hear the reading of their father's will they learn of their half-sister Cara. The three girls are stunned to learn about their father's double life. Add to that revelation, his will indicates that they must head to his hometown to restore their family legacy: the Sugarhouse Theater. The only way to ensure their inheritance is to complete the restoration without bailing on the project. So the girls head to Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania to fulfill Fritz's dying dream: for the girls to know each other and their heritage.

The Last Chance Matinee lays the foundation for the series while simultaneously highlighting each of the sisters' personal situations and revealing the secrets of their father's past. To further engage readers there's romantic tension, of course, and the drama of three blindsided sisters getting to know each other. This complex storyline will suck you in immediately, because Mariah Stewart is just that good! On top of all the details she must have amassed to write a vivid, emotional story Allie, Des, and Cara are distinct characters that each have their own stories. Though The Last Chance Matinee places Cara at the forefront of this novel, the voices of all three sisters are heard throughout the story. When I realized how the story was set up in the outset of the novel I knew that I was going to breeze through. Even as Stewart juggles these three storylines the story is well-planned and easy to follow.

There's something about plots set in small towns that make for the most memorable and entertaining stories. Mariah Stewart's creation of Hidden Falls is no exception. Between the 'everyone knows everyone' connections and its quaint appeal I was really hoping that Hidden Falls was a real place I could go visit, especially since it's still firmly stuck in my head! Just as readers are able to paint a vivid mental picture of Hidden Falls, the Hudson sisters find bits and pieces of their father's childhood to paint a picture of the man he was before death. Not only are they beginning to solve the mystery of his actions, they learn the history of their descendants. Stewart knows how to keep you reading while providing a full, rich plot. Every scene leads somewhere interesting and by the end of the novel you'll know there's more to come.

I've only read a couple of Mariah Stewart's previous novels. The Last Chance Matinee seems to be written in a similar vein to the Chesapeake Diaries while also offering something different for long time fans. It would even appeal to readers of Kristan Higgans or Sophie Kinsella. I highly recommend this story to Chesapeake Diaries fans and even readers who haven't yet given Mariah Stewart a chance!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

From the Preface, The Last Chance Matinee:
Everyone is familiar with the adage “write what you know”; it’s a saying that has dictated much of my decades-long career in publishing. But this time, it was what I (or rather, my mother) didn’t know that formed the basis for this first book in my new Hudson Sisters series.

When my mother was in her mid-forties, she received a letter from a woman named Alice, the wife of her recently deceased cousin Bill. Alice thanked my mother for the sympathy card she’d sent her, and finished her note by saying, “You do know that Bill was your half brother, right?”

Ah, no. She did not.

…Of course, I was fascinated. My grandfather died when I was four or five years old, and I have very little memory of him other than his deep, hearty laugh. I’ve been thinking for years that this foundation of a love child and secret siblings would make a great story; but not knowing all the facts, I was free to fill in the blanks—and so I did. Years passed before I felt I had the right story in my head. This is that story. I hope you enjoy my version of what could happen under such circumstances

—Mariah Stewart

About Mariah Stewart:

Mariah Stewart is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels as well as several novellas and short stories. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors county life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her at mariahstewart.com and follow her on Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart and on Instagram @mariah_stewart_books

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Hard Justice (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.










Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she's sweet and intriguingly innocent. It's a risk-free assignment, until he's required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it's not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that's real, raw and absolutely against the rules…
Hard Justice
Body Armor Series #2
Lori Foster
March 21, 2017
HQN Books
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Lori Foster must have some kind of super power, because there is no other way she could deliver the exact type of heroine I've been aching for! Just one chapter in and I could already claim how much I love Hard Justice.

The second installment in Lori Foster's Body Armor series features fighter Justice Wallington and young, sheltered Fallon Wade. Justice is hired to protect Fallon as she explores the world she shut out after a traumatic incident 5 years ago. Even though Justice doesn't know Fallon's past, or what could possibly be a threat to her, he vows to protect her as if the danger were obvious. As the assignment moves along the dangers to Fallon become more apparent and Justice won't rest until the threat is neutralized.

The story moves quickly but Foster manages to show Fallon and Justice's relationship grow over the course of months. It may be attraction at first sight, but readers get to see how the two forge a deep bond. As Justice brings Fallon deeper into his world, she finds a sense of camaraderie with the other MMA fighters. The Body Armor series is a spinoff of Lori Foster's Ultimate series, so fans of that series will see a lot of familiar characters. I applaud her ability to create so many rich and realistic characters that all fit well inside this story. There's a nice line of tension between Justice and another fighter that keeps you on the edge just waiting for a brawl.

I haven't read the Ultimate series, something I must remedy immediately, but I can whole-heartedly say that fans of that series will enjoy the Body Armor series. Hard Justice is the kind of story that I'll read over and over again, because I love it and it'll always give me that little shiver of satisfaction when I finish.
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Take a little peek inside Hard Justice!
When the doorbell rang, Fallon Wade’s heart jumped into a beat so furious, it stole her breath. He was here. She wasn’t ready, would never be ready, but she hadn’t been given a choice.

Opening her bedroom door very quietly, she tiptoed to the staircase landing and peeked over.

Her father and mother stood before the man, in her line of vision. But it didn’t matter. He towered over them and it’d take a giant to block him. Holy smokes. He had to be at least six-five.

Muscles bulged everywhere. Like…seriously. Ev­erywhere. Shoulders, biceps, chest, neck; he stood in a casual pose, if a brick wall could ever be casual.

Dark hair stuck up in a messy faux hawk. An un­trimmed goatee mixed with beard shadow covered a hard, square jaw. And his nose…well, his nose looked as if it had been broken. At least once.

Or maybe multiple times.

Oddly none of that detracted from his extremely rug­ged good looks, but rather added a dangerous, sexy edge. He certainly looked more than capable of pro­viding protection.

While her father, no doubt a little shell-shocked, prat­tled on about what was and wasn’t acceptable for his “precious daughter,” the man shifted his weight, crossed his arms and, with polite impatience, listened.

Until he glanced up at her.

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LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.    

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Monday, March 20, 2017

If I Run's Intense Sequel: If I'm Found (Review)

Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?
If I'm Found
If I Run #2
Terri Blackstock
Pub Date: 3/21/17
Zondervan
Genre: Suspense, Christian Fiction
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In If I'm Found, the engaging follow-up to If I Run, Casey Cox is still on the run. The law is getting ever closer to catching up with her, but she and the private investigator hired to find her are closer to unveiling the truth about her tormentors. Terri Blackstock once again pulls readers into Casey's story with a compelling plot of suspense and quest for vindication.

If you thought If I Run was intense, wait until you dive into If I'm Found. Casey finds herself in yet another situation where a young life is at stake and she's compelled to help. I admire Casey for being the heroine who would put the life of a child in danger above her own safety. Her distress when she meets a struggling family shows that she would help anyone in more need. However, there's a lot more at stake this time. Keegan and Rollins are getting desperate to find Casey before she can reveal their crimes, so they've become more aggressive in their pursuit. Dylan Roberts, on the other hand, is determined to uncover enough proof of Casey's innocence before they get to her.

While collecting enough evidence to bring Brent Pace's true murderer to justice is slow going, there's enough time for Dylan and Casey to forge a simmering connection. Though they have no time to establish a relationship in this novel, they are still the very definition of sweetness. Casey has to trust someone to help her and Dylan perfectly fits the bill. As a man with faith he shows Casey what it's like to have true faith and reassures her that they will see a way through this situation.

If I'm Found shows Casey at her most vulnerable and at the point where she's quickly losing all hope. Readers will be rooting for Casey the whole way as she narrowly avoids capture and defeat. Terri Blackstock continues to engage readers with an emotional plot with enough twists and turns to please any suspense lover!
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A Down to Earth Western Romance: Forever a Hero (Review)

For the youngest Carson brother, finding—and fixing—trouble seems to be all in a day's work

Mace Carson doesn't consider himself a hero. Back in college, he came upon a woman in trouble and intervened—but he was just one irate Wyoming cowboy with his boots planted firmly on the side of right. Now a successful vintner, Mace is shocked to be reunited with the woman he saved. But it turns out she's in Wyoming on business…a corporate executive representing the company that wants to buy his winery. Only, he's not selling.



Kelly Wright has never forgotten that horrible night ten years ago when Mace came to her rescue, has never forgotten him. The surprising success of a winery in the middle of ranch country has brought her to Mustang Creek, and she's secretly thrilled to discover Mace at the helm. Reluctant to mix business with pleasure, Kelly vows to keep things professional, until her attacker is released from prison and comes for vengeance…against both of them.
Forever a Hero
The Carsons of Mustang Creek #3
Linda Lael Miller
Pub Date: 3/21/17
HQN Books
Genre: Western Romance
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Linda Lael Miller revisits the Carsons of Mustang Creek, this time focusing on the youngest Carson brother: Mace. In Forever a Hero, Kelly Wright is on a mission to persuade vintner Mace to sell his small but successful winery to Great Grapes International. Despite their former acquaintance, Kelly the maiden in distress and Mace her knight in shining armor, Kelly is determined not to mix pleasure with business.

I love western romances and Forever a Hero is one of the best I've read so far. The story takes off after Mace saves Kelly from an unfortunate accident, yet again. The tension between the two characters is palpable as they try to figure out how to proceed. Mace is determined not to sell, but he's willing to keep Kelly around to explore their personal connection. Mace and Kelly are two intellectuals with a passion for wine. While Mace focuses on perfecting the taste and tone of each of his wines, Kelly is the marketing guru. She knows just the right words to use to convince others of her ideas. The two are an obvious match and its fun to see them come around to the same conclusion.

A bit of suspense is thrown into the mix of this storyline when Kelly's attacker is released from a ten year stint in jail. The big question is whether or not he's willing to risk going back to jail for the sake of getting revenge. This part of the plot rounds the story out a bit, but I actually would have liked to see it expanded upon. This character was mostly a shadow that caused Kelly and Mace to watch their backs, and it didn't make a strong impact until the end of the novel. Even then it was over and done with in a matter of paragraphs.

The plot is fast paced but leaves enough time for readers to experience the fresh Wyoming landscape.  I even feel like I went to the Mountain Winery vineyard myself and walked among the rows and rows of growing grapes. Linda Lael Miller has a way of writing characters who are so in tune with their surroundings that their stories feel authentic. Their desires and goals are so believable and realistic which adds a rich layer of drama when plans don't work out quite in the way they expected. Fans of the Carson brothers will revel in this latest installment, and readers unfamiliar will be itching to visit Mustang Creek!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Cynthia Eden: After the Dark Teaser #2


In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well. 

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama. 


Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more. 

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.
After the Dark
Killer Instinct #1
Cynthia Eden
Pub Date: 3/28/17
HQN Books
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Mystery in its Own Class: The Cutaway (Review)

The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.



Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.

Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.
The Cutaway
Christina Kovac
Pub Date: 3/21/17
Atria / 37 Ink
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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Christina Kovac's debut novel, The Cutaway, is a drama that drags readers in and doesn't let go until the mystery is solved. Its heroine, Virginia Knightly, is a savvy news producer that takes on a missing persons case that blows up into a big news piece. To keep her station in the lead and protect the dignity of this unknown woman, Virginia dedicates her resources to discovering the truth about Evelyn Carney.

Though The Cutaway is anything but average, its mystery is a classic 'whodunit' as Virginia faces deception and subterfuge. No part of Evelyn Carney's disappearance is straightforward, not even the witnesses or Virginia's sources. It's pretty easy to take a stab at who the culprit is early on in the novel, but this is one time where it doesn't detract from the story. Kovac utilizes the greed and corruption of public officials to create red herrings and suspicion. The story has an even fast pace bringing readers all the excitement of a thriller and entertainment of a well executed plot. There's even time for the beginnings of a steamy romance.

Like reaching into a hat filled with diamonds and pulling out a piece of gold, The Cutaway is a mystery in its own class. Its fresh and unique take on unraveling a complex mystery is so gripping that I'm surprised this is only Christina Kovac's debut! This is the mystery to read this spring!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Riveting Suspense: If I Run (Review)

Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.


Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?


Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.
If I Run
Book #1
Terri Blackstock
Pub Date: 2/2016
Zondervan
Genre: Suspense, Christian Fiction
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If I Run, the start of Terri Blackstock's new series, immediately opens to a scene that is both worrying and intriguing. It raises questions that beg to be answered as readers stumble upon a young women who appears to be fleeing from the law. A traumatic event from her past left Casey Cox with a deep mistrust of police, so when she finds the body of her best friend, she believes her only choice is to run as far as possible before they blame her for his murder.

Everything about If I Run riveted me as I tried to unravel Casey's story. As it unfolded I almost felt like I was reading a cozy mystery, but there aren't enough elements for it to fall completely in that category. Her story is interesting before you get all the details, and when you become privy to the truth her story becomes something greater. Between the alternating perspectives of Casey and the private investigator hired to find her If I Run shows its layers. These layers are cleverly arranged to form an engaging, suspenseful story that will beg to be finished in one sitting.

Dylan and Casey are on opposite sides of the investigation. However, he believes that bringing Casey to face justice could be his way to a normal life. A way for him to overcome the PTSD that makes others regard him as unstable or unpredictable. As the chase intensifies so does his investigation to understand Casey's motives and state of mind, but things aren't adding up. Another layer is added to keep readers guessing about the outcome of this game of cat and mouse. The heart-pounding climax of the plot serves to increase the dramatic element of the story while clearly showing the truth of the heroine. I must say that the strength of these characters is obvious if only they could see it themselves, as well.

The high emotions make If I Run an intense read that completely engages you in the story. Going from one with little faith, Casey learns that she's not alone in so many ways. As a person who loves people, it's a lesson that brings her some form of comfort. I honest can't imagine the course of the next book, but I can't wait to see how her story plays out in the next title, If I'm Found. I know that the ending will not be disappointing!
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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Next Chapter in an Explosive Series: The Devil's Triangle (Review)

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes the highly anticipated thriller in their Brit in the FBI series, featuring special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine in their new roles as heads of the Covert Eyes team—but will their first case be their last when the enigmatic and dangerous thief known as the Fox reappears?

“He who controls the weather, will control the world. He who controls time, will never be around.” —Thomas Frey

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government’s Covert Eyes—leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help.

Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she’s overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that’s killed thousands in Beijing isn’t a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth.

From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC.
The Devil's Triangle
A Brit in the FBI #4
Catherine Coulter / J.T. Ellison
Pub Date: 3/14/17
Gallery Books
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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The fabulous writing duo, Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison up the stakes in The Devil's Triangle as Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine lead their first Covert Eyes mission. Everyone's favorite master thief, Kitsune, aka the Fox, is back and she's asking Nicholas and Mike for help.

It seems like a straightforward mission: fly to Italy to rescue the Fox's husband and bring her back in handcuffs. When the crew lands bullets fly and the team finds themselves tracking the most dangerous suspects yet. With every novel written in this series Coulter and Ellison push the envelope more and more. The plots stretch broader and become more complex while running the risk of becoming outlandish, but The Devil's Triangle doesn't completely fall off track. I expected the story to focus on the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, but that was more on the periphery of a much bigger plot. Five generations of the Koath family have been obsessed with finding Ark of the Covenant. They believe it's their destiny to protect it or use its sacred power to gain eternity. It was quite a stretch for two epic concepts to be melded into this gargantuan plot, but somehow Coulter and Ellison pulled it off. There is quite a bit of info dump throughout the novel, which is one aspect that tempts me to skip through the story, but sets it apart from a regular mystery. The reader is privy to bits of information that's later repeated when the agents figure it out. We're aware of the culprit so there isn't usually an element of surprise as far as 'whodunit'. The surprise element comes from seeing what kind of trouble Nicholas and Michaela stumble upon in the course of their investigation.

The Devil's Triangle, along with the previous novels in the series so far, is jammed packed with action. From car chases to cliff jumps -- it's all there and you don't want to miss out on an adrenaline packed novel! Even with the nearly non-stop action it still manages to be a well-rounded story. The Covert Eyes team has become my favorite group of people to hang out with. Though Nicholas and Mike have this wild romance blossoming behind the scenes, readers get a peek of their connection as they hunt down criminals together. Other regular agents from the series like Ben Houston, Adam Pearce and Louisa Barry seem to have stronger presences and roles in the story.

A Brit in the FBI is truly an ingenious series! It reminds me a bit of Sandra Brannan's Liv Bergen mystery series on an international scale with much more fast-paced action. The characters are sharp, witty, and just a little bit scary as they take on whatever big bad adversaries stand in the way of justice. To Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison: keep 'em coming ladies!
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lord of the Mountains (Review)

Amid the glittering fjords and majestic mountains of Norway, this stunning series delves into the loves, battles, and dreams of the Viking clans—powerful men and women who believed in the call of the flesh as well as the soul…






It was said that the man who could look into Silvi Ivarsdottir's eyes would be meant for her. Powerful jarl Magnus Sigrundson knows he is that man, and that Silvi's dowry can give him the ships, swords, and silver he needs for his trading empire. Yet beautiful Silvi's dream is not to be a wife, but a Priestess of the gods for the great temple at Uppsala. Who dares interfere with such passion? The answer lies in Silvi herself, in the way her body awakens to Magnus' touch, in the way she inspires a reverence he didn't know he possessed—and in the battles she takes on when she journeys to his mountain home of Thorsfjell.

But soon a dangerous, deceitful enemy threatens to shatter. Now they face another quest: can they find each other again—and dare live and love in each other's worlds?
Lord of the Mountains
Viking Lords #2
Sabrina Jarema
Pub Date: 3/14/17
Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Romance
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Sabrina Jarema's Norse inspired Viking Lords series continues with Lord of the Mountains. Eirik Ivarsdottir's village has been cleared of thugs and he is nearing the end of his marriage celebrations. His wife's brother, Magnus Sigrundson, is preparing to head back home, but not without taking the chance to persuade Silvi Ivarsdottir to visit Thorsfjell. Silvi, on the other hand, is stubbornly determined to give herself to the gods and become a priestess at Upsala. Her family has other intentions for her.

The story concept is great, but I wish there had been more fire in Silvi. I didn't immediately love her and honestly by the end I thought she was just okay. There seemed to be some conflict in her character, because her mother and brother believed she was strong based on the fact that one had to be in order to channel the power of the gods, but she acted very naive and needy and just didn't show that strength well. Magnus was a rock throughout and proved time and time again that he was worthy of Silvi's love. I did enjoy watching their romance unfold, because their love was not immediate, or easy.

Lord of the Mountains made me feel like I was reading a contemporary military romance transferred to another time and place. Readers follow the warriors into battle and get a sense of their strength and ideals, while entertained by the antics of two people navigating the rough waters of an uncertain relationship. Overall, I enjoyed Sabrina Jarema's style and attention to detail. I have no inkling of Norse culture, but I was able to easily envision the story and believe Silvi had once walked upon the lands of Norway. I'm eager to continue the series to see what other angles she can work from this fascinating group of people, because she definitely laid out the possibilities. Lord of the Seas will no doubt be an interesting addition to the Viking Lords series!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

Previous Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Cynthia Eden: After the Dark Teaser #1



In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well. 

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama. 


Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more. 

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.
After the Dark
Killer Instinct #1
Cynthia Eden
Pub Date: 3/28/17
HQN Books
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Don't miss this saucy new book from Cynthia Eden! I'm so excited to read it and I hope you guys stay tuned for more!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hunted (Review)

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Hunted
Meagan Spooner
Pub Date: 3/14/17
HarperTeen
Genre: YA Fantasy
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I had not yet been inclined to read anything by Meagan Spooner, but I couldn't pass up the chance that Hunted was going to be an intriguing story of a strong heroine with an awesome ability.

Yeva, or Beauty, was definitely a strong heroine with a talent for hunting, but her story was less than stellar. The opening was a close resemblance to Feyre's circumstances in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Yeva is also the youngest sister who will be called upon to use her hunting skills to care for the family when their father loses their fortune. The family is dropped from high society and moved to a little cabin next to the wilderness. There are obviously some differences in the details, but they are minute. The story eventually makes a sharp right turn down a different plot path, but the similarities in the opening are glaring and too close for me to appreciate the differences that follow.

Hunted is a mix of folklore with a twist. Yes, it is different from any retelling I've read, but is it better? I honestly don't believe so. The overall finish felt more like the result of taking the best parts of multiple stories and melding them together to create a logical plot. I read and appreciate stories all the time that are inspired by something that came before, whether it be fairy tale or some other classic. I liked those stories because they rose above their inspiration and became something completely other and unique, with a little hat tip to the original source. A good example of that is The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine, which is an original story that weaves in the familiar legend of Rumpelstiltskin.

I wasn't amazed by the story as a whole. I just think it could've been made into something more in terms of originality and uniqueness.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*


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