I liked this one a lot more than the first book. I felt like Karen's hesitancy to get involved with Grady came across as genuine. While she is attractI liked this one a lot more than the first book. I felt like Karen's hesitancy to get involved with Grady came across as genuine. While she is attracted to Grady, she feel incredible guilt as if she is betraying her late husband. Grady's patience with her was very sweet . I loved them together. The only thing about this book that I wish was better explained was who was really behind all of the sabotage. There is a solution to who set the fire, but it wasn't clear to me whether or not this person was behind everything.
Never Surrender is a debut novel. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. Maggie is a cop who went undercover a year earlier despite her fellow cop anNever Surrender is a debut novel. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. Maggie is a cop who went undercover a year earlier despite her fellow cop and lover's advice. They severed ties and now she has reached out asking him for help.She has been undercover at a club trying to catch the owner who is stealing and selling young girls.
I liked both Maggie and Quinn's characters and thought thy were good together. You could tell they still cared about each other as the book went on. Because they had a history, their hook-up was pretty easy to buy. The mystery was good as well, although I was able to pick out the moles pretty easily. That didn't take away from the story though.
My only complaint about the book was the constant feeling I had that I was missing something. Almost like this was supposed to be a part of a series with backstory that I needed. Especially when it came to James and Lydia. I also would have liked more background of Maggie and Quinn together before she went undercover. Despite all of that, this is a good debut book. I look forward to seeing what this author comes out with next....more
Blood Red is the first in a new series about the town of Mundy's Landing. I found this to be a pretty interesting mystery. The book starts off with anBlood Red is the first in a new series about the town of Mundy's Landing. I found this to be a pretty interesting mystery. The book starts off with an abduction and assumed murder. Then quickly brings us to Mundy's Landing, home for Rowan and her family. She receives a package that brings her back to a time in the past she would like to forget. Somehow it all ties together, but the reader is left guessing until the end.
I did enjoy the story. I thought the author did a good job of keeping my attention throughout the book. The characters were interesting. I liked Rowan, despite her transgression 14 years before. She clearly made a wrong spur of the moment decision, but has done all she could to make it right again. The story is told from multiple people's points of view. How they all tie together is, at first, not easy to figure out but toward the end it all comes together with a twist. You know who the killer is all along, but do you really? You'll have to read to find out!
This is actually the second book I have read by this author. I like her style, so I know I'll be looking for her other works. The next book in the series, Blue Moon, comes out next summer. I look forward to visiting with the people of Mundy's Landing again!...more
I'll be honest, it took me a while to figure out what to even say about this story, A Line of Blood is going to be a book you either love or don't. FoI'll be honest, it took me a while to figure out what to even say about this story, A Line of Blood is going to be a book you either love or don't. For me, I didn't. I did finish it all the way to the end and I just wouldn't recommend it. The book opens with Alex and his son finding their neighbor dead in his bathtub. It seems that it was a suicide at first. But the police begin to suspect that it was murder. Alex and his wife are thrown into the spotlight when things begin to not add up.
The thing I didn't like about this book was the characters. None of them are likable. In fact, they all kind of got what they deserved if you want my opinion. Millicent is the worst of the three. How Alex stayed with her after all of her secrets were revealed was beyond me. I wouldn't call this a thriller or entirely suspenseful. None of the secrets were very shocking, just unforgivable. The ending is pretty easy to figure out as there is enough foreshadowing if you look hard enough. So, why did I read through to the end? I had been looking forward to this book and I kept hoping it would get better. I was also hoping for a different ending. But it never came. ...more
2.5 Everything She Forgot has been presented as a thriller and a mystery. But, honestly, I didn't think it was either. The book opens with Margaret, a2.5 Everything She Forgot has been presented as a thriller and a mystery. But, honestly, I didn't think it was either. The book opens with Margaret, a social worker, who ends up in a multiple car accident. She finds herself trapped in a burning car and is saved by a mysterious stranger at the last minute. The accident affects her and begins to bring back memories of a forgotten time when she was little.
I think had this book been presented in a different way, I would have enjoyed it more. I was expecting a thriller and didn't really get one. The story waffles between the present and 1985. I won't give too much away, but the connections between the past and present aren't really too hard to figure out very early on. So, for me, there really was no twist or surprise in the end. Don't get me wrong, it is worth taking a look at. The characters are interesting as well as the story of what happened to Margaret. Just don't expect a huge thriller. There really isn't one here....more
The Truth and Other Lies was a random audiobook pick from my library. It seemed to have received rave reviews, so I was hoping for a great story. UnfoThe Truth and Other Lies was a random audiobook pick from my library. It seemed to have received rave reviews, so I was hoping for a great story. Unfortunately, I am in the minority when I say I really didn't like this book. It's pretty short, so I did listen to the whole thing. I just detested all of the characters and it wasn't really that suspenseful.
This really should have been titled "How to Get Away with Murder". Because that is essentially what the story is about. Henry is a slimy unlikable person who will always do what he can to try to get what he wants. He married an author and let the world think that he wrote her books. He isn't faithful, ever. When his girlfriend gets pregnant, all he can think about is killing her and the baby. Killing her I could understand, but the coldness toward his unborn child was hard to read. The ending was awful and frustrating. I really didn't care for this book and wouldn't recommend it....more
One of the problems with going into a book like Dance of the Bones without ever having read a book by the author in either series it is associated witOne of the problems with going into a book like Dance of the Bones without ever having read a book by the author in either series it is associated with is that you always feel late to the party. At least that is how I felt. I haven't read either series that the two detective characters are featured in, but I was hoping this would work as a stand alone. Unfortunately for me, it didn't hold up well. The author did put in a lot of background, but I kept feeling like I was playing catch up. Too much to enjoy the story. There were also too many characters to keep track of in the beginning. Again, that probably comes from the merging of two series into one book.
The premise of the story is that these two detectives end up helping each other solve a "cold case". The problem is that the reader already know what happened. You find out in the prologue. So, for me that kind of killed the thrilling part of it. I probably would have preferred solving the cold case with them. So, in the end it was just an OK read for me.
The one good thing that I can say about the book is that I liked both Beaumont and Walker. Enough to want to go back to the beginning and read both series from the start. Maybe once I do that, this book will be more exciting....more
Obsession Falls is the second full book in the Virtue Falls series. There are two novellas nestled in there, but I haven't read those. I can honestlyObsession Falls is the second full book in the Virtue Falls series. There are two novellas nestled in there, but I haven't read those. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book. I liked it even more than the first book. Taylor witnesses an attempted murder and ends up on the run from the bad guys as well as the police. When she witnesses a murder months later, her life is in even more danger.
What made the book so enjoyable was the whole adventure part of the book. I thought the author did a fantastic job of helping the reader experience what Taylor went through while on the run in mountains during the winter. I'm not sure I would be strong enough to survive what she did. There are also some twists that were pretty surprising.
I wouldn't really classify this one as a romantic suspense. There is a bit of romance, but it comes much later in the story and the suspense is a much bigger part of the book. I loved Kennedy and hated the villain. I was a bit perplexed at the way Taylor was enchanted by the villain. He is pure evil so I didn't get the appeal other than he was good looking.
Once the story ends up in Virtue Falls, we get to catch up with characters form the first book. That is always a treat. I especially loved Kateri and Rainbow. I'm really hoping that Kateri is going to get a HEA. She deserves one! The ending was one of those WTF moments, so I hope it gets cleared up in the next book! I can't wait!...more
Beneath these Scars is the 4th book in the Beneath series. This is Yve and Lucas's story. For the most part, I thought this stood up fairly well as aBeneath these Scars is the 4th book in the Beneath series. This is Yve and Lucas's story. For the most part, I thought this stood up fairly well as a stand alone. From what i could deduce from reading between the lines Lucas played a major part in Beneath This Ink, which is the 2nd book and Vanessa and Con's story. I kind of wish that I had read that one, only to see how much Lucas was different from the second book. But, I don't think it's really necessary to this story.
I really liked Lucas and Yve as individual characters. I loved Yve's conviction to do things differently than her family and to do it her way. As for Lucas, he is a typical alpha billionaire who always gets what he wants, but he has a great hidden tender side. While I ultimately liked Lucas and Yve together, their relationship kind of bothered me in the beginning. They kept having angry sex and that was kind of off-putting. I'm not sure I'll ever understand how two people can end up falling in love when their relationship starts out like that.
There is a little bit of a mystery that ended up surprising me. I was a bit off base, but I liked that. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I hope it is Valentina and Hennessy's story!...more
I had high hopes for The Captive Condition. It looked to be a thrilling horror story that would hopefully suck me in right away. Sadly, there was nothI had high hopes for The Captive Condition. It looked to be a thrilling horror story that would hopefully suck me in right away. Sadly, there was nothing horrific or thrilling about the story. Have you ever read a thesaurus? I'm not talking about using it to look up a different way to describe something. I mean from cover to cover. No? Neither have I, but I sure felt like I was reading one when I started this book. I had the hardest time getting through this book. It was over written. Sometimes the best way to describe a scene is to keep it simple. I did not find a simple description on any page in this book. At least as far as I read because I ended up not finishing the book at about 30%. I think this story had a lot of potential, but the plot got lost in too many words....more
With Obscured, I wasn't sure if I was going to get a story that I liked. The story involves Athena who was tricked into becoming a high-end prostituteWith Obscured, I wasn't sure if I was going to get a story that I liked. The story involves Athena who was tricked into becoming a high-end prostitute for Mike when she was 16. 10 years later, she is trapped and can't find a way out, even though she has tried a few times. When she runs into a childhood friend, it seems that she may have way out. She just doesn't know who she can trust.
I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I liked this book. I definitely didn't think I would end up liking the main characters, Athena. Her story isn't pretty and at times made me uncomfortable. But, despite her lifestyle and choices in life, I thought she was incredibly strong and was someone I was rooting for to end up with a different life. This book is also a hard one to review without giving away key plot points. Let's just say things aren't always what they seem. There was a big twist that gave the story a satisfying ending. I thought it was incredibly sweet. I defiantly recommend Obscured. It was a quick read and one that sucked me right in....more
Sit! Stay! Speak! was a pleasant surprise. After a week of not liking anything I had been reading, I ended up devouring this book. It's book about secSit! Stay! Speak! was a pleasant surprise. After a week of not liking anything I had been reading, I ended up devouring this book. It's book about second chances, new beginnings and finding love in unexpected places. Addie lost her fiance two years before and has moved to the small town of Eunice to try to start over. She ends up with a house that needs a lot of work, a dog who needs lots of love, and a mystery that she must solve in the town.
Addie was a great character. One of the things that she discovers about herself and about starting over is that a new place can be great, but it isn't without its own issues. The grass isn't always greener and it's what you do with what you have that counts. She also had a big heart and that made her very likable. I loved her slow tentative friendship with her crazy neighbor. That was cute. I also loved seeing her get a second chance at love. While her relationship with Jasper was at times rocky, I was rooting for them the whole book.
The book is filled with quirky characters that are often found in small towns. Gossip is rampant and quickly spread. But. to me , this wasn't your typical chick-lit book. Addie realized there is something not right going on in the town and she is determined to figure it out. That of course puts her life in danger. I'm not going to give anything away. Just go read it. This is a great debut book with a little bit of love, a little bit of mystery and a cute pit bull named Felix. How can you go wrong?...more
This was enjoyable, but definitely not this author's best. I did like the main characters, but I thought their romance was kind of lukewarm. The mysteThis was enjoyable, but definitely not this author's best. I did like the main characters, but I thought their romance was kind of lukewarm. The mystery was also kind of so-so. The thing that made me lower my rating on this one was the father-in-law. He was just over the top unreasonable and it got old. It was still an interesting read, but I'd say get it at the library. ...more
The Girl Without a Name is the second book featuring psychiatrist Zoe Goldman. I did read the first one, Little Black Lies and my thoughts on that oneThe Girl Without a Name is the second book featuring psychiatrist Zoe Goldman. I did read the first one, Little Black Lies and my thoughts on that one will be included in our September Mini Musings later this month. I think that each one could be read as a stand alone, but I think the reader will get more of an appreciation of Zoe's character and thought processes if you read them in order.
In this one, it's a year later and Zoe is finishing up her final year of residency. This time on a pediatric psych ward. She faces new challenges since her mother died and she is on probation with the hospital. She gets a new patient who is catatonic and has no identity. It's a race to figure out who this girl is and what happened to her before she disappears into the system.
I really liked this sequel. I felt like I got to know Zoe a lot more. I like that she is a flawed doctor who doesn't know all of the answers and still needs help processing her own issues. She is smart and compassionate and that really helps her to help her patients. I liked her determination not to give up and try to solve the case. And this case was one that kept me guessing! I had my suspicions, but I was way off base!
I highly recommend this series. I hope that Zoe is featured in another book very soon!...more
Once again, Ms Clopton takes us to Four Hearts Ranch for a story about loss and love. Abby lost her husband in a tragic accident 2 years before and deOnce again, Ms Clopton takes us to Four Hearts Ranch for a story about loss and love. Abby lost her husband in a tragic accident 2 years before and decided she needed a change of scenery to get herself back. She didn't count on almost running over Bo and losing her heart to him. Bo is not the relationship type, but there is something about Abby that makes him look at his life again. Throw in a son he never knew about and you have the makings of a beautiful love story. I really enjoyed this book. Abby was so broken when she came to Wishing Springs. Bo was just what she needed to help heal her heart. Little Levi was also the balm that her soul needed to heal. I loved watching these two fall for each other. Even though they fought it, I just knew they would not be able to resist. In addition to Bo and Abby's story, we get to check in with the colorful and energetic people in the town. I am looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Pebble and Rand develops. I am holding out hope for them! This is a wonderful series and one I highly recommend!...more