Evelyn's house of kooks is up and running in Alaska and if the trauma from her ugly past beating it'sThis book is so deliciously dark and suspenseful!
Evelyn's house of kooks is up and running in Alaska and if the trauma from her ugly past beating it's way into her present isn't enough... Read Hanover House... More ugliness creeps in with the murder of a friend.
Amarok, the sheriff, and dreamy hero of the tale, seems to come to terms with Hanover House and the work Evelyn is doing. While she festers in their age difference, he manages to S L O W L Y worm his way past her defenses and they begin building a relationship worth fighting for.
I loved the quotes by real life kooks at the heading of each chapter. It really set the tone for the book and helped you realize the fascination Evelyn has for the mind'd of her patients.
The story is compelling, the patients terrifying and intriguing, the cast of characters excellent. more than once I found myself feeling pretty proud of myself - thinking I had everything figured out in one moment and then on the next page having my theory blown to hell.
I'm loving this series and appreciating how she can write such dark things and then still show the light at the end of the tunnel.
I can hardly wait to see what she comes up with for the next book. I definitely recommend reading these in order.
Keith left Fairham Island years ago. When he left he was troubled and an addict. Years later he’s cleaned up his act and made himself a succe4.5 stars
Keith left Fairham Island years ago. When he left he was troubled and an addict. Years later he’s cleaned up his act and made himself a success. He’s estranged from the Mother and home he has known. But when Josephine Lazarow is found dead in her tub – the scene screams suicide. But those who know her best, especially her son Keith, know there is no way the vain Josephine would commit suicide.
Keith heads back to Fairham Island and the memories and life that he’s tried so hard to put in the past to find out what really happened to his mother.
This story picks up 5 years after the first book, The Secret Sister, ends. And my Goddess does it pack in the deceit and scandal! I despised Josephine in the first book and in this book that hatred only grew. The things that are uncovered are disgusting. She wasn’t a mother; she was merely a vessel in which babes were grown and expelled. A mother, a real mother, could not do the things that she did. Why anyone bothered to care or find out why she died, I won’t understand. If I were Keith or his sisters I would have breathed a sigh of relief at her death and toasted her passing.
That opinion aside, this book like the one before it is powerful and spellbinding. It evokes emotion and has you questioning the characters behavior and wondering what you would do in their situation.
I was glad that Nancy was back in this book and the relationship her and Keith started years ago was able to flourish.
This would easily have been a 5 star book – but I had to deduct a ½ star for what I felt was a rushed ending. Everything seemed a little too tidy and wrapped up to quickly for my tastes. I think things could have used some hashing out.
After reading this book I didn’t feel like there would be a next chapter coming soon. I feel like the Lazarow’s might finally have all their secrets out in the open, although, I wouldn’t mind if she uncovered another family’s secrets. Brenda Novak is one of a kind. She’s one of main reasons I have my nose in a book daily.
Cherise Everhard, July 2016 I received this book, free, from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lucy and Ian come head to head over the fate of a children’s camp. Lucy wants to save her beloved camp and Ian is purchasing it to develop the land. ALucy and Ian come head to head over the fate of a children’s camp. Lucy wants to save her beloved camp and Ian is purchasing it to develop the land. As they fight for what they want chemistry enters the picture and they find themselves attracted and at odds.
I liked Lucy’s character and I enjoyed Ian’s as well. I liked their story and the story of the camp, and their back stories. What kept me from loving this book were all the side characters and stories. I believe side characters add to a story, but in this case they added too much. This isn’t a lengthy novel and so much of the focus was on Lucy’s sister, Ian’s sister and all the drama that came from both, that I felt like Ian and Lucy didn’t get their full story. There characters and relationship didn’t develop as much as they could have if the focus would have been more fully on them.
It’s an easy book to get lost in, and I would like to see what happens to all the characters in the book, side and main. I just hope in future books we get a promise of a future story from the side characters instead of them sharing the main characters spotlight. It was a nice way to spend a few lazy hours!
Cherise Everhard, September 2015 I was given this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
Maisey returns to the island she grew up on to recover from a divorce and to help her brother, Keith, heal. She left the island years ago to get out fMaisey returns to the island she grew up on to recover from a divorce and to help her brother, Keith, heal. She left the island years ago to get out from under her mother’s thumb, and going back isn’t easy. Her relationship with her mother is strained, her mother is a hard woman to please, but the island is where she needs to be.
She takes up residence at one of her family’s beach rentals that have been damaged and are recently being remodeled by the live in handy man, Rafe. He’s a man fromMaisey’s past and while he’s working on the rentals, he uncovers some of Maisey’s family secrets and Maisey’s heart.
This book is really equal parts romance and equal parts mystery. With the discovery of some old family photo’s Maisey becomes engrossed in uncovering her past, clearing her brother’s name and learning to trust Rafe and learn to love again.
The characters are well defined and story kept the pace moving and the pages turning. The mystery had me guessing and second guessing myself up until the end and I was sure I had the answers and was blown away by the ending.
My one complaint about the story was the ending. While it’s not the conclusion that I have issue with, it’s the tidy way it all played out. It just seemed too easy and too accepted. It seemed to me that the players would have more to hash out, or work through.
I’m interested in seeing where this series takes us. As a huge fan of Novak, I’m never surprised by but always delighted in the new ways she finds to entertain me.
Cherise Everhard, July 2015 I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
This is one of those books I have been seeing all over the place over the past year. I don’t know why I was reluctant to try it, but I was. Now that IThis is one of those books I have been seeing all over the place over the past year. I don’t know why I was reluctant to try it, but I was. Now that I have read it I am kicking myself for waiting so long!
Becca’s only living relative has gone missing. She’s determined to find her secretive and paranoid brother, Charlie. She doesn’t want to lose her only family. A cryptic message from Charlie has her seeking out one of her deceased father’s soldiers at his tattoo parlor. Nick Rixey wants to turn away from Becca, the help she is seeking, and the bad memories of his last mission and her father, but something about Becca won’t let him walk away.
With a cast of unforgettable side characters this story sets the tone for what promises to be an exciting romantic suspense theme. Nick and Becca have an easy chemistry and partnership. His brother Jeremey and Jess add color to the tattoo parlor scene. While the men from his soldier past bring adventure, and a whole lot of future Alpha Male leads. I am excited to read each of their stories.
Locating Charlie and solving the mystery behind his disappearance created an exciting story that made the book hard to put down. The romance that was woven into the adventure added just enough spice and heat. It was a fabulous combo.
My one complaint would be that with the introduction of so many characters, at times I got confused as to who was who. Sometimes the character was referred to by last name or nickname, sometimes their first name. Even Nick in the beginning confused me as he was referred to as both Nick and Rixey, it took me a minute to figure out he was the same person.
I’m definitely sorry I waited so long to try this series, but am excited that now I can dive into this series with the couple of books that follow that have already been published! Sometimes procrastination pays!
Cherise Everhard, October 2014 This book was given to my by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program ...more
Former Navy seal and suspected jewel thief, Ian Dunn, has been in prison for over a year when he is approached by two lawyers with a rescue mission ofFormer Navy seal and suspected jewel thief, Ian Dunn, has been in prison for over a year when he is approached by two lawyers with a rescue mission offer that could mean his freedom. Phoebe has only been at her law firm for a week when she is asked to act in Ian’s interests and accompany the attorney representing the United States government and their deal. She is sure that once Ian hears of the rescue mission he will jump at the chance to help and to have his freedom. But that’s not the case and Phoebe quickly learns the man is far more complicated than she ever imagined.
Forced together by circumstance and danger Phoebe, Ian and his ‘team’ embark on a rescue mission on multiple levels.
Once upon on a time I fell in love with Suzanne Brockmann’s SEAL’s teams. There is something about the heroic folks she writes about that made me giddy with anticipation. But her last couple books were hard for me to read as paragraph after paragraph jumped all over the place from character to character, setting to setting. I would be thinking I was still reading about one situation only to discover in a short paragraph I was suddenly someplace else, with someone else! It made a wonderful story hard to follow and herky jerky. It really began to ruin my book love. This book brought back the love!
I am so excited about this series. I feel like someone has breathed new life into one of my favorite authors! Phoebe and Ian were fabulous and I loved their chemistry and the way they worked and played off one another. The side characters were just as intriguing and I am really looking forward to reading more about Francine and Deb. Those are two women who have big stories! I can hardly wait.
It’s a fast paced book that moves seamlessly and for me, flawlessly. I can’t wait to read more!
Cherise Everhard February 2014 This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review...more
Avery works for ICE, a group of super agents, as a secretary. But as she types up notes and answers phones, she dreams of becoming the next secret ageAvery works for ICE, a group of super agents, as a secretary. But as she types up notes and answers phones, she dreams of becoming the next secret agent. Ryan is closer than he has ever been to his enemy, but he is convinced someone inside of ICE is tipping off the bad guys. When all hell breaks loose, Avery is the last person he expects to rescue him, but suddenly it’s like he is seeing the secretary for the first time.
This book made me giggle. Avery is so into the gadgets and spy life, it’s like she has a whole other life in her head. She’s like Walter Mitty! I like how amused Ryan was with her antics – it was like he was constantly smirking and grinning whenever she opened her mouth. From the names of her cats to the name of her car, she has immersed herself in the spy life… from a distance. She gets the crash course on New Year’s Eve. From day dreaming to reality, boom!
While this is book 2 in a series, it could easily be read as a standalone and you wouldn’t feel lost. Though the previous book’s characters are mentioned and some even appear, the author does a great job of catching the readers up so a newbie reader would feel right in step with us veterans. This book had just the right mix of action, mystery, romance, heat and humor. I loved Ryan and Avery and wouldn’t have complained a bit had Ms. Cutler added 100 or so more pages… their chemistry was intoxicating. So far this has been a fun series. The stories are fast paced and hard to put down and with less than 300 pages, hard not to devour in one sitting.
Cherise Everhard, December 2013 Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ...more
Cait O’Connell lost her job as a cop and her husband and former partner, Sam, and now when she isn’t working PI cases, she’s drinking Scotch to quietCait O’Connell lost her job as a cop and her husband and former partner, Sam, and now when she isn’t working PI cases, she’s drinking Scotch to quiet the voices she hears. When her mentor turns up missing, Sam pulls Cait in on the case. Suddenly Cait is showing Sam another part of the world he didn’t know existed and another part of her.
All I can say is that my 2 complaints are 1) It wasn’t longer and 2) I don’t have book 2 to dive into next. I devoured this book cover to cover. Cait is a complex heroine and once Sam starts uncovering all her layers he realizes how little he knew about his wife and I have the feeling we still have a few more secrets to discover. Their attraction is almost lethal in its combustibility. The pages practically pulse with their passion.
And then there is Morin… a magical mystery man. He’s part of Cait’s past and you know he’s going to be popping up in future books to show her the way. Cait is one lucky lady.
This was a quick read and the start to what I am hoping is a long running series. I am addicted to the characters already and you can bet I will be buying Lost Souls when it comes out in June. I would highly recommend to fans of paranormal romance.
Cherise Everhard, April 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
Savannah Wilde is returning to her hometown for a 2 month sabbatical after a threat is made against her. She is going to clean up the home she grew upSavannah Wilde is returning to her hometown for a 2 month sabbatical after a threat is made against her. She is going to clean up the home she grew up in and prepare it for sale. She hasn’t been home in 10 years and the reason is the new Chief of Police and her first love, Zach Tanner.
Zach Tanner is dealing with a town vandal and petty crime when the girl he let go comes back to town. She needs his protection but it’s the perfect excuse to get close again.
I am really on the fence with this book. The content isn’t lacking in anyway, nor is the writing. Where I think this book lost stars for me is in the editing. The first 72 pages focus on things that happened when Savannah was 10, then when she was 18. I don’t mind a chapter or two visiting memory lane, but this was excessive. It set the pace for the book which ended up being a little slow.
I liked the story, but Savannah’s present day issue with the threats could have been eliminated all together… the only purpose it served was getting her home. She could have made that decision on her own as her grandfather had just passed away.
I am hoping this book’s tone and pace was because it was an introduction not only to the Wilde sisters and town but their tragic past. I loved the characters and I enjoy the romantic suspense. I am hoping that Samantha and Sabrina’s stories will be tidier since theirs won’t be bogged down with their parents’ story.
This book isn’t perfect, it has its flaws but there is also some greatness to it. My overall opinion was that this was a slow start to what I hope will be a really great series. I am really looking forward to Sabrina and Samantha’s books. I also look forward to getting an update on Zach and Savannah.
Cherise Everhard, April 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more