I loved this mystery featuring Cormoran Strike and his sidekick, Robin. Lots of twists and turns in this London-set mystery. Can't wait to read the neI loved this mystery featuring Cormoran Strike and his sidekick, Robin. Lots of twists and turns in this London-set mystery. Can't wait to read the next one....more
Rafe Vargas, a former solider, is setting up a security business called ARES with his ex-military friends. They all come to the business with differenRafe Vargas, a former solider, is setting up a security business called ARES with his ex-military friends. They all come to the business with different talents and are firm friends after shared experiences in Afghanistan. Rafe needs to return to small-town America to clear out his deceased grandfather’s property. While he’s dining at the local diner, he spots Annie and is immediately attracted to her. Annie had returned to the town where her father was accused of murdering several women. He later died while in custody. All along, Annie has dreamed of the murders and now the dreams have returned and women are dying again.
What I liked about this book:
1. The characters. I’m a sucker for military friends, and I enjoyed the easy comradery between Rafe, and his friends/business partners. Both Annie and Rafe were broken, yet together, they worked well and I believed they’d have a happy future.
2. The plot. Although I did guess the plot at about the halfway stage, there are twists and turns, and they certainly kept me turning the pages to learn if I’d guessed correctly. The end of the book offers closure for Annie, although it comes at a cost.
3. The fact that it is a series. The reader meets Rafe’s friends, and they are all intriguing. It’s good to know there will be more books.
Thinks I didn’t like:
1. The end of the book tied up really quickly, especially in regards to Annie and Rafe’s future. We were told what happens rather than shown, and I think an opportunity was lost here to produce the real feel-good factor that comes at the end of a satisfying romance.
Kill Without Mercy is a page-turning romantic suspense with interesting and intriguing characters. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next book in the series.
Emily Wayborn teamed up with her friend Amber when she was a teenager. Together, they sold their company and their bodies in exchange for somewhere toEmily Wayborn teamed up with her friend Amber when she was a teenager. Together, they sold their company and their bodies in exchange for somewhere to live and other material possessions. Then, one day, everything changed. Six years later, Emily receives a phone call from Amber, one in which Amber utters their secret code word that means she’s in danger and requires help. Thus starts Emily’s journey into the world of wealthy hotelier and mystery man Reeve Sallis as she searches for her missing friend.
Things I enjoyed about this book:
1. The main characters, Emily and Reeve. Emily is a multi-layered character with a definite dark side while the reader is never really sure about Reeve. We’re kept guessing. Is he a sexy, bad boy or is he a sinister murderer?
2. The author peels back the layers of the plot with a delicate touch, making it a real page turner.
3. The element of danger. As I mentioned, because this book is first person, we never know exactly what is going on with Reeve. He’s a real mystery man and he has dark and alpha tendencies.
4. The author is an excellent writer with an enticing style and voice. She pours on the emotion.
Things that gave me pause: 1. A couple of the love scenes were very dark and hard to read, although I will point out that they worked within the context of the story.
2. The ending. It really sucked for me and the cliffhanger left me thinking, what? Now I don’t know anything more than I did when I started reading. While it’s obvious that this story will continue, the ending left me frustrated.
When it came to weighing up the story as a whole, I decided on 4 stars. If the ending had have been different, the rating would have been higher. If you’re a fan of contemporaries with a darker edge, and you don’t mind a cliffhanger, give this one a try. It’s an intriguing and emotional page-turner.
Delaney wanted to be in the military but bad eyesight means she needs to think of an alternative occupation. Her second choice is to become a bodyguarDelaney wanted to be in the military but bad eyesight means she needs to think of an alternative occupation. Her second choice is to become a bodyguard and she gives her all to become a fully-fledged bodyguard. She works for Thorpe Security, and her boss says she must get the better of him or a senior bodyguard before she can do a job on her own. Delaney is determined to get there, and when she finally does, she’s thrilled, but she hadn’t counted on falling for the man she’s paid to guard or that he might not want a woman guarding his body.
This book is written in first person
Things I liked about this book:
1. Ms. Jewel always writes heroines with unusual occupations, and this book is no exception. It’s a fun read watching Delaney go after her dreams in the male dominated bodyguard field.
2. It’s a page-turner. This was a book that kept me turning the pages in order to learn what happened next. It’s easy and pleasurable reading.
3. The hero, Jax. An alpha hottie with an attitude to match. I hearted him.
Things that didn’t work quite as well for me:
1. There were a few things that happened in the plot that made me think “Really?” Some of the plot edges toward over the top. That said, they didn’t bother me enough to stop reading.
Ms. Jewel takes an unusual occupation for the heroine and makes it work. A fun, sexy read with likeable characters and a suspense element. Recommended. ...more
Quinn is fighting a losing battle. Her father is an alcoholic and the garage he owns—the one where Quinn has spent so many happy hours learni3.5 stars
Quinn is fighting a losing battle. Her father is an alcoholic and the garage he owns—the one where Quinn has spent so many happy hours learning the mechanic trade—is deeply in debt. Along comes Tazen Watts, a rich custom car builder who wants to buy the garage. Quinn is totally against the sale and refuses to have anything to do with Tazen. The sale however goes ahead and everything about Quinn’s life changes.
Things I liked about this book: 1. Quinn’s occupation and her determination to make the best of the situation in a male-dominated field. She’s hard-working and loyal. 2. Some of the dialogue and repartee between the characters was fun. 3. This was a quick-paced and sexy read. I zipped through it quickly, and it stands alone.
Things I didn’t like: 1. I felt a disconnect with the characters. Tazen comes across as brazen and arrogant, and because this was a first person story, it was difficult to get to know him. The relationship between the two happened very quickly. It was instalove. 2. Some of Quinn’s behavior was over the top and didn’t work for me. I kept thinking that couldn’t happen in real life. There would be consequences.
Despite my reservations with the plot, I enjoyed this quick read of enemies to lovers/employee-boss and would be happy to pick up the next Bella Jewel release. ...more
This book is like the old family sagas of the 80s, full of characters and different plot lines. The main romance takes place between Lane and Lizzie,This book is like the old family sagas of the 80s, full of characters and different plot lines. The main romance takes place between Lane and Lizzie, but there was no heat or sizzle between the pair. None of the characters were particularly endearing and they came across as very entitled. The story also ended on a cliffhanger. I don't think I'll bother reading the next book....more
I enjoyed the characters in this one. They had some misunderstandings, but they talked, and I was confident of a happy future for them. I'm looking foI enjoyed the characters in this one. They had some misunderstandings, but they talked, and I was confident of a happy future for them. I'm looking forward to the next story in this series....more
I loved this story as much as the first in the series. It's the characters. They worm under your skin until you're invested in their happiness. I can'I loved this story as much as the first in the series. It's the characters. They worm under your skin until you're invested in their happiness. I can't wait for the next book in this series....more