“Sudden Second Chance” is Book 2 in author Carol Ericson’s Washington State-set “Target: Timberline” series. FBI agent Duke Harper’s abusive childhood“Sudden Second Chance” is Book 2 in author Carol Ericson’s Washington State-set “Target: Timberline” series. FBI agent Duke Harper’s abusive childhood had left him with trust issues, and the betrayal by the beautiful woman he had loved had left him with embittered emotions. Working on a cold case kidnapping that was now possibly tied to a current, similar crime, Duke is taken aback when his former lover, Beth St. Regis, appears in the area to cover the story for her “Cold Case Chronicles” TV show. Seeing Beth again stirs unwanted longing in Duke, but he hasn’t forgiven her for breaking his heart and his trust. Beth has never stopped caring for Duke, but she didn’t get to tell him what really happened when their relationship fell apart. She also has a very deep personal secret that was too devastating to share. Beth is really in Timberline to solve the mystery of her adoption, but someone definitely does not want her to bring the truth to light. When she becomes a target, Duke goes into full protector mode, and he finds the wall between them beginning to crumble. As Duke and Beth grow closer, the attraction between goes from cinders of the past to flames of undeniable desire. If they can keep each other alive, will they get their second chance at romance? When all secrets have been uncovered, can trust be rebuilt along with a new start toward a happy life together? If you enjoy romantic suspense where the story keeps building, then you will the “Target: Timberline” series from author Carol Ericson.
I am a longtime fan of author Carol Ericson, and her new “Target: Timberline” series gets off to a great start with “Single Father Sheriff”. Cooper SlI am a longtime fan of author Carol Ericson, and her new “Target: Timberline” series gets off to a great start with “Single Father Sheriff”. Cooper Sloane never imagined that accepting the position of sheriff in the rural community of Timberline, Washington would lead to so many changes in his life. With his wife’s passing away, he was left with the care of their young daughter, Steffi. Torn between duty and parenthood, he juggles them both as best he can. Coop’s easygoing demeanor belies his sharp instincts and powers of observation—he is as dedicated a lawman as he is a dad. When Kendall Rush returns to Timberline to settle her aunt’s estate, she is haunted by the still-unsolved kidnapping of her twin sister, Kayla, when the girls were just five years old. Two other local children were also taken, and the case became known as the “Timberline Trio”. Twenty five years later, several other children are now missing, and the cases are eerily similar. As strange and dangerous events begin to target Kendall, Coop becomes her protector. The attraction between them is immediate and sparky, but they both know that Kendall wants to leave Timberline behind in her rearview mirror as soon as possible. Kendall’s life lies in Arizona—could Coop and his daughter be part of an unexpected new future—one filled with happiness? The case hits all too close to home when Steffi becomes a victim of the kidnapper--will they all survive to find out if a dream can come true? Lovers of romantic suspense will enjoy this well-paced story.
"Mississippi Noir" starts off with a bang with a short story from one of my favorite authors, Ace Atkins. His "Combustible", kicks off part one--"Conq"Mississippi Noir" starts off with a bang with a short story from one of my favorite authors, Ace Atkins. His "Combustible", kicks off part one--"Conquest & Revenge"--of this anthology of Southern Crime Noir from sixteen top suspense writers. The other three sections are "Wayward Youth", "Bloodlines", and "Skipping Town". Completing the roster of terrific talent are: William Boyle, Megan Abbott, Jack Pendarvis, Dominiqua Dickey, Michael Kardos, Jamie Paige, Jimmy Cajoleas, Chris Offutt, Michael Farris Smith, Andrew Paul, Lee Durkee, Robert Busby, John M. Floyd, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, and Mary Miller. The stories may be short, but they deeper they go, the darker they get. The darker the story, the more addictive the writing becomes. These awesome authors have the "Southern twang thang' down just right, and that adds an irresistible touch of flavor of these torchy tales. I highly recommend these "Noir" collections from Akashic Books. Once your check out their list of titles, you won't be able to stop with just one.
An expansive tale that encompasses Americana from small-town Ohio to the golden glamour of Hollywood, “June” is an entertaining read from author MiranAn expansive tale that encompasses Americana from small-town Ohio to the golden glamour of Hollywood, “June” is an entertaining read from author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. As Cassie Danvers comes to grips with the loss of her grandmother, June, who raised her, her retreat to the old family home in rural Ohio is interrupted by uninvited, unexpected visitors. Cassie suddenly becomes the bewildered heiress to the fortune of the late screen idol, Jack Montgomery, and his own daughters are livid and on the hunt for their assumed inheritance. Sixty years ago, Hollywood invaded little St. Jude, Ohio, and the consequences were far more lasting than anyone could have imagined. What is the connection between June and Jack Montgomery? As the story shifts from past to present, it follows a trail of betrayal, blackmail, murder, and more. Everyone will be forced to evaluate and redefine their own definitions of love, family, and the place they call home. Who is the rightful heir? Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is also the author of “Bittersweet”. Set Me Free”, and “The Effects of Light”. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Devoted fans of the "Porter Family Series" from author Becky Wade are in for a reader's treat with Book 4, "Her One and Only". This time, the focus isDevoted fans of the "Porter Family Series" from author Becky Wade are in for a reader's treat with Book 4, "Her One and Only". This time, the focus is on Porter sister Dru, a former Marine now working as a bodyguard. When NFL standout Gray Fowler becomes the target of a stalker, Dru is assigned as his protector. While Gray soon realizes that Dru is a petite powerhouse, he still has trouble accepting an attractive young woman as his "executive protection agent". Dru is an expert in marksmanship and martial agents. She will need all of her skills--as well as her thoughts in sharp focus--to protect her client from danger and to protect her own heart from being captured by the handsome and appealing Gray. Her previous assignment did not go well, and keeping Gray safe is also part of rebuilding her career. A relationship between the two of them could lead to disaster, but hearts have a mind of their own. As the two of them get to know each other, the attraction becomes palpable and so does the need to trust and rely upon one another. The present danger is very real, and so is the necessity of letting go of past troubles. Will a renewal of faith and hope lead to a lasting love and life filled with happiness? "Her One and Only" is the finale for the "Porter Family Series", and I highly recommend the works of author Becky Wade for lovers of wonderfully-written, inspiring contemporary romantic fiction.
Instantly compelling, “Truth Always Kills” is a top-notch contemporary crime-noir thriller from author Rick Ollerman. As his personal and professionalInstantly compelling, “Truth Always Kills” is a top-notch contemporary crime-noir thriller from author Rick Ollerman. As his personal and professional lives collide to crash and burn, Florida homicide detective Jeff Prentiss is fighting to keep his family safe and somehow keep his career alive. His wife Lori takes their daughter Roxy and leaves Jeff when she is unsure of his role in the disappearance of her ex-husband, Roy Lee Evans, who has just been released from prison. The murder of an infamous celebrated thief brings the hot, white glare of the media attention on to the investigation of the case by Jeff and his partner, Terry Moran. The dead thief may be connected to a big-time politico, and the murky question of the whereabouts of Roy Lee Evans clouds the air along with the stench of organized crime. The best, most-readable lawmen are those whose personal flaws are at war with their skills at law enforcement. Fascinatingly imperfect, and impossible to resist. Author Rick Ollerman’s other works include “Turnabout” and “Shallow Secrets”.
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“Love and Fear” is an entertaining, quick, classic “detective noir” read from author Reed Farrel Coleman. This is a Rapid Reads selection from Raven B“Love and Fear” is an entertaining, quick, classic “detective noir” read from author Reed Farrel Coleman. This is a Rapid Reads selection from Raven Books, and I enjoyed the format. “Love and Fear” is the fourth entry in the “Gulliver Dowd Mystery Series”, and while it can be read on its own, reading the preceding three books in the series would add to the appreciation of the story line for the reader. Gulliver Dowd is a sharp detective with a decidedly distinct persona—he describes himself as a pale dwarf, a “little person” with a deformed body and a quite handsome face. For years, his motivation to keep moving has been the search for the killer of his sister Keisha and the reason why she was killed. Now, the very person who has taunted Dowd by not revealing those answers needs Dowd’s help. Mafia Don Joey Vespucci’s youngest daughter, Bella, is missing, and Vespucci’s henchman, Tony, asks Dowd to find the girl. The investigation will bring secrets out from the shadows of lies, and not everyone will survive. As Dowd seeks to find answers for others, will he ever find his own resolution? Reed Farrel Coleman is an accomplished author who also writes as Tony Spinosa. Reed is also the author of other novels, including Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series, the acclaimed Moe Prager series, short stories, and poetry. Reed is a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories—Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story—and a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.