I love Lexi. She's one of the most likable and fun heroines I've discovered in a mystery series. She's a geek--smart, loves math, and is a bit awkward...moreI love Lexi. She's one of the most likable and fun heroines I've discovered in a mystery series. She's a geek--smart, loves math, and is a bit awkward in social situations.
In this latest installment of her life, she goes to Rome with the uber-hot and super-secretive Slash to help clear his uncle's name. Computers, hacking, pharmaceuticals, art, and secret agents all come together to form one interesting mystery with in-between munching on Italian food.
As always, the book follows Lexi and is punctuated with her witty and sarcastic thoughts and humor.
I'm reminded of the Stephanie Plum series again, only in this case, Slash is Ranger, Fin is Joe, and Lexi is stuffing her face with croissants instead of donuts, and Basia is far stretch from Lulu. LOL I enjoyed this story though, whereas I became quite tired of the Plum series a long time ago. Moffett knows how to keep us interested and doesn't tell the same story over and over.
At first, I was disappointed that Lexi brought the Zimmerman twins into the case. I was hoping she would save the day on her own, but she surprised me in the end, proving to be the case-cracker and heroine. I loved this!! I also like that unlike most heroines in books today, Lexi isn't throwing herself into a man's bed on page five. (She's also very realistic; any of us women can relate to her.) We're still skirting around Fin, Slash, and Elvis and I suspect things are getting there with Elvis. I'm dying to know for sure, so I'm looking forward to the next book already.
My only disappointment: I didn't find this as rip-roaring, bust-a-gut funny as I have found the previous two titles.
"I, Claudia Davis, a single, thirty-five-year-old therapist who wanted noting more than than to marry Edouard Marceau and have my baby girl, had been...more"I, Claudia Davis, a single, thirty-five-year-old therapist who wanted noting more than than to marry Edouard Marceau and have my baby girl, had been a prostitute in my past life. The only comfort was in the fact that even though Ruby had been a full-blown prostitute in the past, she sure as hell wouldn't be one now that I was running this show."
And there you have it. Modern-day pregnant therapist is torn from the arms of the man she loves and time-travels back to 1959 Paris where she's a murder suspect, a dancer, a prostitute, and best friends with her future grandmother. And she has to change fate...or lose her life and baby girl forever. After all, she hasn't been born yet...and what if she isn't?
It's extremely exciting and fast paced. Everyone is just dropping dead around Ruby, the past-life heroine and she has to save herself, change what's to come without even knowing what's to come, and figure out who's killing people. I was wholly entertained and dying to know what happened next. It's more mystery than romance, I think, and I like that I wasn't able to figure out whodunit by page 50. Matter of fact, I thought I had a pretty good idea toward the end, but I was wrong.
The first-person narrative worked well, but I am disappointed that there wasn't more historical data. Traveling from 2012 to 1959 can't be peachy. A part of me couldn't help comparing it to another recent time-travel romance I read that jumped similar dates, Hindsight by Sarah Belle. While that author had details about trying to LIVE and perform what in 2012 are much easier tasks (Imagine not having a modern-day washing machine all of a sudden!), this book didn't even touch on that stuff.
It also tied up too quickly and too cheesily in the end. I was left with a lot of questions and it being such a long book, it's not like it didn't have the time to tie them up.
-"When I kill you, your soul won't ever be reborn."
Why not?? Huh? She was killed the first time around and still lived in another life.
-The wife following Ruby around...I seriously doubt she knew Ruby would be in that office and got there before her in time to plant that photo. No... The timing here was all off.
-How could you not notice you haven't had a period in four months? Get real.
-I was also slightly alarmed that the heroines always seem to go for taken men, in both lives, except for in the case of JP. I laughed when Claudia said this, "I'm not normally like this, running from one man to the next."
Errr. Married lover fathered your baby, and three months later the man you love is engaged and then you time travel and a mere three days after you have sex with a married politician in that life, you're having sex with another taken man.
This is probably my favorite historical series featuring an amazingly strong heroine. Dody not only is a doctor at a women’s clinic, but also works wi...moreThis is probably my favorite historical series featuring an amazingly strong heroine. Dody not only is a doctor at a women’s clinic, but also works with the coroner, and this occurs in a time when this was just not acceptable by society’s standards, Victorian England.
Book two has a new mystery and this time it includes a personal and professional attack on Dody herself. Lead poisoning, arsenic, illegal drugs, women dying from illegal abortions, and a big arrow in the form of accusatory letters and pointing fingers and paid-off lying witnesses says Dody is the culprit. If she doesn’t find the one behind these horrid activities, she’ll go down for the crime. It’s not only the end of her career, which was hard to start in the first place due to prejudices against women, but she’ll be in jail.
The romance between her and Pike continues, but is shaky. There’s a side story involving Pike and Mata Hari and spies. This has to be my only disappointment with the story. I feel so much more could have been done with a character such as Mata Hari. Part of me feels as if I’ve been teased.
I appreciate all the themes in this, skillfully and artfully entwined with the mystery. Remember, this was a time when a woman could not have a career and a marriage both. Marriage often meant job loss. What is a woman to do when she is offered something she desires, yet knows it will mean the end to all she’s worked for? As in book one, Dody faces a lot of extreme prejudice and I felt her frustration and moments of indecision. When is enough enough? To speak her mind usually leads to a man declaring her too emotional. Urgh. I wanted to jump in the book and smack a few people.
Also appreciated the birth control theme and Dody’s desire to educate the classes on pregnancy prevention. This was a hot topic back then and it made an interesting side story.
Enter the world of high-stakes horse racing--where the stakes are so high, it's costing lives. But there is so much more to it than horse racing.
This...moreEnter the world of high-stakes horse racing--where the stakes are so high, it's costing lives. But there is so much more to it than horse racing.
This being a mystery, I'm going to take care not to reveal too much. Let's just say just when you think you have it all figured out, another twist is thrown it, and even when it gets to the point you know WHOdunit, you don't necessarily know WHYtheydunit.
This is part of a series, but I didn't realize it 'til halfway through the book when it referred to a previous case. However, this book stands alone just fine. There were no endless details about prior cases, and there was no need for them, though the details about Holly's past were relevant for reasons I won't reveal...
I read the first book, Credo's Hope I think a year ago...and was very impressed. So when book two was offered to me, I jumped at the chance. It doesn'...moreI read the first book, Credo's Hope I think a year ago...and was very impressed. So when book two was offered to me, I jumped at the chance. It doesn't disappoint.
Alex Wolfe, detective is back...and NOT staying out of trouble, thought it's not her fault. Really. LOL
Again, it's suspenseful, full of cop protocol, and funny!
The suspense: Two cases going here. Two missing kids and a missing boyfriend with a handsome rodeo clown in the middle of it. Gia, the Italian Mafia Don is back and this time with a niece wanted for murder. Enter a molestation scandal, a dirty cop, and late night chases through seedy neighborhoods. And Alex is really toeing the line...how much does she report to Gia and how much does she withhold from her unit?
"A car gets blown up, and it's either going to Al Queda or Sophie Green."
I haven't read the first four books of this series, but when Choc Lit release...more"A car gets blown up, and it's either going to Al Queda or Sophie Green."
I haven't read the first four books of this series, but when Choc Lit released the fifth one, this one, I figured in order for them to release a book they didn't have the first four for, that it would be able to stand alone, and I can't resist a woman spy.
It can stand alone. Even though some characters were in the book that obviously had run ins and experiences with Sophie in previous books, I never found myself confused.
Sophie is a woman spy...gone rogue and not by choice. She's been framed for murder. So she goes on the lam, a hot Jack in tow (Savvy?) and though at first they're at each other throats and pointing fingers, they end attracted to each other. Car bombs and bullets tend to draw people together, you know?
I can't rate this because I edited it. So, of course, I think it's good. What I will say is fans of television shows, firefighting, suspense, good cle...moreI can't rate this because I edited it. So, of course, I think it's good. What I will say is fans of television shows, firefighting, suspense, good clean romance, people that have faced the loss of a loved one, mothers, there's something for all of you in this book.
Riley is a writer who gets a fun, exciting job writing for a television show called Wild Rescue. She friends a handsome man, Blythe, who has some troubling stuff going on his life. Writing for the television show isn't all fun though...there's a coworker who is most unpleasant.
Meanwhile, Riley's husband is back home on the ranch fighting fires and tracking down an arsonist who shoes no signs of stopping.
Riley, Blythe, Ollie, Chad, Rowan... A wonderful cast of characters that will really draw you into their lives.(less)
I thought this was a thoroughly enjoyable little mystery. My only quibble is at times, except for the arranged marriages and transportation, it didn't...moreI thought this was a thoroughly enjoyable little mystery. My only quibble is at times, except for the arranged marriages and transportation, it didn't feel historical, but that's me being nit picky.
Drucilla's bff has a quickie wedding and then send Drucilla a letter implying that she's scared of something. So Drucilla head off to her friend's to find out what troubles her only to discover her friend is dead.
You would think I would love this book....after all, it's about a woman using men. Surprisingly, I didn't care for it much. I thought I was getting a...moreYou would think I would love this book....after all, it's about a woman using men. Surprisingly, I didn't care for it much. I thought I was getting a book following a woman and a detective...but really, the book is about the woman, but told from the POVs of two different men.
Was it done well? I guess so, but too much testosterone for me, and I couldn't stand the woman either. One man is happily married-at least I think so. He does go on about his wife's weight and lack of youth, but he's not a spring chicken himself-and is an expert at reading body language and faces. Enter the chick. She seduces him while taking private classes and then tries to convince him to invest lots of his money. He resists her, but she sets out to try to destroy his marriage, leaving him incriminating notes and sending him emails that his wife sees.
The other man is an idiot on wife number two, a younger model of course than the first one, and beguiled by the woman, hands over over 600 thousand dollars.. The rest of his parts go on and on about his mother and his dead dad and trying to get his money back. Pointless, I felt.
The woman and the detective parts were minimal and I came to like her even less whereas I should have felt sympathy...I think. The detective..like everyone else seems enamored with her. It got old. I didn't feel there was enough of him to warrant mentioning him in the blurb though.(less)
I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked some of it and didn't like some of it, but at the same time, must give the author an extra point for uni...moreI have mixed feelings about this one. I liked some of it and didn't like some of it, but at the same time, must give the author an extra point for uniqueness.
Quick summary: Lia's grandmother has passed away. She heads back to her England to settle the estate and it comes to light that someone may have murdered her grandmother. Was it her mother? Was it a stranger? In the background, there's an issue with bombs on military bases. Lia thinks she knows who is responsible. She meets a sexy artist and takes up diving, all the while dredging up the past and slowly uncovering a mystery, a little Jack Russell terrier at her side.
Because of this: 'A romantic suspense story in the tradition of Hitchcock which won the New Talent Award at the 2011 Festival of Romance.' I was expecting more suspense/thriller/fear than it contained. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan.
Strangers on a Train, it is not. Matter of fact, it doesn't get mysterious and suspenseful until about 20% into the novel. That is my number one complaint. I was really bored in the beginning as the heroine gets situated in her grandmother's house, learns to work a stove, chatters with nosy neighbors and old friends. I found the book pretty long-winded at times, to be honest. You can skim and not miss much.
BUT onto the good stuff. When it does get into the mystery, it's a good one. This is hard to say with a mystery as I must be careful not to reveal too much... The ending. I saw one twist coming from the moment the heroine almost hit a man in the street... BUT I was convinced someone else had done the crimes and was still surprised. There was also a paternity issues I wasn't quite sure of, and I love to be kept guessing so I liked that too.
I found the heroine's attitude toward her grandmother's death to be a put off at first, but it was very well explained as I kept reading. There's lots of past bits, family anger, and discovering oneself. I especially liked how Lia makes some very deep reflections and life changes as the story unfolds.
I'm a huge fan of Ms. Pettersen's books. This is my fourth one now. As usual, the story sucks me in from the get-go, keeps me guessing and wondering w...moreI'm a huge fan of Ms. Pettersen's books. This is my fourth one now. As usual, the story sucks me in from the get-go, keeps me guessing and wondering what's going to happen, and mixes mystery with real life very well, though this one had a lot less mystery. I was surprised. It was more of a drama, less of a mystery, though it doesn't make it any less good.
Jenna is a tough cookie who has been through so much. Her parents are dead and she's solely trying to put her sister through college...a sister who is throwing the education away. Meanwhile, Jenna is forced to lie about her education to keep her job as a horse massager.
Horse massage, oxygen tanks, special lights...this book showed me a world I have never heard of before: horse therapy. That was really interesting to me.
Burke is at Jenne's place of work to make it run more efficiently and...well, fire people.
I had a very, very hard time liking Burke. To be honest, I never did grow to like him. He's way too bossy and controlling and I didn't feel he changed enough in the end for me to really like him. He looks down on people, says callous things, makes demands, and while I realized he needed to be that way for his job, I didn't like the way he instilled into his relationship with Jenna.