A solid premise with two likable guys as the main characters. I enjoyed the references to Cattle Valley and getting to see individuals that were featuA solid premise with two likable guys as the main characters. I enjoyed the references to Cattle Valley and getting to see individuals that were featured in past books. As with all the novellas in this series, the short length forces everything to happen at a rapid pace and doesn't allow time for a realistic development of relationships or situations. Don't get be wrong, I enjoy the series and have from the beginning, I just wish that they were a little longer so I could get to know the characters better....more
I love exploring the the stacks at the library. Wandering aimlessly is one way you can find interesting books and authors you've never heard of beforeI love exploring the the stacks at the library. Wandering aimlessly is one way you can find interesting books and authors you've never heard of before. The last time I did that I glanced over at the new release shelves and my eye caught the bright cover of this new book by Linda Rodriguez. I didn't know anything about her and was pleased to learn she lived in Kansas City, which I am very familiar with. That means I can relate to her places in the city and I know how accurate her vivid descriptions are.
Every Last Secret is a traditional type of mystery--a police procedural style of book with a emotionally wounded and flawed main character in Skeet. I know the name is odd but so is she. We're allowed to wonder the exact meaning behind the nickname for some time but be assured the name will be explained eventually. Besides the name doesn't have to make sense. Nicknames given by family rarely do.
Skeet is an interesting character. She's a nice mix of big city detective and small town police chief, now having to balance the frustrating politics of her new job. I loved watching her wrestle with this problem, juggling the different academics, some of whom are suspects. It was a dicey situation for her and handled well. But because of the situation there are almost too many suspects to consider...but each one is given a plausible reason to be considered. Good job Ms. Rodriguez. It definitely kept me guessing.
While the investigation is going on and the second murder occurs, the author manages to weave in personal snippets about her ex-husband, father, their bad relationship and even a couple of female friends. Yet at heart this is a mystery and stays focused on the murder, with all other aspects of the story revolving around solving it. And I certainly can't forget Brian, the teenager who she lets stay with her. His character, while not fully developed, is just what's needed to round off Skeet's rough corners and works great in the overall plot.
There are a couple of dangling plot threads I was concerned about. After checking on the authors website I learned the final edits for the next book in the series, Every Broken Trust, had been turned in to the editor. I'm assuming these questions will be dealt with in this new release.
I really enjoyed Dane. He's a sweet, likable guy and I loved all the details of Barrett House, the plantation and the history of Dane'sI give it a 3.5
I really enjoyed Dane. He's a sweet, likable guy and I loved all the details of Barrett House, the plantation and the history of Dane's ancestor and what happened there. The hunt that he and Magnus are on is interesting and scouring the house and island for clues during the Christmas holiday was an unusual setting, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Uncle Fallon is a unique secondary character and I hope to see him again in the future. We do get to see a few old favorite characters at the end, which is nice, too.
Magnus...him I didn't like too much and I couldn't see why Dane wanted him. Their pairing together as a couple didn't make sense to me. I get that Magnus had a rotten childhood but it turned him into a guy nobody would want to be around. I was relieved that by the end of the story his personality had changed enough (and rather abruptly) that I could believe him and Dane finding a happily ever after. ...more
A fun and entertaining story with characters that are fairly well rounded considered it's short length... around 25,000 words. Both Randall and SashaA fun and entertaining story with characters that are fairly well rounded considered it's short length... around 25,000 words. Both Randall and Sasha and interesting men. I like both of them for vastly different reasons. Randall for his warmth, caring and determination to remain as independent as possible, and Sasha for being possessive, protective and just a little bit of a marshmallow and wanting his mate's happiness. Yes, he's not a warm and fuzzy kind of guy to the general masses but to Randall...that's another story and his personality is already changing.
I liked several of the secondary characters...Liam, Tian and Dustin and hope to see more of them in the future.
The villain, Ustin had a great potential for being truly evil but he didn't manage to pull it off and Randall's rescue happened far too easily.
There are several plot threads left dangling and new ones added at the end with the appearance of the Fae guards. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Randall and Sasha....more
It's a sweet and heartwarming story with two likable guys with well developed personalities. There isn't a lot of external conflict but there is so prIt's a sweet and heartwarming story with two likable guys with well developed personalities. There isn't a lot of external conflict but there is so problems between Cliff and Mark and they struggle to establish their relationship. The details of the weather and Marks's difficulties to do activities of daily living with his broken arm were handled nicely but the doctor's order for Mark's need to have physical therapy on his arm never materialized. A fracture such as Mark suffered is painful and after an initial indication of his pain level, it was thereafter glossed over. I did like these two guys and I felt the expression of Cliff's anxiety of his 'gayness' coming out was done well....more
That I couldn't figure out who the killer was...up to the end, which is something I love in an author. The first book in this new series kept me guessThat I couldn't figure out who the killer was...up to the end, which is something I love in an author. The first book in this new series kept me guessing and with the vast number of possible suspects I didn't even come close to getting it right.
Having the main character with the profession of math professor is a nice change, as is her already established relationship with her pilot boyfriend. It's also nice that for a change Sophie isn't a flighty twenty something stick but an bit older, highly intelligent and very independent. Her friends are interesting and I'm curious as to what happens to her gaining her full professorship.
My only complaint is that in the middle the pace slowed a bit while Sophie was trying to work her way through the suspects. ...more