Miki St John is riding high with his band Sinner's Gin, as the lead singer, it his lyrics and guitartist Damien's music that has led them to the awardMiki St John is riding high with his band Sinner's Gin, as the lead singer, it his lyrics and guitartist Damien's music that has led them to the award the band had just received. On their way to the celebration party in their limousine, the euphoria proves short lived when the limousine is side swiped by a truck and three of the four band members are DOA at the hospital. Only Mike survived and he's not sure he wanted to; the band were his only family.
Several months later and Miki is surviving in his converted warehouse with a dog called Dude (who lives there, but who Miki doesn't own) when his life is shaken up again. This time by the arrival of a dead body in his car in his garage - the body of Shin someone Miki feared as a boy when he was abused by Shin and his foster carer Carl Vega. At first the SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan is suspicious of Miki's involvement and he and his partner Kel Sanchez try to get him to own up to the murder; but even to them he doesn't look good for it.
As the bodies pile up and Miki & Kane's personal relationship takes off, it becomes a matter finding out whose behind the killings before Miki's life itself is in danger.
A street kid with no family is unsure what to make of Kane's Irish American family who take him to their hearts (though there are a lot of them, and he's not sure how he'll tell them apart). Miki begins to fight his way back from despair and try to come to terms not just with the abuse, but with the loss of his friends, and his own bad leg as well. As Kane & Kel chase down the murderer, Miki is fighting his own demons.
An excellent crime thriller set in San Francisco with good lead characters, I'm looking forward to the follow up. Ford's writing is well crafted and people, places and crimes come to life....more
Really enjoyed this outing from Carol Lynne, Remy & Cory were childhood sweethearts, but when their best friend Andton convinced her that Remy wasReally enjoyed this outing from Carol Lynne, Remy & Cory were childhood sweethearts, but when their best friend Andton convinced her that Remy wasn't coming back for her and her unborn child, she married him instead. Six months later she lost the baby and entered a life of abuse by her husband which only ended when he was killed in a boat explosion. Two years later, Remy has returned from being a Navy SEAL and is helping Cory run the bar - but as tensions rise and Cory is convinced Anton isn't dead, they head off to the Triple Spur, a ranch owned by their friends, Jake, Cree & Jenny Sommers and their new born twins. Can they find a place with their friends and help Cory out of her dilemma?
Most of the guys and gals from the previous books are here as they fight to save Cory and Remy. ...more
A quick read, could have done to be longer so we got to know the characters better. I wasn't completely convinced about Brodin & Carey's relationsA quick read, could have done to be longer so we got to know the characters better. I wasn't completely convinced about Brodin & Carey's relationship - I did like the idea of the Band being three shifters and a human.
Brodin let Carey lead him back into the other room only to stop at the sight of a pair of fully automatic machine guns with white bows around them. They looked like the sort of bows you'd put on a wedding package.
"Aww, Dad must like you," Carey said. "He only leaves guns for people he likes."
"Um, that's sweet?"
"Welcome to the family, Broden," Carey said with a grin. ...more
Enjoyable regency romance, nothing too taxing in this story, but it was good to catch up with the Smythe-Smith family and Daniel made an engaging heroEnjoyable regency romance, nothing too taxing in this story, but it was good to catch up with the Smythe-Smith family and Daniel made an engaging hero....more
I loves this take on a ghost story. I felt Hector was a very strong character and his relationship with Ruth was very well drawn. Ruth's struggle to
I loves this take on a ghost story. I felt Hector was a very strong character and his relationship with Ruth was very well drawn. Ruth's struggle to understand what was happening to her made for an interesting story. As always with a Gillard novel, the description was superb. ...more
I found this book very uplifting. Marianne, blind since birth, shares an Edinborough flat with her older sister, Louisa the author of a series of vampI found this book very uplifting. Marianne, blind since birth, shares an Edinborough flat with her older sister, Louisa the author of a series of vampire fantasy novels. Marianne is fiercely independent and we first meet her as she returns from a shopping trip and loses her key through the railings at the front door to her flat, blind she can't see where they have fallen, but a passing man with a familiar accent picks them up for her. He is Keir Harvey, an oilman. Which for Marianne is particularly poignant, his accent is very similar to her husband Harvey Fraser, who was also an oilman and who died in the tragic explosion on board the Piper Alpha oil platform in July 1988.
Struck at first by his similarity to Harvey, she gradually gets to know him when they meet again at the opera and later when Keir invites her to his home on Skye, on a no-strings attached holiday, he wants to introduce her to his home and show her the stars. Sceptic as to how she can 'see' the stars when she has been blind since birth, Marianne accompanies him and learns that Keir is a complicated character who is able to describe things to her in a way that makes it possible for her to understand what it means to see the stars, mountains and even to understand things like flocks of starlings, cathedrals and the wonders of the environment in which he lives; things she has previously had no concept of.
The story is told in three sections, first person by Marianne, first person by Louisa and a third person omniscient narrator, so we get to see the characters from more than one side. I loved Marianne and Keir's story with its ups and downs, its sadness and joys; I also loved the other romance between Louisa and her 'toy boy' Garth.
This is the 2nd Linda Gillard I have read and it certainly won't be my last. ...more
Another old Amanda Quick Regency that I hadn't read before. Interesting story line, but I just couldn't bring myself to like Harry, he was too autocraAnother old Amanda Quick Regency that I hadn't read before. Interesting story line, but I just couldn't bring myself to like Harry, he was too autocratic, too much of a prig and he just didn't seem a fully rounded character to me. Augusta on the other hand was a fun character....more
I really liked this, I wasn't sure when I started it if I was going to, but I was drawn into the first half of the novel (written under the Nora RoberI really liked this, I wasn't sure when I started it if I was going to, but I was drawn into the first half of the novel (written under the Nora Roberts name) straight away and became hooked on Laine & Max's story. The book flowed, Laine Tavish an antiques store owner in small town USA, finds her life disrupted (badly) when an old friend walks into the store, she doesn't recognise him at first, not until he's been knocked down outside her shop and he's dying does she realise he's her father's best friend, Wally, but she's not seen him since she was about 10. Her father Big Jack O'Hara is a small time crook and a conman, and Laine has been hiding her past for years now, taking her step father's name and trying to lead a normal life. Until big Jack and Wally get in too deep with a diamond heist, until she meets and falls in love with Max, the investigator sent to track the diamonds down, until her life, livelihood and friends are threatened, then Laine's life will never be the same again.
Flip forward 50 years, and Samantha Gannon, Max and Laine's granddaughter has just published her first book, about how her grandparents got involved with finding the lost diamonds from a heist in 2003 and how some of the diamonds are still missing. Sam returns home from a book tour, to find her housesitter Andrea has been brutally murdered at her house - enter Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the NYPDSA and a murder mystery around who killed Andrea, who killed the maid Tina Cobb, who thinks they're entitlted to the missing diamonds and will stop at nothing to find them?
A satisfying mix of two styles written by the same author under two names, Nora Roberts and J D Robb. First time I've read either, think I'll be reading more:-)...more
I really enjoyed this book, a good long read to lose yourself in. I loved the way that Kate slowly found out about the world of her old cousin Agnes aI really enjoyed this book, a good long read to lose yourself in. I loved the way that Kate slowly found out about the world of her old cousin Agnes and the hunt for Agnes's child, there was plenty of time to become well acquainted with the characters, and though the book was a long one, it never felt as though it was over long. I thought Hore showed how well the characters related to each other and how grief and can affect people's relationships with each other.