I downloaded the sample of this book and once I’d read it - I had to buy the book. I was hooked and intrigued and wanted to find out what was going onI downloaded the sample of this book and once I’d read it - I had to buy the book. I was hooked and intrigued and wanted to find out what was going on. I love when that happens.
Lone Star Justice starts out with a young, 18 year old pregnant Maddie. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks in a small town who after a great tragedy involving her boyfriend’s parents and her dad - is forced (or it was highly suggested) she leave her hometown of Greendale Texas. Due to the circumstances she never revealed to the love of her life Rand McCade that she was pregnant with his child.
Fast forward 14 years and Maddie has certainly made a name for herself. She’s now a respected judge in Oklahoma, has a bright and friendly 15 year old daughter named Brandy and a pretty darn good life. Until one night she discovers her best friend and prosecuting attorney Anne murdered and hanging from a tree in her backyard. Now Maddie and her daughter have started to receive threats as well. Is someone Maddie had a hand in incarcerating exacting revenge? Or is another plan afoot to terrorize Maddie and Brandy?
Thinking the only place she’ll be safe and knowing she needs to secure a future for her daughter if anything should ever happen to her, Maddie knows it’s time to return home to Greendale. Now father will meet daughter for the first time - how’s that doing to go down? I was expecting fireworks when the truth came from both Brandy and Rand - their reactions may have been a bit unrealistic since they seemed to take the news in stride. No screaming or cussing. I would have liked to see Rand punch a wall or two at finding out the news. He had every right to be furious at Maddie for keeping him from his daughter for so long.
Homeboy Rand McCade is now the town sheriff. Never married and he’s never forgotten Maddie or how she left town without a word to him 14 years ago breaking his heart. To say Rand was not exactly excited to see Maddie in his town, bringing trouble with her and stirring up a lot of unresolved feelings is an understatement. He doesn’t clue in that Brandy is his child, but chooses instead to believe Maddie was promiscuous enough to get pregnant shortly after leaving Greendale.
Old secrets come to light as Rand and Maddie finally have to resolve issues about their relationship - amazing what a little communication can do when people actually talk. Maddie put off telling Rand about his new parent status...I thought she should of told him sooner and I wasn’t sure why she didn’t just spill the beans immediately since she had ample opportunity.
Anyway back to action and there is quite a bit of it as Maddie and Brandy continue to be terrorized even now that they're back in Greendale. Little does Maddie realize that she’s played right into her attacker’s hands by returning home to his stomping grounds.
Rand must race to save Maddie and Brandy, the two woman who he loves beyond reason from the hands of a madman when he outsmarts the local cops and kidnaps both girls.
Other than a few minor niggles this was a really action-packed and fast paced second chance at love story. ...more
I’ve been a big fan of Roxanne St. Claire for years. Whether I’m reading about Bullet Catchers or Guardian A 5 big out of this world amazeball stars!
I’ve been a big fan of Roxanne St. Claire for years. Whether I’m reading about Bullet Catchers or Guardian Angelinos she’s an auto-buy author for me and now she has a brand new contemporary with a side of suspense, a wonderful, amazing story called Space In His Heart featuring a “Top Gun” Astronaut in Deke Stockard.
I was hooked from the prologue.
From the moment Deke spots the PR whiz from Bahston Jessica Marlowe that NASA has hired to give the space program a higher public profile - he is checking her out. He may be a workaholic and totally focused on his latest mission - but he’s not dead and Jessica Marlowe just brought him to full attention.
Holy hell, after staring at frayed wires and the inside of a shuttle exhaust all day, this girl was a vacation for the eyes. And he took it.
Maybe he’d stay at the presentation longer than five minutes and listen to her pitch. That was until he saw his mug on the big screen and her words about NASA getting some sex appeal and that sex sells. Hell no!
Ooooohhh their relationship definitely got off to a rocky start and it was so fun to read. These two may have started out on opposing sides and Deke did his best to be as uncooperative as possible, gave Jessica as much grief as he could, but he couldn‘t deny that he was a natural when it came to the interviews and TV appearances and photo shoots - the camera loved him (and you will too). Their banter, initial dislike for one another and their enforced, close working relationship was sooooooo good to watch develop...there were enough sparks between them to launch that space shuttle Endeavour all by themselves.
Jessica is a pure professional. Her job means everything to her and really it’s her whole life. Spending three months in Florida working on this “make NASA sexy” campaign was threatening her position thanks to a spiteful and vengeful co-worker back in Boston, but Jessica handled it all with amazing aplomb and dignity...I would have punched that bitch Carla in the mouth. Jessica knows that no matter how attracted she is to Deke and seriously how could she not be since he is so scrumpdillyicious, she can’t act on her feelings because he’s a “client” and fraternization is frowned upon. With her job hanging in the balance, she just can’t make any wrong moves...even if she wants to make all the right moves with Deke. Their relationship progressed naturally, slowly and simmered at a slow burn until they both couldn’t resist the attraction any longer. The misunderstanding about Jessica’s friend Jo was priceless. It’s J-O Deke...not J-O-E.
I stayed up way to late reading this book and then when I woke up, immediately had to finish it (good think it wasn’t a work day).
The ending was action packed, a risky flight, a life and death rescue at the International Space Station and even Jessica’s own life was in grave danger. St. Claire managed to inject enough suspense into the plot that I just couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down.
Once I was finished, I went back and re-read the prologue and frankly - it was brilliant and quite sneaky on Ms. St. Claire’s part. It was a great hook made even better on a second read considering how Space In His Heart ended.
Leave lots of space in your day if you plan on reading this one because you aren’t going to want to put it down once you start. ...more
Having a debilitating psychic ability doesn’t make Samantha Blair’s life easy. She’s pretty much a loaner, doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t have3.5 Stars
Having a debilitating psychic ability doesn’t make Samantha Blair’s life easy. She’s pretty much a loaner, doesn’t trust easily, doesn’t have any friends and one of her “psychic episodes” could even kill her. It’s a pretty lonely existence for a young woman. Her ability to connect so intensely with a victim of violence so that she feels and experiences everything in real time whether the victim is being attacked, choked, stabbed or lies bleeding to death (and I mean Sam herself bleeds - not sure how that part of the psychic phenomenon works?). Not exactly an easy burden to bear.
It takes everything within Sam to finally decide to go to the police after one particularly bad and violent vision of a woman being murdered. She doesn’t exactly have a good track record with the police, certainly doesn’t trust them based on her past experiences (and with good reason), but she does the right thing and reports what she knows. Needless to say she is met with doubt, becomes a suspect herself based on her knowledge of certain facts and wonders if she should have just kept to herself in her secluded home with her trusty dog Moses.
Brent Sutherland’s a detective investigating a string of murders by an alleged serial killer. He is beyond intrigued by Sam and her story. Her waif-like figure and solemn face that appears to be all eyes has him captivated. He can’t deny that Sam somehow holds the key to helping solve his investigation and can’t ignore that her information is spot on. And he’s undeniably attracted to her and feels an overwhelming urge to protect her.
I think Brent as any cop would be was sceptical about Sam but one of his very best friends Stephan has psychic abilities and he‘d seen first hand what Stephan could do. Because of that relationship, Brent was much more accepting of the possibility that Sam was indeed psychic.
Tuesday’s Child was an interesting read. I wasn’t sure who the killer was for quite some time. I really liked that Sam had a real affinity for animals. She worked at a Vet Clinic and was adamant about rehabbing a wounded and seemingly dangerous German shepherd she called Soldier. Sam and Soldier were in fact each other’s saviors. They aren’t called man’s best friend for nothing. ...more
I won This Time Next Year on a Twitter contest from the Author Alison Kent and was quite excited because really who doesn’t love winning boo 3.5 Stars
I won This Time Next Year on a Twitter contest from the Author Alison Kent and was quite excited because really who doesn’t love winning books?
This was the perfect little story for an afternoon spent in front of the fireplace, nice and toasty warm with my coffee. The H/h must have thought it was a good idea also because they had their own hot scene in front of the fireplace “wink wink”.
It’s Christmas time, a snow storm, a heroine in need of rescuing and a hero riding in to save the day on his trusty horse. Now they are stranded together and baby it may be cold outside, but Brenna and Dillon are heating up on the inside.
If your in the mood for a cute, sweet, friends to lovers holiday story then you can’t go wrong with Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey.
It’s toIf your in the mood for a cute, sweet, friends to lovers holiday story then you can’t go wrong with Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey.
It’s tough being in love with your dead best friend’s wife...just ask Justin McCormick. Poor Justin has been in love with Claire for years and hasn’t been able to act on his feelings. First because she married his best friend Brendan and then because they're both suffering the loss of Brendan when he suddenly dies in a tragic car crash. For the past 2 years Justin and Claire have been BFF’s, but Justin’s finding it increasingly difficult to keep his true feelings hidden whether it's enjoying pool and pizza Tuesdays or she’s riding shotgun while he's busy snowploughing. I like that Stacey writes about the regular every day guy. No sheiks, princes or supermodels here - just good old fashioned, hardworking blue collar stiffs.
It was sweet and sad to watch both these people be tortured by their ever increasing feelings for one another yet feel like they couldn’t act on them because of the memory of Brendan.
As the title indicates with a little help from a few margaritas and some well-hung mistletoe these two eventually work through their feelings of guilt and betrayal to have their very own Christmas miracle.
Shannon Stacey's stories never fail to bring the emotion or the laughs and I have yet to be disappointed by this NY times best selling author. This book is part of an anthology from Carina Press, but I purchased it as a stand-alone novella. ...more
You better plan on reading this book in one sitting because once you start - you won’t be able to stop!
A-Mazing! If I was prone to bite my nails - theYou better plan on reading this book in one sitting because once you start - you won’t be able to stop!
A-Mazing! If I was prone to bite my nails - there would be nothing left but the nubs. After the way Ms. Webb left me and all of her readers handing at he end of book one in the Faces of Evil series, (it was very, very evil on her part), I immediately had to start this book...even though it was late and past my bedtime and there was a very good chance I would be having nightmares. I’m not one for reading nail-biting, edge of your seat thrillers before bed because once the lights go out, every creak and groan my house has my eyes popping open and my heart racing. Impulse is not the book you want to be reading before bed...I should have taken my own advise. I wasn’t going to pull an all nighter and finish this book before bed...HA! I couldn’t stop reading, even despite the threat of nightmares. Oy Vey!
Impulse picks up immediately after Obsession ends. Jess and Dan have barely closed the case after rescuing five missing girls before the next nightmare rears it’s ugly head.
Jess finds herself under investigation by the FBI for her actions involving her handling of the case involving “The Player”, being offered a new job as Deputy Chief by her ex-lover and Police Chief Dan Burnett and being tormented by none other than Eric Spears aka The Player...or is she?
Jess knows beyond all doubt that somehow Eric Spears is involved as people close to Jess go missing. The Player is a mastermind at manipulation and he knows just what buttons of Jess’s to push. But the facts aren’t adding up for this profiler and the case has Jess and the entire police task force baffled. Is The Player really behind everything that is going on? Is there an accomplish doing The Player’s dirty work? Or is a copycat trying to make a name for himself and cash in on all the media attention?
Jess is going to have to put all her fears and feeling aside and try to outwit, outlast and outplay...The Player. The lives of people close to Jess hang in the balance if Jess can’t stay one step ahead of The Player and figure out his next move.
What an ending! Can’t wait to see what the next book in this series brings. Is it February 2012 yet? ...more
Wow, wow, wow...what a bargain basement price for an unexpectedly great surprise read and all for the low, low price of .99 cents. I got waaaaay moreWow, wow, wow...what a bargain basement price for an unexpectedly great surprise read and all for the low, low price of .99 cents. I got waaaaay more than I bargained for with this offering from Debra Webb. I would have paid 10x times that amount.
Obsession reminds me of the works from some authors who are auto-buy authors for me: Karen Rose, Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen. If you enjoy the suspense/thriller genre with edge-of-your-seat action then you won't want to miss out on Obsession. I’ve already purchased the second book in the series Impulse and after checking the author’s website - color me excited to learn she has a total of 12 books planned in this Faces of Evil series. I can only hope each and every book is as good as Obsession was.
FBI profiler Agent Jess Harris is at a bit of a crossroads in her career. After a stellar record for 12 years at the FBI, her record as a behavioural analyst is perfect except for her latest case involving the maniacal killer The Player. She played right into the hands of a cunning sociopath who set her up and now thanks to Jess‘s work on the case, he is about to go free.
Answering the call from an old friend and lover, Police Chief Dan Burnett, Jess who’s on administrative leave from the FBI heads home to Birmingham to assist in a particularly troubling case involving missing, young girls. A case in which Dan has a personal stake as one of the missing girls is actually his teenage step-daughter Andrea.
I liked that Dan and Jess were more mature characters (both are in their forties), well established in their careers and yet they have some pretty serious history dating back to when they were teenagers and college lovers. They both still obviously have strong feelings for each other, but solving this case is their top priority and for the most part they try desperately to ignore the lingering feelings between them. Obviously with more books in this series, I expect their relationship will grow over time.
In Obsession the race is on discover a link between the missing girls and find them before it’s too late. We are treated to the POV from the kidnapped girls and can you say...creeeeeeepy!
To further complicate and muddy the waters is the release of Eric Spears aka The Player, a sadistic serial killer. Jess knows beyond all doubt that he is the man who committed numerous, heinous crimes - she just wasn’t able to prove it and now her career is in ruins because of it. Eric has become fascinated with Jess...in fact Obsessed if you will. And he is far from done with playing games with Agent Harris. I’m sure Eric will be a “Player” in a number of upcoming books - I can’t see Webb making him go away any time soon. With so many possibilities and 12 books in the making, I expect him to be around torturing Jess for some time. Masterminds like The Player know how to commit crimes and get away without leaving a trace.
Fair WARNING: You are going to want to have book two in this series Impulse ready and waiting for when you are finished. The ending...O.M.G. I started Impulse immediately upon finishing Obsessive even though it was late and past my bedtime. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ...more