This is a short story that is a prelude to the next book in the series Embattled Hearts. This one introduces the main characters in the series and desThis is a short story that is a prelude to the next book in the series Embattled Hearts. This one introduces the main characters in the series and describes how they all met. It was definitley gritty and explained how all the Marines suffered from wounds they sustained in Iraq. Since all the men were injured they were medically discharged from the service and now have to decide what to do with their lives when all they ever had in mind was being a Marine.
This was a short but intense story and although it was hard to read at some points, it's nice that there's finally a series out there that even addresses the issues that can happen after a veteran returns home.
I'm anxious to read the next book and see what happens with John....more
This is listed as the ninth book in the Krewe series and features Jane (a member of a special FBI unit)and Sloan (former Houston cop and current sheriThis is listed as the ninth book in the Krewe series and features Jane (a member of a special FBI unit)and Sloan (former Houston cop and current sheriff of a small town called Lily.)
Lily is a town in Arizona that features Old West themed things to do. There's a bar and there's a theatre company called the Gilded Lily. When a skull shows up in the Gilded Lily's store room Sloan is called in to figure out what happened. He decides he needs an expert and calls an old friend of his to recommend a good forensic artist. Enter Jane Everett. She's a part of a special FBI group that is known for investigating supernatural cases. Not only is she an expert in doing facial reconstructions but she can also see and speak with ghosts. When Jane arrives in Lily she's confronted with stories of ghosts that still haunt the Gilded Lily and gets her own warnings from a ghost herself. What Jane really wants to know is whether Sloan is able to see the dead and if he can't should she reveal what it is she can do. Sloan and Jane must work together to figure out why old bones are resurfacing and why the dead bodies are piling up.
I liked the plot of this book, it was interesting and moved quickly. I also didn't really guess what was going on until it pretty much hit me in the face. I haven't read previous books in the series but the beginning set up much of the background that was needed so I didn't feel lost at all. I'll be reading the next book in the series.
Thank you to netgalley and Harlequin for providing me with this copy to read and review....more
This is the first book in the Lost and Found series and features John. John is an ex-marine who was medically discharged from the service after sufferThis is the first book in the Lost and Found series and features John. John is an ex-marine who was medically discharged from the service after suffering a paralyzing injury while on duty. (For the full story read the short story The Embattled Road) John has entered into a new business venture with two of his Marine buddies who were also on medical discharge from the service. They have a detective agency filled with veterans who are just trying to make it in life.
John is still struggling with his life after becoming paralyzed, he constantly feels useless and wonders what he can contribute to this new business venture. When Shannon starts working as the companies secretary, John can't help but notice that he is finally starting to have some feelings of lust. This makes him pretty happy considering he wasn't sure if he was going to have a functioning sex life again but it also terrifies him because he doesn't know if he can get close to another person anymore. Shannon is holding back her feelings of lust because John hasn't been reciprocating, but when she begins to feel threatened in her own home she runs to John for help. While the two try to figure out who is stalking Shannon they also have to try to ignore the heat building between them.
I loved John's character! Talk about an alpha male! But there was another more sensitive to side to him as well considering he was injured and trying to still maintain his "manhood". Shannon was very considerate of John and I loved that they were able to get along so well. I was curious to see how the two were going to end up in bed together, and I was happy to note that the author did a great job writing the chemistry between them and also keeping it realistic.
Besides the storyline following John and Shannon I loved the overall story of these men trying to maintain a somewhat normal life in society when they were all damaged either physically or emotionally. I just found myself rooting on all of them and hoping that they each get their HEA at some point. Too often soldiers are ignored once they come home, and many of them do need support in some way and it's not widely available.
I'm also glad to note that when people buy the books in this series a portion goes to the Wounded Warrior Projec.
I can't wait to see what happens next in this series. Could it be that Zeke is up next?...more
This book was a roller coaster of emotions and I honestly didn't know what to think half the time. The plot was very involved and took twists and turnThis book was a roller coaster of emotions and I honestly didn't know what to think half the time. The plot was very involved and took twists and turns that I didn't expect. I was so upset over things happening between Ty and Zane and I didn't know where things would end up. I definitely feel emotionally invested in these books and now I'm waiting on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next. (hopefully the next book doesn't take a year to come out because I don't know if it's possible for me to wait the whole time).
Also, the end of the book.... I mean seriously? How could we be left hanging like that. Abigail Roux why? WHY?...more
This series was utterly addictive. As soon as I finished one I was already ordering the next one and devouring it as quickly as possible. I'm so sad nThis series was utterly addictive. As soon as I finished one I was already ordering the next one and devouring it as quickly as possible. I'm so sad now that I've caught up and there aren't any new ones I can attack, I guess I'll have to play the waiting game like everyone else. How awful!
Zane and Ty are really some of my favorite characters, they are just perfect for eachother. Although they do get beat up quite a bit in each book (it's almost uncanny how they have racked up the injuries throughout this series) it can be a little unrealistic but it really does make for a good story. I love how each book has a unique storyline and how they are all different from eachother. There isn't much that is formulaic about this series, three cheers for good writing!
I am now going to go stalk the authors website to find more information about upcoming books....more
I've never read books by either of these authors but I saw some people talking about this series in a group and it sounded really interesting.
This isI've never read books by either of these authors but I saw some people talking about this series in a group and it sounded really interesting.
This is my first romantic suspense where the two main characters were both men. Interesting though that by the end I hardly even noticed it because the writing was good, the plot line though predictable was still very suspenseful (I suspected the serial within a few chapters) and the romance was deep and intriguing.
Zane and Ty were both very messed up characters. They each have their own secrets and issues to deal with and it was great to watch them go from hating one another to a mild dislike and further from that when they actually began to trust eachother. Their relationship was filled with problems the number 1 being the serial killer that was actively trying to kill them. They went through a lot together and I think their relationship happened pretty quickly but no more so than in other romantic suspense books.
This was a really quick read that definitely had me on pins and needles. I will most definitely be looking into the other books in this series....more
Lordy lordy.. hot fireman, sizzling plotline - you had me at hello! Well, not really but it had me grasped within the first few pages. This is my firsLordy lordy.. hot fireman, sizzling plotline - you had me at hello! Well, not really but it had me grasped within the first few pages. This is my first book by Jo Davis and I'm glad that it turned out to be a good romantic suspense - now I have another author to explore.
The main hero (Howard) in this book was mouthwateringly appealing. He was tall, built, sexy, sweet and also vulnerable. Yes he had his alpha male tendencies that made all that's female in me stand up and appreciate but then there were moments where he just broke down and exposed his softer side. What could be sexier than that? Probably nothing... Anyway, so Howard is a lieutenant in the fire department and a call goes out in a residential area. Nothing really out of the ordinary until a body is discovered in the upstairs bedroom handcuffed to the bed. Looks like this is more than just a simple arsen. While on scene he finds Kat there - the innocent bystander that called it in - they exchange pleasantries after he picks her up when she faints. And this is the part I find hard to believe, they magically hit it off with each other and eventually arrange a date. Okay.. so I'm holding off reality a bit otherwise I'd be asking myself WTH is this girl thinking? Going out with a dude she doesn't know? Besides that little wrinkle, it becomes obvious that the person who committed the arson and murder is a real sociopath and has it out for Howard, it becomes a game of cat and mouse as everyone tries to figure out who done it.
Another thing that had me peeved, there was A LOT of stuff that happens to poor Howard (also his nickname of Six Pack is really lame) and in a really short time. So there needed to be a lot of reality suspension on my side. Otherwise I don't know if I could have gotten through this one.
While that annoyed me, there was a lot of other stuff I really enjoyed. The relationship between Howard and Kat while at times strange with their intense feelings for one another in a short amount of time was also really sweet. I found myself drawn in by the side relationships in the book and found myself wondering what would become of the other members of Howard's unit. So of course I will be reading the next few books pronto. Hopefully they are as good and the series doesn't decline as it goes....more
Nailbiter is the first word that comes to mind when I began to write this review. This book was energetic, mysterious and kept me guessing throughout.Nailbiter is the first word that comes to mind when I began to write this review. This book was energetic, mysterious and kept me guessing throughout. It started off in a really intense scene of a serial killer strangling his victim. And that level of intensity was carried throughout the book.
The main character Lara Church is the only survivor of the Seattle Strangler and after her attack was thwarted by a bystander the strangler disappeared. Lara has no memories of the incident but has a bone-deep fear that this person will find her again. For most of her life after the attack she traveled and never settled in one place until her grandmother passes away and leaves her a house in Austin. Lara returns to the house and settles in deciding she is tired of living her life in the shadows. She gets a job as a teacher at a local university and puts her art (her photography) in a local art gallery.
Texas Ranger James Beck is just returning back to work from being on leave. He's itching to get back into cases and is happy to respond to the local authorities who call him in on a case. Beck comes to the murder scene and sees a woman in a white dress with a penny in her hand and he realizes that the Seattle Strangler may have resurfaced. He begins to wonder if it's a coincidence that women are being strangled in the same area where Lara is now settled. Could Lara be the reason the Strangler has returned?
This book was a fast-paced thriller that had me pretty captivated. It's a page turner and a pretty quick read. I liked Lara's character, although at times I wondered why she returned to dangerous areas to take her photographs. It seemed kind of a stupid idea considering what happened to her in the past. I liked her relationship with Beck - they were really quick to spar with one another and it provided a little relief from the intense story.
I also really liked that part of the story was written from the killer's POV. This allows for the reader to better understand the killer's mind and it also makes the book a little more creepy. It's one thing to read about a cop chasing a criminal, but it's quite another to know just how depraved that criminal is.
I also enjoyed the twists that the story took and have to say I didn't quite guess who the killer was. Let's say I had it partially right.
There were a few moments that it was hard to suspend reality and some things in the story nagged at me a bit. Some things were wrapped up too easily and there was one particular scene that I just rolled my eyes and couldn't believe what was happening. It bothered me a bit, so I just couldn't give the book 5 stars.
I think it's still a great book and if you are looking for a quick thriller to read this is probably a good choice for you.
Thanks to netgalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. for providing me with this book to read and review....more
This book had an interesting concept with a darkly fascinating idea. A woman wakes up one day with no memory of the past few years of her life and herThis book had an interesting concept with a darkly fascinating idea. A woman wakes up one day with no memory of the past few years of her life and her face looks different than what she remembers. Yet every time she tries to think about what's wrong she gets a blinding headache and vomits.
I mean what a horrible concept. I guess that was some kind of irrational, subconscious fear of mine because I found myself cringing at the thought of not knowing what happened with my life and then when I had some kind of idea no one would believe me! To be lost in your own body and having people think you were a lunatic. Disturbing!!
That was what I really enjoyed about this book, that idea of not knowing and trying to discover who you are. I also liked the action in the book, it was a very fast paced story much like Linda Howard's other novels. The romance between the main character Lizette and the hero (I won't mention names since that would be a spoiler!) was also satisfying.
The plot however began to fall flat for me. Half the book was about Lizette discovering more about her past and trying to find out what happened to her. That was great, but then after that it seemed like things were wrapped up very quickly and conveniently. When I got to the end of the book I almost kept trying to flip the pages, expecting there to be something more. But alas, there wasn't. Just a convenient end, without much detail. I guess things were just wrapped up too tidily for me to enjoy it. And too quickly as well. I was reading this on my kindle so I'm not sure of the page numbers, but in less than half the book, the "mystery" was solved, the romance was settled and established, the bad guys were labeled and taken care of and then there was a little epilogue to give us a brief glimpse of the future. Eh... that's just too much packed into a short amount of time for me.
As a result, I could only give this book 3 stars. I liked it but I would have enjoyed it much more if it had been fleshed out a little bit.
Thanks to netgalley for providing me with this copy to read and review. ...more
I got this trilogy through the library, and since they had all three books available I didn't really read the plot summary. So I was surprised when II got this trilogy through the library, and since they had all three books available I didn't really read the plot summary. So I was surprised when I started reading and realized that the books were set in Key West Florida! I was recently there this summer and it was great to actually know the streets and festivals that were happening in the book. It just made the book more interesting for me because of the stories and history I had just learned about while there were being mentioned in the book again. That might sound a bit dorky, but it made me even more excited about the book.
Not only did the book include the eccentricities of the city of Key West but it also had a twinge of paranormal elements whic we learn more about as we meet one of the main characters Katie. For me it was the best mix of everything I like, an interesting mystery (With some crazy bad guys), paranormal awesomeness, a city I enjoyed visiting and a great romance. Off to read the next book!...more
I've read a few books by Graham and I've always found them entertaining. Usually mysteries with a hint of paranormal elements and a little romantic suI've read a few books by Graham and I've always found them entertaining. Usually mysteries with a hint of paranormal elements and a little romantic suspense added in. This book was no exception, it was a fast paced ride from the beginning of the book to the last page.
One of the main characters is Danni Cafferty and she runs an antique shop that she inherited from her father. She is also an up and coming artist that finds herself in her shop painting the face of a woman she's never met before. That same day the woman walks in begging Danni to come look at an antique bust she has in her house that she is positive killed her husband. Danni is shocked that this woman thinks she could be of any help and eventually agrees to come to her house to look at the object. When she arrives at the house to find the woman dead Danni begins to look closer and examine what exactly she inherited from her father besides the store.
Michael Quinn is another of the main characters, he's a PI that used to work with Danni's father Angus on different cases. He has also heard about the bust and wanted Danni to help him locate it before other people died.
So Quinn and Danni are both drawn together to try to discover the location of the bust while also trying to keep themselves and everyone around them alive in the process.
The mystery surrounding the bust was really interesting to me, and although I guessed who some of the people involved were it took me awhile to piece together the endgame. I also loved that the story took place in New Orleans, it seemed the perfect setting for a sleuth like mystery - and for some reason as I was reading I kept getting flashes of Scooby Doo and the gang. It just seemed like a mystery they would be interested in solving!!
There were a couple of things I had an issue with. One being the beginning of the book which kept leading me to believe that I was missing something. I'm not sure if this was a part of a series (I don't think it is) but I felt as though I were starting in the middle of the story and didn't know all the players. I guess it was just the way the author decided to give out information. Also, the mystery surrounding Quinn was a little drawn out for my tastes. Especially since his backstory ended up not being that interesting. Yet we were teased with it for quite a bit. It was definitely a little bit of a let-down.
But all in all, I still enjoyed the story and had fun with it. I got the impression from the last few pages that there might be another story on the horizon.. and if there is, I'll definitely pick it up and read it.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this free copy to read and review....more
Oh I really enjoyed this one! This might be one of my favorites from Ashley so far. It was the perfect story of an abused woman who gets her life backOh I really enjoyed this one! This might be one of my favorites from Ashley so far. It was the perfect story of an abused woman who gets her life back and a fabulous one at that. And the hero was just deliciously perfect. He was broody and somewhat cautious but also charming and adorable. Also I loved the references to Cal from Ashley's Burg series, and also the references to those crazy Denver men from the Rock Chick series. Awesome!
Now my question... will there will be (or is there) a follow-up with Luci and Hal? Please say yes someone.......more