Posted in July Book Reviews 2017

Fatal Threat by Marie Force

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Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Blurb:

Don’t miss the next chapter in the New York Times bestselling series from Marie Force! Read the electrifying romantic suspense novel that everyone is talking about!

It’s just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene.

A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything—including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano. This isn’t the first time the couple’s lives have been at risk, but when a bombshell from Sam’s past returns to haunt her, she can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

With a ruthless killer out for vengeance, and Nick struggling to maintain his reputation after secrets from his own past are revealed, Sam works to tie the threat to a murder that can’t possibly be a coincidence. And she has to get it done before her husband’s career is irrevocably damaged…

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32336122-fatal-threat

Sam and Nick are back!

So let me say this is my first book in the series, and I was able to follow the story. As I prepared to write this book, I realized I could go back and read about Sam and Nick’s past adventures (which I found really exciting because I fell in love with Sam’s character in the first two pages).

Our story starts with Lt. Sam Holland reaching the Anacostia River on a hot and muggy day. But before she gets far into her own case, she’s snatched by Secret Service agents for an entirely different case that will be even more perplexing. So, as I said before, I fell in love with Sam’s character two pages into the book, as she complained about a bridal party she didn’t want to go to. I related and immediately knew I liked Sam.

Knowing that there are other books, following Sam and Nick’s relationship was exciting to me. I enjoyed this couple a lot. One of the big things I really admired was that their roles were almost reversed. Nick is the Vice President and Sam is a Lieutenant. She’s the one that is out, dealing with some really crazy situations and while Nick is dealing with a lot, in my mind, he has the cushier job.

As the story continues on, I enjoyed seeing this couple’s love for each other. This book is definitely not smutty (I say this for readers who may be new to this author). But I liked that while this story has a lot of grit and some pretty raw scenes, the couple’s love is still showcased. There was a particular scene at the police station and Sam is receiving some hard news and Nick is incredibly comforting, but in a way that is appropriate for Sam’s character. There were several times where I felt like I was in the room and could easily see why Sam and Nick worked as a couple.

If you enjoy thrillers with a side of love, then this series is definitely for you. The mystery is well balanced with romance, but neither overpowers the other. As a bonus, Book 1, “Fatal Affair” is free on Kindle right now. You can find that book here: Fatal Affair by Marie Force

Author Bio:


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Posted in July Book Reviews 2017

Dark Rites by Heather Graham

Dark Rites

Dark Rites by Heather Graham

The witches, they are real… 

A series of bizarre assaults is mystifying Boston police: an unknown attacker is viciously beating random strangers and leaving a note quoting an old warning about witchcraft. History professor Alex Maple was one of the victims, and now he’s gone missing. Vickie Preston is certain that someone has taken her friend for malicious purposes. She’s having blood-drenched visions that seem to be staining her waking life, and the escalating attacks suggest that a dangerous cult is at work behind the scenes—a cult so powerful that its members would rather die than be apprehended.

Vickie is grateful to have Special Agent Griffin Pryce and the FBI’s elite Krewe of Hunters on her side. She and Griffin are finding their way in an increasingly passionate relationship, and Griffin is desperately trying to keep her safe and the two of them sane amid the disturbing investigation. The search for Alex will take them deep into the wilderness of Massachusetts on the trail of a serial killer, and it will take everything they have to survive the ancient evil that awakens and threatens not just the man they’re striving to save but their very souls.

Heather Graham has been one of my favorite authors for awhile now. I adore her Krewe of Hunters series and I know I can always count on her for an amazing book. But with “Dark Rites”, Heather Graham really stepped into the epic authors category for me.

Our story starts with History professor Alex Maple going missing. He’s not entirely sure where he is or what’s happening to me. Someone wants the knowledge that Alex has. To survive, he has to find out where the mysterious “Jehovah” area is.

If you read “Dying Breath”, you already knew who Vickie and Griffin are. (If you didn’t read “Dying Breath”, you’ll still be able to follow this book). This aspect by itself is one reason that I love this author. This book could be the first one you’ve ever read by her and still understand everything. But if you have read the other books, this story becomes enhanced because you see a few past characters and it makes for a more enjoyable experience.

Vickie and Alex have become friends and when Alex doesn’t show up for their dinner plans, she knows something is amiss. Alex is intelligent, considerate, and the kind of friend everyone would want to have. Vickie immediately gets Griffin involved and what they find is nothing short of horrifying. As they go through Fall River to the forests of Western Massachusetts, the mystery only intensifies.

As the victims continue to add up, the Krewe digs deeper and deeper into the history of Massachusetts. For me, this is one of the best aspects of a Heather Graham book. I love the history melded into the mystery. It really adds an extra element to the story and I find myself unable to put these books down.

If you love history, mystery, and romance, this book is for you. Heck, the whole series is for you. This is the kind of story that will keep you up all night for all the right reasons.

 

Posted in July Book Reviews 2017

Swink by Adriana Locke

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RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Swink
Series: Landry Family #5
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: A Standalone Bad Boy / Good Girl Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2017

BLURB

I’m that guy.

Camilla Landry rustles against me, the silky fabric of her overpriced lingerie slipping along my bruised rib. The porcelain perfection of her skin is even more innocent against the colorful ink dotting my own. It’s demure meets damage, pampered meets punctured.

So, yeah, it’s obvious I’m that guy. Dominic Hughes. Her attempt at rebellion. Her bid to see what the other side of the tracks feel like. I’m okay with being used because, from where I’m sitting, the other side of the tracks have never looked so good.

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Wow. Just wow.
This is the last book in the Landry Family Series (Sienna’s story will start off a new series). Adriana Locke does NOT disappoint. This story brings the finale that I think readers absolutely deserve and will love.
The author has been teasing us about Cam and her mystery man for the last couple books. But now, we finally meet Dominic Hughes and he was worth the wait. So worth it!
From the blurb, readers know that Dominic and Camilla are not coming from the same playing fields, status wise. I normally don’t go for that trope because it tends to be the woman trying to fix the guy. This book is not that. I loved that the author made the love between Cam and Dom about them. The other societal factors come in, but at the end of the day, they work well together because of just them. Not money, not status, etc.
I don’t know how intentional this was, but I appreciated seeing some of the stresses that Cam was facing. I think when you read the story, or just think about it, she’s considered the Princess of Savannah. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have problems, thoughts, feeling.s. It went deeper than just Cam though. In the other books, we’ve seen the brothers find love and being a society man is very different than being a society woman. It really hits home during a scene at a charity event. You realize all the pressures that are on Camilla.
Dom’s character is incredible. I aligned with him. You could see why he wanted to shelter Cam from parts of his world. It was heartbreaking and yet I related to it immensely. Even though Dom might see himself as damaged goods, he isn’t. He’s got a past, like everyone does. I loved seeing he and Cam both grow as the story continued. Both characters have things they need to overcome.
I truly can’t recommend this book enough. I absolutely adored it. What a way to end the Landry Family series. I actually feel somewhat speechless; this book is THAT amazing.
Posted in July Book Reviews 2017

Complicating by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

Complicating

Complicating by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

Forget all those other accidental pregnancy romances you might have read.

Daisy and Carter don’t have a one-night stand…because it’s thirty minutes in a back room at a wedding reception. And Carter isn’t a bad boy baby-daddy…except for the motorcycle, tattoos, and attitude. Daisy doesn’t have the typical issues with her pregnancy…if you don’t count the morning sickness, food cravings, and occasional horniness. And Carter doesn’t hang around all the time, wanting both her and the baby…until he falls in love.

But they definitely don’t become a happy family…right away.

Daisy has always been a good girl. She’s never done anything wild or spontaneous until she has a little too much to drink at a wedding and has a fling with a sexy stranger. She thought they were careful, but accidents happen. And now she’s going to have the baby of a man she barely knows.

Carter is her opposite in every way and completely the wrong man for her. They can still work out a reasonable arrangement regarding the baby. But the more time she spends with him, the less reasonable she feels. And he’s acting all possessive and protective, so it gets harder and harder to convince herself that he’s just the father of her baby.

She wants him to be so much more.

Welcome back to Preston’s Mill! In this book, we find Daisy and Carter meeting at the wedding of Heather and Chris, the couple from the first book in the Preston’s Mill series. This can be read as a standalone but if you wanted to read the other books, you certainly could and this story might be enhanced for you (just in that you’d recognize some past characters).

I will be honest and say this book was good, but not one of my all-time favorites from this author-duo. So I will focus on the things I really did enjoy and then touch on some of the things that just didn’t work for me as much.

First, I like these authors writing together. I’ve read several books from Samantha Chase and I have a fairly good beat on her writing style, so it’s easier for me to see where Noelle Adams comes in. I think they compliment each other really well.

I love the entire vibe of Preston’s Mill. I love the small town; I always feel like I’m right there when I read these books. You can picture these small restaurants and the apartment complex that our characters live in. It really comes to life and I actually find myself hoping that some holiday books come out in this series.

One of the biggest things I struggled with in this book was Daisy’s character. She bugged me a lot and there were several times where even I thought Carter was wasting his time on her. I feel terrible even saying that, even though these are fictional characters. Daisy’s character is pretty conservative but she manages to let loose for one night and that night leads to Carter and then an accidental pregnancy. Carter really likes Daisy and he keeps trying to be in her life and be a good father to the baby. But Daisy just keeps pushing him away and just being hard to deal with. Again, this was an area that I struggled with. I feel like the intention was that Daisy is protecting her heart but it just didn’t really translate well for me here.

I enjoyed Carter’s character a lot. When he finds out about the baby, he tries so hard to step-up. There is one scene that was funny where Carter just goes overboard, trying to read the baby books and change air filters, bring purifiers, antacids, etc. He’s trying so hard to be a good father.

Overall, I think readers would enjoy this book. If you are already fans of these authors, you’ll enjoy the story and the continuation of the Preston’s Mill series. Even without my feelings for Daisy playing into it, I did enjoy the story line and how everything played out for this couple.