Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Review: Not a Chance by Maureen Bonatch

 

Not a Chance (The Enchantlings, #2)Not a Chance by Maureen L. Bonatch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again, we are in the little town with no name, which is either your idea of home or a crossroads to hell. A cast of demons and demi-demons roams the highways and byways. Once in a while, a human makes the mistake of stopping at the local bar, Last Call, and stirs up trouble.

Hope works at this bar/dive and has made the town with no name her real home, at last. She has a family: the memories of Destiny, her twin, deceased Aunt Tessa, who appears in mirrors, Aunt Ruthie, the bakery chef, and her brother, Chance. He has an annoyingly cute-as-a-button, well-endowed girlfriend, Berta, who drives Hope crazy with her bubbly behavior. Berta offers unrequested advice on how to bar tend and flirts with any male in a ten mile radius.

Hope’s hunk of a boyfriend has his own demons, but he always comes through for her. However, when a nosy reporter arrives in Last Call and begins stalking her, Hope is at the end of her rope. In a rage, she does what Griffith has told her not to do: use her powers to drain someone almost to the point of death. He takes the reporter out of her hands, literally, and tells her to think about who she wants to be. Hope is reflecting on this advice when the bubbly Berta disappears—and now she has to find her brother’s annoying girlfriend before she bubbles no more.

This is the second book in this enchanting Enchantlings series. This story can be read as a stand-alone, but why would you deny yourself the pleasure of the first book, Destiny Calling? Come for the snark, stay for the supernatural siblings and spirits. I give this book five magic mirrors and a warning: You may never want to leave the town with no name.



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Monday, October 19, 2020

New Release: Tears of the Wolf, Hotel LaBelle Book 4 by Sharon Buchbinder

 

 


Jealousy and resentment, a diagram for murder…

 

Chief of Tribal Police Jacob Graywolf serves and protects his community on the reservation. When an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women hits home, he's relieved the FBI gets involved. But something about the woman agent has him running scared.  

 

FBI Special Agent Zena Adalwolf is certain Jacob is her soul mate. Their connection at first sight is immediate and urgent—a bond that transcends their professional relationship. If only the clueless hunk would realize they belong together! 

After more Native American women are killed, Zena and Jacob suspect they have a serial killer on their hands. To track down the unsub, they allow their inner wolves to come out and play. But with the ever-ticking clock going wild, will the killer find them first?

Link to Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/tw-noPqQBSI

Excerpt 

“He’s a murderer.” Zena took a deep breath. “Look, I know he’s your uncle and you probably have some good recollections with him. I’m sure he was like a father figure to you because your dad was gone. Don’t the facts outweigh the memories? The man is a sociopath. His whole life is a lie. You saw him murder your father, Jacob. What more do you need to convince you that this is justice—delayed—but still justice?”

“You had no right—”

“I not only had the right, but the duty to follow the leads. If I hadn’t followed protocol and done everything by the book, there would have been a federal investigation. Put yourself in my shoes. Would you have told me if the tables were turned?” She paused and lowered her voice. “You’re raw, I get it. I’m sorry we didn’t have a chance to discuss this right after the  arrest. I’ve been tied up with paperwork—you know what that’s like. I’m sorry your uncle murdered your father. I could not have predicted that. The wound of your father’s death never healed—and this forced you to relive that night.”

“Family matters, but maybe it’s different with you. You’re so cold, so matter of fact about your sisters’ deaths. Maybe they didn’t mean as much to you as my father and uncle do—did.”

Angry tears sprang to her eyes.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HY2ZW9V

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/books/tears-of-the-wolf-hotel-labelle-book-4-by-sharon-buchbinder

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55308376-tears-of-the-wolf

 

 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Review: Without Mercy by Alicia Dean

 

Without MercyWithout Mercy by Alicia Dean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An oft-repeated piece of advice to writers goes like this: "Get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them. Then get them down." Not only does Alicia Dean get her heroine China Beckett up a tree and throw rocks at her, she throws bullets, knives, forks, and the entire kitchen sink--and then she starts sawing at the branches. I dare not share too much of the story except to say this was one of the most gripping stories I've listened to in a long time. Ms. Dean has written other pieces in the True Crime genre. Suffice it to say, all that research is put to good use in this story!! No spoilers, just 5 throwing stars for this story and my hearty enthusiasm--and suggestion to listen to it DURING THE DAY!!!!

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Review: On the Make by Margo Hoornstra

 

On the Make (Brothers In Blue Book 3)On the Make by Margo Hoornstra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Madison Clark is at her less-than-wonderful second-husband’s funeral, surrounded by people whom he sought to impress. Madison’s role in his life was as an over educated events planner. Her two sons by her first husband, now deceased, were an inconvenience he tolerated to keep her. The cast of characters at the funeral, alone, is enough to hook you into this story and make you wonder what they are up to. There’s the unctuous pastor, who’s more into supping than supporting, the so-called friends of the deceased, one phonier than the next, and an angry old man who makes demands on Madison about a historic property that never belonged to him.

The only people who seem to be on Madison’s side are the newly departed husband’s brother, and her sons, a pre-teen, and a teenager, both with issues. The younger one is sad, the older one is angry and about to get into trouble any day soon. They bicker like teenage brothers—with an edge. Madison tries to keep the peace, but they are not helping.

As she finally escapes from the church and the horde of “mourners”, she meets a movie star—and doesn’t recognize him. He, however, recognizes her son, the older, angry one. She discovers this handsome Adam Pride is trying to lure her son into the film being produced at the historic property she now owns. And she’s not happy.

A terrific addition to an equally awesome series (BROTHERS IN BLUE), this is a mystery with sympathetic hero and heroine. From start to finish the characters are real, the suspense is KILLER, and the finish is a surprise.

I give this story five Hollywood stars and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great story that will make the outside world go away.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New Release: Secrets of the Ravine by Brenda Whiteside

 

Secrets of The Ravine (MacKenzie Chronicles, #1)Secrets of The Ravine by Brenda Whiteside
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Do not open this book unless you are prepared to be sucked in, lose track of time, and forget to feed your family! From page one, you want to know more about the mysteries. Older HOT woman, Magpie, captures the interest of younger HOT man, Zac. From the minute they meet, there's a ZING and the zing is not the only thing! Come for the mystery, stay for the romance and enjoy the experience of going to Joshua, Arizona without leaving your home. Five smitten stars and two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Review: Ominous Legacy by Jannine Gallant

 

Ominous LegacyOminous Legacy by Jannine Gallant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in the Counter Strike series by Jannine Gallant. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and she did not disappoint. This page-turner starts with a mysterious legacy that sends experienced investigator, Wyatt Stone, and Talia Davis, a computer expert for the Counter Strike team. When they get together, the chemistry is clear--but is Talia ready to put her heart and her life on the line after a bad break-up. Will they and the budding romance survive the investigation--and the political impact? A nail biter and page turner, this novel earned 5 red, white, and blue stars from me and made me wonder, "What if?"

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Review: Virtually Timeless by Casi McLean

Virtually Timeless (High-Tech Crime Solvers #5)Virtually Timeless by Casi McLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What would you do if you inherited property you had no idea belonged to your family? What if you and you sibling traveled thousands of miles to see your inheritance, only to find strangers and stranger happenings? This ensemble cast of characters must solve a mystery--but can they do it in time--or in another time? A page turning thriller that will keep you glued to your Kindle late into the night, I give this book 5 shooting stars in a wormhole filled with suspense!

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