Thursday, August 16, 2018

Book Review- Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson


A stunning new adventure set in the kingdoms of the Remnant.

A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations.
A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power.
Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen's premier guard.
A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself.
A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.
When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.  AMAZON 5+ STARS

First Comment:  Wow, that was one intense, intense, story!!!

I will admit that at first I was a bit confused at the opening pages of the book.  That was caused by my trying to keep track of the all the people in the story.  The world building was also great but that even took me a while to sort through.  It was a bit overwhelming for me at first, I wasn't even sure if I was going to be able to finish the book.BUT I'm glad that I kept going because it was so work it.  It helped even more when the story began to narrow down a bit more into two people.  The legendary street thief known as "Ten" who became the fierce Rahtan premier fighter,  Kazi will be one of those people focused on.  Jase Ballenger is that son thrust into leadership as the new Patrei.  And boy, is his plate ever full and he has no idea how more danger that there is lingering around him.  There is a lot of enemies out there and they are bold!
Two other women of the special guard go with Kazi.  Two VERY skilled warriors named, Synove and Wren.  They not only supported Kazi but also added so much more to the story.  As did a few other people as well.  The Ballenger also had their family members to add to the story and there were quite a few of them.
This book is FULL of action, deceptions, dangers and even some good moments too.  It's not all death and destruction but there will be plenty of that too.
I will also add that it is one long book, and well worth the money that you pay for it.
It "ends" with some happiness but I guess it a H.E.A. for now kind of ending.  Why?  Because the door is left wide-open for further adventures.  And looks like it's going to be a dangerous one at that.

I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book via Netgalley and it knocked my socks off!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- WHIRLWIND WEDDING by Debra Cowan

Whirlwind Wedding by [Cowan, Debra]
HE'D NEARLY BLED TO DEATH ON HER DOORSTEP
Catherine Donnelly had come to Whirlwind to care for her rebellious brother. Not to rescue the very man who doubted her sibling's innocence! But as the Texas Ranger recovered in her bed, she was forced to admit that Jericho Blue might be the one man who could save her. And make her the woman she yearned to be!
HAD THIS ANGEL OF MERCY DANCED WITH THE DEVIL?  
Jericho prayed that Catherine had nothing to do with the murderous ambush. For once he'd apprehended the culprits, Jericho knew the only way to satisfy the fierce passion Catherine aroused in him—would be to make the innocent temptress his wife!  AMAZON  3.5 stars


I liked this book and it did start out strong with good main characters.  It also had good backgrounds for both of them too.  My only problem with the story is that it kind of stalls about half-way through.  But at least it's only for a while.  It kind of stalls because of going over the same issues over and over a bit too long to my way of thinking.  Action did force things to move along at a pretty good rate once we got past that other point.
There were good secondary people in the story which added a good dimension to the story.  You could feel the community in it.  

Catherine's  12 year old brother,  Andrew has been slowly beginning to realize how much trouble he is in.   He's terrified and just not sure how to get out of it.  



I kind of think that the title of this book was a bit misleading and wasn't exactly the best fit.  But there is a H.E.A. to the story.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- RUN AND HIDE by Alan McDermott


There’s only so long you can run for your life.
Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead.
After her brother is killed in a faked suicide, Driscoll teams up with ex-soldier Rees Colback, the one person who can help her find answers. Together they’re determined to uncover why members of his Special Forces squad are dying in mysterious circumstances.
But with every agency in the country in hot pursuit, their only choice is to flee.
The clock is ticking. They can’t run forever. It’s time to make a choice: kill or be killed…AMAZON 4.5 stars

And what the thriller it was.  Eva was a great main character and those that came alongside were pretty good too.  Eva was a really lethal weapon trained by the CIA but all the gloves are off when she finds out how she has been used.  The tension of the story was one that just kept up the pace.  It also had some good world building when it came to the people behind everything. Their network was truly scary. 
There is action, action, action in this story.  There is also a scene that is not for the squeamish, definitely an adult story because of that one thing alone.  Although I'm happy to say that it's not as detailed when it comes to the violence as it could have been. I do want to say that I usually like the thrillers that I am reading to have a romance in it.  This one didn't but it was still a darn good story. 
It had a really good twist or two to the story with openings left for future adventures it seems.  


I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book via Netgalley and this is what I think about it. 

BOOK REVIEW- PRIVATE LIES by T.E. Woods

 
All her life, Midwest restaurateur Sydney Richardson has been searching for answers about her past. Now, in this riveting thriller, the truth hits home—with a vengeance.

Billy Tremble thought he had finally made it out of the skids. He was happy to share his good fortune with his less fortunate friends . . . and that’s why he ended up dead.

Sydney Richardson’s enjoying a rare night out in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, when she learns that one of her friends has been shot. Rick Sheffield thought he was staking out a drug deal; turns out he had a front-row seat to a million-dollar cash drop gone wrong. Meanwhile, at a construction site across town, a young vagrant is killed execution-style after spreading some serious wealth among his street friends.

Sydney sees no reason to link the shootings—until the money disappears from the evidence locker, resulting in the release of the suspect in the first shooting and the suspension of the detective investigating the second. Determined to connect the dots herself, Sydney uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy tying a respectable local family to the Chicago underworld. But what frightens her most is the fact that the trail of blood leads to the decades-old cold case that has haunted Sydney’s every move: her father’s murder.  AMAZON 5 STARS

Wow, what a powerful story!  Powerful on so many different levels.  Loved the main characters, they were strong ones, and they were likable too.  And oh, did I mention smart and good at what they do?
Sydney was someone who succeeded in so many ways especially  when it came to her businesses.  Now, her love life was kind of a different story though.  Her lover and friend Clay wants so much more with her but there's just something that isn't showing her as all in.  This is going to be a problem.  So is her feelings for Rick Sheffield, there's more there than they want to really address.  I wouldn't say that this thriller had as much romance as i would have liked but that's just me probably.  It still was incredibly good.
Her late father's cop partner,  Horst Welke (what a name) is a great addition to the story. He adds so much to the story as being the man who stepped up and was always there for Sydney whenever she needed him. They had such a great, affectionate relationship.  
This story has surprise after surprise with several twists of surprises towards the end of the book.  I kid you not, at least one of them I didn't see coming and I liked that the author could surprise me like that.  I don't want to give anything away so I am going to stop right there.  I would be open to read more by this author after reading this book.


I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book via Netgalley. And this is my honest opinion of it.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- IN MY CUSTODY by Stella Marie Alden


Andrew Quinn, Esquire
The ask comes from my brother at four AM. A penniless widow in the emergency room needs a pro bono lawyer. Yup, it pushes all the right buttons. But what's this? The woman who captured all America’s pity was… well, to be frank, mousy. This stunning beauty has silky blond hair, sparkling blue eyes, and cherry-red lips. With a heart-shaped chin and pretty pert nose, she’s absolutely gorgeous. Too bad she's about to be arrested or worse.

Sienna
My dead husband was a cheap, conniving SOB with ties to the mob. So, when I mistakenly capture his very-alive voice on a recording, I know I'm in deep sh*t. Mr. Sexy-Suit offers his services for free but if something sounds too good to be true... I sure as hell won't go down that road again.
Note: Steaming hot scenes, no cheating, and HEA guaranteed.  AMAZON 3.5 STARS

This book had good main characters, although I have to say in the beginning I began to wonder about Sienna.  She was kind of a ditz at times and I wasn't sure I was going to like her all that much.  More than once I thought I just wanted to shake her. How many chances is she going to take with her life?  Common sense?  I wasn't sure how much of that she had.  But she also had some charming moments too.

Andrew, was kind of a surprise.  He wasn't perfect, he had a few flaws but he was good at his job.  That is he is good at it when he get his client, Sienna to listen.   Their first meeting was really different and had so humor to it even though she was in serious trouble.  And is Andrew the stuffed suit that on the outside he seems to appear to be?  No, I don't think so. 

It had some good secondary people in this book who are involved in the danger that was in the story.  There was a few unexpected twists towards the end of the book.  
While I can't say this was a favorite book, it did enjoy it. 

 I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.