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Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit

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Author: Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

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Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult, Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Four years ago, Ashton Keller was accused of murder. Four years ago, all Ashton wanted to be worried about was surviving his first year of high school… and girls. More specifically, his best friend Willow Lamont. Now four years later, Ashton is released from juvenile detention with revenge on the mind little realizing how his conviction altered and damaged Willow and her family.

Prepared for indifference towards everyone he once knew, nearly as soon as Ashton sets foot back in Gilt Hollow, everything changes. Continue reading “Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit”

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Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga

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Author: Irene Hannon

Publisher: Revell Books

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Men of Valor, book 3

Genre: Fiction; Romantic Suspense

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Recuperating from a traumatic event is all Dana wants out of her off-the-grid haven. An editor by trade, her refuge – a cabin left to her by her grandfather, is soon the target of vandalism. Furthermore, her life is disrupted by the arrival of Finn McGregor; a seasoned Army Ranger recovering from scars (both physical and emotional) of his own. Though she didn’t plan for it, before long Finn becomes the person she relies most on. Similarly, Dana in Finn’s life becomes the person who helps him open up and heal. But with two such different paths before them, their separate lives and the danger that lurks, what does fate have in store for them? Continue reading “Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga”

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Without Warning by Lynette Eason – Smart, “Elite” and Gripping Romantic Suspense

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Author: Lynette Eason

Publisher: Revell

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Elite Guardians, 2

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Rating: 5 out of 5

Without Warning is a wonderful novel not to be underestimated or overlooked. Its brilliant writing coupled with its kick-butt heroine (and hero who had me at “Marine”) who is as capable of rescuing as she is of being rescued…

REVIEW: Katie Singleton’s personal and professional life is wrought with tragedy. But the one constant in her life is her work as an elite bodyguard at Elite Guardians. Her current client she happened upon quite by accident. Though he’s known for his string of popular gourmet restaurants, Daniel Matthews never expected to be the subject of a stalker. When Katie becomes involved in Daniel’s life after a suspected arsonist sets his restaurant ablaze, and the discovery of a body, Katie assists the former Marine in discovering who is behind this. Continue reading “Without Warning by Lynette Eason – Smart, “Elite” and Gripping Romantic Suspense”

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Always Watching by Lynette Eason

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Author: Lynette Eason

Publisher: Revell

Source: Publisher Galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Elite Guardians, 1

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Rating: 5 out of 5

With each new novel, Eason continues to get better. Always Watching is among her best.

Putting herself between another human being and a speeding bullet is Olivia Edwards’ job. This is exactly what she steps up to do when the life of popular radio host, Wade Savage, is threatened. As former law enforcement, Oliva knows how to investigate criminals even now as an owner of a private security firm. These skills serve her well when she has to step in on Wade’s case following the brutal beating of one of her operatives. What Olivia didn’t expect was to fall for her protecee… or the lengths to which Wade’s stalker would go. Continue reading “Always Watching by Lynette Eason”

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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

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Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell Books
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Waves of Freedom, 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Inspirational
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Journeying through Sarah Sundin’s books is like a quaint, never-want-to-leave trip back to yesteryear. Saying this may sound silly considering the novel’s settings are primarily based around World War II, but there’s a special kind of nostalgia that puts the reader in the exact same situation as the characters may be in. Whether that is safety or peril, we “feel” close to being there. This novel introduces us to Mary Stirling, a kind-hearted girl who enjoys living in the shadows where no spotlight can shine on her. As a secretary at a Boston naval base, Mary’s work is never done, because she pitches in behind-the-scenes on multiple projects. It’s this that re-introduces her to Jim Avery. Jim knew Mary back in high school, but hasn’t seen her in years, which is why running into her turns out to be one of the best surprises. Mary and Jim have both changed, and working together to capture a saboteur means they see each other frequently. With men fighting a war that shadows their horizon, Jim and Mary’s blossoming friendship might is soon tested…   Continue reading “Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin”

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Hawk by Ronie Kendig

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Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Shiloh Press
Source: NetGalley ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Quiet Professionals, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Thriller, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: It’s hard to believe we’re already upon another launch for one of the talented Ronie Kendig’s novels and yet the calendar says that is exactly where we are. The second book in her newest series, this follows the titular Raptor team member Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe, who manages to get into quite the scrapes in the beginning of the book – one that transfers him to another team following a leave that sends him back  home. Then there is Fekiria Haidary. Fekiria is an Afghan pilot who has been trained by the American’s only her beliefs not to trust them makes it hard for her to get along with any of them – even if she does think Hawk is handsome, his annoying manners don’t endear him to her. Circumstances put them together in such a way that the two of them have to depend on the other for survival and the possibility of friendship… Continue reading “Hawk by Ronie Kendig”

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Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington

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Author: Rachel Heffington
Publisher: Ruby Elixir Press
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Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Sadly I have not gotten around to reading either one of Rachel’s previous works – both of which sound as if they are likely charmers. What I did know is her writing has been praised in the blogosphere and I knew, sooner or later, I would be reading something from her poetic pen. It came “sooner” when I had an opportunity to read Rachel’s newest release, Anon, Sir, Anon. The story introduces us to the feisty, unmarried and clever Genevieve Langley who is unremarkable in her appearance but is a good hand at nursing, which prompts her well-to-do parents to send their daughter to care for an uncle suffering some health issues. Upon her arrival, Genevieve – or Vivi as she becomes, finds living among a crusty bachelor’s world to be a drastic difference to her own life, but the real excitement finds her when a popular actress is murdered – and along with Uncle Farnham, Vivi sets out to solve the case. Continue reading “Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington”

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Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

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Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal. – Goodreads Continue reading “Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer”

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Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

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Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Hidden Identity, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: In the suspense genre, there have been far too many stories to possibly pick out a favorite. Since more than one of these books often finds a place on the bookshelf, my opinion on a favorite suspense author wavers each time I read a new book from one of the five or so authors whose novels fall into this category and I regularly read. Lynette Eason’s follow up to her ongoing series has again thrown my “mental” rankings into turmoil. In it, we meet Dani Harding, a woman with an 11-year-old son and a husband, who is anything but loving. Instead he’s an abuser with a badge and a man who erases Dani’s cries for help by covering up any claims she makes to law enforcement. Dani finally gathers the courage to leave Kurt, only to learn that same day, Kurt has been killed. Assuming she’s finally safe, she returns in the hopes of rebuilding her life. Trouble again finds her when it becomes apparent someone is still out to do her harm – this leads her to Adam Buchanan, a former law enforcement agent now working with a private security firm… and someone with many secrets of his own. Continue reading “Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason”

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Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

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Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Mystery, Series
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Trouble always seems to find the dashing hero of this series and lest you think otherwise (there wouldn’t be a story if he wasn’t followed by mayhem) there is more in store for Drew Farthering. Again. Drew has finally gotten the answer he wanted from American beauty, Madeline Parker and he isn’t about to let anything stand in the way of their busy wedding preparations and more importantly those “I dos,” which is why he’s dismayed when his former flame sashays back into his life with suspicion hanging over her head – one that involves murder, a death that creates headlines. A popular actor was found murdered in his dressing room and despite Fluer now being married with a small child, no one believes her reformed from the girl she was. It’s going to take Drew, Nick and Madeline to solve this case… and get to the church on time. Continue reading “Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering”