Adult Fiction · Book Review · Crime Thriller · Thriller

Viable Hostage

I again had the pleasure of working with Goddess Fish Promotions for this book review. I must honestly admit that I had never heard of Audrey J. Cole before doing this book review, even though it says clear as day that she is a USA Today Best Selling Author. I was excited to get introduced to a new author and well as a story that sounded very intriguing.

Synopsis

Malorie’s best friend is missing, but no one seems concerned about the wayward medical student’s mysterious disappearance—until another student’s partial remains wash ashore a Seattle beach… 

When Malorie witnesses her best friend and roommate leave a campus bar with a mystery date driving a silver Mercedes, she suspects foul play, especially when Lani fails to return home the next day. Both women, med students in their final year at Elliott Bay University, have a lot riding on the line, but due to Lani’s wild past, no one in her family is worried. When Malorie’s fears for her roommate deepen, she turns to her Uncle Wade, a Sergeant at Seattle Homicide. 

Within 48 hours after Lani goes missing, the partial remains of a brutally murdered young woman wash up on Alki Beach, and a human hand is found in a crab pot off Bainbridge Island. When one of the bodies is identified as a pregnant, fourth-year medical student, Wade believes there’s a connection with Lani’s disappearance. And, that they might be looking for a serial killer. 

Malorie suspects Lani’s kidnapper is someone they know, possibly even one of their professors at the university, a prominent Seattle anesthesiologist whose wife is the president of EBU. But when Detective Blake Stephenson discovers evidence that links another suspect to the professor’s Mercedes, he and Wade must act fast to attempt a wild rescue in the middle of Puget Sound.

Review

This book was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Audrey J. Cole’s writing captured me from the first page and held my attention until the last page. I hated that I could not read this book all in one sitting. Every time I had a minute I would pick up this book and ready. Audrey J. Cole also did a fantastic job in keeping you guessing throughout the story. I thought I knew from early on, what was happening, and the ending shocked me! It was not at all what I expected. Audrey J. Cole writes in wonderfully descriptive sentences that leave you wanting to read more. You feel like you are in the story and experiencing what the characters are experiencing. I even found myself imaging that I was one of the characters in this story as that is how real it felt. While I had never heard of Audrey J. Cole before reading this fantastic book, I certainly will not forget her name now, and will for sure be picking up more of her books!!!

Rating

This was for sure a 5 compass + read!!

Excerpt

There was something evil in the way he had looked at her. He was dangerous. Psychotic. Malorie could see it in his eyes. Those cold, dark eyes. He was chasing her.

Malorie ran faster, with so much adrenaline she didn’t feel the ache in her legs or the burn in her lungs as she gasped for air. She could feel him getting closer. Hear the sound of his boots scrape against the pavement behind her. He’s going to kill me.

She felt him close in behind her. A sharp pain ripped through her arm as he grabbed her and drew her close to him with tremendous strength. Malorie opened her mouth to scream as she was awakened by the sound of her alarm.

She wasn’t being chased. She was in Lani’s room. She sat up in her roommate’s bed, sweating through her t-shirt and breathing hard.

She silenced her alarm, flooded simultaneously with relief that it was just a dream and the familiar dread that her best friend was missing and possibly never coming back.

Giveaway!!!!!

Audrey J. Cole will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. Click HERE to enter!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Historical Fiction · Historical Romance

The Beekeeper's Bullet

I again had the pleasure of of partnering with Goddess Fish Promotions for another book book review tour! While I am not usually one to read historical fiction, the synopsis of this book intrigued me and I decided to give it a try! In addition, I had never heard of the author Lance Hawvermale, so I thought I would give his writing a try as well.

Synopsis

It is 1917 in Germany, where the Great War is raging.

Ellenor Jantz is an American who works as a teacher and a beekeeper for a wealthy loyalist. When tending to her bees one day, Ellenor sees a British aircraft call from the sky and crash behind enemy lines. Upon closer inspection, Ellenor sees that the pilot is injured, but not dead.

Alec Corbin-Dawes is the British airman whom crashes behind enemy lines. He is on a mission to save his sister within the next 4 days, before the factory that she works at gets bombed.

Both Ellenor and Alec are at a crossroads…will Ellenor choose to aid Alec or hand him over to the German authorities who now live in the manor where she is staying? Will Alec be able to make his way into Germany to rescue his sister now that his plane has gone down? Read The Beekeeper’s Bullet to find out!

Review

As I said, I was not too sure with it being historical fiction (and romance). While I enjoy history, I sometimes find it hard to follow the story line of what is happening due to all the historical details. This book was different however. While this book was set in 1917, the historical information was not too overwhelming, but enough so that you could follow along the story line and understand what it was like for both Ellenor and Alec during this time. While to me the book started a little slow and I could not see where the story line was going to go, the book picked up speed quickly and the story line was better than I imagined it would be. I enjoyed this book and the surprises that unfolded as I turned the pages. Author Lance Hawvermale did a great job telling this story with descriptive phrases to make you feel like you were right there will Ellenor and Alec. I really enjoyed this book and from what I understand, this book is the 1st in a series, and I am excited to read the next installment in this series!

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Excerpt

Something fell from the sky.

A shadow blasted across the truck, briefly barricading the sun. An instant later, a machine of wood and twanging wires flew across the truck’s hood, missing it by the breadth of a hand. Smoke coiled out behind it. The howling contraption flipped in the air, bits of it snapping free even as it dropped, and then it struck a patch of wild forget-me-nots on the side of the road, crushed them, and vanished in the tall grass beyond.

Ellenor torqued the steering wheel to the right and applied brake and clutch, her breath trapped behind her teeth. The truck came to a jarring halt, the two white brood boxes sliding in the back and dislodging a hundred dead bees. Exhaling, Ellenor looked from the window in the direction of whatever the hell it was. The war rarely reached this far from the Front; Ellenor never fell asleep with the sound of German artillery pounding French hillsides, as so many others did. Other than the occasional supply convoy from the factories in Berlin, Father’s estate and the villages nearby saw no evidence of the blood being hemorrhaged by millions a few dozen miles away. But Ellenor knew, staring from the truck’s dusty window, a part of the war had almost crushed her. Its smoke rose like a serpent from where it waited in the grass.

She opened the door. . . .

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Lance Hawvermale will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click HERE to enter!!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Romantic Comedy

The Swiss Mishap

This month I was able to do another review with Goddess Fish Promotions! I love being a partner with them and being given the chance to read and review books before they are released to the general public. I have not read any of Amey Zeigler’s books before, and this book was a great introduction to her writing. I would enjoy reading more of her books!

Synopsis

Elaine Peterson, better know as Lainey LOVES chocolate. She loves chocolate so much that she has spent the last 12 years of her life learning as much as she can about chocolate. She has learned to design, create, and produce quality chocolate bars.

Lainey travels to Switerland for what she believes will be an internship at Alpine Foods working in their chocolate department. When she arrives and finds out that the internship has been canceled, she decides to do whatever it takes to get herself in the chocolate department.

Yves Claremont, a department chair at Alpine foods, takes mercy on Lainey and offers her an internship in the Pet Care Department. He offers that with the promise that if she does a good job, she will be recommended for the chocolate department when she is done with her internship,

As Lainey begins to work in Yves Claremont’s department, she begins to find herself drawn to him. Yves too begins to find that he has a growing attraction for Lainey. However, at Apline Foods inter-office relationships are forbidden. Will Lainey and Yves be able to build a romantic relationship or will a co-worker, who is jealous of the success Yves has had, undermine both Yves and Lainey?

Review

This story was cute. Not the usual way that I start off my reviews, but at this time in my life, I needed cute. This book had a great story line and the lightheartedness of the story, pulled me in during a time that is hectic and stressful. Amey Zeigler does a wonderful job and describing characters and situations in the book, to where it makes you feel like you are right there with the character, more specifically Lainey, experiencing what she is experiencing. This book, although not written as a suspense book, kept me guessing as to what was going to happen to Laieny (and Yves) next. I really enjoyed this charming story and hope to read more of Amey’s work in the future.

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Excerpt From the Book

“C’est dommage. Le département de chocolat cannot you take.”

Marie Claire’s bluntness quickened Lainey’s heartbeat. Heat radiated from her face, her heartbeat pulsed into her head. Her brow lifted off her skull. Please, don’t pass out, she silently prayed. She didn’t want to know how hard the granite floor was. “Why not?”

“Bad economy, vous voyez,” she said. “Their budget was cut dernière minute. There is no money. You have to return home.”

“But I’ve come so far.” She couldn’t return home, not when she was in the lobby. Not when she could almost smell the chocolate. She closed her eyes, breathing deeply, hoping to stop the train wreck inside her head. All she envisioned was the image of her beaming parents waving goodbye as she bustled through security. What would their expressions be if she returned home tomorrow? “What am I going to do?” she asked.

Marie Claire shrugged with a pained expression on her face.

Chocolate! Lainey needed chocolate!

Her tongue lolled in her mouth, craving a molten blob of chocolatey goodness to soothe her spirits and calm her heart, but the delayed flights depleted her choco-stash. There was nothing left—zilch, nada, rien du tout.

“Is there somewhere else I can work? Some other department? Some other job?” She would mop floors, empty trash cans, anything at Alpine Foods. She didn’t say this aloud. It wasn’t the best bargaining chip to appear too needy. Maybe she could wander the lobby with a sign around her neck, “Will work for chocolate.” Her nose tingled. She sneezed. She always sneezed right before she cried. “Please. I’m willing to do anything.”

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!

Amey Zeigler will be awarding a $50 Amazon/Barnes and Nobel Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!!! Click HERE to enter into the giveaway!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary Sports Romance · FIction · Romance · Women's Fiction

Cross Crease

This month, I was again a part of a book review tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. They had a number of books this month to choose from to review, and Cross Crease by Elizabeth Hartey sounded great – I mean who doesn’t love a book about hockey that also has a good love story in it. So, I signed up right away and couldn’t wait to dive into this book!!!

Synopsis

Meet Heaven – since the age of 14 she has been in love with hockey goalie Damon Wolfe.

Meet Damon Wolfe – the biggest-off-the-ice player in the NHL and Heaven’s best friend.

But, Heaven has a problem. At the age of 21, all she wants to do is loose her virginity to Damon Wolfe. It seems like the perfect plan to her, only there is one problem…Damon Wolfe doesn’t want to ruin the friendship that he and Heaven have built over the years. All Heaven wants is for Wolfe take her virginity and teach her about sex.

Wolfe, also has a problem. The first time he met Heaven and saw her turquoise eyes, he fell in love with her (when she was 14 and had a mouth full of braces). However, at the time, Heaven was way too young for him and Wolfe was more damaged than he cared to admit to anyone. Now that Heaven is 21, not only is she his best friend, but also Wolfe feels that he needs to protect her…from him!!!

Will Heaven gets what she wants from Wolfe? Will Wolfe give in and allow their friend ship to be ruined? Check out Cross Crease to catch all the action!!!

Review

I love a good romance novel. However, the way this book started out was a bit shocking to me! In the first 3 pages there was talk of Wolfe receiving a blow job in the middle of the living room while Dak (Wolfe’s roommate and Heaven’s older brother) and Heaven were having a conversation on the computer. I defiantly was not expecting this book to be this descriptive in the first 3 pages!!!! Once I got over the shock of how quickly the book incorporated a sexual act, without having much plot line to read and to get to know the characters with, I really began to enjoy the book. Elizabeth Hartey wrote a wonderfully descriptive book of the struggles people can get into with relationships. Throughout the book, you could imagine and feel the anguish that each of the characters were feeling. You felt their sorrow and their joy. And for those wanting to know, yes, there was quite a bit of sexual scenes in the book, however, not so much that it look away from the story line in the book. In fact, the amount that were included, actually mostly added to the story line of the book and the emotions that the character’s were feeling. Overall, this was a good read. I had not read anything by Elizabeth Hartey in the past, and I was glad to have discovered her. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a good romantic story and those that love hockey.

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Excerpt from Cross Crease…

But with Pippa (aka Heaven), everything’s changed. I want to breathe her in, get to know everything about her. I don’t know how to explain it. She brings something to my life I’ve never had, a luminescence wiping away my dark past.

Believe me, I know how this sounds. A few months ago, if I had heard any other guy spewing this schmaltz, I would’ve hurled my most recent meal and called him a little bitch. Hell, I did call my teammate, Dalt, a vagina back when he was getting all moony-eyed about Nik, and she didn’t want anything to do with him.

Now? Let’s just say I understand his predicament. I want Pippa like I’ve never wanted anything or anybody. Problem is, although Pip claims she’s only looking for a quick deflowering, I know she’s girlfriend material with a capital G.

I. Am. Not. Interested in having a girlfriend, in case you misunderstood my previous confession. Never had one. Never want one. By now, you must see where this is going.

But to be clear, let me reiterate. Pip is a girl and she’s a friend but with a big slash between the two words. She is, in fact, the only girl/friend I’ve ever had. I enjoy hanging out with her like I would any guy friend. Except, in Pip’s case, a small problem has developed. Or should I say, a rather big, hard problem? I don’t drool over any guy friends when they’re walking down the beach. I don’t get hard every time I think about one of them, or dream about pounding balls deep into them. Eww. There’s a thought I’ll never be able to erase from my mind. See my dilemma here? To say the friendship lines have been blurred when it comes to Pip is the understatement to end all understatements.

Giveaway!!!

Click HERE to be entered into a drawing to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel gift card from author Elizabeth Hartey!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Historical Fiction

Summer of ’69

I don’t know about you, but I love a good Elin Hilderbrand book!!! When I hear she had a new book coming out AND it was getting great reviews, I naturally had to have it!!! In addition, I am part of book club, The Bee Hive Book Club, where each member is part of a 12 member team. Each member picks a book for their team and then journals their thoughts in a notebook while reading the book. At the end of the month, the member mails the book and the journal they have to the next member of the group. When 12 months is up, I will get my book back and the journal back with thoughts from 12 different people!!!! Naturally I chose Summer of ’69 for this exchange!!! There is so much packed into this book, and I can wait to see the journal responses from others around the United States! I am so excited!!!

Synopsis

This book, based in 1969, is about the Levin family and what the Summer of 1969 has in store for them. Each summer, the Levin family travels to Nantucket to spend the summer at their grandmother’s, Exalta aka Nonny to the grandchildren, home “All’s Fair.” This summer, however, is nothing like the previous summers that the Levin family has experienced.

Blair, the oldest of the children, is stuck in Boston. Blair is pregnant with twins and her husband, Angus, who is an astrophysicist and is helping NASA with the moon launch, is not home much of the time due to the upcoming mission. Plus, Blair is sure that her husband is having an affair with a woman named Trixie.

Kirby, a student at Simmons College, wants nothing more than her independence. She is all about the civil rights movement and has participated in several protests, some of which have gotten her arrested. This summer however, she wants her freedom and talks her mother and father into letting her take a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard.

Tiger has recently been called up to serve has a soldier had as been deployed to war in Vietnam. Tiger is the light of his mother, Kate’s, eyes and she is devitated when her only son is deployed.

Jessie, the youngest of the family at age 13, is suddenly an “only child” and is forced to go to Nantucket with her mother, Kate, and grandmother, Exalta. She want desperatly to stay home with her father, David, who will come to Nantucket on weekends, but Kate and Nonny will not hear of it.

This story takes a look at each of the siblings lives as well as Kate’s and Nonny’s. Each life is filled with secrets that are spilling over at the brim. Each person wants to keep their secrets to themselves, but at the same time so desperately wants to not be alone in the vast world. Are they willing to spill their secrets to become more cohesive as a family or will they ride out the summer, separate and alone?

This is this first historical novel written by Elin Hilderbrand.

Review

I am generally not one to read historical fiction…it usually is just not my cup of tea. However, as I said I absolutely love Elin Hilderbrand as an author and once again she did not disappoint. This book captivated me from page one. I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about 1969, other than the basics that we are taught in school. However, this book captured me and took me to a place where I could see the events unfolding – it was like I was there, experiencing it with the characters. I felt myself longing with the family that Tiger would come home from the war. I felt myself remembering what is was like to be a 13 year old girl. I reflected on how all we want when we are little is to grow up and be independent in the world. I thought of the secrets that we all have and how we go through an internal struggle as to whether to let those secrets out or to keep them hidden deep down. This book was fantastic in so many ways, from the description of the times and of the characters to the raw emotions that were written about in the book and felt by the reader. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Everyone should have it on their TBR (To Be Read) List!!! I have never been disappointed by an Elin Hilderbrand book, and this one showed me again what an amazing author and storyteller Elin is!!!

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Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction

The Scent Keeper

Back in March I was invited to be part of a book tour by St. Martin’s Press for the book The Scent Keeper. I have only been on #bookstagram since January and about a month later I started my blog, so I was super excited that St. Martin’s Press reached out to me!!!

Synopsis

Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father. She knows nothing about the outside world except what her father teaches her through the use of scent. On the island, Emmeline lives in a cabin with her father. On one wall of the cabin there are many drawers that line one of the walls with sealed bottles. Her father won’t tell Emmeline about the scents that are held in those bottles in the drawers, nor will he tell her about the machine that creates those scents. As Emmeline grows older, she becomes more and more curious about the bottles and the scents they contain. However, before she can figure out their secret, she is suddenly off the island and in the real world. Thrust in a world she knows nothing about, Emmeline searches for who she really is and what really happened in her past.

Review

I struggled to get into this book. While it was well written, I found it hard to understand the life Emmeline lived on the island with her father. I struggled to make sense of what was going on and the scents that were being talked about. As the book moved forward and Emmeline was thrust into the “real” world and bits and pieces of her past were uncovered, I began to enjoy the story much more and also begin to understand the beginning chapters of the book. Overall, I thought that this was a good book, that for the most part held my attention. I was captured by the story of Emmeline as she struggled to figure out who she is and where she came from. I was also captured by the friends that she met along the way and the impact that each of those friends had on her life. I am glad that I was selected to read this book and look forward to reading other books by Erika Bauermeister.

Book will be Published May 19, 2019

Preorder the book on the following sites: Amazon; Barnes and Nobel; Indiebound

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