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!!

Book Review · Contemporary Romance · FIction · Romance

Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards

I again had the opportunity of working with Goddess Fish Promotions, for this book tour for Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards, by Joye Emmens. I have never read anything by Joye Emmens, and when I read the synopsis of this book, it immediately jumped out as one I needed to read! And, boy, I am sure glad that I did!!

Synopsis

Meet Olivia. Each summer, since she was little, she has spent at her grandparents vineyard, Clos de Harmonie in central California. Now college age, Olivia is in school and achieving her masters degree in Viticulture and Enology – more specifically winemaking. In her last year of school, Olivia accepts an internship and a vineyard in France.

Meet Luke. Luke’s family own’s the vineyard in France that Olivia will be interning at. The attraction between Luke and Olivia is strong and instant. After Olivia finishes her internship, she and Luke want to continue their romance, however Olivia must return to California due to a family emergency. Once in California, Olivia is thrust into a role of getting her grandparent’s vineyard certified as biodynamic.

Throughout the time Olivia is focusing on her grandparent’s vineyard, Luke is in France working on his own family’s vineyard. Will Olivia and Luke be able to keep their romance alive, while working so far apart? Will Olivia give up working on her grandparent’s vineyard to seek a long term romantic relationship with Luke in France? Make sure to read Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards to find out!

Review

I absolutely LOVED this book. This book was so easy to get into and the writing style kept you turning the pages!! I read almost 1/2 of the book the day I started it!!! I loved Joye Emmens’ writing. Her wonderfully descriptive writing allowed you to know and like each of the characters instantly. In addition, her writing allowed you to feel like you were both in Central California as well as in France. I could picture myself walking the vineyards with Olivia and Luke, and see what they saw. It as so, so easy to see exactly what the characters were experiencing and doing in my head. Joye Emmens’ writing allowed a movie of the whole book to play in my head throughout and it was VERY easy to get lost in this book!!!!

The only thing that I did not like about this book was the ending. I felt that the book ended very abruptly and that the story was not finished as the book ended. The book left me wanting to know the rest of the story of Luke and Olivia and each of the vineyards they worked on. I hope that there is a squeal to this story, so I can find out what happens!!!

Overall though, this book was FANTASTIC!!! I can wait to read other books written by Joye Emmens!!!

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Excerpt from the Book…

Professor Clark, my graduate adviser, walked to the podium. The guest speaker followed. With his lean build, he glided across the stage. He stood tall and relaxed in a white linen long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. While the professor introduced him, he scanned the audience, and his eyes landed on me in the front row. I sat up straight and wished I’d worn something more flattering than jeans and a T-shirt. Mom always told me never leave the house without looking your best. His brown eyes met mine before he took the podium.

So, this was Lucien Laroche. I was to be his ambassador for the weekend. Professor Clark had asked me to take Lucien to consult with two wineries near Santa Barbara. Since I was going to my nana’s vineyard in the valley already, it worked out perfectly.

“Biodynamic agriculture springs from a spiritual worldview called anthroposophy,” Lucien Laroche stated. His French accent had me. “A biodynamic farm is a living system. A self-sustaining ecosystem that is responsible for creating and maintaining its health without any outside or unnatural additions. Each farm has its own unique characteristics.”

I followed his every move. His presence held my attention. My undivided attention.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Joye Emmens will be awarding a $20 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!!!

Book Review · FIction

The Second Chance Supper Club

This month I was able to be a part of another book tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours. As mentioned before this is something that I had always wanted to be a part of since I started my bookstagram journey in January. I had not read any books my Nicole Meier and the synopsis f the story sounded great, so I quickly jumped on this tour!!!

Synopsis

Meet Julia Frank – a broadcast journalist who is fighting to keep her name and face relevant in the fast moving media world.

Meet Ginny Frank – chef and owner of a clandestine supper club, run out of her home, and hidden in the Arizona desert.

Julia and Ginny have a relationship that every sister dreams of having. Best Friends. A bond that could never be broken. Then tragedy strikes and the sisters are pulled apart by anger and resentment.

For three long years the sisters do not talk to each other. Each goes their own way, until one day Julia shows up on Ginny’s doorstep after she makes a career ending blunder at work. A blunder that destroys Julia’s reputation and puts her job on the line.

When Ginny opens the door, during one of her supper club dinners, and sees Julia on the doorstep, the first thing that runs through her mind is “No More Drama.” She has enough with her only employee, her daughter Olive. While her heart is hard and full of anger, Ginny decides family is family and pulls Julia in to help her make it through the two supper parties she has scheduled that night.

As Julia stays with Ginny and helps her with her supper club, old wounds are opened and the sisters are forced to confront betrayals, pain, anger, and resentment from the past. Will the stress of keeping the underground supper club a secret and providing unique meals to those that visit the supper club be too much? Or will working together allow them to find common ground and clear up the past?

​Review

I absolutely L-O-V-E-D this book!! This was a book that I got lost in every time I picked it up. Nicole Meier’s writing is wonderfully descriptive. Nicole Meier does a fantastic job describing each of the characters and the situations they are in. You feel like to you right there, living life with them. You feel the emotions that each of the characters go through.

The story line in this book was both realistic and cute. This book was light-hearted, but still kept you guessing about the decisions that each character was going to make for their life. I could not wait to turn the page to see what happened next!!!

Unit this book, I had not read any books by Nicole Meier, but now she is a must read author! I can’t wait for future books of hers to come out!!!

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