Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon

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Fair Chance: by Josh Lanyon
Series: All Fair’s #3
Release Date: March 13th, 2017
Pages: 336 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
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Elliot Mills comes face-to-face with evil in this follow-up to Fair Game and Fair Play from bestselling author Josh Lanyon

One final game of cat and mouse…

Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.

When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.

The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.

four-stars

First thing first, these two guys on the cover is super hot. Its not accurate at all, but I did like the cover. Tucker is a ginger, don’t disrespect his awesomeness by this. LOL.

Now that it’s been established that I’m a little cray, I really enjoyed this book. It was pretty face pace, and the only objection I have is the lack of screen page Tucker gets. It’s their last book, and I figured out quite a bit. I think this was the easiest of Josh Lanyon’s series.

Elliot & Tucker are enjoying life, they don’t have to hide, their love is professed to each other and equally felt. Roland and Elliot aren’t in their best space, but Elliot doesn’t seem to be as bothered as I thought he would be. Of course it could be the case from book one is taking over their lives.

As much as the blurb gave away stuff, I’m choosing not to. This book was really well written, I enjoyed it tremendously. I thought Elliot & Tucker grew so much from the first book. I really liked Tucker and his reassurances to Elliot when things hit the fan. The love both guys have for each other is really prevalent by the end of this story.

Well, you are thinking if you enjoyed it so much, why the 4 stars? Because Tucker wasn’t involved as much as I wanted him to be. I know for the setup of the mystery it needed to be that way but I wanted more screen time for both guys.

I am glad I found this series. Lanyon continues to write some of my favorite mystery/thrillers. I cannot wait to see what she does next, and I think fans of her series as well as this one would really love it. Definite read!!

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About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

The Mystery of Curiosities by C.S. Poe

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The Mystery of Curiosities: by C.S. Poe
Series: Snow & Winter #2
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: DSP Publications
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Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.

Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.

It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life.

four-stars

Yay, I enjoyed it!!!

So I have a little backtracking to do. The first book in the series sent me into a ragefest. I was very admanant about this author ripping off Josh Lanyone’s Adrien English series. My review is all snarky gifs, and reasons why Calvin can’t say the word Baby, because its Jake word. No one says Baby like Jake does. Throughout my entire review I went into how the autor completely sucked the life essence out of Adrien & Jake and made Sebastian & Calvin. I mean its eerie how paraelle their universe is. Well after all of that, and a week later I find out that the author thanked Josh Lanyon for being her inspiration, and this was her ode to the series. Yep left me looking like this:

My Bad.

Got over my feelings and decided while I hated it for copying one style, I loved it for its angst free, cheesy over the top goodness and so much fluff that it was. Ha!!! My thoughts are so judgy. Straight into book two Sebastian and Calvin are officially together. They are good, and seems to be in love with one another. We get to see another facet of Calvin. He’s struggling bit time with his actions and things that he’s seen from being in the military. He’s reluctant to deal with his issues and doesn’t want to talk about them. I get it, but I think Sebastian being a sounding board and able to talk to his father helps out alot. I loved the snarky humor between Seb & Max. I thought their parts were hilarious. It’s nice being back in Sebastian’s head. The plot was pretty intersting. I do like the history elements in part with the case. Of course Sebastian can’t help himself to some good ole sluething. He doesn’t have anything better to do, and he figures he can get all the answers to any of the questions. Sure he isn’t a cop, but not even the shooting and craziness from a few months ago can stop him. I did find out easily who the person/s behind this was. Pretty easy, but I thought everything overall was good.

I think I will continue to enjoy this series. Its easy, care free, sugary sweet and could be considered a comfort read to some. The complete opposite of the two mentioned above. Poe did a good job with the case, and can’t wait to see what shenanighans these two get up into book 3. A recommend from me!

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About C.S. Poe

Is an author of gay mystery and contemporary romance. She believes that happily ever after is an attainable goal for any character, given enough elbow grease and legwork is provided.

C.S. lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She regrets no longer having easy access to limited edition candy, capsule toy machines, and clean trains, but over ten years in New York has proved to her there is no place quite like it.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

C.S. Poe’s first publication was Love Has No Expiration, by Dreamspinner Press in 2015. Her debut novel, Snow & Winter: The Mystery of Nevermore is scheduled for release in summer 2016 by DSP Publications.

Bitter Legacy by Dal MacLean

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bitter-legacyBitter Legacy: by Dal MacLean
Release Date:October 4, 2016
Pages:350 • Format: eARC
Published By: Blind Eye Books
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Detective Sergeant James Henderson of London’s Metropolitan Police Murder Investigation Team is no ordinary police officer. His remarkable gut instincts and relentless detective work have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. When the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, he finds himself drawn back into the insidious world of London’s privileged elite where men like James’s father possess wealth and power enough to hold the law in contempt. As James navigates the promiscuous, secretive and corrupt spheres of the rich, the murderer strikes again. Soon James begins to fear that these crimes lead dangerously close to his own heart and home. And now, he risks losing everything he’s made of his life unless he can expose the sordid truths that have bred this bitter legacy.

five-stars

Oh my goodness, this book kept me reading it from beginning to end. I literally spent all day Sunday on my couch laying down and reading this. It was the perfect split between romance and mystery thriller. I loved every bit of it. This debut novel from Dal MacLean was so good, I immediately added it to my Best of 2016 list. It was a really good mystery that intertwined the life of Jamie. It’s his first case as lead detective, he takes his job super serious. I liked the relationship he had between his boss and partner. He was such a well developed character. Steggie is my favorite as well. I truly liked him. He was flawed but he honestly cared about Jamie’s ware fare. I have mixed feelings on Ben Morgan. Honestly, I understand him the most, but truly hated him at times. I wanted to eviscerate him for leading poor Jamie on, but Jamie is a grown man who had so much naivety. It was on the isnta-love side of the story, but trust me you won’t even care once you start reading this story.

Jamie, oh my goodness. I loved him. At times, I seriously wanted to strangle the air out of him. He was super flawed, lonely, and very naïve. I blame his father, but I’m so happy with the outcome of that. Jamie is on the accelerated course at work. He’s very young for a Detective Sergeant, but he’s been put lead on a high provide murder. In the midst of the murder, he’s looking for somewhere to stay, he’s on the oust with his father, and dealing with his sexuality. I loved this doe eyed guy. He literally made me want to chuck my kindle a few times, I felt like some of the obvious answers to him and Ben were right in his face. Then I had to realize, he’s never felt like this, and this is what people in love do. They are stupidly in love, and blind to the hurt right in front of them.

“Is that a good motive for murder in your world, Chief Inspector? Because I’ve found unrequited love just makes you sad and miserable and tired.”

I love how this story made me feel. I really liked how the author made all the characters in this story human. It was raw and unfiltered when it came to love. It was brutally honest and sometimes hurtful to read, but that is what made it so real. It literally kept me on my toes. I loved the mystery of the story. I love the emotions that I felt while reading this story. MacLean is definitely someone to look forward to. I know someone is going to read this review, and ask “what’s it about?” Well, I won’t spoil it. It was mind-blowing, vulnerable and super good. Kudos to Dal MacLean. I can see this on someone’s debut author list. It is so worth it.

About Dal MacLean

Dal Maclean comes from the North of Scotland. Her background is in journalism, and she has an undying passion for history, the more gossipy and scandalous the better. Dal has lived in Asia and worked all over the world, but home is now the UK. She dislikes the Tragic Gay trope, but loves imperfect characters and genuine emotional conflict in romantic fiction. As an author, and a reader, she believes it’s worth a bit of work to reach a happy ending. Agatha Christie, English gardens and ill-advised cocktails are three fatal weaknesses, though not usually at the same time.

Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book Five
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
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We’re getting the band back together.

Those six words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

four-stars

Goodness gracious, book 5 in the old sinners and new sinners on the road touring as Crossroad Gin. I really wish people would leave Miki St. John along. Seriously, do they not have private security or common decency. I am starting to get pissed on Miki’s behalf. This book is all about the guys coming together and bonding on the road. For Miki & Damie it’s about returning to their roots. For Rafe it’s his redemption. His Moby Dick if you can say that. And for Forest it’s his self expression and his joy to do. These guys are traveling all over the U.S without their better halves and bonding. They are learning what’s it like to be apart of a new band and learning how to adjust to each other. I did like all the time they have spent together. I like that Rhys was able to get Miki most out of his comfort zone. While the book is in all of their point of views, it’s Miki who is the majority. He is dealing with touring and the accident that caused this. He’s never seeked help, and I think all the walls are crashing in on him.

FFS, seeing him constantly attacked in this story about pissed me off. I usually get pissed when Kane gets all macho on him, but damn someone needs to. Miki hasn’t talked out his past, and everything is building up in him until he explodes. Him coming to the realization that touring isn’t maybe what he wanted right now.

I’d think that four couples sharing the space seemed a bit daunting to begin with. That’s four different couples getting screened time. Yeah I enjoyed Forest and Con the most. Only because Quinn & Rafe got gypped. Yeah, I said it. I loved their time together as small as it was. I’m super proud of Rafe, but prouder of Quinn. Damie & Sionn are right for each other. I do like the Sionn is not overbearing and every easy going.

It’s a mystery/suspense book. I mean, how could it not be. The book does end of with a cliffhanger, and I’m still not sure what is happening. I think it’s more to do with me trying to figure out the whodunit my damn self. I liked the book. It tells me that we have atleast 1 more book for these guys. Looking forward to it.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

Sloe Ride by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book Four
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Pages: 246 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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It isn’t easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.

Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law—and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers’ bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.

Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan—the reason he fled the city in the first place.

When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it’s a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe’s willing to sacrifice everything—including himself—to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.

three-stars

Yeah, so that’s my annoyed face.

Just this once, and instance would have I liked the mystery aspect to be gone. I love Rhys. We all know it. I just felt like it needed to be repeated in case someone was doubting My Queen. With that being said; Why were alllll these extra folks in this story? Excuse the eff out of me, but can Quinn & Rafe get some time together. I mean, Damn. I am not happy. I’m not happy with the progression of the plot. Really??? Quinn out of all people. I didn’t find that funny or nice at all. What really is my issue is the “alluded” to story line. I don’t do well with it. You know why? Because I’m not in Rhys fabulous head so I don’t know the issues that we are referring to. I felt like because these are the only two in the series with a background that Quinn should have got prologue as well. It’s nice to see some of Rafe past indiscretions, but Quinn, and everyone else knew things I felt like the reader should have known as well.

No people of Zoolander, I can’t read minds so I’m right along with you with trying to figure out Quinn’s “problems”. Eventually I kinda figured it out and certain things were told. I still feel like the two main characters were cast B in their own story. And again, What the hell, Morgans? I know Quinn is the sensitive soul in the family, but cuddle him much? They didn’t give him space to breathe. I felt protective over him as well. Not one chance was he able to go to someone, instead they descended on him like a flock of birds!!!

**Sidenote** I love the magpie nick name, and the coffee store name!! Rhys is amazing,and her love for my two favorite historic romance mm authors is uber fantastic!!

I can put away all my disdain for the plot, the family, and the illusions, because at the end of the day Quinn & Rafe together were amazing. They fit perfectly. I’m telling you this as a straight contemporary with the mystery would have been freaking amazing.I can feel it. I just know it would be. I liked seeing Rafe get his redemption, and even when it was on the line his first thought was whatever Quinn needed he was first. Gah! They were adorable and that made me happy in the midst of this semi-ranty review. LOL. It wouldn’t be a Rhys book for me without the tears. That conversation Quinn had with his mother left me in tears. Looking forward to the next book. I liked this book, but felt like my guys were second in their own story.

Not cool.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book Three
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Pages: 250 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.

Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

four-stars

Okay so with all the over the top drama happening in this book it still managed to be my favorite of the series so far. Gosh, I wanted to gush all over the place. I love Connor. I mean, I can’t wait for Quinn’s book because he’s calling to me, but in between time I loved Connor. I loved Connor and Donal. Donal resonates with me so much because he reminds me of my Father in Law. The quiet storm of a man, who’s peaceful and comforting when you need him. He doesn’t say much, but when he does it hits you square in the chest. I just enjoyed his talks with his children, and I’m in for tears in Quinn’s book because I expect so much.

“He haunts me, Da. Worse than a sunburn I cannot wait to heal but at the same time tightens my skin so I can’t not feel him. I see him, and I want to touch him, to hold him, because I don’t think he’s been held enough or been told someone cares about him. He’s had a shite hippie who took him in off the streets and who probably loved him but didn’t give him any kind of self.”

Okay now for this book. Jeez Forest!! He’s been through alot, and after all of that he can still laugh. Sure this was very insta-love. The entire series has been insta-love for me. I’m okay with it, not use to it in Rhys books but I’m fine with it. In fact, I love how Connor went to his dad. That conversation about him emulating the man he wanted to become did me in. I was a crying fool. I am happy to see good representation of fathers who love their sons beyond their sexuality. I think Rhys does a good job for her characters who lack their birth parents, by giving them the world’s best surrogate family members. Forest is every type of guy I like to read. He’s broken but willing to get himself back together. He got hurt bad, and no one has been able to love him like Connor as. I felt for Forest because his entire short life is more than what most people go through. I think he was waiting on Connor finding him and loving him that’s all.

I mean he started hooking at a young age with his mother, who was suppose to care for him. In turn her lack of love, led him to Frank. A hippie man who decided he had enough love for Forest. Sure the mystery was alot to deal with. I mean, we never caught a break. Just once I would have liked to see the two spend some time together on page without the destruction in their lives. It worked out sure for everyone, but this moved faster then I expected. I guess I can’t complain much because I read it in one sitting and never looked back. Please book god let Quinn’s story be emotionally painful for me, and let his family gather him up and love him.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

o-infected-preyInfected: Prey by Andrea Speed
Series: Infected, Book One
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 384 • Format: eBook
Published By: DSP Publications
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In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2010.

three-half-stars

Okay so I’ve had this book for a long time. Thank Bingo for calling the Urban Fantasy shelf. I knew a little bit about the series from other friends. I knew it heartbreak expected in book two, but urban fantasy isn’t my go to genre. I like romance and even paranormal mixed together. So I was very hesitant about reading this. I know book one in alot of fantasy series deals with the world building and some times that can overwhelm a reader. It can be difficult to follow along with the story, the terminology and the rules to the story that before we look up and have finished I don’t know what’s happened to the characters. What Andrea Speed did was good. She split book one into two novels, where there was world building and introductions to the world but we got to see these characters in all their glory so book two wouldn’t seem like an introduction into the series.

Our two main characters, Roan and Paris are cat shifters who inherited the cat virus in two different ways. They were definitely night and day, but I really enjoyed them. I’m still a little off put of the no sex in the book, but once I started reading, I’d realized I didn’t need it and I was good to go. The story holds up on it’s own merit and it’s good. I loved Roan and Paris relationship. Roan is this tough as nails, ex-cop turned private eye who seems so grouchy and grumpy, but it a soft ooey goey marshmallow underneath it all. Parish brings outs the best parts of Roan and this is where I noticed that I didn’t need the sex I was 1000% comfortable with them being together. It doesn’t help that Parish is fine as hell. Clearly he has something about him besides his looks that has everyone nodding yes about him. I really enjoy his charisma and his personality plus he’s super bad ass.

I definitely like the plot surrounding the cat strain virus, the cast of characters. Oh my goodness I loved the diversity alot. So many different colored people in the cast. I especially love Diego, Matt and Kevin!!! I want to wrap Kevin up in a hug. I should definitely talk to Ms. Speed to see if Kevin gets someone down the line or maybe I should wait until I finish the series. This was a good start to an amazing series it seems like. I’ll be back reviewing my journey as I continue to explore this world. I’ll leave you with this quote, it’s my favorite of book one. (SN: Think I’m going to leave a quote after each book read)

“You are so funny. You do know I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone, right? Well, admittedly, I never really loved anyone before, but saying that blunts the impact. I know you’ve got the whole hard-boiled detective thing going on, but I know what you’re really like. I know that under all that armor you’re the most decent man I’ve ever met. You’re my hero.”

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Chasing Shadows by Annabelle Jacobs

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Chasing Shadows by Annebelle Jacobs
Release Date: March 24, 216
Pages: 162 • Format: eARC
Published By: Annabelle Jacobs
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Jamie Matthews goes to Cornwall to find his missing brother. The police are convinced Michael drowned, but Jamie knows better. No way would Michael swim to his death, especially on a beach with a wicked rip tide. Finding a stranger in his brother’s cottage only deepens his misgivings. 

Felix Bergstrom is recently discharged from the British Army. Unable to put the past behind him, he takes an unhealthy interest in old acquaintance and millionaire businessman Karl Weston, hoping to catch him up to no good. Michael’s disappearance adds fuel to Felix’s suspicions. Weston’s clifftop home overlooks the beach where Michael supposedly walked into the sea, but Weston has an alibi for that day.

When Jamie and Felix meet, the physical attraction is instant. Mistrust keeps them from acting on it until finally all their secrets are laid bare. But time isn’t on their side. Before they’re able to work out whether they have a future, danger catches up with them and threatens to put an end to everything.

four-stars

I really enjoyed this story a lot. I love a good mystery thriller, this was more on the romance side of the line but still equally good. Jamie & Felix were good together. I wish it was longer. I loved the buildup between the main characters. Annabelle Jacobs did a really good job with intertwining the mystery aspect for the main characters. Jamie goes to the last place that his brother was seen alive. I liked reading from Jamie’s point of view, and I enjoyed his tenacity about who his brother is. In this time of his life, he’s not even dealing with the possibility that his brother committed suicide by walking into the ocean. He is adamant that Michael would never do such a thing. Felix kind of drops into his life by making the man who lives in the house on the cliff the guilty party in this situation. Jamie not knowing that Felix has his own dark demons and reasons for accusing Weston.

I think it was really good pacing of the story, and I liked how the romance happened. It wasn’t as cliche as being super emotional about who they lost. It was almost them fighting each other every step of the way, and why not blow off some steam to be together. Neither trusts each other at this point, but trust doesn’t have anything to do with sex. They were hot together and gawd I almost forgot about the mystery when they were together. Them finding peace and happiness surrounding the mystery was good. I liked that we got an epilogue, but I really wanted to see them build on them together. They came together in a time of misery, and they are happy. I just wanted to see Jamie & Felix with no distractions. With that being said, I still enjoyed this alot. Good pacing, and really nice writing from Ms. Jacobs. I’m starting to like her writing more and more. Can’t wait for more of her work.

About Annabelle Jacobs

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb

25337081Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb 
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Pages: 402 • Published by: Penguin Group   Format:  eBook
Purchase Links:  Amazon • ARe  

The new novel featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Devoted in Death.

Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . .

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

five-stars

I’m 42 books into this series and still going. Never in my right mind could I imagine that I would purchase or read this many books in a series. I’m so happy my Kick girls recommended this series for me. Eve & Roarke and the gang have been amazing on this journey. I’ve been waiting for this book forever. Oh my goodness I expected so many feelz between Mr. Mira & Eve. I just knew it was going to happen and it did. This case was brutal on everyone involved in it or around it. The initial call about Mr. Mira did me in. I feel bad saying this, but I kinda wanted him to be hurt way worst than what he was. I think that if it was worst Eve would have been affected more. I’m all about emotional reads, and yeah they had emotional discussions in this. I just think outside of Feeney this is the father figure in her life and you know she don’t play around with her family.

I think J.D. Robb killed it with the suspects. I wouldn’t have guessed any of what she was doing. I loved the plot & mystery surrounding the events in the story. I think we will continue to see Eve grown as a wife, Police and person. Of course seeing my favorite crew together doesn’t hurt either. I laughed, cried, and was overjoyed by this installment. I cannot wait for the next book. I would have love to see Mavis and the baby’s birthday. Crossing fingers it’ll pick up like that. Maybe in another world Eve & Roarke will adopt a kid soon.

About J.D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.