Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - Unsub by Meg Gardiner @MegGardiner1 @DuttonBooks

Unsub by Meg Gardiner
Series: Unsub #1
Publisher: Penguin Group - Dutton
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Date Read: May 20, 2017
Length:  384 pages
Source: First to Read
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?
My Review

I really enjoyed this one.  I have never read anything written by Meg Gardiner before picking up this book but after reading the description, I knew that I would have to give this book a shot.  I am very glad that I did.  The books opens with a lot of excitement so I was immediately hooked.  There was never a moment where I felt like I wanted to put this book down even though I had to every once in a while due to various responsibilities including my job and other such boring things.   This was one of those stories that really got into my head and didn't let go until I got to the last page.

The Prophet killed one person after another, sometimes more than one at a time, before suddenly stopping over twenty years ago.  He was never caught and he killed his victims in different ways so that it was hard for the police to get ahead of him.  Mack Hendrix was one of those detectives tasked with catching this ruthless serial killer.  He was never able to catch the murderer and the case ended up destroying his life.

Caitlin, Mack's daughter, became a detective even after everything her father has went through.  She has worked in narcotics but as soon as a murder occurs similar to that of the Prophet, she gets a call.  Is it a copycat or could the Prophet be back?  She is highly motivated to catch this killer but also fears losing herself in the case as her father did.

I really liked the characters in this one.  They just all felt really authentic to me.  Caitlin seemed like she really cared about her job but she worked hard to have a life outside of it.  I really felt that all of her emotions during the case were very well done.  Sean was amazing.  He knew exactly how to be supportive without being overbearing.  I thought that Sean and Caitlin were wonderful together.  The secondary characters were equally well done.

I thought that the mystery was exciting and pretty complex.  This wasn't one of those books where you figure out what is going on early on.  I don't think I ever figured anything out before the author wanted me to but I never stopped trying.  All of the descriptions in the story really helped bring the story to life.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers.  This story does involve a serial killer so there are a few more graphic scenes as you would expect in this kind of story.  I am really looking forward to future book in this series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Viking - Dutton Books via First to Read.
About the Author

MEG GARDINER is the author of twelve critically acclaimed novels including China Lake, which won the Edgar Award. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she lives in Austin, TX.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Releases - May 23, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

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A standalone psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of the Alex Morrow novels that exposes the dark hearts of the guilty...and the innocent.

The "trial of the century" in 1950's Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning. Manuel's starts with the murder of William Watt's family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he's guilty. Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel's help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth. The Long Drop is an explosive novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.

Enemy of the Good by Matthew Palmer

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A tense, complex, and twisting diplomatic thriller in which one woman must choose between morality and compromise and in either case, the consequences may be deadly.
Katarina Kate Wallander is a second-generation Foreign Service officer, recently assigned to Kyrgyzstan. She s not there by chance. Kate is a Foreign Service brat who attended high school in the region; her uncle is the U.S. ambassador to the country, and he pulled a few strings to get her assigned to his mission.U.S. Kyrgyz relations are at a critical juncture. U.S. authorities have been negotiating with the Kyrgyz president on the lease of a massive airbase that would significantly expand the American footprint in Central Asia and could tip the scale in the Great Game, the competition among Russia, China, and the United States for influence in the region. The negotiations are controversial in the United States because of the Kyrgyz regime s abysmal human-rights record. The fate of the airbase is balanced on a razor s edge.
Amid these events, Kate s uncle assigns her to infiltrate an underground democracy movement that has been sabotaging Kyrgyz security services and regime supporters. Washington has taken an interest in the movement, her uncle conveys, and may find it worth supporting if they understand more about the aims and leadership. And Kate has an in many followers of the movement were high school classmates of hers.
But it soon becomes clear that nothing about Kate s mission is as it seems . . . and that she might need to lay her life on the line for what she knows is right."

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

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Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch. Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him.

In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure. Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together -- Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm -- and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor.

The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty - a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor's sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.

A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.

Just One Touch by Maya Banks

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#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with the fifth book featuring the men and women of Devereaux Security Services.

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult's bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit, Isaac’s anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he’s sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.
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What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review - Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews @avonbooks @HarperAudio

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renee Raudman
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Publisher: Avon / Harper Audio
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Date Read: May 16, 2017 (2nd read)
Length:  12 hours 45 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire.

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan's after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she's getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
 A Quick Note
I originally posted this review on my blog on November 5, 2014 when I first read the book.  I don't usually re-post reviews on my blog but I think I had like 12 followers back then so I don't think that many people have had the chance to read it.  I just did a re-read of this book via audio and it is still as awesome as ever and my thoughts from my original review still hold true.  I thought it would be a good chance to revisit my original review along with a few new thoughts specific to the audiobook.  This is a very exciting year with both White Hot and Wildfire set to release very soon.

My Review

This book was absolutely amazing.  The writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews have consistently been able to produce books that are written to a higher standard.   I have only one complaint regarding this book - the cover.  Nevada looks like a damsel in distress on the cover instead of the strong woman she is in the book.  Can someone please tell me why Mad Rogan's shirt is half off on this cover?  If Mad Rogan (or this cover model) were anywhere near me, I would encourage them to remove their shirt right away but I don't think this image represents the book at all.

I loved that the world this book is set in was so easy to jump into.  There is a very brief intro before the prologue that really sets the stage for the novel very well.  I never felt lost regarding the rules of this world which is a major strength for a first book in a series. 

The characters were phenomenal!  Nevada is a competent, strong woman who places her family above all else.  Nevada does not yet seem to know the extent of her power and I look forward to watching her learn throughout this series.  Her family was so much fun.  How can you not love Grandma?  Everybody who reads this book should love Grandma. 

Mad Rogan is your average lovable psychopath.  Alright, maybe he is not a psychopath (or average) but he does have a few violent tendencies.  And he is powerful and he knows exactly how to use his powers.  The powers that the characters had were just so much fun.  I would love to be able to shake a building when I feel that I am being ignored - I bet that would get my husband's attention even when his favorite show in on television.

This book had tons of action and kept the excitement going.  The banter between the characters was some of the best that I have ever encountered in a book.  The sexual tension between Mad and Nevada was intense but we will have to wait until later books to see that fully realized.  This book ended up being everything I had hoped it would be and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.  I would highly recommend this book and all other Ilona Andrews books to everyone. 

The Audio
Renee Raudman does a fabulous job narrating this audiobook.  All of the characters have a unique voice and the dialog between them always felt very natural.  Nevada experiences a wide range of emotions over the course of this story and it was really well portrayed in the delivery of the audiobook.  I think that the way the story was told added to the story making the exciting parts more exciting, the funny parts even funnier, and the chemistry between Mad Rogan and Nevada was even more intense.  I have already pre-ordered the audiobooks for the next two books in the series and cannot wait to listen to them.

Hidden Legacy Series

Book #1 - Burn for Me - Available Now!
Book #2 - White Hot - Coming May 30, 2017!
Book #3 - Wildfire - Coming July 25, 2017!
About the Author

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #70

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

This week was fairly nice.  I did have some eye trouble towards the end of the week and am still wondering if my new contacts are the way to go.  I would just go with my glasses but they kind of drive me nuts.  We had a bad storm Friday morning that took out our power for the day and knocked a wall of my shed down.  I guess I will be buying a new shed very soon.

Please be patient while I try to catch up with comments due to the power loss.  They are expecting storms again so I am crossing my fingers that we are able to keep the power on.

Digital Books

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne (NetGalley)
But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure (NetGalley)
A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes (Edelweiss)
Lost Boy by Christina Henry (First to Read)
Wired by Julie Garwood (First to Read)
The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry (First to Read)
Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen (Purchased)
Sustained by Emma Chase (Purchased)
After the Night by Linda Howard (Purchased)
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (Purchased)
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Purchased)
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs (Purchased)

I have lost my mind.  I have no excuses for downloading so many books but I do have to say that they all look wonderful.  I cannot wait to read these beauties!

Print Books
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Blogging for Books)

I thought that mystery sounds wonderful.  I hope to get to this one right away!

Free Space by Sean Danker (Publisher)

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Won @ A Very Bookish Girl)

This is a book that I have wanted to read for a long time.  I was really excited to win a copy from the lovely Chelsea @ A Very Bookish Girl.

Current Giveaway

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What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review & Giveaway - Free Space by Sean Danker @silverbaytimes @penguinrandom

Free Space by Sean Danker
Series: Evagardian #2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Date Read: May , 2017
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley

In the follow-up to Admiral, the intergalactic war has ended and hostilities between the Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth are officially over, but the admiral is far from safe. . . .

I’d impersonated a prince, temporarily stopped a war, escaped a deadly planet, and survived more assassination attempts than I could conveniently count. After all that, there shouldn’t have been anything simpler than a nice weekend with a charming Evagardian girl.

However, some corners of the galaxy aren’t as genteel as the Empire, and Evagardians aren’t universally loved, which is how I ended up kidnapped to be traded as a commodity.

Their timing couldn’t have been worse. I'm not at my best, but these people have no idea whom they're dealing with: a highly trained, genetically engineered soldier in the Imperial Service who happens to be my date.
My Review

I really had a lot of fun reading this book.  The story was fast paced and imaginative and I found myself really wondering what could possibly happen next.  This is the second book in Sean Danker's Evagardian series and I do think that this book will work the best for readers of the series since the history of the characters is such an important part of the overall story.  It could possibly work as a stand alone but I don't think it would be quite as enjoyable.

The Admiral and Salmagard are going away together for the weekend.  That should be a simple thing but it ends up being anything but simple.  Before they can even get to their destination, they are kidnapped along with another pair, Diana and Sei.  The kidnappers are quickly able to deal with the two women, Salmagard and Diana, but the men quickly prove to be a problem.

The Admiral and Sei are in a really bad situation.  The kidnappers want to get rid of them but they keep running into obstacles.  The men have no idea what is going to happen to them and they really don't have any kind of chance to fight back and free themselves.  Meanwhile, the women are working to try to find them but always seem to be one step behind.

I really liked how this story was told.  The alternating points of view worked incredibly well in this book.  It was really exciting to learn what was going on with the Admiral and then to learn how Salmagard was doing in the next chapter.  I kept wonder if they would ever be able to meet up with each other.  I loved all of the imaginative settings in this story as they moved through space.

I really liked the characters in this book.  The Admiral is still such a mystery but an interesting one.  He is smart and resourceful but you never know what he might be hiding.  Salmagard is loyal, tough, and refuses to give up.  I really liked Diana in this story, maybe more than Salmagard.  She is unusual but incredibly smart and works well under pressure.  I didn't really get as much of a feel for Sei but since he couldn't speak for most of the book, I guess that is to be expected.

I would recommend this book to others.  I had a whole lot of fun reading this book and ended up enjoying it just as much as Admiral if not a bit more.  It was one of those books that really felt like it would make a great movie script.  I can't wait to see what Sean Danker comes up with next!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace via NetGalley.

The Series: Evagardian
Book #1 - Admiral - My Review
Book #2 - Free Space
About the Author

Sean Danker has been writing since he was fifteen. He read entirely too much Asimov in college, and now we’re all paying the price for it. His hobbies include biting off more than he can chew, feeling sorry for himself on Twitter, and telling people to lighten up. He is currently serving in the military on a base.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
I am really excited to have the chance to give away a copy of Free Space to one lucky blog reader courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spotlight - Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers #Excerpt & #Giveaway

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
ISBN: 9781402293641
An ambitious Southern belle
Marabelle Fairchild knows she's a gal who can get things done. Feeling unappreciated at the exclusive private school where she's a kindergarten aide and varsity tennis coach, Marabelle determines to score with the next big fundraiser. What she doesn't expect? A smokin' hot football coach to throw her off her game...

A reclusive NFL bachelor...
NFL coach Nick Frasier is Raleigh's most eligible bachelor, but he wants to focus on his career...not his playboy status. He doesn't need a smart-mouthed, pint-sized kindergarten teacher pestering him. So he cuts Marabelle a deal—in exchange for Nick sponsoring a bachelor auction starring him and his gorgeous celebrity pals, Marabelle will pose as his fiancée to ward off unwanted advances.

What could possibly go wrong?

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About the Author

MICHELE SUMMERS writes about small-town life with a Southern flair, and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Publisher: Penguin Group Viking - Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Date Read: May 10, 2017
Length: 336 pages
Source: First to Read

Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
My Review

What a treat this book turned out to be!  I decided to read this book because I usually enjoy books with quirky characters.  Eleanor Olipahnt certainly fits that description.  I was really grabbed by the book right away and before long I didn't want to put it down.  I was completely fascinated by everything Eleanor Oliphant and had a lot of questions that I needed answered.  I am so glad that I decided to give this wonderful book a try.

Eleanor Oliphant is a creature of routine.  She goes to work, eats her lunch while she works a crossword puzzle, then goes back to her apartment where she makes herself a simple dinner.  On weekends, she stays home and reads books while polishing off a bottle of vodka.  Then she starts back over at the beginning.  Her mother calls her every Wednesday night and she gets a pizza on Friday.

Eleanor doesn't really have a lot of personal connections.  She has worked at the same job for the past 9 years but she isn't really a part of their group.  Then she meets the new IT employee, Raymond.  It is total chance that Raymond and Eleanor are walking together when an older man falls on the sidewalk and need their help.  They spend a lot of time together and develop an unlikely friendship.

I really think that this is one of those books that it is best to go in not knowing a whole lot about where this story might be going.  I really started reading this book thinking it would be one kind of book but I soon figured out it was something quite different.  Something wonderful.  I am still completely surprised by how much I was touched by this story.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  It is such a wonderful story told from a very unique character.  This book really starts out good but just keeps getting better until the very heartfelt ending.  This is the first book by Gail Honeyman that I have read but I hope to read more from this talented author in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Viking - Pamela Dorman Books via First to Read.
About the Author

Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress and is Honeyman’s debut novel. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Releases - May 16, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes an ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko decides to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret lair, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to her, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity, though they still believe her to be a boy. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

Hunger by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, & A.C. Arthur

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Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling author Eve Langlais!
A brand new, never before published novella!

In The Alpha’s Mate, villains aren’t supposed to rescue damsels, and pack alphas are known to have complete control of their wolf. But when Fabian saves a certain lady from drowning, everything he knows gets tossed away and only one thing becomes clear: she’s his mate—and someone wants to kill her. Hell no. Protecting her, though, is only part of his problem. He also has to convince her she belongs to him. In her words, “Hell no.” When she flees, little does she realize this wolf loves to chase. And when he catches the woman he wants? She’ll become the Alpha’s Mate.

Previously published in the 2-in-1 e-original Claimed by the Mate Volume 3 and in print for the first time!

In Dangerous Passions, finding a mate shouldn’t be all that difficult for a sexy werewolf on the prowl. Modern women want romance and seduction, and Feral Passions Resort has served that purpose for providing both for the men of the Trinity Alps pack. Only two are still unmated—alpha leader Traker Jakes and his lieutenant Evan Dark—but danger stalks the women they’ve chosen. Danger that threatens everyone in the pack at Feral Passions.

In Bound to the Wolf, Marena Panos is an attorney with a dark secret that follows her into the mountains and into the bed of a Phelan Sava, a lycan whose strength and shared penchant for pleasure/pain will eventually own her body and soul.

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

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New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti brings us the second book in a thrilling romantic suspense series.

A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

With twists and turns that will take your breath away, LETHAL LIES is sexy, action-packed suspense at its very best from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti.
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