Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blog Tour Review - White Hot by Ilona Andrews Excerpt Giveaway @ilona_andrews @avonbooks @TastyBookTours

I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for White Hot!  I absolutely love this series and can't wait for everyone to get a chance to read this amazing book.  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a copy of Burn for Me which is the starting point for Nevada and Rogan's story.  Be sure to Follow the Tour!

White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: May 28, 2017 (2nd read)
Length:  389 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns hot.

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
 My Review

I loved this book so much!   I really wish that I could give it more than 5 stars because it has an extra layer of awesome that you don't often find.   I have been wanting to get my hands on this book ever since I finished Burn for Me back in 2014 and it turns out that it was worth the wait.  I have already read this book twice and I know that I will be reading it many more times in the future.  It is really that good.

One of the things that I love the most about this book are the characters.  I really can't get enough of them.  Mad Rogan is a powerful man that is feared by many.  He can move buildings...literally.  He is sexy and doesn't care what anyone thinks of him.  Nevada really is learning what she is capable of in this book and it turns out she is much more than simply a lie detector.  She is smart and thinks on her feet.  She is very focused on doing what is right and protecting her family.

I loved the changes in the relationship between Mad Rogan and Nevada.  This is really a pivotal book in terms of their relationship with each other.  I really enjoyed all of their scenes together whether they were related to the case or extracurricular activities.  You can really see how they feel about each other anytime they showed up on the page together and the build up was really off the charts.

Nevada starts working on a case involving a murder after Cornelius shows up at her office with his young daughter and an assortment of animals in tow.  His wife was murdered in service to another house and nobody seems to want to look into it.  Rogan gets involved and they find themselves trying to solve a much bigger conspiracy that is tied to several important houses.  There was a lot of excitement and they worked to solve the case and I had more than a few moments where I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering how things would work out.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes an exciting story set in a wonderful world.  This is the second book in the Hidden Legacy series and I do recommend that you read the series in order.  You really can't go wrong with this book because the story is exciting, the characters are some of the best I have ever read, and there are a few lighter moments to really even things out including a covert team of ferrets.  I am an avid fan of Ilona Andrews and can't wait to read the next book in this fantastic series.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
Hidden Legacy Series

Book #1 - Burn for Me - My Review
Book #2 - White Hot - Now Available!
Book #3 - Wildfire - Coming July 25, 2017!

Excerpt

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.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Releases - May 30, 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:


White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing

Look for my review to be posted tomorrow!
The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot.

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …


Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Find it at:
In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing

See my review!
Fall in love with a little help from man's best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay's contemporary romance debut.

Mackenzie "Mac" Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar--and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend's off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she's back to attend her best friend's wedding--safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.

But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town's veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love...
More Great Books Being Released Today
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What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Audiobook Review - The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz @tiffanyreisz @HarlequinBooks

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt

Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Date Read: May 24, 2017
Length:  11 hours 18 minutes
Source: eStories Purchase
★★★★★
She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there’s something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she’s been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I loved this audiobook!  I had read a couple of really good reviews for the book and decided to give the audio a try.  I am so glad that I did.  I couldn't get this book out of my head.  If I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it.  I listened to it for hours at a time and never tired of the story.  I am so glad that I took a chance and bought this book.

Faye is in a bad place in her life at the start of this book.  She is in a marriage that has reached its final days and is still grieving the husband she lost 4 years earlier.  She asks for a divorce and leaves to do a photography job.  She is going to take photos of lighthouses in the area but is really drawn to the lighthouse on Bride Island.  When she sees a photo of the lighthouses caretaker from nearly a hundred years ago, she is floored because it looks just her dead husband.

Fate enters the picture when she is transported to the past and finds herself with that man who looks just like her dead husband.  Carrick not only looks like her dead husband but has many of his mannerisms.  Faye finds herself occupying Faith's body who looks remarkably like her.  Can they love each other for who they really are instead of who they look like?

I really liked Faye and Carrick together.  They seemed so right together and really seemed to come alive when they were with each other.  They were very honest with each other and had a lot of respect for the other's feelings.  I loved the secondary characters as well.  Dolly was just amazing and I liked the link to her in the present time.  Father Pat was very wise and kind and was even willing to help make things happen.

I thought Teri Schnaubelt was the perfect narrator for this story.  I have never listened to her narration before but I really want to listen to her again soon.  She did such a good job with all of the different voices in this book.  I really felt all of the emotions of the story and never felt like the reading was over the top in any way.  She had a really nice delivery that made this an incredibly enjoyable experience.  I am pretty sure that I liked this book a little more because I decided to go with the audio.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of time travel romance.  This book is filled with wonderful characters and a really interesting story.  This was the first time that I have ever read anything by Tiffany Reisz but I hope to read more very soon.
About the Author

Tiffany Reisz is a multi-award winning and bestselling author. She lives on Mount Hood in Oregon in her secret volcanic lair with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer. Find her online at www.tiffanyreisz.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review - Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan @JennyBoylan @CrownPublishing

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Date Read: May 27, 2017
Length:  304 Pages
Source: Blogging for Books
★★★★☆
From the New York Times bestselling author of She’s Not There, a new novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past.

Long Black Veil is the story of Judith Carrigan, whose past is dredged up when the body of her college friend Wailer is discovered 20 years after her disappearance in Philadelphia’s notorious and abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith is the only witness who can testify to the innocence of her friend Casey, who had married Wailer only days before her death.

The only problem is that on that fateful night at the prison, Judith was a very different person from the woman she is today. In order to defend her old friend and uncover the truth of Wailer’s death, Judith must confront long-held and hard-won secrets that could cause her to lose the idyllic life she’s built for herself and her family.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  It was a bit of a different story than I expected it to be only because I don't tend to read book summaries very carefully.  I went into this book expecting a straight forward mystery thriller but I think that this book really a bit different.  I didn't really think that the mystery was really the main driving point of the book instead the focus was on the characters and how their lives have changed since the event at the prison.  I am glad that I decided to give the book a try.

This book focuses on several different periods of time.  In 1980, this group of friends were locked in an abandoned prison and one of them never made it out.  The other main focus of the book is set in more recent times when her body is finally discovered.  There are some chapters that are told entirely during one period of time but a lot of the book set in the more recent times include a lot of memories.  The past is obviously still a big part of these characters present day.

The book spends some time with each member of the group that was at the prison that night back in 1980.  The main focus really seemed to be on Judith's life since that day.  Her life is nothing like it was back then.  Her situation has changed dramatically but it really doesn't have anything to do with what happened at the prison that night.

I did have a few issues with the story.  Judith's deception to her husband of many years just seemed like to big of a stretch.  I don't really understand how a close married couple like that would be able to keep such a huge secret from each other.  I also don't get how the body could of been lost for so long when it was right there the whole time.  Did they not do a proper search?  I also feel like I should probably warn readers that there is a scene in this book where an individual is putting shelter dogs to sleep one after another as part of his job.  I know this happens and I really wish it didn't but I know that reading that kind of scene will bother some readers.

The writing is what really won me over with this book.  The story just flowed and even when I was questioning a plot point, I didn't want to put the book down.  The point of views in the story seemed to be changed exactly when they needed to be and I always felt like the book was moving forward.  The memories of the past worked into the sections set in the present worked perfectly.  This was a book that I read very quickly because it completely held my attention.

I would recommend this book to others.  The book isn't perfect but the writing is great and the story is solid.  This is the first book by Jennifer Finney Boylan that I have read but I would definitely pick her work up again in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from Crown Publishing via Blogging for Books.
About the Author

JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN, author of fourteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University in the City of New York and is Special Advisor to the president of Colby College in Maine. She has been a contributor to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times since 2007; in 2013 she became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page. Jenny also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is the national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide, and serves as a consultant to several television series. A novelist, memoirist, and short-story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights. Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today show; the Barbara Walters Special; and NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation. She has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel. She lives in New York City and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie, and her two sons, Zach and Sean.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #71

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

This was a pretty calm week which was a good thing.  My daughter finished up her sophomore year of high school.  I can't believe that my baby will be a junior next year.  Time really flies by when you aren't looking.  My twin niece and nephew turned 3 this week.  I am going to let each of them make a bear at Build a Bear for their birthday this weekend.  I can't wait!

I hope that all of my U.S. readers enjoy their Memorial Day weekend! 

Digital Books


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown (NetGalley)
Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday (NetGalley)
The Cajun Doctor by Sandra Hill (Edelweiss)
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Edelweiss)
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis (Edelweiss)

 I am really excited about this group of books!  I always look forward to getting my hands on a new Sandra Brown book so I was really excited to be approved for Seeing Red.  Jill Shalvis is another author that I always have good luck with so I am thrilled to get a chance to read her upcoming novel.  Linda Broday, Sandra Hill, and Kate Quinn are authors that I haven't tried yet so I am eager to see what I think of their books and writing style.

Print Books


Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses (Publisher - Grand Central Publishing)

I thought that the premise for this story sounds really good so I am looking forward to reading this book in the next few weeks.

Current Giveaway

Open to U.S. and Canada Residents
Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of Free Space by Sean Danker!

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Publisher: Random House Children's - Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: May 24, 2017
Length:  368 Pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

Every once in a while a book that is a joy to read ends up in your hands.  This was one of those books.  Initially this book completely escaped my notice but then I started seeing some really great reviews for it from a lot of different people.  I saw a bandwagon and decided to jump on.  I am so glad that I did.  This book was such a surprise for me.  I hoped that I would like it but I never expected to love it.  Once I got about midway through the book, I didn't put it down until I turned the last page. 

The characters in this story are great.  I had hoped that I would like the characters when I started reading this book.  I never dreamed for a moment that I would love them.  The four main characters at the heart of this book are all very different from each other and I really felt like I got to know them over the course of the book.  There were times that I felt like the book was really focusing on one character more than the others but then the focus would move on to the next character for a while.  I really enjoyed getting to know all four members of the group.

This book starts out in detention.  Simon, Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper, and Nate are the only students in detention that day but after a terrifying emergency only four students ever get to leave.  Simon is rushed to the hospital where he later dies.  The authorities think that one or all of the other students might be responsible for his death since Simon was about to reveal big secrets about each person on his gossip blog.

The mystery in this book was really very well done.  I had no idea what happened to Simon.  I would come up with a theory only to realize that I had to be wrong soon after.  I was literally guessing until the end of the book.  I also really felt for each of the characters as their secrets were revealed.  All four really go through a major life change during the course of this book.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This was a very smartly written story that was next to impossible to put down.  I am very impressed by the fact that this is the first book written by Karen M. McManus.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's - Delacorte Press via NetGalley.
About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review - Spectacle by Rachel Vincent @rachelkvincent @HarlequinBooks

Spectacle by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #2
Publisher: Harlequin - MIRA
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: March 18, 2017
Length:  400 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This book lived up to all of my expectations.  That is saying a lot because I really set the bar pretty high for this one.  Last year, I picked up the first book in the series, Menagerie, on a whim and completely fell in love with the story.  I immediately started counting down the days until I would be able to see what happens next in the life of Delilah and everyone else from Metzger's Menagerie.  I had a few guesses about where the story would go next and all of them ended up being wrong.  I couldn't be happier about that because I love it when a book really surprises me as this one was able to do.

This book picks up right after the events of Menagerie.  This is a series that really should be read in order so I do recommend that readers new to the series go back and read Menagerie before starting this one.  It is a great book so you wouldn't want to miss it anyway.  Delilah and the gang are running the show and trying to make things work.  Things are tough but they are enjoying their new found freedom until things go horribly wrong.

They soon find themselves being added to Vandekamp's Spectacle.  This is not a place you would want to be.  It isn't a traveling show as Metzger's was.  Vandekamp's serves a different kind of customer.  The exhibits are subjected to pretty much anything the clients are willing to pay for and the owners find profitable.  The captives are controlled through high tech means which seem impossible to overcome.

This story proved to be incredibly exciting for me.  Everything that Delilah goes through and sees in this story really got to me.  I was as confused about what was happening at first as the characters were and my heart broke for them as we discovered more about what was going on.  I kept wondering what was going to happen next and by the end of the book, I couldn't turn the pages nearly fast enough.  Let's just say that this book definitely ends with a bang. 

I would highly recommend this series to others.  It is the kind of story that really makes you think about the things that people do to each other.  Even though this is set in a world full of cryptids, I think that the behavior of the humans really felt authentic which makes me very sad.  This is a series that has earned a spot on my favorites list and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - MIRA via NetGalley.
The Menagerie Series
Book #1 - Menagerie - My Review
Book #2 - Spectacle
About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She's older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
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.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33633947-real-sexyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34912673-magic-s-fatehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31916777-the-long-run?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31841813-dove-alight?ac=1&from_search=true

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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
 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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