Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #58



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

This week was incredibly busy.  I think I like slow weeks much better than these busy weeks.  I had a whole list of things that I needed to do last Saturday but I had an ocular migraine that pretty much blinded me for a bit and got in the way.  On Sunday, I went with a group of friends to the Bon Jovi concert.  I had a great time but I had a hard time getting up for work the next morning.  My daughter had a band concert on Wednesday night that was fun to watch.  I spent Thursday getting things in order for my daughter to pack to leave for a band trip to Chicago for this weekend.

I did my best at visiting other blogs this week but I may have missed a few just due to the craziness of the week.  I have my fingers crossed that next week will be a bit slower so I can find a little more time to read and do bloggish things.

Digital Books


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (NetGalley)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Kindle Purchase)
The Falconer by Elizabeth May (Kindle Purchase)
Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth (Kindle Freebie)
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (Kindle First)
Murder in Paradise Bay by Jen Talty (Won @ Delighted Reader)

I only added one review book this week.  I am pretty excited to read One of Us is Lying so I was happy to get my hands on it.  The Rest of Us Just Live Here and The Falconer were on sale so I decided to add them to my vast kindle library.  Some of my Goodreads friends really liked Earthwise so I grabbed it while it is free.  I chose the Rhys Bowen book for my Kindle First pick.  I was thrilled to win Murder in Paradise Bay and am looking forward to reading it.

Audio Books


Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Audible Purchase)
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Audible Purchase)

I have been listening to the same audio book all year but I finally finished this week so I rewarded myself with a couple of books that I can't wait to listen to (and they are a reasonable length!).  Mercy Thompson is such a great series and I am looking forward to continuing my re-read of the series.

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, February 24, 2017

Review - Long Road Home by Marie Meyer @MarieMwrites @ForeverRomance

Long Road Home by Marie Meyer
Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - Forever Yours
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Date Read: February 19, 2017
Source:NetGalley

Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find your way home . . .

I'm grateful for many things-my work, my apartment, my amazing friends. But after that night years ago, I'm left with an aching weight I can't escape. And it's keeping me from living and loving the way I desperately want. So when a ruggedly handsome cop pulls me over, I'm shocked by what just the sight of him does to me-stirring up feelings I didn't think were possible again.

Cayden Sinclair is undoubtedly one of the good guys. A former Marine who's so sexy I can't seem to keep my hands to myself. But there are things I'm not ready to share, things that could change everything between us. Cayden deserves to have the life he's always wanted-which means walking away from him. But I don't know if I'll ever find the strength to let him go . . .

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

I really enjoyed this romance.   I decided to read this book after learning that it was set in Missouri.  There aren't too many books set in my home state so I was immediately curious.  The story was what grabbed me from the very beginning.  The fact that they meet when he is giving her a traffic ticket just set a great tone for the whole story.  This was a really nice story that ended up leaving me with a big grin on my face.

After Cayden gives Ren a traffic ticket, it leaves a lasting memory for both parties.  While Ren is performing her duties as the maid of honor at her best friends wedding, she is surprised to be asked to dance by none other than Cayden, off-duty and very interested.  I liked the chemistry between this pair from the very first and it never stopped.  They just fit perfectly together.

Cayden and Ren both have things going on in their lives.  Cayden is a former Marine and he is feeling some guilt that his buddies are being deployed while he stays home.  He has decided to stay home so that he can be there for his mother who is ill.  He isn't really sure that he has time for a relationship at this point in this life.  Ren is dealing with her past.  She was victimized during her college years and is still working to move past it.

There were so many things that I liked about this book.  I liked that it dealt with a couple of really difficult issues.  Everything wasn't perfect in their world but they worked to do the best they could in the situation they were given.  I liked how Cayden was able to sense when Ren wasn't comfortable and always let her be in control.  I liked the fact that this story was truly romantic and they spent the whole book trying to figure out how to make things work.  I fell in love with Ren and Cayden and there wasn't a boring moment in the book.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was the first book by Marie Meyer that I have read but I definitely look forward to reading more from her in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - Forever Yours via NetGalley.
About the Author

Marie Meyer is a teacher who spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television with her husband.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review - Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse @cookieplease @TheNovl @lbkids

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Date Read: February 18, 2017
Source: NetGalley & The Novl

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?


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

I liked this story.  I found it to be a really quick read and while it wasn't the perfect story, it did have a lot of things going for it.  I thought that the range of emotions that Sophia goes through in this story really rang true.  The book was a little different than I had expected from the description and while there was a romance featured in the story this book was about so much more than that.

Sophia is moving to the United States with her mom and sister in just one week.  She has spent the past few years of her life living in Tokyo and that is where all of her friends and her life is.  Moving is never easy but moving so far away where the possibility of seeing your friends is incredibly tough.  Jamie is moving back to Tokyo after spending a couple of years at a boarding school in the United States.  Jamie and Sophia didn't part on good terms when they last saw each other.   Sophia really wishes that he had waited until she left to come back.

Sophia soon feels a connection to Jamie like she hadn't felt before.  He seems to be there when she needs him and he somehow finds the right words for the situation.  It was fun to watch this pair open up to each other and make a connection.  It is really too bad that the time that they have together is so limited due to Sophia's upcoming move.

This book takes place in Tokyo and I was really looking forward to experiencing a bit of this area. Unfortunately, I didn't really get a feel for Tokyo from this story.  Sophia attends an English speaking school and her friends are largely like her.  There were some food items mentioned but other than that this story felt like it could have taken place anywhere.  

In addition to moving and sorting out her feelings toward Jamie,  Sophia is also saying goodbye to her friends in this story.  I felt like some of the drama between Sophia and her friends was unnecessary.  Another thing that Sophia has to figure out is her relationship with her father.  This was really one of the strong points of the book.  I felt really bad for Sophia and thought that the emotions portrayed were realistic.

I would recommend this book to others.   I think that the author was able to create an interesting story around a very realistic teen.  I am impressed by Cecilia Vinesse's debut novel and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley and TheNovl.com.

About the Author

Cecilia Vinesse is a dual citizen of the US and the UK, and, like the main character of Seven Days of You, went to an international school in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Barnard College in New York and holds a master's degree in creative writing from St. Andrews. Seven Days of You is her debut novel. She lives in England.

Author Links: Website | Twitter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cover Reveal - Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @InkSlingerPR @avonbooks

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series...
CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE - cover

About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spencer immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33783425-chasing-christmas-eve

Pre-Order CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE in ebook or paperback, releasing 9/26/17

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Excerpt

The bathroom door opened, and even better than his fantasy, Colbie emerged from a cloud of steam, her willowy body wrapped in one of his towels, her exposed skin gleaming and dewy damp. Her hair had been piled on top of her head, but wavy strands had escaped, clinging to her neck and shoulders.

He couldn’t tear his gaze off of her. There was just something so uncalculated about her, so . . . natural and easy. She was like a beacon to him, which was both crazy and more than a little terrifying.

Clearly not seeing him against the wall, she moved with an effortless grace to the suitcase she’d left at the door. Bending low enough to give him a near heart attack, she rifled through her things, mumbling to herself that she should’ve researched more about how to be a normal person instead of how to kill someone with an everyday object.

“Do you kill a lot of people, then?” Spence asked.

“Motherforker!” she said with a startled squeak of surprise, whirling to face him, almost losing her grip on the towel.

Five days a week, Spence worked out hard in this gym. Mostly to outrun his demons, but the upside was he could run miles without losing his breath. But he lost his breath now.

And that wasn’t his body’s only reaction.

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And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, ONE SNOWY NIGHT and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, now available! 

Grab your copies HERE!


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Releases - February 21, 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:


I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing

See my review!
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose...A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…


Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando

Find it at:

See my review!
Defending a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies between innocence, vengeance, and justice in this spellbinding tale of suspense—based on shocking true-life events—from the bestselling author of Gone Again

According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Those statistics become all too personal when Jack Swyteck takes on a new client tied to his past.

It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter’s surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith’s wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies—an undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects.

Inspired by an actual case involving a victim of sexual assault sent to prison for the death of her attacker, James Grippando’s twisty thriller brilliantly explores the fine line between victim and perpetrator, innocence and guilt, and cold-blooded revenge and rightful retribution.

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing

See my review!
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!
An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29991718-royally-matchedhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939230-a-conjuring-of-lighthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29102879-beautiful-broken-girls?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33828743-the-keeper-of-lost-things

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Review - Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando @James_Grippando @HarperCollins

Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando
Series: Jack Swyteck #13
HarperCollins Publishers - Harper
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Date Read: February 15, 2017
Source: Edelweiss

Defending a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies between innocence, vengeance, and justice in this spellbinding tale of suspense—based on shocking true-life events—from the bestselling author of Gone Again

According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Those statistics become all too personal when Jack Swyteck takes on a new client tied to his past.

It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter’s surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith’s wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies—an undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects.

Inspired by an actual case involving a victim of sexual assault sent to prison for the death of her attacker, James Grippando’s twisty thriller brilliantly explores the fine line between victim and perpetrator, innocence and guilt, and cold-blooded revenge and rightful retribution.

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

This was another great Jack Swyteck book.  This series has been consistently good and this book was no exception.  This book is the 13th installment in the Jack Swyteck series but it can be easily read as a stand alone novel.   Like all of the other books in this series, the book tells its own story with the help of some familiar characters.  I started this book about a half hour before I had planned to go to bed for the night which turned out to be a huge mistake because I didn't want to stop reading.  Since I am past my days of being able to function on no sleep, I did put the book down although later than I had planned but I couldn't wait to get back to it.  I just had to know what secrets were being kept.

Jack, along with his wife and young daughter, go to the airport to pick up his old friend, Keith, and his family.  As soon as the group meets up, Keith's wife, Isa, is arrested and taken away in handcuffs.  Jack jumps in to help right away and is quickly hired as as Isa's lawyer.  She is being charged with conspiracy to murder the man that raped her in college.  It becomes evident right away that Isa is keeping quite a few secrets.

This story took a lot of twists and turns and I was never quite sure which character should be trusted.  Jack finds himself in a situation where he has to dig deep into the past of his good friend's wife even when it becomes unpleasant.  His responsibility is to his client who doesn't always make things easy.  Throw an additional lawyer who drove both myself and Jack a little crazy and you have one heck of a frustrating case.

As I have come to expect from James Grippando, the story was told in a wonderful manner.  The pacing was very well done with some pretty intense moments worked into the story.  I love the little bit of humor that always seems to work its way into the story and puts a smile on my face.  I did enjoy how the mystery behind what happened was unraveled just a little bit at a time.  Everything fit together nicely by the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to mystery fans.  I found this story to be quite the page turner that really kept me guessing.  I have been reading James Grippando since I first discovered his writing over 10 years ago and since then I have read most of his work.  I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.  

I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss.

About the Author
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James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. Most Dangerous Place is his twenty-fifth novel. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and he now serves as Counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in south Florida.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #57



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

What a busy week!  I want to apologize for not being able to visit as many blogs as I would have liked this week.  I tried but there are only so many hours in the day.  My daughter is in the pit for her school's musical which started showing this week.  The play is 3 hours long which is crazy.  I am ready for life to get back to normal next week when the play is over. 

Digital Books


Spectacle by Rachel Vincent (NetGalley)
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (NetGalley)
Long Road Home by Marie Meyer (NetGalley

Woo Hoo!  I got my hands on a copy of Spectacle!  I am really excited about reading this one.  Best Day Ever looks promising.  I decided to read Long Road Home largely because it is set in Missouri and I don't see too many books set in my state.

Print Books

I was so excited to learn that I won Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves.  This sounds like a quirky, fun read.  The author was super nice and asked me if I wanted him to write anything in the book so I told him to surprise me. 


By Your Side by Kasie West (Uppercase Box)

My daughter and I wanted to try the Uppercase Box.  This month's book is By Your Side.  The book is a signed hardcover but it reminds me of the old book club edition books with a really thin dust jacket.  It also came with a necklace (which already broke), some tea (which we will never drink).  I am glad we tried it but I am not impressed.  I just don't really think I even came close to getting my money's worth in this deal.  The book is really more my daughters kind of thing.  She will read it and I might pick it up someday.

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, February 17, 2017

Review - Roman by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks @readloveswept

Roman by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #7
Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Date Read: February 12, 2017
Source: NetGalley

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

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

My Review

I really enjoyed this book.  I was surprised by how many things were happening during the story and how nicely everything worked together.  Although this is the seventh book in the Cold Fury Hockey series, it could be read as a stand alone novel since each book in the series really does tell its own story.  Readers of the series will enjoy seeing characters from previous books play an important role in this installment.  This was a story that hooked me right away and I found myself having a hard time setting the book aside.

Lexi is an amazing character and really the focus of this story.  This book wasn't only focused on romance although romance played an important role.  Lexi has moved to town in order to meet her father, who happens to be Brian Brannon, the owner of the Cold Fury Hockey Team.  Lexi's father doesn't know anything about her until they meet.  During her first trip to the Cold Fury office, Lexi meets Roman and there is an instant attraction.

I liked Lexi and Roman together and thought that they made a great couple.  They just seemed really good for each other and had a lot of chemistry.  It was fun watching bad boy Roman try to figure out how to be in a relationship.  I also really liked watching the relationship between Lexi and her father develop.  They accepted each other almost immediately and it seemed so right.  Lexi's relationship with Gray was a little more painful to see develop but it felt completely realistic.

I really liked the fact that this book was told from three different points of view.  I didn't expect it but it really worked well.  Getting a chance to really see what was happening from Lexi, Roman, and Brian's point of view really made the story work.  Each character had a lot of emotions wrapped up in everything that was going on and getting a chance to be in their head for part of the book just made everything feel more real.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This book really tells a big story with a lot of emotion and it was really nice to watch everything develop.  I can't wait to read the next book in this fun series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
 
Cold Fury Hockey Series
#1 -Alex
#2 - Garrett - My Review
#3 - Zack - My Review
#4 - Ryker - My Review
#5 - Hawke - My Review
#6 - Max- My Review
#7 - Roman 
#8 Lucas - Coming September 2017
About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review - A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong @KelleyArmstrong @MinotaurBooks

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Casey Duncan #2
St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Date Read: February 11, 2017
Source: NetGalley

The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

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

I enjoyed this one a lot.  It started with a bang and maintained a high level of excitement throughout the story.  This is the second book in the Casey Duncan series and I do recommend reading them in order since the events of the first book do play a role in this installment.  This book really kept me guessing right up until the very end.  I had a lot of fun reading this story and found that I never wanted to put it down.

I love the setting of this story because it is so different than the average mystery.  Rockton is such an interesting little town.  The residents of Rockton are such interesting characters and each one really adds something to the story.  I like the fact that everyone has their own story and it is usually different that what you would expect.  The little group of misfits that call Rockton home have really come together to form a community and it adds a nice tone to the story.

Casey and Will find a woman being held captive in a hole inside a cave as they take shelter during a snowstorm.  They are able to save the woman but the identity of her abductor remains a mystery.  Saving the woman is just the start of a very involved case that will put Casey and others in danger before everything is over.

The characters in this book were great.  Casey is very smart and has really committed herself to the town.  She is really starting to believe that she belongs and wants to keep everyone safe.  Dalton is dealing with his feelings towards Casey in addition to keeping the town's residents secure.  Being in a relationship is rather new for Dalton and he is still trying to figure things out.  I really like Casey and Dalton as as couple and I do appreciate the fact that their relationship does not overpower the mystery element of the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers.  This story contains a complex mystery that had me turning pages as fast as I could.  There are quite a few twists and turns to keep things really interesting.  I can't wait to read more of this exciting series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books via NetGalley.

The Casey Duncan Series

Book #1 - City of the Lost - My Review
Book #2 - A Darkness Absolute
About the Author

KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada.

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