Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blog Tour Review - Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain @TheresaRomain @SourcebooksCasa

Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain
Series: Romance of the Turf #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Date Read: July 18, 2017
Length:  352 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Does love really heal all wounds?
After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband’s debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband’s roguish friend—whom she hasn’t seen since the day of his lordship’s mysterious death.

Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he’s always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart—and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  This is the first book by Theresa Romain that I have had the chance to read and it ended up being a great one.  This book is listed as the second book in the Romance on the Turf series but it can be read fine as a stand alone novel.  Once I really got hooked by the story, I didn't want to put this book down.  I kept sneaking peeks throughout the day and before you knew it, I had reached the end of the story.

Kate and Evan are the focus of this story.  Kate became a widow two years ago when her husband died in an accident.  She is working to take care of the debts left by her husband.  Evan was Kate's husband's best friends.  They consider each other friends as well but Evan fought with Con just prior to his death and has stayed away since his passing.  Kate and Evan cross paths at one of his lectures and they decide to travel together.

I liked Kate and Evan together.   They have been friends for a very long time and know a lot about each other but quickly learn that not everything is as they had thought.  I really liked the fact that they were a bit older and seemed more mature than a lot of couples featured in romantic novels.  Kate has been married and is the mother of two children.  They both had a lot of respect for each other and were willing to stand up for themselves when needed.  I thought the chemistry between them was wonderfully done and their banter was a lot of fun.

I really liked the way the story flowed.  Since Kate and Evan spend a lot of the book traveling, we get to see them in several different environments.  Kate's family were so much fun and I loved how Evan seemed to fit in perfectly.  Evan's family were in dramatic contrast and it was fun to see them interact.  Once the pair arrived at Kate's estate, I enjoyed the way they were with the children and Con's mother.  The secondary characters really added to the overall story.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance.  This was a heartwarming romance that was a lot of fun to read.  I can't wait to read more of Theresa Romain's works in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.

Excerpt

About the Author

Historical romance author THERESA ROMAIN pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in Wichita, Kansas.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Two of Theresa’s favorite summer activities:
If I were creating the sort of profile I admire, I’d tell you that my favorite summer activities include splashing in the ocean, or camping in the backyard after having a barbecue. But the truth is that I’m hundreds of miles from the nearest beach, and my favorite thing to do there was always to make a giant dolphin out of sand. And I can’t bear to be outside in 100+ heat, especially when the mosquitos are biting.

However, there are so many lovely little things about summer that I do enjoy. Specifically…
  1. Checking on the vegetables that my daughter and I planted as seeds in the spring. Just as the weather starts to get really hot, the tomatoes and green beans are ripe and ready for picking. There’s something so satisfying about growing the veggies we eat with dinner that night.
  2. Using the snow cone machine (really just a glorified ice grinder) to make frozen treats in our own home. Sure, we could make them any time of year, but summer just seems right for shaved ice with syrup on it. Once, Little Miss R and I brought a big bowl of tangerine snow cone to Mr. R while he was working out in the backyard on a hot afternoon. “That looks like heaven,” he said. Yup. Snow cones are pretty magical.
In SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER, there are no frozen treats or backyard campfires—but there *is* a sea, and Lady Kate Whelan and Evan Rhys find themselves on a road trip of a lifetime. Between ferries and floods, treats and horses and races, sickness and health and more than one scandalous interlude, these two old friends will find a love they never expected—and unearth secrets they never dreamed of. I hope you’ll enjoy this romantic summer read!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Heart on Fire

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!

Who is Catalia Fisa?


With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.

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

Pre-Order:  Amazon | BAM! | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound 


Why Am I Waiting?
I really enjoyed the first two installments in this trilogy.  I am kind of sad to see it come to an end but very hopeful that this book will be a solid conclusion.  This series has been very exciting with a lot of intense action and I have a feeling the conclusion will at least match that level of excitement.  I do have to say that I am not really a fan of the cover for this book but if the story inside is good than that is really all that matters.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Releases - July 18, 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 Late Show by Michael Connelly

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job no matter what the department throws at her.


Trust by Kylie Scott

Find it at:
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

The Library of Light and Shadow by M.J. Rose

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
In this riveting and richly drawn novel from “one of the master storytellers of historical fiction” (New York Times bestseller Beatriz Williams), a talented young artist flees New York for Paris after one of her scandalous drawings reveals a dark secret—and triggers a terrible tragedy.

In the wake of a dark and brutal World War, the glitz and glamour of 1925 Manhattan shine like a beacon for the high society set, which is desperate to keep their gaze firmly fixed to the future. But Delphine Duplessi sees more than most. At a time in her career when she could easily be unknown and penniless, like so many of her classmates from L’École de Beaux Arts, in America she has gained notoriety for her stunning “shadow portraits” that frequently expose her subjects’ most scandalous secrets—for better or for worse. Most nights Delphine doesn’t mind that her gift has become mere entertainment—a party trick—for the fashionable crowd. Though her ancestor La Lune, the legendary sixteenth-century courtesan and—like Delphine—a witch, might have thought differently.

Then, on a snowy night in February, in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine’s mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Horrified, she renounces her gift.

Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine returns to her old life in the south of France where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine is thrust into recapturing the past. First by her charismatic twin brother and business manager Sebastian in his attempts to cajole her back to work and into co-dependence, then by the world famous opera singer Emma Calvé, who is obsessed with the centuries-old Book of Abraham, written by the fourteenth-century alchemist Nicolas Flamel. And finally by her ex-lover Mathieu, who is determined to lure her back into his arms, unaware of the danger that had led Delphine to flee Paris for New York five years before.

Trapped in an ancient chateau where hidden knowledge lurks in the shadows, Delphine questions and in many ways rejects what and who she loves the most—her art, her magick, her family, her brother, and Mathieu—as she tries to finally accept them as the gifts they are and to shed her fear of loving and living with her eyes wide open.

Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

The Afghan War is over and a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain's position in the world is uncertain and the gap between rich and poor is widening. London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in financial and sexual scandals. The year is 1895.

The police don't have the resources to deal with everything that goes on in the capital. The rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help: Sherlock Holmes. But in densely populated south London, where the crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450692-collared?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25659482-graveyard-shift?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32979014-the-fallen?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450697-look-behind-you?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review - Two Nights by Kathy Reichs @KathyReichs @penguinrandom

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Random House Publishing - Ballantine
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Date Read: July 16, 2017
Length:  336 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★☆☆☆
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie's help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found? It's time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32766483-the-bookshop-at-water-s-end
My Review

Well, this was disappointing.  When I saw that Kathy Reichs had written a stand alone novel, I knew that I wanted to read it.   I have really enjoyed her books in the past and was looking forward to this book.  This book never clicked for me and I found myself constantly setting the book aside.  There were some parts of the book that I did enjoy and I never really considered not finishing it but it wasn't a story that did much for me.

I think one of my main problems with this book is that I didn't care for the characters.  The focus of this book is Sunday Night, or Sunnie.  Sunnie is an ex-cop that carries a lot of scars both physical and emotional.  She was paranoid but had a lot of skills that were put to the test as she tried to find out what happened to the girl she has been hired to find.  There are sections of the book spread throughout the story that talk of Sunnie's past.  I thought that learning her backstory was way too drawn out and by the time any real information was given I had lost interest.

The mystery never grabbed me.  I just had a really hard time getting into the overall story.  Of course, I wanted to know what had happened to the girl but the story seemed to move really slow.  Everything was a waiting game wrapped up in Sunnie's paranoia.  It just felt like it took really long time for things to get moving.  So much so that this turned into a book that I kept checking how much more was left just because I wanted to be done with it.

The writing felt really choppy with lots of short sentences that never really flowed.   There was a lot of really traumatic things happening in the story but I never felt like any of the characters had a single emotion.  I did think that the book had a good start.  I like the idea of Sunnie.  I like that she was quirky and a little different but that feeling faded quickly.

I am not going to be recommending this one.  I think that anyone interested in reading Kathy Reichs should start with the Temperance Brennan series which I loved.  I haven't read the whole series but have read the first 13 books or so in that series and really enjoyed them and actually plan to re-read the series at some point.  This book was a miss for me but I do look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.
About the Author

KATHY REICHS is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life as much as her novels are the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #78 - I should be embarrassed!


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

The book collector in me was out in full force this week.  I have to admit that this is a crazy number of books to acquire in a single week.  Hopefully, I can control myself for a few weeks and give myself a chance to get caught up a bit.

Vacation is over and we went back to work this week.  No fun.  I was pretty busy at work just trying to get caught up.  It was otherwise a pretty quiet week. 

Digital Books
Exposed by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley)
Invictus by Ryan Graudin (NetGalley)
The Late Show by Michael Connelly (NetGalley)
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben (Edelweiss)
The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes (Edelweiss)
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (Kindle Purchase)
The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (Kindle Purchase)
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Kindle Purchase)
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (Kindle Purchase)
The Winter King by C.L. Wilson (Kindle Purchase)
The Awakening by Amanda Stevens (Kindle Purchase)

I had a widget for Lisa Scottoline's next book sent to me and I couldn't resist.  I caught Invictus as a read now and thought it sounded great so I grabbed it while I had the chance.  I requested The Late Show a long time ago and had given up any hope so I was surprised to be approved this week.  Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors and there may have been some squealing when I saw that I had been approved for Don't Let Go, which I will be starting right away.  I am excited to read the newest book in the Diamonds in the Rough series by Sophie Barnes.  I caught most of the other books for $2 or $3 during all of the great sales on Amazon this week.  I did pay full price for The Winter King but received a promotional credit for the purchase which covered the cost of The Awakening.

Print Books
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Bookstore Purchase)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Bookstore Purchase)
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (Bookstore Purchase)
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (Bookstore Purchase)

These four books actually should have been on last week's post.  We spent last Friday out and about since we were on vacation and ended up going to two different bookstores.  Of course, we had to support them both by making a purchase.  My daughter was the one to pick these out but I had a hand in encouraging The Hate U Give and do plan to read that one.  I also hope to read Cinder but I am not sure that the other two books are really my kind of read. 

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (Novl)

The nice people over at Novl sent me this book.  I don't remember requesting it but I may have. Anyway it looks great and I can't wait to read it.


The Deadtown Series by Nancy Holzner (Won @ Between dreams and reality)

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Deadtown from Melliane at Between dreams and reality.  There was some kind of mix up with the publisher so Ace ended up sending the first 5 books in the series to make up for the delay.  That was very generous of them and very much appreciated. 

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (Amazon Purchase)

I bought this book on Amazon's Prime Day this week.  There was a $5 coupon on any print book purchase over $15 and I let my daughter pick the book.  She chose well.

Audiobooks
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay (Dreamscape Audio via Audiobook Jukebox)
Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay (Dreamscape Audio via Audiobook Jukebox)

I just loved About a Dog by Jenn McKinley so when I saw the opportunity to review a couple of her earlier cozy mysteries, I jumped at the chance.  If you haven't checked out Audiobook Jukebox yet, they are a fantastic resource for audiobook reviews and their reviewer program has some great books available for request.

Current Giveaway
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Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella!

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, July 14, 2017

Audiobook Review - How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper @mollyharperauth

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Date Read: July 12, 2017
Length:  9 hours 12 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham,who has been openly critical of Mo's ability to adapt to life in Alaska, has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, its love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, hes worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if hes not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated.

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

I could kick myself.  I bought this audiobook back in 2015.  Heck, I bought the whole series and then promptly got distracted by some other shiny book.  I have seen so many great reviews for this book but did I start listening.  Nope.  Because I was distracted.  Well, I finally dusted it off and started listening to it earlier this week and had a great time with it.

Mo is the focus of this story and I liked her character right away.  The book opens with Mo moving to Alaska.  It is a big change from what she is used to in Mississippi but she needs a change.  And she needs to get away from her over the top parents.  Her parents are quite the pair and I can completely understand why she took such a drastic step.

Mo quickly becomes a part of the local community by working at the local bar and grill.  She is making friends and finding her way.   She is even getting the attention of a couple of the local men.  Enter Cooper, local werewolf extraordinaire.  Cooper always seems a little grouchy but Mo can't seem to stay away.  One thing leads to another and they decide to act on their chemistry.

There were so many things to love about this book.  I really liked the humor woven into the story.  I had a big grin on my face the entire time I was listening to this story.  I liked Mo and Cooper as a couple and thought they had great chemistry.  The story had a lot of things going on besides the romance with a wolf attacking the local community and some drama with Cooper's family.

I really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi's narration.  I thought she captured Mo's personality very well through her narration.  She handled all of the different characters very well and it was always very easy to tell who was speaking.  This story has a wide range of emotions and she portrayed them all very well.  I felt Mo's fear, her joy, her confusion, and her frustration.  She read the story at a very natural pace and I really just felt like she was telling me a story.  I was able to listen to this book for hours at a time and look forward to listening to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance.  This was a fun story filled with great chemistry and a wonderful sense of humor.  This is the first book by Molly Harper that I have read and I cannot wait to continue with this series.
About the Author

Molly Harper is the author of the popular series of paranormal romances set in the small Kentucky town of Half-Moon Hollow. She also writes the Bluegrass series of contemporary ebook romances, most recently Snow Falling on Bluegrass. A former humor columnist and newspaper reporter, she lives in Kentucky with her family. Visit her on the web at MollyHarper.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blog Tour Review - I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella @LisaScottoline @FSerritella @StMartinsPress

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to post my review as part of the blog tour for I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool.  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy!

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Date Read: July 12, 2017
Length:  336 pages
Source: NetGalley

Get ready for some wit, wisdom, and warmth from this collection by the bestselling duo.

Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This seven book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014705-does-this-beach-make-me-look-fat

My Review

These books are just a lot of fun.  I have read quite a few of these books by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, and have really enjoyed all of them.  The stories in this book are each very short and can be read in a couple of minutes but are highly addictive.  I couldn't seem to read just a few of the stories but found myself reading this book like it was a marathon or something.  I just cannot get enough of these glimpses into Lisa and Francesca's lives.

I found it so easy to relate to Lisa and Francesca.  Lisa Scottoline is an author that I really enjoy and have been reading for a number of years.  While I was at one of Lisa's book signings, another fan recommend that I read the books in this series.  So I did and the rest is history.  Though these books I really feel like I have had the chance to really get to know Lisa and Francesca.  I feel almost like I could pull up a chair at their table for a nice chat because they have really let me into their lives through these books.  In the previous books in the series, I found myself relating to Lisa much more than Francesca but I this book I think it has evened out a bit.  Maybe it is because Francesca didn't really talk about dating as she has in previous books because she is on a hiatus from men.  I am an old married woman and barely remember dating so I am happy to read about other things.

This book covers a little bit of everything.  Seriously everything.  There are stories about yoga, bridal showers, snakes, dogs, doggy diapers, family members, building furniture, remote controls, exercise equipment, buying trucks, and the list goes on.  Really these stories are just about navigating through life and all of the things that are encountered on a daily basis.  These stories are told with a good dose of humor and many mentions of Bradley Cooper.  Lisa has a series thing for Bradley Cooper.  Not all of the stories are pretty and some made me squirm.  Hello...snakes!!  Some stories were more serious and heartfelt but all of them were very real.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I think that just about any woman that has made it to adulthood will find something to relate to in this book.  I can't wait to read more of their work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.
About the Authors
© Ryan Collerd

LISA SCOTTOLINE is a bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author and a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has been published in thirty countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of pets.

Lisa Scottoline's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


FRANCESCA SCOTTOLINE SERRITELLA graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She lives in New York with one dog and one cat, so far.

Francesca Serritella's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Audiobook Review - River Marked by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage @PenguinAudio

River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #6
Ace / Penguin Audio
Publication Date: March 2, 2011
Date Read: July 6, 2017 (2nd read)
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River - one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help....

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

This wasn't my favorite book in the series but it was still a really good story.  If you have been following my reviews you probably already know that I adore this series.  I remember reading this book back when it was first released and enjoying it and I liked it just as much on this audio re-read.  This is a series that I have made a point to keep up with and look forward to every installment.  I had a lot of fun listening to the audio of this story.

This story takes place away from most of the group and I have to say that I missed some of the characters that I have grown to love just a bit.  Mercy and Adam are there for the whole book so I didn't have too much time to spend missing everyone else.  Mercy and Adam are off on their honeymoon but they end up getting involved in a situation that needs their help.  There are some interesting characters that are a part of this installment including some that knew Mercy's father.

This book had a lot of really good elements.  I like how Mercy and Adam's relationship just keeps getting stronger.  I really cannot get enough of these two and think that they are just perfect for each other.  The chemistry between them is amazing.  It was interesting to learn a little bit more about Mercy's background.  Her father is really quite a mystery so getting the chance to learn a little bit more is really quite exciting.  There was plenty of excitement in this installment.  I mean there is a river monster to be battled so of course there is some excitement.  This was the kind of book that you just don't want to put down.

Lorelei King does an amazing job with this audiobook.  I really didn't expect anything else.  She has done such a fantastic job with all of book in this series that I have listened to so far.  She has become the voice of Mercy form me.  She does a great job with a large cast of characters and brings a lot of emotion into the story.  Her voice is very pleasant to listen to and she read the story at a very natural pace.  I was able to completely lose myself in this book for hours at a time.  I can't wait to listen to more of this series.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  I do think that this is a series that really does need to be read in order since the relationships between the characters develop throughout the series.  I can't wait to continue with my re-read of this series very soon.

The Series - Mercy Thompson
Book 6 - River Marked
Book 7 - Frost Burned
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

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