Thursday, April 2, 2020

Cover Reveal - Sure Shot by Sarina Bowen

I love Sarina Bowen's books and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share the cover reveal for her upcoming book, Sure ShotSure Shot is the fourth book in her Brooklyn Bruisers series but will work great as a stand-alone.  I cannot wait to get started with this one!

Books from the Backlog #106


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Review - The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group - Dutton
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Date Read: March 14, 2020
Length:  256 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
A spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground.

Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it's better not to know.

Set in the poorest part of the Missouri Ozarks, in a small town with big secrets, The Familiar Dark opens with a murder. Eve Taggert, desperate with grief over losing her daughter, takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened. Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life, having been raised by a hard-edged mother whose lessons Eve tried not to pass on to her own daughter. But Eve may need her mother's cruel brand of strength if she's going to face the reality about her daughter's death and about her own true nature. Her quest for justice takes her from the seedy underbelly of town to the quiet woods and, most frighteningly, back to her mother's trailer for a final lesson.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Review - Making You Mine by Melissa Foster

Making You Mine by Melissa Foster
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke
Series: The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls #5
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Publication Date: January 22, 2020
Date Read: March 20, 2020
Length:  6 hours 12 minutes
Source: Author/Publisher
★★★★☆
Discover the magic of New York Times best seller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance featuring Graham Braden's business partner, Knox Bentley!

In Making You Mine...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Books from the Backlog #105


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Review - Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher 
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #7
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: April 06, 2010
Date Read: March 17, 2020
Length:  15 hours 7 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Review - A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison 
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows #4
Publisher: Tantor Audio (Audio)
Publication Date: February 15, 2008
Date Read: March 10, 2020
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 17 hours 5 minutes
★★★★☆
The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Review - Curse of the Gypsy by Victoria Hamilton

Curse of the Gypsy by Victoria Hamilton
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Date Read: February 17, 2020
Length:  10 hours and 14 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
Finally home in Kent after her recent adventures in Yorkshire and Cornwall, Lady Anne Addison is shocked to spy her erstwhile suitor, the Marquess of Darkefell, skulking around the gypsy camps near her property. Outraged that he has followed her there, she writes a scathing letter to him and his family, which brings Darkefell - and his denials that it was he - to Kent.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Books from the Backlog #104


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Review - The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Date Read: March 11, 2020
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher / NetGalley
★★★★☆
A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Review - Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #12
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Date Read: January 19, 2020
Length: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I'm going to need them.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Review - Crush the King by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @HarperVoyagerUS

Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
Series: Crown of Shards #3
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Date Read: September 5, 2019
Length: 432 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
A fierce gladiator queen must face off against her enemies in an epic battle in this next thrilling installment of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series—an action-packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.

Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Books from the Backlog #103


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Review - The Chronicles of The One Trilogy: Year One, Of Blood and Bone, and The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Back in January, I featured Year One as one of my Books from the Backlog picks.  Anne from Books of My Heart asked me if I wanted to buddy read the books and I eagerly took her up on the offer.  (See, I do read some of these books that I feature in Books from the Backlog!)  We both enjoyed the first book and decided to work our way through the whole trilogy.  Anne is a much faster listener than I am but that didn't stop our discussions of the books.  All in all, this trilogy was a great listen for both of us and fun buddy reads!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review - A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #5
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Date Read: December 16, 2019
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
Veronica Speedwell navigates a dark world of scandal and murder in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l'Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Review - World Departed by Sarah Lyons Fleming

World Departed by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Series: The Cascadia Series #1
Publisher: Amazon.com Services LLC
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Date Read: March 8, 2020
Length: 782 pages
Source: Kindle Unlimited
★★★★★
In the zombie apocalypse, your worst enemy may be yourself.

From the Until the End of the World and City Series universe comes the story of the virus on the West Coast. Where the end of the world is only the beginning…

Rose Winter has enough problems. With a marriage going down the tubes and a dreaded anniversary party on the horizon, the last thing she needs is the zombie apocalypse. She wanted to get drunk and sing karaoke, not murder her undead neighbors. It’s clear the party’s over, however, and now Rose has more problems—a missing husband, an overbearing houseguest, and keeping her family alive.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Books from the Backlog #102


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Review - Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Troublemaker by Linda Howard
Narrated by Tanya Eby
Series: GO-Team #1
Publisher: William Morrow / HarperAudio
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Date Read: February 25, 2020
Length:  400 pages / 14 hours and 10 minutes
Source: Edelweiss / Library
★★★☆☆
A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Linda Howard.

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Worried that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review - The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Date Read: March 1, 2020
Length:  336 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★☆
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish--to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age--her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Review - Damaged by Lisa Scottoline

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline 
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
Series: Rosato & DiNunzio #4
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Date Read: February 13, 2020
Length:  405 pages / 13 hours 35 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library via Overdrive

One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart...

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Books from the Backlog #101


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review - Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #5
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Date Read: January 27, 2020
Length: 9 hours and 2 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Review - The Big Lie by James Grippando

The Big Lie by James Grippando
Series: Jack Swyteck #16
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers - Harper
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Date Read: February 23, 2020
Length: 368 pages
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
★★★★☆
As the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth, fighting for a “faithless elector,” caught between a corrupt president and his manipulative opponent—with each revelation more explosive than the next.

The country is reeling. For the sixth time in American history, the winner of the popular vote will not occupy the Oval Office. President Malcolm MacLeod, the Machiavellian incumbent, was spared from impeachment only because his political foes were certain they would oust him at the ballot box. Now, he appears to have secured a second term, thanks to a narrow victory in the Electoral College.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Review - How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks

How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Embraced by Magic #1 / The Embraced #4
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Date Read: February 18, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women, they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . .

FLAME AND FORTUNE

Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Review - P.S. It's Always Been You Parts 1-3 by Lauren Blakely

PS. It's Always Been You: Part 1 by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Scott Eastwood
Publisher: Audible Original
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Date Read: February 3, 2020
Length:  2 hours 53 minutes
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
Narrated by Scott Eastwood and Andi Arndt, this engaging second chance romance by New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely combines mystery, passion, and humor.

"Past loves should stay in the past.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Books from the Backlog #100


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Review - The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Date Read: February 7, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden there.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review - The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner

The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner
Series: UNSUB #3
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Date Read: February 13, 2020
Length:  352 pages
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
★★★★★
I am the legion of the night …

He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Review - Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #6
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon Books
Publication Date:  February 21, 2020
Date Read:  February 8, 2020
Length:  384 pages
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
★★★★☆
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas returns with a tantalizing romance between a powerful magnate and the woman who doesn’t want him.

Everything has a price . . .

Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything—or anyone—is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife—and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love—the one thing he can’t give.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Books from the Backlog #99


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Monday, February 10, 2020

Review - Revenge of the Barbary Ghost by Victoria Hamilton

Revenge of the Barbary Ghost by Victoria Hamilton
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Date Read: January 31, 2020
Length:  9 hours and 53 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
Fleeing the attentions of the handsome and commanding Marquess of Darkefell, Lady Anne Addison arrives on the doorstep of a dear friend seeking nothing but rest and relaxation, but soon finds herself putting her investigative talents to work after a sighting of the Barbary Ghost. Always a skeptic of the supernatural, Lady Anne immediately suspects the apparition is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to conceal smugglers on the beach below her friend's house.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Review - The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #6
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Date Read: January 30, 2020
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher / NetGalley
★★★★★
Time-travelling, dimension-jumping, Librarian-spy Irene and dragon-prince Kai will have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist—or risk the wrath of a dangerous villain with a secret island lair.

A Librarian’s work is never done, and Irene is summoned to the Library. The world where she grew up is in danger of veering deep into chaos, and she needs to obtain a particular book to stop this from happening. Her only choice is to contact a mysterious Fae information-broker and trader of rare objects: Mr. Nemo.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Books from the Backlog #98


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review - Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong

Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Rockton #5
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Date Read: November 22, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
In #1 New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong's latest thriller, the hidden town of Rockton is about to face a challenge none of them saw coming: a baby.

Every season in Rockton seems to bring a new challenge. At least that's what Detective Casey Duncan has felt since she decided to call this place home. Between all the secretive residents, the sometimes-hostile settlers outside, and the surrounding wilderness, there's always something to worry about.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Review - Golden in Death by J.D. Robb #readinginsidersclub

Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #50
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Date Read: February 2, 2020
Length:  400 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
In the latest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive―and a terrifying weapon.

Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body―and killed him.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Review - Heartland by Sarina Bowen

Heartland by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #7
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Date Read: January 25, 2020
Length: 329 pages
Source: Author/Publicist
★★★★☆
An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.

Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Books from the Backlog #97


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review - Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton

Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton
Series: Hazards of Dukes #1
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Date Read: January 25, 2020
Length:  384 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.

Everything he had ever known was a lie…

Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.
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