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Book Review: The First Mistake by Sandie Jones-4.5 Stars

Sandie Jones has once again given me a suspenseful thriller full of twists and surprises that made me desperate to read this every spare second I had! I loved her debut, The Other Woman, so much I immediately requested this from NetGalley the instant I saw it.

 

Alice runs a successful company with her second husband, Nathan. After tragically losing her first husband, Nathan seemed like the perfect man, showing up right when Alice needed someone the most.  She also has a best friend named Beth that she can always count on, and two wonderful daughters. Life is pretty good for Alice, until she finds something that makes her start to question everything she thought she knew about those around her.

The twist took me by surprise and I’m glad I didn’t see it coming because man, was it insane! This is definitely a quick read but there are quite a few characters to keep up with.

If you’re looking for a thriller chock full of twisty revenge and suspicion, make sure to pick this one up!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

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Book Review: Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White-3.5 Stars

Kate White brings reporter/wannabe detective Bailey back in her 8th book, Such a Perfect Wife.

I love the Bailey Weggins series! She is such a fearless, intelligent woman. In this novel, Bailey is reporting for online news outlet Crime Beat on location in Lake George, New York, where beautiful and well loved mother named Shannon has gone missing. Like all of Bailey’s adventures, she immediately is drawn to the case and makes it her mission to do more than just your typical news reporting. She wants to get to the bottom of Shannon’s disappearance, even if it means putting herself in harm’s way.

She strikes up a friendship with Alice, a local reporter, and the pair start working together to solve this mystery. But when they start getting too close to to the truth the killer intends to make them suffer and pay for what they’ve found out!

This story kept my attention through the very end. The many possible suspects and constant speculation made it more of a slower read than the others in this series and I didn’t find it as captivating as the previous books but I still enjoyed it!

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Book Review: The Princess Pose (Modern Royals #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

 

Can a princess and a gardener overcome the obstacles due to royal traditions to see their love blossom?

The first story in the Modern Royals series, A Royal Shade of Blue, introduced us to Princess Elizabeth and Roman Lawler, an estate gardener and now they’re back with their own story! Liz is definitely a modern royal-she desires to be a working royal, helping with children’s charities and events, and hoping to break some of the stuffy traditions a few of her family members cling to. When she runs in to Roman at a yoga class at Cheltham House where he works, the two instantly reconnect.

The chemistry between the two of them is so hot, sweet, and genuine, but Liz has seen how the monarchical traditions affected her cousin Christian and his fiance Clementine, an American. She struggles with wanting to let herself fall in love with Roman but also keep him protected from the fury of her aunt Antonia and the cruel words that will be said about a commoner being with a princess.

One of my favorite things about this book that makes it so different from Aven’s other books is the fact it is written in British English, from Liz’s point of view. I also love the friendship and familial dynamic between Xander, Christian, and Liz. They all seem so down to earth and like a great group of friends even if some of them are in direct line to the throne! I adore all things royal so reading a fresh, modern take on things while still upholding to some traditional values was really enjoyable.

If you’re a lover of romance and royals definitely give this series a try! Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book!

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Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing- 5 Stars

This will be a pretty short review because it will be too easy to give away spoilers if I say too much!

A husband and wife need to spice up their marriage. Instead of counseling, more date nights or intimate time, they turn to murder. Scheming, plotting, messed up murders. Told from the husband’s point of view, My Lovely Wife is disturbing and thrilling. The couple themselves are so dark, one more so than the other, and I was glued to the pages pretty much all day, just waiting to see what would happen next!

There are SO many twists, and that bombshell at the end- woah! I will say I started to figure out what was really going on in this relationship but it didn’t ruin the book for me at all. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and this one was definitely unique and different from the typical thriller!

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Book Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams- 5 Stars

This book is terrifying, tense, and action packed! It’s actually more gruesome and gory than I anticipated which made it even more frightening!

Darby is traveling from college to visit her mother in the hospital who is dying. A terrible winter storm is coming through which ends up stranding her in a rest stop with four other people. Desperate to find cell service and check on her mom, she winds through the parking lot looking for a signal when she sees a young child locked in a cage in the back of a van! Obviously she can’t get a cell signal to call 911, so she sends a text with her location in hopes it will eventually go through. But who inside the rest stop is so evil they’ve kept a child locked in a cage? Who can she trust enough to share what she’s discovered and hopefully find an ally?

As the night goes on it becomes obvious the stranded travelers are in terrible danger. The snow storm is so bad, and they are in such a remote area, it will be hours before emergency services will come. Over the course of the evening the terror and gore go from 0 to 60 in one scene! I really liked Darby and while she made some stupid choices at times I applaud her for everything she did at whatever cost, to protect the kidnapped child. Don’t read this one before bed!

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Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd-4 Stars

One More Lie is a frightening psychological and criminal suspense novel that alternates between the childhood and adult lives of Sean and “Charlotte”, while focusing on a heinous crime neither can escape from.

The story starts out with a chilling newspaper headline: EVIL DUO RELEASED FROM PRISON. Now, if that didn’t catch your attention, what will?! The duo has been released, given new identities and even cosmetic surgery to help them integrate back in to society after being imprisoned for years.

As children, Sean and Charlotte (her new name after being released) were friends. Dealt with tricky home situations and coupled with the need for adventure causing them to always get in trouble, it was a rocky relationship to say the least.

One day something so terrible happens to a disabled classmate that Sean and Charlotte are both tried for the crime and sent to prison at only ten years old. Charlotte has tried to repress all the memories of that day and can’t remember what really happened. Once released from prison, she has a hard time integrating back into the real world and it doesn’t help that Sean, and memories from the past, keep worming their way in to her mind.

Sean and Charlotte were terrible, sadistic children. Did those traits follow them in to adulthood? What really happened that tragic day, who is ultimately responsible?

One More Lie will have you questioning just how evil a child can be, and if certain behaviors stay with a person for all of their life. This book was chilling and kept me on my toes almost the entire time I was reading, and the ending left me sitting here with my mouth wide open in shock! If you enjoy reading criminal thrillers and suspense don’t miss out on this one; it releases May 28th!

Thank you to Hanover Square Press/Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book!

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Book Review: Devoted to the Duke (St. Clairs #1) by Alexa Aston- 4 Stars

I love reading romance novels, the majority being contemporary, but this historical regency romance was swoony, sweet, and wonderful!

When Jeremy St. Clair kisses Lady Catherine at a ball one night, they are both enamored with each other, and Jeremy plans to call on Catherine the next day. Unfortunately for the both of them, tragedy strikes, and through a misunderstanding, years pass, complete with more tragedy and heartache, before they are reunited. The love and chemistry that sparked from one kiss many years ago is still there, but a dark secret could ruin both of their lives if the word got out.

The passion and romance between Jeremy and Catherine felt so real and genuine! This romance is complete with secrets and scandals making it a quick read as I just had to find out the ending.This was such an emotional read and I loved all of the characters (except for one!) and I am excited to read more about this family in book two!

Look for it on Goodreads and Amazon!

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Book Review: Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

The second book in the Caraval series took me forever to get through but once the action started picking up I couldn’t put it down! Legendary is from Tella’s point of view and while I honestly didn’t care for her character much in the first book, I actually grew to like her in this book! She’s strong and independent while she plays yet another game of Caraval in order to uncover Legend’s true identity. There’s not a lot I can say without giving away spoilers for either book, but the ending was absolutely insane! The world of Caraval and all of the players are so magical, some wicked, and the story is so entertaining. Nothing is as it appears, and lines become so blurred it’s hard to tell what is real from what is part of the game. Towards the end Tella must make a difficult decision and it was interesting to see her struggle with being rational when the majority of the time she makes rash decisions!

I can’t wait for Finale to be released!

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Book Review: Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond-5 Stars

I’m a huge fan of the show Stranger Things so I was really excited my library had this available! If you thought Dr. Brenner was evil in the show, just wait until you read this! This book was dark and creepy-in a different way than the show, with the monsters and the Upside Down, in that the book really dives in to the Hawkins Lab and you see what Dr. Brenner really does to these people. We get the back story on Eleven’s mom Terry which is insanely fascinating to read about after seeing her in such a state on the show! What I loved most about this book, and honestly love the most about the show, is the friendship dynamic. The group of friends in the book is somewhat similar to the kids’ friendship on the show and I ADORE IT.

The evil that goes on in the Hawkins Lab at the hands of Martin Brenner is so twisted and horrifying. Terry and three other young adults get sucked in to this nightmare hoping they can do something good, something BIG, at a time when young men are being drafted and sent off to Vietnam. At first they just wanted to make some extra cash, but it isn’t too long before they are too far in over their heads and it will take something drastic for Dr. Brenner to let them get out of this experiment.

The good thing about this book is you don’t have to be familiar with the show to understand it. Sure, it gives a lot of history and more understanding to the show, but if you like horror and science fiction books in general you can read it without being confused.

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Book Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker-4 Stars

Laura has been through a lot. A rough childhood with divorced and neglectful parents coupled witha traumatic event in high school that haunts her on in to adulthood, she starts meeting with a therapist to sort through her thoughts. When a sudden breakup causes her to leave her job and come back to her hometown, her sister Rosie gladly takes her in, but she’s wary. What has happened to cause Laura to come back after so long? She’s always gone for the wrong men, desperate for one to love her, so she turns to online dating and finds someone she really connects with and agrees to go out with. Anxiously Laura puts on cherry red lipstick and a black dress as she gets ready for her date with Jonathan Fields-forty, good career, divorced, with a black BMW.

But when she doesn’t return the next morning after the blind datex Rosie is in full blown panic mode. But it’s not because she’s afraid of what Jonathan Fields did to Laura, she’s more afraid of what Laura could have done to him…

Told from Rosie and Laura’s point of view in the hours after the date as well as leading up to it, with some of Laura’s therapy sessions sprinkled throughout, you’ll be on the edge of your seat trying to help Rosie find Laura, but what you find out will shock you! I’m still thinking about the crazy ending!

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for my advance copy. The Night Before releases May 14th!