Book Review

Blog Tour & Book Review: Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass

Dr. Faith Finley is a successful therapist whose goal is to help women escape their abusers. From in person therapy, anonymous radio call-ins, to a book complete with lists to give victims a step-by-step, she’s celebrated by many but also hated by some.

After a heinous accusation from a former patient, her life as she knows it begins to crumble. Her reputation is shattered, her husband questions her, and her friends abandon her.

After a car accident, her husband goes missing and her credibility is again questioned due to drugs being found in her system after the wreck. The police tell her she was the only one in the car when they arrived on scene. But she’s adamant Liam was with her and she was sober.

As Faith tries to find her husband and clear her name, it becomes obvious she is not safe. Someone’s leaving an obscene photo coupled with tips and quotes cut out from her book. Faith takes matters into her own hands and starts investigating who would have motive to threaten her and take her husband but as the villain closes in and her family is also at risk, Faith isn’t sure who is friend or foe.

Chock full of unreliable characters and plenty of potential suspects, this one kept me guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense!

Thank you to Graydon House, Seraphina Nova Glass, and Harlequin Trade for my copy and inviting me to join this blog tour!

Author Bio:

Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Texas-Arlington, where she teaches Film Studies and Playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and has optioned multiple screenplays to Hallmark and Lifetime. Someone’s Listening is her first novel.

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Blog Tour & Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing

 



This book was wild… There was SO MUCH going on, I was left with my head spinning while seriously trying to comprehend what I just read!

Alternating between the past and present, it follows the Morgan siblings on a road trip. The first trip is when they are kids, traveling with their grandfather. The second, they are adults, completing the same road trip but for different reasons, also with their grandfather… But in a different way.

When their grandfather passes away he instructs them in his will to complete THE road trip again in order to receive their inheritance-which is a huge amount of money. No one can go to jail and no one can deviate from the original trip, or no one gets any money.


With grandfather’s ashes in the trunk and two of the siblings spouses along for the ride, mayhem follows this family across the country.  Where everyone’s a liar and someone’s maybe a murderer, this is road trip from hell.

Thank you to Berkley for my copy and inviting me to take part in this blog tour!

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Blog Tour & Book Review: The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

 

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When Marie’s best friend Nina dies, Marie immediately makes good on her promise to take care of Nina’s family. Before she passed, Nina insisted Marie make sure everyone remembers the good about her and that her family is taken care of. Marie was always jealous of Nina and when things in her own life aren’t working out, it’s clear the life she’s meant to have is with Nina’s family, whatever it takes. Nina had two children and a doting husband as well as a great group of friends, but she also had secrets.

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book. Marie acted like a child at times or an unhinged woman, which is great for thrillers/suspense novels, yet with no history of why or how she became the way she was, it just didn’t make sense. Camilla was an absolute wild card thrown into the book that still has me reeling. The whole novel was disjointed and it didn’t flow. It was like there were two stories and they didn’t really seem to add up or ultimately connect. 

Thank you to Harlequin and Graydon House for my copy and inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

 

 

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About the Author: Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. Karen is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy and, having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing. She is also the author of the international bestseller The Perfect Girlfriend.

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Blog Tour & Book Review: No One Saw (A.L. McKittridge #2) by Beverly Long

 

Detective A.L. McKittridge  and his partner Rena Morgan are back with a tough case, this time involving a missing child.

When Emma Whitman’s parents report her missing from daycare, it’s unclear what has happened. Her grandmother swears she dropped Emma off with her teacher and signed the check-in sheet, but Emma’s teacher claims she never saw the child that day. It’s obvious someone is lying, but who? A vengeful relative? A spouse trying to hurt the other spouse by taking their child away? Someone at the daycare, or a stranger? With so many questions and suspects,  A.L. and Rena race against the clock hoping to find Emma alive. In doing so, family secrets and lies are exposed and a cold case involving a similar disappearance in a neighboring town is reopened. 

This police procedural is complete with drama, intrigue, and a little romance. I’m really enjoying this series as I love seeing how A.L. and Rena work out their next move, following leads and sometimes dead-ends, to come to a conclusion.

Thank you to MIRA and Harlequin Trade Publishing for my copy and letting me take part in this blog tour! 

 

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Beverly Long’s writing career has spanned more than two decades and twenty novels, including TEN DAYS GONE, the first book of her A.L. McKittridge series. She writes romantic suspense with sexy heroes and smart heroines. She can often be found with her laptop in a coffee shop with a cafe au lait and anything made with dark chocolate by her side. 

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Blog Tour & Book Review: Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

 

 

This story has dual timelines told in alternating chapters. One being the present, and the other timeline is 20 years prior and focuses on Paul Keller and his two best friends Jax and Micah. Charlie grew up in a trailer park with a crackhead mom who abandoned her frequently, leaving her to take care of her baby brother Chet. Once she’s old enough, she legally changed her name to Charlotte, and now she’s married to one of the wealthiest men in town, Paul. 

As kids, Paul, Jax, and Micah were inseparable. But something happened to Jax when they were teens and he is now known around town as “Batty Jax” who just wonders the woods and spouts nonsense. Micah and Paul are neighbors and still best friends, and Micah is seemingly the only one who doesn’t judge Charlotte for leaving her old trailer park life behind for riches and love. 

Paul came under scrutiny among the town after his first wife was found dead in the lake below their house. Now, a stranger has been found dead, but it’s not really a stranger, is it? Charlotte knows she saw Paul talking to the dead woman the day before, so why does he lie and say he doesn’t know her? Better yet, why does Charlotte lie for him and continue to lie? As revelations about this stranger come to light, once buried secrets are exposed and Charlotte begins to wonder if she can trust her husband. 

 

Thank you to Harlequin Trade and Park Row books for my copy and for letting me take part in this blog tour!

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of six novels, including the forthcoming Stranger in the Lake (June 2020). Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller, and a #1 e-book bestseller in the UK and Italy. She’s sold rights to her books in a dozen languages as well as film and television options. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

 

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Book Review: A Complete Game by Aven Ellis (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #3)

 

Addison loves all animals, but is enamored with ferrets. She also adores reading Regency romances, but as for her own romance, she’s stepping back to wait for the perfect man who will love every part of her. 

Brady pitches for the Soaring Eagles. His twin brother Brody is the star catcher, and Brady always feels like he’s second rate compared to him. His last relationship was full of drama and a girl who didn’t accept every part of him. 

When the two reconnect over a photo shoot involving baseball players and animals, the chemistry is instant. They are both struggling with accepting some truths about themselves. Addison has always wanted to work with animals but her family looks down on almost all of her life’s choices, so she has settled for something she thought would make them accept her. Brady’s concentration on his game is suffering because he feels such animosity at being on the same team as his brother. As Addison and Brady’s feelings for each other develop and they learn more about each other, it’s obvious they belong together, but when the time comes or them to face these truths, will their relationship survive or will they strike out? 

I enjoyed this book so much. Brady and Addison are both fun, sweet, and wonderful. I’m not a huge baseball fan so all of that was a little lost on me, but I LOVE the DC scene of this series. Their date at the Library of Congress was magical! Everything is so detailed and well thought out to the point I feel like I’m actually there! If you love romance or are a baseball fan definitely give this a read.

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book!

 

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Book Review: Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia

Come Join the Murder…ominous right?!

Rebecca Crow is out for blood. Her son Ollie has been found dead and her husband Jon is missing. The last time she heard from her husband, he had a flat tire and needed AAA. When a rusty old van shows up, Jon figures it’s someone from the towing service giving them a lift.

Rebecca quickly spirals into a depression, and then is vehemently seeking vengeance for her family. With very few clues to go on to find the man who stole away her family, things quickly go terribly wrong.

This book was extremely graphic and gruesome but was uniquely written in the way that the murder involving her family was replayed in different scenarios, which, in part, made it hard to read due to the violence toward a child. But this made it so much more interesting and kept me reading, eager to find out who hurt Rebecca’s family. This novel was tense, kept me on the edge of my seat, and that ending was definitely shocking!

This was a mystery unlike any I’ve read recently! Thank you to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn (Tactical Crime Division #3) {BLOG TOUR}

Midnight Abduction is part of the Harlequin Tactical Crime Division series. Each book focuses on a particular agent within that FBI department and they can be read as a standalone, each with tough case to solve.

FBI Agent Ana Ramirez is trained to look for missing persons. When she’s sent back to Sevierville, Tennessee, to help find a missing six year old boy, this new case opens up a lot of past regrets and emotions for her. 

Benning Reeves is a building inspector. When he finds  something incriminating inside a wall of a building, he later wakes up on the floor of his home and realizes his children have been taken. Shortly after, his daughter is found but his son is still missing. With strict instructions not to involve the police, he still reaches out to Ana for help. They had a relationship seven years prior when she was working a missing persons case in the area, until she abruptly left Benning behind with no explanation. 

Now, Ana comes back to do her job, but when it becomes clear this case and her old case are connected, Ana has to put aside her feelings to do this right. The kidnapper has a heck of a lot to hide and he will do anything to stop Ana and Benning from finding out the truth. 

This was an action packed mystery that I really enjoyed! It’s full of intrigue and a little romance, but nothing too steamy. As a fan of the show Criminal Minds I really liked this style of crime fiction!

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy and Harlequin for letting me take part in this blog tour!

 

Book description: For the Tactical Crime Division, no case is left cold. When Benning Reeves’s twins are kidnapped, the frantic father knows who can help: the Tactical Crime Division and Ana Ramirez. Even though Ana once shattered Benning’s heart, the special agent is the only one he can trust. But Ana is still tormented by the unresolved case that brought them together years before—a case somehow entangled with Benning’s children. It’s up to the TCD and Ana to discover why…before it’s too late.

About Nichole Severn: Nichole Severn writes romantic suspense with strong heroines, heroes who dare challenge them, and a hell of a lot of guns. When she’s not writing, she’s injuring herself running and practicing yoga.

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Book Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon {BLOG TOUR!}

Sister Dear  started out a little slow but the bombshell ending made it worth it!

After finding out Bruce, the man who loved her and raised her her whole life wasn’t her biological father, Eleanor Hardwicke is shattered. She’s always been rejected by her mother and sister, so the combination of this news coupled with Bruce’s death sends her over the edge. She finds the family her biological father has- wealthy, perfect, everything Eleanor isn’t. She doesn’t think it’s fair that her half sister has so many more opportunities than her. Why did her father abandon HER? She makes it her mission to infiltrate their lives but she gets into more than she ever could have bargained for. As Eleanor starts to transform herself from mousy victim to bold and vindictive, I found myself liking her less and less. She was so whiny, and perhaps a little unhinged. 

WOAH! This one had so many layers! It was so twisted and had my heart racing at the end. At times it was a little far-fetched, and the conclusion was a bit of a cliff-hanger, I did enjoy this one! I’m curious as to if there will be a sequel.  

Thank you to Harlequin Trade/MIRA books for my copy and for letting me take part in this blog tour!

Sister Dear will be published 5/26/20.

 

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Book Review: This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf {BLOG TOUR!}

 

Eve Knox was murdered 15 years ago but her killer was never discovered. Now, new evidence comes to light, and of course, DNA testing has come a long way. Can justice finally be served?

Officer Maggie Kennedy O’Keefe is now in charge of tying up this cold case her father couldn’t solve. But, things are tricky. Maggie was Eve’s best friend, and found her dead, along with Eve’s sister Nola. Maggie is seven months pregnant but determined to close this case. But everyone has secrets that threaten to be exposed even 15 years later, and Maggie starts receiving threats as she continues the re-investigation. 

Full of unpredictable twists, red herrings, and a lot of suspicious characters, I really enjoyed reading this one! Just when you think you know how it ends, you’re thrown for a loop. My heart was pounding reading the final chapter! 

Thank you to Harlequin and Park Row Books for my copy and for letting me take part in this blog tour!

 

 

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