Book Review

{Blog Tour} Harlequin Tactical Crime Division (TCD) launch!

 

 

Uncover the lives and loves of the FBI elite as they take on the toughest assignments.

If you like the show Criminal Minds or Blacklist this is the series for you! Step into the world of the Tactical Crime Division (TCD),  a specialized and tactical team of the FBI. This new miniseries features crime solving experts in stories spread across four books, each with its own crime case, and each title can be read as a standalone. 

Click here to watch the book trailer! 

 

Here are the titles of the four books, and click here for more details and purchase info about each!

48 Hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy

Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter

Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn

Running Out of Time by Cindi Myers

 

Thank you to Harlequin for letting me take part in this exciting launch! I’m looking forward to this series!

 

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Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James- 5 Stars

 

This was so creepy! A cold case mystery,  the paranormal, & dual timelines? Sign me up!

In small town Fell, New York, weird things happen at The Sun Down Motel. Doors open and shut, the smell of smoke wafts around, but no one is there. All of these things happened in the 80’s and they’re still happening in the present day when Carly shows up searching for answers about her aunt Viv who worked at the motel back in 1982. Carly’s just lost her mom and wants to know more about her mom’s sister, the aunt she never knew. Carly makes friends with a couple of locals and digs right into the library’s archives, but the real answers lie within the motel…

If you like strong Nancy Drew type heroines check this one out! 

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Book Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen- 4 Stars

 

After Shay Miller witnesses something that shakes her to the core and upends her world day by day,, she thinks it must be fate becoming friends with sisters Cassandra and Jane Moore. Shay is lonely and upset but when the sisters welcome her in and things start happening in her favor, she can’t believe her newfound luck and friendships. Cassandra and Jane are wealthy, beautiful, poised, and intelligent women. They are so kind to Shay and she desperately needs someone who cares about her. But under the surface of the Moore sisters lives is something more sinister and messed up than Shay can imagine!

It is hard to review this without spoilers, but know that like the other books from this author duo, this is a fast paced  mystery that keeps you hooked until your jaw drops at the big revelation!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my advance copy!

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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing- 5 Stars {Repost}

I reviewed this title originally in May of last year when it was solely available in hardback, but now it has a dark new cover in paperback form!

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!

I definitely love this paperback cover more than the hardcover-it just seems so much more eerie! It’s available now, so keep your eyes out! Don’t miss this one!

Thanks to Berkley & Penguin Random House for letting me take part in this blog tour!

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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz- 4 Stars

Princess Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress was one of those beauties that had brides clamoring for the exact same look on their special day. This is a story told through three generations of women.

In the late 1950’s, Rose, a seamstress for a highly respected atelier, is tasked with making a wedding gown similar to Grace Kelly’s. Rose is a talented and dedicated seamstress, but when she starts to befriend her client and fall in love with her client’s brother, can she stay focused on her project?

In the 80’s, Joanie is so excited to be wearing her mother’s dress-made with inspiration from Grace Kelly’s, it’s fit for a princess, and Joanie can’t wait for her special day with the special dress. While she does appreciate the gown’s original beauty, she wants to make it her own and adds sleeves much like the dress Princess Diana wore. But when she finds out the truth about her sister, she begins to question if she really knows anything!

In the present day, Rocky is dreading wearing the esteemed wedding dress that has been passed down from generation to generation. She’s a successful entrepreneur who never really saw eye to eye with her mother. She knows this dress isn’t her style, but doesn’t want to hurt her mother.

With each woman, we see glimpses into their family life and romances,  how they are connected to the dress, and what it means to them. This was such a wonderful book. I loved how the story and the dress spanned through time and I enjoyed learning more about the women who were tied to it. A charming story of love, hope, and second chances, this is definitely one to read.

Thank you to Harlequin/Harper Collins & Netgalley for my advance copy and letting me take part in this blog tour. The Grace Kelly Dress is out today!

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Book Review: Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long-4 Stars

In the town of Baywood, four women have  been killed, each ten days apart. Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan know the killer’s pattern now, it’s just a matter of figuring out who the next victim will be. With only a few days before he strikes again, the detectives have to uncover what links these victims to the killer in order to save the next woman before it’s too late. I liked how the book showed different points of view from A.L., Rena, and one of the potential victims. Besides hunting for a murderer, both A.L. and Rena are dealing with issues in their personal life and have to balance those problems with work and their friendship.

This story was fast paced and full of suspense. This is the first book in the A.L. McKittridge series and I’m looking forward to more! Thank you to Beverly Long, Harlequin Trade Publishing, MIRA books and Netgalley for my advance copy! Look for it on February 18th.

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Book Review: Midnight Mom Devotional: 365 Prayers to Put Your Momma Heart to Rest by Becky Thompson-5 Stars

I follow the Midnight Mom on Facebook so when I saw they were coming out with a devotional book I knew I needed it! This book is a compilation of daily prayers, one for every day of the year. A lot of times that nights prayer fits in with your exact need or someone you are close to, but other times you might be praying for the needs of a momma you don’t even know. That’s what makes this so little book so special. You’re not just praying for moms in general but a mom in a particular season of life, such as a mom of a newborn, or a child going away to college, or perhaps a mom going through a specific situation like dealing with a sick child, or loss of a family member. Each prayer is detailed with specific circumstances to help you pray from your heart even if you find it hard to pray.
I like how the prayers are dated and are short but to the point so you can do them easily every day. I have the ebook, so I can’t write in mine, but there is space to put a name of someone you specifically had in mind while doing that nights prayer. It’s encouraging, inspirational, and a must have for a Christian mom!
Midnight Mom Devotional releases on March 31! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance copy.
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Book Review: Undercurrents by Nora Roberts-4 Stars

This was my first Nora Roberts book, surprisingly! It’s set near my hometown in Asheville, and it’s a romantic suspense so I had to give it a go! The suspense element got pretty emotional and dark as it deals with many instances of abuse.

To those on the outside, the Bigelows look like the perfect family. The father, Graham, is a well respected doctor, who comes home from his grueling job to his beautiful wife Eliza who caters to his every need. They have two smart and cute young kids, Zane and Britt. But on the inside, Zane and Britt are stuck inside their own personal hell that no one knows about. Graham abuses their mother constantly, until one night he focuses his wrath on to Zane. Shortly after this brutal beating, the truth is exposed.

When Zane is old enough to leave for college,  he doesn’t come back for years. When he finally decides to move back to his hometown and continue practicing law, he meets newcomer Darby who also has a troubled past she’s trying to heal from.

I really enjoyed the setting and many of the characters. The relationships and friendships were wonderful. At times this book was drawn out and didn’t serve to further the story so I was a little annoyed at having to skim some parts but overall this was a great novel.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Gold-4 Stars

This story was dark, sad, and unsettling. Lauren Tranter has just given birth to twins. The delivery was traumatic, and of course the subsequent nights bring stress with the learning to breastfeed, sleep deprivation, and just learning a new process in general! So when Lauren calls for help saying she’s locked in the maternity ward bathroom with her twins because a woman is trying to take them and replace them with her own “creatures,” everyone chalks it up to postpartum anxiety and exhaustion. No one believes her, but a detective named Joanna Harper, feels for Lauren and wants to help her and not simply call it a case of paranoia.

I loathed Patrick, Lauren’s husband. My heart ached for Lauren. Being a mom, I can relate to Lauren especially from dealing with postpartum anxiety myself. It’s hard to distinguish at times what you’ve conjured in your head vs. what is really going on around you. The author did a great job portraying new parent life in a haunting but realistic way.

This is definitely a story that will stick with me for a long time-as well as have me checking my babies! 😉 Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for my copy.

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Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary-3 Stars

When I saw everyone on bookstagram raving about this I decided to try it. I started it in July and finished it in December if that gives you an idea of how much I liked it or not…

The premise seems weird right off the bat but I’m a sucker for romances so I still plowed on. Tiffy needs a place to live, and Leon needs money, so he leases his flat to her.

Leon works nights as a hospice nurse and Tiffy works during the day, so neither should ever be in the apartment at the same time. They share the same bed, but at different times, and each on their side at night. They eventually start communicating with Post It notes left throughout the house before accidentally meeting in person.

The redeeming quality of this book was Leon’s brother, Richie’s story and ultimately Tiffy’s newfound strength and courage she comes to find in herself again. I was wholly invested in finding out how things work out for Richie, more so than I really cared about the romance between Tiffy and Leon. Besides Richie, there’s a few other side stories going on including one with one of Leon’s patients that I was interested in seeing how it played out.

I guess I’m more a fan of insta-love romances because this one took forever to really peak my interest which was unfortunate given how hyped up I noticed it was.