Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

4 Stars

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones is an adorably enchanting YA historical-fantasy-mystery all rolled into one. Reading it feels like the beginning of a series, so while I haven’t seen any mention of it being a series…. I’m really hoping for it.

I was actually on the fence with this book. Annis was a character that I really just wasn’t feeling and I quickly got annoyed with her. Fortunately, most of the other women in this book are fierce, intelligent and independent. Eventually, Annis experiences some growth of character and I liked her more by the end of the book. I think this book would have been bumped up a star if it had been a dual POV with Millie (I LOVED HER!)

A little treat within the book is the insertion of characters from other novels set in the era. I haven’t read most of the books, so I didn’t recognize any character except Jacky Faber, but just seeing her brief inclusion made my heart sing. I imagine fans of the other books mentioned had the same feeling when their characters made an appearance. Kelly Jones listed the books + characters at the end of the novel, and it made me want to go pick up a few of them.

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Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

4.5 Stars

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is outside my usual genres, but I needed a change of pace and this completely delivered. It was so twisty turny that I was kept guessing until the big reveal. I literally thought every single person in the family could have had something to do with the disappearances.

This book has a slower pace that made it easy to step away from, but I kept coming back because I needed to know what had happened. The narcissistic parent angle was really interesting and you were subtlely yet effectively reminded of the narcissism every time Cass referred to her mother as “Mrs. Martin.” I will admit, that at one point I was so desperate to find out the truth that I snuck a peek at the last page. It didn’t help. In fact, it further fueled some of my wild theories that were debunked once I actually finished the book.

Emma in the Night was a really good fit for me and made me wonder what else I’m missing out on when I skip the thriller section at the bookstore. I think I’ll be taking a closer look next time.

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Saving Mr. Perfect by Tamara Morgan (Penelope Blue #2)

4 Stars

I seem to have a soft spot for these Penelope Blue books. I’m pretty methodical when it comes to selecting the books I read. I hate it when I get one I don’t like, so I’m very selective. The thing with Stealing Mr. Right, was that it didn’t meet any of my usual book criteria, and I was STILL dying to read it. So I did. And I loved it.

Naturally, I couldn’t wait for Saving Mr. Perfect to come out. I wasn’t disappointed. I was laughing within minutes, and had to put the book down so my husband could sleep. This book is different though. It’s more heartfelt and not as crazy. Don’t read this book for the romance. Read it for the laughs, the banter and a bit of a crazy mystery. Don’t start with Saving Mr. Perfect. Start with Stealing Mr. Right. Relationship growth is a big plotline in this book and you have to understand Penelope’s relationships with people in the first book to see how they’ve changed (and how devastating it is). You can read my original review for Stealing Mr. Right here.

I think people that enjoyed the early Stephanie Plum books will feel right at home with Penelope Blue.

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The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (Jane Hawk #1)

4 Stars

My first Dean Koontz was a success! I’ve always been curious about his writing, but believed he would be too scary. I’m not a horror reader, and I have no desire to be. But I couldn’t help but want to see why he was such a popular author. I ran across The Silent Corner on NetGalley and the blurb sounded interesting without being too scary.

It was good!

The book itself was much longer than I expected, but I was thoroughly entertained. The mystery within is creepy without being scary and Jane Hawk is pretty much my hero. I did find it a bit too descriptive for my taste in a few places but I still had a hard time putting it down. I will be definitely be picking up The Whispering Room when it comes out in January.

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Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers #2)

4 Stars

Every time I read a new book from Rebecca Zanetti I am reminded of why I love her writing. She pairs lethal, alpha males with smart, spirited females. Each couple gets a happily ever after, but the books within the series still tie together with a complete story arc.  I wasn’t disappointed with Lethal Lies. In fact, I was about midway through the story when I realized I was going to be unexpectedly busy and wouldn’t have time to actually hold the book and read it. I needed to know what was going to happen next and didn’t want to wait until I had time to sit down and read, so I hopped over to Audible and picked up the audio of this book as well. It was so worth it.

While reading Deadly Silence, I had expected Special Agent Loretta Jackson to be Heath’s love interest. She made regular appearances throughout the book, and than at the end was abducted by the Copper Killer. Lethal Lies starts right where the last book left off, but Loretta isn’t Heath’s match, it’s Anya. It took me longer to warm up to this couple than usual, but I think that is more because of my *couple prediction* than the chemistry. Once I got past that, I was sucked back into this plot.

I CANNOT wait for Denver and Noni’s book. This couple has intrigued me from the beginning and I’m so happy that it will finally be their turn. I’m also ready for the guys to put an end to the evil scientist lady, so hopefully that will wrap up in the next one as well.

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LETHAL LIES EXCERPT

She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”

“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.

She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”

“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’re considering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”

She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.

Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”

Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”

He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”

“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.

“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he said smoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”

A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”

“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.

Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: LETHAL LIES

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Blood Brothers, #2

On Sale: May 16, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD

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“4 1/2 stars! Top pick! This is a true thriller that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages as death and danger come at the protagonists from several directions.  Zanetti’s brilliance at storytelling is on full display…When it comes to high-octane thrillers, they don’t get better than Zanetti!” —RT Book Reviews on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti’s stories are always woven with vivid detail and a breakneck pace. As a reader, there’s really no time to draw a peaceful breath until the story ends. Lethal Lies is another winner.” –Heroes & Heartbreakers on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti balances the adventure and menace of Zara and Ryker’s lives with a relatable romance. The result is a story that’s sexy and emotional, and filled with a rich look at love in all its forms.” —The Washington Post on DEADLY SILENCE

“Budget your time, readers, because this is one that’s hard to put down.” — Heroes & Heartbreakers on DEADLY SILENCE

A deadly secret can’t stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It’s the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can’t do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones’s job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it’s personal. He knew the Copper Killer’s latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he’s all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath’s identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath’s every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they’ll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones (White Lies Duet #1)

4 Stars

I am completely feeling this White Lies duet, and I am seriously already in love with Faith and Nick together. They fit, and the chemistry is off the charts, and I am loving it.

Nick is an attorney that is all alpha but with a sweet, protective side too. His reputation is such that he is given the nickname “Tiger” and people respect and know him both in and out of the courtroom. Faith is an artist and independent. She has a past that has left her damaged and closed off, but trying to carry on and make everyone but herself happy. She is running the family winery and pushing aside her artistic dreams to fulfill her dead father’s wishes.

Then there is THE CHEMISTRY. The chemistry between these two is unbelievable. There is tension and smoldering and it is GOOD. This is a cliffhanger, so be forewarned, but the 2nd book is coming out July 18th so the wait isn’t TOO long.

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Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

4 Stars

Wow.

Gone Without a Trace is definitely outside my usual genres, but I read the blurb and I NEEDED this book. I instantly imagined myself in her shoes, and thought, “I would go crazy.” I had to see what happened.

This was a definite ride.

A large part of this book felt familiar because it is so similar to the reaction I would have in the same situation. If any significant person in my life disappeared in such a way, I wouldn’t be able to “just let it go”. I would NEED answers, and I wouldn’t rest until I knew what happened. My work would suffer. My relationships would suffer. People would think I was crazy.
I connected to that aspect of it.
The further you get into this book, the harder it is to sympathize with any of the characters.
The ending goes quickly, and gets crazy. (Or crazier?) It felt a little disconnected from the rest of the story.
The truth is revealed and it isn’t all sunshine and roses.

Gone Without a Trace releases today.

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