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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DEADLY SILENCE, #1

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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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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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Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

4 Stars

My mom and grandmother love Chevy Stevens, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I thought I would give it a shot. When I was a kid, I read everything under the sun and loved it all, but as an adult I’m pretty genre specific. Now I know why.

I’m the type of person that escapes into a book. I live the book while I’m reading it. Chevy Stevens is an incredible writer. She has a way of building suspense and mistrust into every corner of her book. I would have to take breaks while reading because this book made me stress so much that I was physically uncomfortable. I’m sure regular readers of this genre don’t have this problem, so hopefully, it is something that will get better as I read more like this. It is a true testament to the strength of this book, that I couldn’t put it down at the end. I was literally sneaking pages at an informal family get-together.

I couldn’t read books like this all the time, but it was a nice change of pace from the romance and fantasy I usually enjoy.

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

3.5 Stars

This isn’t one of my normal genres, but I’ve been trying to expand my tastes. I won I See You in a giveaway and was completely shocked to see it show up at my door. I don’t read many physical books, but sometimes it’s nice to actually hold a real book.

This was an enjoyable read and I would definitely be interested in reading more of Clare Mackintosh’s work. I read it over the course of a few days and then binged the end during a rainy morning. I was completely blindsided by the “whodunnit”. The epilogue cleared up the questions I had regarding that… but also made me feel like I wanted to read a sequel. The sequel that I’m pretty sure isn’t going to happen. I only had a few minor complaints during reading

1. too many similar female names Kelly, Katie, Cathy led to some minor confusion while reading.

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2. I didn’t believe the chain that led to Kelly figuring it out. It seemed too “out of thin air” for me.

For me, this was a pleasant step into the genre and I think I’ll be reading more of this type of book.

Does anyone have any recommendations for books in the mystery/thriller genre that won’t make me afraid of the dark? I would really like to try more books in this area… but my overactive imagination makes me scare easily.

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Behind Closed Doors by Lisa Renee Jones Release Day!

Today is release day for Behind Closed Doors by Lisa Renee Jones. Behind Closed Doors is a standalone within the Inside Out/Careless Whispers series. I haven’t read either of those series but had no problem reading this because it really is its own story. I desperately need to get started on them though, because Lisa Renee Jones has quickly become an auto-buy author for me. You can read my original review here.

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The Delphi Effect RELEASE DAY!

Today is release day for The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, the first book in The Delphi Trilogy. I am so excited about the start of this trilogy. This is going to be one of those series that I stalk, because I just finished reading this book yesterday and I am so ready for the next two. You can read my original review here.

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