Return to the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #2)

5 Stars!

Return to the Sky is the followup to Above the Sky and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! I read Above the Sky in less than 24 hours and Return to the Sky received the same treatment. I once again couldn’t put it down and when I unexpectedly had to go on a 4 hour car ride mid-book, I was cursing the fact that there is no audio version yet. I would have purchased it in a heartbeat, because this is a series I am positive I will be re-reading.

This book had twists and turns that I never expected and its hard to talk about any of the book without spoiling something. Everything I was so sure of in the 1st book is turned on its head, and you learn that everything is not as it seems. When I finished this book I had that “soul-satisfied-perfect-book-bliss” going on and had a hard time wanting to start another book. This is a trilogy, so there is a third book…. I’m dying to read it but also want to put it off so I don’t have to see this series end.

If you love YA Dystopian Fiction then you NEED to start this series. You can read my original review for Above the Sky here.

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Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones (Dirty Money #3)

 4.5 Stars!!!

Lisa Renee Jones certainly knows how to make a reader hang on her every word. I had a rocky start with this book. At the beginning of chapter 6, I was mentally rating this book a 3 and feeling kinda disappointed. I don’t consider a 3 bad, just average, and Lisa Renee Jones is NOT an average writer.

Shane’s internal monologues were what was really killing my enjoyment and brought me out of the story because they felt flowery and false. After awhile I wasn’t noticing them anymore, so I don’t know if they stopped or if I just got so into the story that they didn’t bother me. Whatever it was, the rest of the book passed by in a blur. So much changes in this book, but the strength of Emily & Shane’s relationship remains a constant. I am completely loving the addition of Cody and the changes in Derek. I want books for each of them now. The twists in this book are extreme and kept me on my toes the whole time. I was seriously in love with this book by the end. And that cliffhanger?! WOW!!!

This is definitely not a standalone and you have to read each of the preceding books to “get” this story but if you like drama mixed with twists, turns, and deception then you need to try this series out.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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Bad Deeds: A Dirty Money Novel by Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane’s seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can’t just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive….

Excerpt:

“What is in your head right now?”

His eyes heat, darken. “You. Always.” He inches back and looks at me. “You’re mine. Mine to protect.” His voice is low, fierce, and he grips my panties and yanks them away. “Mine to fuck.”

I gasp and grab his shoulders. “Shane.”

His answer is to wrap his arm around my waist, pull me close, his cheek against mine, his fingers pressing into the V of my body. “Wet, just the way I like you,” he says, pressing two fingers inside me. “Wet for me. And too fucking perfect for my sanity sometimes.”

“That doesn’t sound like a compliment,” I pant out, grabbing the lapel to his suit as a sweet ache begins to build in my sex as his thumb strokes my clit.

“And no one else,” he murmurs, nipping my earlobe, “will ever touch you like this.” His fingers caress deeper inside me. “No one,” he adds, “will ever make you say their name like I want you to say mine right now. Say it.”

“Shane,” I whisper, and not because he wants me to, but rather because it’s there on my lips, the way I wish his tongue was on my lips now. “Shane, I—”

Seeming to know what I need, he cups my head and kisses me, long, slow, sensual strokes of his tongue that somehow make every touch of his fingers more intense.

“Come for me,” he murmurs, and this time when he kisses me, I start climbing that wall to release, and I’m there at the top in an instant. I stiffen while his fingers and tongue tease, please, and then I jerk, I’m over it, tumbling in an instant into shudders and shakes. Shane’s lips lift from mine as he breathes with me. His fingers slow as he eases me through the waves until I collapse against his chest.

He tangles his fingers in my hair and drags my mouth back to his. “And no one but me will ever make you come like that again,” he declares, the waves of his emotions beating down any embarrassment I might feel over having had an orgasm on his father’s desk.

“No one has ever made me feel what you make me feel, Shane.”

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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

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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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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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