Monday, August 21, 2017

The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins


Title: The Girls in the Water 
Author: Victoria Jenkins 
Series: Detectives King and Lane #1 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Release Date: August 3, 2017



‘The first one had been an accident. He had never intended to kill her. But as he looked down at her body, he knew there would be a next one…’ 


When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 



Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 



As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 



Alex and Chloe are determined to find the killer before more lives are lost… 






Good beginning to this suspense series!

Detective Alex King is in charge of a new case involving the torture and killing of a young troubled woman. Alex's team has to find the killer before he/she does it again. Chloe Lane is a young police officer who's part of her team. Alex trusts Chloe but she can't help feeling like Chloe is hiding things from her.

Chloe likes and respects Alex. She looks up to her. Yet, Chloe has difficulty revealing the truth about her past and the death of her own brother. Chloe was never satisfied with the ruling of his death as a suicide. She knows her brother didn't kill himself. Someone was behind it and it's time she uncovers the truth with or without Alex's help. Breaking the rules might be worth it especially now that someone is sending her cryptic messages.

When another girl goes missing, the stakes become much higher.


The Girls in the Water was quite enjoyable. I liked how the author was able to tie together the strings of the storyline. Both Alex and Chloe were having problems in their personal life, making it harder to concentrate on what was happening to the missing girls. I thought this made it more realistic.

I'd like to know what is going to happen to both women and their future adventures. Count me in for the next book in this series.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler



Title: The Other Girl 
Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 22, 2017




From the New York Times bestselling author of Justice for Sara and The First Wife Erica Spindler comes The Other Girl, a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

A horrific crime. One witness—a fifteen-year-old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law. 
Is it any surprise no one believed her?


Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.

When Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the brutality of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.

Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop—the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda.






The Other Girl is my first Erica Spindler's novel and I can see why people enjoy her books. 

I liked Miranda "Randi" Rader, the main character. She's a detective in the Lousiana PD. She lives in Harmony but she came from the town of Jasper. She used to run with the wrong people and after getting caught with pot, she was sent away. She learned from her mistakes and she reinvented herself. She worked hard to become a police officer and during her time in the force, she has become someone to look up to. 

At the beginning of the novel, Miranda is assigned a new case. Her boss calls her to come to the scene of a gruesome crime. A well-liked professor has been found murdered and mutilated. Her partner, Jake Billings, joins her. Miranda is rattled when while searching the victim's home, she finds a newspaper clipping from the incident that changed her life fifteen years ago. Subsequently, more clues point to a connection between Miranda and what happened during that terrible night many moons ago. At that time, no one believed her but now, someone wants the truth to come out. Shortly, Miranda is looking great as the perpetrator and she realizes she can't trust anyone. Not even her partner.

I liked the prose of The Other Girl. It kept me interested in the plot despite Miranda making multiple mistakes during her search for the truth. She broke protocol repeatedly. I liked Jake too but he ran hot and cold. One minute he backed up Miranda, the next one, he was dooming her. 

In regards to the twist. I expected it. It was easy to guess. What wasn't clear was the motivation. That, I liked

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5  Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Maldeamores: Lovesick (Maldeamores #1)
by Mara White




Maldeamores (Lovesick)

Lucky and Belén’s Story
A Heightsbound Prequel 

Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts. 

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family 

***Warning*** 

This novel contains graphic sex scenes, including: incest, F/F, and ménage, M/M/F. Some drug use and violence.





I went into this book completely blind, I didn't read the synopsis, I didn't read any teasers, but somehow I knew it would break my heart into a million pieces. I felt like the author gave us a few indicators, for one the title, then the cover, and if that wasn't enough she also starts the book off with part of a Pablo Neruda poem that is HEAVY! So I took the plunge and I have to say that Maldeamores will always be special to me.

Belén and Luciano are cousins growing up in New York together. From infancy they are inseparable, but as they grow older they grow apart. Although they grow apart Luciano is always watching out for Belén, he makes it seem like he does it for his mom and aunt but he really loves his little cousin and would never let harm come her way. Belen starts to realize that she has more that familial feelings for her cousin and eventually it gets to the point were she can't hide them from Lucky.

I didn't know what to think at this point because I know they are family, but I also don't like seeing Belén struggle like she is, so I'm completely torn in my feelings! Once I see that her feelings are reciprocated a new batch of feelings hits me, the kind that leave me completely mystified because I don't even understand them. It's not that I want Bey and Lucky together but...I WANT BEY AND LUCKY TOGETHER! Reading this push and pull between them is unlike anything I've ever read before! I love it yet I hate it, I'm happy yet I'm sad, and I just can't stop reading! I love the progression as well, it starts from childhood and continues into adulthood and I just love when books do that.

Nothing is easy for these two! I know it can't end well, but between all of the Español, the tostones, and the trips to the botanica I felt a form of comfort. White landed a home run with Maldeamores! It's full of so much angst and all consuming torment! So much passion and absolute utter devotion! This is a book that will stay with you long after  the last page has been read. As taboo as this topic may be, White has woven this tale of all consuming love that is so epic it makes you want nothing but the best for these two distressed souls, whatever that may be.

5/5 Fangs


Thursday, August 17, 2017

P.S. I Love You by Jamie Salisbury

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First love is always better the second time around. Basil Manning is happy with his life now that he's given up on love. He has everything he needs...the houses he's building, the mansion he's renovating, and his Bernese Mountain Dog, Crash. In spite of his mother's insistent attempts to see him married, Basil plans on staying a bachelor. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who once broke his heart. Healing from a long-term relationship that turned abusive, Meg Cooper has flung herself into running her eclectic shop, The Pink Moose. She can't afford complications, and the too-hot-for-his-own-good Basil Manning, her one time almost fiancé, is definitely a complication. But that irresistible pull between them isn't over...not by a long shot. If she's not careful, she'll break both their hearts...again.



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I stood, touching my lips as I watched from the back door of my apartment as Basil’s truck pulled out of the parking lot. He kissed me! He told me he was going to, and my God, he kissed me with enough passion for ten men. But I spooked or something. It didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do and I asked him to stop, knowing where things would have ended up. The feelings were still there, but somehow different. We were both adults now. We’d both experienced sex on our own and were no longer the two naïve teenagers we once were. Something from that kiss told me once I let him in, he’d be there for me always. Was this what I wanted? The familiar ping of my phone beckoned me back to reality. I pulled it out of my purse and stared at the screen. Dinner tomorrow? It’s Saturday. You can meet Crash, and I have something of interest to show you at the old house. R U texting and driving, young man? I grinned at my comeback as I hit Send. Not to worry. I pulled over. You have me curious, and I would love to meet Crash. I’ll call you after I pick up dog and get him settled at home. I tapped my nail against the phone, pondering my reply. I’ll be waiting. Hearts and happy-face images followed. I wandered deeper into my apartment, setting my purse down on the kitchen table. I still had the bottle of water he’d given me at his place. I took it along with my phone into the living room and sank into the comfy couch. It suddenly dawned on me—someone had been in the apartment. The lid to my laptop was open, something I never did. But who? Worst yet, were they still here? I grabbed the baseball bat I kept by the back door and tiptoed through the apartment. I opened every closet, peered under the bed and behind doors until I was satisfied I was alone. My nerves were rattled by the idea of someone being brazen enough to trespass into my private domain. But who? Time to get the locks changed. Better still, time to perhaps consider installing a security system both in the apartment and the shop.


 

 Writing romance stories with passion and sass, Jamie Salisbury has seen several of her books soar to #1 on Amazon. Her books are self published. Music, traveling the globe and history are among her passions when not writing. Her previous career in public relations in and around the entertainment field has afforded her with a treasure trove of endless story ideas.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Never With You by Anie Michaels




Title: Never With You
Series: Never Series (standalone read)
Author: Anie Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2017




Talia Lennick expected an uneventful week at the beach with her family. Reading, sunbathing, recharging her proverbial batteries—all typical beach vacation activities. Oh, and dealing with her family, who was too concerned with her almost-thirty-and-single status. What she didn’t expect was Briggs Townsend. Briggs was the handsome man living in the house next door, who looked too damned sexy all the time—whether he was surfing or wielding a tool belt while remodeling his beach house. It was hard to keep her eyes off him. But looking at him and admiring his incredible body was as far as she could take it, because a relationship was the last thing she needed.

Briggs Townsend was completely consumed with tearing down the house he’d shared with his cheating ex-wife and building new walls—for both the house and his heart. Women were the last thing on his mind when he spotted her on the beach. Then the firecracker in the sexy red bikini became the only thing he could think about. He didn’t need a relationship—but he needed her.

Two people who had both been burned in the past with undeniable chemistry and attraction, where was the harm in a little vacation romance? Sex with an expiration date sounded like a perfect solution, until emotions came into play. Will Talia be able to have casual sex with the irresistible stranger without getting lost in him? Will Briggs be willing to take a chance on her and tear down his walls to let her in? At the end of their week together, will either be able to walk away?


This is a stand-alone read, and can be enjoyed without having read previous books in the series.




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Anie Michaels is the author of The Never series, The Private Serials, and a stand alone novel, The Space Between Us. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg



Title: All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg
Author: Sonja Yoerg
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: May, 2017




An intricately crafted story of madness, magic and misfortune across three generations from the author of The Middle of Somewhere and House Broken...

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.

But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.

An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.









Sadly this book didn't work for me. I know I'm in the minority but I was disappointed with it. Instead of making me believe these females could forge their own path, I felt the opposite was true. Their unhappiness, health issues, bad luck, lack of money or status was all due to their heritage: the "pirate" blood. I wanted the author to convince me that their "bad blood" was not to blame.

The novel brings to focus three different generations of females: 

Solange Gifford who in the 1020's is married to Osborn. Solange comes from the lake people called the "pirates" while Osborn comes from the upper class. At the beginning of her marriage, Solange is happy with her life and later on with the arrival of her baby girl Carole, she's ecstatic. It's not until her husband becomes the lead attorney in a controversial case involving classes that her marriage starts to crumble.

Carole LaPort is Solange's daughter. In the 1970's she's married with three children. Unfortunately, lately, Carole believes something is wrong with her. She's hearing voices and believes people are talking behind her back. Carole is terrified she's sick like her mother and tries to hide her problems from her family. She feels exhausted. The voices never leave her and they are becoming stronger. 

Janine is Carole's sister and Solange's other daughter. She's selfish, self-centered and manipulative. She has set her eyes on Greg Bayliss, a teacher in the same school where she works. She wants him as her husband and nothing will stop her from getting what she wants. Not even Miss April Honeycutt, the new goody-two-shoe teacher. 

Allison is Solange's daughter. When the book starts, she's getting ready to go back to school but she soon realizes her mom is acting strangely. The activities they used to do together, don't interest her mother any longer. Allison knows something is wrong but no one in her family is paying her any attention.

From the females portrayed in this story, I thought Solange had the worst fate. I felt sorry and angry for her. She didn't deserve what happened to her. So sad there was no one to help her. I'm sure this probably happened to some females during those times.

The best part of All the Best People has to be the mental health depiction. I thought it was well done and believable. It leads me to believe the author took her time with her research during those decades. Mental health diseases were misunderstood and poorly treated.

Even though this book was not for me, I liked the writing style. I can see myself picking another novel by this author.

Cliffhanger: No

2/5 Fangs

A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp


Title: A Momentary Marriage
Author: Candace Camp 
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: July 25, 2017





New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp offers a delicious marriage-of-convenience story in this passionate historical romance, featuring her signature “clever and witty banter, sharp attention to detail, and utterly likable characters” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

James de Vere has always insisted on being perfectly pragmatic and rational in all things. It seemed the only way to deal with his overdramatic, greedy family. When he falls ill and no doctor in London can diagnose him, he returns home to Grace Hill in search of a physician who can—or to set his affairs in order.

Arriving at the doctor’s home, he’s surprised to encounter the doctor's daughter Laura, a young woman he last saw when he was warning her off an attachment with his cousin Graeme. Alas, the doctor is recently deceased and Laura is closing up the estate, which must be sold off, leaving her penniless. At this, James has an inspiration: why not marry the damsel in distress? If his last hope for a cure is gone, at least he’ll have some companionship in his final days, and she’ll inherit his fortune instead of his grasping relatives, leaving her a wealthy widow with plenty of prospects.

Laura is far from swept off her feet, but she’s as pragmatic as James, so she accepts his unusual proposal. But as the two of them brave the onslaught of shocked and suspicious family members, they find themselves growing closer. They vowed, “until death do us part”...but now both are longing for their marriage to be more than momentary in this evocative romance, perfect for fans of Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Balogh.






I had fun reading A Momentary Marriage. 

James de Vere is dying. He knows he's sick and he's tired of fighting whatever is killing him. Yet, as a promise to his cousin Graeme, he decides to seek the help of one last doctor. To his shock, the doctor has passed away and his daughter Laura is in trouble trying to find money to pay his debts. James is a sensible man but in a crazy moment, he proposes marriage to Laura. He knows she needs money and he has plenty to provide her with. He would rather she inherits his land and possessions than his own family. 

Laura has never forgotten James. He was the man who broke her heart a decade ago when he told her she couldn't marry Graeme. She doesn't like James very much but when he gives her a choice in regards to her future, she takes what he's offering. 

Laura soon discovers there is more to James sickness than meets the eye. She's determined to save him and without realizing it, she starts having feelings for him. 

James doesn't seem to be able to stop from caring for Laura. He likes having her around. To his own annoyance, he starts behaving like a man crazy in love. 

James and Laura were a great pair. Neither was a romantic person but falling in love changes people and both had a hard time maintaining the practical facade when these new feelings were making themselves known.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Pocket Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.