Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Eternity's Awakening by Anne Malcom

Anne Malcom is stopping by today to reveal the gorgeous cover to ETERNITY’S AWAKENING, book 3 in The Vein Chronicles! Check it out and grab the novella now!


Author: Anne Malcom

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 27th

Heartbeats had a pesky way of complicating things. T
hey almost always came with the nasty side effect of humanity and finally... death. 
Since Thorne came into my life, I'd been plagued with both. 
Heartbeats and humanity. Both of these things were going to be the death of me. 
One way or another. 
And the death of everyone I knew and loved, a list growing longer with every beat of my newly repaired—and irritating—heart. 
That pesky humanity was almost as toxic as the most debilitating illness on this hunk of rock, killing more humans than any vampire could. Love.
And there I was, attached to a slayer who I couldn't be undead without. 
Friends who I was becoming increasingly attached to. 
All things—people—he would take away from me. 
Then he'd take me too. But if it came to that, I'd yank out my beating heart and crush it in my hands before he could touch me. 
It was lost anyway. If he won, my eternity would come to an end. As it happened, so would the world. 
That only meant I couldn't lose.


Catch Up On The Series Now!

Fatal Harmony (Book #1) Deathless (Book #2)

Fault in Fate (Book #2.5)

Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon. Raised in small town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. For now, she's back at home in New Zealand and quite happy. But who knows when the travel bug will bite her again.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson

Title: Then There Was You
Author: Miranda Liasson
Publisher: Forever
Release Day: May 29, 2018 

Welcome to Angel Falls, a town so delightful even enemies can't help falling in love!

Angel Falls is the last place Sara Langdon wants to be. Her hometown may be charming, but it's also filled with memories of her "wedding-that-never-was." Yet Sara's grandmother needs her, and joining her dad at his medical practice gives Sara time to figure out what she wants for her future. But when her first patient turns out to be Colton Walker, the man who sabotaged her wedding, Sara starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to escape her past.

As police chief, Colton Walker is devoted to his small town, and he's equally determined to avoid its newest resident. He and Sara have always gotten along like oil and water, and since the bachelor party incident, he's her Enemy #1. But after sharing an unexpected--and unexpectedly hot--kiss, Colton starts to wonder if the woman he's always fighting with is the one he should be fighting for.

A really cute love story!

I'm a sucker for hate to love romances and this one fits the bill. I also enjoyed small town romances and the setting in Then There Was You is just that. 

Sara Langdon is back to her hometown of Angel Falls. She's a physician and she has come back home to help with the care of her grandmother who's suffering from dementia. In the meantime, Sara has joined her father's small-town medical practice after training at Columbia.

Sara left town after her engagement dissolved when the groom-to-be, Tagg, sleeps with the "cake girl". Since then, Sara can't eat any type of cake. She blames part of her debacle on Colton Walker, her ex-fiancĂ©e's best friend. She has known Colton for a long time. He used to make fun of her when they were teenagers which explain Sara's dislike of him. So when she learns, he's her first patient she has a mini meltdown but in the end, she does her job. Sara might dislike Colton but she's also not blind, he is H.O.T. But nothing can happen there, right?

Colton Bentley Walker is the police chief in Angel Falls. He had a hard time growing up after his parents pass away. He went to live with his grandmother and he had to take care of his younger sister Hannah, He had a lot of responsibilities from a young age and now, as the police chief, his responsibility is even bigger now that the whole town depends on him. Colton is a family man and he knows his behavior as a kid towards Sara was awful, He was a moron but maybe now, they can become friends except his reactions to her are all completely unexpected.

Then There Was You is perfect for someone who enjoys romances in a small town setting. It was engaging from the beginning and above all, sweet and cozy.  

I was left wanting to read more books about other interesting characters I liked in this novel. I hope maybe we get a book or two.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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

Dead Girls by Graeme Cameron


Title: Dead Girls 
Author: Graeme Cameron
Publisher: Park Row - Harlequin
Release Day: May 29, 2018

I may not remember everything, but I know he won’t hurt anyone else.

I won’t let him. 

It’s been two months since a serial killer brutally attacked police detective Alisha Green and left her for dead. Two months since she could effortlessly recall simple things, since her mind felt remotely sound. The nameless killer thinks he knows her, thinks she’s just another dead girl among many. Ali Green plans to show him he’s dead wrong about that.

Ali has two enemies now: the dangerous man she’s hunting and her own failing memory. As explosive new evidence comes to light and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim threaten both her investigation and her credibility, she begins to question what is and isn’t real. And now Ali has no choice but to remember the past…before it buries her.

A hypnotically gripping thriller that proves internationally bestselling author Graeme Cameron is one of the most unique voices in contemporary fiction today.

Bummer, I didn't like it.

I had heard great things about Normal and I couldn't wait to read Dead Girls. Regrettably, I had problems with Dead Girls from the beginning. If I could use one word to describe it, it would be disorganized. To this reader, the narrative felt all over the place. We jump from one scene to the next without cohesive understanding of the actions by either the main protagonist or the villain in this story.

So what was Dead Girls about? 

A suspected serial killer is on the lose. Two months ago, Sargeant Alisha Green was attacked by him and left for dead. Now, she is called back to work early but Alisha has failed to mention to her partner Kevin and superior Jenny that since her attack, she can't remember much and creating new memories is difficult too. She keeps a notebook to help herself remember. 

The serial killer attacks many and as more cops keep dying, Alisah will have to find a way to remember what he looks like when the evidence starts pointing in a different direction.

Like I said earlier, it was hard to remain invested in this novel. Many passages and scenes were confusing. I would say that the last third was the most interesting one. 

Cliffhanger: No

2/5 Fangs

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

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Fallen by David Baldacci

Title: The Fallen 
Series: Amos Decker #4
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2018 

David Baldacci returns with the next blockbuster thriller in his #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series featuring detective Amos Decker--the man who can forget nothing.

Amos Decker and his journalist friend Alex Jamison are visiting the home of Alex's sister in Baronville, a small town in western Pennsylvania that has been hit hard economically. When Decker is out on the rear deck of the house talking with Alex's niece, a precocious eight-year-old, he notices flickering lights and then a spark of flame in the window of the house across the way. When he goes to investigate he finds two dead bodies inside and it's not clear how either man died. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. There's something going on in Baronville that might be the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the country.

Faced with a stonewalling local police force, and roadblocks put up by unseen forces, Decker and Jamison must pull out all the stops to solve the case. And even Decker's infallible memory may not be enough to save them.

The Fallen is a fast-paced thriller with a great plot!

Ales Jamison and Amos Decker are on vacation. Alex takes Amos to visit her sister's family in Baronville, PA. Alex's sister, her husband, and their young daughter Zoe have moved recently to Baronville due to a promotion.

On the first night of their vacation, Amos sees something in the house closest to them. He goes immediately to investigate it. His search yields two dead bodies. When the cops get there, Amos learns this is not the first murder. There are six more unsolved murders. Despite being on vacation, Amos can't walk away for them. He needs to find the truth about the murders. His instinct is telling him they have to be related and that Baronville is hiding many dark secrets. In the center of it all is the Barons and their latest descendant, John Baron. 

In The Fallen, David Baldacci gives us many new characters to enjoy. However, I'm not going to lie, I missed the rest of the team. From the new characters, I liked John Baron. He had an intriguing personality. He was astute, well spoken and had learned to defend himself. He had a rotten deal just by born into the Baron family. 

In The Fallen, everything was much more personal for Alex. She was trying to protect her family from harm while helping Amos solve the crimes. Amos also had some questions about his own memory and what could happen to his abilities in the future. Amos' behavior could still be odd at times but he was able to forge a connection with Zoe, Alex's niece. 

As for the plot, Baronville is like so many other ghost towns in America where drugs like opioids have become a real issue taking the lives of so many. I love how Amos was able to connect the dots and find the culprits to these horrible crimes and bring justice to the small town of Baronville.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble

Title: Lighthouse Beach 
Author: Shelley Noble
Publisher: Harper Collins | William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: May 29, 2018

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Noble comes a heartrending and uplifting novel about friendship, love, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for our dreams.

What was supposed to be an idyllic wedding leads to an unexpected journey of self-discovery…

When Lillo Gray pulls up to Kennebunkport’s most exclusive hotel wearing a borrowed dress and driving a borrowed VW van, she knows she’s made a big mistake. She’s not even sure why Jessica Parker invited her to her posh wedding. They haven’t seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. And now they’re from two completely different worlds. There’s no way Lillo fits in the rarefied circles Jessica travels in. 

Jess isn’t sure she’s ready to go through with this wedding, but she’s been too busy making everyone else happy to think about what she wants. But when she and her two closest friends, Allie and Diana, along with Lillo, discover her fiancĂ© with his pants down in the hotel parking lot, she’s humiliated…and slightly relieved. In a rush to escape her crumbling life, Jess, Allie, and Diana pile into Lillo’s beat-up old van and head up the coast to Lighthouse Island. Once there, she hopes to figure out the next chapter in her life. 
Nursing broken hearts and broken dreams, four lost women embark on a journey to find their way back into happiness with new love, friendship, and the healing power of Lighthouse Beach. 

The Lighthouse Beach reunites Lillo Gray and her friend Jessica Parker after years apart. Jess has invited Lillo to her wedding. Lillo and Jess met when they were teenagers. Jess was sent to fat camp by her horrible parents despite not being fat. Now, the same parents are forcing her to marry a not-so-nice guy. Between Lillo and Jessica's two college friends, Diana and Allie, they'll steal the bride away and drive towards Lillo's town, Lighthouse Island.

Once they get there, we start learning about these four women and who they are. Diana, the CEO of her own company, twice divorced and a love for horses and maybe the Vet in town. Allie, and the loss she has suffered. Can she love again? Then, there is Jess, the bride-to-be who didn't know how to stop her father from offering her for a marriage she had no desire to be part of. Last, there's Lillo who's hiding the events that made her stop practicing the job she grew up wanting more than anything else. 

There were parts of the Lighthouse Beach that were too predictable for my taste but others kept my attention. I love the feel of a small town. Everyone knows everyone and there's no way to keep them out of your life but when push comes to shove,  a community comes together to help when it's most needed.

It took me a while to warm up to Lillo. She was wallowing in so much guilt. She was terrified of having the other women learn anything about her. Half of the time, she thought about kicking them out of her home. She also didn't communicate well with the people who cared about her and her future. 

I love how Jess was able to stand up for herself when she needed too. In part, she was able to do it because she had the unconditional help from her friends. 

I wish Allie's storyline had more to it. I felt her predicament was glossed over. I wanted to see more of her and Nando together. 

I will say that in my opinion, the Lighthouse Beach was missing more in the romance department. It was also missing an epiloge. I would've love to see what the future held for these four women.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Title: Criminal 
Series: Will Trent 
Author: Karin Slaughter 

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before, when his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.

Criminal was good but not as great as its predecessors. 

I think the main reason why it wasn't as good for me is that Will was not in it for half of the book.

Criminal can be divided between the past in the 1970's where Amanda Wagner and Faith's mother, Evelyn Mitchell are the main characters and in the present were Will, Faith, Sara, and Amanda are running the investigation into the murder of a college student, Ashleigh Snyder.

When the book begins, we learn that Will's father has been released from prison. Will is shocked this evil man is out and of course, he's mad at Amanda for keeping things from him once again. 

Just in case his father's reappearance is not enough to make Will's life go into turmoil, we have Angie, his currently estranged wife who's stirring up trouble for him and Sara. Angie loves to make Will suffer. She's mean and she takes pleasure in hurting him. I was disappointed in Will for not stopping her when he needed to. 

The time taken away from Will and focusing on Amanda and Evelyn were less interesting to me except for the portrayal of the 1970's situation with women in the police force. Those were eye-opening. 

One thing which is becoming tiring to me is that most of the criminals portrayed in both of the series I'd read by Karin Slaughter use religion in an evil way. I'm hoping for a new approach in Unseen.

The more I read about Will's past, the more I like him. He has overcome a life full of disadvantages. It's sad that he doesn't understand how smart he really is. Thankfully, there's Sara to support him when he needs it the most. 
"He still felt like a stranger."

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Snatched by Karin Slaughter

Title: Snatched 
Series: Will Trent #5.5
Author: Karin Slaughter

A gripping, action-packed short story available only as an eBook—from a master of character, crime, and urgent suspense.

Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for fifteen years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition. Which is why he should have listened to his own. 

While in an airport restroom at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: “Please, I wanna go home.” Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world. 

After a desperate search and with time running out, Will makes a call to his supervisor, Amanda Wagner. Will’s partner, Faith Mitchell, immediately sends out an abducted child alert. The entire airport will soon be grinding to a halt: Almost 100 million passengers a year. Five runways. Seven concourses. Six million square feet of space that sprawled across two counties, three cities, and five jurisdictions. All shut down on a dime because Will has a hunch that he is certain is true: a girl, maybe six or seven years old, has been snatched from God knows where. And he intends to bring her back—no matter what it takes.

A short story in the Will Trent series.

Will has been assigned police toilet duty at the Atlanta's International airport. All this because his hair is too long and the GBI manual has a recommended length. Will doesn't want to cut his hair because Sara, his girlfriend, likes his hair a little longer, so he would rather continue with toilet duty than getting rid of his locks.

When a man enters the restroom with a small girl, Will's instinct tells him something is terribly wrong. He proceeds to follow the man and the little girl. Everything goes crazy and the girl disappears. It's up to Will, Amanda, and Faith to find the little girl before is too late. 

Snatched is a fast-paced short story. Will is determined to get the little girl back and he feels responsible for not intervening sooner. Of course, he couldn't have known what was really going on.

Snatched is an easy read. For Will Trent lovers this is a little gem. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

Fallen by Karin Slaughter

Title: Fallen 
Series: Will Trent 
Author: Karin Slaughter 

There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Everything Faith learned in the academy goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room, a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother. 

When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions. She’ll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and trauma doctor Sara Linton to get some answers. But Faith isn’t just a cop anymore, she’s a witness—and a suspect. To find her mother, Faith will have to cross the thin blue line and bring the truth to light—or bury it forever.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's Unseen.

“At the risk of sounding like a country music singer, you can take my heart, but I can’t let you take my dog.”
Another incredible book in the Will Trent series. 

I'm a huge fan of Will. He's very smart but has a bunch of insecurities. He does his job well and he can think outside the box. Although he always blames himself for something that is beyond his control, this doesn't last long and he's able to look forward and function. 

His personal life is a mess. He's still married to Angie, who's not a nice person. For most of their marriage, she has been gone. One reason why I can't stand her, besides the obvious pleasure she gets from hurting Will, is her treatment and attitude towards Betty. Will needs to cut the umbilical cord in this very unhealthy relationship. 

“Will let out a long breath. "She leaves me a lot. That's what she does. She leaves, and then she comes back. And then she stays some and then she leaves again.""Where does she go?""I have no idea.""You've never asked her?""No."Sara Didn't pretend to understand. "Why not?".He glanced out into the street, watching the traffic zoom by. "It's complicated.” 

Fortunately, Sara Linton entered Will's life two books ago. Sara is everything Angie isn't or I should say she's the opposite of every other woman in Will's life. Sara is patient, understanding, unable to be hurtful on purpose. No woman has been nice to Will before. This terrifies Will. He's sure Sara will find something bad in Will and walk away. Will still has a lot of healing to do. 

"Don't you understand? I don't want to be needed. I want to be wanted."

Now, going back to the case. This one is personal. Faith Mitchell comes back home to find her baby Emma locked in the shed, a bloody handprint on the door, a hostage situation inside her house, and her mother Evelyn has been taken. 

Will and his boss Amanda Wagner are all over the investigation. Yet, Amanda is still hiding Evelyn's secrets which makes it harder for Will to be an effective investigator. 

Kudos to Faith in trusting Will on this one. She could've made a huge mistake making her a TSTL award winner but she wasn't. 

There was so much I loved in Fallen. I had a hard time listening to the audio. Despite the speed, I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. I had to switch to my Kindle many times.

Cliffhanger: No

5/5 Fangs

Whatever It Takes by Laura Farr

Title: Whatever it Takes
Series: Healing Hearts #3
Author: Laura Farr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2018

When Quinn Montgomery leaves the horrors of her past behind her, she never expects to run straight into the arms of a blue-eyed cowboy. Sneaking into the stables and getting caught in a life-threatening fire was never part of the plan. And neither was falling in love with the man who saved her life, Brody Parker. 

The two share an undeniable connection, and slowly Quinn begins to open up about her past. Putting her trust in the wrong person has burned her before, so when Brody asks her to stay at the ranch, she can't help but wonder if she’s about to make another bad decision by staying. A decision that could hurt everyone she’s come to care for. 

Will Quinn choose to run from the past that threatens to catch up with her? Or will she stay and fight, sacrificing whatever it takes for the man who sets her heart on fire?

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Laura Farr lives in Shropshire with her husband and two children. When she isn’t working, or being a Mummy she is pursuing her dream of writing. 

She is a romantic at heart and loves nothing more than writing stories with a happy ever after, even if there is the odd chapter of angst thrown in! Her desire to write came from her love of reading and when she isn’t writing you will find her attached to her kindle or spending time with her family.