Mystery Books

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

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Title: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Mystery
Where I got it: Public library

Goodreads Summary

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, The Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to The Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra’s sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only The Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.

Review

I was in between ARC’s and decided to do something crazy and read a mystery. I haven’t read much other than romance for LONG time, so this was a change for me.

Kerra Bailey is an up and coming journalist in Dallas. She’s trying to snag an interview with Major Franklin Trapper, a man who was hailed a hero 25 years before when he carried a young child out of the Pegasus Hotel in Dallas after it had been bombed. She has her reasons for wanting the interview, which just added to the mystery. So she goes to the one person she thinks may help her – the Major’s son, John Trapper.

Kerra doesn’t realize that Trapper (the son, as he’s called throughout the book) has had a falling out with the Major and they don’t speak.  Kerra gives Trapper something that makes him change his mind and deciding to help – and it’s juicy!

I forgot that mystery books are LONG. This book kind of dragged in few spots. But the mystery itself was good, if not a bit far fetched.

I liked both the main characters. Trapper especially. He’s was whip smart and very clever. Kerra was a woman was had a lot of integrity and wanted to do what right and ethical. The Major was an interesting character, as was his best friend, and Sheriff Glenn Addison.

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it.

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Romance Books

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

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Title: Royally Endowed
Author: Emma Chase
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Audiobook from Public library

Goodreads Summary

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

Review

I have been trying to find a copy of this book for a while now, and finally succumbed and listened to the book. I am generally not a fan of audio books, but I enjoyed this one. I liked the accent on Logan, voiced by Shane East. I felt the voice of Ellie was a little older than Ellie, but I liked her.

So we met Ellie and Logan in book 1. Ellie is Olivia’s sister and Logan is Nicolas’s bodyguard.  Logan stays behind and keeps an eye on Ellie when Olivia goes to Wessco for the summer after she starts dating, and even though she’s only 17 and a senior in high school, she knows that Logan is the guy for her.

Over the course of the next five years, we watch (listen) to Ellie and Logan grow and change. Ellie graduates from high school and moves to Wessco to be closer to Olivia. Logan, of course, goes back as well. He knows how Ellie feels about him, but he fights his feelings for a long time.

This is a SLOW burn romance. 5 years slow. But I enjoyed Logan and Ellie’s story. Logan grew up poor, on the wrong side of the tracks. Ellie’s mom died, sending her father into alcoholism, leading her to believe she’s the reason.

Ellie is such a sweet character. She’s smart and optimistic. Logan is tough, yet vulnerable when it comes to Ellie. I enjoyed seeing their relationship bloom.

Book 4 comes out soon and I’m getting an ARC so I didn’t want to be behind. I would recommend this, any way you can get it.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 10/17/18

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

I NEVER do this – but I’m reading a book and listening to a book. I’ve tried to find a paper/e-copy of this book and I can’t, so I’m listening to Royally Endowed by Emma Chase, because I’m reading the 4th book in the series shortly. And I started reading….a MYSTERY!!! Yep, I’m reading something other than romance. I know it’s shocking. Try to pick your jaw off the floor….

I started Seeing Red by Sandra Brown this morning. I have read several SB books and I’ve liked them all, so this one sounded really interesting, and so far, so good:)

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What I Recently Finished

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting. Good book (hate the cover) – second chance romance + hockey = me love.

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Off the Ice by LP Dover. LOVED this story. Also about a hockey player and second chance romance.

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Knight by KD Robichaux. NOT about hockey. BDSM, which I’m so not into, and when I read “club” in the summary, I thought MC, not sex. I liked both the characters, but did not care for the BDSM aspect.

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What I Plan to Read Next

ARC’s

d518f-kate2bebook2bcover Meant for You Thor (Thorny Devils MC Book 1)


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Cover Reveal ~ The Rival by Megan Green

Title: The Rival
Series: Washington Rampage #3
Author: Megan Green
Genre: Standalone Sports Romance
Cover Design: Megan Gunter, Mischievous Designs
Photo: Lindee Robinson
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Blurb
I love her. But
she loves him.
I’d known Avery Grant was the one for me since the moment she bossed me
around on the playground. After over a decade of friendship, I’m still biding
my time, waiting for the moment she realizes everything she’s ever wanted is
standing right in front of her.
Then one white envelope sends my world spiraling.
A wedding invitation, announcing Avery’s engagement to the one man who
could never deserve her: Miles Johnson.
Miles is the worst kind of human — and my biggest rival. Everything I
can do, he thinks he can do better, including being the best rookie pitcher the
MLB has seen in decades. But if he makes her happy, who am I to interfere?
But when Avery shows up on my doorstep, devastated and heartbroken from
Miles’s betrayal, I can’t help but open my doors for her.
The timing is all wrong, but I won’t miss my shot.
This time, I refuse to strike out.
Also Available
AMAZON US / UK / CAAU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Author Bio
Megan lives in Northern Utah with her handsome hubby, Adam.
When not writing, chances are you’ll find her curled up with her Kindle.
Besides reading and writing, she loves movies, animals, chocolate, and coffee.
Lots and lots of coffee. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!
Romance Books

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

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Title: The Good Luck Charm
Author: Helena Hunting
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public library

Goodreads Summary

Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.

Review

I had a little lull between ARC’s so I decided to read something different, by an author I have read several times in the past. I’m a sucker for a) second chance romance and b) a hockey player.

Ethan Kace is an NHL player, who was with Chicago and traded to Minnesota. His family lives in Minnesota, and the timing is good because his dad has had a stroke and his mom needs help. She has help in the form of Lilah – the girl that Ethan dumped when he left for college.

Lilah is a nurse in the throws of finalizing a divorce when Ethan comes back to town. Ethan wants to be friends with Lilah, so she agrees, and their friendship quickly becomes more. Lilah loses herself in Ethan, putting herself and her schoolwork (she studying for her masters) on the back burner.

I will say I found it a little strange that Lilah stayed so close with Ethan’s family. I’ve never stayed in contact with any of my ex’s family members. I also found the end of the story to be pretty predictable, but still good.

I would have preferred a different epilogue, but it had one, so I  was happy about that.

I found Lilah’s insecurities to be pretty grating though. Yes, Ethan dumped her years earlier, but people change. She seemed to second guess everything he did, which got really old.

I did enjoy this book overall, and would recommend it for sure.

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Cover Reveals/Blitzes

Release Blitz & Review – Knight by KD Robichaux

Title: Knight
A Club Alias Novel
Author: KD Robichaux
Genre: Erotic Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Blurb
Clarice
He’s been my best friend for eleven years, ever since I
witnessed his heroism in Afghanistan and nursed him back to health. The young
soldier grew into a man I could spend the rest of my life with. But I can never
let him know just how much I love him, because not even a hero who lived
through a war can survive my past.
Brian
She knows every little detail about me. There’s no one in
this world I love and care for more. After years of meeting up on my mercenary
missions to spend time together, she’s finally coming to see my home, my club,
and meeting my friends, who don’t even know she exists. Will I finally be able
to convince my secret lover to tear down her fortress so we can become so much
more than best friends?
Purchase Links
$2.99 for release day ONLY!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Author Bio

KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she picked up her mom’s Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went to college to become a writer, but then married and had babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom, who read entirely too much, she created a blog where she could keep her family and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth, her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a Senior Editor for Hot Tree Editing. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series, The Blogger Diaries, her very own real life romance.

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3 1/2 stars

Clearly, I need to do more research when requesting ARC’s, because had I realize the “club” in the blurb was a BDSM club and not an MC, which I thought, I honestly would not have requested the book. BDSM aside, I finished this book because I really liked both main characters.

Brian Glover is a former soldier who now works for a group of mercenaries, and also owns a BDSM club with his friends. While he was in Afghanistan, he met Clarice, a photographer who was working a story about soldiers. Brian is injured while saving Clarice, and she becomes his nurse, and decides that from then on, Brian will be her best friend.

Thus begins their friendship. A LOT of this book is both Brian and Clarice being in “therapy” to be able to attend the sex club. I didn’t understand that part of the book at all.  I don’t generally read BDSM books, and I don’t know or understand the lifestyle. So that part of the story kind of turned me off.

The part of the story with Brian and Clarice falling in love over the course of 11 years, I liked. I LOVED Brian. He’s a giant at 6 foot 8 (a number we hear OFTEN), but man is he a gentle giant. He was so sweet and loving to Clarice.

Clarice is a really cool chick, but has a secret as to why she can’t admit to Brian that she’s madly in love with him – and man was that reason LAME! I was expecting something completely different.

I enjoyed reading their backstory, about how they met and fell in love. Overall, the book was way too long and detail heavy – that took away from the story for me.

But if you are into BDSM, this is the book for you.

Cover Reveals/Blitzes

Release Blitz & Review – Off The Ice by LP Dover

Title: Off the Ice
A Breakaway Novel
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Blurb
He’s always made the scoring plays, both on and off the
ice, but this time he has a new goal … the one for Meghan’s heart.
I’m Justin Davis, all-star center for the Charlotte
Strikers. For years, I chased the spotlight, not only with hockey, but through
television as well. That’s why I decided to play the bachelor on 
Rich
and Single. 
Unfortunately, I was stuck with a fake fiancée from hell
who I couldn’t stand to be around. Now that our contract is up, I’m allowed to
do whatever I want, with whoever I want. I plan to take full advantage of my
newfound freedom.
After being on the show, people don’t recognize me for
hockey anymore, even with just winning the Stanley Cup for my team. That’s why
I’m spending the off season in a remote cabin in Wyoming where the chances of
people knowing me are slim. Space is what I need, but when a down to earth
beauty needs help on her ranch, I can’t resist. Meghan Taylor is exactly what
I’ve been looking for, even though I’m not the kind of man she wants.
Getting her to see the real me has its challenges, but the
more time I spend with her, the easier it is for her to see that I’m not the
same guy she knows from TV. Being away from the media is one thing, but as soon
as I’m back in the spotlight, I’m afraid it’ll change what we have. I don’t
want to lose her, but I also can’t hide away in Wyoming forever. It’s a choice
I’m not ready to make.
Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Also Available

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author L. P. Dover
 is a
southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful
girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics,
enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write,
but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting,
and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and
every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written
countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series,
the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters
series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone
novels 
It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies,
and Deception. 
Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic
suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with
her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
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5 stars

I received an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

Justin Davis is a star hockey player, who just won the Stanley Cup with his team.  He was also on a reality “Bachelor” type show, and ended up with a very horrible woman named Miranda.  They were contractually obligated to be together for one year, so the day that contract was up, Justin dumped Miranda – on national television.  He decides he needs a break  from his life, so he decides to buy a ranch in Wyoming and spend the off season there.

Meghan is a single mom who is a school teacher and runs a ranch in Wyoming. Her daughter, Ellie, is spending the summer with Meghan’s family in North Carolina. When she returns home from NC, she literally runs directly into Justin at the airport – an then proceeds to act like she doesn’t know who he is. She even offers him a ride home.

Justin likes the fact that Meghan doesn’t know who he is. Meghan feels bad about deceiving Justin (it doesn’t last long). They begin a friendship that quickly develops into more.

It kind of drives me crazy when hockey players are made out to be like Brad Pitt with the press they get. I’m a HUGE hockey fan, and it’s just not reality. Many authors do it, and it’s not a slam on the author, just the genre in general. Stop making it seem more than it is!

That being said,I loved both Justin and Meghan. Justin, despite being a bit of a player, is a really great guy. He was very sweet and loving to Meghan, and to her daughter, once he met her. Meghan was a great mom – she always put her daughter first, and was very worried about dating a celebrity.

I didn’t love the drama with Miranda – it was kind of over the top. I did love the fact that Justin was friends with Lucas Montgomery (from “Going for the Hole”) and that he was mentioned in the book.

This book didn’t have a lot of drama, which I enjoyed, and the characters were so well written. I appreciated that.

This book was great, and I would highly recommend it.