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Weekly Book Club {3.28.18}

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I haven’t had a lot of free time lately but I’m trying to fit in at least 20 minutes of reading a night before bed. Every spare second has been consumed with getting this house ready to go on the market. I’m so ready to move so I can read books again!

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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland– Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened. Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This one was so close to a 5 Star read for me. I really enjoyed it. The story line flowed nicely with good pace, there was enough tension to keep me interested the entire time, and the characters were well developed. The angst of Vivian’s situation was almost palpable throughout the entire book and I thought the way she handled things was portrayed very realistically. My only complaint was the ending. I thought it wrapped up the story and drama a little too quickly and neatly despite the author leaving room for future books. I hope she does write a second one! Definitely recommend!

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Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner– In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin. Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss. To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was a truly gripping book. It was a gritty, dark read that was uncomfortable at times but I enjoyed every minute of it, if that makes any sense. I finished this book in 6 hours because I could not put it down! I started it around 9pm and woke up at 4am with my iPad on my face and only 1 chapter left to read. Ha! I loved the suspense, the mystery, the police procedure of this story. I liked the main characters and I can’t wait to read more from this series!

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Weekly Book Club {3.21.18}

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Today I’m sharing 2 books by 2 of my most favorite authors! These authors are must reads for me no matter what they write. I borrowed both these books from the local library and enjoyed them so much!

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Judgment Road by Christine Feehan– As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford–until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin…Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want–and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club–his heart and his soul.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This is the first book in a new series that’s a spinoff of both the Sea Haven and Sisters of the Heart series. You see a lot of the same characters and that makes it so much fun for me to read. It’s like reuniting with old friends! I enjoyed this book a lot. I wasn’t sure how much I would love this second spin off series but it started with a bang! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books!

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Dark in Death by J.D. Robb– It was a stab in the dark. On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional. Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series. The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

My Rating: 5 Stars

And yet another awesome installment in the In Death series that I love so much! This is book #46 and I still get so excited with every new story she writes. I highly recommend this one…and all of them! The mystery was good, the plot flowed, and the characters were as amazing as ever. 

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Weekly Book Club {3.14.17}

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The two books I’m sharing this week were both ones I borrowed from the library on my iPad and they were good! Part of my reading goals this year were to branch out into different genres and to save money on books. I’m doing a great job with both of those goals! 

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks– When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. Assume nothing.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book! THIS BOOK. I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t read any spoilers or skip ahead. I just started it and then 10 hours later I could not go to sleep until I finished the remaining 100 pages. It was nothing like what I expected and those are the books I love the most. This book took twists and turns and changed directions until I was so invested that I had to know how it ended. Definitely recommend! But do yourself a favor and go into it blind. Don’t read spoilers. Just experience it.

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Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn– Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe. Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

I got sucked in by this one because I’m a real sucker for the whole marriage of convenience storyline. I don’t know why. Same reason I love that Married at First Sight show on TV. This book was good. It held my interest and I was invested in the relationship and how it ended. It was a light read that didn’t make me have all the feels, which I needed after reading the book I shared above!

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Weekly Book Club {3.7.18}

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I’m sharing two good books this week! 1 by a favorite author and one that was recommended to me by a friend. I loved one and really liked the other one. I’m trying hard to branch out and read more genres than just romance. I’ve gotten a bit bored with the romance books and find myself gravitating towards mystery and suspense or contemporary books right now. 

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Rescuing Casey by Susan Stoker– One minute Casey Shea was minding her own business, doing her job, teaching entomology to college students, and the next she was in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle fighting for her life.  Troy “Beatle” Lennon had watched his friends fall head over heels in love, but never thought it would happen to him. Until he sees a picture of one of his teammates’ sisters. That was it. The absolute joy in her eyes calls to him in a way he can’t understand. But that joy is currently being threatened by an unknown person who’d had Casey kidnapped and hidden deep in the jungle. It’s up to Beatle to find her and keep her safe until the threat against her can be neutralized. Surviving the dangers of the jungle turns out to be the easy part…staying ahead of the killer is much more complicated…and deadly. 

My Rating: 5 Stars

I don’t think there has been one book by this author that I haven’t loved. This one is number 7 in her Delta Force Heroes series and it’s as good as all the others. Full of suspense, romance, and hot alpha males. Yum. I love that even though each book in each series is a standalone they all connect with the same characters. It makes it so much more enjoyable to read when all the characters are the same. I’ll be so sad when these series end. 

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24 Hours by Greg Iles– 24 HOURS — that’s how long it takes a madman to pull off the perfect crime. He’s done it before, he’ll do it again, and no one can stop him. But this time, he’s just picked the wrong family to terrorize. Because Will and Karen Jennings aren’t going to watch helplessly as he victimizes them. And they aren’t going to let him get away with it.

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book was a recommendation from a friend when I confessed that I was bored with some of the books on my unread shelf. I’ve read a few books by this author before and enjoyed them so I gave this one a try. It was good! I was sucked in to the story and had to see how it ended! I kept putting myself into the position of the main characters and wondering how I would react and what I would do. I read this book in less than 13 hours! Definitely recommend.

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Weekly Book Club {2.28.17}

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I haven’t been reading as much lately as I’d like because I’ve been busy getting this house in order. Painting, decluttering, rearranging, deep cleaning. I’d rather be reading. ha! But I have a couple of good ones to share this week. Both were library reads that I checked out from Overdrive.

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Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan– As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life. Most of the time. What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about. So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

My Rating: 4 Stars

I enjoyed this book. It’s number 3 in the series but it’s the first one I read. I wasn’t lost or confused about the story line so I’d say this book can stand on it’s own if you haven’t read the first 2. The story was paced well and had just enough romance, angst, and mystery to keep me interested. Definitely not a hard or super emotional read, although I felt for Caroline and what happened to her. I might read the other 2 but they’re not high on my priority reading list right now. 

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Spring Forward by Catherine Anderson– When a favorite customer on his delivery route needs a favor, Tanner Richards agrees to help without a second thought. The last thing he expects is to face off against the man’s spitfire granddaughter. Crystal Malloy is near her breaking point. Her beloved grandfather constantly skirts the rules at the retirement center where he’s recovering from surgery. She’s caring for his escape artist dog, even if it means abandoning her salon customers, and she has no time for a romantic attraction to the handsome new stranger. After Tanner’s reassigned to Mystic Creek, Crystal can no longer ignore how much she misjudged the man’s good intentions. She has known too much sorrow to easily open her heart, but she can’t deny that Tanner and his children could gift her with a happiness beyond compare–if only she can forgive herself for the past and accept that she’s deserving of such a love.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I was giddy when I saw this new release book by one of my favorite authors. Catherine Anderson never disappoints me. This book is number 4 in her Mystic Creek series and I have read all of them. This is a standalone so you don’t need to read the first 3 but you should because they are fantastic. I loved this story- from the crazy dog to the single dad aspect to the slow build romance. It was just so so good. Highly recommend this whole series!

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