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Book Review: Apple of My Eye

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Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan– When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months. As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future. Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother.

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Published: January 24, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: It’s really hard to review this book without spoilers. I will say I had no clue where this book was going until near the end. Nothing is as it seems. It was a relatively fast read and I finished it in less than a day. I was expecting a completely different story line than what this book turned out to be and the blurb was a bit misleading. However the big reveal wouldn’t have been so satisfying if I’d known ahead of time. The middle of the story seemed to lag a bit for me and I found myself skimming pages to get to some action. It was a well written story with a good epilogue that wrapped up the details nicely. 



Book Review: The Silent Patient

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides– Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: This was an unputdownable psychological thriller for me. I stayed up way too late trying to finish it. It’s rare that a thriller truly stumps me until the end but this one did. I could not figure out what had happened. When all was finally revealed I was shocked! Even reflecting back on the story in hindsight I still wouldn’t see it coming! The characters were compelling and the mystery was dark. The story was told in a way that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. It was fast paced and I didn’t feel like there were any loose ends that weren’t wrapped up. I’m struggling with how much to say because you really should go into this one blind. Just know that it’s definitely worth the read if you like dark mystery or psychological thrillers. 

 



Book Review: The Conspiracy

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The Conspiracy by Kat Martin– Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can’t find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend, now the only man she can trust…or so she hopes.

As the successful owner of Maximum Security, Chase has learned to trust his gut. He knows Harper’s father is mixed up in a deadly business, and suspects there’s more to Michael’s disappearance than meets the eye. Getting involved again with the Winstons goes against everything he stands for, yet old loyalties die hard. As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into the Winstons’ snarled crime family, he is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe…and both of them alive.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: January 22, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #1 in Maximum Security series

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: This is book 1 in a new series. I’m normally a really big fan of Kat Martin but for some reason this one just didn’t check all my boxes. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters and I didn’t feel any sparks between Harper and Chase. The story was just so-so for me and I’m not sure I will continue with this series. I think part of the problem was that I was expecting a romantic suspense and this was more of an action packed mystery with a hint of romance. It was heavy on the suspense and action scenes and while there were some sexy scenes they were low on the heat scale. The story is well written and had a good flow and pace. If I hadn’t been expecting a romantic suspense I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. 



Book Review: The Wild Heir

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The Wild Heir by Karina Halle– At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me. 

If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy. But I’m not the average single guy. I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water. Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or…I get married. To a blue-blooded stranger.

Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein. Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life. But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild​, sexual​ and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her.

The only question is – will she let me?

Genre: Romance

Published: May 17, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

Series: #2 in Royal Romance Series

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I’m a sucker for a marriage of convenience story. I can’t help myself. But it’s hard to find ones that aren’t cheesy or over the top. Karina Halle did not disappoint me. The two main characters being from modern day royalty created a fabulous back story from the first page. A Crown Prince with a dirty mouth and a Princess with some serious sass made for a highly entertaining and fun story. The secondary characters perfectly enhanced the story without detracting from it. The romance was definitely a slow burn with a lot of build up but anything else would not have worked with the story. I loved that Ella didn’t immediately swoon over Magnus. She made him work for it and was not intimidated by his position at all. Once of my favorite characters was Ella’s lady in waiting, Jane. She was hysterical and added the perfect amount of humor and inappropriate comments to the story. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series!



Book Review: Cuffed By You

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Cuffed By You by Nikki Mays- Kayla has had a pretty crappy year. Cheating husband? Check. Getting arrested for trying to drown him? Check. Getting handcuffed by the world’s hottest cop? Check. Raising four kids alone? Check. Cheating ex-husband being a complete nuisance? Check.

Obviously, it makes sense that she wants to stay as far away from the opposite sex as possible. The only thing she cares about is her family and work…well and maybe keeping her battery supply fully stocked. Of course, staying away from the opposite sex would be a lot easier if a certain Viking looking police officer didn’t seem to be everywhere that she is. It would also be a lot easier if he would just stop flirting with her. Doesn’t he understand that she’s a mess on the best of days? A mess with four kids! What man in his right mind wants a woman who’s crazy with a ton of kids?

Marc is the type of man who enjoys variety in life…if you know what I mean. But he hasn’t been able to get a certain crazy jilted woman out of his mind for the past year. Unfortunately for him, he likes a woman who’s a little crazy and Kayla has just the right amount. He knows that the last thing that she probably needs in her life is a man like him. But it’s like fate is even trying to help him. She is everywhere these days and he’s not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

He’s a man who always has a plan. His newest one? To get Kayla to be his. Pretty simple right? Sure, if you don’t factor in that she doesn’t want a man. And that she has four kids. And that her ex-husband is the biggest piece of trash that he’s ever met. And if you don’t include meddling family members. Sure, this will be a piece of cake. What could go wrong?

Genre: Romance

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

Series: #3 in SAPD SWAT series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: Any book that includes a woman trying to drown her cheating husband in a fountain in public is one that I’m definitely going to read! And it did not disappoint. I found this book to be hysterically funny. I laughed out loud so many times and even quoted some things to my sister. I swear every character in this book is funny with the notable exception of the ex-husband. At times the humor was juvenile and immature but there was surprising depth to the story. I liked how tight knit the group was, how they came together to support each other, and I really appreciated that the women were strong and fierce! And who doesn’t love hot cops? 

This is book 3 in a series but I haven’t read the first two books. This one definitely stands alone.