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Book Review: Connections in Death

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Connections in Death by J.D. Robb– Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #48 in the In Death series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: The In Death series is another of my all-time favorites. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for? This is book #48, which seems amazing to me, and I have enjoyed every single one of them. The plots are always tight, the characters fully developed, the mystery well thought out, and the relationships between characters solid. I personally enjoy that all the story lines are different. It keeps the series fresh and interesting. 

Eve Dallas is one of my favorite characters from any book. Ever. She’s totally bad-ass with a bad attitude and fast fists. She’s snarly and short tempered. And underneath the crusty exterior she is completely devoted to her family and friends. She also 100% devoted to her job as a cop. I love the relationships between the main characters that has developed throughout the series. I think of these characters almost as family now and it’s so exciting to catch up with them in each new book. From Roarke, Eve’s hot ex-criminal billionaire husband, to Peabody, Eve’s partner at work, to all the other characters that appear throughout the series. They are all an intricate part of these books and what make this series so unique. This book takes on a gang and adds a new character to the Eve/Roarke family- Rochelle Pickering. I look forward to seeing her in more books!



Book Review: Three Little Words

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Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday– Gia Gallo is officially in bridesmaid hell. Stranded in New York with her best friend’s wedding dress, Gia has six days to make it to Florida in time for the ceremony. And oh-so-charming best man Bennett Buchanan has taken the last available rental car. Looks like she’s in for one long road trip with the sexiest – and most irritating – Southern gentleman she’s ever met…

Bennett’s pretty sure that if there was ever a woman to break his “no flings” rule, Gia would be it. Sure, she’s stubborn. She’s also funny, smart, and the attraction between them is getting hotter with every state line they cross. While Bennett doesn’t do casual, Gia doesn’t do “relationships.” But if they break the rules, this unlikely pair might discover that their impromptu road trip could turn out to be the best ride of their lives. 

Genre: Romance

Published: January 29, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #3 in Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: To be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as I read the first chapter. Gia initially came across as a selfish, stuck up, entitled brat. I didn’t care for how she treated service personnel- she was rude and demanding and prone to losing her temper when she didn’t get her way. I found it hard to connect with her at first- she’s basically the type of person that I avoid at all costs. By contrast, Bennett was the kind of character that is swoon-worthy. He was a true Southern gentleman with manners and pretty much the complete opposite of Gia. He had big dreams of using his restaurant to feed the less fortunate and was completely focused on making amends for some dark things in his past. 

I love books that feature a road trip. Bad weather forces Gia and Bennett together in a convertible Mini Cooper in the middle of winter for a long car trip to get to a wedding. It was during the car trip that I started to see a whole other side to Gia. I started to understand her and even like her. She was a model and with that came body image issues and food issues and never knowing if people liked her for herself or for her image. I found myself sympathizing with her. Bennett understood her. He saw underneath the facade to the real woman beneath. There was a lot of witty banter, hot sexy times, amazing friendships, and fun. This is book 3 in a series but I haven’t read the other ones. I definitely will read them now!



Book Review: Sleep Over

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Sleep Over by Serena Bell– Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers?

Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: November 13, 2018

Acquired: TBR List

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I thought this was going to be a light and fluffy read but it had some surprising layers of depth to it. I will say upfront that there is a lot of sex and naughty parts- almost too much because it began to detract from the story after awhile. I liked seeing the story from the perspectives of both main characters, Elle and Sawyer. Seeing the story from both sides helped me root for both of them to find happiness instead of taking sides. I liked both main characters! Elle was an extremely likable character and Sawyer tugged at my heartstrings throughout the entire book. I absolutely hated Elle’s ex husband and spent the majority of the book wanting to throat punch his sorry self. For me, the best secondary characters in the book were the two boys- Elle’s son, Madden, and Sawyer’s son, Jonah. They were just adorable and really added to the story. There wasn’t a huge conflict that came out of nowhere to derail the relationship, which was a nice change. The conflict that did exist was very authentic to the story and the characters’ back stories. It was a well written book it just didn’t capture me. 



Book Review: Vengeance Road

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Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan– Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club—and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone.

As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash.

Now, Steele won’t let her walk away twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again—especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: January 29, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #2 in Torpedo Ink series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Christine Feehan. Her Dark series is one of my all-time favorites along with her Drake sisters and Sisters of the Heart series. This new series, Torpedo Ink, is a spin off of the Sisters of the Heart series and I love seeing old characters mixed in with these new ones. I will offer a disclaimer- these books are not for the faint of heart. There’s abuse, violence, and sex- they are raw and gritty. 

I was sure this would be a 5 star read for me and it was up until a certain point when things got a bit too….voyeuristic for my taste. That took me out of the story and really kind of ruined the love aspect for me. I still enjoyed the story and the action but I wasn’t rooting as hard for the main characters to find their happily ever after. I still recommend this series and this book but go into with your eyes wide open. 

Breezy was a kick-ass main character. She was born into a MC, fought her way out, and never wants to go back. Her family….well, I hated them. She had no love growing up. But when her son is kidnapped she is forced to confront her past- and all the people in it. Steele grew up in an environment that would and did kill anyone without a spine of titanium. I didn’t agree with a lot of his actions or his reaction to finding out he had a son. He was very harsh and displayed little tenderness. His unwillingness to let anyone help him overcome his demons was very annoying especially considering he expected Breezy to be all in 100%. Overall, still a good story and a great series. I’ll definitely continue reading. 



Book Review: 99 Percent Mine

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne– Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: January 29, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I was excited to read this book based on the hype but it really just fell flat for me. Disclaimer: I have not read The Hating Game so I had no expectations for this book. I didn’t like any of the characters. I just didn’t. Darcy was presumably supposed to be edgy and badass, which she definitely was for the first part of the book, but she really came across as selfish and immature and whiny. Tom was too nice and came across as pretty spineless, which made it hard for me to like him. Jamie was a jerk with an unhealthy interest in his twin sister’s love life. I didn’t even like Darcy’s best friend, who seemed to be playing both sides of the friendship with Darcy and Jamie. There were a few moments here and there that I enjoyed but definitely not a favorite. There was no real communication between anyone in this story- I honestly questioned whether I was reading a high school young adult novel at one point because all the characters seemed so juvenile. I was torn between 2 and 3 stars but went with 3 because it was a well written (no grammatical errors or any of my top 5 pet peeves) book, just not my cup of tea.