Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Spotlight & Giveaway: The True Queen by Zen Cho

I've become a big fan of Fantasy reads so I'm excited to share a little about The True Queen by Zen Cho along with a giveaway!  The True Queen is set within the world of Ms. Cho's first book, Sorcerer to the Crown, but it is a stand-alone story.


Publication Date: March 12th 2019 by Ace
Pages: 384

About the book:

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can't remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she's drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.

“Absolutely everything about this book is delightful.”—NPR.org on Sorcerer to the Crown

“Inventive, dangerous, brilliant, unsettling, and adorable...It shatters as many rules as its characters do.”—Courtney Milan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author on Sorcerer to the Crown

About the Author: Zen Cho was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story collection Spirits Abroad was a joint winner of the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. Her debut novel Sorcerer to the Crown won a British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer and was a Locus Awards finalist for Best First Novel. She lives in the UK.



The lovely people of Ace are giving away 25 Advanced Readers Copies of The True Queen and you can enter by clicking HERE.  Good luck! 



Monday, February 25, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Places Mentioned in Books That I'd Like to Visit


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader where each week they post a new top ten list and ask fellow bookish folk to share their lists on that topic.

The top for this week is: Places Mentioned in Books That I'd Like to Visit.  A few of these books I read a while ago and so since I loved the location I've already visited some of these places, but here's some of the books that either make me want to visit a place or have already inspired me to go:

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In The Lucky Ones, Tiffany Reisz described the Oregon Coast beautifully, from the moody weather to the breathtaking cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  I visited this past September/October and it was even more beautiful than I imagined!  Both The Gamble and Gone Too Deep make me want to take a trip to Colorado.  The Gamble describes a quaint town with gorgeous pines and picturesque mountains.  Katie Ruggle reminded me of the majestic beauty encountered by backpacking.  Never backpacked in the Colorado Rockies, but this sounds like an amazing, and dangerous place to explore!

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Anna and the French Kiss sparked my desire to visit Paris with her tantalizing descriptions of the city. Luxembourg Park factored heavily into a love scene and I ended up staying across the street the first time I went and close by the second. If Anna & the French Kiss sparked my desire to visit Paris the Amour et Chocolat series by Laura Florand ignited it and lit it on fire!!  I actually visited a couple of the shops she based her settings on the second time I visited.  Back in the States, Tami Hoag made the  Louisiana Bayou come to life, moss hanging from the trees, sultry summer nights, and the sounds of Cajun French whispered into a lover's ear.  I still need to get there!

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I've often dreamed of selling my house to buy a ranch in Texas! Daisies in the Canyon had it all: horses, open pastures, beautiful sunsets, throw in a sexy cowboy (guess I need to buy my husband a cowboy hat & boots) and I'm so there! Darkfever made me want to visit Ireland and the famous Temple Bar. Still need to get there!  Kindling the Moon is set near by Big Sur and I absolutely love the area. Jenn Bennett brings it to life.  Marie Force based her Green Mountain series on the real-life Vermont Country Store. I've wanted to visit Vermont ever since reading and loving the series! 

What books sparked your desire to visit?


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Sunday Post #19


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

My training for the half-marathon I signed up for begins again on Monday.  It's eleven weeks of training before the big day in May.  This will be the second time I've run this marathon up in the Central California Wine Country.  It's a beautiful route winding about several wineries.  It worked out really well last year with the training happening before we get our triple digit summer weather.  The weather has been cold, but we didn't have much rain, and the forecast next week looks great with mid to high 60s a little bit of clouds. I should be able to get my runs in with no problems. Yay!

Read:
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Stray Magic was a solid start to the series.  I had to settle in and sort out characters and magical origins, so it was a little slow going in.  Wish there was a romance, but there is potential so I guess we'll see what happens in the next book. I liked the second installment of the Veronica Speedwell series, but not as much as the first. Stroke of Luck was lots of action and thrills, but the romance fell a little flat.  Still, looking forward to the next book.

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
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Loving Laura Griffin's Tracers series, so I downloaded a copy of the newest.  Continuing the Sterling Montana series with Luck of the Draw. 

Watched:



Love Modern Family and watch ever new episode.  I watched two episodes of New Amsterdam and now I'm all caught up with the series. Darn it. Now I have to wait. 

How was your week?


Friday, February 22, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Stroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels


Publication Date: February 19th 2019 by HQN Book
Pages: 384 
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

About the book:

He’s hoping to bury the past. She’s ready to settle the score.

The Sterling Ranch’s season opening isn’t going so smoothly. With the ranch’s lodge full of guests and a Montana blizzard threatening, Will Sterling needs help—and he needs it fast. So when his childhood friend Poppy Carmichael agrees to lend a hand, he’s grateful for a second chance…and more enticed by the woman she’s become than he cares to admit.

For Poppy, it was supposed to be a retreat full of horse rides and hoedowns—with a side of showing Will what he’s been missing all these years. But as the snow deepens outside, the guests’ suspicion and mistrust turn sinister inside, catching Will and Poppy in the crosshairs.

Weathering the storm in each other’s arms is all too easy for Will and Poppy, but will a confrontation with a killer mean their reunion is short-lived?

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author B.J. Daniels starts her Sterling’s Ranch series off with a bang in this suspenseful story of romance and revenge.

My Thoughts:
Will is opening his guest ranch earlier than he’d like as a special request for a long-time customer, Big Jack, the owner of a fly-fishing gear company.  He wants to take a few select employees for this trip, and it was clear from the beginning this group was going to be trouble.   Normally Will wouldn’t open in March since Montana weather can still be pretty brutal, and snowstorms are not uncommon.  His ranch is off the beaten path so a storm could potentially strand everyone up there, so yeah, you know where this story is going.

Also, Will is minus a cook, since his regular one broke his leg, so he needs someone on short notice. This is where Poppy comes into the story. Will wouldn’t normally ask her since they didn’t part ways in such as nice way, but she was twelve and he was fifteen, would she really hold a grudge?  The answer to that is yes!

Poppy does hold a grudge, because Will broke her twelve-year-old heart, but the job cooking for the lodge gives her the perfect opportunity to show Will what he’s missing now.  So, this was sort of a revenge plot, but nothing I ever took very seriously. It seemed a bit juvenile, IMO, because, hello, she was twelve and he was fifteen, and what did you expect at that age?!! Also, Poppy is in her 30s now(!!), but I let it slide since she never seemed all that serious about her revenge plot.

Stroke of Luck is my first experience with B.J. Daniels, but I’ve been wanting to try her books for some time since I love romantic suspense.  I enjoyed the story for the most part, but I will say the romance fell a little short, because I felt the history between Poppy and Will was glossed over. Had I got a memory from the past that showed a bond between the two, that was then crushed when Will rejected Poppy, I would’ve felt a deeper connection.  While Poppy said her heart was crushed and Will knew he treated Poppy badly, I didn’t witness it. It was more of a telling instead of showing which didn’t really stir my emotions.  I’ve since read in a few other reviews, stating that the character development here wasn’t quite up to Ms. Daniels’ usual quality, so maybe this is a fluke.  At any rate, I hope for more in the next story.  Still, I had fun with this Stroke of Luck, and I was rooting for Poppy and Will to solidify their attraction into a HEA. 

Plus, the romance wasn’t the only thing happening here.  The guests at the lodge are quite the hot mess, and one of them ends up murdered. And that isn’t the end of all the danger that just keeps coming!  Getting to the bottom of the mystery while staying alive must be the center of our hero and heroine’s focus.

I read the excerpt for the next story, Luck of the Draw, centering on Garrett Sterling, Will’s brother, and it sounded good! I’m in!


3.5 Suns



I'm giving away my ARC copy of Stroke of Luck to one lucky reader.  The giveaway is open to US Residents only.  Fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review: All's Fair in Love and Mastery by Sparrow Beckett


Publication Date: February 19th 2019 by Penguin Group
Pages: 240
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

Grant Ellis, co-owner of the exclusive Catacombs club, can't stand Arabella Dexter...his own best friend. One scorching night shouldn't have made things weird between them, but it changed everything. Who knew there were lines friends can't uncross? Now, no one gets under his skin and drives him wild quite like Dex. Since she refuses to wear his collar, he can only mask his desire with sarcasm and antagonism.

Dex has had it up to here with Grant. He's a bossy, domineering jerk, and the sexiest man she's ever been with. Even so, she's done with collars and the nonsense that comes with commitments. When he extends an olive branch and invites her to visit his new resort on a remote island in Canada, it's a chance to get their friendship back on track.

Alone in the wilderness for a week, they explore Grant's investment and the boundaries of their relationship. Some bonfires can't be contained.

My Thoughts:
Grant and Arabella (Dex) were best friends until they had a hot one-night stand.  Grant wants more but Arabella doesn’t want to wear his collar, (commitment in BDSM speak, like I’m an expert here, lol) but after being burned by a past love, she doesn’t want to put herself in such a vulnerable position again. She’s powerfully attracted to Grant and wants their sexcapades to continue, but Grant doesn’t just want a f*ck-buddy.

Grant’s fallen hard for Arabella, and fears what no-commitment sex would do to him if she decided to just move on.  Grant doesn’t know this is the reason behind Arabella’s rejection, and so he takes it personal.  Which is understandable. In fact, Grant has issues with thinking he’s unlovable, so this plays right into it.

I’m a sucker for best-friends-into-love romance, because it doesn’t take much to flip that switch when you have such a powerful bond.  Grant and Arabella had some insecurities they both had to work through, but they never shut each other completely out even when they got miffed at each other.

I don’t read much erotica or BDSM, but when I do, I like some depth to the story, not just sex, sex, sex, and I thought All’s Fair in Love and Mastery struck a nice balance here.  It was kinky fun, and super hot, light-your-panties-on-fire-hot in places, and part of what made that work was feeling the deep connection between Grant and Arabella. They had layers I enjoyed unraveling and seeing them battle their irresistible attraction was a pleasure!


4 Suns



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review: Never Tell by Lisa Gardner


Never Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #10) by Lisa Gardner
Publication Date: February 19th 2019 by Dutton
Pages: 416
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

About the book:

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman--Evie Carter--from a case many years back. Evie's father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim--a hostage--and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad's murder.

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

My Thoughts:
D.D. is called into a murder investigation, when they find out the suspect, Evie Carter was investigated sixteen years earlier for the shooting death of her father, ultimately ruled as accidental.  D.D. was on the case back then, but now that Evie is suspected in the shooting death of her husband, Conrad Carter, D.D. wonders if they were wrong about the first case. Was the death of Evie’s father really an accident?

Flora Dane becomes a key figure in the investigation when she realizes she met the murder victim, Evie’s husband, years before when he met up with her kidnapper, Jacob Ness, the man who held her for 472 days.  Flora is very much a survivor, six years after her release, and we’ve got to see her in action with the last couple of books, as sort of a vigilante and self-appointed victims advocate. Flora’s come a long way since her ordeal but seeing Conrad’s picture brings a lot back.  Flora has kept some of those memories locked away tight, refusing to hash and rehash the details over with the FBI, but now she questions if that’s deprived other possible victims of their justice. Flora is ready to revisit the past, but the FBI isn’t as generous sharing what they know of Jacob with her, so she finds another source: Keith Edgar, a true-crime buff who’s been requesting to interview Flora since she got away from Jacob. He’s a wealth of information and an expert in searching for more. But Flora’s also a bit skeptical about Keith, because what sort of man would devote so much of his free time to this kind of hobby? A groupie, a wannabe serial killer? Flora’s prepared for any possibility!

Since Flora’s been introduced, I’ve felt for her! Yes, she’s taken her life back, somewhat, but the story after a victim is “saved” makes it very apparent that the nightmare isn’t over just because they survived and got away.  With the introduction of Keith, I’m so excited for possibilities and the coming stories!  In acknowledgments Ms. Gardner states “there’s more to come” with Flora and I couldn’t be happier at the prospect! Her journey has been equal parts disturbing, moving and captivating!

Evie, our current murder suspect, gets a first-person point of view in this story, a POV I was happy to have since it connected her past with the present in a way that couldn’t have been otherwise.  Flora also gets a first-person POV. It was tough being in Flora’s head at first with all the past coming to the surface again, but there was a more hopeful Flora coming through and I loved it! D.D. gets her usual third person POV, which sounds a little odd, but it works.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Lisa Gardner’s stories! They’re a mixture of crime procedural, mystery, and thriller, heavy on character motivations and twists.  Even when I’ve been torn up about the outcome (just a couple of her books) it’s always been a memorable experience, one that I think about long after I finish the last page. 

I know when a reader sees that this is the 10th book in a series they automatically shy away, but you don’t have to read all nine books before Never Tell to enjoy this installment.  This could be read as a standalone, but I’d recommend starting where Flora Dane is introduced in Find Her (book 8), to really enjoy Never Tell.

4.5 Suns



About the author:
LISA GARDNER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen previous novels, including her most recent, Crash & Burn. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Fear NothingCatch MeLove You More, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England

Connect with Lisa Gardner: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Monday, February 18, 2019

Spotlight & Giveaway: The (Half)Truth by Leddy Harper

I'm a sucker for the fake-relationship-that-turns-into-more romance, so The (Half) Truth by Leddy Harper sounds like a lot of fun! I have an excerpt to share and an amazing giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of The (Half)Truth! 



The (Half) Truth Excerpt

“You do know Michael used to be engaged to Tatum, right?”

“Yeah, he told me. But that was a while ago. Does it bother you, Tatum? You’ve never said anything about it.”

I thought about pointing out that six months wasn’t really a while ago, but I decided to let that go. And the idea of admitting how it felt to see him smile at her or whisper into her ear, let alone hear about all the things I didn’t have to witness, made me want to disappear. “Oh, no. I’m so over it. So, so over it.” And since stopping while I was ahead had never been my strong suit, I added, “In fact, I’ve been dating someone.”

“You have?” Both Rebecca and Amanda asked the same question at the same time, but while Rebecca’s voice was filled with excitement—which matched her bright eyes and ridiculous hand clap—Amanda’s was more cynical.

“Yup. And he’s amazing.”

“What’s his name?” Again with the doubtful tone from Amanda. She’d been part of my postbreakup support system, so I couldn’t exactly blame her for questioning my sudden confession. After everything Michael had put me through, this was something I definitely would’ve told her … had it been true.

“Uh … Jay. His name’s Jay.”

“Where’d you meet him?” This time, it was Rebecca asking, as if we were girlfriends sharing juicy gossip over mimosas at a spa.

I had no idea why I’d even started this. I should’ve known they’d jump all over it like rabid dogs on a T-bone. Yet I couldn’t back out now.

“We met at a barbecue.” Short and sweet, not many details I’d have to remember. Perfect.

“When?” Dammit, Amanda. She was no longer on my Christmas card list—not that I’d ever sent any out, but that didn’t mean I didn’t have a list in case one year I felt ambitious. And if that year ever came, this heifer wouldn’t get one.

“Two weeks ago.”

“What’s he look like?” Rebecca’s blue eyes shimmered.

“Yeah, tell us what he looks like, Tatum.” And now she could forget getting a birthday present from me. It also helped that I had no idea when her birthday was.

“He’s tall. Hot. A man’s man.” That could’ve been anyone. I was still safe.

“How very nondescript of you.”

“Well, you know how it is, Amanda.” I glared at her, hoping she’d get the hint and go with it. “It’s still new, and I wouldn’t want anyone to get jealous of how perfect he is.”

“No need to worry about me. I’m very secure in my relationship with Michael.”

I wanted to ask Rebecca how secure she could possibly be with a man who, six months ago, had broken up with his fiancĂ©e on her birthday because he said he wasn’t sure if he was ready for something so serious. But I held back the wicked comments that longed to slip off my tongue.

The next words out of my mouth were Michael’s fault. Had he not forced me to spend the day with his new girlfriend, listening to every detail of their relationship, I never would’ve been in this position.

“He has dark hair that’s trimmed short on the sides and a little longer on top, just enough to look messy if he runs his fingers through it. His eyes are this amazing shade of green—sometimes they’re light, like blades of grass at the beginning of spring, and other times they’re darker, similar to the color of a Christmas tree. And he’s gotta be over six feet tall. When I stand next to him, I’m eye level with his chest.” I glanced at my phone in my hand, noticing that the photo still filled the screen, and realized I had described Jason to a T.

“Go on,” Rebecca prodded. “Is he fit like Michael?”

By this point, I was in it to win it.

“He makes Michael look like a wimp. And I’m not just saying that because Michael’s my ex, either. I could wash my clothes on his abs.” Well, that was taking it a little too far. I had to rein it in some if I wanted her to actually believe me. “He works out all the time, so he’s totally in shape. Not an inch of fat on him.”

“He sounds dreamy,” Rebecca said with a sigh.

“Yeah, he does. Almost too good to be true … like you made him up. You probably don’t have any pictures of him, do you?” As only a friend would, Amanda loved watching me dig my own grave.

“As a matter of fact, I do.” I thought about sticking my tongue out at Amanda in an immature “shows what you know” kind of way, but then I realized what I’d just done. In my need to prove her wrong—even though she wasn’t—I’d inadvertently dug my hole even deeper.

“Well, let’s see it.”

I had no choice but to show them the photo on my phone. I had to admit, though, the surprise on Amanda’s face when she saw it gave me a sense of victory—like winning Monopoly only because I cheated. Rebecca’s approval was simply the icing on the cake.

A cake that came crashing to the ground about thirty minutes later.

Rebecca stared at something over my shoulder and asked, “Hey, Tatum, isn’t that Jay?”

“Huh? Jay who?”

“Uh … your boyfriend,” Amanda reminded me with a quirked brow.

I craned my neck so fast it gave me a cramp. There was no way it was him. Okay, so that was wishful thinking on my part. Not only was there a chance he was here, but he was, in fact, here. At Taste of the Town. Standing a few tents away next to another guy.

My life was over.

Having Amanda believe I had lied about a boyfriend was one thing—having multiple people catch me in said lie was another. Add in the probability of Jason being one of those people, and … shoot me now.


Title: The (Half) Truth
Author: Leddy Harper
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance


About the book:
Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancĂ©’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.” Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason. With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?


About the author:
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child: she grew up the only girl in a family full of boys. At fourteen, she decided to use that imagination to write her first book, and she never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

Harper is now a mother of three girls, making her husband the only man in a house full of females. She published her first book to encourage her children to go after whatever they want, to inspire them to love what they do and do it well, and to teach them what it means to overcome their fears. You can learn more about Harper at www.leddyharper.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Leddy.Harper.
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sunday Post #18


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

I'm back up in Northern California, got in after midnight Thursday night after our original 4:20 pm flight was canceled and then moved to 9:50 pm.  The rain made travel a complete nightmare, and I probably would've been up here earlier had we just drove. *sigh* Friday was a great day, though.  It was raining off and on all day, but I had fun going taking my grandson on a bike ride, and I got a run in  between breaks in the rain.  I got caught in a light hailstorm, but nothing too terrible. 

Read:
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Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
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I loved the first two books from Jo Goodman's historical western/cowboy romance and so I was thrilled to get a copy of the newest installment, A Touch of Forever, in the mail! Just love the cover.  Darkness Returns is a title that captured my interest even though I've never read Alexandra Ivy before. I see great ratings so I couldn't resist. Bound For Temptation is a new to me author so I guess we'll see. 

Watched:



Fair Game was a interesting movie that brought back a lot of political shenanigans from the past. I forgot a lot of what happened until this movie brought it to the surface again. Survivor wasn't going to win any awards, but still an action packed fun, weekend movie. 

How was your week?



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose


Publication Date: February 12th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 624
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

About the book: 

Introducing the first book in the new pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.

FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds did not have a conventional upbringing. Raised in a cult in Northern California, his mother smuggled him out when he was thirteen, and he never saw her again. It is not a bit of history he is keen on sharing, but being guarded has not gotten him any closer to what he really wants: a family.

Daisy Dawson lived a sheltered childhood. Her father, a former military man, believed that the woman he loved and her daughter were being hunted, so he took extreme measures to keep his family safe. But despite his best efforts, Daisy is done being scared. New to Sacramento, she is ready to jump headfirst into life--until she is attacked one night.

Gideon is caught unawares by Daisy, who is unlike any victim he has ever met. But the attacker is far from finished, and tracking him will threaten to pull Gideon back to the world he fought so hard to leave...

My Thoughts:
Daisy Dawson and FBI Agent Gideon Reynolds connect when she’s attacked, and she wrenches off a locket from the man.  Gideon is called in after his friend tells him of the engraving that appears on the locket that connects to Gideon’s horrid past.  Being raised in a cult was a nightmare that he and his younger sister barely escaped, and he’s made it his mission to track down the cult to bring the members to justice and free any other’s like him and his sister that are at the mercy of this awful group.

Daisy’s attacker isn’t done with her because he’s afraid she can identify him, and so even though she managed to get away, she’s not out of the woods.  Thankfully, Daisy is a smart cookie and doesn’t balk at Gideon’s insistence that he stick with her or by the overprotective Sokolov clan, who are like family to her.  No TSTL moments from this lady and I was so glad of it!

Daisy and Gideon have an instant attraction, that develops into a steamy affair. That is when someone’s not actively trying to murder them!

This was a high tension read I was on the edge of my seat every time Daisy or Gideon were in this madman’s crosshairs, or when another poor individual had the unfortunate luck to cross paths with this psycho killer!

This was a long book, 624 pages, and it took me several days to get through it, partly because I just didn’t have a whole lot of time to read. But it was a page turner every time I picked it up, so if I had a nice chunk of time, I could’ve probably breezed through some of it.  I will say that I don’t like having the killer’s POV included in a story.  I don’t like being in their twisted head, and I like more mystery to the killer’s identity, so I skimmed most of his bits. 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Say You’re Sorry, and I look forward to the coming stories, because I really liked this bunch of characters! The groundwork has been laid for a couple more romances. I’m pretty sure we’ll get one focused on Rafe Sokolov, and the other I think was hinted at, so I’ll have to wait and see.

4 Suns



I'm giving away my ARC copy of Say You're Sorry. The giveaway is open to US Residents only. Fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win.  Good luck!