Thursday, March 31, 2022

Review: Tough Justice by Tee O'Fallon

 

Tough Justice (K-9 Special Ops #1) by Tee O'Fallon
Publication Date: March 29th 2022 by Entangled Amara
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher 
Rating: 

My Thoughts:
A new lethal designer drug is on the streets of Denver leading to an outbreak of overdoses. The danger comes into sharp focus for K-9 DEA Agent Decker, “Deck” when his partner is almost killed executing a search warrant. Dr. Tori Sampson makes an impression while saving his partner’s life. Her inside knowledge and access to victims gives Deck an idea that may help lead him and his team to the brains behind the production and distribution of the “Gray Death.”

Dr. Tori Sampson has noted a marked increase of overdoses in her ER but is less than thrilled with Deck’s proposal to work together since the DEA ruined her father’s professional life. However, Tori doesn’t want to lose another patient, so she begrudgingly agrees.

Deck and Tori start out more like enemies with Tori hating anyone representing the DEA, and Deck’s mistrust of doctors over the role they played in his sister’s addiction and overdose. However, a common desire to rid the community of the Gray Death forces them to put aside their prejudices and work together. Respect and admiration grow between them, as well as attraction, which soon becomes impossible to ignore.

I loved the addition of Deck’s K-9 partner, Thor! He was just adorable and so smart! Deck and Thor made such a great team and I was touched by the loyalty between them.

Tough Justice was fast paced, and action packed. I enjoyed seeing Deck and Tori fall hard for each other while trying to hunt down the bad guy. I thought here was just the right amount of chemistry and sizzle balanced with the mystery, suspense and danger. It was easy to figure out the identity of the bad guy but that didn’t detract from the story at all. I like the feeling of my suspicions being validated.


4 Stars


Book Description:

A thrilling, fast-paced romantic suspense perfect for fans of Piper J. Drake and Katie Ruggle from a former federal agent.

It should have been a routine investigation. Instead, DEA K-9 agent Adam “Deck” Decker watches in horror as one Denver hospital seems to be Ground Zero for overdoses of a new drug. Now Deck can only hope a certain icy, green-eyed ER doctor will help him and his canine partner track down the deadly source.

Dr. Tori Sampson has her reasons for not trusting federal agents, especially ones working for the DEA. But the rash of overdoses—including a heartbreaking case involving a teen—is alarmingly high. And the new opioid is not only extremely dangerous, it defies all the usual medical treatments. So Tori has a choice: work with the big, brawny, and annoyingly hot DEA agent…or watch more innocent people die.

Tori’s the only person who can help Deck break the case, and they’ll need to trust each other, no matter how high the tension and attraction sizzling between them runs. But with every question answered, they realize there’s something more behind these typical teen overdoses. There’s a pattern here, and a pattern can only suggest one thing. There’s a killer on the loose.


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Sunday Post #159

 

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.

So it's been a busy past week! We had the open houses Saturday and Sunday and then went through the offers that came in, working and keeping the house picture perfect just in case we had more showings. We had some stressful days of back and forth with offers and contingencies, but we're in escrow right now.  Thank goodness! In amongst all this we were set to babysit the two grandkids Thursday to Sunday because it's my daughter's anniversary. At first I thought I'd be going alone and wrangling a four and six year old on my own with school drop offs and pickups, not to mention all the extra activities! Thank goodness my husband was able to come as well because even with his help it's been a lot of work! I did manage to go on a couple of hikes and have some me-time:


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I'm officially four books behind on my Goodreads challenge. I guess it's no surprise with all that's going on. I am reading (listening to one) two books I'm loving and hope to finish one on the way home. I loved The Book of Cold Cases, though. I'm happy I chose it for my BOTM this month.

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:


Both are library audios. I requested Hook, Line and Sinker from Netgalley and got rejected and I'm still pending in Edelweiss. I never requested An Impossible Imposter because I somehow missed that it was coming out. Two less reviews I'm obligated to write. Right now with so much going on that's a good thing!

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The scenery from my hike yesterday. So gorgeous!




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Friday, March 25, 2022

Review: The Book of Cold Cases by Simon St. James

 


The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Publication Date: March 15th 2022 by Berkley & Penguin Audio
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher & Purchased Audiobook
Rating: ½
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Shea is a medical assistant by day and true crime blogger at night. Her enthusiasm is partly motivated by her past, Shea was girl A, the one that got away from an abduction when she was nine years old, an event that still haunts her. When Shea has a chance meeting with Beth Greer, the infamous suspect in the Lady Killer murders, a case Beth was tried and acquitted for, she impulsively asks her for an interview and Beth agrees.

The Book of Cold Cases was a story that pulled me right in as what really happened in the past was slowly revealed. It was atmospheric and creepy in spots as the otherworldly made their presence known and shared their own horrifying revelations.  I love the thought of a true crime blogger as I am a Forensic Files, true crime show junkie, and delving into cold cases, trying to hunt down evidence to figure out what happened appeals to me.

The characters were flawed, but likable, IMO. One was morally questionable, but I still could understand why they did what they did, and I even felt it was a bit justified and for the greater good when considering everything.  There was a bit of romance, which always pleases me, especially when I want some well-deserved happiness to come a character’s way.  Simone St. James, in the stories I’ve read from her, usually includes some romance even though it’s just a small portion of the story. I enjoyed how it all turned out and can’t wait for the next Simone St. James!

4.5 Stars



Book Description:

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect--a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases--a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea's surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth's mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she's not looking, and she could swear she's seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn't right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Sunday Post #158

 

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.

Our house went on the market Thursday and we had our first open house yesterday and there's another today from 1-4pm. We have to be out of the house during that time so we had a long lunch and then took our older cat to the park. Yes, we've been taking her out of the house with every showing (there's been six) because she can be an issue. She's deaf and I think she's lost it a bit mentally because she'll walk around and just meow really loud for no reason, and she has no qualms about walking underfoot. I don't want her to be hurt. We left her in the car with the air conditioning on and locked while we had lunch. It's an electric hybrid so we had it on electric mode so it wouldn't overheat.  She burrowed in her cat carrier and napped. It's tough and heartbreaking when your pet gets old. She still has joy in her life, so I don't want to cut her life short, but she's deteriorating like our last two cats. Weight loss even though she eats constantly she's a bag of bones, and her balance is off. Our other cat hid on the hill until we came home.

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Yep, not much reading got done even with audio it was tough to focus enough to read. I enjoyed Crowbones, but I'd like a little more romance like with Meg and Simon. 

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Love this cover and the story was captivating!







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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Review: Crowbones by Anne Bishop

 


Crowbones (The Others #8) by Anne Bishop
Publication Date: March 8th 2022 by Ace
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher 
Rating: 
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads | Audible

My Thoughts:
We’re back with Vicky at The Jumble in Sproing after the last book centered around the people and events in the town of Bennett. Vicky’s inn is up and running with guests and she has some of the Crowguard working/staying with her to assist. As usual there are a few humans making trouble, tainting minds and capturing the attention of The Others, and not in a good way.  Some people just never learn. Vicky and her friends must tread carefully so they don’t get between a deadly Hunter looking to weed out the bad.

I’ve loved The Others series from the beginning and so I was excited to get another glimpse into life in Sproing and catch up with Vicky, Wayne Grimshaw, Julian, Ilya and the rest of the Lake Silence crowd.  Vicky seems to hold a similar position in the stories as the books that centered on Meg. A human that captured the attention and hearts of the The Others, meriting their protection. I will say that Meg and Simon’s books continue to be my favorites of the series. Vicky is likable, but I feel the newer stories don’t hold that same special place in my heart.  I think part of that has to do with the fact that there’s no clear romance here. I think Julian is meant to be the love interest for Vicky, but I honestly think she has more chemistry with Chief Grimshaw. Don’t get me wrong, these newer stories are exciting and captivating, as well, and I eagerly look forward to every new installment!  The story wrapped up nicely, but there’s definitely room for more!

4 Stars


Book Description:

In this engrossing and gripping fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, an inn owner and her friends must find a killer-before it's too late....

Crowbones will gitcha if you don't watch out!

Deep in the territory controlled by the Others-shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings-Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.

But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble-and that could mean serious trouble.

To "encourage" humans to help them find some answers, the Elders and Elementals close all the roads, locking in suspects and victims alike. Now Vicki, human police chief Grimshaw, vampire lawyer Ilya Sanguinati, and the rest of their friends have to figure out who is manipulating events designed to pit humans against Others-and who may have put Vicki DeVine in the crosshairs of a powerful hunter--


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Review: The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

 

The Suite Spot (Beck Sisters #2) by Trish Doller
Publication Date: March 8th 2022 by Macmillan Audio & St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 320
Audio Book Length: 7 hrs 42 min
Narrator: Sarah Naughton
Source: Publisher
Rating: 
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Libro.fm | Audible | Goodreads 

My Thoughts:
Rachel loses the job she’s had for the last ten years as a hotel concierge in one night when a rich entitled jerk doesn’t get his way. All she’s worked hard for seems to have gone up in smoke and she’s faced with taking a job at a budget hotel chain. However, another option presents itself when a friend recommends Rachel to another friend starting up a boutique hotel/lodge on an island off Lake Erie, miles away from Miami Beach. Rachel would have to take a chance and leave the only home she’s ever known in Florida, the father of her child (a total deadbeat dad). I was totally on board with this gamble, especially when the owner/proprietor is revealed to be a hot reclusive guy.

Mason was a good guy, and it was apparent he had a sad past, but this was the perfect situation for Rachel and her three-year-old daughter. Of course, I knew there’d be a romance coming and I couldn’t wait! These two deserved each other and every happiness I hoped was coming. I loved that Rachel found a such a perfect life situation in an unexpected place by making a last minute, sort of impulsive choice by taking a job so far from home. I found the process of starting up the hotel/brewery fascinating! Choosing the layout, theme, and d├ęcor, sounded like a lot of fun. I could picture the cabins and brewery, with all its rustic charm and it sounded like a place I’d love to stay!

The Suite Spot was a sweet, easy-going romance. Rachel and Mason were firmly friends before there was romance and I appreciated that strong foundation. It was a low drama romance with the conflict coming from another source. The Suite Spot was book two in the Beck Sisters series, however, you don’t need to read the first book in order to enjoy this installment. It works well as a standalone since it’s focused on a different couple.

I alternately listened and read the book and I thought Sarah Naughton did a fantastic job with both the male and female voices. She also narrated Float Plan, which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. Total recommend! I listened at 1.5-1.7x normal speed.

4 Stars


About the book:

Trish Doller’s The Suite Spot is a charming romance novel about taking a chance on a new life and a new love.

Rachel Beck has hit a brick wall. She’s a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep a dying relationship alive. Aside from her daughter, the one bright light in Rachel’s life is her job as the night reservations manager at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach—until the night she is fired for something she didn’t do.

On impulse, Rachel inquires about a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move.

What she finds on Kelleys Island is Mason, a handsome, moody man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. Especially one that’s barely more than foundation and studs. It’s not the job Rachel was looking for, but Mason offers her a chance to help build a hotel—and rebuild her own life—from the ground up.


Monday, March 14, 2022

Review: The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh

 

The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh
Publication Date: March 1st 2022 by Pamela Dorman Books
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher 
Rating: 

My Thoughts:
Emma and Leo have been married for ten years, have precious little girl, and are still gloriously in love. However, Emma went through cancer and so their lives have been up and down not knowing if she’d be alright. With the cancer scare behind them the future seems bright ahead. Leo, a newspaper obituary writer, feels more at ease coming up with a stock obituary write up on Emma, a norm to have on hand for famous people. I had no idea this was a thing, but apparently it is, and I can understand why as it was expounded on here. It was interesting to learn about.

Emma isn’t super famous, but she did garner a lot of attention when she filmed a TV series on marine biology for two seasons, and she still gets attention and fan messaging from it. However, when Leo starts to list her accomplishments and history, he realizes that there’s a lot about Emma he’s fuzzy about. As he digs, he finds a lot of inconsistencies, and things don’t add up and it's jarring!

Emma’s past is coming back to haunt her. Can she keep the family she loves so dearly when all is revealed? I really liked Emma, so I certainly hoped so!

It’s difficult to write a review without spoiling things here. It’s a story I wholeheartedly recommend, though.  When all was revealed my heart broke! I was infuriated with a certain character! How could he/she?!!  I hope some there was some kind of punishment or reckoning for that person. I guess so many years later what can you do? I was happy with how it all turned out which isn’t always the case for me with mystery/thrillers.

The Love of My Life is a Good Morning America Book Club Pick, which isn’t surprising as it was captivating and hard to put down!

4 Stars


Book Description:

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

“Rosie Walsh’s The Love of My Life is my favorite kind of thriller—gripping, heartbreaking and impossible to put down.”—Laura Dave

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted comes a love story wrapped in a mystery: an up-all-night page-turner with a dark secret at its core

I have held you at night for ten years and I didn't even know your name. We have a child together. A dog, a house.

Who are you?

Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby: she’d do anything for them. But almost everything she's told them about herself is a lie.

And she might just have got away with it, if it weren’t for her husband’s job. Leo is an obituary writer; Emma a well-known marine biologist. When she suffers a serious illness, Leo copes by doing what he knows best – researching and writing about his wife’s life. But as he starts to unravel the truth, he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t really exist. Even her name isn’t real.

When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was . . .

But first, she must tell him about the other love of her life.



ABOUT ROSIE WALSH

Rosie Walsh lived and traveled all over the world, working as a documentary producer and writer. Ghosted, her American debut, was a New York Times bestseller and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. The Love of My Life is her second novel. She lives in Devon, UK with her partner and two children.

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sunday Post #157

 

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.

This is going up later than I planned with the time change! Forgot about that. It's been another busy week trying to finish up last minute projects and cleaning the house for the photos that were taken on Friday for our listing. That's done and now we ready ourselves for the home to list on Thursday and two open houses, next Saturday and Sunday. 

We need to be out of the house during the showings so I was thinking of visiting the Ronald Regan Presidential Museum and Library, which is about 40 miles from our house. I've never been and since we're moving soon it would be good to see it. 

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Here's one of two giveaways I'm running. The link is on the right sidebar if you're interested. I think I'll put another one up either today or sometime this week.




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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Audio Review: The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

 


The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publication Date: March 1st 2022 by St.Martin's Press & Macmillan Audio
Pages: 336
Audio Book Length: 11 hrs 4 min
Narrator: Karissa Vacker & Marin Ireland
Source: Libro.fm & St.Martin's Press
Rating: 

My Thoughts:
Avery Chambers is an unconventional therapist who claims to be able to fix your issues in ten sessions. Her skills are put to the test when she takes on “The Golden Couple”, Marissa and Matthew Bishop. Marissa arranges to meet with Avery to confess her cheating with the hopes of repairing the damage, however not all the details are forthcoming, and Avery suspects her clients are withholding truths.

I loved Avery! She was one smart cookie and fast thinker, which was a good thing since she’s being targeted by fallout from another client, or two…

The story was told from two POV’s: Avery and Marissa’s and I enjoyed both. Even though I don’t condone cheating as the details were revealed I could understand why Marissa ended up straying and I thought she was a very likable and sympathetic character.

With the cliffhanger-type chapters, The Golden Couple is one that had me riveted! I finished it in one day because I had to know how it all turned out! There’s a few surprising twists and a couple I saw coming, and I loved how it all worked out. This is the second story I’ve read/listened to by Greer Hendrick and Sarah Pekkanen that I’ve loved. I need to check out their backlist.

I alternately listened and read The Golden Couple. The audio was fantastic! Karissa Vacker had a sort of soft-spoken quality that I think fit Marissa perfectly, and Marin Ireland sounded matter-of-fact, which I think suited Avery brilliantly.  I listened at my usual 1.5x normal speed.

5 Stars


Book Description:

Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all—until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.

Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.

When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Sunday Post #156



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.

It's been a busy week! I know, I sound like a broken record. The only way I've been reading is by audio lately with all the tasks we have to complete by next Friday when the photographer is scheduled to take photos for the real estate listing. We plan on going live the 16th or 17th. Our relator said the house should sell that weekend. I guess we'll see. Once the sale closes we'll be on the hunt for our next house staying in Northern California at my sister's house. She has a studio apartment she's readying for us now.

I hope to get some downtime tomorrow because I want to read Crowbones! At any rate, I have three giveaways going (see the right sidebar). Lots of books! Still, I have lots of books to pack up so my bookshelves don't look quite as stuffed as they normally do, lol.

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Loved The Golden Couple (review to come this week) and A Perfect Equation! Riven Knight was an easy listen, but didn't knock my socks off. 


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Loved the book and really anything by Karin Slaughter, so yeah I'm definitely watching! 




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