Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Blog Tour: The Shadow Girl by Shannon Hollinger


Book: The Shadow Girl
Author: Shannon Hollinger
Pub Day: September 1st 2023
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Ever since I tried to escape, he’s been keeping me in the dark. My bones ache with the cold. The longer I sit, trapped alone with just my thoughts, the more I worry… What if this is it? What if I never get to leave?

The sun is rising on another cold winter’s day in Coyote Cove when Chief Maggie Riley finds an unmarked envelope on the steps of the police station. Inside is a photo of a teenage girl, bound and bruised. Maggie’s heart constricts at the terror in her tear-filled eyes. Who is she? What has happened to her? Who would have left this photo, but done nothing else to help?

Maggie moved to Coyote Cove for a quieter life after her beloved young brother went missing five years ago. And this case feels as personal as anything she’s worked on since then. With no one reporting the girl missing, seemingly unloved and forgotten, Maggie vows to rescue her, and bring whoever hurt her to justice.

As Maggie mines the photograph for clues to hunt down the girl and her captor, her search takes her deep into the seedy, dangerous underbelly of the secretive logging camps. Hidden away in the woods, a law unto themselves, Maggie is in uncharted—and deadly—territory.

Then she finds the body of a girl who was said to have run away years ago, one with ties of her own to the loggers. And Maggie knows she’s on the right track. But as her search for the truth intensifies, Maggie’s own safety is threatened. Can she save an innocent girl’s life and get out alive herself, or could this be the one investigation she won’t survive…?

A dark and totally gripping crime thriller, perfect for fans of D.K. Hood, Melinda Leigh and Lisa Regan.


The Shadow Girl (Chief Maggie Riley #3)The Shadow Girl by Shannon Hollinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maggie moved to Coyote Cove for a quieter safer life than the city. She didn't plan on missing girls and murders. She is also a one woman show so she hires a partner. When he comes into town people don't like him. Maggie isn't well liked either.
Maggie has a picture put on her windshield of a girl beaten up. When she asks the mom for her help then Maggie is told the girl is at her Uncle's house. Things don't sir right with Maggie and she is lke a dog with a bone and doesn't give up looking for this girl.
I really like Shannon's books and always look forwards to a new release.

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Author Bio

With degrees in Crime Scene Technology & Physical Anthropology, Florida author Shannon Hollinger hasn't just seen the dark side of humanity - she's been elbow deep inside of it! She finds writing to be a much cleaner way to spend her time than the autopsy suite. Most days it smells better, too.

Her debut novel, the psychological thriller Best Friends Forever, is the first of a five-book deal with publisher Bookouture.

Her short fiction has appeared in Suspense Magazine, Mystery Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post, among a number of other magazines and anthologies, and her story Lady Killer was a finalist for the 2021 Al Blanchard Award sponsored by the New England Crime Bake.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Book Review: Unfortunately Yous - Tessa Bailey


Published June 6, 2023

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A down-on-her-luck Napa heiress suggests a mutually beneficial marriage of convenience to a man she can't stand... only to discover there's a fine line between love and hate.

After losing her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop, Natalie Vos returned home to lick her wounds. A few months later, she's sufficiently drowned her sorrows in cabernet and she's ready to get back on her feet. She just needs her trust fund to finance her new business venture. Unfortunately, the terms require she marry before she can have the money. And well, dumped, remember? But Natalie is desperate enough to propose to a man who makes her want to kill him--and kiss him, in equal measure.

August Cates may own a vineyard, but he doesn't know jack about making wine. He's determined to do his late best friend proud, no matter what it takes. Except his tasting room is empty, his wine is disgusting (seriously, he once saw someone gag), and his buddy's legacy is circling the drain. No bank will give him the loan he needs to turn the business around... and then the gorgeous, feisty heiress knocks on his door. Natalie has haunted his dreams since the moment they met, but their sizzling chemistry immediately morphed into simmering insults.

Now, a quickie marriage could help them both. A sham wedding, a few weeks living under the same roof, and then they can go their separate ways--assuming they make it out alive. How hard could it be? There's just one thing they didn't account for: their unfortunate, unbearable, undeniable attraction.


Unfortunately YoursUnfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

August and Natalie have hated each other in a long time. He needs money to get his wine going and Natalie needs to marry to get her money. What better way than to marry in paper only.
Things do not go as planned and the bickering between these 2 had me laughing at times and sometimes wanting to yell at them both.
Thanks to NetGalley for the book to review.

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                                                                 Tessa Bailey

Born in Oceanside, California, The United States



Romance, Contemporary, Humor and Comedy

New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a guaranteed happily ever after. Catch her on TikTok at @authortessabailey or check out tessabailey.com for a complete list of books.

Saturday, July 08, 2023

Blog Tour: Her Enemy by Emma Tallon


Title: Her Enemy

Author: Emma Tallon

Publication day: July 7th 2023

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Fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers are in for a treat with this absolutely heart-stopping, gripping gangland crime thriller from bestselling author Emma Tallon.

Scarlet Drew has one rule: never back down. But when an anonymous letter turns up at her house telling her they know what really happened the night her cousin Ruby died, Scarlet’s heart races. If they know what happened to Ruby, then they know that Scarlet was there – a secret she has kept guarded from the rest of her notorious family, and for good reason.

Her aunt Lily is the formidable boss of one of London’s biggest crime firms and if she discovers the truth about Ruby’s death, Scarlet knows she’ll be cast out of the family for good. Or worse, if her cousin Cillian finds out, he’ll hunt her down and kill her with his bare hands…

Unaware of Scarlet’s dangerous situation, Lily and Cillian move forward with a plan to execute their most daring heist yet. But with big reward comes unthinkable danger and they need everyone’s full focus on the job, if they’re to pull it off.

So failure is not an option for Scarlet – if she’s to stay alive and on top, she must find out who wrote the note, but time is running out. As she closes in on her nemesis, she’s shocked to discover that it’s someone she’s trusted her whole life. Loyalty means everything to Scarlet, and this is a betrayal like no other. One thing is certain: this is her most dangerous enemy yet, and as time runs out, Scarlet knows it’s either her life or theirs…


This series keeps getting better and better.
Scarlet is getting letters and blackmailed that they know what happened to Ruby the night she died. Her Aunt Lily is head of one of the biggest crime families and Scarlet never told her the truth about Ruby's death and is afraid Lily won't believe her.
While that is going on the family is trying to pull off a big heist.
The family dynamics in this keeps sucking me in and how they all stick up for each other is how a family should be.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC.

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Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, organised crime thrillers. With a number of bestsellers published by Bookouture since early 2017, Emma continues to write full time and has many ideas in the pipeline for future novels.

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Thursday, June 08, 2023

Book Review: Star Crossed Letters by Sarah Deehan


Published April 28, 2023

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One girl with a typewriter + one movie star = anonymous pen pals, a secret crush, and a steamy, slow-burn summer to risk it all.

The bookshop barista…
When I sold a vintage typewriter, I never imagined its new owner would become my pen pal, best friend, and secret crush.
We have two no photos and no real names.

Over the years, “Remington” and I go from typewritten notes to daily texts, but our rules stay the same. And so does my life. I’m a wannabe writer who can’t complete a novel, and I’ve fallen for a guy who I’ve never met.

So when I receive a letter my Nanna wrote before she died encouraging me to embark on a summer of risks—my first on the list is to break all the rules.

& the celebrity...
I hate keeping secrets from my pen pal, the one woman I care about. But I’m Hollywood’s hottest celebrity, and my fame is toxic. If I get close to a girl, she becomes vulnerable, stalked by the tabloids, trolls, and superfans.

Our anonymous friendship works until “Typewriter Girl” suddenly ghosts me. Now, I’ll do anything to ensure she’s safe, including stepping out from behind the screen and leading a double life.

4/5 stars

I  really liked it I received this from the author to read and fell in love with both characters. Olivia is quiet and loves books. Chase is a movie star who was given a typewriter. On the typewriter was a typed letter that Olivia had typed and Chase wrote to her and they became pen pals not knowing who each other is. But things changed and Chase went to find her and not telling her that he was her pen pal she was fangirling Chase as a movie star. It is a slow burn but so cute. Thank you to Sarah for the book to review.

                                                             Sarah Deeham

Born Hilo, Hawaii, The United States



Sarah Deeham is the author of sexy slowburn romance novels to make readers smile and swoon. With a master's degree in writing and publishing, she got her start in writing as a freelance journalist, communications and marketing manager, and an editorial director for a public relations agency. She is an American expat living overseas and currently makes her home in Kuala Lumpur with her husband, two children, and lazy golden retriever. When she's not sitting in a cafe dreaming up stories, she's a photographer and world wanderer.

Book Review: Summer On Sunshine Bay by Debbie Mason


Published May 23, 2023

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Welcome to Sunshine Bay, where the joys of summer last all year round.
Lila Rosetti Sinclair returns to Sunshine Bay a bundle of nerves. After being gone for years, sharing the news that she’s engaged—to a man her mother has never met—is going to be difficult to navigate. But when her fiancĂ© David surprises her with an engagement party at Windemere, the upscale inn his parents recently purchased and that just may put her family’s restaurant, La Dolce Vita, out of business, Lila’s got a whole new set of problems.
Eva Rosetti is so ecstatic to finally have her daughter home that she pushes aside her misgivings about having to come face-to-face with Lila’s father again. That is until he sweeps into town and feelings Eva thought far behind her resurface....
With a family business to save and a wedding to plan, Eva and Lila’s reunion is more than either bargained for, but with a little luck and a whole lot of support from friends and family, it may just turn out to be the best summer of their lives.


Summer on Sunshine BaySummer on Sunshine Bay by Debbie Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lila is engaged to David and his family is now running a business that is in competition with Lila's family.
I didnt like David or his father from the start but I really liked David's mother.
I loved the women in Lila's family and how protective they are of each other. It was a fun read.

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                                                                Debbie Mason




Debbie Mason is the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. The first book in her Christmas, Colorado series, “The Trouble with Christmas,” was the inspiration for Hallmark’s “Welcome to Christmas.” Her books have been praised by RT Book Reviews for their “likable characters, clever dialogue, and juicy plots.” When Debbie isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in Ottawa, Canada.

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Book Review: Identity by Nora Roberts


Published May 23, 2023

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Former Army brat Morgan Albright has finally planted roots in a friendly neighborhood near Baltimore. Her friend and roommate Nina helps her make the mortgage payments, as does Morgan's job as a bartender. But after she and Nina host their first dinner party—attended by Luke, the flirtatious IT guy who'd been chatting her up at the bar—her carefully built world is shattered. The back door glass is broken, cash and jewelry are missing, her car is gone, and Nina lies dead on the floor.

Soon, a horrific truth emerges: It was Morgan who let the monster in. "Luke” is actually a cold-hearted con artist named Gavin who targets a particular type of woman, steals her assets and identity, and then commits his ultimate goal: murder.

What the FBI tells Morgan is beyond chilling. Nina wasn't his type. Morgan is. Nina was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Morgan's nightmare is just beginning. Soon she has no choice but to flee to her mother's home in Vermont. While she struggles to build something new, she meets another man, Miles Jameson. He isn't flashy or flirtatious, and his family business has deep roots in town. But Gavin is still out there hunting new victims, and he hasn't forgotten the one who got away.


IdentityIdentity by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Morgan owned a house and loved her jobs and her best friend. When she meets Luke one night she decides she likes him and they go on a couple of dates. Her best friend, Nina lives with Morgan so one night they have Luke over and Nina''s boyfriend over, for dinner.
That's when everything happens. Luke get all kinds of information off of Morgan's computer.
Nina is dead and Luke has stolen Morgan's identity racking up bills in her name. Morgan moves in with her mom and Grandmother and starts her life all over. Actually loving her new job and meeting a man. But Luke isn't done with her yet. I was so glad how much in the face that the FBI was and trying to track Luke down.
Thank you to St. Martin's and NetGalley for the book to review.

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Book Review: Dark Succession by Katee Roberts


Published May 9 , 2023

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Teague O'Malley hates everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to cut ties once and for all. But then Teague actually meets Callista, sees the bruises on her neck and the trauma in her eyes and vows he will do everything in his power to avenge her.

Everyone knows the O'Malleys are dangerous. But Callie wasn't prepared for his brand of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch scorches through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret—and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.


Dark Succession (previously published as The Marriage Contract)Dark Succession by Katee Robert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Story of mafia and arranged marriages.
Teague O'Malley hates his father and wants his business destroyed.
Calista Was supposed to marry a man from anther mob family but then he is killed so she is then arranged to marry Teague. But then she gets to know Teague and he gets to know her and they actually like each other.
With the way Teague took care of Calista and trying to create a friendly front with the mob families he became my new book boyfriend. Loved him and Calista together.
Thank you to Forever and NetGalley for the book to review.

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Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of spicy romance. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over two million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Book Review: Bewitched by Laura Thalassa


Published on April 18, 2023

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Come to me, Empress …

At age twenty, Selene Bowers desperately hopes to be accepted into Henbane Coven, an academy for young witches. Since one of the requirements for entry is to connect with her powers via a quest through the wilderness, Selene books a trip to South America. When a nefarious supernatural force tries to drag her plane from the sky, Selene's magic awakens to save her life―at a cost. Using her powers devours her memories, one by one.

Worse, when Selene braves the jungle and discovers the source of the attack, she finds herself awakening an ancient evil, Memnon the Cursed, who mistakes Selene for his long-dead wife. The wife who betrayed him. Selene manages to escape and begin her studies at Henbane, but when Memnon turns up at the coven and witches are found dead across campus, Selene becomes entangled in a dangerous plot. Accused of the murders on the basis of her memory loss, Selene must rely on Memnon's help for answers―and his plans for her will change everything.


Bewitched (Bewitched, #1)Bewitched by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Selene is a witch who forgets parts of her memory every time she uses magic.
I really disliked Memnon. He says Selene was his wife from years ago and instead of trying to help her remember, he torments her.
I kept yelling at him to STFU lol. I believed what he was saying but he was going about it all the wrong way.
I wanted Selene with the werewolf. I think there was also something there between them and a chemistry that could have been shown more.
Thank you to NetGalley and sourcebooks for the ARC to read.

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Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Book Review: King of Wrath by Ana Huang


Published April 25, 2023 

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She’s the wife he never wanted…and the weakness he never saw coming.

Ruthless. Meticulous. Arrogant.

Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally.

The billionaire CEO never planned to marry—
until the threat of blackmail forces him into an engagement with a woman he barely knows.

Vivian Lau, jewelry heiress and daughter of his newest enemy.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful or charming she is. He'll do everything in his power to destroy the evidence and their betrothal.

There’s only one problem: now that he has her...he can't bring himself to let her go.

Elegant. Ambitious. Well-mannered.

Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family’s ticket into the highest echelons of high society.

Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family.

While the rude, elusive Dante isn't her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty.

Craving his touch was never part of the plan.

Neither was the worst thing she could possibly do: fall in love with her future husband.

King of Wrath is a steamy billionaire/arranged marriage romance. It contains explicit sexual content, profanity, and mild violence. Recommended for mature readers only.


King of Wrath (Kings of Sin, #1)King of Wrath by Ana Huang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You always know who is going to end up with each other but it is the journey of how they get there that makes these types of books a lot of fun. Never go ny the title of a book to know what the genrs is as I thought it would be a fantasy but it wasn't at all.
Vivian's father blackmails Dante into marrying Vivian. Dante does not want to be married. He is a billionaire and used to calling the shots. Now he needs to find a way out of ths engagement and take down Vivian's father.
I did not like Vivian's parents at all and Dante's parents were strange.
Dante didn't plan on falling in love nor did Vivian.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the book to review.

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Ana Huang



Ana Huang is a USA Today, international, and #1 Amazon bestselling author. Best known for her Twisted series, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance with deliciously alpha heroes, strong heroines, and plenty of steam, angst, and swoon sprinkled in.

Her books have been sold to over two dozen foreign publishers for translation and featured in outlets such as NPR, Cosmopolitan, Financial Times, and Glamour UK.

A self-professed travel enthusiast, she loves incorporating beautiful destinations into her stories and will never say no to a good chai latte.

When she’s not reading or writing, Ana is busy daydreaming and scouring Yelp for her next favorite restaurant.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Book Review: The One by Julia Argy


Published April 18, 2023

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A razor-sharp and seductively hypnotic debut novel about the very fantasy of falling in love.

Emily is not particularly interested in dating. She simply wants to change her life after being fired from her dead-end job. So when she is recruited for the popular reality dating show The One, it doesn’t take much thought for her to sign up; it’s not as if she’d actually fall in love. But upon her arrival on set, it becomes clear her producer, Miranda, will do nearly anything to make sure Emily gets engaged by the end of the season, even if it means breaking Emily’s trust. The pressure builds as Emily navigates her connection with the lead and a growing relationship with another contestant. As the arc of the season begins to slot into place, both Emily and Miranda are forced to decide what they want—and what they are willing to do to get it.

A brilliant send-up of our cultural mythology around romance, The One examines how people can confuse wanting to be looked at—to be singled out and desired—with desire itself.


The OneThe One by Julia Argy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made me see exactly what I thought The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows are like. Very fake, being told how to act and what to say or how to say it. I know the show is all about ratings which is how the story is in this book.
Emily lost her job and has no wheres to go. She gets recruited for the show but doesn't expect anything from it.
Dylan is the bachelor in this story and I like him but felt like I do just watching the commercials of the tv shows, yuck. Why would I want to see a guy I might want to be with kissing , making out and god knows what else with the other girls?
I did feel bad for Dylan a few times.
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin fo the book to review.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Book Review: The Last Word by Taylor Adams


Publication date April 25, 2023 

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After posting a negative book review, a woman living in a remote location begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy—or very, very dangerous—in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.

Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic old neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house’s owner, Jules.

One day, she reads a poorly written—but gruesome—horror novel by the author H. G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can’t just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online about a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?

As Emma digs into Kane’s life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of?


The Last WordThe Last Word by Taylor Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this in one day. I could not put it down and my heart was in my throat the whole time. I am afraid I will have nightmares or insomnia tonight lol.
Emma escapes from something that happened to her and she is depressed. She stays at a house on a beach as a house sitter, She meets the neighbor through telescope and they write things back and forth on a whiteboard. When he tells her she should read a book, she does and does not like it, She gives a review of 1 star and that's when all hell breaks. By chapter 26 I was pretty sure what was going on but not all of it.
This book is a must read and highly recommend it.
I read one other book by this author, NO Exit and loved it but this one is even better.
Thank you to William Morrow for the book to review.

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Taylor Adams is the author of several acclaimed thrillers including No Exit and Hairpin Bridge. No Exit has been published in 32 languages and was recently released by 20th Century Studios as a Hulu Original Film. Adams lives in Washington State.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Book Review: Dark Angel by John Sandford


Published on April 11, 2023

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Letty Davenport, the tough-as-nails adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, takes on an undercover assignment that brings her across the country and into the crosshairs of a dangerous group of hackers.

Letty Davenport’s days working a desk job at are behind her. Her previous actions at a gunfight in Texas—and her incredible skills with firearms—draw the attention of several branches of the US government, and make her a perfect fit for even more dangerous work. The Department of Homeland Security and the NSA have tasked her with infiltrating a hacker group, known only as Ordinary People, that is intent on wreaking havoc. Letty and her reluctant partner from the NSA pose as free-spirited programmers for hire and embark on a cross country road trip to the group’s California headquarters.

While the two work to make inroads with Ordinary People and uncover their plans, they begin to suspect that the hackers are not their only enemy. Someone within their own circle may have betrayed them, and has ulterior motives that place their mission—and their lives—in grave danger.


Dark Angel (Letty Davenport #2)Dark Angel by John Sandford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had a hard time getting into this book and was bored.
Letty Davenport, the tough-as-nails adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, takes on an undercover assignment that brings her across the country and into the crosshairs of a dangerous group of hackers.
The Department of Homeland Security and the NSA have tasked her with infiltrating a hacker group, known only as Ordinary People,
There so many characters and who work for who that at times I was lost and then all the details about the hacking and Russians and at the time Russia hit the Ukraine was just over my head I guess.
I received the book from NetGalley for review

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John Sandford was born John Roswell Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

Book Review: Slow Simmer by Sheridan Jeane


Published April 10, 2023

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Mara Stellar, a comic book shop owner who's lost her way after being gaslighted, finds herself on the brink of losing her store. When a charming movie director comes to town, she takes a chance and lets him into her life. But his grandiose plan quickly turns into a comedy of errors and Mara realizes that if she wants to save her store, she'll have to believe in herself and take on the world.

Ford Ross, an award-winning workaholic movie director, returns home to reconnect with his family and friends and choose his next big film project. When he meets Mara, he thinks he's found the perfect muse. But with his film in jeopardy and his family in turmoil, he'll have to trust in the power of friendship and family if he doesn't want to give up on his dreams.

Two people who have given up on different things in their lives meet and fall for each other, but when their life philosophies clash, they must learn from each other if they want to have it all. Mara, who gave up her career for her family, and Ford, who gave up his family for his career, must find common ground and follow their hearts if they want to make their love story a fairytale ending.

4/5 stars

Mara owns a comic store that she made a reality when her twin brother passed away. Her dream was coding for games but she wanted to make this a success. Mara gave up her career for her family.
Ford is a movie director and between movies so is visiting his family, who he hadn't seen in a while as he was making something of himself with his career. He gave up his family for his career.
Then these 2 meet and they seem to fight obstacles to make a relationship work.
I wished I had known Mara's brother as he had already passed when the book started. Then we find out he had actually written one of the comic books being sold and now Ford wants to turn it into a movie. Mara is all for it but doesn't want hardly any changes made to the movie to keep it on point of the way the comic was written.
I liked all the characters except for Mara's father. I would have told him off a long time ago. He was mean to Mara and actually told her she was stupid. I think I would have blown my cool and told him that in the father department he failed and was an asshole.
I received this from NetGalley to review.

Sheridan Jeane writes both contemporary, small-town romantic comedies featuring strong-willed heroines and the men who love them, as well as exciting Victorian-era books filled with spies, intrigue, and romance. She has released five historical romances in her Secrets and Seduction series as well as a standalone romance Gambling on a Scoundrel.

Friday, April 07, 2023

Blog Tour: My Stepmother's Secret by Emma Robinson


Today is my tour date

Published April 3, 2023
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It’s in that moment, I realise – I have nowhere to turn. If my precious daughters and I are going to have a roof over our heads, we have to return to my childhood home. The one I’ve not felt welcome in since my father died. The one where the woman who destroyed our family still lives…

Today marks the end of my life as I know it. I have absolutely nowhere to go, no-one to turn to. My husband’s lies have ruined our family and wrecked our marriage. And now he’s disappeared, leaving just a promise to make it all right.

My daughters, Olivia and Alice, need me like never before. I will do whatever it takes to stay strong, to keep them safe and loved. So I turn to the one place I hoped never to return to. When my dad died, he left me his house, with one proviso. His second wife, my stepmother, was to be allowed to live there for as long as she wanted. She hasn’t welcomed me there, or shown a single sign of leaving, since.

But I have no choice. I need to ask for her help.

Little do I know that everything I thought I knew about the woman who destroyed my life when I was a child is about to come crashing down. Living together now, the secrets that have kept us apart for all these years are finally revealing themselves. Will our fragile bond break completely, or could it be the only thing that saves me and my daughters…?

An emotional story about family secrets and lies, and the lengths a parent will go to, to protect their children. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Kate Hewitt.


My Stepmother's SecretMy Stepmother's Secret by Emma Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gabbie finds out her husband has been lying and everything she has will be taken from her. So she leaves with her 2 daughters to go and stay with her Stepmother. The woman she never got along with since she was a child.
We leant that she was sent to boarding school because her dad wanted it but not her mom. Her stepmother was her mom;s best friend and ends up marrying her dad.
But what we think is not exactly what really went on as we find out things from the Stepmother. I really enjoyed this book although sometimes I wished that Gabbie would get a backbone.
I was expecting a psychological thriller but it isn't and is a woman's fiction.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the book to review.

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Emma Robinson is the author of several women’s fiction novels. She also blogs about the funny side of parenting and has contributed to podcasts such as Funny Women. Whilst her early novels are humorous, her recent work focuses on emotional themes and these novels are both heart-breaking and life affirming. Emma enjoys writing stories which explore the power of family and friendship in the most challenging circumstances.

Emma currently lives in Essex with a husband, two children and a small black dog.

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Thursday, April 06, 2023

Book Review: Wait For Me by Deborah Garland


Published August 14, 2022

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Money can’t buy love. But it can buy isolation.
Dress so well, so polished, no one will ever dare to look me in the eye.
Then I met her…

It was one night. No names. No problem.
I gave myself over to the kind of desire I didn’t think I could feel again.
When I woke up she was gone.

Now she’s back.
In my office.
My turf.

And I can’t stop thinking about her.
She’s nothing like I remember.
She’s better.
Irresistible. That makes her trouble.
Anyone who turns me on like this is trouble.

She’s smart. Smart enough not to get involved with me.
A stubborn monster. An all-consuming beast.
Until we can’t take it anymore.
It’s better than I remember.
Scorching kisses. Heated skin. Bodies slick with sweat.

Now she says we made a mistake.
I say different.

My baby growing inside her is in no way a mistake.


Wait for Me (Forever Mine, #1)Wait for Me by Deborah Garland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this from Kindle Unlimited and was recommended on Tk Tok.
Gwendolyn was working for a lingerie company and making sure everything went well in fashion shows.
Andrew was also there and part of another company and there were sparks from the get go. Neither one knew each others names and they had a one night stand, which neither one really got over.
about a year later Gwendolyn got hired to work for Prada and that's when she finds out that is where Andrew works and now they share an office.
He is a widow who never seemed to get over his wife.. But he cant shake his feelings for Gwendolyn.
The chemistry is there from the beginning and you know they will end up with each other but the journey to get there is well worth the read.

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Deborah Garland

Deborah Garland is an Award-Winning author of emotional, funny, and steamy romances!

She loves pugs, Friday night Cosmos, and that feeling when she publishes a new romance novel.

She lives on the beautiful North Shore of Long Island loves with her very patient husband and in the summer she escapes to Maine.

She eats cheap mac and cheese with expensive red wine, her heroes are ALWAYS over six feet tall, and they fall, hard, HARD for the girl.

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Book Review: Power Zones by Bronwyn Judde


Published April 4, 2023

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I was discovered by a modeling agency in New York City and my life abruptly changed from one of poverty and self-doubt to where I was the one in control. Yes, men used me for sex but I used them too; seizing power to get what I wanted: sex and pain, preferably together.

But no one owns me, and definitely no one possesses my heart.

Money and fame are mine for the taking and I take them greedily as I put my miserable childhood behind me and find power, particularly over men.

But I have an elusive feeling that something is missing from my life. Is it possible to find a person who could love me enough to overcome the need to protect my heart? I doubt it.

Power really is enough for me.

                                    MY REVIEW:


There wasn't a lot of storyline except for Danica getting a modeling job because of her mom and ended up mostly about sex and her wanting to get out of modeling and making porn movies.
The writing style I liked, the characters were likeable ad the friendships and being there for each other. Danica's mom I didn't like at first but she grew on me and really liked how she became involved with Danica;s boss. When Danica meets men and how she treats them I want happy about and then she meets a man who wants her but lets her be who she wants to be and it works for them.
Thank you to the author and NetGalley for the book to review.

Bronwynn Judd

Hello. I started writing erotic romances at the beginning of the pandemic, and found writing made me happy. Honestly, I wish I had started years ago. Erotic Romances are so much fun to write!

In my life I've run a tiny weaving company on a Greek Island, starred in a movie that never got released (just as well!) worked in a head shop, prepared taxes, and been a stay-at-home mom. My two adult children are my finest accomplishments.

I live in Buffalo, NY

Book Review: Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose


Published April 4, 2023

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A twisty, domestic suspense debut about a clique of mothers that shatters when one of their own is murdered, bringing chaos to their curated lives.

She was the perfect wife, with the perfect life. You would kill to have it…

Ciara Dunphy has it all—a loving husband, well-behaved children, and a beautiful home. Her circle of friends in their small Irish village go to her for tips about mothering, style, and influencer success—a picture-perfect life is easy money on Instagram. But behind the filters, reality is less polished.

Enter Mishti Guha: Ciara’s best friend. Ciara welcomed Mishti into her inner circle for being... unlike the other mothers in the group. But, discontent in a marriage arranged for her through her parents back in Calcutta, Mishti now raises her young daughter in a country that is too cold, among the children of her new friends who look nothing like her. She just wants what Ciara has—the ease with which she moves through the world—and in that sense, Mishti might be exactly like the other mothers.

And there’s earth mother Lauren Doyle, born, bred, and the butt of jokes in their village. With her disheveled partner and children who run naked in the yard, they’re mostly a happy lot, though unsurprisingly ostracized for being the singular dysfunction in Ciara’s immaculate world. When Lauren finds an unlikely ally in Mishti, she decides that her days of ridicule are over.

Then Ciara is found murdered in her own pristine home, and the house of cards she’d worked so hard to build comes crumbling down. Everyone seems to have something to gain from Ciara’s death, so if they don’t want the blame, it may be the perfect time to air their enemies’ dirty laundry.

In this dazzling debut novel, Disha Bose revolutionizes age-old ideas of love and deceit. What ensues is the delicious unspooling of a group of women desperate to preserve themselves.


Dirty LaundryDirty Laundry by Disha Bose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ciara seems to have it all but she is not a nice person and to me is false. She is what I would call a mean girl but she is a wife, mother and friend sometimes.
Mishti Guha is her so called best friend.
Lauren Doyle is the mother next door and the brunt of most jokes.
Then Ciara is found murdered in her home.
We go back and forth to present and past and what leads up to the murder. The more I read, the more I disliked Ciara. Lots of secrets come out as well with all of them and their spouses.
I found it was an ok book. I didn't love it or dislike it. I really didn't care for any of the characters.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the book to review,

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Disha Bose

Disha Bose was born and raised in India, and now lives in Ireland. She worked in Tech before quitting to return to writing. Dirty Laundry is her first novel.