Tag : suspense

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LAW AND ORDER 
For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…

PRIDE AND PASSION
And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

Titles in the Moving Violations series include — One Tough Cowboy

Seeing is believing…

Thomas Brown can’t see color, but he can see people’s true souls. His abilities allow him to work with criminal investigators and deliver justice to families of the wronged. And he’s starting to accept that his life will forever be in black and white…

Then he encounters Helena Grayse, and everything changes. She brings vibrant color to his world, and he brings acceptance and belief to hers. But Helena’s past is quickly catching up with her, and Thomas is in the crosshairs.

As an enemy hidden in plain sight threatens their every move, they’ll have to rely on their love to beat the darkness

Titles in the Fatal Dreams series include:  Race the Darkness – Hunt the Dawn – Never Let Me Fall –

her-rogue-alphaTitle:  Her Rogue Alpha
Series:  X-Ops #5
Author:  Paige Tyler
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Published:  September 6, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Former Special Forces Lieutenant Jayson Harmon can’t believe that his war scars don’t matter to beautiful feline shifter Layla Halliwell. Why would she saddle herself with a broken man?

But Layla knows that Jayson is a hero to the core, and that only she can heal his wounded soul. So when Jayson is deployed on another deadly mission, no way is Layla staying behind…

Read on for my thoughts on Her Rogue Alpha.  No true spoilers, promise.

Chasing MemoriesTitle:  Chasing Memories
Series:  Forevermore #2
Author:  Anna James
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 12, 2016
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Lucas Morgan wants to know the cause of the hit-and-run accident that killed his grandmother, and he s certain the truth is locked inside the head of India Leone an interior designer apparently suffering an all-too-convenient case of amnesia.

Determined to either trip her up in a lie, or wait for her memories to return, Lucas offers India a job at one of the luxury hotel properties he s developing. He never thought he’d wind up falling for the woman at the top of his suspect list.

India isn’t so sure herself how she ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Until her memories return, how can she possibly move on with her life? The police say she’s innocent, but too many questions linger.

Desperate to get away, she seizes Lucas’ offer, never expecting to fall in love with him. Or that he would be keeping secrets that could not only break her heart, but cost her life.

Read on for my thoughts on Chasing Memories.  No true spoilers, promise.

Blood and BoneTitle:  Blood and Bone
Series:
Author:  Tara Brown
Genre:  Mystery, Romance
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

What would you do if your life was a lie—and everyone knew but you?

Jane has come a long way from the dark days of the horrific car accident that robbed her of many memories. Living the life of a shopgirl with a charming boyfriend—a handsome, green-eyed doctor named Derek—is so satisfying that she doesn’t want to revisit her past.

But the past insists on revisiting Jane. People keep thinking she’s Samantha, a dead girl who looks exactly like her. Now, Jane is determined to discover her connection to the girl, leading her to question everything from her relationship with Derek to her own sanity. Should she believe Rory, the man who insists she actually is Samantha? Or should she depend on Derek, who offers her love and shelter…but who may have other reasons for keeping her under wraps? Who is telling her the truth—and what are the others hiding?

Read on for my thoughts on Blood and Bone.  No true spoilers, promise.

Up Close and Dangerous LHoward

Bailey Wingate’s life got complicated the moment she agreed to marry James Wingate.  Sure she got a very nice lifestyle out of the deal – but there is always a drawback to the “perfect” deal.  In this case that small detail involved her step-children and their extreme hatred of her.

But did they hate her enough to commit murder?

When James Wingate died he left the care and control of his children’s trust funds to Bailey – with a monthly allowance to be doled out which they thought was well beneath their rights as heirs.

To them Bailey was a stone cold witch and they did everything in their power to keep her aware of their opinions.

But was she really the money grabbing bitch the elite, rich community, as well as her step-children,  thought her to be?

Cameron Justice, along with his friend and partner Bret Larson owned J&L Executive Air Limo.  Both had a long relationship with military flying before deciding on building their own business.  Bret was easy going – Cam was intense, and took no nonsense from his rich clients.  Like that rich bitch Bailey Wingate, with her ton of over packed suitcases and the oversized sunglasses that kept her opinion of the world well hidden.

Bailey’s opinion of Cam wasn’t much better.  Too bad that they were stuck together on this trip to Denver.  Damn Bret’s allergic reaction to cats.

Bailey and Cam had managed to ignore each other for most the the flight.

Until the engines went silent.  And the mountain loomed in front of them with no way to rise above it.

Tribute

Settling into a comfortable chair on a Saturday morning, I opened up my hardback copy of Nora Roberts’ novel Tribute, prepared to immerse myself in another excellent escape from one of my favorite authors.  I was not disappointed.

The Little Farm had finally come into Cilla McGowen’s hands.  The rural property that had once been the backdrop for Janet Hardy’s lush summer parties, and a get-away haven when the pressures of being a famous or even an infamous actress became too much.  The place where her grandmother escaped to, and where it was believed she took her own life was finally, completely Cilla’s.   Oh, it didn’t look so glamorous now.  The house itself was falling apart, the barn behind it wasn’t in much better shape.  The once beautiful gardens were clogged with weeds and debris.  The pond where  famous stars often skinny-dipped on starlit nights was full of overgrown lilies and thick with pond scum.  Yet Cilla saw it for what it could become once again with time and a lot of effort, mostly hers.  She’d been flipping houses for years now, she could do the same to The Little Farm – if she stayed beyond that or not, was yet to be seen.

There’s just something about a truly ugly dog named Spock.  Ever see something just so darned ugly that it was kinda cute, that was Spock.  But his master, now that was another thing.   Ford Sawyer looked more like the super heroes he creates for his graphic novels…or comic books for those not familiar with the term, with a good ole boy’s charm and a lazy, devilish grin Ford sets out to learn more about his new neighbor across the road.

I liked the way Cilla and Ford’s romance developed.  Steadily growing, pushed a bit here and there by events yet a constant building that felt to me totally natural for these characters.

As Cilla’s renovation work continues, word spreads quickly that Janet Hardy’s grand-daughter is back and returning The Little Farm to it’s past glory.  The rebuilding requires several contractors to wander about the property so that several characters come naturally into the storyline.  So naturally that not much attention is paid to them…at first.  As the mystery of this story took a stronger focus, I found myself going back and re-reading some parts in the hopes of finding clues that I might have overlooked.

The lighthearted tone of the novel changes when Cilla discovers a packet of letters sent to Janet.  Letters tenderly stacked and tied with ribbon, obvious mementos important to her grandmother.  As she reads the aged letter Cilla is shocked to discover that her grandmother was pregnant when she supposedly took her own life and that her lover appeared to be a married man.  Why would Janet end not only her own life but that of her child’s as well?  Or did she…

Shadow Woman LHowardStepping from the shower, Lizette Henry grabs a towel to wrap around her wet hair and one to dry off with.  Tossing on a robe she ventures into the kitchen for that desperately needed first cup of coffee.  Wandering back to the bathroom to dry and style her hair she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror.

But.  That wasn’t her reflection in the mirror.

So begins Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman.

We are drawn into Lizette’s panic as she tries to understand what is happening to her.  She remembers her life, of course she does.  So why doesn’t she look like she should?

Her first instinct is to reach out for help from her friend – but halfway to the phone she thinks, “No, if I call someone they will know”.

Drenching sweat, nausea rolling through her stomach and a blinding, pain filled headache follow that thought.

Rousing herself enough to call in to her manager that she was ill yet another shock hit her.  It seems in her 3 years of work she has never used a single sick day.  But wait – she had been with the company for 5 years.  Why would her supervisor say only 3 years… and why couldn’t she remember those missing 2 years?

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