Sunday, October 13, 2019

NOTHING TO HIDE by Allison Brennan



A Lucy Kincaid novel, Book 15
Minotaur Books
April 30th, 2019
978-1250297655
Romantic suspense, mystery, Crime/Police procedural
E-ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley
3.5 Hearts

 

FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is good at getting into the heads of killers and victims both. But her latest case stumps even her. Three bodies showed up with the same unique and troubling MO yet any leads Lucy and the FBI gets lead to a dead end. But when Lucy probes into the case deeper and the victims specifically, she catches the widows in a lie and as she unravels the lies and misdirection’s, she finds a more sinister MO than even she imagined. Can Lucy solve this case before another life is lost to a killer who seems to be taunting the FBI with their kills?

I love the Lucy Kincaid series with a passion and NOTHING TO HIDE is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you breathless from all the twists and turns the author hides within the storyline. I really enjoy seeing where  Lucy goes in her career even as she and Sean ponder moving or having Lucy request a transfer within the FBI but when a case pulls Lucy in, Sean figures prominently as he helps her deal with the case as well down the well in her mind as she figures out possible connections and more. I love how this author delves into Lucy’s world with aplomb and keep my attention as I traveled along with Lucy and Sean as they try to figure out the killer and solve the most maddening case Lucy has dealt with in the FBI.

NOTHING TO HIDE introduces a case that has stumped Lucy and the FBI. Three murders of married men who supposedly led honest lives but all the leads Lucy chases down lead to nothing. Lucy is frustrated ye until she catches a widow in a lie does Lucy start to tear apart the lives of the victims searching for a motive to the deaths. I love how the author keeps coming up with unique cases that showcase Lucy’s wonderful and unique mind that just doesn’t think like others do. It’s fun to see where Lucy’s mind goes. The relationship between Sean and his newfound son is fun to read about and the relationship Sean has with his brothers also figure in the latest book. The author does a great job in capturing it all within the newest installment, NOTHING TO HIDE. The pacing and storyline flow smoothly and kept my attention till the very end.
If you enjoy a fast-paced suspense that will keep you entertained till the end, then grab the latest Lucy Kincaid book, NOTHING TO HIDE. I can’t wait to see where the author goes next with Lucy, Sean and the rest of the Kincaid/Rogan families.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

LABYRINTH by Catherine Coulter



An FBI Story, Book 23
Gallery Books
July 30th, 2019
978-1501193651
Thriller/Mystery, Contemporary, Action Adventure
E-ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley
4.5 Hearts


Agent Lacey Sherlock is on her way to downtown Washington when she is in an auto accident. All she remembers is a body hitting her windshield and then nothing but darkness. When she wakes, she finds out no one knows who the guy is except he is a CIA analyst that is still missing.

Meanwhile on another case, FBI agent Griffin Hammersmith rescues a woman claiming she was kidnapped and that the kidnapper killed three other people. But when Griffin investigates it, he finds the accused kidnapper is a member of a prominent family who claim to have psychic powers. When Griffin and the woman he rescued are arrested by the sheriff, he calls Savich for help and they have to work their way through the lies that keep piling up even as Savich tries to help Sherlock and deal with the case of the missing CIA analyst.

Wow is all I can say after reading the latest FBI novel from Catherine Coulter. What a great premise and storyline plus I loved returning to past characters again to see where they went on after their book. Ms. Coulter delivers a fast paced, action packed story that will keep you glued to the pages until the very last page is read. I know I was just blown away by all the twists this author through at the characters. I have no idea how this author keeps surprising her readers with unique and intriguing stories in her FBI series and at book twenty-three, you would think it would be stale and boring. That is NOT the case for LABYRINTH at all. It’s just as fresh and exciting as book one, The cove. Every FBI novel has two stories running through it that at times intersect or are separate from the Savich and Sherlock main storyline. What I love the most is how much fun these books are. They are so entertaining and enjoyable that I love rereading them periodically to see back on characters or past storylines.

This time we see Savich dealing with Sherlock being injured and that story line shows a few twists I won’t get into it here to not spoil it for you in case you haven’t read it yet. I love these two characters and love how Savich and Sherlock work so well together as well as raise a wonderful little boy named Sean. Those glimpses into their personal relationship and family are the calm of the case(s) they deal with and I love seeing those glimpses into their life together. The characters are wonderfully written and highly entertaining. I think in LABYRINTH, Griffin is a delight and his dealing with a family who thinks they have psychic powers was fun to see this by logical special agent deal with. The characters are really well written and wonderful to read. I couldn’t help but get into the story itself and root for them to succeed in solving both cases.

If you have never read one of this author’s FBI novels, you can start anywhere as each story is basically stand alone in the series but I highly recommend reading from the beginning with The Cove and moving from there to see how Savich and Sherlock got together and see how some of the other characters joined Savich’s FBI unit. If you like a mystery that sinks its teeth into you while you read, action that keeps you on the edge of your seat and more then run to grab LABYRINTH and settle in for one wild ride from start to finish. I can’t wait to see where the author goes in the next FBI series book next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

A TOUCH OF FLAME by Jo Goodman


Publisher:      Berkley
Published:      June 5, 2018
ISBN:      978-0399584299
Genre:     Historical Western Romance
Format:     Print
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FOUR HEARTS

 




When the good doctor of Frost Falls decides it’s time to retire he doesn’t leave the town in a lurch without a doctor.  He contacted his old friend to send a replace and before long E. Ridley Woodhouse arrives.  He also goes a step further and asks the newly minted sheriff, Ben Madison to meet, greet and make the new doctor welcome.  What that town and especially Ben doesn’t expect is that E. Ridley is a woman.  And what E. Ridley doesn’t expect is that the plain spoken man who picks up her up the Sheriff.  Misunderstanding aside, it isn’t long before E. Ridley proves just how competent she is.  Sadly it comes about through a woman whose life is in jeopardy by the very person who should be protecting her.  As E. Ridley becomes more present in the fabric of the town so does her relationship with Ben which suits Ben just fine. 

I’ve said it before but it bears saying again, Jo Goodman never disappoints.  In TOUCH OF FLAME she gives readers a remarkable female lead. Ridley is strong, smart, capable and no nonsense.  She isn’t all that unique for a modern heroine, but for the time period of the Cowboys of Colorado she stands out as an exceptional one.  The romance between Ben and Ridley grows slowly within the story.  There’s no rush to declarations of “I love you” or to the altar. 

The other characters of the town of Frost Falls are multi-dimensional with stories of their own.  They are much like anyone you’d find in a small town with their quirks, spats and connections.  And while this is Ben and Ridley’s story, readers have a chance to catch up with Remington and Phoebe from A Touch of Frost. 

A TOUCH OF FLAME has several layers to it.  You can read this book as just the solid romance it is.  If you want a deeper read, Goodman raises issues of preconception about roles and society, domestic abuse and alcoholism. The issues are not token mentions to add drama to the story, but an interwoven part of what makes Goodman’s characters such great reads.

You do not have to read the books in order because while there are some common characters, they each have their own story within each book.  This is one series you don’t want to miss.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

TURQUOISE TRAIL (DESERT DRAGONS 1) by Julia Talbot



Publisher: Changeling Press
Date Publisher: January 18, 2019
ISBN#: 07326-02362
Urban fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Action adventure
eBook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink:
https://www.changelingpress.com/turquoise-trail-desert-dragons-1-b-2362
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5 Hearts


Chino is on a mission, but he is not so sure that he will succeed. Traveling through the desert in search of his other half seems like a one in a million task but he was sent here by one he respects and hopes that he will find what he is searching for. When two dragons come to him asking for help Chino knows that he cannot turn them down, there is also something about the two dragons that pulls to him. As he follows the dragons, they bring him to a man who is hurt and barely hanging on. Chino must help the man and his dragons. Not only because it is the right thing to do but Chino knows there is a connection somewhere and he is ready to find out just what it is with Oliver and his dragons that pulls him in.

I enjoyed meeting Chino and Oliver, their story makes for an engaging read. Chino is a strong man; military is his life, but he soon finds something more with Oliver and the dragons. The only question is if he will stay and follow his heart. Chino and Oliver have an instant attraction, but Oliver does not want to pressure Chino and lets the man find his own way. The two are good together and it was nice to see the way they interacted as their relationship began to take shape. The dragons in this story are small and mischievous and steal every scene that they are in. It was nice to see not only the two men bond but also the bond between the dragons and the men as well. Each dragon has their own personality just as strong as Chino and Oliver’s personality’s, which added a nice element to the story. This book maybe a quick read but it has a lot to say. The author weaves a good story with strong characters and emotions that has you wanting to return to this world for more.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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