Tuesday, October 2, 2018

HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher:     St. Martin’s
Published:      May 8, 2018
ISBN:        978-1250126061
Genre:      Contemporary, Women's fiction 
Format:     Print from Library
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com


Seventy-seven years ago four young women…one a fourteen teenaged girl, met under a full moon. They formed a club—the High Tide Club.  But they promised so much more.  They promised to be friends for life…and then some.  But as happens in life, despite years of friendship, the foursome drifted apart.  Now, at 99 years of age and dying of end stage lung cancer, Josephine has decided it is time to make amends to her old friends.  To do so she summons Brooke Trappnell to her island, Talisa, and asks the young attorney to do certain things.  Brooke begins the process of contacting the friends and for those who have passed on, their descendants.  One of them turns out to be Brooke’s own mother.  As secrets are revealed, people from Brooke’s own past return to her life. Bit by bit, truths are come to light and at the same time, new friendships are forged. 

I haven’t read a Mary Kay Andrews in some time and it’s been too long.  THE HIGH TIDE CLUB is one of those reads that has something for everyone.  A little romance, a mystery, some history, great characters and several stories wonderfully woven into one.  With each new character that came along a new story began to unfold, each more compelling than the one before.  Andrews ties them altogether in fabulous style and storytelling. 

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

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Monday, September 24, 2018

DUNE DRIVE by Mariah Stewart

The Chesapeake Diaries, Book 12
Pocket Books
July 31st, 2018
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts

Chrissie Jenkins always thought she was ugly and not worth anything in life. So when a handsome guy sweeps her off her feet, she figures she found her very own prince charming. Except he wasn’t a prince nor charming. With more courage than she thought, she runs away and hides back on Cannonball Island and into the arms of her Great Aunt Ruby. Being back home soothes Chrissie’s soul and battered heart in many ways. But when she meets Jared Chandler, she finds an honest and sincere man who she becomes friends with. With her newly rebuilt life moving forward., Chrissie is determined to not fall for another man if she can help it. But what happens when she helps Jared out at his family wedding, they see things in one another that they never imagined. The question is will they embrace what they see in each other or will they ignore it and have their hearts break?

Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries is a fun filled romp filled with captivating characters, intriguing bits of information about the locals and the history of Cannonball Island and St. Dennis filling the pages of DUNE DRIVE. I love this series since the first book, Coming Home, and was thrilled to see the author move onto the residents of Cannonball Island that is across the bridge from St. Dennis. The author does an amazing job in capturing the slow-paced life that makes up Cannonball Island and the few residents who live there are a treat. I loved seeing Ruby, the island’s oldest resident and one who cracks me up whenever she is on the page. Chrissie is hurting and trying to reclaim the person she was before her life became shattered. What I love the most are the characters in this series. We meet some new ones and a few old friends from past books. I love seeing how everyone is doing, what they are up to and all the gossip. The author does a marvelous job in capturing every character’s individual personality just perfectly. I like the diverse cast of characters and we got to see some older folk take center stage at times in the book.

Chrissie still can’t believe she is back on Cannonball Island. She couldn’t get enough dust behind her when she left. Coming back to the island to heal her battered heart and soul is just one aspect of Chrissie’s life now. The other is find out where the girl she was is again. I love Chrissie. She was hurting and ran to something familiar in this case her Aunt Ruby and family she has in and around St. Dennis & Cannonball Island. She is  quite relatable and is the perfect foil to Jared Chandler, a salvager who is determined to never fall in love. Except when these two meets, its pure combustion. The sparks fly between Jared and Chrissie as they get to know one another as well explore the tiny town of St. Dennis and Cannonball Island. I love Chrissie and Jared together. They complement one another, and I found myself rooting for them to have their own happy ever after. The author captures their attraction perfectly amid the pages of DUNE DRIVE and ramps up the sexual tension between them just right.

DUNE DRIVE is a sweet tale of a woman who feels she list herself and her life and has no idea how strong she really is. With the right amount of tension, sweet romance and a small town that fairly brims with life, I long to see for myself what Bling has for the casual shopper, what the flavors of ice cream are at Scoops and more. If you haven’t read The Chesapeake Diaries series, I highly recommend you start from the beginning with Coming Home and just run with it. I love each book and hope the author returns to this quaint town and island.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

THE WORD IS MURDER by Anthony Horowitz

Publisher:     Harper
Published:     June 5, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062676788
Genre:      Mystery, Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Library
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com


Anthony Horowitz is approached by former police officer, Hawthorne to write a book about himself.  Hawthorne provided some advice on a few of Horowitz’s earlier books and he thinks his story might be interesting.  While Horowitz debates whether or not Hawthorne’s story would be a good one the former detective is on the case of a murdered woman, Diane Cowper.  As they dig into Cowper’s death some very strange facts arise.  From the events that led to a tragic accident ten years before to the fact that she was killed mere hours after she planned her own funeral, event after event leads to more odd happenings.  And then things take first a twisted and then horrific turn when shortly after her funeral there is another murder. 

This was my first Anthony Horowitz although I admit I’ve a huge fan of Midsomer Murders.  After reading THE WORD IS MURDER I’ll not only be picking up his backlist but adding him to my must reads list.  THE WORD IS MURDER is a clever premise that I haven't seen before—the author is a character in his own story.   I’ve heard romance authors talk about how a character, generally the hero, becomes so much a part of their thought process that he seems real.  He becomes so determined to have his story told that the walks with the author through the day…and night. 

Horowitz takes that idea a step further and tells a story within a story.  The pacing keeps you interested and engaged in the story.  The ending caught me off guard—well done!  I totally did not see it coming.

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

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

CUT AND RUN by Mary Burton

Montlake Romance
October 9th, 2018
Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Police Procedural
Electronic ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts

For medical examiner Faith McIntyre, seeing trauma cases is nothing new. But when one has her face, well things go from strange to down right dangerous. FBI agent is in town for her father’s murder and when she is seriously hurt in a hit and run, Faith, Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden find out that the past has come calling and it will take Faith and Hayden all that they have to solve the case because there is a killer out there determined to silence Macy, Faith and anyone else that was part of what happened decades ago.

Wowsers, I was just blown away by CUT AND RUN. This is pure entertainment and I loved every minute of it. It’s a fast-paced story that held my interest till the very end. I had no idea who the bad guys were, and the surprise reveal left me with my jaw open to the floor. Mary Burton is one of my go to authors when I need a romantic suspense book to read (among others of course) and CUT AND RUN is by far one of her best works to date. I had issues with Her Last Word (last standalone book) and found this new release is better than I anticipated. It has romance, action and a mystery to keep you guessing. This book just ticked all my love buttons!!

Meet Faith and Macy. Two very different people who find they are long lost twin sisters when Macy comes to Texas to claim her father’s body after he is viscously murdered. Faith is shaken as she finds out that Macy looks like her. As the Texas Rangers close in and Faith tries to figure it all out, the past finds a way to make itself known. The question is, can Faith figure out what happened all those years ago and try to stay a step ahead of a killer determined to silence all those involved long ago? Man I just loved Faith. She is determined and kept me glued to the pages of the book as she raced after clues with the Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden. The scenes with Faith and Hayden were at times sweet, sexy and I enjoyed the sparks that flew between these two. I would have loved to see more of Macy within the storyline but felt it helped move the story along a little better with her minor part in CUT AND RUN. The author does a great job in keeping the mastermind behind the killings secret until the very end of the book and I can honestly say I had no idea who that person was so when the big reveal was happening, my jaw fell to the ground in shock. The characters are exceptional and diverse. They were very well written, and I liked how Ms. Burton kept the focus on a select few characters with a lot of others keeping the storyline moving along nicely.

CUT AND RUN is by far one of this author’s better books and I am hoping she returns to the Texas Rangers again as I enjoyed seeing them in action in CUT AND RUN. If you enjoy a pulse pounding, action packed mystery that will keep you glued to the pages than you need to check Mary Burton’s CUT AND RUN and settle in for one wild ride.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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