Monday, May 29, 2017

TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS by Carolyn Brown

 
Publisher:    Forever
Published:   May 30, 2017     
ISBN:            978-1455597444
Genre:       Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

 
THREE-1/2 HEARTS

 

Lila Harris has spent the last decade doing what she can to change from the “wild child” of Happy, Texas into a staid and respectable woman. When she arrives back in Happy, on summer break from her teaching job it isn’t long before that wild child starts to wend her way to the surface once again.  In town to help out at the café her mother, Daisy, started years before Lila is in a position to see pretty much anyone and everyone in town. Despite her best intentions it doesn’t take long for her to run into her first and only love, Brody Dawson.


Brody is the eldest of the Dawson siblings and carries the mantle of responsibility to his family like a shield. He steps up time and again to do the right thing for his family and once upon a time one of those right things was walking away from Lila…and breaking her heart. But just like Lila, Brody never forgot his first love.

Bit by bit, day by day, Lila and Brody’s paths cross and those old feelings come to the surface along with some new ones.  Some townsfolk are willing to get to know the “new” Lila. Others, like Brody’s mother and grandmother have no interest in even trying. The question for Brody and Lila is do they love each other enough to find their way back to each other.



This is my year for finding and reading new to me authors and Carolyn Brown is one of them. Being I’m a huge fan of both historical and contemporary westerns I’m wondering how I missed her until now. Her TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS isn’t just a fun contemporary romance. It is a reminder of why I fell in love with reading romance in the first place. Multi-dimensional characters with strong emotions that take you into their lives. She doesn’t rush into the “grand finale” of “I love you”, but takes you into the character’s lives and emotions. You know what they are feeling, what their joys and struggles are and you relate to them. There are any number of times each reader will identify with something one of the characters does or feels. I have to admit more than once I wanted to shake Valerie, but she redeems herself by the end…you just have to watch for it. Grandmother, Hope, is a strong matriarch but not so set in her ways she doesn’t change throughout the story.

There is a strong focus on churchgoing throughout the book which normally would be a turn off for me. It works in TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS because it is part of the story—it is part of the characters’ lives and what makes them who they are. If those scenes weren’t in there so much of the substance of the story would have been lost.
 
TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS is one of those books that is easily cross-generational. It’s a great read for a young adult just getting into reading romance or for a seasoned reader looking for a relaxing read.  Definitely one to check out.

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

 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

A LIKELY STORY by Jenn McKinlay

Publisher:   Berkley
Published:   November 3, 2015
ISBN:            978-1101986837
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
 

FOUR HEARTS

 

Briar Creek librarian Lindsey Norris believes everyone should have access to their favorite reads, even reclusive shut ins like the elderly Rosen brothers. Or, perhaps even more so because the brothers live on one of the Thumb Islands.  Of course the only way to get there is via water taxi and who better to take her than her ex-boyfriend, who hopes to once again be the man in her life, Sully.  When they arrive, however, it doesn’t take long for them to realize something is wrong, very wrong.

Normally Stewart Rosen will meet them at the dock.  It’s not a matter of courtesy—it’s because the brothers have a reputation as hoarders and just do not want anyone in their house.  After waiting a few minutes they head to the house, keeping a watchful eye out because it’s fairly well-know the brothers have booby-trapped the house to preserve their privacy. What they find once inside is extremely disturbing—Peter, who uses a wheelchair, has been shot and killed and Stewart is nowhere to be found. Despite the evidence pointing to it, Lindsey and Sully cannot believe Stewart killed his brother. And, if it wasn’t Stewart, what are the chances the killer will come next for him?  Can Lindsey and Sully find the killer before he strikes again?

I was delighted to see Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers series get back on track with the addition of A LIKELY STORY.  Book 4, READ IT AN WEEP, introduced the formulaic “love triangle”.  Book 5, ON BORROWED TIME, was more of a romance than a mystery—the mystery came across as more of an afterthought and it was almost enough for me to give up on the series.  If I want to read a romance, I’ll pick one up. Unfortunately all of McKinlay’s series have added this annoying element and hopefully those that continue will focus more on detecting and less on romance. That said, she does have a romance series beginning and I am anxious to see what she does with it.  When I pick up a cozy, I want a female detective solving a murder with her smarts, cunning and wits.  Lindsey started out that way but then the detour into that love triangle made her a less appealing character. With A LIKELY STORY, the third party to the triangle is there briefly but finally leaves town…at least or awhile.  The story is shorter than usual so it seemed like the few scenes where he appeared were more to raise the word count than to add to the story.

That said, I do applaud McKinlay on raising the issue of hoarding and how hoarders, and in particular elderly ones, can struggle with the disorder. One of my dearest friends was a self-described hoarder and during a heart-to-heart conversation one day she admitted that part of the reason she lived not all that different from the Rosen brothers, was it helped her to feel safe—that anyone breaking into her house would either alert her to their presence by falling over things or get hurt themselves buying her time to call for help. Lindsey’s compassion and by extension McKinlay’s came through in a wonderful manner through Stewart’s story.

McKinlay gives readers just the right amount of clues as to who the killer is along with a nicely done twist in how the murder happened.

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

 

Friday, May 26, 2017

HOT WATER (re-release) by Lex Valentine


Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Date published: 3/12/17
ISBN:
 978-1-68252-300-1
Shifter, Vampire, Paranormal
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle(meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.loose-id.com/tales-of-the-dark-world-2-hot-water.html#product_tabs_description

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


A dragon and a vampire finding love? Who would have ever thought these two kinds of supernatural beings would ever find themselves mated together? Eden and Colin discover that love can surprise you. Something draws them together and they must decide if they are going to explore it or let the chance of a lifetime slip away from them. After years of not fitting in with her family Eden is on a mission to prove her brother wrong.  She is determined to let this be the last time she hears his hurtful words. When she meets Colin, she begins to feel true acceptance for the first time in her life. Can this time last with Colin or is it just a fleeting affair that Eden will look back on with fondness?

I enjoyed seeing Eden and Colin find their way. The two make a wonderful couple. Each supporting the other and giving them just what they need. Their attraction is off the charts right from the start and it was nice to watch it grow into something deeper. Colin is a good man and not only understands Eden but fights for her. He is not afraid to go after anyone who hurts her and that includes Eden’s brothers. Eden is a strong woman and fights back as well. Colin’s love for her gives Eden the much-needed boost. Each one is strong but together they are unstoppable and with the love that they share nothing will be able to keep them apart. I loved seeing the support that they had for each other and just how far they would go to be together. Eden and Colin find out that the best things in life are worth the fight.


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

 

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

GOLDEN DANCER by Tara Lain


Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date published: April 2016
ISBN:
978-1-78651-415-8
Contemporary, Erotic, Gay, Ménage
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/golden-dancer
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts



 
Mac is more than ready to prove that Terrebone has stolen the statue called the Golden Dancer. Mac has become obsessed with this and when he finds out that Daniel Terrebone has now gotten his hands on the real-life dancer Trelain Medveyev, Mac rushes to the rescue. What he finds is far from what Mac thought he would find and soon Mac begins to see something more than just a thief in Terrebone.  Now what is Mac going to do? He must find the truth of the story as well as the truth of his own feelings but which one will win? Can Mac find a way to have his story and his happy ending or will he lose everything before he can truly have it?
 
Tara Lain weaves a wonderful story in this book. Each of the characters are strong and grow in their own way and together they are unbreakable. Each man compliments the other and is more than ready to support the others. Mac, Daniel and Trelain are wonderful together. Their love is so strong it is almost a tangible thing. I truly enjoyed Mac the most. He grows so much through this tale and must make the hardest or easiest choice of following his heart or letting the best men to come into his life slip away. Daniel and Trelain decide to let their hearts rule and embrace this adventure with everything that they have.  When a threat to Trelain comes Mac and Daniel must rely on one another to get through it. Seeing the three form a bond was a nice read and I especially enjoyed seeing Mac and Daniel find their way. Love is something that should not be ignored and these men learn this lesson the hard way.

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


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS (SOUL DEBT) by Julia Talbot


Publisher: Changeling Press
Date published:
February 24, 2017
ISBN: 06365-02045
Paranormal, Romance
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2045
Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts



When Jordie made the deal for success with his music he understood the payments that he would have to make. So when the time to pay up comes around again he accepts that he must pay but this new demon is different. Mal makes him feel and brings his music faster and better than the others did. Jordie tries to understand what the difference is but he never thought that it would be Mal. Can Jordie understand and believe in Mal or will he reject what he has been given? Mal has come to Jordie for more than payment but will Jordie accept what he is offering?

Not only is Jordie and Mal’s story hot but it is also a delightful read. Their story may be short but it packs a punch. The characters and the storyline are well fleshed out. Jordie is a good man who has made some questionable choices in his career but owns up to them and faces the facts. Mal does what he feels is right and will abide by the consequences of his actions. Together they make a great couple and I enjoyed watching the two work towards their happy ever after. Mal is a great character and he quickly endeared himself to this reader. Not only did I love the main characters Jordie and Mal but Dev also made a big impression and I would love to see him get his story told. Opportunity Knocks gives us an engaging read that shows us just what love can do when you let it in.


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

 

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

FINDING YOU by Jo Watson

Publisher:   Forever
Published:  May 2, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455595549
Genre:       Contemporary Romances, Chik Lit, Women’s Fiction
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


FIVE HEARTS

 

Jane Smith has always been a good girl.  Quiet, shy, withdrawn and a tad morose.  So intent to please her family she became a dentist and into practice with her father. But he’s not really her father. Oh, it’s nothing nefarious…Jane was adopted and despite her best efforts and those of her adoptive mother, she’s never fit in. At least she didn’t think so. She just went along to get along and kept to a logical, practical and safe routine. And then one day, just before her twenty-fifth birthday she had a meltdown. Not your every day sit down and cry. No, this was something more, much more.
 
Instead she books a trip to Santorini, Greece.  By herself. Determined to find her father, her birth father. All she knows about him is he is Greek and his name is Dimitri. She flips through one of the airline travel magazines on the way from South Africa to Greece and finds herself not just studying a totally hot model in an ad…she ends up having a very, very steamy dream about him. And true to the way things happen in Jane’s life, when she lands in Santorini, who should be at the airport to pick her up but the very male model she’s already had some very, very erotic fantasies about. A not only is he there to drive her to her hotel, he’s determined to show her Santorini—to show her the island home he loves.  And in an even more wicked twist of fate, his name is Dimitri.  And not only his name Dimitri…it seems that Dimitris are all over Santorini.  Determined not to repeat what she sees as her birth mother’s mistake, Jane fights her growing attraction for the tour guide/model who is determined to be there for her.

Step by step, bit by bit, Dimitri finds his way into Jane’s heart. So much so they open their hearts and admit their love for each other. But Dimitri makes one misstep, one that sends Jane fleeing back to South Africa. Can she find a way to forgive what he’s done?

It’s not unusual for me to mention a current read to my friends and on occasion say, yeah, you’d like this one.  Rarely though do I tell pretty much everyone I know “You’ve got to read this one.”  Jo Watson’s FINDING YOU is one of those books I’ve just had to tell everyone about and recommend. FINDING YOU pretty much has something for everyone.  There are parts that I not only laughed out loud, but laughed hard enough that I got tears in my eyes. Watson has a wonderful sit that comes through in her characters. 

There are parts where you ache for Jane and when the truth of Dimitri’s actions come out, you want to shake her and tell her to give him another chance because you feel his pain. Her story is moving from start to finish.

Watson takes you into the streets of Santorini and paints such a vivid picture of the island you feel you are there…and want to journey there to see for yourself. And Jane’s friends add some wonderful insights and comedic elements to the story.

I read the first book in this series, BURNING MOON, and wasn’t impressed.  I felt that the characters did nothing but complain and ruminate about how unfair life was. I didn’t see any of the humor I saw in FINDING YOU, nor the wonderful connections between the characters. I took a pass on reading book 2, ALMOST A BRIDE and reluctantly started FINDING YOU.  I am so glad I picked FINDING YOU up. It is one of those books that you start and you just can’t put it down until the end. And, when I was done I went back and read certain parts over because they were just so good. I’ll be going back and reading ALMOST A BRIDE but I have to admit it’s Stormy’s story I really can’t wait to read next.  Hopefully that one will be on its way soon. 

FINDING YOU is definitely one to put on the top of your must read list.


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

 

 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

LOCK AND KEY by Z. Allora


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: March 17, 2017
BDSM, Contemporary
Audio Book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lock-and-key-by-z-allora-8411-b
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts



From the very first time Zack sees Andrew he knows that he is the man for him but life does not always give you what you want.  After being rejected by Andrew and having the worst night of his life Zack denies his submissive side and becomes a Dom.  Andrew and Zack continue to be in each other’s lives because of their brothers but Zack begins to distance himself further and further away.  Yet the two end up frequenting the same club and soon Zack becomes a favorite Dom.  Little does anyone know just why he knows what a submissive needs. Zack takes a chance when the club has a charity event in which the Doms are asked to be a submissive for a weekend. He cannot let this once in a lifetime chance slip through his fingers but will his heart be broken once again?

 

This is a nice story of finding your one true love and fighting your way to a happy ever after. Zack and Andrew have a long journey to go through before they can find happiness. Their journey has its ups and downs.  It is full of obstacles and reasons to say no but the heart wants what it wants. Andrew and Zack's story is filled with emotion and will pull at your heartstrings at times.  I enjoyed seeing the two men find their way to one another and what it took to get them there.  The two make a good couple and work well in and out of the bedroom and watching them work towards a loving relationship made for a beautiful story. Each man must realize what he wants and just what he is willing to risk to get it.  Love can be a fickle thing and Zack and Andrew learn the hard way just how much it can hurt.


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

 

 

Friday, May 19, 2017

IN YOUR EYES by Cardeno C.


Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Date published:
10-26-15
Shifter, M/M
Audio book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/In-Your-Eyes-Audiobook/B01723I6GW
Obtained via Author
Rating: 4 Hearts


Samuel and Korban are both being raised to lead their packs. The two packs borders are close together and it is not surprising that Samuel and Korban would run in to each other from time to time. Yet something about Korban unsettles Samuel and he does not like it.  Adding another thing to Samuel’s list of worries. From a youngster, he has always trained and tried to be the best at everything so that when it came for his time to lead the pack as alpha he would be ready. Although as much as Samuel tries he seems to always come up short. He longs to understand his father’s teachings especially those that he is told are not written but felt. All to soon Samuel is thrust into the role that he is not ready for and it seems that not only must he right a wrong but he must also figure out his own feelings as well and Korban is right smack in the middle of everything.

Samuel and Korban’s story is engaging and heartwarming tale. Cardeno C weaves a good story and narrator Charlie David brings the characters to life nicely. As I listened to this audio book I quickly became immersed in their world. I enjoyed seeing Samuel grow and learn, especially when he finally begins to understand his predicaments and how to go about fixing them.  Korban is a good man. He has waited years to be with Samuel and when he gets the chance he grabs it.  Giving Samuel everything and anything that he needs, even his life. Korban and Samuel are great together. Separately they are strong but together no one can stop them.  The two must wade through so much deception and hate before they can concentrate on themselves. I loved seeing each of the men support the other as they dealt with pack issues and members. Samuel soon learns that books don’t hold all the answers and some answers were right in front of his face all this time. Love and mating is not something to be taken lightly and these two work hard at it while never giving up on it.

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

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Once Upon a Summer Night: Mists of Fate by Nancy Scanlon

Publisher:   Diversion Books
Published:   April 11, 2017   
ISBN:            B01N35BGFA
Genre:       Time Travel Romance
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
 

THREE HEARTS

 

With his cousin and partner, Brianna, happily ensconced in late 1400’s Colin O’Rourke is focused on expanding their company Celtic Connections including an office in England.  But things are not moving along as smoothly has he’s like.  It seems a very popular tabloid reporter is determined to find her niece, bookish Eleanor Carberry, a husband.  And the meddlesome aunt has some very specific ideas about said husband.

Eleanor (Ellie) is content with her life as a London bookshop owner. She loves her bookshop and her relatively quiet existence.  But when her aunt asks her for a “favour” which is actually her aunt trying to find her a husband, despite her reluctance, Ellie agrees.  s wealthiest, Ellie reluctantly agrees.  Despite meeting a few choice gentlemen Ellie finds herself more and more drawn to Colin. 

And Colin finds himself attracted to Ellie.  And Ellie seems to like him, but there’s a fly in the ointment.  Colin is also a protector – a guardian of his family which requires him to travel not just place to place, but time to time.  When the paparazzi come after Ellie because of her aunt’s machinations they head off to Colin’s cottage hidden deep in Ireland.  But while there Ellie, along with her friend Gwen, end up back in the late 1400’s. Can time and distance bring these two star-crossed….or is time-crossed, lovers together?

I’m a long-time fan of time travel and when I stumbled on Nancy Scanlon’s Mists of Fate series I was treated to an entire time travel series.  I liked Colin from book 1 on and was delighted to see he has his own story in book 3, ONCE UP ON A SUMMER NIGHT.  He is wonderfully conflicted between following his heart (Ellie) and maintaining his duty to his family.  He learned long ago not to tempt the Fates…even though they throw some curves his way.  Colin never really knows when….as it what year…he will end up when they send him on a mission.
 
Scanlon writes “sweet” in the sense that she has romance and the push and pull of true love finding its way.  She writes is in a way that cross-generations can enjoy it. It’s a nice read for a teen new to romance and at the same time seasoned readers can sit back and enjoy. The mechanism for the time travel is different – a unique take on the idea of love transcending time. 

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

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

LETHAL LIES by Rebecca Zanetti

Publisher:   Forever
Published:  May 16, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455594290
Genre:       Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

 
THREE-1/2 HEARTS

 

Heath Jones, along with his two brothers, Ryder and Denver, have lived essentially off the grid for a number of years. Not that they’ve done anything wrong…well except for killing the man who abused them as children. Dumped at an orphanage, studied by a woman purported to be a doctor, beaten and abused by this man, one day they had enough. Now the brothers are on the trail of a serial killer dubbed the Copper Killer because his victims are red-headed women.  Asked by one of the victim’s families they have crossed state lines pursuing the killer. Along the way Heath met and despite his best efforts, fell for Anya Best.

 

Criminal psychologist Anya Best has just broken up with a long time boyfriend. The last thing she wants is another relationship. What she does want is to find the man who killed her sister, Loretta.  When men purporting to be U.S. Marshals try to remove Anya from protective custody under the FBI she quickly learns Heath may be her only chance to find her sister’s killer…and save her life. But there is more at play than a serial killer as Heath’s past races to find him. 

 

I can’t resist picking up a book about serial killers.  There is something about the psychology behind what they do I find fascinating.  Add in some bad boys doing the right thing and I’m hooked. Rebecca Zanetti’s LETHAL LIES reminded me of a cross between UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) meets THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier) with a touch of modern day genetics thrown in.  I wasn’t overly impressed with Zanetti’s first book in this series, DEADLY SILENCE and debated going forward reading LETHAL LIES.  There was a tremendous difference in the two books. Definitely the same voice, but there was more to the characters’ makeup in LETHAL LIES.  I kind of got the feeling Zanetti may have felt more of a connection to Heath than Ryker in book 1.  Anya’s profession as a criminal psychologist was sheer genius and I liked how she participated in assessing the killer’s identity. The way she handled him when he was revealed was really well done.

 

I don’t know who I dislike more—Dr. Madison or Sheriff Cobb.  They are both despicable characters you just love to hate.  I’m not sure who I want to see get what is coming to them more—Cobb or Madison. And given what those two have done historically…is one of her “creations” really gone? Or will he be back?

 

Lots of twists and turns in this one and just when you think you’ve spotted the killer a new suspect pops up.

 

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

 

 


DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti

Publisher:    Forever
Published:   October 4, 2016 
ISBN:        B01CYU3LOU
Genre:       Romantic Suspense
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

 THREE HEARTS


Ryker hasn’t had an easy life.  Not by any means.  There are parts of his life that he has no tangible grasp of. He has two brothers—not of his blood, but closer than if they were. They grew up, as it were, in an orphanage that was not very kind. Not only did the local sheriff take great pleasure in beating the boys every chance he got—there was a woman who came on a regular basis to test them, relentlessly. Now, as adults, they work together to find the lost who cannot be found. He is a man who will do anything for his family and those he cares about...one might say love, but Ryker is not a man who feels can can love...or can he?
 
Zara Remington put herself through paralegal school and her career is moving along quite nicely. Well, kind of. As it turns out her best friend is in danger and because of her job, Zara’s hands are tied. And then there is the investigator her firm hired – a brooding, motorcycle riding bad boy who makes her heart beat a little faster but who refuses to open any part of himself to her while demanding she tell him her secrets. Try as she might, Zara cannot walk away from Ryker…there is something so attractive about his alpha male attitude.

Living essentially off the grid—or at least keeping their whereabouts quiet, Ryder and his brothers have set up shop in Cisco – trying to track down a serial killer with a penchant for killing red-headed family members of police officers. But the game changes when a boy shows up at their office asking them to locate a woman—the woman who tested Ryder and his brothers when they were young.
 
The blurb for Rebecca Zanetti’s DEADLY SILENCE sounded like it would be a compelling, fast paced, white knuckled thrill ride where I wouldn’t be able to put the book down until I’d read the last page.
 
My expectations were not realistic and I was disappointed. The beginning was pretty good—Ryder, Denver and Heath’s back story made me hurt for them and what they went through. From that poignant beginning the story seemed to spin out of control and I felt like I was dropped in the middle without knowing how I got there. The characters – all the characters – seem angry. There is just no let-up in their anger, none of the characters seemed to have any good or anything to make them smile in their lives. Even when Zara and Ryder are together their lovemaking seems to be more based in anger than attraction.  It shouldn’t take over 1/2 of a book to get to the meat of a story and make it so the reader is making some connections with the characters.  I just never got to caring about Zara and while initially I hurt for Ryder and his brothers they lost me after the first 50 pages or so. Had the book not been for review I would not have finished it. It is rare that I don’t find some enjoyment in a story—DEADLY SILENCE was one of those times.

I did pick up on a thread that reminded me of an old Dolf Lundgren / Jean Claude Van Dam movie, Universal Solider which I did like.  It will be interesting if the series moves along in a similar way as the movie. And after the first half the story did pick up and drew me in. But, as I said, had it not been for review I would not have pushed on to get to that point. Based on how the story did get better in the last half I will be reading on.

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

 


LETHAL LIES by Rebecca Zanetti

Publisher:   Forever
Published:  May 16, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455594290
Genre:       Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

 
THREE-1/2 HEARTS

 

Heath Jones, along with his two brothers, Ryder and Denver, have lived essentially off the grid for a number of years. Not that they’ve done anything wrong…well except for killing the man who abused them as children. Dumped at an orphanage, studied by a woman purported to be a doctor, beaten and abused by this man, one day they had enough. Now the brothers are on the trail of a serial killer dubbed the Copper Killer because his victims are red-headed women.  Asked by one of the victim’s families they have crossed state lines pursuing the killer. Along the way Heath met and despite his best efforts, fell for Anya Best.

Criminal psychologist Anya Best has just broken up with a long time boyfriend. The last thing she wants is another relationship. What she does want is to find the man who killed her sister, Loretta.  When men purporting to be U.S. Marshals try to remove Anya from protective custody under the FBI she quickly learns Heath may be her only chance to find her sister’s killer…and save her life. But there is more at play than a serial killer as Heath’s past races to find him. 

I can’t resist picking up a book about serial killers.  There is something about the psychology behind what they do I find fascinating.  Add in some bad boys doing the right thing and I’m hooked. Rebecca Zanetti’s LETHAL LIES reminded me of a cross between UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) meets THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier) with a touch of modern day genetics thrown in.  I wasn’t overly impressed with Zanetti’s first book in this series, DEADLY SILENCE and debated going forward reading LETHAL LIES.  There was a tremendous difference in the two books. Definitely the same voice, but there was more to the characters’ makeup in LETHAL LIES.  I kind of got the feeling Zanetti may have felt more of a connection to Heath than Ryker in book 1.  Anya’s profession as a criminal psychologist was sheer genius and I liked how she participated in assessing the killer’s identity. The way she handled him when he was revealed was really well done.

I don’t know who I dislike more—Dr. Madison or Sheriff Cobb.  They are both despicable characters you just love to hate. Madison could have put Josef Mengele to shame with her actions and very sick mind. I’m not sure who I want to see get what is coming to them more—Cobb or Madison. And given what those two have done historically…is one of her “creations” really gone? Or will he be back?

Lots of twists and turns in this one and just when you think you’ve spotted the killer a new suspect pops up.

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