Monday, March 30, 2020

MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE by Jennifer Chow



Publisher:      Berkley 
Published:      March 10, 2020  
ISBN:      978-1984804990
Genre:     Cozy Mystery    
Format:     Print from Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FIVE HEARTS
 

Mimi Lee has just opened up her pet grooming salon, Hollywoof!  Located in the heart of Los Angeles and near Hollywood she hopes to be the groomer to the star’s pets.  At first business seems a tad slow, but the salon has after all, just opened.  As a grand opening gift to Mimi her sister, Alice, brings her a fluffy white Persian rescue kitty straight from the pound.  Being more of a dog person than a member of a cat’s staff she names the kitty “Marshmallow”.  After all, he IS fluffy and white like the tasty coonfection.  Not exactly enamoured of his name, Marshmallow is a decent guy and grudgingly accepts his name…but there is a twist to the furry feline.  He speaks.  He not only speaks, but he can read.  Despite her shock and surprise, Mimi rolls with it and comes to find out Marshmallow is actually quite the sleuthing partner which comes in handy when Mimi stumbles upon a dead body.  Even more so when Mimi becomes suspect No. 1.

Jennifer Chow is a new to me author but she’s quickly moved to the top of my favorite author list.  I have to admit I was drawn to MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE because I had a fluffy white Persian named Marshmallow although I called him Mel.  And while he didn’t speak quite the way Marshmallow does, he, like most cats, communicated his wants and needs quite clearly. 

Chow treats her readers to a well told mystery along with some cultural education and a dose of laughs. Mimi is a great character.  She’s smart, compassionate and finds ways to balance her family with her business and friends.  And given her mother, who is a character in and of herself, that balance is essential.  I loved her mom!  Unlike other stories where the mother trying to matchmaker her daughter get annoying, Mimi’s mom is a hoot!  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. 

We are treated to a solid array of suspects and I have to admit that each one in turn sure seemed like the one who done it. 

Chow also takes readers into the world of puppy mills and corrupt breeders and balances those horrors with how a good breeder cares for their pets.  I hurt for the sick and injured puppies in the story – SPOILER SPACE – They all turn out just fine with happy homes. 

Once I started reading Mimi Lee Gets a Clue I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a read with something for animal lovers and cozy mystery fans everywhere. 

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

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

THREEPEAT by KC Wells and Parker Williams



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: August 21.2018
ISBN: 9781640808034
Contemporary Gay Romance
eBook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Two Doms who are hurting and still reeling from the loss of their sub years later. One day brings Tim into their lives and everything changes. After the men care for him during his sickness Tim longs to tell Aaron and Sam how he feels but he is afraid of offending the men and being told to leave the safe haven he has found with them. As the three grow closer they each find themselves with feelings that con no longer be denied. Can the three men find a way to be together and find love? Can the two Doms find a way to let light into their lives again? Will showing Tim the truth about their lifestyle scare him away or is he truly the submissive that they long for?

This story is a beautiful read full of emotions. Aaron and Sam are at a standstill even after so much time has passed since their sub left them. Taking care of Tim brings life back into their house but anxiety and fear are still at the forefront. Tim brings so much to the relationship and none of the men realize just how important that connection is until it could be too late. I loved watching the relationship grow between the men. The love shines through brightly as the three begin to bond. Each man has a strong personality that stands out, yet they blend effortlessly together. It was nice to see the men find their way. No one is perfect and they have their ups and downs, but they are willing to fight for their love. Not only do the main characters make an impression but the supporting characters have a lot to say as well and do a great job of helping to pull this story together. Readers are treated to a wonderful family of friends that help each other out at all times.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2020

THE PHANTOM QUEEN by Yasmine Galenorn



Whisper Hollow Series, Book 3
Nightqueen Enterprises
February 1st, 2020
ASIN #: B07XNKN4QJ
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Ghosts, Mystery, Action
E-book
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Author
4 Hearts


Whisper Hollow is a place where spirits roam, the Lady of the lake never gives up her dead and where Kerris Fellwater is the new spirit shaman of the town. This time, someone is killing teenagers and the spirits are not resting across the veil like they would after being sent there by Kerris. A danger threatens Whisper Hollow and when Veronica, Queen of the Unliving, requests Kerris’s help as this danger is also attacking Veronica’s court. Now with the help of her guardian/fiancĂ©, Bryan Kerris must enlist the help of the dead in order to help keep Whisper Hollow and the spirit world safe.

Wow, this third book in the Whisper Hollow series just kept me glued to the pages. I loved being back here and this time something threatens not just the town but the spirit world as well. I got to admit this author is my catnip when it comes to her books. They are well written, filled with amazing diverse characters that just make the reader swoon with delight and keep the readers attention with a fast-flowing storyline that will steal your heart. With the right amount of tension, action, mystery and more, THE PHANTOM QUEEN delivers a high-octane adventure that left me literally hanging with each page as the twists and turns revealed themselves.

Welcome to Whisper Hollow, a place where spirits roam and sometimes never stay dead and Kerris has returned to take the mantle of the town’s spirit shaman after her grandmother’s death. As she becomes more secure in her position as spirit shaman, she finds herself learning more about herself, what she can do and more. I loved learning more about her, her relationships with Bryan, Peggin and the town residents had me just enthralled. She is really growing within this book and I enjoyed seeing how many of the main characters compliment one another as well as the town. We also meet a few new characters that had me intrigued over their role in this magical town.  The characters are what drives me to read this author’s books as well as her wild and wonderful stories. They are diverse, well-crafted and I would love to visit Whisper Hollow just to see some of these characters in real life. Doctor Devine sounds like a fun person and Peggin is a hoot. I also enjoyed finding more about Veronica and her role in the series. She is spooky yet so intriguing. I hope we get more of her in future books as well.

THE PHANTOM QUEEN delivers a perfect story in the Whisper Hollow series and as Kerris finds her footing as spirit shaman to the town and secure in her love with her guardian/fiancĂ©, Bryan, I find myself wanting more books set in this wonderful world. If you enjoy a darker paranormal/fantasy series that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then give the Whisper Hollow series a try. It is a fun filled ride from start to finish and you won’t want to put it down. I look forward to seeing where the author goes next for Kerris and the gang in future books. I just hope we won’t have long to wait for our next installment in this fascinating magical town.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

AUTUMN THORNS by Yasmine Galenorn



Whisper Hollow Book 1
Nightqueen Enterprises
January 13th, 2020
ASIN: B07XJL7TDF
Paranormal Romance, Action-Adventure, Mystery
E-Book
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Author
4 Hearts


Kerris Fellwater is back in Whisper Hollow after her grandmother, the town spirit shaman, dies. Now she must navigate a town she escaped from years before as well as try to find her place as the new spirit shaman. But when she finds a trunk in the attic that causes more questions than answers to the disappearance of her mother years before, Kerris works to find out what happened all those years before to her mother and in the process unearths a darkness determined to take Whisper Hollow to the bones as an enemy comes after Kerris and her allies and friends.

AUTUMN THORNS is a wonderful introduction to this author’s writing and a perfect read on a cold winter night. With amazing characters and a wonderful lush setting, we are taken into a world where spirits roam, creatures haunt the woods that are nightmares beyond belief and the Crow Man comes winging by. I loved reading Autumn Thorns again as this is the second edition indie published by the author this time, that has the story a bit tighter and more compelling, in my opinion, from the first time it was published. The story just flows so smoothly, and I loved all the characters we get introduced to, from Kerris to her shapeshifter lover/neighbor, Bryan and other friends/allies. The author delivers such an amazing story that had me glued to the pages till the very end.  This is an author who weaves a spell around her readers the moment they open one of her books. She is an expert storyteller who knows how to intrigue the reader, entice them and keep their attention as they flip the pages to see what happens next. The author’s world building also just blows my mind and the multi-dimensional characters that stole my heart right from the beginning. This is an author who knows how to tell a story that dark, deadly and full of things that go bump in the night.


Meet Kerris Feltwater, a spirit shaman who escaped Whisper Hollow years before and only returns when she finds out her grandmother passed away and the town needs her. As she gets her bearings in a town so familiar yet different, she finds mysteries abound and danger lurking just in the shadows. I really enjoyed Kerris. She was fun, kick-ass and determined. I also enjoyed how independent she was and could take care of herself. That made me root answers she needed as well as prevail as shadows loomed over her. The author does an amazing job in capturing all the characters personalities and I really enjoyed meeting them in this first book of the Whisper Hollows series.

AUTUMN THORNS is an action-packed story that will leave you breathless from start to finish. With the right amount of romance, action and mystery, the readers get treated to a story that will leave you wanting more after the last page is read. I can not wait to see where the author goes next in this series with Shadow Silence (book 2) and The Phantom Queen (book 3) and hope she continues the adventures in Whisper Hollow in the coming year.

I was given an Advance Reader Copy as a gift from author without obligation. I am providing an honest review.