Saturday, January 12, 2019


Publisher:      Minatour
Published:      December 4, 2018
ISBN:      978-1496711663
Genre:     Mystery, Thriller
Format:     Print from Library   
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is on her captain’s list and not the good one.  He’s out to get her no matter what it takes.  He gives her the crappiest shifts and dirtiest jobs.  Nicky doesn’t let his attitude and treatment stand in the way of her doing her job.  At the job for five years she’s made some good friends, Savannah and Ryan, who work with her.  While investigating a crime scene one night Nicky spies an old woman…but the woman is in the window glass, not merely a reflection of someone.  As she goes to check it out, a white rabbit hops by.  In the Fire-Sky clan, a white rabbit is the symbol for death.  This one incident leads Nicky down a road to something deeper and more disturbing than anything she could have imagined.

My library sends out monthly “new reads” in various genres and Carol Potenza’s debut, HEARTS OF THE MISSING was on a recent list.  I’m a fan of Tony Hillerman, Margaret Coel and James Doss so I thought I’d give her a try.  Boy am I glad I did!

While I figured out early on what was the core mystery—what was driving the killer, Potenza adds some twists and turns I did not see coming.  While at times I had to go back and read parts to make sense of the flow, the writing was clear and kept you involved in the story.  I had a hard time putting the book down once I started it and that became even more pronounced when I got to the last 40 or so pages—at that point it was hard not to skip ahead to find out what happened.  (I didn’t.)

Potenza’s characters are fully formed and their individuality comes through.  There were a few times I wanted to sock Frank Martin a good one but ultimately kinda fell in love with the character.  Nicky is now one of my most favorite female detective/sleuths.  She’s intelligent and determined but has a very human side.  If she were real I’d truly want to know her and have her as my friend.

I loved the historical aspects to the Fire-Sky culture and the rituals and beliefs as described by Potenza.  In looking at the usual book sites, i.e., Fantastic Fiction, FictFact and Goodreads, so far this is a stand alone read.  Nicky, Savannah, Ryan and Frank are really great characters so hopefully this is the start of a new series.

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

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Thursday, January 10, 2019


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: December 21, 2018
ISBN: 9781644051511
Genre: Holiday
Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Deacon and Lang have lives have begun to settle down enough to enjoy some quiet time and the holidays. That is until Zig comes home from school upset about the recent assignment given to her class on holiday family traditions. Deacon understands what Zig is going through but does not know how to fix things. With the help of Lang and his family Deacon and Zig find new a new strength and love of family and make some new traditions of their own to continue in the years to come. Will this be enough to help Zig through her troubles and show her that family is what you make of it?

I enjoyed coming back and visiting Half Moon Bay and its wonderful characters. Love and family has found its way there and it plans on staying. Deacon and Lang are a wonderful couple and their love shines through in all that they do. The two work hard to raise Zig and give her the love that she deserves. Everyone pitches in together and shows Zig and Deacon just how wonderful family can be. I enjoyed watching them go through each tradition to see what would fit with them.  It was nice to see the three spend time with West, Angela and Rome as well. They have made a family of their own and as they spend more time together the bond grows and deepens between everyone. This is a beautiful story about finding family and love with those that you choose to surround yourself with.

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Publisher:      Kensington
Published:      December 26, 2017
ISBN:      978-1496711663
Genre:     Mystery, Thriller
Format:     Print from Library   
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



Brynn Callahan has returned from three tours of duty as a Marine a wounded and broken woman.  Wounded in body and mind.  Her K-9, Wilco has returned with her.  He too has been wounded—a leg lost to an IED.  Because of the comfort he can give her with her own PTSD and because he can no longer serve, he has returned to Bone Gap with her.  When she becomes aware that her grandmother needs her help, she returns to Bone Gap and the Travellers’ compound there.  The Travellers are an Irish clan, close knit and with little trust of outsiders.  Shortly after her return, while out with Wilco, the dog, a cadaver K-9, indicates that he has found a dead body.  At first it appears to be a neighbor’s sister but it turns out to be someone even closer to Brynn.  Draw into seeking out a killer and answers to her own life, Brynn slowly but surely confronts her past.  Walking a fine line between her people—her clan and the settlers—town people, Brynn finds answers to questions she never wanted to ask.

When I first saw Susan Furlong had a new series, because I enjoyed her previous ones, I had to check it out.  I thought, wrong, given that her prior series were cozies with quirky characters and often amusing aspects that her Bone Gap Travellers series would be one as well.  Let me start by saying OMG!  WOW WOW WOW.  Furlong goes way beyond what I anticipated.  What a fantastic read.  Normally I shy away from stories of wounded warriors from our modern day wars—I know too many people in real life that have been hurt and/or affected by these wars and prefer to focus on their needs than that of fictional characters.  The beginning of SPLINTERED SILENCE is very much like a depressing women’s fiction, but because I do like Furlong as an author along with the fact that the heroine in this one is not only a Marine but a female Marine and K-9 handler I continued on.  I am so glad I did.

Furlong introduces readers to the Travellers—an Irish clan that travels from place to place where work is needed.  She explains their place in our society so much better than I can in a review.  Brynn is a damaged heroine—at times I just wanted to walk away from her, but that is a testament to strength of Furlong’s writing---that and that I kept reading.  Bit by bit, piece by piece, the author takes you into the world of the Travellers, Brynn and Wilco.  Her characters are three dimensional, driven by their pasts and presents and the cross sections of their very different worlds. 

The mystery itself is multi-dimensional.  Each character has a part in its creation and solution.  Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down.  I’m now eagerly awaiting the arrival of book 2 of this series, FRACTURED TRUTH.

Even if, like me, you find the subject matter difficult, SPLINTERED SILENCE is a do not miss read.

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

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Acceptance by Grace R Duncan

Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: September 13,2018
Shifter, M/M
Audio book
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (
Obtained via publisher
Rating:3 Hearts

Miles has found his mate, but he is no wolf shifter like himself. Quincy is a jaguar shifter and not only that he is also the next in line to rule. The two cannot even begin to get to know each other let alone bond. Quincy is on the run and does not want to put Miles in any kind of danger. Yet the danger comes calling even when Quincy tries to lead them away their enemies put Miles in their crosshairs. Quincy will not let this go and begins to fight fire with fire and he find help in many unexpected people.
This is a good story with an interesting plotline. The characters are well developed and likeable. We are taken back to the world of the wolf shifters in the Forbes pack. This time Miles gets his tory told. I enjoyed Miles and Quincy. The two work well together and the love that they share is deep. With a little help from friends and packmates the two work hard to figure out just who their enemies truly are. It was nice to see their bond deepen as they spent more time together. The two find out that love is something worth fighting for and never giving up on. They learn so much throughout their journey to a happy ever after. I also enjoyed having Chad and Jamie along for most of the ride. The banter and friendships between everyone was great. Quincy learns a lot about love and friendship from the Forbes pack. Not only the tight knot group of friends and family that Miles hangs out with but also in the rest of the pack and even some of the jaguars step up and surprise him. As the enemies are revealed we see the bonds grow between everyone.

As interesting as this storyline was it was hard for me to really get lost in the story. The accents and voices that narrator Christopher Boucher uses are over the top and campy or stilted to me that quickly took me out of the story and had me laughing at how silly they sounded. The story grabs your attention I just wish the voices chosen for the characters was better.

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

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Friday, January 4, 2019


Publisher:      Berkley
Published:      September 4, 2018
ISBN:      978-0425230701
Genre:     Historical Western Romance   
Format:     Print from Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



On his way home after successfully bringing in another wanted man, Jackson Montgomery spies some activity in an otherwise run down ranch house.  Well, calling it a ranch house might be stretching it a bit.  Everyone in town knows there are issues with the Bentley place.  Well everyone but the people now living there.  Not one to pass up the opportunity for a good story, Jackson heads over to the homestead.  What he finds, however isn’t quite what he was expecting.  Granted, it’s not every day you see three young children tossing an oil lamp down a well.  But that wasn’t what caught his attention.  No, it was the woman stuck down in the bottom of a well.

Mimi Banfield left Boston with her rag tag group of three children for what she hoped would be a better wife in the west.  What she didn’t expect was to find herself in the bottom of a well with a pack of snakes.  And even less she never expected to be rescued by an honest to goodness angel.  Okay…Jackson isn’t really an angel, but with his long blond hair and handsome face, he sure could pass for one. 

Jackson soon finds that there is something about Mimi that he just can’t walk away.  Whether it is her disposition in general or how she loves the children or something more, he just isn’t ready to move on.  But Mimi has a secret.  One that could easily come between her and Jackson and on that could get them all killed.  Dare she risk her heart for the man who is determined to rescue her?

Sarah McCarty’s Promises series was one of the first western romances series I read when I started reviewing over 18 years ago.  Each one was better than the one before and there are still parts of the earlier books I remember…like Cougar’s story.   I still have my original ebooks from this series.  McCarty outdoes herself in PROMISES DECIDE.  There are some differences in her style that are indicative of an author honing her craft.  Her heroes have always been hot with a story of their own – a softness that only a special woman can reach.  Jackson is a good guy.  Definitely a man of his time, but with something more. 

Mimi has a strong inner strength hidden beneath the vulnerable aspects of the time.  She’s someone you would want to know.  The actions her characters take are credible and realistic while at the same time she tells a page turning story. 
McCarty gives the reader just enough description of the town and area to give you the feeling of being there. 

Romance, a bit of a thriller, a mystery to solve….perfect for a weekend read. 

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

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