Book Review: UNDER CURRENTS by Nora Roberts

About the book…

The perfect facade can hide dark undercurrents

From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect and the Bigelows seem like the perfect family. But the perfect facade hides far undercurrents. Teenager Zane and his younger sister Britt, are terrorised by their violent father until one dark, brutal night when their father’s temper takes a horrifying turn for the worse.

Over time, Zane moves on and builds a new life for himself but a childhood like that can cast a shadow the length of a lifetime. Can Zane ever really be free of his past? Or could those dark undercurrents rise back to the surface, forcing Zane to fight for his once again…

My thoughts πŸ’­ πŸ’­πŸ’­

First! I love Nora Roberts.

This is probably my favourite book of hers.

Trigger warning: domestic abuse and violence

Nora Roberts captures her readers from the moment you open the book. There’s no doubt about that. She’s brilliant!

Darby starting afresh in a new town. After getting a feel of the place she decides this is where she’ll start over.

Zane Walker is one hell of a guy. He’s been through hell and back and he’s come out stronger.

This book is about new beginnings, leaving the old life and starting over. It speaks in detail of violence and abuse from childhood to adulthood. Are we ever free from a past that was filled with violence? Well read Zane’s story and you’ll see that you can come out better and stronger.

Obviously there was romance and suspense rolled into one. You can always find a book of Nora Roberts with a bit of everything in it.

Loved it! Loved it! Loved! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Review: the LOST HOURS by Susan Lewis

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for a copy of this novel for review

Synopsis

A perfect marriage…

Golden couple Annie and David Crayce have it all. A loving marriage, three beautiful children and a thriving family business. Life couldn’t be better. Until the unthinkable happens…

A perfect crime?

A piece of damning DNA evidence has arisen, placing David as the prime suspect of a murder committed twenty years ago. Annie is sure David is innocent.

As the police investigate the cold case, so does Annie. Trawling through her old diaries, she begins to desperately looking for answers. But it all comes down to a few lost hours she can’t solve.

And Annie begins to doubt the one person she thought she knew best…

Her husband.

What I thought πŸ’­ πŸ’­πŸ’­

I was into it from the beginning. It starts with a scene from 20 years ago. Then we’re in 2019 living the perfect life with Annie and David Crayce.

Imagine having the perfect life. The perfect husband. Three adorable children. Extended family that’s always there through thick and thin. Then one day your whole life comes to a halt and you’re questioning everything everyone does. This is what Annie had to go through.

We are pulled back and forth between the now and the crime that happened twenty years ago. There are quite a few secondary characters which puts you in a position of questioning all of them.

I loved Annie. She’s strong, vulnerable and determined to find the truth. David is a man who has changed his life from the wild past to the now perfect husband.

DS Rundle I was drawn too as well but I often felt that she was using her own past experience and comparing it to David Crayce. She was determined to prove him guilty.

This book is probably one of my favourite books from Susan Lewis. I became a fast fan of hers in a short time and am always looking forward to her books. She’s got a way with speaking to the reader. Getting us involved in the investigation and feeling what the characters feel.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I enjoyed it. I gave it β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈπŸ’«

If you want to solve a cold case. This is a book which will help you play detective.

Can’t wait for the next Susan Lewis novel to be released.

Thank you again to Jonathan Ball Publishers for this copy for review.

Book Review: THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides

Thank you Jonathan Ball Publishers for gifting me a copy for review

Synopsis

ST CHRISTOPHER’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, IS A CLOSED WORLD TO MOST.

For Mariana Andros – a group therapist struggling through her private grief – it’s where she met her late husband. For her niece, Zoe, it’s the tragic scene of her best friend’s murder.

As memory and mystery entangle Mariana, she finds a society full of secrets, which has been shocked to its core by the murder of one of its own.

Because behind its idyllic beauty is a web of jealousy and rage which emanates from an exclusive set of students known only as The Maidens. A group under the sinister influence of the enigmatic professor Edward Fosca.

A man who seems to know more than anyone about the murders – and the victims. And the man who will become the prime suspect in Mariana’s investigation – an obsession which will unravel everything…

My thoughts

I have questions. I’m still thinking about that plot twist in the end. I had a suspicion but then dismissed it.

The author had me going in circles figuring out this plot.

A page turner and twisted. It’s dark and brutal. A little Greek Mythology added to the mix.

β€˜Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all…

Alfred Tennyson

I enjoyed it. But I didn’t get into it like I did with The Silent Patient.

Book Review: THE BONE CODE by Kathy Reichs

Synopsis

When a hurricane hits the Carolinas it uncovers two bodies sharing uncanny similarities with a cold case that has haunted Temperance Brennan for fifteen years.

The bodies that washed ashore in Charleston were put in a container, wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire, looking almost identical to those from fifteen years ago. With a growing sense of foreboding, Temperance flies to Montreal to convince her boss to reopen the case.

Meanwhile, a rare bacterium that can eat human flesh is discovered. Panic erupts as people rush to test themselves for a genetic mutation that leaves them vulnerable.

With support from her long-time partner Andrew Ryan, in a search that soon proves dangerous, Temperance discovers the startling connection between the murder cases – and that both the murders and the disease outbreak have a common cause…

Review:

Gets your attention from chapter one. But…

Temperance Brennan is a strong female character, but she’s arrogant and cold. I did not connect with her very well. I found her clinical towards other people. The only time she really seemed more “normal” was when she was working with her bones.

I enjoyed the book, but got a bit bored in the middle and I think it’s because I did not connect to the lead character.

This was my first read from this author and the title caught me. I enjoyed the first few chapters and was eager to see where things went, but I had to put it down because I had to get Temperance out of my head for a while.

I gave this book 3 stars.

Book Review: JUDAS HORSE by Lynda La Plante

Synopsis

A violent murder

A community living in fear

A detective with everything to lose

Violent burglars have been terrorising residents across the English countryside. But when a mutilated body is discovered in a Cotswolds house, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary group of opportunist thieves.

As Detective Jack aware investigates, he discovers locals with dark secrets, hidden crimes – and hits countless dead ends. With few leads and the violent attacks escalating, he will have to act audaciously as the criminals if he hopes to stop them.

When aware meets Charlotte Miles, a terrified woman with links to the group, he must use her to lure the unsuspecting killers into one last job, and into his trap. But with the law already stretched to breaking point, any failure will be on Warr’s head – and any more blood spilled, on his hands…

Review

This book is so good! It was a page turner for me.

DS Warr is meticulous in his job. He has no time for mistakes.

“Charlotte Miles, for three years you’ve been De Voe’s Judas Horse, now you’re mine.” – DS Jack Warr

Loved the insight into Jack’s personal life. We got to know him as a family man and not only as a cop chasing burglars.

Beautifully written, entertaining and keeps the attention of the reader.

Lynda La Plante has always been a favourite of mine and this book has proved why once again. She doesn’t disappoint.

I may have wanted some more damage to be done to the one character, but he got what was coming to him.

An entertaining read.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for gifting me a copy of this book.

Book Review: VOW TO PROTECT by JL Beck & Monica Corwin

Blurb: (taken from Goodreads)

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.
Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality I have to uphold.

To be gentle or kind is a weakness I cannot afford.

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.

She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.

Since my father’s death I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name and this woman has piqued my interest.

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

That is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.

**This is a dark forced marriage mafia romance, that ends on a cliffhanger. It contains dub-con/non-con as well as other scenes that may be triggering to some readers.**

Review:

Adrian is a crime boss. Valentina is the daughter of a rival crime boss. She comes to Adrian for help.

Valentina takes damsel in distress to heart. She’s dependent on Rose, her best friend and cousin before her marriage, then becomes dependent on Adrian. She’s clingy, which I did not care for.

I enjoyed the story and found it entertaining, but Valentina annoyed me. I didn’t care much for her as a lead character.

The book ends on a cliffhanger and I’m hoping that the book that follows portrays our heroine as a strong independent woman and not this damsel needing her husband around at all time.

Trigger Warning: Rape/Brutality to women/organized crime/forced marriage.

Book Review: TAINTED BLOOD by Catherine Wiltcher and Cora Kenborn

Corrupt Gods Duet Book Two

Blurb: (taken from Goodreads)

Santi Carrera is the war I never saw coming.
A beautiful liar.
Ruthless.
Captivating…
The architect of my own undoing.

He twisted my loyalty into an ultimatum.
He chained me to his side with a vow of deceit.
I should despise him for all he’s done to me…
But behind those dark eyes, I see his pain.
I recognize his conflict because it’s ours to share.

Now, I’m a pawn in a new war.
Stolen by a stranger, I’ve been taken to a foreign land.
My fate rests in the fragile truce between our families.
They will tear this world apart to find me.
But he’s the only man who can save me.


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Review:

*TRIGGER WARNING: Human Trafficking/Brutality towards women

We pick up where we left off in the first book, with Thalia and Lola gone and Santi and the rest of the crew are clueless as yet.

With the realization of the disappearance of the girls, Santi’s feelings for Thalia is revealed. He will do anything to find his wife.

Action packed. Great dialogue. And of course romance.

We go on this journey with these cartel bosses to find the women they love. We see alliances being formed. Families bonding.

A story of love, family and revenge. A story of women rising from the ashes.

This is part two of the Corrupt Gods duet. Book one must be read to understand this book.

Enjoyed this duet.

Book Review: WINNING THE COWBOY by Kennedy Fox

An enemies to lovers small-town romance

Blurb:

Working on the ranch and settling down is all Grayson’s ever wanted in life. When he meets the woman who could make that a reality, he learns she hates him with every fiber of her being.

He knows she’s being unreasonable since their bickering is the hottest foreplay he’s ever had.

Mackenzie Bishop’s an elementary school teacher and can tolerate a lot, until it comes to Grayson. He may act like he doesn’t remember what he did, but Kenzie will never forget. Not when the memory of that night still lingers in her mind years later.

She denies her attraction, but she can’t hide it forever, especially when there’s no escaping him.

Although she refuses to give him the time of day, they form a truce and everything changesβ€”just not in the way he expected.
**Winning the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

Review:

Read in one sitting, I loved it so much. Mackenzie and Grayson were always meant to be.

The banter. The pranks. I was very entertained. I couldn’t stop laughing at the pranks they came up with – original.

It was great to see how Grayson came to Circle B ranch and to get his backstory, as we read about both these characters in the previous books of the Circle B Ranch series.

Kenzie just made woman look good. A kindergarten teacher with the need to give back. Follows in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a teacher then going out of her way for her students.

Grayson is hurt and needs a new start. Why not get a fresh start on a ranch where he can meet the love of his life who is his match in every way.

This book was another reminder of why I enjoy reading Kennedy Fox books.

Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

The Circle B Ranch Series is available on all platforms. Start from the beginning, you won’t regret it.

Rating:

Book Review: LEGACY by Nora Roberts

Synopsis

Thoughts of her lived in that angry and patient brain. But there was time, so much time yet. And there were others. Many others who would come before.

Adrian Rizzo is a beautiful young woman with a successful business, and a wonderful family and friends. She’s worked hard to build a happy life for herself. When she receives a death threat in the post, she puts it down to jealousy and tries to forget about it. But Adrian doesn’t realise that it’s more than just spite. Someone is very unhappy about her happy life and will stop at nothing to bring it all crashing down.

My Thoughts:

Well one thing is for sure. Nora Roberts never disappoints.

I loved this book. It took me a while to read because… life; but I didn’t want it to stop. It was page turning from the first chapter.

Another thrilling book with a strong female lead and just as strong secondary characters. Women may the target but they’re are certainly not weak and useless.

This is a story of family, friends, community. The book has three parts namely: Ambitions; Changes; Legacies.

A story of building yourself up. Taking control of your life. Doing what is best for you and your family. A story of grief and loss and pushing through the hard times.

Murder. Love. It has it all. A little doggie love story too. and some seriously smart attentive kids.

I rated this a thrilling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for gifting me a copy for review.

Book Review: WHILE PARIS SLEPT by Ruth Druart

Synopsis: (taken from Goodreads)

A family’s love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives in this unforgettably moving story of love, resistance, and the lasting consequences of the Second World War.

After. Santa Cruz, California, 1953. Jean-Luc and Charlotte Beauchamps have left their war-torn memories of Paris behind to live a quiet life in America with their son, Sam. They have a house in the suburbs, they’ve learned to speak English, and they have regular get-togethers with their outgoing American neighbors. Every minute in California erases a minute of their lives before — before the Germans invaded their French homeland and incited years of violence, hunger, and fear. But their taste of the American Dream shatters when officers from the U.N. Commission on War Crimes pull-up outside their home and bring Jean-Luc in for questioning.

Before. Paris, France, 1944. Germany has occupied France for four years. Jean-Luc works at the railway station at Bobigny, where thousands of Jews travel each day to be “resettled” in Germany. But Jean-Luc and other railway employees can’t ignore the rumors or what they see on the tracks: too many people are packed into the cars, and bodies are sometimes left to be disposed of after a train departs. Jean-Luc’s unease turns into full-blown panic when a young woman with bright green eyes bursts from the train one day alongside hundreds of screaming, terrified passengers, and pushes a warm, squirming bundle into his arms.

Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, loss, and the choices a mother will make to ensure the survival of her child. At once a visceral portrait of family ties and a meditation on nurture’s influence over identity, this heartbreaking debut will irreversibly take hold of your heart.

Review:

This book had my emotions all over the place.

I loved it. A beautiful story of love, sacrifice, trust and resilience. A story of starting over. A story of suffering.

Beautifully written. Captivating. I wish I had one full day to just sit and read it because once I started it I didn’t want to put it down.

I closed the book with tears in my eyes and my emotions running wild. It took me a while to get back to reality.

If you love historical stories and those that tug at your heartstrings then this book is for you.

Get cozy. Grab your favourite beverage and sit back and travel back in time to Paris with this book.

I’ve given this story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for this copy to review

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