Book Review: Vendetta In Death by JD Robb

I received this book from Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

When a family man is tortured, killed and dumped in front of his home for all the world to see, Eve Dallas knows she is on the hunt for a particularly dangerous killer. But death uncovers secrets and the killer leaves a note revealing the victim to be far from the family man he appears.

As Eve works to link victim and killer, another body is found. Another man with a dark and murky past.

The race is on before the killer strikes again but Eve must wrestle with her demons and her conscience as she decides whether she really wants to protect men who may just deserve everything they get…

Review

Men! Beware! Lady Justice is out looking for revenge!

This was the feeling of this book. It’s my first “In Death” book and I must say I quite enjoyed it. Took me a while to read because life but read it I did. It’s great reading about two strong female lead characters. They’re strong, work together as a team and lift each other up.

JD Robb did a great job of this story. I always enjoy a good crime novel but very seldom find one with a good female presence. Women are usually the victim but, not in this story. Here you’re bound to find women as victim, cop, perpetrator.

If you enjoy a good crime novel, this is a good one to read.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

BookReview: Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely

Synopsis

All I want for the holidays is the willpower to resist my brother’s sexy, charming, easy-on-the-eyes new business partner.
Instead, I’m stuck planning all the holiday parties with the one guy who makes me want to break my dating diet.
Who thought that was a good idea?
Oh, me. Yep, brilliant, strategic me who raised her hand and said yes I’d love to hang mistletoe with that hot former sports star. (Note to self: Mistletoe leads to toe-curling, knee-weakening kisses.)
And I’d love to get snowed in with the one guy I shouldn’t fall for. (Addendum to the note to self: You know exactly where eight inches of snow leads to. Ahem, eight inches.)
As long as I can make it through the holidays I’ll be on my merry way, fa la la la la. But the holidays have a surprise for me.

My Review

Fun, flirty, insta-love! 

Two people who has sworn off love after being hurt click. And we all know what happens when you just click with someone. 

Vaughan & Quinn’s story was just adorable. A little holiday romance was all they planned for. Quinn being the planner that she is hates surprises. Vaughan on the other hand doesn’t seem to mind it one bit. After a roll in the hay and an incredible attraction to one another love blooms and a very special delivery lands on their doorstep just in time for Christmas. That’s all the spoilers I’m giving you😁!!! 

Lauren Blakely has written a quirky little Christmas love fest. It’s a fun, flirty and a quick read that gets you up and in the mood to ask Santa for the love you life under the tree this year!  

5 star rating

Book Review: Scoring the Keeper’s Sister by Delancey Stewart

I loved this book. I started with Scoring a Soulmate. I found it easy to read and funny. I couldn’t put it down. I especially loved that they kept doubting Mr. Match. I love that we are interacting not only with the main characters, but with Mr. Match himself.

I was in stitches. I was angry. I cried. I felt what the characters felt. I was apart of this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I have a feeling this is a series I am going to enjoy.

Synopsis

Soulmates don’t always start as friends. Sometimes they start as enemies. And sometimes they need cheese to help seal the deal…

ERICA:  Signing up for a matchmaking service was not my idea.

But when Andrew-the-Hand-Model dumped me, my brother suggested I try Mr. Match. And I figured it couldn’t hurt. As it was, I’d never get away from meathead moron soccer players (since my brother plays keeper for the South Bay Sharks and I manage PR for the team.) But Mr. Match is a moron too because he matched me with a guy I see at work every day. A guy who has a different girl on his arm at every turn. And a soccer player.

Fernando Fuerte, the “Fuerte Fire,” is one guy I can assure you is NOT my match. 

FERNANDO: Getting girls is not a problem.

Getting girls who care about something besides my status as the South Bay Sharks star striker, my salary, and my social status?

Yeah. That’s the problem. So when my buddy Max tells me he’s actually Mr. Match–the secret proprietor of San Diego’s hottest matchmaking app, I let him convince me to try it. 

And Erica Johnson is not actually a bad match–only she doesn’t seem to agree. And then there’s the small matter of her being in the middle of trying to save the team (and me) when the owner’s ex brings to light some, ahem, unsavory accusations about me…

And then there’s her enormous and disapproving twin brother…

And there’s something about cheese, too. 

But if I have my way? Erica will definitely be my match.

Book Review: Sleighing Mr. Right by Hope Ford

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Synopsis

Sleighing Mr. Right
An Alpha Older Man and Curvy Younger Woman Romance

Candy
I’m looking for Mr. Right and he needs to check off everything on my list.
I think I found him… that is until I find out there’s something he’s not telling me.
He lied to me because of my crazy list. But maybe what I thought was a “big no” is actually a “big yes.”
Now, I have to figure out how to make him my Mr. Right… instead of my Mr. Right Now.

Cane
I had given up on women. She had given up on Christmas. We both take a risk and find out we are exactly what each other needs.
But when I keep something hidden from her, something that is a “big no” on her list, she walks away.
If she gives me a chance, I’m going to prove to her that I want to be her man… her family… her forever.

This is a Steamy, Sweet, Short Story Romance. No Cliffhangers.
This is the first book in the Curves For Christmas Series.
If you love short romances with insta love, hot love scenes, and a sweet story, then this one is for you.

My Review

This was a cute short romance. Talk about insta love. I guess you just know when you’ve found the one. The characters were easy to love. Cane was the perfect gentleman and knew exactly what he wanted when he saw Candy for the first time. He went after it and fell instantly. Candy couldn’t help but tick off all the items on her list getting to know him. They were a match made in heaven. Until… she discovers his secret, one that she wasn’t prepared for.

Christmas time tends to make us all soppy and this little romance did exactly that for me. The author got me into the book. I’m a hopeless romantic, but I don’t always believe in love at first sight. This book makes you believe in it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Really a quick read to get you into the holiday spirit and all warm and fuzzy about love and hope.

My Rating: 4 stars

Book Review: An Innocent Thanksgiving by Katy Kaylee

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

My Review:

Okay, so I decided to read this book without reading the blurb. All I knew was that the book was a “forbidden romance”, well I wouldn’t call it forbidden, I’d call it unconventional. Yes! OK! In real life I doubt that it would be considered okay, but let’s face facts, you can’t help for who you fall in love with. The heart wants what the heart wants!

20yr old Maggie, has a major crush on her dad’s charismatic artist HOT best friend, Cal. She’s been pining for him for 5yrs. Finally, on Thanksgiving evening she decides it’s time to act on her feelings. She seduces Cal and he does not resist, even after finding out that she’s a virgin.

5yrs later, on Thanksgiving, Maggie decides it’s time to spend Thanksgiving at home again, but this time she’s not alone. Running into his friend while on a shopping run, Cal is invited back to the Simpson (yes her name is Maggie Simpson – I couldn’t help but immediately think of the baby Simpson on The Simpsons) home to spend the holiday with them. He gets there and he sees Maggie for the first time in 5yrs, awkward! Then it’s time to reveal the truth of Maggie moving away.

Cal discover’s he has a daughter that is 4yrs old. He had no idea that Maggie had a child and that the child was his, because she never told him. Cal confronts Maggie and she cannot deny that Fern is his because the little girl looks like her father.

So why did I call it unconventional? Well, it’s a happily ever after story and quite frankly, it was not forbidden. So there’s a 25yr age gap and he happens to be her father’s best friend. But, like I said earlier, the heart wants what it wants. You couldn’t help but fall a little in love with the story. Cal immediately accepted his responsibility as a parent to the little girl he didn’t know about. He also, fell madly in love with Maggie despite her reservations about him and their future.

I also love the fact that this holiday romance was based on Thanksgiving. Usually around this time of year all you read is about Christmas romances and there’s plenty of that going around, so this was a little different. Katy Kaylee kept the reader turning the page. I did not expect Maggie’s parents to react the way they did. They were way to calm for me. I thought that maybe, just maybe, Mark (Maggie’s father) would blow a gasket and beat the living daylights out of Cal for using his daughter. But, no, Mark, was angry, but in a gentlemanly way. He didn’t resort to violence, he kept his hands to himself. Violet (Maggie’s mother) was a little too accepting, but you understand why when she explains it.

I really enjoyed this adorable little story. No this wasn’t a Romeo & Juliet type thing where people died. It was a simple story of love, regardless of what the age difference is.

My Rating

3 & 1/2 stars

Book Review: Her Secret Crush by Jolie Moore

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Synopsis

A Canadian girl with a hole in her heart, the Hollywood scion who can fix it, and the mountain keeping them apart…
Sabrina
Every day I watch Henry hike up the hill while I walk down. And every single day I want to run my fingers through his hair, wrap my hands around his biceps, stroke…his…dog.
I never say a thing, though, because guys like him don’t date girls like me who aren’t model thin, who have a ten-inch scar down the middle of their chest, who may die on him…

Henry
I’m in no position to start a new relationship. I have plans to open my own store. I travel all the time. My dog died…
But there’s something about the girl with the messy blond hair who eats lots of tacos and wears homemade knit hats…in a city where it’s never cold. I know I shouldn’t go after her…but after I fondled…her…dog, I couldn’t help myself.

My Review:

Uhmm… I was not into this book. The characters were so naive they behaved like tweens rather than in their late twenties, early thirties. The book was slow. I read it to finish it. NO ONE is that clumsy and they’re both are. The same stupid things happens to them all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Henry from the start, even though he was a bit dense, but Sabrina I couldn’t stand, she seemed weak.

I rated this book 2 out of 5.

Book Review: UNWRAPPED by Jax Hart

Synopsis:

He will pay.
I will make his Christmas hell and be the one waving him goodbye with my middle finger as he packs his bags and rolls out.
This roof isn’t big enough for the two of us.
Heck, neither is this town.
Or this country. Maybe the entire world.
Maybe the universe.
He packs an ego to match his size. His swagger is sexy as all hell. He smells like pine soap and new money… crisp. Sharp. Hungry.
My palms smack the tiled shower walls. Why? Why do I always want the bad ones? The ones who treat me like dirt and walk away without a second thought?
Not this time.
I won’t let it happen. If only I could find a way to get the man out of my damn head. If I don’t I’m totally scrooged.

My Review:

** spoiler alert ** This book! I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters, I loved the story.

It’s a story with a backstory. Darren Prescott, CEO and millionaire goes back home to face demons of his past. He meets sassy Shiloh, who is looking for love at Christmas. Both characters growing up looking for love of family, end up crossing paths. They hate each other, but who doesn’t love a good enemies-to-lovers trope, it’s one of my favourites.

Before Dare returns home for Christmas, he meets a young girl, ten years old, in the system and reminds him of himself. Remembering his past, he makes a few calls and decides to do at least one good deed for Christmas and offers to foster her.

Shiloh and Dare, work hard to stay out of each other’s way, but Dare’s friends know better and helps fate along. Before long, their Christmas dreams come true. Of course not without a few bumps and misunderstandings.

This story really captured the meaning of Christmas. Dare even though he is a millionaire CEO now, does not forget his upbringing and the people who helped him get where he is now. He pays it forward by becoming a foster parent for Freddie, who absolutely adores him, even before she lives with him. The story is about hope, love and family and this is all we need at Christmas time.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Review: The Dirty Dozen by Lynda La Plante

Synopsis

The fifth book in the Tennison series following Jane Tennison in the early years of her policing career.

The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series.

April 1980 and Jane is the first female detective to be posted to the Met’s renowned Flying Squad, commonly known as the ‘Sweeney’. Based at Rigg Approach in East London, they investigate armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises. 

Jane thinks her transfer is on merit and is surprised to discover she is actually part of a short term internal experiment, intended to have a calming influence on a team that likes to dub themselves as the ‘Dirty Dozen’. 

The men on the squad don’t think a woman is up to the dangers they face when dealing with some of London’s most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only ‘good cop’ is a dead cop. Determined to prove she’s as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery involving millions of pounds. 

But she doesn’t know who they are, or where and when they will strike . . .

My Review:

It’s been a while since I picked up a Lynda La Plante book and I was not disappointed. It was a bit odd in the beginning reading a book that’s taking place in the 80’s and it’s 2019 hahaha. I forgot that little bit of information while reading. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I couldn’t put it down.

Jane Tennison is a strong determined woman that does her very best to prove she belongs on the team of the Flying Squad. She’s belittled, setup for failure and just an experiment. With this knowledge, she shows them boys that a woman can work on the Flying Squad and does everything to give her best to the job, outshining whenever she’s uncovered more information.

Lynda La Plante really is the Queen of crime thrillers. I enjoyed this book, I was rooting for Jane throughout and wanted her to prove those boys club wrong and she did.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Postscript by Cecelia Ahern

Synopsis

It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

We don’t often remember how we meet, we mostly remember how we part. – Cecelia Ahern – Postscript

My Review:

WOW!!!!! Grab your tissues!!!! This book will get to the core of you.

Holly, is faced with the letters her late husband Gerry left behind after his death seven years ago. She finally opens up about coping with his death, through his letters. Word spreads and she’s asked to assist a group of people who were inspired by Gerry’s letters and would like to do the same.

Holly is taken back to her time with Gerry, she relives certain moments, certain memories, it’s as if Gerry has returned to her.

Forced to make decisions on her own, Holly, helps this group called the P.S I Love You Club. She assists them with their wishes of leaving something behind for their loved ones.

Beautifully written, Cecelia Ahern made me think about life and how short it is. It took me back to my own experience with the death of loved ones and made me open to the changes made in my life. It’s a truly inspiring story and definitely one of my favourites for 2019.

Humans possess insatiable longings for wealth, status, and power, but are hungry, most of all, for love.

Rating: 5 stars

Book Review: No Vacancy by Stephanie Rose

Synopsis:

Can a summer fling become the love of a lifetime?

Perpetual good girl Caterina Longo is dependable to a fault. At 33, she’s never called in sick. Never had a one-night stand. Never taken a chance in her entire life. When she walks in on a cheating ex and sees everything wrong with her life, she takes off on a solo vacation, busting out of her comfort zone and into the arms of a guy she never saw coming.

Joe Hunter has no room for distractions. Making his restaurant a success and proving his worth to his family—and himself—is his sole focus. At least it is until a beautiful stranger, in search of fried food and a shoulder, wanders in one night.
Is two weeks of unexpected, life-altering passion all they’re meant to share? What happens when vacation ends and real life takes over?

My Review:

I loved this whirlwind romance. It’s not often you find a romance about a couple in their thirties, not looking for love, but finding it anyway.

Caterina Longo flees her apartment days earlier than planned to go on vacation. Distracted and upset, she takes a three hour drive to her destination, giving her three days to herself, or so she thought. Once at her destination, needing food and WiFi, she heads over to the restaurant across the street where she meets Joe Hunter.

Joe and Caterina don’t waste anytime jumping into each others lives, but what they keep putting aside is that in reality, after a week, Caterina would have to leave to get back to her life in the city – three hours away. Are their feelings for each other strong enough for a long distance relationship?

Stephanie Rose, wrote a beautiful little romance about two grown ups that knows exactly what they’re doing, but still acting a little like love sick teenagers. The book was a pleasure to read, I wanted to know how the story ends. These two characters took on this challenge of a long distance relationship head on and made it work. Obviously as in reality things are not all moonshine and roses and they hit a few bumps in the road, but they perservere. The book was easy and quick to read and kept me wanting to know if Joe & Cat will make this work.

My Rating: 4/5