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Person of Interest (A Celeste Eagan Mystery) by Emery Harper

Posted by [email protected] on August 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Follow the zany antics of Celeste Eagan: prep school theater teacher by day, amateur sleuth by night. The first book in a new series from author Emery Harper, full of mystery and mayhem.

Just last week, I was a regular single mom and drama teacher at Peytonville Prep with a semi-normal life. The only real drama I had to deal with involved my football-coach ex and his hussy girlfriend. And maybe deciding if I should take that full-time principal/actress job at the local playhouse.

Everything changed when I discovered my boss hanging in his office. The suicide turned out to be a murder and my ex went suspiciously MIA. I tried to find some answers, but all that got me was labeled a person of interest by the attractively uptight Detective Shaw Muldoon. Not exactly the way I was hoping to interest him, if you know what I mean.

Now my life is plenty exciting, if you count a stint in jail, several attempted break-ins, more dead bodies and the odd exploding car. Did I mention I also have my own personal stalker? It's becoming pretty clear that if I don't unmask the killer soon, my life won't ever be boring again…it will be over.



Janet's five star review:

This book really checks a LOT of my favorite (mystery) boxes. Lovely lady sleuth (check), great story (check), funny (check), hot yummy detective (double check). A new favorite for sure. This is the first Emery Harper book I read.

Celeste lives with her daughter Paige after her divorce from Colin. They both work at a prestigious school, she a theater teacher and he a coach, although the fact Colin's girlfriend Naomi works there as well is not too great. When the principal Chad is found dead - by Celeste - life changes really fast. The very handsome detective Muldoon has his eye on Celeste as an Person of Interest and Celeste keeps getting in his way when she decides to do some sleuthing of her own. An exploding car, someone searching her house and taking shots at her complicate her life, and the tingles she feels whenever Muldoon is near confuse her.

I like Celeste as the heroine and Shaw Muldoon is the perfect stern but attentive hero. There is some great banter between them and attraction... There is also her best friend, Eli, and intelligent daughter Paige. And Muldoon has a big family we as yet know nothing about.

The perfect start of - I hope - at least some more books.

For those lovers of romantic mystery I highly recommend this one.

The publication date is August 29, 2016.

You can pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EF1HDT0/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=hqnweb-20

Putting Out Old Flames (Pineville) by Allyson Charles

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Jane Willoughby has a temper. Sure, in her day job answering calls for 911, she can keep her head no matter what the emergency. But when her ex appears on her doorstep on her first sick day in years, expecting her to act happy he’s her co-chair for the annual fireman’s ball, she feels a little righteous wrath is justified.

Chance McGovern broke up with her with a greeting card, for crying out loud. He doesn’t get to just sprout some washboard abs and put on a uniform and behave like any other tasty firefighter.

Jane has no idea what’s happened to Chance in the last nine years—and no interest in finding out. Not even a teeny-tiny spark. No matter how hot he is. Or how well he remembers the little things that make her laugh, and cry, and spontaneously combust.

And she’s going to be working with him one-on-one. At least there’s a fireman on call . . .


Janet's 4 Star Review:

This was a very pleasant surprise. It has a nice writing style, a brisk pace and was funny.

 

Jane and Chance were high school sweethearts but it all ended abruptly when Chance left town for college and ended it with Jane by postcard! Ten years later they meet again when Chance takes a job as assistant Fire Chief and Jane works as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Seeing Chance brings back the feelings of hurt and rage for Jane and she is not eager to forgive and forget (even if she is still attracted to him). Chance also feels the sparks, but he has a little boy and (almost) ex-wife to deal with.

 

As they are both organizing the charity ball for the Pineville Fire Department in one month they are stuck with each other.

 

This is a second-chance story and it was well executed. There are some interesting secondary characters and there was no over-the-top drama. Nicely done!


Married by Contract by Noelle Adams

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Three years into a five-year marriage of convenience, Jenn finds herself wanting something she never thought she'd want from her laid-back, ex-military husband. Sex--as a much-needed release of tension from her high-stress job. But weekly sex with Nick, despite their careful parameters, is likely to get messy eventually.

Ever since her father walked out on her as a child, Jenn knows never to assume the people she loves will stick around, so she's not about to trust Nick with her heart. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed.

But what starts as a tension-reliever soon becomes so much more, until it threatens both their practical arrangement and the heart Jenn has worked so hard to keep safe.

 Four Star Review:

Jenn and Nick have been married for 3 years. But they don't have an ordinary marriage; they made a deal to be married for 5 years. Both stood to gain from it. Jenn is sort of an workaholic and Nick is a PI, after being in the military.

Because Jenn is having stress headaches, Nick starts to give her massages and one thing leads to an amendment of their contract: sex once a week is now allowed.

As ridiculous as it sounds, the story is actually told in a very plausible way. Jenn and Nick are likeable characters, even when Jenn is so unbending and always working. She has her reasons to keep her heart guarded. And Nick is a great, caring man. He also has reasons to keep his life uncomplicated and easy. But will they still keep to the five-year plan? Are they still married friends having sex or will it evolve into something so much more?

Married by Contract can be read in a couple of hours and has steamy scenes that are not too explicit.


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H9GEDKK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940153228846

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1125827527

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/married-by-contract


No Strings Attached (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #8) by Julie Moffett

Posted by [email protected] on July 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Oops, I did it again…

 

Leave it to me, Lexi Carmichael, to become a target for an elite organization of cyber criminals simply by being in the wrong place at the right time. As if I weren't already freaking out about planning my best friend's bachelorette party, I now have to keep my eyes peeled for people trying to kill me.

 

After accidentally intercepting a dangerous hack into the NSA and discovering the involvement of a foreign country in said hack, things begin to get seriously complicated. Diplomats, danger and spies, oh, my!

 

With Slash and my loyal friends by my side, I'm in a race against time to stop a team of sophisticated hackers on a deadly mission. My team of geeks is brilliant…but derailing an international plot for revenge will take everything we've got.


Janet's Five Star Review:

The Lexi Carmichael-series is one of my favorite series. The stories are very well plotted and crafted and the characters develop over the course of the series. Number 8 already and still going very very strong.

 

Lexi is attending HACK CON when she stumbles into a situation where it is clear national security is threatened. After an attempt on her life (again!) the situation escalates and soon Lexi and Slash are at it again to save the US against a very real threat, of course with the help of their friends.

 

During all this, Lexi is still planning Basia's bachelorette party and taking her duties as Maid of honor very seriously. I almost peed my pants laughing so hard at a very particular scene at a bridal shop. What I enjoyed most was the fact that Lexi and Slash really are center stage in this installment and that their relationship is growing. If you have not read one of these books yet, you are missing out on a great series!

 

Quote without trying to spoil :-) :

 

“Wow. I’m not sure what to say. Was there really an ambulance, fire truck and an insurance adjuster involved?” “Unfortunately, yes.”

 

 

Publication date: July 4, 2016

Pre-order via Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/No-Strings-Attached-Carmichael-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0166B4OK8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466089929&sr=8-1&keywords=No+STrings+attached+Lexi


Get Lucky by Lila Monroe

Posted by [email protected] on June 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?

I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.

Janet's 4 Star Review

Get Lucky is the first Lila Monroe book I have read. And what a fun ride it was!

Julia and Nate wake up together after what must have been a wild night.

With a massive hangover, they both have trouble remembering the night before. Only yesterday they bumped into each other in Vegas, with a mutual instant dislike.

Julia is a newly-divorced romance author, in Vegas for a convention. Nate is a divorce lawyer and he is there for a wedding. Shocked they both try to move on as if nothing has happened, but when the manager of the hotel confronts them with a certain video, they have no choice. They must try to piece together what they know about last night.

The story is told from dual POV and with flashbacks to the day and night before. And wow, was that some night!! While Julia and Nate trace their own tracks they are bickering and bantering and they slowly realize that maybe opposites indeed attract.

I had so much fun with this story. The chemistry betweenJulia/Nate was sizzling. And all the things they did in just one night! Nice epilogue.


Get  your copy here: http://amzn.to/25idbgm


Undiscovered (Treasure Hunter Security #1) by Anna Hackett

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by the demons of his past and throws everything he has into his security business--Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs - no problem. Daring expeditions - sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits - easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and together they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a mythical lost oasis. When an evil from his past reappears, Declan vows to do anything to protect Layne.

Dr. Layne Rush is dedicated to building a successful career--a promise to the parents she lost far too young. But when her dig is plagued by strange accidents, targeted by a lethal black market antiquities ring, and artifacts are stolen, she is forced to turn to Treasure Hunter Security, and to the tough, sexy, and too-used-to-giving-orders Declan. Soon her organized dig morphs into a wild treasure hunt across the desert dunes. Danger is hunting them every step of the way, and Layne and Declan must find a way to work together...to not only find the treasure but to survive.


Janet's 4 Star Review:

This is the first in a new series. Set in present time we meet archeologist Layne Rush as she is attacked on her dig site in Egypt. Valuable items are stolen and Treasure Hunter Security is hired to provide protection and retrieve the items. Declan Ward takes the case as he suspects the culprit is an old enemy. He does not expect to fall for the beautiful Layne.

 

Anna Hackett usually writes rather short novels and this one is short as well. But it feels like a full story as it is well plotted and the pace is fast. Layne and Declan have great chemistry even if their romance is swift due to the time constraint. The adventure is thrilling. Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider combined as an one hour tv episode.

 

I always enjoy Anna's stories but they do have a certain formula. I also like the Phoenix Adventures she writes, they are set in the future. Undiscovered has some interesting secondary characters. Personally I was intrigued by sister Darcy and the FBI Agent but the next 2 installments (one already published and one slated for a July publication) are about brother Callum and team mate Logan.


https://amzn.com/B01G2645OW

Sleuthing for a Living (Mackenzie & Mackenzie PI Mysteries Book 1) by Jennifer L. Hart

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al...along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn’t know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who’s looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don’t know the meaning of the word quit—not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn.

The man Mackenzie's been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him—a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn’t know where to start…or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.


Janet's 5 Star review:

What a great start to a new series.

Mackenzie Taylor had a daughter at age 16 and has looked after Mac as a single mom for 16 years. When her uncle Albert dies he leaves Mackenzie and her mother his big house (including tenants) and Mackenzie decides to move in. After finding Alberts manuscript 'Working Man's Guide to Sleuthing for a Living' Mackenzie decides to try and take up his profession as a PI.

Luckily, older attorney Len is willing to give Mackenzie a chance and her first job. With the help of computer wiz Mac and using her wits Mackenzie starts her first stakeout, only to be dragged into a murder case. Handsome Detective (and neighbor) Hunter Black is against her taking up the job as PI and life gets more crazy after her mother decides to move in after leaving her husband and Mac has questions about her dad. Coffee just isn't enough!

I think this has the potential to be an enjoyable new favorite series. The characters are likeable, there is a love interest and a woman brave enough to start a new profession when strapped for money.


Pirate Bound: A Prequel (Telepathic Space Pirates) by Carysa Locke

Posted by [email protected] on June 22, 2016 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

A desperate gamble…

Sanah would do anything to protect her little sister, even if it means taking refuge with ruthless pirates. But the psychically Talented pirates terrorizing Commonwealth space are not quite the monsters she has been led to believe. When Sanah's empathic gift shows her the truth behind the stories, she is no longer certain who the villains are in her world.

A race on the verge of extinction…

Dem’s only goal is to protect his people, especially since a deadly bio-weapon decimated their population. Only a handful of women survived, and every day is a fight to rebuild. With Sanah’s empathy and her sister’s rare ability to heal, they could be the salvation Dem and his people have been looking for.

A dangerous secret that could destroy everything…

But how can Sanah trust Dem with her life? Especially when he’d kill her if he knew the truth.

Pirate Bound is a short prequel novel to the Telepathic Space Pirates series. It is a standalone story within the series.


For those into Sci-Fi romance (with steam). This is a debut by Carysa Locke (a writing duo) and well written.

It's a short but complete story, a prequel to a new series. Sanah and her sister are on the run from their dangerous brother when they meet the pirates that live on the fringe of their society. The pirate King and his Security Chief, Dem, assure the sisters they will be safe. The pirates themselves are at war with the world the sisters come from.

There is enough world building and the Talents are explained. Dem has very unique Talents and this makes his attraction to Sanah dangerous.

I liked Sanah and Dem together. Although short, it is romantic and very interesting.

I pre-ordered the first book, Pirate Nemesis, to be published August 2, 2016. I can't wait.

Wild For You by Jennifer St George

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

When her celebrity boyfriend breaks up with her on camera to boost the ratings of his TV show, fashion designer Madison Mills instructs her assistant to organise a vacation that's a long way from New York, where there's no paparazzi and where there are definitely no hot men.

 

Madison soon finds herself on a walking tour in the wilds of remote Tasmania. There's no chance she'll be recognised but on the 'no hot men' criteria, her assistant has spectacularly failed. The lead guide, Daniel Black, could be the face and body of any fashion campaign. But, Daniel's quick judgement that's she an urban princess has her bristling with every step.

 

Ex-military man Daniel has found peace in the wilderness. Hosting walking tours ensures lots of solitude and no long-term commitments. So when circumstances lead to him guiding Madison alone, he's not sure he can survive for nearly a week with a woman whose life revolves around hemlines and fashion shows.

 

The rugged landscape challenges them both and Daniel soon learns there is more to Madison than meets the eye. But when Madison's location is leaked to the press, can he convince her that a wilderness guide and a fashion designer from opposite side of the world can find a way to make it work?



Janet's Five Star Review:

Madison is a fashion designer, living in New York. She gets dumped by her actor boyfriend while he is filming his new reality show and - totally fed up and out of ideas for her new collection - Madison asks her assistant Holly to book her a holiday. Away from it all and especially without any hot men.

 

Daniel Black has lost his fiancée five years ago and is still grieving and hiding from the world. He has started a hiking business in Tasmania (Australia) and is not really amused to see one member of his group arriving in a limo and not exactly dressed for a hiking vacation of 6 days. But Madison is not as he thinks and surprises him at every turn.

 

Daniel and Madison trek across beautiful mountain tops from hut to hut and Madison is getting her 'mojo' back. They are really attracted to each other. But they are so different and live in different worlds and across the globe. And can Daniel let go of his past?

 

I thorougly enjoyed this story! Beautiful nature, two people getting to know each other and talking about their past. It is much more than I expected but the cover should be so much more inviting!

 

I could envision the beautiful Tasmanian nature and the creatures living there. Nice epilogue rounds the story. I highly recommend. And for under 3 dollars, you can't go wrong.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wild-You-Jennifer-St-George-ebook/dp/B01FD1BQB2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1466092805&sr=1-1&keywords=wild+for+you+jennifer+st+george


The Player and the Pixie (Rugby #2) by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

THE PIXIE

Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER

Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN

Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.


JANET'S FIVE STAR REVIEW:

Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors although it is mostly a hit or miss. This is #2 in the Rugby series. In book 1 (The Hooker and the Hermit) we met Ronan and Annie. And Ronan's rugby 'mate' (rather enemy) Sean Cassidy.

Although I loved Ronan and Annie, I adored the story of Sean and Lucy (Ronan's sister). When I read the book would be about Sean, the sleaze ball from book 1, I doubted I would like the book.

Really, Sean!?? I thought it would be about Tom, or one of the other hot team mates.. But Sean totally won me over. I liked the fact he and Lucy were so honest to each other and I could understand their reasons for keeping their 'thing' a secret. There was no contrived or over the top drama. The reasons for their actions are quite natural and human. I loved and enjoyed it.

The ending was great but it could have been a bit more romantic for me...