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Don’t Tell by Karen Rose

 

Don’t Tell by Karen Rose

Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

3.75 stars

Don’t tell is the first installment in Karen Rose’s suspense series and is the first time I have read anything by this author as well as the narrator.  Normally, I am not fond of male narrators, but I really enjoyed Mr. Ferraiuolo’s narration of this installment.  Mary Grace Winters is in a highly abusive relationship.  Trouble is that the abuser is none other than her husband, who just happens to be a cop.  No one believe that he could be so abusive.  Mary realizes that she must take matters into her own hands and soon for the sake of her life, as well as her young son’s.

Mary “stages” her own death and leaves her former life at the bottom of a lake.  Taking up a new identity hundreds of miles away has been a transformation process for both Mary and her son.  As Caroline Stewart, Mary takes steps in the healing process.  Fast forward nine years, and Caroline is finally falling for a man and putting her trust in others.  Unfortunately, her ex. has taken matters in his own hands and has located Caroline and their son and threatens the well-being of both Caroline, their son, as well as her new romantic interest.

This book contained adult mature situations, romance, as well as suspense.  Very enjoyable!  While I enjoyed the plot and the suspense, I couldn’t help but to compare this book with a movie starring Julie Roberts years ago.  Both Julia’s character, as well as Mary, aka Caroline, faked their own death by drowning.  Both had small sons and came from an abusive relationship.  Like Caroline, Julia’s character’s ex. Found them as well only to discover that she had begun to love someone else.

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

 

 

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Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear (Book 1 Billionaire Wolf)

Billionaire

4  Stars

I have really enjoyed Terry Spear’s other wolf series, and this one did not disappoint. I will certainly continue with this series and look forward to the next installment.  Billionaire werewolf Rafe Denali never wants for anything.  What Rafe wants, Rafe gets.  This time, he may have gotten more than he bargained for.  When a she wolf almost drowns outside of Rafe’s beach home, he knows that he must act fast.  Taking Jade Ashton and her baby cub in could prove to be a fatal mistake as Jade is a pawn in an evil wolf’s plan.  Jade has some tough decisions to make, and they all revolve around her gorgeous and wealthy rescuer.  If Jade does not betray Rafe, her son will die, and her life is also on the path of destruction.

All of the characters, especially Rafe and Jade, were well flushed and likable.  This was certainly a page turner, and I stayed up late, which I very seldom do anymore.  The narrator was excellent.  Normally, I prefer female narrators (not sure why), but Mr. Constant was right on the mark with this book.  The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is due to the marketing that this is a stand-alone book.  However, I found certain references in this installment to tie back to other books by the same author.

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Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker (Book 4 Black Knights, Inc.)

Thrill Ride

3.25 stars

This is book four in the series.  While I love a book with a hint of danger, romance, and mystery, I just couldn’t seem to relate to the characters in this installment.  For me, this series was enjoyable until the last book.  I am not sure if I will continue with this series or not, but I certainly won’t be in any hurry for the next book.

I had nothing against rock, but I had major issues with Vanessa.  To be on a special ops team, Vanessa came across as immature and pathetic.  Although she is stubborn and refuses to give up on Rock, her character just wasn’t believable.  I did like how other characters from prior installments resurfaced, which did seem to keep the series real.  The narrator also did a good job at holding my interest.  Had I simply read this book the old fashioned way, I may not have given the same rating.  The ending of this book appears to set the stage for the next installment.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying this book in exchange for a honest review.  This review and others can be found at https://readingaroundthegenres.com

 

 

Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Good Girl

4 stars

I really enjoyed both the Oxford and Stiletto series  by Lauren Layne.  I was excited to see this one, but I just wasn’t in love with either character.  Jenny is a talented and well known recording artist in Nashville, but a scandal has left her running out of the city with her tail between her legs.  Although Jenny is innocent, the damage has been done.  She is whisked away to a remote mansion in Louisiana where she meets the “caretaker”.  Noah has a bad mouth and says whatever he wants and immediately both Jenny and Noah have a very outspoken relationship going.

Noah is actually not the caretaker but is the owner of this gorgeous and expensive mansion.  However, he is not quite ready to spill the beans and tell Jenny.  Noah is also hiding his past.  Before too long, this brooding pair becomes a couple.  Now, Noah has the issue of telling Jenny just who exactly he is and the secrets he is hiding.  .  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) By Donna Grant

The Hero

3 stars

Owen Loughman has been taken out of commission from his Navy Seal assignment to search for his missing father. Owen is not having a good day.  Getting word that his father had been kidnapped was bad but now he has learned that the only woman that he has ever loved had been employed by his father.  Now, he is going to have to work with Natalie in order to locate his father and also retrieve a secret weapon.  Working with Natalie has proven to be difficult due to the attraction from both of them.  However, both Natalie and Owen are professionals and know that each has a job to do.

I enjoyed the storyline, but there were several issues for me with this book. First of all, this reader just didn’t see the attraction between Owen and Natalie.  Secondly, the book basically left the reader hanging, meaning that now one has to now read book 2 in order to continue with the storyline.  This reader does not like cliffhangers!

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

In Safe Hands (The Safe House #1) By Leslie North

In Safe Hands 2

3.75 Stars

Alexa Volkov has lived a very privileged life but now could pay the price of her mafia boss father. Alexa is in a position that could destroy the Mafia family, including her own dad.  She now has a price on her head and fears for her life.  Ex-NYPD cop Damian Stone was on his way to becoming a FBI agent when his partner was killed in the line of duty.  Now, Damian has taken on another role and that is of protector with an underground group.  Damian hates where Alexa came from but is now her protector and must do whatever it takes so that she can testify.  Damian has a dilemma since Alexa’s father was the man who supposedly killed his partner.

I really enjoyed this short read.  I have read several books by Leslie North and this one did not disappoint.  I will definitely continue with this series.

In Safe Hands (Search # Rescue #4) By Katie Ruggle

In Safe Hands 1

4.25 Stars

The odds of reading two books back to back by the same name are unusual for me.  At least the plots were different! Chris Jennings is a member of the Field County Sheriff’s department located in the Colorado Rockies.  He has always upheld the law and protected one woman who has no interest in him until the day that she witnessed a brutal crime outside her bedroom window.

This reader did not realize this book was part of a series until mid- way through the book.  However, this book can be read as a stand-alone although some characters were already introduced.  I loved Daisy and how sympathetic that she was, but her background is also heartbreaking. Daisy is an agoraphobic woman that can’t leave her house. She happened to witness the death of her mother and for the last 8 years, she’s only had her father and Chris to keep her company.

I am definitely going to go back and read the prior books and also hunt for books by this author.  I also enjoyed the narrator who brought this book to life!

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

The Protector (Sons of Texas #2) by Donna Grant

The Protector

4 stars

This installment starts right where book 1 left off so I highly suggest that you read that one first.  Marine Force Recon Captain Cullen Loughman receives word that his father has been kidnapped.  Cullen will do whatever it takes to locate is dad and bring him home.  In order to do so, he must team up with ex-Air Force pilot Mia Carter, who happens to be a stunning woman.  Mia was the last person to see Cullen’s dad before he disappeared.  The only problem is that Mia is neck deep in trouble dodging the cartel.  Cullen and Mia take the reader on a wild ride in order to locate Orrin.  Both the hero and the heroine are bad asses, but realize that they must trust the other in order to survive.  This is an excellent portrayal of love, loyalty, and trust.  Kudos to Ms. Grant for an excellent plot and  to Ms. Carly Robins who was an enjoyable narrator.  This reader especially enjoyed this installment and is looking forward to more!  Highly recommended!

Thanks to Tantor for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan

Widower

3 stars

By all appearances, Tom and Ana Bacon have it all – lavish lifestyle, extravagant trips, mansion, and money to burn.  However, all of this is the furthest from the truth.  Creditors are repossessing their belongings and foreclosure is imminent.  Ana is attempting to keep her small family afloat since Tom has lost his job.

Tom’s financial woes may be solved when Ana drowned after falling off the deck of a cruise ship.  Ana’s life insurance policy was ten million dollars.  Ryan Monahan, a private investigator for ISIS Insurance Company, the carrier for Ana’s policy, has been assigned to determine if Ana’s untimely death could have either been from foul play or a suicide.  Ryan immediately suspects Tom, but Tom has an ironclad alibi.  Could Ana have possibly committed suicide since the financial ruin was too much for her to handle?

The story took on several twists and turns and was always a page turner.  However, this reader found several points of Tom and Ana’s marriage to be unreal.  The ending was also rather unbelievable as well.  The cover for the audio book in this reader’s humble opinion was very poor.  The cover appeared to be a 1970’s retro rather than a current picture.  This could prove costly for the author when many readers do get sucked in from just the cover alone.  The narrator was new to me and did help to keep the storyline going.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

Hang Tough by Lorelei James (Book 8 Blacktop Cowboys)

Blacktop

 

This is book 8 in the Black Top Cowboys series. I have really enjoyed this series, and this one is one of my favorites of all the installments. I have been waiting on Tobin’s story forever and this was worth the wait! Both Tobin and Jade feel like misfits, which made the storline even sweeter. The characters were portrayed as realistic people, and their backgrounds were fully disclosed. Other characters from

Muddy Gap characters are introduced and other well loved ones returned for a cameo. If you haven’t read the series, that’s ok to read this as a stand-alone. However, reading the series in order will help with whose who!

Garnet Evans wants to protect her granddaughter and has Jade move in with her. Tobin, moves in to protect Mrs. G from being forced by her son into a home. Sparks immediately fly and some hot moments ensure the reader that this is going to be a hot ride! I just love the Mud lilies!

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