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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.

 

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.

A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 1)

Cat

3.5 stars

This is book 1 in three installments.  This was a cozy mystery, and this reader will be reading the next installment in the series.  Cat Latimer inherited an old house from none other than her ex-husband.  Cat is a former English teacher who has now decided to turn the old house into a B&B for authors.  One of the authors who is staying at the B&B is a best-selling author, and Cat is excited to have him among the other guests. Seth is Cat’s high school sweetheart who is fixing up the old house.  She has mixed feelings of his presence.

When Tom Cook was found dead in his room, Cat calls the local sheriff, who is none other than her uncle. Cat was hoping to start her life over by coverting the home but with the death and possible murder of Tom, Cat’s new life may end before it even begins.

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

 

Roped In (Armed & Dangerous #2)by L.P. Dover

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4.75 stars

I always love an enemy to lover book and this one did not disappoint.  Hadley is a famous country singer and is hiding out from a deranged stalker. Blake is an undercover cop assigned to watch over Hadley until the stalker can be brought to justice.  Of course, Blake is a drop dead gorgeous cowboy and the two hit it off after a week of bantering.

Blake definitely has an attitude but all eyes are now on Hadley.  This book kept me riveted from the moment that I began listening.  The narrator is outstanding and definitely will push me to read more from this author.  Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

Born in Death (#23 In Death) by JD Robb

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5 stars

What can I say – I loved this book.  So far, this is one of my all-time favorites of this series.  Eve is investigating the murder of a professional woman.  Quickly, the murder becomes two as her fiancé who happens to work for the same company is also found murdered.  In the middle of all of this, Eve is tasked with throwing a baby shower for her BFF, Mavis.  Both Roarke and Eve are at crossroads with Mavis’ impending delivery since they were requested to be in the birthing room.  Eve is extremely out of her comfort zone, and of course, Peabody pitches in to  save the day.  The baby shower is a success, except Mavis is extremely worried about another pregnant woman she befriended in her childbirth class.  Tandy was excited to be invited but never showed.  Eve promised Mavis that she would check on Tandy, which quickly became a kidnapping.

I loved the banter between Roarke and Eve on the baby issues.  Both came from dysfunctional families are so out of their comfort zone.  Give these two a grisly murder, and they can handle but give them a pregnant woman – and watch out!   Both of the mommies go into labor at Eve and Roark’s home, and Sommerset, of all people, knows exactly what to do.

Watching Eve run back and forth between the two women was enough to give this book 5 stars.  This installment just goes to show how close all of our characters are and they tough as nails Eve can also have a BFF that she will do anything for!

Nowhere to Hide by Lindsay McKenna (Delos #1)

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3 Stars

This is the first book in the series, which this reader feels has potential.  Lia was brutally attacked five years ago while serving in the military.  Her distrust of men is warranted due to the attack.  Delos is an international organization formed and run by General Robert Culver and his wife Dilara.  This organization protects their employees and offers security.  Lia is currently working at a school in Costa Rica when a drug lord (Dante Medina aka ‘La Arana – The Spider) demolishes the school and kills teachers and students.  Cav is assigned from the Delos group to protect Lia, who is in imminent danger.  Upon first glance, Lia does not want Cav around her.  However, she quickly decides that she is in dire need of protection since Dante has a bounty on her head.

While Lia is still recovering emotionally from the brutal attack, Cav also has baggage from his childhood.  Understanding the reasoning’s behind both holding back from accepting each other was a requirement in flushing out both characters.  However, their past kept creeping up until this reader was tired of hearing about their issues.  Getting to know and trust each other was an extremely slow process and slowed the pace of the book.  Both of the characters definitely deserved their HEA, but there was less action and little romance.  I will continue with the series and see where the next couple of books takes me.

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

Rev it Up by Julie Ann Walker (Book 3 Black Knights, Inc.)

rev-it-up

3.75 stars

This is book three in the series.  While I have really enjoyed this series so far, this one seemed to be almost identical to the others.  Jake Summers is definitely a hot and sexy alpha SEAL.  When Jake became too close to one of his SEAL’s sister’s four years prior, he simply walked away.  Now, Jake is finding himself out of a job and moving on to the next chapter of his life.

Michelle (Shell) is raising her son on her own and is an extremely caring woman, especially when it comes to her brother and his command.   Shell has had to make some tough decisions over the years and after a massive break-up with Jake she vows to move on. Shell’s husband died in Afghanistan, and she has been raising her son alone and is determined that he will not lead a difficult life as she has.  Unfortunately, Shell’s brother and all of the men in his command have a 50,000 hit out for each of them due to an arm’s deal that went terribly wrong.  When the dealer’s brother in law gets wind of Shell, he decides to place a hit on her as well,.

Shell’s brother, Frank, ask Jake to step in to protect Shell While the Black Knights resolve the situation. This book had potential but missed the mark.  One instance that I found absolutely stupid and made me wonder as a reader was a particular gun scene where one of the guy’s fires a shot while holding a bear – I mean please give the reader some credit as to the believability of the score.  This is also a plot that has been saturated from not only this series but other books as well where couple separates and then all of a sudden they meet up after a few years and whola there is a child!  I will continue to read the next installment and then make my decision if I am going to continue with the series.

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Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell

depraved-heart

2.75 stars

Gone are the days where I just couldn’t wait until the next installment of Kay Scarpetta.  I loved all of the characters especially Kay.  Now, my beloved characters are really annoying me and the banter between all of them is giving me a headache.  I do realize that this is book 23 and only so much can happen, but please bring back some of the villains and make Kay, Benton, and Lucy worthy again.

The story was a rehash of what has occurred in the past and everyone is worried that Carrie didn’t die but is making their life a living hell not knowing when she will resurface.  To sum up this book, there was just too much going on within a 24 hour period.  I could hardly keep up and the tome of the book that it is could have been fully fleshed out in half the number of pages.  There was one suspicious death that finally made since at the beginning of the last chapter.  Lucy has been reduced to the lowest level ever, and Kay is not much better.  Please, please bring back the old Kay and Benton that we love.  At this point, Benton and Kay might get a divorce and all live happier than what is being disclosed.  I have so much invested in this series that I will continue reading until I can’t take the characters anymore, and this may be sooner rather than later.

 

The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris

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3 Stars

The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris

I am a sucker for a good mystery.  Henry Cooper, Coop to his friends is vacationing on a Baja beach with the owner of the hotel, Grady Doyle.  Grady attempts to save a drunk man from two thugs.  The man happens to be Ebbie Mitch, a small time thief.  This time Ebbie is on the run from Mexican authorities because he has stolen a first draft of Ernest Hemingway’s work from a rare book dealer.

The manuscript contains secrets to unlock the location of a suitcase that Hemingway lost in Paris. Coop is a writer but writes under a pseudo name.  He is tired of writing and not getting any acknowledgement.  Locating the manuscript could be worth millions of dollars and Coop, Grady, and Ebbie are on the run to locate the priceless treasure.

While I enjoyed listening to this book, I didn’t love it.  Normally, I don’t read works of fiction that ties back to real life characters.  One must determine what is real and what is fiction. The writing was well written and did contain some laugh out loud moments.  This was a fun mystery thriller.

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

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