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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.

 

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.

Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery

Cat

4.25 Stars

This is the second installment in the series although this one can easily be a stand-alone.  I love cozy mysteries, and this series just gets better.  I can’t wait to see what is in store next for Cat!

Cat runs a writer’s workshop/retreat in an old Victorian home.  Thinking that the writers might need some R&R, Cat and her boyfriend take the crew and hit the slopes.  Christina, one of the guest, is having too much fun and is a little too tipsy.  Meeting a stranger at the bar and cozying up to him was not what Cat had in mind for a fun time.

Later, Christina is visited by a stalker who gets his due by being hit with a garden gnome from Cat and a shovel by Christina.

Unfortunately, for Christina, the ski bum neglected to mention that he was getting married.  He just happens to be found dead in a tub, and Christina is found covered in blood.  By all accounts, Christina is a scorned lover and has ended the bum’s downward slide.

Yet another storyline is conjured up from valuable paintings that are stolen from the local college.  Although there were several storylines connected, the book was easy to follow.  I really like the author’s writing style, and the narrator did an excellent job bringing these characters to life.  I can’t wait for book 3!

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.

 

Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1) by Patricia Bradley

Shadows of the past

3.5 stars

Taylor Martin is a psychology professor and part-time criminal profiler.  The only case that she can’t solve is of her missing father.  For twenty years, she has wondered what happened to him without a trace or any clues.  She is good at her job and knows it.  She does have self-doubt in her personal life where men are concerned.

In walks, or more accurately stalks, Nick Sinclair whose brother is accused of murder.  Nick is in desperate need of Taylor’s help in order to acquit Scott.  Nick’s wife died in an accident years before, and he has absolutely no plans to fall for Taylor.

This was a very slow character build.  Several other characters were introduced so this reader is sure that they will be front and center in future installments.  While the story was very clean (Christian novel), the particular writing style was not for me.   The narrator did an excellent job in switching back and forth between characters.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Death before decaf

4 stars

Juliet Langley is distraught after her music career crashes.  Tucking her tail between her legs, she is forced to go back into food service.  As if she hadn’t already been down on her luck, she is thrown yet another curve ball.  Her two timing fiancé runs off with her best waitress and in the process steals from Juliet.  Packing up and moving back to Nashville, Juliet is offered a job to manager a friend’s coffeehouse.

By all appearances, Java Jive has not changed since the last time Juliet was here.  To her surprise, the staff is revolting, and an employee is found dead in the dumpster.  Unfortunately for Julia, this occurs on her first day back on the job.  Just Juliet’s luck, the corpse is the cook who had gotten into a heated battle with Julia over code enforcement.  Now, the employees are too happy to spill the beans to the cops regarding Juliet’s bad temper.  Questions that Juliet can’t answer are being thrown at her, and she is finding that not only the coffee is in hot water.  If she doesn’t solve the case, her next job maybe making coffee in the slammer.

This was a cute cozy read.  Juliet is fun, witty, and very likeable.  The narrator brought Juliet to life and the listen/read was very easy and fast.  This is definitely a listen if you don’t want to think and just enjoy the moment.  Grab a cup of java and be prepared to be swept away into Juliet’s crazy world.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Guardians Mate (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

guardians-mate

Guardians Mate (Shifters Unbound #9) by Jennifer Ashley

3.75 Stars

In the last installment, the Guardian was destroyed and now the shiftertown is in need of another one.  Surprisingly, Rae Lyall, an orphan was designated by the goddess. The shifters are not happy about this rare gesture.  Not only is Ran an orphan but is female.  Rae is the first female to be a guardian.  Rae is resentful and does not want to be burdened as a guardian of the shifters.

Elon, Rae’s dad, takes her out of shiftetown to learn new skills from Zander, who is a polar bear healer.  These two were great together.  This reader enjoyed the banter between the two.  Zander taught Rae well in how to hold a sword and how to locate a shifter heart. Before Rae was completed trained, she had to perform her duties to an Alaskan shifter.

Rae and Zander decided to celebrate her success and went to a non-shifter bar.  A bar fight ensued, which led to a boat adventure.  This reader did not see how this adventure contributed to the overall book.  During this adventure, both were captured by a human shifter hunter.  Eventually this hunter became a friend and Zander helped him and his ill wife.  The mating frenzy hits shifters, and this is exactly what happened to these two.

This reader had a difficult time with this installment.  There was too much going on that really didn’t add to the plot.  Rae and Zander had somewhat of a likeable relationship but not enough to feel the love.

Thanks to Tantor for supplying me with this book for a honest review.

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