Category Archives: Read in 2017

Cat About Town by Cate Conte

Cat About Town

3.75 stars

This is a fun cozy mystery set in a small New England town.  Maddie James left town for college several years ago and decided not to return to her quaint home town until her grandmother’s funeral.  Expecting to only stay with her grandpa for a few days, Maddie stumbled upon the death of the town bully thanks to a stray tabby cat.  The cat has now become the talk of the town and people stop Maddie to take selfies with the now famous cat.

There were portions of this book that I really enjoyed and parts that fell short.  The list of who done its were long and fun to determine who really was the culprit.  There was a love triangle from a past romance that never evolved – maybe in a future installment.  The section on the cat shelter was fun and heartwarming since I am a cat lover, and my kitty was a stray.

The narrator was new to me and one that I have now included on my list to watch out for future audios.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

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

 

 

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James

Just what I needed

Lorelei James is one of my favorite authors.  Just What I Needed is the second installment in he series.  I loved the first book and didn’t think that I could enjoy this one as much.  Wow – was I wrong!  This had all of the makings of your typical Lorelei James plots and more.   The storyline became as several have in this past, but this one took a different turn.

Trinity was having the worst day, which became even more unbearable.  Stopping at a local bar, she spots her ex. boyfriend locking lips with another woman.  As a distraction, she walks up to a perfect (but gorgeous) stranger and plants a major scorching kiss right on the strangers lips.  The stranger is shocked that he actually wanted to check her out further.  Unfortunately, Trinity should have been more selective with her man.  The stranger was none other than her ex’s brother!  And, the saga begins!

Walker is no stranger to heartbreak himself.  At first glance, he appears to be the black sheep of the family.  However, anytime that there is a crisis, the family calls on Walker.  He may appear rough on the outside, but on the inside he is warm and fuzzy!  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

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.

Loving a Lawman by Amy Lillard

Loving a lawman

4.5

This is my first book from this author and certainly won’t be my last by Ms. Lillard.  I love a good cowboy theme, and this one did not disappoint.  This is another series that I need to sink my teeth into.  The narrator was also new to me as well as kept the story engaging.  The Langston family is well known in Cattle Creek, TX.  Seth has lived in this small town all of his life, and he is now the sheriff.  He has had strong feelings for Jessie for a very long time.  Unfortunately, Jessie grew up on the wrong side of Cattle Creek and has had her fair share of run-ins.  The problem with their relationship is that she does not see Seth as anything but her boyfriend’s brother, Chase.

Chase is often away on the rodeo circuit without Jessica.  He is a ladies man and only has eyes for Jessica when he is back home.  Unfortunately, Seth  acts on instinct, and now the entire town is enraged, including Chase.   This is definitely quite a bit for these two to work out!

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

 

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson 4.5 stars

Red door Inn

This is a sweet read, and I enjoyed both narrators.  I recognized Prince Edward Island but not place this location.  All of a sudden, I was transported back in time to yet another book that I enjoyed.  I love it when this happens! Both the H/HE have demons to fight and are running from emotions.   Marie is running from a destructive past that was not her fault, and Seth was running from a destructive relationship.

Both our H and HE meet when asked to renovate an old B &B.  Seth is the uncle of the owner, and Marie was simply asked to help with her decorating techniques. Initially Seth found Marie to be another woman with expensive taste but soon found out quickly that there was more than meets the eye.  There is quite a bit going on in this book, which kept me engaged.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

Healing a Heart by Amy Lillard

4 stars

Healing a Heart

Back at the farm, and this installment centers around Jake and Bryn.  Jake’s family plays a dynamic role in this story.  When Jake and Bryn met up for a one night stand but accepted the fact that they would never see each other and go about their business.  Unfortunately, timing was not on this couple’s side.  Four months later, Bryn found herself in a situation and knew that the baby was Jake’s.  Although she did not want or expect anything from Jake, her upbringing forced her to let him know that the baby was his.

All that Bryn has ever wanted was a family of her own, and she never expected that Jake would fulfill her dreams.  His family was extremely welcoming and invited her to stay for a few days.  Jake’s wife passed away, and he refused to ever love again.  However, Bryn and now the baby are pulling on his heartstrings.

The writing, story, and the character building were easy to follow.  The love scenes between Bryn and Jake were not forced.  The narrator was excellent and really brought the characters to life. All around good read!

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio 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.

 

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