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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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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.

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Cutting Loose (Sisterhood Diaries #1) by Susan Andersen

Susan

3 stars

Jane has always had a cool head until she met Dev who happens to be the contractor restoring the Wolcott mansion. Jane and her two best friends had recently inherited the mansion.  To Dev’s defense, he was jet lagged and had two stiff welcome home drinks prior to meeting Jane.  Dev could easily renovate the house in the dark, but he wants to see discuss issues with Jane.  By all appearances, Jane is a very conservative woman until she meets Dev.

The plot was well devised with Jane and Dev each coming from opposite backgrounds.  Jane’s parents were drunks, which scared Jane into thinking that she may eventually turn out like her parents.  Although she wore conservative clothes, she always had wild shoes.  Dev’s family was very devoted but at some level almost too much.  For instance, Dev’s brothers tended to flirt some with Jane and she right back at them – no concern from Dev.  How many men will allow their brothers (or buddies) to flirt with their woman?!

This reader saw some passion between the two characters but not enough wild passion to be believable.  This reader also didn’t care for the narrator attempting to impersonate a male voice.  Overall, an enjoyable read but not sure if this series will remain on my radar.

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

 

A Hunger Like No other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole

Hunger

3 stars

I love a really good PNR book, and this one did not disappoint.  I did not like all of the violence at the beginning, which took me until the middle of the book to really begin enjoying the plot and characters.

The narrator did an excellent job in portraying emotions from both Lachlain and  Emmaline.  The world building in this series is slow, and I hope that the pace does pick up in the upcoming installments.  Lachlain is predestined to have Emma as his mate.  The only problem is that he loathes her family, and she hates him.  Slowly, the two made their way to each other due to circumstances from Emma’s past.

 

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.

Dangerous Secrets (Callaghan Brothers Book 1) by Abbie Zanders

Dangerous lies

2.75 stars

I had never heard of this author, but the book sounded intriguing and something that I normally like to read.  The writing was not an issue; nor were the main characters for the most part.  The book started off with a bang, and I was off and running.  Unfortunately, my fast pace run quickly became a show stopper.  The plot suddenly became confusing with this reader wanting more of the fast paced.

Taryn Malone is stranded, broke, and is in desperate need of some help. She is not a woman that would typically need rescuing.  Jake Callaghan has been running the family pub for years, but his SEAL training kicks into overload when he spots Taryn at the bar.  These two had chemistry and worked well together.  What didn’t work well was his brothers interference.  At one point, this reader was actually rooting for the wrong brother!

Both Taryn and Jake are harboring dark secrets that may destroy their relationship or even their existence.  This was a good start to a new series but fell short to the point of possibly not continuing with the series.

The narrator did help to make the storyline more enjoyable.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this read for a honest review.

 

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