Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Avery has been shunned by the art world, but she has come to a showing because her friend Skyler is featured in one of the pictures by a local artist. When Skyler doesn't show up Avery becomes very worried. What is more concerning is that the picture of Skyler is a death pose and the artist is furious because it isn't his! Who took the photograph and replaced the original with it, and is her friend really dead?

Parker is on the job helping Avery find out what happened to Skyler. Avery and Parker are attracted to each other, but neither knows what to do about that attraction. Both have a past that is keeping them from being able to commit to each other. Will they be able to work together to find Skyler and still maintain their distance?

There were so many things that I enjoyed about Still Life! I loved the characters of Avery and Parker even though I did get frustrated with their circling around the same issues again and again. I loved the spiritual message throughout the story of forgiveness and moving on with ones life. Getting a glimpse of what is going on with Griffin and Finley's lives was fun and we were teased with further sightings of Luke, the friend who supposedly died 7 years ago, but that Kate has never given up hope that he is still alive. Still Life had it's moments of suspense and catching a glimpse now and then into the thoughts of a stalker kept the suspense alive. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment of the Chesapeake Valor series which will feature Tanner and Declan and hopefully more sightings of Luke!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Without Warning by Lynette Eason


Katie Singleton is supposed to be starting her vacation, but when she sees emergency vehicles at a local restaurant Katie stops to see what is going on. Finding out that a murder has taken place in one of Daniel Matthews restaurant has Katie worried for his safety. She brings in the other members of the Elite Guardian team to help protect Daniel and his niece Riley. Daniel thinks he can protect himself, but it doesn't hurt to have another set of eyes, and to give Riley piece of mind Daniel agrees to hire the Guardians.

Both Katie and Daniel have felt let down by God. Will their lives in danger help them to turn to God again and let go of their anger? As Katie and Daniel's lives are constantly put in danger they keep trying to determine why Daniel is being targeted. Several suspects come to mind, will they be able to figure out who wants Daniel gone before it is too late?

I am really enjoying this series. I love the team of Elite Guardians and am enjoying reading each ones story. I enjoyed the fact that there were several people that could possibly be the "bad guy" and it kept me turning the pages well past midnight to find out how it all turned out! If you enjoy a good suspense then definitely pick up one of this authors books, you will not be disappointed! I can't wait to read the next book which comes out January 31, 2017(just a few more days!)


Monday, January 16, 2017

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman



From the very first page FATAL MISTAKE had me in it's grip! From the moment Tara finds out that her life-long friend and neighbor is the Lone Wolf Bomber she is on the run from him. After all, she found all of his bomb-making equipment and he shot her AND threatened her while she was in the hospital. Tara had no choice but to run.

Special Agent Cal Riggins was the person who answered Tara's desperate 911 call and he has promised to protect her from Oren. But how can he protect her when Oren was able to get to her in the hospital? If Cal and his team can find Tara so easily then of course Oren will be able to. Once Tara realizes that Oren is targeting people she has come in contact with she agrees to help the FBI track him down before it is too late for another person.

Both Cal and Tara are attracted to each other but both are struggling with issues in their life and neither is in a right place with God to pursue a relationship. But the more danger that each of them is in the more they realize there is no fighting what the heart wants.

You know you are in for a great read when from the very first page you can't seem to put the book down. FATAL MISTAKE was just such a book! The author takes the reader on a roller coast ride that keeps the heart pounding and the fingers swiping or turning pages(whichever way you prefer to read your books nowadays). Not only was there suspense, but there was also romance. Two of my favorite things! While the suspense kept my on the edge of my seat the romance melted my heart. I loved Cal and Tara's characters. I also loved the spiritual aspect of the book. There isn't a lot of preaching in the story, but it shows both characters having natural struggles with their faith in God, and how those struggles formed their character and their relationship. This is the first book in the White Knights Series and I have to say that I am hooked and cannot wait for book two! Which by the way, there is a sneak peak of at the end of book one!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Always Watching by Lynette Eason


Wade Savage has a stalker. The person has left him random gifts showing how much the person loves Wade. Wade is determined that this stalker is not going to affect his life. He has even called the person out on his radio show. This causes the stalker to escalate in intensity. Wade's dad calls in the Elite Guardians to help protect his son.

When one of the team members is severely attacked Olivia takes over being Wade's body guard. She utilizes all of her team when she realizes that this stalker will stop at nothing to get to Wade, even if they have to hurt his daughter Amy to get to him.

Olivia has closed her heart to love from anyone. Love hurts and disappoints, so Olivia has chosen to go through life on her own. Her closed heart slowly begins to melt while protecting Wade.

I've said it before and I'll probably say it a lot more, I love romantic suspense novels! And I really enjoyed this first book in the Elite Guardian series. There was enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the romance between Olivia and Wade also. I also liked the way the author kept the reader guessing who the stalker was until the very end. I kept going back and forth between a couple of characters. In the end I kind of had an idea, but still the wrap up was intense. Great start to the series, looking forward to reading about the rest of the women in the Elite Guardian series.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Take The Key And Lock Her Up by Ally Carter


Grace Blakely is on the run from the people trying to kill her and her brother. The problem is that there are two groups trying to kill them. Who wants them dead more? The royals of Adria who stand to lose the crown if they are found or the secret society that has kept their bloodline hidden for hundreds of years?

Grace wants nothing more than to end this centuries old secret, but there is only one way she see's to do that. She must make a deal with the devil that will save her brother, but ruin the rest of Grace's life.

I think this is the last book in the Embassy Row series. I'm not sure on that though. Grace really got on my last nerve this time around. I understand the whole point of portraying her as broken, but it started to come across as whiny rather than crazy. At one point I expected that Grace and her friends came up with a solution that would have a grand reveal towards the end of the book, but really there wasn't anything to that. She did have good friends that stuck by her even in her crazy periods and Alexei was a nice romantic figure throughout. I'm glad that we finally find out who originally wanted Grace's mom killed and why they wanted her and her brother gone, but even though this seems to be the wrap up I still find myself thinking there were loose ends left hanging. So I find myself a little bit disappointed in this book, but yet it kept me reading to find out the ending of Grace's story so not all was lost.


Monday, January 2, 2017

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer



Alex is on the run from her former employer. Alex has perfected the art of interrogation and now someone wants her dead. Faced with the chance to gain her life back, Alex agrees to meet with her former employer to see what it will take. Alex's next and hopefully last job will be to get information out of Daniel that will save millions of people. Unfortunately Alex and Daniel are both pawns in an even bigger game!

I really liked The Chemist. I loved Alex's character and the way she used all of her chemicals to keep herself alive. I loved that she was able to protect herself from those that wanted her dead. I didn't particularly care for her job in interrogation. I wasn't a fan of how her and Daniel got together, I found it a bit unrealistic, but I was able to overlook it and enjoy the relationship that they eventually had. There was a lot of action that reminded me of a spy/thriller movie with a strong female lead. I've read reviews that compared the book to Bourne, I guess that it could be with the government ties that The Chemist has, but I'm thinking more along the lines of Long Kiss Goodnight! I really liked that this was a totally different book than any of this author's Twilight series or her other stand alone book The Host.

**Content warning: This book contains sexual situations(not graphic), language, and some scenes of violence that may offend some readers**