Monday, January 15, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)Book Description:
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

My Thoughts:
I always love Eason's books and this one was no different.  It started with action and didn't let up throughout the book.  Izzy's family is close, probably closer than most and I loved that.  Her siblings are there for her and love her unconditionally.  Her partner's death brings his brother into the picture.
Ryan is a detective and is there with Izzy as she searches for answers and justice.  The romance in this was good and well written.  There are twists and turns, I couldn't put the book down because I just had to keep reading to find answers! If you like good romantic suspense, you want to get this book immediately.
A 5/5 for me.  I cannot wait for more from this author.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Shattered Lullaby by Laura Scott

My Thoughts:
I really liked this book.  Lacy is staying with her sister when an argument wakes her up.  When she hears her sister's plea and a shot, she scoops up her baby nephew and runs.  She has a somewhat chance encounter with an officer and his K-9 partner. She is worried about the police because her brother in law, whom she believes just murdered her sister is an officer.
Matt Callahan believes Lacy's story and wants to help her.  The two of them work well together.  Lacy is hesitant to trust but needs to keep her nephew safe and Matt seems like the best option for that.  I love how close the Callahan family is.  They are there for each other, no questions asked. 
This was a 4/5 for me.  I truly enjoyed the book and can't wait for more about this family.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of my book.  I received this book in exchange for my honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bite at First Sight by Brooklyn Ann

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Edge of Truth by Brynn Kelly

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Author Interview of Kevin Purdy

AW: Tell us about yourself…

I am the author of The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol  Originally from Montana, I now reside in Louisville, Colorado where I was a teacher for over twenty years. I write both fiction and non-fiction books as well as occasional magazine articles and blog posts. I am also the owner of Purdy Books and run the websitesPurdyBooks.com and Trailsnet.com.  I can be found on most social media outlets under both the Trailsnet and PurdyBooks user names.

AW: What genre do you write and why?

I write young adult, historical fiction and non-fiction. In addition to being a bibliophile, I’m also an anglophile, so I love to read and write books based on British history and British literature.

AW: Tell us about your book….

I believe The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol is bound to become a Halloween classic
Decimus Croome is a despicable fellow who hates all holidays but especially despises Halloween. However, Croome's life is transformed one memorable Halloween when four ghastly spirits pay him a visit to reveal the misery he has inflicted upon his friends, neighbors and family members. Join Tommy Bobbich, Decimus Croome and an enchanting cast of ghosts, witches and ghouls in this modern day holiday story that is sure to provide you with chills, laughs and even a few touching moments.
 Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Legend of Decimus Croome is bound to become a Halloween classic for readers of all ages. Follow old man Croome as four hilarious and eccentric spirits turn his world inside out. And oh what spirits they are. Each one is more disturbing than the last as they deliver a chilling message for Croome and his fellow Halloween humbugs. Once you've read The Legend of Decimus Croome, you will never look at Halloween the same again.
 "If Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and Dr. Seuss conspired to write a novel, the results would probably look something like The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol. - BestHolidayBooks.com

AW: What was your inspiration for this book?
 I’m a huge fan of Halloween, but I noticed there are very few really good Halloween books out there that are appropriate for all ages whereas there are so many incredible Christmas stories. One of the very best of those is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. In fact, Dickens is sometimes credited with being the man who popularized many of our modern Christmas traditions. But I always found it strange that a Christmas story centered around four ghosts. That sounded more like a great Halloween story to me. So as I began to see many of my friends and neighbors start to take a Scrooge-like attitude about Halloween, I decided it was time to write A Halloween Carol

AW: Do you have a favorite character and why that one?

Since Decimus Croome is the title character, it’s tremendously fun to watch how his attitude changes from the beginning of the book to the end. And then there are those incredibly eccentric ghosts. What’s not to love about a wisecracking pumpkin-head or a hilarious, shape-shifting witch? How about Tommy Bobbich, the Tiny Tim of A Halloween Carol? But I must admit, my favorite character of all is Black Magic. She provides some incredibly preposterous comic relief every time the book starts taking itself too seriously.

AW: Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?
 Essentially I was trying to walk in the footsteps of one of the greatest writers of all time. It was as if Charles Dickens was my writing coach, and he was a stern taskmaster. I often reread parts of A Christmas Carol and other Dickens literature throughout the writing of A Halloween Carol. It was truly a humbling and educational experience. 

AW: What project(s) are you currently working on?
 
It’s as if ghosts got into my soul, and I can’t exorcise them. I am just in the brainstorming/outlining phase of a huge ghost story project that will include at least three books (possibly six) that will be like a combination of works by J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and J.R.R. Tolkien. Don’t expect anything too soon.

AW: Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about?
 I’m a prodigious pre-writer and a meticulous editor/reviser. I spend WAY more time planning and revising my books than writing them.

AW: Do you have any advice for writers out there?
 
Start early, write often and network with other writers. And don’t forget to read on a daily basis and learn from the masters.

AW: Where can we find you? 
Thanks for asking!! You can find my imprint, PurdyBooks, on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and PurdyBooks.com.

AW: And of course we have to know, where can we find your book? 
In addition to participating bookstores such as Tattered Cover, Book Cellar and Boulder Bookstore, The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol can be found on Amazon.com in both e-book (Kindle) & paperback form.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

His Secret Son by Brenda Jackson

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Always a Lawman by Delores Fossen

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Ten years ago, Sheriff Gabriel Beckett helped convict the man who murdered his parents in a shocking crime that still haunts his small Texas town. Now the terror has returned and the woman who escaped the attack is a target again.

Jodi Canton loved Gabriel—until that love shattered with his parents’ murder and her father’s conviction. Taunted with threats, she’s determined to bait the real killer out of hiding. Drawing out a criminal puts her life on the line, but Gabriel’s protection puts her heart in danger. Even if they survive a predator, can they risk everything to heal each other?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  Gabriel is going to keep Jodi safe in spite of her attempts to make herself a target.  I liked that these characters have a past.  It was a twisted story that pulls you in and makes you want to read faster so you can figure out who the bad guy is.
I wasn't sure at all which was the bad guy of the choices.  Each had pros and cons on them.  The story didn't answer all of my questions so I will be looking for another from this author.  Jodi had her issues and I liked her boss but he had issues too.  
It was a 4/5 for me.  I cannot wait to have my questions answered!


Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via Lady Amber's Reviews).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young

Abuse of Discretion (Dre Thomas Series Book 3)Book Description:
A Kid’s Curiosity … A Parent’s Nightmare 
The award-winning author of "Anybody’s Daughter" is back with an addictive courtroom drama that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile criminal justice system. 

Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen-year-old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn’t thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin’s defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice? 

Unbeknownst to Angela, her boyfriend Dre is wrestling with his own drama. Someone from his past wants him dead. For Dre, his response is simple—kill or be killed. 

My Thoughts:
Wow.  This one is so realistic that it is scary.  This is the first book that I've ready by the author and I wasn't sure what to expect.  What I got was a story that could very well be pending in a court right now.  I work in the legal field and this story could be a file on my desk.  
The characters are realistic.  I felt horrible for Graylin and the situation he was in.  He had a great team for his defense though.  There is more going on but my focus remained on Graylin's story.  It was just infuriating and heartbreaking that because of technology kids that aren't bad kids can be branded as such.  Not because of anything they did either.  I will be looking for more from this author and go back to read the previous stories in this series.
It was a 4/5 for me.  

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Imperfect Justice (Hidden Justice #2)Book Description:
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

My Thoughts:
This was a really good one.  Domestic violence is too prevalent and hard to write about but this author does a great job with it.  It is a completely believable story, and that is what makes such an impact.  Most of us know someone, maybe not in this exact situation, but in a similar enough one that they come to mind when reading this.  I thought the author just really did a fabulous job with the story.
The whole cast of characters are people you think you might very well meet walking down the street.  Reid is a strong brother/uncle who loves his family and is willing to do what it takes to keep what is left of them safe.  Emilie is such a strong, smart woman.  She is a character that I wanted to get to know and root for through the entire book.  I literally despised one character throughout the book and so wanted them to go down!  
It was a 5/5 for me.  The strong feelings I got from reading the book just got me!


Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.