Friday, October 9, 2015

Never Surrender by Rosie Miles

Author: Rosie Miles
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Date of publication: October 19, 2015

Police officer Maggie Sinclair prides herself on her independence. She doesn’t need anyone, especially her ex-lover. Working undercover to expose a prostitution ring, Maggie rescues two teenaged girls—but blows her cover in the process. Now she’s in deep, and the only person who can help her is the last man she wants to call…

Detective Quinn McQuade remembers Maggie telling him Hell would freeze over before she needed him. He offered her everything, and she rejected him. Now he has the opportunity to show Maggie they’re stronger as a team—even as their attraction becomes increasingly hotter. But this passion won’t just bring them together or tear them apart…it could get them both killed.

My thoughts:

Never Surrender is a debut novel.  For the most part, I enjoyed the story.   Maggie is a cop who went undercover a year earlier despite her fellow cop and lover's advice. They severed ties and now she has reached out asking him for help.She has been undercover at a club trying to catch the owner who is stealing and selling young girls.

I liked both Maggie and Quinn's characters and thought thy were good together. You could tell they still cared about each other as the book went on.  Because they had a history, their hook-up was pretty easy to buy.  The mystery was good as well, although I was able to pick out the moles pretty easily.  That didn't take away from the story though.

My only complaint about the book was the constant feeling I had that I was missing something. Almost like this was supposed to be a part of a series with backstory that I needed.  Especially when it came to James and Lydia.  I also would have liked more background of Maggie and Quinn together before she went undercover.    Despite all of that, this is a good debut book.  I look forward to seeing what this author comes out with next.

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He wanted to rise, meet her, but he was afraid, of what he wasn’t sure. She needed him, and that was what counted. She had sent for him, and like the fool he was where she was concerned, he’d come running. Maybe he should have handled it by the book and alerted his superiors. Maybe. Gut instinct had decided him against it.
The tip-tap of heels halted directly before him. Then the heartbeat of the street ceased, as though the world stopped breathing.
His gaze started at the four inch stiletto heels, slid up over well-shaped calves and thighs that stretched on until they met the hem of her short, short skirt. Heat crawled over his skin, and his breath caught. Beneath her open coat, welcoming hips and a tiny waist beckoned him. He scanned upward until his eyes feasted on full breasts failing to hide behind a slinky, black camisole. He didn’t need to look further. He knew.
“Maggie.” Her name sounded so good on his lips. For a mere second, the memory of their taste filled him with naked longing for another time, a happier time, but he pushed it away. She hadn’t called Quinn-her-ex, she’d called Quinn-the-cop.
“Maggie’s dead,” she snapped.
“Really?” He quirked a brow. “You look a hell of a lot like her.”
“I look like a two-bit whore. Trust me, Maggie’s long gone.”
Quinn pushed to his feet and stepped toward her. For a moment they stared at each other. Quinn’s breathing stalled as he gazed into her haunted eyes. Distance and time might have separated them physically, but she’d lived in his heart, his thoughts, constantly. Her face accompanied him to sleep most nights. Damn, he’d missed her. He shoved his hands into the pockets of his jacket and stepped back.
“Why did you contact me? It’s been over twelve months. Why now?”
Maggie closed the gap and linked her arms loosely around his neck. “Because I need your help,” she whispered against his cheek.
Quinn withdrew his hands from his pockets and tugged on her arms, wary that the familiar contact, any contact, would shred his resolve.

About the author:

Rosie Miles has always been fascinated by cops. If she didn’t hate guns with such passion, she would have joined the force. Instead she writes about the cop behind the badge and the loves that challenge them.

She enjoys overseas travel but relishes the road trips she takes with her forever man, to different destinations throughout Australia, looking for settings for her next story.

Married with three adult children, Rosie believes that:

Life is to be lived,
You never stop learning,
and you never, ever, give up on your dreams.

For More Information

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Book Spotlight: A Rebel in Jericho by Mimi Milan


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The first book in a new historical romance series, A REBEL IN JERICHO, is a suspenseful Wild West adventure with an abduction, border battles and Mexican saloons! Check out this novel from debut author Mimi Milan where two people learn that love, courage and faith are all they need to face the trials of the West.
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Rebel_RGBAfter years of preparing for marriage, Catalina Santé is interested in little more than making a good match. And why not? She’s young, beautiful, educated… everything a wealthy man should want. However, a tragic accident will leave her with less than a marriage proposal—she’s fighting for her very life!
Matthew Martin spends most of his time just trying to fit into American society. It’s one of the reasons he became a deputy. Willing to risk it all in order to protect Catalina, he can’t imagine what that entails… until she’s abducted and sold to a Mexican saloon, where a border battle rages between two towns.
Can love and faith survive in such a harsh place? Will Matthew even be able to save Catalina?
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“A penny for your thoughts?” Catalina regretted asking almost as soon as the words were out. The less she knew about him, the better. Right?   Continuing to lean against the side, Matthew gave her a once-over.   He decided to have a little fun with her.   “Only a penny? Is that what people are charging nowadays? Not me. My thoughts are worth a whole nickel.” The laughter in his tone danced in his playful eyes, their brilliance shining like blue gems. A slow, infectious grin spread across Matthew’s face. He looked like a mischievous little boy who was trying to buy his way out of trouble after being caught with his hand in the cookie jar.   Catalina bit her lip in a desperate attempt to remain serious, but it was of little use. Charmed by her softened features, Matthew took a slow step towards her. He raised a tentative hand and pushed back a curl that had worked its way loose. Catalina’s breath stilled as the light touch of his fingers slowly trailed along her cheek. Her beautiful eyes and full mouth were almost irresistible, and he wondered if she tasted as sweet as she looked. Unasked questions blazed from his eyes, making the cage that she was trying to construct around her heart unhinge. The sudden attraction hit her hard. She forced herself to look away and break the spell. Falling for her escort was not part of the plan. “Look!” Catalina pointed towards the bank. “We’re just about there.” “Then I guess we best get back to the car.” Disappointment laced his words. She didn’t have any romantic notions about him, so he best leave it at just friends. No more goo-goo eyes. “It shouldn’t take too long to get it started.” He picked up the conversation again as he paced back to the car with a determined step. “It’s warm out. So she doesn’t need to be cranked or anything.” Catalina questioned his sudden change in mood. She was grateful at the flow of normal conversation between them. Still, it felt like something was suddenly missing. “Well, I suppose that’s a good thing.” She plodded along behind him, dissatisfied when they reached the Model T. He took her hand and helped her up and into the front seat. “Shouldn’t I ride in the—” “You’ll get a better view of things while we’re driving from up here.” He cut her off, patting the hood of the car for emphasis – a friendly grin that promised an exciting ride. After all, it was a long trip to Nogales. “Besides, it’ll be more fun.” More fun? Hmmm...more trouble maybe. Definitely more dangerous.

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Author Bio:

Mimi Milan spent two decades scribbling away in notebooks before realizing that her life’s calling was to write. So she returned from Mexico and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film. She currently resides in the suburbs of Charlotte, making time for God, family and imaginary friends.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub


Author: Wendy Corsi Staub
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: September 2015

From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret

The razor’s gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There’s only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins . . . a prelude to his ultimate victim.

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley, Mundy’s Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift brings Rowan’s fears to life again.

The town’s violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy’s Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for, in blood.

Blood Red is the first in a new series about the town of Mundy's Landing.  I found this to be a pretty interesting mystery.  The book starts off with an abduction and assumed murder.  Then quickly brings us to Mundy's Landing, home for Rowan and her family.  She receives a package that brings her back to a time in the past she would like to forget.  Somehow it all ties together, but the reader is left guessing until the end.

I did enjoy the story.  I thought the author did a good job of keeping my attention throughout the book.  The characters were interesting.  I liked Rowan, despite her transgression 14 years before.  She clearly made a wrong spur of the moment decision, but has done all she could to make it right again.  The story is told  from multiple people's points of view.  How they all tie together is, at first, not easy to figure out but toward the end it all comes together with a twist.  You know who the killer is all along, but do you really?  You'll have to read to find out!  

This is actually the second book I have read by this author.  I like her style, so I know I'll be looking for her other works. The next book in the series, Blue Moon, comes out next summer.  I look forward to visiting with the people of Mundy's Landing again!

About the author:

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than eighty novels in a career that has spanned more than two decades. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

In Autumn 2015, Wendy will launch two new series. The first is the “Mundy’s Landing” adult suspense trilogy for HarperCollins, with the launch title, Blood Red, on sale September 29, to be followed in 2016 by Blue Moon and Bone White. The other is “Lily Dale,” a hardcover cozy mystery series set in the upstate New York spiritual community. Book One, Nine Lives, goes on sale October 26, with a second title to come in Summer 2016.

Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty-four years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she proudly delivered the keynote commencement address at her alma mater in May 2008, was a featured speaker at the 2011 Academic Convocation. 

For More Information

Visit Wendy’s website.
Blog Tour:
 September 28
Interviewed at C.A. Milson
Guest blogging at Night Owl Reviews
September 29
Guest blogging at Freda’s Voice
September 30
October 1
Book featured at I’m Shelf-ish
October 2
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
October 5
October 6
Guest blogging at Becky on Books
October 7
Book reviewed and Author interview at From the TBR Pile
October 8
October 9
Book featured at Write and Take Flight
October 12
Book reviewed at Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
October 13
Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
October 14
Book reviewed at Booked on a Feeling
Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads
Book reviewed at Storm Goddess Book Reviews
October 15
Book featured at Chosen By You Book Club
October 16
Guest blogging at Around the World in Books
Book featured at Celticlady’s Reviews
October 19
Interviewed at Reviews by Crystal
Interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
October 20
Book featured at Abibliophobia Anonymous
October 21
Book featured at Booklover Sue
October 22
Book reviewed at The Self Taught Cook
October 23
Book reviewed at Fallen Over Book Reviews
Book reviewed at I Smell Sheep
Book reviewed at Curling Up by the Fire

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

by:  Jonathan Kellerman
published by:  Ballantine Books
publish date:  August 18, 2015

A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.

Jonathan Kellerman finally wrote a stand alone novel.  A non-Alex Delaware novel at that!  Don't get me wrong, I used to really like the Alex Delaware books, but once a series gets into like 20 something books I'm usually done with it.  How much story is there left really?  So, I was really interested to see what this new book was all about.

Grace Blades had a terrible childhood.  Grace's mother murdered her father and then killed herself right in front of her as a small child.  She bounced around from foster home to foster home until she was finally adopted as a teenager.  However, her genius-level intelligence ensured that she got an excellent education and became a clinical psychologist.  None of that could stop her past from coming back to haunt her.

This was a good story.  I liked the Grace Blades character.  I kind of kept expecting Alex Delaware to make a cameo somewhere in the story, but he didn't.  It really wouldn't surprise me if this became a new series.  It would be a good one.  She has a lot of "stuff going on."  If you haven't read Jonathan Kellerman in awhile, I would suggest trying this one out.  It was a nice breath of fresh air.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blog Tour: A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Author: Ben McPherson
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication:September 2015

Whose secrets cut deeper?
Your family’s.

Whose secrets do you fear?
Your neighbor’s.

Whose secrets can kill?
Your own.

For Alex Mercer, his wife, Millicent, and their precocious eleven-year-old son, Max, are everything—his little tribe that makes him feel all’s right with the world. But when he and Max find their enigmatic next-door neighbor dead in his apartment, their lives are suddenly and irrevocably changed. The police begin an extremely methodical investigation, and Alex becomes increasingly impatient for them to finish. After all, it was so clearly a suicide.

As new information is uncovered, troubling questions arise—questions that begin to throw suspicion on Alex, Millicent, and even Max. Each of them has secrets it seems. And each has something to hide.

With the walls of their perfect little world closing in on them day after day, husband, wife, and son must decide how far they’ll go to protect themselves—and their family—from investigators carefully watching their every move . . . waiting for one of them to make a mistake.

I'll be honest, it took me a while to figure out what to even say about this story,  A Line of Blood is going to be a book you either love or don't.  For me, I didn't.  I did finish it all the way to the end and I just wouldn't recommend it.  The book opens with Alex and his son finding their neighbor dead in his bathtub.  It seems that it was a suicide at first.  But the police begin to suspect that it was murder. Alex and his wife are thrown into the spotlight when things begin to not add up.

The thing I didn't like about this book was the characters.  None of them are likable.  In fact, they all kind of got what they deserved if you want my opinion.  Millicent is the worst of the three.  How Alex stayed with her after all of her secrets were revealed was beyond me.  I wouldn't call this a thriller or entirely suspenseful.  None of the secrets were very shocking, just unforgivable.  The ending is pretty easy to figure out as there is enough foreshadowing if you look hard enough.  So, why did I read through to the end?  I had been looking forward to this book and I kept hoping it would get better.  I was also hoping for a different ending.  But it never came.  

About Ben McPherson

Ben McPherson is a television producer, director, and writer and for more than ten years worked for the BBC, among other outlets. He is currently a columnist for Aftenposten, Norway’s leading quality daily, and lives in Oslo with his wife and two children.
Find Ben on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ben’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, September 29th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, September 30th: Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, October 2nd: Booked on a Feeling
Monday, October 5th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, October 6th: Ace and Hoser Blook
Wednesday, October 7th: Booksie’s Blog
Thursday, October 8th: I’m Shelf-ish
Monday, October 12th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, October 13th: BoundbyWords
Wednesday, October 14th: A Bookworm’s World
Thursday, October 15th: Novel Excapes

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Obsession Falls by Christina Dodd

Author: Christina Dodd
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date of publication: September 2015

When Taylor Summers witnesses the death threat to a young boy, she does the only thing she can do-she sacrifices herself to distract the killers. Her reward is a life in ruins, on the run in the wilderness, barely surviving a bitter winter and the even more bitter knowledge she has lost everything: her career, her reputation, her identity. She finds refuge in Virtue Falls, and there comes face to face with the knowledge that, to live her life again, she must enlist the help of the man who does not trust her to defeat the man who would destroy her.

She's being hunted, but it's time to turn the tables....

Obsession Falls is the second full book in the Virtue Falls series.  There are two novellas nestled in there, but I haven't read those.  I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book.  I liked it even more than the first book.  Taylor witnesses an attempted murder and ends up on the run from the bad guys as well as the police.  When she witnesses a murder months later, her life is in even more danger.

  What made the book so enjoyable was the whole adventure part of the book.  I thought the author did a fantastic job of helping the reader experience what Taylor went through while on the run in mountains during the winter.  I'm not sure I would be strong enough to survive what she did.  There are also some twists that were pretty surprising.

 I wouldn't really classify this one as a romantic suspense.  There is a bit of romance, but it comes much later in the story and the suspense is a much bigger part of the book.  I loved Kennedy and hated the villain.  I was a bit perplexed at the way Taylor was enchanted by the villain.  He is pure evil so I didn't get the appeal other than he was good looking.

Once the story ends up in Virtue Falls, we get to catch up with characters form the first book.  That is always a treat. I especially loved Kateri and Rainbow.  I'm really hoping that Kateri is going to get a HEA.  She deserves one!  The ending was one of those WTF moments, so I hope it gets cleared up in the next book!  I can't wait!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

by:  Robyn Schneider
published by:  Katherine Tegen Books
publish date:  May 26, 2015

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it's easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

This book is about a fictional strain of tuberculosis.  It took me awhile to catch on to that.  I'm in freaking nursing school and listening to this audiobook wondering why I've never heard of this crazy TB that has kids quarantined.  Finally, I realized "oh you know what, it's not a real thing."  It made me feel super smart.

Lane catches this TB while he's fast tracking his way through high school on his way to becoming valedictorian.  He's doing all the right things to get into his college of choice, he has the girlfriend that is perfect for him and then he gets sick and has to go to Latham House so he doesn't infect everyone around him.  When he's there, he recognizes a girl from summer camp and she has become the Latham House rebel.  Lane is determined to become friends with her and her gang.  Once he does, his life becomes forever changed.  They come to view their illness in different ways, good and bad, and dangerous.

I didn't start this book with too many expectations. I wasn't even really sure what it was about when I started it.  I loved it though.  It was such a great story.  All those people that are looking for something to read after The Fault in Our Stars would probably really enjoy this book.  It's not the same, but it's kind of along similar lines.  This one is a highly recommended from my for the YA readers!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne


Author:Lisa Ballantyne
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of publication: October 6, 2015

Driving home, Margaret Holloway is rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage of her car. Just as she begins to panic, a stranger pulls her free and disappears. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something's wrong. Flashbacks to the crash are dredging up lost associations from her childhood. And somehow, Margaret knows that it's got something to do with the man who saved her life. As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity,

Everything She Forgot winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth-from yourself?
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Critical Praise:
“Ballantyne’s effortless prose took me across the Atlantic and didn’t let me return until its surprising and satisfying conclusion. A tight story that comes full circle and keeps you reading.” — Bryan Reardon, author of Finding Jake

Everything She Forgot has been presented as a thriller and a mystery.  But, honestly, I didn't think it was either. The book opens with Margaret, a social worker, who ends up in a multiple car accident.  She finds herself trapped in a burning car and is saved by a mysterious stranger at the last minute.  The accident affects her and begins to bring back memories of a forgotten time when she was little.

I think had this book been presented in a different way, I would have enjoyed it more.  I was expecting a thriller and didn't really get one. The story waffles between the present and 1985.  I won't give too much away, but the connections between the past and present aren't really too hard to figure out very early on. So, for me, there really was no twist or surprise in the end.  Don't get me wrong, it is worth taking a look at.  The characters are interesting as well as the story of what happened to Margaret. Just don't expect a huge thriller.  There really isn't one here.

Author Bio:

authorLisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland and studied English Literature at University of St Andrews. She lived and worked in China for many years and started writing seriously while she was there. Before being published, Lisa was short-listed for the Dundee International Book Prize. Her debut novel, The Guilty One was translated into over 25 languages, long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Guilty One was also the Autumn 2012 Richard and Judy Book-club Winner. She lives in Glasgow.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday: For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt writing as Julia Harper
First publisher in 2009 by Forever (Grand Central)

Dante Torelli is an undercover FBI agent assigned to protect a mob informant and his family. But when the informant's hiding place is blown, a baby girl is snatched by a ruthless hitman. Now, Dante must save the toddler, uncover the traitor in his department, evade various bad guys, and deal with the toddler's sexy aunt, all before the biggest mob trial in Chicago history, set to begin in just three days. 

When Zoe Adler's stepsister went into the witness protection program because of her sleazeball boyfriend, she wasn't supposed to tell anyone. Except the two sisters have always been close, and Zoe has been babysitting her niece, Pete, since her birth. What harm could it be to secretly get Zoe an apartment in the same building where the FBI is keeping the family under protection? So when someone inside the FBI turns and a hitman snatches Pete, Zoe is right there. During the shootout, she jumps into a sexy, uptight FBI agent's car and hangs on as he pursues the hitman. No matter what it takes, Zoe is going to bring her niece back.

 For the Love of Pete starts off with a kidnapped baby and a car chase. Dante is the FBI agent assigned to guard baby Pete and her family, when she is kidnapped.  Zoe and Dante will do anything to get her back.  For the most part, I thought For the Love of Pete was an enjoyable read.  It definitely had some humorous moments in it.  The story takes place over 3 days, so the romance is really quick, but they get a cute HEA.  

As I said I enjoyed it, I just didn't love it.  I thought it was a bit long and dragged in places.  There were definitely parts that could have been left out.  The two Indian ladies drove me crazy. I was tempted to skip their dialogue because they got annoying.  Would I recommend it?  Sure, it's worth a listen.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Mini Musings

Little Black Lies:  I reviewed the sequel to this book earlier this month.  I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was a great mystery and was surprised in the end.  I loved Zoe's character.  It was kind of cool to see a psychiatrist going through her own therapy and dealing with ADHD.  It made her seem more realistic and human.  This is definitely a series I will keep up with!

Friction: This was enjoyable, but definitely not this author's best.  I did like the main characters, but I thought their romance was kind of lukewarm.  The mystery was also kind of so-so. The thing that made me lower my rating on this one was the father-in-law.  He was just over the top unreasonable and it got old. It was still an interesting read, but I'd say get it at the library.

All Played Out: Not my favorite out of the series.  Both main characters kind of annoyed me. Nell was a little too over the top innocent and naive for me.  Mateo was kind of annoying with his constant comparison for Nell to his ex girlfriend.  Their romance was a little lackluster for me.

The Midnight Dress: I am surprised at all of the rave reviews for this book.  I did finish it and am baffled by how many people loved this story.  I didn't at all.  I thought it was too long and kind of dull.  The back and forth timelines was an interesting concept, but it just took too long for the reveal of which girl was missing and who did it.  And I hated the ending!  It was really depressing.  I might not have minded the dullness of the story had the ending been better.  I wouldn't really recommend this one!