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Friday, November 24, 2017

Warcross by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Date of publication: September 2017

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major c
onsequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Warcross is the latest by Marie Lu. It takes place in an ear future where the game of Warcross is the biggest thing for everyone.  People gamble on the game and use it to escape reality for a time. For me, this was just an OK book.  I wasn't all that thrilled with it.  It was entertaining enough, but not one I would run out to recommend.


The biggest reason for me not loving this one is the lack of world building. I had a lot of questions.  What else was society like?  Why did it get that way?   It was supposed to be "futuristic" yet current pop culture references kept pulling me out of the "futuristic" aspect of the story.   I really didn't understand how the Virtual reality game worked.  I just found myself going with it.  The characters were a bit forgettable.  The story was predictable. The "twist" at the end was not a surprise at all and I called it halfway through the book.  The romance was boring and completely unnecessary.  I'm not sure if I will continue with the series.  

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Excerpt of Ashes Of A Sinner by S.L. Hebert


Author: S.L. Hebert
Series The Case Files of Logan St. Martin #1
Publisher Independent
Publication Date November 16, 2017

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Homicide Detective, Logan St. Martin, buries herself in her work during the day, and finds herself trying to drink her haunted past away at night. But when a series of horrific murders rock her small town deep in the bayous of Louisiana, she finds herself on a on a path of discovery into a sadistic killer’s mind.

Their beauty was in the ashes, and they all died alone.

Repentance was the killer’s way, and damnation became his weapon.  Detective St. Martin and her partner, Detective Grasso, are in pursuit of a twisted soul who is leaving bodies in his wake. It’s a race against time when Logan realizes the killer has turned his sights on her.

Everything changes when you are the one being hunted.

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Excerpt:

Prologue

“Repent and believe in the Gospel. Remember that you are made of dust, and to dust you shall return.” he chants.  The sound is almost a humming-whisper combined with the cold, caressing touch of his finger making the sign of the cross on my forehead.
The chilling sensation makes me want to fight, but I can’t. Through my mental fogginess, I’m aware of wetness falling upon me and hear the almost silent words looming in the air.
“Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust.”
My body is numbing, it’s as if I’m in a haze, and all goes dark again.
Strangely, I can almost feel the cool breeze blowing off the water into my hair, memories of my childhood coming alive. Rippling visions of me as a little girl sitting on the porch swing at my grandparents’ camp, located right off Lake Decade. Through the blur, I see all the boats lined up along the wharf. Feeling a sense of happiness flowing through me, I watch my family sitting around, visiting.
Abruptly, I am falling off the swing and onto the wooden planks. This dream started out so peaceful, and now something’s wrong—very wrong.
With the stink of dust and mildew in the air, an aching pain sears across my skin. As I try to open my eyes to see, I’m quickly aware that I’m blindfolded and can only see slightly past my cheeks from the bottom. Peering through my eyelashes, I manage to see color—it’s a shade of brown with the texture of yarn. Suddenly, it dawns on me that it’s a sack. The same sack some of the victims were found wearing.
My mind starts to scream, “No, Logan, wake up!” Terror rises in my mind. The realization that he has me sinks in. The son of a bitch has me!
Waking, my body trembles and I’m covered in a cold sweat. I sit in disbelief. It seemed so real, I would’ve sworn it was happening. The visions were so life-like, haunting even. And it hits me like a ton of bricks—he has another girl.
Logan

About the author:

S.L. Hebert was raised in the heart of Cajun Country, in South Louisiana. She was brought up appreciating family, the outdoors, and a great cup of coffee. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two. Having been an All-American athlete in her youth, she often volunteers to coach her two children’s baseball, softball, and volleyball teams.
In the last year, she’s discovered a passion for writing. Drawing on her military and law enforcement background, she takes her readers on a thrilling journey of mystery, suspense, and even a little romance. She has the gift of leaving them always wanting more.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Author: Nicole Baart
Publisher: Atria Books
Date of publication: November 2017

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.

“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

I wasn't sure if I was going to end up liking Little Broken Things when I started.  It's been compared to Lianne Moriarty books and I have never been a fan of hers.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the story of the Sanford family and their secrets.  The story opens with Quinn receiving a text from her estranged sister Nora saying she has something for her.  It turns out to be a little girl she calls Lucy.  Who is Lucy and where did she come from?  

The story did suck me right in from the start.  I wanted to know more about Everlee (Lucy) and why Nora was hiding her with Quinn.  The story is told through the points of view of multiple characters adding a unique perspective from multiple voices.  I enjoyed the way it was told.  At the heart of the book is a little girl whose story ends up being heart breaking.  I found myself rooting for her the most.  While I did call the ending.it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.   I definitely recommend giving this one a try.  As this is the first book I have read by this author, I am curious to go back and seek out her previous works.



About Nicole Baart


Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of seven previous novels, including, most recently, The Beautiful Daughters. Find out more at NicoleBaart.com.

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Nicole Baart’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 20th: The Sketchy Reader and @thesketchyreader
Tuesday, November 21st: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, November 21st: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, November 22nd: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Friday, November 24th: Books & Bindings
Friday, November 24th: Jathan & Heather
Monday, November 27th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Tuesday, November 28th: A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, November 29th: Readaholic Zone
Friday, December 1st: The Baking Bookworm
Monday, December 4th: Katy’s Library blog and Instagram
Wednesday, December 6th: Lit Wit Wine Dine
Friday, December 8th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Monday, December 11th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, December 11th: Novel Gossip blog and Instagram
Tuesday, December 12th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Wednesday, December 13th: Laura’s Reviews
Monday, December 18th: Girls in Books blog and Instagram
Monday, December 18th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, December 20th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Friday, December 22nd: Not in Jersey


Monday, November 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Close Contact by Lori Foster

Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin 
Date of publication: November 28, 2017


There’s no resisting a desire like this…
MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.


Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.

Close Contact is the third book in the Body Armor series.  This is Miles's story.  I have to say out of the three in the series, this one is my favorite so far.  I loved the way the story opens with Maxi waking up on the ground outside her house with no memory of how she got there.  It really set the tone for the rest of the story.  Weird things keep happening around the farm house that Maxi inherited. Clearly someone wants her to leave.  Enter Miles her new bodyguard and former three night stand.

I loved Miles and Maxi.  Their chemistry was off the chart and meshed very well together.  I loved that they had a little bit of a history even if it was mostly between the sheets.  They were just a great couple.  What I loved most about the story was the mystery.  There were a lot of suspects so I was really kept guessing until the end.  I was pretty surprised at the reveal.  Characters from previous books make appearances allowing me to catch up with them. It's like catching up with old friends.

This book does work well as a stand alone. but really you should go back and read the first two books.  They are lots of fun as well.  Sahara's book is next   I was really excited to see we don't have to wait much longer to read it!


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About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.

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Lori Foster’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 20th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, November 21st: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, November 22nd: Recommended Romance
Thursday, November 23rd: Books, Coffee & Passion
Friday, November 24th: What Is That Book About – excerpt
Monday, November 27th: Evermore Books
Monday, November 27th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Monday, November 27th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, November 28th: Cara’s Book Boudoir
Tuesday, November 28th: Sultry Sirens Book Blog – excerpt
Wednesday, November 29th: Reading Reality
Thursday, November 30th: Thoughts of a Blond
Friday, December 1st: Smexy Books
Friday, December 1st: Staircase Wit
Monday, December 4th: The Sassy Bookster
Monday, December 4th: Natalie the Biblioholic
Tuesday, December 5th: OMG Reads
Tuesday, December 5th: Of Pens and Pages
Wednesday, December 6th: Jathan & Heather
Thursday, December 7th: All Things Bookaholic.
Friday, December 8th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Monday, December 11th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Monday, December 11th: Nightbird Novels
Tuesday, December 12th: Books & Spoons
Wednesday, December 13th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Thursday, December 14th: Books and Bindings
Friday, December 15th: Becky on Books


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Spotlight: Mistletoe Fantasies by Stacy Eaton




Author: Stacy Eaton
Date of publication: November 2017

Reba St. James would prefer to serve the drinks or play hostess to the businessmen and their guests at Pleasure Your Fantasies, the gentlemen’s club where she’s employed. Unfortunately, when she needs extra money to pay off an urgent debt, the only position that pays her enough is dancing on stage with barely anything on.

Wallie has been a body guard at the club since it opened four years ago, and over the last year he’s developed quite a crush on Ms. Reba. He might have thought he had a chance with her, except the club has a strict rule: No dating between guards and dancers.

When the attraction between Wallie and Reba reaches undeniable levels, Reba is ready to walk away from dancing altogether and try to find another way to help pay the bills, but when a final notice shows up, she’s forced to go from part-time dancing to full-time, and any chance of a relationship between them is put on hold.

Everything changes on Christmas Eve when Reba and another dancer get into a fight, and Reba is let go from the club. Will Reba lose everything, or will Reba and Wallie get more for the holidays than just their Mistletoe Fantasies?

Mistletoe Fantasies is the first book in the six book Pleasure Your Fantasies Series that spins off of The Celebration Series.


My toes tingled and I dug around in my console until I found two breath mints and shoved them into my mouth. I peered into my rearview mirror and realized that I probably looked a mess, but it was too late now.

Wallie took a few more turns, but it was only a few miles before he pulled into a neighborhood with single family homes. I wished that it was daylight so I could see them, but I did enjoy the few holiday light arrangements that I saw along the way. Wallie pulled into the driveway of a two-story house after making two more turns, and I parked beside him.

Before I got out, I took a moment to try and calm my racing heart. I could leave. I could back out of the driveway and pretend I was never here. I knew that Wallie would understand. He would get it, I knew he would.

“You want this, Reba,” I said to myself softly and, boy, did I ever want it. I grabbed my purse and pushed open my door. When I walked around Wallie’s truck, I found him approaching the steps to his front porch. The light wasn’t on, and I was both glad and disappointed. It was hard to tell much about the house other than it was a two-story and appeared to have stone on the front of it, but, in the darkness, Wallie couldn’t see how nervous I was, or vice versa.

I paused a few feet behind him. He unlocked the door but didn’t open it. He turned to me. “If you leave now, nothing will change, Reba. We can keep things the way they are, and it will be fine, but I guarantee that if you step through this door, things are going to change, so make sure you’re ready for that.”

“What’s going to change, Wallie?”

“You, me—us.” His voice was so deep that chills raced down my spine.

“There will be an us?”

I felt the heat of his stare even with the two feet between us. “The moment you step through that door, Reba, there is only an us.”

I wasn’t sure if that was the hottest thing I had ever heard or the scariest, but I did know that there was no way I was going to walk away now.

I stepped toward him, but instead of stopping in front of him, I skirted him, opened the door, and crossed the threshold, stopping in the center of the foyer. The house alarm began to beep a warning that I didn’t care to heed, and a moment later, the door closed, then five keys were depressed on his alarm pad before the beeping stopped. A muffled sound filled my ears that sounded a lot like his leather jacket hitting the floor. A second later, his hands were on my shoulders and he was turning me. I was pulling my arms from my jacket as he was yanking it from my shoulders.






Mistletoe Fantasies is a Spin off of The Celebration Series



Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter who is working toward her second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and on the choral and cheerleading squads at school. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.

Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spotlight: Curveball Baby by J.M. Maurer



Author: J.M. Maurer
Date of publication: November 2017

Most of Addison’s days start the same. She walks to work, brushes off the townsfolks’ disapproval, and fixes any-and-all local catastrophes. But there’s not a single resident in Willow Run who doesn’t know that’s all about to change.

For MLB pitching phenom Ben Peterson, returning to Willow Run is like stepping into another world. Back in town, he’s poised to do more than merely get his head on straight. For the last six months, his thoughts have been centered around one thing—the beautiful small-town girl who taught him there’s more to life than hurling a baseball.







ADDISON
I laugh, feeling my body warming under the sun, and decide it’s time to slip off a layer of clothing. Waddling back to the boxes, I toss my jacket to the top of one of the columns and hear Rusty shoot me an order.

“Hey, while you’re back there, grab a dozen thins.”

I snatch up what I can and, since the noodles are fragile, take some extra precautions. Twisting back toward the table, I immediately heat up even further, my body threatening to melt into an unrecognizable puddle of liquid Addison all over the sidewalk.

Gasping, I halt mid-stride. Stunned by what I’m seeing, I let Mrs. Tinley’s noodles and the scholarship money they’d provide slip though my sweaty palms. I can’t help it. I’m pinned in my spot, captivated once again by a slate-blue stare that’s just as sultry as it is unforgettable.

Staring ahead, I hear a crunching noise and can only assume it’s from the multiple bags of Mrs. Tinley’s noodles. I imagine they’ve spilled into quite a large mess at my feet, but I’m too shocked by his presence to give the noodles another thought. Noodles? Who cares about noodles? I’ve now got nothing on my mind but the tall, blue-eyed Adonis standing before me.

So much so, I feel my heart pound hard against my chest. My mouth goes slack. And a sudden tingling under my lip balm is driving me nuts. It’s all I can do to refrain from leaning in and reacquainting my lips with his. But I know better than to do such a thing, and instead, stay in my spot, thinking, Ben, is that really you?

I don’t dare close my eyes. If I do, I fear when opening them I’ll realize he’s merely an illusion. But he’s not a mirage. My head’s just fine and my eyes aren’t playing tricks on my heart. I open my mouth to say hello, like I always do when I meet someone, but when his sly grin slides clean off his face, I bite my lower lip and swallow back my greeting.

With his gaze cast down, he takes a long moment, appearing to stare almost unseeingly at my midsection. He doesn’t blink. He doesn’t move. He doesn’t even seem to be breathing.

I don’t know what he’s thinking. His expression is rather frozen. But judging by his furrowed brows, he’s most likely come to one major conclusion.






J.M. Maurer started working as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she cared for critically ill children, transported them from outlying hospitals, and even picked up overtime hours treating patients of all ages while inside a hyperbaric chamber. She loves to write about strong characters and their struggles in life. When not writing, you can find her spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or attempting most any sport. She resides in Chicago with her husband and son. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.jmmaurer.com.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon Pulse
Date of publication: November 2017

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.

Holiday Wishes is the second holiday novella in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  This is Sean's story.  I did like last year's novella a bit more than this one. Probably because I felt like I got to know the characters more in-depth in that short story.  Sean is Finn's younger brother and partner in their pub. He has been tasked with planning the bachelor/bachelorette weekend for Fiin and his fiance.  To make up for a lot of his past, Sean doesn't want to mess things up.  Things get really interesting when he finds out his first love owns and manages the inn.

I did enjoy his one, but I wish it had been a longer story with a better ending.  I never felt like I got to know Lotti all that well.  So, there was a bit of a disconnect with the romance.  Since it's a HFN ending, I felt a little unsatisfied.  The rest of the characters from the previous books are involved in the story, so that was a bonus.,  I would have liked to see more of the ceremony though.  That is my biggest issue with novellas, I always want more.  Still this is a good addition to the series.  Look forward to Kylie and Joe's book next.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Spotight: Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Author: Maisey Yates
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: October 2017

It’s Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waiting to be unwrapped… 

Falling for a bad boy once is forgivable. Twice would just be foolish. When Sabrina Leighton first offered her teenage innocence to gorgeous, tattooed Liam Donnelly, he humiliated her, then left town. The hurt still lingers. But so does that crazy spark. And if they have to work together to set up her family winery’s new tasting room by Christmas, why not work him out of her system with a sizzling affair?

Thirteen years ago, Liam’s boss at the winery offered him a bribe—leave his teenage daughter alone and get a full ride at college. Convinced he wasn’t good enough for Sabrina, Liam took it. Now he’s back, as wealthy as sin and with a heart as cold as the Oregon snow. Or so he keeps telling himself. Because the girl he vowed to stay away from has become the only woman he needs, and this Christmas could be just the beginning of a lifetime together…

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About Maisey Yates


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Maisey Yates’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 6th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, November 7th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt/spotlight
Wednesday, November 8th: Crystal Blogs Books
Tuesday, November 14th: A Fortress of Books
Wednesday, November 15th: Thoughts of a Blonde
Thursday, November 16th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, November 17th: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, November 20th: A Splendid Messy Life
Tuesday, November 21st: Book Nerd
Wednesday, November 22nd: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, November 24th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Monday, November 27th: Becca the Bibliophile
Tuesday, November 28th: OMG Reads
Wednesday, November 29th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, November 30th: The Romance Dish
Friday, December 1st: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Monday, December 4th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Tuesday, December 5th: Cara’s Book Boudoir
Wednesday, December 6th: Written Love Reviews


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date of publication: August 2017

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.

However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 14 years ago.

And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.

The Other Girl is the latest stand alone from Erica Spindler.   For the most part I enjoyed this mystery.  I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong in most of my theory about what was going on.  In fact, the reveal was fairly surprising.  The story waffles between the investigation now and the events of her abduction when she was fifteen.    The mystery was the strongest and most engaging part of the story.

What I didn't care for was Miranda herself.  She made a lot of dumb decisions throughout the investigation that ended up getting her into more trouble.  I'm not sure she is a character I would want to read more about in the future. I also could have done without the romance.  It fell flat for me and really wasn't too necessary. I don't feel like the story would have suffered without it.  It's a fairly quick read, so I recommend giving it a try.  It wasn't as strong as The Fist Wife (which I loved).  But, it's still worth picking up.