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Friday, September 22, 2017

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date of publication: August 2017

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Given that I ended up DNFing , All is Not Forgotten, I was a bit skeptical going into Emma in the Night. I'm always willing to give an author a second chance.  I was pleasantly surprised at what I found in this book.  Sisters, Cass and Emma, disappeared three years before and now Cass has returned with an unbelievable story.  The hunt for Emma is still on, but can Cass be trusted?

At times, I did find that this book dragged in places.  But for the most part, I thought it was a solid mystery.  The story did keep me engaged and I wanted to finish it to see what the truth was.  The entire time you read this book, you are unsure if Cass is a reliable character.  The story is told between Cass's first person account and Abby's third person Point of view. The plot is laid out well, revealing information at just the right time. I thought I had the ending all figured out, but I was mostly wrong.  

 There is a lot of dysfunction in this family.  The mother, Mrs. Martin was sickeningly narcissistic. That just touches the surface of what is wrong with this family.   How that all  plays into the disappearance of the girls is something you will have to read to find out.  I do recommend this book.  It's one that will make you want to keep reading to find out the truth.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Spotlight of If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout

Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of publication: September 5, 2017

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?


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About Jennifer Armentrout 


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.

When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories, therefore explaining her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don’t Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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Review tour for IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW:
Sunday, August 27th: The Literary Llama on Instagram
Tuesday, September 5th: Bookworm Everlasting on Instagram
Tuesday, September 5th: A Thousand Books to Read
Wednesday, September 6th: She’s All Booked
Thursday, September 7th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Monday, September 11th: Katy’s Library and Katy’s Library on Instagram
Tuesday, September 12th: Snowdrop Dreams
Wednesday, September 13th: Reading is My SuperPower
Sunday, September 17th: Bookworm Everlasting
Monday, September 18th: Girl Who Reads
Tuesday, September 19th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Wednesday, September 20th: Just Commonly
Thursday, September 21st: From the TBR Pile
Friday, September 22nd: A Holland Reads
Monday, September 25th: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, September 27th: Mama Reads
Thursday, September 28th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Thursday, September 28th: Biblio Junkies
Monday, October 2nd: Novel Gossip
Tuesday, October 3rd: Why Girls Are Weird
Thursday, October 4th: Suzy Approved

Throwback Thursday: Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman


Author: Shirley Tallman
First publihsed in 2005 by Minatour Books

The year is 1880, the place San Francisco. Intelligent, outspoken Sarah Woolson is a young woman with a goal and the fortitude to achieve it. She has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. The trouble is, everyone believes women belong in the home---that it is not only unnatural, but against God's will for them to seek a career.

When Sarah finagles an interview with one of the city's most prestigious law firms, no one thinks she has a prayer of being hired. Except Sarah. Using her brains and a little subterfuge, she not only manages to become the firm's newest (and only female) associate attorney, she also acquires her first client---a lovely young society matron suspected of brutally stabbing to death her wealthy but abusive husband. Sarah is sure of her client's innocence, but the revelation of the woman's secret lover may make that innocence impossible to prove. 
When four more victims fall prey to the killer's knife, Sarah fears she has bitten off more than she can chew. Bucking her boorish employer and the judicial system, Sarah finds herself embroiled in shady legal maneuvers, a daring Chinatown raid, and a secret and very scandalous sex club in this irresistible blend of history, romance, and murder.


I had never heard of this series before it was recently uploaded onto my Library's Overdrive site,  Murder on Nob Hill is the first in a series taking place in 1880.  Sarah is one of a handful of women to have earned their law degrees and passed the bar exam.  The law firm she applies to reluctantly hires her and she immediately gets involved in a murder case.  Her client is accused of aiding in killing her husband.  Sarah must proves she didn't do it.

This was enjoyable little mystery.   It was a real eye opener to see how women didn't have many rights in the late 19th century.  We have it so good right now! I liked Sarah's character. Sarah was a strong minded character and I admired her bravery in a time when men still thought women should be at home and seen, but not heard.. The peripheral characters were strong as well.  I loved the banter between Sarah and Robert.  He is probably going to be a love interest in later books, at least it looks like that way.  

My only complaint about the book was the amount of potential suspects.  I lost track of people at times, so when the reveal happened it took me a few minutes to figure out who the culprit was.  There were also a couple of red herrings in the story and I found those frustrating.  But in all, it was a fun read.  I might track down the next book and give it a try as well.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Defending Hearts by Rebecca Crowley

Author:Rebecca Crowley
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of publication: September 2017


Atlanta Skyline’s star Swedish wingback Oz Terim-or as the fans call him, the Wizard-has an airtight plan for his life, his career, even his meticulously renovated house, but he barely gives a thought to the Islamic faith he inherited from his Turkish parents. So no one’s more surprised than he is when he’s the victim of anti-Muslim hate crime. Refusing to take the threat seriously, he resists the security detail Skyline insists on . . . until he meets Kate Mitchell. There’s no room for her in his plan and she’s the exact opposite of what he wants. Then why can’t he keep his hands off her?
After ten years in the military-and getting fired from her first post-Army job in Saudi Arabia-Kate Mitchell has slunk home to her Georgia roots. Private security isn’t the career she dreamed of, nor is she thrilled to work with an uptight professional athlete who plays a sport she has no interest in. She never expected to be attracted to him-or for him to fall for her, too. As their opposite lives tangle up-and the threat against Oz grows more serious-Kate has to decide who she wants to be in life and in love.

In Defending Hearts, Kate is hired to be the security adviser to help keep star soccer player, Oz, safe.  He is a Swedish National and also a Muslim who is being targets by a hate group.  They are polar opposites, but you know what they say...  This is the second book in the Atlanta Skyline series.  It held up fairly well as a stand alone book, so you could read this without reading the first one.

I thought this was a cute romance.  I enjoyed the slow build to Kate and Oz's relationship.  In fact, it takes over half the book before they really get hot and heavy.  I loved their banter and particularly loved the pool table scene.  That was really amusing.   The tables are turned in this one and t was refreshing to see a man who wants to wait to have sex over a woman.   You don't see that often.

I will  admit to not being a soccer fan.  I've never understood the appeal of the sport, so I did find myself glossing over the soccer parts of the book.  It just is something that doesn't appeal to me. I enjoyed the rest though. Given the political climate in the country right now, I was afraid this would be really preachy.  But it wasn't.  I thought the author handled  the theme of hate crimes in a very realistic and rational way.  





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About Rebecca Crowley

Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City and London, Rebecca currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Rebecca Crowley’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, September 18th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, September 19th: The Sassy Bookster  – guest post or excerpt
Wednesday, September 20th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, September 21st: Reading Reality
Friday, September 22nd: Book Nerd
Monday, September 25th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, September 27th: Reading Lark After Dark
Thursday, September 28th: Crystal Blogs Books
Monday, October 2nd: Cara’s Book Boudoir
Wednesday, October 4th: Lovely Reads – guest post or excerpt
Thursday, October 5th: All Things Bookaholic
Wednesday, October 11th: Thoughts of a Blond
Thursday, October 12th: OMG Reads
Friday, October 13th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy  – guest post or excerpt


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

And Then There were Four by Nancy Werlin

Author: Nancy Werlin
Publisher:" Dial Books
Date of publicaation: June 2017

Let's not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.

When a building collapses around five teenagers--and they just barely escape--they know something strange is going on. Little by little, the group pieces together a theory: Their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true? And if so, how did their parents come together--and why? And, most importantly, how can the five of them work together to save themselves? With an unlikely group of heroes, sky-high stakes, and two budding romances, this gripping murder mystery will keep readers guessing until the last page.


I'll be honest, I can't say I loved this book.  It won't be a spoiler when I tell you that this is a YA version of Strangers on a Train.  Five classmates meet in an old cottage on their school's grounds. When there is a roof collapse, it becomes apparent that someone deliberately tried to kill them.  The kids are convinced their parents want them dead.

While the idea for the story was good, I didn't like the execution.  There would have been more suspense had the reader not known who was behind everything until toward the end of the book. The overall story dragged on and took forever to get to the end. The only reason I finished this was I wanted to know motives.  Motives that turned out to be not that interesting.

The story waffles between Sarahlinda's first person point of view and Caleb's second person point of view.  I'm not sure I understand the reasoning behind the changes in tense.  It was strange and there was no overall need for it.  The characters were typical teens but I really didn't find myself caring about any of them.  So overall, I wouldn't really recommend this to any YA reader.  I didn't find it all that gripping or thrilling.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis


Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: September 26, 2017

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.
Make merry...
Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spencer immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?
…and hope for a miracle.
Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime

Chasing Christmas Eve is the fourth book in the Heartbreaker's Bay series.  I have loved this series from the beginning.  Each book is full of funny characters, deep friendships and sigh worthy romance.  This one is Spencer's story and among my favorites of the series.  

Spence has always intrigued me.  He is the resident genius and millionaire.  He is also a tech geek who doesn't think he can have a long term relationship because of his long work hours.  He has a tendency to get lost in himself. He has dealt with heartbreak in the past and that has prevented him from feeling like her deserves love.   Colbie has fled to San Francisco to find her muse and finish her latest book. I loved how they met.  It was too cute. While their courtship was very short (only a couple of weeks), I loved these two together.  I thought they balanced each other out. Colbie is a fixer and never takes time for herself.  I was applauding her when she finally told her family off.   

I highly recommend this one as well as the series. Each one can be read as a stand alone. It looks like the next story up is Joe and Kylie's.  I can't wait to read it!




Order CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE in ebook or paperback, releasing 9/26/17

Enjoy this excerpt:

Spence drew in a deep, shuddering breath that wasn’t much steadier than hers and pulled off his now crooked glasses. “Hang on a second.” He tossed them aside. “I need to check on something.”
“What?” she asked warily.
Once again he slowly drew her in, his eyes heated and focused on hers, infusing her with some of his calm. “I want to see if this is how it’s going to be.”
“How what’s going to be?” she whispered.
“This.”

 His kiss started out just as slow and thoughtful as the first, all careful control. But when his tongue touched hers, control flew straight out the window. 

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About Jill Shalvis:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.




Sunday, September 17, 2017

Heat by Erin McCarthy

Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher:Self
Date of publication: August 2017

I love women, especially naked, beautiful women. As a bodyguard at the hottest shows in Miami, I’ve scored my fair share.

But there is only one woman I truly want… Miranda.

My brother’s ex.

My brother who faked his own death to escape drug debts and left Miranda grieving and in the dark.

Now Miranda is back in Miami, stepping down as a pop star’s body double, and looking to make a baby. With me.

A better man would say no. But I never claimed to be a saint, only better than my brother.
 


In Heat, Alejandro has been in love with Miranda since he was fifteen.  Unfortunately, she was his brother's girlfriend and 5 years older.  Now she is back in Miami and retiring from dancing for a famous Pop star.  She has a unusual request for him.  She wants him to donate and help her have a baby.  Alejandro has other plans.


I'll be honest, I didn't really love this story.  I kind of felt like it was all over the place. I did like the chemistry between Alejandro and Miranda, but it wasn't enough to save the rest of the story.  I am a fan of second chance stories, but this couple was really messed up.  I didn't care for Miranda.  She kept acting like Max (her missing ex) was perfect and got mad at anyone who said otherwise. Yet she knew what he was involved in the whole time?  That really made me lose respect for her.   The scenario with the house next door made no sense to me and what was up with the cat named Max?  I kept waiting for there to be more to that, like a bug planted in his tags or something.  But nothing ever came of it.   So overall, it felt unfinished and had too many plot holes.  I guess it just wasn't for me. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: July 2017
Date of publication: Sourcebooks Fire

Tony just wanted a little revenge when he posted his ex’s location online. He never meant to lead a predator to her doorstep… 

After Hope breaks up with Tony and embarrasses him at school, he's devastated. In a moment of revenge, Tony makes the location on her phone public. But a week later, when Hope calls Tony and begs him to stop the prank, he hears a shriek and a car door slamming. Then the call is dropped.

When Hope isn't back at school the next day, Tony realizes that he may have put Hope's life in danger. Can he trace Hope's movements and save her before it's too late?
 

In The Revenge, Tony tries to get back at his ex-girlfriend by signing her up on all sorts of websites online as well as posting the location of her phone on one of them.  Hope calls him and begs him to take reverse everything, but goes missing after their phone conversation.  

I have mixed feelings about this book.  There were a few things I liked and definitely things I hated about the story.  I did like the couple of twists that were thrown into the mix.  One I didn't see coming, so that was a bonus.  I also thought this book had the potential to show how taking revenge on anyone can majorly backfire and cause more harm.  The character I had most sympathy for was Tony.  He made a mistake in the beginning after being publicly humiliated by Hope.  And while that doesn't excuse his behavior, I thought what happened to him throughout the rest of the book was far worse and had more damaging effect on his life.  

What I didn't care for was the overall plot and the speed through which things moved. I felt like there were a few plot holes that were never addressed and I found them frustrating.  I was also not a fan of no one believing Tony when he tried to tell the truth.  Police aren't that stupid.  Finally, the ending was so abrupt.  It was almost like the author didn't quite know how to end things, so she just did with a lame epilogue.

I'm not sure I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.  The potential was there for a more fleshed out book, but it just didn't quite live up to its potential.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Excerpt of Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall


Author:Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Self
Date of publication:  September 19th, 2017

Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember.  But she never saw Aidan coming.  When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion.  Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed.  Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him.  The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed.  While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

Blade of Darkness is the seventh book in the Immortal Guardians series.  All I really have to say about this series is that it just keeps getting better and more intriguing.  This one is Aidan's story.  He is among the elders of the brethren and has been searching for 3000 years for a gifted one who will love him enough to transform for eternity. How he has been going about this task the last couple of yeas is pretty amusing.  Dana is the perfect match for him.  I loved them together.  I loved how the plot of the overall series developed more.  The ending left me hanging though.  I want to know what happens to the twelve left,  so the next book can't come fast enough!

While the author does a good job of inserting information to catch a new to the series reader, I would not say this holds up too well as a stand alone.  You really need to go back to the beginning with the first book.  Not that that is really a hardship because all of these books are amazing.  While you are waiting for your pre-order of this book, why not start with Darkness Dawns?




Enjoy this excerpt:

Dana’s eyes flew open.
Aidan’s big warm body still spooned around hers, his front glued to her back. The arm he had wrapped around her was heavy and relaxed. His muscled chest rose and fell with deep, even breaths.
She frowned. What had woken her?
The faint illumination that filtered in from the streetlight out front didn’t allow her to see much farther than the bedside table.
Easing Aidan’s arm off her, she sat up and reached for the cell phone she usually kept by the bed at night but didn’t find it.
She must have left it downstairs.
Opening the top drawer in the table, she felt around until her fingers closed around her iPod. Pressing the power button, she slid her thumb across the screen to unlock it.
Pastel wallpaper lit up the screen, along with the time: 3:57.
Looked like they’d slept for several hours.
She glanced at the battery indicator. Red instead of white. Seven percent battery power left. That should be enough to help her fetch her cell phone.
Rising, she tiptoed out of the bedroom and into the hallway.
The house seemed to slumber, too, encapsulating her in quiet. Even the air conditioner made no sound.
Moving toward the stairs, she turned on the iPod’s bright flashlight.
Much better. She hadn’t wanted to turn it on in the bedroom and risk waking Aidan.
Descending the staircase, she passed the door she had forgotten to close earlier and entered her shop. All seemed quiet there, too.
Padding forward, toes curling against the cold wood floor, she found her cell phone where she had left it on the counter before all hell had broken loose.
No new calls or texts had come in.
Hmm. So what had awakened her? She was usually a pretty sound sleeper and had assumed her phone had chimed.
Perhaps Aidan had shifted and inadvertently nudged her awake?
Could be. She hadn’t slept with anyone in quite a long time, so she wasn’t used to having a big warm body in bed with her.
Glancing up, she froze.
Faces peered at her through the bay window.
Sneering, blood-splattered faces that housed long, sharp fangs and glowing eyes.
Oh, crap. Vampires. A lot of them.
They smiled in unison.
Spinning around, Dana raced for the stairwell. “Aidan!” she screamed.
Glass shattered behind her.


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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews. 

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

Author: Colleen COble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Date of publication: July 11, 2017

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

Beneath Copper Falls
is the 6th book in the Rock Harbor series.  It's the first one I have read from this series, but not the first from this author.  I thought it stood up well as a stand alone.  There were characters mentioned from previous book, but I never felt like I was missing anything. I think anyone could come into this series at this point and be fine.

This story involves Dana who escapes  an abusive relationship and returns home to start a new life.  A close friend of hers, Allison,  is murdered while searching for answers in her cousin Renee's death.  Dana and Boone, Renee's brother, set out to solve both mysteries. Taken as a straight suspense story, I enjoyed the story.  I did figure it out about halfway through.  There were a lot of clues that pointed you in the direction of the killer, you just have to pay close attention.  So, the ending wasn't a huge surprise.  Despite that, I did enjoy the way the mystery was laid out and enjoyed taking the journey with the  characters as they put together the clues.

The romance for me was the weakest part of the book.  I never really felt the connection between Dana and Boone.  It was almost an after thought and could have been left out.  I also didn't like the way Dana was nonchalant about Garrett.  She left an abusive situation where he attacked her in her car days before she left.  She never reported it to the police and she was s a 911 dispatcher.  When she gets to Rock Harbor, she doesn't lock her car door because it's a "safe town".  Her reactions really didn't make sense for a woman who fears her abusive ex will find her.

I do recommend this one.  It was a good suspense story with a touch of romance thrown in to the mix.




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About Colleen Coble

USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
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Colleen Coble’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, August 7th: Splashes of Joy
Monday, August 14th: By the Book
Tuesday, August 15th: Mel’s Shelves
Wednesday, August 16th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Friday, August 18th: Read Till Dawn
Monday, August 21st: Reviews from the Heart
Wednesday, August 23rd: Reading is My SuperPower
Thursday, August 24th: Empowermoms
Thursday, August 31st: Just Commonly
Friday, September 1st: Just One More Chapter
Thursday, September 7th: Jathan & Heather
Friday, September 8th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, September 11th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, September 12th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, September 13th: Steph the Bookworm
Thursday, September 14th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, September 15th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Penthouse Player by Tara Leigh


Author: Tara Leigh
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, SWERVE
Series: Billionaire Bosses #1
Genres: Romance
Word Count: 80K
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781250138507

Abandoned by her mother and spurned by her father, Reina St. James is tired of being treated like a dirty little secret. It wasn’t easy making her way into the high-risk, high-reward Wall Street world ruled by financial kings and trust fund tyrants. But now that she’s got a
stiletto-clad toe into one of the swankiest firms in Manhattan, Reina is determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face hiding an ugly past.

For Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV, escaping the shadow cast by generations of family fortune has been difficult, and success hasn’t come without sacrifice. Tristan has always put business before pleasure… Until Reina’s curved lips prove an invitation he can’t resist.

Walking away from their explosive night together won’t be easy, even if the heat between them might consume both of their careers. Will Reina and Tristan risk everything by betting on each other?



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Penthouse Player is the latest in the billionaire bad boy genre and the debut for this author.  Tristan is in the family business, but has made a name for himself in the hedge fund world.  Reina has worked very hard to make it into his world. But she has been living with a secret that could ruin her future.

For the most part, I enjoyed the book. I did like the fact that I didn't really need to know much about hedge funds or Wall Street to read the book.  I never felt like the story got bogged down in those details.   I liked Tristan a lot and enjoyed watching him fall for Reina. FOr me, he was the best part of the book. While I didn't love Reina at first, she slowly grew on me. I was happy to see her grow a pair in the end.  I couldn't for the life of me figure out why she would not reveal her secret to the world, especially after the way her mother treated her. The romance for me was just OK.  I didn't feel the heat between the two in the beginning. But I bought into it more as their relationship grew.  It just felt forced at times.

I think this is an decent debut and I look forward to seeing what comes from this author in the future. 


Excerpt #1

My eyes skipped over a blonde in a red dress, and then quickly returned. I hadn’t realized I’d started walking towards her until a waiter nearly spilled my drink. She was gorgeous. And when she tipped her head back to laugh at something the man beside her said, I decided that word was entirely inadequate. Stunning was much more apt. Exquisitely stunning, actually. Her creamy skin was flawless. And she was tall. I looked down, or at least she appeared tall with the five-inch stilettos on her feet. When her open-mouthed laugh faded into a generous smile, her wide eyes met mine. If she’d been an investment, she would have been labeled high risk, high reward, with a warning—Don’t buy if you can’t afford to lose.

Her lips closed around the edge of the glass in her hands, our stare unbroken. Her eyes were the bright shade of freshly cut, well-tended grass. And after she took a sip, white wine by the looks of it, she didn’t look away. Her open appraisal was a lure, and I took the bait. She could have been a model on a billboard in Times Square, or in the GQ magazine I subscribed to but never had the time to read. I know I should’ve turned away. This girl was clearly trouble with capital T, something I needed as much as a hole in my head.

After doing well with the first fifty million I’d been able to raise, I was just about to open my fund up to new investors. I didn’t have any official commitments yet, but I had no doubt my fund was about to grow to at least $500 million. I had a lot to consider, and a ton of work to do. This was the most important time in my career and I couldn’t afford to fuck it up by becoming a lovesick fool over some girl, exquisitely stunning or not.

I stopped in my tracks, maybe ten feet away, although I couldn’t tear my eyes from her face. She was young. Maybe too young? But then she smiled again. And not just any smile. This one wasn’t polite, or friendly, or casual in any way. No, her smile was so bright it heated the drink in my hands and blinded me from seeing anyone else in the room. Her curved lips were an invitation I couldn’t resist. Even though I knew I should.
Copyright © 2017 Tara Leigh


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About Tara Leigh:

Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie. 



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