Saturday, May 25, 2019

Review: The Things She's Seen by Ambelin & Ezikiel Kwaymullina

Author:  Ambelin & Ezikiel Kwaymullina
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Date of publication: May 2019

Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since the day she died.

Her dad is drowning in grief. He's also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she's got a mystery to solve, a mystery that will hopefully remind her detective father that he is still alive, that there is a life after Beth that is still worth living.

Who is Isobel Catching, and why is she able to see Beth, too? What is her connection to the crime Beth's father has been sent to investigate--a gruesome fire at a home for troubled youth that left an unidentifiable body behind? What happened to the people who haven't been seen since the fire?

As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another...

The Things She's Seen is the story about Beth who was killed in a car accident.  She has not moved on and has stuck around to help her father.  Her father happens to be a police detective. She helps him solve his latest case in the hopes that it will spark his will to live again.   As they investigate, they meet another teenager who can see Beth as well. 

I'll start by saying that I do not know any Aboriginal folklore or history.  Had I known some of it before hand, this book might have impacted me a bit more in the way that the authors were intending it to. Because of my lack of knowledge, the book ended up being just OK for me.  While I did enjoy the mystery part of the story and the twist, I didn't enjoy parts where Isobel was telling her story.  I could guess at what she was talking about in her tale, but I just didn't like the metaphorical way it was told. The characters were a bit flat for me.  Beth was supposed to be 15 when she died, but she came across as much younger than that. Her father was kind of boring.   It's a short book and does have some beautiful writing.  I think it just ultimately wasn't for me.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of The Haunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight

Author: Kathryn Knight
Narrator: Kristin James
Length: 5 hours 18 minutes
Publisher: Kathryn Knight⎮2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Suspense
Release date: Apr. 15, 2019

Synopsis: After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted - the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear - the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Buy Links: Amazon     Audible

 In The Haunting of Hillwood, Callie, an unlikely medium, is asked by Mrs. Turner to investigate a ghost on her farm.  The ghost has some violent tendencies and once Callie shows up, the ghost seems to set its sights on her.  Finally, I have found a  book with some great spooky scenes in it.  This was a lot of fun to listen to.  It's a quick audiobook, so I won't give away any of the plot.  I will say that there was one scene that had me on the edge of my seat and kind of freaked me out.  This book would actually, if done right, make for a great horror movie.  There is also a nice romance added into the mix.  I enjoyed the characters and the twist in the end.  The audiobook was done very well.  I enjoyed the narrator's voices and the way she was able to draw me into the story.  I definitely recommend giving this one a try!


Enter the Giveaway:

About the Author: Kathryn Knight

Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense.  Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and RomCon Reader-Rated picks.  When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.

About the Narrator: Kristin James

Kristin “KJ” James was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. Acting has always been a passion of hers. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, KJ pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, and she now records and produces audiobooks on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC. Her ultimate dream is to work in video games and animation, so hopefully in the not-too-distant future you'll hear her in an RPG or cartoon. When she’s not in her booth, you can find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dog, Phoenix.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Spotlight: Bury by John W. Mefford


Air pumps into the dark night sky.

The blade of the shovel digs deeper and deeper.

And the cries from below are slowly devoured by the howl of a coyote. 

Willow Ball and Cooper Chain are tied at the hip -- on some days that's a fantasy, other days a curse.

But there's one thing they agree on: if they hope to outsmart a ruthless crime boss, luck will have to fall their way.

But that's only part of their perilous imbroglio. Life slips off the rails in a hurry . . . and the implications could be deadly.

A shallow grave is uncovered… and it's the unthinkable. With little evidence, authorities have no suspects. But could this be connected to a similar incident more than two decades earlier?

When another girl goes missing, their world stops down. How is Cooper's daughter caught up in the web?

Every path seems blocked, because every person wants something buried. Does that include what Willow and Cooper feel for each other?

Cops are gunned down, friends are framed and murdered -- how can Willow and Cooper make sense of it all to finally end the mayhem?

But when one more person goes missing, it shreds Cooper's heart.

What will Cooper and Willow sacrifice to save his daughter?

Get BURY now! 

You will devour this book if you're a fan of the Fox & O'Hare novels by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, Michael Connelly's Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci's King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles, or the TV show "Castle."

Available to buy from....    Paperback

Don't miss MERCY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 1)
The torment builds and builds and builds…. 

He can't deny it. 

But in what form will the pressure erupt? 

Cooper Chain isn't just down on his luck -- he's almost down for the count. The mob wants a piece of him, and he sees no way out.

It's a special week for Willow Ball, a woman who's survived her own tribulations to reach this milestone in her life.

Through fate -- or a temporary misalignment of the stars -- Willow and Cooper cross paths for the first time since college. Will an unexpected spark re-ignite the flame?

A shattering discovery changes everything for Willow and Cooper. The murder is unlike any other. But what will the cops do about it?

Attacks ensure, chaos ruptures a family . . . Through it all, how can Willow and Cooper find the killer?

But it's not over. As the bodies pile up, a pattern develops and it rocks Willow and Cooper to the core.

And then someone emerges after a three-decade disappearance. Could he be connected to this string of murders?

The past might provide the breadcrumbs to end this nightmare. But Willow and Cooper may not live long enough to see it through.

Will mercy save a life or end many?

Available to buy from....    Paperback

Don't miss FEAR (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 2)
Her death has haunted him for over thirty years. 

And he's hell-bent on making someone pay. 

A father goes missing. Not just any father. But a person once worshipped for his world-class talent.

Enter the most unconventional team around: Willow Ball and Cooper Chain.

As a nurse at the community clinic, Willow has seen the painful effects of heroin addiction. But now she's compelled to help a grieving wife and mother.

Dodging the mob at every turn, Cooper has a plan to bring them down while getting traction on his upstart career. Is he marching into a trap?

With their relationship bordering the "friends with benefits" stage, Willow and Cooper team up to find the missing person. But it's not that simple. Nothing with them is ever simple.

The hunt corkscrews into an impossible maze of events -- their lives threatened by a swarm of twisted deviants and social misfits.

Emotions run rampant, stoking one savage response after another. A spark ignites the hate, but what is the real fuel for this wave of brutal crimes?

Ultimately, can Willow and Cooper save a family from the torment before it's too late?

Only if they can overcome their own…fear.

Available to buy from....    Paperback

About the Author
Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble, and a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal winner.

John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn't stop. Many readers ask John from where he gets his ideas. Well, he's a veteran of the corporate rat-race, a former journalist, and he's always been an astute observer of human and social behavior. On top of that, he's really good at embellishing.

A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense -- the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.

When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental
notes of people and societies across the land.

Find the author on the following sites...
 Website   Facebook   Twitter   Google+   Goodreads   Bookbub   Amazon Author Page

Follow the tour
I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Win BURY by John W Mefford ebook
3 Winners!!
Ending on Sunday 2nd June at 11.59pm CST
Open Worldwide

Enter HERE

Good Luck !!

Are you a book reviewer or book blogger? Join our book tours reviewers team - Apply Here x
Current book tours open for sign ups HERE

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Blog Tour: Excerpt from Death on Clare Island by Martha M. Geaney

Title: DEATH ON CLARE ISLAND (A Star O’Brien Mystery Book 1)

Author: Martha M. Geaney
Publisher: Turlough, Nolan Publishing
Pages: 232
Genre: Mystery

Star O’Brien is a haunting voice for the dead, the missing, and the lost.

Star O’Brien is a successful American information broker who can’t solve the mysteries of her own life. She comes to County Mayo, Ireland to settle her dead lover’s estate and look for her Irish mother who has been missing since Star was six years old. She is on the scene on Clare Island, when a body is discovered. It seems like a closed case involving the island’s dangerous cliffs and drug abuse. Star didn’t believe it when the police dismissed her mother’s disappearance as “abandonment” and she can’t believe the stories she is hearing about the dead young man.

Star must separate truth from fiction in the testimonies of those close to the victim including the head of an anti-drug foundation, a volatile ex-lover, a besotted young art student, and a restorer of the island’s ruins. Before long, Star’s investigation becomes the catalyst for a second murder, and she must work fast to avoid becoming the third victim. As she uncovers the truth about the murders, this fiercely independent, complex, female protagonist must also own up to her own past and a potential future with a charming new confidant.



Just a fifteen-minute boat ride from Roonagh on the west coast of Ireland, the towering mountain of Clare Island guards the entrance to the mouth of Clew Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Gráinne Mhaol’s castle sits on the rocky headland at the island’s harbor. Most visitors come to view the scenery and the bottle-nose dolphins swimming in the bay. Others come to explore the archeological history, including the Cistercian Abbey where the 16th-century pirate queen is buried.
Matthew Sumner liked the five-hour walk around the island best of all: the danger of ignoring “Beware of Cliff Edges” signs that warned of falling to the rocky inlet below, the steep climb up Knockmore mountain, the view of Inisturk and Inisbofin islands from the peak, the small lakes, the potato lazybeds, and the Abbey Church. Oh, he would recommend any of the walks around Clare Island if pressed for an opinion. The shorter walks made more sense at the end of a day working in the Abbey ruins. Most of the time he selected the quickest route to the island’s harbor and hotel, where he ate his evening meal, saving the full circuit of the island for weekends. But he wanted the solitude and shadows provided by Knockmore for tonight’s excursion. He required the unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.
As he made his way toward the southern side of the island, he took short strides, conserving his body movements to deflect attention. Zipping up his light jacket, he watched for small boats nearing the island, or for someone approaching him from the harbor. He was ready to slip on his stocking cap, making it difficult at a moment’s notice for anyone to identify him.
Keeping this last point foremost, he felt for the cap in his pocket. Perhaps, he thought, he should put it on now, picturing his bleached blonde shaggy hair acting as a kind of beacon. It had been a cold, dull day, and it looked like a devil of an evening. The menacing dark sky to the east foretold the storm headed for the island. He could see the whitecaps rising angrily out of the sea as they bashed onto the beach. He scanned the bog and the coastline while his fingers continued touching the cap like a monk fingering his beads.
Intuition told him he’d soon find what he sought, so he resolved to brave the wind and impending storm. It was then he spotted a lone figure, head hunched below the shoulders. His first thoughts wavered between fear and hope that tonight’s excursion would prove profitable. The person lifted a hand in salutation. Feeling a little puzzled by this, Matthew wondered why the individual he pursued would be friendly. He looked beyond the anonymous shape to the dark ocean. When he didn’t see a boat, he immediately relaxed, thinking this was an islander out for an evening walk. In the few moments it took for the person to shorten the space between them, he heard his name whispered in the wind. 
“Matthew, what are you doing out in this nasty weather?”
The voice, dull and sleepy, floated in the air between them like the hypnotic sounds of the sea. Loose, black clothing draped the person’s frame, making it impossible for Matthew to discern whether it was a man or woman. His steps slowed. For in that moment, straining for a closer look, he understood too late that he had made a grave mistake. His final thoughts were of how much he wanted to live as the water choked off his breath. Then the darkness took him.


About the Author:

MARTHA M. GEANEY is the author of the highly praised non-fiction, women’s leadership book, Bring Your Spirit to Work: One Woman at a Time. She is also the author of the Star O’Brien fiction series which is set in the west of Ireland, and the United States. Martha was born in New York City but lived in New Jersey beginning at the age of eight. In 2017, Martha and her partner, Bill, moved to Florida where she enjoys cooking, reading, swimming, and her Schipperke puppy, Turlough.
Before turning to indie writing, Martha was a teacher, management consultant, university professor, and the dean of a business college. It was her leadership experience as a management consultant and her research for her doctorate that prompted Martha to write a self-help book for women who aspire to leadership roles.

Martha’s passion for Ireland began when she made her first trip, at the age of four, to County Mayo, birthplace of her mother, and to County Cork, birthplace of her father. She returned to Ireland again at the age of sixteen to attend a boarding school in Castlebar, County Mayo, for two years. Since then, Martha has visited her cousins and friends in Ireland for more than thirty-five years. It is her love for the people, the country, and all its beauty that inspired her to create a mystery and suspense series, set in Ireland, about an amateur detective, Star O’Brien, who is an American.

She is currently working on her second Star O’Brien novel.

Website Address:
Facebook Address:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Author: Kerri  Maniscalco
Publisher: JIMMY Patterson
Date of Publication: Setpember 2018

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Escaping from Houdini is the third book featuring forensic scientists in training, Audrey Rose and Thomas.  The story takes place about 2 days after the events of the second book.  This time around, we find our couple on a ship bound for America.  The ship has a "carnival" themed nightly show for the duration of the voyage.  When there is a murder on opening night, Audrey Rose and Thomas get pulled in to investigate.

While not my favorite of the three, I did enjoy this installation.  The thought the mystery was really good and I didn't figure out the killer's identity.  The characters from the traveling show were fun and mysterious.  We even get to spend some time with the not yet famous Harry Houdini.  As in the first book, the events in this one aren't  really historically accurate, but I didn't mind.   I also loved the ending.  

There is one aspect of the book that made me lower my rating of it, however.  Audrey Rose has to go undercover, in a manner of speaking, to help solve the case.  I don't want to spoil things, but she acts in a way toward the Ringmaster that I didn't agree with.  The author did put an explanation in her notes at the end of the book, but I just didn't care for it.  It seemed out of character for her.  I was disappointed that the author chose to go in that direction.

Despite that, this is a fun YA series that I highly recommend.  I can't wait to see what is next for Thomas and Audrey Rose!

Blog Tour: Excerpt from Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine

Author: Aubree Valentine
Date of publication:  May 2019

Olivia Pierce is fighting to stay above water and the boy next door, the thorn in her side, won’t leave her alone. Jameson Phoenix only wants to protector, but it’s hard to do when she hates him. Things start to shift after a kiss that should have never happened, and now they find themselves questioning everything. The sixth book in the beloved 425 Madison Avenue, is now live. Read Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine today!

She hates me.
I can’t say I blame her, in fact, I thought it was best this way.
That was until I realized just how much I really cared for her.
Now all I want to do is protect her.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

I hate him.
He's always been a thorn in my side.
When my life is flipped upside down, and I'm fighting to stay above water, things between us shift, and I begin to question everything I thought I knew about the boy next door.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I never should have kissed him. It was only a matter of time.

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.
*Each story is completely standalone.

Only on Amazon + Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads ➝

Copyright @ 2019 Aubree Valentine

With my mood dampening and all the lovebirds pairing off, I can’t think of a better excuse to get out of here. Clapping Jake on the back, I say my goodbyes and thank the guys for letting me hang with them tonight before taking my sullen ass back to my apartment.

It takes all of my restraint, not to check on Liv when I get back on the fifth floor. It would be so easy to knock on her door and tell her that I’m in love with her. That I’ve loved her for a long time. In my mind, I know it’s no use. My heart doesn’t want to listen.

I pause outside her door and touch a hand to the cold surface like it will somehow connect me to the woman inside.

“Whoa. Dude. What are you doing?” I hear the elevator ding, and Harley’s voice startles me.

“Nothing,” I shake my head and step back.

“Yeah, nothing,” he steps up beside me and shoves me toward our apartment. “Let’s go before you do something stupid.”

I huff. “Like telling her, I love her?”

“Jesus Christ, how much have you had to drink?” He questions.

“Not enough. That’s for sure.”

Harley opens the apartment door, ushering me inside. “I’m going to disagree with you. Drinking isn’t going to solve anything either.”

“Harley, it was six beers. I’m hardly drunk. Just delusional.”

“You might be right, there.” He grabs two bottles of water from the fridge and tosses me one. “When are you going to give up on her, man? Haven’t you had enough rejection?”

“Would you give up on the woman you love?”

Harley looks at me as if I’ve grown two heads. “If she treated me like shit? Pushed me away and said I made her miserable? Uh, yeah. I did; remember?”

I wince. He’s right. And I’m an asshole friend for bringing it up. “Shelia is nothing like Olivia.”

“Maybe. Maybe not. But a man has got to know when to cut his losses. Trust me.”

“It’ll be better when I finish this job and get the hell away from here. Though I feel bad leaving you without a roommate.”


About the author:

Aubree Valentine is a wife, mom and avid reader. Her love of books goes far behind weaving her own stories to tell. She realized her dream of becoming a published author by the time she was in high school and knew she'd stop at nothing to make that happen.

When she's not writing, she can be found chasing after her twins or her dogs, curled up with a good book or still working with some of her favorite authors.


About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425

For more information, visit the series website ➝

Follow the series on Facebook ➝

Did you miss the first five books in the series? You can read them here:

The next book in the series is coming soon! Add it to your Goodreads shelf today!

Back for More by Sylvia Kane
A Brother's Best Friend Romance
Release: 6/6/19
This release event is brought to you by Forever Write PR - Forever your source for all your writing needs.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

Author: Adi Alsaid

Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Has heartbreak broken her for good?

Dumped by her boyfriend the summer after senior year, teen love and relationship columnist Lu Charles has hit a wall with her writing. The words just won’t come to her like they used to and if she doesn’t find a topic for her column, she’ll lose her gig at hip online magazine Misnomer, and the college scholarship that goes along with it.

Her best friend, Pete, thinks she should write through her own pain, but when Lu overhears another couple planning a precollege breakup just like hers, she becomes convinced that they’re the answer to cracking her writer’s block. And when she meets them—super-practical Iris and cute, sweet Cal—and discovers they’re postponing their breakup until the end of the summer, she has to know more.
Have Cal and Iris prolonged their own misery by staying together, knowing the end is in sight? Or does the secret to figuring out all this love business—and getting over it—lie with them? One thing is certain—if Lu can’t make a breakthrough before summer is over, she can kiss her future goodbye.
From the acclaimed author of Let’s Get Lost and North of Happy comes a touching exploration of love, relationships and the pain of breaking up.

I'll start right off by saying I am definitely not the target audience for this book.  Usually, I love YA books, even YA romance.  However, I had a hard time relating as an adult to the angst that Lu is going through in the story.  There were times when it brought me back to my first big breakup.  But didn't make me nostalgic enough to love the book.  I did like the characters and their relationships Pete was a rbeath of fresh air and I liked his no-nonsense way with Lu.  I didn't like Lu's eavesdropping tendency.  I thought that was a little weird and stalkerish.  I think given the right audience, this book will do well. It is well written. I'm just ultimately not the right one for it.  

Purchase Links

About Adi Alsaid

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s now back in Mexico City, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. His books include Let’s Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, and North of Happy.

Connect with Adi

Adi Alsaid’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, April 29th: Book by Book
Tuesday, April 30th: Teachers Who Read
Wednesday, May 1st: @lovelyreadergirl
Thursday, May 2nd: What is That Book About – excerpt
Monday, May 6th: Write Read Life
Wednesday, May 8th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Friday, May 10th: Not in Jersey
Monday, May 13th: Run Wright
Tuesday, May 14th: @fromlibrarywithlove
Wednesday, May 15th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, May 20th: @bookstorefinds
Monday, May 20th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, May 22nd: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
TBD: Friday, May 17th: Book Fidelity

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2 in1: Hard Sell & Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Date of publication: September 2018

Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.
For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.

Hard Sell is probably my favorite out of the 21 Wall Street trilogy.  I love frenemies to lovers stories and Matt and Sabrina made for a fun story.   Of course, their animosity started with a complete misunderstanding.  Because no one ever talks about anything and they just make assumptions.  Anyway, I loved these two.  Matt's family situation was interesting to say the least and I could see how it helped shape who he was. Sabrina was a strong and fun take charge female character.  I would to have her on my side! These can be read as stand alones. so I would recommend this one the most out of the three.

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Date of publication: February 2019

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.

Huge Deal was sadly the least favorite of mine out of the trilogy.  I really wanted to love this one, because this couple was hinted at since the beginning of the series.  I just ended up being OK for me.  I think where the book went wrong was the amount of time it took for Kate and Kennedy to finally hook up.  I never felt like Kennedy genuinely fell for Kate.  He only did it because the author wanted him to fall for her.  It just wasn't convincing enough for me.  I honestly liked Kate with Kennedy's brother more.  They had more chemistry from the beginning.  It's not a bad read.  It still had a cute ending.  I just wanted more chemistry.

Overall. this is a cute and fun trilogy and I definitely recommend it.  You can read my review of the first one, Hot Asset here.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber

Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiorn Books
Date of publication: May 2019

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…

Finale was one of my most anticipated reads for 2019.  I have enjoyed this trilogy since the beginning, so I had high hopes that the series would conclude in a big way.  This one takes place about 2 months after the events of Legendary.  The Fates have been released from their deck of cards and Legend's throne is in jeopardy.

This year is not turning out well for me and my anticipated reads.  I wish I could say that I loved this conclusion.  It was just OK and, honestly, the weakest of the trilogy.  Literally, nothing happens except toward the end.  The majority of the book is Tella whining about how Legend will never love her and trying to decide if she should be with Jack of Hearts instead.  It was the dumbest love triangle because you know who she is going to end up with.  At least Scarlett's love triangle (yes, there is a second one) doesn't drag on too long into the book. 

 There were a couple of twists but nothing ultra shocking or exciting. The one thing I did like was how Scarlett saved the kingdom.  That plot line was pretty cool.  The ending was neat and tidy and underwhelming.  I wouldn't necessarily skip this if you have read the first two.  I mean, it's no horrible.  It was just not what I was hoping for,

Friday, May 17, 2019

Blog Tour: The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell

Author:Eliza Maxwell
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: May 2019

Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.
Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.
Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.
As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

I loved The Widow's Watcher (my review), so I had really high hope for The Shadow Writer.  That is kind of the down side of loving a book by an author.  You end up having high expectations for the next book that you read by them.  I wish I could say I loved this one as well.  It ended up being OK for me.  I feel like the plot had a good backbone, but the body just didn't fill out the way it could have. It just felt very unbalanced to me.

The first 60% of the book, nothing happens.  The Time lines were jumpy and I had to re-read parts to figure out if I missed something.  I didn't feel like I got to know the characters very well, so by the end, I wasn't really invested in them.  The last 35ish% was the best part of the book.  There were twists and a couple of surprises.  I did call the big one in the end.  I just wish the rest of the book had me as on the edge of my seat as the last 35%.  I know that I won't love everything by an author, so I'm not giving up on this one.  It is a fairly quick book to read, so I would recommend trying it out.

Purchase Links

About Eliza Maxwell

Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Widow’s WatcherThe Unremembered GirlThe Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

Connect with Eliza

Instagram tour:
Monday, May 6th: @diaryofaclosetreader
Tuesday, May 7th: @sarahs_reads
Wednesday, May 8th: @readingbetweenthe_wines
Thursday, May 9th: @lifeinlit
Thursday, May 9th: @jennblogsbooks
Friday, May 10th: @jessicamap
Friday, May 10th: @readingwithmere
Sunday, May 12th: @booknerdingout
Review tour:

Monday, April 29th: The Meganerd Blog and @meganthemeganerd
Tuesday, April 30th: @fortheloveofbooks85
Thursday, May 2nd: Tar Heel Reader and @tarheelreader
Monday, May 6th: Book by Book
Tuesday, May 7th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, May 8th: Amy’s Book-et List
Friday, May 10th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, May 13th: Tales of a Book Addict
Tuesday, May 14th: Books & Bindings
Wednesday, May 15th: @bookclubwithbite
Thursday, May 16th: She Reads with Cats and @shereadswithcats
Friday, May 17th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, May 20th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit and @mwladieswholit
Tuesday, May 21st: Book Fidelity
Wednesday, May 22nd: @scaredstraightreads
Thursday, May 23rd: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, May 23rd: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Friday, May 24th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Tuesday, May 28th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Thursday, May 30th: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween