Review ~ Shattered Fear by Tara Thomas

Book: Shattered Fear

Author: Tara Thomas

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: St. Martin’s Press, February 6, 2018

Source: Publisher

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule…

Forbidden love never felt so good…

She’s got a killer to catch.
He just might be it.
Undercover detective Janie Roberts needs to find out for sure if Brent Taylor is a murderer.
Handsome, wealthy, and sexy-as-sin Brent Taylor.
She’s got to get close enough to learn his secrets.

But getting this close is dangerous in more ways than one…

I find novellas hard to rate. On the one hand, they’re short and to the point so I might expect to get my story without too much drama, and on the other hand, well, they’re short and to the point. Fast. I’m prepared to give the benefit of the doubt to novellas because their job is hard, to tell a story in limited page numbers, but sometimes I just can’t get over the fact that writing a novella for a particular kind of story is the wrong choice. And in this case I think it was. This was a suspense story as well as a romance so I expected some development in that regard.

Janie is a cop. After several women start to disappear only to be found dead in the end, she goes undercover in a club as the bartender to gather information and to keep an eye out for possible suspects.

My biggest problem in this book was with Janie.

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Review ~ Child’s Play by Merry Jones

Book: Child’s Play

Series: Elle Harrison Thriller #3

Author: Merry Jones

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Format/Page Count: Kindle, 307

Published: Oceanview Publishing, January 3, 2017

Source: Publisher

Since her husband’s murder two years earlier, life hasn’t been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She’s selling her house and delving into new experiences—like learning trapeze.

Just before the first day of school, Elle learns that a former student, Ty Evans, has been released from juvenile detention where he served time for killing his abusive father. Within days of his release, Elle’s school principal, who’d tormented Ty as a child, is brutally murdered. So is a teacher at the school. And Ty’s former girlfriend. All the victims have links to Ty.

Ty’s younger brother, Seth, is in Elle’s class. When Seth shows up at school beaten and bruised, Elle reports the abuse, and authorities remove Seth and his older sister, Katie, from their home. Is Ty the abuser?

Ty seeks Elle out, confiding that she’s the only adult he’s ever trusted. She tries to be open-minded, even wonders if he’s been wrongly condemned. But when she’s assaulted in the night, she suspects that Ty is her attacker. Is he a serial killer? Is she his next intended victim?

Before Elle discovers the truth, she’s caught in a deadly trap that challenges her deepest convictions about guilt and innocence, childhood and family. Pushed to her limits, she’s forced to face her fears and apply new skills in a deadly fight to survive.

I’m sorry but no. This book was a no for me. And so disappointing too because it had such promise. Such promise. The cover was creepy enough to get my attention, the plot was exciting enough to make me want to read, but the actual story? No. 

First off, I have to say it was very hard for me to believe that this was the third in a series which carries the same name of its heroine, Elle Harrison. With everything that she did, every choice that she went with, every thought that crossed her mind, it was hard to believe that she survived two  books before this. She was incompetent, forever doubting herself, and I’m sorry to say this but she did some pretty stupid things. I really didn’t want to use the word stupid, but honestly I have no alternative for some of the things she did.

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Review ~ Bearly In Control by Milly Taiden

Book: Bearly In Control

Series: Shifters Undercover #1

Author: Milly Taiden

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format/Page Count: e-book, 208

Published: Montlake Romance, December 13, 2016

Source: Publisher

For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. But when she finds a man—a very sexy, very alpha man—where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember—even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embracing her more carnal desires.

After shifting from bear to man, Barry believes he’s finally found his mate. Now he just needs to find himself. He doesn’t know much about the animal within him, but his human heart aches for Charli. She ignites his instincts to protect her from all danger—including their electric attraction.

The stakes climb as Charli investigates the mystery behind Barry’s memory loss and how it may relate to strange sightings and thefts in this little corner of Oregon. Without answers, she may lose Barry—and herself—to the wild side forever.

Being the first book I’ve ever read by Milly Taiden, and the first paranormal romance in quite a while, I wasn’t impressed with BEARLY IN CONTROL. With its pretty cover and promising plot, this book would’ve been better if it was longer so the whole story, character developments and the breadcrumbs that were left for the upcoming books could’ve spread out more evenly. The way it was, everything felt very rushed. The meeting of the hero and heroine was rushed, their falling for each other was rushed-even considered by pnr standards- the action, the introduction of the rest of the characters were all rushed.

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Review ~ Earning A Ring by Kristina Mathews

EarningARingBook: Earning A Ring

Series: More Than A Game #4

Author: Kristina Mathews

Genre:  Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 290

Published: Lyrical Shine, January 19, 2016

Source: Publisher

For Rachel Parker, covering the San Francisco Goliaths is the perfect opportunity to launch her career as a serious reporter. But she didn’t bargain on Bryce Baxter, the team’s star shortstop, tempting her more non-professional aspirations. After tearing up the base paths with him, she finds herself with a little problem, and Bryce might be the only man who can save the game.

Bryce Baxter should be living the dream. His team just won the World Series and he just signed the multi-year contract of his career. But his field of dreams has been overtaken by a fiery redheaded reporter, who’s bearing a news flash that will change both of their lives forever…

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This book was a huge, big disappointment for me. Sure, the first book I’ve read of this series didn’t impress me much, but the next book was better, and the next one even more so. So EARNING A RING should’ve been the jackpot moment for me, considering the couple was the only one I actually was dying to read because of their instant chemistry. Was it like hitting the jackpot? Not so much.

First of all, I didn’t buy the emotional connection between Bryce and Rachel all. They had more connection in other couples’ books than they had in their own. How disappointing. I felt as if the author took the unexpected pregnancy plot and simply ran with it. A success story for me this was not though.

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Review ~ The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman

TheNeighborBook: The Neighbor

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Author: Bernadette Chapman

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 61

Published: Less Than Three Press, November 4, 2015

Source: Publisher

Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.

Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.

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It was difficult writing a review for this one. Not only was the story so short that there was no room for details at all, but also I think the author could’ve used her existing number of pages a bit better to give us a chance to get to know the characters more.

THE NEIGHBOR was a short story of two very different people who are neighbors-duh- who I suppose will form some sort of romantic entanglement in the end. While Anders was a control freak with what I assume is an obsessive compulsive disorder, Finch, his new neighbor, was an outgoing, careless-and sometimes a bit thoughtless- person who didn’t know and care much about personal space.

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