Book: Called Out
Author: Jen Doyle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2017
Jack “Ox” Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn’t always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He’s not expecting a warm reception, but he’s also not expecting a flat tire to change everything.
Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn’t need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn’t need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn’t about to upset her sons’ lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn’t think he’s dad material.
Jack never thought he’d find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it.
Book: Let The Dead Speak
Series: Maeve Kerrigan #7
Author: Jane Casey
Published: HarperCollins, March 9, 2017
In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth…
A murder without a body
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.
A girl too scared to talk
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?
A detective with everything to prove
As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…
Police investigation at its best, LET THE DEAD SPEAK was the kind of thriller I didn’t even know I was looking for. With DS Kerrigan’s voice, this was the realistic investigation process I liked. Sort of like the tv show CSI-which I also like and try to watch whenever I catch it- this book had an intriguing case that had a pretty big suspect pool. Kerrigan’s voice was easy to follow, she was a competent yet very human character who made choices that anyone in the profession would and could have made. As the storyteller, I was never bored with her, her insight into the case, her opinions about facts and people, her reactions to certain situations were such a joy to read. The story was fast paced, with a lot of suspects to distract and confuse us. I have to admit, the ending was more than satisfying.
Book: Only She Sees
Author: Manel Loureiro
Format/Page Count: Kindle, 352
Published: AmazonCrossing, Feb 7, 2017
After a tragic car accident shatters her body and mind, Cassandra struggles to piece together her life as a respected psychiatrist and devoted mother. But the accident has changed her. Her eyes have been opened to horrors she never knew existed. Is her family really under attack, or is it all in her mind?
While Cassandra tries to prove the feeling of being stalked, her police-investigator husband, Daniel, hunts a killer of his own. As both the body count and Cassandra’s hysteria rise, Daniel becomes obsessed with the case and suspicious of Cassandra’s part in it. Afraid of losing her increasingly fragile grip on reality, Cassandra plunges into a search for answers that may come at the cost of her sanity. Racing to a shattering confrontation with an evil she can barely comprehend, Cassandra must decide: How far will she go, what darkness will she embrace, to save those she loves?
A confession I have to make: before starting this book, I neglected taking a quick look back to its blurb, so I was pretty much in the dark when I began reading. I thought it was a thriller, but my knowledge about the plot was very restricted. Let me just say this was the best way to start reading this book. Not that I think it might’ve helped now that I checked the blurb afterwards. I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events and the fast pace of the story, so much so that I could hardly put it down. I kept thinking back to every detail, trying to grasp what was going on and how it was all going to be resolved. While I read I was immersed in the story, and when I had to take a break my mind was constantly busy trying to conjure events that took place, and hardly keeping myself from getting back to reading.
Series: Grand County #1
Author: Karin Slaughter
Page Count: 418
Published: Harper Collins, October 1, 2002
Source: Hodgepodge Library
A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it’s only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear. Sara’s ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation — a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he’s got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county’s sole female detective, Lena Adams — the first victim’s sister — want to serve her own justice. But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath .. or mean her death.
There’s a thing to be said about Karin Slaughter’s BLINDSIGHTED, and that is ‘brilliant’. I’ve only read one book from her and that, I realized shortly after I finished it, was the second book in the series. As someone who likes to start from beginning in her series, let me tell you how I came about that book. I helped clean the house of a friend, and per her asking, kept a bag full of her books that she didn’t have the room for at her new place. Anyway, one summer, I’m bored out of my mind in the newly moved in house of my own, I want to read something new. Something that I just grab off the shelf-and yeah, it’s been a while and she still hadn’t claimed her books and told me to keep them if I wanted. KISSCUT, the second installment in Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series is-yes, you guessed it right- the one I pick up. I was blown away after that. I think it took me about a day or two to finish it and that was only because I had to be social and all, so had to take breaks. This one? Took me a day and half. Guess I wasn’t required to be as social this time around.
Book: Forbidden Fling
Series: Wildwood #1
Author: Skye Jordan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 314
Published: Montlake Romance, July 26, 2016
Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.
When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.
I’m beginning to think you can’t really go wrong with small towns or big families. Yet another promising series from an author who was unknown to me so far. I’m definitely going to be changing that soon, you can be sure of that.
This was somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet story. Or at least that’s what it reminded me at parts. We have two-or three, there were definitely more than two- families who are basically at war with each other over things that happened years ago. But the center stage, both in this book and the past tragedy, belongs to Delaney and Ethan. Delaney has left town years ago, and only comes back to renovate the place that was the scene of the past. And Ethan has stayed behind to live through, what I can only call, a hell of a family.