Book: Without A Trace
Author: Carissa Ann Lynch
Published: Killer Reads | April 5, 2019
Someone took her.
Unless she was she never there…
A little girl has gone missing.
Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.
Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?
At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…
Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?
This book had one of the most intriguing plot lines I’ve ever encountered in thrillers, at least from what I could tell in the synopsis. It is about a mother who reports her daughter missing, and when the cop that’s one of the main characters gets there, she sees no trace of a child ever having lived there. Is the mother lying, or is there more to this story? What a plot.
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Book: The Right Sort of Man (Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery #1)
Author: Allison Montclair
Genre: Historical Mystery
Release: Minotaur Books | June 4, 2019
First comes love, then comes murder.
In a London slowly recovering from World War II, two very different women join forces to launch a business venture in the heart of Mayfair–The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. Miss Iris Sparks, quick-witted and impulsive, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, practical and widowed with a young son, are determined to achieve some independence and do some good in a rapidly changing world.
But the promising start to their marriage bureau is threatened when their newest client, Tillie La Salle, is found murdered and the man arrested for the crime is the prospective husband they matched her with. While the police are convinced they have their man, Miss Sparks and Mrs. Bainbridge are not. To clear his name–and to rescue their fledging operation’s reputation–Sparks and Bainbridge decide to investigate on their own, using the skills and contacts they’ve each acquired through life and their individual adventures during the recent war.
Little do they know that this will put their very lives at risk.
A lovely and optimistic start to a new series that I’m quite glad to have come across. I don’t know what drew me in, but I thought the cover was cozy and sweet, and with the setting of post war London, I was completely smitten.
While the mystery lies with the murder that involves two clients of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau which our two protagonists own, what I really loved to read about was the London after World War II. The world building was so realistic that I felt like I was watching this as a movie. I could easily picture a city that was trying to regain its composure after the devastation that was the war. People trying to get back their lives, trying to move on after losing loved ones, and generally life trying to continue after so much death. I’m no particular history buff but I enjoyed reading about the historical aspect of this particular story.
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Book: Must Love Babies
Author: Lynnette Austin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca | June 5, 2018
This baby’s not the only one in need of a cuddle…
Brant Wylder is a bachelor and loving it! He’s in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, property-hunting for his vintage car repair shop when he gets the call. His sister’s been in an accident, and Brant has to drop everything and take care of his five-month-old nephew. That’s the end of the bachelor lifestyle.
Bridal boutique owner Molly Stiles is all business all the time, until she sees that Brant’s in trouble. In this Southern town, nobody ever has to go it alone. And besides, how can she resist that beautiful baby in the arms of a beautiful man…?
I believe the title tells all in this book. If you want to read and enjoy this book to the fullest, you Must Love Babies, because the majority of the book chronicles the adventures Brant has with his nephew, baby Jax. If you know me, you know that I love stories involving children, especially the heroes’ interactions with them melt my heart, but be prepared to read a lot of baby Jax and Brant.
I have to admit, I felt this story was more Brant’s unexpected and sudden plunge into parenting territory than the romance. It was quite fun to read about a man who enjoyed his bachelor status to the limit becoming the father figure to a little baby—and struggling with it completely— but if I have to be honest, that took a bit away from what he could’ve had with the heroine. Perhaps a little less of the baby—and I can’t believe I’m saying this because again, I love children in stories— and a little bit more with Brant with Molly would’ve been much better for this contemporary romance.
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Book: The One You Can’t Forget (The Ones Who Got Away #2)
Author: Roni Loren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: Sourcebooks Casablance | June 5, 2018
Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter…
The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn’t deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she’s thrown herself into her work. She can’t dwell if she never slows down.
Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca—the attorney who helped his ex ruin him—his simple life gets complicated.
Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca’s secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other
She laughed and kissed him. This morning she’d melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.
She’d forgotten what that felt like.
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Book: Bones Don’t Lie
Author: Melinda Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Release: Montlake Romance | March 13, 2018
Shocking evidence hits close to home for attorney Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger as Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s acclaimed series continues.
Private investigator Lance Kruger was just a boy when his father vanished twenty-three years ago. Since then he’s lived under the weight of that disappearance—until his father’s car is finally dredged up from the bottom of Grey Lake. It should be a time for closure, except for the skeleton found in the trunk. A missing person case gone cold has become one of murder, and Lance and attorney Morgan Dane must face the deadly past that’s risen to the surface.
For Lance, the investigation yields troubling questions about a man he thought he knew. But memories can play dirty tricks. For Morgan, uncovering each new lie comes with a disquieting fear that someone is out there watching, because someone is killing every witness tied to this decades-old crime. Morgan and Lance follow in the shadows of a relentless killer and walk right into the cross fire.
This was my first time reading Melinda Leigh, and I believe it’s quite safe to say it won’t be my last. As the third installment in her Morgan Dane series, BONES DON’T LIE opens up old and personal wounds for the crime solving duo, attorney Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger.
I think as my first read for the series, this was spot on. I wasn’t familiar with the characters but the case Morgan and Lance had to solve was an old one involving Lance’s father, a case that comes to light twenty three years later. So my first ever read of Morgan and Lance didn’t make me feel like a total stranger. I was at an arm’s length away from the characters but not from the case, since everything was discovered in this book. This gave me opportunity to get to know the series regulars a little better. More room for me to focus on them all the while enjoying the murder investigation without feeling like I was missing anything for not having read the previous books.
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