Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon

Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon, Review with Excerpt

Deception in Emeralds is a sweet little regency romance. Although it is part of a series it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone. I did not feel that I was missing anything by not having read the previous books.  There is a traitor to the Crown that has proved most nefarious and slippery. Having lost several agents already, this mission has been classified as need to know information only and the story starts off with a bang, quite literally. Barnaby Linscott was on his way to a secret rendezvous for debriefing and was shot on the way. No one Read More

Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen

Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen

I love it when a series will bring back characters from previous installments and give them a true part in the story. Taming a Rake into a Lord includes the main characters from the previous three books in the Taming the Heart series. Which I just loved. They give the book a family/friendship vibe that is heartwarming and carries through until the end. In order to enjoy this book, it is not necessary that you have read the previous books but having a history with the previous characters gave the story depth for me. It was like having old friends Read More

Knock Before You Enter by DA Bale

Knock Before You Enter by D.A. Bale

Knock Before You Enter is the third book in the Bartender Babe Chronicles. It follows Vicki as she heads off to Louisiana to spend a week on vacation with her best friend Janine at Janine’s grandmother’s estate. Too bad Janine’s brother, George, is also there. That character is such a creep. Vicki has not been to the De’Laruse estate in years and much has changed. Addie the De’Laruse matriarch has had some significant changes. She has become almost nice and is starting to show signs of emotional vulnerability. Not the Addie that Vicki remembers but she is along for the Read More

Charity's Wrath by Jane Blythe

Charity’s Wrath by Jane Blythe

There is never anything about Author Jane Blythe’s writing that is warm and fuzzy. Her writing style is gritty, edgy and in your face. She is not afraid to explore the darker side of an unhealthy love. While reading her books I am always appalled at the sinister side of humanity she conveys and shocked at how the character’s act and react. It always resonates with me though how her writing is realistic and if we could be in the mind of monsters and criminals that her writing would be quite close to the truth. Charity’s Wrath is just another Read More

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

To say that I am a fan of the Mercy Thompson series is really an understatement. I have read every book and that actually makes me potentially a great critic. Where other series can start to get stale or predictable this series has remained strong! Silence Fallen steered away from the formula and gave us new features to look forward to in future installments. Fan-tast-ic! Mercy is back and this time she is not the one getting herself into a predicament. She was abducted as part of a power play that has many facets and is vague at best, in the Read More

One Taste of Love by Amanda Siegrist

One Taste of Love by Amanda Siegrist

One Taste of Love is the second book in the A One Taste Novel series. The characters of Ben and Rina were introduced in the first novel of this series. With that said you could read this as a stand-alone book but I feel that you would get more from the story if you read the books in order. Ben is a sweet character and has been in love with Rina since the first moment he saw her. He was a bit shy and intimidated by Rina in the beginning but his heart yearned for her. Rina’s character very much Read More

Think Before You Speak by D.A. Bale

Think Before You Speak by D.A. Bale

This is the second installment in The Bartender Babe Chronicles and I found it to be witty, humorous, and a real page turner. I do not know what it is about the character of Vicki Bohanan but she just keeps me entertained page after page. It might be that she is not perfect and that although she makes plenty of mistakes she always wants the best for those she cares about. When I start reading this story I just did not want to set it down! Vicki is back after her harrowing time helping to solve the last mystery surrounding Read More

The Bishop's Girl by Rebecca Burns

The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns

I was intrigued at the start of this story. A group of men are gathered around a grave, waiting for a coffin to be revealed. Desecrating a grave is no little thing and everyone is a bit edgy. Then the diggers hit something, but it is not what they expect. It is a soft material; something is in this material. There is a woman wrapped in a tarp laid atop the casket and everyone at the scene is truly bewildered. Why is she there? Who is she? What was the purpose of laying her on top? All these questions and Read More

Where the Lost Girls Go by R.J. Noonan

Where the Lost Girls Go by R.J. Noonan

Laura Mori’s character is a newbie about to get a crack at her first case. She is written as competent, intelligent and a slightly naïve woman who wants to make a difference in her life and the lives of others. I enjoyed that her character is of the Japanese ethnicity. She is no wilting waif and I love protagonist diversity. Throughout the story you will also see her struggle with her feelings about her family. She loves them but they do not accept her life choices and it weighs on her. This adds an element of humanity to the character Read More

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I was first introduced to author Leigh Bardugo when I read the Grisha Trilogy. That series was just spectacular (imagine fireworks and sparkles after this word), so when I read about the first book in this duology, Six of Crows, which is set in the same world as the Grisha books, I had to read it! I adored the first book and this book was even better! How could I even love it more? It is unfathomable! I had to wait a bit of time before writing this review because the ending of this book was such a bittersweet ending. Read More

Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field

Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field

This is the third installment in the Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery series and I am finding that I am just loving this series! This story starts directly after the end of the “Taste of Christmas” novella. Izzy and Connor have just spent a few days together but duty calls and they need to get back to the real world. Their employment with the Taste Society can makes things quite difficult in regards finding time to be alone. In case you are unfamiliar with the Taste Society, it is a super-secret organization that trains candidates to aid in the identification Read More

Bryant & May- Strange Tides by Christopher Fowler

Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler

Now I cannot say that I have read every Bryant & May book out there but I have read a few and I can say that this for me was one of my favorites. The last book I had read was at the beginning of Arthur’s mental deterioration so to have a conclusion to that saga was quite nice. This story starts out on rather a low note for the peculiar crimes unit (PCU). Their lead investigator Arthur has been benched due to his deteriorating mental state. The rest of the PCU is a bit lost as how to handle Read More

The Sour Taste of Suspicion by CeeCee James

The Sour Taste of Suspicion by CeeCee James

The Sour Taste of Suspicion is the third book of the Angel Lake Mystery Series. This is the first book that I have read from Author CeeCee James and it was a delightful cozy mystery. It was enjoyable how the story gave an old time feel but was set in the current day and age. Elise is the protagonist in this series with the aid of her best friend Lavina. In this installment Lavina is in a bind and needs Elise to be a companion for her Great Aunt Myrtle. Elise finds herself in need of funds agrees to take Read More

Three by Jane Blythe

Three by Jane Blythe

Having read the previous two books in the Count to Ten series I can say that in order to appreciate this book fully you need to read the prior books. This story includes the killers from the previous two books and brings them together in a bizarre and twisted way. In addition, the main protagonists from the first two books are also intertwined in this plot. What follows is a suspenseful ride that keeps you in disbelief and torment right until the bitter end. I can say that although this book has disturbing and graphic scenes I found it to Read More

The Opposition by Alicia Bryant

The Opposition by Alicia Bryant

I wanted to read this book because it seemed to be a light-hearted legal fiction with an element of romance. It was everything I anticipated and more. I found the entire story to be an entertaining, humorous, and a charming read! This story follows Sophia Grant an attorney who deals mainly with corporate clientele. When her best friend Michael is accused of leaking trade secrets he asks Sophia is she would represent him. Torn because his situation was not in her area of experience she reluctantly takes him on as a client. Once she makes the choice to be his Read More

Man on the Run by Carl Weber

Man on the Run by Carl Weber

This story is told in alternating first person voice and it follows four main characters, Jay, Kyle, Wil, and Allen.  What a dynamic read with four very different personalities. Some of the situations they find themselves drawn into are almost on the cusp of unrealistic but not so unbelievable that it stops you from becoming engrossed in the story. There are lots of sexy times between these men and their respective ladies and that could be a turn off to some readers. Everything the author was trying to convey about the friendship of these characters came through in this story. Read More

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

A big-mouth, partying Southerner with more guts than brains at times is not exactly my favorite type of character but Vicky Bohanan is a quirky character that has a flavor of her own. Her character comes off as having issues with her Dad and pretty much every member of the society she grew up in but when you get into the story you see that she really has a problem with hypocrisy and refuses to accept it in her life. She is a very strong willed woman and maybe she makes choices that I would consider poor but her animosity Read More

Reckless Creed By Alex Kava

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava

I really enjoyed the previous two books in this series, Ryder Creed. It made me very excited to get this book into my hands and see where things had gone with Ryder and his dogs. What I was not expecting was a thriller that brushes against a reality that is so terrifying. It is one of those situations that could be potentially happening now. I haven’t read a book that was this gripping from a biological standpoint since the Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This story takes place in different locations throughout the United States. There are what seems to Read More

A Perlious Undertaking by Deanna Rayburn. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

It can never be denied that author Deanna Raybourn knows how to write a great mystery. I absolutely love reading a book that carries a mystery until the bitter end with plenty of twists and turns on the way. This newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series delivered just that. In this installment I find that some of the criticisms I had for the first book have been resolved but some of my hopes have also been dashed. What was my biggest criticism in the previous book you ask? It was the heroine Veronica, I felt that she was entirely too pragmatic Read More

Two by Jane Blythe

Two by Jane Blythe

Author Jane Blythe writes a dark crime thriller that tells a twisted story of apathy, degradation and crime that should only take place in our nightmares. It was brutal and told with such conviction that it left me feeling disturbed at times. This is a story that makes the idea of “keep it secret, keep it safe” appalling. From the start of the book I was engrossed and also grossed out! I love how the Author is very detailed about the crime scenes. She remembers to add the little things that we would not think of but make the scene Read More