Monday, June 1, 2020

Review: The Perfect Secret

The Perfect Secret The Perfect Secret by Steena Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starla Bishop learned to survive in the foster-care-to-jail system in New York City. There she learned the tools and skills she put to work later to con jewel thieves, drug traffickers, and mobsters out their fortunes. Now fresh out of her latest stint in jail, she accepts a too-good-to-refuse offer—a perfect life on a silver platter.

So Starla works as a receptionist and things were going great.  She even got an apartment with the job, liked her boss and thought things were perfect.  But they werent perfect because bodies started turning up.  And so Starla was again caught in a web that might send her back to jail.

Love this author and also that this book was a #KindleUnlimited - Every turn of the page I found out something new and wanted to take care of Starla who had a hard life.  But you should never con and con man.....or woman.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Review: A Perfect Mother

A Perfect Mother A Perfect Mother by Jo Crow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Laurie Miller’s husband vanishes without a trace, leaving her alone with their daughter, the last thing she needs is to worry about the stack of bills she can’t pay.

But Laurie cant believe her luck when Marissa offers her a job photographing her Instagram postings along with staying in her house and a nice salary.  But Marissa isnt all that she seems and things become too much for Laurie.

This book was great, kept you turning the page.  Never knew what the next chapter would bring along with a surprise ending.  Will definitely be reading more of Crow's books.  #KindleUnlimited  #fivestars

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Review: Don't Make a Sound

Don't Make a Sound Don't Make a Sound by T.R. Ragan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family. It’s also where Sawyer’s best friend disappeared and two teenage girls were murdered. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town’s secrets.

A May Amazon Prime book and I was glad to get it.  Going back to River Rock proves to be dangerous for Sawyer as it brings back memories of murders that were never solved.  But Sawyer goes back and finds out things that happen in this town are always buried because maybe the finger will be pointed at them.  A surprise ending and powerful story.  Looking forward to reading Book #2 from Ragan.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Review: The Invitation: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist

The Invitation: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist The Invitation: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist by Rachel Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love #KindleUnlimited because there are so many new authors I am reading now.  This one came up and just reading a bit about it made me add it to my list. 

The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to the imposing ocean-view home belonging to Lucas Jarrett, it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl’s pale body (Lucas' sister) floating towards the rocky shore.  This is how it starts and builds up after that.  A year after this tragedy Lucas calls everyone back to his dinner party and believing his sister was murdered starts a real mystery dinner type of gathering.

I kept jumping back and forth between who I thought did it and at every turn there was doubt.  This book has the perfect twist at the end.  A "cant put down" book for sure.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Review: Derailed

Derailed Derailed by Mary Keliikoa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to #Netgalley I received an ARC of this book.  I found out quickly that I loved it.  I do love a mystery but this one had twists all through the book.  From the beginning to the end just when I thought I knew what was happening, another surprise popped up.

Kelly Pruett is a P.I. following in her father's footsteps.  When she gets a case that her late father instructed her to take, she gets totally involved.  And finds out it was more than just investigating whether the client's daughter was killed by accident or really was murdered.

Her involvement is also affecting the relationship with her ex-husband and deaf daughter.  Another thing Kelly has to balance in her life.  This book was just released on May 12, 2020 and it is definitely worth putting on your TBR list.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Review: The Apartment

The Apartment The Apartment by K.L. Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Adder House....where it's stranger than you think.  Freyer and her daughter are looking for an apartment after her husband dies.  And a stroke of luck comes with Dr. Marsden when he is looking for a tenant. The House is huge, beautiful and probably cost a fortune...but...the doctors rents it to her for a song. Along with many other things he does for her.  Could this be too good to be true?

Thank you #Netgalley for giving me this ARC to read.  Slater is an author I didnt know about but I do love a new author here and there.  This book did not disappoint me since I read it in 3 days and couldnt wait to find out all about the strange things that happen in Adder House.  It was both a sweet story and a strange one, but alas we find out the truth.  #fourstars #KindleUnlimited

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Review: A Life Without Water

A Life Without Water A Life Without Water by Marci Bolden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my, make sure you have a box of tissues with you. This book is heart breaking and so emotional.  A story of a family who loses a child.  A marriage that falls apart because neither party can deal with the heartache. Things they didnt do, places they didnt see.

And so John suggests taking a trip to all the places their child would have wanted to go to....and so the journey begins.  I have never read such a raw gut feeling book like this.  But remember, tissues.

I am looking forward to reading Marci Bolden's next book.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: The Advocate

The Advocate The Advocate by Lori Lacefield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New author for me here and really enjoyed this book.  Palmer Reed, a victim herself, feels good about being accepted into a Foundation that helps those people who were victims of crimes. It was a dream come true for her until several months into her position as a director she realizes the foundation isnt what it seems to be.

The one person she looked up to, Marjoram, apparently is squeezing money from donors by shady practices.  It is then that Palmer Reed feels she must doing something about it.  Only to find herself so deeply involved that she becomes prey herself.

I truly didnt know who to trust as Palmer uncovers more and more clues as to what is really going on inside the Foundation.  Great book, good author and I have already downloaded book #2  #fourstars  #KindleUnlimited

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Review: Prime Time

Prime Time Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Charlie McNally is one tough journalist who doesn’t stop for anything when following a story. This book, first time reading this author, is a story of how a journalist does investigative work to get to the bottom of her story.

When Charlie uncovers an encoded email that eventually reveals some inside trading, she doesn’t stop until she gets her answers. I like the basic story but found some parts a bit draggy. I was surprised at who was behind the fraud ring. Thanks to #Goodreads for this #giveaway.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Review: A Million Little Lies

A Million Little Lies A Million Little Lies by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The problem with finishing  a book by Bette Lee Crosby is going on to the next book.  The problem is also when you think her last book was great, it has been replaced with another great story.  I have never read a Crosby book I didnt love.

And so we have a story about Suzanna who has a little girl and did not have such a great life.  To get away from an abusive boyfriend, she finds herself running away only to end up in a small town meeting up with a grandmother who mistakens her for her granddaughter.

And so the story goes on with Suzanna (who Ida calls Darla Jean) and her daughter, Annie going on with the lies in order for Suzanna to give her daughter a loving home and life she never had.

This story warmed my heart as Crosby's books always do, a little bit of tears, laughter, joy, romance and a lot of love.  Thanks to #Netgally for this ARC and Ms Crosby for writing such a beautiful story.  I will always buy her books because we all need to read about challenges that love overcomes.  #fivestars

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Review: The Request

The Request The Request by David Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was hard to put a star amount to.  At first it was 3* because it was slow going and any book that takes me 6 days to read usually doesn't hold my interest.  You see Amanda and Ryan had this perfect life, along with their son, Henry.  But then things started going wrong because of Ryan's friend, Blake.  They were involved in a car accident in their college days that killed and maimed other people.  Their friend Aaron went to jail for driving while drunk.

But then things changed, the real story was going to come out, so Ryan and Blake had to make sure no one found out.  So then I changed my review to 4*. Because this was now so interesting and I could not figure anything out (I like to guess who is the culprit in books).

And then I had 25% more to go and David Bell stepped up the mystery, the danger and did a complete twist around in this story.  I had to amp my review up to 5* because O.M.G I did not see this one coming.  Thanks to #Netgalley for this ARC and to #DavidBell for writing another great book!  Make sure to put it on your list, to be released June 30,2020.

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