Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review of Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Brief Summary Courtesy of Goodreads: 

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER

Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her—and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart. 

BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST
Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her—the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same…

My Review: 
I received an ARC of this book from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This is the third mystery/thriller/suspense book of Brenda's that I have read so I knew the style of writing that she used. Brenda did a great job of right away setting the scene of the book and grabbing your attention right away in the first couple chapters of the book. To not ruin it for readers it was definitely a surprising intro but definitely fit. In addition to setting the scene of the book she also was able to give you well developed characters that had pasts that were slowly uncovered through out the book. 

To be truly honest with my readers of this blog I did not finish this book. Before you think, was it the writing? No it honestly wasn't. Brenda is a phenomenal and talented author I just found that it was too much for me on the scary side. I am more of the mystery/romance and not as much about the thriller side of it. And once again being honest I did what no reader should do which is read the end of the story before reading the whole story... Oh well.. I had to know what happened and I was not disappointed. I am not sure that I will be reading from this particular series again if given the opportunity but I will still definitely be reading Brenda Novak's other books. 


I recommend this book to readers that like the Rizzoli and Isle books and Patricia Cornwell. If you do not like scary books like me then this really isn't your kind of book but check out her others books at her website: http://brendanovak.com 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Review of The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Brief Summary: 

Keith Lazarow is stunned to receive a call from his sister telling him that his mother, Josephine, the matriarch of the Lazarow fortune is now dead. Police claim that it was a suicide that claimed the life of his mother, but Keith is unsure of that. So unsure that he jumps on a plane to Fairham Island to investigate the death himself. The deeper he digs into his mothers life, the more he realizes that he might not really know who she really was... 

Nancy Dellinger has spent five long years trying to forget Keith and the way he broke her heart. However, that all changes when  he rides into town to investigate his mothers death. Will Nancy be able to keep the distance between her and Keith or will she find herself falling for him again and risk her heart being broke again. 

My Review:

I received an ARC of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is the second mystery/thriller of Brenda's that I have read and the second book that I have read in this series. First off, I think Brenda did a great job of developing Keith's character right away in the beginning so that you would understand why he was the way that he was. In addition, you were able to see Keith's character grow and mature through out the book as he investigated his mothers death. In addition, Brenda incorporated old characters like Maisey and new ones like their long lost sister.

Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was how Brenda incorporated mystery, intrigue and romance all into one book. From the moment that the reader starts the book to the very last chapter, Brenda has you on the edge of your couch wondering what really happened to Josephine.

I am very interested to see where Brenda takes this story in the next book in the Fairham Island series as I am not sure how she is going to top this one. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to people who enjoy mystery and romance and want twists and turns in their book as this book definitely had them.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review of Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles

Brief Summary: 

Ivy Birch like any woman fantasizes that one day, her prince charming will show up at her store with a bouquet of flowers. For Olivia if it turns out to be Brett Hastings, the guy she kissed at her best friends wedding then its a win all around.  However, doesn't realize that this could happen sooner than she thinks because Mr. Hasting is now back in town. Will Ivy be able to hide her feelings for Brett, or will she be left heart broken.

Brett Hasting is only in Briar Creek for a short time. He hopes to spend a couple quiet months with his family and his job in the small hospital and then get back to a big city where he belongs.  However, things don’t go as planned when he is assigned to run the hospital fundraiser at work and work with the hometown sweetheart, Ivy Birch who he kissed back at his friends wedding. Will Brett be able to keep things professional or will he end up distracted again and potentially fall in love and possible cause someone else pain?

My review:

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This is the 4th book in the series by Olivia Miles but the first that I have read of hers. I think Olivia does a good job of creating well developed main characters. I enjoyed learning about both Ivy and Brett’s past history and what made them be who they were in the present day as I felt it really added to the storyline.

In, addition to creating well developed characters Olivia also created a great background scenery. The scenery was so well described that you felt like you lived in the quaint little town of Briar Creek with the characters. In addition, Olivia did a great job of matching the scenes to where you were in the book. They never felt out of place.

Lastly, I liked that she also did a great job of narrowing in on two fairly serious items. The first item being, Ivy having diabetes and second, how Brett dealt with the lost of a patient. It was interesting to see her incorporate these two serious issues into a story and in the end have a lesson for readers to learn from what the characters went through.  

If there was anything that I thought could be improved in the story would be that I felt that the author concentrated too much on their separate stories, then the romance. As a reader you want to see the romance from start to finish grow. I felt that the characters grew through out the book, however, the romance was more shown towards the end of the book.


All in all this was a great book and I recommend reading it if you like romance and drama. In addition, I really think that Olivia and her crew did a great job on the book cover.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review of Curious Minds

Brief Book Summary: 

Riley Moon, a recent graduate of Harvard Business and Law School lands her first real full-time job working at Blane-Grunewald bank as a junior analyst. However, instead of doing the dream job that she was hired to do, she is stuck babysitting an arrogant, rich and handsome millionaire, Emerson Knight. Will she be able to survive this first assignment or will she be forced into finding a new career path?

Emerson Knight, recently gained ownership of his families fortune when his father passes away. However, shortly after reviewing the family companies finances he finds that there are missing funds. After paying a visit to the bank in charge of the funds he finds the one person who his family trusted is now missing and with the missing funds. In hopes to finding this Grunewold and to uncover the whole truth of what happened, Emerson sets out on an adventure with Ms. Moon but quickly finds out that there is more danger and lies into the ordeal than he originally thought. Will he be able to find his money and still make it home alive? Can he keep his relationship with Riley strictly professional?

My Review:

I received this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Having read the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, I was very intrigued to read this new series of Janet’s because how different it sounded then the Plum Series.  

Janet did a great job of creating well developed characters as well. In addition to well developed characters, Janet also did a good job of setting the scene through out the book. Each scene was well crafted and written out. As a reader you felt that you were on their journey with them. She also did a great job of inserting humor in at the right times in the book. So at times you were on the edge of your seat waiting to see what was going to happen to laughing out loud.


The reason I would give this book a four out of five stars is that after a couple of chapters you could kind of predict how the book was going to end based off the material that was written. However, Janet did a great job of keeping your attention through out the book with all the twists and turns that the predicatability of the ending of the book did not bother me.  I am interested to see what the next book in the series will be like and to see how she decides to develop Emerson and Riley’s story.  

Friday, July 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Love Blooms on Main Street















This week I am taking part in a Release Week Blitz blog tour for Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles. Check out the excerpt below and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Title: Love Blooms on Main Street
Author: Olivia Miles 
Series: The Briar Creek Series, #4
On Sale: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: Mass Market & eBook
Price: $5.99 USD (MM) & $4.99 USD (eBook)

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Synposis:
Love is always in season . . .

Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend's wedding and Ivy can't get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.


In the small town of Briar Creek, you can't avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can't afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he's tried to keep at arm's length is capturing his heart...

Excerpt

A small gasp escaped from her but was quickly silenced by the firm press of Brett’s mouth on hers. Unlike their last kiss, which had felt so tender, this time Brett was leaving no room for confusion about his intentions. She stiffened against his touch, trying to resist him, but pleasure pooled warm in her stomach and the space between her legs began to ache as he wrapped two arms around her waist and pulled her to his chest.
Oh, God. She wanted to fight this. The feeling he was stirring within her. The need for more. She opened her mouth to him, letting him in. He kissed her deeply, not giving her a chance to break away, and she wasn’t so sure she could, even if she wanted to. Her hands, which had been pushed off her hips by the strength of his arms, hung loosely at her sides, as if determined to stay out of this drama she was creating for herself, but, like her mouth, they lost the fight. She slid her hands up onto Brett’s arms, taking in every curve of his hard muscles, and up onto his shoulders as she leaned into him. His breath was heavy as he kissed her harder, and she parted her legs to let his slide between and press against the tightness that was building within her.
“What are we doing?” she asked when they finally came apart. She blinked up at him and resisted the urge to flatten his disheveled locks. I did that, she realized with a flutter.
“I don’t really know.” Brett’s voice was low and coarse. “But I like it.”
She firmed her mouth and smoothed her dress. Not good enough.
Turning to stare at the folding table, she felt her spirits begin to sag. She’d let him in again. Let him take her to places she’d wanted, to dream dreams that should have stayed in her unconscious. And nothing had changed. Men don’t change, Ivy. That’s what her mother had always said. When would she learn?
“Well, it can’t happen again,” she insisted.
“Oh no?”
She glanced back to see that slow, sexy smile. “No.” But even as she said it, her body was saying yes.


 About the author:

Olivia Miles is a Chicago-based romance writer. Having grown up in New England, Olivia attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small-town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.


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THE BRIAR CREEK SERIES

Mistletoe On Main Street, #1
A Match Made On Main Street, #2
Hope Springs On Main Street, #3
Love Blooms On Main Street, #4
Christmas Comes To Main Street, #5





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