New release – Strings by Megan Edwards

Happy release day to Strings by Megan Edwards! I had the pleasure of participating in the cover reveal for this book, and I’m so happy it’s finally out in the book world. Megan decided to do things a bit differently and share a list of songs referenced in her book instead of your traditional Q&A. I’m a big fan of classical music so this was right up my alley!


Goodreads synopsis:

The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.
But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover’s dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.
Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school’s production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way–family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.
Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?



Musical pieces referenced in Strings

Camelot, musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Fredreick Loewe
“Star of the County Down,” an Irish ballad
“Simple Gifts,” a Shaker hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett (also used by Aaron Copland for the score of Martha Graham’s ballet Appalachian Spring)
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56, by Sergei Prokofiev
Caprices, Op.1: No. 24 in A Minor, by Niccolo Paganini
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor “Unfinished,” by Franz Schubert
Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21, by Edouard Lalo
Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61 in B Minor, by Camille Saint-Saens
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77, by Johannes Brahms

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Author bio:

Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes, the humor book Caution: Funny Signs Ahead, and her debut novel Getting off on Frank Sinatra. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

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Book excerpt and blog tour – Everything Under The Sun by J.A. Redmerski

Good morning! Today I have an awesome book excerpt to share from Everything Under The Sun by J.A. Redmerski. I’ve read and reviewed several of Jessica’s books in the past, and this one sounds absolutely fantastic! The book just released yesterday so head over to Amazon to grab your ebook copy asap.

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“One more night,” I said, not looking at her. “Give me one more night and I’ll get you out of this city.” All I could see in front of me was the scenario: I’d wait until very late, after most of the city was sleeping, and then I’d dress her in my military clothes, make her pin up her hair underneath a cap, strap a rifle to her shoulder, a backpack full of goods on her back, and set her atop the mare waiting at the stables.
“But there’s nothing for me anymore,” Thais said, wiping away the lingering tears on her cheeks. “There’s nowhere for me to go, and no one waiting for me there if by some miracle I make it alive. My mother and father are dead. My sister”—she looked up at me, and although I didn’t meet her gaze, I could feel her eyes on me—“my whole family is dead, and this world is dead and my soul is dead and everything that was once good and beautiful and right, is dead.”
I looked at her then, her words stirring me.
“That’s not true,” I said, and got up from the chair and crouched in front of her. “You may be the only good thing left in this world, and I’ll be goddamned if I let your light fade.”
Tears tumbled down Thais’ cheeks.
I took the gun that had fallen from her hand, tucked it into the back of my pants.
“Promise me you won’t try anything,” I said as I went toward the door. “Promise me on your sister’s soul, that you’ll stay in this room and wait for me.”
“Where are you going?”
“To get your supplies.” I placed my hand on the doorknob. “Don’t open this door for anyone.” I opened it to blackness; the candles that had been lit in the hallway had burned down.
“Wait,” Thais called out, and I stopped.
She stood up on wobbly legs.
“You said to get my supplies—are you sending me away alone?”
I thought on it for a moment. I’d never had any intention of going with her. I couldn’t. Not if I was going to keep others from following her.
“No,” I finally said. “You’re not going alone. I’ll go with you, at least until I can get you somewhere safe.”
“Is there anywhere safe, Atticus?” Her voice was soft, hopeless, and hearing her say my name like that did something to my heart. “Do you know where you’re taking me?”
I sighed. And I looked at the wall.
“Yes,” I lied, and then stepped out into the hallway.
Just before I closed the door I added, “Promise me.”
Thais nodded.
“I promise,” she said. “I’ll wait for you.”

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Author bio:

J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is an international bestselling author and award winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have so far been translated into twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have been picked up by one of Brazil’s largest publishers – Suma de Letras; Paikese Kirjastus in Estonia; Ephesus in Turkey; Konyvmolykepzob in Hungary. The series has been optioned for television by William Levy.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN is Jessica’s newest love story.

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Author Q&A – Doc Doc Zeus by Thomas Keech

Happy Thriller Thursday! I’m a huge *HUGE* thriller fan. I like a variety of thrillers, but ones with a medical theme are extra creepy. Doc Doc Zeus by Thomas Keech has been on my book radar for a while now, and I’m so happy to be participating in the blog tour today! Book info including an author Q&A is included below. I hope you pick this book up soon!


Goodreads description

Dr. Hardwicke Zeus is a successful physician, who cheats on his wife, degrades his mistress, stiffs his medical partners and defrauds insurance companies. Most problematic of all is his deep-seated misogyny, which he takes out on his female patients. The medical board knows he drugged and raped Katherine two years before, but is helpless to do anything about it. His current victim is sixteen-year-old Diane. Diane is intelligent and strong-willed, but she is also an unwed mother who at fourteen has given her baby away for adoption, has lost faith in her church, and is having trouble reconnecting with her only two friends. Even as she cherishes her relationship with Dr. Zeus, Diane resists some of his sexual demands and finds it necessary as a matter of survival to lie to him about taking the drugs he prescribes for her. With a little help from a new friend, she gradually figures out that she is being used, and what to do about it.



Author Q&A with Thomas Keech

1. Doc Doc Zeus is all about medical crime. Has there ever been a fictional story like this one written before?
This book might be unique in that it focuses not only on the predator doctor but also on the victim – how she got caught up in the doctor’s evil trap, how she was affected, and how she eventually learns to trust and learn from the people around her.
2. Without giving too much away, what would you say is the main conflict in Doc Doc Zeus?
Dr. Zeus’s evil manipulation of all the levers of power to indulge his sexual and financial fantasies is challenged by the dedication of a novice investigator – and the surprising inner strength of his teenage victim.
3. Most books that really connect with readers speak to some universal truths. What universal truths are illustrated or discussed in your book?
The sociopaths we will always have among us, but the rest of us can limit their damage if we forge ahead, forgive ourselves for our own mistakes and do the same for those who are truly our friends.
4. Can you tell readers how your personal background and experience informed your writing of Doc Doc Zeus?
As counsel to the Maryland State Board of Physicians for sixteen years I assisted the Board as they heard charges against physicians. My work required me to have an intimate knowledge of the case, including the witness interviews, the testimony, and the hearings, as well as the procedures and trial tactics of both the prosecution and the defense.
5. Why did you choose the predator, Dr. Zeus, to be a male?
The great majority of physician sexual predators that I dealt with were male, the great majority of victims female. My guess is that either male patients are not reporting assaults by female physicians or it isn’t happening that often.
6. What do you want readers to remember about your story or characters long after they have finished reading?
Diane trusted her friends and kept a fingerhold on reality even as she was being swept away by Dr. Zeus and his drugs. Maybe that happened because he parents never abandoned her. There are people even in high levels of our society whose only concept of truth is whatever is best for them at the present moment; these people are dangerous and must be watched carefully.

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Book Spotlight – A Justified Bitch by H.G. McKinnis

Happy hump day! I love Wednesdays, the week is half over and the weekend is rapidly approaching! It’s also the day after book release day which means I’m usually swimming in new books. I *might* have a book buying problem. But that’s nothing compared to the main character of the book I want to share with you today.

A Justified Bitch by H.G. McKinnis releases next Tuesday, August 8th. I highly recommend putting this book on your tbr immediately! It is so unique and like nothing I’ve heard of before. Hoarding, phantom husband, lots of cats, and a severed finger! How can this book NOT be absolutely fantastic!? I’ll leave the Goodreads description below as well as the author info.

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It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch.

When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.

The finger and the brutal murder it reveals are more than a hoarding cat lady with a phantom husband can ignore. Helen’s a suspect, and she ends up in jail. Summoned by the detective on the case, Helen’s sister Pat arrives from Phoenix with two teen-age boys in tow.

While Helen is AWOL from a mental facility, another gruesome murder is discovered. Pat, the boys, and the detective struggle to separate fact from insanity, but it takes power beyond the ordinary to bring the truth to light.



Author Q & A

  1. You live in Las Vegas, and that’s also where your book is set. Why do you think this city provides such a rich backdrop for storytelling.

For starters, Las Vegas is a 24-hour town. Where else can you golf or go bowling at two in the morning and follow it up with a meal at a nice restaurant before sunrise? Another amazing feature is that, as a resident, I don’t really have to travel. The whole world comes here – not only to gamble and drop inhibitions, but to conduct business, get married, and go to school. For a relatively young city, Las Vegas has a rich, fascinating history. Who would have thought that a tiny Mormon fort surrounded by desert would grow into a metropolis of two million in just over a century? Add in mobsters, showgirls, and nuclear physicists testing bombs, and you get a history that’s any novelist’s dream. I’ll never run out of stories.

2. Without giving too much away, what would you say is the main conflict in A Justified Bitch?

Helen’s overabundance of cats and ever-increasing hoard have reached critical levels, but her family—out of town and busy with their lives—are unaware of the growing complexities of her situation. When Helen is entangled in a murder investigation, the family can no longer look the other way. As they struggle to rescue Helen, they must reexamine their own relationships and identities.

3. Most books that really connect with readers speak to some universal truths. What universal truths are illustrated or discussed in your book.

Siblings are a pain in the ass!

Seriously, familial relationships are complex and demanding. They also shape our identities.

4. Can you tell readers how your personal background and experience informed your writing for A Justified Bitch.

I’ve lived in Las Vegas all my life and have answered the siren call of swap meets and thrift stores since I was a teenager. Because Las Vegas has a diverse and transient population, treasure hunting at bargain venues is always extra-rewarding.

Losing my husband has given me insight into the mental gymnastics needed to keep the pain at bay. I’m no Helen, but I have no trouble understanding how hoarding helped her cope with her loss.

5. Why did you choose to write about a hoarder.

I’ve met a number of hoarders in my life. I noticed early on that they all had interesting and complex back stories. Many people are unaware of the hoarders in their own lives. Ashamed, hoarders hide their condition to avoid embarrassment.

6. Is it possible to have a normal life in Las Vegas?

You’re asking a fish to describe water! I’ve lived here most of my life. I feel comfortable, productive, and… normal. And so do all the other nude dressers I’ve worked with!

7. In A Justified Bitch, we notice the characters going through financial hardship and the toll it takes on them. In your opinion, how does the economy affect the lives of everyday people?

An entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to work hard are hallmarks of many Las Vegans. The glamor of the city is a show we put on for tourists, and it takes legions of committed and diligent people to produce the experience visitors expect. When the economy sours and jobs dry up, we all have a choice: double down or leave town. It makes me proud that the prevailing attitude among true Las Vegans is: work harder.


About the author:

A life-long resident of Las Vegas and alumna of the University of Nevada, H.G. McKinnis knows her city as only a local can. By night she fluffs feathers and attaches rhinestones to the exotic wardrobes of the most glamourous venues on the strip, by day McKinnis writes about the often hardscrabble lives of her fellow desert denizens and the unlikely city they inhabit. A Justified Bitch, a twisted tale of insanity, murder, and redemption, is her first novel.

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Currently reading – The Child by Fiona Barton

Happy Tuesday aka book release day! I am currently reading a book that just came out today and decided to do things a bit differently. I’m about halfway through the book and really enjoying it! I read The Widow by Fiona Barton a few months and so far this book is holding up to the hype of the first one. Once I finish I’ll be sure to share my thoughts in a full length review. Until then read the Goodreads description below and let me know about a book you’re looking forward to reading in the comments!


Goodreads description:

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

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Book Review – Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

Happy Monday! I am finally getting around to sharing my review of Skitter by Ezekiel Boone. The lovely people over at Atria Books sent me an advance copy, and I am so very thankful. This is the second book in the Hatching series and picks up pretty close to where book 1, The Hatching, leaves off.

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Description

Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.

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My honest review:

I need to preface this review by saying I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE spiders. Seriously. If I see a spider in my house my first urge is to burn down the whole place. I turn into a sniffling, whiny, panicky child and the only solution is the immediate death of the offensive spider. With that being said, I apparently love a good horror book about spiders. Weird, I know! I was head over heels crazy for the The Hatching, and I was happy to see that Skitter held the same intensity for me.

As I’m sure most of you have heard, some book series have been plagued with the “2nd in the series dud” syndrome. I was honestly worried that this would be the case after all the dramatics involved in book 1. I was even a bit leery as I started reading Skitter and saw that the book wasn’t headed at all where I thought it would. Luckily, I can say I was pleasantly surprised.

As I stated above, book 2 picks up pretty close to where book 1 ended. The Hatching was filled with so much unknown so I naturally expected Skitter to have a lot of solutions to the horrible people-eating spiders. That did not happen at all. If anything the end of book 2 left us with even bigger problems than we ever thought possible in book 1. I didn’t even know that was possible!

Skitter is still filled with all the same characters that we came to love in The Hatching, but also introduces some new minor characters to sweeter the story. America is in chaos and let’s just say certain people aren’t taking that too well. At this point almost everyone is trying to find a way to eradicate the spiders, but no one is successful. If it’s even possible, their progress is actually going backward instead of forward. At one point the President institutes the Spanish Protocol and basically cuts up the US into tiny pieces. Fun!

This book could easily be considered a part 2 to the first book. The problems are bigger and more unsolvable, the spiders are HUGE, and still there are no answers. However, even with all of this going on this book is a thrill ride of suspense. Just when you think things can’t get worse, they get 100 times worse. The end of the book was such a major cliffhanger that I kept trying to flip pages thinking I missed something. I need answers Ezekiel Boone!!! You need to finish this horrible scourge asap. At this point I can only assume that everyone will die and the world will be run by giant spiders – my worst nightmare!

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Book Review – It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany

Hello all! I have another great book to share with you today. It’s my stop on the blog tour for It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany. This was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Hatvany, and I really enjoyed her writing style. Thank you to Atria Books for sending me a copy!

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Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Description

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.

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My honest review:

Let me start by saying this book was a hard one to read. The subject matter is intense and emotional. At first I was very apprehensive about reading a book about rape between friends. It didn’t sound like something myself or anyone would want to read about. I am happy to say that I am so glad I read this book.

As the story unfolds you read about the backstory and history between the main characters. They are best friends since middle school, helping each other through some very tough times. As they grow up their friendship grows stronger even with some bumps along the road. You feel an underlying tension building but you don’t want to believe something awful is really going to transpire between them.

This book definitely has a slow but intense build. After the incident happened I was honestly in shock. I was in denial and already trying to make excuses for both parties involved. This easily happens in real life in the exact some way. I tried to see it for both sides. My loyalty to each friend switched back and forth. As the after effects become more apparent there really is only one side to take.

This book is as real life as it can get in my opinion. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a fictional book not an expose on a common occurrence. It brings to light the very real situation of things going too far between friends. I hope that the subject matter doesn’t turn anyone away from this book. It needs to be read by everyone.

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Book Review – The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

It’s another fantastic release day over here at Jenn Blogs Books. The Cutaway by Christina Kovac releases today on all major platforms! I was extremely lucky to snag an early copy of this book that has been on my radar for awhile. This book is a thriller with a different spin, the main character is a TV news producer digging into a murder.

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Rating: 3.75/5

Goodreads Description:

When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.

Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.

Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.

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My honest review:

As I stated above The Cutaway is a different type of thriller. I have never read a book where the main investigators in a murder all work for a TV news station. That background added a bit of extra drama to the novel. There is constant conflict between all the characters at the news station which added a level of distrust right from the start.

Distrust is actually a very common theme throughout this book. Every time I thought I knew who was involved in the murder the person ended up dead or cleared of suspicion. I enjoyed being kept on my toes although the constant uncertainty was a bit stressful.

There is a lot of investigating in this book that is completely different from your typical police-led thriller. Anonymous sources, live action shots, and illegal surveillance just to name a few.  For all the risks that Virginia takes to find out the truth she was rarely armed which unnerved me to no end.

I did find certain parts of the novel to be a bit slow. I know that is mainly because of the TV news angle and the necessary sub-plot lines in the story. For me I would have preferred a little less drama. The ending was a bit underwhelming after all the intenseness for most of the novel. I wanted a bit more violence or action to be included in the capture of the murderer. The book is still a solid thriller that is a unique spin on what could be a common story line.

I look forward to reading more Christina Kovac books in the future. Her writing is concise and to the point. I always knew what she was trying to convey in any given scene, and she has a real knack for making you want to look over your shoulder while reading.

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Book Review – Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton

Happy release day to BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE by Paige Shelton! This is the 2nd book in the “Dangerous Type Mystery” series. I had the privilege to read and review an early copy of the 1st book in this series, To Helvetica and Back, and I jumped at the chance to read an advanced copy of the 2nd book. This is a cozy type mystery meaning while a murder and a few crimes were committed, the book is neither gory nor scary.  The perfect book for someone looking to dip a toe into mysteries.

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Description:

A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.

It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized notecards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.

But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black…

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My honest review:

I was so happy to dive back into Star City, Utah. The cozy ski town is the setting of the Dangerous Type Mysteries, and it instantly feels like home when you read the first page. It also made me crave some serious snow, but we won’t go into all that right now.

This book finds Star City filled with celebrities and movie lovers for the annual film festival. I can only imagine what it would be like to have your town filled with movie stars for a week. Shopping at your local grocery store, grabbing coffee at the nearest cafe, and browsing at your favorite bookstore. I have to give credit to the residents of Star City, they all behave very well considering all the famous people who have flocked to their tiny town.

The story line of Bookman  Dead Style is multi layered. A murder happens quite soon into the novel, but a few petty crimes also get interwoven. It added extra dimension which I really appreciated. The way the plot is laid out you kind of don’t trust anyone who pops up throughout the book. Well except for our regular Star City residents. They are as trusty as ever, and I love them even more in this second novel.

The book also really showed the budding relationship between Clare and Seth. They are SO good together. Seth eagerly accepts Clare’s natural curiosity and need to snoop.  I really hope their relationship continues to grow as the series progresses. I will heartbroken if they break up!

The ending of the book was pretty clean. Most loose ends were tied up. However, on one of the last pages a bit of a snag with a local really has me antsy for book 3. I won’t give anything away, but someone is not being a very honest person….. How’s that for suspense?! In all seriousness I truly love this series. It keeps you guessing while also taking you on a stroll through possibly the cutest ski town in Utah.

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Book Review – Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

First off I want to wish a huge happy book birthday to Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. This book releases TODAY 1/31/17! I can’t think of a better way to end a month then by releasing an amazing psychological thriller. This is book #7 in the Quincy & Rainie series by Lisa Gardner, but I can honestly say it reads like a standalone. I had no clue it was a part of a series until I was almost halfway through the book and decided to look it up on Goodreads. Thank you to Dutton Books for sending me an advance copy.

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Rating: 5/5 stars!

Goodreads Description

Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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My honest review:

I literally just turned the last page of this book, and I’m still trying to rap my head around the ending. WoW! Definitely not what I was expecting AT ALL. Like I stated before I had no idea this book was part of a series before I picked it up. That being said, I now have to read all the books before this one because I seriously loved each character. I know this book had a lot of new characters added for the storyline, but Quincy and Rainie stole my heart from the first page.

The book opens on a scene from the past. Some of it is hard to read knowing that two innocent children had to go through that trauma. But, it is essential to the story. Throughout the book certain chapters skip to the past, whether the recent past or almost a decade ago. Slowly these flashbacks come together to mesh with the present as we know it. I started guessing from the first chapter as to where the book was going, and I was dead wrong but in the best possible way.

As the past trauma and present crimes start to come together you don’t want to believe what you think is the truth. My heart hurt for Sharlah from page one. Her confusion about her brother and the ramifications of her parents death leave her distrusting everyone. At times she is more grown up than thirteen year old., but through it all she is the perfect fit for Quincy and Rainie.

I loved the profiling aspect of the book. I haven’t read many books where the main characters are FBI profilers or profilers in general. It brought a completely different feel to the thriller which is another reason why I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. This book is a wild ride of emotions and adrenaline. It kept me guessing to the very end and I still got it wrong! Best type of book in my opinion and the main reason I rated it 5 stars.

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