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New Release and Review for Sinful Sacrifices by Kristine Mason

Some sacrifices lead to murder…
A ski trip turns deadly when a bus carrying boys from an elite high school is hijacked and driven to an old abandoned amusement park. With a frozen lake on one side, acres of forest on the other, and up against a blizzard and sub-zero temperatures, the teens are trapped and at the mercy of their kidnappers. They have less than forty-eight hours to escape before the gunmen make good on their threats and begin killing them…one by one.
Chase Sawyer, agent for the criminal investigative firm, CORE, was a badass Crisis Negotiator with the FBI until a hostage situation resulted in the deaths of innocents. In the fallout, he left the Bureau, left the woman he loved, and left town. When a ransom is demanded for the release of fifteen kidnapped teens, Chase returns to Cleveland to work with the FBI and is forced to deal with past mistakes, along with the woman who haunts his dreams.
FBI Agent Summer Raines wonders why she still loves Chase. Before their breakup she’d been questioning their relationship. The man never could commit, and after becoming a crisis negotiator, had turned controlling and distant. Yet, five months ago, when he’d been in Cleveland for an assignment, she’d let him into her house and bed, only to be left brokenhearted once again. Now he’s back and about to get a huge surprise…she’s pregnant with a child he never wanted.
Chase is in for the negotiation of his life as he and Summer work to rescue the hostages and find a killer before more innocent lives are sacrificed…

Sinful Sacrifices by Kristine Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An unknown subject is pulling the strings in a game of greed and revenge with the lives of 15 teenagers. The players he has pulling off his twisted game are lacking moral compasses and the body count climbs pretty high.

Core Agent Chase Sawyer is sent to assist the FBI Cleveland Division on the case as one of the kidnapped kids is a US Senator’s grandson. Chase used to work for the FBI as a crisis negotiator. During that time he dated and was in love with FBI agent Summer Raines. His guilt over how he lost a partner and that it also resulted in the killing of a teenager made him so overwhelmed with nightmares and self doubt about himself he walked away from both the FBI and Summer. Coming back to Cleveland opens up a lot of old wounds and demon and along with that having to face Summer again as she is one of the leads on the kidnapping case.

I liked how the roles were sorta flipped in this book. Summer is a strong confident FBI agent and woman. She knew Chase had commitment issues while they were together – even before the tragedy that changed him even more – but afterwards she knew he didn’t think he was good enough for her and let him go when he ran. She still loves him but doesn’t let his rejection poison her mind. She went on to get a promotion to running her own team – even with getting the surprise of her life – an unplanned pregnancy from a one night visit from Chase 5 months ago. I love a woman who can say I love you but I don’t need you. Someone needed to make Chase get his head out of his ass and Summer’s shocking news and her laying we don’t need you gauntlet down finally got through to him..

Now the kidnapping of the 15 boys.. Two acts to this – the before they are rescued and the after.. Author throws some red herrings in and they are pretty good… The first act was suspenseful but the ending of the second act will blow your mind..

Not going to say much on this but Ian Ian Ian – you are a meddler.. Always enjoy a CORE book and look forward to many more..

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New Release and Review for The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.
Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.
As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Glacier National Park has always had animal predators living in its forest but now it has a human one. A particularly cunning one with a gruesome MO for their kills..

Maggie Gaines is the park ranger called to the scene of a murdered woman strung up in the forest of the park. The gruesomeness of the scene is not something she’d ever thought she’d see as park ranger. Eight years ago she walked away from her job with the FBI BSU unit due to not being able to handle the things she saw on the job and here she is again staring at the depravity of a killers hand. If that wasn’t bad enough the FBI agent sent to take over the case is her ex partner she hasn’t seen since she walked away from the FBI.

Vic Sutherland is the only character (other than his boss) that’s from the first book. He was Eden Collins partner and since she took a new job at the end of that book he has a new partner now. He had already been investigating two murders in other national parks, and when a third happens in Glacier National Park the FBI knows they have a serial killer on their hands. He knows when he is sent there that he is going to have to face his past – which is his ex partner Maggie.

Along with trying to find the killer, 5 hikers go missing. Is this tied to the previous killings, are these 5 in danger from the killer?

This was an engaging suspense that kept me riveted till the end..

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New Release and Review for Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury

When you can’t trust yourself, how can you ask anyone else to?
It’s been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he’d found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn’t stay there; it
shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn’t care whose life it wrecks.

Wrecked is the new standalone novel of deliciously dark, deeply emotional contemporary romance from J.B. Salsbury, the New York Times bestselling author of Split and The Fighting Series.
When Sawyer’s sister died, she had one wish: that Sawyer live life to the fullest. Now Sawyer is giving into her fate with the flip of a coin – heads or tails? Searching for her flight at the airport, Sawyer bumps into a handsome stranger…and suddenly fate doesn’t seem so scary.
Aden Colt is ticking time bomb. After leaving the Marines, unpredictable flashbacks, a hair-trigger temper, and paranoia make adjusting to civilian life hell. But he can’t seem to keep his distance from Sawyer. Even the best intentions can’t rid a soul of its scars, and between the two of them, Sawyer and Aden have more than their share of wounds…

Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two people who are very badly damaged by tragic circumstances meet and their quirks and flaws end up creating a healing bond between them.

Sawyer Elizabeth Forrester is a twin. She and her sister Celia may look identical but they couldnt be more different. Sawyer has always lived a safe and conservative life and suffers from a bit of OCD. Celia on the other hand has always been a free spirit – she left home at 18 to see the world and experience all that she could. When the book starts Celia is dying from brain cancer. On her death bed she asks Sawyer to go San Diego to pretend to be her and collect her things along with make her friend believe she is ok. As Sawyer is of the tightly wound personality this is a huge struggle for her. When she gets to her sister beach cottage and has to seek out the owner for the key she meets a hard drinking surly man who is as far from her type but yet she cant stop thinking about him.

Aden Colt is a Marine who led his team on a mission where they were betrayed and everyone but him was killed. He suffers not only from PTSD but also from devastating grief on the loss of his team and friends. He came back to the states and took over running his Uncle’s cottages. He lives on his uncles boat and spends most of his days fishing, drunk and having meaningless sex. He had heard about and seen pictures of Celia from his uncle but when he meets Celia (Sawyer) she is nothing like what he’s heard about.

Even though Sawyer and Aden’s have a clash of personalities when they meet they are strangely attracted to each other and spend 2 weeks together until tragedy tears them apart again.

This was a story of is love strong enough to heal two people so immersed in their own grief that they weren’t really living until they found each other.

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New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona
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New Release and Review for Perfect Fall by Autumn Jordon

Every team wants third baseman Hudson Mitchel for his skill on the field. Every woman wants him for his bad-boy looks and money. Every fan wants his jersey. And Sport’s World Magazine wants to label him their Sexiest Sports Idol. There’s not a part of Hudson’s life that doesn’t feel toxic. Burnt out, he walks away from intense contract negotiations, dodges the paparazzi, and assumes an identity as a photo journalist in a tiny Vermont village. The last thing he expects to encounter in Black Moose, Vermont is a female who possesses all the qualities he’s imagined in a life-partner. Unfortunately, she’s the only woman on earth not impressed by his charms. Each time he goes to bat, she shuts him out. It’s a good thing Hudson’s never been afraid of a challenge.
Managing her family’s golf course, planning her best friend’s wedding, and fending off the takeover of the town’s fall festival by a rich entrepreneur keeps Sileen Wright too busy to pursue her dreams. She’s even too occupied with other’s problems to notice the handsome guest in cabin twenty until she’s literally pinned under the adonis inside her pickup. The recluse chips his way into her dreams and is stealing her heart— until his identity is revealed. Knowing a fling with the hunky sports idol would only lead to misery, she calls the game.
It’s the bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded, and the count is three and two. Will Hudson strike out with Sileen or hit the homerun of a lifetime?
Escaping from the world, the All-American-male falls for the girl-next-door who is determined to save the world. Special pre-order price.

Perfect Fall by Autumn Jordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love is in the air again in Black Moose, Vermont. A man burnt out from his life as a famous baseball player and a woman who has her hands in many pots by helping run her family’s golf resort, planning her best friends wedding and also making sure that the town’s big source of income for the year – the Fall Festival – goes off without a hitch.

The stories in this series are all sweet, funny love stories of two unlikely people from different walks of life who meet at times in their lives when falling in love wouldn’t seem convenient but it turns out to be just what they need.

Hudson Mitchel has always wanted to play baseball from the time he was a little kid. His love of the game itself hasn’t changed but he has grown tired of the famous life and all that it brings with it. After hearing about small town in Vermont from a teammate he decides to escape his life for a while and hideout where no one knows who he is to contemplate his future. He never thought he’d find a woman that makes him think about a forever kind of love.

Sileen Wright grew up in Black Moose. She is passionate about her town and the people in it. She wears many hats in the town. One is helping her father run his golf resort which at times also includes chasing fighting moose off the greens. She also works at the courthouse and plays a big part in making sure the yearly Fall Festival goes off without a hitch. If all that wasn’t enough she is helping with the planning of her best friends wedding. With all that on her plate the last thing she was looking for was a romance with the new stranger in town staying at her resort but her attraction to him is strong and she’s having a hard time denying it.

Along with the romance we also get to see all of town’s people we’ve met in the previous books along with the previous couples which is always a treat. These stories are always fun to read and your guaranteed a great love story with a happy ending.

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New Release and Review for Fuel for Fire by Julie Ann Walker

A brooding covert operative and a spunky CIA agent discover a burning passion in the next installment of Julie Ann Walker’s red-hot BKI series
Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes
The first two left blood on his hands.
The third left him wondering…what if? What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart?
Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan. It’s just as well that he’s never given her a second look, since she carries a combustible secret about his past that threatens to torch their lives…

Fuel for Fire by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hard to believe its was 10 books ago when we were first introduced to ex-CIA agent Dagan Zoelner. Now we finally get his story and as per all BKI books its a equal mixture of action, romance and bad guys wrecking havoc.

The continued hunt for the illusive Spider has Dagan, Emily, Christian, Ace and CIA Agent Chelsea Duvall (whose on loan to BKI) in England with Chelsea working undercover for bad guy Morrison who they suspect of being the Spider. When she is caught after completing her mission a price is put on her head and the team scrambling to get her back to the US in one piece..

For a while two couple have been dancing around each other – Dagan and Chelsea and Christian and Emily. It was nice to finally get more back story on Dagan and Chelsea and the history between them that goes back to when Dagan was fired from the CIA. Dagan has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about the past and Chelsea is eatin up with guilt over a secret she knows about that incident that got him fired. The sexual tension between these two was explosive. The suspense of trying to stay a step ahead of Morrison and his team kept you on the edge of your seat.

As with all the books in the series its not just about the main couple. Christian and Emily are still bickering while trying to ignore their feelings for each other and this time around Ace was the comic relief who can certainly give Ozzie a run for his money in the humor department.

Lots of things left open at the end of this one which I assume will be picked up in the next book which will be Christian and Emily’s.

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New Release and Review for Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare

A woman with no roots…
Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.
A kiss that changes everything…
Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that fate led him to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her.
A love that transforms…
As the passion between them turns into something more, Chaska is forced to admit that his sister is right. There’s no other way to explain the depth of his feelings for Naomi—or the fact that he and his people might hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of her past. But she will have to learn to trust again before the two of them can find the answers she needs—and claim this once-in-a-lifetime love.

Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A heart warming love story rich in Lakota customs and history.

As with most of this author’s books they come from the heart and her experiences. That always shines through in her writing. Chaska Belcourt and his sister Winona were raised as Lakotians. His grandfather being heavily into the old ways and his father a Sun Dance chief. He likes his heritage but he left the reservation and went to college and his sister soon followed. They both settled into Scarlet Springs where he is both a mechanical engineer and part of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. It is while out on a hike that he and his sister come across a badly injured woman that turns out to be his half-side (matching female half)

Naomi Archer is a woman that has been running from her heritage since the day she was abandoned after her birth. She was adopted but religious fanatics who abused her causing her to run away at 16. She’s never known her true heritage and was made to believe it was something to be ashamed of by her adoptive parents. Years later she makes her own jewelry and has come to Colorado on vacation to take pictures of and draw animals for future pieces. Its while out in the woods alone that she crosses paths with two dangerous men who mean her harm. She manages to escape them but not before getting shot and injuring herself more. Its Chaska and his sister who come across her and set her rescue in motion.

There are a lot “come to terms” through this book. Chaska having to come to terms with Naomi being the one, Naomi having to overcome the insecurities her past instilled in her and eventually embracing her true heritage along with trusting her heart to Chaska.

A good love story rich in Native American culture which has always fascinated me.

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NOW AVAILABLE + Review for Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.
With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.
But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop. .

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great book. From the prologue to the last page your riveted to the story. This is a true psychological thriller.

Definition of that is – Psychological thriller is a fictional thriller story which emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states. There is a dissolving sense of reality, moral ambiguity, and complex and tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters.

Melvin Royal is a serial killer who fooled the world including his wife and 2 kids. In a twist of fate he is caught at the beginning of this book by accident and sentenced to death. But his reign of terror does not end there.

Gina Royal was content in her marriage and loved being a stay at home mom. She had no idea she was married to a monster and when he is arrested she too is arrested and tried as his accomplice. She is acquitted of course but her and the kids are marked by every sicko out there with death threats and vile comments. For 4 years she and the kids have been on the run changing their identities as needed. They are currently in a small town living in a house on Stillhouse Lake. Gina is now Gwen Proctor and hopes that they can stay awhile as the constant running and having to get new identities along with their father being a serial killer has really started to take a toll on her kids.

Gina was a meek wife who never asked any questions and just obeyed her husband. Gwen is a gun toting fierce momma bear who would do anything to protect her kids. She will no longer be anyone’s victim. But even though she can take care of herself now, her ex and the past have taken quite a psychological toll on her and she borders on the paranoid state at all times. She trust no one and rides her kids hard about safety and following the rules she has in place to make sure they stay safe. At times this seemed excessive but as the book goes along it becomes clear she has every reason to still be leary and overly protective.

I’ve read other reviews on this book and one thing not mentioned is this isnt a standalone book. There are huge cliffhanger elements at the end. Dont let this deter you from reading though as you get enough closure on somethings – but then again only to be shocked at the new things told in the last paragraph – BUT its a great psychological thriller with one twisted killer who is an expert at manipulating but may have created his own nemesis in his ex wife who will do anything to stay alive to make sure her kids are protected.

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