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New Release and Review for Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan

Five years ago, Claire Fletcher escaped her abductor. But some scars never fade, and surviving was just the beginning…
When Claire sees a car full of children careen into a river, she rushes to the rescue. But the driver, a mother named Leah Holloway, prefers to drown. For Claire and her ex, Detective Connor Parks, it doesn’t add up. What would motivate a woman with a beautiful family and a successful career to resort to such unspeakable extremes? What Connor finds out confirms Claire’s suspicions of something dreadful behind Holloway’s picture-perfect facade: a link between the terrified mother and a serial strangler targeting Sacramento soccer moms.
As Claire and Connor are drawn back together, their investigation leads them to unearth everything Holloway was hiding. What they find could be the only way to stop a killer from striking again.

Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A serial killer on the loose.. A woman driving off a bridge with 5 young children in the car killing herself. The two investigations into the seemingly separate things that lead to a shocking collision of the two.

This book picks up 5 years after the first one. Clair Fletcher may have survived her 10 year ordeal of being the captive of pedophile, and is in most ways living a normal life with the exception of relationships, but to do this she still closes off her emotions. She and her sister have been living together and are fishing when right above them a van comes careening off the bridge and they are shocked to see there are 5 small children in the back. Clair does everything in her power to save everyone but the driver doesn’t want to be saved. This brings back unwanted emotions from her past.

Connor Parks is now part of the task force looking for the serial killer targeting mothers. He is still hurting a bit over Clair calling things off between them two years ago. With the attention the suicide is garnering Conner is assigned to find out what would make a mother of three try to kill her own kids plus the twins of her best friend. This puts Conner back in close contact with Clair where the two (mainly Clair) work on the issues keeping them apart. I appreciated how the author dealt with their relationship and with Clair’s history and didn’t try to just rush their relationship just for the sake of the book.

The investigation into Leah Holloway’s life kept you captivated to the pages. It takes over the main focus of the book but the author had a rhyme to her reason and it was shocking. Loving this series so far and hope there are more books to come.

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New Release and Review for Grudge Match by Jessica Gadziala

An underground fight club.
A woman who shouldn’t have been there.
And the man who owns it.
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Ross Ward is bound by the chains of his past he never could seem to shake, leaving him living in darkness, detached from the world around him, and an obsessive workaholic with really only one rule : mind your own business.
Until one night, there was Adalind Hollis – scared, confused, in need of help. And for the first time, he couldn’t convince himself to walk away, to mind his own business.
Even after she was getting the care she needed, he couldn’t seem to make himself stay away. But keeping her close meant he would eventually have to let her in, would have to offer over the horrors of his past, and hope she could accept them.
But even if she would embrace his past, could she accept his plan to exact brutal, bloody vengeance against the man who hurt her?

Grudge Match by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A hard man and a sweet woman = perfection. I don’t think this author can write characters I don’t fall in love with.

Ross Ward is a character we’ve briefly met here and there in other books as the owner of the underground fighting club named Rex where Laz and Pagan fought. I was curious about him but not quite the die hard fan I have been with other secondary characters that have been introduced. Well, that all changed about 5 minutes into this book. Ross was a man that you immediately knew after one act of kindness had a deeply buried heart of gold and who didn’t even know what he was missing in his life – which was a sweet, kind hearted woman by the name of Adalind. You knew that he had to have had quite the horrific past to make him into the man he was and I think my masochistic side looked forward to seeing what twisted things the author comes up for that past – and she didn’t disappoint.

I swear I could gush all day about how much I love this woman’s books. There was a new character introduced in this book that just went to the top of my “I want his book now” list (this is not something new – it happens almost every book) but I really want this guy’s book!!

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New Release and Review for Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker

He puts the hot…
Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he’s back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.
In hot pursuit.
Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they’re for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can’t help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible.

Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the previous book the team were in England trying to hunt down the illusive Spider. At the end of the book Christian, Emily, Angel, Ace and Rusty were unable to safely escape and have been holed up in hiding waiting for a chance to get back to America..

Christian and Emily have been verbally sparing with each other for a while. Neither would admit to the underlying cause – sexual tension. When their next attempt to get out of England goes FUBAR, due to something from Christian’s elusive past that we finally get to find out about, Christian and Emily finally give into their feelings BUT with conditions (ya we all know how well that works out).

I enjoyed getting to know Christian and Emily more – finding out about their past and what made them soo leery of relationships. It not till towards the end of the book is any progress made on the Spider issue.. Looks like Angel’s book is going to be the one that possibly wraps up that arc and boy does it look like its going to be a hum-dinger of a book..

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New Release and Review for Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Morgan Dane series continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance…
Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.
As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.
Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.

Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wife’s disappearance kicks off this second book in the series. Former assistant district attorney turned private attorney Morgan Dane works with the PI firm Sharp Investigations which is made up of Lance Kruger and Lincoln Sharp.  A distraught husband comes in begging for their help to find his missing wife. As with all missing spouse cases the finger is usually pointed at the other spouse so the sheriff’s department isnt being to helpful but he knows she would never leave her two small children.

As Morgan and Lance start their investigation there are plenty of side plots. A beloved member of Morgan’s family falling ill, Morgan facing her grief over her dead husband as she finds herself becoming more and more attracted to Lance, and the additional disappearance of more women.

As with the first book there are lots of nefarious happenings going on in Scarlett Falls – some you see coming and some you dont.
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New Release and Review for The Last Move by Mary Burton

In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she’s the final victim.
Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.
Either Kate made a deadly error, or she’s got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she’d put behind her.
Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren’t just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don’t believe everything you see…

The Last Move by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fast paced suspense with lots of twists and turns in this latest thriller from Mary Burton. FBI agent Kate Hayden finds herself playing a deadly game of chess with a killer who fractured her life and family 17 years ago. Each murder he carries out is intentional and strategic, and he never waste a move. When he teams up with another serial killer who has a beef with Kate the game turns even more deadly. With a great cast of characters and twisted killers this page turner never disappoints.

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New Release and Review for Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

He challenged her sanity.
She shattered his reality.
They dared each other…to the brink of madness.
A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was just taken on a mind blowing decent into madness and I loved it. Every puzzle piece as it snapped together and every thread unraveled lead you further into the darkness of the abyss. But what a place to be.

This author’s mind is so twisted with the stories she comes up with. She blew me away with Sadie and Colton’s darkness but holy shit – the ride London and Greyson take you on – unbelievable.. Like a moth to a flame I need more..

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New Release and Review for Cold Malice by Toni Anderson

ASAC Steve (Mac) McKenzie is out to prove himself by leading a task force investigating a series of murders in the heart of Washington, DC. His undercover work in an antigovernment compound twenty years earlier is related—as is the sweet, innocent girl he befriended back then. Now that girl is a beautiful woman, and she has something to hide.
Tess Fallon spent a lifetime trying to outrun her family’s brand of bigotry, but someone is threatening her anonymity by using the anniversary of her father’s death to carry out evil crimes and she’s terrified her younger brother is involved. She sets out to find the truth and comes face-to-face with a man she once idolized, a man she thought long dead. As the crimes escalate it becomes obvious the killer has an agenda, and Tess and Mac are running out of time to stop him.
Will the perpetrator use a decades-old dream of revolution to attack the federal government? And will the fact that Tess and Mac have fallen hard for each other give a cold-hearted killer the power to destroy them both?

Cold Malice by Toni Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FBI Agent Steve (Mac) McKenzie has always had one goal in mind.. Getting his own team. Even back when he was just a newly police officer undercover with a white supremacist group he didn’t let his affections for an innocent 10 year old girl get in the way of taking down the group which lead to many being gunned down.

Now 20 years later signs are pointing to someone trying to resurrect the cause of that group when series of murders start occurring against the types that group would target.

Tess Fallon and her baby brother barely escaped that night 20 years ago with their lives. Her only goal was to keep her infant brother with her and to help raise him to become a good man – unlike the sick white supremacist family they were both born from. She thought she had accomplished that – new names – raised and adopted by a great woman, got her degree as a CPA, and now trying to get her brother to finish college. But when the first murder occurs and she finds a evidence in her brother’s home office she begins to question did the apple not fall far from the tree and her brother become something she had tried to protect him from ever knowing about – their family history.

Mac reminded me a bit of Lincoln Frazier – closed off emotions and only thinking of the job. Which means he was a bit of a dick at times.. More than a few times I wanted to slap him upside his head with how he treated Tess more like a suspect instead of a victim.. But they did have some sizzling chemistry..

We are lead on a winding road getting to the truth on who is behind the killings and wanting to restart the cause. Sad thing is, I know there are really people out there that think like these people – just turn on your TV and you’ll see them.. Great story that kept you engaged from beginning to end. Can’t wait for the next book which will finally give us Alex and Mallory’s wedding – these two started this series off 8 books ago..

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