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New Release: Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker

In the epic conclusion to the BKI series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers her biggest bombshell yet!

Welcome to Black Knights Inc.
What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the North Side of Chicago is actually headquarters for the world’s most elite covert operatives. Deadly, dangerous, and determined, they’ll steal your breath and your heart.

After a mission-gone-sideways forces Jamin “Angel” Agassi to change his identity, he’s determined to bring down the world’s worst crime syndicate kingpin once and for all. That’s going to be the easy part. Keeping Interpol agent Sonya Butler from discovering who he really is – and blazing another trail into his heart – is the challenge.

Built to Last (Black Knights Inc., #12)Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The final book in the Black Knight series finally gives us Jamin “Angel” Agassi’s story – a man who has had to change his appearance multiple times along with his name all for his country. His background has always been shrouded in mystery and now we learn that he sacrificed true love for his country over ten years ago.

Through out the series the team has been trying to find a international terrorist who is part of a large crime syndicate known as Spider. After years of searching they have finally found him and Angel goes in undercover only to find out that the Interpol agent he loved and made believed that he died is Spider’s right hand woman. What he doesn’t know is she is deep undercover like he is but with all of his surgeries to change his appearance over the years she doesn’t know that he is he man she fell in love with a decade ago and has been mourning ever since.

Lots of angst and suspense with this part of the story. Along with that the author also brings to conclusion Ace and Rusty’s story though not without its own fare share of turmoil and angst and even some humor – Rusty’s mom is a hoot. This being the last of THIS series the author gave a great wrap up each of the 13 couples and what they would be doing now that BK is no more.. Been a great ride…

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New Release – A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot

In the fourth book of the Wall Street Journal bestselling series, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness…
For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home.
A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people—a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she can’t remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And there’s a price to be paid for revealing them.

A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Merciful Silence doubles the trouble with the duel plots of a vicious family killer and anti-government extremists. FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and her boyfriend Police Chief Truman Daly have their hands full with both and neither come away without suffering emotional and physical harm. Mercy’s ordeal through out the book has her by the end making some big decisions with her personal life – something she had been reluctant to fully commit to because of her past. The body count was high in this one and the nature of the killings gruesome. My favorite kind of suspense 🙂

Bonus… It always a treat when an author decides to mix in her other series characters. For the investigation into recently uncovering of the remains of five people, Dr Victoria Peres, who is a forensic anthropologist, and Dr Lacey (Campbell) Harper, who is a forensic odontologist, from the Bones Secrets series are called in to help identify the bones. I would love to have a series with just these two and the cases they sol

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The Body Counter by Anne Frasier

From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader.
Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.
At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims—until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.
But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.

The Body Counter by Anne Frasier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Our two broken detectives are back with a dark and twisted tale of a killer using the Fibonacci sequence – the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and so on.. So as you can imagine the body count – hence the title of the book – is pretty high in this suspenseful thriller. There are lots of twists and turns through out the book – both with the investigation and with the introduction to a new character who should make future books very interesting.

Homicide detective Jude Fontaine is still dealing with emotional trauma of past. One on hand she is a tough, motorcycle riding excellent detective – on the other hand she wakes up every night screaming from nightmares. The author chooses a very unorthodox way for Jude to deal with demons in this book but yet you can understand her reasoning.

Her partner Uriah Ashby is also still trying to get over the grief and guilt of his wife’s suicide. Even as hard as it is for him he is helping the community to start a new program for suicide prevention. He and Jude’s bond as friends and partners also grows stronger everyday. These two broken halves fit perfectly together and hold the other up when needed.

This author has a great voice in the suspense/thriller genre and I can’t wait to see where she is going to take these characters next and what twisted killer she will next have Jude and Uriah tracking down in future books.

If you haven’t read Book 1,  I recommend before reading The Body Counter

The Body Reader (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #1)The Body Reader by Anne Frasier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written Crime fiction story with very flawed leads but yet also with one of the most interesting heroine’s I’ve read in while.

Police detective Jude Fontaine has lived in hell for the past three years. Kidnapped, abused and tortured in a cold dank basement she had all but given into her fate until one day that same fate gave her the split second she needed to escape. But after what she had been through, once she gets back out into the real world part of her wonders if she wasnt better off in her little room that had been her prison for all those years.

Things I really liked about this book was Jude’s character. She was very unique. She had emancipated herself from her rich political family at 16 (for a very good reason). She went on to become a Homicide detective because she believes in justice due to the circumstances of the death of her mother. Pre-kidnapping she thought she had a great life with her job and a boyfriend thought she loved. Afterwards she sees that so much of her life had been fake. She now walks a fine line of being emotionally broken and a kickass women determined to not let past horror define her.

The other main character in the book is Detective Uriah Ashby (what a unique name). He became a homicide detective after Jude’s kidnapping so he never knew the woman she was before. Uriah has his own tragedy from his personal life that makes him almost as flawed as Jude is. But from the moment Uriah meets Jude, right after she escapes, he becomes her greatest supporter along with eventual partner (when the police department hires her back) and tries to help her acclimate back into the real world.

When bodies of young women start turning up Jude and Uriah’s investigation starts to unravel a long reaching conspiracy of missing girls with surprising tie backs to her own abduction.

The story flowed very well and this author has created some great unique characters but one thing that bugged me was the use of a too familiar trope on the who the kidnappers and killers were and the reveal/conclusion to that was a bit of a let down too. I still recommend this book as it was a very different read that did captivate you from the start.

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New Release – Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

“Jar of Hearts grabs you by the throat! The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You
This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .
When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.
But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.
To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.
For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.
While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.
How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a twisted tale the author weaved. This dark, thrilling story takes you on a ride you know you should get off of for fear of what the next chapter will bring but your ensnared and cant help but keep going.

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New Release: Relentless by Elizabeth Dyer

Relentless (Somerton Security #2)Relentless by Elizabeth Dyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why are the books where the boss is the main lead always so gut wrenching? Two people on opposite sides basically of the law get into a battle of wills to save/protect someone they care about. Both are self-sacrificing and willing to do whatever it takes. For one that means even going as far as giving up her life for her sister.

Natalia Vega was born into a cartel family. Before her parents were killed it wasn’t a bad life. But since their murders by her ruthless Uncle she has had to learn to be just as ruthless in her quest to keep her promise to her dying father to always protect her younger sister. She is deadly with a knife and just as cunning with her words but deep down the she has no sense of self worth and only stays alive to protect her sister.

Ethan Somerton runs both a security business and a cover black ops team. On a previous missing to bring the cartel down his best friend was captured. He and his team have been looking for a way to get back inside the cartel to try and find out where is South America he is being held. That opportunity finally happens when Natalia’s Uncle finds himself in need of a new accountant when the previous one disappears. Ethan having the right background is the one that goes undercover.

Both Ethan and Natalia are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want but immediately recognize that the other is not at all whom they seem and they eventually confess to each other their real reasons for being there. There is plenty of suspense, romance, pure comedic moments from Parker (the hero from the first book) and heartbreak.

I am dying to know whose story will be next after how this one ended..

If you haven’t be sure to read Book 1 in the series
Defenseless (Somerton Security #1)Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thrilling suspense mixed with humor. Defenseless kicks off a new series about a covert black ops team who also work for Somerton Security lead by Ethan Somerton.

Georgia Bennett works for Ethan on his security team. She is a former marine who is still grieving for her brother who died on a mission. Ethan, who served with Will, feels a sense of responsibility to make sure Georgia is ok She isn’t adapting well to being a body guard to spoiled rich women. Ethan assigns her to be protection for a genius computer nerd or at least that what he wants to her believe. Parker Livingston is a genius but he is also the creator of a special program the military uses for special ops.

After a humorous first meeting between the bodyguard and the nerd things get hairy when the two have to go on the run from assassins sent for Parker.

Along with Ethan and Parker we also meet the rest of the covert team who do double duty at Somerton Security. Great start to a new series. Looking forward to more from this author.

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New Release The Girl in the Moss by Loreth Anne White

A shallow grave exposes deadly secrets as bestselling author Loreth Anne White brings her thrilling series of romantic suspense to its shocking conclusion…
Disgraced ex-cop Angie Pallorino is determined to make a new start for herself as a private investigator. But first, she and her lover, newly promoted homicide detective James Maddocks, attempt a quiet getaway to rekindle a romance struggling in the shadows of their careers. The peace doesn’t last long when human skeletal remains are found in a nearby mossy grove.
This decades-old mystery is just what Angie needs to establish her new career—even as it thrusts her and Maddocks back into the media spotlight, once again endangering their tenuous relationship.
Then, when Angie’s inquiry into the old crime intersects with a cold case from her own policing past—one that a detective on Maddocks’s new team is working—the investigation takes a startling twist. It puts more than Angie’s last shot at redemption and a future with Maddocks at risk. The mystery of the girl in the moss could kill her.

The Girl in the Moss by Loreth Anne White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is a saying, that “nothing is consistent but change.” This is true for Angie Pallorino and she isn’t dealing with it well. She lived her life for so long on the dark side – working sex crimes seeing the worst of the worst, then finally getting on the homicide team only to have her that dream yanked away from her. For so many years she dealt with her inner demons by having random sex with strangers and now that she is in a relationship with MVPD detective James Maddocks she is having a hard time adjusting to being in a committed intimate relationship. Her horrific early childhood has left her with PTSD, trust and intimacy issues. She is at a crossroads in her life and feeling insecure. Knowing the one thing she wants most in the world – being a police officer – is no longer an option she has to decide if becoming a PI will fill the void that was left after loosing her job.

In the previous books we mainly saw the hard side of Angie. In this book we get a look at her softer more vulnerable side but yet still mixed in with her exceptional investigative skills on ferreting out the truth.

As Angie is going through a crisis of self it’s fitting that the majority of this book is just Angie working on finding out what happened to a young woman 24 years ago when her missing body is discovered in a mossy grave. I can tell you any guesses as to what really happened you might have while reading Angie interviewing and investigating will not be right as the author throws one heck of a twisted ending you don’t see coming.

As the reader we also get to witness Angie finally finding her inner strength and esteem and this in turn helps her decide what she really wants for her future both professionally and personally in her relationship with Maddocks. Loved the final chapter of the book and cant wait to see what is next..

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New Release: Threat of Danger by Dana Marton

Falling in love can be a deadly proposition in this pulse-quickening Mission Recovery novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Jess Taylor and Derek Daley were in the throes of first love in a small Vermont town when they were kidnapped by a serial killer. They escaped his clutches—but not the trauma of the unsolved crime. With their lives changed forever and their romance cut short, they went their separate ways to exorcise their fears.

Jess is living on the edge as Hollywood’s hottest stuntwoman. It’s no longer terror thrumming through her veins. It’s adrenaline. Derek is a former Navy SEAL spinning his ordeals into heart-pounding bestselling thrillers. But when Jess is called home on a family emergency, she must face the past—and face the man she left behind, who is just as haunted and, like her, still so much in love.

Now, as an old flame reignites, Jess and Derek are taking advantage of second chances and putting their bad memories behind them. But here, in the quiet town of Taylorville, a killer is getting a second chance as well.


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Threat of Danger (Mission Recovery, #2)Threat of Danger by Dana Marton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A prologue that leaves you with fearful apprehension. The unease you feel as you wait for the author to fully explain what happened ten years ago to the main characters. And as the story move forward you felt the sense of foreboding again, knowing the unseen danger was coming back to finish what was started all those years ago.

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