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New Release and Review for Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

In a new series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.
Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh what a tangled web the author weaved in the art of deceiving. The murder of a girl opens a Pandora’s box of a litany of secrets, lies and other nefarious happenings in Scarlett Falls.

This new series is set in a location fans of Melinda Leigh’s will be familiar with. It’s a spin off of her Scarlet Falls trilogy series and features the sister of Stella Dane who was the heroine in the last book of that series.

Morgan Dane is a widow who was left with 3 young daughters to raise on her own after her husband died in Iraq. She’s recently moved back home to Scarlet Falls to live with her grandfather who helps with the girls. After two years of taking a break from her job as an assistant DA to grieve, she has decided to go back to work in the same field but before she starts her plans get derailed when she decides to be the lawyer for a 20 year old family friend who has just been accused of viciously murdering his girlfriend. She enlist the help of a childhood friend, Lance Kruger who is currently working as a Private Investigator for Lincoln Sharp.

Great start to the series with a strong female lead who uses her intelligence to solve problems, can psychically take care of herself but yet also isn’t afraid to show a vulnerable side. Lance is also a strong leading male character but without being to over the top alpha. He and Morgan work great together along with Sharp and I look forward to seeing them solve more cases together in future books.

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New Release and Review for The Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes

In this tautly crafted tale of psychological suspense, a recently widowed mother resorts to the unthinkable to protect her shattered family. But does she go too far?
After mystery author Diane Christie loses her husband to suicide, she and her son move to the small coastal town of Fog Harbor, Massachusetts. Her daughter is attending college nearby, and Diane hopes that her family can now begin to heal. But rebuilding their lives after the tragedy isn’t so simple.
Diane’s depressed college-age daughter, Alexa, still avoids her, critical of everything Diane does, and even her generally amiable teenage son, Josh, has started acting out. Diane pushes forward, focusing on her writing and her volunteer work at a local crisis hotline. She knows that healing takes time.
But then a girl from Alexa’s college is found strangled. Worse still, the murderer uses the crisis hotline to confess to Diane . . . and claims she is the only one who can stop the killing. And just when the glow of new love from an attractive admirer begins to chase away some of the darkness, more girls turn up dead, and Diane races to solve a mystery she fears will hit terrifyingly close to home.

The Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This aint no fairy tale. Harsh look at the life of a widowed wife of a man who committed suicide and the damage that caused her children. The daughter fighting the downward spiral of depression and a son exhibiting abnormal behavior. This is a story of how far a mother will go for her children – no sacrifice is too great.

Along with the family drama there is a serial killer killing girls at the College the daughter attends. The mom who writes mysteries also volunteers at a crisis hot-line center and the killer calls her expressing remorse for his kills but is unable to stop.

Not long into reading this book you realize everyone is on a collision course – one that is both shocking and heartbreaking.

When you get to the end – your left asking yourself what would I have done. This was a thrilling psychological suspense.

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New Release and Review for Pagan by Jessica Gadziala

Pagan-
Fighting. F@cking. F@cking things up. That was my life. That was how I got out of the world I had been raised in. And it was how I intended to keep living my life.
That was, of course, until I came across her. The game changer.
Kennedy-
Hard work. That was pretty much all you could say my life consisted of. It was what got me out of a rough childhood. It was what made me get my first taste of success. Before things went to hell, that is. But it was what was going to get me back on my feet too. So I didn’t need any distractions. Certainly not one that came covered in scars, blood, leather, and in a cloud of cigarette smoke.
Yet, there he was.
And I was thinking maybe a distraction wouldn’t be that bad, right?

Pagan by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hot love story between a rough around the edges fighter and sweet hairdresser who refuses to let life get the best of her.

Going into these stories about the probies we don’t know a whole lot about their backgrounds. We’ve been given just enough info in a previous book to be intrigued by them and look forward to getting to know their past and what made them into the men they are today. Pagan was definitely one of those. All we knew was he was one of the main fighters for Ross Ward and had joined the Henchman as a probie. He’s a chain smoking, tough as nails alpha who lives for a fight. Never saw himself in a relationship or even wanting a woman past a one night stand, that is until he comes across Kennedy and for reasons unknown to him at the time attracts his attention.

Kennedy has struggled her whole life and even with the knocks life has given her she still believes that at some point the tides have to turn in her favor. She owns her own small salon and has hopes of being able to expand in the future. When she meets Pagan she doesnt know what to think of the foul mouthed biker who skirts on the wrong side of the law but she too finds herself attracted.

Even though this is part of the Henchmen MC series the last two books, which are the stories about the probies, changed pace from the earlier books and focus more on the couples. I do miss the excitement and craziness of the earlier books but one thing that never changes is a hot love story. As with most of the couples Jessica writes, they dont look like a match when the book starts but before your done you realize they are perfect for each other.

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New Release and Review for The Hangman by Mary Burton

Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she’s not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer…the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father’s death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.
The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman’s bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated—and steamy—history, she’s forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten…

The Hangman by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The past is not always long dead.. Sometimes its just been lying dormant and we all knows what happens when you start poking a sleeping bear.

The Hangman’s reign of terror was thought to have ended 24 years ago. But the daughter of the undercover officer who had been tracking him all those years ago and who committed suicide at the same time The Hangman took his last victim brings the case front and center again right at the same time a body that has been dead for 24 years turns up and looks to be connected to the long cold case.

Julia Vargas is a cop with the Virginia State Police. Her whole life she has had to live with the whispers that her cop father who killed himself was possibly the killer called The Hangman. Even though her father wasnt around much during her childhood due to always being undercover she knows in her heart he was a good man and could never been a killer. Losing him at such a young age hardened her and she is not big on trust. Her one goal has been to clear her father’s name and to bring the right killer to justice – no matter the cost.

Tobias Novak is a homicide detective whose own past is full of tragedy that has left him hardened too. A wife that tried to take their infant daughter with her in her suicide. Years later with that daughter now in college he has embarked on a sex only relationship with Julia with neither asking nor interfering in the others personal life. When Tobias gets the case of the woman who had been dead for 24 years and finds a connection to both Julia’s father and her he crosses the personal line with Julie to both help his case and because he realizes he wants more then just “benefits” with her.

The secrets and people that started crawling out of hibernation when Julia and Tobias started poking was a long list of characters from both the past and present. Lots of sordid going on’s 24 years ago.

Both Julia and Tobias did a lot of changing over the course of the book. Julia was the long hold out of not wanting to allow herself to care for anyone but the solving of the case and the tenacity of Tobias and his daughter finally softened her hard heart..

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New Release and Review for Celeste Files: Primal (Psychic CORE #6) by Kristine Mason

Fear the living, not the dead…
John Kain’s wife, Celeste, has been abducted. With little evidence, the CORE investigator enlists the help of their clairvoyant, three-year-old daughter. He attempts to connect with Celeste through his preschooler, but he’s left with more questions than answers, and even more fear. Using psychic visions, his little girl somehow takes him into the paranormal world and shows him the horror his wife is facing—if he doesn’t find Celeste soon, he might never see her alive again.
Celeste has woken to a living nightmare. Thirty-five years ago, a psychiatrist obsessed with the supernatural had kidnapped her psychic mother. Although her mom had survived, the twisted doctor had murdered five other people like her, and thanks to her mom’s testimony, was sentenced to life in prison. Spurred by vengeance, the psychiatrist’s son is determined to continue with his father’s experiments, and he has a special room just for Celeste.
With the help of the dead, Celeste is doing everything possible to save herself from being tortured. But she’s running out of time. Her kidnapper believes he can enhance her psychic gift through brain surgery. The doctor is in….and he’s insane.

Celeste Files: Primal by Kristine Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the book it seems I have been waiting for in this series. The past is revisited in many ways and long held secrets are finally out in the open.

With Celeste’s mother having died before we as readers got to meet her and with her mother keeping so many secrets from her daughter, we didn’t know the full extent of her psychic abilities nor her real reasons for keeping them hidden from her daughter and also the actual reasons she didnt want Celeste to know Ian – her real father.

When a son and mother of a a killer that has been incarcerated for 35 years kidnaps Celeste to continue his sick experiments, the past comes crashing down on Celeste along with new abilities being awakened. We also get to see how strong John and Celeste 3 year daughters abilities have become when she becomes the catalyst to finding where her mother is.

Celeste is now a force to be reckoned with her new abilities and with her children looking to have the same abilities future books should be very interesting for this family.

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New Release and Review for 14 Weeks by Jessica Gadziala

I was a bit of a wild child.
I had a past.
I had gotten into trouble.
All that was behind me, though.
And for the first time in my life, trouble had found me.
When the other private investigators wouldn’t help me, I found the huge, hulking Tig willing to lend his expertise. What I didn’t expect was the growing attraction between us or the crazy series of events that would put our budding relationship to the test.
Tig + Kenzi’s story.

14 Weeks by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love being surprised while reading a book and boy did this one manage that. I always look forward to seeing what stories this author comes up with for characters we’ve known for a while. Kenzie had been a force to be reckoned with in previous books and I have been curious who would be the man for her.

Tig hasnt been as big a player in the previous books as some as the others but we’ve known about him as he works for Sawyer’s PI firm. By the end of the book we’ve learned about his sad childhood and what made him into the man he is today. He, not knowing a lot about Kenzie’s history, was the first to step up to look into the threats she had been getting with the latest being sick and twisted. These two wouldnt from the outside look like a match but they ended up being perfect for each other.

Not going to get into the “suspense” part of the book as much as it should be experienced – but man is it twisted.

Loved getting to know more about Paine, Enzo and Kenzie’s younger sister Reese. She is the total opposite of her siblings – mild, meek and bookish. Personally I think she had the best line in the book.


“What kind of men do you like?” a man had asked her at a bar once when I forced her to go out for her birthday. “Fictional, mostly,” she had answered quickly, truthfully.

Loved the book and cannot wait for the next one. I could read this woman stories 24/7.

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New Release and Review for Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads He’s found her at last Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past-and only one woman could know what it means. Only to lose her to a nightmare Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful-and in terrible danger. The moment he sees Mercy, Cain knows he’s the one who can save her. He also knows he’s beyond redemption. But the lines between good and evil blur and the only thing clear to Cain and Mercy is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood-but is their bond strong enough to overcome the evil that stalks them?

Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, totally devoured this book. It was a bloody good read – both figuratively and literally. This author has one sick and twisted mind that makes for fascinating stories.

Saving Mercy starts a new paranormal series but as with her first series its frightening addicting with tortured characters you immediately are immersed with and feel their pain and sorrow.

Reading a book by this author is like going on a mind bender – lock your seat belt and just hold on for the crazy ride!!

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