NOW AVAILABLE + Review for Abandoned by Rhonda Pollero

There is nothing more dangerous than desire . . . Emma McKinley is a bright young lawyer with a very dark secret: She’s the daughter of an assassin. Twenty years ago, her father shot and killed the president and Emma has been desperate to understand why ever since. She’s changed her name, moved around . . . but the past keeps hunting her down. First came an irresistible job offer, luring her back where the assassination occurred. And now Emma is receiving mysterious newspaper clippings about the shooting as a terrible reminder-and a deadly threat . . . Sheriff Conner Kavanaugh has been burned before. But from the moment he meets Emma, there’s something about her he can’t resist. Something is haunting her-that much is clear. And as the threats against her mount, he’ll do anything to protect her and win her trust. If the past doesn’t catch up to them first.

Abandoned by Rhonda Pollero
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well-written, full of snappy dialogue.

I absolutely loved all the court room scenes as the heroine, Emma McKinley who is a lawyer, who excelled at being able to readily read her clients and able to think of quick solutions to problems and unique situations. She put both the prosecutor and his witnesses to shame.

As the series name states this series is about finding Justice. Emma has moved to the small Florida town in hopes of finding out any information on why her dad 20 years ago killed the President of the United States. She had been getting anonymous clippings in the mail that prompted her to seek the town out and take a job with the Public Defenders office. On her first night in town she has an interesting encounter with a man at a bar who later she finds out is the Sheriff of the town.

This series is about the Kavanaugh brothers. The first book was about Jack who is also a lawyer, now Conner who is a Sheriff, then there is Declan who is a PI and the last brother has been in jail for 15 years for manslaughter for the death of his abusive father and the accidental death of his mother.

Conner and Emma had quite lively dialogue going on between them for most of the book. I have to say Emma’s strong personalty and tenacity stole most of the scenes and some of the spotlight from Conner – not saying that as a bad thing, she was just a great heroine that at times out shown her hero..

This author was new to me and I’ve really enjoyed both books so far in this series. My only nit-picking thing about the writing is how fast the wrap up and endings come. These would be 5 star books if those things were extended a bit.

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New Release and Review for Mark by Jessica Gadziala

Mark-
Love and commitment might be great. You know, for my brothers. Not for me. But then, in a chance meeting, I came across her. Why was she different? I couldn’t say for sure. Maybe it was the fact that she was the most gorgeous woman I had ever seen. Maybe it was the the sharp edges she wore like a shield that made me want to see what was beneath. Or maybe it had something to do with whatever secret she was trying so desperately to hide.
Scotti-
Love and commitment weren’t even in the realm of possibilities for me. My life had one purpose, one mission, and I couldn’t afford to let anyone get in the way. But then there was Mark Mallick – ladies man, loanshark enforcer, and very determined to know my secrets.
That was problematic any day, but especially so with him. Why? Maybe because the things he would offer me, the things he would show me were possibilities for me, could make me reevaluate the mission that had completely consumed the last ten years of my life.
But could I have those things? Could I escape the life I had been trapped in for so long? With Mark Mallick by my side, I was thinking maybe it was possible…

Mark by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These Mallick brother’s certainly find the most interesting women to fall in love with. As if Navesink Bank didnt already have enough crazy characters with the loanshark family of Mallik’s, the Henchmen MC, Italian mob, drug dealers, snipers, hired muscle, underground fighting, and Hailstorm, now it has a family of armed robbers. But as with all those other characters that walk a fine line with the law – this new family too are good people at heart..

Mark Mallik is one of 5 brothers. He’s the 2nd called in if someone doesnt pay up so he’s pretty laid back – enjoys working his construction company and lawn service business. When he is in a store that get robbed he becomes fascinated with a woman he thought was just an innocent bystander like him but turns out she was part of the crew.. This makes him even more fascinated with her.

Scotti and her 4 brothers started out in a good family but after their father dies and their mother a few years later because she couldn’t get healthcare from her big chain employer they decide to rob all the stores of that chain as payback. Ten years later has them in Navesink Bank where Scotti crosses path with Mark and we find out she’s tired of the life and would like nothing better than to be normal and go out with Mark but doesnt see how a loanshark enforcer and a wanted armed robber would ever work out.

When reading a new book from Jessica is not unusual for her to have some secondary characters we fall in love with and want their stories.. Normally its just 1 or 2 but man by the end of this book you want all 4 of Scotti’s brothers books added to the long list of future books you want written by her.

Something big went down in this book with another character that shall not be discussed but when we finally get that book it should be a doozy..

As always another great story from the Navesink Bank world… Keep em coming Jessica..

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New Release and Review for A Deeper Grave by Debra Webb

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When the hunter becomes the hunted… Serial-killer hunter Nick Shade built his legendary career chasing monsters—sadistic criminals with a gruesome thirst for death. When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn’t intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing the threat. Bobbie can’t forget the nightmares of her trauma—or the man who saved her. Working with Nick to outmaneuver the person behind a deadly vendetta feeds her hope that there’s more to her world than ghosts and destruction. Maybe joining Nick’s search for a killer is about gratitude. Maybe it’s nothing more than cold revenge. But the only way they can protect themselves is to trust each other.

A Deeper Grave by Debra Webb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So sick.. So creepy.. So depraved.. And so addicting. A killer orchestrating another killer along with manipulating the lives of others.

The first two books dealt with Detective Bobbie Gentry who spent months recovering from both the physical and mental damage that the Storyteller killer did to her. She had lost her will to live but wasnt going to die before exacting justice on the man who killed her family and ruined her life. She was aided on this quest by Nick Shade who was the son of a famed serial-killer and who had made it his life calling to hunt down serial-killers and bring them to justice. During their time bringing the Storyteller down Nick made Bobbie want to live again. On the flip side Bobbie also managed to prick a hole in Nick’s hardened heart and made him start to care – something he cannot afford to do not only because of his job but also because if his father found out he had a weakness he would exploit it.

The main story in this one is a killer is on the loose in Mongomery again and he is mirroring previous killers Nick has brought down. At first its believed its Bobbie the killer is taunting but as the story moves along its clear that is not the case and its Nick who is being played like a puppet.

We get more information about Nick’s father and his life as a serial-killer and I can certainly see one heck of a showdown coming in future books as his father is a very intelligent cunning killer. It was good to see Bobbie back in fighting form and by the end of this book she’s made the decision she is also going to fight for Nick whether he wants her to or not. I hope its not a long wait till the next book.

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New Release and Review for Master of Solitude by Cherise Sinclair

Since childhood, Mallory McCabe has dreamed of falling in love with a hero. And then one saves her life. He’s honest…and blunt. Deadly, but filled with pain. Overpowering, yet ever so gentle with her. Oh yes, she’s found her hero. Taking him to her bed is simply…right. As is losing her heart.
How could she have known he’d want nothing more to do with her?
His indifference hurts. She vows to forget him…then he buys the land next to hers.
Released early from prison, all Sawyer Ware wants is to put his life back together. His police detective brother houses him while he makes plans. But when a violent gang targets his brother, Sawyer puts his future on hold. He’ll have to take on the gang first. After a decade as a Navy SEAL, he won’t–can’t–walk away if someone he loves is threatened.
His mission is likely to prove bloody. He sure can’t afford to get involved with a woman, especially his captivating neighbor. He hungers to be near her, to enjoy her clear laugh, her easy friendship, and the peace she brings wherever she goes. A relationship is absolutely out of the question.
Why won’t his heart obey orders?

Master of Solitude by Cherise Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love it when a man who has taken a few knocks in life still stands true to the honor ingrained in him no matter what life throws at him. Sawyer is what I would would call a humble Dom. Loved all his sides.

When we met Sawyer Ware in his brother Atticus book, he was serving time for manslaughter. After being medically discharged from the Navy Seals he was having a hard time adjusting and suffering from PTSD and fell asleep at the wheel killing his buddy. At the start of this book he has been out of prison for 5 weeks trying to put his life back together. One thing he notices is the white supremacist group that kidnapped his brother’s woman in the previous book now have a greater presence in the small mountain town and seem to have revenge on their mind with his brother being at the top of their list.

Mallory McCabe was an interesting heroine. Raised on a commune and able to read aura’s and then later lived with her Grandpa who taught her all the in’s and out’s of construction she’s like a mix of free spirit, confident business owner all while waiting for her hero to ride in on a white horse. She thinks that man is Sawyer when she meets him but after a night a lovemaking like she’s never experienced before he walks away shattering that dream.

There is so much going on in this book – and I mean that in a good way.. Sawyer starts of as the town outcast at the beginning but by the end with help from new friends and his woman they take back their town from the rift raft that’s invaded it. Along the way Sawyer gains his confidence back in himself. All of the characters from the Mountain Masters series play huge parts in this book and when there is a story detour to Dark Haven all those past characters make appearances. It was like Christmas, getting all my favorite characters in one book.

I am hoping there are more stories to come in this series as Morgan and Wyatt Masterson and Hector Ware need their stories told..

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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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