Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Fake Truth (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #3) by Lee Goldberg

The only thing more dangerous than fake news is fake truth in this exhilarating thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.

Author Ian Ludlow writes great adventures…but after helping Chinese movie star Wang Mei defect to the United States, he becomes the accidental hero of a real-life espionage thriller. Now he’s stuck with the actress—and suffering a nasty case of writer’s block—when he stumbles into a secret Russian plot using “fake news” to outrage Americans into believing a terrifying lie.

It’s up to Ian and Margo French, his researcher-turned-spy, to discover the connection between a barbaric drug lord in Mexico, a homicidal maniac in California, a rogue citizen army in Texas, a raging TV pundit in New York, and two dead tourists in Portugal…before the president of the United States makes a catastrophic mistake that could resurrect the Soviet Union.

The only weapon Ian has against the global conspiracy, and the assassins who are closing in on him, is his vivid imagination. If his story isn’t a killer thriller, he’s dead.

My review:
The pen is mightier than the sword and the imagination is a powerful thing as Author Ian Ludlow and Margo French, his researcher-turned-spy prove in Fake Truth the latest in the Ian Ludlow Thrillers by Lee Goldberg. This is high energy, clever and tons of fun. I really enjoyed this fast paced, witty romp taken straight from today’s headlines and anxiously await Ian and Margo’s next adventure.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Seer Protector: Federal Paranormal Unit by Roxanne Witherell

Ciara Carter has the gift of Retrocognition, to see the history of an object by touching it. In spite of this, the gift comes with a cost. Life wasn’t easy for Ciara. She was called many names, from crazy to lunatic. Having a thick skin helped block the accusations and move forward. However, when bodies of missing women began to turn up around town, she needed someone to listen to her. She wanted to help put a stop to the murders.

That’s where FBI’s Federal Paranormal Unit member Heath Cooper came in. As an elite member of the Badass Badger Taskforce, it was his specialty to sniff out these murders before their next target became a victim. He’ll soon realize he was in for more than he anticipated, starting with a woman who knew too much not to be involved.

Ciara must trust Heath to prove her innocence. Heath will need her help to solve the crimes. The only problem? The moment he met Ciara he knew she was his mate, and now she’s become the top named suspect of the murders.

Can the two find the real murderer before it’s too late?

My review:
This author never ceases to amaze me. Each book is a complete surprise just when I think she’s going to zig she zags. This book features a unique heroine and a driven hero. Together they tackle a convoluted mystery that kept me scratching my head until the very end. This is a definite must buy.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Agent Breaker: Federal Paranormal Unit (Otherworld Agents #2) by Godiva Glenn

Breaker Barrileaux is a honey badger shifter who uses his tenacity and zero-f**ks attitude to excel at his job as a Federal Paranormal Unit agent. When a missing persons case lands on his desk, and the first suspect is pulled in, he has no reason to believe it’s more than what it seems.

Victoria Amsel is a practitioner of shadow magic—not to be confused with the dark forces. But that distinction doesn't matter when the normally positive and carefree woman finds herself in an interrogation room with the world’s most cantankerous—but fiercely attractive—FPU agent. She’s suddenly a wanted woman, both by the law and by Breaker.

What started as a simple case becomes a puzzling murder, and Breaker has to protect Victoria from an unknown villain with mysterious and vile intent. Evidence is pointing at her as the criminal, but he knows better. Victoria is his mate, and he refuses to accept her as guilty. What will he have to do to prove her innocence and take down the actual killer?

My review:
Agent Breaker: Federal Paranormal Unit is an exciting paranormal mystery to with humor and wit. This story will suck you in and keep you guessing. Breaker Barrileaux is leather and Victoria Amsel is lace yet the two manage to find something in the other that draws them to each other rules be damned. I really like this tale and look forward to more in this world.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Bring to Bear (Paranormal Dating Agency Book 24) by Milly Taiden

Winter Delgado loves planning a good party. She’s excited about her newest client, Gerri Wilder, but not so much for the hot alpha bear that’s most definitely her mate. The party will push her career to new heights. If only she could focus on her job and not on tall, dark, and sexy Finn. This whole mate business is making her rethink not wanting to get involved.

Finn Blackburn is on the outs with his clan. He owns his own security company in the city and life has been pretty quiet until now. After one fateful afternoon, he’s found his long-lost twin brother, his parents, and more importantly, his mate. He’s not getting a chance to catch his breath or check out Winter’s curves before everyone is depending on him to save his clan, but no pressure.

Finn’s oppressed clan is only the beginning of his problems. The clan elders are set on pushing his family out of the way and having their own corrupt people in charge. Between fighting for his clan, putting his family together, and making sure Winter is safe, it’s a hell of a time to fall in love. As the drama unfolds, Finn and Winter team up to face evil head on and risk one, or both of them, being killed.

My review:
I loved this tale. Winter knows what Gerri Wilder is about. After all Gerri matched up her twin sister Summer. This story is filled with love, lust and intrigue. I love that the author includes a serious subplot in her stories. In this one it is the normalization of mental illness. Highly recommended.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The K Team (The K Team #1) by David Rosenfelt

From bestselling mystery author David Rosenfelt comes a new series – a spinoff of the much beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries – about a dynamic new investigative team featuring a determined former cop and his loyal German Shepherd.
Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, have recently retired from the police force. Not ready to give up the life yet, they come up with a proposal for fellow former cop, Laurie Carpenter, and her investigating partner, Marcus. Laurie and Marcus – who help out Laurie’s lawyer husband Andy on cases – have been chafing to jump back into investigating on their own, so they are in.
They call themselves the K Team, in honor of Simon. Their first job as private investigators comes to them from Judge Henry Henderson, who's known as a very tough but fair judge, and they've all come up against him in court at one time or another. Though it's hard to believe, Judge Henderson is being blackmailed and extorted, and he doesn't want to involve the police--he needs the K Team to figure out why.

My review:
When I picked up this book I’d no idea what to expect. I haven’t read the Andy Carpenter mysteries that this is spun off from. That being said I really enjoyed this story. It took me a bit to warm up to Corey Douglas mostly because of his inner monologue about his girlfriend. But I pushed through and really enjoyed solving the mystery with the K Team. This was a convoluted case filled with red herrings galore and tricky bad guys. I really had to work hard to figure it out. By the end I was entranced and look forward to the next installment.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Jace (Kings of Country #1) by Sasha Summers

Let the music carry you away in this brand-new series featuring the King family and their country music dynasty

Music is all he has...but is it enough to heal them both?

Jace Black went from an oilfield roughneck to an overnight singing sensation. Now he's working on a duet with country music legend Krystal King, and he's determined to earn his way to the top. But the more time he spends with Krystal, the more he finds himself falling for her--and he's beginning to be more interested in her than he is in making a name for himself.

Krystal King grew up on stage and in the spotlight. No matter how golden her life appears, her past left deep wounds. But Jace Black makes her wish things were different. To do that, she'd have to risk letting him in... And that might be too big a risk for her battered heart to take.

My review:
I loved this delightful tale of a singer born into country royalty and a country boy just starting out. The book is named for the hero but it is the heroines story that will drag you in and make you listen. I loved Jace and his gentlemanly ways. I ached for Krystal for what she’d gone through and would go through. I loved that Jace was there for her and fought for her.  This book will take you on an emotional ride worthy of a country song.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dead in the Doorway (House-Flipper Mystery #2) by Diane Kelly


Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.


Who is this older woman—and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbour investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for—perhaps literally. Now it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal . . . and the killer comes knocking at her door.

My review:
With this second book in the series this has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I love that the heroine has a non-traditional job and isn’t close to perfect. This installment has a cul-de-sac full of suspects and a victim that won’t be missed by any of them. I love the slowly growing relationship between Whitney and Colin and what looks to be a burgeoning relationship between Buck and Collette. As always Sawdust is too cute for words. I can’t wait for the next installment.

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