The Last Detective (Elvis Cole #9) by Robert Crais

Book Description:

Published: March 30, 2004

P.I. Elvis Cole’s relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. Then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her ten-year-old son Ben is staying with Elvis, the boy vanishes without a trace. When the kidnappers call, it’s not for ransom, but for a promise to punish Cole for past sins he claims he didn’t commit. With the LAPD wrestling over the case, and the boy’s estranged father attempting to take control of the investigation, Cole vows to find Ben first. But Cole’s partner, Joe Pike, knows more about this case than he has said. Pike lives in a world where dangerous men commit crimes beyond all reckoning. Now, one of those men is alive and well in L.A.—and calling Elvis Cole to war. . . .

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Joining forces with his enigmatic partner, Joe Pike, Elvis frantically searches for Ben with the help of LAPD Detective Carol Starkey, as Lucy’s wealthy, oil-industry ex-husband attempts to wrest control of the investigation. Amid the confusion of personal conflicts, Elvis and Joe are forced to consider a more troubling lead — one indicating that Ben’s disappearance is connected to a terrible, long-held secret from Elvis Cole’s past.

Venturing deep inside a complex psyche, Crais explores Elvis’s need for family – the military that embraced him during a troubled adolescence, his rock-solid partnership with Pike, and his floundering relationship with Lucy – as they race the clock in their search for Ben. The Last Detective is Robert Crais’ richest, most intense tale of suspense yet.

This book is a roller coaster ride which leaves you breathless but wanting more. The ending is bitter sweet but hopefully even Elvis Cole will one day  have his HEA.

Great read!

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Death of a Charming Man(Hamish MacBeth #10) by M.C. Beaton

Book Description:

Published: July 1, 1995

Hamish Macbeth’s unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancée has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to “make a man of him.” The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two.

Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim – ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who’s causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn.

Hamish’s instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it’s not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish’s own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he’s more than ready to do what he now must – investigate the darker side of love . . .

Review –

M. C. Beaton is a master at the cozy mystery and even in the 10th novel, we are still interested in the life and crimes of the northern Highlands. As always, the townsfolk and Hamish’s seemingly lazy personality are at the core of the book. The mystery was well constructed and not easy to figure out, but it’s the quirky characters who keep me coming back to Lochdubh.

Easy, relaxing read.

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A Field Guide to Catching Crickets by A. Wilding Wells

Book Description:

Published: June 7, 2016

FAIR WARNING!
If you are a sensitive reader please be aware that you may find topics in this book to be terribly offensive. I’d rather you not read it than receive a bad review because you have been offended. This is a fictional story but the hideousness of what happens is gut-wrenching. This book does have a gorgeous HEA that will move you to tears.

The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.

A countryside ranch, naughty notes and a neighbor boy. Kissing in silos and skinny dipping under a full moon. Ten years gone. An ocean, a tragedy…secrets and buried things. Letting go and hanging on. Remembering to forget.

My reality became his nightmare, but then my nightmare became reality.

Hawke Slater was not only my brothers’ best friend, he was a tender, sweet country boy. I never wanted to leave, but there was no choice for me. Two things kept my soul alive, and I’m hanging onto hope that one might be an option for my future.

I wish none of it had been my fault, but it was.

Sloan Story McQueen has returned. Why would I hold out an ounce of hope that she’d want me once she finds out what I do for a living. Some call it obscene, but I’m just chasing storms and rainbows.

She’s holding onto something big. If only it were me.

This novel contains adult content and is not intended for sensitive readers.

Review –

Five stars *****

This is an adult contemporary romance and deals with a relationship between Hawke and Sloan (aka Cricket) and began as children, became shattered as teens and rose up again, phoenix like ten years later.  Some parts made my heart hurt and tears fall down my cheeks,while others made me smile and laugh.

Sloan went through so much alone (without Hawke) in a foreign country and against her will because of a deep love her had for her child, Hawke’s child. A child who died at seven. Hawke never stopped loving her but will her lies of omission bring the love affair to and end.   Read it to find out!

Truly a masterpiece of writing.

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Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente

Book Description:

Published: April 25, 2016

 

F*ck Prince Charming. Sometimes, you need a Magnificent Bastard.

Face it, ladies: love sucks and then you cry…while your ex rides off into the sunset banging your best friend.

But why let a break-up end in tears when it can end with sweet revenge? Enter Magnificent Bastard Consulting and me, chief executive bastard. I’ve got it all—looks, brains, a heart of gold, and the killer instinct guaran-damn-teed to make your ex regret the day he said goodbye.

With the help of my virtual assistant, I’ve built an empire giving broken-hearted women the vengeance they deserve, while keeping myself far from the front lines of the heart. Life is a bowl of cherries, until my virtual assistant shows up on my real doorstep for the first time, begging for a Magnificent Bastard intervention of her own.

Damn… She’s a bona fide sex kitten.

I pride myself on being a true pro, but pretending to be her lover soon leads to giving it to her good, hard, fast, and up against the wall. And somewhere between getting balls deep in my sweet and sexy assistant and watching her ex beg for a second chance, I break every last one of my damn rules—professional and personal.

So what’s my next move? Fight for the girl who makes me want to get up on a white horse and ride to her rescue, or stay a Magnificent Bastard to the end?

Warning: MAGNIFICENT BASTARD is a stand-alone erotic romance told from the
hero’s point of view. No cliffhanger. Lots of dirty talk.

Review –

The blurb above says it all. The boss-assistant romance. So. Much. Fun.

My favorite things about this story were the humor and the hot, hot, hot sex scenes.

“I’m happy to strip you bare right here. Right now. Lift you up on this counter and f**k you until you come so hard you see Jesus.”
“I’m Jewish,” she murmurs, swallowing hard.”

I usually don’t read erotic romances with humor because few authors fail to pull it off, but Lili Valente  gets an A+!

If you like the boss-assistant trope wrapped in a sexy and humorous story, Magnificent Bastard should be on your list.

Great read.

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Bared (Club Sin #2) by Stacey Kennedy

Book Description:

Published: February 10, 2014

At Las Vegas’s exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant façade conceals a devastating loss—something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him.

Cora came to the BDSM club to act out her sub-and-dom fantasies without ever revealing the heartbreak that haunts her. But Aidan’s masterful touch is bringing her closer to the edge . . . and deeper into a world of control and surrender. He refuses to allow her to submit to any other man—nor does she want to. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing. For as they give in to passion, they must lay bare their souls for a love that could heal—and free—them both.

Review –

Cora is a submissive that just kind of stumbled onto the life style. She councils runaway teens in real life and needs the stress relief that being a sub gives her. It’s her time to escape the dark world she advises in and at times cries over. She falls hard and fast for Aidan, but realizes he hasn’t gotten over his past. She becomes exactly what he needs, in spite of her own needs. Protecting Aidan with a ferociously that the Doms at Club Sin think is getting out of hand. When faced with what she has become and the fact that Aidan won’t get over his problems with time, she has to decide her course.

Aidan is a very strong character, but is also lost in what he needs, wants and what is right in front of him. Cora is equally strong in her life, and then becomes Aidan’s crutch in the kink life.

There are some hot erotic scenes in this book.  They are full out erotic, painful at times, but also shows just how in tune the couple is with each other. There are some emotionally painful scenes as well, when all parties are confronted with the truths they aren’t acknowledging exist.

There are two other Doms that are Cora’s friends mostly, but they do also support Aidan. These are the men we wish were in every BDSM club. They saw what was happening to Cora and they pulled her out of the situation. They don’t let Aidan off lightly either. The make him face what he wants, needs and is willing to go after.

In the end Aidan realizes he loves Cora as much as she loves him and there is a HEA.

Adult

Five stars *****

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Freed (Club Sin #4) by Stacey Kennedy

Book Description:

Published:  November 4, 2014

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawaken desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

Review –

All of the Club Sin books are hot as blazes and this one is no exception.

Mary Schmidt is a mature woman, a doctor and alone since her Dom husband died several years ago. She happens to meet a Dom in her age bracket and  is immediately drawn to him but closes herself off because of her deep love for her dead husband.

Elliott wants Mary and he tries to get through to her about leaving the past behind  and moving on with her life, but to no avail, at least at first. Elliott wears her down and finally she gives in and lets her heart and needs lead her to sexual contentment.

The sex scenes are HOT even though this couple is older. Just goes to show that the embers burn deep! Great series!!

Adult

Five stars *****

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Torture To Her Soul (Monster In His Eyes #2) by J.M. Darhower

Book Description:

Published: September 29, 2014

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Review –

I forgot to mention that in the previous book, Monster In His Eyes, Naz asks Karissa to marry him and she says yes, that is, of course, before she finds out how he has used her.

In Naz’s life it makes no sense for him to want her, even though he swore to wipe out the Rita family and Ray (a man who has been a father to him) demands her death, Naz can’t let her go. With that Karissa doesn’t make things easy for him. She’s angry, resentful of all the lies and secrets, and desperate to save her mother from Naz’s vengeance. But Karissa can’t deny that she wants to save Naz too. They love each other, it’s undeniable, but can that love ever be enough to overcome the darkness and hurt?. Naz has been full of rage and seeking revenge for so long, and his only solace from that ugliness comes from the least likely source, Karissa. So, he tries for her, and even though Naz knows Karissa would be better off without him, he’ll try his damndest to keep her.

 Karissa doesn’t give into Naz right away. She doesn’t hide her fury or bitterness. It’s an intense combination of rage and lust that eventually explodes in a wickedly HOT way:

“I’m going to f**k it all out of you, every bit of it.”
I pull out and thrust right back in, eliciting another cry.
“I’m going to f**k you until you beg me to stop.”
Another thrust. Another cry.
“And then I’m still not going to stop, not until you say the word to make me.”
I pull back to look at her as I thrust again, deeper than before. Her breath hitches.
“I’m not going to stop until you say it…until you mean it.”
She stares at me, stubbornly, defiantly…silently. It’s a battle of wills, one she’ll never win. I’ll f**k  her until my heart gives out.”

There is so my angst between Naz and Karissa in this book that at times I had to just put it down and walk away for a while. The writing is done so well that I could feel the sexual tension between them when she truly hated him(he kills her father and later her mother) and is in the same house but ignores him, not even speaking to him.

Finally she decided to leave him and he tell her that if she goes she CAN NOT EVER come back so to be sure leaving is wants she wants and she goes.

Very near the end Ray discovers that Naz has killed Brandy and he comes to kill him and but finds Karissa at home (she came back because she loved Naz and couldn’t stand being away from him) and he shots her and she almost dies.

After she recovers Naz proposes again with his mother’s ring and they get married in Vegas with strangers as their witnesses. Nah tells her he is out of the family and will need to find a job.   END.

I haven’t started the next book yet but I’m sure the family will be coming after them, because NO ONE LEAVES  THE FAMILY.

Five stars *****

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Monster In His Eyes (Monster In His Eyes #1) by J.M. Darhower

Book Description:

Published: April 27, 2014

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

Review –

OMG!!!!! This book is so HOT I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t go up in flames. Just a minute while I catch my breath.

Okay, Here’s the scoop on this story:

Twenty years ago Naz and his wife, Maria were gunned down in their home by his best friend, Johnny Rita and he has been planning his revenge ever since. He wants to make him suffer the loss of his loved ones(wife and daughter) and then kill all three.

Naz is an enforcer for a mafia guy named Ray and has killed many times over the years with no regret. He is a bad man.

Karissa thinks she meets Naz unexpectedly but Naz has orchestrated their meeting, has studied her and knows just how to play her to get her to like him. He’s rich and gives her gifts and takes her to fancy restaurants  and out-of-town on trips  all the while planning to kill her. You see, she is the daughter of the man who shot him and killed his wife.

They have sex almost immediately in their “relationship”  and he likes it when she fights back and so some of their sex is very rough and he even chokes her, almost to the point of passing out. Other times he makes love to her and sometimes they just f**k. All of the scenes are HOT.

Along the way, he finds that he has fallen in love with her and no longer wants to kill her,even if Ray (his dead wife’s father, does, and she says she loves him too, but he still wants revenge against her parents and uses her to find them.

Karissa finds this out and realizes that he’s had this plan the whole time and that probably everything he has ever said to her has been a lie and she tells him she hates him. End of book one.

The emotions felt by Naz and Karissa are deep and dangerous and both know that their being together is not good for either of them.

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Book Description :

Published: March 1, 2016

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

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Five-star-feedback-on-oDesk

This book is a roller coaster ride of new identities, new cities, new “friends” and new secrets .

Once I started listening to this book l found it enthralling and very hard to stop listening to, but  if I’d been reading I know I would have finished it in one siting.  It is that good.

Though Tanya,Amelia-Debra is not a saint she is NOT a murderer and as she moves from tow to town and takes on new names to hide in plain sight, we learn what brought her to this point inc er young life.  She was only seventeen when she was forced to go on the run by her mother and the father(a very rich influential man) of the boys also in the car at the time of the “accident”. Now it’s been ten years and she’s on the run again and this time someone is trying to kill her and a handsome sheriff in Wyoming is trying to help her.  Which one will get to her first?

Action packed, very fast paced, a bit (or a lot) on the unbelievable side  and a heart thumping read that will stay with me for a long time.

I HIGHLY recommend it!  Five Stars *****

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Killer (Alex Delaware #29) by Jonathan Kellerman

Book Description:

Published: February 11, 2014

The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.

Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears and Alex knows he must work with longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.

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Next to Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch character Alex Delaware is a favorite of mine and I was excited to listen to this book. Some of the reviews I read said it didn’t live up to the standards of earlier books but I don’t let reviews influence my judgement one wy or another so I’m here to tell you-this is a great piece of writing!

Alex goes back to his roots as a child psychologist to assist in a child custody battle between the mother of a six-teen month old and her rich sister. What starts out as a court case ends up in a murder investigation and involves several minor characters. It was a twist I didn’t see coming.  I loved it!

If you’ve never read any of the Alex Delaware series please do but read them in order.  This one is number twenty-nine.  You won’t be sorry.

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