If You Want Me (The Magister Series #1) by July Hall

Book Description:

Published: November 12, 2016

Format: Free Digital Book

When you make the rules, you don’t need to break them.

That’s me: the one who makes the rules. I’m not a good man…I’m a hard one.

Anyone who gets in my way finds out what it means to defy Charles Magister. Ruthless in the boardroom, keeping an iron grip on everything around me—that’s the only way I know how to live. I get what I want, and since my wife died, absolute power is the only thing I’ve wanted.

Until I saw Sandra Dane. Since the moment I first looked into her blue eyes, watched her beautiful mouth, I’ve wanted something more than power. Now I want her. She’s beautiful. Luscious. Enticing. She sets me on fire, and I want to show her what it means to burn.

But she’s forbidden fruit. She’s too young for me, too innocent, and for God’s sake, she’s dating my nephew. Even I have my limits. Don’t I?

Who am I kidding? I’ve taken what I’ve wanted ever since I took Magister Enterprises away from my own father and made billions with it. I have no limits.

I want Sandra. And I’ll have her, no matter how wrong it is.

After all…I make the rules.

I’ll show the good girl what it’s like to be possessed by a hard man.

Review –

The book didn’t really hook me right of the bat,  but once I got a few chapters in I found that I couldn’t stop reading it. And I love that in addition to the romance between forty something Charles and twenty something Sandra, and the drama that are to be expected, there are some genuinely funny and  embarrassing moments.

The entire storyline is very plausible and never veers off into a situation that would have me rolling my eyes.

While I enjoyed reading this, the first in the series, I don’t know if I want to spend money for the other three because I know that Charles will get Sandra, Charles will lose Sandra and Charles will get Sandra back. That’s always the way it goes.

Very enjoyable read.

Breakdown (Alex Delaware #31) by Jonathan Kellerman

Book Description:

Published: February 2, 2016

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware is surprised to get the call when well-known TV actress Zelda Chase turns up half-naked, half-mad in the LA’s rural Westside. He has little connection to the starlet, save a psychiatric evaluation he performed on her adopted son several years ago, a child who has since vanished without a trace and whom Zelda refuses to talk about. When the actress turns up dead a few weeks later without a scratch on her, Delaware calls in police lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help him crack the case—or at least the wall of silence surrounding it. When the body of a second actress turns up with the same mysterious cause of death, Delaware and Sturgis start to wonder—is this a copycat case or a coincidence? When they uncover the death of another actress, a star from another era who vanished decades ago, never to be found, they realize they’re facing one of their most baffling, mind-bending cases yet.

Review –

Kellerman offers up a slightly different Alex Delaware in this outing, a slightly obsessed one  and the plot – thankfully – kept me guessing. I say  – thankfully – because the last few have been a bit predictable.

This storyline  is mostly an interesting one, although a tad convoluted . But the author also introduces a few threads, which all tie up in a fairly surprising way at the end; but I was kept guessing and keen to understand Zelda’s fate so was pulled into the unfolding story.

I’m hoping Kellerman keeps throwing a few curve balls at his lead characters as this was an improvement on its predecessor and a very  enjoyable read/listen.