Connection (Submission #3) by CD Reiss

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Format: Audio/Audible

This is not a pat little ending about me and Jonathan riding off into the sunset. I knew I was never destined for that, but no one warned me about the pain. No one told me about the hurt. No one told me what I’d risk for him.
I’ll do anything to make it right. Anything. You think I won’t kill for him? You’re wrong.
I have to earn my happily ever after, and we have to survive it.

Review –

Wow, what can I say other than the author really knows how to go for the gut punch in her books and this one was no exception.

I had the audio version and it was over eleven hours long but the first five were about Jonathan’s life and death situation and finding out he needed a heart transplant and then finding the right one. I thought five hours was a bit overkill. The the story jumps two years after Jonathan’s heart transplant, however, both of them are still trying to find their way back to the normalcy they once had. Monica goes back and forth with doubts about whether Jonathan wants to stay married to her seeing as he proposed and they got married while he was in the hospital possibly on his death-bed. Another hurdle they have to overcome involves their sex life. Both parties feel things have become duller but they won’t open up to each other to voice that they basically have the same fear that any sort of strenuous activity could kill Jonathan. Eventually Jonathan gets Monica to open up and they both get the opportunity to express their fears to one another and things go back to normal so to speak. Throughout the course of their marriage, Jonathan has expressed to Monica multiple times that he wants to start a family however, she is reluctant because she does not want to bring a child into a world where he or she may be left without a father if Jonathan’s heart were to give out. Jonathan almost gets his wish of being a father but then Monica has a miscarriage which is devastating to say the least. After the miscarriage, Monica realizes that she does want to have a child with Jonathan and we then fast forward 18 months later to Monica and Jonathan having a real wedding that all their friends and family can be part of and then we get a wonderful surprise when Monica is pregnant again! This baby sticks and the story has a beautiful ending of Jonathan and Monica settling into their family life.

I highly recommend this series because it is not a perfect love story, it is a story of two people being in a relationship and not always knowing what to do half the time. One thing that they can both agree on is that they will love each other till the end of time AND there is a LOT of hot sex!

 

Guilt (Alex Delaware #28) by Jonathan Kellerman

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Book Description

Release date: February 12, 2013 | Series: Alex Delaware
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
 Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.
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You can’t beat an Alex Delaware novel and Jonathan Kellerman has done it again.  I had the audio version and the narrator, John Rubinstein, does an excellent job. If you’ve ever listened to an audio book you know that a narrator can make or break a book and with John Rubinstein you have no worries.  It’s a joy to listen and he makes the story come alive. The characters dynamic and the plot twists were an added bonus to a wonderful listening experience.
 

The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom

Synopsis

It was expecting them.

Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting. They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house. One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house’s historic heritage, a photo album that he claims “belongs to the house.” Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife….

Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna’s American dream into a relentless nightmare.An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force. Barnes and Noble.

Review –

Months ago, when I first learned of this book, I knew I had to read it.  I love spooky, supernatural stories that my husband calls “psychedelic“.   I bought it for myself this Christmas and started it right away.  The story did not disappoint me-it was spooky (had ghosts), was supernatural (had more ghosts) and murder, sex, intrigue, and busy-b0dy neighbors.  If you like to be kept on the edge of your seat be sure to give this book a try.  It will creep you out!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels

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After years of trying to become pregnant without success, Rachel Dawson and her husband Thomas felt their dreams had finally come true the day they brought home their newly adopted twin babies. Though the lawyer Baron Bell who arranged for the surrogate mother charged a hefty six-figure fee, one glance into the eyes of their precious children told them it was all worth it. Until the birth mother reappeared, first demanding more money, then the twins themselves. Suddenly Baron Bell was nowhere to be found, and the Dawsons were once again childless, heartbroken and nearly destitute. When the case finds its way to the offices of high-profile attorney Lizzie Fox, she can’t wait to take down the so-called ‘Mr. Wonderful’. And she knows she’ll have all the help she needs as it’s just the kind of crime that really gets the Sisterhood’s adrenalin flowing. Once they get their hands on the perpetrators there will be hell to pay, and it will cost a lot more than cold, hard cash…
Review-
I didn’t like this installment of the Sisterhood series as much as I have most of the others and I can’t really tell you why.  The story just failed to hold my interest and I found it very easy to put down and do other things instead. I’d much rather have a book that holds me hostage from beginning to end and those are really rare.  Most books I read are real page turners but a “hostage taking” book is one that you just have to finish in one or two days at most.  Deadly Deals was not  was not even a close contender.   Will I read the next in the series-of course, I love series.