The Stranger(Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg

Book Description:

Published: May 1, 2013

Format: Audio/OverDrive

A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before.

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.

Review –

This is the fourth in the Patrik Hedstrom series and since I’ve only read the first one, I was a little lost on some of the background.  Overlooking that, this was a great read/listen with a great story line straight from today’s reality television and a twist or two. It just goes to show that an act, though  accidental, can have far-reaching consequences .

I’m really loving this series but it’s hard to find the books or audiobooks but I’ll keep looking.

 

Home (Myron Bolitar #11) by Harlan Coben

Book Description:

Published: September 20, 2016

Format: Audio/Audible

Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?

Harlan Coben delivers a thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Review –

There is something very special about reuniting with a cast of characters you haven’t read about for some time. Myron Bolitar and Windsor Horne Lockwood III, (Win) are two of my favourite characters in all of fiction,(next to Harry Bosch) and we haven’t seen them (besides brief appearances in Coben’s YA Mickey Bolitar trilogy) since 2011’s Live Wire. That is a very long time to wait.

Home brings these characters back, alongside the classic cast: Esperanza; Big Cyndi, Myron’s parents. Heck, even the kids wh0 starred in Coben’s YA series play a vital role in proceedings, and it’s great to be reunited with Mickey, Ema and Spoon. Their presence adds a cool continuity to things. So, sure; this book is for the fans. The readers, like me, who clamour each and every year for a new Myron novel. But there’s plenty here for “non-Myron” fans to enjoy. If indeed there even are such people out there.

There’s a big mystery here, and there are surprising twists (unleashed rather late in proceedings, admittedly, but no less effectively than in other novels) but it’s the emotion of the characters that really lifts Home above the rank and file. The heart and soul of this novel are the twin families coping with the loss of a child, and the extremes parents go to in order to protect them.

Ultimately, it’s just great to be back with Myron and the gang. The novel’s ending is possibly conclusive – – with a real lump-in-the-throat moment –(with 28 minutes left tears formed in my eyes and at 19 minutes left they started to fall) – so who knows when we’ll see these characters again? In many respects, I wish I’d taken my time with the novel and truly savoured it. Instead, I smashed through it in almost one sitting. That’s the true evidence of Coben’s class: his books are so gripping, you can’t put them down or turn them off.

Five stars *****

 

Aced (Driven #4) by K. Bromberg

Book Description:

Published: January 11, 2016

Rylee and Colton’s ride continues…

One moment. Six years ago.

The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it’s the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.

Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it’s slipping through my fingers?

How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control?

I can’t lose her.

She’s my checkered flag.

Review –

I thought I had posted a review for this book, but I guess it was lost among the many other books in my memory so here it is-

ACED is the fourth installment in K. Bromberg’s contemporary adult DRIVEN erotic romance series focusing on Colton Donavan, and Riley Thomas Donavan. ACED covers several months in the life between the end of CRASHED (Driven #3) and the epilogue that advanced the series approximately ten years. I do not recommend reading ACED as a stand alone-too much history, backstory and personal information is missing.

Told from dual first person points of view (Colton and Rylee) ACED focuses on the relationship between our leading couple as well as their struggle to deal with past transgressions, and future hopes. This ‘imperfectly perfect’ couple must face several demons: past and present; personal and public; old and new; dangerous and dark. We get up close and personal as one family struggles to survive as their world begins to crumble against the battering paparazzi, and those seeking revenge from a time long ago.

Colton, one of my favorite book boyfriends, makes mistakes, he has flaws, he has more skeletons than a grave yard in his closet but nothing will ever stop him from protecting his family and the love of his life. This book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. You will feel heartbroken, you will feel angry, you will feel happiness, you will feel it all throughout this read. From the moments with Xander, through the awful exposure of privacy that these two feel, Aced will make you fall in love with their love all over again.

This was a wonderful look at marriage and all it takes to keep your happily ever after!

It is a great conclusion to a rocky but beautiful love story.   Fantastic series !!!!!

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Crashed (Driven #3) by K. Bromberg

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Published: March 4, 2014

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When life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other?

Life is full of moments.
Big moments.
Little moments.
And none of them are inconsequential.
Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs.
Heart stopping highs.
Soul shattering lows.
And none of them are insignificant.
Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay. But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

Review –

This installment of the Driven series didn’t have as many steamy sex scenes as the first two, but the ones it did have burned up my iPad.

Colton was in a crash at the end of Fueled and the first part of this book evolves around his touch and go recovery and the aftermath of his fears and self-doubts.

Rylee was by his side the whole time but still Colton wasn’t sure of her affection (he can’t bring himself to believe she could ever love him since he can’t even say the word)

On top of this, Tawny, his one time sweetheart and employee, claims that he is the father of her child and he flatly denies this but Rylee doesn’t believe him and they split. During this time they are both miserable and stubbornly cease all contact. Colton has a paternity test done, gets the results and calls Rylee only to hear her scream while on the phone and to discover that Zander’s father(his killed his wife and Zander’s mother and Zander saw it all)is at the safe house making threats. He doesn’t get there in time and Rylee is beaten but in the end Zander’s father is killed.

Rylee refuses to go to the hospital later that night miscarries a baby she never thought she would be able to have. Colton doesn’t know how this makes him feel. He never wanted children because of his past and now Rylee almost dies because of him. 

Well, to make a long story short:

  • Rylee heals but is told she will probably never be able to conceive again.
  • Colton realizes how much he needs her in his life.
  • He finds out his birth mother is dead and this throws him for a loop.
  • He confesses his secret to Rylee and they have a turning point in their rocky relationship.
  • Colton can final tell Rylee in the right words that he LOVES her.
  • He proposes.
  • Ten years later, we discover that they had adopted Zander(who now races) and had a little boy of their own.
  • They finally have their HEA.

Fantastic read/listen !!!!!

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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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Week-end Surrender (The Surrender Trilogy #1) by Lori King

Book Description:

Published: September 23, 2013

In book one of The Surrender Trilogy: After another painful betrayal and break up, Rachael Morgan sets out to prove to herself that she can handle a good time with a man and walk away sexually satisfied and with her heart intact. She could have never imagined that she would be agreeing to the proposition of a lifetime. Every woman in Stone River, Texas would jump at this chance, but she’s afraid she’ll leave pieces of her heart behind.
Raised on their family ranch the four Brooks brothers have always shared everything. Even women. When they find themselves face to face with the one person who could complete them all, they set out on a journey to claim her for their own.
Fate can place them all in the right place at the right time, but will Rachel be able to overcome her relationship scars, or is she destined to live her life alone believing that no man ever stays?


Warning: Sexually explicit content M/F/MMM

Review –

This book is about four HOT cowboys brothers who enjoys sharing women.  They have had their eye on Rachel for sometime now thinking she’s the one to make their lives complete. Up until now, Rachel had been seriously dating someone else so they kept their distance but once she’s on the dating scene again, that’s a completely different story.

Rachel shows up at a bar with the intention of finding a man to take home and  get her mind off her recent break-up and finds herself surrounded by the brothers who suggest she come home with them for the week-end and let them show her they way they would treat her forever if she would decide to stay with them permanently. She agrees, not really understanding their full meaning.

The rest of the book is pretty much explicit sex scenes between Rachel and the four brothers, Hudson, Parker, Sawyer and Rogan.

I swear the pages were smoldering from the heat of the words describing their pleasure. Does she stay and marry them? You’ll have to read it for yourself.

This was a free e-book and I don’t intend to read the others in the series unless they are offered free at another time.  Good read.

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Book Description:

Published: September 15, 2015

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.

Review –

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I don’t know who they get to write the book “blurbs” but this one doesn’t give you a clue as to the real story of this book.

The book is divided in two parts: The Fates and the Furies. The Fates was Lotto’s story and the Fates was the point of view of Mathilde.  It goes that way because Lotto is the simpler of the two, the grander, the more dramatic — the one whom fate (and the fortune of being born into wealth and privilege) had graced. It goes that way because Mathilde operates behind the scenes and in the shadows, keeps most of the secrets, and all of the worst ones. Because it is Lotto’s version of Mathilde we must see first in order to understand Mathilde’s version of Lotto.

By the end of Fates And Furies, we have seen both sides, maybe even all sides of Lotto and Mathilde. We’ve seen the man and the woman behind the man, borne witness to terrible truths brought forth for spite’s sake and watched a dark turn to furious vengeance when Mathilde (suddenly, but not at all uncharacteristically) goes full Lady MacBeth and scorches the very earth. We know their secrets. We know their fears. We know what they did behind closed doors (and ones just slightly ajar). And yet still we are left with one lingering question.

Whose tale do we believe?   

Fantastic book. A MUST read.

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Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) by Sylvia Day

Book Description:

Published: April 1, 2014

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

Review –
I was really disappointed with this installment of the Crossfire series because I thought that once Gideon and Eva were married things would settle down a bit-but instead everything in their lives seems to be causing more friction between them than ever before.
I didn’t know that there was a fifth book in the mix so I was quite upset (to say the least) when this book ended leaving a multitude of questions unanswered.
I have faith in the author that in the next book she will let them have their HEA and that things will also work out for Cary and Trey.
Can’t wait til the next book is released.
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Ruined (Decadence After Dark #3) by M. Never

Book Description:

Published: June 6, 2015

Kayne Roberts.
Kayne Rivers.
Kayne Stevens.

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He’s the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me…For all other men that is.

My life.
My love
My happiness.
All belong to him.
I belong to no one but him.

He owns me.
And I own him.

Review –

This is the final book in the series and ties up things nicely.

Kanye and Ellie have settled into married life and he quit  the black-ops organization ad went to work for Hawaii SWAT. With the help of Ellie and Jett Kanye deal with the fact that his mother died at the age of 21 while trying to re-gain custody of him. He and Ellie have a son, AJ with a baby girl on the way and Jett and London have three children. Kink is still there but in the background.

Great series.

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Claimed (Decadence After Dark #2) by M. Never

Book Description:

Published: March 6, 2015

With one look he consumed me.
With one touch he marked me.
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me.

“No matter where you go or who you’re with, you’ll always be mine.”

Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep her down. But things aren’t always as they seem.
Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she’s gone now, doesn’t mean she’ll be gone forever. She is his, and he won’t stop until he’s reclaimed her as his own.

Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised. 

Review –

This book takes up about a year after the end of the last one and we find Ellie in school and living in Hawaii and doing everything she always wanted to do plus she was seeing Michael, whom she met in one of the college classes. Still, Kanye is on her mind all the time and she can’t seem to get him out of her system.  The same goes for Kayne, except for the first three months all he did was get drunk and pick fights. If it hadn’t been for his friend, Jett, he might have ended up dead. He didn’t feel like he had anything to live for-Ellie was gone and as far as he knew, not ever coming back.

One day, Jett comes to visit Ellie and gives her an envelope from Kayne with plane tickets to Bora Bora. Kanye was reaching out to her with no expectations and Ellie decides to go. 

Once there and seeing each other for the first time was hard and awkward for both of them. Kanye  apologizes1500 times and tells Ellie that he loves her. Ellie loves him too but hasn’t said the words out loud to him but agrees to stay for the two weeks and see if they cn find a way back to each other.

Kanye is trying to be more “vanilla” in their sex  play so as not to scare Ellie away again but deep down Ellie wanted the old Kanye back and wants him to own her, in the bedroom at least.  So after several days and nights of wonderful sex she tells him and Kanye is relived to find she wants the kink back in her life. About this time, two drug lords come to Hawaii and the Endeavor data base is hacked, or so it seemed and Kanye, Ellie, Jett and London have to leave Bora Bora and fly back to Hawaii and stay safe in their fortress of a home. Ellie wants to end things with Michael face to face and leaves to meet him only to be kidnapped.  When she wakes up she finds herself with Michael, who in reality is the some of ElRey, one of the drugs killed in the previous black-ops operation and he wants Kanye to pay. He rapes Ellie and she gets away through a window and once Kanye and his men find her she is running but gets him with a bullet and is badly hurt. Kanye kills Michael and get Ellie to the hospital where she almost dies and is in a coma for three days, 

Once she’s able to leave the hospital she tells Kanye she loves him and he proposes and the epilogue is a year later and they get married. 

I loved the book and now will read the next one right away.

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