The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Book Description:

Published: December 30, 2019

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Stars: 4 1/2

New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher delivers a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless. A thriller you won’t be able to put down!

Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

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“Businessman Seth is married to three women. Well, he’s actually only legally married to the narrator, a Seattle nurse he only sees on Thursdays. She calls the other two Monday and Tuesday since she doesn’t know their names. They’re polygamists, but Seth has no interest in a sister wife situation, and he’s done a good job so far in keeping the three lives he leads, and the women he leads them with, separate. Until now. In fact, his Thursday wife is getting downright restless. She’s tired of living only for Thursdays and is still haunted by the loss of a child. Though she truly believes she loves Seth, she frequently wonders how she lost herself so completely in such an unsatisfying and unbalanced marriage. When she finds a slip of paper with the name Hannah, who she believes is another of Seth’s wives (the pregnant one, in fact), a whole new world of snooping opens up to her. She even goes so far as to set up a meeting with Hannah—without revealing her true identity, of course—and is alarmed to see that Hannah is hiding some bruises that look an awful lot like finger marks. What she subsequently discovers leads her down a rabbit hole of startling revelations, and the narrative takes a sharp left turn that would be shocking if most genre readers hadn’t already seen similar twists before. It’s all a bit over the top, but Fisher is a slick writer who keeps a tight rein on her lightning-fast plot, and the lengths that her feisty narrator goes to in order to reclaim her life make for salaciously satisfying reading.

Derivative and shamelessly manipulative but still a lot of fun. Fisher is a writer to watch.” Kirkus Reviews

If the ending were different and not so predictable, I would have rated it 5 stars, but a great read all the same.

 

Angry God (All Saints High #3) by L.J. Shen

Book Description:

Published: February 15, 2020

Format: Audio/Audible

Stars:5

From #1 Amazon Bestseller L.J. Shen comes a new, emotional standalone about first love, second chances, and overcoming breathtaking losses at a young age.

Vaughn Spencer.
They call him an angry god.
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.

A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.
They say this place is haunted, and it is.
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.

Review-

I am a firm believer that this book needs to be gone into completely blind. Vaughn’s story is not an easy one he was always special, and this book proves why. I have never anticipated a story to the extent that I have this one and I was completely blown away by the flawless execution and delicacy with which the author handled his book. Interlacing his storyline with her uniquely LJ sense of humor that lightens up the darkest of situations and puts a smile on your face, brings this story to the next level for me. 

Leonora’s character was unlike any heroine that I’ve seen. She had this fire inside her that burned bright and fierce. Her flames and talent danced with Vaughn’s with such intricacy and emotion you could feel it burn from the pages and light your soul on fire. You think Vaughn is ice, but he is anything but, Vaughn is fire feeling everything and burning from the inside. These two couldn’t have been more perfect together and watching as they evolved into what they ultimately became was like watching two shooting stars collide and become one; singularly unique but together something more beautiful and charged with another level of intensity.

LJ Shen continues to grow and expand as an author, with every new story that she creates being better than the last. She has this unique way with words, drowning you in them as if they are poison soaking into your blood and becoming forever a part of you, ultimately seeping into what is your very essence. Every time I pick up one of her books, I’m immediately carried into that story utterly and completely. Nothing else matters but finishing that book and finding out what happens, that story becomes your nourishment until you are done. 

Like every single book in this series, Shen tackles major issues, topics, themes, and she did it with integrity and respect to the content. There are triggers in this book, for sure, but I am believer that literature (and romance is) should be a reflection of issues that we experience and plague the world, and sadly the issues in Angry God are rampant still today. Addressing these issues makes us more empathetic, more aware, more humane. Vaughn and Lenora’s story absolutely does that. The pain they suffer, the antagonism of a young romance as they stumble through their feelings, and the final HEA shows reader so many things – that light can bloom in the darkest of places, that love can shatter darkness and heal wounds, and that real family, blood or not, will love all your broken pieces and hold you together when you fall apart.

L.J. Shen started this journey with Vicious and it ends with his son, Vaughn, the 8th and final book (as of now) in the Todos Santos world. This series has brought us full circle. These characters and this world has taught me so much. I’ve grown, laughed, loved with this fictional people, and that is the power of a phenomenal romance.

Vaughn’s story tore me to shreds, each page was a slice to my very soul until I was left completely ruined by this book. Then slowly and with delicacy that only the author possesses she puts you back together mending you with parts of this story permanently imbedded. I could not have asked for a more perfect ending to my time here in Todos Santos, these character’s will forever be a part of me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

I guess you can tell that I loved this book!!!!!

 

The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

Book Description:

Published: September 25, 2015

Format: Audio/Audible

I was warned about Tristan Cole.

“Stay away from him,” people said.
“He’s cruel.”
“He’s cold.”
“He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.

But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.

Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

Review –

The Air He Breathes had all the makings of a rich, romantic and beautifully told  “second chance at love “story between two wretchedly broken characters seeking solace with, and in each other following the loss of their loved ones.

The slow to smolder relationship was superbly and sensitively handled by the author,Brittainy C Cherry, the romance was emotional and yet encompassed a swoon factor that took my breath away.

The slow burn relationship was superbly and sensitively handled by Brittainy C Cherry, the romance was emotional and yet encompassed a swoon factor that took our breath away. She also showed us that the previous relationships were just as important as the new one.

The sex scenes are HOT  but low-key so I place this book in the “soft smut” category, meaning they are there for a purpose and not just to take up space.

It’s a sad but beautiful love story with a shocking event near the end and I gave it five stars!

 

 

Lawless (King #3) by T.M. Frazier

This is Henry, the bane of my existence and he isn’t feeling his best and has totally taken over my chair, so here I sit at my desk so I might as well work on a post.

Book Description:

Published: December 8, 2015

Format: Audio/Audible

Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It’s a lie they almost believe…It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.

Review –

 

Lawless is raw, dark, and hot. When some books claim to have a “bad boy”, they are just wrong. TM Frazier shows you a legitimate bad guy. Bear is a criminal who has murdered several people, does drugs, and is generally everything that is really bad. He is not just a cocky bastard who hooks up with girls (he does that too) and claims to be a bad guy. So, anyone who claims a book has a “bad boy” needs to use the King/Bear test. If he is not as bad or worse as these guys, he is not a bad boy.

Now having said that, let me talk about the story in Lawless. First, you do have to read King and Tyrant first. Honestly, if you haven’t read those, stop reading this review and go read them. The plot picks up right from page one and it does NOT stop. I wasn’t sure I would really like Bear. I don’t know why, but I was hesitant to even start the book, especially  because of what the author did in Book One, King.

Once I did start reading, I fell in love with Thia. She is so well written!  She and Bear met when she was ten years old and one of his friends tried to rob the convenience  store she was minding. Bear gave her his skull ring and told her if she ever needed help to come look for him.  Well, she needs help in a BIG way and goes off

to the MC club to find him, only he isn’t there because he has left the Beach Bastards. His father and President of the club, Chop, beats her up and almost rapes her but Gus rescues her and takes her to King’s.I worried that this would end up being another story that just followed the same plot as King and Doe. Thankfully, I was wrong. While this is still about bad men and girls desperate for help, the plots are unique. You are left with a major cliffhanger so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Five stars!!!!!! 

And, Oh My God, that cover!!!!!!

Then She Was Gone By Lisa Jewell

Book Description:

Published: April 18, 2018

Format: Audio/OverDrive

THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s
golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie
disappeared, but Laurel has never given up
hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.
Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine-year old daughter.
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?
Who still has secrets to hide?

Review –

“Laurel Mack’s life stopped in many ways the day her fifteen year-old daughter, Ellie, left the house to study at the library and never returned.

She drifted away from her other two children, Hanna and Jake, and eventually she and her husband, Paul, divorced.

Ten years later, Ellie’s remains and her backpack are found, though the police are unable to determine the reasons for her disappearance and death. After Ellie’s funeral, Laurel begins a relationship with Floyd, a man she meets in a cafe. She’s disarmed by Floyd’s charm, but when she meets his young daughter, Poppy, Laurel is startled by her resemblance to Ellie.

As the novel progresses, Laurel becomes increasingly determined to learn what happened to Ellie, especially after discovering an odd connection between Poppy’s mother and her daughter even as her relationship with Floyd is becoming more serious.

 The book is split into three sections, including a first one which alternates chapters between the time of Ellie’s disappearance and the present and a second section that begins as Laurel and Floyd meet. Both of these sections primarily focus on Laurel. In the third section, Jewell alternates narrators and moments in time: The narrator switches to alternating first-person points of view (told by Poppy’s mother and Floyd) interspersed with third-person narration of Ellie’s experiences and Laurel’s discoveries in the present. All of these devices serve to build palpable tension, but the structure also contributes to how deeply disturbing the story becomes.” Kirkus Reviews

You will not believe the ending!!!

The book is dark and unsettling but so good.  Five stars!

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Book Description:

Published: September 26, 2017

Format: Audio/Audible

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.

When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

Review –

I don’t know if Mr. Coben plans to make Napoleon “Nap” Dumas into a series but I sure have my fingers crossed.

He’s a well-adjusted (well, sometimes) police detective whose twin brother, Leo, died when he was 18 years old along with his high school girlfriend, Diana. During most of the book he talks to Leo but by the end has decided that fifteen years is long enough to keep up this practice.

He finds out that members of a “conspiracy club”, of which he was not a member, are being murdered and sets out to find the killer and discover the reason behind the deaths. His brother was a member but Diana, Leo’s girlfriend, was not. Do the current murders have to do with the “club” or to a”secret” missile base not far from town.

Nap discovers many dark  secrets along the way to finding the killer of the club members AND his brother and it is a shocker.

Loved this book and highly recommend it.   Five stars!

Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

Book Description:

Published: February 23, 2016

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in  Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets

Review –

Joe Goldberg is a man you definitely don’t want to add to your list of friends because he may decide he wants to kill you.

In this, the second in the YOU series, Joe has met Amy and fallen head over heals for her and he thinks she feels the same way until one day wakes up and discovers that she has left him and stolen first editions from a book store he runs. She goes to Hollywood to become an actress and Joe, obsessed as ever, follows her with a plan to kill her.

Once there he realizes it will be harder to find Amy than he though so while living his new life in California he meets and “falls in love” with Love, the daughter of a wealthy grocery store chain owning family. He determines that he wants to seriously spend the rest of his life with love and eliminates anyone who gets in his way and hides the bodies, hopefully where they won’t be found. BUT, will Joe be able to elude the authorities and stay a free man or will he trip up and get caught?

You’ll have to read the book to find out.  It is dark and funny at the same time and I can’t wait for the next installment because surely there will be a #3, right, Ms. Kepnes??????

Fantastic read!

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The Chronicles of Katrina 1-4 by Karin Tabke

Book Description:

Published: March 18, 2014

THE DARE

Dr. Katrina Winslow has always known who she is: an elite scientist, a certifiable genius and ultra-reserved when it comes to love and relationships. So when a simple game of truth or dare offers the cool doctor the opportunity to shed her lab coat and glasses and put on a pair of sexy stilettos, she accepts the dare. But will shedding her inhibitions fulfill her every desire and help her discover if she can be truly daring or will it cost her everything?

Two men, one a sexy stranger, and a night of no holds barred passion.

DOUBLE DARE

Since The Dare that changed her life, Dr. Katrina Winslow has hooked up, broken up, hooked up again, and run like hell, but her drama’s just getting started. Not only does she lose her job, but unpredictable and sexy-as-hell cop Simon insists they have fantasies left to explore.

Simon’s a man who gets what he wants and he’s got Katy in his green-eyed crosshairs. Though Katy runs from him, she’s never further away than his fingertips, something he proves when he sexts her a provocative double dare.

Will the prim and proper scientist resist the sexy cop’s thrilling texts? Or will she allow Simon to strip her bare and guide her closer and closer to what she truly desires?

THE TRUTH

Since meeting the enigmatic Simon, Katrina Winslow’s life has been one roller coaster ride after another. Deep down, she’s certain the man who rocks her world in bed just might be the one to save her career and earn her love. But with not just one but two women pulling him away, Kat fears the man with all the answers will never give her the most important one–that he’s hers and hers alone.

Despite the secrets he must keep, Simon’s determined to help Katrina fight her battles and keep her close. She’s the most important woman to him, but she’s not the only one in his life. He’s already given his Cinderella

back her shoes; will he lose her heart when he tells her the truth?

THE CONSEQUENCE

They have been dared and doubled-dared, and they’ve flirted with the truth, but as Kat and Simon tumble deeper into their sexual odyssey, their love for one another blooms magnificent and fierce. Soon their love is threatened but Kat’s certain nothing can tear them apart. Then duty calls and Simon’s betrayal is revealed.

Will Kat run again or will she finally stand and fight for her man?

Review –
Simon West is an undercover law enforcement officer out to get a bad guy for international espionage when he bumps into Dr. Winslow  outside of an elevator and later that night accepts  her dare to be the third in an MMF menage.  She has no idea that Simon knows all about her and that her current boyfriend is the bad guy he’s after. After the explicit sex scenes, which are  totally relevant and act as the catalyst for the story that follows, he is asked to leave and Katrina finds out her boyfriend is a married man and has been using for to get at her research.
She is fired from her job and an arrest warrant issued because she has been set up by the douche bag ex-boyfriend.
Simon does what he can to help her and can’t seem to keep his hands off of her. 
Against his better judgment, Simon pursues Katrina. Relentlessly. All the while knowing he has no business falling for her or doing everything in his power to make her fall for him. There are too many secrets he can’t reveal. If she finds out the half of what he’s done or what he’s up to now it will not only devastate her, it just may get her killed.
Eventually. she does find out and it’s not pretty but later she agrees to wear a wire and get the bad guy to confess and it all works out for everyone, except of course, the bad guy.
Simon is a strong sexual male with knock them dead green eyes and his chemistry with Katrina is epic. I expected the pages to combust at any time.
It was a great read with a great story line and hot hot hot sex!
This is the first time I have read anything by Karin Tabke, but it won’t be the last.
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Killer Instinct (Killer #1) by S. E. Green

Book Description:

Published: May 6, 2014

She s not evil, but she has certain urges.”

Lane is a typical teenager loving family, good grades, afterschool job at the local animal hospital, martial arts enthusiast but her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.

And then a young preschool teacher goes missing only to return in parts.

When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for the Decapitator, the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer s identity before she or someone she loves becomes the next victim.

Review –

When I started listening to this book I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it was a bit slow in the beginning, but that didn’t last long. 

To me, Lane walks through life “zombie-like”, not really feeling anything and on top of that she is obsessed with serial killers. She even plants a nanny cam in her mom’s office,(her mom is the FBI’s lead investigator in the Decapitator’s case) and Lane wants to know all the details. When the killer starts to communicate with her and threaten her family the stakes go up.  Lane is determined to find him and killer him herself.

Lane is infatuated with a veterinarian who is 8 years older than she and comes to actually have feelings for his brother,Daniel/Zach, the more she gets to know him. He plans an important part in the end in the huge twist at the end of the story.  I was totally blown away. The author surprised my completely.(I love it when that happens)

I can’t wait to find the next in the series.

Five stars *****

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Bound to You (Millionaire’s Row #2) by Vanessa Booke

Book Description:

Published: June 5, 2014

Rebecca finally starts with her six months trial as the personal assistant for the notorious playboy Nicholas StoneHaven. This book starts from where Bound to You  Volume 1 ends. Rebecca is now working with Nicholas on a daily basis and it’s harder that she thought. He’s the last man on earth that she’d find herself pinning for. And Nicholas isn’t going to make it easy for her. At first he  gives her all sorts of petty jobs to do for him, like picking up his dry cleaning and getting him a coffee at a far away coffee shop, so she would give up and quit.

Nicholas is forced to become engaged to Alison against his best judgement, and start planning the wedding. But his father is insisting because it will be good for business. He gives Nicholas a choice -marry her or lose everything.

But can Nick resist his own personal assistant, Rebecca?

Review –

The answer, simply, is NO! 

No matter how Nicholas tries to avoid Rebecca or push her away, he finds himself drawn to her. Rebecca is having the same dilemma  and she knows that hooking up with the owner’s son could cost her job, but they always seem to end up together

They attend a charity function together and end up out on a balcony, even though it’s freezing outside,(neither noticed) and have hot steamy sex. Another time they have hotter sex in his office on a work day and she has to hide under his desk to keep from being discovered when he father walks in.

She tries dating someone from work but her heart isn’t it. 

At a club, Nicholas’s best friend kisses Rebecca hotly knowing that Nicholas is watching to provoke him into admitting that he has serious feelings for her. Nicholas becomes livid and punches Tristan in the face. By this time Rebecca just wants to get out of there, so she goes out into the rain and Nicholas comes after her, hails a cab, and takes her to her apartment. Once there he kisses her goodnight at the front entrance and leaves. While Rebecca is making her way to her apartment she hears a familiar voice and turns to see the one person she never thought she’d see again. MILE STORM!   End.

I Love this series because as HOT as it is the author adds humor to the mix and makes the characters real, not just words on a page.

I’ve read the next book and will report on it soon.

 

 

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