Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings #3) by J.R. Ward

Book Description:

Published: August 1, 2017

Format: Audio/OverDrive

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

Review –

This was the last book I finished in 2017 but I wanted to review it so here goes.

In this, the last in The Bourbon Kings series, many things happen. Edward Bradford Baldwine, eldest of the Bradford family, awaits arraignment in Washington County Jail for the murder of his father, William. He’s losing any hope of pairing up with Sutton Smythe, the love of his life. Chantal Baldwine is plotting to leverage her pregnancy—by William—into a heftier settlement in her divorce from William’s son Jonathan Tulane. And the entire Bradford clan is grieving, less over William’s death than the loss of the millions that he embezzled.

Easterly, The Baldwine mansion and compound build high on a hill, could be lost because of the huge debt owed to many creditors and banks because of the greed of William.

We learn the true killer of William, Chantal loses her baby will Lizzie becomes pregnant , Gen tells Samuel T. that he is Amelia’s father and also tells her daughter about her father (this causes one heart moment) Edward is not a true Baldwine and we find out who his father is and he and Sutton have their hea. To sum it all up – the author successfully ties every thread of romance-tinged Kentucky drama into several sparkly bows. 

The Bourbon Kings is a fantastic series that I highly recommend.

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Redemption Road by John Hart

Book Description:

Published: May 3, 2016

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Imagine:

A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long?

And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened…

This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy.

After five years, John Hart returns with Redemption Road, his most powerful story yet.

Review –

This book is set in a  small city in North Carolina. The protagonist is police detective Elizabeth Black, who has been put on suspension because she appears to have used excessive force — 18 bullets — in killing two men in the basement where they were raping and torturing an 18-year-old girl. “Hero Cop or Angel of Death?” a newspaper headline asks.

Adrian Wall, a fellow officer whom she once idolized but who was convicted of murdering a woman in a ritualized way,  finishes serving his time and arrives back in town, and the killer strikes again. Besides sexual chemistry, Liz and Adrian share a reluctance to tell the truth about the incidents that have brought them under suspicion, and their motives for silence are the same: protecting someone else.

Liz’s campaign to clear Adrian is hampered by her suspension and her sizable shoulder chip. She has alienated her father, a rigid-minded minister, most of her fellow officers, and the brutal warden of the prison in which Adrian was confined. On the other hand, she has lavished motherly affection on 14-year-old Gideon, the vengeance-seeking son of the woman whom Adrian was convicted of killing, and Channing, the girl whose rape occasioned all those gunshots. 

This story is so convoluted and gets more so deeper into the plot we go. There is buried treasure, we find out who the serial killer is and the warden and his henchmen get there just due. BUT…Beckett, Liz’s partner of four years is paralyzed from a gut shot given by the warden, and exited his back, Gideon is left behind because he also needs urgent medical care at the end and Liz, Adrian and Channing one on the run.  BUT… there is an hea but you’ll have to read or listen to this book yourself to find out what it is.

Fantastic book!

Five stars!!

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Book Description:

Published: July 19, 2016

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

Review –

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The author, Ruth Ware, whose debut novel, In a Dark Dark Wood, I read in August 2015, is a sophisticated writer who understands how to manipulate truth and timing to provoke the reader’s reactions.

 The Woman in Cabin 10 is good: it’s creepy, it’s frustrating, and it’s interesting. It brings elements of our current fixations into the realm of the thriller/mystery in the best possible way.

It is the perfect classic “paranoid woman” story with a modern twist in this tense, claustrophobic mystery.

I had the audio version and the narrator did a great job with the voices and the personalities of the characters and kept me on the edge of my seat.  I only rated the book four stars because I found the ending unsatisfying, and to find out what I mean you’ll have to read or listen to it yourself.

I highly recommend it!

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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.

Review –

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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Second Honeymoon(Honeymoon #2) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Book Description:

Published: June 24, 2013

A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach…for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon’s over.
A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite–and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it’s anyone’s guess which happy couple is next on the list.

FBI Agent John O’Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common.

As wedding hysteria rises to a frightening new level, John and Sarah work ever more closely together in a frantic attempt to decipher the logic behind two rampages. SECOND HONEYMOON is James Patterson’s most mesmerizing, most exciting, and most surprising thriller ever.

Review –

This story dealt with two murder cases, one psycho was killing newly wed couples and the other was killed men all names John O’Hara.

Of course, one of the protagonists in the story is named John O’Hara and we do find out that HE is the one the killer is after but he’s killing others working his way to him. 

The honeymoon killer turns out to be someone not suspected in the least which made for a good twist.

This is a very enjoyable read with lots of action, angst and drama, oh yes, and a bit of romance too.

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Speaking In Bones (Temperance Brennan #18) by Kathy Reichs

Book Description:

Published: July 21, 2015

For every case Temperance Brennan has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solving cases.

One day, Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing persons report on an eighteen-year-old named Cora Teague. Since the bones in her lab do seem to match Cora’s medical records, Tempe looks into the case, returning to the spot where the bones were originally found. What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby.

When she then learns that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon with significance for a local cult, Tempe’s suspicious turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory thrown into question when Hazel herself turns up dead.

Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-changing  proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further.

Review –

Although I enjoyed the book, I was expecting better.

I thought Ryan’s proposal would have more importance in the story than it did. I know Tempe loves him and yes, he has hurt her more than once, but I still believe she wants a life with him. Maybe marriage is not the answer, right now, and that’s exactly what happens at the end of the book. Tempe and Ryan are looking at condos in Quebec and moving in together at Tempe’s suggestion. To see how it goes. I think she’s afraid of giving up her independence by marrying  or even moving in with him. She’s not happy about having to sell her condo and I think in future books we’ll find her content to continue status quo.

The hunt for the identity of the bones in the story was good and with the several twists turns made for enjoyable reading, but it wasn’t the kind that you couldn’t put down and sometimes was a bit on the dry side.

But I’m glad I read/listened to it and look forward to the next one.

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Emissary by Jonathan Davison

Book Description

May 4, 2012
When Dr Trehearn Culver is awoken from cryogenic stasis only to find the rest of his colleagues have mysteriously died, he becomes the sole survivor aboard the ‘Emissary’, a vast star ship on a mission to colonise a far off planet. Battling his solitude and compelled to carry on his mission to appease his only companion, Adraste, the ship’s ‘thinking computer’, Trehearn travels down a road of scientific research and ethically questionable experimentation.
Believing himself to be the only hope of rekindling his species that have reduced themselves to near destruction, Trehearn’s genial aptitude and tireless efforts look to have achieved the impossible, but then even the best laid plans can be doomed for failure.

Review –
I enjoyed the first half of this story the most and didn’t see the twist coming so that made it even better. This is a first-rate piece of Science Fiction and shows the relationship between humans and a thinking computer.  Well worth the read,
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Hide and Seek by P.S. Brown

Book Description

 January 1, 2014

An Amazon #1 Psychological Thriller Best Seller

An unforeseen school reunion sparked by the death of a childhood friend quickly turns into a living nightmare for Peter Stevenson.

Waking the day after, he finds his friends missing, his possessions gone, and himself placed at the centre of a twisted game of hide and seek.

As the cruel challenge against the clock unfolds, Peter is forced to relive his past in order to find and save his friends.

Peter also has to come to terms with the fact that one of his friends could be the mastermind behind the sinister game.

Review-
This is a great “who-done-it”  and a super twist at the end.  It is action packed and fast paced and a real page turner. If you’re looking for something a bit creepy and twisted this is one for you.
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