Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: What Doesn't Kill You (DI Fenchurch #3) by Ed James


Print Length: 398 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 20, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: The body of a young City lawyer is discovered on an East London building site, assaulted and brutally murdered. Initial enquiries lead DI Simon Fenchurch to a driver employed by Travis, a controversial new app-based cab company. Within days another woman—a Travis driver—is found murdered.

As the body count goes up, DI Fenchurch and his colleagues on the East London Major Investigation Team delve into the crimes and unveil a murky conspiracy that some will do anything to keep hidden.

When familiar faces begin to emerge from the shadows, Fenchurch realises this case is more personal than he’d thought. Could he finally be on the brink of solving the mystery that has dogged him for over a decade: who abducted his daughter, Chloe—and where is she now?


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

There was just so much going on in this story that I often found it a bit hard to follow. Unfortunately, I can't attribute that to this being the third in an established series, but more to the fact that there are so many characters that it becomes hard to keep them straight after awhile. There is also the blatant disregard for procedure DI Fenchurch often engages in (such as brutality in some cases), that would never be allowed to stand. 

I am sure that this book brought a sense of closure to the longtime fans of this series as you do get to discover what finally happened to Simon's daughter Chloe. 

Overall, I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy a strongly written thriller novel. I would read more from this author! 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                  What Doesn't Kill You is available from Amazon.com

Monday, April 17, 2017

To Tame a Highland Earl by Tarah Scott


Print Length: 307 pages
Publisher: Broken Arm Publishing (June 6, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him. 

Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him.

No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber...but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.

Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
This book started off so strongly that it pains me to give it three stars, but in the end it was just too all over the place and repetitive to earn any higher.

To start off on the positive, I absolutely adored Eve. She was head-strong and completely knew her own mind. I loved how she slept with a gun under her pillow and was not only willing, but able to use it. Such strong female characters are rare. I also enjoyed watching her and Rushton go from enemies, to tentative friends to something more. 

Unfortunately, that is where my enjoyment of this story ended. Eve's sister Grace was a right pain in the bum. She was conniving, and a liar, and generally her personality of "I WANT HIM HE IS MINE" grated on my nerves to no end. Even after he told her (and Eve) that he would not marry her, Grace persisted down that path. It was tiring. 

Then there was all the kidnapping, and other underhanded story-lines that just started to run amok. It made it hard to pay attention to what was really going on in the story, and lead to me wanting to skip passages just to find out how it was going to end. 

Overall, this story may still appeal to readers who like historical romances, and I would give this author another chance.  
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                             To Tame a Highland Earl is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley


Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: WebMotion (April 11, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Disguised as a country miss, Charlotte Devon flees London, desperate to leave her tattered reputation behind. In Scotland, her estranged father’s noble blood will finally make her a respectable debutante. Except she finds herself accidentally wed to a devil-may-care rogue with a sinful smile. He’s the last thing she needs…and everything her traitorous heart desires.

Charming rake Anthony Fairfax is on holiday to seek his fortune…and escape his creditors. When an irresistible Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance—and a slight mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn—the tables have finally turned in his favor. But when past demons catch up to them, holding on to new love will mean destroying their dreams forever.

The single title 2017 release is an expanded "Author Edition" of the story that first appeared in the Scandal's Daughters anthology
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

These two characters were an absolute joy to get to know! They were both equally well-rounded and well- developed characters that made the story more enjoyable. I enjoyed the circumstances surrounding their marriage, and the way they found a way to forge a friendship despite their odds. 

Even the secondary characters added something to the overall enjoyment of the story, from the way Charlotte's mother interacted with them, to the way Anthony's family was wiling to sell everything left in their possession to help him spoke a lot about loyalty and the bonds of family. I also enjoyed the unorthodox ways that Charlotte and Anthony were able to find employment. 

With witty banter between the characters, and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to forge a lasting love, this story will definitely appeal to those who enjoy a well written historical romance novel. I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                  Lord of Chance is available from Amazon.com


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Dark Trade (DI Greco #3) by Helen H. Durrant


Print Length: 211 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (March 9, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: A teenage boy is found murdered. He has been stabbed through the heart by a professional killer. 

Detective Stephen Greco and his new team discover that the boy is an illegal immigrant. Then another youth from the same background is killed. The murder leads DCI Greco on a trail of people smuggling and exploitation.

DCI Greco must quickly get his new team to gel, but he is still recovering from a terrible personal tragedy, and his relationship with DS Grace Harper threatens to turn very unprofessional.

And why is arch-villain and drugs baron Vinny Costello involved? And what is the connection to a private clinic specialising in plastic surgery?

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Another wonderfully gripping and compelling story from Helen Durrant! This was one of those stories that I could not put down, I had to see who was behind it all and what their motivations were. It was also nice to see DCI Greco after the loss of his wife and see how he was coping with things. 

As to be expected with a novel in this series, the story flows well, weaving together a complex tale with interesting characters and crossovers. You find yourself playing the role of DCI - who did it and why? There is such a depth to these stories and characters that they feel very real to the reader, a gift of the author's to be sure. 

I also enjoyed the evolution of DCI Greco's relationship with Grace, even if I did feel it was a bit out of character for  him. It made for a deeper level of humanity for these characters, and I can't wait to see where they go from here! 

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who enjoy a strongly written thriller novel. I would read more from this author! 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                  Dark Trade is available from Amazon.com


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: Only a Mistress Will Do (House of Pleasure) by Jenna Jaxon


Print Length:
Publisher: Lyrical Press (April 4, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: The man of her dreams . . . belongs to another woman. 

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This story grabbed my attention from the first few pages, and kept me riveted enough to stay up late to finish reading it. There was a depth to these characters that I enjoyed immensely, and the circumstances that led Violet to her position was nothing less than heartbreaking. I adored the interactions between Tristian and Violet, and I must admit to rooting for them throughout the novel. 

I also have to say that I really enjoyed Dora as a secondary character, and I really hope we get to experience her finding her own happily-ever-after at some point. She was a strong character that possessed a certain "something" that showed through despite her own circumstances. I'm not sure many young women of that time would have done what she did. 

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who enjoy a well written historical romance. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                         Only a Mistress Will Do 
is available from Amazon.com

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: Foolish Bride (Forever Brides #2) by A.S. Fenichel


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Publisher: Lyrical Press (March 28, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?

Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancĂ©, will tell her why.

Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate choice: Spare Elinor a life with a broken man or risk everything to win her heart—until death do they part?


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Although this is part two in a series, you do not need to have read the first in order for this story to make sense. You will not feel as though you are missing anything by not reading it, and if you have read the first, you will be happy to see Daniel and Sophia make an appearance in this story. 

I really enjoyed Michael and Elinor's story. It is rare to have a love story that is not only a love match, but where the couple manages to find their way back to each other despite some pretty big obstacles. I felt the author approached this story in a very realistic way as well, as much as Elinor loves Michael, she holds him at arm's length, making him prove to her that his intentions are honorable and she makes him earn her trust back instead of rushing headlong back into his arms. 

The added aspect of the "masquerading Duke" as I have dubbed him, added another layer to this story that I had not expected. Like Michael, when the character was originally introduced and his claims made, I never thought he would stoop to the levels that he did, much less that the overall story would take the twists and turns that it did. 

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who enjoy a well written historical romance. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                               Foolish Bride 
is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: The Night Mark Tiffany Reisz


Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (January 31, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.


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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Tiffany Reisz is an amazingly gifted author, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to have it. Thus far, I have eagerly devoured all that she has written, but I have to say hands down this is my favorite story of hers thus far. 

"Whoever first said it was better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all had neither loved nor ever lost."

There is no better way to sum up this tragically brilliant story than by using my favorite line from the story itself. Faye and Carrick were both deeply complex characters who both suffered more than anyone probably should have, so it was easy to fall in love with them, and want them to find a way to have a happily ever after despite the fact that they lived ninety-four years apart. 

However, this story for me, was less about suspending reality and more about grief, and how it can become like a wave, endlessly crashing down upon a person dragging them farther away each time. Faye definitely represented this, and I think there will be a lot of readers who will be able to identify with her in one way or another. Hopefully this story will allow anyone dealing with their own grief to find the peace and hope that Faye finds. 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to those who well written and thought provoking stories about true love overcoming even the most insurmountable obstacles. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 The Night Mark 
is available from Amazon.com