Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Two Truths and a Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff

Two Truths and a Lie (PRG Investigations, #1)Two Truths and a Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Elan Reed has been on the run, she is on the run from something that is a threat to her.
She is unable to stay in one place for long, what's following her always comes close....
so she has to move on...and fast.

One day, Elan is all done with running, she realizes she cannot run forever, she's not been home for years.

She hires a Private Investigator. Trouble is, her case gets passed to the owners son, and he has trust issues with her Father, so he thinks its a set up, and doesn't trust Elan or her story.

Eventually he starts to dig into her past, and he can see that she is in terrible danger, he puts aside his trust issues to help her.

This was a very realistic read, Jason was one HOT guy and there were steamy scenes in here to make your hair curl and then some.

I would say this is a romance/suspense and very well written.

I was part of a blog tour and offered to read and review this, I am glad that I did, I don't accept many books from blog tours, just help out, but this one did take my attention, and now I know why.


One year ago, I became a missing person. I left everything behind—family, friends, school. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My only option, really, until I realized running from a police officer isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

It’s been exactly three-hundred and sixty-five days since I left home, but I’m finally ready to take the step I should have taken a year ago. I’m done hiding. I’m done running. I’m going to take my life back.

It was supposed to be easy. A meeting with Jason Pierce, a private investigator, was set up for me. All I had to do was go to him, let him do his thing, and then I could go home, or so I thought.

That is, until I met Jason and things got … complicated.








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The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

The Doll Maker (Byrne and Balzano)The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Here we meet the detective duo’s Byrne and Balzano again in this book. The previous books were chilling I thought, but this one, boy, oh boy. This one entered my dreams.


You don't have to read the others in the series to appreciate this one, this can be read as a stand alone.

We take a look at serial killers in this book, killers of children. But....when these children are found, so is a doll in the replica of them!!! oh boy was this so chilling, so chilling I am sure my blood was not just running cold but freezing.

Although the ending could be predicted, I can't say it spoiled the excitement for me.


Children + killers are a sore subject to read about and I wasn't sure if I could stomach it.

I did though, its cleverly written, however, its so cleverly written that if you have a vivid imagination like mine.....you see it all in technicolor!!!

Super thriller

My thanks go to Mulholland Books via Net Galley for my copy to read and review


Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children.
A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week's time.
Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in an abandoned house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invitation. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano: a delicate porcelain doll.
It's a message. And a threat. With the killers at large, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven more days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from the streets.
 





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As Night Falls: A Novel by Jenny Milchman

As Night Falls: A NovelAs Night Falls: A Novel by Jenny Milchman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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When I requested this thriller to read I didn't know what I had started reading. This is one superb book. I would so highly recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers that keep them on the edge of things and wondering what is what and who is who and what is going to happen.


We have these 2 guys ready to break free when out on when out one day and make a run for it ......>
They have both been in prison for many years. We see through their eyes how life has changed whilst they've been locked up inside.

Then we have Sandy, who lives in a secluded place with her husband and teenage daughter, plus their aging and loyal dog.

Sandy's husband and family mean everything to her.

Both parties are thrown together in the highly intense read.


There is a part in this book that the author handles so well, the Mother of one of the grown men. We are taken back in time when he was little, and how his Mother was with him, which then begs the question, are criminals made or breed? It really is food for thought.


I was so taken with their ailing dog, he was going to do anything to protect his family. That was a tearful situation for me, I love animals, and dogs are so loyal aren't they?

Jenny Milchman. She will remain on my list of regular authors as if this book is anything to go by, I am going to read and enjoy any subsequent books from her.


WOW intense
WOW edge of your seat
WOW thrilling
WOW you are unaware of life around you, because life is lived whilst your reading this story.


From the acclaimed author of Ruin Falls and Cover of Snowcomes a breathless new novel of psychological suspense about a dark, twisted turn of events that could shatter a family—a read perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an escaped murderer with the power to take it all away draws close.
 
In her isolated home in the shadowy woods, Sandy prepares dinner after a fight with her daughter, Ivy. Upstairs, the fifteen-year-old—smart, brave, and with every reason to be angry tonight—keeps her distance from her mother. Sandy’s husband, Ben, a wilderness guide, arrives late to find a home simmering with unease.
 
Nearby, two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light, bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses. After almost twenty years as prison cellmates, they have become a deadly team: Harlan the muscle, Nick the mind and will. As they approach a secluded house and look through its windows to see a cozy domestic scene, Nick knows that here he will find what he’s looking for . . . before he disappears forever.
 
Opening the door to the Tremont home, Nick brings not only a legacy of terror but a secret that threatens to drag Sandy with him into the darkness.





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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci

Confessions of an Imperfect CaregiverConfessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I was so glad to be involved in the book tour for this. Its very close to my heart as I too am a caregiver.

It was lovely to read a first hand honest account of a caregivers feelings at times. Because the care support class I used to go to, everyone said how 'rewarding' it is to be a carer. They talked about the good happy times.

Yes, it is rewarding, caring for a loved one, but its exhausting too!
It takes away time, it takes away decisions, it takes away your independence.


I too feel like screaming at times "What about me"

There were funny things written within this book that made me laugh.

This is not a 'woe is me' book, its an honest open account


Bobbi Carducci's life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law 's odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself-while he tried to convince everyone that he didn't need her and that she was crazy. "Brutally honest and written from the heart, Carducci's intimate chronicle of caring for her father-in-law is a poignant story of strength, compassion, and humor that will linger with you long after you read the last page. Highly recommended for anyone caring for an elderly parent." Jan Neuharth, author of the Hunt Country Suspense novels "Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, perfectly encapsulates the human experience, not just the caregiver's. When we live in a world of worry, stress and self-doubt, where do we find the strength to go on? Bobbi's retelling of her caregiving years unfolds in a beautiful answer to the questions posed by sickness, health, care, and loss." Alexandra Axel, Media Director, The Caregiver Space Bobbi is an award winning author and multi published short story writer. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, in print and online. Bobbi's website and blog can be found atwww.bobbicarducci.com and theimperfectcaregiver.com. Bobbi also blogs monthly for TheCaregiverSpace.org and AgingCare.com




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Monday, 27 April 2015

Barbara's Plea by Stacy Eaton

Barbara's PleaBarbara's Plea by Stacy Eaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I was honored to read this one from Net Galley from Nitewolf Novels
Recently I entered a contest and won 2 more of this authors books.

After reading this one BARBARA'S PLEA I am REALLY looking forward to reading the other two I chose.


The opening of this book was where I met a man named Grey. In the opening chapters he was in full time employment, within minutes he was laid off and no hope of work. He has just about been paying his rent but his bills are piling up.

Sitting on a park bench thinking of his life, the other side is an older women. They get chatting.


I'm not going to spoil it and say exactly what happens but he ends up doing a project for her.



The flip said of this book, we go to chapters and met Barbara. Barbara has a young child, she is married to a husband who beat and abuses her. She is making plans to leave. BUT her husband will hunt her down, so what can she do?

I wondered how the two parallels would come together.

They came together very neatly, I thought Stacy Eaton the author knitted this together very well indeed.


There were some OH NO moments with the abuse, and I read it between my fingers, and then there were some proud moments when she managed to escape.

Then some AHHH moments towards the end.


Its a great read and I would highly recommend it.

Barbara lives in constant fear of her husband. She finally summons the courage to leave with their young daughter, Allie, but dreads the moment her husband learns of their escape. In his desire to control them and bend them to his will, he will leave no stone unturned to punish them--especially Barbara.

Grey’s future seems bleak, especially the day he is fired, but everything begins to turn around the moment he absently sinks down on a bench occupied by wealthy Gloria Withers. Gloria sees something in him that no one else bothers to notice and, within moments, a friendship is sparked that will withstand many trials.

When Barbara makes good her escape and arrives on the doorstep of her grandmother, Gloria, whom she hasn't seen for years, Barbara is greeted instead by Grey. It doesn't take long for a different kind of spark to fly as Barbara takes up residence in the Withers mansion.

When Grey falls inexorably in love with not only Barbara, but also her daughter Allie, he vows to do everything he can to protect them from her husband who is out for revenge.
 








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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Another RebeccaAnother Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I must say that at the beginning of this book I was utterly confused and just couldn't get my head around it.
Hence that is why it was a slow burner for me.


Once I DID get to understand the opening chapters I realized what was what.

The story is related by different characters, I think that is what threw me all over the place. I felt like I was swimming around for a while.....
BUT...

Once I got my thoughts in gear I was able to enjoy this book for the depth it had and the written word. I would definitely say this is not a book to read lightly, you need to start this is a quiet corner and progress with this until you have your head 'right.

Rebecca goes through many changes within the pages of this book, its ghostly, it whispers in the night, its a detrimental disintegration of a ghostly paranormal [in some ways] deterioration of Rebecca.

Rebecca has several hidden depths, and it almost came across as several different lives.

This is a story painting with words, there is a lot of narration within the pages to follow and keep up with and not too much dialogue.

I'm sat on the fence between thoroughly liking it and...wondering what I have just read. Its almost poetic.


I have given this book my personal marking of 3.07 because I simply am in awe of its poetic license here, but just not sure what story I have just read. Its really thrown me.


On the cusp of adulthood, Rebecca Grey has no idea where her life is headed. Like many of us, she struggles to build a sustainable identity, a task made even harder by the fact that her mother is engaged in an extended breakdown and her absent father has another family to worry about. Dealing with their problems leaves little time for her own, and pretty soon, something has to give. As she toils under the weight of a tragedy that was never hers to begin with, Rebecca faces the impossible task of carving out a future for herself, all the while shadowed by the mistakes of her parents. Told with an experienced voice through the eyes of three characters, Another Rebecca tells the story of one family’s moving inability to let go of the past.






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Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Promise by Beth Wiseman

The PromiseThe Promise by Beth Wiseman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I used to read a lot of Amish/Christian type reads, and when I saw a Beth Wiseman book on Net Galley I requested it, seeing as it was the kind of books I used to enjoy I thought I would travel back and read one of hers as I have read ones written by her previously.


I have to say though, this is NOT at all what I expected. The Beth Wiseman books I have previously enjoyed I cannot fault, but the topic in this one left me a bit 'yawny' and although I finished it from front page to last page, I can honestly say, I was glad when I closed my Kindle. I don't mean that to sound harsh, I just am telling it how I felt, I just didn't enjoy this one. I wanted to, I just couldn't.


Its sort of loosely based around facts of 9/11 talking of security and air travel.
Muslims and that sort of thing.

The basis of the story was good, the part where this Pakastan chap needed to get treatment for his 16 year old daughter was the best bit that stood out for me.

It just slipped and slide, I just couldn't focus.


I would like to thank Thomas Nelson--FICTION via Net galley for copy


Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal--and danger. Can the only man she's ever loved rescue her before it's too late? Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal--to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager, and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she's desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she's dreamed of. But she'll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it. Tate Webber has loved Mallory for years. He understands that Mallory's free spirit has to fly, and when he gives her the space she needs, he hopes that when she lands, the two of them will be in the same place and can marry at last. In a bold move--and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her--Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn't who he says he is. And Mallory can only pray she'll make it out alive. Inspired by actual events, this riveting story will take you on a wild journey and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love?Bestselling author Wiseman encourages readers to think through their feelings about Islam, Christianity, faith, love, and what it means to help others. Her novel will challenge, encourage, and stimulate discussion among her loyal fans and first-time readers. --Publishers Weekly 





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Those GirlsThose Girls by Chevy Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is totally 'unputdownable'.

There has not been one Chevy Stevens book I have had the pleasure of reading that I haven't liked or had a small moan about. This author really knows its reader.


The Campbell sisters, Jess, Courtney and Dani do not have the best of lives. They're Mother was dead.
[The story tells you how she came to die]
And they live with they're Father. He is one horrible man! He treats each girl terrible, he's abusive, cruel, he's cruel to the point of almost death.

He goes off to work for periods of times and the girls spend a lot of time on their own. No money for food. They sometimes have to resort to stealing.

Soup mixed with super noodle's seem to be their stable diet to fill up on.

There is a neighbor not far, he is the one that rents out the place where they live.

He is concerned that the girls are on their own a lot, and has said if they're Father is away for much longer he would have to inform Social Services. Being that they have been in foster homes before and split up, they don't want that to happen again. So they hide things from him and lie to him at all costs.

An incident happens one day when their Father has come home.

The girls are forced to go on the run.

No money, only a truck with hardly any fuel, they take a gun, and some provisions.

Events take a turn for the worse on route.


When their truck breaks down and they are walking to find the nearest place for help, a vehicle slows down, they see two lads in there. Being cautious they didn't at first accept help. But one said he was a mechanic and could sort the truck out.


These lads are not all sweetness and light. That is all I am saying.


They have had to go on the run again changing names and ID. Here they try to create a new life for each of themselves.


Eighteen years pass and one of the sisters go missing.
This flashes back the past which they have tried so hard to 'forget'.


My thoughts:

I loved the sisters relationship with each other in this book. At one time, even though there are age differences it wasn't always the oldest one that made decisions, sometimes the younger one made complete common sense with her viewpoint.

It was a tense drama. Kept me wondering what would become of them.

When they were with those boys and the events written about there [which when you read it you will know exactly what I mean] I was shouting in my head "No, NO, don't believe them, there is something not right"
I wanted to reach out through the pages and wrap these three kids in my arms, bring them home and give them a good family life which all children should be entitled to.

Chevy Stevens really knows how to write a 'thrilling' thriller that has emotions with it, that has tension and wonderment. I did so enjoy this book and was sorry when it ended.

Nope, I didn't work out the ending, so that's a PLUS for me.


I received an uncorrected manuscript from the publishers so some may be subject to change, however, the story will remain in tact

Thank you to the author and to St. Martin's Press Via Net galley for allowing me to read and review this advanced copy




This is totally 'unputdownable'.

There has not been one Chevy Stevens book I have had the pleasure of reading that I haven't liked or had a small moan about. This author really knows its reader.


The Campbell sisters, Jess, Courtney and Dani do not have the best of lives. They're Mother was dead. 
[The story tells you how she came to die]
And they live with they're Father. He is one horrible man! He treats each girl terrible, he's abusive, cruel, he's cruel to the point of almost death.

He goes off to work for periods of times and the girls spend a lot of time on their own. No money for food. They sometimes have to resort to stealing.

Soup mixed with super noodle's seem to be their stable diet to fill up on. 

There is a neighbor not far, he is the one that rents out the place where they live. 

He is concerned that the girls are on their own a lot, and has said if they're Father is away for much longer he would have to inform Social Services. Being that they have been in foster homes before and split up, they don't want that to happen again. So they hide things from him and lie to him at all costs.

An incident happens one day when their Father has come home. 

The girls are forced to go on the run. 

No money, only a truck with hardly any fuel, they take a gun, and some provisions.

Events take a turn for the worse on route. 


When their truck breaks down and they are walking to find the nearest place for help, a vehicle slows down, they see two lads in there. Being cautious they didn't at first accept help. But one said he was a mechanic and could sort the truck out.


These lads are not all sweetness and light. That is all I am saying.


They have had to go on the run again changing names and ID. Here they try to create a new life for each of themselves.


Eighteen years pass and one of the sisters go missing.
This flashes back the past which they have tried so hard to 'forget'. 


My thoughts:

I loved the sisters relationship with each other in this book. At one time, even though there are age differences it wasn't always the oldest one that made decisions, sometimes the younger one made complete common sense with her viewpoint. 

It was a tense drama. Kept me wondering what would become of them. 

When they were with those boys and the events written about there [which when you read it you will know exactly what I mean] I was shouting in my head "No, NO, don't believe them, there is something not right"
I wanted to reach out through the pages and wrap these three kids in my arms, bring them home and give them a good family life which all children should be entitled to.

Chevy Stevens really knows how to write a 'thrilling' thriller that has emotions with it, that has tension and wonderment. I did so enjoy this book and was sorry when it ended.

Nope, I didn't work out the ending, so that's a PLUS for me.


I received an uncorrected manuscript from the publishers so some may be subject to change, however, the story will remain in tact

Thank you to the author and to St. Martin's Press Via Net galley for allowing me to read and review this advanced copy





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Legacy by Stephanie Fournet

LegacyLegacy by Stephanie Fournet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Now and again when I choose to read one of the books from the blog tours I help host for and end up enjoying it, its not often I choose one I can't relate to.

Corinne Granger is a painter, and since loosing Michael she is unable to concentrate on painting, let alone interested in it at all.

Michael was her lover, her best friend, her world.

Michael had taught her to believe in love.

She is so wrapped up in grief, will she ever believe in love again, would she ever want to.

Corrine, pre Michael days was a fiery, self opinionated, talented 'go getter' and her hot tempers were well known.

Michael accepted this about her, he loved her for it and despite it.



Wes Clarkson is a friend/or was a friend of Michaels, he is also a personal trainer.

He hides and buries his grief at the gym, if he works out hard enough, he doesn't have to think, if he burns calories hard enough, he doesn't have to feel.

Corrine and Wes are opposite's but connected in grief of Michael they both loved and adored.

Something happens where they both have to share living quarters, and this of course brings them in close proximity. Every single day.


My thoughts:

Its predictable what will happen at the end really, or part way through at least. But even saying that, I did enjoy the way the author told the story. It has an easy flow to it hence an easy read.

I've had to give it 4 stars from me simply because, I can't fault it at all as a romance book. Its not outstanding, but its on equal par with a lot of romance writers I have read.


I received my copy from the author via a blog tour in exchange for my honest unbiased review


Corinne Granger doesn't want to get out of bed. Or paint. Or talk about her feelings. Losing Michael, the man who taught her to believe in love, has left the 25-year-old portrait artist trapped in grief, a stranger to herself. Before Michael’s death, she was a force to be reckoned with. Intelligent. Talented. Terrifying. And Michael adored it all—even her hot temper and her sharp tongue. When you lose the only person who “gets” you, the world becomes a lonely place.

Wes Clarkson can numb the pain of missing his best friend if he pushes his body hard enough. A personal trainer and Ironman triathlete, Wes can forget his grief at the gym—or between the legs of one of his clients. And this works for him as long as he doesn't think about the promise he made to Michael on his deathbed—to look after Corinne. But who could handle such a woman?!?

The only thing Corinne and Wes had in common before Michael died…was Michael. But when the two find themselves living under the same roof, everything changes.

Is there hope for the man who’s never been in love and for the woman who’s afraid to love again?






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Friday, 24 April 2015

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

Method 15/33Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This wasn't a very long story, but a lot was packed into it. I read this in around 2 hours.

Because its such a short read I would be giving too much away if I tell more. So I'll just tell you what I thought.

It was a good concept of a story, but it reminded me of something else I read recently or watched on TV.
Not in its entire pages, but a similar story nevertheless.

The guy was weird.

The girl was getting on my nerves.

I know there was fear, but...
I know she was 16, but...

THEN I found out what a complex girl she was and how her 'mind' ticked which was unlike the "usual" [that's all I'm saying]

It altered by take on the story then.

Did I like it? YES
Would I recommend it? YES

If you've not read a similar story as this, and even if you have....its still interesting because the characters were good.


Thank you to Oceanview Publishing for my copy to review, I appreciate it along with the author Shannon Kirk.

Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped Alone Terrified.

Now forget her

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical calculating scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits for the perfect moment to strike. "Method 15/33" is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.

The agents trying to find a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor? "



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