Update to my annual post of Five Books I'm Reading This Summer and Five You Should.Read More
First I have to fangirl squeal a little bit because I FINALLY got to meet Selena Laurence in person!.
She is sweet, funny, and genuine. Basically everything you hope the creator of some of your favorite imaginary people to be.
And she creates amazing characters, as I said in my review for Breath of Deceit—it’s like they are going to step off the page and have a cup of coffee with you!
So I knew that Brush of Despair was going to be fabulous. Selena definitely did not let me down!
Cian MacFarlane has a job to do, but it's not the one his father Robbie gave him. With dear old dad watching night and day, Cian struggles to maintain his role as a deadly mob boss. His real focus is informing to the FBI, cutting deals with the Feds to keep his brothers out of prison. Cian is walking a tightrope on the streets of Chicago, and the only thing keeping him sane is Lila Rodriguez. However, Lila may have her own issues at work when her boss is found murdered, and she's tapped to take over the dark website Rogue.
But when Cian's brother Liam, the family enforcer, gets tangled up in human trafficking things really go to hell. Now Liam's taking chances neither he nor the family can afford, and Cian's desperate to find a way to save him before it's too late. When the dangers stack up and Cian feels as though he's the only thing preventing the people he loves from dying too young, hope can be a hard thing to come by. Can Cian pull off a last minute miracle? Or will his brush with despair become something more permanent?
Cian is the focus of the series, but this is really Liam’s story. If I was ever going to get involved with an Irish Mobster and got to pick from the four MacFarlane brothers, it would be Liam.
He’s the enforcer—the muscle that keeps the men working for them in line and the family’s rivals on edge—but he isn’t the typical bad-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold. He’s living by a code that protects his family and that’s all that matters…until a decision makes him realize choice might not be an option in his life, but he might be able to make it happen for someone he believes deserves it more than he ever did.
If Dublin Devils was a Netflix show, I would binge watch the hell out of it. Expertly told in multiple POVs, every chapter ends with a breath-holding cliffhanger that means you have to keep going right then. There is just no question.
Speaking of cliffhangers, while Brush of Despair does wrap up most of the storylines, I will give forewarning that it ends with a cliffhanger…a HUGE FREAKING MOUNTAIN of a cliffhanger which has me DYING for the next book!
*A note to my romance-loving friends, this is suspense with romantic elements. It is not a traditional romantic suspense.
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This book reads like a great rom-com that you watch every time it's on TV just because it makes you smile.Read More
The best word I can come up with to describe Believe Me is: Twisted. I mean that in every definition you can created.
I read most of this waiting at the airport and on the plane back from RWA. I finished it today and my brain is still working through...well, all of it.
A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.
Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions.
The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.
Then the game changes.
When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.
Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap?
But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?
I loved JP Delaney's The Girl Before (you can read that review here.) When I saw Believe Me available on Netgalley, I didn't even bother reading the blurb before I requested it. I knew it was going to be an intriguing ride, and I was not disappointed.
It is a slow-burn, who-done-it mixed with poetry from Charles Baudelaire (who I had never heard of, but WOW, dude had some issues!) as well scenes that read like a script.
I mean, Claire is an actress, after all.
Remember that. The whole time you're reading this book. Keep that in mind!
If you follow my reviews, you know that I am not a fan of the "Unreliable Narrator." In fact, I call them URNs for a reason. There was a section in Believe Me that I thought had crossed unapologetically into that territory, and I was about to be LIVID. Then it took another turn, and another, and another, until I settled back in and trusted the character again.
But should I have trusted that character? That's where my mind is still turning.
I would recommend Believe Me to my dark mystery-loving friends who love a cat-and-mouse style puzzle.
For my friends who prefer more romance than suspense, talk to me before you check this one out.
Finally, a warning that this book is very dark in some parts. Not graphically violent or overly sexual, but dark enough that certain readers would appreciate a trigger warning.
Since it is my firm policy to avoid posting spoilers, feel free to message me if you'd like a few hints to make a proper decision.
Time for my annual post of Five Books I'm Reading This Summer and Five You Should.Read More
I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. So I didn't think this book was for me.
Until I picked it up...and read it nonstop in three days, could not stop talking about it, and basically demanded my fourteen year-old read it immediately.Read More
Maisey Yates has become a comfort read for me. I am huge fan of the Donnelly family arc of her Copper Ridge series and was excited to see at the end of Christmas Time Cowboy that a new series was coming featuring the residents of nearby Gold Valley.
Smooth-Talking Cowboy is the first the new series.
Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract
Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.
Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.
This book is everything I've come to expect from Maisey Yates. Cowboys with hard bodies, soft hearts, and a witty sense of humor. Smart women who don't rely on a man to rescue them but sure appreciate being swept off their feet. Great banter and searing hot love scenes.
I appreciated the nods to the Copper Ridge characters and was even more excited about the new characters that I know will be sharing their stories soon!
I love how there are so many hints for what's to come, but they don't slow down the story at all.
Overall, loved this. Absolutely recommend it to anyone who like comtemporary romance!
Can't wait for the next one!
Cross's conversational writing style keeps the story moving and the reader immersed. There is angst, love, and several laugh out loud moments. Overall, a very enjoyable read. I would recommend it for older teens and adults who enjoy YA.Read More
It is satire, humor, and horror in an easy-to-assemble package. Just a little Ikea humor there, you don't really have to assemble anything. And if you have ever assembled something from The Den of Satan (as my husband calls it). You know there is NOTHING "easy" about it. You want to hear some horror stories? I can tell some Ikea horror stories!Read More
I could not read this book fast enough. Just like the car careening down the twisting road, once the plot takes off, it doesn't slow down.Read More
This book reminded me of Forever by Judy Blume or Up in Seth's Room by Norma Fox Mazer. I realize those books are ancient at this point, but the message is still the same: Teens are going to have sex. It's okay for girls to want it as much as boys. And, it's okay for them to responsibly explore those feelings without anything tragic happening. I appreciated the empowering message of the story and honest portrayal of Maggie and Levi's relationship.
A fun, sweet and sexy without being cliche or cheesy.Read More
Contemporary romance isn't always my thing. I'm a mystery/suspense girl. I usually prefer some mortal danger with my relationship building, but I loved Alison's sense of humor and I extra loved a plus-sized character who was not ashamed of her curves.Read More
This book renewed my love for short stories. I found some new authors that I can't wait to check out more from and snuggled in with some old favorites. I loved the premise of having characters from well-known series interact. I also enjoyed the introduction to each story that described the writing style of the individual authors as well as gave insight to the process the team used to create the story.Read More
What always draws me into Roni Loren's books is how she writes authentic characters facing problems layered with complicated nuances and emotion as well as heart-racing love scenes that are a perfect mix of hot, playful and romantic.Read More
A tantalizing mystery. Two girls disappear. One returns. One doesn't.Read More