I am certainly feeling the love. Whether it be shared posts, post comments, or direct contact messages I am overwhelmed by your generosity and kind words regarding the release of my “wee bit o’ whiskey” blog and Facebook page; thank you! I will strive to provide you with reviews worth reading so that you can decide if the highlighted book is a good fit for the time you will be investing and money you will be spending. I will not reference specific plot twists in my reviews because who wants a spoil-sport to ruin the OMG moment of the book? (That is a surefire way to tick me off as a reader so I am determined to avoid that action for your benefit.) Instead my reviews will be built more on the feelings evoked while reading: excited, sad, thrilling, wanting to tear my/their clothes off, etc…you get the drift.
That being said the personal reviews I will be posting beginning tomorrow are all part of a series. I stumbled across this series (By the Lake) back in November 2015 when the author – Shannyn Leah – was looking for ARC readers/reviewers. I have been a fan since. The next installment “Sunset Rivalry” is to be released April 19, 2016, and I thought it would be fun to revisit the characters and provide reviews on them up through the publication of the new book. These are all stand-alone books but the characters do cross-over throughout the series. You do not need to read the prior releases but mark my words you are going to fall for this family and want to follow their escapades!
All of my reviews include a goodreads link to the referenced book where one can obtain a copy either via Amazon or any other available online stores and libraries. (You do not need to be a member of goodreads to access the purchase tabs.)
Thank you again for all of your support and may we always be blessed with enjoyable reading!
Reserved biochemist Ava Daniels has spent the last six months working on a top secret assignment for Homeland Security. One morning, after a night of finally letting loose, she discovers her lab empty and her boss missing. Interrogated by the very organization she works for, followed by unknowns, and attacked, Ava finds herself in search of answers as the clock winds down.
Aiden O’Connor, Irish born and raised, attempted to put his past behind him when he opened a bar in the heart of Boston. One night, Ava Daniels shows up to his bar asking for help. She is like no other woman he has ever met—breathtakingly beautiful, brilliant, and in terrible danger. Once he learns the true nature of her problem, Aiden realizes she is the key to unlock his past . . . and perhaps to get a second chance.
Wow!! A stunning work of suspense and intrigue. Love that the female lead is a brainiac. Add-in a sexy Irishman and oh, yes…me likey!! The romance between these two steamed my glasses up! Repeatedly. Plenty of plot-twists and surprises to keep one interested, entertained, and guessing until the final page. Although this is billed as a series, it is a stand-alone novel.
My rating: Knappogue Castle
Kate Adams has never found it difficult to keep a professional relationship with her clients…but then she’s never had a client like Michael Maddox. From the moment she arrives in Charlotte, Kate is tongue-tied by the devastatingly gorgeous former Marine and intelligence genius turned multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Michael seems at first glance to be the perfect catch, except for one problem. He doesn’t do relationships. And Kate doesn’t do one-night stands.
But as the tension mounts between them, Kate discovers she has larger problems – an untraceable stalker…and a dangerous past. When Michael offers his protection, Kate is grateful, and yet afraid. For as they grow closer, she realizes that Michael has his own secret past. And while he might save her life, he will surely break her heart.
An exciting and thrilling romantic suspense. Drop-dead gorgeous characters with secrets and personal demons aplenty. There were times where I wanted to crawl into the book and have my way with Michael Maddox! Lucky Kate!! This was an adrenaline-packed, non-stop, twisty-turny roller coaster ride from the first page through the last.
My rating: Midleton
Not given any details of her sister’s murder at the age of ten, Maddie is persuaded to track down the killer. Following one ominous clue after another, she learns the surrogate family she thought honestly loved her has been hiding the truth of her childhood for eighteen years. As suppressed memories of her past come crashing forward, Maddie begins to doubt everything she once believed. And everybody she thought she could trust.
Including Zac, her high school crush. Though she can’t seem to find the strength to resist their mutual attraction, Maddie isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to forgive his betrayal. As she struggles to come to grips with her family’s past and absolve those who deceived her, will she survive the horrifying discovery of who killed her sister?
I found the mystery surrounding the murder interesting in that it evolves during the book. This story has likeable characters and a beautiful focal setting enveloped in a conceivable plot. A strong element of family prevails and is necessary for what could have been a much darker tale. I found this to be an easy and enjoyable read.
My rating: Jameson
Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.
Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.
I found this to be a wonderful telling of what happens when you return to your hometown after being unofficially banned as a result of your childhood antics. Humorous and relatable. I laughed and associated with the characters and their actions. For those who grew up in a rural setting, these are achingly familiar people. A fabulous tale of finding oneself no matter the obstacles and verification that “Home Sweet Home” is often bittersweet.
My rating: Redbreast