Friday, March 31, 2017

Short & Sweet Review: The Witnesses by James Patterson

Title: The Witnesses
Author: James Patterson
Series: BookShots
Published: July 2016, BookShots
Format: E-book, 136 pages
Source: Personal copy
The family next door has a very dark secret.

The Sanderson family has been forced into hiding after one of them stumbled upon a criminal plot. Or so they think. No one will answer their questions. And the terrifying truth may come too late....

Novels you can devour in a few hours. Impossible to stop reading. All original content from James Patterson.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: This is the second BookShots book I've read by James Patterson - and what a difference! I liked this one so much better than the last one!!! This one is actually written like his full-length novels, full of twists and turns that kept me on edge, pulling me in right from the start and keeping me engaged throughout.

A family is in hiding, but it's not made clear the reason why. Their bodyguard is quite mysterious and I was unsure which side he was really on the whole time. The family's secret ways arouse suspicions from their neighbor, a retired cop - who I immediately fell in love with - I would love to see a story just on him! 

The only problem with this type of short format is that the action is so quick, the story is so condensed that you quickly become attached to the characters and then the ending comes on and boom, it's over! I actually wanted more of this one...I didn't want it to end when it did. But all in all, this was a good little mystery and I enjoyed it! I will definitely be reading more of these BookShots, especially since some of them are part of the series I read.


Short & Sweet Review: Little Black Dress by James Patterson

Title: Little Black Dress
Author: James Patterson
Series: BookShots
Published: July 2016, BookShots
Format: Paperback, 108 pages
Source: Personal copy
James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment.

Can a little black dress change everything in her life?

Magazine editor Jane Avery spends her nights alone with Netflix and Oreos – until the Dress turns her loose. Suddenly she's surrendering to dark desires, and New York City has become her erotic playground. But what began as a fantasy will go too far... and her next conquest could be her last.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: So, I'm a big fan of James Patterson - I read just about all his books, despite the fact that I am desperately behind in his series. His latest big thing are these "BookShots" books - short, quick reads that surely pack quite a punch! This is the first one I've read and boy oh boy, did I fly through it!

I will say this particular story is almost borderline erotica - it's definitely not for young kids! That being said, it was surely an interesting ride to go along with Jane Avery, the main character. I definitely did not connect with her at any level, but for some reason, I just had to read the whole book...possibly because it was only 108 pages and a very quick read. Had it been a full-length book, I definitely won't have read the whole thing. I didn't read the whole 50 Shades of Grey series, but I gather this is somewhat similar - and I had no desire to read that series and this just further reinforces that.

I do have more of these "BookShots" and hope they are better - this one was a stand-alone, so I won't have to revisit this particular character/storyline again. Not the best introduction to the "BookShots" concept, but I'm willing to give them another go. 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller (Giveaway Closed)

Title: Forever a Hero
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: The Carsons of Mustang Creek, #3
Published: March 2017, Harlequin Books
Format: ARC E-book, 384 pages
Source: Netgalley via Little Bird Publicity

For the youngest Carson brother, finding—and fixing—trouble seems to be all in a day's work 
Mace Carson is no hero. Back in college, he came upon a woman in trouble and intervened—but he was just one irate Wyoming cowboy with his boots planted firmly on the side of right. Now a successful vintner, Mace is shocked to be reunited with the woman he saved. But it turns out she's in Wyoming on business…a corporate executive representing the company that wants to buy his winery. Only, he's not selling.

Kelly Wright has never forgotten that horrible night ten years ago when Mace came to her rescue, has never forgotten him. The surprising success of a winery in the middle of ranch country has brought her to Mustang Creek, and she's secretly thrilled to discover Mace at the helm. Reluctant to mix business with pleasure, Kelly vows to keep things professional, until her attacker is released from prison and comes for vengeance…against both of them.

My thoughts: This is the 3rd book in Linda Lael Miller's The Carsons of Mustang Creek series and I enjoyed it so much! They are just good, fun, light-hearted reads with the sweetest romances and some really hot cowboys - what's not to love? And they are the perfect palate cleansers after the heavy psychological thrillers that I've been reading lately - not that I'm complaining, but it's nice to pick up a lighter read every once in a while.

So this book is about the third Carson son, Mace, the youngest one. If you've read the two previous books, you've already met him. Right in the first chapter, he meets up with Kelly - yes, meets up with her because they already have a past. Ten years ago, Mace rescued Kelly from a brutal attack and now he's rescuing her again from a car mishap. It seems as if it's fate that has put them in each other's path again - though in truth, she is on her way to meet him for business purposes.

I love these two together. They have such great chemistry, even though Kelly isn't quite as eager to move forward romantically as quickly as Mace initially. You know they are going to end up together - it's the journey of how they get there that is what makes up the book. They end up dealing with the stalker, of course! And have to deal with both his rowdy family and hers - oh how I love both these families, both people and pets, after all it wouldn't be a Linda Lael Miller book without some animals!

I really enjoyed this series and went into it thinking it was the final book, but was pleased to see that there is going to be another book - a Christmas story! Though there isn't too much information about the book out now, I believe I have a feeling I know who it might be about and I couldn't be happier - this character deserves their own story!!! Plus I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to these characters - the Carson family has definitely grown on me and I want more of them :)  

Books in this series:  
  1. Once a Rancher
  2. Always a Cowboy 
  3. Forever a Hero
  4. A Snow Country Christmas - due out October 2017!


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Deer Lake Series - Books 1 & 2: Night Sins/Guilty as Sin by Tami Hoag (audio)

Title: Deer Lake Series - Books 1 & 2: Night Sins/Guilty as Sin
Author: Tami Hoag
Series: Deer Lake Series, Books 1& 2
Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyke
Published: July 2016, Brilliance Audio
Length: 39 hours (Book 1 - 19 hours 45 minutes; Book 2 - 18 hours 32 minutes)
Source: Publisher
NIGHT SINS: A young boy disappears. There are no witnesses, no clues - only a note, cleverly taunting, casually cruel. Has a cold-blooded kidnapper struck? Or is this a reawakening of a long-quiet serial killer?

A tough-minded investigator on her first make-or-break case… A local cop who fears that big city evils have come to stalk his small town home… Together they are hunting for a madman who knows no bounds, to protect a town that may never feel safe again.

GUILTY AS SIN: A respected member of the community stands accused of a chilling act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing…or just beginning?

Prosecutor Ellen North believes she''s building a case against a guilty man—and that he has an accomplice in the shadows. As she prepares for the trial of her career, Ellen suddenly finds herself swept into a cruel contest of twisted wits, a dark game of life and death…with an evil mind as guilty as sin.

My thoughts: I became a big Tami Hoag fan, after starting her Kovac and Liska series and so when I saw this audio book available to review, I decided to give it a go - it's an older series, orginally written in 1995 and 1996, but boy oh boy did it keep me engaged and on my toes! And despite the length, I was so invested in the story - both stories, actually, and loved the way they were tied together!

Since this review is for two books, I am going to structure it a little differently. I'm going to try to keep it as concise as I can so that this doesn't become too long, plus I don't want to give away any spoilers. 

Night Sins:
The characters in this book are so well-developed and the mystery surrounding the kidnapping of Josh Kirkwood is haunting. Someone is playing a wicked game of cat and mouse with the people of Deer Lake. I loved how each section started out with the time and the temperature and wind chill - you really felt the cold and the desperation that these people were feeling. The notes that the kidnapper(s) left throughout just added to an already ominous feeling of dread. There were plenty of suspects that we are led to believe might be the "guilty" party, but the twists and turns we are taken on throw us off more often than not. The romance that brews between Megan O'Malley and the Chief offers a nice balance to all the heaviness of the case.

Guilt as Sin:
***Caveat - This book really does need to be read after reading Night Sins - a lot of what happens is based on that story! That being said, I'm going to be a bit vague, so as to not give away anything that happened in Night Sins.

Again, the characters in this book are well-developed. We have the prosecutor, Ellie North, building a case against the person responsible for kidnapping Josh Kirkwood, who is now in jail. But the question remains...did this person work alone or have an accomplice? The twists and turns that this book takes kept me guessing the entire time. I never saw the ending coming - it was brilliant! And let's just talk about the creep factor that Tami Hoag manages to deftly work into her books - she is able to create such creepy characters when she needs to - OMG...I get chills just thinking about them! Such despicable, twisted characters that have no qualms about doing whatever they want to whomever they want just to make a point. 

So, bottom line - I really enjoyed both books - but, be warned, they are long! I listened to them, back-to-back, but I happened to have a long car ride, so I had time. They don't need to be read/listened to back-to-back, but they do need to be read in order!

Audio thoughts: I am a big fan of Jennifer Van Dyke's work as a narrator, so when I saw that she was narrating these books, I was excited! She did a great job with these two stories. She gave each character their own unique voice and was consistent in each book - there were a few characters that appear in both books. Her pacing is spot on and she infuses just the right amount of tension in her voice as needed. As I mentioned, these are long audiobooks, but her narration kept it from dragging on. Well-done! 

Books in this series:
  1. Night Sins
  2. Guilty as Sin 
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