Final Judgment by: Marcia Clark

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Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

A murder investigation draws firebrand attorney Samantha Brinkman into her boyfriend’s past in this novel of high-risk suspense by bestselling author Marcia Clark.

When it comes to relationships and self-preservation, defense attorney Samantha Brinkman has always been cut and run. But it’s different with her new lover, Niko, an ambitious and globally famous entrepreneur. Sam is putting her faith in him. She has to. He’s also her new client—a suspect in the murder of an investor whose shady dealings turned Niko’s good life upside down.

He had the motive: revenge. As did many others who banked a fortune on the wrong man. That’s a point in Niko’s favor. So is his alibi for the day of the slaying. Until that alibi mysteriously disappears. As Sam’s feverish search for another viable killer begins, the investigation only leads deeper into Niko’s past and its secrets.

From the darkest suspicions to final judgment, fighting for Niko is Sam’s job. To do it, she must risk everything on a man who could make all her worst fears come true.

My Review

Samantha Brinkman is one of my favorite attorney characters in book form. She has been through so much in her life and she can rationalize doing some unsavory acts if the situation warrants it. Her co-workers, Michy and Alex, are the perfect compliment to her personality.

Sam has never been able to have a real intimate relationship with a man before Niko. She is unsure of her feelings and she is scared. When Niko is pulled into a murder and disappearance investigation, Sam is forced to re-examine her relationship and her trust.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series and this book did not fall short. It had me guessing to the very end.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

I received this E- Arc from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Little Secrets by: Jennifer Hillier

Publication Date: April 21, 2020

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“Unflinching and unforgettable. Little Secrets has everything you want in a thriller” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door

Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier’s Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.

Permanently.

My Review:

When Marin’s life get flipped on its’ head, can she ever recover? He son gets taken right out from under her and the guilt she feels is overwhelming. A year later, she learns that her husband is having an affair with a much younger woman, and she is ready to fight. She will not lose another person in her life. With the help of her best friend, she develops a plan to fix things. She is willing to cross over all lines to keep her husband.

This was a fast paced read and I was hooked until the very end. I didn’t see the end coming so that was a pleasant surprise for a thriller. I really enjoyed this book.

I gave it 4 crowns.

I received this E-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What You’ve Done by: J.A. Schneider

Publication Date: April 16, 2020

Summary from Goodreads

A small town divorce lawyer (“I know people’s secrets”) blames herself when a client’s teen daughter is brutally murdered. She investigates and finds herself the killer’s next target.

Grieving the loss of her NYPD detective husband, former defense attorney Mia Peale moves to Grand Cove, Connecticut, desperate for a sense of community and hoping to rebuild her life. Now, starting a family law practice, she’s finally found friends and peace – until the teen daughter of one of her clients is brutally murdered, and the girl’s boyfriend stands accused.

Kelly Payne was an adored high school track star. Brian Hall is a poor boy in a rich town, and the community is outraged. But Mia has known Brian since her arrival and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite strong circumstantial evidence against him. As his defense turns lackluster, she asks Grand Cove police detective Jay Colter for help. Jay is also skeptical of the police and DA’s case and takes them on, especially when Mia’s friend from her former Manhattan law firm uncovers a frighteningly similar murder in the city. Secretly, Jay helps Mia investigate both murders, but his alarm grows as her life is threatened by a maniac hiding among them. 

My Review:

I was so excited to see that there was a new book about to be published by J.A. Schneider. I am so grateful that she sent it to me for review so that I can gush in advance of its’ release.

I adore her writing style and her story lines and this was no exception. I immediately feel in live with Mia and her inquisitive nature and caring spirit. Jay made for the perfect police detective. The story itself was of difficult subject matter as a young girl’s death happens at the peak of her high school track career. Well loved by many with secrets to hid, there is much more to Kelly’s life then anyone knew. This little town was rocked but this gruesome death and Mia is smack in the middle of it.

I loved this book and the characters so much. Pick this book up now!!

Thanks J.A. Schneider for the ARC but most importantly, for creating a very memorable group of characters.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

What I Like About Me by: Jenna Guillaume Nerd Blast & GIVEAWAY

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SYNOPSIS

You know all those movies where teenagers have, like, THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES? This vacation is probably not going to be that.

The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she’d be doing over vacation is entering a beauty pageant. Not when she’s spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone. Not when her Dad is AWOL and her gorgeous older sister has returned to rock Maisie’s already shaky confidence. And especially not when her best friend starts flirting with the boy she’s always loved. But Maisie’s got something to prove.

As she writes down all the ways this vacation is going from bad to worse in her school-assignment journal, what starts as a homework torture-device might just end up being an account of how Maisie didn’t let anything, or anyone, hold her back.

Jenna Guillame’s American debut features a plus-size protagonist with a compelling, funny, and authentic narrative voice. This relatable and charming novel about friendship, confidence, and self-love will draw readers in as Maisie’s realistic emotional journey unveils the importance of embracing one’s body and celebrating one’s self.  

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORYPraise for WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME

“Debut author Guillaume’s novel features funny dialogue and fresh takes on body image and personal relationships as well as a plucky heroine who slowly but surely comes into her own…. Perfect for fans of Dumplin’, a hilariously sweet yet complex romance.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Guillaume’s delightful debut deals with teenagers and their self-esteem, as Maisie’s story is relayed through her journal entries. This intimate lens will invest readers in Maisie’s journey to self-acceptance and confidence. A fun story, abounding in humor, romance, and inspiration and filled with multifaceted characters that readers will enjoy.” ―Booklist

“This book draws obvious parallels to Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, but Maisie and her diverse cast of friends are fresh and distinctive, as is the Australian setting…. A fun, upbeat, and tender coming-of-age story written in an engaging and lively diary format.” ―School Library Journal  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenna Guillaume was editor-at-large for BuzzFeed Australia, where she wrote about very important things like pop culture, identity, feminism, social media, and Chris Hemsworth’s biceps. Previously, she spent more than half a decade in the features department of Girlfriend magazine, editing the sealed section (yes, all those questions are real), and writing about everything from bullying and body image to bad kisses and boy bands. She was also a contributor to Girlfriend Life Hacks, an essential guide to navigating a girl’s completely-awkward-but-totally-awesome teen years.  

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The New Husband by: D.J. Palmer

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Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

The New Husband is a riveting thriller about the lies we tell ourselves from D. J. Palmer, the author of Saving Meghan.

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone—presumably drowned while fishing on his boat—so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.

Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted—or dangerously possessive.

But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

My Review

It is not easy to try and start your life over again, especially when there are vulnerable children involved. Nina is about to find that out the hard way. When her husband, the father of her children, goes missing and is presumed dead, Nina try to move on with her life. Her friends are not too sure that Simon is the right choice for her and her daughter Maggie is positive that he is not. Simon and Maggie seem to clash at every possible moment and Nina is feeling the strain. Even though certain things aren’t adding up for Nina, she is chalking it up to the stress that she and her family have just had to deal with.

Is Nina putting her family in jeopardy or is she really providing a new life for them? What will it take for her to see things clearly?

This was a quick paced, thrilling read. I really enjoyed it.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

I received this E- Arc from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.