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16th Seduction by: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

16th Seduction

The Women’s Murder Club is at it again.  This is obviously the 16th book in the series and I loved it.  I will never grow tired of reading this series.  In this book, we read about a bombing of a local building and it hits home as to home realistic this is.  This can and unfortunately does happen all over the world.  In this particular case, Detective Lindsay Boxer is at the scene after the explosion and gets a confession from a man standing calmly in the midst of chaos.  Of course, this is too easy and the story moves on from there.

This was a bit different then the others in the series because it involves the court proceedings as the main focus.  I liked it.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Watching You by: J.A. Schneider

Watching You

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.

In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda’s socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Detective Kerri isn’t convinced.

Until another random young woman is killed in exactly the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?

Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman – even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life.

My Review:

This is the 3rd book in the Kerri Blasco series and the second one that I have read and I have found a new favorite detective.  Kerri is a stubborn but caring detective who trusts her gut and her smarts to get the case closed.

I loved this book as much as I loved the other book I read in this series.  They are each different and don’t cover the same crimes over and over again like some series do.  This was another page turner and I was biting my nails until the very end.  I love the added relationship between Kerri and Alex as well.

This particular book had an element of parts of the story being told from the point of view of the stalker/killer.  Caroline Kepnes’ You was praised for this but I though this was done better.

Thank you to the author for sending me an electronic copy for review!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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No Loose Ends by: Thomas Hall

No Loose Ends

Synopsis from the publisher:

Walker and Munoz are back… and this time it’s personal.
When Maddie Walker’s friend, Samantha “Sam” Daniels, fails to show up for a final exam and a community service project, the teenager is convinced that something is seriously wrong, and takes it upon herself to look into it. She initially lies to her father and puts herself in a potentially dangerous situation. When all of her efforts fail to uncover Sam’s whereabouts, Maddie finally asks her father, retired FBI agent Craig Walker, to look into her friend’s disappearance. After venting his parental frustration over his daughter’s uncharacteristic behavior, Walker listens to Maddie’s concerns and eventually agrees to launch his own investigation – primarily to assuage his daughter’s worries.

 

My Review:

This book is my type of book.  I love the crime, mystery, thriller genre and this book did not disappoint.  This is the second book in the series but works as a stand alone novel as well.  I didn’t read the first book and was not at all lost while reading this book.

This book had everything I look for when reading this genre.  There were characters that were determined and headstrong as well as characters I loved to hate.  There wasn’t any gore in the book and that was refreshing.  It was a page turner and kept me interesting until the very last page.

I am so glad that I was offered this book for review and that I accepted.  Thank you to the author for sending me a copy.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Competition by: Marcia Clark

The Competition

This is book 4 in the Rachel Knight series and I think it was my favorite.  I have always been interested in reading about school shootings and the psychology involved in “understanding” the killers.  I know this sounds weird and disturbing but don’t forget my educational background is school counseling.

I love the characters of Rachel Knight and friend Bailey.  They make a great team and compliment each other’s personalities nicely.  I listened to this book on audio and I was so invested in the story I was talking aloud to the book in my car.

Marcia Clark’s background lends to making this book procedurally accurate and very readable.  I highly recommend this series, especially if you are a fan of a strong female protagonist.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Best Man by: Kristan Higgins

The Best Man

I received this book at Book Con in 2015.  I don’t really read Romance novels but I saw that it was available on my Overdrive app as an audio book and decided to give it a try.  I am really glad that I did.

Yes, there was a lot of mentioning of breasts and it did get annoying but the story was fun.  I liked the characters of Chief Levi Cooper and Faith Holland.  I found myself laughing along and really getting into the story.  Faith is a young woman who moved away from her family and home after her wedding day literally fell apart at the altar.

This is book 1 in the Blue Heron series and I wouldn’t mind picking up the next one to see what it is about.  If you enjoy a fun,contemporary, romance novels, then give this series a shot.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by: Greg Cox BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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If you are not familiar with The Librarians, it is a television show that is aired on TNT.  It has completed its’ 3rd season and it is a fun show to watch.

 

Greg Cox

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
GREG COX is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories. He wrote the official movie novelizations of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, GODZILLA, MAN OF STEEL,THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DAREDEVIL, GHOST RIDER, DEATH DEFYING ACTS, and the first three UNDERWORLD films, as well the novelizations of four popular DC Comics miniseries, INFINITE CRISIS, 52, COUNTDOWN and FINAL CRISIS. In addition, he has written books and short stories based on such popular series as ALIAS, THE AVENGERS, BATMAN, BUFFY, C.S.I., FARSCAPE, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE 4400, THE GREEN HORNET, IRON MAN, LEVERAGE, THE LIBRARIANS, THE PHANTOM, PLANET OF THE APES, ROSWELL, STAR TREK, TERMINATOR, UNDERWORLD, WAREHOUSE 13, XENA, THE X-FILES, X-MEN and ZORRO.
 
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The Book:

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

Synopsis 
 

For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

 

Praise for The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

“Fans of the quirky TNT series The Librarians will not be disappointed by this novel, which captures the show’s spirit of risk. VERDICT:  Daring, high-stakes action is in no short supply as Cox brings his best in this tie-in novel that will please lovers of the show and aficionados of fantasy adventure alike.” —Library Journal

My Review:
I love to watch The Librarians.  This book was very entertaining.  I felt as if I was watching an episode because I knew the characters and I was able to picture it all in my head.  In this book, the second in the series, the Librarians are on a wild goose chase, literally.  Mother Goose, or someone who is claiming to be the real Mother Goose is on the loose trying to piece together 3 parts of the book that would unleash a great power.  Each librarian is own their own journey and meet some real descendants of the original Mother Goose along the way.
It was exciting and amusing in the way that the show is done.  I will be on the lookout for additional books in this series.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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One Good Thing by: Wendy Wax

One Good Thing

About ONE GOOD THING (from the publishers):

In her fifth and most exciting book yet, Wax returns to her Ten Beach Road series with ONE GOOD THING (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; April 25, 2017; $16). Picking up where Sunshine Beach left off, fans of the series will delight in catching up with familiar beloved characters and new readers will have no problem sinking into this witty and heartwarming story about loyalty, friendship and the secrets that test those bonds.

Sure to resonate with readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green, ONE GOOD THING is a warm and insightful look at love and the bonds of true friendship.

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships. 

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, nor can she trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

My Review:

If you have been here a while, you will remember my mentioning the Ten Beach Road series and its’ individual titles pretty often.  Well, the day has arrived in which the 5th book has been released! YAY!

I have missed these women and their significant others.  I feel like I am part of their crew whenever I read these books.  Each woman has such endearing qualities that I can’t and won’t pick a favorite.

I loved the way in which this book picked up after the 4th book without making it feel as if time had passed in weird way.  I highly recommend that you pick up this series if you enjoy summery, contemporary fiction and I also suggest, strongly, that you share them with other readers in your life that you think would enjoy them.  I do…my mother and I love this series!

I give this book 5 crowns!

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I’d also love for you to share your #OneGoodThing. It can be a special person, an event, or something good that happened that day. I promise not to judge.

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