Blog Tour, Book Excerpt

The Wedding from Hell – Part 2: The Reception by J. R. Ward (A Consumed Prequel)

The Wedding from Hell, Part 2: The Rehearsal Dinner is the exciting second adventure in J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense, Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to the night steamy arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire will never forget... About the… Continue reading The Wedding from Hell – Part 2: The Reception by J. R. Ward (A Consumed Prequel)

Contemporary Fiction

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse ★★★★

Nina McCarrick’s life literally changed overnight when her husband died in a car accident. He was a successful building contractor and sole provider for his wife and two sons. Though Nina came from extremely humble beginnings, her sons had never known anything but a highly affluent lifestyle. And, she’s not worked in almost twenty years… Continue reading The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse ★★★★

Contemporary Fiction, History Fiction

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ★★★★★

Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris, is assigned to cover the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Vel 'd 'Hiv, the day French Jews were arrested in the "roundup," and ultimately sent to the death camps in Auschwitz. She becomes obsessed with what she learns, particularly about the fate of one young girl and… Continue reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ★★★★★

Audiobook, Contemporary Romance

The High Season by Judy Blundell ★★★★1/2

Ruthie Beamish is living a complacent life along with her 15-year old daughter and ex-husband Mike. They’ve been amicably separated for three years and jointly own a house located in a quaint but tony village on the north fork of Long Island (the Hamptons are on the south fork). They’re not one of the wealthy… Continue reading The High Season by Judy Blundell ★★★★1/2

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger ★★★★ (Cork O’Connor #1)

This was a book selected by my former Mystery & Suspense group for discussion a few years ago. I’d never heard of the author or this series and the group came through yet again in selecting a really good story. I later switched to the audio format because the main narrator, David Chandler, brings these… Continue reading Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger ★★★★ (Cork O’Connor #1)

Fantasy

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★ (Throne of Glass #.01 – .05)

I’m reviewing each book in the omnibus separately. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★ We’re introduced to Celaena Sardothien, the most feared of Adarlan’s Assassins. She’s only 16-years old and she behaves like an obnoxious teenager. There are signs, though, that she’s got the ability to grow and gain wisdom through experience. Celaena has… Continue reading The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★ (Throne of Glass #.01 – .05)

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin ★★★★★

Nina Browning lives a very comfortable life being married to Kirk, one of Nashville’s elite. Their son, Finch is on his way to Princeton having done exceptionally well at Windsor Academy, the city’s prestigious private school. Tom Volpe is a single father and a skilled carpenter. He lives modestly on the east side of town… Continue reading All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin ★★★★★

Audiobook, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

The Thief by J. R. Ward ★★★★ (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)

Sola Morte is living safely in Miami with her beloved grandmother, always looking over her shoulder for a threat that she’s sure will come. Assail is still in Caldwell but in a coma as his withdrawal from his drug addiction is not going well. Desperate to save him, his cousins find Sola and appeal for… Continue reading The Thief by J. R. Ward ★★★★ (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea ★★★★

Kelsey Castle, a renowned crime writer for a prominent magazine, is assigned to develop a story about the murder of Becca Eckersley, a law student from a prominent family, who was savagely killed two weeks prior in Summit Lake. Becca was alone at her family’s vacation home near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kelsey first thought… Continue reading Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea ★★★★

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

The President’s Henchman by Joseph Flynn ★★★★ (Jim McGill #1)

Jim McGill is married to the President of the United States, the first woman elected to the office. He’s a former police chief now trying to establish his new private investigation firm. He came up with his new moniker, The President’s Henchman, discarding all the others pretty handily. His first case is indirectly connected as… Continue reading The President’s Henchman by Joseph Flynn ★★★★ (Jim McGill #1)