Review of The Dells

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The Dells: A Moms Weekend Mystery by K. L. Barnes is a mystery/suspense with humor thrown in.  It is the story of a group of moms who go away for a long weekend and the trouble they get in.

While on their weekend getaway to Prescott, Arizona, one of the friends joins a stranger, who she has just met, for a picnic lunch.  When she does not return, the remaining friends set out to find their friend at all costs.  When she is kidnapped, not once but twice, they will do whatever it takes to bring her back safely, even if it means risking their own safety in the process.

Detective Butch Cameron is pursuing a serial killer and really does not have time to deal with the women.  But after meeting them and becoming intrigued with Camille, he is willing to help them out as much as he can.  And who knows, maybe this case is related to his serial killer case.  If that is the case, their friend could be in grave danger.

I was not sure how much I was going to like this book while reading the first couple of chapters.  This was a group of women that I felt like I could not relate to.  They  seemed to only care about drinking and having a good time and seemed very shallow to me.  But I kept reading, and I am sure glad I did.  Everything changed for me after their friend went missing.  They changed from shallow women to women who had a deep love for their friend and who would do anything to bring her home safely.  They all had their own personalities and used their individual abilities to help in the search.    They were all strong women in their own ways and I enjoyed getting to know them better.  If I ever found myself in big trouble, I would want these women on my side, watching my back.  Their love for each other and commitment to each other seemed honest and true.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author has an ability to build suspense while interspersing humor to lighten the mood.  There are many twists and turns and a gradual build-up of tension that kept me swiping pages to see what would happen next.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or those who enjoy suspense.  I have not read any other books from this author but I plan to read more of her books.  And I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review of Reese’s Cowboy Kisses

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Reese’s Cowboy Kisses by Kimberly Krey is the first book in the Sweet Montana Bride Series and it is great beginning.

Reese Taylor is a former Beauty Queen who has a big problem, someone wants her dead. A failed attempt on her life sends her into hiding. She enters witness protection and is sent to Emerson Ranch in Montana. She is in hiding until the authorities can find the person responsible for the attempt on her life.

Blake Emerson agrees to take Reese in, figuring he now will have much needed help with running the ranch. He expects Reese to be a HE, not a former beauty pageant winner. He is shocked and more than a little upset. Not only is he missing the extra help he needs, he has a beautiful young woman that he does not know what to do with. Not only does he have to protect her from the would-be murderer, but also from his ranch hands. And the biggest problem of all, he has to protect himself from losing his heart to her.

I think the characters are what made this book so good. Reese is a spunky, strong-willed woman who has a big heart. She does not like to be ignored and she really does not like to take orders from others, especially from Blake. The two clash quite often and sometimes it is hard to tell who is victorious. I really liked the banter and humor and the way their relationship grows. And I really enjoyed the ranch hands, they seemed very realistic to me. They were fascinated by Reese and greatly enjoyed her friendship.

The writing style flows smoothly and this is an easy read. The suspense starts at the beginning of the book and then really gets building more towards the end. There were enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and turning pages to see what would happen next. There are also many areas of humor interspersed, especially involving the ranch hands and Blake and Reese. I enjoyed that a lot.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a clean romance with suspense mixed in. This is the first book I have read in the series and by this author but it will definitely not be my last. Do yourself a favor and get this book to read, you will not be disappointed.

Review of Executive Lunch

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Executive Lunch by Maria E. Schneider is the first book in the Sedona O’Hala Mystery book series and I thought it was really good. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

In this first book, we meet Sedona O’Hala, who works for Standfrost, finds herself involved i corporate espionage. She goes undercover, becoming part of the management team in the company, to try to help figure out who is skimming the company and how. She has no experience in either management or undercover work, but she is willing to give it her best shot. She really doesn’t mind the perks of being management and could get used to living that type of lifestyle, but she does have problems with some of her coworkers.

Sedona is a character that you can really like and enjoy reading about. She is spunky and brave and hard-headed but she also has a softer side. She is loyal to her friends and those people she see as being needy and will go out of her way to help them. She is funny and witty and sarcastic, a great combination. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things she says and thinks.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that it is a cozy mystery, but not a murder mystery. Most of the cozies I read revolve around a murder and how a group of friends try to solve it. And I really enjoy those. But I think this book is refreshing because it revolves around corporate wrongdoings. I really like that. The book is suspenseful and there are plenty of suspects to consider as the culprit. There are twists and turns along the way and there was a surprise towards the end that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed that.

Another thing I enjoyed about the book is the way Sedona tries to help an abused woman. It demonstrates how women being abused continue to return to the abuser and how hard it is to get the abused to stop the cycle. I feel this is a good reminder of a social problem that exists in our world today and one that cannot be stressed enough.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted, well-plotted cozy mystery. This is the first book I have read by this author but I plan on reading her other two books in the series.

Christmas Cozy Winner

Congratulations to April, she is the winner of the giveaway. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by, left a comment and entered the contest. I really appreciate it. Please stop by the blog again to check out my reviews, there will definitely be more of Kathi’s books reviewed here. And don’t forget to check out all of Kathi’s books because they are all great. Thanks again and congratulations to April.

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Christmas Cozy Giveaway Contest

I am excited to be hosting a giveaway of Kathi Daley’s latest book, Christmas Cozy. The giveaway will run from today until November 20th. The winner will be picked randomly on November 20th. Kathi will supply either a paperback or Kindle e-book (winner’s choice) or a Kindle e-book if non-US winner. Entering is easy, just leave a comment. Be sure to leave me a way to get in touch with you if you are the lucky winner. I have read all of Kathi’s books, (both series) and have enjoyed them all. Good luck to all who enter!

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Christmas Cozy Description

Christmas in Aston Falls is always a magical time of year. The first big snow has arrived, the tree in the town square has been decorated, the window displays completed, and Hometown Christmas is just around the corner. Zoe finds herself knee deep in holiday shopping and Children’s wishes as she and Zak play host to nine year old Scooter Sherwood and his friend Alex. Although a bit hectic, the magic of Christmas is in full bloom and things couldn’t be more perfect until Zoe finds the body of history teacher Holly Jolly in the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot and is pulled into a dangerous holiday investigation.

My Review:

Christmas Cozy by Kathi Daley is another great book in the Zoe Donovan series. Each book is better than the last.

It’s Christmas time in Ashton Falls and Zoe and her friends are busy getting ready to celebrate the season. There are presents to buy, Christmas trees to sell and menus to plan. Oh, and a murder to solve. When Zoe finds the body of a teacher, her and her friends must figure out who killed her and hopefully before Christmas day. There are a number of suspects and motives, but not much is known about the teacher’s private life. Zoe wants to learn more about her so that her memorial will be meaningful and feels sad that she did not know the teacher very well. It seems like most everyone she questions did not know much about this well-liked teacher and Zoe wished she had taken the time to learn more about her.

As usual, the small home town feeling of Ashton Falls shines through brightly and makes you want to go there to visit. Reading about the activities and festivities puts you in the holiday spirit. When I read Kathi’s books, I feel like I am reading a family holiday letter meant to catch you up on all the happenings in their lives. The relationships continue to grow and evolve and I keep wanting to know what’s going to happen next in their lives.

I highly recommend this book as well as all of Kathi Daley’s books. You do not have to read the Zoe Donovan series in order but I truly believe you will enjoy them so much more if you start at the beginning. These books would be a great addition to your Christmas wish list.

Learn A Little Bit About Kathi:

Kathi Daley lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and Bernese mountain dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn’t writing, she likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese), and garden (planting and planning, not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she’s not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home.

Kathi uses the mountain setting in which she lives, along with the animals (wild and domestic) that share her home, as inspiration for her cozy mysteries.

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Books by Kathi Daley
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Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery:
Halloween Hijinks
The Trouble With Turkeys
Christmas Crazy
Cupid’s Curse
Big Bunny Bump-off
Beach Blanket Barbie
Maui Madness
Derby Divas
Haunted Hamlet
Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies
Christmas Cozy
Alaskan Alliance
Shamrock Shenanigans – March 2015

Zoe Donovan Cookbook
Ashton Falls Cozy Cookbook

Paradise Lake Cozy Mystery:
Pumpkins in Paradise
Snowmen in Paradise
Bikinis in Paradise
Christmas in Paradise
Puppies in Paradise – February 2015

Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery:
Romeow and Juliet – January 2015

Road to Christmas Romance:
Road to Christmas Past

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Review of Paw Enforcement

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Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly is such a fun read. It had humor, suspense, romance and a great dog. What more could you ask for?

Megan Luz is a patrol officer who is in the dog house. She tasered her male partner in a place that would really hurt, and instead of being kicked off the force, she is given a new partner, Brigit, a K-9 officer. Megan is not too happy about being stuck with a dog, and Brigit is not too happy about being stuck with Megan. The two have some struggles determining who is the alpha, and at times, this struggle is hilarious. My money is on Brigit.

After there is a bombing in a crowded mall, Megan meets Seth, a fireman who works in the bomb squad when needed. They must find the bomber before he strikes again and people are killed. It’s not an easy task, but they are determined to find the culprit. Along the way, they discover that they have a growing attraction to each other.

The real action begins after about the first one hundred pages, but I did not mind this at all. I was very content reading about Megan and Brigit’s working and personal relationships. I enjoyed reading about the training that goes into training a K-9 officer, I found it fascinating. I also enjoyed reading about the power struggle between the two and watching it turn into love and respect. I thought it was heart-warming.

The book is very funny and at times I found myself laughing out loud. Some of the things that Brigit does are really comical and some of the inner thoughts of Megan where really humorous. I especially loved the scene where Megan takes Brigit to church.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. I like the fact that the book is written from Megan’s perspective, Brigit’s perspective and the bombers perspective. Each was given a chapter where we could learn about the activities from their point of view. I thought this was unique and very effective.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery/suspense reads or if you are an animal lover. I thought that some of the language was a little rough and may offend some readers and I would not let a young adult read it. That’s just my opinion, but that is how I feel. I have now read any other books by this author but I plan on reading book two in the series. I already have it in my pile to read.

Christmas Collection by Kathi Daley

Four Christmas Stories from Kathi Daley

Christmas Crazy – Zoe Donovan #3:
Every year between the dates of December 1 and December 24, a strange and wonderful insanity hits Ashton Falls. Most refer to this phenomenon as Christmas Spirit, but Zoe has been around long enough to know that spirit usually translates to insanity, which brings on a phenomenon she likes to refer to as Christmas Crazy. After Hometown Christmas is threatened when Santa is killed four days prior to the annual event, Zoe is pulled into a murder investigation with more twists and turns then the narrow road leading to the valley below.

Road To Christmas Past:
Holly Thompson’s life changed forever when she received an early Christmas present from her dead Aunt Meg. Prior to her death, her former foster mother won the gorgeous PI during one of her Tuesday morning poker games. The only survivor of a tragic automobile accident when she was only days old, Holly grew up never knowing who she was or where she came from. When Ben Holiday claimed to have a clue about her past, Holly set out on a Christmas road trip in the hope of finding the family she never knew she had. Road to Christmas Past is a tender romance that will remind you of the power of love and the importance of family.

Christmas In Paradise – Tj Jensen #4:
Christmas in Paradise is a magical time of year that Tj has always looked forward to with happy anticipation. This year her holiday spirit is marred by the impending arrival of two new men in her life. When one of the men ends up dead, Tj must juggle community plays, Christmas tree cutting, sleigh rides, and holiday shopping, with a complex murder investigation. As the facts start to unravel Tj realizes that she must risk it all to save someone she loves.

Christmas Cozy – Zoe Donovan #11:
Christmas in Ashton Falls is always a magical time of year. The first big snow has arrived, the tree in the town square has been decorated, the window displays completed, and Hometown Christmas is just around the corner. Zoe finds herself knee deep in holiday shopping and Children’s wishes as she and Zak play host to nine year old Scooter Sherwood and his friend Alex. Although a bit hectic, the magic of Christmas is in full bloom and things couldn’t be more perfect until Zoe finds the body of history teacher Holly Jolly in the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot run by best friend Levi Denton and is pulled into a dangerous holiday investigation.

Review of Gone Before Goodbye

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Gone Before Goodbye by Nora Leduc is a great romantic suspense that will keep you guessing and turning pages until the end of the book.

Lisa Grant disappears with no trace of what happened to her. Was she abducted from her home or is she a runaway? Lisa is the second girl to go missing in just a few months, and it seems highly unlikely that both of them ran away. But if they did not run, that means there is a serial kidnapper on the loose.

Teagan Raynes is Lisa’s guardian and she is devastated when Lisa disappears. She must put her trust in a detective that she has not seen in years, not since they were at a summer camp together. Back then, Teagan had a crush on the detective, who was a camp counselor. She still finds herself attracted to him, and now she must rely on him to find Lisa and bring her home.

Noah Cassidy is determined to find the kidnapper and the girls that are missing. He has suffered a tragedy in his life and he is still trying to recover from that tragedy and move on with his life. He throws himself into the investigation, doing whatever he can to solve the case. He is surprised by the attraction he feels toward Teagan and struggles to keep it professional and not a distraction from his investigation.

The characters are well developed and display many realistic traits. I found myself liking the main characters and disliking the possible suspects, and even some of Teagan’s so-called friends.

The writing style flows smoothly and this book is an easy read. The writing style is descriptive and whether I was reading about the small New Hampshire town or the threats against Teagan, I felt like I was right there watching the action. The suspense is well plotted and well crafted. The mystery and suspense are carried on throughout the entire book. There is a decent number of suspects to consider and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. That is what I look for when reading a mystery/suspense and this book did not let me down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written romantic suspense. I have read other books by Nora and I have enjoyed them all. I am looking forward to the next book, because there is a bit of cliff-hanger at the end of this book. Not enough to make me feel like the book is not complete, just enough to make me want to keep reading. Treat yourself by picking up a copy of Gone Before Goodbye.

Review of Walking On Her Grave

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Walking On Her Grave by Melinda Leigh is the fourth and final book in the the Rogue River Novella series. All four of these novellas are a great read and I enjoyed them all.

Carly Taylor, a social worker, and Seth Harding, an investigator, are both working to rid the town of Solitude, Oregon, of the drug problem that has cropped up. There have been many deaths related to a new drug, known as Bacon, and they need to find the manufacturing plant soon, before other lose their lives. One of the problems they encounter is the fact that the area is heavily forested and there are many places to hide the manufacturing and distribution site. Another problem is that the citizens of Solitude are close-knit and it seems impossible that one of their own is responsible for the new drug.

Carly and Seth have another problem to deal with, the failure of their marriage. Although they both still love the other, they do not get along. Seth is too overprotective of Carly and she cannot deal with it anymore. Seth is worried about Carly and wants to protect her, but Carly knows she can take care of herself. After a couple of close calls concerning Seth, Carly is getting a new understanding of Seth’s concern. Will they be able to understand each others worries and restore their marriage, or is it too late for that?

The writing style flows smoothly and this is a quick, easy read. Melinda Leigh is very good at writing suspense that keeps you turning (or swiping) the pages. There are a lot of twists and turns that had me changing my mind as to who the guilty party was. I must admit that I did not figure this out and was surprised when it was revealed.

The writing style is very descriptive and the characters are well developed. The characters continued to grow in this fourth novella, and I feel that, for the most part, there is adequate closure of the questions I had while reading the first three. The tight family dynamics continued in this novella and I really enjoyed that.

I would recommend this novella to all readers who enjoy a well crafted, well plotted romantic suspense. They should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and they should definitely all be read.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this great novella series.

Review of Fatal Consequences

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Fatal Consequences by JG Faherty is a thriller novella that combines suspense, horror and a little bit of the supernatural, and it was really good.

Alec Winter is having a really tough time after the horror that took place when he and his family take a camping trip. He is believed to be a hero because he led rescuers back to the campsite where his children were killed. His wife survives and even she thinks that he is a hero. Only he knows the truth and he is having a hard time dealing with his guilt and his lie. It appears as though someone or something is also having trouble dealing with these things, because everyone who was involved in the rescue is meeting an untimely death.

The writing style flows smoothly and the novella is an easy read. The author is very skilled in building tension and suspense through the story. I was pulled in from the very first page and dragged along until the last page, which was great. I was pretty sure I knew what was happening about half way through, but that did not lessen my reading enjoyment.

I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a well plotted and well crafted suspense thriller. I have not read any other books by this author but I am looking forward to reading more of his work.

I received a free copy of this novella from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Samhain Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this novella.