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review 2017-07-13 01:22
The Monster in the Closet (Romantic Suspense #19; Baltimore #5) by Karen Rose
Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series) - Karen Rose

 

 

Author: Karen Rose

TitleThe Monster in the Closet

SeriesBaltimore

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A mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child that witnessed the brutal crime...

Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.

Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter's stables so that she can observe the program's security director - her father, Clay Maynard. Trying to reconcile the wonderful man she's getting to know with the monster her mother always described, Taylor never expects to become the target of a real monster, the man who murdered the mother of the little girls she works with at the stable. Neither does she expect to fall for Ford Elkhart, Daphne's handsome son, who is dealing with his own demons. As family and friends gather for a wedding, Taylor starts to imagine a permanent life in Baltimore.

But not if the real monster gets to her first..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monster in the Closet is a crazy intense book. Rose is amazing, the multiple character story lines and the journey she takes into the mind of Gage and his justification for what he does and who he becomes is seriously disturbing. I have to give Rose mad props for creeping me out the way she did in this book.

Poor Jaz was valiant and amazing and despite being broken by what she witnessed she managed to carry the more delicate emotions of the reader. I really liked getting to see the journey the cops took, the one Gage took and the journey of the victims in this book took.

There is so much going on and it really sucks you in right from the get go. Monster in the Closet is disturbing, its dark, its emotional and very well done. I have to give Rose credit for the places she must have had to go mentally when writing this book more than just a romantic suspense this book is a serious suspense write but it also pens a journey that tells how dark family relations can go when one of them goes scarily wrong. 

If you haven't read these books before I highly suggest it!

 

 

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

Krissys Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley Publishing. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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review 2017-04-09 18:00
Review: "Enemies of the State" (The Executive Office, #1) by Tal Bauer
Enemies of the State - Tal Bauer

 

~ 5 stars ~

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review 2017-04-07 16:11
The Skeleton in the Closet (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #2) by Angie Fox
The Skeleton in the Closet - Angie Fox

It's time for the Cannon Ball in the Wall Celebrations. Sugarland's biggest celebration of the year. They celebrate the anniversary of their battle during the Civil War.

 

Local Ghost Seer Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the library. Her Ghost sidekick Frankie a former gangster, tells her to leave it alone but not Verity. She plows into the investigation. She finds herself needing the ghosts of the haunted library's help. She ends up finding a cover up for the battle. She makes friends with some of the ghosts, some who try till kill her, others trying to save her. And she also has t get her sister out of jail who has been accused of the murder. She even has the help of her now boyfriend the Deputy Sheriff and brother of her ex. Oh yea the Ex is back and wants Verity back also.

 

This is book 2 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Series. The story is swift, it plows right in almost on page 1. There are a lot of turns and twists to the story. I love this series I also read book one. The books can be read as stand alones no problem. Things that are in this book from book one are explained so you are not lost. I would suggest reading all the books though because well they are actually fun to read.

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review 2017-02-15 19:26
Review: "A Forced Silence" (Zero Hour, #1) by Cate Ashwood
A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood

"Adam watched him go, feeling the happiness radiating from him. It was in that moment, pants around his ankles, in a kitchen that looked like an IHOP exploded in it, he realized he was completely, totally, utterly in love. He waited, anticipating the fallout that accompanied such a heavy realization, but it never came. The panic never set in. The terror never took hold. He felt... good. Better than good."

 

I'm a little puzzled, because I shouldn't have enjoyed this book as much as I did. There were too many things that would normally annoy the ever-living fuck out of me:

 

  • a frenemies-to-lovers trope that doesn't really deserve that name, because it was never fully explained why Sam and Adam hated each other so much (other than Adam giving Sam the teasing nickname "Dex" (You monster! How dare you!) back in high school)

 

  • a relationship that was all about their physical attraction towards each other and only took place in the bedroom, with not one meaningful conversation between the MCs

 

  • a "mystery" (and I'm using that term loosely) that takes a backseat for 95% of the story, ends on a cliffhanger and therefore doesn't even deserve a mystery tag

 

  • the always annoying "deeply closeted guy who is afraid to come out because of his job" shtick

 

  • and of course Cate Ashwood's trademark "I'm breaking up with you for your own good" during the last third of the book

 

So I have no idea why I wasn't as annoyed as I should have been; the book kept me fairly entertained. Maybe because Sam and Adam's connection was so passionate and strong. Maybe because Sam never put Adam under pressure to come out. Maybe because the sex scenes were so well-written. I dunno.

 

So I'm giving this book 4 weak stars, but 4 stars nonetheless.

 

Thanks to Julie & Elsbeth for the BR!

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review 2016-11-24 09:31
Review: "Heaven Can't Wait" by Eli Easton
Heaven Can't Wait - Eli Easton

"Day by day, Chuck started to open up to Kevin. And day by day, Kevin inched a little further toward a tentative friendship with the big guy. It was like worming your way into a warm sleeping bag on a frigid night - and doing it slowly enough to not wake up the grizzly bear that was sleeping next to it."

 

Wow, this was just beautiful!

 

Leave it to Eli Easton to write such a moving, heartwarming and bittersweet hurt/comfort gem with two totally lovable MCs in only 61 (!) pages. Everything was just so touching and well-written, I still have the biggest smile on my face.

 

 

Oh, and I simply LOVED Brian's choice at the end (I might have teared up a little).

 

I would have given this novella 5 stars, but I need a little bit more closure as far as Chuck is concerned, especially how his family and friends will react when he comes out.

 

But nevertheless, this was another win for me from this outrageously talented author.

 

 

 

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