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review 2017-11-13 21:17
Slow pace
Darkness at the Edge of Town: An Iris Ballard Thriller - Jennifer Harlow

Darkness at the Edge of Town does have an interesting premise, but the story is a bit drawn out and slow at times. I haven't read the first Iris Ballard novel, and there were things mentioned in this one that were confusing. The author does eventually explain some things as the story progresses, but I spent most of the book feeling like I was behind on the characters and what led them to this point in their lives. The book is well-written and even with the slow pace, it was a compelling and suspenseful read. However, I wouldn't call this one a thriller by any means. It does pick up in the end, but while there is suspense surrounding the cult and its leader, and Iris' snark was entertaining, the book lacks that heart-pounding element that I look for in a thriller. I did find some things a little hard to swallow, especially when Iris attempts to infiltrate the cult to find her brother. From the beginning of the story, we know that Iris is quite well-known and her face has been splashed all over the media, plus being so close to her childhood home. Good or bad, publicity is talked about, especially in a small town. I find it hard to believe that it takes as long as it does for anyone to recognize this woman who is so prevalent in the news. As I said, I haven't read the first book, so maybe that would've put a different spin on this for me, but in the end, the stretch of imagination required combined with the slow pace made it just an okay read for me. 

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text 2017-11-05 00:31
Question of the Day
Executive Assistant Iris V2 #0 - David Wohl,Ryan Odagawa,Eduardo Francisco,Sunny Gho,Micah Gunnell,Josh Reed,Peter Steigerwald

Is that what I think it is on the cover just below the belt?  Please tell me I am seeing things.

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review 2017-10-15 02:21
Awesome Suspense!
Mind Game - Iris Johansen Mind Game - Iris Johansen

Mind Game by Iris Johansen is a fantastic read.  Ms Johansen has delivered a well-written book.  I'm a fan of Irish Johansen of long standing, but I admit I got burned out on Eve Duncan and stopped reading this series about 13 books into it.  Reading this book reminded me of how much I enjoy this author's writing style and I think now I'm ready to go back and pick up where I left off.  The characters in this book are fantastic.  Jane and Seth's story is loaded with suspense, nuggets of humor, a little supernatural woo-woo, drama and just a bit of spice.  I enjoyed reading Mind Game and look forward to catching up on this series.  Mind Game is book 22 of the Eve Duncan Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I won from Goodreads.

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review 2017-08-14 19:38
Dream a Little Dream of Me (The Thorntons) by Iris Morland
Dream a Little Dream of Me (The Thorntons Book 4) - Iris Morland

Reading an Iris Morland novel is like walking through a dream. It's easy to get lost in the beauty of the moment, so in my opinion Dream a Little Dream of Me is the perfect title. Trent and Lizzie's tale is passionate, heartbreaking, nostalgic and redeeming. It's also complicated. From secrets, to misunderstandings, pride and insecurities, second chances don't come easy. A little maturity goes a long way to helping reach your heart's desire and with this series Ms. Morland makes all the right moves to set the soul on fire.

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review 2017-07-28 19:08
great story and characters
Look Behind You - Iris Johansen,Roy Johansen

Kendra was a music therapist and studied the chart of a nine year old Ryan who was in a wheelchair. He was borderline catatonic, he has been suffering from spine and head injuries from the same boating accident that had killed his dad. Music therapy had been recommended to Janice who was Ryan’s mother. Then Special FBI agent Roland Metcalf entered Kendra’s studio. Kendra had known Roland a couple of years but didn’t know the woman with him. Special FBI agent Gina Carson. Then Rolland said said there has been three murders in eight days - the third one not far from Kenda’s studio. Roland’s boss Special Agent in Charge Griffin wanted Kendra to join them. For the first twenty years of her life Kendra had been blind. Then an experimental surgical procedure had given Kendra her sight. Kendra had helped crack over a dozen cases in the past few years. Many of the cases would have went unsolved without Kendra stepping in. Her last case with the FBI had been physically and emotionally draining and she needed to step back and heal for a time but if she owed Roland’s boss Griffin as he had helped out when of friend of Kendra’s had been in deep trouble. So Kendra agreed to go to the crime scene. Zachery sat on the bench and wondered if Kendra had met Pretty Amanda yet. Zachery was no amateur and there was no one like him in all their books and chats. He didn’t know if Kendra was even there he had already been disappointed twice. It was a plan years in the making he could wait a little longer. When Kendra finally gave Zachery the attention he deserved then his game would be on. Kendra best friend was Olivia. Olivia and Kendra had attended a school for visually impaired. Olivia had lost her sight in a childhood car accident and still hoped one day she too would see like Kendra. Kendra and Olivia lived in the same building Kendra was one floor above Olivia. Lynch called Kendra from China to see what was going on. Lynch and Kendra’s chemistry was hot but as of yet nothing had been done about it. Lynch then finds out Kendra is being targeted by Zachery and Kendra awakes to a furious Lynch in her bedroom. Lynch was so mad because Kendra hadn’t told him about being targeted and Lynch did what he had t do to find out what he needed to know as he knew Kendra was keeping something important from him.

This was a great book that I really enjoyed. The plot was great as was the pace. I also loved the surprises and action of this story. I loved how Kendra was so protective of those she cared about even her client Ryan and his mom. I also loved how protective Lynch was of Kendra and wouldn’t take no from her for the most part and it was for her own good. I also loved how Kendra reacted when Zachary had hurt Lynch it showed how very human she was.I couldn’t find anything to complain about. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.

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