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review 2020-01-20 20:25
Review: "Never Let You Go" by Chevy Stevens
Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens

Chevy Stevens's "Never Let You go was one of the most thrilling reads I've picked up in a long time. It tells the story of a mother/daughter entangled in the aftermath of an abusive relationship that took place over several years and ignites a mystery that follows them into the present day. The mother, Lindsey Nash, endured years of abuse at the hands of her ex-husband to the point where she lived in fear for her own life as well as that of her daughter, Sophie. They manage to escape, with Lindsey's husband spending years in jail in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy. Yet when he serves his sentence and gets out of prison, Lindsey realizes that the horror she once knew starts back up again, and a twisted web of vengeance ensues that has Lindsey questioning her relationships and igniting her aim to go on the run again. This doesn't bode well with Sophie, who believes her father's changed and is tired of running away from incidents that happened years before. Yet she realizes that she may be in danger as well as the mysterious incidents start ramping up, and she notes she may be a pawn in it all.

This book is heartbreakingly real and terrifying in points, particularly when it centers on Lindsey's survival of abuse and her desperate attempts at escaping her husband's twisted sense of control over her. Yet this book kept me guessing for the overarching mystery, even when there were moments when I thought I had it figured out, and it was satisfying to see the story march to its respective conclusion. As per Stevens's other novels, the writing is strong, evocative, and does well even between the perspective changes and shifts from past to present. It never felt out of place or overwhelming to me. Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much and am glad to have it as a part of my library. I definitely look forward to reading more of Stevens's work in the future.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley from the publisher St. Martin's Press.

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review 2020-01-20 15:12
Are You Watching?
Are You Watching? - Vincent Ralph

[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was the first victim of a serial killer that proceed to claim many more—one woman every none months since then. Tired of said killer still being at large, Jess decides to apply to a YouTube reality show that will give her one day of air time every week, which she plans to use to appeal to potential witnesses, and basically keep the case hot so that her family can finally see justice being served.

All in all, this story turned out enjoyable and fairly well-constructed overall, with a nice balance of red herrings and suspense, even though the premise is slightly over the top. (The first thing anyone should think when it comes to Jessica’s means is “if that killer’s still around it will attract their attention and she’ll be their next victim for sure”, so it’s kind of baffling that the adults around her were relatively easily on board with it—especially in that time and age, when the flip side of social media is not a mystery.) It also has something very simple; but that I enjoy in this kind of novel: short chapters (sometimes 1-2 pages long, not more), which means that, since I mainly read while commuting and during breaks, I could easily stop and pick it up again pretty much at any time, even when I only had five minutes to read. And I did want to keep reading, and knowing what would happen next.

Of course, the heroine being 17, her decisions were often reckless and bordering on stupid, which is definitely not unheard of in YA stories… On the other hand, it does make up for twists and not-so-happy consequences for the characters, so that’s that. All TSTL tendencies set apart, though, I really liked the other aspects of the story. Jess’s relationship with her close firneds. How her family has been spending the past ten years mired in grief, with her father trying to function as best as he could but never becoming who he used to be again. Her meeting the families of the other victims of the “Magpie Man”. It wasn’t only about catching a killer, but also about (re)discovering how to live after such gruesome events, after a loved one is snatched away from you—and after realising that yes, one’s actions always has consequences.

Conclusion: 3.5 stars.

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review 2020-01-20 13:16
Sold to the King by Carmen Falcone
Sold to the King - Carmen Falcone

 

 

 

Falcone is not adverse to pushing emotions to the edge in order to deliver an intriguing story. Sold to the King steps over the envelope and into taboo territory. Izzy and Nassor are like fire and ice. The heat is always at the surface, but there never ceases to be a chill in the air. When desperation causes Izzy to go the unconventional route, Nassor ends up being more than her heart could have bargained for. Sold to the King thrives on heat, but within the spice is the heart of a warrior.

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review 2020-01-20 05:00
Opposite
The Best Man Problem - Mariah Ankenman

This is book #2, in the Mile High Happiness series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to really understand the series, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Lilly is not known to have a one night stand.  When she does actually indulge, she feels free and like it was the right thing to do.  Later, she finds she is going to run in to Lincoln repeatedly.  

 

Lincoln is glad to see Lilly again.  He was wondering what made her leave without any clue.  When they seem to be running into each other all the time, he hopes he can convince her to give them another shot.  Or will he be friend zoned?

 

Such a steamy and fun story!  I loved each and every page in the time I was reading this book.  There was humor, and sexy times, and so much unexpected.  I found myself cringing or laughing out loud.  I really hope we see these characters again, they are a great pair.  We also got to see some already well loved characters from earlier in the series.  This is a great read.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2020-01-19 11:03
Enchanted (The Accidental Billionaires #4) by J.S. Scott
Enchanted (The Accidental Billionaires #4) - J.S. Scott

 

 

 

 

A celebration of life becomes a reawakening for hearts in need of a little push. Enchanted is no fairytale. Noah and Andie are tough on the heart and tragic to the soul, but inspiring to get to know. Scott turns a lifetime of heartache into a tale of resilience. The power of the human spirit is on full display with a romance that fights it's way into your heart. No, Enchanted is no fairytale, but a haunting song that lingers far beyond the last note of the melody.

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