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review 2018-06-09 04:04
A tale of self-defense, an old flame and a truckfull of dogs
Rescued - David Rosenfelt

At an early age, Andy Carpenter discovered that he couldn't hit a curve-ball and therefore had to give up on his dreams of playing in the majors and fall back to following in his father's footsteps and becoming a lawyer. His father, a lifelong prosecuting attorney, probably wished for something else, but for the many people that he's defended in court, they wouldn't have it another way.

 

This is the seventeenth novel in this series -- I've talked here about nine of the previous sixteen. There's part of me wondering just what I could possibly have to say about this one that I haven't said at least once before.

 

Andy Carpenter is called to a nearby rest area -- a truck containing sixty-one dogs was discovered with the driver shot. Andy and Willie were called out to help the police retrieve the dogs and care for them. The police are really not happy to see him there -- Andy Carpenter at a crime scene? Not a welcome sight. But then he's called away, there's a prospective new client waiting for him at home.

 

Not that surprisingly, the potential client was also at that rest area earlier in the day. He actually tells Andy that he shot the driver -- in self-defense, mind you. Sure, there's a history between the two -- Kramer (the client) had assaulted the victim and threatened to kill him, in fact. But that was years ago, and he had no current reason to. He just needs some help with the inevitable arrest. Andy believes him -- he has to. Kramer is Laurie's ex and she vouches for him -- so much so that Andy pretty much has to take the case for her sake.

 

Honestly, Andy really isn't that interested in helping tall, hunky and dangerous Kramer -- ex-Military, ex-police, ex-licensed investigator. But it's not long before he starts to believe that there's something more afoot. And what was the deal with all the dogs?

 

All the regulars are along for this ride -- Pete Stanton brings the law and order, we get a little more about the fun side of Hike that was introduced in the last book, Sam and his hacking crew dig up plenty of information, Marcus is his typical imposing self, Tara is as loyal as ever -- and Andy gets a lot of courtroom time in. There's a new prosecuting attorney for him to face off against -- I liked her, and would like to see her against Andy again.

 

I don't think it's much of a spoiler here, because it's pretty much the default in this series, but there's a conspiracy behind the murder and they men behind it have decided to frame Kramer. This is one of the better -- or at least one of the more grounded -- conspiracies featured in these books. Up to a point, some of it was pretty hard to swallow -- it just went a little over the top for my taste (but many of them do in this series). Also, this one features the best code names this side of Reservoir Dogs. Still, it was one of the more clever solutions that we've been treated to lately.

 

A thought about the series as a whole at this point: I would appreciate it if Rosenfelt would shake things up a little bit -- I'm not talking about killing Hike or splitting up with Laurie or anything -- just dial down the super-criminals a bit, maybe spend some more time with the client again. But there's little reason for him to do that -- the series moves like clockwork and is reliably entertaining. I only say this because I'm a fan -- Rosenfelt is in danger of becoming a parody of himself (at worst) or just putting out cookie-cutter books (at best), I don't want Andy Carpenter to become a Stephanie Plum.

 

This is not to say that I didn't enjoy the book -- because I did. Andy, Sam, Pete, Vince, Laurie, Tara and the rest are old friends that I enjoy getting together with every few months. Rosenfelt's latest demonstrates what's been true for years -- this series is at the point where you can reliably count on each book for an entertaining read, a puzzling mystery, some good comic moments, a nice dog or two and maybe even a tug on the heart strings. They're still charming enough to win over a new reader (and any of the books serve just fine as entry points) as well as satisfying the long-term reader. Rescued delivered just what I expected and left me satisfied -- satisfied and ready to read number 18.


Disclaimer: I received this eARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for this post -- thanks to both for this, it was a real pleasure.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/06/08/rescued-by-david-rosenfelt-%e2%98%85-%e2%98%85-%e2%98%85-1-2-a-tale-of-self-defense-an-old-flame-and-a-truckfull-of-dogs
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review 2018-05-15 12:00
Rescued by the Forbidden Rake - Mary Brendan

Faye Shawcross is trying to bring up her siblings and hoping that her fiance will continue to wait (while he signals his dodgyness by demanding that she lose the brats before he will be willing to marry). She lost some of her inheritance by bad investments (suggested by said fiance too). She entangles herself with the rougish Ryan Kavanagh who helps her when her sister gets herself in potential trouble. Ryan troubles her and intrigues her and he wants her but she wants stability and propriety and he doesn't offer this, but he does offer an affair at first and then he realises that he wants her in his life.

It was a fun read with some fun characters.

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review 2018-03-16 10:00
New Release Review! Bearly Rescued (A Howls Romance & The Mates of Bear Paw River #3) Everleigh Clark
Bearly Rescued - Everleigh Clark

 

 

Isabella Werner – Wolf shifter. Princess. Vegetarian…Prisoner. She’s fighting for her life and her freedom. 

Caleb Alexander – Bear shifter. Running from a haunted past…Undercover guard. His job is simple. Get the information so they can take down the assholes testing on shifters. There’s only one problem. His mate is one of the prisoners, and his bear is about to lose control…again. 

Who rescues who? 

 

 

Bearly Rescued gets reader hearts pumping with adrenaline right off the bat as Isabella finds herself in hot water and nowhere to run and the thrills don’t stop there as daring rescues and surprising twists keep readers on their toes. Isabella and Caleb are strong characters with delightfully electric chemistry that has heat sizzling from every page but this romance isn’t a forgone conclusion due to emotional and miscommunication issues that adds depth to the characters and pulls reader into their grasp as they strive for that happily ever after.

 

This is the 1st book that I have read by Everleigh Clark and I was pleasingly surprised as her world is full of suspense and fascinating characters such as Isabella and Caleb who charmed me from beginning to end and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

 

 

 

 

Bearly Rescued is the 3rd book in the The Mates of Bear Paw River series & a Howls Romance.

 

Bearly Rescued is available in ebook at:

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Everleigh Clark can be found at:

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review 2018-01-12 20:59
Quick Historical Romance
Twelve Nights as His Mistress (Rescued from Ruin Book 6) - Elisa Braden

Twelve Nights As His Mistress is my first read by Elisa Braden, but won't be my last.  Ms. Braden has given us a well-written book.  This is a fairly quick read, a perfect choice for those with limited reading time.  Julia and Charlie's story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle and phenomenal characters.  Kudos to Ms. Braden for the couple's misadventures and Julia's nervous habits, it only makes them more lovable.  I enjoyed reading Twelve Nights As His Mistress and look forward to reading more from Elisa Braden in the future.  Twelve Nights As His Mistress is book 6 of the Rescued From Ruin Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-11-03 20:36
Amazing Historical Romance
Rescued By A Viscount - Wendy Vella

Rescued By A Viscount by Wendy Vella is a fabulous historical romance.  Ms Vella has delivered a well-written book and furnished it with amazing, lovable characters.  Claire and Simon’s story is full of drama, action, sizzle and humor.  I totally loved this book and look forward to reading more from Wendy Vella soon.  Rescued By A Viscount is book 2 of The Regency Rakes Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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