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review 2018-02-21 04:07
Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series) - Gail Oust

Author Gail Oust has created another mouthwatering mystery with, GINGER SNAPPED!


I’m always so excited to read a new installment in the tasty Spice Shop Mysteries. Spending time in Brandywine Creek with Piper Prescott, Reba Mae Johnson, and the rest of the quirky Southern cast is one of my favorite ways to escape the real world.


I am such a fan of the Spice Shop Mysteries! And this fifth book in the series has only served to solidify that. In GINGER SNAPPED, Oust has penned another top notch mystery filled with secrets, murder, and fun! Once started on this story, I couldn’t set my book down. Between her smooth, fluid writing, and talent for building a tale to a thrilling conclusion, I was the author’s willingly captive audience.


 GINGER SNAPPED has left me hungry for more stories in this wonderful series. After all, when it comes to cozy mysteries like this one, you can’t have enough of a great thing!

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review 2016-03-11 10:26
Steamy Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Novella
Snapped - Christine d'Abo

‘Three years ago we’d been bad for each other, fighting constantly. This Reid was far calmer, happier than he’d been back then. He was clearly better off without me.’

What do you get when a self-proclaimed Ice Queen and her moody ex-boyfriend are forced to work together on a television set? Chemistry. Tons and tons of delicious chemistry along with the possibility of a reconciliation.


Snapped was a passionate Cosmo Red-Hot Reads novella that truly kept my attention. Right from the start, I could tell that there was more behind Tamara’s frosty exterior than meets the eye.



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review 2015-06-16 02:56
Brief Thoughts: Snapped
Snapped - Laura Griffin

Snapped -- Laura Griffin

Book 4 of Tracers

Adult, Romantic Suspense, Crime Thriller, Murder Mystery



Until now (and maybe even the previous Tracers books) I had found Laura Griffin’s work to be a little mediocre, even if written well with an interesting premise to the entire series. One of the main reasons I’ve been following the Tracers series is because I love the base conception of it: The Delphi Center, filled with intelligent crime scene and forensics specialists who are some of “the best in the nation”... or so that’s how the book describes them.

I’m a sucker for mystery thrillers, but I’m also a big sucker for all aspects of forensic investigations: DNA analysis, forensic anthropology, ballistics… I’m also really interested in how cyber crimes are investigated and was hoping to see more of those as well since The Delphi Center in Tracers had boasted some really good computer specialists from previous books (Alex Lovell, main female lead of the first Tracers book, being one of them).

But the previous books I’ve read by Laura Griffin have merely been the “I’m interested and I’ll read it and the books serve their purpose” types. I’m not saying I didn’t like them, but I don’t really give them a second thought outside of them being simple, typical, standard Romantic Suspense types.

I think I’ve finally gotten to a point where I’m actually starting to enjoy and like these books very, very much now, on a whole different level than I had been enjoying them before. And I’m not saying that they’re getting more insightful or anything. I’m just saying that something’s different and I’ve found that I really, genuinely, very much liked Snapped so much that I’m really looking forward to the next book, and not just because it’s part of a series that I’m passively enjoying for one reason or another.

Something has definitely changed, but I’m not sure what. Maybe the writing has gotten better, maybe the narration is a little less clunky. For certain, the narration POVs between all the characters are a little less deliberate in the introduction of characters who will be getting their own books in the near future. Everyone in the story serves a purpose for the current story and no one feels out of place.

Everything just seems to tie together a lot better than they did in previous books.

Things are getting a bit better and bit more exciting.

The Story:
Sophie Barrett is caught in the middle of a college campus shooting. Despite the fact that the shooter eventually took his own life and was identified, the case closed, Sophie realizes that she may have visual evidence that there was an accomplice, and that the school shooting wasn’t as simple as it may have seemed. However, the police don’t take her seriously. Instead, they choose to believe that she is either under stress from her previous ordeal (an abduction that took place at the end of the previous book, Unforgivable) and is being paranoid; or that she is simply reaching for some media attention because she is an aspiring singer and wants her name on the airwaves.

But when she pushes her theory and persists in investigating what she witnessed, her life is suddenly in danger. Jonah Macon, who had had his own suspicions about the entire shooting to begin with, was reluctant to believe that there was more to the story until he realizes that Sophie has now become a target.

My Thoughts:
I mean, yes, the tone and telling and feel of this Tracers book felt and read differently than the previous three. But that doesn’t mean that the storyline itself wasn’t still a little haphazard. Sure, it was a pretty straight shot on the crime and the investigation, but a lot of things still seemed to veer a little out of control, progression-wise.

Nonetheless, I found Snapped very exciting and enjoyable, and found that I liked Sophie. She’s spunky and she’s no-nonsense and she’s a lot smarter than most people give her credit for. She has her moments of slipping into an “I make bad choices” scenario, but so do every other human being in the world and I don’t begrudge her her moments of making bad choices--that’s human.

Jonah, on the other hand, might have come off a bit… well, I’m not even sure how to put my finger on what I thought of him. At times he seemed like an asshole, like he was THE MAN and needed to assert his role as THE MAN (there were few instances of arrogance on his part when interacting with Sophie that I didn’t appreciate); but at other times he was the protective stud, and then other times he was just flippantly broody and indifferent at the same time. At this point I’m not even sure whether I like him or not.

I like how the next character, Allison, is introduced, because the introduction didn’t feel forced at all. Nor was there a side tangent for her probable story or romance being flung in there. She was just another rookie cop who got included into the current book’s investigation and she gets to show off that, yes, she is quite competent, and yes, please do look forward to her time in the limelight. She was a very well-written side character who didn’t try to steal the spotlight within someone else’s book.

Appearances by previous characters in the Tracers series were also very welcome (because they aren’t forced appearances), and even Fiona Glass (from the Glass Sisters duology) makes a brief showing as her usual forensic sketch artist self.

Aside from being a modestly enjoyable Romantic Suspense to be read on an R&R summer evening, there isn’t really much else to say about this book.





This book is a pre-chosen participant in the following Reading Challenge(s):


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review 2015-04-05 00:00
Snapped - Ketley Allison I love it when a book starts with a glimpse of the end of the story. If it's done right, I'm hooked on a series straight away and Snapped was no different. The first chapter is about an event that happens in the future and it is very intense and I was instantly drawn into the story.

However after that first chapter, the story started to fall away for me. I sort of lost interest in it and didn't care where it was going. But I keep reading hoping it would pick up again.

There is a lot to take in; plenty of characters get introduced, relationship established and surroundings explained. Yet in all this there is still a mystery to each character, that I can see getting explained as the story develops over the duration of the story.

Towards the end of the story and mystery element becomes clear and some characters were at one I thought they first appeared to be. Will be reading the next one to discover more of this story.
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review 2015-03-15 17:47
Snapped by Killian McRae
Snapped - Killian McRae



On the surface, Taryn Pearson’s life seems perfect. No one sees how her past casts shadows over her present or senses the rage she fights every day to conceal. Total self-control has kept her safe, but it’s also left her isolated. Before transitioning from graduate school to her career as a lab assistant, her aunt urges her to be bold, expand her boundaries, and try something new.

 Photographer Rafael de le Sente escaped the barrio and demons of his youth, but he can’t outrun the consequences of his adult actions. Rarely able to separate work from pleasure, his licentious leanings finally cost him his biggest client. Rafael deigns to take on Taryn as a student for a price, proving his professionalism in the process. Almost immediately, he knows he’s doomed. Here is a woman who keeps his interest and tempts his libido. Every lesson further challenges her discipline and his control. Taryn may be just what he’s always longed for – an equal – but letting someone in so closely challenges his nature.

 Rafael never wanted love, Taryn never desired a lover, but they’ll need each other to finally bring their lives in to focus. Frame by frame, they move closer to accepting the pull between them. Every camera flash drags more of their pasts into the light, bringing them closer to a photo finish with fate.


My thoughts:


This was one of those books where I wasn’t sure if I would like it in the beginning but luckily I did end up liking it.

 This was a very emotional roller coaster ride of a book; it takes you all over the place with feelings.

I really did not like Rafael at first, he seemed very shallow and single minded but the more we get into the book we learn it is a facade for him and there is much more to him than he lets on.


You can fin my full review here


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