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review 2017-02-20 12:54
Most Dangerous Place - James Grippando
This was another great Jack Swyteck book.  This series has been consistently good and this book was no exception.  This book is the 13th installment in the Jack Swyteck series but it can be easily read as a stand alone novel.   Like all of the other books in this series, the book tells its own story with the help of some familiar characters.  I started this book about a half hour before I had planned to go to bed for the night which turned out to be a huge mistake because I didn't want to stop reading.  Since I am past my days of being able to function on no sleep, I did put the book down although later than I had planned but I couldn't wait to get back to it.  I just had to know what secrets were being kept.

Jack, along with his wife and young daughter, go to the airport to pick up his old friend, Keith, and his family.  As soon as the group meets up, Keith's wife, Isa, is arrested and taken away in handcuffs.  Jack jumps in to help right away and is quickly hired as as Isa's lawyer.  She is being charged with conspiracy to murder the man that raped her in college.  It becomes evident right away that Isa is keeping quite a few secrets.

This story took a lot of twists and turns and I was never quite sure which character should be trusted.  Jack finds himself in a situation where he has to dig deep into the past of his good friend's wife even when it becomes unpleasant.  His responsibility is to his client who doesn't always make things easy.  Throw an additional lawyer who drove both myself and Jack a little crazy and you have one heck of a frustrating case.

As I have come to expect from James Grippando, the story was told in a wonderful manner.  The pacing was very well done with some pretty intense moments worked into the story.  I love the little bit of humor that always seems to work its way into the story and puts a smile on my face.  I did enjoy how the mystery behind what happened was unraveled just a little bit at a time.  Everything fit together nicely by the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to mystery fans.  I found this story to be quite the page turner that really kept me guessing.  I have been reading James Grippando since I first discovered his writing over 10 years ago and since then I have read most of his work.  I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.  

I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss.

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review 2017-02-19 15:14
Rusty Puppy by Joe Lansdale
Rusty Puppy - Joe R. Lansdale

Rusty Puppy is the latest entry in the Hap and Leonard series by Joe Lansdale.


The pair are hired by the lady across the street to help find her son's murderer. The local cops are not only unhelpful, they are suspected of being involved. As always, the pair are happy to help and find themselves involved with corrupt lawmen, scuzzy lawyers and a foul-mouthed, 400 year old midget vampire. (You'll see.)


I believe the main draw for these books is the back and forth between Hap and Leonard and this book is no exception. I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit and with everything going on in the world today, I welcomed the respite.


There's also a killer fight scene towards the end of the book that loyal readers won't want to miss.


Hap and Leonard lovers should enjoy this volume of the series just as much as the rest of them, if not just a smidge more. Highly recommended, especially to fans of the series!


Available on February 21, 2017, here: Rusty Puppy (Hap and Leonard)  


*Thanks to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the digital ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2017-02-13 13:21
Blush for Me - Kristen Proby


ARC Review:  Blush For Me (Fusion) by Kristen Proby


Kristen Proby and her Fusion series bursts with flavor.  I keep coming back because the message is a powerful one and the characters are hard to ignore.

Fusion is built on sisterhood, friendship, equality and love.  The message:  "It's okay to be different, just be yourself."  We all need to hear that at one time or another and being true to oneself is the greatest piece of advice a person can receive.   Kat wears her self - confidence like a badge of honor.  She speaks her mind.  Goes after what she wants and is working on facing her fears.  When a test of fear comes back to bite her in the butt, her white knight is there in the next seat to hold her hand.  Mac is no hero, but he is tempted  to break his own rules.  Now he has to decide, if facing his biggest fear will net him his greatest reward.  Love with attitude.  Kristen Proby does it up right.

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review 2017-02-07 19:49
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Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

Always love learning about the history of the period. Suffragette movement, Geronimo escape and the black experience.



Beverly Jenkins is one of my favorite Black historical romance writers. She not only shares black history, but familial relations and love. I've read more than seven of her large catalogue of books, mainly her historical romance.


In Breathless we revisit characters that I'd fallen in love with. Rhine and Eddy's love in Forbidden was enduring. I'm waiting for my Rhine. After learning about Eddie's sister's neglect of her nieces I was concerned and couldn't wait to revisit them. Breathless is Portia's story.


Portia is determined, strong, smart and a bit afraid of men (due to her past with her mother). From the very beginning of Kent's arrival I knew He'd have his work cut out for him. In Breathless Ms. Beverly shows that people can mature and grow and I appreciated that. I Just can't get enough about the town, people and the conflicts they encounter.


All in all Breathless was a 4 star read for me. A book I will revisit and share with other historical romance lovers and even with the romance naysayers.


Thank you to Edelweiss and Avon for the opportunity to read and review Breathless.

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review 2017-01-31 01:12
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

I really enjoyed this book.  I was so happy to see so many wonderful character from the first book in the series, Forbidden, featured in this book.  I found this book to be a really easy read and liked the sweeter romance that it offered.  The western setting was very well done and quite a lot of fun.

The book focuses on Portia and Kent.  Portia came to live with her Aunt Eddy and Uncle Rhine when she was 12 years old.  They are forced to leave Virgina City shortly after the events of the first book.  The family ends up in the Arizona Territory running a successful hotel.  Portia has grown up to be an intelligent and very capable woman who handles most of the day to day operations of the hotel.  She is very business minded and has no desire to marry.

Kent's life has been rather adventurous since he fled Virginia City with Portia's family.  He is now the rancher he always wanted to be and is hoping to settle down a bit.  He signs on to work with Rhine and soon is put in charge of the adjoining ranch.  He is a very hard worker and an all around good guy.

I liked Portia and Kent together.  This romance was really quite sweet.  Portia is very innocent and the bulk of the book covers the couple getting to know each other.  I liked how Kent handling all of the attention that Portia was getting from her long time suitors.  He seemed to know just the right thing to say to handle a situation.  It was nice watch this couple fall in love with each other.

I would recommend this book to others.  I didn't like it quite as much as I liked Eddy and Rhine's story but I thought it was a solid romance.  Having Eddy, Rhine, and other characters from the previous book play an important roles in this book was a nice surprise.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

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