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review 2019-03-21 13:39
Review ~ Awesome
Warped Passage (Jo Riskin Mysteries #2) - Debbie S. TenBrink

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

Lieutenant Jo Riskin of the Grand Rapids Police, Homicide Department has two murders, in a fairly close time span, that appear to be related. But the investigations are going nowhere. She, her partner Detective Lynae Parker, and her department are stumped. Oops. I said stumped. Considering the two victims are missing an extremity that is unfortunate wording. And also slightly funny. Come on, you know it is.

 

But wait! There’s more! Not only is Jo trying to find what could be a serial killer in her city, but the case against her husband’s killer suddenly goes sideways. Now she’s scrambling on two fronts. Thank goodness she’s pretty damn good at her job and she’s also got a top notch team.

 

It takes a special kind of talent for an author to run a primary murder (murders!-is this a serial killer?!) and keep us guessing, but it takes an extraordinary author to run two separate murder mysteries in tandem and not come out smelling like a big pile of crapola. I am happy to say that Ms. TenBrink smells like a field of flowers. Or maybe a midway filled with fair food. Or pies baking. Mmmmm…where was I? Oh yeah! Not only do we get the possible serial killer angle, but we get the continuation of Jo’s quest to bring her husband’s murderer to justice. See book 1 for how this particular part begins. Don’t worry though, this can be read as a standalone. However, I don’t know why you would want to skip book 1. It’s awesome!

 

I have nothing bad to say about this book. The plot, the pacing, the characters, the mystery, and the dialogue are all sublime. I hated leaving Jo and her crew in Grand Rapids when the last page was turned. Debbie S. TenBrink is most definitely one of my favorite authors. Period. The End.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/warped-passage.html
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review 2019-03-19 14:11
Review ~ Decent read
Vampire Dead-tective - Mac Flynn

Book source ~ Free on Amazon

 

Liz Stokes came across a guy in the bushes one night when she was heading home. No, he wasn’t stalking her or choking the chicken. Actually, he was beat up pretty good, so she took him home with her. Luckily Timothy Hamilton was a good guy and not some serial killer. They ended up being roommates and occasional lovers until the day he was murdered. And that’s when the life as she knows it gets tossed out on its ass and her new unbelievable, are you fucking kidding me, life begins.

 

With the murder of Timothy, Liz inherits his weird ring and his even weirder business partner and is suddenly thrown into a paranormal life she had zero idea existed. The learning curve is steep and Liz isn’t buying it even though she’s seeing this shit with her own two eyes. So, while I like Liz and her snarky attitude, I really can’t stand how dumb she is at times. Vincent is an asshole. But he’s supposed to be so it’s all good. Lol

 

The story could use a bit more editing, but it’s a great idea with a decent execution. For this first book there’s really only three main characters: Liz, Vincent, and some strange guy named Frederick “Bat” Batholomew. There is a Big Bad in the form of Lord William Ruthven, but I don’t yet know who or what he is or what he wants. I suspect he’ll play a bigger role in the next books. The story is suspenseful, humorous, and intriguing, so I’m looking forward to reading more.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/vampire-dead-tective.html
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review 2019-03-07 19:54
Review ~ Decent read
Haunted and Hexed - Misty Bane

Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Drusilla “Dru” Rathmore Davis is having some terrible luck starting her new life. Two cars stolen and a flat on the third one would make most people take it as a sign to turn around and rethink the new plan of settling in Blackwood Bay. But Dru is made of sterner stuff. She intends to claim the inheritance from the grandmother she never met or even knew about and that’s final. But so is death and people are dying. Can Dru figure out who the killer is before she’s the next victim?

 

If you’re looking for a paranormal cozy mystery with humor and great characters then look no further. Dru is a little slow on the uptake, but the rest of the story is mostly light hearted and pretty fun entertainment. I say mostly, because people do die. Ouch. I really needed this after the duds I’ve finished recently. So, murders aside, this is just what the book doctor ordered. I look forward to more in this series.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/haunted-and-hexed.html
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review 2019-03-05 17:13
Review ~ Decent read
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol

Book source ~ Kindle First

 

Roselle St. Sismode is the secondborn child of the Fate of Swords. Firstborns, depending on their family, may rule their Fate. Secondborns have to go into military service. Forget thirdborns – they’re killed if found. Fourth thou shalt not count and fifth are right out. Hehe I paraphrased a Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail tidbit there. I couldn’t help it. Ok, moving on…

 

The book begins with Roselle’s Transition Day. Most secondborns are taken younger, but Roselle is 18 when her mother sends her to do her military duty. Even though Roselle is basically royalty and the whole Republic has pretty much watched her grow up on some kind of Truman Show-like program, her life in the military will be brutal and most likely short. Everyone knows her face and secondborns from privileged families are hated by the other less fortunate secondborns. And there lies the danger to her. But others are manipulating her life behind the scenes and Roselle must stay alive long enough to change the Republic. Whether she wants to or not.

 

The beginning of this story is confusing as the world gets laid out for the reader. It took me awhile to grasp all the families, structure, terminology, and relationships. About the time I got all that down the story started to take off down the tracks and I was belted firmly in and definitely along for the ride. The characters are well-developed, the plot intriguing and Roselle is no slouch though she may have a touch of Mary Sue-ness about her. Just a touch though. There’s intrigue and danger and even some romance in this intricate tale of rebellion. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, more of a transitional slope than an actual dive off a cliff. Roselle’s journey is far from over and it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/secondborn.html
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review 2019-02-15 16:08
Review ~ Steamy
Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT) - Paige Tyler

Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Dallas SWAT, under Commander Gage Dixon, has shaped up to be the best unit in the US. He’s built his team from scratch in under 10 years, recruiting only those that meet his exacting criteria - they have to be the best in their field. Oh, and they have to be a werewolf. Say what?!

 

Journalist Mackenzie Stone smells something funny about the much-touted Dallas SWAT team and she’s determined to dig until she finds out if they’re dirty or pumped up with PEDs (performance enhancing drugs). She had no idea she was walking right into the wolf’s den.

 

I admit that I kinda loathe reporters/journalists and Mac is no exception. What a self-righteous prig she is. Not a fan of her, but at least she’s no shrinking violet. I love Gage and the entire SWAT team. The action is fast-paced, the bad guy is a bit too real, the steamy stuff is definitely fan-worthy, and I like the lore and humor. I’m not much on the plot device of having a woman be The One or whatever anyone else calls it. I think it’s a cop out. Blah. Anyway, other than those two points this is a pretty good read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/hungry-like-wolf.html
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