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review 2017-12-11 18:15
Sex Trafficking and High Fashion in Justice For Abby by Cate Beauman @CateBeauman
Justice For Abby - Cate Beauman

I have been reading my way through Cate Beauman’s Bodyguard of LA County Series, and Justice For Abby is Book Six. I love romantic suspense and Cate can sure spin a tale that keeps me wrapped up in the mystery. I look forward to each and every one.


Cover by Demonza


Justice For Abby (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #6)


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Justice for Abby by Cate Beauman is Book VI of the Bodyguards of LA County Series and I have been eating these romantic suspense novels up, like the M&Ms I love so much. This may be the best one yet.


Abby is taken from the rest area parking lot, right in front of her sister, Alexa, and her daughter, Livy. With the threat of harm to her family, Abby is forced to work for them, but her eye is always on escape.


After her rescue, she has lingering affects, flashbacks and panic attacks, and fears that she won’t be able to come back if she loses herself…again.


She is the prime witness for the prosecution in the trial for the traffickers. She is single handedly bringing down the largest sex ring they’d ever seen, so she has a bullseye on her back. They want her DEAD.


The traffickers are brutal, savage, only interested in themselves. The women are possessions, bought and sold, passed around like a commodity. Imagine the threat of death and torture hovering over your head, day after day, month after month, year after year, with no relief in sight.


Abby is a fighter with a big heart. She is making a name for herself in the high fashion world and paying it forward by creating opportunities for those less fortunate, hiring some of the women she knew from her captivity.


Her bodyguard, Jerrod lives with her, protecting her. He is all business, but will the sexy little kitten win over his heart? Me thinks so. I love the recurring characters and the danger that surrounds them as I wait…for that terrible something to happen.


Margret…my heart goes out to Margret and I know there is nothing Abby won’t do to try and save her.


Shelby, beware of a woman scorned and a shallow one at that. Can a villain be redeemed? I always have hope, but you’ll have to read the book to find out.


Cate Beauman describes the scenes in such vivid detail that I can see Abby dancing, singing, and shaking her bootie as she cooks and I can’t help but smile even as I type these words. Makes me want to get up and dance.


When the shit hits the fan, I love how Cate Beauman handled it and she sure has me terrified, wondering…


I love how Cate Beauman twisted and turned the normal romantic suspense beast, you know, that push and pull of attraction, the dance between yes and no, making my rating of Justice For Abby over the top.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Justice for Abby by Cate Beauman.

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review 2017-11-14 16:56
All Good Deeds
All Good Deeds (A Lucy Kendall Thriller) (Lucy Kendall #1) (The Lucy Kendall Series) - Stacy Green
The Four Just Men - Edgar Wallace

Quite by chance, I started on All Good Deeds   while in the middle of re-reading Edgar Wallace's The Four Just Men, so I had a couple of days of vigilante justice delivered in two very different styles, one set in Edwardian London in 1914, the other in present-day Pennsylvania. And while the heroes of the London story are cultured middle-aged males (there are only three of them, actually) the protagonist of the modern story is a pushy, opinionated young woman who goes rushing in where "just men" would – no, not fear to tread, but certainly think very, very carefully before they trod.


Lucy's one concern – and It's become an obsession – is abused children. Years ago when she was working for the Child Protection Services, she was responsible for monitoring a boy of eleven who had been allowed to go on living with his family against her advice and had then murdered his nine-year-old sister. The boy, Justin, subsequently spent several years in juvenile prison but was later released back into society without being tagged as a child-molester. Lucy fought against his release because she considered him a danger but she was overuled by the judge.


Now a nine-year-old girl called Kailey has disappeared, been kidnapped, and Justin not only lives right there in the immediate neighbourhood but turns out to have been in direct contact with the girl prior to her disappearance.


So far as Lucy is concerned, she was right all along and this is an open-and-shut case. When she learns that the Detective in charge of the investigation is Justin's half-brother and that he insists there is no evidence against Justin, she starts taking things into her own hands. Not for the first time. Several pedophiles who had evaded official justice have already met their maker after a brief encounter with her.


But further developments sow doubts in the reader's mind about Justin being in any real sense a pedophile, or dangerous. And a young man approaches Lucy in a bar and informs her that he knows her secret: a word from him to the police would result in Lucy being arrested and charged with a whole series of murders.


The reader is torn in two.


Great writing.


But the moral of the story? All Good Deeds is described as "a psychological thriller". I'm not sure what that means. That the bad guys have psychological problems? Well, yes, but so does Lucy, when judged by normal standards of behaviour in any civilised society.


I wonder where this will go in the second book in the series ...


And The Four Just Men? It is a classic. A little slow perhaps (life then was slower) but essential reading. If you haven't read it, read it. You can download it almost free from Amazon and completely free here.

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review 2017-11-09 11:20
Overcoming class prejudice, guilt, and small-town judgmentalism: Redemption at Hawk's Landing by Rita Herron @ritaherron
Redemption at Hawk's Landing (Badge of Justice) - Rita Herron

When I started reading Redemption, Rag Doll by The Four Seasons popped into my head.  


When she was just a kid her clothes were hand-me-downs
They always laughed at her when she came into town

Bullying, guilt and class prejudice are the underlying themes in this book


Here's the blurb:


A missing sister, a murdered father and a dangerous reunion years in the making.

The last place Honey Granger wants to be is Tumbleweed, Texas—the judgmental town that made her childhood a living hell. But when Sheriff Harrison Hawk informs her that her alcoholic father has been murdered, she reluctantly joins his investigation. The sexy sheriff has long suspected Honey’s father in his sister’s disappearance and vows to solve both mysteries. But keeping his professional distance from the vulnerable blonde proves nearly impossible. He’ll guard her 24/7 until her life is out of danger. But how will she feel if Harrison proves her father was a murderer?


Honey's father was an alcoholic. When he was sober, he could be a kind, loving father. When he was drunk, which was most of the time, he was physically abusive. Her mother abandoned them both when she was seven, and she wonders why her mother her with her [so do I], and she feels unloved. She grew up wearing raggedy hand-me-downs, and was teased and bullied for it. She escaped as soon as she was eighteen, and built a successful home renovation business.


Sheriff Harrison Hawk remembered Holly. His little sister used to play with her before she suddenly disappeared. Holly's father was immediately suspected, but nothing could be proved. But for Hawk's mother, he was guilty as sin.


When Holly returns to town to take care of arrangements for her murdered father, he has to deal with his feelings for Holly, whom he always thought got a raw deal from the town. He saw how she'd been treated, yet did nothing. He also has to deal with feelings of guilt arising from his sister's disappearance. 


But he's not the only one: his brothers, as he finds out, also feel guilty. And their mother, who hated Holly, has her own secret, which proves to be explosive.


The suspenseful plot is very well done, with surprising, but logical, twists and turns.


The themes of class prejudice and guilt are fleshed out well. Holly, the Hawk brothers and their mother all go on a roller-coaster journey of standing up to their inner demons.

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text 2017-11-07 01:28
So, here's the deal
Batman & the Justice League, Tome 1 : - Rodolphe Gicquel,Shiori Teshirogi

No, you can't read this - unless you get your hands on the French version, and can, y'know, read French.  Or alternately know how to read Japanese.   


I just happen to know French.   My parents asked me what I wanted, and I said 'Batman comics in French.'   Because I've been jonesing to read more Batman.   They got me a Dini/Timm Batman Adventures tome that is huge, and I am incredibly excited about, but it was a bit too huge to contemplate while finals :/


They also got me a collection that is unlike most American graphic novels: most are one title, issues 1-4/6/whatever.   Some French BDs - graphic novels - are like this, and some...are not.  I got one with a couple of the King issues that I've already read - but not in French! - and some Detective issues, and some Nightwing issues.   So I'm super excited about that.  


The small manga sized collection, however, fit best into my busy schedule.  I plan on writing a lovely note to my uncle, who loves BDs as much as I do, so he always sends something my way when my parents visit.   He got me this, and I love it: I mean, I side eye huge chunks of how this was drawn, but the ultra feminine male Joker is just doing it for me.   The Gary Stu main character isn't doing it for me, either in a 'I love it' or a 'I hate it' way, but I didn't get super excited until I saw girly-guy Joker.  He's fucked up in pretty much the same way as normal Joker, but I kinda dig how he's drawn.  About a third of the way through this, and I'm going to put it aside for a week or so as I catch up on homework.  I may read it in small chunks if I can, but we'll see.   


For now, I'm going to play some online games for a minute or two, then sleep off the anxiety of my tutorial tomorrow. 

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text 2017-10-29 16:26
Another Double Bingo!
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Symphony of Ruin: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel - Christina Lay
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2) - Richard Gleaves

OK so that's no surprise this late in the game. I've already commented on these books in previous Bingo posts so will just say the ones to read are A Spark of Justice, Mary Reilly and Bridge of Bones (2nd in a series)


One square left waiting for a call. But I thought there was one I dn't have still not called, so I'm confused.


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