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review 2016-04-21 01:09
The Last Mile
The Last Mile - David Baldacci
Series:  Amos Decker #2
ISBN: 1455566020
Publisher:  Grand Central
Publication Date:  4/19/2016 
Format: Other  
Audio Format
ASIN: B01ATTRBUI
Hachette Audio
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
My Rating: 5 Stars 
 
David Baldacci returns following (2015) Memory Man, landing on my Top 10 Books of 2015 where we met an unforgettable man, Amos Decker. A former pro football player, turned police detective in Burlington, Vermont- <i>Now with the FBI in Virginia. </i>

In THE LAST MILE (#2 Amos Decker) the hero/FBI detective, meets a man on death row- with more in common with his own past than he could ever imagine.

Amos Decker suffers from Hyperthymesia, (perfect recall) -a condition in which an individual possesses a superior autobiographical memory, the ability to recall the vast majority of personal experiences and events in his life. Hence, The Memory Man, from a former brain injury. He has solved the mystery of the murders of his family in Ohio, and still struggles with his past.

Presently, he is on his way east to Texas, as part of a new FBI task force to look at cold cases. He learns of a black man, a legendary college football player, an NFL draft pick, he knew in his past football years---until, his career came to an end, when he was convicted of a violent crime. The double murder of his parents in the small Texas town. This man’s past is shockingly close to Decker's own--he is intrigued.

Melvin Mars was a rising football star in the small Texas southern town. A black mother and white father was murdered. He has been sitting in prison with all his appeals denied.

Now twenty years later, he is on death row, close to The Last Mile. The walk from prison cell to the death chamber. Was this man wrongly convicted? Down to the wire, Mars receives the news—someone else has stepped up and confessed to the crime.

Why now? Is this man the real killer? If not, and the one sitting in jail is innocent—who is the real killer? Why free someone now after twenty years? Mars is afraid they will think he paid this man.

Decker’s boss, Special Agent Ross Bogart and the new team consists of, a journalist, Alexandria Jamison; a clinical psychologist, Lisa Davenport; and Todd Milligan, FBI agent. Mars, also hangs out with Decker to delve deeper into the past. Someone has something to hide. Deadly secrets.

A man on Alabama death row, Charles Montgomery has confessed. If he was going to die anyway, is there a payoff, a motive? This man is an estranged father to a high school son, also a football star, being raised by a single mom in Alabama.

Who wanted Mars out of prison and why?

Decker suspects someone else is controlling this scenario. A bigger picture, more evil and sinister. Parallels with the two stories, surrounded by intense suspense and intrigue. Amos takes risks and will not allow anyone to stand in his way to find truth and justice. Other events occur, adding more layers and danger. What if Mars has to go back to prison?

When a member of Decker’s team goes missing, Decker has to put his powers to the test, to solve this mystery before someone else dies. Where nothing is as it appears.

Baldacci comes back strong after his bestselling Amos Decker #1 with an entertaining and highly emotional whodunit old fashioned mystery!

Plenty of shockers and well-developed characters, an offbeat hero, desperately seeking redemption for Mars, (sharing the limelight) with a past very similar to his own. Mars wants to follow in Decker’s footsteps, with his own agenda of paying it forward.

Multi-layered, compelling, and infused with Southern football, racial injustice, an age-old complex conspiracy, involving the evil masterminds of the three musketeers—with some innovative detective work and wit. Fans will love the Decker/ Mars relationship (hope we see more of these two in the future).

First, if you have not read Memory Man. Stop here, and jump over and meet one of the author’s most creative and amazing characters. You will appreciate #2 after learning the background, even though the author fills in the blanks.

Second, if you prefer audio versus the book, or a combo of both—you are going to love Kyf Brewer (sexy—could listen to him all day) with Orlagh Cassidy (awesome as always, for the female voices). I always pre-order the audio, for the enhanced experience!

As always, when you are dealing with Southern states, settings, and characters, (Alabama, Mississippi, Texas) mixed with dirty politics, greed, wealth, corruption,racism, and injustice—combined with football obsession---there is a multi-layered story of dark secrets and scandal to be uncovered.

Rich in Southern atmosphere, a taste of John Grisham, John Hart, and Greg Iles with the interweaving of dark crimes, lies, and secrets both past and present—mixed with Baldacci’s own trademark style—making for a highly recommended read--an action packed "31st" thriller!

 

 

Amos Decker #1 

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Cover Reveal - JACKSON'S TRUST

 

We are so thrilled to review the new cover of JACKSON'S TRUST by NYT Bestselling Author, Violet Duke, which releases on March 8th from Loveswept! Trust us...you want to see this cover!

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About JACKSON'S TRUST:

 

New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.

 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

 

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

 

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At first glance, Jackson looked like any other ridiculously handsome former athlete. But the second glance was when it became obvious the man was complex, more than simply handsome.

 

He was deep.

 

Everything about him made you realize there was much more beneath the surface.

 

If you made it that far, that is. Leila didn’t blame a woman for getting lost in surface appearances for quite a while because good lord, what a surface it was.

 

He had a hard-to-miss All-American athletic build that almost couldn’t be contained in the swanky NFL-after-party-worthy sports jacket he was wearing. His locked and loaded guns for arms framed a spectacularly broad chest and carved abs his shirt had actually molded to for one particularly memorable few seconds. All in all, it was the sort of physique that very likely inspired the first ad campaign with male models lifting the hem of their T-shirts up like it was a perfectly normal occurrence.

 

And above his shoulders? Jesus. She would’ve pegged him as having been sculpted rather than born based on that etched jawline and the ruggedly sexy lines along the muscular column of his neck.

 

Meanwhile, his casual product-free ash brown hair was the unassuming variety you expected to find on the guy next door. The kind that looked like he’d just sprinted over from a jog on the beach and shoved his hand through it right before a candidly perfect black-and-white model photo shoot.

 

Really though, the most distracting of his long list of magnetic qualities was his ability to just stand there without feeling the need to say more than a few words. Never before would she have put “quiet” in the same category as “sexy.” But on this man, it so very much was.

 

His composed, confident presence was almost deafening. And if she had to hazard a guess, she’d estimate that those hypnotic hazel eyes of his, with that touch of buried sadness, could likely charm the panties off of an unsuspecting woman even at ten yards away.

 

Yowza. Make that twenty.

 

The dangerous weapons in question were now locked on her own eyes.

 

And if her body’s immediate reaction to that were any reliable warning, she wondered if she’d ever get any normal breathing done at work.

 

Honestly, if she weren’t so darn curious about this whole “Weatherman” nickname— which appeared fitting if Jackson had been able to predict the Viper’s two-touchdown win from position stats alone—Leila would already have made a heartfelt request to her new boss to pair her up with a mentor that was far less attractive.

 

Or at the least, someone who didn’t call her “sunshine.” . . .

 

In a low, darkly seductive rumble that didn’t belong in remotely the same category as mortal male voices.

 

Mentally, she braced herself when she felt him lean over, just a bit, to utter in a low voice only she could hear, “While I’d love nothing more than to stay right here and figure out what blush-inspiring thoughts you’ve been thinking about for the past few minutes, unfortunately, I have to get going.”

 

Before she could even attempt to contradict, or be offended by, the remark, he met her narrowed gaze with a searing hot promise, twined around a dare. “I’ll see you first thing in the morning, sunshine. Bright and early.” His eyes dropped down to her still-heated cheeks in a gentle caress. “We can discuss the Viper’s conference championship win that Lloyd mentioned,” he added quietly, as if knowing exactly which hot buttons to press to turn her imagination on. Literally and figuratively. “Only if you’re interested, that is.”

 

With his closeness affecting her ability to think about anything other than how good his voice sounded in her ear, she simply nodded, choosing to ignore how deeply her answer could get tangled in that broad net he’d just cast with that last statement.

 

Not that any sort of admission of her being “interested” could be any worse than the wildly imaginative, mildly panic-worthy daydream she was currently having.

 

Which starred him discussing football stats with her in that mesmerizing 1-900 voice of his.

 

Holy crap.

 

Her knees buckled.

 

No judging. To each woman, her own version of dirty talk.

 

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NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romances filled with strong, unique heroines and memorably romantic heroes. With just under a million books sold to date, since becoming an author in 2013, Violet has appeared on the USA Today bestseller list thirteen times and the NYT bestseller list three times, with the additional honor of charting in the Top 10 across the major eretailers both in the U.S. and internationally. Her fans, who she just adores to pieces, affectionately call her books sweet & sexy 'laugh & cry' love stories.

 

When she's not feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking impossible-to-be-duplicated 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days in Hawai'i chasing after her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband (their ringleader).

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review 2015-11-30 13:01
Release Day Blitz - A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS

A Different Christmas

 

Title: A Different Christmas, A University Park Series Novella

Release Date: November 30, 2015  

 

Purchase Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017YJA9UK iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1059106301 B&N: Will be updated Kobo:  Will be updated Google:  https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=GHXrCgAAQBAJ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27410046-a-different-christmas

 

 

Blurb:

 

The final chapters in Raven and Lexi’s epic love story that began with Opposing Sides. Having been through hell and back, Raven and Lexi beat the odds stacked against them and came out on the winning side together. For the past several months, Raven’s been working hard to show Lexi he can be the husband she deserves and the father their soon-to-be born twins need. Playing pro-football is proving to be more challenging than they thought.

 

As the weeks pass and her due date nears, old demons resurface, threatening to destroy what they’ve worked hard to rebuild. The birth of their twins reminds them despite long practice sessions, football games, and the holidays, what’s most important is the greatest gift of all: love.

 

**This novella takes place before the epilogue in The Winning Side and A Different Side. This is a standalone story, but it is recommended you read the series.**

 

Tags/Tweets: #NewAdult #Romance #College #TheRavensTrap #UniversityParkSeries

 

 

 

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This is book # 5 in the University Park series. By the authors own words: **This novella takes place before the epilogue in The Winning Side and A Different Side. This book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended you read the series.**

The story continues for Raven and Lexi as they are now in New Orleans and he is beginning his NFL career. They are steadily working on their relationship moving forward and planning for the future.

Lexi is adjusting to living in a new city, being away from her family and being loved by Raven's. There is so much going on and she is afraid still, that Raven will give in to his dark side and she will lose everything. He assures her all the time that he loves her, but she cannot help it.

Raven is stressed and worried. He is trying to be there for Lexi, not let his team down and take them all the way. This is his chance and he does not want to blow it.

I loved this book! This is such a good and endearing book about how love endures - even when there are cracks that can be filled or weaken you. Such a pure example of unconditional love and HEA that can happen against all odds! Grab you a copy, you won't regret it!!

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

I pulled into the park and stopped a few feet shy of the valet stop. Night had set in and the weather was a nice sixty degrees. Perfect for a train ride and a stroll through the park.

 

“We’re here.” I leaned over and helped Lexi remove the mask.

 

“Oh wow.” She blinked a few times and looked around. “This is beautiful, Raven.” She peered out the window like kid anxious to run through an amusement park. “Do they always decorate the park with Christmas lights?”

 

“Yes, Celebration in the Oaks has been a New Orleans’s traditions since I can remember.”

 

“How fun.”

 

“I bought us tickets for a train ride, which takes us around the park to see the Christmas lights.”

 

“Oh that’s perfect.” She smiled and gave me a kiss on the cheek.

 

“If you’re up to it, we can walk around afterwards. If not, I understand.” I wasn’t sure if she could handle strolling through the park with her big belly. I felt bad for all the weight she was carrying around.

 

“Exercise is good for me, so I don’t mind.”

 

“We’ll see how you feel after the train ride.” I pulled forward to the valet porter.

 

“Okay.”

 

We got out of the vehicle and walked toward the train station. Festive holiday music played and thousands of lights twinkled in a variety of colors. Some outlined the huge oak trees and others draped the moss-covered cypress trees. Various lighted displays were spread throughout the park creating a magical winter spectacular. Decorated Christmas trees lined the walkway giving it a cozy, intimate feel.

 

“This reminds me of last year when you took me to downtown Fort Worth and we went ice skating.”

 

“I know.”

 

I laced my fingers through hers. “This was the weekend we hooked up and you stayed with me.”

 

Lexi stopped and turned to me. “Oh no…”

 

“Happy Anniversary, baby.”

 

She covered her face with her hand. “How could I forget?”

 

“It’s okay.” I chuckled. “You got a lot going on.”

 

“Not more than you.” Disappointment laced her beautiful features. “No wonder you gave me the diamond earrings during dinner.” She shook her head. “I thought you were giving me an early Christmas gift. I’m such a loser.”

 

“No you’re not.” I drew Lexi close to me. “You’re about to give birth to twins. I don’t think that puts you anywhere in the loser category.”

 

“But I didn’t buy you anything.” Her hands rested on my chest.

 

My eyes wandered behind her as the deep voices tried to enter my head. Telling me Lexi would never marry me. That she’d never be my wife. That all of this was just temporary. I shook my head and aligned my eyes with her.  “There’s only one thing I want from you, Lexi.”

 

Her gaze tore from mine. “I know. Please be patient with me. Okay?”

 

I lifted her chin, bringing our gazes together again. “I already told you, I’m not going anywhere.”

 

“Good. Because I’m not going to let you.” She smiled and then backed away, latching on to my hand. “Come on, let’s go have some fun. I might not be able to ice skate, but we can at least enjoy the lights.”

 

“You got it, baby.”

 

We boarded the train for the two-mile ride around the park. We laughed and talked the entire time as we passed the blinking Christmas displays, which included the animated Cajun Night Before Christmas display and the iconic snowman, Mr. Bingle, a New Orleans’ favorite. It was fun and festive and by the smile on Lexi’s face, I knew she was having a good time.

 

“The lights were beautiful,” Lexi said, as I helped her step off the train. “I’m so glad you thought of this.”

 

“I wasn’t sure it would be a good idea, since you were so far along.”

 

She waved off my comment. “I’m pregnant, not handicap.”

 

“I know, but it can’t be easy lugging around two babies.”

 

“It’s not.” She huffed. “But it’s only temporary.”

 

“Thank, God.” I wrapped my arm around her. “Because I miss you lying naked on top of me.”

 

A soft moan escaped her lips. “I miss that, too.”

 

“How long do we have to wait?” I cautiously asked.

 

Her eyes darted to the sky. “I think six weeks, but it might be longer for C-section. I don’t know, but don’t let me forget to ask.”

 

“Don’t worry, I won’t.” Apparently I wasn’t the only one missing the great sex.

 

“So, have you decided on the names?” I held up my arm, pointing at my watch. “Times ticking.”

 

“I know.” Lexi nodded repeatedly. “But this isn’t my decision alone. You have to agree, too.”

 

“Okay. Then let’s decide tonight.” I spotted a vendor selling coffee and pastries.

 

“You want something?”

 

“Do you have to ask?” She winked. “You know my weakness.”

 

 

 

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About the Author: CM Doporto

 

Born and raised in the United States of America in the great state of Texas, CM Doporto resides there with her husband and son, enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Red Head Parrot and several fish. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, where she is associated with the Young Adult Special Interest Chapter.

 

To learn more about her upcoming books, visit www.cmdoporto.com  and sign up to receive email notifications. You can also like CM Doporto’s fan page on Facebook and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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review 2015-11-30 06:30
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A Different Christmas: Novella (University Park Series) - CM Doporto

This is book # 5 in the University Park series.  By the authors own words: **This novella takes place before the epilogue in The Winning Side and A Different Side. This book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended you read the series.**

 

The story continues for Raven and Lexi as they are now in New Orleans and he is beginning his NFL career.  They are steadily working on their relationship moving forward and planning for the future.  

 

Lexi is adjusting to living in a new city, being away from her family and being loved by Raven's.  There is so much going on and she is afraid still, that Raven will give in to his dark side and she will lose everything.  He assures her all the time that he loves her, but she cannot help it.

 

Raven is stressed and worried.  He is trying to be there for Lexi, not let his team down and take them all the way.  This is his chance and he does not want to blow it.

 

I loved this book!  This is such a good and endearing book about how love endures - even when there are cracks that can be filled or weaken you.  Such a pure example of unconditional love and HEA that can happen against all odds!  Grab you a copy, you won't regret it!!  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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video 2015-11-13 00:49

CONCUSSION: Coming Christmas Day 2015: The Movie 

 

The Book - By: Jeanne Marie Laskas Coming Nov 24  

 

 

 

 

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