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review 2018-06-13 01:47
First Contact by Kat Green
First Contact (Haunts for Sale Series) - Kat Green,Kat de Falla

Part murder mystery, part ghost story, this tale had me interested from the beginning. Sloane is an independently minded woman with one exception: she’s still grieving and still attached to her dead fiance Michael. She’s taken a job investigating a house for paranormal activity and she is hoping that dead Michael will put in an appearance. I guess if you’re a paranormal investigator, you would have issues letting go of the dead above and beyond most people.

So while Sloane is pining away for Michael, there’s definitely some ghost action going on in this house and that leads her to start asking questions. Apparently this little Wisconsin town has several unsolved disappearances. These young ladies went missing and now Sloane believes she has found their ghosts.

Even as the murder mystery spins up, it quickly spins out. The cast of characters is small and it quickly becomes apparent who the culprit is. I would have liked a bit more time for the mystery to develop and play out. I didn’t get much suspense because the culprit was quickly revealed (and it wasn’t a big surprise either).

The rest of the tale is about Sloane trying to escape the bad guys and that’s about half the book. There’s added drama over Michael and her undying love for him. But then there’s a silly love triangle tossed in too. FBI Agent Jonah, Michael’s best friend, is the guy that taught Sloane most of what she knows about the paranormal. They usually do paranormal investigations together but Sloane is branching out a bit now with her business of investigating potentially haunted houses that are on the market (because buyers want to know if they have to live with spirits). And then the love drama is even a little more silly because Jonah’s FBI partner is a knock-out and Sloane is jealous of her. I really didn’t care for the romance drama because it took Sloane’s character down a notch. She went from this savvy paranormal investigator, independent business woman, etc. to being this childish, jealous idiot who makes fun of Jonah’s coworker. Sigh… ugh! Sloane, you’re better than that!

By the end, I was glad that the ghosts got some payback and that Sloane had worked out her romantic issues. The pacing started off good but then dragged a little with romantic entanglement stuff but then picked up again at the end. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Kate Tyler was OK. She has a good voice for Sloane and she did a decent job with emotions. Her other character voices were sometimes spot on and sometimes not. Her pacing was just a touch off as she hesitates here and there. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kat Green. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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text 2018-02-27 07:03
Blog Tour - Forbidden Lyrics

 

We are thrilled to be bringing you Jodie Larson's FORBIDDEN LYRICS, the third standalone in her Lightning Strikes rockstar series. Fans of contemporary romance are not going to want to miss this one--be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

About FORBIDDEN LYRICS:

 

Falling in love with your best friend's sister is never a good idea. Getting caught kissing her, that's even worse. I watched Lizzie Donovan grow up - from pigtails and scraped knees to pouty lips and lush curves. It wasn't until one night nine years ago in the front seat of her car, with her lips on mine, that I realized what I was feeling was far more than friendship. Of course, I felt her brother's wicked left hook shortly after. One promise was all it took to push her away. Not anymore. This is my chance. I have three months to convince her that she's the song in my heart and we're more than just forbidden lyrics.

 

Add FORBIDDEN LYRICS to your Goodreads shelf here!

 

Grab your copy of FORBIDDEN LYRICS on Amazon today!

 

 

 

 

 

Read an excerpt from FORBIDDEN LYRICS:

 

The house lights dim, leaving the whole place practically in darkness. A hush falls over the crowd as if the lack of light was in control of their voices. Pretty sure we’re the only table that knows what’s about to happen.

 

The steady beat of a drum, counting out a punishing rhythm break through the silence. A bass guitar joins in, followed closely by two more guitars. It’s a pattern I’ve heard all my life. Each instrument getting its turn to take the spotlight before coming together as a whole.

 

A spotlight cuts through the darkness and every girl in the room loses their mind before rushing the stage. Flashes from cell phones compete against the swirling lights illuminating the dance floor. The four of them stand there, perfectly comfortable in their surroundings, taking command of the area. Kade winds at the girls in front while Myles struts his stuff along the right side of the stage. You can barely see Pax’s head above the drum set, but every once in a while, you sneak a glimpse of his smile.

 

But that’s not what I’m focusing on. No, I’m drawn to the one standing off to the side, keeping a constant rhythm and not drawing as much attention to himself. Damn. If I thought Breck looked good sitting on a bar stool, he looks a million times better with a spotlight shining directly on him.

 

 

 

 

Don't miss the other LIGHTNING STRIKES books!

 

 

SERENADING THE SHADOWS:

 

No one should have their life planned out at the age of three. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Adrienne Carmichael. Paving the way as the “piano prodigy” was all her parents wanted…Only she didn’t. All she wished for was to be normal, to be a regular teenager and everything that came with it—including the decisions that would shape her life. Wish granted. Ten years later, scarred and broken, she knows that being alone isn’t everything she imagined. The piano is finally everything, except nobody will ever hear her play again. All that changes when a sexy-as-sin rock god blows into her life. Tall and tattooed with jet-black hair and a dangerous bad boy smile…he’s every girl’s fantasy. To her, he's a distraction, yet Kade Evans is everything she shouldn't want. Instinct tells her to run, but she can’t get him out of her mind. But may, just maybe he can be the one to pull her from the shadows before the darkness swallows her…for good.

 

GOODREADS / AMAZON

 

 

 

 

NOTES OF THE PAST

I love women.

And it’s easy to see why. Being the lead guitarist for the country’s hottest band, Lightning Strikes, has them practically jumping into my bed and walking out the door just as quick. Which is perfect for me. Emotions complicate things, and I don’t do complicated.

Not anymore.

Sure, I was in love once, and it was great. Then it was gone. That’s when I vowed never again. Life is better without empty, broken promises.

After five years of hard work, sacrifices, and determination, everything I’ve ever wanted is in my grasp: a successful career, touring city after city and being accountable to no one.

Then she starts appearing in the crowds. The girl I once loved, and who walked away.

Only, Tatum Mitchell wasn’t just any girl; she was my girl.

Will she be the wedge that drives the last part of my heart away, or will she break down the walls I’ve built. We’re connected through the lyrics of our heart and the notes of our past, but is that enough?

 

GOODREADS / AMAZON

 

   

About JODIE LARSON:

 

Jodie Larson is a wife and mother to four beautiful girls, making their home in northern Minnesota along the shore of Lake Superior. When she isn't running around to various activities or working her regular job, you can find her sitting in her favorite spot reading her new favorite book or camped out somewhere quiet trying to write her next manuscript. She's addicted to reading (just ask her kids or husband) and loves talking books even more so with her friends. She's also a lover of all things romance and happily ever afters, whether in movies or in books, as shown in her extensive collection of both.

 

 

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review 2016-12-05 00:00
First Contact (Haunts for Sale Series)
First Contact (Haunts for Sale Series) - Kat Green,Kat de Falla First Contact is the 1st book in the Haunts For Sale series by Kat Green, In the book Sloan Osbourne is a paranormal investigator and a real estate agent who secializes in selling haunted houses. Sloan has never actually seen a ghost but has all of the equipment she needs to be able to tell if a house is haunted or not. Sloan has a client and who is looking to purchase a house but wants to know if it is haunted or not. Sloan is more then ready to investigate this huse. It is also the anniversary of the death of her finace.
Sloan's fiance Michale was killed in a car accident as they were headed to get their marriage lisence 1 year ago. He always used to use a year and a day as a time reference for things, like when giving something time like a new job give it a year and a day, if you don't like it quit, and so on.
Sloan feels like if she does not make contact with Michael on the year and a day anniversary she will never be able to, and what better place to try then a haunted house. That is all I am going to tell you about the story, I don't want to ruin it.
I was very impressed with this book. It grabbed a hold to me on page 1, and left sad knowing I have to wait for the next book. This truely was a great book. I loved how it stayed interesting and to the point with out boring me with unneeded details. For the most part if there was a detail abotu something you needed it either to keep track of the point being made or you would need it in another later part of the book.
The characters in the book were awesome and life like. They had feelings and emothions that jumped off the page and made you feel sad or happy or whatever for them.
The story kept moving, it did not stall out. It was almost a roller caster at times. I personally really like that. I do not enjoy books that get stagnent. This book never did.
I am also a paranormal junkie. My favrite is ghosts and this book was full of them. I really ejoyed this book. Hurry up Kat and bring us book 2.
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