BSBD Header

BSBD Header

Thursday, December 31, 2015

More December Book Reviews


I was on a roll in December and I finally made my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books in 2015. It is a far cry from the 150 I read in 2014 but I will attempt to up my reading in 2016.

I hope you all have a blessed and fantastic new year in 2016!




Plain Peril
by Alison Stone (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Love Inspired (first published January 30th 2015)

Goodreads synopsis: KILLER IN AMISH COUNTRY 
   After her sister is found dead and her brother-in-law goes missing, Hannah Wittmer rushes back to the Amish community she abandoned to care for her young nieces. Although she makes every effort to blend in, she's still seen as an outsider—and quickly attracts the attention of a killer. She knows Sheriff Spencer Maxwell is fast on the murderer's tracks, but the Amish townspeople are as suspicious of him as they are of Hannah. As threats escalate—now targeting Hannah and the handsome sheriff—they'll follow any trail to uncover a vicious criminal. Even if that trail leads them right to their own backyard.

***

4 Stars

This book gave me stress, I think that is the sign of a good author. I would not have wanted to be in the same situation as Hannah was, the only niggle I had with the book was that it seemed like the two main characters (Hannah & Spencer) fell in love without much interaction. But this still was an excellent book and I would recommend it to any one.

I bought this book with my own money.

***




Winning the Teacher's Heart
by Jean C. Gordon (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Love Inspired (first published April 1st 2000)

Goodreads synopsis: A Hometown Reunion 
   Single mom Becca Norton is surprised to discover her high school crush Jared Donnelly is back in town. The motocross champion hasn't been home in years, but the former bad boy is as gorgeous as she remembers. And his kindness toward her kids melts her heart. But when she learns his true purpose in town is to build a motocross school on land near her home, she has to put on the brakes. Her children's welfare is her priority, and her former in-laws have made it clear they don't approve of Jared or his plans. Soon Becca may have to choose between her heart…and her home.

***

4 Stars

This book is set in the same world as Holiday Homecoming. I enjoy reading the stories set in this world and I hope I can find more. This book was great. It too gave me stress reading it which is the sign of a great author. I was not a fan of he ex-sherrif character. He would be hard to deal with in real life and I was happy to see it came to such a good conclusion with him. I am not so sure it would come out so smoothly in the real world ,,, that is, if I was the one who was in Becca's position.

I hope to read more from this author. Great stories set in a great world.

I bought this book with my own money

Monday, December 28, 2015

December Book Reviews



Holiday Homecoming
by Jean C. Gordon (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Love Inspired

Goodreads synopsis: The Pastor's Christmas Match — Pastor Connor Donnelly is done with romance. After proposing to his high school sweetheart, Natalie Delacroix, five years ago--and being turned down--he's putting all his time and energy into his community. He's determined to make the Christmas pageant he's directing a success. But family and friends are set on fixing up the good-looking bachelor in time for the holidays. And now that Natalie is back in Paradox Lake--and helping with the pageant--they might just succeed. Because working so closely with Natalie stirs up old feelings . . . and Connor starts to hope for a second chance with the one who got away

***

4 Stars

I really enjoyed this small little sweetheart of a book. It had a good hook for me and I do love to see a pastor find his true love.

Connor and Natalie have a past. She said no to his proposal in college and went on to a big network tv career. But all wasn't happy and cheery in her so called dream job. When Natalie is caught up in a scandal she is sacked and comes home to help her mother who has recently been released from the hospital. The mother,  has a plan to get Natalie and Connor back together so she knows Natalie loves to sing and play the piano so Natalie becomes the new pianist at the Paradox Lake Community Christmas Service. Little does she know that Connor is now the pastor of her mother's church and is the one in charge of the hole shindig. This is a great story. Loved every minute of it. Check it out of you love a Christian book with heart.

I paid for this book with my own money.


***

by Barbara Valentin (Goodreads Author)
ebook
Published December 8th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 2nd 2015)

Goodreads synopsis: The first thing Sara Cleff, a hard-edged, shower-singing rock music critic, wants to do after following a band on tour is crawl into her nice comfy bed in her well-appointed, optimally located vintage apartment. But before making it home, she learns her roommate-slash-boyfriend has apparently broken up with her while she was away on assignment and sublet their apartment out from underneath her. Ouch! When her key no longer fits in the lock, the last person she expects to find on the other side of the door is Andrew Benet, a wickedly gorgeous music director from a nearby church.
Something about the brash music critic strikes a chord with Andrew, and he offers her the chance to stay on one condition—she has to join the choir at his church. While Andrew may hold the lease on Sara’s apartment, does he have the key to unlock her heart?

Assignment: Romance novels:
False Start
Help Wanted
Key Change

***

4 Stars

There was a surprisingly emotional edge to this novel. Sara, a music critic, is left homeless when her so called boyfriend goes back to the UK while is is away on assignment. When she comes back home a new man is living at her abode. He is a music minister at local church. Having the giving heart that he does, music minister Andrew (not Andy) Benet makes a deal with Sara that will give her six weeks to find a new apartment but this karaoke queen must sing in his Choir and  help him land the job at the church on a permanent basis.

This was a great story. It really pulled on my heart strings. I think you will love it to. Please check this one out. New fav author.

I paid for this title with my own money.


***



The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Books

Goodreads synopsis: A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
   Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
   And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
   Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

***

4 Stars

The first thing I have to say about this book is that you really need to pay attention to the names at the top of each chapter. I was in chapter three before I realized that there were three different character who would speak in the first person point of view. At first it is only Rachel and Megan but then nearly halfway through Anna starts speaking in the first person point of view as well.

This book wasn't really what I expected. But I thought it was a good mystery and it kept you guessing until the end who had really killed Megan and why.

I don't want to say too much but if you love mysteries then you will like this book. I read it in one day. Be prepared to not want to put it down until you are finished.

I paid for this book with my own money.


***



Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys #1)
by Elle Casey (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Montlake Romance

Goodreads synopsis: When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she’s nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble—she’s wearing pink espadrilles, she’s got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she’s in the middle of a shootout.

After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night—and the offer of a job. But it’s not long before a gun-toting stalker isn’t the only complication in May’s life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they’ve got some serious chemistry. A wrong number got her into this mess…Will it also get her the right guy?

***

4 Stars

May thinks that her sister, who is getting a new cell phone, has texted her from a new temporary number, has asked her to meet at a shady biker bar in New Orleans. All she finds is trouble there, A man with a huge beard saves her when the bullets starts flying. Now May has a bad man after her. Beard man turns out to be a security expert and he doesn't really have a beard. It was a disguise. He is a tough Marine type and she finds him oh so sexy. When the "team" he is the head of get to know May, they discover her expertise in photography and they offer her a job.

I enjoyed getting to know the Bourbon Street Boys and I can't wait to read other books in this series. If you like romance with a bit of suspense, this is definitely for you!

I bought this book with my own money.

***



The Blonde Before Christmas (A Barb Jackson Mystery 0.5)
by Anna Snow (Goodreads Author)
ebook
Published December 3rd 2015 by Smashwords Edition

Goodreads synopsis: Private Investigator Barb Jackson thought she'd seen it all. But when a last minute shopping excursion leads Barb and her best friend Kelly to a dead Santa Clause beneath the shopping mall Christmas tree, she realizes that not everyone in town is filled with holiday cheer. Jilted lovers, angry elves, and a whole slew of harried shoppers stand between Barb and the truth. But this is one blonde who won't give up that easily! It’s up to Barb and her friends to find the killer and save Christmas before the Santa Claus Killer claims another victim...

***

PI Barb Jackson discovers a dead Santa at the Mall and this novella is all about how Barb and her friend, Kelly try to figure out whodunit! The Sheriff does not want he help and the head of Mall security is over helpful. Santa had a whole slew of ex-girlfriends that could have been the killer burt 
Barb keeps digging until the real killer decides to try and silence her and Kelly.

This is a quick read and it keeps you interested until the end.

4 Stars

I bought this book with my own money.


***


by Carol Durand (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Maven Publishing Co.

Goodreads synopsis: Everyone knows about the rivalry between local celebrity baker Missy Gladstone and the jealous and often zealous donut man Darryl Davis from across town, but no one ever thought it would come to murder. 

As the town gets stirred up over what looks to be their very own version of a murder mystery tv show they can’t believe what’s happening in their little town. If it wasn’t enough that they think Ben’s a suspect, now someone has been lurking around her home after dark. Could she be next? 

***

I wanted to say that I really liked this book but it left me wanting. There was a whole lot of times when the suspense could have been heightened but wasn't. This really felt like a beginner's novel. I felt it had not been copy edited or read through entirely. Lots of things didn't flow smoothly. I gave this book 3 stars because because I thought the mystery had been built properly but not executed properly.

I hope her next novel shows her growth.

3 Stars

I bought this book with my own money.

***


The Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society #1)
by Heather Lyons (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Cerulean Books

Goodreads synopsis: After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

***

4 Stars

After Alice was in Wonderland she went to an asylum and that is where a man found her and wisked her to New York present day. He pulled her out of her storyland and into the real world. Many storybook characters work together in a company called The Collector's Society in order to save fictional worlds from disappearing. Now, Alice's world is one of the worlds they want to save. She is trained by the society and her new partner is none other than Huckleberry Finn. But don't call him Huckleberry, he hates that.

The Society goes in search of whomever is trying to end the storylines of many of their favorite characters. One of the first suspects is from Sweeney Todd.

This is an interesting novel and I enjoyed trying to figure out who was who and from what book. I really suggest you check this one out if you area  book lover.

I bought this book with my own money.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Sleighed at Castle Rock (Amelia Grace) by Anne Marie Stoddard



Sleighed at Castle Rock (Amelia Grace)
by Anne Marie Stoddard (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published November 29th 2015 by Gemma Halliday Publishing

No matter what season, the holidays can be murder! Bronwyn Sinclair, assistant to Castle Rock manager, Amelia Grace, is feeling Grinchy—but who can blame her? With Ame out of town, Bronwyn is taking over her duties running Castle Rock’s Christmas in July music festival and Battle of the Bands competition. It’s hard enough to get into the holiday spirit in the sweltering summer heat, but things take a turn for the deadly when someone slips mistletoe in one of the judges' drinks. Can Bron scratch the would-be killer off her naughty list before the whole festival is ruined? 

Amelia Grace Rock 'n' Roll Mysteries: 
Murder at Castle Rock – book #1 
Deception at Castle Rock – book #2 
Caper at Castle Rock – short story in the "Killer Beach reads" collection 
Sleighed at Castle Rock – holiday short story coming soon! 

***

A discovery of mistletoe  in a drink of one of the judges leads Brownyn on the trail of a bad guy.

This is the first book I have read in the Amelia Grace series. (Of course, it is the most recent book. I never seem to start at the beginning in any multi-book series.)  I thought it was a good novella. I have read many novellas and I think it is hard to get a complete mystery in such a small package but this author managed to do it. Reading this makes me want to read the other books in the series. I suggest you do too. It is such a fun ride.

Bronwyn Sinclair is taking over for her boss while she is away touring with her band. The venue called Castle Rock is doing a Christmas in July Battle of the Bands. The story follows the crazy antics of the poisoning of a judge and how Brownwyn solves the crime while the bands plays on behind the scenes playing Christmas carols.

4 Stars.

I purchased this title with my own money.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bella's Christmas Bake Off by Sue Watson




Bella's Christmas Bake Off
by Sue Watson (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 22nd 2015 by Bookouture

Goodreads synopsis: Two best friends. One big lie. The best bake off EVER. Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking - a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter 'Silver Fox' Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials. But this year things are going to be different. For Amy Lane, Bella's best friend from school, life hasn't held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy's husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever. Amy has watched Bella's rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella's latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy's mother's recipes, the gloves are off... After winning a competition to appear on Bella's TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember... A hilarious, heart-breaking and feel good read about best friends, baking and the magic of Christmas. What readers are saying about Sue Watson 'Laugh-out-loud funny, this book is exceptionally good.' Chick Lit Club 'I am a HUGE fan of Sue Watson and if you have a rather filthy sense of humour, and like a good giggle, her books don't fail to raise a smile.' Best Crime Books and More 'A talented chick lit author with fresh and unique voice and going on my list of all time faves.' This Chick Reads

***

Amy has always loved Christmas and she loves watching her old friend, Bella Bradley put on a Christmas feast very year on television. But there has been tension between Bella and Amy that tore their friendship apart. Amy tries to repair their friendship by sending cards to Bella each containing a recipe from Amy's mother. When Amy realizes that Bella's new cookbook is completely her own mother's recipes she loses it. And not only that, Bella claimed that Amy's mother was her own as well!

I started out this book really hating this Bella Bradley character. I was almost to the point where I didn't want to continue on because I did not like how Amy Lane was being treated. But I am glad I stayed with it because this book ended up being a pretty good read. By the end I wondered if it would be the beginning of a series with the same characters.

The tension between the characters was pretty tight and it reminded me of some of the people in my life. 

4 Stars.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Net Galley in return for an honest review. I thank Net Galley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

BOOK REVIEW: Threads of Evidence (Mainely Needlepoint #2) by Lea Wait




Threads of Evidence (Mainely Needlepoint #2)
by Lea Wait (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Kensington

Goodreads synopsis: It's hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine--until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .
   Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as "Aurora," has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years--and some say it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances... 
   Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine's murder--and the murderer--and it's up to her to stitch the clues together. 

***

This Mainely Needlepoint series is such a fun read for me. I am an avid cross-stitcher so I truly appreciate how these men and women can spend hours on end creating such wonderful pieces of art. And book two in the series is just as much fun and filled with excitement as the first book in the series. Sometimes following along with the action gave me a bit of stress.... because that is just how real the characters feel. It is actually like you're reading about a bunch of friends you haven't seen in awhile. So, if you're a cozy mystery love, definitely check this one out.

4 Stars

The mystery surrounds a new resident to Haven Harbor resident who just happens to be a Hollywood actress and someone who actually knew the previous residents of this historic mansion that has gone into ruin. Skye West buys this estate and decides to restore it. Then she calls in the Mainely Needlepoint crew to help restore a bunch of old needlepoint designs that are scattered throughout the estate. Skye has a second reason for being in Haven Harbor... she wants to solve the murder of her old friend, Jasmine who was the daughter of the original owner of the mansion.

This book starts at a point not far from where book one left off. Angie Curtis, a replant from the Phoenix area, still doesn't have the clothes for such a seasonal town and she hasn't completely decided if she wants to stay. Book one centered on the death and murder investigation of Angie's mother. And so, now she has a decision to make: stay or move on. Angie contemplates this fact many times during the course of the book. I do hope she decides to stay. I just love this Mainely Needlepoint family.

Definitely check this one out. Book two is just as good as book one.

I received this book as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Net Galley in return for an honest review. I thank Net Galley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1) by Susan M. Boyer




Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1)
by Susan M. Boyer (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Henery Press (first published September 13th 2012)

Goodreads synopsis: Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.

***

This clever cozy mystery is one that anyone would love.

The whole book centers around the death of Liz's grandmother, Emma. Liz has been working as a private investigator in a different city and hasn't spent a lot of time with her grandmother. During the reading of the will, the entire estate is left to Liz, much to her cousin's dismay. This fact features prominently in the storyline. 

Liz is visited by the spirit of Stella Maris who ends up being her dead best friend, and together they solve the mystery of Liz's grandmother's death. Definitely pick this title up if you love a great mystery.

I found the characters and community of Stella Maris fully rendered beings. You don't see that a lot in novels these days. I loved that about this book. It was almost like you were reading about real people and just discovering what was going on in their lives. At times I even felt stress reading the book. Talk about true to life. 

There was a part where Liz was still yearning for her old flame Michael but I had a feeling that wouldn't pan out in the future. I think that is still up in the air as the book ends but I am holding out hope that Nate, her business partner, will have a bigger part in the second book. Can you say Love Triangle? lol

Definitely one on my must read list this year. Check it out.

4 Stars

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Murder on the Menu by Zanna Mackenzie




Murder On The Menu: A Romantic Comedy Cozy Mystery (A Celebrity Mystery)
by Zanna Mackenzie (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published September 24th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: Lizzie Carter desperately needed to escape from the disaster of her old life but her new one is shaping up to be even worse! 
   After Lizzie's new boss, celebrity chef Armand, is stabbed in his own kitchen, Lizzie finds herself at the top of the suspect list. 
   Determined to clear her name she’s forced to enlist the services of her new neighbour, Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency (CCIA) special agent Jack Mathis, who’s been suspended from his duties for reasons unknown. 
   Given his reputation, Lizzie figures it’s best not to ask too many questions of him; she only needs the rogue agent to help her catch Armand’s real killer. The fact that Jack is a good-looking guy is not lost on her, but he’s clearly also trouble. And Lizzie’s got more than enough of that in her life already. 
   Can Lizzie save herself from getting arrested and manage to resist her special agent sidekick’s considerable charms and gorgeous smile? Will they solve the culinary murder mystery or will her new life land her in a prison cell? 

***

Lizzie Carter is hiding away from her old life and I think we can all relate to that. I found it easy to jump into this characters shoes and ride along with her during the stress of discovering she was the main suspect in the murder of a celebrity chef she was working for in a small farming community. Luckily, Jack Mathis, a CCIA (Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency) agent is helping out his brother in a neighboring farm. He has the know how to assist Lizzie during her time of need. 

This was no easy mystery to figure out. You had to stay with it until the end to find the true culprit. 

I thought it was a great mystery that really set the stage for the mysteries to come. I understand that this will just be book one in a series of novels. Cozy lovers definitely need to pick this one up.

4 Stars.

I received this ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from the author. I thank Zanna Mackenzie for allowing me to read this novel.

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: No Money Down - novella - by Julie Moffett




Kindle Edition, 90 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)

Goodreads synopsis: Me and the legendary Zimmerman twins--it's a friendship made in geek heaven. And it all started back when I worked for the NSA...
   My best friend Basia dragged me to the beach for her idea of a vacation. All those annoying people, sand in embarrassing places--not exactly R & R for a girl who doesn't like the sun, the ocean or bathing suits. I couldn't wait to get back to work.
   But things started looking up when I ran into Elvis and Xavier Zimmerman. We discovered we had a lot in common: gaming, anchovies, hacking. After that, the vacation was perfect--until I accidentally broke some poor guy's fingers. Then Broken-Fingered Guy disappeared, and things got really dicey. With the Secret Service and a bunch of thugs suddenly after me, all I wanted was to solve the mystery and enjoy what was left of my vacation--preferably alive.
   Prequel to No One Lives Twice.

***

 This book was a great addition to the Lexi Carmichael series. I am glad the author took the time to give us a bit of backstory as to how Lexi and the Zimmerman twins met. I think this really shows how Elvis came to truly adore Lexi and why he has this constant affection toward her. I enjoyed that aspect of the story.

The funniest part to me is alluded to in the first book in the series. At their first initial meeting she loses her balance, falls and takes Elvis's swim trunks with her. Love that.

This book was shorter than the others but it still contained a complete mystery with all the favorite characters we have come to love. This is a must read if you love the Lexi Carmichael series. Please add this one to your digital collection.

4 Stars

I paid for this title with my own money

Friday, November 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: No Woman Left Behind (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #6) by Julie Moffett




No Woman Left Behind (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #6)
Kindle Edition
Published June 1st 2015 by Carina Press

Goodreads synopsis: My mother's life goal has been to see me, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, happily married. So bringing my first boyfriend, Slash, home for dinner has me hyperventilating. Things get a lot worse when bullets start flying over our corn chowder.
   Now the entire alphabet soup of government agencies want my help finding the man behind the attack—Johannes Broodryk, a cyber mercenary I foiled on my last case. He wants revenge and he’s taken something of mine to ensure I’ll play, so it’s game on. But the government has its own agenda, and Slash is not on board with the plan. Things are a bit bumpy in paradise.
   Although I'm more comfortable with computer code than commandos, I've been assigned a team of navy SEALs to help bring Broodryk down. The question is, will they survive me long enough to solve his cryptic puzzles and save the day?

***

In this Lexi novel, you get to see more about Lexi's family since they are involved in the action at the very beginning of the novel. I really enjoyed that. We are also introduced to a bunch of SEALs in this book too. Hands is the leader and he likes to give everyone nicknames. So, Lexi's nickname becomes "Keys" since she is so computer savvy. Then the lady from the CIA who goes on the mission along with her because of her specialized knowledge becomes "Suit" since she is always so dressed up her her business best.

Lexi and Slash get forced into separation during this mission so Hands (and the other Seals) become her male counter-part. But do not fret, Slash and Lexi are reunited in the end. 

This one was an exciting ride that you will definitely want to check out.

4 Stars

I bought this book with my own money.

BOOK REVIEW: No Place Like Rome (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #3) by Julie Moffett




No Place Like Rome (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #3)
ebook, 117 pages
Published November 25th 2013 by Carina Press

   A Lexi Carmichael Mystery
   Italy might seem like a long way to go to hide after a disastrous date. But when sexy uberhacker Slash (no, that's not his real name) asks me to go with him to Rome on an investigation, the timing is sort of perfect. My messed-up love life becomes the least of my worries, though, after the dead body, the near-kidnapping and the discovery of a top secret encrypted file that even I can't hack.
   With time running out, there's only one thing to do: call in the legendary Zimmerman twins and my best fluent-in-Italian friend, Basia, to crack the code. Now if only someone could help me solve the mystery of whether Slash is flirting, or if all the kissing is just one of those "when in Rome" things...
   But when we finally uncover the secret someone would kill to keep, it's up to me to solve the case and save the lives of my best friends.
   Just another week in the life of geek-girl Lexi Carmichael.
   Read about Lexi's previous adventures in No One Lives Twice, No One to Trust and No Money Down.

***

This was a pretty exciting mystery. Lexi got her Indiana Jones on and was quite an explorer in this mystery/adventure. Slash wanted some investigating done on the DL and so, of course, he goes to Finn's firm where Lexi is now working. His family has been targeted and it is all hush hush since it involves the Vatican and Italian business that no one but the most important people need to worry about.

I really enjoy watching Elvis and how he is so bashful around Lexi. He nearly always gets involved in the investigation in some way. More Elvis would not bother me at all. This was probably my favorite book in the entire series. Definitely a book that many people could relate to. Pick this one up for sure

4 Stars

I paid for this book with my own money

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: No One To Trust by Julie Moffett




ebook
Published June 13th 2011 by Carina Press (first published May 18th 2011

Goodreads synopsis: SWFG: Single, White, Female, Geek.
   That’s me, Lexi Carmichael, a reformed hacker who was gainfully employed by the National Security Agency. But a series of extraordinary events led me to leave government life behind for a fresh start with a brand-new company and an incredibly sexy boss, Finn Shaughnessy. It may not be kosher to have the hots for your boss, but he seems to have the hots for me, too. If only things didn’t get so complicated… 
   Darren Greening, a genius researcher from Flow Technologies (our first client!) is missing, and his bosses think I’m involved. And they aren’t the only ones—the man who nearly snapped my neck in the parking garage thinks so, too. 
   Now I’m caught in the middle of a complex and dangerous case. I’ll have to use all my geek skills and a little help from my friends to solve the mystery of Darren’s disappearance before Neck-Snapping-Man makes a return visit…


***

I left the last book (book one in the series) with an affinity for the suave and oh, so Irish, Finn Shaughnessy. I mean, just think Irish James Bond, and you have Finn to a T. 
   Finn has started his new cyber security company and their first client is looking for a famous researcher who has disappeared. He is a geek, and since Lexi is all about the geek world, she knows exactly who he is. 
    Lexi is the head of the InfoSec division. And in reality, I think that mean she is her own department. There only seems to be three working there: Finn, Ben (a famous hacker) and Lexi).

Darren has left an intriguing clue with his bosses at Flow Technology. And Lexi seems to be the only one who can crack  the encryption. And the note says that they need to contact Lexi Carmichael immediately.

Lexi seeks the expertise of the Zimmerman Twins as well as Slash in this exciting adventure that really keeps you on your toes. If you like adventure/mysteries like Alias, Chuck, Castle, then this book series is for you. Definitely check out every book in the series.

4 Stars

I bought this book with my own money.