In Dog We Trust – Beth Kendrick

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Jocelyn Hillier is a year-round resident of Black Dog Bay, Delaware, and is out for a jog on Shoreline Rd (where the rich summer people come to stay) when she chances upon dogs in the road, in danger of being struck by a speeding car. Without thinking twice, she rushes the dogs to safety, and immediately receives a job offer to care for and exercise some prized black labs. Despite her polite protests, Mr. Allardyce won’t take no for an answer, and Jocelyn finds herself the caretaker of three purebred Labradors, one who’s due to deliver pups any day.

Liam Sheridan is Mr. Allardyce’s son but is estranged from his father. As he forces a meet at a restaurant, his father unexpectedly collapses and dies, and upon the reading of the will, he is stunned to learn that Mr. Allardyce has left the bulk of his estate to his dogs – with Jocelyn as caretaker and trustee. Determined to gain his fair share of the inheritance, he files a lawsuit challenging the will.

And so begins a sweet, funny novel about love, trust, forgiveness, family and, of course, dogs! With familiar places to Black Dog Bay readers like The Whinery, The Naked Finger and the Eat Your Heart Out Bakery, this book will have you laughing all through it’s pages! Another fabulous read by Beth Kendrick!!

Publication date: 8 Jan 2019

Just After Midnight – Catherine Ryan Hyde

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Faith has fled to her family’s California beach house in efforts to flee a controlling and borderline abusive marriage. Enjoying the solitude of the quiet shore, she is taking the time she needs to heal. Then she spots a young girl sitting on the beach in the dark in a lotus position – and an unusual friendship is born.

Sarah is a young teenaged girl who flees to her grandmother after her mother’s sudden death, and her father’s apparent betrayal – he sold Sarah’s prized horse without even telling her. Sarah also has a secret – a suspicion that her mother’s death didn’t quite happen they way she was told it did.

As Faith and Sarah bond over their unusual circumstances, Sarah’s Dad is discovered to be close by, prompting Faith and Sarah to flee, while her grandmother attempts to gain custody. Sarah requests that they head to Paso Robles – where Midnight is presently boarded. As they arrive and walk towards the ring where Midnight is being ridden, she throws her rider, jumps the fence, and runs to Sarah.

As Sarah bonds again with her horse and faces anew the probability of loss, she shares her suspicious about her father’s role in her mother’s death – and Faith comes to terms with her shattered marriage and her own uncertain future.

A sweet novel about love, loss, trust, pain, growth, self-determination and perseverance…just a beautiful story!!

Available on 4 December 2018

Unspeakable – Elisabeth Naughton

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Russell ‘Rusty’ McClane considers himself to be a black sheep of sorts – adopted into his family as a teenager, he has ties to the past that will not let him go, and they continue to impact him now. Owner and proprietor of The Black Sheep Winery by day, by night he’s undertaking much more dangerous activities in hopes of making amends. Then the police show up at the door, investigating the disappearance of a young woman, that was last seen with Rusty.

Harper Blake is a disgraced cop. Wrongly accused of sexual harassment by a trusted partner, she now works as a private investigator for defense attorney Andrew Renwick. She is asked to assess the missing woman case and Rusty McClane’s possible involvement in her disappearance, in preparation for his arrest. But when she meets Rusty, the attraction is undeniable, even though she senses that he knows more than he’s sharing. As she investigates further, she learns of the Plague, and Rusty’s involvement in something big…but what?

This book combines complex, likable characters, along with edge of your seat suspense, and very steamy sex to create an un-put-downable story! Easily read as a standalone, the fact that it is the fourth in a series is a huge bonus for me! I WILL be reading them all. I am amazed that I haven’t discovered Elisabeth Naughton before this! If I could give it 6 stars, I would! Fantastic!!

Available November 20th, 2018

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Would you share your innermost secrets, if it was anonymous??

Jessica Farris is a young cosmetician who visits individual homes to assist with make up for special occasions. On one such visit, a college girl mentions an ethics and morality study she’s signed up for, and decides she’ll likely blow off the meet. Jess is intrigued, as she needs some extra pocket cash, and the study reportedly pays a good amount. She secretly copies the info off her client’s phone and takes her place in the study the next morning.

Almost immediately, she is disconcerted by the questions, and the way the interviewer interacts with her between questions. But, comforted by the apparent anonymity, she answers the questions posed to her with honesty, revealing things that she has never shared with others. Seemingly satisfied with Jess’s responses, Dr. Shields invites her back for more questions, and eventually, to participate in scenarios. But what is Dr. Shields after and why? What do these seemingly random exercises mean? Soon, Jess finds herself caught in a web of paranoia and deception that seems to be beyond her control…

Told from the perspectives of the mysterious Dr. Shields and Jess herself, this story grabs you from the first page and keeps you enthralled until well after the very last page is turned. This one kept me up late into the night and had me at it again early in the morning! I couldn’t put it down!!

Due out 8 Jan 2019! Don’t miss it!!

Alaskan Holiday – Debbie Macomber

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Josie Avery is a culinary school graduate and is anxiously awaiting her chance to begin studying under famed Chef Anton, when his newest restaurant opens in Seattle, come winter. For the time being, she’s cooking for a lodge up in Ponder, Alaska, a small, quiet town, north of Fairbanks. Accessible only by cargo plane, or ferry, Ponder is pretty remote, although they fairly recently received internet service.

Palmer Saxon is a native Alaskan and swordsmith, who has become a constant companion to Josie during her time there, as has Hobo, his beautiful Husky. Although their relationship has been nothing more than hand holding and kisses, Palmer is pretty sure that he wants Josie to remain in his life. Josie too, feels love for Palmer, and is torn between him and the opportunity that awaits her back in Seattle.

Jack Corcoran is an older, never married gentleman, who loves Josie’s cooking, and eats at the lodge every night. A curmudgeon at best, Jack too would like to see Josie stay, and Josie finds in him, the father figure that she never had. But, as autumn and snow arrive, despite a missed ferry ride, Josie finds her way to Seattle to begin her new career.

As the distance looms between them, daily conversations and texts become more and more sparse, and then Palmer chances to see a picture on Josie’s Facebook page that leads him to believe he is losing Josie. So, Palmer and Jack hatch a plan to go to Seattle to see her…

This was such a sweet, romantic story, and a perfect read for an early autumn day! I could almost see the snow falling in Alaska, and was cheering on Palmer and Jack as they plotted to get Josie back to Ponder, where clearly, she belongs! A quick, fun, read!!

Available 02 October 2018

Vendetta – Iris Johansen

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

On a mission gone bad, CIA Terrorism Task Force Leader Carl Venable, lies mortally wounded when found by fellow team member Jude Brandon. With his last breath, Carl implores Brandon to find and protect his daughter Rachel from terrorist Max Huber, who is hell bent on revenge, as he believes that Rachel killed his father.

Rachel Venable is a physician with One World Medical, and is deep in the rain forests of Guyana, as they try to save village residents from the devastation of the Taran Virus, a mosquito borne illness. As traditional medicine has failed, Rachel has turned to her training as an herbalist in attempts to save an 8-year-old girl from certain death from the virus.

Catherine Ling, CIA agent and long-time friend of Rachel Venable is also invested in keeping her friend safe. As word comes down that Max Huber may be enroute to the rain forest to take Rachel, she joins forces with an eclectic group of people whose objective is to keep Rachel safe and to shut down Red Star, Huber’s terrorist organization.

When Rachel is evacuated from Guyana right under Huber’s grasp, he retaliates by kidnapping Maria, the 8-year-old child that Rachel was so desperately trying to save, promising to torture her if Rachel doesn’t come to him. He is also threatening a catastrophic terrorist act on US soil in the days to come.

As Rachel, Brandon and Catherine and their group team up to identify the planned attack and stop Huber, Rachel prepares to stop at nothing to save Maria, and plans her own special surprise for her tormentor. But will they be able to stop him in time and bring Maria home safely??

I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Johansen since the first Eve Duncan book as released, and that adoration continues! With Catherine Ling taking a small role, this could be considered another of the Ling series, or perhaps the start of yet another fabulous series starring Rachel Venable and Jude Brandon – at least that’s what this reader fervently hopes!! Great characters, lots of non-stop action, and not one, but two heroines!! Awesome read!!

Cut And Run – Mary Burton

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden heads out to visit an old informant who called with some news and finds him dead in a lawn chair on his deck, with injuries clearly inflicted by another, indicating that Jack Crow was likely tortured before he died. As Mitchell assesses the scene, he notes that the home was trashed by someone who was looking for something, but there are no further clues to be found.

Dr. Faith McIntyre, medical examiner for Travis County and occasional lover of Mitchell, performs the autopsy on Crow’s body, discovering that the victim didn’t have long to live, due to pancreatic cancer. She and Mitchell surmise that Jack had wanted to clear his conscience of something.

Macy Crow, FBI agent and daughter of the deceased, arrives into town to assess the circumstances of her fathers death as well. Accessing a small hidden panel in her father’s home, she finds some clues he had left, including a burner phone with three addresses. As she visits each place, she becomes more convinced that there is a problem. One of the addresses leads to the ME’s office – and Macy discovers that she’s a dead ringer for Faith. Then she is run down by a truck and left for dead.

As Macy fights for her life, Mitchell and Faith investigate the secrets that died with Jack, and Faith tries to trace her roots and find her relationship to Macy. But someone else is watching too, and doesn’t want Faith to find the answers…

This book had me from the first page, and I read it cover to cover in a few hours! Great storyline, classic suspense/romance/intrigue and I loved the characters!! Hoping for more of Mitchell & Faith in the future!! Great read!