Another great read!

Deep Zero – V.S. Kemanis

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

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Dana Hargrove is the District Attorney for Westchester County, NY. As she and her office juggle the busy day to day case of the D. A.’s office, unbeknownst to them, a young girl commits suicide by jumping from the river bridge, leaving an enigmatic Facebook post behind…

Once young Naomi’s body is found, The D.A’s office quickly identifies significant cyberbullying as a possible cause for her suicide. But with no cyberbullying laws on the books in New York, and a grieving family demanding prosecution via news outlets, Dana and her fellow attorneys find themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to find justice for Naomi.

Meanwhile, Dana’s young daughter Natalie, asks for permission to go to a friends home for a sleep over. Unbeknownst to Dana, or her daughter, there is no parental supervision at the house that night, and a post-dance high school party turns out of control, leaving two attendees severely injured, and Dana’s daughter Natalie as the only reliable witness.

This book did a great job touching on the topics of teenaged cyberbullying, and polysubstance consumption, and made for a very enjoyable read. The characters are well developed, the circumstances are very believable, and I found it hard to put down!

This was my first introduction to the Dana Hargrove series, but it will not be my last!

I LOVED this book!!!

Come Home To Me – Liz Talley

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

Summer, Rhett and Hunt are three typical high school kids whose paths intertwine in this delightful tale of longing, turmoil, regret, self-discovery and love…
Rhett Butler has it all – king of the late night television in L.A., he has it all…money, fame, fortune…then in a single instant, tragedy ensues, causing him to question everything he knows. He grabs a flight back home to Moonlight, South Carolina in attempts to distance himself from events.

Summer Valentine, aspiring singer/songwriter, single mother to teenaged David, has returned home from Nashville to Moonlight, in hopes of allowing her son to cultivate a relationship with his father, Hunter McCroy.

Hunter McCroy was an up and coming baseball star, until injuries, addictions and bad decisions land him back home in Moonlight, working for his father, and attempting to cultivate a relationship with his son David.

Flash back to 2003…ahhh, those high school years, and the all important senior prom…

Summer is the proverbial high school nerd – a straight A student, she’s chubby, introverted, dresses down, and hopeful for a scholarship to continue her education, and is hopeful for a future as a singer/songwriter in Nashville. She has no plans to attend senior prom – no one has asked her.

Rhett Bryan is your typical high school jock, plays sports, great looking, dating the schools most popular girl Greyson, hands down the prom king, yet Rhett has a soft side. He’s nice to everyone. And Summer has crushed on him for years. After an unexpected calculus quiz, Rhett approaches Summer and asks for some tutoring assistance, which she willingly provides.

Hunter is yet another high school jock, strong pitcher, and Rhett’s best friend, who has dreams of making it to the big leagues. And he’s just been dumped by his girlfriend Molly, so now he needs a date for the prom. And Greyson feels that Summer would be the perfect substitute.
Summer has no plans to go to the prom. Engaged in a battle for the valedictorian title with head cheerleader Molly, she just plans to keep her head down and earn her grades. But, Rhett’s girlfriend has an idea. Lets makeover Summer and she can go to the prom with Hunt.

And so past and present collide as these three re-connect, and each of their stories is weaved through both present day and past events…

I absolutely LOVED this novel. I was sucked in from page one and left longing for more when the last page was turned. Liz Talley is an amazing storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of her work!

Pretty Little Killers – Rita Herron! A GREAT read!!

Pretty Little Killers – Rita Herron

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

Korine Davenport was only a child when her father was shot and killed in front of her in their Savannah home. There was never an arrest made in his murder. Now, 25 years later Korine is an FBI Special Agent, who is determined to right that long ago wrong.

Special Agent Hatcher McGee is also searching for a killer – that of his estranged wife. He carries tremendous guilt after ignoring her phone calls about a stalker, because he was in bed with then FBI Cadet Davenport. In the same case, his partner was also critically injured, and remains unable to work. Hatcher has just returned to active duty, after hitting rock bottom himself. His new partner? Agent Korine Davenport.

Both have regrets about their one night together, for very different reasons. Now, thrown together, they attempt to ignore the burning attraction that still exists, as they investigate a series of murders – which all evidence indicates to be a vigilante serial killer, with a grudge. First, a judge, under derision for allowing a rapist to go free on a technicality. Next, a child molester, tied to a tree, emasculated, and left for alligators to consume, after a daring escape from a prison transport bus. Finally, a driving instructor, who liked to molest teenaged girls, but was never convicted of a crime. Found with a bullet wound to his groin, and his hands hacked from his body. All bodies are found with a symbol on them, representing justice.

As the search for a killer continues, passions flare, and Korine & Hatcher discover long buried secrets of her past, leading to a stunning and unforgettable conclusion!!

I LOVED this book! And the best part – it is the start of a series! I look forward to reading more of Special Agents McGee & Davenports adventures!