My guilty pleasures, these books!!

Blood & Lace – Trinity Scott

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

Chloe Sterling, a reporter who is presently suspended from work due to her less than ethical tactics, has arrived in California to visit her twin sister, Eden. But Eden is nowhere to be found, and when the local police department seem less than interested in Eden’s disappearance, she turns to FBI Special Agent Gage Pierce for help.

Gage is immersed in his own work, but he feels an instant attraction to Chloe, and that attraction is reciprocated. As Gage investigates Eden’s employer, Provocative, Inc, he also learns that Eden had a side job, producing risqué podcasts from home, for an organization called Red Light Productions. Chloe, not about to sit idle, follows Gage and attempts some research on her own, landing on the radar of Eden’s abductor.

With the help of some non-law enforcement friends in high places, Gage and Chloe immerse themselves in Eden’s life and activities in attempts to re-trace her steps. As they unknowingly close in on a killer, they play right into his hands, and the killer closes in as well…

This book sucked me in with the first paragraph, and I read it cover to cover in a few short hours! A great read, with intrigue in spades, and just enough hot romance to keep readers engrossed and wanting more. I hope to see this crew of unorthodox investigators in future novels!! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!!

The High Tide Club

The High Tide Club – Mary Kay Andrews

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Josephine Bettendorf Warrick is an old reclusive heiress who resides in her pink mansion on the family owned island of Talisa, off the Georgia mainland. Home to her family for generations, the 99 year old Josephine is determined to see that the island falls into the rightful hands of her descendants, and not the state of Georgia, which wants the island to create a state park. Seemingly out of the blue, she contacts local attorney Brooke Trappnell to assist her in this endeavor.

The book vacillates between past and present – and the reader is introduced to ‘The High Tide Club’, a small group of girls who became fast friends in the early 1940’s, and together have kept a secret for their entire lives. Estranged over the years, Josephine asks Brooke to summon the women, or their descendants, to the island, so that she can make amends, as Josephine wants to deed her island to them.

But, before the will is signed, Josephine is found dead, and the makings of a legal battle appear to develop, as distant relatives appear and attempt to make a claim. But Brooke and the group of women she’s assembled research the past, and make some startling discoveries about Josephine, her friends and the events of 1941 which created an unbreakable bond for these four women…

This was a very enjoyable read, with the story being told in both past and present times, and the reader only learns of the challenges, sacrifices and heartache the women faced as the novel culminates with some twists you won’t see coming! A great rainy day read!

A superb read!!

What The Valley Knows – Heather Christie

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

Molly Hanover is the new kid – forced to relocate to a new town during the summer before her senior year of high school, she is alone in her new surroundings, and very lonely. She takes herself out of the house to the park to read, where a chance encounter with a few of the local football players leads to an invite to a party, where she meets Wade.

Wade, football star and hometown hero, is close to being kicked off the team due to his poor grades in class. Forced to see a tutor, he is delighted to discover his tutor is none other than Molly, and the two fall hard and fast for one another.

Meanwhile, Ann, Molly’s Mom, wants nothing but the best for her daughter. Widowed at a young age, she has struggled to provide for Molly. When her employer, Peter, an attorney, offers her a small home, at a super low rental, she jumps at the chance to provide Molly with a stable environment, a decision that proves to be costly.

Then one night, a few drinks, a windy road, and a secret waiting to be shared, become the recipe for a catastrophic accident will change everything for these two teens. But can they find their way back to one another?

This is a fabulous story! It grabbed me right from the beginning, sucked me in, and kept me awake far into the night! The characters are realistic, believable, the writing superb, and the memories provoked of my own high school days were many…a ‘must read’!! I look forward to more from this author!!

Great new series!!

Wrath – E. H. Reinhard

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

The story starts with a young woman who is embroiled in an illicit affair, which has since been discovered by her husband of only a year, Chris. As Chris sits in his van and watches his wife depart the home of her lover, something inside Chris just snaps, and he begins a bloody rampage, avenging himself against all who have wronged him.

Lieutenant Nash Harrington catches the first murder. A man, stabbed to death in the doorway to his own home, for seemingly no reason, and no evidence left behind. Then a dead prostitute is found. And then a neighbor discovers Chris’ cheating wife is dead, and quickly becomes a victim himself.

With the body count mounting, and Chris now on the run, the Nash and his team must figure out the common factor in all the killings, and prevent the killer from finishing his agenda – killing all of the women who he perceives as having wronged him – including Nash’s girlfriend Amy…

I very much enjoyed this book, and I can see Nash Harrington evolving into the likes of John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport, or Roger Stelljes’ Mac McRyan. Great read, and I look forward to purchasing the next two books in the series to read ASAP!!