Cut And Run – Mary Burton


I was fortunate to receive this novel from 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!

Consumed – J.R. Ward


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

Anna Ashburn is one of New Brunswick, Massachussett’s leading firefighters, and is assigned to the crew of the 499. Like any firefighting crew, she is ‘tight’ with her team, consisting of Danny Maguire, Emilio Chavez, Patrick Duffy, Deshaun Lewis, and Christopher Baker. As the book opens, the crew is dispatched to a box alarm, and drive up upon a working structure fire within a warehouse. As the team splits up to handle their respective assignments, Anne and Emilio head inside to clear the building of any occupants. As a couple of vagrants are shown to safety, a big explosion triggers a collapse of the building trapping Anne and her partner inside. As the team struggles to free their injured team members, Danny finds himself with a hellish choice to make – and almost loses his own life in the process.

Flash forward several months later. Anne, unable to return to her former position as a fire fighter, opts for arson investigation instead. The warehouse fire that ended her career weighs heavy on her mind, and as she investigates the site of yet another fire, she can’t help but wonder if they are connected. As she begins to research the buildings, she learns that the majority of the buildings are owned by one individual – and as she sets her sights on him, someone else is watching Anne. But the danger may be much closer than she realizes…

I was hooked from the first page and could NOT put this book down. Filled with a colorful, unforgettable crew, each with their own demons to overcome, this novel was filled with rich dialogue and quiet introspection, giving each character a depth you don’t often see. And as Anne and Danny face their individual challenges and attraction to one another, you can’t help but to cheer them on. I truly LOVED this book!!