Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh

Midnight Betrayal
Author: Melinda Leigh
Publication: Montlake Romance (September 2, 2014)

Description: Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found—the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart—Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation—and their growing desire—as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.

My Thoughts: Doctor Louisa Hancock thought that she had left her problems behind in Maine when she moved to Philadelphia but it looks like someone is killing young interns at this museum too. When another intern goes missing and Conor Sullivan is implicated, Louisa knows he didn't do it. They had met in Maine but it was a "wrong time, wrong place" relationship. Now that they are together in Philadelphia, it is the right time but being involved in a murder investigation isn't an ideal time to start a romance.

Both Louisa and Conor are wary of romance because of incidents in their past. Trust and open communication doesn't come easy to either of them. I did like watching love overcome their problems.

The mystery was well-done with lots of possible suspects for me to ponder. The chapters from the villain's point of view were quite chilling. The story had lots of suspenseful scenes and some quite humorous ones too.

I was a big fan of Conor's tough exterior and marshmallow interior. His need to help those who are helpless - from the college girl with the drunken boyfriend to the pit bull that had been abused - really showed his character. The abused dog and the problems surrounding her added depth and more danger to the story.

This was a great romance and wonderful thriller too.

Favorite Quote:
He stood and held out a hand. She took it and let him help her to her feet. Wrapping an arm around her, he took some of her weight as she hobbled to the bedroom. Her knees must have stiffened as she sat. "But I'm warning you now. I get hot. I'll probably end up taking off my shirt."

Her body shook in a silent laugh. "I'll try to control myself."

Kirra beat them to the bed, curling up in the exact center of the duvet.

Conor stretched out on the bed and picked up the remote. "If you get too warm, feel free to take yours off. I won't be offended."

"That's kind of you to offer." She chuckled, easing onto the mattress.
I got this book from the author in exchange for my review. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"I'm sorry." Ryan wagged his head. "I'm done with cracked skulls and slit throats and cigarette burns. No more dead kids?"

"What about live ones?"
This week my teaser comes from Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs. This is the most recent in the Temperance Brennan series. Here is the description of this Sept. 23 release:
The evidence is irrefutable: In sixteen New York Times bestsellers over the course of as many years, Kathy Reichs has proven herself “a genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News). In forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, Reichs has created a detective fiction heroine who’s brilliant to the bone. “Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden,” says The New York Times Book Review. In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.

But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.

In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs never fails to satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin-deep.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Sept. 15, 2014)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

The Renaissance Festival was fun. I did lots of walking and lots of eating. The weather was gorgeous with sunny skies but a nice breeze to keep it from being too hot. It was great to see all the people in costume and to see all the different crafters. I managed to walk 10000 steps which made it a very unusual Sunday.

My Driver's Improvement class was interesting. There really wasn't any new information. But it is good to be reminded every few years about how to be a safer driver.

Our weather has turned very fall-like. We have had chilly days and really cool nights. Great sleeping weather but I wouldn't have needed to pull out the fall jackets quite so soon. This coming week doesn't look much warmer. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 60s all week here.

This coming week I have a road trip up to the Red Balloon Bookstore on Tuesday after work. Kelly Barnhill will be there signing her newest book. I just read Iron Hearted Violet this summer which had been on my TBR mountain for a while and enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to meeting her and getting her newest book for our library.

After that, my week should be quiet. I hope to fit in lots of reading time.

Read Last Week
I got the novella prequel to Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann's YA debut - Dangerous Destiny - this week and read it right away. I have already read the novel. This was a good introduction to the novel and would give the reader a flavor for the writing and characters in the story. I reviewed this one at Amazon and GoodReads but not on my blog.

Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis was a science fiction story about a princess in hiding until she is dug out by a young man who wants her to lead a revolution. I enjoyed both the epic science fiction plot and the romance. My review will be posted on October 15.
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter was an entertaining historical fantasy about a young scholar who inadvertently gets swept up in a plot to kill the king. It was well-done. My review will be posted on October 9.

Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh was an excellent romantic suspense title that I got from the author for review. The book was released on Sept. 2 and my review will be posted on September 17.

Festive in Death by J. D. Robb is the 39th book in a very entertaining futuristic mystery/romance series. I always look forward to each new book and really enjoyed this one. My review will be posted on October 22. My GoodReads, LibraryThing and Amazon reviews have already been posted. 

I am currently reading Atlantia by Ally Condie. It won't be released until Oct. 28 but I got the eARC from Penguin's First to Read program as a file on Adobe Digital Editions and it will be expiring in just a couple days. 

Next Week
These three young adult review books are next on my stack.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch came to me via Edelweiss.

Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst came to me via the author and NetGalley.

Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen came to me as a print ARC from Macmillan.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
What is in the plans for your week? Leave me a link and I'll be glad to visit your blog and see.

Stacking the Shelves (Sept. 14, 2014)

Tynga of Team Tynga's Reviews has a meme to spotlight the books we receive each week. Visit her site to check out the linky and see what everyone gets. I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow.

I began the week by stocking my Kindle with the Iris Johansen books I didn't have when they were the Kindle Deal of the Day. I got:
Sleep No More by Iris Johansen
Taking Eve by Iris Johansen
Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen
Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen
Close Your Eyes by Iris and Roy Johansen
Sight Unseen by Iris and Roy Johansen

I also got a couple of books I had pre-ordered:
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
Festive in Death by J. D. Robb

I also got one book for review:
Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh

What did you add to your stack this week?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

The President's Vampire
Author: Christopher Farnsworth
Series: Nathaniel Cade (Book 2)
Publication: Putnam Adult (April 28, 2011)

Description: The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. Nathaniel Cade returns. 

For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President's Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade's existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of.

When a new outbreak of an ancient evil-one that he has seen before- comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. To "protect and serve" often means settling old scores and confronting new betrayals . . . as only a centuries-old predator can.

My Thoughts: A political thriller meets a paranormal story in THE PRESIDENT'S VAMPIRE. Nathaniel Cade has been sworn to protect the country as the President's vampire for 140 years. He is the most secret of secret agents. His handler is Zach Barrows who had a very promising political future and job in the West Wing before he was drafted into service with Cade.

In this episode, the second in the series, Cade and Zach are tracking down a conspiracy which intends to turn humans into lizard people and bring about a new world order. I liked that flashbacks to earlier in Cade's history. I liked the relationship between Cade and Zach which lets each of them play on their strengths.

The story was fast-paced, exciting and bloody. Fans of thrillers and the paranormal will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
It had all the hallmarks of a good compromise: it didn't look like it was going to make anyone happy.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Memes: The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth. This book has been on my TBR mountain since Sept. 9, 2011. I probably bought it right after I finished Blood Oath but it got set aside until now.
Here is the description:
The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. Nathaniel Cade returns. 

For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President's Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade's existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of.

When a new outbreak of an ancient evil-one that he has seen before- comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. To "protect and serve" often means settling old scores and confronting new betrayals . . . as only a centuries-old predator can.

Nathaniel Cade watched the men from his hidden perch as they walked up the narrow mountain path.
Friday 56:
Graves—whatever his real name was—had been part of every major covert operation the CIA pulled in the past four decades. His résumé read like the Agency's greatest hits.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blog Tour Review: No Limits by Lori Foster

No Limits
Author: Lori Foster
Series: An Ultimate Novel
Publication: Harlequin HQN (August 26, 2014)

Description: A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it….

My Thoughts: NO LIMITS was an excellent romantic suspense title. Since reading and earlier book by Foster, I have been curious about Cannon Colter. I am so glad that this is his story. He and Yvette Sweeney had a very brief encounter after he helped save her and her grandfather when they were attacked by pornographers who wanted to use Yvette in one of their smutty films. But she was too young; he was just getting started on his career as a martial artist. It was the wrong time for both of them.

Now about three years have passed and they are thrown together again by Yvette's grandfather's will. The grandfather left Cannon a letter asking him to persuade Yvette to come back home. Cannon is more than willing to comply. He hasn't gotten over her. She's old enough now and he is well set in his career.

The only problem is the Yvette is still struggling to get over the attack on her and her grandfather. She feels that if she isn't calm and in control everyone will still pity her. She doesn't want to draw attention to herself. And she can't believe that the famous Cannon Colter would actually have anything to do with her. He is so hot that every woman wants him and she has some sexual issues as a result of the home invasion. To add even more excitement, she is being harassed by an old boyfriend who has followed her back home from California.

I loved both Cannon and Yvette and thought they made an excellent couple. I also liked Cannon's circle of friends and can see lots more romances coming out that MMA gym. I'll be eager to read all of them.

Favorite Quote:
He tugged at his ear, uncomfortable with the latent resentment. Yvette was not the one that got away. She wasn't a missed opportunity. She was only a girl he'd gotten to know under extreme, dire circumstances. A girl he'd wanted, but had been too noble to touch...much.
I got this eARC from NetGalley and am on the blog tour for this book. You can buy your copy here.