Lindsay Boxer is a homicide detective working on a case involving the murder of newlyweds. Two bodies are found in the honeymoon suite the day after a wedding. Both the bride and groom were stabbed. One day later a pair of newlyweds disappear shortly after exchanging vows. A killer is targeting newly married couples, so a task force is created. Lindsay discusses the case with her friends over lunch. Claire is a medical examiner. Jill is an assistant district attorney. Cindy is a reporter who is new to the crime beat. All of the ladies are interested in solving this case and believe that their expertise will help do so.
This is the first book in the Women's Murder Club series. I didn't care for Lindsay. She was the tough cop who had to prove herself in a job full of men. She was very brusque. I didn't like her style at all. Of course, she also had a serious medical problem to deal with, and a new partner for this case.
I like the idea of the women banning together to solve some cases; but I didn't care for the execution. Lindsay latched onto a suspect and wouldn't let go. She was looking for clues that would prove that she had the right guy. That is a good way to arrest the wrong guy. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Suzanne Toren. She did a good job with the character voices, but the whole reading was very melodramatic. Maybe I would have enjoyed reading the book more. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
This book was almost painful for me to read. I usually like Sandra Brown's books, but the heroine was just too unbelievably dumb and naive. I'll chalk this up to being early in Sandra Brown's career. Her later books are definitely better.
Dr. Will Jennings is attending the annual physician's conference when he is approached by a woman with a gun. She tells him that his six-year-old daughter has been kidnapped and his wife is being held at their home by Joe Hickey. Joe wants money and has a plan to get that money that has not failed him yet. He will check in with the woman every half hour. If Will or his wife, Karen, do not cooperate, their daughter will be killed. Joe knows this is the perfect plan. He has used it successfully several times and none of his victims have ever talked to the police. But this is the first time he has met Will and Karen Jennings.
Edge of your seat suspense. I was totally engrossed in this story and didn't know how the Jennings were going to get their daughter back. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Noah and Lara broke up when she walked in on him with another woman. He tries to explain what she saw, but she won't give him the time of day. Now, three months later, the two of them are captured, drugged, and left in a heavily wooded area. A note from their captor tells them that they have 72 hours to escape, before he hunts them down. How are two people who can't stand to be around each other going to work together to get out of this alive?
There were some things I liked about this story and some I didn't care for. I really liked the suspense. I had a hard time putting this book down. I kept trying to guess how Noah and Lara were going to escape from a killer.
The story was told from both Lara's and the killer's points of view. That just didn't work for me. I wanted to know what Noah was thinking through all of this. I think it would have made the romance portions of the book more interesting. I didn't care what the killer thought. Most of his portions of the story were just him thinking to himself how the couple would never make it out alive. I had no idea why he decided to do this. Was it his hobby? Had he done it before? With no motive for this character, he felt like a cartoon character who was wringing his hands and laughing maniacally. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
Darcy Barrett and her twin brother Jamie have inherited their Grandmother's dilapidated cottage. The will stated they should fix it up to its former glory and sell it for a huge profit. Childhood friend Tom Valeska has promised to restore the house in record time. He didn't know that the house would be occupied by Darcy while he and his team of builders are doing the work. Darcy is very aware that her childhood crush is now single. She wants to stick around to make sure Jamie's modern ideas don't ruin the cottage. She also wants to see if she has a chance with Tom.
Ugh. After reading Sally Thorne's debut novel and loving it, I was hoping for another great read. This book was very disappointing. I didn't like Darcy. The whole story was told from her point-of-view. There was so much inner dialogue that it was hard to follow what was happening in some of the scenes. And, she put on a tough faÃ§ade which wasn't appealing at all. Her twin wasn't much better. Actually, he was just kind of weird. Tom was the only character that I really liked. He tried to be perfect in everything and just couldn't live up to it.
The story meandered all over the place. There wasn't much plot to it at all. I can't recommend this book. My rating: 2 Stars.
Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are called out on a New Years Eve murder. A teenage girl's body popped out of the trunk of a car after hitting a pothole. Not only is she hit by the next car on the freeway, but her body has been burned with acid and stabbed repeatedly. It looks like a serial killer named Doc Holiday has struck again. Kovac and Liska work to discover who the teenager is and where she came from. They find that unlike most of Doc Holiday's victims, she is a local girl and a friend of Liska's son, Kyle. As the Detectives question Kyle and the last people who saw Penelope Gray, Kovac and Liska begin to think they may be looking at the wrong suspect.
I was so glad to see Kovac and Liska back for another book. Hoag gives us a gripping storyline that kept me glued to the book. My only problem is it felt the book ended abruptly...like the author was in a hurry to wrap up the story. My rating: 4 Stars.
Investigative Journalist Maxine Revere is taking a on a case that is personal to her. Martha Revere, Max's mother, left Max with her grandparents when she was nine years old and never returned for her. A postcard from her mother would arrive every year near Max's birthday; but stopped suddenly sixteen years ago. A new clue leads Max to coastal Virginia, where a car tied to Martha was once found. Now Max is determined to discover what happened to her mother.
This is the fifth book in the Max Revere series. We've known the story of Max's abandonment since the series started. I was happy that this book was going to tell us what actually happened. I had my own theories after reading the previous books in the series, but I was not even close. This story had some big surprises that I never saw coming. I had a hard time putting this book down. My rating: 5 Stars.
Miranda Carter is sick of waiting for Colin Jacobs to see her as more than a friend. Her plan is to seduce him until he can't say "No". But Colin doesn't want to hurt their friendship and walks away, ending up in an accident that causes him to lose his memory of the last few hours. Taking advantage of the circumstances, Miranda tells him that she seduced him before he left her apartment and was injured. Colin is worried when he doesn't remember the event and wants to experience everything he forgot.
Well, I thought this was a dumb plot. Miranda is in love with Colin. Colin is in love with Miranda. He is afraid that she is still in love with his brother who she dated ten years ago. Neither of them will talk to the other or admit their feelings. Miranda worries that his memory will return and he will blame her. Could you blame him??? The best part of this book was the secondary romance between the hero and heroine's best friends, Travis & Penny. My rating: 3 Stars.
Kyle Rhodes is surprised to find Assistant U.S. Attorney Rylann Pierce appear at his court hearing. Kyle and Rylann had a memorable meeting nine years ago, but fate had intervened and they lost contact. Now after being convicted for shutting down twitter and serving a short stint in Federal prison, Kyle (aka: The Twitter Terrorist) is ready to get on with his life and put the whole thing behind him. But Rylann contacts him about something he witnessed while in prison. He is not happy to be helping the U.S. Attorneys with their case, but does jump on the chance to see Rylann again.
This is a cute contemporary romance. Kyle was introduced in the previous book in the series and I really liked him. I was happy to see that this book was about him. I think he was a great hero, a guy who could laugh at his own mistakes. Rylann was a likable heroine. Their banter was very entertaining and kept me glued to the book. There wasn't a lot of angst in this story which suited me. I would have liked to see a little bit of suspense in this book like there was in the previous books, but this one was 100 percent romance. My rating: 5 Stars.
Molly Abberwick is frustrated with the consultant she hired to approve grants through her late father's foundation. Dr. Harry Stratton Trevelyn has read hundreds of proposals and has rejected every one. Molly finds him impossible to work with, except for the fact that he is brilliant, sexy, and has asked her on a date. Harry has his own problems. He is caught between the two sides of his family...trying to keep the family feud from getting out of control. As Molly and Harry get to know each other better, Molly becomes the target of a stalker. It's up to Harry to figure out what is going on before things get violent.
This is a contemporary romance that has Krentz' usual hero and heroine with their wacky family members. I had a hard time warming up to the characters and was bored with the story. It was very slow paced. My rating: 2 Stars.
This novella is the prequel to Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series. Tracy quits her job as a high school Chemistry teacher and joins the Seattle Police Academy. She is driven to become a detective after her younger sister disappeared several years ago. Her body was never found. But before doing this, Tracy must make her way through the rigors of police training and go up against the male-chauvinist attitude of her training instructor, Detective Johnny Nolasco.
This is a nice peak into the Tracy Crosswhite series. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am ready to jump into the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Glen Garber is horrified to find out his wife, Sheila, was killed in an accident on the way home from night school after driving drunk up an interstate off-ramp. Since this was totally uncharacteristic behavior by his wife, Glen vows to trace Sheila's last hours and find out what drove her to drink. Still reeling from the news, Glen and his daughter, Kelly, are once again shocked when they find out Sheila's friend, Ann Slocum, was killed in a drowning accident. Glen finds that Sheila and Ann had been selling knock-off purses and pharmaceuticals in order to make money for their families. As he investigates Sheila's movements through the last day of her life, Glen begins to wonder if her death was an accident or murder.
Wow! This book was a non-stop roller coaster ride with lots of twists I didn't see coming. I stayed up late to finish this one because I couldn't put it down. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be my last. My rating: 5 Stars.
Grace Nolan is an ex-secret agent trying to live a quiet life with her son Danny. Her life has been peaceful for the past nine years. But when Danny is kidnapped and Grace is told she must trade Alex Rossi, a member of the Devlin Group, for her son, Grace hurries to comply. Getting Alex to agree isn't going to be easy. He's the guy who shot Grace when a terrorist was holding her at gunpoint. He's also Danny's father...not that he knows about that.
This is the first story in Shannon Stacey's Devlin Group series. The characters felt like cardboard cutouts of many characters we've seen in romantic suspense books. I never connected with them. Alex has secretly kept tabs on Grace for years and is livid when he finds out that he has a son. Grace blames Alex for everything that has gone wrong in her life. There was a lot of melodrama that just made me roll my eyes. The suspense plot was predictable with no surprises. My rating: 3 Stars.