Moves by John Michaels is a five star novel. I loved how this novel took off right away and didn’t really take any time at all to get into the thrilling part of the novel. Everyone in this book are connected somehow and they all let you know in due time how they are all connected. When the district attorney is murdered along with two randomly seeming females, it is hard for everyone to connect the dots but because of who is on the case and his previous brushes with the law, he is able to figure it all out eventually. I loved how this novel really kept me on my toes and made me know that things aren’t always as they might seem and some people can change for the better.
Children Of The Future by Jane Suen is a four star novel. As a teacher, this novel was somewhat hard to read because of having the missing children. I could totally relate with Telly, the main character, because he felt like he couldn’t stop until he figured out what had happened to the missing children from the school. With Billy by his side, they were able to look for the other children that were missing from the school Billy went to. He has no idea why he was spared, other than the fact that he had hidden in a cabinet because he was so scared. As this novel unfolds, the reader learns about why the children were taken and how that purpose can drive the future.
Girl Trap (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 3) by Cynthia Hamilton is a four star novel. This is the third novel in the series and I have loved getting to know the character of Madeline Dawkins. Madeline is an event planner and a private eye. Such a weird combination, but it works for her. This novel touches on some very real and traumatizing material such as sex trafficking. I love that the author was not afraid to publish this novel with this raw material in it because people need to be more aware that these kinds of horrors are happening and how to help stop them. I also love how raw the character of Madeline is. She is real and someone you can relate to. Sometimes authors put characters in books that are hard to relate to because of too much good or too much bad happening to them but Madeline isn’t like that.
A High Price to Pay (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2) by Cynthia Hamilton is a four star novel. Madeline is an event planner and also now a private investigator. Even though this is the second book of the series, I didn’t think it was necessary to have to read the first one first. The first one would give you extra insight into the characters of the novel, but isn’t necessary to understand what is going on. I loved how the author is able to give you just enough information that the characters are being developed and it isn’t redundant from the first novel. First jewels are stolen while a big wedding is being prepared, then a character is being released from prison early, then things progress from there. I loved how it just progresses from one thing onto the next to the next. There is never a dull moment in this novel.
Steele Resolve (The Hawke Family Book 6) by Gwyn McNamee is a five star novel. I have loved every minute of reading the Hawke Family series and am so sad that it is now over! Please read the first books of this series before you read this one because the character development done in the first part of the series is crucial to really being able to enjoy this book in all of its gloriousness. Steele is part of the wrong side according to the Hawke’s but when one of their men fall in love with him, they know that something is about to change. Byron has been a part of the Hawke Family for years, taking care of them like he was born to do it. They have accepted him until his new secret is about to come out. He is t sure the Hawke’s are going to take it well and hopes that he will still have a job when he discloses this new information about himself. The biggest hurdle is that the man he fell in love with will be hard to be accepted by the Hawke’s because of their bad blood in the past. Continue reading this series to see how it will all come to an end!
Tracking Numbers (Lost Boys MC BOOK 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker is a five star novel. First off, the title is fantastic. I love when authors use their character names to creatively title their books. I am a not so creative person, so this always impresses me. This book pulls at all my heart strings, especially because Kerri and I have the same profession. Like her, I thought I should date a guy that was an intellectual, but then I met my husband. The bad boy. The one no one pictures as your type. The one we can save. But maybe they are saving us as much as we are saving them, just in different ways. With Tracker, Evan, a part of Kerri’s dad’s club, will he ever be able to give her what she needs if he isn’t able to put the club behind him?
Squall Line (The Inland Seas Series Book One) by Gwyn McNamee is a five star novel. I have read several books by this author and she has yet to fail to captivate my attention from the first several paragraphs. The author’s way with words is breathtaking and intelligent. The names in the novels I have read, always have hidden meanings and are brilliantly chosen for each novel. War and Grace, the two main characters in this novel are aptly named. Grace is a good girl who is forced into the shopping industry by her father when he suddenly passes away and leaves the family in a lurch. Warwick is a man who was forced into doing bad things because of his upbringing and didn’t fully realize as a teenager what he was getting himself into. As these two are forced into each other’s orbit, they each realize that their main goal in life might be shifting to include each other.
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider is a four star novel. Even though this type of novel is not my favorite, I have grown to really fall in love with the characters and the development of this story. The author is very good at bringing the characters to life, like they were actually a part of my town and I could meet them on the street. Even though this is a longer book, I was still able to read it fairly quickly because of how easy of a read it is. Dahlia is of the supernatural world but lives mostly as human. She works as a police officer by day. When her and her partner start coming across disembodied people, she knows she has her work cut out for her and also knows she will need to use her gifts to make sure to stop whatever creature might be lurking. Will she be able to solve the case and also keep her secret with her partner?
Jake the Growling Dog (Jake the Growling Dog Book 1) by Samantha Shannon is a five star children’s book. This is such a cute book about a misunderstood dog who growled all the time. Instead of a purr, like a cat, Jake has a growl that he lets out when he is happy. But this growl, makes everyone and every animal around him afraid of him. Then he meets a squirrel that tries to help him. As a school teacher, I loved this book for kids because it teaches them that just because someone is different doesn’t mean they are scary or mean or bad. It just means they are different and we can still be friends with them. I loved the extras at the end of the book to continue to help kids learn this important life skill.
Spouse Trap: A Madeline Dawkins Mystery (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 1) by Cynthia Hamilton is a five star novel. I loved the way this story unfolded and how much suspense I found. This is my first novel by this author, but I cannot wait for the rest of this series to happen. Madeline has the perfect life until her husband gets his hands on some photos of her cheating on him. She has no idea how this happened and wants to get to the bottom of it. She doesn’t even remember what happened that night. How could she not remember? She remembers everything…except this night. What happened to her and how did she get in this predicament. When she loses everything, she decides to take the journey to figure it all out. What else does she have to lose? Absolutely nothing.