The Trouble With Paradise (A Madeline Dawkins Mystery Book 4) by Cynthia Hamilton is a five star novel. I have loved getting to know Madeline and Mike as people over the course of the first three books. Having more to devour, only makes this series better. This time, the duo has started investigating the deaths of two people. One, the wife was in prison for killing her husband and two, the police said it was a suicide. Once the pair is put to the task, they start finding out more and more. What they uncover is truly crazy and I did not see it coming. This book was difficult to put down and I didn’t do much of that until it was finished!
Proper Ink (Jaded Lily Book 2) by Zeia Jameson is a five star novel. I absolutely loved the first novel in this series, Proper Irish. I was so happy I had already bought book 2 so that I could slide right into the next one. I also cannot wait to read the third one! We started getting to know Luca and Kerry but only very little in the background. I love when authors introduce characters in one book and then follow up with them in the next book. Luca was a lost soul after his relationship went bad. Too much drinking led him down a road where sleeping on his brother’s couch was his best idea. When he meets Padraig, all that changes and he suddenly has purpose again in his life.
Proper Irish (Jaded Lily Book 1) by Zeia Jameson is a five star novel. This novel will have you wrapped around the author’s little finger. I loved every minute of it. When we are introduced to Stella, she is almost maniacally busy and off kilter. I feel like that is my life sometimes so I love reading about other people whose lives rare more crazy than mine. When she meets Padraig, he is the worst person ever and is very offensive. As she continues to try to find him, she runs into him and continues to have unkind words with him, that is until they are finally able to get on common ground and let down their barriers. As she plans an event for the mayor’s wife, Padraig tells her she needs to have more of a true Irish flair. As they start to plan together, both are happy and excited to see where this leads.
Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever is a five star novel. This book is one that you will pickup and not be able to put down. I loved the action and the thrill right from the beginning. As I picture the main character in my mind’s eye, he is one sexy private investigator. Even though he is older, he seems like he would be one that would catch my eye. The author does a great job of painting the picture of what he writes about and it almost felt like I could close my eyes and see the movie playing out in my head and that is when you really know that it is a great book. When Johnny meets his clients, they meet in a back booth in a bar. The clients all come to him through word of mouth and they are all high paying ventures. He is very secretive and feels the need to be since he is a private investigator. As you read this book, you will see into the life of what it would be like to be Johnny Delarosa.
The Fish that Climbed a Tree by Kevin Ansbro is a four star novel. Before picking this book up, I only saw the title and thought it intriguing. This novel was not at all what I was expecting from that. Not that I was disappointed because this novel has a lot of redeeming qualities. It was hard for me to follow at first that we are dealing with two different spheres of reality. My heart was breaking for Henry and the pain he would be feeling as a young child after his parents are murdered. As we follow him growing up, he seems to be doing ok but with the pitfalls of childhood that a lot of us face. Then as that story is flowing, we also see the realm of his father, Ulysses, as he is navigating through the after life. The way the author uses names and his large vocabulary to spice up his novel, the reader needs to really pay attention to be able to catch all of it. That part of the novel is brilliantly done.
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!