Fatal Legislation by Ellen Butler is book two in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series. It’s seems as though Karina is never in the right place at the right time. She always tends to find herself in the mist of some sort of crazy scene. Though a different twist than book one, this story is more political but just as interesting. A run in with the senator and uncovering a few murders, just a day in the life. I was nervous for Karina and her boyfriends relationship. Mikes character was very well put together and I enjoyed the two of them. I recommend this series, read in order as there are some tie ins from the first book.
It ends tonight by AM Myers is Bayou Devils MC Book four. I have to say that this was probably the best of the series thus far. It really grabbed your attention from the beginning. I loved Lucas from the beginning. He loves the club, he loves his brother and he loves to help out when he knows it’s right. He is so protective and just perfect. Quinn only has two people left, everyone else has already died. She’s made a great life for herself and now just struggles with letting her past go. With both of them having a crazy past and meeting by chance, it’s a great story to follow as they figure out each other. I loved this story and didn’t want it to end. I hope we are able to see more of them in the future.
Reviewed by @kmerrie
Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler is book one in the Karina Cardinal Mystery series. The plot was very interesting. A mystery without murders is so different. Karina finds herself in quite the mess after discovering a rare and missing painting in the home of her boyfriends parents. Will she be able to return it to its rightful place? Or will she simply just put herself in more danger. The book was fast paced although I found myself skimming at times. There was a lot of mundane detail, I found. Though historical fiction is not what I’d normally pick up, it was a different type of story and refreshingly pleasant. The story was based on true life and I found myself wanting to know more about the story it was based on. As the first piece I’ve read by this author, I can say I would like to read more into Karinas story and the stories of the other characters.
Ring Tru by Janice Whiteaker is book one in the Thick as Thieves series. The story grabbed me in from the very beginning. Although I was confused a little bit as to what Gertrude was doing but it all became clear when Will was brought back into the picture. Will has left her high and dry in the past, being her ex-husband and all. And now she’s not so quick to trust him. But unfortunately for the both of them, they have to learn to get along. The connection between them jumped off the page no matter the push back they were giving. This was an easy and fast read. The emotion between the characters makes you feel like you are right in the story. This was the first book by this author and I am excited to read more in this series
Who: A Stalker Series Novel by Megan Mitcham was an interesting story. I had quite the time getting into the story but pressed on because I knew it had great potential. There were parts that were confusing and I had to reread simply based on my own questions. There was… a lot of intimate scenes. Many of which I found unnecessary and did not do anything for the storyline. The story has a lot of twists which keep your attention after you pass the confusion. Larkin is a self-made business woman who does rather well for herself, although she is having to face a crazy amount of issues due to someone leaking information. Though she’s tough she has a hard time sticking up for herself when it actually matters. This was my first story by this author and I would give another of her stories a try but maybe not this series. I personally did not connect with the characters like I normally do in books. But I have to say I did pretty good at figuring out WHO it was!
Hard as Steel by Virginia Wine is book four in the Surviving Series. This is the first book I have read by this author and though it read alright as a stand alone, I would have like to have read the others as there were many characters that Steel seemed to have know for years. The characters are incredibly complex, like Nicole for example. She doesn’t talk much about anything when it comes to feelings. She’s very head strong and concerned with her work, it’s important to her. Romance isn’t exactly on the top of her lists. The plot twists are perfect and just enough to keep you needing more. I’m definitely going to have to go back for those other books. I cannot wait to read more from this author.
Do Not Open Until Halloween by C.A. King was an interesting story. The story is about fairies and magic. Though it does not go too in-depth on magic, it is about a fantasy world. I have to say based on the cover and title of this story I was thrown off, anticipating a scarier type of novel. But that was not the case at all. Caitlin once believed in magic as a child, as so many do. Her Aunt promised to write her the stories she told and becomes an author to do so. When the stories become truth to Caitlin she has a choice, to help or to ignore. The story was fast paced and did not take me very long to read. There were a few parts that were confusing but that is because it was the other realm and magic can be sort of tricky. I liked the plot and the flow of the story. The author knows how to tell a great story and keeps your attention throughout. The genera is not something I typically go for, but that did not throw me off from the book. I have read a few other stories by this author and know that though it’s not my typical taste, I will always come back for another bite.
Our Unexpected Hope by Michelle Sullivan is every girls dream. Or at least it’s my dream. To find someone who loves you so much, and wants nothing but you and to make you happy. This story is a stand-alone but there is a book Our Next Chapter which is the story of Quinn’s parents that you should absolutely read. I was insanely jealous of Noah and Quinn’s relationship. The love they had for each other was so obvious it practically screamed it from the rooftops on page. The tragedy that they went through broke my heart, I cried. I have experienced their pain and I wish that on no one. I adored Quinn’s hopelessly romantic attitude toward life and how strong she was and how she had hope that things would be better. Though I have not experienced the whole “when you know, you know” situation, I was thrilled that they found theirs. Noah was the epitome of gentleman and he was just absolutely drool worthy and swoon worthy. I appreciated Michelle’s writing style, how her characters swore and loved everything whole heartily. This was truly the best happily ever after story.
The Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher was so adorable. At first I kept thinking that it was a little far fetched that a regular plain Jane would meet a male model, but the story was beautifully written. It was like a fairytale movie and I was obsessed. David was thee perfect guy, thoughtful, caring, romantic and BRITISH! I really wish I had Lauren’s taste in clothing and music. Her old soul fit in perfectly with the story. The attention to the details of her dress, of the environments, of both characters was breathtaking. The author does an amazing job with her descriptions and making the reader feel like they are in the stories. I throughly enjoyed reading their love grow, they had an amazing connection. The story was a smooth and fast read. I read it in a day needing to know what would happen. I would love to read more about these characters or even of David’s sister and brother in law!
Transformations by Cari Schaeffer is book one in the Shifter Series. I am not huge on paranormal books but this one did not really have that “fake” vibe that some have. I actually really liked this book and will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I liked that Kat really just wanted a sense of normality. She did not want to be like the rest of her family. But once she found out she was super special and got a hold of her abilities she had a slight change of heart. It was great to see the type of family that the Wolff’s were. Even though it was out of necessity. There were a lot of characters, a lot of family members and just random people who I cannot say that I remember. Some did not seem important but some helped the story. The story was a fast read and kept my attention the whole time. It was never boring. I just can’t wait to see what happens next!!!