Review: Feared by Lisa Scottoline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Machiavelli, a corrupt lawyer, aggressively strikes close to the DiNunzio household, attacking Mary’s father and one of their beloved family friends by filing a lawsuit that accuses them of embezzling from the treasury of a local South Philly social club to which they belong. The lawsuit is frivolous, but Machiavelli ups the ante by spreading rumors that support its allegations, muddying the reputation of Mary’s father.

The claims shake the DiNunzio clan to its foundations, threatening her father’s weakening heart, and Mary steps in to fight back. But Machiavelli is a more than worthy adversary. Then the unthinkable happens, and Mary goes to her own dark side, finding a part of herself that makes her more fearsome than ever before. Is it still a battle between good and evil, when good turns evil? And will Mary be able to find herself, before she loses her soul completely?

Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Feared by Lisa Scottoline is a heart-racing plot. The intensity of the scenes kept my heart pounding. I was not sure of what would be the outcome. The main character went through a lot of changes recently. From motherhood to catching bad guys, this strong independent woman made me speechless. Her bravery was crazy. Lies, deception, and danger hung in the air. Lisa Scottoline poured suspense and action onto every page. Not one single boring moment. Also, I loved the small community of support that was created for the main character. It softened the hard yet dark edges of this story.

Romance, crime, and mystery are displayed here. I could not get enough of the characters. Mary is the central character. She is pregnant and solved a case that others couldn’t solve. Her instincts are so clear, that it was frightening. Her guesses were right but sometimes the wrong suspect is chosen. But none of that stopped Mary from working the case. Her strong willed personality helped define her as a woman not to be toyed with…as one of the male characters has figured out later in the plot. The connection between Mary and her husband, as well as the connection with another man kept the me guessing. Feared is a novel about facing fears and getting justice. Overall, I would recommend it to readers seeking a rush of adrenaline.

Book Review: Lone Wolf Lawman

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A Texas Ranger must protect the daughter of a serial killer from becoming his next victim…

Breaking into the home of the woman who shared his bed three months ago isn’t Weston Cade’s usual MO. But the Texas Ranger is on a personal vendetta to catch a killer, and Addie Crockett is the man’s biological daughter. The beautiful rancher also happens to be carrying Wes’s child…

Addie can’t remember her birth father, but she’ll never forget the lover who took her to bed — and then disappeared. Now she has to trust Wes with her life. And the life of their unborn baby. As desire reignites, Addie quickly discovers that with this lawman by her side, she just might escape the target on her back.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen is a wonderful romantic intrigue story. I loved the characters! They were easy to understand, like,  and had me cheering for them. The bad guys were believable too. My only complaint was how fast a character appeared and then, just as quickly disappeared without knowing what happened to him. That part is driving me nuts. At first, I thought, well maybe, I went through the book too fast. So, I went back and still couldn’t find him…I wanted to cry out in frustration. That was just plain mean to tease me with that character. He was planning to use himself as bait and that’s the last I read about him…

Okay, so the main characters were really great. First, there is Addie. She finds out that she is a serial killer’s daughter. Wow! I can’t imagine what I would do, if that were me. Then, about that same time she finds that out…a man appears in her life. His plan was to find out what she knew of her dad. Apparently, she may hold memories that could identify her father. This same man ended up changing Addie’s life. Addie is in real danger from a bunch of criminals…and they might have been hired by her serial killer father.

Second, there is Weston Cade. He is a Texas Ranger. However, he leads Addie to believe he’s just a normal cowboy hanging around…what he didn’t plan on doing was making love to her. Yet, he did not once but many times. Something about her has him stuck by her side. Yet, he disappears from her not too soon after their love making. Addie then, hates him and so does her adoptive brothers. Jax and Jericho. These brothers are also lawmen.

Lone Wolf Lawman is sexy, haunting, and suspenseful. I enjoyed reading this book. Delores Fossen has proven that she can indeed write a stunning tale. I got lost within the first chapter. A journey about a young pregnant woman being targeted for reasons not sure of, and her past lover comes to her rescue. Then, there’s the twists and turns that pop up, keeping readers like myself guessing who and why. The sole focus is keeping Addie alive and catching the bad guys, especially her father. This piece of fiction left me with a taste for more of these characters. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this series holds. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Birthday Cake and Bodies

Synopsis:

When Julia plans a surprise birthday party for Barker to finally meet his family, she did not expect that party to end in murder! With Barker’s three brothers in the frame, Julia is torn between respecting the man she loves, and her need to investigate! Will Julia be able to uncover the dark family secrets that lie at the heart of cracking this case without leaving behind a trail of destruction? 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Birthday Cake and Bodies (Peridale Cafe Mystery #9) by Agatha Frost is the most exciting tale yet! Inside this book, readers get to follow the baker, Julia, as she plans and prepares for Barker’s surprise birthday party. For the party, Julia has gotten ahold of Barker’s family. They are coming to Peridale to celebrate his birthday. All should go well. But once they start to arrive, Julia is already regretting her decision for this party. 
The family members are eccentric. They are more than dysfunctional. There are multiple affairs happening within Barker’s strange family. Anger, tensions, and hatred rise. Rising to the point, somebody is willing to kill for it. 
But as always, the mystery isn’t cut and dry. One member killed a past relative. Creating a boiling point to snap among his brother. A brother who has blamed him for the death of his daughter. These two brothers are identical twins. But despite their looks, Julia, figures out how to distinguish them apart. That there helps her as she and Detective Barker investigate his family locked down in Julia’s father’s mansion. Someone is guilty and both are going to keep interrogating until they get their suspect. However, one death leads to another. The murderer thought the intended victim was gone. Only to discover the wrong person was murdered. Imagine the grief! Then, another body pops up…and it might not be too late for this new victim. Then, another family relative ends up almost dead. The same one who caused some of the trouble to begin with…but that’s not all. A member of the family is gay and hiding it for reason ps that are insane. Another is dating said gay person for the wrong reasons and two other relatives cause Barker even more stress by posting their troubles and mistreatment online. This all just adds to the craziness of the murder plot. 
In the background, Julia is worried that this murder is all her fault. Jessie, Julia’s adoptive daughter, has broken it off with her boyfriend because she doesn’t want him to leave for the army. So, she’s struggling with the breakup…and then, there’s Julia’s stepmother who is in the said mansion where the murder occurred and is about to go into labor. Julia definitely has her hands full in this novel. 
I loved it! Agatha Frost never disappoints. Her characters always bring out the humor, romance, and drama that makes this a spectacular read. There was never a dull moment. So many suspects and so many details that it might be hard for Julia to solve…overall, I highly recommend this book. 

Review: Good in Bed

 

Synopsis:

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Jennifer Weiner has a way with creating just the right atmosphere that will hook and captivate her readers. I found myself relating to the main character’s flaws especially regarding her issues with weight. I still struggle with that part and after reading this novel, it was like a reminder saying, “Love yourself. If you love yourself so will others.” The emotional journey was deep and left me really thinking about stuff. The story itself was hilarious, sad, and frustrating at times. Afterall, the woman was going through relationship issues and then having gone through pregnancy without the baby’s father around to support her. Truly a realistic outlook on life, love, and relationships. I could easily see the characters acting and saying the things that I read about…I felt inspired by the main character. At first she was insecure of herself, and it took her a great time to realize that she was okay just the way and who she has been all those years. Sweet, well-developed, and brilliant. Good in Bed is a definite read for all.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner was the first novel that launched her amazing career. After reading it, I could see why. It has everything. Humor, emotional journey, and a believable character. Here, I have met an editor. One that found out from her best friend that her ex-boyfriend wrote an embarrassing article about that millions of readers read. She then did what any sane angered woman would do. Yell at the stupid freaking ex-boyfriend. The thing was she told him she wanted a break. He took that as a ‘I’m breaking up with you’…and so, he wrote about their sex life. Oh wait…he also, called her fat. Not just fat, but fatter than him. Yep. Just like that the main character went from bat angry to depressed rather quickly. But her life just got crazier…her mom has a sprung an enormous surprise on her daughter. Not just anywhere but told her daughter while at the office. Last, of all, the main character found out that she’s pregnant with her ex boyfriend’s baby. The novel kept getting more intense with every page turned. I absolutely loved reading it. I highly recommend all women to read this laugh-out-loud romance.

 

 

Review: Who’s Between the Sheets 2

Who's Between The Sheets 2: Married to a Cheater by [B., Shanice]

 

Synopsis:

Xavier has been the one who has been holding Hazel down but when Jamal decided to walk out he seized the opportunity. Now that Jamal and Hazel are officially over he begins to start having feelings for her, but he must make a decision and he must make it fast; should he remain loyal to his cousin Jamal or follow his heart.

Nikki is glad that Jamal is all hers until she meets Ethan. She soon finds herself craving Ethan more than she craves her own man. But little does she know that Ethan has a secret of his own and Jamal hasn’t been keeping it 100 with her either. She soon finds herself having to choose between Jamal and Ethan.

Jet is back again and she ain’t playing this time around. She has a secret that is threatening to be exposed and she will stop at nothing to keep it hidden. Jet pretends she has reformed herself by enrolling in college and doing all the right things that she needs to do to keep her man, but little does she know Xavier is catching feelings for Hazel and he is torn in between the two. Will she still be able to win Xavier back into her corner in time before her secret is revealed?

Lisa is back again and is playing for keeps. She wants what she wants and she still secretly wants Jet back in her bed. But when she finds out that Jet has moved on and has so many secrets that she is trying to keep contained Lisa decides she will be the one to bring Jet down off her high horse and expose her for the liar that she is. But will Lisa get a chance to tell Jet’s dark secrets or will she be a little too late?

The second installment of Who’s Between the Sheets will keep you on the edge of your bed; amazed at who is actually between the sheets.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Who’s Between the Sheets 2 by Shanice B. is definitely full of drama from the get go. I couldn’t believe how many issues pop up within a character’s life when they factor in the sex equation. Trying to keep up with who’s with who will keep readers constantly on their toes. The sex is deep enough to break and form new relationships everything. Once one relationship is broken another is formed. Then that newly formed relationship that has built up based on the hot sex goes down once a new player comes into the equation. Sex. It is truly a human being’s worst form of destruction. The lives of the characters are crazy but real. I can definitely see these adults acting this way in real life. Sad but so true. Each character thinks they have it good until one or both of them screws up their initial relationship…does loves really exist or it all about the bedroom? Shanice B.’s writing is superb. This urban street romance is another fantastic drama roll, that continues nonstop. I have found that each character is his or her own destruction. Even family members get more wrapped up, into their family member’s life issues that it’s hard to pull back. An intriguing roller-coaster ride that will keep readers turning the pages. Overall, I recommend this novel to all adults due to the topics covered in this read.

 

Review: Get Rich or Die Trying

 

Synopsis:

ROME and RAIN had the ordinary hood life with struggles. Their mother was raising them with sugar and spice and everything nice. But the sudden death of their mother sent them on the run from social services. No way did either sister want to be a product of the foster care system. With the odds stacked against them, Rome formulates a plan and makes a vow to get money by any means necessary.

MASON and MARCUS are known in the hood as Rich and Money; two petty hustlers that flood the Marcy Projects with mediocre dope. The two had big dreams, but with no money or support, their dreams fell short.

Rome, Rain, Mason and Marcus stumbled across each other after a wild police chase. The crew orchestrates a get rich quick in a five-year plan. When Marcus and Mason start to develop feelings for the sisters they soon find out that Love & Dirty Money don’t mix.

Lies, death, and deceit linger around the crew as they fight their way to the top. Find out what happens when your only focus in life is to GET RICH or DIE TRYING.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Get Rich or Die Trying by Brittany McBryde is truly an intriguing novel. There’s action, drama, sex, and danger on every page. There are two sisters each one is married to one of the two Martin brothers. Each guy cheats on his wife but when one man’s wife cheats on him…he feels broken. But so is she. The man she cheated with was angry at her for questioning why he told everyone including her husband about their baby they were going to have. This almost led to a shot out. From that day on Money’s wife was never the same. She goes to feeling emotional to ashamed to depressed. Rain’s life is on the line…and her sister Rome must help her..before she’s lost forever. Then there’s the drama and trouble of Rome’s theft heist that has her shaking with worry. Never has there ever been any issues until her latest heist. Rich told her not to do the dirty jobs anymore…but she wouldn’t…maybe she will learn her lesson…

Get Rich or Die Trying is exciting to read. A group who have worked together to steal money to get where they are now…are now dealing with family issues as well as threats. Infidelity issues and a job gone wrong, as well as the suspicion, of how they all came, into money, from nowhere, will leave this incredible set of characters fighting to get rich or die trying. The plot moves super fast and gives readers little time to figure it out before new trouble brews. Brittany McBryde’s novel is suspenseful and kept me turning the pages. I was blown away by the characters’ stories within the overall story. The emotions as well as the characters’ actions will captivate readers and keep them hooked. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: