Review: Forged in Desire (The Protectors #1) by Brenda Jackson

Forged in Desire The Protectors Brenda JacksonForged in Desire (The Protectors #1) by Brenda Jackson

Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Details: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

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Summary

Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her. 

When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar “Striker” Jennings’s latest assignment, she knows she’s in trouble. And not just because he’s been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy’s appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her increase, Margo isn’t sure which is more dangerous: the gangster targeting her, or the far too alluring protector tempting her to let loose.

Though Striker’s now living on the right side of the law, he’s convinced his troubled past keeps Margo out of his league. But physical chemistry explodes into full-blown passion when they go on the run together. Surrendering to desire could be a deadly distraction—or finally prove that he’s the only man qualified to keep her safe, and win her love.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

Forged in Desire is the first book by Brenda Jackson that I’ve read. I found it to be fast-paced and well written. Even though I rolled my eyes a few times at some of the stuff Margo and Striker said or did, I still thought they were great characters.

This book is almost 400 pages long and I could have easily read it one sitting if I had the time. Unfortunately I didn’t so it took me a few days to read and every time I had to put it down I didn’t want to stop reading.

Although I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it enough that I wouldn’t mind reading more by this author. I’m actually pretty excited about the next book, Seized by Seduction. Hopefully I can get my hands on it soon.

3 out of 5 stars

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Guns of the Timberlands Louis L'AmourGuns of the Timberlands by Louis L’Amour

Synopsis: Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitt’s fiancée, realizes the brutal game he’s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell’s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber and cattle.

Review: The Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox Mysteries 0.5) by Charles Finch

The Woman in the Water Charles Lenox Mysteries Charles FinchThe Woman in the Water (Charles Lenox Mysteries 0.5) by Charles Finch

Publication Date: February 20th 2018
Details: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

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Summary

This chilling new mystery in the USA Today bestselling series by Charles Finch takes readers back to Charles Lenox’s very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives.

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective…without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime–and promising to kill again–Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.

The writer’s first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer’s sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.

In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Even though I don’t read a lot of mysteries, I do enjoy them once in a while. However, this month I’ve really been into them.

The Woman in the Water was my first Charles Finch novel but it wont be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. This was a solid 4 star read for most of the book. There was just something about the reveal near the end the for some reason didn’t do it for me. Other than that one part, I really liked this book.

I’m not sure when, but I will definitely be picking up more Charles Lenox Mysteries.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #3) by Robin Stevens

First Class Murder Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries Robin StevensFirst Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #3) by Robin Stevens

Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

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Summary

A murdered heiress, a missing necklace, and a train full of shifty, unusual, and suspicious characters leaves Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in this third novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.

Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are taking a vacation across Europe on world-famous passenger train, the Orient Express—and it’s clear that each of their fellow first-class travelers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: There’s rumor of a spy in their midst.

Then, during dinner, a bloodcurdling scream comes from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered—her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished, as if into thin air.

The Wells & Wong Detective Society is ready to crack the case—but this time, they’ve got competition.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and I’m so glad I did because I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while. Winning the third book gave me an excuse to finally buy the first two. Now I have to wait until April for the fourth book, Jolly Foul Play, and I’m not happy about that. I really like these books, they are so good and I want the next one now.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series and every book gets better. So far First Class Murder is my favorite. I have been flying through these books and the further I get in the series, the faster I get through the books. I just don’t want to put them down. I love the characters and the mysteries are so much fun. This one was the best so far. I think my only complaint is that there was no Beanie. She is my favorite character and she wasn’t in this one and I missed her.

If you haven’t read these books, you must. I am having a blasts reading them. April needs to hurry up and get here so I can get my hands on the next book.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: Poison is Not Polite (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #2) by Robin Stevens

Poison is Not Polite Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries Robin StevensPoison is Not Polite (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #2) by Robin Stevens

Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Details: Hardcover, 321 pages
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I bought it.

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Summary

A tea party takes a poisonous turn leaving Daisy and Hazel with a new mystery to solve in the second novel of the Wells & Wong Mystery series.

Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy’s glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy’s birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn’t about Daisy after all—and she is furious. But Daisy’s anger falls to the wayside when one of their guests falls seriously and mysteriously ill—and everything points to poison. It’s up to Daisy and Hazel to find out what’s really going on.

With wild storms preventing everyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem—and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy begins to act suspiciously, the Detective Society does everything they can to reveal the truth…no matter the consequences.

Review

I enjoyed Poison is Not Polite even more than the first book, Murder is Bad Manners. Even though I liked the plot in the first book more, just being with these characters again and getting to know them even more made it more enjoyable. Also, there was more Beanie and I just can’t get enough of her. She is by far the best character.

These books are so much fun and I hate putting them down. I have been devouring them. I can’t wait to pick up the third book, First Class Murder. I’m so excited for another mystery with Hazel and Daisy.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: Murder Is Bad Manners (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #1) by Robin Stevens

Murder Is Bad Manners Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries Robin StevensMurder Is Bad Manners (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries #1) by Robin Stevens

Publication Date: April 21st 2015
Details: Hardcover, 307 pages
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I bought it.

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Summary

Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

Review

I’ve known about this series for a while and I’ve been slightly interested in it. Not to the point of rushing out and buying it but curious enough to enter a giveaway for the third book. I didn’t think I would actually win, but if I did I would have that little push to pick up the first two books. To my surprise I actually won, an even bigger surprise is that I really enjoyed this book.

Going into it I was expecting to like it. A possible two, maybe three star read. I was completely wrong. I could not put this book down and ended up flying through it. It was such a fun read, with an amazing plot and witty characters. I love Daisy and Hazel and I love everything they get into while trying to solve the mystery.

Unfortunately I did guess the ending but that didn’t take away from how good it was. I still was wrapped up in the story. I wanted to know how it would end and if I was right.

When I first finished reading Murder is Bad Manners I gave it three stars, even though it felt like it deserved four stars. At first something was just holding that fourth star back. Now that I’ve read the second and third book, I can’t stop thinking about how much I loved this one. I had to go back and bump it to the four stars it should have had from the beginning.

4 out of 5 stars

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Unraveling Oliver Liz NugentUnraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Synopsis: In this “compelling, clever, and dark” (Heat magazine) thriller, a man’s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community–and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page. This work of psychological suspense, a #1 bestseller in Ireland, is perfect for fans of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Ware.

“I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

So begins Liz Nugent’s astonishing debut novel—a chilling, elegantly crafted, and psychologically astute exploration of the nature of evil.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.

With its alternating points of view and deft prose, Unraveling Oliver is “a page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense” (Sunday Independent) that details how an ordinary man can transform into a sociopath.