Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(59) Beneath the Secrets (Tall Dark & Deadly Volume 3)

Title: Beneath The Secrets (Tall, Dark, and Deadly) (Volume 3) by Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher: Lisa R Jones
Format: ebook (kindle)
Pages: 224 pages
Genre: Romance

Synopsis:Two will paths collide. Two people who will do anything, including sleeping with the enemy, to avenge or save someone they love. But what if everything isn't as it seems and the enemy isn't the enemy at all? Can these two broken people drawn together by their sizzling hot attraction see beyond their pain and their need for vengeance Undoubtedly, they will face the ghosts of their pasts, but will those ghost destroy them or forever bind them?

Review: Blake is the broken brother. Shattered by the death of his finance by the cartel that he blames himself for. He has sworn that he will bring this cartel down and doesn't care if it brings him down too. With nothing to lose he hides his investigation from his brothers who he knows would stop him.  When trying to get in deeper with the cartel he winds up naked, drugged with his merchandise stolen by the woman who was supposed to be his contact. He finds himself facing her again only a few days after their last encounter, she is definitely more than she seems.

Another of the hot Walker men finds a woman who can crack the hard outer shell that they seem to have build up around themselves.  After breaking through this shell Blake finds himself facing not only his own insecurities and emotions but also the strong determined woman who won't allow him to sacrifice himself.

Another good edition to the Tall Dark & Deadly series. I like that the women are strong, determined and smart, not in any way weak or terrified shrinking violets. A fun quick, mind candy story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday October 14

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

“She'd confessed her heartache to him, and he'd confessed absolutely nothing. He'd promised nothing, not even a desire to stay alive.”  -Beneath the Secrets (Tall, Dark & Deadly Vol 3 by Lisa Renee Jones 

Monday, October 13, 2014

(58) Dangerous Secrets (Tall, Dark & Deadly Series book 2)

Title: Dangerous Secrets (Tall, Dark, and Deadly) (Volume 2) by Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher: Lisa R. Jones
Format: e-book
Pages: 228
Genre: Romance

Synopsis: Being a divorce attorney for the rich and famous isn't all it's cracked up to be. Julie Harrison has learned that love doesn't last, and she's sworn never to make the same mistakes as her mother, or her clients. She uses the games men play to keep them at a distance. The only man who managed to break down her walls was Luke Walker, a Navy SEAL who loved her and left her, and changed her forever

Review: The Walker brothers are sexy, gorgeous and deadly.  Julie is on her way to her best friends wedding to one of these sexy men when she runs into the brother who broke her heart.  What she doesn't realize is that she touch his too but he had no choice when he left the first time and he doesn't intend on letting her go this time around.

Julie finds herself tangled within a stolen art ring that is funded by a Canadian cartel.  Luke is not going to let anything happen to her but battling her nerves and battling her growing emotions for Luke may prove too much for Julie.

Well written romance, with a good mystery attached.  I'm liking these Walker boys, can't wait to read the next one.

Friday, October 10, 2014

(57) Cage of Bones

Title: Cage of Bones: A Novel by Tania Carver
Publisher: Pegasus
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller

Synopsis: An abandoned building. A dank cellar. And inside it, a cage of bones—with a shocking surprise lurking within. Carver's new thriller will scare the daylights out of you.

Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn't be there. As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones—with a terrified, feral child lurking within.

Unbeknownst to Detective Inspector Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for thirty years. A killer who wants that boy back. But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets—secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst. With the death toll rising and the city reeling in terror, Brennan and Marina race to expose a predator more soullessly evil than any they've ever faced—and one who is hiding in plain sight.

Review: These books are just downright scary.  They remind me of when I first started reading the author Jeffrey Deaver, and how horrifyingly realistic some of his murder plots were.  The fact that they were so random terrified me, and while these murders were not so random its so crazy and gruesome I could see it actually happening.  I don't know what that says about me and my imagination but these books freak me out but I also can't put them down!

Tania Carver knows how to set the stage and make you squirm.  Some of her descriptions may be a bit graphic for some people but she always manages to surprise me.  Normally I can figure out mystery novels and who did what when but her stories are a bit more complex and while I may have an idea of where her stories are headed there is usually a surprise twist.  If you like scary you will like Tania Carver.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(56) End of Your Life Book Club

Title: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 354
Genre: Biographies
Format: Audio Book
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins

Synopsis:“What are you reading?”

That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.

Will and Mary Anne share their hopes and concerns with each other—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together.

Review: Having a sick and dying parent is difficult for most but Will Schwalbe found a way to take the short time they had left together and made it count. Will and his mom used their love of reading as bridges to conversations that they may not every have had. Throughout the book are synopsis and descriptions of various other books that they read together and now I have books to add to my TBR list.

This book isn't just about reading though, its about relationships, its about whats important in your life, taking stock and ultimately its about dying.  Its about what its like to be the son of woman who is going through stage 4 cancer, its about coming to grips with the thought of losing a parent, and looking at your own life and figuring out if it is what you really want and what changes you can make to make it better. Its about living in the moment and not wasting opportunities. Its also a beautiful account of his mothers life and her passions for helping others and her dedication to refugees.

Will and his mom found a way to share meaningful conversations and learn more about each other through books and the topics those books brought up.  It made me pause and wonder about the conversations I have with my mother which are usually more superficial or have something to do with work.  It made me pause and think if there was anything I would want to talk to her about or learn about before its too late. Maybe it will make you pause and take stock a bit too.
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