Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Review: Labyrinth of Lies (Triple Threat #2) by Irene Hannon

About the book:
When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.

Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?

Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.

My rating:
4.5 stars
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My thoughts:

Labyrinth of Lies was a great sequel to Point of Danger, although I did enjoy that book just a bit more. 

It didn't take long before I was completely hooked by this story. I absolutely loved the suspense and undercover aspect. It was thrilling to continue to read and wonder what dangers the main characters might encounter. There were several moments that had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't read quickly enough.

I loved the characters. I always seem to enjoy second chance romance stories and this was no different. While the romance in this one was a little bit much at times for me, I still really enjoyed it overall. The ending was satisfying and I am eager to read the third book to see what happens next.

All in all, Labyrinth of Lies was a great romantic suspense novel and I definitely recommend it. I don't think you have to read the first book, but I encourage you to as it was amazing. 

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Short Review: Some Bright Someday (Maple Valley #2) by Melissa Tagg

About the book:
He’s torn between love and honor...
Lucas Danby has always regretted the decisions that caused his dishonorable discharge from the military—and he’s never stopped trying to redeem his honor. He's spent the past decade taking on dangerous short-term missions as an elite private soldier—the only part of his life that's ever gone right. But the high-risk work never cures his shame. Now he’s stuck stateside, mentoring a new recruit. Worse, he's sick of lying to the people he cares about most—including the woman he’s secretly loved for years.
She can’t escape her house of memories...
Jenessa Belville should be happy. She's the hometown girl everyone loves, after all. But she’s also the last Belville left—and if she had her way, she'd leave the name and all its painful memories behind. Which is exactly what she hopes to do once she sells Belville Park, the massive estate she inherited from her parents. First, though, she needs to restore the property’s once-glorious gardens. But on the same day she puts up the “For Sale” sign, she discovers three children hiding in the caretaker's cottage, thrusting her into the unexpected role of temporary guardian.
Fighting for their future means healing from the past...
Struggling to mentor a young man with scars nearly as piercing as his own, Lucas offers to help Jenessa restore the Belville grounds. Though drawn together by a trio of kids who tug on their hearts and the sparks they can’t deny, past secrets and current sorrows threaten to pull them apart. Only the brightest love and hardest sacrifice can turn the house Jenessa never wanted into the home she and Lucas have always longed for.
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My rating:
5 stars
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My thoughts:
I've been a fan of Melissa Tagg's stories since I read her debut and Some Bright Someday was yet another great read. I loved the depth of the characters and the romance was wonderful. 

I thought the book was written very well and it was an easy read. I highly recommend it! 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: Beyond the Tides (Prince Edward Island Shores, #1) by Liz Johnson

About the book:
When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should take it over instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross in charge. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.

Oliver isn't proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg--an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, as well as a way to provide for his mother, and he's not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.

Meg's father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg will work the business together, and at the end of the season, he'll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren't what they expected.

My rating:
5 stars
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My thoughts:

Liz Johnson has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Her contemporary novels are such delightful stories and Beyond the Tides was no different. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy a story featuring a lobster-fishing business, but it was SO good. 

From the opening chapter on, I was hooked and loved seeing the main characters interact. There were deep moments and also humorous ones. I liked how there was an unexpected twist in the story, as well. 

All in all, Beyond the Tides was a fantastic read and one I definitely recommend. Such a good summer read!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Review: Provenance by Carla Laureano

About the book:
From two-time RITA Award-winning author Carla Laureano comes a story of romance, transformation, and the beauty of belonging.
Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California home and her business in jeopardy. Then an unexpected inheritance provides a timely solution: a grandmother she never knew has left her a group of historic properties in a tiny Colorado town on the edge of ruin.

To young, untried mayor Gabriel Brandt, Jasper Lake is more than another small town--it's the place that saved his life. Now, seeing the town slowly wither and die, he's desperate to restore it to its former glory. Unfortunately, his vision is at odds with a local developer who wants to see the town razed and rebuilt as a summer resort. He's sure that he can enlist the granddaughter of one of its most prominent former citizens to his cause--until he meets Kendall and realizes that not only does she know nothing of her own history, she has no interest in reviving a place that once abandoned her.

In order to save his beloved town, Gabe must first help Kendall unravel the truth of her own provenance--and Kendall must learn that in order to embrace the future, sometimes you have to start with the past.

My rating:
5 stars
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My thoughts:
Provenance was just as good as I expected it to be! After reading the MacDonald Family Trilogy last year, I was eager to pick up this new release from Carla Laureano and it did not disappoint. 

I loved the characters and setting. The town sounds so beautiful and it was fun to read about. Gabriel was a great character, as was Kendall. I liked how the characters seemed realistic and their emotions/actions genuine. The romance was nice and I liked the ending.

All in all, Provenance was a wonderful read. It is somewhat of a longer book, but I enjoyed that as the story didn't seem rushed and was a deeper read. I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.


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Friday, September 17, 2021

Reading Update and Weekend Wrap-Up


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and my reading plans for the coming week. 

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READING UPDATE:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Giveaway + Review: Vindication Season Two, Episode Three "Suspicion Comes Home"

About the show:
New episodes each Wednesday through 10/27/21 - Follow the twisted, gut wrenching, psychological crime thriller of Detective Gary Travis in the Dallas suburbs where not everything is as it seems.

Trailer:



My thoughts:

I've been watching the Vindication series on Pure Flix. Season two is currently airing new episodes each Wednesday and I just finished the third episode "Suspicions Come Home". It was such a great episode! I love how this season is going so far. This episode was suspenseful and left me eager for the next one...it ended with a great cliffhanger.

I thought the crime in this one was good, although my favorite part was just following the characters' journey. I'm really starting to like the secondary characters a lot.

All in all, this was a great episode and I can't wait for the next one. 

*I was asked to watch and review this episode as a part of a campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Review: Vindication Season One - Stream Now on Pure Flix

About the show:
New episodes each Wednesday through 10/27/21 - Follow the twisted, gut wrenching, psychological crime thriller of Detective Gary Travis in the Dallas suburbs where not everything is as it seems.

Trailer:

Episode One Trailer:



My thoughts:

I recently finished watching season one of the Vindication series on Pure Flix. I was surprised by HOW MUCH I enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of crime dramas with great storytelling, but haven't really watched new shows recently due to content issues. I didn't have to worry about that with this show, as I've yet to see something from Pure Flix that has such content.

The first episode drew me in and I was intrigued by the characters and storyline. I feel like the show continued to get better and better as it went along, and the ending was fantastic. I'm eager to watch the second season as it releases.

All in all, I highly recommend this show if you enjoy crime dramas.

*I was asked to watch and review this season as a part of a campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

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