Friday, May 25, 2018

ARC Review: Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover

Synopsis: 

An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life—since she was twelve years old—for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her.

Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter. He doesn’t believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn’t believe him.
     
Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.

Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she?

Review:


This book was creepy almost from the beginning. A young woman has spent her life researching who killed her sister.  She believes it's Carl, but Carl has no memory of it and since he has dementia its a distinct possibility that he will never remember. Thinking if she takes him to the location of some of the other women she thinks he killed will jog his memory she decides to claim to be his long lost daughter and take Carl on a road trip.

The road trip had me on the edge of my seat.  Was Carl going to murder her? Is he really the murderer she thinks he is? There are so many moments that made my skin crawl.  Julia Heaberlin hits this one out of the park.  I was riveted by the road trip, the creepy photographs and the young women's drive to find her sisters body. I did not see the ending coming and was pleasantly surprised by it. The whole book was well done and wasn't your typical serial killer read. The fact that this young woman puts her life in her hands to discover the truth on the often times hilarious, sometimes scary and always suspenseful road trip from hell.





Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Audio Book Review: Shifting Gears (Crossroads # 2) by Riley Hart

Release Date: May 23, 2016
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 10 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
Buy: Audible | Kindle 

Synopsis: 

Rod Nelson is used to being someone's good time, and that's fine with him. Spending his days at his adult toy store, Rods-N-Ends, he never knows who he'll meet. The second Landon Harrison walks in, he has Rod's full attention. It seems as if Landon wants him too, so why won't the man jump in the sack with him already?

Landon never thought he'd return home to the town where memories lurk around every corner. He has to admit, Rod makes the adjustment a lot easier. He keeps Landon laughing. Despite the fierce attraction between them, he's not willing to risk his newfound friendship to get laid.
Neither man wants something serious, but the more they're together, the harder it is to keep their hands to themselves, until eventually they stop trying.

But flings between friends are never simple, and as they attempt to shift gears, diving into their first relationship, they're slammed with setbacks. If they want to truly move forward, before they hit the open road together, they're going to have to let go of a past that could make them crash and burn.

Review:

Rod is the sassy salesman from the toy store that Nick and Bryce go to in book 1. Now Rod has his own store. When Landon comes in for product he instantly knows he wants to get to know Rod better.

Sadly so many lgbt youth are treated horrible by their parents, told they are worthless because they are gay, destroying their self esteem and making future relationships difficult. Rods father was one of these vicious parents and despite Rod's bravado he hides a scared kid who doesn't feel he is worth of love until Landon.  Landon's parents fought all the time. They loved each other but did everything they could to tear each other apart, leaving Landon not trusting in love. But something about Rod makes him want to believe in love.

Sexy, and funny this is a great sequel. I felt there was something missing from book 1 but Riley Hart made up for that in this one. Very well done.



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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Book Review: Jack Frost (A detective Jack Stratton Mystery Book 7) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: April 19, 2018
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 254 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
Buy: Kindle | Paperback 

Synopsis:

Jack has a new assignment: to investigate the suspicious death of a soundman on the hit TV show Planet Survival. Jack goes undercover as a security agent where the show is filming on nearby Mount Minuit. Soon trapped on the treacherous peak by a blizzard, a mysterious killer continues to stalk the cast and crew of Planet Survival. What started out as a game is now a deadly competition for survival. As the temperature drops and the body count rises, what will get them first… the mountain or the killer?


Review:

In 6 books Jack and Alice always work together having each others backs but this time Jack is sent up a mountain to go undercover while Alice stays behind to do research.  Unfortunately the mother of all blizzards keeps them from talking and Alice has information that is vital to Jack but Jack is fighting to survive.

This book really has 2 separate stories. One involving Jack and his assignment to investigate the death of several people on the show Planet Survival and the other what happened to Alice's family. Jack and Alice enlist the help of Kiku from the Yakuza to help them uncover who was responsible for the death of Alice's family, her mother, father and twin brothers. In the last book Jack discovered that the driver of the truck that hit her parents car and fractured her world didn't die in the crash but had disappeared. This story is a set up for the next book, while Jack and his undercover work on the tv show is really the center stage.

Honestly out of all of these books this was my least favorite.  I really appreciate the interplay between Alice who never listens to what Jack tells her to do, and Jack who thinks he's in charge. Having Jack and Alice in 2 locations broke that connection.  While I like the addition of Kiku and the way she handles her investigations it just didn't compare when Jack is there to interact with them all.

The story was interesting but honestly not as interesting as what Alice and Kiku were discovering. Overall this was a good installment but not the best.  I'm glad I decided to read all the others before beginning this so that I had an understanding of who all the players were and how they interacted, I'm not sure I would have been able to follow this as a stand alone.






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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Audio Book Review: Crossroads (Crossroads Series Book 1) by Riley Hart

Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
Buy: Audible | Kindle 

Synopsis: 

After divorcing the woman he'd been with since he was 17, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams, and he's determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done - that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there's a connection between Nick and Bryce from the start - a spark they can't deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn't enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they've always followed or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.

Review:

Nick and Bryce are neighbors who share a backyard. They start spending a lot of time together and neither of them thinks anything of it until Bryce's brother mentions that he supports Bryce in his decision to be with Nick.  Freaked out by this Bryce starts to question if what his brother sees is true. Fumbling into uncharted territory Nick and Bryce try to come to terms with the change in their friendship. Both feel drawn toward the other but while Bryce dives in head first Nick still struggles with it trying to figure it all out.

This is an interesting twist on coming out and discovering feelings for someone you never would have even considered if it hadn't just happened. It hits all the main topics, coming out to family, coming out to friends, coming out to yourself. Not to mention the hot sexy new exploration of a lovers body and how to pleasure them.

This is a well done book I'm not sure why it didn't grab me enough for a four star rating but there was just something missing.  Although I will say it got better as the book went on. Definitely worth the read.




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