Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Audio Book Review: Fair Play (Alls Fair Book 2) by Josh Lanyon

Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes
Narrator: J.F. Harding
Genre: LGBT/Romance/mystery
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Synopsis: 

Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is—arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it's not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who's obsessed with Elliot and can't bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straight-laced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much—"opposing political viewpoints" is an understatement—but they're united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won't be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI's resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.

Review:

Much better than the first book.  I definitely felt more of a connection between Elliot and Tucker, its six months after the first book takes place and they have been living together on Goose Island. This book could be a stand alone and honestly I don't think the first book does these characters any justice.  Elliot and Tucker struggle with trust.  Given that Tucker is an FBI agent he can't always tell Elliot about his cases. Elliot having been and FBI agent struggles with his civilian status.

This is a strong mystery focusing on Elliots father and his past days as a resistance fighter against the government. It was interesting to see the dynamic between the hippie dad and the ex-government agent son.




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Monday, May 28, 2018

Audio Book Review: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes
Narrator: Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Genre: Self Help/Memoir
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Synopsis: 

A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.

Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin.

Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering in equality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter.

Review:

Powerful, disturbing and unfortunately will not be read by many of the people who really need to hear this stuff. The stories in this book are moving and heartbreaking. Patrisse shows you the inequities in our judicial system through her personal stories, how young men of color are vilified and still found to be less than in our society which supposedly ended slavery and gave people of color equal rights. The prison sentences are longer, the charges more extreme the reaction of cops and white citizens more fearful even to this day.

Black lives matter isn't about other lives being less than its about black lives mattering just as much. Our society is so fearful and finally the inequities are being brought out of the dark thanks to social media and the black lives matters movement. I don't expect things to change overnight, and I honestly think they may have gotten a bit worse as more of these inequities are brought to light. I'm not sure why the fear of true equality for all is there but the more these issues have a light shown on them the more likely there will be change as more people start to really see and understand the problems.

This book makes understanding the inequities and reality of many poor black families accessible in an easy to read, hard to put down book. It shines a light on white privilege just by showing what it means to be black in America. It is up to us all to stand up for injustice for only then will things change. It also shines a light on what it is to be Queer in America, how we define ourselves and others and how we build our tribe, not just the families we are born into but those that we build around us. Well written prose that is often like a poem and extremely honest this book might be hard to read because of the content but is an honest hard look at the problems in the "land of the free".




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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Audio Book Review: Test Drive (Crossroads #3) by Riley Hart

Release Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 5 hours 53 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

A double shot of devastating news turns Justin Evanson’s life upside down. When he learns his father has cancer, and he has siblings he never knew existed, he leaves everything behind and moves to Virginia to support his dad as he tries to make amends with his family—a family Justin’s not sure he has a place in. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers his recent hookup is his newfound sister’s brother-in-law.

Drew Sinclair never expected to see Justin after their night at the club or to discover their family connection. If anyone found out, it would give Drew’s brother another reason to hate him. But there’s something about Justin that draws him in, and it’s not only because they burn up the sheets together.

One meeting leads to another, and before Justin realizes it, Drew has become the only thing in his world he feels is his. And for the first time in his life, Drew knows what it means to be needed. Being there for Justin and supporting him when things spiral out of control feels right. But with so much happening so quickly, it’s hard to trust their feelings. Is this thing between them real? Or just a test drive before life forces them down two separate roads?

Review:

Much better than book 1, I find that I like Nick and Bryce more with each successive book than I did reading about them in book 1.

Drew has always been attracted to both men and women but has never followed through on his attraction to men until he meets Justin. Justin just found out he has 2 siblings he never knew about and his father is dying so hoping to blow off steam he heads for a night out on the town he meets the dazzling handsome Drew and hooks up with him on the dance floor of a club. But before he can learn more about him Drew takes off - just like Cinderella.

I really enjoyed this book, hot sex scenes but also deals with deep issues of loss, betrayal and feeling like an outcast. I love that the characters from the previous two books make frequent appearances in the book .

The narrator really found his rhythm in book 2 and it continues through this book.




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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
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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.





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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
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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
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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
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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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Monday, May 21, 2018

Audio Book Review: The Whispering Room by Amanda Stevens

Release Date: August 10, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Books SA
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes
Narrator: Alicia Harding
Genre: Romance/ Suspense
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Synopsis: 

Work is a welcome refuge for New Orleans homicide detective Evangeline Theroux. Feeling suffocated by her new baby, in whose eyes she sees only her dead husband, she throws herself into a high-profile murder case.

Reclusive writer Lena Saunders offers Evangeline a provocative theory about the crime: it is the work of a lunatic vigilante. Lena spins the sordid story of Ruth and Rebecca Lemay, whose mother brutally murdered her male children in an insane effort to root out an "evil" gene. The girls survived and grew to adulthood but one is carrying on her mother's grisly work.

When the case takes a terrifyingly personal turn, Evangeline's whole life will depend on a crucial, impossible choice: the lesser of two evils.

Review:

This is a creepy mystery. Evangeline Theroux lost her husband recently and her new case takes her closer to finding out what actually happened to him. The FBI has also taken an interest in her husbands case and keeping Evangeline out of it may be harder than they think.

It seems that the new deaths are pointing to an old case of a woman who killed her male children thinking to put an end to what she thought of as an evil gene that ran through her husbands blood line. Her daughters helped her with killing her family and hiding the new baby her mother had. Finding that child may be the missing piece to the puzzle of what is happening .

Set in New Orleans, LA the thick swampy air and heavy mystery of spirituality and voodoo give this book a creepy atmosphere that mixes well with the twisted tale. I'll never look at a paper crane the same way again after this book. Well written with a good amount of suspense and intrigue to keep you guessing. The romance seems a bit contrived but the rest of it is worth the read.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: Jack of Hearts (Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Book 6) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 236 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
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Synopsis:

Jack Stratton is heading south for some fun in the sun. Already nervous about introducing his girlfriend, Alice, to his parents, the last thing Jack needed was for the dog-sitter to cancel, forcing him to bring Lady, their one-hundred-and-twenty-pound King Shepherd, on the plane with them. The dog holds Jack responsible and wants payback. On top of everything, Jack is still waiting for Alice's answer to his marriage proposal.

When his mother and the members of her neighborhood book club ask him to catch the "Orange Blossom Cove Bandit," a small-time thief who's stealing garden gnomes and peace of mind from their quiet retirement community, how can Jack refuse?

The peculiar mystery proves to be more than it appears, and things take a deadly turn. Now, Jack finds it's up to him to stop a crazed killer, save his parents, and win the hand of the girl he loves--but if he survives, will it be Jack who ends up with a broken heart?

Review:

We finally meet the family that adopted Jack and while Jack may not be their biological son they sure share a lot of characteristics.  Jacks mother is a funny, determined woman, much like Alice (no wonder Jack falls for her!) and his father is so in love with his wife that he will do anything to keep her happy (like sticking to a crazy diet).

When things start being stolen from their retirement community Jack's mother and her book club decide to take on the case.  However there may be more than one thief and one is very dangerous.

Filled with witty fun, and great mystery Greyson hits it out of the park with this installment of the Jack Stratton series as well. I loved the antics of the book club and the addition of the large crazy dog, Lady is a great addition.





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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Review: Data Jack (A detective Jack Stratton Mystery book 5) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 194 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
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Synopsis:

Jack Stratton's back is up against the wall. He's broke, kicked off the force, and his new bounty hunting business has slowed to a trickle. With no money coming in, Jack's license to carry suspended, and no good job prospects on the horizon, Jack's got it tough. He thinks things are turning around when Alice (aka Replacement) gets a lucrative job setting up a home data network. That is, until he discovers it's for a handsome, jet-setting software tycoon. The "boy billionaire" as Jack grudgingly refers to him, takes a liking to computer-savvy Alice. Jealous, Jack thinks life can't get any worse, but when the computer program the CEO invented becomes the key tool in an international data heist, things turn deadly. In this digital age of hackers, spyware, and cyber terrorism--data is more valuable than gold. The thieves plan to steal the keys to the digital kingdom and with this much money at stake, they'll kill for it. Can Jack and Alice stop the pack of ruthless criminals before they can Data Jack?

Review:

Through all these books its always been Alice that has been the jealous one.  When the women throw themselves at Jack she is right there to stake her claim. This time its Jacks turn. Pierce, the "boy billionaire" finds Alice amazing.  He can talk tech with her she is gorgeous and has a great sense of humor, the only problem is her boyfriend Jack.  But Pierce has a thing for going after things he isn't supposed to have.

Alice isn't sure what's going on with Jack.  All of a sudden he has pulled back. She is ready to take their relationship to the next level and he has put on the breaks. What she doesn't know is that its all because of a promise he made to their Aunt Haddie.

Jack tries to rein in his jealousy and keep Alice close as she works along side Pierce who has obvious interest in her. When things start to get strange at the mansion and people start getting hurt Jack is called in to the rescue.

Another fun mystery with great characters. These books remind me a bit of Janet Evanovich's number series books which are light hearted mysteries with fun characters that you just want to keep reading about.





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Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review: Jack and the Giant Killer (A Detective Jack Stratton Mystery book 4) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: October 4, 2014
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 218 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
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Synopsis:

A serial killer is stalking Jack's town--and no one's safe. But they don't know Jack.

Jack looked up at the giant, dead body brazenly hung on the quaint Welcome to Darrington sign. He turned to the town's mayor. "Mayor Lewis, when you said people had nothing to fear, it pricked the killer's vanity. He's using this latest victim to send you a message: Be afraid. Be very afraid--of him. If you want to catch this serial killer, you need to feed his ego. Tell the people he's right. They should be scared--no one's safe while he controls the town."

Rogue hero Jack Stratton is back in another action-packed, thrilling adventure. While recovering from a gunshot wound and the loss of his job on the police force, Jack's romance with feisty Alice (aka Replacement) continues to develop. When Alice gets a seemingly harmless private investigation job--locate the owner of a lost dog--Jack grudgingly assists. Little do they know it will place them both in the crosshairs of a merciless serial killer.

Review:

Jack spends a lot of money in hospital bills. It seems he is always getting hurt and Alice is always saving the day. Gotta love a big bad ass detective who always gets saved by a strong petite woman! I am still loving this series.

Helping his girlfriend Alice (aka Replacement) with a new case for her detective agency they find themselves working for the Mayor to help solve the case of a serial killer whose target seems to be men over 6'4" with large animals. Unfortunately for Jack along with this case came an enormous dog, Lady who is not too sure if she likes Jack or not.

This is another fun mystery with great characters, action and intrigue.  I'm almost sad that I'm nearing the end of this series. I feel like Jack and Alice are good friends and I just want to keep finding out whats happening in their lives as they fumble through the world doing what they do best, find the bad guys, and have each others backs.





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Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Review: Jacks are Wild (Detective Jack Stratton Mystery book 3) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: March 19, 2014
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 212 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
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Synopsis:

Handsome white-knight police officer Jack Stratton is back in this action-packed, thrilling adventure. When his sexy old flame disappears, no one thinks it's suspicious except Jack and one unbalanced witness. Jack feels in his gut that something is wrong. He knows that Marisa has a past, and if it ever caught up with her - it would be deadly. Determined to buck the critics and listen to his instincts, he and his feisty sidekick Alice (aka Replacement) plunge ahead and start tracking down leads, hoping to find Marisa in time.

The trail leads them into all sorts of trouble - landing them smack in the middle of an all-out mob war between the Italian Mafia and the Japanese Yakuza. When evidence surfaces that Marisa was kidnapped, Jack must navigate through the warring parties, assassins, and cold-blooded hit men to outwit the cunning kidnappers before it is too late. As the body count rises, the stakes in this game are life and death, with no rules except one - Jacks Are Wild.

Review:

If you haven't fallen in love with Jack and Alice (aka Replacement) yet this one is sure to help fix that. Jack's has gotten on the wrong side of his boss one too many times and finds himself walking a beat, one that takes him past his old girlfriends tattoo shop. When Marisa goes missing Jack finds that he can't help but get involved despite the fact that he knows he will be stepping on more toes.

Marisa has a past one that very few people know and of course Jack. Turns out Marisa is related to the biggest mob boss and when bodies start falling and Marisa gets kidnapped Jack finds himself trying to stop an all out war between the Yakuza and the Italian mob, as well as dodge the FBI and his boss.

Alice of course involves herself in the case, trying to keep Jack safe and also helping with anything related to computers, but sometimes her shortcuts have unwarranted consequences but she always has Jack's back.  In fact she always seems to be saving him from himself and everyone else who is trying their damnedest to kill him. She may be a little thing but she is a strong independent character who has Jack wrapped around her finger.

This series continues to surprise me with how fun it is. I love the characters and the growing romance between Jack and Alice. I love their landlord, the nosy woman who was always threatening to evict him before Alice showed up and there is the addition of a new strong female character who works for the Yakuza who I hope to see again in future books.






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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review: Jack Knifed (A Detective Jack Stratton Mystery book 2) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: March 23, 2014
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 159 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
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Synopsis:

Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest.
Why do I keep doing this...thinking about her? It was so long ago, but I can't get what happened out of my head. I shouldn't let any of that junk define me, but I still do. I'm driving in circles, caught in some loop that I can't break out of. I want to know why she abandoned me...but some things, I guess, I'll never know....
Handsome police officer Jack Stratton is the "hometown hero cop with a heart of gold". Constant nightmares have forced him to seek answers about his rough childhood and the dark secrets hidden there.

With Alice (aka Replacement) by his side, Jack travels to Hope Falls to solve a murder that occurred before he was born. Everyone in the small town remembers the unsolved murder of Steven Ritter, but after 27 years, no one thought that someone would look into it - but they don't know Jack.

Review:

Jack hasn't seen his mother since she left him at a bus station when he was 7. He doesn't even know his real name, since his mother only called him horrible names.  When Jack finds out his mother is in a mental hospital with early dementia he goes to visit hoping for answers, instead he gets more questions. Is his father dead? Who killed him? Can he find out? Replacement and Jack travel to Hope Falls to see if they can discover more about Jack's past.

Another well done fast past and easy to read mystery by Greyson. I love Jack and the way he just finds trouble and replacement who seems to get in just as much trouble as Jack. Digging up your past is never easy and this might just prove harder than Jack thought.






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Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Review: Girl Jacked (detective Jack Stratton Mystery book 1) by Christopher Greyson

Release Date: July 17, 2014
Publisher: Greyson Media Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 264 pages
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
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Synopsis:

Everyone said the mystery will never be solved. They don't know Jack.

Jack Stratton's a good guy on the ugly side of life. Eight years ago a bomb blew his world apart and he's been picking up the pieces ever since. Guilt has driven a wedge between him and the family he loves. When Jack hears the news that his foster-sister Michelle is missing, it cuts straight to his core. The police think she just took off, but Jack knows Michelle would never leave her loved ones behind--like he did. Forced to confront the demons from his past, Jack must take action, find Michelle and bring her home... or die trying.

This runaway hit mystery series introduces us to handsome rogue Jack Stratton. Driven by a debt of honor to his fallen foster-brother and a deep need to protect his vulnerable, yet feisty sidekick, Jack must dive into a world full of deception and lies. But in the sleepy community of Darrington, nothing is as it appears to be. Navigating the quirky characters that hold the answers to their foster-sister's disappearance, these two underdogs must put aside their differences and fight back-to-back if they are to save Michelle. As Jack's world continues to crumble, secrets from his past drag him down. Following a trail that has grown cold, Jack must tread carefully to protect his job, his family, and his own life. 

Review:

When I received notification that a new Jack Stratton book was coming out and I was offered to review it through netgalley I figured I better catch up on the rest before tackling the new one. I read the prequel to this series And Then She Was Gone and I had downloaded the rest but never got to them, until now.

Fast paced and a really fun read, I fell in love with Jack Stratton. Jack was put in foster care at age 7, he went to war with his foster brother at 18, and he will never forgive himself for not coming home with him. Now his foster sister Michelle is missing and another girl, Replacement, who was raised in the same foster home after Jack had left is desperate for Jack's help to find her.

Replacement is 19, full of fire and passion and an expert hacker is desperate for Jack to help her.  Their foster mother Haddie knows that Jack will find out what happened to Michelle.

Jack is now a cop and has been back in the same town where he grew up for over 2 months but can't bring himself to reconnect with Haddie, and his foster sister Michelle, feeling that he let them down by not being able to save their foster brother Chandler. Now Replacement is in his face to help and he can't seem to say no.

Putting his job in jeopardy by stepping on toes Jack finds himself seeking answers and if the killer thinks  he will go away, he doesn't know Jack.

Excellent mystery and I like the budding relationship between Jack and Replacement. Jack is a complicated character with a crazy past but it has given him good instincts.






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Friday, May 4, 2018

Audio Book Review: Honor: The Breaking Point by Jay Crownover

Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes
Narrator: Youssif Kamal, Sloane Carson
Genre: Fiction / Romance
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis: 

Don't be fooled. 
Don't make excuses for me. 
I am not a good man.

I've seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I've fought, and I've survived. I've had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second-rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I'm here now, money is no object, and I have no equal. Except for her. She's disappeared. But don't worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don't be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise.... I'm the one standing front and center.

Review:

This is a much darker book than the Marked series but I really liked it.  I like how Crownover really gives her characters depth.  Nassir and Keelyn don't have pretty beginnings but they make the most of what they have, and shine, each in their own way.  Nassir is feared, Keelyn wins them over and takes what she wants without people even realizing she stole from them. However both of them have a heart.  They both truly care about the people of the point. They want to make The Point better and safer for the people who live there. This gritty, dangerous backdrop really allows the romance to shine.  Neither is there to change the other but they complement each other in ways that soften the edges. Really well done.






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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Audio Book Review: Fair Game (All's Fair book 1) by Josh Lanyon

Release Date: November 10, 2010
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes
Narrator: Sawyer Allerde
Genre: LGBT/Romance/mystery
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis: 

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound University, the former agent has put his old life behind him, but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer's obsessive game....

Review:

This was more of a murder mystery than a romance.  Elliot and Tucker had very little chemistry and I just couldn't picture them being in love. Maybe it was an issue with the narrator or maybe it was the writing but it just felt forced and didn't click for me.  The mystery was good if a little stunted and disorganized.  Other reviews have said that this series gets better and the narrator of the audio books changes so maybe that is what was holding this book back but I don't think so.  I like the concept of the book just focusing on the mystery more than the romance but if you are going to tell me they are in love and have been pining for each other you have to give me some heat. Looks of longing something other than anger and resentment. I'm going to give the second book in this series a try and hope for more.




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