Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Audio Book Review: Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel book 4) by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

Release Date: April 16, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 22 hours 31 minutes
Narrator: Robert Glenister
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/ private detective
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Synopsis: 

"I seen a kid killed... He strangled it, up by the horse." 
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that. 

Review:

Picking up where the last novel ended. Strike makes it to Robin's wedding just in time to see her say I do, as he knocks over a huge flower display. They have a moment and Robin discovers something about her husband that puts their brand new marriage already on shaky ground.

This mystery is a lot more complex than the first ones in this series. With twists and turns and all of the tension between Strike and Robin that I loved in the first few books. However Robin is now married and Strike is trying his best to keep himself out of her personal life.

The story alternates between two crimes: in one, a mentally ill man reports seeing a child murdered when he was himself young. Then he gets hired by Jasper Chiswell, the Ministry of Culture who hires Strike to look into blackmail threats. During his investigation Strike finds that the mentally ill man's brother is one of the people protesting the cost of London hosting the Olympic Games and has ties to the blackmail, tying the two cases together in Strikes mind.

With lots of symbolism and Robins help Strike undertakes another explosive case.


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Monday, October 29, 2018

Audio Book Review: Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff

Release Date: February 19, 2008
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 12 hours 16 minutes
Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia
Genre: Drug use/biography
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Synopsis: 

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

Review:

The other reviews of this book were either great and "couldn't put it down" or "this guy is a self absorbed party boy who takes his parents money for granted...." etc. 

I found this a tough listen as a person who has lived with an addict while in active addiction and dealing with a step-child addicted to Heroin. Its hard to understand how Nic feels about drugs and why he keeps relapsing when he seems to have so much support but I can relate to Nic's story.  This is a brutally honest account of what it is like to be addicted. Relapse is so common. It makes me wonder if people who had so much disdain for Nic Sheff have ever had any experience with addicts.

But Nic Sheff is more than just an addict which some people seem to be missing, Nic Sheff is bi-polar. His mental illness keeps him on a cycle of relapse and recovery. He starts to spin on things and then finds himself down the rabbit hole once more.  He is the first to admit that not treating his bipolar was not only stupid but kept him on this cycle of addiction. 

He struggles with the 12 steps because he doesn't believe in God.  I have heard this many times and from different people who have left 12 step programs because it was too difficult to identify with some of the steps even though they know its suppose to be a very effective program. I wish that someone could come up with a group that didn't put so much emphasis on God. Its tough to be in a meeting that is supposed to be about a higher power yet they are reciting the Lords Prayer...I feel that this part of AA and other 12 step programs can be very alienating.

In this day of so much misery surrounding opiates I think this is a really important book.  Its a way to try to put yourself in the addicts shoes, to try to see through their eyes.  I have a hard time understanding it since I've never struggled with drugs or alcohol. This need to numb out is alien so reading books like this help me gain more empathy toward those who struggle with this difficult disease.



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Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Release Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Harper Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288 pages
Genre:  literature, jewish culture
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Synopsis: 

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

Review:

Based on the true life experiences this is a story of survival and love in truly the worst circumstances. Some of this was hard to read and I had to put the book down a few times and do something else but Lale's story was so inspiring that I had to keep reading.  The afterward written by Lale and Gerta's son was beautiful. His parents were truly inspiring and somehow kept their hope and love alive through years spent seeing so many die.

It wasn't just Jews who died in these camps as this book shows it was Gypsy's, political prisoners, and many others. The experiments done to many were horrific and often disfiguring its amazing that anyone survived and that those who did were able to for the most part pick up the pieces and live full lives. This is a book that inspires you to live.  If anyone can survive this type of trauma and still retain a sense of humor and a zeal for life than I can certainly move past petty annoyances and thrive.








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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Book Review: Criminal Intentions: Season 1: Episode 2 Junk Shop Blues by Cole McCade

Release Date: August 3, 2018
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: ebook
Pages: 364 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Crime, LGBT
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Synopsis: 

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

A murdered night club mogul unlocks a web of infidelity and deceit. The most likely suspect? The daughter of the richest family in Baltimore, if only Detectives Malcolm Khalaji and Seong-Jae Yoon can piece the evidence together. The clues just aren't lining up—but Malcolm can't tell if he's missing a piece of the puzzle or completely missing the mark. The McAllister case still haunts him. So many dead. So many he couldn't save. It's throwing him off his game. And the only one who really understands is his strange, coldly aloof partner. A partner he can never see the same way, after a moment of intimacy that haunts him as much as the voices of the dead. Seong-Jae Yoon is struggling in his own way. He can't solve the case when he can't trust Malcolm, and he can't trust Malcolm when the grizzled old wolf is growing increasingly erratic, increasingly dangerous. What disturbs Seong-Jae is how much he needs to trust Malcolm. He doesn't get that close. He doesn't get that involved. But he may have no choice, if they want to stop a powerful killer from slipping away.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Baltimore homicide detective Malcolm Khalaji has his own way of doing things: quiet, methodical, logical, effective, not always particularly legal. He’s used to working alone—and the last thing he needs is a new partner ten years his junior.

Especially one like Seong-Jae Yoon.

Icy. Willful. Detached. Stubborn. Seong-Jae is all that and more, impossible to work with and headstrong enough to get them both killed…if they don’t kill each other first. Foxlike and sullen, Seong-Jae’s disdainful beauty conceals a smoldering and ferocious temper, and as he and Malcolm clash the sparks between them build until neither can tell the difference between loathing and desire.

But as bodies pile up at their feet a string of strange, seemingly unrelated murders takes a bizarre turn, leading them deeper and deeper into Baltimore’s criminal underworld. Every death carries a dangerous message, another in a trail of breadcrumbs that can only end in blood.

Malcolm and Seong-Jae must combine their wits against an unseen killer and trace the unsettling murders to their source. Together, they’ll descend the darkest pathways of a twisted mind—and discover just how deep the rabbit hole goes. And if they can’t learn to trust each other?

Neither will make it out alive.

Review:

The first episode introduced us to Malcolm and Seong-Jae. They were thrown together as unwilling partners but have formed a good team but underlying attraction is making it hard to concentrate on the case and the fact that Seong-Jae refuses to get his own desk leave Malcolm on edge. The last case they worked on still haunts both of them but Malcolm is stubbornly refusing to go to his required therapy appointment. Seong-Jae isn't used to trusting anyone but he finds he wants to trust Malcolm despite Malcolm's erratic behavior on this new case.

This is a really good series. I was pleasantly surprised to find it. The mysteries keep your interest and the chemistry keeps you on edge waiting for the inevitable. Can't wait to read episode 3







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Monday, October 22, 2018

Book Review: Criminal Intentions: Season one: Episode 1: The Cardigans by Cole McCade

Release Date: July 8, 2018
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: ebook
Pages: 242 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Crime, LGBT
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Synopsis: 

ABOUT THE SERIES

Baltimore homicide detective Malcolm Khalaji has his own way of doing things: quiet, methodical, logical, effective, not always particularly legal. He’s used to working alone—and the last thing he needs is a new partner ten years his junior.

Especially one like Seong-Jae Yoon.

Icy. Willful. Detached. Stubborn. Seong-Jae is all that and more, impossible to work with and headstrong enough to get them both killed…if they don’t kill each other first. Foxlike and sullen, Seong-Jae’s disdainful beauty conceals a smoldering and ferocious temper, and as he and Malcolm clash the sparks between them build until neither can tell the difference between loathing and desire.

But as bodies pile up at their feet a string of strange, seemingly unrelated murders takes a bizarre turn, leading them deeper and deeper into Baltimore’s criminal underworld. Every death carries a dangerous message, another in a trail of breadcrumbs that can only end in blood.

Malcolm and Seong-Jae must combine their wits against an unseen killer and trace the unsettling murders to their source. Together, they’ll descend the darkest pathways of a twisted mind—and discover just how deep the rabbit hole goes. And if they can’t learn to trust each other?

Neither will make it out alive.

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

When a string of young queer men turn up dead in grisly murders, all signs point to the ex-boyfriend—but what should be an open-and-shut case is fraught with tension when BPD homicide detective Malcolm Khalaji joins up with a partner he never wanted. Rigid, ice-cold, and a stickler for the rules, Seong-Jae Yoon is a watchful presence whose obstinacy and unpredictability constantly remind Malcolm why he prefers to work alone. Seong-Jae may be stunningly attractive, a man who moves like a graceful, lethal bird of prey...but he's as impossible to decipher as this case.

And if Malcolm doesn't find the key to unravel both in time, another vulnerable young victim may end up dead.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Both Malcolm and Seong-Jae are gay but they aren't romantically involved, yet. There is definite tension and attraction there.  As unwilling partners in the Baltimore Police Department Malcolm and Seong Jae have to learn how to work together, one plays by the rules the other knows which rules can be bent. Both have an uncanny knack for seeing beyond what is at the crime scene, one follows his instincts and the other can get inside a murderers head. Together they are fabulous but their differences may stop them from working together the best way they can.

Queer kids are being murdered and there seems to be some tie to one particular person they all dated.  Could he be the killer or is the next target?








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Friday, October 19, 2018

Book Review: A Gathering of Secrets (a Kate Burkholder Novel) by Linda Castillo

Release Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 312 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Crime, Amish
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Synopsis: 

When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first, it looks like an accident, but when the body of eighteen-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside—burned alive—Kate suspects murder. Who would want a well-liked, hardworking young Amish man dead? Kate delves into the investigation only to find herself stonewalled by the community to which she once belonged. Is their silence a result of the Amish tenet of separation? Or is this peaceful and deeply religious community conspiring to hide a truth no one wants to talk about? Kate doubles down only to discover a plethora of secrets and a chilling series of crimes that shatters everything she thought she knew about her Amish roots—and herself.

As Kate wades through a sea of suspects, she’s confronted by her own violent past and an unthinkable possibility.

Review:

I wouldn't consider this a standalone book, that being said I have read the entire series so far and am a huge fan of them. However, this was not my favorite.  The mystery is good and there are a lot of twists and turns and they do a pretty good job of holding on to who committed the actual arson till the end but there was just something really troubling about this book. It was definitely darker than some of the others and the secrets and ways in which the Amish deal with things that happen in this novel really made me mad which may have been why I had so much trouble with it.

I do thoroughly enjoy these books, I love the way Kate is separate but still very much admires so much of the Amish culture, the simple ways. I also love the relationship she has with Tomessetti her FBI boyfriend and though he is fighting his own demons he respects Kate and knows what she needs so much of the time. Overall I really like this series and I'm not disappointed I read this but it just didn't reel me in the way some of the others have.






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Monday, October 15, 2018

Audio Book Review: Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer

Release Date: August 2, 2007
Publisher: Random House Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 2 hours 57 minutes
Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Genre: charity/investigation/non-fiction
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Synopsis: 

Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children's crusader, and he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his best-selling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself.
This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.

100% of Jon Krakauer's proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the "Stop Girl Trafficking" project at the American Himalayan Foundation (www.himalayan-foundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).

Review:

I was a huge fan of Three Cups of Tea so to hear about the falsehoods, and deceit included within the book broke my heart and while Greg Mortenson still won't come clean about some of it many of his schools sit empty and unusable. While CAI build schools they didn't find the people to staff them. This is not to say that CAI (Mortenson's non-profit) haven't done good works they have, and Krakauer highlights these but Mortenson's continuing lies and deceit have undermined the organization.

With interviews from former board members and people Mortenson supposedly knew in Pakastan Krakauer uncovers lies that made no sense to the mission but helped make the books more adventurous. As reported in a New Yorker Article by Peter Hessler "According to Krakauer, in 2009, C.A.I. spent 1.7 million dollars to promote Mortenson’s books, taking out full-page ads in publications like the New York Times, and chartering private planes for him to attend speaking events. The non-profit purchased tens of thousands of copies of “Three Cups of Tea” and “From Stones Into Schools” from commercial retailers, which meant that royalties would be paid to Mortenson, who doesn’t donate such proceeds to C.A.I."  It seemed that Mortenson was more interested in selling books than in his supposed real mission of education.

Thankfully in 2016 Mortenson stepped down from CAI and CAI has begun to shift its focus from just building schools to education. Although on look at Charity Navigator still shows Mortenson drawing a significant salary from the organization but I'm unsure as to why or what his role in it still is which gives me pause and still leaves me with a weird taste in my mouth.

Unlike Mortenson, 100% of Jon Krakauer's proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the "Stop Girl Trafficking" project at the American Himalayan Foundation.




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Friday, October 12, 2018

ARC Book Review: Firefly by Henry Porter

Release Date: October 12, 2018
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 480 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
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Synopsis: 

From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and to safety. Codenamed “Firefly,” he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won’t live to pass on the information.

When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Luc Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage and himself the product of an earlier era of violent civil war, Samson’s job is to find Firefly, win his trust, and get him to safety.

Review:

This book is a mad dash from Turkey to Greece, Macedonia and beyond while thirteen year old Naji tries to get to the EU so he can establish a safe place for his family. I think this book would have been better named had they actually used codename Firefly in the beginning of the book instead of halfway through.

Naji has in his possession valuable information on an ISIS cell that could help MI6 avoid an attack.
Resourceful and cunning I found myself cheering for this boy as he ran from terrorists and crossed borders undocumented giving MI6 and Samson a former Lebanese immigrant now a contractor for MI6 a run for his money. Samson's immigrant status and fluency in Arabic help him in trying to win Naji's trust.

Porter did a great job of showcasing what immigrants will go through in order to be safe and how there is now more than ever a distrust and fear of immigrants. This is a very timely book, has great intrigue and is well written.





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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Audio Book Review: Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes
Narrator: Russell Brand
Genre: addiction
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Synopsis: 

"This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud.... My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse." (Russell Brand)

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not "why are you addicted?" but "what pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running - into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person's arms?"

Review:

I don't know what it is about Russell Brand but I am drawn to his videos and when I saw this book I grabbed it. Most people have something that they you can consider an addiction, do you shop when you are depressed, can you put your phone down, are you addicted to video games, what about drama? While Brand uses the 12 steps of most addiction program he has changed the wording to make them more accessible to those who aren't religious or can't connect with the religious undertone of most of these programs. While Brand has found yoga and a spiritual connection in that way it just doesn't feel the same.

He strongly emphasizes connection, and without connection we are left to our own fucked up devices. Research actually agrees with this and has found that connection is a key player in addicts getting clean and staying clean. It is when we lose connection that our brains start drifting toward behaviors that aren't very helpful.

While I am not addicted to drugs or alcohol it is rampant in my family...which makes me wonder am I addicted to the drama of addicts? There is also that pesky shopping habit...when I feel out of control or down there is always amazon.  If nothing else this book is a good way to look at your life and your habits and see if there is anything holding you back from being your full self.




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Friday, October 5, 2018

ARC Book Review: After the Fire by Will Hill

Release Date: October 1, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebook Fires
Format: ebook
Pages: 464 pages
Genre:  YA, Historical Fiction
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Synopsis: 

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.

But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.

Then came the fire.

Review:

Based on the true events that happened at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. I loved the way this book is written only giving us little glimpses at a time of life inside the religious sect that Moonbeam is a part of.

You know that Moonbeam is holding something back.  That she is wracked with guilt over something but you don't know what it is.  It isn't until almost the end that you find out.

This is a really well done book that sucks you in from the beginning and keeps your interest all the way through.  I am always fascinated by these religious sects and how the people come to follow these "prophets" and this shows how they are systematically broken down and the difficulty those who start to lose faith go through to either stay off the radar or find a way out.




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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Audio Book Review: Still Waters (Sanctuary Book 4) by RJ Scott

Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Format: Audio
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

Adam has a new assignment for Sanctuary. It means working with the man who did not trust him two years ago and destroyed their relationship. He still hates Lee but Jake Callahan, boss of Sanctuary, does not give him a choice, insisting they need to get along for the good of the cross agency case.

Lee wants desperately to understand why Adam betrayed the Bureau. He is still angry and disappointed, but the memory will not leave him alone. The Bullen case is the perfect cover to get back in his ex-lover's life, and he is determined to find out the truth.

Against the backdrop of Sanctuary and the Bullen case can they learn to understand and believe that not everything they thought was true was real?

Review:

Book 4 - The mystery and investigation is the same through all the books as everyone is trying to take down a mob family.  Each book could be a stand alone and has its own romance but for better cohesion its probably better to read the whole thing. The books are short....the audio of the first four books are only 3 -3 1/2 hours each and the kindle books seem to range around 250 pages each.

Lee and Jake have a history.  Jake is ex FBI after resigning after a scandal.  His ex lover believes that he was on the take when he was really just protecting Lee. Can the two find solid ground, work out their differences and plug the leak in the FBI that is giving the Bullens important intel?

This was probably my least favorite of the books so far. I didn't really like Lee and the chemistry between the two seemed a bit forced. It was a good book to move the plot along regarding taking down the Bullen family but it just didn't wow me like the others. The next book is on kindle so I'm anxious to see if the different format weighs differently on me.



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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Audio Book Review: Face Value (Sanctuary book 3) by RJ Scott

Release Date: October 16, 2015
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Format: Audio
Length: 3 hours 28 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

Beckett Jamieson discovers he is adopted when a lawyer hands him a letter from his mother on his 21st birthday. His real name is Robert Bullen, but the Bullen family is involved in criminal activity of the worst kind. He decides to bring them down but ends up badly beaten and temporarily blinded. A Sanctuary agent takes him to a safe house to heal.

Doctor Kayden Summers, Sanctuary operative, is not happy about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with an unconscious man. When Beckett wakes, the situation goes from bad to worse. Beckett does not trust him, is as determined as ever to find the evidence his mother hid, and on top of all that, Kayden finds himself attracted to the determined young man.

Can they overcome their issues and eliminate the threat from the Bullen brothers?

Review:

Book 3 - The mystery and investigation is the same through all the books as everyone is trying to take down a mob family.  Each book could be a stand alone and has its own romance but for better cohesion its probably better to read the whole thing. The books are short....the audio of the first four books are only 3 -3 1/2 hours each and the kindle books seem to range around 250 pages each.

Beckett was saved in the last book by Dale and Joseph, he is the son of one of the Bullens but was adopted at the age of 4 and just found out his connection to the infamous family. His mother has left clues on how to bring the family down.  Kayden is a Sanctuary doctor and operative. He is charged not only with helping Beckett heal but also with keeping him safe. But can the soft spoken doctor really protect him? I liked this installment, as Beckett tries to heal - I love Kaydens calm demeanor yet he is a total badass. Not as steamy as the book 1 but very well done and I'm enjoying the mystery plot. 




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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Audio Book Review: The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary Book 2) by RJ Scott

Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

One dead girl, one scared witness, and two men trained as Navy SEALs. Whether searching for justice or revenge, the final showdown between them is the same - explosive!

Dale MacIntyre, former Navy SEAL, works for Sanctuary. He's the acting handler for a member of the Bullen family's inner circle. He is close to obtaining the evidence he needs to prove Elisabeth Costains death was ordered by them - until someone gets in his way. 
Joseph Kinnon, active Navy SEAL, is back on US soil for the first time in months, and he is told the tragic news that his stepsister is dead, gunned down in an alley by an unknown assailant. He is determined to find out who murdered her - until someone gets in his way. They both want the same thing but have different methods of accomplishing their goals.

They both want the Bullen family brought to account, but one wants justice and the other wants revenge. What happens between them, however, has nothing to do with either.

Review:

Book 2 - The mystery and investigation is the same through all the books as everyone is trying to take down a mob family.  Each book could be a stand alone and has its own romance but for better cohesion its probably better to read the whole thing. The books are short....the audio of the first four books are only 3 -3 1/2 hours each and the kindle books seem to range around 250 pages each.

Joseph Kinnon comes home from assignment as a SEAL to discover his step sister has been murdered.  Determined to find out who killed her and why he goes looking for the people who can help him.  Dale works for Sanctuary and is friends with Nik and Morgan who was the eye witness to Josephs sisters murder.  Joseph and Dale team up to save the person that could have evidence that could legally take the Bullen family down once and for all. While they each bash heads a bit in the beginning it also ignites a flame of desire in both men. Can they put their desires aside and save their mark?




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Monday, October 1, 2018

Audio Book Review: Guarding Morgan (Sanctuary Book 1) by RJ Scott

Release Date: April 27, 2015
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Format: Audio
Length: 3 hours 32 minutes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

Morgan Drake is the only witness to a murder in an alleyway. Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation offering witness protection to anyone whose safety is compromised. Morgan discovers a bodyguard's arms can offer more than protection.

Morgan is the only person who can give evidence for prosecuting the cop responsible for the crime. When the FBI safe house where he's being held is compromised, he follows the instructions of the agent in charge and runs.

Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation that offers witness protection when FBI security is questionable.

When Morgan's handler sends him to Nik for safety, neither Morgan nor Nik could imagine that two weeks alone in a cabin in the woods would have their hearts racing with something much more than merely trying to keep Morgan alive.

Review:

This is the first book in a series of books. The mystery and investigation is the same through all the books as everyone is trying to take down a mob family.  Each book could be a stand alone and has its own romance but for better cohesion its probably better to read the whole thing. The books are short....the audio of the first four books are only 3 -3 1/2 hours each and the kindle books seem to range around 250 pages each.

I really enjoyed this first book found it to be super hot and and I really like Morgan and Nik. Thrown together in a safe house when an FBI safe house is compromised Nik is charged with keeping Morgan safe. With nothing else to do and the chemistry building and a drawer full of condoms things get steamy.




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