Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Audio Book Review: Winds of Fortune (Provincetown Tales Book 5) by Radclyffe

Release Date: March 26, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Genre: lgbt fiction, romance
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Synopsis: 

The fifth in the saga of the Provincetown Tales. The winds of fortune are fickle guides...and happiness or heartbreak may be the destination. For Provincetown local Deo Camara, the only winds that have ever blown her way have been cold and lonely, and she doesn't expect things to improve when she is drawn into a family crisis against her will. Despite a decade of estrangement, however, Deo can't turn her back on the call of blood, no matter how high the price in heartache.

Dr. Bonita Burgoyne is pleased with the changes she's made in her life...she has a rewarding new job and is looking forward to renovating the historic sea captain's house she has just purchased. She's content, and that's all she needs to be, or so she thinks until she hires Deo to head up the renovations. They have nothing in common except a shared legacy of betrayal by those they'd trusted the most, and an impossible attraction they would both prefer to ignore.

Meanwhile, Bonita's new associate Dr. Tory King and her partner, Reese Conlon, must cero with the aftermath of the winds of war and the approaching fury of a very real gathering storm.

Review:

Bonita doesn't trust anyone after she lost her family for the love of a woman who made her obsessed but didn't return her loyalty.  Deo is a strong, fun loving woman who has a wicked reputation with the women and has issues with some of her large Portuguese family. Deo is a contractor with a passion for restoration. Bonita just bought a run down house that hasn't been inhabited for several years.  Can Bonita get past her fear and her lust and let Deo fixed both the walls in her house and her heart?

Great installment of this series. Reese is still having issues returning to civilian life but hopefully with Tory's help she can find her way back.


Monday, February 25, 2019

Audio Book Review: Storms of Change (Provincetown Tales Book 4) by Radclyffe

Release Date: February 28, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Genre: lgbt fiction, romance
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Synopsis: 

Amidst war abroad and upheaval at home, Reese Conlon and Tory King face their gravest challenge to their life together. Can love and passion survive the unforgiving storms of change? In the continuing saga of the Provincetown Tales, Reese Conlon’s obligations to family and country are put to the test as war engulfs the Middle East, while her partner Tory King must chose between her career and motherhood when her family is disrupted. While friends and family struggle with the fears and uncertainties of a world in strife, the small seaside town is rocked by a series of crimes that suggest newly arrived real estate entrepreneur, Ricarda Grechi, may have connections to more than just the business world. State Police Detective Carter Wayne intends to find out.

Review:

I struggled through this book.  I think I like Reese a bit too much because I felt almost as bereft as Tory at the thought of Reese going to war. Even when she returns Reese is changed and Tory struggles with what to do. Meanwhile Rica the daughter of a mob boss comes to town to escape her father and open an art gallery. Carter Wayne is undercover to seduce Rica and find out how much she may know or be involved with her fathers organization but Carters heart starts to get in the way of this being only a job.

Despite the heartache of Reese being gone the other characters really stepped up and made this a good book. The romance between Rica and Carter is complicated but super hot. Great romance but I wouldn't call this a stand alone book.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Audio Book Review: Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 13 hours 35 minutes
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Genre:Mystery/thriller, police procedural
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Synopsis: 

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off the grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. What she didn't expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff's deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who's been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it's an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Review:

You never know what you are going to find when you wander in the Yukon wilderness. When Casey and her fellow deputy Will chase after a run away resident they seek shelter in a cave that holds more than just shelter. Finding a young woman in a hole in the middle of the cave who had been missing and presumed dead from Rockton several years ago Casey now has a new mystery to solve.

Rockton is not a place for the faint of heart.  It is rustic, no electricity, no wifi, and no phones. If you go out in the woods there is a good chance you will get lost and not find your way back. Rockton is full of characters but other than Casey and her hunky wilderness raised boyfriend the Sheriff I think that Mathias the French Canadian butcher is by far one of the most interesting. Full of secrets and a bit creepy Mathias and Casey really bond in this book.

I love the scenes Armstrong sets, she really puts you in the forest with these characters. I'm so happy I found this series.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Audio Book Review: City of the Lost ( Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 13 hours 42 minutes
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Genre:Mystery/thriller, police procedural
Buy: Audible | Kindle 

Synopsis: 

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

Review:

I got hooked on this series when I received book 4 from Netgalley.  I really liked it and loved the characters and the whole concept of this town in the middle of the Yukon that houses people who are running, running from the law, running from abuse or just need to be missing. Although book 4 told me a lot of what had already occurred in Rockton I wanted to read about it for myself so I got books 1-3 on audio.

Casey and her best friend Diana are both running from their past.  Casey from a bad decision after she is badly attacked in an alley and Diana from her abusive husband. They both apply to Rockton to try to start anew. Although it might not be too new for Casey since she is brought to Rockton to be a detective, and her first case makes her realize just how dangerous this town can be. In the middle of the wilderness with no phones, no electricity and no comforts of 20th century this is detecting like it was done before international databases, fingerprint bases and other CSI stuff.

I loved this book and it really gives you a great introduction to this town. If I could have read the beginning of this series from the start I think I would have been even more in love with the latest book.  The character development is great and the plot is a new one for me. I highly recommend this series.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Audio Book Review: Distant Shores, Silent Thunder (Provincetown Tales book 3) by Radclyffe

Release Date: February 24, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Genre: lgbt fiction
Buy: Audible | Kindle 

Synopsis: 

No matter how much we plan, life - and people - have a way of surprising us. For Doctor KT O'Bannon, a near-fatal tragedy derails a career and disrupts everything she thought she knew about herself and her future. Battered and nearly broken, she turns for solace to the one woman who knows her best, her ex-lover Doctor Tory King. Their unexpected reunion in Provincetown uncovers old wounds, forges new bonds, and awakens long-buried passions. While Tory's lover Sheriff Reese Conlon struggles to uncover a deadly drug ring and Officer Bri Parker navigates the torturous path between friendship and desire, Tory and KT - and those who love them - are forced to examine the boundaries of love, friendship, and the ties that transcend time.

Review:

Tory's ex lover KT moves to town after an attack in the trauma unit leaves her unable to operate and not sure of her future. KT hopes that Tory can forgive her and give her a job, make her feel useful again. Tory is torn between not trusting KT and wanting her to pay for the pain she had caused her in the past. Reese stands back letting Tory work out her feelings but reassuring Tory that she is there for her however she needs her to be. KT starts PT on her hand and falls hard for the lovely hand therapist whose whole family seems to be everyone in this small town.

This was a good installment of this series.  I really like how the characters are evolving from one book to the next. Hot steamy romance.








Friday, February 15, 2019

ARC Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Release Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Celadon Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 336 pages
Genre:  mystery/thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover | Audio

Synopsis:

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

Review: 

I'm still reeling from the end of this book. Not many books surprise me but this one took me completely off guard.  The ending was an OMG moment.  Kudos to Michaelides for this brilliant mystery that keeps you guessing and has plenty of other leads and paths to follow that take you away from the real culprit.  I was sucked into this book from the beginning, the mystery of a woman who hasn't spoken for so many years after she is accused of killing her husband.  She paints a mysterious painting before she is institutionalized titled after a tragedy by Euripides.  But no one can figure out its meaning or why she hasn't spoken.  Theo Faber is determined to help her, he gets a job at the hospital she is in and asks to take on her case.  What he discovers is a world of men who have coveted her, used her and deceived her, yet she still won't speak. As Theo delves into her past to see if he can find the key to unlocking her voice we also learn about Theo's life, his devotion to his wife, an actress who he finds is deceiving him and watch him slowly unravel.

Brilliantly written, I can't say enough about this book. 






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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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ARC Book Review: Watcher in the Woods: a Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan #4) by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  mystery/thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover | Audio

Synopsis:

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson, and falling in love in the several months that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble in the place she's come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up demanding the release of one of the residents, but won't say who, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only possible suspects are the townspeople and Casey's estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why someone would kill to keep him quiet—before the killer strikes again.

Review: 

I was drawn into this book from the very beginning. I didn't realize it was the 4th in a series until after I had started reading it so while only half way through I bought the first one to start when I was done with this one.  I'm hooked on Rockton and Casey Duncan and need to know her from the first moment she set foot in Rockton. While there is a lot of back story Watcher in the Woods can be a stand alone, Armstrong does a great job of catching you up on what you missed I just want all the details not just the summary.  Strong plot, interesting characters and a really interesting little town. I could totally see this evolving into a tv series, as her books for Bitten did I mean who can resist a town full of fugitives...with these neighbors you never have to look for trouble - its already there. 






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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Monday, February 11, 2019

Audio Book Review: Beyond the Breakwater (Provincetown Tales book 2) by Radclyffe

Release Date: February 12, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Genre: lgbt fiction
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Synopsis: 

Beyond the Breakwater, the sequel to Safe Harbor,Sheriff Reese Conlon and Doctor Tory King face the challenges of personal change as they define their lives and future together. Dr. Tory King's pregnancy forces her to examine her personal needs and goals while her partner, Sheriff Reese Conlon, struggles with her escalating anxieties over conditions she cannot control. Twenty-year-old Brianna Parker makes a sacrifice for love that threatens not just her happiness, but her life, when she returns home as the newest member of the Sheriff's department. A life-threatening accident, a suspicious fire, and the appearance of more than one woman vying for Bri's attentions makes one Provincetown summer a time of transformation as each woman learns the true meaning of love, friendship, and family.

Review:

These books make me want to plan a trip back to P-town.  Reese and Tory are having a baby and Bri and Caroline are struggling with their relationship and Bri's father is struggling with having his daughter putting herself in danger as a cop.

As always Radclyffe delivers a great romance but also includes a bit of tension to add to to it.  I like this series and how there always seems to be one more added person to the growing social circle.
Nicol Zanzarella is great at the narration and helps to keep you engaged.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Audio Book Review: Out of the Dark: an Orphan X novel by Gregg Hurwitz

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 12 hours 49 minutes
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genre:Thriller/suspense
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis: 

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past is catching up to him.
Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan's mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.
But President Bennett knows that Orphan X is after him and, using weapons of his own, he's decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X—the first recruit of the Program, Orphan A.
With Evan devoting all his skills, resources, and intelligence to find a way through the layers of security that surround the President, suddenly he also has to protect himself against the deadliest of opponents. It's Orphan vs. Orphan with the future of the country—even the world—on the line.

Review:

I got hooked on these books through Netgalley and when I saw there was a new one I had to grab it. This time I chose an audio book because I wanted to see if I felt any different about the characters between reading them and listening to them and I did not.  The narrator was terrific, really captured Evan well.  Of course taking on the President of the United States is not the easiest of tasks but Orphan X is the best and of course he couldn't just focus on that job he had to help a young autistic boy who finds himself in trouble. I actually really like the interaction between Evan and the young man he chooses to help as the Nowhere Man, due to Evan's upbringing he is very much autistic in his interactions.  He doesn't understand the nuances of social interaction or of friends but he tries and its sweet and terrifying to see his attempts.  I was really glad to see the return of the young hacker Evan helped save in the last book and hope that we see more of her in the future.  She breaks through Evan's barriers and reminds him to be human and so does his relationship with his neighbor and her son but that has its own set of problems.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

ARC Review: The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation by Jodie Patterson

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 342 pages
Genre:  Memoir
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Synopsis:

As an African American growing up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the 1970s, when neighborhoods defined people, Jodie Patterson learned early on to engage with her community for strength and comfort. But then in 2009 this mother of five had her world turned upside down. Realizing that her definition of community wasn’t wide enough for her own child’s needs, Patterson forced the world wide open.

In The Bold World, we witness a mother reshaping her attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of her community, to meet the needs of her transgender son, Penelope— and opening the minds of everyone in her family who absolutely, unequivocally refused to conform.

As we walk alongside Patterson on her journey, we meet
 the Southern women who came before her—the mother, grandmothers, and aunts who raised and fortified her, all the while challenging cultural norms and gender expectations. She shares her family’s history—particularly incidents within the Black community around sexism, racism, and civil rights. We learn about her children, who act as a vehicle for Jodie Patterson’s own growth and acceptance of her diverse family, and her experiences as a wife, mother, and, eventually, activist. The result is an intimate portrait and an exquisite study in identity, courage, and love. Patterson’s relentless drive to change the world will resonate with and inspire us all, reflecting our own individual strength and tenacity, our very real fears, and, most of all, our singular ability to transform despite the odds.

Review: 

This book was very different than I expected but it was also more than I expected.  I expected a tale of a woman raising a trans gender child instead what I got was a rich history of an African-American matriarchy who have created strength, community, culture, and comfort to their family.  It is a book about a family where gender roles were very specific and learning how to bend them. It is a beautiful book dedicated not to just Jodie parenting her son Penelope (he still wants to use this name) but to her family and her childhood and her discovery of who she is and where she fits as a wife, mother, and person.

Wonderfully accessible Pattersons thoughtful and honest ideas on gender and being black in America, of being a black woman in America are worth the read.  There is so much to take away from this book my head is swimming. I am grateful that it crossed my path and that I was drawn to read it. 






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Monday, February 4, 2019

Audio Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes
Narrator: Reba Burh
Genre: fiction, middle school, ghosts
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback 

Synopsis: 

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead...and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger.

When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift", she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil - and herself.

And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined. 

Review:

I loved this book and I really want another! Cass's best friend is a ghost.  When she almost drowned he helped save her and now he seems to reside in the living world with her. However Cass can also peel back the veil to the afterworld and see ghosts that haven't yet crossed over but are lingering around with unfinished business.

When Cass and her parents go to Scotland for a TV show about the worlds most haunted places Cass meets another person like her who may have some insight into why she is the way she is and what the purpose of her being able to do what she does is.

Everything about this book was fun, interesting and new. It was a refreshing read and a refreshing take on seeing ghosts.  I like the mythology around how Cass can help ghosts cross over and why being beyond the Veil is getting harder and harder to pull back from.  Great read!


Friday, February 1, 2019

Audio Book Review: Safe Harbor by Radclyffe

Release Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Genre: lgbt fiction
Buy: Audible | Kindle 

Synopsis: 

A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. Reese Conlon, Lt Col USMCR, is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attentions. Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. Brianna Parker, the teenage daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father's wrath when he learns that she loves another girl. As these three women struggle to live and love in freedom, they risk their hearts and souls to give one another a safe harbor.

Review:

I couldn't resist reading this. There is no place like P-town (Provincetown) in summer. Reese is all business, she seems oblivious to the longing looks of the women in town as she patrols, but there is something about Dr. Victoria King that draws her in. Reese has never had a relationship, she isn't even sure she is gay but she feels a pull every time the doctor is near her. Dr. King is leery of the new deputy sheriff. She has been burned before and with Reese's good looks she is either a player or may even be straight, either way Dr. King can't trust herself around her. She knows if she gives in Reese could break her heart.

This is a nice love story with a gay bashing mystery that gets resolved a little too quickly. Good lesbian romance novel with sexy love scenes and passion set in the biggest gay tourist town. If you've been to P-town you will recognize the settings, the tea dances and can put yourself in the story which is always fun.


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