Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: Shopping Is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: Shopping Is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publishing: Hibbert Stiles Publishing Inc
Series: McKinley Mysteries #6
Pages: 159
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

Black Friday should be all about shopping and discounts, but Sean and Sara get more than they bargained for. When they only have a few more items left to buy, screams fill the mall—and for good reason. A man has fallen to his death from the second level. 

But what exactly happened isn’t that straightforward, and normally, Sean and Sara would leave this matter to the police, but the widow was a childhood friend of Sara’s. While the police are leaning toward the belief the man intentionally took the leap, the widow is adamant her husband would never jump and asks Sara for her help. 

Despite the fact there is an unresolved past between the friends—in which Sara feels she let her down—Sara can’t turn her back on her now. Fueled by guilt and the need to find answers, Sara convinces Sean they should look into the man’s death. 

But the answers aren’t all coming quickly. Mall security has dropped the ball and there’s no seeming motive for murder. To find out the truth will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Jimmy. And if it all comes together, they just might have this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

My Thoughts:

This book finds Sara and Sean shopping at the mall determined to buy gifts for their friends and loved ones.  As someone screaming brings Sean and Sara running out of the latest store they enter to find someone has fallen over the 2nd floor, as Sara approaches she recognizes a friend of her's from school.  There are no shortage of people in the mall during the incident.  Did Sara's old friend's husband commit suicide or was he helped to his death?

Of course Sara decides they must investigate especially after visiting her friend who begs for their help.  As they begin to investigate Sara thinks it might be connected to a yellow plain bag that the husband was holding.  Was he meeting someone?  Was it enough to kill for?

This book series is fun and really pulls you in and you want to keep going to solve the crime, if for Sara nothing other than repairing her relationship with her friend.  I really enjoy learning more and more about Sara and Sean as the series is continues.  This is a great series for anyone and everyone who loves a great cozy mystery with a crime fighting duo.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: Booked For Trouble by: Eva Gates

Title: Booked For Trouble
Author: Eva Gates
Publisher: NAL
Series: Lightinghouse Library Mystery #2
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

The author of By Book or By Crook returns to the Outer Banks and the Lighthouse Library, where Lucy Richardson must shed light on a shocking murder…

Lucy has finally found her bliss as a librarian and resident of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She loves walking on the beach, passing her evenings with the local book club, bonding with the library cat, Charles, and enjoying the attention of not one, but TWO eligible men. But then her socialite mother, Suzanne, unexpectedly drops in, determined to move Lucy back to Boston—and reunite her with her ex-fiancé.

To make matters worse, Suzanne picks a very public fight at the local hotel with her former classmate Karen Kivas. So, when Karen turns up dead outside the library the next morning, Suzanne is immediately at the top of the suspect list. Now Lucy must hunt down a dangerous killer—before the authorities throw the book at her poor mother…

My Thoughts:

In this book Lucy is enjoying her time in Outer Banks when her mother surprises her with a visit but Lucy can't help but wonder what the real agenda is but before Lucy can figure that out her mother has some argument with an old classmate.   Not long since the argument  Karen Kivas the old classmate of Lucy's mother winds up dead and the pressure is on Lucy's mother Sue who finds herself the prime suspect in this situation!  Who killed Karen and why?

This book is such an incredible series with the togetherness of these friends have and watching the relationship between Lucy and her mother and how they try to establish some sort of relationship and get to the bottom of things.

Also watching her relationships between Connor, Butch and Lucy and her bond with her cousin is getting better as she stops in frequently to get lunch or breakfast.  They seem to really be connected!  I love this series and can't wait to see what is next for this group of friends!  Next in the series is:




Review: Family Is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: Family is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibbert Stiles Publishing Inc
Series: McKinley Mysteries #5
Pages: 119
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

The search for a maid results in a mess. 

When a woman shows up and claims to be Sara's birth mother, it pits Sara and Sean against each other. Sara opens her heart and wants to believe the woman, but Sean is suspicious of her true identity and motive. After all, there are billions at stake. But when the woman goes missing and a dead body turns up, they both start to question the truth. 

Led by Sara's intuition, they pursue all possible leads and soon realize they may have welcomed a killer into their home.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Sara and Sean as they are deep in interviews with women in hopes of finding a maid/cook/organizer.  The next interviewer is late and Sara and Sean find themselves face to face with a woman claiming to be Sara's mother, which puts Sean on the fence about whether or not this woman is who she claims to be.  Is she after Sara and Sean's money or is she the real deal?

Not long after this the woman goes missing and so did the maid who applied for the shop but failed to show up for the interview.  Which make Sara and Sean wonder what happened and where are the two women?

This book has so much going on especially as they persue a killer to figure out what happened.  This book really showed a strain between Sara and Sean.  Sara's quick to accept the woman as her mother without knowing for sure and Sean hesitant to jump into the fire!  I can't wait to see what is next I love this series so much it's got fun and adventure and tons of mystery to solve!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: Politics is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: Politics is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibbert Stiles
Series: McKinley Mysteries #4
Pages: 134
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

For Sean and Sara, a local television interview turns into a high-profile investigation. The host's niece has gone missing, but the girl isn't just anyone, she's the daughter of Albany's mayor. Not knowing whether she's run away, been kidnapped-or worse-murdered, Sean and Sara set out to get the answers. It will have them using all the resources at their disposal. 4th in the McKinley Mysteries

My Thoughts:

In this book Sean and Sara get called to visit with the mayor of NY whose daughter has disappeared and it's up to Sara and Sean to figure out if the good daughter has suddenly gone bad?  Or did something more sinister happen?  This book takes them to Virginia and back all in the name of finding the daughter.  Will they find her time?

I love this series short little mysteries that pull you in and won't let you go until you find out the truth and this one didn't disappoint in the least.  With these books you feel like you are Jimmy a friend to both Sean and Sara and want to help out if you can.  These books remind of some tv shows from the 80's that had simple mysteries that weren't always simple to solve.  Can't wait to see what is next for Sara and Sean!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Money is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: Money is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibbert & Styles
Series: McKinley Mysteries #3
Pages: 154
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions-he left him a murder to solve. Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn's Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instructions that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter-Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was. As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn's corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

My Thoughts:

This book follows right where the last one took off in this one Sara and Sean are accepting things from Mr. Quinn's will including a note asking Sean to investigate the death of his daughter Cindy Quinn.  Supposedly Cindy died of suicide but the question remains why would an asthmatic take sleeping pills knowing it would hurt them?  As they investigate they learn that she was married to Robert who is the most likely suspect even though he says he's innocent.  Will Sara and Sean get to the bottom or will their time run out?

This is such a great cozy series with so much going on.  The mysteries are right there waiting for them to solve and they seem to have an incredible knack at solving them.  It's like being on a ride right along with Sara and Sean and watching as they put the pieces together.  Can't wait to see what is next!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review: Vacation is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: Vacation is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Createspace
Series: McKinley Mysteries #2
Pages: 142
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:


There's only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they're on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week they've had just about enough lying around.


When the husband of a couple they've befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.

My Thoughts:

This book follows former detectives Sara and Sean McKinley who are on their honeymoon in Cancun what they didn't count on is mystery following them.  When the husband of a couple Sara and Sean meets goes missing it's up to Sara and Sean to find him.  Who took Earl and why?

This book continues not far from where the previous one left off.  It's full of sun and fun and mystery which always makes for a good mystery.  This one was full of suspense and mystery which draws you in wanting to find out what happened to the husband and who the mysterious girl in the sunhat is.  Can't wait to see what is next in the series!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: The Day Job is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: The Day Job is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibert & Styles
Series: McKinley Mysteries #1
Pages: 76
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

For Sean McKinley, working in Albany PD Homicide is great except for one thing - he's in love with his partner Sara Cain. And even though she feels the same way about him, she convinced him they should just remain friends. Two years later, nothing has changed. Yet, during the course of a murder investigation, when Sean finds out an old friend has died, it results in something that has the potential to change his life - and Sara's - forever. It goes to prove one unexpected act of kindness has the power to ripple throughout the years and bring happiness...even when The Day Job is Murder.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Sean McKinley and his partner Sara prior to them being married when Sara wouldn't be anything more than friends with Sean.  In this book a victim Sean helped years ago has died and Sean is approached about an inheritance.  Unaware that his victim/friend had anything of value Sean gets some powerful words from beyond the grave!

I really enjoyed this story and how we get to see Sean and Sara work together and how they came to be a couple.  It was an enjoyable quick read that has you wanting to know more about Sara and Sean.  Can't wait to see what is next for them.  Next in the series is:



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Honeymoons Can Be Murder by: Heather Haven

Title: Honeymoons Can Be Murder
Author: Heather Haven
Publisher: Wives of Bath Press
Series: Lee Alvarez Mysteries
Pages: 57
Format:e-book
Purchase: Author

Description:

When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

My Thoughts:

This book picks up on the honeymoon of Lee and Gurn who are spending their honeymoon in Hawaii.  When they stumble upon a Californian dead on the beach of Hawaii the police detective Kim is quick to place blame on Gurn, but does he really have any connection to this dead victim?

As pressure gets put onto Gurn and Lee to figure out what happened.  The more they look into it the more the suspects dwindle down and something brings it all back to Lee and she figures it out, but can she prove it before she finds herself dead?

I love this series it's so much fun reading as they figure out who did the what and why.  I will be following this family for a long long time as they are a great team and work so well together!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: A Ghostly Secret by: Tonya Kappes

Title: A Ghostly Secret
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Createspace
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #7
Pages: 250
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Checking out! 

Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, Eternal Slumber, is a “Betweener,” helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after— only murdered ghosts. After Emma Lee solves who murdered them, only then can they cross over to the Great Beyond, Big Guy In The Sky. 
Emma Lee is up against a cold case that happened before she’d even gotten her “Betweener” gift. Not only is the ghost of eight-year-old Betsy Lynn Brady, but Mr. Whiskers Betsy’s cat needs to cross the Rainbow Bridge. 
Betsy Lynn Brady has no idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in shambles, Emma Lee begs her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross to reopen the cold case because Betsy’s head is always stuck in a book and can’t remember exactly what happened to her. 

Emma Lee learns real fast that someone doesn’t want her to snoop around the cold case. Can she help Betsy cross over and get Mr. Whiskers cross the Rainbow Bridge before someone helps Emma Lee check out from the living?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Emma Lee who owns the small town funeral home Eternal Slumber.  Not long after the death of her sister Charlotte she has been visited by a cat Mr. Whiskers and a little girl.  She finds herself having difficulty identifying who the girl as and the girl ghost can't tell her much at all.

The little girl is connected to another ghost who is involved in Betsy Lynn Brady's death was it her mother or her soon to be step-father?  Emma Lee also finds out that Jack Henry Ross is about to take a temporary job away from Emma Lee and Emma can't decide if they will survive this?  Emma is also still dealing with the death of her sister and finding her way without her!

This book was full of so much stuff going on. Emma making new friends and spending time with girls while Jack Henry is away.  She also solves a couple of cases of her clients that need to cross over and she finds herself helping her grandmother plan her wedding to Doc Clyde.  I really can't wait to see what awaits Emma Lee next!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Revew: Devil's Cut by: J.R. Ward

Title: Devil's Cut
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Ballantine
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale of the Bourbon Kings series, the Bradford family dynasty teeters on the edge of collapse after the murder of their patriarch—and a shocking arrest.

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

My Thoughts:

This is the last book in the Bourbon Kings trilogy and everything you knew or thought you knew got thrown out the window.  Truths become revealed that people may not want revealed in protecting others.  Gin makes some truthful decisions that she really needed to make.  Friends banded together to help the Baldwine's and they uncover who the killer really was which is shocking to say the least!

I loved this series it was great to visit Kentucky and see what people are up to.  It was such fun to travel with Max, Lane, Gin, and Edward to see where they land and what is up next for them.  I know whenever I need some major drama and suspense I can go back and read this trilogy and enjoy the bourbon as it flows!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Olive and Let Die by: Susannah Hardy

Title: Olive and Let Die
Author: Susannah Hardy
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Greek To Me Mystery #2
Pages: 290
Format: e-book
Source: Author Sent

Description:

The second Greek to Me Mystery from the author of Feta Attraction

As manager of the Bonaparte House, a historic landmark and Greek restaurant in upstate New York, Georgie Nikolopatos knows her local legends—and her traditional Greek recipes are to die for.

Between her soon-to-be ex-husband Spiro coming out of the closet and her budding romance with Captain Jack Conway, Georgie’s life is beginning to feel like a soap opera.  And that’s before a surprise visit from her estranged mother Shirley, better known as soap star Melanie Ashley. But the dramatic family reunion takes a chilling turn when another long-lost relative turns up dead.

Just outside Spiro’s new restaurant, Georgie and Melanie find the body of Doreen Webber—a cousin Georgie never knew she had. With Spiro’s partner Inky on the list of suspects, Georgie begins to wonder what else her mother may be hiding. Is the dead-broke diva capable of murder?  She’d better find out before someone adds a new twist to the family plot.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Georgie whose been working with Sophie her almost ex-mother in law at the restaurant when Georgie's mother appears out of nowhere.  Within a short time Georgie's cousin Doreen Webber is found dead and the police arrest Inky Spiro's boyfriend for the crime.  Georgie decides to figure out what is going on and why her mother is here.  Will Georgie figure it out in time or will everyone involved run out of time?

I loved this book which really focuses on greek influence and mystery.  I love how she is dating now and is accepting of her husband's relationship with his boyfriend.  I also loved the relationship between Georgie and Sophie.  It's really a mother daughter bond.  As Georgie has such a horrible relationship with her own mother.  We really get to see the layers of issues between Melanie aka Shirley and Georgie.  These two really have a lot of work to do and will be interesting to see it progress!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: The Angels' Share by: J.R. Ward

Title: The Angels' Share
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: New American Library
Series: A Bourbon Kings Novel
Pages: 414
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation…

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…

No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior...or the worst of all the sinners?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Bourbon Kings trilogy in this one we follow the Bradford family as they prepare for the funeral of William Baldwine who has died under questionable circumstances and it's up to Lane to make sense of it all and to try to fix his family and the company.  This entails a lot of questionable things he ends up doing.

Edward seems to be saying good-bye in his own way whether or not he really killed his father, Edward has decided to take the blame himself.  He's determined for Lane, Gin and his mother to have a good life now that William is gone.  Was Edward just abused one too many times and this was his recourse?  Or was it someone else?

I loved going back to Easterly and watching how the Bradford's deal with everything they are handed and to see if Lizzie King and Lane can figure out who really killed William Bradford and why?  This book left you with more questions than answers.  I can't wait to see where it winds up in Devil's Cut!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Twelve Angry Librarians by: Miranda James

Title: Twelve Angry Librarians
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #8
Pages: 259
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

The "New York Times" bestselling author of "No Cats Allowed "and "Arsenic and Old Books" is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians... 

Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself in handcuffs... 

Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren't bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie s old nemesis from library school. 

It's been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So, when Gavin is found dead, no one seems too upset... 

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin after the speech, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library..."

My Thoughts:

Our beloved Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel are back along with everyone else in Athena Mississippi.  Laura and her husband are deciding whether to move to Virginia or stay in Athena.  Which of course has Charlie on pins and needles waiting to see what they decide.  The college is still looking for Dean to take over at the college.  And of course they are getting ready for SALA convention in town for librarians.  With it includes Charlie's nemesis Gavin Fong who went to college with Charlie and his wife.  Gavin made advances at Jackie Charlie's wife after one time to many Charlie gets in a fight and knocks Gavin on his butt of course this happens again in the present.

Gavin has applied to work at the college as the Dean and Charlie can't in good concience take it seriously and tells the board he isn't supporting Gavin.  Gavin even goes so far as to threaten Charlie with exposing the fight from years ago.  Of course Charlie won't give into blackmail.  When Gavin winds up collapsing at the convention after drinking out of his water bottle the heat gets put on Charlie for another fight between the two the previous day. Now Charlie and Diesel have to hunt out the real killer in a convention of librarians who all seem to have bad blood with Gavin will Diesel and Charlie figure it out in time?  Will Laura and her husband relocate to Virginia?  Who will be the Dean of the college?

I love Charlie and Diesel I would love to go to their house and visit them.  While I know in reality I can't I jump at any chance to read these books they are my go to for a great mystery and great characters. I also love the cover art for these books with the big ole cat on the cover.  This story didn't disappoint while we saw a side of Charlie I'm sure he wished would stay hidden in my eyes it made him more real and genuine some times guys have tempers and act rash but doesn't make him out to be a horrible guy just a guy who cares and wants to protect those close to them. I loved how this one was totally different then previous mysteries there were so many secrets and yet the ending was totally surprising.  What was also nice was seeing what Laura and her husband decide on relocating for better job and pay.  It was definitely a will they move or won't they and I was wondering like Charlie what they would choose!  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Killer Party by: Lynn Cahoon


Title: Killer Party
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Tourist Trap Mystery #9
Pages: 188
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Greg and Jill as they are visiting The Castle for a weekend with Greg's college buddies as Levi is getting ready to get married to Jessica a beautiful Russian.  Jill tries to make the best of it as she doesn't know these people too well.  When something goes wrong and Levi winds up dead in the pool everyone is shocked and even worse Greg is removed from the case as being too close to the situation but Greg does the unthinkable and asks Jill to investigate the murder.  The other college buddies and their wives are unable to leave town until the murder is solved.

As Jill digs into the case she learns about things that happened years ago, and learns the latest shop owner a Russian Doll store the little girl initially seems to recognize Jessica but the owner is adament their is no connection.  But Jill also discovers the Doll Shop Owner visited Jessica after the death of Levi which makes Jill wonder if they are related.  Adding to the bizarre is who sponsored the owner's trip to the USA.  This book had so much going for it!

Of course Jill is also dealing with her best friend Amy and her Aunt planning their weddings and Jill can't understand why they have to over plan the weddings.  Even going so far as offering her aunt the money to elope in Las Vegas.

Will Jill figure out who killed Levi?  And whether it's connected to the doll shop owner?  How any of this pertains to Jessica the almost bride?

I love this series so much I have been following it since the first book and Ms. Cahoon is like a fine wine and gets better in every book.  This one followed more Greg and his friends and the things they have been up to and doing.  I really enjoyed watching as Jill tried to figure out what is going on with the murder of Greg's good friend Levi and his relationship with everyone.

Of course the side story was the various weddings that Jill is involved with between Amy and her Aunt Jackie it's a wonder if Jill is gonna drown in all the wedding details, which take a severe turn at the end.  Can't wait to see what is next in South Cove!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Summer on Firefly Lake by: Jen Gilroy


Title: Summer on Firefly Lake
Author: Jen Gilroy
Publisher: Forever
Series: Firefly Lake #2
Pages: 368
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

 A Firefly Lake Novel

Sometimes love is better the second time around . . . 

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband's needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she's building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire-and the one kiss they've shared-has turned everything upside down . . .

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn't meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus and after taking time out to help his mother, he's ready to get back to the city . . . until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn't take long to realize being "just friends" will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he's always wanted . . . and the woman he can't live without.

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Mia Gibbs whose recently divorced and is helping Gabrielle McGuire clean out her house getting ready to move atleast that's what Nick and his sisters want when Mia first begins but she learns quickly that Gabrielle isn't about to give up her house.  The last thing Mia counted on was Mia falling for Nick.  She had one date with Nick when she was a teen, but the date got cut short when Mia walked out on him.  Nick never knew why, but he finds out why in this book.

Nick McGuire thought he had it all figured out.  Being a lawyer not getting attached to any women after his failed marriage to Isobel.  What he didn't count on was Mia and the sparks that fire between each other.  Nick has convinced himself he's not worth alot when it comes to Mia or anyone else?

Also in this book is Kylie a foster kid who has had such a hard time floating from foster care to foster care unless of course she ran away.  She ends up at Camp Rainbow but it's not having a great affect on Kylie until she meets Mia and Nick.  Kylie connects with Nick on a level deeper than just a stranger.  He does what he can to help Kylie but can't help the bond he feels for her and the bond Kylie has for Mia and Mia's kids.

This book was fun reading it brough you in and wouldn't let you go no matter how hard you tried.  You felt like you were right along with everyone else in Firefly Lake.  Seeing Charlie's new baby, watching the characters you met in the first book continue in this book.  Definitely a great book up there with Sherryl Woods, and many others.  I can't wait for the next one to come out this one definitely had me hooked.  I'll be looking for other books by this author!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE
Author: Jen Gilroy
Series: Firefly Lake, #2
On Sale: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
Audio: $21.98 USD


Sometimes love is better the second time around . . .

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband's needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she's building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire—and the one kiss they've shared-has turned everything upside down . . .

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn't meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus and after taking time out to help his mother, he's ready to get back to the city . . . until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn't take long to realize being "just friends" will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he's always wanted . . . and the woman he can't live without.

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THE FIREFLY LAKE SERIES

THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE, #1
SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE, #2
BACK HOME AT FIREFLY LAKE, #3

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Jen Gilroy grew up under the big sky of western Canada. After many years in England, she now lives in a small town in eastern Ontario where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write contemporary romance to bring readers' hearts home.

A small-town girl at heart, Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband, Tech Guy, is her real-life romance hero, and her daughter, English Rose, teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

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“Did you enjoy the play?” Nick leaned over to speak into her ear.
She jumped and then blinked as the overhead lights went on. “It was nice.”
“Nice?” He raised one dark eyebrow and grinned. “It was a murder mystery where the villain killed his so-called friends with poisoned martini olives. Nice isn’t the first word that comes to my mind.”
“I meant it had a good plot. I didn’t guess who did it until the end.” Probably because she hadn’t paid attention.
“I knew it was the town clerk all along.”
“The town clerk? I thought it was the caterer.”
“When he isn’t on the boards, the actor who played the caterer is the town clerk over in Kincaid.” Nick chuckled. “He’s always cast as the villain in local theater productions. Cat says it’s because he has evil eyes. He grew up in Firefly Lake, and every Halloween when we were kids, he dressed as a monster and scared her half to death.”
“I’m a city girl, remember?” Easy banter, keep it light and pretend everything was like it had always been between them. “I’m still not used to the kind of community here and how everyone seems to be connected to everyone else.”
“There’s a lot that goes along with that community.” Nick got to his feet and shepherded Mia through the crowd to the exit. His big frame sheltered her and made her feel safe and protected. “People know your business and think they have a right to talk about you because their grandmother’s second cousin was related to your great-aunt by marriage three times removed. They post pictures of you on Facebook.”
Mia’s face heated. A copy of that Facebook picture had appeared on Gabrielle’s kitchen table. She should have gotten rid of it but instead, Mia had taken it upstairs and tucked it into the bottom of her suitcase. Then ignored Gabrielle’s pointed looks.
“Do you want to get ice cream? Simard’s Creamery has a stand across the street from where we had dinner.”
The intimate bistro with tables for two, where the muted candlelight had softened the planes of Nick’s face, and they’d bumped knees under the small table to send jolts of awareness through her.
“You like your tiger tail ice cream, don’t you?” Although Nick’s voice held a teasing note, something hot and elemental sparked in his eyes. Then his expression changed again, and he was the Nick who’d helped her with her mom’s foundation on all those late-night phone calls last winter. The friend she called when she wanted to talk about anything and everything.
Mia stopped in the middle of the rutted track in the field where they’d left the car. The long grass tickled her bare legs below her sundress, and she shivered in the cool night air. They’d go for ice cream and then Nick would take her home. They’d drive the familiar highway back to Firefly Lake and talk about the play and how well Charlie and Lexie were doing. Safe, easy topics.
He’d drop her off at Harbor House, and she’d go upstairs and get into Georgia’s single bed beneath the tattered travel posters. Alone. Like all those other nights she’d spent alone, denying what she wanted and making excuses.
“I changed my mind. I don’t want ice cream.” Her voice shook.
“Mia, I—” He made a choked sound.
“I thought about what you said.” If she didn’t go for this, she’d always regret it and wonder about what might have been. And maybe a fling with Nick was exactly what she needed to put the last ghosts of her marriage behind her. “You’re right. We’re both single and neither of us wants something the other one can’t give.”
“Are you sure?”
She tried to laugh. “We’d have to be discreet.”
“Of course.” The raw desire on his face was replaced by a glimpse of what might have been vulnerability.
“I like you, and I know you won’t hurt me.” Because she’d locked the part of her that could be hurt deep inside. “We both have needs.” She kicked the grass with her sandals and rubbed her bottom lip.
“I like you, too. What Jay did was wrong, and I want to make sure you understand I’d never do anything like that.” A pulse fluttered in Nick’s throat. “We might not have a relationship, but I wouldn’t sleep with anybody else if I slept with you.”
Mia looked at the night sky, where stars twinkled above the forested hills. When she was little, she’d wished on stars and believed in a happy-ever-after. But she was an adult, and life had made her wiser and destroyed her childish belief in magic and wishes. “Where do we go from here?”
“I’ll take you back to Mom’s if you want me to.” Nick’s arm brushed the curve of her shoulder through her light sweater, and the tremble inside her kicked up. “If you’re not ready.”
She was ready all right and had been even before he kissed her the first time. “I want this.” She lifted her face to his as a cloud scudded across the moon. “I want you.”