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Review: Runaway Murder

Title: Runaway Murder Series: A Carson Stables Mystery #4 Author: Leigh Hearon Release Date: June 26th, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Breaking free from her mounting responsibilities on the Olympic Peninsula, Carson Stables owner Annie Carson reluctantly swaps muddy jeans for breeches to attend a dressage event in Southern California. But after settling into elegant digs at a historic mansion, she finds herself surrounded by palace intrigue, backbiting riders, and cold-blooded murder. As Annie makes heads or tails of clues scattered around the show ring, she must figure out which of her new acquaintances is a killer—before the crazed culprit takes the reins . . . My Review

Review: A Vast and Gracious Tide

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Title: A Vast and Gracious Tide Author: Lisa Carter Release Date: June 12, 2018 Publisher: Gilead Publishing Rating: 3/5 Stars Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense Book Blurb: A wounded veteran and the police chief's daughter must work together to bring a killer to justice. Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life. McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died

Review: Before and Again

Title: Before and Again Author: Barbara Delinsky Release Date: June 26, 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of t

Review: The Memory of Fire

Title: The Memory of Fire Series: The Waking Land #2 Author: Callie Bates Release Date: June 5, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: The land has awoken, and news of magic's rebirth has traveled across the sea. Jahan, a daring noble who has been concealing his powers, is finally ready to stop hiding. Now he returns to the imperial capital, where the use of magic carries a death sentence. There, he must face his dark past, learn to embrace his gifts, and prevent an all-out war across the kingdoms. My Review: I was a little bit skeptical when I found out that that second book was told from another character’s point of view. I have a tendency to get attached to characters and I like

Review: Lifelike

Title: LifeLike Series: Lifelike #1 Author: Jay Kristoff Release Date: May 29, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it

Review: Buried in Books

Title: Buried in Books Series: Bibliophile Mystery #12 Author: Kate Carlisle Release Date: June 26th, 2018 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Brooklyn has done everything she can to prepare for her nuptials with Derek and simply can't wait to start her new life with him. But things don't go as planned when Brooklyn's college frenemies, Heather and Sara, surprise her with a last-minute bridal shower. However, Brooklyn is touched when the women gift her rare copies of The Three Musketeers and The Red Fairy Book. When one frenemy is found murdered and one of the rare books is deemed a forgery, Brooklyn can't help but wonder if the victim played a part in this fraud or if a murdere

Review: Jar of Hearts

Title: Jar of Hearts Author: Jennifer Hillier Release Date: June 12, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who's been searching for the truth all these years . . . When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods ne

Review: Somebody's Daughter

Title: Somebody’s Daughter Author: David Bell Release Date: July 10, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica's nine-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had. But finding Felicity comes at a price--the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster h

Review: Murder at the Mansion

Title: Murder at the Mansion Series: Victorian Village Mystery #1 Author: Sheila Connolly Release Date: June 26, 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheford, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job supervising every aspect of the day-to-day operations of a high-end boutique hotel on the Baltimore waterfront. Then her high school best friend asks her to come talk with the town leaders of Asheford, but she won't say why. Kate can't cut her last link to her past, so she agrees to make the short trip across the state to Asheford. Once Kate arrive

Review: The Beautiful Ones

Title: The Beautiful Ones Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Release Date: October 24, 2017 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip. Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them

Review: Mardi Gras Murder

Title: Mardi Gras Murder Series: Cajun Country Mystery #4 Author: Ellen Byron Release Date: October 9th 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana—and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B—the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler—but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras. Maggie Crozat is determined to give the stranger a name and find out why he was murdered. The post-flood recovery has delayed the opening of a controvers

Review: Every Time You Go Away

Title: Every Time You Go Away Author: Beth Harbison Release Date: July 2018 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis: In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison's most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past. Willa has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her husband, Ben. She became an absent mother to her young son, Jamie, unable to comfort him while reeling from her own grief. Now, years after Ben’s death, Willa finally decides to return to the beach house where he passed. It’s time to move on and put the Ocean City, Maryland house on the market. When Willa arrives, the house is in worse shape than she could have imagined, and

Review: How Hard Can It Be?

Title: How Hard Can it Be? Series: Kate Reddy #2 Author: Allison Pearson Release Date: June 5th, 2018 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Allison Pearson's brilliant debut novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called "the definitive social comedy of working motherhood" (The Washington Post) and "a hysterical look―in both the laughing and crying senses of the world―at the life of Supermom" (The New York Times), I Don't Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate's story became "the national anthem for working mothers." Seven years later, Kat

Review: Toil and Trouble

Author: Edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe Release Date: August 28th 2018 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth. History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional socie

Review: Bring Me Back

Title: Bring me Back Author: B. A. Paris Release Date: June 19, 2018 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she's not inside. No one ever sees her again. Ten years later he's engaged to be married; he's happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She's turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about be

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