Mini Reviews

I have gotten very behind on writing my reviews. Very behind. 6 reviews behind. I have been writing reviews every day but I can’t seem to make a dent in the pile. So, I am writing mini-reviews. Will I write full reviews on the books? Maybe, if I get caught up. So, here they are. Short, sweet and to the point. I can’t say that I will get that behind again but I will try not too.

Diamond City (Diamond City, #1)

4 stars

Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solis is as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.

I couldn’t put this book down. The author sucked me in from the beginning and spit me out at the end. Aina wasn’t a likable person. But she was shaped into who she was by the death of her parents and the training of her boss. By the end of the book, the world she used to view in black and white morphed into many shades of grey.

I do have a warning. The world that Diamond City is violent and bloody and the author doesn’t hold back. So, if this isn’t your thing, I would skip it. Other that that, strap in and enjoy the book.

Diamond City is currently available for pre order. Its expected publication date is January 28th, 2020.

The Look-Alike

4 Stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago—but does anyone else believe her?

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

The Look-Alike was a fantastic mystery. The author had me guessing at who the killer was until the end of the book. Until the killer was revealed, I did think it was someone else. I was stunned at who it was.

There were a couple of things that I didn’t like about the book. Sienna hooking up with her across the street neighbor was one. It was too fast, way too fast. Also, the fact that people were so quick to lump her into the category as her mother and not take her seriously. That made me go WTF. Other than that, I enjoyed reading The Look-Alike.

The Look-Alike is currently available for pre-order. Its expected publication date is January 28th, 2020.

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)

4 Stars

Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

The Silvered Serpents was one of the best books I have read so far this year. The group is broken after the events of last year. Severin, more so, because of his deep bond with Tristan. Severin is also trying to come to terms with what Tristan was doing. Meanwhile, Enrique, Zofia, Hypnos, and Laila are struggling also. Each has their own burden to bear. So well written. The angst came off the pages.

Let’s talk about the end. I was NOT prepared for what happened. I should have been, looking back. I was left almost crying and saying “Why!! Why!!” And the cliffhanger!! All I have to say is HOLY CRAP!!!

The Silvered Serpents is currently available for preorder. Its expected publication date is September 22, 2020.

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch, #3)

3 stars

Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.

Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family―and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?

Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business―and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .

I would have liked Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas more if Lexi had been written to be more likable. I understood why she was mad but to hold onto that anger for years and years? Not healthy. She also was a shrew the entire book. The things she did (like leaking Cody’s name to the press). Plus, she wasn’t a very good nurse once Cody turned up. She was too focused on Cody and her anger to pay attention to her patient.

Not that Cody was any better. But at least he realized he was being a jerk and tried to fix things. He got help. He tried to make things right. He faced the memories that kept him away (which made Lexi out to be a bigger witch than ever).

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is currently available for purchase.

Unmanageable (Forbidden Cove, #2)

4 Stars

A woman with a plan—and the man who shakes it all up.

Veronica Andersen might not need a man in her life, but in the bedroom . . . well, that’s a different story. With her eye on making partner at her father’s law firm, she doesn’t have time to think about much beyond a fling. So when she can’t get her mind off the hot young thing who walks her dog, Veronica knows exactly what to do.

Brian Walsh isn’t just a dog walker. He’s a former hockey pro who’s rebuilding his life after a career-ending injury on the ice. He’s taking his time and enjoying his current freedom—and the four-legged companionship. If only he could stop fantasizing about the best two legs he’s ever seen. . . .

Brian and Veronica can’t help coming together. Again. And again. Suddenly, Veronica finds herself throwing all her best-laid plans out the window. Could she possibly have fallen in love with a man who’s wrong in every way—except the only one that matters?

This was a refreshing book to read. I loved reading a book where the main characters were willing to talk out their differences/squabbles instead of leaving each other angry. I also liked that Veronica called the shots in their relationship. She let Brian know what she wanted.

Now, saying that, I did think that Brian and Veronica talked too much. There were points in the book where they seemed to go on and on. Which drove me crazy go nuts. I was mentally yelling “Just get to the heart of the issue!!

Unmanageable is currently available for purchase.

Alone in the Wild (Rockton, #5)

4 Stars

Every season in Rockton seems to bring a new challenge. At least that’s what Detective Casey Duncan has felt since she decided to call this place home. Between all the secretive residents, the sometimes-hostile settlers outside, and the surrounding wilderness, there’s always something to worry about.

While on a much needed camping vacation with her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, Casey hears a baby crying in the woods. The sound leads them to a tragic scene: a woman buried under the snow, murdered, a baby still alive in her arms.

A town that doesn’t let anyone in under the age of eighteen, Rockton must take care of its youngest resident yet while solving another murder and finding out where the baby came from – and whether she’s better off where she is.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong again delivers an engaging, tense thriller set in perhaps the most interesting town in all of contemporary crime fiction.

Alone in the Wild started off with a bang. The author did a fantastic job of keeping the story focused on Casey, Eric and their search for the baby’s mother. And what a story it was!!

The author did a fantastic job of keeping who killed the woman and why until the end of the book. There were several red herrings thrown out but the reason in the end stunned me. I was also stunned about why she was killed.

Alone in the Wild is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is February 4th, 2020.

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