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Carbon Replacements (McAllister Brothers: Book 4) by Reily Garrett

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: September 9th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

Series: McAllister Justice

Tender Echoes – Book 0.5

Digital VelocityBook 1

Bound by Shadows – Book 2

Inconclusive Evidence – Book 3 (review here)

Carbon Replacements – Book 4

Where you can find Carbon Replacements: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The killer held a knife to her throat—the ultimate decision locked within a dark and deviant gaze.

Determined and dedicated, forensic pathologist Remie Tallin validates her talent by discerning a victim’s last moments of life. Returning to Portland signified her new beginning where a psychopathic stalker designates her a pawn in a seductive game of intrigue. 

The lines between predator and prey blur in hunting a medical genius bent on resetting the laws of nature. Evidence has never failed to point Remie in the right direction, yet conflicting discoveries mock the legal system and defy the scientific arena for clarification.

Detective McAllister’s return from leave includes a new assignment along with a partner well versed in subtle sarcasm and innuendos. Discovering the new medical examiner unconscious at the scene of a grisly murder forces him to unite with his brothers against a world of chaos where reality shifts according to a psychopath’s desire.

My review:

Romantic thrillers are a favorite of mine to read. So when Reily approached me to read Carbon Replacements, I jumped on it. Not only because it is a romantic thriller but also because it is the next book in the McAllister Justice series.

Carbon Replacements takes place sometime after the ending of Inconclusive Evidence. Remi Tallin is a forensic pathologist that had moved back to Seattle after the death of her mother. When her next door neighbor comes to her after being attacked by a John, Remi is drawn into a game where her every move is watched and reported. Billy McAllister is back from leave. He comes into Remi’s world when he is the one to find her after she was attacked by the same John who murdered her neighbor. But not everything is what it seems. Billy and Remi are drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath called The Sandman. The secret that he is hiding could change the world. Can Billy and Remi outthink him or will they become his victims?

I loved the storyline. From the beginning, when Remi was sitting in the car with Gena, I was drawn in. The author did a fantastic job of keeping me interested in the story. The side storylines of Royden/Abby and Katt/Matt were a welcome distraction when Billy/Remi’s storyline got too much. The author did a wonderful of tying them all to the main storyline at the end of the book.

The thriller angle of the book was very well written. This book did a great job of taking sudden twists and turns. Just when I thought I had the bad guy figured out, the author threw a wrench in it. I also liked the idea that was behind everything. I have never heard of bioprinting organs before and I was unaware of the controversy surrounding it. The role that it played in this book was frightening. I had no issue imagining someone wanting to do what The Sandman wanted to do with a bioprinter.

I loved how the relationship between Remi and Billy evolved. It went from a typical police/victim relationship to one where they had feelings for each other but refused to act. So no Instalove. The chemistry between them was amazing. With every glance they shared, the chemistry became more charged. There was a point in the book where I was like “Just DO IT, already“.

Speaking of sex, there wasn’t a lot in this book. Which was refreshing because I could focus on the storyline without wondering when they were going to have sex. The sex that Billy and Remi had was amazing because of the chemistry.

The end of the book was amazing. Who The Sandman was a surprise. A surprise because of why The Sandman did what he did. Talk about frightening and twisted. I also liked how the author lined up the next romance. I wasn’t surprised at who it was because you could see it going there the entire book.

What I liked about Carbon Replacements:

A) the storyline

B) the side storylines

C) The relationship between Remi and Billy

What I disliked about Carbon Replacements:

A) The Sandman

B) What happened to Abby (not mentioned in the review so read the book!!)

C) Remi’s stalker (again, not mentioned in the review. See above)

I gave Carbon Replacements a 4-star rating. This book is a thrilling read. I didn’t know when or where the plot would twist and go in a totally different direction. The Sandman was a truly despicable villain.

I would give Carbon Replacements an Adult rating. There is sex. There is violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Carbon Replacements. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Reily Garrett for allowing me to read and review Carbon Replacements

All opinions stated in this review of Carbon Replacements are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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Weekly Wrap Up (August 19th through August 25th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Eight Goodbyes

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Eight Goodbyes—review coming August 28th

Eight Goodbyes

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo—review coming August 30th

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Golden Skies—review here

Golden Skies

Foundryside—review here

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Not Her Daughter—review here

Not Her Daughter

The Phantom Tree—review here

The Phantom Tree

Maybe for You—review coming August 28th

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Blood Cure—review here

Blood Cure (Blood Type Book 3) by [Linde, K.A.]

Strange Circumstances—review here

Strange Circumstances

Carbon Replacements—review coming September 9th

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

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Weekly Wrap Up (August 12th through August 18th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Strange Circumstances

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Foundryside—review coming August 21st

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Straw—review here

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Incognito—review here

Incognito

Deliverers—review here

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

The Raging Ones—review here

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)

Golden Skies—review coming August 22nd, 2018

Sister of Mine—review here

Sister of Mine

Bishop—review here

Bishop (Arizona Vengeance, #1)

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WWW Wednesday: August 15th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted bySam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Last week was a whirlwind. I had a mammogram (my annual) and I had an ultrasound done on my thyroid. Long story short, I have Hashimoto’s Disease and my thyroid was enlarged. My Dr wanted to make sure that it was alright. And it was. Which was a huge relief. I also started back to school shopping last week. Mr. Z’s shopping is halfway done. I won’t find out what is on Miss B’s list until we go to the open house next Friday. They start school on Monday. So yeah, cutting it close. Miss R’s list is very easy and I will be picking up this week. Also, if you don’t see much posts from me, BFA in WoW is now live. So yeah….lol.


What I am currently reading:

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

(click on the picture for Amazon link)

The killer held a knife to her throat—the ultimate decision locked within a dark and deviant gaze.

Determined and dedicated, forensic pathologist Remie Tallin validates her talent by discerning a victim’s last moments of life. Returning to Portland signified her new beginning where a psychopathic stalker designates her a pawn in a seductive game of intrigue. 

The lines between predator and prey blur in hunting a medical genius bent on resetting the laws of nature. Evidence has never failed to point Remie in the right direction, yet conflicting discoveries mock the legal system and defy the scientific arena for clarification.

Detective McAllister’s return from leave includes a new assignment along with a partner well versed in subtle sarcasm and innuendos. Discovering the new medical examiner unconscious at the scene of a grisly murder forces him to unite with his brothers against a world of chaos where reality shifts according to a psychopath’s desire.

I started Carbon Replacements late last night. So far I like it. Romantic thrillers are among some of my favorite books to read. Hopefully, it continues to be good. Carbon Replacements will not be published until 8-19-18. So be on the lookout for my review on that date.


What I finished reading:

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

(click on the picture for Amazon link)

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself–the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett. 

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. 
 
But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims. 
 
Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them. 
 
To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

I loved this book. It is an Italian based dark fantasy/steampunk that was fantastic. I cannot even begin to tell you all how much I liked this book. If you like dark fantasy mixed with steampunk, pick this book up when it is published. Publication date is August 21st, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review then.


What I am reading next (click on the pictures for Amazon links):

Strange CircumstancesMaybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)Second Chance at Two Love LaneCowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)

Strange Circumstances: I have reviewed Weston Kincaide’s books before. When he asked me if I would like to review an anthology, I said yes. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of weeks

Maybe For You: The publisher approached me to review Maybe For You. I accepted because I liked the blurb. I hope the book lives up to it. Maybe For You will be published August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review then.

The Breakup: I am looking forward to reading this book. I had read The Hookup and wondered when Bella and Christian were getting their story. The book will be published on August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review then.

Cowboy, Cross My Heart: I am normally not a fan of cowboy/Western romances. But when the publisher approached me to review this book, I decided to take a chance. Plus, I liked the cover…lol. This book is set to be published August 28th, 2018. Look for my review then.

Don’t Look Back: I was intrigued by the blurb when the publisher sent me the request to review email. Black Ops and romance? Sign me up. This book is set to be published August 28th, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review then.

Second Chance at Two Love Lane: I almost passed on this book when the publisher contacted me. I don’t like matchmaker romances. But, I decided to give it a chance. This book is set to be published August 28th, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review then.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

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Weekly Wrap Up (July 8th through July 14th)

Books I’ve Read:

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

The Remnant

Hot & Heavy (Lightning, #2)

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Rough Ride (review coming July 24th, 2018)

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Inconclusive Evidence—review here

Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice Series #3)

 

Jilliand—review here

Jilliand

Set the Night on Fire (review coming July 31st, 2018)

Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom, #6)

I Think I Love You—review here

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

The Dream Daughter (review coming October 2nd, 2018)

The Dream Daughter

The Subway Girls—review here

The Subway Girls

Moon Blood (Book 2) by Carol McKibben—review here

Moon Blood (Book 2)

 

Lies by T.M. Logan (review coming September 11th, 2018)

Lies

NetGalley Haul:

I Do Not Trust You

The Ancient Nine

Limits

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

I Hate You, I Love You

Swagger (Milwaukee Dragons, #2)

The Hangman's Secret

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

Email Request:

Worldwielder

Strange Circumstances

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

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Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice: Book 3) by Reily Garrett

Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice Series #3)

4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: March 26th, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Where you can find Inconclusive Evidence: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Series: McAllister Justice

Tender Echoes – Book 0.5

Digital Velocity – Book 1

Bound By Shadows – Book 2

Inconclusive Evidence – Book 3

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

“A playful, well-researched thriller that remains romantically genuine throughout.” – Kirkus Review

Braiding nanotechnology and advanced surgical techniques equals magic to the psychopathic mind.
Megan Chauner finally achieves her dream of starting a veterinary practice when a mysterious package and dire warning from her college roommate turned investigative reporter changes the course of her life. Determined to unravel the plot involving microchips and a deadly solution, she sets out to discover who murdered her best friend.
From chick magnet to wounded cop is not a fall anyone predicted for Lucas McAllister, who now faces the biggest upheaval in his life. Coming home to start a forced retirement, he finds a sassy enigma with as much brain as beauty in his sanctuary.
Stalkers and assassins draft reality checks that test Luc’s survival skills and endurance in keeping Megan and her furball alive while uniting the McAllister brothers to thwart a bi-coastal conspiracy.

My Review:

When I started reading Inconclusive Evidence, I thought that it was going to be one of those humdrum romantic suspense/ thrillers that focuses more on the romance than the thriller/suspense.  But my mind changed after the first chapter. It changed, even more, the deeper into the book.

What I liked about Inconclusive Evidence was that the author was able to keep the thriller and the romance apart. There were no mushy love sentiments in the middle of a crucial scene with the bad guys. There also wasn’t any thriller like antics when Megan and Luc were getting their freak on. It was that separation that made this book enjoyable to read. What also made the book enjoyable was that you can read it separately from the series. I also liked the characters. I also liked the storyline that involved the nanotechnology. I found it fascinating to read. I had no problem picturing what was happening in the book happening in real life.

Of course, there were things I didn’t like about the book either. I didn’t like the bad guys (duh…lol). They were evil. I also didn’t like what was done to the wolf. While I understood why the bad guys did what they did, it left a bad taste in my mouth. I also didn’t like that Megan and Luc didn’t take care of that one bad guy when they had the chance. Sorry, if I was being stalked and forced to hide off the grid, then I would be taking people out left and right. Well, if I knew they were the ones after me.

I loved Luc and Megan together. Yes, they got off to a bad start. He was ready to throw her out. Then bad things started to happen and Luc decided that he needed to help her. Didn’t give Megan a say in it either. Took her off-grid to protect her. He was always with her. Be it in her ear while she worked as a cleaner at the business where the nanotechnology was being produced or protecting her from a wolf (among other things). Megan, who was a veterinarian, used her medical training to patch up Luc, his brothers, a wolf and the dogs. I wasn’t surprised when the sexual tension bubbled over. I was expecting it earlier. I loved that even though they were having sex. the tension was still there. There are so many times that I have read a book where it goes away after they do it.

I loved the relationship that Luc had with his brothers. They had his back no matter what. They didn’t hesitate to help him when he explained what was going on. My heart broke when his brother was infected with the nanites. Luc’s feelings of rage and helplessness came off the pages. Which is why I didn’t understand why he didn’t do that scientist in when he had the chance.

The storyline with the nanotechnology was scary. I had chills going up my spine because of how realistic it was. Not to sound like a nutter (because I am not) but I could see something like this popping up in the news. I could see nanotechnology being developed and abused like it was in the book.

The end of the book was great. The author did a great job of wrapping almost everything up. She did leave some storylines unfinished so I am hoping that means that there will be a book 4!!

What I liked about Inconclusive Evidence:

A) A line drawn between romance and thriller. No overlapping when not needed.

B) The characters

C) The nanotechnology storyline

What I disliked about Inconclusive Evidence:

A) The bad guys

B) What was done to the wolf

C) Not taking care of that scientist when Megan and Luc had the chance

I would give Inconclusive Evidence an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would suggest the no one under the age of 21 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings in Inconclusive Evidence.

I would reread Inconclusive Evidence. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Inconclusive Evidence.

All opinions stated in this review of Inconclusive Evidence are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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Weekly Wrap Up (6-24-18 to 7-1-18)

Books I’ve Read

The Dream Daughter

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

Jilliand

Inconclusive Evidence

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Books I’ve Reviewed

The Sweetest Oblivion

The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1)

Every Time You Go Away (review coming July 25th, 2018)

Every Time You Go Away

Broken Promise

Broken Promise (Sons of Broad #3)

Visionaries

Visionaries (Mud, Rocks and Trees, #5)

Before and Again

Before and Again

One for the Rogue

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)

Malevolent Sadness

Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense Thriller

NetGalley Haul

Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3)

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

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