Deadly Attraction by Misty Evans

 

deadly-attractionHis twin brother is dead and the only way National Intelligence officer, Mitch Holden, is going to make it through the holidays is by staying focused on his latest SCVC Taskforce investigation—catching a homegrown terrorist with a penchant for arson. The terrorist has started a wildfire eating up thousands of acres of forest and putting dozens of people in danger. When Mitch is pulled off that assignment to play bodyguard to a sexy forensic psychologist who sees past all his defenses, he ends up in the middle of a personal wildfire that’s as out of control as the one burning around the two of them.

The trial that should have made her career cost Dr. Emma Collins everything—her home, her future, the baby that was growing inside her after she testified against famous actor Chris Goodsman, debunking his insanity defense and sending him to prison for murder. Rebuilding her life in the aftermath, Emma now rescues horses, dogs, and juvenile delinquents, and there’s no way she’s heading to a safe house because Chris Goodsman has escaped. She refuses to let anyone terrorize her or destroy her life again. But when a smart-talking, irresistible federal agent shows up insisting he has to protect her, she realizes her new bodyguard needs a bit of therapy. Good thing taking in lost causes happens to be her specialty.

Two people filled with grief may get burned…

Trapped at the ranch by the wildfire, Mitch and Emma explore a searing attraction, but soon discover they’re not alone. A killer has joined them—one who will do anything to get revenge and isn’t afraid to take out anyone who gets in his way

Both Mitch and Emma hate the Christmas holiday, each for their own reason.  Mitch because he lost his twin brother on Christmas Eve in a rescue mission gone wrong that was led by Mitch and Emma because the  baby she lost.  Both carry around  deep pain.  Where Mitch tries to ignore it, Emma buries it deep so she cane care for not only the people in her life but for her patients as well.

Emma is strong, she doesn’t let things get to her. She is the calm in the storm, even when things hit close to home she wraps her emotions up tight and doesn’t let danger bother her.  If she went around loosing her head every time a client may or may not come after her, her life would fall to pieces.

You can feel the rage building up in Mitch.  Emma wont leave to go to a safe house, determined to no be driven out of her home.  He can’t protect her the way he wants too.  He is angry at the cat and mouse game that Chris is playing with them.

This story doesn’t really show you who is causing havoc in Emma’s life.  We know who is coming after her but is he truly the one that has been playing a game with her or is it someone else?  There are things going on but  Mitch, Emma and even Will can’t get to those who are behind the threat because they are like a mist in the backdrop of the forest fire raging around them. It’s unsettling enough when you know who is after you but it’s in the way that its done that makes it creepy, more of a psychological torment than an actual physical one.

With each book you find out more about different fields of medicine, military tactics, criminal behaviour, Mafia and everything in between!  Misty does an amazing amount of research for each of her books and it shows with the detail that is provided in each story.  That is why I love reading her books, there is so much attention to detail, a strong plot, along with hot men and steamy romance.

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4/5 stars

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Misty Evans PhotoAbout the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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***Part of the proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Fans who know me know I’m a huge dog lover and I love to support shelters. Please check out RDRNYC’s Facebook page and consider adopting a dog or sending in your own donation! https://www.facebook.com/RescueDogsRockNyc ****

 

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Stealing Justice by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

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Justice “Grey’ Greystone is a former FBI agent who is now a security consultant who is on the trail of a serial killer he named “the Lion”. The Lion is in the upper echelons of a foreign government who kills high class escort girls and is good at covering up his trail. Grey lost his job due to his obsession with this killer and will not stop until he catches him and puts him away for good.

Sydney runs a woman’s shelter providing new identities for abused women and their children to get away and start new lives. She is young but fights for the women under her protection. She doesn’t trust men and has a secret that she is hiding.

Grey spies on Sydney with the hopes of recruiting her to help him catch The Lion, using her loyalty of helping women in trouble and her near hatred of men. Grey discovers a mole in her shelter who is providing vulnerable women as high end escorts who eventually get killed by the Lion. Together they combine their skills to finally put this killer down for good.

I gave this book three stars for a few reasons. One is that Grey had a partner who he protected and went into hiding, nobody knowing where he was… this partner eventually surfaces but in such a way that is confusing. The other is that within 40 pages into the book, Grey falls for Sydney…. after their first meeting. A bit to fast and no leading into it, and she falls for him not long after. The love scenes were pretty steamy though. The story itself is a good one and kept me reading. The things that bothered me didn’t prevent me from finishing the book.

This is the first in a series and wraps up at the end so I think it can be read as a stand alone book.

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3/5 stars

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Book Review: We Were Liars

16143347 I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this book yet, but I heard of the title quite a few months ago. But pretty much all I heard about it was that there was a ton of secrecy around the book. I requested it and got approved and the first thing in the book is a letter to the reader about how the secret in the book should stay secret and not be ruined for other readers. Of course I was intrigued and needed to know more.

But I don’t want to reveal anything to you because of the whole secrecy thing. It is kind of important to not know anything going into the reading of this book. So I’ll just try to vague-ish. First of all the narrator is unreliable, which is pretty apparent from the title..We Were Liars- and that includes the narrator. She reveals very early on that she has some sort of amnesia and spends most of the book trying to get people to tell her what happened to her before she lost her memory. I’m not a fan of unreliable narrators because I feel like most of my time reading is spent second guessing what I just read and thinking wait, what? This was definitely the case here.

The big reveal that came at the end of the book was not that surprising to me as I picked up on it about halfway to three quarters of the way through the book. But there was a twist within that reveal that did surprise me so there is that. I’ve heard rumblings of sobbing at the ending from other readers or reviewers but I don’t know if I’m devoid of emotion or what, it just didn’t do it for me.

What really didn’t do it for me was the writing style. It was choppy and stilted in many places. I think I just couldn’t get past that enough to get into the story and immerse myself into the mystery. For example:

His nose was dramatic, his mouth sweet. Skin deep brown, hair black and waving. Body wired with energy. Gat seemed spring-loaded. Like he was searching for something. He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.

Those short, choppy sentences populate the book and that distracted me from the actual plot.

Overall, this book was okay. The secret was interesting enough but I wish the writing itself had worked better for me!

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3 Stars

~Melinda

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Book Review: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

18246727 Some books get lots of hype. I try to avoid those books usually but I’m weak, I can’t help it! Especially when those books are hyped by a lot of people I follow. Mud Vein is a book that got a lot of hype about how great the book was, so I decided I had to check it out.

The book seemed to me to be separated into 3 sections – the first of which is that novelist Senna Richards wakes up, locked in a house, in the middle of nowhere. With her is an old friend, Isaac. They have no idea where they are or why they are there. The house is well stocked with food and clothing in their correct sizes but that’s about it. They linger there trying to figure out what’s going on but get nowhere and soon weeks and months pass by. There are many parts of this section that is kind of a mind f*ck.

The second section is a flashback of how Senna and Isaac know each other. Technically they aren’t really friends – they used to be something but not friends per se. Senna was raped a few years before the kidnapping took place and Isaac was the one who came along right after it took place and brought her to the hospital. Senna is also diagnosed with breast cancer almost immediately after and Isaac happens to be an oncological surgeon. She asks him to be her surgeon and he ends up becoming more and pretty much is her life line that entire year or so even though she tries to push him away the entire time.

The third section attempts to bring the first two sections together. Which seemed to be a pretty insurmountable task to me because the first two sections had such a huge disconnect to each other. I really enjoy a good psychological thriller and that’s what I was thinking I was getting going into this and even still when I was in the midst of the first section. But I found nothing all that thrilling about the book. I was vaguely wondering why Senna and Isaac were kidnapped but that was completely squashed by section 2. I thought that the second section would give us character development and insight into the two victims of this crime and their actions while in this bizarre house. But if anything, all the second section did was make me dislike the characters more and more and not care what happened to them.

The clincher of the book is the bizarre ending. I do not understand what that mess of an ending was about. It didn’t make sense to me and I felt like it was jumbled up – as if there were pieces from 3 different books.

Maybe I fell for all of the hype that this book got, I’m guessing that’s partly true. But overall I was just really not a fan of this one.

2 Stars

~Melinda

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Book Review: Spirit by John Inman

5199022I’m not sure where the sudden involvement of ghosts in gay romance novels came from, but I like it. Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride. There’s also an arthritic dog named Thumper.

Jason Day is a video game designer, gay and single. His sister, Sally, goes on a four week vacation with her boyfriend, Jack; leaving Jason to babysit four-year-old nephew, Timmy. Timmy is crazy smart for his age. He’s also cute, funny, inquisitive, and manipulative; making him a giant handful for Jason. One of my favorite parts of the book was the fact that Timmy basically took over. He constantly stole the show.

I will say though, that I have always found kids to be a little creepy, and Timmy is another example why. Shortly after his arrival, Timmy starts talking about the man in the basement. Cause that’s not creepy. But Jason just leaves it to the boy’s imagination, even though his house was built in 1923 (which is a reasonable age for it to have paranormal activity). Something interesting we find out is that Jason bought the house from Sally. She sold it to him after her husband and Timmy’s father, Paul, disappeared one day. I’m guessing he just went out for a pack of cigarettes.

Enter Timmy’s uncle from his dad’s side, Sam! He happens to be in town on secret business and because he’s hot, Jason tells him to stay with them instead of a hotel. There’s an immediate attraction between to the men (this is an m/m romance after all). Jason had met Sam once before at Sally and Paul’s wedding, but they really hit it off now.

Now that Sam’s staying in the house, Timmy’s ghost friend becomes more active. As he (yes I called him a he…not sure if that’s Spoiler Alert worthy) makes himself more apparent, even to Sam and Jason. But don’t worry, he’s a friendly ghost. He spends most of his time playing and hanging out with Timmy. The only time there’s an issue is when the phone rings and Jason isn’t allowed to answer it for certain people. I think that’s vague enough to not give anything else away.

As the days go by, Jason and Sam develop a sexual relationship. And we all know that leads to love, let’s not forget the genre I’m reviewing. Their mutual concern for Timmy’s welfare, and their budding love, makes them want a simple life, one without a ghost. So they work together to find out who the ghost in the basement is and what he needs to move on to the afterlife.

There’s a lot more to the plot, but with the limited settings and cast of character, if I wrote more I’d basically be giving away the whole story. I can only recommend reading it to find out for yourself. You might not be surprised by the outcome, but it’s a still a quick fun read, full of mystery and humor. Seriously, Timmy will have you giggling throughout the chapters. But be warned that there are sad moments though too, especially with the ghost and some involving Timmy as well. Luckily, there’s only a few of those moments sprinkled throughout.

Timmy accepted with stoic resignation, although I did hear him mumble something about chicken poop and peckerheads

4/5 stars

~Eddie

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Book Review: Cut and Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

5199022Okay, so I am super late to the party but thank God I finally showed up!!! I received this book as a gift from my book-dealer to get me a new addiction, and now I’m hooked to the series. I finished the book in two days, and I’m totally jonesing for the next book!

The story starts out with a serial killer loose in New York City, who is doing rather extravagant murders. It’s a difficult case because there is no discerning pattern amongst the killings. The guy has no MO. No preference on who he kills. Nothing. The only way they know he’s a serial killer is because he leaves behind weird tokens, well that, and the fact two FBI agents were killed who were investigating the case. But in all honesty, you’ll most likely figure out who the killer is or at least have a really good guess after a couple chapters.

Figuring out who done it doesn’t detract from the story, at least not for me. The real charm of the book comes from the deliciously complicated relationship of the two main characters: Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Special agents of the FBI, who take on a whole new meaning to opposites attract.

Ty is cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But Zane is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple.

And though this type of romance has been done a thousand times, Cut and Run kept it entertaining. The bickering, fighting, playful banter, and sexual tension between the agents were intoxicating. They were continuously at odds, making it extremely difficult for them to work together. There’s even an all-out brawl between them in an alley.  But even then you could sense the want they had for each other.  I found myself constantly wanting them to just kiss and make-up throughout the whole book. Could they put their differences and sexual desires aside and figure out the case? I mean, you did…but could they?

Should I go back to my room tonight?” Ty asked out of the blue. “Or will we be able to work together and fuck each other senseless at the same time?

My only criticism is that Ty and Zane have their fair share of close calls. I mean the killer is after them, resulting in explosions, car wrecks, gunshots, and other dangerous situations. And let me remind you of them beating the shit out of each other in the alley. There are a lot of injuries that occur from these events and although they were both tough, I really thought they should be in hospitals during parts of the story.

Overall, the book was a great read and I will be following the series closely. I highly recommend this series. Ty and Zane are like crack and you should give them a try. Come on, all the cool kids are doing it!

I’ve never made fun of you. Making fun of you would imply that something about you is fun.

5/5 stars

~Eddie

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