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Fatal Pursuit (Aegis) by Elisabeth Naughton
Fatal Pursuit (Aegis)

Larena, June 28, 2015

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Marley Addison is the op manager for Aegis Security and five years ago her lover died in a South American raid that went horribly wrong, at least that is what she thought. She receives a phone call telling her that he is actually alive and in danger. Marley vows to bring him home safely even if she has been kept out of the field for the last few years by Aegis CEO and former Navy SEAL Jake Ryder. Jake then shows up in Columbia to help, leaving Marley annoyed. It also makes her a little distracted by a boss that is alarmingly handsome.

With things between Marley and Jake heating up in the wilderness they find that their rescue mission is filled with treachery. Jake is domineering but finds himself having to rely on Marley for survival. When their mission takes a shocking and deadly turn can Marley depend on Jake?

This is part of a series that can be read as a standalone book. When readers read this one they will want to read the first books in the series as this proves to be an intense and amazing series. The action is almost nonstop and makes for a book that is very hard to put down as readers will want to know what is going to happen next. The suspense keeps going until the end and will have readers trying to guess just what is going on with all the different characters. It will also have readers wanting to read more from this series.

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Lost #1: Broken: Lost Series #1 by Cynthia Eden
Lost #1: Broken: Lost Series #1

Larena, June 28, 2015

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Gabe Spencer is an ex-SEAL and the founder of LOST and he is used to the unusual in his job. The moment when Eve Gray walks into his office though he is rattled. The mysterious woman is a dead ringer for an heiress that is believed to be the latest prey of the Lady Killer who is a serial killer.

Eve woke up in an Atlanta hospital with her past a complete blank. When she sees her face in the newspaper she is determined to learn the truth. She never expects a partner in Gabe when she is determined to confront the nightmares that her mind is hiding.

Their attraction becomes explosive and irresistible as they work together. Gabe’s desire for Eve is growing stronger and bordering on obsession and nothing pulls him away from her. Gabe is determined to protect Eve at all costs especially when another Eve lookalike disappears. Eve may have forgotten the killer from her past but he has definitely not forgotten her.

This is a start of a new series that starts out fast and engrossing. The plot and suspense woven into the story keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out who is behind all that is happening. With all the great suspects it will keep readers guessing until the very end. The story takes some fantastic twists and turns that makes this one book that is extremely hard to put down. It will also have readers wanting to read the next book in the series. It will also be a book that will have a lot of readers putting on their keeper shelves.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train

Larena, June 20, 2015

Contemporary Suspense, Romantic elements


Every day Rachel takes the same commuter train. Each day she goes by a stretch of cozy suburban homes and stops at a signal that lets her watch the same couple as they have breakfast on their deck. Every day she looks forward to it. After so much time she feels like she knows them and she calls them Jess and Jason. As far as she can tell their life is perfect. Like the life she recently lost.

Then one day she sees something that shocks her. It takes just a minute before the train moves on but it is long enough. Now nothing is the same. Rachel goes to the police to share what she knows. The police though feel she is unreliable but is she? All too soon she is deeply entangled in the lives of those involved. She is also deeply involved in the investigation. Now the question is has she done more harm than good.

This is a great suspense story that keeps the reader engrossed until the very end. Just as the reader thinks they know where the story is headed it takes another twist that will have readers wondering just how this one is going to end. The characters are well written and so is the plot. While some readers might figured out how it is going to end there is still enough twists that it will keep readers turning the pages. This is one story that readers will find very hard to put down and will stay up all night to finish. This is one book that is a must read.
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Rules of the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel (Stardust, Texas) by Lori Wilde
Rules of the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel (Stardust, Texas)

Larena, June 10, 2015

Contemporary Romance

Stardust, Texas

Jodi Carlyle breaks out into a cold sweat when the word “wedding” is uttered. It has been a year since she was dumped at the altar and two days after turning 30. She decides it is time for her to break some rules, which she does by dressing to the nines, hiring a limo, and crashing an upscale wedding.

While there she catches the eye of Jake Coronado who is the new star of the Dallas Gunslingers. He is sexy and hot and he also stays by her side all evening. Jodi figures he is the perfect fling. She also thinks after a wild weekend where they do everything and then some and with him thinking her name is Gwendolyn she will never have to see him again. She thinks wrong.

Jake is the best man in Jodi’s sister’s wedding. He is also just as seductive as ever. Jake is also determined to turn their one-night stand into happily-ever-after.

This is a story that will pull readers in and also pull on their heartstrings. This one has some amazing characters that make for a book that is very hard to put down. Readers will both want to take their time reading it and also reading fast just to see how things turn out between Jodi and Jake. This is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone readers will find it much more enriching and enjoyable if they read the first book first. It will also have readers wanting to return to Stardust and hoping to have another book from Stardust very soon. This is an author that never disappoints and writes some wonderful small town romances that will have readers remembering them long after they finish each book. This is definitely a must read.

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Dreamwalker Mystery #2: Bubba Done It by Maggie Toussaint

Larena, May 22, 2015

Contemporary, Mystery

Sinclair County, Georgia

Baxley Powell is a consultant for the police where her dreamwalking talent for talking to the dead helps solve murders. It also makes her pet-sitting and landscaping businesses take a back seat.

While Baxley is riding with the sheriff a stabbing call comes in via a 911 call. When they arrive at the scene they find the knife is still in the victim’s chest. The victim is the bank president and with his last breath he whispers “Bubba done it.”

Sinclair County, Georgia, unfortunately is full of Bubbas, four of them. Each one also has ties to the victim. Baxley dreamwalks only to find that the dead banker is forbidden to talk to her. Now Baxley must search among the living. The top suspects are a crack-head evangelist, a politically-connected investor, a down-on-his-luck fisherman and even worse Baxley’s brother-in-law who was also the high school sweetheart of the dead man’s ex-wife.

Baxley finds more connections between each suspect and the victim as she digs for answers. With Baxley’s brother-in-law keeping company with the victim’s ex he also manages to raise suspicions about his involvement.

Baxley need to find the killer because if she doesn’t her brother-in-law could go to jail which would let the real killer to get away with it.

This is a fun mystery that keeps taking turns that will have readers guessing just who is behind the murder and why they did it. While readers could read this as a standalone it would be greatly enhanced if they read the first book before this one. Just as readers think they have it figured out another clue comes to light that will have them wondering if they are on the right track or not. The story doesn’t let up until the very end. This is series that will have mystery readers wanting to read the books and eagerly awaiting the next one. The characters are well written and add a lot to the story. This is one series definitely worth checking out.

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