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Just like I’m a moody reader, I’m also a moody reviewer and have been slacking lately. I’ve read a lot of really great books lately, and figured I’d share them with some short reviews.
Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?
When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced.
Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table.
The police want to issue a national appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.
And then they find the blood…
Has the past caught up with Olivia?
Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.adu
Short & Tweet Review: The first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last. A great suspenseful read that kept me wanting to turn the pages.
No Promises Required by Cari Quinn
ARC kindly provided by publisher/author.
No strings. And no restraints…
Professional football player Bryan Townsend is sidelined for the next two weeks while he recovers from a knee injury. The upside? He’ll get to attend his sister’s wedding. The downside? He’s not sure he’ll have a spot on his team when he returns. So when he’s confronted by a sexy blast from his past the night of the bachelor party, he sees an opportunity to seduce the very stunning maid of honor.
But Bryan had no clue Jill St. John was still a virgin. Or that she was merely looking to expand her sexual repertoire without having to trust anyone with her heart. But with every encounter, Jill can’t help but fall for the man Bryan’s become. The clock is running down. If he’s to win it all, Bryan must make the biggest play of his career—choosing between his team…or the woman he’s always wanted.
Short & Tweet Review: A very sweet and sexy read. A friends-to-lovers story that I really enjoyed, especially the banter between Jill and Bryan. More depth to the story than just sexy times – it was easy to fall for this couple.
Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.
Short & Tweet Review: This book blew me away. Even though I figured out the secret before it’s reveal, the execution and follow up was absolutely brilliant. I need to read more books by this author.
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…
Short & Tweet Review: Loved it. I know a lot of people are bitter about the fact that the author is dragging this series out, but I love every minute of it. This is my favorite series, and I never get tired of Gideon and Eva’s story.
Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.
Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Short & Tweet Review: It’s Colleen Hoover. She’s brilliant. The only issue is that it was too short. But a good enough fix to get me through until her next release.
All I Want for Christmas is You by Jessica Scott
ARC kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley.
An all new novella about a woman who came back from war changed and the man who loves her enough not to let her go.
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left – and she doesn’t know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what’s coming for them. It’s going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
Short & Tweet Review: A beautiful relationship-in-crisis novella full of emotion and a very realistic situation. Perfect read for the holiday season.
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night-shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning—even though it’s the second of May—a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow.
Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Times reporter, Claire Aldridge, awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this “blackberry winter” and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth—only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.
Short & Tweet Review: I’ve become such a big fan of Jio’s books recently, and this was a wonderful read. Suspenseful to the end, I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Daniel and Vera, and how it all tied to Claire. Beautiful writing and equally beautiful setting. Must read more Jio books!