Friday, January 7, 2022

Last Seen Alone

 Just finished and review written already! Too soon to say I am turning over a new leaf though...

This was an enjoyable book as far as the storyline goes. I did not enjoy the narrator of the audio version at all. The conversations were very one note in her voice. And things came out as sighs or puffs way too much. There was not variation in the tone or volume so the minimal sexy times were very off putting, if that makes sense. You got the same audio clues as the rest of the book.

I could see this as the start of a series, but won't listen if it is the same narrator.

The story flowed well and there was enough thrill of being chased and wondering what is going on. There was not a feeling of being able to guess what was going on or knowing how everything was going to play out so I tried to focus on that.

Four stars just because of the narrator. sigh

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Dark Night - NetGalley review

 This is my last review for NetGalley for me to get caught up! This series by Paige Shelton is fantastic! It's a cozy mystery, but still some thrill aspects. This book is the third in the series. Five stars!!

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*

Beth Rivers is facing her first winter in Benedict, Alaska where she ran to recuperate from her attack. With a census man and her mother facing the winter in Benedict with her, there is sure to be some excitement.

I am really enjoying this series! I have long wondered what Alaska is like and the series just makes me want to go and spend a year. Very unlikely I can do this, so I will enjoy the town through Beth's eyes.

I feel as though in every cozy series, there are certain characters that really make the series and help keep your attention as well as moving the story forward. This series is no different. The women's inn manager is one such character and I can't wait to hear what her whole backstory is as I am sure there is something that led her to where she is. But there are many more in this series.

I have read some cozy series where the author shies away from the thrill aspect of a story and I don't feel like Shelton does this at all. I highly recommend this book and series to everyone I can!

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder - NetGalley Review

 A bit late on the review for Christmas, but this was a good one. The third in the series and they are all great. I highly recommend!

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.*

Mia has a full schedule with the catering hall and her first holiday season running events. And drama ensues when 2 unexpected guests show up in town.

This series is turning out to be one of my favorite cozy series and I can't wait to read the next one. I'm enjoying the very slow build up from book to book of romantic partners for Mia and the characters can be such a hoot. I really enjoy when the cozy mysteries have real life hijinks instead of a small town, pre-50's ideal with cell phones and laptops. I loved the fighting between the grandma's for the street lighting championship and raising money in the process. And there were great set ups for character interaction for future books.

I definitely recommend this series and this book! Five stars!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Trapped Wife - NetGalley review

 Still trying to catch up! This was a new to me author and such a great thriller!

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bookouture for my honest review.*

I'm not gonna lie.... the tag line is spot on for this book! Every time I thought I knew what was happening, it was wrong! For the entire book!

The novel unfolds in dueling time lines. Now, Dr. Jen is grieving her husband's death and dealing with a new pregnancy that is the result of a possible rape. Then, the story is about 2 youngsters who are outcasts and struggling to make it through school.

Jen is trying to come to terms with the pregnancy and loss when a new patient worms his way into her life and home and she has no choice but to let him.

This was my first novel from Samantha Hayes, but I will be reading more. So many twists and turns! I felt like I would miss something if I blinked.

Four strong stars!

Monday, January 3, 2022

Bring Her Home - NetGalley Review

I am so far behind on reviews it is ridiculous! This was a great novel - first in a series - published in September 2021.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.*

Jessie Boyle is recovering from a tragedy when an old friend calls in a favor and she is headed back to work too soon. With a new partner who is still wet behind the ears, Boyle sets out to untangle the newly missing from a serial killer's grasp.

This was a great novel for a new series set in Ireland. There was enough of an Irish Myth brought in to make it interesting, but not overwhelming with folklore. There is a lot of room for the characters to be fleshed out in future books. And it doesn't hurt for the narrator to have the lovely Irish lilt.

Four stars