Stacking the Shelves #32



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I had a delightful Christmas just spending it here at home in Colorado with my family. We also celebrated my daughters 22nd birthday, time passes quickly.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week and I’m a bit surprised that I don’t have any Kindle books to share. All book links will take you to Goodreads.




A literary page-turner about a beloved college professor accused of murdering his entire family, and one small-town cop's dangerous search for answers. Thomas Huston, a beloved professor and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston's wife and children are found brutally murdered in their home, the community reacts with shock and anger. Huston has also mysteriously disappeared, and suddenly, the town celebrity is suspect number one. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco has secrets of his own, but he can't believe that a man he admired, a man he had considered a friend, could be capable of such a crime. Hoping to glean clues about Huston's mind-set, DeMarco delves into the professor's notes on his novel-in-progress. Soon, DeMarco doesn't know who to trust—and the more he uncovers about Huston's secret life, the more treacherous his search becomes.


In time for the holidays and to celebrate the movie’s thirtieth anniversary, The Princess Bride is getting the deluxe treatment. With a gifty 8 x 10 trim size, foil and embossing on the text-only cover, and elegant cream uncoated stock with rough edges, this is a stunning package no fan will be able to resist. Other embellishments include fifty full-page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul (taken from the 2013 edition and enlarged), full-color chapter openers, and a beautiful color rendition of the map printed on the endpapers. What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams? As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears. Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex. In short, it's about everything.


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
 Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
 Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters. Mine broke Bale. Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent. Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams. Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

At the beginning of December, I posted on Stacking the Shelves #29, that I took advantage of Book Outlet’s Black Friday Sale. When I received my order, I had my son Austin and his girlfriend Paola help with the unboxing. I had no idea how to edit out all the craziness, finally my daughter Riley had a chance to help me and did it in about 15 minutes. I had her edit out my introduction, I was at a loss for words and I couldn’t keep my eyes on the camera… they were looking everywhere. Riley would have been finished a lot sooner, but she had to spend some time explaining things to me over and over. We still left a little craziness in the video, but I would like to share it with you all. Please be kind… hopefully next year I can add more videos.




I’m looking forward to reading what everyone has added to their shelves this week, if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. Have a wonderful and safe New Year, thank you for visiting and watching the video.
           
Happy Reading -J

Stacking the Shelves #31


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week. I haven’t purchased any physical books for the past few weeks, I’m waiting to see what Santa (aka my husband) may possibly bring. Although Santa thinks I have plenty of books and doesn’t think I really need more.  

All book links will take you to Goodreads.


Read:  ⭐⭐⭐

If you can’t get to the Big O, can you get to the happily ever after?

Jera McKnight loves music, swoons for hot guys, but sucks at sex. Jacob Tate is her perfect storm: a pun-loving nude model with a heart as big as his record collection.

When a newspaper-delivery accident lands him in her living room, he’s almost tempting enough to make her forget she’s never been able to please a man—in bed or out of it. Sure, he laughs at her obscure jokes, and he’ll even accept a PG-rating if it means he gets time with her, but he’s also hiding something. And it has everything to do with the off-limits room in his apartment.

Jera pours all her confusion and longing into her drum kit, which pays off when her band lands the record deal of their dreams. Except just like Jacob, it might be too good to come without a catch.

She doesn’t know if her music is good enough to attract a better contract, or if she’s enough to tempt a man like Jacob to give up his secrets, even if they could fix her problems between the sheets. But if this rocker girl is too afraid to bet on herself, she might just end up playing to an empty house.


The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.


To touch a Dark One is death.
To talk to an immortal is suicide.
Yet, I've been marked by both.
A Vampire.
And the King of the immortals.
My life is no longer my own.
And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.
It was theirs.
It's always been theirs.



Read:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town.

The Knight (Endgame #2) by Skye Warren

The power of pleasure...

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what's mine.

He thinks he's beaten me. He thinks he's won. What he doesn't realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

This is what I borrowed from the library this week, one ebook and one audiobook.

Currently Reading

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

by Nadia Murad
Currently Reading (audiobook)

In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.

On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.

Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.

Today, Nadia's story--as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi--has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. Have a wonderful week and a Merry Christmas, thank you for visiting.

Happy Reading -J


Stacking the Shelves #30


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week, all Kindle purchases. This week I’m at my parent’s house in Wyoming, we went shopping and twice I picked up Year One by Nora Roberts and read the synopsis, I didn’t purchase it. I’m proud of myself for not making any impulse book purchases.

All book links will take you to Goodreads.




The British Knight by Louise Bay


Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting.

Happy Reading -J

Review: Hopeful Whispers by Bink Cummings

Hopeful Whispers by Bink Cummings
(Sacred Sinners MC - Texas Chapter #2)
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published November 7th, 2017
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Must Read: Hopelessly Shattered previously.

Pregnant-
Single mother of two -
Biker best friend –
Ex that’s still a D-Bag –

New Years is the time for new beginnings. I thought I’d gotten that when I visited Texas over Thanksgiving. Then again, very little has changed. I’m still a librarian living in the same house. My daughters are growing up fast. Sure, I’ve acquired a new best friend, who’s convinced me it’s time to give dating fair shot. Which isn’t exactly easy when I’m pregnant with an As*hole’s baby. Does that complicate matters? Sorta. But there’s nothing left for me to do except move on. The jagged edges of my shattered heart have been polished, questions answered, and blank holes from my past plugged. Now I’m ready to take the plunge into uncharted waters to build a happier life… until a bomb comes along and tests my strength like never before. Nobody fu*ks with my family and gets away with it. Not even you.

Warning: Proceed with caution. Contains adult sexual content, the excessive use of the F bomb, violence, and whatever else that makes it unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18.

*Not a stand-alone, 2nd book in a Trilogy. *

My thoughts…


If you haven’t read the first book, Hopelessly Shattered, you will want to avoid this review all together because it will contain spoilers from the first book.

If you remember Katrina goes to Texas to meet with Bear, she walks into the Sacred Sinners clubhouse only to come face to face with not one but two people from her past who lied to her. One is Brent, her daughters father. Brent was just an alias he used with Kat. His real name is Ryker and he was sent to watch over Kat when her father died. He wasn’t supposed to get involved with her, he did, he left her by note, choosing the club over Kat. Ryker is married to Vanessa and she is pregnant with his child. The second is her father, not only alive but, he is now in a loving relationship with Bear, Sacred Sinners MC Chapter President, Ryker and Kade’s father.

Hopeful Whispers starts off with Kat back home, celebrating New Years with her two daughters, Roxie and Scarlett and having nightly chats with her new best friend Kade, (Ryker’s brother). During one of those conversations Kade and Kat discuss her dating once again, at first, she is reluctant because she is hugely pregnant. She takes the plunge and calls a co-worker who has been interested in her for a while. When the time comes to go on a date, she never expected to be kidnapped.

While Kat is being tortured and abused by her captors, she can hear Vanessa is the next room screaming and spilling her guts about the club secrets regarding Kats’ father. Kat is still refusing to give up any information and the torture and abuse continues. A nearby Sacred Sinners MC chapter, Ryker and his brothers arrive and plan a rescue. Ryker is beside himself, all he thinks about is getting Kat out and to safety.

After being rescued Kat is mad as hell to find out that she must move to Texas for her and her daughter’s safety. She doesn’t want to leave, but Ryker takes matters into his own hands and has already moved his daughters to Texas. If being kidnapped and abused wasn’t enough, she must be tortured once again, sharing a car ride to Texas along with Ryker and Vanessa, good thing she has her bff Kade there along with her. The Sacred Sinners MC chapter that was involved with the rescue also sent along Rosie to provide her and her daughters protection.

Once in Texas, it is decided that Kat, Scarlet and Roxie will live in the gorgeous cabin that Ryker built many years ago in hope of having his family together once again. The cabin is going to have undergo some major remodeling after the gun fight!

In Hopeful Whispers we get Kat’s point of view, along with Ryker’s, Kade and Rosie at the end. It was nice to be inside Ryker’s head and get his prospective on things, yes, he has made some major mistakes but, you can see that his heart is in the right place. I’m so invested in these characters, some I love and some just make me so angry. Kat has a hard time accepting help, but when it comes to keeping your family safe she will gladly accept. Kat is funny, her internal dialogue kept me laughing thought out the book. Rosie is another wonderful character, she reminds me a bit of Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a little closed off but in need of a friend. Kade, Kade Kade, he doesn’t know it yet, but his heart is going to belong to Rosie.

I can’t wait for the conclusion, Hopelessly Devoted (expected publication 2018), I really want Kat and Ryker to have a Happily Ever After.

Happy Reading -J

**Spoilers**


Ryker discover that Vanessa is betraying the club, she is sharing secrets and their whereabouts to outsiders and is getting paid to do so. Ryker and Kat are at the cabin, when he receives a call from Vanessa that she is in labor, Ryker leaves Kat to take Vanessa to the hospital. Vanessa calls a rival club/gang to let them know the location of the cabin. They arrive and shoot up the cabin, Kade and Rosie get Kat, Scarlett and Roxie to safety inside the safe room. Kade and Rosie leave them to go fight.

After Kade and Rosie kill the bad guys, they can’t reach Ryker. They leave the cabin to meet him at the hospital, along the way they come upon a major car accident with Ryker and Vanessa, but it was no accident, it was deliberate. Ryker is unconscious and bleeding severely, he has three bullet holes in his bicep, along with holes in his thighs and shoulder. Vanessa is basically brain dead; half her cranium is missing, and she has a bullet hole in her shoulder. Her pulse is barley there. Whoever did this, left them for dead.

As they wait for the ambulance to arrive, Rosie makes the decision to save the baby by preforming a C-section. A baby boy is delivered. The story ends. 

Stacking the Shelves #29



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week. I took advantage of Book Outlet’s Black Friday Sale, I received my order this week. Now I just need to find room for them all. 

I’m not going to add a synopsis for each book, but all book links will take you to Goodreads.



Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen


This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke, Stefan Bachmann, Kendare Blake, Jay Kristoff, Jonathan Maberry, Carrie Ryan, Nova Ren Suma, Leigh Bardugo




#famous by Jilly Gagnon

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle






Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones


These are the books I added to Kindle this week:



Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim


The audiobook that I borrowed from the library:


The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, JR. by Clayborne Carson


I’ve been pretty much homebound this week, which is what usually happens in the winter months because my car refuses to go in the snow. This week when I was leaving to book club, my car wouldn’t start for anything. May husband commented that maybe my little Z didn’t want to go to book club, he’s such a comedian.

We had it towed to our local Nissan dealership and after much diagnostic testing, inside the timing cover a gasket blew and oil was leaking internally, causing the pressure to go low and giving a misfire code. Thankfully it will all be covered under warranty. They did give me a loaner car, Nissan Versa… nothing comparable to my 370Z, but at least it gets me around to finish up Christmas shopping.

A sad day for my little Z… 



I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting.

Happy Reading -J

Review: Hopelessly Shattered by Bink Cummings

Hopelessly Shattered by Bink Cummings
(Sacred Sinners MC - Texas Chapter #1)
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published September 26th, 2016
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Single Mother-
Dead Father-
Motherless Childhood-
Librarian-
Black Rimmed Glasses to Fit the Job Description-
The Biggest A-hole in the World for an Ex- ✔✔

When you’re born you never know what life will throw at you. You just make the best of it no matter what happens. That’s pretty much been my go-to since infancy. Then the charming, bald headed, blue eyed, Brent came along and I thought all the suck in life had been flushed down the drain. Ha! That’s when my true journey began—motherhood.

This is my story, on how I took life by the go-nads when I decided I needed closure from my past—my father’s sudden death in particular. But what happens next wasn't anything I expected… It’s hopeless… shattering….exciting … scary…joyful…priceless… and I owe it all to one man... Bear, a chapter president of the Sacred Sinners Motorcycle Club.

Warning: Contains adult sexual content, the excessive use of the F-word, cheating, and whatever else that makes it unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18.

 My thoughts…


Hopelessly Shattered is a quick read but, so much happens in this one book. Thank goodness, I had book two, Hopeful Whispers, available to read right away.

Katrina is a strong, independent mother who hasn’t had a very happy or easy life. She is raising her two daughters by herself on a librarian pay, she is also pregnant with her third child. Every month she receives an envelope with no return address containing cash from her daughter’s father, Brent. Brent was once her next-door neighbor and then became more, she was so happy raising their daughters together and was in love. Until Brent broke her heart leaving her a note saying he couldn’t do this anymore. She never saw Brent again.

Kat is searching for answers regarding her father’s death, he died in a car accident with the car exploding. In her search, Kat is contacted by Bear. Bear has the answers to her questions, but she must travel to Texas to get those answers, as he is the Chapter President of the Sacred Sinners Motorcycle Club and cannot leave.

Kat leaves her daughters with her mother, who wasn’t really a mother to her growing up until her father died. When she arrives in Texas to meet with Bear, she walks into a biker clubhouse only to come face to face with not one but two people from her past who lied to her.

The story is told as if Kat was there beside you, telling her story. For me, I didn’t particularly care for that style of writing but, it grew on me as the story progressed. Hopelessly Shattered was very entertaining with some shocking moments thrown in as well. There is cheating involved, every time that was happening I just wanted to yell at Kat, it was frustrating. I enjoyed Kats character, she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she wants, she can also be sweet, kind and very forgiving. Kat did aggravate me at times, she let Brent take advantage of her time and time again, she never seemed to have a backbone with regards to him. Brent, I just wanted to smack him upside the head, multiple times while reading this… ugh. I adored Kade, he was my favorite character. This book brought out plenty of emotions.

Happy Reading -J

**Spoilers**


Katrina goes to Texas to meet with Bear, she walks into a biker clubhouse only to come face to face with not one but two people from her past who lied to her. One is Brent, her daughters father. Brent was just an alias he used with Kat. His real name is Ryker and he was sent to watch over Kat when her father died. He wasn’t supposed to get involve with her, he did, and then he left her by a note, choosing the club over Kat. Now, Ryker is married to Vanessa and she is pregnant with his child. Kat is also pregnant with her third child from Ryker, yup, you read that correctly. Kat and Vanessa are about a month apart. Ryker went to Kat’s house late one evening, had sex, and made a bunch of promises to her, he never returned the next day leaving her once again heartbroken. Her dad is not only alive but, he is now in a loving relationship with Bear, Sacred Sinners MC Chapter President, Ryker and Kade’s father. 

Review: Fractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard

Fractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard
(Meltdown #1)
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published September 18th, 2016
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads

When Grant Hardy, Meltdown’s lead singer, falls off the stage in the middle of a concert while under the influence, his record label has no choice but to step in and take control.

The solution is simple.

Send Grant to rehab and avoid a public relations nightmare by covering it up as a bad case of the flu.

When the rehab facility’s recommendation for extended treatment starts to affect the label’s bottom line, they are forced to find an alternative solution – hire an in-house counselor for the duration of the tour.

There’s just one problem.

Grant Hardy isn’t an addict.

My thoughts…


This was my first read by R.B. Hilliard and I’m surprised I haven’t read any of her books before now. I’m certainly adding more of her books to my tbr list.

Grant, lead singer of Meltdown, becomes ill and staggers off stage, he falls and vomits. He wakes up in a hospital which leads to assumptions from the record label, his manager and his own his band mates that substance abuse is more than likely the cause. After his blood results come back with a high amount of oxycodone, his management tells him that he needs to attend rehab. Grant adamantly denies that he took the drugs, his manager and band mates don’t believe him. He is allergic to oxycodone and suspects someone drugged him, he wants the culprit found and isn’t getting any support from his band or manager.
  “You’re being rude,” she chastised, “and what are you humming? It sounds like Cat Stevens.” I didn’t even realize I was humming but that didn’t matter because I knew right then and there that I was standing in the presence of my dream woman. “You know Cat Stevens?” I asked her. “Yes, I dated him before he died,” she sarcastically replied.
R.B. Hilliard, Fractured Beat

Mallory, an in-house counselor, is hired so Grant can continue with extended rehab while on tour. Mallory want’s to be successful with Grant’s therapy as her career depends on it but, she suspects early on that Grant is not an addict, as she herself once was. Mallory begins to help Grant and his head of security investigate who drugged him and why they wanted him dead. When emotions and feeling for Grant begin to cloud her judgment, she struggles with her past and is afraid to reveal it all to Grant thinking her would leave her, but Mallory is the runner.

“I can’t do this if you’re going to run. I want you more than I’ve ever wanted anything, but this past week was sheer hell without you. I want you in my life and will fight every day to keep you there, but not if you’re going to run. Do you understand?”   R.B. Hilliard, Fractured Beat

Fractured Beat isn’t your typical rock star romance, yes, the groupies are still there but, you get a little mystery by trying to find out ‘Whodunit’. It took a while for Mallory and Grant to get together, Grant was very patience while trying to get Mallory to trust him and to believe that his intentions were real. The ending was a bit shocking and a surprise once it was all revealed.

Happy Reading -J   

Review: Darker by E.L. James

Darker by E.L. James
(Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #2)
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 28th, 2017 by Vintage Books
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

My thoughts…


I couldn’t resist… yup, I’m a Fifty Shades fan and I don’t want to even admit how many times I read the series. I liked Darker much more than the first book Grey. There isn’t much that can be said about Darker since I already knew the story, but reading it from Christian's perspective was much more enjoyable than Ana’s. It was enlightening to read about how Christian felt about Elena, his ex-sub Leila and how he struggled with his feeling regarding Ana loving him, but it was still very much like reading Fifty Shades Darker.

I will purchase and read Freed when it’s released, but when is E.L James going to write something else?

I am a new being. A new Christian Grey. I am in love with Anastasia Steele, and what’s more, she loves me. Of course, the girl needs to have her head examined, but right now, I’m grateful, spent, and happy.
E.L. James, Darker


Happy Reading -J 

Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 24th, 2015 by Mira
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.





My thoughts…


Mia is a young teacher, who goes missing under suspicious circumstances. Eve, her mother, is beside herself with worry, while dealing with her daughter's disappearance and an unhappy marriage. Gabe is the investigator assigned to Mia's case, and Colin/Owen is the man who ends up kidnapping Mia.

Colin is a criminal who is to kidnap Mia, he is supposed to turn her over to those he works for. Colin decides to keep her in remote cabin to protect her from his boss. It’s also there that Mia gets a case of Stockholm Syndrome.

The novel is told out of order with narratives from Eve, Gabe, Colin and the finally we hear from Mia in the epilogue. The entire novel is spent trying to put together the pieces of this story as it is told, before and after. As the story progressed there was a part of the plot that was being withheld, it had me guessing. The ending was upsetting and infuriating, I was so mad and disappointed with Mia, she should have told Colin the truth once he took her to the cabin.

This is the first book by Mary Kubica and I was a bit surprised by the slow pace of this thriller/mystery. I currently have Every Last Lie on my shelf, and hopefully that novel would be more enjoyable.

Happy Reading -J