Review: Running From A Rock Star by Jami Albright

Running From A Rock Star by Jami Albright
(Brides on the Run #1)
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published April 11th, 2017 by Jami Albright
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
She’s a good-girl control freak. He’s a bad boy in need of a clean image. Will these opposites attract or self-destruct?

 Scarlett Kelly is the poster child for responsible living. Growing up as the daughter of the town floozy she’s made it her mission to be the exact opposite. So when she wakes up naked and hungover in bed with a bad-boy rockstar, Scarlett bolts immediately. But she never expected him to follow her home… and tell her they’re married!

 Gavin needs to repair his image or his music career will go down the tubes. He’s also just learned he has a son he never knew existed! Gavin wants to settle down, and bribing his new wife to stay married may just fit everything into place.

 Scarlett agrees to the ruse to help her family’s financial troubles even though she can hardly control herself around the rock star. As they search for Gavin’s son, will the cross-country adventure give them exactly what they’ve been missing or send them packing? 
Running From a Rock Star is the first book in a series of comedic contemporary romance novels. If you like zany characters, razor-sharp wit, and unlikely love stories, then you’ll love the first book in Jami Albright’s Brides On the Run series.

My thoughts…

Scarlett has always been the good girl, she doesn’t want to be compared to her wild and crazy mother. One night in Vegas she allows herself of little fun and the following morning wakes up in bed with a stranger. While trying to find her underwear she comes across a marriage license with her name on it. Only to discover the stranger in bed is her newlywed husband and bad boy rock star, Gavin Bain. Scarlett runs home, leaving all that happened in Vegas behind. Scarlett soon realizes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Gavin and his lawyer find her, after much thought they both agree to stay in the marriage for the time being to help with their own situations.

Gavin and Scarlett did not get along in the beginning, he thought she was a gold-digger and he has a bad reputation that she wanted no part of. Add in the mix Gavin’s lawyer Jack and her best friend Luanne, who is also a lawyer, who argued whenever they were in the same room, it was entertaining. All the characters are extremely likeable, the dialogue between them all was wonderful, it was enjoyable to watch how they all interacted with each other.

I really enjoyed Running From a Rock Star, it was a fun, comical, romantic read. This is book one in the Brides on the Run series and hopefully can read the second book, Running with a Sweet Talker, soon.

Happy Reading - J

Inky Edition of the Sunday Post #12

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week.  

Everyday Life:

I spent that last week in Wyoming visiting my parents. It was a nice relaxing time. The fur babies had a wonderful time playing in the snow. Yes, that’s correct… SNOW. It started snowing Friday evening and continued through Saturday.

I took the box of unhauled books to the used book store and turned them in for store credit. I’m looking forward to using that credit this summer. The book owner was a bit surprised that I didn’t make any purchases, very unusual for my visits to Wyoming.

I’m traveling home today, I will get about three hours of audiobook listening in and I'm looking forward to it. 

What I am currently reading:

The Ex by Alafair Burke (audiobook)

What I read/listened to this past week:

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (audiobook)
Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1) by Christine Feehan

Stacking the Shelves #44

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I can include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.

The e-books/audiobooks I borrowed from the library this week:

Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1) by Christine Feehan
The Ex by Alafair Burke (audiobook)

Last week on Inky Impression:

Spring Time in the Rockies:

I took this photo yesterday morning from my parent’s driveway and by late afternoon all the snow had melted. 

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week. -J

Review: The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Late Show by Michael Connelly
(Renée Ballard #1)
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published July 18th, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.

 Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. 

But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job no matter what the department throws at her.

My thoughts…

Renee Ballard is a detective and works for the LAPD on the midnight shift, the Late Show, with her partner Jenkins. Her job is to begin the initial investigation at the scene of a crime, write the report and then turn it over to the day shift detectives in the morning. She almost never gets to follow a case to its end and that is perfectly fine with her partner. Jenkins has no such ambitions and gets annoyed when Renee volunteers to do extra work. Jenkins wants to write his reports and get home, that lack of ambition bothers Renee.

Renee was moved to the Late Show because she had the audacity to file a sexual harassment complaint against the head of the homicide team, Lieutenant Robert Olivas. She was betrayed by her then partner of five years, Detective Ken Chastain, who refused to back-up her truthful allegations.

As the story begins, Renee and her partner are some of the first on the scene at two crimes. The first involves a transsexual prostitute who has been tortured, badly beaten, and left for dead. Renee fears that the woman may be the victim of a predator who will attack others again. The second case involves a shooting in a nightclub. Four men are sitting in a booth when suddenly one of them opens fire and kills the other three men, a waitress and a bouncer. Lt. Olivas oversees this investigation and warns Renee to stay away from it.

Renee confronts her old partner, Chastain, at the station when he comes to transport a witness. Renee tells Chastain that she felt betrayed by him for not telling the truth in the sexual harassment case against Lt. Olivas. A few hours later, Chastain is shot dead. Renee is convinced his murder is associated with the club killings. Renee is unwilling to let go of either case and against direct orders, continues to pursue leads on her off-duty hours. As she gets closer to finding out what really happened, she ends up putting both her career and her life on the line.

Renee mostly keeps to herself and doesn’t social much with the other detectives. She spends her off day’s paddle boarding in the ocean with her rescued dog, Lola. Her father died while surfing but she continues the sport and paddling. It helps clear her head and straighten out the facts of the cases she is working on. When she’s not visiting with her grandma Tutu, she can be found sleeping on the beach in a tent with Lola. I had to laugh when another detective asked if Renee was homeless. I did like Renee’s strong female character and how loyal she is to those she cares about. She is tenacious and determined to bring down the criminals she encounters. I loved that Renee proved to those that shunned her that she can do her job just as good as they can.

This is the first book by Michael Connelly that I’ve read, and the story started out slow for me. I had a difficult time staying interested in all the police procedures, which were explained in detail. I would have liked to see more character development and more dialogue between them. The story did pick up when Renee began interviews with witnesses, it then held my interest until the end. I’m not sure if I will continue with the series, although I’m interested to see how the author continues with the love interest that Renee had, it was barley touched on… possibly because it is not a romance novel. I think anyone who likes reading mystery/crime genre and doesn’t mind police procedures would appreciate The Late Show by Michael Connelly.  

Happy Reading -J

Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Kathleen Early (Narrator)
Audiobook: Duration: 20:00:15
Published September 29th, 2015 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today. 

My thoughts…

When Claire Scott’s millionaire husband Paul is murdered, she is left to pick up the pieces. With the FBI and the local police showing a high interest in her husband's murder, and the break-in of their home, Claire does not know what to think.

When Paul’s business associate needs files from Paul’s home computer for a presentation, he asks Claire to send him those files. While looking through Paul’s computer, she comes across some hidden files, videos, and a file containing information about Lydia, Claire’s sister. As she digs deeper into those files, she begins to question the very foundation of her marriage and what she really knew about the man she married.

In 1991, Claire’s sister Julia disappeared, and her body was never found. Their father spent years looking for any clue as to what happened to Julia and the strain of not-knowing, lead to his divorce from their mother. Claire and Lydia mourned in very different ways and have not spoken to each other in years. Now, twenty years later Claire needs Lydia. Together, they sort through the clues her husband unintentionally left behind. Somehow Paul is connected to the string of missing girls, including Julia and Anna Kilpatrick (decades apart) and all the disappearances have the same commonalities. As they dig deeper, the truth becomes less and less clear.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Lydia and Claire, with occasional diary entries from their father, Sam Carroll. I was able to feel the anguish of what the Carroll family was going through and how they each grieved in completely different ways. The disappearance of their sister and the not-knowing caused them each deeply emotional scars and eventually tore the family apart. Nothing about this book is as expected, from the beginning to end it was full of twist and turns that kept me guessing. Everyone was a suspect at some point and I never knew who Claire and Lydia could trust.

I listened to the audiobook of Pretty Girls and the narration was great, it was easy to follow. This is the second book I read from this author and I plan to read more of Karen Slaughter’s books. You must be forewarned, there is graphic violence in this book and it is so disturbing at times it will make you cringe. It contains detailed descriptions of brutal torture, mutilation, sexual assault and murder. If you like psychological suspense/thrillers, then this book is for you.

Happy Reading -J

Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 14th, 2017 by St. Martin's Press
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

My thoughts…

This is the first book that I've ever read by Chevy Stevens, it certainly won't be the last. I’ve have since purchased three other books by her and I’m very much looking forward to reading those. I was quickly caught up in the story and found it difficult to put down.

The story unfolds little by little, alternating between present time and flashbacks to the past, told from both Lindsey and Sophie's point of view. From the beginning we know that Lindsey has built herself a new life after escaping her abusive husband Andrew ten years earlier.

Lindsey’s marriage to Andrew had been wonderful in the beginning. Then she noticed subtle changes in Andrew during her pregnancy, and after their daughter Sophie was born. Andrew became extremely possessive, she no longer had any friends and he started to drink more. To others they appeared to be another happy family, her own family thought Andrew was wonderful and never suspected his abusiveness.

Lindsey constantly walked on eggshells when Andrew was home, she tried to keep him happy but no matter how hard she tried he would find a reason to be upset with her. As the violence escalated, it was apparent that Lindsey had to get out of her marriage or be killed by Andrew. She finally found the courage to leave Andrew, taking their daughter with her. The night they escaped, Andrew went out searching for them and was involved in car wreck which resulted in death. Andrew was sentenced to ten years in prison for manslaughter.

Now, over ten years later, Lindsey has built a new life for herself and her daughter. She runs a small cleaning business and she's very focused on taking care of her teenage daughter. Sophie was a young child when her mother ran away from her father. Sophie knows nothing about her father, except what her mother has told her and the few articles that she's been able to find. As much as she loves her mother, she can't help but be curious about the father that she's never known. Sophie begins to communicate with her father without her mother knowing. Andrew has served his time in prison for manslaughter and is being released soon. He has turned his life around and would like to reconnect with his daughter. He manages to track down Sophie and Lindsey and finds work on the small island they call home.

Now that Andrew has been released from prison, somebody is messing with Lindsey and she believes that it’s Andrew. Strange things start to happen, she feels like someone is watching her and getting into her home when they are not there. She is terrified that Andrew is back to finished what he started all those years ago.

There's so much more to this story and I don’t want to give anything away. The character development was excellent. I liked the bond that Lindsey and Sophie had with each other. After Andrew was released from prison, I really liked his character and I was rooting for him and Sophie along the way. I was completely surprised by the turn of events and I thought I had it all figured out… but I was completely wrong. I love psychological thrillers that keep me guessing until the very end, it’s always a disappointment for me to find out all the twists early on.

I would highly have recommended Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens to those who love psychological thrillers.

Happy Reading - J

Inky Edition of the Sunday Post #11

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week.  

Everyday Life:

About two weeks ago, our fur baby Toby wasn’t feeling well, diarrhea and then during the night he started vomiting with blood mixed in. The following morning, I took Toby in to see his Veterinarian. After having blood work and stool samples, his liver levels were extremely high, normal is below 200, his level was 1400. He had an infection is his gall bladder and was given antibiotics, probiotics and a change in food to Prescription Diet.

Friday, Toby went back for a follow-up appointment for blood work and an ultrasound on his gall bladder. His liver level went down to 800, and his Vet is hopeful it will decrease with his new diet. He needs to stay on the prescription food and in six months he will return for blood work and an ultrasound. I’m so grateful that he’s feeling so much better.

Spring is here, the tulips have bloomed and covered in snow. Colorado weather is crazy this time of year.

What I am currently reading:

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (audiobook)
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

What I read/listened to this past week: 

The Late Show (Renée Ballard #1) by Michael Connelly ⭐⭐⭐
The Address by Fiona Davis (audiobook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Widow by Fiona Barton ⭐⭐
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens ⭐⭐⭐

Stacking the Shelves #43

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I can include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.

You can find all the books I added to my shelves this week by clicking the link below:

6 Physical Books
0 Kindle Books
3 Library Borrows: eBooks/audio-books

Random Photo: 

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week.

Stacking the Shelves #43

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I can include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks. All book title links will direct you to Goodreads.

This week I did excellent with my self-imposed book buying ban. I walked through the book aisle at Sam’s Club and at the Base Exchange (BX), I picked up a few books read the synopsis and put them back. I made note of the books that looked interesting and added those to the digital library hold. It may be awhile before they become available and I’m okay with that, since I’m reading books from my own shelves.

The books below are from an Amazon order that I placed on the last day of in March, they finally arrived. I just started reading book one in the Charley Davidson series and so far, I LOVE it.

The audiobooks I borrowed from the library this week:

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi
The Address by Fiona Davis
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond 

Have you read any of the books I have listed? Have a wonderful day and happy reading -J

Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
George Newbern (Narrator)
Audiobook, Duration: 09:09:29 
Published May 8th, 2014 by Dreamscape Media, LLC
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbor from hell.' But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So, when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a residents' association to their very foundations.

My thoughts…
“She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.” Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Ove struggles each day to cope with the pain of losing his beloved wife Sonja. She was the only person to fully understand him. Ove is opinionated, cantankerous and completely set in his ways and Sonja still loved him. He lived his life to please her and now she is gone. This leaves Ove with nothing and he doesn't know what to do without her by his side. He misses his wife greatly and doesn't think he has much to live for. All he wants is to be reunited with Sonja, by committing suicide. The neighbors in his community will not leave him alone long enough to do it.
“Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the great motivations for the living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival. We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”
Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove
Ove believes rules and regulations are of the greatest importance, he is always right, and see’s the world filled with stupid people doing stupid things. Case in point... when his new neighbor fails to back a trailer towards the house it draws Ove’s attention. Not only because vehicles are not allowed in that area, but the new resident destroys Ove’s property. This is only the first of many hilarious interactions to come.

Ove’s quiet life is overturned by the pregnant talkative neighbor and her family who insert themselves into his house and his life with selfish disregard for his needs. Ove is constantly coming to the rescue of his newest neighbors and old friends. He was needed by people and kept putting off his plans to end his life, he felt wanted again.

“Now you listen to me," says Ove calmly while he carefully closes the door. "You've given birth to two children and quite soon will be squeezing out a third. You've come here from a land far away and most likely you fled war and persecution and all sorts of other nonsense. You've learned a new language and got yourself an education and you're holding together a family of obvious incompetents. And I'll be damned if I've seen you afraid of a single bloody thing in this world before now....I'm not asking for brain surgery. I'm asking you to drive a car. It's got an accelerator, a brake and a clutch. Some of the greatest twits in world history have sorted out how it works. And you will as well." And then he utters seven words, which Parvaneh will always remember as the loveliest compliment he'll ever give her. "Because you are not a complete twit.”
Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

We are given glimpses of Ove's past, experiencing the love he has for Sonja and the events that shaped him into the man he became. Beneath Ove’s toughened exterior is a story of heartbreak, disappointment, and tragedy. One of the things I loved about this book is that serious situations end up hilarious and then pull at your heart strings. Overall, A Man Called Ove is a fantastic story.
“We always think there's enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like 'if'.”
Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Happy Reading -J

Inky Edition of the Sunday Post #10

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week.  

Everyday Life: 

This week I did a bit of Spring cleaning by going through my bookshelves and un-hauling the books that I read and didn’t particularly care for. I have a fairly large box set aside for my mother and the other books I will donate to my local Arc Thrift Store.

Afterwards I had empty shelf space and decided to re-organize the books. For the longest time I’ve kept them organized alphabetically by authors last name, it took me forever to find what I was looking for. This time the books are sorted by genre, young adult/adult and book height. It took some time and I’m much happier and could now find books more easily.

For the past few months I’ve been on the lookout for a new comfy reading chair. I’ve dragged my husband to almost every furniture store and I can’t even tell you how many chairs I sat in and had no luck. This afternoon while out shopping with my husband, I happened to see a big comfy chair that would be perfect, he bought it for me. Of course, I had to rearrange things once again to find the perfect spot.

Do you have a favorite place that you like to sit and read?   

What I am currently reading:

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
The Late Show (Renée Ballard #1) by Michael Connelly

What I read/listened to this past week:

The Good Daughter (The Good Daughter #1) by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just One Look by Harlan Coben ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What I added to my shelves this week:
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I can include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.

You can find all the books I added to my shelves this week by clicking the link below:

5 Physical Books
0 Kindle Books
2 Library Borrows: eBooks/audio-books

I’m ready for a little wind therapy:

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week.