Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book Review: Worth Killing For (Julia Gooden Mystery #3) by Jane Haseldine

Title: Worth Killing For (Julia Gooden Mystery #3)

Author: Jane Haseldine

Stars: 4 stars

This is the first in the series and while it is number 3 it can be read as a stand alone novel as well. 
The Author has the ability to keep readers engaged with a mystery that keeps readers wondering who is the con man and what happened to her brother.
Jane Haseldine has the ability to write a story that pulls at readers heart string while keeping them on their toes as the Julia digs deeper into her past.
Readers will not want to put this book down.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Publisher for the advance copy of Worth Killing For By Jane Haseldine for my honest review.  

The past never really leaves us. Crime reporter Julia Gooden sees proof of this every day in her stories. A dark childhood, a negligent parent, early abandonment--any one of them can seal a person's fate as either a villain or victim. Julia, who experienced all three, seems to have beaten the odds, finding happiness raising her two sons and a blossoming relationship with detective Raymond Navarro.

But now, after three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins.

When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders . . . and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if she's willing to risk everything in her present .

Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation 

About The Author:
Jane Haseldine
Jane Haseldine writes the Julia Gooden mystery series for Kensington Publishing, including The Last Time She Saw Him, Duplicity, and Worth Killing For, which will be published in March 2018. Jane is a journalist, former crime reporter and also worked as a deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Review: Capital Kill (Jeff Trask Crime Drama #1) by Marc Rainer

Capital Kill (Jeff Trask Crime Drama, #1)
Title: Capital Kill (Jeff Trask Crime Drama #1)

Author: Marc Rainer

Stars: 5 stars

A well told crime/legal drama that takes the reader thru the entire story from the initial crime to the courtroom finale. It is a gripping tale where both good and bad guys end up dead. It will leave you, the reader, on tender hooks as you await the courtroom verdict. Even the most jaded reader may find themselves asea at the end.

I have rated this book 5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

A few short blocks from the safety of the museums and monuments on the National Mall, a ruthless killer prowls the streets of Washington DC. Federal prosecutor Jeff Trask joins a team of FBI agents and police detectives as they try and solve the series of brutal murders. As the body count rises, the investigation leads to a chilling confrontation with the leader of an international drug smuggling ring, and no one is safe, not even the police.

Written by former Washington prosecutor Marc Rainer, Capital Kill is a swirling thrill ride through the labyrinth of a major federal investigation and trial, with a gripping conclusion that no one will see coming.

About The Author:
Marc Rainer is a former prosecutor in the federal and local courts of the District of Columbia and the Western District of Missouri (Kansas City), and a former circuit prosecutor for the US Air Force's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, he has more than thirty years eperience in the prosecution of major cases. He is married to a former Air Force OSI Special Agent, and lives in a suburb of a major American city. The first book in his Jeff Trask crime drama series, Capital Kill, has been ranked #1 in Amazon’s kindle store’s mystery series sales rankings.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review: Ninja School Mum by Lizzie Chantree

Ninja School Mum
Title: Ninja School Mum

Author: Lizzie Chantree

Stars: 5 Stars

Ninja School Mum is as funny as the title. The story is over the funny with action, romance and mystery readers will enjoy as they shut the door of reality. The story is fun, imaginative and while the story isn't perfect and sometimes left this reader a little confused. 
Ninja School Mum is worth a few hours of fun. Not to mention if you are a parent who has dealt with schools yards, playground and play dates this story will make you laugh out loud.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Crooked Cat Books for my Copy.

Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is

Paperback1310 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Crooked Cat Books

About the Author:
Lizzie Chantree
Lizzie writes sizzling beach reads, for people who love a good romance story. She is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since! 

Lizzie appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators.

Lizzie lives near London, with her gorgeous husband, two bouncy children and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them), she sits in her rooftop studio writing romance stories about sexy entrepreneurs and the quirky businesses they run. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Review: Trusting Danger (The Danger Series #2) by Caila Jaynes and Allyson Simonian

Trusting Danger (Danger, #2)

Title: Trusting Danger (The Danger Series #2)

Author(s): Caila Jaynes  and Allyson Simonian 

Stars: 3 1/2 stars

 3 1/2 stars

Trusting Danger is a romance right off the bat while there is suspense it is a romance as the two leads Grayson and Claire refuse to accept that they have feeling for each other.
The authors are able to create a picture with remorse, sadness, romance and action. While it wasn't perfect and I was lost even though I was told it was a stand alone novel I think readers would benefit from reading the first in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and Altapoint Publishing for the copy of Trusting Danger.

While investigating a drug ring, Grayson Matthews learns of a kidnapping threat and is tasked with safeguarding the daughter of a US senator. In the close quarters of a safe house, he fights his attraction to his protectee as he strives to learn who’s intent on kidnapping her.

Although born to a life of wealth and privilege, Claire Parker is tired of being told what to do. Normally a people-pleaser, she chafes against the rules of the man sent to protect her. He’s infuriating and bossy, and evokes a visceral response she’s never experienced before.

When a violent death links them in grief, Grayson and Claire must overcome their differences and trust in each other to unmask the kidnapper before it’s too late.

Trusting Danger is written as a standalone and is the second book planned for the Danger Series.

Kindle Edition332 pages
Published January 4th 2018 by Altapoint Publishing, LLC

About The Authors
Allyson Simonian
Allyson Simonian lives in California with her husband and children. She credits the Fifty Shades trilogy for not only bringing her back to reading the romance genre, but for inspiring her to write. Allyson is at work on The Danger Series with Caila Jaynes. You can learn more at and

Caila Jaynes is a romance author who prefers a little suspense before her happily-ever-after. She and her husband live in the Inland Northwest, sharing their mountain home with their feline fur-babies. When she’s not writing, she loves to curl up with a quilt and watch Hallmark movies, dreaming about writing one someday.

Caila is best known for her romantic-suspense collaboration with Allyson Simonian, the Danger Series. To keep up with the latest releases, visit

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: Federal Agent Under Fire by Julie Anne Lindsey

Federal Agent Under Fire

Title: Federal Agent Under Fire 

Author:  Julie Anne Lindsey 

Stars: 5 stars

I am a fan of Julie Anne Lindsey and her writing style.  She has an ability to bring readers to the point of nail biting suspense as well as make them swoon for the characters hoping for the Happily Ever After readers love. 

This story off face pace pulling reader happily along as Blake and Marissa try to find a killer who wants to see her dead.

The characters stay true to who they are from beginning to the end of the story. Read will fall in love with smart tough as nails Marissa who has a soft side for her family and Blake who can't seem to understand how he could fall in love with someone who fast.

The story is well written and a must read by the pool during spring break. it is a quick fast read that will sastify mystery and romance readers.

I can't wait to read what Julie Anne Lindsey has up her sleeve next.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harlequin Intrigue for the advance copy


She'd fought for her life but the terror continues. For five years FBI agent Blake Garrett has fixated on a serial-killer case. Now the madman has attacked Marissa Lane. She escaped with her life...and some clues that could help Blake. Yet she is still the object of the killer's obsession. And Blake is torn between the unquenching need to catch his prey and a deep desire to protect the woman he can't possibly keep.

About The Author:
Julie Anne Lindsey
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America), and Sisters in Crime. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

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