Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review 'Dark In Death' by J.D. Robb


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35095693-dark-in-death
It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 29th, 2018
Series:
In Death #46
Genre:
Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Pages:
384
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


For a view years now I’ve been reading the In Death series by J.D. Robb. And I love them! It’s such a fun, thrilling series and I just can’t get enough of lieutenant Eve Dallas and her murder investigations. Unfortunately I’ve been a little behind in reading these books, but slowly I’m catching up again. 

‘Dark In Death’ is the 46th book in the series. In ‘Dark In Death’ Dallas is investigating a brutal murder in a movie theater. Everything about the murder looks planned and personal. And something just seems off about it. Soon Dallas finds out this murder happened before, inside the books of a police thriller series. Now Dallas has to find the murderer in real-life while also reading the books everyone is talking about. 

Every time I read a J.D. Robb novel I just get this cozy feeling. There’s just something about this series that I really enjoy and can’t seem to get enough of. This book wasn’t any different. From the very beginning I enjoyed this book. This time the murderer was recreating the murders from a police book series, which made this investigation really fun. Reading a book series to get to the murderer, sounds fun right?! Well, those moments when Dallas was reading though the books to get clues about the murders, was definitely fun to me. Especially when they where able to predict a possible victim. 

But although this book was fun, it wasn’t as exciting and thrilling as the previous book I read in this series. I enjoyed it, especially the moments between Dallas and Roarke, her husband (I just love them) but I wasn’t as hooked to the story as I would have liked. I found myself losing my concentration a lot and there was just something about this book that didn’t really work for me. Even after finishing the book a view days ago I can’t really tell you what it was exactly. I just missed something. 

Even though this book wasn’t my favorite in the series, I still enjoyed it and look forward to read the next book in the series. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


J.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke. 

For more information about J.D. Robb please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.



I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Post #95: HoHoHo Readathon



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  

See rules here: Sunday Post Meme



Another week has flown by like crazy. It’s honestly starting to freak me out how fast time is flying by! Does anyone feel the same? I mean, I haven’t even visited every one of you for the last Sunday Post and here we are again. Sigh.. I hope you know that I do plan to visit all of you, but well life..

On Tuesday we had the final meeting of my Centering Pregnancy group. The official meetings that is.. we still plan a lot of coffee dates during the week, which is awesome but this was the final meeting with the midwives. It was so fun. We all had our babies with us and it was just really a fun morning. For those of you who don’t know what Centering Pregnancy is. “Centering Pregnancy is group prenatal care bringing women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting.” I’m really happy to have been able to join this group. It definitely has been a blessing to be a part of this group and I hope that we’ll be able to keep in touch. 

On Wednesday baby girl and I went to see my mom. We went to this big baby clothing store and we bought a lot of cute stuff that where on sale. I even bough a little bathing suit because we plan on starting baby swimming in December. I can’t wait. 

And today, Friday, is the start of the HoHoHo Readathon! I’m so excited about this readathon, especially since this year I’m finally able to really join since I’m still on maternity leave. I have a lot of fun looking Christmas books ready to start reading. O how I love Christmas.. Sigh..

Saturday the husband and I are going out to dinner. Baby girl is staying with the grandparents. It’s the second time I have to leave baby girl for a view hours. I’m excited to go out to dinner, but I just can’t get used to not being with my baby every single minute. But I have too.. only two weeks to go before I have to get back to work!

Last Week On The Blog:

This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Dark In Death’ by J.D. Robb
  • Review ‘Christmas Camp’ by Karen Schaler

New Arrivals:

Netgalley: 


Bought Myself:


Happy Sunday! How was your week?

Friday, November 9, 2018

HoHoHo Readathon 2018


Yes!!! It’s that time of the year again and I’m super excited to participate in this year’s HoHoHo Readathon hosted by the lovely Kimberly at the Caffeinated Reviewer. During this event you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You can participate for a day or hang out every day. It’s all really fun and super exciting!!




This is already the third HoHoHo Readathon I’m participating in and this year I’m even more excited. The previous two years I had to work during the readathon which made it hard for me to really participate as much as I wanted. This year, I’m still on maternity leave and I’ve planned to join and watch all the fun stuff. And.. this year the Readathon is even longer, so much more time to participate in the fun. I love Christmas reads so I’m super excited. 

Back to business.. This year I plan on reading the following books:

 

 


Yes, I’m ambitious this year. But I can’t wait to dive into these books and I’m definitely going to try and read them all. 

Now.. Don’t forget to join the HoHoHo Readathon. If your not a fan of Christmas reads, don’t worry. You can also read winter themed books for this Readathon. Visit CaffeinatedReviewer.com for more info!

Now let the fun begin!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review 'A Marvell Country Christmas' by Jeannie Watt


Murphy Anderson is coming home for Christmas…

And as soon as she arrives, she’s putting the family ranch on the market. Her plan is to get in, get out, and head back to the city, where she belongs. Growing up on the hardscrabble property next door to the prosperous Marvell Ranch, and being constantly reminded of everything she didn’t have, left her with no love for ranching, or her handsome neighbors—especially Cody Marvell, who always rubbed her the wrong way. And maybe that’s why, when Cody shows an interest in the ranch, she hesitates to sell.

Cody Marvell has a way with people…unless that person is Murphy Anderson. Cody never understood what she was dealing with when they were younger. Murphy had a hard time while growing up, with no mom and a cold-hearted father. He made some mistakes, which he now regrets. He wants her ranch, and more than that, he wants her.

When a Christmas flood makes Murphy’s home uninhabitable, he invites her to stay at the Marvell Ranch. With the help of country Christmas magic, Cody hopes she’ll start to see him with new eyes.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 6th, 2018
Series:
Men of the Marvel Ranch #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Pages:
156
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


Like I said in a earlier review, I have this thing about Cowboys and Christmas. Sigh.. So when I saw this cover and title on Netgalley I requested it almost immediately. When I got approved I put everything aside and started reading.. Well.. that’s not possible with a baby girl but I did try.. And I started reading whenever I could.

In ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ Murphy Anderson returns home to the ranch her father left her after he died. Murphy doesn’t have many good memories about the place, and it’s almost Christmas, so she tries to make the best of it. When her old teenage crush and neighbor Cody Marvell stops by all Murphy wants to do is run. But there are things that have to be done, and Cody is still handsome as ever. When the weather gets worse, Murphy needs help and the only one she can think of to help her is Cody. 

‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ was a nice relaxing read. I enjoyed reading about Murphy’s character, but especially in the beginning I also found her quiet confusing. She is mad about stuff that I didn’t get at all. True, she had a bad childhood because of her father who couldn’t show emotions.. but to blame so much on a teenage Cody. I didn’t really get it. But thankfully it didn’t matter that much, because overall this was an easy fun Christmas read. My favorite character was definitely Cody. He was just fun! And sweet.. and made me wonder if there really is a guy like him in the world?

What I loved most about this Christmas read, was how the characters made ‘Christmas’ from scratch. They ended up together and didn’t have any Christmas stuff planned. But they made Christmas cookies and decorated a tree. It was fun to read about and I definitely shows us the true meaning of Christmas.. Nothing fancy is needed, just love and faith. I loved that.

What this book definitely did was make me want to read more books in the series. Throughout this book you get some hints about possible future main characters and I definitely would like to read there story. 

Overall ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ was a nice comfy read.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Jeannie Watt lives off the grid in a historic Nevada ranching community with her husband, two horses, three ponies, a dog and a cat. When she's not writing or teaching science at the local junior high, she enjoys making mosaic mirrors, sewing, and pretending that the house is neat and tidy. She's written thirteen books for Harlequin Superromance.

For more information about Jeannie please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.


I received this book through Netgalley, from Tule Publishing  in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Review 'Hidden' by Rebecca Zanetti


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37784354-hidden
Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .

Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .





The Facts:


Publication Date:
September 25th, 2018
Series:
Deep Ops #1
Genre:
Romantic Suspense
Pages:
369
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


I came across ‘Hidden’ when I was browsing through Amazon. I’ve been reading a lot of Contemporary Romance novels, and although I really enjoy those I was looking for something a little bit different but not to different. So when I saw a review of ‘Hidden’ and read that this book was a Romance but also a Suspense novel it sounded perfect and I bought it as fast as I could.

In ‘Hidden’ we meet Pippa. Pippa has been hiding for years, living her life from inside her home. But even though going outside scares her more than anything, slowly on Pippa begins to crave being able to really live. When Pippa sees a handsome but dangerous looking man move in next to her the desire to go outside becomes even more real.
Malcolm has been living a lie for years. All he wants to do now is get away and be left alone. But when he sees the beautiful girl living next door, hiding behind closed door he is immediately intrigued. Soon Pippa and Malcolm can’t seem to stay away from each other but both have a lot of lies surrounding them.

I read so many great things about Rebecca Zanetti’s books that I was afraid that my expectations for this book would be to high. And after reading the first view pages I honestly didn’t know if this book would live up to those expectations. Pippa and Malcolm seemed to jump into a relationship with each other which I didn’t really understand. But there was something about this book that made me want to keep on reading. And thankfully I began to enjoy this book more and more.

Although I didn’t get the romance part right from the beginning, I did began to love these characters and soon I loved Pippa and Malcolm’s story. Their relationship was fun to read about, but the suspense in this book was even better. It kept me sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to read more and more. There was a lot happening and I couldn’t read fast enough. A lot of things that happened throughout this book kept me guessing until the very end. I loved that.

Rebecca Zanetti definitely created a lot of fun characters. The way she was able to create and write about this ‘bad’ character was amazing. I truly hated some of these characters. There were also a lot of other characters in this book I loved getting to know. Malcolm’s new colleagues for example, they would definitely make for a view great new books.

‘Hidden’ was really a great suspenseful read. The romance still wasn’t totally my kind of thing, but this was definitely a great read and I hope to read more books by this author. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

For more information about Rebecca please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Post #94: Netgalley & Halloween



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  

See rules here: Sunday Post Meme



My name is Maureen, and I’m an addict! I was doing so good.. but this week I’ve been on a Netgalley-requesting spree. And I got approved on a lot of books which is super exciting but also very bad for an addict like me. *Sigh..* But let’s be honest.. it makes me super happy!! But now I definitely need to stay away from Netgalley for a while. 

This week the cold that was trying to come out for a week, finally came through. So I’ve been sneezing and coughing a lot, and my voice in the morning is definitely kind of scary. So instead of going away every day, I tried to stay in. Thankfully our baby girl seems to stay clear of the cold, which I’m happy about.

Wednesday it was Halloween of course, and although it isn’t celebrated here a lot we had lots of fun dressing up our baby girl in her first Halloween costume. Doesn’t she look cute? I think she already has found out that her mom and dad are a little weird. LOL!!

Our date last Saturday was a success by the way. We had drinks and snacks and we did some shopping. It was definitely fun! And baby girl did very good with grandpa and grandma. 

I hope you all had a great week and had fun celebrating Halloween!


Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Hidden’ by Rebecca Zanetti
  • Review ‘A Marvell Country Christmas’ by Jeannie Watt
  • HoHoHo Readathon 2018

New Arrivals:

Netgalley: 








From Author/Publisher:


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