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When a murder desecrates the somber, book-lined halls of New York City’s iconic 42nd Street Library, Raymond Ambler, the library’s curator of crime fiction, has a personal interest in solving the crime. His quest to solve the murder is complicated by personal entanglements involving his friend–or perhaps more-than-friend–Adele Morgan. Not only does Adele’s relationship with the young woman staffer who was murdered get in the way of Ambler’s investigation, more disturbing for him is Adele’s growing interest in a darkly handsome Islamic scholar.
Soon the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department takes over the case from NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove, Ambler’s friend and sometimes partner-in-crime solving. Ambler suspects that the murder of the young woman, who’d been working at the library under an assumed name and the curious intervention of NYPD’s intelligence division are connected. The trail of intrigue leads to a seemingly unrelated murder in an upstate prison and a long ago murder of a trade union reformer.
No one else sees the connections Ambler is sure are there–not an unusual state of affairs for Ambler. But with the city’s law enforcement establishment determined to stop his investigation, the inquisitive and intrepid librarian faces challenges that may put his very life at risk.
Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 enjoyable stars! When I picked out this title on NetGalley I didn’t realize it was the second one in the series and felt I just missed out on a tad but overall this was an enjoyable read. I thought the characterization in this book was highly entertaining and they dealt with realistic life issues. I loved the idea of the library setting. I love books that are set in libraries or bookshops! This was a complex mystery that was fun to fall into. I also enjoyed how this book had an underlying message about courage. I wish I would have read the first in the series first, but overall I liked this book!
Hope everyone has a great day! Sorry my reviews are a bit shorter but haven’t been feeling well and just catching up I hope everyone has a great day!🤗
I want to thank Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.
Synopsis: Katie Calumet takes a morning run and when she suddenly hears a baby crying out she starts to get nervous. She goes and investigates a van with a wailing baby because of fear for the child’s safety. When Katie gets closer she is hit on the head and is completely unconscious. Katie was trapped and now is kidnapped against her will. When Katie wakes up she has absolutely no idea where she’s been taken and where she could be.
While Katie is helplessly trying to escape her kidnappers, Investigator Justin Cross is taken through a large forest to try and locate Katie, even if its the last thing he will do to find her. With Katie’s family holding back secrets and Justin’s inability to sleep and outside family problems, the chance of finding Katie becomes scarce. There is only one question; can they find Katie before it’s too late?
Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 suspenseful stars! The story was split between the victim and the investigator’s POV and I loved that! This book had me up late turning pages and on the edge of my seat. I felt like I could feel the victim and the ivestigator’s emotions in this enthralling thriller. I loved the characterization and this book was very well written. I highly recommend checking out this suspenseful title. Bookouture never lets me down with their suspenseful titles and would recommend all of the books they publish! I loved how the author put this story together!!!
I want to thank NetGalley and Avon Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.
Synopsis: Esther is smart and sarcastic, but she has a problem that prevents her from fully opening up. The problem Esther has is she is hiding a secret. Esther Knight waitresses at The Starlight Diner, an awesome and retro diner where customers can play classic music on the jukebox all through the night. The Starlight Diner is known for their great environment and New York’s best milkshakes.
When the newest diner regular and actor, Jack Faber, tries to get Esther’s attention, everyone is baffled by her resistance. Nobody at her work knows her secret and why she left London. Esther just wants to break ties from her old life and start a new one in America. She feels that even with her new close friends and the lovely diner that her past is holding her back. Can Esther let go of her past and be set free from it? Can Esther live life to the fullest and fall in love again?
Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 retro-tastic stars! I really enjoyed the unique environment the diner gave me reading this cute story. I have always enjoyed the look of retro diners and different things from the 50’s era! I thought this book was fun, sweet and cute. Overall, I really enjoyed this read. This book made me smile quite a few times. The only thing I didn’t enjoy quite a bit was I didn’t like the cliffhanger. I’m just not a leave me at the cliff until the next book comes out kind of girl. I also felt that Esther got a bit too dramatic at times. All in all, I would recommend this book and it was quite enjoyable.
I want to thank NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.
Synopsis: Chelsea lives her life in Boston by hanging out with her cat and binge watching television. She lives this way because her life got turned upside down nearly 5 years ago when two of her classmates were brutally murdered and she was left to die from severe stab wounds. Luckily Detective Lang finds her in the bathtub barely alive and she gets help in enough time.
In present day, Chelsea still battles nightmares and the trauma of that horrible night. She battles memory lost of the tragedy and from her childhood because of the trauma. Chelsea moved to Boston to move away from the tragedy and to follow her friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth is always there for Chelsea when she needs her and helps her through her trauma issues.
When Chelsea and Elizabeth go out to the weekend farmer’s market, Chelsea runs into a person that she knew at the time of the tragedy. Suddenly, Chelsea starts recieving disturbing messages and suspicious encounters. Has the murderer returned after 5 years to finish the job? Will Chelsea be able to protect herself and face her trauma? Read Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes to find out!
Review: This is going to be a really tough review for me because I am very conflicted about this book. I really enjoyed the storyline and how much twists and turns the author put in this story. This a very suspenseful thriller and can see why it’s so highly rated. The problem was I figured out everything from the beginning. I know so many other reviewers were completely thrown off guard and completly can see why everyone kept guessing. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I can say I’ve been in a circumstance so was able to know where things were going. I was able to recognize early clues right off the back. I think this book will do really well and definitely recommend it. The reason I’m giving it 3.5 stars is because I knew everything that was going to happen so it lessened my experience but it was still very enjoyable. 95% of people I’m sure would not be able to keep up with all the twists and turns and this would be a very satisfying mystery. I also didn’t really enjoy how they made the effects of main character’s trauma look. The reason this review is so hard is because if it wasn’t a trigger for me this would have been 5+ stars. I can’t say the trigger without it being a spoiler but I think many would love picking up this psychological thriller and will love the twists and turns! Jennifer Jaynes does a really great job of putting a story together. Sorry if this review was a little confusing but overall this is a good book. Top grade thriller!
I want to thank NetGalley and Crown Publishing for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.
I also want to give a shout out to Trang from Bookidote! Trang and I buddy read this book starting at the halfway mark. 😂 She offered great insight! Trang is an awesome blogger and new friend! She is so sweet and funny! Check her blog out and show her some love!😉❤🤗 A little update: So Trang and I fangirled it out after she finished an hour after me! She also loved this book!😎 We both said from the get go we were hoping for lots of twists and turns! Well, Krysten Ritter definitely delivered! We named over 5 things we were shocked about in this book! I loved fangirling with her! Trang, you rock!!!
Synopsis: Abby Williams is a lawyer who works with chemicals and the environment based in Chicago. Different days of the week she has different men in her bed but she feels all alone. She tries to drink away her pain often and numb her feelings out. The only person she feels she can lean on is her colleague Joe.
Abby battles her demons and has faced obsessive thoughts from her past. Ten years ago as a graduating senior Abby was bullied furiously by the “it” crowd whose main star was Abby’s childhood friend, Kaycee Mitchell. When Kaycee mysteriously goes missing after claiming she was sick by the local plastic plant this has a lasting effect on Abby. Even though she hated Kaycee and her crowd in high school she felt there was something she could not shake.
Abby constantly keeps bringing herself back to the past and trying to put the pieces together. Abby finally stumbles across a complaint made by someone about the plant and Abby and her team head to her home town the Barrens. She heads to the Barrens to seek justice and ends up facing more than she could think possible.
Abby has to face; corruption, her abusive father, old high school bullies and new horrors in her home town. She runs into everyone from her childhood in this small town. Will Abby bring justice and be able to fight her personal demons?
Review: Omg! I loved this book! Not only is written by the awesome and sexy Krysten Ritter, it was fantastic. I give this crime thriller 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. I felt like I could feel all of Abby’s emotions and a lot of the traumas that happened in this book I could relate to. At moments it was hard for me to turn the page because of the intensity, but it kept me pulling me back in. I really enjoyed this book and was satisfied I requested it through NetGalley. My only issue, which really wasn’t an issue was the very end I didn’t know if they were leaving it open or that’s how she wanted to finish things. This book showed the reality of how bullying effects people and the horror. This was a terrific crime thriller. I highly recommend this book!
I want to thank Waterhouse Press and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.
Abby Medford always enjoyed being alone to study her law books and the quiet of the night shift at the hotel. She thinks everything is all held together and focusing on her studies. Well that’s until she is thrown into a whirlwind when moody and bad-boy-rocker Lucas Ford walks into the hotel and asks for the penthouse suite. He has one request, that Abby personally deliver room service up to his room. This becomes the beginning of many romantic and lustful adventures!
Review: Lawsy me! *fans self* This had to be one of the sexiest books I have ever read! I think my kindle was on fire…. *Drools* I absolutely love me a bad-boy rockstar and other dirty things that happened that I can’t mention because it would ruin the story. But hot damn! This book was fantastic, sexy, romantic, smart and adventurous. I give this book 5 out of 5 sexy stars!
I want to thank Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.
Synopsis: Daphne”Daffy” has what most would call the good life. She lives in Suburbia and has 3 awesome kids. She owns a coffeehouse and bakery with best friend and husband Gabriel, also known as “G”. To everyone on the outside life couldn’t get much better but little do they know that this picture perfect family are amiss secrets.
Daffy’s life suddenly goes downhill when she discovers proof that her husband is cheating on her. She decides to face him on their wedding anniversary but is completely thrown off guard when he uses some crazy wizard-level magic. Things seem unreal to Daphne as she discovers her husband is the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards and her kids are also magicians.
When Daffy feels life couldn’t get any more insane she couldn’t be more wrong. G’s ex wife who is a crazy and dangerous witch, has escaped from prison. The ex wife is set on seeking revenge from the past. Daphne is faced with having to save herself and her family. Will Daphne bring order to all this new founded chaos?
Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 magical stars. I really enjoyed the storytelling and was captivated by the magic. I loved Daphne and the children’s characters but was very conflicted on how I felt about G. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but felt they focused on the infidelity a tad too much. Overall I am glad I read this story.