Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

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Book Summary:

Kaely Quinn’s talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she’s demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, the reporter’s ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem’s predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else–including Kaely herself–is killed.

My Thoughts:

I was totally drawn in by this haunting cover and the description of this book.  Pretty much if it says “serial killer”, my interest is peeked!  Does that make me weird?  I don’t know, but it’s true! This was my first Nancy Mehl book.  I was so intrigued by the concept of a behavioral analyst who had a serial killer as a father.  The first chapters were grabbing and totally hooked me into this story.  The plot line itself is really what kept my interest in this story more than the characters.  I found that I had trouble connecting with Kaely based on some of her behavior and lack of emotion.  I had a suspicion early on who the killer might be, and my hunch was correct.  I thought the concept of the serial killer announcing his killings in a poem as a sort of game was brilliant.  However, I did feel that some of the conclusions that were reached about how the victims were chosen, or locations of the crimes were too random to be realistic.  I didn’t know if this book would have any sort of romance or love interest and it really didn’t in my opinion.  Perhaps as this series develops we will see more in that area from the characters.  I didn’t feel the edge of your seat suspense that I was hoping to feel from this book, however it wasn’t uneventful in any way.  There was a plenty of danger related to the circumstances surrounding the serial killer’s victims.  The conclusion of the book had a few surprises and revelations.  No spoilers, however motives were revealed and there was some closure to some situations.  There were a few things at the end of the book that did actually take me by surprise, which I do love it when that happens!  I can’t really explain without giving too much away, but it is more character revelation type things, but still…did not see that coming!  I love that in a book.  It was a total shock.  All in all I would definitely read another book in this series, even though this may not have wowed me like I thought it might, it had plenty of plot twists and was a unique story with unique characters.  I’m interested in the behavior analysts aspect of these stories and I think that more exposure to these characters might make me become more of a Kaely Quinn fan.

If you would like to dive in to this series you can purchase a copy of the book or learn more about Nancy Mehl by clicking the links below!

Amazon: Mind Games

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Searching For You by Jody Hedlund

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Book Summary:

Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won’t abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he’s in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?

My Thoughts:

Sophies story.  As a fan of The Orphan Train series I have been anxiously waiting for this book.  Sophie all but vanished in the first book of this series, leaving unanswered questions until this third and final book of the series.  Once again, Jody Hendlund’s descriptions and writing style really take the reader on a journey along with these characters.  Sophie’s experiences were heart wrenching and really highlighted how hard life could be for someone in her situation during this time period.   Her dedication to her adopted siblings was admirable and really was driving force behind most of her decisions.  This book was a beautiful picture of how family can be formed by love and not just by biological family members.  At firsts reading this story I was a little hard on Sophie, but I feel that her actions were a result of hard circumstances and just being young and having to make decisions on her own.  I still felt as though she was somewhat selfish and rather impulsive in a lot of circumstances, however I think that it makes sense for her character to react in that way given her past.

The love story in this book was really sweet and it was one of my favorite parts of this book.  I loved watching the relationship develop between Rienhold and Sophie.  I really felt that these characters connected in a genuine way and it made their relationship easy to root for!

The conclusion of this book was everything I had hoped for.  I am not going to give any spoilers.  Questions were answered and things were resolved for each of the characters.  This series has been one of my favorites from Jody Hedlund.  This book was a perfect conclusion to this series!

If you would like to purchase a copy of Searching For You or learn more about Jody Hedlund, visit the links below!

Amazon: Searching For You

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock

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Book Summary:

As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is paying his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild-goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

 

My Thougths:

I really enjoyed this book!  It was so unexpected and held my interest during the entire book!  I found it to be an excellent and heartwarming read!  The characters were the magic in this story.  They were genuine and were each dealing with hard things, but in dramatically different ways.  I loved Callie!  She truly had the heart of Christmas and I loved how she influenced these characters in this story.  I may have ugly cried during certain parts of this book, however I attribute that to the fact that these characters truly came to life in this story and it was so moving.  Perfect Christmas read for someone who loves emotional, funny, and heartwarming Christmas stories.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Catching Christmas or learn more about Terri Blackstock, visit the links below!

Amazon: Catching Christmas

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Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon

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Book Summary:

Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She’d take curling up with a good novel over a night on the town any day of the week. But then best friend Tate Woodby accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and make a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends…instead of just reading about them. With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past. But is it also her perfect opportunity to discover the hunky hero who could be the happily-ever-after of her own story?

 

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness, this was so cute!  I literally did not put it down.  It was irresponsible.  I picked it up to read a bit before bed, and then I never went to bed.  My reading heart was happy and content when I finally drifted off to sleep.  My sleep deprived, bleary eyed body the next day was another story.  I loved this novella!  It was everything I want in a sweet romance!  The characters were sweet, funny, and had personality!  I love friendship turned romance stories!  I loved Tate and Emory and their friendship!  And I am pretty sure all of us book nerds can relate to Emory and her obsession with books and the introvert life!  Their adventures were clever and fun and I loved watching this friendship blossom!  Sarah Monzon is now on my radar of authors to keep up with!  After reading and loving her latest book Freedom’s Kiss, I think she definitely speaks my language when it comes to romance writing!  Now to go back and binge read all the Carrington brother novels.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Bookishly Ever After or learn more about Sarah Monzon, visit the links below!

Amazon: Bookishly Ever After

www.sarahmonzonwrites.com

Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason-The Cost of Betrayal Novella Collection

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Book Summary:

When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him–and those around him–forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers while locating the evidence they need to end the danger.

My Thoughts:

This was actually my personal favorite in the novella collection.  I loved all of the action, I loved the suspense, and the characters had personalities that were memorable!  I really felt like this was the edge of my seat kind of suspense that I expected from this collection.  This particular novella is part of Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice series and would fall into place between her second novel Called to Protect and her yet to be released novel, Code of Valor.  It was fun to have some familiar characters pop up in this story, but you could definitely read this novella as a stand alone.  I felt like the action and pace were perfect for keeping my interest without being over exaggerated with danger.  I really loved this story from start to finish!  I especially loved Ruthie!  Strong, confident, and owns her own gun and knows how to use it!  I loved this novella, it was my favorite in this collection and I would highly recommend this novella for suspense fans!

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Cost of Betrayal novella collection featuring Lynette Eason’s novella Code of Ethics, visit the links below!

Amazon: The Cost of Betrayal

www.lynetteeason.com

A Christmas Courting- A Regency Christmas Collection by Jennifer Moore, Chalon Linton, Jen Geigle Johnson and Heidi Kimball

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Book Summary:

This holiday season fall in love, with heartwarming tales of Christmases past in A Christmas Courting, an enchanting collection of Regency romances.

Love and Joy Come to You by Jennifer—Moore Lord Covington has planned a quiet holiday with his grieving mother but finds his plans rudely disrupted when lovely Cassie Weatherby and her young siblings are invited for Christmas. Despite his reservations, however, he begins to recognize in Cassie a kindred spirit.

A Christmas Courting by Chalon Linton—When obligations keep her in London, Keturah Hensley sadly anticipates missing the festivity of Christmas at her family’s country home and the company of her best friend, Christopher Shepherd. When she learns that Christopher will be joining her family in London for Christmas, she is delighted—but her elation is short-lived. Christopher is coming to Town to court the woman of his dreams, and Keturah fears she may have lost the chance to win his love.

Mistletoe Memories by Jen Geigle Johnson—From childhood, Patrick, Duke of Montrose, knew he’d found his perfect match in Lady Alice Tarrington. When he’s sent on a grand tour of the world, Patrick is confident he’ll marry his sweetheart upon his return. But when he receives word that Alice is to marry another, will he be too late to claim her heart?

Second-Chance Christmas by Heidi Kimball—Francie and Gerard have been friends since childhood, but their friendship ended when she declined his heartfelt proposal of marriage. However, when her interactions with Gerard’s holiday houseguests provoke in Francie unexpected jealousy, she realizes she must fight for Gerard’s affections or risk losing him forever.

 

My Thougths:

I loved this Holiday Regency collection!  I can’t remember when I have read a collection written by multiple authors and truly enjoyed each and every story, but this one I really did.  Each story was centered around Christmas time and which made it fun to see some traditions from the past taking place during the stories.  These stories were each unique, but were similar enough in style to make the book feel very cohesive as a collection.  Witty gentlemen, Christmas balls, ice skating, sleigh rides and yule logs all make appearances in different stories!  There was plenty of romance which was enhanced by the setting of Christmas! I also enjoyed that there was plenty of humor mixed into these stories, keeping them fun and light! I really enjoyed this collection!  If you happen to be a Regency junkie like me, or are just looking for a good Holiday themed book during the Christmas season, you will love A Christmas Courting!  I would happily read other works by these authors after reading this collection!  Their style is absolutely what I look for when I read Regency!  Love discovering new authors and collections are a great way to read a variety of authors and their writing styles!

If you would like to purchase a copy of A Christmas Courting or learn more about the authors in this collection, visit the links below!

Amazon: A Christmas Courting

Jennifer Moore: authorjmoore.com/  

Chalon Linton: chalonlinton.com/

Jen Geigle Johnson: jengeiglejohnson.com/

Heidi Kimball: www.authorheidikimball.com/

 

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

At First Glance by Susan L. Tuttle

 

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for At First Glance by Susan L. Tuttle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

AtFirstGlance 500x750 (2)Title: At First Glance
Author: Susan L. Tuttle
Publisher: Bling! Romance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn.

Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the “bright and shiny”. When her younger sister’s approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships—even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they’ve hounded her about for years.

But she doesn’t expect to meet two very different men in the process. East Fisher, the personal trainer who personifies everything she believes she could never attain, and Jonah Black, a man who reminds her so much of herself. Both men are more than they appear at first glance, and both seem interested in her romantically.

As Penny uncovers their hidden layers, she discovers when it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn about estimating value.

 

My Thoughts:

This book!  I so enjoyed this story!  These characters completely drew me into this book!  I literally binge read this book from start to finish.  Forsaking my adult responsibilities.  I was hooked and I had to see how this book was going to end up!  (Seriously y’all, my child had grapes for lunch and I was ok with it, because it meant that I could just get back to this book.)

For me, the magic in this story is the fun and sarcastic dialogue between Penny and Jonah. I just ate it up.  Susan Tuttle is now on my radar after this book.  These characters were so genuine and had such a natural way with each other that they just felt real to me, which as a reader made me completely invested in this story.  This story also had many layers to it that just kept building as the story progressed.  There were so many times that I wanted to give one of them a hug, or thump one of them on the forehead! In a good way!  It’s when you really want a character to get it together that you really know you are invested in their story!

This book held my interest from start to finish.  I felt as though it was a story that was unique and while still very lighthearted, it touched on some deep hurts in the lives of the characters.  Jonah is perfection.  His character made this story.  I think his character was extremely well written and he won’t be easy to forget!  I will probably always think of Jonah when I eat cinnamon gum!  I really liked that there were more relationships explored in this story than just romantic ones.  It added more depth and gave a lot of insight into Penny and her past.  Her relationship with her sister and parents played a huge part in how she viewed herself and it was very integral in how this story played out.  I just really enjoyed this book.  This was one that really took me by surprise and I don’t think the book blurb does it justice.  I love it when a book catches me off guard with how good it is, and At First Glance really did!  I cannot wait to see more from this author!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan L. Tuttle

Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she’s a homeschooling mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between raising her teens and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write. She’s firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order. Connect with Susan at http://www.susanltuttle.com.

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