The Secrets She Kept (Fairham Island) by Brenda Novak #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

This is wow. After reading ‘The Secret Sister’, this is a masterpiece compared to that. 

 

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The Secrets She Kept

 

 

The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it’s suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn’t believe it.

Keith bears scars—both physical and emotional—from his childhood, but he’s worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he’s built a new life in LA. He’s also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother’s death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again—and he’s determined to find his mother’s killer.

Problem is…coming home to Fairham puts him back in contact with Nancy Dellinger, the woman he hurt so badly when he left before. And digging that deep into his mother’s final days and hours entails a very real risk.

Because the person who killed her could be someone he loves…

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While reading the first book, we know how demanding and cold their mother Josephine Lazarow is. Now that she’s dead, the secrets their mother had been keeping is revealed. And one might be too disgusting for me to imagine it. Yes. You might guess it right though. 

The suspense kept building up when more secrets are being revealed. And the tension between Keith and Nancy is adding the drama more dramatic. 

I truly enjoy this book as though I’m watching the drama unfold right in front of me.

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The Secret Sister: A thrilling family saga (Fairham Island) by Brenda Novak #bookreview #romanticsuspense

It’s been a long while. AND truth to be told, I’m binge watching Bones. And I couldn’t divert my attention to reading. The series is too interesting that I need to finish watching it.

It’s always nice to watch FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth and Anthropologist Doctor Temperance Brennan on the go. And it’s very sweet to watch how love blossomed between the both of them. Especially when our Doctor Brennan doesn’t believe in marriage and kids. Alright, enough talk about this series.

 

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The Secret Sister

Did she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? 

 

After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the South Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who’s asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago.

Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she’d prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He’s back on the island, and to her surprise, he’s raising a young daughter alone. Maisey’s still attracted to him, but her heart’s too broken to risk…

Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too. Maisey believes the girl must’ve been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister.

Maisey is convinced that child existed. So where is she now?

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IMHO, this isn’t BN best work. SO this is about Maisey who returns to her hometown to heal. Her brother needs her since their mother is an emotionless and cold woman who doesn’t display affection to her children. And she punishes them accordingly if they did anything to displease her. Maisey refused to move back into their family home since she doesn’t want their mother to rule her life again and she moves into a bungalow that’s owned by her father. But what she didn’t expect was that her new neighbour is someone from her past. Someone whom she really didn’t want to meet again. 

Maisey thought that she might be able to rebuild her life when she discovers a big secret. This secret that’s being hidden from her and her brother. This secret might ruin her mother or her brother. 

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The Ultimate Betrayal by Michelle Reid #bookreview #bookrecommendation #romance #harlequin

I’m still having reading slump but I’ve picked up this heartbreaking book to read. 

 

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The Ultimate Betrayal

“I never meant to do it…she was just there when I needed someone…”

 

Rachel and Daniel had three adorable children and a strong marriage—or so Rachel had always believed.

But her happy life was shattered when she was told that Daniel had been having an affair. Then she realized that they’d been growing apart for years.

Rachel wanted so much to save her marriage—but was it too late? Could she ever forgive Daniel, if he had committed the ultimate betrayal?

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Rachel and Daniel have been married for seven years and they have three children together. Daniel is a self-made millionaire and he kept Rachel away from his business dealings and Rachel doesn’t know much except during some dinners that they hosted for their family and friends. Rachel has been living well protected from her parents then from Daniel and his own mother. Rachel is very much in love with her husband and she thought her husband has been very much in love with her until one day a call she received from her friend destroy the very bubble that she’s living in. Her husband has been having an affair and it seems that she’s the last one to know about it. When Rachel saw her husband devastated face, she knows that it’s true. Her husband did betray her.

I had a good time reading this book. Cos Rachel is only seventeen when she married Daniel and she’s been sheltered and protected since. She’s still so innocent and so child like and it’s very fun to watch how she’s going to break out the wall and grow up. I have a good time following her into this journey. 

Some might condemn Daniel as an a**h*** but just continue to read the book and you’ll realize that there a lot of secrets. 

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Clockwork Angel ( The Infernal Devices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare #bookreview #fantasy #bookrecommendation

Remember that you need to read The Mortal Instrument Series first before reading this.

 

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Clockwork Angel

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

 
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

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Truth to be told, I kind of took a long time to finish this book even though I’m listening and reading at the same time. The first quarter of the book really bore me. 

This book will explain some of the questions that appear in The Mortal Instruments. Hoping that the next book will be good! 

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One Night With You by Candace Schuler #romance #bookreview

This is a contemporary romance standalone story. 

 

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One Night With You

For Desi, it was a chance to make her fantasies come true. For Jake, it was a night of mind-blowing sex. It wasn’t supposed to lead to anything more.

 
Now Desi and Jake must decide if that one night of passion—and a baby girl—can turn into a lifetime of love.

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Desiree Weston knows Jake Lancing before he became famous in the acting world. She helped her eldest brother in the filming set when she came across Jake. She had a serious crush on him but he doesn’t know about her existence. Until one day, he met her on the plane when he’s sitting beside her and they had a one night stand resulting Desi pregnant with Jake’s baby. 

Desi’s mentor asks Desi to work on a big project as the head of the makeup artist for the film Jake is directing and acting. She refused since she doesn’t want to face the guy again and she’s afraid that someone will know her daughter’s father is him. But her mentor told her the advantages that she’ll gain if she works in this film. Her name will be exposed and she’ll become well known and she can provide better for her infant daughter. 

I like how the story starts since Jake didn’t forget about Desi and he accused her of sleeping her way up in her job. He kept bullying her around yet the sexual tension between them are there. Then the story starts to get boring for me since it’s like repeating itself. 

I didn’t like the book or I dislike it. It’s an okay read for me. 

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Pregnancy Of Passion by Lucy Monroe #bookreview #romance #harlequin #bookrecommendation

Yo peeps! I’m back with another Harlequin romance story. The story normally are unbelievable but it’s quite addicting if you pick the right book. Cos normally they have lots of doormats heroines. But in this book, Elisa is not a doormat but someone who overcome difficulties on her own thinking that no one wants her. 

 

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Pregnancy Of Passion

It was a year since their tempestuous affair had ended. So why was he back? Elisa trusted Salvatore di Vitale as far as she could throw him. And, as the wealthy Sicilian was over six feet tall, that wasn’t very far.

 

Salvatore told Elisa he had come to protect her. And if their close proximity led to passion…and if passion should lead to pregnancy…all the better! Because then Elisa would have to marry him, which was Salvatore’s plan all along.

“Please, Salvatore. Don’t let me lose my baby. I promise I’ll never tell anyone who the father is. I’ll move back to America. I won’t bother you anymore. Just don’t let me lose my baby.”

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Elisa’s is born from an affair between her Sicilian father and her actress mother. But her mother doesn’t want any marriage with her father and she kept Elisa with her even though she doesn’t have any maternal instinct inside her body and she doesn’t allow Elise called her mother. She has to call her Shawna. 

But Elisa still visits her father back in Sicily and she met Salvatore there when he’s back to visit his father. Ironically, his father and Elisa’s father are best friends so their family is kind of close. Salvatore flirt with Elisa like any Sicilian men and she thought of nothing even though she has a crush on him since he’s so good looking as always in the book. Then he invited her for dinner when Elisa is in Milan. Then one thing led to another and they had sex. Thus started their brief affair when Elisa announced that she’s pregnant with Salvatore’s baby. Being a prick, he refused to acknowledge the baby is his and he’s furious that Elisa is trying to push the baby’s father role to him. He left her and refused to listen to her explanations. 

One year later, he’s back and he’s ready to marry Elisa cos of his guilty conscious.  He felt responsible for everything but he knows that he doesn’t love Elisa. Or did he?

I have to admit that my heart kept breaking when I’m reading this book. 

 

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I’ve read the graphic version but I like the original story better. 

 

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Bond of Hatred by Lynne Graham #bookreview #romance #harlequin

Been facing reading slump but suddenly I had a craving for Harlequin romance storm. 

 

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Bond of Hatred

Sarah Hartwell’s sister died in childbirth leaving a son she’s determined to protect him. So when Greek tycoon Alex Terzakis comes to claim his brother’s child Sarah stands firm in the face of his dizzying wealth and power. In a final, desperate attempt to get rid of Alex she gives him an ultimatum: if he wants the baby he’ll have to marry her!

 

Believing Sarah is a gold-digger and expecting her to name a price for the child Alex is surprised by the beauty’s proposal…but astounds her by accepting. Yet Alex refuses to have a marriage in name only…he will claim his bride!

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I must admit that I had a hard time reading the first few chapters since there are a lot of ugly words thrown between the both of them. Sarah Hartwell had a sister who’s pregnant with Damon Terzakis baby. But Alex Terzakis aka Damon’s brother stepped in and declare that he wants the baby after Sarah’s sister gave birth the baby and died. Sarah is infuriated with both the brothers and she refused to hand the baby over. Alex is DETERMINED to have the baby and is willing to pay any price including marrying Sarah. 

As per the title suggest, their bond is by hatred since they hated each other and still marry each other. And their hatred turned into a passion and then hatred again when Alex starts to insult Sarah after their wedding. 

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Bond of Hatred graphic version

I’ve read the graphic version and I love it. 

 

Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

Are you ready for Cincinnati PD Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop and Army Ex-ranger Marcus O’Bannion story?

 

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Alone in the Dark

Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop has seen enough bad guys slip through the cracks and innocent victims go unavenged to know that good doesn’t always prevail. So far she’s been able to lock away her rage and her vigilante fantasies. That lock is about to break.

 
Former Army Ranger Marcus O’Bannion is a fierce champion of victims’ rights. His secret past gives him good reason. He believes he’s seen the depths of human depravity, but then his investigation into the murder of a young girl who once asked for his help lures him and Scarlett down a dark, dark road—and straight into the crosshairs of a dangerous, powerful underground ring that deals in human trafficking. To stop them, Scarlett and Marcus have to be just as cunning and just as ruthless. But first they have to make it out alive.

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TO be fair, the men description in the books are very very similar. Big, tall, huge, muscular, taller than most men, handsome or pretty. But the description of the women are very different and that’s a plus. 

So no need for me to say, Marcus is a very attractive, tall, huge man who survived an attack when he tried to save a stranger from a killer who killed anyone getting into his way. Scarlett is there to protect him when he’s in ICU. Then months passed and they did not have any contact with each other until one night when he calls Scarlett to meet him in a dark alley and he needed her help. When Scarlett reach the place, she found a dead girl lying there shot dead and an injured Marcus. When they try to identify the ‘Jane Doe’, they start to unveil something more and dark. And while they’re investigating, someone is determined to take Marcus down. So who and why?

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Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

Book 1 of the Cincinnati PD story.

If you’ve read ‘Did You Miss Me’, you’ll remember FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak whose appearance is very striking and a superstar. He’s the main character in this book.

 

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Closer Than You Think

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who’s made her life a nightmare for the past year—desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day.

 
But she has no idea how close to home her fears still are.

Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman he can’t help but fall for. Soon they’ll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith’s own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.

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I’ve been enjoying KR’s books so far. The suspense is there and so as the romance. 

Faith is a psychologist who works with criminals thinking that they can be ‘save’. Especially she works on a case when the guy slit her throat when she exposed him but he swore an oath in court claiming that Faith is jealous of him and they’re having an affair. Many believe that man claims. When the man is released from prison, he’s stalking Faith and she made numerous complaints and reports to the Miami PD. But they didn’t take her claims seriously as all of them thought that Faith is trying to gain attention to herself and many felt that she deserves it. Faith ‘ran’ away by quitting her job and changed her last name so that no one will be able to track her location down as well as the stalker. But she’s wrong. 

FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak had transferred to Cincinnati to be close to his family members. Especially his younger brother had gotten into trouble once again. He’s been assigned to work on an unconscious ‘Jane Doe’ case. She’s lying on the road naked and bleeding when a good Samaritan found her and call 911 for help. That’s when Deacon met Faith. 

I couldn’t say much since I’ll be giving away clues but then the title did tell you something about it. 

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Watch Your Back by Karen Rose #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation #bookreview

 

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Watch Your Back

Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she’s still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she’s determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target.

 
It’s former Marine Clay Maynard’s job to see the risk in every situation, but he doesn’t have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted to protect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that. So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath, Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. That is, if he can stay ahead of a killer with everything to lose—and something terrifying to hide…

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Stevie in this book has been annoying me cos she breaks my Clay’s heart several times! 

Stevie has been investigating cases her ex-partner had investigated cos he’s a bad cop who framed innocent for the rich. But many people didn’t want her to touch those cases. They want her silence. So Stevie has been dodging knife and gun until she met her friend for lunch. Innocent people are killed and Stevie cannot function properly when her leg injury is not fully recovered. 

Clay has been protecting Stevie many times since he met her two years ago. But Stevie had made herself clear that she doesn’t want Clay. My heart keeps breaking for Clay because he’s really a very nice guy! 

There’re many violence and deaths in this book. It’s very action packed except Stevie’s attitude. 

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