The Witness by Nora Roberts #romanticsuspense #bookreview

The Witness

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems designer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights.

And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

The Witness book thoughts

Well, it’s been an interesting journey with The Witness when I’m reading via the audio book. The narrator did an excellent job narrating the story. Especially her Russian accent which makes the story very real fascinating. 

The plot itself is okay. It’s very intense and exciting at the first few chapters but it stopped when Abigail’s character is introduced. I like Abigail’s character. She’s not those who need someone to protect her from harm or anything. No. She’s a very strong and independent character. Brooks the police chief. He is interested in Abigail cos she kept to herself and he’s aware of the firearm that she kept close herself when he met her at a Famers market. He’s very pushy. A very pushy and wants to know what you are hiding man. His family characters are very much like his, pushy.

There are quite a number of villains in this book. The ultimate villain award I want to present to is Susan Fitch, Elizabeth’s mother. Trust me. When you read about her part, you will want to wish that you can get into the book and slap that woman. 

The ending is kind of disappointing cos there’re some unanswered questions.

 

 

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book 1) by Cassandra Clare #bookreviews #bookrecommendation #fantasy

 

 

City Of Bones
City of Bones

 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

City of Bones book thoughts

I admit that I watched the TV series before reading the book. I’m glad that I pick this book up cos the TV series doesn’t do any justice to the book. I’m not a fan of that TV series. 

This book has magic, friendship, paranormals, love, betrayals, and death. It does keep me hooked from the start till the end yet I’m kind of annoyed with the characters. I’m not impressed with any of them. I don’t particularly like the book or dislike the book. I’m in a neutral stage about this. But, I will continue the series cos I want to know the ending. 

 

Take Me Back (Paradise, Idaho Book 4) by Rosalind James #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

After reading all the books in this series, I must say this is the best out of the series!

The romance genre is one. Suspense genre is one. Romantic suspense genre is not an easy genre to write since the author needs to balance between suspense and romance. Unfortunately, the first three books favored romance than suspense and that’s disappointing. But this Take Me Back, shows me that the author finally has a breakthrough with her writing. 

 

 

Take Me Back
Take Me Back

 

Hallie Cavanaugh’s late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can’t dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father’s manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise—and not sleep with her old flame?

Former Army Ranger Jim just wants to do his job, raise his daughter…and resist the gorgeous, redheaded reminder of his bad-boy past. Their one unforgettably hot night together had major consequences, and now there’s a fortune and a family legacy at stake. But when Hallie is threatened amid a storm of uncovered secrets and conflicted loyalties, protecting her becomes more than a duty: it’s a deeply personal fight Jim’s heart won’t let him lose.

Take Me Back Book Thoughts

Jim Lawson is the deputy sheriff of Paradise. He used to live here when he’s younger but one day he left and went to serve the country. No one knows the real reason he left. Now he’s back with his daughter. 

Hallie Cavanaugh came back to Paradise after five years of absence. Her father disapprove her career selection and he disowns her but now she’s back for her father’s funeral. Hallie met Jim again after more than a decade without seeing him. He hated her for causing him to leave Paradise and she hated him for using her. But unknown to them, the real manipulator is Hallie’s tyrant father. Now that the man is dead, the darkest secrets start to spill out when his will is being read. 

Hallie’s term to inherit her father’s massive fortune is to stay at Paradise for six months. But someone has been trying hard to get rid of her. But who?

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Turn Me Loose (Paradise, Idaho Book 3) by Rosalind James #bookreview #romanticsuspense

Hello, friends! How’s your weekend? Mine is spent reading as usual. 🙂

 

 

Turn Me Loose
Turn Me Loose

 

Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.

Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive…

Turn Me Loose Book Thots

The pace of the book is the same. Building sexual tension between the both of them with some suspense in it. Then we have the almost same ending. 

So what makes me still carry on reading? Curiosity. I’m kind of deeply involved with the characters that are mention at book one and thus I’m so curious what’s their story about. 

This book touches on prescriptions addicts. We also have a dealer, runner then buyer. This book will be better if you listen to the audio version. The narrator did a great job narrating the story! 

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Hold Me Close (Paradise, Idaho Book 2) by Rosalind James #bookreview #romanticsuspense

I’m back for book two reviews!

 

 

Hold Me Close
Hold Me Close

 

Kayla Chambers knows what love is—and what it isn’t. When her boyfriend turns abusive, she and her son escape to a new life in a place where he’ll never find them. The idyllic town of Paradise, Idaho, has everything she needs to get back on her feet. Survival is her only goal, and the last thing she wants is another man in her life.

But Kayla’s new neighbor, high school principal Luke Jackson, is determined to change her mind. Luke usually takes the fast lane with women, but he can see that Kayla and her son need help, and he wants to earn her trust—even if that means taking things slow. He strikes up a friendship that soon simmers into something passionate and real. But when Kayla’s past catches up with her, Luke knows he has to find a way to keep her safe…or risk losing her forever.

Hold Me Close Book Thoughts

Amazingly, I enjoy this book more than the first. This book touches on a very sensitive yet common topic, domestic violence. And it’s kind of sad to read the violence and the struggles the victims have to overcome. 

The abuser is someone who holds power in the society and it’s kind of sad to learn that. 

What I hated about the book is the flow of the story seems similar to the first book. Is it suspenseful enough? Nope. It’s not. And the ending for the perp seems sad to me cos it’s too easy for him to have such ending. 

I’m going to head to book 3 since the main character is one of their friends who’s been appearing in both books, I would like to see how the ending goes. IS it similar with the other two? 

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Carry Me Home (Paradise, Idaho Book 1) by Rosalind James #bookreview

 

 

Carry Me Home
Carry Me Home

 

Paradise, Idaho, may not be the largest town, but for newly minted professor Zoe Santangelo, it’s the first step on the path to her big break. After teaching in a small Idaho school, her next stop is the Ivy League, and no one is going to stand in her way. She’ll do what it takes to move up, to protect her students from a creepy campus stalker–and to protect her heart from Cal Jackson, the hot, hunky cowboy who keeps coming to her rescue.

After a career-ending injury, Cal has left professional football behind and come home to work the family farm. He’s determined not to get mixed up with any more city girls who don’t want to settle down with a country boy. But after he rescues sassy geologist Zoe from a snowy ditch, he can’t stop thinking about her. Can Cal keep Zoe safe from whoever is targeting her–and can he show her that having ambition doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice love?

Carry Me Home Book Thoughts

My very first book by this author and I’m very disappointed. 

I even went to check again if this book falls under romantic suspense and it is! There’s not much suspense at all. I can continue on reading the book is due to the narrator of the book. They narrate the book interestingly and it has gotten my attention. But when I switch back reading, I almost fell asleep. And that’s how bad the book is. I’m looking forward to reading this book is due to the highly raved reviews at Goodreads and it disappoints the hell out of me! The characters are so unlikeable especially Zoe. She really irritates the hell out of me too! 

I’m going to read book two cos one of the characters capture my attention throughout the whole book and his story is at book 2. I’ll give this author another go and I’ll review the book once I’ve finished it. 

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series Book 1) by Sarah J Maas #bookreview #bookrecommendation

Hello, peeps. If you know me well enough, I hardly read fantasy novels. Because not many can capture my attention like Harry Potter. But I’ve decided to give this book a try and goodness me I’m so glad that I did! 

 

 

Throne of glass
Throne Of Glass

 

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

TOG Book thoughts

I’ve been kind of busy while reading this book. Highlighting the names of the characters and taking notes of the characters that need my attention on my kindle. 

I couldn’t stop reading once I started it and kind of hated myself for that cos I’m now having panda eyes. LOL. 

Anyway, the story is about this assassin girl name Celaena who’s being punished and do slavery work at this salt mines. Many couldn’t survive for more than a month or so but she survives for a year. Before crown prince, Dorian approached her. He wants her to be his champion candidate cos his father wants a champion who will do his bidding and all his dirty works. He doesn’t just want Celaena like that. He thought of it as boring so he will hold this champion competition to determine who will win and be his champion. 

This book will bring you through the journey of leaving the hell place to the palace and the training for the competition. From here, Celaena will meet many people who she’ll determine is her friend or foe. PS, this is just the beginning. 

The Hangman (Forgotten Files Book 3) by Mary Burton #bookreview #bookrecommendation

This can be read as a standalone.

 

 

The Hangman
The Hangman

 

Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she’s not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer…the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father’s death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.

The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman’s bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated—and steamy—history, she’s forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten…

the hangman book thoughts

The truth? I couldn’t figure out the perpetrator until towards the end of the book. I’ve been reading nonstop since I start reading this book. I’ve been smiling, cursing and guessing while reading it. Feel very complicated while reading when the truth starts to unfold. The real naked truth or the truth that’s being told by others? I like Mary Burton’s writing. She’ll give you a direction to look forward then she’ll steer you towards other direction. Then she’ll drop some bombs on your lap when she exposes the truth. I really enjoy the book and pace. 

This is not your normal romantic suspense book where you’ll have the love romance scenes. Julia is a woman who’s been through a lot and she’s someone not easy to get close to. So our Detective Novak really took the time to break down those walls for her. Sit back and relax. 

She Can Tell (She Can series, book 2) by Melinda Leigh #bookreview #romanticsuspense

This book can be read as a standalone and it doesn’t have a cliffhanger.

 

 

She Can tell
She Can Tell

 

When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned to haunt her…

Police Chief Mike O’Connell never had trouble drawing the line between his personal life and his job—until he met Rachel Parker. Mike’s investigation uncovers a shocking number of secrets and suspects. But the stalker’s escalating violence convinces him he doesn’t have much time to sort through it all. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches two decades into the past—before her stalker strikes again.

She Can Tell BOok Thoughts

To be honest, I’m glad that I’ve read this book in backward sequence. If I were to pick this up first, I might not read the ones after. And why’s that? The heroine kind of annoyed the hell out of me. She sustains so many injuries yet she always denies going to the hospital or seek medical attention. Too superwoman for my liking. I like Mike though. He’s a very responsible police chief who’d go against the town council and the mayor so that he can save the ones that really needed to be saved and protect. The reason why I pick up this book is because I wanted to know how Mike and Rachel connect. Not only that, we are able to know how Sarah’s ex asshole husband did to her in this book. 

As for the plot, it’s kind of boring for me. But nevertheless, it shows that the books are getting better and better since I like the latest ones. So sit back and get annoyed by Rachel as you read on. LOL. 

She Can Kill (She Can series, book 6) by Melinda Leigh #bookreview #bookrecommendation

This book can be read as a standalone.

 

 

She Can Kill
She Can Kill

 

You can’t run forever…

Twelve years ago, Cristan’s wife was murdered. He was forced on the run to keep his infant daughter safe. They’ve finally settled in a small Pennsylvania town, but he can’t shake the feeling that they are being watched.

Newly divorced, Sarah is ready to start over. As her ex becomes increasingly hostile, she appreciates help from a neighbor. But the violence she senses beneath Cristan’s polished manners makes her wary. Then she discovers someone else is stalking her—someone much more dangerous than a jealous ex.

Cristan fears his wife’s killers have caught up with them. Now he must face his nightmarish past and hope his decision to stand his ground doesn’t get them all killed.

She can kill book thoughts

Been reading three books out of the series and I must admit that I like this one the best. Cristan has been running and moving since twelve years ago. He knows that his enemies are coming after him and his daughter and he’s determined to protect his daughter from any harm. This town that he stayed for two years with his daughter had exposed to his enemies and he knows that they’re here. For him and his daughter. 

Sarah is a newly divorced mother. She has two daughters with her abusive ex. He still tries to control her life by calling her or sending threatening text to her. Until when he saw Cristan at her place, he starts to accuse her cheating on him. What happens when her ex threaten to take her daughters away from her? 

This book is full of surprises and actions. Definitely, do not miss this.