Scream for Me by Karen Rose #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

It’s like binge reading of Karen Rose’s work. And I just couldn’t put the books down! 

Remember ‘Die for Me’? The previous book where we finally brought the notorious killer down? But there’s still some mysteries left after his death when his brother, Special Agent Daniel Vartanian, found some disturbing pictures his mother left for him. What he didn’t expect to know was that he’s coming face to face with one of the familiar faces in the pictures his brother draw before his death.

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Special Agent Daniel Vartanian has sworn to find the perpetrator of multiple killings that mimic a 13-year-old murder linked to a collection of photographs that belonged to his brother, Simon, the ruthless serial killer who met his demise in DIE FOR ME. Daniel is certain that someone even more depraved than his brother committed these crimes, and he’s determined to bring the current murderer to justice and solve the mysterious crime from years ago.

With only a handful of images as a lead, Daniel’s search will lead him back through the dark past of his own family, and into the realm of a mind more sinister than he could ever imagine. But his quest will also draw him to Alex Fallon, a beautiful nurse whose troubled past reflects his own. As Daniel becomes attached to Alex, he discovers that she is also the object of the obsessed murderer. Soon, he will not only be racing to discover the identity of this macabre criminal, but also to save the life of the woman he has begun to love.

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Wow, Karen Rose pulled the books nicely together. From ‘Die for Me’ to ‘Scream for Me’. After reading the previous book, we are left with more questions about the killer’s pictures and what had he done. We might be concern about what really happen to Susannah and why she had become so withdrawn from her brother. 

After reading this book, I felt sick and disgusted with the characters in it. There’s no remorse at all. And the best part is? They’re holding important positions in the community. When they realized that their secrets might be exposed, they’re doing anything they can to prevent it from happening. 

Alex Fallon came back to Dutton after receiving a call from a social worker informing her that her stepsister is missing leaving her daughter with no one’s care. She is shocked to learn that her stepsister has a daughter she didn’t know about and she’s worried about her safety at the same time. 

S.A. Daniel Vartanian is called to help with a murder investigation by a local sheriff who told him that there’s a similar murder that happens around here a decade ago. That’s when Alex Fallon came up to him in case that unidentified woman is her missing stepsister. 

The story is fascinating and I just cannot put the book down since I want to solve the mystery with them. Who are the players in the book? There’s so many. And then the big boss still remain a mystery which will reveal in the next book.

Die for Me by Karen Rose #romanticsuspense #bookreview #bookrecommendation

I must admit, this book contains disturbing scenes and yet it blew me off with the plot. 

 

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Die for Me

 

 

COME TO ME

The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her-the killer isn’t done yet.

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He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard-the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist…

DIE FOR ME

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First, it’s disturbing to learn that money can bring ugliness from a person. Especially when you know how wrong this person is or what this person had done. 

In this book, we come across quite a number of such characters.

Detective Vito and his partner, Nick, are being called on a scene. Someone accidentally dug a body from the soil. But the body is being posed. Like a prayer. Afraid that they might chance upon a mass burial ground, they roped in archaeologist Sophie for help. And their worst nightmare is confirmed when they discovered so many more bodies buried at the ground. With each body posed differently. 

Things got intense when they start to identify the victims. 

I like the characters in the book except for the bad guys of course. The plot is good that I spent my time finishing it. I wouldn’t want to stop until the end. 

Forgotten Secrets (Singing River Legacy Book #1) by Robin Perini #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

What happens when you witness your sister being abducted in her bedroom when you’re ten years old? What happens when your parents pushed you away and forgot about existence and only calls when they remind you that you failed to bring your sister back home when you’re working as an FBI agent? This is the story of Special Agent Riley Lambert. 

 

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At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she’s channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice…and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found.

When Riley gets a call from the only man who’s ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile—ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming—it stirs up dark memories. Thayne’s sister, Cheyenne, has been kidnapped. There are no leads, and the only witness is the victim’s Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother.

Desperate to find Cheyenne, Thayne needs Riley’s expertise. With time running short, they delve into dangerous small-town secrets while fighting against an increasingly ruthless adversary. But when her past and his present collide in a shocking revelation, can they overcome the secrets that have kept them apart?

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Totally captivated by this book. 

Riley Lambert work hard through her life after she witnesses her sister abduction. Her parents didn’t really bother about her. Riley work as a profiler in the FBI and her mother only calls her when she reminds her about her sister’s abduction anniversary. Other than that, her mother blames her for not saving her sister. 

Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood is called home when his father is sick and they want him to take over his father’s position for awhile as Deputy Sheriff. Thayne is helping out his father and have his weekly phone conversation with Riley for a year. They met when Riley went to Singing River to investigate a missing girl case that happens fifteen years ago. 

Then Thayne calls Riley for help when his sister is being kidnapped. 

I couldn’t piece everything together while reading the book. It’s until towards the end, I then have a rough idea what’s the plot really about. Very interesting and I have a good time reading it. 

Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane book 1) by Melinda Leigh #bookreview #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

Melinda Leigh is one of my favorite authors so I’m kind of thrilled to read her new series.

 

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Say You’re Sorry

 

 

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

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Just a short introduction to the characters. I have read about them when I read Scarlet Fall series by Melinda Leigh. There’s a short mention of Morgan and Lance in the book. 

Morgan is living with her three daughters and her grandfather at his house after her husband’s death. She’s grieving and healing for two years. Her family is law enforcers. Her grandfather is a retired homicide detective, her dead father was a detective, her brother is in SWAP unit, her sister is a detective too. Morgan used to be a district attorney but she quit when her husband died. Now she’s moving on and ready to go back to work when she received news that her neighbor, Nick, is being arrested for the murder of her babysitter Tessa. 

Lance is a police officer when he’s being shot on his leg by one of the perps during his days in the police force. Instead of taking the time to recover from the injury, he resigns the position. He took up a retired police officer’s offer and work as a private investigator. 

With the town turning their backs against Nick and his father, Morgan happens to be the target too when she volunteer to defend Nick and help him to find the real murderer. 

Just couldn’t stop reading after I start and it’s disturbing cos I cannot complete other work other than keep going on with the book. Luckily, I still managed with the audible version so it’s fine. I like the pace of the book. Not too rush and not too lengthy. Just nice. Waiting patiently for the next book to release.

 

You Belong to Me by Karen Rose #bookreview #romanticsuspense

This is my very first book by this author. I came across her book by chance as I’m looking for ‘new’ authors to read. 

Most of us are creatures of habits. We will take the same train every day to commute, same route, same cabin and we might even meet the same people who’re doing the same thing too. In this scenario, Medical Examiner Doctor Lucy Trask is a creature of habit. She always goes out jogging in the morning the same time and the same route. It’s just another ordinary day for her when she’s out jogging until she saw a familiar figure slumping on the chess table at the park. She thought that her neighbor, an elderly man is sleeping there. Lucy walked towards the man and is in a shock when she saw the state that he’s in. He’s sitting there lifelessly, with no eyes on his face, his face is disfigured, and his fingers is missing. 

Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick is a newly joined homicide detective. He used to be in Narcotics department but he wanted a change after something drastic happen in his life. He’s the Detective who’s in charge in this ‘bizarre’ murder case. When he saw Doctor Lucy Trask, he’s mesmerized by her. This is the second time he saw her and he couldn’t forget her. She gave people the impression that she’s boring but J.D. know that she’s the opposite. 

Doctor Lucy Trask compose herself to look at the body when she realized that the man is not her neighbor. She’s relief yet shock to learn that someone had murdered a man and pose him to look like her elderly neighbor. Detective J.D. is alert that someone wants Doctor Lucy Trask to find this body. Who and why?

 

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You Belong To Me

 

 

Baltimore City Homicide Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of violence but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies that are turning up throughout the city. And now he’s starting to suspect that his medical examiner, Dr. Lucy Trask, may be shielding a dark secret that could connect her to this vicious killings and put her next on the killer’s hit list…

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I enjoy the book even though it’s kind of gruesome and violent when I imagined the scenes. The book is kind of long but it doesn’t bore me. There are two stories going on at the same time but don’t worry about it. 

The characters are likable and of cos, we will always have some assholes in the book. 

Mirror Image by Sandra Brown #bookreview #romanticsuspense

What’s going to happen when you wake up with a new identity, a new face, a new family, and someone are out to murder the ‘husband’ of yours?

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This is what happen with Mirror Image by Sandra Brown. 

The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn’t just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole’s face, the famous senatorial candidate Tate Rutledge for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws. And as she lay helpless in the hospital, she would make a shattering discovery: Someone close to Tate planned to assassinate him. Now, to save Tate’s life, Avery must live another woman’s life — and risk her own…

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I was attracted to this book after I’ve read the synopsis. But I got bored soon when the book is about the election. 

Avery Daniels is a reporter who happens to sit next to Carole Rutledge and her daughter on a flight. The plane crash and she managed to survive while saving Carole’s daughter. Badly burnt and with little Mandy on her arms, everyone thought that she’s Carole Rutledge. She’s being treated and resume Carole’s face while staring helplessly at them. She cannot write cos her hand is burnt and she cannot talk cos her vocal is damaged. She wanted to let everyone know that it’s a mistaken identity until someone sneak into her hospital room telling her that Tate Rutledge is going down no matter what. 

At first, I really sympathize with ‘Carole’ cos she’s not the real deal yet she has to endure the rage, the snarling, the hatred from everyone around her including her ‘husband’. She justifies that she’s helping to save them and she wants a breakthrough with this story so that she can claim back her reporter’s credential. But as the story progressed, I come to dislike ‘Carole’ more and more. She wants to have this story despite knowing the truth will hurt Tate Rutledge more than anything. She wants to expose the bad guys so that when Tate know what she’s doing, he’ll forgive her. 

Tate Rutledge is a very mean towards ‘Carole’ throughout the book yet he’s attracted to the ‘new’ her. HE wants her so much yet he doesn’t want to place himself in a vulnerable position anymore. 

If you look closely, this is a dysfunctional family. The elder brother Jack doesn’t have a loving relationship with his wife. The wife is always drunk. Their daughter is a wild mare on the run who hump anyone with a stick between his legs.

The father is a domineering figure who still tries to rule the family even though both of his sons are having a family of their own. The mother is too soft spoken when she’s around their father. 

This is an entertaining book but the talk about election bores me as I skim through quickly. 

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts #bookreview #audiobook #romanticsuspense

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Standalone. No cliffhanger.

 

 

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The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

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I’ve listen to this book and I’m kind of making the wrong choice. Unexpectedly, this book has more characters appearing than ever. And as a frequent suspense reader, I tends to make note on the characters cos you’ll never know. 

SO I did start to take note whenever new characters appearing and I tend to note the more ‘suspicious’ ones. 

This book is leaning more towards family. Bodine and Cal the suppose main characters didn’t really capture my attention throughout the book. Instead, Alice, this character has been capturing my attention. There’re ‘two’ stories going on at the same time. One is about the past and then the present. There’re some POVs from secondary characters thus making the whole book seems long. 

The book contains some heartbreaking and heart wrenching scenes which makes me cry when I’m hearing about it. 

If you’re okay with family, western cowboys theme type of book, you might want to give this book a go. 

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.

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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.

 

 

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

 

 

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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…

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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. 

 

 

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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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