Prey by Linda Howard #bookreview

 

Prey

 

 

Thirty-two-year-old Angie Powell has always spoken her mind, but in the presence of Dare Callahan she nurses a simmering rage. Three years ago, Dare returned home to rural Montana and opened a hunting business to rival Angie’s own, forcing her to close up shop. The infuriatingly attractive Iraq war vet even had the nerve to ask Angie out, not once but twice. Before Angie leaves town, she organizes one last trip into the wilderness with a client. But the adrenaline-fueled adventure turns deadly when Angie witnesses a cold-blooded murder and finds herself on the wrong side of a gun. Then a bear comes crashing through the woods—changing the dark game completely. Luckily, Dare is camping nearby and comes to her aid. Forced together for survival, Angie and Dare must confront hard feelings, a blinding storm, and a growing attraction—while a desperate killer and a ferocious five-hundred-pound beast stalk their prey.

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I really had a good laugh while reading this book. Really! 

“He’d have to decide ahead of time if getting his hands on her ass was worth a knee in the balls. His dick twitched a Hell, yeah! Dare snorted again. Stupid fucker.. literally.” – Dare Callahan

Tha’s a small speech from Dare Callahan, one of the main character in the book. There is a lot of cussing in the book. But that’s not what’s making me laugh. It’s about reading our black bear POVs. Yup! Our dear black bear has his own point of view so that we know what this beast is thinking.

 

NO! That’s too cute! The bear in the book is not cute at all. He kills with instinct. He kills for food. And he kills human. 

Angie is going to sell her place since her business is dropping and there’s no way she can sustain such a big place. But she has one more business to do, to lead one of her return customer and his friend into the woods since they wanted to hunt a bear. But things don’t go the way Angie thought and instead of escaping from the bear, she needs to avoid another hunter who’s determined to kill her. 

SO the whole book is about how Angie and Dare survive in the woods avoiding the bear and the hunter. Especially when they don’t have any way to call for help and no transport to get them out of the woods except their legs. 

It’s funny to read about Dare’s cussing and swearing when he’s facing Angie. There’s thrill involve when you imagine that you are the one out there and there are two hunters out there trying to hunt you. A human and a man-eating bear. 

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No Escape by Mary Burton #bookreview

 

No Escape

 

 

He Was Taught How To Kill

Even behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share—about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work. . .

And Now He’ll Teach Them

He buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he’ll make the most perfect kill of all.

How To Die

Everything about this investigation is unnerving Jo, from Harvey’s fascination with her to the fact that she’s working alongside Texas Ranger Brody Winchester, her ex-husband. Harvey’s protégé is growing bolder and more vicious every day. And soon the trail of shallow graves will lead them to the last place Jo expected, and to the most terrifying truth of all. . .

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This is actually book 2 of the Texas Ranger but it can read as a standalone. I’ve finished the three books and I’ve come to a conclusion. All three male main characters are kind of an 

Alright. Let’s get into my thoughts about the book. The story is about a serial killer who kills women get arrested and he doesn’t want to speak or tell anyone when they’re questioning about where are the other bodies etc. Until one day he told Texas Ranger Brody Winchester that he’s willing to confess. But only to Doctor Jolene Granger. 

Brody and Jo had a past. And Jo kind of surprised to see Brody standing in the middle of the gym looking and waiting for her. Fourteen years of not seeing each other. Fourteen years of hating him. And Jo knows that he’s here for business. 

While reading the book, I’ve learned that the men in the book are very stubborn and way over alpha. Slowly, they start to reveal the past between Jo and Brody and it’s not pretty. This book totally twists me into another dimension when I didn’t expect that particular person is the one. Good plot! 

 

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The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton #bookreview #romanticsuspense

 

The Seventh Victim

 

 

If At First You Don’t Succeed

 

It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. . .

Kill

Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin. . .

And Kill Again. . .

He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands–right before he ends it forever. . .

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This is definitely a twist and I do enjoy this. 

Lara Church has been on the road  for seven years. After her attack at Seattle almost led to her death, she doesn’t stay long at a place. Instead, she took up photographing as her side job and went taking photos with her sidekick dog, Lincoln.

Now, she’s back at Austin when her grandmother had passed away and left Lara her house. Lara has been staying at Austin for some months when Texas Ranger, James Beck, stepped onto her land and talk to her. He wanted her help with the latest case and he knows that the Strangler is back and Lara is the key. But Lara couldn’t help them when she insists that her memory is lost and no therapist or psychiatrist is able to help. Ranger Beck doesn’t give up easily and he kept paying Lara visit so that she is willing to see a new psychiatrist again. 

Then another woman is murder in the same way. Ranger Beck knew that the Strangler will be coming for Lara since the victim looks so much like her younger self. But he needs her help in remembering what exactly happen seven years ago at Seattle. 

There are some characters appearing in the book that led you to think of them as suspicious characters. Although it’s kind of easy figuring out who is the perp but it’s the twist that caught me in the web. 

 

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The Crush by Sandra Brown #romanticsuspense #bookreview

 

The Crush

 

 

As a surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton is the consummate professional. When she’s summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same level of competence and composure that she displays in the operating room. It is this commitment to precision that compels her to deliver a not guilty verdict in the murder case against notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada. It will be the most regrettable decision of her life… because Rennie’s trial with Lozada doesn’t end with his acquittal. Her carefully structured life begins to crumble when a rival colleague is brutally slain. Lozada’s menacing shadow looms over the murder, but it’s Rennie the investigators focus on as the prime suspect. The privacy she has cultivated and protected at all costs is violated by the police as well as Lozada. And when he begins an earnest courtship, insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, it becomes terrifyingly clear that he is obsessed with having her.

Wick Threadgill is a detective on indefinite leave from the Fort Worth PD, who has his own personal agenda for the contract killer. Temperamental, bitter, and driven by loyalty and love, Wick is determined to destroy Lozada…as determined as Lozada is to possess Rennie Newton. In order to defeat Lozada-and save their lives-Rennie and Wick form an uneasy alliance. Mistrustful of each other, they know only one thing with absolute certainty-like one of Lozada’s prize scorpions, when this killer strikes, they won’t see it coming. The Crush will take you on a tortuous path through a twisted sociopath’s eerie obsession, a haunted man’s fragile hopes for redemption, and a woman’s heart as she struggles to face her greatest fear-to open herself to love.

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It’s a cat and mouse game plot. 

Doctor Rennie Newton is a surgeon when she’s being summoned to be a jury for a case. She delivers a not guilty verdict for the crime against contract killer, Ricky Lozada. But what she didn’t know is that Ricky Lozada has developed an obsession with her. 

Detective Wick Threadgill has taken a leave of absence after he jeopardizes the case against Lozada years ago. His partner call for his help when there’s a man being killed and they know it’s Lozada’s m.o. They start to suspect Doctor Rennie for contracting the killer and start spying on her. 

This is where I felt.. Disgusting? I don’t know if police are allowed to do what they’re doing especially when they’re spying Rennie changing and even took photos of it. Then Wick developed an obsession with Rennie that he broke into her house and went through all her things. Wanting to find out if she’s the bad woman who his partner has come up with or she’s really innocent about it. 

The whole book we have the cat hunting for his prey and the mouse has been hiding and laying a trap for the cat. 

I didn’t like this book nor I dislike it. It did capture my attention enough but I wasn’t keen on the characters. 

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Something About You by Julie James #bookreview

“She would never, ever compare him to a molten lava cake again,” – Cameron Lynde

FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES…
Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

…INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS
Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

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This is my first time reading by this author. The book is hilarious, some suspense and romance added in it. Kind of refreshing for me since I’ve been  at some parts in the book. 

Cameron is an assistant district attorney who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s an ‘ear witness’ since she didn’t witness the crime but she heard something. The one person who’s being tasked to investigate this murder case happens to be the FBI agent who hated her for almost ruining his career and let a bad guy off. They have sparkles going off between them but they acknowledge that hatred is brewing between them. Is it really?

Thing got complicated when there’s a leak and someone is after Cameron’s life. While Jack is busy protecting Cameron, he’s busy fighting the temptation she’s luring him into since he’s attracted to her three years ago. It’s straightforward,   and hilarious. 

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Troublemaker by Linda Howard #bookreview #romanticsuspense

 

Troublemaker

 

 

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life figured out. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a mysterious man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan.

The harder they fight the intense heat between them, the closer Morgan and Bo become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it might just cost her life.

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It’s kind of a drama for me with this book. Morgan’s being shot by a hired killer and then he was sent to Bo’s place to recuperate while his boss tries to look for the one who hires the killer. Most of the story is about Tricks the dog  and the life in the small town. Nothing major incidents except some think they are richer than you assholes making troubles or Tricks performing her task like a small child who understands human words.

The attraction between the main characters is leaning more towards convenience than attraction from my view. And what really annoyed me is that the first two chapters are all about Morgan sleeping, waking up, buying groceries, calling his friend and went fishing. All the mundane stuff that took two chapters to finish it. And that didn’t include Police Chief Bo’s mundane activity with Tricks. 

I wouldn’t pass this book cos there’re some parts which are really enjoyable and funny. But I wouldn’t categorize this book as “Romantic Suspense”.

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Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson #romanticsuspense #bookreview

This is book 4 of A Rick Bentz/ Reuben Montoya Novel series. I’d recommend you to read ‘Cold Blooded’ first if you want to really understand about the characters in the book. 

 

Absolute Fear

 

 

For the past three months, Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past: “Meet me at the cabin. I’ve got evidence.” She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis’s face as a gunshot plunged her into darkness. Now, her memory and emotions scarred, Eve has returned to New Orleans to forget the past. But the past will not be forgotten. Eve’s shattered memory has helped Cole walk on murder charges just as a new series of killings begins.

The latest murders are bizarre and baffling. The victims are killed in a ritual fashion, a series of numbers tattooed on their bodies. 212. 101. 111. 323. There is no clue to their meaning, no connection to the victims except one: Our Lady of Virtues Hospital, the crumbling old asylum that was once the scene of unspeakable madness. For Eve, it was a second home as a child. Her father was a doctor there, and she spent hours exploring its secret chambers, hidden rooms, and forbidden passageways. Somewhere in its decaying rooms lies the key to a terrible crime, a betrayal beyond imagining whose echoes are now being felt with a vengeance–a crime that seems to lead to Eve herself. And the only man she can trust with the search is Cole, her former lover and, just possibly, a cold-blooded killer.

As forgotten memories begin to surface, bodies are found and each twist leads to another terrifying piece of the puzzle. Someone is watching, planning, luring her back to the ruins of Our Lady and the shocking truths hidden there–someone who has been waiting for this moment to strike. He is deadlier than she could ever have imagined and closer than she knows. For the sins of the past must be revealed, the crimes brought to justice, and the price paid–in blood.

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After reading the book,  I find that the relationship between the characters is very complicated. Everything starts at ‘Our Lady of Virtues Sanitarium’. Everything links back to Faith Chastain. 

There’s a character who I kind of sad to see him killed off but after reading this book, I’m not sad anymore. 

So Eve Renner had received a call from her friend asking to meet him at a cabin. When she arrived, she saw him dead and the last thing she saw before she went down was her lover standing there holding a gun. Eve thought that Cole killed her friend and wanted to kill her too but is it??

Some of the mystery  is solved involving that sanitarium. I’m not sure if that place is going to come up again. 

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Black Hills by Nora Roberts #bookreview #romanticsuspense

“The head is always the dupe of the heart.” – LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

 

Black Hills

 

 

Cooper Sullivan spent the summers of his youth on his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch, sharing innocent games and stolen kisses with the neighbor girl, Lil Chance. Now, twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills.

Coop has left his fast-paced life as an investigator in New York to take care of his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something…or someone…has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into a heartless attack on Lil’s beloved cougar, memories of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.

Lil and Coop know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts has singled them out as prey…

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If you enjoy about animals, wildlife, ranches, friends turn to lovers, second chances and some suspense, you definitely would want to pick this  up. First love is always the hardest to get over with and forget. And that’s the story Coop and Lil is going to tell us.

This is one of the earlier books by Nora Roberts and I’m glad that I picked this up. 

The story went back to where Cooper Sullivan is forced to spend his summers with his grandparents when his parents are taking time to enjoy their second honeymoon in order to save their marriage. He hated the place. He hated being at South Dakota where everywhere seems foreign and outdated to him. He met a girl around his age, Lillian Chance. Everyone calls her Lil. And she enjoys riding horses and playing baseball. They become friends when Cooper realized that Lil is a very cool girl unlike those girls back in New York. They spend the summer together and they become best friends. Everything is great with them until they become lovers and Cooper broke things off with Lil. 

Ten years later, Cooper is back. His grandfather is injured and he’s back for good to help them run their ranch. Whereby Lil’s ‘Chance Wildlife Refuge’ has been set up and run for years. Her dreams came true. Two ex-lovers cross paths again and Cooper couldn’t leave Lil alone when he knows that the threats make against the refuge is actually meant for Lil. 

The black cougar  who taken a liking to Lil is the main selling point. The way he acted around her is so way too damn cute. 

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You’re Not Safe by Mary Burton #romanticsuspense #bookreview

 

You’re Not Safe

 

 

He Will Never Forget

The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning. . .

Never Forgive

One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton’s life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer’s nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec’s case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.

And Never Let Them Live. . .

Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started–and make Greer’s dying wish come true. . .

 

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I definitely enjoy this book. The guilt and regret Greer carried when she drove the car that caused her brother and his girlfriend died. Now, she took over her dead aunt vineyard and she wanted to expand the business until ranger Tec Bragg came knocking on her door asking about her past and someone she knew from the past. 

Then suddenly everyone she knew from the past is dead. Suspicion surrounds her once again when Tec Bragg found the timing odd especially she reached out to his nephew.

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Cold Feet by Brenda Novak #bookreview #romanticsuspense

 

Cold Feet

 

 

The Seattle police suspect Madison Lieberman’s father was the serial killer they call the “Sandpoint Strangler.” Madison refuses to believe it. Her father is now dead, and all she wants is the chance to create a new life for herself and her six-year-old child.

Then she discovers something in the crawl space beneath her parents’ house. Something that makes her question her father’s innocence. Or the innocence of someone else who’s equally close to her…

When another woman turns up dead, crime writer Caleb Trovato wonders whether they’re dealing with a copycat killer. Or is the real Sandpoint Strangler still alive? Caleb’s sure Madison knows more than she’s telling, and he’s determined to find out what. But he doesn’t expect to fall in love—or to lead Madison and her child into danger….

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This is not my favorite since I hardly felt any connections between the two main characters. Madison’s father had been accused as the serial killer, ‘Sandpoint Strangler’. But before he can prove his innocence or guilt, he committed suicide. The investigator who once investigates this case turn writer came back and help investigate his ex-wife missing sister. He decided to rent Madison’s place without letting her know that he’s the crime writer. 

I find that his conversations with his ex-wife always irritate the hell out of me. And the connections between him and Madison doesn’t have any sparks  for my liking. 

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