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. 

She Can Hide (She Can series, book 4) by Melinda Leigh

 

 

She Can HIde
She Can Hide

 

From the moment Officer Ethan Hale pulls Abby Foster from icy waters, he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Abby has no memory of the accident that submerged her car in the frozen river. Three years ago, Abby was kidnapped and abandoned in a well for a week. The botched police investigation nearly killed her. Abby had moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania for a fresh start, but when it becomes clear that this car crash wasn’t an accident, she knows the violence from her past has caught up with her.

But Abby’s former assailant was convicted and imprisoned, so who else wants her dead?

Ethan uncovers a fresh string of murders tied to Abby’s past. Someone is trying to kill her, and this time the stalker seems determined to finish the task. As the killer grows bolder, Abby begins to trust Ethan enough to share the truth, her heart, and her life. But to stop the murders, Ethan must make a decision that could jeopardize it all.

 

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Everyone has secrets. And that includes math teacher, Abby Foster. Due to her past experience, she couldn’t trust anyone that deeply and that includes her best friend Brooke. But when officer Ethan Hale saves Abby from harm, she realized that she can trust this police even though she has a bad experience with the police. 

Ethan is determined to help Abby in any way and he’s determined to keep her out of harm. But what happen when they realized that there’s a bigger player in the background?

The ending of the WHO threw me off completely and I definitely appreciate such a twist from the author. 

 

She Can Scream (She Can Series, Book 3) by Melinda Leigh #bookreview #bookrecommendation

This book can be read as a standalone and this falls under romantic suspense genre. 

 

She Can Scream
She Can Scream

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.

Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.

Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.

It’s a very interesting and suspenseful plot. I enjoy the book but not so much while reading about Brooke. This woman can be infuriating at times. 

I like how I spent my time analyzing and guessing the perp and I’m glad that I got it right. 

Sit back and relax while reading. 

Gone (Deadly Secrets Book 2) by Elisabeth Naughton #bookreview #bookrecommendation

This is a book two but it can be read as a standalone. 

Gone
Gone

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but is newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into a smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.

“Life goes. That’s what we learned. You never forget. You never stop looking. But you can’t spend your time living in the past or you miss out the present.”

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I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. Might say that I’m kind of disappointed with Alec’s attitude and behavior. He’s been hurting his ex-wife while pushing her away yet he’s also the one been pulling her back into his arms.

Alec and Raegan has a daughter name Emma together. But she went missing one day when Alec brought her to a park to play. Everyone presume that Emma is dead except Raegan. Although Raegan did not blame Alec but he’s blaming himself and he pushed Raegan away by demanding a divorce.

Now, someone found a girl at the same park where Emma went missing but the little girl is not their daughter. Raegan still believes that her daughter is alive and is out to investigate all the missing children cases where Alec has been the one kept throwing negative thoughts towards her. He’s been a jackass asshole towards Raegan until I’ve complete almost half of the book. I’m very annoyed with this guy.

The story and plot are good. I kind of enjoying even though I want to kill Alec most of the time. 😁