Monthly Archives: June 2015

Teaser Tuesday: June 30th

You’ll have to forgive me.  I don’t know where June has gone!  I’m so far behind on my reviews and even missed last Tuesday.  I promise I have a good excuse though!  On Monday we tore out our kitchen (voluntarily for a remodel I’ll hopefully document later!)  Then on Tuesday, we woke to water in the basement.  So we’re done to a living room and bedrooms right now for all 7 of us!

But I have been reading and will catch up on reviews at some point.  This week, my book choice has me chilled to the bone.  I had to try hard to get this one out of my head so I could sleep last night.  So dark (hence the name) and scary!!  It is A Dark Lure, by Loreth Anne White, and it releases TOMORROW!  It was one of the June Kindle First choices.

“And he was seeing a woman who was trying to hide.  It raised more questions in his mind.  Hide from what?  Where did she come from prior to eight years ago?  Had she tried to kill herself?  Why? When? What exactly was she to his father, to his ranch? What would she do when his father died and this place was sold?”
(26% into book)

What do you think?  I know – very vague – but I thought a good list of questions that I know I hope this book will answer!  Thanks for coming by and bearing with me through my “construction” – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?

As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: Together Apart by Natalie Martin


Together Apart
By Natalie Martin
Released in 2014 – according to Amazon (maybe re-release  June 23, 2015 according to NetGalley)
Provided free through NetGalley/Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 bones(out of 5 bones)

It’s easy to get roped into a book promising a “big secret.”  I think it’s an easy way to keep the reader engaged, much like a mystery.  But then also with an entire book to build it up – it better be worth it.  I flew through the pages, but when it came time for the big reveal – which was about 90%+ into the book, I found myself disappointed.  I felt there should have been more to it.  We all have pasts we don’t like, yes, Sarah’s was a bit more troubling than most, but I found her obnoxious overall and was just happy to finally find out!

The book begins with Sarah and Adam on vacation when Adam spontaneously proposes.  Sarah clams up immediately and thus begins the painful process to reveal her big secret.  Why she ran away from her family, why she feels she can’t get close to anyone, ever, even Adam who she loves.  And Adam, God love him, is hurt and just wants to know.  My heart really did feel for him, but seriously dude, sounded like some warning signs were there.  Not meeting her family, knowing virtually nothing about her past, can’t say you weren’t warned.

Information is slowly revealed throughout the book, which makes the reader form some theories, which always helps in keeping me engaged.  Then diaries were introduced – always fun for the reader too.  And those diaries, let’s just say I think they may have found them in my closet.  When I was 14, I probably wrote very similar things, as embarrassing as that is to admit.  Lot of “OMG I can’t believe HE looked at ME!”  Haha – very immature – but realistic (at least to me!)  I liked Sarah better as a teenager than I did in the present, then she just annoyed me to no end.  They both needed some sense slapped into them!!

I did hang on to the end, which you have to to fully find out the secret and get some resolution.  And it did end nicely.  Pretty predictable that way, but still kept me guessing.  I’d say a good summer read, not too long and although not happy, an easy read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union publishing for allowing me to preview.

Book Description:

When Adam proposes to Sarah, the last thing he expects is to be single and heartbroken less than forty-eight hours later. But Sarah has a secret – and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep it.

Going through a break-up is hard enough but having to live together afterwards is even worse, especially when it’s a break-up neither person wants. For Adam, there are only three ways to deal with it: sex, drugs and alcohol. For Sarah, its keeping her distance and closely guarding the lengths she’s gone to in order to keep her secret safe for the past fifteen years. And she succeeds until Adam finds a box of her teenage diaries.

Against a backdrop of lies, secrecy, passion and teenage rebellion, the delicate threads holding Sarah’s secret begin to unravel and when her first love is brutally murdered, her past and present collide in a way that makes it impossible to keep them apart.

Adam thought he knew everything about Sarah. He was wrong.

Romantic, intense and heart-breaking, Together Apart is a contemporary love story exploring what it really means to love and be loved.

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Teaser Tuesday: June 16th

Happy Tuesday!!  Well I’m pretty behind on everything right now.  Trying to play catch up – but please bear with me.  I had lots of June releases and I think I missed almost all of them.  But do check out:

Ruthless by John Rector (4 bones) released 6/1/15 (bonus teaser)
Only the Brave by Mel Sherratt (4 bones) released 5/26/15

And reviews coming soon:
One Murder More by Kris Calvin (4 bones) released 6/1/15 (teased on June 2nd)
The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell (3 bones) released 6/9/15 (just finished yesterday!)

This one that I’m teasing that releases next week – Together Apart by Natalie Martin.  (Although it appears it may already be out in the UK so maybe a US release date or new publisher??)  So far ok.  I’m roped by the BIG secret and now a hidden diary…so we’ll see!

“I have to sick with my decision.  I have to keep telling him I don’t want him, even though it’s like depriving myself of oxygen.  I have no other choice.  Telling him what happened – what I did – is not an option.”
(16% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

When Adam proposes to Sarah, the last thing he expects is to be single and heartbroken less than forty-eight hours later. But Sarah has a secret, and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep it.

Going through a break-up is hard enough but having to live together afterwards is even worse, especially when it’s a break-up neither person wants. For Adam, only ways to deal with it are drinking and partying. For Sarah, it’s keeping her distance and her secrets.

Against a backdrop of lies, betrayals and passion, the delicate threads holding Sarah’s secret begin to unravel when her past and present collide.

Romantic, intense and heartbreaking, Together Apart explores what it really means to love and be loved.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: Ruthless by John Rector


Ruthless (Click book or see description below)
By John Rector
Released 6/1/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

Bonus Teaser (missed my usual Tuesday post the last few weeks – so here is one for you!):

“No, not the kind of doctors you’re thinking of,” she said.  “These doctors were different.  They were terrifying, and they were ruthless.”
(88% into book)

Talk about fast paced – this book started off strong, ended strong, and didn’t have any downtime in between.  It’s been awhile that I read a book in just a few sittings, but this one had me hooked, and had I not needed sleep, I could have easily finished in just one.

I like how Nick White, trying to be witty and funny, as I’m sure we all do sometimes, found that he did that at the exact wrong time, with the wrong person.  A man used to trusting his gut, soon knew this was not just witty banter with Patricia Holloway but was too far in to get out.

Nick White seemed to be your typical guy.  Separated from his wife, just trying to get by, he found himself mistaken for a hitman while drowning his sorrows over a drink one night in Mickey’s, his usual watering hole.  His emotions getting the better of him when he sees a beautiful young woman’s life at risk, he soon is on the run doing things he never dreamed of.  I love it when a book can put the reader in a position to think what they would do if that happened to them.

Quick read, on the edge of my seat (well bed where I usually read!)  Only complaint is that when we get into the “why” part of the book – I felt it got a little too high level for the book.  Definitely unexpected and not unwelcome – just a bit more than I think the book needed to go.  But overall fun read, great characters, don’t miss this summer read!

Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:

Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.

Drawn into the conspiracy surrounding Abigail, Nick soon discovers the danger is bigger than he ever believed. Now he must uncover the truth to save her and himself. Gripping and intense, this novel is a twisted thrill ride from bestselling author John Rector (The Grove, Lost Things, Already Gone, Out of the Black, etc.)

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Teaser Tuesday: June 2nd

Happy Tuesday!!  Sorry I have been MIA lately.  School’s out and we have some exciting things going on around our house – but I have been reading (just a little slower than normal!)  Lots of great books on my list for the summer!

This week I’ve started One Murder More by Kris Calvin which released just yesterday (June 1st)!  So good so far – no idea who did it!!  And if you have followed my teasers – you’ll know I always get excited to find one with the book title in it – and that is just what I have for you today!

“Maren felt a chill.  She realized reading of another death, one more murder, was different for her now, given what she had just been through.”
(30% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

In Kris Calvin’s debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California’s Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.

But when police arrest Maren’s colleague for the crime, she’s certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion―love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing.

But will she be able to prove her theory―and free her friend―before she becomes the next victim?

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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