The Untamed Mackenzie

The Untamed MackenzieLady Louisa Scranton knows that she should marry a wealthy and respectable man as that was what she was brought up to do. Though Louisa was not attracted to those men, she wanted a stern but passionate detective Llyod Fellows.

Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows worked hard at solving crimes. He never cut corners or lied about a report. That will all change when Louisa Scranton is accused of murder. Fellows knows that she was innocent but he knew that the system still found the innocent guilty. He would do anything he could to help Louisa.

The Untamed Mackenzie is from the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures by Jennifer Ashley. This novella is number 5.5 in the series. I really loved this novella. Like the others there is that intrigue and mystery but this was an actual case where you got to read about how Fellows worked as a detective. It was different and intrigued me from start to finish.

The character of Lloyd Fellows in the beginning of the series was a hard man and one who hated the Mackenzies. Well he is still that man but there is more trust with his half brothers and he is becoming part of the family. I liked that Fellows was a ruff man, he had to be in his line of work. There is not a lot of gentleness, although when he is with Louisa it can be seen. Louisa’s character was not a spoiled woman, but she had lived the life of privilege. I think that Louisa was a smart and vibrant woman who did what she needed to do. She also had passion flowing through her veins which only heated whenever Lloyd Fellows was around.

The Mackenize passion is alive and well as it flows through Fellows veins. The heat between Fellows and Louisa is passionate and it compels the characters to be together.

The mystery of the murder was interesting. There were a couple bad guys and the one that looked to be the villain was not the main villain, although that character was bad in what they were doing. So the true villain was a surprise and I liked how Fellows finally figured out the truth and all was explained.

I am reading Scandal and the Duchess next.

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Trust Me

Trust MeSkye Kellerman was attacked four years ago by a deranged man but she was able to get away by stabbing him with a pair of scissors. He was put away but with only three years in prison he gets out and Skye is preparing for the inevitable attack but this time she wouldn’t be alone with her friends and Detective Willis behind her.

Detective David Willis knew that Dr. Oliver Burke was the man that attacked Skye four years ago and wouldn’t let anything happen to her now that he was getting out early. He will do everything to protect Skye who he can’t stop thinking about which is threatening his reconcile with his ex wife. He will becoming closer with Skye as her life is being threatened.

Trust Me is the first book to the series Last Stand by Brenda Novak. I have read Novak before with the first book from Whiskey Creek, a series I will have to get back to, and really liked how she wrote the plot and characters. This book was completely different with a cat and mouse game that the main characters had to play in this thriller.

From the first page I was hooked. I like these kind of thrillers as it gets you thinking about what is going to happen next. The only thing that threw me was I felt that I was coming into the story already being told but it is still very easy to follow. There is no story before this but it was the crime that happened several years ago.

I loved Skye and David. Each of them were compelling characters for their own reasons. Skye went through a traumatic event and made it through. She wants to move on and wants David but doesn’t want to be hurt as she knows that he will be going back to his ex-wife. I liked that David does think about going back to his wife but it is to care for her as she is sick with MS. He has a lot of trouble staying away from Skye, he is not cheating but he feels like he is cheating on giving his son a normal life. There is a point in the book that will have David feeling just fine that he can be with Skye which I was happy that Novak put in so they can have their happy ending.

The villain in the book is clearly known within the book as there is no doubt but there is a good twist at the end of who was connected to the man that Skye shot. I was surprised but it made sense as that person was clearly going out of their mind.

The Last Stand series is one I want to keep following. The organization in the book intrigues me as do the characters. I will be on the lookout for the second book from the series or which ever one I come to next.

Karma

KarmaOfficer Dare Barron has had a crush of Liza McKnight since he was a fifteen years old. He has been seeing her pop up every time she bails out her brother. He will find himself getting closer as he sets out to protect her.

Liza McKnight got used to the police waiting room as she got her brother out on a regular basis. She is very protective of her brother but wants him to get help. She will soon be pulled into more trouble than she can handle and will get her own kind of help with Dare.

Karma is the third book to the series Serendipity from Carly Phillips. I grabbed the book knowing it was the third book but as I was reading it I felt it was a standalone novel. The brothers connections were not lost in the book and you knew pretty much the history between the brothers whether it was in one sentence or one scene.

I could not get into the book in the very beginning but once I got through several more pages I got into the book. The interaction between the brothers was great and makes me want to read their stories. I liked Liza who was the caring one but was finally being taken care of, with the exception of her brother saving her that one time, by Dare. I liked Liza and Dare together. They weren’t instantly in love and it took some time and some trust.

The guilt behind the accidental death back when Dare was fifteen comes into play. Phillips tells the story of the accident well and puts in the guilt on both sides. The character Brian, the brother, is not such a bad guy that is once he comes clean and sobers up which is done with some help.

Karma will not be the last book I will be be reading from Carly Phillips.

Fat Free and Fatal

Fat Free and FatalSavannah Reid was always looking for work and her friend, Detective Dirk Coulter, and ex-partner on the force got her a bodyguard gig for a celebrity. Savannah figured it would be easy until dead bodies started to show up.

I haven’t found many mystery novels that I liked to read or wanted to read more after the book was done. I am always searching for something that peaks my interest with a who done it plot. I think I found something with the book Fat Free and Fatal. Picking up the book I did not know it was a continuing series from the author G A McKevett. The series is called Savannah Reid. I started the series at the twelfth book and even though it was a book in progress with the characters you are able to read it without feeling like you are missing everything.

So about the book, it was fun to read. The mystery had characters who were a little quirky. I liked the character of Savannah obviously. She was snappy with her comebacks especially with Dirk, had some wit, humor and was good at her job. I liked Dirk as well. He was the cliche of an overworked cop but was a good man. There wasn’t any romance between them but you can tell that there is something there and I look forward to reading about how it will progress.

The murder/mystery aspect kept you on your toes with misdirection and it wasn’t a doom and gloom type of mystery. There was humor and the mystery was kept lighthearted especially with the type of characters in the book.

I think that I found a mystery series that I like, now I just have to start from the beginning to see how Savannah Reid got her start. If the beginning is as good as the twelfth book then I will have a new series to read.

Bare It All

Bare it AllAlice Appleton has been through a lot which has changed her making her cautious. She has developed the ability to see if a person is good or bad for the most part. She will take a chance and open herself up to possibilities with new friends and Reese but danger is not far from her.

Detective Reese Bareden has taken it upon himself to get to know his neighbor who his dog seems to like. Reese is thrown by this woman especially with her shooting the men after Pepper and Logan. Reese will find out much more as he keeps her close with danger rushing around them.

Bare It All is the second book from Lori Foster’s series Love Undercover. I had stopped after the first book because I wanted to wait for the next two to come out and finish the series. I had thought there was only three but it turns out at least another is coming in March of 2014 with Dash.

So anyways the second book to Foster’s series was unbelievably good just like the first one, which of course I read again since I wanted to remember Pepper and Logan’s story. I liked that I did since the second book took place the next day. You could still read this book on its own because the story does remind you of what has happened but since I had the chance to read it all together I took it.

There is action, mystery, love and sexy scenes all wrapped in one package with Bare It All. I could not get enough of Reese who was all about taking a stand and doing what was right to protect the woman he was starting to love. His dog was a great addition which held Reese and Alice together well at the very first initial meeting. Now Alice was a woman who was damaged but she was doing all she could to redeem herself for what happened to her. Alice was first mentioned in the series Edge of Honor. I remembered her name but I had thought she was Trace’s sister or Dare’s. I had gotten that fact screwed up but Foster reminds the reader what happened in her past with more detail.

Our villain is very much like the man that had taken Alice beforehand. He is a vile man that will not have a happy ending. I liked that Foster keeps the plot strong with the compelling storyline that I sat and devoured. It was a longer book reaching past 400 pages but it is worth reading without a doubt. I could not get enough of this book.

Now once again all six main characters are talked about in the book. Reese and Alice of course are featured but everyone else are still a vital part of the plot. Rowdy really surprised me with his caring of Alice. He is a character that I want to have his happy ending that is once he stops messing around with all the other women but anyway I am really excited about reading Rowdy and Avery’s story. Getting Rowdy is next in my pile of books to read. I really want to know more about Avery and what she is running from.

It Had to Be You

It Had to Be YouAli Winters soon finds herself being dumped by her boyfriend, kicked out of her home and now stealing $50,000. Ali needs to clear her name and she will with the help of Luke Hanover which has just come back to Lucky Harbor.

Luke Hanover needed a break from the job and came back to a place he had stayed away from for over ten years. Luke will be surprised by the tenant but that will not be the last time especially when dealing with Ali and the town.

It Had to Be You is the seventh book to Jill Shalvis’s series Lucky Harbor. This series is full of sweet stories that make you laugh and sometimes cry along with being frustrated at the situation or the characters. It Had to Be You was a good story. It was not my number one favorite from the series but I did like it because Jill Shalvis can write a story you get lost in.

Shalvis keeps the plots simple with two main characters who are thrown together in a situation that gets way out of hand. The plot for me is almost comical as Ali is a woman scorned but she really doesn’t have her heart in it. She is a little out there with her behavior but means well as she wears her heart on her sleeve. After her disaster with the relationship with Teddy you hoped that she would find happiness for herself. Teddy really was one who got around and you really wondered how he got away with it all. Now Luke our hero is a good man and cop who seemed to need a break from the job. It was funny as once he got to Lucky Harbor he did nothing but help out where he could with Ali and those in the town.

The crazy plot that dealt with the theft of $50,000 was solved with an unexpected culprit but Shalvis does give hints throughout the book. A happy ending will soon follow for Ali and Luke for another couple in Lucky Harbor.

I am interested to read how the relationship between Jack and Leah will be changing come Always on My Mind which I will be reading next.

Mouth to Mouth

Mouth to MouthSince the first book from Erin McCarthy was a hit I thought to find another novel and got Mouth to Mouth which is not part of a series but a novel that stands alone.

Laurel Wilkins was excited to meet the man she had been chatting online and meeting him will not be disappointing until he tells her that he is not the man she is meeting. Laurel will be shocked but will find that she likes this Russ Evans a lot more and wants to know more.

Russ Evans was on a case to catch the con artist Dean Trevor. He will quickly find that he will be getting more involved on the case especially as he wants to protect the next target Laurel.

I have found a new author I really like in Erin McCarthy. The obvious sex is certainly a draw to her books but I liked the characters and the plot that they seemed to find themselves in. I thought the idea of a con man kept the book going with misdirection especially on who this man really was. You weren’t sure until basically the very end, which was a pretty good surprise.

The character and Laurel and Russ were steamy for sure but they were good together. Russ had instant draw to his character. Laurel was also a great character. I liked that she was deaf but kept going on her life and did not let anything get her down. Although her character was a little too trusting. Then there was the kid Sean who was a keeper and your heart broke for him.

I don’t know what book I will be going for next, but I will be looking out for more on Erin McCarthy.