Remembrance

RemembranceSusannah Simon is officially engaged to the love of her life, Jesse, but an old enemy will make her future look bleak. Susannah will have to find a way to save Jesse and make sure that they have a future together.

Remembrance is the seventh book to the mediator series by Meg Cabot. So, I liked the book and then it bugged me at certain points. The mistake that I did was read some reviews which weren’t very nice. That jaded my thoughts when I was reading but I could completely understand what that reviewer was having issues with.

Susannah’s character has grown up but mentally I think she is the same girl. She goes into things without thinking. She doesn’t get backup when the situation is dangerous or even when she goes to see Paul. The question is why does she even respond to Paul. Paul has also not changed and he is still a manipulator. He knows what buttons to press and Susannah falls for it every time, and he will never change. Now Susannah is not an idiot, she knows when Paul is up to things but she still does not share that information with the man that she loves, a man she should trust completely. Now Jesse’s character was a man out of time but was adjusting and making something with his life. I liked that he truly loved Susannah and wanted her in his life, but at times I was wondering why he bothered when she wasn’t trusting him. Of course being a fan of Susannah and Jesse’s characters I wanted them to find happiness.

Within the book I did like the case she was on with the little girl’s ghost. I thought that was interesting. There was also a surprise when it came to Susannah’s step family which was comical though in away a little sad especially if the truth ever came out.

So, overall I have to say that I was happy to find out more about the characters and to read that Susannah and Jesse had their happy ending. I would have been happy with just the sixth book but with Remembrance you knew their future together was more solid.

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Cold Feet

Cold FeetMadison Lieberman had lived with the knowledge that her father was the suspected Sandpoint Strangler for years. Madison believed that her father was not the killer but she will find questionable evidence that will have her questioning her father’s innocence.

Caleb Trovato’s daughter has gone missing and with his ex-wives insistence he has come to find his daughter. He will get close to Madison to try to find the secrets that he suspects she is hiding. Though as Caleb gets closer to Madison he will find that maybe everything is not what he believes.

Cold Feet is a novel by Brenda Novak. This was a suspenseful book that was filled with twists, betrayal and mystery which made me like this book all the better. Novak can write a well written suspenseful novel.

The characters felt real with their problems of family and circumstances. I liked how Novak wrote Madison and how her trust in her father had started to disappear and rightly so with what she had discovered. Caleb was a good man but you knew that his lie would come back to haunt him, and it will. Though there will be a chance to redeem himself and for Madison to find the truth about everything.

The Sandpoint Strangler was a question in my mind throughout the book. I knew that it could not be the father, I knew that fact right from the moment I started to reading. The father was the obvious suspect. I had one in mind but when Novak spins a twist in the book I was shocked with the outcome. It was a good twist that led to a regrettable situation. Though Novak will wrap up the ending of the book where the characters find a new beginning.

Bait

BaitMaddie Fitzgerald will find that her life is in danger again. She had done what she could to survive and now it looked like she would have to disappear again, but the FBI agent Sam McCabe was not letting go.

Sam McCabe was playing a cat and mouse game with a killer that was taunting the FBI. Sam has had no luck with catching the killer until they find one victim that survived. Sam will make it his mission to keep Maddie safe but will find that she is hiding her own secrets.

Bait is a novel written by Karen Robards. This book captured my attention right from the beginning. I like these suspense books that have twists and turns that you didn’t exactly see coming.

Now sometimes those twists were easy to see like with Maddie. You knew that she had experience with running since she had an escape route. What I didn’t know was what she was running from. Robards doesn’t leave you in the dark for long. I really liked Maddie’s character. I thought she was resourceful and smart. She was a survivor and it showed. Though she wasn’t superwoman so there was fear that she displayed throughout the book. Now Sam was a good man and FBI agent. He took his job seriously and was smart but was in a tough situation with the killer.

The killer was playing the game of cat and mouse but he was not being very fair with the FBI. He would give a clue like the first name or last name of the person he was going after. There would be no way the FBI would be able to find the killer or the victim in time. So it was a little unfair for the FBI, though I suppose the killer wouldn’t really care about that.

Heartbreaker

HeartbreakerLaurant Madden is worried about her brother but she will find out that she will need to be scared for herself. There is a killer that is targeting her and wants her dead.

Nick Buchanan has come to his friends help which in turn was to really help out Laurant. He will have to stay close to her and pretend to be more to keep her safe from the killer who is after her.

Heartbreaker is the first book to the series Buchanan/FBI by Julie Garwood. She is one of those authors I have walked by without a seconds glance. I am fixing that with this first book and I have to say I liked it. There was insistent intrigue with the very first chapter with the killer telling Father Thomas Madden that he is coming after Laurant, Thomas’s sister. After that part I was kind of hooked with wanting to know who the killer was and what was going to happen next. I will say at times I just wanted to have the story move along as it was a little long in some places.

The idea of a killer after a woman is not a knew story but I thought Garwood wrote it well and she gave some deceit to go along with the plot to make it more. Laurant for me was weak at times but that was her demeanor at least on the outside. She is strong and a fighter with wants and needs. She shows it more and more throughout the book as is letting go. Now Nick was a charismatic man but a dangerous one at that. I did like that Nick was kind of a romantic but not always good at showing his feelings. Being an FBI agent came in handy but was also a curse because it was also a reason that the bad guys might come after him.

There are some good amount of twist and turns in the book with some people who could be suspects. The real suspect was one I didn’t see coming. In hindsight it makes sense which is always the case with suspense books. Other than the true bad guy there were some pretty messed up people who were villains in their own way. I can see myself going back to this series or trying another one of her books. I do want to make sure that I at least try the second book to this series as it will be with Nick’s brother. I am interested in knowing more about these Buchanan’s.

Brazen Virture by Nora Roberts

Grace McCabe was shocked to find her sister Kathleen living in a grungy D.C. suburb, supplementing her income as a phone sex operator after a bitter divorce. But with the company Fantasy, Inc. guaranteeing its employees complete anonymity, how dangerous could it really be? Grace was soon to learn the answer when she returned home one night to a horrifying scene that might have come from one of her own novels. Ignoring the warnings of cool-headed detective Ed Jackson, Grace sets her own daring trap to rouse a killer out of hiding. But what can protect her from a brilliant madman whose lust for murder stops at nothing…and no one?

Roberts delivered this sequel perfectly.  I loved that Ed Jackson was now the main character but you still got to have Ben and Tess in the picture.

The story had suspense, some thrill and of course romance all together.  Roberts gave hints about the killer but you weren’t sure until they named the person who had an alibi and then you knew.

Another great book to read of Nora Roberts.

The 9th Judgment by James Patterson

So it is here, finally the ninth book so far of the Women’s Murder Club series, The 9th Judgment.

The Plot of The 9th Judgment:

“A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall.  There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions dollars’ worth of precious jewels.  In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Fransisco into hysteria.

Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich-and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women’s Murder Club.  Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line-but is it enough to save the city?”

I have to admit after reading the eighth book of Patterson I was dying to know what their next big case would be and then the whole thing with the relationships.  And now that I had time to process those thoughts I am actually kinda pissed at Lindsay’s character because in the eighth book she was acting stupid.  Joe is an amazing man and Rich is too but Lindsay has the man she should be with.  I am happy to read in the ninth book though that the relationship is not threatened and Lindsay will be able to stick with Joe because he is the one.  And I am very happy it didn’t center all about the drama of her life but the action of the case.

The plot in Patterson’s style is fast, riveting, and right to the point.  Through the book I am feeling sorry for the cat burglar.  I want her to be alright.

The book for me went lightening fast.  I couldn’t stop reading the book.  There was one point in the book towards the end that I thought I would throw the book to the floor.  I was pissed at Patterson for doing that but it got a reaction and thankfully everything went well.

So if you want non-stop thriller filled with an interesting plot, dynamic characters then The 9th Judgment will be the book for you.

So now the question is when will the tenth book to the Women’s Murder Club be released?

Sawyer by Lori Foster

Four brothers and a 15 year old all living under the same roof.  This would normally smell like the recipe for disaster but the Hudson family make it work.  In the first book of the Buckhorn Series “Sawyer” we meet the brothers, Sawyer, Morgan, Gabe, Jordan, and Casey who is Sawyer’s son.

Sawyer stands alert when his son Casey yells.  There was a woman who drove into the lake and she wasn’t conscious.  Now being Sawyer was a doctor immediately he went to examine her but he is blown away at the physical pull he feels when he gazes upon the victim.  Immediately she is pulled out of the car.  She wakes to say no hospital.  Grudgingly Sawyer accepts and takes her to their home.

The woman, Honey Malone is running scared from those who want to get her and running a fever.  Thankfully this man was a doctor, a gorgeous doctor one she couldn’t keep her eyes off of.  As Honey got better she got to know the brothers better and soon after she started to love them like her own family.  Sawyer and Honey begin a relationship that both tell each other will only be until she is safe.

I loved these new set of brothers.  I found them charismatic and lovable.  They were also very funny as they interacted with each other, very realistic on how brothers who are close would act.  I was surprised that Sawyer was a father of a 15 year old but I loved how Honey took to caring for Casey.  Honey’s character seemed older, more mature than a 25 year old would actually be.

Honey was great for Sawyer Hudson but now would Misty, Honey’s sister, be good for Morgan Hudson?  Find out in the next book “Morgan”.