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.

The Perfect Witness

The Perfect WitnessTeresa Casali has always been different which made her an asset in her father’s business but with a new man taking over she was in trouble and her life would soon be forfeited. She will escape with the help of Andre Mandak. She will have to change her name to Allie Girard and be out of the spotlight but knows trouble is never far behind and after seven years she will be in trouble once again.

Andre Mandak helped Teresa escape from the men who would kill her or hurt her. Andre could not let that happen since he needed her gift. He will train Allie and make her stronger in control so she would be ready to battle when he needed her.

The Perfect Witness is a novel by Iris Johansen. I liked this story a lot. It was a gripping thriller that got me right from the start of the story. I was intrigued by the powers which Teresa/Allie had, as well as Mandak.

Allie is a strong character. She has to be because of her environment which she had been brought up in. Mandak is a man on a mission and would not stop until he gets revenge. They are both driven. I thought it was interesting how Allie got stronger in control, she wasn’t perfect with her control, while Mandak got softer when it came to Allie. He started to care which made him lose sight of his goal but not entirely as it was still his main focus.

I found it interesting that the two men who were considered villains did not want to use Allie but kill her. I would have thought they would want to use her powers but she was too much of a threat. Then there is the mother who I considered the worst villain as she doesn’t even care if her daughter were to live or die.

Now throughout the book it is all about action and control of their powers. There is a sexual tension that floats between Mandak and Allie but nothing ever happens between them. Johansen makes sure that the characters will get together. Sometimes when this happens it is not placed in the right spot within the book but I thought Johansen placed the scene well. It did not make the plot weak but gave strength to the characters.

When I got towards the middle of the book there was two characters mentioned Megan and Grady. I have read plenty of Iris Johansen books over the years and remembered these characters from the novel Pandora’s Daughter. I like how Johansen revisits some of the characters she had written previously.

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.

Micah by Laurell Hamilton

The thirteenth book by Hamilton was actually pretty good.  Micah was short, simple and to the point.

Micah is about Anita needing to fly over to raise a zombie for a judge and some lawyers.  Micah needs to come along to help when Anita feeds the ardeur.  Unexpected people show up that Anita and Micah both know.

This book went back to the beginning almost because Anita was doing her job with zombie raising.  It was short and fast to read.

I liked how you got to know more about Micah.  Since he as has been the perfect mate but you get to know him a little more.  I liked that Hamilton compiled that information in this short of a book.

The ardeur is still there but it wasn’t overwhelming the story with Anita and Micah which was nice.

Overall I really liked reading Micah.