Mercy Kilpatrick series (by Kendra Elliot)

Romantic Suspense

I’m not entirely sure how to review this series. Honestly, I’m supposed to be reviewing Book #4 A Merciful Silence, but while I’m sure you could pick up book four without having read the first three I think the series is better if taken as a whole.

Mercy Kilpatrick grew up within a community of preppers.  These are the people who are preparing for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). They have a lot of guns, they know how to grow and can food, they are survivors.  Some of them are paranoid and honestly unhinged others are just self reliant folks who are good to have around in a pinch.

Then as a teenager she was forced to leave. Her family shunned her and she found herself having to make her own way in the world. Now after many years away she is an FBI Agent and has returned to the town she ran away from to investigate a murder.


This series is Romantic Suspense at its best. Honestly I often struggle with the genre, I find the level of violence troubling, but while this series does have that –– there is murder and violence –– the underlying story is strong and the characters make it worth the effort.

So highly recommended with the one caveat that there are occasional graphic depictions of violence. Even with that I’m rating the series 5 stars.

A review copy of A Merciful Silence (book 4) was given to me by the publisher. 

Death and the Viking’s Daughter (by Loretta Ross)

Cozy Mystery

Wren and Death return for another fun mystery. Death is investigating the counterfeiting of a minor work of art while Wren pokes her nose into the disappearance of a young woman at a renaissance fair more than 40 years earlier.

Adding to their problems, having heard about Wren’s engagement to Death, her parents descended upon them and they’re anything but impressed with him.


The Auction Block mysteries aren’t all that surprising. Honestly they’re not particularly original.  What they have going for them is great characters and that’s what makes these books just a little better than the competition. I don’t often get to book four in a Cozy series. Honestly, I can only think of one other series that still interested me after four books (Southern Ghost Hunters by Angie Fox) but I’m still feeling the love for this series.

Many thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy. 

Falling Star (by Terri Osburn)

Contemporary Romance

Chance is a recovering alcoholic and a country music star who has been given a second chance in the business. But the oil for his music was always the bottle and now that he is dry the songs aren’t coming.

Naomi was betrayed by Chance years earlier and is determined it will not happen again. But she is his publicist and both their careers depend on him writing a hit album.


Terri Osburn has been a favorite author since a friend pointed me to her first novel and told me to check it out. Back then, she was in a small group of writers who were reinventing the romance genre which, to be honest, had grown a little tired –– I had all but walked away. It took Penny Reid and Terri Osburn to get me reading Contemporary Romance again and I’m still reading it largely because of these two fine writers.

Falling Star is great. It feels like a more personal book for some reason and I’m not really sure why. But I love these characters and I love where this series is heading.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance for providing me with this review copy. 

Brave (by Rose McGowan)

I’m not going to review this book.
I’m not going to talk about Rose McGowan.
I’m not going to talk about how much better I am than all those “other” men.

I’m a male.
I’m a white male.
I’m a white male heterosexual.

 

This book isn’t about the other men. It’s about every man. It’s about every woman.
What I’m going to do is look at myself and think about the things I can do better.

So buy this book. Read it. Give it to your daughters and give it to your sons.

Shadow Hunt (by Melissa F. Olson)

Urban Fantasy

Leaving town on an urgent errand has catastrophic consequences for Scarlett. Her friend Jesse has been cursed and is dying and her dog Shadow has been stolen.  An old enemy has returned and they plan on destroying the peace between the vampires werewolves and witches and starting a war.

As a null Scarlett holds the key to stopping them but to do so she will need to take control of all the supernaturals who haven’t fled LA and face their common foe in a last ditch battle.


I read a little of the first of the Scarlett Bernard books (Dead Spots) but being totally honest it didn’t really grab me and I didn’t continue with the series.  I managed to get a review copy of Midnight Curse, the first in the Disrupted Magic series which also features Scarlett Bernard and I was hooked.  Now I think I need to revisit those earlier books and get the entire back story.

I’m not sure if Shadow Hunt is the last in this series but it’s certainly the best.  Far and away my favorite thus far. I’m definitely wanting some more of these characters and especially the bargest.  What’s not to love about a monstrous bullet proof demon dog?   

Many thanks to 47North for providing me with this review copy.

Deadly Summer (by Denise Grover Swank)

Mystery

As a teenaged star in Hollywood Summer had a squeaky clean image.  But after a scandal she lost her job, was all but unemployable, and to top things off her mother emptied her bank accounts and ran off to live the high life on her money. Without a dollar to her name and debts due she has little choice but to accept a role in a reality TV show where she is a private investigator in her home town of Sweet Briar.  But she quickly discovers she’s been set up to fail. The director and the crew all hate her and the cases are all contrived to make her look like a washed up failure.

Determined to save herself, protect her family and save the farm, she starts investigating the disappearance of the town drunk. And as she investigates she discovers plots and intrigue and murder.


Denise Grover Swank can be a little hit and miss.  I honestly struggle with her short stories, I’d be surprised if I’ve rated any of them more than 3 Stars. I gave up on the Chosen series and found The Curse Keepers tough going. But when she gets it right she hits that ball right out of the park.  And Deadly Summer is that book. It’s Denise Grover Swank being as great as she can be.  I loved this book.  

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for providing me with this Review Copy.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (by Molly Harper)

Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance

As a high end event planner Margot can handle just about anything. But after her crowning glory in the Chicago event planning scene goes horribly awry she finds herself unemployed and unemployable. So when her aunt who she has never met offers her a job in the family business in Georgia she has little choice but to accept.

She quickly discovers the family business is a Funeral Home and Bait Shop, she has dozens of relatives and a father who abandoned her as a child. With spotty internet and cell phone reception, no Starbucks or even a shop that sells fruit, Margot is well out of her comfort zone but with the help of a brooding school principal, his two young daughters and her crazy family she gradually finds a place. The only problem is Lake Sackett is a dying town. The tourists have abandoned them, businesses are closing and there isn’t much of a future for someone with her skills.


I read a lot of books and honestly I’ve read pretty much every story before, usually more than once. There aren’t too many books I wished would just keep going. There aren’t too many authors I’ll buy just because their name is on the cover.

But this is that book and Molly Harper is that author.

I loved everything about this book. I wanted more of every single character. So much love for Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic 0.5)

Marianne returns to Lake Sackett, GA and runs right into Carl whose heart she broke when she left town. As she reluctantly settles into a summer with the family she does her best to avoid Carl but the old spark is still there and if they can just deal with their past, they might have a chance at a future.


Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a quick enjoyable prequel novella. It’s well worth the effort but I think it would be better to read book one first. After Sweet Tea and Sympathy I can almost guarantee that you’ll want more, and this little novella will fit the bill perfectly.

Many thanks to Pocket Books and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

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