Wednesday, January 12, 2022

REVIEW: Prodigal Son by Jay Crownover


PRODIGAL SON (The Forever Marked Series Book 2) by Jay Crownover
Release Date: January 12th
Genre/Tropes: Single Dad Romance/Childhood Friends-to-Lovers/Destined Lovers
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Our Review:

Let me just jump in with two feet and say that I really enjoyed Prodigal  Son. I know part of it was because these characters are the children of beloved characters but if that probably wouldn’t be enough to hold my attention for an entire novel. Really, it’s that these two characters just drew me in with their messed up early relationship and their evolution to their more grown up relationship.

I really appreciated the enduring and patient love that they had for each other, even when it felt like there were a ton of unresolved and hurt feelings. I liked how deep their connection went and how far they each went to support each other, even when it should’ve seemed unlikely. I loved that Jay Crownover made this a grown up love, in that their conflicts never felt trite—their issues felt real and the way she had them work on and through them just felt like evolved and take on love in a contemporary romance. Also, not to be overlooked was the way Jay Crownover took on mental health and wellness and was consistent in the overall acceptance, understanding, and honesty of how having loved ones grappling with staying well isn’t just a straight path from illness to wellness in one fell swoop. 

Even with loose ends tied up and an HEA, I honestly could’ve read pages and pages more of these two 
because of how much I liked them.

I am loving this series and can’t wait for the next book.

Blurb:
When she was a little girl, Remy Archer fell in love with Hyde Fuller at first sight. In fact, he was the only thing she could see for a very long time. For Remy, it never mattered to her that Hyde was always too serious and always seemed so sad. To her, he was the very best, and the center of her entire world. She never dreamed he would let her down when she needed him the most.
Now Remy is a semi-reasonable adult, one with a better understanding of why her intense feelings scared Hyde away when she was at her lowest point. She’s moved on, and if anyone asks she's perfectly happy with the chaotic and hectic life she's built. She’s also really proud that she's still around to experience all the best and worst that surviving something deeply traumatic has to offer. The last thing she needs or wants, is Hyde coming back and taking over her every thought and feeling the way he once did. Unfortunately, they picked the exact same time to come home to search for a little redemption.
When he was a little boy, the instant they met, Hyde Fuller wanted nothing more than to protect Remy Archer from everything, including herself. She gleefully took up every moment of his free time, and every ounce of his patience, as they grew alongside one another. He was so intent on keeping her safe, he didn't realize how deeply Remy had worked her way into his heart.
Now that Hyde’s facing the biggest challenge and biggest change of his entire life, he deeply regrets walking away from Remy. She was always the one person who always had his back, no matter what. The way Remy loved him used to terrify him, but now, it’s the way he loves her that scares him to death.
Hyde knows he needs Remy in his life, so he can finally figure out how to be the man she always believed him to be. History has a bad habit of repeating itself, and Remy has a knack for turning even the most simple of situations end over end. This time Hyde is determined to stay by her side no matter what, even though his love for Remy is going to change more than his life this time around.


About the Author:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, the Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point series, the Getaway series, the Loveless, Texas series and the Forever Marked series. Her books can be found translated into many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

Friday, January 7, 2022

REVIEW: The Girl in the Mist by Kristen Ashley


The Girl in the Mist, an all-new, thrilling standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley filled with off-the-charts chemistry, and edge of your seat suspense, is out now!

OUR REVIEW:

Kristen Ashley just surprised us all with a new release, The Girl in the Mist, and of course we downloaded it the second we could. This new series puts us in a new locale, with a new cast of characters, but of course, some of our past favorites make appearances too (I always love it when this happens; I hope that KA never stops mashing up the old with the new). The things we always enjoy about Kristen Ashley's novels are definitely present in The Girl in the Mist: strong characters, interesting family and friendship dynamics, and the warmth of a swoony romance. What made this novel a little different than some of her prior novels was that the major plot point was more about finding a killer than finding anything else--and while that whole sense of finding something (yourself, your confidence, your family, etc) is always a part of her novels, this particular novel had adults who were already established, so that sense of missing something wasn't the focus of our attention. Of course that doesn't mean that Delphine and Cade didn't find each other almost instantly, but their burgeoning relationship was a natural extension of what else was happening. I loved Delphine and Cade for each other. They way they handled every single thing--the easy stuff and the harder things--was so perfect. I also enjoyed that the main source of conflict wasn't about them and so it made their falling in love that much more fun to read. 


As always, the secondary characters in a Kristen Ashley novel never feel like tokens and make all of the happenings and events that much more interesting and entertaining. And while this isn't a light romcom, there were definitely some instances of levity injected by the secondary characters--characters I have a feeling we'll see again. Additionally, the way that Kristen Ashley 'designs' the various scenes and settings has me longing to see what she sees and live in one of her sets. 


The Girl in the Mist was a fantastic surprise release and I am so eager for the next book in this series. I enjoyed all of the characters so much I don't even have a preference as to who gets the next book, as long as someone does...and soon!



From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes an all new thrilling romantic suspense guaranteed to have pulses rise, and readers begging for more.

Renowned author Delphine Larue needs a haven. A crazed fan has gone over the deep end, and she’s not safe. Her security team has suggested a house by a lake. Secluded. Private. Far away. In a beautiful area of the Northwest close to the sleepy town of Misted Pines. It’s perfect. So perfect, Delphine has just moved in, and she’s thinking she’ll stay there forever.

Until she sees the girl in the mist.

After that, everything changes.

Delphine quickly learns that Misted Pines isn’t so sleepy. A little girl has gone missing, and the town is in the grips of terror and tragedy. The local sheriff isn’t up for the job. The citizens are up in arms. And as the case unfolds, the seedy underbelly of a quiet community is exposed, layer by layer.

But most importantly, girls are dying.

There seems to be only one man they trust to find out what’s happening.

The mysterious Cade Bohannan.

Excerpt

I called Hawk Delgado.

It was no surprise this situation in Misted Pines was known to him. He was tasked with keeping me safe, and although this had nothing to do with me, it had to do with Misted Pines, and that was where I was. It was also not a surprise that he currently did not have any resources to devote to assisting with it.

However, he gave me two names.

Nightingale Investigations, an outfit located where Delgado was, in Denver, Colorado.

And Tanner Layne, a private investigator who worked out of a shop in Brownsburg, Indiana, which was, to my astonishment, where Joe Callahan was based.

Neither were close.

But Nightingale was closer.

Though for reasons I didn’t understand (they probably had to do with Callahan), I called Layne first, left a message as it was the weekend and waited.

It was not long before he returned my call.

He had a full caseload, but said he’d look into it and get back to me.

I then reached out to Denver, leaving another message.

Not much time passed before a woman named Shirleen Jackson got in touch, saying she’d assessed it and presented it to her boss, the man behind the name, Lee Nightingale. She would follow up with me as soon as he’d made his decision.

Within hours, I had two replies.

Layne: “We’re ready to roll when we receive word from the investigator on site that he welcomes assistance. We have a message to him. But if he doesn’t give us the greenlight, I’m afraid at this time we can’t get involved. I hope you understand. I would feel the same if someone I didn’t know pushed into one of my investigations, especially at this early juncture. Trust me when I say that it’s never helpful.”

I didn’t know who “we” was, I also didn’t ask, but I suspected he’d consulted with Callahan.

I also didn’t think this was “early.” At that point, she’d been missing nearly a week.

Which begged the question, what parents had a slumber party for their eight-year-old on a Monday evening?

I didn’t ask Layne that either.

Jackson: “We understand your concern, but Lee looked into things and the investigator contracted to assist the local authorities is second to none. In this kind of situation, although it seems contradictory, more hands on deck can make a mess.”

That was two nos of the same ilk.

I decided to focus on the “second to none” comment, knowing they were referring to the fact it was clear the locals had called Cade Bohannan in.

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About Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

COVER REVEAL: Prodigal Son by Jay Crownover

 

   

PRODIGAL SON (The Forever Marked Series Book 2) by Jay Crownover

Release Date: January 12th

Genre/Tropes: Single Dad Romance/Childhood Friends-to-Lovers/Destined Lovers

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster - @lanefotograf

 

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Blurb:

When she was a little girl, Remy Archer fell in love with Hyde Fuller at first sight. In fact, he was the only thing she could see for a very long time. For Remy, it never mattered to her that Hyde was always too serious and always seemed so sad. To her, he was the very best, and the center of her entire world. She never dreamed he would let her down when she needed him the most.

Now Remy is a semi-reasonable adult, one with a better understanding of why her intense feelings scared Hyde away when she was at her lowest point. She’s moved on, and if anyone asks she's perfectly happy with the chaotic and hectic life she's built. She’s also really proud that she's still around to experience all the best and worst that surviving something deeply traumatic has to offer. The last thing she needs or wants, is Hyde coming back and taking over her every thought and feeling the way he once did. Unfortunately, they picked the exact same time to come home to search for a little redemption.

When he was a little boy, the instant they met, Hyde Fuller wanted nothing more than to protect Remy Archer from everything, including herself. She gleefully took up every moment of his free time, and every ounce of his patience, as they grew alongside one another. He was so intent on keeping her safe, he didn't realize how deeply Remy had worked her way into his heart.

Now that Hyde’s facing the biggest challenge and biggest change of his entire life, he deeply regrets walking away from Remy. She was always the one person who always had his back, no matter what. The way Remy loved him used to terrify him, but now, it’s the way he loves her that scares him to death.

Hyde knows he needs Remy in his life, so he can finally figure out how to be the man she always believed him to be. History has a bad habit of repeating itself, and Remy has a knack for turning even the most simple of situations end over end. This time Hyde is determined to stay by her side no matter what, even though his love for Remy is going to change more than his life this time around.

       

About the Author:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, the Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point series, the Getaway series, the Loveless, Texas series and the Forever Marked series. Her books can be found translated into many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

REVIEW: The Good Lie by A.R. Torre



OUR REVIEW:

I love that Alessandra Torre can write all the things. You want a romcom? She's got it. Some smut? Yep. A twisty romance? Uh huh. Suspense? Yessss. The Good Lie is a suspenseful read that follows a psychiatrist and a lawyer whose one night together expands into months of a working relationship as they try to uncover who is behind a series of horrific murders. It's one of those novels that you start and the next thing you know hours have passed without you moving. At first, I think I was curious about Gwen, then it was Gwen + Robert, Gwen + her clients + Robert + her profile, and thennnnn I just had to know the who and the how and the why and so I decided sleep could wait because I wasn't going to stop reading until I got to the very last page. 


I love when a novel surprises me because it seems like it's really rare these days that that happens, and The Good Lie definitely surprised me, in the best possible way.


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SYNOPSIS: Six teens murdered. A suspect behind bars. A desperate father. In a case this shadowy, the truth is easy to hide.

Psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Moore is an expert on killers. She’s spent a decade treating California’s most depraved predators and unlocking their motives―predators much like the notorious Bloody Heart serial killer, whose latest teenage victim escaped and then identified local high school teacher Randall Thompson as his captor. The case against Thompson as the Bloody Heart Killer is damning―and closed, as far as Gwen and the media are concerned. If not for one new development…

Defense attorney Robert Kavin is a still-traumatized father whose own son fell prey to the BH Killer. Convinced of Thompson’s innocence, he steps in to represent him. Now Robert wants Gwen to interview the accused, create a psych profile of the killer and his victims, and help clear his client’s name.

As Gwen and Robert grow closer and she dives deeper into the investigation, grave questions arise. So does Gwen’s suspicion that Robert is hiding something―and that he might not be the only one with a secret.



Saturday, January 1, 2022

2021 Favorites


 Below are the books we loved this year. Click on the book cover and it'll take you to Amazon where you can read the synopsis and reviews. You can also find our thoughts on these books on the blog. We have been slowing down as our lives demand, but as our lives permit, we're still here, reading and reviewing. We hope you had a great year of reading in 2021 and that 2022 gives us all many great new reads. 


 

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