Review – Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Title: Thirteen

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Synopsis:

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

Review:

Thirteen was a great read. This book is part of the Eddie Flynn series. I have not read any of the previous books and this story stands well on its own.

 

Cavanagh instantly draws the reader into the mind of a serial killer – Kane. This perspective really made this story stand out for me. The shifting POV added to this story significantly. Kane is such a phenomenally developed character and Eddie Flynn moves the plot a long expertly.

 

Cavanagh’s descriptions and attention to detail are brilliant.  It was a very visceral reading experience. He had me cringing while simultaneously sitting on the edge of my seat.

 

There is so much description and that allowed for a thoroughly fleshed out character. Kane is very self aware. He knows that he is different, but very skilled at fitting in and portraying a normal, upstanding member of society.

 

This story is fast-paced. It flows well and Cavanagh builds excellent suspense. The author’s law background adds so much realism to his story. It’s not so heavy on the legal jargon that it is cumbersome to the reader, but it definitely lets you know that this author knows what he is talking about.

 

Thank you so much to Flatiron for reaching out to me to review this book. All opinions are my own. It was really a thrill to read.

Blog Tour – Discretion by Karina Halle

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Discretion by Karina Halle

Release Date: August 6, 2019

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Discretion, a full-length contemporary standalone romance by Karina Halle.

The Riviera means indulgence—if you’ve got money. For Sadie Reynolds, a down-on-her-luck student, the Riviera means dingy hostels and back streets. When a wrong turn puts her in jeopardy, the last thing she expects is to be saved by the most handsome stranger she’s ever locked eyes with. When she later wakes up in a luxury suite with a Mediterranean view, she’s in the tender care of her rescuer: Olivier Dumont, France’s most eligible bachelor, billionaire hotelier, and heir to the Dumont fashion fortune.

Olivier also owns his reputation for scandal. But Sadie is unlike any woman he’s ever met. Her humble persona and wild innocence promise real passion. He’s promising Sadie something too: anything she wants. From Bordeaux to Cannes to Paris, Sadie’s past in America is swept away and replaced with a fantasy too good to be true.

Pulled into Olivier’s orbit of wealth, glamour, and excess, Sadie discovers that the Dumont dynasty comes with a legacy of wicked secrets. And Olivier’s secrets may be the most damning of all…

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Excerpt:

“Care to go for a swim?” Olivier asks, his tie now loose, his hands deftly unbuttoning his shirt.

Oh God.

“Um,” I manage to say feebly, “I don’t have a bathing suit.”

“Go in your underwear.”

“I’m not wearing a bra.” He smirks. “I’ve noticed.” Then he shrugs off his jacket and shirt until he’s topless.

Even in the dim light, he’s a sight to behold. Wide, firm chest, rigid abs, those lickable Vs on the side of his hips—all wrapped up in a smooth golden package.

Speaking of package, now his fingers are undoing his belt, and I’m not sure I’m ready for what’s next.

“I’m going in,” he tells me. “You’re free to join me. I highly advise a dip in the Mediterranean. The sea salt here is good for your soul.”

I’ll tell you what else is good for the soul: watching Olivier Dumont take off his clothes, that’s what. The sound as he undoes his zipper is so loud it seems to bounce off the waves.

I quickly avert my eyes, even though the temptation to stare is overwhelming, and then he moves into my vision: his perfect shoulders, back, and, yes, one hell of an ass, all lit by the soft moonlight.

He stops just at the stern of the ship, climbs over the railing, and with one quick smile back at me over his shoulder, swan-dives naked into the sea with barely a splash.

I get up and scramble over as quickly as I can with my ankle and peer over the side.

He’s swimming and grinning up at me, his wet hair pushed off his face. But that’s not the only thing that’s taking my breath away.

The water around him is lit up, like the moon’s glow has saturated it. The light continues out from around him along the dark waves, like cool white trails snaking through the sea.

“It’s called une mer de lait,” he says. “The sea of milk. It’s bioluminescence from a type of Mollusca.”

“It’s magical,” I say breathlessly, trying to soak it all in. “We have something like this in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s more blue and green. This is like . . . you’re swimming in the Milky Way.”

“Doesn’t it make you want to jump in?”

It does. And so does the fact that he’s so effortlessly bobbing in the waves.

“Is it safe?”

“Very much so.”

“Warm?”

“Bien sûr.”

I think about it for a minute. “What about my ankle?”

“You can use the steps and platform at the back, just there. Unwrap your ankle so the bandage doesn’t get wet, and we’ll put it back on you after.”

“And my lack of bathing suit?”

“I just went in naked.”

“I didn’t see anything,” I tell him quickly.

“No? That’s a shame. It was the whole point.”

I smile, feeling extremely giddy all of a sudden, like everything inside me is fired up and ready to go. Fuck yes, I’m going in.

“Okay,” I tell him, walking around to the back, where there’s a step leading down to a wide wooden swimming platform. I sit down on the step and start unwrapping my ankle. “But you have to turn around when this dress comes off.”

“You do know by now that most women in France swim and sunbathe topless anyway?”

“And you know by now that I am not a Frenchwoman, nor am I most women,” I tell him, pulling the rest of the bandage off and setting it aside before easing up to my feet. “Okay, turn around now.”

He sighs but pivots in the water so he’s facing the shore. I quickly reach down and slip off my underwear, not wanting to get them wet, then unzip my dress and pull it over my head. I toss it back on the deck and look to see if he’s peeking.

To his credit, he’s not, but he is letting out a sly whistle of sorts as if he might have been earlier.

“You better not have seen anything,” I warn him as I hobble over to the edge.

“My imagination is pretty good at filling in the blanks,” he says, and I can hear the grin on his face. “Though I have no doubt it won’t do it justice for when I see the real thing.”

“When?” I repeat with a dry laugh, but inside a million fireworks are going off.

Time to take the literal plunge.

There’s nothing as nerve-racking as the moment before you’re about to jump, when something goes from a concept that you’ve talked about and considered to a real, actual thing. It’s scary. It doesn’t matter if it’s taking your first trip overseas or jumping into the Mediterranean Sea at night. The abstract becomes your reality, and it’s happening.

So I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and jump.

Meet Karina:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Review – I Wanna Sext You Up by Evie Claire

iwannaTitle: I Wanna Sext You Up
Author: Evie Claire
Publisher: Loveswept
Pub Date: August 20, 2019

Rating: 4 ⭐️

Links: Goodreads Amazon

Lorie has been rebuilding her life and reworking her dreams. She has goals and is focused and determined to advance as quickly as possible in a new career as a pharmaceutical sales rep. She gets assigned the tough, new doctor Saam Sherazi. He never has time for the sales pitch and is solely focused on his patients. In the beginning, he treats Lorie just as he has all of her sales team. A phone mix-up allows Lorie to get past his barriers. They have a lot of things in common and he loves that she isn’t interested in him just because of the M.D. behind his name.

These new feelings are unexpected and cause a lot of stress for Lorie. She doesn’t want to risk her job over what may be temporary feelings. The boundaries are hard to keep in place. The lines get blurred and redrawn. This was a fun, fast-paced workplace romance. Saam his direct and upfront about what he wants and Lorie is more resistant because she does have a lot more at stake. Their problems are real world, relatable and Lorie is strong and not willing to give up her dreams just to be with Saam. Saam is understandable and tries not to give up on Lorie.

Thank you Loveswept publishing and Netgalley for my ARC copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – Discretion by Karina Halle

discretionTitle: Deception (Dumont #1)

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publishing Date: August 6, 2019

Links: Goodreads, Amazon

Rating: 5 ⭐️

 

Sadie Reynolds is a college student that was previously traveling around Europe with her boyfriend. She found out he had been cheating on her. They part ways and she is on her own. On her way to catch a train to Barcelona she is mugged and a passing car stops to help her. Help comes in the form of a sexy, rich Frenchman, Olivier Dumonte. This pair has an instant connection.

 

These characters are layered and there are personal struggles that each character must work through. Sadie is not ready to take a chance on what they have. She is comfortable with where she is in life. Olivier has a lot of family dramas going on in his life. Some of it creates trouble for Sadie and Olivier.

 

There are some fantastic, steamy scenes. The story kept me entertained. I loved all of the secrets, drama, and intrigue. I kept trying to anticipate where the story was going and I couldn’t do it. It was a great read.

 

I can’t wait for more of the Dumont family. Karina Halle never disappoints.

 

Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for my advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own.

 

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Made Me Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

I love reading romance novels and I’ve been doing a good bit of it recently. I’ve felt a little embarrassed by that fact and have had a sort of revelation…who cares? I feel like I fell a  little into thinking that people may judge me based on that and maybe not see me as a real reader, but I enjoy them and I want to talk about them with people. So here goes my list of Romance novels I’ve enjoyed lately.

  1. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  2. Whiskey Chaser by Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley
  3. Sidecar Crash by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score
  4. Marriage for One by Ella Maise
  5. Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley
  6. The Baby Bargain by Crystal Kaswell
  7. That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn
  8. Roomies by Christina Lauren
  9. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  10. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

 

I’ve really taken to Christina Lauren’s books. They are all fantastic. Where are all my romance readers? What are some of your favorites? How do you feel about reading romance? Does reading romance make you less of a “real” reader?

Sunday’s in bed with…Sidecar Crush

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Sidecar Crush (Bootleg Springs Book 2) by Claire Kingsley and Lucy Score.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“I tried to think of something—anything—to calm my raging hard-on. One wrong move and Leah Mae would rub up against it and that was liable to kill me dead on the spot.” — Jameson Bodine

Model turned disgraced reality TV starlet, Leah Mae Larkin, crash lands in her hometown of Bootleg Springs to lay low while a scandal threatens her career. She can’t shake the feeling that her agent—and supposed fiancé—manipulated her into the role of made-for-TV homewrecker. Connecting with her roots is just what she needs, and Bootleg Springs is home to her father, moonshine, and her childhood best friend, Jameson Bodine.

Only there’s nothing childlike about Jameson—a man who turns scrap metal into art and isn’t afraid to throw down on a rowdy Friday night with his brothers and hellcat sister. He might not say much, but still waters run deep. Seeing the ring on his crush’s finger? He doesn’t like it, but he can’t wish it away. No more than he can wish away the trouble his family is in, with evidence pointing to his late father in the cold case disappearance of Callie Kendall. 

Jameson and Leah Mae are just two friends reliving their summers together, blowing off steam, and having fun for the first time in a long time. But Leah Mae is realizing what’s really important in her life, and it isn’t what she thought. 

And sometimes steam turns into sparks—hot as molten steel—and friends aren’t just friends. 

What book are you in bed with today?

Review – A Pack of Love and Hate

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Title: A Pack of Love and Hate

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Rating: 5/5

Available July 30, 2019

Get a Copy: Amazon

 

This is the final book in this Trilogy and it did not disappoint. Each book I have ended up reading in a day. I just cannot put them down once I get started. Wildenstein’s writing keeps me hooked. I feel emotionally connected to the characters and completely enraptured in the world that she has created. I love all of the twists and turns in the story. There couldn’t be a more perfect ending. This review seems a little harder to write and I would hate to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at this.

 

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

 

ONLY ONE CAN WIN.

 

Volunteering to duel alongside Liam Kolane against the ruthless Creek Alpha could get Ness killed, but the alternative, leaving her hot-headed Alpha to die alone in the dueling ring isn’t an option. Not even when he places ridiculous conditions on her, like not spending time alone with August, her intended mate.

 

Ness didn’t want a mate, but that was before August stepped back into her life, before he picked up the scattered pieces of her heart. Between their shared history and the magical tether that binds them, Ness finds herself falling dangerously hard for the sexy shifter.

 

But Liam’s heart is on the line. A heart that still beats for Ness.

 

Only one man can win her love, the same way only one Alpha can rise from the duel.

 

Let the fight begin..

 

Thank you to Twig Publishing for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and I do truly love this series. If you love books by Sarah J. Maas, I also feel like you would these.