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Genre: Mystery & Detective

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys Ford

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DIRTY LAUNDRY by Rhys FordDirty Laundry by Rhys Ford
Series: A Cole McGinnis Mystery
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-04
Genres: Gay, Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Pages: 260
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommended

P.I. Cole McGinnis has learned the hard way that life can hit you hard when you least expect it.  What seems a lifetime ago he was a ‘boy in blue’, but that ended when his longtime partner on the squad murdered his lover, tried to kill Cole, and then committed suicide.  Retirement was inevitable because of his injuries and his homosexuality was out in the open and unwanted.  Downplaying scandal was apparently their main goal.

Cole considers finding Kim Jae-Min or Jae a gift from the gods after all the heartache and betrayal he suffered.  Predictably there are issues.  Cole’s lover is stuck in a closet of Korean duty to his family.  If his mother or siblings found out they could disown him which would destroy Jae.  Things have been good for Cole and Jae lately, which is probably why Jae’s sister decided to run away from home and land on her brother’s doorstep. 

Problem number two is that Cole and his older brother Mike thought their mother died a long, long time ago.  That idea was shot down when a younger brother reached out to them wanting to meet them.  Apparently mom died only a few years ago after raising their little brother with her second husband.  Cole is feeling bitter, confused, and hurt.  He isn’t sure he wants to add another name to the family tree.

With all the chaos in his life Cole figures it’s an easy case when a fortune teller called Madame Sun hires him.  She thinks someone is after her clients, two have died in a very short time.  What should be a simple investigation is anything but once Cole starts looking into the deaths.  When the body count continues to rise he knows something is definitely wrong.  Between family troubles for Jae, his own sibling issues, and a case that’s getting more dangerous by the hour Cole has his hands full.  Loving Jae, ducking brothers, and dodging bullets, it’s a busy life for one P.I.

This is a guilty pleasure!   Dirty Laundry is a treat.  Author Rhys Ford’s storytelling style is incredibly smooth.  An engaging descriptive narrative, realistic dialogue, and a plotline that sucks the reader in and doesn’t let go. As to the characters in Dirty Laundry – Cole is a fully fleshed out likeable, lovable mess most of the time, Jae is trouble because Cole’s heart won’t survive without him.  Luckily Jae loves him back.  Everyone else is just as important to the story.  Dirty Laundry is an intense dramatic mystery you won’t want to put down even if, ahem, well your bladder is bursting…I Joyfully recommend Dirty Laundry for the truly masterful read that it is.

DIE FOR ME by Cynthia Eden

DIE FOR ME by Cynthia Eden

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DIE FOR ME by Cynthia EdenDie For Me by Cynthia Eden
Published by AmazonEncore on 2013
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Pages: 347
Reviewed by Miranda

Katherine Cole thought her fiancé was the perfect man — until he turned out to be the perfect killer. He left his victims stabbed through the heart holding a telltale single red rose and was deemed the Valentine Killer. Three years ago he vanished. Now he’s back. And he’s hunting the one who got away.In New Orleans, Katherine dared to hope she was finally safe, yet somehow he found her. This time, Katherine won’t just sit silently by; she’ll do anything to stop the monster she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with the job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms — and the Valentine Killer is dead.

JoyfullyRecommended

Katherine Cole thought she had the perfect man. He was everything she thought she wanted, always there for her—until she discovered him in the basement murdering a woman. Since that night her life has been turned upside down. She is known as the fiancée of The Valentine Killer. She has been hiding in witness protection since that awful night. She knows her fiancée the killer is still on the loose. When it looks like he has started killing again she is desperate to help stop him. But will she get caught in the killer’s crosshairs instead?

Detective Dane Black is making it his mission to find the evil person killing young ladies in New Orleans. When Katherine Cole comes to him with information about the murders it looks like she is a suspect. However, the longer he is around her the more he believes that she may need his protection more than anyone else. 

Dane and Katherine team up to find the Valentine Killer. Will they find love only to lose it all to a vicious killer? 

Cynthia Eden has penned an absolute hit with Die For Me. Ms. Eden delves into the dark mind of a serial killer and leads her readers on one passionate thrill-ride. I could not get enough of this story. There is something exhilarating about experiencing high passion and edge-of-your-seat suspense at the same time. You know you have a winner in your hands when you cannot put the book down. I literally sped through Die For Me in one afternoon. I just had to find out what happened to Katherine, Dane and the Valentine Killer. Katherine and Dane have this hot fiery attraction that you cannot ignore. The scenes between them are sexy as hell. 

I have to say the end of Die For Me was bone-chilling. Ms. Eden really wrote a kick-ass ending that had me freaking out. I love my suspense but after that I needed a breather because I could feel my heart going a hundred miles an hour! It is difficult to find a suspense novel that gives you the perfect amount of romance and suspense. Ms. Eden gives the romance reader exactly what they need in Die For Me. Die For Me is extremely satisfying and that is why I am Joyfully Recommending it!

A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

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A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry SpearSEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
Series: Werewolf #12
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2013-09-24
Genres: Crime, Holidays, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

Can an Alpha Wolf Who's Met His Match... Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson has had tough missions before, but going undercover with feisty gray wolf Anna Johnson could top the list. She drives him crazy—in more ways than one. Now he has to investigate a murder, supervise a wild teenage wolf—and handle Christmas with Anna. Survive the Holidays with Her? For Anna, the only thing worse than staging the perfect family Christmas is having to do it with Bjornolf posing as her husband. Anna is a serious undercover operative who isn't afraid of a fight, even with a hunky SEAL shifter. With a killer on the loose, Anna just wants to focus on their mission, but the one thing she can't fight is her sizzling chemistry with Bjornolf. Praise for USA Today bestseller A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing:

Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson is known as the ghost among the shifters always ghosting in to save the day.  This time his mission hits close to home and he’s paired with the sexy Anna Johnson.  The little gray wolf gets under his skin and the thought of shacking up with her during a case raises his temperature.

Anna isn’t one of those holiday loving people so when she’s requested for a case it’s all good until she learns she will have to play house with Bjornolf the one wolf who attracts hers.  But a murder mystery needs to be solved before it takes one of their own.

Will Anna and Bjornolf make it through the holidays in tact?

A SEAL Wolf Christmas starts off fast and furious in the Amazon jungle.  Things heat up quickly as it’s impossible for Anna and Bjornolf to ignore the budding feelings between them.  I found A SEAL Wolf Christmas to be a fun and sexy read.  Ms. Spear gives us a good mystery, a heartwarming holiday tale and some serious sexy times with the couple.

NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie Moffett

NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie Moffett

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NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie MoffettNo Place Like Rome by Julie Moffett
Published by Carina Press on 2013-11-25
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 189
Reviewed by Jo

A Lexi Carmichael MysteryItaly might seem like a long way to go to hide after a disastrous date. But when sexy überhacker Slash (no, that's not his real name) asks me to go with him to Rome on an investigation, the timing is sort of perfect. My messed-up love life becomes the least of my worries, though, after the dead body, the near-kidnapping and the discovery of a top secret encrypted file that even I can't hack.With time running out, there's only one thing to do: call in the legendary Zimmerman twins and my best fluent-in-Italian friend, Basia, to crack the code. Now if only someone could help me solve the mystery of whether Slash is flirting, or if all the kissing is just one of those

JoyfullyRecommended

Lexi Carmichael is a self proclaimed geek girl who is still struggling to find her way in society.  Yet, put her in front of a computer and give her a quest and she is extraordinary and usually finds what she is looking for.  Right now, Lexi is off to Rome with Slash – a mystery man who works for our government but has a very interesting background and is really hot.  This isn’t where Lexi expected to find herself since the night before she had a disastrous date with Slash.  But when Slash appeared in her office and hired her to help clear his uncle, their firm was hired and Lexi was off to Rome.

 

Slash is a man of many names and so far not one of them is his real one so far as Lexi can tell.  Once she and Slash arrive in Rome they are meet up with a friend of Slash’s who is also one of the Vatican guards.  Lexi and Slash also meet up with his uncle and begin the search for who used his codes to steal from the Vatican.  It takes no time for Lexi to find out who did it. But that is only the beginning of a hunt for answers that place not only Lexi and Slash in danger but also their friends who have come to help untangle a secret code that will prove that what began as a simple hunt for stolen money is really something much, much bigger and people are willing to kill to have it.  During the same time Lexi and Slash are hunting for their answers, simmering attraction between them comes even closer to erupting into passion.  Lexi might be unsure of herself in social and relationship encounters but even she knows that things are heating up between her and Slash.  The question for her is why someone like him would want a girl geek like her?  That almost becomes a moot question when the final answers are revealed and death is waiting to claim the losers.

 

A spy and a computer geek team up to uncover a secret that will touch the Vatican and change science when revealed in No Place Like Rome.  Lexi and Slash seemed like an unlikely team until they traveled to Rome to clear his uncle from a theft charge.  They find not only a dangerous web of lies and secrets but also find that their attraction is bringing them closer to passion as they untangle the web for answers.  I loved watching as Lexi tries to break an encrypted code but also the mystery of relationships which is more confusing to her than any computer code.  I also enjoyed watching as Slash worked hard to keep all those he counts as friends and loved ones safe, only to find that one person alone could not do it.  It would take a socially inept girl geek with a strong protective streak for her friends to save the day ultimately.  No Place Like Rome is filled with suspense, fun loving geeks, hot spies and an intense attraction that is rising in temperature as the danger gets closer.  I thoroughly love watching Lexi Carmichael grow and this adventure is the best one yet.

 

As a lover of romantic suspense’s where I can’t figure out the “who done it” fast, I have to Joyfully Recommend No Place Like Rome as a must read.  While it would help with the background to read the entire series in order, you don’t really have to in order to enjoy this adventure.  But I bet you will want to go back and read the other books and novellas after closing the last page.

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