Genre: Suspense

AGAINST THE SKY by Kat Martin

AGAINST THE SKY by Kat Martin

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AGAINST THE SKY by Kat MartinAgainst the Sky by Kat Martin
Series: The Brodies of Alaska
Published by Zebra Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Melissa

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Nick Brodie has seen too much. As a police detective in Alaska, he’s seen the worst of the worst and needs a break. His family steps in and surprises him with a trip to Las Vegas. Samantha Hollis is in Las Vegas on business when she meets Nick. Neither of them are looking for forever but even as they agree to the old saying “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” they find themselves wanting more. Even after returning to their respective homes, they can’t stay away from each other and before long Samantha is on a trip to Alaska. Both Nick and Samantha are falling in love but their lifestyles are so different. Can they find a way to be together?

 

From about the second chapter, I knew that Against the Sky was going to be a Recommended Read! I fell in love with Nick and Samantha, never wanting their story to end. Kat Martin has me addicted with her Brodies of Alaska series. I can’t wait to see whose story will be next!

NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ by Julie Moffett

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NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ by Julie MoffettNo Biz Like Show Biz by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael Mystery #4
Published by Carina Press Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Lexi Carmichael is still recovering from her last job in Rome, but all this time off is driving her up the wall. Being at home is giving her way too much time to think about her love life and the two men in it.  So Lexi takes the solution that any geek genius would, she bribes her boss to let her come back to work again just in time to be hired by a producer in Hollywood.  It seems that his company is doing a reality show on geeks dating and someone is hacking into the servers thereby tainting the voting results.

 

Lexi hates the concept of the show and the way it’s being run but she hates even more is that a hacker is interfering with the results.  Lexi gets right to work on figuring out just who is behind the vote tampering and soon learns that not all of the contestants are who they say they are.  As Lexi becomes more knowledgeable about the show, the people working it and the contestants, she soon becomes much more involved in the show than she ever wanted or expected. Lexi must not only find the hacker before the show is brought down but also prove that geeks deserve love too.  While working on the second part of that challenge, one of the men she is romantically involved with shows up to help her out.  Lexi knows deduces who’s behind the hack, now she just has to prove it in a way that will solve the problem.  By the time Lexi leaves Hollywood, she becomes the geek who comes away with a love that makes her toes tingle and has safely completed another job successfully.

 

Take one girl geek, throw in a bit of Hollywood magic and computer genius and you have an idea of the issues involved in No Biz Like Showbiz.  For being a girl geek with the normal social issues that brings, Lexi sure can make things happen and has captured the heart of one handsome and sexy geek. I love how Lexi doesn’t see herself as others do but can get to the bottom almost any problem that has to do with computers and analytical thinking.  This time she not only saves a television show but shows a hacker the true ends and outs as well as the responsibilities of hacking and found the time to gain a boyfriend that can curl her toes with his kisses.  I really enjoy watching Lexi work her way through a mystery and save the day while struggling to understand the mysterious ways of being social. I can’t wait to see the next mystery that comes Lexi’s way and her progress with the new official boyfriend in her life.  No Biz Like Showbiz is full of humor, a touch of suspense and one heck of a genius geek showing just how things are done.

HARBOR ISLAND by Carla Neggers

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HARBOR ISLAND by Carla NeggersHarbor Island by Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe & Donovan #4
Published by MIRA Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Emma Sharpe and her fiancé, Colin Donovan, are FBI agents and both are enjoying their down time after several back to back cases which have all had a link to Emma’s grandfather’s biggest case, one that still remains unsolved. Emma’s grandfather was an world renowned art detective and Emma is an art specialist for her elite team with the FBI.  Colin is also part of the same team, but his background is very different, he’s a deep cover investigator.  One morning while Colin is out, Emma gets a phone call asking her to meet the mysterious caller on a small island in the Boston Harbor.

 

What Emma finds is a dead woman with a relic in her hand that Emma knows is from the same art heist from her grandfathers’ unsolved case.  Calling Colin to join her, Emma begins yet another case involving her family and the stolen ancient Celtic art that has been missing for so long.  Colin and Emma work side by side to follow the clues that surround the dead woman’s very dysfunctional family and that Celtic art. Each clue brings the danger closer to Emma and Colin and it seems for every answer they find, yet more questions come up. The clues also involve their entire FBI team, some more intimately than others.  As if that isn’t enough, Emma and Colin are facing questions and concerns regarding their engagement and undercurrents that are happening within the FBI that could very well tear them apart.

 

The killer is closer than either Emma or Colin imagined as they not only discover just who did the murder but why.  Another angle is that their friend and Irish priest, Father Finian seems to be tangled up in this case yet again, but this time a past relationship will bring his faith into question.  The final answers will bring deadly danger and will destroy one family and bring another closer together, while yet others will confirm that their current paths are exactly what are right for them.  Most importantly, the answers to several art robberies will become known – if not “solved.”

 

Fate and love brought two souls together who shouldn’t work, yet while surrounded by death and danger their love only grows stronger and stronger.  Emma and Colin discover this is true in Harbor Island.  I have grown absolutely in love with Emma and Colin as their romance has developed.  This last case of theirs not only solved several long lasting mysteries but also solved a very recent murder that all but happened in front of Emma.  I also love watching how Emma and Colin team up to solve their cases, it is so interesting how they approach investigations from such different directions.  Chaos is still in the air with their professional lives and I know that it will affect their personal lives – yet I find myself hoping that their next adventure shows up soon so I can visit with them again.  Harbor Island kept this reader riveted with suspense, deadly danger and fierce passion that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.  Grab a comfy chair when you open Harbor Island because you won’t want to move anytime soon.

NO TEST FOR THE WICKED by Julie Moffett

NO TEST FOR THE WICKED by Julie Moffett

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NO TEST FOR THE WICKED by Julie MoffettNo Test for the Wicked by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael Mystery #5
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

A Geek's Worst Nightmare: Going Back to High School

Returning to high school is not something I ever wanted to do over—it was awful the first time around. So why do I have to go back as part of a new undercover assignment? Because the universe loves playing jokes on me, obviously.

I've been ordered to go all 21 Jump Street and track down the students who are breaking into the computer system, changing grades, and causing all kinds of havoc. Although I'm not thrilled about my new gig, at least it gives me something to do other than worry over the fact that I now have a boyfriend. And no freaking idea what to get him for Christmas.

Or it did give me something else to worry about, until I stumbled across a more sinister threat. I was shocked to find distinct traces of a group of international hackers inside the network. Why would dangerous cyber mercenaries be interested in a high school in the middle of Washington, D.C.? What exactly have I gotten myself into?

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Lexi Carmichael has a new assignment, and it will involve reliving a dreaded time of her childhood—high school.  After all, as a smart female geek, Lexi had no social skills or friends the entire time unless you count her computer.  Life really didn’t get enjoyable until Lexi entered into college.  Now, in order to track down the students who have grouped together to hack into the school’s systems, Lexi is going undercover as a high school student.  If that isn’t enough to stress out a person, Christmas is almost here, and Lexi needs to figure out how to get through it with a new, and first time ever, boyfriend.

 

On her first day at the school, Lexi is shown that nothing has changed, and she ends up sided with the geeks in the school.  This might be a break in Lexi’s investigation, but these students are beyond intelligent, and she will need to keep on her toes to find out who is behind the hacks.  As Lexi explores the school system, and everyone who has any form of access to it, she discovers things that bring up more questions.  Lexi calls in one of her best friends, Elvis, to help her check out a few things. What they discover is a group of international hackers who have invaded the school. Lexi and Elvis now have to use their top skills and computer knowledge to save the students and teachers.  Lexi knows that if she can just find a way to reach out online, her boyfriend, Slash, will be there to help.  High school was never fun for Lexi, but now it’s the ultimate test of wits and skills where the wrong answer could lead to several deaths.

 

As a teen, high school always felt like a death sentence, but now for one high profile school, it really could be.  Lexi, Elvis, Slash, and a few very special students all face the ultimate test in No Test for the Wicked.  I’m with Lexi. High school should never have to be repeated for anyone, however, I could see that her going undercover was really the best way to find the answers the school was working for.  The pages that were filled with the drama of bringing down the international hackers had me enthralled.  From then on, I didn’t put down the book until I turned the last page.  I just had to know what would happen next and what the outcome would be.  It’s hard to grow up, even once you’re an adult, and I just wanted to give Lexi a hug as life was forcing a new stage in her life.  The best thing of all was seeing that Lexi figured out her Christmas gift to Slash and that their relationship was stronger than ever after this adventure.

 

I have loved the entire Lexi Carmichael series, but this one bounced up to one of my top favorites for the intense plotline. I can’t wait to re-read this story, and I have wanted to since I closed the last page. Yes, you guessed it, I Joyfully Recommend No Test for the Wicked as a page-turner that will never leave your e-reader and will be re-read many times.

TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki Duncan

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TASTE ME DEADLY by Nikki DuncanTaste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan
Series: Sensory Ops #5
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Suspense
Reviewed by Jo

Greycen Craig has been in the Federal Witness Protection program for the last five years and was pretty much a model witness until she heard about attack that injured her sister and placed her in the hospital.  Greycen might have been able to walk away from her sister in order to save her, but there is no way that she won’t go to her sister’s side now—even if it means putting herself in deadly danger by leaving the program.

 

Liam Burgess is an FBI agent who is known for being the sensible one and all that, but there was one memorable time when Liam not only went crazy, but has spent the last five year trying to find the woman who brought out the unexpected in him: the woman he met and married, and who disappeared all within 24 hours.  When a lead tells him that a recent hit-and-run victim could be just connected to his mystery woman, Liam makes it is mission to go there and wait to see who shows up.

 

Greycen never forgot those wonderful hours in Liam’s arms and why she had to leave him without word and disappear, but she was totally amazed to find him in her sister’s room. The same shock seems to find Liam, but for a different reason. He thought he could handle what Greycen did to him just by being in the room—a very wrong assumption, he quickly finds out.  Greycen ends up telling Laim everything. Liam offers the help of his team to not only keep her safe, but to end the nightmare once and for all. At first, Greycen declines and lets herself be persuaded to accept the offer instead of trying to protect both her sister and herself alone.  However, when Greycen sees just how full Liam’s life is, she takes an action that will place her in even more danger, unless Liam can get to her first.  The next few hours will decide just what Greycen and Liam’s future will be, and if they will be able to stay together and safe, forever on the run, or forever apart and alone.

 

Two souls found and recognized each other instantly only to be torn apart by murder. When given a second chance, can that hope of love finally get the chance to happen, or will it be denied forever?  Liam and Greycen will discover this answer and many more in Taste Me Deadly.  Liam and Greycen could not have been more different, and yet it was clear that they were soul mates, and they just needed the chance to fulfill that destiny.  It didn’t surprise me at all that Liam stepped right in to take control of the situation and protect Greycen and her sister.  Greycen might have been a free spirit, but when she loved someone, she would do anything to protect them, even if it meant running from them.  I really enjoyed watching as Liam slowly helped Greycen overcome her fears, and he showed her that they belonged together.  When the final answers came clear, and the entire events of the night that changed Greycen’s life became clear, I discovered that I had figured out part of the answer, but not all of it. I have a feeling that Liam and Greycen’s life will be full of unexpected and wonderful things.  Taste Me Deadly is a great suspense story that proves once again that depending upon those you love is always the best way, even if it’s a recent loved one.

SWEETER THAN SIN by Shiloh Walker

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COUNT ON ME by Lauren Dane

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AWAKENED by Virna DePaul

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LONG FOR ME by Shiloh Walker

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BREAK FOR ME by Shiloh Walker

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