Genre: Suspense

CIPHER by Moira Rogers

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CIPHER by Moira RogersCipher by Moira Rogers
Series: Southern Arcana #4
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

Fourteen months ago Kat Gabriel lost the man she’s always loved.  Andrew didn’t die, Kat saved him, but he was forever changed. Learning to live without Andrew in her life has been tougher than she ever imagined, but she did it.  She pulled herself together and has been learning to manage her lethal emphatic gift while learning self defense as well.  What Kat wants to learn next is the truth about her family’s past.  Her mother was harboring a dark secret when she died and Kat aims to find out what it was.

 

Andrew Callaghan lost his humanity fourteen months ago and gained a wolf.  Since the horrible attack that left him changed he has had to learn to live as a shape shifter.  Managing his emotions and his instincts is much harder than he ever imagined.  There is nothing he would love more than to claim Kat but his fear of hurting her has kept him away.  However, when Kat places herself in danger Andrew will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and decimate whoever is out to harm her.  Will the latest threat drive these two into each other’s arms, where they’ve always wanted to be or will it tear them apart forever?

 

Kat and Andrew have one of those unforgettable love stories.  I have been waiting with bated breath for Cipher and I was not disappointed.  Kat and Andrew are two strong characters that have been waiting a long time to find happiness.   Moira Rogers gave them the gut-wrenching story they deserved.  Cipher starts off at a rapid pace and doesn’t let up on the exciting adventure until the last page.  Emotions are high and all over the place as Kat and Andrew are forced together and required to face all that lies between them.  These two have been tugging at my heart for what seems like forever, why stop now?  Cipher gave me the satisfying story I wanted for these two and anted up with a killer plot that never failed to shock and awe.  The Southern Arcana series is sublime and I can’t wait for the next installment!

HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa Schroeder

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HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa SchroederHostile Desires by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Task Force Hawaii #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Dr. Elle Middleton is an English rose transplanted in Hawaii.  You would think that she would feel out of place, however, Elle has never felt more at home than here in Hawaii and with her new friends.  Yet, Elle has learned that sometimes you can’t trust those you think are friends in the past when she was violently attacked while on the job in England.  Because of just how nasty that part of her past was, Elle took an instant attitude against one of the Task Force members—

a sexy Scot.

 

Graeme McGregor couldn’t believe when he got the job and became a part of the Task Force. After all, his background was in the military, not in police work.  But it was the perfect job to help Graeme adjust to life after the military and yet be able to use his skills to the best of his abilities.  Graeme is attracted to the medical examiner of the Task Force, and he doesn’t understand why she is so unfriendly to him, as she has been since they first met.  Not that it has dampened his attraction any.

 

When a murder that Elle is sent to investigate while covering for the HPD suddenly becomes connected to an old cold case, Elle and Graeme are forced into working together to see if they can track down the killer of a young girl—a killer that was never caught.  Elle and Graeme begin to collect everything they can about the old case and soon discover that something strange was going on during that investigation.  Slowly, they both begin to uncover more and more evidence of a botched case.  The question is, why?  Was it just because murder wasn’t common in Hawaii back then or was something else going on?  While gathering the clues in their cold case, Elle and Graeme discover that their attraction is mutual and just why Elle was so mean when they first met.  Now their passion is alive and vibrant, and their cold case has become an extremely hot case—one that when the final showdown happens, will either take down a cold-blooded killer, or it could affect the Task Force forever.

 

An English rose and a Scotsman have moved to paradise in Hawaii, yet their relationship is mired in a search for a cold-blooded killer in Hostile Desires.  I fell for Graeme right away with his compassion for both Elle and the young girl whose killer they were now searching for, not to mention his rescue dog.  Elle’s past was horrible and I could understand why she acted as she did to Graeme originally.  I loved watching as Elle and Graeme worked their way past all the hurdles between them and as they fell deeply in love.  At the same time, I enjoyed watching as they used everything they had to track down the killer of a young girl and bring him to justice.  When the killer was announced, I found that I had half-guessed correctly, but I’m not going to tell you which half, because that would just give too much away.  What I will say is Elle and Graeme’s romance and search for the truth is well worth the time to sit down and enjoy.  I can also say that I’m really loving this series so far.  If you haven’t read the first book in this series (Seductive Reasoning), I would encourage you to grab it first and then go on to Hostile Desires.  But if you just want to read about Elle and Graeme, their romance does stand alone, too.

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

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SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann KrentzSecret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Madeline Chase recently lost her grandmother—the woman who raised her after her parents died when she was young.  Now Madeline is in charge of a hotel chain, and she is going to have to face the place that she and her grandmother fled eighteen years ago after an unspeakable night of horror for Madeline and everyone else.  Madeline had to turn her back on many things, most of which she didn’t mind, but one of those things was her best friend, Daphne, the person who she made a pact with as her secret sister.

 

John Rayner, but known as Jack, is the head of the security firm for the hotels that Madeline now owns and runs.  This is his second security firm as his first one went under when his partner died.  With a background as a profiler, which was beginning to change him, Jack left that behind and started his own business.  Right now, Madeline’s company is his biggest client, which could be a serious conflict of interest based on the attraction he has towards her.  Jack is not happy when Madeline says she is going alone to a property on an island that she hasn’t seen in eighteen years and that only the old caretaker is at.

 

Madeline returns to Aurora Point Hotel only to find her old friend and the caretaker dying from an obvious attack and to hear his attacker is still in the hotel building.  Not knowing where else to turn, Madeline brings in the police and calls for Jack to join her.  As Jack and Madeline begin to put the pieces together of what happened, it leads them to that horrible night when Madeline was attacked. The only good thing is that Daphne and Madeline are brought back together.  As Jack, Madeline, Daphne, and Jack’s brother, Abe, begin to put the pieces together, the answers bring danger closer than ever.  Also during this time, romance is in the air as Jack and Madeline have finally given in to their attraction.  But first, they must determine final answers on who killed whom and, more importantly, why, along with just how it’s all entwined with the night Madeline was attacked.  The final answers will tear a family and a community apart and, just when you think it’s finally over, more wrinkles appear before Jack and Madeline can plan for their future together.

 

A woman facing a past terror and a man who wants to protect and love her will uncover a deadly secret while falling in love in Secret Sisters.  I’m not sure where to start, but to say that Ms. Krentz produced a book that I could not put down. The story also sucked me in from the first page until the very last one.  Madeline and Daphne lost a huge part of their childhood way too early and now they would once again find their old friendship as the answers became clear on long ago acts, which have turned deadly once again.  Jack and Madeline’s romance was mixed with thick suspense and deadly danger and yet, it drew me in with their bantering back and forth.  After I learned about just why Jack had to start over twice, I was shown just how strong of a man he really was and that he was the perfect person to complement Madeline’s personality.

 

I have always enjoyed the romantic suspense from Ms. Krentz, yet with Secret Sisters, I found even more than I expected.  I found that the plot and writing had something extra which made the book and characters richer to me.  The ending grabbed me as again, it was also unexpected and answered each and every question by the time it was over.  Secret Sisters is a must-read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.  It is well written and well worth the time to read and enjoy.  It is also Joyfully Recommended by me.  My only advice is, don’t start it when you will only have a short time to read.

RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

RAPHAEL by Naima Simone

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RAPHAEL by Naima SimoneRaphael by Naima Simone
Series: Secrets and Sins #3
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Suspense

Greer Addison could not get the image of her fiancé having sex with her supposedly best friend, out of her head.  Distraught, a heartbroken Greer finds comfort in the arms of bad boy, Raphael Marcel.  Things then go from bad to worse when Greer arrives home from her passion-filled night with Raphael, only to discover her fiancé, dead and her unconscious with no memory of what happened.

 

Raphael “Rafe” Marcel could not believe it when Greer showed up on his doorstep claiming she’s pregnant with his child and asking for his protection against an unknown stalker, one who’s determined to keep her in the headlines regarding her ex-fiancé’s murder, until her memory returns.

 

Phew! Readers, hold on to your horses because Raphael will blow your mind.  The suspense is electrifying, the sex is wickedly naughty, the plot perfectly paced, and the characters, whether main or secondary, are impressive and captivating.  When the identity of the stalker is revealed, my jaw, literally, dropped open. I admit that I did not see that coming. I was totally shocked and found myself screaming with excitement!  Naima Simone paints her scenes so well-defined and vivid to the point where I felt that I was right there in the middle of all the action.  My emotions were all over the place, I giggled and even shed a few tears. I yearn to experience the unconditional loving that Rafe and Greer shared.  I was completely engrossed in the storyline from the beginning until the very last word.  Raphael is one novel not to be missed.  I promise that you will not be disappointed.

 

I Joyfully Recommended Raphael!

MALACHIM by Naima Simone

MALACHIM by Naima Simone

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MALACHIM by Naima SimoneMalachim by Naima Simone
Series: Secrets and Sins #2
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Suspense

Attorney Malachim “Mal” Jerrod is currently on suspension.  He may lose his attorney license and firm due to a 20 year old secret that he and his friends covered up.  Now that the investigations have started, Mal’s firm is in dire need of staff.  So when Danielle Warren arrives, he hires her on the spot.  Unbeknownst to Mal, Danielle is hoarding secrets that could not only cost him his firm but also their lives.

 

Danielle Warren has been to hell and back.  Two years ago, she barely escaped her abusive ex-husband.  Afraid and living on the run, Danielle is ready to change location at any given moment especially now that her ex-husband has been released from prison.  She has never allowed herself to get close to anyone until she starts working at Malachim’s law firm.  Will Danielle finally let her guard down and trust Mal with the truth about her past?

 

Malachim is one intense read that will keep you guessing until the very end.  Mystery, thrilling suspense, secrecy, and smoking hot romance are a few words I would use to describe the plot.  Author Naima Simone does an excellent job of building anticipation and apprehension before tidbits of truths are revealed to keep you pondering until the surprising conclusion.

 

Both Mal and Danielle were suffering from demons from their pasts.  It was a joy to see them work through their problems as individuals and as a couple.  They are a perfect match for each other – past misfortunes and all.  Danielle is strong-willed, smart, stubborn, proficient, and most importantly, a survivor.  Likewise, Mal’s character possesses strength, intelligence, determination, and dignity.  I winced at what Danielle endured at the hands of her ex-husband.  I admired her inner strength to break away from that monstrous situation and accept Mal’s unconditional support.

 

Naima Simone’s Malachim is a well-written, heartfelt story that will evoke many emotions within.  I Joyfully Recommend it!

PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell

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FIGHT THE SHADOWS by Caridad Pineiro

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CHAYOT by Naima Simone

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GABRIEL by Naima Simone

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HIGH-HEELED WONDER by Avery Flynn

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MAKE ME UP by Avery Flynn

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NO ROOM FOR ERROR by Julie Moffett

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STORM WARNING by Monette Michaels

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THIS YEAR’S BLACK by Avery Flynn

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TARGET ENGAGED by M. L. Buchman

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SON OF A PREACHER MAN by Arianna Hart

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HIDDEN IMPACT by Piper J. Drake

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FEAR THE DARK by Kay Hooper

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TOO HARD TO HANDLE by Julie Ann Walker

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TRICKS by Rick R. Reed

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