Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

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.

SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

SHADOW’S END by Thea Harrison

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SHADOW’S END by Thea HarrisonShadow's Fall by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder's Race #9
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Beluviel was the consort for the Elven High Lord for more years that most can remember.  Now, with is death after a horrible attack on the Elven home, Beluviel is trying to help give her people some form of comfort and normalcy.  You would think that after so many years, Beluviel would be in deep morning for her consort, however, things were not as they seemed with the couple who ruled.  What Beluviel does grieve, and has for many years, was the relationship and attraction that never had a chance to grow and deepen.

 

Graydon has been a Wyr Sentinel for many, many years and just recently he became the First Sentinel. Graydon has always enjoyed doing his job and protecting the Wyr and others who needed it.  But the one thing that Graydon has missed is the woman who might have been so much more than a lover and who he had to walk away from two hundred years ago.  It always hurt watching other Wyrs with mates knowing he has to stay away from the one woman who wants to forget everything when she was around—Beluviel.

 

It all began two hundred years ago when Beluviel and Graydon raced to try and help someone from making a huge mistake.  Along the way, their attraction bloomed into passion and Beluviel and Graydon thought to make plans together.  Love might have been in the air, but it never had a chance as Djinn Malphas held a card neither Beluviel nor Graydon could quash, and they had to separate.  Now, time has come to play hardball with Malphas before he can play that trump card and ruin many, many lives for both those of the Elder Races and human world.  Graydon has waited for his chance to end Malphas’ hold and have the chance with Beluviel that was denied them.  They both know it’s going to be risky and deadly dangerous, even with a plan and so many powerful friends to help.  The plan is set and the players are in position; the night is about to explode and the question is just who will win this final high stakes game and who won’t?

 

The Wyr and Elven have had a feud forever, or should I say some of the Elven have had a feud with Dragos. Now that two lovers have found each other again, the relationship is about to go under a drastic change.  Beluviel and Graydon gave up so much to save someone, and now they will fight not only for that same person, but also for themselves in Shadow’s End.  I knew even before I read this story that Graydon and Beluviel had some type of history, but I didn’t even guess what it was or what had happened.  My respect for Graydon grew as I realized just what he had lost that day many years ago, and how he quietly and stealthily worked to get it back.  I only knew about Beluviel by the little she was in the books as the Elven consort.  Learning about why she put up with her life for so long told me that this was one strong and formidable woman.  I really loved watching as Beluviel and Graydon worked together, both originally and now, to end the hold that Malphas had on them and others.  The final battle was all I could have hoped for, and yet it was so bittersweet by the time it was over.  However, I have to say that the joy and love between Garydon and Beluviel turned that bittersweet feeling into a sigh of fulfillment by the time I turned the final page.

 

Shadow’s End is crammed packed with emotion, both good and bad.  It also gave Graydon the mate that I was hoping for him—yes I freely admit that Graydon is one of my favorite Sentinels.  The Elder Races have truly been changed with this book, and I for one can’t wait to see just how these changes unroll as the series goes on.  There is so much that I just want to shout out and chat about, but since I can’t, I just have to say that Shadow’s End is a major Recommended Read.  Not only will you not want to miss Graydon and Beluviel’s journey to mating, but you will also want to see the other things that will affect this world forever.

FEAR THE DARK by Kay Hooper

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FEAR THE DARK by Kay HooperFear the Dark by Kay Hooper
Series: A Bishop / SCU Novel
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Serenity, Tennessee is a sleepy small town and that is exactly why Jonah Riggs loves being the Chief of Police there.  Jonah knows everyone in his town and most of their back stories.  However, Jonah also believes in being prepared and up to date, so he has gone to the FBI for advanced training a few times.  Which is why, when people started to disappear from his town, Jonah knew exactly who to call to help.  The entire town of Serenity is ready to blow especially after this last missing person and Jonah knows that time is not on his side or that of the missing.

 

The Special Crimes Unit run by the Bishops has been a quiet secret in years past, however lately the FBI has been much more open about this special group and what they can do.  When they get a call from the Chief of Police from a small town in Tennessee, it sounds exactly like something that they can help with, so a team is sent out with Lucas and Samantha Jordan, a married couple who work well together and new team members, Dante Swann and Robbie Hodge.  Between them they have the psychic talents to track down not only the unsub but also the missing people themselves.

 

Jonah has opened the door to this FBI team and he is hoping that they will help him find the missing and the person behind it before they start finding bodies.  Lucas and Sam are experienced team members and they pick up on what Jonah has kept quiet about and the entire team knows instantly that the unsub is someone with psychic gifts too, but dangerously and deadly so.  It’s a battle from the minute the team hits town to find out who is behind the disappearances and to stop it.  The few clues the team has are puzzling until they figure out what the common link is. To solve this mystery, save the missing and bring down the unsub it will take all the team’s talents and the Chief’s local knowledge.  When the dust finally settles, will everyone be able to walk away and resume their lives?

 

People are missing and there are no suspects, no evidence and no way of knowing how long they have to stay alive. Fear the Dark will bring a team from the Special Crimes Unit to Serenity Tennessee to find out all the answers as the clock is running.  I love mysteries and I was caught from the first chapter by the plot and spent the rest of the time I was reading trying to figure out the who, what and where and especially the how in these disappearances.  I really enjoyed watching as Jonah not only kept his town together but also kept his officers on task while working with the team on these disappearances.  I admit that I was nowhere close to figuring out all the answers before they were revealed and was even more intrigued as each answer was unrolled.  There is a very bittersweet ending but there is also some happy endings.  One thing I need to point out is that there is not a romance in this book, however if you love a great mystery and suspense and also love it when psychic elements are involved then you will not want to miss Fear the Dark.  While this is part of series, it was a perfect stand alone read too.  Ms. Hooper has once again given us a book that will make you shiver as you flip the pages to learn just what is waiting in the dark.

MINE by HelenKay Dimon

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MINE by HelenKay DimonMine by HelenKay Dimon
Series: Holton Woods #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Natalie Udall has worked for the CIA for years and always assumed she would be a lifer.  That is, until she followed her instincts and located a mole within the CIA.  Before it was over, she had lost all but two of her team and to keep them safe, she sacrificed her career.  Now it’s time to begin her new life, but first Natalie discovers that her attorney has hired a bodyguard/security expert to make sure that the CIA is going to keep their part of the agreement.  Natalie has never been a follow-woman, and she isn’t about to start now.

 

Gabe MacIntosh joined the army as a teenager needing a stable source of income and a way to provide for his son and became a top sniper.  Now he is out, and he is the owner of Tosh Industries, a security company.  Gabe usually is behind the scenes running several assignments that his company is doing.  But something about Natalie draws Gabe, and he decides that he will be the one to keep her safe during this transition.  Good thing, too, because, of course, some people in the CIA are worried about the knowledge that Natalie has, and  they are all but about to break their agreement.

 

Gabe pulled an old trick to get Natalie to the safe house in the middle of nowhere, but that placed the two of them totally alone and the tension between them grows minute by minute.  Then Gabe learns that someone has hired another company to track Natalie and see what she is doing, a no-no, and of all the companies—it’s his older brother’s, a brother that right now Gabe would love to just make disappear.  Natalie and Gabe finally give into their feelings thinking they can keep it to sex only, yet as they begin to know one another, their feelings go way beyond that.  With the safe house discovered, Gabe takes Natalie to the one place he knows he can keep her safe:  his house.  Natalie learns exactly why Gabe is on the outs with his brother, and she learns the truth about his son.  Gabe is facing some serious issues: he isn’t ready to face the problem with his brother and he is more than ready to open his life to Natalie, both of which will change his life forever.  To get everyone past this family conflict, it will take Natalie stepping up.  The question is, when she acts and it comes out in the open, will it solve the problems, or will it be the action that will tear her and Gabe apart once and for all?

 

When two strong people are forced into cohabitation, will their passion win the day, or will what make them so strong be the very thing that will drive them apart?  Gabe and Natalie will find the answer to this very question and many others in Mine.  Natalie gave up all she knew to save remaining team members from their bosses in the CIA.  Gabe was hired to keep Natalie safe, and now he is going to do it because of what he feels for her.  I really enjoyed watching as Natalie and Gabe both struggled with their attractions and then slowly found the way to become a couple.  Both of them had luggage from their pasts that could have kept them apart and yet, I found that those same pasts were how they became who they were and it gave them the way to overcome what could have been seen as betrayal and forge a future that will hopefully bring the entire MacIntosh family back together.  Mine does have a strong suspense aspect and yet, I found that for me, it fell in to the background and, instead, it was the growing relationship between Natalie and Gabe that held my attention, along with the many subplots of those around them.  It’s a great way to pass a few hours and escape into Gabe and Natalie’s world.

TRULY MADLY MONTANA by Fiona Lowe

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TRULY MADLY MONTANA by Fiona LoweTruly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe
Series: A Medicine River Romance #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyNikita

Will Bartlett is still devastated from the loss of his twin brother two years ago.  So he tries to live for the both of them by flirting profoundly with women and playing extreme sports.  As a favor for a friend, Will agrees to be the summer local clinic doctor in Big Paw, Montana.

 

Millie Switkowski is a pre-med student.  Her journey has been a difficult one, especially since her family and friends are constantly badgering her over her type 1 diabetes.  Nevertheless, Millie is determined to maintain her independence and to become a doctor.  So, when she is offered a summer internship in her home town, Millie jumps at the chance to gain first-hand experience.

 

As Millie and Will work together, neither expects a summer romance to blossom.  But with many secrets hidden between them, will their super-hot romance end in disaster when the truths are revealed?

 

Truly Madly Montana is a charming story that had me hooked from the start.  Millie is a typical hometown girl that I found easy to like and to relate to.  She is smart, determined, and passionate.  I really like her self-governing willpower to maintain control over her life and not to allow others to rule it.  Likewise, Will is a force to be reckoned with.  He is clever, sexy, and strong-willed with a wounded heart.  Millie is the perfect woman to heal his heart and open him up to love.  The romance between the couple is spicy and sweet.  In addition to the blazing romance, the kept secrets and the diabetes element, Truly Madly Montana is filled with plenty of laughs and dynamic secondary characters to make it a well-rounded contemporary read.

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