Publisher: Carina Press

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

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NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie MoffettNo Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett
Series: Lexi Carmichael #6
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyJo

Not long ago, Lexi and one of her best friends, Elvis Zimmerman, stopped a madman and cybercriminal intent on using a special high school and the internet to bring down part of the U.S. infrastructure.  While they stopped the current mission, Johannes Broodryk, said madman, got away.  But right this minute, Lexi has a much more dangerous mission to complete—a dinner with her parents and her new and only boyfriend.

 

Dinner doesn’t go quite as planned, unless you are expecting bullets with your salad.  As that nightmare becomes clear, Lexi discovers that Johannes Broodryk isn’t about to accept defeat from a couple of young geeks.  He is issued an invitation that Lexi cannot refuse: to solve his clues and to save the life of Elvis, who has been kidnapped.  With Elvis’ life on the line, Lexi sees no other way than to go on this hunt, even when her boyfriend, Slash, is adamantly against it.

 

Lexi is now off on a mission with the help of the U.S. government and her own team of Navy Seals.  The government wants Broodryk and his latest attempt to destroy the U.S. and other nations brought down.  Lexi is going to save Elvis and if she can also bring down Broodryk at the same time, then it’s a double score.  On her hunt, Lexi comes to respect all that it means to be a Seal and sees herself and the Seals as a team as she places herself and them in danger to solve the clues that will get her to Elvis.  It all comes down to who has the best moves, Lexi and her Seals or Broodryk and his assassins. When it comes to who is smarter about computers and the internet… Do you really want to vote against Lexi and her friends?

 

When a self-addressed girl geek must decide to rescue a friend or stay safe, there really is no question of going after the friend—especially if her name is Lexi Carmichael.  In No Woman Left Behind, Lexi and all of those around her will learn just how far good friends will go to keep those they love safe.  While I could see why Slash was so against Lexi taking up the challenge of rescuing Elvis, I was very happy to see how this first fight between Lexi and Slash worked out.  I have loved watching Lexi grow during the previous books in this series, but I truly believe that she grew the most during her adventures in No Woman Left Behind.

 

Not only did Lexi accept that she was putting her life in danger, but also that both she and Elvis could be killed at any time.  I really enjoyed watching as Lexi came to know the Seal team that was assigned to her and then seemed to just automatically put them within her friend-shield to keep safe, if possible. She really didn’t care that they were trained to be in dangerous situations; If she saw a way to lessen the danger then that was what Lexi did.  There are so many places in this book that I would love to discuss in detail, but, in the end, I decided that anything more would just give too much away.  All I can say is, I read this book in one sitting and did not regret the lost sleep.  There are many aspects of love within Lexi’s adventure this time, she’s surrounded by deadly danger, and there’s just the right touch of humor to keep things from getting too tense.  I can’t recommend this story enough, even by Joyfully Recommending it as a must-read—for those who have fallen for Lexi and for those who love military stories—No Woman Left Behind has something for everyone, I believe.

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.

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren Dane

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BLADE ON THE HUNT by Lauren DaneBlade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo

"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man—he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.

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Rowan Summerwaite has finally healed and is ready to begin her hunt for the ancient vampire witch, Enyo, who attacked her when she was unarmed in her childhood home.  It has been weeks of hurry up and wait, and Rowan is beyond ready to get this hunt on.  But before she can gather up the hand-selected people who will be accompanying her on this hunt, Rowan must deal with more bull from Hunter Corp, the company she hunts for.  Rowan is also confronted with a temporary madness from Theo, The First—the vampire who has stood as Rowan’s father for so many years.

 

Finally Rowan is on the hunt with her boyfriend, Clive Stewart, the North American Scion; her steward, David, the European Scion; Warren; and Recht, one of the Frist’s guards.  Talk about a powerful and deadly group, that Rowan knows will be needed to take down Enyo and those who have protected her up to now.  Things get off to a rocky start and from places that Rowan never expected trouble, but now they are headed to the last place Enyo was seen.  The hunt gets even more complicated as Rowan and the Nation’s vampires with her discover that there are highly placed leaks in the Nation’s set up somewhere, which are putting them in even more danger.  The closer Rowan gets to Enyo, the more complex the hunt gets as another spike of danger comes from a place which should be a place of safety for Rowan.  All of the leads and leaks lead to the final showdown between Rowan and Enyo and even Bridget, Rowan’s goddess, gets something from this battle.

 

The hunt is finally on, and Rowan and her hand-picked group start their bloody European tour to bring down the ancient Enyo in Blade on the Hunt.  I have to say, first off, this story was a big WOW with all the complexity and angles that kept me on the edge from beginning until the end.  I knew that Rowan had a huge reason to want Enyo dead, but I then learned that Bridget also had one and what it was.  Watching Clive and Warren butt heads had me chuckling once Rowan stepped in and called BS.  Most of all, I loved all the twists and turns that came out as this hunt went on.  I also loved watching as Rowan and Clive’s romance deepened and more of Rowan’s life was revealed to Clive and us.  While a lot of things were solved at the end of this book, there are so many more issues that are now up front and forward.  I really can’t wait for the next book from this series, and I will have to for at least a year.  What agony! Blade on the Hunt is a must-read and a true keeper in every sense of the words. It is also a Joyfully Recommended read that I know you will love as much as I did, because there was a whole lot that I didn’t tell you about here.

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.

LIAR’S GUIDE TO TRUE LOVE by Wendy Chen

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LIAR’S GUIDE TO TRUE LOVE by Wendy ChenLiar's Guide to True Love by Wendy Chen
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Melissa

Little white lies that lead to bigger lies, that’s how wedding coordinator Cassandra Hanley self destructs her personal relationships. She always tries to please people, which lead to these problems. Then she meets Nick and even though she’s made promises to herself not to fall back into her old ways, it doesn’t work out. Nick makes it clear he hates weddings and before she knows it she’s told him she works as an advertising executive. Now it’s taking more and more lies to cover up her first lie. And if things were getting confusing enough, her college sweetheart Kevin wants her to give him another chance. It’s only a matter of time before all the cards come crashing down on her.

 

Liar’s Guide to True Love is one turn after another. Cassandra is a flawed heroine that will both frustrate you and make you love her. Funny and romantic, Wendy Chen has penned a light hearted romance that readers will love. What a great way to spend an afternoon!

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BLADE TO KEEP by Lauren Dane

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NO PLACE LIKE ROME by Julie Moffett

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