The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman is a historical fiction novel about Francis Gorges, a healer, who is forced by her conniving a manipulative power-seeking uncle to wed in order to gain stature in the royal court. Frances can trust no one in the King’s court but finds companionship with the King’s exuberant daughter, Elizabeth, and a loyal member of the council, Tom Wintour. Will she be able to outsmart the shrewd Privy Seal, Lord Cecil, who has had it out for Francis since their first encounter?

This book is very well-written, but I’m afraid the pace was a little to slow for my liking. Where is the scandal that accompanies most historical/fictional retellings of court life, especially when there’s “sordid” sorcery involved? I rate this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: April 6, 2018. Novel Publish Date: July 13, 2018.

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery/suspense novel about an uncharacteristic murder in an unlikely scenario. Noah, a doctor, widower and single father, remarries the new love of his life Maggie, who has an estranged grown daughter, Anna, who suddenly turns up in their lives after her biological father is no longer in the picture. What turns from a blissful, uncomplicated life to a disquieting, and suddenly alarming situation when Noah is accused of Anna’s murder. Will Maggie believe and support Noah of his innocence or is there more to the story?

This story was fantastic as are all of Lisa Scottoline’s novels. I particularly enjoy reading books that switch back and forth between the character’s differing perspectives weaving the pieces of the narrative together. It always builds the suspense and makes the unfolding of the mystery that much more gratifying when it’s slowly revealed bit by tantalizing bit. A definite recommended read! I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: March 24, 2018. Novel Publish Date: April 10, 2018

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She’s Not There by Joy Fielding is a psychological thriller about the kidnapping of a two year old girl from a Mexican resort while her parents are at a dinner party close.

This story is told from the mother’s tormented perspective and flips back and forth from past to present giving the reader glimpses into what happened that night and how their lives were devastatingly impacted by the traumatic events of that night fifteen years prior when Samantha disappeared. Caroline Shipley is continually blamed and ridiculed by the press, the community, and her own family, inevitably costing her her marriage and teaching career.

This story has a familiar backstory and made me think of the true crime and kidnapping of Maddie McCann in Algarve, Portugal in 2007 under similar circumstances.

I have always been a fan of Joy Fielding’s books and jumped at the chance to read her latest thriller. I was not disappointed and highly recommend this novel if you like this genre. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre Publishing for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: October 29, 2017. Novel Publish Date: December 14, 2017.

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The Visitors by Catherine Burns is a mystery/thriller is about two single siblings who have lived together most of their life. Marion is a spinster who has convinced herself that she can’t stay alone and take care of herself and therefore is reliant on her older brother John. John is a loner and spends much of his time in the cellar. Unbeknownst to outsiders is that John has a sadistic side and forces Marion into situations she doesn’t know how to get out of for fear of John’s blistering temper and sometimes menacing hatred toward her. Marion craves any type of affection and puts up with John’s manipulative ways for fear of being alone.

It’s hard to believe Marion is so daft, but rather in denial. She knew about the “Visitors” but chose to push the thoughts from her mind and pretend everything was normal. I suppose it was her way of dealing with the situation and clearly she doesn’t have all her faculties, but has startling moments of clarity and common sense when dealing with John. I like how it switches from past to present so the reader can gain insight into how John became so evil. Pretty good for a debut novel. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: August 25, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 26, 2017.

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Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn is the 3rd instalment in the Larson Brothers series. Damien is the youngest brother and is a successful nightclub owner with an illegal poker room upstairs. He is the darkest and most mysterious of the brothers.

Emma, Damien’s accountant, seeks out Damien regarding business and catches her addict brother Ben gambling at Damien’s game. Ben racks up such a debt that he’s willing to barter his own sister’s virtue in exchange for clearing the debt at Damien’s request. Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s deep intensity so she’s not overly upset about being his for the next 30 days, she only feels betrayed by her brother and torn that she wants to help him but in an unethical way. Raw Heat is Damien and Emma’s sizzling story.

I have loved each one of Cherrie Lynn’s books and was not disappointed with Raw Heat. I read this novel in one sitting. “Heat” is the key word here; not for the faint of heart! It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: August 18, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

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HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

IMG_0960      HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

Hard Rules is the first instalment of the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones.

Shane Brandon, a corporate Harvard graduate, is summoned home by his ailing father to save the only legitimate scrap of the family empire that’s left from the corrupt clutches of his brother Derek who is deeply involved with the cartel.

Emily is hiding secrets and has relocated to NYC to escape her past and start over. She meets Shane in a coffee shop and the chemistry is instant and undeniable. A second-chance meeting leads to a hot one-nighter which develops into a deeper connection neither wanted or expected. Jobless, and to Shane’s surprise and utter disdain, Emily accepts an assistant position working for Shane’s detestable father. So what exactly is Emily’s angle?

This book was just mediocre for me. For starters, there was no hook. Usually this type of genre opens up with a steamy encounter to bait you before diving into the backstory, but there was nothing, nada. No encounter and not much backstory. The coffeehouse scene was hardly titillating. By about 25%, it started to get better and there were a couple scenes that were steamy but it didn’t last long and started to drag on and become repetitive. On the whole, this book had no verve or appeal. I rate it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I can say quite confidently that I won’t be reading any more of the upcoming books in the series.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: July 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 9, 2017.

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IMG_0904       BEST INTENTIONS by Erica Raskin

Marti Trainer is an obstetrician’s wife, mother of three, and a senator’s daughter. After years of being a stay-at-home mom, she makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to go back to social work which ends up having an irrevocable and life changing impact on all of their lives forever.

This women’s fiction novel, Best Intentions by Erica Raskin, is a very easy and quick read, has a plausible plot line, and relatable developed characters. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: June 10, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 15, 2017.

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