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TO THE BRIDGE BY NANCY ROMMELMANN

IMG_1228    TO THE BRIDGE BY NANCY ROMMELMANN

To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann is a true crime novel or according to the author “reported non-fiction” with reconstructed true events.

Journalist Nancy Rommelmann writes an interesting account of what took place on that fateful night on May 23, 2009 when Amanda Stott-Smith dropped her four and seven year old children from the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Amanda, battling depression and substance abuse, lived with her parents after her marriage to Jason fell apart. Amanda had a son from a previous relationship, but only chose to kill Jason’s children. Was it revenge or was she protecting her children from a life of constant abuse?

An interesting read for sure but a tad long. True crime books are insightful as they delve into the workings of the inner psyche and try to understand how a mother could harm her own children. What drove Amanda to this point? I rate this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Little A for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 4, 2018. Novel Publish Date: July 1, 2018.

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STRONG HOLD BY SARAH CASTILLE

IMG_1277     STRONG HOLD BY SARAH CASTILLE

Strong Hold is the 5th instalment of the Redemption erotica romance series by Sarah Castille and focuses on Shaylla and Zack’s story.

Ballet dancer turned amateur MMA fighter Shayla “Shilla the Killa” Tyler thought she was over her broken heart when Zack left her seven years ago; however, he’s back and he’s now at her club recruiting fighters for MEFC, a prestigious MMA promotion company and he has his sights set on locking Shayla down, both in the ring and in the bedroom.

Sarah Castille does not disappoint, but I have to say, this story was not up-to-par with her others. Even though it’s part of a series, you can read this book as a stand-alone as each novel focuses on a different set of characters within the same fight club, but of course it’s always fun to read them all. I rate this novel 3.5 out of 5 on the hot scale. Check my blog to read the review for 4th book, Fighting Attraction. (If you enjoy reading Castille novels, I highly recommend reading the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, my favourite Sarah Castille series).

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: May 26, 2018. Novel Publish Date: July 3, 2018.

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JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

IMG_1227      JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is a mystery/thriller about a group of three friends whose lives all took a different turn one fateful night when they were teenagers. At the age of 16, Angela disappeared without a trace only to be found years later buried in a shallow grave. Georgina, a powerful executive, is accused of participanting in and covering up Angela’s grisly murder with her then high school boyfriend Calvin James, now infamously known as the Sweetbay Strangler. Finally, Kaiser, still secretly in love with Geo, became a police detective who can’t seem to let Angela’s murder go and is obsessed with reapprehending the Sweetbay serial murderer who escaped.

This book was unputdownable! Riveting, shocking, and full of twists and turns that will leave you wishing for more. Well written with believable characters, told from Geo and Kai’s differing perspectives interspersed with flashes from the past teasing out the circumstances leading up to Angela’s murder. I highly recommend this novel to lovers of the thriller genre. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: May 20, 2018. Novel Publish Date: June 12, 2018.

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THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY BY RUTH WARE

IMG_1229   THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY BY RUTH WARE

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is about a wealthy family with many hidden secrets.

Hal, alone and on her own, receives a letter out of the blue bequeathing her a family fortune she did not even know existed. Living on a fortune teller’s pay and running from loan sharks, Hal devises a plan to scheme the fortune from the rich snobs who think Hal is a long-lost niece. She’s already a pro at deception, what’s one more scam that could finally turn her life around.

Another great thriller from Ruth Ware! I’ve read all four of Ruth Ware’s novels and this one is by far my favorite. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: May 13, 2018. Novel Publish Date: May 29, 2018.

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TWO DUKES ARE BETTER THAN ONE BY LORNA JAMES

IMG_1260      Two Dukes are Better Than One by Lorna James

Two Dukes are Better Than One by Lorna James is an erotica novel about a young woman named Sophia who must marry the Duke of Kendall in order to clear her father’s gambling debt, but gets more than she bargained for when her husband’s best friend, the Duke of Bedford, is part of the deal.

The story was just okay, some parts were cheesy while others parts were witty and fun; however, the ménage à trois sex scenes totally made up for the lacking storyline. A quick read! I rate this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Riverdale Avenue Books for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: May 5, 2018. Novel Publish Date: October 27, 2017.

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THE KING’S WITCH By TRACY BORMAN

IMG_1213   THE KING’S WITCH By TRACY BORMAN

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. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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

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AFTER ANNA By LISA SCOTTOLINE

IMG_1193   AFTER ANNA By LISA SCOTTOLINE

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.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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

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