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KATWALK By MARIA MURNANE

IMG_1031    KATWALK By MARIA MURNANE

Katwalk by Maria Murnane is a women’s fiction novel about a woman who overcomes her extreme shyness and insecurity and ends up having the most freeing and uninhibited time of her life. Katrina Lynden, an accountant at an advertising agency in California, reluctantly agrees to quit her job and spend two months with her outgoing best friend in New York City. When her best friend suddenly backs out days before the trip, totally out of character for Katrina, she decides to go anyway as she has nothing to lose since she recently moved in with her controlling parents.

This is the third novel I’ve read by Murnane and really enjoyed Kat’s journey. It was a well-written and enjoyable quick read. A very light-hearted, inspiring read. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to Maria Murnane for contacting me and providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: September 10, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 12, 2014.

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THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

IMG_1011     THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

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. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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

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RAW HEAT By CHERRIE LYNN

IMG_1012    RAW HEAT By CHERRIE LYNN

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. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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

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DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

IMG_0959     DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton is about a woman who witnesses several murders and can identify the murderer; however, the murderer can also identify her. A thrilling cat and mouse game.

Wow! What a riveting thriller from start to finish, uniquely written to keep you enthralled! This story was so suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down. Sharon Bolton is now on my must-read list. 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. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 16, 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. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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

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LUCA by SARAH CASTILLE

IMG_0958       LUCA by SARAH CASTILLE

Luca is the second instalment of the Ruin & Revenge series by Sarah Castille. A Mafia capo and a police detective lives intersect and the connection and the chemistry is instantaneous and too powerful to deny even though their professions are polar opposites and the danger of being together should be enough to keep apart. Gabrielle lost everything that matters to her and revenge is her only goal. Luca, a mafioso, is after the same target but for different reasons. An alliance is formed and a forbidden love blooms. This book will not disappoint!

I loved this book! It was so much more than I expected. I loved that it had some real meat and took awhile to get going which gave me time to become invested in the characters and see their relationship develop, not just wam-bam-thank-you-mam. This story has some grit, a few twists, and of course, a few smouldering love scenes. Everything this gal loves in a great romance novel. I didn’t read the first novel in this series and therefore feel that this book could be read as a standalone. 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: July 3, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 27, 2017.

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BEST INTENTIONS by Erica Raskin

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.

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

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