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Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

Black Widow is another action packed installment in Estep's Elemental Assassin series featuring Gin Blanco.  Each book in this series seems to be better than the last and proves to be even harder to put down.  This book picks up with Gin and her friends trying to figure out what Madeline Monroe, the daughter of enemy Mab Monroe, has in store for them.  Gin and her friends are taken by surprise by Madeline's plan despite their precautions leading to an epic showdown between Gin and Madeline.

 

I love how this series continues to keep my attention and continues to surprise me despite being twelve books in.   Gin continues to be one of my favorite heroines as she seems to be constantly challenged in each book and learns something about herself as she faces down each foe.  I really enjoy the secondary characters in the book because they really add to the story and each bring out something different in Gin.  This odd little family is one of my favorite fictional families.  Estep continues to build up the suspense and action in each book making each one especially this one unable to be put down or forgotten.  

 

Overall Black Widow was an amazing read that I would most definitely recommend.  If you  love urban fantasy and haven't checked out this series yet, then please do because you are missing out on a truly great series and heroine.  I can't wait to see what Gin's next adventure brings.

 

Received a copy of Black Widow through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Southern Spirits by Angie Fox

Southern Spirits was such a fun and exciting read.  Fox does such an amazing job at combining humor, mystery, suspense, and action along with the paranormal.  Verity was such a likable character that you couldn't help but root for her as she desperately tried to save her family home.  Verity is well developed in the book, but I also liked the secondary characters that Fox introduced in the book.  All of the secondary characters really added to the story, and I really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of Sugarland and its residents.  The book really captures the reader's attention from the very beginning, and the book proved to be very hard to put down.  Southern Spirits is full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and I can't wait to read Verity's next adventure.  Overall Southern Spirits was a great read that I would most definitely recommend.

 

Received a copy of Southern Spirits through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Dressed to Kill by Lynn Cahoon

I enjoyed a previous book in Cahoon's Tourist Trap series, and despite jumping ahead a little in the series I found this book to be another enjoyable read.  Jill is such an entertaining character, and I enjoyed seeing how she handled her latest adventure since she had to deal with Sherry, Greg's ex.  Cahoon did a great job at giving Jill inner turmoil with having to deal with Sherry as well as having her aunt involved in a situation of her own.  The book is full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.  I also really enjoy Cahoon's South Cove which is a great setting that makes the reader want to visit again and again with each adventure.  Overall Dressed to Kill was a great read that I would most definitely recommend.  I look forward to reading Jill's next adventure.

 

Received a copy of Dressed to Kill through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin is the first book that I have read by Hobb so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect.  I will admit that it took me a little bit to catch up on Fitz's past and his relationships with all of the other characters, but Hobb explains things here rather well so you don't need to have read previous works to read this one.  I found that with each chapter I became more and more invested in these characters especially Fitz and Bee.  I also liked the alternating of perspectives between the two later in the book.  The book has many twists and turns as well as introduces some interesting secondary characters to keep the reader's attention.  Overall Fool's Assassin proved to be an amazing read that I would most certainly recommend.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

Received a copy of Fool's Assassin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For the Queen by Carolyn Hart

For the Queen was an enjoyable short story that captures the reader's interest from the beginning with the discovery of an old and valuable first edition book.  Hart does a great job at setting the scene with her main character Annie Darling's shop that sells mystery and suspense novels.  Naturally when this rare book goes missing, Annie decides to solve the case.  The mystery has several different suspects, and I liked how Hart brought an end to the mystery.  I really enjoyed this short story, and I would definitely want to read from the author again.  If you enjoy a good short mystery, then For the Queen is for you.

 

Received a copy of For the Queen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Night's Blaze Part One by Donna Grant

Grant does an amazing job at capturing the reader's attention with part one of Night's Blaze.  This part introduces not only the two main characters but also the secondary characters that are a part of the story.  Grant uses this first part to give the reader a history of both Rhys and Lily as well as introduces their connection to each other.  This part does a great job at getting the reader engaged in the book's main plot and invested in the two main characters.  It also introduces the bad guys as well making the reader want to continue to see what happens next.  Overall Night's Blaze Part One was a great introduction to the story, and I am looking forward to moving onto part two.  

 

Received a copy of Night's Blaze Part One through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh

I wasn't sure what exactly to expect with McHugh's Happy Hoofers since this is the first book that I have read in the series, but I have to say that what McHugh delivered was an absolutely enjoyable read.  Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini were all such likable characters, and I found myself caught up in all of their lives as they traveled through Spain.  I really enjoyed these five wonderful friends and I was sad to see the story end because I wanted to continue reading about their adventures.  As a mystery Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities proved to be a very good one full of many twists and turns as well as suspects.  I really liked how McHugh kept the mystery and action going amongst all the drama surrounding the five main characters.  I already went and purchased the first book in the series to catch up, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.  Overall this book was a great read that I would definitely recommend.

Received a copy of Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow

I haven't read a book by Lilith Saintcrow that I haven't liked, and Dark Watcher proved to be another amazing read by this author.  In Dark Watcher, Saintcrow has created a new world full of magic and the paranormal with Light and Dark as well as action/adventure and even some romance.  Theo and Dante are the book's main couple although they are surrounded by some great secondary characters in Theo's friends and Dante's fellow Watcher.  Both Theo and Dante are well developed throughout the book and it is easy to see why these two are perfect for each other with Theo being the light to Dante's dark.  The book is full enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested, and while this book could be read as a standalone, it sets up the next book perfectly.  Overall Dark Watcher proved to be an amazing read, and I am looking forward to reading more from this series.

 

Received a copy of Dark Watcher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

In the Air Tonight is the first book that I have read by Handeland, but it definitely won't be the last.  This book is the perfect start for a new series with a great introduction to these three sisters, and while it answers some questions it leaves the reader with enough questions to make them want to read book two.  I loved both main characters which were both well developed, and I think that Raye and Bobby were the perfect match for each other.  The book has many twists and turns, and I enjoyed how Handeland combined romance, humor, mystery, intrigue and the paranormal.  Overall In the Air Tonight was a great read that I would most definitely recommend, and I look forward to reading the next book in this series as well as more by this author. 

 

Received a copy of In the Air Tonight through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

It has been a while since I had read a book in this series, and despite jumping ahead quite a bit from where I left off I was able to jump right into this one.  In Bones Never Lie, Temperance not only has to deal with a hard case of missing young girls and a villain from her past, but she also has her own personal relationships to deal with as well.  Reichs does a great job at making the stakes higher for Temperance by having her mother facing a health crisis as well as pushing her relationship with Andrew into new territory.  I liked seeing how Temperance tried to respect Andrew's grief and the fact that he didn't want to return to work while at the same time pushing him into this case so they could both put the past to rest.  Reichs does a great job with her development of the main characters, but I also love her secondary characters as well since they add so much to the story.  Overall the mystery was well done full of many twists and turns, and I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a good mystery.  I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

Received a copy of Bones Never Lie Through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

The Daring Ladies of Lowell was a great read that brings attention to the working conditions of the mill girls of Lowell.  Taking some historical details and making a fictional story featuring characters that the reader comes to care about really makes these horrific conditions more real.  Alice moves to Lowell to become a mill girl in an attempt to escape farm life and finds a true friend in Lovey, another mill girl who happens to be a bit wild and unpredictable.  This friendship allows Alice to really grow, and she even develops a friendship with her boss's son.  When Lovey is murdered, the community becomes divided as the conditions of the workers becomes a cause of debate.  Alcott does a great job at showing both sides of the conflict and really makes the reader care about these characters.  Overall The Daring Ladies of Lowell proved to be a great read, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

 

Received a copy of The Daring Ladies of Lowell through Goodreads.

Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly

Paw Enforcement is the first book that I have read by Kelly, but it definitely won't be the last.  I have to admit that I am a cat lover so I wasn't expecting to enjoy a dog featuring book so much but Brigit completely won over this cat lover.  I absolutely love how Kelly had so much humor in the book especially when Megan and Brigit were both trying to show the other who was the boss in their relationship.  I also enjoyed how Kelly brought in Seth and Blast as well making a great crime solving foursome.  Megan is well developed in the book, and I enjoyed seeing seeing her try to prove herself by solving the mall bombing crime.  Paw Enforcement is a great mystery and a great start to this new series.  If you are looking for an enjoyable read full of humor, mystery, and even a hint of romance, then Paw Enforcement is for you.  I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

 

Received a copy of Paw Enforcement through Goodreads.

Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

I haven't read anything by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff before so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but what Pamfiloff delivers is a humor filled, action packed, romantic read that keeps the reader eagerly turning the pages.  Despite not being the first book in the series, I was quickly able to catch up on what was happening, and while I think this book can be read out of order I think that reading previous books would add to the experience.  Both Penelope and Nick are well developed in the book, and I enjoyed the journey both characters took in the story.  I also really loved all the secondary characters introduced especially Cimil.  I do have one warning about this book though and that is that it ends with a cliffhanger so expect to want to continue the series to see what happens next.  Overall Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? was a fun read that proves to be a great paranormal romance.  If you are looking for adventure, action, and romance mixed in with gods, the paranormal, and humor then this is the book for you.  I am looking forward to checking out more works by this author.

 

Received a copy of Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? through Goodreads.

Ever After by Jude Deveraux

Its been a while since I had read one of Deveraux's books, and I am so glad that I read Ever After.  Deveraux used to be one of my favorite romance authors, and then my attention shifted more toward mystery and suspense.  Reading Ever After was like visiting with an old friend again.  Deveraux grabbed my attention from the very beginning of Ever After and never let go.  Both Hallie and Jamie were well developed throughout the book, and I really enjoyed seeing both of them overcome their pasts together.  I also enjoyed Jamie's HUGE family full of such colorful characters themselves.  Ever After has it all drama, humor, intrigue, a few friendly ghosts, and romance.  If you are looking for a great summer read, then Ever After is the perfect book.  I definitely plan on checking out the Deveraux books that I missed as well as maybe pick up an old favorite again.

 

Received a copy of Ever After through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A New York Christmas by Anne Perry

I haven't read a lot of books by Anne Perry and especially not her Pitt series, but I really enjoyed jumping right into this book which delivers a non-traditional Christmas story.  I liked how the focus of the book was on the mystery and Jemima's quest to help her friend.  The book has many different twists and turns to keep the reader and Jemima guessing what really happened to Delphinia's mother.  Jemima is well developed in the book and the reader definitely connects with her as she faces dangers herself brought on by her quest.  Overall A New York Christmas proved to be an exciting read that can be enjoyed during the holidays or all year round.  I would definitely recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading another one of Perry's books.

 

Received a copy of A New York Christmas through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Estep's Elemental Assassin series seems to just keep getting better and better with each book that I read.  I haven't read all of the books before this one, but I was able to jump right into this one and get caught up in all the action.  Estep does a great job at capturing the reader's attention from the very beginning and never letting go.  Gin goes through a lot in this book, and the threat causes some tension between Gin and her sister.  However this book also shows the strong bond the sisters share as well as just how strong Gin really is when threatened with something she never faced before.  Poison Promise has it all action, drama, some romance, and even some humor (just love that Finn) so if you are looking for a great read Poison Promise is that.  I would definitely recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series,

 

Received a copy of Poison Promise through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.