Saturday, January 9, 2016

Missing Pieces

Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review

Summary: Missing Pieces

A woman uncovers earth-shattering secrets about her husband's family in this chilling page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf

Sarah Quinlan's husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, Iowa, where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalized in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.

Upon arriving in Penny Gate, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago—barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia's accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack's past. But the farther in she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.


I don’t give out many five-star ratings, but this book deserves it, from the bottom of my heart hands down the best murder mystery I’ve ever read… The first one where I didn’t figure out the killer before it was reveled in the story line. It’s also one of those books from the very first paragraph you’re sucked in and can’t quite reading until you’ve finished the book.

You feel each of the emotions going on; you connect with each of the characters not just the main Sarah and Jack, but each one mentioned. The plot is complex and complete; the flow is flawless. I didn’t find any grammatical errors, which drive me crazy.


Would you recommend this book to others?    YES

Would you read other books written by this Author?   YES

Is this a Novel or Novella?  NOVEL

Is this book priced correctly?  Hardback price is in the range I would pay for a quality book, but the eBook price is over what I’d pay so I say it’s on the very high end… If I’m paying more than seven dollars for a book I want it in hand not on a computer.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hidden Heat (Brothers of Mayhem #1)

Hidden Heat (Brothers of Mayhem #1)
By Carla Swafford

Sizzling with passion and suspense, perfect for fans of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, the Brothers of Mayhem series revs up as a headstrong beauty faces off against an outlaw motorcycle club—and falls for the bad boy she never saw coming.

Cassidy Ryder refuses to be intimidated by anyone, even the hell-raising, hard-drinking Brothers of Mayhem. The daughter of their former president, she's not above smashing a few heads to keep her teenage brother safe. But when Cassidy's big mouth gets her in trouble, the only thing that saves her is some quick thinking from the Brothers' bartender. He's commanding and strong, and as smooth as the whiskey he pours: the ultimate temptation for a girl who swore she'd never be a biker's plaything.

But Thorn Savalas is no ordinary biker. He's a cop, and he's worked too hard earning the Brothers' trust to blow his cover over a female—even one who rocks a pair of jeans like Cassidy. The only way to protect her is by claiming she's his old lady. Trouble is, Thorn can't just pretend. He wants Cassidy, and every scorching touch tells him she feels the same. But acting on their hottest fantasies could leave them both exposed . . . even if nothing else has ever felt so real.

This not my best review, but I am angry at this book.  I might come back and add to it later.  I loved it till I got to the end.  Sorry this sucks. 

3.5 stars. I would have given 5 but the ending just sucked. The story was great but then when it came time to wrap it up the author rushed it and changed the female lead into mush. The author had great details and explanations then mailed it in. Gosh I am still mad about it! It was good couldn't put it down then it ended...

Received an ARC from NetGalley for a honest review.

Ask him Why

Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review

Summary: Ask him Why

Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can’t believe that his hero doesn’t have very good reasons.

Yet as the horrifying details of the incident emerge, Joseph disappears. In their attempts to find him, Ruth and Aubrey discover he has a past far darker than either of them could imagine. But even as they learn more about their brother, important questions remain unanswered—why did he betray his unit, his country, and now his family? Joseph’s refusal to speak ignites a fire in young Aubrey that results in a disastrous, and public, act of rebellion.

The impact of Joseph’s fateful decision one night in Baghdad will echo for years to come, with his siblings caught between their love for him and the media’s engulfing frenzy of judgment. Will their family ever make their way back to each other and find a way to forgive?


First off, I have to say I tried to hate this book, cause of the story line.  Being a Veteran myself it bothered me that someone would write a book using the story line where a solider would disobey orders, bugged me to no end...  I could only read a little at a time for the first half of the book cause of this. The more I read the more I understood why Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote this story.

You see it wasn’t about Joseph and his disobeying an order; it was about how simple things in our own lives can turn around something bad and make it good. It shows just how human families really are, and how quick we are to judge people before knowing the whole truth. 

This story is a very complex one and it’s not a story you can speed read on and get the full impact of the plot, or fully understand the characters. For a unedited story I didn’t find any grammatical errors, which tells me Catherine and her team do an awesome job getting it ready to be published.


Would I recommend this book to others? YES

Would I read other books by this Author? YES and I have Pay It Forward, this is why I requested to review this book.

Is this book a Novel or Novella? Nice length Novel.

Is this book priced correctly? Yes on all counts hardback, paperback, and ebook.