The Cover Up by Marnie Riches #bookreview @Marnie_Riches @AvonBooksUK

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Description

How far would you go to protect your empire?

Manchester’s criminal underworld is reeling from the loss of its leader, Paddy O’Brien. In the wake of her husband’s death, Sheila O’Brien takes charge of the city, and for once, she’s doing things her way. But she hasn’t reckoned with the fearsome Nigel Bancroft, a threat from Birmingham who is determined to conquer Manchester next. As a power tussle begins, Sheila is determined to keep control of the empire she has won – even if it means she has to die trying…

A heart-stopping read with a gritty edge, perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

My Review – 5 stars

A dark setting, but funny too. It’s a follow-on from Born Bad, and I think you’d need to read that first to fully understand who everyone is.

A story told from many points of view. From the North and South side gangs of Manchester, and their families and employees. From the glitzy to the downright grubby. This time we have a bit of Birmingham thrown into the mix, as Nigel Bancroft wants to take a slice of Manchester’s south-side.

Despite the violence I loved it, and the way they all interacted. There were some lovely parts, and some frankly disturbing parts!! The characters had a really good depth and I got to know everyone. I visualised the whole book really well. I felt I was there with them which wasn’t always a good thing. There were many places I recognised. And that ride on The Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach had my heart racing, as I know how fast it feels when you’re on it!

The writing is excellent, well-paced and kept me hooked.

Conky McFadden is still the best name ever 🙂

Thanks to the publishers Avon Books UK, and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 11th January 2018

Get your copy here:- Amazon UK – The Cover Up

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The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers by Calista Fox @CalistaFoxBooks @SMPRomance @StMartinsPress #bookreview #phew

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Description

This pair of stepbrothers have their sights set on just one woman…

Scarlet Drake is an insurance fraud investigator hot on the heels of the thief who stole a multimillion-dollar art collection from tycoon Michael Vandenberg’s Hamptons estate. Unfortunately, the sexy Wolf of Wall Street is also her prime suspect—along with his equally mouthwatering stepbrother, Montana rancher Sam Reed. Scarlet quickly finds herself tangled up in the two devilishly handsome men, and ensnared in a web of family lies.

Michael is used to getting what he wants—and he wants Scarlet in his bed. Sam had no intention of getting emotionally or romantically involved with a woman again, but he can’t deny the sizzling chemistry with Scarlet. And when the three of them cave to one sinfully delicious night of sheer decadence, their sexy ménage becomes a fiery affair of the heart. But they don’t stand a chance at a happily ever after unless all of the absolute truths are finally revealed…

This is a standalone ménage romance with an HEA.

Don’t miss these other two standalone ménage romances THE BILLIONAIRES and THE BILLIONAIRES: THE BOSSES.

My thoughts

Having read The Billionaires: The Bosses recently I was dying to dive into this one.

Scarlet is investigating an insurance fraud relating to the theft of some very expensive art. She needs to question members of the family, just to rule out their involvement.

She makes an appointment with Michael, who has been avoiding her phone calls. Scarlet hasn’t been involved with anyone for a couple of years, so she is surprised when she feels a spark ignite within her. She needs to interview Sam too, he’s Michaels’s stepbrother. Sam’s had tragedy in his life and his feelings have been turned off for a long time…..until he meets Scarlet. He feels a spark and Scarlet feels it too. She can’t believe after all these years she has feelings for two men.

Scarlet gets much more than she imagined when both handsome men make her temperature soar…and offer her the guiltiest of all pleasures—themselves.

This story is highly addictive and very sexy!

I usually read chick-lit and crime drama but I do love this kind of book.

I thoroughly recommend it. It has a really good storyline and isn’t just about the sex…of which there is some hot stuff!

Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 26th December 2017

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Amazon.co.uk The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers

Amazon.com  The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer #TheSilentChildren @carolewyer @bookouture #review #NetGalley

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Description

(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 4)

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a woman is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her stepdaughter’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

 

My Thoughts

I do love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

It’s a cleverly told story, very intriguing.

Quite complex with lots of characters, but told in a way that you don’t forget things as you go along.

There are two stories being told. One “now” and one “then”. Trying to work out who the people involved in the “then” storyline really kept me guessing.

It was nice to see her cousin Ross again. He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out sometimes on the side. Her late husband’s daughter was featured again and it was nice to see her growing up and interacting with Robyn. I was hoping it started from the cliffhanger in book three but it didn’t. I guess that’s for another book in the future.

Some of the areas were familiar to me, being from Staffordshire, and I liked that aspect.

Well-paced and great writing. A pleasure to read and I had to read just one more chapter, and another one….

I look forward to the next one!

Thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 7th December 2017

Get your copy here:-

UK  The Silent Children
US  The Silent Children

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza #TheGirlInTheIce @TheCrimeVault #paperback #review

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I’m so excited that Robert Bryndza’s The Girl In The Ice will be in supermarkets and bookshops today.

To celebrate publication of the new Sphere paperback edition I’m sharing my original review from 20th Jan 2016. It was back when I first started my blog too. I can’t believe how far this author has come since then, over a million copies sold. He is one of my favourites!

If you haven’t read any by this author I would 100% recommend this one, the first of the Detective Erika Foster series.

Description

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today

 My Review – 5 stars

What a great plot. This had me hooked straight away.

Erika Foster is a great, ballsy and smart character. She took a lot of stick, mentally and physically. Blimey….I felt her pain.

Gives you a bit of an insight into a seedy underworld and, contrasting, a posh, upper-crust world.

I just couldn’t put this book down and devoured it over the weekend. So well written, it took me on a breath-holding journey.

Lots of twist and turns in there too, kept me guessing. I got shocked towards the end, wow! (I don’t want to give any spoilers)

Well written, it got the adrenaline going! For a debut crime thriller it sure hits the spot.

Thanks to the great publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy.

Publication day 12th Feb 2016

One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @EburyPublishing #review

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Description

A feel-good, heartwarming Christmas romance

Imagine the perfect Christmas Kiss…

His strong arms around her waist, her hands on his face, the snow slowly starts to fall…

It’s enough to make Isla Winters cringe! While her sister can’t get enough of this – increasingly common – sight on the streets of London, Isla’s too busy trying to stop Hannah’s wheelchair from slipping on the ice, and making sure she’s not too late to her dream job at Breekers International.

But everything changes with the arrival of Chase Bryan, fresh from the New York office. He’s eager to learn everything about Isla’s beloved Notting Hill, but as the nights get colder, will cosying up to him come at a price?

My Thoughts – I loved it!

Mandy, you’ve done it again!

Mandy Baggot is the queen of the festive story. And if you love a bit of romance this is perfect for you.

I always feel fully immersed in the area that she sets the story in, I’m there. This one was set in Notting Hill. I’m not familiar with London at all, except the usual landmarks, but this made me feel like I lived there. The food sounded wonderful at the various eateries featured.

Mandy’s books always have this effect on me, so well described that I feel I’m there. Seeing the sights, eating the food, feeling the emotions. They always give me a giggle too.

We get chemistry straight away with Isla and her American boss Chase (yessss!!!). I loved the main characters of Isla and Chase. A great supporting cast of Isla’s sister Hannah, Chase’s kids Brooke and Maddie. Mrs Edwards from the square, Raj the postman and Aaron from the office. Beaumont Square sounded the perfect place to live and the Residents Wine and Cheese Night sounded divine.

It gave me a lovely happy feeling, and I’ve got that lovely Christmassy feeling too!

The cover design is gorgeous.

Her other Christmas books are definitely worth a try if you enjoy this one. And her books set in Corfu will take you through the Summer season with a smile.

Many thanks to Mandy Baggot, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for the early review copy for an honest review.

Publication Date 16th November 2017

Get your copy on Amazon UK here One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill

 

 

The Hunt by Monica James @monicajames81 #book review

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Description

A Hard Love Romance Book 3, from international bestselling author Monica James.

My name is Hunter O’Shea and I have a confession to make…I’ve met a girl who consumes me. I know that makes me sound completely whipped, but Mary “Lamb” Mitts has the power to bring me to my knees…it’s just too bad she hates my guts. But that’s okay, because I hate hers, too. The fiery redhead stirs something in me that I can’t explain.

This temporary insanity could be due to the fact my best friend, who used to be a bigger player than me, is getting married. That must be it. I’m caught up in an Oprah moment.

The only solution is to get back in the game and forget she exists. That theory is great—too bad I don’t want anyone else.

I…just…want…her.

I’m so screwed.

My thoughts

I thoroughly recommend it, but definitely not for you if you are at all prudish!! Hunter is a total man-whore with a different woman every night. I think he’s taken Dix’s crown as the biggest player in town. I love his cursing and bad language, it makes me laugh out loud.

Hunter and Mary dislike each other immensely. They don’t even tolerate each other for the sake of their best friends, Dix and Madison, who are getting married.

Mary is doing a design degree and needs to remodel a home and office for her final assignment. She agrees to work on Hunters’s home and office. They are thrown together through this project and something stirs in both of them. This is rollercoaster of emotions for both Hunter and Mary.

Hunter has a great job in the city and there is a serious side-story running here.

Hunter’s buddies, Dixon and Finch were so funny with their banter. Some great put-downs from them, their softer side is also shown.

This book complements the first two in the series, Dirty Dix and Wicked Dix, in which Hunter is featured as a best friend of Dr Dixon Mathews. It could be read as a stand-alone though.

The author certainly doesn’t shy away from the sex scenes, of which there were lots!

Publication Date 30th October 2017

Buy here on:-

Amazon.co.uk –  The Hunt

Amazon.com –  The Hunt

Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #Blogblitz

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Blog Tour 3rd November 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s new release, Murder Game. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop:- 

By The Letter Book Reviews at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

The Book Review Café at https://thebookreviewcafe.com

Emma The Little Book Worm at https://emmathelittlebookworm.wordpress.com

Ronnie Turner at https://ronnieturner.wordpress.com/

Nigel Adams Bookworm at https://nigeladamsbookworm.wordpress.com

 

My Review – 5 stars

Great writing and a fab plot.

Caroline Mitchell is one of those authors that goes to the top of my reading pile. Always fast-paced and very clever. I found it exciting in a dark way, I couldn’t stop reading.

Talk about going out with a bang as the series ends with this book. I’m really sad about this as I’ve really taken to Ruby Preston and her boyfriend Nathan. I love her team too.

Ruby’s meetings with Mason Gatley, notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, really freaked me out as they got under each other’s skin. Is there a copycat killer out there? How do they know the details of Gatley’s killings? He’s been in prison for ten years and some of the details have never been in the public domain.

It kept me guessing, even when the killer was revealed there was another whammy! I never guessed that one.

Caroline Mitchell creates some seriously dark and scary stuff. And the ring finger clue was horrific….but at least they cauterised, urgh.

I cannot recommend all her work enough.

Thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 31st October 2017

Buy here your copy from Amazon here:-

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US: http://amzn.to/2umrDqp

 

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(Detective Ruby Preston #3)

To catch a killer, you must first think like one…

A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James will be hooked by this dark and utterly disturbing thriller, packed with twists until the final page.

 

Meet the Author Author image

USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.

Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

 

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