Aug 242014
 

The Yankee Club by Michael Murphy
Series:  Jake and Laura (# 1)
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Random House
Pages:  264
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

In 1933, America is at a crossroads: Prohibition will soon be history, organized crime is rampant, and President Roosevelt promises to combat the Great Depression with a New Deal. In these uncertain times, former-Pinkerton-detective-turned-bestselling-author Jake Donovan is beckoned home to Manhattan. He has made good money as the creator of dashing gumshoe Blackie Doyle, but the price of success was Laura Wilson, the woman he left behind. Now a Broadway star, Laura is engaged to a millionaire banker—and waltzing into a dangerous trap.

Before Jake can win Laura back, he’s nearly killed—and his former partner is shot dead—after a visit to the Yankee Club, a speakeasy dive in their old Queens neighborhood. Suddenly Jake and Laura are plunged into a conspiracy that runs afoul of gangsters, sweeping from New York’s private clubs to the halls of corporate power and to the White House itself. Brushing shoulders with the likes of Dashiell Hammett, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth, Jake struggles to expose an inconspicuous organization hidden in plain sight, one determined to undermine the president and change the country forever.

 

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Aug 212014
 

The Perfect Score by Julie Kenner
Series: It’s All About Attitude (# 5)
Release Date: Originally published 2006; re-issued June 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Pages: 256
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

Bad Girl Grading System

A — Totally bad!!!
B — Could be worse…
C — Wannabe territory
D — Way too nice!
F — Give it up, Mattie Brown!

Mattie Brown has always prided herself at excelling at everything. And that’s why it’s killing her that she scored only 18% on a sex test! But she isn’t going to take it lying down. (Well, maybe she will, but that’s beside the point.) Her plan — to proposition Cullen Slater, the neighborhood stud, for some hands-on instruction in how to make her sex life sizzle. Too bad it’s her cute, nice-guy neighbor Mike Peterson who’s lighting her fire….

 

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Aug 092014
 

6.5 ft USB Data Sync & Charge Cables 30-Pin
Manufacturer: Airtight Cellular
Weight / Size: 6 x 0.2 x 4 inches, 1.6 ounces
Source: Product provided by the manufacturer for review

Airtight Cellular USB 30 pin Data and Sync cables are made specifically for your devices. These are designed EXTRA long (6.5 feet or 2 meters) for your convenience – No more leaning towards the outlet when charging.

It provides efficient syncing and fast charging. Cables comes in 3 vibrant colors – green, purple, pink and are fully compatible with iPhone 4s 4 3gs, iPad 1 2 3, iPod Touch 1 2 4.

 

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Aug 082014
 

Poison by Leanne Davis
Series: Seaclusion Series (# 1)
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 345
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

On the run from her violent ex-husband, Cassie Reeves will do anything to keep her son safe, even if it means turning to a man she betrayed a decade ago. John Tyler now hates her as much as he once loved her–but Cassie has no choice.

John’s quiet life as a small town doctor in Seaclusion, Washington has no place in it for the woman he turned his back on ten years ago. But when Cassie and her son land on his doorstep, he can’t turn them away. The longer she stays, though, the harder it is to remember why he stopped loving her.

With her ex-husband closing in, Cassie soon realizes that only she can end what he has started. And as John and Cassie’s mutual attraction reignites, she vows to do anything to protect her son and grab the happiness that has escaped her for so long.

 

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Aug 022014
 

A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook
Release Date: September 6, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 177
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 

In 1942, Pearl Harbor has been bombed and the war is very much in evidence, but it would seem to have little to do with Frank Boyle, a respected Bronx born insurance investigator. He’s a man who can keep secrets, and no one suspects that his boyhood friend—local mob boss Nicky Brooks—is his lover. When Brooks accidentally kills Frank’s younger brother in a shootout, Frank must choose between his affair with Nicky and revenge for his brother’s life.

After Frank betrays Nicky, police detective Sam Lipinski, a Bronx native who has long carried a torch for Frank, makes a move against the mob and lands squarely in the way of Nicky’s plans. Sam smuggles Frank out of New York to keep him safe, and sets him up him in a small northeastern city. But there, a messy insurance investigation involving the Roarkes, who may or may not have killed their own mother for the insurance payout, places him in danger again. Dodging bullets, shady characters, and fallout from the war, Sam and Frank will need far more than luck on their side if they’re ever to see a loving future.


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Jul 132014
 

The Quick by Lauren Owen
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 544
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

 

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Jul 122014
 

Devil’s Food by Anthony Bruno
Series: A Loretta Kovacs Thriller (# 1)
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Pages: 241
Source: book purchased by the reviewer

 

 

In Devil’s Food, the first book in the Loretta Kovacs thriller series, it’s make-it-or-break-it time for zaftig Loretta when she’s assigned to the ragtag Parole Violators Search Unit, a.k.a. the Jump Squad. All her buttons are pushed when she goes undercover as a desperate dieter at a Florida fat farm in order to nab an embezzler who’s a perfect size 2.

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Jul 062014
 

Devil’s Food by Heather Cleveland
Release Date: December 11, 2013
Publisher: self-Published
Pages: 268
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

One impulse, one decision, one gamble can change your life forever. A stranger opens your door. You exchange a glance across a busy room. You answer a wrong number. And suddenly your life is entwined with someone else’s. Your paths have crossed, and you are connected to another human being. What if that person stays in your life? What if that relationship is still important to you in ten, twenty, fifty years? You could meet that person today.

Luckily for Patrick Dunne, he takes a chance, and for once, it pays off.

Life hasn’t been easy for Patrick. After years of destructive behavior, he finally pulls himself together only to have his world destroyed again. Now he’s dealing with the anxiety. The anger. The guilt. Only his passion for cooking is keeping him from drowning.

With his supportive younger brother, Colin, the Irish natives own Ristorante Fratelli, a chic Italian bistro. It has the makings of one of Denver’s best restaurants—or so says local blogger and critic, Greta Levine—as long as head chef, Patrick Dunne, can control his temper. After an insulting and patronizing encounter, Greta writes a review admonishing his behavior, sending Patrick into a final spiral.

But a wrong number saves him. Fueled by the anonymity, they begin texting, deliberately avoiding details of their “real” lives. A deep bond grows, and against all odds, they become each other’s saving grace. Until he discovers his mystery lady’s true identity…

Rounded out by a cast of lovable—and delightfully flawed—supporting characters, Devil’s Food chronicles the connections we, as humans, crave and sometimes overlook.

 

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Jul 032014
 

The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Series: Night series (# 1)
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…

SHE SOUGHT SOLACE IN SOLITUDE

Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.

UNTIL ONE TOUCH BARED HER SOUL

Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.

As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.

 

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May 252014
 

She Cries by Alexandra Allred
Release Date: May 8, 2014
Publisher: Writer’s Coffee Shop
Pages: 282
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 

With a plot that could have easily been pulled from newspaper headlines, She Cries is both a thriller and a surprising love story that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

When Kali Jorgensen is left to raise her three daughters alone after her husband is killed in the war in Afghanistan, she takes up residence in Horse Canyon, Utah, heading up a working ranch with her in-laws for cattle drives for celebrities and CEOs. Surrounded by breathtaking sunsets and rich family history, Rainwash Ranch is the only place Kali wants to live. Along with her family, her horse, Star, is her greatest companion. Kali could easily live in the saddle and never miss a day of city lights blaring and breaking news from a television.

Her solitude is quickly broken as unwanted worldwide attention is thrust upon the ranch when professional athlete, Jeremy Connors, shows up for the cattle drive at Rainwash Ranch with his legal dream team and swirling accusations of rape and murder.

While Connors’ presence is a concern for Kali and her daughters, she soon realizes that it is Connors’ fans and his team of lawyers who may prove to be the most dangerous to the Jorgensens.

The personalities of horses and lawyers may be well matched but, the cowboys are pitted against the city slickers for the ride of a lifetime. And for Kali, it is her greatest test, not only as an instructor but also a mother.

She Cries is a nail-biting, suspense novel that will leave you signing up for a cattle drive and falling in love with the most unlikely of heroes. Even if you’ve never ridden a horse, you’ll come to understand the power of these magnificent animals and how hope can keep you alive.

 

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