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Shadows and Gold by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Shadows and Gold by Elizabeth Hunter

  Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   I purchased this when it was a deal, a couple of years ago. But I had not read all of the previous Elemental Mysteries series,  which introduces the main characters here and the ancillary characters, or the following Elemental World series which continues and expands the story. I caught up this fall to read the latest in the world, A Stone-Kissed Sea. Shadows and Gold is called a prequel novella but it is a little longer than a novella and longer than the second “book”  Imitation and Alchemy which follows. It is more akin to the mystery series which follows one couple in an urban fantasy style. The world books are more paranormal romance with each book about a different couple. This was an odd and frustrating, little […]


Undertow by Cherry Adair

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Undertow by Cherry Adair

      Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   I got this library book to decide if I wanted to read and review the upcoming fourth book in the Cutter Cay series. I’ve always wanted to read this author as my impression was it would be romantic suspense. For various reasons, I decided to do it so you will be seeing the next two books in these short reviews,  before the new one. It was fairly enjoyable to read. There are hot guys, treasure on the seas, and a lovely ocean paradise. There is mystery, action and adventure as the brothers go salvage treasure hunting on the ocean. The plots and facts involved are either hopelessly cliche or over-the-top drama. The hot guys are sort of man whores and can have any woman they want. They […]


The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

    Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   Having read the prequel novellas,  I looked forward to finally reading a full length novel and learning more about the character John Milton. It didn’t work out exactly. John decides to leave the government and try to make things better in the world. He wants to atone for his work. We learn more about the people he wants to help than about him. I hoped this would be like The Equalizer (there was this old tv show), where a guy with skills goes out and helps people. I guess Person of Interest did this somewhat. Or it could be clever like the Jack Reacher books. The Cleaner was just dark, violent and depressing. The story was about people struggling in a bad neighborhood. Bad things happen. Violence […]


Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan

Posted February 10, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments
Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan

      This is the first book I ever received on Netgalley about 4 years ago. I can’t remember why I got it or why I didn’t read it. The COYER challenge got me to pick it up and read and review. Dex comes to an island which is like a small town with everyone knows everyone and is into their business. He is trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of a baby during the Prohibition. Maggie is an independent small business owner who has a charter business. She flies him to the island. Dex is attracted to her and sees her as a fun way to gather information quietly. Neither wants a relationship. Maggie is not willing to trust a man. Dex has no plans to stay on the small island.  They work together to solve the mystery. Someone doesn’t want the mystery solved and tries to stop […]


Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose

Posted February 9, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose

   I’ve looked forward to each book in the Romantic Suspense series and enjoyed them. I started with Closer Than You Think believing it was the first in a spin-off series. It was originally listed as Faith Corcoran #1 but this changed and she is just briefly in the next 2 books. So, it is more like the Cincinnati section within the larger series as it is now titled. I happily went back and read the previous 15 books, before going on to review Alone in the Dark last year.  Now, a year later,  is Every Dark Corner. These books are looooong, but so interesting they go quickly. The characters are wonderful in the depth of their development and emotional connections. I was frustrated this time with not remembering details about some characters. It made me crazy and less absorbed into the story. The bad guys are doing gut-wrenching things, so the […]


Audio Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted February 2, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Audio Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

               This is a modern day Cinderella story. Which means it is a classic billionaire guy rescues penniless gal. This is not my favorite troupe. At All. I was offered both the ebook and the audio for review and decided on the audio. So how did this work out? I was pleased with The Bachelor Auction mostly. The characters were either well-developed or overblown caricatures of a cliche type. Our Cinderella, Jane, is easy to love. She is hard-working, kind, compassionate and honest, even when treated badly. Her sisters are unrealistic stereotypes but it works. Our prince charming, Brock, isn’t a bad guy either. He’s always been a serious hard worker, trying to do what’s right for his family. His brothers are playboys but they grow into defined figures. The plot was okay. It had some odd manipulations going on by various members of the […]


Audio: Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Posted January 29, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments
Audio: Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker

                     This is the fourth in The Black Knights Inc. series  and the third I’ve listened to audio.  I continue to enjoy Abby Craden’s narration. For Rock, she did a bayou accent with French intermingled. I don’t know if it was authentic but it was fun. The men all sound different but to me, the women sound mostly the same. It doesn’t bother me though. Thrill Ride was suspenseful and the mystery and action was more exciting to me than the romance. The Black Knights used more tech in this one which pleased me. I like seeing all the guys working together, planning strategies and using their talents. Rock has some mad skills in staying lost. Rock and Vanessa were paired in the previous book so their further relationship wasn’t a surprise. Just as I’m sure Bill and Eve are coming up soon. […]


Audio: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Posted January 28, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Audio: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

      This is the third in The Black Knights Inc. series  and the second I’ve listened to audio.  Rev It Up is my favorite so far. Perhaps, because I know the characters and world better. The stories don’t include very much about motorcycles, not really.  Other than flashbacks, there isn’t much about their missions. The stories are the romance and happenings in their day-to-day lives or the blow back of missions onto personal lives.. The bad guys from a previous operation are out to kill them. It’s personal. So the BKI team is on alert. They need to catch the bad guys before they kill any of their own. I appreciate their caution and intelligence; they don’t make too many mistakes. Jake has just returned to town to join the group and win the woman he has always loved. I guessed one of the subplots immediately. Many of the […]