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Justice by Lisa Clark O’Neill

Posted April 24, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Justice by Lisa Clark O’NeillJustice by Lisa Clark O'Neill
Series: Southern Comfort #.7
Published by Self Published on August 24, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 297
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
four-flames

Waking up next to a dead stranger with no memory of how he got there should be the worst day of Caitlin Cavanaugh’s life. However, what seems to be a clear case of self-defense soon puts Caitlin on the defensive, as evidence left behind at the scene doesn’t match up with her story. But proving her innocence becomes the least of her problems...

Criminal defense attorney Jack Wellington is highly sought after in the courtrooms of Savannah… not to mention the bedrooms of its female denizens. Jack believes himself to be hardened against the darker aspects of human nature, as well as the emotional plight of those he both cross-examines and defends. But when he encounters Caitlin in the hospital following her morning ordeal, something about the frightened but defiant romance novelist pulls at him.

Jack’s attraction to his client continues to grow as what started as a simple enough case turns into a fight to save Caitlin’s life. Old friends, ex-lovers and even her own family – someone among them wants Caitlin dead. And both of them learn what lengths some will go to in order to avoid justice.

 

 
Romantic suspense writer Caitlin Cavanaugh wakes up with one heck of a hangover, especially when she finds a dead man in her bedroom and no memory of the night before. She’s the primary suspect and her brother asks his friend Jack Wellington, Savannah’s top criminal defense attorney, to help her out of this mess.

 
Obviously, this story captured my attention immediately. The clues and red herrings develop slowly, which gave me time to go down some dead end paths before I settled on the right one. Caitlin’s no shrinking violet and Jack’s definitely not your shy, retiring type so they add even more tension.

O’Neill is my auto-buy author and I love this series. This was a compelling story with lots of twists and surprises. Even though I’d figured out the mystery before the reveal, there was still one more element that I hadn’t foreseen. I’m jumping right into the next book.

About Lisa Clark O’Neill

One fine day in the not-too-distant past, Lisa Clark O’Neill left Wittenberg University with a BA in English, which she promptly neglected. After working as an interior designer, decorative artist, and Montessori art teacher (there may have been a BA in art as well,) she finally settled into the role of mother to two very fine children. However, two years of doing the stay-at-home-mom brain cell melt drove her to pull out a pen and one of her old college notebooks. That turned into six manuscripts.

Lisa spent subsequent years avoiding housework by burying her nose in just about every romance novel she could get her hands on, after completely falling in love with the genre. Her own work falls into the romantic suspense sub-genre, with strong comedic undertones.

Lisa currently lives in the Atlanta area with her family, her dog, her cat and her daughter’s pet rabbit. When she isn’t attempting to keep the rabbit from eating the woodwork, she’s hard at work on her next novel.(less)


A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

A Notion of Love by Abbie Williams

Posted April 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    The first two books in this series begin with the end of Joelle Gordon’s marriage to Jackie. Her sister, Jilly Henriksen, is a widow with a son and she’s just beginning a relationship with Justin Miller. I’m so delighted that this story begins at the beginning…when both were still in high school and just starting their relationships with their first loves.   In order to understand Jilly and Justin’s relationship, it was important to know about how they got there. This wasn’t just about the two of them but the community of family in Landon, Minnesota. It’s rich with stories of the women and men who shaped and influenced them, let alone the developing romances of all of them.   It’s tricky to […]


Killing Jane by Stacy Green

Killing Jane by Stacy Green

Posted April 17, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Erin Prince is a D.C. homicide investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division, newly transferred from sex crimes. She’s handed her first case and a new partner, Todd Beckett, on day one (yes, the same Todd from the Lucy Kendall series). It’s clear that the homicide is controversial and won’t be the last as it reeks of a serial killing, especially given the references to Jack the Ripper at the scene.   The case was impossibly complex, further complicated by Erin’s inexperience and insecurity. I loved these flaws as it felt like it was steeped in reality. Todd is much more experienced and their struggle to gel as partners was just as compelling as the case. Erin’s unique background and heritage was another important […]


Falling Hard by Pamela Clare

Falling Hard by Pamela Clare

Posted April 12, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    RN Ellie Meeks is a widow with 2-year twins (almost 3) who were born after her husband died in Iraq. It’s been almost four years now and though her mind tells her she’s ready her heart isn’t ready to let go of husband Dan. Enter neighbor Jesse Moretti, a former Army Ranger now a volunteer member of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team who works for the Ski Resort as a patroller. He definitely claims her head and starts chipping away at her heart.   I really liked this story primarily because of the main characters, Ellie and Jesse. There’s so much to admire about both of them and together, they were even more likable. Their burgeoning relationship was honest (to a […]


Making Waves by Laura Moore

Making Waves by Laura Moore

Posted April 11, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Dakota Hale was born and raised in the Hamptons in New York. Though she’s part of an upper crust family, she’s nothing like her family, making it on her own sans a trust fund. When her concierge service company is hired by Max Carr to service his new home, Dakota’s life takes a turn down a path she never predicted.   This story grabbed me after the first few pages and refused to let go until the end. Dakota is one of the more interesting characters I’ve read in some time. She’s a contradiction, skilled and adept in her professional life and anything but when in the midst of her highly toxic and self absorbed family. On the surface (and to some degree, […]


Monday Matinee! The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart: Review & Giveaway

Monday Matinee! The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart: Review & Giveaway

Posted April 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review, Giveaway | 4 Comments

    Cara, Allie and Des Hudson adored their father Fritz but when he died, all of them questioned whether they really ever knew him. Allie and Des were his children from his marriage to late film star Honora Hudson but Cara was from his secret relationship with Susa Pratt who he married without divorcing his wife. Now their inheritance hinges on the restoration of Fritz’s hometown movie theater. The sisters have a year to pull it off and all of them must participate.   Two things attracted me to this story: Fritz’s secret family and the notion of three sisters in these circumstances forced to work together. I’ve experienced revelations of this type in my own family history and the dynamics of the sisters […]


Audio Review: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Audio Review: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Posted April 5, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    When the Columbine massacre occurred in April of 1999, I recall judging the parents. After all, there had to have been some extremely obvious signs for their sons to be able to do something like this. Or, they were so disengaged in their lives they were just plain oblivious. If nothing else was accomplished (and there definitely is more), this book has changed my outlook. I’ll never, ever again “assume” anything close to this kind of thinking or judge.   I was most interested in hearing from the parents of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris and always wondered why they maintained their silence. Sue Klebold bravely tells her story and explains why, making no excuses and proving that she used her time wisely […]


Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

Posted April 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Widow Sally Cowan, Lady Norwood, is introducing her niece, Meg, to London society and has focused on one suitor, Sir Charles Kinglake. While he’s a bit older (about 29-years old to her 18), he’s charming, kind, considerate and attentive. But, he’s not yet issued a proposal and the season is close to ending. Charles is even more frustrated as he’s trying to court Lady Norwood!   Sally is one of the more spirited of the Dashing Widows so it was startling to see her so off balance once she owned up to her feelings for Charles. She was so damaged emotionally by her first marriage to a boorish and cruel oaf, Sally couldn’t see the proverbial forest. Even Meg had to intervene for […]