Absolute Liability

absoluteTitle: Absolute Liability (Southern Fraud Thriller 1)
Author: JW Becton, Jennifer Becton
Kindle edition, 275 pages
Published 2011

Meet Julia Jackson. Apparently, she’s been abducted….

A woman is taken at gunpoint from the downtown office of Southeastern Insurance, and the police believe the victim is Special Agent Julia Jackson. Only it isn’t true.

Now, with the help of her new partner Mark Vincent, state fraud investigator Julia Jackson must find justice for the woman who was taken in her place.

As Vincent and Julia begin to unravel the multimillion-dollar frauds that led to the abduction, they encounter a cast of quirky characters, one of whom will go to desperate lengths to hide a deadly secret.

Things only become more dangerous as bodies begin accumulating around town, and Julia must discover the truth before the abductor comes to rectify his mistake.

An abduction gone wrong & a mistaken identity cost the lives of people related to Julia Jackson’s line of work. She’s an insurance fraud investigator and it seemed like she may have pissed off some people with their insurance claims. With the help of hot and manly Safety & Personal Defense Specialist Mark Vincent, Julia needed to hide somewhere else to protect herself and her loved ones. It’s no easy feat, but she had to do it. And what better way to feel more secure and safer than to hide in Vincent’s sanctuary, right?

This is one interesting “whodunnit” mystery novel that doesn’t involve romantic plots. Oh yes, something new for a change. I like the rapport of the two main characters. They’re partners at work but aren’t really involved with each other. Together they solve the mysteries surrounding the “abduction” of Julia and death of another.

I’m now a fan of Jennifer Becton! She actually had me wondering about the abductor throughout the story, although the excuse of an accomplice was a dead giveaway. I’m a big fan of mysteries and suspense reads, so I highly recommend Absolute Liability; it is an absolute read!

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I Think I Love You


Title: I Think I Love You
Author: Stephanie Bond
Kindle edition, 369 pages
Published October 2011

So there’s some bad blood and bruised egos among the Metcalf sisters. At least they’re reuniting. A cause to celebrate? Not for Justine, Regina, and Mica. Their parents are splitting up and the family business is going on the auction block–just a little reminder of how much they really have in common…
Take the local bad boy who proposed to Justine, seduced Regina, and ran off with Mica. Add the unsolved murder they witnessed when they were young girls, and their vow to keep it a secret. Toss in their knack for being drawn to shady men, and there’s only one thing left for them to do–put the bonds of family loyalty to the test.
But it takes courage to outsmart a murderer, know-how to avenge the cad who betrayed them, and patience to bring their parent back together. Three talents. Three sisters. And who knows? Maybe even three new chances to fall in love when Justine, Regina, and Mica discover how much they’re willing to risk–and forgive–in the name of sisterhood.

I very much liked the setting and characters of the story. I was able to relate with the sisters, since I also have two other sisters who sometimes can’t bear to see one another and yes, oftentimes, want to grab each other’s throats.

But despite the animosity  we sometimes feel for each other, we can’t deny the fact that we are of the same blood and that we really love one another and would do anything to protect our family. Much like Justine, Mica and Regina. A quick recap of the three main characters: Justine, the eldest in the brood, an office girl who goes after married men. In short, a bitch. LOL. Next is Regina, the level headed sister who tried her best to stop her parents’ divorce. And lastly, Mica, the hair model who was living in with her boyfriend, who was formerly engaged to Justine. Dysfunctional, huh? You bet, they were a bunch of crazy girls. But, it was Regina’s attempts to unravel the mystery of a murder in the past and finding a key that might be connected to them kept me entertained. There was a believable plot, good mystery and surprisingly a dab of romance in the end.

This is a very good quick read and perfect to those who love to guess “who done it” mysteries. As usual Stephanie Bond delivered a satisfying read 😉

Circus of Lost Souls

Title: Circus of Lost Soulscircus Authors: Riley J Ford and Rebecca Hamilton Kindle Edition, 244 pages Published December 22nd 2013

Cirque du Lune is killing off teenagers, but it’s all part of the act. Or is it? As the body count rises with each performance, one girl at this infamous theater-based summer finds herself contemplating what’s real and what’s not. What if it’s not just a horror show, but a live snuff performance? What if the murders . . . are real?

I never wanted to sleep again after I have read this engagingly haunting book by Riley J. Ford and Rebecca Hamilton. Circus of Lost Souls is probably one of the most frightening but surprisingly great thrillers I have ever read. Seriously, I was wide awake reading the book and I, for the life of me, cannot fathom why I was able to stay up all night reading one gore scene to another and not get a nightmare out of it. Cirque Du Lune workers, especially Ian, really crept me out. Myra, thanks to her ever inquisitive mind, knew at once that something was wrong during the first act. I was really intrigued, that a lot of scenarios ran through my head, only to get the shock of my life when I finally discovered what the circus was all about. And when almost all of the teens in the story were “done with” I thought, I could never go to sleep without knowing what will happen next. Let me tell you this, no book had ever held my attention or kept me up all night, except this one. I was really ecstatic a year ago when I learned that Riley & Rebecca teamed up to write a novel, but I didn’t have any idea what it was all about. And when I finally got the chance to read their masterpiece, I was floored. I thought both authors’ writing style were excellent and superb. They knew how to give the readers the sense of fright and the chills of creepiness, leaving them breathless and anticipating. Congrats, Riley & Rebecca, you really scared the devil out of me.

Follow these lovely authors:

Riley J. Ford via Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Rebecca Hamilton via Facebook | Twitter | Website 

Monday Musing & Reading

Cheers to another Musing Mondays. This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should be Reading.

Musing Mondays (Oct. 3)

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.

• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

This week, it would be again a combined meme, because I joined It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Meme which would be the answer to my Monday Musing..

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.
This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.

For this week-opener, I am reading the very controversial crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling..

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, who turned out to be JK Rowling.

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike.

You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My thoughts on this.. later!

Recently finished the following books:

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Kiss Me by Kristine Mason

Tremble by Addison Moore

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen

Musing Mondays – Cassidy Jones

It’s the first Monday of June. The Festival of Flowers has ended. Now, June brides are getting ready this month of weddings.

Here’s our Musing Mondays episode and I am so glad to be back on track. This meme is hosted by MizB from Should be Reading.

Musing Mondays asks bloggers to muse about one of the following each week…
Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
cassidy• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
Alright, my musing this Monday is about the “book you are currently desperate to get your hands on”

In my case, I am desperate to have a copy of the newly released Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book 3) by the incomparable Elise Stokes.

When the mysterious Gavin Phillips returns to Seattle after a prolonged and unexplained absence, he threatens to expose fifteen-year-old Cassidy Jones’s incredible secret: she is a superhero. But his presence is far more sinister than she realizes, for it soon becomes apparent that his hidden agenda holds a dark and dangerous intent that will unleash an unparalleled evil upon an unsuspecting world. Can Cassidy stop him before all is lost?

I enjoyed the first two books of Cassidy Jones. She had flaming red hair and newly acquired super powers PLUS a good-looking super genius sidekick named Emery. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with. SO I can’t wait till I get my hands on The Seventh Attendant. I hope to get this book next week. Yay!

Red Is an Attitude

Title: Red Is An Attitude

Author: Kathy Lynn Hall

Kindle Edition

Published April 2012 redattitude

Lydia “Red” Talbot continues her adventures with Mac, her late husband who has now been re-incarnated as a Great Dane puppy; Joe, the hot handyman and her new paramour; and the residents of her inherited trailer park and the Gold Country city of Nuggetville. She and Joe take a pet-friendly cruise to Mexico, bringing along Mac. A new mystery springs up onboard and Red becomes embroiled in solving it, but trouble follows her back to Nuggetville. Mac isn’t a ghost any longer, so a new spirit arrives to help Red through the most dangerous of her escapades.

As expected, Red had saved the day! Lydia “Red” Talbot was taken to a surprise cruise, courtesy of her chef-handyman-lover. There she met various characters, like Miss Barbie, who was after Sugar Daddy Henry’s money, who was also taken by surprise by her wife, Agatha. There are also new couples on board, Trevor and Elaine particularly, who was kind of a little aloof at the start, but turned into a helluva woman in the end.

During her adventure, Joe and Mac were always by her side. Mac, the Great Dane dog, was the reincarnation of Red’s dead husband. When trouble was brewing inside the ship, (a pitcher almost went down on her head, and she was almost thrown overboard), a new spirit appeared and warned Red. The Misfortunes, apparently followed her to Nuggetville, where her trailer park, The Springs was located. It seemed like wherever Red is, trouble is not far behind. Another attempt on her life may just be the reason for her to leave The Springs… Or is it?

I LOVED this sequel to Red Mojo Mama. It was hilarious, exciting and still full of mystery. It definitely made me think the whole night, who could be after Lydia again. The answer came as a surprise when I discovered who the real culprit was.

Another 5 ***** review for Miss Kathy Lynn Hall. Looking forward to reading more of Red soon! Please, write a third book already 🙂

Deadwood Mysteries

Title: Nearly Departed in Deadwood
(Deadwood Mysteries #1)
Author: Ann Charles

  
Deadwood Mysteries  
from my new favorite author – Ann Charles
After reading the first few chapters of Nearly Departed in Deadwood, I knew I was hooked. I was immediately drawn to Violet Parker who is a funky, fierce and lovable character. All throughout the series (Nearly Departed in Deadwood #1, Optical Delusions in Deadwood # 2, Dead Case in Deadwood # 3)
A single mom with two adorable kids, Violet Parker is a determined woman who would do anything to keep her job on real estate, even if she has to face her ass of an office-mate every single day. Fortunately, there’s a string of men who would gladly buy or sell their houses through her: Old Man Harvey, Doc Nyce, Jeff Wymonds, Wolfgang Hessler, Detective Cooper  and an Abraham Lincoln look-alike.. Of course, there are also those creepy villainous characters, such as her despicable co-worker Ray Underhill. Top it up with ghost-hunters, chicken feeders, haunted houses,  weird home-owners, adorable  naughty kids, peeping-tom neighbor, and gorgeous BFF who also have the hots for her boyfriend, you’ve got three hilariously awesome Deadwood mysteries you’d surely love to uncover. Like the case of missing girls, the haunted house which has a long history of murders, and a funeral parlor that moves crates which may  be containing chopped body parts… uh-oh!!!
Ann Charles is indeed an exceptional talent. Her stories make me want to go to the nearest bookstore and grab all her other works (I have yet to try the Jackrabbit Junction mysteries). She’s now part of the list of my favorite authors of 2012. Yay!
I can’t really wait for the 4th book. Now that her Calamity Jane boss was found dead and her BFF Natalie already knew about Violet & Doc’s steamy secret relationship, what would happen next to Violet’s career & family? Well, I guess I have to find out SOON.