Light In Shadow

LightInShadowTitle: Light in Shadow
Series: Whispering Springs #1
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who’s developed an unusual career specialty-helping recently divorced clients redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But Zoe knows that some things can’t be covered up with a coat of paint. And when she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists P.I. Ethan Truax to find the truth.Working together, they solve the mystery . . . and barely escape with their lives. But Ethan’s exquisite detection skills are starting to backfire on Zoe: she never wanted to let him find out about her former life; she never wanted to reveal her powerful, inexplicable gift for sensing the history hidden within a house’s walls; she never wanted him to know that “Zoe Luce” doesn’t really exist. She never wanted to fall in love with him.

Now, no matter how much she resists, Ethan may be her only hope-because the people she’s been running from have found her. And just when Zoe dares to dream of a normal life and a future with the man she loves, her own past starts to shadow her every step-and threatens to take her back into a nightmare.

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Two women escaped from a mental asylum. Two women who’s past is never to be talked about. Two women who struggled to live a normal life. But one of them could feel the ghosts in the walls of the rooms she was inspecting. Zoe Luce had that sixth sense. Was it for real, or was it just the effects of being held in mental?

Ethan Truax was a one-man PI. He’s quite good at his job, but was financially bankrupt, so he was doing his best to make everything work. But he had this feeling that something was amiss when it came to Zoe and her past.

I think this is my fifth Jayne Ann Krentz novel, although this is my first time to actually review her book. I have heard so much about this author in the past. She’s an effective storyteller, her works are astute and believable, even those novels with psychic elements. In Light In Shadow, the characters had disturbing past, which made their stories more mysterious than ever. It contained just the right amount of drama, humor, suspense and thriller. I wouldn’t mind reading the second book in the series, Truth or Dare.

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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!

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

Artful Dodger

Title: Artful Dodger

Author: Nageeba Davis

Kindle Edition

Published 2013

Art teacher and sculptor, Maggie Kean, thought she was having a rotten day, burning her toast, stubbing her toe, all before eight in the morning. Things just couldn’t get any worse. At least, not until the dead body clogs up her toilet. To make matters worse, Maggie becomes the prime suspect. Now all she has to do is evade the police, clear her name, and trap a killer…and deal with one mouth-watering, hunky detective who drives her crazy while making her hormones do the happy dance!

Maggie Kean was having the time of her life. Burnt toast, stubbed toe and a dead body. Plus Mr. Nostrils treating her as a suspect in the untimely death of Elizabeth, her neighbor, friend and mentor.

Then came the ruggedly handsome and Italian detective, Sam Villari. Obviously smitten with her, Maggie did her best to dodge the officer’s questions, especially when she started her own little investigation. Who could have put poor Elizabeth in the septic tank, of all places? Who could have done it? And why?

Mystery certainly surrounds this wonderful story of the artfully talented Maggie Kean and her seemingly unending mis-adventures. I loved how she was characterized in this book. She doesn’t have to wear Chanel or Armani or Manolos just to get the attention of sexy Detective. Her wardrobe is the exact anti-thesis of her craft. She’s feisty, uncontrollable, bubbly, and yes, sweet. She treated and loved her neighbor like her mom, so she was devastated when Elizabeth died. Put yourself in her shoes, wouldn’t you want to know who did the heinous crime?

I loved the author’s take on the mystery & comedic side of the story. I laughed a lot while reading Maggie’s mis-adventures. Nageeba Davis is a gem! To borrow some words from Maggie:..

“she’s a cross between Janet Evanovich and Nora Roberts. She could dissect, critique, and rearrange my life while pouring coffee and patting my hand.”

Yes, I see some Stephanie Plum’s spirit and determination in Maggie, and I also detect Nora Roberts in the detective, Sam Villari’s life. Nora Roberts always melts my heart when I read stories about close-knit & sometimes boisterous family gatherings. Nageeba Davis nailed it with her Italian family dinner.  For sure I am going to read the next installment on Maggie’s life.

Thanks for a beautifully written story, Ms. Davis. You deserve my two-thumbs up and 5 stars rating! *****

P. S.

Let me just share with you this novel lines as a parting gift /  teaser:

“.. you have the patience of a gnat and the tenacity of a bulldog all rolled into one extraordinarily charming package..”
“.. If you even think about telling me how cute I am when I am angry, you’l be minus one manly testicle as a result..”
“.. honey, you’re adorable when you’re angry and adorable when you’re not…”

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!