Review – Heartbreak Bay (Stillhouse Lake #5)

Heartbreak Bay Heartbreak Bay (Stillhouse Lake #5)
By: Rachel Caine
Website: https://www.rachelcaine.com/
Release Date: March 9th, 2021
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake
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Gwen is still investigating crimes and when she gets a call from her friend Kezia about two bodies of children found submerged in a car in a lake the case becomes personal as the killer continues to hunt for victims that they can drown and silence forever.

Review – The Dating Dilemma (Mile High Firefighters #2)

The Dating Dilemma The Dating Dilemma (Mile High Firefighters #2)
By: Mariah Ankenman
Website: https://mariahankenman.com/
Release Date: January 24th, 2022
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
Series: Mile High Firefighters #2
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Let me begin by saying this: sometimes you just need a fun, light, cute story when the real world sucks. Given how the real world has sucked the last couple years I was definitely in the mood for something sweet and, after having stumbled across Mariah Ankenman’s Instagram a while back, I found her to be an author worth following, not only because of her works but because she wants to have fun while writing and while talking about her works/ writing them. She makes fun of herself, she makes fun of people who look down on romance novels and she tells the realities of writing and publishing books. What more could a reader/ wannabe author want from a fellow author’s page?

Through my adventures of following Mariah I saw she posted about The Dating Dilemma being available for ARC readers through NetGalley and I immediately went to NetGalley and requested the chance to read it. Once given the chance I dove into it and finished the story in a little more than a day (mostly because, apparently, I need sleep.)

While, yes, Mariah’s novel about Lexi, a youth center worker, and Dyson, a gorgeous firefighter with a wounded heart, is the epitome of sugary-sweetness, Hallmark movie level heart-tugs and a mix of spicy goodness, the story itself is complete and strong. While this is number two in the series (I haven’t read number one yet but I will be going back) I didn’t need to read book number one to understand book number two. The world and spaces within it that these two characters inhabit was complete, fleshed out and with enough layers that I could attach myself to the characters quickly without feeling like I was missing out on some details.

If you’re looking for a sweet story, wish some heat and a nice cast of characters definitely check out The Dating Dilemma.

Thanks to NetGalley, Mariah Ankenman, and Entangled Publishing for the advanced copy of The Dating Dilemma.

Review – Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3)

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3)
By: Rachel Caine
Website: https://www.rachelcaine.com/
Release Date: April 23rd, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake
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Gwen Proctor is a survivor. She’s also an advocate for people that need help. So when she gets a call from a woman who is afraid someone is after her, Gwen is ready to step in and see what she can do to help keep this woman safe.

Unfortunately Gwen is too late to do that.

Review – Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2)

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2)
By: Rachel Caine
Website: https://www.rachelcaine.com/
Release Date: December 12th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake
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We’re back at Stillhouse Lake and things for Gwen and the kids haven’t gotten any easier. Especially not now since her psychotic ex Melvin has broken out of prison and is coming after Gwen and the kids.

Review – Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1)

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1)
By: Rachel Caine
Website: https://www.rachelcaine.com/
Release Date: July 1st, 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake
Award: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Mystery & Thriller (2017)
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So, obviously I have a thing for thrillers. And crime stories. And mysteries. A fast-paced book that takes off from the first sentence is definitely my cup of tea.

Gina Royal had the perfect life. Two kids, a home in the suburbs, a husband that works hard. That all disappeared when a drunk driver crashed into her family’s garage…and revealed her husband is a serial killer.

Now she’s on the run with her kids while her husband rots in jail and Gina is now Gwen and she has to keep them moving to stay safe. When the land in the small, quiet town of Stillhouse Lake Gwen thinks maybe, just maybe, they’ve found a new place to call home. Online vigilantes haven’t found her yet, the people in town don’t appear to know her face from the news and her kids are settling in.

Review – Shadow Sands (Kate Marshall #2)

Shadow Sands (Kate Marshall #2)
By: Robert Bryndza
Website: https://robertbryndza.com/
Release Date: November 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Kate Marshall
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Book two in the Kate Marshall series and I’m still in a crime thriller haze of fiction love. We’re back with Kate Marshall as she and her assistant Tristan try and figure out what is going on at the Shadow Sands reservoir and why, after the body of a skilled swimmer is found, that everyone associated with the reservoir is acting off and missing persons cases are being ignored.

Just as I said with the first novel in this series there is a lot of heavy subject matter in this book including kidnapping, abduction, rape, abuse etc. If that’s not something you care to read about turn back now.

Review – Nine Elms (Kate Marshall #1)

Nine Elms
By: Robert Bryndza
Website: https://robertbryndza.com/
Release Date: December 1st, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Kate Marshall
Rating:


Sometimes book suggestions are so perfect it’s as if the website providing it to you is really inside your head. Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza was one such suggestion that, despite the heavy topics and intense scenes that were admittedly uncomfortable at times, was a perfect fit for me. If you like crime, thrillers, mysteries and tough female main characters the story of Kate Marshall may be a good fit for you as well.

Review – The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss
By: Amy Noelle Parks
Website: https://amynoelleparks.com/
Release Date: January 5th, 2021
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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When I saw this book cover on NetGalley I found it cute and simple, a clean cover that drew my eye. A cute story about the chaos around teenage romance made me feel like it was a good idea to jump into a less serious story.

Caleb and Evie have been friends for years, best friends, but everyone around them feels that they have to be more than friends. Evie has never really been interested in dating, instead focusing on her love of math (I can’t relate) and her struggles with anxiety (100% can relate).

When a new guy shows up suddenly Caleb is in a panic, realizing that maybe is finally interested in dating but not dating him. The truth comes out – Caleb is in love. Here comes the love triangle.