21. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Hush by Karen Robards, 416 pages, read by Melody, on 01/20/2015

When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she’s sure it’s no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone’s out for blood—specifically someone Jeff’s father ripped off in one of the biggest financial fraud cases of all time. She suspects that someone is trying to send a message to Jeff’s father: Tell me where the money is, or everyone you care about will die.

Riley’s in-laws might be billionaires, but she’s afraid that not even their dirty money can protect her from an irate investor who will stop at nothing to get his hands on his misappropriated cash. Enter Finn Bradley, Philly-based FBI agent and Riley’s love interest from way back when. Finn agrees to help Riley, and the two reignite sparks they both thought were extinguished long ago. But can they discover the killer’s identity in time, before he resurfaces—and strikes again?

Dubbed an “exceptional storyteller” by the Chicago Tribune and “one of the most popular voices in women’s fiction” by Newsweek, Karen Robards’s latest action-packed novel will keep you glued to the pages until the final, shocking conclusion.

Description from Goodreads.com

17. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Die for me by Karen Rose, 558 pages, read by Kim K, on 01/16/2015

COME TO ME

The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her-the killer isn’t done yet.

SCREAM FOR ME

He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard-the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist…

DIE FOR ME

Description from Goodreads.com

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Never Never by Colleeen Hoover, 140 pages, read by Jessica, on 01/16/2015

9110wGT9g8L._SL1500_“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”
   
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk.  They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen.
But as of this morning…they are complete strangers.
Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished.
“I don’t care what our real first kiss was,” he says. “That’s the one I want to remember.” 
 
Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why.  But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
“I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone.  I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”
 
Never Never: A Novella Series, Part One.
13. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Eric, Fiction, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense · Tags: ,

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child, 306 pages, read by Eric, on 01/11/2015

Jeremy Logan has a highly-unusual profession- one which brings him to the strangest of places and experiences. He is an enigmalogist, an expert investigator of the bizarre and paranormal, and has been hired to work some of the most puzzling historical hauntings and mysteries in the world. When clandestinely hired by Porter Stone, the world’s most successful treasure hunter, he wonders why his expertise is needed. Porter believes he is about to discover the tomb of Egypt’s first unified pharaoh, Narmer, buried deep within the Sudd- a massive, nearly-impenetrable marsh on the upper Nile. The threat of what is protecting this tomb is what has prompted Porter to seek Jeremy’s help.

Lincoln Child is best known for writing as a team with Douglas Preston, but I’ve enjoyed his standalone adventures nearly as much. The setting and quest of this one couldn’t be much more up my alley. Porter’s base of operations in the Sudd is wonderfully inventive, and the search for the tomb exciting. Unfortunately, a twist in the tale is hinted at far too many times to be surprising, and the novel quickly fades at the end, offering frenetic action with little emotional impact, before fizzing out in the muddy Sudd. I was hoping for a little more.

12. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Buried agendas by Donnell Ann Bell, 242 pages, read by Melody, on 01/09/2015

A devastating secret drove her from the man she loved. Will a deadly secret lead her back to him?

Diana Reid is an investigative reporter skilled at uncovering other people’s secrets. It’s her own secret that she’ll go to great lengths to keep buried—a secret that drove her to leave her fiancé and hometown of Diamond, Texas eight years ago. All that’s about to change when she receives a letter stating people are dying, and implicating her hometown’s largest employer. With no other choice, Diana risks her life and her secrets by returning to Diamond, Texas to uncover the deadly plot.

It took Brad Jordan years to put his life back together after Diana walked out on him. Leaving his brother in charge of the family business, Jordan Industries, Brad pursued a law degree and is now mayor of Diamond, Texas. Just as he rebuilt his life after Diana’s desertion, he plans to rebuild his hometown by bringing in new industry and businesses. Those plans are threatened, however, when an El Paso physician notifies Brad that his family’s company may be conducting illegal practices and sacrificing the public’s health. The doctor’s evidence is circumstantial at best, but just the hint of impropriety will shut down the company and bankrupt the town.

Brad is further conflicted when the physician suggests bringing in Diana Reid to uncover the wrongdoing. Diana is the last person he wants to see professionally or personally, and he nixes the idea. Unfortunately, she shows up anyway. Torn between his family and his oath of office, and recognizing she may be Brad’s only option to get at the truth, he’ll join forces with the very woman he’s vowed to forget.

Together, Diana and Brad face a dangerous adversary intent on keeping their deadly agenda buried.

Description from Goodreads.com.

08. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

A Breath Away by Rita Herron, 376 pages, read by Melody, on 01/07/2015

Ever since Violet Baker’s childhood companion was brutally murdered, she’s been plagued with visions of the girl’s last hours. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of Darlene’s death, Violet’s father is found dead, a note beside him confessing to the murder. But something doesn’t feelright, and Violet returns to Crow’s Landing looking for answers.

Facing the judgmental town as a murderer’s daughter is difficult enough, but with the scalding tension between her and Sheriff Grady Monroe, Darlene’s half brother, is worse. As the two of them race to unravel the mystery, it quickly becomes clear that Violet is in grave danger…and Grady suddenly knows that he’ll do anything to protect her, no matter what the cost…

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06. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Paula, Thriller/Suspense

Revival by Stephen King, 403 pages, read by Paula, on 01/03/2015

hw7.pl“In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs–including Jamie’s sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe”

King is still a master story teller.  This got my imagination going and I was scared half to death.  The suspense built like crazy towards the end.  Loved it!!

06. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

See how she runs by Janice Kay Johnson, 256 pages, read by Melody, on 01/05/2015

When it’s never safe to stop running…

Cape Trouble, a tiny Oregon Coast town, was named for the dangerous off-shore reefs. But some of its citizens seek refuge from their own troubles…which have a way of following them.

One night, in her upscale California restaurant, Naomi Kendrick overheard powerful men plotting a political assassination. To save her life, she made a bargain with the devil…and then ran.

Inevitably, she is found. More than one enemy descends on Cape Trouble to learn her secrets…and silence Naomi once and for all.

Detective Adam Rostov suspects she stabbed his partner to death in her restaurant kitchen. Pursuing her to Cape Trouble, he arrives just in time to rescue her from an assault. He conceals his real purpose in Cape Trouble to stay close to her. Because if he can’t keep her alive, he’ll never find out if she’s innocent or guilty.

Naomi’s instincts scream, Run, but too late, because Adam isn’t about to let her go. Not when he has begun to believe she is a victim and not a killer. Not when she is irresistible bait to draw a contract killer, a corrupt U.S. Congressman, and a crooked federal agent. And not when, despite all common sense, he’s falling in love with the mysterious chef.

Once Naomi discovers Adam too has been hunting her, she must decide. Run and keep running, or trust him to keep her safe? Of course, once he knows her darkest secret, he may no longer want to protect her…

(description from Goodreads.com)

06. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, 272 pages, read by Brian, on 01/02/2015

sharpSick. Twisted. Disturbing. I liked this book very much. You have to wonder what kind of sick puppy thinks of these things. Talking about it ruins it. Just read it. Not for the faint of heart.

 

 

 

05. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Sweet vengeance by Cindy Stark, 293 pages, read by Melody, on 01/04/2015

Allie Jordan is in love and believes her future is bright. She’s finally going to have the family she longs for. But her dreams fade to black when her mobster-wanna-be boyfriend is executed at her feet. She’s spared the same fate by a muscle-bound vigilante who tosses her over his shoulder and turns her life upside down, in more ways than one.

Jase Tyler has one goal in life—to exact revenge on the Chicago mobsters who slaughtered his family. But when he rescues Allie, things begin to change. The last thing he wants is to be responsible for a woman who reminds him he has a soul, but there’s a price on her head, and he refuses to let the mob have her.

Love and danger are now a packaged deal, and they can’t have one without the other. The true test will come when she discovers what he’s been keeping from her. (description from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 3 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, 288 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/31/2014

download (2)This third installment in the American Vampire series takes place during World War II in the 1940s.  Follow Pearl and Henry as well as Cash and Felicia as they battle for their very lives.  Again, Skinner Sweet, the first American Vampire makes an appearance, though he doesn’t figure as prominently in this volume as the other 2.  Still, he does not disappoint.  Ever wonder what would have happened if the Nazis had vampires?  Find out in American Vampire Vol 3.  The story is beautifully written and the art is amazing.

 

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Dystopia, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 2 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, 160 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/30/2014

download (1)Skinner Sweet is back in a second volume of American Vampire.  This volume takes place during the 1930s and has more about Pearl, the vampire Sweet created, and her lover, Henry.  The art is wild in the volume and Albuquerque has really outdone himself with showing vampires as they look in battle.  Enjoy this second installment.  Like the first, it promises to not disappoint!  Skinner is as sneaky as ever.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 1 by Scott Snyder and Stephen King, 200 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/29/2014

downloadFrom times even before he died and rose from his grave, Skinner Sweet was never what one might consider a “good guy.”  Now, with new powers, including being powered by the sun, he seems almost unstoppable.  Stephen King and Scott Snyder bring the suck back into vampires in this series.  Gone are the days of nice vampires.  Sweet, a new breed of American vampire is bad through and through.  Beginning in the old west and taking place mostly in the 1920s vampire lovers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.  This series will not disappoint.

 

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Every move you make by Carla Cassidy, 336 pages, read by Kim, on 12/28/2014

On her thirtieth birthday, Annalise Blakely gets a strange package. Inside, along with one of her company’s hand-crafted dolls, is a note: I don’t need this anymore. I have my own. Annalise puts the package aside-she has enough on her mind. Since her mother died, Annalise has been working nonstop to keep Blakely Dolls a success. Her deadbeat dad wants to be back in the picture. And she’s dating again.

But the policeman she’s seeing has chilling news: someone is murdering women, dressing them up as Blakely Dolls, and leaving them for the police to find. And, although no one knows it yet, the killer is stalking Annalise, the model for the original doll, for his final display… (from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Watch me by Cynthia Eden, 200 pages, read by Melody, on 12/28/2014

Watch Me…The first book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s sexy new romantic suspense series…DARK OBSESSION.

He was hired to protect her.

Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a twenty-four, seven bodyguard—Chance knew his control was about to be pushed to the limit.

He’d never wanted another woman the way he desired her. Hot. Intense. Consuming. Being so close to Gwen, Chance knew that he wouldn’t be able to resist her. So he gave into his need, her need, and he took them both to the edge of a dark and consuming desire.

But Chance soon realizes that he isn’t the only one watching Gwen. Someone else is out there, a stalker who won’t rest until Gwen is destroyed. Every day, every moment…Gwen is in danger. And Chance knows that if he can’t unmask the stalker, then he may just lose the only woman he has ever loved. (from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Sounds of night by Jennifer Hayden, 394 pages, read by Melody, on 12/28/2014

Defense attorney, Lexi Chase, has found a new life for herself in Cole Creek, Idaho. She is quickly embraced by the local law community…….until she wins the wrong case and sets a killer free. Suddenly she is thrust into a maze of terror. Someone begins stalking her with a bone chilling vengeance. And then her neighbor is brutally murdered and a cold blooded killing spree begins. County Prosecutor, Derek Slade, Lexi’s one time nemesis, quickly becomes her only ally. Derek isn’t sure what to think of Lexi’s evasive nature, or the fact that she gives him only cryptic details about her past. Though he can’t deny he’s attracted to her, he immediately distrusts her. Before long he has no choice but to accept the fact that he is the only person who stands between her and a sociopathic madman – a madman who has seemingly put them both at the center of his obsession. In the midst of a horrific game, bodies begin to add up. Terror is spreading. Simon says it’s time to play again, and this time he will stop at nothing until he is the last one left standing. (from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Say you love me by Rita Herron, 378 pages, read by Kim, on 12/27/2014

A columnist for the Big Easy’s hottest erotic magazine, Britta Berger has heard her share of wild, hidden desires. But beneath her sophisticated facade, Britta is running from much darker secrets… including the terrifying night she barely survived. Now someone from her past has returned to play a merciless game. And only one man can help her… . Detective Jean-Paul Dubois knows instinctively that Britta is the key to ending the string of vicious ritualistic murders that plague his city. But still haunted by his past, he must resist the dangerous attraction between them. For lurking deep in the shadows of the bayou, a killer waits to end her life– and their future– with one devastating final strike. (from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Promise him anything by Carla Cassidy, 336 pages, read by Melody, on 12/24/2014

She promised not to leave him. But some promises are made to be broken…

For a year, Juliette Monroe and her son have been on the run from her abusive ex-husband. But when he finally tracks them down, he must confront local cop Nick Corelli, who has vowed to keep Juliette and her son safe. And when sparks fly between Juliette and Nick, they know that first they must confront the madman threatening not only their blossoming love-but also their lives…(from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Midnight House by Alex Berenson, 481 pages, read by Judy, on 12/18/2014

One morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street.   That night, an army vet is gunned down in his own doorway.  The next day, John Wells gets a phone call.  Come to Langley. NOW.

The victims were part of an interrogation team that operated out of a secret base in Poland called the Midnight House, where they worked over the toughest jihadis, extracting information by any means necessary.

Now Wells must find out who is killing them.   Islamic terrorists are the likeliest suspects, and Wells is uniquely qualified to go undercover and find them.   But the trail of blood leads him to a place he couldn’t have imagined:

Home.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Becky, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense

Haunted by Kay Hooper, 310 pages, read by Becky, on 12/28/2014

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When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare–and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect. Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her–and the town–on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute. Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who–or what–will be left standing when it’s all over