Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she’s ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she’s out of her league–and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he’s the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart. – from author’s website.

I enjoyed Kelsey’s character and how she was interested in computers but also old things. I could relate to the contradicting interests and it made her more likable. I liked Brad’s character well enough, although the situation with Elle, his ex-fiancé, was a little frustrating and off-putting. I also didn’t entirely like how it concluded itself. The suspense in the book kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed constantly trying to figure out who was behind the murders but never quite being sure until the climax. It made for an enjoyable cold case turned active investigation.
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Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn’t take a vacation, and she’s soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.

When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications–and even a secret or two? – from author’s website


This is the first book I’ve read in this series and it would have been better if I had read the first two books as they were referenced on several occasions and I think I would have been more able to relate to the characters. Reading only this book, I didn’t get enough of a description of Nate and Tanner for my liking. For example, it never mentioned their ages or gave much of a description for what they looked like. Despite there being two murders in the book, I didn’t find the suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat, but that could also be because I wasn’t as invested in the characters.

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him. – from author’s website


I thought the romance was going to be a bigger part of it based on the book blurb and a couple of scenes in the early part of the book but it was a very minimal part and sometimes wondered if it was going to show up at all. It was so minimal a part that I wondered if there was going to be a second book on the same characters and continue their stories. I enjoyed the suspense in the storyline but in the back of my mind, I kept wondering if the romance was going anywhere or would even show up that I couldn’t enjoy the book fully. If the blurb wouldn’t have misled me to believe that this book would be a romantic suspense, I may have been able to enjoy the book better. The author would occasionally through in scenes or comments that would tease that the romance was going to develop, but I felt like it never did. So, if you are going to read this book, don’t expect romance to be an interwoven thread because it was more like a few crumbs.

Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful as she trains her dog with Bree Matthews.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted. – from author’s website


I loved being back in Rock Harbor and seeing beloved characters like Bree, Kade, and Davy again, as well as Samson. It was like seeing friends again after several years. Dana didn’t seem as damaged as I would normally expect from someone who had been in an abusive relationship and had recently gotten out so at times I found her character a little unbelievable because of it. At times, I also felt like there were too many POVs but I could understand it for the complexity of this story.

The part of the book that I liked the most was how we were being led down one way until Coble started throwing things in to cast my suspicions on someone else. There were enough clues thrown in as the story moved along that I could have my suspicions on who the actual serial killer was and yet not be certain who it was until the end when Coble. The suspense is woven throughout the whole book and even in the tender relaxed moments, the suspense isn’t completely forgotten.

Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

Legend claims the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is hidden in Weaver’s Needle—a priceless treasure that two recovery specialists are in a race to secure for a client, and ultimately, a payday. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever. The two must work together despite their distrust to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost. Will they find the gold or life’s true treasure. . .love? – from author’s website

I wasn’t a big fan of this book. The suspense didn’t grab me as much as I like the suspense in books I read to do. I found it a little strange with the Native American spirituality in it and how it was integrated into the story. I also didn’t really like the ending as things didn’t wrap up as nicely as I would have liked. For example, I felt like some issues that were presented in the book were glossed over so the book could end. I also found the conversion to Christianity wasn’t well displayed. One moment he’s still critical although slightly opening up to the idea because of his sister and Landry but I didn’t think he was close enough to simply pray once and poof he is converted and there’s only a slight mention of it afterward before the book ends. I have a brother who has schizophrenia so I always get my back up when people talk about it and am more hypocritical of how people portray it in art. I found Caroll to do a decent job of not playing too much to the stigma of the mental illness, but as always, there could be major improvement as not everyone with the illness is dangerous and in this instance Caroll still included the violent part of it and gave the recovery process a longer time than necessary as most people with schizophrenia can function quite normally with the right dosage of meds.

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

It’s been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister’s sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn’t actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will’s cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week–including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites her readers to crack the case–if they can–alongside the best Memphis has to offer. – from author’s website


The suspense in this book was riveting. It kept ramping up until the conclusion. I thought it was an interesting take to have the main characters try to save someone on death row and prove that he was innocent of the crime he had confessed to. I liked that there were enough bread crumbs for me to feel like I was figuring it out but not enough for me to have it all figured out before the full story was revealed. There were a couple of loose ends that weren’t tied together by the end and weren’t really explained how they fit into the story. I don’t know if those parts will come into a later book in the series but I doubt it. Overall, it was a well written romantic suspense.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die. – from author’s website.


I was happy to finally get to see Quinn and Maddy’s story after reading about them in the first and second book in this series. It was suspenseful from the first chapter and I was always wondered what would happen next. It reminded me a little of the short story The Dangerous Game we had to read in school where the person was hunting humans. I had an inkling for who the bad guy was, but I wasn’t able to figure out exactly who it was until the end. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was the one behind it and how there were hints to lead you in a certain direction but never gave away who it was until the end. Eason wrote another mesmerizing suspenseful romance with an excellent blend of the two.

Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble

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Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
– from author’s website


This book was different than any other romantic suspense book I’ve read. Unfortunately, I can’t say much about why because it would give things away. I’ll say this though, that things aren’t as they seem. At first, I didn’t really like it and was frustrated about not getting the point of view of the one character and the characters were oblivious or making excuses for things. But once I figured out what was happening, I was excited to see how it would end and how things would be revealed to the characters. Some of the Irish wording and phrasing made it a little harder to get into but made it more authentic. I found it an interesting story that was very different from anything I’ve read. The romance was different from what I was expecting and was as big of a focal point as I thought it would be. I enjoyed the suspense as normal in Colleen Coble’s books.

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

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“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again. – from author’s website


I always enjoy Colleen Coble’s books for the blend between romance and suspense. This one was no different and I really enjoyed that there were several suspects and how the suspense tied together. Colleen Coble has a way of writing characters that get under your skin and you can’t help but root for them especially if you’ve followed them for a whole series. I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books and finally getting Kate’s story. Sunset Cove is a place that makes you want to visit in real life. As far as the characters go, I could see a little bit of myself in the main characters and could understand the fear of relationships both Kate and Drake had. Overall, it was an enjoyable, sweet romantic suspense.

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

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After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not. – from author’s website

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little disappointed with this book and found the suspense lacking until about three-quarters of the way in. I understand it took longer to get the web tangled enough for there to be almost no choice for the one character but I didn’t feel any of the suspense for the main characters until the last quarter of the book. At the beginning of the book when Finn was in the bush and not near his brothers, I was wondering how much interaction there would be between him and his brothers. That was my favorite part of the previous two books. I was pleased that Hannon was able to still work in the interaction between Finn, Lance, and Mac which adds humor to the story. I enjoyed parts of the story but overall I was disappointed with the suspense.