Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer (The Executive Office #1)

Enemies of the State Tal Bauer

I normally read traditional thrillers full of action, suspense, and a memorable main character that reads will talk about for years. This main character may or may not have someone he loves. Usually a woman. Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer is the first book in an M/M political thriller that I was not quite sure how to approach, as the M/M genre is quite new to me. Having put aside all my preconceptions and let go of everything I was taught until now, I dove in and came up for air well halfway through the book realizing that […] Read more »

Book Review: Chaos by Iris Johansen

Chaos Iris Johansen

Unlike the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan series, her latest release, Chaos, focuses on a new heroine, CIA Agent Alisa Flynn. While I loved Eve Duncan and her family and friends circle, I did start to experience a slight sense of fatigue, so reading about a new fearless female character who equals her male partner in every way possible was quite refreshing. Alisa Flynn didn’t have it easy while growing up. She was a street kid who knew all the tricks to stay alive. She was also a very fast learner, who caught the eye of a CIA agent who eventually […] Read more »

Book Review: The Price of Safety by Michael C. Bland

Price of Safety by Michael C. Bland

Right now we live in some scary times due to the COVID-19 virus, a crisis that has many leaders or countries thinking of removing some of their people’s privacy rights in order to better protect them. But such a drastic decision could lead to nothing short of a dystopian world, which is what The Price of Safety by Michael C. Bland is trying to depict as well. The book is a techno-thriller, but dystopia came often to mind as I was reading it. The story happens some 30 years in the future when privacy is an archaic word. There is […] Read more »

Book Review: A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

Reading urban fantasy is a guilty pleasure of mine, so I was eagerly keeping tabs on whatever new books Darynda Jones released after her Charlie Davidson series was over. Much to my surprise, her next book, A Bad Day for Sunshine turned out to be a well-crafted romantic suspense novel, which is a departure for her usual genre. I already experienced this departure with Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series that started with City of the Lost, which turned out to be another success in dipping one’s toes in another genre. Sunshine Vicram has recently returned home to the small village of […] Read more »

Book Review: The Final Deception by Heather Graham (New York Confidential #5)

The Final Deception Heather Graham

The Final Deception, the latest book in the New York Confidential romantic suspense series by Heather Graham is also the last in this series. Yes, as disappointed as I am with the word “last,” it is indeed the finale, the conclusion to this awesome series featuring Kieran and Craig, aka psychologist Kieran Finnegan and FBI agent Craig Fraiser. After getting over my shock about the finale, I dove in and only came up for some air every now and then. This book is “sick.” It features a sick serial killer named The Fireman who was initially caught but then escaped from […] Read more »

Book Review: Seven Shadows by V.S. Kemanis

Seven Shadows by V.S. Kemanis

The fifth Dana Hargrove book takes us forward to a time when Dana is experiencing her midlife crisis. Her children are all grown up now, and she feels her life has taken on a direction that might be quite unsure. She seems full of self-doubt at the moment, and to be honest, this sort of got to me in the book. Even her relationship with her forever-happy husband has hit a new low of ‘stale.’ In one year I will be at the age Dana is in this book, so I am a bit scared of what the future might […] Read more »

Book Review: Hindsight by Iris Johansen (Kendra Michaels #7)

Book Review: Hindsight by Iris Johansen (Kendra Michaels #7)

While the Eve Duncan series in the Iris Johansen books is my favorite, Kendra Michaels comes as a close second. Over the last 7 books, Kendra has undergone an amazing transformation that most people just ever dream of. After being blind for so long – for the first 20 years of her life, she had surgery that restored her eyesight. However, through those many years of blindness, she honed some skills that most people never really use. Her senses have become way sharper than normal, so her keen observation skills put her in a position to help authorities bring bad […] Read more »

Book Review: A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci

Book Review:  A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci

After Long Road to Mercy, the first book in the Atlee Pine series by David Baldacci, I was looking forward to the second book, with a caveat. I really wanted Atlee (also called Lee by the locals) to learn more about the fate of her twin sister and what really happened in the past. And it seems I got my wish. This book took Atlee back to her Georgia hometown where she reopened the investigation into the disappearance of Mercy, and her own close encounter with death some 30 years ago. I love all the David Baldacci books, so I knew […] Read more »

Book Review: First Blood by Angela Marsons

Book Review: First Blood by Angela Marsons

First Blood is the latest in the Angela Marsons Kim Stone series, and it goes back to Kim’s roots. Have you ever wondered how did Kim end up with her current team and what were the dynamics between them at the start? Well, wonder no longer, because this book shows Kim’s first case ever working with D.C. Stacey Wood, D.S. Bryant, and D.S. Dawson. Things didn’t start all that well with the new team. Each of them displaced from other teams, they all have to work together and find a rhythm that doesn’t disturb the rest and gels with the others, but that […] Read more »

Book Review: Animals We Are by Valerie Brandy

Book Review: Animals We Are by Valerie Brandy

Psychological thrillers with female protagonists are all the rage these days, and I as I love reading them, this new trend suits me just fine. Animals We Are by Valerie Brandy is a fresh and rather unusual take on this subgenre. Zoe and her boyfriend, Mike, are not quite fully committed, but hopefully getting there. The problem lies with Zoe, as due to her complicated past, she can’t quite trust people. Her former relationships have been a bust, and Mike might just be the one, but what if he isn’t? What if Zoe will get hurt in the process again? […] Read more »