Crime/Mystery/Thriller

Once Upon a Tablecloth

Once Upon a Tablecloth

Summary:

Nick Jordan acquires failing restaurants, then makes them prosperous. But when Lily Mercer calls him for help, he didn't count on falling in love. Or that someone wants to kill her.

And with so many obstacles and threats, can she survive? Can their love? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and I voluntarily chose to write a review.

Review:

This was a fun read although I found the beginning romance a little predictable.  There was definitely instant love although Lily second-guessed herself left and right throughout that.  I can understand that, but seemed to get so worked up and then immediately forgive which bothered me a bit.  The mysterious twist I definitely loved being worked into the story.  That aspect made the story stand out a bit more than a “standard romance” and I liked how the ending turned out.

I particularly liked that Lily had to decide for herself what her priorities were going to be rather than sacrificing everything for the sake of the relationship.  Towards the end Lily and Nick develop a real partnership.  All in all this was a fun read that I’d certainly say was enjoyable!

Warning: Repeated sexual content.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans looking for something with a bit of an unpredictable twist at the end.

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6)

River Marked

Summary:

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn't go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip - and the pimped-out trailer they're using - is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached...

Being a different breed of shapeshifter - a walker - Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River - and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book was a little unique in that we only are focused on Mercy and Adam.  I was absolutely cracking up at the antics in the beginning of the book involving the wedding, but absolutely fitting.  What’s great about this book is that we get to see a devoted view of what Adam and Mercy’s relationship is like day-to-day.  In the previous books we get somewhat of a peek, but it’s always very brief. 

I loved the incorporation of heritage throughout this book as well.  There are a lot of characters that are not quite what they seem and it creates a wonderful mysterious tension throughout it all.  And let me just say, I’m never looking at otters quite the same way again…

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of Mercy and Adam – you only really get the two of them in this installment!

Want to read the whole series?

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5)

Silver Borne

Summary:

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book in the series brought me back into being a firm Mercy Thompson fan.  There were a lot of twists and turns, confusion and misdirection to make the book a very fun read.  I loved getting additional insight into Sam’s past, how the fae live and some of the different types.

In this book we also get to see Jesse step it up a bit and become more of a developed character.  I also enjoyed seeing Mercy and Adam’s relationship develop a little more and seeing them as more of “normal people dating” at times.  The book does follow a very similar arc as previous books so if you were getting a little tired of them, I’d take a breather between books.  Otherwise, have at it!

Warning: Contains repeated violence.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it?   Fantasy and paranormal fans – there is enough background and “reminder info” at the beginning of this one that you could probably pick it up without having read the previous books.

Want to read the whole series? 

 

Cat in the Flock (Dreamslippers #1)

Cat in the Flock

Summary:

A sexy murder-mystery with a spiritual edge. 

For most people, dreams are a way to escape reality. But for Cat McCormick, they're a way to get closer to the truth. Cat can 'slip' into other people's dreams.

After graduating college with a degree in criminal justice but little in the way of real-life experience, Cat moves from the Midwest to Seattle to apprentice with her Granny Grace, who shares the ability. Granny uses dreamslipping as a private investigator, and Cat plans to follow in her footsteps.

But forced to take work as a security guard, Cat discovers a mother and daughter on the run. Following the clues, she goes undercover in a Midwestern megachurch, where she finds redemption and goodwill amidst repression, hypocrisy, and murder.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of Sage’s Blog Tours and I voluntarily chose to write a review

Review:

This was a really solid read! I found the concept of dreamslipping unique and interesting in its applications.  It was also refreshing to see the characters discuss the limitations of such a skill rather than having solution to the mystery conveniently come up in a dream.  The book had a lot going on and at times I found it slightly distracting.  There was so much being set up (presumably for future stories) that there were details that were introduced and then never brought up again.  Some of the setup in Seattle seemed a bit random as Cat ended up back in St. Louis.

Despite those observations, the book moved fast, had me laughing at a few points and had some twists at the end I wasn’t expecting.  I think Cat developed as a character and will become a bit stronger in future books in the series.

Warning: Contains sexual content and violence.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Mystery fans looking for something with a fun twist.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Framed and Burning (Dreamslippers #2)
  • Bound to the Truth (Dreamslippers #3)