Kate Brannon and Gina temple are back in Under Parr. We pick back up with these two amazing women about 6 weeks after the conclusion of Collide-O-Scope. For Kate, there is another crime to investigate. This time around, a skeleton has been found in an abandoned WWII bunker. From the reader’s perspective, we already know who the crime was committed and why the elderly man ended up where he did and how is life ending injury occurred. From the beginning, we know the details of why the killer kills and how they do it. We stand back and watch Kate and her team figure out the clues.
This already in the know aspect of the book, while an interesting concept, to me at times became a tad bit tedious. We know most of the details, and while of course there are still clues to uncover, it has a lot of detective talk, to finally get to oh yeah, it was that person, totally already knew it. It was great to see Kate back in action, but I felt like this piece of the story was too much the focus, when Gina’s part is so much more powerful and interesting.
Gina and her daughter Sammy are living with the aftermath of what happened in Collide-O-Scoop and the havoc Ally Robbins reeked on their lives. Life after does not go on with rainbows and butterflies. These two have now become the pariahs of Brandale Staite. Not to mention both are suffering from PTSD. I think the challenges that the Temple’s face was endearing and fascinating. I like that Bramhall didn’t gloss over the trauma both Sammy and Gina went through.
My guess is this book, is a big set-up for the third book in this series. At the end of this one, the investigation of the skeleton is easily wrapped up but there are still big issues facing Gina and Kate as both individuals and as a couple. There is also an unknown element that briefly appears and is left unresolved. Overall, I look forward to the next installment of this series.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Kara A. McLeod knows how to write a great story with characters that have strength and at the same time are vulnerable. A hard mix but when is done well gives the reader a character that is absolutely captivating. Worthy of Trust and Confidence, gives you not one but two leading ladies that will capture your heart.
First off if you haven’t read Actual Stop you need to stop right here and go read it. You cannot read this one first, you’ll be totally lost. Take it from me it’s damn good and you want this in your life.
We pick back up with Special Agent Ryan O’Connor recovering from bullet wounds after the assassination attempt on Iran’s president. Ryan is haunted by the death of her former lover and riddled with guilt because she survived and Lucia didn’t. She holds back her pain from everyone, including her now girlfriend, Special Agent Allison Reynolds. Why to be tough? No that’s not it, but because she doesn’t want Allison to feel guilty as well. Her text message saved Ryan but cost Lucia the ultimate price. Ryan wants to shoulder that guilt all herself, even though she desperately needs to talk about it. She also is walking on eggshells with Allison. Old wounds from the past keep her from leaning too heavily on the love of her life. She doesn’t want to screw it up when they just go back together. All the while Allison’s heart is breaking Ryan won’t open up, she is also dealing a boss that is causing her hell on Earth.
So while the last book was a little heavy-handed on secret service procedures, this one is not. Not at all, this is an action-packed adventure with two badass female leads with smoldering hot chemistry. Once I got started, there is no way in hell you could have dragged this book from me. I needed to finish this one. It is that good! You have a fantastic mystery, a ton of corruption and a love story that just won’t quit. This one surpasses the first in the series and is every bit deserving of its five-star rating.
5 out of 5 stars
Karis Walsh is known for quality books. Her characters are likable and well developed, her stories have interesting/realistic dialogue. She is one of my go-to authors for an easy, enjoyable read.
Billie Mitchell is one of the mounted patrol officers for the Tacoma Police Department. As a former soldier, Billie suffers from PTSD from her time in the Middle East. She uses her past to help others as an in-house counselor of sorts. She is readily available for the department to help victims who have experienced trauma and grief. This skill leads her to Merissa Karr.
Merissa has just witnessed a murder. Driving around a less than desirable inner city neighborhood, Merissa and her boss, David were scouting locations for their newest housing development. As Merissa leaned down to pick up a dropped piece of paper, David was shot and killed. Why would a successful architect be murdered for no apparent reason? Billie becomes Merissa’s contact with the TPD, trying to find bits of information that may help uncover the killer’s identity.
This is a mix of mystery and romance. Each part is done with enough balance for the other. As the mystery is uncovered piece by piece, you have the two main characters moving closer together to solve the crime. Their interactions with each other a cute and slowly draw you into the story and hold your attention. The book was slower than expected for a murder mystery, but I found myself enjoying it’s less than frantic pace. The story and the romance build slowly and cautiously. Overall, I really liked this one more than I suspected I would.
4 out of 5 stars
To Purchase: Amounting to Nothing (Mounted)
I can’t believe I just got around to reading this book. So glad I finally did. Great read, that is relatively face paced and was a great book to escape into.
Cassidy Miller is a Marine Corps veteran. After serving two tours in Afghanistan, she heads home and enrolls in the Minneapolis police academy. After a year on the job the horrors of war are still effecting her. PTSD is a bitch, and the nightmares won’t quit. Cassidy decides to try her hand at becoming a cop in a small town, maybe the change in scenery and a slower pace will help her heal.
Julia Desjardin is the the city attorney for Embarrass, Minnesota. She is an absolute ice princess. Beautiful, smart, rich and does not let anyone close to her. Julia is a fascinating character, you could not help but be drawn to her. She had an air of mystery surrounding her. I wanted to know what made her tick. Julia could not be any more different from Cassidy, but these two are drawn together.
Eliza Lentzski writes beautiful characters, who are flawed, but have such amazing hearts. This book is full of angst, mystery, and a great love story. This book is also very sexy if you know what I mean.
4 out of 5 stars
Don’t Call Me Hero
by Eliza Lentzski
Spirit of the Dance by Mardi Alexander is a wonderful novel. It is well written, well thought out, and has great characters.
Major Sorla Reardon has come back to her to her father’s homestead after serving in Iraq. She is been through hell and back, and has her mind set on bringing her father’s horse and cattle business back to its former glory. Sorla fights her through PTSD and the scars of war to establish a her new life as a civilian.
Riley Johnson runs the local farm supply store. She is the daughter of a former bronc rider, a man who’s glory days have passed and now is a bitter alcoholic. Riley has spent her life on the rodeo circuit, and it has not been easy. She has learned to close off her heart, to protect her self from the abuse of the man who should love her the most. Riley’s life changes the moment she meets Major Sorla Reardon.
I really enjoyed my time with this book. Mardi Alexander covers a lot of tough subjects in this book and she does it well. While each character has emotional and physical issues that they must overcome, you still get that this is a romance. It can be heavy at times, but the author did a good job of not letting these issues overwhelm the book. Both of the main ladies are strong, intelligent women who have had to persevere monumental obstacles in life. This western is worth your time!
3.25 out of 5 stars
Spirit of the Dance
by Mardi Alexander