Friday, 27 March 2015

The Fisherman's Lily

Written by: Suzanne Spiegoski
Published by: Touchstone Press
Format: Kindle
Pages: 266
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

When Lily Dietz, an ambitious yet short-tempered Asian-American NYC homicide detective, and longtime partner John Fremont begin to work a unique but gruesome murder case, cryptic clues in the evidence start to link with Lily’s dark and troubling past—one deeply imprinted with many psychological and emotional issues. 

Borderline manic-depressive and a self-destructive alcoholic, Lily is strikingly beautiful and spoiled by her younger brother, CJ, a NBA All-Star basketball Knicks player, due to guilt uprooting from their own family history; separations of heart-wrenching losses and disappointments. The hunt for the killer escalates when the detectives discover more than one murder. Someone with cruel and twisted intentions motivated by a taste for sophistication yet also depravity is targeting and brutally mutilating Asian-American women. And somehow, the murderer knows Lily far too well. 
Soon the game of cat-and-mouse becomes a thrilling chase from beginning to end, where Lily’s reality and the people in it begin to doubt her, not only as a detective but as a person. Who will be able to save this damaged soul? Or who will be the one to destroy it?

My Rating: 4/5

What better way to start a crime thriller with a dead body being found in a creepy way, which is exactly how The Fisherman's Lily starts. We first meet Lily Dietz when she races from her brother's basketball game to a crime scene involving a dead body being wrapped in an oriental rug. Seriously, how can you not be gripped by that?! So much was set within the first three paragraphs of the story that I could not begin to describe my excitement of this story from the very beginning. 
Both swallowed their pride and their words. It seemed that getting drunk was the only thing left to do. 
There are layers upon layers of Lily's character, she is independent and strong willed but there is so much more to her that I found myself pouring over the pages being ultimately surprised by the amount of depth to her character. I was constantly being amazed in the beginning because more and more was being revealed and it was just adding to her development in so many ways. I absolutely adored it. It set her up in a unique way that I found her completely gripping from only a couple of paragraphs.
Like scavengers, all of them fed on the detectives for answers. All they received was neglect.
Not only was the character development brilliant, the writing style was also equaling engrossing. I loved how it jumped from one character to another, yes at times this made it slightly hard to keep up with and I did find myself backtracking to make sure I was not lost. But it just allowed us to see more that one view point, like it was giving readers a chance to be that one step ahead of the characters. Which in turn made the story that much more thrilling. There was also many layers to the story too, it wasn't just a crime thriller but also had undertones of romance and family relationships, that added to the story. 
She was so personally familiar to him, as he had at one point memorized every curve and freckle of her face.
All in all, there were so many things that I loved within this story. The case was chilling, the writing was captivating and Lily was extremely well developed. However there were times when the twists were slightly predictable and in some cases I felt that it jumped around slightly without any real reason too. Making it go from one extreme to another which, while intriguing, was slightly confusing. But they were only little things that didn't really affect the enjoyment of this story. Making The Fisherman' Lily a definite read for any crime thriller enthusiast. With it's fast paced, slightly gory and extremely enthralling story it will keep people on the edge of their seat. 

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Trust in Me

Written by: Samantha Chase
Series: The Montgomery Brothers (Book 2)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 130
Purchase from: Amazon  | Book Depository

All work and no play… would make Jason Montgomery a very happy man.
Ever since his brother had married a woman who worked for their company, Jason has been walking around fending off the unwanted advances of all of the single women in his employ. Now, with a make or break business expansion in the works, Jason needs an assistant he can trust not to mix business with romance.
For three years Maggie Barrett has happily hid in the shadows of Montgomery’s. After dealing with her own unwanted advances from her previous employer, staying under the radar was working just fine for her. But now she’s thrown into the spotlight as Jason’s assistant because he believes her to be a safe choice because she’s married.
The only problem? She’s not.

Working in close proximity wasn’t supposed to be an issue. The lines of their relationship were clearly defined. But when a mutual respect turns into a mutual attraction how will Maggie explain that the only thing holding Jason back was just a little white lie?

My Rating: 3/5

Trust in me is the second book in The Montgomery Brothers series, this time we follow the relationship between Jason and Maggie. Like the first one, Wait for Me, I was instantly intrigued by the idea of the family relationship that would be present within the book and once again the romance aspect took a back seat for me. However just like the first one, I felt that there was a certain spark missing.
Jason couldn't help but smile. That was his dad. William Montgomery took care of others and it was just one of the reasons that people loved him.
Firstly, I still wasn't in love with the characters. They seemed immature and frustratingly stubborn, everything could of been sorted out within the first couple of chapters if only they would just admit their feelings. That being said, this was one of the main reasons why I just was not amazed or engrossed in this story. Honestly the whole story just felt dragging in this aspect. Just like the first book it was constant back and forth, arguments and then lovey dovey scenes, which just turned out to be exhausting to read.
This was about his heart. This was about Maggie's marriage. This was about a situation that would leave somebody hurt. 
Again, just like the first book I absolutely adored the family aspect and how much they loved and protected one and other. I also loved the subtlety of how it was woven into the story. It wasn't pushed and shoved in your face, like in some ways the romance was, it was hidden in between the lines of the story. And I loved that about it. It made me want it more but also it made me admire it in how it was subtlety shown. All I know is that I looked forward more to the family interactions than I did to the two main character interactions.
"When are you going to learn that it doesn't matter to me where we are, just as long as we are together?"
Overall, there were many things that I didn't quite connect with within this story. The main one once again being the romance between the two main characters. It just felt a tad too immature and argumentive. But there was also sweet and little moments that shone throughout the story, just like it did in the first book. I adored the family interactions and their story more than the romance. It did take a while to get going but once it did Trust in Me is a very easy and quick read that you can just fly through. 

Trust in Me (The Montgomery Brothers, #2)
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Wait for Me

Written by: Samantha Chase
Series: The Montgomery Brothers (Book 1)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 133
Purchase from: Amazon  |   Book Depository

There’s no time like the present… Unless you’re still running from your past.
Executive assistant Emma Taylor is desperate for a little time away; away from her job, her life and from thoughts of her boss’s son who doesn’t seem to know she even exists. Tired of waiting for the time to be right, she takes advantage of her boss’s generous offer for a little weekend getaway to thank her for helping out with a difficult business deal.
Former NFL superstar Lucas Montgomery is still suffering from a career-ending injury. His self-imposed exile from life is exactly what he wants; a sanctuary where there’s no chance for disappointment or distractions and that’s exactly the way he likes it. While his family has been patiently waiting for Lucas to come around and embrace life once again, they don’t realize that it wasn’t just his career that was lost, but his sense of identity.

Lucas thought everything was fine until sweet, sexy and completely off-limits Emma Taylor comes crashing into his carefully constructed world one snowy weekend and turns his entire life upside down. 

My Rating: 3/5

Wait for me is the first book in The Montgomery Brothers series by Samantha Chase and it sets the scene for the Montgomery family. Wait for Me follows the romance between Emma Taylor and the reclusive Lucas Montgomery. I was so excited to get stuck into this book because I really love when a book series revolves around a family. To me the family aspect is the main thing that spurred me to buy the book, the romance part was just an added bonus. 
Why was it that surly Lucas of the little to no words was the one that made her weak in the knees when he gave her one of his small smiles.
To be honest I felt slightly let down when it came to the 'romance' between the two main characters. Maybe because I didn't really like the main characters, especially Emma. I felt Emma was mean and whiny, always being picky and aggressive, which is why I just didn't click with her. She was so focused on being independent, yet she constantly played the victim. Lucas, on the other hand, was a little hard for me to figure out. There was always a constant back and forth between him and Emma, that I couldn't figure out if he was in the right or wrong, or if he just needed to grow up and face his problems.
That didn't even come close to what he was feeling. One look at her and he ached.
All in all, I loved the family dynamic of the Montgomerys, so much so that I wanted a little more of that then what was actually in the book. But when it came to the characters I just didn't connect with them, and it didn't feel like they had any chemistry as they were always constantly fighting on minute then seemingly falling in love with each other the next. Not to mention the ending felt a little rushed and popped out with nowhere. So, overall, while I loved the concept, Wait for Me just didn't live up to the expectations. Having said this, it was very quick and enjoyable read that I just flew through.  

Wait for Me (The Montgomery Brothers, #1)
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Spotlight Tour: Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence

It's Feeding the Fire Release Day!

Today is the day that the second installment of the Rosewood series, Feeding the fire, by Andrea Laurence gets released and what better way to celebrate it than a spotlight tour which includes a little excerpt and brilliant giveaway!

Title: Feeding the Fire
Series: The Rosewood Series
Written by: Andrea Laurence
Release date: March 16th 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published by: Simon and Schuster

Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.
When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.
Grant stepped out from behind the curtain to a roar of applause. The minute the lights hit him, Pepper felt her heart skip a beat in her chest like she’d been hit with paddles of a defibrillator. He was wearing a black, slim-fit suit with a black shirt and tie. Even though he was indoors and it was nighttime, he was wearing his trademark Ray-Ban sunglasses. The glasses always seemed to accent the square line of his jaw and the sharp angle of his nose.
His full lips curled into his charming smile, with the slightest hint of a dimple visible on his cheek. It reminded her of him looking at her, just like that, from between her trembling thighs.
Damn him for being so sexy. His confidence made him that much more attractive. And frustrating. And irritating. Her fingers itched to reach for her paddle, but she resisted. She wasn’t going to pay for his time, even when he smiled at her that way.
“The lucky lady with the winning bid will go with Grant to a romantic dinner at Brio’s in Birmingham and if she likes, he’ll take her on an exhilarating ride down a windy country road on the back of his motorcycle.”

Pepper could almost see all the wild fantasies rushing through the heads of every woman in the room. It was a nice thought—hair blowing in the wind, thighs clamped around Grant’s narrow hips, arms wrapped around his waist. Even she could imagine the hard feel of his abs beneath the thin cotton of his T-shirt and the vibration of the engine against her most sensitive parts. There was a rumble of approval as they readied their paddles and sized up their competition.

Good luck to them, Pepper thought.

Like a beach ball bouncing around the room, the bids flew fast and furious. Before long, they’d topped three thousand.
Suddenly Pepper felt awkward. Even though she and Grant weren’t dating, she didn’t exactly want to sit around and watch other women battle for him. Looking around the room, she spied Adelia Chamberlain coming back to her table with a glass of ice water. Maybe another drink would help. Or perhaps it was the right time for a restroom break. She could beat all the other women that would rush the ladies’ room when the auction ended.

Pepper slipped her purse onto her shoulder and picked up her paddle so she could dump it in the bathroom trash can. “I’m going to get some air,” she whispered to Ivy, then started to get up.
The ambush was sudden and unexpected. When they first came in Pepper had noticed the cable that the A/V people had taped to the floor, but the room was much darker now. Adelia didn’t see it and caught the toe of her shoe on it. She didn’t fall, thank goodness, but she did stumble, slinging her full glass of ice water into Pepper’s lap.
With a cry of surprise and alarm, Pepper leapt out of her chair, holding her arms high to avoid the water that practically covered her from neck to knees.

“Four thousand!” Allison Price announced from the stage.

The MC’s words were an even larger shock to Pepper than the water. She turned her head toward Grant and the action onstage. He was looking straight at her with a wide smile of confidence across his face. He winked at her, and Pepper felt her stomach sink into her boot. Allison was pointing in Pepper’s direction, trying to coax a higher bid out of the audience.
Yes, please, she screamed in her head. Make it forty-five hundred. Hell, make it four thousand and one penny. Just outbid her. She was answered with deafening silence. The only one in the room making a sound was Allison up on stage. It seemed that suddenly, all the battling women seemed to give up. Even Grant wasn’t worth that much, it seemed, and she agreed.

“No!” Pepper shouted, but there was no stopping it.
“Going once . . . going twice . . .”
“I didn’t mean to—”
“Sold! To the lady in the blue sweaterdress, paddle twenty-two!”

Pepper looked down at her dark blue sweater, suddenly made even darker by the spreading water mark. Her damned paddle, the one she never wanted to begin with, was still in her hand. She watched as it slipped from her fingers, clattering to the ground in slow motion as the gravity of the situation caught up with her. Four thousand dollars. She’d just bid four thousand dollars. Because of well-aimed ice water.

“Oh, Pepper,” Miss Adelia fussed, dabbing her with an inadequate cocktail napkin and shaking off the well-meaning hands of the folks that were more concerned about the older woman nearly falling. “I am so sorry. I didn’t even see that silly cord,” she said. “Is your dress okay?”
She couldn’t respond. All Pepper could do was close her eyes and try to keep the tears of frustration and aggravation from rushing down her cheeks.

She had just paid four thousand dollars for a date with Grant Chamberlain.

About the Author

Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.

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