Review: Counterfeits by Kris Bock

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Rating: Yay!

It’s been a while since I jumped into a Romantic Suspense novel, and previously it’s been difficult for me to enjoy the genre. So, when this book hit the inbox I had to give it a chance.

I won’t rehash back cover blurb, but I will say I enjoyed the backdrop of New Mexico, the plethora of secondary characters that are fleshed out, and the villains. Bock does an excellent job of creating characters to root for and ones to despise.  Each person is unique and rich in history and details, as well as goals and motivations.

The hero is not a rich man, but he’s a good man, willing to do whatever he has to in order to protect those he loves. I’m impressed by the author taking risks with a hero who’s not a billionaire or traditional bad boy. Instead he’s the guy with a mysterious past, but who’s changed his life for the better over the years. The risks pay off and I really enjoyed Rob.

My only hesitance is toward the heroine, Jenny. At times I felt her character waffled and appeared less intelligent in some parts of the book, only to appear super intelligent in other portions. These challenges made it hard for me to get behind Jenny or connect with her in the way I wanted to. Yet, she pulls through about halfway into the book and represents the type of person I believed her to be.

As for plot, Bock whips out a doozy. The twists and turns appear a little ruffled at the beginning, but everything comes together nicely and believable. Overall this first in a series is an enjoyable, fair-paced read. I look forward to more in this series. Heat level is closed bedroom door, but with plenty of first base action.

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About Author: Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoorAuthor Photo adventures and Southwestern landscapes. InCounterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert.

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This Week’s Read: Counterfeits by Kris Bock

Genre: Romantic Suspense

CounterfeitsBlurb: 

Painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums?

Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, would be happy to run the camp with Jenny. Dare he even dream of that, when his past holds dark secrets that he can never share? When Jenny’s father reappears after a decade-long absence, only Rob knows where he’s been and what danger he’s brought with him.

Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried. In the end, they must decide whether their dreams will bring them together or force them apart.

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About Author: Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoorAuthor Photo adventures and Southwestern landscapes. InCounterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert.

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Review: Beneath The Surface by Mike Martin

Rating: Maybe

Genre: Mystery

This is the third book in Martin’s, Winston Windflower mystery series. If you’re interested in what the Indies Gals had to say about the first book in this series the review is here.

The adventures of Windflower’s career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police continues with a murder and some questionable police activities. Our RCMP, has plenty of problems on his hands and finds himself not only wrapped up in a murder that becomes something much more, but assigned to a human trafficking task force. The mystery aspect snagged my attention real good, and I was anxious to figure out how everything tied together in the end. I have to say my detective skills are pretty good thanks to my healthy obsession with other mystery movies and books.

On the other side we get a continuation of Windflower’s love of food. I was treated to every dining experience the RCMP had during the course of the book and if anything this shows me the author has a similar love for cuisine and trying new things.

Finally props to Martin for giving us a Native American character who explores his roots. I found this part of the story fascinating as well and really enjoyed the diversity Windflower brings to the book. Not through descriptions of his skin, but through talking about his heritage and have an abiding love for it. If you’re a history fan, there’s plenty of Canadian/Native American discussion in this book, which makes me want to do some research of my own.

Now the part that makes this book a maybe. First, while I love the fact Windflower enjoys to experience the pleasures of eating, I tended to get jarred out of the story as Martin took me on a tour of every meal. I wanted the mystery, skip over the pleasant conversations and walks after dinner… give me intrigue and how Windflower is going to crack the case. Second, while Windflowers internal narrative is involved and I felt comfortable with him some of the secondary characters were a little wooden to me. Similar speaking habits, not a lot of diving into them outside of a love for food like our MC.

Overall, if you like mystery combined with a foodie adventure and a love for glorious settings then this would be the book for you.

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This Week’s Read: Beneath the Surface by Mike Martin

BTS_Front_highResBlurb: Sgt. Windflower is back and as usual he’s loving life on the east coast. He may be a long way from his home in Northern Alberta but he has been adopted by the locals as almost one of their own. He has a good life, good work with the RCMP, and a good woman that he has grown closer to in his years on the southeast coast of Newfoundland. But trouble is brewing just beneath the surface of this calm and charm-filled existence.

It begins with the discovery of a dead girl’s body in St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. The girl is from Grand Bank where Windflower has been stationed for the last few years. Sgt. Windflower and his associate Corporal Eddie Tizzard are pulled further and further into the case. The situation also grows to include a whole array of criminal activities from human trafficking and even the Russian Mafia.

Along the way Windflower not only has to deal with this crime wave operating all around the region, but with some challenges in his own life. He has to go back to his Aboriginal roots to find the answers to some very deep and disturbing questions. But nothing seems to bother his appetite and joy for life, especially his appetite. He continues to sample traditional Newfoundland dishes like fish and brewis but he also expands to include pan-fried sea trout and baked salmon, along with a range of desserts from blueberry buckle to his all-time favourite, peanut butter cheesecake.

His faith in the police force, that has become his life, is also threatened by a series of events that he becomes aware of that are certainly immoral if not even illegal. He is forced to face not only his own personal demons but those in real life that are lurking all around us. Sometime they are right in front of our face, but at other times they are hiding deep beneath the surface, waiting to be resolved.

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I have always been a writer, even as I have earned a living doing many, many other things. For the last 15 years I have been a freelance writer, specializing in workplace and social policy issues. I have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada, the United States and New Zealand. My first published book was Change the Things You Can: Dealing With Difficult People, published by Booklocker in 2011. The Walker on the Cape was my first published fiction book although I have published a number of short stories in periodicals and on-line. The Body on the T is the second book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series

I am a member of Ottawa Independent Writers, Capital Crime Writers, the Crime Writers of Canada and the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild.

Review: Restless in Peaceville

Rating: Yay!

Genre: YA Paranormal

It’s all downs and downs for Luke, who’s been kicked out of the waiting line for heaven because of his choices in life. Instead he gets shipped back to Earth and his reward is becoming a zombie.

I’ll admit I’m not a zombie fan, but Pippa Jay did an amazing job of breathing a new kind of life into paranormal stories, zombies included. A quick read, Restless in Peaceville became a book I couldn’t put down.

There’s some tension, some crazies, a Voodoo Queen, a paranormal killer called The Peacemaker and so much more. Luke also has a sidekick in Annabelle, another zombie. They team up to find a solution that doesn’t involve consuming human flesh, though the choices aren’t easy ones.

This is a first person POV story, set in the town of Peaceville in swamp-filled New Orleans. For an author from across the pond, Pippa did an amazing job of embodying the creole/Cajun South of the area. From the language to the food and the visual imagery. I enjoyed being immersed in the environment and honestly loved the story.

If you’re looking for a good paranormal YA without love triangles and just so good, down home horror monsters overcoming the horror of their situation I highly recommend Restless in Peaceville.

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This Week’s Read: Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay

Restless in PeacevilleWelcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…

Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.

 

 

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Author Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

Review: Dreaming of the Duke

Dreaming of the DukeGenre: Historical Romance

Rating: YAY!

Eva Devon is a new, hilarious voice in historical romance. This book is the quintessential ‘if it can go wrong, it will’.

Let’s start with the players: Cordelia Eversleigh, Duchess of Hunt. She’s a married virgin who wants to shed her marital status for freedom. There’s the Duke of Hunt, Jack Eversleigh, who’s known for debauching women in a blink an eye and neither caring or bothering to manage his estates or fortune. Secondary players include a take-no-prisoners Dowager Duchess of Hunt, a good-looking, sinful twin brother, and a couple other Dukes I can’t wait to read about.

Now for the plot: There’s shenanigans, a load of them, from all directions and all aimed at the intelligent and surprising Cordelia. Everyone wants her to do something: stay married, submit to seduction, or abandon her husband for greener pastures. It’s also apparent that Cordelia exists as a challenge and to men who can have anything or anyone a challenge is the perfect prescription.  This book covers off on some much crazy and spoke to me because I’m a heroine with more brains than beauty. I love seeing the geek get the guy, and the guy being inspired by her smarts then scared of them. With plenty of conflict amid expectations/responsibilities, coupled with a good shift between challenges for the hero and challenges for the heroine.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This is the second one in the series and I enjoyed it more than the first. I’d say Devon is building momentum and can’t wait for the Duke to appear. If you want a book with historical elements that will make you laugh and exclaim “what can go wrong now?”, this is the book for you.

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