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When We Believed In Mermaids

Josie and Kit are sisters, best friends and soulmates of sorts. Their lives are dominated by their dad’s Italian restaurant and their parents fiery marriage. Both sisters look out for each other the best they can. Their lives improve when Dylan washes up on their doorstep one stormy night. He’s only a kid himself, but lies to appear older. Josie and Kit’s mom takes Dylan into their family, like one of their own. He becomes Josie and Kit’s surrogate brother, parent and best friend.

When the big earthquake of 89′ hits their California town all their lives change drastically. To numb from the grief Josie buries herself into surfing, drugs and boys. Kit keeps to herself reading and studying. Josie takes off to numb her grief.

One day Kit and her mom get the news Josie has died in France. Can Kit and her mom handle any more grief? Kit moves forward becoming a doctor and pushing away the grief of loosing her wayward older sister.

Years later there’s a news report. Kit glances at the newscaster and notices a familiar looking woman in the background. Is it Josie’s ghost? Does her sister have a secret twin out there? Kit’s mom calls to ask if she saw what looked like Josie on the news. Why would her sister be in New Zealand? How is it that she’s alive? Kit’s mom begs her to go find her sister. Kit relents and goes to New Zealand. Will Kit find Josie? If Josie is alive, why would she fake her own death?

I received my complimentary copy of When We Believed In Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal from TLC Book Tours and the author. This novel is a masterpiece of literature that will leave you craving for more. This story delves into the complicated world of fractured families that are trying the best they can, how siblings can be your lifeline when it feels like you are all alone in the world and how we don’t always share everything with our family. If you are sensitive to the topics of alcohol and drug use and abuse then this novel may not be the best fit. I thought I’d read my top favorite book for 2019 and I was wrong. This novel wins 100%. To find out more about Barbara O’Neal check out her website and purchase your copy via B&N.

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Just One Bite

Timothy Blake is helping out wanted criminal Charlie Warner. She’s a badass blonde that doesn’t take crap from anyone. Charlie is giving Timothy a great deal. He helps dispose the bodies she’s had killed. The only challenge is Timothy has been asked to help out the FBI on a case. Agent Reese is back in his life and the chemistry flairs up again. Can he handle the attraction he has for her? Will Reese figure out Timothy’s secret? Will Charlie find out who he’s helping out on the side? Can Scary Timmy curb his craving?

I received my complimentary digital copy of Just One Bite by Jack Heath from Harlequin Trade Publishing, care of NetGalley. The views expressed are my own and of my own will. It’s rare to get a sequel where you don’t necessarily have to read the first book. This is one is just that kind. This novel is fast paced, funny, gruesome and thought provoking. If you are a fan of Dexter you’ll want to keep up with what happens to Timothy Blake. If you want to read the first book look for a copy of Hangman.

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Hangman

Do you like mysteries that keep you turning page after page? Hangman is a short, fast paced, engrossing read. If you are a fan of Dexter then you’ll want to add this novel to your TBR.

Timothy Blake is a man whose had the life from Hell. He grew up in the foster care system after his parents died tragically and lived on the streets after he aged out of the system. He managed to survive long enough to snag a special job assignment with the FBI. In exchange he’s got his own special prize for helping solve cases.

When he’s asked to solve a missing teen case he’s assigned to Agent Reese. She’s attractive and seems to get along with him, but Timothy always keeps others at arms length. When they start to get talking about life they both realize their pasts are connected. When she uses an old nickname for him “Scary Timmy,” he wonders if Agent Reese will figure out his secret?

While researching the case Timothy keeps getting stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. He just wants to solve it so he can get his reward. Will Timothy solve the case in time, or will his secret be his undoing?

I received a complimentary copy of Hangman by Jack Heath from Harlequin Trade Publishing as a courtesy before I dive into the upcoming sequel. The views are mine and of my own will.

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Dark Blossom

Cynthia is a therapist whose still putting her and her daughter, Lily’s life back together after her divorce. When a new client named Sam comes in for his appointment, Cynthia has no idea how this man’s story might affect her own life. Sam is reeling from the sudden passing of his wife and young teenage son, William.

Lily is a teen going through her punk phase and not too, thrilled with her mother. No matter how much Cynthia tries to open up to her daughter regarding the divorce Lily just keeps shutting her out.

When Lily and Sam meet it seems they are strangely two peas in a pod, which weirds out Cynthia. Sam seems to be good at talking with Lily, which Cynthia has been attempting to for months. When Lily and Sam mention they both have secrets, Cynthia wonders just what kind of secrets they are.

I received my complimentary digital copy of Dark Blossom by Neel Mullick from Rupa Publications, care of NetGalley. The views expressed are my own. This debut novel had me hooked. I love how Cynthia has a special journal for each of her clients. That one detail as a journal addict connected with me. The characterization of Cynthia, Sam and Lily is so realistic that I wish they were real people. This is a novel that will stay with you long after the final page.

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The Death & Life Of Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker wakes up one day to find herself soaked on the side of the local river. She doesn’t recall how she got there. When Eleanor goes home she can’t get warm and she can’t fall asleep either. Not recalling the night before doesn’t help.

A year earlier her brother’s girlfriend is found dead in the same river. Eleanor’s brother has been the lead suspect, though she’s sure he’s innocent. When a mutual classmate goes missing and the witch hunt starts again Eleanor is not sure who to believe. Why can’t she seem to sleep and food alludes her? Did someone try to murder Eleanor? Follow Eleanor on her journey to uncover the truth.

This novel is fast paced with twists and turns. If you love puzzles then this one is for you. This story deals with the topics of death, friendship, family, small town life and what it means to truly live again.

I received my free digital ARC copy of The Death & Life Of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson care of NetGalley from Bookouture in exchange for my honest feedback. If you love YA mysteries and stories set in the U.K. then I recommend this novel. I couldn’t put it down. For some reason I gravitate toward first person novels. It does remind me a lot of the novel 13 Minutes, which is one of my favorites from last year.

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A Sin Such As This

If you love reading novels by Ellen Hopkins then you will love A Sin Such As This. This sequel to Love Lies Beneath finds main character Tara married to doctor Cavin Lattimore. Tara is ready to move beyond her previous home in San Francisco to Lake Tahoe where her husband and stepson, Eli live.

Tara is glad to have a fresh start with Cavin, though she is not used to having a stepson whose quite the charmer. The atmosphere in her new home is a bit rocky with her niece Kayla living with them and dating Eli. Tara doesn’t trust easy, but does her best to trust both her new husband and her stepson. Her niece is a different story.

Life takes a turn when she realizes her husband’s ex fiancĂ©, Sophia lives too, close for comfort for her tastes. Cavin says he’s over her, but when Tara keeps encountering her at Cavin’s office, her concerns rise.

Does Tara have anything to worry about in regards to Sophia? Will Eli keep his libido in check? Why is her sister, Melody acting strange all of a sudden?

This book sheds light on integrating two families, cultures and what happens when people we think we know aren’t all they seem. I received my free ARC copy of A Sin Such As This from TLC Book Tours care of Atria Books. If you haven’t read book one have no fear. I haven’t and was able to follow the storyline along just fine. This book had hot scenes, humerus one’s and nail biting ones. To buy a copy click here for Amazon and to contact Ellen Hopkin’s check out her website. Now I’ll want to go read the first book in this series.

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The Keeper Of Lost Things

This book has me speechless. If you love romance, mystery, suspense, a sprinkle of snarky humor then you will love The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This novel follows the journey of Laura who takes a job as an assistant for a gentleman in a big, fancy house. She’s gone through a nasty divorce and is trying to rebuild her life. Her job of keeping the house tidy and typing up documents for the owner seems simple and pleasant. Her employer, Anthony, has one room he keeps locked. Laura wonders what could be so important in that particular room, but figures if Anthony wanted to tell her he would. She has no idea that once tragedy strikes she will get to find out the mystery. What is hidden behind said door and will Laura trust and love again?

I received my free paperback copy of The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan in exchange for my review. This book was breathtaking in verbiage, the storyline sweet, romantic, old fashioned and one you won’t forget or want to put down.