Blog Tour: The Lucky Ones (Tiffany Reisz)

Screen Shot 2018-02-03 at 7.10.54 PMGood Morning and welcome to my stop on the TLC Blog Tour for The Lucky Ones, by Tiffany Reisz!  This novel quickly rose to the top of my TBR pile when I happened to stumble over a few publicity releases for this novel that compared it to Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews. Now, anyone who knows me, knows that Flowers in the Attic happens to be one my favourite books; I am a sucker for the gothic vibe.

Now that I have finished reading, I can attest that The Lucky Ones does have a gothic vibe but, other than that, this novel was absolutely not what I was expecting at all.

The Lucky Ones opens when Allison is called back to her foster home when her foster father, Dr. Vincent Capello, is about to lose his battle with terminal cancer. Heading back to the idyllic beach home after thirteen years away (known as The Dragon) gives Allison mixed feelings. Her memories at The Dragon were positive but short-lived after an accident forces her out of the home and off to live with her great aunt. Known as “the lucky ones” after they were saved by Dr. Capello, Allison is reunited with her foster siblings and if forced to confront her past, but, in doing so, she begins to uncover horrific truths about the family she thought she knew.

First thing first, I did really enjoy the writing style of Tiffany Reisz. This was my first experience with this author and I found her prose easy to become lost in. I had no trouble diving into this novel and settling in. The first chapter gave me a sort of Fifty Shades vibe and I was actually really intrigued to how this was going to tie in with the rest of the novel (it didn’t really…). I still appreciated the ominous tone and the mysterious element surrounding Allison’s childhood.

Once she arrived at The Dragon, the novel sort of began to take a strange turn. It was fairly obvious she was going to have a relationship with one of her foster brothers almost immediately. I didn’t mind that at all. They are foster siblings, not related by blood and, let’s get real; I don’t really have any issue with any sort of strange familial relations in my thrillers. However, I just could not get past the brother/sister references throughout. After they have begun their relationship, they still continuously referred to themselves as brother and sister and that started to really give me a WTF vibe.

Initially, with the bits of mystery/suspense blended in with some romance elements, I thought maybe this would become more “thrilling” as the plot developed but this absolutely teetered more into the romance genre as the novel wore on with the mystery moving into the background. I didn’t actually mind this because I do like a romance novel every now and again and, by the end, I ended up enjoying how unique the tale was; I truly have never read anything remotely like this before. However, I think that readers expecting a mystery will be disappointed.

So, if you are a fan of dark romance, then this may be up your alley but if you are looking for a hard-hitting, suspenseful mystery, this may be lacking.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and TLC blog tour for a copy of this novel; it was a pleasure to provide an honest review.

Blog Tour: Best Friends Forever (Margot Hunt) @HuntAuthor @TLCBookTours

Best Friends Forever copy.pngWelcome to my stop on the TLC Book Tour for Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt!  This morning, I am thrilled to be able to bring you a review of this psychological-domestic thriller!

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued instantly.   Two women (Alice and Kat), best friends after a chance meeting at an airport, are rocked when one of their husbands end up dead and police begin an investigation into the suspicious death.  Who is the master manipulator?  How well do you REALLY know your best friend? From the first pages, as Alice is explaining how she has been arrested for murder, Hunt had me on edge and I read this one late into the night.  A bingeable read?  Absolutely!

Told through back and forth narration as Alice deals with the police investigation in the present and showing how their friendship unfolded in the past, I found Alice and Kat to be deliciously addictive characters; I was hypnotized by Kat’s charisma and felt sorry for Alice’s plight.  Hunt did a phenomenal job at making both character relatable and I felt like I could have known each of these women at some point in my life.   I felt like this was one of the strongest points of Hunt’s writing; the realism of the prose brought the psychological suspense to a whole other level.

Giving me a vibe between Big Little Lies and Making A Murderer,  I found myself growing increasingly paranoid as Hunt builds to the final twist.  I was a little bit underwhelmed by the ending, as I had my suspicions about the ending and I was correct.  However,  Hunt delivers a well-written thriller that is completely entertaining!

You want a chick-lit inspired thriller that will keep you up late into the night?  Are you a fan of Liane Moriarty or Michele Campbell?  Then, look no further, this one MUST be your next read!

Blog Tour: Lie To Me (J.T. Ellison) @thrillerchick @TLCBookTours

Screen Shot 2017-09-04 at 9.30.43 PM.pngGood Morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lie to Me!  I am thrilled to be able to bring you a review of one of my most anticipated September releases!

J.T. Ellison is an author whose books top my TBR pile but never actually make it to my reading list; for whatever reason, I get distracted and put them off so I was thrilled to be able to make Lie To Me, the newest novel by J.T. Ellison, a priority for my September. Now that I have finished this book, I have a feeling I’ll be going back to binge read her other novels pronto; Ellison’s writing style is incredibly entertaining!

Sutton and Ethan have built their life on lies; this idyllic couple is not as they seem. With a plethora of betrayals and financial trouble, the couple’s passionate nature and tension filled relationship comes to a boiling point when Ethan wakes up to find Sutton missing and a note stating she has gone away and does not want anyone to look for her. As Ethan’s worry mounts and the police become involved, Ethan finds himself at the center of the investigation. Did he kill his wife? Is he being set up? They appeared to be the perfect couple…

The beginning of this book felt like a lot like Gone Girl to me initially; a missing wife, a husband confused that finds himself the lead suspect and police on the case. However, after about the first one hundred pages I was pleasantly surprised to see how Ellison flipped the typical domestic noir/thriller narrative and brought something so much more original to the plot. I loved the multiple layers, the characterization and the different character POV. It made this one incredibly easy to binge read.   I found myself completely consumed as Ellison through out twist after twist.

Told through alternating POVs (a majority through the eyes of Ethan and the police investigator on the case, Holly) and also through alternating time periods (then and now), the reader is privy to their complicated relationship between Ethan and Sutton and the police case that unfolds. Characterization is a strong suit of Ellison’s writing and I was so impressed with his ability to develop these characters in such a way that I really felt something. I found myself hating Sutton, a character I really didn’t know and feeling conflicted about my feelings for Ethan. This book had me all over the place on the emotion scale.  By the time I got to the end, I was a disaster.  I didn’t see any of that coming; I was shook!  Ellison caught me by complete surprise.

I also really liked the tiny touches in this book as well; each chapter is named. I appreciated that! It is so rare now to have cleverly titled chapters.

Overall, if you are a fan of the domestic thriller style novel, you will love this book. In all the books I have read that have been compared to Gone Girl, this is as close as it gets! 5/5 stars from me!

Thanks to the author, the publisher and TLC blog tours for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review!

This book was a #cjsreads pick for September.  Want to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of this one?  Keep reading to find out!

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Blog Tour: Thief’s Mark (Carla Neggers) @TLCBookTours

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 7.59.58 PM.pngWelcome to my stop on the blog tour for Thief’s Mark, a Sharpe and Donovan novel, by Carla Neggers!

I am always on the lookout for new authors to add to my favourites and I had never read a novel by Carla Neggers before, so I was pretty excited to dive into this one.

The novel’s premise is very interesting, but also a little confusing, so let me do my best to try and give a small summary: a man (Oliver), witnessed a terrible tragedy as a child (his parent’s murdered and then being the victim of a kidnapping), is in danger after one of the men who tormented him surfaces.   Enter Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, newly married and on the tail end of their Irish honeymoon, postpone their meetings with their elite FBI team to try and help Oliver. However, when they arrive, they find a dead man at his home and Oliver vanished.   As danger mounts, they must unravel old secrets and bring justice.   Follow that?
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Blog Tour: Betrayal at Iga (Susan Spann) @SusanSpann @TLCBookTours

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 9.13.35 PM.pngI am always looking for diversity in my reading; sometimes I feel like I am reading about the same people, places and time periods. These books tend to blur together. Enter, Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann, which I have the pleasure of being on the blog tour for today!

This novel is incredibly different from anything I have read lately; part mystery, part historical fiction, this novel finds itself in Japan in the 1500s. Master ninja, Hiro Hattori and his “sidekick” Jesuit priest, Father Mateo find themselves with an enemy to make a peace treaty. This turns South when that man is murdered, war is pending and the duo is in a race against time to find the true killer before all hell breaks loose.

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Blog Tour: Take the Bai Road (Erika Mitchell) @ParsingNonsense #TakeTheBaiRoad #TLCBookTours

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 8.28.32 AM.pngWelcome to my stop on the tour for the newest novel by Erika Mitchell Take the Bai Road. This novel is the second in a series following Asian American, CIA operative Bai Hsu. The first thing that stood out for me with this novel was its clean opening and clean ending. This makes for a really good standalone; so, fear not, if you had not read the first novel, you can easily catch on.

I had read Bai Tide earlier this year and really loved it. I don’t read a lot of espionage thrillers and I struggle with police procedurals so I was concerned but I found Bai Tide to be entertaining, fast paced and completely binge-worthy (if you missed it, you can check out my full review here!) Like Bai Tide, I found Take the Bai Road to be similar! At a little over 200 pages, this one is fast-paced, contains lots of action and is to the point.

Following our diverse protagonist, Bai Hsu, after the events in Bai Tide, he returns to the field after being given the assignment to investigate and track the mysterious Ghost Cartel. With no cover, no backup and no resources, Bai finds himself completely on his own and has no choice but to infiltrate the organization. Will Bai make it out?

Although this novel has the same non-stop action that I came to know and love in Bai Tide, I did find that this novel did not have as many humorous moments. I found Bai Hsu to be absolutely hilarious in book one; incredibly witty and lots of clever dialogue but with this novel, I found that to be slightly lacking.

Overall, I felt like this novel was a solid follow up in the series! I would highly recommend going back to read Bai Tide (even though this one can be read as a standalone, Bai Tide is very entertaining!) and follow with Take the Bai Road.

 

Thanks to TLC blog tours and Erika Mitchell for the copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour: Bai Tide (Erika Mitchell) @ParsingNonsense @TLCBookTours #BaiTide

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 9.58.30 PM.pngWelcome to the final stop on the Bai Tide, an espionage thriller by Erika Mitchell, blog tour! I am wrapping this tour up with a review.

If I am being completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Bai Tide and, truly, I wasn’t expecting this book to really capture my interest. I don’t read a lot of espionage thrillers and I struggle with police procedurals. I expected, just based on the synopsis, that this would fall into that overdone category.  Now that I have finished this book, I have to say shame on me!   Bai Tide was entertaining, fast paced and completely binge-worthy!
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Blog Tour: Duplicity (Jane Haseldine) @JaneEyre77 @TLCBookTours

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So excited to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Duplicity, the second novel in the Julia Gooden mystery series, by Jane Haseldine! This was my first experience with this author and this series. I am so glad that I discovered them! This novel had me riveted throughout my reading; I finished it easily within a sitting. Haseldine had me completely engrossed.

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