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Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland

Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This missing person, drama, suspense, psychological thriller type story paints a bit more focus on the controlling, manipulative, and sometimes abusive husband. The overall plot is believable and is told through the eyes of multiple characters. Hannah is the most believable and someone easy to feel empathy towards. Even so, there are areas that did not click for me. As a huge fan of criminal stories, from CSI based to crime based police dramas, I just did not feel the police side of things was believable or provided much substance. I found myself confused about Julia and her motivations but at least she forged forward until she realized the truth. Several chapters felt like filler material as they had no bearing or relevance to the overall plot. Instead of these, additional time spent on certain areas would have worked out better. Even so, this story brings attention to an area that needs it. I did like the dialogue and that Rose decided not to smooth over or keep certain details watered down. Overall, it was not a terrible or boring read and would suit a wide range of readers. These are my opinions and may not match your own. I received an evaluation copy through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.



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Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Typically I pass a lot of crime drama reads on to my fellow bookworm as she absolutely loves reading them. For some reason this one wasn’t passed on and I ended up reading it. I’m so very glad I did! I like how well developed the plot is, with excellent pacing as well. The characters came across as well-developed and nicely fleshed out. I have no complaints about the writing either, which can be a picky point with me. Overall, the read was enjoyable and has me looking forward to the next book by Arlidge. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Tropical Judgments by David Myles Robinson

Tropical JudgmentsTropical Judgments by David Myles Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, ignore that hideous cover. I almost delayed reading the book because I couldn’t stand to look at that cover. Thankfully I picked it up and began reading. I didn’t realize that this is a second in a series but the author provided enough background that I didn’t feel like I was missing a huge chunk of development. The characters are nice enough with some layering but they don’t feel completely fleshed out. This could be due to not getting to know them and their flaws from the first book so I won’t discount it here. The plot feels comfortably familiar without being a repeat of another book, movie or TV show. It has a bit of issue with flow; feeling a bit stop and start at times. Overall this is a good one sitting read and one I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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The Ripper Gene: A Novel by Michael Ransom

The Ripper Gene: A NovelThe Ripper Gene: A Novel by Michael Ransom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to anything that falls within that crime genre I find that I either love the book or toss it into my DNF pile. Thankfully this particular book landed in the love-it area. I love how intelligently the whole thing is written and how intricate the various threads are that Ransom has expertly weaved throughout the novel and how layered the characters are. I rarely rate a book with all five stars as to me that means it’s a nearly-perfect book and I am very picky at to what qualifies as nearly-perfect and we all know that nothing is perfect. Ransom is as close to creating a perfect book as I’ve found in a long time. I loved the read so much I forgot about dinner, much to my youngest’s dismay. I didn’t want to put the book down even for a moment. I dreamed about reading the book! I am so very thankful that I received this book through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review, and no, that had no effect on my opinion.

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Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan, #18)Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Reichs book I’ve read although I have seen several episodes of the show that is based on the book. Typically I avoid crossing between books and movies or shows based on books but my curiosity has been elevated about who Temperance was supposed to be so I dived in with an open mind. The writing is very well presented and edited with an air of intelligence and a deeper understanding of the content. The plot moved along at a steady pace with only a few small surprises or “ah-ha” moments. The characters are well developed and fleshed out, as though you were reading about people you knew instead of flat portrayals of humans which is refreshing. I didn’t feel like there were any gaps in the story from my lack of reading the first 17 books but I’m sure reading them would provide more information on things that were hinted at now and then. Overall I’d say this is an excellently written book great for those quiet afternoons by the pool or however you relax. I received an e-arc through Random House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which may or may not mirror your own and that’s fine with me.

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Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R. S. Mellette

Billy Bobble Makes A Magic WandBilly Bobble Makes A Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (10) and I love everything about this book. The first page draws the reader in and the rest keeps them hooked through the end. His first comment after we finished, “Can we get more books like this?” and wanting to get a copy for our library so his friends could read it. We both love the way this is written, the style is so refreshing and done in such a way that all ages and levels of reading interest will enjoy this read. The characters are so courageous and full of insight. We were smiling and laughing together, it was such a wonderful time together. We received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review through Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This in no way influenced our opinion.

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Deceived by Irene Hannon

DeceivedDeceived by Irene Hannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this mystery who-dun-it style. The writing is good with nearly zero errors so I was never pulled out of the enjoyment of the read. The characters feel well fleshed out and believable. The plot has a good flow and good believability, a huge plus for this type of book. I can easily recommend this book for those who like this style, who like trying to figure out who what and why. I received an ARC through Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Crossing the Line by Sherri Hayes

Crossing the Line (Daniels Brothers #3)Crossing the Line by s
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review by Lisa: If you like romance with a twist of mystery you’ll likely love this one. Blend together some drama, past haunts, crime and heartfelt emotions and good writing and you get this. I like the whole trying to figure out whodunit. I was less thrilled with Megan. I didn’t like her approach or mannerisms. At times I just wanted to slap her.
An evaluation copy was provided by The Writers Coffee Shop in exchange for an honest review.

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Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus

Killer Within (An Allison McNeil Thriller)Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well written well edited book with well fleshed out characters and an intriguing plot. I enjoyed reading this book. I like how it wasn’t all spelled out for the reader, you have to think as you read. I especially enjoy the way Gunhus is able to weave the various plot threads. I did notice a couple inconsistencies with the main female character, but ignoring those this is well worth the read. I received an evaluation copy in exchange for my review.

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Tenderloin by Court Haslett

TenderloinTenderloin by Court Haslett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent writing with vivid scenes and feels very well researched. Well fleshed out characters. Good pace to the plot which is interesting and intriguing. Definite page turner.
From Emily: I found myself lost in this book from start to finish. I absolutely love the characters and the story. This is the best crime novel I’ve ever read, period. I didn’t want to put it down.

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