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Any book by Donna Grant is a definite read in my list and her latest, “That Cowboy Of Mine”,  is another captivating romance with two heartfelt souls finding a future with each other. 

Running a ranch is hard work and Dillon Young wants to protect her family legacy from falling into the wrong hands. But finding Cal Bennett unconscious on her ranch was not in her plan nor is offering him a job, considering she doesn’t know him at all.

Waking up to the barrel of a gun in his face, was not what Cal Bennett was looking for when he comes home. But then neither is Dillon Young and the sparks of attraction amid a series of accidents aimed at her.

Someone definitely is after Dillon and her ranch and posing as lovers is one way that Cal can help Dillon keep her ranch and at the same time, protect her while digging out the people behind the attempts. And Donna adds a twist to the finale as secrets come to light, and of the spark between them is strong enough to withstand the fall out and get their happy ending.

Another western romance from Donna Grant,  captivating her readers with a story of redemption, hope and love. She’s one author who does tremendous justice to paranormal as well as  romance with an ease of mastery.

Received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley for an honest review.

A romantic suspense/thriller from Rebecca Zanetti cannot be missed!!!

Start to a new series, “You Can Run” introduces Laurel Snow as the main protagonist in this series, and I just fell in love with her character. Strong yet vulnerable, super smart and intelligent, yet she’s her mother’s daughter, caring, kind and loving, and she makes hunting  killers her profession, and keeping innocent people safe as her passion. 

And of course, Laurel Snow needs some muscle back up and support hunting the evil, and a bit of romance maybe, and so Rebecca drops Huck Rivers into her life. Aloof, broody, betrayed and with a big chip on his shoulder, he becomes Laurel’s shadow and protector. 

Rebecca drops in a couple of crazy twists into this starter, and thus begins a truly and intense suspense read, and a great start to a brand new series. The narration is great, an intense and twisted plot, and add in Laurel Snow’s family, and just her quirky take on life, you will not be able to put this book down.

Received an ARC from Kensington Books, Zebra via NetGalley for an honest review.

A brand new author for my read, Erin Parisien, (courtesy Book Sirens) has been a reasonably author to read, “His Saving Grace”

Medically discharged, cowboy Mason Callahan returns to his home, Triple C Ranch, to figure out his future and as well as reconnect with his family. And unearth the new secrets of the new hire Grace, his mother’s assistant. 

Grace is flying under the radar, biding her time to make sure that she can build as many walls as possible to keep the dangers of her past getting to her. Working at Triple C Ranch gives her some security and time to plan her next move, but that plan never included the return of the prodigal Callahan son.

Erin Parisien, writes a good plot and narrates a reasonable story line and “His Saving Grace” is a decent read. But her characters do need more development or I should say a chemistry that would bleed out of her writing. They do lack that aura of intensity between them that would have made this book memorable. 

Received an ARC from Book Sirens for an honest review.

Katie Reus takes the readers back to Verona Bay, giving us another thrilling read as she brings Max Collins to Adeline Rodriguez. 

Max with his brothers is rooted in Verona Bay, and Adeline Rodriguez finally finds her roots in the small town as she makes a fresh start co-owning a pet grooming business. A small miscommunication leads to Adeline and Max staying under the same roof, and is a perfect intimate situation to spark the attraction between Max and Adeline into a fire. 

Life couldn’t be much more simple and romantic than this, but even small towns have their share of evil and danger. Max becomes entangled in a dangerous past that seems to threaten his family and loved ones, and Adeline has some secrets that not everyone is privy to. Max being the protector, becomes Adeline’s “Silent Protector”. But they have to work together to face this danger if they ever want to make a future with each other.

It’s always nice revisiting previous characters and Katie Reus always makes sure they make an appearance in future books in a series. Another quick and thrilling read that would appease any reader’s palette.

Received an ARC from KR Press, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review.

Interview with Author Melinda Leigh:

Detective Bree Taggert is one of your most popular characters. What is it about her that makes readers come back for more of her story? 

Bree is strong and smart, but she’s also flawed and vulnerable. She begins the series as an excellent homicide detective but personally empty. A horrific childhood tragedy distanced Bree from her family and made her a loner. Her sister’s murder triggers the desire to change that. Bree takes on her sister’s case—and her sister’s kids. Bree sees her own childhood reflected in her niece and nephew and is determined not to let them grow up as damaged as she is. In order to do that, she needs to make herself vulnerable. In accepting responsibility for the children, she starts her own road to healing. 

I believe readers want to root for her. They want to see her overcome her violent backstory. She often does what is right, not what is easy or comfortable. In each book, she not only solves a murder, she also makes a small step toward healing, with readers cheering her on.

You have published five books in this series so far, but in Her Second Death you write a prequel story. What made you want to show Bree on one of her first homicide cases? 

I wanted to show the evolution of Bree’s professional life before she begins her personal journey. She is a complex character, and I’ve enjoyed exploring all aspects of her development.

In Her Second Death, Bree is assigned to investigate a violent crime. Tell readers a bit about the case and how she and her new partner Dana Romano work to find the killer. 

Bree begins the story as a brand-new homicide detective. She and partner investigate the crime in the usual fashion, but Bree brings her own past to the table. She provides unique insight that helps her solve the case.

Bree finds a personal connection to this crime almost immediately. What effect does her own early family tragedy have on her handling a missing child case? 

The case immediately strikes a familiar—and disturbing–cord in Bree. But she can’t allow her personal discomfort to interfere with the investigation. She’ll have to relive her past to solve the case.

What is next for Bree?

The next Bree Taggert novel, Dead Against Her, will be released in May. In it, Bree will need to face a more recent demon, the murder of a former deputy with whom she has a personal disagreement. When she took over the job of sheriff, Bree inherited some misogynist deputies from the previous, corrupt sheriff. In Dead Against Her, this conflict comes to an explosive and violent head.

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Her Second Death Excerpt:

The medical examiner pulled out of the Ford’s interior. “No rigor yet. Livor mortis isn’t fixed yet either. Cold would slow decomp, but he’s relatively fresh. Died very early this morning.” He closed his eyes and his jowly face screwed up as he did the mental math. “Six to eight hours ago, roughly between midnight and two a.m.”

Which matched the times on the surveillance video. “Detective Romano?” Reilly called. “CSU is here.”

As soon as the ME removed the body, the crime scene unit would take over.

“Do we have a next of kin for the victim?” Romano asked.

Reilly nodded. “He’s married to Kelly Tyson.”

“Let’s go notify Mrs. Tyson.” Romano turned back toward their vehicle. Once behind the wheel, she rubbed her palms together, then pulled a pair of leather gloves from her pocket and tugged them on.

In the passenger seat, Bree blew on her freezing hands. Romano peeled away from the curb.

“Wasn’t a robbery.” Bree rolled the facts around in her head. “They left cash in Tyson’s wallet. Also, they didn’t take the car. Drug deal gone sour?”

“We have no idea what happened, other than a guy got shot.”

“You don’t like any of those theories?” Bree asked.

Romano shot her a direct look. “I like evidence, not theories.” 

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About the Story

Title: Her Second Death

Author: Melinda Leigh

Series: Bree Taggert Prequel

Release Date: December 7, 2021

Summary

When a man is shot in the head, Bree Taggert and her new partner, veteran detective Dana Romano, respond to the call. They break the news to the victim’s ex-wife and learn the estranged couple’s five-year-old daughter was supposed to have been with him. What starts as a murder investigation quickly morphs into a desperate search for a missing child. The case stirs memories of Bree’s own traumatizing childhood. To find the little girl, Bree will have to relive her own terrifying past.

Author Biography

#1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s garnered numerous writing awards, including two RITA nominations. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, and She Can Kill in the She Can series; Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, and Midnight Obsession in the Midnight novels; Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, and Seconds to Live in the Scarlet Falls series; Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, What I’ve Done, Secrets Never Die, and Save Your Breath in the Morgan Dane series; and the Bree Taggert novels, Cross Her Heart, See Her Die, Drown Her Sorrows, and Right Behind Her. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women’s self-defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. For more information, visit www.melindaleigh.com.

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