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November Reviews
Archangel's Sun by Nalini SinghObsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. HamiltonThe Blacksmith Queen by G.A. AikenWritten in the Stars by Alexandria BellefleurTargeted by Kendra ElliotVeiled by Kendra ElliotA Broken Bone by Melinda LeighWitness in Death by J.D. Robb
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Review: ‘Targeted’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Targeted’ by Kendra Elliot

Targeted

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #4
Published by Montlake Romance on June 7, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

A Wall Street Journal bestseller
All Detective Mason Callahan wanted was a quiet fishing trip with the guys—a chance to get away and unwind before Halloween.
Until he finds the body of his boss, Denny Schefte, near their remote Oregon cabin. Now all he wants is to catch the sadist who slit Denny’s throat and covered his face with a mask. Mason was the last person to see him alive and will stop at nothing to find his friend’s murderer.
When the FBI learns of the mask left at the scene, they realize they have a serial killer on their hands—one who is targeting cops. They assign the case to Special Agent Ava McLane, despite her engagement to Mason. Barely recovered from her own nearly fatal injury and her sister’s attempted suicide, Ava hopes she is ready to chase another killer.
But as she delves into the increasingly disturbing case, the killer may be closer than expected—dangerously close.


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Review: ‘Veiled’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Veiled’ by Kendra Elliot

Veiled

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Bone Secrets #3.5
Published by StoryFront on December 4, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 67
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Forensic investigator Lacey Campbell is trying to relax. She and her fiancé have escaped to a high-end resort on the Oregon Coast that they’re scoping out for their wedding venue. But when a murdered woman turns up in the hot tub, there’s no more relaxing for the couple. Neither can resist getting pulled into the case.
Tragically, the dead woman is dressed in a wedding gown, even more disturbing for Lacey given she’s about to be a bride. When the victim turns out to be a beloved bartender with a bad-news ex-husband, it looks like a domestic quarrel turned deadly. But could there be something more sinister going on in this tight-knit community?


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ARC Review: ‘A Broken Bone’ by Melinda Leigh

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘A Broken Bone’ by Melinda Leigh

A Broken Bone

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Widow's Island #6
Published by Montlake Romance on November 3, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 90
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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five-stars

The mysterious death of a local teen leads to a hunt for a killer in the sixth Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.
On Widow’s Island, the secrets are dark…and everybody has one. So when Deputy Tessa Black responds to a call about an explosion in a quiet neighborhood, she gets more than she bargained for: the body of a teen who went missing weeks ago.
Until recently, Gavin was living in a reputable foster home. But now that he is found dead—Tessa can’t help but wonder if sinister forces are at play. Who would want to hurt him, and why?
With the help of her partner, Park Ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa tries desperately to decipher what happened to Gavin before another life is cut short. Someone on Widow’s Island knows the explosive truth. Will Tessa find the answers she needs before someone else turns up dead?


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Review: ‘Witness in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Review: ‘Witness in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Witness in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #10
Published by Berkley Books on March 6, 2000
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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four-half-stars

From New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb comes a new novel in the futuristic series that has captivated readers everywhere. When a celebrity is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas takes a new place in crime - as both officer and witness to murder...

Witness in Death

Opening night at New York's New Globe Theater turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high-profile, celebrity homicide on her hands. Not only is she lead detective, she's also a witness - and when the [press discovers that her husband owns the theater, there's more media spotlight than either can handle. The only way out is to move fast. Question everyone and everything...and in the meantime, try to tell the difference between the truth - and really good acting...


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ARC Review: ‘Below the Bones’ by Kendra Elliot

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘Below the Bones’ by Kendra Elliot

Below the Bones

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow's Island #5
Published by Montlake Romance on October 27, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 91
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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five-stars

A former FBI special agent must come out of retirement to solve a murder in the fifth novella in the Widow’s Island series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot.
Former FBI special agent Cate Wilde is a new bakery and bookstore owner—and retirement is now complete with a doctor boyfriend. Although she struggles with PTSD, the sweet life she’s living is a far cry from the gruesome work she left behind six months ago.
But when skeletal remains turn up on Widow’s Island—and the MO of the killer is too familiar to Cate—the dream comes to an abrupt end. What if the case she solved eight years ago isn’t as closed as she thought? Her hometown needs her, and despite her mental health and her boyfriend’s protests, she has no choice but to return to her dangerous past life.
Soon Cate is in a desperate race to stop a cold-blooded murderer from killing again, once and for all…only this time, she’ll have so much more to lose.


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Review: ‘Spiraled’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Spiraled’ by Kendra Elliot

Spiraled

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #3
Published by Montlake Romance on June 2, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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five-stars

FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.
But that’s only the beginning…
An epidemic of mass shootings has swept across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.
An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?


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Review: ‘Bridged’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Bridged’ by Kendra Elliot

Bridged

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #2
Published by Montlake Romance on February 10, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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four-half-stars

After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.
But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…
In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.


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Review: ‘Vanished’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Vanished’ by Kendra Elliot

Vanished

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #1
Published by Montlake Romance on June 24, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot.
When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.
Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.
2015 Overall Daphne du Maurier Award Winner


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Review: ‘Loyalty in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Review: ‘Loyalty in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Loyalty in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #9
Published by Berkley on April 1, 1999
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb's phenomenal series has captivated readers with it tantalizing blend of romance, suspense, and futuristic police procedural. Now, New York cop Eve Dallas returns to face her most ingenious foe -- a "secret admirer" who taunts her with letters...and kills without mercy.
LOYALTY IN DEATH
An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses." And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It's her city...it's her job...and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit before the city falls.


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Review: ‘Conspiracy in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Review: ‘Conspiracy in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Conspiracy in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #8
Published by Berkley Books on April 1, 1999
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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Goodreads
five-stars

At a time when human nature remains as predictable as death, a killer plays God--and puts innocent lives in the palm of his hand...
With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls of the world's city streets. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper, found dead in New York City. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is assigned to investigate. But in the heat of a cat-and-mouse game with the killer, Dallas's job is suddenly on the line. Now her hands are tied ... between a struggle for justice--and a fight for her career...


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