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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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Goodreads
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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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: ‘Archangel’s War’ by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s War’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's War

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #12
Published by Berkley on September 24, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 471
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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five-stars

Wings of silver. Wings of blue. Mortal heart. Broken dreams. Shatter. Shatter. Shatter. A sundering. A grave. I see the end. I see. . .
The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed. . .far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient.
At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough. . .
This war could end them all.


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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: ‘Laid Bare’ by Lauren Dane #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Laid Bare’ by Lauren Dane #Romanceopoly2020

Laid Bare

by Lauren Dane
Series: Brown Family #1
Published by Berkley on August 4, 2009
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook, AudioBook
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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Goodreads
three-half-stars

Unexpected Desire...
It's been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn't in the cards just yet...
Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin's past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd's best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed--and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?


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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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Goodreads
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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Review: ‘Midnight in Death’ by J.D. Robb

Review: ‘Midnight in Death’ by J.D. Robb

Midnight in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #7.5
Published by Berkley on September 27, 2005
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 90
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Note: Originally released in the anthology "Silent Night".
The number-one New York Times bestselling In Death series explodes with intrigue, passion, and suspense. Now, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, propels you into the darkest night of Lieutenant Eve Dallas's life—when a killer comes to call...
Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance—or die trying...


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Review: ‘Archangel’s Viper’ by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s Viper’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Viper

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #10
Published by Berkley on September 26, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 361
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s breathtakingly passionate Guild Hunter world with the story of a woman who isn’t a vampire or an angel…or human…
Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
No one is safe.


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