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The Relic Hunters

The Relic Hunters (The Relic Hunters #1) - David Leadbeater

Title: The Relic Hunter

Series:

Author: David Leadbeather

Series: The Relic Hunters 1

Pages :335

Genre: Adult mystery /thrillers

One of the lost ancient wonders of the world is still out there. . .

In the same style as the Matt Drake series comes The Relic Hunters, a novel packed with camaraderie, action, archaeological mysteries and a brand-new team of hard-hitting, entertaining and highly engaging characters.

Guy Bodie is a relic smuggler, a tough man in a tough world, with self-taught skills in smuggling and combat. He trusts only five people, a proven team, until one of them betrays him, landing him in a hellish Mexican prison. Guy Bodie's chances of survival are diminishing by the minute.

To his surprise, the American CIA then break him out, tell him to hand-pick a team, and start right back at his old job - only this time he's working for them - chasing down the most infamous relics in history and trying to solve the greatest heist - how one of the world's seven ancient wonders was once stolen and then concealed.

With thrilling action across the globe, The Relic Hunters begins a new series in the Matt Drake vein of archaeological mystery, historical adventures and team camaraderie

 

 

My thoughts

Rating: 2 

Would I recommend it? no 

Will I be going on with the series? no

I just couldn't get into the story and I was so hoping to at least wither like it or love, but unfortunately I don't ,there was times I wanted to DNF it so bad and there was times I had to put it down, other then that made me pick it up was that it sounded like it was a book James Rollins would write but once again unfortunatelty its not, at lest with Mr,Rollins books I'm hooked from the very start, don't want to put them down and can't wait to read more of the series . With that said I want to think Netgalley for at least letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Wild Irish Rose

Title: Wild Irish Rose
Series:The Merriams 1
Author:Ava Miles
Pages:March 13,2019 
Genre: Romance

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Ava's bestselling books...come join the family.
International Bestselling Author Ava Miles kicks off her new series with an irreverent hero, two well-intentioned matchmakers, and a heroine as beautiful as a wild Irish rose.
Trevor Merriam doesn’t like being ordered around by his older brother, much less to a sleepy Irish village to complete a business deal for their family company.
Worse: the owner of the land he needs to buy doesn’t want him there. In fact, Becca O’Neill loathes him so much that she won’t even serve him the award-winning scones her famed Wild Irish Rose Bed and Breakfast is known for.
Even worse than that (and not getting scones is bad in Trevor’s book): Becca has an ornery cat, a mischievous Irish setter, and a lovesick alpaca that delights in chasing him around. Then there’s the woman herself. If she weren’t so indignant about his business offer, they might have a good romance budding.
Worst of all: his Uncle Arthur and Aunt Clara Hale show up from Dare Valley hoping to help him get hitched—not exactly the help he was looking for..
How in the world is he going to make this deal with his heart—and his dignity—staying intact?
 
My thoughts
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read anything else by her: yer
Will I read more of this series ? yes
All I can say about this book is a great start to a series plus though out it , it had me laughing my head off with all the shenanigans  that  Trevor  got into , all the time he was that the the Wild Irish Rose Bed and Breakfast . I loved how the author made the story come to life , as well as her characters . And how the animals came into play though out the story , how Trevor 's family came together as well . With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Blood For Blood

Title: Blood For Blood
Series: Ziba MacKenie 1
Author: Victoria Selman
Pages: 319 
Genre: Adult Thriller
Thomas & Mercer
February 1st 2019 
Netgalley 
 
Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers. Now one is profiling her.


Rush hour, London. A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, ex-special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message: He did it. You have to tell someone.

When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for twenty-five years, Ziba is pulled into the hunt for the perpetrator. As the body count rises it becomes clear he’s on a new spree. But what’s brought the London Lacerator back after such a long hiatus? And does his sudden return have anything to do with the woman on the train?

Ziba scrambles to profile the killer in the hope of predicting his next move. But time is running out. And the closer she gets to uncovering his identity, the closer he gets to destroying hers.

My Thoughts 

Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read any thing else by this author: yes
Will I go on with this series: yes
Its dark and twisted to the point that once you start to read it you don't want to stop , it does deal with some dark and  heavy stuff so that might a wronging  to some people , the killer is creepy and terrifying at the same time, and as you reading the story , it keeps you guessing from the start , you have no idea who the killer is ,or if his someone that knows Ziba  and is close to  her . And the more Ziba looks into the old woman's words 'he did it' , truths start to come out , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read it exchange for my honest opinion

In A Jam

Title: In A Jam
Author: Cindy Dorminy
Genre: romance

Description

Andie Carson has to do three things to inherit her grandmother’s lottery winnings—sober up, spend a month running her grandmother’s Georgia coffee shop, and enter homemade jam in the county fair. If she can’t meet those terms, the money goes to the church, and Andie gets nothing. She figures her tasks will be easy enough, and once she completes them, Andie plans to sell the shop, take the money, and run back to Boston.

After a rough breakup from his crazy ex-fiancée, Officer Gunnar Wills decides to take a hiatus from women. All he wants is to help make his small town thrive the way it did when he was a kid. But when wild and beautiful Andie shows up, Gunnar’s hesitant heart begins to flutter.

Gunnar knows that Andie plans to leave, but he’s hoping to change her mind, fearful that if her coffee shop closes, Main Street will fold to the big-box corporations and forever change the landscape of his quaint community. But convincing her to stay means getting close enough to risk his heart in the process. Even though Gunnar makes small-town life seem a little sweeter, Andie has to decide if she’s ready to turn her world upside down and give up big-city life. One thing’s for sure—it’s a very sticky situation.
 
My thoughts  
Rating: 4
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read anything else by this author? maybe
For a romance it was ok , kind of slow in some places but still a good read, there was times I just didn't like Gunnar because of how he thought he knew Andie and thought he know what type of person she was. But as the story goes on you start to see him change . Still it was a good story to read , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it ,exchange for my honest opinion

Evil Never Sleeps

Evil Never Sleeps (Will Tanner #4) - J.A. Johnstone, William W. Johnstone

Title: Evil Never Sleeps
Series: Will Tanner U.S.Deputy Marshal #4
Authors: William W.Johnstone & J.A.Johnstone
Genre: Western
Pages: 304
VIL NEVER SLEEPS
 
He’s the most notorious cattle rustler in all of Texas. His name—Jebediah Cotton—strikes fear into the hearts of every rancher in the territory. So it’s more than a little strange that someone would shoot Cotton’s youngest son in the back. Whoever did it is either a coward, a fool, or a crazy man. Whoever did it must die. Even if he’s a U.S. deputy marshal named Will Tanner . . .

So begins not one, but two of the deadliest manhunts in frontier history. As Will Tanner sets off into Oklahoma Territory in pursuit of godless bank robber named Parson McCoy, Jebediah Cotton sends his five remaining sons and cold-blooded brother-in-law after him. Will has no idea he’s being stalked. But when there are this many players in the game, a U.S. deputy marshal has two choices: kill them all or die trying . . .
 

My thoughts
Rating: 5 
Would I recommend it: yes
Would I recommend the series? yes
Will I read anything else by him? yes I will
William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone is some of my all time favorite authors to read and re read so when I see books by them I know I'll be getting to read over and over, there my go to books when I just want to get lost in a western and once I start reading i can't stop , I keep say it but they have a way with bring their characters to live . And once again I fell in love with Will, with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Blood For Blood

Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie #1) - Victoria Selman

Title: Blood For Blood

Series: Ziba MacKenie 1

Author: Victoria Selman

Pages: 319

Genre: Adult Thriller

Thomas & Mercer

February 1st 2019

Netgalley

 

Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers. Now one is profiling her.

 

Rush hour, London. A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, ex-special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message: He did it. You have to tell someone.

 

When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for twenty-five years, Ziba is pulled into the hunt for the perpetrator. As the body count rises it becomes clear he’s on a new spree. But what’s brought the London Lacerator back after such a long hiatus? And does his sudden return have anything to do with the woman on the train?

 

Ziba scrambles to profile the killer in the hope of predicting his next move. But time is running out. And the closer she gets to uncovering his identity, the closer he gets to destroying hers.

My Thoughts
Rating: 5

Would I recommend it? yes

Will I read any thing else by this author: yes

Will I go on with this series: yes

Its dark and twisted to the point that once you start to read it you don't want to stop , it does deal with some dark and heavy stuff so that might a wronging to some people , the killer is creepy and terrifying at the same time, and as you reading the story , it keeps you guessing from the start , you have no idea who the killer is ,or if his someone that knows Ziba and is close to her . And the more Ziba looks into the old woman's words 'he did it' , truths start to come out , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read it exchange for my honest opinion

The Hummingbird Dagger

Title: The Hummingbird Dagger

Author: Cindy And try

Genre: teen/YA

Pages 353

Date

Netgalley

 

From the author of Suitors and Sabotage comes a suspenseful and enthralling new Regency novel, perfect for readers who like their Jane Austen classics with a side of mystery and murder.

1833. A near-fatal carriage accident has deposited an unconscious young woman on the doorstep of Hardwick Manor and into the care of young Lord James Ellerby. But when she finally awakens, it is with no memory of who she is or where she came from.

Beth, as she calls herself, has no identity; the only clue to her circumstances is a recurring nightmare of a hummingbird, blood dripping from its steel beak.

With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth tries to solve the mystery of her own identity and the appalling events that brought her to their door. But nothing could prepare her for the escalating dangers that threaten her and the Ellerby clan. From the hazardous cliffs of Dorset to the hostile streets of London, Beth will fight to reclaim her past, hunted by a secretive foe with murderous intentions.

 

My thoughts

Rating: 5 

Would I recommend it? Yes 

Will I read anything else by her? yes

Dark , unknown secrets that can't be remembered , a romance that is just started out, a young lord who is just starting to come in to his title, and a young woman who has no idea who she is, with trouble around every corner the mystery deeps, from nightmares that seem to be more then nightmares , a murder , and a kidnapping , and a near -fatal carriage accident non thing is what it seems to be to Beth , no even her name ,the only thing she knows is that she can trust James and his family in to helping her find out who she is , and what really happened  and why. So set back and enjoy a story about secrets, family , young love , friends , family and danger. With that said I want to think Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion

Closer Then you think

Closer Than You Think - Darren O'Sullivan

Title : Closer Than You Think
Author : Darren O'Sullivan
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Pages:277
Date March 15th 2019 
Netgalley
He’s watching. She’s waiting.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.
Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.
Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.
The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…
My thoughts 
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read anything else by him? yes
What a read, its dark , creepy , chilling, all rolled up in to one , its not the type of book you would want to read at night if your alone , I do have to say that it does have bring up drinking problems and abuse. At first while reading the story I couldn't stand Claire because of how she acted , she was always taking the blame on to herself about the fire ,and her's husband's death, but neither was her fault ,it was the killer's and someone else's for letting the killer in to their lives. But the more  I read the more I saw her come into herself and she stopped being afraid,So much so she was ready to fight finally. And the ending , wow what a n ending ,so much so I didn't see it coming . 

Murder She Wrote :Murder In Red Book 49

Title: Murder She Wrote: Murder In Red
Series: Murder She Wrote book 49
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 320
 May 28th 2019 

In the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series, Jessica loses a loved one to unnatural causes and sets her sights on the mysterious local hospital before more people wind up dead on arrival...

Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure—one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings.

On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines.

Mt thoughts
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of the series? yes
Read this brought back memories of watching the old reruns of the tv show Murder She Wrote , in fact I would say that the characters where and are well written and it's like your not even read a book but is watching the tv show , just like the show Jessica and her friends get into trouble no matter what and the.characters are on point .There was times that I even forgot that I was read a story because it  was similar to the show , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Bad Debts

Bad Debts - Peter Temple

Title : Bad Debts Series:Jack Irish Author: Peter Temple Genre: Crime Fiction Pages:318 Edelweiss+ ARC Book synopsis A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn’t ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he’s still cooking for one. When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past. With suspenseful prose and black humor, Peter Temple builds an unforgettable character in Jack Irish and brings the reader on a journey that is as intelligent as it is exciting My thoughts rating: 3.5 Would I recommend it ? yes Will I be be reading the rest of the books in this series?yes Its slow, really really slow, so that its hard to understand what is going on at the time but the more you read the more you start to understand but it is still slow going though out the book, there was times I wanted to just put it down but I kept going on to see if the story would pick up and it does but it take a very long while to do so. Basally there's non thing not to like : the writing good , plot is complicated , there was just one thing that did get on my nerves and that was where the character seemed to bring up the fact that his wife is dead and that just lost it for a while . Other then at it was an ok read more me. With that said I want to thank Edelweiss+ for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Lock 'N' Load

Lock 'N'load - Jennifer Fallon

Title: Lock "N"Load

Series:Federal K-9 #1 Note : Thank you can read them as stand alones

Author: Tee O'Fallon

https://twitter.com/TeeOFallon

Genre: Romance

Pages:403

book synopsis Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer, but not so much with people. She hides behind her job, analyzing Top Secret code and making recommendations on national security. She doesn’t need a man in her life. But she will, very soon... CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors suspects that beneath Trista’s uptight appearance, there’s a sexy woman itching to cut loose. But he doesn’t dare act on his attraction. He’s a loner and always will be. Keeping away from Trista is a must-do directive. Until he doesn’t have a choice... During a routine assignment, Trista stumbles across a cryptic exchange. She doesn’t think much of it...until someone tries to murder her—twice. Both times, Matt had been there to save her. But now she has to hide. And her new bodyguard, Matt, and his K-9 are the only hope she has against the powerful forces that want her dead.

My thoughts Would I recommend this series? yes Would I read more by her? yes Its funny and an easy read to get lost in , and the I just loved the two main characters , there was times I was just laughing my head off at what Trista was saying , and how she acted around Matt. I loved the slow romance that happened between the two of them , and how Matt's friends could see it but he couldn't . With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

The Five

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold

Title : The Five 

Author : Hallie Rubenhold

Genre: History ( true crime )

Pages:336

April 9 ,2019

 

Book synopsis

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

 

My thoughts :

rating: 4

Would I recommend this ? yes but to only people who love to read stuff about Jack the Ripper and to ones who love to read about history

Would I read any thing else from this author? maybe

This book was different then I thought it was going to be , instead of just talking about the cases and Jack the Ripper , the author brings to life the 5 victims , their past and  their present lives leading up to their deaths, the way England was doing that time, how people was looked down up on and treated , how families was broken up if and when they went in to the workhouse and how much people was paid especially the women of that time . She gives back the murder women their names , their dignity and reminds us that just because they was down on their luck , they was some one's mother , sister , and daughter and that they also deserved the protection that they didn't get .With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion. 

Luck Of the Draw

Luck Of The Draw - B.J. Daniels

Title: Luck Of The Draw
Series: Sterling's Montana #2
Author: B.J.Daniels
Twitter:bjdanielsauthor
Website:http://www.bjdaniels.com/
Genre: romance
Pages: 384
May 21, 2019
Edelweiss+ ARC
Books in series:
Book 1


Book synopsis
He may get a second chance at his one true love--if someone doesn't kill her firstWhen Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his family's sprawling Montana property, he's expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happened so fast that it's hard for Garrett to sort out the facts. But two things are certain: someone is dead and the killer knows there was a witness.When a woman from his past emerges as a key piece of the investigation, Garrett is determined to uncover what really happened that day, how she's involved--and why everything she's ever told him is a lie.

 
Wow now I really need to pick up the first book to this series.As your reading you find out how Garrett and the mysterious woman past is interlinked ,but you also find out why someone is trying to kill. her and it's also linked to her past before she ever meet Garrett, there's romance, an secrets , a killer or two,and finding out the truth even if.the truth can kill you.With that said I want to thank Edelweiss for letting.me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion

Milady

Milady - Laura L. Sullivan

Title: Milady

Author: Laura L. Sullivan

Twittle:SullivanLeeIsMe

Genre: Historical Fiction

website:https://lauraleesullivan.com/

 Berkley Books

Pages:384

Pub: July 2,2019

First To Read ARC 

Book synopsis:

One for all, and all for one woman:

 

She was the greatest nemesis of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers--but Milady de Winter was so much more than just a villain in their swashbuckling adventures.

 

I've gone by many names though you know me as Milady de Winter: Villainess, seductress, a secondary player in The Three Musketeers story.

 

But we all know history was written by men, and they so often get things wrong.

 

So before you cast judgment, let me tell you of how a girl from the countryside became the most feared woman in all of Europe. A target for antipathy, a name whispered in fear or loathing.

 

I don't need you to like me. I just need to be free.

 

It's finally time I tell my own story. The truth isn't tidy or convenient, but it's certainly more interesting



My thoughts

Rating

Would I recommend it?

Will I read anything by this author again?

Why did.I.decided to request.this?become I absolutely love The Three Musketeers,it's one of my all time favorite classics to read and I was wondering how the author would write Milady's story .

At first glance I wanted to fell sorry for Charlotte ,who seems like a young girl down on her luck but just after a few more pages  I realized that this girl this Charlotte was more then she seemed to be.As for the story its told in the past and present , the writing comes to live before your very eyes as does the characters , the places.,  It has a  well developed heroine, family intrigue, and there are times that Milady seems to have feeling but only towards her lover and friend. As for the rest of the book I wasn't sure if she was going to be able to pull off this retelling of the Three Musketeers but she did and in a way that it actually worked . Can't wait to see what else she writes , with that said I want to thank First To Read for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion .

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) - Alyssa Cole

Title : A Prince On Paper Series:

Reluctant Royals #3

Author: Alyssa Cole Pages:

Genre:Romance

Harper Collins Publishers

Book synopsis

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate. For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him. Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

 

My thoughts Rating:4 Would I recommend it? Yes Would I read anything else by this author ?Yes Stars off slow but that's because the Main Character Nya is like a cry baby ,all she can think about is.her father ,and.it's like it's all about me ,because of that it took me a little while to get into the story and once I did I actually started to like it . I loved the male character Johan and I started to even liked the interacting between the 2 which surprised me with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

My Friday Reads

My Friday Reads, but not all is listed , because I haven't got some of them as of yet

 
Reading
Japantown (Jim Brodie #1) by Barry Lancet 

To read 
Milady by Laura L. Sullivan  Tokyo Kill (Jim Brodie #2) by Barry Lancet Pacific Burn (Jim Brodie #3) by Barry Lancet 
 
 
Read:
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch, #19; Harry Bosch Universe, #28) by Michael Connelly