Think Real Housewives combined with a twist of CSI. The entire premise revolves around a group of so called friends that all have a lot of secrets best kept hidden. Add in jealousy, betrayal and people who will do anything to get what they want, regardless of who gets hurt in the process. One of them ends up dead and its not difficult to figure out who it will be. The story is interesting enough that you do want to keep reading to figure out who did it, mostly because there are sooo many possibilities.

However, I will say the big reveal is a little farfetched. Since I don’t want to give away the ending, I will just say that type of plan will certainly go awry one day if anyone gets a guilty conscience. One thing I have noticed, is this author does seem to make investigators seem pretty incompetent in her books. Either they don’t seem smart enough to really dig deep or they just some how miss any and all evidence, beyond which is planted anyway. This is the second book of hers where they just seem to buy the so called evidence and believe it, as if the killers are always so much smarter than the cops.

All in all, it is a good way to get lost in a book and escape day to day life.

*I did receive a free advance copy of the book in return for my honest review.

Not sure what to make of this one. It starts off really, really slowly. The premise is good, there is potential for something better. After dating pretty much long distance Alice and Leo finally move in together when he buys a house in a gated community. He fails to tell her that a murder was committed in the master bedroom previously, which is why the house has been empty for so long. Presumably the husband killed his wife, then later kills himself out of remorse. But the more she learns about the prior occupants, the less she believes he would have killed his wife. Slowly she finds herself trying to investigate what she thinks may have happened, with the assistance of the private investigator that crashes a party at her home. She begins to suspect any and everyone. In the process she also realizes Leo has kept some other secrets from her as well and suddenly does not know who to trust. After such a slow build up, the ending moves really fast and admittedly some of it is really farfetched. It makes it seem the investigators that looked into the original murder were completely inept at their jobs and the entire community didn’t seem to know their friends at all.

Allie moves to a brand-new town with her husband and son. She is looking forward to making new friends and having a nice fresh start in new surroundings. One of the neighborhood parties brings about interesting developments when a local man starts hitting on her in a manner that suggests he knows her. The next day he is found dead.

Suddenly she is being accused of having an affair with this man she swears she never met prior to that night. Text messages and a Tinder profile seem to prove otherwise.

The book has that classic mystery draw, holding your attention in the effort to figure out who did what. Just when you think you know, you realize you don’t know anything. There are some aspects when she should have just come clean about things from her past that just seemed common sense. What’s the point in being married if you don’t feel you can trust your spouse to hear you out?

It does make you a lot more conscious of just how easy it is to have your entire life manipulated thanks to social media and the internet. Almost makes you want to get offline completely. Almost.


After only a year of marriage, Hannah’s new husband suddenly disappears. The only contact is a short note delivered to her with only two words: Protect her. She intuitively knows the ‘her’ he is referring to is his 16-year-old daughter. The same 16-year-old who hates having her as a new stepmother and wants absolutely nothing to do with her. She has been alone with her dad since her mother’s death when she was extremely young.

Both the FBI and US Marshalls are also looking for her husband, apparently his boss has been arrested for suspicion of illegal activities and they need to know if he was involved or aware of everything.

In between fielding questions from law enforcement as well as trying to find her husband, Hannah is digging into Owen’s past to figure out if she ever really knew the man she married.

The book pulls you in and makes you want to find out what happened. It is one of those things that make you second guess whirlwind romances and quick marriages. Can you ever really know someone in a short time? True she loved her husband, but as it turns out, there was a lot she did not know. On top of that, she is left to deal with all the bombshells while trying to care for a resentful teenager who wants nothing to do with her and lashes out as any normal teenager might do.

While I did enjoy the book, I admit I was not crazy about the ending. Some things are resolved, just not necessarily the way you may hope. If you are looking for a good page turner that will keep you pulled in until the end, it does the job.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

Spoilers Ahead:

Well, I saw this one being compared to books like ‘Gone Girl’, but I would not go that far. A highly successful attorney is working the most important case of her career, defending her husband for the murder of his mistress. The mistress that was found dead in their bed at their second home. It’s a decent book, with lots of twists and turns you probably would not see coming. However, if you read a lot of books in this genre, you will probably figure out who did it early on.

Pros: The book keeps your interest and you do want to finish it. It’s perfect if you like to see someone extract revenge on someone that did them wrong. In this case, it’s a wife that works extremely hard to afford the luxury lifestyle she and her husband live. Multiple homes, luxury cars, designer clothes… He in turn has written one book that was a success, every book since then has bombed. He convinces her to purchase a home out in the country with beautiful views and lots of quiet to work on his writing. However, instead of just writing, he starts a long affair with a local waitress in the area.

Cons: There are a lot of moments when things are just so farfetched it does not even make sense. She goes through a lot of trouble to exact revenge on her cheating husband and pulls the wool over everyone’s eyes in the process. The investigation must have been extremely lax that not one clue was found, and she was never even considered a suspect, not once.  Not only that, but it turns out she has been a master at killing people with no suspicion since she was young and killed her mother?

While I’m all for a woman making him regret he ever screwed over her, it was a lot. He didn’t just go to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, he ended up dying by lethal injection. It’s an interesting read, when you have some free time and just want to get lost in something else, just be prepared to understand that some things are seriously farfetched.

Definitely an interesting read, one of those books that just pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading when you should be sleeping. Technically it is a suspense/mystery type genre, but there is so much romance that you almost forget about the danger the heroine is in.

Vicki is a very likable main character who has been in hell recently, starting with the loss of her sister and her need to protect her niece by any means necessary. Enter Juan, a cop with several demons of his own and just watch the sparks fly.

*I received this book free in return for an honest review.


*I received a free advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The general concept of this book really captured my interest. Imagine working in a high powered realm where you are always competing with others. Then you are invited to what appears to be a team building exercise through an Escape Room game. Over time you finally realize this is not a corporate event but rather someone’s attempt at revenge. Now you are stuck in an elevator with people you despise and definitely distrust.

Over the course of the book there are a lot of flashbacks to teach the reader the secrets each person has that may have something to do with why this is happening. The book has a good concept, but I must admit that some of the events are a little far fetched. But if you just want something to grab your attention, give you some entertainment and a little suspense it works.


I have to admit, I was not blown away by this one. The book had a lot of promise based on the primary theme but it didn’t deliver. It never bodes well for me when I realize I’m struggling to maintain interest in a book.

First of all, if you are trying to get revenge you would think she would have a bigger plan than the little minor things she did like erased messages. The book drags to make you understand both women and what they went through as children to build up to a massive climax that doesn’t happen. Instead it seems like the ending was just a rushed jumble to just wrap everything up in a neat unrealistic bow quickly to save time.

*I recieved a free advance copy of the book in return for an honest review.

The story is an enjoyable romance/mystery book with some interesting twists. The main character starts to remember bits and pieces of something traumatic from her childhood that shows her that the people closest to her have been lying all her life. Like most books of this genre there is the handsome irresistible leading man (who just happens to be single) with lots of emotional baggage of his own.

The intrigue is decent. However, there are quite a few supporting characters sprinkled in that sometimes leave you trying to recall who is who. There are also some grammatical errors that will hopefully be corrected before the book hits the shelves. All in all, it is a good light story that you can whip right through on a rainy day.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Blog Tour for the latest book by Mariah Stewart called ‘The Chesapeake Bride’ – Reading an advance copy now and can’t wait to come back and write a review for you all!

In the meantime I wanted to do two things, go ahead and give you a quick description of the new upcoming book as well as let you know about a book giveaway I will be doing for one of her other books! Exciting huh?? 🙂

The Chesapeake Bride
Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers, having just divorced the one she’d married. Now working with her father’s construction company to build ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay, she’s designing them for Cannonball Island. Knowing there’s been no new construction on the island in almost one hundred years, Cass is sensitive to the heritage and history of the sparsely populated island and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy one for herself to live in. Even the fact that Owen Parker—whom she dismisses as a lightweight and a player— seems to be everywhere she goes isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as the girls in St. Dennis. He’s also a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska to working on a cattle ranch in Australia and a shrimp boat in Louisiana, to surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship in the Chesapeake, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it’s about time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. He’s totally smitten with the pretty architect, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens. Visit her website at, like her on Facebook at AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram at mariah_stewart_books.

To celebrate The Chesapeake Bride Blog Tour I am giving away one copy of Driftwood Point, 10th in The Chesapeake Diaries Series by Mariah Stewart! U.S. only, please. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY by sending an email to with ‘Driftwood Giveaway’ in the subject or post your name and email address in the comments section of the blog post. I will request a valid mailing address if your name is drawn.

Giveaway Details: Giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or over only. Final entries must be submitted by Sept 20th, 2017 at 11:59pm Drawing will be pulled on the 21st

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