Friday, 7 December 2018

First Line Friday (Week 82): Mind Games

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today's book is:  Mind Games by Nancy Mehl
Mind Games
First Line :
(Chapter 1)
"As she poured the sparkling red claret into the serial killer's glass,
she wondered if it reminded him of blood."

This week has been crazy busy and I am a bit behind on my reading schedule (yes I have one). This book has been on my reading list for a while and finally I have started it. While I am only a couple chapters in, I have a feeling story is going to be creapy.  But I am looking forward to a suspensful read. I enjoy books that I can dive right into and divert my attention from my real life. This is a new to me author and I look forward to seeing how this story unfolds.

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
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Monday, 3 December 2018

Monday's RSU: December 3rd

Welcome to Monday's RSU. Every Monday I share an update of my reading status - what book (or books) I finished since last Monday, what book I am currently reading and what I am planning on reading next. 

Just Finished:

The Christmas Vow

Currently Reading: 

The Christmas Quandary

Reading Next:

Mind Games

What are you books are you currently reading or have recently enjoyed?

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Jane Reviews: The Christmas Calamity by Shanna Hatfield

The Christmas Calamity
Series: Hardman Holidays #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Released: Nov. 10, 2014
278 pages
About the Book:
Dependable and solid, Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in the small town of Hardman, Oregon. He has good friends, a great job, and the possibility of marriage to the town’s schoolteacher.

His uncluttered world tilts off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

Magic, humor, and heartwarming moments blend in this sweet holiday read.

My Rating & Thoughts:  πŸŒŸ 🌟 πŸŒŸ   (3 stars)

The main character of this story is Arlan, from the previous two books in the series we know that he is Luke’s assistant at the bank, but other than that we don’t know much about him. I enjoyed getting to know him in this one. Alex gets stuck in town after her wagon breaks down on her way through the area. Arlan comes across her in her moment of distress and shows what a gentleman he is.

Alex was an interesting character. I enjoyed how she interacted with Arlan’s friends and the students. Luke was just like a big kid always wanting her to perform a magic trick for him. I did feel like everything seemed to fall into place for Alex. When she doesn’t have the funds to fix her wagon there just happens to be a job opening at the school that she is qualified to do. I did not enjoy the storyline with revolving around Fred. However the storyline that counted, the one with Alex and Arlan kept me interested, I wanted to know who was after Alex, would Arlan follow his heart and would Alex continue to run or will she call Hardman home? I was pleased with the way the story ended, my favourite part being the moment between Luke and Arlan.
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(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Other Books in the Series:

The-Christmas-Bargain_thumb  The Christmas Token 
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Friday, 30 November 2018

First Line Friday (Week 81): The Christmas Vow

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today's book is:  The Christmas Vow by Shanna Hatfield
The Christmas Vow
First Line:
"Adam Guthry glared across the sea of mourners at his only sibling and vowed his brother would be the next person the community of Hardman gathered to bury."

When I began this book earlier this week, I decided that I had to share this opening line for this week's First Line Friday post. Why is Adam angry at his brother? What did he do that has upset Adam so? I just finished this book and know why Adam was upset with his brother, I will tell you that all works out in the end. As this is a Christmas story, I plan to share my review within the next couple weeks.

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Jane Reviews: In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn

Series: Dive Team Investigations #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Released: Nov. 6, 2018
353 pages
About the Book:
When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren't prepared to find an encrypted laptop--or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming--a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills--to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam's own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free--but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.

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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 πŸŒŸ    (5 stars)

This book opens with the dive team being called to recover a body and car that has gone into the lake. It appears to be a suicide until they discover words written on the victim’s body, this message opens up so many questions. What do these words mean?

Adam and Sabrina have been friends with each other for quite a while and have romantic feelings for the other, but both are hesitant to share their feelings because they fear the other does not reciprocate the feelings. While they have worked together in the past on cases, this case has them spending more and more time with one another. How long can they keep their feelings at bay? Or will they finally open up? I really liked these two in the first book and continued to like them in this one. I enjoyed following the progression of this relationship. I also enjoyed spending time with the supporting characters around Adam and Sabrina. What a wonderful group of co-workers and friends to have.

This story is fast-paced and suspenseful. As the team digs deeper into the investigation the threat gets more deadly. Someone is determined to keep them from discovering their secret. Sabrina ends up in the hospital twice in less than 12 hours and Adam is also injured. Who is after them and why? I did not want to put this book down until I had the answers.

The ending left me satisfied and sad at the same time. While I suspected who the main villain was I did not see the final twist coming and was sad for what it meant for Sabrina. However not all was depressing for her as she had the support of her friends and the love of Adam to lean on. This could be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading book one first to get to know the team members better and some of their back story (and Beneath the Surface was just as suspenseful as this one). I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in this series and there are two team members that I would love to get to know better (and hoping they get together).

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.) 

Other Books in the Series:
1 Beneath the Surface