Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: A Perfect Marriage? by Cindy Myers

Title: A Perfect Marriage?
Series: Mediterranean Nights
Author: Cindi Myers
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 1, 2007
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426810040
ISBN-13: 9781426810046

Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage?

After almost twenty years with her husband, Charles, Katherine Stamos finds herself at sea. What has happened to the closeness and passion she and Charles once shared? Her father suggests the perfect solution: a cruise aboard Alexandra's Dream--an opportunity to escape their everyday lives and reconnect with one another.

Once aboard ship, it's still hard to leave their work behind. And much of what Katherine most wants to hear remains unsaid. She begins to think it is perhaps foolish to want to relive the heady feeling of first love. Maybe those emotions are only for the young.

And then she meets June and Albert, an elderly couple who--after decades of marriage--still find magic and excitement in everything they do together. Their example makes Katherine wonder if it is possible for the love she shares with Charles to be perfect, even if she and Charles are not.

My rating:

This miniseries continues to be cursed with heroine that need to be slapped. Slapped well and often. This book was no exception—Katherine Stamos was one of those women that after twenty years of marriage (when she should know her husband very, very well) figures that, just because he’s not acting like a newlywed (after twenty years of marriage!), he doesn’t love her anymore.

And of course it’s all his fault, when she confronts him and he tells her he does love her, after all, she’s his wife. But that doesn’t count. And of course it’s also (it must be, he’s her husband that doesn’t love her anymore) his fault she’s fantasizing about a younger man. She has to, since her husband doesn’t act like a newlywed (after twenty years of marriage!), hence he doesn’t love her anymore.

Jesus!



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review: Hotter Than Wildfire by Lisa Marie Rice

Title: Hotter Than Wildfire
Series: Protectors
Author: Lisa Marie Rice
Read copy: eBook
Published: April 5, 2011
Publisher: HarlerCollins Publishers
ISBN: 0062078933
ISBN-13: 9780062078933

The world knows her only as Eve. . . .

Though her songs have sold millions she is an enigma, a bewitching mystery. But to former Delta Force operator Harry Bolt, she is an angel whose sultry, smoky voice brought him back to life after the nightmare of Afghanistan. Nothing else matters.

And now a scared, helpless beauty has walked through the door of his San Diego private security firm, running from something secret, something deadly . . . and Harry knows immediately that this is the woman who saved him. He is the last hope for this intoxicating siren without a past—not even in his hottest dreams did he imagine that the lady Eve could be so tempting, so achingly desirable. But though she burns to lose herself in Harry's powerful arms, Eve is wary of trusting this tough, haunted ex-soldier who promises to protect her. Surrender could mean sweet ecstasy or certain doom. Can she open her heart, even if it means risking her life?

My rating:

What century is this set in? Twenty-first? Really? It's set in the present? I'd never guess if I only had the heroine to judge by. Because even some ladies from the Victorian era were a little more brain-evolved than Ellen. Jumping from one TSTL situation to the next, coming to ask for help, spilling her life-story, and only later second-guess her presence there...Running away, straight into a trap, putting her own and others' (the man whose protection she sought) lives at risk just minutes after meeting them...Refusing to endanger her protectors (hello, remember what happened the first day?), because let's face it, trained soldiers, ex-Delta force men built like tanks cannot possibly be able to protect themselves, so she has to sacrifice her freedom, her very life, to keep those built-like-tanks men safe...

Need I go on?

I'd rather not. I don't know why I bother reading LMR/EJ books any longer. They're pretty much template with a hunky, sexy, built-like-tank man falling for a fragile, scared damsel in distress without even enough brain activity going on to think of going to the proper authorities (FBI, NSA etc. there're plenty of those Alphabet-soup agencies around the US) seeking help, and instead goes off on her own until she's too tired/weary/sleep-deprived/etc. and she sees no other venue (hello, Alphabet-soup agency, anyone?) but to turn to the hunky, sexy, built-like-tank man for protection. And he offers that protection unconditionally, risking his neck mere minutes after meeting the fragile, scared damsel in distress and falling madly, head-over-heels in love.

I need to go measure my blood sugar now.



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Title: Blue Smoke
Author: Nora Roberts

Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: January 1, 2006
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN: 0749936665
ISBN-13: 9780749936662

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life. Neighbors and relatives would help the Hales rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena beheld the fire's brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would understand and master its terrible force-and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power-and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge . . .

When Reena finally joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested-although sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. But she can't always blame the men-after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life-with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins-of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction-she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.

My rating:

The rating probably reflects me having read Chasing Fire just before tackling this one. And let me tell you, the books, at least for me, are worlds apart.

First problem: the first half of the story. Completely redundant, IMO, I couldn’t care less for Reena’s life story spanning twenty years from the beginning of the novel until the story actually began. I couldn’t care less for her choices of boyfriends until the right man came along...
Second problem: the heroine. I simply couldn’t bring myself to like her. She was emotionally stumped, with no apparent reason why (I don’t deem the death of her first boyfriend reason enough, since no undying love-and-devotion confessions were exchanged). She had the worst taste in men, I didn’t like her approach to relationships, and she constantly jumped to (wrong) conclusions when the right man came along.
Third problem: the predictability. The villain was not a surprise, the whole thing wasn’t even suspenseful, so easy it was to spot. For someone as smart as she thought she was, the only surprise came from the heroine and her inability to figure it all out sooner.

The only redeeming quality for me was the hero—Bowen “Bo” Goodnight. He was hot, sexy, romantic, silly, endearing, protective, stubborn etc. And it was a pity he was wasted on this book. And there was too little of him, even when he started being the hero, to turn the “rating tide”.



Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Title: Chasing Fire
Author: Nora Roberts

Read copy: Paperback
Published: April 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 0399157603
ISBN-13: 9780399157608

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.

But there's also little else as thrilling—at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are among the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend in the field. She's been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home—even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is one of the strongest ever—and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids' arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, yet he's instantly more fascinated by his hero's daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn't hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn't make a good case to be an exception to the rule.

Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year's tragedy. Rowan knows she can't complicate things with Gull—any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn't find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.

My rating:

Go Zulies!

Oh. Wow.

Nora Roberts sure can do her job right. Well-researched, well-written, wonderfully paced...This review I’m attempting to write can never do the book justice.

It was typical Nora. The “picture painting” was awesome, I really felt like I was there, in the middle of the wildfire, in the black, waiting for the siren to scream, walking the base alongside Rowan and Gull, running on the track...It all felt real, from the flaws and imperfections of the characters, the banter (God, how I loved the banter), the danger, the thrill...

Not many authors have the ability to write a story that can suck me in like this one did, and I loved every single moment of it. It was long, but I actually wanted it to be longer. I never wanted to stop reading.

It wasn’t just for the romance, which is the main reason why I love romantic suspense. Don’t get me wrong, Rowan and Gull (and even Lucas and Ella) had a wonderful romance going, explosive tension, gripping attraction, smokin’ hot passion...And they were great together as well as separately. I loved Rowan and her snarkiness, her sarcasm, her “butch” attitude, and I adored Gull and his idiosyncrasies, his vocabulary and his ability to use it, his seemingly bottomless well of seemingly unimportant knowledge, his protectiveness, his sense of humor...
What this story was about, almost leaving the realm of romantic suspense, was the smoke jumpers and their love/hate relationship with her, the fire, the dragon. Because you have to love it a little to be good at what these men and women do. And I’m talking real people, here, not fictitious ones.

Nora Roberts made me appreciate these daredevils even more. Putting their lives on the line to preserve the wilderness, save lives even at the cost of their own. I’ve always admired firefighters, but these smoke jumpers, boy, they’re in a league of their own. Can you imagine hurling yourself into the fire? It must be a mix of excitement, dread, terror, exhilaration...
And Ms. Roberts, with her book, delved a little deeper into the “would-be” psyche of such characters, revealing what might make them tick, their secret love of the chase, of the jump, of the danger...of the grueling work it went into “killing the bitch”.

Gosh, I really loved it. So loved it, in fact, it took me quite a while to finish, since I kept going back, re-reading some scenes, reliving the thrill.

Enough with the inadequate review. Go read this book!




Favorite quotes...(in order of appearance)

"What was that technique you were using on those bastards?"

"An ancient form called kicking ass."

"Matt's brother and the blond cook spent a good portion of last season tangling the sheets. Historically, said cook tangled many other sheets with dexterity and aplomb."

"Aplomb"

"It's a polite way to say she banged often, well and without too much discrimination."

"That also sounded polite."

"I was raised well."

"When the going gets tough, the tough eat ribs."

"That has not yet been put to the test. I got my fourth-degree black belt this winter. When I make martial arts noises, thousands flee in terror. Don't test me."

"Can you hear that? It's my knees knocking."

"They're wise to fear me."

"You are wise as well as short."

"I can also break bricks with my bare hands."

"That's a handy skill if you ever find yourself walled up in the basement of an abandoned house by a psychopath."

"Getting a room's not always enough. Sometimes you gotta close the door."

"Let's go have lotsa drunk sex before it hits."

"'Kay. Drunk sex for everybody!"

"It's called male bonding. You'll never get it. I believe women are as capable as men, deserve equal pay—and that one day, should be sooner than later, in my opinion, the right woman can and should be leader of the free world. But you can't understand the male bonding rituals any more than men can understand why the vast majority of women are obsessed with shoes and other footwear."

"I'm damned if I'm going to be eaten by a bear when I'm naked."

"I'm sure it's a more pleasant experience dressed."

"I had to get by the flower beds he's planted, the flowers in vases, candles, the potpourri in the powder room—"

"Mother of God! Potpourri in the powder room. We need to get a posse together ASAP, go get him. He can be deprogrammed. Don't lose hope."

"I have to get used to it—to her, but she's put a light in him so I think I'm going to be a fan."

"You're a stand-up gal, Swede."

"If she screws him up, I'll peel the skin off her ass with a dull razor blade.""

"I want lots and lots of sex."

"You really are the woman of my dreams."

"First round, wet shower sex, after we scrape off a few layers of the Alaskan tundra, then a short and satisfying lunch break. Then a second round of make-the-mattress-sing sex."

"I feel a tear of gratitude and awe forming in the corner of my eyes. Don't think less of me."



Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Love in the Air by James Collins

Title: Love in the Air
Author: James Collins

Read copy: Paperback
Published: August 4, 2008
Publisher: HarperPerennial
ISBN: 0007255829
ISBN-13: 9780007255825

When Peter Russell finally meets the woman of his dreams he falls as madly in love as you can on a flight from New York to LA. Her name is Holly. She's achingly pretty with strawberry-blonde hair, and reads Thomas Mann for pleasure. She gives Peter her phone number on a page of The Magic Mountain, but in his room that night Peter finds the page is inexplicably, impossibly, enragingly...gone.

So begins the immensely entertaining story of Peter and his unrequited love for his best friend's girl; of Charlotte and her less-than-perfect marriage to a man in love with someone else; of Jonathan and his wicked and fateful debauchery; and of Holly, the impetus for it all. Along the way, there's the evil boss, the desirable temptress, miscommunications, misrepresentations, fiendish behavior, letters gone astray, and ultimately, an ending in which every character gets his due.

My rating:

My reaction after finishing this book: Oh. My. Effing. God.
My second reaction after finishing this book: Is this for real?
My third reaction after finishing this book: Oh. My. Effing. God. I’ll never get these few hours back.

It was like reading a high-school creative writing assignment, watching a made-for-DVD movie and a soap opera, and reading a cheesy Valentine’s card all at the same time.

I don’t like chick-lit as a rule, but this chick-lit, written by a guy, was the worst of the worst. Crème de la crème, really. In a bad way.

I know this is Romancelandia, or in this case Chicklitlandia, but can someone please tell me, how it’s possible for so many perfect people to be in one place? It’s enough to give you diabetes.

And don’t get me started on the rest of it. Cheesy, un-freaking-believable, un-freaking-realistic, clichéd, juvenile...etc. *shudder*



Review: Code name: Willow by Paula Graves

Title: Code Name: Willow
Author: Paula Graves

Read copy: eBook
Published: June 17, 2011
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 0013603019
ISBN-13: 2940013603011

To protect a patient from dirty cops, former First Daughter Maggie Stone seeks out former Secret Service agent Jack Bennett, the best in the business. But Jack remembers her as code name WILLOW, a flighty heiress who made his life a living hell. Though she no longer looks the part of the reckless wild child, the story she tells of crooked cops and people vanishing in thin air doesn't do much to inspire confidence.

But when the bullets start flying, old instincts kick in. Once a bullet catcher, always a bullet catcher...

My rating:

This would’ve been a pretty good story if it wasn’t for the heroine and her “baggage”. I wasn’t in the mood for a baggage-filled heroine yesterday. So not in the mood.



Friday, July 8, 2011

Review: French Twist by Roxanne St. Claire

Title: French Twist
Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Read copy: eBook
Published: February 9, 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing
ISBN: 0743498593
ISBN-13: 9780743498593

Janine Coulter has just gotten her big chance to prove herself, managing a prestigious exhibit at the Palace of Versailles—and Luc Tremont, the security specialist, is clearly trouble. He's making decisions without her, under-cutting her authority. He's also too smooth, too virile, too dangerously handsome, too...well...French! And Janine has the uneasy suspicion he's not all that he seems.

Luc resolutely ignores the powerful sizzle of attraction he feels when he meets Janine—the quintessential California girl with her blond hair, blue eyes, and legs that seem to go on forever. But when thieves steal priceless treasures from the exhibit, and Luc and Janine give chase across the lush Burgundy countryside, their forced intimacy ignites the passion both have tried to ignore. Luc wonders what will happen when Janine learns his true identity—but with dangerous men pursuing them, they may not live to find out....

My rating:

Oh. My. God. Ms. St. Claire has done it again. And even better than Tropical Getaway if you ask me. Because the heroine was actually someone I could like from the first page, and the hero was tall, dark, and handsome (no blond Viking this time)...Add to that explosive chemistry (still between the hero and heroine), a double-theft, a murderous villain, a dash across the French countryside, betrayal from withing, smokin' sex, and the mystery revolving around the hero, his true identity, and his dark past...And you have yourself a winner.

I literally could not put it down toward the end. The tension kept building and escalating, until it reached its boiling point on the shore of Lake Geneva. But, once more, that big climax wasn't really the end of the story. Nope, Ms. St. Claire is apparently a master in double climax (no pun intended). Because as the big one ended, the real one has just began with the facing of the big problem between the hero and heroine—he was bound to disappear, she knew his secret, neither of the two wanted their romance to end...What could possibly be done to prevent this unwanted separation? Was there any hope whatsoever for these two, the Pompadour-enthusiast professor and a reformed thief?

It appeared the Fates were not on their side...But since this is Romancelandia we're speaking of, everything worked out in the end. And I loved the ending, it was even more "awwww"-sound-inducing than the ending in Tropical Getaway, because it had appeared there was no hope left for these two, but the stars did smile down upon them eventually.

Loved it, loved it, loved it. Roxanne St. Claire is now definitely one of my favorite authors. I love her style, the wonderful pacing, characterization, and amazing plot-lines. Can't wait for more.



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Tropical Getaway by Roxanne St. Claire

Title: Tropical Getaway
Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Read copy: eBook
Published: February 12, 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing
ISBN: 0743478851
ISBN-13: 9780743478854

Ava Santori is cooking up a storm in the family restaurant in Boston's North End when a call from the Coast Guard brings shattering news: her beloved brother was lost in a shipwreck. Determined to find out why the ship was steered into a hurricane, Ava packs her bags for the lush isle of St. Barts—where she puts the blame squarely on the broad shoulders of the ship's owner.

Dane Erikson built the luxurious Utopia Adventures cruise line from the ground up and he's not about to let it sink. Enlisting Ava to help discover the truth about the doomed Paradisio, he finds himself unbearably tempted by this fiery, impetuous woman. And as their investigation causes danger to close in, he and Ava find their hearts leading them to the same place. . . straight into each other's arms.

My rating:

It started like a worst nightmare...With, literally, my worst nightmare in fiction—a bitch of a heroine. Then it turned out she wasn't as much of a bitch than on a loooong guilt-trip looking for someone, anyone to blame...And then she got stupid. Or she was stupid before, but I just didn't know it until the author showed it to me. Because let me tell you something about out valiant Ava Santori. She wasn't the brightest bulb in the box as far as character-judging went...Or learning from her own mistakes...Or jumping to conclusions...

Her "act-before-thinking" attitude alienated her brother five years ago, but did she learn anything from that? Nope, she went on doing whatever she wanted without thinking about consequences.
She quickly realized Dane (the hero) wasn't the bastard a lawyer wanted her to think he was, but did that improve her attitude toward him, did it alleviate her suspicion. Nope, she continued not trusting him, because for some reason he found her attractive and she thought he had an ulterior motive. Yeah, girl, it's called "get into her pants"!
She realized (in the course of the book), she was a very poor judge of character, but did that stop her from trusting the wrong people? Nope, she assumed, because the villain treated her nicely, he was the good guy...While she suspected the hero of having ulterior motives (again, the "get into her pants" ploy) for "seducing" her. There actually was no seducing until after the life-or-death situation (that luckily didn't happen at the very end).

And it is because the life-and-death situation didn't happen at the very end, that this book got the rating it got. Because by then I've grown rather fond of out idiotic heroine (though she did act mostly like a teenager and not a mature over-thirties woman), and I somehow learned what made her tick. And I really liked her toward the end, though the whole unwillingness to compromise, while the hero had to completely change, grated a little.

Lucky for me, there was more to this story than just the heroine (whom I actually liked in the end). There was the hero, for starters. Dane Erikson. Tall, blond (though I don't really fall for blond Vikings), green-blue eyes...Yummy, sexy, hot, obsession-inducing Dane Erikson. He had it all. The looks, the charm, the heart, the money, the hotness...The right flaws that made him seem real, appear human. And he knew when he was wrong, accepted it, and said he was sorry. The heroine didn't have that quality.

Then, there was the setting. The story took place in the Caribbean, for Pete's sake. The freaking Caribbean. White, sandy beaches, aqua-blue surf, half-naked men, top-notch ships, VIP treatments...What's there not to drool about? Did I mention Dane Erikson was there? ;)

And third, the suspense. The suspense part. Was. Absolutely. Fan-freaking-tastic. I loved the pacing of it, the slow unraveling of the mystery, the uncovering of clues, the guessing game of who else might be involved, the guessing game of what really happened in the middle of the hurricane...Loved it. I actually loved a mystery/suspense sub-plot where two normal people played P.I. They were a "tycoon" and a cook and they tried to solve a huge and rather dangerous mystery.
Did that make it a bit unbelievable? Strangely not. Because their efforts were written the way one would think a normal person would go about solving something like that...Gather clues, gather enough evidence, and then go to the police. They didn't try to take the bad guys themselves, they sought help. And they sought it (thanks to Dane) when they really had something tangible to show and not just because they overheard something (a-la Ava).

So, was it perfect? No. In a perfect book the heroine would've been reasonable. But then I would not have enjoyed it that much. There's something to be said about heroines I severely dislike. The stories are never boring.
Granted, it wasn't prefect, but it certainly wasn't bad. Quite the opposite, really. Wonderfully written and well-paced, this was a gripping story augmented by colorful characters and setting. A keeper and highly recommended.



Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: The One by Lora Leigh

Title: The One
Author: Lora Leigh

Read copy: eBook
Published: June 29, 2011
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
ISBN-13: 9781419934414


Brenna’s love for Jase has grown from a crush to a soul-searing need, a painful hunger…and an unrequited ache, because the savagely sexy Texan doesn’t feel the same. A bequest and stipulation in his father’s will have hardened Jase, it seems. Now she must endure three months of living under his roof. Three torturous, tension-filled months and Brenna will have fulfilled the stipulation; will be free to attempt to regain the heart lost to Jase so long ago.

Since the age of eighteen, Jase has protected Brenna—from himself, as much as anyone else. Living with her proves too rousing even for his iron will. He’ll claim what’s his, take Brenna in ways he’d previously only dreamed, sink so deeply inside her luscious body he’ll never find his way out. And be damned if he’ll let her go.

My rating:

Awww. I loved it.

Jase was such an asshole, but I still loved it. Brenna was a bit too passive for my taste, I’d have punched him the first chance I got, but I still loved it.

The only bad thing: it was way too short.

But I still loved it.



Review: Daring Moves by Linda Lael Miller

Title: Daring Moves
Author: Linda Lael Miller

Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: June 1, 2005
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373770936
ISBN-13: 9780373770939

TAKING CHANCES...

After a broken love affair, Amanda Scott grasped at one straw after another, until finally she ended up in a line waiting to have the latest popular self-help expert autograph his book. Was it fate that placed Jordan Richards beside her, or h her life suddenly taken a turn better? Amanda didn't dare ask.

Jordan was something special. With each tender touch and sizzling kiss, Amanda fell more deeply in love. But when her lover and Jordan's two small daughters showed up, Amanda and Jordan passion for each other was challenged in ways neither had anticipated ....

Suddenly, risking all for love was the most daring move of all.

My rating:

The premise: two idiots fall in love and make a mess out of it.

That’s pretty much all I could say on the matter.

She was an idiot because she thought her ex was dying, promised him they would try again (and he was married!), and then didn’t have the guts to tell her present guy, because she was afraid of losing him. She did anyway once he found out (and not from her, mind you).
He was an idiot...For jumping to conclusions, for fearing of falling in love again (his wife died in an accident three years prior)...At least he didn’t crawl coming back when he started to miss her. That would’ve been the last straw, since she was the one who was most wrong.

It wasn’t bad—the parts when these two adults didn’t act like idiotic teenagers—but the rest was just pathetic.



Review: Dead Ringer by Mary Burton

Title: Dead Ringer
Author: Mary Burton

Read copy: eBook
Published: November 2008
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
ISBN-13: 9781420107777


Some Nightmares....

Beside each body, he leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. Ruth. Martha. Judith. The victims were strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local anchorwoman ...each brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end....

Don't Fade....

In front of the cameras, Kendall is the picture of stylish confidence. But at night she's haunted by nightmares in which she is young, alone, and filled with fear. Are these memories—or omens? Despite warnings from Richmond Detective Jacob Warwick, Kendall can't stop investigating the recent string of murders. She knows she holds the key to catching an obsessed psychopath—if he doesn't get to her first....

With Daylight....

The deeper Kendall and Jacob dig into the victims' backgrounds, the more terrifying the discoveries. For from the shadows of the past, a legacy of evil has resurfaced. Every murder, every moment has been leading to Kendall. And this time, nothing will stop the killer making her his final victim...

My rating:

The first book by this author I read didn’t really convince me, so I was pretty “nervous” as to how this one would pan out. And I was pleasantly surprised.

Good suspense, wonderful tension (also between characters), great mystery, good pacing...I was satisfied with this reading experience. Pity, the heroine was a journalist, though. They always come across as vultures willing to do anything to get their story. While I might admire the zeal in other circumstances, murder isn’t one of those.

Still, the strange connection Kendall felt with the victims helped in making her distance herself from her profession, and humanize the victims for her.

Good story.