This Chick Read: Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Zane and his little sister grow up privileged in a small town. To everyone outside the doors to their house it looks like they have the perfect life. Socialite mom and popular doctor dad. No one would guess at the abuse he and his sister were going through. After one night where that abuse was taken too far Zane and his little sister fight back. With the help of their aunt, a neighbor, and sheriff they can finally have their lives back and the childhood they deserve. Grown up Zane returns to their small town as a lawyer protecting the rights of the underprivileged. Charmed by his small town he may even open up his heart to love.

Under Currents showed up in my Little Library last year and I had been holding onto it until I had a long vacation. Knowing that a good Nora Roberts book would only enhance that feeling of being away from all stresses. Little did I know that this romantic thriller would have me riveted and on the edge of my seat for the entire book! I can honestly say she outdid herself with this story.

This novel takes place during Zane’s childhood and then again when he is an adult. The abuse his parents handed out to he and his sister was truly horrid and I was glad there was a true villain for me to root against. The grown up Zane is finally able to enjoy his family and his life in his hometown. When Darby, a landscape artist extraordinaire moves into town he is immediately hooked. She is the yin to his yang. Of course, Darby is also running from her past. The way their two pasts collide is interesting and thrilling. Their love story gets on a roller coaster and the excitement never subsides!

I guess you can say that I enjoyed this Nora Roberts book alot. Under Currents is the perfect novel to take you away from your own messy life but beware! It enmeshes you into the characters messy lives. It’s no vacation reading this novel but it is the perfect novel to take on your vacation. This is my first 5 star Nora Roberts novel in quite awhile and I highly recommend you read it. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This Chick Read: Legacy by Nora Roberts

Adrian Rizzo has been famous since she was a teen. Following in her famous mother’s footsteps by launching her own fitness brand when she was sixteen. Years later that business is booming. She is living in the town her mother grew up in and in the home her grandparents built. Although her life appears perfect on the surface there is a threat lying just beneath the surface. Every February she has gotten a threatening poem in the mail, something that comes with the territory of being famous, but after nearly being killed by her father when she was a child Adrian takes all precautions. Will this threat become a reality?

Nora Roberts always delivers on her romantic suspense novels and Legacy did not alter the path of success. She provided the reader with a good story, likable characters, and an interesting mystery. So why was I left feeling like it could have been so much better?

Legacy was easy to read and I enjoyed the story. In my opinion the relationships between Adrian and her mom and then again Adrian and Raylan lacked emotional depth. The first on purpose, Adrian and Lina were not supposed to be close. After the altercation with her father Lina dumped Adrian off with her grandparents and the contrasting warmth they displayed showed just how much their daughter lacked that maternal warmth. How I felt about the sub-plot and subsequent love story with Raylan might be my own peccadillo. I really liked him with his first wife and their love was so deep. Despite my liking Adrian, it was hard for me to see him fall for her when his circumstances had changed. As a side note his kids and dog were so lovable and funny and really rounded out Raylan’s story.

Sometimes when you figure out the whodunnit half way through a novel, and the sub plots are good but not great, you are just reading to reach the final page and not really to feel every emotion your main character will feel. That is was happened with me in this novel. I liked it, but I’ve read so many better books by this author that I was disappointed at the same time. These mixed feelings are why I only gave this book a 3.5 rating. ❤️❤️❤️❣️

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It’s Monday, what are you reading? (5/10/21)

Between my husband coming home after a three week absence and Mother’s Day I only managed to finish one book this weekend and haven’t yet started the next, but I do know what it will be. Let’s get to the details!

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

JUST FINISHED

Someone very nicely dropped off Under Currents by Nora Roberts in my Little Library which I hadn’t yet read, yay! I’ve had it tucked away on my stack for a few months but finally found a moment in between ARC’s to read this one, knowing I’d get into it quickly. I love a consistent author! True enough I didn’t have trouble as it launched right into one of the underlying plots and I was enmeshed in the story. I enjoyed this one a lot if you haven’t read it yet.

JUST STARTED

I need to read and review this book by the launch date and let’s be honest, it’s no hardship. This looks totally cute. I can’t wait to get started….. possibly tonight.

What books do you have on your kindle that will be getting you through the next week? Please let me know in the comments. I love finding new books to add to my TBR.

Happy Monday!

Deb

This Chick Read: Hideaway by Nora Roberts

Caitlyn Sullivan comes from a long line of Hollywood royalty. When her grandfather dies when she’s a small girl her family gets together to celebrate his life and Cate is kidnapped and held for ransom. Managing to escape Cate finds her way to the Cooper farm where a young boy, Dillon Cooper finds Cate hiding out in his kitchen. Whisked away to Ireland to be brought up outside the limelight, Cate comes back to the US to try her hand at the family business and to find herself. What she ends up finding is harassment and danger that has followed her throughout her life. Moving back to the town where the kidnapping took place Cate and Dillon find each other again and strike up a friendship that soon turns to something more.

When you pick up a Nora Roberts novel it’s expected that the story will take you away and Hideaway definitely lived up to my expectations. Caitlyn was a wonderful heroine. Despite living her life with threats hanging over her hear the only think she fears is to let someone love her because she’s afraid for their lives. She is always willing to step up and fight for herself. Her family, with the exception of her mother, was a dream family. Sure, they were all famous actors, but wow we could all hope to have such support and love in our lives. I also liked how Dillon and Cait were on the peripheral of each others lives up until they were adults. They knew each other, had that fearful experience from their childhood in common, and a solid friendship before they took it to another level. It was a really nice progression of their relationship.

Hideaway is not just a romance. It’s the story of Cate’s life and the different aspects to her learning who she is and what she wants her journey to be about. The story has four parts. Her childhood, her young acting career, her life in NY and exploring what she wants for the future, and her life as an adult with a career once she lives in northern California. Danger exists in each of these moments or times of her life so the escalation when she hits California doesn’t come out of left field. We know who the culprit is but not how they will strike again which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, not able to relax into the romantic aspect of the story.

If you are a fan of romantic suspense, and Nora Roberts, Hideaway is right up your alley. I thought it was the perfect escapism novel. The story was far away from my pedantic life yet somehow I could envision myself in Cate’s shoes. It definitely did a great job of giving me an adrenaline rush at the end! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This Chick Read: Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts novel Shelter in Place deals with a subject that’s uncomfortable to read about, which is probably why I hadn’t picked it up since it’s release in 2018.

It was a normal evening in Portland, Maine. People shopping, eating, and catching a movie at their local mall when a few gunmen entered and created carnage like this town had never seen and the people who survived would never be the same. This story centers around Simone Knox and Reed Quartermaine two people who hadn’t known each other before this horrific event. Reed became a cop and quickly rose through the ranks to investigator when a Sheriff’s position became available on an island off the coast of Maine. An island where Simone Knox was living and creating her art. When a killer sets their sights on the survivors of the shooting Reed is ready to protect his island and the woman he’s grown to love.

In my opinion, Nora Roberts handled the tough subject of a mass shooting very well. The tense situation of the event itself was amped up not through gory details but through the emotions of the people whose eyes the reader was seeing through. A situation that we all hope to never be in and believe me, I read those scenes quickly because the thought of that was just too real. When the story advances into current time our main characters are adults, living their lives but not without problems from their past. Reed can’t let the past drop, and Simone is not able to forget all of the people who died. This is where the story really picks up. Really!

As with most Nora Roberts romantic suspense novels the relationship takes center stage and is heightened by the mystery. In Shelter in Place I almost feel the reverse. The mystery takes center stage and Simone and Reed’s relationship is secondary. Normally this would bother me, but this tale was pretty riveting from page 1 and the subject matter really emotional, I didn’t even notice. However, I did like our two main characters and unsurprisingly rooted for them to survive until the end.

If you are looking for a good romantic suspense novel and the subject matter of a mass shooting is not a deterrent, I’d pick up Shelter in Place. I read it while on vacation and found it to be the perfect mix of mystery and romance and a really wild emotional ride. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This Chick Read: Alone in the Wild (Casey Duncan #5) by Kelley Armstrong

While on a camping trip with her boyfriend Detective Casey Duncan here’s a baby crying. With a foot of snow on the ground Casey searches out the sound and finds a baby lying in the arms of a dead woman buried in the snow. Casey and Eric take the baby back to the safety of Rockton determined to investigate. Was the dead woman the baby’s mother? Or had she taken the baby from it’s mother. Alone in the Wild shows us a different side of Casey and pushes she and Eric into making an emotional decision.

I really enjoyed how Alone in the Wild was this great mystery but it was also a self discovery novel that pushed Casey and Eric into making decisions about their future. Which one was more interesting? Truly they were both great. The mystery was excellent and it each discovery gave a little more information about this world and some of it was eye opening.

This series is now in it’s fifth installation and my interest in the town of Rockton and Casey and Eric in particular has not waned at all. The two of them keep getting more interesting and as their romance becomes more emotional I want to learn even more about them. While taking care of a baby we see a softer side of both Casey and Eric and I kind of liked it. They are both so tough that it’s nice to see that they can have deeper emotions, not just for each other, but for someone that needs their care and support.

I was really looking forward to this novel and it lived up to my expectations. It was not just a mystery it was a look into the souls of our two main characters. Luckily, the depths of these two characters held up and made this novel even stronger. I’m really looking forward to what their future holds and can’t wait for the release of the next novel!

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review and it was honest!

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This Chick Read: Whiteout (Survival Instincts #1) by Adriana Anders

In her final day as cook at a remote Antarctica camp, Angel Smith is making her last meal before heading back to the mainland when their camp is attacked. Angel escapes but is stuck alone on this base with no power and no way to contact anyone for help. Ford Cooper, glaciologist, was out in the field during the attack and when he returns to an empty base he finds Angel locked into a sub basement cavern, almost frozen. Despite their differences and the obvious tension between them, they work together to get themselves out before their enemy returns to finish the job.

Adriana Anders does a great job of turning up the heat in this atmospheric, ice cold thriller. As a setting, the Antartica seems to be the antithesis of a hot romance, but she does such a great job of creating tension between Angel and Ford that you can’t wait for that moment when they are both warm enough to strip off all of those layers and create their own heat. Angel and Ford also seem to be the complete opposite of the other with Angel beaming in good nature a direct contrast to Ford’s glowering disapproval. Yet as they work together Angel’s good humor seems to rub off on Ford and his scowl turns upside down. Not that he ever gets comfortable showing his emotions but you can feel him thawing out and warming to her until they become partners in surviving the elements and the dangerous situation.

I don’t believe I’ve ever read a romantic thriller set in the Antarctica before and loved how the setting became as big an integral part of the story as what happens between our characters. The Antarctica and the low temperatures became another evil character to survive and I really liked that they could conquer or be killed by the land as well as the bad guys. Because the novel started off with the bad guys taking over, you knew who they were the entire time so the Antarctic and its elements added the mystery to the story.

I really enjoyed Whiteout and this story of a mysterious virus found in the ice in the Antarctica. Even more than the mystery, I enjoyed how the characters worked with and conquered their time in the elements and loved how much the tension sizzled even though they wore clothes (a LOT of them) through much of the story. Angel and Ford had completely different personality types but as a couple they became whole. I loved that because I think for a large part that’s how it works in real life too. Opposites attract! This novel was a quick, fun ride and I’d recommend it if you’re in the mood for an exciting action adventure novel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This Chick Read: Risk It All (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #2) by Katie Ruggle

Cara Pax is normally a behind the scenes supporter of her family’s Bounty Hunting business doing research as she finishes getting her degree to be a kindergarten teacher. When her mom takes off which their house as collateral on her bounty, the sisters are forced to up their game taking on more dangerous jobs. Cara decides to go off on her own and try to bring in a possible murderer, Henry Kavinski. When she actually comes face to face with him and he doesn’t kill her? She decides he’s innocent and Henry will do everything he can to keep her safe.

This Bounty Hunters series is off to a great start! While Cara is more like a librarian than a bounty hunter she’s been trained in hand to hand combat and has plenty of backbone despite her quiet demeanor. When her kidnapping forces she and Henry together they don’t fight their attraction very long. Despite a predictable ending I did enjoy the sweetness of their love story.

The only thing that bothered me even a little bit was that I couldn’t get a very good picture of Henry in my mind other than that he was a big kind of quiet guy. Cara was vivid and bright, he just kind of paled in comparison. Despite that small thing, I still really liked this couple and this story. If you are in the mood for a quick paced romantic suspense novel pick this one up! Even though there’s an underlying series story I do think this novel could stand on it’s own. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This Chick Read: In Her Sights (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #1) by Katie Ruggle

When Molly and her sisters find out their mom has skipped bail and used their home as collateral they need to find her before she leaves town and they lose their house. Fellow bounty hunter John Carmondy always seems to show up when Molly is about to arrest a skip. This time when he finds out Molly is on a dangerous quest he signs on as her partner so he’s there to watch her back. Molly’s always had to take care of her sisters and having someone take care of her quickly turns her feelings from annoyance to sizzling heat. Soon their feelings for each other put everything real on the line.

Molly and John had such amazingly, snarky dialog, it was so much fun to read! The way John just kept showing up displayed his obvious interest but Molly was absolutely clueless. I do remember thinking, come on Molly get a clue! But when they pair up to find their skip it allows her to see him in a better light and she realizes she can rely on him. That finally opens the doors to another type of relationship. John on the other hand was all in from the very beginning. Boy, he had a LOT of patience! LOL

Katie Ruggle writes very entertaining romantic suspense novels and In her Sights seems to be the start of a great series. This novel had a quick pace and it was very easy to get emotionally involved and I finished the novel in no time. As with her other series there’s an underlining plot thread that will run through all of the novels in the series so as this is the first novel, start here and enjoy the rest as they come! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Opinions from around the Blogosphere

“Overall I thought this was a decent start to the series. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Molly’s sisters and what will happen to their mother. Readers who enjoy the trope of rivals to lovers will enjoy this one. I would also recommend it to readers who enjoy a small amount of suspense mixed into their romances.” Harlequin Junkie

“The romance was served on the side as Ruggle set up the overall series but also introduced us to key characters. She did this all while providing hunts for bond skippers, deadly encounters, attempted burglary, blackmail and more.” Caffeinated Reviewer

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An Interview with Author Katie Ruggle! #Giveaway!

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I love to read. I know, I know, not a big shock since I also write reviews for a ton of the books that I read. Even more than my love for reading, I love it when I find an author who’s writing totally connects, and I can lose myself in the stories they’ve written. A couple of years ago a new romantic suspense author leaped onto my radar in a big way, her name is Katie Ruggle. I’m sure most of you have heard of her Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series as they both received a lot of buzz. When I was give the opportunity to interview her, I jumped at the chance. I had all of these questions! I hope you enjoy reading my interview with Katie Ruggle below. Her personality shines through. No wonder I love her books so much.

INTERVIEW

TRC: Hi Katie, thank you so much for agreeing to answer a few questions about your novels.

Katie: Thank you! I love your reviews and am so happy to get to chat with you.

TRC: If you don’t mind, I’d like to start at the beginning, with your Search and Rescue series. What struck me the most about that series was that most of your characters were flawed in some way. My favorite was Fan the Flames. Ian was gorgeous and deserving of being the cover model but Rory was sooo interesting! I’ve never read a book with her background, how did you create her character? What inspired you?

Katie: Thank you! Rory’s one of my favorites, too. I love her competence and prickly awkwardness. She’s the character I think of when I stock up on hundreds of rolls of toilet paper (after all, who wants to run out of toilet paper in the middle of the zombie apocalypse?), or when the anxious corner of my brain word-vomits animal facts in a cringe-worthy torrent of nerdiness after meeting someone new. I think it’s really important to write about flawed characters finding their happily-ever-afters, since these stories show that our wonderfully flawed selves are just as worthy of love as those who are a little closer to perfect.

It’s so hard to describe how I come up with characters, since they just seem to pop out of my brain fully formed. Although some of the inspiration for Rory came from my rather…interesting neighbors when I lived off-grid in the mountains, mostly she was just who she was. Of course she’s a socially awkward semi-hermit who owns a gun shop above her prepper-style bunker home. That’s just Rory.

TRC: I love how each of your series has an underlining mysterious plot that continues to build to a conclusion in the final novel. Yet each novel has its own mystery that runs parallel to that underlying plot. In Search and Rescue it was the body found under the ice, the K9 Unit Series was why all of the girls were hiding their identity, and Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters the mystery surrounds the girls mother. Would you share your method of how you remember all of these details? (If you have a picture board, post it note board, etc. a screen shot/picture would be awesome!)

Katie: My technique for recording details is pretty sad: A battered little notebook with scribbles everywhere. I’ve tried to switch to using a notes app on my phone, or even a Word doc on my laptop, but I haven’t been able to wean myself off of that dog-eared notebook. Since a goldfish has a better memory than me, I write down everything. Plot notes are interspersed with grocery lists and to-do items and vet appointment times and… Well, you get the picture. I’m very, very grateful that I have good editors. They’ve saved me from humiliation and continuity tragedies so many times. Editors are angels in human form.

TRC: I’ll admit that I LOVED your novella Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas. Steve’s kids were so fun and unusual! Zoe the inventor, Micah the hermit artist, Will the joyful oldest son, and Maya the youngest but oh so sweet! Will these kids ever have their own stories in a possible young adult series? I’m sure I’m not the only reader that hopes to see more of them!

Katie: It’s like you’re psychic! It’s not for certain yet, so I can’t say much, but there is a high likelihood that Will might get his own story (shh…it’s our secret).

TRC: OK, let’s talk a little bit about your new series Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters. I really enjoyed In Her Sights. I liked the set-up of Molly and her sisters needing to run a bounty hunter business in order to make a living a pay the bills. Each of these sisters seems so different! Do you have a favorite sister, and why is she your favorite? If you don’t have a favorite, would you share one thing about each of the sisters that has helped you develop their character?

Katie: Thank you! I have five sisters of my own (and a brother), so this series is very close to my heart. I love the affectionate and aggravating chaos a big family creates.

As far as favorites go, I’m so fickle! As I develop each book, that sister becomes my current favorite. Right now, I’m in the process of writing the third Bounty Hunter book, which features Norah and her MMA instructor, Dashiell. In the previous books, Norah was overshadowed by her bolder sisters, but now she’s developing into quite the badass! It’s also fun because Dash is a decidedly grumpy guy, which is a hoot to write. I do adore a cranky hero!

TRC: Your next book in the Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunter series releases at the end of December. Can you give us a hint about Cara and Henry’s relationship that we don’t read in the synopsis (included below)?

Katie: Well, Cara and Henry get to live out one of my favorite romance tropes: The Oh no! We’re two people who desperately but secretly want each other, and we’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of nowhere and there’s (you guessed it) ONLY ONE BED! trope. I love it.

TRC: Final question! I love that your background in law enforcement, your ice rescue certification, and your love of Colorado is written into your novels. I can’t help but hope that your training in boxing, Krav Maga, or gymnastics could get written into a future novel! Would you be able to give us a hint of a future novel or hero(ine) that might have some kick ass surprises in store for us?

Katie: Shockingly enough, shy Norah is the one who gets to don the boxing gloves in the third Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters book. Some Krav Maga moves sneak in there, too—nothing like a palm-heel strike to take down a creepy treasure-hunting burglar. I also have a plan for a future black-belt girly-girl gymnast bodyguard who dreams of being a hair stylist, but that won’t be until the next series. She needs to wait until the bounty-hunting sisters all get their happy endings!

Thank you for letting me blab about my books!

TRC: Thank you so much for spending time answering these questions. I can’t wait for your next novel Risk It All to come out in December!

Synopsis: Risk It All by Katie Ruggle

RISK IT ALL (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters Book #2)

When bounty hunter falls for bounty,

they’ll risk it all to save the one they love.

Cara Pax never wanted to be a bounty hunter—she’s happy to leave chasing criminals to her more adventurous sisters. But if she wants her dream of escaping the family business to come true, she’s got one last job to finish.

Too bad she doesn’t think her latest bounty is actually guilty.

Henry Kavenski is a man with innocence to prove. But when his enemies target Cara in an attempt to force his hand, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Deep in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by danger on all sides, Henry and Cara will have to learn to trust their unexpected partnership if they want to make it out together—and alive.

AUTHOR BIO

A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie Ruggle is a self-proclaimed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing, and gymnastics, has lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, rides horses, trains her three dogs, and travels to warm places to scuba dive. She has received multiple Amazon Best Books of the Month and an Amazon Best Book of the Year.

Connect with Katie at katieruggle.com, facebook.com/katierugglebooks, or on Twitter and Instagram @KatieRuggle

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