This Chick Read: Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison

I celebrated my recent move back to Nashville by reading J.T. Ellison’s new Taylor Jackson novel, which is set in Music City.  If you are a fan of this series, you may have wanted some of the characters background filled in.  In Field of Graves your wish has come true.  This novel is a prequel, so we get some insight into how Taylor and FBI Profiler John Baldwin meet, but also get to follow along as they solve their first murder mystery.  Even though the two of them are the focus of this story, the interaction with the team, as well as Coroner Sam Owens answers questions that have come up in other novels.  Continue reading “This Chick Read: Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison”

This Chick Read: Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue #2) by Katie Ruggle

I read and reviewed Katie Ruggle’s first book in the Search and Rescue series, Hold Your Breath, giving that book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.  Fan the Flames only cemented my love for Katie Ruggle’s style of writing.  Again, don’t let the cover fool you.  Yes, Ian Walsh, nicknamed Beauty by his fellow firefighters, is gorgeous.  But, he is a character with many layers, and the author, through the eyes of Rory, gives us all of those layers to unwrap.  Continue reading “This Chick Read: Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue #2) by Katie Ruggle”

This Chick Read: Hard as it Gets (A Hard Ink novel) by Laura Kaye

I am definitely in summer beach read mode.  I keep hovering over mysteries and fantasy novels, but keep picking up some romances that I’ve had on the back burner.  It is that time of year for fun, love and adventure.  Laura Kaye is always a must read, as her romances have grit and their men have issues that just need a good woman to help them overcome.  Nick Rixey is exactly that man.  He is ex military and his last mission went bad and half his squad died.  He was leading that mission and blamed himself for those men dying.  When Becca Merritt seeks him out, he doesn’t want anything to do with her, after all, it was her father who served over him, and who led them into that trap where his men died.  Becca, not knowing his feelings over her father, and actually not knowing that truth, needs help finding her brother, who has disappeared.  The last time she and her brother had talked, he had mentioned that he’d found information that led him to believe that her father was not the man that they thought he was, and she refused to listen.  Now, she has come to Nick, to help her on her search.

Nick reaches out to his old team, who even though they separated on bad terms, come to he and Becca’s aid.  The interaction between he and his team was tense with unresolved emotions and the scenes between those guys were very well written.  As this is the first in the series, I look forward to reading a book about each of them. Nick tried so hard to be ambivalent to Becca, but his protective instincts overcame any other instinct he had to shut down what he was feeling for her.  His character was dark, his voice raspy, his psyche injured, and he needed a little light in his world.  Becca became his light.  Becca was a layered character, not just a woman in need, although she certainly was that.  Her elder brother died from a drug overdose, her father was dead, and her surviving brother had disappeared.  She was a nurse, so was a nurturer, and even with her brothers disappearance, she could see that there was something special about Nick, beyond the intense attraction she had to him, and she wanted to help him heal.

I picked up Hard as it Gets looking for a light romance and got a well crafted, layered romantic action adventure. There are a lot of books in this series, so I’m looking forward to picking up the next one!

❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved

 

This Chick Read: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue #1) by Katie Ruggle

Don’t let the cover fool you, this book is so much more than a hot guy with a gun. Actually, the hot guy doesn’t even hold a gun until the end of the novel, so that is somewhat misleading.  This series starts with the novella On His Watch, which I haven’t read yet, but after finishing this fast paced action thriller, I did add it to my kindle, as it’s free right now on Amazon, and I enjoyed this book too much to not check it out.  Callum is the Team Leader of a Dive and Rescue team, and we are introduced to his character in this book, leading a training session.  He seems gruff, inflexible and stern, but when female team member Lou cracks a joke, he can’t help but crack a smile. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue #1) by Katie Ruggle”

This Chick Read: All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I will admit that I was somewhat tentative about reading a book backwards because I could not imagine how that would work.  We are introduced to the main character, Nicolette, in present time.  She goes back to her hometown because her brother has asked for her help getting their childhood home ready to sell, to help pay for their fathers living facility.  She has been back in Cooley Ridge for a couple of weeks when a local girl disappears, Continue reading “This Chick Read: All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda”

This Chick Read: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts delivers a fabulous thriller/love story in The Obsession.  Naomi Bowes discovers at the age of 12, when she follows her father in the woods, that he has been hiding a secret.  He has been abducting women, holding them for days, raping and torturing and then murdering these women.  Naomi, helps her fathers latest victim escape, and leading her to the police, who arrest and imprison him.  Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Obsession by Nora Roberts”

This Chick Read: Waypoint by Matthew Howe

How would you handle this situation?  You are kidnapped from your home, wake up in a hotel room, no phone, no money, and you have a bomb strapped to your chest.  I know what I would do, I’d freak the f*#@ out!  We meet Julie, one of the main characters in this fascinating thriller, in exactly this way.  When the phone rings,  the adventure begins. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Waypoint by Matthew Howe”

This Chick Read: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

“When I found my husband lying at the bottom of the stairs…”

Lisa Lutz engaged my imagination from the very first sentence of The Passenger.  Did Tanya kill her husband or didn’t she?  This question was only the first of many that I had as I read this book.  Tanya was the first identity we knew our heroine as, but it certainly wasn’t the last. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz”

This Chick Read: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

I read this book in one eight hour sitting because I was down to the weekend before The Hot Chicks Who Read, my book club, were getting together to discuss this book.  Thankfully, my husband had the crud that’s been going around, and I was able to spend the entire day Continue reading “This Chick Read: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz”

This Chick Read: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go is the debut novel for author Clare Mackintosh and will be released in the states on May 03, 2016.  The authors background as an ex-CID officer, the British version of a detectives unit in a police department, allows her to use that voice authoritatively when telling the story from the detectives viewpoint.  There are two other narrators in this story,  Jenna Gray who is the main protagonist, and a male who enters the book in part two.  It is in Part Two that the story veers Continue reading “This Chick Read: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh”