Book Review – Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck…

When ruggedly sexy backcountry guide Grey Lowell moves to Sterling Canyon, Colorado, after buying the ski-expedition company Backtrax, his plans don’t include romance. Still, it’s fun to look—especially across a crowded restaurant at a beauty he dubs “Bambi.” But all his plans change later that night when he’s injured by a drunk driver.

Physical therapist Avery Randall is shocked to learn that Grey’s the man her brother struck with his car, and even more stunned when he arrives at the clinic expecting her help. Despite her reservations and Grey’s silly new nickname for her, Avery agrees to work with him, and passion begins to simmer. Yet with his livelihood at stake, Grey must make tough decisions that could hurt Avery and her family. Before long, Avery’s loyalties are tested, and the choices she and Grey each make may cost them their chance at lasting love.

This book is the first of four that make up the Sterling Canyon series. I was looking forward to reading this as the blurb made it sound like an excellent story and I was in need of a nice dose of literary cotton wool. I have a thing for books that run in a series as you get a chance to get know the characters much better and can become immersed in the inter-sectioning stories.

The story is your typical handsome rugged looking guy falls for gorgeous girl and vice versa. Their paths cross in unusual circumstances and it soon becomes clear that they were meant for each other.

I liked Avery’s character a great deal as she was sassy and realistic. She was very bright and determined yet vulnerable in some areas of her life.

Grey was a kind character. He very quickly realised the damage that pushing through his insurance claim would do to Avery and her family so he does everything that he can possibly do to prevent that.

The book isn’t the most taxing read in the world but so what? That is exactly why I chose to read it. It was just what I needed to read.

A pleasant four out of five star read.

Be kind to each other.x




Book Review – No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S Scott…

Dante Sinclair never cared about his family’s money. All the ultra-sexy billionaire ever wanted was to be a cop; and now that he’s a homicide detective in Los Angeles, he’s a damn good one. But when he is injured and loses his partner in the line of duty, he returns to his vacation home in Amesport, Maine, to recover. With a mouth as dangerous as the streets he protects, Dante knows no one can ever heal or tame him.

Sarah Baxter, a brilliant young doctor still struggling with her stifled upbringing, has recently moved from Chicago to sleepy Amesport to escape her past, hoping to find peace. When Sarah is assigned to Dante’s case, there’s an instant heat between them. They couldn’t possibly be more different, yet their intense passion is impossible to ignore. As burning desires awaken within Sarah, her haunted past returns, threatening her once again. Can Dante overcome his grief and unravel the secrets Sarah is hiding in time to protect and rescue her?

Another wonderful foray into the world of literary cotton wool. I read this about a month ago and enjoyed this one so much I read it twice. Now I have so many books on my “to read” pile that for me to stop and read a book twice? It has to be a good one. This one was.

The whole premise of the story is of the wounded Dante taking sick leave in which time he decides to come back to Amesport to heal. We recognise Dante as being a gruff man who is accustomed to getting his own way – ALL the time! That is until he meets Sarah Baxter who turns his whole world upside down and she becomes his one and only desire.

The two of them grow closer together and the story coasts along easily to the end. I can’t really say too much without throwing spoilers into the review so I’m going to finish up here and say if you like this genre of book then you will absolutely love this one.

A four out of five star read.

Book Review – The Billionaire’s Christmas by J.S Scott…

OK, here it is. Time for me to stick my middle finger up to the world of intellectual and literary snobs who look down on people who read romance novels. My main area of interest in reading lies with crime fiction/thrillers and non fiction books. But thanks to my stupid brain and my mental health issues, there are times when I simply cannot process reading a book that is going to give me the intellectual stimulation that I normally crave. That is when I crave what I call literary cotton wool. It’s quite simply a nice story. Normally a romance that doesn’t have a challenging plot line and a plot that makes you constantly think. It feels like your brain is laying down in a big, squishy mattress that is the most comfy you have ever been. They give you time to recharge your brain cells whilst still being able to read. If you have an issue with that, then move along you must as I don’t expect to be judged for my reading choices on my own blog. 🙂

So – this story…

Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome, sensual billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine—until an unassuming woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?

Emily Ashworth is desperate. The Youth Center has been robbed of all its money, and as the director, she has to find a way to give the town’s needy children the Christmas they deserve. With nowhere else to turn, she ventures to the mansion of a mysterious billionaire to ask for help. Warned to expect a beast, Emily is shocked to find Grady Sinclair a handsome and very sensual man. With steamy kisses under the mistletoe and seductive whispers while hanging the wreath, Emily finds there’s more to Grady than meets the eye. Is this misunderstood billionaire just a lonely soul who needs the gift of love for Christmas?

This book doesn’t pretend to be War and Peace. It’s a nice romance of the ever growing trend of “Billionaire mommy porn” books genre, but who cares? It is a nicely written story that made me relax whilst I was reading it. Some books don’t do that because you are so tense to race ahead and get to the end of the story to find out what happened. This book doesn’t do that.

The lead characters, Emily and Grady appear to be polar opposites to begin with. He is an introvert and she is the outgoing head of the local community/youth centre. He hates Christmas and she loves it. Yet despite that, from that first meeting, Grady’s character begins to thaw and become much warmer. All he needed was a good woman.

This book isn’t going to win any major literary awards, but it is perfect if you just need (like I did) somewhere for your brain to retreat and relax inside your head.

A four out of five star read.

Book Review – Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary…

Called to a women’s refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.

Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons.
Because she, of all people, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most . . .

I actually came across DI Marnie Rome for the first time when I encountered her via an ARC from NetGalley. It was the second book in the series that I read first. I’m now reviewing book number one and intend to read book two again as I am keen to see if I have a different perspective this time around.

Marnie Rome may just be the third female DI that I have fallen in love with in recent weeks, the others being DI Kim Stone and DI Helen Grace. I stopped to think what it could possibly be that appealed to me so much about these three characters. Could it be that all three of them have very traumatic, albeit in different ways, pasts? It could certainly be a part of it, but I don’t think for one second that is all of it. Marnie, like the other two is multi-faceted and has a real gift for police work. Marnie the “dragon slayer” is how she’s seen. Marnie has real hurt to carry and seeing the vulnerability inherent in her character makes her appear to be much more human than you originally think she will be. We all carry grief and shock in different ways and we all turn in on ourselves at times to cope with that. Marnie does that a lot. Internalises her feelings so that she can be a better police officer. The problem is, and she realises this towards the end of the book is that doesn’t always work. Her past definitely affects how she works and the this book plays a massive part. I can’t say more without giving away spoilers.

Marnie’s relationship with her foster brother runs as an undercurrent throughout this book. She continues to visit him loyally after pledging to her parents memory that she would look after him. Deep down, the writer cleverly shows us that Steven is far from what Marnie thinks he is. She starts to slowly realises this and withdraws a little near the end of the book.

The twist in this novel was a very clever one. I really do not think that I have read anything like this before.

An utterly brilliant novel that kept me gripped until the last page. I cannot wait to read more of Marnie and her colleagues!

A five out of five star read.

Book Review – Dying Day by Stephen Edger…

Book Review – Dying Day – Stephen Edger

Some mistakes you live with. Others you die for…

When the body of a young woman is found in the boot of an abandoned car near the Southampton Docks, Detective Kate Matthews is ordered to stay well away from the scene.

Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers and her team are worried this coincidence might push her over the edge.

When another girl’s body is uncovered days later with similar bruising around the neck, Kate launches an investigation of her own, determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken…

Mysterious sympathy cards left with the families of the victims finally lead Kate to the twisted individual from her past. But if she’s found the killer, why does the body count keep rising?

I started this book and was so super excited to read it. I am a huge addict of crime fiction and especially murder mysteries. I was champing at the bit to get my teeth into a new book.

Oh dear. Within five minutes of meeting the lead character, I found her stuffy and boorish. She disobeys every single rule all the time (not even Kim Stone or Helen Grace does that and they are my absolute favourites).

I had the criminal figured out within two chapters and it felt like such a betrayal to the reader. The sign of a really good murder mystery/crime thriller is that you are kept guessing right up until the last few pages of the book for the reveal! You want the kind of ending where you literally cannot turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens next.

Safe to say that I won’t be reading the third book in this series. Sorry!

A three out of five star read.

Book Review – Pop Goes The Weasel by M J Arlidge…

A man’s body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children.

He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.

Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is – or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase…

This book is the second book in the Helen Grace series and as quite a lot of what happens is as a result of the first book, Eeny Meeny, my advice to you is that you read Eeny Meeny first of all. Of course, you don’t have to, but it will make understanding what is happening in this book so much easier.

It’s difficult to review this book without at least one spoiler but it is fairly obvious that Helen survives her ordeal at the end of Eeny Meeny and is finding life hell. Her private life has crumbled into the dust and she has become a piece of meat for gossips and reporters alike to pick over. She cannot do anything without somebody trying to pick over her life.

This makes things rather difficult for the lifestyle that she leads. She needs to be discreet and that is incredibly difficult for her to do. The loathsome Emilia Garanita is always behind her, making it hugely difficult to live not only her professional life but her personal one too. Emilia’s interference does cause the life of several people to crumble and her actions make her a thoroughly dislikable character.

The impact on the life of Helen’s most skilful two officers of this case does cause real issues. I can’t talk about these without more spoilers and I am keen to see how things play out, especially for Charlie.

As always Mr Arlidge has created a tightly woven web around his story that the reader peels back layer by layer, understanding a little bit more every time.

It’s difficult not to become emotionally invested in these books. They are so skilfully written that you just want to read on and find out more and more. An absolutely stunning second book!

A five out of five star read.

Book Review – Broken Bones by Angela Marsons…

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

I will admit that I sat and stared at the cover of this book on my Kindle screen for a long time. I found myself either unable or unwilling to start the last one because then there would be no more Kim until the wonderful Ms. Marsons finishes book eight in the series. Yes, I am waiting with baited breath for that very book. I’m sooooo excited!

OK, enough fangirling now and into talking about the book. As always, the story is full of delicious twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the last few pages. As always, Kim Stone is a fabulous protagonist and her strength and resilience along with the glimpses of a more caring and gentle person underneath.

If you have read any of Angela Marsons’ other DI Kim Stone books, you will know Kim’s character and why she is that way. Yet as she moves through the books she does seem to be becoming a more well rounded and much kinder person.

This book sees Kim and her team in pursuit of a serial killer of young female prostitutes. Kim and DS Bryant are working that case and Kevin and Stacey, the other two members of Kim’s team are working the case of an abandoned baby.

It starts off, of course, with a murder. The young prostitute has a daughter and breaking the news to her mother is written in a beautiful (well, as it can be in that situation) way. Kim and Bryant work so well together they almost become real.

Kev and Stacey are working the baby case, and from the off you can see that there are issues for both of them I can’t say more because it would spoil this latest book and the one before it.

It is lovely to see Stacey let out of the play pen and allowed to sharpen her claws out in the field instead of being penned in the office on the computer. Her character is also being developed really well.

This whole group of people work really well together. Even the irascible Woody is invaluable to the stories. After all, it wouldn’t be Kim is she didn’t get at least one verbal ass kicking per book, it really wouldn’t!

Angela’s writing style picks you up at the start of the book, like a leaf in the autumn wind and then carries you along and tosses you around until you reach the final page.

There are several female detective stories out on the market at the moment. But not a single one of them can hold a candle to Kim.

A five out of five star read.

Book Review – Dead Souls by Angela Marsons…

Ms Marsons!!! I do declare you’ve done it to me again!!! What an incredible book!!!

The truth was dead and buried…until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

This book deals with the one thing that sickens me more than any other – hate crimes and racism. I am a member of an anti hate campaign group, so to see the subject handled in such an incredible way almost moved me to tears. I have to say thank you to Ms Marsons. This is a subject that not many people have the courage to bring into the public eye to remind society that these crimes still happen in today’s society and are no less heinous now than they were many years ago.

This story like all of the others that have been written, provide an incredible background story. As always you (as a reader) are picked up and whisked along at super fast speed and you do not get put down again until the final page.

This story does not delve into Kim’s past in the way that other stories have done. The involvement of Stacey’s character on a higher level was well plotted too. She has always been in the background. Good old dependable Stace, doing her job quietly and efficiently. To see her character fleshed out in such a way was thoroughly enjoyable! I only wish that Stace could have a girlfriend. Maybe the girl from the cafe?

As with any of the Kim Stone crime thrillers, reading and absorbing the story is like peeling back the layers of an onion. The further down you get.. I had a couple of nights where I fell asleep with Kindle in hand because I had read until about 3am. As with all the other five books, number six is one hell of a stellar read and I strongly advise you to give it a go.

You do not have to read these books in time order. If you have never read a Kim Stone novel however, I really do recommend that you do read them in order. However you read them, just enjoy them for the sheer works of genius that they are and enjoy the most wonderful, bad assed Detective Inspector around in modern crime fiction. Long live Kim Stone!!!

Yet another five star read from the amazing Angela Marsons!

Book Review – Blood Lines by Angela Marsons…

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

Ms. Marsons has managed to do it to me again. She provided me with a book that had me captivated from the first word right through to the last one. I was so caught up in this book that I had to see it through. I finished it at 1am (it’s now 6am) and had to close my eyes for a little while before I picked up my phone to write this review.

This book sees Kim face to face with the vile Dr Alex Thorne yet again. I was, I have to admit, a little sad to see her again at first. I felt she had made Kim suffer enough. However, after a few chapters I began to understand the author’s rationale for re-introducing the character. Bringing her back made for a fascinating and twisted plot that picks you up and twists and tosses you about like a leaf in the wind.

I can’t say too much more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. It is, yet again, absolutely impossible to guess who the killer is right up until the very end of the book.

I read several reviews of the book and one in particular stood out in my mind. It said that they found the book difficult to get through so they skipped ahead to the last few chapters to find out what happened. That doesn’t make the book difficult to read! The book slips through your mind and right into your brain like fine wine settles into your system as you drink it. That makes the writer of the review the sort of person who really should not be reading crime novels because they can’t control the impulse to skip ahead to the end of the book! One suspects they may have been the sort of child who sought out Christmas gifts and picked up the corner of the wrapper to peek at what rests beneath before frantically sticking it down again so as not to get caught! ;-p

Kim proves to us yet again just how strong and ballsy she is despite the hell she has been through. Her character development throughout this series of books shows what an incredible protagonist the writer has created.

I am super excited to dive into book six in the series but then realised that I only have one more book to read before I have to wait for the next release. Noooooo! What will I do without Kim to keep me company? I know. I’ll start from the beginning!

Thank you to the writer for yet another stellar instalment in the series. Oh, and please, never ever let Kim retire!

Absolutely brilliant! A five out of five star read!

Book Review – Play Dead by Angela Marsons…

The dead don’t tell secrets . . . unless you listen.

The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim . . . ?

OK I will admit straight from the off that I am a devotee of these books. I am a crime thriller addict and the Kim Stone novels by Angela Marsons are just about the best I’ve ever read. This is the fourth book in the Kim Stone series.

Kim Stone provides us with a protagonist who appears hard faced and uncaring. However, once you get under her skin and you start to learn about her and her past, you learn two things. One, that she has every reason to be that way and 2, that she really isn’t like that at all deep down. She is a multi-dimensional character who provides the reader with someone we can follow keenly and admire as both a police officer and as a person too.

Ms. Marsons has given me a protagonist I would LOVE to see on screen as well as in books. Long live Kim Stone and long live Angela’s desire to write about her!

A five out of five star read!