DEADLOCK by DiAnn Mills

Dead Lock by DiAnn MillsTwo murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.


Thatcher and Sanchez are Great together! At first their a little touch and go, neither wanted to bend their thinking to the others. But when they finally come together and start working as a team, they can’t be stopped!

Sanchez has spent her adult life being on the outside of her family. After choosing a career in law enforcement, and not letting her troubled brother get away with his crimes she is left out of all family things. Her dad has forbidden her from even going to her childhood home. When she switched to violent crimes division she is thrown into a murder investigation, without any thoughts of her family being involved.

Thatcher has had his own family problems from long ago. They are each closed off, and don’t like sharing about their selves. Eventually the ice is broken, and they become close partners. After being shot, neither can any longer hide their feelings for the other. There is a great romance mixed in with the suspense in Deadlock.

This is a great ‘Whodunit’ with a lot of suspense. Every page has twists and turns you will never expect. Every time I believed I knew who it was, something happened to completely change my mind.

DiAnn Mills is a wonderful storyteller. These characters are just like real people, jumping off every page. Although this is a Christian book, with God throughout, she isn’t pushing you to believe in anything you don’t. So, even if your not a believer you will enjoy this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are all mine.

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Words Crush Wednesday

Prayer Quote

I’m sorry if this offends you, well not really. This is my opinion, and I completely believe it. If your going to pray for something, you better be doing your part for it to happen! Your actions are worth a lot more than words, even if you are an honest person. No one, and yes that includes myself, is perfect but we can all do our parts to show what God is all about. Love and kindness are very important to me, and hopefully you too.

Trust me, I often catch myself saying one thing and doing another without even thinking. My intentions are to always show myself and my true beliefs through my actions!

I started rambling, again. Have a good day y’all! 🙂

WCW

Louisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn

Louisiana Saves the LibraryFor Louisiana Richardson, desperate times call for crazy-like-a-fox measures. As the new librarian at Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library, she’s returning to her Southern roots and facing trouble hotter than fresh cornbread out of the oven. Somehow, she’s got to draw readers back in and prove the library is still vital—even as domineering parish board head Mrs. Gunderson plans to shut it down for good. If that means Louise has to resort to some unconventional methods—like outrageous inter-library Zumba classes, and forming a book club that’s anything but Oprah-approved—well, it wouldn’t be the first time she went out on a limb…

Soon Louise is doing everything she can to rally the whole community. Before she knows it, she’s sparking welcome changes—and uncovering surprising secrets—throughout her new town.  And between glasses of sweet tea, bowls of mouth-watering gumbo and the warmth of a tantalizing new love, the newly single Southern mom might find a life she never imagined—and a place to finally call home.

Emily Beck Cogburn crafts a novel full of charm, delight and acres of heart about the enduring joys of storytelling and the ways hope can write life’s most extraordinary moments.


Okay, so I completely feel in love with Louisiana aka Louise. She was shy and quiet at first, but after a little time she became bold and outspoken. Without Louise and Sylvia the Alligator Bayou Library wouldn’t even exist.

After losing their jobs at a collage Louise and Sylvia accept jobs at a small library in the middle of nowhere. Welcome to Alligator Bayou. Louise ends up having to sell her house and move into the town to be closer to work and a co workers good looking cousin. Together they change the library for the better.

New classes, extended hours and more multimedia choices for patrons all help get a new tax for the library. In return, Louise gets a permanent job and gets to see the community grow.

While dealing with the library, Louise is faced with her ex husband moving closer and wanting a relationship with his kids. After their divorce the only thing he had for them was money, when he bothered to send it. Now with his new wife, they are all trying to figure out how to co-parent. It goes a lot better once Louise learns how to let go of control, and its a lot better for her too.

Then there is Sal, her new boyfriend. Thankfully, they are both willing to go slow and heal old wounds fist. This is a dynamite couple, in my opinion, that will last a lifetime.

Trust me, you NEED to read Louisiana Saves the Library!! You will thank me for it later 🙂 Emily Beck Cogburn feels that Louise’s story is finished, but if she ever decides to write a follow up I will without question be reading it! (Maybe one of the kids when their older? All the things they learned from a strong mother? Just ideas…)

I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Tough Justice: Exposed by Carla Cassidy

Tough Justice ExposedA new job. A new case. A new criminal…?

Special Agent Lara Grant will do anything to get her mark—until her last undercover case, infiltrating the notorious Moretti crime ring, forced her to get close to the top. Way. Too. Close…

Now starting a new job in New York City, all Lara wants is to leave the ghosts of her past behind. Until a dramatic sniper attack leaves Lara’s face – and real name – all over the media. In the blink of an eye, her cover is blown, her identity exposed.

Then a woman’s body is found, branded with the ritual Moretti tattoo. Someone knows who Lara is…and exactly how to make her pay


After being undercover then in hiding for a year, Special Agent Lara is back on the job. Starting fresh with a new team and a new partner, Lara is trying to return to normal life. But the past and her undercover work is coming back to haunt her. In a huge way..

A little girl is dead, her murderer murdered, and another woman stabbed and stamped lead them to Lara’s nightmares. They know she’s a cop and now they know exactly where to find her. They also know about the family in the pretty yellow house…

I’m glad they do, because I surly don’t! Lara seems like a tough cop, but I think she has a softer side wanting to completely come out. I’m not sure what’s going to happen but I MUST read the rest of this series!!!

I know that’s not much detail, but I honestly cant tell you more. Lara is going to come through all this stuff and be just fine, I just know it. I plan on reading the rest of this series and will let you in on whatever I find out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are all mine.

#FridayReads

It’s Friday! Yes, that means the weekend is here, and so is #FridayReads. I have been slacking here lately and missed a few of my normal posts, so please forgive me. This is a book that I am starting today (actually Thursday) and its seems really interesting from what I have heard about it. Then of course its about a woman named Louisiana, living in Louisiana, which just so happens to also be my home 🙂 I couldn’t turn it down.


 

Louisiana Saves the LibraryFor Louisiana Richardson, desperate times call for crazy-like-a-fox measures. As the new librarian at Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library, she’s returning to her Southern roots and facing trouble hotter than fresh cornbread out of the oven. Somehow, she’s got to draw readers back in and prove the library is still vital—even as domineering parish board head Mrs. Gunderson plans to shut it down for good. If that means Louise has to resort to some unconventional methods—like outrageous inter-library Zumba classes, and forming a book club that’s anything but Oprah-approved—well, it wouldn’t be the first time she went out on a limb…

Soon Louise is doing everything she can to rally the whole community. Before she knows it, she’s sparking welcome changes—and uncovering surprising secrets—throughout her new town.  And between glasses of sweet tea, bowls of mouth-watering gumbo and the warmth of a tantalizing new love, the newly single Southern mom might find a life she never imagined—and a place to finally call home.

Emily Beck Cogburn crafts a novel full of charm, delight and acres of heart about the enduring joys of storytelling and the ways hope can write life’s most extraordinary moments.


Don’t forget to check out my review next week!

The Lady Vanished by Gretta Mulrooney

The Lady VanishedHow can someone vanish without a trace?
Carmen Langborne is a woman who no one seems to like very much, and now she’s gone missing. But there is no body, no leads and no real suspects. And the police have stopped investigating her disappearance.

Carmen’s stepdaughter Florence hires private detective Tyrone Swift to find the missing woman. If the body is found, Florence will inherit half of a very valuable house. As Swift delves deeper into the family’s affairs, he discovers dark family secrets that threaten the reputations of powerful people. Will Swift get to the truth before those with much to hide stop him?

Find out in this absorbing mystery with many twists and turns, featuring characters with real dilemmas and conflicts. You will not want to put this book down till the surprising and dramatic conclusion.

THE LADY VANISHED is the first in a new series of detective mysteries featuring Tyrone Swift. Tyrone Swift is a former policeman turned private detective. He’s survived a stabbing and his fiancée running off with another man. Swift is unlucky in love but pretty good at getting to the truth. He loves rowing on the river Thames and his ex-fiancée has just come back on the scene.


This book just wasn’t what I had expected. There was very little mystery or suspense. Tyrone Swift, a private detective, was hired for fine Carmen, and elderly rich woman.

And that’s what he does, eventually. In between he is following a guy who believes his ex girlfriend is stalking him, taking care of his elderly tenant and longing for his ex fiancé. His ex left him for another man and now that man has a disease. So she isn’t really happy. They want each other back but she wont leave her disabled husband. (Yet its okay to secretly meet another man every week? Don’t think so…)

Swift deals with the missing woman’s step kids that are spoiled and really only care about Carmen’s money. Then the ‘house keeper,’ she was probably the best character in here for me. She is lively, out spoken and has a REAL personality. Everyone else just seems stiff. Oh yeah, there’s also the ‘colorful’ little lady Carmen had gotten fired…She should have her own book.

Anyway, The lady reappears….

Yup, she was being kept in another house. You would never suspect this person. The reasons you don’t even have a hint of thoughout the whole book.

This wasn’t a horrible book, no where near the worst I’ve ever read. Maybe its just me but I couldn’t really get into it, and it took me a whole week to read which is unusual. If you like detective books give it a shot, then tell me I’m wrong. (Seriously!!)

I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are all mine.