January is always a long month, especially while in Lockdown 3.0, I did, however, manage to read five books in between releasing Burning Embers and working on my current WIP Midnight Embers.

Raven’s Grove by Victoria and Cady Verdiramo had been on my to be read list for way too long and I’m so glad I am now working through my backlist. I’m going to call this delayed gratification. I couldn’t fault this book. It had me guessing and kept me invested, the perfect combo for a physic/thriller read. And with a plot twist thrown in at the very last possible moment how could I not one click the companion novella, Raven’s Grove Redemption. I was not disappointed.

Killer at Dark Hollow Lake by K. Moore has it all, murder, mystery and intrigue. It kept me guessing and turning those pages. I hope to see more from Jamie Roberts thrillers.

Knight by Karen Lynch is book 2 in the Fae Games series. And it did not disappoint. I enjoyed this even more than the first book. I loved the Relentless series, and I know this one will be no different.

Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan was a new to me, author. And likely won’t be my last.

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Raven’s Grove by Victoria Ellis & Cady Verdiramo

There were girls before Eve.
They’re all dead.
No one else knows.

Eight years ago, Eve ditched her last name and fled across the country after being brutally attacked and left for dead. She’s determined to forget, drowning her panic attacks in whiskey and living the life of a recluse.

The walls she’s built around her new existence are impenetrable until she meets Max, a captivating but broken hometown hero, who causes her to rethink everything. When Eve receives word that her attacker is being released from prison, she knows two things:

He will find her, and when he does, he’s going to finish the job.

He’s already stolen her innocence, her friendships, and her home. Now, she’s dead set on revenge. With the past’s demented secrets closing in as fast as Eve is falling for Max, will she be able to beat her assailant at his own game?

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Raven’s Grove Redemption by Victoria Ellis & Cady Verdiramo

There is no more running.

He should be the one hiding this time.

Eve has cheated death more than once. With her attacker finally paying his dues, normalcy seeps into her otherwise chaotic life.

That is, until her engagement night goes up in flames. Who knew one, simple, fraying blue string could cause such heartbreak? Eve decides to take matters into her own hands, fleeing back to the West Coast to get the justice she deserves.

What she doesn’t expect to find are answers hiding in the lies she’s been told.

The key to Eve’s redemption is closer than she thinks.

Someone has the answers she’s looking for, but is she willing to follow the darkness that will set her free?

Raven’s Grove: Redemption is the companion novella to Raven’s Grove, which should be read first.

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Killer at Dark Hollow Lake by K. Moore

Murder, Mystery and Intrigue

Special Agent Jamie Rogers believes the town of Dark Hollow Lake holds the key to a spate of unsolved murders across the country.

With her boss unwilling to listen, she takes leave from her analytical desk job and ventures to the town under the guise of a vacation. She’s assessed the data. She sees the pattern. Now she just needs the evidence to prove her theory right.

But what happens when she catches the killer’s eye?

Will she become the bait to enact justice?

Or will she become another one of his victims?

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Knight Fae Games Book 2 by Karen Lynch

Jesse risked everything to bring her mother and father home, but her life is far from back to normal. With her parents’ memories of their abduction gone, Jesse is no closer to finding answers, and the threat still looms over her family.

When the Agency announces that a powerful Fae artifact is missing, Jesse suspects it’s connected to her parents’ disappearance. Until the artifact is found, her family will never be safe. This job might be more than she can handle alone, but is she willing to accept help from the people who betrayed her, from the one person she is trying hard to forget? 

The only thing Jesse knows for sure is that the game is not over. The rules have changed, there are dangerous new players on the board, and the stakes are higher than ever. She’s always been smart and resourceful, but it might take the goddess herself to save Jesse from what comes next.

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Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan

He’s the best bad decision she’ll ever make…

Type A attorney Fiona Quinn has one goal left to accomplish before turning 30: A big, fairy-tale wedding. All she needs is a groom. So what if she’s never been in love—or even lust—before? She’s confident she can solve the problem the way she always does, with spreadsheets and an action plan. 

When a family emergency brings bad boy Max Devlin swaggering back into town—with his cocky grin, tattoos, and wanderlust—Fiona has to remind herself that he’s as unsuitable as it gets. Nope. Not happening. No matter how irresistible his invitation is for a night or seven between the sheets. If she can’t tie him down—metaphorically, of course—her pants must stay on.

Max can’t remember the last time a woman turned him down. He’s a guaranteed three-orgasms good time, dammit. So what if he’s not the marrying kind? Those sweaty palms he gets when Fiona agrees to help him save his dad’s punk rock club are just an allergic reaction to her methodical march toward matrimony. Before he hits the road again, he’s going to prove to Fiona that life’s more fun when you play rather than plan.

No one gets hurt when it’s all just fun and games, right? 

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