Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Anything for You By Saul Balck

Critically acclaimed author Saul Black returns with a heart-racing thriller in which a brutal murder forces one woman to reckon with her own past―and her future.
On a hot summer night, a watchful neighbor locks eyes with an intruder and unwittingly alerts the police to a vicious crime scene next door: a lavish master bedroom where a man lies dead. Next to him, his wife is bleeding out onto the hardwood floor, clinging to life.
The victim, Adam Grant, was a well-known San Francisco prosecutor―a man whose connection to Homicide detective Valerie Hart brings her face-to-face with a life she’s long since left behind. Adam’s career made him an easy target, and forensic evidence points towards an ex-con he put behind bars years ago. But while Adam’s wife and daughter grapple with their tragic loss, Valerie uncovers devastating clues that point in a more ominous direction. Lurking in the shadows of the Grants’ pristine life is a mysterious blonde who holds the key to a very different―and much darker―story.
As Valerie struggles to forge a new path for herself, the investigation forces her to confront the question: can we ever really leave our pasts behind?
Sophisticated and stunning, Anything for You is an unforgettable thriller that will grip readers long after turning the last page.


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https://www.amazon.com/Anything-You-Saul-Black/dp/1250199913/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1573313222&sr=8-1


My Thoughts...
 This is book three in the Valerie Hart series. I did not read book one and two. I was not lost so it could be a stand alone I just like reading the whole series in order.
This was a pretty gruesome thriller. It was slow to start but picked up and I found I was engrossed in the story.
I was disappointed at the ending, it let room for another book to close up lose ends.
I hate waiting for the next book.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
  The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Plastic By Frank Strausser



Dr. Harry Previn, the renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is secretly called in to operate on the disfigured face of the ravishingly beautiful teen pop star Fay Wray following an assault. Surrounded by image makers who value beauty over all else, he soon fears Fay is in mortal danger. Will he risk everything to save her beauty, her life, or himself?
Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about a heinous crime that leads to a desperate Hollywood cover up. Welcome to “The Capital of Good Looks,” an ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty crashing at the intersection of Hollywood and rock and roll.

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https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Frank-Strausser/dp/164428037X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1573310902&sr=8-1

Frank Strausser came of age as a producer, playwright, and novelist while living in The Capital
of Good Looks. His plays have been produced in LA, London’s West End, and Off Broadway, most notably Psycho Therapy's three month run at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. Plastic is his first novel.

Strausser studied story and character development with Robert McKee and with the late Milton
Katselias, at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. He is currently working on his second novel, Here Comes The Son. He attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures program at Harvard University and majored in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Palm Beach with his wife and son.

For more information, visit frankstrausser.com 

My Thoughts...
In this day and time it seems almost everyone is obsessed with Plastic  surgery. So this book is going to be one sought after book. Strausser did not disappoint, all my thriller fans will find this book to be one of the books on their to be read pile.
I will say it is a fast read not very long at all, but full of fun.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't for to see what is next from Strausser.
  The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, November 11, 2019

In the Cradle Lies By Olivia Newport


A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees
 
On a solo ski vacation in Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker has a love-hate relationship with his wealth, spending indiscriminately while skiing fearlessly and preparing to conquer the overgrown slope of Hidden Run, a dangerous run not attempted in decades. As genealogist Jillian tries to uncover enough of Tucker’s family tree to understand his charming nature but reckless resolve, Jillian’s equally charming father, Nolan, cajoles Tucker into giving him ski lessons to get him talking about the suspicious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s life in St. Louis in the 1930s. 
 
On the surface, Tucker’s family’s history seems too perfect. The secret may lie in the sealed envelope Tucker carries with him at all times—even on the ski slope. When no one can find Tucker to tell him the fiancĂ©e he never mentioned turned up in Canyon Mines, they realize he must be off attempting to ski Hidden Run alone in a snowstorm. And they may be too late. 
 
In the Cradle Lies is the second book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

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https://www.amazon.com/Cradle-Lies-Tree-Life/dp/1683229959/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1573311462&sr=8-1

Olivia Newport’s novels blend the truths of where we find ourselves now with insights into what carried us in the past. Enjoying life with her husband and nearby grown children, she chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak. 

My Thoughts...

I love books will a little romance, mystery and a litle history from the past. So this book was right up my alley it had all that. I loved going back to Canyon Mines, Colorado. I love secerts to, I forgot to metion that, this book has secrets.
This series has encouraged me to look into my own geneology.
I can't wait for the next book in this series May 2020 can't get here fast enoough.
I want to mention that this can be read as a stand alone BUT I woukd read bok one Inn at Hidden Run you get a little back groud on the characters and you are sure to love it as much is this one.
I gave this book 4 stars. and I recommend it.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Get a Life Chole Brown By Talia Hibbert



Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
  • Enjoy a drunken night out.
  • Ride a motorcycle.
  • Go camping.
  • Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
  • Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
  • And... do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…


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https://www.amazon.com/Get-Life-Chloe-Brown-Novel/dp/0062941208/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572829265&sr=8-1

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room—but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes steamy stories of passion, love, and sarcasm, then hawks them online because she just can't help herself.

Want to keep up with Talia's sexy, diverse romances? Follow her online:

★ Newsletter ➙ https://www.taliahibbert.com/viplist/

★ Website ➙ https://taliahibbert.com 

My Thoughts...

This book had so many positive things going on. Interracial couple. Curvy main character.  Positive point of view on therapy.
This is just a book for all of us. Nothing is perfect in life so it's nice to read a fiction book that has many things you can relate to and characters that you can connect with on a real level.
I can't wait for book two in the Brown Sisters series.
I gave this book four stars.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Deadly Deceit By Natalie Walters


Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason--to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth--and the next big story--is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and Vivian finds herself fighting for not only answers but also her life. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called The Watcher force Vivian to confront the secret of her past and decide: How much is she willing to risk for the sake of a headline?

Author Natalie Walters welcomes you back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

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https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Harbored-Secrets-Natalie-Walters/dp/0800735331/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572825309&sr=8-1

My world revolves around GIJOE and our three adult (or almost adult) children who keep my life anything but predictable. Our boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends us but home is when we’re all together no matter the zipcode. My passion is writing stories where adventure meets love and share my belief that life rooted in purpose is a story worth telling. 

My Thoughts...
I did not read book one in The Harbored Secrets series. I can say that I was not lost in book number two Deadly Deceit. It engulfed me from the very beginning and  It was that way until the very end. The characters were wonderful. The whole book was very well written. I am now on the lookout for more of Walters books.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Staying On The Vine By Gordon Castelnero


Like so many Americans, Lindsay Kish and Nick Robinson grew up as Christians in name only. Their true perceptions of life mirrored the idolatry of the world in rejection of God. Both of them nurtured appetites for their biggest vices, which tainted their judgement in romantic relationships. Their spiritual darkness ultimately led them down the aisle to childless marriages besieged by never-ending sins. Yet, during their trials of tribulation, God always threw them a lifeline of grace through revelations they routinely ignored, but would come to embrace after hitting rock bottom.
Based on a true story, Staying on the Vine is portrayed through character-driven backstories depicting the doubtful romance between two mid-life divorcees who ignored God's many calls, until they came together as the result of answered prayer. All of the disastrous choices made by Lindsay and Nick are typical of most non-believers who seek fulfillment in everything but God. Their second chance at marriage and a better life, in Christ, is an inspirational testament that failure is not final!

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https://www.amazon.com/Staying-Vine-Gordon-Castelnero/dp/1633571610/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572827938&sr=8-1

Gordon Castelnero has authored two nonfiction books and produced acclaimed documentaries for Detroit television. His passion for writing compelling stories and his faith in Christ have attributed to this novel. He lives in southeast Michigan with his wife and daughter. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Rough Way to the Highway By Kelly McCoy




Pastor turned long-haul trucker, Mack, struggles with grief and perceived failures as a minister while he is confronted with a mysterious hitchhiker, smugglers, and a determined killer. After an unbearable tragedy strikes his life, he sells everything he owns and buys a new Peterbilt truck, returning to the trade he learned decades earlier.
Hoping for some windshield therapy and peace of mind behind the wheel of his new rig, Mack gets neither after God nudges him to pick up a hitchhiker near the Jordan State Prison outside Mack’s childhood home of Pampa, Texas.
When his world is ripped apart, he seeks to run away from it all, going as far as to cut off communication with all but a handful of people. But he is pursued by God, who will not let him go. Unbeknownst to Mack, God is equipping His servant with tools to handle events his past education and experience could never have prepared him for.
The story unfolds as the hitchhiker enters Mack’s Peterbilt. The man reminds Mack of his father, a hard living, hard drinking oilfield roughneck who died in prison. God begins to do a work in Mack’s heart while Mack seeks to minister to his new passenger. But Mack soon rues the day he let the hitchhiker into his truck.
His old life in ruins now, Mack learns he has angered a new enemy who threatens to destroy his life on the road as well. Mack suspects he is being followed and is in the sights of a killer who plots a revenge no one could have seen coming.
God works His mysterious way in Mack’s life steamroller-style all the way to an ending that will leave the reader thinking about it long after reading The End at the bottom of the last page.
Rough Way to the High Way is the first of a series of novels about Mack’s adventures on the road as lives are transformed through his new ministry. The first life to be transformed as Rough Way to the High Way develops appears to be that of the hitchhiker. But God is working in Mack’s life all along, preparing him for a new ministry that will transform lives across the country.

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https://www.amazon.com/Rough-High-Kelly-Mack-McCoy/dp/031010372X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Rough+Way+to+the+High+Way+by+Kelly+Mccoy&qid=1572132955&sr=8-1

Kelly Mack McCoy is a semi (pun intended) retired truck driver turned author. He spent most of his career behind the wheel of an eighteen-wheeler traveling extensively through forty-eight states gathering a lifetime of material for his books. Rough Way to the High Way is his first novel and the first in a series of novels about the adventures of trucker turned pastor turned trucker Mack McClain.