Rosie’s #Bookreview of #RomanticSuspense Carbon Replacements by @reily_garrett

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)Carbon Replacements by Reily Garrett

4 stars

Carbon Replacements is book #4 of the McAllister justice action adventure series. All the books are set in and around Portland, Oregon.

Remie is a medical examiner and has recently moved back to her home state. The book opens with a brutal attack on her and two students. When police officer Billy McAllister and his partner are called to the remote crime scene, it’s Billy who rescues Remie and agrees to guard her in hospital.

After Remie regains consciousness, she’s horrified when she recognises specific lumbar puncture wounds on her body. They indicate that very unusual blood and tissue samples were taken from her, probably by the attacker. This shocking piece of evidence has Billy and his brothers worried; only a few months ago they’d been caught up in unlawful human genetic experiments. Could Billy’s nightmare experience be coming back? To this end, the McAllister family, once more, put all their resources together to discover the truth.

This fast-paced story is filled with twists and advanced scientific research. The case digs deeply into biofabrication, or the generation of human tissue from sample cells. There’s a link to the previous book in the series and anyone reading these books would certainly benefit from starting with book one. As the series advances the McAllister family grows with new partners each bringing useful skills to the investigations. Amongst them are: a strict lawyer, a skilled computer hacker, private investigators, a vet and several different police force members. Added to this, each book has delightful animal characters to tick boxes with fans of furry friends. But this isn’t just a suspense story, there’s romance too for an extra layer of tension. Recommended to readers who enjoy romantic suspense.

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Book description

Determined and dedicated, forensic pathologist Remie Tallin validates her talent by discerning a victim’s last moments of life. Returning to Portland signified her new beginning where a psychopathic stalker designates her a pawn in a seductive game of intrigue.

The lines between predator and prey blur in hunting a medical genius bent on resetting the laws of nature. Evidence has never failed to point Remie in the right direction, yet conflicting discoveries mock the legal system and defy the scientific arena for clarification.

Detective McAllister’s return from leave includes a new assignment along with a partner well versed in subtle sarcasm and innuendos. Discovering the new medical examiner unconscious at the scene of a grisly murder forces him to unite with his brothers against a world of chaos where reality shifts according to a psychopath’s desire.

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My #BookReview of #RomanticSuspense Bound By Shadows by @reily_garrett

Bound By Shadows (McAllister Justice, #2)Bound By Shadows by Reily Garrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bound By Shadows is book #2 of the McAllister Justice romantic suspense books.

Kaylee Tate recently moved to Portland. She wakes-up in a cage, finding herself a victim of a kidnapping. The last thing she can remember is sitting in a café. Her head is fuzzy with the drugs she must have been given.

The cage is underground and Kaylee is not alone; another girl urges her to wake-up. Taking her one chance of escape, Kaylee promises she’ll send help as she runs off into a dark tunnel. Realising that she’s in Portland’s famous underground tunnel system, Kaylee hopes her kidnappers won’t find her.

When Kaylee walks into a police station, she meets members of the McAllister family, brothers who are either policemen or are connected to policing. Kaylee is relieved to see these friendly faces that she knew from her school days. It’s Caden who takes Kaylee to hospital while his brothers launch a search and rescue operation for the other girl.

They discover clues of a possible sex trafficking ring, but the girl and the cages are gone and, as a witness, Kaylee is still vulnerable. Whilst protecting Kaylee, Caden faces some of his own fears and the pair find a deep mutual bond. The tension builds through-out the story to an exciting and satisfying ending.

I enjoyed the mix of suspense and romance. Characters from book #1 return and the cameraderie and banter between the McAllister brothers was fun. I will look forward to further adventures and romance from more books in the series.

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Book description

The architect of fear employs many forms.

Kidnapping and murder never crossed Kaylee’s mind when seeking a fresh start in Portland, a new beginning to shed the remnants of tragedy dogging her steps. After escaping from an underground cage, she fights to stay one step ahead of the killer bent on silencing his only witness. Kaylee.
Two months after dodging a sociopathic murderer’s best efforts, Caden McAllister flounders within a social sink hole, unable to move forward, too stubborn to step back. Guarded and wary, the private investigator’s stagnant lifestyle detonates into chaos when a battered and bloody young waif stumbles into his care.
Framed for a murdering a past lover, Caden must clear his name and overcome his charge’s doubts while keeping her out of the sex-slave trade. When betrayal ends with Kaylee’s re-capture, Caden must conquer his past and risk all or lose the one he has come to love.
Murder, mystery, underground tunnels, and romance are intertwined in this standalone romantic thriller, the second installment of the McAllister Justice Series.

About the author

Though her kids are her life, writing is the life after. You know, the one you also enjoy…AFTER the kids are in bed or AFTER they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free reign.
In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but our imaginations can be. Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short, cherish your time.

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