My #Bookreview of #Romantic #Suspense novel Baker’s Dozen by @ameyzeigler

Baker's DozenBaker’s Dozen by Amey Zeigler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Baker’s Dozen is a romantic suspense novel, set mainly in St Louis. Andy Miller is an investigative journalist, unearthing criminals and exposing them in the media.

Her latest story uncovers a dodgy, small-time auto repair shop owner, but it just scratches the surface of a money laundering scam run by a bigger criminal. Then Andy crosses paths with Hugh, a familiar face, and they find they are both investigating Imperial Energy and Michael Tyrone. Hugh seems to be on Andy’s side, but he’s keeping secrets and telling lies.

Bodies begin to pile up as do the number of people wanting Andy and Hugh dead. They follow leads to leaked documents which take them on a dangerous trip to Mexico; who is trying to keep important material concealed and why?

I really enjoyed this book. Andy was a great character, her karate skills and Mary Poppins-style survival bag saved them on many occasions. She was resourceful, disobedient and held her own in difficult situations. I loved the ending; the possibilities left me believing that this book could either be a stand-alone or it could be the start of a great series.

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Book description

Twenty-three year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.

Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.

Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.

As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.

About the author

Amey Zeigler wrote her first mystery with her best friend in fourth grade. She wrote, the friend illustrated. It also had a cute boy in it with spiky hair (because that was the style back then). Not much has changed. She love s mysteries. She loves romance. She loves suspense. She loves action, adventure and comedy. But she wants it to have a happy ending.

Because she grew up moving all around the United States, Amey loves writing about different places. In her books, she explores the whole world.

Growing up, Amey was always trying new things. She played violin, drums, flute, piano, all before she was sixteen. She also discovered she didn’t have much talent for music.

When people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she was afraid to tell them she wanted to be a writer because she didn’t know how to write.

She is so grateful for her Sophomore year Honor’s English teacher who gave her a star and five points (out of five!) for Voice on her personal essay. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have had enough courage to pursue writing.

In her spare time, she adopts stray furniture left on the side of the road, fixes it up and gives it a new look and home. Amey lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #RomanticSuspense Chasing Symmetry by @TempesteBlake

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs here

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Chris has been reading Chasing Symmetry by Tempeste Blake


Romantic crime fiction with an edge, this gently-built novel ticks a number of boxes.

Bianca is shocked enough to find a dead woman in her office, but throw in a chief of police with a grudge, a self-imploding ex-boyfriend, and Finn, said ex’s brother, and your have a perfect storm of mayhem and romance to add to your murder…

The plot was decent, the characters interesting, and the structure flowed well. Slow, simmering, and tense, this was a little over-dramatic for my realist tastes but, if you don’t mind some slow-build mystery in your romantic suspense, this could be the one for you.

Book description

Someone had been trying for the perfect shade of red . . .
When art professor Bianca James tries to save a dying woman, the grudge-holding chief of police is all too quick to catapult her to the top of the suspect list. As if that isn’t enough, her ex-boyfriend’s younger brother, Finn Tierny, is assigned to the case, and she’s faced with a trilogy of dilemmas: go head to head with the chief, stop a cold-blooded killer on her own, or trust another Tierny.
Finn’s return to Riley’s Peak is bittersweet. He’s flooded with memories, both good and bad, as he battles doubts about being a cop, a cantankerous father, a jealous brother, and a drug dealer with a rap-sheet longer than the list of addicts he’s been supplying.
Threats escalate, the suspect list grows, and it becomes clear—the murderer’s resolve to kill Bianca is almost as strong as Finn’s desire to keep her alive.

About the author

When Nancy Smith and Cat Trizzino met in an online writers’ group, their individual styles blended to a shared vision. Though they live in different states, Nancy in Michigan, Cat in Maryland, their passion for well-crafted stories makes the physical distance irrelevant. Tempeste Blake is the result of their combined voices, an author who writes grab-the-tissue-box, heart-in-your-throat romantic suspense and loves to throw her characters into the deep end to see if they sink or swim.

Chasing Symmetry is Tempeste’s first novel.

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