Let Mercy Come by @ZeeMonodee #RomanticSuspense #bookreview #wwwblogs

Let Mercy Come (Corpus Brides, #3)Let Mercy Come by Zee Monodee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let Mercy Come is book three of the Corpus Brides Trilogy. They are romantic suspense books set in Europe and I do believe you need to read them all in order to get the most from them.

Anastasiya ran away from the secret agency and is believed to be the head of the failed mutiny. Scott has been sent to track her down and bring her in. However when he finds her his feelings are re-kindled. But it’s the discovery that she left to protect her baby and not because she had any part in the mutiny which helps his decision to help her and not turn her over to the boss.

They make a new life as Vanessa and James Mather, until the head of Corpus finds them and makes a shocking announcement. With a new role to play and a hunt for a murderer there are many twists, turns and revelations. Just who can you trust? Who will go to lengths to betray you? And who will have the strongest desire to live in the end?

I’ve read this series in stages with many books in between and I did struggle to catch up with some of the characters, however it is still a good storyline with strong characters in some lovely settings.

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Swamp Ghosts by @MarciaMeara #Romantic #Suspense set in #Florida

Swamp GhostsSwamp Ghosts by Marcia Meara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Swamp Ghosts is a delicious romantic suspense set in Florida. I devoured this book in an afternoon and with nearly 400 pages that’s a pretty good afternoon’s read. It was well paced with great characters and I lost myself in the storyline. I was out there in the St John’s River basin spotting the wildlife and wanting a snack at the crab shack too.

Maggie Devlin in a 32 year old eco tour boat owner. It’s a small business with plenty of costs and she’s wondering just how to pay all the bills. Gunnar Wolfe is a wildlife photographer, built like a Viking he has stunning features which make him popular amongst the local females.

Gunnar’s not at home on the water, but he asks Maggie if she’ll take him out into Florida’s waterways to capture some of the rare flora and fauna. Determined to keep this all a business relationship feisty Maggie can’t turn down the money Gunnar offers to pay her, but soon they discover one too many of the swamp secrets.

Rumours of a serial killer put fear in to the locals and when Maggie and Gunn become his next targets, they find themselves up close and personal with some serious Florida species.

I liked the fact I was kept guessing who the serial killer could be, and the suspense was edgy and well thought out. Within the storyline there were several other great sub-characters which I liked and am ready to read more about, hopefully in the next book in the series.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

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Before The Dawn by @GeorgiaRoseBook #Romantic #Suspense Grayson Trilogy

Before the DawnBefore the Dawn by Georgia Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before The Dawn is book two in the Grayson Trilogy. It crosses romantic suspense with mystery. Emma Grayson is the equestrian groom at Melton Manor Estate. To the locals this is a working farm estate, but inside it’s an external force for MI6 to use. Top man Cavendish and his family are now targets for a ruthless organisation known as the Polzin family after the team recently put a stop to a branch of their human trafficking business.

Retaliation from the Polzin is expected and security on the estate steps up, as does the relationship between Trent and Emma. Caught between wanting to protect Emma and doing his job Trent finds letting Emma look after herself a challenge.

With a breach of security it’s up to Emma and her horses to try to protect the children and her own survival instincts kick in when they are most needed.

I loved the jump straight into the action from the start of the book, it kept me reading and eager for the story. The setting and military use of surnames makes recognising characters easy, perhaps a little added background to some of them would help readers picking this book up as their first read of the trilogy. For my own tastes I would like to see the romantic boundaries stretched further with a few more details to the passion scenes, this would give more depth to the characters of Trent and Emma and really get the readers behind two good characters. Looking forward to book 3 and the final chapter of this trilogy.

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Before The Morning by Zee Monodee

Before The Morning (Corpus Brides Trilogy, #2)Before The Morning by Zee Monodee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before The Morning is a romantic suspense and is #2 in the Corpus Brides series set in Europe. It’s actually a prequel to #1 Walking The Edge giving plenty of background into the Corpus group of secret agents. The first book introduces us to a break away rogue group within the agency and this book gives up the deeper story as to how links to the rogue group are found.

Ash Gilfoy is a paramedic and called to a house in London to attend an assault victim. While he’s there is tries to stop dangerous criminal Nikolai Grigorievskiy from assaulting his wife. Dashing to her rescue he is shocked at how much Irina resembles childhood friend Rayne Cheltenham, yet this woman is Russian. Ash is enraged when the woman won’t ask for help and he is forced to leave the scene by the police who would love to put the criminals behind bars but never have enough evidence.

Shocked by the confrontation with Ash, Irina needs to finish the job and head home. A trained assassin she deals with the Russians where others fear to tread. In Prague at the headquarters of The Corpus group agent Kali wants out. Seventeen years on the job and meeting Ash face to face were too much, he’s all she can think about.

Getting a job in London in the office of the Aid Agency which fronts the Corpus agents, Rayne forces a reunion with Ash. It’s high passion after so many years but the web of lies that Rayne lives by has its affects on their relationship, especially when she’s targeted and threatened by people who have access to top secret details which can only mean there’s a rogue agent on her trail.

Rayne is desperate for a normal life of marriage and a family with Ash, her first and only love. The trouble is he swore he’s never get married and their relationship is based on a sexual relationship at the moment. What does he really know about this woman?

This is an intense read and kept me engaged through-out, it is a romance too so there is plenty for those who like a HEA, but the suspense keeps it edgy and I love the female assassin characters who are The Corpus Brides.

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A Spell In Provence by Marie Laval

A Spell in ProvenceA Spell in Provence by Marie Laval

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Spell in Provence is a romantic suspense set in Provence, France. Amy Carter has left her life in England and come to set up a hotel providing homemade organic food at Bellefontaine. During the purchasing stage the estate agent filled her in on the local stories which surround the house, local legend and some quite scary rumours yet it didn’t put her off.

On her very first day she meets local landowner Fabien Coste who runs Manoir Coste an upmarket hotel and whom the locals call Le Duc. He warns her of the hardships of setting up a hotel business with no experience at all, but he also offers his assistance and friendship.

Whilst clearing her garden Amy discovers a statue and calls in some archaeologists who find evidence of a Roman temple and the connection to the cult of Bona Dea. But Amy has run after run of bad luck and sinister experiences. Locals tell her it’s the curse surrounding her house and it’s connection to the Coste family.

When her opening party is sabotaged, guests leave early and Amy wakes up in her nightdress in the forest it’s time to find out more about the mysterious Goddess and an ancient Gallic tribe.

Lots of sinister events happen in this book to keep you on your toes.

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With few roots in England and having just lost her job, Amy Carter decides to give up on home and start a new life in France, spending her redundancy package turning an overgrown Provençal farmhouse, Bellefontaine, into a successful hotel.

Though she has big plans for her new home, none of them involves falling in love – least of all with Fabien Coste, the handsome but arrogant owner of a nearby château.  As romance blossoms, eerie and strange happenings in Bellefontaine hint at a dark mystery of the Provençal countryside which dates back many centuries and holds an entanglement between the ladies of Bellefontaine and the ducs de Coste at its centre. As Amy works to unravel the mystery, she begins to wonder if it may not just be her heart at risk, but her life too.

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie studied History and Law at university there before moving to Lancashire in England where she worked in a variety of jobs, from PA in a busy university department to teacher of French in schools and colleges. Writing, however, was always her passion, and she spends what little free time she has dreaming and making up stories. Her historical romances ANGEL HEART and THE LION’S EMBRACE are published by MuseItUp Publishing. A SPELL IN PROVENCE is her first contemporary romance. It is published by Áccent Press.

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A Single Step by Georgia Rose

A Single Step (Book 1 of The Grayson Trilogy)A Single Step by Georgia Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Single Step is a romantic suspense and book 1 of The Grayson trilogy. Emma Grayson is getting her life slowly back together after the tragic death of her child. She applies for a new job as a stable manager at Melton Manor for Lord Cavendish in a positive move forward with her life.

Everyone is very helpful and the job and the facilities are very generous, all except the Estate Manager Trent who is cold and domineering. Emma wasn’t his first choice of person for the job and he makes her feel like an incapable female. His manor brings out the feisty side in Emma even more.

After a fall from a horse Emma is forced to accept help from Trent and when it’s time for him to leave she realises she doesn’t want him to go, is the brick wall around her heart coming down brick by brick? Then just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Wham! the story has a sinister turn.

I really wasn’t sure about this story, it has a very slow start and it took a long time for me to warm to the plot and the characters, but then suddenly the action began when Emma fell from her horse and the book got my attention to the very end. There’s no cliff hanger so I don’t know what to expect in the next book in the series, but I’m intrigued enough to add it to my TBR list.

 

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Walking The Edge by Zee Monodee

Walking The Edge (Corpus Brides Trilogy, #1)Walking The Edge by Zee Monodee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Walking On the Edge is a romantic Suspense and the first book in the Corpus Brides series. It’s NOT about weddings, this is hard edgy suspense. Amelia Jamison lives in London with her well to do husband Peter who allows her plenty of money for shopping, with her own bodyguard/ chauffeur. She’s living a privileged life as she recovers from a traumatic accident that left her needing plastic surgery.

Yet something is off kilter, the marriage is cold and Amelia was left with amnesia from the accident, all she knows is what Peter tells her of her former life. Each day she must take drugs to help her recovery which knock her out for hours and Peter is most insistent that she continues with the drugs months after her surgery.

It starts with glimpses of memories whilst she’s asleep, and a feeling of being followed while she’s out shopping. Amelia plans an escape and grabs at an opportunity when she loses her bodyguard one day. Marseilles rings a bell with her and she heads there looking for answers.

Commissaire Gerard Besson is suspicious of the Lady who arrives asking for him. Yet when he is later attacked she’s there saving him. Why does she feel familiar? Instincts and police training pull him in opposite directions as he tries to help Amelia solve the mystery as to just who she is. Yet he’s also pulled in by his feelings for her, which are dangerous to allow when more than one dark character is also drawn to Marseille and the hunt for the truth gets serious.

I liked the fact that there were lots of layers to this story which kept getting peeled away, just when I thought I knew who Amelia was, another layer revealed more. A very good suspense mystery.

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The Beachcombers by Stephanie Queen

The Beachcombers (Scotland Yard Exchange Book 4)The Beachcombers by Stephanie Queen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beachcombers is a romantic suspense. Shana George is an undercover agent from Sydney who has been assigned to a case in Martha’s Vineyard in America. She must pose as a beach bunny heiress taking part in a surfing competition. She’s been partnered with Dane Blaise a man with a past who was hoping to get some vacation time until The General called him in on the case.

Susan Whittier has gone missing and the surfing competition looks like a fake front for something more sinister. Shana and Dane must work quickly to find and rescue Susan. Local con man Jean Luc Ruse is caught up with a set of much more dangerous men and soon everything must come to a head as time starts to run out for Susan.

This is a well paced book, with plenty of sexual tension between Shana and Dane, I wasn’t sure a couple of times if the character’s security measures matched the storyline, but this was fairly minor and there was the odd typo towards the end. Overall a good read.

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Mystery Book Tour Day 25 #MysteryNovember No Strings Attached by Lily Bishop

November Mystery Tour

Welcome to Day 25 of the November Mystery Book Tour, today our guest is Lily Bishop with her romantic mystery No Strings Attached.

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Where is your home town?

I grew up in Maysville, Georgia, a small town of about a thousand people. Maysville is located an hour Northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I can remember stringing sentences together. I received my first typewriter in middle school and my first word processor in my sophomore year of college, way back in 1987. I haven’t looked back. I published No Strings Attached in 2013, and I think I started that one in 2009.

What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

I love romantic suspense.

Where is No Strings Attached set?

No Strings begins in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the characters spend time in Miami, Atlanta, and a private island in the Bahamas.

Tell us about Laura.

Laura Todd is an administrative assistant who has been going to night school to obtain a graduate degree in marketing. Unfortunately, marketing jobs are hard to come by, and she hasn’t been able to find a job in her field. Her boss has promised to promote her to a consulting position, but he dangles it just out of reach.

How does she meet Fox?

She gets the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to a conference and she meets him in the casino.

Tell us about Laura’s sister’s talent and where it leads.

Laura’s sister Lindsey is a mathematical genius and she has certain methods that she uses to win at blackjack. Laura is trying out Lindsey’s techniques when she meets Fox at the blackjack table.

Which tropical location does the mystery take them all to?

They all travel to Calliope, a private island in the Bahamas. I created the island as a ritzy resort fashioned after a castle. Think Atlantis, but more remote and elite.

Tell us about the second book in the series.

The second book is titled Under His Protection and it focuses on Fox’s brother Lee, who we meet in the first book. Lee has been out of the Marines for a few years, and he wants to start his own security company. In the second book, he has started a company called Security Solutions, and he receives a contract to protect the daughter of a state senator. Elizabeth Crowne has received multiple death threats, as she is preparing to declare her candidacy for attorney general for the state of Georgia.

Where can readers find out more about you?

LilyBishop

I blog at http://LilyBishop.com.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Luccia reviews A Single Step by Georgia Rose

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.com/

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Luccia chose to read and review A Single Step by Georgia Rose.

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Review of A Single Step (eBook 1 of the Grayson Trilogy) by Georgia Rose.

For Rosie’s Book Review Team, by Luccia Gray.

A single step is an enjoyable and entertaining, contemporary, romantic suspense novel, which I highly recommend.

It is well written with easily flowing prose, which invites the reader to sail into the smooth narrative. The author is in no rush to expose the plot, spending the first part of the novel gradually showing us where the action takes place, and who the characters are.

It is not a fleeting romance in which love at first sight leads to a brief and intense affair, followed by lifelong commitment, which often proves to be too escapist. Quite the opposite, the romance is compelling, yet presented in a ‘no rush’ approach. Tension is gradually built up, with a few twists and turns, until the incipient romance between two complex characters materializes. This well-devised, progressive build up becomes part of the enjoyment.

The suspense elements keep us gripped to the story, avidly turning page after page (I couldn’t put it down), as the characters’ motivations and backgrounds are slowly revealed. Many surprises await the reader as nobody is who they seem, even the idyllic location where the story develops, holds surprises.

I don’t want to give anything away, because I hope all of you who are looking for a cozy afternoon-evening read, will spoil yourselves and read this lovely story, but one of the characters says: ‘I enjoy the chase, and let’s face it, no one has had to chase a girl as much as I have had to chase you.’ And that’s how the readers will feel, that they have been chasing Grayson, too.

Emma Grayson, the narrator, is the most developed character. We feel we understand her tormented feelings, and sympathize with most of her actions, by the end of the novel. On the other hand, I thought it was a pity that the other characters did not come fully to life, and served mainly to support Emma. When this happens, especially when one of the characters is the only narrator, I often feel sorry for the other characters we’ve been introduced to, but are unable to get to know.

Although there is no cliffhanger ending, there are some untold stories, within the novel, and most importantly, the reader has built up an interest in Grayson, and what happens to her. As it is part of a trilogy, I trust we will discover more about the characters and events in the following installments, which I look forward to reading.

Finally, I would like to thank Georgia for gifting me a copy of her book to review, and Rosie for organising her Book Review Team, and making it all possible.

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