Monthly Archives: May 2018

Outside the Law – Carsen Taite

Outside the Law - Carsen TaiteTanner Cohen and Sydney Braswell had the perfect college romance, future plans and ideal partnership… except that what Sydney had planned wasn’t precisely what Tanner wanted, and while Syd didn’t listen, Tanner didn’t really make her.

Years later they are forced to work together when Syd is assigned to the task force Tanner and her FBI/DEA/USA team-mates have formed to investigate their seemingly dodgy boss and his mob connections. Can Syd and Tanner work together and find a way to be friends, or will they face up to the thread of connection still between them? In the last of the Lone Star Law Romance’s Peyton, Tanner, Bianca, Dale and Syd will finally find the answers to their questions as a line is drawn and the good and bad are finally revealed.

This has been an excellent series of romance/crime thrillers and “Outside the Law” pulls it all together and ties up the loose ends. In each successive book we have had a team member find romance, so it won’t be a shock that this time its Tanner’s turn, and when the love of her life turns up in the opening scene we know where the romance plot is going, however bumpy the road might be getting there.

At the same time the plot thickens as US Attorney Herschel Gellar seems to be getting more and more involved with unpleasant characters and shady deals. The big reveal puts an interesting twist on the whole story, especially one dominated by powerful women.

I’m a series junky as I freely admit and it was great to read the final instalment, revisit the characters we have come to know and love, see the ongoing relationships and friendships take another step, and finally find out just who was behind everything from the murder of Lindsey Ryan onwards. Thoroughly enjoyable reading, only sad the series is over.



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Product info:

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • First published 2018
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 15, 2018)
  • ASIN: B07CMCGPFF
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The Locket – Gerri Hill

The Locket - Gerri HillDanielle Stevens is Hollywood’s rising star, with a line of blockbusters behind her and her next big role lined up, whether she wants it or not. Set on showing her acting skills as a homicide detective she selects the antsy Detective Harper Jeremiah of Dallas PD to shadow.

Detective Jeremiah is less than impressed to be told she has some actress tailing her, and even when the gorgeous Danielle turns up, to the envy of the male detectives, Harper resists the pull. But Danielle needs her for more than a role model, and when her stalker starts getting serious Harper cannot resist stepping up to protect the woman she has come to like and admire.

Another great Gerri Hill mystery romance. The characters of Danielle and Harper are interesting and complex, their initial interactions, with Harper angry at the assignment and Danielle unsure of how much she can trust the Detective, sets up a level of challenge as they get to know each other. Both have issues that only time and sharing will overcome, which gives the romance an organic development that didn’t feel forced. Both need to make changes in their lives and in each other they find the perfect foil.
The stalker is a nasty piece of work and plays an excellent game of cat and mouse; his actions are utterly unnerving. As he escalates so does the tension and the critical question of who could possibly be quite that sneaky without leaving a trace. Overall the combination of psychological fear, mystery/thriller and slow build romance works really well.

This became a real page-turner as the tension racked up, I couldn’t put it down. Hill has a knack for combining strong characters, vulnerable and complex, with a situation that allows them to grow, while keeping us on our toes as the mystery unfolds. Definitely one of my favourite Gerri Hill thrillers, highly recommended.


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Product info:

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • First published 2018
  • Publisher: Bella Books (April 20, 2018)
  • ASIN: B07BVY3GX9
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Love at Cooper’s Creek – Missouri Vaun

Love at Cooper’s Creek - Missouri VaunShaw Daly left Coopers Creek for the big wide world, studied Art and made it to the top in marketing and sales. She achieved more than she ever thought to, even owning a 19C triplex in San Francisco; but life is empty and she no longer get any sense of achievement from selling things people don’t need. When she goes home to Coopers Creek to have some down time she is lost and empty, with no purpose in life.

Apart from a few brief trips and a semester abroad, Kate Elkins is the exact opposite, small-town girl who loves her job teaching first grade and is firmly and happily part of a social and family network. Taking a year off to care for her ailing mother is a sacrifice, but Kate knows It is something she needs to do.

When Shaw and Kate collide in the local shop memories of her school-girl crush flood Kate and so the dance begins. Attracted and interested but aware it can only be short term, both women want to explore their feelings while resisting anything painful.

A light and enjoyable romance ensues, enough natural angst from the expected timeline, with some nice side-lines, particularly Shaw’s unexpected family history. Shaw has an internal journey to realising what’s important and must grow into her real self. The portrayal of Kate’s mother and her care is well done and sympathetically drawn.

A classic traditional romance, easy reading, good dialogue and loveable characters; saccharine sweet in places, the sub-plots and setting save it. The editing could have been tighter in places early on, but overall an enjoyable summer read.


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Product info:

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • First published 2018
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 13, 2018)
  • ASIN: B0798HQQCZ
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