Posted in 4 paws, Review, romance on March 27, 2013


Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.

Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?


It was either while I was reading this book or after that I discovered that Aubrie is a Flutist so her perspective for this novel was from first hand knowledge…after all they say to write what you know!  Melody doesn’t seem to have much experience in dating men, or so it seems from this book.  She seems to always choose fellow musicians and it is evident that isn’t what she needs.  Enter the new conductor, tall dark and handsome!  He seems Melody and while attracted to her, she is the spitting image of the fiancee he just broke up with and assumes Melody has the same temperament as his ex.  He’s a man…so of course his thoughts are wrong!  After some stops and starts, they recognize their attraction for each other and start a relationship.  Of course there are others trying to wreck everything which throws monkey wrenches into everything.

I enjoyed the story but thought that Melody didn’t seem very strong as a woman and individual.  It could be tied to her past experiences which I can relate….if you have bad dating experiences it tends to make you not quite as strong in what you bring to the table.  That aside, Melody did start to grow and realize her worth more as the story continued.  It was also interesting to see how Wolf changed as a man as he spent more time with Melody and with the orchestra.  And what is a story without at least one “evil” character?  It added enough tension to bring Wolf and Melody together despite the odds.

I give it 4 paws and the price is reasonable if you want to check it out for your eReader – just $2.99 on Amazon.




Title: Playing the Maestro
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 190 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-872-4
Imprint: Bliss

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Posted in 4 paws, Review, romance, suspense on March 26, 2013


“By day a frog, by night a man, ‘til de next full moon…”

At first, lawyer and ladies’ man Craig Thibodeaux thought Madame LeBieu’s chant was a strange bayou joke. But the voodoo worked and Craig is spending his days as…well, a small green frog. Now he has only two weeks to find love, or his new froggy transformation becomes permanent.

When she receives the anonymous toxic water sample from Bayou Miste, research scientist Elaine Smith decides a trip to the bayou is the perfect excuse to escape the lab, and forget about her cheating ex-fiancé. Then she accidentally stumbles upon Craig’s oh-so-fine naked form, and her science-nerd brain is overrun with naughty thoughts about her new gorgeous night-time bayou guide.

But there’s more to Bayou Miste than voodoo curses and sexy late-night trysts. Dark secrets threaten the delicate ecosystem, and there are those who would do anything to keep those secrets hidden. Even murder…


Voodoo on the Bayou was a fun read!  It was the classic story of the frog prince meets the Cajuns!  And as someone who has Cajun relatives, I could image the locations and accents in my head (and those accents are important!).  Craig was in  Bayou Miste to try and get some business accomplished but learns that maybe there is more to life than being a lawyer, or at least a lawyer that has no compassion.  Elaine ends up there based on a water sample that was sent to her and a broken engagement.  Elaine learns some things about herself including that you can have passion in a relationship and that not all men are idiots!  There is just enough mystery to make it interesting and maybe not as predictable as one would think.

I give it 4 paws.




Title: Voodoo on the Bayou (Cajun Magic)
Author: Elle James
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Digital
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-879-3
Imprint: Entangled Suspense


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Posted in Blog tour, Review, romance on March 16, 2013

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Title: Corporate Affair (Small Town Series)

Author: Linda Cunningham

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Release date: March 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Adult

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:

A smart, sexy entrepreneur. A wealthy, arrogant ladies’ man set on purchasing her company. And a hotbed of chemistry neither one of them anticipated.

Aiden Stewart is just going through the motions of running the family business, a mega communications company snapping up all the competition. His trip to a tiny New England town to negotiate the purchase of ChatDotCom is nothing more than an interruption in his plans for his next female conquest. The last thing he expects is for Chat’s CEO M. Jordan Fitzgerald to be a woman who takes his breath away.

Jordan is focused on business, not romance. She’s got too much at stake, working to protect Chat’s employees, as well as making sure her family is taken care of. Falling in love is not part of the business plan, but resisting the man she really should not want is proving impossible.

When a rival wants to take over Chat too, Jordan struggles to keep her personal life from affecting the business deal. With secrets that could ruin everything, she has to decide if she can balance business with pleasure.

Linda Cunningham introduces hot new characters in her second Small Town novel, a steamy office romance set in idyllic Clark’s Corner, Vermont.


I had not read anything by Linda before and I must say that I did enjoy Corporate Affair!  Sure it has the typical romance plot – boy meets girl and they fall in love….but this was much more.  There was a little intrigue/danger as well and even though you know that everything has to come out all right, there are parts that leave you on the edge of your seat wondering if it really will happen that way.  I thought the interaction between Jordan and Aiden was believable and he helped her see that she doesn’t have to do it all herself and she helped him see that you can have a meaningful relationship, that it doesn’t have to be all about sex.

Overall I give this story 4 paws and can’t wait to see what Linda has in store with the next Small Town series!  (And April and Gracie like her dog and want to be friends!)


About Linda:

lindacunninghamLinda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal! She writes full time and it’s Romance!

Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife visitors who wander in and out at will. When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.

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Posted in Blog tour, Review, romance on March 14, 2013



Music critic Claire Abby is a single mom dreading her daughter’s departure for college and worried that turning forty will leave her career running on fumes. She’s floored when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story on 80s British rock legend Christopher Penman. She spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend.

In person, Christopher is everything Claire feared he’d be—charming, witty and unwilling to address the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. Still, she contains her adolescent fantasies and manages to earn his trust, unearthing the truth and the devastating secret behind it. His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling and flirting. She knows she should maintain a professional distance. She knows she should focus on the story. She knows it would be best to simply walk away. But how can she say “no” to the man she could never forget?


I think we all have had fantasies about one celebrity or another, but here Claire gets to meet her idol…now that is a fantasy come true!  She believes she isn’t good enough for someone like him because she isn’t famous or some knock out blonde bombshell.  But even celebrities want a low key normal life.  I liked the interplay between Claire and Chris, the restraint to not jump into something too fast but when they jump it is with both feet and aware of who they are and what they could possibly have together.  Then there is Sam, Claire’s daughter, and her “boy issues” which is mostly due to her age…who didn’t have those problems when they were a teenager?

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone!  I give it 4 paws and next time you want a fun romance, check this one out.  Worth the $4.99 pricetag!



There was no time for my eyes to adjust from late morning on the street to the softly lit lobby before my surroundings faded and my vision focused on a point. The image ahead left me considering an abrupt turn on my heel and a swift escape.

There he sat, no more than ten feet away, reading the New York Times while wearing silvery sunglasses. I decided he must be napping because he didn’t strike me as the type to read the Times.  He wore an artfully distressed pair of jeans and a black t-shirt under a tan canvas jacket, much too light for such a cold day. His short, chestnut brown hair was arranged into a tousled mess.
I mulled over my best approach and then he confounded me a second time by making eye contact, through the sunglasses no less, folding his paper and striding toward me. I looked behind me assuming he must recognize someone else.

“You must be Ms. Abby.” He held out his hand. “Chris Penman.”

Countless thoughts and questions erupted in my head. Wow. I’m glad I wore heels. He’s tall. His accent is different in person. It’s like butter. British butter. Did I remember perfume this morning? Oh crap. My breath. I should have had a piece of gum in the car. Are my hands clammy? Why do they always get that way when I’m nervous?

“Yes. Oh, Claire.” I offered my sweaty hand. “Please. Thank you. Hi.” Cotton candy had graciously stepped in to take over for my saddled brain.

“Oh great, uh, it’s Claire then.” He cocked his head to the side. “Please, call me Chris. I Googled you this morning and found a photo. I like to know what I’m up against.” He chuckled, removed his sunglasses and shook my hand in one seamless movement.

I caught a glimpse of his eyes and everything turned syrupy. I began searching for words, an intelligent response, and it happened—I became tangled up in his eyes, drawn into them because my mind was convinced there was nowhere else to go. The color was so astounding that it deserved its own name, calling them “green” would have been so dismissive, it couldn’t begin to capture the hypnotic nature of the hue. Apple, forest, grass, jade, emerald, moss, clover—somewhere, there had to be a name for his green.

Christopher duly noted my disorientation and nudged the day ahead. “Shall we?” he asked, motioning for the lobby door.

“I’m sorry. I thought we were doing the interview in the hotel,” I pleaded as I shuffled along with him.

“If it’s all the same to you, I was hoping to skip that. A bit contrived, isn’t it?”

“Uh, sure.” I stopped. “I need to check my bag…” My voice feathered away.

“Here.” He plucked my overnight bag from my hand and marched it to the front desk. “Please hold this for Ms. Abby. She’ll be checking in later.” He returned in a flash. “Better?” He towered over me, seeming annoyed.

“Yes. Thank you. Where are we going?”

He didn’t bother with an answer, but instead sent a profusion of warmth over me by hovering his hand near the small of my back as the doorman held the door.


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Posted in Blog tour, Cozy, mystery, Review on March 14, 2013
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Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack

An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.


This is the first book I have read in this series…and this is book #9!  It has been on my wishlist on for awhile since my library does not carry these books.  I was hoping to be able to read some of the earlier works to get a feel for the characters, but it wasn’t in the cards.  That being said this is a typical cozy….a non-police type person manages to solve the crime.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cozies!  If you have seen my Mystery Mondays, they are mostly cozy series.  Anyway, I had high hopes for this series and I found it to be a little better than average.  I think my problem was with Sadie.  She was very annoying.  I understand protecting your kids but she goes overboard (at least in this book).  When she wasn’t freaking out over the situation with the kids, the book was actually quite good and the storyline flowed quite nicely.  There were some interesting twists and I didn’t guess who the killer was until those final clues were revealed.

Overall I would give this 3 1/2 paws.  I’m willing to start with book 1 and give this series another shot!


Praise for Baked Alaska

Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie’s life wouldn’t be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just “happens” and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie’s character, even if she is a busybody, you can’t help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. 🙂

~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill



Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.


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Posted in Blog tour, paranormal, Review, Young Adult on March 6, 2013

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Simmi Shergill’s life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township’s sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be helping.

At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he’d do anything for her. Last summer, he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.

Just one problem: she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? Why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction whenever Dax is around, while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter whom she’d hurt or what she’d risk.

Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Whom will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high in the tension-packed book two of the Farsighted series.


I read the first book and really enjoyed it and had high hopes for the second book.  I’ll have to say that it was good, but in a different way.  These are YA books and deal with some YA issues and in this case, it was how Simmi felt about herself and purging because she thought that would make everything better.  Sadly, eating disorders harm a lot of young women in the world because they see what “society” thinks they need to look like and if you don’t fit that mold you are slapped with a label.  I like how the author brought this subject into the book and perhaps how the character acts and reacts will help another young person deal with the same situation.

There is more to the story that we don’t know yet and probably won’t find out until later books…such as what is Dax’s story and why does Alex really not like him?  Will Simmi come to truly accept her powers?  I guess we will have to read the next books to find out!

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From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published three novels and three children’s books with plans for many more of each, leads a classics book group with almost five-hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity.

The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA. She’s best known for her Farsighted series and is developing a slow but steady following for the Bird Brain Books. She’s eager to see how her women’s fiction novel, Torn Together, will be received by the reading masses.

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Posted in e-books, fiction, Review, romance on March 1, 2013

Pearl is the first novel for author Malory Thomas.  Malory contacted me about reading and reviewing her book and I love to read first books for new authors.  Sometimes they are good and sometimes not.  I’m happy to say that Pearl fit into the good category (but more on that shortly)!  I also did a short interview with Maloryher, I always like finding out more about new authors and what makes them tick (well to a degree!)

What inspired you to write Pearl?

I took a creative writing class in graduate school for fun and I wrote the first few chapters of Pearl in that class. At the time, Pearl was meant to be strictly a short story, but I became fond of her, and wanted to explore her life further by putting her beliefs to test through her relationship with Austin.

In terms of the setting, I actually briefly worked in a convenience story in Vermont while I was in college.

Are any of the characters based on people that you know?

Bits and pieces of the characters remind me of someone I know. Pearl reminds me of a relative; Vern reminds me of a former boss, and Austin was inspired by a younger co-worker that I had an an and off quasi-romantic relationship with.

Is this your first published book?

I have actually published a dozen science library books under another name. Pearl is my first novel.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Wow, where do I start? My list is huge, but recently I found a few authors that I have fallen in love with: Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook), Liz Moore (Heft), and Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell the Wolves I’m Home)

What books are on your nightstand (or what are you reading right now)?

Right now I’m reading Book of Illusions by Paul Auster and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz is up next on my nightstand. On my e-reader,the two up next are Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard) and Waking Up Married (Mira Lyn Kelly). I love the depth of literary fiction, but I also like the dialogue and quick-pacing of genre fiction, particularly romance.




Pearl, a married 30-year-old convenience store worker, longs for change and excitement. Believing she can find it in the purchase of a Mustang, she soon learns that her co-worker, Austin, a recent college graduate, offers the thrill she’s missed out on.

When circumstances force the two apart, Pearl faces the difficult decision of repairing her marriage, thereby staying true to her religious beliefs, or disrupting her entire life to explore something life-changing.


At first I thought this book would all be told from Pearl’s point of view, but there are also sections where Austin and Vern tell their story.  I think this helped round out the story, because as the saying goes, there are always 2 sides to every story (or 3 in this case).  Pearl married young to leave a not so good situation, but she didn’t realize that marrying Vern may not be the best option.  When she ventures out and gets a job and starts working with Austin, she realizes that perhaps there is more to life out there than keeping the house clean and making a meal for someone that doesn’t appear to appreciate the effort.  I like that Pearl learns to stand up for herself (of course that also gets her into a little bit of trouble initially) and to seek out a better life than what she has had until that point.  Vern also manages to grow in the novel.  It is always nice to see people learn from their mistakes.

Overall I give it 4 paws and suggest checking it out if you have an eReader (or get the Kindle app for your PC).



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Posted in Blog tour, paranormal, Review on February 21, 2013

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Seduction comes in many forms. 

“Liquid fire poured into me, filling me with the intimate sense of him as he leaned in to claim my lips with his own. I reached for him, needing him closer, but my arms couldn’t close the distance between us, which grew wider with each hitched breath. So close to finally feeling something real, something carnal and deep, I cried out in frustration, dropping my hands as he disappeared. My cries deepened into a frenzy of panic and my eyes flew open. I clutched my blanket and stilled myself to calm my racing heart.

Just a dream. Always just a dream.

Rose Wintersong didn’t have an ordinary upbringing. Raised in what most would call a hippy commune, but what is actually a powerful coven of witches, she never questions the life fate chose for her.

Until she meets Derek O’Conner.

Derek challenges everything Rose believes and forces her to see the secrets hidden beneath the whitewashed walls of her idyllic country life.

Rose knows she should walk away, that the sexy martial arts instructor is bad news bred to create discord in her tight community… but the animal magnetism between them is impossible to fight.

Caught between the passion of first love, and the steady beat of the life she’s always known, Rose must choose between the innocence of her youth or the pleasures of womanhood—but lost innocence comes at a price, and Rose harbors a dark secret that could destroy everyone she loves—including Derek.

Submit to the Seduced Saga as Derek and Rose face their future while unraveling the mysteries of their past.

Look for these books in 2013.

January – Seduced by Innocence
February – Seduced by Pain
TBA – Seduced by Power
TBA – Seduced by the Sea (Ocean’s story)



I think I’ve said before that I normally don’t go in for paranormal but lately it seems like I’ve been reading several such stories and enjoying them.  I guess it goes to show that if you give anything a chance you never know, you might just like it.  This story is one of forbidden love, much like Romeo and Juliet but with Druids and Witches.  Rose is a sheltered witch with a dark power that she tries to hide as much as she can.  Derek is a druid that decided he wanted to see the world instead of joining the family business.  They meet by chance in a martial arts study and you could say it was love at first sight…or maybe that is second sight on Derek’s part.  They don’t know that they shouldn’t like each other and of course that is always when the trouble starts!

This is a gripping story but I will say it leaves you hanging….but never fear, the story is continued in the second book, Seduced by Pain that came out this month.   I have to know what happens!  I read this book in a day (it isn’t long anyway) and give it 5 paws.




Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.

When she’s not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them.

She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats who think they’re gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

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Posted in Blog tour, Review, romance on February 19, 2013

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After a case ended badly for Rebecca Carson, she’s losing her mind sitting around her apartment waiting on her superiors to allow her to return to work. Since she was a teenager, the only thing she’d ever wanted was to join the FBI. Now that dream was in danger.

Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. A nice house. A career he loves. As a professional football player, he’s used to getting almost everything he’d ever want with just the snap of his fingers. This includes women. A well-timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville.

When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend, Rebecca’s ex-partner Travis Hansen, to help protect his star quarterback and find the person responsible. Hansen offers Rebecca the job, and she jumps at the chance. It’s work, and it will get her out of her apartment. How bad can it be?

Posing as Gage’s girlfriend, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. The man is relentless. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. She’s there to do a job, nothing more. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hotshot athlete’s belt.

As the stalker continues to up the ante, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from Nashville’s star quarterback. He isn’t what she expected in one of the city’s most notorious playboys. Now all she has to do is keep him safe until they can find his stalker, and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.


I don’t know if I knew that this was the 2nd book in a series, but it is definitely not a book that has to be read after the first book.  Sure there might be something about one of the characters in the first book, but I think it was a minor character and not one essential to the plot.

I found this to be a fun read and I tried to figure out through the whole book who was stalking Gage…trust me when I say it wasn’t anyone that was on my radar!  There is great interplay between Gage and Rebecca and we see her defenses crumble and maybe having a relationship isn’t quite so bad.  It is a fairly quick read and worth the time.  Overall we give it 4 paws.




About the Author:

Sherri is the author of four novels: Hidden Threat,Slave (Finding Anna Book 1), Need (Finding Anna Book 2), Behind Closed Doors (A Daniels Brothers’ Novel), Red Zone (A Daniels Brothers’ Novel), and a short story, A Christmas Proposal. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books at a young age by reading to her as a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember; however, she didn’t start writing them down until she turned thirty. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop.

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Posted in contest, Giveaway, mystery, Review on February 10, 2013

A few weeks ago I highlighted the book, The First Rule of Ten which is a new mystery series by authors Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay.  That book and this book, The Second Rule of Ten, was sent to me by their publicist to read and review.  They know me well enough to know that if I am to review a book in a series that I really need to read the ones before it…I’m picky like that!

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Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.

In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv’s death. Cases and crises start to collide. When Ten mistakenly ignores his second rule, he becomes entangled in an unfortunate association with a Los Angeles drug cartel. As he fights to save those he loves, and himself, from the deadly gang, he also comes face to face with his own personal demons. Working through his anger at Bill, doubts about his latest lady love, and a challenging relationship with his father, Ten learns to see the world in a new light—and realizes that in every situation the truth is sometimes buried beneath illusion.


This new series has an interesting main character…who would expect a monk turned LA police officer turned PI to be the main character?!  It is definitely an interesting main character and one that doesn’t disappoint.  Ten takes on his next case (without his PI license quite yet….but when does that stop anyone?).  As with other cases, this one crosses several lines from the film industry to the drug cartel.  It is surprising that he hasn’t gotten himself killed yet!  He has also met a new woman…perhaps she will help him get past his issues and not run her off like he has other women in his life.

Like the first book, I enjoyed the storyline in this book and the interplay between the characters.  Ten and Bill’s relationship gets a little strained at times, but it is good to see that occur because not everything can be easy.  It is told to us that there are issues between Ten and his father (both in the first book and this one) and Ten has the opportunity to try and right that relationship.

I really enjoyed both books and I see that a third book is in the works.  I will have to put that on my list of books to read!

Overall I give the book 4 paws.



I am giving away the first book and the ARC of the second book in this series to 1 lucky winner.  Open to US residents only.   A winner will be chosen on February 28th.  Good Luck!


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