Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 in Reviews... Books I've Reviewed in August 2020

 A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the  New York Times  bestselling author of  Death in Kew Gardens.

When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel’s troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances than she ever could have imagined.


My Thoughts...

This is my first Kat Holloway Mystery and it will not be my last.   I cannot wait for more about these wonderful, intriguing, and unique characters.    Kat is a skilled cook for a well-to-do family but that is not her whole story.   She has a way with people that gets them to trust her, to tell their stories, and to help solve mysteries that may get overlooked by others.     

In Murder in the East End she is asked to find out where foundlings, children without parents, are being sent when they disappear from the London Foundling Hospital.  I was intrigued, I was invested in finding the truth, and I could not stop reading.

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Jordyn knows what her future holds—a proposal from her high school sweetheart and a happily ever after…or so she thinks.

Real life has other plans as secrets are revealed one night at The Loft.

What happens when her world is rocked with not one but two bombshells? Will she overcome the obstacles she now faces or will she hold onto the past with her whole heart.
My Thoughts...
This is a novella but I felt it was really more of a teaser.   The whole story from beginning to end is sixty pages long and leave the reader with a HUGE cliffhanger.   

I found the story fun to read and was a great introduction to the characters of Jordyn and Ridge.   They have been high school sweethearts and all she wants is to be engaged.   Then one night happens and her whole world is turned upside down.   She has an unexpected hero in her corner and, as the reader, I am not sure who I want her to end up with.    

It will be interesting to see how Casey Peeler starts the next book in the series  but I am sure that I will be looking forward to reading it when it becomes available.





Publisher's Summary

Officer Kristin Greene returns along with the rest of the characters you have grown to love. Only, this time, it’s not just her life on the line. Now, the entire breed’s existence is in danger.

Olivia Newman has been Kristin’s best friend for years and loves the new life that Kristin is living. Her relationship with Gabriel is bittersweet, and she knows that because she is human. A future between them can never really last.

Gabriel Montgomery takes his position in the Vampire Military Force seriously and never expected to have such intense feelings for a human woman. When Olivia is kidnapped, Gabe, Kristin, and the gang realize they have stumbled upon a human trafficking ring. 

Only, this ring isn’t for sex. The leaders of this ring are hell-bent on destroying the breed. Can they rescue Olivia and save their future before old enemies return and destroy the breed? Find out in Mixing the Blue Blood.

©2019 Stacy Eaton (P)2020 Stacy Eaton, Nitewolf Novels

My Thoughts…

Audiobook Thoughts…I have become a fan of Alex Black, narrator.   His tone, the emotion he projects, and the way he can bring a story to life has me looking forward to listening to him tell Stacy Eaton’s Mixing the Blue Blood.     There are many characters in this book and the way he can change his voice to bring the characters to life make the story come to life as I listen.

Book Thoughts…  There is a lot going on in this story.   This is the fourth book in the series and you definitely have to read or listen to the ones earlier in the series to know what is happening.    The characters are all intertwined with each other, the storylines for each run into each other at every turn, and the new characters keep the story fresh.   I love how it all comes together perfectly and even with all that is going on it is easy to follow the story.   

There were a few times that I felt it got repetitive.  When different characters retell what was happening at a certain time I felt that it was maybe a little too much of the same story but I still enjoyed getting the different perceptive of what was happening.   

I recommend picking up your own audiobook copy and losing yourself in Alex Black’s voice and Stacy Eaton’s story or picking up a print book and finding an amazing vampire story.

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Two strangers start out saving animals and end up rescuing each other in this heartwarming romance from the author of Unbreak Me. 

Mari Tucker is a wildlife biologist who scoops bunnies and endangered tortoises out of harm’s way on construction sites. Still haunted by her past, she takes the most remote jobs in the Mojave Desert to avoid people and hide from her ex. It’s a simple, quiet life filled with sweet animals and solar-powered baking until she ends up assigned to Jack Wyatt’s crew.

Construction foreman Jack Wyatt’s loud, foul-mouthed temper keeps even the most rugged of men on his crew in line. No mistake is overlooked, because out in the desert it could mean life or death. In his opinion, the job site is no place for sensitive biologists, especially one as shy as Mari. But instead of wilting from the heat and hard work, Mari wins over Jack and his crew one homemade brownie at a time.

Jack and Mari find a comfortable rhythm, building a friendship that’s rare for both of them. After Jack’s rocky childhood, they have more in common than they’d imagined. But even the Mojave sun can’t chase away the shadows when the past is determined to track them down… 

My Thoughts...

Jack and Mari circled each other so much.  Jack was a jerk; Mari was scared of becoming close with anyone, yet they were drawn together without much chance of fighting it.   Mari calmed Jack and Jack allowed Mari to let down the walls she had built.   

Breathe the Sky is not a new story to tell.  I have read versions of it before but this one was sweeter, more friendly, and fun to read.    Both characters had histories, both characters had been hurt, and both were not looking for a relationship.   Together they work and together they learn to live and love again.  

Michelle Hazen wrote a fun story to read.  It was easy to read and quick to read.   If you are looking for a book with a cute story, tough characters, and characters opening their hearts again check out Breathe the Sky. 

**Thank you Dache Rogers at Berkley and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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