Start of 24in48!!!

I’m beginning the readathon with The Silent Patient! Have any of you read this one yet?!

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24in48 Readathon Weekend

I’ve got my book stack all ready to start 24in48, and my weekend of reading to benefit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance! I’ll be starting bright and early in the morning, since I’ve been up since 5:00 this morning. Good luck to those starting over night!! Happy reading!!

Circle of Shadows Release Day!!!

It’s release day for one of my most anticipated books of 2019: Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye!!!

Here is where I’ll admit that I got my hands on it a bit early, and have already started to make my way through it. You guys, it’s even better than I was hoping for! Plus, the cover is beautiful!!

Happy book birthday, Evelyn!!

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Circle-Shadows-Evelyn-Skye-ebook/dp/B078W7FT2X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548158478&sr=8-1&keywords=Circle+of+Shadows

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave- The End of an Era…

It’s hard to believe that I am actually typing these words, but we have received the final installment in the Charley Davidson series by the ever talented Darynda Jones. All good things must come to an end sometime, but as book lovers we hate to see favorite series’ end and miss out on new adventures with our friends. It’s especially hard when they’re as well written as these characters (and when you can see yourself so clearly in them, at times). The time has come, though, and the beautiful final book is here:

I have had the privilege to meet and speak with Darynda on several occasions over the past few years, at a few signings here in my hometown and the one time I was able to make it to RT. I can honestly say that she is one of the nicest and most genuine people that I have met. We chatted about tattoos, life in the little NM towns that we both know so well, and of course- books. I was lucky enough to be able to see her again for a signing of Thirteenth Grave this past weekend, and have a brief chat (and get a Darynda hug!).

Fear not, fellow Grimlets, there is more work from Mrs. Jones on the horizon!! I hear that there is a trilogy that has already been picked up & that we may even see a spin-off of our beloved Charley series at some point in the future!

So, for now, just re-read and enjoy this lovely series again. Maybe listen on audio if you haven’t already (Lorelei King is a treasure!). I’ll be sure to let you know when the next gem is announced!

Thank you, Darynda, for all of the adventures with Charley, Reyes, Cookie and the gang!

Love is a Many Splintered Thing (Gotcha Detective Agency, Book 12)

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Author: Jamie Lee Scott

Series: Gotcha Detective Agency

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Novels & Coffee

Pages: 158

Mimi and Nick have gotten married and have settled in to their beautiful new home. Married life seems to be going well, and all seems to be just perfect. But is anything ever really as perfect as it seems? Something always has to come along and rock the boat. When Charles offers Mimi cruise tickets as a way to escape the chaos she, of course, jumps at the opportunity. With Charles and Mimi on board, though, a relaxing cruise was never going to be just a relaxing cruise! 

It was so much fun to be back in the world of the Gotcha Detective Agency! I had been waiting to see what happened after the end of book eleven, and book twelve did not disappoint! The ongoing storyline just got better, and the new mystery was a lot of fun. There was a bit of a “closed-door” mystery feel to it, as it was on a ship with limited access and limited suspects. Those have always been some of my favorite mysteries to read. The central characters have, of course, been well fleshed out over the course of twelve books. Scott did a wonderful job, however, with the introduction of the new characters and giving them great personalities, stories, and giving me a reason to feel some way about them. She also succeeded in giving this book great setting and atmosphere, as it was set mostly in a different setting than the usual Gotcha book. Overall, it was the reading experience that I was waiting for, and I’m looking forward to the next one! 

 

Knights of Stone: Gavin (Highland Gargoyles, Book 7)

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Author: Lisa Carlisle

Series: Highland Gargoyles

Genre: PNR

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 161

Gavin, the last single member of his and his brothers’ band, fully intends to stay that way: single, wild, and free. That is until he meets Fiona, the woman that he can’t seem to get off of his mind. She’s a human, though. Surely she, of all creatures, can’t be his mate. Fiona is a reporter that has been drawn to the world of supernaturals since the death of her friend when they were children. When a stranger comes snooping around asking about Gavin and his brothers, Fiona is weary. Although there are rumors of things that happen at some of their concerts, she has no reason to truly believe that Gavin is anything other than human. She has, after all, seem him up close and personal. Gavin can never let the truth about he and his brothers out in to the world, or it would put them all at risk. To what lengths will they all go, in the end, to find out the truths that they seek and protect what they love? 

As with the previous books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were well written, as always, and as fleshed out as possible for a book that is under 200 pages. They were all interesting and were pretty easy to either root for or dislike. As this is the seventh and last book in the series, the world building is complete, however the author did a wonderful job of rounding it out in this installment. I will admit that Gavin’s story was not my favorite of the brothers’ stories in this series, but it was still a great story and a strong way to finish it out. It was fun to return to this world again. Though this is the final book in the series, it can be read as a standalone like the others (although, I would recommend reading them- they’re all a good time!). I’m sad to have to leave the unique gargoyle shifters behind, but I’m sure I’ll return to their Isle from time to time to visit! 

The Gilded Wolves

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Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400

In 1889 Paris, the Order of Babel manage and guard all of the Forged artifacts and the secrets of the Babel Fragments that make it possible to forge minds and artifacts. Severin Montagnet-Alarie is a well known hotelier and a treasure hunter, which allows him to keep his thumb on the pulse of the city and has afforded him the ability to collect artifacts and secrets of his own. The Order has certainly taken things from Severin, but they coerce him to help him on a mission in exchange for a treasure that he never dreamed possible: his true inheritance. Severin puts together a team no one would dream up to take on this mission: to find an ancient artifact and possibly change the course of history…but only if they survive. 

I was looking forward to this book from the time that I read the first blurb on it, and I was so excited to receive a galley copy of it! Guys, this book did not let me down. It was everything that I was hoping that it would be. Chokshi took the time to create a beautiful, rich fantasy world within the backstop of what we know historical Paris to be. The character development is incredibly well done. The characters are well fleshed out throughout the book, as they alternate chapters and we get to learn the backstories of each. If you’re a fan of fantasy, you can tell that this is the beginning of a fantasy series, as the author is taking the time to set up the world, etc, which can get a bit tedious at times but it never felt stale. There were wonderful twists, riddles, puzzles, and delightful banter to keep me fully engaged throughout the book. I’m anxiously awaiting the next!